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The Robinson Daily News
1919 – 1933

James Madison Highsmith
James Madison Highsmith was born January 20, 1851, near Flat Rock, Ill., and departed this life February 8, 1926, aged 75 years and 15 days.
He was united in marriage with Betsey E. Daron September 19, 1875, his good companion preceding him in death nearly 20 years, having died February 26, 1906.
To this union were born four children, all living, namely; Mrs. John Lowrance, with whom the deceased made his home the last few years, Stephen Highsmith, Bridgeport, Ill., also Mrs. Allen Carruthers, a foster child having been reared from babyhood to maturity by Mr. and Mrs. Highsmith.
Besides the children he leaves an aged sister Mrs. Harriet Sims of Morea, Ill.
Daily News, February 26, 1926

Mrs. Mary Lindsay
Mrs. Mary Lindsay of Flat Rock, one of the oldest citizens of the county, died at her home Tuesday night (March 31). She lacked but two days of being ninety years of age and was widely known in that vicinity.
She is survived by three daughters; Mrs. Molly Martin, Mrs. Mandy Conover and Mrs. Olivia Midgett, all of Flat Rock, one son William B. Highsmith Jr., and one sister Mrs. Levina Weger, also of Flat Rock. She was an aunt of Carl Weger of this city.
Daily News, Thursday, April 1, 1926

Eliza Jane Smith
Eliza Jane Daniels, daughter of Adam and Lucinda Daniels, was born at Huntington, Indiana, December 28, 1860 and departed this life at the home of her daughter, Mrs. A. A. Bales of Robinson, Illinois, April 6, 1926, aged 65 years, three months and eight days. She was united in marriage to Bakewell Clay Smith August 12, 1883. To this union were born three children: Roscoe Raymond of Hampshire, Flossie Magnolia Bales of Robinson, and Elmer Joe Davis of Oblong, Illinois. She was preceded in death by her husband and three sisters, Mrs. Martha Whitmer, Mrs. Mary Morgan, who died a few years ago, and Margaret Rebecca, who died in infancy. She leaves one brother Albert Daniels of Eldorado, Kansas
Daily News, April 15, 1926

Mrs. Emily Louise English
Mrs. Emily Louise English, daughter of Oliver and Eliza Hiestand, was born at Calhoun, Richland county, Illinois, January 29, 1842, and died at the home of her daughter Mrs. J. E. Gates, Belleville, Kansas, March 27, 1926.
She was married to Levi C. English, a minister of the Southern Illinois Conference, in 1858.
To them were born nine children, three of whom are living: Mrs. J. E. Gates, Belleville, Kansas, A. O. English, Robinson, Ill., and A. F. English, Houston, Texas.
Alice (Mrs. J. M. Harlan), Addie (Mrs. J. M. Halran)[yes, this is what is stated]
Fannie (Mrs. F. E. Lathrop), Maude (Mrs. E. E. Lindsay), Lela and Paul preceded her in death.
Daily News, April 15, 1926

William Walker
Wm. Walker, son of Alexander and Martha Smith Walker was born in Butler county, Pennsylvania, April 1, 1849, and died May 5, 1926 at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Raymond Wilson, near Robinson, Ill., age 77 years.
His father’s family removed to Jackson county, Ohio, while he was a young lad. Fifty-eight years ago they moved to Crawford county. For 52 years they lived on the old home place three and one-half miles southeast of Robinson.
In 1874 he was united in marriage to Mary Isabel VanHorn. To this union were born five children, Vincent, Kenneth, Mrs. Alma McCoy, Hugh and Mrs. Harriet Wilson. Alma and Hugh preceded their father in death. Mrs. Walker passed away just a year and a half ago.
He was the oldest of seven children, all of whom have preceded him in death except one sister, Mrs. Mary L. Rend, of Mt. Etna, Ind.
Daily News, May 13, 1926

Benj. W. Carey
Benjamin Van Carey, one of the few remaining members of Henry M. Longenecker Post G.A.R., died last night at his home at 505 North Jackson street.
Mr. Carey has lived in this city for 53 years, coming here from Ohio. He was born July 16, 1838, being at the time of his death 87 years, 10 months and two days of age.
He served the entire period of the Civil War in the cause of the Union. For a number of years he had been pension agent for civil war veterans and has been instrumental in securing a large number of pensions for fellow comrades.
He was twice married, his former wife preceding him in death some years ago. He was preceded by his only child, Jen. W. S. Carey some eight or ten years ago. He is survived by his later wife, four step-children, Louis P. Conkler of Clestee, Okla., Isaac Conkler of Paris, Mrs. Clinton Clapp of West Palm Beach, Fla., and Mrs. Mabel Wiley of Detroit, Mich.
Daily News, May 19, 1926

