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 Mrs. Minnie MacWilliams

13 Nov 1967
Sterling Gazette
- Donated by Margaret Mangers

Conduct Services For Mrs. M. MacWilliams

Walnut – funeral services for Mrs. Minnie MacWilliams were held on Sunday afternoon from the Ross Funeral Home with the Rev. Whitehead, pastor of the First Christian Church officiating. Mrs. Dean Rabe was organist. Casket attendants were J. K. Ross, Alden Mungor, Max Sabin, Ned Lewis, E. A. Splain and Dick C. Ross. Interment was in Malden cemetery. Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Taylor cared for the floral tributes.

Makiney Family Obits - Courtesy Denise Parsons

MAKINEY, William

  • b. September 24, 1853 Seraing, Liege, Belgium
  • d. May 15, 1925 Aurora, Illinois
  • a. 72 yrs

(Newspaper unknown)

William Makiney, 72 years, a former resident of Spring Valley, passed away at the home of his son Emil at Aurora on Friday evening at 9:30 p.m. He had been ill about three weeks and his death was due to asthma and heart trouble. Deceased was a native of Belgium and had resided in this country for 48 yrs. His wife died about ten years ago. He left Spring Valley for Aurora four years ago. Surviving are three sons, Theodore of Tovey, Peter of Sacramento Cal. and Emil of Aurora. Ten grandchildren also survive. The remains were brought to the home of Clarence Malcom at Spring Valley and the funeral held on Monday afternoon. Services were held at St. Anthony's church and interment made in the Polish cemetery. (Millers Cemetery)


MAKINEY, Cleime (nee Cerezo)

  • b. July 5, 1883 Naussannes, France
  • d. May 13, 1951 Tovey, IL
  • a. 67 yrs

Funeral services were held last Tuesday at Tovey, Illinois for Mrs. Theodore Makiney, age 67, former Spring Valley resident. Burial was made at Taylorville. Mrs. and Mrs. Theodore DeSerf and Mrs. Dan Pohl attended the services. During their residence in Spring Valley the Makiney family operated the old Liberty threater in the building now occupied by the Kiyak and Riva wholesale house.


MAKINEY, Theodore

  • b. April 23, 1877, Seraing, Liege, Belgium
  • d. January 21, 1962, Tovey, IL
  • a. 84 yrs

Theodore William Makiney, 84, a retired coal miner residing at Tovey, died at 1:15 o'clock Sunday afternoon in St. Vincent Memorial Hospital, where he had been a patient four days. He had been ill two weeks. Mr. Makiney was born in Belgium April 23, 1877. He was married October 20, 1899, at Spring Valley to Clementine Bouvet Cerezo who preceded him in death May 13, 1951. Mr. Makiney had resided in Spring Valley for many years where he followed the occupation of a miner, prior to his retirement a number of years ago. Surviving are a brother, Emil at Chicago, two grandchildren; five great grandchildren; three nieces and three nephews. Funeral services will be held at 9 o'clock Wednesday morning at Kincaid and burial will follow in Oak Hill Cemetery. Friends may call at the Masterson-Mcmanus Funeral Chapel at Kincaid after 4 o'clock Tuesday afternoon until the funeral hour.


MAKINEY, Adeline (nee Renshaw)

  • b. May 10, 1881, Kemblesworth England
  • d. June 1954, Spring Valley, IL
  • a. 73 yrs

Funeral services were held here Monday afternoon for Mrs. Adeline Makiney, 73, a resident of Spring Valley for more than 50 years, who died in her sleep at about 8 o'clock Saturday morning in her home at 412 W. St. Paul St. The Rev. Grafton M. Thomas, pastor of the First Congregational church officiated in rites in the Keegan-Mahan funeral home at 2 o'clock. Burial was in the Valley Memorial Park cemetery with the following serving as pallbearers: Earl Makiney, Lee Konetschny, Fred Kinkin, Jr., Henry Fusinatto, Irving Franckey and Joseph Magnani. Although in ailing health for some time, Mrs. Makiney and been up and about as usual before retiring Friday night. During the night she awakened and told her daughter, Miss Stella Makiney, Spring Valley kindergarten teacher, who resided with her in the family home, that she felt a little ill. The latter assisted in getting her a drink of water and she then returned to sleep in more or less of a normal manner. When Miss Makiney later checked on her mother's condition, she found that she was dead.

Mrs. Makiney was born in Kemblesworth, England May 10, 1881, and came to this country at the age of two. She was married to Sebastian Makiney Jan. 2, 1902 in Seatonville. Survivors in addition to Stella are a son, Earl S. Makiney; two grandchildren; four great grandchildren, a brother Robert Renshaw, Spring Valley and two sisters, Mrs. Isabel Burnell, Princeton and Mrs. Carl Ericson, Lombard.



  • b. November 20, 1902, Spring Valley, IL
  • d. December 11, 1984, Peoria, IL
  • a. 82 yrs

Miss Stella Makiney, 82, of 412 W. St. Paul St., Spring Valley, a retired teacher, died in St. Francis Hospital, Peoria at 11:50 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11,  1984. She had been a a patient there one week and, prior to that, was a  patient eight days in St. Margaret's Hospital, Spring Valley.  Services were Friday in the Spring Valley United Church of Christ. The Rev.  Robert Knapp officiated. Burial was in Valley Memorial Park. Visitation was in the Barto Funeral Home, Spring Valley. Memorials may be directed to the United Church of Christ or Lighted Way.

