January 1908 through December 1908
FEBRUARY 6, 1908 OBITUARY The following obituary notice of Nelson Biggs, whose death was mentioned in the Press last week, is taken from The News published at Sawyer, Kansas. Nelson Biggs died at his home just southwest of Sawyer on Jan. 23, 1908, at 5:30 in the afternoon, from hemorrhage of the brain, at the age of nearly 65 years. The body was interred in the Goshen cemetery Sunday afternoon, after funeral services at the M.E. church conducted by Rev. Potter. The deceased was born April 2, 1843, in McLean County, Illinois. He served in the Union Army until the close, his discharge being dated July 8, 1865. He suffered injuries from the effect of which he never fully recovered. He was married to Almeda Henline December 29, 1868. To this union three sons and three daughters were born - W.H., J.A. and C.A. Biggs and Mrs. R.E. Williams, all of Sawyer, Kan., and Mrs. M.J. Baughman and Mrs. Geo. Oliver of Colfax, Ill. The family moved to Pratt county in October 1904. Mr. Biggs measured up to the full standard of a good citizen. He served his country as a soldier, his community as an honest, upright, Christian fellow-man, his family as a kind and provident husband and father. He had been a faithful member of the Methodist church for many years, having moved his membership from Illinois to the Sawyer church. He is survived by a widow and all six of his children, also by one brother who lives in Illinois. The two Illinois daughter attended the funeral, but the brother was detained by sickness in his own family. FEBRUARY 13, 1908 - Issac Wood, of Melvin Called on relatives here Monday and Tuesday. FEBRUARY 20, 1908 - Perry Bourquin was the guest of Colfax friends several days this week. Perry has been with his father at Butler, Mo., ever since leaving here last Christmas. - A.E. Arnett and children and Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Arnett departed the first of the week for Blackwell, Okla., where they expect to make their future home. - Mr. and Mrs. Chas Wills of Fairbury came Saturday to care for Mrs. R. Tolbert, who is seriously ill with a complication of diseases. - Mrs. Don Douglass and Miss Miriam Douglass left Monday for a weeks' visit with friends in Chicago and other places. - William West of Colfax was here several days this week looking after his property interests. - Roberts Herald. - Mrs. Karl Horine of Champaign arrived Monday evening for a visit with J.M. Horinne and family. - Mrs. Perry Crumbaker is confined to her home with an attack of the grip and heart trouble. - Daniel Ashabran, whose illness was mentioned last week, shows considerable improvement at this writing (today), but the nature of his ailment makes the outcome very uncertain, but it is hoped that he may entirely overcome the disease. - Sterrett McClellan is announced this week as a candidate for tax collector subject to the Republican primary. Mr. McClellan is known to all as a man capable of handling the work of the office, is an old soldier and deserving of good support at the primary. - Prof. Robert Van Petten of New Virginia, Iowa, was the guest of his sister-in-law, Mrs. E. Van Petten, and nephew, T.H. Van Petten, in Colfax on Monday Feb. 10. Prof. Van Petten was at the head of the Peoria High School forty years ago and is now 83 years old and travels alone. - H.B. Downey of Fairbury was here Sunday to see Daniel Ashabran, his brother-in-law, whose illness was mentioned in last weeks Press. - Seth Henline was in Anchor Tuesday to see his brother-in-law, Dr. H.L. Harris who is in very poor health. MARCH 19, 1908 - The Opera House and Barber Shop burned. MARCH 19, 1908 - Daniel Ashabran who suffered a stroke of apoplexy several weeks ago, has recovered sufficiently to be able to be up and around the house a little. MARCH 26, 1908 - Allie Wood left Monday for Iowa where he will look up a location for a nickelodeon. - Grant Hare of Bloomington visited at Seth Henlines Saturday. He was accompanied by his wife who had been here for some time. APRIL 2, 1908 - Claude Henline, of Pennsylvania called on his uncle here, Robert Henline, a few hours on Monday. - Mrs. Katie B. Stuckey of Bloomington arrived last evening for a two weeks' visit with her daughters, Mesdames John and William McClure. - Miss Nellie Forsyth returned to her home in Bloomington last Saturday, after a two weeks' visit here with her sister, Mrs. Bert Meeker. - Harold Ashabran, who has been here the past six weeks assisting in caring for his father, went to Chicago last evening for a week's stay. - Geo. Crump, who formerly lived here, but moved to Streator about five years ago, moved back to Colfax again this week. - Mrs. Frank Heagler is spending the latter part of the week in Bloomington with her mother, Mrs. Eleanor Nye. - Oscar Anderson and Ed McReynolds spent a few days in Bloomington the first of the week. - Miss Amelia Steinlicht, who has been staying at Fairbury, returned to her home Sunday. - A.L. Hutson went to Chicago Monday evening for a two days' stock buying trip. - Mesdames Dan Wood and John Pendergast and daughter, Mabel and Mary, were Bloomington callers yesterday. - Chas. Conklin of Clifton, Ill., came last Saturday for a few days visit with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Isaac Conklin, and other relatives. - Robert