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 - Forest Oakes Dead at 100; Rites Are Set LAURA —...
Forest Oakes Dead at 100; Rites Are Set LAURA — Forerst M. Oakes, 100, of near Laura, died Friday at the Americana Nursing Center, Peoria, after a long illness. He was born Sept. 29, 1872, in Millbrook Township, Peoria County, and married Blanche Purseiron Sept. 9, 1903. She died Sept. 1, 1949. Surviving are two sons, Loren P. of Los Angeles and Harold F. of Canoga Park, Calif.; a brother, Hubert L. Oakes of near Elmwood; three sisters, Miss Robah S. Oakes of Laura, Miss Anna M. Oakes of Bloomington and Mrs. Ella Kellogg of near Elmwood, and three grandchildren. Mr. Oakes was employed by the U.S. Army transportation department, and served in the occupation of Cuba after the Spanish-American War. He was promoted to master of transportation while serviing in, Cuba. In 1912, he traveled west — the last part of the route by stagecoach — to Rogerson, Idaho, where he operated a general store. He moved to Omaha in 1916, where he was in the sheep fattening business until 1920, when he returned to farming near Laura. He was a member of Elmwood Presbyterian Church and 67, died at Oak Barkley, Mrs. p.m. pastor lard a 25, in as in a

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  1. Galesburg Register-Mail,
  2. 19 May 1973, Sat,
  3. Page 11

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