`William Guthrie Eaton
William Guthrie Eaton, Robinson’s oldest banker in point of continuous bank service, most of which was spent in this city, died at his home on East Main street Tuesday, April 6, at 11 p.m.
He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. M. H. Eaton and was born in Sullivan county, Indiana, June 7, 1855, and was therefore in his 71st year. He was married to Miss Clive Ann Cluggage in March 1876. To this union three children were born: Harry, who died in infancy, and Mrs. Fay VanTreese and Cliff C. Eaton, both of this city. The wife and mother passed away on August 27, 1903, and her body rests in the cemetery at Sullivan. There are three grandchildren, Chas. VanTreese Jr., Jack VanTreese, and Patricia Ann Eaton. Mr. Eaton is survived by an only sister, Mrs. R. H. Catlin of Terre Haute, and her daughter, Mrs. Ione C. Gilbert.
On November 23, 1902 Mr. Eaton was married to Miss Elizabeth Alexander, who survives him.
Mr. Eaton came to Robinson in 1802 and he and John S. Abbott organized the Crawford County State Bank, Mr. Abbott being elected president and Mr. Eaton was chosen vice president, which position he held until his death.
Previous to coming to Robinson he served for many years as assistant cashier of the Sullivan State Bank.
Daily News, April 8, 1926

George Hartman Keeley
George Hartman Keeley, second son of Annie and Robert Keeley, was born at Ridge Farm, Illinois, June 15, 1858, and departed this life on July 23, 1926, age 68 years, one month and seven days.
At the age of fifteen he moved with his parents to a farm in Iroquois county, where he grew to manhood and engaged in farming.
On August 17, 1882 he united in marriage with Rose Underwood, daughter of the village pastor. To this union were born six children: Elsie Gertrude, wife of A. E. Curtis of Danville, Ill., William Robert of this city, Bertha Mae who died in infancy, Alba M. of Danville, Anna Eliza and Gladys Christine of this city. These, together with his wife and his aged mother, and one brother Frank Keeley of Oblong, survive him. He was preceded in death by his father, one sister and two brothers.
About 21 years ago he moved with his family from Milford, Ill, to Robinson.
Daily News, July 26, 1925

Julia St. Clergy
Word has reached this office of the death of Mrs. Julia St. Clergy, which occurred at the Union Hospital at Terre Haute this morning.
Mrs. St. Clergy is well known here, being until about 20 years ago a resident of this city and has since spent considerable time here. Since being here she has lived in Indianapolis and Florida and about two years ago went to Terre Haute where she has a sister living.
She is survived by two daughters Mrs. Dell Quill of Chicago and Mrs. Conchita Green of Indianapolis., three brothers, A. T. Mail of this city, Ike Mail of this vicinity and J. F. Mail of Denver and one sister Mrs. Lou McCarty of Terre Haute, Ind.
Daily News, August 2, 1926

Nancy Jane Sutfin
Nancy Jane Sutfin, widow of James Sutfin Sr., was born in Jackson county, Ind., June 1, 1840, died at the home of her son William Sutfin near Robinson, Ill., Sept. 27, 1926, aged 86 years, three months and 26 days.
She came to Illinois with her parents at the age of 12 years, after some years returned to Indiana, and was married to James Sutfin May 17, 1858. To this union were born eight children, five having preceded her in death. The children surviving are R. F. Sutfin, James L. and William Sutfin, all of Robinson. Her husband died June 5, 1888. She was the last of her father’s family, who was James Anderson born in 1801, died in 1856, and is buried in the old cemetery in Robinson.
Daily News, October 1, 1926

J. M. Magill
John Marshall Magill, son of William and Elizabeth Magill, was born on a farm in Montgomery township December 29, 1854 and departed this life October 2, 1926, aged 71 years, nine months and three days. On February 8, 1882 he was married to Rosa Duncan and for four years lived in Arkansas City, Kansas, until the death of his companion, August 6, 1886. From this union one son Leslie Paul survives him. On August 31, 1887 he was married to Mary Etta Ford and for 39 years they lived on their farm east of Flat Rock. To them were born three daughters, Ethel, Edith and Velma.
Daily News, October 9, 1926

Joseph Marion Weger
Joseph Marion Weger was born in Honey Creek township, Crawford county, Illinois, Sept. 19, 1846, and died at his home in Robinson October 13, 1926. He was the son of William and Elizabeth Weger, who were among the early pioneers of this county.
On November 8, 1874 he was married to Miss Almedia McNece. To this union were born seven children, three of whom have preceded him in death, two boys who died at a very early age, and one daughter, Mrs. Bert Davis. The four children living are Mrs. Maud Walters, Mrs. Alta Baldwin of Robinson, Mrs. Irene Rundle of Chicago, and Carl C. Weger of Glasgow, MO. Besides the four children there yet remains his wife, one brother, George Riley Weger, three half-brothers, Jesse, Charles and William Weger, all of Flat Rock vicinity.
Daily News, October 18, 1926

