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Obituary of C. H. "Chame" SHICK, published in the 6 Dec 1900 issue of the Sumner Press (pg. 2?).
   C.H. Shick, one of Lukin's excellent citizens, died Thursday after an illness of several months. "Chame", as he was familarly known, possessed a host of friends, and worthily so. He was the largest man in Lukin, weighing over 300 pounds. His excessive weight no doubt hastened his death, but when the summons came he was ready. For many years he was the Lukin correspondent of the Press, though not writing regularly. He will be greatly missed in the community, his influence being for good. (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. Tine SHICK, published in the 24 Jul 1902 issue of the Sumner Press.
   Mrs. Tine Shick died Thursday at the home of her father, Wash Keen, north of Lancaster and was interred Friday in the Shiloh Cemetery. She leaves several children. (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 Harry WORSTELL, published in the 7 Nov 1957 issue of the Sumner Press (pg. 1).
Rites To Be Today For Harry Worstell
   Funeral services will be held at 2 pm today (Thursday) for Harry Worstell, Route two, Sumner who died Monday night at the Richland County Memorial Hospital in Olney.
   The Rev. Raymond Lloyd will conduct the rites at the Shiloh Baptist Church south of Bridgeport with burial in the Shiloh Cemetery.
   A retired farmer, Mr. Worstell, was born in Lukin township October 1, 1884.
   He is survived by 4 daughters and 4 sons. They are: Mrs Grace Green, Rt. (?) Lawrenceville; Mrs. Mary Robinson of Allendale; Charles and Raymond Worstell and Mrs. Edna Gross all of Bridgeport; Mrs. Anna Wood of Sumner; Harley Worstell of Rockford and Kenneth Worstell of St. Francisville.
   Friends may call at the Sivert Funeral Home in Sumner. The body also will lie in state at the church for one hour prior to services. (Submitted by Linda Worstell.)

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Obituary of Anna BURNS, published in the 7 Nov 1957 issue of the Sumner Press (pg. 1).
Miss Anna Burns Dies Early Wednesday
   Miss Anna Mary Burns, 91, died about 9:00 am Wednesday morning at the Shadier Nursing Home in Lawrenceville. She had been in failing health for some time but had been seriously ill since October 13.
   She was born in Sumner April 22, 1866 the daughter of Lawrence and Hannah O'Leary Burns. She spent her entire lifetime here except the time spent in the nursing home. She was the oldest native of Sumner.
   She was a member of the Emmanual Conception Church of Bridgeport.
   Only surviors are nieces and nephews, including of John Burns of Sumner and Mrs. Charles Carter of Bridgeport.
   Funeral arrangements are incomplete. The body is at the Hammer Funeral Home in Bridgeport. (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 Albert ROUTIEN, published in the 7 Nov 1957 issue of the Sumner Press (pg. 1).
Illness Fatal to Albert Routien
   Albert Routien, 56, of Route 2 died at the Lawrence County Memorial Hospital at 4 am Saturday. He had suffered from a heart condition for the past year.
   He was born in Lawrence County November 8, 1900 and had made his residence on Route 2 for the pasat 4 1/2 years.
   He was a pumper for the Texaco company.
   Surviving are his wife, Isis Harbaugh Routien and 6 children: Leon of Winchester, Kentucky; Rondal, Robert and Keith all at home; Harold of Lawrenceville and Lorann Bentley of Vandalia, Missouri; and 4 grandchildren. Also surviving are 2 sisters and 1 brother - Elsiie Gullic, Birds; Bertha Parker, Lawrenceville; and Ora Routien of Bridgeport, Route 1.
   Funeral services were held at the E.U.B. Church in Sumner at 2 pm Monday, with burial 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 Ella (WORSTELL) COOPER in March 1973.
Spouse: John A. Cooper (died 1952)
Parents: Joseph H. and Mary M. (Belt) Worstell
Date of Birth: 30 Apr 1891
Age: 81
County of Birth: Lawrence
Date of Death: 11 Mar 1973
City and County of Death: Vincennes, Knox County, IN
Place of Interment: Oaklawn Cemetery
Date of Newspaper: undated
Name of Newspaper: Lawrenceville Daily Record (pg. 8)

Additional Information:

  • Survivors: One son (Portage, IN) and one brother (Lawrence, IN).
  • Member of Free Methodist Church of St. Francisville.
  • Funeral held from Cunningham-Nichols Chapel in St. Francisville.

(Submitted by Linda Worstell.)

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Obituary of Cynthia A. (WORSTELL) HARBAUGH, published in the 18 Nov 1920 issue of the Sumner Press (pg. 1).
   Cynthia A. Worstell, born in Lawrence County, Illinois, August 19, 1848, departed this life November 9, 1920, aged 72 years, 2 months and 20 days. She was married to James Harbaugh January 15, 1871.
   To this union were born 5 children, 2 having preceded her in death. She leaves to mourn her death a husband, 2 sons, D.W. and L.S. Harbaugh of this city and 1 daughter, Mrs. Hattie Smith of Bridgeport, Illiniois and one brother in Oklahoma and 11 grandchildren, besides a host of friends.
   She was united with the Bethlehem Christian Church in her girlhood and later united with the Christian Church of this city under the pastorate of Rev. G.D. Lawrence.
   Funeral services were conducted at the home by Rev. Harper of the Christian Church at 10 am Thursday, November 11th and she was laid to rest in the city cemetery. Mrs. Harbaugh spent her entire life in Lawrence County. (Submitted by Linda Worstell.)

