Transcribed by Nancy Piper unless otherwise noted
Mrs. Deborah Adams
The Ottawa Free Trader, Ottawa, Illinois, January 8, 1847
Died, Nov. 19, 1846 at the residence of Dr. R. F. Adams, Lee county, Ills., Deborah, his wife, of a disease of the heart and lungs. Printers in Vermont, Massachusetts and Connecticut, will please copy.
Died - Wednesday, June 5, 1895, at about four o'clock, Orville A. Andrews, one of the oldest settlers in Troy Grove, passed away, after an illness that extended over the period of about a year, the latter two months of which was passed in bed. Mr. Andres was born in Connecticut*, June 12, 1819 and married Marry A. Winter, Nov 6, 1846, moving to Troy Grove. Mr. Andrews also held the office of school treasurer for eight years, when the fund amounted to some $13,000. He had nine children by his first wife. Luther, Alpharetta, Orange, George, Lewis, Martha, Arta, William and Sherman, of whom all are living except Martha who died in 1858. His first wife died in 1867 and in 1869 he married Miss H. F. Edwards and two children, Cora and Orville, were the result of this union. Mr. Andrew was a man of decided character, just and exact to all, and in his death Troy Grove loses one of its best citizens, and the wife and children a kind husband and father. The funeral services take place today at the Troy Grove Baptist church at 11 a.m. Rev Hamilton of this city will officicate.
* Hand written note says Massachusetts - not Connecticut.
TAKEN FROM THE HENRY REPUBLICAN
September 29, 1870 - General News
The funeral of Burton Ayers, one of the pioneers of LaSalle county, was attended by an immense concourse of
people at LaSalle. The deceased surveyed and named the city of Peru.
Barbara Ann (Shaffer) Beck
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor
The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois
December 24, 1998 - Thursday, pg A2
BARBARA ANN (Shaffer) BECK - 45, of Leland, died Wednesday, Dec. 23, 1998, at Good Samaritan Hospital, Downer's Grove. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Turner Funeral home, Somonauk, with Father William Virtue officiating. Burial will be at Leland Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2-6 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Mrs. Beck was born Jan. 8, 1953, in DeKalb, the daughter of Earl and Melba (Lamb) Shaffer. She graduated from Sandwich high School in 1971. She married Robert Beck on Oct. 23, 1976, in Earlville. He survives. She was employed in the cafeteria at Sandwich Hospital, CTS Knights, Sandwich, and was currently employed by Wal-Mart, Plano. She enjoyed sewing dolls and doll clothing for her daughters.
Survivors include two daughters, Ami Beck and Jodi Beck, both at home; her parents, Earl and Melbe Shaffer of Sandwich; paternal grandmother, Adelphia Strickland of Sandwich; a sister, Brenda Mabe of Sandwich; a brother, Earl "Sonny" Shaffer of Sandwich; and many friends.
She was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Hattie and Hubert Lamb; paternal grandfather, Mark Shaffer; and step-grandfather, James Strickland
Mrs. I. N. Beem
TAKEN FROM THE HENRY REPUBLICAN
December 17, 1874
Died at Ottawa, Dec. 3, Mrs. I. N. Beem, aged 37 years, sister of William Clarkson, formerly of this city.
Delia Maria Beidleman
TAKEN FROM THE HENRY REPUBLICAN
November 25, 1869
Died at New Rutland, Nov. 16, after a short illness, Delia Maria, daughter of Dr. R. D. and Elizabeth Beidleman, aged 1 year and 9 months.
April 25, 1867
At Mendota, April 10, after a protracted illness, Mrs Susan Blakeslee, wife of Joseph Blakeslee, formerly of this city, age 36 years.
May 2, 1867
It is our sorrowful duty to record one more vacant chair, one more of earth s gone to the land beyond. Mrs.
Joseph Blakeslee, well known to many of our people from her long residence in Henry died April 10, at Mendota at
the age of 36. She was a woman of many marked Christian qualities and excellencies and highly esteemed by all who
knew her. She has been sick a long time and has patiently waited the time for the approach of the transition chair
to bear her hence. She leaves behind a husband, three children and a host of loving and sympathizing friends to
repair to meet her in the spiritual world. Just before her death she gave directions that all that sadness and
gloom annually thrown around the coffin and the grave should be relieved as much as possible by whatever cheerfulness
and sunshine could be imparted to the scene. No crepe should be displayed, no dirges sung, whatever voice should
be uttered over the worn out body she would cast aside, should be a note of praise as death would be gain and the
old material be supplanted by the spiritual in the land she was about to enter. Her dying request was for all to
be ready as she summons.
