of Civil War Soldiers
- submitted by Shirley Aleguas
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MAGINN, John C.|
McCASLAND, W. A.
MASTERS, James Madison
MEACHAM, Milton Morris
MEACHAM, Willis E.
MERIT, William Henry|
MILLION, Elijah F.
MOFFETT, John B.
MOORE, George W.
MOORE, William J.
MOSS, Jonathan L.
MUEHLHAUSEN, Henry W.
NAGLE, Fred J.
NICHOLS, S. W.
NUNNELLY, Joseph A.
OSBORN, William Thomas
OSBORNE, John T.
OSBORNE, JOHN T.
DEATH SUMMONS JOHN T. OSBORNE HERE THURSDAY
Veteran Citizen and Business Man of Community Passes Away After Extended Illness.
One of Jacksonville's best citizens and pioneers, John T. Osborne, passed away at his home at 845 North
Church street yesterday afternoon after an illness of several months. Mr. Osborne suffered ill health five years ago
and during the past two years he has been confined to his home. He was able, however, to get about his home
until the last few days when his illness became critical.
Mr. Osborne has spent all of his life in Jacksonville and Morgan county, aggregating a life time of more than
four score years. Jack, as he was known by his closes friends, was born 10 miles east of the city, in a log cabin, his
parents, David W. and Ellen F. Osborne being early pioneers in this section of the country. He was born November
21, 1846, reaching the advanced age of more than 80 years at his death.
He was married to Mary Augusta Hicks on November 23, 1867, who with two sons, Ernest of Los Angeles,
Cal., and Percy of New York City, survive. Another child was born but died in infancy. The following brothers and
sisters survive: C. A. and D. W. Osborne of this city; George W. and S. M. of Tacoma, Wash.; Mrs. W. E. Gant,
Hardin, Mo.; Mrs. E. L. Hockaday, Auburn, Wash., and Mrs. Newton McWilliams, Tacoma, Washington.
Mr. Osborne had been engaged in the dry goods business in this city for over fifty years, first starting as a
clerk in the Jonathan Gill store which was at one time located where the F. J. Waddell Co., is now located. He later
was associated with the J. M. T. King establishment and finally with the Phelps & Osborne Dry Goods company
where he served until ill health forced him to retire. Early in life Osborne became affiliated with the Independent
Order of Odd Fellows and for more than fifty years was prominent in the activities of Urania lodge of this city.
Several months ago at a special meeting he was presented with a 50 year jewel in recognition of his long membership
and fine service in the lodge.
He served as secretary of Urania for many years, and was also state representative for his lodge at one
period. He held membership in Ridgely Encampment.
Mr. Osborne was a member of the 145th Illinois Infantry in the war of the rebellion, spending almost a year
in the service. He was a member of the Central Christian church and took an active part in its activities. As a citizen
Mr. Osborne ranked high in the confidence and respect of the people who knew him, being broad minded, public
spirited and liberal in the work of the community.
Preparations for the funeral will be made at the Williamson Funeral Home where the body has been
removed. Final arrangements await the arrival of the son from New York.
(Jacksonville Courier, dtd. 21 Jan. 1911)
DEATH SUMMONS WM. MCCORMICK TUESDAY NIGHT
Another Civil War Veteran Answers Final Call - Was Well Known Over Country
The death of William D. McCormick, Civil War veteran and long time county citizen occurred at 6:45 o'clock,
Tuesday evening at his home, 1035 Grove street. His age was 82 years, 4 months and 23 days.
Mr. McCormick was born near Woodson, August 23, 1844, son of Walter and Eleanor Jane Rannells
McCormick, who came to this county from Kentucky. With the exception of twelve years spent in Kansas, Mr.
McCormick had always been a resident of this county.
He was united in marriage in June 1871, with Miss Laura Allen of Topeka, Kansas and to this union two
sons were born, Walter and James. Mrs. McCormick preceded him in death in 1891, and the son, Walter, died in
1894 at the age of 22.
On Oct. 30, 1895, mr. McCormick was joined in marriage with Annie Darley, who survives with the son,
James L. McCormick and one sister, Miss Ann McCormick, all of Jacksonville. Miss Ann McCormick is the last
surviving member of a family of six. Two nieces, Mrs. Martin Brubaker of Litchfield and Mrs. Anna Crust of Normal,
and two nephews, T. K. McCormick of Greenview and Walter McCormick of the state of Washington also survive.
All except Walter McCormick are expected to attend the funeral.
Mr. McCormick was a farmer by occupation, having spent nearly fifty years actively engaged in stock
feeding and general farming. He retired from active work about 20 years ago.
At the start of the Civil War, the decedent enlisted with Company C, 145th Illinois Volunteer Infantry, and
served through the entire duration of the war. After returning from army service mr. McCormick entered Illinois
College and though he did not finish his course there he was granted the Bachelor of Science degree by the college
later in life.
Until recently Mr. McCormick was able to get around and meet friends. He, with S. W. Nichols, attended
every chautauqua session held in Jacksonville. He was a lover of such entertainment. Mr. McCormick has been
affiliated with church for 20 years. He attended Westminster Presbyterian church for 20 years. He attended services
regularly when his health permitted. He was chaplain of Matt Starr Post, G. A. R., at the time of death.
The remains were removed to the Reynolds Mortuary last night and will be returned to the residence,
1035 Grove street, at 9:30 o'clock tomorrow morning. Funeral services will be held at 1:30 o'clock Thursday
afternoon at Westminster Presbyterian church, Rev. H. K. Young, officiating. Interment will be made in the
(Jacksonville Journal, dtd. 26 Jan 1927)
MOORE, WILLIAM J. - (1848-1916)
W. J. MOORE DIES BY OWN HAND TUESDAY AT DAUGHTER'S HOME
Prominent Jacksonville Citizen, Suffering from Ill Health, Ends Life by Asphyxiation - Mr. and Mrs. M. E. Gilbert Out
William J. Moore was found dead at 3:30 o'clock Tuesday afternoon at the home of his daughter, Mrs. M. E. Gilbert,
359 South Diamond street. Securing admission to the house in the absence of Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert he had gone to
the bathroom and turned on the gas. According to Dr. A. M. King, who was at once summoned when the suicide
was discovered, Mr. Moore had been dead for two or three hours.
Mr. Moore was for many years one of Jacksonville's foremost citizens, but for the past two years or more had been
out of active business. On June 1, 1914, he went to Ohio to attend the funeral of his uncle, John Moore, and seized
with critical illness, underwent a major operation. His health ever since has been seriously impaired.
Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert, who left a few days since for Indianapolis by automobile, were reached by telegraph Tuesday
night and sent word that they would take the earliest train possible for Jacksonville.
The body was taken to the undertaking establishment of W. W. Gilham and there prepared for burial. Coroner
Wright was found to be out of the city and tho the deputy coroner could make no definite statement of time, it is
probable that an inquest will be held this forenoon.
After breakfast Tuesday morning Mr. Moore went to the garden of his residence, 603 South Prairie street, and after
engaging in some light work for a time, told Mrs. Moore that he would return to the house. This was the last time
he was seen by members of the family.
The suicide was discovered by Lloyd Sitherwood, a clerk at Gilbert's pharmacy, who has rooms at the Gilbert home.
Tuesday was mr. Sitherwood's afternoon off and it was the odor of gas noticed by him on sitting down to read in
the parlor, that first aroused suspicion. Going upstairs he detected the sound of gas escaping in the bathroom.
Neighbors had by this time begun to gather. Entrance to the bathroom was secured by Officer Frank Baker, who
borrowed a ladder from painters at work in the neighborhood and forced open the window from the outside.
Harrison Dickson, in company with clerks at the pharmacy, forced the door and the lifeless body of Mr. Moore,
fully clad was found in the bathroom floor.
Mr. Moore had evidently planned for as quick a death as possible. Stopping the ventilator and key hole with paper,
he closed down the window, locked the door and pulled loose the gas pipe which supplies the heater. So far as
known he left no written word.