W. P. Tedford
W. P., son of John and Martha Tedford, was born in Blount county, Tennessee on August 17, 1843, and emigrated to this state with his parents in early childhood, taking up their home in the southern part of the county, where he grew to manhood.
On June 8, 1861 he was married to Nancy E. Wright, who departed this life on November 26, 1888, leaving a family of seven children, four of them, namely, Mrs. Viola C. Ducommun, Mrs. Martha C. Weirich, Joseph M. and Pearly C. Tedford preceding him in death.
He is survived by two sons and a daughter, J. W. of Shawneetown, Thos, W. of Flat Rock, and Mrs. Ida Weger of St. Petersburg, Fla.; also a daughter by his second marriage, Minnie Grace, who is a missionary in China and whose mother died two years ago.
His death occurred at the home of his son J. W. near Shawneetown on October 26, 1926, being at the ripe old age of 83 years, two months and eight days. He is further survived by two sisters and a brother, namely, Mrs. A. W. Vinsil of Flat Rock, Mrs. Mary Longenecker of Lawrenceville, and J. R. Tedford of Oklahoma.
Daily News, November 8, 1926

Alexander Newlin
Alexander, son of Oliver and Martha Hill Newlin, was born in Crawford county, Illinois, July 12, 1851; departed this life November 26, 1926, age 75 years, four months and 14 days.
After completing the rural schools he attended Merom and Westfield colleges.
He was united in marriage to Sarah Jane Barrett, March 11, 1875, who passed away January 26, 1879; to this union was born one won Brady E. Newlin.
He was again united in marriage to Laura Lamb March 21, 1880, who preceded him to the great beyond August 15, 1918. To this union were born four children, Leola May, Alice Carrie, Walter Allen, and one who died in infancy.
He leaves to mourn his departure Brady and Alice at home, Mrs. May Conover of near Robinson, and Walter of Casey; three grandchildren, Edna, Carl and Ruby Conover, also one sister Mrs. Letitia Barrett of Annapolis.
One brother Woodford D., and one sister Mrs. Emerine Bline having gone on before.
Daily News, November 30, 1926

John Black
John Black, son of William and Jane Metcalf Black, was born in Loudon, Ky., Oct. 12, 1843, departed this life at his home near Hutsonville, November 27, 1926, aged 83 years, 1 month and 13 days. The deceased was next to the youngest of a family of eight brothers and five sisters, and was the last to be called in death. He grew to manhood in his native state and received such education as was afforded by the country schools of that day. The family lived in a community torn by the strife of the Civil War and for a short period moved into Illinois until the close of the war. Two of his brothers and two of his brother-in-laws enlisted in the Union army, and he himself drove a supply wagon for the army. After a trip to the far west, California and other states, in 1876-77 he returned to Kentucky where he was married to Diecy Davis Feb. 22, 1878. To this union two daughters were born, Celestia and Adda. In the year 1885 he, with his family, removed to Lamotte prairie this county, where he has since resided.
The deceased was preceded in death by Mrs. Black who died on March 20, 1907. He leaves only one member of the immediate family, Mrs. Celestia Pleasant. Bert Crutcher and Oscar Crutcher, to whom Mr. Black has been a father, James Black a nephew.
Daily News, December 3, 1926

Mary Virginia Price-Garrard
Mary Virginia, daughter of William and Angeline Hill, was born December 15, 1854 and departed from this life Dec. 29, 1926. In 1872, she was married to Theophilus Price, whom death claimed in a short time.
IN 1875 she was married to John W. Garrard who departed from this life Feb. 4, 1913.
To this union were born nine children, Harlan, Alta, Claude, Ada, Ida, a baby not named, Perley, Grace, Gladys. All of which died in early childhood except Alta, who married E. R. Lackey in 1894 and answered the death call in 1902, leaving husband and five children, Claude, Perley, Grace and Gladys survive. She was the youngest of a large family of children except one half brother, Albert James.
Daily News, January 4, 1927

Mrs. Lavina (VanWinkle) Terry
Mrs. Lavina (VanWinkle) Terry was the daughter of Jacob and Julia Ann VanWinkle, and was born in Crawford county March 27, 1856, and departed this life Dec. 29, 1926, aged 70 years, 9 months and 2 days. In July 1876 she was united in marriage to Jacob Terry who preceded her in death Nov. 24, 1914. To this union were born seven children, four boys and three girls, namely: Mrs. Rozetta Harner of Montgomery township, Mrs. Cora Travoli of Boswell, Ind., Mrs. Lillie Sears and Elmer, both of Hoopeston, Ill., James of Robinson, Francis of Palestine, and Joseph at home.
She with her husband, united with the Bethel Baptist church northwest of Palestine in 1894.
Daily News, January 5, 1927

