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PHILIP PARKIN , one of the most widely known citizens of Jo Daviess County, was accidentally run over by a balky team attached to a hay rake on his farm in Thompson township, a few days since, sustaining injuries which caused his death in a short time. He was a native of Cornwall, England, had resided in that county a half century, and held the office of police magistrate thirty consecutive years.

Newton Press Newspaper (Jasper County) July 16, 1890

JAMES F. PEARCE , age 97, of Elizabeth, Illinois, died Saturday, April 15, 2006 at the Elizabeth Nursing Home, Elizabeth, Illinois. Funeral Services will be held 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 19, 2006 at the Elizabeth Funeral Home, Elizabeth, Illinois. Reverend David Poust of the First United Methodist Church, Elizabeth, Illinois will officiate. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery, Hanover, Illinois with grandchildren serving as pallbearers. Friends may call from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m., April 18, 2006 at the Law-Jones Funeral Home, Elizabeth, Illinois. A memorial fund has been established in honor of Jim. Jim was born October 29, 1908, the son of James A. "Bert" and Virginia "Gen" (Raymond) Pearce in Hanover Township, rural Elizabeth, Illinois. Jim attended Burton Country School. On May 6, 1930, Jim married Mildred A. Allen in Galena, Illinois, Mildred passed away on August 20, 1981. Jim, along with his wife, raised livestock and farmed in the rural Elizabeth area. Later moving to Hanover they were both employed at the Hanover Woolen Mill. In 1943, they moved back to a farm east of Galena, Illinois and remained in the Galena area until 1973 when they moved back to Elizabeth. Jim could tell you many stories, especially about the Depression years. He was a dedicated husband and father, and did a lot of physical work.Jim is survived by his daughter, Virginia Bruner of Cuba City, Wisconsin; his son, Kyle R. Pearce Sr. (Sharon) of Rural Elizabeth; six grandchildren; Gary (Julie) Bruner of Davis, California, Bradley (Kathy) Bruner of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin, and Kendal (Diane) Bruner of Cuba City, Wisconsin, Rob (Donna) Pearce and Richard (Jeni) Pearce, both of rural Elizabeth, and Lori (Steve) Beach of Belvidere, Illinois. Fifteen great grandchildren and one great-great grandson also survive. Jim was preceded in death by his wife, his parents, a brother Harry, son-in-law, Wayne Bruner and three infant grandchildren.
Contributed by Juanita Lowrance / Find-A-Grave

HELEN (POWERS) PETERS , 87, of Galena, died Wednesday, March 26, 2008, at Southwest Nursing Home, Cuba City, Wis.Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 29, at St. Michael's Catholic Church, Galena. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery, Galena. Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at Furlong Funeral Chapel, Galena, where the parish rosary will be recited at 4 p.m. She was born on Nov. 22, 1920, in Galena, daughter of Joseph and Elizabeth (Callahan) Powers. She was a graduate of Galena High School and spent her entire life in the Galena area. She was united in marriage to Charles Peters in 1940; he preceded her in death on Sept. 4, 1998. Marcella was employed at the Burgess Battery Factory and Signcraft, Galena, for 25 years until her retirement. She was a member of St. Michael's Catholic Church, Galena. Surviving are three children, a daughter, Karen (Gerald) Freese, of East Dubuque; and two sons, Charles (Jeanne) and William (Bonnie), both of Galena; seven grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren; and a brother, Francis "Dutch" (Betty) Powers, of East Dubuque, Ill. She also was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Merlin Powers; and a sister, Mary Steinle.

MARY LAVINA PETERS , 94, Stockton's oldest resident, died Tuesday (1 December 1959) in the home of her daughter, Mrs. Blanche Johns. Mrs. Peters was born in Pitcherville, a small settlement north of what is now Stockton. She was the daughter of Lester D. and Harriet A. Graves Pitcher. Her father founded the Pitcher Telephone Co., which served this area in the 19th century. She was married to William Peters May 25, 1881, in Gratiot, Wis. They moved to Stockton soon after it was incorporated as a village in 1887. When U. S. highway 20 was being built at the north edge of Stockton many years ago, Mrs. Peters financed construction of the first service station there and operated the station. She was a charter member of Stockton chapter, Order of the Eastern Star, and of Stockton Woman's club; and a member of Capernaum White Shrine and the Progressive Household Science club.

Surviving besides Mrs. Johns is another daughter, Mrs. George Kennedy, Rockford; four sons Floyd, Polo; Owen, Emmons, Minn.; Ralph, Rockford; and Clarence, Los Angeles; more than 30 grandchildren; and several greatgrandchildren. Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday in Herman funeral home. The Rev. C. A. Goss, pastor of Calvary Evangelical United Brethren church, will officiate. Burial will be in Ladies Union cemetery. Friends may call in the funeral home.
Contributed by Wendy Fjelstad

WILLIAM PETERS , a well known resident of Stockton, passed away at his home on Benton avenue at about 10 p. m. Saturday. Mr. Peters had been breaking down in health for some time past and had a sever sickness a year ago and at other times, but he was quite well during the summer and fall and did a lot of work gardening, painting and other odd jobs. His illness seemed to be a general breaking down. Heart disease and dropsy developed in a fatal form toward the last and he failed gradually for the past few weeks, to the end.

