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Obituaries were submitted by Judy Simpson unless otherwise noted.

John S. ABBOTT 

September 3, 1880
Clinton Public

The Death Roll.

John S. ABBOTT, one of the leading farmers in Wapella township, died at his residence last Tuesday morning.  He was sick but a few days.

Mrs. John S. ABBOTT 

August 5, 1898
Clinton Register

Mrs. Amy F. Abbott died Monday morning at her home, 512 East Front in Bloomington, after two months illness.  Mrs. Abbott was born at Farmington, Ill., March 19, 1841.  When 14 years old she came with her parents to Wapella.  She was married May 2, 1869, to John S. Abbott, who died in 1880.  Mrs. Abbott and daughters, Lou and Edna, moved to Bloomington in 1884.  These children survive.   She was a member and an earnest worker of the M. E. church.  Her remains were brought here Wednesday for interment in Sugar Grove cemetery.

Mrs. William ABBOTT 

January __, 1928
Paper Unknown

MRS. WM. ABBOTT IS DEAD.

Mrs. Wm. ABBOTT passed away at 7:00 o'clock Wednesday evening, at the John Warner hospital in Clinton, where she was taken last Monday.  She has been ill for several weeks at the home two miles east of town.

Sallie Ann WILSON was the daughter of Samuel and Lucinda WILSON.  She was born near Waynesville August 6th, 1878.  On April 16, 1899, she was married to William ABBOTT.  To this union was born one daughter, Norma, who has so faithfully cared for her mother during her illness.  She is also survived by her husband, Wm. Abbott, an adopted son, Lloyd, two sisters, Mrs. Mary HALSEY, Blunt, South Dakota; and Mrs. Cecil ARTHUR, of Lane; and one brother, Samuel, of Clinton.

She was a member of the M. E. church of Waynesville.  She has always been a home-loving woman and a good mother to the adopted boy as well as her daughter.  She will be greatly missed in the community.

The funeral was held Friday afternoon at the M. E. church in charge of Rev. R. L. Steed.  The singers were Mrs. Carl Cross, Mrs. Fred Dix, Joseph Teal and Matthew Connell, with Mrs. Arthur Swan at the piano.  The pall bearers were Ed Cisco, Scott Cisco, Frank Cisco, Elisha Cisco, Perry Nichols and William Nichols.  Interment was in the Evergreen cemetery.

Note: Illinois Statewide Death Index, 1916-1950 - Sallie Ann Abbott died on January 25, 1928 in Clinton, DeWitt County.

Joseph ACKERSON 

March 28, 1913
Clinton Register

DIED IN ASYLUM.

Joe ACKERSON, who was taken to Bartonville two weeks ago, died there yesterday.   He was over 80 years old, and had been at the county farm a while.  His home was near Waynesville, where his son-in-law, Henry LAKE, lives.  The burial will be in the cemetery near Waynesville.

Mrs. Joseph ACKERSON 

February 26, 1915
Clinton Register

DEATH OF WAYNESVILLE WOMAN.
Hester Ackerson Passed Away at the Advanced Age of Seventy Nine Years.

Another early settler and one of the best known women of the Waynesville section of DeWitt county passed to her reward last Friday.  Mrs. Hester ACKERSON died at 1:30 Friday afternoon at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Henry LAKE, two miles north of Waynesville at the age of seventy nine years after a short illness of less than one week of pneumonia.  The disease assumed a serious form from the start and advanced age precluded all hope of recovery.  Mrs. Ackerson was a member of one of the best known families in DeWitt county.  She was born in Ohio February 12, 1835, and came with her parents to this state when a small child.  The family settled near Waynesville in 1851, and deceased was married to Joseph ACKERSON in 1856, the couple living a happy life for more than half a century until her husband died two years ago.  They were the parents of five children, all of whom survive, as follows: Mrs. Jane BAKER, of Weldon; Mrs. Mary HAZLETT, of Wapella; Mrs. Henry LAKE, of Waynesville; Henry and William, of Waynesville.  Deceased was a woman of a kind and sociable disposition and will be missed by her many friends in the vicinity where she had been known for so many years.  Funeral services were held at eleven o'clock Sunday morning at the Rock Creek church, Rev. J. S. Tharp of Waynesville M. E. Church officiating.  Burial in Rock Creek cemetery.

Lester ACKERSON 

August 2, 1901 - Friday
Clinton Register

Monday afternoon Lester, nearly three years old, the little son of Charles ACKERSON, living two and a half miles east of town, got upon a chair and secured a bottle of carbolic acid.  He drank a small quantity and spilled some of the contents upon his body.  The services of a physician were procured, but in a few hours the little one died in great agony.  The remains were interred in Rock Creek cemetery Tuesday afternoon.  The parents are nearly crazed with grief.  This should be a warning to parents to be more careful of poisons.

Note: Lester is listed under the name Ackason in Rock Creek Cemetery and the year 1902 is engraved beneath his name, which is the year his father died.

George ACTON 

February 28, 1908
Clinton Register

George ACTON died at his home near Hallsville February 9, aged 70 years, 8 months and 22 days. Funeral services were held at the home of his sister, Mrs. HICKS, in Weldon, conducted by Rev. Weaver of that place. Interment in Weldon cemetery.

James R. ACTON 

May 18, 1906
Clinton Register

DIED FROM HIS INJURIES.
Aged Man Jumps From a Moving Train and is Fatally Hurt—
Was Returning Home.

J. R. ACTON, of Weldon, was in Clinton Saturday morning on his way to Weldon. He was returning from a visit in Texas, and at the depot in Clinton boarded the wrong train and was taken toward Decatur instead of toward Weldon. The conductor saw him on the train and that he seemed worried. When about two miles from Clinton he could not see Acton and guessed he had jumped or fallen from the train. He telegraphed to Clinton and two men were sent with an engine to look for him. A little over a mile out they found Mr. Acton unconscious. He was brought to the Clinton infirmary and it was found his arm was broken at the shoulder besides he was badly bruised. He had tried to jump from the train when he realized he had boarded the wrong car.

His injuries proved so serious that he died Monday night about 2:30 at the infirmary without becoming conscious. He was about 72 years old and was a veteran of the civil war. Remains were taken to Weldon Tuesday morning, accompanied by his sister, Mrs. Rachel HICKS, of that place, who came to Clinton Monday. His other sisters are Mrs. Mary ROBUCK and Mrs. Ruth MORROW, both near Lane. Funeral services were held there and burial was in the Weldon cemetery.

Note: His first name, James, came from his tombstone.

Nannie M. ACTON 

November 3, 1893
Clinton Public

Mrs. Nannie M. ACTON, in her thirty-ninth year, died at the home of her mother in this city last Friday.  Her husband is in business in Kenney, and she came to her mother’s home sick and to die.

Sylvia A. ACTON 

September 14, 1894
Clinton Public

Sylvia A., the three-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas ACTON, died last night and will be buried this afternoon. The child had been sick since July.

Thomas R. ACTON 

June 14, 1912
Clinton Register

Funeral services for Thomas ACTON, who died in Springfield, were held from the home of Theodore Martin at 2:30 p.m. Monday.  Interment in Woodlawn.

Mrs. Thomas R. ACTON 

November 3, 1893
Clinton Public

Mrs. Nannie M. ACTON, in her thirty-ninth year, died at the home of her mother in this city last Friday.  Her husband is in business in Kenney, and she came to her mother’s home sick and to die.

Note: From the Illinois Statewide Marriage Index:
BEAL, WILLIAM     MARTIN, NANCY MARIA      1879-08-24     DEWITT
ACTON, THOMAS R.     BEAL, NANCY M. MRS.      1881-12-29     DEWITT

Emerson ADAMS 

August 10, 1888
Clinton Public

Killed by Lightning.

While working in W. G. KIRBY’s field, last Friday afternoon, Emerson ADAMS was struck by lightning and instantly killed. At the time he was engaged in loading hay on a sled, and the supposition is that the steel fork which he was using drew the flash of lightning. Mr. Kirby's little boy was on horseback close to young Adams, but was not injured, although he perceptibly felt the shock. Emerson Adams was the son of the widow of Frank ADAMS, and lived with his mother on the home place in Tunbridge township. He was about twenty-one years of age, and was an industrious young man. His remains were brought to this city on Saturday afternoon, and after services in the Baptist Church were consigned to the grave in Woodlawn Cemetery.

Rev. G. F. ADAMS 

June 13, 1884
Clinton Public

Accidentally Killed.

The Rev. G. F. ADAMS, a noted Evangelist in the Christian Church was killed on Wednesday, near LaHarpe, Ill., by the accidental discharge of his shot-gun. Mr. Adams was out hunting with his son, a young man twenty years old, when by some accident the gun was discharged into Mr. Adams, instantly killing him. About four years ago Mr. Adams was pastor in charge of the Christian Church in this city, and occupied a house belonging to Mr. George ARMSTRONG, in Lawndale. The news of his death will be received with sorrow by the many friends he made during the year he lived in Clinton.

Mrs. Harriet ADAMS 

August 11, 1899
Clinton Register

Death of Mrs. Harriet Adams.

Mrs. Harriet ADAMS, mother of Mrs. T. L. KELLY, of this city, died at the residence of her son, yesterday at Barns, a small station near Bloomington, of paralysis of the heart. The remains were brought to Clinton this morning accompanied by Mrs. T. L. Kelly and other relatives. The deceased had been a resident of this city most of the time for about 18 years and was a member of the M. E. church for many years. The funeral will take place from the residence of T. L. Kelly tomorrow afternoon at 2:30. Interment in Woodlawn.

Submitted by Sheryl Byrd

Jackson V. ADAMS 

May 8, 1891
Clinton Public

Jackson V. ADAMS died at his home near this city, on last Monday morning, of consumption. He was a son of William ADAMS, one of the early settlers of this county, who died some years ago. The Adams family was raised on a farm a short distance southwest of Clinton, and there George and Jackson have lived since the death of their father. Jackson was born on that farm on the 9th of July, 1846. He was a quiet, kindly disposed man, honorable in his dealings with his fellowmen. He was a bachelor. He was not a member of any church. The funeral services were held in the Christian Church on Tuesday afternoon, Rev. W. H. KERN officiating.

Mrs. Joel B. ADAMS 

January 24, 1902
Clinton Register

Mrs. Lucy ADAMS, wife of Joel B. ADAMS, died at her residence in Weldon, last Wednesday night, aged 74 years. The funeral took place today from the M. E. church in Weldon. Interment in the Cumberland cemetery near Argenta.

John ADAMS 

January 18, 1884
Clinton Public

John ADAMS, a son of the late William ADAMS, died on Monday night and was buried in Woodlawn Cemetery on Wednesday afternoon. He had been confined to his bed for some time by sickness.

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January 25, 1884
Clinton Register

Died, at the residence of the late William ADAMS, near Clinton, on Tuesday morning, January 15th, 1884, of consumption, John ADAMS, age 46 years, 4 months and 5 days.  Funeral services were held at the residence on Thursday, January 17th, and the remains borne to their last resting place in Woodlawn cemetery.  John had suffered for many months with this dread disease.  He leaves several brothers and sisters to mourn his death.  (This item was written up for last week’s REGISTER, but was mislaid.)

Mrs. John Q. ADAMS 

May 6, 1881, Friday
Clinton Public

Death of Mrs. Belle (Irving) Adams.

The following notice is taken from the Indianapolis Journal, of Friday, April 22d.  Mrs. ADAMS was well and favorably known in this city and county, and was highly esteemed among her relatives and friends: ":A telegram from J. Q. ADAMS, of New York, to Mrs. James B. Black, yesterday, announces the death of his wife, well known in this city as Fannie Belle IRVING.  Miss Irving has been for some years recognized as one of the brightest members of the circle of literary ladies of this city, having been a frequent contributor to the city papers, as well as to Eastern periodicals.  A few years since she went to New York for the purpose of making arrangements for the publication of a book she had written, and while there she made the acquaintance of Mr. J. Q. Adams, of Harper Brothers, who married her in this city about a year afterward.  The marriage proved to be a happy one.  Notwithstanding her declining health, she did a great deal of literary work in New York, being a regular contributor to the Ledger.  Her book is now in press and will soon be published.  A few weeks since, she gave birth to a child.  The dispatch gives no particulars as to her death, but private letters written by her to friends in this city, a short time since, were cheerful, and full of hope for a complete recovery.  Mrs. Adams was genial and sunny tempered and hundreds of friends in the city will feel heartfelt sorrow that her promising career has come to a close."

John W. ADAMS 

November 19, 1909
Clinton Register

DEATH’S HARVEST MORE BOUNTIFUL.
Ripened Sheaves Have Been Gathered By the Grim Harvester;
Average Age of Five Nearly Eighty.

Sunday morning J. W. ADAMS, a well-known farmer living northwest of Clinton, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. J. HUNSLEY, in the northwest part of the city, aged 65. His health had been failing, and he went to Bloomington where a specialist treated him for kidney and other troubles. As he received little benefit, he returned to Clinton and had been with his daughter. Deceased was born in Jefferson county, Indiana, November 15, 1846. September 15, 1869 he was married to Miss Almira HARVEY, who died about six months ago. It is thought her death hastened his death. Of the children born to them, the following are living: Elmer, of Clinton; Mrs. Ida CLARK, Kilbourn, Ill.; Mrs. HUNLEY, Clinton; Odell, Lane; Myrtle, William and Cecil at home. Except one year in St. Louis he had lived in this county 25 years. He had been a member of the M. E. church over thirty years. He was a member of the Odd Fellows and Red Men. Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon in the Methodist church, conducted by Rev. Flagge. Burial was in Woodlawn cemetery.

Note: His first name was found in the cemetery records.

Mrs. John W. ADAMS 

March 12, 1909
Clinton Register

TWO GOOD MOTHER ARE CALLED HOME.
Mrs. Griffith and Mrs. Adams Have Joined Loved Ones On the Other Shore.

DEATH OF MRS. ADAMS.

Mrs. J. W. ADAMS, who had been sick sometime at her home northwest of Clinton, died about noon Wednesday. It was thought stomach trouble was the principal cause of her sickness, and an operation was to have been performed Tuesday. When the operation was begun, it was found there was a cancerous growth and that to complete the operation would be almost useless.

Mr. and Mrs. Adams were married in McLean county about twenty years ago. After a few years in that county they moved to DeWitt county where they had since lived. She is survived by her husband and eight children, Elmer, of Padua; Mrs. CLARK, of Kilbourn; Mrs. Hunsley, and Cecil, of Clinton; Odell, of Lane; Myrtle, Jennie and William, at home.

Funeral was held at 11 o'clock today in the Clinton M. E. church, conducted by Rev. Strevey of Waynesville. Burial in Woodlawn cemetery.

Note: Her maiden name was Almira Melissa Harvey and she married her husband in 1869.

Katie ADAMS 

April 21, 1902
Clinton Public

Death of Katie Adams.

Saturday evening at 7 o'clock occurred the death of Miss Katie ADAMS, daughter of Mrs. J. N. MORIN, aged 15 years, 7 months and 23 days. Funeral services were held last Monday at the Presbyterian church, conducted by Rev. W. A. HUNTER. Interment in Woodlawn. Deceased was an exceptionally bright young lady and was universally loved by schoolmates and friends. She was an active member of the Presbyterian Sunday school and her death removes a willing worker in the school and church.

Maude ADAMS 

February 21, 1896
Clinton Public

At Rest From Pain.

For many months the death of Miss Maude ADAMS has been expected. It was no surprise when she had a sinking spell last Friday and the spirit left her frail body to be at peace throughout the cycles of eternity. About four years ago, consumption commenced its insidious work upon her constitution, and for months she had been unable to leave the house, being a loving care and uncomplaining patient. She was born on July 13, 1881, southwest of Clinton. All of her short life she added to the sum of life's joys and graces and leaves happy memories behind her.

The funeral of Maud E. Adams was held in the Presbyterian church Sunday at 2:30 p.m., conducted by the pastor, Rev. Dr. HUNTER. Maud was a member of the Sunday-school, the Christian Endeavor, and for a little more than a year had been a member of the church. The church was packed with sympathizing friends, the Sunday-school and Christian Endeavor society being present.

