Henry County Illinois
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MILDRED FAHNSTROM, WIFE OF ELMER FREDERICK FAHNSTROM
Mildred E Fahnstrom, 84, Widow of Elmer Fahnstrom, died in her home at 16, Northwest 4th Street on April 29th, 1985, shortly after she had been released from the hospital. A daughter of Charles A Craine and Sophia (Cottier) Craine, she was born June 25th, 1901, on a farm two and one half miles West of Galva. She attended a nearby country school in Galva, as well as the former Kewanee Business College.
For several years Mildred was the head of the Stenographic department in Hayes Pump and Planter Office. On July 12th, 1928, she was united in marriage with Elmer F Fahnstrom of Galva, in Aurora.
Mr Fahnstrom was a partner of his father, Andrew Fahnstrom in the Mens Clothing Business and tailor store, which bore the Fahnstrom name and his brother Axel Fahnstrom was also a partner in later years Mildred assisted in the store on certain occasions . Mr Fahnstrom died October 24th, 1967 and she had since occupied the house at Northwest 4th. She was a member of Galva First United Methodist Church, where she was treasurer many years, also Mildred had been an active worker in the Red Cross and during Bloodmobile visits here.
One brother Maurice A Craine of Ashland, Ohio. She was preceded in death by one brother and a nephew.
Services May 1st in Johnson – Gill – Schuster chapel were conducted by the Rev Dan Buck of the First United Methodist church, organist was Dorothy Talbot.
Interment was in Galva cemetery and bearers were Leon lewis, John Girvin,Harold Smith, Lawrence Ericson, Ed Miller and Dwain Warner.
[Galva News April 29th, 1985. Submitted by Susan Fahnstrom.]



JONAS FAHNSTROM.
GALVA NEWS, Feb 25, 1914.
Aged Resident Passes away.

Jonas Fahnstrom died, at his home in this city, Monday night about 11 o’clock, aged 80 years. 10 months and 15 days. Mr Fahnstrom had resided in Galva about 13 years and prior to coming here, he lived in Victoria about seven years, He was born in Sweden and was a soldier in the regular army of Sweden, He came to this country twenty one years ago in 1893. Mr Fahnstrom is survived by his wife Ingrid, seven sons and one daughter.

The funeral service will be held at his home tomorrow forenoon at 11 0’clock and will be conducted by Rev L B Bensen, pastor of the Lutheran Church.
Jonas Fahnstrom, a resident for the past thirteen years and one of the most highly respected resident of this community, passed away at his home on February 23rd, 1914, at the age of 80 years, 10 months and 15 days. Mr Fahnstrom was born in Aboda, Sweden, April 8th, 1833. He remained in s Sweden until twenty one years ago, when he came to America, locating in Victoria, Illinois. After living in Victoria for seven years, he moved to Galva and has made his home in this city. Mr Fahnstrom served for 30 years in the standing army and since that time has been drawing a pension from the Sweden Government.

He was a man of exceptions, character and was the most faithful and consistent member of the Swedish Lutheran Church. He is survived by seven sons and one daughter. William, Andrew, Ben, Edwin and George of Galva, Fred of Argyle, Minnesota, Amel of Brady, Texas and Minnie of Galesburg, Illinois. Amel Fahnstrom was unable to come from Texas to attend the funeral, but the remainder of the children were here at that time.

The funeral service was held this morning at 11 o’Clock from the home and was in charge of Rev Mr Benson, pastor of the Lutheran Church, The pall bearers were four of the sons of the deceased, William, Fred, Ben and Andrew.

CARD FOR THANKS.
We wish to express our most sincere and heartfelt thanks to the friends and neighbors who so kindly assisted us during our recent bereavement.
The Children.
[GALVA NEWS., FEB 26th, 1914. - Submitted by Susan Fahnstrom.]


INGRID FAHNSTROM
Galvaland, Wednesday June 14th, 1911.
WIFE AND MOTHER CALLED TO HER REWARD.
Mrs Ingrid Elsie Fahnstrom died at her home in this city last Saturday forenoon, aged 52 years old, 6 days after an illness of over three years.
She was born in Mobeda Parish, Kronobergs, Lan, Sweden, May 24th, 1859, she was married to Andrew E Fahnstrom, May 24th, 1886. To them five children were born, four sons and one daughter, all of whom with their father are living. She united with the Swedish M E Church, March 10th, 1895 and has been a good faithful member.
The funeral service was held Monday afternoon at the Swedish M E Church and was conducted by Rev G A Nystrom.
[Galvaland, Wednesday June 14th, 1911. - Submitted by Susan Fahnstrom. Family Info submitted by researcher]

INGRID CATHARINA FAHNSTROM
MRS INGRID KATHERINA FAHNSTROM was born in Quanebargo, Kronsbarga, Lan, Sweden, Sept 1837 and on Feb 20th, 1858 was married to Jonas Fahnstrom. They came to this country in 1893 and settled in Victoria, later coming to Galva. Nine children were born to them, 8 sons and one daughter. All of which survive excepting one son Charlie. The husband passed away in 1912. The children which remain to mourn their mothers death are Minnie of Galesburg, Andrew, Ben, and William of Galva, Ed and Fred of Victoria, Amel of Brady, Texas and George of South Dakota.

Mrs Fahnstrom was ill but a few days, her death being due to her age which was a few days short of 80 years old.
GALVA NEWS, Sept 20th, 1917. Submitted by - Submitted by Susan Fahnstrom

MRS AMANDA FAHNSTROM.
RITES HELD FOR MRS AMANDA FAHNSTROM.
GALVA NEWS. April 25th, 1957.
Funeral services for Mrs Andrew Fahnstrom, 89, who died last Thursday morning in Kewanee Public Hospital were conducted Saturday afternoon at 2 o’clock in the Johnson Gill Chapel with interment in Galva Cemetery. Rev H L Thrall, a pastor of Grace Methodist church officiated the services and Mrs Verna B Anderson played organ selections. Pallbearers were Edwin Nelson, Leonard Lindquist, Lyle Lindbloom, Milo Goodale, Godfrey Jacobsen and Forest Hammerberg.

Mrs Fahnstrom had been suffering from a heart ailment for sometime and her condition had been declining since her birthday, March 22nd, She was removed to the Galva Home last Tuesday and was transferred to the hospital at 7;30, Thursday morning, her death occurred about three hours later.

NATIVE OF SWEDEN.
Her birth took place in Sweden, March 22nd, 1868 and as a young girl Amanda Holm came to the United States, locating in Chesterton, Indiana, where she was married to Mr Evans and where she spent 49 years.
As Amanda Evans, she was United in marriage with Andrew Fahnstrom, a Galva Tailor and clothing store operator in 1921. She had continued to reside at 213, Southwest East Avenue, following Andrew’s death in December, 1944.
Survivors include her two daughters and one son by her first marriage, Mrs Esther Mc Carthy and Mrs Eva Weldrake of Chicago and Albert Johnson of Hanna, Indiana, in addition two stepsons and one stepdaughter, Elmer F Fahnstrom, Axel L Fahnstrom and Mrs Roy Alverson. There were also two stepgrandchildren and one great Grandchild as well as nieces and nephews.

Mrs Fahnstrom was a member of the Grace Methodist Church, Womans Relief Corps and Rebekah Lodge.

EDWIN JONAS FAHNSTROM.
February 3rd, 1956.
VICTORIA. - Edwin J Fahnstrom, 73 of Victoria, died early this morning in Kewanee, where he had been a patient nine weeks.
He was born April 20, 1877, in Sweden and came to the United States at the age of 12. He spent most of his life in Victoria, except a short time he was in business as a tailor in Galva. He was married in 1909 to Selma Florine, who died in 1939.
Surviving are a daughter, Mrs Christine Blackie of Victoria, a son Donald also of Victoria, two brothers, Amil of Brady, Texas and George of Galva and four grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Jonas and Ingrid Fahnstrom, a son in infancy, a sister and five brothers.
Funeral services will be conducted Thursday at 2 pm, in the Victoria Methodist Church Friends may call Wednesday evening at the Johnson and Gill Chapel, Galva.

CARL VANNARD FAHNSTROM.
LOST GRIM FIGHT MANY ATTENDED TRIBUTE SUNDAY FOR GALVA VET.
Carl Vannard Fahnstrom Died Friday in Sanitorium of Illness contracted in the Army.

Carl Vannard Fahnstrom, of this city, a 27 year old veteran of the World War, succumbed Friday in a sanitarium at Normal, Illinois, after a counter attack against tuberculosis in the Army forces of his country. He was the son of Andrew and Lisen Fahnstrom, a well known Galva business man.

While serving as a sergeant in the headquarters Company at Camp Travis, San Antonio, Texas, the young man was stricken with influenza, which later developed into tuberculosis. Until his honorable discharge from the service on March 26, 1920, he was confined in Government hospitals in San Antonio and Denver. A few months after returning to Galva, his condition became serious and he was taken to Normal.

The deceased entered the army in May of 1918, at Camp Stanley, Texas, he served with the calvary unit for three months, after which he was three months, after that he was transferred to the heavy artillery at Camp Travis, where he served as a sergeant until the armistice was signed. Before three years with the company K sixth Regiment, Illinois National Guard.

Carl Vannard Fahnstrom was born in Galva on August 28th, 1893, he was bought up and spent most of his life in this city, His education was obtained in the local schools at Browns Business College in Galesburg. In September 1918, he was united in marriage with Wilhelmina Van Auken, who with her one year old son Carl William Fahnstrom, survives him. Being widely known thoroughout this community, the deceased leaves many friends to mourn his death.

Until his health made it necessary for him to leave Galva, he was an active member of the American Legion of Galva. He remained unconscious until the last. After bidding his father Andrew, who was at his bedside, an affectionate farewell, he died. Beside his wife and son, the deceased is survived by his father Andrew Fahnstrom, one sister Miss Hulda Fahnstrom, two brothers, Elmer Fahnstrom and Axel Fahnstrom and a number of relatives. His mother Lisen Fahnstrom in 1911 and his brother Oscar Fahnstrom in 1912, preceded him in death.