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Obituary of Mrs. Margaret TAYLOR, published in the 5 Mar 1935 issue of the Lawrenceville Daily Record (pg. 1).
Mrs. Margaret Taylor Died At Home in Billett
   Mrs. Margaret Taylor of Billett died at her home at 10:30 last night as the result of a stroke of paralysis suffered recently. The deceased had just returned from visiting her daugher, Mrs. Bessie Alexander of Hammond, Indiana when she was stricken.
   Funeral services will be held Wednesday afternoon at the Billett Methodist Church. Burial will be in the Billett Cemetery.
   Three children survive: Mrs. Alexander; Mrs. Lulu M. Drake of Fordyce, Arkansas and E. A. Taylor of Georgetown, Illinois. James William died in infancy. The husband preceded her in death. (Submitted by Linda Worstell.)

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Obituary/biography of Amelia (ULRICH) SCHERNEKAU, published in the 5 Oct 1944 issue of the West Salem Advocate.
   Mrs. Amelia Schernekau, 68, passed away about 10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30, at her home here, having been in failing health since the first part of the year.
   Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Moravian church with Rev. Ira B. Wilson of the Evangelical church, assisted by Rev. J.N. Ellis of the Free Methodist church, conducting. Burial was made in the Moravian cemetery.
   Amelia Ulrich Schernekau, the daughter of Christine and Gottfried Ulrich, was born in Klein Mollen, Pommern, Germany, on Oct. 23, 1876. When five years of age she came with her parents to America and settled near West Salem, Ill.
   On May 8, 1892 she was confirmed in the German Moravian church of West Salem, Ill., being a member of the first class to be confirmed in the new church.
   On Feb. 20, 1895, she was happily married to William Schernekau who preceded her in death on October 28th, 1942. To this union were born eight children, two of whom, Leonard L. and Louise, preceded her in death. Those surviving are Roy, of Decatur, Ill., Edna McWilliams of Evansville, Ind., John of West Salem, Ill., Mata of Vincennes, Ind., and Dorothy at home.
   Besides the above mentioned children, she leaves nine grandchildren; one sister, Minnie Ledeker of Sumner, Ill.; two brothers, William, of Olney, Ill., and Fred, of San Francisco, Calif, besides many other relatives and friends. Three sisters, Augusta Witte, Anna Slunaker and Emma Ulrich, one brother Charles Ulrich and her parents preceded her in death.
   In the year 1922 the family moved to Robinson, Ill., where they made their home until shortly after the death of Mr. Schernekau. In December 1942 she returned to West Salem where she made a home for Dorothy until her health began to fail in the early part of 1944.
   Her condition gradually grew worse and on Saturday night, Sept. 30, at the age of 68 years she peacefully slipped away from this earth of sickness and sorrow into a new life of Peace and Rest. She bore her suffering with unusual patience, never complaining, and always grateful for any act of kindness shown her. She especially appreciated the visits of her pastor, who before his recent departure, so faithfully ministered to her during her illness.
   Among those from a distance who attended the funeral of Mrs. Amelia Schernekau Tuesday were Mr. and Mrs William Ulrich, Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Ulrich of Olney, Mr. and Mrs. Ezra Meirer and son of Chicago, Mr. and Mrs. Norman McWilliams and children of Evansville, Ind., Mr. and Mrs Roy Scherekau of Decatur, Mrs Betty Martin, and Miss Barbara Schernekau of Robinson, Junior Schernekau, stationed at Little Creek, Va., Gus Schernekau of Brownsberg, Ind., Mrs Ed Ledeker, Bertha Ramsey, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Ulrich of Sumner, Mrs. Christian McWillians, Mrs. Martha Angermeier of Evansville, Mr. And Mrs. Herman Ledeker of Sumner, Mr. and Mrs. Albert Ledeker of Calhoun, Betty Lou Price of Robinson, Mrs. Clarence Curry and daughter of Calhoun, Mrs. Edna Provine of Sumner, Mrs. Lora Ibbotson of Decatur, and Mr. and Mrs. W. Schernekau of Robinson.

Amelia married William F. SCHERNEKAU on 20 Feb 1895. William was born on 18 Jul 1865 in Letzlingen, Madgeburg, Prussia, Germany and died on 28 Oct 1942 in Robinson, Illinois--Crawford Co. (Submitted by Lowell Ulrich.).

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Obituary of Ernest ULRICH, published in the 22 Feb 1980 issue of the Daily Mail, Olney, IL.
Spouse: Margaret Hundley (married 7 Aug 1929)
Parents: William and Belle (Gould) Ulrich
Date of Birth: 11 Nov 1905
Age: 74
County of Birth: Richland
Date of Death: 21 Feb 1980
City and County of Death: Olney, Richland
Place of Interment: Haven Hill Cemetery
Date of Newspaper: 22 Feb 1980
Name of Newspaper: Daily Mail of Olney

Additional Information:

  • Survivors: One brother (Olney, IL), a nephew (Mt. Clemens, MI), and a niece (Fairfield, IL).
  • Owner and operator of Ulrich Freight Lines for 48 years.
  • Maintained streets of Olney, active in the community.
  • Did concrete work on the George Rogers Clark Memorial.
  • Funeral held 25 Feb 1980 at Summers Funeral Home.

[Ernest married Margaret Ruth HUNDLEY on 7 Aug 1929. Margaret was born on 4 Apr 1906, died on 23 Mar 1985 and was buried on 26 Mar 1985 in Haven Hill Cemetery, Olney, IL.]

(Submitted by Lowell Ulrich. Information in [brackets] added by submitter.)


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