William J. Moore was born in Batavia, O., Feb. 15, 1848 and was hence at the time of death 68 years, 3 months and 28
days old. He was the son of Lester L. and Eliza E. (Russ) Moore. After attending the schools of Batavia he went to
Delaware, O., and spent a year in study at Ohio Wesleyan university.
At the age of 16 Mr. Moore enlisted in Co. B, 138th Regiment, Ohio infantry, as one of the "hundred day" men. He
did guard duty at Alexandria and Petersburg.
Mr. Moore was married to Miss Almira Kain of Batavia, O., May 16, 1872, and came at once to Springfield, Ill., to
make his home, removing in the fall of the same year to Jacksonville. He was then a commercial traveler but since
1873 has been a merchant. Mr. Moore was a member of the city council, being chosen to fill the unexpired term of
his son, Thomas Moore, who died in office during the first administration of Mayor John R. Davis. Mr. Moore was
re-elected in 1903 and served until 1905. He was a member of Matt Starr post, G.A.R., and was always active in the
work of that organization. He was a member of the Methodist church, having professed faith in Christ at the age of
twelve. He was class leader and a steward in the church and was at all times held in high esteem as a Christian
Surviving Mr. Moore are two children, Charles K. Moore and Louise, wife of M. E. Gilbert of this city: one brother,
George E. Moore of Indianapolis, Ind., three sisters, Mrs. Laura E. Lewis, Batavia, O.; Mrs. Lizzie E. Dudley of the
same city and Mrs. Ella Edwards of Los Angeles, Cal. Two children died in infancy and Mr. Moore's son, Thomas
E., passed away May 18, 1901. He is survived also by his widow, mrs. Almira K. Moore.
(Jacksonville Journal, June 14, 1916)
MUEHLHAUSEN, HENRY W. SR. - (1836-1916)
HENRY W. MUEHLHAUSEN, SR, DIES AFTER LONG ILLNESS
Death Claims Old and Highly Respected Citizen at 10:40 O'clock Tuesday Evening - Funeral Sunday Afternoon.
Henry W. Muehlhausen, Sr., died Sunday evening at 10:40 o'clock at the home of his son, G. A. Muehlhausen,
324 East Morton avenue, after a lingering illness of more than a year, which had its origin in a stroke of paralysis.
Mr. Muehlhausen had been a resident of Jacksonville just fifty years and he leaves many true friends to mourn his
loss. Mr. Muehlhausen's age was 79 years, 6 months and 11 days.
The funeral will be held Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock at Centenary M. E. church, Rev. G. W. Flagge, pastor
of the church will be in charge and Rev. W. E. Spoonts, pastor of Northminster church, will assist. Burial will be
made in the family lot at Jacksonville cemetery.
Mr. Muehlhausen was born Feb. 23, 1836, in Witzenhausen, Hessen, Germany. He came to America June 1, 1854,
landing in Baltimore. A young man of 18, he secured employment in a tailoring shop immediately on his arrival.
Five dollars a week was the wage received, and when by the kindness of a friend Mr. Muehlhausen was enabled to
get a position which paid $12 a week, he felt for a time that sudden wealth had come to him.
On the voyage to America Mr. Muehlhausen made the acquaintance of a Jewish boy, traveling alone, Leopold
Weil. During his years in Baltimore Mr. Muehlhausen prized the friendship of Mr. Weil especially as both were
from the same section of Germany and spoke the same language. Without employment at the close of the Civil
war, it was thru the generosity of Mr. Weil that Mr. Muehlhausen secured a position and came to Jacksonville
to make his home.
Mr. Muehlhausen was married to Miss Katherine C. Metzmann of Baltimore and to them were born eight sons and
three daughters. Albert, Louis and Elizabeth died in infancy and Augusta, the wife of John Berndt, passed away
Aug. 16, 1888. The Surviving daughter is Mrs. Alexander Rabjohns of this city and the sons are John A.
Muehlhausen of Girard, Gustav A., George, William H., Otto and Henry Muehlhausen, all of Jacksonville. Mr.
Muehlhausen leaves twelve grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Mrs. Muehlhausen died Aug. 29, 1882,
and Mr. Muehlhausen was later married to Mrs. Caroline Runkel, who passed away July 18, 1911.
But a short time after coming to this country Mr. Muehlhausen enlisted for military duty as did a large number of
German immigrants of that day. He joined the Maryland state militia and was a member of the company which
pursued and captured John Brown in the famous raid at Harper's Ferry. The entire company enlisted for service
in the Civil war and as a member of Company H, First Maryland Infantry, Mr. Muehlhausen served thruout the
war and tho seeing service in Gettysburg and other hard battles, he was mustered out without a wound.
Mr. Muehlhausen came to Jacksonville in 1866 and after several years in the employ of Mr. Weil took a position
as cutter for Joseph Tomlinson. He later engaged in business for himself and from time to time associated with him
his sons. He sold his interest to the latter May 14, 1901, when sons of Mr. Muehlhausen embarked in business as
Muehlhausen Bros. and the father retired.
An Odd Fellow for many years, Mr. Muehlhausen held the distinction of being one of the oldest members of Illini
lodge No. 4, I.O.O.F., and was always faithful to the tenants of the order. A man of unswerving industry and firm
character, Mr. Muehlhausen pursued in life a course of steady success. He was fair and upright in all his dealings
and in his passing there remains for friends and loved ones an unbroken memory of a life of good deeds.
(Jacksonville Journal, April 4, 1916)
NICHOLS, SAMUEL W.
S. W. NICHOLS, CITY'S BEST FRIEND, IS DEAD
Dies at Hospital at Eleven O'clock This Morning; City Mourns
Samuel W. Nichols' long life - a span of eighty-three years that he converted into usefulness that benefitted thousands
- came to a close at 11 o'clock this morning. Within a half hour after he had breathed his last the word had traveled into
business houses, school rooms and homes, and hundreds were grieved to know that the man who was known as
Jacksonville's best friend was dead.
"The Grand Old Man of Jacksonville," as Mr. Nichols was affectionately known, in view of his philanthropy, has been in
failing health for several years. For several winters he had gone to Arizona to escape the disagreeable months of this
climate. On each of these visits into the Southwest Mr. Nichols seemed to gain strength that carried him along until the
But two years ago he started for Tucson and became very ill at Kansas City, forcing his immediate return to Jacksonville.
Since that time he had not been as active as formerly, spending most of his time at his home on West Beecher avenue.
He remained at Passavant for several months last winter.
Less than two weeks ago the veteran again became very feeble. He was removed to the hospital where his condition
gradually grew weaker. In these years of declining health Mr. Nichols' mental faculties remained keen and vigorous, and
although forced to remain indoors much of the time he tried to continue the numerous activities with which he identified.
Jacksonville has known S. W. Nichols since 1864, and has found him a loyal and true friend, giving most liberally to
community enterprises, launching new ones and supporting all movements of patriotic, civic and religious nature.
His name will always be prominently identified with the history of Jacksonville.
A Life of Giving
Mr. Nichols' unique philanthropy was begun many years ago, and the majority of the community's citizens now cannot
remember some of his earliest deeds of generosity and kindness. But the middle-aged and young have heard their
parents tell of Mr. Nichols' good works, and have noted some of his later gifts themselves. His generous nature, both
as to individuals and the community has been continuous.
Many years ago "Uncle Sammy" took delight in taking large parties of school pupils to fairs and other places of
educational interest. He also gave large community burgoos where the school children enjoyed his hospitality.
The number of young men and women who received financial encouragement from Mr. Nichols in securing educations
will probably never be known. But it was large. There was no publicity attached to the help he gave students. Mr.
Nichols never mentioned it himself, and if anything was said it was by grateful persons he had helped.
Friend of All Races
All races and creeds found him to be a friend. Mr. Nichols was particularly interested in aiding the colored race, and
some of his staunchest friends are numbered among the colored citizens. Some of the colored churches here were
formed as a result of his efforts.