TAKEN FROM THE HENRY REPUBLICAN, HENRY, IL
March 6, 1873
The announcement of the death of Mrs. C. A. Bowen of Mendota, wife of Col. E. A. Bowen, is one of those few losses seriously felt in a community. A long personal acquaintance with the deceased, enables us to testify to her virtues and high appreciation in the community and church of which she was a member. A good wife, mother and a friend of the poor has gone to her reward.
Decatur Daily Republican (Decatur, Illinois) > 1891 > August > 12
Gustuv Breining of Peru, a member of the LaSalle county board of supervisors, was instantly killed by lightning at Rand s Grove Sunday, where a picnic was in progress.
Mrs. Mary Ann Brown
Contributed by Bill Brown
Streator Daily Free Press
Saturday, June 3, 1899
Death of an Old Settler
Mrs. Mary Ann Brown died last night at the home of her granddaughter, Mrs. Bert Mackey, northwest of the city,
at the advanced age of 91 years and five months. Mrs. Brown was one of the old settlers of Illinois, coming here
from Claremont County, Ohio in 1838. She and her husband (Robert Brown) and family left Cincinnati on a steamboat,
landing at Lacon. They settled on a farm near Wenona, Marshall County, where they resided until 1846, when they
moved to Newtown Township, Livingston County. There the husband died in August 1853, and was buried in Phillips
Cemetery. Mrs. Brown is survived by six sons James of Newtown; Alexander of Henry; G. M. of Sumner, MO, and William;
Ezekiel and Alonzo, of Streator. William is in the hospital at present suffering from a wound received in the war.
The funeral services will be held Monday at 10 o clock, conducted by Rev Mackey, and the remains will be interred
by the side of her husband in Phillips Cemetery.
Taken from the Marshall County Republican Newspaper, Henry, IL
February 7, 1867
Death by Falling of a Tree
A sad accident occurred at Rutland last week, which resulted in the death of George Brunner, a young man about
23 years of age. He went into the timber to cut wood, a short distance from the house, and not coming home at the
usual time towards night, the wife became alarmed and asked some neighbors to go in search for him, when they found
him dead in the woods. The apparent case of his death seemed to be, that he undertook to fell a leaning tree,
and commenced chopping it on the upper side, when a portion split off and was hurled into the air with great force,
and as it came down struck Mr. B. a severe blow between the hip and spine, which knocked him down, but afterward
must have regained his feet, and walked some 200 rods towards the house, when he again fell, and after a little
exertion, gave up and expired. He was an industrious man, beloved by all, and had been married about a year.
His funeral, in spite of the severe weather, was very large.
Mrs. Mary Carter
The Ottawa Free Trader, October 31, 1845
Died on Indian Creek, on Tuesday evening last, Mrs. Mary Carter, consort of Sylvester Carter, aged 33 years and 8 months; formerly from Newark, N.Y. In her the church has lost a worthy member and her numerous relatives a beloved friend.
September 19, 1867
Died at Ottawa, September 10, Emily, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. M. Clarkson, age 17 months.
Earlville Gazette, 28 February 1873
Contributed by Charles Brummel
In Earlville, Feb. 24th, Sarah E.,wife of Sylvester Cook, aged 41. Mrs. Cook was born in 1832, and was the eldest child in a large and much respected family. Her parents removed to this place, which was afterward named Earlville by her Mother, when she was about a year old. Her marriage with Mr. Cook occurred in 1849. Funeral at the house yesterday; sermon by Mr. Barnes; burial deferred until today for the coming of her Father and Brothers.
Earlville Gazette, 7 March 1873
MRS. SARAH E. COOK, wife of Sylvester Cook, and daughter of Mr. Charles H. Sutphen, was born in Boston, Mass., 1832. In 1833 the family removed to this place, and were among the earliest settlers of Earl. Mrs. Cook was the oldest of eleven children, four of whom are with the mother in the better land. Mr. and Mrs. Cook were married in 1849 and have lived happily together for nearly a quarter of a century.
