WADE, James Monroe Shaffer

James M. S. Wade, 91, Dies; Funeral Friday

James Monroe Shaffer Wade, 91, of 1390 North Huron street, died in his home at 3:35 a.m. today. Mr. Wade came to Decatur in December, 1943, from Chicago. He had been a printer for 75 years, until his retirement, and was last employed by the Chicago Tribune. He was a member of the Episcopal church and the Masonic lodge, the chapter, commandery and council.

He was born in Nauvoo, Ill., Dec. 24, 1852, a son of J. W. and Sarah Shaffer Wade. He was married to Mrs. Stella V. Felker in Chicago Jan. 8, 1941. He leaves his wife and a brother-in-law, Sherman Strouse, Decatur and several nieces and nephews. Two children by a former marriage died in infancy. The body is at the Dawson and Wikoff funeral home where friends may call after 7 p.m. today. Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friday in the Dawson and Wikoff chapel with burial in Fairlawn cemetery.

The Decatur Review, Wednesday, 27 Sep 1944, pg. 13

  WADE, Stella V. (Strouse)

Funeral Friday For Mrs. James Wade

Funeral services for Mrs. Stella V. Wade, 83, of 1390 N. Huron St., will be at 3 p.m. Friday in the Dawson & Wikoff Funeral Home. Friends may call at the funeral home today. Burial will be in Fairlawn Cemetery. Mrs. Wade died at 10:10 a.m. yesterday in Decatur and Macon County Hospital.

A retired registered nurse, Mrs. Wade was born March 23, 1880 in Macon County, a daughter of David and Sidney Brown Strouse. She lived most of her life in Macon County. Mrs. Wade was a graduate of St. Johns School of Nursing at Springfield and was a former supervisor of nurses at Wabash Hospital in Peru, Ind. She married James Wade in Chicago in 1940. He died in 1944.

Survivors include two brothers, Oscar Strouse of Decatur and Rodney S. Strouse of West Corvina, Calif., and a foster sister, Mrs. Marie Hill of Maroa. A brother and sister prededed her in death.

The Decatur Review, Thursday, 5 Mar 1964, pg. 16

  WAGGONER, Catherine

Mrs. Cora Waggoner, wife of Winter P. Waggoner, died yesterday morning at 5:50 o'clock, of quick consumption, at the home of her mother, Mrs. Flaggart, west of Decatur. The deceased was twenty-five years old, and leaves a husband and a son five years old, to mourn her death. The remains will be taken to Carlinville for interment and the funeral services will be held there.

Morning Herald Despatch (Decatur), 17 Jan 1886

  WAITZ, Catherine (Gruner)
    Born: 23 September 1852 Steubenville, OH
    Died: 10 October 1930 Decatur, Macon Co., IL age 78
    Married: 31 August 1872 Macon County, IL to Joseph J. Waitz
    Children: Joseph A., Alexander, LA; Arthur F. Waitz, Houston, TX; George O., Decatur, IL; Mrs. William Miller, Atchison, KS; Mrs. Olivia Steely, Decatur, IL; Julius H., Denver, CO; step-brother John Vogel, Princeville, IL; step-sister Mrs. Fredericke Kleopfer, Columbia, SC

  WAITZ, Rudolph Alvin
    Born: 1885, Atchison, KS
    Died: 12 October 1927 Decatur, Macon Co., IL age 42
    Parents: Joseph J. Waitz and Catherine Gruner
    Married: 1914 Macon Co., IL to Elsie Pritchett
    Children: Ellen, Horace and Margery
    Occupation: Owner Lyon Business College, real estate developer (Pritchett's Addition, Sunnyside Heights and Allendale), promoter of Graceland cemetery.

  WALKER, Erskine B.


H.B. Walker, 1165 N. Broadway street, has received word that his son, Erskine B. Walker, passed away in St. Agnew, Calif., Wednesday evening. He had been in failing health for the last year, and had lived in California for the last eight years.

In 1918 Mr. Walker was married to Miss Lillian Larsen of Salt Lake City, who was killed in an accident the following year. He was born March 23, 1890 and besides his father leaves two sisters, Mrs. Lester Tankersley of Indianapolis, Ind. and Mrs. Lloyd Vaughn of Decatur. The body will be brought to Decatur for burial, but funeral arrangements have not been made.

Decatur Review, 25 November 1927

Erskine B. Walker, son of H.B. Walker, 1165 North Broadway, died Wednesday night in St. Agnew, Calif. The body will be brought to Decatur and taken to the Brintlinger and Sons chapel. The time of arrival has not been learned.

Erskine B. Walker was born March 23, 1890. He and Miss Lillian Larsen of Salt Lake City were married in 1918. She was killed a year later in an automobile accident. He is survived by his father and two sisters; Mrs. Lloyd Vaughn of Decatur and Mrs. Leslie Tankersley of Indianapolis.

Decatur Review, 26 November 1927

  WALKER, Sarah (Armstrong)
    Born: Feb 1865 IL
    Died: 29 June 1914 Decatur, Macon Co., IL age 50
    Married: 7 June 1882 Macon Co., IL to Harmon B. Walker
    Children: Erskine B., William L., Martha E., Anna E.


TO: Erskine Walker, William Walker, Martha Tankersley

You are hereby notified that at a sale of town lots for State, County, Town, City, Village, Road and Bridge, School, Park District, Sanitary District, Tuberculosis Sanitorium taxes, special taxes and special assessments, made in pursuance of law, by the County Collector of Macon County, Illinois, on June 15, 1925, I purchased the following described real estate, to-wit: Lots One (1), and Two (2) in Block Four (4) in Higgins Addition, an Addition to the City of Decatur, Illinois, situated in the County of Macon and State of Illinois, for a special assessment for a water main in Leafland Avenue from North Broadway street to the first alley north and southeast of North Water street; that said real estate was assessed in the name of Sarah A. Walker; and that the time of redemption from said sale will expire on June 25th, 1927. Dated this 8th day of March, A.D. 1927 - G.K. Garver

Decatur Herald, 17 March 1927

  WALLACE, George Edward

George Edward Wallace born Jan 1922 Died June 26 at Osceola Arkansas. Mr Wallace was born in Vandalia Mo in 1922 but moved to Decatur at about 3 years of age. His father William Henry Wallace was born in Decatur in 1866 His mother Ada Rogers was also born in Decatur in 1887. His grandfather George Washington Wallace and his grandmother Hester Mclain (Wallace) also resided in and are buried in Decatur. Although Mr Wallace had lived in Osceola Ark since 1947 he always called Decatur and espcially Maroa home.

There is more information on Mr Wallace's family on the Macon Co. GenWeb Page.

Submitted by: Dadiger

  WALLACE, Julia A. (Stuart)

Funeral services for Mrs. Julia A. Wallace, who died Sunday morning (17 Mar 1912), will be held this morning at 11 o'clock in Mt. Zion, burial in Long Creek cemetery.

Mrs. Wallace was born in Wythe county, Virginia, September 8, 1821, and was 90 years and six months of age at the time of her death. She was one of the very oldest settlers of this part of the country, coming to Illinois with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Stuart, in November, 1829, and on account of the extremely deep snow all settlers who came to Illinois in that year were termed, "The Snowbirds". They settled near the place known as the Old Trading House, which was northeast of where Decatur is now located. A few months later they moved to Macon county and some 82 years, or practically all her life, was spent in Macon county.

Her grandfather served in the Revolutionary war and while she could tell many interesting incidents repeated and handed down to her from those times the more vivid and lasting impressions were the ones made during their early days in Illinois. Those first years were memorable in many ways, and more especially on account of the hardships they were obliged to undergo and the bitter toil made necessary on account of the unsettled condition of the country. During their first year when they were snowbound for quite a length of time, they knew what the pangs of hunger were and while they could trap deer and had sufficient meat, it was impossible to get to the trading place for meal, and as necessity is ever the mother of invention, they were forced to grind their grain between rocks, which was the only flour they had for several weeks. Yet as the years went by all of these hard experiences lost their rough edge and the many thrilling and interesting tales she told in her later years of these time.

She was married to Robert Wallace January 23, 1845, who died May 16, 1904. Of the 59 years of their lives spent together, they lived more than 50 years on the old homestead eight miles east of Decatur. That is, east of where Decatur is now located, for in those primitive days Springfield was the nearest trading point of any moment. It was no unusual thing for Mr. Wallace to drive to Chicago for the sale of his stock and grain.

Mrs. Wallace leaves four children--Mrs. J.P. Nicholson and Mrs. Sarah E. Bryant of Decatur, Mrs. Lewis Myers of Mt. Zion and Mrs. M.D. Kizer of Dallas, Texas. Besides these four children who survive her she had one son and two daughters deceased. She had a remarkable line of descendants, the majority of whom are still living, there having been seven children, twenty-eight grandchildren, twenty-six great grandchildren and one great great grandchild.

Decatur Review, Tues., March 19, 1912

  WALLACE, Robert

Robert Wallace, a retired farmer, died at 9:15 o'clock Monday (16 May 1904) morning at the residence of his daughter, Mrs. Sarah Bryant, 620 West Decatur street. Old age was the chief cause of his death.

He was born on a farm in Sangamon county eighty years ago (22 Apr 1824). He came to Macon county when he was 12 years old and lived here till his death. For many years he was a farmer. He was the oldest member of the Cumberland Presbyterian church at Long Creek.

He leaves his wife, Mrs. Julia Wallace and four daughters, Mrs. Bryant, Mrs. Louis Myers, Mrs. J.P. Nicholson, and Mrs. Martin Kiser.

The funeral will be held Wednesday. A short service will be conducted at his daughter's house by Rev. W.L. Bankson. The main service will be held at the Long Creek church at 1:30 o'clock. The burial will be in the Long Creek cemetery.

Decatur Review, May 16, 1904, p. 10

  WALLACE, Dr. Samuel Scott
    Born: 23 Aug 1848 in Long Creek Twp, Macon Co, IL
    Died: 25 Jan 1895 in Macon Co, IL
    Buried: Point Pleasant Cem., Macon Co, IL
    Parents: Robert & Julia (Stuart) Wallace

  WALLETT, Caddie

Mrs. Caddie Wallett, 1828 East Main street, died in her home at 12:25 o'clock Saturday morning following an attack of pneumonia. Her death occurred just 16 years and one week after that of her husband. Her son in law, Ed Haynes, Wabash employe, died Feb. 10, of this year.

Mrs. Wallett was born in Indiana on Jan. 5, 1858. She came to Decatur about 50 years ago. She married John Wallett 25 years ago. He died Feb. 15, 1916. She was a member of First United Brethren church. She leaves two daughters, Mrs. Rose Haynes and Mrs. Etta Dunn, both of Decatur. She also leaves a sister, Mrs. Ruth Clark, Joliet, and 10 grandchildren.

The body was taken to Dawson & Wikoff and will be returned to the home, 1828 East Main street Saturday afternoon, where friends may call. Funeral services will be in East Park Baptist church 1:30 o'clock Monday afternoon. Burial will be in Greenwood cemetery.

Decatur Herald, 23 Feb 1930

  WALLETT, Golda


She Was Employed at the Wire Mat Factory

Golda Wallett, aged 24, died at the home of her sister, Mrs. J.R. Dunn, 1128 East Main street, at 1 o'clock Wednesday afternoon. She is the daughter of Mrs. John Wallett, 1638 East Wood. Miss Wallett has been sick since the tenth of March with a complication of diseases. She is survived by her mother and two sisters. Her father and brother died about four years ago. Miss Wallett worked at the Wire Mat factory for five years before her illness. Funeral arrangements will be made later.

Decatur Review, 18 Dec 1918


John Wallett, an aged citizen of Taylorville, died suddenly at his home Thursday afternoon. The remains were taken to Litchfield Saturday for interment, accompnaied by his children; John Wallet, Decatur; Thomas Wallett, Taylorville, and Mrs. Anna Henriot, Pana.

The Daily Review (Decatur), 9 Oct 1899


Mrs. C.W. Walquist died at 8 o'clock p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 17 at the family residence 956 West Eldorado street. Her death was caused by childbirth. She was 19 years and 4 months old and leaves a husband and two small children. The body will be taken to Maroa today for interment.

The Daily Review, 19 Feb 1897

  WALSER, Benjamin

Benjamin Walser, died yesterday morning at half-past eleven o'clock at No. 505 South Webster street, of tumor of the throat. The deceased was aged 52 years and ten months and was well known here. The funeral will take place from the German Catholic church this afternoon at four o'clock, and the services will be conducted by Rev. Father Lammert.

Daily Review, Decatur, IL, 11 Jun 1886

  WANDEL, Perry C.

Perry C. Wandel, a well known farmer of Long Creek Township, died at 12:30 Sunday morning at the home of Anderson Ryder, two miles and a half southeast of Casner, where he had been spending the past two weeks. Mr. Wandell would have been 71 years olf in October. He was born in Rush county, Ind., October 9, 1844.

He came to Ill. in early life and ever since has lived in Macon county. For many years he has lived on a small farm near Long Creek. Two weeks ago he went to the Ryder farm for a visit and was taken ill there and was unable to return home. He has been in failing health for a long time, suffering from hardening of the arteries. He is survived by one brother, Charles Wadell of Decatur.

Daily Review (Decatur), 2 August 1915

  WARD, Infant Son

Died - Infant son of Mr. and Mrs. W.J. Ward, Sunday, Oct. 20, at the family home in Oakley township, age 5 weeks. The funeral was held Monday noon from the residence. The burial was at the Wheeler cemetery in Oakley township.

21 Oct 1901

  WARD, Jennie

Mrs. Jennie Ward, mother of Mrs. C.E. Walker, died yesterday morning at nine o’clock. The remains will be taken to Quincy for interment.

Daily Review, Decatur, IL, 22 Apr 1886

  WARD, John

The funeral of John Ward, the fifteen year old son of Patrick and Margaret Ward, will take place today at one o’clock p.m. from the family residence four miles southeast of Decatur. Services at St. Patrick’s Catholic church in this city.

The Daily Review, Decatur, IL, 7 Mar 1886

  WARD, Sarah

Mrs. Sarah Ward lived in Illinois 69 years - was 87 years

After a residence of sixty-nine years in Illinois Mrs. Sarah A. Ward, the widow of the late William Ward, died at her home in Elwin, Sunday night at 6:55. Her death was caused by the infirmatives of old age. She was 87 years of age. Mrs. Ward is survived by four children and three step-sons. The children are Mrs O.T. Logan and Mrs. M.E. Elder of Wheatland township, and George and William Ward who are in the west. The three step children are Franklin, Hiram, and Rial Ward. Mrs. Ward was born March 29, 1820. She came to Illinois from Ohio in 1838. Her maiden name was Sarah Morris.. She was the sister of Cornelius Morris of this city. The funeral will be held 11 o'clock Tuesday morning from the Methodist church in Elwin. The interment will be at Walnut Grove Cemetary.

Decatur Herald, 1/28/1907

Submitted by: Michele Nelson


Etta Warnick, daughter of Ira Warnick, of Blue Mound, died on Monday morning at two o'clock of typhoid malarial fever. The deceased was twenty-seven years old and was loved and respected by a large circle of acquaintances. The funeral will take place to-day from the Salem church.

