Henry County Illinois History and Genealogy 
Obituaries and Death Notices   - B

Billings Infant
Geneseo Weekly Sun, Sunday, September 5, 1883
A four-year old child of Mr. Billings who lives in the south west part of town, died last Sunday morning, and was buried in the afternoon.

Blish, Mrs. James K.
Geneseo Weekly Sun, Wednesday, September 26, 1883
We are pained to announce the death of the wife of James K. Blish of Kewanee, which occurred Tuesday morning. She had been ill with consumption for a long time, and it had been evident to her friends for some weeks that she could not recover. Her death leaves two young children motherless, and a tender husband bereit - Chronicle

Blixt, Anton S.
The Orion Times, Thursday, July 30, 1903
Anton S. Blixt Died Suddenly Last Thursday
This community was shocked last Thursday evening by the death of Anton Blixt, a popular young man of this place. He had been very sick with typhoid fever for four weeks and on last Monday his condition was such that his brother Fred, who lives in Minneapolis, and his sister Trude, were telegraphed for, but before their arrival home the news had gone out that he was slightly improved, and on Thursday the report of his condition was encouraging. But about 9:15 p.m. a sudden change came and in a few minutes, he passed away.

Anton Sherman Blixt was born in Orion, January 24, 1871. He has lived here all his life an dwas one of the most popular of young men. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. August Blixt, and besides his father and mother he leaves two brothers, Henry and Fred , and a  sister, Miss Trude, to mourn his untimely death.

He was a ready and willing worker and was never idle when work could be had. In his prime he was inclined to athletics, and during the past ten years of his life he had become noted in the county as a ball player and had participated in many games in counties near by.

He was warm hearted genial and friendly in his disposition, and made and kept many friends, and his death will be greatly regretted by all who knew him.

The funeral was held Sunday afternoon from the family home. It was very largely attended, and many beautiful floral offerings manifested the love and good will borne him. The funeral was in charge of the local Odd Fellows lodge of which Anton was one of the leading workers. Rev. P.J. Brodine conducted the services and preached an excellent short discourse. The funeral cortege was preceeded by 60 Odd Fellows, and upon arrival at the Lutheran cemetery after a short prayer and service by Rev. Brodine the Odd Fellows gave the beautiful service of the order and took leave of their beloved brother.

The pall bearers were selected from the Odd Fellows lodge, the Orion fire company and the ball club. They were C.A. Asplund and Charles Samuelson for the Odd Fellows; Elmer Kettering, Arthur Johnson for the fire company, and G.W. Anderson and Wm. Bothwell for the ball club.

Blixt, Henning 
The Orion Times, Thursday, April 28, 1904
Death of Henning Blixt After Two Weeks' Illness
"Henning Blixt is dead." The above word passed around among a large circle of acquaintances and friends brought sorrow to many who for the past few weeks had made daily inquiry of one whom they held in highest esteem because of a genial nature and a willingness to help others at all times.

Albert Henning Blixt, after a brief but severe illness, suffering first with in grippe, then with rheumatism and lastly with blood poisoning , passed away Sunday morning, April 24, at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. August Blixt, in the east part of Orion. Despite the heroic efforts of physicians, trained nurses and the ministrations of loved ones at home, the disease spread and for three days the home was saddened by the thought that death might enter at any moment.

The taking away of one in the prime of life and almost without warning can  not but bring deepest sorrow to those who are left behind. But following so closely another and similar bereavement in the same family, the grief of the aged father, mother, sister and brother becomes intensified until it is almost unbearable. The consoling sympathy of a large circle of friends goes out to the members of the afflicted family, and to others closely affiliated with the life of the deceased.

Albert Henning Blist was born at Swedona, Ill., December 17, 1869, and died at his home in Orion, Sunday, April 24, 1904, at 6:35 a.m. Besides a host of friends he leaves his father and mother and sister, Miss Trude, of Orion, and one brother, Fred, who is engaged in business at Minneapolis.

Henning had spent most of his life in Orion and during that time had made many friends who are saddened by his untimely death. His illness dated back but just a short time, as only three weeks ago he was in his usual health.

The funeral services were held from the home at 10 o'clock Tuesday morning. Nearly all of the business houses were closed and an unusually large crowd called at the home to pay a last tribute to the memory of the deceased. Beautiful floral offerings were sent from friends in Rock Island, Moline, Camridge and Orion. Rev. Rutherford of the Baptist church and Dr. Brodine, pastor of the Lutheran church, had charge of the services and spoke comforting words for the afflicted and sorrowing ones. The Baptist choir had charge of the singing. After the impressive service at the home the remains were taken to the Lutheran cemetery and laid to rest in the family burial lot. The following men acted as pall bearers: O.G. Norton, M.W. Sheesley, James McDonald, Bert Dusenberrry, Ed Huston and John Lawson.

Bloomquist, Amy
Henry County News, July 12, 1883
Miss Amy Bloomquist died at her home two miles east of Geneseo on Saturday morning, of consumption, age fourteen years, eight months and thriteen days. The funeral took place on Sunday afternoon.

Bollen, John Sr.
Geneseo Republic, Geneseo, Il., Jan. 11, 1889
The relatives of the late John Bollen have handed us the following, containing some facts additional to those recorded by us last week. He was born in Guersney Co., Ohio, July 22, 1805, was married to Sarah Hooks in 1831: he came to Illinois in 1837. They had five chidlren, four of whom survive. Sarah Bollen, his first wife, died Nov. 3d, 1843. He married his second wife, Permelia Loomis, Oct. 12, 1846. They also had five children, four of whom survive. Ever since he came to Illinois he has resided Henry county except during a period of seven years spent in California. His age was 83 years, 5 months and 11 days. He died Jan. 2d, 1889. He was converted and joined the M.E. church nearly fifty years ago, and was a member of the Grand View congregation, east of this city, at the time of his death. The Spring Hill Masons, took charge of the burial and was laid to rest in the Arnett Cemetery, on land he once owned.

Boostrom Infant

The Geneseo Republic, Geneseo, IL, Feb 5, 1880
Galva, Jan. 3, J. P. Boostrom, infant

Brandt, Emma C.
The Geneseo Republic, Geneseo, IL, Feb 5, 1880
Cambridge, Dec. 30, Emma C. Brandt, 25

Brandt, Lare A.
The Geneseo Republic, Geneseo, IL, Feb 5, 1880
Cambridge, Nov. 21, Lare A. Brandt, aged 12

Burlingame, Ansom
The Orion Times, Orion, IL., March 28, 1878
Ansom Burlingame, a native of New Jersey, committed suicide at Cleveland, Henry county, Ill., on Tuesday, by shooting himself through the heart, with a small revolver. He bought the farm formerly owned by George Overmeyer, near Green River Station on the C.R.I. & P.R.R., not long ago. Last fall Burlingame married a girl from Missouri, and from reasons in writing left by him it seems their marriage was the cause of the suicide's death. An inquest was hel and the verdict of the coroner's jury was given in accordance with the facts here related. Burlingame was in good circumstances. He paid $3,200 for this farm and had in his possession at the time of his death nearly $400 in cash, owned a fine team and several cattle. His wife returned from Missouri, Tuesday morning and was the first to find the body. He had declared in writing that she would never see him alive.  Davenport Gazette

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