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Obituary of Nettie (ULRICH) ROBERTS, published in the 18 Jan 1973 issue of the Sumner Press.
Spouse: Ancel C. Roberts (deceased)
Parents: Charles and Anna (Harms) Ulrich
Date of Birth: 1 Nov 1987
Age: 75
County of Birth: Lawrence
Date of Death: Friday, 12 Jan 1973
City and County of Death: Olney, Richland County
Place of Interment: Sumner Cemetery
Date of Newspaper: 18 Jan 1973
Name of Newspaper: Sumner Press

Additional Information:

(Submitted by Lowell Ulrich.)

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Obituary of Viola (SHICK) LEDEKER, published in the 11 Apr 1974 issue of the Sumner Press.
Spouse: Herman Ledeker (died 14 Dec 1966)
Parents: Robert T. and Francis (Wilson) Shick
Date of Birth: 20 Dec 1905
Age: 85
County of Birth: Lawrence
Date of Death: Friday, 5 Apr 1974
City and County of Death: Olney, Richland County
Place of Interment: not listed
Date of Newspaper: 11 Apr 1974
Name of Newspaper: Sumner Press

Additional Information:

(Submitted by Lowell Ulrich.)

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Obituary of W. E. "Dutch" LEDEKER, published in the 11 Feb 1992 issue of the Arkansas City Traveler.
Spouse: Mazy F. Grimes (married 16 Sep 1920 in Wichita, KS; died Sep 1987)
Parents: Robert T. and Francis (Wilson) Shick
Date of Birth: 4 Sep 1895
Age: 96
County of Birth: Richland
Date of Death: 10 Feb 1992
City and County of Death: Arkansas City, Cowley County, KS
Place of Interment: Memorial Lawn Cemetery
Date of Newspaper: 11 Feb 1992
Name of Newspaper: Arkansas City Traveler

Additional Information:

(Submitted by Lowell Ulrich.)

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Obituary of Wilhelmina (ULRICH) LEDEKER, in Dec 1945.
   Wilhelmina Ulrich Ledeker the daughter of Godfried and Christine Ulrich, was born in Klein Mollen. Pommeron, Germany on November 24, 1865. After having reached the age of 80 years and 18 days the Death Angel came, calling her to her Heavenly Home on Dec. 12,1945 .

   When she was 15 years of age she came with her parents,sisters,and brothers to the United States. They settled in Bonpas township, Richland county, where she spent her entire life except for the past two years. On 0ctober16, 1943 she and her companion moved to Sumner, Illinois where she silently and peacefully slipped away into eternity to await the arrival of her loved ones.
   She was united in marriage to Edward F. Ledeker in April 27, 1882. This home was blessed with 12 children, six sons and six daughters, all of whom are still living except Homer, who preceded her in death on Nov. 21,1902. 

   She leaves to mourn her departure her loving and aged companion and eleven children, namely, Albert of OIney, Louie of Peoria, Herman of Sumner Mrs Bertha Ramsey of Sumner, Mrs. Ida Jones of Vincennes, Ind., Mrs. Millie Provines of West Salem, the twins, Willie of Arkansas City. Kansas and Mrs. Minnie Brian of Monticello. Mrs. Came Hale of OIney, Mrs. Gladys Fulk of Hammond, Ind., and Marvin of Redondo Beach, California. Besides these she leaves 49 grandchildren and 24 great grandchildren, two brothers. Will Ulrich of OIney, and Fred of San Francisco California, and many nieces and nephews and friends who will greatly miss her presence from the family circle. 

   Her parents, four sisters and one brother have preceded her to the Great Beyond. 

   Of the 49 grandchildren she had, fourteen of them served in the armed forces during the past war protecting our country and her country which she dearly loved In 1873 she was confirmed in the German Moravian Church in Germany. Then after moving to Richland county, she placed her membership with the united Brethren church at Oak Grove. (Submitted by Lowell Ulrich.)

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Obituary of Daniel WOLFE, published in the 2 Dec 1937 issue of the St. Francisville Times (pg. 1).
Daniel Wolfe Dies After Fall From Hayloft. 82-Year Old Retired Farmer Sustains Fatal Injuries in 14-Foot Drop. 

   Daniel Wolfe, aged 82, prominent retired farmer, who has spent almost three quarters of a century in this community, died in the Good Samaritan Hospital in Vincennes Saturday night, from injuries sustained Saturday morning, when he fell from the hayloft on his farm. 