"Bill" Peters, as he was familiarly called, was a familiar figure on our streets since the town started and will be missed. He was an active hardworking man, we dare say, the hardest worker in town. In the summer time he was out at daylight doing odd jobs. He did more or less draying all the time and a lot of painting, wood sawing, gardening, and all kinds of jobs. In the obituary furnished us his age is given as 68 years, but according to Edward Weirick's record he was five years older that that. Our business people provided a profusion of flowers for the funeral, which will be held this afternoon at 2 o'clock from the Evangelical church, Rev. Park O. Bailey officiating. All of the children are home for the funeral.
Contributed by Wendy Fjelstad

WILLIAM FRANCIS PETERS , was born at Georgetown, Grant county, state of Wisconsin, July 4, 1855. Died at his home, Stockton, Illinois, Feb 23, 1924, age 68 years, 7 months, 19 days. In the year of 1881 on May 25 he was united in marriage to Mary Lavina Pitcher of Pitcherville, Illinois, by the Rev. J. Jefferson of Wisconsin. He is survived by his wife and seven children, namely: Roy Adelbert, of Milwaukee, Wis.; Floyd Lester, of Stockton; Mrs. Roy Johns, of Stockton; Owen W. of Emmons, Minn.; Ralph Richard of Stockton; Mrs. Donald Eadie, of Hanover, Ill; Clarence Burdette, of Stockton.

He was preceded to the Great Beyond by two children, namely Earl Clifford and Florence Mary. Also five grandchildren grieve the loss of a beloved grandfather. William Peters came to Stockton about thirty-five years ago, being one of its earliest residents. He has seen, and put forth his efforts in making the pioneer village a growing community. At all times he was a most familiar figure on our streets, welcomed by all with a cheery greeting. Never daunted, he always saw a thing through. His friends, neighbors and fellow citizens will no doubt sustain his ever honest dealings. Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God.
Contributed by Wendy Fjelstad

BARBARA A. (BLAKE) PETTERA , age 73, of Hanover, Illinois, died on Saturday, August 27, 2005 at the Big Meadows Nursing Home Savanna, Illinois. A Funeral mass will be held 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, August 30, 2005 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, Hanover. Father Stanislaw Kos will officiate. Burial will take place in Evergreen Cemetery, Hanover. Visitation will be held from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. Monday, August 29, 2005 at the Law-Jones Funeral Home, Hanover. There will be a rosary service at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, August 29, 2005 at the funeral home. Memorials may be given in Barbara's name. Barbara was born January 17, 1932, the daughter of Charles and Amy (Miller) Blake, in Boscobel, Wisconsin. Barbara married Ralph Raymond Pettera on April 20, 1949 in Wauzeka, WI. Ralph died on February 27, 1987. Barbara was a member of the Ladies VFW Auxiliary and St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Hanover, Illinois for many years. She also worked for the Eaton Corporation in Hanover, Illinois Barbara enjoyed doing puzzle books and listening to country music. She also collected dolls and angels. Most of all Barbara was a warm and caring person who loved spending time with her family. Barbara will be deeply missed by her two sons, John Pettera of Hanover, and George (DeAnna) Pettera of Hanover, Illinois; six daughters, Judy (Bruce) Moldenhauer of Hanover, Terry Jackson of Davenport, Iowa, Deb (Ed) Schreiner of Shannon, IL, Kathy Pettera Roberts of Hanover, Marie (John) Holland of Cherokee Village, Arkansas, and Pat Pettera of Hanover; twenty-four grandchildren, twenty-six great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild; three brothers, George (Pearl) Blake of Fennimore, Wisconsin, Bob Blake of Madison, Wisconsin and Eddie Miller of Canada; Barbara will also be missed by several brothers and sisters in law and many nieces and nephews. Barbara was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph; four sons, Stephen, Dennis, James and Thomas; two sisters and one brother.
Contributed by LeRoy / Find-A-Grave

FLORENCE (WILKENSON) PETTERA , age 75, of Hanover, Illinois, passed away Sunday, April 9, 2006, at Galena Stauss Hospital, Galena, Illinois A Funeral Mass will be held, Wednesday, 11:00 a.m., April 12, 2006 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, Hanover, Illinois. Father Stanislaw Kos will be Celebrant. Friends may call from 4:00- 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 11, 2006, Law-Jones Funeral Home in Hanover. Interment will take place in Evergreen Cemetery, Hanover. Florence was born on July 12, 1930, the daughter of Milton and Genevieve (Tyler) Wilkenson in Homer, Wisconsin. On April 18, 1950, Florence married Lawrence A. Pettera, in Boscobel, Wisconsin. Lawrence passed away, October 2, 2001. Florence was a homemaker, she worked at Eaton Corporation for ten years, a Cook and Bartender for Storybrook Country Club in rural Hanover and the Distillary Tavern. Florence very much loved and enjoyed being with her family. She also enjoyed cooking, baking, playing cards, going to Bingo, gardening, watching the Humming Birds on the feeder. and doing Find A Word puzzles. She was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Hanover and the Hanover Ladies Auxillary Post #5300. Florence will be deeply missed by five sons, Roger (Rose) Pettera of Hanover, Bernard (Fay) Pettera of Hanover, Jeffrey (Janet) Pettera of Hanover, and Brian Pettera of Hanover, Illinois, and Jerry Pettera of Rockford; two daughters, Gina Kennedy of Hanover and Susan (Steve) Groharing of Hanover; one sister, Zonia (Cookie) Ryniewicz of Beloit, Wisconsin; one sister in-law, Irene Check of Prairie Du Chien, Wisconsin; one brother in-law, Matt Pettera of Wauzeka, Wisconsin, eleven grandchildren and five great- grandchildren.Florence was preceded in death by her husband, Lawrence; a stepfather, Lawrence Wolf; one infant brother and two grandsons.
Contributed by Juanita Lowrance / Find-A-Grave

