Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Newspaper Clippings - Lebanon, Kentucky, 1921

In an election year like this, I'm sure I'm not the only person who gets sick of hearing politicians talk.  It's hard for me to decide who to believe.  But it's important to remember that the right for me to decide and have my decision count at the polls was a battle that had to be fought by others before me.  The following article from May 6, 1921 was just less than 9 months after the ratification of the 19th Amendment on August 26th, which gave women - for the first time - the right to vote.   Did the additional number of voters create a need for precinct changes?  

Included in this article on voting precinct changes in Marion County are many women, some are Mattingly relatives.  Mrs. "Lettie" (should be Lottie) Mattingly was 42 years old when she would have been allowed at the polls for the first time.  This Cora Spalding may either have been the wife of Mark (but why is it not "Mark and his wife" like the other husbands and wives listed) or it may have been his sister, Annie Cora Spalding.  Other sisters of Mark were Edith Spalding, Stella Spalding and Mrs. Susie Ford.  They were all in their 30's and 40's.  These women may have either helped get Warren G. Harding elected President, or were disappointed that James M. Cox did not.  But they were among the first women in the family who had the chance to vote.

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Lebanon Enterprise, Friday, May 6, 1921


Of change in voting precincts Nos. 11, 12 and 13, Marion County, Ky.  Marion County Court, May term, 2nd day of May, 1921.
In the matter of making changes in voting precincts Nos. 11, 12 and 13 of Marion County, Kentucky - 
Came Sam J. Thomas and six other residents and voters of voting precinct No. 13 of Marion County, Kentucky and produced their petition; also came Bert Spalding and thirteen other residents and voters of voting precinct No. 13 of said county and produced their petition; also came Lee Browning and seven other residents and voters of voting precinct No. 13 of said county and produced their petition, all of which petitions were ordered to be filed.  And it appearing to the Court that public convenience requires a change in voting precincts Nos. 11, 12 and 13 of Marion County; it is now ordered and adjudged that the boundaries of said precincts Nos. 11 and 13 be, and the same are hereby changed, so that the following boundary shall be excluded from said precinct No. 13 and added to Lebanon precinct No. 11, namely:  Beginning at Joe Storms' line at foot of Fogle's Hill, thence in a straight line to top of Reservoir Knob, thence with said Knob in a Westerly direction to A. O. Wayne's farm, included, thence with line of said Wayne to Bern Jarboe's farm, included, thence to point of beginning and it is further ordered and adjudged that the following citizens shall be voters in said precinct No. 11, namely; Miss Mary Mills, Bernard Thomas and his wife, Mary Thomas, Burke Abell and his wife, Nancy Abell, Sam J. Thomas and his wife, Maud Thomas.
As is further adjudged that voting precincts No. 12 and 13 be changed so that the following boundary shall be excluded from said precinct No. 13 and added to said Calvary voting precinct No. 12, said boundary being as follows:  Beginning at the south of Cloyd's Creek where same empties into the Rolling Fork River, thence down said river to the farms of Lake Bland and John Brock (John Brock excluded) thence South with the line of said John Brock to Joe Brady, excluded, thence with Brady's line and Lafe Bland's line to Mrs. Robert Buckman, included, thence with her line to Mrs. Emma Abell, included, thence with her line to the place of beginning, and it is further adjudged that the following citizens shall be voters in said Calvary voting precinct No. 12, namely:  Lee Browning, Mrs. Agnes Browning, Miss Josie 

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Abell, Mrs. Robert Buckman, Miss Bridget Buckman, Lafe Bland, Mrs. Ethel Bland, and Mrs. Emma Abell.
It is further adjudged that voting precincts Nos. 12 and 13 be changed so that the following boundaries shall be excluded from New Market voting precinct No. 13 and added to the Calvary voting precinct No. 12, said boundary being as follows:  Beginning at John Ballard's farm, included, on the Rolling Fork River, thence down said river to the mouth of Indian Lick Creek, thence North with said creek to Sam J. Thomas farm, included, thence with said Thomas line to A. O. Wayne's farm, excluded, thence to Bern Jarboe's farm, excluded, thence with C. & O. Railroad to William Brown, included, thence to the beginning, and it is further adjudged that the following citizens shall be voters in said Calvary voting precinct No. 12, namely:  William Bickett, D. A. Bickett, Mrs. Lettie Mattingly, Bert Spalding and his wife, May Spalding, William Ewing, Miss Kate Ewing, G. W. Sapp and his wife Kate Sapp, Sylvester Ewing and his wife, Mamie Ewing, Joe Spalding, Mark Spalding, Cora Spalding, Edith Spalding, Stella Spalding, Mrs. Susie Ford, John Franklin Malone and wife, Rose Malone, William Green and his wife, Mary Green.
A Copy - Attest:
Sam J. Spalding, Clerk.


