EADES, Isaac


Granted Pension Few Days Ago

Isaac Eades died suddenly Sunday morning at his home, two miles northeast of Oakley. He was seventy-eight years old last October. His death is supposed to have been caused by heart failure. He appeared in his usual health when he got up Sunday morning. He was sitting in his chair lacing his shoes when the attack came and he did not regain consciousness.

Mr Eades was born October 13, 1846 in Virginia. The family moved to Tennessee when he was seven years old. He was a veteran of the Civil war, having served with the Third Tennessee Mounted Infantry. He lacked less than a week of having served the required time to entitle him to a pension under the old pension laws. However, a special bill was recently passed by congress giving him a pension of $50 a month.

Mr. Eades is survived by his wife, who is an invalid, formerly Miss Elizabeth Hunt. He also leaves an invalid son, _url, and the following other children; Charles Eades of Kingsport, Tenn., Mrs. Luema Travitt and Mrs. Sallie Hunt of Fordtson, Tenn., Mrs Maggie Mathes of Sherwood, O., Mrs. Etta Mathew of Mark Center, O. Elbert, Joseph and A. J. Eades of Oakley, Harry and Herbert of Decatur and Thomas Eades of Cisco. There are many grandchildren.

Decatur Daily Review, Decatur, Illinois, Monday, 5 Jan 1925, pg. 7

  EARLY, Elton G.

Died at the residence of his parents, Mr. & Mrs. Frank Early, little Elton G. Early, aged 8 years. The parents thought the disease was measles, but the physician in attendance pronounced it spotted fever, and treated it accordingly. The funeral took place from the First M.E. Church yesterday, at 3 o'clock p.m.

Daily Republican (Decatur), 1 Apr 1872

  EATON, George W.   

George W. Eaton died at his home 848 North Church street, at 10:45 Friday morning at the age of eighty-two years, three months and twenty-one days. He had been in failing health for some time and had been confined to his bed for the last three weeks. He suffered a stroke of paralysis Monday morning and never regained consciousness, the end coming peacefully.

Mr. Eaton was born in Washington county Mo., June 4, 1831. He was married to Nancy Kellingsworth March 15, 1855. Six children were born to them, three of them are living. On Nov 27, 1877, he was married to Mary Hurt and to this union six children were born.

He was a veteran of the civil war, enlisting in company A, 81st Illinois Infantry, Aug. 1, 1862, and serving until the close of the war. He was a member of the G.A.R., and also of the Baptist church. He was a pioneer of Illinois, coming to this state with his parents at the age of ten years.

He is survived by his wife and the following children: Frank Eaton, Duquoin; Alfred Eaton, Grant City Mo.; John Eaton, East St. Louis; Flora, George, Herschel, and Homer Eaton of Decatur. Mrs. Harry Weiss of Danville, also one stepdaughter, Mrs. Charles Peel of Decatur. No arrangements have yet been made for the funeral.

The Daily Review, Decatur Illinois, 26 Sep 1913

A description of the funeral was published in The Daily Review on 29 Sep 1913.

  ECKELS, Annie C.


She Passes Away Peacefully Into the Unknown Beyond

Sunday night at 11:30 o'clock in this city at her home, No. 546 West William street, Anna C. Hurst Eckels, wife of Mr. J.P. Eckels, quietly, peacefully, tranquilly passed from death unto life. Her death was not unexpected, as the deceased had been failing in health for several months past. In February, 1889, the deceased was taken sick of typhoid fever, and although she became better for a while she never fully shook off the illness and she gradually grew worse until she contracted the disease which caused her demise. Twice did she and her relatives take trips to Pennsylvania in the hope that the change might benefit her, and it was at the time of the last visit that the deceased realized her condition and requested that she be brought home where she might die surrounded by her familiy and her attentive and loving husband and relatives.

Anna Cordelia Hurst Eckels was 39 years of age at the time of her death. She was born in Dillsburg, Pa. Her parents, Mr. and Mrs. E.W. Hurst, soon afterward, moved to Decatur to reside. At the age of 15 she united with the Presbyterian church under the pastorate of Rev. Dr. Marquis. The family a few years ago moved back to Pennsylvania, and settled at Mechanicsburg, where June 2, 1875, she was united in marriage to John P. Eckels. Mr. and Mrs. Eckels came to Decatur the same year, where they have since resided. To the couple six children were born: Edwin H., Robbie, Paul, Ralph, Bessie and George M.

The deceased was a leading member of the First Presbyterian church, and always took a leading part in the work of the congregation. To her many warm friends she will be remembered as the highest type of American Christian womanhood. Her womanly disposition and warm, generous nature have left an impression among her friends which time cannot remove. Her husband and family have the sympathy of a host of friends and acquaintances in this their great bereavement. Mrs. E.W. Hurst, mother of the deceased, was present at the death of her daughter. C.M. Hurst, of this city, is a brother of the deceased. Her father will probably arrive from Pennsylvania this evening.

The funeral service will be held at the residence Wednesday afternoon, Dr. W.H. Penhallegon, of the First Presbyterian church, conducting the service.

Decatur Daily Republican, 7 Dec 1891


Impressive Services at the Family Residence

The last sad rites over the remains of the late Mrs. J.P. Eckels were solemnized yesterday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the family residence on West William street, Rev. W.H. Penhallegon, of the First Presbyterian church, officiating. The residence was completely filled with relatives and friends of the departed and the floral offerings were many and very beautiful, among them being a pillow with the word "mamma" in purple across the front. A beautiful pillow of flowers was sent by Morehouse, Wells & Co., also a lyre by the employes of the Lytle & Eckels Company. The Presbyterian choir, composed of Misses Ebert and Keeler and Messrs. C.W. Montgomery and O.N. Brown, furnishes appropriate music for the occasion. They sang "Abide With Me" at the request of Mrs. C.W. Hurst, mother of the deceased. Rev. Penhallegon without announcing the text read the following passage from the scriptures: "For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart and be with Christ which is far better." The pastor said:

"So spake one of the world's most distinguished men nearly nineteen centuries ago. Death naturally was not better, nor life worse to him than to us. He was not a disappointed man. He had seen all sides of life, and passed through varied experiences. He knew what distinction was. He had been honored. He had sat upon the apex of earthly fame. He was no stranger to happiness. He drank at her fountain. These things he gathered and put in the scales. Over against them he put the limitations, the disappointments, the sorrows, and pains of life, and looking at both he said, 'I am in a strait betwixt two,' etc. That experience was not peculiar to him. He stands not along the subject of mingled feelings and contending emotions. Humanity has ever had to battle with these contending desires. There is much in life that cuases us to hold it with a tenacious grasp. The world in which we live is full of beauty. The blessings which it gives are rich and rare. Its friendships are precious, the domestic ties sacred, the home blessed and life so sweet that we naturally cling to it. But there is another view. Life has its vicissitudes, cloudy days follow the shunshine, darkness follows the light, friendship's ties are shattered, health gives way, disease brings pain, life loses its charm and becomes a burden. Then it is that one is led to say, "I am in a strait betwixt two." Rev. Penhallegon then referred to Mrs. Eckels. She had many things to hold her to life. She was a comparatively a young woman, with a large and interesting family. She loved her husband and her children devotedly and was as devotedly loved by them. She would have gladly lived for them, but disease gained a mastery. Her suffering was gread and physical existence became a burden. She took, like Paul, said I am in a strait, having a desire to depart and be with Christ, which is far better."

The pallbearers were A.H. Mills, Henry A. Wood, George N. Taylor, Will J. Huff, E.P. Morehouse of Evansville, Ind., and Fred W. Fee of Chicago. The body was consigned to the grave at Greenwood with the usual ceremony.