GIVEN MILITARY HONORS.

A fitting tribute in the form of a full military was accorded the deceased, Sunday afternoon at the Swedish Methodist Church, the service was largely attended by civilians and ex service man in uniform, Rev AG Peterson, pastor of the church officiated. He was assisted by Rev JT Wigren and A R Rucks. An impressive musical program was rendered, consisting of Alfred Lundberg, Robert Miller, Bert Hall, and J F Bridgman, a quartet from the church, Mr and Mrs Eskill Johnson, Miss Cora Johnson and Osier Johnson and C F Schwab.

Interment was made in the Galva cemetery, the body was escorted to the grave by a uniformed unit of Seventy five ex Service men. Taps was blown by Bugler Ed Callow.

The pallbearers were John Sundquist, Walter Larson, Will Leaf, Robert Peterson, Harold Flack and Clarence Swanson. Among those attending the funeral from out of town were: Mr and Mrs Ed Fahnstrom and Mr and Mrs Fred Fahnstrom of Victoria, Mrs Andrew Norberg of Galesburg, Mr and Mrs Frank Van Auken of Kewanee, Charles Gibbs of Peoria and Mr and Mrs Charles Engstrand of La Fayette.

ANDREW FAHNSTROM
A E FAHNSTROM VETERAN TAILOR DIES ON SUNDAY.
Conduct Services Tuesday at Johnson Chapel.
Final services for ANDREW ERLAND FAHNSTROM, 80, veteran Galva tailor and resident for more than half a century, was conducted Tuesday afternoon at Johnson Chapel here, He died shortly after 4 o’clock, Sunday at his home on Southwest First Street after being in failing health for the past year. He had been bedridden for more than a week before his death.

Rev C H Malmquist of Chicago, former pastor of Grace Methodist Church, assisted by the present pastor Rev A H Nothdurft, officiated at the rites. Mrs Mary Johnson and Mrs Mabel Jacobsen sang duet numbers “ Good Night” and in the “Sweet by and By” in the Swedish language, Mrs Verna Bowman Anderson was the accompanist. Pallbearers were Avid Strand, Fred Jacobsen, John Peterson, Fred Carlson and interment was in the Galva Cemetery.

LEARNED TRADE IN SWEDEN.
ANDREW ERLAND FAHNSTROM was born in Sweden on January 22nd, 1864,, one of a family of ten children born to Mr and Mrs Jonas Fahnstrom.
At the age of 10 years old, he began serving as an apprentice from house to house in the rural districts of Sweden, employing five or six men to handle any tailoring that the families might want done. The first year Mr Fahnstrom paid 15 Kron for the priviledge of learning the trade. Although he did not have to pay for his training the following year, he received no wages for his work.

LEAVE FOR AMERICA.
Mr Fahnstrom was married to Lisen Magnuson on May 24th, 1886 in Sweden. One son Oscar was born to them in Sweden and a short time later in the year 1888, they came to America, two brothers had previously come to this community. He began working for Captain Peterson Johnson, father of the late L C Johnson, who was operating a tailor store at the time. A short time after they were settled here, the Fahnstrom’s made arrangements for other members of the family to come to Galva. Both the father and mother are buried inb the local cemetery.

Other children besides the son born in Sweden were: Elmer, Carl, Axel and Hulda ( Mrs Roy Alverson of Galva). Mrs Fahnstrom died in 1911 and two sons preceded him in death, Oscar who died at the age of 25 years in December of 1912 and Carl Vannard Fahnstrom who died at the age of 28 years in March of 1921.

Mr Fahnstrom ‘s marriage to Mrs Amanda ( Holm) Evans of Chicago, took place November 21st, 1921 and they had lived in Galva during this time.

OPENING TAILORING SHOP.
Opening of the tailor establishment that was later to be known as “ FAHNSTROM’S & SONS” took place when Mr Fahnstrom with his brother Ed Fahnstrom formed a partnership here. The Business continued for ten years when the brother opened a shop in Victoria, where he was still in business.
In 1915, a son, Elmer Fahnstrom entered the tailoring trade and sometime later another son Axel Fahnstrom also joined the firm. During the past year, Mr Fahnstrom had been in failing health and had been in the shop infrequently, although previously he had been active in the business.

A member of the Grace Methodist Church, he had served on the official board for several years. He was a member of Galva Masonic lodge and at one time was a member of the Old Fellows lodge here. Survivors include his widow, two sons Elmer and axel, a daughter Mrs Hulda Alverson, and two Grandchildren, all of Galva. There are all five brothers, Ben, George and Fred of Galva, Ed of Victoria and Amel of Temple, Texas. Relatives attending the funeral services included the following: Mrs Amanda Fahnstrom, Mr and Mrs Elmer Fahnstrom, Mr and Mrs Axel Fahnstrom, Mr and Mrs Hulda Alverson of Galva. Mrs Frank McCarthy of Chicago, Ben and George Fahnstrom of Galva, Ed and Fred Fahnstrom of Victoria, Mrs Anna Louise Fahnstrom and Anna of Victoria, Mr and Mrs Stewart Fahnstrom of Galva, Herman and Harvey Fahnstrom of Galva, Mr and Mrs Edward Fahnstrom of Victoria, Mr and Mrs Clarence Fahnstrom of Victoria, Mrs Charles Gibbs and Mrs Betty Johnson of Galva and Mrs Hugh Steele of Galesburg.
GALVA NEWS. THURSDAY DECEMBER 14th, 1944. Submitted by Susan Christine Fahnstrom]

Anna Louise Fahnstrom
MRS FAHNSTROM RITES TODAY AT JOHNSONS HERE.
Victorian dies at home after stroke. Funeral rites will be held at 2 pm today for Mrs Anna Louise Fahnstrom, 74, at Johnsons Chapel with Rev D A Bloomster, pastor of Victoria Methodist Church and Rev Nils E Bengtson, pastor of Galva Messiah Lutheran church officiating.

Mrs Fahnstrom died at 7 o’clock Sunday morning at her home in Victoria after being in critical condition following a stroke suffered two weeks previously. The song service will include three duet numbers, “In the sweet by and by” “ Safe in the arms of Jesus” and “Gathering Home” in Swedish sung by Mrs Verna Bowman Anderson. Pallbearers will be A L Fahnstrom, Elmer Fahnstrom, Edward Fahnstrom, Donald Fahnstrom, Stewart Fahnstrom and Clarence Fahnstrom. With burial in the Galva Cemetery.
NATIVE OF SWEDEN.
Anna Louise Fahnstrom was born June 23rd, 1870 in Sweden and came to the United States at the age of 17 years old in 1887, settling first in Pennsylvania. Later she met Carl August Fahnstrom in New York, whom she married in the year 1891, In Ossing, New York.

They first lived in Ossing, New York then later moved to Galva, Illinois to make their home. Following the accidental death of her husband in 1905 ( killed by a train in Galva) Mrs Fahnstrom returned to the east and settled in Worcester, Massachusetts. Fourteen years ago, she returned to Victoria, Illinois to visit relatives and then she decided to remain in the community. Surviving are three daughters, Anna Fahnstrom who lived with her in Victoria, Mrs Leonard Meline of Galesburg, Illinois and Mrs C Johnson of Worcester, Mass and two sons, Carl G Fahnstrom of Worcester, Mass and Capt Hjelmer M Fahnstrom, who is a chaplain in the service, stationed in Iceland. One daughter died in infancy, also surviving are 11 Grandchildren and two Great Grandchildren.

[GALVA NEWS. JANUARY, 1945. Submitted by Susan Christine Fahnstrom who adds the following information:
Pallbearers were Axel Lawrence Fahnstrom and Elmer Fahnstrom, who were both sons pf ANDREW ERLAND FAHNSTROM, Donald Fahnstrom was the son of ED FAHNSTROM, and Edward Fahnstrom and Clarence Fahnstrom were sons of FRED FAHNSTROM.
The daughter that died in infancy was Helen Fahnstrom, 7 days old, she is buried on Lot 45, owner Jonas Fahnstrom .
Jonas and his wife Ingrid Fahnstrom are also buried on Lot 45 and Jonas and Ingrid’s daughter Minnie Fahnstrom and their oldest son William Fahnstrom are buried there and Carl August Fahnstrom and his wife Anna Louise Fahnstrom are also buried in Lot 45, I have it all on a burial card that someone sent me from Galva.]

STEWART FAHNSTROM
STEWART “STEWIE” J FAHNSTROM was born June 22nd, 1895 in Victoria, Illinois, his father was Benjamin Aaron Fahnstrom born March 11th, 1870 in Kvenneberg, Smaland, Sweden. Stewart’s mother was Hattie Stewart, Stewart was the only child of Ben and Hattie Fahnstrom, after the birth of Stewart, the family moved to Galva, where Stewart Fahnstrom became a Blacksmith, after his father Ben, the mother Hattie Fahnstrom died in a house fire in Galva in 1899.

At the age of 15 years old Stewart did an apprenticeship for Hayes Company in Galva. He became a soldier on May 17, 1917, during World War 1, While serving overseas, one of his jobs was to shoe horses. After the War he worked at the John Clark Company of Peoria, Illinois, where he was employed in a Blacksmith shop, he received his state Blacksmith License while working there.

Stewart also owned a Blacksmiths store in Galva. The Fahnstrom Blacksmith Shop was on NE First Street and Market Street in Galva. He worked at the Colony Blacksmith Shop in Bishops Hill, the Old Swedish Settlement near Galva. This is a tourist center then and still is today. He made many items for State property including the Chandeliers and other iron work structures in the Old Church there at Bishops Hill, he also did demonstrations there for the tourists.

Stewart Fahnstrom married Mary Franz ion January 12th, 1921, she was born September 4th, 1898, they fostered a daughter Pearl Fahnstrom, who was the daughter of Mary’s sister that died. Pearl Fahnstrom married Edward Wilkerson. Stewart and Mary Fahnstrom lived at 219, SW Seventh Street, Rock Island, Illinois, most of their lives. Stewart had membership in the Masonics, The American Legion, The Low 12 Club, The Bugle Corps, the Galva Lodge 243 AF, the club of his WW 1 Army Unit and was a member of the First Baptist Church. He had an article in the 1975 National Geographic, a hard back book, they called it the Craftmens of America, it was a two page article about craftsmen from all parts of America, it was an article about him working at Bishops Hill also, there is also an article from the Galvaland Magazine and picture of him meeting the King of Sweden when he visited Galva, several years ago.

