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Dawson, Polly
Dutour, Edward
Dutour, Mary
Dion, Leotine
Dixon, Mary
Dunham, Harriet (new)
Dutour, Jules
Dutour, Bessie
Danforth, Daniel
Danforth, Elisha 
Danforth, Willard


Aunt Polly Dawson, one of the oldest residents and pioneers of the county, died at the home of her grand-daughter, Mrs. Morris Crist in Stockland township, April 24, 1908, aged 95 years, 4 months and 10 days. She was born Dec. 14, 1812 in Pickaway county, Ohio. She was married on Aug. 18, 1831 to Elisha Dawson. To them 12 children were born, of whom six and the father preceded her in death. In 1851 they moved to Illinois. She leaves behind 6 children, 35 gran-children and 9 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held at Sugar Creek chapel Sunday afternoon conducted by Rev. J.M. Tuggle of Park county, Ind., a former pastor of Mrs. Dawson. The remains were laid to rest in the chapel cemetery.

(sub. by Jean Tillman at Jnstargz@msn.com)


The Clifton Advocate, Illinois
Thursday, February 15, 1940

EDWARD DUTOUR

Edward Dutour was born October 20, 1864 in L'Erable, and died on Tuesday evening, February 6, 1940 at St. Mary's hospital in Kankakee, at the age of 75.

On February 25, 1887 he was married to Mathilda Ducat who died in 1904. Three of the eight children born to this union preceded him in death.

Surviving are his second wife, the former Mrs. Ida Coash, sons Frank of Manteno, Dewey and William of Clifton daughters Mrs. Ida Rabideau of Kankakee and Mrs. Louisa Cailteux of Clifton, a brother Joseph and sister Rosalie Bolen, a stepson Edward Coash, 12 grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

Funeral services were conducted at 9:30 o'clock Friday morning from St. Rose Church in Kankakee, with interment in L'Erable cemetery.

Pallbearers were Oscar and Leland Rabideau, Russel and Eldon Cailteux, Leroy Walling and LaVerne Dutour.

(submitted by Jan Wagoner at EPAJan@aol.com)


The Clifton Advocate, Illinois
Thursday, October 13, 1938

MRS. MARY DUTOUR

Mary Dutour, 73 of 970 South Third Avenue, died Sunday at a local hospital after a lingering illness. She was the widow of Issac Dutour, 77 killed a year ago when struck by a truck while walking across the intersection of Main and Water streets.

Funeral services were held at 9 o;clock Wednesday morning in St. Rose church, Kankakee, with burial in L'Erable cemetery.

Surviving are sons Isaac and John, daughters Mrs. Julia Renville of Bonfield, Mrs. Georgianna Mosier of Chebanse, Mrs. Mary Ponton, Mrs. Emile Ponton, Mrs. Jane Dutour, Mrs. Josephine Rabideau and Mrs. Rosie Renville of Clifton, Mrs. Selina Mosier of Union Hill, Anna and Lydia Dutour of Kankakee, four brothers, three sisters, 30 grandchildren and two great grandchildren. - KKK Repbulican.

(submitted by Jan Wagoner at EPAJan@aol.com)


The Clifton Advocate, Illinois
Thursday, October 13, 1938

MRS. MARY DUTOUR

Mary Dutour, 73 of 970 South Third Avenue, died Sunday at a local hospital after a lingering illness. She was the widow of Issac Dutour, 77 killed a year ago when struck by a truck while walking across the intersection of Main and Water streets.

Funeral services were held at 9 o;clock Wednesday morning in St. Rose church, Kankakee, with burial in L'Erable cemetery.

Surviving are sons Isaac and John, daughters Mrs. Julia Renville of Bonfield, Mrs. Georgianna Mosier of Chebanse, Mrs. Mary Ponton, Mrs. Emile Ponton, Mrs. Jane Dutour, Mrs. Josephine Rabideau and Mrs. Rosie Renville of Clifton, Mrs. Selina Mosier of Union Hill, Anna and Lydia Dutour of Kankakee, four brothers, three sisters, 30 grandchildren and two great grandchildren. - KKK Repbulican.

