Robert Boyett's Family

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  • ID: I2452
  • Name: Robert Sidney Shook Sr. 1 2 3
  • Sex: M
  • Occupation: Merchant 1 3
  • Event: Schroeder Funeral Home Funeral Home 2
  • Event: W.S. Erwin and Worth Woolsey Pastor Officiating 15 MAY 1953 2
  • Event: Section B,k Row A,Lot 9 Burial Location
  • Birth: 16 MAR 1877 in Du Quoin, Perry, Illinois, USA 1 4
  • Burial: Old Du Quoin Cemetery 15 MAY 1953 Du Quoin, Perry, Illinois, USA 1 2 3
  • Residence: Places of Residence Robert S. Shook, Sr. BET 1903 AND 1915 Du Quoin, Perry, Illinois, USA
  • Note: East St. Louis, IL., Zeigler, IL., Harrisburg, IL., Old Du Quoin, IL.
  • Death: 13 MAY 1953 in Du Quoin, Perry, Illinois, USA 1 2 5
  • _DCAUSE: Hodgkins Disease
  • Note:
    Shooks Country Store
    Rural Delivery in Old DuQuoin, IL.
    Shooks Country Store in Old DuQuoin was located on three different sit es during its life time. The first was east of the old DuQuoin Seminary Hi ll, on the north side of the Mulkeytown Chester road, now known as route 1 4.
    In 1874 Sidney Shook of St. St. Clair County Illinois. Bought one hundr ed acres of land in section 27 west of the Seminary Hill in Old DuQuoi n. In 1875 Lemuel G. Shook and his wife Sarah Jane Van Horn came to Old Du Quoin to farm the land bought by his father, In the later part of tile 70 's Lemuel took possession of this store. which dealt in General Merchandis e, Wagons, Vehicles and Farm Implements. When the owner moved to DuQuoin.
    When Lemuel's son Robert graduated from the, eighth grade he joined his fa ther in the grocery business. The store was then known as L.G. Shook and S on dealing in Staples, Fancy Groceries and a Barber Shop. In the early 19 00's Lemuel moved his business to a location about one eighth of a mile we st of the first site, on his land in section 27, because it was more conve nient for Sarah Jane to take care of the store while Lemuel and Robert we re farming and delivering, The store was again moved across the road ne ar the home.
    The first delivery vehicle was a horse drawn hack. A bell was tied to t he harness to alert the customers be their presence in the area. Often wh en customers wanted them to Stop and were afraid they wouldn't hear him co ming they would place a rag in a tree or on the fence post telling h im to stop.
    The hack was filled with orders taken the previous visit, and new ite ms in the store that they might like. He would take pictures of new ite ms in the store that couldn't be taken in the hack for the lack of spac e. Each route consisted of a round trip to DuQuoin to allow them to pi ck up supplies from the wholesale houses there. Often the customer would a sk them to pick up needed things in DuQuoin. When customers were maki ng a dress or curtains and needed more material thread or trimming, they w ould give him a piece of material to match and leave it on the return tri p. The hack driver was often asked to pick up or check to see if freight w as in.
    The second vehicle was an open cab Dodge truck. Gee, this was great! Tri ps to DuQuoin on the route only took half a day and a new route was adde d. Dowell, Illinois was the new route. The new truck was quite unique wi th its wood covered roof. The sides were of heavy wire, with canvas awni ng at the top which could be rolled down to keep rain or snow out and to p rotect the merchandise. The wheels had wooden spokes and tires had innertu bes and was a durable vehicle that traveled on muddy roads quite well. T he speed was a slow 25-30 miles per hour! If you went any faster you we re speeding. During this time a local boy was hired to assist in the deliv ery and operation of the store. During the winter the weather would get qu ite cold. When my brother and I were allowed to go on the route with our f ather we would huddle down below the dash board for a few minutes but so on had to get back up because the fumes might have overcome us.
    When the DuQuoin Sate Fair was opened. Mr. Hayes the owner, allowed the tr uck to go in, take orders, and deliver to the fair people. Father wou ld go in every morning for orders and in the afternoon for delivery. Ice w as as I remember an item every one needed and was a treat for us to go wi th him. Another treat we remember in this old truck was after a trip to Cr oessman Wholesale to get supplies and to the DuQoin Packing Company, on t he way home we would get in the back, get crackers and wieners, and ha ve a lunch.
    In 1924 the service to Dowell was dropped, and ice was added to the deliv ery items and only routes to DuQuoin were made. The driver was alert ed to the need for ice by a sign in the window telling how many pounds we re needed. With the improvement of the roads, the highway on route 14 t he old truck was traded for a new one. We were all excited about an enclos ed cab with a heater but when the car dealer drove the old truck back to D uQuoin my brother and I sat on the store steps with tears streaming down o ur faces at the loss of many memories, as it traveled down the road and ar ound the curve out of sight.
    Telephones, electricity, and automobiles in every home caused the delive ry service to change drastically in the years to come. In 1953 Robert Sidn ey Shook Sr. died and his son Robert S. Shook Jr. and widow Belle operat ed the store for four years. Robert S. Shook Jr. left in 1955 and Belle re tired in 1957 to end an era in Old DuQuoin. There were three generatio ns of Shook's that operated the grocery and delivery services in the commu nity. Robert Sidney Shook Jr. and his nephew Robert C. Boyett, who like h is mother, enjoyed many a trip with Grandpa and Uncle Bobby.
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    Copied from:
    Memories of Roberta Shook Boyett
    RR.1 Box 314
    Sesser, IL 62884
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    From a letter from Ida Shook Davison Jan 27 1964.

