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Mrs. George Walter
Death came this morning to Mrs. George Walter, 71, after an illness of several years.
She is survived by her husband, three daughters, Mrs. J. D. Bonham, Mrs. T. J. Parker and Mrs. Guy Jones, a son, Roscoe Walter, all of this city, two sisters, Mrs. Adeline Walters of Oblong and Mrs. Flo Tipton of Oklahoma; two brothers, Andy Henderson, living two miles southwest of town, and Joe Henderson of Indianapolis.
Mrs. Walter was the daughter of Hickman Henderson, sheriff of this county several years ago. She moved to this city from her home southwest of here when she was a little girl and has lived in her West Plum street home for over thirty-five years.
Daily News, March 31, 1928


Mary Alice Walter
Mary Alice Walter, daughter of ex-sheriff Hickman Henderson and Rebecca Henderson, was born near this city July 24, 1857, and passed away at her home here March 28.
She was married to George L. Walter February 25th, 1877 and to them were born seven children, four sons and three daughters.
Daily News, March 8, 1928

Everett McNiece Shipman
Everett McNiece Shipman, son and only child of John and Francis Shipman, was born in Crawford county, three miles east of Hardinville, on March 16, 1874 and departed this life March 3, 1928, aged 53 years, 11 months and 16 days. He was married to Clara Hulbert and to this union were born two children, Mrs. Pansy Marshall and Fresco Shipman, both at Hardinville.
His entire life was spent in and around Hardinville. He was educated in the Hardinsville school and in early life taught school; later he entered the medical college in Louisville, Ky., and graduated from there in 1900. He first began his practice in Landes, Ill., and practiced there until 1906, when he moved his family to Hardinville.
Daily News, March 9, 1928


Mrs. Phebe Hamilton
Mrs. Phoebe Hamilton, daughter of Samuel and Margaret Smith, was born in Licking county, Ohio, in 1850 and went to her corning March 17, 1928.
She came with her parents from Ohio to Illinois in 1854 when four years old, and settled near Robinson.
She was united in marriage to William Brice Hamilton February 14, 1877.
Those living to mourn their loss are: Lewis Hamilton of Chrisman, Ill., Bertha Hamilton of Mattoon, Arthur Hamilton of Billings, Mont., Eugene Hamilton of Robison, and Mrs. Grace Masters of Robinson ….and two sisters, Mrs. Jane Dennis of Oblong, and Mrs. Alice M. Dean of Palestine.
Daily News, March 22, 1928


Neadham Wilson
Neadham Wilson was born near Goldsboro, North Carolina, March 5, 1841, and departed this life July 2, 1928, aged 87 years, 3 months and 27 days.
He was the oldest son of Washington Wilson and his wife Allie, whose maiden name was Perkins.
He came to Illinois when six years old, with his parents, who came in company with other neighboring families, made the journey from North Carolina to Illinois by way of covered wagons, and these families made a settlement in the hitherto unsettled territory of this county northwest of Hutsonville and established new homes there.
He was married in 1868 to Isabelle Stafford Camlin, of Clark county, Missouri, and established a home for himself and his wife in the same neighborhood in which he was brought up. To this union were born two children, the eldest dying in infancy. The other son, who is Geo. W. Wilson, now residing in Robinson, survives his parents, the wife and mother dying in September 1913. In addition to the son he leaves surviving three brothers, Alfred Wilson of Hutsonville, William Wilson of Oblong, and Nathan Wilson, residing in northwest Missouri. Also four sisters, Sally Wilson, Mrs. Mary Rhine and Mrs. Martha Raines of Oblong, and Mrs. Ruth Raines of near Merom, Indiana..
Daily News, July 10, 1928


Mrs. Elizabeth Wakefield
Mrs. Elizabeth Wakefield, 69 years old, widow of the late Wallace T. Wakefield, was found dead in bed at about 8 o’clock this morning at her home six miles southeast of Robinson.
The deceased is survived by a son and daughter, Clifford Wakefield and Mrs. Charles Buskirk, also four grandchildren, Ruth and Roger Wakefield and Misses Alda and Georgia Buskirk; one brother Newton Fristoe of South Bend, Ind..
Daily News, August 25, 1928


Thomas C. Walter
Thomas C. Walter was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, December 27, 1848 and departed this life August 27th, 1928, aged 79 years, 8 months. He came from Wayne county with his parents when but a small boy, and lived around Robison his entire life. He was married to Elizabeth Eschilman in 1870. To this union were born five children. He is survived by one brother, G. T. Walter of Robinson, two sons, Vernon of Littles, Indiana, and Ulysses with whom he has made his home for the past two years.
Daily News, August 29, 1928


