From the Bureau County Republican, Princeton,
Bureau County, Illinois Feb 1936. Headline read "Funeral Director Travels
150 Miles On Trip to Kasbeer” A Princeton funeral director found it
necessary Monday to travel 150 miles in making a trip to the home of Mrs.
Allison Wilson of Kasbeer, who passed away early Sunday morning.
Kasbeer is only nine miles from Princeton by the
customary route of travel on State Route 89, but this highway was blocked by
deep snow drifts north of Princeton, and a roundabout trip was necessary.
From Princeton the funeral director drove to Annawan and from Annawan north
on Route 78 to its junction with Route 92 west of Walnut. From there he went
east through Yorktown, Walnut and Ohio, and from Ohio followed Route 89
south to Kasbeer.
Arrangements for the funeral of Mrs. Wilson were
delayed until highways were opened so that relatives could come from Peoria
and Rockford. Mrs. Wilson was born in a log cabin near what is now the
residence of D. M. Vickery in Dover Township, and likewise her death
occurred under conditions that were remindful of the pioneer days. She was
married 70 years ago and for a time lived in Princeton, but had resided at
Kasbeer for the last quarter of a century.
An attempt was made Tuesday to open the
Princeton-Kasbeer road with a rotary plow furnished by the State highway
department, but the plow had little effect and finally became stuck in the
snow. Trucks and patrol outfits of the Bureau County Highway Department
tried unsuccessfully to open the road, and it was not until a crew of 150
volunteer snow-shovelers was organized and went to work Tuesday that the
highway was opened. The highway was blocked with deep drifts starting north
of the new Bureau County Park and extending north for a distance of about a
mile and a half.
Funeral services for Mrs. Allison Wilson, who
passed away Sunday at her home in Kasbeer, will be held tomorrow afternoon
at 2 o'clock, at the Kasbeer Methodist Church, Rev. Bach officiating.
Interment will be made in Limerick Cemetery.
Mrs. Allison Wilson-----Maria Louisa Ary, eldest
child of Tobias Ary and Sarah Ann Ogan, was born Dec. 31, 1847, and fell
asleep in Christ at her home in Kasbeer, Feb. 9, 1936, aged 88 years, 1
month and 9 days.
She was married to Allison Wilson, Jan. 7, 1866,
which was 70 years ago this last January. Two children were born to this
union: Mrs. Norman McGeary and Herbert E. Wilson, who survive their mother.
The husband and father passed away Dec. 9, 1919.
Ten grandchildren mourn a loving mother. They
are: Mrs. Henry Arndt of Rockford, Orpha Wilson of Princeton, Mrs. Edward
Beams of Peoria, Mrs. Burnham Grossman of Ohio, Charles Allison [ Wilson] of
Kasbeer, Doris Ramee [ Wilson], Mary Elaine [Wilson], Bernice Arlene
[Wilson], Harold Lee [Wilson], Herbert Eugene [Wilson], one great
grandchild, Marilyn Kay Beams. She is also survived by one sister, Miss Lide
Ary; two half sisters, Mrs. Mary Smith of Dover, Miss Alice Wilson of Ohio;
two half brothers, Evan Wilson of Ohio, Frank Wilson of LaMarr, Missouri.
Aunt Maria, a Civil War widow, accepted Christ
under the ministry of the Rev. R. E. Fox and joined the Methodist Protestant
at that time. She continuously held to her church obligation, and at her
passing was the oldest and one of the most faithful members. In her younger
days she was very active in the Ladies' Aid and Missionary Society of this
Aunt Maria leaves many friends in this community
to remember her happy Christian life.
Interment was made in the Limerick Cemetery
beside her husband, who passed away 16 years ago.
Funeral services were held Feb 14, at the M. P.
Church in Kasbeer, Rev. Bach in charge.
Tribute to the life of Mrs. Allison Wilson of
"The members of the Kasbeer Church and
Missionary Society desire to express their appreciation of the life of this
beloved member who spent 85 years of her life in this community, and whose
death in February 1936 took away one of the most dependable and faithful
members of the Kasbeer Church. Mrs. Wilson was converted during the
pastorate of Rev. R. E. Fox in the old Limerick Church in the year of 1897
and with her daughter, Mrs. Connie McGeary were baptized by immersion. She
loved her church and her Bible was her greatest comfort. Her presence at
morning services are sadly missed, as she counted it one of her greatest
pleasures to be present at the morning service, even when the walks were
slippery and the weather bad.
Often times on Saturday evenings, we would
notice her light burning late, perhaps 10:00 o'clock, and we knew that Mrs.
Wilson was studying her Sunday school lesson, even though she could not be
present in class the next day.
Mrs. Wilson was the widow of a Civil War Veteran
(Allison Wilson of the 93rd Illinois Regiment). She was very patriotic and
she devotedly loved the Stars and Stripes and to the day of her death she
was a subscriber to the "National Tribune" which was the official paper of
the Grand Army of the Republic.
The Missionary Society has lost one of their
oldest members and while she could not attend all meetings and render active
service, her contributions were never forgotten, and her vacant seat, in the
center group at the Annual Thank Offering Service last Sunday was noted with
sorrow and regret.
Her kind and gentle disposition and her faithful
Christian life will long remain as a monument to the members of the Kasbeer
Church." (author unknown)
(Bureau County Republican, Feb. ??, 1936, submitted by
Shirley Beams Simmons)