    Scub Van Horn thinks that Dad, (Robert S. Shook Sr.) ran the store where P uterbaugh Store, Barber Shop, Post office on the hill. You remember Dad te lling that the first store was just west of us, (Jack and Ida lived on t he corner of the current Old DuQuoin Blacktop and Ill Rt 14) never rememb er it as a store., (I think this would be the hill just East of the curre nt Old DuQuoin Baptist Church) but do the old building. It was in fro nt of the barn.
    I can remember coming to Grandpa Shooks,(Lemuel Green Shook's) in a hor se and buggy from Zeigler Il.
    Dad mom and I lived in DuQuoin.I went to first grade-Teacher Maggie Hinck ley. Then we lived in East St. Louis for a shot time. Dat worked in a butc her shop there, then moved to Zeigler. Dad was a butcher in the Coal Co st ore. Then dad went to Harrisburg, opened a little butcher shop. We did n ot live there but a short time when Grandpa Shook died in April of 191 5. We moved to Old DuQuoin. I was 11 years old tnen, and I have been he re ever since. This moving around would be between 1903 and 1915.
    I remember Dad and I staking on the top of the snow in 1918. Also wh en we came to Grandpa Shooks store, he would have a few bottles of lemon a nd strawberry soda - which was a treat at that time, and a long horn chee se and some bacon in a wooden icebox which would hold about 50lbs of ic e. I remember when the men folks would gather around the pot belly sto ve in the store and swap stories. Mother always sent me in the house and s hee too didn't stay out of store of evening. That date was between 1915 a nd 1921, as she passed away in 1921. When Grandpa Shook was sick in be d, he told me he was going to come to Harrisburg and see us on a, one e ye horse, he was talking about the train.
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    Copied from the Du Quoin Evening Call. December 30th 1951.

