John Abbott Family Genealogy

Transcribed Obituaries


Extract of Obituary Almina Sellers Abbott:
Mrs Almina Sellers died at the home of Wilson Chamberlain of Pearl Tuesday, May 14, 1918 after an illness of several weeks. The funeral was held at Green Pond Church Thursday May 14, 1918 conducted by Rev. West of Pearl. Interment in Green Pond Cemetery.
      The deceased was the widow of the late John H. Abbott who preceded her in death August 8, 1910. She was born November 19, 1830 in Nashville, Tennessee and as a small child came to Illinois with her parents. She was united in marriage October 4, 1856 to John H. Abbott at Naples, ILL. And to this union nine children were born, five of whom survive her. John of this city (Pittsfield), Gus of Jacksonville, Horace of Green Pond, Robin of Indianapolis, Indiana, and Ernest of North Venace, IL.
      She has spent most of her life in Pike County and her early life in Bluffs and Naples and has a large number if relatives and friends living there.


Indianapolis News (Indianapolis, Indiana)
Extract of Obituary of Henry Robert Abbott:
July 9, 1951; page 24

ABBOTT - Henry R., age 79, of 1026 S. Illinois, beloved father of Hallie of Indianapolis, and Herbert of Los Angeles, Cal., passed away Sunday. Funeral service Tuesday, 2 p.m.. Cecil R. Hurt Shefield Chapel, 2226 Shelby, Friends may call at the chapel after 7 p.m. Monday.


Date and Publication Unknown - (Oct 1950 Indiana)

Howard C. Abbott
      Funeral services for Howard C. Abbott, 48 years old, 952 South West Street, who died Saturday night will be held at 2 p.m. tomorrow in Jones & Hurt Shefield Chapel. Burial will be in New Crown Cemetery.
      A native of Naples, Ill., he lived in Indianapolis 40 years. He formerly worked for the U.S. Rubber Company as a machinist and was employed last at the Hoffman Specialty Company.
      Survivors include the widow, Mrs. Edith Abbott; two sons, Edward and Charles Abbott; four daughters, Mrs. Molton Roof, Mrs. Cecil Logan. Mrs. Manuel White, all of Indianapolis, and Mrs. Ray Phillips, Edinburg; and seven grandchildren.


Published: February 7, 1995
Indianapolis Star, The (IN)
Page: E04 Article ID No. 1995038022

EDITH L. PHILLIPS ABBOTT STRAWDER, 92, Indianapolis, died Sunday. Mrs. Strawder was a punch press operator 20 years for Hoffman Specialty Manufacturing Co., retiring in 1967. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association or the American Heart Association. Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday in Flanner & Buchanan Morris Street Mortuary, with calling from 3 to 9 p.m. today. Burial will be in New Crown Cemetery. She was the widow of Howard Abbott and Albert Strawder. Survivors: sons Edward C., Charles R. Abbott; daughters Helen Davis, Edith Phillips, Beulah White; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great- grandchildren.


Published: July 1, 1998
The Indianapolis Star - Indiana
Page: D06 Article ID No. 1998182071

BEULAH LOUISE ABBOTT WHITE, 68, Brownsburg, died June 30. She was a cashier three years for Turpin's Hardware Store, Brownsburg, retiring in 1995. Previously, she worked 10 years for EmRoe Sporting Goods. Mrs. White was a member of the Clermont Bowling League. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or the American Liver Foundation. Services: 1 p.m. July 3 in Conkle Funeral Home, Hendricks County Chapel in Avon, with calling from 2 to 8 p.m. July 2. Burial: Brownsburg Cemetery. Survivors: husband Manuel H. White; children Teresa J. Russell, Sara W. Land, William Allen White; sister Edith Phillips; brothers Edward, Charles Abbott; 10 grandchildren.


Date and Publication Unknown - (Nov 1945 California)

Pedestrian Killed Instantly by Auto
      Hugh Abbot, 46 longshoreman, Craig Avenue, Rt. 4, Box 107 was killed at 7 o'clock last night on Highway 9 near Farmington road when he reportedly ran in front of a car driven by Roger B. Carder, 51, Bakersfield bartender.
      Carder who told Highway patrolmen Vernon Marconi and Earl Foster and Assistant District Attorney Anthony J. Chargin that Abbott ran out from behind a parked automobile, said he was on his way to visit friends in Sacramento. He was not held.


