Sophia Cassell Albert News


Illinois State Chronicle (Decatur, Illinois) April 23 1857

Married in this city at the residence of John Cassell on Tuesday evening of last week, by Rev. D. F. Bunn, Mr. Alfred Chandler to Miss Catherine Albert, all of this city.

Decatur Review (Decatur, Illinois)
October 21,  1881

Marriage licenses were issued yesterday to Geo. M. Danley and Kate Miller of Niantic and Wm. A. Chandler and Anna B. Stolts of Decatur.

Decatur Daily Republican (Decatur, Illinois) > 1884 > April > 12

Miss Esther Chandler, daughter of Mr. Al. Chandler, was given a surprise party recently at her home on Bradford street in honor of her 18th birthday anniversary. A large company of friends were present and all passed a most enjoyable evening.

Decatur Morning Review (Decatur, Illinois) > 1884 > July > 11

Fred Aholtz and a carpenter named Chandler, living on Bradford street, got into a fight yesterday morning over a cow. Both were somewhat bruised but no warrants were issued or arrests made.

Decatur Daily Republican,
January 3, 1887

Married in Decatur on Bradford street, Dec. 30, 1886, by Elder Newcomer, Mr. George Sheets and Miss Esther Chandler.

Review (Decatur, Illinois) > 1891 > April > 11

Elmer Chandler, fireman of the Wabash engine 574, has resumed work after a severe tussle with la grippe.

The Daily Review (Decatur, Illinois)
May 1, 1892

There was a pleasant surprise party on Miss Ella Chandler on Bradford street Friday evening, April 29th. Those present were Retta Montgomery, Noha Garver; Bertha Lane, Flora Buckalew, Ida Heugenberger, Rena Garver, Ida Schlem, Lotta Meek, Josie Lilly, Maude Chandler, Lillie Chandler, Ralph Wiggs, Harry Adams, Charlie Shively, Sammie and Orra May, Harry Bartholomew, Elmer Reveal, Claude Ping, Vernon Kennedy.

Decature Daily Review,
Saturday, November 19, 1892

Identification of the Body Found in the Sangamon
He Committed Suicide - No Reason Known Why He Should Do So - A Letter to His Mother - He was Taking the Cold Cure - The Body in Decatur

The dead body found in the Sangamon river Thursday evening proved to be that of Charles Chandler, foreman in the Wabash Truck department. Coroner Bendure went to the river east of Sangamon station early yesterday morning and held the inquest there.

The men who found the body testified that they first saw a man's hat, and a little farther up the river the body of a man without any coat. The tied the body to a tree, where it stayed until the coroner arrived there yesterday morning. The pants pockets were filled with rocks.

Thursday afternoon Chandler was seen for the last time walking across the bridge. Their verdict of the jury was that the deceased had come to his death by drowning.

Chandler was 34 years old and single and lived with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Chandler at 404 East Bradford street. He commenced Sunday to take the drink cure. Thursday forenoon he was at the shop as usual and apparently in as good spirits as usual. In the afternoon he passed the office window a little after 1 o'clock and as the clerks glanced out he made a gesture of the hand which they interpreted to mean that he had been getting another injection. He left the shop between 3 and 4 o'clock without speaking to any one, a thing which he was not accustomed to do. There was nothing in his conduct to occasion alarm in the minds of his associates.

His mother received the following letter dated Nov. 17 through the post office yesterday morning.

"Dear Mother - I can stand it no longer. I tried as hard as I could to give it up. Give my love to all. Draw my money and do the best you can with it. Its been a hard struggle to give it up. I take the coward's way. You will find my body near the Wabash bridge east of town.

Your poor unfortunate son

Charlie Chandler"

The body was brought to Decatur but this time for the funeral has not yet been arranged. The father of the young man is in Chicago and was expected here last night.

Decatur Daily Republican (Decatur, Illinois)
November 21  1892

Funeral of Charles Chandler

Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock the funeral of the late Charles Chandler took place from the residence of the parents, Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Chandler, No. 404 Bradford street, in the presence of a very large assemblage of friends. Rev. C. F. Rogers of the Bethel conducted the service. There were appropriate music and many floral offerings. Burial in Greenwood. The pall-bearers were W. C. Rike, Charles Chenoweth, Robert Humble, George Rigney, G. R. Ashton and A. J. Landry.

The Daily Review (Decatur, Illinois)
April 6 1893

Mr. and Mrs. William Chandler, returned last evening from a visit at Sangamon.