Mr. Nichols' first large gift to the community was when he donated a tract of valuable land to be used for park purposes.
This tract is Nichols park. It was his financial support that made possible the erection of the nurses home at Passavant
hospital, an institution in which he was greatly interested. The decedent contributed to the churches most freely, and
the colleges and schools found him as a valued friend.
Several years ago he established the S. W. Nichols Christmas fund for grade school children. Through this fund social
agencies now purchase several hundred dollars worth of toys and sweetmeats each Christmas, and distribute them
among small boys and girls. Mr. Nichols personally directed this work at Christmas time. Last Christmas friends
persuaded him to sit for a photograph among the several hundred holiday bundles that had been prepared.
It was only a year ago that the Grand Old Man announced his intentions of providing Congregational church with a set
of fine chimes in memory of his mother. Mr. Nichols lived to see the installation of the chimes, and to hear their sweet
Community Honored Him.
Two years ago Jacksonville realized more fully than ever before what Mr. Nichols had done for it, and a community
celebration in his honor was held. There was a parade of school children and an appropriate program.
Mr. Nichols was always modest. In his autobiography he expressed what the community has always known, when he
said: "Whatever trifle I have done for the city's residents or enterprises has been truly a labor of love."
He liked to do these things that the community so greatly appreciates. Mr. Nichols was never happier than when helping
someone. The community owes much to this fine trait of his nature.
A veteran of the Civil War, Mr. Nichols took an active part in patriotic movement. He had held practically every office in
Matt Starr Post of the G. A. R., and was adjutant at the time of his death. He saw the post dwindle from a large group of
young men to a small band of white-haired veterans who are as loyal now to their organization as when its numbers were
During his long residence here Mr. Nichols was engaged in several different lines of business. It was in 1886 that he and
the late W. L. Fay formed partnership and launched the present Jacksonville Journal Company.
Mr. Nichols loved newspaper work, particularly writing. Though he had others at his command he liked to get out with
pencil and pad and gathering the news of his fellow townsmen. He was an interesting writer, and all of his literary work
was not confined to the daily. In his earlier years he wrote a
number of plays and fiction articles. Often he would drive out to the rural schools, make the pupils an inspirational talk,
and then write an interesting narrative of his visit for his paper.
Mr. Nichols was actively associated with the newspapers until a few years ago, when his health forced him to retire.
The remains of Mr. Nichols were prepared for burial at the Gillham Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Congregational Church.
In 1926 he wrote an autobiography, and this today was secured for publication. Mr. Nichols' own account of his life and
some of his impressions follows:
My father was Rev. Warren Nichols, son of James Nichols, a sturdy New England farmer, whose family for several
generations had lived in Reading, Mass., twelve miles from Boston. He graduated from Williams college in 1830 and
from Andover Theological seminary in 1833.
My mother was Ann M. Morril, daughter of Hon. Samuel Morril, cashier of a savings bank in Concord, N. H. He had
been a member of the legislature and his brother was at one time governor of the state. They were married in September
1833, and immediately started for the west, having with them Miss Hannah Fayerweather, a sweet young woman of
sixteen who later became wife of President J. M. Sturtevant of Illinois College.
They settled in St. Charles, Mo., but a year later moved to western Illinois where my father served various churches,
both Presbyterian and Congregational, though he regarded himself a Presbyterian, for fifteen years and during that
time I am proud to say, he acted with the forces of the underground railroad, helping fugitive slaves on their way to
freedom. In company with the famous Dr. David Nelson author of the beautiful hymn, "Shining Shore" he taught in
an academy in Adams county for a time.
Born Near Quincy
Near Quincy, Feb. 5, 1844, I appeared on the scene. My father had two brothers who moved west a little while before
him: they were Dr. Adams Nichols, pioneer physician who had no children, and Rev. Cyrus Nichols who preached the
first sermon ever delivered in a Presbyterian church in Racine, Wis. That was in 1829 and he left several children all of
whom are dead.
His health greatly prostrated by the hardships encountered by working his way while getting an education, and by the
conditions of his calling and the climate, my father thought the bracing air of Pennsylvania would benefit him and with
a big spring wagon and three horses we started one bright morning in 1849. Our last home was in LaHarpe, Hancock
county, and I well remember the long lines of oxen drawn wagons which passed through the place on their way to
That journey I shall never forget while I live. We had 150 miles of corduroy road which is a highway graded up
somewhat and poles laid across it with no dirt between, so the jolting may easily be imagined.
I well remember how glad we were one morning when we were told that but thirteen miles more of corduroy road awaited
us. I think it was in Indiana. When we reached Ohio My father was persuaded to end his journey in Delaware county,
and we lived for three in Muskingum when failing health compelled my father to give up preaching and we moved to
Allen county northwestern part of the state, where my father died in Lima, the county seat.
After serving a time in the Army of the Potomac, I decided to make Jacksonville, Illinois, my home as my mother was
somewhat acquainted in this region and I wished to enter college and we arrived in this city Nov. 11, 1864, the date
later selected for a great storm and still later for Armistice anniversary.
Never was a man blessed with a better mother than I and to her precious memory I would pay a well deserved tribute
for she was all the world to me. My father would have left nothing to be desired had he lived, but that was not to be.
My days in Illinois College are among the happy memories of my life. My association with the grand men of those days
were beneficial in every way, and I would here record the great value of their devoted efforts for the welfare of the
students of the institution. While my love for the Phi Alpha Literary society is unusual and I think I have an unequaled
record for attending the first fall meetings of the society for sixty-two years without missing one, and only missing three
last meetings caused by European travel.
I didn't attend the full four years of my course but was later voted an alumnus by the faculty.
In the summer of 1866, I entered the Jacksonville Business College, was its first graduate and second teacher of
bookkeeping, but I resigned at the end of a year as I didn't like the business. For nearly three years I was treasurer and
collector of the Jacksonville Coke Company and there was associated with some of the grand men of the city, notably
Jos. O. King, the wonderfully capable superintendent. He was a remarkable man. The first works were a swindle from
start to finish as no one here was capable of seeing that they were erected properly.
Although educated as a business man and conducting a clothing store at the time, Mr. King took hold of the enterprise,
studied the theory of gas manufacturing, educated John McDonald in the mechanical department and with the receipts
of the company rebuilt the works from start to finish with the possible exception of some of the mains which the
contractor had to have of iron all right.
Helped Build Waterworks
Jacksonville had no waterworks and while a firm was here putting in a new holder for the gas company Mr. King solely,
alone, started the movement for a system of waterworks. Prof. Crampton of Illinois College, Robert White, a student,
and I made the first survey ever made for the purpose. We started somewhere near the present site of the pumping works
and took the elevation to the hill where is now the stand pipe and it was 106.48 feet.
The troubles we encountered getting the waterworks built seem now like a dream. There was an element determined to
thwart the enterprise. Two or three times the vote to go ahead and issue bonds was carried only to be set back by non-
progressive city fathers.
Once when it seemed sure and safe, a good, honest granger was elected to the city council and gave the deciding vote
for postponement and a company of men from the east part of the city went to his home in the fourth ward and serenaded
him for his patriotic course in keeping Jacksonville from having waterworks.
When the vote was left undisturbed the next question was as to the needs of the city and some optimists decided that
the time would come when 130,000 gallons a day would be required though it would be a good while hence. Water
closets were not then in use and the good men would have been surprised had they been told that the city would need
nearly a million not so very many years hence.
Entered Hardware Business
A good part of the year 1870 I served the First National bank and beginning 1871 the firm of Nichols, Brennan and Co.,
went into the stove and tinware and sheet metal business. The other members of the firm were Terrence Brennan and
Joe DeSilva. The latter left the firm soon after the end of a year and the other two continued till May, 1875, when Mr.