Indianapolis Star
Indianapolis, Indiana
January 2, 1931

ABBOTT --- Beulah, beloved daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Abbott, sister of Howard, Herbert, Hubert and Hailey Abbott, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 30. Friends may call any time after 5 o'clock this evening at her home, 371 Prospect st. Friends services will be held at the home Friday afternoon at 2 p.m. Burial New Crown. Friends invited. W. T. BLASENGYM in charge.


Obituary of Jennie Frances Babbitt

Jennie Frances Babbitt

Jennie Frances Abbott, daughter of John and Emma Abbott, was born at Lynnville, Scott County, Ill., October 25, 1842 and died at her home in Gilbirds, Ill., November 25, 1911. She was married December 2, 1862 at Naples, Ill., to George W. Meeteer, who preceeded her in death August 12, 1877. To this union six children were born, Clara, Alice, Clarence, Blanche, Horace and Grace of whom Mrs. Alice M. Halk, C. W. and H. G. Meeteer of this county and Mrs. A. J. Patton of Springfield, survive her. She also leaves to mourn her loss, Mrs. C. E. Abbott of Redlands, Cal. (a daughter by a second marriage). George M. Halk a grandson and one sister Mrs. Henry Robinson of Venice, Ill. Deceased with her husband moved to this county in 1869 and built the home where she lived until her death. She was an energetic, thoroughly honest, upright woman, who lived without thought for herself and with the welfare, happiness and comfort of her children continually in mind. She made many sacrifices to that end and the vacancy caused by her death breaks a home that was bound by unusual strong ties of affection.

The funeral services held at the residence at 2 p.m. Wednesday were conducted by the Rev. J. S. Tharp of Mt. Sterling, assisted by Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Means with a song service. Many beautiful floral tributes attested the high esteem in which she was held. The remains were conveyed to the Versailles cemetery for interment, followed by a sad con course of friends, who wended their way homeward feeling keenly the loss from their midst of a good neighbor and a good woman.


Edwardsville Intelligencer
Wednesday, January 7, 1885

      Another who will be missed in this community, is Mr. John Abbott, father-in-law of Squire Robinson, age 83 years, who departed this life on Dec. 29th. Mr. Abbott was on of the oldest democrats in the state, having run in fellowship with Col. John Dement, father of the present Secretary of State, way back in the history of this state. Mr. Abbott told how the old fellows would plan and work together for the success of the democratic party. The old gentleman mourned for a long time four years ago when his party got left, but said he would live until a democrat was elected to the presidential office, so that he could say that good old man in the temple, on the announcement of the Savior's birth, "Lord now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, for mine eyes have been seen thy salvation."


St. Louis Dispatch - St. Louis, Missouri
November 10, 1907

ABBOTT - Entered into rest, at his home in Venice, Ill., Saturday, Nov. 9, 1907, at 4:30 p.m., Cato Abbott beloved father of Emma A. Massmann and dear grandfather of Ernest G. and Raymond V. Massmann. Due notice notice of funeral will be given.