The Daily Review (Decatur, Illinois)
October 3,  1897

Louis Chandler of the Wabash paint shops went to Springfield last night, where he will visit friends for several days.

The Daily Review (Decatur, Illinois)
January 1, 1898

Louis G. Chandler of the Wabash paint shop will go to Springfield this mornign to make a call on the governor.

The Daily Review (Decatur, Illinois)
March 15,  1898

L. G. Chandler, William Fudge and R. C. Hinds of the Wabash shop force went to Meredosia Sunday to hunt ducks. They returned home yesterday and reported that they had a good time. They hunted for ducks all day. Only one duck was captured.

Daily Republican (Decatur, Illinois)
April 26, 1898

The Guards To the Front
Members of the Decatur Militia Will Leave Tomorrow Morning at 7:10 O'clock

The members of Company H, Fifth regiment, Ill., N.G. of this city will leave Decatur tomorrow morning at 7:10 o'clock for Springfield where they will join the other troops of this state. The order to moove was received last night and the time of leaving has been positiviely decided upon.

Roster of Co. H.


Fist Sergeant - Will Heiner

Cottage Hill - July 26, 1898

Michael Cassell of Decatur is visiting his brother, Judge Cassell. Also Davie Albert of the same city is visiting and looking for work. Work in town seems hard to find for some at least.

The Hennepin Herald
March 2, 1899 - Cottage Hill

Our faithful janitor, D. Albert, has been under the weather the past week.

The Daily Review (Decatur, Illinois) > 1899 > July > 6

Miss Ella Chandler of East Bradford will visit Detroit this week and attend the C. E. convention

The Daily Review (Decatur, Illinois) > 1900 > January > 5

A masquerade party was given last evening by the Misses Ella and Lillie Chandler at their home on East Bradford to sixteen of their friends. The costumes were the sources of much fun. The guests unmasked at 9 o'clock and at 10 o'clock supper was served. The evening was spent with games of various kinds.

The Daily Review (Decatur, Illinois)
August 4, 1900

Company H held an election last night to choose lieutenants. First Lieutenant Louis Chandler and Second Lieutenant Elmer Reavis were re-elected for another term of three years. Lieutenant Colonel F. P. Wells presided over the election. Lieutenant Chandler has been a member of Company H for the past ten years. After serving as private and non-commissioned officer he was a second lieutenant for three years and then served as first lieutenant for one term.

Cottage Hill, July 29, 1902

O.W. Allen and David Albert returned to Henry last Saturday after spent two weeks at hay, ect.

The Daily Review (Decatur, Illinois)
September 3, 1903

Camp Lincoln, Sept. 2

Popular Lieutenant

Lieutenant Chandler, got lost on the camp grounds one night in coming back to camp and waded into a marsh. He was nearly lost to view when he was rescued by other officers who were in the vicinity. He thinks his escape remarkable and since then has attempted at all times to show his appreciation to these officers for quick action in aiding him. Lieutenant Chandler is the life of the camp. He is always jovial and always the same and with the exception of Colver Culver and a few other officers, he is the best known individual in camp. He is original and there is only one Lieutenant Chandler and the boys think there will never be another. Even the citizens and children know him to say nothing of the governor, who said he is always glad to see Lieutenant Chandler.

The Daily Review (Decatur, Illinois)
September 16  1903


Miss Ella Chandler and Charles Bobb were married Tuesday evening at 8:30 o'clock at the home of the bride's mother, Mrs. Alfred Chandler, 404 East Bradford street.

As the couple enter the parion Miss Mabel Gray played Mendelsohn's wedding march. They stood before a large bank of ferns while the ceremony was performed by Rev. J. Bernard of the Church of God, assisted by Rev. J. W. Bobb, father of the groom. Miss Lily Chandler, sister of the bride, played "Hearts and Flowers" during the ceremony. After congratulations were received supper was served in the dining room

The room was decorated with ferns and cut flowers. The bride wore a gown of Persian lawn with lace trimmings and carried a large bouquet of bride's roses.

The couple received a number of beautiful presents. They will go to housekeeping at 979 West King street, where Mr. Bobb has already furnished a home. Mr. Bobb is a brick mason.

The Daily Review (Decatur, Illinois) > 1903 > November > 10

Wabash Men Hurt

Switchman C. A. Chandler of the Wabash, was Monday night caught between a car and a cattle chute, and severely pinched. It was thought by other members of the crew that he had received his everlasting but it was found when he recovered from the shock that his injuries were not of a dangerous sort. He was taken to the hospital where it was found that he was bruised in several places but had no broken bones. He will be able to return to work in a few days.

