The Daily Dispatch
August 18, 1984
Cab driver killed in collision
A Milan man, driving a cab in Davenport, was killed Friday in a two car collision on East River Drive.
William E. Berry, 37, of 321 E. 1st St., died at 7:10 a.m. at Mercy Hospital, Davenport, where he was taken after the collision about a half-hour before.
Berry was driving for Happy Cab, Moline, when his cab and a car headed the opposite direction collided about 500 feet west of McClellan Boulevard, police said.
The other driver, J. D. Cummins, 48, of 409 S. Concord St., Davenport, was treated at Mercy Hospital and released.
The collision still was under investigation Friday night.
Services for William E. Berry will be 1:30 p.m. Monday at Hodgson Funeral Home, Rock Island.
The Rev. William Gluck, of Community Baptist Church, Andalusia, will officiate. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery, Rock Island.
Visitation will be 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Mr. Berry was born in Keokuk, Iowa. He married Cynthia L. Norman in May 1975 in Rock Island.
He was a member of South Park Presbyterian Church, Rock Island, and the Laborers Union. He was a Vietnam War veteran of the U.S. Navy.
Surviving are the widow; one daughter, Joy, at home; one son, William E. II, Moline; the parents, Francis and Juanita Berry, Rock Island; two sisters, Anita and Bonita, both of Rock Island; and one brother, Charles, Springfield.
The Carthage Republican
October 2, 1878
....Died, at his residence in this township early Sunday morning last, of typhoid malarial fever, Mr. Wm. Berry, aged about 28 years. Mr. Berry was an industrious, quiet citizen, and highly respected by his friends and acquaintances....
The Carthage Republican
October 24, 1934
Sudden Death of Mrs. Rhetta Boston
While at work in her yard, Mrs. Rhetta Boston, of North Washington Street, was stricken with a heart attack at three twenty o'clock, Thursday afternoon, October 18, 1934, from which she died immediately.
Alveretta Rebecca Turnbough was born at Cambridge, Ohio, November 3rd, 1866 and moved to Carthage, Illinois, with her mother, Arabelle Turnbough when she was about three years of age. Her parents were also born in Ohio. Cyrus, her father, passed away in Ohio about fifteen years ago. Her mother was married again to Willard Harris, and to the second marriage the following children were born, Hattie, Georgia, Nellie, Emma and Charles.
Deceased was married to J. A. Kearney, commonly called "Frank", in 1885 and to this union were born Clarence, Claude and John. The husband and son, Clarence, died many years ago. She was again married to Marvin E. Boston in 1905.
She is survived by her husband, Marvin E. Boston, her sons, Claude and John, together with John's wife Mildred and his children, Raymond, 16, Betty Ruth 11 and Virginia 9.
Mrs. Boston was a good wife and mother, given to charity, always ready to help others and many who knew her well have seen in her a life well rounded out in service for others. Mrs. Boston was one who felt better when she could be of some useful service to those in need. She was humble and possibly the highest compliment yet to be paid is that she had come to know Christ as her Savior. She would take her troubles and burdens to the Lord. Her family grieve for the sudden departure of this wife and mother, but have by faith trusted God to take her home to a better place. She loved much and was also loved.
Mrs. Boston was a member of the Christian church of Carthage, having united with this church about 1900. Mr. Boston is employed with Davis & Cleaver. Claude is working part time for Judge J. W. Williams. John is employed with the Burlington Lines, having worked at the following places: Keokuk, Iowa, Hannibal, Mo., St. Joseph, Mo., St. Louis, Mo., and at the present time is located at Burlington, Iowa, and employed in the accounting Department at West Burlington, Iowa, this department being a part of the auditor of expenditures office of Chicago.
The funeral was held Saturday afternoon at 2:00 o'clock at the Christian church with Judge C. J. Scofield officiating. Burial at Moss Ridge.
The Carthage Republican
January 24, 1917
Mrs. A. P. Cannon.
Passed away at her home, No. 214 North Scofield St., Jan. 19, 1917. Mrs. Amerial Elizabeth Cannon, aged 86 years, 10 months and 1 day.
Amerial E. Boston, the daughter of George and Mahala Boston, was born in Kentucky, March 18, 1830, and at the age of six years came to this county with her parents, where she lived the remainder of her life, except two years spent in California.
On Oct. 24, 1849, she was married to Alburn Perry Cannon, who died Jan. 28, 1905. To this union were born four children, Dr. Willis Cannon now of San Diego, Calif.; Granvel Cannon of this city; Mrs. Marrila Thackston, who has been the mother's devoted companion and nurse, and Jenny, the beloved daughter whose death so desolated the home, May 24, 1888. She is also survived by a sister, Miss Nancy Boston of this city.
