Lansford Obits and News

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Blrnd02.gif (70 bytes)  Foster Facts, "Marion County Republican" (May 2, 1889)

One of the most hotly contested school elections that has ever occurred in this district took place Saturday, the twentieth instant. The contestants were Charlie Lowe and Jack Lansford. The vote was a tie, and in the draw, Lansford held the lucky straw.

Blrnd02.gif (70 bytes)  "Marion County Republican" (Nov. 3, 1892)

"A double wedding occurred in Foster, Tuesday, the principles being William Eagan and Nettie Low, Richard "Dick" Atkin and Lizzie Lansford. May joy and prosperity, happiness and success attend both the couples."

 Blrnd02.gif (70 bytes)  "Marion County Republican", (March 20, 1892)

"Tom Evans and Jack Lansford, two well known citizens of Foster township, brothers-in-law, were buried, Tom on Wednesday the 8th and Jack on Sunday the 11th of March. The Republican extends a friendly sympathy to the bereft families, both of which were neighbors in the years gone by."

 Blrnd02.gif (70 bytes)  Obituary, "The Kinmundy Express" (May 5, 1927)

Sarah, daughter of John and Elizabeth Holt, was born in Foster township July 12, 1847, and departed this life, after a lingering illness of several years, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Lizzie Atkins, May 1, 1927, at the age of 79 years, 9 months and 19 days.

She was converted in girlhood at a meeting held at Sandy Branch and united with the Presbyterian Church at North Fork, where she was always a faithful member.

She was married to Lemuel Jackson Lansford, June 19, 1864. To this union 15 children were born, nine of whom have preceded her to the Great Beyond. Mr. Lansford departed this life March 11, 1893. She was later married to John Bratcher on Oct. 31, 1896.

She is survived by her husband and the following children: Mrs. Ella Garrett of Monte Vista, Colorado; Mrs. Lizzie Atkins of Kinmundy; Mrs. Tillie Hammers, Mrs. Bertha Robb, and Mrs. Cliffie Gillespie, all of Decatur; one son, Monroe Lansford of Alma; one brother, Deb Holt of Oklahoma. Besides 28 grandchildren and 32 great-grandchildren, she leaves a host of relatives and friends.

Servant of God, well done!

Thy glorious welfare's past;

The battle fought, the race is won,

And thou art crowned at last.

In condescending love

And ceaseless prayer He heard;

And bade thee suddenly removed,

To thy complete reward.

The funeral services were held from the R.M. Atkins residence at 10 o'clock Tuesday morning, Rev. E. Grey Wininger officiating. Interment was made in the Holt Cemetery.


We wish to extend our sincere thanks to the many kind neighbors and friends for their assistance and sympathy shown us during our hour of sad bereavement; also for the flowers, sweet music, and words of comfort.

Blrnd02.gif (70 bytes)  Mrs. Lon Hammer Laid to Rest Monday, "The Kinmundy Express" (June 25, 1931)

Mrs. Lucy Matilda Hammer, wife of Alfonzo Hammer, was born near Fosterburg, Ill., March 4, 1879, and passed away at the home of her daughter, Mrs. O.R. Fyke, near Maroa, Ill., June 20, 1931, aged 52 years, 3 months, and 16 days.

On Sept. 4, 1904, she was united in marriage with Alfonzo L. Hammer of Kinmundy, Ill.

To this union were born five children, four sons, Ellis, Carl, Burdette, and Wesley, and one daughter, Geraldine, all whom survive.

About 20 years ago, she confessed her Lord and became a member of the Christian Church at Kinmundy. Her faith remained steadfast and in the hour of her suffering, sustained her.

She looked forward to a release from her suffering that she might enter into the fuller life.

Besides her husband and children, she is survived by seven grandchildren, four sisters; Mrs. Elizabeth Atkins, and Mrs. Ella Garrett of Kinmundy; Mrs. Cliff Gillespie of Shobonier; Mrs. Bertha Robb of Decatur; and one brother, Henry Monroe Lansford, of Fosterburg, besides many other relatives and friends.

