Funeral for Mrs.
John Austin, 85,
Held Last Friday
Funeral services for Mrs. John Austin, 85, of the Middle Creek vicinity were held Friday at 2 p.m., in The Elms funeral home. Rev. Franklin McGuire officiated and burial was in Moss Ridge cemetery.
Music was in charge of Mrs. Vernen Webster and Mrs. Ray Osterhouse. The pallbearers were grandchildren of Mrs. Austin.
Mrs. Austin died suddenly Dec. 17 in her home.
Barthena Ellen Smith, one of eight children of William and Artemissa Van Dyke Smith, was born Aug. 25, 1867 in the Middle Creek vicinity, Jan. 20, 1886, she married John T. Austin in Carthage. To this union were born three daughters — Ethel, Grace and Pearl. At an early age she united with the Oak Grove Christian Church.
Surviving are the widower, the daughters: Mrs. Ethel Bachman of Hazelton, Iowa, Mrs. Grace Jenkins of Harvey, and Mrs. Pearl Matthewson of Peoria; nine grandchildren, 28 great grandchildren and three great great grandchildren; one brother, Court Smith of Bentley and a number of nieces and nephews.
Mr. and Mrs. Austin observed their 66th wedding anniversary last Jan. 20 in their home. No formal celebration was held but two of their daughters, Mrs. Mathewson and Mrs. Bachman, were with them for the day.
Hancock County Journal, Carthage, Illinois, Thursday, December 25, 1952
Francis Sumner Austin, Sr.
F. S. Austin, Sr., died at his home in this city Saturday, March 17, 1900, at 11 a.m., aged nearly 77 years. The funeral was held from the family residence Tuesday, March 20, at 2 p.m., Rev. G. C. Shaffer, officiating.
Burial at Moss Ridge.
The Carthage Republican
March 21, 1900
Francis Sumner Austin was born October 16, 1824, in Adison county, Vermont; died at his home in this city March 17, 1900 at 11: 30 a.m. When quite young his parents moved to Bartholomew county, Ind., where he was reared to manhood. About the year 1848 he married Phoebe Mapes; came to Hancock county in 1852, spent a short time in Ft. Green township, then bought a farm in East Carthage upon which he located. He first bought one quarter section, a few years later another quarter, making him a very fine farm of 320 acres which he improved; substantial fencing, fine house and barn, in fact, every convenience for successful gain and stock-raising.
For many years Mr. Austin was the most extensive dealer in cattle and hogs in Eastern Hancock county. He was known everywhere as a fair, honest trader, always willing to pay the market value of anything offered him in his line. An indefatigable worker; mount his horse in blinding storms of winter, buy and gather in stock, plunge into snow drifts, wade the deep mud, brave any weather, to push forward his business. Cash down was his rule when buying; if otherwise, his word was as good as his note; no quibbling no whining, or complaining if things occasionally were against him. He was a firm and valued friend of the writer; his family physician for nearly forty years, uninterrupted; business transactions time and again, in stock and other matters; knew him long and well.
His home was thrown open to his friends; social gatherings frequent; no man exceeded him in his efforts to render all such occasions enjoyable; old and young, high and low received a hearty welcome. A kind husband, devoted father, accommodating neighbor, good citizen, has ceased from labor; released from pain and sorrow, has fallen asleep. Beyond the dark river, sees the “shining shore,” the eternal city -- the home eternal of the redeemed of the Lord -- in it will dwell a countless host in spotless white, to praise forever God and the Lamb. Dear old, true and tried friend, farewell.
WM. BOOZ, M. D.
The funeral of Mr. Austin took place from the residence Tuesday, March 20, at 2 p.m., and was conducted by Dr. William Booz in accord with a wish expressed many years ago by deceased. Rev. G. C. Shaffer and Rev. F. L. Tower assisted. The body was placed in the vault at Moss Ridge cemetery.
Funeral services for John Austin, 92, retired farmer of rural route 1 Carthage, will be held at 2 p.m. today in the Kilgore Memorial Home, the Rev. Leland R. Beck officiating. Burial will be in Moss Ridge cemetery.