Mrs. Cook was blessed with a very happy disposition, and in all the routine of domestic duties, she was always the devoted wife and mother. As a neighbor and friend she was extensively known and beloved. Her death, though sudden and unexpected, found her prepared for the separation,and after bidding her family adieu and consigning her infant to the care of her eldest daughter, she quietly, without a struggle or a murmer, resigned her spirit to the God who gave it. May the mantle of her virtues rest upon her family, and may the gospel of peace and love sustain them. -- S. M. B.
Contributed by Charles Brummel
TAKEN FROM THE HENRY REPUBLICAN, HENRY, IL
October 2, 1873
At Compseth Terrace, Montreal, Canada, Sept. 15, John Dalton, aged 80 years, father of Fred D. Dalton, Esq.,
editor of the Streator Monitor.
MRS. RAYMOND DINGES (60) (nee Setchell)
Mrs. Raymond (Ellice P.) Dinges, 60, of Sublette, principal of the Sublette Elementary School, died at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, April 16 in Mendota Community Hospital where she was admitted earlier that day. Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Monday in Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, Sublette, with the Rev. Philip Bajo officiating. Burial was in St. Mary's Cemetery. Pallbearers were Robert Setchell, Gary Setchell, James Bankes, Delmar Dinges, Bruce Dinges and Donald Stephenitch. Visitation was after 7 p.m. Saturday at the Schwartz Funeral Home with the scripture service at 8 p.m. Sunday. Ellice Dinges, nee Setchell, was born June 7, 1909 in Mendota, the daughter of Webb H. and Margaret Pohl Setchell. She married Raymond Dinges Feb. 27, 1935 in Sublette. Surviving are her husband; one son, Donald of Sublette, three grandchildren; two brothers, George Setchell, Sublette and Webster Setchell of Ottawa; and one sister, Mrs. John (Faith) Ferguson of Wheaton. Her parents preceded her in death. Mrs. Dinges was a member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, Sublette and St. Anne's society of the church. She was also a member of the Sublette Fire Bells, Sublette PTA, Modern Matrons, National Education Association, Northern Illinois Reading Council, International Reading Council, Delta Kappa Gamma, International Education Honor Society and the Thespians of DeKalb. She was a retired village clerk, past president of the Rock River Division of the Illinois Education Association, past president of the Lee County Teachers Association and past president of the Amboy Education Association. - Contributed by Pat Esterday
Taken from: Mendota Reporter, Thursday, April 23, 1970, Page 8 - Col. 3 - 4
donated by Tracey Ristau-MacLeod
January 3, 1947
Joseph Dornbusch Dies in Hospital; Services Monday
Joseph Dornbusch, 78, retired M, & H. Zinc company employee, died at 11:15 p. m. Friday in St. Mary's hospital, La Salle, where he had been a patient since Thursday afternoon His residence was at 824 Joliet at La Salle.
Born in Peru, M. Dornbusch was a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Dornbusch. He lived In Peru until he reached manhood, moving from Peru to La Salle.
He was married to Augusta Grothe who survives him. After living In La Salle for many years, he was transferred to Danville by the Zinc Company about 15 years ago and lived there until his retirement in 1944.
Surviving, in addition to his widow, are three children, Mrs. Leo O'Connell, Rt. 2, La Salle, Henry, Pueblo, Colorado and Edward of Milbank, S. D. Three grandchildren also survive as well as a sister, Miss Anne Dornbusch, and a brother Jake, both of La Salle.
Mrs. Dornbusch was to be brought home by her son and daughter from Joliet today where she had undergone a minor operation on her eye. Both Sons have arrived here to attend the funeral.
Friends may call at the Walsh funeral home after 7 o'clock tonight. The funeral will be
held Monday morning from the funeral home. The cortege to leave' about 8:45 a. m.and proceed to St. Patrick's
Catholic church, La Salle, where a mass will be said at 9 o'clock: Interment will be in St. Vincent's cemetery.
John Duffy, a prominent farmer of Ottawa township, died Saturday morning, March 1, (1913) at his home five miles northwest of Ottawa of pneumonia. The deceased, who was a man held in the highest regard by his many friends and acquaintances, was a native of Ottawa township, where he was born fifty-two years ago. He was married to Miss Margaret Lucey a little over a quarter of a century ago, in this city. He is survived by his wife and the following children: Charles Duffy, Clarence Duffy, Walter Duffy, and Misses Marie and Florence Duffy, all of whom reside at home. James Duffy, who resides near him is a brother. The funderal services were held at 10 o'clock Monday morning at St. Patrick's church, conducted by Rev. M. A. Quirk. Interment was made in St. Columba cemetery.