In 1851, Mr. and Mrs. Cannon spent two years in California, where Granvel was born, but returned to this county to continue their residence here to the end of their days.
Mrs. Cannon was a member of the Primitive Baptist church when she lived in the country, but did not affiliate with any church in Carthage. She was a quiet home body, devoted to her family, and little given to going about. But in her quiet, unobtrusive way, she was after all the dominant figure in the home which has so long been blessed by her presence and which now will pass through marked change by her death.
The funeral was held at the residence Sunday afternoon, Rev. J. M. Jones officiating. Interment in Moss Ridge.
The Carthage Republican
September 5, 1906
An Untimely Passing.
The angel of death passed over the home of David R. Kimbrough, two miles east of Carthage, on last Sunday morning, and the spirit of the wife winged its flight to the mysterious beyond. Never has THE REPUBLICAN been called upon to chronicle a more heart-breaking case of untimely death than the passing of our young friend.
Ava May Boston was the daughter of Charles and Rowena Boston, of East Carthage, and was born in this township May 30, 1885. Her life was passed in this township, where she received a common school education, lacking but a few months of graduating from the Carthage high school. Home duties called her away before graduation. Her unwavering devotion and unselfish zeal made her almost indispensable in her home, and it was not surprising that Mr. Kimbrough recognized early in her those rare attributes that go to make up a perfect woman and a perfect home.
On October 18, 1905, she was married to David R. Kimbrough, son of J. W. and Nancy Kimbrough, of this city, and went to housekeeping on the Harper farm, which they had rented. Dave was hard working, industrious and ambitious; May was loyal, loving and anxious to do her part. It was a big house, and there was lots of work for both of them. They worked hard, and nowhere on earth did love and peace and happiness exist more securely or more supreme than in this home, in the dawn of their married life. The future to them was filled with varicolored rainbows of promise and pleasant anticipations.
But as the first year was drawing to a close and the fruit of their first harvest was near fruition, the gentle wife of those few busy months was stricken, and after a struggle with a succession of unforeseen bodily ills, and when the battle was nearly won, swiftly sank to rest as a tired child is wooed to slumber on its mother's breast. The end came as a shock to relatives and friends, and the agony of the bereaved young husband is not measured in the inexpressive language of the pen or tongue. Bowed in voiceless grief, he sits beside the extinguished ashes of his hearthstone and the vanished hopes of a life. And arms and hearts go out to this stricken one in consolation and sympathy.
May's was an exceptional character sweet, loving, charitable, faithful, she was the idolized favorite of friends and relatives far and near. She was converted in special services conducted by Rev. J. Arthur Hurley at East Union school house during October, 1902, and united with the First Baptist church of this city the following November. She was an earnest and consecrated Christian and an ardent worker in the East Union Sunday school. She was one of those persons who radiates brightness and cheer and whose absence leave the greater void.
The funeral services were held from the First Baptist church in this city yesterday at 11 a.m., conducted by Rev. J. Arthur Hurley, former pastor of the deceased, who was called here for the purpose, assisted by Rev. J. F. Young of the Presbyterian church. Doctor Hurley's sermon was strong and sympathetic and strengthening and was made more earnest by the affection he shared with the community for the deceased.
The body was reverently and gently laid to rest in beautiful Moss Ridge cemetery to await the resurrection morn. The pall bearers were six of May's most personal friends: Jesse Law, Golden Allen, Edith Cutler, Jean Lewis, Forrest Harnest, Floy Davidson.
The floral offering was expensive and profuse and the funeral cortege was one of the largest ever seen in Carthage attesting to wide-spread affection with which the dead girl was held by the community.
The following poem was read by Dr. Hurley at the service:
She is at rest,
in God's own presence blest,
Whom, while with us this day we loved to greet;
Her birthdays o'er
She counts the years no more;
Time's footfall is not heard along the golden
That strange "new song"
Amid a white-robed throng
Is gushing from her harp in living tone;
Her seraph voice
Tuned only to rejoice
Fleats upwards to the emerald-arched throne.
No passing cloud
Her lovliness may shroud;
The beauty of her youth may never fade;
No line of care
Her sealed brow may wear;
The joy-gleam of her eye no dimness e'er may
Card of Thanks
We desire to express our gratitude to all friends who gave us the assistance of their services and sympathy during the illness and death of Mrs. May Kimbrough. With grateful appreciation
MR. DAVID KIMBOUGH.
MR.ANDMRS. C. W. BOSTON.
MR.AND MRS. J. W. KIMBROUGH.