24 Dec 1904, Alton Evening Telegraph, Alton, Illinois
2014-12-30_0016PATRICK WARD.
For Thirty Years an Alton Official Passes Away.
Patrick Ward died Friday evening at his home on Belle street after a severe and prolonged illness. He has been confined to his bed since August and welcomed death as an end of suffering. He was 76 years of age and spent more than 50 of these in Alton. About 30 of these years he filled some official position either that of collector, assessor, clerk of the city court, city clerk, or township clerk. He was a native of Ireland a most congenial, wholesouled, charitable man. A few years ago he became totally blind and refused to stand for re-election to office. His wife and children preceded him to the grave many years ago and he has made his home with his grand-daughters, Mrs. John Ehret and Miss Annie Thornton. He suffered intensely during the past year from a complication of maladies but bore his afflictions with characteristic resignation and good humor. He was a full-faced, smooth-shaven man, it being doubtful whether any one ever saw him when he wore a beard. For that reason many will fail to recognize him at first glance when they call to see him now. During his illness he permitted his beard and mustache to grow and it grew vigorously so that the face all were accustomed to see smooth shaven is now full-bearded and will be left that way as he did not wish it shaved. His grand-daughters are all here – one of them having arrived from her Indiana home several days ago.
The funeral will be Monday morning at 9 o’clock from the Cathedral.

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This obituary was published in the 8 Jan 1937 issue of the Alton Evening Telegraph (Alton, IL).


John W. Ehret Dies in St. Louis

John Ward Ehret of 1011 Eliot avenue died this afternoon at 1:25 o’clock, at Barnes Hospital, St. Louis, where he had been a patient for more than three weeks.
He is survived by his widow, Edna, one son, John Roy, and a daughter, Nancy. He also leaves his father, John Ehret, and a sister, Mrs. Samuel Franklin Womack of Alton.
Ehret, who was born and reared in Alton, was a watchmaker by trade, and for many years was associated with the J.H. Booth Jewelry Co.

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11 Nov 1942, Alton Evening Telegraph, Alton, Illinois
2014-12-30_0011Henry Noll of Virden, 46, died Tuesday after a long illness, and his funeral will be held Friday morning from St. Catherine’s Church, Virden. Alton relatives plan to attend the funeral.
He was a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Noll of Virden, and is survived by his wife and two children. He was a nephew of Miss Annie Ward of Granite City and a cousin of Philip Blackburn of 411 Belleview avenue and of Mrs. Frank S. Womack of 2746 Hillcrest avenue.
Mr. Noll’s sister, Mrs. Eleanor Clabough, wife of State Representative Clabough of Champagin, died two weeks ago.

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5 Nov 1943, Alton Evening Telegraph, Alton, Illinois
2014-12-29_0029Mrs. Laura Russell Dies at Age 87
Mrs. Laura A. Russelll, 87, widow of George S. Russell, whose death occurred in 1925, died today at 4:30 a.m., in St. Anthony’s Infirmary, where she was a patient for eight months. Mrs. Russell was moved to the infirmary following a fall in which she broke her wrist.
She is survived by two sons, Frank and Leland Russell of Alton, and a grandson, Nelson Russell of Winnetka, Ill. She also leaves a nephew, George Jones, and two nieces, the Misses Nellie I. and Lucy Jones.
Mrs. Russell, daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Williamson Jones of Alton, was born in Alton. With the exception of two years, when she resided in St. Louis, Mrs. Russell, who lived at 1224 State street, spent her life in the 1200 and 1300 blocks on State street.
She taught in Irving School, preceding her sister, Miss Lucy Belle Jones, who died Oct 16, 1942.
Mrs. Russell was a descendant of William Clark, American explorer, and of the McMahon family, a descendant of the only survivor of an Indian massacre at Waterloo. Her grandmother was the only person to escape alive when Indians attacked the settlement.
She was the eldest member of the First Methodist Church, and a member of the Queen Esther Class and Circle No. 1 of the Women’s Society of Christian Service, church organizations.
Funeral services will be conducted by the Rev. O.F. Whitlock, pastor of the First Methodist Church, at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Leland S. Russell, 923 Logan street, at 2 p.m. Sunday. Burial will be in the family lot in City Cemetery.
Friends may view the body at the Russell residence after 1 p.m. Saturday.

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Sophia Arthurs was married to Thomas C. Baker in Indiana County, PA in February of 1869.  The next month, Thomas and his bride moved to McMinnville, Tennessee along with Thomas’s parents and siblings.  Perhaps they married quickly before the move.  She had to say goodbye to her family and start over in a new state with her new husband and his family.

She didn’t live in Tennessee for long.  Less than two years later, Thomas returned to Indiana county, PA with her body for burial.

11 Jan 1871, Indiana Weekly Messenger, Indiana county, PA2014-12-29_0027BAKER – On the 4th inst., near M’Minville Tennessee Sophia wife of Mr. Clark Baker and daughter of Mr. Thomas Arthurs of East Mahoning tp, this country. The bereaved husband passed through this place on Friday last, with the corpse of his deceased wife, and she was interred on Sabbath at Gilgal burial ground.

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