Here is the obit of Matthias Sides:
Died October 27, 1899, at the residence of his daughter, Mrs. Flora Robertson, in Nokomis, Il, Friday October 27, 1899, Matthias Sides, aged 78 years, 4 months and 12 days.
The funeral services were held at the Methodist Episcopal Church, Sunday, October 29, 1899 at 2 o'clock p.m., conducted by the pastor, Reverand J.S. Tull.
Matthias Sides was born in Stanley County, North Carolina, June 15, 1821. In 1845 he was united in marriage with Miss Bost and three years later, settled in what is now known as Lipe Settlement in Montgomery County, Illinois, as a farmer. From that time on until his death, Mr. Sides continued a resident of Montgomery County, Il, engaged most of the time as a farmer, though for several years in the late 50's he, with Solomon Smith as a partner, operated the first grist mill established in Nokomis, Il. It was located on Pine Street, between State Street and the railroad, about where the post office now stands and was burned in 1860. Immediately after the fire, Mr. Sides partner disappeared and Mr. Sides was compelled to meet the debts of the firm alone, which left him almost destitute. Taking up farming again by hard work and the economy, he accumulated considerable property, which, several years ago, he devided among his children, retaining sufficient to provide for himself and his wife. When 23 years of age he joined the Lutheran Church and was a member of the Methodist church in this city since 1896.
At the time of his death, Mr Sides was probably one of the oldest settlers in this part of Montgomery County. He was the father of 12 children, 11 of wheom, with his widow survive. The children are Mrs. Flora Robertson, William E. Sides, Adolphus Sides, Mrs. Lucinda Kerr and Mrs. William Montgomery Gage of Nokomis; Daniel Sides of Golden City, Missouri; Emanuel Sides of Pana; Mrs. Ida Deal and Mrs. Laura Raymer of North Carolina; Mrs. Nettie Isaacs of Harvel and Emerson Sides of St. Louis, Missouri.
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