Ottawa Fair Dealer, March 14, 1913
Transcribed and submitted by Nan Lambert Starjak.
Submitter's note: John's first marriage was to Lizzie McGeary.
DELLA A. (Wheeler) GILLETTE EARICH
The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois
March 6, 1961 - Monday, pg 2 col 1
Mrs. Della A. Earich Dies; Rites In Mendota
Funeral arrangements are being completed at the Merritt Funeral Home in Mendota for Mrs. Della A. Earich, 75, who had been residing at 1511 1st Avenue, Rock Falls in the home of her son Charles (Jay) Gillette, where she passed away Sunday afternoon.
Mrs. Earich was born Jan. 1, 1866 in Elkland, Mo., the daughter of Newton and Rejina Wheeler. She attended school in Elkland, Mo. On Aug. 12, 1909 she was united in marriage to Franklyn Gillette and then the couple moved to Mendota to make their home where she spent most of her life. After the death of Mr. Gillette she was united in marriage to Ebert Earich and the couple continued to live in Mendota until his death.
At the age of 13, she joined the Pleasant View Methodist Church where she had been very active teaching Sunday School Classes until her failing health would no longer permit.
She is survived by three sons, Newton of Sycamore; Charles (Jay) of Rock Falls and Clinton, of Clearwater, Fla.; one half sister, Mrs. Mabel Hiensroth of Mendota; one sister, Mrs. Rejina Salaman of Marshfield, Mo.; two brothers, Lee Wheeler of Elkland, Mo., and Charles, of Marshfield, Mo.; seven grandchildren; 10 stepgrandchildren, two great grandchildren and 20 step great grandchildren. She was preceded by her parents and both husbands.
The body was removed from the Wheelock-Allen Funeral Home in Rock Falls to the Merritt Funeral Home in Mendota where services are tentatively set for Thursday afternoon pending word from the son in Florida. Burial will be in Restland Cemetery at Mendota. - Contributed by Melva Taylor
Back Page, June 24, 1943
Dies At Lostant
George E. Eberly, 63, Lostant Mail Carrier for 30 years and stepfather of principle Wade Eberly of Wenona High
School, formerly of Hennepin died suddenly at his home Monday morning, June 24, 1943 from a heart attack. He had
been in ill health for some months, though he was still active as a mail carrier. A life-long resident of Lostant,
he is survived by his wife and step-son. He was secretery of the Rural Mail Carrier's Association of LaSalle County,
past Master of Masonic Lodge Number 870 at Lostant and worthy patron of the O.E.S.
James Emmet Fanning
The Ottawa Free Trader, Ottawa, Illinois, March 10, 1848
Died in Ottawa, on the 5th inst., James Emmet, son of Edward and Catharine Fanning, aged 2years and 9 days.
TAKEN FROM THE HENRY REPUBLICAN, HENRY, IL
October 13, 1870
Died near Tonica, Oct. 5, of typhoid fever, Maria J., wife of John Foster, and mother of Charles and William Everette of this city, aged 54 years, 8 months and 3 days.
The Death of Mrs. Foster
Mrs. Maria Foster, whose death it is our painful duty to announce, was a native of Ohio, from which state she and her husband, Dr. Everett, came to Illinois in 1838 and settled at Hennepin, being among the early settlers in that locality, and at which place they continued to reside until the doctor’s death, and for nearly five years after, when she was married to John Foster, and for most of a period of 22 years, they resided on the Foster homestead at the end of the turnpike, opposite Henry, though for the fast five or six years they lived near Toulon (Tonica?); at which place she ended life’s fitful journey a few days since.
Mrs. Foster was a woman of much refinement of manner, possessing rare social qualities, and best of all, a christian. The natural cheerfulness of her disposition, and her love for an active, industrious life, rendered her a model woman for the rugged surroundings of a new country. Ever ready by counsel, or act, to render the kind offices of a sympathetic motherly nature, she endeared herself to many in those early times, who still cherish the kindest regards for her memory, not that she is gone, and the remaining few of that by gone period, who survive her, will shed the sympathetic tear as they realize that their number is one less.
