The sufferings of Michael Hackett from inflammation of the bowels, a very
severe attack of short duration, ended soon after 1 o'clock this morning in death, at
his home in the fifth ward. He was about 45 years of age, and for some time had been
engaged as assistant baggage master at the Union depot under William Dodson.
He leaves a widow and four children. Mr. Hackett was a native of Ireland,
but was reared in New York City where he served an apprenticeship as lithographer.
During the war he served in the United States gunboat service on the
Mississippi and fought bravely. He came to Decatur about the year 1870.
The funeral will take place from the Catholic Church at two o'clock
Decatur Daily Republican, Decatur, IL, Saturday, 27 Sep 1884, pg. 3
The funeral of Michael Hackett will take place from St. Patrick's church
this afternoon at 3 o'clock. Friends are invited to attend.
Decatur Review, Decatur, IL, Sunday, 28 Sep 1884, pg. 3
BODY OF WILL HACKETT STARTS
Funeral In Decatur Probably to Be Held – Wednesday
A message was received Saturday evening announcing that the body of Will
Hackett, who died in the United States Army hospital at Fort Bliss, Texas, Thursday
night, was started from EL Paso Saturday and would probably arrive in Decatur some
time Monday. Arrangements for the funeral will not be complete until it is known just
when the body will arrive. It will probably be held some time Wednesday.
Will Hackett, who was a brother of Mrs. Dan Dinneen, Mrs Jerry McNamara
and Harry Hackett of Decatur, was born and reared in Decatur and was well known here.
He had been engaged in railroading ever since he was old enough, and most of the time has
worked in Joliet and Gary. Ind.
He joined the Third Ohio Volunteer Infantry, last June and went with the
regiment to the border in August. His regiment was on the list of those to leave when
the order to withdraw the troops first was issued.
Besides his sisters and brother in Decatur he leaves his wife and a daughter,
Kathleen Hackett, at Gary, Ind., and his mother, Mrs Bridget Hackett of Decatur.
The Daily Review, Decatur, IL, Sunday, 28 Jan 1917, pg. 8
HACKNEY, Thomas A.
Thomas A. Hackney, aged 61 years, was buried at Maroa on Jan. 2. He was
a member of Co. A. 41st Illinois Regiment and was wounded early in the service. He was
buried with the military and Odd Fellows' honors.
The Decatur Republican, Decatur, IL, Thursday, 10 Jan 1889, pg. 6
HADDEN, Earl R.
Born: 5 Apr 1901 in Bement, Piatt County, IL
Died: 7 Feb 1984 in Decatur, Macon Co, IL
Buried: Union Cem, Macon Co, IL
Parents: Benjamin & Linniel (Mitchell) Hadden
Married: 30 Mar 1934 to Ethel Faye Reed
Children, Earl, Earlene
HADDEN, Ethel Faye (Reed) GRUBB
Born: 15 Oct 1904 in Marshalltown, IA
Died: 1975 in Decatur, Macon Co, IL
Buried: Union Cem, Macon Co, IL
Parents: Albert Franklin & Bertha Edith (Carothers) Reed
Married: 15 Jan 1921 to Samuel A. Grubb
Married: 30 March 1934 to Earl R. Hadden
Children: 1st marriage Albert, Viola
Children: 2nd marriage Earl & Earlene
HADDEN, Martha (Damery)
Was Injured By Cow Four Weeks Ago
Mrs. Martha Hadden, aged Blue Mound woman, who was injured about four weeks ago when
a cow knocked her down and stepped on her, died at 8:30 o'clock Sunday morning at St. Mary's
Mrs. Hadden was born in 1857. She was the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Richard
Damery. In 1876 she was married to George Hadden. Mrs. Hadden had lived in the vicinity of Blue
Mound all her life. She was a member of the Methodist church.
Those who survive Mrs. Hadden are her daughters: Misses Emma, Ruth and Alice Hadden,
Mrs. Orville Bliler and Mrs. Robert Bottwell of Morrisonville, Mrs. Ray Perkinson of Kansas, Ill.,
and Mrs. J.A. Burchell of Decatur; three sons, Andrew, Charles and George Hadden, also of Blue
Mound; and two brothers, Robert Damery of Assumption and William Damery of Blue Mound. Ten
grandchildren also survive.
No definite funeral arrangements have been made as yet. The body was taken to Monson
and Wilcox undertaking establishment of Decatur. The family requests that no flowers be sent.
Decatur Review, Decatur, IL, 24 Jul 1922
DIED, in this city at 1 a.m., on Dec. 21, at No. 540 East Orchard street, of spinal
meningitis, Ignatius, infant son of Mrs. Anna Haffey, aged one year and 16 days.
Saturday Herald (Decatur), 26 Dec 1885
HAGAMAN, Sue B.
Died: 30 Nov 1919 in Decatur, Macon Co, IL
HAGLAUER, John P.
Born: in Posnan, Poland
Died: 3 Aug 1989 in Decatur
Buried: Calvary Cem.
Parents: Alexander and Elisabeth Haglauer
Married: Pearl Anna Zekas in 1925
Children: Thomas, Louise
HAGLAUER, John W.
Born: in Decatur
Died: 30 Oct 1983 Jacksonville, IL
Buried: Calvary Cem.
Parents: John P. and Pearl Zekas Haglauer
Children: Diana, Carla, Jodi, Denise
HAGLAUER, Pearl A.
Born: 21 Apr 1906 in Decatur
Died: 13 Jun 1992 in Decatur
Buried: Calvary Cem.
Parents: Vincent and Barbara Augustitus Zekas
Married: John P. Haglauer in 1926
HALE, Mrs. Carl M.
The funeral of Mrs. Carl M. Hale will be held at 2 o'clock tomorrow afternoon
from the family residence on East Olive street. The services will be conducted by Rev. F.B.
Jones, pastor of the Christian Temple. The interment will be at Greenwood.
The Decatur Review, 12 Oct 1904
HALE, Sumner S.
DIED, At Chicago, Illinois, on the morning of April 29th, Sumner S. Hale, son of Jonas S. and Hannah S.
Hale, of this city, aged 28 years and 8 months.
The deceased came to Illiois from Woburn, Massachusetts, in 1854, and was engaged as clerk in the service
of the Great Western Railroad Company, at Decatur, for two years, when he was appointed agen for that station,filling the
position until 1861. In April 1862, he was appointed agen of the Logansport, Peoria and Burlington Railroad at Peoria,
Illinos, where he remained until December last, when his failing health compelled him to resign. During the last five
months he has been a constant but patient suffered, while struggling manfully to resist the disease which has thus
prematurly "snapped the brittle cord of life" and terminated his earthly career. In his business relations he sustained
an excellent reputation, and won the respect and confidence of all with whom he came in contact. As a husband and
father he was kind and thoughtful; as a son he has left a record for honorable and manly bearing of which his parents
may well be proud; as a friend, the write hereof can bear testimony to his worth from a long and intimate acquaintance,
resulting in the formation of a relation the rembrance of which will ever bear it kindly associations and pleasant
Decatur Weekly Gazette, 13 May 1863
Mary Haley, aged seventeen years, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Haley, died
suddenly Sunday morning, of asthma. Her funeral took place yesterday afternoon.
Daily Review, Decatur, IL, 8 Jun 1886
Albert, the infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Hall, died at 11:30 Sunday at the
home one mile east of the city. The funeral was held this afternoon.
Bulletin Sentinel(Decatur), 18 April 1896
HALL, Ephraim D.
E.L. Hall died at 6:30 o'clock last evening of paralysis, aged 60 years.
Deceased had been sick about a year. A wife and one son are left. The time for the
funeral has not been fixed.
The Daily Review, Decatur, IL, Saturday, 4 Mar 1893, pg. 3
The funeral of the late Ephraim L. Hall took place Sunday afternoon. It
was largely attended by Grand Army Comrades and Sons of Veterans. The burial was in
Greenwood Cemetery with military honors. The firing squad of sixteen were Sons of
The Decatur Daily Republican, Decatur, IL, Monday, 6 Mar 1893, pg. 3
Born: abt 1816 in New York
Died: 29 Jan in Decatur, Macon, IL
Buried: 31 Jan 1870 at Greenwood Cem, Decatur, IL
HALL, Lewis F.
The funeral of Lewis F. Hall was held at 10 o'clock Saturday morning at the family
residence, 1322 North Union street. The services were conducted by Rev. R.W. Gammon, pastor of
the First Congregational church, assisted by Rev. J.F. Mills, pastor of the First Baptist church.
The pallbearers were E.P. Irving, H.D. Colby, Clyde R. Lyton, Charles W. Hastings, J.M. Eaton
and John Hill. THe interment was at the Illini cemetery.
HALL, Orissa W.
Born: Abt 1816
Died: 1877 in Decatur, Macon, Il
Buried: Greenwood Cem, Decatur, IL
HALL, Mrs. Rebecca
Mrs. Rebecca Hall, wife of A. Hall, died yesterday morning at their home southwest of
Decatur of la grippe, aged 55 years. A husband and four children are left. The body will
be sent to Loami this afternoon for burial. The funeral will be held in the M.E. Church at
Loami at 2 o'clock this afternoon. The burial will be at Sulphur Springs cemetery.
Decatur Daily Review, December 2, 1892
HALLMAN, Durk Lester
DECATUR - Durk Lester Hallman, 62, Jacksonville, died Thursday (March 29, 2007).
Graveside services: 2 p.m. Monday, Camp Butler National Cemetery, Riverton, with military
rites. Arrangements by: Moran & Goebel Funeral Home.
Herald & Review (Decatur), 1 Apr 2007
Submitted by: Kathy Ikeda
HAMAND, Rheba Bertha (Fulk)
Born: 5 Feb 1898 in Macon Co, IL
Parents: James Washington & Carrie Mae (Ervin) Fulk
Married: 22 Aug 1917 in Macon Co, IL to Clarence Edgar Hamand
Children: Richard, Lamayne, Ralph, Phyllis, Maynard, Ann
Of pneumonia at 2 p.m. on Monday, May 30, 1887, Eva, relict of Abram Hamburger.
Saturday Herald (Decatur), 4 June 1887
The public have been advised from day to day of the sickness and condition
of David Hamsher, who had been dangerously ill with erysipelas for more than two weeks past,
and the announcement of his death, which occurred at 5 o'clock last evening, was no surprise.
From the first his disease had been of a dangerous type, and though he suffered much he was
patient to a most remarkable degree, and bore his affliction with a calmness and fortitude
that is quite rare.
The deceased was born in Franklin county, Pa., May 15, 1832, and had therefore
almost completed his 56th year. In 1854 he came to Decatur, which continued to be his home
until his death. He was married, Nov. 12, 1857, to Miss Margaret A. Montgomery, who died
Dec. 31, 1863. By this marriage he had one daughter, Mrs. Ida M. Boyd, now a resident of
St. Louis. Nov. 16, 1865, he married Rebecca C. Starr, who, with one daughter, Emily Hamsher,
survives him. In 1849 he became a member of the Church of God, while still residing in his
native state,and was baptized by the late Elder David Kyle. After his second marriage he
united with the First M.E. Church, of which his wife had long since been a member. Mr.
Hamsher lived in thie community for the life time of a generation, and during all that
time his life was without reproach. He was a strictly moral man in every sense of the
term, as well as a religious man, both in belief and practice. He leaves behind him a
memory that has in it nothing painful, and a record of which no one has any cause to
blush. He was engaged during the greater part of his life in Decatur in the
manufacture and sale of harness, and in his business relations was reliable and
trustworthy to an extent that could not but challenge the admiration of all with
whom he had dealings.
David Hamsher was a man of the most firm convictions. He had positive
opinions on most subjects, and whatever addressed itself to his conscience and his judgment
he espoused with earnestness and advocated with all the ardor of his nature. He was not
half-hearted about anything, but acted with zeal in behalf of whatever he believed in.
His was a most affectionate nature, and he possessed the warmest attachments, both to his
family and friends. No labor was too arduous for him to undertake in their interest, no
privation too great for him to willingly and gladly sustain in the behalf.
The deceased leaves three brothers, Wm., S.W. and B.K. Hamsher, of this
city, one sister who resides in Pennsylvania, and one in Decatur, Mrs. W.H. Williams.
Decatur Republican, 29 Mar 1888
HAMILTON, William J.
William J. Hamilton, veteran of the Civil war and for many years an employee
of the Wabash shops, died early Monday morning at the Soldiers' home in Quincy. He was
seventy-nine years old. He had been in feeble health for some time. Mr. Hamilton was known
to most of the old residents of Decatur.
He had lived here since the close of the Civil war and being most of that
time was employed at the Wabash shops. He had many friends here. He was a member of Dunham
post, 141, G.A.R.
He is survived by three children, Attorney Fred Hamilton, of Decatur, Miss
Cora Hamilton and Mrs. Stella Mallory, both of Phoenix, Ariz. The body was brought to the
Moran undertaking establishment Monday to await arrangements for the funeral.
Note: This obit indicates that William J. Hamilton was a resident of the
Soldiers and Sailors Home in Quincy, Illinois. A check for those records on line at the
Illinois Secretary of State web site yielded no records.
Decatur Daily Review, Decatur, IL, Monday, 8 Dec 1919, pg. 3
HAMSHER, Rebecca C. (Starr)
MRS. HAMSHER PASSES AWAY
Was Pioneer President of Decatur
ACTIVE IN W.C.T.U.Weakness Due to Age Is Cause of Death
Mrs. Rebecca C. Hamsher, one of the oldest and most highly respected citizens
of Decatur, died at 11 o'clock Monday night at the home of her daughter, Mrs. John T. Ditto,
723 West Main street. She was ninety-one years old last March. Physical weakness, due to
her advanced age, had made her a semi-invalid for almost a year, but her death was
unexpected. She had not complained. Her son-in-law, Mr. Ditto, had assisted in placing
her in a comfortable position and had given her a drink of water and she settled herself
as in going to sleep. Two or three minutes later Mrs. Ditto entered the room to tell her
mother good night and found that she had passed away.
CAME HERE IN 1864
Mrs. Hamsher's maiden name was Rebecca C. Starr. She was born in Lewisburg, Pa.,
March 4, 1835, coming from an old Quaker family. She was a sister of J.G. Starr, founder of
the firm of J.G. Starr & Sons, which dates from before the Civil war. She had visited
her brother in Decatur a number of times and finally, in 1864, she came to this city to
make her home. She and David Hamsher were married in Decatur in 1866. His death occurred
in March, 1888
Few women in Decatur possessed a wider acquaintance than Mrs. Hamsher. For
many years she conducted a millinery store on North Water street. In that business she
came in touch with most of the women in Decatur and the surrounding territory. She retired
about fifteen years ago. She had been a member of the Methodist church since girlhood and
was perhaps the oldest member of the church in Decatur. She was not only active in church
work, but also in the Independent Order of Good Templars,which flourished here many
She was perhaps the last of the charter members of the Decatur branch of
the Woman's Christian Temperance Union, and for many years she was one of the most
active workers in that organiztion. She was uncompromising in her views on the liquor
question. She was positive in her views as to right and wrong and there was no half-way
ground with her. If a thing was wrong, as she view it, she was against it and never
hesitated to say so.
For all her positive views, she was a wonderfully companionable woman.
Her keen wit and unfailing good humor endeared her to all with whom she came in contact.
She always looked upon the brighter side of life, and made light of the ills that
happened to her.
HAD KEEN WIT
One instance of her keen wit occurred about twenty years ago. She was
knocked down by a motorcycle as she was crossing Lincoln square. She was not badly
hurt. "Look out!" yelled the cyclist just as the collision occurred. "Why, are coming
back?" asked Mrs. Hamsher as she struggled to her feet. On another occasion she was in
an automobile when it was struck by a street car. Her injuries in that accident confined
her to her bed for about a month. She took her accidents as a joke and never allowed
herself to worry about her injuries. She always refused assistance in alighting from a
car or ascending a stairway, always maintaing that she could take care of herself. While
she took her own misfortunes lightly, she was full of tender sympathy for others who
LAST OF FAMILY
Mrs. Hamsher was the last of her father's family, in which there were twelve
children. Two of her sisters, Mrs. Rachel Pitner and Mrs. Jane Bixby, were residents of
Decatur for many years. Mrs. Hamsher is survived by her daughter, mrs. John T. Ditto of
Decatur, a step-daughter, Mrs. Frank Boyd of Spokane, Wash., and two grand-children,
Rebecca and John Ditto, Jr., of Decatur.
The body was removed to the L.A. Monson undertaking establishment and
prepared for burial.
Decatur Review, 1 Jun 1926
SAMUEL HAMSHER’S LONG ILLNESS ENDS
Death Expected Since June
Brother of Later B.K. Hamsher
Samuel Hamsher died Wednesday afternoon at the family residence, 857
North Clinton Street. He had been ill since last June, suffering from a form of
paralysis. His recovery was impossible. He was a veteran of the Civil war and a brother
of the late David K. Hamsher. He is survived by his wife and two sons.
Decatur Daily Review, Decatur, IL, Wednesday, 15 Jan 1908, pg. 1
The funeral of the late Samuel Hamsher will be held at 2:30 Friday
afternoon from the Grace Methodist Church. The services will be conducted by Rev. J.W.
VanCleve. The interment will be a Greenwood. Mr. Hamsher’s aged 77 years, 5 months
and 10 days. He was born in Cumberland County, Pa., but had lived in Decatur for
about sixty years. With his brother, the late David Hamsher, he was engaged in the
retail harness business in Decatur for a number of years. For several years prior
to his last illness he had been janitor at the Decatur post office. He was a veteran
of the Civil war and a member of Dunham post 141, G.A.R.
He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Susan Hamsher, two sons, Chester
Hamsher of Missouri and Charles Hamsher, now with the United States navy. He also
leaves a sister, Mrs. Henry Williams, of Decatur.
Decatur Daily Review, Decatur, IL, Thursday, 16 Jan 1908, pg. 10
Among The Sick
William Hamsher was reported to be in a very critical condition last
evening. He has been sick for several months.
The Daily Review, Decatur, IL, Thursday, 4 May 1899, pg. 5
DEATH OF WILLIAM HAMSHER
Passed Away Saturday Night, Aged 75 Years
William Hamsher, who had been ill with dropsy and heart trouble, and had
been in failing health for a number of mouths, died Saturday last at midnight at the
family home, 1606 East Main Street, in East Park Boulevard, in the 75th year of his
age. He was a brother of D. K. Hamsher and Samuel W. Hamsher, and of Mrs. W.H. Williams
of this city, and having been a resident of Decatur for over 40 years lately representing
the Chase Bros, Nursery Company, he was quite well known in the city and county.
Mr. Hamsher served in the Civil war as a member of Company K, ll6th
Illinois Infantry, and was a member of Dunham Post, 141, G.A.R. He was also a member
of the Bethel Church of God.
He leaves a widow and three stepchildren, John Gray of Sha___, Iowa, Mrs.
Jennie Gourley, who lives north of the city, and Mrs. Mattie Wilson, wife of John Wilson.
His grandson, Robert Wilson, has made his homo with him for 12 years.
The funeral will be held from the Bethel Church on North Water Street
Tuesday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock. Rev. M.S. Newcomer, the pastor, will officiate,
assisted by Rev. S. H. Bowyer of the Baptist church. The cortege will leave the residence
at 2 o'clock. The members of the G.A.R. post will have charge of the interment in Greenwood.
The Daily Review, Decatur, IL, Thursday, 4 May 1899, pg. 5
HANE, Jeremiah Charles
DEATH OF J.C. HANE
Sudden Termination of Old Illness
VETERAN IN THE WAR
One of Best Known Figures in Decatur
Jeremiah Charles Hane, for years a justice of the peace in Decatur, died
Thursday afternoon from locomotor ataxia. The death was sudden and unexpected, for
though Mr. Hane complained of pains in the morning, nothing was thought of them because
of frequent previous attacks. When he got up Thursday morning he complained of having
pains in the stump of his leg.
SINCE THE WAR
Justice Hane was in the last stage of locomotor ataxia. The disease was
contracted in the war. About fifteen years ago Mr. Hane had his right leg amputated near
the hip to check the disease. He knew at the time that such a measures would check the
disease only for a time and that sooner or later it would come back as bad as ever. This
spring the disease seemed to be worse but he recovered without a great deal of trouble.
Thursday morning Mr. Hane started to his office a little after 8 o’clock in according with
his usual custom. When he reached Irwin’s corner and attack came upon him and he fell.
Someone helped him up and he proceeded to his office. All morning he suffered considerably,
but he did not go home till about 11 o’clock, when he walked back to his house without any
assistance. He complained to his wife of severe pains and hot flashes over his face. He
went to bed, but the pains grew more severe.
About noon Mrs. E.A. Morgan and Cass Chenoweth were called. They gave the
sick man an injection of morphine. That made him quieter, but soon he had a sort of spasm,
which lasted some time. About 3 o’clock in the afternoon he had a second collapse which
lasted two hours and from which he never recovered. He died unconscious and without pain
about 5 o’clock.
Mr. Hane was born in Ohio near Canton, on April 18, 1841. His father was a
preacher in the Evangelical Church. When Mr. Hane was quite young his parents moved to
Canton. There he became acquainted with President McKinley and went to school with the
latter’s wife. Mr. Hane lived in Canton till a short time before the Civil war. Then he
and the rest of the family came to Illinois and settleled on a farm in Christian County.
When the war broke out Mr. Hane enlisted in the Seventy-Third Illinois Volunteers. He was
in Company A., commanded by Emanuel Cross. He fought in thirteen battles. He was shot
over the right eye at Resa__, and a part of the bone had to be taken from his head.
IN THE WAR
He was not the only one of his family to enlist. His younger brother, Henry
though only 17 years of age, enlisted in spite of the opposition of his people. Henry was
fatally wounded at Nashville, Tenn. When the father heard of the boy’s wound he went to
the hospital immediately, and cared for the his son till the latter’s death. Mr Hane was
at that time in the hospital recovering from the wound over his eye. He asked for leave
to go to his brother, but could not get it. So he left the hospital when he was not being
watched and went to the beside of his brother. There he lost his strength and had a relapse.
His brother died, and to add to the trouble his father contracted a contagious disease and
died in a short time.
Mr. Hane finally recovered and served out his time. He became an orderly
sergeant before his discharge, which took place in Nashville, on June 12, 1865.
CAME TO ILLINOIS
After the war Mr. Hane returned to Illinois. In 1868 he married his wife
who survives him. He stayed on his farm in Christian County for twenty-three years, till
September, 1891. About fifteen years ago locomotor ataxia resulting from his wound and
army hardships, attacked him. To save his life he had his right leg amputated above the
knee. He knew at the time that the amputation would check the disease only for a while.
In 1891 Mr. Hane and his family moved to Decatur. Mr. Hane was elected
overseer of the poor for two years. Then he was elected justice of the peace to fill a
vacancy at the end of each term. He was very well known in Decatur, both because of the
office he filled and because of the fact that he was almost the only man in Decatur who
had to use crutches. He performed his work well and was well liked. He has always had
his office in the same place on East Main Street over Greider’s restaurant.
