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     Farewell, husband, father, brother; thy labor is ended, thy work is done. Thou hast entered the City of the Holy One, where pain and sorrow nevermore will come. The silver cord was loosed, the golden bowl broken, that held our dearly beloved brother N.W. Tolle to earth at 1:30 P.M. Tuesday, June 24, 1902, surrounded by his whole family, consisting of his dear wife, four boys and two girls, beside other relatives and friends who esteemed it a great privilege to minister and sympathize in this time of bereavement.
     Bro. Tolle was born in Lewis Co., Mo., Oct. 5, 1838. He was united in marriage to Miss Maranda E. Shaw Aug. 29, 1865
     He was converted at the age of 18 and united with the Baptist Church. After his marriage he with his wife became a member of the M.E. Church, South. In the fall of 1874 they came to California and finally settled in Cerritos (their present home), where in 1880 at a holiness camp-meeting he was unmistakably sanctified by the Holy Spirit, becoming soon after a member of the Holiness Church in its pioneer days, living and dying in the same faith. He will be much missed by the little church at Long Beach, where his faithful presence added cheer and life to the devotions. God in Great goodness permitted his children to be with him more or less during his long illness and listen to his gracious words of Joyous victory, amid great suffering see his patience and witness his peaceful end. In all his suffering he proved the truth and power of Christ not only to save but often to fill with raptures of joy. I was often permitted to visit and pray with him.
     The funeral was at his home. Text, "To live is Christ, to die is gain." Many friends followed the hearse to the cemetery on signal Hill, which overlooks the seaside city and the great ocean's expanse. We deposited the body to await the Master's call, where the glorious reunion of loved ones may be enjoyed throughout eternity.
     His great anxiety was that his family might all be saved, and when encouraging me on to the rescue he would often be melted into sympathetic tenderness. His faith claimed his loving family. May they with the noble incentive of athe final faith and victory of father, vie one with another as to who will fill the place made vacant by Jehovah's call. J.F. Washburn

The Long Beach Press Telegram, Long Beach, California, June 1902.
Contributed by Thoren Tolle Meyers


Old Resident of Long Beach Area taken by Death
Mrs Maranda E. Tolle Had Lived Near Here for Last Fifty Years

Mrs Maranda E. Tolle, 83, died today at her home, 2851 South Street. She was a native of Missouri and came to California from Fort Worth, Texas in 1874. She had lived in the neighborhood of Long Beach for fifty years.
    She was a member of the Holiness Church. Surviving are four sons, Mack C., Charles and William Tolle, all of Long Beach; Fred Tolle of Carmel, Cal.; one daughter, Mrs. Myrtle Briggs, Monterey Park, Cal.; tewnty-four grandchildren and twenty-one great grandchildren.
    Funeral Services will be held Thursday, October 18, at 10 A.M. at the Patterson & McQuilkin Chapel, Sixth Street and Locust Avenue. The body will be interred at Signal Hill Cemetery.

The Long Beach Press Telegram, Long Beach, California October 1928
Contributed by Thoren Tolle Meyers


Prominent Grundy County Resident and Civil War Veteran answers Summons

     James Tolle one of Grundy County's oldest and most prominent residents passed away Wednesday, Jan 28, about 12 O'clock at his home south of Trenton, on Route 9. Mr Tolle had been in declining health for several months, suffering with heart trouble and a complication of diseases due to his advanced age, and his condition had grown considerably worse the past two months and continued so until the end.
     Mr Tolle was born in Illinois March 17th 1846 and came with his parents to Missouri when a young boy, and had since resided in Grundy County. He had been a farmer practically all of his life. He was a veteran of the Civil War, and leaves a wide circle of friends who will regret to hear of this death.
     Mr Tolle is survived by his wife and three children, including H.I. Tolle who resides with his parents, George Tolle of Jamesport and Mrs Della Whitworth of Excelsior Springs. He also leaves a sister, Mrs Dora Sproud of Rich Hill, and a brother S.L. Tolle of Galt and many other relatives both at Trenton and Grundy County. He was an Uncle of Mrs I.D. Roe, James Pond and Claude Tolle of this city.
     Funeral Services were held Friday afternoon and interment was made at the Tolle Cemetery.