The funeral of Thos. J. ADAMS, (Maud’s father), was conducted by Rev. W. A. HUNTER and was the first funeral held in the new church.

Maud was a general favorite and a lovely Christian girl. All through her long sickness there was no complaint nor murmur—she wanted to live but was ready to go, and said to her pastor a week ago that she felt that it was all right with her whether she should stay or go. Her large Sunday-school class, headed by the teacher, Miss Katie SWEENEY, attended the funeral in a body and by floral tribute showed their love for the departed.

Maud was 14 years, 7 months and 2 days old, and her early departure casts a gloom over the home, but "Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord."

Oliver John Quincy ADAMS 

October 14, 1875
Clinton Public

Old Hallsville.

Oliver ADAMS, son-in-law of Anderson BOWLES, died near Atlanta last Friday. He leaves eight orphan children to mourn his death. Mr. Adams lost his wife about ten months ago and he himself has been troubled with consumption for the past fifteen years, which has finally proved fatal. He was buried at Old Union church last Sunday.

Mrs. Park S. ADAMS 

May 10, 1895
Clinton Public

Mrs. Park S. Adams.

Died at her home in State Center, Iowa, April 29th, Mrs. Louisa WILLARD, wife of Capt. P. S. ADAMS, in her sixty-third year. The name of the deceased is an unfamiliar one to the Clinton people of the present, but to the older ones who lived here prior to the seventies it will bring back tender memories. Till along in 1874, Park Adams was a prominent citizen of Clinton and a leader in Republican politics in this county. Park and his wife were natives of Ohio, where they were married in 1850. In 1852, they came to Clinton and spent nearly a quarter of a century of their lives here. When the war broke out, Park helped Colonel Snell to raise the One Hundred and Seventh Illinois, and Park was commissioned as captain and served through the war. At one time he owned a fine farm near Clinton, but through the kindness of his heart, in going security for a friend, he lost his farm. When Colonel MERRIAM was appointed Collector of Internal Revenue for the Springfield and Pekin district, he gave Captain Adams a position of guager, which he held through the Colonel's administration and up to 1883, when he resigned and moved to State Center, Ia., where his only son had already established himself as a lawyer. Shortly after his appointment as guager, Captain Adams moved to Pekin and from that time forward they dropped out of Clinton life. Mrs. Adams was a native of Madison county, Ohio, and was the aunt of Abner R. PHARES, of this city. The women of Clinton who knew her for the quarter of a century she lived here, and were active with her in the Presbyterian church, tenderly cherish her memory, and in spirit strew flowers on the grave of their friend, who lies buried at her Iowa home. Mrs. Adams has one child buried in Woodlawn Cemetery. Her sickness was brief, her death resulting from an attack of pneumonia. Captain Adams was also stricken down with the same disease, while his wife lay dying, but his friends will rejoice to know that at last accounts he was recovering.

William ADAMS 

February 17, 1882
Clinton Public

William ADAMS, one among the earliest settlers of this county, died on Tuesday morning, at the advanced age of eighty-one years. He was a native of Virginia, and over fifty years ago came to this county, locating at first in Tunbridge township. About forty years ago he bought the farm on which he died. Last April his wife preceded him to the grave. Mr. Adams was one of the veterans of the Black Hawk war. In his day he was one of the active men of this county, and being of frugal and industrious habits he acquired sufficient property to make his declining years comfortable. He was buried yesterday afternoon in Woodlawn cemetery.

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February 17, 1882
Clinton Register

Another Pioneer Gone.

Died, at his home near this city on Monday evening, February 13, 1882, after a brief illness, Mr. William ADAMS, aged eighty years and ten months.

Deceased was one of the early pioneers of DeWitt county, having resided here about a half century, and was the father of ten most exemplary sons and daughters, eight of whom are still living, six sons and two daughters, all having arrived at the age of maturity. Both daughters are married, one living in Missouri, the other in Mason county, this state. Two sons are married—the other four remain bachelors, and all live in this county, and all highly respected citizens. This old man possessed some most excellent traits of character and was spared to the good old age of four score years, which have been filled with usefulness to his fellows. He was greatly honored and respected by all who knew him. The funeral services took place from the family residence yesterday attended by a large concourse of people—relatives and friends—after which the remains were conveyed to the grave in Woodlawn cemetery and laid to rest by the side of his aged companion, who died some time last April. They rest from their labors.

Mrs. William ADAMS 

April 29, 1881
Clinton Public

Mrs. Drusilla ADAMS, wife of Mr. Wm. ADAMS, died on Saturday last, after lingering illness, in her 75th year. She was born in Hardyn [Hardin] county, Ky., and had lived in the county for fifty years. Her funeral was largely attended. Services conducted by Elder MacArthur.

William F. ADAMS 

January 30, 1885
Clinton Public

The funeral services of William F. ADAMS took place at the Baptist Church, in this city, on Tuesday last, at two o'clock. He was born February 8, 1834, and was a resident of this county for over fifty years. He leaves a wife and seven children to mourn his death, and a large circle of friends. During his last illness his consolation and support was in the gracious presence of his Lord and Master. His principal anxiety before his death was that his wife and family should become followers of the Lord Jesus and meet him beyond the grave. In the loveliness of the Christian man’s hope, he entered the swellings of Jordan in peace. May his many friends trust in the blood of the lamb that was slain for our salvation.—E. A. S.

Dr. William H. H. ADAMS 

March 14, 1890
Clinton Public

"LIGHTS OUT."
Death of Dr. W. H. H. Adams, Formerly Pastor of the M. E. Church in Clinton.

What a sad message that was that came to Clinton on Wednesday evening which told the old friends of the beloved pastor that Dr. ADAMS had died that morning at Hot Springs, Ark. To be brief about the recital of his death, we give the particulars. Overwork when President of the Wesleyan University at Bloomington undermined a vigorous constitution. For years Dr. Adams worked by day in the college classroom, and nearly every night he was off somewhere to lecture or beg for money to pay off the debt on the University. He succeeded in paying off the debt, but the labor broke him down. The exposure of traveling in wind and storm left Dr. Adams a confirmed rheumatic. Last Monday he left his home in Bloomington and went to Hot Springs, in the hope that the healing waters would relieve his pain-distracted body. On his trip, to relieve himself of pain, he used small doses of chloroform, and when he reached the Springs he went to a hotel and at once went to bed. During the early part of the night someone passing by his room heard him groan and at once notified the landlord. A physician was sent for and restorative remedies were given to the Doctor. At one o'clock on Wednesday morning Dr. Adams was found dead in his bed.

William Henry Harrison ADAMS was born in Effingham county, Ill., on the 30th of March, 1840, and would have been fifty years old if he had lived till the last of this month. He was a nephew of Mrs. Aaron NAGELY of this city. His father was a farmer and the doctor was raised on a farm. His first work as an educator was in a log school-house in Coles county when he was yet but a lad. He entered the Northwestern University at Evanston to prepare for the ministry, and when he was but seventeen years old he was licensed to preach. In the year 1862 he left college and entered the army as a private soldier and served nine months in the ranks, when he was promoted to First Lieutenant. He organized the colored men and drilled over two thousand of them. He was promoted to captain and major of his regiment, and held that position till he was mustered out with his regiment on the 4th of July 1865. He then returned to the Northwestern to complete his studies for the ministry. In 1867 he was married to Miss Hannah CONKLIN, of Plymouth, Ohio, who with her five children survive. Two of his children were born while he was pastor of the M. E. Church in Clinton.

In 1870 Dr. Adams graduated from the University, and at once began a brilliant career as a minister. In the fall of 1872 he became pastor of the M. E. Church in this city, and for three years served the congregation here till in 1875 he was called to the Presidency of the Wesleyan University. Clinton never had a more popular minister, for Dr. Adams was unceasing in his labors among the sick and needy and in working to interest young people in religious matters. In the pulpit he was a man of great power and force of character. He was fearless in his Master’s work and had no compromise to make with sin. When he came to Clinton the church was burdened with a debt of $14,000, and to remove this was his first concern. Day and night he labored to that end, and at last on one Sabbath in the second year of his pastorate the full amount was subscribed and the burden was removed. This gave him a reputation as a debt killer and when the Wesleyan was groaning under a load of $30,000 or $40,000 of debt, Dr. Adams was the man singled out to remove it. And he did it and freed the University from debt.

Dr. Adams was very near to the hearts of the people of Clinton, not the Methodists alone. They loved him because he was a man in every sense of the word. He was plain and outspoken, yet his kindly heart went out in sympathy to all who were in sorrow or distress. In the sick room or by the coffin of the dead his sympathetic soul went out in love to comfort the stricken hearts. He was always a welcome visitor to Clinton in the years since he left here, and many a tear was shed at the announcement of his death.

The brave young soldier, the devoted Christian minister, the learned educator, the friend of young and old, lies silent in death. He has answered the last roll-call on earth and his kindly and gentle soul has returned to the God he worshiped.

Note: From the Illinois Statewide Marriage Index:
ADAMS, WILLIAM H. H.    CONKLIN, HANNAH W.     08-27-1867     WILL

Dr. W. W. ADAMS 

October 21, 1875
Clinton Public

After a painful illness of six weeks, Dr. W. W. ADAMS, of this city, breathed his last at midnight on Tuesday. About three years ago the Doctor received severe injuries by being thrown from his buggy near Morrison’s mill, on the Marion road, from which he never entirely recovered. Indeed, his death is attributed by his physicians, in a measure, to that accident. In his death Clinton loses a valued citizen. Twenty-six years ago Dr. Adams came to this city from Madison county, Ohio, and during all these years he has been identified with its growth and prosperity. As a man he stood well with his neighbors, and in the professional discharge of his medical duties his large-hearted sympathy for those in sickness and distress was fully developed. His life was wholly devoted to his profession, and the poorer the patient the greater sympathy and attention did he receive at the hands of Dr. Adams. The poor will miss him in their hours of sickness, for his kind face and cheering words of comfort seemed to be as effective in banishing disease as were the medicinal remedies. Many a silent tear will be dropped this afternoon at the grave of Dr. Adams.

Dr. Adams was in the sixty-first year of his age. He leaves a wife and six grown sons and daughters to mourn the loss of a kind husband and affectionate father. They will have the sympathy of their friends and neighbors in this hour of sad affliction.

Eddie ADKISSON 

September 9, 1887
Clinton Public

Died in a railroad accident.

(See news article)

Frank ADKISSON 

May 7, 1909
Clinton Register

DEATH'S HARVEST STILL CONTINUES.
Prominent Clinton Man, Well As Usual Saturday, Dies Sunday Morning,
Others Are Called.

Perhaps no death for months has been a greater surprise to the people of DeWitt county than was that of Frank ADKISSON, who died at his home on West Jefferson street Sunday after a few hours illness.  He was state representative for an insurance company and much of his time was spent traveling over Illinois.  Friday evening he returned to Clinton and was at his office Saturday.  That evening he ate a hearty supper, and did not feel sick until about three o'clock that night, but he was not thought to be seriously ill, and a doctor was not called until about 7 o'clock next morning, and even then he was not thought to be dangerous.  He complained of an unusual feeling about his heart.  The man who traveled with him during the week said he complained of getting tired easily, which makes certain the sickness had been coming on gradually.  When it was seen his condition was serious, two doctors did all they could, but their efforts proved of no avail.  He died about 11 o'clock, twelve hours after he was taken sick.

About two years ago he was dangerously sick several weeks with typhoid fever, and it is said had since been subject to pain in the head, and it is thought the fever was the beginning of his fatal illness.

Deceased was born at the west limits of Clinton July 19, 1860, his parents being John and Corilla ADKISSON.  Of the nine children born to them, only one, Horace ADKISSON, of Clinton, survives.  Clinton had always been his home, and he had represented the Phoenix Insurance Company since 1882, and had become one of the best known insurance men in the state.  He was one of Clinton’s progressive citizens and was a member of Masons, Knights and Woodmen orders.

He was married to Miss Anna SEWARD, of Hillsboro, at the latter place on March 22, 1883.   From this union one child was born, Leah ADKISSON, now a student in the University of Illinois at Champaign.  His first wife died on August 16, 1900.  He was united in marriage with Mary HEFFERMAN, who survives him, in July 1906.

Funeral services were held at the residence Tuesday at 10 o'clock conducted by Rev. Fulton.  Misses Graham and Grace Crang, Peter Lundh and B. F. Harrison sang two songs.   The pall bearers were A. E. Owens and R. M. Bennett, Chicago; L. A. Towner, Mattoon; D. T. Coffman, Lincoln; W. H. Booth and A. W. Rundle, Clinton. Burial in Woodlawn.

Mrs. Frank ADKISSON 

August 17, 1900
Clinton Register

MOTHER CALLED HOME.
One of Clinton’s Most Esteemed Ladies—
Funeral This Afternoon.

A few weeks ago, Mrs. Anna ADKISSON, wife of Frank ADKISSON, submitted to an operation for a cancer at Chicago, and had since grown worse until Wednesday morning when her spirit took its flight to the better world.  Anna Estella SEWARD was born at Hillsboro, Ill., Nov. 26, 1865.   Mar. 22, 1883, she was married to Frank Adkisson; one child, a daughter, aged 10, was born to them.  In 1891 they moved to Clinton which had since been their home.  Her parents, Mr. and Mrs. C. S. SEWARD, moved here a few years ago.  She had been a member of the Presbyterian church since early youth, and had been a faithful Christian.  She was prominent in society circles and was a member of Rathbone Sisters, Eastern Star [and] Royal Neighbors.  One sister, Mrs. John MILLER, lives at Hoopeston, and came to Clinton to care for her afflicted sister, but was taken suddenly sick and is not yet able to return home.  Funeral services were held at the residence today at 3 o'clock, conducted by Rev. Gilliland.

Horace ADKISSON 

December 2, 1910
Clinton Register

WELL-KNOWN CITIZEN SUDDENLY CALLED.
Was Sick Only Half an Hour—
Last of Eight Children to Pass Away—
Funeral to be Held Sunday.

Another of Clinton’s well-known citizens passed from life to death almost without warning.  Wednesday Horace ADKISSON had worked at the store as usual, and after supper was up town a while.  Returning home, he read until 10 o’clock when he retired.  At 3:30 he woke Mrs. ADKISSON and complained of a pain in his breast.  They got up and after a few minutes he seemed better and wanted to sit up in bed.  He had been troubled with a toothache several days, and up to this time Mrs. Adkisson had thought the pain was the result of the toothache, but when she saw his breathing was faster and shorter she became alarmed, but before she fully realized his dangerous condition, she saw he was dying.  A doctor was hastily summoned, but death had come before Mrs. Adkisson could notify a neighbor.

Horace Adkisson was a son of John and Corrilla ADKISSON and was born near Winchester, Ill., May 17, 1853.  His parents came to DeWitt county and located on a farm just west of Clinton.  His father died a few years after coming to this county, and his mother in 1888.  There were eight children and he was the last of them to pass away.   His brother Frank died suddenly at his home in Clinton May 1, 1900, of heart trouble and another brother, Benton, died suddenly in California about six years ago.  In each case heart trouble was given as the cause of death, yet deceased had not complained, except some times, of a pain in his breast.

He was married to Miss Caroline JUMPER, of Terre Haute, Indiana, Feb. 14, 1875, and for two years they lived in that city before moving to Clinton.  Except these two years he had always lived in or near this city.  Three children were born to them: William H., who died July 30, 1876; Edward was killed on a railroad Sept. 8, 1887; and Mrs. Herman QUERFELD, with her mother, survives him.  He united with the Christian church in 1882 at a meeting held by the late Rev. Simpson Ely, and had since been a member of that church.

About 30 years ago he began clerking in the shoe store of Vogel & Woodward and almost continuously since then had been employed in shoe stores.  For the last two years he had worked in the store of Bosserman & Pond.

He was a charter member of the M. W. A. camp of Clinton in 1887 and held a $2,000 policy in that order.  Only two charter members, Wm. Story, of Clinton, and Geo. Ely, of Stroud, Ok., are living.  He was also a member of the K. P. lodge.