Flora B. Huls Anderson
Mrs. Flora B. Anderson passed away last evening at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Ed Stuart, 582 North Central Avenue, Paris, Ill.
She was the daughter of J. C. and Martha Ann Wilson, and was born in Palestine, Crawford county, Ill., Apirl 8, 1850. She lived in Crawford county all her life, except two years in Terrell, Texas, being 77 years old at the time of her death.
She was married to Joseph Huls July 13th, 1870, who departed this life July 29th, 1878. Four children were born to this union: Mrs. Ed Stuart, Paris, Illinois; A. C. Huls, Chicago, Ill; Mrs. C. M. Good of South Bend, Indiana; and Mrs. E. E. Burner, Chattanooga, Tennessee.
She also leaves to mourn their loss four grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, two sisters, Mrs. S. D. Porter of Custer, Oklahoma; Mrs. M. A. Grubaugh, Rockway, Texas; one brother, Oscar Wilson, Rockwall, Texas, [yes this is right] besides other relatives.
She was married to William A. Anderson, October 23rd, 1892, who pasted away September 19th, 1899.
Burial at Kirk cemetery.
Daily News, June 21, 1927

Frances Leonora Berry
Frances Leonora Berry, nee Burner, was born in Roibnosn, Ill., March 11, 1860, died July 19, 1926, age 66 years.
…….Four months and eight days. She was the daughter of Hiram and Jane McBride Burner. She was married to Charles Beverly Berry of Washington, Ind., September 20, 1835 ? [maybe 1885]
Her husband preceded her by eighteen years to the heavenly land. She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Ezra N. Cox of Denver, Colo., and Mrs. Franc Berry of this city. Also three grandchildren, Mark, Charles and John Cox. One half-sister, Mrs. Etta Kirk of Oblong, is the sole surviving member of the original family.
Daily News, July 27, 1926 [yes 26 is right]

Bethuel McConnell
Bethuel McConnell was born near Muncie, Ind., Feb. 2, 1845, and died at Essex, Mo., at which place he has lived for the past 22 years. Age at the time of his death, 81 years, ten months and 26 days.
At the age of 16 he enlisted with Co. E., 57 Reg. Ind., and served throughout the Civil War. He was united in marriage to Loey A. Ludlow of Connersville, Ind., who preceded him in death some four years ago.
To this union were born seven children. Three dying in infancy, also one daughter Mrs. Lullona L. Walters of Baxter, Mo., who passed away some three years ago. Those surviving are Latta B. and Louis T. McConnell of Robinson, Illinois and Mrs. Beatrice Walker of Essex, Mo., with whom he made his home.
Daily News, January 6, 1927

Newton Jasper Waters
Newton Jasper Waters, son of Abraham and Charlotte Waters, was born November 5, 1857 in Dekalb county, Ind., coming to Illinois in the year 1864, where he resided the rest of his life. At the time of his death he was 69 years, one month and 23 days of age. One infant daughter preceded him in death.
He leaves to mourn his departure, besides a host of friends and relatives, his wife, Mrs. Nettie Waters, six children, Orange Martin of California, William Abraham of Oklahoma, Essie Marie Selby of Lawrenceville, John Ramsey of Pinkstaff, Jessie Irene Delong, and Bessie Leona at home. He also leaves one brother Rome Waters, one sister Clara Waters, and two half-brothers.
Daily News, January 12, 1927

Mrs. Florence Umstot Shields
Mrs. Florence Umstot Shields of Annapolis vicinity died this morning.
She is survived by one sister, Mrs. Henry Maddox, and four brothers, Jake of Annapolis, John, Bert and Zimri, all of Martinsville.
Daily News, January 15, 1927

Sarah E. Tracy
Sarah E. Tracy, mother of George E. Tracy, deputy county treasurer, died at her home 6 miles northwest of Oblong, near Kibbie, last night. Mrs. Tracy was near 80 years of age.
She is survived by the above son, George Tracy, one daughter Mrs. Charles Snider of Rural Route 3, one sister Mrs. John Terrell of Hunt City.
Daily News, January 22, 1927

Mrs. John Burris
After a prolonged illness of almost a year Mrs. John Burris died at her home near New Hebron Monday (Jan. 24) morning.
She is survived by the husband, five children, Mrs. Chester Adams of Rantoul, Mrs. Estelle McPherson of Robinson, Leo, Maxine and Naomi Burris, all at home; two sisters, Mrs. Oscar Wilson of Robinson, Mrs. Arthur Garrard of Palestine, seven brothers, Chester, Joseph, Francis, Charles, and Lester Biggs of Palestine, Isaac and George Biggs, both of Willow Hill. She is also survived by her father, J. G. Biggs of Palestine.
Daily News, January 25, 1927