Cato Abbott, Well Know Citizen, Passed Away Saturday Afternoon

After an illness extending over three years, Cato Abbott, a pioneer of Venice and Madison county, died at his home in Main street, Venice, Saturday afternoon. Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon and interment in Bellefontaine cemetery.
      Three years ago deceased's constitution gave way and he was forced to abandon his business. Physicians pronounced his ailment as general debility and gave hope for his complete recovery. Most of the time he has been confined to bed, but on occasions improved and was able to sit in a chair. Two weeks ago he was stricken with a stroke of paralysis. He never regained consciousness and the end came peacefully Saturday afternoon.
      Cato Abbott was well known throughout Madison county. He was born in England November 5, 1826, and was 84 years and 4 days old. With his parents he immigrated to this country when a boy and located in Scott county, Illinois. In 1848 he was struck with gold fever and went west and for 18 years prospected in California. He was partially successful and returned east in 1856, locating in Venice. With his brother-in-law, Henry Robinson, engaged in the grocery business. He continued until 1882, when he retired to engage in the coal and feed business. He served several times as treasurer of Venice. Mr. Abbott was married to Miss Ruth Beall, now deceased, in 1868. He leaves a daughter, Mrs. Emma Massmann, two sisters, Mrs. Henry Robinson and Mrs. Jeannie Babbitt, and one brother, John Abbot.
      Deceased was a man who united sound sense with strong convictions, and a candid, outspoken temper, eminently fitted to mould the rude elements of pioneer society into form and consistency, and aid in raising a high standard of citizenship in this community. He was a man of excellent habits, fine moral character, and sturdy constitution, and he continued t be active in his accustomed pursuits till long past the age of which men ordinary drop out of the ranks of workers.


Wealthy Venice Woman is Dead

Mrs. Emma A. Huckabay, Pio-neer Resident of Venice, Died of Pneumonia in St. Louis on Tuesday.

Mrs. Emma A. Huckabay, 51 years old, a life long resident of Venice, and reputed to be the richest woman in the Tri-Cities, died at the Baptist Hospital in St. Louis at 8:20 o'clock last Tuesday morning of pneumonia, after an illness of twelve days. She contracted a cold at her home on Main street, Venice, and was removed to the hospital three days before her death.
Mrs. Huckabay was, before her last marriage, Mrs. E. Massman, and leaves two sons by this union, Ernest and Raymond Massman, both of whom reside at the home in Venice. They were both in the service in the late war. The husband of deceased, Wm. Huckabay, is bridge superintendent for the McKinley System at St. Louis, and is well known for his famous blood hounds. He was at one time a city officer of Venice.
Born and reared in the city on the river, Mrs. Huckabay who was the daughter of the late Cata(o) Abbott, who settled in Venice seventy years ago when the city was firs incorporated and who was the first business man of the place, she was known as one who was very fond of the home. She was especially noted for her charitable work, which was done by her without the knowledge of friends or neighbors. This work is said to have been on a large scale, although nobody really did know how much she gave to charity.
Mrs. Huckabay leaves a large estate which it is believed will revert to her husband and two children. Reputed to be worth considerably more than $100,000, she left about 80 acres or more of valuable land in the Tri-Cities besides other holdings, and a large estate in Northern Illinois.
Walter Kimbro, of this city, is a nephew of deceased, and several relatives also reside at Carlisle, Ill.
The funeral was yesterday at 3:30 o'clock from Kron's Chapel, St Louis. Rev. Samuel Thero, pastor of the Madison Methodist church preaching the funeral sermon. Interment was in the Bellfontaine cemetery.



Venerable Pioneer Lady of Tri-Cities Passes Away At Ripe Old Age

      Another of Madison county's venerable pioneer ladies passed away this morning, when Mrs. Emily Robinson, of Venice, died, at the ripe old age of 82 years, two months and 13 days. Death was due to the infirmities attending old age. Mrs. Robinson had been in ill health for some time.
      Mrs. Robinson was the widow of Henry Robinson, who died in Venice last spring. She was born in Yorkshire, England, September 2, 1832, and for 61 years was a resident of Venice, having come to this territory long before there were any signs of habitation. Many of the stirring events of early pioneer days in what is now the tri-cities were every-day facts with Mrs. Robinson.
      Surviving Mrs. Robinson are Henry Clay Robinson, John Robinson, of Carlyle, Emma Trimble, of Long Beach, California, Mrs. Adam Whinhold, of Carlyle, and Mrs. Mary Klienborough of Venice.
      Funeral services will be held at the residence, on Main street, Venice, tomorrow evening, at 7:30 o'clock conducted by Rev. White of St. Louis pastor of an Episcopalian church, to which faith Mrs. Robinson was affiliated. Sunday morning the remains will be shipped to Carlyle, where funeral services will be conducted, and interment will be in the Carlyle cemetery.