Funeral services will be held in the Christian church Sunday at 11 o'clock, conducted by Rev. Albert Schwartz.  The K. P. lodge will have charge of the services.  Burial in Woodlawn.

John ADKISSON 

March 30, 1871
Clinton Public

Mr. John ADKISSON, a highly esteemed citizen of this city, died at his residence on Tuesday morning [March 28] of typhoid pneumonia, after a short sickness. Mr. Adkisson was one of our most enterprising and public-spirited citizens and respected by the entire community. He leaves a wife and three sons and a very large circle of friends to mourn his loss. The deceased was for many years a resident of Clinton and was identified with the movement now being made for the improvement of our city. His loss at this time is a public calamity.

Mrs. John ADKISSON 

August 5, 1887
Clinton Public

Death of Mrs. Corilla S. Adkisson.

After journeying for nearly sixty-seven years through this life, Mrs. Corilla S. ADKISSON paid the debt of nature, on last Sunday morning, and joined her husband and children who had preceded her to the better land. Mrs. Adkisson was born in Hopkins county, Kentucky, on the 26th of November, 1820, and on the 1st of June, 1841, she was united in marriage to John ADKISSON, at Winchester, Ill. In the fall of 1857, she came to Clinton with her husband and children. She was the mother of nine children, of whom only three sons are living. Her husband died at their home near this city in March, 1857. Mrs. Adkisson lived the life of a consistent Christian, having united with the church in her youth. At the time of her death she was the oldest member of the Christian Church in this city. In Mr. Adkisson’s day, he was the leader of the church society and for years was the superintendent of the Christian Sabbath-school. Mrs. Adkisson’s life was a blessing to this community, and her death will leave a vacancy in the home and in the church. On Monday morning she was buried in Woodlawn Cemetery by the side of her husband and children.

Note: John Adkisson died in 1871, not 1857.
From the Illinois Statewide Marriage Index:
ADKINSON, JOHN     THIESE, CAMILLA      06-01-1841     SCOTT
[Should be Adkisson, John and Thiese, Corrilla]

Samuel P. ALEXANDER 

November 3, 1899
Paper Unknown

Samuel P. ALEXANDER died at Bloomington, on Friday, November 3, 1899, at 12:20 p.m., in his 60th year. Funeral: Methodist Protestant Church, Farmer City, November 5th. Burial: City Cemetery.

Submitted by Unknown

William ALEXANDER 

February 24, 1888
Clinton Register

Death of Wm. Alexander.

Died, in Wapella township, of pneumonia, Jan. 22d, 1888, Mr. Wm. ALEXANDER, aged 54 years.

The deceased was born in Dundee, Scotland, December 1833, and while quite young moved with his parents to Illinois, and after living a few years in Morgan and Sangamon counties, settled on Long Point, about seven miles northwest of Wapella, where the family lived until they removed to Wapella. Mr. Alexander died on the farm, having gone there to do some work, and was attacked so severely that his friends could not remove him to his home until after his death. On the day following his death, the body was borne to the family residence in Wapella where, on the morning of the 24th, religious services were held, conducted by Elder Hite, of Clinton, after which the body was taken to Heyworth and interred.

Deceased was never married. He left behind to mourn their loss, an aged mother, two sisters and one brother, all of whom have the tenderest sympathies of their many friends. The acquaintances of the departed all testify to his industry, honesty and morality. His motto was “Do unto others as you would have others do unto you.”

Mrs. Andrew ALLAN 

April 26, 1895
Clinton Public

Mrs. Andrew ALLAN, of Weldon, went down to Springfield three weeks ago to pay a visit to the daughter of Prof. RAAB, who was shortly to be united in marriage to her grandson, who is the son of Mr. James STEWART. While at Springfield, Mrs. Allan was taken down with pneumonia, and on Thursday of last week she died. The funeral was at Weldon on Saturday. Rev. W. A. HUNTER, D.D., officiated. Mrs. Allan was in her seventy-third year. She was a native of Scotland, and was a woman of very lovable disposition.

Julia Ann ALLEN 

February 11, 1859
Weekly Central Transcript

DIED.— On Sunday last, Feb. 6, 1859, of congestion of the brain, Julia Ann, daughter of Wilson ALLEN, Esq., aged 16 years.

Wilson ALLEN 

October 15, 1886
Clinton Public

Death of Wilson Allen.

It is with pain that we announce that Wilson ALLEN, for many years a resident of DeWitt county, departed this life at his home near LaGrange, Georgia, on the first day of October, 1886, in the eighty-sixth year of his age.

Wilson Allen came to Illinois in about 1831, and first settled at Jacksonville; from there he moved to Bloomington; then to Decatur; from there to Salt Creek, south of Clinton, in 1843 or 1844, where he remained until about 1867, when he sold out his land, about one thousand acres, and removed south, to the place where he died. At the time of his death he was living with his fifth wife, a very worthy woman, who with one child survives him. While here he was always a Democrat, and before and after the war, a "Buchanan Democrat, as contra-distinguished from a Douglas Democrat," and sometimes, as he thought during the war, had to suffer for what he believed was for "righteousness sake." At one time he owned one half of all the water mills on Salt Creek in this county, not one of which now remains, one having been destroyed by SNELL, DeLAND & Co., one by Judge David DAVIS, and one by C. H. MOORE. Among his neighbors he was always an honest and fair-minded man, not averse to litigation, when he thought he was right, and this reputation he carried with him and maintained in Georgia. He was an excellent mechanic.

They have in Troup County, Ga., a gate called the "Wilson Allen Gate." When he first went south he purchased about seven hundred acres of land and began to farm. In this he made, as we think, his great mistake. He knew nothing about farming in that country, nothing about managing negroes, or pitching and tending crops raised in that region, and was too old to learn. His southern neighbors treated him kindly, but his ways were not their ways. He should have taken his money, of which he must have had from five to seven thousand dollars, and gone into some thriving town with plenty of timber around it and water-power, and started some kind of a manufactory. No northern man should go to the Gulf States to farm. It may do to go there for the purpose of raising fruit, but even that is not yet settled; but when a man of fair mechanical skill goes there to build up a manufactory we think it is his own fault if he does not succeed. As a rule, old men should never change their climate, or attempt to make new friends.

Edward ALLYN 

February 26, 1915
Clinton Register

RIPENED SHEAF IS GARNERED.
Prominent Citizen is Taken.
Had Lived in DeWitt County Over Half Century—
Closely Identified With Church and School Work.

Ripe in years and rich in the affections of all who knew him, Edward ALLYN fell asleep in his home, 315 South Madison street, Sunday, February 21, at 11:05 o’clock, a.m. Most fitting it was that such a life and career should have its close on the Sabbath—day of peace and devotion. Advancing years had left their trace physically but his mind was clear and bright, ever taking part in the social activities and duties of life so far as his strength would permit. He had been on the streets but a short time since and greeted his friends, yet it was evident that Time was laying his relentless hand heavily on him, and when the news came of his last illness many were the prayers that he might recover. Mrs. E. A. Gilliland of Normal came to his bedside and gave all the assistance a daughter could have done. Death came painlessly and quietly and truly of him it may be said, “He wrapped the drapery of his couch about him and lay down to pleasant dreams.”

Edward Allyn was born in Hiram, Ohio, Dec. 17, 1837, the year that Queen Victoria began her splendid reign over Great Britain and when Martin Van Buren was president of the United States. His paternal grandfather was Captain Allyn of the War of 1812. Ancestors of his sat in the Colonial Congresses during the latter quarter of the eighteenth century. His parents were Pelatiah and Angeline ALLYN. He spent his boyhood in his native city, attended the city schools and graduated from Hiram Eclectic Institute which later became Hiram College with James A. Garfield as its president. Young Allyn was a boarder in the Rudolph home in Hiram College when President Garfield was courting the daughter in that home, who became Mrs. President Garfield. He united with the Christian church in 1857, and was baptized by that same Rev. Jas. A. Garfield. Coming to DeWitt county in 1859, he took up his abode in Clinton and taught his first school, the Excelsior, more than half a century ago. In 1860 he helped County School Commissioner McCorkle to organize DeWitt county’s first Teachers’ Institute and with two other teachers constituted the committee that officially examined teachers. He taught 27 years in this county and four in McLean at Bellflower and never in all that time did he fail to be at the schoolhouse when the hour arrived to begin school. He was a most scholarly and competent man, leaving a large library, mostly college text-books that bear the marks of the students’ use. Added to his many scholastic accomplishments, he was a fine penman, and it was his pride to note the fact that he learned to write under the personal tutelage of Prof. Spencer, the inventor of the system.

No man perhaps of his years ever devoted more hours to the service of his pupils than he. Many of our teachers received their inspiration to this calling from him. Prof. Willis, who held a chair in the University of Illinois, was one of his pupils and ascribed his successful career to the inspiration Mr. Allyn, as his teacher, gave. He never tired in such work, and in it he entirely forgot himself as he did in church affairs. When his life is analyzed he will appear one of the most unselfish men ever born. Church and school work became such a passion with him that he forgot money and trade. In business affairs he was but a child, sparing no time for the mere selfish activities of money making. His house was ever open and his table ever laden for the ministers or the agents of the church and its lines of advance. When too old to follow his life work as teacher he was indefatigable in the relief work of the G. A. R. and for the last ten years he had devoted much time that the unmarked graves of soldiers might be given headstones. He secured and had placed in position over 150 of these, a shipment of 10 arriving during his last illness.

While attending school at the Normal University in the summer of 1861, he enlisted in Co. A, 33d Illinois Vol. Infantry, known as the Normal regiment and served four years and three months, being mustered out in 1865, and arriving home on Dec. 6 he began school on the 8th at the Hempleman school, which he had resigned to go to the front in 1861. He was in the battles of Vicksburg, Mobile and took part in many other engagements, and though enlisting as a private he was appointed division claim clerk by Gen. Osterhaus. He served with honor through all the hardships and vicissitudes of a soldier’s life, and at the close of the sermon, W. H. Burnham, of Bloomington, who had been his captain, arose and paid a glowing tribute to the bravery, steadfastness, piety and hard work of his comrade in arms while in his country’s service. He was twice commander of Frank Lowry Post, No. 157, G. A. R.

The life of Edward Allyn was a most earnest, faithful, and useful Christian life. He with Mrs. Allyn and a few others, years ago, probably in the early 80’s, when no services were being held here, cleaned up the old church lot, put the house in order and began to hold prayer meetings. This marked the beginning of a new epoch in the history of the church in Clinton. A man of noble ideals, and high purposes, he ever worked for the good of mankind. He stood for righteousness, justice and truth and no one ever need be in doubt as to his position on any important question. It can be as truthfully said of him, as it was of President Monroe, that if his soul were turned inside out, not a spot would be found upon it.

Funeral services were held at the First Christian church Tuesday at 2:30 o’clock, conducted by Rev. E. A. Gilliland, of Normal, assisted by Rev. R. V. Callaway, pastor of the local church. A large concourse of friends attested the esteem in which Mr. Allyn was held by those most intimately associated with him. The sacred desk was appropriately draped with the national colors under whose folds for the preservation of the union he gave some of the best years of his life. A double quartette sang the songs he had loved to sing in his lifetime and which he requested be sung at his funeral. They were: “I would Not Live Always.” and “When The Roll Is Called, I’ll Be There.” As the cortege entered the church the organist played “Lead, Kindly Light,” President Garfield’s favorite hymn, and also a favorite with Mr. Allyn. At the close W. H. Cantrell sang, “Bury Me With My Grand Army Badge On My Breast.” The G. A. R. and W. R. C. gave the beautiful ritualistic services of their orders, the members of the former being very much affected.

[This was followed by a flowery speech made by Rev. Gilliland, as well as a poem written by Mr. Allyn, which has been omitted for the sake of space. It is available upon request.]

Many beautiful floral pieces sent by the relatives, G. A. R., W. R. C., McCorkle Club, friends and neighbors gave mute evidence of the high regard felt for their departed friend.

The pall was borne by John Killough, Cyrus May, Matt Klein, Eli Danison, W. H. Cantrell and William Crang, members of the G. A. R. Burial was in Woodlawn.

Those attending the funeral from out of the city were Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Drew and Mr. and Mrs. C. C. Randolph, of Decatur; Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Kitts and daughter Grace, of Bellflower; Captain Burnham, of Bloomington; and Mesdames Hills, Trent and Herrington, of Wapella. L. E. Allyn, of Pekin, nephew of Mr. Allyn, came Tuesday evening, too late for the funeral, information regarding Mr. Allyn’s death having been delayed in transmission.

Mrs. Edward ALLYN 

January 19, 1917
Clinton Daily Public

MRS. EDWARD ALLYN DIES OF PNEUMONIA.
Clinton's Oldest Resident Passed Away Last Night—
Funeral to be Held Sunday.

The death of Mrs. Edward ALLYN, one of the city’s oldest residents occurred in her home, 219 South Madison street, last night at 6 o'clock after an illness of ten days with pneumonia.

Adelia F. HUTCHERSON was born in Greer county, Kentucky, May 27, 1804, the daughter of Thomas S. and Susan HUTCHERSON. Her father was a native of that state but her mother was a Virginian. She was married to John H. THOMAS, who died. On March 18, 1867, she was married to Edward ALLYN. Three children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Allyn, all of whom died in infancy. Mr. Allyn preceded his wife in death Feb. 21, 1915, a little less than two years ago.

Mr. and Mrs. Allyn were always staunch members of the Christian church and advocates of prohibition. Mr. Allyn was a veteran of the war of the rebellion. He became a school teacher and was very well known in this section. Mrs. Allyn was a hard worker in the W. B. C.

Mrs. Allyn is survived by four sisters and one brother. They are Mrs. C. RANDOLPH and Mrs. T. F. DREW, of Decatur, Mrs. William PITTS, of Bellflower, Mrs. William WARRICK and Stephen HUTCHERSON, of Clinton. Mrs. E. A. GILLILAND, of Normal, and Miss Nannie TACKWELL, of Waynesville, were raised in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Allyn and were at her bedside during her illness.

The funeral services will be held Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the First Christian church in charge of Rev. E. A. Gilliland of Normal, formerly of Clinton, assisted by Rev. R. V. Callaway. The ladies of the W. R. C. will also conduct their services and the McCorkle club will attend in a body. Burial will be made in Woodlawn cemetery.

Nellie A. ALLYN 

February 8, 1872
Clinton Public

DIED.–ALLYN.–Jan. 30th, 1872, near Hallsville, DeWitt Co., of lung fever, Nellie A. ALLYN, only child of Edward and Adelia ALLYN, aged 3 years and 6 months.

"Go to thy rest, fair child?
Go to thy dreamless bed,
While yet so gentle, undefiled,
With blessings on thy head."

"Shall love, with weak embrace,
Thy upward wing detain?
No, gentle angel, seek thy place
Amid the cherub train."

Levi ALSBURY 

January 6, 1916
Clinton Daily Public

LEVI ALSBURY, 91, DIES AT MAROA HOME.
Was Second Oldest Man in Macon County—
Funeral Will be Held Friday Morning.

Levi ALSBURY, one of the oldest men in Macon county, passed away at 3 p.m. Wednesday afternoon [Jan. 5] at the age of ninety-one years. Had he lived until his next birthday, April 8, he would have been ninety-two years old. Death was due to the infirmities of old age.

Mr. Alsbury was one of the best known men in Macon county, where he had been a resident since 1886. He was born in West Virginia, in 1823. He was married to Mary HODGERSON, Dec. 18, 1875 [1845]. Four children survive this union. They are Henry, Rebecca and Mary, of Maroa, and Mrs. W. B. KERN, of Phoenix, Ariz.

Funeral services will be held Friday morning at 11 o'clock from the home. The Masonic lodge of which he was a member will be in charge. Burial will be in the Maroa cemetery.

Note: From the Illinois Statewide Marriage Index:
ALLSBERRY, JIM    HODGERSON, MARY     1845-12-18    SANGAMON
His full name might have been James Levi Alsbury.

Mrs. Levi ALSBURY 

January 3, 1908
Clinton Register

DEATH OF A MAROA LADY.

