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Obituary of Marie YAEGER (SCHMIDT) Macoupin County Illinois © 1999 Submitted by: Crystal Jensen

Name of Deceased: YAEGER, Marie (SCHMIDT)
Name of Newspaper: Edwardsville Intelligencer
Date of Obituary:
Oct 17, 1928
Obituary: Wed. Oct 17, 1928 Edwardsville Intell. News Staunton, ILL Funeral services for Mrs. Marie Schmidt YAEGER, who died Sat morning at a hospital in St. Louis, was held at 9 o'clock Sunday afternnon at the family home, on Olive Street. Interment in Staunton City Cemetery.
Decedent was born in Germany May 1, 1882, coming to America when young. Her marriage to Theo. YAEGER occured on July 3, 25 years ago.
She is survived by her husband, 2 daughters and 3 sons, Mrs. Mary Scheller and Mrs. Clara SCHELLER both of Mt. Olive and Theodore Jr., John and Walter of Staunton. She also leaves 1 grandchild. Her aged father, Herman SCHMIDT, aged 80 who resided at the home, and 8 sisters:
Mrs. W. SUNDERMEYER, Mrs. Oscar HAUSTEIN, Mrs. Elmer KARCH, Mrs. L. LICHTENTHALER, Mrs. LEONHARD; Mrs. Anna PROBST of Staunton; and Misses Hattie and Mary SCHMIDT of Chicago, survive.

Obituary of Lewis YEAGER, Macoupin County Illinois © 2002 Submitted by: Chris Grove-Surgis

Name of Deceased: YEAGER, Lewis 
Name of Newspaper: Daily Enquirer 
Date of Obituary
: May 10, 1911 
Obituary:  Lewis YEAGER Murdered Wealthy Ranchman, Former Carlinville Boy Killed by Drunken Mexican. Irving YEAGER, of Litchfield, has received word of the killing of his brother, Lewis YEAGER, at his home in Flagstaff, Arizona, by a drunken Mexican. YEAGER was shot by his assailant while on his ranch, a large sheep farm. He was one of the best known ranchers and among the wealthiest of the section in which he lived. Decedent was born in St. Louis and was the son of H. C. YEAGER, a pioneer in the milling business. His father for several years was interested in the milling industry at Carlinville, during which time the family resided here. The father and mother, who a month ago celebrated their golden wedding anniversary, reside now in Phoenix, Ariz. Lewis went west in 1892. He was 36 years old. His wife and three sons survive him; also his brothers, Ben and Harlow of Phoenix; Gilbert of Helena, Ark., Irving, one of the well-known residents of Litchfield, and one sister, Mrs. Percy A. COWEN, of Vicksburg, Miss. The brother, Ben, is ill in a hospital as the result of a fall from a horse, suffered at the time of the golden anniversary celebration of their parents at Phoenix. Lewis YEAGER is estimated to have been worth $100,000.

Obituary of Calvin M YORK, Macoupin County Illinois © 1998 Submitted by: Jacque Sparks

Name of Deceased: YORK, Calvin M 
Name of Newspaper: Bolivar Free Press 
Date of Obituary: January 20, 1916 
Obituary: Calvin M. YORK was born in Macoupin county, Ill., Dec. 21, 1849, departed this life Jan. 16 1916, at his home near Halfway, Mo., at the age of 66 years and 26 days. He was married to Mary E. SUTTON at Palmyra, Ill., Oct 23, 1873. To this union were born four sons, Luther S., Franklin M., Frederick G. and Charles E.; all of whom, except Frederick C, who died Oct 15, 1899, at the present home, are left to mourn the loss of a kind and indulgent father. he was again united in marriage with Lydia C LAUGHERY, Feb. 6, 1890, who is left behind to mourn the loss of a kind and loving husband. He was converted while young at Honey Point church, Illinois where he united with the Missionary Baptist church. He loved to serve his master and although he had been in poor health the past three years he was seldom -- ---a house not made with hands eternal in the heavens". Besides his immediate family he leaves behind an aged brother and sister. His death came as a bolt from a clear sky, as he seemed as well as usual when he left his wife's side to go to the barn, where his son, Charles, was doing the chores, and was carried back a corpse, heart failure being the cause of his death. He was a resident of the Coy district and school was dismissed Tuesday morning from 9:30 till 10:30, while the children marched to view, for the last time, the the face of one whom they have dearly loved. Funeral services were conducted at Reynolds Chapel, Tuesday, Jan 18, at 11a.m. by Eld. T. PETERSON, after which the body was laid to rest to await the resurrection morn. His wife has lost a loving companion, his boys a indulgent father, and the community a good Christian neighbor, but out loss is his gain, for he was a faithful worker for the Lord, and now is asleep in Jesus.

