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Obituary of Mrs. George WORSTELL, published in 14 Jan 1904 issue of the Sumner Press.

Mrs. George Worstell departed this life Sunday morning at 5 o'clock after a months suffering. She leaves a husband and 10 children. She was a kind and christian woman and died in the triumph of a living faith. The funeral was held at New Hope Church conducted by the Rev. Tade of the F.M. Church after which the remains were laid to rest in Ridgley Cemetery. (Submitted by Linda Worstell. All notes in [brackets] made by the submitter.)

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Obituary of George T. WORSTELL, published in 13 Jan 1949 issue of the Sumner Press (pg. 1).

George T. Worstell Died at Olney Sanitarium.
George T. Worstell, 86, a resident of Olney, died at the Olney Sanitarium after a brief illness, although he had been in poor health for several years.
Mr. Worstell was born in Lawrence County but moved to Olney a number of years ago.
During his active life he was employed as a caretaker at Larchmount by the late Dr. Robert Ridgway. His wife preceded him in death a number of years ago.
He is survived by his 7 daughters, Miss Flossie Worstell of Olney; Mrs. Inez Cullison of Lawrenceville; Mrs. Bertha Leighty of Sumner; Mrs. Blanche Barekman of Bloomington; Mrs. Joy O'Dell and Mrs. Myrtle Scranton of West Salem. A brother, William Worstell and a sister, Mrs. Ida Phillips of St. Louis, also survive.
Funeral services were held at the Free Methodist Church in Olney with the Rev. V.H. Mottwell and Rev. F.H. Current in charge. Burial was at the Sumner City Cemetery. (Submitted by Linda Worstell. All notes in [brackets] made by the submitter.)

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Obituary of Eli E. BACH, published in 13 Jan 1949 issue of the Sumner Press (pg. 1).

Funeral Services Held for Eli Bach Monday
Eli E. Bach, 86, life long resident of Lawrence County, died Saturday, January 8, at the Good Samaritan Hospital where he had been taken for treatment of injuries suffered from a fall.
Mr. Bach lived all but the last 2 years of his life in and near Chauncey. The remaining years were spent in Birds.
Funeral services were held at Chauncey Monday afternoon with the burial in the Chauncey Cemetery. (Submitted by Linda Worstell. Note that this is not a relative of the submitter, just on the same page as an obit for a relative.)

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Obituary of Mrs. Emma SHANK, published in 13 Jan 1949 issue of the Sumner Press (pg. 1).

Mrs. Emma Shank of Chauncey Passes Away
Mrs. Emma Shank, 71, former resident of Sumner and Chauncey died at the Milligan nursing home in Bridgeport Sunday evening at 7 o'clock.
She is survived by 2 sons, Ray Shank of Greenville, Illinois and Leslie Shank of Jeffersonville, Indiana and 4 daughters, Bessie Palmer of Sumner Route 1; Florence Green of Chauncey; Leota Shoffstall of Landes and Mae Sutterfield of Dixon, Illinois.
Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock at Chauncey. Burial was in the Chauncey Cemetery. (Submitted by Linda Worstell. Note that this is not a relative of the submitter, just on the same page as an obit for a relative.)

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Obituary of Frank A. PUTNAM, published in 13 Jan 1949 issue of the Sumner Press (pg. 1).
Frank A. Putnam Rites Held at Bridgeport
Frank A. Putnam, age 69, died at 7:15 am Monday at his home in Bridgeport from a heart ailment.
Mr. Putnam was born October 23, 1880 in Wabash county, Illinois, the son of William H. and Marian King Putnam.
He was a retired oil field worker and an Elder in the First Christian Church in Bridgeport.
Mr. Putnam is survived by his wife Bessie and 6 children, Lee of Mt. Carmel; George W. of Centralia; Eber A. of Bridgeport; Mrs. Paul Weger of Sumner; Mrs. Gladys Baker and Miss mary Putam of Sylvania, Ohio and one brother, R. G. of Eldorado, Illinois.
Funeral services were held Tuesday at 2:30 pm at the First Christian Church in Bridgeport with the Rev. F.C. Zetsche officiating. Burial was in the Bridgeport Cemetery. (Submitted by Linda Worstell. Note that this is not a relative of the submitter, just on the same page as an obit for a relative.)

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Obituary of Sherman PETTY, published in 13 Jan 1949 issue of the Sumner Press (pg. 1).

Sherman Petty Died At His Home Sunday
Sherman Petty, 84, lifelong resident of Petty township, died at his home 2 miles north of Sumner Sunday morning at 6 o'clock. Death was attributed to a heart ailment.
Mr. Petty is survived by his widow, Mrs. Ella Mae Petty and 8 children. The children are Mrs. Fern Lathrop; Mrs. Mabel Lathrop, Mrs. Ethel Messinger and Gene Petty, all of Sumner; James Lee Petty of Dayton, Ohio; Dee Petty of Piqua, Ohio; Ray Petty of Decatur and Harold Petty of Petty township.
Funeral services were conducted from the United Brethren Church here Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock with the Rev. Loren Miller in charge assisted by Rev. LaVerle Cook. Interment was made in the Sumner Cemetery. (Submitted by Linda Worstell. Note that this is not a relative of the submitter, just on the same page as an obit for a relative.)

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Obituary of Thomas BUCHANAN, taken from Maurice G. Buchanan's "Buchanan Ancestry".

