Mary Jane Fanning Entrikin
Mary Jane, daughter of Benjamin and Polly Fanning, was born in Carroll County, Arkansas, March 9, 1847 and departed this life January 25, 1925 at Passavaut Hospital in Jacksonville at the age of 77 years, 10 months.
She lived with her son, Otto, on a farm about a mile and a half southeast of Nortonville.
When twelve years of age she came with her parents to Illinois where she resided until her death.
In the year of 1881, she was united in marriage to John C. Entriken and to this union four children were born, namely Mrs. Pearl Dalton, of Jacksonville; Otis of Jacksonville, Otto, of Nortonville and Oral, now deceased. Her husband, John C. Entrikin, died in 1905.
At an early age, she united with the Youngblood Baptist church and has always been a faithful and true member.
She leaves one brother, James M. Fanning, of Waverly, Kansas, with other relatives and friends to mourn her loss.
Funeral services were held at Youngblood church Wednesday at one o'clock in charge of Rev. Evans and burial was in Youngblood cemetery.
John Carlisle Entrikin
Once more the citizens of Union Grove vicinity and Nortonville have been called upon to mourn the loss of one of their most useful and respectful citizens by the death of John Carlisle Entrikin, who peacefully departed this earth at his home, one-fourth of a mile north of Union Grove Church, on Friday, June 2, 1905 at 12 o'clock midnight at the age of 55 years, four months, 16 days. He had suffered intensely with paralysis since April 16 last, but bore his affliction patiently, with scarcely a murmur
When the end came he was surrounded by his family except one daughter, Lillian, who was detained by family sickness. His brother Thomas and family, his niece, Mrs. J.K.C. Pierson, of Jacksonville, and a number of friends were also present.
Mr. Entrikin needs no introduction to the people of this community, nor in fact, for many miles around, for he was well and favorable known to the public men in Morgan County as a strong democrat and was recognized by all who knew him as an honest and upright citizen, always ready to assist in relieving the sick or those in distress. Just one week before he became bedfast he sat up all night with a sick neighbor. Shortly before his sickness he remarked to a friend that he "admired flowers of kindness instead of flowers of pride." This was typically shown by his life. He spent months at the bedside of friends in nursing them back to health without one cent of worldly gain.
Mr. Entrikin was the youngest son of a family of six of Thomas and Millicent Carlisle Entrikin. He was born January 16, 1850 in Philadelphia, PA and at the age of 14 months his father died. When 6 years of age he came with his mother and family to Jacksonville, where he grew to manhood. He engaged in farming, in Athensville township, Green County, for a number of years, and then purchased the farm where he spent most of his life.
On April 16, 1870, he was united in marriage with Miss Louisa Caroline Whitlock of Greene Cjounty. This union was blessed by three daughters, Emma Laura, who departed this life inI her fifth year, Mrs. Mary Frances Finch and Mrs. Lillian Millicent Yeek, both of Concord. The happy home was again visited by the angel of death on November 11, 1877, claiming as its victim Mr. Entrikin's devoted and cheerful companion.
On August 25, 1881, Mr. Entrikin was united in marriage with Miss Mary Jane Fanning of Greene County. To this union were born three sons and one daughter, Aaron Otis, Irvin Ottawa, Edwin Oral and Viola Pearl, all living in the home.
Mr. Entrikin was converted during a revival held by Elder Robert Hudson at Union Grove Church in January, 1902, and united with that Church. He was baptized the following May by the Pastor. During his illness he said he was ready and not afraid to die, as he had long ago prepared to meet his God.
The Rev. Newt M. Antrobus of Manchester conducted the funeral services at Union Grove Church on Sunday, June 4, at 11 a.m. in the presence of a large crowd of sorrowing relatives and friends.
A choir consisting of Misses Ella and Leona Edwards, Lydia Covey, Laura Taylor and Alta Anderson, Mrs. Clarence Reece and Frank Edwards, all of Nortonville, Miss Edna Bracewell and Messrs. Morg Story, Frankie and Ray Bracewell of Greasy Prairie; Mrs. Jack Mitchell of Hartland and Misses Lulu Barber and Eula Whitlock of Union Grove sang appropriate songs. The closing Prayer was by the Rev. J. L. Moore. Mr. Entrikin is buried in the Youngblood cemetery.
Edward Oral Entrikin
Edward Oral, the youngest son of John C. And Mary Jane Fanning Entrikin, was born near Union Grove Church, Morgan County, Illinois, April 25, 1887, and departed this life at Our Savior's hospital, where he underwent two surgical operations and after a time became able to return. Friday evening, August 8, 1914 he returned to Our Savior's hospital and the following Monday the medical council discovered a new complication had developed, and on account of his weakness and the development of the disease an operation would not be successful and his earthly days were few. His brother Ottawa remained with him during his last illness.
Oral was a member of the Union Grove Baptist Church, becoming a member in December 1907, during a revival held by Rev. Edgar Ford.
He had many friends who esteemed him for his industry, shrewd judgement, his devotion to home and mother.
J. E. Thompson of Murrayville conveyed the remains to the home Thursday morning.
The funeral was held at Youngblood Baptist Church at Nortonville Saturday, August 15, at 10 a.m. in the presence of a large crowd. The pastor, Rev. Roy March of Drake, Illinois read portions of the 5th chapter of James and based his discourse upon the 22nd chapter of Revelations, dwelling upon the eternal value of being ready to answer the final summons.
The church choir impressively sang "Jesus, Lover of My Soul", "Asleep in Jesus," "Shall We Meet", and at the grave sang, "Jesus Cares for Me".
He is survived by his mother, one sister, Mrs. Carlon(Pearl) Dalton, two brothers, Ottawa Irvin and Otis. Also two half-sisters, Mrs. J. W. (Mary) Finch, Wrightsville; Mrs. Glan (Lillian) Yeck, Brighton, Illinois. On account of the lingering illness of the latter, she was unable to be present at the funeral. His father died June 2, 1905.
The bearers were John Covey, Jonah and David Wilson, Frank Sorrels, Benjamin Dikis and Andrew Kehl. Interment was in Youngblood cemetery, beside his father.
The flowers were in charge of Misses Della Barber and Edith Kehl.
"A precious one from us has gone;
A voice we loved is still;
A place is vacant in our home
Which never can be filled."
The family desire to acknowledge the spirit of sympathy tendered them by all who assisted and tried to lighten their deep sorrow and hope the Father of all will bless them accordingly.
Submitted by: Mary Ann Atencio