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Henry County
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Mrs. Jane Barge
BARGE, Mrs. Jane, died on the 27th ult. at the residence of her son in Henry County, Illinois, aged 75 years. She was formerly a resident of Rock Island. (Rock Island EVENING ARGUS, Wednesday, 6 May 1863) Transcribed by Nancy Overlander Proofed by Mary Kay Krogman



Freeman Barlow
LAID TO REST
Freeman, son of Mr. and Mrs. S.K. Barlow, died of Typhoid fever at his home, Galesburg Saturday morning March 19th at 7:40 o'clock aged 26 years. Freeman was a bright promising young man and his death was a great shock to his parents and sister. Mr. and Mrs. Barlow are certainly deserving of deepest sympathy as they have been called upon to lay to rest eight of their nine children. (Source: Scrapbook compiled by Peggy Goertzen from the 1890's - transcribed for G.T. by Jackie McCarty)




William Bartlett
BARTLETT, William, son of Mr. BARLETT of Green River, has died, and another son, Job, is with the 112th Illinois Regiment. (Rock Island WEEKLY UNION, Wednesday, 29 July 1863) Transcribed by Nancy Overlander Proofed by Mary Kay Krogman



George B. Bolmer
BOLMER, George B., of Henry County (Estate of). Legal Notice. William H. BOLMER, brother of the deceased and Mary Ann BOLMER, administrators (Rock Island BANNER and STEPHENSON GAZETTE, Saturday, 31 October (sic) 1840) Transcribed by Nancy Overlander Proofed by Mary Kay Krogman



Clarissa E. Bonar
BONAR, Clarissa E., wife of Daniel BONAR, Henry County Clerk, died October 17, 1863 at Cambridge, Henry County, aged 29 years, 10 months, 28 days. (Rock Island EVENING ARGUS, Wednesday, 28 October 1863) Transcribed by Nancy Overlander Proofed by Mary Kay Krogman



James Bowie
BOWIE, James, late editor of the Peru, Illinois GAZETTE, died on the 21st ult. at Geneseo, Henry County, aged 35 years. In 1855 he started a paper, the Union, in this city (Rock Island) which was only published for a short time. (Rock Island REGISTER, Wednesday, 7 March 1860) Transcribed by Nancy Overlander Proofed by Mary Kay Krogman

JAMES BOWIE
The Geneseo Republic, Geneseo IL, February 22, 1860
Died in Geneseo Tuesday morning Feb. 21st, Jame Bowie, aged (35?) years. In 1855 Mr. Bowie stated a Democratic paper in this place, which he conducted until the health of his wife compelled him to seek a more congenial clime. He took a trip to New Orleans where his wife died. In (1856?) he came back and started anew, a democratic journal but for lack of support was obliged to suspend the publication and remove to Moline, Rock Island county. Strong inducements being held out, he went to Peru, where he published the "Union", until his health became so bad that he could not attend to his editorial duties. Three weeks ago he came to this place to die and yesterday morning just as the sun was rising, he breathed his last. No nobler soul ever existed than that of James Bowie. His memory will remain long in the hearts of all who knew him. - Transcribed by FOFG NP



John Brich
BRICH, John, who died in Henry County in February or March, 1836 Estate of). Legal Notice. Nathan W. WASHBURNE, public administrator for Henry County. (UPPER MISSISSIPPIAN and ROCK ISLAND REPUBLICAN, Tuesday, 6 January 1846) Transcribed by Nancy Overlander Proofed by Mary Kay Krogman



Joshua Browning
BROWNING, Joshua, of Henry County (Estate of). Legal Notice. Julian BROWNING, administrator. (Rock Island ADVERTIZER, Wednesday, 12 May 1852) Transcribed by Nancy Overlander Proofed by Mary Kay Krogman



Rufus Buck
BUCK, Rufus, of Henry County, was accidentally killed on the 6th inst. He came to Henry County a few years ago from Chautauque (sic) Co., New York. (DAILEY ISLANDER and ARGUS, Friday, 13 August 1858) Transcribed by Nancy Overlander Proofed by Mary Kay Krogman



Charles Cole
Died, Mr. Charles Cole, aged 24 years, died at his home nearly four miles west of town Monday forenoon. The funeral service was held at the home yesterday afternoon at half past twelve o'clock and were conducted by Rev. G. C. Shaffer, after which the members of Galva Grange, of which he was a member, had a short service. The remains were taken to Brimfield for interment. (Source: Scrapbook compiled by Peggy Goertzen from the 1890's - transcribed for G.T. by Jackie McCarty)




