Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Dorothy Marie Bair

I found this on Sunday night while looking for Bair's and Edwards' listed in cemeteries around Decatur.

Birth: Apr. 18, 1905
Death: Apr. 22, 1908

Dorothy Marie Blair (Bair) died at 3 o'clock Wednesday afternoon at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Bair, six miles west of Decatur. She was 3 years old. Her death was caused by spinal meningitis. Besides her parents she leaves two brothers, Harold and Dean Bair.

The Decatur Review (Decatur, IL), Thursday Evening, April 23, 1908

Sharon Cemetery
Macon County
Illinois, USA

All information taken from Find A Grave

Monday, February 21, 2011

Harold Jerome Bair

Here is more information about Harold J Bair, who shares a gravestone with his sister Dorothy.  I believe Harold is the little guy in this picture:

Birth: Jul. 25, 1903
Death: Jun. 6, 1916

Harold Jerome Bair, little son of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel E. Bair, living six miles west of Decatur, died at 6 0'clock Tuesday morning at the Decatur and Macon County hospital. He was thirteen years old. The boy was brought to the hospital Monday suffering from appendicitis. An operation was performed in the hope of saving his life, but peritonitis had set in and the operation came too late.Harold attended the Union school. He was an unusually bright boy and had just been promoted this spring to the ninth grade. He was fond of reading and always saved his books. Besides his parents he leaves four brothers, Dean, Frank, Willard and Carl Bair.The body was removed to the Brintlinger & Sons undertaking establishment and prepared for burial and later taken to the residence west of Decatur, where the funeral will be held at 3 o'clock Wednesday afternoon. The interment will be in the Wykles cemetery.

The Decatur Review (Decatur, IL), Tuesday Evening, Jun 6, 1916

Sharon Cemetery (formerly named Wykles)
Macon County
Illinois, USA

All information taken from Find A Grave...

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Charles Wesley Bair

I was exploring the Illinois Gen Web site for Macon county tonight to see what they had. Some of these sites are kept up like Manitowoc, WI but others haven't been done in a while (Marinette, WI is a good example). I took a chance going through the obits and found this:

BAIR, Charles Wesley

Services Conducted by Rev. C.F. McKown

Burial in Charge of Dunham Post G.A.R.

From the Daily of Monday - Funeral services over the remains of the late Charles W. Bair were held at the residence, six miles west of the city a 10 oclock Sunday morning. The Rev. C. F. McKown, pastor of the M.E. Church at Harristown, conducted the services at the house. During the service Rev. McKown read the following touching on the life of the deceased.

Charles Wesley Bair was born March 1, 1849. Married to Susan Walker, January 1, 1867. Born of this union 12 children, 11 of whom still survive, one John, having departed this life August 19, 1897. The rest of the children living are Mrs Ella Wray, Frank, Willis, Samuel, Ira, Wis___, Luther, Cora, Emma, Perry and Ida Bair. Mr. Bair departed this life December 17, 1897 aged 55 years, nine months and 16 days.

He was a member of Dunham Post No 141 G. A. R. and served three years during the was in the 106th Illinois Infantry. He was a good citizen and a friendly neighbor and a kind husband and father. After an illness of many weeks he died in peace. A number of members of Dunham Post attended the funeral going out in a sled. The Post furnished the pallbearers and preformed the G.A.R. burial service at the grave. The burial was in the Wyckles cemetery, four mile west of the city. The members of Dunham Post in attendance were Commander W. F. Calhoun, Tom Postwell, acting chaplain, I. N. Martin Sr., George V. Loring, W. C. Martin, Peter Hoffman, R. H. Johnson, D. B. Laud__nad and Florence McCarty.

Decatur Weekly Republican, Decatur, Illinois, Thursday, 23 Dec 1897, pg. 7

Note: Wyckles Cemetery AKA Sharon Cemetery

Charles is my great great grandfather. The year of birth in the article is wrong and the article gives the correct age of when he died. It should say 1842, not 1849; 1849 would have made him 48 when he died, not 55.

Not bad for a little web surfing.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Sunday, August 03, 2008

Please welcome the new member of our family: Lucy!

We adopted this little chihuahua/Italian greyhound mix from Animal Education and Rescue (AEAR). AEAR is the charity Lorrie added as one of our gift options. AEAR was having an adoption event at the Libertyville Farmers Market and their booth was next to the area where Libertyville Toyota had their display. Lorrie has to be on hand during these events ever since she pointed out that at a previous Farmers Market the truck was wide open with no one around. Lucy was one of the dogs they had on hand at this adoption event though at that time her name was Vixen. In fact, Vixen is mentioned in this article about the AEAR being at the Farmers Market.

Lucy was rescued from a house in Pleasant Prairie that had more than 60 dogs in horrible conditions. She responded to foster care quite well. She is under 5 pounds and maybe 8 inches at the shoulders. She is actually smaller than our cats.

Today was the first day we had her. She is getting used to her surroundings right now and is very skittish. We set up her kennel in the office and now that is her homebase as she explores the rest of the house. Gradually she is moving farther and farther away from it on her own but she will follow Lorrie all over the house. She attached herself to Lorrie right away. I, on the other hand, being the big, scary, bearded man still get the occasional growl. So far there has been no real drama between her and the cats which was a relief to both Lorrie and I.

Thursday, April 03, 2008

Heritage Hill State Park

We chose the Moravian church at Heritage Hill State Historical Park for the location of our ceremony. Elegant in its simplicity, this beautiful little church appealed to us like no other and being part of a history park added to the charm. The Moravian church, listed on the National Register of Historical Places since 1983, is Greek Revival in style and was built in 1851-52. Wisconsin has the most Moravian churches in the United States behind North Carolina and Pennsylvania and the early Moravian settlers played an important part in the history of the northeastern part of the state.
The church is located in the Growing Community section of Heritage Hill which represents the period between 1850 and 1900. Other buildings the Growing Community section contains is a fire house from 1887, a Greek Revival law office from 1835, a blacksmith shop from 1897, and several recreations from the era.
The church has four sets of pews with a divider down the middle and two aisles. The lights are brass fixtures but the room will really be lit by the eight 15-foot windows. The pulpit and altar furniture is from the time period. In the bottom picture you can see the pump organ and there is a baby grand piano near the altar. The object hanging over the altar in the above picture is the Moravian Star.
The park hours in October will be 10:00AM-4:30PM Monday through Friday. During that time you can stroll through the park or stop at their unique gift shop for a souvenir of your trip.

On October 11th, the park will not be open and guests are asked not to wander outside of the area of the church. The park entrance is through the education center at 2640 South Webster Ave (directions). The church is on the north side of the park and plainly visible when you step outside of the education center.
All images are from the Heritage Hill State Historical Park website. Please check it out; it is one of the better websites I've seen.