Of change in voting Precinct No. 19, Marion county, Ky.:
Marion County Court, May term, 2d day of May, 1921.
In the matter of dividing Loretto Precinct No. 19 and establishing a new voting precinct therein -
Pursuant to the Act of the General Assembly of Kentucky, being Chapter 64, Acts 1920, and in order to have the voting precincts of Marion county, Kentucky, contain as nearly as practicable three hundred and fifty voters and to best subserve the convenience of the public; it is now ordered and adjudged that voting precinct No. 19 of said county be divided and a new voting precinct established therein and the boundary of such new precinct be as follows:
Beginning at the main entrance of the Loretto Academy on the Loretto and Springfield turnpike; thence north with said pike to the corner of the lands of Kelvey Riggs; thence west with line of Riggs to the lands of Richard Medley, excluded, and to the Loretto and Manton county road

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near said Medley; then south with said road to the Lebanon and Bardstown State Aid Road; then west with said State Aid Road to the lands of Wallace Corbey; then south with said Corbey and lands of said Loretto Academy to the [lands of] John Embry; then south with [said] Embry's lands and said Loretto Academy lands to the old county road near said Embry; then east with said old county road and across said State Aid Road to a point near Mrs. Maggie Thomas, excluded; then east through the lands of said Loretto Academy a straight line to the beginning.
Said boundary shall be known as Loretto Academy Precinct No. 22 and the voters therein shall vote at Loretto Academy.
A Copy - Attest:
Sam J. Spalding, Clerk.

Children's Home Society

The Enterprise has received the following from the Kentucky Children's Home Society:
From Marion county, 12 children have been received into the Receiving Home of the Kentucky Children's Home Society, Louisville, whereas the total appropriations from Marion county, by the Fiscal Court have been only $400 during the twenty-five years of the society's existence.
Toward the building fund the county has given $297.50 although its quota has been fixed at $3000.
The building fund is for the erection of the cottage village at Lyndon, Ky., where ground was broken March 1 and the plans are for the completion of the administration building and one large cottage in October.  The village is to be a memorial from the school children of Kentucky to the homeless children of the State thru the plan evolved by Robert L. Sehon, Superintendent of the society.  The appeal for nearly half of the building fund of $300,000 is being made to the school children thru the schools of Kentucky.

Pastor's Salary Increased.

The following is taken from the First Presbyterian Church Weekly Bulletin:
"A check for an increased amount accompanied by a letter from the Church Treasurer informs the pastor that the Deacons had met in his absence and on account of the generosity of the congregation had been able to vote an increase in his salary of five hundred dollars.  The pastor wishes to express to our membership and friends sincere thanks for this helpful advance.  The Lord has blessed our congregation in many ways during the past year.  Let us always seek His favor." 

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Sympathy Saturday - Elisha & Rebecca Bell

I have been trying to find death and/or burial information for my 2nd Great Grandmother’s brother Elisha Bell and his wife Rebecca for a long time.  They were married in Wayne County, Kentucky and moved to Smith County, Texas in the 1890’s.  I've written a little about them before in this post - John Silas Bell & Rutha Simpson.   They last appear at age 72 in the 1920 census, so I assumed they died between 1920 & 1930.  They never had children.  With help from others, I had decided they were probably buried in unmarked graves with Rebecca’s McFarland family, who also lived in Smith County.  Records for the Flint Cemetery were created from grave markers not burial records so unmarked graves would not be listed.   There is an online index of Texas deaths, but I couldn’t find them listed there. 

Last fall, I had sent a request to the public library in Tyler, Texas hoping they had either an obituary index or burial records to give me a death date.  At that time, the librarian replied that they had a few records on microfilm but they did not loan those out.   