Costain (child)
On the same day the two and a half year old grandson of Mrs. Looney, and son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Costain, was buried in the cemetery. The child had been sick for some time. His mother brought him (Source: Scrapbook compiled by Peggy Goertzen from the 1890's - transcribed for G.T. by Jackie McCarty)




Florence Crampton
CRAMPTON, Florence, only daughter of Albert A. and Harriet W. CRAMPTON, died August 13, 1863 at Sunny Hill Farm in Henry County, aged 20 months. The funeral was August 15th with burial in the Oakdale Cemetery near Davenport, Scott Co., Iowa. (Tuesday, 25 August 1863 -- Rock Island EVENING ARGUS). Transcribed by Nancy Overlander Proofed by Mary Kay Krogman



Robert Crane
CRANE, Robert, died from exposure while hunting on the prairie about 20 miles from Rock Island. He had no relatives west of New York. (DAILY ISLANDER and ARGUS, Saturday, 20 November 1858 which mistakenly calls him "Thomas GRAVES." November 27, 1858 issue notes that his correct name is Robert CRANE and that he had gone hunting with William PORTER of Annawan in the St. Peter's Marsh on the 10th inst. CRANE died during the night from exposure. Burial was at Annawan. He had resided at Kewanee, Henry Co., for about two years and the past summer had been at Neponset, Bureau County. He had no relatives in this part of the country, but was formerly of Herkimer Co., New York, where his mother and two sisters now live.) Transcribed by Nancy Overlander Proofed by Mary Kay Krogman


Margaret Eliza Dean
DEAN, Margaret Eliza, daughter of John and Altha DEAN, died in Deanington, Henry County, aged two years. (Rock Island REGISTER, Wednesday, 16 January 1861). Transcribed by Nancy Overlander Proofed by Mary Kay Krogman



Jonas Eastberg
EASTBERG, Jonas, died recently from poisoning at Andover, Henry County, near the seminary. (Rock Island EVENING ARGUS, Thursday, 24 July 1862) Transcribed by Nancy Overlander Proofed by Mary Kay Krogman



Oliver H. Edwards
EDWARDS, Oliver H., formerly of this city, was buried at Cambridge, Henry County, a few days ago. (Roc, (sic) Island WEEKLY REGISTER, Wednesday, 5 October 1859) Transcribed by Nancy Overlander Proofed by Mary Kay Krogman



Rollin Garfield Emery
Charles Amlon Butters

DOUBLE FUNERAL
Methodist Church Crowded with Sympathizers of Victims of Grado Crossing Horrow

The Methodist church was filled Saturday afternoon with friends of the families of young Emery and Butters who, with Misses Maggie Keesler and Bertha of Kewanee, were killed at a grade crossing in that city early last Thursday morning. The deepest sympathy was felt in this community for the afflicted families of the two young men and showed itself in the many moist eyes in the large audience. The two coffins stood, one on each side of the altar and were covered with flowers, among which were three floral pillows, one was from the base-ball club for Emery. The others, one for each, from the young friends of each of the young men.

The services were conducted by Rev. C.W. Ayling of Geneseo and Rev. Alexander Smith of Galva. Rollin Garfield Emery was born July 11, 1880, at the farm home in Lynn township, Knox County. He spent his boyhood in the district school and assisting with the farm work. He was a general favorite with the young people of his acquaintance. He was the youngest of seven brothers, four of whom survive him. There were present at the funeral from out of town, W.E. Emery and wife of Madison, Wis., Geo. F. and wife of Kansas City, Mo., Fred of Streator and Ed of Neponset, Mrs. W. E. Hall of Chicago, Mrs. Allen of Galesburg, Miss Luella Friend of Kewanee, Jacob Friend and Mrs. J. J. Friend of Nekoma.