Decatur Daily Republican, 10 Dec 1891

  ECKELS, John Proctor


Death A Shock But Not Wholly Unexpected


In The Hardware Business In Decatur For Years

The funeral of J.P. Eckels, who died suddenly Sunday morning, will be held at 3:30 Tuesday afternoon at the family residence, 546 West William street. The services will be conducted by Rev. J.N. McDonald of Maroa. The interment will be in Greenwood. Mr. and Mrs. Paul Eckels and George M. Eckels of Crowley, La., will arrive in the city this evening to be present at the funeral.


The death of J.P. Eckels early Sunday morning was naturally a great shock to his relatives and many friends, but it was not wholly unexpected by members of his family. They had been told by the family physician a year or two ago that the death of Mr. Eckels might come at any time, and would probably be with very little warning, possibly no warning at all. He himself knew that death might visit him at any time.

His physical condition had been frail for a number of years. About a year ago he had a serious illness, and he failed steadily, and once remarked to a friend that he did not expect to live long, but that he was not afraid to go. He had had trouble with his heart and lungs and his kidneys were affected.

Mr. Eckels seemed as well as unsual when he returned home Saturday night. He had spent the day and evening at his hardware store. He retired about 10:30. He and his wife were alone in the house. Shortly after midnight Mrs. Eckels was awakened by her husband, who said he was ill. The family physician was called, but death came before he reached the house.


John Proctor Eckels was born at Mechanicsburg Pa., Aug. 6, 1848. He attended the schools of his home town and for awhile attended a business college in Pittsburgh. After leaving school he took a position in the hardware store of his uncle, George Proctor. He remained in that position for five years. He came to Decatur in 1872 and took a position in the Morehouse & Wells hardware store, remaining with that firm for fifteen years. Then he went to St. Louis to take a position with the F.A. Shapleigh & Cantwell Hardware company, but after a few months he returned to Decatur and formed at partnership with Captain R.P. Lytle. Later J.A. Roney became a member of the firm.

Captain Lytle withdrew from the firm in 1892. The store was then located at 125 North Water street. In 1896 Mr. Eckels moved his store to the Gebhart block. Ten years ago he moved his business to 222 North Main street and has been in business there ever since.


Captain Lytle died two weeks ago, death coming to him suddenly at almost the same hour of the night. Both were among the most active members of the First Presbyterian church and they were among the best known men in the city, and both prominent in the business life and religious life of Decatur. Mr. Eckels was one of the original group that was active in the organization of the Decatur Retail Merchants association.

He possessed a deep religious nature and was active in all affairs of his church. He was one of the early active member of the Y.M.C.A., and one of its strongest supporters. He attended services held in the First Presbyterian church with the greatest regularity. He probably never missed a service when he was in this city if his health would permit him to attend.

Mr. Eckels was twice married. His first wife was Miss Annie C. Hurst, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. E.W. Hurst of Decatur. They were married June 2, 1875. Her death occurred Dec. 6, 1891. His second wife was Miss Anna McDonald of Lewisburg, Pa. They were married Jan. 7, 1897.


Besides his wife Mr. Eckels is survived by five children, Paul Eckels and George M. Eckels of Crowley, La., Edwin H. Eckels of Bloomfield, N.J., Ralph Eckels of Decatur and Mrs. Louis Miller of Bloomfield, N.J. He also leaves four grandchildren and one brother, George M. Eckels, of Mechanicsburg, Pa.


All members of the Brotherhood Bible class of the First Presbyterian church are requested to meet at the residence of J.P. Eckels in time to attend in a body the funeral of Mr. Eckles(sic) Tuesday afternoon. Mr. Eckles was a charter member of the class and it is the desire of the family that the class attend in a body.

The Decatur Review, 19 May 1913, Monday evening

  ECKERT, John   

John Eckert, aged 57 years, died of consumption in Harristown township, near Wykles Station , on Monday. The deceased was a native of Germany and a brother of Mathias Eckert. He leaves a widow and five children. He was a veteran of the late war, serving as a private in Co. A, 21st Illinois Regiment, General Grants old regiment. He was a member of Dunham Post 141, this city. The funeral will take place tomorrow forenoon. The members of Dunham Post will meet at their hall tomorrow at 10:30 a.m. to attend the burial of their comrade. They will march out West Main street and meet the cortege, serving as an escort to Greenwood.

Decatur Daily Republican, Decatur Illinois, 2 Apr 1889

  EDGECOMB, Clara Laura

Miss Laura Edgecomb of route 6 died Monday (2 Apr 1928) at the Decatur and Macon County hospital, where she had been a patient for the last six weeks. She would have been nineteen years old in June. Her death was caused by tuberculosis.

Miss Edgecomb was born north of Decatur June 11, 1909. She was a member of Elwin Methodist church and had many friends in the community. She is survived by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Edgecomb, and the following brothers and sisters: Arthur, Harold, Merle, Paul, Dora May and Jennie Edgecomb, all of near Decatur. The body was taken to Dawson Wikoff, funeral directors, and prepared for burial.

The funeral will be held at 2:30 o'clock Wednesday afternoon at the Elwin Methodist church. The burial will be in the Mt. Gilead church.

Decatur Newspaper

  EDWARDS, Mrs Elsie B.C.

Mrs. Elsie Beth Connor Edwards aged eighty-four years, passed away at 11:40 Wednesday morning at the home of her daughter, Mrs. James J. O'Donnell, 846 North Jasper street. She had been in failing health for a number of years, and had been ill and confined to her bed since New Year's. The immediate cause of her death was pneumonia. She had been in a serious condition since last Friday.

Mrs. Edwards had been a resident of Decatur ever since 1870, and had seen Decatur grow from a small sized town to its present size. She cooked meals for men who laid the first sidewalks in Decatur. She had been a member of the First Christian church for forty-seven years, and had a wide acquaintance.

Her first husband was Edmund R. Collins, who passed away in 1877. To their union, one son, C.C. Collins now of Chicago, was born. In 1878 she was married to Joseph Edward, who preceded her in death in 1912. To the second union were born two children, John A. Edwards and Mrs. O'Donnell, both of Decatur. Besides her children, she leaves nine granchildren, and ten great grandchildren, also one brother, Elisha Connor of Laharpe, Kan.

The body was taken to Moran's and prepared for burial. Funeral arrangements await the arrival of relatives.

Decatur Review, Wednessday, 10 Mar 1926

  EDWARDS, Mrs Nancy

Died at the home of her son, Samuel Edwards, 6 miles southwest of Decatur, on April 14, 1885, of lung fever. She was 78 years old. The deceased was ill but a few days. She was a sister to Uncle Green Hill, father of Robert Hill. Her children are Jerome and Samuel Edwards, of this county and Horace Edwards and Mrs. Richard Whitney of Missouri. She had lived in the county since 1830.

Contributed by Helen in Texas

  EICHINGER, Son (Ira)


A little four year old son of Mr. Michael Eichinger (wife Lucy), living in Long Creek Township, met a shocking death on Tuesday. His mother had been engaged in washing, and had taken a large boiler of _water from the stove, in order to prepare dinner for some strangers who had come to the house on business with Mr. Eichinger. The wash boiler was left standing on the the floor, and the little boy, who had climbed upon a chair to get something from the table, accidentally stepped off into the boiling water. Assistance was speedily at hand, but it was found impossible to restore the arrested circulation, and the little sufferer died yesterday at 12 o'clock. The remains will be brought to this city for interment to-day.

