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Date: Thursday, 28 April 2016, at 3:25 p.m.

The Edina Sentinel
Edina, Missouri
December 18, 1985

Iva Irene Kigar

Iva Irene Kigar, 72, died Thursday morning, December 5, 1985, at Grim-Smith Hospital in Kirksville.

Funeral services were held Saturday, December 7, 1985, at 2:30 p.m. in the Bible Grove Christian Church in Bible Grove. The Rev. James McMarrow officiated. Burial was in the Bible Grove Cemetery. Music was provided by Barbara Triplett and Kenneth Campbell. Arrangements were handled by Payne-Gerth Funeral Chapel of Memphis.

She was born November 12, 1913, in Scotland County, the daughter of Albert E. and Daisy Bradley Couch. On January 11, 1933, she was married to Cordie Leo Kigar, who preceded her in death. To this union three sons were born.

She is survived by two sons, Leo Richard of Bible Grove and Jackie Lee of Edina; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; one son, Larry Eugene, who was killed in Vietnam and two brothers.

Mrs. Kigar was a member of the Bible Grove Christian Church and a life-long resident of the Bible Grove community.

Pallbearers were Donald Frederick, Larry Frederick, Lynn Triplett, Elton Emel, Danny Emel and Randy Emel.

The Carthage Republican
Carthage, Illinois
September 29, 1875
Page 3
Column 4

Fatal Accident to a Boy.

A terrible and fatal accident occurred to a son of Mr. Joseph Cravens, residing about five miles east of this city, on Monday morning last. The lad's name is Charles; his age about ten or twelve years. The hour was quite early, and the lad was still in bed when one of his brothers entered the room to awaken him. He partially raised up in bed, when the brother going out, his foot accidentally struck a loaded rifle standing in a corner near the door, causing it to fall with the muzzle across the bed-rail, and striking the lock against the floor discharging the rifle. The ball entered Charles' body at the back, near the spine, coming out near the naval, and of course penetrating through several folds of the bowel. Surgical aid was summoned at once, but was of no avail beyond mitigating the poor boy's sufferings. He died the same evening.

The Carthage Republican
Carthage, Illinois
May 31, 1882
Page 3
Column 5

Died at his residence in St. Marys township, 23 inst., 4 o'clock p.m., Mr. George W. Cravens, in the 49th year of his age of Bright's disease. Mr. Cravens had resided where he died since 1841, coming to this state with his parents at that date. He was the second son of the late Joseph Cravens, of Carthage township, who died in 1871. Has been for many years a prominent farmer and stock dealer, well and favorably known for strict integrity and square dealing. His funeral was largely attended at the brick church, in Carthage township, on the 25th inst. The funeral was preached by his old school mate and life-long friend, Dr. Booz, of this township. He leaves a widow and three children.

The cheerful face of our dead friend will be seen no more; his faults lie buried; his many kindly acts will live forever. Few men indeed were so willing and ready to respond to the cry of distress. His aged mother, nearing 90 years, still resides upon the old homestead in Carthage township. The Lord sustain the sorrowing friends!

The Carthage Republican
Carthage, Illinois
August 17, 1871
Page 3
Column 3

DEATH OF AN OLD CITIZEN. Joseph Cravens, an old citizen of this county, died at his residence in this township on Tuesday morning last, aged 65 years. The deceased had resided in the county about 35 years, during which time he filled numerous positions of trust and responsibility in township affairs. He was highly esteemed as a good citizen and kind-hearted neighbor. He leaves a large circle of relatives and friends to mourn his loss.

The Carthage Republican
Carthage, Illinois
April 16, 1924
Page 1
Column 6


Mrs. Mary Earls passed away very suddenly at her home in Middle Creek Tuesday, April 15, shortly after 1:00 o'clock p. m. She had been in failing health but was not confined to her bed. After she had finished dinner yesterday and was leaving the table she sank to the floor and expired, before help could be called.

Mrs. Earls would have been 86 years old June 16. She was Mary J. Cravens and was married to Wm. H. Earls February 4, 1854. They were parents of six children, Mrs. Wm. Green, of Peoria; Mrs. Wm. Burnett, of Bentley; Anna and Charlie at home and Mrs. Abbie Earls of East Carthage; a son, Wm. J. Earls died in Carthage November 24, 1905; Lizzie Howard died in Peoria April 25, 1919. Mr. Earls died at his home in Elm Tree June 5, 1903. He became a member of the Methodist church in 1855 and Mrs. Earls was a member of the same church for over seventy years.

The funeral will be held Thursday at Middle Creek church at 11:00 o'clock, burial at Moss Ridge.