Miss Makiney was born in Spring Valley Nov. 21, 1902. She graduated from Hall High School and received a bachelors degree in  education from Illinois State University and master's degree from the  University of Illinois.  She started her teaching career in DePue and then moved to Spring Valley where she taught 54 years.

In Spring Valley School District she had served as teacher and principal in  various schools.  After officially retiring from the Spring Valley school system, she taught one day a week at Lighted Way in LaSalle and was still teaching there until the day before Thanksgiving. She was a member of the United Church of Christ, was Sunday School superintendent. She served on the Education Board of the church and was on the Diaconate Board.

Miss Makiney was a member of the Spring Valley Woman's Club and its Art and Literature Department.

Surviving are a brother, Earl S. Makiney of Apache Junction, Ariz: a nephew, Earl R. of Spring Hill, Fla: and a niece Mrs. Virginia R. Konett of Rockford.


MACKINEY, Ruth (nee Stewart)

  • b. June 13, 1903, Elmwood, IL
  • d. October 6, 1945, Peru, IL
  • a. 42 yrs

Mrs. Ruth Makiney, 42, the former Ruth Stewart, 2804 Fifth St. Peru, died at 9:40 p.m. Saturday at a Peoria hospital where she had been a patient for the past month suffering with a heart ailment.

Born in Elmwood, June 13, 1903, she was a daughter of Ralph Stewart who died in 1919 and Mrs. Emma Putnam Steward, who resides at the above address. She came to Peru at the age of right, accompanied by her parents. She attended the Peru public school and the LaSalle Peru township high school. She resided for about 20 yrs. in Spring Valley before returning to Peru. She was a member of the Lily Rebekah Lodge, Peru. The lodge will conduct services Tuesday.

Surviving besides her mother are a daughter, Virginia at home, a son Cpt. Earl R. Makiney, Army Air Corps. Pueblo Colo. and three brothers James S., Wichita Kan: and Clarence P. and Ralph W. of Peru.

Friends may call at the Weerta funeral home, Peru. The funeral will be held 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Weerta chapel.

Rites will be conducted by Dr. J. Richmond Morgan pastor of the Peru Congregational church and members of Rebekah lodge.

Interment will be in Memorial Mausoleum in the Peru City cemetery.


MAKINEY, Peter Paris

  • b. February 20, 1884, Braidwood, IL
  • d. May 31, 1941, Sacramento, CA
  • a. 57 yrs

Pete Makiney Dies in California

Pete Makiney, native Spring Valleyian who was a pioneer motion picture  theater owner here, died Saturday morning in Mercy hospital at Sacramento California. Mr. Makiney, who had been engaged in building contract work since moving to Sacramento 21 yrs ago, was stricken with a heart ailment while at work twelve weeks ago. He had been a patient at the hospital since then.

Born in Spring Valley (incorrect) he grew to manhood here and opened two of the first motion picture theaters in Spring Valley. About forty years ago he was united in marriage to Rose Ranzany of Spring Valley, and about five years later they moved to LaSalle where Mr. Makiney opened two theaters. Twenty-six years ago he disposed of his theater interests in LaSalle and moved to Webster Park to reside.

Twenty-one years ago he moved to Sacramento to make his home. In June 1940 Mr. Makiney and children visited for three weeks at the Biama home in LaSalle and with friends and relatives in Spring Valley. Surviving in addition to the widow, are three sons, Ted, Bill and Peter, Jr., and one daughter Mrs. Estelle Melvin all of Sacramento.

Funeral services were held Monday afternoon in Sacramento.Taken From the Marshall County Republican
July 24, 1867

At Boyd’s Grove, a Mr. Macklin’s child, three years of age, pulled a cup of hot coffee over on itself a few days since and was so badly scalded that it died a few hours afterwards.


Contributed by Melva L. Taylor

The Tampico Tornado, Tampico, Illinois

November 15, 1907

His Remains Brought Here -

The Sad Ending of a Well Known Yorktown Man Who Was Found Dead in Cornfield

The remains of Charles W. Markle who committed suicide in a cornfield near Ashton, Illinois, were brought here last Saturday accompanied by Leonard Hopkins and interred in the Yorktown Cemetery. Memorial services were held for the deceased last Sunday at the Yorktown Christian Church, Rev. Guy L. Zerby officiated.

Trouble arose Wednesday, October 2. After being out in the field ploughing during the morning, he went in for dinner. After dinner he went to the barn about his duties and Conrad, having assured by wife everything was all right, went down to his brother's to cut corn. Mrs. Pfeiffer thought Markle acted rather strange. After Pfeiffer left, Markle went back to the house and wanted to hitch up the horse for Mrs. Pfeiffer as she had spoken of going to town in the afternoon. Mrs. Pfeiffer stated that she could hitch up and retired to her room to change her dress. She was followed by Markle who made improper advances. When ordered to leave the room, he grabbed Mrs. Pfeiffer by the wrists and jerking away she screamed. He then threw the baby on the floor and threatened to choke the child if the mother did not stop screaming. Markle grabbed up his shotgun which he kept in the Pfeffer bedroom, but Mrs. Pfeiffer held the door to the summer kitchen where the shells were kept. On being told he would shoot her, she ran from the house. Markle ------ (unreadable) --- Pfeiffer farm, but the

(-----unreadable----) made good his escape.