The Daily Review (Decatur, Illinois) > 1907 > March > 31

The Misses Jessie Rowers and Edna Chandler will spend Sunday in Taylorville visiting Mr. and Mrs. C. J. Sharrock.

The Daily Review (Decatur, Illinois) > 1907 > June > 20

Miss Edna Chandler has gone to spend several weeks with relatives in Winchester, Ill.

The Daily Review (Decatur, Illinois) > 1909 > August > 29

Miss Edna Chandler resigned her position Saturday evening with the International photograph company and will take an extended trip through Southern Illinois.

The Daily Review (Decatur, Illinois) > 1909 > October > 8

Miss Edna Chandler has taken a position in the office of Dr. Baker.  She will assume her new duties at once.

The Daily Review (Decatur, Illinois) > 1911 > March > 10

The Chums club met Thursday afternoon at the home of Mrs. Dora Ruthrauff, 2063 North Charles street. The Chums club is composed of about ten women who were schoolmates in their childhood days. They have a meeting about once a month and the gatherings are always enjoyable ones.

Those who attended the meeting were Mrs. Lillie Graham, Mrs. Jim Winter, Mrs. Minnie Chandler, Mrs. Bertha Francisco, Mrs. Dora Ruthrauff, Mrs. Maud Ware, Mrs. Lola Ruthrauff and Mrs. Ella Bobb.

The Daily Review (Decatur, Illinois)
November 20,  1911

Found Dead After Two Days Illness
Alfred Chandler
Was An Old Contracting Carpenter

Alfred Chandler for many years a contracting carpenter died at his home 404 East Bradford street early Sunday morning. He was found dead in his bed about 8 o'clock and had evidently been dead about half an hour.

In spite of his eighty-one years, Mr. Chandler was hale and hearty and patently in excellent health until last Friday morning when he suffered a severe attack of stomach trouble. Though a physician was called to attend him then it was not thought that he was in a very serious condition.

When Claude Chandler who is a Wabash switchman arose about 6:30 Sunday morning he heard his father in his room. The son left the house shortly afterward. Mr. Chandler did not get up and when members of the family went to his room about 8:30 they found him dead in bead.

The body was moved to the Monson & Wilcox undertaking establishment and prepared for burial.

Serves Through War

Alfred Chandler was born at Dearborn, Ind., May 23, 1830. He was left an orphan at the age of fifteen years and he came to Decatur. At the outbreak of the civil war Mr. Chandler went to Indianapolis and enlisted as a volunteer serving throughtout the entire war. At the close of the war he returned to Decatur and this has been his home ever since. He has been a good citizen and was held in high regard by all. For many years he was engaged in carpenter work and general contracting. He was a member of Dunham post 141 G. A. R.

Mr. Chandler married Miss Katherine Albert in Decatur April 14 1856. He is survived by his wife and the following children Claude Chandler, William A. Chandler, Elmer E. Chandler, Mrs. Maude Ware, Mrs. Charles Bobb and Mrs. Frank Graham all of Decatur; Louis Chandler of Witchita Kansas and Mrs. George Sheets of North Folk. He also leaves ten grandchildren and two great grandchildren.


The funeral will be held at 2 o'clock Tuesday afternoon at the residence and will be conducted by Rev. I. S. Richmond. The interment will be in Greenwood.

The Daily Review (Decatur, Illinois) > 1911 > December > 22

Windsor Couple Wed

B. Thurman Horn, a laborer of Windsor and B. Maude Ware of the same city, were married Thursday by Judge J. K. P. Grider at his office in the court house.

The Daily Review (Decatur, Illinois) > 1912 > June > 26

Mrs. Catherine Chandler, 404 Bradford street, is visiting friends and relatives in Pana.

The Daily Review (Decatur, Illinois)
February 10  1913

C. C. Chandler, Long A Railroader Died

Was Employed by Wabash For Eighteen Years

Claude (?) Chandler 404 East King Street (…?….) Monday morning (….?….) been delirious all Sunday (..?…) He was (…..?….) and had been employed at the Wabash for the past eighteen years. He worked as a switchman in (..?..) He was born in Decatur and was known to all railroad men.

He is survived by his mother Mrs. Catherine Chandler of Decautr, three brothers and four sisters: Lou Chandler, W?, Kan., Will and Elmer Chandler, Mrs. Maude Ware, Mrs. Charles Bobb and Mrs. Frank Graham all of Decatur and Mrs. George Sheets of near Long Creek. He was a member of the Loyal Order of Moose and the brotherhood of Railway Trainmen.