ROSE MARY (HOLLAND) PETTERA , age 52, of Hanover, Illinois, died Thursday, November 1, 2007 in her home. A Funeral Mass will be held 10:30 am on Monday, November 5, 2007 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Hanover Celebrant will be Father Everett J. Hiller and assisted by Deacon Dave Wilbricht. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery, Hanover. A visitation will be held from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Sunday, November 4, 2007 at the Law-Jones Funeral Home in Hanover. A memorial fund has been established in Rose's memory. Rose was born on March 29, 1955 in Dubuque, Iowa, the daughter of Lawrence Calvin and Frances (Henkel) Holland. Rose graduated from Galena High School with the Class of 1973. On October 16, 1976 Rose married Roger Pettera. In 1985 she graduated from Clarke College with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing. Rose was employed by Eaton Corporation in Hanover until 1982. She then worked at Galena Hospital as a Charge Nurse until 2006. Rose was an EMT for Hanover Ambulance for over twenty-five years. She enjoyed making crafts, knitting, crocheting and reading. Most of all she enjoyed spending time with her family and friends. Rose a member of St. John the evangelist Catholic Church and the Friendship Quilters Guild. Rose will be dearly missed by her husband, Roger of Hanover; her daughter, Amy Pettera of Hanover; her father, Lawrence Holland of Galena, Illinois; four brothers, Frank Holland of Galena, Paul (Marsha) Holland of Rapid City, Illinois, Lawrence Calvin (Tammi) Holland, Jr. of East Moline, Illinois, and Harold (Beth) Holland of Princeton, Iowa; seven sisters, Barbara (late John) Outcalt of East Dubuque, Illinois, Susan (Dorrance) Averkamp of East Dubuque, Linda (Thomas) Russell of Eldridge, Iowa, Elizabeth (Patrick) Hess of Poinette, Wisconsin, twin sister Mary Rose (late Donald) Schmidt of Hanover, Carol Holland of Galena, and Catherine (Mark) Helling of Dubuque, Iowa. Rose was preceded in death by her mother, Francis; a son Raymond Albert Pettera; a brother William and one sister Lorraine.
Contributed by Paula / Find-A-Grave

JAMES PIERCE , well known Nora citizen, shot and killed himself Friday morning early. He had been despondent for several weeks but relatives and friends never dreamed that he entertained ideas of suicide. A little son fell into a water tank about a year ago and drowned and that sad accident weighed heavily upon his mind. He never appeared to be the same afterwards. Lately he had been speculating on the board of trade and his losses added to his despondency. The recent decline in the wheat market brought him to the verge of ruin and he decided to end all. He acted very queer all day Thursday. He talked of taking a trip somewhere but did not appear to know just where. He got up during the night, stating that he could not sleep. He went down stairs, dressed and shaved himself, and made every arrangement for the end. He took his time to it. wrote a letter and then laid down on the lounge. He crossed his feet, folded one hand over his breast and placed the muzzle of his pistol back of his ear. He pulled the trigger and it was all over. Apparently he never moved a muscle. His wife heard the report of the pistol and hurried down stairs and found him dead.

The letter, written before he left all that was dear to him, was as follows:

Nora - March 6, 1903 Dear wife and relatives and friends: -- I must have rest and if my trusty pistol does not err I will soon have it. I suffer the torments of hell privately. Option deals primary cause. Bury me quietly anywhere under the sun and out of the sight of man. James Pierce

Mr. Pierce was 51 years of age and came to this part of the country from Ohio when he was a boy. He was a son of Mrs. Scanlan of this city and is survived by the widow and seven children. Mrs. Scannell of Lanark, and Mrs. Sullivan of Nora are sisters of the deceased. The deceased was a farmer and resided on the A.B. Meyers farm, two miles from Nora. He formerly lived on the Upton farm. Years ago, while in comfortable circumstances, he speculated on the board of trade and lost everything. Friends started him and he began over. He never forgot his losses and always claimed that he would get his money back as soon as he was financially able to get on the board. He began speculating recently and the decline in wheat proved too great for his resources and he was again ruined. He evidently felt that he was not a success on the board and the thoughts that the savings of years had been swept away unbalanced his mind, which had been affected by bereavement, and caused him to commit the rash act.

The coroner held and inquest Friday and a verdict was returned in accordance with the above facts. The funeral services were held at the late home Sunday morning. The interment took place in the Catholic cemetery in this city. Fortunately the deceased was well insured and the family will be left in fair circumstances.
Contributed by Lori Gilbert. - Lena Star Newspaper, March 13, 1903, page 1, col. 3

L.D. PITCHER , a former resident of Pitcherville, and for whom that hamlet was named, died Feb 5 at his winter home in Daytona, Florida, the result of a paralytic stroke. His age is given as 71 years. We understand the remains have been put in a vault and some time early in the spring will be brought to Dixon for interment. The following was taken from the Dixon Evening Telegraph:

L. D. Pitcher is dead. Mr. Pitcher died very suddenly Sunday morning at his winter home in Daytona, Fla, the cause of his death being paralytic stroke. He was ill but a few days. His son, Louis Pitcher, manager of the Home Telephone Company received a message of the death of his father that afternoon in Daytona. He will reach that city some time tomorrow. The remains of Mr. Pitcher will be placed in a vault until spring when they will be brought to the city for burial. Mrs. Pitcher's health is such that she cannot make the trip north this winter.