Mr. Hane leaves a widow and a daughter and three sons. His daughter is Mrs.
T.S. Childs. The sons are; R.B. Hane of Pawnee, Ills., W.H. Hane of Edinburg, Ills., and
J.S. Hane of St. Louis. He has a brother at Clay Center, Kan., and a sister in Canton.
The funeral will be held a 3 o’clock Saturday afternoon from the family home
at 232 West William Street. Rev. F. W. Burnham, pastor of the Central Church of Christ,
will conduct the services. Mr. Hane was not a member on any church, but all the rest of
the family go to the Edward Street church. The body will be buried in Greenwood cemetery.
The Daily Review, Decatur, IL, Friday, 11 Sep 1903, pg. 5
Note: Locomotor ataxia is the inability to control one's body movements as
intended. Marriage records indicate that Mr. Jeremiah C. Hane married Viola C. Sprague on
May 28, 1868 in Christian County, Illinois.
JACOB HANES, 85, LONG ILL, DIES
Resident of Decatur for Thirty-Five Years
LOVED FAST HORSES
Drove Race Until Last Few Years
Jacob Hanes well known retired farmer and a resident of Decatur for the last
thirty-two years, died Tuesday night at his home, 744 West Main Street. He was
eighty-five years old last July. His death was due to complications incident to old
age. He had been ill for several months.
Mr. Hanes was born in Clark County, Ohio, July 2, 1838. He was a veteran
of the Civil war, having served with the one Hundred and Fifty Third Ohio Volunteer
Infantry. He and Miss. Martha Auer were married Dec 24, 1863. Then came to Macon County
in 1866 and settled on a farm in Hickory Point Township. There Mr. Hanes devoted himself
to farming until he retired and moved to Decatur in 1891. Mrs. Hanes died here Feb 9,
1898. His second marriage was to Mrs. Addie Price of Shelbyville, April 25, 1900.
LIKED RACE HORSES
Mr. Hanes was always a lover of fast horses and he always drove a good one.
He had a pacer, Maude H that he rode in most of the race matinees in this part of the
country for several years. He was well along in years when he first began driving in
races. Friends tried to persuade him to let someone else drive the pacer but he would
not hear of that. He had several spills but was never seriously hurt. Mr. Hanes was known
to most of the old residence of Macon and adjoining counties.
He was a member of the Central Church of Christ having united with the
church during the visit of Billy Sunday to Decatur. He is survived by his wife and two
children out of six born to the first marriage. The children are Mrs. Lillian Stoutenborough
of Maroa and Chester A. Hanes who resides on the old home farm in Hickory Point Township.
The funeral will be held at two o’clock Thursday afternoon at the Central
Church of Christ. Friends may call at the residence from ten to one o’clock. The burial
will be in the Boiling Springs cemetery. The family requests that no flowers be sent.
Decatur Review, Decatur, IL, Wednesday, 14 Nov 1923, pg. 3
HANKS, Andrew Jackson
ABRAHAM LINCOLN'S COUSIN IS DEAD
Andrew J. Hanks Old Resident of Decatur
WAS 83 YEARS OLD
Former President of Hanks Family Association
Andrew Jackson Hanks, the oldest member of the Hanks familiy reunion
association and whose father, James Hanks, was a first cousin of Abraham Lincoln, died
at his home, 2107 North Union street, at 10 o'clock Monday morning, after an illness of
ten days. His health had been failing gradually all summer. He was eighty-three years
AT HANKS FARM
He was born May 17, 1835, on what was known as the Hanks farm, near Boiling
Springs. He lived in Macon county all his life. He was the son of James and Rebecca
Hanks. His father died when he was a young man and he came to Decatur at the age of about
fifteen years. He was a plasterer and contractor by trade. He was at one time in partnership
with Amzi Baker and others. While engaged in the business, he plastered the James Millikin,
Hill, Busher and other old residences of Decatur, and also the old high school.
He was married Oct. 2, 1872, to Martha E. Hunter of Decatur. Four are dead,
and the wife and one son, Harry H. Hanks of Chicago, survive. The son has been with his
father during his illness. There is also one grandson, Patrick Jack Hanks, aged three years.
He also leaves three sisters, Mrs. Jane Wood of Cedar Rapids, Ia., Mrs. J.W. Tyler of
Indianapolis, and Mrs. W.A. Bridges of Decatur.
IN CENTRAL CHURCH
He was a lifelong member of the Christian church. He joined that church in 1865.
At the time of his death he was a member of the Central Church of Christ. At the time
the I.O.G.T. was active in Decatur he was a prominent member of the organization.
The funeral will be held at 2:30 Wednesday afternoon at the residence and
burial will be in Greenwood.
The Daily Review (Decatur), 9 Sep 1918
HANKS, Charles C.
C.C. HANKS DIES FRIDAY NIGHT
Had Spent All of His Life In Macon County
Charles C. Hanks died Friday night at the family home, 306 South McClellan
avenue. He was fifty-nine years old. He was born in Maroa township and all his life had
been spent in Macon county. He was a member of the Knights of Phthias in Maroa and had
many friends there. The familiy moved to Decatur last December. He is survived by his
wife and one daughter, Miss Hazel Hanks, two brothers and a sister, Jack and John Hanks
and Mrs. J.O. Ward, all of Decatur. The body was removed to the L.A. Monson undertaking
establishment and prepared for burial. The funeral will be held at 3:30 o'clock Monday
afternoon at the residence.
Decatur Review, 22 May 1926
HANKS, Jesse W.
Mr. Hanks was one of the best known and most successful farmers in Macon county.
He owned about 440 acres of improved land and considerable personal property. His age was
about 50 years. He leaves a wife, to whom he was untied in marriage last January, and five
children, four boys and one girl - the fruit of his first marriage. The maiden name of his
first wife was Miss Campbell, whom he married when he was 18 years of age - 32 years ago.
Miss Nye was the name of his second wife.
The family and friends of the deceased are terribly shocked by the dreadful
act of the man who had such a large acquaintance in this county, where he has resided since
his birth. His wife is inconsolable. It is stated that she watned to return to her home
several days ago, and that Mr. Hanks in replying had stated that he would take her to her
long home. No doubt Mr. Hanks had contemplated suicide for several days. On Saturday he
called his youngest son to his side and told him to be a good boy, and do the best he could
for himself in this life, for he would never live to raise him.
Jesse W. Hanks was born in Decatur, Ill., March 24, 1832, and has lived in
this county ever since, and at his late home thirteen years. On March 7, 1850, he was
united in marriage to Martha Campbell, who died Sept. 24, 1880, and by whom he had six
children, five of whom (David, George W., John W., Cyrus E., and Huldah) are living. The
first three are married, and all live near Argenta with the exception of the oldest son,
who at present lives in Christian county. On January 17, 1882, Mr. Hanks was married to
Miss Lou Nye, his second wife, who survivies him.
Decatur Weekly Republican, 28 Sep 1882
here to read more.
DEATH OF JOHN HANKS
Sketch of the Noted Pioneer
The Early Companion of Abraham Lincoln Called to His Reward
Uncle Johnny Hanks died Monday afternoon at 3:30 oclock, at the home of Frank Beall,
in Hickory Point township. His death was caused by old age and dropsy. He had been failing for
some time past and owing to his advanced age his friends had entertained but little hope of his
recovery. His death removes from Macon county her most noted pioneer. Away back in the thirties
he was the boon companion of Abraham Lincoln, and before the famous war president stood prominently
before the people, there was none who knew him better than Uncle Johnny Hanks. Even after the greatest
honors of the country had been conferred upon Lincoln, he never forgot his old friend of the pioneer
days of Illinois. Their friendship was a lasting one, made so by the hardships and struggles in
opening a new country. It was the delight of Uncle Johnnys declining years to recount his experiences
with Abe Lincoln. He was a first cousin of Lincolns mother, and it was upon his advice that the
family removed to Illinois and become residents of Macon county. After Lincolns election to the
presidency Uncle Johnny visited him at the White House and was received with the same cordiality and
friendship as when the family lived in the log cabin in Macon county. Lincoln offered to do anything
in his power for his old comrade, but all proffered positions were laughed away by Uncle Johnny, who
was content to remain at home with his family.
The deceased was born in Nelson county, Ky., in 1802. His father, William, was a native
of Virginia, and settled in Kentucky at an early day. His family lived in Hardin and Breckenridge
counties until Uncle Johnny was seven years old. He first became acquainted with Lincoln in Hardin
county. He was a cousin of Nancy Hanks, mother of Lincoln. In 1822 Uncle Johnny went to Spencer
county, Ind., and made his home with the Lincolns for two years, they having removed there from
Kentucky. Abraham Lincoln was seven years younger than he was, but the two worked together on the
farm making rails, grubbing land, etc. Uncle Johnny bought land next to Lincolns and improved it
but afterwards returned to Kentucky. He made twelve trips in all down the Ohio and Mississippi
rivers to New Orleans, the only means of disposing of surplus farm products in those days being to
float them down to New Orleans on a flat boat. In 1826, he married Susan Wilson, a native of
Grayson county, Ky., and in 1828 removed to Illinois and settled on a farm in Hickory Point township,
for miles northwest of Decatur. On a subsequent visit to Kentucky he stopped to visit the Lincolns
in Indiana, and Thomas Lincoln, the father of Abe, asked him to write back and tell him what kind
of a country Illinois was as he would probably remove here. Uncle Johnny did so and in March 1830
the Lincolns came to Macon county. Uncle Johnny gave them logs which he had previously sawed to
build their cabin, which was erected near the Sangamon in Harristown township. During the summer
of 1830 he and Abe split rails to fence a fifteen acre tract of land. From these rails were taken
those shown in the Chicago convention in 1860. In 1831 he and Abe Lincoln built a flat boat at
Sangamon town, near Springfield. They commenced work in March and in May floated it down to St.
Louis, where Uncle Johnny left and came home leaving the rest of the crew to go to New Orleans.
In 1832 he fought in the Black Hawk war, in Col. Isaac C. Pughs company. Returning to Macon county
he continued farming until 1850 when he went to California and for three years was engaged in mining
seventy miles from Sacramento. On the breaking out of the rebellion he enlisted in Company A, of
the 21st Illinois. This was Gen. Grants old regiment, and Uncle Johnny had charge of the staff
teams. He served in Mississippi, Tennessee, Kentucky, Alabama and Missouri and was honorably
discharged at Winchester, Tenn., after a two years service, having become incapacitated by rheumatism.
Since the war Uncle Johnny has made several trips to California and Oregon. Before the war he was a
democrat, but always supported Abe Lincoln for any office, and since the war has been a republican.
His wife died in 1853. The couple had eight children of whom five are living. They are James L.,
who lives in Lake county, Oregon, Mrs. Elijah Loomis, of Hickory Point, Grayson, who lives in
northwest Missouri, Mrs. John Manning, who lives in Humboldt county, California, and Levi Hanks,
who lives near Moweaqua.
Saturday Herald (Decatur), 6 Jul 1889
FUNERAL OF UNCLE JOHNNY HANKS
Many old friends from Decatur and the neighborhood gathered at the Boiling Springs church
yesterday afternoon to pay their last respects to the venerable Uncle Johnny Hanks who passed away Monday
afternoon in the 88th year of his age. The church was crowded, and the altar and casket decked with
floral offerings. Appropriage music was furnished by the church choir. Rev. T.W. Pinkerton, pastor of
the Christian church, this city, conducted the funeral, and delivered a sermon fitting the solemn occasion.
In the course of this remarks he referred to the long and honorable life of the deceased, and also alluded
with no attempt at detail to the early association of Mr. Hanks with Abraham Lincoln. The remains were
interred in the church cemetery, Messrs. W.R. Scruggs, R.W. Shull, Hezekiah Hays, Ulysses Huston, Charles
Lewis, George Williams, James Tait and J.Y. Braden serving as pall bearers.
Decatur Republican, 4 Jul 1889
HANKS, Joshua Emerson
JOSHUA E. HANKS, 77, HAD ALWAYS FARMED
Joshua Emerson Hanks died in the residence at 1152 North Calhoun street at
9:30 o'clock Monday morning. He had been ill for some time, suffering with heart trouble
and complications of diseases.
He was born near Decatur, Nov. 27, 1851, and was married to Mary E. Patterson
in Harristown in 1875. He moved to Decatur only a year ago, coming here from a farm in
Shelby county, where he had farmed. He was a member of Jackson lodge No. 143, A.F. &
A.M. He was also a member of St. Paul's Methodist church.
He leaves, besides his wife, the following children; Mrs. Lena Johnston,
of Edgarton, O.; L.D. Hanks, Decatur; R.E. Hanks, St. Joseph; Lynn E. Hanks, Decatur;
and Fred W. Hanks, Decatur. One daughter, Ina E. Hanks, died in infancy. He also leaves
eight grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
The body was removed to the Monson undertaking establishment where
services will be conducted at 1:30 o'clock Wednesday afternoon. Friends may call
at the chapel. Burial will be in Macon cemetery.
Decatur Herald, 10 Sep 1928
HANKS, Rebecca (Etherton)
GONE TO HER REST
Rebecca Hanks, relict of the late James Hanks, died at 5 o'clock last evening.
She had been in very feeble health for six months, but was feeling more than usually strong
yesterday. In the afternoon her daughter, Mrs. W.A. Bridges, called in a carriage at the
residence of A.J. Hanks, No. 705 North Union street, to take her out riding. She walked to
the carriage and was assisted to a seat. Mts. A.J. Hanks returned to the house for her wraps
intending to accompany her but while she was gone the aged mother sank back upon the seat
and her spirit passed peacefully away. The body was borne into the house and a physician was
summoned. He found that death had resulted from failure of the heart.
Rebecca Etherton was born at Elizabethtown, Hardin county, Kentucky, April 18,
1802. She was aged 86 years and 17 days. She became the wife of James Hanks in Hardin
county in 1819. They lived there about three years and then removed to Illinois, settling
in Sangamon county. After a year's residence there they came to Macon county, settling on
a farm four miles east of Decatur in Long Creek township. Twelve children were born to the
couple, four sons and eight daughters. The sons were Isaac, John, W.B., and Andrew J. Hanks,
Isaac and John are dead. W.B. Hanks resides in Maroa township, and Andrew J. in Decatur.
Five of the daughters survive. They are Mrs. Nancy Muirhead of Missouri, Mrs. Elizabeth
Heckle, of Long Creek township, Mrs. Lucinda Wood, of Olena, Ill., and Mr. John W. Tyler,
Jr, and Mrs. W.A. Bridges of Decatur. The daughters who are dead were Martha E. and Susan
Hanks, and Mrs. Sarah Calhoun. The farm in Long Creek township was the family home until
after the death of James Hanks, the husband and father, in 1856. After her death Mrs. Hanks
made her home for thirty years with her son, A.J. Hanks. Since 1888 she had lived with
her daughters, Mrs. W.A. Bridges and John W. Tyler, jr. She was a member of the Christian
church, having united with it thirty-five years ago.
She was a woman of simple tastes and habits. In all the relations of life
she sought to do her duty as becomes a Christian. Her life was useful and she had earned
the reward which we are told awaits the faithful unto Christ. The funeral will be held
at half-past _ o'clock Monday afternoon at the Christian church.
Saturday Herald (Decatur), 12 May 1888
HANKS, Susan Frances
Mrs. Susan Frances Hanks, the wife of S.C. Hanks, died of cancer at 6:40 p.m.,
Wednesday evening at her home at Wyckles, aged 40 years. She leaves a husband and seven
Decatur Weekly Republican, 8 Jul 1897
Susan Frances Hanks, wife of Seth C. Hanks, was born June 6, 1857, and died
at her home four miles west of Decatur June 30, 1897; aged 40 years and 24 days.
She was greatly esteemed by all who knew her; her circle of friends and
associates was remarkably large because of her amiable ways and lovable disposition. Her
hand was always ready to administer to the wants of the needy. Heaven surely smiled when
God blessed her with these qualities. She became a Christian at the age of 20 years and
held her membership until the end. Now she is at rest only awaiting the resurrection morn
when the glory of the blessed Savior will light upon her. She sleeps her last long sleep;
her husband and little children will miss her from the home that her presence made so happy
and cheerful, but they have the consolation and sympathy of all the friends and neighbors who
were so good to them during their sad affliction. Many thanks are due the neighbors and
friends for their goodness and kindness.
The pall bearers were selected by her. They were Samuel, Frank and James
Bradshaw and Luther, Nola and Chaney Miller. The honorary pall bearers were Miss Mabel
Vaughn, Miss Alice Nebo, Miss Catna Leonard, Miss Zola Musser, Miss Emma Musser and Miss
The Daily Review (Decatur), 7 Jul 1897
HANKS, William B.
DEATH OF W.B. HANKS
An Old and Wealthy Farmer Pays the Debt of Nature
News came to Decatur this morning by telephone announcing the death of
William B. Hanks, which occurred last night on the the farm of the deceased, near Emery.
Mr. Hanks had been prostrated by the grip and had partly recovered. The disease, however,
ran into pneumonia, which was the immediate cause of death. He leaves three daughters
and four grown sons. He was a nephew of the late Uncle Johnny Hanks, a cousin of Jesse
Hanks, and a brother of Jack Hanks and Isaac Hanks, and Mrs. Mattie Bridges, Mrs. John W.
Tyler and the late Mrs. Joseph Heckel. He was the ownder of 560 acres of improved land
in Macon county, and was an honored and useful citizen. Eight or nine years ago he bought
the property northwest of the city, once owned by D.L. Bunn, and lived there nearly a year,
but he tired of city life and sold the place, taking a farm of 160 acres near Maroa.
The funeral will be held at Boiling Springs Sunday, March 12th, at 12 o'clock
noon. The cortege will leave the house at 10 a.m. Rev. Vantress will conduct the
Decatur Daily Republican, 10 Mar 1892
BLUE MOUND - J.K. Hardy is critically ill at his home here.
Daily Review, Decatur, Illinois | Saturday, May 31, 1902 | Page 4
The will of the late Joseph K Hardy was admitted to probate in the
county court Friday afternoon. The estate consists of farmland and about $700 worth
of personal property. George E. Hardy a son is made executor of the will without
The will provides that all the personal property go to the widow, and
also 200 acres of land. At her death the land goes to the son, George K. Hardy, who
is to give $2,500 each to another son, T. W. Hardy, and a daughter, Elizabeth E.
Daily Review, Decatur, IL, Saturday, 28 June 1902, pg. 3
The funeral of Arnold Hargrove, who was killed by an explosion in the factory where
he was employed in Detroit, was held at 10 o'clock Tuesday morning at the Monson & Wilcox
chapel. The chapel was filled with friends. The services were conducted by Rev. C.E. Jenney,
pastor of the First Presbyterian church, and were under the auspices of Stephen Decatur lodge,
A.F. and A.M., the members of which attended the services in a body.
The music was furnished by Mrs. W. Roy Essick and Miss Bernice Taylor. The flowers
were in charge of Misses Ruth Leech, Pearl Bailey, Mary Leech and Mrs. Frank Riedel. The
pallbearers were W.C. Starr, E.L. Harris, Dan Tait, C.A. Keck, H.C. Hurst and H.E. Bean. The
interment was in Greenwood cemetery. The ritualistic exercises of the Masons were conducted at
Decatur Review, Decatur, IL, 2 May 1922
HARKRADER, Isaac A.
Born: 27 Feb 1832 in Norfolk, VA
Died: 4 Nov 1910
Buried: Maroa Cem, Maroa, Macon Co, IL
Parents: David and Mary N. (Umbarger) Harkrader
Married: 6 Sep 1870 in Macon Co, IL to Paulina A. Young
Children: James, Isaac, Leona
ISAAC A. HARKRADER DIES OF APOPLEXY
Stricken While Feeding Live Stock on His Farm Near Emery
Isaac A. Harkrader died suddenly at 4:15 Friday afternoon while feeding stock at
his farm half a mile north of the Emery church. His death was caused by apoplexy. He was 78
years old. In spite of his advanced age, he was apparently in good health and for the last
week he had been at the farm superintending the gathering of the corn crop. He assisted in
doing the chores about the place and was feeding the horses when stricken.
FOUND BY TENANT
He fell in the barn, where he was found a few minutes later by Jacob Lindsey, the
tenant on the farm, who carried him into the house. Mr. Harkrader lived only about five
minutes after being found and was dead before medical aid could reach him.
Coroner Buxton was notified and held the inquest Friday evening. The body was
brought to the Dawson undertaking establishment, which is located in the residence where Mr.
Harkrader lived for several years.
TO COUNTY IN 1853
Mr. Harkrader was born near Norfolk, Va., in 1832. He came to Macon county in
1853, and until 1891 he lived near Emery. He bought a great deal of land when it could be had
at a low price, and at the time of his death he owned about 1,000 acres of excellent land worth
in the neighborhood of $200 an acre. He invested his money wisely, and in addition to his
farming interests he owned some valuable property in Decatur, including the property occupied
by the Dawson undertaking establishment, the brick residence east of it on William street, and
the big feed stable on East Prairie street.
Mr. Harkrader retired from active farm life in 1891 and moved to Decatur, and made
his home with his daughter at 516 Prairie Avenue. Besides the daughter, Mrs. R.E. Persinger,
he is survived by one son, James Harkrader, of Mitchell, S.D. Mrs. Harkrader died in 1891.
The funeral will be held some time Monday afternoon at the residence of his
daughter, Mrs. Persinger.
The Daily Review (Decatur), 5 Nov 1910
The funeral of Isaac A. Harkrader will be held at 2 o'clock Monday afternoon at
the residence of his daughter, Mrs. R.E. Persinger, 651 West Prairie avenue. The body will be
taken to Maroa for interment. There will be a special interurban car for the funeral party.
The Daily Review (Decatur), 6 Nov 1910
HARKRADER, Isaac R.
Born: 9 May 1879
Died: 5 Jul 1880
Buried: Maroa Cem, Maroa, Macon Co, IL
Parents: Isaac A. & Paulina A. (Young) Harkrader
HARKRADER, Paulina A. (Young)
Born: 27 Dec 1849 in OH
Died: 23 Apr 1901
Buried: Maroa Cem, Maroa, Macon Co, IL
Parents: Adam & Elizabeth (Shaw) Young
Married: 6 Sep 1870 in Macon Co, IL to Isaac A. Harkrader
Children: James, Isaac, Leona
Mrs. Issac Harkrader died at 3 o'clock Tuesday afternoon at a sanitorium in Wauwatosa, Wis.
Her death was caused by meningitis. A telegram announcing her death was received by her
husband later in the evening and he left last night for Wisconsin to bring the body home. The
funeral will be held Thursday afternoon from the Presbyterian church at Maroa.
Mrs. Harkrader had been ill since March 14, but had been at Wauwatosa only since April 13.
Soon after going there she showed such signs of improvement that it was thought her recovery
was possible. She soon grew worse again and Tuesday morning it was known that her death was
only a matter of a few hours.
