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Contributed by Melva L. Taylor

The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois, Mahy 8, 1952 - Thursday, pg 3 col. 2

Henry Raabe, Retired Manlius Farmer, Dies

Manlius: - Henry Raabe, 79, a retired Manlius farmer, died this morning at Riverview nursing home in Rock Falls. Friends may call at the Howard funeral home Friday evening. The funeral will be at 2 p.m. (CST) Saturday at the Trinity Lutheran chruch, with bural in Manlius cemetery.

He was born at Granville Sept. 8, 1872, and married Miss Elizabeth Cook, Dec. 29, 1896. They farmed east of Manlius until retiring to town in 1929. Mrs. Raabe died in 1939. In recent years he was a park and cemetery caretaker. In the last year or more he had been in failing health and went to the nursing home three weeks ago.

Surviving are three sons, Clarence, Lester and Elmer, of Manlius and five grandchildren.


From Melva L. Taylor

The Sterling Evening Gazette, Sterling, Illinois March 21, 1910 - Monday, pg 2

Mrs. Rassmussan Dead - Former Resident of Fairfield Township, Bureau Co.

Died in Nebraska. Funeral Services Were Held Saturday in Tampico

The remains of Mrs. Mary Rasmussan were brought here Friday morning and the funeral services were held at 12 o'clock at the M. E. Church, Rev. Mr. Potter officiating. The funeral cortege then proceeded to the Whittington Cemetery ??? where burial was made. Mary Johnson was born in Denmark, Dec. 9, 1838. She was married to Lars Rasmussen April 1 1870, coming to Sheffield the same year. For several years they made their home in Fairfield Township and then moved west. She had been in poor health for some time and died at her home in Bennett, Neb., Mar. 16, 1910. She was a member of the Lutheran Church and was a good christian wife and mother. She leaves to mourn her departure, a husband, one son, Victor, four brothers and one sister, John, Peter K., and Christian reside in this vicinity, James in Newton, Ia., and Dorothy at Agra, Kas. Two brothers have gone before her. ( Mary Rasmussen buried at Greenville/Fairfax Cemetery.

Michael Real
The Henry Republican, Henry Illinois, May 3, 1883
Died in Milo Township, Bureau County, May 2, of inflammation of the kidneys, Michael Real, 52. Funeral services at residence, tomorrow (Friday) at 10 o'clock, a.m. Interment in Catholic cemetery near Senachwine.

Henry Republican, Henry IL, May 10, 1883
Died May 2d, Michael Real, funeral Friday, 4th, and burial at Senachwine. Mr. Real was born in Ireland, December 29, 1832; moved to this country in 1850, and was a resident of Putnam County for 12 years and since '62 has been a resident of Milo. Mr. Real was a worthy citizen, and at our last town meeting was elected commissioner of highways for three years, but his time is up and the office is vacant. He leaves many friends to regret his sudden departure, only having been sick four days.

Mary (Glenn) Reeve
Sangamo Journal (Springfield, IL) - Friday, April 30, 1841
Died - On the 17th March last, of consumption, Mary Reeve, wife of Tracy Reeve, P.M. at Louisville, Bureau Co., Ill., and daughter of Wm. Glenn, Esq. Of Logan county.
- Contributed by Jim Dezotell

M. M. Reid

Taken From the Henry Republican
December 16, 1880 - Milo

Died, Dec. 6, M. M. Reid, very suddenly, without any previous warning.  Mr. Reid, retired to bed as well as usual. A very short time after his wife going to the bedroom found him dead or nearly so, he died in a minute or so.  Funeral service at the M. E. Church, the 7th, conducted by Rev. Metcalf.  A large attendance.  

Having been intimately acquainted with Mr. Reid for the last 28 years, I desire to say a few words about the life and character of my old friend and neighbor.  He was born in Maryland, August 28, 1815, if my memory serves me right, therefore a little over 65 years old. Emigrated with his parents from Maryland when but a youth to Indiana, growing up to manhood; he married and remained there until 1851, when he moved with his little family to Bureau county, Ill, having been a citizen of the same for 29 years.  