Rebecca Ann Paddick
Rebecca Ann Hurd was born in Madison county, Ohio, near London, January 25, 1858, and departed this life January 25, 1927, aged 89 years. The deceased was united in marriage to Velzer Paddick Nov. 14, 1875. To this union were born five children, one having preceded her in death.
She leaves to mourn her death a husband, four children, Dora Hills of Pocahontas, Ark., Anna Phillips of Oblong, Ill. And Purl Paddock of Indianapolis, and Sadie Dowell of Oblong, Ill., one sister, Mrs. Rhoda Davis of Chauncey, Illinois.
Daily News, February 1, 1927

William A. Thompson
William A. Thompson, the son of Joseph and Nancy A. Thompson, was born in Flat Rock, Illinois, the 29th day of May, 1871, departed this life on the 3rd day of February, 1927, aged 55 years, 8 months and five days.
He received his early education in the public schools of the county, after which he attended college at Danville, Indiana, and was a teacher in the public schools of Crawford and Lawrence counties. While teaching he began the study of law in the office of Valmore Parker and was admitted to the bar in 1895. Upon his admittance to the bar he came to Robinson and opened a law office for the practice of his profession. In 1904 he was elected States Attorney and filled that office during the oil boom. After his being state’s attorney he was elected city attorney of the city of Robinson, and filled that position for three terms, during which time a large number of the streets of the city were paved. He filled all the positions with efficiency and to the advantage of the parties he represented.
On the 16th of December 1896, he was joined in marriage with Miss Lena L. Mills of Birds, Ill., who preceded him in death on the 15th day of August, 1922. He leaves one sister, Mrs. Thomas Whipkey, one half-brother, Ira Thompson of this city, and his step-mother, Mrs. Mary E. Thompson. His brother Alva preceded him in death just a month before.

Julia Ann Mullins
Julia Ann Highsmith Mullins, daughter of E. G. and Harriet Highsmith, was born in Crawford county, near Flat Rock, Ill., May 6, 1862, and departed this life at her home near Robinson Jan. 29, 1927 at the age of 64 years, seven months and 23 days.
She was united in marriage to J. A. Mullins April 2, 1881. To this union six children were born, the following of whom survive: Ralph P. Mullins, Greencastle, Ind.; Mrs. Ocie L. Shew of West York. Ill.; Ernest F. Mullins, Marshfield, Oregon, and Oscar B. Mullins of Russell, Kansas; two dying in infancy.
Daily News, February 3, 1927

John Henry Wilson
John Henry Wilson was born in Indiana July 14th, 1852, and died February 1st., 1927, at his home 203 Elm street, Robinson. While he was yet in infancy his parents moved to Jasper county in 1854, where he lived until 1885, at which time he moved to Owen county, Kentucky, where he lived one year, during which time he married Annie T. Coats. They then moved to Tennessee where they lived sixteen years and from there went to Georgetown, Kentucky, where they lived for five years. Leaving there they made their home in Robinson until his death, nineteen years later. Beside his widow he is survived by two sons, Albert C., of Chicago, and William W. of Miami, Fla.
Daily News, February 14, 1927

Laura E. Newlin Brown
Laura E. Newlin was born May 19, 1871, and departed this life on February 12, 1927. She was the daughter of Clark and Mary Newlin, both of whom preceded her in death. She was married May 10, 1891 to Grant Brown, who survives her. To this union were born five children, Ms. Gale Correll, Lawrence Brown, Mrs. Maude Correll, Mrs. Emily Walters, all of this county, and Kenneth Brown of Kankakee, Ill., all of whom survive her.
She leaves one brother, Lawrence Newlin of Grand Prairie: one sister, Mrs. Sarah Leggitt of Augusta, Kan.; half-sister, Mrs. Ruth McGovern of Willow Hill.
Daily News, February 15, 1927

George Harvey Parker
George Harvey Parker, son of Henry and Mary Parker, was born on the old Parker homestead some five miles west of Flat Rock, Ill., Sept. 4th, 1869. He died at his home on East Main street, Robinson, Feb. 23, 1927, aged 57 years, four months and nine days.
He was united in marriage to Miss Lillie Maxwell of near Flat Rock, Dec. 1, 1891. Estella (Love) Guyer, a cousin of Mrs. Parker, was taken into their home at the age of four years and remained for some 20 years, dying about two years ago. A daughter of Mrs. Guyer, Lilly Rose, now some six years of age, was taken into their home at the age of 16 months.
Mr. and Mrs. Parker lived on a farm near Flat Rock until 1908 when they moved to Flat Rock, living there until 1924, when they moved to their present home in Robinson.
Mr. Parker is survived by the faithful companion and Lille Rose, as mentioned above, and her brother Joe, one brother Valmore Parker, attorney of Robinson, two sisters, Mrs. Ella Adams and Mrs. Stella Conover of Flat Rock.
Daily News, March 2, 1927

