FINKBINER, Michael Frederick
Submitted by Fred Finkbiner
April 28 1827 to May 25 1904
Born in Rudersoil,Wuertenbury, Germany April 28 1827. He came to this country with his parents when 3 years old and died at his home in Marshall, Illinois May 25 1904 aged 77 years and 1 month. He was converted to God over 60 years ago and united with the Evangelical Association,of which he was a true member to his death. He was one of the first settlers of the Wabash township,where he lived until 1877, and consequently he helped to clear up much of the forest of the new country. He was one of the few at that time to have the first team of horses,breaking plow,mower,reaper and threshing machine.He was always ready and willing to lend a helping hand to the new comer in those days. He was married in 1847 to Sarah Oakes.To this union ten children were born, of whom three, together with the mother preceded him. In 1877 he married again, this time to Mrs.Barbara Bech of Olney,Who survives him. In 1859 the Evangelical Association Church licensed him as minister on probation and later as deacon.He served as itinerant preacher very successfully for 20 years,many precious souls being brought to Christ through his instrumentality and with the co-operation of his devout companion. Since 1896 he stood in local relation,being a great help to the preacher in charge,also in the Sunday school of which only last year, he was the superintendent.He was ever at his post and in public service always took an active part. Two weeks ago he met for the last time with the members of the Marshal church in prayer meeting. His illness weakened him and he passed peacefully away on the morning of the 25th of May 1904
FOSTER, Belinda C. BARKER
From 24 August 1904, Clark County (IL) Herald
After a life that nearly reached the century mark, Mrs. Belinda C. Foster, nee Barker, passed away last Wednesday morning. She had been growing feebler as the days passed by and loved ones knew that by reason of her great age and its attendant infirmities she could not long survive.
Grandma Foster as she was affectionately called by her many friends, was born July 5, 1811 in Knox county, Indiana. When she was 10 years old, her parents moved to Lawrenceville, Ill., where she lived until she was married in 1828 to Benjamin C. Foster, at which time she went with her husband to Walnut Prairie. In this neighborhood she passed the remaining years of her life. She was the mother of 9 children of whom only four survive her. They are Mrs. R. B. Higgins, 75; Evermot, 62; Mrs. Caroline Crouch, 58, of Hutsonville; and Mrs. James Chiddix, 44, of York. She has been a widow for many years, her husband dying in 1875.
She had lived at York in the same house for nearly 70 years but for the last five years she has made her home with her daughter, Mrs. Jas. Chiddix, nee Laura McPheters. At her death she was at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Caroline Crouch.
Twice in her life she has been a surviving one of five generations. Once when with her mother, a daughter, a granddaughter, and a great granddaughter the group was photographed. Again in the last two weeks since the advent of a daughter in the home of her great granddaughter, Mrs. Maud Carson, of Jamison, Ia. This babe, a great, great, granddaughter, until Wednesday could trace her descent from Grandma Foster through three intermediate living lineal ancestors. This is a record of descent seldom equaled.
The funeral cortege left Hutsonville yesterday at one o'clock in the afternoon for the York cemetery, where the remains of the old mother were laid tenderly away from the sight of man forever. The funeral service was conducted by the Rev. Cecil Chiddix of West York at 3 p.m. Thursday at the M. P. church of York. Three grandsons, one great-grandson, one grandson-in-law and one great-step-son-in-law served as pall bearers.
She is not dead but liveth,
More truly than you or I;
For in her home eternal,
Where all is joy and peace,
She wears the crown immortal
And rests at Jesus' feet.
Clark County Herald
On Wednesday morning our community was startled by the report that John Fry, an estimable citizen living south of Clarksville, in Dolson Township, had had committed suicide. We are glad to be able to record the fact that there is no ground for supposing that Mr. Fry had any intention of taking his own life. Mr. Fry had been troubled with a nervous affliction for more than a year and under the advice of a physician had been taking Bromide of Potassium for his disease for some time. Lately it had seemed to lose its power and he had been taking larger doses than common. On Tuesday morning he took quite a heavy dose and went out in the orchard to overlook some work he was having done by some men he was having work for him. About eight o’clock he came in and told Mrs. Fry he feared he should be very sick. She advised him to go to bed and rest and as he was unable to undress himself, she called the men who were at work and with their assistance got him in bed. He soon became unconscious and with the exception of once when he took a little water, all attempts to arouse him proved ineffectual and he died about eleven o’clock that night. He leaves a wife and three children to mourn his loss. Mr. Fry was an upright, honest man, an obligating neighbor, kind husband and father. The family has the sympathy of the entire community. Mr. Fry was in the 41st year of his age.
FULLER, J. W.
1918--J. W. Fuller died Sunday at his home on East Maple Ave. of infirmities due to advanced age. He was born in Clark County on May 2, 1848 and with the exception of a few years spent in Missouri and Texas, had lived here all his life. He was married to Martha Handley March 12, 1876. to this union was born Mrs. David Sweitzer, Mrs. Charles Bradford, and Bruce Fuller. He is survived by one brother, George Fuller of Missouri, and two sisters, Mrs.Fred Eitel and Mrs. Baldsaer Wesnitzer. Also nine grandchildren and five great grandchildren. Funeral services were held at his home.
born 19 May 1902, died 16 May 1991. Funeral Saturday, May 18, 1991, burial at Ridgelawn Cemetery.
husband, was Nat Fitzjarrald, born 20 Jan 1900, died, 7 September, 1990. Funeral held Tuesday, September 11, 1990, burial at Ridgelawn.
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