The Morning Review (Decatur), 16 Dec 1885


Ida, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. F. Warnick, died at 3 o'clock a.m., October 10th, at the family residence near Blue Mound, aged 9 years and 11 months. The funeral was held Wednesday at 10 a.m. at the Blue Mound church.

The Weekly Herald Despatch (Decatur), 14 Oct 1893



Ira Warnick After Seventy-Six Years Spent in Macon County

Ira Warnick died at his home in Blue Mound township Saturday, January 19, and then there passed from earth the who was recognized as the oldest settler of Macon county. There were other men of greater age but he had lived more years in the county to which he came seventy-six years ago.

Until within the last year the deceased had been a wonderfully well preserved man and five years ago was still able to successfully use the rifle in hunting squirrel. During the last few months he has been in feeble health, more the result of his weight of years than any other cause. The funeral will be at the Salem church Monday morning at 11 o'clock.

Ira Warnick was the son of William Warnick and Nancy Griffin and born in Tennessee August 23, 1823. When he was only three years old his parents cem to Illinois and settled near what is now Blue Mound. There the father took up government land and reared his family. The father was the first sheriff ever elected in Macon county, and served from 1825 to 1815 and afterwards, in 1843, was elected for a three year term.

The older Warnick performed an official act which is without parallel in the history of Macon. Two men, Redman and Wyatt, convicted of horse stealing were sentenced by the court to receive cat-o-nine-tail lashes on the back, and Sheriff Warnick carried out the sentence of the court, laying on thirty-nine lashes.

Sheriff Warnick was a distinguished character in the days when Macon county was made and served as captain in the Black Hawk war.

Ira Warnick remained on his father's farm until he was 18 years old. Then he started out to shift for himself. His first work was to assist in driving a herd of cattle to Galena. When that had been done he worked there during a season breaking prairie for which he received $8 per month. When the seasion had closed he walked home a distance of 150 miles.

In April, 1843, Mr. Warnick married Julia Burk, a native of Kentucky, who came to Macon county with her parents in 1840. To them nine children were born. The children are James W., who lives on the home farm, where the death occurred; Mrs. Ellen Hill, Mrs. Arthusa Chandler, Thomas and Ira G. Warnick, Mrs. Prato Falconer, Mrs. Raymond Moffett and Major Warnick of Decatur. Mrs. Ira Warnick died in September, 1893.

Soon after his marriage the deceased entered a peice of government land and thereafter devoted his life to farming. At the time of his death he was the owner of 400 acres of land.

In addition to the children mentioned there is also surviving, Robert Warnick, a brother, aged 77 years, and he attended his brother all during his last illness.

There was no man more familiar with the early history of Macon county than Ira Warnick for it was his history. He came here when the county was a wilderness. In his younger days he was a great hunter and that too when there was game worthy his skill. That was a his greatest recreation and he continued at it until only a few years ago. When he was a boy he knew Abraham Lincoln, then a young man and often a social caller at the Warnick home.

Always a staunch democrat, he never sought or would accept office but there was no man in his community held in higher esteem by those who had the pleasure of his acquaintance. At the old settler's annual meetings the old man was an interesting figure. He was looked upon as the man who knew. He came here before the deep snow and remembered things which happened long before the birth of many who are proud of their long records as old settlers, of Macon county.

Decatur Herald, 22 Jan 1901

  WARNICK, Mabel


Mrs. Mabel Warnick, wife of Ed M. Warnick of Boody, died at 2:30 o'clock Monday afternoon [April 14, 1930], in St. Mary's Hospital following a short illness. She would have been 30 years old in July.

Mrs. Warnick's maiden name was Mabel Esther Swarms. She was born near Blue Mound, July 8, 1900. She and Mr. Warnick were married in St. Louis in 1919. She was a member of the United Brethren Church in Boody and had many friends there. She is survived by her husband and three children, Leroy, Rena Mae, and Audrey Lucille Warnick, all of Boody. She also leaves her mother, Mrs. Emma Swarms, and 3 brothers, Roy Swarms of Mt. Vernon, Charles Swarms of Dalton City, and Robert Swarms of Boody. The body was taken to the Dawson & Wikoff funeral home and prepared for burial.

The funeral will be held at 2 o'clock Wednesday afternoon at the United Brethren Church in Boody. The burial will be in the Zion Cemetery.


The funeral of Mrs. Mabel Warnick, wife of Ed Warnick, was held at the United Brethren Church at 2 o'clock Wednesday afternoon. There was a large attendance of relatives and friends.

The pall bearers were: Lynn Smith, Dwight Thornell, Will Colony, Leonard Brown, Will Sadler and Glenn Matthews. There were many beautiful floral offerings which were in charge of Mrs. Lynn Smith, Mrs. Leonard Brown, Mrs. Dwight Thornell, Mrs. Cleo Dunham, Mrs. Will Colony, and Miss Dot Smith. the music was furnished by Mrs. Dave Pistorius, Mrs. Edith Pasley, Don Pistorius, and Kenneth Pistorius with Mrs. Ed Pistorius at the piano.

Those from Decatur attending the funeral of Mrs. Mabel Warnick were Mr. and Mrs. Henry Qimmer, Mr. and Mrs Will Qimmer, Mr. and Mrs. Earl Copeland. Mr. and Mrs. _____ Walker of Dalton City and Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Neihouse of Macon also attended the services.

Submitted by: Helen in Texas

  WARNICK, Thomas T.


Born and Lived Fifty-Nine Years in County

Thomas T. Warnick, a life-long resident of Macon county, died Monday afternoon at the residence of his sister, Mrs. W.S. Chandler, near Boody. His death was caused by a complication of diseases, with which he had suffered for some time. He was 59 years old and was a prominent farmer of Blue Mound township, where he had resided all of his life. He was one of the best known residents of that community.


He was married to Miss Mary Lynch Feb. 24, 1873. Four children were born to them, three of whom survive. They are Mrs. Charles Muirhead, Edward and Ode Warnick, all of Decatur. He also leaves three brothers and four sisters, James Warnick of Pana, Major M. Warnick of Decatur, Ira G. Warnick of Boody, Mrs. J.E. Hill, Mrs. Pratt Falconer and Mrs. W.S. Chandler of Boody, and Mrs. E.R. Moffett of Decatur.


The funeral will be held at 10:30 Wednesday forenoon from Blue Mound chapel. The services will be at the Brown cemetery.

The Daily Review (Decatur), 7 Sep 1909

  WARREN, Catherine (Plotner)

The funeral of Mrs. Drury Warren took place on Sunday afternoon at half past two o’clock, from the residence of Hervey Plotner. The residence was filled with sympathizing friends and the services were conducted by Rev. A.C. Scott of the United Brethren church. The deceased, Mrs. Kate Warren, was born in Fairfield county, Ohio, in 1854, and was 32 years and six months old. In 1876 she was confirmed in St. Paul’s Cathedral, but in 1885 she united with the Blackford street Methodist church, Indianapolis, of which she remained a member until the time of her death. Rev. Scott chose for his subject the 25th verse of the 15th chapter of 1st Corinthians and preached an appropriate funeral sermon. There were many beautiful floral offerings. The remains were interred in Greenwood cemetery.

The Daily Review, Decatur, IL, 16 Mar 1886

  WARREN, Ella

The 8-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Warrend died at the family residence on North Main street Sunday, March 27.

The Daily Review (Decatur), 29 Mar 1898

  WARREN, George L.


Long Contracting Carpenter In This City

George L. Warren, a resident of Decatur since 1857, died at the family residence, 1570 North Broadway, at 9:30 o'clock Saturday night. Death was due to kidney trouble with which he had been suffering for about a year. He had been confined to his bed only a week before the end came.

Mr. Warren was born in Bedford, Ind., in 1851. He was a son of Captain James Warren of Civil and Mexican war fame. He had long been engaged as a contracting carpenter in this city and had many friends here.

He is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Elizabeth Minskimin of Indianapolis and a son, James P. Warren of this city. The body was taken to Moran's chapel and prepared for burial. Funeral arrangements will be announced later.

The Daily Review (Decatur), 26 Dec 1915

The funeral of George Warren will be held at 10:30 Tuesday morning at the family residence, 1570 North Broadway. Burial will be in Greenwood.

The Daily Review (Decatur), 26 Dec 1915

The funeral of George Warren was held at 10 o'clock Tuesday morning at the home of his son, 1570 North Broadway. The services were conducted by Rev. J.H. Cozad, pastor of the East Park Baptist church. The music was furnished by Miss Theresa Roderick and Miss May Hicks. The pallbearers were William Kinman, Philip Dressen, Oscar Myers, Charles Gallagher, Theodore Fulk and Charles Purdy. The interment was in Greenwood.

The Daily Review (Decatur), 28 Dec 1915

  WARREN, James M.

Death of Capt. J.M. Warren

Captain James M. Warren died last evening of asthma at the home of Mrs. Mary Ballentine, No. 118 North Franklin street, aged 68 years, 8 months and 13 days. Mr. Warren served bravely through the war as second lieutanant of Co. K, 41st Illinois Regiment. He was born in Kentucky and located in Decatur in 1856, engaging in the occupation of plastering and wagon making. He was married three times, and leaves a widow and seven of the nine children born to him. The Captain was a quiet, unobtrusive citizen, who had many warm friends in the community. He had been in bad health for some months, but his condition excited no alarm. He expired last night, soon after he laid himself on a lounge. He was a Mason and a member of the G.A.R. Post. His surviving children are Geo. L., John W., James and Samuel Warren, Mrs. Lizzie McNally, Mrs. Hattie Buskirk and Mrs. Mattie Gilbert, of Sadorus. The funeral will take place to-morrow.

Decatur Republican, 6 Dec 1888

  WARREN, John K.

A Leading and Honored Citizen Called Away Sunday Morning

In Saturday's issue of the Republican appeared a statement that Hon. John K. Warren was then in a critical condition. He passed away in death at his home, 510 West Decatur street, Sunday morning at 5 o'clock, the immediate cause being capillary bronchitis with heart complications. Mr. Warren was 60 years of age.

About a week ago Mr. Warren went to Toledo, Ohio, en business, and while there he was more or less exposed in a snow storm. The exposure brought on a severe cold from which he did not recover.

The death of Mr. Warren takes away a man of energy and sound judgment who has been prominently identified with all important public enterprises in Decatur for many years, while personally he has been largely instrumental in developing the city and building up profitable enterprises. He was an upright and honored citizen, possessing a kind and sympathetic nature. He had many personal friends in business and social circles who admired and loved him as a brother and for many good qualities.

Mr. Warren was a member of Beaumanoir Commandery No. 9, Knights Templar, and had been for many years a director of the Indianapolis, Decatur & Western Railway company.

The funeral will take place from St. John's Episcopal church Tuesday, Nov. 20, at 2 p.m., Rev. F.N. Atkin, the rector, will officiate, assisted by Rev. W.H. Prestley, of Kankakee.

Mr. Warren had been a resident of Decatur since 1855, coming here from the city of Philadelphia, where he was born and reared. He became familiar with agricultural pursuits in the east, and came west with the intention of engaging in the grain business in Chicago, but the climate of that city, with the still breezes from the lakes, did not agree with him, and made his asthma, from which he was a sufferer from childhood much worse. He sought an agreeable section, and decided to locate in Decatur, he and his mother locating on a farm in the northeast corner of Decatur township in 1856. He came to Decatur in 1858 to engage in the manufacture of wheat drills as a partner of S.H. Boyakin. He retired from that enterprise in 1859, and at once began business as an insurance and real estate agent. In 1861 the deceased formed a partnership with the late H.B. Dufee in the real estate, insurance and title abstract business under the firm name of Warren & Durfee. In 1863 B.K. Durfee became a member of the firm. The first system of title abstracting that was copyrighted was the "H.B. Durfee Continuous and Self-Connective System, with Durfee, Warren & Co.'s Improvements," which was largely introduced throughout the west from 1864 to 1869. In May, 1867, Miss Emma Powers, daughter of Mrs. A.A. Powers, became the wife of Mr. Warren. To the couple was given one son, Giles R. Warren.

In politics Mr. Warren was always a Republican, and in 1867 he was elected mayor of the city over Franklin Priest, Democrat. He also served as member of the board of education for nine years.

Mr. Warren from 1867 to 1872 was actively engaged in securing railroad lines through Decatur. He was identified with the present I.D. & W., the old P.L.& D., and the present Peoria division of the Vandalia system. The present Wabash line from Decatur to Chicago was secured largely through the efforts of Mr. Warren. In 1868 he led in establishing the present gas plant in Decatur, and became the secretary and treasurer, and the electric plant was added. He was the pioneer in the building association in the city, making the first move in that direction with Ira T. Harris in 1873, being joined in the enterprise by B.K. Durfee. In 1881 Warren & Durfee added the manufacturing business to their property, first making wooden trays, and then engaging in the manufacture of automatic grain scales and weighers. The Boss Weigher and Loader proved the most popular. The appointment of Mr. Durfee as state superintendent of insurance in 1893 resulted in Mr. Warren taking the insurance business under the name of the Warren Insurance Agency.

Impressive Funeral of the Late Hon. John K. Warren at St. John's Church

Remarks by Rev. W.H. Prestley - Interment in Greenwood Cemetery - Floral Tributes

The last sad rites attending the interment of Hon. John K. Warren were observed yesterday afternoon. The impressive and beautiful funeral services were held at St. John's Episcopal church at 2 o'clock in the presence of a very large assemblage of friends. The church was crowded, scores standing during the service, and many being unable to enter. There was a large and beautiful display of rich floral offerings, many of special design, the tributes of relatives and friends. The chancel rail was draped in mourning and blooming plants were tastefully arranged in front. A bunch of white chrysanthemums marked the Warren pew which was unoccupied during the service.

The pews at the right in front were reserved for the relatvies, and those at the left for the Knights Templars. A selection was played by Organist Church while the remains which were in a richly draped black casket were brought to the chancel, followed by the widow and son, relatives, Rev. W.H. Prestley and the Knights Templar, and preceeded by the ushers, honorary pallbearers, and the rector, Rev. F.N. Atkin.

Rector Atkin read the Episcopal funeral service and the full surplice choir sang "Nearer My God to Thee," and "Abide With Me."

Remarks by Rev. W.H. Prestley

At the conclusion of the Episcopal service, Rev. W.H. Prestley, pastor of the First Presbyterian church at Kankakee, and for many years pastor of the Decatur Presbyterian church with which Mr. Warren was identified for a long time in an official capacity, arose from his place in front of the chacel and facing the congregation paid an affecting tribute to his friend. He said in part:

"Oh this sad occasion, dear friends, were I to cosult my own feelings I would feel better were I to sit quietly with those who weep and mourn, but a duty has been assigned me. Our lives were very closely associated for many years,a nd I thank God that I am permitted to say to you what impressions hislife made upon my mind and my heart." Mr. Prestley here made an affecting reference to the story of Jonathan and David. "The words of David and Jonathan came to me when the telegraph flashed the words to my home, 'Mr. Warren died this morning.' I felt as David did when he said, 'I am distressed for thee my brother; thou hast been very pleasant unto me; thy love was wonderful.' Remember the words of Christ; 'What I do thou knowest not now, but will hereafter.'