Hancock County Historical Society
Carthage, Illinois
Obit 11
Page 7


Reuben Cravens, son of Joseph Cravens, sr., and Mary Cravens, was born in Green county, Pa., August 8, 1831. The paternal ancestors were an English family of Cravens (Quakers), who came over with William Penn in 1682, to settle in Pennsylvania. Of the maternal ancestors his grandfather was descended from an English family of Browns, who also came over with William Penn. The grandmother, whose maiden name was Rebecca Johns, was a descendant of a Welch family of Johns, for whom Johnstown, Pa., was named.

When seven years of age Mr. Craven's family moved to Monongahela county, Virginia, and from there to Hancock county, Ill., three years later, arriving in October, 1841. Both he and his parents lived continuously in this county from that time until their death. He was the oldest of a family of eight sons and three daughters, of whom three sons died in infancy, and one at the age of fourteen. Of the four sons and three daughters who lived to manhood and womanhood, two brothers and two sisters remain.

January 28, 1855, Reuben Cravens was married to Margaret Lucetta Cravens, youngest child of Jonathan and Margaret Ewing, whose home was in Pilot Grove township. To them were born four sons and four daughters, all whom are living. The wife and mother was called to rest October 11, 1896, at the old homestead where she had lived ever since 1855. For the last three years Mr. Cravens has been making his home in Carthage with his daughter, Mrs. Henry Miller.

Early in life he vowed to abstain from all intoxicants and to oppose the evils of strong drink. He, with his wife, were active members of the Good Templars' lodge which was organized in their district. Later, he became interested in the work of the Women's Christian Temperance Union, being an honorary member of the Carthage Union at the time of his death. He was a strong prohibitionist, believing that that party gave him the best opportunity for living up to his vow to oppose the evils of the liquor traffic. He had, at different times, been nominated on that ticket, for the state legislature, for county superintendent of schools, and for county judge.

He lived a temperate and consistent life, and was respected as a man of integrity in all of his relations with those among whom he lived and with whom be came in contact. He represented the interests of his township Hancock in nearly every capacity within the gift of the people of the township.

Although christened in early childhood in the M. E. church, he did not formally unite with the church until 1891, when he became an active member of the Elm Tree M. E. church at Middle Creek, where, because of old associations and the financial condition of the church, he held his membership after his removal to Carthage. He was a most thorough believer in the practical value of our educational institutions, and for many years was a teacher in the public schools of Hancock county. His aid was given to all educational, social and political reforms.

The following children survive: Prof. L. B. Cravens, of Lake City, Minn.; Maggie, of Carthage; Mrs. Clara Reed, Middle Creek; Mrs. Emma Rodford, city; Joe, of Joy, Ill.; John E., of Iota, Minn.; Mrs. Grace Miller, city, and Frank, of LaHarpe.

The funeral was held Monday afternoon from the M. E. church, Rev. Mr. McNeil officiating. Burial at Moss Ridge cemetery.

Hancock County Historical Society
Carthage, Illinois
Obits 1995-1996
Page 38


March 8, 1916 Aug. 15, 1995

Ruth Elizabeth Cravens, 79, of Carthage, died Tuesday, Aug. 15, in her home.

She was born March 8, 1916, at Ferris, the daughter of Emory Freeman and Willa Ella Weidmyer Mapes. She married Oscar Lee Cravens April 11, 1946, at Carthage. He died July 31, 1980.

She is survived by one daughter, Patsy Neally of Carthage; three sons, Dick Mapes of Ferris, Jack Mapes of Carthage and Jim Kirkhart of Jacksonville, Fla.; two sisters, Mildred Fleming of Burlington, Iowa, and Phyllis Vass of Ferris; one brother, Robert Mapes of Disco; 12 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; one step-granddaughter; and one step-great-granddaughter.

She was preceded in death by her parents, one brother in infancy; two sisters, Edith Swartz and Betty Welch; one great-grandson in infancy; and one great-granddaughter in infancy.

Mrs. Cravens was a member of Ferris Methodist Church, the Carthage V. F. W. Auxiliary Post 5117 and the Carthage Tops Club. She had worked for the Swift Co. and Davis Cleavers Co. of Carthage for a number of years. She also worked in various restaurants in Carthage as a cook, retiring in 1980.

She and her husband had owned and operated Cravens Greenhouse at their home for over 20 years.

Funeral services were held Friday in Lamporte Funeral Home of Carthage with Rev. Philip Nevius officiating. Burial was in Moss Ridge Cemetery in Carthage.

Memorials have been established in her memory.

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