Lester D. Pitcher was the father of the rural telephone system in this part of the state. He was president and originator of the Lee County Telephone system, and originator of the Jo Daviess County telephone system. Mr. Pitcher was born in Lewis county, NY, July 28, 1839, son of Philander and Mary Pitcher. He obtained his elementary education in the common school and when a youth worked on a farm. In 1861 he enlisted in Company I, Fifth New York Heavy Artillery. Later he came to Jo Daviess county and engaged in the mercantile business at a place called Pitcherville in his honor and was afterward appointed postmaster during Lincoln's administration. He came to Lee county in 1871, being then patentee of the Bradley fork, a tool much in use in handling grain without binding but later superseded by the self-binder. Mr. Pitcher sold this implement to jobbers over a territory extending from the New England coast to California and realized a fortune. Later he engaged in the implement and coal trade in Dixon, which he conducted successfully until 1900. In 1896 he inaugurated the County Telephone system, a system covering Lee county and connecting it with other counties and adjoining states. The enterprise proved to be a great success and was much appreciated by residents of the village and rural districts in that territory.

In 1860 he married Harriet Graves, by whom there were three children: R. Evert, at one time mayor of Alma, Neb; Mary, wife of Wm. Peters, Stockton ILL, and Grant W., Galena, ILL. Mr. Pitcher was married to his second wife, Abbie Cramer, in 1871 and to this union there are two children, Bessie E. and Louis A. Mr. Pitcher served in the city council several terms. Was a member of the board of education fifteen years and was a member of the G. A. R. and A. O. W. Through all his residence in Dixon he was a useful member of the community and his passing brings sadness to hosts of friends. Mrs. Wm Peters received a message Sunday, Feb 6, announcing the death of her father, Mr. L. D. Pitcher at his home in Daytona Fla. It came as a great shock to her. Her son Mr. G. W. Pitcher of Galena, ILL is a very successful businessman and General manager of the Jo Daviess Co. Telephone system known as the Pitcher Telephone Co.; his grandson Mr. Roy Peters of this place has been in the employ of the above Co. for the past seven years. R. Evert Pitcher resides at Alma, Neb, where he owns a large farm and also conducts a large jewelry store. The sorrowing family have the sympathy of their many friends in this time of sorrow.
Contributed by Wendy Fjelstad - The Stockton News - Feb 16, 1910

JAMES WILLIAM PLETTING , 90, Galena, Ill., died Sunday, March 23, 2008 at the Manor Care Nursing Center in Dubuque, Iowa. He was born on Sept. 11, 1917 in Fertile, Minn., the son of Ringer and Johanna (deBoer) Pletting. He married Alice Knautz in June of 1976. She preceded him in death on May 19, 2003. He lived most of his adult life in the Galena area and was a master carpenter and masonry worker, especially working with rock. He loved the farm and his garden from which he shared tomatoes and green peppers with family and friends. He loved being outdoors with nature and wild life especially the deer, birds and turkeys he tended to. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church, Galena. Survivors include many nephews, nieces and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Alice; and two brothers, John E. and Henry Pletting. Services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, March 27, 2008 at the Furlong Funeral Chapel in Galena. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery in Galena. A special thanks to Hospice of Dubuque, Dr. Lengeling of Dubuque Internal Medicine and especially the staff at Manor Care for the care and kindness shown to Jim

GEORGE ALBERT PLOSCH , age 93, of Derinda Township, Illinois, died Saturday, May 13, 2006 at his residence. Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, May 17, 2006 at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Derinda Township, Illinois. Reverend Kurt Hansen will officiate. Burial will take place in the Trinity Lutheran Church Cemetery in Derinda Township. Full Military Rites will be accorded by the Hanover VFW Post #5300, Hanover, Illinois. Visitation will be Tuesday evening May 16, 2006 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Law Jones Funeral Home in Elizabeth, Illinois and one hour prior to service time on Wednesday, May 17, 2006, at the church. The family requested that memorials be made to the Trinity Lutheran Church of Derinda Twp. in memory of George.George was born November 3, 1912 in Derinda Township, Illinois, the son of John and Anna (Wurster) Plosch. He attended country schools and was never married.George worked along with his brother on the family farm most of his life in rural Elizabeth, Illinois and was the Highway Commissioner for Derinda Township for approximately 30 years. He thoroughly enjoyed doing mechanical work on machinery greatly benefiting his work on the family grain and livestock farm. He was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Derinda Township where he was confirmed and baptized in his youth. George liked all kinds of sports and especially enjoyed baseball. During World War II, he served in the United States Army in the Field Artillery Division with the 26th Infantry Division in the European Theatre and also at the Battle of the Bulge. George was a lifetime member of the V.F.W. Post # 5300 of Hanover, IllinoisSurvivors include three nieces; Lavonne Feltmeyer of Stockton, Illinois, Joyce Fosler of Freeport, Illinois, and Eileen Strohecker of Pearl City, Illinois, six great nephews and five great nieces. He is also survived by his care giver Lorraine Eastman of rural Hanover, IllinoisGeorge is preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Wallace and Edward; and five sisters, Josephine Teichler, Regina Thompson, Alma Block, Leone Mullen, and Matilda Marisse; two nephews, Ron Plosch and Wayne Block.
From Juanita Lowrance - Find-A-Grave

BERWYN K. POLHILL - age 76, of Cassville, formerly of Freeport, Ill., died on Sunday, Jan. 18, 2004, at Grant Regional Health Center in Lancaster. He was born on Dec. 15, 1927, in Freeport, Ill., the son of Percy E. and Matilda A. (Graves) Polhill. He graduated from the Stockton High School in 1945. Buzz then went in to the United States Air Force in 1949. He later attended Wartburg College Seminary and the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. He enjoyed playing cards, reading books, and genealogy. Surviving are two children, Stephen (Joan) Polhill, Platteville, and Teresa (Barry) Hammer, Cassville; three grandchildren, Colton Hammer, Cassville, and Clemence and Thomas Polhill, both of Platteville; a sister, Janice (Joe) Stagliano, Florida; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Darius; four sisters, Helen Andrews, Edith Rosenstiel, Irene Schaefer and Leah Townsend; and two brothers, Robert and Edward Polhill. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2004, at the River Valley Community Church, in Cassville with Pastor Jim McMahon officiating. Burial will be in Ladies Union Cemetery, Stockton, Ill. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2004, from 9:30 a.m. until the time of services at the church. The Martin Page Funeral Home in Cassville is assisting the family.
Source: K. Moreno from Find-A-Grave