Decatur Review, 3 Aug 1871

  ELDER, Martha

Martha Elder, wife of Robert Elder, died Wednesday night at 10 o'clock at their residence near Niantic, of lagrippe, aged 48 years. A husband and four children are left. The children are William and Albert Elder, Mrs. Thomas Bramwell and Miss Maude Elder. The funeral was held at 1 o'clock yesterday afternoon from the residence. The burial was at Stafford cemetery.

Decatur Daily Review, 2 Dec 1892

  ELDER, William F.   

The funeral of William F. Elder, who died at 9.15 Friday morning at the family residence in Boody, will be held at 2 o'clock Sunday afternoon from the Boody United Brethren church. Mr. Elder's death was caused by asthma, with which he had been afflicted for a long time. He was born in Blue Mound township sixty-two years ago and had lived there all his life. He was a veteran of the Civil war. He enlisted when only 16 years old, and served three and a half years.

He was married Feb. 17, 1870 to Miss Anna C. Streevey at Champaign. He is survived by his wife and seven children, Frank L. and Elmer E. Elder of Decatur, Theodore C. Elder of Boody, Mrs. H. K. Hopkins. Mrs. Emery Dodson and Miss Nora C. Elder of Decatur, and Mrs. Ira Moffett of Boody Mr. Elder was widely known and held in high esteem by all.

The funeral services will be under the auspices of Dunham post 141, G.A.R. The interment will be at Salem cemetery.

Decatur Daily Review, Decatur, Illinois, Saturday, 17 Oct 1908, pg. 8

  ELKINS, Edna Mae (Reed)
    Born: 10 May 1897 in Whitmore Twp, Macon Co, IL
    Died: 4 May 1954
    Buried: Sunset View Cem, Berkley, CA
    Parents: Robert & Louisa Barbara (Fulk) Reed
    Married: 26 Sept. 1917 in Macon Co, IL to Orville Elkins
    Children: Joe

  ELKINS, Wayne Layman

Wayne Layman Elkins, the three-days-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Elkins, died at 8:30 Sunday night at the family residence, 809 North Main street.

Decatur Review, 9 Aug 1909, pg. 10

  ELLIOTT, Mary E. A. (Turner)
    Born: Feb 07, 1861 in Long Creek, Macon Co, IL
    Died: 26 Dec 1948 in Effingham Co, IL
    Buried: Mt. Zion Cemetery, Macon Co, IL
    Parents: James H. & Mary (Stuart) Turner
    Married: Nov 08, 1885 to Louis Elliott

  ELLIS, Son

Dr. W.B. Harsha returned home yesterday afternoon from Oakley, where he was called on Tuesday evening by an unfortunate and distressing accident. A little three-year-old son of Dr. Ellis, while playing around the house on that evening drank some concentrated lye and for the succeeding that the boy lived he suffered hours terrible pain. The lye, of which there were several tablespoonfuls, was in a teacup on a shelf. Dr. Harsha worked with the child from the time that he arrived until nearly three o'clock yesterday afternoon when the little one died from the effects of the powerful stuff swallowed.

Daily Review, Decatur, IL, 10 Jun 1886

  ELLRICH, Adam Sr.
    Born: in Germany
    Died: Friday, Aug 27, 1897 in Boody
    Buried: Salem Cemetery
    Parents: not mentioned
    Married: not mentioned
    Survivors:sons, William of Newell, IA, Adam of Boody, Henry of Blue Mound; daughters, Mrs. Fred Sulle of Ivesdale, Mrs. Chris Furstenburg of Niantic, Mrs. Chris? Hinstead? of Morgansville, Mrs. John S. Ritter of Boody, Mrs. Milton Robbins of Boody, Mrs. John Miller of Boody.

  ELLIS, Anna

Mrs. Anna Ellis of 1589 East Main street died Monday at St. Mary's Hospital. She was eighty-six years old in February. Her death was caused by pneumonia and followed an illness of two weeks.

Mrs. Ellis was born in Germany Feb. 29, 1839. She had been a resident of Decatur for the last forty-three years and was well known in the east part of the city. She was a member of St. Johannes Lutheran church.

She leaves the following children: Edward Ellis, Mrs. Minnie Anderson and Mrs. Mary Folker of St. Louis and Louis Ellis of Decatur. She also leaves two sister and two brothers, Mrs. Mary Guss of Sidney, and Mrs. J. David, Fred Behrend and August Behrend of Minnesota. The body was removed to the Moran & Sons undertaking establishment and prepared for burial. Friends may call there.

The funeral will be held at 3 o'clock Thursday afternoon at St. Johannes Lutheran church. The burial will be in Greenwood cemetery.

Decatur Review, 6 Apr 1926

 ELLIS, Jacob   

Sudden Death – Tuesday afternoon, a young man named Jacob Ellis, while engaged in loading his wagon with corncobs, at Haworth & Thompson’s warehouse, in the northeast part of the city, fell back and instantly expired. He was subject to heart disease, which thus culminated in his death. Mr. Ellis came from Ohio to Decatur, and had not resided quite a year in the city. He was an honest, temperate and industrious citizen, esteemed and respected by all who knew him. What adds additional interest to the melancholy affair is that about two hours previous to his death, he left home in perfect health and the anguish of his wife and child when the corpse of their protector was conveyed to them, may, perhaps, be imagined but not described.

Decatur Republican, Decatur IL, 14 Jan 1869

  ELSON, Mary Bell (Sawyer)

DIED - August 30th, 1876, at her home in Decatur, Mrs. Mary Bell Elson. Few were the words, but they clasp the lids that contain another life's columes.

Ten o'clock, August 31st - one day since she died - one day in Eternity - One day more precious to her than the almost sixty one years in time. One day with her God, one day with her Savior and one day with the little "Mary Bell" that died twenty odd years ago.

Mrs. Elson was born the 10th day of September 1815, in Lebanon county, Pennsylvania. She was one of eleven children, born to Hon. John Sawyer and Mary Sawyer, of Lebanon county, a family of six daughters and five sons.

In 1838 she came with her brother, Benjamin Sawyer, to Macon county, Illinois, where her brother John had resided for several years, since which time she has lived in or near Decatur. On the 1st of March 1849 she was married to Michael Elson, a resident of Decatur since 1839.

To them were born two children, Mary Bell, who died in 1852, and Carrie, who is now Mrs. Clokey. Mrs. Elson leaves sorrowing her husband and daughter Carrie. Of her brothers and sisters there remain John, William and Benjamin Sawyer; and Mrs. Ellen Barnes, wife of Dr. William A. Barnes, all of Decatur, Ills., Miss Eliza Sawyer, of Lewisburg, Pa., Mrs. Martha Lark, of Millersburg, Pa., Thomas J. Sawyer, of Halifax, Pa., and Mrs. J. Young, of Clutton Hill, near Philadelphia.

An early pioneer the deceased shared with her brothers and neighbors the hardships of the "days gone by," when Macon county was in its infancy. She has been identified with its history, and has witnessed our beautiful city, Decatur, pass from a modest country village to its present status as a leading inland city.

With the physical system depleted from disease and racked with pain, time, with her would have had few attractions, had not the spiritual lifted her into that "Higher Life" that knows naught of murmuring, and whose every moment was an "Amen!" "Thy will be done!" Faith, beautiful faigh; fair God of Divinity, we bless Thee that Thou didst part the clouds and let the light shine upon the afflicted one. Her words failed as she would tell of the brightness and the glory that filled her soul. Her words failed as she would tell of the brightness and the glory that filled her soul. Her life and words linger as a benison, both to her family and friends. "Asleep in Jesus" her spirit is at rest.

