Charles Hutchcraft


*Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft.  Thanks, Gail!

From: Times-Leader, December 9, 1957

CHARLES HUTCHCRAFT, son of Wm. Harrison and Celia (Willis) Hutchcraft was born near Aden, Il  Jan 20, 1878, departed this life Dec 12, 1957, age 79 years.  He was united in marriage with Miss Nola Johnson who preceded him in death.  To this union two daughters were born, Mrs. Gertrude Draper of Port Huron, Michigan and Mrs. Edith Koch of St. Louis, Mo.  In 1913 he was again united in marriage with Miss Agnes Helsley, to this union three children were born, son, Eugene, Belle Prairie, Marguerite Knight and Lucille Beasley, McLeansboro.  The early part of his life he attended Oakland City Teachers College and taught school in the county for several years.  He later served as cashier in the Wayne City and Belle Prairie banks.

            He was a member of the General Baptist Church at Aden, Il.  He loved his church and was a faithful member until his health failed.  He has been a member of the Modern Woodmen for many years.  He served the people of our county as County Treasurer, proving to be honest and dependable and has the friendship of all that knew him.  He had been afflicted and confined to his room for 11 years. He bore his afflictions with great patience.  All was done that medical aid and kind and loving hands could do.  He has gone from suffering and labor to reward.

          By his passing the wife has lost a devoted companion, the children a kind and loving father and the neighbors a helpful neighbor.  He leaves to mourn his passing the above named wife, children, 10 grandchildren; two great-grand- children; one sister, Mrs. Stella Johnson of Watson, Il; two brothers, John, Gibson City and Thomas of Wayne City, besides a host of other relatives and friends; a brother Oscar and a grandson, Bernard Lee Draper preceded him in death.

            Funeral services were held at the General Baptist Church, Aden, Il., conducted by Elder Harrison Knight and Rev. Lute Clark.  Burial in Garrison cemetery.  Donelson Funeral Home was in charge.    

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