Stewart and Mary Fahnstrom celebrated their Golden Wedding Anniversary in 1971, he died in June of 1979 at the age of 84 years old and Mary died in 1980 at the age of 82 years old, both of them are buried in the Galva Cemetery. [Submitted by Susan Christine Fahnstrom]

OSCAR FAHNSTROM
OSCAR FAHNSTROM was born in Hjortsberga, Kronoberg, Sweden, May 18th, 1887 and he died in Galva, Ill, December 23rd, 1912, being at his departure, 25 years, 7 months and 5 days old, he had been failing in health for about two years. He came to America with his parents when he was only a year old and resided in Galva the rest of his life, except two years when he lived in Waterloo, Iowa.
Oscar was of a quiet nature and very helpful with the home duties during his mothers illness and since her death, last year in 1911. He is mourned by his father Andrew Fahnstrom, one sister and three brothers and many other relatives and friends. The funeral services were held at the Swedish Methodist Church, Christmas Day in the afternoon. Many of Oscar Fahnstrom’s comrades were present and the church was filled with sympathetic friends. Rev Nils W Bard had the charge and spoke in the Swedish language and Rev J W Swenson made an address in English. The choir sang two beautiful selections. The soldiers gave the salute at the Galva cemetery
[GALVA NEWS. DECEMBER 24th, 1912. Submitted by Susan Christine Fahnstrom]

DEATH OF JOHN WILLIAM RYAN.
Mr J W. Ryan of Peoria, passed away at the home of his daughter , Mrs Frank Van Auken, near Galva, Monday afternoon. The following notice regarding his death is from Tuesday’s Peoria Journal.

John William Ryan, a well known resident of Peoria, where his home had been for 32 years, died at the home of his daughter Mrs Grace Van Auken, in Galva yesterday. Mr Ryan was a soldier in the Civil War and identified always since with the G. A. R.. He was past commander of the Bryner Post in his city. Mr Ryan had been in poor health, but his death was not expected at this time. He had gone from his home here to visit in his daughter’s home and was overtaken.

He is survived by his wife Mrs Flora R Ryan of Peoria and four daughters: Mrs Grace Van Auken, at whose home he died, Mrs Mabel Ewalt, Kewanee, Mrs Monnie Rosenthal, Chicago and Mrs Lilian Belcke of Des Moines, Iowa. The funeral is to be held from the Camerford funeral home, Wednesday afternoon at 2 0’clock. Interment will be in the Springdale Cemetery in Peoria.
[Galva News. September 11th, 1913. Submitted by Susan Fahnstrom]

BEN FAHNSTROM DIES TUESDAY, RITES FRIDAY.

BENJAMIN A FAHNSTROM, 78, died Tuesday night in East Moline State Hospital, where he had been a patient three years.
Benjamin Aaron Fahnstrom, one of nine children of Jonas and Ingrid Fahnstrom was born March 11th, 1870 in Smaland, Sweden. He came to the United States at the age of 18 years old and worked at a farm in the Victoria vicinity until about 1900, when he came to Galva.
In 1884 he was married to Hattie Stewart, who died in 1899 in a house fire.
In 1905 he was married to Mammie Burns of St Louis, who was born in England, she died in 1930.
Mr Fahnstrom worked about 35 years in the Blacksmith department of the Hayes plant in Galva, he was a member of the Masonic Lodge 30 years and at one time a member of. the Baptist Church
Surviving are his son Stewart Fahnstrom of Galva and four brothers, George and Fred of Galva, Amel of Brady, Texas and Edwin of Victoria. In addition to his parents and his wife, he was preceded in death by three brothers, Charlie, William, Andrew and one sister, Minnie Fahnstrom. [GALVA NEWS 1948.]



John R. Davis
The Prophetstown Echo, July 8, 2008

John R. Davis, 62, Hooppole, IL passed away Saturday, July 5, 2008 at CGH Medical Center, Sterling. Funeral Services will be held Wednesday, July 9, 2008 at the Bosma-Gibson Funeral Home, Prophetstown, IL. Pastor Dalmus Meeks and Pastor Joshua Shaw, both of Harvest Time Bible Church, Rock Falls, IL will co-officiate the services. Visitation will be Tuesday, July 8, 2008 at the Bosma-Gibson Funeral Home, Prophetstown from 6-8 p.m. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.
John R. Davis was born December 30, 1945 to John and Lavirda (Towle) Davis, East St. Louis, IL He attended grade school in Caseyville, IL and attended St. Stephens Catholic High School in Caseyville, IL. He was a veteran of the United States Marine Corp.
John was an over the road truck driver for Vetter Trucking in Hooppole, IL. He was an avid St. Louis Cardinal fan.
Survivors include his loving companion and best friend of 26 years, Sheila Sullivan, of Hooppole, IL, his three children, Trina, John, and Jamie; her seven children; Desiree Norberg, Monica (Ron) Grasty, Derek (Rhonda) Norberg, Shanda Norberg, Shauna (Mel) Gallardo, Joshua (Jenn) Shaw, Erin (Jason) Gilbraith; 15 grandchildren; two great granddaughters; his best friends, Henry and Tracy Hilger, Hooppole, IL.
He was predeceased by his parents; one brother, Donald Davis.
[Submitted by Debbie Thormahlen, thormahlen@essex1.com ]

Alwyn Goembel
Sterling Gazette - April 3, 1957 - Wednesday, pg 2
ALWYN GOEMBEL - Hooppole: Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at 2:30 p.m. in Calvary EC Church here for Alwyn Goembel, who died in his home Friday night. The Rev. Gus Simpson officiated and Mrs. Keith Tonkinson served as organist. Mr. Bernal Hays of Annawan sang accompanied by his wife.

Mr. and Mrs. L. George Thoebald, Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Miller and Mrs. Clark Seyller cared for the floral pieces and pallbearers were: Lyle Wilsey, Richard Seyller, Mervin Harker, Clarence Greenwood, Clair Vetter, and Lowell Houch. Burial was in the Hooppole Cemetery.

Mr. Goembel suffered a heart attack and died in his home about midnight Friday. He was born Sept. 25, 1905 in Henry County, the son of Frank J. and Sarah Wiederhold Goembel. He lived in the Hooppole community all his life and was a farmer. He attended the Ringel School and the Geneseo High School. He married Marie Tally of Hooppole in Geneseo April 27i, 1929.

Survivng are the widow; a son, Ronald at home; two sisters, Mrs. Belva Wolf of Kewanee and Mrs. Edna McDonough of Peoria. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother.
[Contributed by Melva L. Taylor ]


LEVI JENNINGS
The Geneseo Republic, Geneseo IL, January 11, 1860
Died on Wednesday, Dec. 28th 1859, very suddenly, Levi Jennings, at Henderson, Minnesota, where he had gone with his son to transact business. His remains were removed from there to East Cambridge in this County, his place of residence during the last week. His age was about 65 years. He leaves a family and many friends to mourn his loss.



H. H. MCGINLEY
The Geneseo Republic, Geneseo IL, February 1, 1860
Died in Geneseo, January 2th of consumption, H. H. McGinley, of Salem Cross Roads, Westmoreland County PA. The subject of this notice had been but a few months among us, but during this time, had endeared himself to all who knew and became acquainted with him. James McGinley, brother of the deceased, started with the remains for Pennsylvania on Monday last.

The Geneseo Republic, Geneseo IL, February 8, 1860
Died in Geneseo, Ill., on the 25th of January, at the residence of his brother-in-law, Wm. Clawson, Esq., Mr. H. H. McGinley, of Salem Cross Roade, Westmoreland Co. Pa.




M. Lucille Salzmann
The Prophetstown Echo - June 3, 2008
M. Lucille Salzmann, 90, Corona, CA, formerly of Hooppole, IL passed away Friday, May 23, 2008 in Corona, CA. Memorial services were held today, Tuesday, June 3, 2008 at the Zion United Methodist Church, Hooppole. Rev. Rodney Herrick, pastor of Zion United Methodist Church, Hooppole officiated the service. Cremation Rites have been accorded with interment of cremains in Hooppole Cemetery. Bosma-Gibson Funeral Home, Prophetstown was in charge of arrangements. A memorial has been established to the Zion United Methodist Church, Hooppole, IL.
Lucille was born January 16m 1918 in Harmon, IL to William and Edna (Hettinger) Stonesifer. She was educated in Harmon, IL area schools. She married Earl A. Salzmann on October 6, 1940 in Sterling, IL. He died on September 28, 1995.
She owned and operated Lucille's Beauty Shop in Hooppole, IL for many years. She was a member of the Zion United Methodist Church, Hooppole, IL and the church's Friendship Circle. She enjoyed fishing and telling and being told a good joke. She was an excellent seamstress and known for baking wedding cakes.
Survivors include two daughters, Jana (Larry) Dowdy, Tamms, IL and Sherry Sherman, Corona, CA; five grandchildren, Lana (Joe) Schaeffer, Tod Dowdy, Jade Salzmann, Jennifer Sherman and Zack Sherman; nine great grandchildren, Phil, Seth, Aaron and Marcus Schaeffer; Amanda and Bree Ann Dowdy; Paige, Chace and Payton Salzmann; one sister, Madeline (Eddie) Jensen, Madison, WI; one brother, Billy (Lorraine) Stonesifer, Sterling, IL.
She was predeceased by her parents; husband, Earl; two sons, Wayne Salzmann and Darrell Salzmann; three sisters, Evelyn, Lola and Jane; one brother, Wayne Stonesifer. [Submitted by Debbie Thormahlen, thormahlen@essex1.com ]