The body was removed to the Mosen and Wilcox undertaking establishment and prepared for burial and the inquest was set for 2 o'clock.

The Daily Review (Decatur, Illinois)
February 11  1913

Claude C. Chandler

The funeral of Claude C. Chandler will be held at (?) o'clock Wednesday afternoon at the residence of his mother, Mrs. Catherine Chanlder 404 East King street. The interment will be in Greenwood. The Loyal Order of Moose will attend the funeral in a body.

The Daily Review (Decatur, Illinois)
February 26, 1914

The jury in the case of Catherine Chandler Vs the Switchmen's Union of North America returned a verdict in favor of Mrs. Chandler in the circuit court at 9 o'clock Thursday morning giving her $767.19. The contention of the defence was that the death of Claude Chandler which occurred in jail, was due to alcoholism.

The testimony of the prosecution showed that he had been suffering from a heavy cold for sevearl days before his death and had at times been delirious and the theory seemed to be that pneumonia caused his death.

The Daily Review (Decatur, Illinois) > 1914 > September > 22

A pleasant surprise party was given for Mrs. Albert Scholtz Monday evening at her home on East Main street, the occasion being her birthday. The evening was spent socially and refreshments were served. Those present were Mr. and Mrs. George Sheets, Mr. and Mrs. Leo Meek, Mr. and Mrs. C. E. Bobb and children, Dorothy and Charles; Mrs. Elmer Chandler, Miss Edna Chandler, Mrs. Belle Chandler, Mrs. Mary Ware and daughters, Gladys Mary and Imogene.

The Daily Review (Decatur, Illinois)
May 1, 1915

Lived In This City Since 1858

Mrs. Catherine Chandler Dies - Burrows Death

Mrs. Catherine Chandler, widow of Alfred A. Chandler, died at 2:30 Saturday morning at her home 404 East King street. Her death was caused by pneumonia, after an illness of six weeks. She was about seventy-seven years old.

Mrs. Chandler was born near Harrisburg, Pa., June 24, 1838. She came to Illinois when she was eighteen years old. She and Alfred A. Chandler were married in Decatur April 14, 1858, and this has been her home ever since. Her husband died Nov. 19, 1911. She was a niece of the late Berry Cassell. She was a member of the Church of God and was well known among the old residents of the city.

Mrs. Chandler is survived by the following seven children. William A. Chandler and Elmer E. Chandler of Decatur, Louis G. Chandler of Cerro Gordo, Mrs. Esther Sheets of North Folk, Mrs. Maud Ware, Mrs. Ella Bobb and Mrs. Lillian Graham, all of Decatur. She also leaves a brother, David Albert, who made his home with her, and eighteen grandchildren and four great-grandchildren, and a sister Mrs. Margaret Lingle of Harrisburg, Pa.

The Daily Review (Decatur, Illinois)
May 2, 1915

Mrs. Catherine Chandler

The funeral of Mrs. Catherine Chandler will be held at 2 o'clock Monday afternoon at the Church of God. The interment will be in Greenwood.

The Daily Review (Decatur, Illinois) > 1915 > June > 2

Sunflower Social Club

The Sunflower Social club met Tuesday afternoon at the home of Mrs. Maud Ware, 1815 East Prairie street, with all member but three present. Mrs. Clara Pitt of Peoria, and Mrs. Elmer Chandler were guests. The house was prettily decorated with red roses and white roses were favors. The afternoon was spent with needle work and delicious refreshments were served.

October 11, 1915 Decatur Review, Decatur, IL

On Vacation Trip
Miss Edna Chandler and Miss Willa Koehler left via the Wabash at 1:15 o’clock Sunday morning for Chicago, where they will spend a week or ten days on a vacation. Miss Chandler is cashier and Miss Koehler is bookkeeper at the L. D. Barbey grocery store.

The Daily Review (Decatur, Illinois)
August 27,  1916

Lived in House For 25 Years

W. C. Fearn Last Week Closed An Unusual Account

W. C. Fearn last week closed his account as landlord with William A. Chandler, tenant, after a term probably not exceeded by any other in Decatur. Mr. Chandler had occupied Mr. Fearn's house at 688 West Macon street for twenty-five years, two months and fifteen days. It goes without saying that Mr. Chandler found Mr. Fearn a pretty satisfactory landlord, else he would not have remained in the house, and Mr. Chandler quit the house to move to Denver. He is an expert candy and ice cream maker and worked for Wood Brothers and other concerns.

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