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Obituary of Benjamin SHAW, published in The Robinson Argus (Clark County, IL Herald?), 18 Apr 1906
   Benj. Shaw was born in Yorkshire, England, November 1823, and died April 4, 1906. His last sickness began in January and was borne without a murmur. Mr. Shaw first came to this country a mere lad, settling in the state of New York, in April, 1824. He spent four years of his life onthe high seas, visiting nearly all points of the blobe, after which most of his life was spent in the factory. He came to Marshall, Ill., in 1857, and was married the following year to Ann Offord, to which union was born seven children, four of whom survive him.
   He removed with his family to Crawford county in October in 1879, settling on his farm east of the city, where he spent his declining years, his chief delight being the persual of his daily paper. Mr. Shaw was a good, kind neighbor and friend and will be much missed in the neighborhood and around the hearthstone.
   Besides his wife and four children; John Samuel, Miss Mary and Mrs. H. T. Ruddell, he leaves nine grandchildren, two brothers, one sister living in Pittsfield, Mass., and a host of friends to mourn his death.-- Robinson Argus

(Submitted by John & Cindy McCachern.)

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Obituary of Iona REYNOLDS, published in Marshall Herald, 10 Mar 1915
   Iona Reynolds, daughter of Orestus and Etta Reynolds, was born April 28, 1893, in Crawford County, near West York, at the old Reynolds home and died March 5, 1915 at her father's home North of West York after an illness of nearly two years.
   She was converted nine years ago and found a church home in the U.B. church and lived a faithful and consistent life. At the tender age of 8 years, Iona with her sister were left motherless for a few years until she found a friend and advisor in the person of her step-mother, Mrs. Emma Reynolds, who loved her like a daughter. Ona was one of those rare personalities who made friends where ever she was. Her pleasant ways, her kind words, her sincere heart made friends of all who she chanced to meet. Her sunny disposition endeared her to everyone. Especially was she a friend of little children. She leaves to mourn a father, stepmother, one sister, Mrs. Leoline Wesley, one brother, Ocie Reynolds, stepbrother and sisters, two grandfathers and many other relatives and friends. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. E.E. Wesley at West York Saturday afternoon.

(Submitted by John & Cindy McCachern.)

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Obituary of Nancy Jane (BAILIFF) NIDEY, published in Marshall Herald, 29 Apr 1914
   Mrs. Jane Nidey, wife of Mathias Nidey, formerly of West York vicinity, but who moved to Colorado last year, was killed in a tornado that struck that part of the county last Wednesday. The body was brought to west York Saturday and funeral services were held Sunday at Bailiff.
   Mrs. Nidey was born in Melrose Township just west of West York in 1848, and was married to Matthias Nidey in 1869. She was a daughter of Rev. Thomas Bailiff and was a lifelong member of the Church of Christ. She is survived by her husband and several children and a host of relatives and friends. The funeral Sunday was one of the largest ever held in that community.

(Submitted by John & Cindy McCachern.)

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Obituary of Rebecca (RICHARDS) BUCKNER, published in Marshall Herald, 13 Aug 1913
   Rebecca L. Richards was born in Licking County, Ohio, Aug 28, 1851, and died in her home at West York August 8, 1913. On Nov 8, 1877, she was married to F.E. Buckner. After 33 years of happy married life, Mr. Buckner died leaving her well provided for. She was devoted to her home and her greatest pleasure was to serve and make everyone around her comfortable and happy. Honesty, energy and industry were the prominent characteristics of her life. For several years she was a member of the Methodist Church and as long as her strength would permit her home was the preacher‚€™s home. She cared little for society instead choosing the privacy of her home and the association of a few friends. She was a truly good and noble woman. Of her immediate family, two brothers remain who with other relatives and friends mourn her death. Funeral services were held at West York Sunday.

(Submitted by John & Cindy McCachern.)