Mr. Austin died Tuesday, Aug. 12, in a hospital in Kankakee. He had been ill for about six years.
Hancock County Journal
August 21, 1958
John T. Austin
Funeral services for John T. Austin, 92, of Carthage were held Thursday, Aug. 14, at 2 p.m. in the Kilgore Memorial Home, the Rev. Leland R. Beck officiating. Mrs. Ralph Denison played the organ. Casket bearers were Alfred Wear, Chester Dorothy, Lewis Habben, Leo Austin, Raymond Bachman and Orval Jacobs. Burial was in Moss Ridge cemetery.
Mr. Austin died Tuesday, Aug. 12, in a Kankakee hospital. He had been in ill health for several years and a patient in the hospital for three years.
Born on a farm east of Carthage Dec. 4, 1865, he was a son of Francis S. and Phoebe Mapes Austin. He was married to Ellen Smith and they farmed on rural route 1 until Mrs. Austin's death Dec. 10, 1952.
He was a member of the Modern Woodman of America lodge.
Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Ethel Bachman of Hazelton, Ia. and Mrs. Grace Jenkins of Harvey; nine grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren and 25 great-great-grandchildren.
He was also preceded in death by a daughter, Pearl.
Mrs. Phoebe Orilla Austin
Passed away at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Alice Garlow, in this city Thursday, September 8th, 1910, at 11:30 p.m., Mrs. Phoebe Orilla Austin, aged 85 years, 11 months and 9 days. The funeral was held from the residence Sunday. September 11, at 2:30 o'clock p.m. Burial in Moss Ridge, Rev. W. W. Denham officiated assisted by Rev. F. J. Young.
Phoebe Mapes was born at Columbus, Ind., Sept. 29, 1824. There she grew to womanhood and was married to Francis S. Austin Feb. 13, 1844, and after some four years of residence in that community they moved to Hancock county, Illinois and resided in or near this city until the death of the husband, March 17, 1900.
To this union were born nine children, five of whom survive and are present to honor the memory of a mother's love and devotion.
In early life she gave her heart to Christ and united with the Methodist church and later on coming into closer contact with the Christian church, some eight years ago, she identified herself with the body, thus cherishing growing and constant faith until that faith was changed to sight. "Be thou faithful unto death and I will give thee the crown of life."
Besides the five surviving children there are thirty-one grandchildren and sixteen great grandchildren who together with many distant relatives and many friends remain to sustain this loss.
The Carthage Republican
September 14, 1910
Hancock County Journal
( and the Carthage Republican )
March 3, 1955
Rites for Mrs. Martha
Burns Held Tuesday
Funeral services for Mrs. Martha Ellen Burns, 82, life-long Carthage resident, were held Tuesday afternoon in the First Christian church of Carthage. Rev. Leland R. Beck officiated and burial was in Moss Ridge cemetery.
Dr. M. H. Corbridge, accompanied by Mrs. Lowell Smith, sang “The Old Rugged Cross” and “The Lord’s Prayer.”
Pallbearers were: Raymond Boston, LeRoy Boston, Willard Davis, Herman Boston, Fred Wright and Harley Dean.
Mrs. Burns died Saturday night in Memorial hospital after a six-month’s illness. The daughter of William and Nancy Bryant Boston, she was born Sept. 24, 1872, south of Carthage. She married James J. Burns on Feb. 20, 1911 at Keokuk. They purchased a home at 428 South Washington street, where she had lived since. Mr. Burns died Nov. 22, 1948.
She was a member of the Carthage Christian church for 64 years.
Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Fern Langley of Dodge City, Kans.; three sons, James Burns of Moline, Joe and Walton of Carthage; a sister, Mrs. Jessie Davis of Carthage; three brothers, Marvin of Carthage, Ray of Niota, and Charles of Keokuk; eight grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
Her parents, a daughter, Esther, a son, Waldo Bagley, by a former marriage, a brother, Joe Boston and a sister, Mrs. Minnie Edgecomb are deceased.