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J.E. Harris, W.J. Frisbee, and T.F. Seibert Bushnell
J.E. Harris, W.J. Frisbee, and T.F. Seibert Bushnell
TitleJ.E. Harris, W.J. Frisbee, and T.F. Seibert Bushnell
Photo Number000786.JPG
CollectionDigital Image Collection (Western Illinois University)
KeywordsBushnell Buildings J.E. Harris W.J. Frisbee T.F. Seibert
Subject HeadingBushnell--Buildings (Harris, Frisbee, Seibert House)
DescriptionThe photograph shows the homes of J.E. Harris, W.J. Frisbee, and T.F. Seibert as they appear in the book "Bushnell, McDonough County, Illinois" (1914), compiled by Albert Walter Lewis. "J.E. Harris is Stricken by Death: Prominent Bushnell Man Died While on Walk Near His Home J.E. Harris well known throughout western Illinois as a Republican leader and prominent resident of Bushnell for almost forty years died suddenly in Bushnell last night. Mr. Harris had been in failing health for some months with heart trouble. Early last night he went for a short walk near his home, and when in front of the John Markley place on Crafford street was stricken. He was taken into the home of Mrs. William Crum, which is an apartment of the Markley residence where he passed away before the arrival of a physician. Mr. Harris , who was known to everyone as 'Ed, ' was born in Marietta, Fulton County, Illinois, on December 25, 1854, a son of John and Emeline (Brooks) Harris and the grandson of John and Katie (Meyers) Harrris, members of the family after which Harris township was named. Mr. Harris attended country school until 14 years of age and then entered a course of study at Abingdon, Ill. After completing his course at school he returned to the farm in Harris Township and assisted his father in looking after their extensive land holdings. In addition to this he was for a great many years interested in the grain business with Mr. Warren of Peoria and they had the elevator at New Philadelphia. On December 9, 1880 Mr. Harris was married to Alice Hiatt who preceded him in death thirteen years ago this month. To this union were born four children whom he leaves to mourn his death: Mrs. Harry (Mazie) Voorhees, Bushnell; Mrs. Richard (Georgia) Bradley, Peoria; Mrs. Clara (Ruby) Way, Peoria, and one son, John Edward Harris of Bushnell. After Mrs. Harris's death Mr. Harris made his home during the summer at what is known as the Harris Cabin, located in Harris township, and in the winter with his daughters. Mr. Harris moved to Bushnell in 1891 and this has been his home since that time. He was not only one of Bushnell's and McDonough County's influential men but one of all western Illinois. In politics he was a Republican and influential in the councils of the party. His first service was that of supervisor of Harris township, Fulton county, in which capacity he served for three terms. He served as mayor of the city of Bushnell for five terms. In November, 1904 he was elected to the State Legislature from this district and re-elected in 1906. He was appointed the first chairman for the McDonough County Tuberculosis Sanitorium and served three terms. During the world war he was appointed by Governor Lowden as the 14th district's representative for the interest of agriculture for the state. In 1828 Mr. Harris was chosen as the National delegate to the Republican convention at Kansas City, this being the last elective office Mr. Harris held. In his fraternal relations Mr. Harris was affiliated with the T.J. Picket Lodge No. 207, A.F.& A.M. of Bushnell and with the K. of P. Lodge No. 101. In his religions faith he was a member of the Christian church. Altogether Edward Harris was a man of broad intelligence, high and forceful character and in his death the community has lost a citizen and public servant of the first order. In his private life and family relations Mr. Harris's character shone with luster. Kindness, gentleness and consideration for others were observable in every thing he said or did. His ideals were high and his judgment just and no one could associate with him without being the better for it, and no one having that privilege but feels a deep sense of personal loss. The funeral will be held in Bushnell Monday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock at the Methodist church and the Masons will be in charge." "Macomb