ELIZABETH RODDA POOLEY - was born in Cornwall, England, on July 15th, 1822, and died in Scales Mound, Ill. on Oct. 30th, 1909. She lied to the mature age of 87 years, three months, and fifteen days. John Pooley and Elizabeth Rodda were married in Cornwall in 1843. They came to America in 1848, coming directly to Council Hill, Jo Daviess county. Soon after they located on the farm known as the Pooley homestead, in Guildford township, now occupied by their son, Thomas Pooley. John Pooley died in 1892. These two pioneers now sleep side by side in the Scales Mount cemetery. To this estimable couple were born eleven children, six of whom are still living, namely: James Pooley of Scales Mound; Jane Pooley Gundry of Warren, Ill; Mary Pooley Bausman of Scales Mound; Ella Pooley Baus, of Scales Mound and Thomas Pooley of Guilford township. The deceased and her husband joined the church of Ebenezer in Guilford township in 1855, during a great revival under the ministry of the Rev. Mr. Summerside, one of the pioneer Methodist preachers of this part of Illinois. When this church was disbanded membership was transferred to Mt. Zion. Records extending as far back as 1868 show that these good people were always interested in the church and its work. Not only were they successful in material things, but they laid up treasure in heaven. They have now entered upon their inheritance. There were good neighbors and citizens. Their children rise up and call them blessed. The funeral services were held in the Methodist Episcopal church in Scales Mound, on Tuesday, Nov. 2nd, 1909, in charge of the pastor, Rev. T.C. Warrington.
Contributed by Holly Van't Land - Nov 11, 1909 Obituary

HAZEL (GROVE)POOLEY , daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Charles W Grove, was born in Galena Ill, March 21st, 1887, and died at Dubuque, Iowa, at the home of her sister, Mrs. Harold Houy, Monday evening April 14. The decedent was united in marriage in Galena on Oct. 31st, 1907, to Raymond T Pooley of Scales Mound. Mrs. Pooley is survived by one son, Robert, and two sisters, Mrs. Myron Vincent, and Mrs. Harold Houy of Dubuque and by two brothers, Russell Grove of Seattle, Wash., and W.G. Grove of Dubuque. Mrs. Pooley’s husband died very suddenly on the 27th of August 1929, and his mother, Mrs. J.H. Pooley feels the loss of her daughter-in-law very keenly. The decedent was a faithful member of the Methodist Episcopal church of Galena since her childhood. For a time Mr. and Mrs. Pooley resided at Scales Mound and later moved to Galena. After the death of her husband, Mrs. Pooley and her son went to Dubuque where she has since resided with her sister, Mrs. Harold Houy. Mrs. Pooley had not been in good health for some years, but was able to be about and on the Saturday preceding her death she spent several hours down town with her sister at Dubuque. She was a loving wife and mother and was devoted to her home. Many friends and relatives will mourn her untimely demise and extent their sympathy to her son, Robert, who has been bereft of both his father and mother within a few months. For Mrs. Pooley it too can be truly said the world is better for her having lived.

JOHN POOLEY - an old resident of Scales Mound, died at 2:30 Wednesday morning, of heart disease, with which he had been ailing for a long time. He was a brother of Mrs. Sarah Gundry, who lived but a mile or two from his home and whose death occurred less than forth-eight hours before, at 4 o’clock Monday afternoon. Her death was caused by dropsy. Mr. Pooley and Mrs. Gundry were members of a family of nine brothers and sisters, all of whom came to this country from Cornwall, England, in their youth and settled in Scales Mound township. Three of the brothers and one sister are now dead and the following still reside in Scales Mound Township: Robert, Richard, Henry and William Pooley, and Mrs. Newton Smart. Mr. Pooley was 76 years of age and had lived in Scales Mound since 1848. He leaves a wife, whom he had married in his native country, and seven children. Of four sons William H. lives at Forreston, IL, James at Scales Mound, John at Lohrville, Iowa, and Thomas, the youngest, lives at home. The three daughters are Mrs. Mary Bausman of Scales Mound, Mrs. Jane Gundry of Warren, and Ella E., who is unmarried. The funeral will take place from his late residence Friday at 10:30 o’clock. Services will be held at the Mt. Zion church and burial will be made in the Scales Mound cemetery. The funeral of Mrs. Gundry was held this forenoon. She was 68 years old and leaves a family of four sons and two daughters.
Contributed by Holly Van't Land

JOHN H. POOLEY - News has been received here of the death of John H. Pooley on Tuesday morning at his home in Chicago. The many old-time Galena friends of the decedent will be deeply pained to learn of his demise. For many years Mr. Pooley conducted a photograph gallery over the Merchant’s National Bank and his residence was on what is now Park avenue on the East Side. Mr. Pooley was born in England, Aug. 12, 1843, and came to Council Hill township in this county with his parents when five years of age. He resided there for four years after which he became a resident of Scales Mound township where he grew to man’s estate. When the civil war broke out Mr. Pooley inlisted as a member of Co. E, 96th Vol. Infantry and served his county with gallantry and distinction for three years. He was honorably mustered out on June 18, 1865. He participated in the great battles of Chicamauga, Kenesaw Mountain, Dallas, Resaca, and many others of note. In the fall of 1874 he came to Galena and on Oct. 7th of that year was united in marriage with Miss Esther Vipond, who died in 1877. To this union one child was born, William V. Pooley, who is still living. Later in life Mr. Pooley was again married and is survived by his wife. For a number of years past his home has been in Chicago. He was a man who always was held in the highest regard by all who had the pleasure of his acquaintance and his old soldier comrades in this county will be sorry to learn of his death. He is also survived by one son who resides with his mother in Chicago.
Contributed by Holly Van't Land - Galena Daily Gazette, 3 FEB 1904