David W. Faught
David W. Faught, son of Wesley and Rebecca Stover Faught, was born in Licking county, Ohio, April 7, 1838. Died at his home southeast of Annapolis, Ill., March 26, 1928.
He was the oldest of a family of eight children, all of whom have passed on, except Wm. N. Faught, of Jasper county, Ill., and Mrs. Emmeline Savidge, of Eaton, Ill.
When he was seven years old he came with his parents to Crawford County, Ill. They lived on a farm one mile west of Porterville, where he spent the greater portion of his life. He was one of the pioneer school teachers of Crawford county, teaching his first school about three miles south of Bellair, also teaching the first school that was ever taught in Porterville.
Practically all his life he served his township in public affairs as squire, notary public and school treasurer.
On October 28, 1865 he was married to Miss Clara Ellen Newlin, daughter of Abraham and Mary Newlin, who survives him. To this union were born thirteen children, two dying in infancy. One daughter, Mrs. Vida Wilbert died in 1904 and in 1907 the oldest son, Wm. C. passed away. The remaining nine children are Otto R., who lives in Alberta, Can.; Grover A., in West Palm Beach, Fla.; and Mrs. Zora Hershey in Colorado Springs. The remaining six, Mrs. Mary Holmes, Mrs. Tavia Mitchell, Mrs. Etella Barnett, Mrs. Effie Smith, Mrs. Alma Price and Frank T., all living in Crawford county, Ill.
Daily News, April 6, 1928

Barbee Lillie
D. C. Allison of this city early today received word of the death of his uncle, Barbee Lillie, victim of organic trouble, who died at the age of 84 in his home in Poplar Bluffs, Mo., this morning.
Mr. Lillie was a resident of this city about thirty years ago, and recently made a visit here to see relatives.
Daily News, May 9, 1928


Lawson Cannon
Lawson Cannon died, aged 70, at his home in Oakland, Mississippi, Saturday afternoon (Sept. 1)
Mr. Cannon is survived by his children, W. C. of Emison, Ind., Elmer of Robinson, C. H. of Vincennes, S. C. of the far west, Merrell and Ralph and Emily Jane, of Oakland, Miss.
One brother, Isaac, of Birds, and one sister, Laura Smith, of Champaign, also survive.
Daily News, September 3, 1928


Violet Elizabeth Fristoe Wakefield
Violet Elizabeth Fristoe was born February 19, 1859 near Hardinville. Here she grew to womanhood and on March 6th, 1879 she was united in marriage with Wallace T. Wakefield by Rev. Nelson Stauffer of the M. E. church at Leeper Chapel. To this union were born two children, Edith Wakefield Buskirk and Clifford Wakefield.
She was of a family of four children, May Lovett and Frank Fristoe, who have preceded her in death, and Newton Fristoe, who has resided in South Bend, Ind., for several years.
Daily News, August 30, 1928


Sarah Barlow*Price
Mrs. Sarah Johanna Barlow, the daughter of Robert and Mary Smith, Crawford county pioneers, was born in Crawford county, Illinois, August 29, 1842, and departed this life at her home in Robinson, Illinois, September 7th, 1928, at the ripe age of 86 years and 8 days. She was the eldest of eight children, only three of whom survive: one brother, Everett Price of Palestine, Ill., and two sisters, Mrs. F. A. Growe of Long Beach, California, and Miss Alice Price of Robinson.
In 1867 she was married to Dr. James Price. Dr. G. E. Price, the only child of this union, preceded his mother in death on March 27, 1928.
She was married to Dr. C. Barlow February 28th, 1877 and to this union four children were born, two of whom survive, Brodie of Robinson, and Mrs. Mary Bell of Tulsa, Oklahoma
Daily News, September 10, 1928


Allen Newlin
Allen Newlin, son of Jonathan and Addie Newlin, was born in Crawford county, Illinois, Dec. 16, 1846, and departed this life Sept. 27, 1928. Age 81 years, 9 months and 11 days.
He leaves to mourn their loss one half-brother, Noah Newlin, with whom he made his home, and two half-sisters, Mrs. Belle Metheny and Mrs. Sarah Smith.
Funeral and burial at West harmony church
Daily News, October 2, 1928


Mary Baker Pettyjohn
Mrs. Mary Baker Pettyjohn, youngest daughter of the late Aunt Rachel Edgington, died at her home in New Hardy, Ark., on Saturday, (Sept. 29) according to word received by friends here.
Mrs. Pettyjohn was born in Heathsville vicinity and spent her girlhood days there. After her marriage to Wm. Pettyjohn of Lawrence county she lived in Union district for several years, moving at last to her present home in Arkansas.
She suffered a stroke of paralysis last week and her brothers, Andrew and Harlan Baker were notified of the seriousness of her condition. At the time of her death Harlan and a nephew, Lindsay Baker, were at the bedside with the family.
Her only sister, Melinda Wynn, and brother, John, preceded her in death, leaving two brothers, Andrew J. and Harlan.
Daily News, October 3, 1928

