Friday, May 24, 2013
Sunday, May 12, 2013
Lots of information about a family can be verified or discovered by looking at the census document.
In 1910, William M and Hattie Davis Whiteside were living in Niantic Township. William was older than Hattie and she had seven children, all of whom were living. Six children were still living at home and their ages are listed. (Their eldest daughter, Bernie, was already married.) William is a farmer who was born in Illinois and rents his farm. He is 44 and Hattie is 39. They've been married 21 years (that makes 1889 the year of their marriage, so records can be found.) Hattie would have been 18. Their neighbors are listed, too. The next thing to do is look at 1920!
Thursday, May 9, 2013
Uncle Dile and Aunt Pearl Whiteside
Dile was the fourth child born to William and Hattie Whiteside. He first married Edna Hartwig in about 1920. In February, 1924, a newspaper article in the Decatur Review explains how Mrs. Whiteside ran away to California with George E. Wade, a laundry man, who had four kids.
When we were young, we visited my grandmother Leva's brother, Uncle Dile and Aunt Pearl in their East Olive home. I had no idea he had been married before, or that his first wife had left him. Imagine my surprise when I found the newspaper article!
By 1930, Dile Whiteside was boarding with Pearl Bloir at 1148 East Olive Street, who had a son Howard Bloir who was 27 and working as a checker at a lumber mill. Pearl was about 44 and was divorced from Greeley Bloir. Dile was 36 and divorced as well. He was a laborer at a foundry and a veteran of WW I.
It wasn't too long until Pearl and Dile married and they continued to live in the Olive street home.
Obituary - Dile Whiteside
Dial* Whiteside, 56, of 1148 E. Olive St., died at 7:07 p.m. Tuesday after an illness of about eight months.
Mr. Whiteside, a resident of Decatur for about 40 years, retired in April after 35 years with the Wagner Castings Co.
He was born Oct. 5, 1895 in Niantic, a son of William and Hattie Davis Whiteside. He married Pearl Ryder, Aug. 2, 1929, in Decatur.
Mr. Whiteside was a veteran of World War I and a member of the Boiling Springs church of God.
He leaves his wife; sisters, Mrs. Burnie (Bernie) Mosley, Niantic, Mrs. Amelia Snelson, Decatur, and Mrs. Leva Hawk, Mechanicsburg; and a brother, Johnny, Niantic. Two brothers preceded him in death.
The body was taken to the J. J. Moran & Sons Funeral Home. Burial will be in North Fork Cemetery. Other arrangements are incomplete.
Decatur Herald & Review, Nov.1, 1961, page 22.
*While his name is spelled various ways, Dile spelled it "Dile" as can be seen on his signature on the Draft Card above.
Obituary - Pearl Ryder Bloir Whiteside
Funeral services for Mrs. Dial (Perela) Whiteside will be at 1:30 p.m. Monday in the J. J. Moran & Sons Funeral Home. Burial will be in North Fork Cemetery. Friends may call from 4 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Mrs. Whiteside, 82, of 1148 E. Olive St. was dead on arrival at Decatur and Macon County Hospital at 10:47 a.m. Friday. She had been in failing health for two years.
Mrs. Whiteside was born March 9, 1885, in Macon County, a daughter of James and Melvina Cameron Ryder. She had been a lifelong resident of the area.
She was a member of the Boiling Springs Church of God.
She married Dial Whiteside in 1926 (actually 1929) in Springfield. He died Oct. 31, 1961.
Mrs. Whiteside leaves two brothers, Jack Ryder of Decatur and Homer Ryder of Irving, Tex.; two sisters, Mrs. Wesley (Helen) Trimmer and Mrs. Verna Spencer, both of Decatur.
Decatur Herald & Review, Sep 10, 1967, page 15
Saturday, May 4, 2013
Sarah Whiteside Scott was a sister to Samuel W. Whiteside.
Mrs. Sarah Scott Dies At Age 91!
Formerly Lived Near Mt. Auburn, Blue Mound.
Mrs. Sarah Scott widow of Joseph M. Scott died at 4 o'clock Thursday morning at the home of her son W H Scott 438 West Wood street. She was ninety-one years old Dec. 14 (1927). Her death was due to infirmities of age.
Mrs. Scott was born m Madison county. Dee 14. 1836. and was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William M. Whiteside, pioneer settlers of Madison county. After her marriage she and her husband resided on a farm near Mt. Auburn for twenty-seven years . They then moved to Blue Mound where they resided for sixteen years. She was a member of the Christian church of Blue Mound. Mr. Scott died there seven years ago and since then she has made her home with her daughters at Blue Mound and her son in Decatur.
She is survived by four children: Mrs. Alice Crow and Mrs. Mary Davidson of Blue Mound, Mrs. Minnie Davidson of Dorchester, Neb., and W H Scott of Decatur. She also leaves a brother, Samuel Whiteside of Niantic. There are fifteen grand-children and eleven great grand-children. The body was taken to Dawson & Wikoff, funeral directors. and prepared for burial. The funeral will be held at 11 o'clock Saturday forenoon at the Christian church in Blue Mound. The burial will be in the Hall cemetery.
Decatur Review, Dec 29, 1927
Thursday, May 2, 2013
Divorce Granted in Macon County, Illinois
in Judge Whitfield's Court
Samuel W Whiteside married his second wife, Sarah Jane Hedrick Mosely in 1895. Sarah was the mother-in-law of his eldest granddaughter, Bernie Malley Whiteside Mosely (Mrs. Jay). There were no children between Sarah and Samuel, although each had children with other spouses.
As can be seen from the article, it was a busy time in court in Macon County!
The Decatur Review, 13 October 1917, P 8, c3.