Decatur Daily Republican, Decatur, IL, 31 Aug 1876, pg. 2

  ELSON, Michael
Passed Away at One O'Clock Saturday


Old Age Was Principal Cause of Death

M. Elson, father of Mrs. J.M. Clokey, died at 1 o'clock this afternoon. Mrs. Elson had been in poor health for several months and it has been known for the past few days that his death would be but a matter of a short time. He was over 80 and old age was as much a cause of death as anything. His life and the time and place of the funeral will be given later.

The Daily Review, Decatur, IL, 12 May 1900

Was One of Decatur's Early Settlers


Made Wagons for Macon County '49ers

The death of Michael Elson, which occurred Saturday afternoon at 1 o'clock at the home of his daughter, Mrs. J.M. Clokey, on West Main street, was not unexpected as Mr. Elson had been in a critical condition for several days past. His illness dated back to last February. From this however he recovered sufficiently to be able to walk about but was again taken down and gradually grew weaker. Heart trouble brought on by old age was the cause of death.


M. Elson was one of the earlier settlers of Decatur. He was born March 22, 1815, in Muskingum county, O. He came to Decatur in 1839 and made the trip overland stopping first at Galena, and then settling at Springfield. After coming to Decatur, Mr. Elson engaged in the wagon business and he was the man who made the wagons and fitted out most all of the men who were among the California gold settlers of '49.

Mr. Elson first married Mary Ekle and after her death married in the spring of 1850 Mary Bell Sawyer, who died in 1876. All of his brothers and sisters are dead and his only child is Mrs. Clokey, wife of Colonel J.M. Clokey. He leaves two grandchildren, Ira and Dot Clokey, and several nephews in different parts of the country, one of whom is Henry Elson of Philadelphia, author of several historical works used in the university extension work.

  ELWOOD, Daniel H.

The remains of the late Daniel H. Elwood arrived in the city at 11:30 yesterday by the Wabash and were removed to the residence of B.K. Hamsher, 738 West William street, where the funeral services were held at 10 o'clock this forenoon, in presence of a large concourse of people. Rev. James miller, pastor of the First M.E. church, officiated, and after prayer and scriptural selections delivered a bried funeral address.

Daniel H. Elwwod was born March 12, 1821, in Herkimer, New York, and died in Springfield, Missouri, March 7, 1890, lacking but a few days of completing his 69th year. He came to Decatur in 1854, and continued to reside here until 1879. He helped construct the Illinois Central railroad, and continued for several years after its completion, his connection with its operating department. He afterwards engaged in the lumber business, in which industry he remained until his departure from the state. The past nine years of his life he was a resident of Springfield, mo. He leaves a wife and two surviving children, W.H. Elwood and Mrs. B.K. Hamsher. His last illness was of but 20 hours duration, and during this brief illness everything possible was done for him to prolong his life, but without avail. He remained conscious up to within a few minutes of his death, and passed away without suffering. He was a man of great activity, of indomitable energy and the most unbounded hopefulness. He was much attached to his family, and lived for them entirely. He was the best example of activity and industry, coupled with the most unswerving integrity.

In addition to this sketch, the minister spoke of the fact that the deceased, just before his death, when asked if he realized his condition said that he did, and that he was prepared to meet death. The remarks of Mr. Miller were exceedingly well timed and could not but be comforting to the family.

The choir, consisting of Milton Johnson, Bert Gher, Mrs. J.M. Maris and Miss Lissa Jones, sang "Come, Ye Disconsolate," "Rock of Ages" and "Asleep in Jesus," before and after the remarks of the minister.

The floral offerings were exceedingly appropriate, including a magnificent pillow, "At Rest," at the head of the corpse, while on the mantel was a floral arch inscribed "Father," from which was suspended a dove. Another with "Our Father," a sheaf of wheat, a cluster of calla lilies, and many others were noticed. The parlors were crowded with neighbors and friends, and among them were many who had known the deceased in life, and testified their respect for his memory by coming out to attend his funeral, in spite of the forbidding weather. A large concourse of people when with the cortege to Greenwood cemetery, and the mortal remains of Daniel H. Elwood were laid in the narrow house that is the final home of all.

The pall bearers were J.R. Gorin, D.C. Shockley, Frank L. Hays, J.C. Lake, D.S. Shellabarger and Casper Elwood. Mrs. D.H. Elwood; Mrs. E. Burroughs and son, Edward, of Edwardsville, Ill.; Rev. John Everly and son, of Bloomington, attended the obsequies.

Decatur Republican, 13 Mar 1890

  ELWOOD, Henry

On the 5th inst., Henry Elwood of this city was engaged in coupling some cars at the Depot, while they were in motion, his feet caught in the grog of the switch and the train passed over both of his legs above the knees, and the coupling pin struck him in the body; either of which injuries would have killed him; he died that night. M.E. leaves a host of friends to mourn his loss.

Illinois State Chronicle (Decatur), 12 Mar 1857

  EMERICK, Peter   

Peter Emerick of Warrensburg died at his home in that place Sunday. The cause of death of apoplexy. The man was seventy-three years old and appeared to be in the best of health.

Peter Emerick was a tenant on the Rogers farm in Austin township for almost thirty years. The third generation of the Emericks is now on that same farm. Peter Emerick retired from farming three years ago, since which time he has made his home in Warrensburg. He is survived by a widow and by two sons, George and William.

The funeral will be held at 11 oclock Tuesday morning at Warrensburg and the burial will be in Illini cemetery.

The Daily Review, Decatur IL, 22 Dec 1913

According to a statement published in The Decatur Daily Despatch published on 11 Aug 1889, Emerick was born in Cleveland Ohio.

  EMERSON, Charles

Death of Hon. Charles Emerson

A Short Sketch of His Life and Public Services


Another eminent citizen has passed away; another great and good man has gone to his reward; Hon. Charles Emerson, late presiding judge of the XVIIth judicial circuit, and member of the Constitutional Convention, died at his residence in this city last Saturday evening. The deceased had been ill for the last six months, and his demise was not unexpected.

Judge Emerson was born at North Haverill, Grafton county, New Hampshire, April 15th, 1811, and had therefore just completed his fifty-ninth year at the time of his death. After passing through Peacham Academy, in his native State, he attended Dartmouth College, but did not remain to take his degree. In May, 1833, he left New Hampshire for Illinois - then almost a terra incognita - and stopping at Jacksonville pursued his studies for a few months at Illinois College. He then entered the law office of Judge Keyes, at Springfield, and after reading six months was admitted to the bar. Coming from thence to Decatur, in the spring of 1834, he began the practice of his profession, and continued to reside here from that time until the day of his death, with the exception of some four years, during which time he lived at Paris, Edgar county. On the 25th day of May, 1841, he was united in marriage to Miss Nancy Harrell, who proved to be to him a loving wife and a true helpmate. She died December 16, 1866.

The talents and integrity of the young lawyer soon became apparent to his neighbors, and he had not long been a resident of Macon county before he came to be regarded as one of the leading men of the community. He held, at various times, the offices of Justice of the Peace, County Assessor, Probate Judge and School Commissioner, in all of which he gave full satisfaction. In November, 1850, he was elected to represent his district in the popular branch of the State Legislature, in which body he was looked upon as a careful, prudent and wise legislator. When the seventeenth judicial circuit was formed, in 1853, he was elected judge, for the term of two years, and was re-elected in 1855 for six years, and in 1861 for another term. His character and reputation as a judicial officer need no higher commendation than is contained in the fact that the circuit which thrice elected him was strongly democratic, while the political convictions of Judge Emerson were well known to be on the other side. In 1867 he was a candidate for Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of Illinois, but was defeated by Judge Walker.

