|About The McFeeters Family
This website is being compiled as a tribute to our Mother, Mary Elizabeth McFeeters Danenberger and our Father, Richard Stanley Danenberger. While I have the most information on the Moore family,as Mary Florence Moore McFeeters was our maternal Great Grandmother. I will attempt to find out more information on the McFeeters clan. I could easily call this website Moore or Browning but in honor of Mother, it will be McFeeters. I am especially indebted to volunteer, Maxine Shelts, at the Schuyler Museum, in Rushville, IL., who has helped me fill in a lot of the blanks with dates and names and obituaries of our deceased relatives. The Moores played a big part in our family history as Grandpa McFeeter's (Charles O.) Mother was Mary Florence Moore and her brother, Thomas Wallace Moore was the father of Roy C. Moore. Roy married Grandma McFeeter's (Vivian Grace Browning) sister Alta Browning. So cousins married sisters similar to our family where brother and sister (Kevin Danenberger and Cindy Danenberger) married brother and sister, (Gail Beck and Shaun Beck).
I also found that Margaret Eva Moore, daughter of Reuben and Eliza Ellis Moore, and a cousin of our Great Grandmother, Mary Florence Moore McFeeters, married Joseph McFeeters, our Great Grandfather William H. McFeeters' brother. So cousins married brothers.
Our Grandfather, Charles O. McFeeters was a farmer all of his life and for years forged a living by working as a hired hand for other farmers, mainly in the river bottom area around Beardstown.
My parents met when Grandma and Grandpa McFeeters moved from the Talluah area to a farm outside of Ashland and Mother went to Ashland High School. In later years the grandparents and their son, Robert, moved to the Virginia area where Uncle Bob graduated from high school. In their fifties,(in the Spring of 1947) Grandma and Grandpa purchased a farm in Southern Illinois Hill Country a few miles from the Village of Alsey. They lived in a four room farmhouse, warmed by a coal stove with an outhouse for bathroom facilities and they used kerosene lanterns for light.
The house was down a long lane that was not paved and it was quite treacherous in the winter when the snow piled up. There was a big red barn, chicken coops and a outhouse. There was a wonderful woods on the property filled with all kinds of wild flowers.
Grandpa farmed with a team of horses on some of the hilly ground but also had a big Farmall tractor. He also raised hogs and there were a few cows for milk. Grandma had chickens running around and would go out and pick the plumpest chicken when guests arrived and after dressing it; would prepare her delicious fried chicken and make mouth-watering biscuits. Their clothes were purchased from the Sears and Roebuck Catalog which later served as toliet paper for the outhouse. There was a smoke house attached to the back porch where meat was cured. In later years it was used as storage and Marilyn and I use to spend hours going through the boxes filled with quilt squares used by our Grandmother to make quilts.When Uncle Bob returned from the Army, he dug a huge pond for the farm using Catepillar equipment that he had learned to use while in the Army.
In later years, the farmhouse was modernized and a bathroom was added and electricity was installed making it possible for Grandma to have a refrigerator and electric cooking stove. When Grandpa retired from farming, they built a little four room house in Alsey where they both lived until they passed away.
"The door to the past is a strange door. It swings open and things pass through it, but they pass in one direction only. No man can return across that threshold, though he can look down still and see the green light wave in the water weeds."---Loren Eiseley, American anthropologist (1907-1977)
Hopefully, all readers of this website will look to their hearts content and like what they see. This has been a labor of love for me and is for each and every member of my family and friends. Judith (Danenberger) Shutt
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