Maria Wilson

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 church.

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 Kasbeer, Illinois:

"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)




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