Resuming the practice of his profession, he found a large and remunerative business awaiting him, to which he gave his undivided attention. In the fall of 1869, at the earnest soliciation of his friends throughout the 40th Representative District, he consented to be a candidate for member of the Constitutional Convention, and was elected without opposition. At the assembling of the Convention, in December, Judge Emerson was in his seat, intent upon discharging his duties he had been chosen to perform, though scarcely able to be out of his room. He struggled manfully against the attacks of the insidious disease which was preying upon him - consumption - but was soon sompelled to leave his place in the Convention and come home, where he lingered until last Saturday night, when he fell asleep in death, peacefully and calmly.

His remains were interred in the burying ground at North Fork Church, five miles east of Decatur, on Tuesday, a large number of his old friends and neighbors being present to attest their love and admiration of the distinguished dead. The funeral discourse was preached by Rev. A.L. Brooks, and a short and feeling address was delivered at the grave by Ex-Gov. Oglesby, who spoke briefly and eloquently of the manly virtues and high integrity, the official purity and spotless name of Charles Emerson. The funeral services of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, of which the deceased was a member, were then performed, and the large assemblage dispersed. A meeting of the legal fraternity was held on Monday, the proceedings of which will be found in another column.

The deceased leaves a family of seven children - three sons and four daughters, the eldest of the former, Albert Emerson, Esp., being at present Assistant Assessor of Internal Revenue. Two brothers of Judge Emerson reside in Indiana; Warren Emerson, who is engaged in railroad business at Marion, and Hon. Frank Emerson of Brownstown, who is now Judge of the Circuit Court of the Vincennes Circuit.

Decatur Republican, 21 Apr 1870

  EMERY, Ellen

Ellen S. Emery, daughter of Joseph W. and Frances R. Emery, was born in Upton, Mass., August 30, 1842; she came to Illinois with her father in September, 1836, and located in Austin township, where she lived until her death, which occurred at 1 o'clock a.m., November 25, 1896, aged 54 years, 2 months and 26 days. The interment was at the family burying ground on the farm where she had lived so long. She leaves to mourn her loss two brothers and one sister; Clarence F., with whom she has made her home since her father's death in 1882, Charles who resides in Oakland, Cal., Betsey, wife of H.S. Balcom, a resident of Grand Island, Nebraska; besides many friends in the community.

Daily Republican, Decatur, IL, 2 Dec 1896

  EMERY, Frances A. (Sanborn)

Mrs. Frances Emery, widow of the late Joseph Emery, died in Austin township last Monday, aged 52 years. The deceased was afflicted with paralysis. She was first stricken two years ago.

Decatur Daily Republican, Decatur, IL, 27 Aug 1886

  EMERY, Joseph W.

DIED, at the family residence, in Austin township, on Tuesday, Nov. 21, 1882, at 10:30 o'clock, Joseph W. Emery, in the 70th year of his age. The deceased had been ill for a period of nearly three months, part of his body having been paralyzed in August last. He was an uncle of Hon. Charles F. Emery, of Maroa. He had lived in this county for many years - over a quarter of a century. Deceased was a noble hearted man, who companionship was courted because of his generous nature and intelligence. The last time he was in the Republican sanctum, which was about 4 months ago, he was in apparent good health, and conversed cheerfully about public affairs, concerning which he was well posted. He was genial, intelligent, public spirited and useful citizen - whose death will be generally deplored.

Joseph Emery was one of the old residents of Austin township. He was a native of Canterbury, Merrimac county, New Hampshire, and was born on the 15th day of January, 1813. We learn from Brink, McDonough & Co., history of Macon county, in which is published a long sketch of the deceased, that the Emery family, which was one of English origin, settled at an early period at West Newberry, Mass. The old homestead - the home of the early members of the family - has been in possession of the Emerys for several generations. Josiah Emery, the grandfather of the deceased, moved from Massachusetts to Sanbornton, now Tilton, New Hampshire. Nathan Emery, was the father of the deceased. He married Betsey McCrillis, of Scotch-Irish descent, a native of Canterbury. Both the Emery and McCrillis families have been remarkable for their vigor and long life. They show a noticeable freedom from disease, and the tendency toward longevity has been marked for several generations. Among the ancestors many instances of death at an advanced age have occurred; very few passed away before reaching 70 years. J.W. Emery was the ninth of a family of 16 children, of whom 14 grew to maturity and 13 married. His father owned a farm, and was a carpenter by trade. He was a man of considerable intelligence, was well versed in surveying and civil engineering, and was very fond of reading - a habit which he transmitted to most of his children, all of whom attained a good English education. Josiah Emery, a brother of the deceased, graduated from Union College, N.Y., and is now engaged in the practice of law at Williamsport, Pa. Another brother was Enoch W. Emery, for many years editor of the Peoria Transcript. He died last summer, after receiving several strokes of paralysis. A third brother settled in Indiana. A fourth brother, the father of Charles F. Emery, died at Maroa a few years ago. The other brothers remained in New England. The deceased did not leave New Hampshire until he was 17 years of age; in 1835 he went to Rhode Island, thence to Massachusetts. In February, 1840, he was united in marriage to Frances B. Leland, at Upton, Mass., the bride being a member of an old New England family. Mr. Emery engaged in farming pursuits near Upton after his marriage until 1850, when he returned to Canterbury, where he engaged withi his brother Nathan in running a saw mill for a period of six years. Mr. Emery's first wife died in September, 1853. In February, 1854, he was united in marriage to Frances A. Sanborn, after whose family Sanbornton, New Hampshire was named.

The saw mill business not proving remunerative, Mr. Emery determined to come west, and he reached Macon county in 1856, and purchased 160 acres of railroad land in Section 8, in Austin township. He and his family spent the winter at Clinton, and in 1857 he took possession of his farm, which is now one of the finest in that section of that county, made so by the industry and good management of the deceased, who was one of the earliest settlers of the township. In all 11 children were born to him, four of whom are now living; Ellen, Betsey, Charles and Clarence.

Mr. Emery had always taken an active interest in politics. He was originally a whig, and supported that party in opposition to the democracy. He was one of the first to ally himself with the republican organization, of which he was steadfast supporter. He was treasurer of Austin township four years, and had filled the office of assessor four terms. He was a man of positive convictions, though he always respected the honest convictions of those with whom he came in contact.

Decatur Daily Republican, Decatur, IL, 22 Nov 1882

  EMERY, Maude (James)


Maroa, Oct. 1 - Mrs. Maude Emery, formerly Maude James, died Friday at her home here. She was born Aug. 29, 1884, in Texas township, three miles north of Maroa. She was married to Harvery Emery, a civil engineer of Ridgesville Corners, Ohio, April 3, 1913. Besides her husband, she leaves her eight months old child and her father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. El James.

The Daily Review (Decatur), 1 Oct 1915

  ENNIS, Louie


Well Known Former Decatur Woman Expire


Made Residence on College Hill Many Years

Mrs. Louie H. Ennis for many years a Decatur resident and widoe of one of Decatur's foremost citizens, died at her home in Los Angeles, Cal., Monday evevning, May 7. A message received by Frank L. Evans of Decatur Tuesday morning from Will S. Ennis, said: "Mother passed away suddenly but peacefully last evening as a result of heart failure."

Mrs. Louie Harrison Ennis was born in Jan. 13, 1840, and she married William H. Ennis in Decatur in 1859, Mr. Ennis being at that time a railroad contractor helping to build the Illinois Central railroad.