Duane McCarter
Duane McCarter, son of Mr. and Mrs. Alex McCarter, was born in Lawrence county, Illinois, Oct. 23, 1859, and passed from life February 28, 1927, aged 67 years, 5 months and 5 days.
On November 17, 1892, he was married to Mariah E. Parker, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Tom Parker, of Canaan vicinity and to them were born 7 children, Eva, Rilla, Harry, May, and an infant who preceded him in death.
His faithful wife, a son Roy, and a daughter Bessie, are left in the sad home.
Daily News, March 10, 1927

Mary J. Patterson
Mary J. daughter of Robert and Didana Wills, was born in Brown county, Ohio, April 10, 1855, and departed this life July 10, 1927, age 74 years, three months. She was united in marriage to William C. Patterson, December 28, 1875. He has preceded her to the great beyond.
Mother leaves to mourn her departure five children, Mrs. Ral Pennington of Bridgeport, Mrs. Nellie Zerkel of Robinson, Omar Patterson, Champaign, and Resta Patterson of Robinson, Mrs. Clark Carey of Hardinville, all of this state.
She also leaves two sisters, Mrs. Elizabeth McWilliams, of Hammond, Ind., and Mrs. Clara Pasley of Robinson.
Daily News, July 27, 1927

Rev. Frank B. Longenecker
Rev. Frank B. Longenecker was born in Crawford county, Illinois, August 19, 1871, died July 15, 1927, aged 55 years, 10 months and 26 days. He spent twenty years of his life in the ministry, being a member of the St. Louis M. E. Conference. He leaves surviving him, his wife and three children: Edytha, Frank Jr., and Rufus M.; also two sisters, Mrs. V. Coombes of this city and Mrs. Mary S. Reibold of Santa Monica, Calif.
Daily News, July 21, 1927

Mrs. Sarah Martin
Sarah Emeline Martin, daughter of Matilda Seaney and W. M. Funk, was born at Palestine, Ill., February 19, 1848 and passed away at her home in Robinson July 22, 1927.
Four children are left to mourn her departure: Leon Fox, Mrs. Chester Steel and W. W. Martin of this city, and John A. Martin of Gary, Indiana; also one sister Mrs. Perry Brimberry of Palestine and one brother, Al Funk of Mattoon.
Daily News, July 22, 1927

Mrs. Sarah Martin
She grew to young womanhood in Palestine and was married to Charles B. Fox in 1870. to this union were born \4 children, Leon Fox and Mrs. Chester Steel of this city, the other two dying in infancy.
After the death of Charles B. Fox on October 24, 1876 she was married to W. W. Martin in 1884. Two children were born of this marriage, A. Martin of Gary, Ind., and W.W. Martin of this city.
Daily News, July 27, 1927

Charles D. Granby
Charles D. Granby, son of David Granby and Mary Brown Granby, was born in Crawford county, Illinois, March 13, 1852 and departed this life on April 9, 1927 at his home 2 miles north of Porterville, aged 75 years and 26 days.
Mr. Granby was united in marriage with Eliza Steers on December 4, 1884, who survives him. To this union two daughters were born, Mrs. Alva Smith of Porterville and Mrs. Jack Griffith of Terre Haute, who, with their husbands, survive him. He is also survived by three grandchildren, Walter, Minnie Maxine and Elwood Smith, two sisters Mrs. Joseph Dispennett of near Robinson, and Mrs. Frank Wilson of Porterville, one brother Albert of Porterville. One brother and one sister preceded him in death.
Daily News, April 14, 1927

Mollie J. McNece Cook
Mollie J., daughter of Wm. H. and Elizabeth Lister, was born near Carroll county, Ky., August 25, 1850 and departed this life Aug. 29, 1927, aged 77 years and four days.
She was united in marriage to John W. McNece June 24, 1871. To this union were born one daughter, May. She {He} died in 1876 and was again married to J. J. Cook on July 4, 1875. [?] To this union seven children were born: Nellie, who died in 1877; Wm. J. Cook, Kissimmee, Fla.; Lillie Bell Steel, Robinson, Ill.; Iva Elizabeth Jones, Foster, Mo.; Ethel Gertrude Dayson, Kissimmee, Fla.; Susie Blanche Wetterow, Birds, Ill.; Roy L. Cook, Bridgeport, Ill.; Her husband, J. J. Cook preceded her in death six years.
Besides the children mentioned she leaves to mourn their loss, two brothers, D. D. Lester, Anderson, Ind., and Everett Lester, Poplar Bluff, Mo., one sister, Eva L. Pitner, Clay City, Ill.
Daily News, September 3, 1927

