Petersburg Observer, Fri., 30 Aug. 1912, Page 1, Col. 3
DEATH OF AN AGED CITIZEN
George Helstern Passes away in Petersburg, Aged
Died, at his home in Petersburg,
Illinois, on Thursday, August 22, 1912, of old
age. George Helstern, aged 89 years, 11 months
and 5 days.
A short service was held at the residence
Sunday at 8 a.m. followed by the regular funeral
services at the Rock Creek Presbyterian church at
10 a.m. conducted by Rev. S. P. Taylor of
Greenview, assisted by the paster Rev. Rogers.
Interment at the Rock Creek cemetery.
The decedent was born in Emfingern,
Germany, in 1822. He came to America at the age
of 21. After living a few years in New Jersey he
came to Springfield, Ill., where he resided some
Later he removed into the vicinity of
Tallula, where he erected the first house in what
is now Tallula. He has been a much respected
resident of this county ever since.
He married Miss Clarissa A. Fuller Dec.
27, 1860. To this union were born seven
children, all of whom survive except the youngest
daughter, Minnie, who died at the age of fifteen.
Those who survive to mourn his loss are,
one son, J. W. Helstern of South Have, Kas., and
five daughters, W. T. Williams, of Aurora, Ill.,
Mrs. A. C. Lynn of Checotah, Okla., Mrs. E. P.
Hornback of Greenview and Miss Ruth and Mae of
this city. Mrs. Helstern having preceded him to
the eternal rest, Mar. 18, 1903.
Mr. Helstern had been a member of the
Rock Creek church for over forty years. In his
death we witness the peaceful closing of a full
and fruitful life.
Transcribed by:Janice Franklin