The Trenton Times, Trenton, Grundy County, Missouri January 1925.
Contributed by Thoren Tolle Meyers


Mrs Sarah Humphreys 86 Is victom of Hemorrhage

     Ill four days after a cerebral hemorrage, Mrs Sarah Humphreys, 86, widow of W.H. Humphreys died Monday at 8:30 P.M. at the home of her daughter, Mrs G.W. Wade, B. Street.
    Mrs Humphreys was born Jan 12, 1848 at Locust Grove, Adams County. she was the daughter of William and Charlotte Tolle. She was a member of the Christ in Christian Union and the Mt Zion Church, Pike County.
     She had been a resident of Clinton County for the last 10 years and lived at the home of Mrs Wade for the last three years.
     Mrs Humphreys is survived by nine children, Mrs Wade, Frank Humphreys of Wilmington, Sam Humphreys of Idaho, Pike County, William Humphreys of Blanchester, Mrs Clay Sanderson of West Manchester, James Humphreys of Greenfield, Ora Humphreys of Hillsboro, Mrs Ross Graves of Greenfield, and George Humphrey, Spring Valley; three sisters, Mrs Hannah Kerns, and Mrs Mary Foster of Leesburg, and Mrs Anna Swain of Marshall; and two brothers, William J. Tolle of Sabina, and John Tolle of Sinking Spring. forty-nine grandchildren, 90 great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren also survive.
The body was taken to the Arthur Funeral Home where services will be conducted by Rev. Manuel Woods of Latham, Wednesday at 10:30 A.M. Interment will be in the Mt. Zion Cemetery



     Mrs Sarah E. Tolle Humphreys Beavers the daughter of William and Charlotte Tolle was born Jan 12, 1848 and departed from this live Nov 19, 1934, at the age of 86 years 10 months and 7 days.
     On September 21, 1865 she was united in marriage to William W. Humphreys and into this union 11 children were born 9 of whom are still living. On July 3, 1899 death took the husband and father. In 1905 she was united in marriage to Thomas Beavers who lived until the year of 1927 when he was called by death.
Since the death of her second husband she has made her home among her children spending the most of her time with her daughter, Sonie Wade in whose home she died. At her death she leaves 9 children, 49 grand children, 90 great grandchildren and 6 great great grandchildren. She lived a good Christian live and was of a loveable nature always ready to smooth out other people troubles and was very considerate in her sickness not wanting to put anyone to any trouble. While we are sorry to loose her here on Earth we know she is resting peacefully with God.



     We wish to thank all the neighbors and friends for their kindness and help during the sickness and death of our dear mother. We wish to thank Clinton Council No. 32, and all relatives and friends for the beautiful flowers. Also Mr. Arthur for his kindness. THE HUMPHREYS FAMILY.

This was a typed copy courtesy of Nora Elizabeth (Humphrey) Sharritts, now deceased. The newspaper and date of publication is not shown.


TOLLE---Nimrod B. Tolle was born March 25, 1849, in the State of Missouri, where he lived till 1861, when he moved to Denton County, Texas. In 1889 he removed to Gunsight, Texas, where he made his home till his death, which occurred August 22, 1905. Bro. Tolle was converted and joined the M.E. Church, South, in 1901. Although he was a member of the Church for only four years, he was a very useful member, and the Church has lost a good worker. We had only closed the Gunsight meeting about two weeks before his death. During this meeting he worked mightily for the Lord. Bro. Tolle leaves a wife, one daughter and two sons and a host of friends to mourn his loss. Our prayer is that the sons may follow their father in his love and service to the Lord. We know where to find Bro. Tolle. His testimony during the meeting and his life is evidence. God bless the sorrowing ones.