Robert M. Stockner
Robert M. Stockner, age 86, of Thomson, Illinois and formerly of Kewanee, Illinois, died Tuesday, December 30, 2003 at his daughter's home in East Moline, Illinois. Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, January 2, 2004 at the Law-Jones Funeral Home, Thomson, Illinois. Reverend Wayne Brinkmann of St. John's Lutheran Church, Clinton, Iowa officiated. Burial was at 1:00 P.M. Friday in the Pleasant View Cemetery, Kewanee, Illinois. Visitations were from 10:00 11:00 a.m. Friday, January 2, 2004 at the Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Carroll County Humane Society in Robert's name. Robert was born on Saturday, December 1, 1917 in Kewanee, Illinois to George and Emma (Warkentine) Stockner. He was a graduate of Kewanee High School. He married Norma J. Shreck on November 29, 1941 in Kewanee.
Robert farmed part-time in Kewanee and worked as a Machinist and Tool Operator at Hyster for twenty-three years before retiring in 1980. Robert was a member of St. John' Lutheran Church in Clinton, Iowa and a Hyster Union Member. Robert enjoyed boating, fishing, the river and spending time with his dog Lucky, and especially enjoyed August vacations with his family on their houseboat. Survivors include his wife, Norma Stockner of Fulton, Illinois; one daughter, Nancy (Mark) Jackson of East Moline, Illinois; two sons, Randall (Judy) Stockner of Kewanee, Illinois and Alan (Debbie) Stockner of Metamora, Illinois; four grandchildren; and two step-grandchildren and six step great grandchildren. Robert was preceded in death by his parents, and two brothers, Harry and Lester and one step granddaughter. [Contributed by Lori Gilbert]


NEIL ALLEN KUELPER
Neil A. Kuelper, 12, Succumbs Saturday
Prophetstown: - Neil Allen Kuelper, 12, passed away suddenly Saturday evening at his home in Pekin.
Funeral services will be held at the Gardner Chapel, Prophetstown, Tuesday at 1 p.m., with burial in Hooppole Cemetery.
Friends may call at the funeral home Monday (tonight) between 7 and 9 p.m.
Neil Allen Kuelper was born Oct. 10, 1955 in Kewanee, the son of Ronald and Mary (Byrd) Kuelper. He was a student at Washington Junior High School at Pekin.
He is survived by his parents, step-mother, two brothers, Kevin of Davenport, Iowa; Ronald of Coal Valley; two stepsisters, Candice Lou Kinsman and Pamela Sue Kinsman of Pekin; paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Kuelper and maternal grandmother Mrs. Ellen Byrd of Geneva. (The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois, February 19, 1968 - Monday, pg 2- Contributed by Melva L. Taylor)


MARIE V. (Cahill) McNALLY
Rites Held For Mrs. Charles McNally
Tampico: - Mrs. Charles (Marie V.) McNally, 65, of 516 E. 11th St., Kewanee, died Thursday, Jan. 26, at St. Frasncis Hospital in Kewanee. Mrs. McNally was born May 9, 1901 in Chicago, the daughter of Edward and Catherine Hogan Cahill. She married Charles McNally on Sept. 12, 1945. She was a member of St. Stanislaus Church. Surviving are her husband, a sister, Mrs. Edna Walsh, two nieces, Mrs. Theresa Lamora and Mrs. Kathleeen Carpenter, Chicago. She was preceded by her parents. Funeral services were held Monday at 9:30 a.m. at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church with the Rev. Gabriel Ignaszak officiating. Music was by the church choir and burial was in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Casketbearers were George Swift, Fred Trumble, Clarence Medley, Ralph Wilamoskik Charlie Adams and Edwin Kubinsky. [The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois February 16, 1967 - Thursday, pg 2 - Contributed by Melva L. Taylor]


GLENN J. WIRTH
Geneseo: - Glenn J. Wirth, 90, of Geneseo, died Monday, Oct. 30, 1995 at Hillcrest Home, Geneseo
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Saint Mary's Catholic Church, Hooppole, with the Rev. John Cox officiating. Burial will be at Oakwood Cemetery, Geneseo. Visitation will be from 9:30-10: 30 a.m. Thursday at the church. A memorial has been established for Saint Mary's of the Field Shrine. Mr. Wirth was born Aug. 1, 1905, in Loraine Township, Henry County, the son of Joseph and Rose (Newlon) Wirth. He married Irene Roos on Feb. 14, 1928, in Geneseo. She died March 22, 1980. He farmed all his life in Loraine Township, Henry County, He was a member of Saint Mary's Catholic Church, Hooppole, and was an avid softball and baseball player. Survivors include two daughters, Rosemary (John) Doubler of Atkinson, and Diane (Neil) Wehrspann of Geneseo; three sons, Ramon (Judy) Wirth and Dale (Betty) Wirth both of Geneseo, and Darrell Wirth of Chicago; two daughters-in-law, Lory Wirth of Prophetstown, and Helen George of Rockford; 21 grandchildren; 29 great grandchildren; two sisters, Florence (Delbert) Butzer and Mildred Kuszmaul both of Geneseo; and one sister-in-law, Lela Wirth of Geneseo. He was preceded in death by two sons, one brother and one granddaughter. [The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois November 1, 1995 - Wednesday, pg A2 - Contributed by Melva L. Taylor]

Kent A. Sefton
Henry: Kent A. Sefton, age 53, of 601 Edward St., Henry, passed away at 12:57 a.m. Monday, Dec. 8, 2008, at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria, Ill. He was born April 6, 1955, in Pekin, Ill., a son of Duane S. and Mary Lou Cottingham Sefton. Kent and Linda J. Kamp were united in marriage on March 25, 2006, in Chillicothe, Ill. She survives. Also surviving are his mother, Mary Lou Sefton of Henry; grandmother, Vi Cottingham of Pekin; stepdaughter, Mickayla Marsh of Henry; one brother, Kurt (Lori) Sefton of Maumee, Ohio; one sister, Kristi (Joe) Klein of Henry; three nephews; and three nieces. He was preceded in death by his father, Duane Sefton; grandparents, Elbert and Stella Sefton, and Gene Cottingham. He was the operating manager for Henry Chevrolet, formerly Sefton Chevrolet, in Henry.
He was a member of the Chillicothe Bible Church, was a youth group leader and was on the worship team.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 12, 2008, at Chillicothe Bible Church, with Pastor Joe Horn officiating. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 11, 2008, also at his church. Burial will be in the Henry Cemetery.
Source: Peoria Journal Star, Dec 10, 2008
Submitted by Janice Rice

Edith Mae Todd
MRS. VERN TODD
Mrs. Vern (Edith Mae) Todd, 70, a resident of 106 N. Park St., died in Kewanee Public Hospital Thursday night. She had been hospitalized three weeks. Mrs. Todd was born July 22, 1897 in Joplin, Mo., the daughter of John and Carrie Brown Watts. She was married to Vern Todd Aug. 3, 1928 in Decatur. Surviving are the husband; four sons, Wilbert, Carl, and Clarence Hicks and Kenneth Todd Jr., all of Kewanee; two daughters, Mrs. Eileen Meaker of Wyoming and Mrs. Marilyn Burks of California; 24 grand-children; and 15 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Arthur Watts of Sheffield and Wayne Watts of Jewett, Ill., and three sisters, Mrs. Stella Webb of Arthur, Mrs. Inez Duvall of Greenup and Mrs. Goldie Miller of Decatur. She was preceded in death by her parents, a son, two brothers and one sister. Mrs. Todd was a member of the First Christian Church. The funeral service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Monday in the Cavanagh and Schueneman Funeral Home. The Rev. Roland Florence, pastor of the First Christian Church, will officiate. Interment will be in the Evergreen Memory Gardens. Friends may call at the funeral home Sunday evening.
Source: The Star-Courier, Kewanee, IL Page Four Friday, April 12, 1968
Submitted by Martin Chayer

MRS. VERN TODD
Funeral services for Mrs. Vern (Edith Mae) Todd, 70, of 106 N. Park St., who died Thursday night in Kewanee Public Hospital, were held Monday at 1:30 p.m., in the Cavanaugh and Schueneman Funeral Home. The Rev. Roland Florence, pastor of First Christian Church, officiated and Mrs. Damon Barritt played organ selections. Burial was in Evergreen Memory Gardens. Pallbearers were Clarence Jr., Fred, Lon, Russell and Robert Hicks and Delbert Todd.
Source: The Star-Courier, Kewanee, IL - Tuesday, April 16, 1968
Submitted by Martin Chayer

Vern K. Todd Sr.
Vern K. Todd Sr., 82, of 1229 Western Ave., died Wednesday morning in the Emergency Room of Kewanee Public Hospital. He had worked for many years at Kewanee Walworth until his retirement in 1959. He then worked for his son at Todd's Deep Rock Service Station. Born Aug. 6, 1905, in Kewanee, son of George and Mae (Epperly) Todd, he was reared and educated here. He married Edith M. Watts Aug. 6, 1928, in Decatur. She died in 1968. Also preceding him in death were two sons, one sister and one brother. Surviving are three sons, Vern K. Todd Jr. and Wilbert and Clarence Hicks, all of Kewanee; two daughters, Mrs. Carl (Marilyn) Burks of Holbrook, Ariz., and Mrs. Ben (Eileen) Meeker of Toulon; one sister, Mrs. Pearl (Ann) Lyle of Kewanee; and 25 grandchildren. Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 21, at Cavanagh and Schueneman Funeral Home with the Rev. Donald Herrick officiating. Visitation will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Evergreen Memory Gardens.
Source: Kewanee Star-Courier Thursday, May 19, 1988
Submitted by Martin Chayer


Delbert Hicks
Pvt. Delbert Hicks Dies In U.S. Service
Pvt. Delbert L. Hicks, Kewanee soldier, died in Germany Apr. 1, while serving with a U.S. Signal Radio Intelligence company, according to a war department telegram received by his wife, Alfaretta Taylor Hicks, 703 E. Fourth St., this morning. The message did not state that he had been killed in action. It is to be followed by a confirming letter which will probably explain the circumstances of his death. Entering service Sept. 15, 1942, Pvt. Hicks trained at Camp Crowder, Mo., Camp Forrest, Tenn., and Redbank, N.J. He was sent overseas in the latter part of December, 1943, and was stationed in England for some time. The last letter his wife received from him prior to today was written March 18 from Luxembourg.
Pvt. Hicks was born near LaFayette Aug. 31, 1920. he came to Kewanee when a small child and attended the local schools. Prior to entering service he was employed in the malleable foundry at Walworth Manufacturing company. His marriage to the former Alfaretta Taylor took place in Kewanee Sept. 5, 1942. Surviving with the wife are his mother, Mrs. Vern Todd, southwest of Galva; three brothers, Carl and Clarence Hicks, located with U.S. forces in Germany, and Wilbur Hicks, now of Rural Route, Bradford, who is to leave May 11 for service; one stepbrother, Kenneth Todd, of Galva, and two stepsisters, Eileen and Marilyn Todd, also of Galva.
Source: Kewanee Star-Courier, Tuesday, May 1, 1945 p. 5
Submitted by Martin Chayer

GEORGE W. HYATT
The Geneseo Republic, Geneseo IL, April 28, 1858
Died in Chicago, April 22, of typhoid fever, George W. Hyatt, aged 34 years, brother of I. S. Hyatt, recently of this place.






