Obituary - Frances Carlson (1901)
Frances A. Wagers
LeROY – Frances Amelia Carlson Wagers, 92, of LeRoy, formerly of the Ellsworth area, historian responsible for naming Dawson Lake, died at 3:30 a.m. yesterday (Oct. 26, 1993) at LeRoy Manor, LeRoy.
Her funeral will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, LeRoy, the Rev. Marvin N. Orewiler officiating. Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery, LeRoy.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Mrs. Wagers was born April 6, 1901, the youngest child of Charles and Jennie Matilda Nelson Carlson. She married Amos J. Wagers May 24, 1930, in Bloomington. He died March 18, 1975.
Survivors include one daughter, Anita Wagers, LeRoy; one son, Richard Wagers, LeRoy; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
One sister and four brothers preceded her in death.
Mrs. Wagers attended Lone Oak Grade School and graduated from Ellsworth High School in 1918. She received a teaching certificate from Illinois State Normal University in 1923 and taught at Adams School, south of Lexington, from 1923 to 1925; at Lone Oak School from 1925 to 1932 and from 1943 to 1944.
For 65 years, Mrs. Wagers lived 3 ½ miles south of Ellsworth where she and her husband farmed for 35 years until they retired in 1965 and moved to LeRoy.
She attended church at the Old Town Chapel and the Asbury Methodist Church at Stumptown.
Mrs. Wagers was a member of the First United Methodist Church, LeRoy, and former member of Ellsworth Methodist Church.
She also was a member of the Ellsworth Homemakers Extension Association Unit; the United Methodist Women; the LeRoy Mothers Club; the LeRoy Garden Club; the LeRoy Golden Hour Club; and the LeRoy Historical Society.
Mrs. Wagers had a lifelong interest in local history and wrote a series for the LeRoy Journal on the early settlers of Dawson Township, life in the Old Town timber and farming in the early 1900s.
She was responsible for naming Dawson Lake in honor of John Dawson, one of the early settlers in McLean County.
Her articles on the Old Settlers Picnic led to the creation of the annual LeRoy Historic Days, and she was named parade marshal in 1979.
Memorials may be made to the LeRoy or Ellsworth United Methodist churches or the LeRoy Ambulance Service.
The name and date of the paper are currently unknown. It probably came from the files at the Leroy or Farmer City public libraries.
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Frances Amelia Carlson
Father: Charles August Carlson
Mother: Jennie Matilda Nelson
April 6, 1901
October 26, 1993
LeRoy Manor, LeRoy, IL, US
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