Mrs. Levi ALSBURY died at 6 o'clock Sunday evening at her home in Maroa after an illness of more than seven years. She was 83 years old and is survived by her husband and four daughters, Mrs. Martha DAVIS, of Techachiti [Tehachapi], California; Mrs. Alice MAGILL, of Chicago; and Misses Rebecca and Mary ALSBURY, of Maroa; also one son, Henry ALSBURY, of Weldon. Though she died suddenly, the coroner decided it would be a useless expense to hold an inquest. The cause of death was heart trouble. Mrs. Alsbury was born in Greenbrier county, Va., November 25, 1824, and came to Illinois with her parents at the age of 2 years. She grew up twenty miles west of Springfield at what is now New Berlin. The last twenty-one years she lived in Maroa.

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January 3, 1908
Clinton Register

The funeral of Mrs. Mary ALSBURY was held Tuesday afternoon. Short services were held at the residence, conducted by Rev. James Montgomery. Interment was in the new mausoleum at Maroa cemetery.

Charles F. AMSDEN 

December 28, 1888
Clinton Public

Death of Charles F. Amsden.

At the home of his parents in Manchester, Iowa, Charles F. AMSDEN departed this life on Friday, December 21st, and on Sunday he was buried. The deceased was united in marriage in this city in the fall of 1882 to Miss Hallie MAGILL, daughter of the late Henry MAGILL. After the death of his father-in-law, Mr. Amsden moved to Clinton and bought a half interest in the dry goods business of the Magill Bros., Mr. Wm. FUNK buying the other half. The firm of Amsden & Funk continued for about three years, when Mr. Funk sold his interest to the late A. H. MAGILL. During the winter of 1886-7 Mr. Amsden's health failed, and in February he went to Hot Springs, Ark. After his return from Hot Springs he gave evidence that his mind was affected, and later it was deemed best by his friends to send him to the insane hospital at Jacksonville for treatment. Mr. Amsden never recovered his mental faculties.

Mr. Amsden was a young man of rare intellectual accomplishments. After arriving at manhood's estate he traveled extensively in foreign lands, and he had the happy faculty of being able to impart to his friends vivid descriptions of the notable places he had visited.

(See biography)

Catharine ANDERSON 

January 20, 1893
Clinton Public

Miss Catharine ANDERSON died at the home of John ANDERSON, in Texas township, on the 16th inst., at the age of nearly sixty-seven years. Her death was caused by erysipelas. She was a native of Sweden, from which country she came to Illinois some twenty years ago. In religion she was a Lutheran. The various families with whom she lived speak highly of her. Her funeral took place on Wednesday. She was buried in Woodlawn Cemetery, Rev. D. MacARTHUR officiating.

Mrs. Frank G. ANDERSON 

December 15, 1920
Clinton Daily Journal

MRS. F. G. ANDERSON CLAIMED BY DEATH.
Well Known Resident Dies in Home of Daughter Early This Morning —
Funeral Friday.

Mrs. Emma ANDERSON wife of Frank G. ANDERSON passed away in the home of her daughter, Mrs. Robert THOMAS, 1004 East North Street at 12:55 o'clock this morning. Mrs. Anderson had been ill for the past eleven weeks with stomach trouble and other complications.

Emma Josephine JOHNSON was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John H. JOHNSON and was born May 21, 1869 at Howardstown, KY. She was united in marriage to Frank Anderson on October 18,1886. They lived in Howardstown until eighteen years ago when then moved to Wapella. They lived in Wapella for about eight years after which they moved to Clinton where they have since made their home.

She was the mother of seven children, six of whom survives. They are Mrs. Callie ALLISON of Kokomo, Ind.: Mrs. Robert Thomas of Clinton; Mrs. John GLENN, west of town; John W. ANDERSON who is in the navy stationed in Cuba; Maude and Robert at home and Joseph ANDERSON of Pekin, IL; Moris Blanche ANDERSON died a number of years ago.

Besides the husband, who is employed at the A. K. Sprague farm west of Clinton, and her six children she is survived by one sister and two brothers residing in Kentucky. The funeral services will be conducted at St. John's Catholic church, Friday morning at 10 o'clock. Interment will be made in Woodlawn Cemetery.

Submitted by Pat Lassonde

Olaf ANDERSON 

October 30, 1885
Clinton Public

Death of Olaf Anderson.

On last Sunday, after a sickness of not more than two weeks, Olaf ANDERSON died at his home in this city. For a long time he had been afflicted with asthma, and about three weeks ago he caught cold which settled upon his lungs and resulted in his death. Mr. Anderson was born in Christanstandt, Sweden, on the 26th of August, 1846, so that at the time of his death he was only thirty-nine years and two months old. He came to America in 1870, and located in Monmouth, Ill., and on the 2d of December, 1871, he was united in marriage to Miss Ida PATTERSON, of Galesburg. In 1874 he came to Clinton, and for a number of years he was foreman in Vogel & Woodward's shoe store. Mr. Anderson leaves a widow and three children, the youngest of the children being only seven days old at the time of his death. Eddie B., the oldest, is a bright boy of twelve years, and Abbert [Albert?] is three years old. The shock was heavy on Mrs. Anderson on account of her peculiar condition. The funeral services were held on Tuesday forenoon, the Rev. W. A. HUNTER officiating. Mr. Anderson was a member of the Oddfellows' lodge in this city, and his brethren, to the number of forty-five, turned out to pay the last tribute to the deceased. The lodge passed a series of resolutions, which will be found in another column.

Charles ANDREWS 

May 25, 1918, Saturday
Clinton Daily Public

PROMINENT DEWITT COUNTIAN IS DEAD.
End Comes to Charles Andrews, Man for Many Years Identified with County Progress.

Charles ANDREWS, prominent and well known citizen of DeWitt county, has gone to his reward.  He passed away at 5 o'clock this morning at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Libby ENOS, in Harp township.  He was 78 years of age at the time of his demise.  Mr. Andrews had been ill for some time, troubled with cancer of the stomach and his end was not unexpected.  The funeral will be held Monday afternoon at 3:30 o'clock at the Methodist Episcopal church at DeWitt.  Interment will be made at the DeWitt county cemetery.

Charles Andrews was a pioneer settler of DeWitt county, during his life-long residence here, acquired a host of friends.  He was prominently associated with the growth of this community and had always taken an active part in community development.  His death is mourned by all who knew him.  The deceased was born in Rutledge township on December 19, 18__(?), the son of Mr. and Mrs. John ANDREW[S].  A brother and a half-sister are survivors of his family.  In 1861 he was united in marriage to Hannah WILSON, who passed away twenty-five years ago.

The immediate surviving family of the late Mr. Andrews consists of three sons, Riley, in Missouri; George, in Kansas; and Edward, of this city; and daughters, Mrs. Ida FERGUSON, now deceased; Mrs. Libbie ENOS, of Harp township; and Mrs. John PARKER, of Clinton.  Several grandchildren also survive.  The passing of Mr. Andrews takes away from this community another of the pioneer settlers and one of the men whose influences in this vicinity has boded lots of good.  He is gone but not forgotten.

Mrs. Charles ANDREWS 

August 19, 1892
Clinton Register

Death of Hannah Andrews.

Mrs. Hannah ANDREWS, wife of Chas. ANDREWS, died at her home near DeWitt, Sunday morning, Aug. 14, of paralysis.  She had been in poor health for some time, but was able to be about her household duties until Saturday afternoon about 4 o'clock, when she was suddenly stricken.  Her last words were, “I am gone.”   She was conscious of her sufferings until a short time before her death.  Mrs. Andrews was a lady highly respected and none knew her but to love her.  She was of a mild and gentle disposition and always had a kind word for all.  She leaves a husband, three daughters, three sons, an aged mother, two brothers and four sisters to mourn their loss.

The funeral was conducted by Rev. W. C. Bell, of Lincoln, at the C. P. church at DeWitt, after which the remains were laid to rest in the DeWitt cemetery.  Mrs. Andrews was a Christian, a member of the C. P. church.   There were some very lovely floral designs presented; among them a cross and anchor of carnations and roses, and two handsome bouquets, presented by Mr. and Mrs. K. S. Brown, of Clinton, and other appropriate designs by T. O. Brown, of Clinton.  The floral pillow was presented by Miss Mollie Lafferty, of DeWitt.  The altar was beautifully decorated with flowers arranged by Mrs. Molly Cottingham and Mrs. Lizzie Day.  Her death cast a gloom over the entire community.  It was heart-rending to hear her little daughter, Libbie, bidding her mother good-bye as they lowered the casket into the grave.  It brought tears to the eyes of everyone.  Dear friends, do not mourn, for she has gone to her beautiful home above and you can go to her and be a happy family in heaven.   [poem omitted]

Mrs. Douglas ANDREWS 

March 10, 1899
Clinton Public

Death of Mrs. Douglas Andrews.

Miss Laura WALDRON, daughter of Uriah WALDRON, was born in Tunbridge township on May 17, 1876. She was united in marriage about 18 months ago and had since resided in Clinton. About four weeks ago she took sick with typhoid fever, and died Sunday at 4 o'clock p.m. Deceased leaves a father, husband, child, four brothers and four sisters to mourn her death. Funeral will occur Tuesday at 1 p.m. at the home on South East street. Interment at Tunbridge cemetery.

William ANDREWS 

December 5, 1890
Clinton Public

William ANDREWS, in the twenty-sixth year of his age, died last Sunday at the home of his father in Lincoln.  The deceased was, till lately, a resident of Farmer City, but on account of ill health he gave up business and went to Lincoln to live.  About four years ago he was married in Farmer City to Miss Nettie BURFORD.  For nearly three years he was afflicted with consumption, which finally ended his life.  He was buried in Lincoln last Tuesday, and a number of people from Farmer City attended the funeral.  Dr. GILMORE assisted in the funeral services, Mr. Andrews having been a member of the Doctor’s church when he lived in Farmer City.

Thomas ANGERER 

October 19, 1917, Friday
Clinton Daily Public

AGED RESIDENT HAS PASSED AWAY.
Died at 11 O'clock Last Evening at Home in Wapella from Lingering Illness.

The death of Thomas ANGER[ER], of Wapella, occurred at 11 o'clock last evening at his home in that place.  Mr. Angerer was about 75 years of age at the time of his death and had been in poor health for about a year, having been confined to his bed for the last sixty days.

The deceased was an old soldier and a member of the G. A. R. of Wapella.  He was a very well known, loved and respected citizen who will be greatly missed in the community.

He was formerly from Missouri before settling in Wapella where he has lived for the past twenty years.  Heart trouble was the cause of his death.

Surviving him are three sons, Walter, of Clinton; Joseph, of Wapella; and Frederick, who is a traveling showman.  He leaves also to mourn his loss two daughters, Mrs. George VAN ORDSTRAND, who lives near Heyworth, and Mrs. Rex EDWARDS, of Wapella.  He is also survived by his wife, Rebecca, who before her marriage to the deceased was Rebecca SANDERS.

The funeral will be held from the late home in Wapella tomorrow at 2 p.m., with Rev. J. E. Jupin of the Methodist church, officiating.  The body will be brought to Clinton where the interment will be in Woodlawn.

Mrs. Thomas ANGERER 

September 12, 1918, Thursday
Clinton Daily Public

REBECCA ANGERER, 66, DIED THIS A.M.
Death Occurred at Home of Daughter in Bloomington—
Had Been An Invalid For Long While.

Mrs. Rebecca Angerer, aged 66 years, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Jewell EDWARDS, in Bloomington this morning at 3 o'clock.  Mrs. Angerer had been the guest of her daughter but a few days, and while the deceased had been in poor health for some time, her death came as a distinct shock to the many friends and relatives in Clinton and DeWitt county, where she had lived for many years and was well known.  The funeral services will be held Saturday afternoon at 3 o'clock from the Methodist church in Wapella, the remains being brought direct from Bloomington to Wapella, and after the services to Clinton, where burial will be made in Woodlawn cemetery.

The deceased, whose maiden name was Rebecca SANDERS, was born in Casey county, Kentucky, was united in marriage to Thomas ANGERER in 1875, and for more than thirty years was a resident of this county.  To this union six children were born, five of whom survive their parents.   One child passed away in infancy, Mr. Angerer having passed away last October.  Of the surviving children, Walter lives in Clinton; Fred, formerly connected with the DeWitt County National Bank in this city, lives in Minnesota; Mrs. Gertrude VAN ORDSTRAND, near Heyworth; Mrs. Jewell EDWARDS and Joseph reside in Bloomington.

The deceased was long a member of the Methodist church and was known as a good friend and neighbor and a kind and loving mother.

Mrs. Walter R. ANGERER 

May 1, 1914
Clinton Register

YOUNG MOTHER LAID TO REST.
Passing of Mrs. Walter Angerer, Who Had Been Sick the Past Six Years.

After an illness extending over a period of nearly six years, the past five months of which she was confined to her bed, Mrs. Walter ANGERER, whose home was near Wapella, died in the Warner hospital at 8:40 last Friday evening following a stroke of paralysis.  She had been in the hospital one week.

Elizabeth Katherine ANGERER was the daughter of Levi and Ellen TROXEL and was born 3 miles northwest of Wapella, April 14, 1873, being little more than 43 years of age at the time of her death.  Her entire life had been spent in the vicinity of Wapella since her marriage to Walter ANGERER on Christmas day, 1894, with the exception of one year, which was spent in Decatur.  For the past four years they had lived on the old home place 3 miles northwest of Wapella, where deceased was born.  Three children were born to the couple, all of whom with the husband survive the wife and mother.  The children are Lela, aged 18, Warner, aged 16, a pupil of the Clinton high school, and Theodore, aged 11.   she is also survived by one brother, B. E. TROXEL, of Clinton.  She was a sister of Lawrence TROXEL, who died at his home west of Wapella a few months ago.  Mrs. Angerer was a member of the Christian church of Wapella, a true Christian, kind wife and mother, and was held in friendship and respect by all who formed her acquaintance.

Remains were taken to the Easterbrook & Kirk morgue and prepared for burial.  On Sunday they were taken to Wapella where funeral services were held at 2:30 p.m.  Interment in the Crum cemetery near Wapella.

The name ANGERER was misspelled as ANGER and was corrected.

Daniel H. ARBOGAST 

April 3, 1916 - Monday
Clinton Register

D. H. ARBOGAST DIES IN BROKAW HOSPITAL.
Farmer City Man Had Been Ill for Five Weeks—
Father of Clinton Man—
Funeral Tuesday.

D. H. ARBOGAST of Farmer City, father of A. L. ARBOGAST of this city, died at Brokaw hospital in Bloomington Sunday morning at 7:45 o'clock. Death followed an illness of five weeks’ duration caused by a fall and broken leg which he sustained about that time.

Mr. Arbogast, well known pioneer resident of DeWitt county, was born in Clark county, Ohio, May 27, 1827, and when but twelve years of age came with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Henry ARBOGAST, to DeWitt county. Here he remained with his parents till he grew to manhood and spent the remainder of his life in and about Farmer City.

He was united in marriage to Minerva PAYNE, February 25, 1849, and to this union nine children, seven sons and two daughters, were born. Those surviving are Elizabeth WEBB, Farmer City; Mrs. J. E. WEBSTER, of Iowa; Amos L. ARBOGAST, of Clinton; S. G. ARBOGAST, of Farmer City; and W. J. ARBOGAST, of Normal. His wife, Minerva, passed away April 1, 1914.

Both Mr. Arbogast and his mother were devoted members of the M. E. church.

The funeral services will be held Tuesday at 10 o'clock in the M. E. church in Farmer City and interment will be in the Farmer City cemetery.

Mrs. Daniel H. ARBOGAST 

April 3, 1914
Clinton Register

AGED RESIDENT PASSES AWAY.