"Why was this brother taken from his home, from business, from the active, busy walks of life, from the church militant? A thousand other men might have been taken. Men walk the streets and say how can we spare this brother. Men look into each other's faces and tears fill the eye as they think of him, and realize that never again will they see his like, never again view his tender glance, nor hear his soft voice, nor feel again the warm clasp of his hand, that tender pressure which was the index to his sympathetic heart.

"It is not necessary to speak of his identification with the railway interests of the city, of his great love for Decatur, and of what he has done for the manufacturing interests of the community. Read the records of Decatur as to its prosperity. See how much he was identified with the development of the city, and you will realize what his loss means, and no more will you have the benefit of his wise counsels.

"As a man he was richly endowed with talents which the good God gives his children. Physically he was not great, but his mind was clear and strong. How gentle in mind, soft in the tones of his voice. How we were impressed with the greatness of the man - modest, never obtrusive, reticent, yet he was a man of great force of character, strong of will and firm of purpose and true to principle. When John K. Warren believed a thing to be right, nothing could move him, and when he believed a thing to be wrong, nothing could induce him to do wrong, no matter how it would affect him. He did right because it was right. He was a bundle of energy and when engaged in any undertaking he devoted himself unsparingly to the issue, day and night, denying himself sleep, and no one can say that anything in which he had a part, failed because of lack of energy on his part.

"He was a man of wonderfully clear judgment. How many have gone to him for counsel and advice. He gave his time cheerfully, and he was kind, generous and noble. The heart of the man was the true index of his life. How great he was! He lived not for himself. He lived for us. Self was secondary with him. Did anything come up in his life, the question he would ask was, 'How will this affect the welfare and happiness of others?' That was his first thought. In my 15 years or more of acquaintance with John K. Warren I never heard him utter one word of censure for any man, woman or child. * * The heart of man feeds largely on those things which influence the heart. Mr. Warren couldn't help but think of others. It was his nature to do so. Oftentimes my own lips when they were about to utter a quick word were closed by his kindly touch.

"Decatur has lost a great heart. You who knew him in his home, in business affairs, and in social circles realize what he was. The earth is poorer by his departure, and Heaven, thank God, is richer, is richer.

"His marriage was an ideal one. In the 30 years of his wedded life John K. Warren never uttered a word to bring one pang to the heart of his wife, not one cross look, or one angry flash of the eye. He was ever kind, considerate and gentle. Let us think of that. It was the great heart and grand spirit of the man which thus influenced him all through his life. He was an ideal father."

"As a boy God laid his hand upon him very early. He was afflicted and he carried his infirmity whith him to the end. His trouble changed his chosen vocation, but he learned his prayers and lessons of patience at his mother's knee. His religion was deep-seated; it was not emotional. It influenced all his life, and were that mother whom he loved so well to rise up she would call him blessed. He was filial and he was devoted wholly to the church, performing his duties cheerfully and thoroughly, adorning the office he held. I learned upon him. It might be supposed that the close of such a life would be peaceful. He suffered, but in the midst of it all his eyes were watchful of every movement of those who were with him in the last hours. He was beloved of God. In his dying hours there was a manifestation to this heart and soul that produced a wonderful change upon his that was so marked as to be observed by his wife who almost constantly watched his bedside. When the light faded from his face he said, 'I am at rest. I suffer no more.'

"So we rejoice that He giveth his beloved sheep. A new sepulchre has been opened for our friend. In your hearts also there is a new sepulchre, but let us not lay a cold stone upon it as our memory of him, but place upon it beautiful flowers. He has gone to God who loved him, to behold the unclouded face of his Savior and to dwell in that land and under those brighter skies where there is no sin, no sorrow, no suffering, no death."

Eminent Commander W.J. Wayne, Prelate Geo. W. Bright and Captain General Martin Herman read the burial service of the Knights Templar order, which was followed by the reading of this obituary by C.L. Hovey, representing the Knights Templar:

John Knox Warren was born in Warren, Rhode Island, December 18th, 1834. He came to Macon county in th spring of 1856. He received the symbolic degrees of Masonry in Macon Lodge No. 8, and the Chapter and Criptic degrees in Macon Chapter No. 21. He was created a knight of the illustrious order of the Red Cross, Sept. 28, 1882, and was dubbed a knight of the valiant and magnanimous order of Knights Templar and Knights of Malta of the order of St. John of Jerusalem, Oct. 19, 1892. He died Nov. 19, 1894. In the various walks of life he was courteous, honorable and just, and in the duties of knighthood was, as in his lifetime, courteous. Well can it be said that a good and true man has fallen asleep.

Rev. Mr. Prestley offered the closing prayer, and while the choir sang "Abide With Me," the body was removed to the waiting hearse by the active pallbearers, who were Knights Templar W.H. Starr, L.L. Burrows, Peter Loeb, Charles Armstrong, O.B. Gorin, H.F. May, J.M. Maris and J.M. Clokey. The honorary pallbearers were W.J. Quinlan, J.R. Race, J.E. Bering, L. Burrows, W.F. Scruggs, Samuel Winholts, E.A. Gastman and W.B. Chambers.

The cortege was formed under the supervision of the funeral director, J.B. Bullard. It was quite large, and moved in this order: Platoon of police, honorary pallbearers, Mayor and city officials in carriages, Beaumanoir Commandery No. 9 Knights Templar, in full uniform, hearse, relatives and friends. At Greenwood the Knights Templar ritual wervice was read and young ladies placed flowers in the grave. The dismissal prayer was offered by Rev. F.N. Atkin.

Among friends present from a distance were Judge Whig Ewing, of Chicago; Insurance Commissioner Durfee, of Springfield; R.B.F. Pierce and J.S. Lazarus, of the I.D. & W road, Indianapolis, Ind.

A Personal Tribute

A tribulte from a friend of many years is given below:

"Look Thou Character"

A true friend, a noble man and a worthy citizen was called to the higher spheres when the spirit of John Warren left his mortal encasement last Sunday morning. There has been no death here for many years causing such general regrewt, such a sense of personal loss as does his. Yet, while this is true, we are pleased to turn from our grief and contemplate the endearing qualities of him we mourn. Materialists are accustomed to speak of idealists in terms of indulfent pity of contempt and frequently the name denotes a character so impracticable as to be of little importance as a factor in the problem of life, but when high ideals are cherished and worked up to by practical methods, then do we see the perfect type of Christian manhood. Mr. Warren fashioned his life on lofty models and was none the less a business man that he "hitched his wagon to a star."

Though so much engaged with his several occupations he yet found time for the amenities of social life, and his kindly interest in, and gentle courtesy, to all sorts and conditions of men, will be long remembered and prove an inspiration for others. Few men had his gift of memory or conversational power. Endowed with an analytical intellect, he could give the gist of a book or theory with terseness and porperspciuity. His wit was of that pleasant and sparkling order that pleases but leaves no sting. His wide orbited mind had been cultivated by extensive reading and gleaning from varied literature. These, however, were but the adornments of his fine personality. Beyond them was an individuality so strong and forceful as to stamp itself deep in the hearts of his friends and on the life of his city. Everyone who knew respected Mr. Warren as a man of high morals, of integrity and honor; he was no "honesty is the best policy" or expediency man, but one whose moral ethics was based on the eternal verities.

A friend who had known him for forty years said to-day: "John Warren was the truest and best of friends, and altogether the most unselfish man I ever knew." Such a tribute can be given to very few and so modest was Mr. Warren, that were he permitted to know his friend's estimate, he would be surprised, fo he had dignity and reserve that repressed, rather than encouraged commendation, and so, while he bore himself bravely in the storm and stress of life, his was not the nature to think he had attained his highest ideals, but rather one to say with the poet:

"Build thee more stately mansions, O my soul,
As the swift seasons roll!
Leave thy low vaulted past!
Let each new temple nobler than the last,
Shut thee from heaven with a dome more vast,
Till thou at length art free,
Leaving thy outgrown shell by life's unresting sea."

In the life of such a man there is a lesson beyond all precept, and his friends have most precious memories to console them, since so fine a life was crowned by a glorious christian death. - E.M.B.

Decatur Weekly Republican, Thursday, 22 Nov 1894

  WARREN, Mary A. (Gunter)

Attends to Household Duties During Day; Expires At Night

Mary A. Gunter Warren, widow of J.T. Warren, died at 10:30 o'clock Thursday night at her home on the third floor over the Mannheim cafe, 123 E. Main Street. She was fifty-eight years old last Sept. She had been in ill health for the past three years, suffering from a complication of diseases, but was not confined to her bed. She possessed wonderful vitality and asisted on attending to her household duties, saying she would soon be well again. Thursday morning her daughter, Mrs. S.T. Myers, tried to induce Mrs. Warren to go to the hospital, but she refused and was busy with household duties during the entire day.She retired about 10:30 o'clock Thursday night and a few minutes later she was found dead.

Mrs. Warren was well known. She had conducted a rooming house in the 100 block East Main street for seven years. She was born near Knoxville, TN Sept 14, 1858. She formerly lived at Terre Haute, moving to Decatur sixteen years ago. She was twice married. She is survived by three children, Charles R. Gunter and Mrs. S.T. Myers of Decatur and John Gunter of Villa Grove. There are eight grandchildren and several half brothers and half sisters.

The body was removed to the Monson & Wilcox undertaking establishment and prepared for burial, and on Friday it was taken to the home of Mrs. Myers, 720 West Grand Ave.

Decatur newspaper

  WASHINGTON, Harvey Lee "Big Moose"

DECATUR - Harvey Lee "Big Moose" Washington, 57, Decatur, died Tuesday (March 27, 2007). Services: noon, Tuesday, Church of the Living God PGT Temple 4. Visitation: one hour before services in the church. Burial: Greenwood Cemetery. Arrangements by: Walker Funeral Service and Chapel.

Herald & Review (Decatur), 1 Apr 2007

Submitted by: Kathy Ikeda

  WATTON, Helen

Mrs. Helen Watton, wife of Joseph W. Watton of 447 East Peoria avenue, died at 11:45 o'clock Sunday night at the Decatur and Macon County hospital. She was sixty-six years old. Her death was caused by a complication of diseases after a long illness. Mrs. Watton was born in Ohio, but had lived in Illinois over fifty years. The body was removed to the Monson & Wilcox undertaking establishment and prepared for burial.

The funeral will probably be held at 4 o'clock Tuesday afternoon at the residence, 447 East Peoria avenue.

The Daily Review, Decatur, IL, Monday, 2 Sep 1918

  WATTS, Isabella

Mrs. Isabella Watts died on Sunday afternoon at four o’clock, at her home on North Calhoun street, of pleurisy. The deceased was the wife of Thomas Watts, who with a daughter sixteen years old, survives her. Mrs. Watts was a member of the First Methodist church. The funeral services will be held this afternoon at half past one o’clock at the family residence, and will be conducted by Rev. T.I. Coultas.

Daily Review, Decatur, IL, Sunday, 6 Apr 1886


The remains of Ada Waughop arrived here at midnight. The funeral will take place this morning from the family residence, No. 1171 East Marietta street.

Daily Review, Decatur, IL, 8 Apr 1886

The funeral of Ada Waughop took place yesterday morning from the family residence on East Marietta street, and was largely attended. The services were conducted by Rev. T.W. Pinkerton. Music was furnished by a choir of Mrs. Rennie Patterson, Mrs. Clara Bowles, Messrs. J.E. Patterson and T.A. Pritchett. The remains were interred at Greenwood cemetery. Members of the Women’s Relief Corps attended the funeral. There were many beautiful floral offerings.

Daily Review, Decatur, IL, 9 Apr 1886

  WEATHERFORD, Amanda (Newman)


Mrs. William H. Weatherford Died Suddenly


Mrs. Amanda Weatherford, wife of William H. Weatherford, postmaster at Boody, was found dead in bed this morning. She retired last night feeling better than usual and this morning Mr. Weatherford found his wife dead. Mrs. Weatherford was 64 years old and was quite well known, having lived in the county for years.


Coroner Bendure was notified of the death and Deputy Coroner Roy Bendure went to Boody this morning and held and inquest at 10 a.m. The only witness examined was Mr. Weatherford, who testified substantially as follows:

I am the husband of the deceased. When my wife retired last night she said she was going to sleep. This was about 9:30 oclock. This morning about 6 I awoke and spoke to my wife telling her that we had better have an early breakfast. She did not answer and I went into the kitchen and built a fire and then came back and put my hand on my wifes forehead, when I discovered that she was dead. I called my grandson and some of the neighbors. My wife had been complaining for the past year, but yesterday felt better than usual.

After hearing the evidence, the jury returned a verdict that Mrs. Weatherford came to her death by heart disease, superinduced by nervous prostration and stomach trouble. The jury was composed of Dr. D.T. Morentzy, E.N. Durning, Robert Warnick, C.J. Williams, William Pater and George C. Cooper.

The funeral will be held on Thursday from the church at Boody.

The Daily Review, 31 Oct 1899


Bessie May,the infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Weatherford, died at their home southwest of the city on Tuesday of stomach trouble. The funeral will occur today the services being at 10 o'clock this forenoon. The services will be conducted by Rev. Arnold and the interment will be at Salem cemetery.

Herald Despatch, 9 April 1898


DIED - Of neuralgia of the brain at his home in Blue Mound township, on Friday, January 11, 1883, D.A. Weatherford, aged 26 years. The deceased leaves a widow. The funeral took place at Macon Sunday afternoon at 1 oclock.

Saturday Herald, 19 Jan 1884

  WEATHERFORD, Doris Marie

Doris Marie Weatherford, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. I.E. Weatherford, died Friday at the family home in Oakley. The funeral was held Saturday. The interment was in the Long Creek cemetery.

The Daily Review, 23 Dec 1911


The death of Grace, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. F. Weatherford, occurred Tuesday at the home of the parents in Boody. The funeral will be held at the residence at 2 oclock today.

The Daily Review, 12 Aug 1896


The infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles E. Weatherford died Sunday, March 29, at the family home, four miles southeast of Decatur. The funeral was held Monday afternoon from the residence.

Decatur Herald, 31 Mar 1903


Lester, the son of Mr. and Mrs. W.H. Weatherford, died Sunday, January 1, at the family residence three miles west of Boody, aged seven years. Death was caused by lung fever. The funeral was held at 11 oclock this forenoon from the Boody church, Rev. W.L. Bankson officiating. The interment was at Salem cemetery.

Daily Republican, 1 Jan 1899


Oliver T. Weatherford died at 9:30 a.m. Friday at the home of his father, W.H. Weatherford, at Boody, aged 21 years. His death was due to lung trouble. Mr. Weatherford was a member of Boody camp, No. 2020, M.W. & A., and the funeral will be held under the auspices of that order. The services will be held at the U.B. church in Boody Sunday at 10 a.m. and will be conducted by Rev. D.C. Blunt. Boody camp extends an invitation to the members of Nos. 1626 and _44 in Decatur to participate in the ceremonial.