Mrs. Harkrader was 51 years old last December. She was a daughter of Mrs. and Mrs. Adam
Young of Friends Creek township and here she became the wife of Isaac Harkrader Sept. 6, 1876.
After their marriage Mr. and Mrs. Harkrader settled on his farm near Emery and lived there
until 1890, when Mr. Harkrader purchased the fine residence at the corner of Franklin and
William streets and they moved into the city. Besides her husband, Mrs. Harkrader is survived
by two children, James and Leona Harkrader. The latter is attending school at Oxford, having
returned there last Saturday after receiving word that her mother was improving. Mrs. Harkrader
also leaves three sisters and a brother, Mrs. John T. Stuart of Oreana, Mrs. William Turner of
Decatur and Mrs. Hunt of Chicago, and Jasper Young. She also has an uncle at Argenta.
Daily Review, Wednesday, April 24, 1901, page 2
In the above obituary I corrected the spelling of her sister's name Mrs. John T. Stuart.
The body of Mrs. Isaac Harkrader, who died at Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, arrived in Decatur at 4
o'clock this morning and was taken to the family home on North Franklin street. At noon the
body was taken to Maroa and the funeral was held at 1 o'clock from the Presbyterian church at
Daily Review, Thursday, April 25, 1901, page 8
Submitted by: Sandra Wagner
Near Maroa, February 26, of the grip, Stewart Harkrader, aged 36 years. The
deceased, who was a nephew of Issac Harkrader, of Decatur, leaves a widow and one child. The
funeral will be held on Thursday at the Christian church at Maroa.
Decatur Daily Republican, 28 Feb 1894
HARMON, Infant Daughter
The infant daughter of Mrs. Elizabeth Harmon died at the family residence,
814 North Broadway, at 3 o'clock yesterday. The burial will be at Greenwood dememtery at 3
o'clock this afternoon.
Decatur Herald, Tuesday, 20 Jan 1903
HARNEY, Carey T.
CAREY T. HARNEY'S FUNERAL HELD
Funeral Held at Monson & Wilcox Chapel
The funeral of Carey T. Harney was held at 9:30 o'clock Tuesday morning at the
Monson & Wilcox chapel, which was filled with friends of Mr. Harney. The services were
conducted by Rev. Freeman A. Havighurst, pastor of the First Methodist church.
The music was furnished by Mrs. _orydon C. Nicholson and Mrs. W. _oy Essick. The
body was taken to _is old home in Lagoda, Ind., for interment.
Decatur Review, Tuesday, 17 December 1918
HARNSBARGER, Mary A.
Mrs. Mary A. Harnsbarger, wife of George G. Harnsbarger, died about 10:30 last night at her
home, six miles northeast of Decatur. She had been in poor health for several years. Last December she
was attacked by a disease which developed into progressive paralysis, and which finally caused her death.
Mrs. Harnsbarger leaves besides her husband four children, Jacob G., Miss Belle, W.H., and Mrs.
Minnie E. Hardy. All live at the home farm, except W.H., who lives in Decatur. Several brothers and sisters
live near Chatham, in Sangamon county.
Sixty-three years ago Mrs. Harnsbarger was born near Bowling Green, Ky. She was married in
Sangamon county, Ill., to Geroge G. Harnsbarger. In 1865 they moved to the farm in Macon county, where they
have since resided.
Early in life Mrs. Harnsbarger united with the Methodist church. Since resideing near Decatur
she has been a member of the First Methodist church of this city. The funeral arrangements have not yet been
made definitely, but it is likely that the burial will be Sunday afternoon in the Spangler graveyard.
Decatur Morning Review, 6 Sep 1890
E. HARPSTRITE DIES, AGED EIGHTY-FOUR
Came to Macon County as Farmer in 1853
HAD MUCH PROPERTY
Acquired It All Through His Own EffortsEdward Harpstrite, one of the best known of the older residents of ths city,
died at 12:16 Thursday morning (Mar 2) at his home, 545 West Main street. His death was due
to arterial sclerosis. He was eighty-four years old a week ago last Saturday. He had been
in failing health for a long time.
BORN IN BADEN
He was born Feb. 18, 1927, at Ettinheim, in the grand duchy of Baden, Germany.
He came to America with his parents John B. and Sophia M. Harpstrite, in 1833. The family
located in New Jersey and afterward lived in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, and in 1844 moved
to Clinton county, Illinois. Edward Harpstrite came from Clinton county to Macon county in
1853 and engaged in farming in South Wheatland township. He moved to Decatur in 1859. For
the last thirty years he has lived a retired life. His wife was Dorothea Ruesamen of Clinton
county. She was born in Bavaria, Germany, Aug. 15, 1835, and died in Macon county Oct. 19,
The following children survive: Catherine, wife of Peter Ullrich of Omaha, Neb.;
Bertha, wife of Dr. Alonzo Garwood of New Braufels, Tex.; Charles W. Harpstrite of Wichita,
Kan., Edward J. Harpstrite, Miss Mary A. Harpstrite and Miss Emma F. Harpstrite of Decatur.
One brother, Charles Harpstrite of Sangamon, also survives.
Mr. Harpstrite led a quiet, uneventful life. He was eminently successful as a
farmer. His parents were poor and he early had to make his own way. All that he acquired was
through his own efforts. He invested his earnings in farm lands and city property. He did
not buy as many men do now, with the idea of selling at an increased price. He was a good
judge of values, and the properties he purchased he held on to. He watched them grow in
value. He improved them and made them revenue producers. It is said that he never sold but
one or two pieces of real estate. He was able to hold them, and he did.
FAITH IN DECATUR
He had an abiding faith in the future importance of Decatur and was not afraid
to invest his money here. He always took great interest in everything that was for the
betterment of the city and was always well informed on what was going on in the business
world. Even after his eyes failed he had his children read to him the news of the day.
Besides his farm lands in Macon county and city property in Decatur, he also owned a section
of land in Sedgwick county, Kansas, and business property at Omaha, Neb.
Mr. Harpstrite was for years connected with the Decatur Brewery. He purchased
it in 1860 for $3,600. At that time the plant had a capacity of only six barrels a day. Two
years later he took Henry Shlaudeman into partnership and this connection continued for
twenty-five years, Mr. Harpstrite retiring in 1884.
Mr. Harpstrite served one term as a member of the city council. Mr. Harpstrite
was a good citizen in every sense of the term, and he was held in high regard by all. He was
upright and honorable and his life was well spent.
The Daily Review (Decatur), 2 Mar 1911
DEATH OF "LANDLADY" HARRELL
Mrs. Elizabeth Harrell, familiarly known to all the old settlers of Macon
county, as "Landlady" Harrell, died in this city last Sabbath morning. The deceased was
born in Virginia, Sept. 15, 1795, and came to Decatur, in December, 1829. For many years
she kept the only hotel in the unpretentious village of Decatur, the building standing on
the north side of the old square. About the year 1855, her son, John Harrell, built what
is now the St. Nicholas Hotel, which she took possession of and occupied for a short time.
She afterwards opened a boarding house on Wood street, which she continued to keep until
the time of her death. Her spirit of accomodation and kindness of heart won for her the
esteem and good will of all those with whom she came in contact, and no one in the community
was more popular or better known than the old landlady. For over thirty years she was a
devoted member of the Christian Church, and was a constant attendant at its services. Her
funeral was attended by a large concourse of citizens, an appropriate discourse being
delivered by Elder John W. Tyler. The deceased leaves a large family of children,
grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Decatur Republican, 1 Oct 1868
Zackie Harris, little son of Mr. and Mrs. J.M. Harris, formerly of Decatur, died
a week ago Sunday in Roseday, Ky., according to a letter received by his brother W.E. Harris of
1631 North Lowber street. He was thirteen years old. His cause of death was pneumonia. The
burial was in Rosedale, Ky.
Decatur Review, 17 December 1918
HARRY, George I.
George Harry, Age 85, Dies
War Veteran Dry Goods Salesman and Y Worker
Fought With Morgan’s Calvary in Civil War
George I. Harry for many years one of the best known of goods salesmen
in central Illinois and for thirty -one years employed at the Linn & Scruggs store,
died at 2 o’clock Sunday afternoon at the Sanitarium in Hinsdale, near Chicago. He
was eighty-five years old. Mr. Harry recently fell and broke his hip and this injury
was the real cause of his death.
Mr. Harry was born in Hagerstown, Md., in 1843. He was born in the dry
good business. His father and his grandfather had been in that line of business for
____ years before him. He had considerable experience in the business when he came to
Decatur in 1873. From then on until April 1, 1920 he was continuously in that line of
employment. He worked awhile for Mike Emerson, then for the Gerhman store on Merchant
Street. Then he was with Hays & Bartholomew for twelve years, going from that to Linn
& Scruggs, where he remained thirty-one years.
Few people had a wider personal acquaintance than M. Harry. He knew the
entire line. Before the store was department zed nearly all the clerks were men who know
the dry goods business. They wanted __ customers all over the store. This custom prevailed
at that store for some time after the store was divided up into departments. Customers
who were used to being taken from one department to another and waited on by the same
person for all their purchases insisted on following the old system.
Mr. Harry had no personal friends here when he first came and the first
thing he inquired about was the Y. M. C. A. He was surprised to learn that Decatur had
no Y. M. C. A. He talked with Principal I. E. Brown of the high school about it and as
a result of this talk a meeting was called at which the Y.M.C.A was founded. Mr Harry
was one of the charter members of the organization. After leaving the store in April
1920, Mr Harry retired to his farm, northeast of Decatur. From that time he has been
making his home with his son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs W. E. Marquam, in Hinsdale.
A CONFEDERATE VETERAN
M. Harry was a veteran of the Civil War, but he fought on the confederate
side. He was a member of Morgan’s Cavalry and among the engagements in which he participated
was the battle of Gettysburg. Because of the fact that he was sent as a delegate by the
state of Illinois to the Gettysburg reunion in 1913, the state paying the railroad fare
and $10 extra to citizens of the state who fought on either side in the battle. Those
who were there but did not fight did not get to go. During the last vent of the was he
was a prisoner, having been captured in the Shenandoah Valley and kept in military prisons
in Camp Chase, Ohio and Fort Delaware.
In the celebration of Armistice Day last fall in Hinsdale, Mr. Harry was
invited to participate and made a short talk on his war experiences. His photograph was
among the articles placed in the corner stone of the new memorial building being erected.
SERVED AS Y SECRETARY
Mr Harry was not only a charter member of the Y. M. C. A. but served as
its secretary for several years. He was also a member of the First Presbyterian Church.
His home for many years was on West Decatur Street and later at Maryland Heights, the
name he gave the farm north of Decatur in honor of his old home in the east. For the
last three years he has made his home with Mrs. Marquam in Hinsdale. He is survived by
six children; his wife having died about ten years ago. The children are Mrs. W. F.
Marquam of Hinsdale, Frank K. Harry of Quincy. Palmer Harry of Resina, Sask., Arthur
Harry of Delta, Colo., Mrs Robert Harry of Decatur.
The body will arrive in Decatur Monday evening and will be taken to Brintlinger
& Sons chapel, where the funeral will be held at 2:30 o’clock Tuesday afternoon. The
burial will be in Greenwood cemetery.
The Decatur Daily Review, Decatur, IL, Sunday, 29 Apr 1928, pg. 39
HARRY, Merrill L.
M.L. Harry Killed When Big Sedan Overturns on Slab Near Illiopolis
General Manager of Central Illinois Division I.P.L. Dies in Hospital Two Hours After Accident
With Utilities Here 25 Years
M.L. Harry, general manager of the Central Illinois district for the Illinois Power &
Light corporation, was fatally injured about 9:45 o'clock Friday evening when his automobile, driven by
his chauffeur, Hugh R. McAlpine, skidded and turned over on Route 10 a half mile west of Illiopolis.
CONSCIOUS TILL THE LAST
Mr. Harry, after receiving first-aid treatment in Illiopolis, was brought to
Decatur and Macon County hospital, where he died at 12 o'clock.
Mr. Harry and his chauffeur were returning from a trip to Powerton I.L.P. power
plant near Pekin.
LYING ON DOOR
According to Mr. McAlpine, who was driving the car, either a blowout or mud on the
pavement caused the skid. The car, without warning, left the pavement and turned over. Mr. McAlpine
was not injured.
"I crawled out of the car and found Mr. Harry lying on one of the sedan's doors, which
had been ripped from the car," McAlpine said.
"Mr. Harry was conscious, and remained so until he died. But is was apparent he was
seriously hurt. He could not get up. We had just passed a Danville-Springfield bus, driven by a man
BUS DRIVER AIDS
"Apparently Umphries had a hunch that we were in trouble. He looked in his rear vision
mirror after he had got past, and when he failed to see us still on the road, he stopped and came back.
Umphries helped me pick Mr. Harry up and put him in the bus, and we brought him in to Illiopolis. There
an I.P.L. doctor gave him first aid, but recommended that he be taken to a hospital, as he was in a
FAMILY AT BEDSIDE
Mr. Harry was brought to Decatur in the Pritchett ambulance. The family were notified
immediately of the accident, and Mrs. Harry, their son Jack, and their foster daughter, Miss Georgeanne,
were at the bedside when Mr. Harry died.
Mr. Harry and Mr. McAlpine had passed the day inspecting I.P.L. properties with some
company men stationed in Buffalo. In the afternoon they had driven to Powerton, leaving shortly after
dinner. They encountered rain all the way from Peoria to Buffalo, and that they were driving slowly is
evidenced by the fact that their big car consumed three hours in making the Peoria-Buffalo trip.
BETTER DRIVE CAREFULLY
As they started to leave Buffalo at 9:20 o'clock, Mr. Harry remarked:
"Mack, this is an awfully bad night. Let's drive carefully."
"I thought I had the car under perfect control," Mr. McAlpine told The Herald. "We
were driving between 35 and 40 miles an hour. I have been driving a car for 15 years, and this is the
first accident I have ever had."
Mr. Harry entered the public utility field nearly 30 years ago with the W.B. McKinley
organization in Bay City, Mich., where the future United States senator owned a strret car line. Mr.
Harry went from Bay City to Kokomo, Ind., spending five years in Traction work there. From there he
went to Danville for a brief stay and then was transferred to Decatur.
For a quarter of a century M.L. Harry was identified with power and light interests in
Decatur. Coming here in 1903, shortly before the Illinois Traction System extended its line through the
city, he was put in charge of W.B. McKinley's interests in Decatur. His was the supervision and
direction of the street-car system, the gas plant and the electric light service.
GREW WITH JOB
Later when the I.T.S. established a Decatur Division Mr. Harry supervised five years
in the work. It was during his association with the I.T.S. that the electric railway made a number
of important extensions including the lines to E. St. Louis and north of Decatur through Clinton.
Throughout the years he grew with the development of the utilities which he
represented. When the McKindey interests were merged with those of the Studebaker's M.L. Harry
was retained and his responsibilities expanded.
Three years ago he was promoted to the position of Decatur division manager for the
Illinois Power and Light Corp., a position entailing supervision of Danville, Champaign, Decatur,
Bloomington, Peoria and Jacksonville divisions of the I.P.L. MORE ?
A giant in stature, jovial and kindly, M.L. Harry was possessed of a driving power
which never knew fatigue. His working days often stretched into the night, as he pushed ahead intent
on accomplishment of the task confronting him.
His was an inspired leadership. Men willingly worked long hours as the pace set them
by "M.L." Sickness was a comparative stranger to him although in 1919 pneumonia developing from a
severe cold laid him low. He recovered none the worse for his serious illness.
MADE MANY FRIENDS
M.L. Harry was a man who made and kept friends easily. Bluff and genial he was the life
of any party. His generosity among friends knew no bounds. He was thoughtful and appreciative. During
his illness in Peoria friends from Decatur visited him in the hospital. He never forgot these kindnesses
and repaid them a thousand fold.
He had almost a childish delight in his possessions, particularly his automobiles. His work
required that he travel constantly and he kept his cars in the best possible condition. A painting which
pleased him was hung in a prominent place in the I.P.L. offices. His trips were opportunities for
thorough relaxation and enjoyment.
There was not a more lovable man in Decatur than Mr. Harry. He was universally liked by all
who knew him. Those who knew him intimately had a deep affection for the big, blond sunny man. His
general nature, his infectious laugh, his hearty handclasp, and his happy disposition drew people to him.
No matter what knotty problems faced him of mornings when he came to his desk, his greeting was cheery
and likely followed by a story that set his sides to shaking when he had completed it.
No matter how busy he was over a mass of correspondence and matters that needed his
attention, he had time to see people. He liked people. He liked to have them around him. He was never
happier than when he was doing something for somebody. No one will ever know all of the many kindnesses
that he has done for persons who needed them.
Mr. Harry's heart was as big as his frame. Persons in distress sometimes found their
distress alleviated by a gift that they hadn't asked for. If an employe was absent from work because
of illness, Mr. Harry was the first to inquire what he could do to help. His cars, himself and his
purse were at their disposal if they needed anything. Some of his benevolences were never acknowledged
because the persons receiving them do not know from whom they came.
DELIGHTED IN KINDNESSES
Mr. Harry delighted in doing little things for his friends. Many there are who have
received a fruit cake, a box of cigars, or some other remembrances at Christmas time from him. When
he went to Atlantic City in June, to the National Convention of the Electric Light association, he
sent home five-pound boxes of saltwater taffy to many of his friends. The incident is worth mentioning
for it is indicative of his character. It was one of the little things that he was doing all of the
No man ever commanded more loyalty and real affection from those working under him,
than did Mr. Harry. He could be brisk and to the point when there was business at hand, but there
was no driving. Rule by kindness was his philosophy. Kindness and friendship were two things to
get along in the world with, he always said. He tried always to conduct his business on that basis.
KEEN BUSINESS MAN
And yet M.L. Harry was a keen business man. He had the faculty of cutting through a
mass of details straight to the point at issue and settling it on a "common sense" basis. He could
listen to engineers lengthy reports and translate them into everyday language. He could and did
encourage Decatur's indusrtrial development.
For years M.L. Harry wielded unusual political power. As one of the trusted advisors of
Senator W.B. McKinley, M.L. Harry was in a position of power in Decatur. Throughout political
campaigns he never lost sight of the main issue, the election of his candidate. His advice was
frequently sought and unhesitatingly given. With the retirement of Sen. McKinley from politics Mr.
Harry's activities lessened although he maintained a lively interest in political affairs.
BORN IN BAY CITY
Merrill LeRoy Harry was born in Bay City, Mich., June 8, 1878, a son of Charles L. and
Clara J. Harry. He received his preliminary education in the public schools of Bay City, and
attended a business college there. On Feb. 17, 1909 Mr. Harry was married to Mrs. Mildred O'Hara
ACTIVE IN COMMUNITY
Mr. Harry was active in community affairs and from the casting of his first ballot
had been an active supporter of the Republican party. He was a member of Ionic lodge, No. 312,
A.D. and A.M. and Decatur lodge B.P.O.E. He was a member of the Presbyterian church. He also
held membership in the Decatur Country club, the Decatur club, the Missouri Athletic club in St.
Louis and the Decatur Association of Commerce.
The body was taken from the hospital to the Moran funeral home to be prepared for
burial. Funeral arrangements will be made today. The body will lie in the funeral home until
services are conducted.
Decatur Herald, Decatur, IL, Saturday, 12 Oct 1929.
CROWD THRONGS TEMPLE FOR M.L. HARRY FUNERAL
Auditorium Packed Hour Before Time Services Begin
Floral Display Unequalled in History of Decatur
Long before the hour set for the services, Monday afternoon, Decatur began silently filling
the auditorium of the Masonic temple to pay last respects to M.L. Harry, "friend of everyone."
All during the day Sunday and through the night, sorrowing throngs filed past his bier in
the Gold Room of the Moran funeral home. The procession continued Monday morning, following the casket
from the funeral home to the Masonic Temple where it lay in state in the main lobby. There while a
guard of honor in full dress uniform from Beaumanoir Commandery. Knights Templar stood at either end
of the casket, the silent march was taken up again.
It was an impressive setting. The casket was set in the center of the lobby. Behind it,
the candle flames wavering in the eddying air, was a huge candleabra in the form of a cross. The
uniformed guards stood, one at each end of the casket, silent with drawn swords. Tot he left was
draped an American flag. The shuffle of feet only broke the quiet.
When the service began, the thousands who had come for them, filled the Temple to
overflowing, and the streets about the building were crowded with pedestrians and autos.
MAIN FLOOR RESERVED
The balcony of the auditorium had been left open to allow the public and the employes
of the I.P.&L. to find places before the services began. The main floor was closed at noon
and was reserved for Mr. Harry's family and officials of the corporation. In addition to prominent
persons who had come from many points of the country.
The services consisted of scriptural readings by Rev. E.W. Clippinger, and talks by
Dr. Mark E. Penney and C.C. LeForgee. Music was furnished by Mrs. Grant Hadley of the Millikin
Conservatory of Music with Rufus Peabody at the pipe organ.
The huge crowd that filled the Temple for the services contained many men prominent
in the utility business of the country. There also were many men who are leaders in other lines
of business and industry from a distance who came to pay their last respects to their old friend.
Officials began coming in late Sunday night, but most of the official family of the
Illinois & Light corporation and the Illinois Terminal Railroad System did not arrive until
nearly noon Monday. Clement Studebaker, Jr., head of the I.P.&L. arrived at 1:15 o'clock.
Bearers were announced Sunday night and include the following:
Active: L.E.Fischer, J.E. Johnson, E.S. Hight, H.T. Burgner, D.W. Snyder, R.F. Palmblade.
Honorary: A.P. Titus, Clement Studebaker, H.L. Hanley, J.S. Bladwin, J.H. McCoy, O.B.
Gorin, J.A. Merriweather, William Barnes, Jr., J.H. Hill, O.W. Smith, W.F. Hardy, H.C. Schaub, E.V. Huston,
E.J. Kilbourne, Wilson Bering, Se., W.C. Field, T.J. Prentice, C.C. LeForgee, A.M. Metzler, C.A. Wait, Dr.
William Barnes, E.J. Howells, T.E. O'Brien and George Hess.
Eleven hundred persons were seated in the auditorium of the temple. Active bearers were
seated in the front section of seats on the west side; honorary bearers were seated in the front section
of seats on the east side, and behind them will be the Illinois Power & Light corporation officials.
The line of march afterward was west in William street to Pine, north on Pine to Eldorado,
west on Eldorado to Van Dyke, north on Van Dyke to King, and west on King to Fairlawn cemetery. Uniformed
police men were stationed at all these intersections to direct traffic.
Motorcycle policemen were on duty at 8 o'clock Monday morning keeping parking spaces clear
around and near the temple. All motorcycle policemen and several of the day force directed traffic in the
afternoon. The night force headed by Assistant Chief Robert Pound also reported for duty at 1 o'clock.