Wednesday morning at 8 o’clock, at her home in Farmer City, occurred the death of Mrs. D. H. ARBOGAST, one of the oldest residents of the county. Deceased suffered a stroke of paralysis several years ago and had since been almost helpless. Wednesday morning came the final stroke. Funeral services were held at the home at 10:30 this morning. Deceased was born in May, 1829, and was among the first residents of Farmer City. She was united in marriage to Daniel H. ARBOGAST, a brick and tile manufacturer, February 25, 1849, and on last February celebrated their sixty-fifth wedding anniversary. Besides the husband she is survived by three sons, Amos, of Clinton; Sherman, of Farmer City; and Walter, of Normal; two sisters, Mrs. A. D. WEBB, of Farmer City; and Mrs. J. E. SWINEY, of Webster City, Ia. Mrs. Arbogast was a member of the M. E. church and had been a practical Christian since childhood. She was a loving mother, a faithful wife and a kind and obliging neighbor.

Note: From the Illinois Statewide Marriage Index:
ARBOGAST, DANIEL    PAYNE, MINERVA     1849-02-25    DE WITT

George L. ARBOGAST 

March 6, 1885
Clinton Public

Again we are called to make the dark announcement of death, to pen the record of mortality. One more has arrived at that place where action ceases; where probation ends; where all the powers of life have ceased their operations. It is now our sad duty to chronicle the death of Brother George L. ARBOGAST, who departed this life Thursday, Feb. 26, 1885, from the effect of a paralytic stroke two weeks ago, when he lost the entire use of his right side and partly of his whole body. His death was not, however, wholly unexpected, as he and his family had been informed of the liability of a sudden termination of his suffering. He endured his sickness with Christian fortitude, seldom complaining, and looking upon death as a relief.

He was born in the State of Ohio July 26, 1829, and on October 28, 1858, he was married to Miss Martha E. Sapington, who with four daughters and one son are left to mourn their untimely and irreparable loss. He was a devoted husband, and one who has leaned on him these many years finds her strong staff broken. He was a kind and indulgent father, the children suddenly find that the fatherly heart has ceased to beat, and the fatherly hand closed, they are fatherless. He was a friend. Many outside his home called him their friend. But in a moment, in the twinkling of [an] eye, he has vanished from their sight. They shall think of him and recall his life, but the places which he gladdened with his presence shall know him no more. He was a man. Indeed he was a man. Noble, beautiful in every relation. In his business relations he was prompt to his engagements. No man regarded his word or his obligation more than he did, and as a result he enjoyed the confidence of all those with whom he had to deal. As a neighbor he was kind and obliging in every particular; with him it was a pleasure to accommodate when in his power to do so. In his family he governed with diligence, but the best of all he was a Christian. He loved Christ. In his church relation he was meek, modest and unassuming, chaste in his conversation, and careful of his religious integrity.

His funeral took place at the Fullerton Church, Friday, Feb. 27. Pursuant to the request of the family, the writer delivered a sermon to his memory to a very large congregation of relatives and friends, from 1 Cor., XV, 55-57. After which his remains were laid to rest in the cemetery just south of the church, under the auspices of the I.O.O.F., of which order he was a member. No more will we see his manly form in the church. No more will we grasp his friendly, cordial hand, but by the grace of God, we will meet him in the sweet by-and-by, the far off home of the soul. To the devoted wife, who spent so many sad and lonely hours in ministering to her husband's wants, hoping against hope for his recovery, and to the dear children, we tender sincere condolence. Rev. L. S. HITCHENS.

Note: From the Illinois Statewide Marriage Index:
ARBOGAST, GEORGE L.    SAPPINGTON, MARTHA E.     1858-10-26    DE WITT

Alexander ARGO 

August 10, 1883
Clinton Public

Death of Alexander Argo.

On Wednesday afternoon the death of Alexander ARGO occurred at his residence in this city at about three o'clock, aged 75 years, 8 months and 15 days. Some three months ago Mr. Argo was severely injured by a runaway team, and ever since suffered more or less from the effects of it. About two weeks ago he was taken worse, and since that time his decline was slow yet certain. He lingered until day before yesterday, when his lamp of life flickered and expired. His disease was pronounced meningitis of the brain.

Mr. Argo was born in Ohio November 24, 1807, and resided in that state about thirty-five years. In early life he learned the trade of wagon-maker and was an energetic and industrious young man. He was compelled to rely upon his own resources for a livelihood while very young, and what he amassed of the world's goods was done without any assistance or aid. In the spring of 1834 he married, and ten years later he left Ohio and came to Illinois and settled in DeWitt county. He was among the first settlers of Clinton, there being only sixteen families in the town when he arrived. Shortly after his arrival the work of erecting the first church was begun. It was a Methodist Church and is now occupied by Father S. C. ADAMS as a residence. In this Mr. Argo took a very active part, donating the greater part of the material, and performing a large amount of labor. He took an energetic part in the affairs of the town and was ever on the alert for anything that had a tendency to improve and promote the general welfare of the people. Mr. Argo was a man of firm principles when convinced that he was right, and consequently was encircled with many friends who admired him for his constancy and generosity. He was a pious man and a devoted believer in Christianity. He was the father of six children, five of whom survive him. He leaves a wife, five children and twenty-three grandchildren to mourn his death. His funeral took place at his late residence yesterday afternoon.

Mrs. Alexander ARGO 

April 21, 1899
Clinton Public

A PIONEER RESIDENT DEAD.
Mrs. Eliza Argo Passed Away at 5:50 Monday Morning.
GREAT TEMPERANCE WORKER.
Located in Clinton Fifty-five years Ago—
Member of Methodist Church.

Mrs. Eliza Ann ARGO, one of the oldest residents of Clinton and DeWitt county, died last Monday at the advanced age of over 83 years. The cause of her death was Bright’s disease, from which she had suffered for several months, but possessing a rugged constitution was confined to bed but a few days, during which time she suffered much pain. Up to the time of unconsciousness, which came a few hours previous to death, deceased manifested that devoted spirit which characterized the pioneer Christians of the country. Eliza Ann WALRAVEN was born in Clermont county, Ohio, on September 19, 1815, and was the daughter of Samuel and Sarah WALRAVEN, one of the first white families to settle in Clermont county. It is recorded of the mother of deceased that she was the first white woman to settle in that historical county, which has produced many noted men, among them being the soldier and statesman Grant. Before settling in Ohio, the Walravens were slave owners in Kentucky, but at the beginning of the anti-slavery movement, liberated their slaves. In early life deceased was educated that slavery was in opposition to the laws of God, and throughout her life practiced the teachings of her youth. Deceased, with her husband, took an active part in liberating the many slaves who escaped in the underground railway. The house in which she died was used as a station and many an escaping slave was cared for by her and afterwards conducted on their route to Canada.

On June 10, 1834, at the home of her parents, on a farm near Richmond, O., she was married to Alexander ARGO, a wagon maker at New Richmond. The result of this union was five boys and one girl, all of whom are now living except Martin Luther, who died in infancy. They are Mrs. Lewis CAMPBELL, Samuel ARGO, E. G. ARGO, Thomas J. ARGO, and William ARGO, all residing in Clinton. Besides the above, deceased leaves one sister to mourn her loss, Mrs. Susan FRAMBERS, also living in Clinton. She also leaves surviving her 29 grandchildren and 26 great grandchildren.

Alexander Argo came to Clinton in 1840 and purchased 140 acres of land which is now known as the Argo homestead. He returned to Ohio and came back here with his family in 1844. At that time Clinton was but a small village and consisted of thirteen houses and a population of about 30 people. There are only two persons now living in Clinton who were residents here at that time, Hon. C. H. MOORE and Dr. John WARNER.

Deceased was an ardent Christian and an active member of the Methodist church, which in early days consisted of a very small membership, who met and worshiped in the old frame courthouse, which sheltered stock through the week and served as a preaching place on Sunday for the circuit rider, who covered a territory of 50 or 60 miles.

When the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union was organized here, Mrs. Argo was a charter member and served that organization a number of years as president, also taking a part in the Temperance Crusade which resulted in the supremacy of the anti-license movement in Clinton for a number of years. There are but few charter members of the organization now living, and in the death of Mrs. Argo it loses one of its most active and ardent supporters. It was to her the members always went for counsel and advice. Her home was known as the White Ribbon headquarters.

In private life deceased was a loving wife and a kind and advising mother, and it was partly due to her frugality and industry that her husband amassed a comfortable fortune. They began life poor, but lived to see their children in comfortable homes, and ample means for their own comfort. Her husband died in the summer of 1883. As a mother she instilled into the lives of her sons that true patriotism possessed by abolitionists, and when the war of the rebellion broke out she bade all her sons go and fight for freedom. Four enlisted, but of that number only two were accepted.

The funeral of Mrs. Eliza Argo took place from the late residence Wednesday. After prayer by Dr. Hunter, and some beautiful songs of her own selection, Rev. J. B. HORNEY spoke from a text found in the 91st Psalm, verse 16: “With long life will I satisfy.” The leading thought of the sermon was to show that life is not vain but a thing of importance, sublimity and honor, hence long life is desirable. The tendency of religion is to promote long life, but the Godly are satisfied with the length of days determined by the Lord. A large audience was present to show their respect to the memory of one who had lived such a long and pure life among them. Interment in Woodlawn.

Mrs. Emanuel G. ARGO 

July 23, 1909
Clinton Register

ANSWERS DEATH’S FINAL SUMMONS.
Sarah Sandusky Argo, After Long Illness, Is Released by Death;
Member of the McCorkle Club.

At the early morning hour Saturday at her home on East Adams street, occurred the death of Mrs. E. G. ARGO after an illness of more than four years. She received a fall a number of years ago, the effects of which super induced paralysis, and for the past two years Mrs. Argo has been declining in health. After her accident, herself and husband spent the winters in the south where her condition was much benefited until the past winter when her stay there was shortened, her family feeling that the climate had failed to be beneficial and she would be more contented in her own home. So with her family around her, her spirit passed to that "bourne from which no traveler returns."

Funeral services were held from her late home Sunday afternoon, Rev. A. H. Laing of St. Paul’s Universalist church officiating. Music was furnished by a quartette composed of J. W. McPherson, John Rogers and Mesdames C. S. Lafferty and Chas. Tuggle.

The McCorkle Club, of which the decedent was a member, an organization composed of her early schoolmates, attended the services in a body. Rev. T. W. McCorkle, for whom this club was named, was a teacher of both Mr. and Mrs. Argo and performed the marriage ceremony for them.

A large concourse of relatives and friends followed the remains to Woodlawn cemetery where all that was mortal of Sarah Argo was laid to rest in the family burying ground.

August 2, 1843, at Woodstock, O., Sarah Sandusky PARKER was born. She was the daughter of Abraham and Anne PARKER, and when three years of age came with them to Illinois, locating in this county, of which she has since been a resident, and has seen Clinton grow from a settlement of a few log houses to the prosperous city. For a few years after locating here, Mrs. Argo’s parents had charge of what was then known as the Barnett House. Later they moved to Texas township where they farmed for many years. November 15, 1860, Sarah Parker was married to Emanuel G. ARGO. To this union was born seven children, who with the husband are left to mourn a devoted wife and mother. The children are Mrs. Florence HUGHES, George G. and Charles ARGO, of this city; John, of Peoria; Mrs. Eliza GRAHAM, Lexington, Oklahoma; Mrs. Kittie GRAY and Mrs. Minnie FLACK, of Chicago. She is also survived by her mother, Mrs. Anne Parker, of Clinton; three sisters, Mrs. Lib BYERLY, of Kenney; Mrs. Ben SMITH and Mrs. Jessie BOOTH, both of this city; and one brother, George PARKER, of California.

Mrs. Argo was a quiet home-loving woman, possessing excellent traits of character, and doing many good deeds in her own unassuming way, but which left in their path a kindly influence and remembrance.

Mrs. George G. ARGO 

October 14, 1904, Friday
Clinton Register

HER SUFFERING IS ENDED.
Wife of the Assistant Cashier of the State Bank Died Yesterday Evening—
Funeral Tomorrow.

Mrs. Lenore ARGO, wife of Geo. G. ARGO, died yesterday evening about 6 o'clock at the home of her mother, Mrs. L. K. ROSE, on West Jefferson street, aged 30 years, 5 months and 9 days.

Lenore ROSE, daughter of Thomas and Louise K. Rose, was born in Clinton, Apr. 23, 1874, and this city had always been her home.  She graduated from the Clinton High School in 1890.  In Nov. 1895 she was married to Geo. G. Argo.  In 1896 she was appointed official reporter for the DeWitt county circuit court and held the position until two years ago when she was compelled to resign on account of failing health.  Not improving, she and her husband went to California.  He returned in a few weeks and she remained in San Jose and Los Angeles.  As she had made little improvement, he returned this spring, and soon after his arrival she became much worse.  July 15 they returned to Clinton, and she had since been in a critical condition, and suffered much, there being little hope of improvement.  She was a member of the Presbyterian Church.  Funeral services at the home at 2:30 tomorrow, conducted by Rev. S. C. Black.  Burial in Woodlawn.

Robert Eugene ARGO 

November __, 1928
Paper Unknown

Robert Eugene ARGO, 23-day-old infant of Mr. and Mrs. Sherman ARGO, three miles west of Wapella, died late Tuesday night.  The baby was born November 5th and had never been strong.  A short funeral service was held at Woodlawn cemetery in Clinton Thursday in charge of Rev. Virgil Thompson, minister of the Clinton M. E. church.  Mrs. Argo, the young mother, was formerly Miss Ora HUDSON, of Waynesville.

Note: Robert Eugene Argo’s death date was November 28, 1928.

Samuel M. ARGO 

July 2, 1903
Clinton Register

DEATH OF SAMUEL ARGO.
Had Been Sick Only a Few Days—
He Lived in Dewitt County Nearly Sixty Years.

About ten days ago Samuel ARGO was taken dangerously sick and gradually became worse until 5 o'clock yesterday morning when death came to him at the age of 66 years, 10 months and 1 day.

Samuel Morton Argo was the eldest son of Alexander and Eliza ARGO, and was born at New Richmond, O., Sept. 1, 1836. When he was 8 years old they moved to this county and he had since lived in or near Clinton. After completing the studies of the public schools he attended college at Lebanon, Ill. In 1861 he enlisted to go to the war but on account of his hearing being affected was rejected. Soon afterward he and Platt Welch, also of Clinton, went to Colorado in search of gold. After two or three years there he returned to Clinton. He was married to Miss Parmelia A. ROGERS, who died about eighteen years ago. Six children were born to them, all of whom are living, except William. Those living are Martin L.; Alexander; Mrs. Hattie Fuller WRIGHT, of Clinton; Mrs. M. E. SMITH, of Urbana; and Miss Annie, of Clinton.

About fifteen years ago he was married to Miss Mary WEDDEL, of Clinton, who died about three years ago. Three sons, Samuel, Sargent and David, were born to them. Three brothers, Emanuel, Thomas and William, survive him.

His life had been a busy one; he was always employed and as manager of Col. Snell’s farms for over twenty years was faithful to his employer. His business ability is shown by him so long being in Mr. Snell’s employ. His judgment was good on business matters. Mr. Snell relied much upon him, so that his death leaves no one who fully understands the management of his vast landed interests. He was upright and honorable and his hosts of friends were pained to learn of his death.

Funeral services will be held at 3:30 today at the Snell homestead just north of Clinton, conducted by Rev. Canady. Interment in Woodlawn.

Mrs. Samuel M. ARGO 

July 8, 1881
Clinton Register

DIED.—On Thursday evening, at the residence, one and a half miles east of Clinton, Mrs. Permelia A. ARGO, wife of S. M. ARGO, aged 41 years, 3 months and 22 days. The funeral services will take place this afternoon at 4:15 p.m., Rev. W. W. FARIS officiating.

Note: From the Illinois Statewide Marriage Index:
ARGO, SAMUEL    RODGERS, PERMELIA A.     1861-12-31    MACON

Mrs. Samuel M. ARGO 

January 19, 1900
Clinton Register

A GOOD MOTHER CALLED.
Mrs. Samuel M. Argo Died After a Brief Illness at Her Home Near Clinton.

Another good mother has been called from husband and children and friends ere she had passed the prime of life. Mrs. Samuel ARGO was taken sick at her home in the SNELL property at the north limits of the city, and all efforts of the physician to stay the progress of disease proved in vain. Spinal meningitis seldom yields to medical skill. Thursday of last week she became unconscious and did not improve. Sunday night, between 2 and 3 o'clock, death came.