The Daily Review, 22 Feb 1896

The funeral of the Oliver Weatherford was held at 11 a.m. Sunday, February 23, at the U.B. church at Boody. The services were conducted by Rev. D.C. Blunt. The Modern Woodmen, of which the deceased was a member, attended in a body and conducted their ritual service. The burial was at a cemetery near Boody. The pall bearers were E.C. Cooper, W.T. Smith, John McKinney, William Reimel, L.C. Lynch and John Kellar.

Daily Republican, 24 Feb 1896



William Weatherford Dies At Macon

William Weatherford, a barber, who was injured at the time Harry White was killed in an auto accident a little over a month ago, died at 3 oclock this morning. He was stricken with paralysis last Monday evening and gradually grew worse till his death. He never recovered from the shock of the auto accident and it is thought this caused the paralytic stroke.

He is survived by his wife, a son, Claire, and daughter, Goldie, and his father, W.H. Weatherford, who lives in Decatur. A brother, Charles, also lives in Decatur.

Funeral services will be held Sunday afternoon at 2 oclock at the residence. Mr. Weatherford formerly worked about two years in Decatur. He owned a shop in Macon at the time of his death.

The Daily Review, 29 Nov 1913

  WEATHERFORD, William Henry   


Active Many Years in Blue Mound Township

William H. Weatherford, one of the oldest citizens of Macon county, died at 8 oclock Tuesday evening at the home of his son, Charles Weatherford, near the Rea bridge. He was eighty-nine years old in November. His death was due to infirmities incident to old age. Until about six weeks ago Mr. Weatherford was more active and energetic than most men fifteen or twenty years younger. His strength seemed to leave him all at once and for several weeks he had been confined to his bed practically all the time.


Mr. Weatherford moved to Macon county and settled at Boody many years ago. He was active in the public life of Blue Mound township for many years. He conducted a store at Boody and for seventeen years was postmaster there. He also served as constable for twenty years, and had served as assessor and as a member of the school board. For the last five years he had made his home with his son, Charles Weatherford. He had outlived all his other children.

Mr. Weatherford served for three years in the Civil War, being a member of company H, One Hundred and Fifteenth Illinois Volunteer Infantry. He was a member of Dunham post, 141, G.A.R., of Decatur and of the I.O.O.F. lodge at Blue Mound.

The body was brought to the Dawson & Wikoff undertaking establishment. The funeral will be held at 1 oclock Thursday afternoon at the United Brethren church in Boody. The interment will be in the Macon cemetery.

Decatur Review, 28 Dec 1921

  WEBB, Edward S.   
From Friday’s Daily
Funeral of the Late E.S. Webb

The mortal remains of the late Edward S Webb, who died al 6 o'clock on the morning of the 12th, was laid at rest at Macon on Thursday The funeral services took place from the Methodist church at Macon, The pastor, Rev D E May, conducting the services. The deceased was in the 40th year of his age, and bad been ill for nearly a year, being afflicted with a disease akin to consumption. He leaves a wife and two children.

He was the son of the late W.R. Webb, who was the proprietor of the St. Nicholas Hotel in this city in 1860, and died on the 11th of January 1873. Mr. Webb was brother or W.A. Webb, of Dalton City, L.F. Webb, of Macon, and of the late Lucy Webb, who died at Macon in September last. The wife of the deceased went into convulsions a few hours before the death of her husband and was too ill to attend the funeral. The death of Mr. Webb is generally lamented by all who knew him, and his grief stricken family and his relatives will receive the sympathy of all their acquaintances.

Decatur Weekly Republican, Decatur, IL, Thursday, 20 Oct 1881, pg. 7

Additional Research Notes:

Edward S. Webb was married July 4, 1867 in Macon County to Harriet Whitaker. Harriet was the daughter of James Whitaker and Susan Cullison. There were two children: Ludie and Susan.

  WEBB, Rhoda Adaline "Addie"
    Born: __ Mar 1873 in Macon Co, IL
    Died: 3 May 1958 IL
    Buried: Bethany Cem, Bethany, IL
    Parents: Uriah Taylor Lane and Sirena Maddox
    Married: George A. Webb
    Children: Goldie M. (Webb) Cahill

  WEBSTER, Helen
    Died: 18 Dec 1933 in S. Macon T, Macon Co, IL

  WEBB, W.R.

DIED ~ At Macon, Jan. 11, 1874, Mr. W.R. Webb, aged 75 years and 1 month. His remains were interred in Greenwood Cemetery, this city, and his funeral sermon will be preached in the M.E. Church at Macon, on Sunday, January 18.

Daily Republican, Decatur, IL, 12 Jan 1874

    Died: 29 Jul 1935 in Decatur, Macon Co, IL

    Died: 27 Jul 1928 in S Macon Twp, Macon Co, IL

  WEDDLE, Harrison

Harrison Weddle, youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. John Weddle, living in Willow Branch township, died at the home of his parents, Sunday evening aged twenty-two years. He had been in failing health for some time. The funeral will be held Wednesday morning. The young man's father is one of the substantial farmers of Willow Branch township.

The Daily Review (Decatur), 9 Jul 1912

  WEIKEL, William

Funeral services for William Weikel in Church of God, Sangamon, Thursday afternoon were conducted by Rev. J. Moery. Burial was in Wheeler cemetery.

Decatur Evening Herald, Decatur, IL, 10 Feb 1928

  WEKNMAN, Charles A.

Charles A. Weknman died Monday evening at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Oswald Weknman, 1605 East Wood street. He was thirty years old. He death was caused by pneumonia, after an illness of ten days. He was born at 1605 East Wood street and had lived there all his life. He lost his left leg in an accident on the Illinois Central six or seven years ago. One brother was killed in a railroad accident a number of years ago and another brother was drowned. Besides his parents he is survived by two brothers, Joseph and Theodore Weknman. The body was removed to the Moran undertaking establishment and prepared for burial.

Decatur Review, 8 May 1917

  WELSH, Mr.

The father-in-law of Dr. Kyner, of Macon, named Mr. Welsh, was buried yesterday from the Methodist church. He was eighty-seven years old and died on Friday. He was well known in Macon and vicinity.

The Daily Review, Decatur, IL, 14 Feb 1886

  WELTON, Andrew Otto
    Born: 7 Sep 1887 in Moultrie Co, IL
    Died: 11 Mar 1975 in Decatur, Macon Co, IL
    Buried: Mt Zion Cem, Macon Co, IL
    Parents: Andrew & Mary Jane (Ray) Welton
    Married: to Frances Selby
    Children: Ezra, Fred & Irene

  WELTON, Edward T.
    Born: 25 Jun 1877 in Moultrie Co, IL
    Died: 11 Jun 1944 in Decatur, Macon Co, IL
    Parents: Andrew & Mary Jane (Ray) Welton
    Married: #1 1899 to Rosa Thomason
      #2 14 Dec 1907 in Macon Co, IL to Hattie Gould

    Children: Fred, Wm., Goldie & Harry

  WENTWORTH, Alonzo F.

Alonzo Franklin Wentworth died at 9 o'clock Tuesday morning at the home of his son, David Wentworth, corner 7th St. and Wabash Ave. His age was 68 years. His death was caused by uremic poisoning. He was a gardner and had lived in or near Decatur for the last 35 years. He had been ill for a week.

The funeral will be held Thursday afternoon from the residence. The interment will be at Greenwood

Decatur Review, Fri Mar 14, 1919, p. 16

  WENTWORTH, Aurilla A.


Mrs. Samuel Wentworth died in her home Sunday morning, July 9, of a paralytic stroke. The funeral was held at the Pilgrim Congregational Church this afternoon at 2 o'clock, the sermon being preached by Rev. Ira Stone, Pastor at Illini Church.

Decatur Review, Mon, July 10, 1905, p. 9


The funeral of Mrs. Samuel Wentworth was held at the Pilgrim Congregational Church Monday afternoon. A quartet composed of Mr. and Mrs. Geoge Bunker, Miss Blanche Binkley, and B.D. Akers with Mrs. C.J. Tucker at the organ sang: "Savior Lead Me Lest I Stray", "Sleep On Beloved" and "Good Night". Rev. Ira Stone, Pastor of the Illini Church, conducted the services assisted by Rev. L.T. Freden, Pastor of the Bethel Church. Rev. Ira. Stone took his text from I Cor. 15 and 53, "this mortal must put on immortality."

Mrs. Wentworth was born in Rome, Maine May 9, 1834, was married to Samuel Wentworth of Berwick, Maine August 21, 1856, came to Illinois with her family in the spring of 1876, was converted in 1881 and united with the Pilgrim Church at its organization.

She was the mother of 7 children, 2 of whom, Stella and Mrs. Eva Hartman, preceded her to the better land. Those surviving are her aged husband who is in very poor health, 3 daughters, Mrs. Sadie Manion, Mrs. Zetta Haywood, and Miss Flora and 2 sons, George and Willis, all of Warrensburg and vicinity.

There were many beautiful flowers at the funeral. Pall bearers were William Ritchie, Ed White, C.H. Faith, D.L. Schroll, George Culp, and Phil Bauman. Interment was at the Illini Cemetery.

Decatur Review, Tue, July 11, 1905, p. 7

  WENTWORTH, Clifford J.
    Born: 1984
    Died: 16 Jan 1984 in Decatur
    Buried: Illini Cem.
    Parents: George W. and Nora R. Wentworth
    Married: 1917 to Lucy H. Schroeder
    Children: George H, John H, Fred N, Merle A, Mildred, and Ruth M

    Born: in Warrensburg, IL
    Died: 26 Feb 1961 in Phoenix, AZ
    Buried: in Ephrata, Wash.
    Married: Otta Stonebraker
    Children: Robert, Russell, Kenneth, Curtis, Mrs. Lyell Lamont

  WENTWORTH, Forrest O.
    Born: in Warrensburg, IL
    Died: 8 Sep 1989 Gilett, Wis.
    Buried: Woodlawn Cem, Shawano, Wis.
    Parents: George and Nora Wentworth
    Married: 1925 to Erma Wickline
    Children: Harold, Thomas, Charlotte

    Born: 5 Jan 1874 in KS
    Died: 26 Jan 1956 in Decatur
    Buried: Illini Cem.
    Parents: James H and Martha Biddell Campbell
    Married: 7 Dec 1893 to George W. Wentworth in Macon Co.
    Children: Clifford, Floyd C, Forrest, Eunice M.


Samuel T. Wentworth died at his late residence in Warrensburg, Thursday, January 4, aged 76 years. The funeral services were held at the Pilgrim Congregational Church Firday morning, conducted by Rev. Ira Stone and assisted by Rev. Mr. Landies (or Landiss). Music was furnished by George R. Bunker and wife, Georgia Faith and John Baumgartner. The selections were "Abide With Me", "Good Night: and "Refuge". The pallbearers were Joseph Brown, Horace Peverly, C. H. Faith, D. L. Schroll, and D. M. Hursh.

Mr. Wentworth was born in Berwick, York County, Maine. He was a veteran of the Civil War. After his return home from the Army, he was married to Aurilla A. Gordon (sic). Several years of their married life were spent in the east, after which they came to Illinois and settled on a farm north of Warrensburg, where they lived till about 6 years ago when failing health caused him to retire from active work when they moved to Warrensburg.

His wife died July 9, 1905.

Mr. Wentworth had been in poor health for several years before his death. He is survived by 2 sons, 3 daughters, and several grandchildren. He was buried in Illini Cemetery.

The Daily Review, Sat, Jan, 6, 1906, p. 2

  WENTWORTH, William Wallace


William Wallace Wentworth, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. C. J. Wentworth, died at 5:50 o'clock Friday morning at the family residence in Warrensburg. He was 14 months old and was their only child. His death was caused by bronchial pneumonia, after an illness of one week.

The funeral will be held at 2:30 o'clock Sunday afternoon at the family residence. The services will be conducted by Rev. O.L. Clapper. The interment will be in Illini Cemetery

Decatur Review, Fri, Mar 14, 1919, p. 16

  WEST, Infant

The infant of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. West aged four days died Friday.

The Daily Review, Decatur, IL, 25 Feb 1886

  WEST, Thomas William
    Died: 20 Dec 1970 in Macon Co, IL
    Buried: Graceland Cem, Macon Co, IL
    Parents: James & Karen (Hadley) West

  WESTBROOK, Caleb T.   

Caleb T. Westbrook, who was born in Christian county, Feb. 22, 1846, died at his home in Maroa Friday evening at 6 o’clock after a brief illness of uremic poisoning. He served three years and a half in the Thirty-second regiment from Missouri in the Civil war. He was a member of the Christian church and also of the G.A.R. having made his home here for many years. Besides his wife he leaves the following children: Mrs. Dora Wilkerson of Granite City, Mrs. Sarah Matthews of St. Louis, Mo., Harve Westbook of Decatur and Theodore and George Westbrook and Mrs. Bessie Lagge of Maroa. No arrangements for the funeral have been made yet. The burial will be in Maroa cemetery.

The Daily Review, Decatur IL, 8 Nov 1913

  WESTERFIELD, Capt. Henry B.   

Capt. Henry B. Westerfield aged 51 years died at 3 o’clock Friday, afternoon Sept. 29 at his home at the corner of East Condit and North Cahrles streets. Henry B. Westerfield was born in Delaware, Ohio, Feb. 23, 1838. He came to Illinios more than thirty years ago and enlisted from this state and served three years as captain of Co. B in the 8th Ill. (Oglesby’s regiment). For a time Capt. Westerfield lived in Missouri and in that state in 1881, he was married, his wife and two little girls, aged 9 and 11 years, surviving him. His brother, J.P. Westerfield, resides at Salem, Mo. For about ten years Capt. Westerfield was watchman at the Wabash shops. About a year ago he began to be seriously troubled with a cancer on his face. All the medical science tried in his behalf was unavailing. He was a man well liked by all who knew him, and his friends among the older residents will hear with regret of his death.

Weekly Herald-Despatch, Decatur IL, 7 Oct 1893, pg. 7

  WHEAT, Lizzie


Mother of Attorney L.C. Wheat Victim of Heart Attack

Mrs. Lizzie May Wheat, 1261 East Leafland avenue, mother of attorney Lawrence C. Wheat, died at 10 o'clock Monday morning at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Grace Bowman, 225 South Franklin street. She was sixty-one years old last Saturday. Her death was caused by heart trouble and was unexpected. She had been under the care of a physician, but was able to be up and around and had gone to visit her daughter when her last illness came upon her.

Mrs. Wheat was born in Wabash, Ind., April 10, 1865. She had made her home in Decatur for the last thirty-five years and had many friends in the community. Her husband, John Wheat died several years ago.

Besides her son and daughter she is survived by one grand-daughter, Dorothy Frances Wheat, who made her home with her. The body was removed to the Dawson & Wikoff undertaking establishment and prepared for burial.

