Van Gundy Family Tree

Notes for John Frederick "Freddy" VAN GUNDY

It's hard to say whether John or brother Elmer's name appeared most in the newspapers for the many activities they were involved in, including political and social events.

Residences and events:

1870 Macon Co, IL. At age 7, he was not mentioned in the census with his parents' family.

2/17/1898 "J. F. Van Gundy of Macon was in Mowequa today to attend a shooting bee."

4/1896 John was the first secretary of the Macon County Athletic Association.

Decatur, Macon Co, IL.

6/1896 From the newspaper:

"The undivided half interest of John W Walker in the Vangundy & Walker grain business property at Macon, was sold yesterday by Deputy Sheriff Holmes to John VanGundy for $591. The claim was in favor of Sarah Giles of Macon. It was $1717."

John owned grain elevators at Macon and Walker, IL. In the county atlas of 1896 was the following business advertisement:

Dealer in


Macon, Illinois

11/4/1897 The Morning Herald Despatch carried this article:

"Fred Hubbard, the adjuster for the hanover insurance company, was in the city yesterday to arrange the loss on the elevator of John VanGundy & Son at Macon about a week ago. The elevator was almost completely destroyed and the loss was placed at $10,000. The adjuster last night refused to give out the terms of the settlement. He said that it was entirely satisfactory to Mr. VanGundy and that was all there was to say about it. The owners of the elevator also had insurance in the Connecticut and the Phoenix of London.
VanGundy & Son will at once commence the work of rebuilding their elevator. They hope to have it in shape to do business within the next month."

6/4/1900 South Macon, Macon Co, IL. The census recorded John at age 27, Clara at 25, married for 6 years with 2 children, both living: Evert, 5, and Alta, 1. Living with them was John's brother Elmer H, 35. The occupation of both John and Elmer was grain buyer.

5/1903 Both John and brother Elmer, as members os the Macon Commercial Club, were honorary pallbearers at the funeral of a Mr Baird who was killed in TX after falling on an oil rig.

6/12/1903 The newspaper said Mrs Elijah Walker of Assumption was guest of John and his family "last week." The same column also said John's wife had delivered a baby boy on June 6 so grandma probably came to help out.

6/30/1903 "Elijah Walker of Assumption, visited J. F. Van Gundy and family Thursday."

3/22/1904 County treasurer's records say they approved $37.60 be paid to J F Van Gundy for coal for poor and poor farm.

1908 He and his wife, along with brother, Elmer, attended the funeral of Uncle Adam Van Gundy at Bluffs, IL.

4/15/1912 The following notice was in the paper under a Macon byline:

J F Van Gundy has sold his elevator in this city to a couple of men from Girard and Verden. Mr Van Gundy will give possession April 15.
This elevator has been owned by Mr Van Gundy for a number of years. He still owns an interest in the Van Gundy & Andrews elevator at Walker.
(A later article said one of the men was J W Bradway, a member of the JW Bradway company.)

6/5/1912 J F Van Gundy and wife left Macon last week for a trip through the west. They will be gone several weeks.

7/10/1912 J F VanGundy and wife, who have been spending a month in California and other points, returned to their home in Macon last week.

MO. Some say son John was born there but that is incorrect so it is unclear whether they ever lived in MO.

Mid 1918 Decatur, Macon Co, IL. Son, Everett, wrote a letter to his mother living there in which he said he was glad his sisters liked their new home.

9/12/1918 Decatur, Macon Co, IL. He registered for the military and recorded his address as 155 Summitt Ave, Decatur. His occupation was "manages farm property." Wife Clara was his nearest relative and his description was medium height, medium build, blue eyes and brown hair.

1920 Same place. The census that year recorded John at age 47, without occupation, wife, Clara was 43. They had children: Everett, 24; Mable, 21; Clarence, 19; Frederick, 17; Helen, 14; Dorothy, 9; and John F, 1 mo.

1921 In a full page ad for an upcoming auto show, the Cadillac company listed their "Decatur territory clientele" which included John and Elmer so apparently they owned Cadillacs.

12/1927 2109 W Williams was their address when the newspaper ran an article on daughter Dorothy.

1930 West Williams St, Decatur. In that census John was 57, Clara, 43, living had a home worth $12,000. Living with them were son Fred, 26, Dorothy, 19, and John Jr, 12. John's occupation was grain dealer. Daughter Helen and Guy Matthews lived 3 doors down the street.

12/1941 Miami, FL, was his residence when brother, DW, died. Brother, Elmer, also resided there at that time. Apparently John traveled between Decatur and Florida as his obituary said he lived in Decatur both before and after his retirement, then moved to Venice.

1945 Venice, FL, was his retirement home.

Relatives said he was born in 1863 but his military registration has 1873 which is supported by every census record.

The funeral was held at Dawson & Wikoff Funeral Home in Macon, IL, with Rev Laren Spear officiating.

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