Charles Amlon Butters was born in Galva in May 1883. He was educated in the public schools of Galva, spending about two years in the high school. After leaving school he worked for a time for the Hayes Pump & Planter Co., and for J. H. Murray, E. M. Haines and W. F. Nott. He was an industrious boy and divided his earnings with his mother. Besides his parents, there survive him two sisters. There were present at the funeral, Calvin Butters of Minneapolis, Maude Potter of Rock Island, Mr. and Mrs. Lou Reynolds of Kewanee, and Mr. and Mrs. Lincoln Huber of Williamsfield. (Source: Scrapbook compiled by Peggy Goertzen from the 1890's - transcribed for G.T. by Jackie McCarty)



Guy Farrell
FARRELL, Guy, son of Dr. T.W. FARRELL of Morristown, Henry County, died on the 23rd inst. aged 3 years, 9 months. (Rock Island DAILY EVENING ARGUS, Monday, 30 December 1861) Transcribed by Nancy Overlander Proofed by Mary Kay Krogman



Laura Spencer Ford

In the death of Mrs. Laura Spencer Ford, this community has lost one of its earliest and most valued members, and one who will be sadly missed by a wide circle of loving friends. She was born in Hilledaos Columbia Co., N.Y. March 14th 1821, that being the birth place of her parents nearly a century and a quarter ago. She was "one of a family of eleven children, the only junior being Mrs. Theresa S. Brown of Galva. In 1838, her mother then a ?, moved with her family to Penn Yan, N.Y., and on the 14th day of January 1846, the subject of this sketch was united in marriage to M. M. Ford, lacking but three years of half of century ago.

Mr. Ford and family moved to this place in October of 1860. There has been born to them seven children, three of whom-- Florence (now Mrs. B.S. Peck), Jennie S. and Dyer-are living and are well known to all our citizens. After an illness of several months, in which there was a brief interval of partial recovery, and in which, also, there were times of great suffering. She passed peacefully away on Friday last, March 3rd, having exceeded in age, by almost two years, the allotted time of human life, of three score years and ten. Thus, after having lived in this community for a third of a century there has passed away from it a woman of rare quality and worth.

Early in youth she entered upon the Christian life, and on her removal to this place, united with the Congregational church, in which for many years she was an ? youthful member, being a ? and helpful factor in all its activities. The attendance of her religious life was in the silent eloquence of the deed, rather than in words; and the path of duty was determined not by religious feelings, but fixed and clearly recognized religious principles. Perhaps the key-work of her character was fidelita. She had a far greater concern to be truly faithful in the common obligations and ministries of her daily life, than to shine in the lustre of some more conspicuous and occasional action. Few women, indeed, could have a higher sense of the moral integrities of life. She scorned a low, an unworthy act, with an indignation such as is only born of high standards of duty and strict adherence to them.

To think of Mrs. Ford will always be to make real to us as high type of motherhood. She realized that the home is the scene of woman's greatest constructive influence and power, and she meant to make it, and she did, a place of grateful enjoyments and associations, and of most sacred and tender memories. A woman of great activity while strength endured quiet and unobtrusive in demeanor, positive in conviction and sincere in act. Our lives must inevitable be richer, and surely ought to be lived more worthily, for having known her. How uncomplaining she was in the trying experiences of her last illness! At time when the pain was most intense, and she felt a rising temptation of impatience or murmuring, she would often exclaim: " My soul be on thy guard!" But she has passed on forever from mortal sight, and to where her soul will never more need to be on guard. We shall cherish her memory as a benediction, and shall believe, because of the vitality and gracious influence of that memory that she is not wholly lost to us; for "God calls our loved ones, but we lose not wholly What he has given, They live on earth in thought and deed, as truly As in His heaven."
(Source: Scrapbook compiled by Peggy Goertzen from the 1890's - transcribed for G.T. by Jackie McCarty)




Thomas French
FRENCH, Thomas, living 6 miles north of Kewanee, Henry County, died in a storm on the 17th of last month and was found dead 5 miles west of Kewanee. (DAILY ISLANDER and ARGUS, Saturday, 23 April 1859) Transcribed by Nancy Overlander Proofed by Mary Kay Krogman


Phil Goetz
GOETZ, Phil, of Geneseo, Henry County, serving in Captain TOBIEN's Company, was killed in the Battle of Pittsburgh Landing (Shiloh) Tennessee recently. (Rock Island WEEKLY ARGUS, Wednesday, 23 April, 1862) Transcribed by Nancy Overlander Proofed by Mary Kay Krogman



Ben Graham
GRAHAM, Ben, of Geneseo, Henry Co., died in that town a few days ago. He was for some years clerk of the Henry County circuit court. Recently, he has run a drug store in Geneseo. (Rock Island EVENING ARGUS, Thursday, 28 January 1864) Transcribed by Nancy Overlander Proofed by Mary Kay Krogman