Mr. and Mrs. Ennis lived in Decatur from that time until the death of Mr. Ennis in 1901, who had acquired a great acreage of land and left an estate of over 5,000 acres of Illinois land in addition to large holdings of city property.

About ten years ago Mrs. Ennis moved to Los Angeles, Cal., and has been a resident of that city from that time until her death.


During her Decatur residence the family lived in the house on College Hill which has recently been remodeled by A.E. Staley. The children are Will E. Ennis, of Chicago, Robert Berry Ennis of Chicago, and George H. Ennis of Los Angeles, among whom Mrs. Ennis divided the estate in 1916.

Decatur Review, 8 May 1917

 ENSLEY, George   

George Ensley died at his home in Macon Thursday night of la grippe after an illness of three weeks. The doctor thought he would recover, and he was able to be up a little when he took a relapse which resulted as above stated. Mr. Ensley was a member of the G.A.R. Post and a member of the M.E. church. He leaves four sons to mourn his loss. One of them, Will, lives in Denver, Col, having gone there to live about six weeks ago. His wife died two years ago. Mr. Ensley was a carpenter by trade, and was about 70 years old at the time of his death. He had many friends, and was an earnest Christian. His remains were interred in Macon cemetery this afternoon by the Jordson Post, of which he was a past commander.

Decatur Daily Republican, Decatur IL, 19 Mar 1892, pg. 4

  ENTLER, Mary Elizabeth

Mary Elizabeth, wife of T.C. Entler, died last evening at 9:20 o'clock, at the family residence, No. 757 North Monroe street, of puerperal fever. The deceased was forty years of age and leaves a husband and five children, aged seventeen, fifteen, twelve, nince and six. Her youngest, an infant child six days old, died yesterday morning at nine o'clock and will be buried with its mother. The funeral will take place from the residence this afternoon at two o'clock. Rev. M.S. Newcomer, of the Church of God, will conduct the services.

The Daily Review, Decatur, IL, 21 Feb 1886

  EPLER, Hiram G.   
    Died: 8 Sep 1867 in Macon Co. IL
    Buried: Greenwood Cemetery, Macon Co, IL
    Married: Nov 09, 1858 in Macon Co, IL to Rosanna Z. Querry
    Children: Charles & James H.

  ERNEST, Bertha

Miss Bertha Ernest died at 5:45 o'clock Monday morning at the home of her sister, Mrs. J.C. Hinds, 547 North Water street. A complication of diseases was the cause of her death. She had been ailing but a few days and the death was unexpected. She was 19 years old.

The funeral will be held at 3:30 Tuesday from the Christian Temple and Rev. F.B. Mones will officiate. The interment will be at Greenwood.

Decatur Review, 27 Apr 1903

  ERVIN, Anna Mary

Funeral services for Mrs. Anna Mary Ervin, who died at 8 o'clock Thursday evening of paralysis, was conducted at 10 o'clock Saturday morning in her home. Burial was in Pleasant View cemetery.

Mrs. Ervin was sixty-three years old, and was born in Switzerland. Her husband, James Ervin, died thirteen years ago. Mrs. Ervin leaves four children, August of Decatur; Mrs. O'Brien of Mt. Auburn and Mrs. Payton and Frederick Ervin, both of Blue Mound.

Decatur Review, 11 Oct 1919

  EVANS, Amanda C. (Stuart)
    Born: Sep 12, 1869 in Macon Co, IL
    Died: 4 Dec 1947 in Dodge Co., MN
    Buried: St. Peters Cem. at New Richland
    Parents: John T. & Minerva A. (Young) Stuart
    Married: Jan 13, 1901 in Oreana, Macon, IL to James S. Evans

  EVANS, Josephine Love

Mrs. Josephine Love Evans, wife of William T. Evans, died at Washington, D.C., on Friday, and was buried yesterday at that place. The deceased was well known in Decatur at one time, having resided here.

Daily Review, Decatur, IL, 11 May 1886

  EVANS, Richard L.   

The sad news of the death of Mr. Richard L. Evans, the librarian of the Decatur Public Library, which occurred this (Thursday) morning at five oclock, became generally known about the city a few hours later, and cast a deep gloom over all. His illness was so brief and his death so sudden that the announcement occasioned general surprise. Mr. Evans had not been in good Health for several years, but he was able to attend to his duties with but alight inconvenience. During the past three weeks he had been afflicted with cerebral exhaustion, but only until three days ago was he compelled to remain in his room at the residence of Mr. A. Maxwell in the old Metlin property on corner of North Main and William streets, where he and his wife had rooms and boarded with the family. He was quite sick on Monday, but was much better on Tuesday and Wednesday. The worst feature of his case was his inability to sleep, but the attending physician, Dr. Mitchell, who also boards with Mr. Maxwell, was with his patient almost continuously and watched him closely. Mr. Evans was considered convalescent last evening, but his wife remained at his bedside until 12 oclock, when she retired to obtain needed rest, and Dr. Mitchell took her place. The Doctor informed our reporter this forenoon that Mr. Evans slept until three oclock when he awoke, and was able to move about the room. He fell asleep again and did not awake until nearly five oclock when he again arose from the bed and conversed with the physician. He returned to the bed and sat down beside the doctor, and while clearing his throat Mr. Evans asked the doctor to hand him a glass of water, and while the physician turned to comply with the request, Mr. Evans was taken with a violent convulsion and expired in less than a minute. The death was so unexpected that everybody in the swelling was startled beyond expression.

This forenoon the remains of the deceased were removed to the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Milburn Glore, parents of Mrs. Evans.

Richard L. Evans was born in New Albany, Ind., on May 30, 1838, and was there fore in the 44th year of his age. He entered Indiana Asbury University, located at Greencastle, Ind., and graduated from that institution when he was 21 years of age. Immediately after his graduation Mr. Evans entered the United States Naval service, and spent about seven years of his life on shipboard off the coast of South America. He served in various positions in the Navy, and was for sometime the ships quartermaster. He visited innumerable ports, among them Callao Peru, and was quite familiar with the habits and peculiar customs of the strange people whom he had met on different voyages. In conversation with the writer he often alluded to his experiences while at sea, and those talks were always full of interest. At the close of the war, the deceased came to Decatur, and on May 23, 1867, he was united in marriage to Alice E. Glore, daughter of Mr. Millburn Glore. For several years Mr. Evans was a salesman in the dry goods store of Mr. A. Ruth, who was in business on Merchant street at that time, and subsequently was connected with the book and stationery store of Scott Glore at Louisville, KY. Mr. Evans returned to Decatur in 1874, and on August 6, 1875, when the Decatur Public Library board of directors was selected, he was chosen Librarian, and at once entered upon the duties of his position for which he was specially qualified. He took charge of the books of the old library association, rearranged them carefully, and put the new library in proper shape. For over six years he had charge of the library and reading rooms, and through his management the institution is now one of the best arranged libraries in Illinois. He worked hard all last summer in making the transfer of books from the old quarters to the present large room, and in putting them on the alcove shelves in new order; and just as he had them all in proper shape, ready for the use of the public whose convenience he always studied, he has been called from amongst us to the other world. Mrs. Roane, the only sister of the deceased, and his step-mother and step-sister, all reside in Philadelphia, to which city it will be remembered Mr. Evans was called last fall to attend the funeral of his only brother, who died rather unexpectedly.