Arthur Elmer Cortelyou
Arthur Elmer Cortelyou, son of John and Mary Cortelyou, was born February 16, 1868, in Crawford county, Ill., about five miles southwest of Robinson, a few months after his parents came to this county from near Cincinnati, Ohio. He departed this life October 2, age 60 years, 7 months and 17 days.
He leaves his wife and eight children, Mrs. Elva Kibler of Robinson, Ernest of Bartlesville, Okla.; Leonard of Wink, Tex.; Beulah, Zona, Alva, George and Maxine, at home. Two brothers, Allen and Herbert, survive him. One daughter Vern, and two brothers, William and Frank, preceded him in death.
Daily News, October 5, 1928

Mrs. Mary McKnight
Mrs. Mary E. McKnight died early Sunday morning at the St. Anthony hospital in Effingham. (Oct. 7).
Surviving relatives are two sons, J. B. McKnight, cashier of the First National Bank of Oblong, and John McKnight, who lives near Annapolis. A daughter, Ms. LaVerne Leggitt, and son Robert, besides her husband (Robert) preceded her in death.
Daily News, October 8, 1928


Miss Alice J. Price
Miss Alice J. Price entered this life January 13, 1852 at the old farm home seven miles northwest of Robinson, Ill. And took her depature October 8, 1928 from the home of her brother Everett in Palestine.
She was the daughter of James D. and Mary E. Price. This union was blessed with eight children: Thomas Speed, Alice J., John E., Minnie, Austin G., Luella C., Everett K. and Norval. There were two half-brothers, James and Cyrus, by their father’s first marriage, also by the mother’s first marriage a half-brother, Pendleton Smith and a half sister, better known as Mrs. Joanna Barlow, who passed away September 7, 1928.
Daily News, October 18, 1928


James H. Parker
James H. Parker, son of Thomas Parker and Mariah Parker was born in Honey Creek township, Crawford county, Ill., August 8th, 1858, and met his death in a railroad crossing accident in Springfield, Mo., October 1st. 1928. He was 69 years, 2 months and 15 days old.
He was the youngest of a family of 15 children and the last survivor of the same. He was married to Louisiana Crampton in 1878. to this union six children were born, four of whom are living and reside as follows” Martha Jane (Mrs. James Brow) of Laird, Colo., Mabel Mariah (Mrs. James Holt) of Haigler, Neb., Robert Lincoln Parker of Ashton, Ohio, and Fred Dickson Parker of Fisher, Ark. His first wife died in 1895, and he later married Mary Smith of Springfield, Mo. She, along with three children, Hazel, Avis and James Jr., are now living in Springfield, Mo.
Daily News, October 30, 1928


Otho Allen
Eoff (Otho) Allen, who was seventy-eight years old last February, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Martha Scott, two miles southeast of Oblong, at 11 o’clock Thursday morning (Nov. 8).
Mr. Allen was a member of Company E. of the 154th Infantry, Illinois Volunteers, during the Civil War.
Surviving children are Mrs. Martha Scott, Wm. Allen, and Mrs. Pearl Clark of Oblong vicinity, Mrs. Bertha Rodgers, of Chicago, and Jerry Allen of Ft. Adams, Alaska.
Daily News, November 9, 1928


Mary Jane Mefford
Mary Jane, daughter of David and Mary Firebaugh, was born in Bellefontaine, Ohio, May 4, 1855.
When but a few months old she came with her parents to Robinson, living for a short time in the south part of town, then moving to the farm four miles west. They lived there until 1882, when they came to the present home on North Cross.
In 1901 she was married to L. D. Mefford, who preceded her in death almost two years ago. To this union one son was born, Joseph of this city.
Mrs. Mefford died on November 9, 1928, at the age of seventy-three years, six months and five days.
She was an only daughter, with nine brothers, only one of whom survives, Joseph, of San Francisco, Calif.
Daily News, November 12, 1928


Thomas Noah Cox
Thomas Noah Cox was born in Johnson county, Illinois, June 30, 1854. Died at his home west of Hutsonville Nov. 22, 1928. He was the son of Calvin and Hannah (Reynolds) Cox, and the youngest of a family of thirteen children. His father died when he was two years of age, and later his mother moved with the family to Hutsonville, where he has since resided. He was united in marriage to Miss Ora E. Chambers, June 13, 1882. To this union were born four children, all of whom survive him, namely: Mrs. Ethel Voorheis, Miss Bertha Cox, Mrs. Naomi Crocker, and son Chambers, all of Hutsonville. Four grandchildren, Mary Alice and Emma Voorheis, Austin and Herschel Crocker.
Daily News, November 30, 1928


