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Obituary of Alexander Hamilton Spencer
(Taken from a clipping in the Conkey family filesome of the print was torn away.)  Probably from The Homer Press

February 10th inst., in this county, two miles southwest of Homer, at his residence, Mr. A. H. Spencer, an old and valued _______, departed this life after a painful sickness of several days. We had not had the pleasure of an intimate acquaintance with the deceased, but his neighbors gave testimony to his moral work and _______. We all feel a measure of sadness when a good man dies, and that the triumph of the grim monster death is shorn of its laurels when there is left behind the testimonies and the light of a pure and blameless life. In the death of Mr. Spencer the county has lost one of its best citizens and his family an affectionate husband and father. And in this dispensation of providence we are again reminded that this life with all its glitter and vain show is ephemeral as the morning dew; that many with all his pretensions is as a blade of grass, which now is, and to-morrow shall be cut down and wither away. We tender unto the stricken ones, in this hour of their bereavement, the heartfelt sympathies of a stranger, and commend them to the tender mercies of him who doeth all things well, and in whose hands are the issues of life and death.

Note by Molly Spencer Shoaf: Alexander Hamilton Spencer was born July 8, 1814 OH and died February 20, 1874 in Homer Township, burial in the Lost Grove Cemetery, Homer, Champaign Co., IL.
(Submitted by Molly Spencer Shoaf  - Alexander & Mary were my great grandparents)

Source:  Danville Commercial News
Dated:  Tuesday, July 19, 1904, p 3

Freeman Spencer Dies Suddenly
     Freeman Spencer died quite suddenly at his home here Friday morning at 5 o’clock of a complication of diseases resulting in dropsy. The funeral was held Saturday afternoon at the house, conducted by the Masons, interment at G. A. R. cemetery. Mr. D. E. Bruffett of Urbana, was master of ceremonies. Mr. Spencer leaves two small sons besides two brothers and two sisters.
(Contributed by Molly Spencer Shoaf 

Source:  Champaign County Gazette
Dated:  July 20, 1904, page 1

Death of Freeman Spencer
One of the Best Known Men In This Region of Illinois
     Freeman Spencer, of Homer, who died on Friday morning, July 15, was one of the best known and most popular man in all the region. He was a large man, weighing about 300 pounds, was of a jovial and hearty disposition which made friends for him everywhere. The funeral took place on Saturday, being conducted by Rev. Mr. Gehrett, and the burial ceremony was under the auspices of the Masons, D. E. Bruffet of Urbana, officiating.
     Mr. Spencer was a brother of M. J. and G. H. Spencer of Homer and was 52 years old. His wife died less than a year ago, and he leaves two little sons, 11 and 5 years old respectively. He had been a traveling sales for about 17 years and had a wide acquaintance. His friends were always much attached to him and it is said he did not have an enemy in the world.
(Contributed by Molly Spencer Shoaf

Source:  The Homer Enterprise
Dated: July 1904 (died 7-15-1904)