This obituary was found in an old bible. The name of the newspaper is not shown. Shared by Thoren Tolle Meyers


One of Wapella Good Old Mothers Passes Away at Her Home in That Town

     Mrs Malinda Brown, nee Tolle was born in Kentucky, near Maysville, January 22, 1822, and died Sunday at 10:20 P.M. aged 84 years, 11 months and 10 days. She was united in marriage to John Brown October 21, 1847. They moved from Kentucky to Illinois in 1852 and settled in Short Point, McLean County moving in 1856 to three miles northeast of Wapella, where they resided until the fall of 1898, when they left the farm and moved in to the village of Wapella. March 1899, Mr Brown died. She lived to see all her children grow to honorable upright men and women. She was a member of the M.E. Church with which she united when a young woman and was ready and willing at all times to assist those who were needy. She leaves the following children: George H. and Mathias D. Brown, Mrus Rufus Wilson, Wapella; Mrs Geo. W. Woy, Clinton; Mrs Meric Davis, Seymour, Texas; and twenty-seven grand children and nine great grand children.
     Funeral was conducted by the pastor Rev. George E. Burton, at the Long Point M.E. Church Wednesday at 11 o'clock. Interment in Sugar Grove cemetery.
     The pall bearers were the grandsons of the deceased as follows: G.H. Wilson, F.D. Wilson, R.O. Wilson, Charles W. Woy, J.W. Brown, C.A. Brown, J.O. Wilson, John Wilson.

No name on this newspaper in Wapello, DeWitt County, Illinois
Contributed by Nancye (Poor) Stern


John Brown Dies in Wapella at the Age of Eighty-Two Years

     John Brown died at his home in Wapella on Thursday at 8:30 A.M. of old age, being 82 years old. He was born in Lewis County, Kentucky, in 1817 and moved to Illinois in 1852 locating on his farm, three miles northeast of Wapella. Her he had lived continuously until October las when he bought a propety in Wapella and moved to that village. The partner of his sorrows and joys survives him, as do also six children--Mrs G.W. Woy, of Clinton, Geo. H. Brown, Ely Brown and Mrs Wilson of Wapella, M.D. Brown of Farmer city, and Mris Belle Davis of Seymour, Texas: two brothers allso survive him, James F. and Geo. F. Brown of Heyworth.
     Mr Brown was of the hardy stock that brought Central Illinois to the present profitable fruition enduring privations that the future might have time for the culture that comes to the generations that live as God intends they should. He leaves 320 acres of land near Wapella, and it is in a high state of cultivation. No man was more generous, and there are many living witnesses to attest his good works. Of such are the cream of the earth; blessed be their names.



     At the funeral of John Brown in Wapella on Saturday, there was a large attendance, donsidering the extreme bad roads. Mr Brown will be missed by saints and sinners, having lived for over 44 years on his home farm. Many a poorer man has he helped in time of need. His home was always open to the weary traveler, no man went hungry from his door. Hanigh tasted of poverty and hardship he knew how to sympathize with the unfortunate. Religuously Mr Brown was a Methodist, having united with that church about 30 years ago at Long Point. His house was always a stopping place for the circuit rider, and upon his shoulders, with a few others, fell the greatest weight of responsibility of the support of the church at that place. He started out in live early, his father dying when he was eight years of age, throwing him upon his own resources. He hired out to work at 12 1/2 cents a day through the summer time, and in winter worked on a flat boat running between Cincinnati and New Orleans. He was married to malinda Toole October 22, 1847, in Kentucky; emigrated to Illinois in 1852, and died on Thursday, March 30, 1899, aged 82 years, 2 months, and 13 days. All the children were present at the funeral but Mrs Bell Davis of Texas. Rev. A.J. Robertson of Wapella officiated at the funeral services, assisted by Rev. Montgomery of Heyworth. The pall bearers were descendants of the deceased.
     It is with a touch of pathos that the present generation sees the old landmarks and their builders pass away, giving place to newer conditions and younger peoples. In a few years the snow birds will all have gone to the Father who sent them here to perform a wonderful work and who provided them blessings sufficient unto the day when the oldest among us will be two or three generations removed from the pioneers who braved the swamps and ague and fever of this wild prairie. We should be good to them while they are here, and we will revere their memory when gone from among us.