Thomas Buchanan, one of the oldest and most respected citizens of Lawrence County, Illinois, and a ruling elder in the Pisgah Presbyterian church of said County, died on Sabbath morning, November 26, 1876, at his residence about six miles south of Lawrenceville, at the advanced age of 81 years, 11 months, and 1 day.
The leading facts, embodied in the following notice of his early life, have been copied by himself, written, and dated May 13, 1875.
Mr. Buchanan was born on the 25 of December, 1794, in an Indian Garrison, in the town of Port William, situated on the bank of the Ohio river in Gallatin County, Kentucky. He was the first child born in that place. He was brought up on Hunters Bottom, about six miles below the place of his birth. In his youth, his time was principally occupied with hard work. He enjoyed but little of the advantages of early education. But in after years he so improved his opportunities by reading, that he became possessed of much general information.
In August 1813, Mr. Buchanan, though quite young entered his country's service. He volunteered and went with Governor Shelby's expedition into Canada. He was in the battle of the Thames where at times he was greatly exposed to danger, but he escaped unhurt. On the 18th day of May, 1815, he was married to Miss Elizabeth Anderson of Shelby County, Kentucky, with whom he lived happily for nearly fifty years. Their union was blessed with ten children--five sons and five daughters, most of whom are now living. Mr. Buchanan always spoke tenderly and affectionately of his wife and mourned her death to the end of his days. He survived his wife about thirteen years.
In April, 1819, Mr. Buchanan with his wife and two little children, accompanied also by his father, and the rest of their family, left Kentucky for Illinois. After a long disagreeable and dangerous journey, they all arrived safely in what is now the Buchanan neighborhood, and Uncle Tommy (by which name the subject of this sketch was familiarly called) settled on the same farm on which he died. The region in which he settled was, at the time of his settlement, a wilderness--wet, marsh, infested with Indians, robbers and counterfeiters, wolves, wild-cats and mosquitoes. By and by however, the nuisances were abated, extirpated, and the country improved, and the "country began to blossom like the rose."
In November, 1828, Mr. Buchanan was received into the communion of the Wabash Presbyterian church, on profession of faith in Christ Jesus, for salvation. In 1833, he was elected a ruling elder of that church. In 1835, he became one of the organizing members of the Pisgah church, and was at that time elected to the office of ruling elder of that church in which he was the senior elder at the time of his death. Mr. Buchanan was for many years, engaged as a colporteur. He traveled very extensively in Southern Illinois, and was known more or less in every county in that section of the state. He labored very efficiently and succeeded in circulating thousands of dollars worth of Bibles and other religious books and tracts.
In his day he was honored with office in church and state. He has served as magistrate, captain and major, and has many times represented the church in its presbyteries, Synods and general Conferences. . . (Submitted by John M. King.)

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Obituary of Clarence RAMSEY.

Clarence, son of John B. and Jane Ramsey was born in Lawrence Co., Ill Aug 28 1880 departed this life Feb. 3, 1919, at the age of 38 years 5 months and 6 days. He was married to Anna Wolf daughter of Daniel and Mary Wolf Sept. 11 1904, six children were born to this union: Wave, Mildred, Donald, Evelyn, Bernice and Catharine. Also three half brothers and three half sisters survive. Allen of Vincennes Ind., Clyde of St. Francisville Ill., and John a soldier in France. Mrs. Bertha Highsmith of Mt. Carmel, Mrs. Frank Gour of Cal. and Mrs. Ruth Haycock of St. Francisville. Mr. Ramsey was always very much interested in Sunday school and church and was for many years to the close of his life a regular attendent at Sunday school and church. So it was when his wife told him of his serious illness that he said that all was well and he was prepared to go. As a real gentleman a very obliging neighbor but most of all as a true and faithful husband and an affectionate father, he will be deeply mourned but he leaves the influence of a character that was indeed remarkable for uprightness, virture and real manliness. Funeral services from the residence in Southern Denison by Rev. S. O. Stoltz. Interment in the Oak Lawn Cemetery at St. Francisville. (Submitted by John M. King, grandson of Clarence Ramsey.)

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Obituary of Caroline (BRAUSA) TURNER .

Caroline (Brausa) Turner was born in Lukin Township, Sept. 2, 1872, Departed life at home March 19, 1945 at the age of 72 years. On March 25, 1894 she married Leroi Turner who survives. They celebrated their Golden Wedding just one year ago. Four children were born to them, one daughter who died in infancy. Three surviving are Earl D, of Michigan City, Ind. Dorothy Moudy of Waterman, Il., Garnet Loos of Evansville, Ind. Also two sisters, Mary Beesley of Vincennes, Ind., Emma Ridgley of Bridgport, Il., a brother Lewis Brausa of Pulman, Washington. A sister Cora Moore passed away just a month ago. She will be missed by a large circle of friends and relatives. She is survived by 4 grand-ddaughters and 5 grandsons. (Submitted by Lowell Ulrich.)

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Obituary of Leroi TURNER.

Leroi Turner passed away Wednesday December 14 1949. He was 83 years of age. His wife Caroline Brausa Turner preceded him in death. He leaves one son Earl D. Turner, and wife, 2 daughters Dorothy and husband and Garnet Loos and husband. 4 grand-daughters and 5 grandsons. one brother Marvin. Proceeded in death by his parents Elizabeth (Fiscus) and Samuel Turner. (Submitted by Lowell Ulrich.)

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