Obituaries "B"


BEEDLE, Esbella Catherine (Katie Isabelle) (Mrs. David W. Caughlan -- 1861-1945

E. St. Louis, IL Journal dated January 14, 1945: Mrs. Caughlan Dies at 83. Mrs. Katie I. (Esbella Catherine) Caughlan, 83, a widow of 612 Veronica Avenue, died Saturday morning in her home of infirmities of age after being confined to her bed for several weeks. A native of Ridge Prairie, IL, she had lived in the city more than 60 years and made her home with a daughter Mrs. Catherine Griesedieck at the Veronica Ave. address. She was a member of a First Methodist church. Surviving in addition to Mrs. Griesedieck are three daughters, Mrs. R. E. Murray, New Kensington, Pa.; Mrs. D. B. Hickman, Jerseyville; Mrs. D. B. Harper, Temple City, Calif.; one son David W. Caughlan, of Demerest, N.J. Mrs. David Caughlan is the eldest daughter of the late A. T. Spivey who at the time of his death was owner and publisher of the Journal (E. St. Louis). Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Monday in the Kurrus chapel. Burial will be in the Shiloh cemetery.

BEEDLE, Franklin -- 1818-1900

Belleville, IL Weekly Advocate (reprinted with permission of the Belleville News Democrat) dated May 25, 1900: Mr. Franklin Beedle, a well known farmer of this county, died at 2:33 o'clock Thursday morning at his home in Ridge Prairie, 6 miles north of town, aged 82 years and 10 days. Mr. Beedle was one among the oldest native born residents of this county. He was born May 14, 1818, in Ridge Prairie, and grew to manhood and passed his life in the locality of his birth. His parents came to this state and county from Ohio in the year 1812, settling in Ridge Prairie. Mr. Beedle was married in 1841 to Miss Rebecca Westfield, who died in 1887. There was born to this union seven children, four of whom survive, one son and three daughters; three daughters having died, two in infancy: and Augusta, wife of the late James Begole, died in the year 1880. The surviving children are Mrs. Sarah A. Bowler, Mrs. Melissa Lemen, Walter A. Beedle and Mrs. Kate Caughlin. The funeral services will be held at the family residence on Sunday, May 27 at 10 a.m., thence to Shiloh cemetery.

BEVIRT, Edward Hayes -- 1856-1910

Belleville Weekly Advocate (reprinted with permission of the Belleville News Democrat) dated January 14, 1910: Edward Bevirt, a well known farmer of Ridge Prairie, died at 2 o'clock Thursday morning at his home, four miles northwest of O'Fallon on the Collinsville road, aged 53 years. Mr. Bevirt's wife was Miss Ida Stookey, who with one son, Edward Bevirt, survives him. He also leaves his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Bevirt; brothers, John, George, Noah and Fred Bevirt, and sisters, Mrs. Mary Henderson, Mrs. Ruth Hill and Misses Nellie, Nancy and Maggie Bevirt.

BEVIRT, Gladys Elizabeth -- 1918-1922

Obituary: Gladys Elizabeth Bevirt, second daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Noah Bevirt, was born March 12, 1918, and died March 6, 1922, at the age of 3 years, 11 months and 24 days, after an illness of 5 weeks. A Lily budded on Earth to bloom in Heaven In the still and solemn morning; Death's pale angle noiseless sped, "I have gathered only Lilies, For my Lord today." he said, Oh the Lilies the white Lilies, That made earthly home so bright, Lo, many, many buds are missing, Since the happy morning light. Waxen hands with blossoms in them, Faces very white and fair, Curtained eyes like hidden star lights, Silken rings of sunny hair, In a casket white as snow-flakes, Nestling all among the flowers, Is the pure and stainless Lily, That a little while was ours. In our dreams 'mid dazzling brightness, And rapturous burst of song, Through our tears we saw above us, Oh! the radiant spirit throng! In their arms so softly cradled, Our own little one we know, and we hear them whispering gently The white Lily from below." Cards of Thanks - We wish to express our appreciation of kindness and sympathy shown us by our relatives and friends during the hour of our sad bereavement in the death of our dear daughter and sister, Gladys Elizabeth Bevirt. Especially do we wish to thank those who send floral tributes. Noah Bevirt and Family.

