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Will someone please tell me where I can obtain an obituary or other family
Wilburn Wm COCHRAN
b. 12 Apr 1916 Greene Co. Arkansas
d. May 1987 (last address Peoria, IL)
His parents were: John & Elsie (BOWLIN) COCHRAN of
Greene Co. Arkansas
This info needed for family history. Thank you.
Wanda Bowlin Davis - Kerrville TX - wbdavis(a)ktc.com
Cathy - thanks for your reply. The info is not what I'm looking for, but is
somewhat related. The Blythe-Hudson Company was a distributor of "Holt
Caterpillar" tractors in an area around Peoria - how large, I do not know.
What your message does tell me is that B-H Co. was formed in 1925 after the
Best/Holt merger since I have a letterhead calling out "Holt-Caterpillar"
tractors. for them.
Thanks for your info.
Cathy, sorry but I can't help you with the Barton name from Bartonville.
Don't know where you are, but if you can get to the Peoria Public Library -
they have an excellent genealogical/historical section, and do have city
directories from 1898 or thereabouts on. You didn't mention any specific
time frame, but maybe Barton w/show up in one of the directories.
Bob, It is mentioned in the book Peoria by Jerry Klein. on page 88 it says
"C.L. Best, a Holt competitor who had concentrated on civilian business
during the war, approached Holt in 1925 with a merger in mind. It came
suddenly. Tractors were to be built in East Peoria and San Leandro, and
combines in Stockton, California, a city which over the years seems to have
supplied Peoria with considerable industrial muscle. The firm became known
Is that what you are looking for? Cathy
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Saturday, February 17, 2001 10:49 AM
Subject: [ILPEORIA-L] Blythe-Hudson Company, Peoria
> Looking for information about the above company. A partnership, probably
> formed either late 1924 or early 1925 to sell Holt (Caterpillar) tractors
> other heavy equipment. Believe it went out of business in 1926. Did it
> - take bankruptcy - what happened to it. Can anyone come up with any
> Bob Curtis
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Are there extent marriage records for Peoria for 1865, and if so, would they, usually or ever, give the parents of the bride and groom names?
Searching for any information on a Henry or Wesley or a Henry Wesley GARDNER
b. Abt 1817 Dayton, OH, d. 1863 Dayton, who m. Mary FLEMINGS/FLEMMINGS. They
had at least 3 children: Reason Wesley GARDNER b. Mar 1844, Francis GARDNER,
and Mary GARDNER.
Their son Reason Wesley GARDNER b. Mar 1844 OH, m1 Synthia Ann ROWE on 22 Jan 1865 in Peoria, Peoria Co, IL.
They had 5 children: Lydia Abt 1865, Benjamin Franklin Feb 1868, Cornelia 1873, Ira 1874, and Lemuel Selkert GARDNER b. 10 Sep 1878. Synthia Ann ROWE GARDNER d.18 Sep 1880 MO
Reason Wesley GARDNER m2. Sarah Ellen McCOWEN 20 Mar 1882 Callaway Co, MO.
They had 7 children: Ocia Ellen Lenora b. Apr 1884, Leona Ethel b. 5 Nov
1886, William Leonard b. 28 Apr 1889, Gertrude Lee b. Mar 1891, John Wesley
b. Sep 1892, Linnie Estelle b. May 1895, and Bessie Pearl GARDNER b. Oct
Beverly and Larry Alexander
I hear ethereal whispers persuasive, soft and still,
"Daughter, if you don't remember us, who will?"
Bob, I saw that you were born and raised in Peoria. Do you know anything
about William Barton from Bartonville? Cathy
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Saturday, February 17, 2001 9:04 AM
Subject: Re: [ILPEORIA-L] Peoria Sugar Factory
> Hi Jeanette:
> Now a Floridian but born in Peoria in 1920 and raised there, I do not
> remember any of my parents or grandparents who would have been around in
> 1890-1900 every mentioning a sugar factory. The Peoria Public Library has
> excellent genealogy/history section - suggest you try and contact them for
> guidance in your search, if have no replies to your msg.
> Good Luck
> Bob Curtis
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Looking for information about the above company. A partnership, probably
formed either late 1924 or early 1925 to sell Holt (Caterpillar) tractors and
other heavy equipment. Believe it went out of business in 1926. Did it fail
- take bankruptcy - what happened to it. Can anyone come up with any
Now a Floridian but born in Peoria in 1920 and raised there, I do not
remember any of my parents or grandparents who would have been around in
1890-1900 every mentioning a sugar factory. The Peoria Public Library has an
excellent genealogy/history section - suggest you try and contact them for
guidance in your search, if have no replies to your msg.