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Obituary of Virgil "Wayne" YOCKEY, published in Decatur Herald & Review, 30 Sep 2003
Name YOCKEY, Virgil "Wayne"
Spouse: (not mentioned)
Parents: (not mentioned)
Age: 80
Date of Birth: (not mentioned)
City and County of Birth: (not mentioned)
Formerly of Oblong
Date of Death: Sunday, 28 September 2003
City and County of Death: (not mentioned)
Place of Interment: Mound Cemetery, Jasper County
Date of Newspaper: 30 September 2003
Name of Newspaper: Decatur Herald & Review

(Submitted by Courtland Yockey.)

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Obituary of Virgil "Wayne" YOCKEY, published online
Spouse: living
Parents: Berlyn Francis Yockey, Emma F. (Miller) Yockey
Age: 80
Date of Birth: 19 August 1923
City of Birth: Willow Hill, Illinois
Formerly of Oblong, Crawford Co, IL
Date of Death: 28 September 2003
City and County of Death: Crawford Memorial Hospital, Robinson, Crawford Co, IL
Place of Interment: Mound Cemetery, rural Jasper Co, IL

(Submitted by Courtland Yockey.)

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Obituary of James M. King

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Obituary: James M. King, Robinson Argus, Dec. 25, 1918--

" Death of an Old Citizen"
James M. King or "Uncle Jim" as he was familiarly called, who owned a farm on the east side of the Prairie and spent part of his time there and the rest with his son, George King near Porterville, passed away in Thursday night at the age of 91. He told his son sometime ago that he would die on his birthday. On the evening of his birthday he went to bed as usual but George geeling uneasy called a neighbor in who stayed awhile and seeing that the old gentleman was sleeping as usual went home and next morning he was found dead in bed, so we were informed. He was laid to rest in the Oak Grove cemetery after a short funeral service at the home of his son last Saturday at 10:30am. by the side of his companion who preceeded him in death 20 years.

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Jefre Riser    


Albert Ricer son of Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Ricer was born near Woodfield Ohio June 7, 1886 and was instantly killed on the Woods farm four miles from Oblong, Ill., May 14 1924, being at the time of his death 37 years, 11 months and 7 days of age.

About eight years age he entered the service of the Ohio Oil Co. and work in the oil field. He was this company when he was killed.

At the time of the accident he was engaged in pulling the tubing from a well. He had just cut of a 6ft section of the anchor and found it plugged with sand. While drying this section over a fire in order to remove the sand a tremendous explosion occurred. The exact cause of this is not known but it is supposed that part of the glycerine with which the well was shot was driven into the sand.

His two youngest boys were with him at the time of the accident and were burned about the face and hands.

He was united in marriage to Elizabeth Harmon June 8, 1907. To this union four children were born as follows; Chas F., Elmer F., Denzil R. and Helen Marie.

Besides his own family he leaves to mourn their loss, father and mother, three brothers, George, Frank and Lewis and five sisters, Mrs. Frank Nalley and Mrs. Roy Shepherd of Cambridge, Ohio, Mrs. Cloyd Beabout, of Beallsville, Ohio, Mrs. Samuel Rohrback of Ozark Ohio and Mrs. M. A. Covert, of near Woodsfield, Ohio.

Funeral services were conducted at the church of Christ at Plainview Saturday, May 17 by elder D. W. Harkins and representatives from Oblong and Woodsfield Lodge of I.O.O.F.

His remains were laid to rest in a flower decked grave in Plainview cemetery followed by a large crowd of weeping relatives and friends.

The bereaved family have the sympathy of all the neighbors and friends in their loss of a worthy companion and a devoted father.


We take this means of thanking all our many neighbors and friends who rendered us so many sympathetic and practical services at the time of the death of our dear husband and father. You helped us in ways you may never know. We also appreciated the many floral offerings.

Mrs. Elisabeth Ricer and family Obit in the Oblong Oracle 30 May 1924, Oblong Illinois.

Thanks to Sue Jones CCGS


Donated by Jefre Riser

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