Decatur Review, 12 April 1926

  WHEATON, Robert

In Long Creek township, at 4 p.m., May 27 of apoplexy, Robert Wheaton, aged 85 years. The deceased was a native of Ohio and came to Decatur thirty-five years ago. He was the proprietor of a cooper shop in this city some years since. He was a bachelor and was a brother of Mrs. Samuel Myers, of Long Creek and Mrs. Elizabeth McGinnis, of Decatur.

Saturday Herald (Decatur), 4 June 1887

  WHEELER, A.J.   

A.J. Wheeler died at his home in Harristown at 6:30 Saturday evening. Mr. Wheeler was born in Macon county and was a well known and esteemed citizen. He has several grown children to mourn his departure. He was a member of Dunham post, being a soldier of Company B, One Hundred and Sixteenth Illinois. He was a brother of the late William Wheeler of this city.

The funeral was held from the M.E. church in Harristown at 3 o’clock p.m. Sunday, Rev. Howard officiating. The funeral was one of the largest ever held in Harristown township. The church would not accommodate the large assembly of fiends and the services were conducted in the yard. Dunham Post G.A.R. of Decatur attended in a body. The pall bearers were E.V. Loring, Younger Fulton, Jonathan Smith, L.L. Houck, C. Garrett and John Reeve.

The Evening Bulletin, Decatur IL, 14 Sep 1896

  WHEELER, Caroline

The funeral of Mrs. Caroline Wheeler will be held at 3 o'clock Sunday afternoon at the Britlinger & Sons chapel. The interment will be in Greenwood.

Decatur Review, 26 April 1919

  WHEELER, Charles E.
    Born: May 27, 1861 in IL
    Died: 15 Apr 1927
    Parents: David & Sarah (Querry) Clover
    Married: 4 Mar 1885 to Florence Clover
    Children: Laura, Roy, Minnie, Grace, Scott & Russel

The funeral of Charles Wheeler was held at 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11, 1895, from the Sangamon tabernacle and was largely attended. Rev. John Ritchie of Warrensburg conducted the services. The pallbearers were W.M. Durham, Robert Durham, Alonao Shambaugh, Theodore Shambaugh, Frank Lyons and D.F. Dolan. A large funeral train followed the body to Wheeler cemetery where it was laid to rest.

The Daily Review, Decatur, IL, 12 Oct 1895

  WHEELER, Florence (Clover)
    Born: Mar 1868 in Piatt Co, IL
    Died: 14 Mar 1937 in Niantic, Macon Co, IL
    Buried: Croninger Cem.
    Parents: David & Sarah (Querry) Clover
    Married: 4 Mar 1885 to Charles Wheeler
    Children: Laura, Roy, Minnie, Grace, Scott & Russel

  WHEELER, Grant

The funeral of Grant Wheeler was held Thursday. The cortege left the residence, 445 South Haworth avenue at 9 o'clock for the Peck cemetery, sixteen miles west of the city. Brief services were held at the grave.

The Daily Review (Decatur), 29 Nov 1907

  WHEELER, Leonia

The funeral of Mrs. Leonia Wheeler was held at 1 o'clock Thursday afternoon from the residence of Larkin Wheeler, 1018 N. Morgan street, Rev. R.G. Hobbs officiating. The interment was at Greenwood cemetery. The pall bearers were D.E. Baldwin, T.B. Doake, Frank P. Roddy, L.H. Martin, E.E. Edwards and L.W. Frebourg.

Bulletin Sentinal, 2 March 1895


The remains of Mrs. Mary Wheeler were laid to rest in the Wheeler cemetery today. The funeral service was held at 2:30 o'clock from the tabernacle in Sangamon, and was conducted by Rev. John Ritchie.

Bulletin Sentinal (Decatur), 19 October 1895


R.B. Wheeler, the 11 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. James K. Wheeler, died at 5 a.m. Sunday at the family residence near Sangamon. The funeral was held this afternoon at 9:30 o'clock and the burial was at the Wheeler cemetery.

Daily Republican, Decatur, IL, 9 May 1898

R.B., the young son of Mr. and Mrs. J.K. Wheeler died Sunday morning at 5 o'clock of blood poison. Although his sickness had been long and tedious, dating back for over a year, R.B. had been a patient little sufferer. His parents have the sympathy of the entire neighborhood in their bereavement. Rev. Ritchie, of Warrensburg conducted the funeral, which was held at the house Monday at 2:30 p.m. The remains were interred at the Wheeler cemetery near Rea Bridge.

Daily Republican, Decatur, IL, 12 May 1898

  WHEELER, Sarah

Mrs. Sarah Wheeler, aged 70 years died at the family residence two and one half miles southeast of Hervey City at 12:10 p.m. Wednesday of catarrh of the stomah. The funeral was held at 11 o'clock this forenoon from the M.E. church at Mr. Zion, Rev. Danely officiating. Burial at Mt. Gilead.

Bulletin Sentinel, 20 July 1895

  WHEELER, William   

DIED – Wheeler, William of Brights disease, Tuesday morning Oct. 2?, at his home at Oakley aged 7? Years. The time of the funeral will be announced later.

The Daily Review, 30 Oct 1900, pg. 8

  WHIST, Robert

DIED - Mr. Robert Whist, late of the firm of Burroughs & Co., died last night. The deceased had been ill for several weeks, with hemorrhage of the bowels. Mr. Whist had the reputation of being one of the best machinists in the western states, and his death is truly a public loss. The funeral will take place at 2 o'clock to-morrow, (Friday) from Stapp's Chapel.

Decatur Republican, 8 Oct 1868

  WHITAKER, William C.

William C. Whitaker of Macon died at 7:15 o'clock Saturday evening at Decatur and Macon county hospital. He was thirty-five years old. His death was caused by influenze and pneumonia. He was brought to the hospital last night. Mr. Whitaker was born in Macon and lived there all his life. He was employed at the R.B. Andrews elevator and was well known. He is survived by two sisters and one brother, Mrs. Jesse Daggett of Rockford; Miss Jessie Whitaker of Decatur and James Whitaker whose present address is not known. The body was removed to Monson & Wilcox unertaking establishment and prepared for burial. Arrangements for the funeral have not been made.

Decatur Review, 17 November 1918

  WHITE, Frances

Mrs. Frances White, wife of A.E. White, died of softening of the brain at the family residence in Whitmore township, on Saturday, August 24, at 3 a.m., aged 54 years. The deceased leaves three children. They are Mrs. Ada James and Cora and Pearl White.

Saturday Herald (Decatur), 31 Aug 1889

  WHITE, George Henry   

George Henry White, colored, died at 9 o’clock Monday Morning at his home, 456 South Sigel street. He was seventy years old. His death was caused by paralysis. He was first stricken last Friday, a second stroke coming Monday morning. He was well known in Decatur. For a long time he took care of Central park and before that was in the employ of Eli Brennenman.

About twelve years ago during a race meet he was injured while crossing the race track and was never able to do heavy work after that. He was born in Greenburg, Ky, July 2, 1815. He came to Macon county fifty years ago. For twenty years he lived at Macon and the rest of the time in Decatur. He was a member of St. Peter’s A.M.E. church. He is survived by his wife, but no other relatives.

The Daily Review, Decatur IL, 12 Apr 1915, pg. 12

NOTE: A description of the funeral was published in The Daily Review, Decatur Illinois, 15 Apr 1915, pg. 14.

  WHITE, Infant Twins

Twin infants of Mr. and Mrs. A.A. White, residing two miles southwest of the city died Monday night, age one day. The funeral was held yesterday.

The Daily Review, 4 Jul 1894

  WHITE, Joseph G.

The death of Joseph G. White, which occurred yesterday, is an event that was not unlooked for. During the past five or six years he has been visibly failing, and for a twelvemonth has been only a wreck of his former self. He was, during the greater part of his life, one of the most vigorous and hardy of men, but a fall from his buggy some six years ago proved to be a shock from which he never fully recovered, and his most intimate friends are of the opinion that his mind was thereby injured to such an extent that he was never the same man afterwards.

Joseph G. White was born at Winchester, Va., February 14, 1799. When quite young he removed to Bainbridge, Ross county, Ohio, where, on the 27th of November, 1822, he was united in marriage to Miss Mary Ann Platter, who died in this city in March, 1873. The active yeras of his life were spent in Ohio, where he was engaged in business that proved quite successful. In 1855 he removed with his family to Decatur, which was his residence during the remainder of his life.

Of the eight children born to him - one son and seven daughters - four daughters have preceded him to the grave. One of them was the wife of Senator R.J. Oglesby, and died at the executive mansion in Springfield during the gubernatorial term of her husband, in May 1868. Two of the remaining daughters, Mrs. J.L. Fenton and Mrs. F.L. Hays, reside here.

Mr. White was in many respects a very remarkable man - warm-hearted and impulsive in his nature, and devotedly attached to his family and friends.

He had many admirable traits of character, and his death will be sincerely mourned. The funeral will take place at 3 1/2 o'clock this afternoon from the residence of J.L. Fenton.

Decatur Republican, 13 Jul 1876

  WHITE, Henry A.   

The funeral of the late Captain Henry A. White took place this (Friday) forenoon at 10 o’clock from the family residence northeast of the Union depot. The services were conducted by Rev. W.H. Prestly and the remains were followed to Greenwood cemetery by a large number of sympathizing friends, and interned with fitting military honors by the Veteran association of which the deceased was a member. Mrs White and her three children will remove to Morgan County.

NOTE: Date of death was 23 Dec 1879

Decatur Weekly Republican, Decatur, IL, Thursday, 1 Jan 1880, pg. 7

  WHITLEY, Phoebe

Mrs. Phoebe Whitley, relict of James Whitley, died at 10 oclock Monday night of old age at the home of her son, Lafayette Whitley, four miles south of Harristown, aged 84 years. The deceased was a native of Kentucky, and had lived in this county many years. Her husband had been dead a long while. She was the mother of two sons, Lafayette and Richard T. Whitley. The latter resides in Missouri.

Decatur Republican, 6 Dec 1888

  WHITLEY, Mrs. R. H. (Margaret Ann Edwards)

Mrs. R.H. Whitley died yesterday morning at 10 o'clock at the home of Edward Hill, 466 West Wood street. Her death was caused by cancer and she had been bedfast about six weeks. Mrs. Whitley came here from Montevallo, Missouri. She was in St. Mary's hospital about two weeks. No operation was performed, as the best physicians of the city said it would only hasten her death. The husband, R.H. Whitley was here from Missouri during her illness and death. Mrs. Whitley was about 45 years old and leaves three children, Miss Alice Whitley, head bookeeper for Young Brothers and Maris company, James Whitley, a law student and Miss Kate Whitley.

The funeral will be held this morning at 10:30 o'clock from the residence on West Wood street. Rev. E.B. Cake will conduct the services. The burial will be at the Salem cemetery, where Mrs. Whitley's mother is buried.

Daily Review (Decatur), 1 December 1892

  WHITNEY, Cyrus W.   

Cyrus W. Whitney died Wednesday afternoon, Feb. 4, at his home, 368 West Cerro Gordo street. Hernia was the cause of death. He was an old soldier and is survived by a wife and two sons. The funeral will be held at 2 o’clock Friday afternoon from the residence and the burial will be at Greenwood cemetery.

The Daily Review, Decatur IL, 5 Feb 1903

  WHITSIT, Charles W.   

Yesterday forenoon Mrs. Charles W. Whitsit received a telegram bearing the sad intelligence of the death of her husband, at the home of his brother in Indianapolis, where he has been visiting and receiving treatment for some time. Mr. Whitsit has been in poor health for some time but the news of his death was a hard blow to his many friends. He has long been and ice merchant here and was known to everyone as akin, generous man. He was a soldier in the late war; serving in the 6th Illinois Cavalry and at this death was a member of Dunham Post G.A.R. He was also a member of Macon Chapter No. 8, A.F. & A.M. and both organizations will attend his funeral this afternoon at three o’clock. The body will arrive here this morning and the funeral will occur at the hour mentioned, from the family residence. The services will be conducted by Rev. Prestley.

Decatur Morning Review, Decatur IL, 30 Sep 1884, pg. 3

  WHITTAKER, William R.   
Prominent Resident of Macon Expires Suddenly

William R. Whittaker, a well-known stock buyer and former clothing merchant of Macon, died at his home in that city at 11 o'clock Thursday night. He was 60 years of age and leaves a wife and five children. They are Belle, Jessie, Carl and Willie Whittaker of Macon and James Whittaker of Kansas.

It is said that. Mr. Whittaker had been under the influence of intoxicating liquor for several days and that on Thursday night he drank a number of bottles of lemon extract and that it was that which caused his death.

Daily Review, Decatur, IL, Saturday, 29 May 1897, pg. 3

Additional Research Notes: William R. Whitaker (Whittaker) was born in 1842 in Indiana and was the son of James Whitaker and Susan Cullison. He died May 27, 1898 in Macon, Illinois.

  WICKHAM, William   

Wm. Wickham, of this city, died on Saturday last at Eureka Springs, from injuries received in the late war. The deceased was forty-six years of age and leaves a wife and one son, who is some where in the far west. The remains were met at the depot in this city by members of Dunham Post. No. 141, G.A.R. of which the deceased was a member. The funeral services will be held at half past one o’clock today, at the First Methodist church, Rev. T.I. Coultas, officiating. The deceased was born on March 7th 1840, and came west in 1861 at the breaking out of the war. He removed to the United States on purpose to enlist in the Union Army. He enlisted in the service as a member of the First Michigan Artillery on June 7, 1861, and was a true and brave soldier. He was in all the engagements with the battery at the battle of Perryville, Kentucky. While in this engagement he received serious injuries by the recoil of a cannon from which he never recovered. On July 19, 1863, he was discharged from the service on account of his wounds, which finally resulted in his death. About three years ago he became a resident of Decatur, and last October went to Eureka Springs in the hope of benefitting his failing health. The deceased was highly respected by his old comrades and will be buried with honors appropriate to his noble efforts in behalf of the preservation of the Union.

The Daily Review, Decatur, IL, 17 Mar 1886

  WICKS, Francis


Funeral of the Late Francis Wicks Sunday Afternoon

In the REPUBLICAN Saturday mention was made of the sudden death of Francis Wicks at the home place, five miles southeast of Maroa. The funeral took place Sunday afternoon from Stapp's Chapel, Rev. M. M. Goodwin, of St. John's church, officiating, in the presence of a large number of Maroa and Decatur friends. Members of the Maroa and Decatur Lodges of Masons attended the services in a body, and at the grave in Greenwood cemetery the Masons had charge of the interment. The pall-bearers were F.M. Smith, David Rainey, C. Phares, O.M. Phares, J.J. Leech and L.S. Harrington.

Friday noon Mr. Wicks was taken down with cholera morbus and he died suddenly. The deceased was a native of England, where he was born June 6, 1832. He came to America while yet a young man, and lived in Ohio unitl 1865, when he removed to Kansas, Edgar County, Ill., where he became a charter member of the Masonic Lodge. He came to Decatur in 1869, and resided here several years. He was interested in a plow, which was made at the old Agricultural Works. He was for a time a member of the wagon firm of Gahman & Wicks in the building of North Water street now occupied as an office by the Shellabarger Mill & Elevator company. About 1874 he removed to Maroa township, and has since been engaged in farming. He owned a finely improved farm of 180 acres, which is well stocked. The deceased twice married. His first wife was Lavina Ackinson, whom he wedded at Wheeling, West Virginia, in 1854. She passed away, and in 1873 Mr. Wicks married Miss Alice Rife, of Decatur. He was the father of 14 children, all of whom are living except one. Mr. Wicks was confirmed as a member of St. John's church May 1, 1870.

