Miss Cora Black was born in Peoria Co., Ill., Sept, 13th, 1853. Died May 13, 1905, being 51 yrs, 8 mo, old.She was educated at the academy of the "Sacred Heart" of Peoria. Being of a pleasant disposition and having a happy greeting for all she securedmany friends, She became a Christian and united with the Baptist church when quite young, and was devoted to its work as long as her physical strength lasted. Dr. Simon's of the First Baptist church of Peoria preached the funeral sermon. The text "She hath done what she could" is found in St. Mark 5-8.. This text was used for each ofher sisters, Mrs. J. L. Brown of Peoria and Mrs. J. Calder of Ohio.
A strange incident, each service preached at a different place by different preaches, yet all chose the same text. She was patient as only a Christian could be during her last illness which lasted six months. She leaves to mourn her loss her father, G. R. Black: three brothers, Chas. F., Judson H. and Lincoln J. and many friends.
The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il. May 18, 1905
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Contributed by Dick Parr G. R. Black, Noted Old Settler, Dead in Ninety-eighth Year
Gain Robinson Black, aged nearly 98 years, a resident of Hollis township for about 77 years, and perhaps the oldest man in Peoria county diedFriday morning at 2:45 o'clock at his home, death being due to general decline incident to old age. He was taken ill about four weeks ago and since then was confined to his bed; but up to that time he had been physically active and mentally alert and bade fair to achieve his desire of living to celebrate his 100th birthday anniversary.
His advanced years, however were not his sole claim to distinction. His life was an active and useful one and he left his impress, upon his township as well as other parts of the county. His active years were given over largely to building and joining and general carpenter work, but for the greater part of his residence in Illinois he was also engaged in farming and stock raising., He also served his community in public life and for 40 years was, justice of the peace. Politically he was. a staunch. Republican. For 16 or 18 years he was a guager in the internal revenue service in Peoria. . Mr. Black was born in Guernsey county, Ohio, May 23, 1823, and came to Hollis township in 1844. Here he followed the trade of carpentry for twenty years and for many years he was also the partner of T. J. McGrew, Tomas Neill and D. C. Halcomb in the stock business. In his building activities he was for a time closely associated with the late John Procter of Peoria and they worked together in the development of thisneighborhood when Peoria was little more than a scattered collection of primitive buildings. In 1859 he purchased 230 acres in Hollis township, which he developed into one of the finest and best equipped properties in the county.
On Jan. 25, 1849, he was married to Susan Matilda Powell, whose deathoccurred Jan. 17, 1892. Seven children were born to this union, of whom the following three survive:Charles F. Black, Peoria; Judson H. Black, Hollis township; LincolnJ. Black, Bell Center, Ohio. One son and three daughters preceded him in death.
Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock at Maple Ridge Baptist church, of which he had been a member nearly 70 years, and interment was in the Maple Ridge cemetery. The services were conducted by Rev. Joseph C. Hazen of the FirstBaptist church, Peoria.