William street from North Church west to Edward street was cleared from all parking from
12:00 o'clock on. All cars with the exception of those designated for the family and active and
honorary bearers were parked on North Church street from West Prairie to West Eldorado during the
The official Illinois Power & Light Corp. cars followed the family cars. Ushers,
Knights Templars of which Mr. Harry was a member, appeared in their uniforms. The officers of the
I.P.∓L. were closed from 12 o'clock Monday noon until after the services.
The sheet bronze casket arrived Sunday morning from Chicago, having been especially
made to accomodate Mr. Harry who stood six feet and seven inches.
FLORAL DISPLAY AT HARRY FUNERAL MOST BEAUTIFUL EVER SEEN IN CITY
One of the greatest floral displays Decatur has ever seen, filled the entire end of the
big auditorium of the Temple. They made a solid wall behind the rostrum from which the services
Employes of the Decatur division of the I.P.&L. gave a wreath of chrysanthemums and
roses that stood 12 feet high and six feet across. It was the center piece around which the hundreds
of other pieces were grouped.
BLANKET OF ROSES
One of the most beautiful presentations was a blanket of 2000 American Beauty roses,
given by the personnel of the Chicago offices of the company. It was six by 10 feet and a florist was
sent to Decatur with the piece to take care of it. Clement Studebaker, Mr., L.E. Fischner and H.L.
Hanley, executives of th I.P.&L. joined in presenting a huge piece made up of bronze chrysanthemums.
STRINGS OF TRUCKS
From family friends, from business associates, from near and far, from persons for whom
"M.L." had done little kindnesses, the flowers came utnil it required a string of trucks to carry them
from the Temple to the cemetery after the service. Condolences continued to pour in Sunday and early
MORE OFFICIALS COME
Ralph Lookabaugh who was chauffeur for Mr. Harry for five years, arrived at 2:50 o'clock
Monday morning from Houston, Tex., where he had gone for his health. Mof of the officals of the I.P.&L.
than those already named, came for the services in addition to other business men who had had contact
with Mr. Harry.
Among them are:
A.J. Luick of Chicago, formerly in the employe of the I.P.&L.
J.A. Knowlton, Chicago, of the legal department.
H.A. Day, Chicago, of the real estate department.
Herbert Haase, vice president, Chicago.
B.E. Bramble, Chicago, formerly comptroller of the company.
W.E. Watts, Chicago, of the tax and real estate department.
F.H. Hughes, Chicago, in charge of purchases.
E.H. Hurley, Chicago, president of the Hurley Machine Co.
Dr. H.M. Bascom, Peoria, chief surgeon of the I.P.&L. hospital.
R.L. Mills, Peoria, secretary of the hospital association.
G.W. Whitmore, claims attorney for the company.
Decatur Herald, Decatur, IL, Saturday, 14 Oct 1929
HARRY, Mrs. W.J.
DIED, on August 19, at Conway Kansas, of cancer, Mrs. W.J. Harry, daughter of Mrs. M.J.
Morthland, of this city, after an illness of several months.
Decatur Weekly Republican, 22 Aug 1889
HARTLEY, John W.
JOHN W. HARTLEY DEAD
Veteran Passes Away Wednesday Morning
ONE OF FEW IN MEXICAN WAR
Was for Many Years Secretary Of State Association
Captain John W. Hartley died Wednesday morning at his home 877 North
Main Street. He had been in failing health for a long time and for several weeks his
condition has been critical. Several weeks ago while at Riverside Park Captain
Hartley was stricken with an attack of heart trouble and since then he has been
confined to his home.
Captain Hartley was a veteran of the Mexican was and was one of the
few who are still living in Macon County. He is secretary of the estate association
of Mexican War Veterans and has held that position for a number of years. He attended
the state meeting, which was held a few weeks ago in Taylorville. The time of the
funeral has not yet been decided upon.
John Wesley Hartley was born March 2, 183_, and located four miles northeast
of (Heavy Black Mark On Paper – Un-Able to Read) county where he labored until war was
declared with Mexico. Mr. Hartley enlisted in Company A, Sixth Illinois. At the close
of the war with Mexico he located at Walnut Hill and engaged in mercantile business.
He came to Decatur in 1860 and engaged in the baker business and had a
store at the southeast corner of the old square. When the Civil War started Mr. Hartley
enlisted as first lieutenant in Company H. Fourteenth Illinois Volunteer Infantry.
Captain Hartley was the first city marshal of Decatur serving from 18_6
to 18_7, and also served as constable for two terms and was on the police force under
Mayor Chambers. Since that time he has been engaged in different business pursuits and
during the past few years has had charge of the refreshment stand just outside Riverside
Captain Hartley married Nancy Carter March 2, 1852.
Four years ago he was stricken with paralysis and from the attack he
rel_____ on Sunday, March 2- he never recovered.
The funeral will be held at 2 p m Friday from the Christian Tabernacle. Rev, George
P. ____ will conduct the services and the burial will be at Greenwood cemetery.
The Daily Review, Decatur, IL, Wednesday, 13 Jun 1900, pg. 8
LEFT GAS TURNED ON - MRS HARTWELL FOUND DEAD AT A.B.M. HOME - STAID UP LATE TO READ - AT THE
HOME THREE YEARS AND WELL LIKED
Mrs. Eliza Hartwell, an inmate of the Anna B. Millikin home and known as Grandma Hartwell,
was found dead in her bed Friday morning. She had accidentally left the gas turned on and
asphyxiation was the cause of death.
Mrs. Hartwell occupied a room in the south wing of the home. Thursday night she was reading
by the light of a candle. She was a great reader and every night read before going to sleep.
Bertha Ferguson, a young woman who boards at the home, was in Mrs. Hartwell's room, and the old
lady said that she was not yet ready to go to sleep and as her candle had burned down she
thought she would light the gas.
The Ferguson girl left the room and it is supposed that Mrs. Hartwell lighted the gas and
then did not turn it entirely off. At any rate the gas was turned up just a little Thursday
morning and the room was filled with gas and Mrs. Hartwell was dead.
Bertha Ferguson went to Mrs. Hartwell's room to awake her and found her dead and discovered
the gas turned on and creeping. Superintendent Stevenson was called. An examination of the
body showed that Mrs. Hartwell had probably been dead but a short time.
Coroner Dawson was notified and took charge of the remains and an inquest was held Friday
Mrs. Hartwell was about 75 years old and had been at the home for about three years. She
was a kind, gentle old lady and everyone about the place liked her. She has a daughter living
in Chicago and one in the west and a daughter in this city, Mrs. William Leftwich who resides
at 1317 North College Street.
The funeral will be held Saturday afternoon, but the place has not yet been decided. Witnesses
at the Coroner's inquest were: James S. Stephenson, Superintendent of the A.B. Milikin Home,
Mrs. Clemance Stephenson, Matron of the A.B. Milikin Home, Berta Ferguson, Housemaid of the A.B.
Milikin Home, F.M. Anderson, Physician.
The Decatur Review ??, Friday Evening, October 24, 1902
HARVEY, Albert G.
Albert G. Harvey of 849 East Grand Avenue, died at 9:10 o'clock Saturday morning
at the Macon County Tuberculosis sanitarium. His death occurred on the fifty-first anniversary
of his birth.
Mr. Harvey was born at Grove City, Ill., Sept, 6, 1874, but most of his life was
spent in Decatur. His wife, Bertha, died six years ago. He was a member of the Methodist church.
He leaves one son, Harold K. Harvey, and three grandchildren.
The body was removed to the Moran & Sons undertaking establishment and
prepared for burial. The funeral will be held at, 11 o'clock Monday morning at the Moran &
Sons chapel. The burial will be In Greenwood cemetery.
Decatur Review, Decatur, IL, Saturday, 5 Sep 1925, pg. 10
K. HARWOOD DEAD
The End Came Peacefully at 10:45 on Wednesday Night
Served the Wabash for Period of Twenty-Two Years – Alderman Several Times
A MAN WHO WAS RESPECTED BY ALL
Transcriber Note: The above is all that was legible of a column and a half obit.
Decatur Herald, Decatur, IL, Friday, 25 Jan 1901, pg. 6
The funeral of the late R. Harwood will be occurring from the residence, corner
of Morgan and Eldorado Streets at 5 o’clock this afternoon. Rev. W.C. Miller officiating.
Decatur Herald, Decatur, IL, Friday, 25 Jan 1901, pg. 8
HASTINGS, Charles W.
Charles Hastings, father of ex-alderman C. W. Hastings died at 7 o’clock
Wednesday evening at his home 1701 North Union Street. He was seventy-six years old. His
death was caused by complication of diseases. Mr. Hastings was a veteran of the Civil was
and a member of the G.A.R., also of the Warrensburg camp M.W.A.
He was born in Colerain, Mass., Oct 9, 1840. He and Miss. Lavina Chase of
Seabrook, N. H, were married in October, 1860 He entered the army in 1862 and was a hospital
steward in the Fourteenth N.H. Volunteer Infantry. He was mustered out of the eservice July
8, 1865. Mr and Mrs. Hastings moved to Illinois in 1868 and settled on a farm two and a half
miles west of Warrensburg. They resided there until fifteen years ago. Since then Mr. Hastings
has made his home in Decatur.
Mr Hastings is survived by two children, Charles W. Hastings of Decatur and Mrs.
J. M. Easton of Long Beach; Cal. Mrs. Easton has been visiting in Decatur for the past two
months and was here when her father died. He also leaves two brothers. Hezekiah Hastings of
Maroa and Stephen Hastings of Shelby county, and two sisters, Mrs. Mary Webster and Mrs
Mattie Pierce both of Massachusetts.
The body was removed to the Monson and Wilcox undertaking establishment and
prepared for burial.
The Daily Review, Decatur, IL, Thursday, 24 May 1917, pg. 9
Mrs. Rebecca Hastings, wife of Hezekiah Hastings of Hume, Ill., died in
Chicago, Saturday, October 29, where she had gone to submit to a surgical operation.
She died while the operation was being performed. The remains were taken to Boiling
Springs, Sunday, where the funeral took place at 3 o'clock Monday. Mrs. Hastings was
born in Bordentown, N.J., May 24, 1853. She had been a patient sufferer for many months.
The best physicians of Illinois had been called to her aid, but her case was one which
human aid could not reach. Her death while not unexpected, was sudden and is a sad loss
to her husband and family as well as to the community in which she lived. Mrs. Hastings
was perhaps better known as Rebecca Rue, and had spent most of her life at Boiling Springs,
where she was known and loved for her kindness and thoughfulness. In 1886 she became the
wife of Hezekiah Hastings, then of Warrensburg. About two years ago they removed to
their farm near Hume, Ill. The funeral sermon was preached by Rev. W.A. Smith, who took
for a text, "Whosoever liveth and believeth in Me shall never die." Truly a good life
never ends, its influence is eternal.
The Weekly Herald Despatch (Decatur), 5 Nov 1892
HAWLEY, Mary "Mamie" (Stich)
Born: 6 Nov 1883 in Macon Co, IL
Died: 20 Nov 1939 in Decatur, Macon Co, IL
Buried: Macon Cem, Macon Co, IL
Parents: Louis G. & Mary (Atteberry) Stich
Maried: Apr 10, 1909 to Wm. J. Hawley
HAWORTH, John W.
We learned the ex-Marshal John Haworth is dangerously ill at his home on
West Main Street.
Decatur Daily Republican, Decatur, IL, Saturday, 31 Jan 1880, pg. 3
DEATH OF JOHN W. HAWORTH
A Well known Citizen, Veteran Soldier and Ex-Marshal Called to His Home
Died — In this city, at his late residence, No 75 West Main Street,
On Sunday, Feb 1st, 1880, at 11 a.m., of diabetes; John W. Haworth Aged about 42 years.
Perhaps no resident of Decatur was better known to our people or had more fast
friends in this and other places than the deceased. He was the fifth son of Mahlon Haworth,
Esq., brother of George D., James W. and Mayor L. L. Haworth, and was born in Clinton, Co.,
Ohio, on the 25th day of February, 1838, making him a few days less the 42 years of age at
He came to Decatur with his father about the year 1856, and remained here until
1858, when he joined a party of gold hunters bound for California. The Hon. E. O. Smith was
one of that party and deceased underwent the greatest hardships during the overland trip.
En-route the party got lost, and was with out proper food and water for several days, being
compelled to drink alkali water and eat the flesh of animals that had died on the plains. It
is believed that on this trip were laid the seeds of the disease from which John Haworth died.
At the commencement of the late war, diseased he returned from California, and
was among the first to enlist in the first company raised in Decatur – that of Company A., of
Gen. R.J. Oglesby’s old regiment, the 8th Illinois Volunteers. He served three months, being
chosen 1st sergeant. He re-enlisted as a private in the 7th Ill. Cavalry, in the late Capt.
A.J. Gallagher’s company, of which company the deceased’s younger brother, Frank Haworth, (who
was afterwards taken prisoner and died an Andersonville prison), was also a member. Deceased
served until the close of the war, when he returned to Decatur.
In 1868 he was placed on the police force, and served with such general
acceptability that in 1870 he was elected city marshal, which responsible position he held
with out intermission until the spring of 1877, when he was succeeded by Norman Pringle. He
was again elected city marshal in 1878, and on account of failing health he was compelled
to retire from further service as an official at the close of that year.
During the time that he was marshal he also acted as Special Marshal, and we
believe he held his commission as a United States official until the time of his death. At
all times and on every occasion he proved himself a very efficient and brave officer. When
he started after a criminal he always effected his arrest. In January, 1977, he left Decatur
for Oregon in pursuit of a Piatt county murder named Huffman, (afterwards sent up for life
from Monticello,) and single-handed and alone he captured his man in the woods near Oregon
City, and brought him to Monticello on a requisition from Gov. Cullom.
On the return trip the murderer was handcuffed to the officer, and all the
sleep the official got was such as he could obtain while seated beside his prisoner. It
was an extremely rough position, and the exposure and hardships endured on that memorable
trip are thought to have given deceased’s trouble a fresh start from which he never recovered,
although he had been under the constant treatment of a well-known physician for the past two
years. His apparent ill health has often been remarked, and the announcement of his death
is no surprise; to the reading public. He leaves a wife and one daughter, Ida, aged about
13 years, and a large circle of relatives and friends to mourn his loss.
The funeral will take from the Tabernacle, on Tuesday afternoon at 2 o’clock,
and will be conducted by the Odd Fellows and the Macon County Veteran Association, both of
which organizations deceased was an honored member.
Decatur Daily Republican, Decatur, IL, Monday, 2 Feb 1880, pg. Page 3
The funeral of ex-Marshal Haworth will take place this afternoon at 2 o’clock,
at the family residence on West Main Street, Rev. D. P. Bunn officiating. The Odd Fellows
of the city and a company of Veterans will perform escort duty. It is also expected that
the city council and police will attend in a body in consideration of the long service of
deceased as policeman and marshal.
Decatur Daily Review, Decatur, IL, Tuesday, 3 Feb 1880, pg. 1
CONSIGNED TO THE GRAVE
Funeral of the Late John W. Haworth from the Tabernacle
Buried with Odd-Fellows
and Military Honors
The funeral of John W. Haworth, who departed this life on Sunday last, took
place from the tabernacle this afternoon at 2 o'clock, in the presence of a very large
assemblage of bereaved relatives and sympathizing friends of the family. Rev. D.P. Bunn
delivered an appropriate sermon on the subject, "The Future of Man," and a selected choir,
composed of Messrs. D.L. Bunn, Z.T. Hundley, and Mrs. S. Burgess and Mrs. A.W. Conklin,
rendered a number of selections very beautifully. At the conclusion of the sermon the
remains were placed in charge of members of Decatur lodge No. 65, I.O.O.F, and borne to
the waiting hearse by the pall-bearers, W.A. Ragan, Daniel Moore, John Ullrich, William
Towling, D.S. McGurthey and W. Steinbach.
The funeral cortege was an imposing one, and included a platoon of police,
members of the Macon county veteran association, Decatur Lodge of Odd-Fellows, and also
members of Celestial Lodge, city officials, employes at Haworth & Son's check rower
manufactory, members of the Decatur Reform Club, and relatives and friends in carriages
and other conveyances.
At the grave at Greenwood Cemetery the Odd-Fellows' burial service was read,
after which impressive ceremony the veterans, in command of Capt. G.S. Durfee, fired three
volleys over the rounded resting place of their dead comrade.
In their affliction the bereaved widow and orphan child and relatives have
the sincere sypathy of all our people.
Decatur Daily Republican, Decatur, IL, Tuesday, 3 Feb 1880, pg. 3
HAWORTH, Lysander L.
L.L. HAWORTH, AGED 87, DEAD
Former Decatur Mayor is Paralysis Victim
WAS IN OFFICE IN 1879
Connected With Check Rower Company
Lysander L. Haworth, one of Decatur's oldest and most prominent citizens and
at one time mayor of the city died at 9:05 o'clock Saturday morning at the family residence
437 West North street. He was eighty-seven years old last June. His death was due to
paralysis which came on him suddenly last Wednesday. He had been mowing the lawn and after
finishing that work he started for the house and fell in the yard. Persons who saw him fall
carried him into the house, but his condition was critical from the first and he never
IN CHECK ROWER COMPANY
L.L. Haworth was born near Port William, O., June 18, 1831. He was a son
of Mr. and Mrs. Mahlon Haworth. The family moved to Springfield in 1853, and to Decatur
in 1857. Here the father engaged in the grain business on East Cerro Gordo street until
1870. His four sons James W. Haworth, George D. Haworth, L.L. Haworth and John W. Haworth
were associated with him. In the mean time George D. Haworth had invented the check rower
and in 1870 they built the Haworth check rower factory which became one of Decatur's leading
The father died in 1893. The sons continued to operate the factory until
about eighteen years ago. L.L. Haworth led a retired life after the factory closed down.
He was the last of the five brothers to die after reaching manhood, the first being Frank
Haworth, who was killed during the Civil War.
There were nine children in the family. Two died in infancy. The late Mrs.
K.H. Roby was a sister. Mr. and Mrs. L.L. Haworth were the parents of three children, but
all have died. The only remaining member of the family are his wife, Mrs. Julia Haworth and
his sister, Mrs. George S. Simpson and one grandson, Haworth L. Brueck of Decatur.
ELECTED IN 1879
The family was always prominent in the business and social life of Decatur
and in 1879 L.L. Haworth was elected mayor of the city and served one term. Mr. Haworth
was a member of Macon Lodge No. 8 A.F. and A.M. He was known to all the older residents
of the city and had many friends. Arrangements for the funeral have not been completed.
The Daily Review (Decatur), 3 Aug 1918
L.L. HAWORTH'S FUNERAL HELD
Services at Family Residence on West North
The funeral of Former Mayor L.L. Haworth was held at 5 o'clock Sunday
afternoon at the family residence, 437 West North street. The services were conducted
by Rev. Freeman A. Havighurst, pastor of the First Methodist church, assisted by Rev. J.T.
Finley, and were under the auspices of Macon lodge No. 3, A.F. and A.M., the members of
which attended in a body and acted as an escort to the cemetery. There were many beautiful
The pallbearers were J.B. Burrows, Dr. Lynn Barnes, Herbert Bush, Theodore
Coleman, Haworth L. Brueck and J.W. Carter. The interment was in Greenwood. The Masonic
ritualistic exercises were conducted at the grave.
The Daily Review (Decatur), 5 Aug 1918
HAYES, Ernest Volando
Ernest Volando Hayes died at 8 o’clock Tuesday evening at the family residence,
1369 East Locust Street. He was twenty- four years last October. His death was caused by
tuberculosis and followed a long illness.
Mr Hayes was born in Moweaqua Oct 14, 1900. He had lived in Decatur for the
last five years. He was a veteran of the World war, but his service was in the United States.
He contracted tuberculosis while in the service.
He is survived by his wife, Hazel Hayes; a son, Ernest Hayes Jr., and his mother,
Mrs. Hattie Jacobs. He also leaves a brother, Otis Hayes, and two half-brothers, Paul and
Frederick Jacobs, and a half-sister, Zula May Jacobs.
The body was removed to the Moran& Sons undertaking establishment and prepared
Decatur Daily Review Decatur, IL, Wednesday, 8 Jul 1925, pg. 3
HAYNES, Alice Matilda
Died: 28 Jun 1930 in Decatur, Macon Co, IL
HAYNES, Andrew M.
ANDREW HAYNES DIES
Funeral Services To Be Conducted at 10:30 O'Clock Wednesday Morning
Andrew M. Haynes, R.R.8, died at 11:10 o'clock Sunday morning in his home of
heart trouble. He was born Sept. 16, 1848 in Chilliothe, O. He married Nancy J. Goodpasture,
Jan. 27, 1875, in Decatur, and had lived near Decatur for the last 65 years.
Beside his widow, he leaves five sons and daughters; W.J. Haynes, Mt. Pulaski;
G.M. Haynes and Ed Haynes, Decatur; Mrs. Sadie Stewart, Assumption; and Mrs. Nellie Cripe,
Chicago. He also leaves a brother, William Haynes, Gill, Mo. He was a member of the
The body was removed to the Dawson & Wikoff funeral home and prepared
for burial. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 o'clock Wednesday morning in the
Northfork church. Burial will be in the Northfork cemetery.
Decatur Herald, 21 Oct 1929
Born: Sep 16, 1847 in Chillicothe, Ross Co, OH
Died: 20 Oct 1929 in Long Creek Twp, Macon Co, IL
Buried: North Fork Cem., Macon Co, IL
Parents: George & Mary J. (Flint) Haynes
Married: Jan 27, 1876 to Nancy Jane Goodpasture
Children: Wm. Jonas, George, Edward, Sadie, Edith, Nellie
HAYNES, E. Rosa (Wallett)
Born: Feb 16, 1887 in Decatur, Macon Co, IL
Died: 10 May 1928 in Hickory Point Twp., Macon Co, IL
Buried: North Fork Cem., Macon Co., IL
Married: Jan 09, 1905 to Edward A. Haynes
Children: Glen, John, Edith, Edward, Jack, RobertHarold, Barbara
Born: Jun 17, 1883 in Decatur, Macon Co, IL
Died: 10 Feb 1930 in Decatur, Macon Co, IL
Buried: North Fork Cem., Macon Co, IL
Parents: Andrew & Nancy Jane (Goodpasture) Haynes
Married: Jan 09, 1905 to Rosa Wallett
Children: Glen, John, Edith, Edward, Jack, RobertHarold, Barbara
HAYNES, Ethel Florence (Kirkman)
Born: 1 Nov 1881 in Marion Co, OH
Died: 17 Oct 1961 in Lincoln, Logan, IL
Buried: Steenbergen Cem. Logan Co, IL
Married: Dec 25, 1901 to William Jonas Haynes
Children: Helen, Blanch, Audrey, William, Harold
HAYNES, Glen, Jr
Glenn Haynes, Jr., infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Haynes, rural route five,
died shortly after its birth in the residence Monday. The body was taken to Dawson &
Wikoff's funeral home. Burial will be in North Fork cemetery.
Decatur Herald, 18 Jun 1929
HAYNES, Henry T.
