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Wedding Announcement


Feb,23rd 1902, Mr.Alex Reynolds and Miss Alice Nelson were married at the residents of the brides parents, Mr and Mrs E.V.Nelson, at nine o'clock Sunday morning, Rev J.L.House, officiating. A large crowd witnessed the ceremony, after the crowd marched down to the church to Sunday school. They are both highly respected young people, and we wish them a long and happy life. We wondered all the time we were setting this letter why it was written by a stranger, and why the writer was so concerned about matrimony, and now we see. Miss Alice Nelson has been a regular correspondent to the Eagle for a long time, and we never had a better one. Her sister wrote for us untill she married, then Miss Alice took it up. We hope to not lose her as a news gatherer,but if we must; we hope Phil Darnell or someone else that wants to marry will continue the correspondence. Miss Alice is an excellent young lady, and of as good a family as that hamlet affords. We wish that her greatest wish and highest expectations may be granted.



Christette Nelson observes 100th Birthday


Sunday was a great day for Mrs Christette Walker Nelson of Hamletsburg,for at that time the little lady observed her one-hundredth birthday. It was a great day too, for her four children,and 18 grandchildren and the many friends and neighbors who gathered in her home in her honor. Although her birthday is actually today ( Thursday ) she decided to celebrate it Sunday because all her children could be home. She enjoyed the affair immensely the dinner at noon, the flowers and gifts, the visits with relatives,friends and neighbors. She was queen for the day-regning from her bed in quiet dignity,obviously pleased with the attention showered upon her. A native of Pope County,,Mrs Nelson has lived in Hamletsburg,in the house she now occupies, the past 68 years. In 1875 she married E.V.Nelson,a Louisianan,whom she met during the Civil war. he died 12 years ago at the age of 91. Together they farmed the rich Pope Co, soil, and reared a hardy Pope Co. family. Mrs Nelson is proud of her 18 grandchildren,35 great grandchildren and 13 great great grandchildren. A member of the New Liberty Baptist church, untill her confinement to her bed five years ago.She was an active worker in the congregation, and enjoyed the reputation of being a good neighbor-prompt to visit the sick, first to offer condolences and a helping hand to the unfortunate. She is a member of long standings of Myrtle Camp No. 6763,Royal Neighbors of America. Mrs Neson considers her self fortunate that her childre live near enough to call on her often. One daughter Dora lives in Hamletsburg,another, Alice lives in Brookport,and she has one daughter ( Anna ) who lives at home with her ,and a son Carl Nelson, a cook on the US Engineers boat, The Jewett, often visits her on weekends.



E.V. Nelson's Obituary


Hamletsburg,Ill, Aug 23, E.V.Nelson 91, died at 11 am. today at his home here. following in illness of seven weeks. Mr Nelson had been a member of the New Liberty Baptist church for 61 years and recently received a pin representing his 50-year membership in the Masonic lodge. Surviving Mr nelson besides his widow are three daughters, Mrs Dora Owens, Mrs Annie Russell and Mrs Alice Reynolds all of Hamletsburg; a son Carl Nelson of Hamletsburg,and three brothers, J.W. of East Prairie Mo, L.Q,of Qulin,Mo. and G.W. of San Fransico. 19 grandchildren and19 great grandchildren and one great great gradchild. Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m Sunday at the Hamletsburg Baptist church, with the Rev Millard Wooldridge, assisted by the Rev. .J.L. Wahl, officiating. Burial will be in Hamletsburg cemetery.


The following were submitted by Brenda Clavin and added 1-29-99

Mrs. Alice Nelson Reynolds


Mrs Alice Reynolds the daughter of E.V.Nelson and Christette Walker Nelson, was born on Dec, 3rd 1883 in Pope County. Passed away from this life Monday, March 21st at St mary's hospital,Kankakee, at the age of 82 years 2 months and 20 days. She was united in marriage to Alex Reynolds in Feb, 1902 who preceeded her in death,1942. To this union 10 children were born: all of who survived: six daughters, Retta Handorf, Leota Blake, Elsie Clavin, Lucille Line, Ann Davidson, Norma Owens. Four sons, Owen Reynolds,Nelson Reynolds,Jack Reynolds,and Billy Reynolds. 19 grandchildren.Two sisters Dora Owens and Anna Russell. Mrs Reynolds lived a true christian life and gave to the world a fine family of children. She was a member of the Royal Neighbors of America. Also a member of the Order of the Eastern Star No# 508, Brookport. Norman Lewis, frank Owens, Juluis Jones,Melvin sooders, Jack Russell, and Carlton Caldwell served as pall bearers. Ladies of the Hamletsburg Baptist church served as flower girls, and the church chior sang. Accompanied by Mrs Juanita Smith.