William Dispennett
William Dispennett, son of Jacob and Phoebe Dispennett, was born in Licking county, Ohio, Jan. 21, 1842, and departed this life Nov. 25, aged 86 years, 10 months and 4 days.
While he was still a small child his parents came to this county and settled in Grassy Hollow vicinity, living there until he was married. He then moved to his home near Wilson schoolhouse where he lived until his death. His mother’s parents came to this country from Germany when she was only nine weeks old. He was one of six children. One brother, Joe, remains.
He was united in marriage to Mahala Coffman, April 15, 1874, and to this union was born six children. His wife and three children preceded him in death. Three children survive, namely: Mrs. Lena Hockman, Pearley, and Mrs. Lewis, all of Robinson.
Daily News, December 5, 1928

Charles Houston
Charles Houston was born in Anderson county, Missouri, November 22, 1842, and passed on to his reward November 30, 1928, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. N. J. Highsmith, of Robinson, Ill., age 86 years and 8 days.
He was married to Elizabeth Wall of Sullivan county, Ind., September 23, 1866. To this union nine children …5 boys and 4 girls…were born, five of whom survive.
Mr. Houston had been a  resident of Crawford County for 52 years.
He leaves to mourn their loss five children: Elias Houston of Hutsonville; Leonard of Lawrenceville: Edward of Hardinsville; Mrs. George Mann of Oblong, and Mrs. N. J. Highsmith of Robinson..
Daily News, December 5, 1928


Mrs. Clara A. Newlin
Mrs. Clara A. Newlin….died of injuries received in an automobile accident at Murfreesboro, Penn., on Thursday, Dec. 13, 1928.
Mrs. Newlin was the second daughter of Melville and Mary Coulter and was born in this county on Oct. 27, 1861. She was united in marriage to E. E. Newlin Jan. 1, 1885. To this union three children were born, namely: Mrs. E. C. Landgrebe of Huntingburg; Ind., Frank R. Newlin of Daytona Beach, Florida, and Mrs. Fred W. Kessler of Tulsa, Okla. These, with the husband and six grandchildren, of Hastings, Neb., Mrs. Arthur Hill of Robinson, and Mrs. W. C. Kessler of Chicago.
Daily News, December 18, 1928


Joseph Kirk
Joseph Kirk, the second son of Hugh and Jane Kirk, was born Dec. 17, 1850, and passed away at his home Dec. 14, 1928, just three days before his 78th birthday. He was married to Ursula Alexander Jan. 10, 1875. To this union thirteen children were born: Luella, Kay, Elijah, Belle, Leroy, an infant daughter, Dora, Milo, Lester, Claude, Arthur, Etta and Metta.
Elijah, the infant daughter and Claude all preceded him in death.
Daily News, December 19, 1928


Lavina Alice Phillipe
Lavina Alice, daughter of James W. and Rhoda Richards Lindsay, was born near Flat Rock, Crawford county, Ill., March 30, 1860 and died December 29, 1928, aged 68 years, 8 months and 29 days.
Of her father’s family five survive her: Nathaniel Lindsay of Birds, Ill., John of Tulsa, Okla., James, Rosalie and Mrs. Sarah Caverly of Robinson, and Mrs. Matilda Richey of Flat Rock.
On August 29, 1878 she was united in marriage to Joseph Phillippe. Into this home eleven children were born, two dying in infancy; Celesta, wife of Glen Fuller, Raymond and Chester, all of Lancaster, Ill., Lillie, wife of Lester Adams of Palestine, Martin of Robinson, Jeanette, wife of Grover Fuller of Flat Rock, Rosalie, wife of Arvel Sechrist of Lawrenceville, James, yet at home, and Joseph Franklin whose death by accident at the age of 21 was one of the deepest sorrows of her life.
Daily News, January 4, 1929


William Henry Higgins
William Henry Higgins, son of Jacob Higgins and Eliza Wesner Higgins was born in Crawford county, Illinois October 8, 1851.
He was married to Sarah A. Tobey November 18, 1878, with whom he celebrated his golden wedding anniversary in 1928. To this union were born five children: H. A. Higgins of San Bernardino, Calf.; W. L. Higgins who preceded him in death; Dr. H. A. Higgins of Little Rock, Arkansas; Mrs. Arch Davis of Robinson, and Mrs. C. W. Rowan of Hutsonville.
One half-brother A. C. Higgins, survives.
Daily News, January 24, 1929


