The Hancock-Henderson Quill, Inc.
Compiled and Edited by Virginia Ross
Registrar for Daniel McMillan Chapter, N.S.D.A.R.1915
Stronghurst Graphic, June 17, 1915
**OBITUARIES*** Henry B. Miller*** Henry B. Miller, known to acquaintances as "Hank Miller," died at his home at Chelan, Washington, June 5, 1915 at the advanced age of 86 years, 6 months and 25 days. Mr. Miller was well known to many having been a resident of Henderson and Hancock Counties between 1839 and 1877 when he was a prominent farmer and stock buyer. His honest and uprightness were proverbial and his desire to save those with whom he had business dealings from loss often resulted in his own financial disadvantage...
Mr. Miller's remains were shipped from Chelan to Wayne, Neb., his home for 21 years where burial services were conducted June 12th. The following brief biographical sketch is from a clipping of a Wayne, Neb., newspaper: "Henry Bowen Miller was born in Knox County, Ohio, Nov. 10, 1828 and moved with his parents to Mount Gillead in 1830, then to Henderson County, Illinois in 1839. He went with others across the plains to California in 1850 and returned in the fall of 1853. He moved to Montgomery County, Iowa in March 1877 and to Wayne County, Neb. in the fall of 1881. After an active life of 21 years there he closed his business and moved to Chelan, Wash. Mr. Miller was twice married and is survived by seven children born of the first union.
He is also survived by his wife, one brother, William of Wenatchee, Wash., and three sisters, namely, Mrs. C.S. Apt of Stronghurst, Mrs. Amanda Kettler of Pittsburg, Kans., and Mrs. Viola Boughton of Salina, Kans. (In a letter following this article, Miss Pearl Miller says that Mrs. Fannie Shaw, Mrs. Nellie Herman, Oscar Miller and Chester Miller, all children of the deceased, were with their father during his last illness.)
***Robert W. Marshall*** Robert Wilson Marshall was the seventh child of a family of eleven children of Robert and Polly (Reasoner) Marshall. He was born in Guernsey County, Ohio, Feb.15, 1832, and died at his home 2 1/2 miles west of Stronghurst June 10, 1915. He suffered a slight paralytic stroke a few years ago and since has been gradually failing in health. The immediate cause of death was senile gangrene which affected his lower limbs.
Mr. Marshall married in Ohio Dec.23, 1856 to Hannah Jane Galliher. The following year he came to Illinois and settled on the farm which thereafter was his home. To the union four children wee born, namely, Nancy Alice, William John, Robert Newton and Samuel Chester. Nancy Alice died in 1864 and Wm. John in 1890. Robert Newton resides on a farm 4 miles southeast of Stronghurst and Samuel is living at Missouri Valley, Iowa. The mother of these children died in 1870.
The deceased re-married in 1872 to Anna Retzer, who with two children Minerva May and George Retzer Marshall of the home survive him.
Funeral services over the remains were held at the Olena U. P. Church. Amongst the relatives and friends from a distance were S. C. Marshall of Missouri Valley, Iowa; Mr. Wallace McKinney; Mrs. Anna Wall and Mrs. Ella Lytle of Elizabeth, Pa.; Mr. and Mrs. J.P. Reasoner of Battle Creek, Mich.; Mr. Wilson Reasoner of Ashland, Neb.; Chas. Torrence, Mrs. James Scott and Mr. and Mrs. A. Irvin of Monmouth, Ill.' and Mr. and Mrs. Bradfield of LaHarpe, Il. (What a family historian's gold mine this obituary is! Names and places make connecting family members and finding information on them easy.)
IT'S A RUNAWAY: Alton Vaughn, the young son of Mr. and Mrs. H. N.Vaughn was quite badly bruised about the head and shoulder yesterday in a runaway accident. He had driven his father to the station to meet a train. In company with Goldie Wolford, Alton proceeded toward the livery barn. Near the Simpson blacksmith shop the horse was frightened by a boy riding a pony attempting to pass them. The runaway followed with the horse traveling several blocks to the southeast part of town where the rig was over turned and the boys hurled violently to the ground. The Wolford boy escaped with a few minor bruises, but Alton was not so lucky and will be confined to the house for some time. The buggy was smashed badly.
UNCONSTITUTIONAL: The Illinois Supreme Court has declared the section of the road and bridge law of 1913 which provided for the assessment of a poll tax for highway purposes upon able bodied men between the ages of 21 and 50 years to be inoperative and void.
LOCAL AND AREA NEWS: The 24th annual outing of the Stronghurst B.B.Club and their friends was held at "Gerber's Camp" near Old Shokokon. The principal feature of the event was a fish fry with 33 members and friends participating in festivities.
The village of Biggsville held a special election to decide the question of licensing pool rooms. The village board was unwilling to take the responsibility of settling the matter and decided. to leave it to a popular vote. The issue was defeated by a vote of 90 to 55. About 50 women participated in the election.
Mrs. Martha Reynolds has been under a doctor's care as the result of a slight apoplectic stroke. C. R. A. Marshall suffered a severe attack of appendicitis and was operated upon at an early hour by Drs. Rose of Galesburg and H.L.Marshall of Stronghurst. On account of the aggravated nature of his case, his recuperation may be somewhat delayed. T. C. Johnson of Standard Oil Co. has been superintending the installation of the big tanks for the supply station located here. Two horizontal steel tanks with a capacity of about 20,000 gallons each have been set upon concrete foundations and a frame station building erected on the property leased by the company just north of the Commercial Street crossing of the Santa Fe.
The city of Warsaw is planning an extension of its water mains and the installation of a sewerage system. W.S.Shields, the engineer who planned the Stronghurst system of waterworks has been employed to oversee the improvements. The LaHarpe Carnegie library received the collection of 2500 volumes willed to the city by the late Captain Henry King of St.Louis. J. U. Vaughn of Lomax was elected chairman of the county board of supervisors at their meeting in Oquawka. The feed mill is now opened up for grinding every day in the week. Ear corn, shelled corn, oats, chop feed and cracked corn for sale-Wm. Daugherty.
COUNTY NEWS: Mary and Harriet Miller of Terre Haute have been attending the Jennings Seminary in Aurora. Ed Stotts of Gladstone is the proud owner of a fine new motor truck in which to make his trips around the country. From the Carman vicinity, Miss Rosetta Runge and Mr. Luke Bradway were united in marriage June 9th at high noon at the bride's parents north of town by Rev. King of Lomax. Charles Marshall of Olena neighborhood recently underwent an operation for appendicitis and is reported quite serious.