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The Kankakee Daily Journal
September 27, 1957

Mrs. Leotine Dion, 87,
Dies; Funeral Services Friday

Mrs. Leontine Dion 87, of 183 S. Wabash Ave., Bradley, died Tuesday night. She had been in ill health for the past three months.

Mrs. Dion was born July 12, 1870 in Kankakee. She was the former Leontine Frechette. Her family moved to Martinton when she was a young girl and she lived there until her marriage Feb. 8, 1893 in L'Erable to Charles Dion. He died July 14, 1943.

The Dions lived in L'Erable and Martinton for several years before moving to Bradley in 1913.

Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Della Wright, Bradley, three grandchildren and nine grandchildren. She is also survived by sisters. Miss Josie Frechette of Kankakee and Mrs. Zenaide Weddle of Hammond, Ind. She was preceded in death by a son, five brothers and seven sisters.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday at St. Joseph's Church, Bradley. Interment will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Friends may call at the Hickey Funeral Home beginning at 7:30 p.m. today. The St. Anne Sodality of St. Joseph's Church, of which she was a member, will recite the rosary at 8 p.m. Thursday.

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The Kankakee Daily Journal
September 1955

Jules Dutour, 68,
Retired Conductor For NYC Dies

Jules Dutour, 68, a retired conductor for the New York Central Railroad Co., died at his home, 1008 W. Hickory St., this morning following an illness of seven years.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Monday in St. Rose Church with burial in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. The body is at the Phillips, Friday and Schreffler Funeral Home where friends may call Saturday afternoon and evening, Sunday afternoon and evening and until the hour of the services. The rosary will be recited at 8 p.m. Sunday.

Mr. Dutour was born Jan. 24, 1887 in Iroquois County, a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. John Dutour. He had resided in Kankakee the past 44 years, coming here from the crescent City area.

The Kankakeean had completed 35 years with the New York central Railroad when he retired.

He was a member of St. Rose Church and of the Brotherhood of Railway Trainmen, Local 700.

Surviving are the wife, the former Bessie Mohler whom he married Aug. 1, 1914 in Kankakee; a son Herbie of RR 2, Kankakee; a brother Arthur of Crescent City; sisters Mrs. Lena Labounty of Crescent City and Mrs. Rose Ann Coulombe of Kankakee; two grandsons and a great granddaughter.

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The Clifton Advocate, Illinois
Thursday, February 15, 1940

EDWARD DUTOUR

Edward Dutour was born October 20, 1864 in L'Erable, and died on Tuesday evening, February 6, 1940 at St. Mary's hospital in Kankakee, at the age of 75.

On February 25, 1887 he was married to Mathilda Ducat who died in 1904. Three of the eight children born to this union preceded him in death.

Surviving are his second wife, the former Mrs. Ida Coash, sons Frank of Manteno, Dewey and William of Clifton daughters Mrs. Ida Rabideau of Kankakee and Mrs. Louisa Cailteux of Clifton, a brother Joseph and sister Rosalie Bolen, a stepson Edward Coash, 12 grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

Funeral services were conducted at 9:30 o'clock Friday morning from St. Rose Church in Kankakee, with interment in L'Erable cemetery.

Pallbearers were Oscar and Leland Rabaideau, Russel and Eldon Cailteux, Leroy Walling and LaVerne Dutour.

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The Kankakee Daily Journal
January 1979

Bessie Mae Dutour

Bessie Mae Dutour, 84, of rural Kankakee, died at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Americana Nursing Home after a long illness.

Mrs. Dutour was born Dec. 14, 1894, in Kankakee to Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Mohler. She was a lifelong resident of Kankakee.

She married Jules Dutour Aug. 1, 1914. She was a member of St. Rose of Lima Church, the St. Jean Baptiste organization and the ladies of St. Anne.

