|Birth: ||Jan. 27, 1862|
|Death: ||Dec. 11, 1933|
FROM Boyd R. Churchill, 1972.
DOLLIE BELLE (DOLL) CHURCHILL, daughter of Leonard Hubbard Churchill.
Dollie Belle (everyone called her Doll) was born near Fiatt in 1875. Her uncle, Charles Belden Churchill II had just held the Grand Opening for his hotel the "Churchill House" on South Main Street in Canton (March 18, 1875). The next year Alexander Graham Bell demonstrated his new invention, the telephone. It was ten years and more before the first telephones would be installed in Canton and another ten or more before rural areas would have them. Actually the first four telephones in Canton (about 1887) were installed in the Churchill House, the two depots, and the office of Parlin & Orendorff. IN 1888 Canton had fourty-five telephone subscribers.
Doll was two years old when Thomas Edison invented the phonograph. Years later this was the only musical instrument in the Ash home if the writer recalls correctly. When Doll was in her "teens", the bicycle was very popular. The chain drive had been connected to the rear wheel for the first time in 1884. In 1890 pneumatic tires appeared on bicycles for the first time. However country roads were not well suited to bicycle riding and as far as known, none of Leonard Hubbard Churchill's children had a bicycle.
In April 1900 Doll married Lorin (Lon) Ash. Lon's parents lived two miles east and about one mile north of Fiatt. Lon had been married previously to Mary Jane Seery who died in 1891. In 1901 Lon bought a home in Canton and moved to town. In 1906 he purchased 68 acres of the Divilbiss estate on the southwest edge of Canton which for years was known as the "Owls Nest." The family used this as a summer home for many years, moving back to their town house when school started in the fall.
About 1917 Lon sold the "Owls Nest" and purchased a farm in eastern Illinois in Iroquois County, east of Danforth. Lon and his son Lon C. lived on the farm the year round but the rest of the family lived in Canton during the school year and moved to the farm for the summer. In the fall of 1927 Doll moved to Urbana where four of the children (Russell, Frances, Mary Jane and Mildred Jean) attended the University. Each summer she returned to the farm, alternating between the two places until after the death of her husband. In 1934 she took up permanent residence in Urbana and lived there until her death in 1957. She and Lon are buried in the Greenwood Cemetery in Canton.
Singleton W Ash (1831 - 1910)
Mary Jane Gardner Ash (1839 - 1919)
Mary Jane Seery Ash (1865 - 1891)*
Dollie Belle Churchill Ash (1875 - 1957)*
Lon Churchill Ash (1904 - 1996)*
Charles Eugene Ash (1859 - 1937)*
Lorin Melville Ash (1862 - 1933)
Lucy A Ash (1864 - 1952)*
Created by: Judith A. Churchill
Record added: Apr 14, 2010
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