Jonathan McGrew
Jonathan McGrew was born in Crawford county, near what is known as the Frog Pond schoolhouse, December 28, 1852; died at his home in Robinson, Ill., January 20, 1929, at the age of 76 years and 22 days. He was married to Sarah Ellen Sanders, October 18, 1874 at her home in Indianapolis, Ind. They lived in Crawford county and in and near Robinson all his life.
He is survived by the faithful companion of some 55 years, and seven children namely: Emma of California; John and Charles of Shreveport, La.; James of Terre Haute; Stella, Mary and Alta of Robinson; Eliza and Martha preceding him in death. Two brothers, William McGrew of Sullivan, Ind.; George McGrew of Colorado; two sisters, Emma Leggitt of Oblong, Ill., and Ida Johnson of Colorado.
Daily News, January 28, 1929

Jasper Newton Burch
Jasper Newton Burch, son of Ephraim and Nancy Burch, was born in Butler county, Ohio, February 19, 1853 and passed away at his home in Robinson February 1, 1929, aged 75 years, 11 months and 5 days. He was one of a family of 13 children, all having preceded him in death except one sister, Mrs. Clara Shire of Oakland, Calif., and one brother, Samuel Burch of Brazil, Ind.
He was married to Sarah Catherine Shire of Crawford county, Jan. 31, 1877. To this union were born: Martha Douglas of Indianapolis; Charles E. Burch of Crawford county; Edith Newlin of Boaz, New Mexico; Alvin B. Burch of Evansville, Ind.

Daily News February 8, 1929


Jeremiah Apple
Crawford county lost a worthy citizen Monday January 7, 1929, in the death of Jeremiah Apple.
He was the son of Henry and Matilda Apple and was born near Bidney, Ohio, on May6 24, 1850. At the age of 18 he came with his parents to this county and settled near Porterville.
He was married in March, 1873, to Lieusetta Jennings, who died December 29, 1915. Three children were born to them, viz: Mrs. Carrie Bergman of Robinson, an infant son deceased, and Dr. Marion Apple of Hutsonville. Mr. Apple is survived by two brothers, James and John D., and two sisters, Mrs. Martha Williamson and Mrs. Mary Gettinger, all of this county
Daily News, January 11, 1929


Mrs. Caroline Rhodes
Caroline, daughter of Ahi and Rachel Newlin, was born in Crawford county, Illinois, December 15, 1843, and departed this life at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Alice King in Oblong, January 14, 1929, aged 85 years, and 29 days. She was married to Alfred Henry Rhodes, February 23, 1863. To this union were born eight children, Mary, Katie, Everett and the infant daughter preceded her in death. Her aged companion passed away September 11, 1928.
The surviving children are as follows: Mrs. Clara Hart of Annapolis, Lawrence Rhodes and Mrs. Laura Smith of Eaton, and Mrs. Alice King of  Oblong.
Daily News, January 19, 1929

Eaton Ray Burner
Eaton Ray Burner, youngest child of Harvey and Mary Eaton Burner was born July 11, 1860 on the old homestead where he spent the greater part of his life.
On September 24, 1884 he was married to Laura Poorman. To this union were born one daughter, who survives him. After his wife passed away August 3, 1891, he and his daughter went to make their home with his parents who preceded him in death several years.
His death occurred January 16, 1929 at the age of 68 years, 8 months and 5 days.
He leaves to mourn their loss his devoted daughter Fern, and brother O. N. Burner of Robinson, one sister Mrs. Ora Rhodes of Centerville, Utah. One sister, Mrs. Orvel Myers, passed on in 1920.
Daily News, January 24, 1929

James Everett Baldwin
James Everett Baldwin, son of Eli M. and Mary Jane Baldwin was born in Mitchell, Ind., October 29, 1859. Departed this life February 20, 1929, age 69 years, 3 months and 22 days.
He was married to Lillie Baker December 6, 1906. To this union were born one child, Charles.
He leaves to mourn, a wife, one step-daughter, Mrs. Dale Zmich of Hammond, Ind., the son Charles, one brother, two sisters.
Daily News, March 5, 1929


Rachel J. Helpingstine Bickel Martin
Rachel J. Helpinstine was born in Crawford county Illinois January 13, 1844; and died March 6, 1929, age 85 years, one month and 21 days.
She was the daughter of Andrew and Sally Ann Helpingstine. She was united in marriage to John Bickel March 10, 1865, who was called to serve his country in the War of the Rebellion, and died while in service. To this union were born two children who have preceded her in death. She later was married to John C. Martin in the year of 1868, who has also preceded her in death.
To this union were born five children, James C. Martin of Lawrence county, Mrs. Charles E. Steffy of Tell City, Ind., Charles Martin, who died at the age of five years, Mrs. A. E. Shipman of Hardinville, and Mrs. Leonard Hatfield of Sabetha, Kan.
Daily News March 12, 1929