Maria F.
Hanna
HANNA, Maria F., died at her residence in Henry County on January 14, 1857, aged 36 hears (sic). She married the Rev. Phillip K. HANNA on 26 February 1846. She leaves her husband and a "dear little boy." Her little daughter Mary died about one year ago. (Rock Island DAILY ADVERTIZER, Friday, 23 January 1857) Transcribed by Nancy Overlander Proofed by Mary Kay Krogman



Thomas Hodges
HODGES, Thos., of Minersville, Henry County, left that place for Colona about two weeks ago and has not been heard from since. Mr. James BRADLEY is his son-in-law. (Rock Island WEEKLY UNION, Wednesday, 31 December 1862) (Rock Island ARGUS of 26 December 1862 notes that HODGES is aged about 60 years and is a farmer.) (Rock Island EVENING ARGUS of Wednesday, 25 February 1863: Thomas HODGES of Minersville, Henry County who disappeared some weeks ago, has returned after a visit to Canada where he formerly resided. Transcribed by Nancy Overlander Proofed by Mary Kay Krogman



R. J. Humphrey
HUMPHREY, the Rev. R.J., formerly a Methodist clergyman in this city, was killed in a quarrel in a gambling hall in New Orleans recently. He was formerly a resident of Geneseo, Henry County, and had served with the 9th Illinois Cavalry. (Rock Island EVENING ARGUS, Tuesday, 26 July 1864) Transcribed by Nancy Overlander Proofed by Mary Kay Krogman



Lillie Alfreda Johnson
DIED, On Sunday, Nov. 30, after an illness of about a month, Lillie Alfreda Johnson died at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Nels K. Johnson, 2 1/2 miles southeast of town, aged 13 years, 10 months and 13 days. The funeral was at 1 p.m. Tuesday from the home, Rev. A. Smith officiating. Deceased was a very bright and lovable girl, a general favorite with her schoolmates who were very attentive during her sickness. She had been in rather delicate health for some time, having a severe sick spell last May, but after recovering from that seemed to be in better health than usual until the last and fatal attack. There was a large attendance, at the funeral, of neighbors and friends of the grief stricken family. (Source: Scrapbook compiled by Peggy Goertzen from the 1890's - transcribed for G.T. by Jackie McCarty)



James Kelley
The community was saddened lass Friday by the death from consumption of James Kelley, the third of the family to pass away within the year. For the last six months Mr. Kelley had struggled bravely against his disease and he only gave up when his strength had entirely left him. For the last two weeks before his death he was confined to his bed, and during the last few days death seemed only a matter of a few hours. Mr. Kelly was a bright, energetic young man, 28 years of age. He was born on the isle of Mao, Oct. 5, 1871 and came to this country with his parents in 1875. He was married, March 5th 1897 to Miss Eva Potter. To them was born one child, a son. Mr. Kelly was a member of the Methodist church, of Galva Grange, Patrone of Husbandry and the Mystic Workers of the World. There survive him his wife and child, his father James Kelly, two brothers, Philip and Will, and two sisters, Mrs. Walter Haulsell and Miss Julia Kelly.
The funeral service were held Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the Methodist church, in the presence of an audience which filled the edifice to overflowing. The floral tributes were many and beautiful. Among those present were Mr. and Mrs. Charles Potter of Toulon, Mr. and Mrs. E. L. Jackson and Morey Jackson of Lafayette, relatives of the deceased. Rev. James Haney officiated at the church and the Mystic Workers at the grave. (Source: Scrapbook compiled by Peggy Goertzen from the 1890's - transcribed for G.T. by Jackie McCarty)



Mary (Haskall) Kenaston

OBITUARY

Mary Haskall was born in Pennsylvania Aug 10, 1821. Died at Galva Ill, Nov. 4, 1900. She came to Illinois in Nov, 1855 and was married to J.C. Kenaston in 1860. She united with the Free Will Baptist Church when she was fifteen years of age, and joined the M. E. Church in Penn. in 1845. In 1881 she became a member of the M.E. Church in Galva. All these years she has lived an earnest, active Christian. As long as her health permitted she was a regular attendant of the church services, she loved to read God's word and was often found with an open bible.

Her great affliction was borne without a complaint. She had great confidence in Him who enabled her to endure to the end. She has been gathered as a ripe shock of corn in its season to rejoice with the redeemed in heaven. She leaves two sisters and two brothers who have very tenderly cared for their suffering sister, and greatly was this kindness appreciated.

