From the Chatsworth Plaindealer Chatsworth,Livingston,Illinois
MRS. MAHALA M. STRAIGHT NOVEMBER 5, 1897
Mrs. Mahala M. Straight, mother of Mr. J. A. Straight, residing southwest of town, and for many years a resident of this community, passed quietly away at her late home in Chicago on Wednesday (Nov.3) morning, shortly after midnight. Mrs. Straight had been in poor health since last February and her death was caused by heart failure. Mahala M. Stoddard was born in Chatauqua county, New York, on March 23, 1835, and was united in marriage with Alonzo A. Straight on April 16, 1854. In September, 1856, Mr. and Mrs. Straight came to Illinois, settling in Cropsey township, McLean county, being the second family to settle in the township. After Mr. Straight's death, a number of years ago, our subject made her home with her father or children until about five years ago, when she went to Chicago, where she and her daughter have since resided. She leaves to mourn her departure three sons and one daughter, namely: J.A., of this place; Dora, unmarried, who has resides with her mother in Chicago; O.B., of Belleflower; Frank, of Omaha, Neb.; and other relatives and hosts of friends in whose memories her pleasant and cultured manner will ever cause her to remain. Funeral services were held from the home in Chicago, after which the remains were taken to Fairbury. A service was held at the home of her brother-in-law, Mr. R.C. Straight, in Fairbury, and the remains laid to rest beside those of her husband in the Fairbury cemetery. Those present at the burial were the immediate relatives and Fairbury friends--Mr. and Mrs. B.M. Stoddard, of Minonk; Mrs. O.H. Brigham, of this city; Mr. Elden Brigham, of Watseka; Messrs. Reuben Stoddard, of Minonk, and Bert Stoddard, of Toluca.