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 Benjamin F. Piper

Rachel Isabel Standifer

From: The Argus of Green County, IL; pub. September 3, 1909

Benjamin F. Piper, who was born and raised in this vicinity, and for many years was engaged in business in Greenfield, died quite suddenly at his home in White Hall on Monday of this week.  He fell dead across the bed while preparing some medicine for his daughter, Miss Jennie, who had complained of illness during the day.  He had not been in robust health for many years, he having been a sufferer from stomach trouble which he contracted in the army, and this is thought to have superinduced heart trouble which caused his death.

He was the son of Israel and Louisa Piper and was aged sixty-five years, seven months and thirty days.  He was married to Belle Standifer in 1868, to which three children were born, J. Howard, a prominent merchant of White Hall, Guy S., of Dowagiac, Michigan, and Miss Jennie, who made her home with her father.  The wife died in White Hall in 1895, after which he and his daughter returned to Greenfield and cared for his aged mother until her death in 1906, when they again took up their residence in White Hall.

He served three years in the Civil war as a member of Company K, Ninety-first Illinois infantry.  He was also a member of the Christian church and the M. W. A.  He is survived by three brothers, Samuel, who lives in California, F. M. of Lawrence, Kansas and James A., who resides in this city.  He was a man of positive convictions, possessing a wide fund of knowledge and made honesty and integrity his watchwords.  He has been an Argus reader ever since the paper started and his kind encouragement was a great spur during our early newspaper experience.

Funeral services were conducted in the Christian church in White Hall Wednesday afternoon at 1:15 by Elder Francis Fowler, after which his body was brought to this city and interred in the North cemetery by the side of his wife.  Weisner post, G. A. R., was in charge of the ceremonies at the grave.

Rachel Isabel Standifer Piper

From: W. H. Register, Green Co., IL; pub. April 12, 1895

Rachael Isabel Standifer, born December 27, 1845 married to B. F. Piper, August 2, 1867 died April 9, at the age of 49 years. Funeral services conducted by Elder J. H. Coates, of Winchester at the Christian church.  burial in North Cemetery, Greenfield.  Husband and three children, Howard, Guy and Jennie survive.

* "Belle" was the daughter of Alfred and Jane Yarnell Standefer.  She and a sister, Minerva Standefer Converse, settled in Green Co., IL.

Click here for J. Howard Piper's Obituary.

*Contributed by Mitzi Calbreath

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