The newspaper was not noted here but from Wapella, DeWitt County, Illinois.
Contributed by Nancy (Poor) Stern


Mrs James M. Bryant dead

     On Saturday night April 27th 1905 between the hours of one and two o'clock a.m. Sarah Elizabeth Bryant passed away, after an illness of two weeks. The immediate cause of her death was paralysis.
     Her maiden name was Tolle. She was born and raised in Schuyler Co. Ill. and at the age of 18 years was married in the same county.
     In 1883 they moved to Allen county Kansas near Humbolt. In 1886 they emigrated to Oklahoma and settled on a claim in no man's land. When El Reno was laid out they sold their claim and bought them a home on south Donald Avenue. Mrs Bryant endeared her self to her neighbors and all who knew her.
     The many floral offerings that were sent to be laid upon and around her casket, was a token of the esteem in which she was held.
     The funeral took place at the home this p.m. at 2 o'clock conducted by Rev Cole of the M.E. church. Her remains were followed by her sorrowing family, neighbors and friends to our city cemetary and laid to rest. She leaves a husband and four daughters and their families to mourn the loss of one who was faithful to the end

From the El Reno Globe, El Reno Globe, Tuesday May 2, 1905
Contributed by Paul C. Palmer


Succumbs Tuesday


     George H. shipley, Maysville died at 2:10 p.m. Tuesday at the Oaks where he had been receiving nursing care for nearly three months. H was 74 years old.
     Mr Shilpey, retired for many years and the father of Everett H. Shipley, former Maysville business man now employed near Portsmouth, had been in failing health for the last four years. He had not been well since he suffered a slight stroke in November of 1951 while residing with his son and daughter-in-law at their home on East Second Street.
     The venerable man, a long-time member of the First Baptist church, entered the Fleming road nursing home on July 31.
     Quietly affable and agreeable, Mr. Shipley enjoyed the friendship of a congenial circle of friends.
     He was born November 19, 1880 in the Stonelick neighborhood, the son of Quincy R. and Betty Rains Shipley.
     Mr Shipley was married in 1904 to Miss Nannie Tolle. Mrs Shipley, for a number of years in charge of city circulation for the Public Ledger, died January 8, 1948.
     Surviving besides his son are a grandson Everett H. Shipley, Jr of Kalamazoo, Mich and a great grandson; four sisters, Mrs Edith Thomas, of Flemingsburg, Mrs Lillie Bramel, of the city, and Mrs Lucy Taylor and Miss Sue Shipley, of the county; and one brother, Nevill Shipley, of Petersburg, Ill.
     Funeral services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Friday at the J.W. Porter and Sons funeral home. Dr. A.D. Odom, pastor of the May's Lick Baptist church will officiate and burial will be in the Maysville cemetery.

Newspaper unknown, Wednesday 20 October 1954
Contributed by Nancy (Poor) Stern


Mrs Bertha Toll

     Mrs Bertha Toll, 87, formerly of Beasley Fork, died at the home of her son and daughter-in-law, Mr and Mrs Ted Tolle, of Trenton, Ohio, on Thursday, November 18.
     She is survived, also by a daughter, Mrs Edna Johnson, 16 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. A son, Reace, preceded her in death three years ago and another son died in infancy.
     Funeral services were held at Wylie Funeral Home in Sinking Spring, Saturday, with Rev. Paul Reno officiating.
     Burial was in White Oak Cemetery.

Newspaper not noted, November 1971
Contributed by Nancy (Poor) Stern

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