Alpha Retta Handorf


Services for Alpha Retta Handorf,74, 615 S.Osborn Ave, wil be at 11 am Wednesday at Schreffler & Sexton funeral home. Kankakee Chapel,the Rev. Fred Creamer officiating. Mrs Handorf died at 4:30 pm Sunday at St,Mary's Hospital, following a one month illness. She was born Dec, 15th 1905 in Hamletsburg, Illinois to Mr and Mrs Alex Reynolds. She was married June 6 1924 in Kankakee to John Handorf. He died Sept of 1977. She was a member of the Asbury United Methodist Church. Survivors include two daughters. Six grand children and four great grandchildren. Four sisters, and two brothers. Her parents and two brothers are deceased. Visitation at the funeral home will be from 2 pm Tuesday. Burial will be at the Memorial Gardens.


Leota Blake

Clifton- Leota Blake, 81 of Country Side Villas, Clifton, died Tuesday at Provena St.Mary's Hosital. Visitation will be from 2-4pm Thursday at Hertz-Thoma Chapel. A funeral Mass will be celebrated by the Rev.Richard Pighini at 10;30 am, friday at St.Patricks Catholic Church, Kankakee, where she was a member. Burial will be in All Saints Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Amercan Diabetes Association. She was born Sept,16th,1916, in Hamletsburg, the daughter of Mr and Mrs Alex Reynolds. Surviving are her husband, two sons and one sister, six grandchildren and spouses, and two step grandchildren. Her parents Alex and Alice Reynolds are deceased. Her daughter Carol Welker is deceased.


Alex E. Reynolds

In Memory of Alex E Reynolds Date of birth May 25 1879 Date of Death Feb. 21, 1943 Date an hour of service 2;00pm Feb.23rd Held At Hamletsburg Baptist Church Clergyman Bro Wooldridge Place Of Interment Hamletsburg Cemetery


William Owen Reynolds

In Memory Of WILLIAM OWEN REYNOLDS A Native of Hamletsburg, Illinois Born 14, 1903 Passed away October 3, 1977 Services st the graveside October 5 1977, 3;00 pm Officiating Los Angeles Masonic Service Center Interment Inglewood Memorial Park Directors, Godeau & Martinoni Mortuary


Leota Reynolds Marriage Announcement

Leota Reynolds is Bride Saturday Miss Leota Reynolds daughter of Mr.& Mrs Alex Reynolds of Hamletsburg and James Blake son of August Blake of North Chicago Ave, were married Saturday Morning at St. Patrick's Church. The rev. F.J.Harbauer read the single ring ceremony. Mrs Worby was the organist. Miss Margiene Blake and Leonard Blake were the attendents. The bride was given by her brother in law, John Line Jr.And for her wedding she chose a powder blue street length dress with harmonizing accessories. Her flowers were pink roses. A breakfast was served later at the Blake home. Following a honeymoon in Chicago. Mr & Mrs Blake will reside at No. Schuyler Ave. Mr and Mrs Blake are employed at the Bear Brand Hoisery Company. Mr and Mrs Urbaniczk were out of town wedding guest.


Line-Reynolds Wedding Announcement

Line-Reynolds The daughter of Mr and Mrs Alex Reynolds, Lucille Reynolds and John Line Jr. were married at 8'o clock Friday evening at the home of John Line at So. Fourth Ave, with the Rev. G.A. Eckstrand officiating, before a large group of friends and relatives. They were attended by Miss Anna Reynolds, sister of the bride and the grooms father Rex Line. The bide was attire in Robin's egg blue with gray accessories, and the bridesmaids wore pink with white accessories. Both carried bouquets of roses and baby's breath. Walter Babel played the wedding march and preceding the ceremony, Homer white sang " I Love You Truely" Immediately after the ceremony refreshments were served.




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