She was the mother of eight children by her first marriage (and one by the last), all of whom died quite young,
except the two sons Charles and William Everett of this city. Her days were spared to see these settled in life,
surrounded by their families, established in business, and recognizing the claims of a religious life, and then,
at the summons of her Maker, she answered the call without an expression of regret, beyond that of a natural desire
to be with the loved ones living. Prepared by a life of practical piety, and active charity, and with the assurance
that the future was all bright and glorious, she rests from life’s labors, leaving for her children, and aged companion,
and friends, a rich legacy in the precious memories that cluster around the departure of the good for a brighter
world above. She was buried at Lostant, to which place a large concourse of friends and relatives followed in mourning
Taken From the Hennepin Tribune, Hennepin, IL
February 5, 1858
We learn from a La Salle Journal that a man named Daniel Frowley, aged about 25 years, was drowned in the Illinois river opposite that place Sunday last. He leaves no family.
OWEN CHARLES FOX, III
Submitted by Kristy Gravin
Because I have connections in Forest Grove, OR, this obituary came to me. I thought it possible that the LaSalle list would be interested in knowing this long ago-and-out-there-somewhere resident had passed away. The sender forgot to note the newspaper, but it must be either the Forest Grove, OR, Times or the Portland paper, The Oregonian. I would think that is is today s paper...thus 4/2/2009. -- Kristy Gravin
Owen C. Fox, III, 65, a longtime resident of the Forest Grove community, died Wednesday morning, April 1, 2009 at his home. A Celebration of Owen s Life will be held on Sunday, April 5, 2009 at 3:00 P.M. at the Taylor-Meade Performing Arts Center, McCready Hall, 2014 Cedar Street in Forest Grove, Oregon, with the Father William Holtzinger of St. Anthony s Parish in Forest Grove officiating. Burial Rites and Interment will precede the Celebration at 1:00 P.M. to be held at the Mt. View Memorial Gardens, 499 Watercrest Road in Forest Grove, Oregon.
Family and friends are invited to attend a reception immediately following the ceremony at the Pacific University, University Center.
OWEN CHARLES FOX, III was born July 31, 1943 in Lake Forest, Illinois, where his father was stationed at the Great Lakes Naval base. He was the son of the late Owen Charles Fox, II, and Ruth Mercedes (Butcher) Fox. He was raised and received his education in Ottawa, Illinois. Upon his high school graduation he attended St. Procopius College in Illinois, receiving a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics; the Western Illinois University, where he received a Master s of Science degree; and finally the University of Portland, where he pursued his Master in Student Services Administration. Owen found his first employment as a mathematics teacher and counselor at St. Viator High School in Arlington Heights, Illinois, where he served for 3 years.
He was united in marriage to Joann Marie Schuster on June 2, 1979 in Joliet, Illinois. Following their marriage they resided in Ottawa, Illinois, where he worked as a part-time counselor/advisor for incoming students at Illinois Valley Community College. In 1987, when they moved to Portland, Oregon, he was Resident Manager of Commonwealth Property Management Services for 2 years. They lived in Portland for four years, until February of 1991 when they moved to the Forest Grove community, where he has resided since. Owen was preceded in death by his wife, Joann, on June 23, 1999 in Forest Grove, Oregon, after celebrating twenty years of marriage together.
While living in Ottawa, Illinois, he served as a counselor at Marquette High School for sixteen years. Owen met his wife there. Joann was the Girl s Athletic Director. After moving to the Forest Grove community, Owen worked for Pacific University as an Operations Manager for 2 years, then as the Assistant Director of the University Center until 1991, when he became Director of Conference Services. Starting in 1992 he also served as Coordinator of Non-academic Facilities for 6 years. Owen then served 2 years as Director of the Pacific Information Center while continuing as Director of Conference Services and Coordinator of University Facilities Scheduling. He then became Director of Student Development and Training in 2000 and a year later became the Professional Programs Liaison and the Health & Safety Manager. All in all, he served Pacific University for nineteen years, until he retired because of ill health.
Owen became an advisor in 1993 to the NHOH Club (Na Haumana O Hawaii) and remained actively involved in the Club until his passing. He also worked extensively with the Greek Life Club at Pacific University and the Student Government, PUCC. Owen was an honorary member of the NRHA (National Residence Hall Association). For several years prior to moving to Oregon, Owen was involved in travels with many Drum and Bugle Corps. throughout the U.S.
Among his special interests he enjoyed music, videos, reading, garage sales, photography and traveling, especially to Hawaii and the Oregon Coast.