Brennan retired and was succeeded by John G. Grierson and John R. Loar. That firm dissolved and sold out in the latter
part of 1876 and in May, 1877, I formed a partnership with L. K. Clendenon, conducting a photograph gallery in the
second story of the building now occupied by the Kresge store till May 1886, when that partnership was dissolved.
Part Owner of Journal
Some years before that I began writing for the Journal and in Dec. 1884 I went regularly on the staff serving as local editor
with an assistant till May, 1886, when I gave up my gallery altogether and devoted all my time to the paper and Nov. 22nd,
1886, the Journal Company was born and took hold of the business which was in the hands of Wm. L. Fay and S. W.
Mr. Fay was in many ways a remarkable man. Gifted with unusual judgment in the mechanical as well as the literary
departments and a man of keen insight his counsels were frequently sought by many. It was ever our desire and effort to
furnish the news in the best manner possible and at the same time publish a paper that a man could always hand to his
children without first examining it himself.
During February, 1920, I had an attack of old time influenza and it left me with a chronic bronchitis and later on a muscular
weakness of my heart developed and I have been laid on the shelf, but have enjoyed the loving ministrations of dear
daughter, now Mrs. Frances Wright, who has done all in her power to make my life comfortable and happy and with her
husband, who has also been kind to me, has made my last days as pleasant as possible.
My precious mother left me Feb. 22, 1871. Dec. 30, 1873 I was married to Miss Helen M. Storrs of Amherst, Mass.
Together we trod the path of life happily till Jan. 15, 1887 when she was taken from me. Jan. 15, 1916, I was married to
Mrs. Elizabeth English who was spared to me only till Dec. 11, 1920, when the Master called for her. One little one
whom my wife and I took to our hearts and home in March, 1880, was taken from us in a little more than a year. I had
no brothers and on only sister died at the home of her son in Portland, Oregon.
Joined Congregational Church
Soon after our arrival in this city my mother and I united with the Congregational church and there cluster some of my
most tender associations. The good people of that organization have ever been a blessing to me in many ways.
In June, 1871, I was made a Free and Accepted Mason in Harmony Lodge No. 3 of this place, and I think I am the oldest
active member in point of years of membership. I am also a member of Jacksonville Chapter, No. 3, Royal Arch Masons,
of which I was High Priest six years and am also a member of Hospitaller Commandery, No. 31, Knights Templar. I am
also a member of Matt Starr Post, Grand Army of the Republic of which I am a past commander and at present an adjutant.
Soon after my arrival in Jacksonville I became interested in the colored churches of the city and was for sometime
superintendent of both the Baptist and Methodist church Sunday schools, but when the former changed the hour of
meeting till afternoon I remained with the Methodists for 28 years and when all was prosperous and harmonious I
resigned and such great objection were made that I compromised by reviewing the lessons each quarter so that I was
associated with the school 32 years.
For thirty years I served as lay preacher, helping churches out of a minister, acting, as I told them, as a cipher to fill a
Interested in Dramatics.
One of the pleasant experiences of my life has been my association with amateur dramatic entertainments. About 1867
a play, "Still Waters Run Deep," was presented for the benefit of the Phi Alpha society of Illinois college. Major George
M. McConnel was a leading character and manager and a capable one, too. "London Assurance," one of the greatest
amateur successes ever presented in this place, was staged with Miss Belle Osgood, teacher at the State School for the
Deaf, as the bright particular star, and she won great honors.
Up to that time all the plays had to be in Strawn's hall which merely had a bare platform and we had to construct a stage
which was a good deal of work, so the Odeaon Hall Directory was organized with Dr. G. V. Black, I think, first president.
I was secretary and treasurer. We leased the quarters now occupied by the Woodmen and erected a stage with four
scenes painted by William Benson.
This stirred up Jacob Strawn, Jr., long since dead, to place in his hall a complete theatrical outfit, and our club opened it
with "Passing Cloud," a find old play. We put on several others and in 1876 the leadership of the dramatic club fell to me
and we staged a number of plays. In the summer of '87 the Strawn stage was destroyed by fire and Mr. Chambers had
erected in his West State street block a regular stage which we used a number of times. I wrote several plays which were
used with a fair degree of success.
I started one in vacation, but one after another of the cast dropped out till but nine were left. The play was given up,
but I told the young people I would take them for a day's outing in Springfield which was done, and again came a wail
at the idea of giving up, so we formed a club which lasted for six happy years. Each winter I would write a play suited
to our number and present it to an invited audience. We took a large excursion to Chicago or some distant point each
year, once going to the head of navigation on Lake Michigan. That club was one of the dearest experiences of my life.
Friend of Hospitals
During the fall of 1874 I became acquainted with Dr. Passavant when he came here to establish the hospital bearing his
name. The property was the gift of that blessed saint, Mother Ayers, mother of the founders of the bank bearing their
name and it was my privilege to be interested in that noble work for more than fifty years till failing health compelled me
to withdraw. I often wonder if the spirits of those precious ones, Sister Louise and Sister Caroline, first in charge,
ever hover over the place where they gave so freely of their skill and untiring devotion.
Jacksonville has ever been a dearly beloved home to me. The good people of the place have always been most kind and
affectionate, helping me when I much needed assistance and encouraging me always. About it cluster the most hallowed
associations of my life and the welfare of the city and its people has ever been most dear to me and whatever trifle I have
done its residents or enterprises has been truly a labor of love.
(Jacksonville Courier, dtd. Oct. 24, 1927)
MOORE, GEORGE W. - (Diamond Grove Cemetery, Jacksonville)
GEORGE W. MOORE'S LONG LIFE JOURNEY IS ENDED
Death Came Wednesday Morning At 10 o'clock At State Street Residence - Veteran of Civil War and Prominent
Resident of the County.
When George W. Moore crossed the border at 10:20 o'clock Wednesday morning it was after a life journey of more
than eighty-five years. Mr. Moore was born January 1, 1833, in this county and it was given to him to spend all of
his long life in this county save for his years in army service.
It was only about one year ago that Mr. Moore began to evidence the weaknesses of old age and the illness which
finally caused his death began about that time. In recent months there came a return of the remarkable vitality which
had characterized other years and until a very few days since there was promise that this honored resident of the
county would at least be able to celebrate his eighty-sixth anniversary. It is given to very few people to live so many
years and to fewer people still to spend those years from childhood clear thru to old age in one community. Mr. Moore
was the son of Dr. Edmund Moore and was born at the farm home six miles east of Jacksonville in the Arnold neighbor
-hood. He continued to live at that farm home until November, 1915, when he became a resident of Jacksonville.
Finished College in 1856
After attending the country district school Mr. Moore became a student at Illinois College and graduated in the class
of 1856 with the degree of bachelor of science. John P. Smith of 1042 West State is the only surviving member of that
class. In his student days Mr. Moore was particularly interested along scientific lines and when he left college and
began farming which was to occupy the business years of his life, he was still a student. He kept pace with the
advancement in scientific agriculture and applied the best known principles to the development of his own farm
In 1861 he heard the call to arms and as the Illinois quota was filled, along with other young men from this community
he became a member of Co. G of the 1st Missouri Volunteer cavalry. He enlisted August 20, 1861, and soon afterward
was chosen a lieutenant in the company. The company in its first campaign work was a part of the command of Gen.
Fremont and assisted in the work of driving Gen. Sterling Price and his bushwhackers from Missouri into Arkansas.
Later there was a second campaign against General Price, under the command of Generals Curtis and Sigel. The
operations of Co. G were largely directed against guerillas and bushwhackers in Missouri and Arkansas, altho the
company took part in some other campaigns.
At the close of a long period of valiant service Mr. Moore returned to this, his home county, and again engaged in
farming and stock raising and remained actively in this work until a very few years since.