MARY POOLEY - Died at her residence at Mt. Zion, near Scales Mound, on Thursday morning, March 28th, Mrs. Mary Pooley, aged 87 years. The funeral took place on Sunday, March 31st, from the Mt. Zion M.E. Church and was very largely attended by relatives and friends, a number from this city being present. The deceased was loved and honored by all who knew her. The funeral services were conducted by the Rev. F. F. Farmiloe, pastor of the Scales Mound M.E. Church, who preached an eloquent and impressive sermon from the words "All the days of my appointed time will I wait till my change come," the subject being immortality of the soul. Mrs. Pooley was born in Crowan, Cornwall county, England, and came to this country with her family in 1850, and settled near Scales Mound, where she has since resided. She was a consistent and exemplary member of the Methodist Church for thirty years. The deceased leaves eight children, six sons and two daughters to mourn her loss, besides thirty-six grandchildren and four great grand children. All living in this county. The pallbearers were all her grandsons, the oldest one from each family of her married children.
Contributed by Holly Van't Land - Galena Daily Gazette, April 4, 1878

RAYMOND T. POOLEY - a man known to you all, and known to hundreds more in Galena and surrounding country, has finished his course, his earthly life has suddenly ended, and his spirit returned unto God who gave it. His passing was quick like the snuffing out of a candle. Apparently the end came without warming. When the physician reached his bedside life had fled. He was born near Scales Mound, Ill, Oct. 27, 1885, and died at his home on South Bench St. Galena 1:00 o’clock early Wednesday morning, Aug. 29, 1929. For some time before his death Mr. Pooley was not quite in his usual health, yet he kept on his duties to the very last, thinking that his ailments were slight and would soon pass away. An hour or two before his death, he met the late trains according to custom, conveyed two passengers to their destination, returned to his home and retired. Shortly afterward, the end came without a struggle, his death being caused by leakage of the heart. Thirty-seven of his yers were spent on a farm in this vicinity, and seven in Galena where he operated a taxi-cab, and bus service line. Mr. Pooley was a man of striking and symmetrical physical proportions, a man who arrested attention everywhere. With all, ever friendly and courteous, well liked by all who knew him, and always ready to inconvenience himself for the convenience of others. He made friends far and wide and his passing from our midst will be sadly felt. His home life was ideal. Ray T. Pooley was an affectionate and considerate husband and a kind father. His loss in the home can never be replaced. He first united with the Methodist Episcopal church in Scales Mound, and on moving to Galena, transferred his membership there. His business kept him away from public worship much of the time, but as opportunity presented, he with his wife and son came to the sanctuary. He is survived by wife Mrs. Hazel Grove Pooley, and son Robert Raymond, also by his mother, Mrs. Anna Pooley, and sister, Mrs. Alma Wilcox of Scales Mound. This beloved husband, father, son, brother, and friend, has gone from us never more to return, but he is not dead - his spirit has returned to God who gave it. The funeral sermon at the Methodist Episcopal Church, Scales Mound was preached by the Rev. Dr. T. Atkey Brewster of Galena. It was based on words found in Psalm 39:4-5.
Contributed by Holly Van't Land - probably from the Galena Gazette

SAMPSON POOLEY - News has been received here of the death of Sampson Pooley, who passed away at hi s home one mile north of the village of Scales Mound at 2 o?clock Wednesday morning. The dece ased had been suffering from a complication of diseases, but the immediate cause of his deat h was pneumonia. Sampson Pooley was born in Cornwall, England, and at the time of his death w as aged about 60 years. He immigrated to this country in 1849. A wife, three sons and one dau ghter survive him. The daughter is married and resides in Kansas, two sons reside in Scales M ound, and the other is a minister in Chicago. The funeral will take place at 1 o?clock Satur day, from the family residence. The interment will be made in the Scales Mound cemetery.
Word Connect Rootsweb / Dawna

HARRY POSEY - He was born Feb. 26, 1902 in Stockton township and was a son of Ransom and Mary Gertrude Posey. He was married to Mabel Endriss in 1922. Later he married Hilda Smith in Cedar Lake, Ind., on Aug 25, 1956. Harry was widely-known and respected. He was a hardworking man and farmed six miles northwest of Stockton in Rush township. For the past 25 years he was owner and operator of a limestone and rock quarry there. Besides his wife, he leaves three sons; Robert of Stockton; Norman, Rockford and Charles, Dakota; five daughters: Mrs. Emerson (Dorothy) Collins, Dakota; Mrs. Earl (Ruth) Pearson and Mrs. Delbert (Barbara) Carley, both of Freeport; Mrs. Mary Jane Busch, Phoenix, Arizona, and Mrs. Delmar (Carolyn) Niemann, Apple River; six step-children, including Kathryn Smith at home, 26 grandchildren; five step-granchildren; two brothers, Herbert of Stockton and Theodore of Lincoln, IL.; and a sister, Mrs. Gertrude Hess of Stockton. The funeral was held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Hermann Funeral Home. The Rev. Arnold G. Raabe, past of Christ Lutheran church, officiated. Herbert Hill sang "In the Garden" and "Beyond the Sunset", Mrs. Clyde Hermann accompanying. Burial was in the Ladies Union cemetery, casket bearers being Manual Arnold, Jack Schutt, Burrell Bradshaw, Charles Breed, Glenn Mapes and Gardia Hodgen.
Contributed by Janet Tabores - Find-A-Grave - The Stockton Herald News, Stockton, IL Jan. 24, 1963

