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May 9, 1945, Jacksonville Newspaper

John T. Wild of Murrayville dies early Wednesday
Well known Morgan citizen claimed by death: Five children survive

Murrayville- John Taylor Wild, 87 well known resident of Murrayville community, died at 7 o'clock Wednesday morning at the home of his son William Wild, with whom he was residing.

He was born in Jacksonville November 5, 1857, the son of Samuel and Mary Taylor Wild, pioneer residents of Morgan County.

He was preceded in death by his wife (Anna Mary Astell Wild), one son Samuel Jackson Wild and two daughters: Miss Anna Bell Wild and Sarah Elizabeth Cardwell. Surviving are five children: Robert Taylor Wild and Mrs. Georgia Emma Suttles of Roodhouse, Mrs. Mary Alma Evans, Ethel Louama Wild and William Thomas Wild of Murrayville. Thirteen grandchildren (Alma Evans Elmore, Pearl Evans Kolder, Roy W. Evans, Carl D. Evans, Floyd R. Wild, John E. Wild, David L. Wild, Donald W. Wild, Helen E. Wild, William H. Wild, Paul E. Wild, Robert E. Wild, Maurine Cardwell Smock) and eleven great grandchildren.

He is also survived by one sister, Mrs. Sadie Gallagher of Woodson and one brother Samuel Wild of Winchester. He was preceded by one sister Emma Osborne of Murrayville. He served for 18 years as the Justice of the Peace in Murrayville. He was a member of the Murrayville Methodist Church and of the Masonic Lodge.

The body was removed to the Thompson Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be held at 2:30 pm Friday at the Murrayville Methodist Church with Rev. Armon Lathrop officiating. Burial will be in Bethel Cemetery.

May 12, 1945

Largely attended Funeral services for John T. Wild

Rites held on Friday at Murrayville Church; Masons take part

Murrayville May 11 - Largely attended funeral services for John T. Wild, one of Murrayville's oldest residents, were held Friday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock at the Methodist church. The pastor Rev. Armon Lathrop officiated. Mrs. H .R. Covey sang "Going down in the Valley", "Old Rugged Cross" and "In the Garden" accompanied by Miss Carmen Covey. Flowers were cared for by Maurine Smock, Shirley Evans, Pauline Osborne, Helen Wild, Donna Jean Elmore and Sharen Lee Coulter. Casket Bearers were Alfred Lamb, Fred Simpson, William Still, Roy Clark, M. J. Benscoter, and H. G. Strang. Graveside services at the Bethel Cemetery were conducted by the Murrayville Masonic Lodge with Earl Hembrough, worshipful master; Oscar Zachary, chaplain and Herschel Howard Secretary.


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Murrayville woman answers final call late yesterday afternoon.

Murrayville, July 16 - Mrs. John (Anna Mary Astell) Wild passed away here this afternoon at 5:45 o'clock after an illness of several days. Her condition became serious Monday of this week.

Mrs. Wild was born on July 13, 1859 in Morgan County to William and Mary Astell. She was united in marriage on February 2, 1884 to John Wild and to this union eight children were born, two of them have preceded their mother in death. Besides her husband she leaves the following children: Taylor Wild and Emma Suttles of Roodhouse, Mrs. Mary Evans, William Wild, Mrs. Sadie Cardwell, and Ethel Wild of Murrayville. She leaves three brothers John and James Astell of Champaign county and George Astell of Indiana.

She was affiliated with the Methodist church in Murrayville.

Funeral arrangements have not been announced.



Remains of Mrs. John T. Wild and Mrs. Sadie Cardwell Laid to rest Sunday afternoon

Murrayville, July 20-Funeral services for Mrs. John T. Wild and her daughter Mrs. Sadie Cardwell were held at 2:30 o'clock Sunday afternoon from the Murrayville M. E. Church. The services were conducted by Rev. G. W. Randle of Murrayville and Rev. N. M. Antrobus of Manchester, and were of a very impressive kind. The church was filled with friends and relatives of Mrs. Wild and her daughter who were widely known throughout the county, and many who desired to attend were unable to gain entrance.

Music for the occasion was furnished by Misses Ruth Fuller, Maude Rimbey, Stella Cunningham, Mildred Wright, J. L. Proffitt and P. G. Peters, with Miss Nettie Million at the piano.

A great profusion of flowers had been sent by loving friends, and these were cared for by Misses Sadie Osborne, Dorothy Jackson, Esther Murphy, Mary Suter, Isabelle Haggard and Emma Self and Mrs. Minnie Wild.

From the church the funeral cortege moved to Bethel Cemetery, where the mother and daughter were laid to rest in a double grave. The pall bearers, all nephews of Mrs. Wild, were Edward T. Wild, George L. Wild, Samuel L. Wild, Charles S. Osborne, William H. Osborne and Benjamin T. Wild.


Samuel Wild, Sr. was born at Milnrow, Lancashire, England, Oct. 14, 1823. He landed in the United States Jan. 26, 1848, and with the exception of three years in California, he resided in Philadelphia until 1855, when he came to Jacksonville, Ill., and lived there till he removed to a farm two and one half miles west of Murrayville in 1871. Thence he removed to Woodson in December 1897 where he died February 26, 1898.

He married the widow Mary Taylor Clegg on May 13, 1857 and they had five children, one dying in infancy and four still survive, John T. Wild, Emma Osborne, and Samuel Wild, Jr. of Murrayville and Sadie Gallagher of Woodson. There were four stepchildren, three surviving, Elizabeth Jackson of Jacksonville, William Clegg at home, and Mary A. Cook of Waverly, and one (Thomas Clegg) dying in 1875. All the children are married except for Wm. Clegg. There are in all 30 grandchildren, six great grandchildren and grandmother survives him.

Plain, steady and industrious, he was respected and loved by all of his neighbors, who will miss the blunt but kindly greeting of "grandpa" as he was familiarly called. As a citizen he was a keen student of public questions, into which he had a depth of perception beyond the average even of those who had better educational advantages. For years he had been an admirer and follower of Henry George, whose ethical teachings he caught instinctively; for with him religious duties consisted in doing good and trying to make his fellow creatures happy. With him, too, a political truth was a moral truth and so earnest was he that when death seemed imminent he asked a friend to see that the single tax badge, or button, which he had worn daily for years was pinned upon his coat when in his coffin as a mute but final appeal and exhortation to those who took their last look at his face. For years he had suffered, and especially for the last six weeks, but at lasthe died without a struggle and without pain.

Submitted by: Frank Wild

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