Life Long Republican
Mr. Moore was a staunch supporter of the principles of the Republican party and thru all the years was in close touch
with the party organization and accomplishment. He had been so long interested in public affairs that he knew the
history of the party from its very beginning. His interest in the party was based especially upon his belief in the
soundness of its principles and upon the seriousness of the work which it had done. He was only once a candidate
for political office and in 1887 he as elected a member of the county board, serving for a three year term. For a period
of thirty-five years he held the office of township trustee of school funds and because of his interest in educational
affairs, in 1891 was appointed by Gov. Yates as one of the trustees of the Illinois School for the Blind. In all positions
of a public character Mr. Moore evidenced the same carefulness and faithfulness that characterized his life in its other
It was May 25, 1868, that Mr. Moore was married to Miss Nancy M. Chambers, the daughter of Col. and Mrs. George
M. Chambers. The death of Mrs. Moore occurred in July, 1890. After leaving his farm Mr. Moore and daughter, Miss
Eleanor I. Moore, who survives him, occupied the old chambers homestead at 329 West State Street, which Mr. Moore
purchased just before coming to Jacksonville. It was in this home that his marriage had been solemnized in 1868 and
so after leaving the old home which had sheltered him for more than four score years he entered another home which
held some of the dearest memories of his youth.
Friendships With Many.
Many men have only two or three close friends all of life's journey, but Mr. Moore had friends almost without number
and the intimacies lived all thru the long years. He had a distinct individual dignity which never left him, yet to old and
young he accorded an unfailing courtesy and in a rare way he made the interests of those about him his interests. One
could not come into contact with Mr. Moore without admiring not only the strength of character but the breadth of his
vision and sympathies. He had his own well founded opinions - was ready to defend them - but he had the faculty of
recognizing the mental rights of others and the sincerity of their individual views.
Mr. Moore was a man of marvelous physical vitality and the vigor of body was reflected in the strength of mind all thru
the long years. He fed both mind and body and so as the later years of his life came he did not wither but continued to
grow and develop. Altho he was never happier than when with war time comrades he turned back the pages of history
and fought again the campaigns of the '60s, none were more interested in present day affairs nor better posted. He
followed closely the events which led up to the present world war and watched eagerly for each day's telegraphic
stories of the progress of events. His interest was at the highest level when the United States became directly involved
and tho in the last years failing eyesight interfered with his own reading, he listened each day as others read the lines
of recent history.
Vitality is a word which really characterized his life, for it dominated in mind, in body and in soul. He lived circumspectly,
and his influence was always for the better things of life. He did justly, loved mercy and walked humbly with God, and
as vitality characterized his life, so did humbleness. His was a fine, strong spirit but it was under control, and with him
humbleness did not mean cringing but a certain definite gentleness coupled with personal modesty. Men of the fine
type of George W. Moore are few indeed and the influence of his life and work cannot rightly be told in newspaper lines.
Funeral services in his memory will be held at the family home, 829 West State Street, at 10 o'clock Friday morning in
charge of Dr. F. S. Hayden, assisted by Dr. E. H. Landis. Members of the Matt Starr Post G. A. R., in which mr. Moore
had long held membership will conduct the services at Diamond Grove cemetery. Friends are requested to omit flowers.
(Jacksonville Daily Journal - dtd. 7 Mar 1918)
Charles Nickel, one of Concord's oldest and most honored residents, passed away at his home northeast of the village
Thursday evening at 9:15 o'clock following an illness of three months with hardening of the arteries. Mr. Nickel was
a veteran of the civil war and until the time of retiring from active work was engaged in farming.
Four children survive Mr. Nickel: F. C. Nickel, John Nickel, Edward Nickel and Mrs. Henry Roberts, all residing in
the Concord vicinity. Mrs. Nickel passed away about twelve years ago. Mr. Nickel was a faithful member of the
German Methodist church.
The funeral will be held Monday afternoon from the M. E. church of Concord and burial will be made in Concord
(Jackksonville Daily Journal, March 3, 1917)
Once more we are called to mourn the death of one of Concord's old veterans. The death of Charles Nickel
takes from us a good citizen and one of the six old soldiers in this precinct. The five surviving are as follows: A. W.
McConnell, John Filson, E. P. Taylor, Milton Ham and L. L. Rexroat. One by one they are answering the last roll call.
Comrades Cowdin and Sanders preceded Comrade Nickel but a few months.
(Jacksonville Daily Journal, March 8, 1917)
NAGLE, J. FRED
VETERAN RESIDENT TAKEN BY DEATH
J. Fred Nagle Dies Friday Afternoon at North Main Street Home - Born in Germany 81 Years Ago - Funeral Monday
John Frederick Nagle quietly passed away Friday afternoon at 4 o'clock at his home 718 North Main street, after
an illness which had kept him confined but little more than a week. Mr. Nagle had made this city his home since
1867 and was in his eighty second year. He was upright and honest in all his dealings and, tho unassuming in his
manner of living, was widely known and highly esteemed by the many friends he had formed thru a life as useful
as it was long and honorable. Mr. Nagle was for seven years a sexton of Jacksonville cemetery, retiring in
1907. His health remained good and he was well able to get about until a year ago when the infirmities of age began
to claim him. Mr. Nagle was well known in lodge circles and especially did he take an interest in Masonry. He was
a member of Harmony Lodge No. 3, A. F. & A. M. and was an honored member of Urania Lodge No. 243, I. O. O. F.
holding membership also in Matt Starr Post, G. A. R.
Mr. Nagle was born Dec. 2, 1835, in Osterburg, Prussia, and came to this country in July, 1858, making his home in
St. Louis and afterwards in Beardstown. He was for a time engaged in farm work near Meredosia and it was from
the last named place that he enlisted for service in the war of the rebellion, going southward with Co. A of the
101st regiment and remaining in the service until the close of the war. He was mustered out in Washington and
then went to Germany to pay a visit to his old home. He remained in the Fatherland two years and on coming to
this city went to work in a planing mill. Mr. Nagle had learned the trade of cabinet making as a boy in the old country.
For twenty years he was employed by Hugh Wilson, Sr., in the mill just north of the Wabash railroad.
Mr. Nagle was street commissioner in 1882, during the first term of Mayor Charles H. Widmayer. He was for a
considerable time engaged in contracting and carpentry work.
In 1869 Mr. Nagle was married to Miss Elizabeth Engel and to them were born three children, Elizabeth, the wife of
J. A. Hoffman of Springfield; Fred Nagle, who died Nov. 17, 1889, and Emma, the wife of John E. Hall of Meredosia.
He is survived also by eight grandchildren.
Mr. Nagle was a faithful member of the Presbyterian church, uniting with the old First Presbyterian congregation
soon after coming to the city.
The funeral will be held Monday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock. Services will be conducted by the Rev. R. B. Wilson,
pastor of State street Presbyterian church, at the home of Mr. Nagle, on North Main street.
(Jacksonville Daily Journal, Saturday Morning, January 20, 1917 - Buried in Jacksonville East Cemetery)
MILLION, ELIJAH F.
Elijah F. Million, one of the oldest and most highly respected citizens of Murrayville passed away Tuesday afternoon
at 4:45 o'clock. Mr. Million had been in failing health for two years past but it was not until about a week ago that he
took to his bed.
Mr. Million was born May 27, 1846 in this county and has spent practically his entire life in the Murrayville vicinity.
In October 1870 he was married to Miss Eliza Esther Kennedy and to this union seven children were born, two of whom,
Sadie M. and George Edward have passed beyond and of whom five survive, as follows: Emory E. Million, residing in
Oklahoma; Hugh E. Million and Mrs. James E. Osborne, Murrayville; Clyde K. Million of Delavan and Mrs. Warren E.
Mr. Million enlisted in Co. E in the 58th regiment, Illinois Vol. And saw long and honorable service in the civil war.
Returning from the war he continued the life of a farmer, retaining his active habits until three years ago when he
retired and removed to Murrayville.
Funeral services will be held Thursday morning at 10:30 o'clock at Murrayville M. E. church, in charge of the Rev.
W. H. McGhee, the pastor. The Masonic order will attend in a body and will conduct the service at the grave. Burial
will be made in Murrayville cemetery.