 Obituary of James W YORK, Macoupin County Illinois © 1998 Submitted by: Jacque Sparks

Name of Deceased: YORK, James W 
Name of Newspaper: Macoupin County Enquirer 
Date of Obituary: June 26, 1895 
Obituary: Died at his residence in Honey Point Township, Monday, June 24, 1895, James W. YORK, aged 61 years, 7 months and 27 days. James W. YORK was born in Williamson county, Tennessee, on the 28th day of October, 1813. When he was 15 years old he, together with his father's family removed to Illinois and settled in Morgan county. In February 1838, he was united in marriage to Miss Mary KEPLINGER of that county and soon afterwards removed to Macoupin county and settled on a tract of land which he had entered from the government, and where he continued to reside up to the time of his death. His first wife died in the year 1875. his second marriage was to Hester HAMILTON of Montgomery county. Uncle Jimmy, as he was familiarly called, was a man of decided convictions on all subjects, but was willing to concede the same freedom of opinions to others that he claimed for himself. Politically he was a Democrat and his first vote for President was given to Martin VAN BUREN in 1836. Under the old militia organization he filled the office of first lieutenant. He was the first supervisor elected from Honey Point after the adoption of the township organization. In every position in which he was placed he preformed his duty to the entire satisfaction of the people. In 1857 he united with the Honey Creek Baptist church of which he remained a faithful and consistent member up to the time of his death. A good man and one the pioneers who have done so much to make Macoupin county what it is today, is gone. Peace to his ashes. Macoupin County Enquirer, Wed. June 26, 1895.  (
This article was located by Carolyn Bettis, Many thanks again Carolyn!!!  Submitted by: Jacque Sparks)


Obituary of Gertrude YOST (SHAFF), Macoupin County Illinois © 2008 Submitted by: Rebecca Moore

Name of Deceased: YOST, Gertrude (SHAFF)
Name of Newspaper: written by Miss Irene YOST
Date of Obituary:
Obituary: Mrs Gertrude YOST (b. 17 Sep 1830 in Hitdorf, Germany - d. aft. 1900) died at her home south of Brighton Thursday night - Funeral Services were conducted by Rev. Father METZLER of Edwardsville at St. Alphonsus Church. Interment was made in the catholic cemetery located one mile west of Brighton on Monday morning. Solemn Requiem Mass was conducted for the repose of her soul.
Mrs. YOST was born in Hetdorf Germany September 17, 183?0?. She was married to Henry YOST and later after his death she and her two sons came to this country. She leaves her two sons Henry Jr. and Peter, eighteen grand-children and one great grandchild. She was a faithful member of St. Alphonsus congregation and was beloved by all who knew her.

Irene YOST wrote, "Great Grandfather YOST is buried in Germany (Goarskausen). Great Grandmother YOST, Theresa (b. 15 Jul 1894 - d. 1900), Henry James (b. 16 Mar 1896 - d. 28 Dec 1909), Annie (Anna Elizabeth b. 01 Jan 1901 - d. 28 Dec 1909) (There was a double funeral for Henry James and Anna) and another child (born dead) are all buried in the Catholic Cemetery in Brighton"


Obituary of Private Sam YOURKOVICH, Macoupin County Illinois

Name of Deceased: YOURKOVICH, Private Sam
Name of Newspaper: WPA Files, County Archives
Date of Obituary: Unknown
Obituary: To Honor the Hero Dead
The body of Sam YOURKOVICH who fell facing the enemy in France arrived home Tueday. The funeral services will be conducted Sunday morning at 10:30 at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Matt YOURKOVICH and at 11 o’clock at the Church of Ascension. It is a duty of every citizen to pay their last respect by accompanying the remains to the last resting place.
It will be a military funeral with the American Legion in charge.
Buried With Military Honors
The remains of Sam YOURKOVICH, Mt. Olive’s war hero were laid to their final rest with military honors in the Catholic Cemetery Sunday at noon. Services were conducted at the home and at the church of the Ascension after which the funeral procession wended its way to the cemetery. The Mt. Olive Bank and the boys in uniform headed the procession and the casket containing the remains was conveyed on a caisson, drawn by four horses, draped with the American flag, and surrounded by a military escort. Two societies, of which he was a member, and the members of the Commercial Club, were in line, as were also a large number of friends paying the last tribute of respect to the boy who gave his life in defense of the principles of his country. At the cemetery a short religious service was held after which the American Legion, in command of John KALVIN, took charge. The firing squad was under the command of John Truetzschler and taps were sounded by Bugler MARBURGER.
Private Sam YOURKOVICH was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Matt YOURKOVICH of this city, and at the time of his death was 23 years, 4 months and 25 days of age. He was one of Mt. Olive’s well known young men, with a large circle of friends and was the first man from here to answer the draft call starting out on the trip to camp alone. He was finally assigned to Co. K of the 9th Infantry and was in the fiercest fighting in the Argorme and his officers gave him high praise for the splendid showing he made. He died facing the enemy and no man can make a greater sacrifice than to give his life for his country. He is the only soldier of the World War who died in action.





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