At the inquest, which was held Friday afternoon, his trunk was opened and papers were found by which his relatives were located. His trunk was well stocked with reading matter all the way from a good copy of the Bible, down to a Diamond Dick. Letters found him to have been a book agent at one time, selling religious works. When his dead body was searched, all that was found was his open fact watch, six cents and a bunch of keys. His printed stationery showed him to be a member of the American Detective Association and post office address Yorktown.

After some deliberation, the jury reached the following verdict: We, the undersigned jurors, sworn to inquire into the death of Charles Markle, deceased, on oath do find that he came to his death by a gun shot would inflicted by himself on or about October 3, 1907, on the premises of Conrad Pfeiffer in Ashton Township, Lee County.


November 15, 1907

Charles Markle was born in Yorktown township, Henry County, Illinois, September 7, 1872, where he grew to manhood and helped his father on the farm until December 1906, when his father died after which he settled up the estate and then remained with his sister Minnie until April. He spoke of his intention of going to Minnesota. No letter came concerning his whereabouts, but this was not unusual with him and the family looked to his safe return home. But such was not to be, as on November 2, authorities of Ashton notified that their brother was found dead in the cornfield of a kind and hospitable family, Mr. and Mrs. Pfeiffer who gave the brother a warm welcome. The last he was seen alive was on the afternoon of October 2. He was found November 2 and although being a stranger, he was given a respectful burial in the beautiful cemetery at Ashton at the age of 35 years.

He leaves to mourn his loss, one brother, Edwin S. Markle, two sisters, Miss Minnie Markle and Mrs. Leonard Hopkins, besides many other relatives and friends.


Contributed by Melva L. Taylor

The Daily Gazette, Sterling, Illinois

December 28, 1906 - pg 2 col 5

John Markle Is Dead - Aged Settler of Yorktown Passes Away Last Week at his Farm Home

John Markle, an aged resident and a pioneer of Yorktown vicinity died last week Friday morning about 3:30 o'clock at his home west of Yorktown. He was as well as usual and about his usual work until the Monday evening preceding his death, when he was overcome with dizziness which confined him to his bed where he was a great sufferer until a short time before the end came which was as a calm and peaceful sleep.

The funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at 1 o'clock at the Yorktown Christian Church, Rev. Zerby, pastor of the Tampico Christian church officiating. Interment was in Fairfield Cemetery.

John Markle was born February 22, 1830 at Olive, Ulster county, New York, where he grew to manhood. He was married to Catherine Winchell in 1855, she preceded him to the grave some twenty-one years. To this union was born eight children, five daughters and three sons, four of the children died in infancy.

The subject of this sketch with his wife moved to Yorktown, in the spring of 1857 and endured all the hardships of a pioneer life. The greater part of his life was spent where he resided at the time of his death.

There are left to mourn his loss, two sons; Charles and Edwin and two daughters; Minnie and Mrs. Leonard Hopkins, also seven grand children, besides numerous other relatives and friends. The children were all present during his and at the time of his death.

Death had no terrors for him as his faith was to Christ His Savior. He often spoke of death as a welcomed visitor. The relatives have the sincere sympathy of everybody in their loss.


Contributed by Melva L. Taylor

The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois November 8, 1996 - Friday, pg. A2

November 26, 1996 - Tuesday, pg A2

Chevy Chase, Md: - Kenneth Lee Martin, 56, of Chevy Chase, Md., formerly of Tampico, died Sunday, Nov. 24, 1996, at Suburban Hospital, Bethesda, Md.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Garland Funeral Home, Tampico, with the Rev. Kris Johnson, pastor of Tampico Baptist Church, officiating. Burial will be at Yorktown Cemetery, rural Tampico. Visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. A memorial has been established for the Yorktown Church of Christ or St. Jude's Children's Hospital, Memphis, Tenn.

Mr. Martin was born Nov. 30, 1939, in Yorktown, the son of Harry and Geneva (Powell) Martin. He married Stephanie Castiglioni on May 11, 1976, in Maryland. He was a graduate of George Washington University, Washington, D.C., receiving a master's degree and attended Stanford University, California. He was employed as a foreign service officer with the Department of State, Washington, D.C. He was a member of the Peace Corp, stationed in Nepal, Lima, Peru, and Honduras.

Survivors include his wife, Stephanie of Chevy Chase, Md., two daughters, Robin Martin and Jennie Martin, both at home; one son, Nicholas, Nolkes of Australia; three sisters, Norma (Orville) Hatten of Tampico, Verla (James) Basden of Monmouth, and Sandra Sells of Galesburg, and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Hiram Mason

March 4, 1875

Mineral - We learn from a aunt of H. Mason that he died sometime in November, a short time after his arrival in Colorado.

Hiram Mason, the husband of Almyrus Snider, that was, died in Colorado in November.  He had been sick nearly all the time since their marriage some six years ago and has spent his own and his wife’s means in quest of health. Mrs. Mason remains in Colorado and is engaged in teaching there we understand.