Then a couple weeks ago, I got another email from the librarian.  Apparently she had been working on the McFarland family and had my request as it was relevant to the McFarland family.   She found this “Card of Thanks” notice from the Tyler Daily Courier-Times, Monday, August 2, 1920 with just a mention of the death of "our dear wife and sister", from Mr. E. Bell and Mrs. Hester McCarty.  I'd like to know what it means by "the carriers of Route No. 5".  

The names here aren’t much information to go on, but the librarian was sure that Hester McCarty was Rebecca’s sister.   She provided a little more information on the McFarland family. Looking through past emails from another researcher, they also had Hester McCarty and Rebecca Bell as sisters.  Even with this information, I can't find her listed in the Texas Death Index.  For now I will enter Rebecca McFarland Bell's death date as July, 1920. 

The librarian also said she found a death certificate for an E. Bell, who died October 12, 1933 at the Rusk State Hospital.  Rusk is in Cherokee county, just south of Smith county.  The hospital was a mental health facility, a person with dementia or alzheimer's would be included in that definition.  
On the death certificate it has the Birthplace as Texas, but so much of the form is marked "DK", for don't know, it still may possibly be Elisha Bell from Kentucky.  Principal cause of death was "General Exhaustion", contributory cause "psychosis & malignancy" if I read correctly.  This man was buried in the asylum cemetery.  I emailed the Rusk State Hospital to confirm the burial and try to get more information and their reply was that all records there are destroyed after ten years.  Any chance of finding out for sure about this E. Bell were destroyed years ago.  My Great Grandfather, Cicero  Bell, lived near his “Uncle Leish” in the 1890’s.  I would think that possibly they would have kept in touch.   Maybe there would have been something connecting them in his file.  I'll never know. 

I haven’t found Elisha Bell anywhere yet in the 1930 census, including reading all the listings at Rusk State Hospital.  E. Bell may have been there less than 4 years before his death.  The librarian said that she looked in the Tyler newspaper and didn't find an obituary for him.  Unless I can find a probate record and without a chance for more information from Rusk State Hospital, I may never know for sure if this was the right man.  But most likely, Cicero Bell's "Uncle Leish" died on October 12, 1933 in Rusk, Texas.  

Friday, August 7, 2015

Friday's Faces from the Past - Bruckert Photos

These photos are all marked "G. G. Bruckert, Harvard, Neb.".  Gustave Bruckert lived in Harvard, Nebraska in 1900 and he was a photographer.  By 1910, he had moved his family to Bruning, Nebraska and unfortunately died there in 1925.  Bruning is 45 miles from Harvard, Nebraska.

The three people in these photos are much harder to research as there are no names or clues of any kind on the photographs.  They likely lived in the Harvard area around 1900.  They might have known my Negley family who lived near there at that time. 

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - Most Census Records for an Ancestor

“Saturday Night Genealogy Fun”  is a feature of Randy Seaver’s Genea-Musings blog.  I’m participating in this week’s challenge, which is:

"1) Do you know which of your ancestors appears the most times in the Federal Census records?  How many years?  Are there duplicate entries?

2)  Describe that ancestor’s entries in the records in a blog post of your own, in a comment to this blog post, or on Facebook or Goggle+." 

Without a doubt, my ancestor listed the most times in the Federal Census was Eliza (Knapp) Menke, who lived to be 102 years old.  I’ve found her in every Federal census from 1850 to 1940.

1850 – District #133, Vernon Township, Scioto County, Ohio.  The household is listed as: (Head) Henry Knapp, age 44, Laborer; (Mother) Caroline, age 37; (son) Fredrick, age 14; (son) Lewis, age 9; (daughter) Eliza, age 7; (son) Henry, age 8; (daughter) Mary.  On the next page but included in this household was Wendel Stop, age 30, Laborer.   All of these people were born in Germany except the youngest – Mary.

1860 – Elizabeth Township, Lawrence County, Ohio.   The household (Dwelling #1546, Family #1505) is listed as:  (Head) Henry, age 52, Miner, Personal Estate $800, born in Hanover, can’t read or write; (Mother) Caroline, age 47, born Hanover, can’t read or write; (son) Lewis, age 19, occupation is difficult to read,  born Hanover; (daughter) Louisa, age 17, Servant, born Hanover; (son) Henry, age 14, born Hanover; (daughter) Mary, age 11, born Hanover; (daughter) Hannah, age 9, born Ohio; (son) August, age 7, born Ohio; (son) George, age 3, born Ohio.

