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Blrnd02.gif (70 bytes)  James Shepard, "The Altamont News" (November 5, 1914)

Resident of Effingham County for Almost Forty Years Called Home -

Funeral Services, Sunday Afternoon

James Shepard was born near York, England on the first day of May 1834 and answered the final summons at the family home, southeast of Dexter, Saturday, October 31, 1914, his earthly pilgrimage being eighty years and six months. Mr. Shepard came from England to Canada in 1849, and later to Illinois. He was united in marriage to Miss Sarah Hull on the sixteenth of March, 1862, at her home near Kinmundy. They resided near that place until moving to the Dexter community in 1875. With the exception of one year at St. Elmo, this county has been the Shepard home since that date.

Six children were born to this union, one son and one daughter having preceded the father. The surviving children are: Mrs. Mollie Steed Miller of South Dakota, Mrs. Lizzie Moody of Dexter, George Shepard of Dexter, John Shepard of St. Elmo. In addition to the children and the aged wife, there are nineteen grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren, together with a host of friends to mourn this good man's departure.

Mr. Shepard was converted and united with the Methodist Church in 1859. He was honorable and upright in all his dealings, a loving husband and father, and a church man whose daily example was an inspiration for the higher, better things in life. Uncle James Shepard lived faithfully and his splendid life will leave its impress upon the community for many years to come.

Following funeral services at Salem, Sunday afternoon by Rev. Eaton of Avena, burial took place at the Church Cemetery. The large congregation gave ample evidence of the high esteem in which Mr. Shepard was held by his neighbors and friends.


Blrnd02.gif (70 bytes)  Meacham, "The Altamont News" (Nov. 18, 1937)

Mr. and Mrs. E.W. Soldner and Mrs. Mary Balke were Sunday dinner guests of Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Harrell.

Blrnd02.gif (70 bytes)  REBECCA SHEPARD DIED MONDAY, "The Kinmundy Express" (January 11, 1923)

Rebecca Hull was born Jan. 28, 1846 in Warwick county, Indiana, and died Jan. 8, 1923 at the age of 76 years, 11 months, and 11 days.

She came to Marion county Illinois in March 1854 with her parents, George P. and Mary Hull. She was united in marriage to John Shepard, Dec. 1, 1864. They both joined the M.E. Church South soon after the marriage.

To this union were born five children. The eldest and only son dying 37 years ago at the age of 20 years. Her companion died in 1911.

Mrs. Shepard is survived by four daughters, two living near Kinmundy, the oldest near Alma, and the youngest at Marcus, Wash. Three grandsons and a great-grandson also survive.

In all the complex relationships of life, she bore her part nobly. Man's life may be diverse, all-absorbing and difficult, but has nothing to do with the experience of the mother who has born and lived all that life has to offer.

There is a deep turbid river flowing on before,

It's rivers are deep and wide

But Faith sees a light,

As a Beacon bright,

Just down by the river side.

Many forms we have loved,

From Our homes removed,

Have passed through the mysterious tide,

And have passed o'er the deep,

Where they never can weep,

Into the light on the other side.

To this deep endless river,

We must some day come,

And cross over it's water wide.

And happy we will be,

If by Faith can we see,

A light on the other side.


John Ford of Alma attended the funeral of his grandmother, Mrs. Rebecca Shepard, here Tuesday.

Blrnd02.gif (70 bytes)  Virginia Jahraus, "The Kinmundy Express"  (June 30, 1955)

Virginia, daughter of John and Rebecca Hull Shepard, was born January 12, 1872, and passed away June 25, 1955, at 3 o'clock p.m., at the Salem Memorial Hospital where she had been a patient for several days.

Her early life was spent in the farm home of her parents where she attended Sherman School. In her youth, she accepted Christ as her Savior and tried throughout her life to follow His teachings. She joined the Southern Methodist Church and was baptized by the late Rev. John Ballance.

On Sept. 17, 1901, she was united in marriage with Henry Jahraus at the home of her parents. To this union one son, Glenn M., was born, who, with his wife, Bernice, and their children, Virginia Mae and Dale, are left to mourn her passing. Also left are two sisters, Mrs. Mary Harrell, of Kinmundy, and Mrs. Grace Craig, of LaCrosse, Wash. She was preceded in death by her parents, an only brother, William Daniel, her oldest sister, Mrs. Sarah Ford, and her beloved husband.

Since the death of her husband on February 12, 1936, she has lived continuously in the home she and her husband established after their marriage.

She was a good, industrious and ambitious woman all her life, clinging to the high ideals that were right and honorable. Her later years were spent very quietly, demonstrating her daily life, the consecration of her love and devotion to her family and friends. Only those who knew her best understand what a wonderful wife, mother and friend she was.