HILDA ELIZABETH POSEY - 85, of Forreston died Tuesday, Aug. 12, 1997, at University of Wisconsin Hospitals in Madison. Daughter of Reinhold and Elise - as spelled in obit - (Fernsteadt) Krupke, she was born May 12, 1912, in Wayne Township, Lafayette County, Wis. Lee Smith, whom she married July 1, 1929, died previously. On Aug. 25, 1956, she and Harry Posey were married. He died in 1963. She farmed with her husband in JoDaviess, Ogle and Stephenson counties. Surviving her are two daughters, Irene (Clyde) Havens of Elizabeth and Kathryn ( LeVerne) Duitsman of Forreston; three sons, LeRoy Smith of Freeport, and Robert (Judy) Smith and Alvin (Loralee) Smith, both of Lena; s son-in-law, Carson Tipton of Stockton; 26 grandchildren, 51 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren. Survivors also include six stepchildren and their families; three sisters, Anna Wolfe and Helen (Martin) Millerschone, both of Stockton, and Elsie Brinkmeier of Warren; and four brothers, Karl (Helen) Krupke of Winslow, Elmer (Cecile) Krupke of Lena and Ed (Florence) Krupke and Melvin (Jeanette) Krupke, both of Stockton. In addition to her husbands, she was preceded in death by one daughter, Alice Tipton, her friend, Alva Boelkes and two stepchildren. Burial will be in Ladies Union Cemetery at Stockton.
Contributed by Karen Fyock -

ROBERT ROSS POTTER , age 82, of Elizabeth, Illinois, died Monday, February 13, 2006 at home. Funeral services will be held 10:00 a.m. Thursday, February 16, 2006 at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Hanover, Illinois. Burial will be in the Elizabeth Cemetery, Elizabeth, IL. Visitation will be held from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, February 12, 2006 at the Law-Jones Funeral Home, Elizabeth. A Memorial fund has been established in Robert’s name. Robert was born January 30, 1924 in Hanover Township, the son of Ross and Ione (Ehredt) Potter. He attended the Black Country School and graduated from Hanover High School, Class of 1941. On June 26, 1950, Robert married Shirley Vandervate at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Hanover, Illinois. Robert served in the United States Army during the Korean War. Robert farmed near Rodden, rural Elizabeth. He was a 30-year Trustee for Elizabeth Township, a former member and past President of the Elizabeth School Board and a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church and the Church Council. He enjoyed gardening and woodworking; most of all Robert loved and enjoyed his family, especially his grandchildren. Robert will be deeply missed by his wife, Shirley; two sons, Dennis (Phyllis) Potter of Stockton, IL and Duane (Terri) Potter of Elizabeth; six grandchildren, Robert (Becky) Potter of Pearl City, IL; Jennifer (Jason) Barklow of Pearl City, Troy Potter of Woodridge, IL, and Niel, Blake and Cory Potter, all of Elizabeth; three great grandchildren, Randy Potter, Brent and Burgundy Barklow; and two sisters, Arletta (Gene) Maeder of Galena, IL and Alberta Mercer of Massbach, IL. Robert was preceded in death by both parents and a brother in-law, Keith Mercer.

ANNA MARIE PRESTON , age 85, of Savanna died Saturday, September 8, 2007 at Mercy Medical Center, Dubuque, Iowa. A Funeral Service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, September 15, 2007 at the Law-Jones Funeral Home, Savanna. Cremation will follow. A visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Friday, September 14, 2007 at the Funeral Home. Ann was born on May 11, 1922 in Stockton, the daughter of Ambrose and Mary Rebecca (Darnill) Hill. Ann went to a Country School near Stockton and then attended Stockton High School. During World War II Ann worked at Savanna Army Depot as an Ammunition Assembler. Ann began her restaurant career at Indian Head Supper Club; she later worked at Kate's Bar and grill, which became Bimm's Tavern. In 1956 she opened her own restaurant "The Track Side" which was near the old Milwaukee Railroad Depot. Ann worked for Graham's Café located in the bottom of the Garment Factory. She owned and operated "Ann's Café" for thirty years retiring in 2001. It was important to Ann that her customers were treated like her family. During her retirement Ann continued to bake homemade confections for special orders, as well as surprising her friends and family. (m-m-m good!) Ann was very fond of her flower gardens, planting unusual varieties and sharing her ideas. She was very honored to have her flower gardens on display in the Savanna Garden Walk. Most of all Ann enjoyed spending time with her family and friends. Ann will be dearly missed by her children, Mary, Martha, Linda, Joseph, and Jeannine; seventeen grandchildren; thirty-two great grandchildren; four great great-grandchildren; a brother; Bob; and two sisters; Virginia and Doris. Both parents; four grandchildren; one sister and three brothers, precede Ann in death.