Journal, " May 17, 1930. p. 2. "Jay Frisbee Bushnell Dead: Inquest May Be Held Later This Afternoon Has Been Ailing for Several Days But Illness Was Not Regarded as Serious" "Jay Frisbee, prominent East Side Bushnell druggist died suddenly at noon today at his home. He had been in poor health for several days and has been in the care of a physician but it was not thought his illness was of a serious nature. It was not known late this afternoon whether an inquest would be held. Mr. Frisbee worked at his store this morning and returning home at noon complained of not feeling well. Mrs. Frisbee with several other Bushnell ladies went to Galesburg this morning shopping and her mother Mrs. Albert S. Yearick was at the Frisbee home getting Mr. Frisbee's dinner and taking care of his mother who is an invalid. Mr. Frisbee told Mrs. Yearick that he believed he would lie down for a few moments. He came down stairs a short time later and asked for some hot water. Mrs. Yearick told him that she believed she would call a physician and she at once summoned Dr. J.B. Roark of Bushnell. Mr. Frisbee died before the arrival of the physician. An auto was sent from Bushnell to Galesburg immediately after Mr. Frisbee's death to locate Mrs. Frisbee and give her the sad news. Mr. Frisbee is survived by his widow and one daughter Mrs. Virginia Van Pelt of Chicago, and his mother. His wife is known as a noted singer and took solo parts in the recent musical festival given here." "Macomb Journal, " April 12, 1923, p. 4. " T.F. Seibert of Macomb Passes: Father of Mrs. G.S. Duntley Dies of Cerebral Hemorrhage Theodore F. Seibert died at the residence of his daughter Mrs. G.S. Duntley Compton Park Macomb, Ill. at 2.30 a.m., June 18, 1931 of cerebral hemorrhage. He was age 87 years. The funeral will be held in the Methodist church, Bushnell, Ill. at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, June 20. Interment will be in the Bushnell cemetery. The deceased was born in Washington county, Md. on September 24, 1844, a son of John and Susan (Leighty) Seibert, natives of Maryland and Virginia respectively. John Seibert came to McDonough county in 1868 and followed farming. Theodore F. Seibert was oldest of a family of eight children. In boyhood he attended the public schools in the vicinity of his home but leaving the farm in September 1862 was employed in the general store of Joseph Winger & Son at Clay Lick, Pa. for eighteen months receiving fifty dollars as compensation for his year's work. Then severing his connection with this firm he was employed by Thomas Bowles and Son to take charge of their store at Welsh Run, Pa. where he remained until he came to Illinois in the winter of 1865-66. He found employment in 1866 as clerk for J. Cole and Co. dry goods merchants of Bushnell. They sold out to Plecker Hunt & Co. and he worked for the new firm until his marriage, afterward forming a partnership with his father-in-law and his brother-in-law under the firm name of Aller, Seibert, and Co. which continued for two years. He then assumed the business alone and for thirty-five years carried on general merchandising. In 1903 he retired from business and has since managed his several farms in Illinois and Nebraska. On Christmas eve, 1868, Mr. Seibert was united in marriage with Emma Aller, whow as born in Rosemount, N.J. and came to McDonough county in her childhood at the time of ? her father, Samuel Aller, was a resident of Bushnell. Mr. and Mrs. Seibert have one living child, Mrs. Nola Seibert Duntley. Their oldest daughter, Ada, died at the age of 37 years and their son, Fred Aller, when 18 months old. He is survived by his daughter and a grandson, Seibert Quimby Duntley. His wife preceded him in death January 10, 1927. Fraternally he was a member of the A.F.& A.M., I.O. O. F., K. of P, and A.O.U.W. In his youth he became a member of the Lutheran church in Maryland--a membrship which he transferred to the Reform church of Bushnell, Ill. and continued until its disbandonment. The deceased possessed those sterling qualities of personal vigor, independence, and self-reliance which have resulted in a long and successful career." "Macomb Journal, " June 18, 1931, p. 2.
Source/Publisher/DonorBushnell, McDonough County, Illinois
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