William Kelly
The Kewanee Star Courier:
William Kelly-- The funeral service for William Kelly was held at the Seifert and Smith funeral home Monday, with Rev. J. A. Olson, of Buda, officiating.
Mrs. Elmer Seifert and Mrs. Glona Cross sang and Mrs. Dale Ratliff was organist. Bearers were Joe Pyle, John Prusator, Pat Murphy, George Hinkins, C. Reed and Clarence McBride. Burial was in Pleasant View Cemetery.


Fred B. Martin
Funeral services for Fred B. Martin were held Tuesday at Visitation church. A requiem high mass was celebrated by the Rev. James Culleton. Msgr. William P. Burke read the ersmon and conducted the service at the grave. Music was furnished by Mrs. Norman Durham and Atty. Charles Blachinsky. Pall Bearers were Albert Gutschlag, William Hagerty, Harry McClain, Alex Turnbull, James Cavanagh and Henry Hagerty. Burial was in Mt. Olivet Cemetery.


John Willett
Submitted By: DeNise Dunchus
Obit: Believed to be from Kewanee, IL newspaper dated April 3rd, 1909 Death occurred April 2nd, 1909.

HENRY COUNTY PIONEER DEAD
John Willett for Fifty-Seven Years in This Section Dies Last Night.
-------SON AND DAUGHTER LIVE IN KEWANEE
-------Funeral to be Held Tomorrow-Eulogy to be Deliv-ered by Capt. Heaps.
-------The Grim Reaper continues to gather in the harvest of old heroes of the civil war. This has been particularly evident in Annawan this winter, where four have answered the last roll call and have joined the great host of their comrades in the camp beyond the river.

John Willett Dead. The last to answer this summons was John Willett, one of the oldest residents of Henry county , who died at his home in Annawan last night at 8:30 o'clock. He was one of the few remaining links which bind the present to the past, one of the few who have seen Henry county grow from a wilderness to a populous and thrifty community.

Born in New York. He was born in Chautauqua county, New York, April 8th, 1832, so was at the time of his death 76 years, 11 months and 25 days old. When he was fifteen years old his parents moved from their home in New York and came to Indiana where Mr. Willett resided until 1852, when he came to Henry county, setting in Yorktown, where he lived until the railroad was built through the county, when he came to the new village of Annawan and was one of the first to settle there. In 1857 he was married to Miss Adeline Showers of Annawan, who survives.

Six Children Born. To this union there were born six children, all of whom are living and all but two of whom were present at the bedside when death came. The children are: Mrs. Carrie McCullough, Milford, Iowa; Mrs. Tina Swiger, Atlantic, Iowa; Mrs. Etta Barrick, Lohr-ville, Iowa; Mrs. Cora Mallory, Ke-wanee; Miss Lotta Willett, Annawan, and Marshal Willett, Kewanee.

Brick Mason. Since coming to Annawan he had followed the trade of brick and stone mason until the infirmities of age interfered. He was always an honest, upright and highly respected citizen and had been a member of the Baptist church at Annawan for over fifty years. He always took an active part in all matters for the betterment of his town and the upbuilding of the people.

Enters Army Service. When the fate of the nation was in danger and it called upon her sons to come to its defense, he bade good-bye to his wife and baby and joined that host which rallied around the grand old starry banner, declaring that the flag and the government should be saved or he would die in defending them. He joined Co. A 112th Illinois Infantry, August 12th, 1862, and took an active part in all the battles and engagements in which that splendid regiment was engaged during the three years of arduous ser-vise at the front.

Twice Wounded. He was twice wounded in battle during his service, once at Utoy Creek near Atlanta, Ga., Aug 6th 1864, and again in that cyclone of war, the battle of Franklin, Tenn., Nov. 30, 1864.

Funeral Tomorrow. There will be a short service at the house at 1:30 tomorrow after-noon and later at the Baptist church where the funeral service will take place. The family has invited Capt. I. G. Heaps to deliver an eulogy on the life and military services of the deceased at the conclusion of the sermon and as the Captain has well known him for fifty-seven years, both in civil life and in the army, he will pay this the last tribute of love to his old friend and comrade. Intern-ment will be in the Annawan cemetery.


Adaline L. Willett
Submitted By: DeNise Dunchus
From Kewanee, IL. Newpaper dated approx. 10/20/1922

MRS. A. A. WILLETT COUNTY PIONEER IN FINAL SLEEP
Dies Suddenly At Her Home Early This Morning -Found In Chair
HAD MANY FRIENDS
Mrs. Adaline A. Willett, a well-known resident of Kewanee, was found dead in her home 121 Smith street, about 8 o'clock this morning. She lived alone at her home and it is evident that she was up and about the house as usual this morning.
Shortly before 8 o'clock this morning, her son, Marshall J. Willett, who lives at 314 Willard street, make his usual morning call at this mother's home, on his way to work. He found the back door open, the kitchen fire burning, and upon looking about for his mother, he found her lifeless body seated in a chair by the kitchen window.
Coroner D. F. Stewart was notified, and an inquest was held at the un-dertaking parlors of Erickson & McHugh at 10 o'clock this morning. Af-ter hearing the testimony of the son, Marshall J. Willett, and the daughter, Mrs. H. E. Mallory, Dr. W. T. Heaps Was called to the stand and testified that he had been treating Mrs. Willett for several years. She had chron-ic indigestion, also gall bladder trou-ble. About twice a year she would have a severe attack, after which she would appear to be in her usual health. In his opinion death was due to an attack of acute indigestion, complicated with gall-bladder trouble. This cause of death was also assigned by the jury which comprised the following: F. M. Wedge, foreman; Chas. E. Maynard, John F. Peart, M. E. White, B. P. McHugh and J. H Ratchford.

Mrs. Willett was born in Little Rock, Wisconsin, January 3, 1844, and at the time of her passing she was 78 years, 9 months and 17 days old. She lived in Annawan, Ill., for many years. There her husband passed away twelve years ago. Four years later she came to this city, making her home at 121 Smith street.
For more than sixty years Mrs. Willett was a faithful member of the Baptist church, having united with the church in Annawan later transferring her membership to the First Baptist church of this city. She was also a member of the Woman's Relief Corps and the Wethersfield Social Circle. She was friendly by nature, and news of her sudden death comes as a shock to her many friends.
Mrs. Willett is survived by the following children:
Mrs. H. E. Mallory and Marshall J. Willett, Kewanee; Mrs. Frank Mc-Cullough, Austin, Minn.; Mrs. Clark Swiger, Atlantic, Iowa; Mrs. Etta Barrick, Mankato, Minn.; Mrs. Lottie Figsworth, South Amherst, Ohio. There are also thirteen grandchildren and a number of great grandchildren.
Arrangements for the funeral will not be completed until work has been received from out of town relatives.

[Thought to be from a Kewanee, IL. Newspaper late October, 1922]
Mrs. Adaline Willett Laid To Rest In Annawan Cemetery
Funeral Services for Mrs. Adaline A. Willett were held yesterday afternoon. At 1 o'clock a short service was held at the home of her daughter, Mrs. H. E. Mallroy, 618 North Main street. A 1:30 o'clock another service was held at the First Baptist church. The Rev. L. C. Trent was in charge, and the music was by a quartet composed of Mrs. Wm. Arnold, Mrs. John Burgland, Dr. C. P. White and W. R. Scott. There was a very large attendance and a wealth of beautiful floral tributes. The W. R. O. attended the service at the church. Friends were present from a number of surrounding towns.
Bearers were John Pettitt, G. C. Townsend, A. R. Tomilinson, E. Ibson, Mel Craig and Herman Lempke. Burial was in the family lot in Annawan cemetery.


Jacob Combs
The Henry Republican, November 21, 1878
Submitted by Nancy Piper
At Kewanee, Nov. 14, at the residence of his daughter Mrs. B. W. Pitzel, of diabetis, Jacob Combs, aged 81 years, 6 months, 10 days, formerly of Henry.
Jacob Combs was born in Hampshire county, Va., in the year 1797. He was married to Mrs. Sarah Edwards, May 19, 1817. Emigrated to Ohio, settling in Crawford county in 1830; lived there till the year 1851, when he moved to Marshall county, Illinois, where he lived many years. Much of the latter part of his life, might be said, he had no home to call his own, but wandered from place to place among his children and other kind friends. In Ohio, Jacob combs united with the Episcopal Methodist church, and lived a useful member in that church for years after. Coming to this state he united with the Free Methodist people; his whole object was trying to lead souls to Christ. He was a strong believer in that perfect love which casteth out all fear. Was taken down on his sick bed Nov. 4, and died Nov. 14. He bore all his sufferings with Christian grace; was not heard to murmur or complain, passing off without a struggle or a groan. His children that live in this state had the privilege to with him in his last moments; neighbors and friends were very kind and attentive in lending their assistance. Was laid away to rest in his long resting place on Friday, the 15th, in a beautiful lot in the cemetery in Wethersfield, Henry county, Illinois.