Owen was preceded in death by his parents. Survivors include his brother and sister-in-law, Paul and Laurie Fox, of Rantoul, Illinois; and their children, Paula, Paul Jr., Brandon, Michael, and Patrick. Also surviving are four grandnephews and his special friends Denise Giesbers of Forest Grove; Edna K. Gehring of Beaverton, and Peter J. Erschen of Forest Grove.
The family suggests that remembrances may be contributions to the Hawaiian Club, c/o Edna Gehring, Pacific University, 2043 College Way, #113, Forest Grove, Oregon, 97116 or to the Bonnie Hayes Small Animal Shelter, 1901 S.E. 24th Avenue, Hillsboro, Oregon 97123-7920, in his memory.
Grimshaw - Vincent Grimshaw, April 18, 1941, beloved husband of the late Pauline, nee Boelter; fond father of
Earl, son of William and the late Edith of LaSalle, Ill., brother of Louis, Charlotte, Helen, and Elmer. At chapel,
4041 W. North ave., until 10 p.m., Saturday, April 19. Interment LaSalle, Ill.
LaSalle, Ill. papers please copy.
Contributed by Colleen Dobrzynski
MRS. FRED GUSTAVSON, 56 (nee Pohl)
Mrs. Fred (Mildred P.) Gustavson, 56, of 1407 Lincoln Ave. died at 5:15 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27, in Mendota Community Hospital where she had been a patient since Wednesday morning. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday in St. John s Lutheran Church with the Rev. Albert Heidmann, pastor, officiating. Burial was in Restland Cemetery. Pallbearers were John Meusel, W. B. Walters, Robert Gillette, Karl Brunner, Paul Mealey and Arthur Unzicker. Visitation was after 2 p.m. Friday and until 11 a.m. Saturday at Merritt s Funeral Home. Mildred Gustavson, nee Pohl, was born April 19, 1912 in Mendota, the daughter of Jacob and Carrie Herman Pohl. She was a graduate of Mendota Township High School with the class of 1930 and of the Katherine Shaw Bethea Hospital School of Nursing at Dixon. She was employed for a number of years as a registered nurse at the former Harris Hospital. On April 29, 1947 she was united in marriage to Fred Gustavson. Surviving are her husband, nieces and nephews. Her parents and an infant son, William Charles, preceded her in death. Mrs. Gustavson was a member of St. John s Lutheran Church and Esther Circle of the ALCW, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary, American Legion Auxiliary, Rebekahs, Eastern Star, Galilee Shrine and Royal Neighbors. She was also a charter member of the Mendota Business and Professional Women s Club and of the Mendota Nurses Club, and held membership in the Fourth District Nurses. - Contributed by Pat Esterday
Taken from: The Mendota Reporter, Thursday, March 6, 1969, Page 8 Col. 5-6
Mrs. Elizabeth Halterman
Mrs. Elizabeth Halterman, 61, Ottawa, died Wednesday morning in Ottawa Community Hospital. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday in the Mueller Funeral Home, Ottawa, with the rev. Ambrose Cunningham officiating. Burial will be in the Oakwood Memorial Park. Elizabeth Halterman was born on Mar. 9, 1922 in Ottawa, the daughter of John and Mae White Eurr. In 1942 she married Louis Halterman in Aurora. He was am ember of St. Patrick s Catholic Church, Otawwa. Surviving are one son, Jerry Ottawa, three grandchildren; one brother, Mathew Furr, Sterling, and one sister, Mrs. Francis (Mary Kathryn) Mettile, Ottawa. Preceding her in death was her husband in 1963 - Contributed by Margaret Mangers
From the Daily Gazette 9 Jun 1983
The Ottawa free trader., February 23, 1844
Death by Drowning
Two gentlemen, named John Hart and __ Sheban, were drowned in the Illinois river, at Peru, on Friday last. They were engaged with a team belonging to Mr. Elliott, and in attempting to cross the river on the ice, met with a watery grave. One of the horses was lost. The bodies of the unfortunate men were recovered next day, and conveyed to the village cemetery, attended by a large number of citizens.