Hannah Elizabeth Lackey Norton
Hannah Elizabeth Lackey, daughter of Alexander and Vianna Lackey, was born near Russellville, Lawrence county, Ill., on April 18, 1851, and died Sept. 2, 1927, age 76 years, four months and 14 days. She was left an orphan when a small child. Her mother dying when she was three years old and her father when she was only five. She lived with her grandmother and an uncle, Wm. Lackey until she was married to Chas. J. Norton on February 26, 1871. To this union were born nine children: Hattie East of Coal City, Ind., Harry P. Norton of Loveland, Colo.; Thede Mae McGovern of Robinson, Ill.; Urban A. Norton of Indianapolis, Ind.; Bert C. Norton and Lela Norton at home, Frank Norton of Gordon, Chas. E. Norton of Loveland, Colo., and Ruben C. Norton of Palestine, Ill., all living.
Daily News, September 5, 1927

Mrs. Mollie Richart
Mrs. Mollie Richart died at her home two miles northeast of Hardinsville at six o’clock on Monday evening (Jan. 23) at the age of 69 years, 9 months and 27 days. She will be buried on Thursday at one o’clock at Richart cemetery, funeral at Zion church.
Mrs. Richart was preceded in death by her husband, who died in April, 1925. She left eleven children; Lucy, who lived with her mother; John, at home; Chloe Hedges, Flat Rock, Ill.; Eli, at home, Frank, at home; Della East, on home place; Ann, at home; Clarence, Garnett, Kansas; Goldie, at home; Faith, at home, and Hazel, at home.
Daily News, January 25, 1928

Bruce Smith
Bruce Smith of Oblong fell dead this morning while pumping water for horses at the Stanley Dees farm, four miles northeast of that city.
Smith was a man about 69 years of age, a widower, his wife having died more then twelve years ago. He made his home, while not absent from the city on business duties, with J. S. Smith, of East Main Street, Oblong, a brother. Another brother, Clark, is also a resident of Oblong, and a third brother Frank lives in Terre Haute.
Daily News, December 23, 1927

Melissa Dudley Kinney
Melissa Dudley was born near Springfield, Ohio, March 14, 1844, and departed this life at the home of her son, E. D. Kinney, in Robison, Illinois, January 21, 1928, aged 83 years, 10 months and seven days.
She was the daughter of James M. and Rachel Dudley, and was one of a family of ten children, all her brothers and sisters having preceded her in death.
When she was 14 years of age her father, with his family, traveling overland by means of a covered wagon, came to Illinois and settled in this county, in the vicinity where she grew to womanhood.
When a young woman she taught school in her home county until her marriage.
She came of Revolutionary ancestry, her grandfather serving under Washington in the war for independence, and Mrs. Kinney was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution.
On September 7, 1885, she was married to Eldridge Kinney, he departing this life March 20, 1902. To them were born five sons: E. D. Kinney of Robinson; Henry O. Kinney, living near Trimble; George E. Kinney of Palestine, and Leo L. Kinney of Watertown, Fla., and Frank Kinney, who died in childhood; also two daughters, Fannie Houts, now deceased, and Martha Wilson of Robinson. She also leaves surviving one stepson, A. B. Kinney of near Trimble.
Daily News, Jan. 25, 1928

John C. Maxwell
Judge John C. Maxwell passed away at ten o’clock Saturday night, at the family home, 601 South Franklin street, following a general decline in health that had confined him to his home for some months.
Judge Maxwell was born on September 26, 1847 in Blount county, Ky., and was at the time of his death 82 years, two months and eight days old. He came to Crawford county with his parents when a baby one year old, and spent the remainder of his life in this county. He graduated from a college at Lebanon, Ohio, in 1872. Like most other ambitious young men of that period he studied law in the office of the late E. Callahan, and was admitted to the bar in 1876 and entered at once upon the practice of his profession in this city. During the years since, he was elected and served three terms as county judge.
On October 18, 1881, he united in marriage with Miss Gertrude E. Jackson at New Albany, Ind. Of this union three children were born, who with their mother, survive the father and husband. The children are: Attorney Stoy J. Maxwell of this city; Lyle Maxwell, Canebrake, La., Mrs. Eugene F. Mail, also of Robinson.
Daily News, February 6, 1928

J. D. Highsmith
J. D. Highsmith, 72 years old., for several years an invalid following a stroke of paralysis, died on Saturday at twelve o’clock at his home south of New Hebron.
He is survived by his wife and brother, Lee Highsmith of Good Hope, near Flat Rock.
Daily News, February 6, 1928

