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Henry Lowe, known to his many friends throughout the community as "Grandpa Lowe", died at the home of his daughter Mrs. Berry Woodrum, Friday March 3rd at the advancing age of 88 years, 3 months and 8 days. He had been ill only a short time, having excellent health for his age but when his last sickness overcame him he was unable to revive from the effects, and passed into his eternal rest at 8:30 P.M. on Friday, March 3.

The deceased was born in Taylor County, Kentucky, Nov. 23, 1833 and resided at that place until 1897, when he came to Menard County Ill., to live and has remained a resident of this vicinity ever since.

When he was 24 years of age, he was united in marriage with Miss Eliza Murrell, who preceded him in death March 1, 1906. To this union were born eight children, two of whom died in infancy, and Amanda, wife of Rev. George Eades who died in 1912. The surviving children are Mrs. Lou Bell Woodrum, of Tallula, Wm. T. Lowe of Taylor County Ky., Mrs. Sallie B. Woodrum of Tallula, Ellen Lee Beard of Labbock and Ollie M. Cornelius of Carlinville, Ill. Thirty two grandchildren and fifty two great-grandchildren survive the eldest of the latter being 18 years old, the daughter of Mr. And Mrs. Zack Minor of near Petersburg.

Sixty years ago, he became a Christian, uniting with the Christian Church of Merrimac Ky., and remained a staunch believer and servant of his Master to the end. He was especially blessed with strength and health throughout his long life and remained very active despite his years of hard labor, always following the occupation of a farmer. Those who knew him intimately can testify to the stand-fastness of his character, for he was one of those even tempered men who quietly meet all conditions of life with a calmness which is unusual.

Funeral services were held at the home of Berry Woodrum Sunday morning at 10 o'clock conducted by Rev. G. M. Cook and Rev. Geo. Eades. Burial in Union Cemetery.

Submitted by: Jeanie (Hale) Lowe


January 22, 1892

Hunt:--Mrs. Maria Hunt died at Lincoln, Monday Jan. 18, 1892, aged 77 years. She was a resident of Menard for thirty-seven years. Came here from Ohio in 1850, and resided in the vicinity of Irish Grove until 1887, when she moved to Lincoln. She leaves 8 children, six daughters and two sons. Of which, Mrs. B.F. Holland resides near Cantrall, nd Mrs. Marion Otstott near Athens. Three daughters reside in Kansas and one in Oregon. The two sons were John and Benjamin. The later lives in Vermillion county. The funeral took place yesterday at Irish Grove, and the remains were interred in the cemetery at that place. The cause of death was la grippe and heart failure.

Submitted by: Rajean Gallagher


Menard County Review, April 20, 1979

Tina Weidhuner dead at age 79

Tina F. Weidhuner of R.R. 1, Greenview died at 9:17 p.m. Wednesday, April 11 at Lewis Memorial Christian Village, Springfield. She was 79 years of age.

She was born November 21, 1899 in Elkhart, the daughter of Jerry and Anna Cramer Simmering, and she married F.A. Weidhuner on December 19, 1925 in the Irish Grove Community. She was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church and Concordia Society at New Holland.

Submitted by: Rajean Gallagher

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