William A. Walters
William A. Walters, son of William and Flora Jane Mitchell, was born July 29, 1857 on a farm west of Robinson, and departed this life March 24, 1929, age seventy-one years, seven months and twenty-five days.
He was united in marriage to Helen Lackey November 3, 1880. To them were born five children, Tommy, who died as a small child; Bert, a fine young man, followed March 8, 1913; Ruth, an excellent young woman, joined her two brothers May 15, 1916.
Besides the mother of these children there remain two daughters, Bessie F., wife of E. Jesse Reed, Oblong, and Lyda, wife of Lester Swinger of LaMotte Prairie. He is survived by one brother, Henry S. Walters of Independence, Kansas, two sisters, Mrs. Rose Haskins, Merom Station, Ind., Mrs. Mary Misenhelder, Sullivan, and one half-sister, Mrs. Mary A. Henderson, New Hebron.
Daily News, March 29, 1929


Mary Jane Parker Barrick
Mary Jane Parker, daughter of Samuel and Emeline Parker, who were early pioneers of Crawford county, was born on a farm southeast of Robinson, Ill., on August 21, 1839, and departed this life on April 16, 1929, being at the time 89 years, 7 months and 25 days of age, having resided in Crawford county all her life.
She was united in marriage to Peter C. Barrick on October, 3, 1862. To this union were born six children, namely; George M. Barrick of Oblong vicinity, Sarah A. Walters, who lives near Robinson, Emma B. Lionbarger, deceased, Samuel J. Barrick of this city, Alice Umstot of Annapolis, and Clifford M. Barrick of this city.
Several years after her marriage she with her family moved to the farm northwest of Robinson, where she continued to reside until 21 years ago when she removed to this city, where she resided until her death.
Daily News, August 20, 1929


Samuel W. Miller
Samuel W. Miller, son of Henry H. and Luna Miller, was born about six miles south of Palestine on February 9, 1851. He departed this life April 18, 1929. Age 68 years, two months and nine days.
He was married to Mary J. Buchanan September 2, 1885. To this union were born two sons, George O., and Jasper B., both of whom are married and living at Sullivan, Ind. There are three surviving sisters as follows: Miss Kate Miller, Terre Haute, Ind., Mrs. Julia Espy, living south of Palestine, and Mrs. Mollie Buchanan of Banakin, C. C., Canada.
Daily News, April 24, 1929


Martha Wesner
Martha Wesner, the daughter of John and Nota Goodwin, was born in the State of Ohio on the 27th day of June in the year 1848, and came with her parents to Crawford County, Illinois when she was only five or six years of age, where she continued to live until the time of her death on the 3rd day of May, 1929, at the age of 80 years, ten months and six days.
She was married at the home of her parents to Alexander Wesner on the 25th day of July, 1867 and she and her husband continued to live together at the present homestead until his depth on the 12th day of September, 1910.
As the issue of this marriage five children were born: William A., Elmer C., Delia A., all of \whom survive her; Thomas, who died on the 23rd day of March, 1879, at the early age of six years and David T., who departed this life on the 29th day of March, 1909, at the age of 33 years.
Seven grandchildren survive her: Orval Wesner, the son of David T. and Julia Wesner: Martha Olive, the daughter of Elmer C. Wesner; Harold R. Wesner, Ray E. Wesner, Lawrence E. Wesner and Lois Marie Wesner, the children of William and Esther E. Wesner, and one great-granddaughter, Alene Wesner, the daughter of Orval and Lulu Wesner.
Della, together with her husband, Virgil Hulse, continued to reside at the old homestead which has been in continuous ownership of the Wesner family for ninety years.
Daily News, May 7, 1929

Mary Garrard
Mary Waldrop, daughter of Aquila and Elizabeth Waldrop, was born January 4, 1836, near the farm where she resided at the time of her death. She departed this life May 2, 1929, age 93 years, 3 months and 28 days.
She was united in marriage to Henry Garrard December 29, 1857. To this union eight children were born, five having preceded her in death. Three sons survive, namely Hunter, Palmer and Wesley, all of Palestine, Ill.
Mr. Garrard enlisted in the Civil War December 29, 1863, leaving his companion with the care of three small children. He was honorably discharged October 27, 1865. He departed this life February 14, 1920.
Daily News, May 9, 1929