Contributed by Melva L. Taylor

The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois

April 14, 1969 - Monday, pg 2

Marius V. R. Mathis Dies In His Home

Prophetstown: - Marius V. R. Mathis, 79, passed away suddenly at his home in Yorktown. An inquest is pending.

Funeral services will be held at the Gardner Funeral Chapel, Prophetstown, Tuesday at 1:30 p.m., the Rev. Emil Blobaum of the Yorktown St. :Paul's Lutheran Church officiating, with burial in Yorktown Cemetery.

Friends may call at the funeral home from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday (tonight). A memorial has been established in his name for the St. Paul's Lutheran Church of Yorktown.

Marious Mathis was born June 25, 1889 in Henry County, the son of Jacob and Marie (Stohr) Mathis. He was educated in the Brown School. He married Meta E. Matthes of North Baltimore, Ohio, on Nov. 18, 1926 in Sterling. They farmed in the area all their married life and lived in the last residence for 55 years. He was a member of the St. Paul's Lutheran Church of Yorktown.

He is survived by his widow, one son, Robert at home; one daughter, Mrs. Wilbur (Dorothy) Schneider of Freeport; two brothers, Julius of Walnut Ridge, Ark., and Rudolph of Sterling. He was preceded by his parents, one brother, two sisters and one granddaughter.


Bureau County, Republican, April 25, 1907, page 6, column 5

It is our mission to chronicle the death of Larkin Maxwell, an old neighbor, a resident of Malden for thirty years, who died in Chicago April 19. Mr. Maxwell was born in Bloomington, Ind., August 31, 1823, and came to this state in 1825, being one of the oldest residents of Illinois. He was married to the wife who survives him sixty-one years ago. To them were born twelve children; the five now living reside in Chicago, William H. Maxwell, the oldest, died four days previous to his father's death. Larkin Maxwell was respected in this community for his genial and friendly nature and industrious habits. He had been a practical, all round blacksmith of the old school of which there are few left, who learned the trade in the old log shop with the ground floor and primitive tools sixty-five years ago. About five years ago he quit active work, attending only to his garden, and with his wife has spent the winter months with their children in Chicago. It has been our pleasure with other neighbors, when the warm days of April came and the trees budding, to welcome Mac home again. But this old landmark who has braved the storms for more than four score years is gone.

William Maxwell


Malden, Ill., April 23, 1907

Bureau County, Republican, April 25, 1907, Page 8, Column 6

Word was received here last week of the death of L. Maxwell. Mr Maxwell was a resident of Malden a great many years. He and his wife have been spending the winter with their children in Chicago at which place he died at the age of eighty-four years. Word was also received that Will Maxwell of Chicago, son of L. Maxwell, had died a couple of days prior to his father's death.

Mrs. Charles L. Hatch and Homes Mayhew

February 4, 1875

At Tilskilwa, Jan. 22, of congestive chills, Mrs. Charles L. Hatch, aged 61; also Holmes Mayhew, aged 74.

Child of Samuel McAfee

Taken From the Henry Republican
May 11, 1882

Lone Tree

Samuel McAfee's child died on the 5th of this month and was buried on the 6th. It was about 3 months old.

Mrs. Martha McAfee

The Henry Republican, Henry, IL, August 10, 1882


Death has again visited our town and taken Mrs. Martha McAfee. She died on the 5th of this month after a long illness. Funeral was held on Sunday by Rev. John Wherry at the Lone Tree schoolhouse. There was a large congregation. Her remains were taken to the Wheatland cemetery, where it was lowered to its last resting place. She leaves a husband and three little children and many friends to mourn her loss.

James McCoy

September 25, 1873

In Milo, Bureau county, Sept. 8, at the residence of P. T. Denman, an uncle, of consumption, James McCoy, aged 19 years.

Mrs. Margaret McElwain (nee McGregors)

Taken from the Putnam Record
December 2, 1886

We copy the following from the Bureau County News, from the fact that the subject of the brief sketch was the mother of Eli McElwain, a former resident of Hennepin.

"Died on the morning of the 18th, inst., at her home on south Main St., in this city, Mrs. Margaret McElwain, aged 90 years and 9 months.  Mrs. Elwain's parents were of the Scotch McGregors and she was born in Pennsylvania on the 9th of Feb., 1796. Cme to Wilmington, Ohio, with her parents in 1806; and married John McElwain in that town in 1818.

With her husband and children came to Illinois in 1835, and settled in Leepertown at that early date, where she continued to reside until her removal to this city with her daughter Mrs. Craver five years ago. Through a long life Mrs. M. was a true and faithful woman in all relations of life. Losing her husband only four years after coming to this state, and having a considerable family of children she had her hands full of this worlds cares to keep the family and to preserve the little property left in her hands.

As a pioneer, in this county, as a kind neighbor, a devoted wife and mother, and a friend to all, she was ever a shining example to friends, family and neighbors. She was a member of the Christian church for 58 years, and one of the 17 original charter members of the Christian church of this city.

One sister, Miss Mary McGregor; and six children survive: Four sons, one in Mo., one in Iowa, one in Wisconsin, one at Kewanee, Ill., and two daughters, Mrs. Craver, of this city and Mrs. Cain of Iowa. A brief funeral service was conducted Saturday morning, at ths house by Elder McGinnis, and a biographical sketch given of deceased. Interment at Bureau Junction where her husband was buried nearly 50 years ago.