Deceased’s maiden name was Mary F. WEDDLE, and she was born in Pulaski county, Ky., Mar. 5, 1860. When she was nine years old she came to this county and lived with her aunt, Mrs. Polly TUGGLE, of Harp township; and later made her home with Mrs. McCORD. Aug. 31, 1882, she was married to Samuel M. ARGO. To them three sons were born, Samuel M., James S., and David. These with her husband and two sisters, one in Oklahoma and one in Texas, besides her father and one brother in Kentucky, one in New Mexico and one in Indiana, survive her. Her father was not able to attend the funeral and only one of the brothers and sisters, A. C. WEDDLE, of Indiana, was present. Early in life she became a member of the Baptist church and lived a Christian life. She was devoted to her husband and children and admired by her friends. The sympathy of all go out to the bereaved family so suddenly deprived of the love and watchful care of the wife and mother. Funeral services were held at the residence Tuesday at 2 o'clock, conducted by Rev. HORNEY. Interment in Woodlawn.

Thomas J. ARGO 

April 26, 1907
Clinton Register

ANOTHER OLD SOLDIER IS CALLED.
His Death the Result of an Accident While He Was Chopping Three Weeks Before.

Three weeks ago last Friday forenoon, while chopping at the southeast limits of the city, Thos. J. ARGO received a wound that resulted in his death last Saturday evening about 7 o'clock. In striking, a limb caught the ax, causing it to strike his leg about six inches above the knee, cutting a gash two inches deep and nearly six inches long. He was taken to his home, but was weak from loss of blood before a doctor arrived. In a few days he suffered a stroke of paralysis on account of a clot of blood from the wound passing to the brain. From that time there was little hope of his recovery. For several days before his death he could not talk but remained conscious. Most of that time he suffered great pain, but complained little.

Deceased was born in Clermont county, Ohio, July 12, 1841, and his parents came to this county when he was three years old, locating on a part of the land that is now the site of Clinton. When 20 years old, he was married to Miss Elizabeth RAZEY, and they had since lived in this county.

In 1862 he enlisted in Co. D, of the 107th regiment and served for three years, returning home in 1865. The next year the family moved about five miles northwest of Clinton, that being their home until eight years ago, when property was bought in Clinton and this had since been the home.

Besides the faithful companion, he is survived by six children as follows: Mrs. Howard McKINNE, west of Clinton: Frederick N.; Mrs. R. C. DICKEY; Mrs. R. C. LIGGITT; May and Arthur, of Clinton; also by a sister, Mrs. Lewis CAMPBELL, and two brothers, Emanuel G. and William, of Clinton. By industry and economy he owned about 200 acres of fine land, besides home and other property in Clinton. His life had been one of usefulness, and he had so lived that hundreds of friends felt grieved at his death.

Funeral services were held at the home on South East street Tuesday at two o'clock, conducted by Rev. T. A. Canady, of Carlinville, assisted by Rev. N. M. Rigg. The G. A. R., of which he as an honored member, and the W. R. C., had charge of the services. The pall-bearers were T. D. Bryant, Jacob May, Cyrus Jones, C. K. Zorger, John M. Jones and Frank Cisco. An unusually large number of floral offerings were clustered about the casket. Interment was in Woodlawn cemetery, where sleep many of the comrades of the deceased.

William B. ARGO 

January 22, 1892
Clinton Public

Died in a railroad accident.

(See news article)

Charles ARMSTRONG 

October 2, 1891
Clinton Public

It is said that the good men do lives after them. If so, the community in which Charles ARMSTRONG lived will ever preserve his memory because of the noble life and good deeds it suggests. He was sick but a little over a week before the sudden and unexpected death. Mr. Armstrong was the eldest son of William ARMSTRONG, and was born on the farm where his father now lives, in Barnett township, thirty-two years ago. He was a very dutiful and industrious boy, and when his father could spare him time in youth, he worked for neighbors, carefully saving his earnings. In the month of March, 1880, he married Mary, daughter of Joseph SMITH, of Barnett township, who with three small children survives him. Mr. Armstrong was a thrifty young farmer and was so successful in his trade as to have purchased and almost paid for a fine farm of 160 acres in Eastern Nebraska, besides a large amount of stock and farm machinery on the farm north of Hallsville, on which as a renter he had lived for eight years. He was as a citizen and neighbor beloved by all who knew him. He had an exceptionally kind heart, and seemed affectionately devoted to his wife and family, and all his acquaintances bear testimony to his warmth of friendship and sympathy. In his business he was unswervingly devoted to truth and principal. He had been a member of the Methodist Church and was at death a member of the Sons of Veterans and Odd Fellows, the latter officiating with their last sad and beautiful ceremony at the interment last Saturday. He had, though, in the best of health and amid prosperity providentially seen fit a year since to have his life insured, which to some extent abates the sting of death, in aid to his bereaved widow and children. His father, mother and brothers have the sympathy of a wide circle of friends in their sad and untimely loss. The funeral will be preached next Sunday, October 6th, by Rev. J. E. ARTZ, at Green Valley.

Frank ARMSTRONG 

October 15, 1880
Clinton Public

The angel of death passed over this city this week and took from the arms of fond parents their loved ones.  Frank, the infant son of Mr. and Mrs. George ARMSTRONG, died yesterday of lung fever; and today, Freddie M., youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry DAHL, died of pneumonia, after only an illness of two days.

Ira F. ARMSTRONG 

July 19, 1889
Clinton Register

Ira ARMSTRONG, an old resident of this city, died Saturday night, aged 60 years.  The burial was at the Waynesville cemetery Sunday afternoon, where the first wife of the deceased is buried.

James ARMSTRONG 

November 14, 1890
Clinton Public

Took the Wrong Medicine.

From a letter received by Mr. William ARMSTRONG from his brother, we get the particulars of the death of James ARMSTRONG. Several years ago James Armstrong left Clinton with his wife and children and moved to York, Nebraska, where he was prospering. He had earned a blacksmith and wagon shop that was worth $1000, and was doing well. When James was a young man in Clinton he was a hard drinker, but at the time of the blue ribbon movement in 1874 he reformed, and from that time till he left Clinton he was a total abstainer. And for years after he left Clinton he remained faithful to his pledge. Well would it have been for him and his family had he remained faithful to the end. During the last campaign he had been drinking, and about two o'clock election morning he went home but could not sleep, so he arose from his bed and went back up town and remained all day at the polls. At four o'clock Tuesday afternoon he went back home and tried to sleep, but failing he thought he would take a small dose of morphine to quiet his nerves and give him sleep. His wife had been sick for some time and they had in the house both morphine and corrosive sublimate powders. James got hold of the wrong package and took a dose of corrosive sublimate. He found out his mistake in a moment and three doctors were summoned. In less than forty minutes James died. It was a terrible blow to his wife, as up to a short time before the election James had been doing well. His life was insured in the Modern Woodmen for $3000, which his wife will get. His mechanical tools were worth abut $1000, and he had considerable on his books.

Joseph ARMSTRONG 

August 26, 1887
Clinton Public

After a life of more than four-score years, Joseph ARMSTRONG paid the debt of nature last Saturday.  He was born in England on the 1st of January, 1807, making his age eighty years, seven months and twenty days.   He was twice married in his native country, his second wife dying in 1857, before he emigrated to this country.  He was the father of nine children, seven of whom are still living.  His three oldest boys, George, William and Joseph, came to this country some time before their father emigrated, and in 1858 he followed them and came direct to Clinton, where he lived for nearly thirty years.  When Mr. Armstrong first came to this county, he settled on a farm near this city.  Later he was engaged in railroad contracts in Nebraska, but for the past fifteen years he owned a horse and wagon and made a living for himself and wife by draying.   He was frugal and careful in his habits and accumulated enough to build a couple of good houses, one of which he rented and the income helped to keep him.  He was a plain, honest old man who lived up to the golden rule.  For many years Mr. Armstrong was a member of the M. E. Church, and he lived a consistent Christian life.  In his last hours this religion brought peace and consolation to his mind.  The funeral services took place at the M. E. Church last Monday afternoon, and his body was buried in the family lot in Woodlawn Cemetery.

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August 26, 1887
Clinton Register

Joseph ARMSTRONG, died at his home in this city last Saturday, aged 80 years, 7 months and 20 days.  Funeral services were held at the M. E. church Monday afternoon conducted by Rev. __ [paper folded, can't read the name].  The burial was at Woodlawn cemetery.  The failure of the relatives to furnish particulars, as promised, prevents the REGISTER from giving a brief biography of the deceased.

Mrs. Joseph ARMSTRONG 

August 24, 1900
Clinton Register

At Four Score and Seven.

Yesterday morning Mrs. Mary ARMSTRONG died at her home in the northwest part of the city aged nearly 87.  She was born in Ohio in 1812 and was married to Joseph MORRISON Jan. 22, 1828.  Thirteen children were born to them, one of whom is living [Elizabeth (Morrison) Twadell Ebright].  They came to Illinois, locating near Wapella in 1840.  The husband died in 1853.  She was married to Joseph Armstrong in 1861, who died in 1888 [1887].  She was a member of the Methodist church 65 years.  Funeral services in the Methodist church at 2:30 today conducted by the pastor.

Joseph ARMSTRONG 

July 6, 1904
Clinton Register

DIED IN JACKSONVILLE.
Wapella Citizen Dies at the Hospital For the Insane—
Remains Brought Home for Burial.

Joseph ARMSTRONG, of Wapella, died in Jacksonville Tuesday morning. Since the death of his wife, nearly a year ago, he had grieved until his mind was affected and last spring he was sent to the asylum. He remained a short time and was thought to be well enough to remain at home and returned to Wapella. Recently he was returned to Jacksonville.

Deceased was born in England, Dec. 24, 1829, and lived 74 years, 7 months and 11 days. He came to this county fifty years ago, and his home had since been in this county. He had farmed most of the time, and owned a good farm near Wapella.

In 1859, he married Miss Ellen STAFFORD, of DeWitt county. Of the three children born to them, one, Isaac, of Wapella, is living. Wm. ARMSTRONG, of Clinton, is a brother of the deceased.

The remains were brought to Wapella and the funeral was held Wednesday at 10 o'clock in the Christian church. Burial in Sugar Grove cemetery.

Mrs. Joseph ARMSTRONG 

September 18, 1903
Clinton Register

Joseph ARMSTRONG and wife were taken suddenly ill Monday night. She went to summon the physician and on returning home was prostrated, suffering an attack of heart failure from which she never rallied, and her spirit took its flight at 9 o'clock Wednesday evening. Her husband is still very low. The funeral will probably be held Friday.

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September 25, 1903
Clinton Register

Mrs. Ellen S. ARMSTRONG passed away at her home, half a mile east of Wapella, Wednesday, Sept. 16, at 9:30 p.m. of nervous prostration and heart failure.

Miss Ellen STAFFORD was born in Duckenfield county, Shire, England, in 1826. When young she came to America and resided near Bloomington. She was united in marriage to Joseph ARMSTRONG July 4, 1856. To them were born three children, one dying when young. Mrs. Lizzie MAYBIE preceded her mother 16 years ago leaving the one son, Isaac, to be a comfort to his aged parents. She also leaves five grandchildren, one very aged sister living at Crawfordsville, Ill. Her death being so unexpected has been a great shock to her bereaved husband as he is suffering from ill health.

Mrs. Armstrong was a member of the Church of England and died in that faith. She was a loving and patient wife and mother and kind to all. She was a great student of the Bible and would often console those around her by reading from it. She took a pride in helping those who were in need and was ever ready to give of her labors for the support of the gospel. Funeral services were held from the Christian church Friday morning at 10:30, Rev. W. H. Maginnis officiating.

The choir rendered several favorite hymns of the deceased. The floral tributes were beautiful and very appropriate, consisting of a large pillow from her son Isaac; a bunch of white roses from Father Armstrong and Granddaughter Maude; large bouquet of white carnations, Mrs. Watson, of Maroa; large bouquet of a mixed collection, Wm. Armstrong and wife. F. M. Willis, Jas. Downing, Jno Butterworth, J. K. Scoggin, J. H. Hume and O. M. Karr acted as pall bearers. Interment in Sugar Grove.

Note: From the Illinois Statewide Marriage Index:
ARMSTRONG, JOSEPH    STAFFORD, ELLEN     1860-07-01    DE WITT

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September 25, 1903
Clinton Register

Those who attended the funeral of Mrs. Ellen ARMSTRONG from out of town were: Mrs. Penelope Blue, of Mason, Ill., sister of the deceased; Mrs. R. Rammel, of Maroa; Mrs. Anna Bennett, of Lane; Mrs. Eliza Brake, Mrs. Stafford, of Maroa; Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Armstrong, Mr. and Mrs. James Whitehead, Mrs. Mary Koons, of Clinton; Jno. Armstrong, of Normal.

Fred Stafford and wife, of Joplin, Mo., are at the Armstrong homestead. The former being a son of the late Mrs. Armstrong.

Maud Elizabeth ARMSTRONG 

August 5, 1904
Clinton Register

Maud Elizabeth ARMSTRONG, daughter of W. B. ARMSTRONG and wife, died at her home, 8 miles east of Wapella, Thursday morning, July 28, at 8 o'clock, of chorea.

Miss Armstrong was born near Patoka, Ill., Nov. 16, 1888, being 15 years, 8 months and 12 days old. She came with her parents to Wapella six years ago; attended the M. E. church and was converted a year later. She had been a patient and consistent sufferer over 16 months, but never complained of her affliction. She attended the Thorpe school in Union district and was spoken of by her teachers as being the possessor of an exceptionally bright intellect. She had looked forward to when she would be a teacher. She leaves to mourn her death, her mother and father, one brother, Howard, and one little sister, Minnie, and a large circle of relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held at the residence Friday morning, at 6:30 a.m., conducted by Rev. G. W. Randall. A large procession of friends followed the remains to Wapella, where they were shipped to Patoka for interment. At the grave, short services were held by Rev. J. H. Ballard. The acting pall bearers were Misses May Flaherty, Mary Powers, Ruby Netter, Stella and Dora Tackett, Lilia Story, assisted by members of the M. W. A. The floral offerings were abundant and beautiful, consisting of a large wreath from the M. W. A. camp of Wapella; sheath of pink carnations, James H. Watson and wife; sheath of white carnations, Jas. Thorpe and family and Claude Thorpe and wife; bouquet of white sweet peas, Mrs. Ruth Selby; wreath of red and white geraniums, Epworth League; bouquet of ferns and petunias, Mrs. F. D. Ives; bouquet of nasturtiums, Miss Lizzie Duncan.

Nancy ARMSTRONG 

October 5, 1883
Clinton Public

Last week THE PUBLIC gave the particulars of the attempt made at self-destruction by Nancy ARMSTRONG, daughter of Mr. I. F. ARMSTRONG. On last Friday morning her physician began to hope that she had passed the critical stage and that she might live, but the spasms returned again the first part of this week, and she continued to grow weaker till Thursday morning when she died at four o'clock. There is no need to go into the details. The sad affliction is terrible to the family. The world has no interest in the matter. The funeral cortege left Clinton this morning for Waynesville, where the deceased will be laid to rest by the side of her mother.

(See news article)

Thomas ARMSTRONG 

May 19, 1893
Clinton Public

CROSSED DEATH'S ICY STREAM.
Thomas Armstrong Committed Suicide at Weldon this Morning.

Rev. W. I. Davenport, the editor of the “Weldon Home Circle, ” sends us the particulars of the sad death of Thomas Armstrong this morning.

This morning Thomas Armstrong arose at an early hour as usual, and left the house before breakfast, saying to his daughter Mollie that he was going to take a walk.  She supposed he was going to the cemetery to visit the grave of his wife, who died about two years ago, as he often did in the early morning.  He returned in about half an hour and refused his breakfast, complaining that he was sick.  He went to bed at once, and asked that Messrs. Seaborg and Byland be sent for.  When they arrived he began having convulsions, which continued until his death, about half an hour later.  Dr. W. H. Taylor was at once sent for, and he immediately pronounced it a case of strychnine poisoning.  He went to his office for a stomach pump, but just as he returned Mr. Armstrong breathed his last.