FORMER LA PLACE MAN IS DEAD
Henry T. Haynes Victim of Bright's Disease
Henry T. Haynes died at 1:30 Wednesday morning at his home, 1575 East North
street. He was thirty-eight years old. His death was caused by Bright's disease. He
formerly lived at La Place, coming to Decatur four years ago.
He is survived by his father Henry C. Haynes, and the following sisters and
brothers; Mrs. Bessie Gifford of Decatur, Mrs. Mary Wayne of Lintner; Miss Lillie Haynes of
Indianapolis; John Haynes of Dallas, Tex., William Haynes of Chicago, and Louis Haynes of
La Place. The body was removed to Moran's undertaking establishment and prepared for burial
and will be taken to La Place Friday morning at 11:30 and the funeral will be held there.
The Daily Review (Decatur), 1 Mar 1916
HAYNES, James Madison
23 May 1934 in Decatur, Macon Co, IL
HAYNES, Nancy Jane (Goodpasture)
Mrs. Nancy Jane Haynes, 88, one of the oldest residents of Long Creek townships,
died yesterday afternoon (14 Dec 1945) at 12:30 in the home of her son, George M. Haynes,
rural route 5, Long Creek township. Mrs. Haynes had lived in the township throughout
She was born March 1, 1857, the daughter of Jonas and Mary Jane Florey
Goodpasture. She was married to Andrew M. Haynes on Jan 27, 1876. Her husband
died Oct 20, 1929.
Mrs. Haynes was a charter member of the North Fork Presbyterian church.
She leaves her son, George, with whom she made her home, and two daughters,
Mrs. Sadie Stewart of Decatur and Mrs. Nellie Cripe, Indianapolis, Ind. Four children
preceded her in death. Mrs. Haynes is also survived by a sister, Mrs. Nettie Chapman,
Casner, Ill., and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
The body is at the Dawson and Wikoff funeral home. Funeral arrangements are
Decatur newspaper, Dec. 1945
(Buried at North Fork Cem., Macon Co, IL)
HAYNES, Nellie Clunie
Died: 30 Jun 1935 in Decatur, Macon Co, IL
HAYNES, Nellie Maybelle
Died: 14 Feb 1932 in South Wheatland Twp, Macon Co, IL
HAYNES, William Jonas
Born: 8 Dec 1876 in Decatur, Macon Co, IL
Died: 6 Nov 1932 in Logan Co, IL
Buried: Steenbergen Cem, Logan Co, IL
Parents: Andrew M. & Nancy Jane (Goodpasture) Haynes
Married: Dec 25, 1901 to Ethel Florence Kirkman
Children: Helen, Blanche, Audrey, William, Harold
Born: 15 Apr 1870
Died: 29 Jul 1969, Decatur
Buried: Illini Cem.
Parents: Jonas and Catherine Frye Haywood
Married: 22 Jan 1902 to Lezetta Wentworth in Decatur
Children: Flossie, 1 dau prededed him in death
J A Wiegand has left for Storm Lake, Iowa to attend the funeral of his brother-in-law, Jonas
Haywood. Mr. Haywood died in Milford, Iowa Sunday.
He leaves a wife, and 7 children: Bert, Art, Jacob, Louis and Josie at home, and Mrs C
Roberts and Mrs Ray Davidson of Storm Lake, and 3 brothers, Alfred, James, and William Haywood,
all of Iowa and a sister, Mrs Terry (sic) of Warrensburg.
Mr Haywood was an Illinois man. He lived in Decatur and Warrensburg for some time.
Decatur Review, Wed., Jan 14, 1914, p. 12
Born: 2 Mar 1968 in Decatur
Died: 2 Mar 1968 in Decatur
Buried: Graceland Cem.
Parents: Marvin L. and Carol Ann Lasco Haywood
Died: 9 Nov 1950 in Decatur
Buried: Greenwood Cem.
HAYWOOD, Lizettie A.
Born: 2 Apr 1875 in South Berwick, ME
Died: 10 May 1957 in Decatur
Buried: Illini Cem.
Parents: Samuel T. and Aurilla Gordon Wentworth
Married: 2 Jan 1902 to Amos Haywood in Decatur
HECTOR, Norma L. (Hebel)
DECATUR - Norma L. Hector, 79 of Decatur passed away at 7:15 a.m. Tuesday, March
27, 2007, in McKinley Nursing Care Center. Funeral services celebrating her life will be 1 pm
Saturday, March 31, 2007, in Graceland/Fairlawn Funeral Home, where visitation will be one hour
before services. Burial with Graceland/Fairlawn Funeral Homes Flight Home Ceremony will be in
Graceland Cemetery. Graceland/Fairlawn Funeral Home is assisting the family with their arrangements
of their loved one.
Norma was born in Decatur on May 4, 1927, the daughter of Kenneth L. and L. Juanita
Major Hebel. She worked as an office clerk for W.T. Grant Company for many years until they closed.
She married Richard Eugene Hector on April 6, 1947, in Decatur; he preceded her in death on March
5, 2007. She was a member of Central United Methodist Church in Decatur where she worked in the
office. She was active in the PTA while her children were in school. She received several
certificates of Achievement from many community organizations for her outstanding help of the
organizations. Everyone who knew her loved her.
Norma is survived by her loving children, Thomas E. (Anna Yavonne) Hector of
Decatur and Fay L. Rambo also of Decatur. Two grandchildren; Thomas Kyall Hector, Sr and his
children; Thomas Kyall Hector, Jr and Sandra Jacquelyn Hector and Jamie Lynn Hector and (
finance Franklin Marin) and her daughter; Ana Marisol Marin, one brother; James Hebel of Decatur.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard Hector, one son; Allen Wayne Hector, and
Frances Hector and Romelle Kilian.
Herald & Review (Decatur), 1 Apr 2007
Submitted by: Kathy Ikeda
CHARLES HEDDING DIES SUDDENLY
Was Sitting in Shade in the Back Yard When End Came
Charles Hedding died suddenly about 9:30 o’clock Wednesday morning while
setting in the shade in the rear of 1421 East Eldorado Street. He had been sick for
about two weeks, suffering from acute indigestion.
Mr. Hedding was born Jan. 25, 1839, in Farmington, the son of Mr. and
Mrs. Samuel Hedding. He is survived by three brothers and one sister, as follows: Oscar
Hedding, Columbus, Ohio; Walter Hedding, Chicago; Arthur Hedding, Kansas City, Mo.; and
Mrs. Joe Bartello, Decatur.
For a number of years he worked for Faries Mfg. Co., and later for the
C.B.&Q., but for the last year he has been unable to work owing to failing health. He
has lived in Decatur since he was three years of age. He was a member of Moose lodge.
For the last few years he has been making his home at 1526 East Grand Avenue. The body
was removed to J. J. Moran & Sons Funeral home to await funeral arrangements.
Decatur Evening Herald, Decatur, IL, Wednesday, 14 Sep 1927, pg. 3
HEDDING, David Bender
OLD RESIDENT OF OAKLEY IS DEAD
David B. Hedding Yields to Pneumonia
Oakley, Feb. 11 -----
David B. Hedding died Sunday morning at the home at the son. Elmer
Hedding of this place, from pneumonia, at the nge of seventy- seven years. The funeral
will be held at the Oakley church at 11 a. m. Tuesday, with burial in the Cumberland
cemetery one mile east and one-half mile north of Argenta.
Dunham Post. G.A.R. of Decatur, will have charge of the service, followed
by other services. The Post will go Oakley by interurban.
BORN IN PENNSYLVANIA
David Bender Hedding was born Dec 31, 1846, at Carlisle, Pa.; died Feb
20, 1924, aged seventy-seven years, one month, ten days. On Jan. 26, 1871, he married
Miss Eliza Clothier. Three children were born, two dying in infancy. The other, Mrs. Ada
Hiser, resides near Oakley. Mrs. Hedding died in 1876, and in the spring of 1879 he
married Almyra Alsbury. To this union, were born two sons, Elmer Hedding of Oakley and
Albert Hedding of Decatur. Besides the three children. Mr. Hedding leaves one stepdaughter,
Mrs. E.E. Sensenbaugh of Oakley, eleven grandchildren, one sister Mrs. Ella Abbott of
Oakley, and two brothers, Zachariah Hedding of Marion, Ohio and William Hedding of
Canton, Ohio. Mrs. Almyra Hedding died about four years ago.
CIVIL WAR VETERAN
Mr. Hedding was a veteran of the Civil war, having enlisted in Marion,
Ohio, June 25, 1863 for six moths in the Fifth Independent Batt. and re-enlisted Dec.
23, 1963, serving until the close of the war in Co. B., 13th Ohio Cav. He was a member
of Dunham Post. G. A. R., Decatur. He was resident of Oakley for the last forty-eight
Decatur Review, Decatur, IL | Monday, 11 Feb 1924, pg. 2
HEDGES, Adalline (Stuart)
Born: Jun 07, 1861 in Macon Co, IL
Died: Jan 27, 1938 in Seward Co., NB
Buried: Seward Cem, Seward, Seward Co, NE
Parents: John T. & Minerva A. (Young) Stuart
Married: Dec 30, 1891 to Charles Hedges
Children: Elise, Emma & Ida
Mrs. Melinda Heffner, aged 33 years, died on Sunday, Nov. 16, 1879, at her late
residence on North Main street, of consumption, after an illness of four months. Deceased was
the wife of Mr. J.A. Heffner, the sewing machine oil manufacturer and repairer, and leaves
two girls, aged respectively 12 and 5 years. She was a consistent member of the First M.E.
Church, and passed peacefully away at 10:15 a.m., surrounded by her husband and children and
The funeral will take place from the First M.E. church at 2 p.m. on Tuesday,
Nov. 18, the pastor, Rev. Dr. Goodwin officiating. Friends of the family are invited to
Decatur Daily Republican, 17 Nov 1879
HEFT, Elizabeth (Davis)
DIED, At her late home in Austin township, Macon county, Ills., on Saturday, January
27th, 1877, of puerperal fever, Mrs. Elizabeth Heft, wife of Samuel Heft, in the 43d year of her
Mrs. Heft, whose maiden name was Davis, was born near Hardin, Shelby county, Ohio,
May 8th, 1834; married to Samuel Heft, April 10th, 1853, and with her husband emigrated to Illinois
in 1856, having resided principally in the counties of Logan and Macon ever since.
Her illness was very painful and of long duration, but through it all her patience
and fortitude were remarkable. When she realized her end was approaching, she called her family
around her, and, after expressing herself willing and ready to die, with words of cheer and
comfort to them all, she bade them "good-bye." So passed from earth a faithful wife and good
mother, esteemed and respected by all who knew her. She leaves a husband, eight children, and a
large circle of friends to mourn her loss. Her funeral was preached by the Rev. Mr. Giffin, from
1st Cor., 13:12 - "For now we see through a glass darkly, but then face to face."
Her remains, followed by the largest procession ever seen in the neighborhood, were
interred in J.W. Emery's cemetery.
Decatur Daily Republican, Decatur, IL, 7 Feb 1877
Died, at his home in Austin township, Macon county, Ill., January 3, 1898,
at about 11 o'clock a.m., Samuel Heft, aged 69 years, 4 months and 12 days. He had been
in ill health for several months prior to his death. He was born in Fairfield county,
Ohio, August 21, 1828, his wife, Elizabeth, having preceded him nearly 21 years: to their
union were born 14 children, five of whom died in infancy. One, Nelson, died February 25,
1871, nearly 17 years of age, and Annie E. died March 9, 1894, in her 28th year. Those
living are William, Foster, Scott, John, Oma, Stella, Clara. Mr. Heft was liked by all who
knew him, whas a good neighbor, being always ready and willing to do his part, was always
found as good as his word, straight and upright in all of his transactions. he tried to
live a Christian life, having been a member of the Methodist Episcopal church for a number
of years and seemed to be prepared for the end. During his severe suffering he spoke often
of being relieved by death. When at last the end came he was conscious to the last, and
had bene talking but a few minutes before. His last words were, "I'm going! I'm going."
He leaves a beautiful home of 160 acres of land, well improved. By his death a good neighbor
is missed. He was one of the early settlers here. Dr. E.N. Wheeler of Latham was the
attending physician, who announced some time ago that death was but a short ways off. The
funeral services took place at the residence Tuesday, January 4, at about 1:30 p.m., conducted
by Rev. W.S. Miller of Chestnut. Mr. Gordon of Mt. Pulaski conveyed the remains to the
family graveyard, known as the Emery cemetery, one and one half miles north of the residence.
The pall bearers were J. Bradshaw, A. Christison, W.E. Williams and C.L. Hadly. All old
acquaintances of the deceased, a large concourse of friends and relatives followed the remains
to their last resting place. The children have the sympathy of the entire community in their
sad bereavement. Peace to his ashes.
Decatur Weekly Republican, 13 Jan 1898
HEGER, Mabel (Cain)
Born: 5 Nov 1887 in Decatur, Macon Co, IL
Died: 8 Apr 1951 in Decatur, Macon Co, IL
Buried: Calvary Cem, Macon Co, IL
Parents: Louis & Belle Reed
HEIL, Mrs. Clara J., 85
Born: in Whitmore Township, Aug. 11, 1864
Died: at home in Maroa, 11:40 am today, ill for several months
Buried: Maroa Cemetery
Parents: Mr. and Mrs. Sylvester Hendricks
Married: to William Heil in Decatur Mar. 4, 1886
Member: Garver United Brethren Church
Survivors: 2 daughters, Mrs. Florence Groves and Mrs. Mary Bateman, both of Maroa; son, William
of Maroa; Half sister, Mrs. Nellie Easter of Decatur; Half brother, Charles Hendricks of Tulda
(sic..might be Fulda) Minn.; 4 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren
Funeral Home: Dawson Wikoff, Funeral is Friday, 2pm at residence
Obit: Decatur Review, Wednesday, December 28, 1949
HEILMAN, Henry, Sr.
Henry Heilman, Sr., after a painful sickness of a week's duration, departed this life
on Sunday evening in the 68th year of his age. He led a lonely life and his death has excited much
pity and sympathy. His mortal remains were deposited on Monday afternoon in the Emery Cemetery.
The Daily Review, Decatur, IL, 3 Jun 1892
The three months old daugheter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Heise, died of lung
trouble at the residence, 831 North Union. The funeral will be held at the residence
at 10:30 o'clock this morning and will be conducted by Rev. Harris.
Decatur Herald, Tuesday, 20 Jan 1903
DIED, in Oakley at 4:50 p.m. on Tuesday, January 17, Guy Helm, of general disability,
aged 84 years. Funeral on Thursday at 1 p.m. from the residence.
Decatur Daily Republican, 18 Jan 1888
Before his death, at Oakley, Guy Helm deeded to Martin V. Helm 40 acres of land,
to Mrs. Anna C. Allen 80 acres and to Mrs. Margaret Corn, 80 acres, all lying in 30, 17, 4 east.
Decatur Daily Republican, 23 Jan 1888
Mary, wife of Guy Helm, died at Oakley on Tuesday, aged 41 years.
Decatur Daily Republican, 16 Jun 1886
HENDRICKS, Anna Pearl (Markwell)
Born: 20 Apr 1876 in Mt. Auburn, Christian Co., IL
Died: 20 June 1964 Houston, Harris Co., TX
Buried: Forest Park Cemetery
Parents: Martin Webster Markwell Alice Ann Kizer
Married: William Ord Hendricks, in Decatur
Children: Daniel Nathan
JOHN HENDERSON DIES SUDDENLY
Had Planned for Family Reunion Today
Instead of attending a family reunion on Christmas day as planned, the
children of John Henderson, 215 West Waggoner Street, are making arrangements for his
funeral. Mr. Henderson died suddenly at his home at 2:30 o’clock Wednesday afternoon.
Mr. Henderson was eighty-seven years old Dec 1. His death was due to
the infirmities of old age and a sudden weakness of the heart. He came to America may
years ago, and when the Civil war broke out he enlisted in Company D of the One Hundred
and Twenty-Seventh Illinois Volunteer Infantry, serving throughout the war. For the last
seventy years he has lived in Decatur.
His wife and the following children; Mrs. F.L. Traver of Decatur; F.A.
Henderson of San Bernardino, Cal., Mrs. A. Cater of McCook, Neb., and William Henderson
of Buffalo, N. Y, survive him. F. A. Henderson and wife arrived a few days ago. Mrs
Cater and her husband arrived Thursday morning and William Henderson and family arrived
later in the day.
Mr. Henderson was a member of the Masonic fraternity and of the G.A.R. The
body was removed to the Moran & Sons undertaking establishment and prepared for
Decatur Daily Review, Decatur, IL, Thursday, 25 Dec 1924, pg. 2
AN OLD SETTLER GONE
Mrs. Margaret Henkle, one of the old residents of the city, died at 9:05 a.m.
Monday, Dec. 30, at her home, 350 South Webster street, aged nearly 80 years. She had been
in failing health for some time.
Mrs. Henkle's maiden name was Margaret Ferrell and she was born April 7, 1821,
at Covington, Ky. She was married to Benson Henkle of Virginia on June 24, 1840, and to the
couple were born nine children, five of whom are dead. The others were with their mother at
the time of her death. Mrs. Mary L. Haworth and Mrs. C.M. Allison are two of the children.
Mrs. Henkle was left a widow in February, 1883. She was a woman of strong
character and was a good mother and always helpful to those in need. Mrs. Henkle lived in
Decatur since 1853, and was therefore widely known.
The time of the funeral will be announced later.
Decatur Review, 30 Dec 1901
HENNEBERRY, Anna (Dunn)
Born: 10 Jul 1874 in Warrensburg, Macon Co., IL
Died: 29 May 1955 in Dalton City, IL
Buried: St. Isidores Cemetery near Dalton City, IL
Parents: Peter and Mary Dempsey Dunn.
Married: 30 Apr 1895 to John Henneberry
Survivors: Three sons, Harry, Hammond, IL; Wayne, Lake City, John, Dalton City; three
daughters, Mrs. Louise Brown, Macon, Mrs. Helen Smith, Dalton City, and Mrs. Bess Ibison,
Chicago; a sister, Mrs. Nellie McCarthy, Vernon, Tex; 18 grandchildren and seven
Submitted by:Kay Robinson
Anna Henneberry was the submitter's gr-grand aunt.
16 Mar 1886
The funeral of the infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Henry took place yesterday
forenoon, from the family residence on East Washington street. The child was four months and
seven days old, and died in a spasm on Sunday forenoon.
The Daily Review, Decatur, IL, 16 Mar 1886
HENSON, Robert L.
DUST TO DUST
Elder J. W. Tyler officiated at the funeral of the late Robert L,
Henson, of Dalton City, which took place at Boiling Springs Church on Friday, 26th.
It was largely attended by Dalton and Decatur friends. The deceased was born in Casey
County, Ky., Feb 16, 1836, and died Oct 25, 1883, aged 47 years, 8 months and 9 days.
He enlisted in the late war in October 1862, in Co. B, 116 Ill. Inf., and served a
term of three years and recieved an honorable discharge in 1865. He was a true and
faithful soldier. He leaves a wife and six children and other friends to mourn his
loss. The diseased was shot through the breast at Vicksburg, May 19, 1863, the effect
of said wound finally causing his death. He had been a member of the Christian
Church for about 11 years, and died in the faith.
Decatur Daily Republican, Decatur, IL, Saturday, 27 Oct 1883, pg. 3
HERSHEY, James E.
JAMES HERSHEY DIES AT CAMP
Soldier is Victim of Pneumonia
Private James E. Hershey of the Thirteenth Company, Fourth Battalion,
One Hundred and Sixty-Third Depot Brigade, died of pneumonia Monday morning at Camp
Dodge, Iowa. He was twenty-nine years old. He had been ill for eight weeks. Mr. Hershey
was a son of Mrs Kate Hershey and a sister of Miss Nell Hershey, both of Chillicothe,
Illinois. They were with him at Camp Dodge after the first week of his illness, and
Tuesday morning they brought the body back to Decatur.
They were accompanied by Sergeant Earl S. Bickal of the same company. The
body was removed to the Moran undertaking establishment and later to the home of his
uncle Elmer E. Hershey, 1552 East Main Street. Mr Hershey was in the draft contingent
that left Chillicothe airport. He was taken ill after being in camp only a short time.
Decatur Review, Decatur, IL, Tuesday, 11 Jun 1918, pg. 12
HESS, William H.
William H. Hess died on Sunday mrorning at 9 o'clock at his home on the Spangler
farm east of the city, aged 25 years. The deceased leaves a wife and one child. His death was
caused by typhoid fever. The funeral is in progess this afternoon from the residence. The
burial will be at Foutz cemetery.
Daily Republican, Decatur, IL, 8 Oct 1894
HEWITT, Sarah Elizabeth
Born: 24 Mar 1840 in New London Co, CT
Died: 26 May 1916 in Decatur, Macon Co, IL
Parents: Benadam & Desire Randall Hewitt
Married: 1867 in New London Co, Ct to James Allen Peabody
Children: John Randall Peabody, Lucy Esther Venters & Agnes May Peabody
HIGGINS, W. S.
Dr. W. S. Higgins died at 3 o'clock Saturday morning, March 23 at the residence of G. B.
Finkenbinder, three miles northwest of Oakley. He was 71 years, 11 months and 7 days old. His
death was caused by heart disease. He was a member of the U. B. Church and was held in high
esteem by a wide circle of friends. He is survived by a daughter, Mrs. G. B. Finkenbinder.
The funeral will be held at 11:00 o'clock today at Fairview Church. The interment will be at
the Dunkard Cemetery.
Decatur Republican, Decatur, Ill page 4
Benjamin Hill, aged twenty years, son of Robert Hill, died on Sunday evening at his
parents' residence in Blue Mound township, of typhoid pneumonia. The funeral will take place
this morning at eleven a.m., Rev. D.E. May officiating.
The Daily Review, Decatur, IL, 9 Feb 1886
HILL, Francis Green
Death of an Old Settler
F. G. Hill, one of the oldest settlers of Macon county, died at his home near
Boody last evening. He was born in Virginia on September 19th, 1800, and is therefore nearly 85
years old. He came to Illinois in 1827 and has lived ever since on the farm where he died. His
wife died nearly forty years ago. His surviving children are Robt. and J. E. Hill and Mrs. E.
McDaniels, Mrs. J. F. Muirhide and Mrs. J. Widick. The deceased has been sick for three weeks.
The funeral will take place to-day at 2 o'clock from the brick church in Boody, Rev. W. L.
Review, Decatur IL, Saturday 6 Jun 1885, pg. 3
HIMES, Ella Mae (Marsh)
Ella Mae (MARSH) HIMES born 3 April 1922 Maroa, Macon Co, Illinois died 26
April 2006 Belen, Valencia Co, New Mexico. Ella was born in the old two-story red brick
homestead farmhouse of her paternal great-grandfather John MARSH east of Maroa, Illinois in
Friends Creek twp., Macon Co, Illinois built around Civil War time. Ellas brother owns the
old farmhouse and lives there now.
Ella Mae (MARSH) was a daughter of Charles Herbert MARSH & Janie Mae (STOGSDILL).
