Obituaries & Death Notices
AINLEY, Aaron T.
Aaron T. Ainley, 5, of 713 Henry died at 11:50 p.m. Wednesday, May 11, 1994, at Saint Francis Medical Center in
He was born July 29, 1988, in Kewanee to Phillip R. and Rose M. Hulslander Ainley. Surviving are his parents and
three brothers, Erick, Brian and Joshua, of Kewanee; grandparents James and Lois Hulslander, and William and Gladys
Ainley, all of Kewanee; and great-grandparents Thelma Hulslander, Louis and Jennie Golden, and William and Gladys
Ainley, all of Kewanee. He was preceded in death by three great-grandfathers.
He attended Belle Alexander School. He was a member of Assembly of God Church.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at
the funeral home. Burial will be in Evergreen Memory Gardens. Memorials may be made to Henry-Stark Special
Education or Belle Alexander School.
Source: Peoria Journal Star, May 14, 1994 p C8
Royce Allen died at his residence in Munson, on Sunday morning, February 18, 1880. He had been ailing for some
months, failing gradually until at last quietly and peacefully his life passed away.
He was born in Camden, Oneida Co, NY in 1817 to Persons & Chloe Tuttle Allen; came to Peoria County, New
York in 1843, in advance of his parents & sister Mary Allen Whipple, her husband Russell Whipple and their
Children, Semantha Shoup, Sophie Whipple, Charles Allen Whipple & his wife Alice Flansburg, her sisters,
brothers & parents, Edwin Robert Whipple, Mary, Lillian & Daisy Whipple, sister Permilia Chloe Allen &
brother Andrew Tuttle Allen; was married to a daughter of Eli Wilson, Sarah Wilson in 1846; and settled in Henry Co
Since that time his house has been a sort of central landmark in the town of Munson - a home of unostenation,
but generous hospitality. Many, indeed, are they who have been welcomed by Mr & Mrs. Allen to their social
board and family circle; and many were the acquaintanceships an friendships formed by our departed brother, furing
his twenty-seven years residence in our county. This high esteem and warm personal friendship was well represented
by the gathering at the funeral ceremonies, under circumstances of unusual difficulty. It was truly interesting to
witness the grave and tender expression on the face of those who in the long procession took their last look on the
Royce Allen was a quiet, unassuming man, somewhat reticent, but of even and cheerful temperament. He was a man
of active intellect, quite interested in his early life in scientific and physiological subjects, both a reader and
thinker. More than this, his mind was ever open to the discovery of new truth and the highway of progress. Human
rights were sacred in his sight and no sacrifice or labor were shunned by him in their defense. He believe in
equality and liberty as the common God-given heritage of all, without regard to birth, or sex, or color.
He was also progressive in his religious views and spiritual development. Diligent and active in business, frank
and generous in social life, faithful and true in the duties and responsibilities of a citizen, he was through all
and above all an earnest seeker after spiritual knowledge and attainment. Casting aside many old dogmas, her
rejoiced in new views of life, death, and the future. Broadly and cheerfully tolerant, he traversed all the walks
of life, but held firmly to his bright and beautiful faith until his peaceful passage through the gate that leads
to the summer land.
Many are the friends who will join in this tribute, and tenderly will they join in our expression of sympathy
with the bereaved wife Sarah, and children, Maria Gifford, Maggie Lay, Julia Topping, Carrie Allen, Persius Wilson
Allen, Royce Allen & wife Lena, & youngest daughter Sarah Allen. Doubtless they fell and mourn his loss,
but rejoice in touching and tender memories of husband and father.
A plain man, but true and genuine, a man of character, his memory is a legacy to all who knew him. Especially
may his example be strong in moulding the life and character of young men.
SOURCE: Not given DATE: FEB 19, 1880
SUBMITTER: Lynda Darby Ozinga
ALVERSON, Hulda Irene
Hulda Irene Alverson, 86, of Galva died at 4 pm on Saturday, Jan 25th at the Kewanee Convalescent Center.
She was born Sept. 6th, 1899 in Galva, a daughter of Andrew & Lisen Fahnstrom.
She was educated in the Galva schools and graduated from the Kewanee Business College. She worked 10 years at
Hayes Pump and Planter Co, Galva, and 18 years for the Galva School District 224 in the cafeteria.
She was married to Roy Alverson on June 30th, 1921 in Greenville, Kentucky, he died Sept. 23th, 1961.
Survivors include one son, Willard, Galva and one nephew. She was preceded in death by her parents and four
She was a member of War Mothers, Galva and Grace United Methodist Church, Galva.
Funeral services were tuesday, Jan 28th, at 3;30 pm at Johnson - Gill-Schuster chapel in Galva, with Rev Dan
Wright officiating. Calling hours were Tuesday afternoon. Burial was in Galva Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Grace United Methodist church.
Source: Galva News, Date: 29 January 1986
Submitted by: Susan Fahnstrom
ANSON, Esther E.
Funeral Services for Miss Esther Anson were held Saturday afternoon at 3 o'clock in chapel at Seifert and Smith
Rev. Carl L. Olson, pastor of Zion Lutheran church, was in charge of the service. Bearers were Albin Eastlund,
Roy Lyle, Clarence Peterson, Ernest W. Anderson, Clarence Faull and Louis Gunther. Burial was in Pleasant View
Source: Kewanee Star Courier, Date: Monday 9 Feb. 1948
Submitted by: Susie Martin-Rott
[Note: I have no info on this lady..the funeral notice was on the same page as one of my relatives]
ATWELL, Clarence C.
Atkinson – Clarence C. Atwell, 56, electrician at the Midland Electric Coal Co., died in his home this morning
after several months' illness.
Funeral services will be held at 2 Wednesday afternoon in the Congregational church with the Rev. I. W. Jones
officiating. Burial will be in Liberty cemetery. The body will be taken to the church at 1 Wednesday afternoon.
Vandemore funeral home is in charge of arrangements.
Mr. Atwell was born June 23, 1889, in Cornwall township, son of the late Henry and Carolyn Atwell. He was reared
and educated here and spent all his life in this community. He was married July 12, 1910, to Ida Mae
Mr. Atwell was a member of the Masonic lodge and the Congregational church.
Survivors include the widow; a son, Floyd Atwell of Geneseo, and another son, Elden Atwell of Atkinson, and a
daughter, Mrs. Myrle Hornecker of Geneseo.
Masonic services will be conducted at the grave in Liberty cemetery.
Source and date not given, died May 13, 1946
Submitted by: Sue A. Williams
ATWELL, Edward James
ATKINSON – Edward James Atwell, 75, died at his home yesterday after a short illness. Services will be at the
Vandemore Funeral Home at 2 Saturday afternoon with the Masons in charge, with the Rev. Kenwood Bryant assisting.
Burial will be in Grandview Cemetery.
Mr. Atwell was born in Cornwall Township June 26, 1881, son of Henry and Caroline Dupree Atwell.
He was a 32nd degree Mason, a member of the Atkinson Lodge 43, AF & AM.
Surviving are two sisters, Mrs. Barney Charlet and Mrs. Levrette Noble, both of Cambridge; three brothers, Frank
of Sterling, and Howard and Ben of Atkinson, and six nephews and nieces. He was preceded in death by his parents
and a brother, Clarence.
Pallbearers will be Ben Sleaford, Rollin Farnam, Abe Sleight, Bert Swanson, A. W. Carr and Joe Seaford.
Source and date not given (d. June 20, 1957)
SUBMITTER: Sue A. Williams