Some lives seem touched with a strange dispensation of providence and are crowded with important events -- incidents a little out of the ordinary all along the journey form the cradle to the grave. While some lives seem void of all but the most commonplace routine matters of every day existence, others fairly bristle with important circumstances and striking events. There is no correct manner in which to account for these strange conditions -- yet they exist, are absolute facts, and we are forced to accept them as we find them.
      Henry Abbott, the subject of this sketch, was born in Morgan county, Illinois, November 24, 1843. He resided in that county until he was five years old and then the family moved to Naples, Scott county, which place he has since called home. Although he was a child of parents who were moderately welltodo, his father, believing that every young man should have a trade something to fall back upon in the hour of need sent him to St. Louis in 1857 to serve an apprenticeship as watchmaker and jeweler. At this he worked about one and a half years, and then gave it up to accept a position in a mercantile establishment, thinking it more to his liking. After a time he attended school in St. Louis, taking a full course in the Jones Commercial College, graduating and receiving his diploma.
      In 1864, after seven years spent in the city, his father, who was getting up in years, recalled the young man to Naples to assist in take an interest in his business. In 1866 he purchased his father’s interest in the business and continued the same until 1896, when he retired. Between the years of 1870 and 1880 he conducted at Naples a lucrative and flourishing wholesale business.
      In September, 1871, he married to Miss Mary Thompson, and after a very happy married life, covering but few months, she died in June 1872. In 1877 he again married, Miss Minna L. Long, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James H. Long of Barry, Illinois, being the lady of his choice. Of this union six children have been born, four daughters, and two sons.
      There is but little about the history of Naples in the past half-century that Mr. Abbott is not familiar with. There is much connected with that history that clusters him, and many of its unwritten chapters would reveal an anxiety, a solicitude, beyond the power of language to portray. The years of Mr. Abbott’s life in Naples were eventfuland there was much work done in building his own fortune and the commercial supremacy of the town. He ended his days in Naples in the Abbott house, which was built in 1823, and still stands in the north end of Naples, but is now unoccupied. It has become a landmark of the city and is still known as "The Abbott House"


John Abbott, 78, Dies While Riding In Car

July 8, 1942

      John Abbott, 78, for many years a resident of this city died very unexpectedly Saturday night while on his way home from ocean trail park at Florence.
      Mr. Abbott and his brother Robert lived together at Milton. Together with George Donohoo and Dr. Will Chandler they had gone to Florence Saturday evening. When they were nearing Detroit on their way home about 10 o'clock, Mr. Abbott slumped over on his brother John's shoulder, and upon investigation it was found he had passed away. He had been in failing health for some time and was subject to heart attacks.
      The funeral service was held at Green Pond church, Tuesday afternoon at 3 o'clock conducted by Rev. Robert Lash of Milton. Songs at the service were, Beautiful Isle of Somewhere, Face to God, and Nearer My God To Thee. Pallbearers were Pat Wallace, Lon Heavner, Gus Phenninger, Billy Bristow, Virgil Lemons, and George Roberts. Burial was in the green Pond cemetery.
      John Milton Abbott was born in Naples, November 16, 1863. He was married to Laura Main, who preceded him in death several years ago. Mr. Abbott had a mechanical turn of mind and was an expert machinist. When the family lived in this city he built a garage, which is now occupied by Manning & Manning, and the family lived next door in a small house which was torn down to make way for Orr Memorial hall. Before the days of auto repairing, Mr. Abbott was skillful at repairing guns and all sorts of machine shop work.
      He is survived by three children, John Leland Abbott of Lakeland, Florida, Mrs. Trula Martin of St. Louis, and Wayman Abbott of Somerset, Colorado. Also four brothers survive, Ernest, Madison, Ill.; Robert, Milton; Horace, Pawnee City, Nebraska, and Gussie of Jacksonville, Ill.


      Trula (Abbott) Martin, 81, of Granite City died at 6:10 a.m. Sunday, April 1, 1990, at Barnes Hospital, St. Louis. She had been ill since January.
      Born April 16, 1908, in Pearl, Ill., she was a 40-year resident of Granite City. Mrs. Martin was of the Protestant faith.
      Surviving are on daughter, Mrs. Philip (Laura) Spence of Highland, and five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
      Her husband, Clifford Martin, died in 1965.
      Graveside services were held Tuesday at Nebo Cemetery in Nebo, Ill. Irwin Chapel, Granite City, was in charge of arrangements.
      The family suggests memorials to the American Heart Association.