Edward McGraw

EDWARD McGRAW, 71, 201 W. Long St., Ohio, was pronounced dead on arrival at Perry Memorial Hospital in Princeton on Wednesday evening. Funeral prayer services will be conducted on Saturday at 10 a.m. in the Garland Funeral Home, Walnut, followed by a Mass of the Resurrection at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Ohio, at 10:30 a.m. The Rev. William Harbert, paster, will officiate. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Oohio. Visitation will be held on Friday from 7 to 9 p.m. in the funeral home with a Rosary at 8 p.m. A. memorial has been established.

Edward McGraw was born on March 28, 1913 in Amboy, the son of David F. and Edna M. Treadwell McGraw. On June 5, 1937 he married Eula Lyle in Amboy. He had worked for Swanson's Trucking, Ohio, since 1960 and was parts manager for the past six years. He was a member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Ohio, Ohio Senior Citizens and was a member of the Ohio Volunteer Fire Department for many years.

Surviving are his wife, Eula, Ohio; two sons, Thomas, Monroe, Wis., and Richard of Matteson; six grandchildren and one great granddaughter; two brothers, Don McGraw, Amboy, and James McGraw, Dixon; two sisters, Mrs. Helen Bare, Sanford, Fla., and Mrs. Alice Fortune, Dixon. Preceding her in death were her parents, one son, one grandson and one sister.

Contributed by Melva L. Taylor

Daniel McIntire

Taken From the Henry Republican
November 11, 1880

At Neponset, Bureau county, October 21, Daniel McIntire, an old resident of Putnam county.


The Daily Gazette, Sterling, Illinois

May 7, 1930 - Wednesday, pg 10

- Contributed by Melva L. Taylor.

Funeral Rites of Mrs. McKenzie -- Obsequies Held At Tampico Christian Church

Many relatives and friends attended the funeral services for Mrs. Ernest McKenzie which were held at the Tampico Christian Church Tuesday afternoon, conducted by Rev. J. Cundiff Weir. Mrs. N. E. Denison and Mrs. J. M. Conroy sang three beautiful hymns, "Pass Me Not," "The Old Rugged Cross" and "Sometime We'll Understand," with Mrs. R. F. Woods accompanist. There were many beautiful floral tributes. Friends who served as pallbearers were L. B. Winchell, C. D. Love, F. M. LaDue, Grant Gobel, Marcus Thackaberry and A. E. Bennett.

Burial was in the family lot in the Yorktown Cemetery. The following obituary was read at the services:

Blanche Greenman, daughter of William and Polly Greenman, was born in Prophetstown Township, Feb. 26, 1866, and passed away at her home in Tampico, May 3, 1930, aged 64 years, two months and seven days. She was married to Ernest McKenzie Dec. 9, 1885. To this union two sons and five daughters were born, Frank, Robert and Nellie McCrea of Canada, Cecille McMillan and Bessie Yarde of Tampico. Faye, aged two and one-half years, and Blanche, eight years of age, preceded their mother in death.

After her marriage she resided on the old McKenzie farm near Yorktown until 1909 when the family moved to Saskatchewan, Canada, where they lived for about 10 years. They then moved back to the states, settling in Tampico where they have since lived. Mrs. McKenzie united with the Yorktown Christian Church in 1894. She was one of the charter members of that organization. Mrs. McKenzie united with the Christian church in Tampico when the family moved here from Canada, where she has continued a faithful member. She was also an active member of the Ladies' Aid Society, the Missionary Society, a deaconess and member of the official board of the Christian Church.

Besides her husband and children, she leaves to mourn her passing four sisters, Fannie Foward of Tampico, Gertrude More of Denver, Col., Bertha Sigman of Sterling and Daisy Gifford. Four brothers, Charlie Greenman of Canada, Jay Greenman of Sterling, Clate and Ralph Greenman of Round Grove. Two grandchildren, Archie Yarde, Jr., of Tampico and Audrey McKenzie of Canada, also a host of neighbors and friends.

Mrs. McKenzie was a devoted wife and mother as well as a sincere Christian. Her life was a shining example worthy of emulation. She above all remained true and steadfast in the faith, and served her Lord loyally yet humbly to the end. Her last thoughts and plans were how she might best serve her Master. Her loss will be keenly felt, not only in the home, but in the church and among her many friends.

May 3rd:

Mrs. Ernest McKenzie died suddently about 12:30 o'clock Saturday afternoon at her home in Tampico. Mrs. McKenzie had just finished preparing dinner when stricken. She had not been feeling well for some time, but it was not believed that her condition was serious and her death comes as a shock to the family and many friends.

Mrs. McKenzie had been a resident of Tampico for a number of years and was a very highly thought of lady. Funeral arrangements have not as yet been arranged.

Besides her husband she leaves five children to mourn her death, they are: Mrs. Cecille McMillan at home, Mrs. Archie Yarde of Tampico, Mrs. Carl McCreas, Robert and Frank McKenzie of Hearne, Sask., Canada.