Beautiful toiler, thy work is done,

Beautiful soul into glory gone,

Beautiful life with its crown now won,

God giveth thee rest.

Beautiful Spirit, free from all strain,

Our's is the heartache, the sorrow and pain,

Thine is the glory and infinite gain,

At the home of the blest.


The funeral was held Monday June 27, from the Linton Funeral Home with Rev. J.N. Presley, of Clay City officiating. Burial was in the Farina Cemetery.

Blrnd02.gif (70 bytes)  Mary Harrell, "The Kinmundy Express" (March 21, 1957)

Mrs. Edwin Harrell passed to her Eternal Rest March 17, 1957, from the Fayette County Memorial Hospital, Vandalia, where she became a patient February 9, 1957.

Mary Elizabeth, daughter of John and Rebecca Hull Shepard, was born November 14, 1869, near Kinmundy. She was one of five children, three of whom preceded her to their Heavenly Home, the brother, Daniel, in early manhood, and two sisters, Mrs. Sarah Ford and Mrs. Virginia Jahraus. Her surviving sister, Mrs. Grace Craig, lives in LaCrosse, Wash.

Others of the immediate family who mourn their loss are three nephews, John Ford, Alma; Glenn Jahraus, Kinmundy; and Forrest Craig, Hooper, Wash. Also nieces, Mrs. Irene See Brasel, Hoopeston; Mrs. Eunice Kettles, Chicago; Miss Edith See, White Plains, N.Y.; and Mrs. Winifred Lamwersiek, St. Louis.

She was reared in a Christian home and early in life accepted its faith for her spiritual guide. She was educated at the Sherman district school, Farina high school, and attended Austin College in Effingham. As a young woman, she began a teaching career in the Marion Co. schools and became one of their most successful, most highly esteemed, and best loved teachers.

On March 14, 1909, she was married to Edwin Harrell, who took his bride to their home in Meacham Township, two and one-half miles east of Kinmundy, where they lived continuously for 46 years, until his death on March 9, 1955.

In September of 1950, Mrs. Harrell suffered a fractured hip in a fall and spent her latter years a semi-invalid. Her many friends will long remember her thoughtful consideration of them, her cheerful disposition, and the regard with which she cherished her home.

We call it death, this slipping of earthly moorings ... And drifting with the ebbing tide away ... But it is only the passing thru the shadows ... Into a life of endless day.

Funeral services were held from the Linton Funeral Home, Tuesday, March 19, at 2 p.m., Rev. Forrest Crouch, of Alma, officiating. Interment was made in Evergreen Cemetery.

 Hold Last Rites For Mrs. H.F. Craig

Funeral services were held Saturday, April 28, at 2:00 p.m. at the Lacrosse Community Methodist Church with the Rev. Howard Buck officiating.

"Lead Kindly Light" and "In the Garden" were sang by Mrs. Donald Dorman Jr., Mrs. Gene Camp, Les Mills and Don Dorman Jr.. Mrs. Mason Osborne was organist.

Casket bearers were: Robert Gordon, Otto Camp, Duane Heidenreich, Walter Camp, Robert Allert, and Don Dorman Jr. Honorary casket bearers were: Don Dorman Sr., Ralph Camp, E.A. Burgess, Clarence Baken, Robert Ferris, and Luther Wise. Concluding service was by Emerald Chapter Order of Eastern Star at Colfax Cemetery.

Grace Gertrude, the daughter of John and Rebecca Shepard was born Sept. 16, 1883, on a farm near Kinmundy, Illinois. After graduating from high school, she taught school for a few years, until she was married to Harry F. Craig, in the home of her parents, Oct. 19, 1910.

After marriage she and her husband lived at West Liberty, Illinois, for about two years. Leaving there they lived in California, New Mexico and Montana. They moved to Marcus in 1918 and lived there until 1937 when they moved to Lacrosse where they have since made their home.

After a prolonged illness she passed away in Spokane April 24th, 1962. She was a friendly person and enjoyed meeting and visiting with people, and always tried to helpful whenever possible.

She was a friendly person and enjoyed meeting and visiting with people, and always tried to be helpful whenever possible. She was a member of the Lacrosse Methodist Church. She was a Past Worthy Matron of the Order of Eastern Star, and had been a member of that order for about 40 years.

One of her favorite passages of Scripture was Psalms 56:13 - "For Thou has delivered my soul from death; Wilt not Thou deliver my feet from falling, that I may walk before God in the light of the living?"

She is survived by her husband, Harry F. Craig; a son, J. Forrest Craig; four grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.


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