Notwithstanding the fact that he denied to the physician he had taken any poison, the evidence points most strongly to the contrary.  This morning about six o'clock he went to the drug store of J. J. Miles in Weldon and purchased fifteen grains of strychnine, ostensibly for rats.  In an hour later he was lying at his own home a corpse, with every possible indication that he had taken that amount of poison.

No reason for such an action can be given to the public.  Mr. Armstrong was a quiet man, and none knew of his circumstances or any reason that could lead him to destroy his own life.  He was a man highly esteemed by all who knew him, active in all religious work, being Sunday-school superintendent and class leader of the M. E. Church.

The sympathy of all is lovingly extended to his daughter in her bereavement, and all are anxious to lend a helping hand.  He leaves her $3000 life insurance, $2000 in the Modern Woodmen, recently taken, and $1000 in the Masonic Society of Canton.  An inquest will be held at the earliest possible hour.

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May 26, 1893
Clinton Public

Weldon Home Circle.

The funeral of Thomas ARMSTRONG took place last Saturday at eleven o'clock.   Rev. Thornton Clark, of Tolono, preached the funeral discourse.

Mrs. Thomas ARMSTRONG 

June 19, 1891
Clinton Public

Thomas ARMSTRONG is a blacksmith who lives in Weldon. He moved his family from this city several years ago, and life was pleasant to him till about two years ago when his wife was awakened to the alarming fact that she was threatened with cancer of the womb. Science seems to have discovered a balm for every ailment of the human body except that of cancer; and now the surgeons are testing the heroic treatment of the knife to see if the onward march of the blighting cancer can not be checked before the entire system becomes poisoned with it. There has been more than one remarkable case of surgery in this county during the past two years, and these have inspired others to submit their disease to the knife in the hope that death would be waved back for a few years longer.

Mrs. ARMSTRONG became alarmed when she first had it intimated to her by her physician that she was threatened with a cancer of the womb, and at once she began using remedies that might check the progress of the dread disease. Her family physician was Dr. A. M. DREW, and he did for her all that could possibly be done. Last February the case began to assume more alarming proportions, and on the eleventh day of that month Dr. D. W. EDMISTON and Dr. J. M. WILCOX were summoned from this city to perform an operation. Dr. Edmiston, assisted by Drs. Wilcox and Drew, was successful in removing from the lower part of the womb a piece of cancerous tissue weighing eight or ten ounces. Mrs. Armstrong rallied easily from the effects of the operation, and her physicians were hopeful that good results would follow. She ate and slept better, and till about six weeks ago she felt a sense of relief and a hope that the danger period had been passed. Again nature sounded the alarm. The deadly cancer began to show signs of new life, and about five weeks ago she began to experience pain followed by excessive hemorrhage. Then was she compelled to resort to opiates to give her relief from her suffering. She consulted Dr. D. W. Edmiston again and he told her that the only hope was in removing the entire womb, and even then he could not give her assurance of permanent relief. The operation was dangerous in its nature; first, the operations was critical; second, the danger of inflammation setting in; and third, the great danger of not getting all the diseased part removed, which would prevent healing. The doctor said he was afraid from her weak condition that the operation might be attended with danger. Mrs. Armstrong had become desperate. The disease was sure death, and there was hope that in removing the cause her life might be spared yet a little longer. How one will grasp at least the faintest hope of prolonging life.

Last Tuesday was set for the operation, when Drs. DREW, EDMISTON, WILCOX, McLEAN, CRAIG, and E. M. TAYLOR, of DeWitt, assembled in Mrs. Armstrong's home in Weldon. Early that morning she was up and around the house as usual. When the doctors arrived at eleven o'clock she invited Drs. Edmiston and Wilcox into a room and calmly discussed the pending operation with them, and she told them if there was even a shadow of hope she would take the chances. It was literally facing death, but there was a hope in her heat that she would be spared to her husband and daughter. At half-past one o'clock all preparations had been completed and Mrs. Armstrong was ready for the terrible ordeal. She was put under the influence of ether, and then Dr. Edmiston began the operation. At fifteen minutes to four the operation was nearing completion when Mrs. Armstrong gave indications that she was dying, and in fifteen minutes more she breathed her last.

Mrs. Armstrong spent the earlier part of her life and was married in this city. Here her daughter that survives her was born. She was buried in the Weldon cemetery on Wednesday afternoon.

Azariah ARNOLD 

July 23, 1909
Clinton Register

Funeral of Arnold.

Asher [Azariah] ARNOLD, the slain man, was born in Guernsey county, Ohio, over seventy years ago and when the war broke out he enlisted with Co. D, 172 Ohio. For many years he has resided in this county, the last ones being passed in Clinton where he was engaged in various occupations.

He leaves surviving from his first marriage, three daughters, Mrs. Lowry MATHERN and Mrs. Ada SMITH, Decatur; and Mrs. Belle BOWMAN and one son, John, of this city. He also leaves a wife and two step children, Pearl and Jas. SMITH. Lee ARNOLD, of Clinton, is a brother, also David Arnold, of Ohio. The funeral was held this afternoon at four o'clock, Rev. G. W. Flagge of the M. E. church officiating. Services were in charge of Frank Lowry Post and the W. R. C. The remains were interred in Woodlawn.

Note: From the Illinois Statewide Marriage Index:
ARNOLD, AZARIAH    SMITH, LIZZIE E.     1900-05-29    DE WITT
[This was his second marriage.]

Note: Azariah is listed as Asher Arnold in the newspaper and he is listed twice in the Woodlawn Cemetery book: as Asher F. Arnold, Co. D, 172 Ohio, N. C. I and as Azuah Arnold July 21, 1909, aged 67 yrs.

See news article regarding the murder.

Mrs. Azariah ARNOLD 

March 31, 1899
Clinton Public

DIED OF PARALYSIS.
An Aged Resident of DeWitt County Passes Away.

Mrs. Emeline (PERSONS) ARNOLD died at her home on Quincy street on Tuesday night at 12:30 o'clock of paralysis, aged 55 years, 10 months and 3 days. She leaves a husband, Azariah ARNOLD, and six children— Mrs. Belle BOWMAN, of Clinton; John ARNOLD, of Clinton; Mrs. Laura MATHERN, of Decatur; Harry and Misses Ella and Ada ARNOLD, of Clinton. One brother and sister survive her, she being the youngest of nine children.

Deceased complained of weakness, the result of grippe, for several months and was not able to do much. On Tuesday at 3 p.m., she said that she feared she would lose the use of the right side of her body, and while being assisted to move fell and was taken to her bed, remaining unconscious until her death.

Deceased was born in Gearnsey [Guernsey] county, O., on May 25, 1843, and was married in that county to her bereaved husband on January 9, 1862. They came to this county in 1881, locating in Clinton, where she remained until her death. She was a member of the Methodist church, and was a devoted wife and a loving mother, always forgetting self when the interest of her family was considered.

Funeral services were conducted by Rev. J. B. HORNEY on Thursday at 2 p.m., at her late home on the corner of Quincy and Adams streets. Interment in Woodlawn cemetery.

Samuel E. ARNOLD 

February 21, 1879
Clinton Public

S. E. ARNOLD, a prominent farmer of Creek township, died last Sunday, and on Tuesday was buried at Maroa With Masonic ceremonies. Mr. Arnold had been failing for the past two years. He tried a change of climate, but of no avail. In 1876 he was the Democratic candidate for sheriff in this county, and only failed in an election by less than fifty votes. He stood well in the community and was respected for his sterling honesty.

Note: From Ohio Marriages, 1803-1900:
Arnold, Edward    Bennett, Eliza     1853-02-15    Ashland County, Ohio
[His full name must have been Samuel Edward Arnold.]

Mrs. Samuel E. ARNOLD 

August 9, 1895
Clinton Public

Eliza A. BENNETT was born December 29, 1830, in Richland county, Ohio, and was married to S. E. ARNOLD February 15, 1853. There were born to them two daughters, who lived to be five and six years old respectively, dying with diphtheria. The family came from Ohio to their present home with one child, in 1855. Her husband died in Creek township on February 16, 1879. The deceased gave herself to God's work thirty-seven years ago, joining the Baptist Church, afterwards uniting with the Christian Church. After the death of her husband she joined the United Brethren Church. It was more convenient to her and she could attend church more regularly. She was a faithful Christian. When about to pass through her recent terrible ordeal she selected the songs to have friends sing for her, and prayer was offered. When they were singing she said, "Glory, glory! I am willing and trusting in Jesus to carry me through, and I will be happy if it be His will that I should go home to Him." When her oldest brother came she told him Jesus had raised her up out of worldly things, and she was willing as the Lord willed. She was the third child in a family of fourteen. There are five sisters and three brothers living. They were all present but two, the oldest sister in Ohio, and a brother in Kansas. Deceased was 64 years, 7 months and 7 days old. She died August 5, 1895, at her home, northeast of Maroa. All who cared for this dear, loving Christian, ever solicitous of the welfare of others, feel they would be resigned if their last hours were as peaceful as hers. Remains were buried at Maroa.

William ARNOLD 

January 25, 1889
Clinton Public

Four weeks ago William ARNOLD was taken sick with measles, and as he had about passed the dangerous stage of that disease typhoid fever set in, from which he died on last Tuesday. Deceased was the son of Asher ARNOLD, and was nineteen years, four months and ten days old. For several years he was in the employ of Dr. WARNER, and was faithful and honest in the discharge of his duties. He was a bright young man, cheerful in disposition, and a great favorite with his young associates. The funeral services were held at the house of his father on Wednesday afternoon, conducted by the Rev. W. A. HUNTER. The Sons of Veterans of this city took charge of the ceremonies and bore the remains of their young comrade to Woodlawn Cemetery.

Mr. Asher Arnold's family has had their share of affliction during the past, few months. One of his sons was confined to his bed for weeks by sickness, and when he recovered Mr. Arnold was prostrated by sickness from which he has not yet thoroughly recovered. Now to add to the sorrows of the household Death claims the second son.

Hiram ARTHINGTON 

July 14, 1885
Clinton Public

Old Uncle Hiram ARTHERINGTON [ARTHINGTON] died on Friday afternoon and was buried at the Crum Cemetery Saturday morning.  Mr. A. moved from Kentucky in 1819; settled in Pike county, Illinois, and moved to DeWitt county, in 1854, and settled in Long Point.  At the time of his death he was about 74 years old.

Jonathan ARTHINGTON 

November 24, 1905
Clinton Register

AN AGED PILGRIM IS AT REST.
Was Born in Illinois Eighty-Five Years Ago.
PLAYMATE OF LINCOLN AND OGLESBY.
Had Lived in DeWitt County Over Half Century,
And All the Time on the Same Farm.

Another of the pioneers of DeWitt county has passed to his reward.  An aged Christian pilgrim on Life’s highway has answered the final summons and is at rest on the other shore.  Ripe in years, rich in life of good deeds and conscious of having lived a life of service to his Master he is in the home he so long had prepared to enjoy.

About four o'clock yesterday morning the spirit of Jonathan ARTHINGTON took its flight.  He had been in his usual health until a few weeks ago when he began to fail rapidly, and the family realized the end was near.  His death came on the same day of the month his life began, and his days as an earthly pilgrim amounted to 85 years and 4 months.  He was born in Sangamon county, Ill., July 22, 1820, to where his father came from Grayson county, Ky., in 1816.  At this time there were more Indians there than white people, but they were usually peaceable; the nearest home of the whites was 20 miles distant.  The family lived there until 1828, when they moved to a farm three miles east of Waynesville.  After four years the farm was sold and the family moved to Pike county, Ill.  Here in 1842 the deceased was married to Miss Priscilla MARTIN, whose parents also came from Grayson county, Ky.   Two years later he lost his right eye by accident.  The same year of their marriage they united with the Christian church, and for three score and two years they had walked hand in hand in the service of their Master.  Their wedded years are seldom equaled; 62 years in the same home; 62 years in the same church; 62 years of domestic happiness.  His faithful companion, whose age is fourscore by less than four months, survives him.

In 1840 Mr. Arthington came to DeWitt county and bought 180 acres, which has been his home since 1850, 55 years.  He paid $550 for the land, and it is now worth about $150 an acre.  While living on this farm he has lived in three counties.   This was first a part of Tazwell county, then of McLean, before it became DeWitt.  Here they raised their family, ten children being born to them, three of whom died in infancy.  One son died in Kansas, one was drowned in California, in the Humboldt river, and two others died at home.  Those living are Elizabeth, wife of John KESECKER, Henry and Wm. B., with whom the parents had lived on the old homestead.  Each of the three children were given farms by their parents.

Mr. Arthington was intimately acquainted with Lincoln, Douglas, and when a boy was a playmate of Richard Oglesby.  They were good friends but once disagreed over a ball game and he called Dick a liar, and was knocked nearly down.  They clinched and he caught a thumb of Dick’s hand in his mouth and bit so hard the future governor of Illinois yelled enough.  They were soon friends again and remained so.  The day this trouble occurred was a day of races and other sports and young Arthington, who was then about 14 years old, was matched in a forty-yard foot race with Abraham Lincoln, another of his playmates, for a pocket knife and a handkerchief, and the future president lost the race.  He was then a horse jockey and won many important races.  Later he was a deck hand on a boat on the Illinois river.  He often met Lincoln after they were grown and they often talked over their boyhood days.  He is a Democrat, his first vote for president being for Martin VanBuren, whom he once met.

The funeral services were held at the residence of W. B. Arthington at 3 o'clock today, conducted by Elder Amos Cisco.  Burial in the Crum cemetery.

Mrs. Jonathan ARTHINGTON 

March 15, 1912
Clinton Register

Mrs. Arthington Dies.

Mrs. Percella ARTHINGTON, nee BROWN, an old and respected citizen of Wapella, died Saturday at 8 o’clock a.m.  She was 87 years old on March 4.  She was united in marriage to Jonathan ARTHINGTON in 1850, at Chambersburg.  They moved to this county in 1854.  The husband died in 1905.  She united with the Christian church at Chambersburg under the preaching of Rev. William Brown, of Jacksonville.  After coming to this county she placed her church letter with the Rock Creek church and remained true to the faith until death.  She often said to friends she did not fear death and was prepared to go when the call came.   She has been an invalid for a number of years.  She leaves one sister, Mrs. HOUCHIN, of Iowa; one daughter, Mrs. John KESECKER; two sons, Henry, living near here, and William B., on the old home place.  She made her home with him.  She also leaves a number of grand children and great grandchildren.  Rev. Mr. Herrington, had charge of her funeral at her late home Sunday at 3 p.m.  Interment was in Crum cemetery.

Wealthy ARTHINGTON 

October 7, 1918, Monday
Clinton Daily Public

Welthy [Wealthy] ARTHINGTON, aged 21, daughter of Mrs. William ARTHINGTON, living northeast of Wapella, died Sunday afternoon.  The funeral will be held Tuesday afternoon at 3:30 o'clock.  The deceased was one of the well-respected young ladies of her community and her death is mourned by many friends.

William B. ARTHINGTON 

July 31, 1916, Monday
Clinton Daily Public

W.B. ARTHINGTON DIES NEAR WAPELLA.
“Mayor of Jimtown” Passed Away Saturday Night—
Refused to Allow Operation.

William B. ARTHINGTON died at 7:45 Saturday evening [July 29] at his home, three miles northwest of Wapella.  Death was caused by appendicitis and complications.

Mr. Arthington was fifty-three years old and a long time resident of this vicinity.  He is survived by his wife, three sons and two daughters: Andrew and Herschel, at home; Charles, residing nearby; Miss Wealthy ARTHINGTON, at home; and Mrs. Ray CRUM, northwest of Wapella.  He also leaves one brother, Henry, residing in this vicinity, and one sister, Mrs. Rebecca KESECKER, also living near here.  Deceased was a member of the Modern Woodmen, Forest lodge, I. O. O. F. and of the Clinton Rebekahs.

The funeral was held this afternoon at 2:30 p.m., conducted by Rev. J. A. Reynolds.   Services at the grave were in charge of the Woodmen and Odd Fellows.  Interment was made in Crum cemetery.