Decatur Weekly Republican, 4 Dec 1890

  WICKS, John F.





John F. Wicks, aged 70, veteran Macon County school teacher, died in Chicago, Wednesday, supposedly of heart disease. Mr. Wicks death was exceedingly sudden. He had not been feeling well for some time, but there was no indication that he was near death.

Mr. Wicks is secretary of the Macon County Historical Society. He was one of the organizers of that body here several years ago. Mr. Wicks had lived in Decatur and Macon County a greater portion of his life. He taught schools for many years.

During the last year, Mr. Wicks did a great deal of work gratis for the Decatur and Macon County exemption boards. He worked almost night and day filling out questionaires and draft blanks. His work was greatly appreciated.

At the time of his death, Mr. Wicks was visiting relatives in Chicago. Plans for the funeral have not het been made.

Mr. Wicks did a great deal of valuable work in looking up facts about the history of Decatur and Macon County. He traced Abraham Lincoln's route through this section of the state and uncovered a great deal of information about the old log courthouse.

Decatur Review, Thurs, Feb 6, 1919, p. 12

The body of John F. Wicks, who died in Chicago Wednesday, will arrive in Decatur this evening and will be taken to Wikoff and Son Chapel. It is expected that the funeral will be held there at 2:30 o'clock Sunday afternoon. The services will be under the auspices of Macon Lodge, No. 8 A.F. & A.M. The interment will be in Greenwood Cemetery.

Decatur Review, Sat, Feb 8, 1919, p. 8

  WIEGAND, Anna Christine

Mrs. Jacob A. Wiegand died at 7 o'clock Wednesday morning at her home, 515 E. Condit St. She would have been 61 years old in June. She had been suffering from complications of diseases for over a year.

Mrs. Wiegand's maiden name was Anna Christine Smith. She was born at Kewaskum, Wis, June 2, 1860. The family moved to Effingham, IL when she was only 12 years old. In 1878, the family moved to Decatur. Later, the other members of the family moved to Srorm Lake, Iowa, but she remained in Decatur. In 1883, she was married to Jacob A. Wiegand and ever since then, they have lived on E. Condit St.

Mrs. Wiegand was a member of St. Patirck's Catholic Church. She was well known and had many friends. Beside her husband, she is furvived by 2 sisters, Mrs. Pilipena Haywood and Mrs. Chris Brucker, both of Storm Lake, Iowa.

The funeral will be held at 9 o'clock Friday morning. The interment will be in Calvary Cemetery.

Decatur Review, Wed, Jan 12, 1921, p. 12

  WILKINSON, Edna Pearl
    Born: in Pana
    Died: 7 May 1980 (age 85y)
    Buried: Graceland Cem.
    Parents: Dave and Sara Jane Godden
    Married: 1976 to Grover Wilkinson
    Children: Fred, Louise, Grace

  WILKINSON, Elizabeth

Died - Of cancer, at 3 a.m. on Wednesday, March 15, 1882, at her home, on North Mercer street, Mrs. Elizabeth Wilkinson, aged 54 years. The deceased was the wife of Mr. Robert Wilkinson, of this city. She was born in Gannison, north of England on Christmas day, 1827. She was the mother of eight children, five of whom survive her death. Mrs. Wilkinson was a lady of rare christian qualities, a devoted mother, and a true helpmeet to her husband. She early became identified with the Episcopal church, the established church of England, and died in the faith. The funeral services will be held on Friday afternoon, at 2 o'clock, after which the remains will be taken to Greenwood cemetery for interment. Rev. W.H. Moore will conduct the services at the Episcopal church.

Decatur Review, 16 January 1882


Fred Wilkinson Buried at Bethany

Bethany, Sept. 12 - The funeral of Fred Wilkinson, son of Mr. and Mrs. William Wilkinson who died Friday afternoon, was held at the home Sunday afternoon, conducted by Rev. Benj. Kelly of the Presbyterian church. Music was furnished by a quartet composed of Mrs. Walter Davisson, Mrs. W.T. Crowder, L.T. Butt and T.L. Hudson, with Mrs. Troy Scott at the piano. The pall bearers were Thomas Logan, Paul Bone, Dale Warren, Wayne Brock, James Walton and Stanley Davis. Burial was made in a local cemetery.

Decatur Daily Review, 12 September 1922

    Born: in Pana
    Died: 3 Jul 1985 in St. Mary's Hosp.
    Buried: Graceland Cem.
    Parents: Grover and Edna Pearl Wilkinson
    Children: Grover, Tony

  WILKINSON, Joab (Captain)

Death of Captain Wilkinson

Captain Joab Wilkinson died at the family residence in Niantic township this morning in the 78th year of his age. He had been in failing health for a long time, and for the last two or three months has been very feeble. His malady was kidney trouble.

Captain Wilkinson was a native of New York, but came to Illinois at an early day. He came of a distinguished family, a younger brother Morton S., having represented the state of Minnesota in both houses of Congress, while another, Winfield S., was a member of the Senate of Illinois, representing Whiteside County. Joab Wilkinson was a born politician and as long ago as 1840 was a noted Whig stump apeaker in this state. He served in the army during the Mexican war, and held a captain's commission in the regular army during the rebellion. First a Whig, he naturally allied himself with the Republican party, and in all its campaigns, from 1858 to 1884, his voice was heard in behalf of its platform and condidates. He was a natural orator, and few men could hold an audience better. He had been a great reader, and had a most marvelous memory, being able to quote at will page after page of poetry.

He leaves a widow and two daughters.

Decatur Daily Review, 9 November 1887

The funeral of Captain Joab Wilkinson took place Thursday near Niantic in the Dingman cemetery, in the presence of a large number of friends. James Dingman offered remarks at the grave, speaking of the dead in loving terms. Governor Oglesby sent a telegram that he would certainly have attended the funeral could he have left Springfield.

Decatur Daily Review, 11 November 1887

Thomas Acom has been appointed administrator of the estate of the late Captain Joab Wilkinson of Niantic; bond $1000. Sureties with Mr. Acom, John W. Tyler and George Jacobsen.

Decatur Daily Review, 12 December 1887



Prominent Business Man of Community

Shelbyville, Sept. 7 - J.S. Wilkinson died at his home in Tower Hill at 10:30 Sunday night, at the age of 79 years. Mr. Wilkinson was one of the prominent business men of Tower Hill, and was known all over the county. He was the senior member of the firm of Wilkinson and Sons, which has been conducting a general merchandise business there for many years.

Mr. Wilkinson was a native of Ohio, having been born there August 24, 1844, but early in his young manhood he came to Illinois and settled near Stewardson. He opened one of the first stores in that section. He later moved to Windsor and went from there to Tower Hill, where he continued to live until his death Sunday evening. He married Miss Louise A. Hilsabeck March 28, 1867 and they were the parents of five children. Two sons are in business with the father, Paul and Lloyd Wilkinson, and another son W.C. Wilkinson lives in Texas. The other surviving child is Mrs. Grace Stumpf of Seattle, Washington. Mrs. Wilkinson died January 18, 1896 when the family was living in Windsor. Mr. Wilkinson then married Mrs. Rose Lupton October 3, 1907 and she survives him. The funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon from the Methodist church in Tower Hill, conducted by the pastor of the church and burial was in the cemetery at Windsor.

Decatur Daily Review, 7 September 1920

  WILKINSON, Joseph W.

Joseph W. Wilkinson, resident of Pana, died in the home of his son Grover Wilkinson, in 966 North Clinton street at 3:30 o'clock Monday morning following an illness of long duration. He died of complications following a stroke of apoplexy which he suffered Saturday evening.

He was born in Christian county, July 8, 1851 and was 77 years old. He had been a resident of Pana for 50 years and was visiting in Decatur at the time of his death. He was a member of the Methodist church in Pana.

Mr. Wilkinson leaves two daughters; Mrs. Blanche Butler, Pana and Miss Clara Wilkinson, Pana. He also leaves six sons, Albert and Edward Wilkinson, Mattoon; Fred Wilkinson, Pana and Harry, Joe and Grover Wilkinson, all of Decatur. He leaves 20 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

The body was removed to the Leon Monson funeral home and will be taken to Pana where funeral services will be held and interment made in Linwood cemetery.

Decatur Herald, 4 June 1928

  WILKINSON, Thomas G.
    Born: in Pana
    Died: 12 Aug 1976 in Decatur
    Buried: Graceland Cem.
    Parents: Joe and Mary Smith Wilkinson
    Married: to Edna Pearl Godden
    Children: Louise, Grace, Fred, (2 sons and a dau. preceded him in death)



W.H. Wilkinson of Arcola Passes Away Suddenly

Arcola, Ill., Oct. 30 - W.H. Wilkinson, for many years a resident of Arcola, died suddenly and unexpectedly at 5 o'clock Thursday morning. He was about his work all day yesterday and was down town last night. He went to bed feeling as well as usual, but about 11 o'clock he said his stomach was bothering him. He got up and took a dose of medicine, but did not rest very well the rest of the night.

At 4:30 he and his wife arose and he dressed himself and walked out of doors. In a few minutes he returned and seemed to be in great misery. He sat down in a rocking chair and glanced up at the clock, remarking, "Why it's five o'clock!" and with that remark his head dropped forward and he was dead.

Decatur Daily Review, 30 October 1908

  WILLIAMS, Andrew J.   

A Well Known Citizen Of Decatur Recieved The Final Summons

Andrew J. Williams died on Sunday night, December 13, at his home No. 1345 North Union Street, aged 66 years. His death was not unexpected for he has been in a precarious condition for some time past. Some weeks ago he was stricken with paralysis and from the first the family and friends were apprehensive of fatal results. Mr. Williams was one of the oldest soldiers of this county, having come here with his parents when a mere boy. He was a brother of John Williams and of Mrs. I.W. Ehrman and is survived by his wife and six children. They are Francis F. and Will Williams of Decatur, Bert Williams of the state of Washington, Mrs. Hattie Perry, Mrs. Jennie Hughes and Mrs. Mollie Murry. (Or Muzzy).

The deceased was born in Washington, Miss. January 1, 1831 and came to this county in 1836. During the gold excitement he visited California and when the war broke out he enlisted and served his country as a second lieutenant of the 116th Illinois Volunteers. He was well known to the older residents of this city and was a man of sterling qualities. The funeral will take place from the residence at 2 o’clock this afternoon and Dunham Post of which he was a member, will have charge of the burial.

Morning Herald Despatch, Decatur, IL, Tuesday, 15 Dec 1896

The funeral of the late A.J. Williams occurred yesterday afternoon at 2 o’clock from the family residence, 1345 North Union Street, Rev D. F. Howe officiating. The funeral services were in charge of the Dunham Post, G.A.R. of which he was a member. A choir composed of Mr. and Mrs. Bert Gher, Mrs. Frank Bunn, and D.L. Bunn sung the funeral hymns. The pallbearers were Milton Billings, Daniel Shutter, Samuel Troutman, John H. Miller, F.M. Garver and L. Houch, all members of the Co. B. 116th Illinois Infantry with which the deceased had served. A salute was fired over the grave at the close of the services. A large number of comrades of the deceased under the command of Capt. I M. Martin attended the funeral. Burial at Greenwood.

Morning Herald Despatch, Decatur, IL, Wednesday, 16 Dec 1896

  WILLIAMS, Andrew S.   


The Late Andrew S. Williams

Last week we were called upon to record the death of one of our most eminent citizens, who died full of honors and regretted by all. It now becomes our duty to announce the demise of another "old settler", whose claims to the grateful remembrance of his fellow citizens rest among other things, upon the fact that he was a faithful soldier of the Republic long before most of the present generation was born.

Andrew S. Williams was born in Litchfield, Conn., January 18, 1784, less than a year after the independence of the colonies was recognized by the mother country. As early as 1810 he was a soldier in the regular army of the young republic, in which he remained for over seven years, participaing in the Florida and other Indian wars, and being present at the battle of New Orleans on the memorable eighth of January, 1815.

After the conclusion of the treaty of peace, Mr. Williams was honorably discharged from the service, and purchasing a large plantation in Adams county, Miss., he married and settled there. Something over thirty years ago he sold his plantation and slaves, and came with his family to Illinois, settling for the time at Long Point, near the present village of Harristown. He soon afterwards removed to a farm a short distance northwest of Decatur, on which he died last Sunday morning, at the house of his son, Andrew J. Williams.

"Uncle Andy," as he was familiarly called by everybody in this vicinity, was a most kind-hearted and generous man, and though quick to anger he was nevertheless one of the truest and warmest of friends. He was married four times, his third wife being the mother of W.J. Usrey, Esq., editor of the Gazetter and Chronicle. Three children survive him - John Williams of Bond county, Andrew J. Williams, who resides near Decatur, and Mrs. I.W. Ehrman, of this city. For several years part Mr. Williams has been quite feeble, both in body and mind, and his death is one among the few which may be said to occur from a natural wearing out of the system.

In politics the deceased was a Jacksonian democrat - as long as there was an old-fashioned democratic party - but his experience in the south taught him the evils of slavery, and at the organization of the Republican party he was one of the first to enroll himself in the army of liberty. During the late rebellion his feelings were warmly enlisted on the side of the government, and the weight of years alone kept him from active participation.

His remains were interred at King's Cemetery, on Monday, and were followed to the grave by a large concourse of his old friends and neighbors. Services were held at the house, Elder John W. Tyler officiating.

Note: Date of death is Sunday - April 24, 1870 – Macon Co., Illinois

Decatur Review, 28 Apr 1870


C.G. Williams died at 11:30 Sunday night at the familiy residence, 915 West Main street. He was fifty-nine years old. His death was caused by Bright's disease. His health had been failing rapidly for almost a year, but his condition did not appear serious until a few days ago. He was born at Virden Feb. 23, 1854. Most of his life was devoted to farming. He moved to Decatur from Edinburg about a year and a half ago.

He was a Mason and a member of the Knights of Pythias. He is survived by his wife and six children; Miss Mabel Williams, Miss Matilda Williams, and Ralph Williams, all of Decautr; Mrs. Alice Augur of Mt. Auburn and Walter Williams and Everett Williams of Edinburg.

The funeral will probably be held Wednesday.