In the death of Mr. Evans we have lost a highly esteemed, useful and influential citizen. He was a whole-souled, intelligent, Christian gentleman, a man who was respected by all who knew him, and there is scarcely anybody in this community but enjoyed his acquaintance. He was an officer in the Christian church, a regular attendant at all the services of that congregation, a teacher in the Sunday school, a member of the YMCA board of directors, and was active in all good works and deeds. He will be greatly missed by our people, who, with us, deeply sympathize with the bereaved widow in her great affliction.

Soon after Mr. Evans arrival in Decatur, on his retirement from the naval service, he contributed a series of very interesting articles from his pen entitled Odd Leaves from a Sailors Log Book, which were published in the Weekly Republican, commencing on August 15, 1867, and closing on the 26th of September of that year. These contributions filled over 22 long columns, and pictured in graphic style the writers experience and observations while at sea. He made his first voyage on the sloop-of-war Narragansett a ship of 800 tons burthen, manned by 139 officers and men.

It has been partly decided to defer the funeral of the deceased until Sunday next, in order that relatives from Philadelphia may have time to reach Decatur and be present at the burial.

Decatur Weekly Republican, Decatur IL, 24 Nov 1881

A description of the funeral was published in the Decatur Daily Republican, Decatur IL, 21 Nov 1881.

  EWING, Edgar F.

We are called uon to-day to chronicle the death of Edgar F. Ewing, son of Mrs. F.N. Ewing, which occurred at 6:30 o'clock this morning at the family residence in the third ward. As is well known the deceased was a victim of consumption, and though he visited various health resorts in the far West and South, the changes did him but little good, and he finally returned home, since which time he has been able until a few days ago to drive about the city. He was up and about on Sunday. He retained his consciousness until the last moment, speaking with those who stood about watching his young life pass away. He died peacefully.

The deceased was a native of Chicago and was in the 29th year of his age. He was the youngest son of Mrs. F.N. Ewing and a brother of Hon. Charles A. Ewing and Miss Belle Ewing. It was only a few years ago that Edgar was a model of good health and strength. On his return from the east a number of years ago where he attended college, he engaged in the jewelry business with Otto E. Curtis. Soon afterward he sold out on account of failing health. Edgar was one of the most companionable of young men in the community: kind and friendly to all; sympathetic and generous at all times. The funeral will take place from the family residence at 4 o'clock on Thursday afternoon, August 28th.

The Daily Republican, Decatur, IL, Tuesday, 26 Aug 1884

  EWING, Mrs. Orville

We regret to announce the death of Mrs. Ewing, wife of Mr. Orville Ewing. The funeral will take place to-day.

Decatur Review, 16 Jun 1870

  EYMAN, Abraham

One of the Oldest Residents of the County Passes Away

Abraham Eyman, a native of Illinois, who has been a resident of Macon county since 1856, is no more. He died on Sunday morning at 5 o'clock at the home place near Harristown, in the 88th year of his age, after a month's illness. He was prostrated by la grippe, which caused him great bodily suffering. Death was a relief. The deceased was one of the best known and highly esteemed residents of the western part of the county - an excellent farmer, a stauch Republican, a consistent member of the Christian church, a tender parent - a good man, who will be missed in the church, and in the affairs of life.

Abraham Eyman was born in St. Clair county, this state, near Belleville, January 6, 1803. His father was a Pennsylvanian of German descent, and came to the territory embracing Illinois in 1795. The deceased came to Macon county in 1856. Purchasing the home farm in Harristown township, he put up a two-story residence and outbuildings, put out a fine grove of maples and planted fruit trees. He was the ownder of a farm of 480 acres. On August 3, 1826, at Belleville, Mr. Eyman was married to Clarissa McGuire. The widow survives. The deceased was the father of ten children. The surviving children are James M. Eyman, of Harristown; Mrs. Ella Averitt, of Harristown; Mrs. Nancy C. Anderson, of Genoa, Neb.; Hardin H. Eyman, of Fullerton, Neb., and Jerome Eyman, of Harristown. The deceased children are Captain Lewis J. Eyman, of Co. E. 116th Ill. Regiment, killed at the battle of Arkansas Post, Jan. 11, 1863; Edward Eyman, of the same company and regiment, who died at Milliken's Bend April 25, 1863; Isaac O. Eyman, who died in 1889; John Eyman who died in 1882; and Martha Eyman, who died in 1863. There were 21 granchildren; Alonzo Eyman, Edward O. Eyman, Mrs. Mary Towne, Mrs. Ella McGregor, Misses Cora, Lena and Edith Eyman; Henry P. Averitt, Miss Martha Averitt; Arthur Anderson, Mrs. Emma Davidson; Ida, Clara, Lewis, Charles and Henry Eyman; F. Eyman, A. Eyman, Myrtle Eyman, Sophie, Lela and Lula Eyman. There are four great-grandchildren; Frank and Lewis Eyman, and Ralph and Ethel Towne.

The funeral of the late Abraham Eyman, which took place from the Christian church at Harristown on Monday afternoon at 4 o'clock, was very largely attended. The church was crowded. Rev. Ogle had charge of the impressive service, assisted by Rev. Pinkerton, of Decatur, and Rev. Gilliland, of Bloomington. Elijah Stookey, M.T. Stookey and Mr. Stout, of Belleville, R.S. Bohon and Dr. D.N. Moore, of Decatur, were among the friends present. The interment was in Harristown cemetery under the direction of J.B. Bullard. The pallbearers were Daniel Stookey, Johna nd George Tandy, Joseph Housman, Jacob Hostetler and Thomas Scroggins.

Decatur Republican, Decatur, IL, 24 Apr 1890

  EYMAN, Charles

Charles Eyman Almost Instantly Killed by a Flying Splinter

He pulled it Out Himself and THen Said Goodbye - Lived Less Than Ten Minutes
It Was Purely Accidental - Will Not Get $2000 Insurance - His Relations

Charles Eyman, an employe at the Lyon & Armstrong planing mill, was killed yesterday about 10 o'clock by a piece of wood molding being driven entirely through his body. Eyman was working at a molding machine and at the time of his death was running half inch base molding sixteen feet long.

The molding first runs under a roller and then under knives turning with a velockity of 4,500 revolutions a minute. In some way one of the pieces of molding broke and the end went up against the rapidly moving knives. In a flash the molding was driven bakc with terrible force and speed. The wood went entirely through poor Eyman's body.

He gave a sharp cry of pain, and grasping the end of the stick, began pulling it out of his body. The stick entered through the pants pocket on the left side and came out near the hip pocket on the right side, about two inches of the woof sticking out. The stick was about four feet long and seven eighths of an inch around. The end that struck him was sharp as a sword.

A.M. Boutwell was working near him and first noticed the accident when Eyman called him by name. He rushed to him as quickly as pissible, but before he reached him the wounded man had succeeded in pulling the stick from his body and had thrown it on the floor. Boutwell asked him if he could stand up till he went for Mr. Lyons, but Eyman was in the throes of death, saying, "Good-by, Boutwell," began reeling. They were the last words he spoke.

Boutwell, with the aid of John Marty, started to help him walk into the office where he was laid on the table. To all the questions asked him before he died he could only answer with a groan. He was dead in less than ten minutes after he received the fatal thrust.


Coroner Bendure was notified and had the body removed to the home of Mrs. C.D. Mackey, where young Eyman boarded. The inquest was held yesterday afternoon. The witnesses were A.M. Boutwell of 523 East Edmond street and John Marty.

Mr. Boutwell testified. "I heard Charlie call me and looking around with both hands pulling the stick out of his body. He wasn't pulling steady, but was jerking it. Before I got to him he had the stick out and had thrown it on the floor. He was still standing up and I asked him if he could stand there till I sent for Mt. Lyons. He groaned and looking me in the face said, "goodbye." John Marty and others helped him into the office while I telephoned a doctor. He was dead nearly as soon as they laid him on the table.