Ellas paternal grandparents were Jesse MARSH & Ella Victoria (RAY).
Ellas maternal grandparents were Charles Edward STOGSDILL & Rose Ann (LEATHERS).
Ellas paternal great-grandparents were John MARSH & Henrietta Jane (SHERMAN) & Thomas L. RAY & Margaret C. (SEGRASS).
Ellas maternal great-grandparents were James Charles STOGSDILL & Mary Ann (FRAZEE) & William L. LEATHERS & Sarah Jane (MCCORMACK/MCCORMICK).
My website has mothers ancestry with many other surnames, Christian names, dates and places.
I would enjoy hearing from other relatives and friends.
My mother Ella Mae died on my 67th birthday 26 April.
Submitted by Beverly Barger
Mahalia, wife of Henry Himsted, died last evening at the family residence, No. 407
East William street, after a short illness of lung fever. She was fifty-three years of age and
leaves a husband and four children. The remains will be taken to Maroa to-morrow morning, and
will be buried there. Funeral services will be held at the Christian church.
The Daily Review, Decatur, IL, 14 Feb 1886
Retired Farmer Succumbs at Hospital Following Six Weeks' Illness.
Charles W. Hines, 70, died at 4:05 p.m. Tuesday in St. Mary's hospital. His home was at 725
West Eldorado street. He had been ill for the last six weeks but his condition did not become
serious until last Thursday. He was taken to the hospital Sunday.
Mr. Hines was born in Jacksonvill Oct. 3, 1863, a son of the late George and Mary Griffin
Hines, who for many years were residents of Dalton City. He and Miss Josephine Donovan were
married in Jacksonville, April 23, 1890. They came to Macon county many years ago and for more
than 20 years Mr. Hines was engaged in farming five miles east of Moweaqua. He retired in
1918 and moved to Decatur, which has been the family home ever since. He was a member of St.
Patrick's Catholic church.
He leaves his wife and the following children: Paul L. Hines, Mrs. William Lees, Misses
Teresa, Josephine and Frances Hines, all of Decatur; Misses Mary R. and Grace H. Hines, Washington,
D.C.; Mrs. William Maher, Assumption and Mrs. Frank Doyle, Tucson, Ariz. The body was taken to
the Moran & Sons funeral home.
Decatur Review - Sep 27, 1933 - page 12
Funeral services for Mrs. Johanna Hines, 76, who died in her home, 725 West Eldorado street,
at 5:30 a.m. Saturday, after an illness of seven months, will be held at 9 a.m. Tuesday in St.
Patrick's Catholic church. Burial will be in Calvary cemetery. Friends may call at the residence
after 1 p.m. today.
Mrs. Hines was born the daughter of Patrick and Margaret Donovan of Jacksonville, June 20,
1861. She and Charles W. Hines, who died Sept. 26, 1933, were married April 23, 1890, in Jacksonville.
They came to Decatur 19 years ago from Jacksonville.
She leaves the following children: Paul, Teresa, Josephine and Frances Hines, and Mrs. Anna
Lees, all of Decatur; Mary R. and Grace Hines, Washington, D.C.; Mrs. Catherine Doyle, Tuscon,
Ariz.; and Mrs. Margaret Maher, Assumption. She also leaves three grandchildren.
Decatur Review - Feb 28, 1937 - page 9
HINES, Thomas J.
Funeral services for Thomas J. Hines will be conducted in the St. Stanislaus church in Macon
at 9 a.m. Monday. Burial will be in Macon cemetery.
Mr. Hines died at 4:30 a.m. Friday in
the home of his brother, Mat Hines, near Macon. Death was atributed to influenza.
He was born near Franklin Feb. 13, 1870, and had been a resident in or near Macon for many
years. He leaves two brothers, Mat Hines and Mike Hines, both of near Macon. The body will be
in the Mat Hines home until time for the services.
Decatur Review - Mar 20, 1937 - page 6
Mike Hines, 66, a native of Decatur, died Monday in Mohler, Idaho, where he had lived since
1905, according to word received here.
Mr. Hines was born on a farm near here on July 25, 1874, a son of Mr. and Mrs. George Hines.
He was married to Mary Sullivan in Decatur in 1903, and two years later, they moved to Idaho.
He leaves the widow, a son and daughter in Mohler and three sisters, Mrs. P. T. Walsh, Mrs.
Kathrne[sic] Cullen, and Miss Ann Hines, all of Decatur.
Decatur Review (abt 1940)
Talbert, the seven-year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Hinkle, living three miles
northwest of Forsythe, died of diptheria on Sunday, at midnight. The funeral will take place
to-day from the Methodist church at Forsythe. The remains will be buried at Greenwood.
The Daily Review (Decatur), 9 Feb 1886
MISS FLORENCE HINTON
The body of Miss Florence Hinton, Decatur Red Cross nurse who died in
France more than two years ago while on duty during the war, is expected to arrive
in Decatur this evening.
Her mother, Mrs. Effie M. Hinton, received word Wednesday that the body
had reached Hoboken and would be shipped to Decatur at 11 o’clock that morning. The
body will be taken to the Monson & Wilcox chapel.
Decatur Daily Review, Decatur, IL, Thursday, 30 Dec 1920, pg. 7
LARGE CROWD AT HINTON FUNERAL
Bury Red Cross Nurse With Military Honors
LEGION AS ESCORT
Handsome Memorial Plate Comes From France
An account of the buried of Florence Hinton who was buried in Greenwood
cemetery with full military honors on January 2, 1921. (This article is fuzzy and hard
to read. Possible death date of 1918 in France.)
Decatur Daily Review, Decatur, IL, Sunday, 2 Jan 1921, pg. 12
CHARLES HIRSCH DIES AT OREANA
Well Known Retired Farmer Succumbs
Charles Hirsch, a well known retired farmer, died at his home of his son, Christian
J. Hirsch, a mile and a half south of Oreana, at 4:20 Friday afternoon. He was almost seventy
years old. The immediate cause of his death was uraemic poisoning. He had been a sufferer from
gall stones for several years. He had been able to be up and around the house, and his condition
did not appear to be serious until last Monday.
BORN AT YORK, PA.
Mr. Hirsch was born at Little York, Pa., Sept. 1, 1845. He came with his parents
to Macon county when he was seven years old. He and Miss Mary A. Garver were married near Oreana
on March 13, 1873. Mrs. Hirsch died twenty years ago. Mr. Hirsch is survived by one son Christian
J. Hirsch, with whom he has made his home since the death of his wife.
Besides his son he leaves five grandchildren, two brothers and three sisters; John
Hirsch of La Place; Henry Hirsch of Decatur; Mrs. Mary Garver of Decatur; Mrs. D.M. Good of
Green's Switch and Mrs. Catherine Roberts of Argenta. He was widely known and was held in high
regard in the community. He was converted during the Pledger meeting in Warrensburg several
The funeral will be held at 11 o'clock Sunday morning at the Union church, the
funeral party leaving the residence at 10:30. The interment will be in the Union cemetery.
The Daily Review, Decatur, IL, 10 Jul 1915
Abraham Hiser of Oakley Dies
Resident of Macon County 75 Years
Abraham Hiser, a resident of Macon county for seventy-five years, died at 2:30 o'clock
Tuesday morning at the family home in Oakley. He was eighty-five years old last August. His death
was due to the infirmities of age. He had been steadily failing in health for the last few years and
had been confined to his bed for the last three weeks.
WALKED PART WAY
Mr. Hiser was born in Cumberland Co., Pa., Aug. 28, 1840. He came to Macon county when
he was ten years old, walking about half the way. His parents settled in the Garver settlement
northeast of Decatur. Mr. Hiser had lived in Oakley township for the last forty-six years. He and
Miss Susan Garver were married Jan. 31, 1867. They would have celebrated their fifty-ninth wedding
anniversary next January.
NOTED FOR LONGEVITY
Mr. Hiser was the youngest of a family of ten children, and is the last of his family.
The family was noted for its longevity. Four o his brothers were over eighty-five years old when they
died, and one sister was eighty years old.
Mr. Hiser was a veteran of the Civil war, having enlisted in company K One Hundred and
Fifty-Second Illinois Volunteer Infantry. He united with the United Brethren church when a young man
and had always taken a great interest in the work of the church. He leaves his wife and two children,
Mrs. William Stare and B.F. Hiser, both of Oakley. There is one grandson, Raymond Stare.
The funeral will be held at 2 o'clock Thursday afternoon at the church in Oakley. The
burial will be in the Cerro Gordo cemetery.
Decatur Review, Tuesday, 15 Dec 1925
HISER, Ira Wayne
Ira Wayne Hiser, son of Mr. and Mrs. George Hiser, died at the family home, eight
miles northeast of Decatur, Thursday of measles. He was two year six months and seventeen days
Friends met at the home at 10 o'clock Friday morning and the burial was at 11
o'clock at the Wheeler cemetery. On account of the sickness of the rest of the family no funeral
service was held.
There were eight children in the Hiser family and all were down with the measles.
The mother also is ill. The remaining seven children are still sick.
The Daily Review, Decatur, IL, 4 Mar 1910
John Hiser, one of the old residents of Macon county, died at 7 o'clock Friday evening
at his home near Oakley. He was almost 86 years old and his death was due to the infirmities of age.
He came to Macon county from Pennsylvania long before the war.
He is survived by the following children: George Hiser of Oakley, Jacob Hiser of Cerro
Gordo, Sylvester Heiser of Decatur, Mrs. Jane Knisely of Decatur, Mrs. Lida Walters of Pana, and
Harvey and Will Hiser, who left Tuesday for Mexico. He also leaves four brothers and one sister,
Abraham Hiser of Oakley, George Hiser of Decatur, Will Hiser of Oakley, Levi Hiser of Forsyth, and
Mrs. Eliza Miller of Decatur. Three other sisters and a brother are dead.
The funeral will be held Sunday forenoon. There will be a short service at 10 o'clock
at the residence, followed by regbular services at 11 o'clock at Fairview church. The interment will
be in Frantz cemetery.
The Daily Review, Decatur, IL, Saturday, 7 Mar 1908
Miss Sarah Hiser, a spinster, aged 80 years, died at 7 p.m., Friday, March 10, at the
home of her brother, Abraham Hiser, near Oakley. Death was caused by an attack of the grip and old
age. The deceased was a sister of George Hiser of Decatur, Levi Hiser of Forsyth and John Hiser,
Mrs. Samuel Miller and Mrs. D.W. Garver, all of Cerro Gordo.
The funeral will be held at 11 o'clock Sunday forenoon from the Garver church.
Decatur Evening Republican, 11 Mar 1899
HISER, Sarah (Hess)
Mrs. Sarah A. Hiser, wife of John Hiser, passed away in death at 2:30 o'clock this
morning at the family home at Cerro Gordo, aged 62 years. Death was due to paralysis. The deceased
was the mother of ten children, nine of whom with the husband survive. The children are: George
Hiser of Oakley, William Hiser of Hammond, Albert Hiser of LaPlace, Jacob and Harvey Hiser of
Cerro Gordo, Sylvester Hiser of Decatur, Mrs. Nancy Hiser of Decatur, Mrs. Melissa Sites and
Mrs. Lydia A. Walters of Oakley. The funeral will be held at the Methodist church at Cerro
Gordo on Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock.
Decatur Daily Republican, 23 May 1896
HISER, Sarah (Boneham)
The funeral of Mrs. Levi Hiser will be held Sunday. The cortege will leave the
residence near Forsyth at about 10 o'clock and the services will be held at the brick church near
the Garver homestead south of Oreana about noon.
The Daily Review, Decatur, IL, 16 Nov 1901
Funeral services for the late Mrs. Laura Hitt of Maroa will be held from the Methodist
Church here at 2:30 o'clock Wednesday afternoon, Rev. Ernest Campbell officiating. Interment
will be made at Maroa.
Mrs. Hitt's maiden name was Laura Samantha Williams. She was born near Clinton July 13, 1856.
In 1884, she married Martin Hitt in Clinton. Two children who survive were born to this union.
She had been in failing health for some time past. A little over 2 weeks ago, she was taken
to Clinton to the John Warner Hospital where she passed away at 8 o'clock Sunday evening.
Surviving are the husband, a prominent businessman of Maroa, and 2 sons Dick Hitt, a Clinton
garageman, and Roland Hitt, who is in the Army. A message was received from the latter Sunday
stating that he had arrived in New York and was on his way home from Camp Mills, NY.
Besides the husband and children, there are surviving one grandchild, Tressa, daughter of
Dick Hitt, w brothers Sylvester Williams of Maroa and Alexander Williams of Kansas, and 2
sisters, Mrs. Amanda Woody and Mrs. S. Buck of Decatur
Decatur Daily Review, Tues, May 20, 1919
HITT, Tabitha J.
Born: @76y3m old
Died: 25 Nov 1913
Buried: Maroa Cem.
Children: Mrs. W D Smart
HITT, Rolla E.
Born: 2 Mar 1895 in Maroa
Died: 4 Oct 1953
Buried: Maroa Cem.
Parents: Martin and Laura Williams Hitt
Married: 2 Jul 1919 to Pauline Parr in Bloomington
ROB’T HOLDERNESS DEAD
Was a Veteran of Mexican War and Was 81 Years of Age
HE DIED AT QUINCY
Robert Holderness died at Quincy on Monday, December 18. He had been
a resident of this county for many years and al the time of his death was 81years
of age. He is survived by five children as follows: Mrs. Alice Shoemaker of Forsyth,
Harry Holderness of Decatur, Tell Holderness of Warrensburg and Robert of Bloomington.
The remains will be brought here for burial but the time has not yet been stated.
The funeral will be at Boiling Springs.
Mr. Holderness was born in England in 1821 and came to America when he
was seventeen years old. He was a veteran o£ the Mexican war and was respected by all
who knew him and leaves many to mourn his death.
Decatur Herald, Decatur, IL, Friday, 22 Dec 1905, pg. 2
Robert Holderness' Body
The remains of Robert Holderness, who died at Quincy December 18, arrived
last night and were removed to Moran’s chapel.
Decatur Herald, Decatur, IL, Friday, 22 Dec 1905, pg. 6
L.F. Holland died at 1:30 Tuesday afternoon at the family residence,
1387 North Clinton Street. He was over seventy-three years old. His death was caused
by a complication of diseases. He was born at Greenville, Ill., July 30,1840. He
was a veteran of the Civil war. He came to Decatur about four years ago.
He was employed by the Illinois Central Traction Company at the substation
at Emery until his health failed shortly after Thanksgiving. He is survived by four
daughters, Mrs. May Unholtz of Plensanton, Cal., Mrs. Edith Cook of Bakersfield, Cal.,
Mrs. Nellie Lipnight and Miss Nora Holland, and one son, Hal Holland, all of Decatur.
He was a member of Irvin lodge No 344, I.O.O.F. of Bement, Monticello
Encampment No. 145. I.O.O.F., and Bement lodge No. 365, A.F. and A.M., Bement Chapter
No. 65, R.A.M., and the Bement G.A.R. post.
The funeral will be held at 2:30 Thursday afternoon at the residence,
the services will be conducted by Rev r, K. Mills, pastor of the First Baptist Church.
The interment will be in Greenwood.
Daily Review, Decatur, IL, Wednesday, 14 Jan 1914, pg. 12
Thelma Holland, age 87 of Gibson City died at 12:25 a.m. Friday 5-10-2002 at
BroMenn Healthcare Center in Normal. Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Monday
May 13 at Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City with the Reverend Randall Robinson
officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery in Gibson City. Visitation was
from 10 - 11 May 13 at the funeral home. Ms. Holland was born 2-10-1915 in
Champaign County, a daughter of William and Etta Elizabeth Kegley Holland. Survivors
include one brother, Earl Holland of Gibson City; two nieces and five nephews.
She was preceded in death by two sisters. Ms. Holland was an elementary school
teacher in Fisher, Gibson City and before retiring, in Decatur. She was a member of the
National Teachers Association and the Gibson City Woman's Club. Memorials may
be made to the Gibson City Woman's Club or to an organization of the donor's choice.
Submitted by: Sally Hursh from unknown newspaper.
Photos of Thelma Holland's classes and the faculty she taught beside.
HOLLAR, Elias C.
ELIAS C. HOLLAR OF WARRENSBURG DIES
Retired Farmer Claimed by Sudden Heart Attack
Elias C. Hollar, 72, died in his home near Warrensburg, Wednesday
evening at 11 o'clock. Mr. Hollar had been in failing health for the past four
years. Death was caused by heart failure and complications.
Elias Hollar was born in Franklin county, Pa., Oct. 8, 1858. He
was married to Miss Clara Ferry on Oct. 2, 1884. He came to Illinois in 1879,
and for the past 52 years had farmed in the Warrensburg community. He was a
member of Dove lodge No. 600, I.O.O.F., and the Warrensburg Methodist church. He
had served on the Macon county board of supervisors and was a member of the school
board of trustees of Austin township.
Besides his wife, Mr. Hollar leaves two daughters, Miss Grace and
Miss Ruth Hollar, both at home; and one son, Kenneth, of Danville. He also
leaves three grandchildren; a half-brother, Phillip, and a half-sister, Mrs.
Myrtle Brandt of Chambersburg, Pa. One son died in infancy, and another son,
Joseph, died in 1926.
The body was removed to the Leon Monson funeral home. Funeral
services will be conducted Saturday morning at 10 o'clock in the Warrensburg
Methodist church, by Rev. Donald Gibbs and Rev. Mr. Lawrence of Sullivan.
Burial will be in Graceland cemetery. The body will be in the residence
from 4 o'clock Friday afternoon until service time.
Decatur Evening Herald, 21 May 1931
HOLLINBANK, Cornelius C.
C.C. Hollinbank Dead
Cornelius C. Hollinbank died of brain trouble today at his home, 450
South Main Street. He has been in bad health for some time. Mr. Hollinbank was wounded
in the Civil war and brain trouble was the result. He was a member of Company G, Sixty-Seventh
Illinois Volunteers and afterwards was lieutenant in Company K., Forty-Third Illinois
The funeral will be held from the residence at 3 p.m. tomorrow. The members
of Dunham Post No. 141, G.A.R. will have charge.
Daily Review, Decatur, IL, Thursday, 21 Sep 1899, pg. 8
HOLT, Mrs. Eliza
The funeral of Mrs. Eliza Holt will take place from the residence of her son, C.J.
Holt, 521 West William street at 2 o'clock this afternoon.
Daily Review, 4 January 1894
HOMELLE, Elizabeth (Mrs.)
Mrs. Elizabeth Homelle died yesterday morning at half-past nine o'clock at No. 1114
East William street. The deceased was fifty-seven years old and has long been a sufferer from
consumption, which was the cause of her death. The funeral will take place to-morrow morning
at eight o'clock from the German Catholic church.
Daily Review, Decatur, IL, 16 May 1886
HOOVER, Homer H.
H.H. 'Dick' Hoover Dies At Age of 87
Served in Civil War With Ohio Regiment
Homer H. Hoover, familiarly known as "Dick" Hoover, died at 12:30 o'clock
Friday morning at the family residence, 109 South Edward Street. He was eighty-seven years
old and was a veteran of the Civil war. He had been in failing health for some time,
suffering from complications incident to old age.
Mr. Hoover was born in Galena, Ohio, in 1840. He served through the civil
war as a member of an Ohio regiment. The late G. W. Scovill was a member of the same
WAS TRAVELING SALESMAN
Mr. Hoover came to Decatur fifty-three years ago, and for a number of years
was associated with the late J.R. Race as a traveling salesman. He and Miss Lucy McKnight
of Perrilgo, Kan, were married in 1876. After leaving the Race Clothing Company, Mr. Hoover
was engaged in business for himself in Maroa for a number of years. Later he engaged in
farming a few miles west of Decatur. He retired twenty-three years ago and moved into
Decatur, where he has resided ever since.
He was a member of Dunham post, 141, G.A.R. He was well known among the old
residents of Macon county and central Illinois, having gained a wide acquaintance while
a traveling salesman.
He was the father of ten children. Five of the children preceded him in
death. He is survived by his wife and the following children, Misses Lucy A. and Helen
Hoover of Decatur, Cash Hoover of Maroa, Mrs Maude McCurdy of Kenosha, Wis., and Homer
E. Hoover of Youngstown, Ohio.
The body was taken to L. A. Monson, funeral director, and prepared for
Decatur Review, Decatur, IL, Friday, 25 Nov 1927, pg. 12
David Hopkins, an old and well known citizen of this county, died at his residence
in Wheatland township last Sunday evening, at the age of 64.
Decatur Review, Decatur, IL, 31 Mar 1870
Samuel Hopkins Ill 5 Days, Dies
Had Lived in County for Last 80 Years
Samuel S. Hopkins, a resident of Macon county for the last eighty years,
died Friday morning at 3 o'clock in the home of his daughter, Mrs. Elmer R. Elder,
1046 North College Street, following an illness of five days with pneumonia.
Mr. Hopkins was born Nov. 24, 1846 in Pickaway County, Ohio. He came
to Macon County at the age of five years with his parents and first lived on a farm
four miles south of Decatur. Mr. Hopkins spent the greater part of his life on a farm
in the vicinity of Elwin and conducted a store in Elwin for about thirteen years. He
was postmaster at Elwin for ten years.
In 1872 Mr. Hopkins was married to Emmaretta Williams who proceeded him
in death twenty-one years ago. To this union were born five children, William R.
Hopkins, Mrs. Martin E. Connard and Mrs. E. R. Elder, all of Decatur, David Tracy Hopkins
of Hollywood, Cal., and Miss Bessie L. Hopkins died Mar. 2, 1916. He also leaves his
sister Mrs. C.T. Wells of Decatur, eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Mr. Hopkins was a life long member of the Methodist Church and always
was active in the Sunday school and church work in his early and middle life. He was
a member of Judge J. H. McCoy’s Sunday school class and very seldom missed attending
the First Methodist church services. The body was removed to the Dawson and Wikoff
Decatur Daily Review, Decatur, IL, Friday, 20 Feb 1931, pg. 16
Frank, the 8-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. James Hoppie, died Saturday evening
at 8 o'clock at the family residence 556 North Calhoun street. The funeral was held this
afternoon at 1:30 o'clock from the residence. Burial at Spangler's cemetery.
Daily Republican, Decatur, IL, 14 Oct 1895
CHAS. HOPPING DEAD
Had Lived In Decatur Since Soon After the War
Charles Hopping died at 8:55 Saturday night at his home at 813 East Wood
Street, after an illness of six weeks. Mr. Hopping was born July 13, 1827, at Dover,
N.J. He was married at Central City, Colo., March 31, 1861, to Miss Anna B. Young.
The widow and four children survive. The children are Mrs. B. Kirkwood of Pueblo,
Colo., Harry H. Hopping, of Reno, Nev., Charles C. of Chicago and Mrs. Arthur P. Kenny
He enlisted in the First New Mexican cavalry in 1861, and served as a
musician. After the war he came to Decatur and started up in the photograph business.