Clifford Martin, Truck Driver, Succumbs at 56
      Clifford O. Martin, 56 of 2911 Indiana avenue died at 7 p.m.Friday at St. Luke's Hospital, St. Louis. A patient there two weeks, he had been ill three weeks.
      A long distance truck driver for the Jones Truck Line, he was a member of the Teamsters union. He was born in Poplar Bluff, Mo., and moved to Granite City from St. Louis 18 years ago.
      He is survived by his wife Trula, a daughter, Mrs. James (Laura Jane) Scarborough, Granite City; one sister Mrs. Daisy Wood, Oakview, Calif., a brother, Cecil Clay Martin, St. Louis; and five grandchildren.
      Services wre held this morning at a Granire City funeral home with burial in Nebo, Ill. Arrangements are given in the obituary column.


Laura J. Spence, 63
      Laura J. Spence, 63, of Highland died June 14, 1991, at her home.
      The body was cremated. There were no funeral or burial services. Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home handled the arrangements.
      She was born Nov 25, 1927, in St. Louis, the daughter of Cifford O. Martin and Trula M. Abbott Martin. In September 1971, in Edwardsville, she married Philip E. Spence, who died May 12,1991.
      She retired from Granite City Steel in 1989 after 30 years service as a hot roll scheduler in the custom service at the mill. She grew up in St. Louis and attended Beaument High School there before moving to Granite City in 1946. She and her husband moved to Highland in 1978. She enjoyed music, travel and reading.
      Survivors include three sons, Steven Scarborough of Madison; David Scarborough of Gloucester, Va; James Scarborough of Newburg, N.Y.; two daughters, Victoria of Granite City; Stacey Jordan of St. Louis; three stepsons, Kevin Philip Spence of St. Petersburg, Fla.; Scott Joseph Spence and Gregory Alan Spence, both of Austin, Texas; two stepdaughters, Molly Ann Johnson and Margaret Mary Tilden, both of Austin; three grandchildren, one great-grandchild and 11 stepgrandchildren.
      Memorials may be made to the American Lung Association.


Transcription of notice of George Me(e)teer’s death by Donna Rohwedder, 31 Jan 2003
(Spelling and punctuation is exactly as it appears)

Newspaper --Brown County Democrat, Saturday, August 18, 1877

Death of George W. Meteer, Esq.

Our community was shocked on Monday last by a rumor of the death of this enterprising and most estimable gentleman by drowning in Lake Erie, on Sunday night, and while our people hoped for a contradiction of the painful rumor, it proved, alas, too true. Mr. M. left home on Saturday evening, intending to pass Sunday at Put-in-bay and return home Monday morning. The Herald contains the following account of the sad event:

From parties who was on the steamer Chief Justice Waite last Saturday night, when George W. Meteers was lost overboard. we learn that Mr. Meteers had spent Sunday at Put-in-Bay and took the boat in the evening for Toledo, expecting to leave for home that night. He was with his friends during the evening and a few minutes before the fatal affair he was sitting in the cabin, conversating with Col. W. S. Flachs, of this city, and conductor, H. A. Morgan. The boat was then within a few miles of Toledo. He complained of a headache and left his companions to go out on the guard of the boat. Shortly afterward the boat was startled by the cry ‘man overboard.’ Neither Mr. Flachs or Mr. Morgan at that time supposed that the lost man was their friend, and at first paid but little attention to the alarm. Upon making inquires they learned that the missing man had fallen from the railing on the front part of the boat and was seen by a lady passenger. Her description fitted Mr. Meteers exactly, and as he could not be found, the bitter truth that he was lost was forced upon his friends. It is supposed that he sat down on the railing on guards of the boat, and, dropping to sleep, fell overboard.

