Celeste RAYNOR (Alonzo, Joseph, Joseph ("Blind Joseph"), Joseph,
Josiah, Joseph, Thurston, Edward Reyner, Robert Raynere) was born November
21, 1877 in Carbondale, Jackson County, Illinois, the daughter of Alonzo
and Lettie Lincoln RAYNOR. They lived in Carbondale where her father
owned a woolen mill. Mary, also known as "May", was a graduate of Southern
Illinois Normal University.
13 March 1886
~ May RAYNOR on the Honor Roll at East Side Primary School.
Raynor (far left) with her classmates
Normal University, Carbondale, Illinois (circa 1896)
23 October 1886
~ May RAYNOR on the Honor Roll at East Side Primary School. [Carbondale
October 29, 1902, Mary Celeste Raynor married Ralph Eugene ALLISON.
Ralph, the youngest of two sons of Franklin Alexander and Mary Neal ALLISON,
was born July 11, 1876 in Carbondale, Jackson County, Illinois.
Raynor and Ralph Allison were introduced to each other by Kate Chapman,
Mary's best friend.
Allison LONG, their daughter]
29 October 1902
~ Marriage of May Celeste RAYNOR, age 24 of Carbondale and
Ralph Eugene Allison of New Decatur, Morgan County, Alabama, machinist,
age 26 in Carbondale.
in this city at the home of the bride's mother, Mrs. Lettie T. Raynor,
at 12 o'clock P.M., Wednesday, October 29, Mr. Ralph Allison of New Decatur,
Ala., and Miss Mary C. Raynor; Rev. Fred Thomson of the M. E. church (First
Methodist Episcopal) officiating.
were attended by Miss Kate Chapman of this city and Mr. Frank Stewart of
Murphysboro. Little Miss Daisy Angell, dressed in white, ushered
the wedding party, first untying the white ribbons on the folding doors,
the party marching into the strains of sweet music, played by Mrs.
F. L. Thomson.
bride was tastefully attired in blue silk with white trimmings and carried
a bouquet of white chrysanthemums. The groom in the usual conventional
black. The house decorations were in white and green.
impressive ceremony was witnessed by about forty guests, who, after congratulations,
were served to dainty refreshments. Many elegant and useful gifts
bespoke the love and esteem of numerous friends.
a brief visit to Chicago and St. Louis, the young people will leave for
their southern home.
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Ralph Eugene and Mary Raynor ALLISON had four children:
Ralph Ernest ALLISON
was born August 27, 1903 in Murphysboro, IL, and died of a heart
attack on April 1, 1967 in St. Louis, Missouri. He married Lee HOLLAND
August 11, 1951 in St. Louis, Missouri. They had no children.
Neal Raynor ALLISON
was born July 18, 1906 in Murphysboro, IL, and died May 26, 1990.
Frank Clifton ALLISON
was born June 12, 1911 in Murphysboro, Jackson County, Illinois, and died
March 25, 1977 in Murphysboro, IL.
At the time of their marriage, Ralph was employed in New Decatur,
Alabama as a machinist for the L&N Railroad. Mary must not have
liked living so far away from her family, because by May of 1903, they
were living in Murphysboro, Illinois where Ralph was employed as a Locomotive
Machinist in charge of "road work" for the Mobile & Ohio (M&O)
Railroad. They were also awaiting the birth of their first son, and
no doubt Mary and Ralph wanted to be close to both of their families.
This was also to be the first grandchild of Alonzo and Lettie Raynor.
Florence ALLISON was
born July 14, 1914 in Murphysboro, IL.
27 August 1903
~ Thursday afternoon a young machinist arrived at the home of Mr. and Mrs.
R. A. Allison. Although the young fellow did not have a union card
Ralph had decided to let him stay as long as he wants to, and says he will
carry a card some day, all right. Mother and son are doing well.
in Ralph Ernest Allison's baby book]
27 August 1910
~ Saturday being the 7th birthday, Master Ralph ALLISON (Jr.)
entertained a few of his little friends in his gentlemanly way from 7:00
until 9:00 o'clock p. m. Many childish games were played and with
the assistance of Master Rayner [Uncle Ernie] they showed their moving
pictures machine, after which refreshments, consisting of ice cream, variety
cakes and lemonade. His birthday cake was a ribbon cake with seven
lighted candles on it decorated the center of the table. The guests
were: Elouise CLARK, Robinson, IL; Elleita SHELEY, Lillian MILLHOUSE;
Frank TINCH; John MILLHOUSE; Bernard SHELEY, Albert LAWYER, Piner REYNOLDS,
Raynor and Ralph ALLISON.
in Ralph Ernest Allison's baby book]
1911, Ralph applied for and received employment with the Isthmian Canal
Commission, in Panama as a machinist. On Saturday, May 13th at 10:00
am, he sailed from New Orleans, LA to the Isthmus of Panama. He was
hired as a "general machinist" and was to be paid $0.65 per hour at the
U.S. currency rate. He resigned on January 27, 1912 to return
to his home in Murphysboro. During the time he was in Panama, his
third son, Frank Clifton Allison, was born on June 12, 1911.
& Mary lived in Murphysboro all of their married lives, with the exception
of the short period they were in Alabama at the beginning of their marriage,
and the period from 1927 - 1930, when Ralph was forced into moving
his family to Columbia, IL to find work.
died May 4, 1950 in Anna, Union County, Illinois. Mary died July
31, 1955 in Murphysboro, Jackson County, Illinois.
Ralph Eugene Allison, 73, 606 Chestnut Street, Murphysboro, died
early today at the Anna State hospital. The retired railroad machinist
had been ill with paralysis and heart complications since early this year.
A native and life-long resident of Murphysboro, Mr. Allison was
married in Carbondale in October 1902 to Mary Raynor. Besides his
wife, he leaves three sons, Frank at home; DeWitt, New York City; and Ralph,
St. Louis, MO; one daughter, Mrs. Florence Long, San Mateo, Calif.; and
a sister, Elizabeth Hall, Birmingham, Ala.
He was employed by the Mobile and Ohio Railroad and was a member
of the International Association of Machinists.
Funeral services will be held Saturday at 2 P.M. at the First Lutheran
Church, Murphysboro, Rev. William Boatman officiating. Burial will
be in Tower Grove Cemetery. Friends may call at the Roberts Residence
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Services Tuesday for Murphysboro Resident
Mrs. Mary C. Allison, 77 year old Murphysboro resident, died in
the Tyler Nursing Home in Murphysboro early Sunday following an illness
of three years.
She was born in Carbondale in 1877, and had lived in Murphysboro
She was married in 1902 to Ralph Eugene Allison, who preceded her
in death in 1950.
Mrs. Allison leaves one daughter, Mrs. Florence Long of San Mateo,
Calif., and sons Neal Raynor Allison of Long Island, N.Y., Ralph Allison
of St. Louis and Frank Allison of Murphysboro.
Mrs. Allison was a member of the First Lutheran Church of Murphysboro.
Friends may call at the Roberts Residence Funeral Home in Murphysboro
until services Tuesday at 2 p.m. at the funeral home, the Rev. William
Boatman officiating. Burial will be at Tower Grove Cemetery.
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K. Allison, granddaughter
of Mary and Ralph Allison