These verses "only trusting" she often had read to her which seemed to express her sweet submission to His will. (Poem omitted)
The funeral was held Tuesday morning at the home of her sister, Mrs. Maddox. Rev. A. Smith, pastor of the M.E. Church conducted the services. The remains were taken to Reynolds, Ill, for burial. (Source: Scrapbook compiled by Peggy Goertzen from the 1890's - transcribed for G.T. by Jackie McCarty)





Kermcie (child)
The little son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Kermcie, living two miles east of Altona died last Saturday and was buried in our cemetery on Monday. He was a very bright child four years of age. (Source: Scrapbook compiled by Peggy Goertzen from the 1890's - transcribed for G.T. by Jackie McCarty)



Emma Louise Larson
YOUNG LADY PASSED AWAY
Miss Emma Louise Larson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Larson, died at her home last Friday after a lingering illness, aged 33 years, 2 months and 8 days.
She was born in Victoria township, Knox county and when a child came with her parents to Galva where she spent her life. She leaves a father and mother, three sisters, Julia, Lillie and Josie and two brothers Frank and Clarence, all of Galva.
The funeral service was held in the Swedish M.E. church Sunday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock and was conducted by Rev. A. G. Peterson, the pastor, assisted by Rev. R. E. Smith, pastor of the M. E. church. (Source: Scrapbook compiled by Peggy Goertzen from the 1890's - transcribed for G.T. by Jackie McCarty)



M. Larson
FROM THE EFFECTS OF AN INJURY
? M. Larson died at his home in the ? part of town last Friday night. Shortly after ten o'clock, aged 63 years. The funeral services were held at the E. M . church Monday afternoon at two o'clock and were conducted by Rev. Nordgren, assisted by his son Rev. Peter Nordgren. Mr. Larson met with an accident about two weeks ago to which his death is attributed. He had gone up a flight of stairs in his barn to the haymow and shortly after in some manner stepped backward in to the stairway opening and fell against the steps. Three ribs were broken in his left side. His heart became affected and all efforts to give him relief were of no avail. Mr. Larson was an old resident of Galva having lived here over twenty five years. (Source: Scrapbook compiled by Peggy Goertzen from the 1890's - transcribed for G.T. by Jackie McCarty)



Nettie Frances (Doran) McDavitt

ANSWERS DEATH SUMMONS

Mrs. Nettie Frances McDavitt died this morning at 6:55 o'clock at the home of her mother, Mrs. Ida Doran of 725 Day street. Her death was caused by tuberculosis, from which she has been suffering for the past six years. During this time she has submitted to five operations but failed to obtain relief.
For the past year she has failed rapidly and for some time she has realized that death was near. She was conscious until the last and expressed herself as being prepared for the future. Her only regret being that she was to leave her mother.

The deceased was born at Macomb, Ill., November 23, 1872, and moved with her parents to Galesburg when a child. She received her education in the Galesburg public schools. She was a believer in spiritualism and during the last days of her illness talked of little else.

She is survived by her mother, Mrs. Ida Doran, and brother, David Doran, of 725 Day street, and one sister, Mrs. Ben Potter of Seattle, Washington. It was the request of the deceased that the funeral be a private one and that no flowers be sent. The funeral arrangements will be announced later. (Source: Scrapbook compiled by Peggy Goertzen from the 1890's - transcribed for G.T. by Jackie McCarty)





Robert McMillen
Robert McMillen passed away Friday morning, after a very painful illness. He had been sick for a long time with a general breaking down of the system and his death had been expected for some time. Mr. McMillen was born in Crawford County, PA, in 1832 and came to Galva over forty years ago. He enlisted during the Civil war in Company G, 112th regiment and served throughout the war. For many years he practice as a veterinary surgeon in and near Galva. He leaves a wife and four sons, Dan, George, John, and Henry. The funeral was held Sunday at 3 o'clock, Rev. C. W. Ayling officiating. (Source: Scrapbook compiled by Peggy Goertzen from the 1890's - transcribed for G.T. by Jackie McCarty)




Mary
Moore
MOORE, Mary, wife of O.F. MOORE of Geneseo, Henry County, died on the 31st inst. at Andover, at the residence of her father, Samuel JACKS. (UPPER MISSISSIPPIAN and ROCK ISLAND REPUBLICAN, Thursday, 20 November 1845) Transcribed by Nancy Overlander Proofed by Mary Kay Krogman