As a husband and father he was good and kind; few are his equals in love and devotion to his family.  Always providing well fro their welfare and comfort.  As a neighbor he was always kind and obliging, always ready to help the poor and needy.  As to politics he was a true republican and made a good officer, having been elected assessor and collector of the town of Milo two or three times.

In religion he was liberal, never made any profession or joined any denomination, but his latest desires seemed to be that he might not become a burden to his family and neighbors.  The mourning family ahve the sympathy of the entire communtiy and we hope their great loss will be his eternal gain.

Joseph Robertson

Taken From the Hennepin Herald and Advertisement
August 23, 1845

On Friday evening, at his residence near Indiantown, Bureau county, of consumption, Mr. Joseph Robertson, about 50 years of age.


Contributed by Melva L. Taylor

The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois August 13, 1963 - Tuesday, pg 2 col 3

Tampico: - Mrs. Minnie M. Rogers, 85, died Monday (12 August 1963) in Perry Memorial Hospital in Princeton. Mrs. Rogers was born April 30, 1878, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Howlett in Fairfield Township. She was reared and educated in the Tampico area. On Spet. 12, 1896, she married Charles Rogers in DeKalb. She was a 50-year member of the Royal Neighbors of America. Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. Mable Urban, Hooppole; three sons, Harold, Mineral, Ill., Glen, Thomas Ill., and Clark of Sterling; nine grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren, several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband who died in 1950 and 11 brothers and sisters. Funeral services will be held Thursday at 1:30 p.m. in the Schmidt Chapel in Tampico with the Rev. Richard Sprague of the Church of Christ in Prophetstown officiating. Burial will be in the Yorktown Cemetery.


From Melva L. Taylor

The Daily Gazette, Sterling, Illinois

June 20, 1944 - Tuesday, page 6

Rites for Edmund J. Rollo Are Wednesday

Edmund J. Rollo, 68, of Moline, father of Howard Rollo of Manlius, who passed away Monday morning in the Moline City Hospital from a skull fracture, will be buried on Wednesday afternoon in the Fairfielld-Greenville Cemetery near New Bedford. Funeral rites will take place at 1 p.m. in the Wendt Funeral Home in Moline, followed by graveside services at 4 p.m.

Mr. Rollo suffered the skull fracture early Sunday morning in an explosion at the Williams and White Mfg. Co. in Moline, where he was a watchman.

The deceased was born in Marsailles and farmed for several years in the New Bedford vicinity. His wife, the former Maud Lathrop, preceded him in death. Surviving children are Howard, Manlius; Lloyd, Walnut; Arnold, East Moline; Herbert, Moline; Mrs. Alta Shaffer, San Diego, Calif., and Ivern in the armed forces stationed in Florida.

Mrs. Jane Ross

Taken From the Henry Republican, Henry, IL
March 26, 1868

State Items
Mrs. Jane Ross, wife of Rev. W. Ross, age 84, died at Princeton, February 4th. she was the mother of 13 children and 86 grandchildren and 31 great-grandchildren. Her father served in the British ranks at the time of the Revolutionary War and deserted to the Americans.

Mrs. Sarah Runnells (nee Clark)

January 8, 1880
Taken From the Henry Republican

Died At Whitefield Corners, Jan. 4, by suicide, Sarah, 62, wife of David Runnells, and sister of the late Stephen M. Clark.