BEVIRT, Henry Hayes -- 1839 - 1929

Belleville News Democrat (reprinted with permission of the Belleville News Democrat) dated February 18, 1929: Veteran of Civil War Passes After Four Days' Illness - Bevirt, 89, Served With Company L of Illinois Infantry, One of Oldest Printers in State. Henry Hay(e)s Bevirt, 89 of 1 Iowa avenue, a veteran of the Civil War, died at his home at 7:45 o'clock Saturday night after an illness of only four days. Death was attributed to an attack of the grippe and the infirmities of old age. Mr. Bevirt, one of the few remaining veterans of the Civil War, served with Company L, 117th Illinois Infantry, during the war. He fought for the North for three years and was honorably discharged from service in 1865. Bevirt was originally a printer by occupation and was probably the oldest printer in Illinois. In 1854, at the age of 15 years, he went to work in the plant of the Daily Advocate as an apprentice. Later he engaged in the painting and paper hanging business. About twenty years ago he retired from this occupation and has since lived the life of a peaceable citizen. He was one of the oldest citizens of Belleville. Bevirt was a native Illinoisan and was born in Mt. Vernon, August 4, 1839. He was the son of the late John Bevirt and Polly Hay(e)s. His father was born in Tennessee and his mother in South Carolina. He married the former Miss Nora Welsh in Belleville, February 14, 1875. The ceremony was performed by the late Justice of Peace Wilding. His widow, now 69 years of age, survives. Besides his bereaved wife, he leaves four children: Mrs. Molla Cherry of Mobile, Ala.; Mrs. Bertie Pour of Muskogee, Okla.: Henry H. Bevirt, Jr., of Milwaukee, Wis.; and Mrs. Bessie Mae Jones of St. Louis. Six grandchildren also survive. Funeral services will be held at 1 o'clock Wednesday afternoon from the Gardner and Company funeral homes to Walnut Hill Cemetery. The Rev. C. R. Hempel, pastor of Christ Evangelical Church, will officiate.

BEVIRT, Hugh G. -- 1878 - 1949

Hugh Bevirt, a retired Caseyville township farmer, died at his home, 206 Westwood street, last night at 7:30 o'clock, from a lingering illness. He had been ailing for several years and was seriously ill for the past five months. Death was caused by complication. Mr. Bevirt, who was 70, was engaged in farming northwest of this city until October, 1947, when he retired and moved to this city. He served his township as supervisor for 16 years. A son of the late John M. and Elizabeth Sparks Bevirt, he was born October 10, 1878 and resided on the old homestead until moving to this city. His father was a native of Tennessee and his mother was born in Illinois. The deceased, who was never married, is survived by three brothers and two sisters, Don Bevirt, of O'Fallon township; George, Caseyville township; Fred, of this city; Nancy Bevirt and Ruth, wife of James Hill, of this city. Three brothers and three sisters preceded him in death. Funeral services will be held Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Wolfersberger-Meyer funeral home, Rev. Percy Ray, of Collinsville officiating. Interment will be in Bethel cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home tonight after 7:30 o'clock.

BEVIRT, Nancy -- 1869-1954

Belleville News Democrat (reprinted with permission of the Belleville News Democrat) dated Wed., March 17, 1954: Miss Nancy Bevirt Dies at Age of 84 -- Miss Nancy E. Bevirt, 84-year-old member of a prominent Caseyville Township family, died at 8 o'clock this morning at the home of her brother -in-law and sister, James and Ruth Hill, with whom she resided at 308 East Adams Street, O'Fallon. She had been ailing for the last six months but was seriously ill only a few days. She was born at Ridge Prairie in Caseyville Township on October 20, 1869, a daughter of the late John M. and Elizabeth Bevirt, nee Sparks. She resided all of her life in Caseyville Township until October, 1947 when she moved to maker her home with her sister. Surviving also are two brothers, George Bevirt, Caseyville Township and Fred Bevirt, O'Fallon, Five brothers and three sisters preceded her in death. She was a member of the Bethel Baptist Church near Collinsville and Missionary Society at that church. She also was a member of the Ladies Aid Society of the O'Fallon Baptist Church. For funeral arrangements see the obituary column on page 23.

BEVIRT, Noah -- 1868 - 1947

Belleville (IL) Daily Advocate (reprinted with permission of the Belleville News Democrat) dated Thursday, December 4, 1947: Noah Bevirt, Farmer, Caseyville Township, Dies At Residence.... Noah Bevirt, Caseyville Township farmer, residing two and one half miles northwest of O'Fallon, died at his home at 2:30 this morning after a six week's illness from a complication of diseases. He was born in Caseyville township July 27, 1868 a son of the late John and Elizabeth Sparks Bevirt and was married to Miss Ollie Feig at Caseyville August 5, 1914. She survives with two daughters, (private), Caseyville township and Vera, wife of Herbert Lemen, R.R. No. 2 Belleville; four brothers, Don, O'Fallon township; George of Caseyville township; Hugh of O'Fallon and Fred of O'Fallon; two sisters, Mrs. James Hill and Miss Nancy, both of O'Fallon and three grandchildren. One daughter two brothers and three sisters preceded him in death. Mr. Bevirt was a member of Ridge Prairie grange and received his 25 year button in November. Funeral services will be held at Wolfersberger-Meyer funeral home at 2 o'clock Saturday afternoon to Bethel cemetery near Collinsville. Rev. Percy Ray, pastor of Collinsville Baptist church officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home after 7:30 tonight.