Fowler, who has been visiting relatives here for several weeks, went to Kankakee this morning for a visit at the home of his son, John. - W. B. Stoddard of Portage, Wis., was here on a short business trip Monday. He will move back to Colfax and occupy his property in the north part of town. The people here will be glad to welcome them back again. - Mrs. J.D. Henline and daughter, China Grending, were in Bloomington Monday and Tuesday attending Billy Sunday's lectures and transacting business. APRIL 30, 1908 - Harold Ashabran, who had been spending the past two weeks in Chicago, returned to Colfax last Saturday evening. - Mrs. Beyers of Chicago is spending a few days here with Mrs. R.E. Meharry and other friends. Mrs. Beyers formerly lived here, her son being pastor of the Presbyterian church. - Daniel Ashabran, who suffered a stroke of apoplexy here in the winter, recovered partly and was able to be around some, his son taking him over to his old home in Lexington one day last week to visit relatives. Monday night of this week he suffered another stroke and has been in a serious condition again. His sons, Ernest and Harold, hurried to his bedside as soon as they received the word of his relapse. - Wm. Boulware departed Tuesday for an indefinite stay with his sister at Springfield, Ill. - Mrs. Earl Mitchell and little daughter departed last Friday for her new home at Chula, Mo. She was accompanied as far as St. Louis by her uncle, J.D. Dameron, who returned to Colfax Sunday evening. Mr. Mitchell left here on Tuesday of last week with their car, arrived there Thursday, unloaded Friday and commenced farming Saturday. MAY 1,1908 - W.J. Hamilton entertained his aged father from Chenoa over Sunday. - A.M. Hester made a business trip to Peoria the first of the week. - Mrs. A.L. Hutson and little daughter were guests over Sunday of friends in Anchor. - John Stevens went to Wing, Ill., yesterday morning for a short visit with his brother Henry. - Miss Ola Humphrey visited her mother, Mrs. Geo. Krack of Forrest, the latter part of last week. - Mrs. Orville Horine of Chicago arrived yesterday for a visit at the home of her father-in-law, J.M. Horine. - Mrs. Emma Davis, who assisted in the Bakery the past two weeks, returned Tuesday to her home in Indianapolis. - Mrs. M.F. Anderson is able to be up and around the house again, after being confined to her bed for a week by sickness. - Miss Leura Wood, who has been spending some time in California with the family of Dr. Wyman, formerly of Lexington, returned recently with them to their home in Danville. She came to Colfax on Tuesday for a short visit with relatives and in company with her grandmother, Mrs. Phebe Wood, expects to go to Melvin tomorrow for a visit with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Isaac Wood. - The infant son of Mr. and Mrs. C.M. Ward, about four months old, died last Monday morning at about nine o'clock. The little one never had been very strong and its life had been despaired of from the first. Short funeral services were held at the home on Tuesday afternoon, conducted by Rev. U.Z. Gilmer and the little form was laid to rest in the Wiley cemetery. - Mrs. Wm. Green and little son David of Bloomington visited over Sunday here at the home of Mrs. Green's son, Alex Hogarth. Mr. Hogarth is reported some better at this writing. - Little Lola Plott spent Sunday in Bloomington with her school teacher, Miss Charlotte Hall. - Mrs. Lucy Gurnaud is spending a few days at the home of her cousins, Mr. and Mrs. Milton Henline, near Towanda. SEPTEMBER 3, 1908 OBITUARY David Waggoner David Waggoner, another one of the pioneers of this part of McLean County passed away at his home two and a half miles northwest of Colfax, at the advanced age of 73 years, 9 months and 5 days. He was born Nov. 26, 1834, in Indiana and came to Illinois with his parents when only two years old and he has lived on the farm where his parents settled and where he died for seventy-one years, being one of the very first settlers in McLean County. On the first day of April 1855, he was married to Miss Mary Henline, who came from another family of pioneers. To this union were born twelve children, four sons and eight daughters. Two sons and one daughter died in infancy and one son and one daughter died after maturity. The living children are Mrs. M.J. Hutson of Colfax, Mrs. Belle Hutson of Selma; Mrs. W.H. Reynolds and Mrs. Henry Yardley of Elwoood, Neb; Miss Louie, Miss Martha and Harmon are still at home to comfort the mother, whose lifelong companion has been taken from her. Mr. Waggoner also leaves twelve grandchildren and seven great- grandchildren. He had lived an honest and upright life, although he had never become a member of any church. The funeral services were held from the home at 11 am yesterday, conducted by Rev. W.D. Evans of Gridley, who was pastor eight years ago at Evergreen church, where the family attends. Interment took place at Pleasant Hill cemetery. - Wm. Hurlburt, wife and little son who have been spending the past two weeks here at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Frank Woodard, departed yesterday for their home at Buchannon, Michigan. - Mrs. D.A. Wood is visiting her brother Charles Wood in Chicago.
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