Christopher Alma Stone
February 26, 1880 - the Henry Republican
Died at Geneseo, Henry county, Feb. 22, Christopher Alma Stone, 70 years, 4 months 19 days of this city.
Col. C. A. Stone
The rather sudden death of Col. Christopher A. Stone, which was announced by telegraph on Monday morning which had taken place at Geneseo, Henry county, the night previous, produced a profound shock upon the community here, where he was widely know and universally respected. He had submitted to a surgical operation, painful and trying, at the office of a physician; after it he walked a number of blocks to the residence of a friend, Mr. George Godfrey, where he was so overcome that he took to his bed, endured a violent shock as of congestive chill, and congestion of the brain setting in, caused death in two days.
Mr. and Mrs. Culton were at his bedside to soothe his dying pillow; his other two daughters, Mrs. Robert Clark of this city and Mrs. Fish, now of Chicago, and niece, Miss May Culton, attended the funeral. The obsequies took place at Geneseo, Tuesday afternoon, at the Congregational church, Rev. A. Bushnell, pastor, preaching the discourse; he was followed by Mr. W. W. Stetson, in an address of some length, in which he portrayed Mr. Stone's life in Henry. …. The interment was at Oakwood cemetery, where a lot had been procured, and where his wife's remains will be consigned at a future time. A fitting obituary is to be prepared for our next issue ……

March 4, 1880, In Memoriam
Christopher A. Stone, whose sudden death at Geneseo, and whose burial there, we chronicled last week, was born at Elmore, Vermont, in October 1809; was married to Sylvia Stafford in 1833; and lived in Vermont, and in Franklin county, New York, till he moved west to Geneseo in 1857; and has lived there and here ever since, hardly knowing which place was most home to him and beloved by a host of friends, whom he had knit to him by ties of more than kinship in both places. The last time we ever saw him he reached out his big hand to us in passing, saying he was off to pay the boys a little visit - over to Geneseo - boys he called 'em, and boys they are we'll venture, boys at heart, his Geneseo friends, with the frosts of 70 winters perhaps on their heads, as on his, but with the warmth and glow of all the summers in their hearts, and not a stingy, cold blooded one among them. ….
Death, who calls for any mortal, any time and any where he pleases, had a right to call for him there, but it don't seem right to us that he is buried there. He lived longest and he lived last with us. Here was his home, here were his children. Here, in our city of the dead his wife sleep well, and somehow it seems to us more fitting that his body should molder back to dust in the cool, clean sand of Crow Meadow than under the heavy clods they piled above him. ……

We repeat what we said last week. A noble man, ripe in years, has gone home. He has achieved much, has fought the battle of life manfully, and has lain aside the earthly mantle in peace. He was possessed of many virtues, held in high esteem in the community, was warm in his friendship, generous to the poor, social and fraud in his intercourse, and dies lamented by a large circle of friends.

The Geneseo Republican, Geneseo IL , February 27, 1880
Col. Christopher A. Stone, of Henry, Ill., died at the residence of Mr. George Godfrey, in this city, on Sunday evening last. He was apparently in robust health up to the Friday evening previous, at which time he was taken sick. His death was caused by congestive chills. He was 71 years old. A number of years ago the Colonel was a resident and active business man of this city. He was owner at one time of the Dr. Wells property and subsequently of Mrs. Jonathan Allen's place, both of which he improved. When stricken with his fatal illness he was here to purchase the Cameron elevator and had every detail arranged except the formality of executing the papers. His funeral was conducted at the Congregational church last Tuesday afternoon by Rev. A. Bushnell, and the remains laid to rest at Oakwood. The remains of his wife, temporarily interred at Henry, will also be moved here. He leaves three daughters - Mrs. Culton and Mrs. Clark of Henry and Mrs. Flek of Chicago - all of whom were present at the funeral.




James Wharton
The Henry Republican, March 28, 1872
Submitted by Nancy Piper
At Annawan, Henry County, March 14, at the residence of Jacob Clark, formerly of Whitefield, James Wharton, of Cambridge, and Miss Emma Clark, sister of Jacob C. and niece of J. B. Mock of Whitefield.


Bryan L. Wolf
18-Year Old Electrocuted
An accident on the Krickovich Bros. Farm, RR 1, Fulton, claimed the life of an 18-year-old Hooppole youth, Bryan Lee Wolf on Tuesday. Wolf, employed by Farmers Building Service of Annawan, was working with a crew erecting a metal farm building. According to reports, Wolf was standing beside a boom type crane when it came in contact with a 7200 volt high tension wire. Wolf evidently attempted to grab the controls to lower the boom from the power line when he was electrocuted. Wolf was taken by Bosma ambulance to Mercy Hospital, Clinton, Iowa where he was pronounced dead on arrival. An inquest was scheduled for 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Gardner Funeral Home, Prophetstown. Whiteside County coroner James Grennan conducted the inquest.
Bryan Wolf was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Quentin Wolf, Hooppole.
[Sterling Gazette November 19, 1975 - Wednesday, pg 6, Contributed by Melva L. Taylor ]
Hooppole: - Bryan Lee Wolf, 18, Hooppole, was pronounced dead on arrival at Mercy Hospital, Clinton, Iowa, after he was electrocuted Tuesday morning. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at Calvary Evangelical Congregational Church, Hooppole, with Rev. R. W. Taubenheim, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in the Hooppole Cemetery. Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the Gardner Funeral Home, Prophetstown.

Bryan Wolf was born March 18, 1957 in Kewanee, the son of Quentin and Barbara Thompson Wolf. He was educated in Hooppole and Annawan schools and attended Calvary E. V. Church. He lived in the Hooppole area his entire life. Survivors include his parents; three sisters, Mrs. Curtis (Sandra) Miller of Tampico; Penny Sue and Elizabeth Elaine at home; paternal grandparenys, Mr. and Mrs. Willard Wolf of Kewanee; maternal grandmother, Mrs. Doris Thompson of Kewanee; and maternal great-grandmother, Mrs. Cora Homes of Kewanee.
[November 19, 1975 - Wednesday, pg 6 - Submitted by Melva L. Taylor]

Grace Swanson
GRACE C. (Sandburg) SWANSON - 79, of Sterling Colonial Acres Rest Home, (Died in Whiteside County IL) died Monday after an extended illness. Funeral services were held today in the Peterson-Wallin-Knox Funeral Home, Woodhull. Burial was in Woodhull Cemetery. Mrs. Swanson was born in Galesburg, the daughter of John and Anna Sandburg. She married Howard G. Swanson in 1922 and he preceded her in death in 1969. Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Susan Strasburg of Portage, Mich.; three sons, George of Dixon, and Thomas and James of Sterling; 14 grandchildren; one great-grandson; two sisters, Mrs. Alice Lyons of Rock Island and Mrs. Florence Peterson of Glen Ellyn; two brothers, Oscar Sandburg of Rock Island and Ernest Sandburg. [The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois, December 23, 1975 - Tuesday, pg 4 - Contributed by Melva L. Taylor ]


MARY ANN CLARK - Mrs. M. Clark, Accident Victim. Mrs. Mary Ann Clark, 35, Cordova, an employe at Morrison General Electric plant, was killed in an auto accident about 5 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 28. The accident occurred at the north end of Port Byron. Her 11 year old son, Dwayne, was critically injured in the accident.
Funeral services for Mrs. Clark were held at 1 p.m. Friday at the Daily-Gibson Chapel, Port Byron. Burial was in Oakwood Cemetery, Geneseo. [The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois, September 4, 1973 - Tuesday, pg 2 - Contributed by Melva L. Taylor ]

WILLIAM G. EILERS
William G. Eilers Of Hooppole DIes
Hooppole: - William Gerhart Eilers, 67, resident of Hooppole community since 1920, died at Hammond-Henry Hospital at Geneseo Wednesday evening. The body was removed to the Gardner Funeral Home where friends may call. Funeral services will be conducted at 1:30 p.m. at the funeral home, the Rev. Kenneth Kortmeier, pastor of the Zion EUB Church officiating. Burial will be in the Hooppole Cemetery. Mr. Eilers was born Feb. 9, 1890 in Mason County, the son of Henry and Elizabeth Messman Eilers. He was educated in the Mason County schools. He moved to the Hooppole community in 1920 and to his home in Hooppole 10 years ago. He worked as a laborer. He was a veteran of the World War I, the American Legion Post 1191, and the Masonic Lodge. There are no immediate survivors. He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers and one sister. [The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois, March 14, 1957 - Thursday, pg 2 - Contributed by Melva L. Taylor ]


REV. EDWIN COUNTRYMAN
Rev. Edwin Countryman Funeral Services held On Tuesday Afternoon
Hooppole: - Funeral services were held at 8 p.m. Monday night in St. John's EUB CHurch at Rockford for the Rev.Edwin Countryman, who died in a hospital at Rockford Friday afternoon. Services were held at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at Zion EUB Church in Hooppole with the Rev. Willard Giese , pastor of the St. John's Church at Rockford and the Rev. Kenneth Kortemeier, Hooppole, officiating. Mrs. George Arnold served as organist and the Rev. and Mrs. Kenneth Kortemeier sang. Mr. and Mrs. George Fushelman and Mrs. Margaret Hilger were in charge of flowers. Burial was in the Hooppole Cemetery with Rollin Heller, Dwight Countryman, and Alwyn Geombel all of this community, and Art Sieben, Elmer Goembel, and Irvin Landwehr all of Geneseo, as pallbearers.
The Rev. Countryman, was born in Hooppole on March 21, 1869, the son of Abraham and Magdelena Miller Countryman and spent his early life on a farm at Hooppole. He attended Geneseo Normal School and then entered Dixon Business College from which he was graduated in 1890. He was employed for two years in the general store at Hooppole, when he decided to become a carpenter and joiner and followed these trades for 12 years. He was married to Lottie Goembel in Hooppole on Dec. 15, 1897. In 1904 he left the carpentry to become a minister. He enrolled in a theological course at Western Union College in LaMars, Iowa, now Westmar College, and began to preach in 1906. He was ordained deacon in 1908 and elder in 1912. He served the following appointments all in the EUB Conference: Loraine, 1906-10; Westervelt, 1910-12; Cedarville Circuit 1912-17; Hampshire 1917-22; Lorraine 1922-28 when he retired from the active ministry and went to Rockford where he had lived for 29 years, making his home with his son and wife, Mr. and Mrs. Lowell Countryman. He suffered a stroke on Jan. 8 and was hospitalized until his passing last Friday afternoon. He was preceded in death by his wife; a brother, Frank; and a sister, Anna. Surviving him are two sons, Paul D. and Lowell, both of Rockford; two daughters, Mrs. Grace M. Barth of Western Springs and Mrs. Ruth Mock of Spring Valley, Calif.; 10 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and two brothers, George of Boise, Idaho and William of Hooppole. [Sterling Gazette, March 8, 1957 - Friday, pg 11 - Contributed by Melva L. Taylor]


HENRY ALBRECHT
Prophetstown: - Henry Albrecht, 85, died Wednesday at the Hammond-Henry Hospital in Geneseo following an extended illness. The body was removed to the Gardner Funeral Home in Prophetstown where friends may call. Funeral services will be conducted Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at the Zion EUB Church at Hooppole, the Rev. Kenneth Kortemeier, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in the Hooppole Cemetery.