    50 YEARS AGO..DECEMBER 30TH 1921

    Robert S. Shook of Old Du Quoin and Mrs Belle Johnson, of this city surprised their friends Sunday afternoon by their marriage, which was soleminzed at 4 o'clock by Rev. W.M. Maxton at the Presbyterian manse on East Cole St. Following the cremony Mr. and Mrs. Shook departed for St. Louis where they will enjoy their honeymoon. The bride is the daughter of Mrs. delilah Bryant, formerly of this city, and has spent most of her life in Du Quoin. She is well and favorably known ad has a host of friends to wish her well on the occasion of her wedding. For some months past she has been employed as a saleslady for the Mifflin-Munday Dry Goods Co., where her services were highly valued. The bridegroom is a prosperous merchant who has for years conducted a general store near his home in Old Du Quoin. He too is highly respected in the community where he has lived practically all his life. Upon their return from St. Louis Mr. and Mrs, Shook will make thier home on the Shook farm in Old Du Quoin.
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    Robert Sidney Shook
    History of Perry County 1827-1988
    Vol. I Published by: Turner Publishing Company
    Pg. 312
    Robert Sidney Shook was born 16 March 1877 at Old Du Quoin Il., the s on of Lemuel Green and Sarah Jane Van Horn Shook. He graduated from the O ld Du Quoin grade school which was later known as the Purdy School. Wh en he was sixteen years old the home place was burned . Robert was ab le to get up stairs and to the family trunk where family treasures were st ored. Those being letters, pictures, and books that were brought from Oh io by the Van Horn family in 1844, tossing the featherbed tickling la st he jumped on them to safety. The home was rebuilt for a sum of $844. 00 in 1883 and is today by his grandson Robert "Bud Shook.
    Robert was first employed with his father in the grocery business in O ld Du Quoin, operated a barber shop adjacent to the grocery store on the P uterbaugh property . Later with Louis Kaul and others operated a grocery s tore in Du Quoin located where the Sanitary Market once stood. Other plac es of business he was employed was Belleville, Zeigler Company Stor e, . He had just opened his own meat market in Harrisburg when he was call ed home due to the death of his father.
    Robert married O'Tillie Heberer, daughter of John and Johanna Rausch Hebe rer on 22nd of Oct., 1902 in Du Quoin, IL., to this union two daughters we re born Elinor died in infancy, and Ida Jane. O'Tillie died on 17 April 1 921. Ida Jane married George Edward Davison on 4 Nov. 1922 celebrating the ir 64th wedding anniversary in November of 1986 in Old Du Quoin where th ey built their home in 1922 and across the road where she was born. Th is home is now occupied by Jeannettia Cullen, the grand-daughter of Robe rt Sidney Shook. They had one daughter Betty Lou and she married Kenne th Wyatt on 27 June 1942, to this union two children were born Judy Ann w ho married Dr. Loren Roberts, issue Kimberly and Brenda, Robert Wayne w ho married Patricia Glenn. Judy lives in Rockford, IL, and Robert Way ne in Springfield.
    After the death of O'Tillie, Robert married Gracie Belle Bryant Johnson a nd to this union two children were born. Roberta Belle Shook Boyett and R obert Sidney Shook, Jr..
    Robert was active in many civic organizations he was a Democrat, serv ed as chairman of the Perry County Board of Commissioners, Modern Woodm an of America, Perry County School Trustee, Old Du Quoin Cemetery Boar d. He was a member of the Presbyterian Church in Du Quoin. Robert Di ed at his home on May 13th 1953 and is buried in the Old Du Quoin Cemetery .
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    Robert S. Shook Sr., Merchant and Public Offic ial Dead.
    (Copy of obituary as it appeared in the Du Quoin Eveni ng Call 14 May 1953)

    Robert S. Shook, Sr.,76 widely known Old Du Quoin merchant died at 7:00 a .m. at his home there.
    A lifelong resident of this community Shook last December completed a thr ee year term as county commissioner. He was a member of the board of scho ol trustees for township 6-1 and of the board of trustees for Old Du Quo in cemetery.
    Born in Old Du Quoin on March 16th 1877, the deceased was a son of the la te Lemuel G. and Sara Jane Shook. He was married to O'Tillie Heberer who p assed away in April 1920. His second wife Belle Bryant Johnson Shook survi ves.
    Also surviving are two daughters. Mrs. Ida Davison of Old Du Quoin and Mr s. Roberta Boyett of Galatia, one son, Robert Shook, Jr. Old Du Quoin w ho was associated with his father in operating of the store; a step son, S tephen Johnson of Fort Benton, Montana; a step daughter, Mrs Jeanetta Hert el of Princeton, Indiana ; five grandchildren, two great grandchildren, fi ve step grandchildren; and two step great grandchildren: One daughter Elen ore, preceded him in death.
    Shook was a member of the Modern Woodmen of America.
    Services will be conducted at 2: p.m. Friday May 15th, for the family ho me in Old Du Quoin with Reverends W.S. Erwin and Worth Woolsey officiatin g. Burial will be in the Old Du Quoin Cemetery.
    Friends may call at Schroeder Funeral Home after 6 p.m. today until Thurs day afternoon when the casket will be taken to the family home. Friends m ay call at the residence after 4 p.m. Thursday until time of service.
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    Obituary St. Louis Globe Democrat: 5/15/1953.

    Veteran Business Man Dies at Old Du Quoin, ILL.
    Du Quoin IL., May 13
    Robert S. Shook Sr., 76, who had operated a general store in nearby Old DuQuoin for 40 years, died today at his home there.
    Shook had been a distributor for the Glove Democrat during the four decades he operated the store. He was a member of the Township Board of School Trustees and served one term as Perry County Commissioner.
    Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at the family home. Surviving are his widow, Mrs. Belle Shook; two daughters, Mrs Ida Davison, Old Du Quoin, and Mrs. Roberta Boyett, Galatia, and a son, Robert S. Shook Jr, who was associated with his father in the store.
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    R.F.D. 1
    Du Quoin, Illinois
    R.F.D. 1
    Du Quoin
    Illinois
    Phone: Telephone County 6F4
    Phone: Telephone County 6F4
    R.S. Shook and Otillie in their first automobile a Dodge.
    Belle and Robert S. Shook standing beside their first new Buick. Grandpa was very proud of this car.
    Wedding day for Robert S. Shook and Belle. Sara Jane Van Horn Shook his mother is to his right
    Burial site is in Old Du Quoin Cemetery Perry Co,. IL.
    Johanna Heberer (Grandpa Shooks Mother-In-Law); Sarah Jane (Van Horn) Shook, (Grandpa Shook's Mother); O'Tillie (Heberer) Shook (Grandpa Shooks First Wife).