She was ever a faithful wife and companion, and a loving mother. She will be greatly missed by her loved ones but they have had the blessed experience of her loving companionship and now have the consolation of the knowledge that she believed in and trusted her heavenly Father.

The funeral services were held from the Christian Church in this city Monday afternoon at 2:30, Rev. L.V. Lovell, officiating. Interment was made in Evergreen Cemetery.

Blrnd02.gif (70 bytes)  Elizabeth Atkins, "The Kinmundy Express" (Oct. 24, 1957)

Funeral services are being held this afternoon (Wednesday) from the Linton Funeral Home for Mrs. Elizabeth Atkins, 88, who died Monday morning at the home of her daughter, Mrs. J.H. Backensto in Hartford, Ill. Dr. Earl C. Phillips will be in charge. Interment will be made in the Evergreen Cemetery.

She is the widow of the late Dick Atkins. he is survived by one daughter, Ruth Backensto, Hartford, one son, Raymond, of this city; two sisters, Bertha Robb, Houston, Texas, and Cliffie Gillespie, Vandalia, and one brother, Monroe Lansford, of Foster township, four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Blrnd02.gif (70 bytes)  Henry Monroe Lansford, "The Kinmundy Express" (Dec. 7, 1972)

Henry Monroe Lansford, 88, of Monticello, formerly of Foster township, passed away Sunday, Dec. 3, at 1:15 a.m. in Kirby Hospital, Monticello.

He was born Oct. 4, 1884, in Alma, son of Jack and Sally Holt Lansford. He was united in marriage to Myrtle Green, July 31, 1918 in Vandalia. She preceded him in death in 1958. Mr. Lansford was a retired farmer.

Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Elayne Fields and Mrs. Doris Perkins, Monticello, and Mrs. Agnes Kuder, DeLand; three sons, Everett, Centralia; Theodore, Benton Harbor, Mich.; Orville, of Bement; two sisters, Mrs. Cliffie Gillespie, Vandalia, and Mrs. Bertha Robb, St. Louis, seventeen grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held today (Wednesday) at 1:30 from the Linton Funeral Home with Rev. Paul Dulaney of Salem officiating. Burial was in Sandy Branch Cemetery.

 Blrnd02.gif (70 bytes) Bertha Robb, "The Kinmundy Express" (Aug. 2, 1973)

Funeral services for Mrs. Bertha Robb, 84, who passed away Wednesday in Salem Memorial Hospital, were held Friday at 10:30 a.m. from the Linton Funeral Home with Bro. George Ansley officiating. Burial was in Evergreen Cemetery.

Mrs. Robb was born in Marion county, March 14, 1889, the daughter of Jackson and Sarah Holt Lansford. She was united in marriage to Charles F. Robb in 1913 who was deceased August 15, 1958.

She is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Norma Bratcher, Decatur, one granddaughter, Mrs. Karen Carmichel, St. Louis, one sister, Mrs. Cliffie Gillespie, Vandalia, and 4 great-grandchildren.

Blrnd02.gif (70 bytes)  Cliffie Gillespie, "The Centralia Sentinel" (May 20, 1982)

VANDALIA - Cliffie M. Gillespie, 89, of Anderson, Ind., formerly of Vandalia, died yesterday at 2:35 p.m. at her home.

She was born in Marion county, daughter of Jack and Sally (Holt) Lansford. In 1912 she married George Gillespie in Vandalia and he died in 1963.

Survivors include four sons: John Gillespie, George Gillespie, Jack Gillespie, and Russell Gillespie, all of Anderson, Ind.; four daughters, Valda Jean Hutchens, of Anderson, Ind.; Anna Lee Depew, of Shobonier, Bertha Newlin, of Vandalia, and Marguerite Murfin, of Vernon; 33 grandchildren, and 58 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held tomorrow at 1:30 p.m. at Hohlt Funeral Home in Vandalia with Rev. Forrest Reel officiating. Burial will be in Farmer Cemetery at Shobonier.

Friends may call at the funeral home from 7 to 9 p.m. today.


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