Goerge W. RHOADES and Sarah E. SIMS.
Neighbor of Christopher C. RHODES (dwelling 13, family 11).
Mr. Edward Sims, of Upper Alton, visited at his sisters Mrs. G. W. Rhodes and Mrs. G. W. Brooks and other relatives.
Neighbor of William H. RHODES (dwelling 9, family 9).
HER 91ST BIRTHDAY.
Thursday, January 20th, Mrs. Sarah E. (Sims) Rhoads [sic] will celebrate her 91st birthday anniversary at her home one-half mile southwest of Macoupin Station. She is one of the oldest and most highly esteemed pioneers of Macoupin county. She has lived in Polk township 83 years. Mrs. Rhoads takes great pleasure in relating the events of early times. She recalls when the deer were plentiful and even destroyed the shocks of corn on her father's farm. When a child she came to Carlinville with her father and the surrounding country was practically a wilderness. She remembers that her father told her that at some distant day the then virgin country would be under cultivation.
Mrs. Rhoads enjoys very good health for one of her advanced age, though her eyesight is not as good as it once was; but otherwise she has reason to be thankful for the blessings she enjoys. She is especially keen on recalling the pioneer days as those were her happiest days and the ones that she remembers with most clearness. Mrs. Rhoads has a host of friends who extend congratulations and best wishes. And in these wishes The Democrat sincerely joins.
Sarah E. RHODES, female, Polk township.
Mrs. Sarah Elizabeth Rhodes, who would have been 97 years of age the 20th of January, died at her home near Macoupin Station, Sunday morning at 7 o'clock. She was one of the older and well known residents of the county and is survived by a daughter Miss Flora Rhodes at home, and two sons, Frank and W. H. Rhodes.
The funeral will be held Wednesday morning at 10:30 at the family home near Macoupin. Interment will be in the Baird cemetery near Plainview.
Sarah Elizabeth Sims Rhodes, daughter of James and Lydia Sims, was born Jan. 20, 1836 in Jersey City, New Jersey. She passed to the Great Beyond at her home near Macoupin, Illinois, Jan. 15th at 7:10 a. m. 1933, at the age of 96 years, 11 months and 25 days.
Her parents moved from Jersey City to St. Louis, Mo., when she was 18 months old. They resided in St. Louis eight years, then moved two miles north of Plainview, Ill.
On Dec. 14, 1854, she was united in marriage with George W. Rhodes who preceded her in death July 17, 1918. To this union were born nine children. Besides her beloved husband who preceded her in death, are five children who died in infancy, and one son Ira A., who passed away on Dec. 28, 1932.
Surviving, who mourn her passing, are the following: Two sons, William H. Rhodes and Francis L. Rhodes of Macoupin, Ill.; one daughter, Flora A., who has lived with her mother and cared for her since the death of her husband, also she leaves six grandchildren, namely: Clara V. Whitworth, Lloyd A. Rhodes, Geo. Rhodes, Joseph H. Rhodes, Daisy Reiher, and Annie Gugger; seven great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild and a host of friends and relatives who mourn her departure.
The deceased came from that hardy pioneer stock who suffered the hardships and withstood the trials of the early settlers to make it possible that we of this generation might live in safety and in peace. Over a span of nearly 97 years, she saw four great American wars; saw conditions change from the crudest to the highest state of convenience and development which we enjoy today.
In spite of her advanced years, she retained posession of her strength and faculties to the end. In her active days she was busy helping friends and neighbors. Her duty to her neighbors, her love for her family and the needy, her patience and goodness, are lasting memories which her friends and loved ones will carry through the years.
Funeral services were conducted at the family residence, Jan. 18th, Elder Herman C. Rhoads in charge. Interment in the Baird cemetery.