Mr. Meteer lived in Gilbirdsport, he and Mr. Gilbirds, of Clayton, being the founders of that village. He was railroad and express agent and postmaster at that place. had a large and varied stock of goods, and was active in every improvement calculated to build up and benefit that portion of the county, and the death of no one will be more sensibly felt and deplored. He was one of the best business men in the county, enterprising, liberal and full of energy.

He was Secretary of the Quincy and Beardstown Narrow Guage Railroad, a Director of our Fair Association, and an active worker in every enterprise calculated to develop the resources and promote the interests of the county.

His body was recovered and reached Gilbirdsport Thursday evening. He was buried yesterday at the Versailles cemetery, where lie the remains of his father. A large number attended . . . . . . . . .

leaves a wife and six children. Mrs. M. is a daughter of Hon. Mr. Abbott, of Naples, Scott County.

Mr. Meteer was the third of five brothers who met death by drowning.


Alice M. Halk
      Alice Mae Meeteer, daughter of George W. and Jennie F. Meeteer was born at Meredosia, Ill., Sept. 22, 1867 and died May 16, 1921. She came with her parents to Brown county in 1868 where she has since resided. After attending the public schools at Gilbirds and Mt Sterling, she took a preparatory course at Shenandoah, Iowa, and taught school for several terms. She was united in marriage to Samuel Halk of Versailles, Ill., Dec 6, 1890, who died Dec. 19, 1891. To this union was born one son, George M. Halk, of St. Louis, who with two brothers, C.W. Meeteer and H. G. Meeteer, and two sisters, Mrs. A. J. Patton and Mrs. M. E. Abbott, survive her.
      In 1895 with her widowed mother, she moved to this city and remained until the spring of 1907 when she again returned to her home on the farm near Gilbirds, where she resided until Dec. 24, 1920, when she suddenly stricken with paralysis and removed to the home of her sister in this city. She united with the Mt. Sterling Presbyterian church in 1900 and lived a quiet, unassuming life with no thought of self and labored patiently and under many disadvantages in maintaining a home and helping those near to her and will be greatly missed in that community.
      While she has been failing in health for several years and helpless for the past six months, her sudden death was unexpected and a severe shock to her relatives, especially the grief-stricken son, who was at the bed-side and the faithful sister who had ministered to her every want for so many months and while they keenly feel the loss the have the satisfaction of knowing that in her last days they did everything in their power and humbly bow to the will of Him that knoweth all things best. Card of Thanks.
      We wish to return sincere and heartfelt thanks to the kind friends and neighbors for assistance rendered during the illness and at the time of the death of our mother and sister, Mrs. Alice Halk, and assure one and all that these kindness will ever be cherished by us.
      Mr. and Mrs. George M. Halk,
      Mr. and Mrs. H.G. Meeteer,
      Mr. and Mrs. A.J. Patton,
      C.W. Meeteer.


Granite City Illinois Record Press

Mrs. Opal L. Holman Is Found Dead Sunday

Mrs. Opal Laura Holman, 71, of 2714 Harding Ave. was pronounced dead at home a 7 a.m. Sunday by Ray Thomas, deputy coroner. She was found in bed by Mrs. Hazel Denson, a friend who was visiting in the Holman residence for the weekend. An inquest will be held to establish the cause of death.
Mrs. Holman was born in Hardin, IL and had lived in this area for 60 years. She was a member of Tri-City Park Tabernacle.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Virgil Holman in March 1969. Surviving is a brother, Jay Abbott of Kinston, N.C.
Funeral arrangements are given in today's obituary column.

Holman, Mrs. Opal Laura
2714 Harding Ave. Entered into rest Sunday, Oct. 3, 1971 at home.
Beloved wife of the late Virgil Keen Holman; dear sister of Jay Abbott.
Funeral services at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct 5, at Lahey Funeral Home Chapel, 501 Madison Ave. Madison
Interment Sunset Hill Cemetery.