The Daily Review, 8 Sep 1913, pg. 12

  WILLIAMS, Lillie Lee (Atteberry)
    Born: 2 Aug 1883 in Macon, Macon Co, IL
    Died: 27 May 1952 in Decatur, Macon Co, IL
    Buried: Mt. Gilead Cem, Macon Co, IL
    Parents: Thomas J. & Julia (Joss) Atteberry
    Married: 8 Jul 1903 in Macon Co, IL to Harry J. Dickerson
    Children: Elizabeth, Lloyd & Leroy

  WILLIAMSON, Thomas E. Jr.
    Born: December 23, 1955 in Decatur
    Died: Thursday, August 31, 2000 in St. Mary's Hospital in Decatur
    Buried: Greenwood Cemetery
    Parents: Thomas Eugene Williamson Sr. and A. Joanne Galloway Williamson
    Married: Not mentioned
    Survivors: sons; Brad and Brian Williamson of Decatur; father, Thomas of Decatur; brothers, Todd (kim) Williamson of Forsyth and Tony williamson of Decatur; sisters, Terri McCall and Dawn Devore of Decatur; he was preceded in death by his mother.

  WILSON, Henry M.   

The funeral of Henry M. Wilson will be held at 2 o’clock Wednesday afternoon from Salem church, under the auspices of Dunham Post 141, of which he was a member. Mr. Wilson had been feeling as well as usual Sunday and he drove to the residence of Jacob Pfeiffer, who died Sunday, and promised to be one of the pall bearers at the funeral today. He later came to Decatur and took supper at the home of his daughter, Mrs. L.E. Theobald, St. Louis avenue. He went home about 3 o’clock that evening and was taken ill soon afterward and died at 4:20 Monday morning. He was married to Josephine Fletcher May 18, 1880, and she and three children survive. They are Mrs. L.E. Theobald, Herbert Wilson, and Mrs. Walter C. Lord, all of Decatur.

The Daily Review, Decatur IL, 7 Sep 1909, pg. 8

  WILSON, James A.   

James A. Wilson of Decatur died at p.m. Friday, March ?, at Mattoon. Pneumonia was the cause of death and Mr. Wilson had been sick for a week. Two weeks ago Mr. Wilson went to Mattoon on account of the serious illness of his mother, and arrived shortly before she died. About the same time his father suffered an attack of pneumonia and died in a few days.

Mr. Wilson was 59 years old. He lived in Decatur many years and with his son, C.A. Wilson, conducted a junk business on Wabash avenue. The firm has just completed the erection of a big building which is to be ready for occupancy in a few days.

The body was brought to Decatur this afternoon at 2:30 o’clock accompanied by the widow, Mr. and Mrs. C.A. Wilson and T. Peniwell representing the Dunham post No. 141 G.A.R. of which Mr. Wilson was a member.

The funeral will be held from the residence, 876 North Edward street, at 2 p.m. Sunday. The burial will be at Greenwood cemetery.

The Daily Review, Decatur IL, 10 Mar 1900

  WILSON, Myrtle M. (Floyd)

Became Ill on Way Home From California Month Ago

Mrs. Myrtle M. Wilson, wife of F.D. Wilson, 721 West Wood street, died at the hospital at the Decatur and Macon County hospital at 9:40 p.m. Monday, following an illness of eight weeks. The cause of her death was abscess of the brain.

Mr. and Mrs. Wilson spent the winter in California, and while returning home, stopped at Oreana, Nev., to visit a cousin, Mrs. W.M. Smith. While there Mrs. Wilson experienced the first symptoms of the fatal illness. They came on to Decatur, arriving here on April 3, Mrs. Wilson making the entire trip in a berth.

She was born at Elwin, Oct. 19, 1869. She is survived by her husband, F.D. Wilson of Fresno, Cal., one sister, Mrs. Walter M. Bishop of Decatur, two brothers, William Floyd of Alhambra, Cal., and E.E. Floyd of Twin Falls, Idaho. She was amember of the W.H.M.S. and of the Methodist church.

The funeral service will be conducted at the residence Thursday afternoon at 2:30 by Rev. Chesteen Smith and interment will be in Mt. Gilead cemetery.

Decatur Review, Decatur, IL, 2 May 1922

The funeral of Mrs. Myrtle M. Wilson, wife of Fred D. Wilson, will be held at 2:30 o'clock Thursday afternoon at the family residence, 721 West Wood street.

The Decatur Review, Decatur, IL, 3 May 1922

  WILSON, Mrs. W.E.

DIED - We regret to announce the death of the estimable wife of Dr. W.E. Wilson, which took place in this city on Sunday afternoon. Mrs. Wilson had been suffering with consumption for a long time. Funeral services were conducted at the residence of the deceased on Monday, by Rev. L.C. Pitner, and the body then taken to Springfield for burial.

Decatur Republican, 12 Mar 1868

  WILT, Ambrose   

Ambrose Wilt died at 3:45 Monday morning in the home of his daughter southwest of Warrensburg. He had been in ill health for the last two years with hardening of the arteries and had been in bed since last Friday. He was born in Ross county, O., near Bourneville, Jan 13, 1844.

At the age of seventeen he enlisted in the Civil war and served until 1865 having been in a number of skirmishes but never wounded. He was with Sherman in his march to the sea. On Aug. 26, 1866 he was married to Sarah Harrison. He came to Illinois in 1872 by wagon and drove across the Mississippi on the ice. He settled on a farm in Illini township and lived there for forty-seven years.

He leaves the following children, Mrs. Ann Dietrick, Warrensburg; Mrs. Maude Janvrin, Warrensburg; W. E. Wilt of Decatur and Clarence M. Wilt of Wichita, Kans. He also leaves eleven grand children and two great grand children.

He attended the Illini church and was a member of Dunham Post No. 141 G.A.R.

The Decatur Daily Review, Decatur IL, 25 Aug 1924, pg. 12

  WINEGARDNER, Samuel   

Died at his residence on Jasper street, at 12 o’clock Friday night, Sept. 20th, after an illness of six weeks, Capt. Samuel Winegardner, aged 46 years. The deceased had lived in Decatur many years, and was very highly esteemed by all who knew him. He served his county honorably in the gallant old 41st Ill as Captain of Co. K, and was extremely popular in the regiment. After his return from the army he went to work for Barber & Hawley, in the old Agricultural Works, and has remained in the employ of the establishment, under its various managements, ever since – with H.B. Durfee, then with Chambers & Quinlan, and latterly with Chambers, Bering & Quinlan. He was regarded by his employees as an exceptionally valuable man.

The funeral will take place from the Episcopal Church at 8 o’clock, tomorrow afternoon. The Knights of Pythias, of which the deceased was member, will attend the funeral in a body, and a squad of veterans will do duty as escort and pay the accustomed military honors.

Decatur Daily Republican, Decatur IL, 21 Sep 1878, pg. 5

  WINGATE, George J.

From a private letter from George Dold, to Charles H. Wingate, of this city, dated Los Vegos, New Mexico, April 5th, 1859. we learn the sad particulars of the death of Mr. Wingate.

On the night of the 4th instant, the Americans had a dance and some of them became intoxicated. Mr. Wingate learning of the fact, went there for the putpose of getting some of his friends home. While there, a row commenced between some Mexicans. The Americans attempted to quiet them. During the melee, and while Mr. Wingate was attempting to remove some of his associates, a pistol was discharged in the hands of an American by the name of William L. Cantrill, the ball entering Wingate's left side and passing through his heart; he died instantly without uttering a word.

The parties present say that the pistol was discharged accidently. At the writing of the letter, Cantrill was undergoing an examination before a Justice of the Peace.

Mr. Wingate has a father, mother, and two brothers in this city, and a sister in the East. He was unmarried, and is well known among the greater portion of our citizens. His untimely death will be regretted by a host of friends in this place. Cut down in the prime of life, while performing an act of friendship for friends of a few months duration, his loss can but be regretted in his far western home.

Illinois State Chronicle (Decatur), 28 Apr 1859

  WINGATE, Stephen


Death of Dr. Stephen Wingate

There are few people in Decatur who have not seen Dr. Wingate-probably the oldest man in our city - and there are few, also, who will not be interested in reading this brief sketch of the life that closed so peacefully at two o'clock this morning.

Dr. Wingate was born at Rochester, N.H. at Sept. 29th, 1787 and was therfore in his eighty-ninth year at the time of his death. In early life he was a traveling preacher in the Methodist Episcopal church, but was forced to abandon the pulpit on account of some throat trouble. It was this which induced him to begin the study of medicine, and as he read he became more and more interested in the profession which he afterwards engaged in as his life work. He was a practicing physician for over a half a century, and only retired from the profession a few years ago, when age had made him too feeble to bear its labors. He was a soldier in the war of 1812, and always took a deep interest in the welfare of the country.

About twenty-five years ago he removed from the place where he had resided so many years, Great Falls, N.H., to Decatur, and continued to live here until the time of his death. Until he was past 85 years of age, he was a remarkably well-preserved man, and was a most charming conversationalist - full of reminiscences of the days which seem to us youngsters to be almost in the dark ages. He was a constant reader, and after he had retired from active life he was a frequent visitor at the newspaper offices, where he read everything in the shape of current which the exchange table afforded.

He leaves a widow, nearly as old as himself, and four children - two sons and two daughters.

Decatur Daily Republican, 30 December 1875

  WININGS, Amanda


Mrs. Amanda WININGS died at 5:30 Sunday morning at her home in Decatur. She was almost seventy-seven years old. Her death was caused by a stroke of apoplexy, which she suffered last Wednesday. She was born at Grayson, Cotter county, Ky., Jan. 2, 1837. She was twice married. Her first husband was James WILSON, to whom she was married in Jackson county, Ohio. His death occurred in 1895. Her second husband was William WININGS, of Lake City. He died about five years ago. She is survived by two sons, Thomas WILSON, of Chicago, and M. E. WILSON, of Decatur. There are also seven grandchildren and four great grandchildren. The funeral was held at 10 oclock Tuesday morning at the First Methodist church. The services were conducted by Rev. E. M. Antrim. The interment was in Greenwood. (Printed in The Decatur Review.)

Uriah JAMES attended the funeral. His first wife, who died in Texas township thirty years ago, was the eldest daughter of Mrs. Winings.

Clinton Register, DeWitt Co., IL, Friday, 2 Jan 1914

  WISE, Elisha B.   

Elisha B. Wise, son of Rev. Elisha and Hetty Wise, was born in Deposit, Delaware county, New York, March 14, 1824. Died near Macon, Ill, Oct. 4, 1892. He was left an orphan at six years of age and lived with his uncle in Brooklyn until his sixteenth year, at which time he came to Ohio and was married March 16, 1847, near Marion, to Sophronio Allen.

He went into the army in the fall of ’64 and rece3ived an honorable discharge at the end of the war. Removed to Illinois in the fall of 186? And settled near Decatur, in or near which place he has lived ever since.

He was the father of nine children, five of whom are living, Samuel, Clarence and Henry of Macon, Ill; William, of Carthage, Mo., and Mrs. Mary Burks, of Chicago. He was converted in 1847 and united with the Methodist church of which he has ever been a faithful and consistent member. He obtained a license to preach in 1888, but served in that way only a short time, but endeavored as class leader, Sunday school superintendent and teacher to do what he could for his master.

A child has been called to the King’s county, and may his words and example lead others on the same road.

Decatur Daily Republican, Decatur IL, 12 Oct 1892, pg. 3

  WISE, Mary Belle (Clokey)

News That Operation Leaves Her in Critical Condition

The condition of Mrs. Charles B. Wise of Nashville, Tenn., daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J.M. Clokey of this city, who was operated upon for appendicitis Friday is extremely critical.

Mr. and Mrs. Clokey left Decatur Thursday for Nashville. From Decatur they went to Chicago where they secured the services of Dr. Hursha and left Chicago for Nashville on a private car. The operation was performed Friday and Mrs. Wise did not rally from it as it was hoped she would. She is now in a very critical condition. Her brother, Ira Clokey, leaves today for her bedside.

Dr. Hursha, who performed the operation, is a brother of Mrs. Edward Bishop. He practiced in Decatur for a number of years before going to Chicago. In Chicago he is a noted specialist on appendicitis.


A message received at 2 o'clock this afternoon stated that Mrs. Wise's condition was some improved and those at her bedside were more hopeful.

The Daily Review, Decatur, IL, 6 Sep 1913, pg. 8


Decatur Woman Victim of Appendicitis


Suffers Relapse and Expires In Early Morning

Mrs. Charles B. Wise, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J.M. Clokey of this city, died at 2:15 o'clock Monday morning in the St. Thomas hospital in Nashville, Tenn., following an operation for appendicitis which was performed Friday afternoon by Dr. Hursha of Chicago.


Grave fears for her recovery were entertained from the first, but Sunday Mrs. Ira W. Clokey had two messages which were very encouraging. The first came in the early morning stating that Mrs. Wise had passed a very good night and the only danger was from pneumonia. Shortly after noon another message came which stated that the danger of pneumonia was passed and the only danger now was from infection, this it was said was slight and they were all happy. At 9 o'clock she suffered a relapse and passed away at 2:15 this morning.


Her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.M. Clokey, went to Nashville Thursday after receiving a message to the effect that an immediate operation was necessary. Mrs. Wise had not been well for three days but this was not thought to be serious, Mr. and Mrs. Clokey went to Chicago and secured Dr. Harsha to accompany them to Nashville and to perform the operation, he being an appendicitis expert. Ira W. Clokey, the only brother of Mrs. Wise, followed his parents to Nashville, arriving there Sunday morning.


The funeral party will arrive in Decatur at 11 o'clock Tuesday morning. No arrangements for the funeral will be announced until they arrive.


Mary Belle Clokey was born in Decatur, Dec. 3, 1881, and would have been thirty-two years old on her next birthday. She was married to Charles Bismark Wise of Louisville, Ky., on June 15, 1910. About two years ago they moved to Nashville, Tenn. Practically all of her life was spent in Decatur upt o the time of her marriage with the exception of the time she was a student at LaSalle seminary in Boston, from which she graduated in 1903.

Mrs. Wise was a young woman of beautiful character and loved by everyone. Her sudden death is a great shock to her many friends. She is survived by her husband, Charles Bismark Wise, her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.M. Clokey, and one brother, Ira W. Clokey.

The Daily Review, Decatur, IL, 8 Sep 1913, pg. 12


Held From Residence of Parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.M. Clokey

The funeral of Mrs. Mary Belle Clokey Wise was held from the residence of her parents, Mrs. and Mrs. J.M. Clokey, at 4 o'clock this afternoon. Rev. W.H. Penhallegon and Rev. C.E. Jenney, past and present pastors of the First Presbyterian church, were in charge. There was no music.

The pall bearers were John Wise, Edward Wise, G.R. Stanton, Dr. Lynn M. Barnes, Harry R. Haines and William C. Barnes.

The death of Mrs. Wise robs the world of a beautiful character. Her many friends were always so impressed by her unselfishness and it showed in her last illness. This, together with her religious nature, meant much to all.

Mr. and Mrs. Clokey were called to Nashville last Thursday by the news of her illness. Dr. Harsha of Chicago joined them and his coming meant everything to Mrs. Wise and the family. He remained with Mrs. Wise constantly for three days. Her condition then seemed most hopeful and he returned to Chicago.

Mr. Wise will remain with Mr. and Mrs. Clokey for several days.