Contributed by Melva L. Taylor

The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois April 6, 1994 -

Sheffield: - Katheryn E. McKee, 83, of rural Sheiffield, died April 24, 1994 at St. Francis Medical Center, Peoria. Private family services will be held Wednesday at the Stackhouse-Moore Funeral Homes, Sheffield, with the Rev. Rebecca Johnston officiating. Burial will be at Sheffield Cemetery. There will be no visitation. A memorial has been established to the Katheryn McKee Memorial Fund.

Only two defining forces have ever died for you,

Jesus Christ and the American Soldier

One died for your soul; the other for your freedom

Richard McKee

November 7, 1872

Richard McKee died on Saturday. He leaves a large family and a larger circle of friends to mourn his loss.

Mrs. Harriet McLaughlin

Taken From the Henry Republican
January 17, 1878

At Delmar, Iowa, Jan. 5, Harriet, aged 48 years, wife of Dr. J. B. McLaughlin, formerly of Whitefield Corners. She was born in Butler county Pa., married in 1851; moved to Illinois in 1854, and to Iowa in 1877. In October last she submitted to a surgical operation for ovarian tumors, from which she had suffered for more than a year, resulting in complications which terminated her life. She had been a member of the M. E. church 22 years. Her closing hours were peaceful.

Infant daughter McLaughlin

April 2, 1874

At Whitefield Corner, March 30, infant daughter of Dr. J. B. McLaughlin.


From Melva L. Taylor

The Daily Gazette, Sterling, Illinois

June 5, 1944 - Monday, page 7

Samuel Meek, 76, Passes Suddenly Saturday at Farm South of Tampico

Samuel Meek, 76, well known farmer, passed away at the farm south of Tampico, Saturday evening from coronary thrombosis while milking according to the verdict of a coroner's jury at the inquest Sunday at the Parent Funeral Chapel. Mr. Meek went out to do the chores about 6:30 and when he did not return, Mrs. Meek went to the cow barn and found his body. He had not been well for some time and had recently purchased a home in Tampico expecting to retire there soon. He was in town Saturday afternoon.

Funeral services will be held at the Church of Christ at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, with the Rev. Kenneth Hanson officiating. Interment will be in the Greenville-Fairfield Cemetery at New Bedford.

Mr. Meek was born south of Deer Grove, Dec. 28, 1867, the son of Nathan and Kathryn Meek. He was educated in the rural schools and the Dixon Business College and taught in rural schools until he married Margaret Dir, Feb. 21, 1907, at Dixon. He was a member of the Church of Christ.

Surviving are his wife; a daughter, Mrs. Mabel Richmond of Tampico; six grandchildren, Fay, Glenn, John, Gene, Nellie and Richard Richmond, all of Tampico; three nieces, Mrs. Jay Hall, New Bedford, Mrs. Delbert Tomlinson, Prophetstown, and Nettie Meek, Jacksonville, and a nephew, Glenn Meek, in the armed forces.

He was preceded in death by three brothers, William, John and Richard Meek, and a sister who passed away in infancy.

Joseph Merritt

November 4, 1875

Near Tiskilwa, Oct. 17, Joseph Merritt, aged 71 years, brother of Nehemiah Merritt.

Joseph Merritt, a pioneer settler of Bureau county, and located five miles north of Tiskilwa; died recently. He moved to Bureau county in 1848. For 27 years he has lived on the same farm. He had two wives and nine of ten children are living. At the time of his death he owned some 900 acres of farm land. He also owned a great deal of stock, the source from whence sprang the great secret of his accumulating property. He was a man of honesty, integrity and purtiy; a man whom the nieghbors all respected on account of his honesty and fair dealing - a man that will be missed from the community in which he lived - and long be remembered. Peace to the ashes of Uncle Joseph Merritt, and long may he be remembered by those who once knew him, but will know him no more forever.


Contributed by Melva L. Taylor

The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois

March 24, 1977 - Thursdayk pg 4

Rites Set For Miss Clora Meisenheimer

Walnut: - Miss Clora Meisenheimer, 72, of Walnut, died Thursday morning at Perry Memorial Hospital in Princeton. Funeral services will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Ross Runeral Home in Walnut with burial in the Walnut Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday from 7-9 p.m. at the funeral home. A memorial has been established.

She was born October 21, 1904 in Walnut Township, the daughter of Henry and Sylvia Fordham Meisenheimer.

Survivors include one sister, Miss Florence Meisenheimer of Walnut, one niece and four nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, one brother and one sister in infancy, and a brother, Loyal.

Bernadine I. Merdian

Contributed by Melva L. Taylor

The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois February 16, 1983 - Wednesday, pg A4

Bernadine I. Merdian, 59, Rt. 1, Tampico, died Tuesday morning at St. Clare Hospital, Monroe, Wis. Funeral services will be held on Friday at 1:30 p.m. at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Yorktown, with the Rev. Robert LeMont. Burial will be in Manlius Cemetery. Visitaion will be held on Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Howard Johnson Funeral Home, Manlius. Bernadine Merdian was born on Sept. 17, 1923 in Thomas, the daughter of Erich L. and Mabel Yonk Teske. On Oct. 4, 1941 she married Harold Merdian in Kahoka, Mos. She was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Yorktown. Survivors include her husband, one son, Russell, at home, two sisters, Mrs. Harry (Alverda) Swanson, Princeton and Mrs. Marvin (Verda) Fordham, Prophetstown, and one brother, Orville Teske, Manlius. She was preceded in death by her parents, and twin sons in infancy.


