Robert Emerson Andrews was born in State Line, Indiana, May 23, 1904, the third in a family of
five children. His father, Charles Clinton Andrews, served as cashier of the Oakwood State Bank for
many years. His mother, Clemmer Taylor, was the oldest daughter of Thomas A. Taylor of Catlin.
Charles and Clemmer were married in Catlin February 20, 1896.
Robert came to Oakwood in 1907 when his father became associated with the bank. He was
educated in the Oakwood school system, graduating from Oakwood High School with the class of 1922.
He took employment with Palmer Bank as teller where he met Sara Braden of Rossville.
They were married January 25, 1933, in Danville at the home of Sara’s aunt Bertie Braden. He was
subsequently employed by Illinois Power and left that employment to assume his father’s insurance
business when his father became ill. They moved to Oakwood in 1938 and for a short time lived
with the elder Andrews at their home on the southwest corner of Scott and Sailor Streets. In 1939
they purchased a home on Seymour Street and lived there until 1967. Robert and Sara had three
children’ Robert Braden, born 1940; Charles Clinton, born 1943; and Mary Elizabeth, born 1944.
Robert (Bob) served on the Oakwood Village Board, the volunteer fire department and the
Oakwood Grade School Board of Education. He was the Oakwood Township Supervisor and was
Chairman of the Vermilion County Board for several years ending in 1960. He worked diligently to
see that part of the United Electric Mine area was designated as a state park now known as
Kickapoo State Park. He was a 32nd Degree Mason and he and his wife, Sara, were active members
of the Oakwood Methodist Church. Bob passed away July 12, 1972.
Sara (Sarah) Elizabeth Braden, was born in Rossville, Illinois, July 19, 1911, the only daughter
of Robert and Gertrude Evans Braden. Sara truly adopted Oakwood as her home and through
church and community activities has become one of Oakwood’s valued and loved citizens. In 1964,
after Bob suffered a massive stroke, Sara assumed the responsibilities of the insurance business
until she sold the business to Robert Rigdon. She remained active as the secretary to the business
and continued with it when it was later sold to Gary Ludwig. At the same time she worked as a
part-time clerk at the Oakwood Post Office, retiring in 1976. Sara shared her love of the piano by
teaching many area young people throughout the years.
Robert Braden Andrews married Bonnie Fuller June 18, 1961 and are the parents of two
children; Robert Fuller, bom August 10, 1963 residing in Winter Springs, Florida, and Debra Susan,
born February 24, 1968, residing in Chicago. Robert has recently returned to Vermilion County and
is currently serving as County Engineer.
Charles Clinton Andrews married Marva Fuller February 1, 1969, and they have three children;
Nicolas David, born December 17, 1969 of Mesa, Arizona; Alexis, born February 12, 1973, a student
at University of Illinois; and Melissa, born November 21, 1976. Charles and Marva make their
home in Downer Grove, Illinois.
Mary Elizabeth Andrews married Edward DeRay, September 1, 1962 and are the parents of two
children; John Edward, brn December 24, 1963, of Ogden and Amy Elizabeth, born September 8, Amy married Tim Steinbaugh, April 7, 1990 and they reside in Danville. They have one son,
Max Robert who was born June 7, 1992. Edward has served the Village of Oakwood
Superintendent of Public Works since 1967, having seen the completion of the sewage treatment
plant in 1973 and the new water plant in 1980. He has also served the community as past president
of the Men’s Club and is currently president of the Oakwood Library District. Mary has owned and
operated her own beauty salon for the last 17 years and has followed her mother’s footsteps in
church and community activities.