Girard Gazette (Thursday, 5 November 1931, page 1 column 2):


Funeral services for Samuel England, proprietor of the Girard Inn, who died last Saturday, were held at Union Chapel church, west of this city Monday afternoon at 2:00 p. m., conducted by Rev. A. E. Thomas, assisted by Rev. C. R. Lockard. Interment was in Union Chapel cemetery.

Samuel Benton England son of S. Willard and Julia Luttrell England was born in Coles county, Illinois, November 24, 1867 and departed this life at Springfield hospital at 12:20 a. m. October 31, 1931 at the age of 63 years, 11 months and 7 days.

He moved with his parents to Macoupin county when about 12 years of age where he spent practically his entire life.

About the age of thirteen he professed his faith and became a member of the Union Chapel church of which he was a member until death.

He was initiated into the Independent Order of Odd Fellows lodge No. 192 January 26, 1906, and would have been entitled to a 25-year jewel this year. He served the lodge as grand lodge representative, deputy and noble grand.

He was also a member of the Madie Rebekah lodge No. 518.

On December 12, 1888 he was united in marriage with Mary A. Walden and to this union were born five children, Ethel, Estella, Fae, Ruth and Herschel. All whom preceded him in death except two, Mrs. John Machin of Mexico, Mo., and Mrs. Dallas Alford of Girard.

Mrs. England died November 12, 1909 in Girard.

He was united in marriage with Mrs. Martha A. Webb, July 28, 1912.

She departed this life October 19, 1925.

He was united in marriage to Mrs. Viola Stone, June 3, 1930.

He leaves to mourn his loss his wife, one brother, Everett E. England of Girard, two daughters, Mrs. John B. Machin, Mexico, Mo., Mrs. Dallas Alford, Girard and seven grandchildren and a host of relatives and friends.

The pallbearers were S. A. England, A. E. England, H. C. Rathgeber, George Rathgeber, William Schelb, and J. R. Rucker. The flowers were carried by Mrs. Ada Wroughton, Mrs. Joe Locker, Mrs. C. C. Hammonds, Mrs. Ida England, Mrs. Eardley, Mrs. A. O. England, Mrs. Howard Kime, Misses Marjorie Shutt, Martha Shutt and Betty Alford.

Music was furnished by the quartet composed by Mrs. Cephas Hays, Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Wright and J. J. Gardner, who sang "There will be no dark Valley" "Shadows," and "Does Jesus care" accompanied by Mrs. John Hays at the piano.

Those attending the funeral from out of town were Mr. and Mrs. Ivan Webb and son, Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Stone, Mr. and Mrs. Calvin Stone of Chicago; Mr. and Mrs. Ben Corder, Mrs. Alice Corder of Nilwood.