Newspaper: The Peoria Journal Star (Ill)
Date: March 10, 1996
Submitters Name: Kathyrn Todd

Obit: PRINCETON - Blanche Merkel, 90, of 620 E. Cintral St. died at 6:45 p.m. Friday, March 8, 1996, at Prairie View Home. Born Aug. 8, 1905, in Chicago, she was the daughter of Joseph Kregl. She married Joseph Merkel on Nov. 20, 1954, in Chicago. Her survives. Also surviving are one sister, Helen Ruzicka of St. Paul, Minn.; and one niece. One brother preceded her in death. She was a comptometer operator at a brokerage house. Services will be at 10 1.m. Tuesday at St. Louis Catholic Church in Princeton. The Rev. Ed Harkrader will officiate. Visitation will be one hour before services at Jensen Funeral Home. Entombment will be in Bohemian National Cemetery Mausoleum in Chicago. Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.


Newspaper: News Tribune (LaSalle, Il)
Date: Jan., 18, 2000
Submitters Name: Kathyrn Todd

Obit: Joseph Merkel ,97, of 620 East Central, Princeton died at 3:30 a.m. Jan. 16, 2000, in Hearland Healther Care Center, Henry. Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday in St. Louis Church, Princeton. The Rev. Ed Harkrader will officiate. Burial will be at Bohemian National Cemetery, Chicago. Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. today in Jensen Funeral Home, Princeton. He was born June 26, 1902, in Winslow, Ind., to Casper and Anna (Brang) Merkel. He married Blance Kregl on Nov. 20, 1954 in Chicago. He was employed for 44 years as seed technologisst for the Albert Tickinson and Rudy-Patrick Seed companies of Chicago, Kansas City and Princeton. He was a member of St. Louis Catholic Church and the national and local chapters of AARP. He was a life member of the Central States Numismatic Society and the American Numismatic Association. He was a past secretary/treasurer and president of the Bureau County Coin Club and for many years was the program chairman of the Bureau County Camera Club. Survivors are two brothers, John Merkel of Arlington Heights and Clarence Markel of Chicago; two sisters, Marie Ott and Dorothy Merkel, both of Arlington Heights; two nieces; and two nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife on March 8, 1996; four brothers and one sister.

William Millard Infant

September 19, 1872
Taken From the Henry Republican - From Bureau Junction

Death has visited our midst again, Mr. William Millard buried his infant son on Friday, but two weeks old. It is sad to part with the little ones. We can sympathize with the bereaved parents having experienced the same some six months ago, ourselves and wife and company.

Mrs. Rachel Minier

Taken From the Courier Newspaper, Henry, IL
March 6, 1866

Died in Arasipie, Bureau County, February 19, 1866, at the resident of her son, Daniel Minier, Rachel, widow of the late John Minier, age 84 years.

Hugh Moffitt

Taken From the Henry Republican
January 4, 1883

Died at Whitefield Corners, Jan. 1, of heart disease, Hugh Moffitt, 76.

Mr. Hugh Moffitt, a wealthy farmer near Whitefield Corners, was found dead in his yard on New Year’s afternoon. Though an aged man, 76 years, he was yet physically vigorous.  He had walked down to the Corners and back that day; had chopped considerable wood in his year after his return. Had always been a hard worker. A wife, four daughters, and two sons survive him. The funeral was held yesterday, and the remains conveyed to Chillicothe for interment. Mr. Moffitt had lived on his farm of 300 acres near the Corners for 20 years, and was a good neighbor, a friend to all, and a strictly honest man.  Religiously he was a Universalist; politically he was a democrat. He was a man who had opinions of his own, and was always good at an argument. His death will be lamented by a large circle of friends.

Louis Monnett

April 20 1899

Louis Monnett died at his home in in Depue after a brief illness Sunday April 16, of Bright's diesease.  Mr. Monnett was born January 13, 1820, in Montreal City, Canada, was married to Maria Eytman there November 29, 1843.  He leaves an aged loving wife and five children as follows:  Mrs. W. P. Lea of Tiskilwa, Mrs. John Fitzpatrick of Hennepin; Charles of Bureau; Eli, of Marseiles, and Mrs. R. Steadman of Keokuk, Ia.; also eleven grandchildren, all of whom were present at the funeral, which was held Tuesday at St. Anthony's church, Hennepin, where high mass was celebrated by Rev. Father Francis, who also conducted the services at the grave.  

Mr. Monnett came from Canada to Chicago two years after his marriage, and resided there three years.  From there they moved to Peru, Ill., where they resided ten years, thence moving to Hennepin and finally to Depue, where he has made his home for the past seventeen years.  He was a stonecutter and followed that trade until declining years compelled him to quit active work.  Mr. Monnett, in life, was loved and respected by all classes of people, and his kindly smile and cheerful presence will be greatly missed.  To her who was his companion for over 55 years, the blow is doubly severe, as he was a devoted husband in the truest sence of the word.  To her and the children, their many friends tender them their sympathy in this, their darkened hour.

Infant Montgomery

March 4, 1875

Neighborhood News - Mineral

Mrs. Montgomery accidently smothered her little baby to death a few nights ago.