Freeman Spencer’s Death
The following obituary was read by Dr. Gehrett at the funeral of Freeman Spencer last Saturday:
     In the presence of death we are silent and thoughtful. When one we love has been taken we are bewildered and well nigh inconsolable. If we look into ourselves we see only sorrow and a rent heart. If we look down we see only a grave that enshrines our dearest hope. If we look up we cannot understand. The mist if over our eyes and the vision even at noonday falleth.
     We have a consciousness based on God’s own promises shat all is well, but failing to see His purposes in the affliction we fail to comprehend. We feel that there is a depth of working from which we have been excluded—a mystery of purpose to which we have contributed, yet into which we have not been admitted. And so while never doubting the goodness and love and wisdom of God we are confused and bewildered.
     Why does God permit these fond ties to grow and mature when they are to be rent in twain, without hope, this side the kingdom where affections are never severed? Why erect this fabric of domestic love when the very foundations must by and by crumble and all that is lovable therein be rendered to dust and ashes? If the mists were not over our eyes nor the heart itself rent we would not thus inquire. But when that which we hold dearest on earth is no more and the only thing left is a new grave and above it a broken heart we will be forgiven if out of the depths we raise our plaintive interrogations.
      Several things we do know. God I good, God is merciful, God is love. He can do no wrong. The veil will be drawn aside after awhile. Where in the unfolding and unveiling of the tings that are hidden that we cannot discover here and now. It is hard to say “Thy will be don” but it brings the soul into the attitude of divine favor and insures a sublimer moral culture. It is the one way to learn the deepest truth and gain the highest comfort.
     On the morning of Friday, July 15th, Freeman V. Spencer departed this life. Previous indications gave warning to himself and others that the great change was near at hand. Quickly in the early morning the message sped from one to another “Freeman Spencer is dead,” and there was sorrow wherever it was heard.
     He was born July 12, 1852, in Clark county, O., and came to this place with his parents in 1864. He worked on a farm for about twelve years. For a time he was engaged in selling steel range stoves in various parts of the country for a St. Louis firm. Seven years ago he began selling the Zero creamery. Every man is lord of that which he leads, monarch of that which he masters. The deceased certainly mastered his chosen work and was a good salesman.
     He was married to Mrs. Ina Peters, who died last September. Two children are left who are not orphans, indeed, but who will not want for a home or care. Two brothers and two sisters survive him. His mother also lives and now for the first time mourns the death of a child. There are times and season to everyone when the heart must bear its own burdens—days when Rachal will sit alone, uncomforted, mourning her children. When Abraham will find no place on earth half so dear as Machpelah. Naomi may leave her husband’s grave and the graves of her sons in the land of Moab, but all the power of Israel cannot keep her from looking back and thinking of the days that are gone. The mother is with us to-day and in her soul is a sorrow peculiarly her own. The departed was her own. She saw him grow from helpless babyhood to sturdy manhood. She knows, however, that God’s way though it be in the sea or through the deep water is wise always, and forever wise.
     Mr. Spencer was a member of the order of Ancient Free and Accepted Masons and the members of that order will presently take charge of his service. Perhaps it would not be amiss if I should bear public testimony to the high esteem in which he was held by the embers of his lodge. He was a willing and earnest worker, and there was on his part a growing interest manifested in all things pertaining to Masonry. And now, cut off in the very midst of his days, we are made to realize that we are confronted with a mystery in the providence of God, yet a mysterious providence, speaking to us in unmistakable terms: “Be ye also ready, for in such an hour as ye think not the son of man cometh.”
     We all stand before the vail that, at any time, may be drawn aside. We stand in awe of the unseen. But some of us at least rejoice in the hope of the glory of God and the fellowship of the saints, a fellowship that will bring to us the ages of grace and continue for evermore.
     Much could be said of the high esteem in which our deceased friend was held. He was one who made friends and held them too. The old liked him, the young liked him. His familiar form and friendly greetings will be missed on our streets. Not so greatly, however, as in his own family circle, for mother and brothers and sisters, and children knew him better and loved him more. Theirs is the greater loss and theirs the deeper sorrow.
     Funeral service were held at the late home of the deceased Saturday afternoon. The large number of sorrowing friends and neighbors present and the beautiful floral tributes laid upon the bier attested the esteem and respect in which the deceased was held. Interment took place at Grand Army cemetery, where the services were conducted according to the rites of the Masonic order by D. E. Bruffet, Deputy Grand Master, of Urbana.
(Contributed by Molly Spencer Shoaf

Source:  The Champaign County News
Dated: July 23, 1904, page 5

Freeman Spencer Dies Suddenly
     M. J. Spencer has been appointed administrator of the estate of his deceased brother, Freeman Spencer.
     Freeman Spencer died quite suddenly at his home here. The funeral was held Saturday afternoon from the house, the services being conducted by the Masons, and interment was at the Grand Army of the Republic cemetery. D. E. Bruffett of Urbana was master of ceremonies. Mr. Spencer leaves two small sons besides two brothers and two sisters.
(Contributed by Molly Spencer Shoaf

Source:  Urbana Daily Courier
Dated:  Monday, July 25, 1910, page 1

Aged Physician Dies
     Homer, Ill., July 25.—Dr. Homer C. Shaw, pioneer Homer physician and veteran of the Civil war, died here shortly after 5 o’clock Saturday evening after suffering a stroke of paralysis.
     Deceased, who was a surgeon in the Tenth Ohio Infantry during the rebellion, came to Homer immediately after the close of the war and had since practiced medicine here.
     He leaves the following children: N. M. Shaw, employed by the Wabash Railroad Co., at Decatur; Miss Minnie Shaw, Metamore, N. W., Mrs. G. W. Spencer, Mrs. Nannie King and Mrs. H. M. Smoot, and Miss Tina Shaw, all of Homer; Mrs. C. E. Hartley of Sullivan.
     The Homer Grand Army Post had charge of the funeral service today.
(Contributed by Molly Spencer Shoaf

Source:  The Homer Enterprise
Dated:  Thursday, August 25, 1910

     At a regular meeting of Homer G. A. R. Post, Aug. 20th, the following resolutions were adopted:
     Inasmuch as Dr. H. C. Shaw, a regimental sergeant, true and brave soldier of the war of the rebellion and a member of our Post has answered the last roll call and now rests in the silent city of the dead, therefore be it
     RESOLVED, That we, his comrades of said Post, express our high esteem for the nobility of his life and his genial fellowship.
     RESOLVED, That we extend to the widow and the other loved ones of the family our heartfelt sympathy in this deep hour of grief and sorrow.
     RESOLVED, That a copy of these resolutions be given to the family, a copy to the home paper for publication and the salute spread upon the minutes of our Post.
(Contributed by Molly Spencer Shoaf