Survivors include her son, Herbert of Kankakee; two grandsons; eight great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren. Her parents and husband are deceased.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Rose of Lima church, the Rev. Lloyd Bowden officiating. Visitation will be 3 to 9 p.m. Monday at the Schreffler & Sexton Funeral Home, Kankakee chapel. Burial will be at Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

(submitted by Jan Wagoner at EPAJan@aol.com)


From History of Iroquois County ICGS, 1985:

Daniel Chase Danforth: From legal documents and church records, the Danforth family has been traced back to the year 1512, to the town of Framlingham England about 90 miles northeast of London. Following his wife's death, Nicholas Danforth at age 45, sold his farm and beautiful home located 2 miles west of Framlingham in 1634. With his six children, he boarded the ship GRIFFIN to migrate to the Massachusetts Bay Colony. The home is still occupied and is in good repair as of this date in 1985. Although Nicholas lived only 4 years after his arrival in Massachusetts, his six children became prominent citizens and made valuable contributions in the establishment of the Boston area. Thomas was a founder of Harvard University, and he served as Treasurer and a Steward of Harvard from 1650 to 1682. Jonathan, from whom the local Danforths are descended, was a land surveyor who laid out farms, towns and roads in the area surrounding Cambridge, Mass. Daniel Chase Danforth came five generations later.

Watseka Republican, Jan. 9, 1918

Elisha Lee Danforth died at Onarga Christmas day. the deceased, who lacked less than three months of being 89 years old, came to Onarga township in 1856, residing on a farm near Del Rey until his retirement from active farm life, when he moved into Onarga. He is survived by one child, Dana S. of Onarga, and nine grandchildren and twenty-one great-grandchildren. Mr. Danforth by his quiet, strong upright character had commanded the respect of the entire community. He was noted especially for his deep, devoted, consistent Christian life.

Watseka Republican, May 1, 1901

Sudden death of an Old Resident

Our people were much startled and pained to hear of the sudden death of Willard D. Danforth, which occurred about 5 o'clock yesterday morning at his home 5 miles southwest of Onarga. Mr. Danforth was in usual good heath the night before and not the slightest warning was given that death was near. His wife arose early that morning and while she was dressing he turned over in bed with a slight groan, when she spoke to him saying it was time to get up and he had better not go to sleep again. Receiving no reply, she went to him and found him dead. It was apparently a quick, peaceful and painless passing away, due no doubt to a stroke of apoplexy or paralysis during the night. He was about 54 years of age, a resident of this community since 17, in prosperous circumstances, a prominent member of the Independent Order of the Odd Fellows of this place and a man generally well thought of and highly esteemed by all his neighbors. Besides his wife, he leaves three children, Jerry, Alice and Dana, all living at home; tow sisters, Mrs. J. M. Mears of Onarga, and Mrs. Washburn of Gilman; one brother, and other relatives, all of whom have the sympathy of their large circle of friends. Funeral services will be held at the family residence at one o'clock tomorrow afternoon, and the remains will be interred in the Onarga cemetery.

(contributed by The Lone Tree Leader newspaper from Onarga, IL)



Mrs. Mary Dixon Called
Mrs. Mary Dixon, a resident of this community for over a half a century, passed away at St. Mary hospital Tuesday morning at 10:40. Mrs. Dixon made her home of late with her daughter, Mrs. Edward Hissong. On Thursday she suffered an attack of appendicitis and was rushed to the hospital. An operation was performed early Friday morning. It was known then that recovery was doubtful. Deceased was eighty two years of age. Particulars seem impossible at this time. We hope to have an complete obituary in our next issue.

In Memoriam
In memory of Mary A. Dixon who passed away four years ago today December 13, 1932.

What we would give to clasp her hand,
Her dear kind face to see,
To hear her voice, to see her smile,
That meant so much to three.
It is lonesome here without you,
And sad and weary the way,
Life has not meant the same to us
Since you were called away.

Mr. and Mrs. Edward Hissong and son


Harriet Dunham
Died at Loda, Iroquois county, July 9, of congestion of the brain, Harriet, aged 39 years, wife of J. C. Dunham, junior editor of the Loda Register.
[unknown newspaper, July 17, 1877 - Sub. by K.T.]




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