1870 – Decatur Township, Lawrence County, Ohio.  Dwelling #161, Family #158.  Listed as:  (Head) Mink, Henry, age 34, Iron ore miner, born Hanover, Citizen; (Mother) Eliza, age 27, born Hanover; (son) John, age 11, born Ohio; (son) Henry, age 8, born Ohio; (daughter) Elizabeth, age 6, born Ohio; (daughter) Caroline, age 2, born Ohio; (daughter) Mary, age 8/12, born Ohio.  Everyone’s parents were both of foreign birth.  Both parents are able to read and write.  The children are not marked as attending school, but on the entire census page there are no marks that I can see under that column.

1880 – Clatonia, Gage County, Nebraska.  Family #96;  The household is listed as:  (Head) Menke, Henry, age 47, Farmer, born Prussia;  (Mother) Louise, age 38, born Prussia; (son) Fredrick, age 21, school teacher, born Prussia; (son) Henry, age 18, Farmer, born Ohio; (daughter) Caroline, age 12, born Ohio; (daughter) Mary, age 10, born Ohio; (daughter) Mathilda, age 8, born Ohio; (daughter) Katherine, age 6, born Ohio; (daughter) Luise, age 2, born Ohio; (daughter) Rosa, age 1, born Ohio.  Almost everyone on this census page has a mark under the columns “Cannot Read” and “Cannot Write”, but I think the enumerator crossed off the “not” part of “Cannot”.   Caroline, Mary and Mathilda attended school.

1890 – If this Federal census record existed it should show Eliza still married to Henry Menke, living in Clatonia, Nebraska, with three more children – George Edward, age 9; Nettie, age 7; and Charles Albert, age 4.

1900 – Clatonia, Gage County, Nebraska.  Dwelling #109, Family #110.  (Head) Henry Menke, born DEC, 1832; age 67, married 33 years, born Germany, Immigrated in 1859, 41 years in US, Farmer, can read & write, Owns Farm mortgage free, Farm #114; (Mother) Lisa, born MAY 1843, age 57, 8 children, 7 living, born Germany, Immigrated in 1859, 41 years in US, can read & write; (daughter) Rosa, born JAN 1879, age 21, single, born Ohio; (son) Edward, born APR 1881, age 19, single, born Nebraska; (daughter) Nettie, born APR 1883, age 17, single, born Nebraska; (son) Albert, born NOV 1887, age 12, born Nebraska.  Ancestry has this family’s last name indexed as “Schenke”.

1910 – Clatonia, Gage County, Nebraska.  Dwelling #122, Family #124.  The household is listed as:  (Head) Menke, Henry, age 77, married twice, 43 years, born Germany, Immigrated in 1853, Naturalized, able to read and write, Owns house;  (Wife) Eliza, age 67, married once, 43 years, 11 children, 8 living, born Germany.  Their youngest son, Albert is living next door to them.

1920 – Clatonia, Gage County, Nebraska.  Dwelling #124, Family #127.  (Head) C Albert Menke, Rents, age 33, parents born Germany, Farmer; (Wife) Charlotte I, age 32, parents born New York; (son) Harold W, age 12; (son) Victor L, age 10; (son) Willis H, age 8; (son) Cecil H, age 7; (daughter) Elsie A, age 5; (son) Raymond E, age 4; (son) Kenneth K, age 2; (daughter) Irene I, age 4/12; Louise K, Mother, age 78, Widow, Immigrated 1860, Naturalized 1865, born Germany; Albert C Wayman, Boarder, age 23, single.  Everyone other than Louise was born in Nebraska. 

1930 – Clatonia, Gage County, Nebraska.  Dwelling #15, Family #15.  (Head) Eliza Menke, Owns farm, lives on farm, age 87, Widow, married at 24, able to read and write, Immigrated in 1865.  She is living alone.  Ancestry has her indexed as “Manke”.