Sarah Robinson (Smith)
Nance

AN OLD RESIDENT DEAD
Mrs. S. R. Nance, a Pioneer of Henry County, and for forty years a resident of Kewanee, Passes away in Los Angeles, Cal.
BROUGHT BACK FOR BURIAL

A long useful career ended when Mrs. S. R. Nance answered the final summons at Los Angeles, Cal., last Friday afternoon. She resided in Kewanee from 1860 until 1901 when she sought a different climate on account of her health. She was back from California last summer and visited her son Bert who resides three and a half miles southeast of Galva.
The following sketch of her life appears in the Kewanee Star Courier of January 9:

"Born in Batavia, Claremont county, Ohio, Dec 13, 1826, Mrs. Sarah Robinson Nance, was a little over seventy-seven years old, when she passed away at Los Angeles, California, at 2:30 o'clock, California time, yesterday afternoon.

The first few years of her life were spent in Ohio, but when she was yet a child, her parents Erastus and Martha Smith, moved to Illinois and settled on a farm near Victoria, Knox county. After the death of her father, she went to Galesburg with her mother and was educated at Knox college, being a classmate of Mrs. Martin Shallenberger long a resident of Toulon and who was one of the intimate friends of Mrs. Nance.

April 20th, 1847, she was joined in marriage at Victoria to Dr. Hiram Nance, then a practicing physician at Lafayette, Stark county, and a practitioner whose services were often sought in the country around Victoria.

Dr. and Mrs. Nance made their home at Lafayette for about thirteen years, moving to Kewanee in 1860. From that time until his death, Dr. Nance was one of the best known men in Kewanee and his reputation as a physician extended over all this part of the state. After his death, Mrs. Nance continued her residence here until 1901, when the condition of her health made it wise to seek a warmer climate and she moved to Los Angeles where some of her children had already taken up their residence, It was there that she answered the final summons.

To Dr. and Mrs. Nance twelve children were born, three of whom, Laclede, Claude Bernard and Grace, Lillian, passed away in childhood. Those who survive their mother are: Albinus of Chicago; Adelia now Mrs. C. A. Shilton of Kewanee; Hiram Irving, a physician of Los Angeles; Sarah Belle now Mrs. Castle living in Nebraska; Roswell of Superior, Nebraska; Roy of Los Angeles; Bert of Galva; Chas, H. of Los Angeles and Willis O., a physician of Chicago.

Mrs. Nance was prominently identified with church and charitable work during her residence in Kewanee and refined her interest in efforts in this direction, here, even after moving to California. For many years she was an active member of the Congregational church of the city, giving freely of her energy and means to the promotion of the aims of the church. Her charities were large and unostentatious."

The remains were expected to arrive in Kewanee today and the funeral will occur tomorrow.

(Source: Scrapbook compiled by Peggy Goertzen from the 1890's - transcribed for G.T. by Jackie McCarty)




Child of
Norwood
NORWOOD, a child of Mrs. of Kewanee Township, Henry County, died on the 2nd. (DAILY ISLANDER and ARGUS, Friday, 12 February 1858) Transcribed by Nancy Overlander Proofed by Mary Kay Krogman


Joh Olson
OLSON, Jon, a Swede, was found dead in August on the prairie, about one-half mile from the boundary line between Rock Island and Henry Counties, near the road leading from Thos. W. HOUSTON's to Moline. (Rock Island ADVERTIZER, Wednesday, 9 March 1853)



Leona N. (Furgeson) Olson
The following is clipped from the Galesburg Mail. The husband, Aby Olson, is well known here.
"At 12:30 o'clock this morning, at the Clifton hotel, occurred the death of Leona N., wife of A. H. Olson, of a complication of heart and lung troubles. Mrs. Olson was 22 years of age, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A.M. Furgeson of Altona, where she was born. She had lived at Altona the greater part of her life ' and for a short time at Galva. She was married three and one-half years ago, and had resided in Galesburg for two years. (Source: Scrapbook compiled by Peggy Goertzen from the 1890's - transcribed for G.T. by Jackie McCarty)



Jennie K. Peterson
DIED
Miss Jennie K. Peterson died at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Peterson, last Friday morning, aged 26 years. She was a cheerful girl and much esteemed by a large circle of friends. The funeral service was held at the Swedish M. E. church, Sunday afternoon at two o'clock and was conducted by Rev. G. E. Carlson. (Source: Scrapbook compiled by Peggy Goertzen from the 1890's - transcribed for G.T. by Jackie McCarty)