(Jacksonville Daily Journal, August 15, 1917)
HENRY MAUL DIED AT EARLY HOUR TODAY
Deceased Long Resident of the County - Funeral Arrangements Incomplete.
Henry Maul died at 1:50 o'clock this (Wednesday) morning at his home on North Main street after an illness of two
weeks. He was 80 years of age at the time of his death. His wife died four years ago. He is survived by one son L. H.
Maul of Literberry and two daughters, Mrs. Robert Clark of Chapin and Mrs. William Phillips of Literberry. Funeral
arrangements will be announced later.
(Jacksonville Daily Journal, February 7, 1917)
Brief mention was made in Wednesday's Journal of the death of Henry Maul a well known resident of this city.
Mr. Maul died at his home, 815 North Main street, Wednesday morning at 1:50 o'clock.
Deceased was born in Frankford, Germany, May 15, 1837. He came to America in 1859. He enlisted in the union army
and served three years in the First Missouri cavalry under Capt. Barber Lewis.
After his discharge Mr. Maul settled in Arcadia north of this city. He was married Oct. 1, 1867 to Miss Elizabeth Yeck
of Arenzville. He is survived by the following children: Lewis H. Maul of Literberry, Mrs. Robert Clark of Chapin and
Mrs. William H. Phillips of Literberry.
Many years ago Mr. Maul united with the Lutheran church at Arenzville. Afterward on account of the distance he had
to go to church he united with the Methodist Protestant church at Arcadia. He united with the Christian church at
Literberry in 1906. Mr. Maul was a man noted for his uprightness and integrity and was highly regarded as a citizen.
October 1906 Mr Maul moved with his family to Jacksonville and resided two years. He then moved to Literberry in
1907 and resided a year and then moved back to this city where he resided until his death.
The remains were removed to Gillham's undertaking establishment and prepared for burial. Funeral services will be
held from Gillham's parlors this morning at 10:30 o'clock in charge of Rev. L. A. hadaway, pastor of Chapin Central
Christian Church. Burial will be in Arcadia cemetery.
(Jacksonville Daily Journal, February 8, 1917)
MASTERS, JAMES MADISON
The venerable James M. Masters, died at the home of his son, S. D. Masters at noon Sunday. Mr.
Masters was born in Overton county, Tenn., April 3, 1817, and came here in the spring of 1830, and settled
with the family in a cabin on the spot now occupied by Illinois College. In the fall of the same season the
family moved to a place a mile and a half west of Murrayville, and that vicinity has been the residence since.
In 1841, he was married to Rebecca Dinwiddie, who died in 1873. He was the father of five sons and two
daughters and all have died except one, S. D. Masters, so well known in this city. The last death in his
family occurred 18 years ago. His sons and daughters were all promising, but passed away one after another.
He also leaves a brother, S. D. Masters, in Petersburg, and aged 84.
Mr. Masters was a man of indomitable perseverance and overcame obstacles which would have
caused a less courageous person to give up in despair. He had no early advantages, but went to work and
acquired a fair, practical education and in his later life was a great reader, and being a man of remarkable
memory, could converse intelligently in matters of history with those who had seen much of the world. He
had nothing at all in the beginning but a good name and that enabled him to get some oxen and plows and
with these he went to work and earned the beginning of the large fortune left. He was a member of the M.
P. church of Murrayville until it passed out of existence. He was very much devoted to his family and was
a man honest in all his dealings and respected for his true worth. In his last days he was most tenderly cared
for by his devoted son and daughter-in-law, who did all possible for his comfort and welfare. Death was the
result of a general failure of the system, the machine simply running down and stopping. He anticipated the
end several weeks before it came and declared himself ready and glad to go and meet those who had gone
before and to await the coming of those left behind. It was a singular coincidence that he died at exactly the
age of 81. He was born April 3, 1817, at noon and died April 3, 1898, at noon.
The funeral will be held at the residence of his son, S. D. Masters, at 9:30 this morning and the
remains will be taken to Murrayville for interment.
(Interred in Bethel cemetery - April 5, 1898)
MEACHAM, WILLIS E.
Captain Willis E. Meacham was born in Christian County Kentucky, Oct. 27th, 1828, and died at his
home in this city Nov. 27th, 1889.
He came to Illinois with his father, Mr. E. D. Meacham, in the year 1831, and settled on Lick Creek,
in Sangamon County. March 1st, 1854 he was united in marriage with Miss Rachel Hudson, and to them
were born three children, Addie, Helen and Margaret. Helen dying in infancy while Addie and Margaret
with his wife survive him.
In the year 1857 he moved to Waverly where he resided up to his death with the exception of his
term of service in the late war. His occupation in life, in the main, was that of a farmer' practical and never
flinching from any kind of work that he saw ought to be done. As a citizen Captain Meacham was very
highly esteemed by all who knew him; he placed high stress upon his word, contracts, and in his dealings
with men, always recognizing and respecting the religious and moral element of society in any community,
not infrequently criticizing those who did not.
In regard to his military life, he enlisted in Company G, 101st. Reg. Ill. Vol. Infantry, Aug. 9th, 1862,
from this place. He was elected 1st Lieut. In starting out and after the resignation of Captain Robert McKee
he was promoted to captain of the company, which he faithfully and nobly filled up to his resignation which
took place on account of failing health, Feb. 1st, 1865, at which time but few of his company expected him
to live long. He left home, family and friends to help defend the flag of the country he loved and stayed with
the boys from the first; sharing the march and battles from Cairo to the Sea, and after crossing the river at
Savannah, Ga., at what was known as Smokey Rome, in South Carolina, he bid his boys good bye and while
yet strong in mind the tears stole down his cheeks, as he called them by name, and pressing the hand of each
he bid them farewell.
Captain Meacham was a firm believer in the Christian religion and though not himself a professing
Christian, he always had a warm regard for a true consistent Christian. In his last sickness he expressed on
different occasions his belief in the scriptures, his respect for the church, and the necessity of preparation
for death, and only regretted that he had not all his life been a Christian. Before his death he expressed his
confidence in the merits of Christ and the mercy of God, and died trusting in the Saviour. Capt. Willis E.
Meacham to this community will be missed and not soon to be forgotten by any who knew him. And while
his body is laid to silent rest, may we hope for a heavenly enjoyment of his spirit beyond. The funeral took
place at the M. E. Church, at which there was a very large attendance indeed. A very convincing sermon was
preached by Rev. Mr. Adams from Matthew, 24, 44. Mr. Adams was assisted by the other pastors of the city
and the Captain's old chaplain, Rev. Wingate Newman, of Palmyra. At the close the remains were taken in
charge by John W. Ross Post No. 331, G. A. R. and interred in the east cemetery.
Patrick Maher was born in Tipperary Co., Ireland, March 16, 1844 and died at his home in Waverly,
Sunday morning February 6, at 6:15 aged 65 years, 10 months and 20 days, after an illness of eighteen
Patrick Maher came to this country when a boy of 17, and located at St. Charles, Mo., where he
enlisted in Co. D, First Battalion Calvary, Missouri State Militia March 17, 1862. He served his country
through the war suffering hardships that only the soldiers can tell and after receiving an honorable discharge
he came to Illinois in 1871 and on Dec. 7, 1874, he was united in marriage to Mary Finan who with five
daughters and one son survive him.
Mr. Maher was a familiar figure and his friends are unnumbered by his acquaintances. His was a
cheerful disposition and he strove to help mankind and was a member of the Western Catholic Union, and
John W. Ross, Post No. 331 G. A. R. of Waverly.
Funeral services were held at St. Sebastian church Tuesday, at 9:30 a.m. and interment in the
Catholic cemetery. (Feb. 10, 1910)
MERIT, WILLIAM HENRY
William Henry Merit was born November 15, 1840, in North Carolina, and died at the home of his
daughter in Springfield, Wednesday, October 11, 1916. At an early age he moved to Naples and then to
Auburn. He was united in marriage to Sarah A. Clark, December 30, 1866, and has resided in Waverly since
He is survived by his wife and daughter, Mrs. M. M. Hinckle, of Springfield, an adopted daughter,
Irene, and four grandchildren, William F., Charles L., Edna L., and Lela J. Hinckle, of Springfield.
