|Birth: ||Apr. 24, 1824|
|Death: ||Jan. 18, 1903|
CULVER, Jane Louisa (Williams)-Suffered a Stroke of Paralysis--Mrs. Jane Culver is dying at her home, 221 West William street. Last night about 8 o'clock she suffered a stroke of paralysis and has been growing weaker steadily. It is believed she cannot last through the night. Her grandson, Dr. Leslie Schwab, of Chicago, was telegraphed for and arrived this morning.
Mrs. Culver is the mother of E.R. Culver and Mrs. F.J. Blaine.
The Decatur Review (Decatur, Illinois), Janrary 13, 1903
Mrs. Jane Culver, One of the Oldest Residents of Decatur, Succumbs to Stroke of Apoplexy
LIVED HERE A LIFE TIME--Funeral Services This Afternoon at Central Church of Christ.
Mrs. Jane L. Culver, one of the oldest and best known residents of Decatur, died Sunday morning, at 5:30 o'clock at the Culver homestead, 221 West William street, where she had lived for nearly half a century. She was in her seventy-ninety year.
Mrs. Culver suffered a stroke of apoplexy on the night of Monday, January 12. The following day she rallied somewhat and continued to improve until Thursday when another stroke supervened and she became unconscious about 6 o'clock Friday evening and never revived.
Mrs. Culver's maiden name was Jane Louisa Williams and she was born April 24, 1921 in Spottsylvania county, Virginia. With her parents she came to Illinois in 1826, and they settled in Macon county, where they resided on the old Spangler farm east of this city. Her father, P.D. Williams, was a contractor and built the first house in Decatur. It stood on the corner now occupied by the Burnett hardware store. The children attended school in Decatur and R.J. Oglesby, E.O. Smith, Jasper Peddecord and many others have long since departed this life, were their schoolmates.
Mrs. Culver was married when she was 16 years old on May 11, 1840, to Isaac Watts Culver and for a time they resided at the home farm, moving later to another farm east of there. About eight years later they came to Decatur and resided on East Main street. In the fall of 1852 Mr. Culver commenced building the residence at 221 West William street which the family occupied while it was still partly unfinished in the spring of 1853. Mr. Culver died the following summer. He was a contractor and built many of the first houses of this city. The old house which still stands in the pasture back of Millikin place was built by him and was one of the fine houses of the city. He also built many of the larger bridges of that day.
After the death of her husband, Mrs. Culver devoted herself to rearing her children who grew up here and several of whom reside here.
She had lived for fifty years in the house where she died and had shared the place with her daughter, Mrs. Frank J. Blaine.
The other children were Mrs. Fred Schwab who died in 1873; Silas Culver, who died in 1879; and Mrs. Lizzie Moore, and Elmer Culver all of whom reside in this city. Seven grandchildren also survive her. Dr. Leslie Schwab of Chicago; Daniel Moore of Peoria; Mrs. Ruth Sigmon of Auburn; and Mrs. Raymond Snyder, Miss Annette Moore and Roy Moore, who reside in Decatur.
She was a member of the Central Church of Christ, which she joined when a young girl. Throughout her long life she was an enthusiastic Sunday school worker and never missed a service if possible for her to get out.
Among some old papers which Mrs. Culver had preserved for a number of years was found some invitations to social events when she was a young girl. These social events occurred nearly seventy years ago. One invitation was printed. At that time no doubt it was looked upon as strictly up to date, but even at a glance at it now brings a reminiscent mood. The function was known as the "Union Ball" and it was held at the home of J.H. Elliott on the night of December 26, 1837. Printed at the bottom as the managers of the dance were the names of W.G. Reddick, Richard Oglesby, J.P. Hickox, S.B. Dewees, J.S. Adamson, H. Prather, Henry Snyder, Robert Barnett, E.O. Smith, J. Williams, and H.M. Gorin.
Afternoon and evening parties were then in vogue and in other invitations either 3 o'clock or 5 o'clock p.m. were named as the hour. One of the dances was held at the Decatur house on the night of December 25, 1839. Another was at the Decatur Hotel on the evening of July 6, 1837. Still another was at the home of Jesse Butler on the afternoon of the Friday following, December 29, 1836.
The deceased had two sons, one of whom served in the Union army as a member of the 63rd Volunteers. In the four years of his service he did not have a furlough to come home.
The funeral will be held at the Edward street Chrsitian church on Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock. Rev. Marion Stevenson of Chicago, formerly pastor of that church, will conduct the services.
Decatur Herald (Decatur, Illinois), Tuesday, January 20, 1903, pg2
Isaac Watts Culver (____ - 1853)
Silas Culver (____ - 1879)*
age 78y 8m 24d
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