John Marty was the other witness.


was as follows: "We, the jury, find that death was caused by accident, the immediate cause being the penetration of the bowels by a stick kicked back by a molding machine. The jury finds from the evidence that the accident was not due to the negligence of his employer."


Mr. Eyman was 27 years old and was the son of Mrs. Salina Eyman, who lives one and one half miles south of Warrensburg. He leaves two sisters and three broghers, Mrs. Ed Voss of Petoskey, Mich., Miss Maggie Eyman, and James, John and Harry Eyman of Warrensburg. He was distantly related to the Eymans of Decatur. The dead man came here about a year ago and has been working at the Lyon & Armstrong planing mill ever since. He was an exemplary young man and was a favorite with his fellow workmen. He was liked by all who knew him.

About three weeks ago, Eyman had applied for admission into camp 144, Modern Woodmen of America. His application was accepted and he had been examined for life insurance by Dr. O.L. Collins. The examination was satisfactory and a week ago last Friday his policy came for $2000. On account of not feeling well, Eyman did not go to the lodge room Friday night and Dr. Collins noticing hia absence said, "now suppose Eyman should die before he got his policy?" The question was answered yesterday in a horrible manner. As he had not yet paid the premium for the policy he will not be entitled to the money.

The body was taken to Warrensburg yesterday afternoon at 3 o'clock.


Will be held from the Illini Congregational church today, leaving the residence, two smiles south of Warrensburg, at 10 o'clock. Rev. J.H. Runalls will preach the funeral sermon.

The Daily Review, Decatur, IL, Sunday, 6 Nov 1892

  EYMAN, Harry H.
    Born: 8 Feb 1883 Warrensburg, Macon Co., IL
    Died: 10 Sept 1955 Urbana, Champaign Co., IL
    Buried: Friends Creek Cem., Argenta, Macon Co., IL
    Parents: Horatio and Salina Jane (Milor) Eyman
    Married: 12 Sep 1905 Argenta, Macon Co., IL to Lola Cooper
    Occupation: Salesman for Home Isulation Co.
    Memberships: First Methodist Church, Urbana; Urbana Lodge 157; AF & AM of the Danville Consistory, of Home Chapter 104, OES, of the White Shrine of Jerusalem, Mizpah Chapter 11 and of the Central Illinois Patrons Club
    Survivors: Daughters: Mrs. Dorothy Strickland, Kirkwood, Mo., and Mrs. Louise, Gainesville, Fla; four grandchildren; one sister, Mrs. F.B. Baker, Boise, ID

Submitted by Jane Lincicome

  EYMAN, Isaac O.


Another Old Citizen Called Away Last Night

The announcement of the death of Justice I.O. Eyman, which occurred last night at the family residence on South Union street, will occasion no surprise as it has been generally known that his condition has been critical for a number of weeks. He died at 1 o'clock of consumption in the 52nd year of his age.

Isaac O. Eyman was born near Belleview, St. Clair county, Ill, in 1837. At the age of 19 he located with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. A. Eyman, near Harristown, and March 20, 1861, at Springfield, Ill., he married Martha T. Nesbitt. The widow and six children survive. They are Mrs. J.A. Davidson, Misses Clara and Ida Eyman, and Lewis, Harry and Charles Eyman.

In his lifetime Mr. Eyman engaged in business as a farmer and stock dealer, removing to Decatur with his family in 1881. In 1885 he was elected a justice of the peace, which office he held at the time of his death. He served one term as assistant supervisor. In all his dealings Mr. Eyman was a safe and careful man. Socially he was genial and even in his sickness he looked on the bright side of life. He was a member of the Christian church and was a Mason.

In 1887 he went to California for the benefit of his failing health and came home greatly strengthened, but the relief was only temporary.

The funeral will take place from the family residence at 1:30 p.m. from the family residence at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 17. The members of Ionic Lodge of Masons will have charge of the service, Elder Pinkerton, officiating as a chaplain. The remains will be taken to the depot immediately after the service to be conveyed to Harristown on a special Wabash train provided for the family and friends. Interment at Harristown with Masonic ceremonies.

Decatur Daily Republican, 15 Feb 1889


The funeral of the late Justice I.O. Eyman took place from the family residence on South Union street Sunday afternoon, attended by a large concourse of Masons, neighbors and friends. The Ionic Lodge of Masons had charge of the services, both at the residence and at the burial at Harristown, the master, W.J. Hostetler, directing the ceremonies in a very impressive manner, without the use of a ritual. At the house there were many floral offerings. The choir comprised Miss Anna Berry, Mrs. O.F. Spaulding, J.D. Templeton and Ralph Templeton, who sang "It is Not Death to Die" and "There is a Calm." Elder Pinkerton read a scriptual selection, offered a prayer and read a brief biographical sketch, after which the body was removed to the special train at the Wabash depot and taken to Harristown for interment. The train was one of two coaches and a baggage car and was filled with 80 Ionic and Macon Lodge Masons, the relatives and friends. At Harristown the remains were met by the members of Summit Lodge, No. 431, Masons, and friends of the family in that vicinity. The cortege formed and moved to the cemetery where the interment took place, the choir singing Pieyel's hymn, "Rest Weary Spirit" and chanting the Lord's Prayer. The pall bearers were J.N. Baker, W.R. Abbott, D.H. Heilman, H.F. May, George R. Bacon and I.N. Coo.

The relatives from a distance in attendance at the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. A. Eyman, parents of the deceased, James Eyman and Miss Martha Averitt, Harristown; Hon. M.T. Stookey, of Belleville, Ill., cousin; Alonzo Eyman, of Colfax, Ill., and Owen Eyman, of Mc Pherson, Neb., cousins; Mrs. and Mrs. James Richardson and Mrs. Springer and Miss Nesbitt of Springfield.

Decatur Daily Republican, 18 Feb 1889

  EYMAN, John

At the old homestead near Harristown, Ill., on Jan 23, 1883, of consumption thought to have been brought on by chronic diarrhoea contracted while in the armny, JOHN EYMAN, aged 41 years.

The deceased was a brother of I.O. Eyman, of this city. He was born in St. Clair county, Ill., on May 15th, 1841. He became a member of the Christian church in 1882, in whose fellowship he faithfully lived and meekly died. He leaves in sorrow an only child, his aged parents, four brothers, two sisters, and a large circle of friends. The deceased served during three years of the late war as a member of Co. E., 116th Illinois Volunteer Infantry.

Decatur Weekly Republican, 25 Jan 1883

  EYMAN, Lola (Cooper)
    Born: 8 Jul 1881 Piatt Co., IL
    Died: 20 January 1961 Urbana, IL
    Buried: Friends Creek Cem., Argenta, Macon Co., IL
    Parents: William T.J. and Alice (Sellers) Cooper
    Married: 12 Sep 1905 to Harry H. Eyman (died 10 Sep 1955)
    Survivors: Daughters: Mrs. H F Strickland, Kirkwood, Mo., and Mrs. W E Baringer, Gainesville, Fla; four sisters, Mrs. H C Graves, Decatur; Mrs. T W Wachob, Bloomington; Mrs. Sanford Walker, Zanesville Ind. (Ohio), and Miss Florence Cooper, Berwyn; four grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren

Submitted by Jane Lincicome

  EYMAN, Narcissa

The funeral of Mrs. James M. Eyman will occur this afternoon at 2 o'clock from the Christian church at Harristown. The burial will be at the Harristown cemetery.

Decatur Herald, 23 Jan 1903

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