At the outbreak of the Civil War he enlisted in Co. D, 14th Ill. Cavalry, and served two years, being
discharged at the Louisville hospital on account of sickness. He was a member of the John W. Ross Post,
No. 331, of the G. A. R.
Funeral services were held Thursday afternoon, October 12, at the late residence in Waverly, in
charge of Rev. S. C. Schaeffer, pastor of the Congregational church, and interment was in East cemetery.
MOFFETT, JOHN B.
Death of John B. Moffett.
At 9:45 a.m. Tuesday, May 30, 1899, Mr. John B. Moffett breathed his last at his home in this city,
at the age of 61 years, 9 months and 24 days. He had been in feeble health the past four years, the two latter
years he being confined to his room and bed. His ailment was Bright's disease from which he was an almost
constant sufferer, but he bore his pain with a calmness that was surprising. During the War of the Rebellion
he was a member of company G, One Hundred and Twenty-second Illinois volunteers, and was a good and
faithful soldier. He was born in Somerset county, New Jersey, Aug. 6, 1837, but had lived in this state and
city the greater portion of his life. He was a man who bore the esteem and confidence of all who knew him
and in his business relations with men he was honest to a penny. He leaves a wife and one son, George, who
have the sympathy of all in their deep affliction.
The funeral services were held at the family residence at 2 p.m., Wednesday, conducted by the Rev.
E. J. Durham, of the Methodist Episcopal Church, after which the remains were interred in East cemetery
under the impressive burial service of the Grand Army of the Republic, to which order he belonged.
CARD OF THANKS.
The family of the late John B. Moffett desire to return their sincerest and heartfelt thanks to the
friends who assisted in the attentions shown their husband and father during his illness and to the G. A. R.
who officiated at the burial.
Mrs. Amanda E. Moffett
George B. Moffett
George Murray was born near Waverly, January 22, 1842, and died May 16, 1912, aged 70 years,
3 months and 24 days.
He served three years in Company "G", 16th Regiment of Illinois Infantry.
He was united in marriage to Mrs. Emily Cooper, on the 22nd day of May 1871. To this union was
born three children, George Walter, Mary Mittie, and Ada Frances, who preceded him in death.
He had one step-son , J. E. Cooper, and one granddaughter, Mrs. Earnest Watts, who he reared from
childhood. He leaves to mourn his loss, a wife, six grandchildren, one great grandson, besides a host of
Funeral services were held in the M. E. Church, South, Saturday at 2:30 p.m., conducted by Rev. G.
B. Sherman assisted by Rev. A. N. Simmons. Interment in East Cemetery.
NUNNELLY, JOSEPH A
Joseph A. Nunnelly, civil war veteran, and a resident of Morgan county since 1878, passed away at
4:40 p.m. Thursday, July 14, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Albert Spires, in Jacksonville. The aged
veteran had been seriously ill for the past month.
Mr. Nunnelly was born in Montgomery county, Mo., December, 25, 1841, the son of William and
Lavinia Nunnelly. He left the home farm in 1861 to enlist in the First Missouri regiment, in which he served
for nearly four years under the commands of General Pendleton and General Price.
In 1874 Mr. Nunnelly went to Raymond, Ill., in Montgomery county, at which place he was united
in marriage with Mrs. Margaret Spaenhower in 1875. In 1878 Mr. and Mrs. Nunnelly moved to Waverly
where they made their home until the death of Mrs. Nunnelly in April 1921. Since that time the husband has
made his home with his daughter in Jacksonville.
The decedent was a member of the Congregational Church at Waverly, serving as caretaker for 38
years. During this long period he was absent from his duties but ten Sundays. For a number of years Mr.
Nunnelly also acted as caretaker of the First National Bank and Wemple Bros. Bank.
Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. Spires, of Jacksonville; one brother, Henry Nunnelly of New
Florence, Mo., one step-daughter, Mrs. George Sample of Jacksonville; three step-sons, Amos and William
Spainhower, Waverly, and Oliver Spainhower, East St. Louis.
The remains were brought to Waverly Saturday morning, and funeral services held in the First
Congregational church at 10 o'clock, in charge of the pastor, Rev. J. B. Houser. Music was furnished by
Mrs. L. T. Seales, Mrs. F. H. Curtiss, F. H. Curtiss and W. R. Turnbull. The pall bearers were A. C. Moffet,
A. W. Reagel, E. B. Wyle, W. L. Horstman, L. T. Seales and H. I. DeTurk. The flowers were cared for by
Mrs. Russell Thorne, Misses Bess Bradford and Marjorie Lombard. Interment was in East Cemetery.
(July 22, 1927)
Aged War Veteran Called By Death
Henry Narr, Nearly Ninety Years of Age, Died Tuesday Morning at Home of His Son, E. M. Narr
Henry C. Narr was born in Lobenstein, Germany, July 4, 1933, and died at the home of his son,
Edward M. Narr, northwest of Waverly, Tuesday, May 29, 1923, after only a brief illness, death being due
to a paralytic stroke.
When a young man he left the land of his nativity and came to this land of promise. He arrived in
St. Louis, February 24, 1854, at which place he commenced life in America and lived for a few years.
He was married to Miss Mary Jane Jones , January 25, 1857. To this union three children were born:
Mary Helen and Charles Henry, who died in their infancy, and Edward Major who survives him.
When the Civil War came on, he enlisted as a soldier in Co. G, 101st Illinois Infantry, and served as
a good soldier to the end of the war. At its close he came to Waverly, which has been his home most of the
years intervening up to the time of his death.
When Waverly Lodge No. 118, A. F. & A. M. was organized, March 2, 1866, Mr. Narr was a charter
member and during the more than fifty years since that time he has given it enthusiastic and loyal support.
At a celebration not many years back he expressed his appreciation of Masonry in these words, "I have been
a member of the Masonic Lodge for fifty years and I have never seen a day that I regretted this membership."
Mr. Narr was a wagon maker by trade, but retired from activity in this calling at the time of his
wife's death in 1900. Since then he has lived at the home of his son, E. N. Narr.
He is remembered by his old friends as modest and unobtrusive in manner, but withal a citizen with
sterling integrity, truth and honor. His vigor and strength of manhood was of that type that is indispensable
in making any community strong.
Funeral services were held at the Christian Church Thursday morning at 10:30 o'clock, in charge
of the pastor, Rev. J. N. Thomas. Two selections, "Abide With Me" and "Lead Kindly Light" were sung by
Mrs. Wilson M. Smith. The pall bearers were W. L. Horstman, W. H. Graves, J. C. Deatherage, Edward
Wemple, Jesse McClain and Frank Brown. The flowers were cared for by Misses Caroline Lombard, Olive
Burnett, Effie Ritter and Mildred Rohrer.
OSBORN, WILLIAM THOMAS
William Thomas Osborn, eldest son of James and Rachel Etherton Osborn, was born in Taylor
County, Ky., November 13, 1843, and died at his home in Waverly, Ill., Thursday, January 28, 1926, at the
age of 82 years, 2 months and 15 days.
He enlisted in Co. H, 13th Kentucky Infantry, at the age of eighteen and served three years in the
Civil War. He was captured at Munfordsville, Ky., and sent to Camp Chase, Ohio. After a short time he was
paroled and allowed to return to his home. At the expiration of his parole, he rejoined his regiment and went
as far as Atlanta, Ga., on Sherman's March to the Sea. His time expiring, he was discharged and allowed
to return home. Although his relatives and friends were Southern sympathizers, he stood true to his
convictions, and entered the Northern army, and, at the battle of Munfordsville, where he was captured, his
brother was aiding the Confederate forces. It being the only battle where the two brothers met.