   Mr. Wolfe was very feeble, having been unable to dress himself for almost two years. He could not raise his hands high enough to put his hat on his head. Yet in spite of the pleading of his children to discontinue his activities on the farm he insisted on looking after the work to see that it was carried on in the same efficient and punctual manner in which he had always done it. The one feat to which was a puzzle to everyone, was his ability to climb the ladder into the hayloft. It was a daily event, and one performed when he was in the barn alone. On Saturday morning "Uncle Dan" had gone to the barn about nine o'clock, when he failed to return to the house in the usual time, his daughter, Mrs. Anna Ramsey, went out to see what was delaying him. 

   She found him lying in the barnyard near the end of the barn. He was lying on his side resting on his elbow. He explained that he had walked over near the loft window, lost his footing and fell out the window, a height of about fourteen feet. He said that he didn't hurt anywhere but was unable to get to the house. Calling for help, Mrs. Ramsey carried him into the house, and called his son, B. F. Wolfe, of this city, and Dr. R. F. Snider. 

   The Gillespie ambulance was then called and he was brought to the doctor's office where a brief examination revealed the seriousness of his injuries, and he was taken to the hospital. He seemed entirely rational talking and joking with those around him, and insisting that he was not suffering, although one shoulder was pulled from the socket, the bone broken and protruding through the flesh, and the hip and pelvic bone broken. He lived and was rational several hours after it was impossible to locate his pulse beat. 

   During his earlier life, Uncle Dan was all business caring little for the recreations which afford most people pleasure, but during the last few months of his life he showed interest in these things. He was especially fond of car riding. For several weeks he talked of his desire to take a plane ride, and just two weeks ago he was taken to the airport in Vincennes for his first ride, which he declared he enjoyed very much. 

   Daniel Wolfe, son of Daniel and Elizabeth Shaffner Wolfe, was born in Kenton, Ohio, April 15, 1855. He came to Illinois at the age of ten, and has lived his entire life since that time in this community. 

   In April 1878 he was united in marriage to Mary Ellen Blair, who preceded him in death, January 8, 1930. To this union five children were born, two sons and three daughters. Surviving are B. F. Wolfe, St. Francisville, and Mrs. Anna Ramsey, who made her home with the deceased. The deceased children were: Mrs. Stella Sisson, Mrs. Jennie Hensley and Geo. D., who died in infancy. Besides the two children, 13 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren and one brother, who resides in Texas, survive. 

   Uncle Dan Wolfe, as he was affectionally called by his friends, was widely known and was held in high esteem by all who knew him. He was a hard-working and prosperous farmer. 

   Funeral services were conducted from the Methodist Episcopal Church Monday afternoon at 2:30 with Rev. V. W. Corrie officiating assisted by Rev. W. J. Leslie of Allendale. Interment in Oak Lawn Cemetery. (Submitted by John M. King).

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Obituary of Rev. Aaron SCHRADER published on 27 Aug 1927.
   Career of Rev. Aaron Schrader Covered Period of Long Service. Rev. Aaron Schrader, son of Samuel and Margaret Corrie Schrader, was born in Lawrence County, Illinois, November 17, 1843, and departed this life Aug. 20, 1927, aged 83 years, 9 months, and 3 days. 

   Rev. Schrader was united in marriage to Miss Harriett Elizabeth Kelsey, Oct 29, 1865. To this union five children were born, three sons and two daughters. The wife and three children have preceded him to the home beyond the grave. 

   The remaining children are: Dr. J. F. Schrader of Bridgeport, Illinois, and Mrs. Charles Schrader of Bethel community, where Brother Schrader has made his home since the death of his wife, Feb. 8, 1920. 

   Brother Schrader was converted young in life, and early felt his call to the ministry of the Gospel. He entered the ministry of the Methodist Episcopal church and was ordained by Bishop Bowman at Mt. Vernon, Ill., Oct. 6, 1872. 

   He began his ministry as Junior Preacher under Rev. Charles W. Sabine, who passed to his reward in 1920 but whose memory is yet fresh in the hearts of the people of the Southern Illinois Conference. Their labor together was like that of Jonathan and David. Brother Schrader always liked to tell of days when they traveled over a circuit of thirteen churches known as Sumner Circuit. Brother Schrader served this circuit at different times for many years. He has served this and many other circuits in this section of the Conference. He organized the M. E. church at St. Francisville. He served Bethel, his home church, for many years and instrumental in helping to rebuild this church a few years ago. 

   He leaves to mourn his going a sister, Mrs. Ella Edmondson of Chicago, Ill. His two sons, Dr. Frank and Charles Schrader, nine grandchildren, four great grand children and a host of relatives and friends. 