Published: September 30, 1976
Collinsville, Illinois Hearld

Elmer Swanson Elmer L. Swanson, commander of the Veterens if World War I Barracks 2215 died at 12:30 a.m. Sept. 29, 1976 at the John Cochran VA Hospital, St. Louis.
A veteren of World War I, he was a member if the American Legion Post 365 VFW Post 5691 and the American Association of Retired Persons.
Born in Illinois March 24, 1897, he was preceded in death April 3, 1976 by his wife, Lucille Cain Swanson. He was also preceded in death by his parents, a son, daughter and 3 sisters.
A resident of 337 Strong Ave., Collinsville, he was 79 years old and had resided in Collinsville over 15 years.
Friends may call after 4 p.m. Friday at the Herr Funeral Home. The Rev. Donald Sabbert will officiate at the 1:30 p.m. service Saturday at the funeral home with burial in St. John Cemetery.


HOLMAN, VIRGIL KEEN, 2814 Harding Blvd. Entered into rest 11 p.m. Tuesday, March 18, 1969. Beloved husband of Mrs. Opal Holman; dear brother of Kelly Holman, Jess Holman, Mrs. Edna Tarasovich and Esta Reidelberger. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, March 21, LAHEY FUNERAL HOME Chapel, 501 Madison Avenue, Madison. Interment Sunset Hill Cemetery, Edwardsville township. Rev. John Polizzi will officiate. Friends may call after 7 o'clock tonight


Granite City Illinois Press - Thursday, April 15, 1948

Body Of Sgt. Arnold R. Cork, 6th Granite City War II Hero, Arrives
A casket containing the body of Sgt. Arnold Cork, the sixth Granite City serviceman killed overseas to be returned here, arrived today and will be at the Lahey Funeral Home in Madison.
Amvet Post 51 will form a guard of honor at the casket, and will be in charge of military services at the funeral home Saturday afternoon. Burial is to take place at Sunset Hill Cemetery. Further information on the funeral is given in the obituary column of this issue.
Sgt. Cork, a native of Venice who was living in Granite City when he enlisted in the Marine Corps was killed in action March 15, 1945, on the Volcano Islands of Iwo Jima.
His death occurred after he had served almost five years with the Fourth Marine Division. Cork, who was also known as Arnold Swanson, had enlisted in 1940. before then, he was employed at the local Western Union office.
He is survived by his wife Mrs. Ellen Cork, who now resides in Los Angeles, Calif.; his mother, Mrs. Opal Cork Holman of 2714 Harding Avenue, with whom he and his wife resided; one sister, Miss Mildred Cork of Granite City; his father Robert L. Cork of Collinsville; and his grand-father, Ernest Abbott, Sr., of 1123 Market Street, Venice.


Granite City Illinois Record Press - Dec 1954

Miss Mildred Cork, 30, Succumbs After Illness Of 15 Years
Miss Mildred Marie Cork, 30, of 2714 Harding Avenue, who had been ill for the past 15 years, died Saturday morning at an Alton hospital, where she had been a patient one month.
Miss cork who was born in Venice, is survived by her mother, Mrs. Virgil Holman of Granite City; her step-father, Virgil Holman of Granite City; her father Robert Cork and her granfather Ernest Abbott sr. of Venice. Funeral arraingements are given in the obituary column.

CORK, MISS MILDRED MARIE 2714 Harding Avenue, Granite City, Ill., Entered into rest Saturday, Dec 4, 1954 at Alton, Ill.
Dear daughter of Mrs. Virgil Holman and Robert Cork; dear step-daughter of Virgil Holman; dear grandaughter of Ernest Abbott sr.
Services at 1 p.m. Tuesday Dec 7, at Lahey Funeral Chapel, 501 Madison avenue, Madison. Interment Sunset Hill Cemetery.



      Ruth A. Miley, 82 of Jacksonville, died Monday afternoon, Feb. 1, 1999, at Passavant Area Hospital.
      She was born Oct. 5, 1916, in Jacksonville, the daughter of Lawrence and Nina Fee Abbott. She married William L. Milley on July 24, 1950, in Indianapolis, Ind. and he preceded her in death on Oct. 9, 1996.
      She is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Henry (Donna) Rohwedder of Teutopolis; five grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; one brother, Paul Richard Abbott, Las Vegas Nev.; three sisters, Kathryn Winchester of Jacksonville, Olive Marie Garman of Las Vegas, Nev. She was preceded in death by an infant sister, Doris Mae.
      Mrs. Miley was a bookkeeper for the adjutant general of the Illinois National Guard. Prior to that she was a bookkeeper for the Internal revenue Service.
      Following cremation private family services will be held. Burial will be at East Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Shriners Cheildren's hospital of St. Louis.