He was married to Sarah Elizabeth Curry, August 8, 1865, who preceded him in death, November
22, 1919. To this union three children were born. Katherine, at home; William W., of Berkeley, California,
and Mrs. C. H. Walters of Waverly.
He was converted in Kentucky while still a young man and joined the M. E. church. He came to
Illinois in 1881 and settled near Maxwell. He joined the Providence Presbyterian church. His membership
remained there till 1902, when he moved to Waverly and placed his letter in the First Congregational church.
He enjoyed his church services very much and was a faithful attendant until he lost his hearing and gave up
Waverly was his post office for 44 years. He became a member of the Masonic order in 1867. He
was Commander of John W. Ross Post No. 331, G. A. R. Department of Illinois at the time of his death.
Besides the three children mentioned, he leaves five granddaughters, two great grandsons; one
brother, John B. Osborn, Miami, Ky.; several nieces and nephews and a host of loyal friends and neighbors.
Funeral services were conducted Sunday afternoon, January 31, at 2:00 o'clock, at the First M. E.
Church, by Rev. A. R. Wassell. Music was furnished by Mrs. L. T. Seales, Mrs. F. H. Curtiss, Messrs. F.
H. Curtiss and W. R. Turnbull. The pall bearers were W. H. Rohrer, C. F. Wemple, George Alderson, W.
L. Horstman, S. W. Rodgers and H. I. DeTurk. The flowers were cared for by Mrs. Dorothea Schramm, Mrs.
Fern Peters, Misses Dorothy Harris, Cora VanWinkle, Eunice VanWinkle, Ella Smedley, Mary Narr and
The local Masonic lodge had charge of the services at East Cemetery.
MAGINN, JOHN C.
John C. Maginn was born in Lowell, Massachusetts, November 6, 1846, and died at his home in this
city, Saturday night, April 29, 1933, at the age of 86 years, 5 months and 23 days, following an illness of four
months, resulting from a fractured hip.
Mr. Maginn, frequently called "Uncle John", was a veteran of the Civil War, having entered at the
early age of fifteen as a drummer boy.
In 1868 he was married to Maria A. Moxon and moved to Mechanicsburg, Illinois. After being there
for a time, they next settled in the Little York vicinity, where they lived for approximately twenty years. To
them were born 5 children: John Frederick, now deceased; Mrs. Phillip Nipper of Monticello, Arkansas; Mrs.
Will Schramm, Mrs. Lee Carson and Charley Maginn of this community. There are twenty-two
grandchildren and nineteen great grandchildren.
In 1902 Mr. and Mrs. Maginn moved to Waverly. They had been here only a short time until Mrs.
Maginn died, November 4, 1904. Later he married Mrs. Rebecca Mason, now deceased.
Mr. Maginn, throughout his life, has been affiliated with the church, and until death was a member
of the Methodist church of this city.
In addition to all relatives he leaves a host of friends to mourn his death. Funeral services were held
at the Swift Funeral Home Monday afternoon, May 1, at 2 o'clock, in charge of Rev. D. H. Abbott, pastor
of the First M.E. church. Music was furnished by Miss Edith Smedley, Miss Elizabeth Stockdale and Mrs.
F. H. Curtiss, who sang "Nearer, Still Nearer", "No Night There", and "God Will Take Care of You" with
Miss Mattie Deatherage as accompanist.
The pall bearers were six grandsons of the deceased, Floyd Schramm, Raymond Maginn, Harold
Maginn, Otis Maginn, Fred Maginn and William Carson.
The flowers were cared for by six granddaughters, Mrs. Floyd Schramm, Mrs. Leslie Edwards, Mrs.
Raymond Maginn, Mrs. Harold Maginn, Misses Erma and Elizabeth Carson.
Burial was in Waverly cemetery.
MCCASLAND, W. A.
W. A. McCasland, one of the pioneer real estate men of East St. Louis, passed away Saturday night
at the age of 74 years. He had been ailing for a week but his condition was not considered serious. Saturday
he was down town attending to his business and apparently feeling quite well. Shortly before ten o'clock
Saturday evening he called his daughter, Miss Grace McCasland, saying he did not feel well, and asking her
to send for his doctor. The end came peacefully before the physician arrived. He is survived by his
daughter, Miss Grace McCasland, and son Henry McCasland.
Mr. McCasland was a man of business integrity and of good habits. He lived a moral and upright
life. He made friends easily and leaves a host of friends to mourn his loss.
At the beginning of the Civil War Mr. McCasland enlisted as a private in the 38th Ill. He served
throughout the war and was honorably discharged at its close.
Funeral services were held at the residence Monday afternoon at 4 o'clock. Interment was made
Tuesday in Waverly, Ill., the former home of the deceased, where his wife and several children are buried.
(June 3, 1910)
MEACHAM, MILTON MORRIS
Milton Morris Meacham was born about six miles north of Waverly, September 7, 1838 and departed
from this life July 25, 1918 at 10:40 p.m. at the age of 79 years, 10 months and 18 days. He moved to
Waverly with his parents, Jonathan and Susan Meacham, January 29, 1859.
In April 1861 he enlisted in Co. I, 14th Illinois Vol. Infantry and served a little over three years.
After returning from the army he engaged in the clothing business in Waverly.
On November 27, 1864 he was united in marriage to Maria C. Holliday. To this union were born
four children: three sons, Jonathan, Joseph, Elmer and one daughter, Tillie, all preceding him in death with
his wife except one son, Elmer, with whom he made his home after his wife's death, until he died.
He took active part in the business circles of Waverly, and for many years and up until his last
sickness was engaged in the Insurance and Real Estate business.
He was a faithful member of the I. O. O. F. Lodge and served as Financial Secretary many years.
About the year 1884 he united with the First M. E. church.
He served as postmaster of Waverly under President Cleveland four years.
He is survived by one son, Elmer, one granddaughter Eva, one brother, W. D. Meacham, and one
sister, Mrs. M. A. Waddell, all of this city; one grandson, Maurice, and one great-granddaughter, who reside
He was afflicted for many years, and on November 1, 1917 he was taken down and suffered for
nearly nine months, bearing his suffering very patiently, until death relieved him.
Funeral services were held at the family residence Saturday, July 27, at 10 o'clock a.m., Rev. F. E.
Smith, pastor of the First M. E. church officiating. Interment was in East cemetery.
(August 2, 1918)
Taps Sounds for Civil War Veteran
JABEZ MITCHELL PASSES AWAY
Jabez Mitchell, son of Joseph and Sarah Mitchell was born July 19, 1839 in Findon,
Northamptonshire, England, and departed this life December 18, 1917, at the age of 78 years, 4 months and
His parents, with two sons and three daughters, came to America in 1849, and were six weeks
crossing the Atlantic. They made their way up the Mississippi River to St. Louis and then to Naples, Ill. The
father and two sons walked to Lynnville, Morgan Co., where settlement was made. In 1855 the family
removed to Sangamon County and located in Loami Township.
He was in the opening years of stalwart, vigorous manhood when the war broke out and August 13,
1861, he volunteered for the defense of the home of his adoption, becoming a member of Company B.,
Thirtieth Illinois Infantry, commanded by Col. P. B. Fouke. He was mustered out of the service at
Louisville, Ky., and discharged at Camp Butler, July 27, 1865, having won a fine military record as one of
the bravest and most faithful soldiers of his regiment.
Mr. Mitchell was married the year after he left the army to Miss Clara Carter, the marriage being
solemnized April 8, 1866. To this union were born four children: Frank C. (deceased), Nellie Carter Taylor
of Waverly; Charles Harry of Tobias, Neb., and William M. of Los Angeles, Calif. Mrs. Mitchell departed
from this life in 1879.
On August 18, 1882, Mr. Mitchell was married to Miss Mattie Carter, a sister of his former wife.
One child, Mrs. Myrtle West of Fort Dodge, Iowa was born to this union.
(December 21, 1917)
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