BEVIRT, Ruth Elizabeth (Mrs. James S. HILL) -- 1883-1963

Belleville News Democrat (reprinted with permission of the Belleville News Democrat) dated Wed., Mar. 13, 1963: Mrs. Ruth E. Hill Dies in Houston -- Mrs Ruth Elizabeth Hill, of Houston, Tex., a former resident of O'Fallon, died at 3 o'clock this morning at Benners Sanitarium, Houston, following an extended illness. A daughter of the late John and Elizabeth Bevirt, nee Sparks, Caseyville Township pioneers, was born about 80 years ago west of O'Fallon, She married James S. Hill at Bethel Church, near Collinsville, on December 25, 1901. He is a retired farmer. Besides her husband, she is survived by a son (private) of Belleville; a daughter, (private)of Houston; two grandchildren (private) and seven great-grandchildren. Seven brothers and four sisters preceded her in death. Mrs. Hill was a member of First Baptist Church, O'Fallon, and the Ladies' Aid Society of the church. The body will be forwarded to the Wolfersberger-Meyer Funeral Home, O'Fallon. Funeral arrangements will be completed later.

BEVIRT, John -- 1802 - 1849

Belleville Weekly Advocate (reprinted with permission of the Belleville News Democrat) dated Thursday, April 14, 1849: Died in this place on the 11th inst., after a short but severe illness, Mr. John Bevirt, aged forty-six years four months and thirteen days. Mr. Bevirt was of very pious and industrious habits, and much respected by his fellow men and acquaintances. He leaves a wife and family to mourn his loss.

BEVIRT, Vera Eileen (Mrs. Herbert LEMEN) -- 1919 - 1998

Belleville News Democrat (reprinted with permission of the Belleville News Democrat) dated Thursday, December 10, 1998: Vera E. Lemen, nee Bevirt, 79, of Belleville, Ill., born Oct. 22, 1919, in O'Fallon, Ill., died Monday, Dec. 7, 1998, at St. Elizabeth's Hospital, Belleville, Ill. Mrs. Lemen was preceded in death by her husband, Herbert Lemen; parents, Noah and Ollie, nee Feig, Bevirt; and a sister, Gladys Bevirt. Surviving are a son (private), a daughter (private), three grandchildren (private), five great-grandchildren, and a sister (private). Memorials may be made to the Diabetes Association. Visitation: Friends called Thursday, Dec. 10, 1998, at Lake View Funeral Home, Fairview Heights, Ill. Funeral: Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 11, 1998, at Lake View Funeral Home Chapel, Fairview Heights, Ill., with Kip Knavel officiating. Burial will be in Lake View Memorial Gardens, Fairview Heights, Ill.

BOURGEOIS, Laura Louise (Mrs. James D. Cain) -- 1880-1958

St. Louis Globe Democrat dated July 1, 1958: CAIN, Laura, on Sat., June 28, 1958, dear mother of Louise Yaker, Vida Collins of Los Angeles, Calif., Ernest Cain of Memphis, Tenn., Edward, Oliver and Leaman Cain, dear sister of Mrs. Adele Haynes and Leon Bourgeouis, dear grandmother, great-grandmother, mother-in-law, sister-in-law and aunt. Funeral Tues., July 1, 1 p.m. from Math Hermann & Sons Chapel. Fair and West Florissant aves., Interment Memorial Park Cemetery.

BOWLER, Ellen Bowler (Mrs. Samuel H. Beedle) -- 1842 - 1923

E. St. Louis, IL Daily Journal dated January 30, 1923: DEATH PARTS PAIR WEDDED FOR 59 YEARS - Mrs. Ellen B. Beedle, 82, Dies at O'Fallon -- O'Fallon, Jan. 28 -- (Special) -- Mrs. Ellen Bowler Beedle, nee Bowler, wife of Sam Beedle, died at her home in the city Wednesday evening at 9:45 p.m. at the age of 82 years, 1 month, and 14 days. The deceased was born in O'Fallon township December 14, 1842 and is among the oldest residents of this city. She was united in marriage to Sam H. Beedle in O'Fallon township December 13, 1864 who survived her. To this union was born the following children whom survive: Horace G. Beedle and Hubert B. Beedle of St. Louis; Samuel S. Beedle of Ridge Prairie, Ill. The following brother and sister also survive, Frank Bowler, of California, and Susan V. Smalley, of Belleville. She also leaves 10 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. The funeral will be held from the Baptist church, Saturday morning at 10 a.m. Rev. Myercough officiating, thence to the Bethel cemetery.

October 27, 2002

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