He was a member of the old Decatur Silver Cornet band. He was a member of Dunham
post, G.A.R., which body will have charge of the funeral services. The services
will be held at the home, 843 East Wood Street, Monday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock.
Daily Review, Decatur, IL, Sunday, 29 Nov 1903, pg. 5
HORNBECK, John W.
John W. Hornbeck, for many years an employ in Wabash shops died of pneumonia Friday night at
8:30 o'clock in his home in Forsyth. Funeral services probably will be Sunday afternoon in
J. W. Hornbeck was born Aug. 15, 1853, on what is known as Montgomery farm north of Decatur
and all of his life had been passed in Macon county. He was married to Theresa J. Stone Sept
9, 1879. He leaves his daughters Mrs. Letha J. Travis of Denver, Col.; Mrs. Carrie Colbeck of
Decatur and his son James Hornbeck of Chicago; there are five grandchildren; also two sisters,
Mrs.James Gepford of Oklahoma City and Mrs. Margaret Hauser of California.
Assumed to be clipped from Forsyth paper.
His date of death was 4 May, 1928.
Submitted by: Sandy Price
We announced in Tuesday's Republican that Jacob Hostetler was
seriously ill with the small-pox. He has, since that time been reported to be
improving, but it seems that he began to grow worse yesterday evening, and at
4 o'clock this morning expired at his residence, six miles south-west of this
city. He was one of the oldest settlers in this part of the State, and was well
known throughout the county. He was one of the first men to engage in the
raising of fruit in this part of the State, in which department of husbandry
he was eminently successful. He was 62 years, 6 months and 5 days old, at
the time of his death.
Daily Republican (Decatur), 11 Jan 1873
HOSTETLER, John J.
DIED, John H. Hostetler formerly of the firm of Hostetler & Bros., died
at the residence of his father three miles west of Decatur yesterday morning. Mr. Hostetler's
health had been failing for about two years and he had made a trip to the Rocky Mountains
last year for the purpose of recruiting(?) but came back last year in a very debilitated
condtion. He rallied somewhat however and his friends had hopes of his recover until last
Friday, when he became suddenly worse, and died as above stated. He was about 27 years of
age and was highly esteemed by those who knew him best.
Decatur Republican, 26 Mar 1868
HOSTETLER, Rena Parker
Rena Parker, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. V.N. Hostetler, died on
Tuesday morning, August 23, after a three weeks illness, aged 8 months and 14 days.
The funeral will take place from the residence, 341 West Macon street at 9 o'clock
The Daily Review (Decatur), 24 Aug 1892
HOSTETLER, Tabitha (Crum)
A PIONEER GONE
Mrs. Tabitha Hostetler Came Here in 1835
Home Was Settled by Her Husband 66 Years Ago
Mrs. Tabitha Hostetler, one of the early settlers of Macon county
and one of the best known women in it, died at 6:30 Thursday night at her home,
five and a half miles west of Decatur, the same home entered by her husband
from the government over sixty-six years ago. Her death was caused by paralysis.
A few mornings ago she was found unconscious on the floor and though
everything possible was done for her, she continued to sink. The news of her
death will be received with sincerest regret for she was loved and respected
by all who knew her.
She is survived by three children, Francis Hostetler of Latham,
Mrs. Mary J. Campbell of Decatur and Mrs. Ellen Hunsley of Harristown township.
Mrs. Hostetler's maiden name was Tabitha Crum. She was born in
Oldham county, Ky., Nov 4, 1818. Her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Crum, were
Virginians and early settlers of Kentucky. On March 11, 1833, she became the
wife of Jacob Hostetler, who died Jan 11, 1873.
Mr. and Mrs. Hostetler moved to Illinois after their wedding and
in September, 1835, they settled on section 14, Harristown township. At that
time settlements in that part of Macon county were few in number. Some
locations had been made along the timber, but north of the Springfield road
all was open and uncultivated prairie. It was never dreamed at that time that
the vast prairie would ever be brought under cultivation. Mr. Hostetler
entered a tract of land upon which a log house had already been built. He
paid for the improvement and moved into the house and occupied it until
better buildings could be erected.
The family was closely identified with pioneer life in the
county. The arrangements have not been made for the funeral.
The Daily Review (Decatur), 22 Nov 1901
HOTT, Gertrude A. (Rude)
Died: 21 Mar 1926 in Decatur, Macon Co, IL
HOTT, Milton T.
Died: 15 Jul 1916 in Decatur, Macon Co, IL
Mrs. Julia Houran, wife of Patrick Houran, died of cancer of the stomach at 7:25
Sunday night, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Edward Marcelle, 121 East Packard street, aged
53 years. The deceased was a prominent member of St. Patrick's church and was well known in
this city. She was born in County Kerry, Ireland and came to live in this country when a child.
She lived in Terre Haute until six years ago, when she came to Decatur. Mrs. Houran is survived
by four children, William, Michael and Con Houran, all engineers on the Vandalia railroad and
Mrs. Bridget Marcelle of Decatur.
Decatur Weekly Republican, 3 February 1898
The funeral of the late Mrs. Julia Houran was held at 11 o'clock this morning from
St. Patrick's Catholic church. The services were conducted by the Rev. Father Brady, and the
burial was at the Catholic cemetery.
Decatur Weekly News, 2 Feb 1898
HOURAN, Michael Grant
Michael Grant Houran, 58, of Decatur died 9:30 am Monday (Oct 21, 1991)in St. Mary's Hospital. Mass
of the Resurrection will be 10am Thursday in Holy Family Catholic Church. Visitation will be 6
to 9 pm, Wednesday in Dawson & Wikoff West Wood Street Funeral Home with 8 pm prayer service.
Burial will be in Friends Creek Cemetery, Argenta. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests
donations to Holy Family Catholic Church.
Mr. Houran was born in Decatur on May 9, 1933, son of Lewis Patrick "Dewey" and Evelyn Ruth
Grant Houran. He was the owner of Houran's Ben Franklin in South Shores and the accountant for
Nuclear Safety Division for the State of Illinois. from 1966 to 1976 he worked for Georgia
Pacific Corporation in Taylorville. He was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church, the Finance
Council at Holy Family and St. Teresa Alumni. He was a US Army verteran. He attended Millikin
University and St. Joseph's College in Indiana and graduated from Denver University. He married
Alice R. Turner on Aug 18, 1956.
Survivors include his wife; daughters, Evelyn R. and her husband Kevin R. Azbell of Springfield;
Elizabeth "Libby" and her husband Terry Kenney of Decatur; sons, Michael T. and James P. Houran,
both of Decatur; grandchildren, Erin and Galen Azbell; Terry Michael, Patrick, James, Bryan
Andrew and Mary Kate Kenney; father-in-law and mother-in-law, James F. and Ruth F. Turner of
Decatur. His parents preceded him in death.
Herald Review, Oct 23, 1991
Patrick Houran died this morning at the home of his daughter, Mrs. E. Marcelle, 121
West Packard, aged 73 years. He was alone when he passed away and was found dead by his daughter
this morning about 6 o'clock. Mr. Houran's death, however, was not unexpected. He had been in
good health until last Friday, when he came home in the evening and suffered a stroke of paralysis.
Since that time he has been helpless and his relatives realized he would never recover. This
morning about 3:30 his daughter left him and retired. When she arose at 6 o'clock this morning
she found her father dead.
Patrick Houran was born in County Carey, Ireland, in 1825. He came to America fifty
years ago and lived most of the time at Terre Haute, Indiana. He resided in Decatur four years
then returned to Terra Haute to live. Last December Mr. Houran with his wife came back to
Decatur to make their home with their daughter Mrs. Marcelle. Mrs. Houran died about five weeks
ago. Mr. Houran was quite well known in this city and was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic
Church. He is survived by four children. They are William, who is employed by the C.E & I
railroad at Terre Haute; Michael of Decatur and Conn P. Houran, both of whom are conductors on
the Vandalia road, and Mrs. E. Marcelle of Decatur.
The funeral will be held from St. Patrick's Catholic church but the time has not
yet been decided and will be announced later when all of the children arrive.
Decatur Weekly Republican, 10 March 1898
The funeral of the late Patrick Houran will be held tomorrow at 8 o'clock from
St. Patrick's Catholic church. The services will be conducted by the Rev. Father Brady and the
burial will be at Greenwood cemetery.
Decatur Weekly Republican, 17 March 1898
Mrs. Catherine Houser died at 1 o'clock Thursday, Feb. 18, at the family residence,
two miles southwest of Forsyth. Her age was 69 years, 4 months and 23 days, and her death was
caused by an attack of the grip. She had been sick nearly all winter.
Mrs. Houser was an old resident of Macon county and leaves many friends to mourn
her departure. She is survived by three sons and four daughters. The funeral will be held at
11 o'clock Saturday afternoon from Fairview church, and the interment will be at Boiling Springs
The Daily Review (Decatur), 19 Feb 1897
David Houser died yesterday afternoon at 4 o'clock at his home four miles northwest of
Decatur. Stomach trouble caused his death. Mr. Houser was 80 years old, and was of the oldest
settlers in his neighborhood. A wife and nine children are left. The funeral will take place
tomorrow morning at 11:00 at the Boling Springs Church. He was a well-to-do farmer."
Decatur Daily Review, 9 Feb 1892
Submitted by T. Lillich, GGG Grandaughter
Mrs. Sarah Jane Houser died at 10 o'clock Friday morning at the home of her sister,
Mrs. Margaret Kipp, on South Main street. Her age was 61 years, 6 months and 27 days. She was
born in Pennsylvania, but had lived in Illinois for fifty-one years. She first settled in Piatt
county and later moved to Macon county. Her husband was a veteran of the Civil war. He and her
children are dead and Mrs. Kipp is her only living relative.
A short funeral service was held at 3:30 this afternoon from Bullard's chapel.
The interment was at Greenwood.
The Daily Review (Decatur), 21 Jan 1905
J.G. HOUSMAN DIES ON VISIT IN HAVANA
Left Harristown Last Fall and Went to New Mexico
J.G. Housman, formerly of Harristown, died at noon Sunday at the home
of his daughter, Mrs. Edward Raunch in Havana, Ill., and the body was taken to Harristown
Tuesday. The funeral will be held there at 2:30 Wednesday afternoon from the Methodist
church. Rev. C.M. Fulk will conduct the services and the interment will be at Harristown cemetery.
Last fall Mr. Housman sold his farm in Harristown Township and with his son went to New
Mexico. They were returning from there and had stopped at Havana to visit relatives when
he died. He was 67 years old and was veteran of the Civil war, as a member of the
Ninety-Fourth Illinois infantry, He was a member of Dunham post, 141, G.A.R. of Decatur.
He leaves two sons, J. H. Housman of Oakwood, Ill., and Frank Housman of
Harristown and one daughter, Mrs. Raunch of Havana. He also leaves two brothers. W.H.
Housman of Brenton, Mo., and R.C. Housman of Corsicana, Mo., and three sisters. Mrs.
O.P. Hay of Washington, D.C., Mrs. L. McGuire of Saratoga. Cal. and Mrs. J.B. Camp
Daily Review, Decatur, IL, Tuesday, 2 Jun 1908, pg. 12
Born: abt 1829 in OH
Died: 6 Apr 1862 Killed at Shiloh
Buried: Union Cem., Macon Co., IL
Parents: Phoebe Houston
Married: Jul 26, 1855 to Mary Jane Querry
Children: no issue
HOWARD, Mrs. Jane
Mrs. Jane Howard died Thuesday afternoon at the home of her sister, Mrs. John
Wallet, at 1638 East Wood street of appendicitis. She is survived by four children, Mrs. Albert
Hall and Charley Hall, both of Decatur, Mrs. Dora Hoffman of Peoria, Mrs. Cora Nelson of Chillicothe,
Ills. She is also survived by six sisters and one brother. They are Mrs. Daniel Zinn of La Place,
Mrs. J.J. Miller and Mrs. W.H. Mills of Decatur, Mrs. A.J. Puhl of Joliet, Mrs. J.U. Allett and
Mrs. J. Glasgow of Decatur and Morton Daubenspeck of St. Louis. The time of the funeral will be
Decatur Daily Review (Decatur), 7 January 1903
The funeral of the late Mrs. Jane Howard was held Thursday forenoon from the family
residence, 1638 East Wood street. Rev. W.J. Davidson conducted the services and the burial was
at Mr. Gilead cemetery.
Decatur Daily Review (Decatur), 8 January 1903
HOWELL, Elwood Garth
HUSBAND TAKES LIFE WITH GUN
After failure to effect a reconciliation with his wife, Electa, 29, Elwood Garth Howell, 35,
killed himself with two bullets fired into his head at his wife's home, 1645 North Railroad
Avenue, at 9:30 pm Wednesday. Joseph N. Moreton, 1247 East Eldorado Street, told police that
he took Howell to the house in a car, saw him shoot himself, then drove away. Moreton notified
police after reading an account of the death this morning. He was to go to police headquarters
this afternoon to give a detailed account of his association with Howell before the shooting.
Howell carried two guns when he entered his wife's apartment and pleaded with her to return
to him. They had been separated since March 29. When Mrs. Howell refused, her husband tossed
a .32 caliber gun on a sofa and walked out. An instant later, Mrs. Howell heard two shots and
found her husband lying dead in front of the porch. Near his feet was an old style .38 caliber
colt gun. It contained two exploded shells and four other shells. Mrs. Howell said her husband
did not threaten her during his visit. The Howell's had lived at 993 East Eldorado street before
they separated. Police could give no reason for Howell throwing one gun on the sofa before he
left the house. The gun held four unexploded shells. Howell also carried a sack containing 24
bullets of .38 caliber.
Mr. Howell was born in Decatur on Feb 9, 1914, and was married on Oct 21, 1942. Besides his
wife, he leaves his father, Charles Howell, Decatur; his mother, Mrs Gertrude King, Michigan; a
brother, Clarence, Chicago; a sister, Mrs Frances Bergmark, Chicago; and six half sisters and a
half brother, all of Decatur; Violet May, Rosa May, Virginia, Gladys, Dottie, Jean and Buddie.
Services will be held at 1 pm, Saturday in the chapel at Moran's funeral home and burial will
be in Greenwood Cemetery. The body may be seen after 10 am Friday.
Decatur Daily Review, Thursday, 18 April 1946
EVERETT HOWELL DIES IN WABASH HOSPITAL
Everett Charles Howell, 69, of 1407 E. Whitmer St. , died at 10:30 am today in the Wabash
Employees Hospital after being ill for several years.
He was born Apriol 16, 1891 in Perry County, Ind., a son of Samuel and Emma Gruber Howell.
Mr. Howell moved to Decatur 40 years ago from Indiana. He retired 14 years ago as a section
laborer with the Wabash Railroad. He married Viola Scott June 1, 1927 in Decatur. She died Nov.
Mr. Howell leaves two sons, Charles D. Howell, Galveston, Tex., and Clarence Howell of
Michigan, and seven daughters, Mrs. Norman (Violet) Russell, Tuscola, Mrs. Donald (Virginia)
Vance, Warrington, Va., Mrs. Keith (Bonnie) Kohr, Logansport, Ind., Mrs. Frances Bergman,
Michigan, and Mrs. Jack (Rosie) Hambrecht, Mrs. Donald (Charlotte) Butler and Mrs. Jerry
(Gladys) Finch, all of Decatur. There are six brothers, Albert T. Howell, Perry County, Ind.,
Jacob R. Howell, Hot Springs, Ark., Paul H. Howell, Towanda, Dwight C. Howell, Detroit, Mich.,
Shirley W. Howell, Decatur, and William Howell, Weldon: a sister, Mrs. Jennie Hendershot, Derby,
Ind., and 24 grandchildren
Funeral arrangements are incomplete at the J.J. Moran & Sons Funeral Home. Burial will be in
Decatur Review, Friday, 24 Feb 1961
The end of a short illness came at 1:45 this morning.
Gilbert Howell died at 1:45 this morning at his residence, 345 East Wood street. Death was caused
by an obscure obstruction of the bowels, which, owning to his age and weakness, could not be
relieved by surgical aid. He has been seriously ill since last Sunday afternoon.
Mr. Howell was born in Orleans County, N.Y. on October 24, 1815, and was therefore 77 years of
age. He was engaged there in milling interests for many years. He married Miss Frances Woods
and they came west, finally settling in Decatur in February 1859, where he has since resided. His
wife died fifteen years ago. There was but one child, Miss Harriett Howell, and she is now the
only surviving relative.
Mr. Howell has never been engaged in active business in Decatur. Immediately after coming to
this city he invested largely in real estate and the care of that has been his only occupation.
He never was an active politician, but he was always an ardent Democrat and took the greatest
interest in the success of his party while he lived.
For one who loved so quiet a life Mr. Howell had a surprisingly large number of friends. This
fact has been brought to notice more in his last illness. Inquiries about him have been made
at the residence by men of all walks of life. The busy business man, the old man himself retired
from business, the workingman on his way from his day's labor, all have been among those who
stopped with kindly solicitudes to offer assistance and sympathy. To all the old citizens of
Decatur Mr. Howell was well known and by all highly esteemed. No arrangements for the funeral
have been made.
Decatur Daily Review, December 2, 1892
HOWELL, Norman Asa
Norman Asa Howell, 70, of Blue Mound died 2:35 pm Saturday, May 14, 1983 in St. Mary's Hospital,
Services will be 1:30 pm Tuesday in Ater Funeral Home, Blue Mound. Visitation after 5pm
Monday with 8 pm Masonic rite. Burial will be in Pleasant Valley Cemetery. Kenney Memorials:
Blue Mound Christian Church.
Mr. Howell was norn in Maroa, son of Asa W. and Lela L. Howell. He was a retired water
superintendent for the village of Blue Mound, a member and trustee of Blue Mound Christian
Church, member of Blue Mound Masonic Lodge, past patron and member of Blue Mound Order of
Eastern Star and a World War II veteran. He married Ernestine Nesbitt in 1937.
Surviving are his wife; son, Kent of Decatur; daughter, Mrs. Ken (Kay) Fritch of Mount
Vernon; brother, James of Maroa; three granchildren. One sister preceded him in death.
Decatur Daily Review, May 16, 1983
HOWELL, Viola M.
Mrs. Viola M. Howell, 45, of 1407 E. Whitmer St., died at 8:20 am yesterday in St. Mary's
Hospital following an illness of three months.
She was born April 23, 1915 in Kentucky. She married Charles Howell June 1, 1927 in Decatur.
Mrs. Howell had been a resident here for 33 years.
She leaves her husband; a son, Charles of Galveston, Tes.; six daughters, Mrs. Jack Hambrecht,
Mrs. Donald Butler, Mrs. Jerry Finch, all of Decatur; Mrs. Norman Russell of Tuscola; Mrs.
Keith Kohr of Logansport, Ind.; Mrs. Donald Vance of Wannington, VA; a sister Mrs. Elsie Petri
of Bloomington; two half-brothers, Ross Bentley and Charles Smith of Missouri and 16 grandchildren.
Herald and Review, Sunday, 13 Nov 1960
HUBBARD, Mrs. W.E.
We are grieved to announce the death of Mrs. W.E. Hubbard, which took place yesterday
morning. Mrs. H. had been ill for some months. Her funeral will take place to morrow at 10 o'clock.
Decatur Review, 1 Dec 1870
HUBBART, James F.
James F. Hubbart, aged 58 years died at his home 1137 North Water Street,
yesterday morning of consumption, after an illness of several years. He leaves a son and
three daughters, Ina, Carrie M., and Mary J. Hubbart. The funeral will take place this
afternoon at 2 o'clock, Rev. George E. Scringer officiating.
The Review, Decatur, IL, Thursday, 26 Mar 1891, pg. 1
James F. Hubbart died of consumption at 8:46 a.m. today at his home, No
1137 North Water Street at aged 68 years and 18 days. The deceased had been an invalid
several years. He leaves a widow and four children, a son and three daughters, Carrie
M. Hubbart, Ina Hubbart and Mary J. Hubbart. Mr. Hubbart served in the late rebellion
as a member of th e107th Illinois regiment. He draws a pension.
Decatur Weekly Republican, Decatur, IL, Thursday, 26 Mar 1891, pg. 1
HUDDLESTON, James Woolard
Born: 6 Mar 1840 near Litchfield in Macoupin Co, IL
Died: 4 Sep 1913 in Escondido, San Diego CA
Parents: William & Rachel (Hendershot) Huddleston
Married: #1 27 Jun 1862 in Decatur IL to Margaret Meheir; #2 2 Jun 1896, Mexico, MO to Mary Antonia (Toney) Meyer
Children: of #1 mar: Charles, James Frank, Hattie, Emma C
HUDDLESTON, Margaret (Meheir)
Mrs. Margaret Huddleston, aged 84, one of Decatur's oldest residents, died
suddenly at the home of her son Frank Huddleston, 305 East Cantrell street at 7:15 Monday
morning, following a stroke of apoplexy. Up until the time she was stricken, Mrs. Huddleston
had been in perfect health for so advanced an age. Mrs. Huddleston was born in County
Tipperary, Ireland, in 1844, and came to Amercia when she was thirteen years old. She came
immediately to Decatur after arriving in America and had lived here ever since.
MARRIED IN 1861
July 14, 1861 she was married to James W. Huddleston in Decautr. Of the six
children born to the union, two died in infancy and a daughter Hattie, died at the age of ten.
She is survived by three children, Charles Huddleston of Bradley, Ill., Frank Huddleston and
Mrs. Louis Norman of Decatur. She is also survived by nine grandchildren and one great
grandchild, and five nieces, Mrs. L. Shorb, Mrs. Richard Fitzpatrick, Mrs. Charles Hockery,
Mrs. John Ryan and Mrs. H.D. Greider. Funeral services will be held Wednesday morning at 8
o'clock at high mass at St. Patrick's church. Burial will be made in Calvary cemetery.
Friends may call between ten and twelve Tuesday morning and between two and four Tuesday
The Daily Review (Decatur), 28 May 1917
HUDELSON, Robert D.
ROBERT D. HUDELSON DIES AT AGE OF 77
Was Prominent Farmer in Blue Mound Township
Robert D. Hudelson, well known and prominent farmer of Macon County,
died Friday at his home in Blue Mound Township, a few miles southwest of Decatur. He
would have been seventy-seven years old in August. His death was caused by heart
trouble. Although he had been in failing health for over six months, his death
Mr. Hudelson was born in Orange County, Indiana, August 9, 1848. He
was only a boy when in 1863 he enlisted in the Fifty-Third Indiana Infantry serving
through the remainder of the war. He came to Macon County in 1870, and on Dec. 24,
1874 he and Miss Mary Elizabeth Mier of Decatur were married. He death occurred in
1888. His second marriage was to Mrs. Emma Portwood an Aug. 12, 1911.
CIVIL WAR VETERAN
Mr. Hudelson was known to all the older residents of Macon County and
to a great many of the younger generation. He had a prominent part in the affairs of
his community, always working for the good of the community. He was loved and
respected by all who knew him. He was one of the old members of Blue Mound chapel.