    R.S. Shook Sr. Family
    http://trees.ancestry.com/rd?f=image&guid=430797df-d04a-4bc3-86f6-2a5665a2803e&tid=17441687&pid=2452

    Shook, Robert S. Sr
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    Obituary For Robert S Shok Sr.
    http://trees.ancestry.com/rd?f=document&guid=d9c62ee4-a9c3-4dff-9ac0-4abe08d12901&tid=17441687&pid=2452

    Sarah, Robert S. & Belle Shook
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    Otillie & Robert S. Shook Sr.
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    Shook, Otillie, Robert S. & Ida Jane
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  • Date: 7/30/2009 12:06:49 PM



    Father: Lemuel Green Shook b: 29 DEC 1842 in Turkey Hill, St. Clair Illinois, USA
    Mother: Sarah Jane Van Horn b: 01 MAY 1849 in Carroll, Ohio, USA

    Marriage 1 Grace Belle Bryant b: 31 OCT 1889 in Du Quoin, Perry, Illinois, USA
    • Married: 25 DEC 1921 in Du Quoin, Perry, Illinois, USA 2
    Children
    1. Has Children Roberta Belle Shook b: 04 JAN 1923 in Du Quoin, Perry, Illinois, USA
    2. Has Children Robert Sidney Shook Jr b: 03 OCT 1926

    Marriage 2 Otilla "O'Tillie" Heberer b: 09 JUN 1875 in Perry, Illinois, USA
    • Married: 22 OCT 1902 in Du Quoin, Perry, Illinois, USA 1 2 6 7
    Children
    1. Has Children Ida Jane Shook b: 26 NOV 1903 in Du Quoin, Perry, Illinois, USA
    2. Has No Children Eleanor Shook b: 05 APR 1906 in Du Quoin, Perry, Illinois, USA

    Sources:
    1. Author: Roberta (Shook) Boyett
      Title: Family Group Sheet Compiled By Roberta Boyett
      Note:
      Roberta (Shook) Boyett, Family Group Sheet Compiled By Roberta Boyett.
    2. Title: Obituary
      Note:
      Obituary.
    3. Author: Perry County Historical Society, Mike Francois President
      Title: History of Perry County Illinois 1827-1988
      Publication: Name: Name: Published in 1988 by Turner Publishing Company;;
      Note:
      Perry County Historical Society, Mike Francois President, History of Perry County Illinois 1827-1988 (Published in 1988 by Turner Publishing Company), Excellent.
      Page: 312
      Quality: 3
    4. Author: Perry County Historical Society, Mike Francois President
      Title: History of Perry County Illinois 1827-1988
      Publication: Name: Name: Published in 1988 by Turner Publishing Company;;
      Note:
      Perry County Historical Society, Mike Francois President, History of Perry County Illinois 1827-1988 (Published in 1988 by Turner Publishing Company), Excellent.
      Page: Pg 311
      Quality: 3
    5. Author: Perry County Historical Society, Mike Francois President
      Title: History of Perry County Illinois 1827-1988
      Publication: Name: Name: Published in 1988 by Turner Publishing Company;;
      Note:
      Perry County Historical Society, Mike Francois President, History of Perry County Illinois 1827-1988 (Published in 1988 by Turner Publishing Company), Excellent.
      Page: Page312
      Quality: 3
    6. Author: Perry County Historical Society, Mike Francois President
      Title: History of Perry County Illinois 1827-1988
      Publication: Name: Name: Published in 1988 by Turner Publishing Company;;
      Note:
      Perry County Historical Society, Mike Francois President, History of Perry County Illinois 1827-1988 (Published in 1988 by Turner Publishing Company), Excellent.
      Page: 312
    7. Author: H. Earl Close
      Title: The Family Of Cleveland Eldred "Ted" Shook 2nd Edition Jan. 1996
      Publication: Name: Name: Tucson, Arizona, Earl Close, 1996;;
      Note:
      H. Earl Close, The Family Of Cleveland Eldred "Ted" Shook 2nd Edition Jan. 1996 (Tucson, Arizona, Earl Close, 1996).
      Page: Pg. 97
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