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Rev Charles J Cheesman

  • Birth 7 Jun 1864 Union City, Obion County, Tennessee, USA
  • Death 2 Aug 1936 Princeville, Peoria County, Illinois, USA
  • Burial Princeville, Peoria County, Illinois, USA
  • Plot Div D, Row 8, Lot 8
  • Memorial ID 23858503

Son of John T. & Elizabeth (Barker) Cheesman of England. Husband of 1) Laura G. Henry (d. 1891), m. 1890, & 2) Nellie Etheline "Ethel" Phillips, m. Oct 19, 1898, Princeville. Suicide by hanging in basement of home. [May actually have been born in Arlington, Bureau County, IL.]


Aug 1936
Princeville Telephone


While apparently despondent over ill health, Charles J. Cheesman, 72, prominent business man of Princeville for over fifty years and one the most highly respected citizens of the village, committed suicide Sunday morning by hanging himself in the basement of his home. His lifeless body was found by his daughter by his daughter Mignonne, when she and her sister returned home from church.
Mr. Cheesman had been ill since February of this year, being a patient at Seven Oaks sanitarium for several weeks and later at the Methodist hospital in Peoria.
Funeral services for Mr. Cheeseman were held Tuesday afternoon at 2o'clock in charge of Rev. A. B. Ryan, assisted by John Acheson of Princeton. A gathering of relatives and friends which taxed the capacity of the church attended the last rites giving outward sign of esteem in which the deceased was held in the community. Interment was in the Princeville cemetery.
The following obituary was read at the services:
Charles John Cheesman was born at Arlington, Illinois, June 7, 1864, and died at Princeville, Illinois, August 2, 1936, aged 72 years, 1 months and 26 days. He was the son of John T. and Elizabeth Cheesman.
In 1885, at the age of 21, he came to Princeville and worked as a clerk in the Simpson sore. In a few years his Brother, Henry J, Cheesman also came and together they bought this store, forming a partnership which continued for over forty years to the present time.

In 1890 he married Miss Laura Henry of Princeville, daughter of Dr. R. F. Henry. She died the following year.
On October 19, 1898 he married Miss Ethel Phillips, daughter of Rev. Charles T. Phillips of Presbyterian church. To this marriage three children were born. Carl, Mignonne and Elizabeth, all of whom survive. Mrs. Cheesman died January 31, 1930.
Besides the three children, Mr. Cheeseman is survived by four grandchildren, Ethel, Robert, Jack and Barbara Cheesman, by his brother Henry J. Cheesman and by three sisters, Mrs. Minnie Price of Malden, Illinois, Mrs. Charles Pratt of Tuckahoe, New York and Mrs. Carrie Brown of Canton, Ill.
In his early years here he joined the A. F. & A. M Lodge No. 360 of Princeville and continued through the years a respected and valued member of that order. He was an active leader in all public enterprises and though his regular work in the store was continuing and arduous, he took time to help all business men's organizations and activities. He did most of the work of the Princeville Township Cemetery board for many years, helped is all Red Cross work, and was earnest worker for the temperance cause in village policies.
The life of Charles J. Cheesman was an example of unselfish, outstanding service for others. Possessed of a rare understanding of human nature he was quick to where he could be of help and just as quick he take the lead and act.
He joined the Presbyterian church of Princeville during the pastorate of Rev. Charles M. Taylor and it was his work in the church especially that stamped him as a leader in everything that stood for human betterment. He took an active part in the Christian Endeavor society in the early days, his influence extending out over several counties. He was superintendent of the Sunday school for 26 years and for many years until the present was an elder and clerk of the session of the church.
There is probably not one person in the Princeville community who has not at some time , in some way, felt the benefits of his efforts for the community. He will be remembered for his happy home, for the wonderful help given HIM BY Mrs. Cheesman, for the tender association with his brother and for half a century of unselfish devotion.
Life was sweet to him when he was serving others

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  • Originally Created by: John Melton
  • Added: 9 Jan 2008
  • Find A Grave Memorial 23858503
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