Mr. Arthington had many friends.  He called himself the “Mayor of Jimtown,” the neighborhood in which he lived.  He had suffered with appendicitis for some time, but refused to allow an operation.

Glenn ARTHUR 

May 8, 1916, Monday
Clinton Daily Public

GLENN ARTHUR DIED EARLY THIS MORNING.
Succumbs to Long Illness With Tuberculosis—
Quarantine Interferes With Funeral Service.

The death of Glenn ARTHUR occurred at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. H. ARTHUR, 511 West Washington street this morning shortly after 2 o'clock.   His death was due to a lingering illness with tuberculosis.

He was born in Martinsville, Clark county, Ill., and would have been, if he had lived until the 14th of this August, twenty-two years old.  He was one of a family of five children, four boys and one girl.  He lived with his parents in Martinsville, the family later moving to Vandalia and from that place to Clinton.   They have made Clinton their home for seven years.  Glenn was popularly known by the nickname of “Shady.”

He was married to Miss Gladys ANDERSON of this city on the 5th day of June, 1915, who, with their infant daughter, Glenna Marie, survives.  He also leaves his parents, three brothers, Harry and Russell, at home, and Orval, of Omaha, Neb., and a sister Ferne at home.

Funeral at Cemetery.

Because of the quarantine for measles at the home, the funeral services will be held at Woodlawn cemetery Tuesday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock.  Rev. Ralph V. Callaway of the first Christian church will officiate.

Samuel ARTHUR 

August 26, 1898
Clinton Register

Samuel ARTHUR died at his home in Ospur Monday [Aug. 22]. Mr. Arthur had been sick for about three years, which gradually weakened him. He was born in McLean County, Indiana [Note: No such county has ever existed!], September 3, 1831, and came west early in life to seek a fortune and settled in Illinois. He was married to Sarah GRAVES at Jacksonville in 1851. Nine children were born to them, all living. The deceased was a natural mechanic and had invented many useful articles, but his moderate finances would not allow him to put his inventions upon the market and as a result other parties reaped the benefits of his inventions. The remains were laid to rest in the Rose Cemetery near Lane last Tuesday. For a number of years, Mr. Arthur had worked at blacksmithing in Ospur.

Submitted by Barbara Arthur LeRoy

Samuel Arthur Family (off site link)

Mrs. Samuel ARTHUR 

October 11, 1907
Clinton Register

Another Christian Mother Called Home.
Had lived in DeWitt County almost half a century—
Funeral services held Wednesday.

Mrs. Sarah Jane ARTHUR died Monday evening at seven o'clock at her home in Lane. She had been in her usual health until one hour before her death.

Deceased’s maiden name was Sarah Jane GRAVES, and she was born in Indiana in 1836. Her parents came to Jacksonville, Illinois in 1842, where they lived until 1860 when they moved to Clinton, and DeWitt County has since been her home; her husband, Samuel ARTHUR, to whom she was married in 1853 [1851], died in 1896 [1898].

Of the twelve children born to them the following are living: Albert, Taylor, and Edward, of Lane; James and Mrs. Fannie McKINNEY, of Lincoln; Mrs. Mary MILLS, of Clinton; Mrs. SHERMAN and Mrs. Zilpha PHARES, of Springfield; Mrs. Maggie VAUGHN, of Virginia. She is also survived by three brothers, William GRAVES, of Clinton; James and Taylor GRAVES, of Garnett, Kansas.

She had been a member of the Methodist Church twenty years. She was a true Christian, and was always pleased when surrounded by children.

Funeral services were held in the Christian Church in Lane, Wednesday conducted by Rev. T.H. Miller. Burial in the Rose Cemetery.

Submitted by Barbara Arthur LeRoy

William H. ARTHUR 

April 27, 1920, Tuesday
Clinton Daily Public

FORMER CLINTON RESTAURANT MAN.
Passes Away in South Haven, Michigan&8212;
Interment in Woodlawn.

Word was received in Clinton today by Miss Mae Gano of the death of W. H. ARTHUR, former proprietor of the Illinois restaurant in this city.  Death occurred in South Haven, Michigan, where the Arthur family removed to after disposing of their interests here.  Mr. Arthur had been in very poor health for some time and it was in hopes that a change would benefit him when the family moved to Michigan.

The body will be brought to Clinton for burial in Woodlawn cemetery probably arriving tomorrow on the Daylight.

Mrs. J. E. ARTZ 

October 6, 1899
Clinton Public

The sad intelligence was received by C. R. Adair, Thursday, that Mrs. J. E. ARTZ died at her home in Carrollton at 12:10 p.m., of consumption, aged about 40 years. She leaves a husband and a daughter. She had many friends in this county.

David ATCHISON 

October 25, 1915
Clinton Daily Public

LIVED FOR 76 YEARS IN DEWITT COUNTY.
Funeral of David Atchison Was Held at Waynesville This Afternoon.

The funeral of David ATCHISON, for twenty-six years a resident of DeWitt county, was held from his home at Waynesville this afternoon at 2:30 o'clock.  Rev. B. F. Shipp, superintendent of the Bloomington district of the Methodist church, officiated, assisted by Rev. Mr. McIntosh, pastor of the Waynesville church.  Interment was in the Union cemetery.

Mr. Atchison died Saturday afternoon at 4:45 o'clock, following an illness of three weeks of dropsy.  He suffered a paralytic stroke Friday and the end came rapidly.

Mr. Atchison was one of the pioneers of this county.  He was seventy-six years, one month and twenty-five days old.  He was born one mile west of Waynesville, Aug. 29, 1839, and always lived on the old home place until he retired and moved to Waynesville a few years ago.

Was Union Soldier.

He was a member of the Union army, Co. G, One [Hundred] and Sixth Illinois Infantry.  He answered the call to arms by enlisting in August 1862, and received an honorable discharge in August, 1865.  He was a prominent member of his G.A.R. post.

Twice Married.

Mr. Atchison was twice married.  His first wife was Miss Delphia CAPPS, who died in 1858, soon after their marriage.  His second wife was Miss Mary PENDLETON, whom he married in 1868.  She died July 26, 1914.  Five children were born to him, only two of whom are living.  They are Mrs. Edward STEPHENS, of Peoria, and Mrs. Myrtle FLINT, of Chicago.  One brother, Walker ATCHISON, of Waynesville, also survives.

Mr. Atchison was a man of many kindly qualities.  He had many friends and lived a worthy life.

Note: He is listed in Company E, 106th Illinois Infantry under the name David Atcherson.

Mrs. David ATCHISON 

July 24, 1914
Clinton Register

DEATH OF AGED WOMAN.

Mrs. Daniel [David] ATCHISON, who had been sick for some time, and who had long since given up hopes of her final recovery, died at her home in Waynesville, where she had lived for many years, at seven o'clock Wednesday morning.  Mrs. Atchison, whose husband died several years ago, was one of the best known and highly respected women of Waynesville.  She was born in Ohio and came to this state directly after her marriage.  She was the mother of five children, two of whom survive.  They are Mrs. F. Fruit [Flint?] of Chicago and Mrs. Lillie Stevens [Stephens?] of Peoria.  Deceased was a life-long member of the M. E. church.   Funeral services were held at the late home at 2:30 this afternoon, Rev. G. E. Janssen officiating.  Burial in Union cemetery near her former home.

Note: Listed in the cemetery under the name Mary G. (Pendleton) Atchison, wife of David (not Daniel).  Her husband’s obituary has children listed as Mrs. Edward Stephens and Mrs. Myrtle Flint.

From the Illinois Statewide Marriage Index:
ATCHINSON, DAVID     COPES, DELPHIA J.       02-06-1862     LOGAN
ATCHISON, DAVID     PENDLETON, MARY G.       03-08-1869     LOGAN

Isham S. ATCHISON 

January 16, 1880
Clinton Public

Father AETHISON [ATCHISON] died Sunday evening at the residence of his son Walter [Walker].  The funeral took place at the M. E. church, Tuesday, and was largely attended.

John T. ATCHISON 

June 1, 1905, Thursday
The Daily Review
Decatur, Illinois

DEATH OF JOHN ATCHISON.

Minier, Ills., June 1—John ATCHISON, of Waynesville, died suddenly here yesterday of heart disease.  He had been at Peoria to decorate his wife’s grave, and this morning took the Vandalia ____ train which leaves Peoria at 7 o'clock and got off here to take the passenger which leaves here at 1:06 p.m. and took lunch at Hill’s restaurant.  While walking near the intersection of the C & A and Vandalia, he suddenly fell forward and, when help reached him, he was dead.

Mrs. John T. ATCHISON 

December 23, 1881
Clinton Public

Waynesville.

A telegram from Kansas announces the death of Mrs. John ATCHINSON [ATCHISON], last Saturday morning [Dec. 17th].  This sudden news was quite a shock to her many friends and relatives, as she had not been away from Waynesville more than two weeks.  The telegram gave no further particulars.

Note: On December 9th there was a line in the Waynesville column of the newspaper that said, “J. T. Atchison and family started for their new home in Kansas on last Monday.”  Mrs. Atchison’s maiden name was Cynthia A. Pendleton and she is buried in a cemetery in Peoria Illinois.  Her husband’s obituary states that he had been to Peoria to decorate his wife’s grave, before he collapsed and died.  He is buried in Union Cemetery in DeWitt County.

From the Illinois Statewide Marriage Index:
ATCHINSON, JOHN T.     PENDLETON, CYNTHIA A.      02-06-1862     LOGAN

Charles AUGHENBAUGH 

June 21, 1912
Clinton Register

Charles AUGHENBAUGH, brother of George AUGHENBAUGH, of Clinton, died in Baltimore, Md., yesterday, aged 65. He was an old soldier and formerly lived in this county, but moved to the East many years ago.

Clara AUGHENBAUGH 

May 2, 1890
Clinton Register

Last Friday at noon occurred the death of Clara AUGHENBAUGH, who for a long time has suffered from consumption. She was born July 30, 1860, and died April 25, 1890. She was converted to the Lutheran faith when quite young and united with the M. E. church here four years ago during a meeting held by Rev. J. C. Eninger. She was of a quiet amiable disposition. Although not widely acquainted, the friends which she made held for her an attachment that was deep and fervent. For some time past she has suffered nearly all that mortal can, and death came to her aching soul as a sweet and acceptable relief. Her funeral was preached by Rev. Wm. Brandon at 10 o’clock a.m., both Sunday schools having been dismissed for the services. The remains were interred in the beautiful cemetery of Pleasant Valley.

Note: aka Aughinbaugh

Mrs. Eli AUGHENBAUGH 

May 8, 1903
Clinton Register

PASSED TO HER REWARD.

Mrs. Elizabeth AUGHENBAUGH, wife of Eli AUGHENBAUGH, living near Beason, died Saturday, aged 31 years, 8 months and 1 day.  She was born in Kenney Sept. 1, 1871, and was the second daughter of J. W. WATSON and wife.  She was married to Eli Aughenbaugh Feb. 17, 1889, and three children were born—Frank, dying in infancy; Clara Effie, 10 years old, and a babe six weeks of age.  She was a faithful member of the Christian church, joining in 1886.  The funeral was held in Midland City Monday and the remains were laid to rest in Pleasant Valley cemetery.

Mrs. Charles R. AUGHINBAUGH 

May 16, 1879
Clinton Public

Died in Chicago, April 27, Mrs. India M. AUGHINBAUGH, wife of Mr. Charles R. AUGHINBAUGH, formerly of Clinton. Her illness was short but very distressing and was borne with great Christian fortitude, her pains mitigating and consciousness returning toward the last. Her features lighted up with a heavenly smile as she bade her friends goodbye. At the time of her death she was in her 38th year and in the fifteenth year of their married life. Her sudden death leaves her husband stricken indeed, and her father and mother—Mr. and Mrs. WILLIAMS, of Indianapolis—well nigh inconsolable, and a wide circle of friends deeply afflicted.

She was a woman of quiet, gentle spirit, of unassuming manners, yet withal of great force of character and strong determination. Never, of late, in robust health, and struggling with physical infirmities, she bravely bore her weakness without complaint and accomplished by force of will what many a stronger person would not undertake. She was always serene and completely poised; a very spirit of calm in the midst of a troubled world, able to whisper words of cheer to others who had seemingly less occasion to be troubled than herself.

She was a Christian of most consistent walk, becoming such during the years of her school-life in Oxford, Ohio. With her, faith and intelligence have gone hand-in-hand during all these following years; years of devotion to the Church of Christ; years of unblemished Christian living; of daily study of God's Word; of battling with disease; of loving discharge of the sweet tasks of wife and daughter and sister and friend; her memory is all fragrance.

Note: aka Aughenbaugh

Mrs. George AUGHINBAUGH 

May 12, 1893
Clinton Public

Death of a Soldier’s Wife.

When a veteran of the war of the rebellion, or of any of the previous wars, died we do honor to his memory by recounting the fact that he patriotically served his country and defended the flag when its enemies would trample it under foot.  No less should we place a wreath on the coffin of the soldier’s wife.  It was hers to suffer the agony of separation when the husband gave up home and wife and children that he might rally to the call of his country.  There is a marked distinction between a soldier’s wife and the wife of a soldier.  The soldier’s wife knew what war meant from actual experience, for the husband of her youth was in the face of danger.  How intently did she read the list of killed and wounded after a battle or a skirmish, and how thankful to God did she feel when the name of her loved one was not in the list.  The arrival of the morning mail and the daily papers was always anxiously looked for that tidings from the loved one might bring comfort to her heart that he was yet safe and well.  No woman can appreciate the days and weeks and months of anxiety of the soldier's wife.  Let us honor them in life, and when death comes to them let us reverently uncover our heads as the funeral cortege passes by that escorts the soldier’s wife to the tomb.  Nature was in tears yesterday afternoon when one of those devoted women was carried from her home to her final rest in Woodlawn Cemetery.

Mary E. WINSLOW was born in Byron, Maine, August 17, 1838, and died at her home in this city May 9, 1893, in the fifty-fifth year of her age.  In the year 1852 her parents and brothers came to Clinton, and here she spent over forty years of her life.  She was united in marriage to George M. AUGHINBAUGH, March 30, 1859.  One child, Mrs. Charles PHARES, came to gladden the home and cement these two hearts.  Mrs. Aughinbaugh was a life long sufferer; and especially for the last five months had she borne and suffered what no human tongue or pen can describe.  Yet she was patient, gentle, and always concerned for the comfort of others more than her own.  For over thirty years she has been a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, though most of her life she was deprived of the privilege of attending the services on account of ill health.  Mrs. Aughinbaugh was a good neighbor and was always ready to sympathize and help those who suffered.

William AUSTIN 

November 27, 1891
Clinton Public

A SAD DEATH.

No death has occurred in Clinton for a long time that has left its impress upon our people as the death of William AUSTIN, which occurred last Monday morning [Nov. 23], at one o'clock. The deceased had been sick for several weeks with typhoid fever, when he began to recover and hopes were entertained that he would soon again be able for business. But he had a relapse, and from that time he began to sink rapidly. Poor Will had hopes till about the middle of last week, when he was compelled to face the fact that he must leave his wife and three children to fight the battle of life alone.

William Austin was raised in Tunbridge township. About five years ago he came to Clinton and worked in the Central shops; and then he began to work at the carpenter trade in town. He was a faithful workman, and it was not long before he began taking contracts on his own account. He figured on close margins and was successful in getting a number of new houses, and in every instance he gave honest value and labor to his patrons. It was only a question of time with him till he would have been one of the leading builders in the city.

He leaves a wife and three children, the oldest child being about eight years old and the youngest six months. Mrs. Austin is in poor health, and the sickness of her husband made her worse. His home was partly built out of the DeWitt County Building Association, so that his wife will be able to pay it out without much inconvenience. He was a member of Clinton camp of the American Modern Woodmen, and from that order his wife will receive $2000, the amount for which his life was insured. He had only been a member of the Camp for about one year. How fortunate for his family that he had the good judgment to carry an insurance policy on his life. It provides a fund that will help the mother care for her children. He was also a member of Olive Lodge I. O. O. F., and was buried by both orders in Woodlawn Cemetery last Tuesday afternoon.

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