Source:  Danville Press-Democrat
Dated:  Sunday, July 24, 1910, p 7

Aged Physician Dead At Homer
Dr. Homer C. Shaw, One of the Oldest Practitioners
In Champaign County Passed Away.
Press-Democrat Special
     Homer, Ill., July 23.—Dr. Homer C. Shaw, one of the oldest medical practitioners in Champaign county, died at his home here between 4 and 5 o’clock this evening after having suffered a stroke of paralysis. Dr. Shaw was in his 82d year and was formerly an army surgeon belonging to the Tenth Ohio infantry. After the war he came to this city and began the practice of medicine and has resided here since that time. Dr. Shaw was one of the foremost men of the county and has been active in its affairs for many years. He is survived by the widow and five children, the later being as follows: N. M. Shaw, who is a freight car distributor for the Wabash at Decatur; Miss Minnie Shaw, of Matamora, New Mexico; Mrs. George Spencer, Mrs. H. M. Smoot and Miss Tina Shaw, all of this city.
     No arrangements have been made for the funeral, although Dr. Shaw will probably be buried by the members of the local post Grand Army of the Republic, of which he was an old member.
(Contributed by Molly Spencer Shoaf

Source: Danville press-Democrat
Dated: Wednesday, July 27, 1910, p 3

Press-Democrat Special
     The funeral of Dr. H. C. Shaw was held at the family residence Monday afternoon. Services were conducted by Rev. E. E. Hartley, of Danville. Burial was made Tuesday morning at the G. A. R. cemetery. The remains were kept until a daughter, Miss Minnie, could arrive from Matamoros, Mexico.
(Contributed by Molly Spencer Shoaf

Source:  Champaign Daily Gazette
Dated:  Thursday, May 29, 1913, page 1

Mrs. Mary Spencer is Dead
Expired At Home In Homer Township After a Long Illness
     Homer, May 29.—Mrs. Mary G. Spencer died at her home in Homer township at 9:45 o’clock last night after nineteen months’ illness. Dropsy is given as the cause of her death.
     Mrs. Spencer was born in Springfield, O., April 11, 1836. In 1864 she moved to Homer township where she had lived since. The deceased leaves four children, M. J., Nora and G. H. of Homer and Mrs. Angeline Stewart of California. The funeral will be held form the First Presbyterian church in Homer Saturday afternoon at 2 o’clock, Rev. Walter Baker officiating. Burial will be in the G. A. R. cemetery.
(Contributed by Molly Spencer Shoaf

Source:  Danville Press-Democrat
Dated:  Friday, May 30, 1913, p 3

Mrs. Mary Spencer Dies
Press-Democrat Special
     Mrs. Mary Spencer, a well known lady of this vicinity, died at her home here on Wednesday evening after a long illness with dropsy. Mrs. Spencer, whose maiden name was Miss Mary Grace Vicory, was born at Springfield, Clark county, Ohio, on April 11th, 1830. She was married to Alexander H. Spencer in 1847 and in 1864 the family came from Springfield, Ohio, to a farm southwest of Homer where she resided until about ten years ago. Mr. Spencer died in 1874. She is survived by four children, two sons, Mathew J., and George H. Spencer of this place and Mrs. Angie Stewart, of Ohio. One son, Freeman Spencer, died about six years ago. No funeral arrangements have been made.
Contributed by Molly Spencer Shoaf

Source:  Danville Press-Democrat
Dated:  Friday, May 30, 1913, p 3

Press-Democrat Special
Spencer Funeral
     The funeral of Mrs. Mary G. Spencer will be held on Saturday afternoon, May 31, at 2 p. m., at the Presbyterian church. Services will be conducted by Rev. Walter Baker, assisted by Rev. E. E. Hartley. Interment will be made in the family lot at the G. A. R. cemetery.
(Contributed by Molly Spencer Shoaf

Source: Urbana Daily Courier
Dated: March 5, 1920, page 9

Funeral of Mrs. Shaw
     The funeral of Elizabeth Vanhorn Shaw was held from the family residence Tuesday afternoon at 2 o’clock. Rev. George Burns officiating. Burial was in the G. A. R. cemetery.
     Those from a distance to attend the funeral were: Mr. and Mrs. Marshall Shaw of Decatur, Minnie Shaw of New Mexico, Mrs. E. E. Hartley of Missouri, Mrs. J. R. Morlock and R. H. Spencer of Champaign, Mrs. Dalton of Decatur.