My great-great-grandfather, Silas D. HEDGES, was employed by the American
Glucose Company of Peoria, IL, at the "lower sugar works" where he was a
helper to one of the teamster crews that pulled railcars. He was killed while
working. His death occurred as a railcar loaded with ashes was being pulled
from a pit. Silas was on the opposite side from the driver and other workers
and a wheel of the car passed over him bringing instant death. This was in
American Glucose Company was declared not liable but felt obliged to pay a
sum equal to one-half of his yearly wages, which amounted to $246.81. They
also paid the funeral expenses of $95 plus the $250 to the estate.
Does anyone have any information on the Sugar Factory located in Peoria. My gggrandfather, and ggrandfather both worked there between 1890 and 1900. They originally worked in a Leavenworth, Kansas Sugar Factory and then moved to Peoria. I believe it might have been for the same company.
We just found out that my husband's great aunt died December 26, 2000.
Her name was Lula Copenhaver. She lived in Peoria, Peoria County,
Illinois. I would love a copy or transcribed copy of her obit. Would
anyone be willing to look this up for me? Thank you.
Looking for information on the Ewe Families? Specifically, Charles and Louisa Drescher Ewe?
Anyone out there researching them or Carl, Hubert or Dorothea?
Please Advise......have been looking for 10 years!
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I slept through this -- it was up yesterday so the time clock is rolling.
Note it includes two items which may be of interest -- Sangamon County and
the 1836 Illinois map.
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>SANGAMON, ILLINOIS DIRECTORY, 1889
>Sangamon County is located in central Illinois. This database is a
>transcription of a farm directory originally published in 1889. In
>addition to providing the county residents' names, it provides their
>addresses and occupational information. The database includes more
>than 4,600 names, mostly heads of household.
>Source Information: Ancestry.com. "Sangamon, Illinois Directory,
>1889." [database online] Provo, UT: Ancestry.com, 2000. Original
>data: "Sangamon, IL, 1889." Sangamon, IL: Hendrix & Co., 1889.
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I received a question about the state's Civil War records and I thought this
was a good time to remind everyone about them.
The Secretary of State web site for online databases:
is the URL for all the databases. While you are there read the whole page
and see if there are any other databases which are useful to you. It is a
Regarding the Civil War database, you can search by name and get the unit,
etc. You can get a copy of the record [such as it is] for free. The record
is merely an entry in a ledger and they copy the page it is on. They don't
get the whole page but a major portion. For example, I asked for Benjamin
Harding. The page starts with a readable Alexander Douglas. Ben is about 25
down the page and that far down it is getting harder and harder to read. It
gives the rank, age, description [height, hair, eyes, complexion, marital
status], occupation, nativity [town, county, state], joined [date, location,
by whom, period signed up for], mustered in [date, location, by whom],
residence [town, county, state]. It appears there is a column for last pay
but it is blank on all the examples I have. This record is different from
the records for the same person that the National Archives has -- I like it
because it gives a physical description. I happen to have pictures but not
A couple notes -- names may not be spelled correctly, particularly given
names. The residence may not be what you expect. The residence they gave
might be Salt Creek or a town that no longer exists rather than a town you
know. Unless your ancestor was John Smith I suggest you search on the name
only. Each database now comes with more detailed search instructions. It
would be a good idea to read them if you haven't searched recently.
I have a picture of the Class of 1935 at Alta School. Some of the children in this picture that I have identified are: Virginia Westfold, ? Leuthold, Alma Caldwell, Ann Bevency, Hazel Garner, Freida Metzger, Lois Carlson, Georgia Starnes, Helen Metzger, Shirley Starnes, Jean Carlson, Louise Bevency, Betty Starnes and Bobby Starnes. The teacher is Mrs. Beulah Casteele. There are also several children in the picture that are not identified.
If anyone would like a copy of this picture, I would be happy to scan it and send it to you by email.
I am now the proud owner of the following cemetery books. If anyone
would like a look up, let me know. Kathy Baker
Lutheran Cemetery, Peoria County
Logan Township Cemeteries: Harker's Corners, Pleasant Grove, Smithville
Cemetery, Peoria County
Limestone Township Cemeteries: Brost-Mohn Family Cemetery, Christ Church
of Lower Kickapoo, Christ Episcopal Church Cemetery (Section 4), Christ
Episcopal Church Burial record, Fash Cemetery (Section 2), Monroe
Cemetery (Section 14), Linebeck Cemetery (Section 32), North Limestone
Presbyterian Cemetery (Section 5), Norwood Cemetery (Section 3), Roelfs
Family Cemetery (Section 26), Sill-Homan Cemetery (Section 27), St. John
Lutheran Cemetery (Sections 21 & 22), Swords Cemetery (Section 10),
Trial Cemetery (Section 35)