SARAH (STAHLMAN) PRICE , 86, wife of Jacob Price of Nora died Sunday afternoon while en route in an ambulance to a hospital in Freeport. She had suffered a heart attack. Formerly Sarah Stahlman, was born in Union County PA and came to IL when a young woman. She is survived by her husband. Burial at Crossroads cemetery near Nora (Cemetery is in Stephenson County) .
Freeport Journal Standard 25 April 1938

SOPHIA (STADEL) PRICE of Apple River passed away at the Ennis hospital at Shullsburg Wisc. Sunday morning (15 May 1938). She was born in Thomson IL 57 years ago next Monday. She is survived by her husband, one daughter Mrs. Elmer Loewe of Apple River and the following brothers and sisters: William & Paul Stadel, Mrs. J.C. Winters and Mrs. Minnie Baus of Scales Mound; Mrs. H.F. Bastian of Apple River; Edward Stadel of Elizabeth; Charles living at Stockton, Alfred of Schapsville. One brother George precededher. Funeral services will be Tuesday at the home of her sistre Mrs. Minnnie Baus in Scales Mound and at 2 p.m. at the Presbyterian Church of that city.

EVALINA AUGUSTA (MORRIS) PULFREY , was born to Stephan Arnold Douglas Morris and Maude Evelyne Veronica May Morse in Jo Daviess County, Illinois, Jan. 31, 1885. At an early age she moved with her parents to Inwood, Ia., where she lived until her marriage Jan. 30, 1903 to Charles Townsend Pulfrey of Claremont. She has lived near Claremont since her marriage. She is survived by her husband and nine children; Wallace of Rossford, Ore.; Mrs Leora Thompson of Kelso, Wash.; Charles, Jr. of Claremont; Phillip of Aberdeen, SD; Mrs Joe Corliss of Hillsboro, Ore.; Mrs. Fred Corliss of Beaverton, Ore.; Pvt. Louis Pulfrey of Drew Field, Fla.; and Scott of Claremont. One son died in infancy. All the children were here for the funeral except Louis. Burial was at the Detroit cemetery, Brown county, SD.
Contributed by Linda Harms

IRVIN PULFREY , better known as "Mose", died at Savanna City hospital at 1:40 a.m. Monday after being hospitalized one day. He had been in poor health for three years and was 66. He was born in Stockton township Aug. 17, 1886, the son of Weston and Nellie Eustice Pulfrey, and married Edith Mae Kipplinger at Freeport Jan. 20, 1909. After farming for a time they lived in Freeport and late in Savanna. She passed away Feb. 7, 1950. His stepmother is Mrs. Amelia Pulfrey. There were 10 children born to Irvin and Edith; edward, Charles, Robert, Ward, Calvin, and Irvin; Nellie, Frances, Ruth and Betty. A sister is deceased. Services took place Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. in Hermann funeral home, Rev. R.R. Heidenreich officiating, and interment was at Woodbine cemetery.
Contributed by Linda Harms

Stockton's Last Civil War Soldier Dies At Home In Country\On Saturday

Weston Pulfrey, who fought with the Union forces during the Civil War, joined his commanders on the other shore Saturday. Although past 90, he frequently came to town from his home near Stockton Center and was a familiar figure on the streets. He was sturdy and well preserved but time took it's toll the latter part of the week when he was laid low by a stroke which terminated in his death. The recent death of Jacob Nading and that of Mr. Pulfrey completely wipes out the Civil War Veterans in this section. Weston Pulfrey, son of John and Ann Weston Pulfrey, was born Dec. 4, 1842 at Harlaxton, Lincolnshire, England and passed away at Stockton, Illinois at the ripe old age of 90 years, 9 months and 19 days.

He came to this country when but a boy, first making his home at New Milford, Ill. and later, at the age of 10 years, he came to Stockton and has resided in this community until his death. He enlisted with the 75th Ill. Infantry, Co. H.. Aug.22, 1862 and served faithfully until he was discharged July 5, 1865 at Indianapolis. Mr. Pulfrey was one of the guard of honor over the body of Abraham Lincoln while it lay in state at Springfield following his assassination in April, 1865. He was united in marriage Sept. 26, 1876 to Nellie Eustice. To this marriage was born two children, one daughter, who died in infancy, and one son, Irving W. His wife passed away March 13, 1894 and he was again united in marriage to Amelia Garner, March 22, 1909. He leaves to mourn his departure his widow, one son and 10 Grandchildren and many friends and neighbors. The funeral was held at the Methodist church Monday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock.
Contributed by Linda Harms

WILLIAM PULFREY was born in Lincolnshire, England, Jan., 18, 1835, and died at Stockton, Illinois May 21, 1918, aged 83 years, 4 months and 3 days. When ten years of age, he came with his parents to America and settled near Rockford; where they lived for thirteen years; moving in 1857 to Stockton Center. In 1862 he was married to Emily A. Bourne, also of Stockton. One year later they bought a farm adjoining his father's place and built a home in which they lived for fifty years, celebrating their golden wedding anniversaty in 1912.

Soon after their marriage they joined the Wesleyan Methodist church at Mt. Juliet, at which time Mr. Pulfrey was baptized by immersion. For the remainder of his life he retained his membership in this church, to which his wife still belongs. Five years ago they sold the farm and bought a residence in the city of Stockton where they have since lived. Besides his wife he leaves to mourn his loss a son and daughter and one brother, namel: J.S.Pulfrey, of Garner, Iowa; Mrs Annie Mordick, of Hampton, Iowa, and Weston Pulfrey of Stockton.

He lived a consistent Christian life, and died at a ripe old age, fully believing in the atoning blood of Jesus. In his last conscious hours, he tried to give evidence of this faith by singing the words of an old favorite hymn. A short service, conducted by Rev. D. W. Bond, was held at the house Thursday afternoon at two o'clock. Further services were held at the house Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock. Further services were held at the Nazarene church, Rev. A. J> Laird assisted by Rev. Roy Crocker, officiating. A fitting message was given on the subject: "Does Jesus Care?" The text was taken from John 11:35-Jesus wept Interment was in the Ladies Union Cemetery.
Contributed by Linda Harms