Henry Sempsrote
Henry Sempsrote, son of Frederick and Anna Sempsrote, departed this life on May 31, 1929, aged sixty-nine years, nine months and twenty-three days.
He began this earthly life in Ripley County, Ind., but at an early age came with his parents, Frederick and Anna Sempsrote, to Jasper county, where the greater part of his life was spent.
In 1890 he was united in marriage to Rosella Mass, who preceded him in death twenty-nine years ago. To this union were born one daughter Elsie, and four sons, Paul, who departed this life at the age of five years, Earl, Harlin and Otto.
He is also survived by three brothers, Charles, William and John, and three sisters, Mrs. Carrie Plunkett, Mrs. Lizzie Coleman and Mrs. Anna Conrad.
His second marriage was to Emma Higgins on July 28, 1889. To this union were born four children, Luther Dewey of Mattoon, Henry Clay, Chester and Ester, all at home. There is also one stepson, Lee Higgins of Mattoon. [note the dates of first and second marriage do not add up]
Daily News, June 6, 1929


Dr. Frank Dunham
Dr. Frank Dunham died at 12:55 o’clock this afternoon. He was 66 years old, having lived most of his life in Robinson. He was born in this city March 23, 1863. He graduated from the Rush Medical College of Chicago, in 1887, and was licensed to practice in this state the same year. He commenced practicing in this city with Dr. Isaac L. Firebaugh, having previously read medicine in Dr. Firebaugh’s office.
Dr. Dunham was the son of Mr. and Mrs. S. H. Dunham, both having preceded him in death.
For a number of years Dr. Dunham has been in retirement and has not practiced in his profession.
He is survived by his wife and two daughters, Mrs. Rose Davis of San Francisco, Calif., and Mrs. Sam Shepherd of Erie, Penn.
Daily News, June 26, 1929

Agnes McCrillis Fisher
Agnes McCrillis, daughter of John and Hannah McCrillis, was born in Oblong, Ill., February 15, 1857, departed this life June 25, 1929, age 72 years, four months and fourteen days.
She was united in marriage August 20, 1874, to John B. Fisher, who is left to mourn.
To this union were born ten children, seven having preceded her in death. Those living are: Mrs. Sarah Medcalf of Lockport, Ill., Mrs. Mary Dill of Lost Hills, Calif., and George of Weott, Calif.
She also leaves one brother, Thomas McCrillis, and one sister, Mrs. Leah Allison, both of Oblong, Ill., four half sisters, Mrs. Anna Dennis, Mrs. Rachel Smith, Mrs. Virginia McMiller, and Mrs. Mary Ames, all of Oblong, Ill.
Daily News, July 5, 1929

John Finley Allison
John Finley Allison, whose home is southwest of Oblong, died at noon today of heart failure at the Robinson hospital. Mr. Allison was seventy-five years of age at the time of his death, and would have been seventy-six on October 14.
Two brothers and three sisters survive him. George Allison of this city is a brother, and the other brother is James A. Allison of Detroit, Michigan.
Daily News, July 13, 1929


Elizabeth Allison
Elizabeth Allison, daughter of David B. and Martha Lillie, was born September 21, 1847, at Robinson, Ill., and passed away July 9, 1929, at the home of her son, David C. Allison\. She was 81 years, 8 months and 18 days old. She leaves six children to mourn her departure; D. C. Allison of Robinson, S. F. and L. B. Allison and Mrs. Anna Montgomery of Flat Rock, Mrs. N. R. Kent of Detroit, Michigan, and Mrs. S. E. Hughes of Bridger, Montana. Also an aged sister, Mrs. Zarelda Smith of Washington, Ind.
Daily News, July 18, 1929


James Henry Sears
James Henry Sears was second in a family of eight children. He was born February 24, 1844, and grew to young manhood in the old Sears homestead, eight miles southwest of Robinson, in Honey Creek. He went home July 20, after finishing a life span of eight-five yeas, four months and twenty-six days.
Absalom and Maome Sears, living near the old homestead, and Mrs. Elizabeth Milam Kent, of Union, survive their brother.
Henry Sears was married to Maria E. Burr, April 4, 1867. His death ending a happy union of more than 62 years. To them were born ten children, three of whom died in childhood, and Marion, in young manhood.
Living sons and daughters are: Adam, living with his parents, Jasper Barlow of Omaha, Ark., Charles C. of Hamilton, Kans., Mrs. Eliza Tennant of near Grand Prairie, Mrs. Angie Garrard, living southwest of Robinson, and Leslie J. of Madison, Kansas.
Daily News, August 3, 1929