   Funeral services were held at the Bethel church Tuesday at 10:30 A.M., conducted by his pastor Rev. E. H. Cissna and was attended by a large company of relatives and friends from miles around who knew Bro. Schrader bringing with them many beautiful flowers as an expression of love from their churches." (Submitted by John M. King).

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Obituary of Joseph S. CHRISTY, published in a 1914 issue of the St. Louis Post Dispatch.
CHRISTY -
   Entered into rest Wednesday, Aug 19, 1914, at 8 a.m., Joseph S. Christy Sr., beloved husband of Harriet A. Christy (nee Rose), dear father of William Y., Joseph S. and John F. Christy, dear brother of Francis M. Christy, Mrs. S.K. Knox and Mrs. Harriet C. Sheridan, aged 64 years.
   Funeral Friday, Aug. 21, at 9 a.m. from the residence, 8811 Lafayette ave. to St. Matthew's Cemetery. Interment private.
   Lawrence County (Illinois) papers please copy. Motor. (Submitted by Laurel Treat).

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Obituary of William M. CLEVY, published in the 6 Oct 1949 in the Lawrence County News.
Former Police Officer Dies Monday Night
   William M. Clevy, 79, retired Lawrence county farmer, died at the home of his son, Charles B. Clevy, northeast of Pinkstaff, Monday evening. He had been ill for two years.
   Mr. Clevy had made his home with the son for about ten years.
   He was married to Della Fiscus who preceded him in death 31 years ago. Surviving is the one son, Charles and two grandchildren.
   Mr. Clevy was well known in Lawrenceville where he was a member of the city police force for a number of years.
   The funeral service was held Wednesday afternoon at the Dollahan Church with burial in the Brian cemetery south of Sumner.

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Obituary of John J. CLEVY, published in the 19 Sep 1946 in the Lawrence County News.
John J. Clevy Dies at Home of Nephew
   John J. Clevy, retired Lawrence county farmer, died at the home of his nephew, Charles Clevy, on the Ben Gowan farm, northeast of Lawrenceville, Tuesday afternoon. He had been in ill health for about five years.
   Mr. Clevy was born in Carter county, Missouri, on July 27, 1866, the son of Samuel and Adaline Michels Clevy, making his age 80 on his last birth anniversary.
   He had been a resident of this county for many years, residing in Petty town and also in Sumner. He served as constable at one time in the city of Sumner for a term of four years.
   His wife preceded him in death 25 years ago. There were no children. One brother, William Clevy, of Allison town, survives the deceased.
   The funeral service will be held at the Church of Christ in Sumner, on Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock, with Rev. Reed in charge. Burial will be in the Brian cemetery south of Sumner. The body will remain at the Emmons Funeral Home in Lawrenceville until the time of the funeral.

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Obituary of Earl Jacob YOHO, published in the 20 Jan 1944 in the Lawrence County News.
Earl Jacob Yoho Died Saturday Morning
   Earl Jacob Yoho, prominent Birds resident, died at the Brooks hospital in Robinson Saturday morning. He had been ill with a heart condition since December 23, and coronary thrombosis was given as the cause of death. 

   Mr. Yoho was born in Woodsville, Ohio, on March 24, 1884, the son of Reube P. and Jane Kagler Yoho, making his age 59 years, 9 months and 21 days at death. 

   He came to Birds thirty-five years ago and had been employed in the oil industry, holding the position of district superintendent of the Tidewater Associated Oil Co. He was prominent in the affairs of his community and had served as mayor of the village of Birds. He was a member of the Presbyterian church. 

   Funeral services were held at the Birds U.B. church Tuesday afternoon with Rev. C.E. Roller in charge, and burial was in the Robinson cemetery. 

   Mr. Yoho was first married to Miss Bessie Porter, who with an infant, died in 1928. He was married a second time to Mrs. Dora Tohill, who survives him. He is also survived by six children -- Lieut. Donald Yoho, Altus, Okla.; A/C Ray Yoho, Jefferson Barracks, Mo.; Lieut. Arnold Yoho, Fort Knox, Ky.; Naomi Yoho, Evanston, Ill.; Mrs. Charles Weger, Lawrenceville, and Sara Yoho, living at home. There is one grandchild, Earl Thomas Weger. 

   He is also survived by one stepdaughter, Millie Tohill, Evanston, Ill.; one brother, Ed Yoho, Woodville, Ohio; and three sisters, Mrs. C.L. Rockwell, Seminole, Okla.; Mrs. Milo Collins, Tulsa, Okla,; and Mrs. Herman Burkhart, Urbana, Ohio.


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