The State Journal-Register (Springfield, IL)
October 22, 1997
TITLE: OBITUARIES - Edition: M1,M2 - Section: LOCAL - Page: 36

Vivian Barbier JACKSONVILLE -- Vivian Abbott Barbier, 90, of Jacksonville, formerly of Bluffs, died Monday at Modern Care Convalescent Facility, Jacksonville. Survivors: a daughter, Mrs. Gerald (Alice Louise) Uden of Chadwick, Mo.; five grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. Graveside services: 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Naples Cemetery, Naples. Cody and Son Memorial Home in Jacksonville is in charge of arrangements.

RONALD L. BROWN (Rock Springs Newspapers, Inc for .Sweetwater County and western Wyoming)
Posted: June 8, 2012

Ronald L. Brown, June 6, 2012

ROCK SPRINGS -- Ronald L. Brown, 74, of Rock Springs, died Wednesday, June 6, 2012, at the Sage View Care Center. He was born Dec. 2, 1937, in Pawnee City, Neb., the son of Lewis W. and Mary Abbott Brown. He attended schools in Cheyenne and was a Cheyenne High School graduate with the class of 1956. He married Vivian L. Andrew on June 27, 1973, in Rock Springs. She preceded him in death on April 16, 2011. Mr. Brown was a U.S. Naval Reserve veteran. He worked as a truck driver in the oil field for many years and was a construction pipefitter. He worked for 50 years and retired in 1993. His interests included hunting, fishing and spending time with his family.

Survivors include two daughters, Linda Stratton and Caroline Carver, both of Cheyenne; two brothers, Halden L. Brown of Beatrice, Neb., and David A. Brown of Vernal, Utah; stepdaughter, Barbara Besso and husband Marty of Rock Springs; six grandchildren, Bryce Stratton, Ashley Braisted, Niki Stratton, Brent Carver, Matthew Carver and Sarah Carver; three step-grandchildren, Margie Allen and husband Keith, Gerald Snyder and Donna Lee Besso; and two cousins, Jim Goldsmith of Omaha, Neb., and Alice Louise of Chadwick, Mo. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife and two cousins.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Monday, June 11, 2012, at the Vase Funeral Chapel, 154 Elk St., Rock Springs. Military graveside services and interment will be in the Rest Haven Memorial Gardens. Friends may call one hour prior to services at the chapel.


Lincoln Journal Star
June 24, 2010

Albert H. Thurston

Albert H. Thurston, 80, Eagle, died Saturday (6-19-10) in Milford. Born (3-14-30) in Chicago, Illinois to Henry and Emma (Abbott) Thurston. U. S. Navy Veteran. Former school teacher, business owner, "Jack of all trades". Member of American Legion Post, Pawnee City, Nebraska. World traveler. Loved his dog, Yogi.

Family members include Kaye Thurston; daughter and son-in-law, Becky and Don Brinson; grandchildren, Ariana Brinson, Lindsay Brinson, Jacob Wade Thurston and wife, Kylie, Brinson, Blaise Tanner Thurston Brinson; Chloe Brinson; great-grandchildren, Mason Miller, Brekyn Jacob Thurston Brinson, all of Eagle; brothers, Hal Brown, Beatrice, Ronnie Brown, Rock Springs, Wyo., Dave Brown, Vernal, Utah; sister-in-law, Donna Thurston, Ingalls, Kan., nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by parents; brother, Don.

Graveside Service: 11 a.m. Thursday (6-24-10) Eagle Cemetery, Eagle. Memorials in lieu of flowers to Eagle Vision c/o Eagle State Bank, 600 South 4th, Eagle, NE 68347. Visitation: Family will greet friends from 6 - 8:00 p.m. Wednesday at Roper and Sons, 4300 'O' St. Condolences or personal reflections may be sent online at

Contact: Dave Abbott
Updated:March 2017
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