He was also a member of Dunham Post 141, G.A.R.
"He was only a boy when he enlisted" said the post commander W.F.
Calhoun when he learned of the death of Mr. Hudelson. "He was only sixteen years old,
if I remember right, but he had a chance to see the elephant before he got through,
as did all the boys who served the last years of the war. It was then that much of
the real fighting was done. Bob Hudelson was a favorite in Dunham post. He was good
company and everybody liked him."
Mr. Hudelson is survived by his wife and the following children by
his first wife; Mrs Mary Miller, Mrs. Bertha Smith and Kyner H. Hudelson, all of
South Wheatland Township; Mrs. Clara Warnick of Pana, Mrs. Anna Ross of Blue Mound
township, Will H. Hudelson of Newkirk, Okla., and Grover Hudelson of Forsyth. A
daughter, Mrs. Alma E. Stickel, died in October, 1909. He also leaves a stepdaughter,
Mrs. Cleo Dungan of Long Beach, Cal., and a sister Mrs. George Hill of Decatur.
The funeral will be held at 3 o’clock Sunday afternoon at the Blue
Mound chapel. The burial will be in the family burial ground on the home place. The
members of Dunham Post, G. A. R. will met at 2 o’clock in the hall to attend the
funeral in a body.
Decatur Daily Review, Decatur, IL, Saturday, 18 July 1925, pg. 10
HUDGENS, William B.
Wm. B. Hudgens, of Long Creek, died yesterday morning at ten o’clock, of catarrhal
fever. He was fifty-three years old. The funeral will take place at one o’clock to-day.
The Daily Review, Decatur, IL, 14 Mar 1886
HUDSON, John K.
JOHN K. HUDSON HERE 60 YEARS
Became Overheated Week Ago; Died Last Night
John K. Hudson, well known engineer, died at 10:50 Monday night at the
family residence, 812 North Edward Street. His death was due to the intense heat. Just
a week ago he became overheated while working at the plant of the Stevens Manufacturing
Company and he was confined to his bed, but his condition was not regarded as serious
until Sunday night, when he became much worse and sank rapidly.
HERE SIXTY YEARS
Mr. Hudson was over sixty-nine years old. He was born April 5, 1845, at
Jackson, Ohio. He was only nine years old when his parents moved to Decatur, and he
had lived here practically ever since. He was a veteran of the Civil war, and later
became a locomotive engineer. He was for a time employed on the Wabash. He left the road
thirty-five years ago and had since been working as a stationary engineer. He worked eight
years at the Shellabarger mills, seven years at the Decatur Ice plant, and since last
February he had been working for the Stevens Manufacturing Company.
HAD MANY FRIENDS
Mr. Hudson and Miss Nellie Blakeney were married in Decatur Dec. 27, 1881.
He is survived by his wife and two daughters, Mrs. Ora Hight and Mrs. Hazel Barrett,
both of Decatur. He also leaves one brother, Thomas Hudson of Springfield. Mr. Hudson
had a great many friends and was especially well known among the old railroad men.
The funeral will be held at 4 o'clock Wednesday afternoon at the residence.
The interment will be In Greenwood.
Daily Review, Decatur, IL, Tuesday, 28 Jul 1914, pg. 4
HUFF, Wilbur L.
FORMER DECATUR MAN IS KILLED
Wilbur L. Huff Victim of Accident in Chicago
Word was received in Decatur Friday by Mrs. C. H. Daniel, that her
grandson, Wilbur L. Huff was killed in an accident in Chicago. No details were
given Mr. Daniels left at once for Chicago.
Wilbur Huff was born and raised in Decatur and left here fourteen
years ago to accept a position with the Northwestern railroad. He had worked for
the Wabash here before the strike.
He is survived by his father Arthur Huff who reside on Lawrence
street, his wife, formerly Lucille Seibert of Decatur, and one brother, Dean Huff,
who is also in Chicago.
Decatur Review, Decatur, IL, Friday, 7 May 1926, pg. 24
Mrs. Susan Huff died recently at Maroa, aged 72 years. She was the mother of
11 children. In early life she became a member of the United Brethren church. In 1856 she
united with the Lutheran church.
Decatur Republican, Decatur, IL, 21 Apr 1887
HUFFMASTER, Mrs. Kate
Mrs. Kate Huffmaster, wife of J.B. Huffmaster of East Leafland avenue, died
at 3 o'clock Sunday afternoon at St. Mary's hospital. She is survived by her husband and
parents, two sisters, three brothers and two small children.
The funeral will be held at 3 o'clock Tuesday from the residence, Rev. Horace
L. Strain of the Congregational church officiating. The interment will be at Greenwood
Decatur Review, 27 Apr 1903
HUGGINS, Ida L.
Mrs. C.E. Huggins died at 6 o'clock Wednesday evening at her home, near Elwin. Her death
was the result of a complication of diseases, from which she suffered for a long time.
Mrs. Huggins' maiden name was Day. She was the daughter of William W. Day of Decatur. She
was born near Blue Mound thirty-six years ago, and reared in Macon county. She was married to C.E.
Huggins in 1886.
She was a highly respected woman, well lived by her neighbors. She leaves her husband and
four children, Ethel, Everett, May and Willie; her father and stepmother; a sister, Mrs. J.R. Nelms of
Rader, Ills., and a brother, Charles L. Day, of Morris, Minn.
The funeral was held at 2:30 o'clock Thursday afternoon from the family home. Rev. W.W.
Theobald conducted the services. The burial was in Greenwood cemetery.
The Decatur Review, 14 Jul 1904
Charles Hughes Dies In Montana
Information was received by relatives in Decatur early Saturday morning of the
sudden death of Charles Hughes, formerly of Decatur, where he was employed as a baggageman, which
occurred in his home city of Miles, Montana, where he had been in the insurance business several
years. His wife, Mrs. Hughes, is in Decatur, having been here visiting relatives when the news
of the sudden death reached her. No particulars were given. The body will be brought to Decatur
Sixty Years Old
Mr. Hughes was the son of David L. and Zanetta Hughes, who were prominently known
in Decatur in their life time. He was 60 years of age and leaves his wife, who was formerly
Miss Anna Fahrnkoff of Bement; two sons, Harold Hughes of Minneapolis, and Charles Hughes, a
student in the University of Minnesota; a daughter Ruth, of Chicago; three sisters, Mrs. Helen
B. Dillehunt and Mrs. E.A. Winters of Decatur, and Mrs. Anne Spargur of Little Rock; a brother,
Hughie Hughes of Tulsa, Okla. and one grandchild.
Mr. Hughes was a thirty second degree Mason. His wife had come to Decatur one week
ago from Chicago where she had been visiting her daughter since Thanksgiving. Funeral arrangements
will be announced following the arrival of the body in Decatur.
Decatur Daily Review, 29 January 1927
HUGHES, David H.
David H. Hughes, a resident of Decatur since early childhood died at 10 o'clock
Sunday morning at the family residence, 1351 North Edward street. He was 61 years old last
October. His death was caused by heart trouble with which he had been ill for a long time.
Mr. Hughes was born in Lynchburg, Va. October 28, 1863. He came with his parents
to Decatur when he was only three years old and has lived here ever since. He was a member of the
First Congregational church. He is survived by his wife and three children, Mrs. Edith D. Conway,
Miss Lelah C. Hughes and Harold O. Hughes, all of Decatur. He also leaves two sisters, Mrs. I.
N. Irwin and Mrs. Mary Werner, also of Decatur.
The body was removed to the Dawson and Wikoff undertaking establishment and prepared
for burial and later taken to the residence.
The funeral will be held at 2:30 o'clock Tuesday afternoon at the residence. The
burial will be in Fairlawn cemetery.
Decatur Daily Review, 5 January 1927
HUGHES, David L.
Death of D.L. Hughes At Noon
Passed Away Peacefully After Weeks of Suffering
Aged 74 Years - Was Prominent In Masonic Circles - The Funeral - The Death Record
David L. Hughes died at 12:45 today at his home 349 East North street after a four
weeks illness with catarrhal consumption, aged 74 years. The deceased was one of Decatur's
oldest and most highly respected citizens and has been closely identified with the growth of
the city. He was born in Boston, November 10, 1822. His parents came from county Armaugh, Ireland,
and both died before David was seven years old. He was reared near Lynchburg, Va. He learned
the brick masons trade and came to this state in 1858. On March 19, 1850 at Bainbridge, Ohio,
he was married to Zanuetta C. Quinn who survives him. During the Mexican war he held a
government position with headquarters at Vera Cruz, N.M. Mr. Hughes during his business career
was active in the life of the city.
During the war he served one term as alderman. For 25 years he was actively
engaged in the business of contracting bricklayer, and one of the big jobs he finished was of the
First M.E. church, which at the time was the most imposing piece of architecture. He was
prominently identified with the Masonic order, and at Bainbridge Ohio, in 1852 was made Master
Mason. He was a member of Macon lodge A.F. and A.M., this city and a Royal Arch Mason of Macon
The deceased was the father of nine children, six of whom, with the wife, survive
him. They are Joseph S., Charles B., Hugh G. Hughes, and Mrs. E.A. Winter, all of this city;
Mrs. Samuel Dillehunt of Boody and Mrs. James Spargur of Litchfield; also a brother, Edward
Hughes of this city.
The funeral will be held Friday afternoon, the hour to be announced later.
Bulletin Sentinel, 18 January 1896
HUGHES, James M.
James M. Hughes Passed Away
Body of The Popular Man Will Be Brought to Decatur For Burial
James M. Hughes of Decatur died at 11:30 Wednesday night at Jacksonville. He suffered
a stroke of paralysis Tuesday and sank rapidly. His brother-in-law, I.N. Irwin, went to Jacksonville
Wednesday morning and was with him when he died. The body will be brought to Decatur this evening
and taken to the home of his mother, 150 Cerro Gordo street. The time of the funeral has not been
decided. Undertaker Will Hawkins went to Jacksonville at noon after the body.
J.M. Hughes was born in Concord, near Lynchburg, VA March 8, 1825. He came up with
his parents to Decatur in 1865 and had lived here ever since. For over twenty years, he was a
traveling salesman for the Chambers, Bering and Quinlan company of Decatur, giving up that position
about six years ago to go into business for himself on South Water street, near the opera house. He
conducted the implement store there until last fall, when his failing health caused him to see
out and retire from business.
Was Popular Man
Mr. Hughes was one of the best known men in this part of the state. He not only
had a wide acquaintance in the city and neighboring town, but was well known among the farmers,
with whom he dealt extensively. He was well liked by all. He was a member of the old volunteer
fire department, and when the paid department was put on he and the other old firemen organized
the Decatur Volunteer Fireman's association, which still exists.
Among the masons, Mr. Hughes was prominent, taking all the degrees, including the
Commandery and Mystic Shrine. He also was a member of the Knights of Pythias.
He is survived by his mother, Mrs. Elizabeth A. Hughes of 150 West Cerro Gordo
street; two sisters, Mrs. I.N. Irwin and Mrs. Mary Werner, and one brother, David H. Hughes, all
of Decatur. He has two nieces, Mrs. Maude Ritchie and Mrs. Zoe Welch, both of St. Louis, and a
nephew, Harry Cheatham of Georgia.
Decatur Daily Review, 24 August 1905
The funeral of Thomas Hughes was held this morning at 9 o'clock from St. Patrick's Catholic
church, Rev. Father J. Murphy officiating. The music was furnished by Miss Irene Wiefel and John Hayes.
There was a large attendance and a wagonload of beautiful offerings.
Horseshoers attended in a body and eight were chosen for pallbearers, as follows: A.J.
Dunston, Amos Wheeler, Roy Cotter, Jack Ferguson, T.J. Winter, Frank Bradshaw, W.J. Logan and Charles
The flowers were in charge of Anna Connelly, Rose Ancene, Margaret Connelly, Nora Crow,
Margaret Crow, Kitty Crankshaw, Marie Carmody and Nellie Mahoney.
A large blanket covered the casket. A large number of out-of-town people attended the
Decatur Review, 9 Aug 1909, pg. 10
HULL, Albert E.
Born: 25 Aug 1861 Vandalia, IL
Died: 2 Jul 1933 Decatur, Macon Co, IL
Married: To Mrs. Minnie Hartman
Survivors: Wife; Children - Charles, Mrs. Myrtle Gathers, Mrs. Gertrude Griffin, Mrs. Margaret Workman;
; brothers William, John and Edward; sister Mrs. Mattie Watkins
HUMMELL, David E.
Funeral services will be conducted Sunday afternoon at. 2:30 in
the Westminster Presbyterian church. The body was removed to the home of his daughter,
Mrs. M.F. Augustine, 685 West Division street, Saturday afternoon and will be taken
to the church at 1 o'clock on Sunday. There will be a military escort at the church.
Decatur Review, Decatur, IL, Saturday, 21 Nov 1925, pg. 8
All Spanish _War Veterans, are requested to meet at G.A.R. hall, North
Main and William streets, at 1:30 Sunday afternoon to attend the funeral of Comrade
D.E. Hummel. Color bearers, firing squad and guard of honor. Badges and uniforms to be
worn. Services will be held at Westminster Presbyterian Church.
Decatur Review, Decatur, IL, Sunday, 22 Nov 1925, pg. 25
D. E HUMMELL’S BODY IN STATE
Burial in Fairlawn Under Masonic And Spanish War Veterans Honors
The body of D. E. Hummell laid in state at the Westminster Presbyterian
Church from 1:30 to 2:30 o’clock Sunday afternoon under a guard of honor of the Spanish
American War Veterans. Services at the church were at 2:30, conducted by Dr. G.A.
Papperman. The honorary bearers wore Leon Monson, Dean Johnson, Dr. Hugh Vaughn, W.
McNeal, G.W. Leonard and Dan Tait, while the active bearers were A.J. Bauer; J.P.
Nientker, Walter Rush, Art Reynolds, Bert Wallace and Walter Roberts.
There was a great profusion of flowers in charge of Mrs. Loren Campbell,
Mrs. Harry Haines, Mrs J. F, Nientker, Mrs. Henry Parks, Mrs. Art Dawson, Mrs. William
Barnhart, Mrs. Boyer. Mrs. Emma Panneck, Mrs. Tom Dolson, Mrs. W. D. Moffett, Mrs.
William Hanks, Mrs. Grover Patton and Mrs. Eva Bell.
A quartet composed of. Horace McDavid, Forest File, Mrs. Harold Gay
and Miss Elizabeth Moffett sang. A sister, Mrs. Clara King of St. Louis was here as
were two brothers, John of Lincoln and Charles of Peoria.
Ionic Lodge No. 312 A.F. and A.M. conducted services at the grave and the Spanish War
veterans fired a salute.
Decatur Review, Decatur, IL, Monday, 23 Nov 1925, pg. 11
Coroner Roy Dawson conducted the inquest Saturday morning to determine
the cause of the death of D.E. Hummell. The verdict was that death was the result of
asphyxiation with suicidal intent.
Decatur Review, Decatur, IL, Saturday, 28 Nov 1925, pg. 12
DEATH OF HENRY HUMMELL
Lived to a Ripe Old Age - A Veteran and a Mason
Uncle Henry Hummell, one of the oldest residents of Decatur, passed
away in death at 1:05 o’clock this afternoon at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Mary
Smalley, at 327 East Wood Street, in 90th year of his age. The deceased had been in
poor health since last September, when he was prostrated by the heat during the laying
of the corner stone of the new courthouse. That day he stood in the sun too long and
he became alarmingly ill, but he revived, and with his indomitable will kept moving
about when he should have been in bed. He was in the Knight Templar ranks at the
funeral of the late J. W. Haworth, and last Sunday, despite the snow blizzard, he
attended services at the Presbyterian Church.
He was out again Monday, when he experienced a paralytic attack. Since
then he remained in the house, but this forenoon he was walking about the sitting room,
and conversed with his daughter and his granddaughter, Mrs J.C. Latsbaugh, in an
intelligible manner. Death came to him while he was in bed, and he passed away calmly
and peacefully, to join his wife, who preceded him to the other shore in 1878.
Mr. Hummell was born in Greencastle, Pennsylvania, January 16, 1803, and had been a
resident to Decatur since 1839, a period of 53 years. He married Rachel Garver, sister
of the late David Garver. She died in 1878. The surviving children of Mr. Hummell are
John Hummell of Seattle, Wash; David Hummell of Lincoln, Illinois; Mrs Mary Smalley of
Decatur; Mrs Amanda Cotton of Taylorville, Ill.; Mrs. William Alexander of Colby,
Washington; Mrs. Rachel Bear, of Denver, Colo., and Mrs. Emma Garver of Springfield.
Since Decatur has been anything of a town Mr. Hummell has been a familiar
figure in society and church affairs. He has been a life long Mason, a member of Macon
Lodge, No. 8, and of Beaumanoir Commandery No. 9, Knights Templar. At one time he was
an Odd Fellow. He joined the Presbyterian Church early in life and was a regular
attendant at the services.
When the war broke out he became a member of the 21st Illinois Regiment
and was a drummer. He was in the service three months. The deceased was a silversmith
by occupation, but he was not actively engaged in any business during his residence in
Decatur. For many years he resided on East Main Street but gave up housekeeping after
the death of his wife.
Politically the deceased was an ardent Republican, and socially he was a
congenial companion. Mr Hummell was a good man, and he leaves his children the heritage
of a good name. Many of the old settlers will miss Mr. Hummell at reunion gatherings,
which he never failed to attend, and none were free to recall old times than was the
deceased. He passed a good memory and was proud of the fact that he had lived so long
to mingle with his children, his grandchildren and his many friends> There has been
no arrangements made for the funeral.
Decatur Daily Republican, Decatur, IL, Saturday, 20 Feb 1892, pg. 4
HUNSLEY, Emily (Richardson)
Died, December 1st, at the residence of George Hunsley, 432 East Prairie street,
Mrs. Emily Hunsley, in the 75th year of her age. The deceased, who name was Emily Richardson,
was born in Wartenburg, vcounty of Kent, England, and joined the Episcopal church in her girlhood.
She was married to Alfred William Harrison in 1814. Of this marriage two children were born,
Thomas, who still resides in England, and Mrs. George Hunsley, of Decatur, who came here with
her mother in 1876. She was married to Charles Hunsley April 25, 1879, and shortly afterward
united with the Methodist Episcopal church, of which she was a member to the day of her death.
Decatur Weekly Republican, Thursday, 5 Dec 1889
HUNT, James A.
James A. Hunt, widely known in Mt. Zion Township, died at 1 a.m. Thursday,
at the home of his daughter, Mrs. L.S. Draper, 250 North Jasper Street, where he has
resided for the past four years. He was 76 years old.
Death came after a two weeks illness with a complication of diseases. Mr.
Hunt leaves three daughters and many friends to mourn his loss, He was especially well
known in Mt. Zion where he made his home for twenty years. He has lived for the past
ten years in Decatur.
Mr. Hunt was born in North Carolina. He removed to Illinois in 1856. In
Mt. Zion he was a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. The funeral will be
Friday afternoon at 1:30 at 250 North Jasper Street, after which the remains will be
taken to Mt. Zion, leaving over the Vandalia at 2:58. Internment will be in Mt. Zion
Decatur Daily Review, Decatur, IL, Thursday, 15 Feb 1906, pg. 12
HURSH, Ina (Batchelder)
Mrs. Ina Hursh, 45, Harristown, Dies
Mrs. Ina Hursh, 45, of Harristown, died at the Decatur and Macon county
hospital at 7 p.m. Tuesday from complications. She was a daughter of the late John C.
and Susan Batchelder and was born in Illini township, Jan. 31, 1892.
Mrs. Hursh was married to Joe E. Hursh on June 16, 1920 in Illini township.
Besides her husband she leaves four children, Joseph, Susan Jane, Mary B. and Marth E.
Hursh, all at home, and one brother, Milton K. Batchelder of Warrensburg.
Funeral services will be held at the Illini Congregational church in
Warrensburg at 10 a.m. Friday. Burial will be made in the Illini cemetery. Friends may
call at the Dawson & Wikoff funeral parlors until noon today.
Decatur Weekly News, 15 Jul 1937
HUSTON, Andrew J.
Aged Blue Mound Man Passed Away
Andrew J. Huston Veteran Of Civil War
Andrew Jackson Huston died at 5 o’clock Tuesday morning at his home
in Blue Mound. He was eighty-six years old. He had been in failing health for about
a year. His condition became serious four weeks ago.
Mr. Huston was born in Knox County, Ohio, April 15, 1841, but most
of his life was spent in Beecher City, Ill. He lived in Blue Mound for the last
He was a veteran of the Civil war, serving four years as a member of
Company A., Thirty-Eighth Infantry. He is survived by his wife Mary E. Huston, and
the following children: Mrs. Florence Noona, Mrs. J. W. Parker, Charles and George
Huston, all of Decatur, Eli Huston of Stonington, Mrs. Harriet Sterns and William
Huston of Decatur, James Huston of Oak Town, Ind., Mrs. Tilly Bends of Peoria, and
Mrs. M. Doyle of Chicago. There are twenty- four grandchildren.
The body was removed to Moran & Sons, funeral directors, and prepared
Decatur Review, Decatur, IL, Tuesday, 26 Apr 1927, pg. 3
HUSTON, Charles N.
Born: Sep 12, 1880 in Macon Co, IL
Died: 19 May 1947 in Argenta, Macon Co, IL
Parents: Walter Belford & Elizabeth J. (Querry) Huston
Married: Dec 21, 1904 to Bertha M. Sturges
Children: Walter, Flossie, Rosa, Bessie, Dollie, Gail, Farie, Thelma, Mildred, Glen
HUSTON, Elizabeth (Querry)
Born: Apr 10, 1842 in Macon Co, IL
Died: 11 Nov 1915 in Macon Co, IL
Buried: Union Cem., Macon Co, IL
Parents: Elisha & Mary (Florey) Querry
Married: Dec 13, 1866 to Walter Belford Huston
Children: John, Robert, Phoebe, Charles, Nellie
John Huston, aged fifty-seven years, died Sunday morning at his residence on
North Church street, after an illness of three weeks. His health had been failing for several
months. The deceased was a brother-in-law of Robert McClellan. Funeral services were held
yesterday afternoon at the residence and to-day the remains will be expressed to Missouri.
The Daily Review (Decatur), 9 Feb 1886
HUSTON, Phoebe J
Born: Jun 11, 1877 in Macon Co, IL
Died: 9 Mar 1935 in Macon Co, IL
Buried: Friends Creek Cem., Macon Co, IL
Parents: Walter Belford & Elizabeth J. (Querry) Huston
HUSTON, Robert F.
Born: May 07, 1871 in Macon Co, IL
Died: 7 Apr 1925 in Decatur, Macon Co, IL
Buried: Friends Creek Cem., Macon Co, IL
Parents: Walter B. & Elizabeth J. (Querry) Huston
Married: Jan 12, 1905 to Edna Mae Benford
The infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Hutchin died yesterday, aged five days.
Daily Review, Decatur, IL, Sunday, 6 Apr 1886
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