The Daily Review, Decatur, IL, 10 Sep 1913, pg. 12

  WISE, Warren Wesley

DECATUR - Warren Wesley Wise, 42, West Plains, Mo., formerly of Decatur, died March 4, 2007. Services were held in Thayer, Mo. Survivors: parents, Larry E. and Linda Bair Wise, Koshkonong, Mo.; grandmother, Bertha Bair, Thayer; brother, Larry E. Wise Jr., Mammoth Springs, Ark.; sisters, Elaine Pirtle, Moweaqua; Cheryl Caldwell, Thayer.

Herald & Review (Decatur), 1 Apr 2007

Submitted by: Kathy Ikeda

  WISWELL, Mabel

DIED, In this city Tuesday night, Nov. 25, 1879, Mabel, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James M. Wiswell. The funeral took place on Thursday afternoon from the residence of the parents on West Wood street. The services were conducted by Rev. W.H. Batson, pastor of the Baptist church.

Decatur Daily Republican, 28 Nov 1879

  WISWELL, Theodosia E.

The Baptist church on yesterday afternoon at three o'clock was completely filled by a large concourse of sympathizing friends of the bereaved family who assembled there to witness the funeral of the late Theodosia E. Wiswell, who died in the 19th year of her age at the residence of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. James E. Wiswell, on Sunday last. An impressive sermon was delivered by the pastor, Rev. W.H. Batson. The remains were interred in Greenwood Cemetery, and were followed to the grave by the deceased's classmates of the third ward school and a long funeral cortege. The pall bearers were James Martin, Joe S. Starr, Justus Lukens, Albert Bachman and Theo. Stecher.

Decatur Daily Republican, 23 Feb 1881

  WITHGOTT, James   <

James Withgott who died at his home near Long Creek station, February 28, was not only a good soldier, but a valuable citizen. He aw the son of James Withgott of Pennsylvania, where he was born January 24, 1838.

While quite young he moved with his parents to Chillicothe, Ohio when the tocsin(?) of war was sounded he enlisted as a private in Company I, 73rd Ohio volunteers and after three full years of service re-enlisted as a veteran and was promoted to the rank of sergeant. He participated in many of the most sanguinary battles of he war, in all 18, among them Bull Run, Chancellorsville, Lookout Mountain, Missionary Ridge and Gettysburg. He passed through the war without being either wounded or captured.

At Cincinnati, Ohio, September 28, 1865, he was united in marriage to Miss Sarah L. Bowdie. From this union four children were born of whom two are still living, Mrs. Almira Grace Allen of Long Creek and Mrs. Lillie Maud Pickle, living two miles east of Decatur. August 14, 1878, his wife died. February 10, 1883, he was united in marriage to Miss Martha Ann Rozzle. Three children were born of them, one, an infant son, having died. The other two, Carrie May, 13 years old and James Harrison, six year old, still survive.

About the year 1867 he came to Decatur and had resided in and near the city until the time of his death. He was a member of the G.A.R. up to a short time before he died. In early life he became a Christian and had been for many years past a member of the Grace M.E. church in this city. His home life was that of a Christian, always kind and self sacrificing. His bereaved wife and children have lost a truly noble husband and father and the county one of her best citizens. His memory will long linger as incense poured forth by those who knew him best.

Daily Republican, Decatur IL, 8 Mar 1898

  WITT, Michael Thomas

Michael Thomas Witt, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. William Witt, died Wednesday at the family residence near Harvell. The body was brought to Decatur, and the funeral was held at 9 o'clock Thursday morning at St. Patrick's Catholic church. The interment was at Calvary. The other twin died about four months ago.

The Daily Review, Decatur, IL, 9 Dec 1909

  WITTS, Anna (Shepherd)

DIED, At the residence of her husband, corner of West Prairie and Monroe streets, on Sunday, June 6th, Mrs. Anna Shepherd Witts, in the 24th year of her age.

Mrs. Witts was a graduate of our high school, and was well known to our people. She had many christian virtues, and many warm and intimate friends, by whom her death will be exceedingly regretted.

The funeral is to take place this afternoon from the residence. The remains are to be interred at Spangler's cemetery, east of the city.

Decatur Daily Republican, Monday, 7 Jun 1875

  WOOD, Edward W.


On the morning of his 83rd birthday, Edward Weldon Wood, 1316 West Eldorado street, died at 8:30 o'clock Sunday in his home. Death followed a long illness, although Mr. Wood was not confined to his bed. Saturday he was about as usual. Death was caused by angina pectoris.

Mr. Wood was born Sept. 30, 1845, in Springfield, in a home located in the same block as that of the Abraham Lincoln family. At the age of 10 he came to Decatur with his parents, and passed the remainder of his life here.

He was married to Miss Elizabeth Prather Dec. 5, 1876. One daughter, Mrs. Charles Braithwaite, died in 1916. Surviving are three sons, Edward P. Wood, Decatur; Emery J. Wood, Chicago; Kenneth W. Wood, Carmel. Three grandchildren and the following three brothers also survive: Dr. Howard M. Wood, A.J. Wood and Henry A. Wood, all of Decatur.

During the last 15 years Mr. Wood has been retired from business life. His final business activites were in the E.W. Wood Wholesale Drug Co., in which J.G. Flint was associated. On the retirement of Mr. Wood, the company was known as the Flint-Eaton Co.

The body was taken to Monson's funeral home, where funeral services will be conducted at 11 o'clock Tuesday morning. Burial will be in Greenwood cemetery.

Decatur Evening Herald, 1 Oct 1928


Funeral services for Edward W. Wood in Monson's chapel, Tuesday morning at 11 o'clock, were conducted by Rev. T. Harley Marsh. Burial was in Greenwood cemetery.

Decatur Evening Herald, 3 Oct 1928

  WOOD, Elizabeth (Prather)

Mrs. Elizabeth Prather Wood, wife of Edward W. Wood, died at 9:30 o'clock Sunday night at the familiy residence, 1361 West Eldorado street. She was seventy-two years old last January. Her death was caused by heart trouble and followed an illness of several weeks.

Mrs. Wood was born in Decatur Jan. 21, 1855. She was a daughter of Judge William Prather, one of the early residents of the city who came here before the Civil War. He and his brother, Henry Prather, were prominent in the business and social life of Decatur for many years.


Mrs. Wood received her education in Decatur and all her life was spent here. She and E.W. Wood were married in December, 1876. She was known to most of the older residents of the community and had many friends. She was a member of St. John's Episcopal church. She was the mother of four children, one of whom preceded her in death. She is survived by her husband and three children, Edward P. Wood, manager of the Yellow Cab company, and who has always resided with his parents; Emery J. Wood of Chicago, and Kenneth W. Wood of Mt. Carmel. She also leaves a sister, Mrs. John Van Riper of St. Louis, and a brother, Frank Prather of Pueblo, Colo.

The body was taken to L.A. Monson, funeral director, and prepared for burial. Arrangements for the funeral will not be completed until relatives at a distance have been heard from.

Decatur Review, 21 Nov 1927

  WOOD, Thomas   

Coroner Roy Dawson conducted an inquest over the body of Thomas Wood Monday morning. Nine witnesses were examined, including Fred Duda, the five colored men who were in the automobile with Mr. Wood, two men living near the scene of the accident, and Willis Tandy, a small boy who was riding a bicycle on Condit street and saw the accident. The witnesses all testified that Ed Tolliver, owner and driver of the car, did not stop for the Jasper street boulevard but dashed out in front of the Duda car.

The verdict was that the death of Thomas Wood resulted instantly when the automobile in which he was riding owned and driven by Ed Tolliver was struck by another car driven by Fred Duda at the intersection of Jasper and Condit streets. The jury did not fix the responsibility for the accident.

Decatur Daily Review, Decatur IL, 1 Apr 1929

Tom Wood, the victim of the accident, has only been in Decatur a few weeks. He is said to have come to Decatur a few weeks ago, looking for work. Ike Partee took him in and gave him a home and employment. Wood is said to have a wife and daughter in Chicago, but efforts to reach them Sunday night were not successful. The body of Mr. Wood was taken to Moran & Sons, funeral directors and prepared for burial.

Decatur Daily Review, Decatur IL, 1 Apr 1929

Mrs. Sara Wood, widow of Thomas Wood, colored World war veteran who was killed in an automobile collision at Jasper and Condit streets Easter Sunday, arrived in Decatur Saturday. Mrs. Woods expected to find her husband in a hospital here.

Through persistent efforts on the part of Postmaster Jake Hill and Fay Ickes, the War department had a former address of the couple and Mr. Ickes traced them from this address.

Decatur Evening Herald, Decatur IL, 5 May 1929

NOTE: It is not known at this time if Thomas Wood was buried in Macon Co.

  WORKHEISER, Ebenezer   

Ebenezer Workhiser, a veteran of the Mexican and the civil wars, died at 8:15 Saturday night at the home of his friend and comrade, W.H.H. Slaughter, at 565 East Herkimer street. The cause of death was old age. He was 77 years old.

Workhiser had no relatives in the state, but had a brother in Flint, Mich. Mr. Slaughter sent for the sick man’s brother last week, when death seemed near at hand, but no word has yet been returned from the relative in Michigan.

The brother in Michigan is named William Workhiser. He is the editor of the Flint Daily News and is said to be well to do. The dead man had other relatives in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. He was originally from the former state. He was a member of the One Hundred and Sixteenth Illinois regiment.

Funeral services will be conducted at the house where he died at 3 o’clock this afternoon by Rev. C. A. Thorn. Dunham Post will attend.

The Daily Review, Decatur IL, 4 Oct 1902

  WRIGHT, Alexander   

Commander I.N. Martin of Dunham post received a telegram from Quincy yesterday stating that Alexander Wright had died at the Soldier’s Home. Mr. Martin telegraphed back to send the remains here at once. Mr. Wright leaves a widow, who resides on Spring avenue. The remains were brought to this morning and the funeral will be held at the residence Sunday afternoon.

Daily Review, Decatur IL, 26, Jul 1896

  WRIGHT, Dorothy Evelyn

Dorothy Evelyn Wright, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wade Wright, died at 3:30 o'clock Monday afternoon at the residence, 1502 East Condit street. The child was born at 3:30 Sunday afternoon and had not been strong since birth.

Decatur Review, 2 Oct 1917

  WRIGHT, Raymond   

Raymond S. Wright of 1270 North College street son of Mr. and Mrs. John Wright died at 5:10 o’clock Saturday morning at the Decatur and Macon County hospital. He was twenty-six years old last February. He had been ill for two weeks. He was first ill with a severe cold. Later rheumatic fever set in and complications developed causing his death.

Raymond S. Wright was one of the best known and most popular young men in Decatur. He was born in Decatur Feb 27, 1896 and this has always been his home. He attended the grade schools graduated from the high school with the class of 1913 and later attended the James Millikin university for one year. He enlisted in the navy June 19, 1917 and soon became a first class yeoman. He was sent to Inverness Scotland and was stationed at a mine laying base.

Mr. Wright was employed in the office of Decatur Malleable Iron Works when he became ill. He was prominent in athletic circles and assisted in the YMCA physical work. He was a member of Ionic lodge No. 312 A.F. and A.M., the Grotto and the American Legion. He had a great many friends. He is survived by his parents and two sisters Miss Louise Wright of Decatur and Miss Nell Wright of Chicago. The body was removed to Brintlinger & Sons undertaking establishment and prepared for burial and will be taken to the residence 1270 North College street Saturday evening and the friends may call there Sunday.

The funeral will be held at 4 o’clock Sunday afternoon at the First Presbyterian church. The services will be conducted by Rev. C.E. Jenney and will be under the auspices of Ionic lodge No. 312 A.F. and A.M. The American Legion will attend in a body and the interment will be in Greenwood cemetery, with military and Masonic honors.

Decatur Review, Decatur IL, 22 Apr 1922

  WYKEL, Joseph D.

Joseph D. Wykel Dead

The death of Joseph D. Wykel occurred Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the family residence on South Main street, in the 76th year of his age. The deceased had been sick for several years and was confined to the house for a year, death resulting from cancer in the face. He was born July 29, 1811 at Augusta, Virginia. In early life he removed from his native state to east Tennessee. He married there and came to Illinois in April 1847. There were born to the couple five children, the wife and mother passing away in Decatur March 27, 1881. Two children survive - Mrs. Martin P. Murphy of Decatur, and Mrs. F.M. Hostetler, of Harristown. Mr. Wykel during his residence of forty years in Decatur has held the esteem and respect of his fellow man, and general sympathy has been felt for him in his affliction. He was for a long time a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian church, but after coming to Decatur united with the Methodist church. The funeral took place from the residence of M.P. Murphy this afternoon, Rev. T.I. Coultas and Rev. Prestley conducting the services. The body was placed in the vault in Greenwood, where it will remain until the roads get in better shape for removal to Wykel's graveyard four miles west of the city for final interment.

Decatur Weekly Republican, 24 February 1887

  WYKEL, Marion Cicero

Mr. M.P. Murphy received a dispatch from Hot Springs, Arkansas this forenoon, stating that Cicero Wykel died there this morning at 8 o'clock. Mr. Wykel went to Arkansas about the 20th of September for his health, and was thought to be improving, until about 10 days ago, when he was taken severely sick, and his condition excited the alarm of his friends who were with him. He however rallied from the attack, and last advices spoke of him as being out of danger, and his friends were supposed he was recovering, until Mr. Murphy received the dispatch this morning announcing his death as above. The telegram says the body will arrived here on Friday at noon, but Mr. Murphy is of the opinion that it will arrive sooner than that.

Daily Report, 18 November 1874

The remains of the late M.C. Wykel, who died at Hot Springs, Arkansas yesterday, will arrive here on Friday, and be taken from the depot to his late residence, on East Wood stree. The funeral services will take place at the Christian church, on Saturday at 10 a.m., Elder Waggoner, of Harristown, officiating, after which the body will be taken to the Wykel graveyard, four miles west of the city, for intermnet. Friends of the deceased are requested to attend the funeral.

Decatur Republican, 19 November 1874

Funeral Services of M.C. Wykel

The Christian church was densely packed yesterday forenoon by citizens who were anxious to attend the funeral services of the late M.C. Wykel, and pay their last tribute of repsect to his memory. The services were conducted by Elder J.G. Waggoner of Harristown, and were deeply solemn and impressive throughout. The exercises were opened by singing an appropriate hymn, which was followed by the reading of appropriate portion of Scripture. The officiating clergyman then addressed the throne of grace in a feeling manner, invoking the blessing of God upon the bereaved widow and orphan children, and commending all the afflicted ones to the protection of Heaven. After another appropriate hymn had been sung, the audience was most impressively addressed by Elder Waggoner, from the words in Job, "Soon I shall go the way whence I shall not return." The sermon was well calculated to impress the congregation with the brevity of life, and the speaker swelt particularly upon the last clause of the text showing that life's journey can be travelled but once. The speaker's address to the mourners was particularly touching, and drew tears from many eyes unused to weeping. At the close of the sermon another hymn was sung, at the conclusion of which the audience was invited to view the corpse, which many did, and the congregation separated. The remains were then removed from the church and taken to the family burying ground for interment, about four miles west of town, whither they were followed by the relatives and a number of sympathetic friends.

Daily Republican, 23 November 1874

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