John B. Fisher
John B. Fisher, son of Philip and Mary Elizabeth Fisher, was born October 31, 1847, in Perry Co., Ohio, and on August 18, 1929 went to his crowning, age 81 years, 9 months and 17 days.
He was united in marriage with Agnes McCrillis of Oblong, Ill., on August 20, 1874, just 55 years ago today.
To this union were born ten children; seven preceded him in death. The three living are Mrs. Sarah Medcalf of Lockport, Ill., George E. Fisher of Weott, Calif., Mrs. James Dill of Lost Hill, Calif. One sister, Mrs. Etta Dee of Robinson, one brother Joe Fisher of Oblong.
Daily News August 24, 1929

William P. Brown
William P. Brown, son of Smith and Mary Brown, was born near Robinson, Ill., August 5, 1846 and departed this life August 26, 1929, at the age of 83 years and 21 days.
He was the fourth child of a family of fourteen children, all of whom have preceded him except Mrs. Martha Johnson of Valley Park, Missouri, Horace and Edwin Brown and Mrs. Arminta Griggs, all of Robinson.
He was united in marriage to Rachel Emily Green February 26, 1868, and to this union were born five children, Cora, Herbert, Cloid, Mrs. Mary Lamb and Vesta. Cora, Cloid and Vesta preceded him in death several years ago.
He also lost his wife April 28, 1901 and since then has made his home with his son Herbert of near Eaton, Ill.
He leaves seven grandchildren, Ralph, Arthur, Paul, Lois, Leona, and Norman Brown and Mrs. Emily Richards of Annapolis.
Daily News, Sept. 3, 1929

George W. Jones
George W. Jones, the oldest son of Mary A. Jones, was born in Martin township, near Hardinville, on October 23, 1858, and died in Robinson, September 28, 1929.
His boyhood was spent on his father’s farm near Hardinville.
He was married to Miss Rephemia Bales November 3, 1878, and to this union were born four boys, John Paul, Alfred Hanby, Remon and Charles E. Three of these sons survive him, Hanby having died in 1907.
In 1882 he moved to Robinson, having been appointed deputy sheriff by his father-in-law, D. M. Bales, and at the expiration of this term was elected sheriff. At the close of his term as sheriff he entered the office of Jones and Newlin to prepare himself for a legal career and was admitted to the practice of the law in 1892.
At the outset of the legal career his wife died, leaving him in 1893, with four boys. In 1895 he was married to Christine Kern of Mt. Carmel, Ill. She preceded him in death by just seventeen months, having died April 24, 1928.
He leaves besides the three sons mentioned, a brother, James A. Jones, two sisters, Mrs. Emma Cody and Mrs. Addie Stevenson.
Daily News, October 5, 1929

James Monroe McCrory
James Monroe, son of James and Hannah Cox McCrory was born in Crawford county, Dec. 29, 1854 and departed this life Oct. 7, 1929, aged 74 years, 9 months and 8 days.
He was born in Crawford county, south of Hutsonville. Almost his whole life was spent in this county and he was at the home of his son Ray, south of Palestine, at the time of his death.
He was married to Melissa E. Correll, June 28, 1876. To this union were born 10 children, four preceding him in death, namely, Hannah McCrory, Sept. 27, 1912; Alma Jeffries, Aug. 6, 1918; Maud Jeffries, Oct. 19, 1918; Ross McCrory, Jan. 29, 1920. He is survived by his wife and six children, Bert of Annapolis, Harris of West York, Ray of Palestine, Len of Trimble, Mrs. Glenn Clements of Porterville,  nd Mrs. Ida Wiliamson of Hutsonville; one brother Wade of Fairbanks, Ind., 2 sisters Mrs. Nora Musgrave, Minden, Neb., Mrs. Mat Cooper of Terre Haute, Ind., and Mrs. Demaris Layton, Wayne City, Ill.
Daily News, October 11, 1929

Andrew Jackson Henderson
Andrew Jackson Henderson was born September 27, 1862 and married to Rosella Mann, Oct. 1, 1885. To this union were born four children, Irven L., of Robinson, Orville C. of Fort Worth, Tex., Arthur L. of Iraan, Texas, and one daughter Minnie Ethel, who died December 21, 1903.
After his wife’s death he was again married to Elizabeth J. Hout, January 27, 1897. To this union were born nine children, namely Walter G., of Robinson, Wilbur O., of Bangs, Texas, Esther L., of Robinson, Charles C., Raymond S., and Russell having preceded him in death.
He leaves to mourn his departure a companion, nine children, one sister, Mrs. Adaline Walters of Oblong, and one brother Joseph Henderson of Indianapolis, Ind..
Daily News, does not state, but must be Oct., 1929









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