John Person
John Person died at his home two and one half mile south-west of Galva, last Wednesday of consumption, aged 58 years, 10 months and 12 days.
Mr. Person was born in Sweden December 14, 1845, and came to this country in 1882, twice since coming to America he has had a desire to return to his native land and has done so coming back here the last time in 1895. He leaves a wife and two sons. John at home and Peter Johnson who lives southeast of town to mourn his death. Also six brothers, two of whom are in Denmark, two in Sweden, and two in Colorado. Funeral services were held at the Lutheran church Saturday morning conducted by Rev. N. Nordgren, the pastor. The burial was in Galva cemetery. (Source: Scrapbook compiled by Peggy Goertzen from the 1890's - transcribed for G.T. by Jackie McCarty)





Mr. Peterson
PETERSON, Mr., living near Andover, Henry, was murdered last week. (Rock Island WEEKLY UNION, Wednesday, 7 December 1864) Transcribed by Nancy Overlander Proofed by Mary Kay Krogman



Helen Peterson
YOUNG LADY PASSES AWAY
Miss Helen Peterson died at her home on the south side Tuesday forenoon. The funeral will be held at the residence tomorrow afternoon at two o'clock.



Ithamar Pillsbury
PILLSBURY, The Rev. Ithamar, died April 20, 1862 at Andover, Henry County, aged about 65 years. (Rock Island WEEKLY ARGUS, Wednesday, 23 April 1862) Transcribed by Nancy Overlander Proofed by Mary Kay Krogman



Caleb Pillsbury
PILLSBURY, Caleb, of Andover, Henry County, died September 29, 1844 at Sharon, Whiteside Co., aged 25 years. (UPPER MISSISSIPPIAN, Saturday, 19 october (sic) 1844) Transcribed by Nancy Overlander Proofed by Mary Kay Krogman



Child of Charles Potts
POTTS, a child of Charles, died on the 21st at Red Oak. (Henry County item in the DAILY ISLANDER and ARGUS of Friday, 26 August 1859) Transcribed by Nancy Overlander Proofed by Mary Kay Krogman



C. W. Preston
PRESTON, C.W., died last week at Kewanee, Henry Co., Illinois. (Rock Island DAILY ADVERTIZER, Tuesday, 3 February 1857. Transcribed by Nancy Overlander Proofed by Mary Kay Krogman



W. H. Ransford
RANSFORD, W.H., of Talcott, Henry County, left home on the 28th ult. to transact business at Burlington and Rock Island and has not been seen since. Information is sought by Mrs. Harriet RANSFORD of Geneseo, Henry County. (Rock Island WEEKLY REGISTER, Wednesday, 19 October 1859). The body of W.H. RANSFORD who lived near Talcott's Ferry on the Rock River was found in the Mississippi River recently, a short distance below Muscatine, Iowa. Burial was on a sand mound about 8 miles below Muscatine. (Rock Island ARGUS, Monday, 7 November 1859) Transcribed by Nancy Overlander Proofed by Mary Kay Krogman



John Rosene
John Rosene died at the home of Mr. Hildebrand, Thursday morning about five o'clock. He has made his home near Galva for many years. Part of the time he has worked as a farm hand and he also worked for Alex Hayes in the hop yard near Lafayette. He has one brother Hans, who is well-to-do and lives near Nekoma. (Source: Scrapbook compiled by Peggy Goertzen from the 1890's - transcribed for G.T. by Jackie McCarty)





Matlida F. Remson Sleight
SLEIGHT, Matilda F. Remson, twin daughter of Henry C. SLEIGHT of Geneseo, Henry County, was killed in a fall from a wagon on October 17th (or 18th) 1845, aged 6 years. New York City papers, please copy. (UPPER MISSISSIPPIAN and ROCK ISLAND REPUBLICAN, Thursday, 23 October 1845) Transcribed by Nancy Overlander Proofed by Mary Kay Krogman