NOTE: Anna Shaw Spencer was daughter of Dr. Homer C. & Elizabeth White Shaw. Anna m George H. Spencer. Anna was born in Meigs Co., Ohio in the town of Pomeroy. They lived there while her father was serving in the Civil War.
(Contributed by Molly Spencer Shoaf

Source:  Urbana Daily Courier
Dated:  December 13, 1922, page 7

Matthew J. Spencer Obituary
     The funeral of M. J. Spencer was held Monday afternoon at 2:30 at the First Presbyterian church, conducted by Rev. I. A. McEwin. The Masonic lodge of Homer, of which the deceased was a member was in charge of the services at the grave. Burial was made in the G. A. R. cemetery. Mr. Spencer was born on October 3, 1848, at Springfield, O., he being the oldest of five children. He was married September 15, 1897, to Lucy A. Conkey, who died in February 1918. Mr. Spencer leaves one brother, George Spencer, of this place and two sisters in California. Mr. Spencer took sick about five weeks ago and had been bedfast most of the time since. Those from a distance who attended the funeral were Scott Spencer of Chicago, Harold Spencer of Champaign, Ed Babb and wife of Champaign, Mrs. Jennie Conkey and son Yates of Champaign.
(Contributed by Molly Spencer Shoaf

OBITUARY (Source Unknown)

     George Hamilton Spencer was born in Clark county, Ohio, Dec. 23, 1854, son of Alexander H. and Mary Vicory Spencer. They moved to Illinois, at Homer, in Champaign county in 1865. He was united in marriage to Anna F. Shaw of Homer November 14, 1883. To this union was born seven children: Mrs. F. O. Hobson of Corning California; Philip A. Spencer of New Albany, Indiana; Mrs. J. F. Christy of Prescott, Arizona; Richard H. Spencer, Homer, Ill., Mrs. V. W. Dalton of Decatur, Ill., John Spencer who preceded him in death; Harold A. Spencer of Wheeling, West Virginia.
     He was a member of the Presbyterian church, also of the Masonic lodge of which he was a member of over 56 years.
     He died at his home March 26, 1935, at 6:45 p.m.
(Contributed by Molly Spencer Shoaf

Source:  Danville Commercial-News
Dated:  Wednesday, March 27, 1935, page 16

Oldest Mason In Homer Dead
George H. Spencer Succumbs At 80—
Retired From His Farm 5 Years Ago.
     Homer—(CNS)—George H. Spencer, 80, a retired farmer and Homer’s oldest Mason, died at 6:45 p. m. Tuesday, Mar. 26, 1935, at his home. He had been bedfast six months and seriously ill three weeks.
     Mr. Spencer was born Dec. 23, 1864 in Clark County, Ohio, son of Alexander H. and Mary G. Spencer. He came to the Homer vicinity with his parents when 10 years old. He married Anna Shaw on Nov. 14, 1883. They moved to Homer five years ago from their farm.
     He was the oldest member of the local Masonic Lodge, celebrating 50 years of membership in 1928. He also was a member of Presbyterian Church.
     Surviving besides the widow are the following children: Richard, Homer; Harold, Wheeling, W. Va.; Philip, New Albany, Ind.; Mrs. Rachel Hobson, California; Mrs. Cora Christy, Prescott, Ariz.; and Mrs. Virginia Dalton, Decatur. A sister, Mrs. Angeline Stewart, Los Angeles, Calif., also survives. One son, John, preceded him in death.
(Contributed by Molly Spencer Shoaf

Source: The Homer Enterprise
Dated: Thursday, January 11, 1951, p 1

Mrs. Spencer Dies At Aged 85 in Peek Nursing Home
     Mrs. Anna Frame Spencer, 85, died at 2:30 p. m. Saturday at the Peek nursing home, Urbana, where she had been a patient for some time. The body was taken to the Scott funeral home here Saturday and funeral services were conducted from there Tuesday afternoon. Rev. Buy W. Smock, retired Presbyterian minister from Sidney, officiated. Burial was in Homer GAR cemetery.
     She was born April 7, 1865, at Pomeroy, Ohio, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Homer C. Shaw. She married George Spencer Nov. 14, 1883. The couple farmed west of here until 1929, when they moved to town. Mr. Spencer died in March, 1934.
     Mrs. Spencer as a member of Homer Presbyterian church.
     Survivors are three sons, Philip, New Albany, Ind.; Harold, Beaumont, Calif., and Richard, Homer; and three daughters, Mrs. Rachel Hobson, Corning, Calif; Mrs. Cora Christy, Beatty, Nev., and Mrs. Nora Runyon, Decatur. She also leaves two sisters, Mrs. Nan Cusick, Homer, and Mrs. Cora Hartley, long Beach, Calif.; 19 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
(Contributed by Molly Spencer Shoaf



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