January 15, 1880

Mrs. Sarah B. Runnells

Died at her residence in Wheatland, Bureau county, Ill., January 4th, 1880, in her sixty-third year. She was born in Newport, R. I. In 1817. At an early age she emigrated to Indiana, where, on February 18th, 1841, she married David Runnells, whom she has left to mourn with her children. She lived to see all her children, three sons and two daughters, grown to manhood and womanhood and all but the youngest daughter married and well settled in life. && While in her early womanhood, she became a christian, and united with the church, and through all the long years of her earthly pilgrimage, remained faithful to the cause of Christ and she seemed to enjoy religion as much as the average of professors until within a few months ago when she became despondent, and mourned as do those who are without hope, and the passing days brought her no mental relief. Her loving husband and children with kind friends tried in vain to give her the assurance that God in his infinite love would reward her abundantly for her service in his vineyard, but she continued to be among those of whom the Lord said, "Blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the kingdom of heaven", and in the stillness of the first Sabbath of this new year, when none but God was near, she took the life he gave, by drowning herself in a cistern. &. She left the world better for her having lived it, and the record of such as life is a better legacy than could have been left in the things that are not enduring. -- C. R. Runnels.


(obit says Arthur "F" and Arthur "P"

The Sterling Daily Gazette, Sterling, Illinois

October 29, 1940 - Tuesday, pg 12

Contributed by Melva L. Taylor.

Arthur Russell Rites Conducted at Tampico From Home of His Nephew

Funeral services for the late Arthur F. Russell of Tampico were held at 2 o'clock Sunday afternoon in the home of his nephew, Glenn R. Wroten, six miles south of Tampico. Rev. E. C. Ralston, pastor of the Tampico Baptist Church, had charge of the service. He read from I.Cor. 15:20-58 and used as the text of his message, Matt. 11:28 "Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest." Mrs. E. C. Ralston and Mrs. Joe Young sang two hyms, "Old Rugged Cross," and "Rock of Ages." The pallbearers were Wayne Johnson, Harm Saathoff, H. H. Conkling, August Brandau, Richard Harms and Lourde Renner. Interment was in the Greenville-Fairfield Cemetery.

Those from out of town who attended the services were: Mrs. Edna Erickson, Mr. and Mrs. Russell Erickson and son of Clinton, Ia., Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Tennant of Rockford, Mr. and Mrs. George Russell of Rock Island, Mr. and Mrs. Ed Eshelman and son, Mr. and Mrs. Wilbur Gentz and Miss Verna Peterson of Moline, Mr. and Mrs. Warren Russell of East Moline, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Renner and family of Sherrard, Mr. and Mrs. Maurice Russell and daughter Helen of Polo.

Mrs. Leonard Russell of Los Angeles, Calif., Mr. and Mrs. Harry Umpress and daughter Carol Jean of Princeton, Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Dronenberg and Clarence Wright of Prophetstown, Mrs. Addison Wright of New Bedford, Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Atkinson of Woosung, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Buchman of Amboy, Misses Clara and Henrietta Buchman of Dixon, Mr. and Mrs. Glen White and family and Mr. and Mrs. Ellis Pashon of Harmon.

Sketch of Life

Arthur P. Russell, the youngest son of James Franklin Russell and Leanna Marshall Russell, was born in Fairfield Township, Bureau County Illinois, November 12, 1881, and passed away in the Sterling Public Hospital Oct. 26, 1940 at the age of 58 years, 11 months and 13 days, following a fatal accident which occurred on the evening of October 19 on Route 226 south of Tampico.

Mr. Russell made his home with his brother-in-law and sister, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Wroten from 1887 until 1898 in Fairfield and received his education at the Fairfield Center School. He then moved to Rock Island where he met and married Miss Nettie Long, formerly of Kewanee, on April 5, 1899. One daughter, May, now Mrs. Harry Umpress of Princeton, Ill., was born to this union.

After Mrs. Russell's death in 1904, Mr. Russell went to Michigan where he resided for about 20 years, working in automobile industries. He then returned to Illinois where he resided until his death. Mr. Russell was industrious and conscientious about his work and was well liked by those who knew him.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Nettie, one sister, Dora, and four brothers, James, Miles, and Albert, and one who passed away in infancy. He is survived by his daughter, May, and one grandchild, Carol Jean, besides several nephews and nieces.


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