Mr. Albrecht was born Aug. 15, 1871 in Germany, the son of Ernest and Marie Albrecht. He was educated in Germany and came to the United States at the age of 19. He came to the Hooppole area when he was 21 years of age. He was engaged in farming most of his lifetime. He was married to Anna Martha Zinser on Jan. 2, 1896 at Hooppole. He was a member of the Zion EUB Church at Hooppole. Survivors are one son, John Albrecht Sr., Prophetstown; one daughter Mrs. Fred Kroegoert, Annawan; seven grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife in 1935, his parents, four brothers and three sisters. [Daily Gazette Sterling, March 28, 1957 - Thursday, pg 2 - Contributed by Melva L. Taylor]


HARRY F. ESHELMAN
Harry Eshelman Dies In Arkansas
Harry F. Eshelman, 76, passed away in Fayetteville, Ark., where he had been a resident for the past six yers. He was a former farmer in the Hoopole area before moving to Prophetstown, where he resided for forty years. He was a carpenter. He married Clara Binks, of Kewanee, Sept. 15, 1914. He was a member of the First Methodist Church of Prophetstown, and active in the Union Veterans.
He is survived by his wife, one daughter, Charlotte Cook, in the state of Washington; two sons, Delbert, San Bernardino, Calif., Donald of Palo Alto, Calif; eight grandchildren, three great grandchildren; two brothers, George of Hoopole, and Ed, Rock Island. He was preceded by his parents, one sister, Edith; two brothers Jim and Ernest.
Following services Tuesday in Fayetteville, the body will arrive in Prophetstown at the Gardner Funeral Chapel where friends may call Wednesday evening. Services will be held Thursday at 3 p.m. at the First Methodist Church, with the Rev. Paul Olson officiating. Burial will be in the Hoopole Cemetery. The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois, January 17, 1966 - - Contributed by Melva L. Taylor]


CHARLES HENRY RICHER - Charles Henry Richer, 92, rural Prophetstown, died Wednesday at the Whiteside County Nursing Home at Round Grove. He had been confined at the home for five months.
Funeral services will be held at the Gardner Chapel, Prophetstown, at 2 p.m., Saturday with Rev. Claire Noblitt, pastor of the Lorraine Church, officiating. Burial will be in Kemmis Cemetery, Henry County. Friends may visit at the funeral home from 7-9 Friday.
Mr. Richer was born Dec. 11, 1877, at Bradford, the son of George and Rachel Miller Richer. He was educated in Stark County schools. On Jan. 3, 1900 he was united in marriage to Jesse Luella Talbott at Dallas Center, Iowa. He farmed in Henry county most of his lifetime.
Survivors include four daughters; Mrs. Ruth Grah, Rock Falls, Mrs. Martha Downey, Reno, Nev.; Mrs. Elizabeeth Downey, Muscatine, Iowa and Mrs. Carrie Rose Alvarez, East Moline; one sister, Mrs. Plessa Johnson, Claire-Holm, Canada; 15 grandchildren, 30 great grandchildren and seven great great grandchildren. Two sons, one daughter and four sisters preceded him in death.
Oct 25 - Funeral: Pallbearers: Garland Jackson, Mason Jackson, Paul Stingley, Lee Stingeley, Donald Enright and Ronald Roselieb. [Sterling Gazette - Oct 21 1970 - Submitted by Melva Taylor]

ELLEN GREENWOOD - Funeral services for Mrs. Ellen Greenwood, 78, who passed away Sunday afternoon at the Henry County Convalescent Home, were held at the United Methodist Church in Hooppole, Wednesday. The Rev. John Osborn officiated for the services which were held at 2 p.m. and Mrs. George Arnold served as organist. Pallbearers were: Kenneth Johnson, Richard Johnson, Irvin Lanwehr, Orville Landwehr, Raymond Hanson, Howard Hanson. Committal was in
Hooppole Cemetery. In charge of the lovely floral tributes were Mr. and Mrs. Mervin Harker, Mr. and Mrs. Milo Isaacson and the Hill Crest Greenhouse. [Sterling Gazette, July 19, 1968 - Friday, pg 6 -- Submitted by Melva Taylor]


ZACK GREENWOOD BURIED FRIDAY
HOOPPOLE – Funeral services were held at 2 o’clock Friday afternoon in Zion EUB Church, Hooppole for Zack Greenwood, 74, who died Monday night. The Rev. John Osborn, pastor and the Rev. Gus Simpson officiated. Burial was in the Hooppole Cemetery with the Eshelman-Talley Legion Post conducting Memorial Services. Miss Treasure Heller served as organist. Assisting with the flowers were Mr. and Mrs. Mervin F. Harker, Mr. and Mrs. Clayton Countryman, and Mr. and Mrs. Clark Seyller. Pallbearers were Joe S. Greenwood, Chester Greenwood, Clarence Greenwood, Charles Vetter Jr., Owen Vetter and Kenneth Vetter. [Sterling Daily Gazette, Tuesday, 21 June 1966, Submitted by Barbara Nugent]

WALTER OTT
HOOPPOLE – Funeral services were held at 2 o’clock Thursday afternoon in Zion EUB Church, Hooppole for Walter Ott, 81, who died Monday morning. The Rev. John Osborn, pastor and the Rev. H. J. Stelling of Ottawa, former pastor, officiated. Burial was in the Hooppole Cemetery. Miss Ann Wannamacher served as organist, with Mrs. Keith Tonkinson and Mrs. LaVerne Doye singing. Assisting with flowers were Mrs. Lucille Stone, Mrs. Mervin F. Harker, and Mrs. Ralph Miller.
Pallbearers were Mervin F. Harker, Wallace Hoefler, Ralph Miller, Lee Osborne, Dale Sibley and Rollin Sommers. [Sterling Daily Gazette, Tuesday, 21 June 1966, Submitted by Barbara Nugent]


FLORENCE EDNA (Anderson) LEMPKE - 84, of 1203 W. 21st St., Rock Falls, died Sunday morning at Clinton Manor Nursing Home in Clinton, Iowa. Funeral services will be held at the Wheelock-Allen Funeral Home in Rock Falls Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. with Rev. Brother Jack Jasper of the Pine Creek Independent Church of Ogle County, officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery at Annawan. Friends may call at the Wheelock-Allen Funeral Home on Tuesday from 7-9 p.m.
Mrs. Lempke was born Jan. 12, 1890 in Annawan, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Anderson. She was united in marriage to Ewald Lempke, who preceded her in death. She was a member of the Pine Creek Independent Church of Ogle County. She is survived by two sons, Clarence of Rock Island; and Joseph, Rock Falls, with whom she had made her home; two sisters, Mrs. Willis (Lila) Fehlman and Mrs. Ruth Norine, both of Kewanee; and one brother, John Anderson, Kewanee. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, one brother and one sister. [March 25, 1974 Sterling Gazette, Submitted by Melva L. Taylor]


John E. Hampton
John E. Hampton, 71 years of age, passed away at his home at 1323 W. Rockwell St this morning after having 3 paralytic strokes.
Mr. Hampton was born in LaSalle County, Illinois on December 21, 1858. In 1879 he was married to Mariah Reynolds and to them were born 5 children. Since 1907 he has been employed in the Kewanee Boiler Plant. Those who survive Mr. Hampton are his wife, 2 daughters Mrs.Ed (Mary)Rosenow, Mrs. Sarah Lisenbee, both of Kewanee, Illinois. 3 sons Alexander, Thomas Hampton, both of Kewanee,Wren of Peoria. There are also 3 grand children and 2 great grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at the home, Friday August 2, at 2:30pm. The Rev. MF Oberndorfer Paster of the St. Paul's Evengelical Luthern Church will be in charge. The burial will be in Pleasant View Cemetery. [Kewanee Star Courier, 1929 -- Submitted By: Janice Hampton Mercer]


Alexander Hampton
Alexander Hampton died Wednesday, June 28, 1933 in the public hospital. Services will be Saturday at 2:30pm in the chapel of the Plamer & Snare Funeral Home. Visitation will be at the house at 905 Dewey Ave. on Friday. Burial will be at the Wethersfield Cemetery. Mr. Hampton has been with the CB&Q Railroad for many years. For the past 8 years he was flagman at the Main Street Crossing and part of that time was 4 years at the Tremont crossing. He had written several poems specializing in poetry concerning dangerous railroad crossings.
Born October 1880 in Poplar City, Mason County, Illinois he married Rose Nell Curl on November 24, 1900 in Dewitt, Illinois. He resided in Kewanee for 27 years. Surviving are his widow Nellie and 9 children. Carrie Johnson, Galesburg; Bertha Vick, Ridott; Alice Johnson; Thomas Edward; Joseph Herbert; Alexander Jr.; Louis Bernard; Nellie Loretta and Edna Marie. Also his mother Mariah (Reynolds) Hampton, brother Wren and 2 sisters Mary(Rosenow); and Sarah(Lisenby). 1 grand child of Kewanee. His father John Edward Hampton and 5 children preceded him in death. [Newspaper: Kewanee Star Courier, June 1933 -- Submitted By: Janice Hampton Mercer]