George Washington Murdock
George Washington Murdock, son of Abraham and Elizabeth Dennis Murdock, was born in Perry county, Ohio, November 6, 1848, and died at his home in Oblong, Ill., February 4, 1928, aged 79 years, 2 months and 4 days. He was married to Mary Elizabeth Wall. To this union were born the following living children: Edward of Oblong, Harry of St. Louis, Mo., and Mrs. Daisy Hayes of Muskegon, Mich. Mrs. Murdock preceded him a number of years ago and he later married Mary Jane Wilson. He leaves to mourn his departure one brother, Alva Murdock, one sister, Mrs. George Wall of Sapulpa, Okla., two sons, Edward and Harry, and daughter, Mrs. Daisy Hayes, one step-daughter Mrs. Evelyn Maloney of Kansas City, Mo., and a loving companion, his wife.
Daily News, Feb. 8, 1928

John Douglas Highsmith
John Douglas, son of Ahijah and Cynthia Highsmith, was born January 1st, 1858 on the old Highsmith homestead near the Hurricane school house, and passed away to the beyond, February 5, 1928, aged 72 years, one month and four days.
He grew up and had always lived in West Honey Creek being one of the younger in a family of twelve children, the following growing to maturity: Sarah Parker, Harriet Rundle, William, Leander, Douglas and Levi, with only the last named, Levi, remaining.
On December 27, 1888, Douglas was united in marriage with Julia E. VanWinkle, also of Honey Creek, who survives him. Daily News, Feb. 10, 1928

Loretta Barton Taylor
Loretta, daughter of James and Mary Barton, was born in Coshocton county, Ohio, January 7, 1861, died February 16, 1928, age 67 years, 1 month and 9 days.
She came to Illinois in 1868 and has resided in this county ever since.
She was united in marriage to Lewis F. Taylor December 30, 1883. To this union were born eight children, five of whom survive: L. Frank Taylor, Leroy Taylor, Grace R. Tracy, Opal F. Tracy, all of Crawford county, and Clarence Taylor of Shreveport, La. Three died in infancy, Willie, Dora and Noble.
Daily News, February 20, 1928

David W. Faught
David W. Faught of Annapolis vicinity died at 12:30 today.
Mr. Faught is survived by his wife and nine children. The children are: Ms. C. E. Mitchell, Eaton; Mrs. Ell Barrett, Annapolis; Mrs. J. B. Holmes, Eaton vicinity; Frank Faught, Annapolis; Otto Faught, Canada; Mrs. Dale Price, who lived at the family home and cared for her aged parents; Grover Faught, Florida; Mrs. J. B. Hershey, Colo.; Mrs. Effie Smith, Robinson; One son, Dr. William Faught and one daughter, Mrs. Louis Wilbert, preceded their father in death. One brother, William Faught of Jasper county, and one sister, Mrs. Roe Savidge, of Eaton, survive.
Daily News, March 26, 1928

Dr. C. E. Price
Dr. C. E. Price died at 4:30 o’clock Tuesday afternoon, March 27, 1928.
He was the son of Dr. James and Sarah Price and was borna t Westville, Illinois, July 28, 1860. When this son was just 18 months old his father was taken in death and his mother took him to her home near Eaton, Ill., where they lived until her marriage to Dr. C. Barlow. After this event they moved into Porterville, where Dr. Barlow continued his practice, and where Cyrus Edgar grew to manhood.
He attended Union Christian college at Merom, Ind., and afterwards went to Eureka, Ill., in preparation for his medical education. He went to Rush Medical College at Chicago and was graduated in 1893. He returned to Eaton, Ill., for the practice of his profession and Dr. Barlow located in Robinson.
While attending school at Eureka Dr. Price met Miss Harriet J. Galloway of Streator, Ill., and in October 1895 they were joined in marriage. They went to housekeeping in Eaton and here their children were born, all of whom are living, viz: Harold Edgar of Glendale, Calif.; Helen Marjorie, Robert Smith; Charles Donald and Harriet Virginia. In 1907 Dr. Price and family moved to Robinson. He was one of the four doctors who established and built the Robinson hospital.
Daily News, March 30, 1928

Emeline Mikeworth York
Emeline, daughter of John and Jemina Mikeworth, was born March 26, 1848, and died at the home of her son, Lindsay York, two miles north of Palestine. She was 80 years old, dying on her birthday. She was born in Licking county, Ohio, and came to Illinois with her parents at the age of 2 years.
She was united in marriage with Isaac York in 1869, he dying in 1883.
To this union were born seven children, three sons dying in infancy and Arthur at the age of seventeen years. Three children survive: Minta Bartlett of near New Hebron, and Parmer and Lindsay York of Palestine. One brother, David Mikeworth of Chicago.
Daily News, March 30, 1928






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