1940 – Clatonia, Gage County, Nebraska.  Household #19, Owns, Value of home $1000, lives on farm, (Head) Eliza Menke, age 98, Widow, highest grade of school is 0, born Ohio, unable to work, received income of $50 or more from sources other than money wages or salary.; (daughter) Eliza Kiene, age 62, Divorced, highest grade of school is 8th, born Ohio, doing Home work, received income of $50 or more from sources other than money wages or salary. 

I get 9 not counting the non-existent 1890 census.  Eliza stayed on her farm until about 1942 and died in the Anna Rohe Nursing home in Lincoln, Nebraska in 1944.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Newspaper Clippings - Shelton, Nebraska, 1895

In 1873, the village of Wood River Center became known as Shelton, Nebraska.  It sits 18 miles east of Kearney along the Union Pacific railroad line.  The population was just over 1000 in 2010.  Shelton is mostly in Buffalo county, but sits just inside the Hall county line.  If your search for Shelton ancestors doesn't bring results in Buffalo county, you should try Hall county.  A few years of the Shelton Clipper are available on microfilm at the Grand Island Library.   

Shelton Clipper, February 1, 1895

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Do You Need Shoes?
If so we have some-
thing that will interest 
you.  We have established
the reputation of hand-
ling the Largest Assort-
ment, the Best Goods and
for selling them at the
Lowest Prices of anyone
in town. Especially is 
this manifested in our 
shoe department.  We 
have just received in ad-
dition to our present 
stock several different 
lines that can't help but 
merit your attention.  We 
will not pretend to give 
much of an idea of the 
We have to offer but
 we know that seeing will
 be believing that we have
the Biggest Bargains Ever
Shown in Shelton.  We
also have a few Odds and
 Ends in this line that you
 can buy at Almost Your
 Own Price.
We are also making
 some Sweeping Reduc-
tions in the Dry Goods
Department to make room
 for new goods.
Now is the time and this is the place to buy goods cheap.  Come in and see us for bargains.
Your Anxious to Please,

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Friday, February 1, 1895


See A. N. Murphy for insurance
See A. N. Murphy for farm loans.
The persistent advertiser gets the trade.
The weather report today is fair and warmer.
Pants made to order from $6. - Skelton, the tailor.
Go to S. E. Smith for good clean Rock Springs coal.
H. H. Skelton, the tailor, makes pants to order from $6 up.
Call at Lucy's photographic studio when you want good photos.
THE CLIPPER and the Chicago Weekly Inter-Ocean both one year for $1.85.
The sale of the Stansberry stock has been postponed till next Wednesday. 
The five months old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George B. Frasell died last Saturday.
The weather bureau announced a cold wave yesterday and it arrived on schedule time.
A six or seven months old child of Jacob Brown, who lives three miles west of town, died yesterday.
Dr. Sumner Davis, eye and ear surgeon of Omaha, will be in Grand Island, at Palmer house, every Tuesday.
The dancing club held another of their regular entertainments Wednesday evening and had the usual pleasant time.
George Silvernail of Gibbon, who has been an inmate of the insane asylum at Lincoln for some months past, has been discharged.
Persons should see that their horses are blanketed these days when they drive them to town and hitch them out in the cold.
Both the First National and the Shelton bank were closed yesterday in respect for the late George Smith, who was one of the directors of the former bank.
A car of corn belonging to W. T. Keyes of the place while standing...  

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Death of George Smith.
George Smith, one of the oldest and best known residents of Buffalo county, died at this home in Shelton Tuesday afternoon, his death being caused by Bright's disease, from which he had been a sufferer for several years.  The funeral services were held in the Presbyterian church yesterday afternoon, being conducted by Rev. C. F. Graves, and in spite of the severe storm which was raging the church was crowded, so highly esteemed was the deceased among his neighbors.
The deceased was sixty-one years of age, having been born in Lawrence county, Pennsylvania, April 24, 1833.  He lived with his parents until the California gold excitement in 1840, when like many other young men he emigrated to the new eldorado and engaged in mining for three or four years, returning to Pennsylvania and remaining there until the fall of 1871 when he came to Nebraska and located on a farm northwest of Shelton, where he resided until about three years ago when he discontinued active farming and moved to Shelton.  He was married first in 1850, and to his second wife, who survives him, in 1872.  He had five children, all by his first wife, and all of whom are living - William J. of this place, Andrew E. of Lamar, Colorado, Joseph of this place, Mrs. George Barrett of this place, and Mrs. Chris Anderson of this place.  He was a brother of J. P. and Philip Smith, who also live here.
Mr. Smith was a member of the Baptist church, was in every way a most exemplary citizen, a loving husband and a kind father, and being of a very retiring disposition he had no enemies and hosts of friends.  By his indomitable energy he acquired quite a large amount of property, and at the time of his death he was a stockholder and one of the directors in the First National Bank of this place.  He had been in poor health for several years past, but was able to be about until a few weeks ago, when he became worse and died as above stated.  
The bereaved relatives have the sympathy of a large circle of friends in their sad affliction.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Wedding Wednesday - Marriages in Bureau Co., IL 1868