  - Contributed by Melva L. Taylor

The Sterling Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois

September 26, 1949 - Monday, pg 2

Mrs. Hulda Moon, 73, Dies Saturdy Night

Walnut: - Mrs. Hulda Moon, 73, passed away Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the Linton Nursing Home, Sterling, where she had been a patient for the last four months. Funeral services will be conducted at the Ross Funeral Home in Walnut Tuesday at 2 p.m., the Rev. G. E. Burton of Geneseo officiating. The committal will be in Greenville-Fairfield Cemetery.

Mrs. Moon was born April 3, 1876 in Stockholm, Sweden, and was brought to the United States by her parents when she was a child. She lived in Fairfield Township, Bureau County, until her marriage, and later in Chicago and New York. She had spent much time in the home of her niece, Mrs. Harold Abraham.

Surviving are one son, Richard, of New York; three grandchildren and two great grandchildren; a sister, Mrs. Fred Peterson of Clinton, Ia., and three brothers, Fred of Chicago, August of Prophetstown, and Frank of Tampico.

Ludlow Morris

Taken From the Hennepin Tribune
October 22, 1858

Killed by the Cars
On Wednesday night, last a week, a man named Ludlow Morrris, while in a state in intoxication, laid down on the track of the Rock Island Railroad between Bureau and Trenton and was run over by the cars and instantly killed. He leaves a wife and three children.


Contributed by Melva L. Taylor

The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois January 16, 1968 - Tuesday, pg. 2


Virgil E. Morse, 82, Died In Nursing Home

Prophetstown: - Virgil E. Morse, 82, passed away this morning (Tuesday 16 January 1968) at the Whiteside County Nursing Home. Funeral services will be held Thursday at 3 p.m. in the Gardner Chapel, Prophetstown, the Rev. Paul Olson of the First Methodist Church officiating, with burial in Yorktown Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m.

Virgil Morse was born July 12, 1885 in Boone, Iowa, the son of Clifford and Margaret (Brants) Morse. He attended school in Kansas and Hooppole rural schools. He married Anna Taylor in October 1906 and she passed away in 1920. He married Jennie Scratchbrook in 1921 and she also preceded him. He farmed in Lyndon and Prophetstown area most of his lifetime. He was a member of the Lyndon Methodist Church. He is survived by three sons, Harry of McLermon, Tenn.; Vivian of Barnhart, Mo.; Wayne of Prophetstown; two brothers, Edward of Largo, Fla., and Everett of Manitoba, Canada; one sister, Mrs. Mayme Wilson of Morrison; four grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. He was preceded by his parents, wife in 1920, four brothers and two sisters.


From Melva L. Taylor

The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois

October 17, 1960 - Monday, pg 3

H. Vernon Mott Rites Will Be Held Tuesday

Funeral services for Hugh Vernon Mott, 74, who died Saturday morning in Swedish Covenant Hospital in Chicago, will be held at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Wheelock Allen Funeral Home in Rock Falls. Rev. Brace Johnson, pastor of the First Christian Church of Sterling, officiating. Interment will be in Fairfield-Greenville Cemetery at New Bedford.

Hugh Vernon Mott was born Oct. 19, 1885 in Princeton, Ill., the son of the late Lewis and May Mott. He was united in marriage to Rowena E. Hayes, July 12, 1906.

The Motts farmed in Thomas, Ill., for many years, moving to Sterling in the spring of 1928. In 1934 they moved to Chicago where Mr. Mott was employed for many years by the Joyce Detective Agency. After retirement, from the detective work, he took employment in the County Building until his health made it necessary for him to retire.

He is survived by his wife, five daughters, Mrs. Ila Easter, Mrs. Vyrda Henne, Mrs. Yvette Schaad and Mrs. Jennalee Forton of Chicago; and Mrs. Ruby Swanson of New Bedford; a son, William of Chicago; two sisters, Mrs. Hazel Nicholas of Sterling and Mrs. Muriel Cullen of Clinton, Ia.; two brothers, Cecil of Chicago and Fay, Sterling Township Town Clerk, Sterling; and seven grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Nettie Mae.

Mrs. Minnie (Florence) Munson

The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois October 3, 1968 - Thursday pg 2

Tampico: - Mrs. Minnie (Florence) Munson, 86, passed away this morning (03 Oct 1968) at her home, southwest of Tampico.

Funeral services will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. in the Schmitt Chapel, with Christian Science services, Russell R. Meldorf of Sterling, as reader. Burial will be in Yorktown Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home after 2 p.m. Friday.

Minnie Munson was born July 9, 1882, near Thomas, the daughter of Jonas and Hannah Crosell. She was educated in the Thomas schools. She married Otto Munson in March 1902. She lived in the Tampico vicinity all her life. She is survived by five daughters, Miss Doris Munson at home; Mrs. Florence Fanning of Bellville; Mrs. Roscoe (Violet) Long of Decatur; Mrs. John (Jewel) Renner of Los Angeles, Calif.; Mrs. Richard (Janice) Anderson of Lynn Center; two sons, Perry of Moline and Otto Gene of Knoxville, Iowa; eight grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren, several nieces and nephews. She was preceded by her parents, husband in 1951, son George William in infancy, four brothers and two sisters.


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