Effie Swan
Effie Swan was born July 17, 1878 and died at the home of her parents Mr. and Mrs. Geo. M. Swan Oct 23, 1900. She united with the M.E. church of this place during the pastorate of Rev. G. C. Shaffer. She has been an invalid for about twelve years and for nearly two years was almost helpless and suffered intensely, but during all this time was very patient and cheerful, trusting in Him who had promised never to leave nor forsake her. Sometime before her death she offered this prayer, "Dear father take me for I am ready to go." She was grateful for every kindness and it was a pleasure to do any service for such a patient sufferer. For years all that skillful and loving hands could do for her was done but to no avail. Her end was sweet and peaceful and she has gone where there will be no more suffering and where God will wipe away all tears. She leaves a father, mother, three brothers and three sisters, beside many relatives and friends to mourn their loss. The funeral services were held at the M.E. church Thursday afternoon at two o'clock and was largely attended. The pastor Rev. A. Smith preached a very comforting sermon from the text, "Tried as gold in the fire." Those who attended the funeral from a distance were Mr. and Geo, Bates and Mr. and Mrs. A. Shellgreen, of Galesburg; Taylor Swan, Roseville; Mrs. D. Bryner, Kewanee; and J. H. Swan, Ames, Ia. (Source: Scrapbook compiled by Peggy Goertzen from the 1890's - transcribed for G.T. by Jackie McCarty)




Fred Swan

DROWNED: On last Saturday afternoon at about four o'clock the sad news reached town that Fred Swan, son of Geo. M. Swan, who lives south of town, had been drowned in what is known as Jones pond, about two miles west of here. The young man came to town with his father after dinner, and meeting Burnettt and Earl Espey, a couple of his comrades, they included to go swimming. The boys reached the pond alright and were enjoying themselves swimming and boat riding. Fred undertook to go across the pond in the boat while young Burnett swam ahead and pulled him with a chain that was attached to the boat, and just as they reached the part of the pond where it was supposed to be the deepest the boat commenced to rock, possibly on account to young Swan becoming somewhat frightened, and turned over with Fred under it. By this time Burnett realized the situation, knowing that Fred could not swim, and immediately came to his assistance but was unable to do anything . Fred clinched him so tightly that it was almost impossible for him to keep on going down with him. The boys seeing that Fred would surely drown if something was not done at once, young Espey soon procured a pole and threw it to Burnett, but , it was too late for Fred was going down for the last time. The boys soon brought the news to town and in a very short time teams conveying abundance of assistance to rescue the body from the pond were soon on the ground. It being somewhat difficult to find the body it was found necessary to let the water out of the pond and in a very short time they were on their way to town with him.
We understand both young Burnett and Espey did everything in their power to save Fred's life and should not in any way be censured for his drowning.

Fred Swan was born October 25th, 1875, consequently he would have been twenty years of age on his next birthday had he lived. The family have the deepest sympathy of the entire community in this their sudden and sad bereavement.

The funeral services were held from the residence of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Geo. M. Swan, three and one-half miles south of Galva, Monday afternoon, conducted by Rev. F.H. Cumming, pastor of the M.E. church, after which large concourse of friends and relatives followed the remains to their last resting place in the Galva cemetery. (Source: Scrapbook compiled by Peggy Goertzen from the 1890's - transcribed for G.T. by Jackie McCarty)



Wymore and Sadie Swanson
The family of Mr. and Mrs. Isaac Swanson have been sorely addicted during the past week, death having visited the household twice. On last Wednesday Wymore, the 15 months old son died of pneumonia brought on by an attack of measles. The funeral was held Saturday, On Monday, Sadie, the three year old daughter, passed away from the same disease. The funeral was held this afternoon. It is understood that several of the family are still dangerously ill with measles. The case is a sad one and the family has the sympathy of the community. (Source: Scrapbook compiled by Peggy Goertzen from the 1890's - transcribed for G.T. by Jackie McCarty)




Susan L. Wells
WELLS, Susan L., wife of Dr. Ira H. WELLS, died January 13, 1857, at Dayton, Henry County, aged 40 years. (Rock Island MORNING ARGUS, Monday, 19 January 1857) Transcribed by Nancy Overlander Proofed by Mary Kay Krogman



Harrison Whitehead
WHITEHEAD, Harrison, of Geneso, Henry County, a member of Company H., 37th Illinois Volunteer Infantry, was killed at the Battle of Prairie Grove, Arkansas. (Rock Island EVENING ARGUS, Tuesday, 30 December 1862) Transcribed by Nancy Overlander Proofed by Mary Kay Krogman



Jacob P. Williamson
WILLIAMSON, Jacob P., of Deanington, Henry County, a member of Company D, 13th Illinois Volunteers, was killed in the recent siege of Vicksburg. (Rock Island EVENING ARGUS, Tuesday, 20 january (sic) 1863) Transcribed by Nancy Overlander Proofed by Mary Kay Krogman







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