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Guy L Swiney Passes On "Guy Larry Swiney" b. Oct 27, 1879-Oct 20, 1946

Former Resident and Retired Farmer of This Community Passes Away Follong Long Illness.

Guy L Swiney, 66, Rochester, a retired famer and former employee of the state department of agriculture, died at 2:30 am Sunday Oct 27, 1946, at St Johns hospital where he has been a patient since Sept 1945.

He was born on a farm south of Greenview and spent most of his life there. About 10 years ago he moved with his family to Springfield. After the death of his wife he moved to Rochester to reside with a daughter, Mrs John Churchill, and family.

He was a member of Greenview No 653 A.F. & A. M., the commondery in Petersburg, and the Springfield Consistory and shrine.

Surviving are two daughters, Mrs John Churchill and Miss Mabel Swiney of Springfield, two grandchirldren and a sister, Mrs Mabel Rose, Colorado Springs, Colorado.

The funeral services were held at the Bush funeral home in Springfield Wednesday afternoon at one o'clock conducted by Rev W H Day.

The pallbearers were Otto Deverman, Ernest Tripp, Evert Tice, Todd Kincaid, Carl Miller and Cleo Denton.

Internment was made at "Indian Point Cemetery" and the Greenview Masonic Lodge took part in the services. Those taking part were Eddinton Welch, Springfield, Cleo Denton, chaplain, William Schoeneweiss, secretary and Elmer Montgomery, Marshall.


Clarinda Belle Denton

Clarinda Belle Denton was born January 19, 1857 and died Jul 29, 1919. She was the daughter of James Monroe and Elizabeth (McDonald) Denton and married Ned Swiney in 1879.

Larry Lousie (Swiney) Churchill, Rochester, Illinois related the following event as her only recollection of her grandmother, Clarinda Belle ( Denton) Swiney.

"In the evening of Jul 20, 1919, the day after my third birthday. I was playing in the yard close to our house. Grandma was sitting in a screened-in porch, on a small, low, armless, rocking chair. She was called to me, "Weisie, come here. ( Weisie, was the nickname given me when I was small, as I couldnt say Louise.) I reached up to grasp the knob to open the screen door just as Grandma fell over and off the rocking chair onto the floor, breaking one of the rockers when she fell. Others in the family came running and carried her inside and placed her on a bed. But it was too late for help as Grandma had suffered a fatal heart attack and died as she fell off the rocker.

" Family friends were visiting that evening and one of them. Bernita Hornback, immediately took me and my sister, Mabel, who only a year old, to a place down the road in order to get us little ones away from all the confusion. I still remember the rocker, as it remained in our family, for many years, and was always referred to as Grandma's rocker.

"Grandpa Ned Swinney died at the rather young age of 27 Grandma remarried sometime later to a Mr Butterfield, I dont know anything about him, but in her late years, grandma always went by the name of Swiney.

"In 1909, Grandma a house, which was just down the road from us, burned down. After the loss of her home, and during her remaining years, she lived and visited for various periods of time with members of her family; her daughter, Mabel Heyse of Colorado Springs; her brother Chandler Denton, Colony, Kansas, her brother-in-law Elijah Swiney; and her son Guy Swiney, Greenview, Illinois with whom she was living at the time of her death.

I have heard it said that Grandma Clarinda (or "Aunt ___, as she was called by family members) was a woman of short temper.

Submitted by: Bette Jo Lawson

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