Joseph Herbert Hampton
Joseph "Herb" Hampton 81 of Kewanee, Illinois died at 10:10 a.m. Wednesday, March 7, 2001, at Perry Memorial Hospital in Princeton, Ill. Funeral services will begin at ll a.m. Saturday at the Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home with the Rev. Robert Fould officiating. Burial will be in Evergreen Memory Gardens. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the time of the services at the funeral home.
He was born June 20, 1919 in Kewanee. The son of Alexander and Nellie(Curl)Hampton. He was reared and educated in Kewanee. He married Lois Stanley October 21, 1944 in Kewanee. She survives as well as two daughters, Marsha(Rick)Laton of Princeton and Janice(Jim)Mercer of Montrose, Iowa; two sisters, Edna Pounders of Kewanee, and Loretta Wiley of Cambridge; two brothers, Lewis Hampton of Kewanee and Alexander Hampton Jr. of St. Louis; four grandchildren, John Cook, Bill Mercer, Tammie Cruz, and Veronica Mercer; and two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, five sisters and four brothers.
He was employed as a truck driver, driving for 20 years with Kewanee City Lines and 20 years with Boling Trucking Co. He retired in 1981 as a driver with Truck Transport of LaSalle, Illinois. He was a member of Union Local 722 in LaSalle and was also caretaker for Giant Goose Conservation in Atkinson for eight years.
[Kewanee Star Courier, March 2001 -- Submitted By: Janice Hampton Mercer]


Lois Hampton
Lois E. Hampton, 75, of Kewanee, died at 12:10 p.m. Wednesday, May 30, 2001 at her home.
Graveside services will be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Evergreen Memorial Gardens, rural Kewanee, with the Rev. Jerry Ralfalko officiating. There will be o visitation. Memorials may bemade to the Kewanee Hospital Hospice. Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home is in charge of arrngements.
Lois was born March 2, 1926, in Kewanee, the daughter of Ira and Ellen (Beck) Stanley. She graduated from Kewanee High School in 1944. She maried Joseph "Herb" Hampton on October 21, 1944, in Kewanee. He preceded her in death March 7, 2001. They had worked as caretakers of the Giant Goose Conservation Workshop in Atkinson and the Sportsmans Campgrounds in Geneseo. She enjoyed yard work.
Surviving are two daughters, Marsha (Rick) Laton of Princeton and Janice (Jim) Mercer of Montrose, Iowa; four grandchildren, John Cook, Bill Mercer, Tammie Cruz and Veronica Mercer; and two great grandchildren. [Kewanee Star Courier, May 2001 -- Submitted By: Janice Hampton Mercer]

William Titus Stanley
William Titus Stanley, 93, a retired coal miner living at 1103 N. Main St., died at his home Tuesday morning, Feb., 1961. Mr. Stanley was born in Kewanee, Henry County, Illinois Sept. 15,186. He was the son of William Titus Stanley,Sr. and Mary Ann Whitehouse, and lived all of his life in Kewanee. He owned and operated a coal mine, retiring 28 years ago. Surviving are one son, Ira Stanley of Kewanee; a daughter Mrs. Albert(Myrtle)Bexson of Canton; a sister Mrs. Nellie Hutton of Blythedale, Mo.; one granddaughter and two great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Matilda(Peterson)Stanley; parents, five brothers and three sisters.
Funeral services will be held Thursday at 1p.m. in the Seifert-Creamer Funeral Home. The Rev. W.L. Marsteller,pastor of the First Covenant Church, will officiate.
Friends will be received at the funeral home Wednesday night. Interment will be in Pleasant View Cemetery in Kewanee. [Kewanee Star Courier, February 1961 -- Submitted By: Janice Hampton Mercer]

Matilda Peterson Stanley
Mrs. Matilda Stanley, wife of William Stanley, 1103 N. Main St. died at Pines Convelescent home in Toulon, Sunday afternoon following two and a half years illiness.
Matilda Peterson was born in Sweden Sept 20, 1870 to Andrew Peterson and Christina Olsson, and came to the United States, settling in Kewanee at the age of one year, having resided here ever since. She married William T. Stanley in April, 1890.
Surviving are her husband, two children, Ira of Kewanee; Myrtle(Mrs Bexson)of Canton, Il; two brothers, Charles Peterson, Kewanee; William Peterson, Geneseo; a sister, Mrs. Jennie Edwards, Duluth, Minn; one grandchild and two great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one son and two sisters.
Funeral rites will be held at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday at Seifert and Smith funeral home. Dr. E.M. Thompson, pastor First Methodist church, will officiate. Burial will be in Pleasant View cemetery.
Friends may call at the funeral home tonight.
[Kewanee Star Courier, May 1950 -- Submitted By: Janice Hampton Mercer]


Ira Stanley
Ira Stanley, 77, of 1103 N. Main St. died at Kewanee Public Hospital at 1:35 a.m. Thursday May 20, 1971.
He was born in Kewanee, Henry County, Illinois, Oct. 23, 1892. The son of William Titus Stanley,Jr, and Matilda (Peterson) Stanley. He married Ellen Beck May 14, 1924 in Chicago.
Surviving are his wife Ellen, one daughter, Mrs.Herb (Lois) Hampton of Buda; two granddaughters, Mrs. Marsha Cook of Princeton and Mrs. Janice Mercer of Montrose, Iowa; two great grandsons and a sister, Mrs. Myrtle Bexson of Canton. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Mr. Stanley retired from the Walworth Co. in 1958 where he had been a stock clerk. He was a veteran of World War I, serving in the 333rd Battery F Hvy Fld Art. and was a member of William R. Euard Barracks 300 World War I Veterans.
Funeral services will be held Saturday at 1:30p.m. in the Creamer Funeral Home with the Rev. James Swanson, pastor of the Evangelical Covenant Church, officiating. Interment will be in Pleasant View Cemetery. Friends may call Friday between 7 & 8p.m.
[Kewanee Star Courier, May 1971 -- Submitted By: Janice Hampton Mercer]

Ellen Marie Stanley
Mrs. Ira (Ellen M.) Stanley, 90, of 1103 N. Main.St., who at one time worked in the offices of General John J. Pershing in Washington, D.C., died at 5:30 a.m. Sunday, May 13, in Kewanee Public Hospital, Henry County, Illinois.
Mrs Stanley was born March 6, 1894, in St. David, Il.,daughter of Carl F. and Hanna (Anderson) Beck, Swedish immigrants. The family moved to Kewanee when Mrs. Stanley was 3 years old and she attended schools here and graduated from Kewanee High School in 1912. Her marriage to Ira Stanley took place May 14, 1924 in Chicago. He died May 20, 1971. During World War 1, Mrs Stanley was employed as a secretary in the War Department, working for the Army Air Corps. Later she worked in the offices of General John J. Pershing. After the war, Mrs. Stanley returned to Kewanee where she was employed by the former Kewanee Public Service Company for many years.
Services will be Tuesday May 15, at 1:30 p.m. in Rux Funeral Home, Kewanee. Rev. Donald Wold of Evangelical Covenant Church, will officiate. Visitation is 7 to 9 p.m. tonight, May 14, at the funeral home. Interment will be in Pleasant View Cemetery. Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Herb (Lois) Hampton of Kewanee; two granddaughters, Mrs. James (Janice) Mercer of Montrose, Iowa, and Mrs. Marsha Cook of Princeton, and 4 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Ira. Mrs. Stanley was a member of the Evangelical Covenant Church and its Covenant Women. [Newspaper: Kewanee Star Courier, May 1984 -- Submitted By: Janice Hampton Mercer]

Hannah Anderson Beck
Hanna Beck, 87, died today at the home of her daughter Mrs. Ira Stanley, 1047 North Main Street.
The former Hanna Anderson was born in Karlskoga, Varmland, Sweden, April 30, 1866 and came to the United States at the age of 18 years. She had lived her for 55 years. In August of 1893 she married Philip Beck, who died in 1944. Mrs. Beck was a member of the Zion Lutheran church. She is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Stanley, Kewanee; a granddaughter, Mrs. Lois Hampton, Kewanee; two great granddaughters; two sister, Miss Ellen Anderson, Los Angeles, Calif. a sister in Sweden and a brother, Gust Anderson of Kansas City, Mo. She was preceded in death by her husband, four sisters and two brothers.
The funeral will be held at 2:30 p.m. Monday at Seifert and Smith funeral home. Rev. Robert Edlen, pastor of the Zion Lutheran Church, will officiate. Burial will be in South Pleasant View cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home Sunday evening. [Kewanee Star Courier, 1963 -- Submitted By: Janice Hampton Mercer]

Carl P. Beck
Carl Philip Beck, 76, resident of 1102 W. Division St. died at Kewanee Public hospital at 6 p.m. Sunday 1944. He had been ill for the past two years and a patient in the hospital two days.
Born in Varmland,Sweden, December 24, 1867, Mr. Beck came to the United States in 1888. He lived in Kansas, Mo. for two years, then moved to Canton, Ill. and later to Chicago. His marriage to Hannah Anderson was solemnized in Chicago on Aug 12, 1893. Mr. and Mrs. Beck observed their 50th wedding anniversary last August with a family dinner. The family home has been in Kewanee since 1900. A coal miner, Mr. Beck retired from his work three years ago.
Surviving with the wife are one daughter, Ellen, now Mrs. Ira Stanley, of Kewanee, and one granddaughter, Lois Stanley also of Kewanee. His parents and a brother, Erick, the latter of whom died in Sweden last December preceded Mr. Beck in death.
Funeral services will be held at the Seifert and Smith funeral home at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday. Rev. Reinold G. Peterson, pastor of the Zion Lutheran church will officiate.
Burial will be in Pleasant View cemetery. Friends will be received at the funeral home Tuesday evening. [Kewanee Star Courier, 1944 -- Submitted By: Janice Hampton Mercer]


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