Bureau County Republican, March 5, 1868

Marriages for February.

Thomas S. Dexter and Emily F. Anthony
Sherman Stetson and Altie Bundy
James E. Burrow and Sarah J. Walker
Jacob Statler and Katy Albright
Martin V. Hants and Elizabeth A. Stout
Lyman Hazelton and Celestine Decker
John Barney and Martha Humphrey
Mons Ekdahl and Ann C. Mortensen
Henry Linderbland and Christine Pierson
Abm. Hetherington and Agnes E. Bonnell
Franklin Emire and Angeline Anson
Miles Masters and L. A. Rhodes
Havier Berger and Henrietta Guhe
W. A. Sisson and M. C. Foster
Geo. W. Griswold and Hetty Chase
John Schmuck and Anna Kemp
H. P. Brainard and Annie P. Dexter
Henry Eatinger and Orcelia Pelton
Charles Hassler and Philapena Scholl
Wm E. Brown and Hattie C. Booth
George Lee and Christina Berkstresser
John Johnson and Mary L. McElroy
Chas. A. Kellogg and Kate Weeks
John A. Bloom and Hannah A. Peterson
George Burgess and Mary Gaskill
John Ferreter and Jane Doran
Joseph Joder and Mary Zerlein
Albert Bumphery and Elizabeth Parks
Philip Steimle and Catharine Joder

Monday, June 29, 2015

Great Grandpa Bell's Birthday

146 years ago today, June 29, Cicero C Bell was born in Kentucky.  He grew up in Wayne County with his Mother, Martha E. Bell and brother John and sister Laura.  They all lived in the household of his grandparents, John Silas and Rutha Bell.

At 22, he married Mittie Ramsey on March 17, 1891.  In 1892, their son Frank was born and in 1894 another son, George Oren, was born.  They moved to Smith County, Texas by 1897 and a daughter, Leavey was born in Texas.  Then in September of 1900, Mittie gave birth to another son, W. C., but she was sick with malaria.  She and the baby died the same day, and the little girl died one month later.  Cicero moved his boys back to Kentucky. 

On March 17, 1901, exactly ten years after his first marriage, he wed Allie Vickrey.  Allie was a widow with a two-year-old son, Bill. Cicero and Allie were the parents of four sons, Ben, Edd, Stan and Virgil.

Cicero farmed in Kentucky and Texas.  He tried running a general store in Somerset, Kentucky for a year.  He then worked in a railroad shop in Illinois for a short time, but not happy in Illinois he moved the family back to Kentucky.  They lived and farmed in the Ferguson vicinity of Pulaski county. 

A few years later he moved his family to Wellston, Oklahoma where one of Allie's sisters lived, and picked cotton for a living.  Cicero's sister lived in Jewell County, Kansas, so about 1910, they moved to Kansas.  Then in 1925, he moved across a state line for the final time and settled in Giltner, Nebraska.  His last years were spent living in Aurora.

About 1939, Cicero suffered a stroke which left him bedridden.  He died on April 4, 1944 at age 74.  He was survived by 7 grandsons, 8 granddaughters, two great-grandchildren.

From his obituary in the Aurora News-Register:  "He was a kind husband, father and friend.  The needs of his neighbor and friends were ever his dear concern.  His kind and gentle manner made him a peacemaker, and Jesus said, "Blessed are the peace-makers; for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven."

This photo of his sons was taken at his funeral.