Cass Obituaries

ARENZ, John A.

Judge John A. Arenz an Old Resident of Beardstown

Judge John A. Arenz, one of Beardstown’s oldest and most prominent residents, has gone to his last resting place. The end came peacefully at 1 o’clock p. m. Friday. For several months Mr. Arenz has been failing and for the last week or so has been growing gradually weaker, and his death was unexpected. In his death the city loses a citizen who was always foremost in whatever was for the city’s benefit and his demise will cause sorrow in many homes.

Judge Arenz was born Oct. 26, 1810, in Blankenberg, Province of Rhine, Prussia. After having received a good school education, he was sent to an institute, where he received instruction in language, drawing, engineering, surveying and music. He then entered as a student in a college at Bruhl, near Cologne. After having passed his examination, he received an appointment as a teacher, and after serving in that capacity one year, was promoted to the office of principal, with three assistants. He held that position until 1833, when he resigned, and came to the United States, at the solicitation of his brother Francis, with whom he resided for several years. In 1836 he was employed as assistant engineer in the survey of a canal. For the purpose of perfecting himself in the English and acquiring a knowledge of the mercantile business, he entered a store at Springfield, where he remained until 1838, when his brother took him as a partner in his business. In 1844, he became the editor of a campaign paper, advocating for the election of Henry Clay for the presidency, published at Springfield in the German language. He has been engaged in various enterprises and held many different offices. His first commission as justice of the peace, is dated Aug. 31, 1843; his first commission as notary public, is dated May 1, 1850, which office he held ever since. He was the first mayor of the city of Beardstown, in 1850. He was twice elected to the office of county, was admitted to the bar March 13, 1865; he also holds a diploma from the German National Society for Trade and Industry, dated Feb. 22, 1850, at Leipzig. He never followed the practice of law before the courts; but he has settled up more estates, and of more value, than any man in Cass county. In the memorable county seat contest, in 1867, between Beardstown and Virginia, he was the justice chosen by Beardstown, and elected by two other justices, as presiding officer. The citizens of Beardstown were so well satisfied with his service, that when the decision had been made, they serenaded him.

In 1874, he engaged in the banking business, being associated with David Shelling, of Winchester, and Thos. H. Carter, of this city, under the firm name of Shelling, Carter, Arenz & Co., which continued until spring of 1877, when said business was wound up and fixtures sold to People’s Bank, now First National Bank.

He married in 1849 to Miss Mary L. Miller, whose death occurred in 1886. Two daughters were the fruit of the union. One is the wife of Phillip Kuhl, of this city, and the other the wife of S. O. Spring, of Peoria.

The funeral services will be held Sunday afternoon at 2 o’clock from the residence of Phil Kuhl. Rev. C. J. Myers will officiate, and the interment will be in Oak Grove cemetery.
Tri-Weekly Beardstown Enterprise – August 27, 1898 – p. 1, col. 3


Died – Horace Billings, who was a resident and business man of this city for twenty-five years of his life, died at his residence in Jacksonville, on Saturday, February 22d. The funeral services took place on Monday, the 24, several of our citizens going over to attend the deceased to his final resting place. It is not in our possession to give the character of his disease. Perhaps no part particular one was prominent or perceptible, as he has been failing rapidly during the past year.

He had arrived at the age of sixty-nine years. He came here in 1842, and removed to Jacksonville in 1867. His former wife and two children are buried here. He was always foremost in the enterprise of this place, while a resident here, and even after his removal aided in everything that time, strength and ability would admit of. His attachment to this people seemed never to abate by absence, and he leaves some monuments of his efforts in the shape of staunch, brick business houses that never would have given credit to the place but for his perseverance and energy.
Central Illinoian – Feb. 27, 1873 p. 3, col. 1

BLANK, Adolph F.

Adolph F. Blank, 78, retired engineer on the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy railroad, died at 7:40 o’clock Thursday evening at his home, 1308 State street. He was critically ill the past two months.

He was born September 7, 1878, in Beardstown, a son of Henry and Christine Markus Blank. He was a lifelong resident of this city, attended local schools, and was married to Hattie Hess of Beardstown, November 4, 1904.

Besides his wife, Hattie, he is survived by four daughters, Mrs. Harry Lindahl of Smithfield, Ill., Mrs. Gladys Henderson of Havana, Mrs. Arthur Howe of Badin, North Carolina and Miss Mildred Blank who resides at home and is principal of Washington school. Also surviving are three grandchidren and two sisters, Mrs. Bertha Weiss and Mrs. Hannah Brigham of Jacksonville.

Mr. Blank started work for the C. B. & Q. railroad in 1901 and retired from his engineer duties in 1943.

He was a member of St. John’s Lutheran church and a member of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers.

Funeral services will be held at 2:30 o’clock Sunday afternoon at St. John’s Lutheran church, with the Rev. Howard Tepker, pastor, officiating.

Friends may call from 7:30 to 9 o’clock at Cline’s Funeral home.
Illinioan-Star – November 26, 1954 – p. 1, col. 4

DEPPE, Caspar Henry

Died, Sunday afternoon, February 24, 1889, Caspar Henry Deppe, aged eighty-five years. The deceased was born in the kingdom of Hanover and emigrated to this country in 1843, after a years residence in St. Louis moved to this city where he has resided ever since. Two children survive him, John Henry Deppe and Mrs. Charles Kobelenz and a number of grand-children. The funeral service will take place to-day at 1:30 p. m. and at the Sixth street Lutheran church at 2 p. m. The interment will be at the Lutheran burial ground on the Chandlerville Road.
Semi-Weekly Illinoian – February 26, 1889- p. 1, col. 7

NORBURY, Nellie C. Burns

Died, Sunday night, at 12 o’clock, February 24, 1889, at the residence of her parents Mr. and Mrs. C. J. Norbury, Mrs. Nellie C. Burns, wife of John C. Burns, trainmaster of the St. Joseph, St. Louis and Santa Fe railroad. The deceased was born in this city and had a large circle of friends. Her departure leaves a void that will be felt. The funeral services will take place from the residence of her parents at 2 o’clock p. m. to-day.
Beardstown Semi-Weekly Illinoian – February 26, 1889- p. 1, col. 7