Thomas C. Henning
Front Page, August 22, 1940
Former County Resident Passes
Funeral Services were held yesterday for Thomas C. Henning, 81, retired Tonica farmer and former Putnam County resident, who died early Monday, August 19, 1940 at the St. Margarette hospital, where he had been a patient for a week. He had been in failing health for a year. Reverend T.R. Edgerton, chaplain of the Edwin Hines Veteran's hospital, formerly of Tonica officiated. Burial was in Hope Cemetery in Lostant. A son of John and Jane Henning, pioneet settlers of the Tonica community, he was born on a farm near there in April 1859. The family later moved to Putnam County near Mt. Pallatine. In January 1886, he married Sara Margarette Graham who preceded him in death in 1935. While living in Putnam county, Mr. Henning had served as road commisioner, having also held that position in Eden Township in LaSalle County. He was a member and active worker in the Tonica Congregational Church. One son, O.G. Henning survives with one grandson. He also leaves 5 sisters and three brothers, Mrs. Sadie Coulter, Long Beach, California; Mrs. Josephine Taylor, Hennepin, Mrs. Grace Pletsch, McNabb; Mrs. Phebe Naumann and Mrs. Margarette Graham, Tonica; John of Hennepin, Elisha of Florid, and Bert of Dixon.
Peter Henrich, 93, a resident of Mendota for about thirty-six years, died at 8:15 p.m., Monday, February 16, in Mendota Community Hospital where he had been a patient since Saturday. Since the death of his wife, he had been making his home with his son and daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. George Henrich Sr., in Sublette Township, four miles northeast of Sublette. Mr. Henrich was born September 7, 1859, in Wallenheim, Germany, the son of Conrad and Catherine Marie Henrich. In August of 1882, he came to this country and on December 26, 1886, was united in marriage with Margaret Pohl who preceded him in death October 11, 1951. Mr. and Mrs. Henrich resided on the farm in Sublette Township until 1916 when they retired and moved to Mendota. They were privileged to celebrate their golden wedding in 1936. Surviving is one son, George Henrich, Sr., of Sublette. A daughter, Mrs. John (Nettie) Mahaffey, died in 1911. Funeral services will be held this Thursday afternoon, 1:30 o'clock at Bailey's funeral home and 2:00 o'clock in St. John's Lutheran Church with the Rev. Albert Heidmann, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Restland cemetery. . - Contributed by Pat Esterday
Taken from: The Mendota Reporter, Thursday, February 19, 1953, Page 1 - Col. 8
MARY MARGARET HENRICH (nee Pohl) 90
Funeral services for the late Mrs. Peter Henrich, 90, who died at her home, 1010 Illinois Avenue, shortly after 6:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 10, were held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Bailey's Funeral Home and at 2:00 p.m. in St. John's Lutheran Church with the Rev. Albert Heidmann officiating. Singers were Mrs. B. Harry Reck and Mrs. Ralph Jacob and the organist was Miss Katherine Schuetz. Burial was in Restland Cemetery. Pallbearers were Robert Kerns, Ralph Jacob, Julius Schaller, John Faber, Byron Their and LeRoy Clink. Margaret Mary Henrich, nee Pohl, was born August 13, 1861 in Sublette Township, Lee County, a daughter of George and Margaret Schaller Pohl. In early infancy she was affiliated with St. Paul's Church on the Old Chicago Road where she was baptized and confirmed. December 26, 1886 she was united in marriage with Peter Henrich by the Rev. C. W. Starck of St. Paul's Church. To this union two children were born. Surviving are her husband, her son, George of Mendota; two brothers, George Pohl of Aurora and Jacob Pohl of Mendota; two sisters, Mrs. Elizabeth Kessel of Amboy and formerly of Mendota and Mrs. Rose Schenebricker of Rock Island; three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. A daughter, Mrs. Antonette Elizabeth Mahaffey died in July of 1911. Mr. and Mrs. Henrich retired about 35 years ago after farming in Sublette Township and since that time have resided in Mendota. Mrs. Henrich was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church and a member of the Ladies Aid. . - Contributed by Pat Esterday
Taken from: The Mendota Reporter, Thursday, October 18, 1951, Page 1 - Col. 6
Decatur Daily Republican (Decatur, Illinois) November 26, 1889
Hon. John Hise, who was for many years a prominent Democrat in Illinois, died at Los Angles, Al., on the 13th.
Mr. Hise was for many years the editor of the Ottawa Free Trader, which he established and represented LaSalle
county and afterwards a South Side (Chicago) district in the legislature. He was twice the Democratic nominee for
state auditor. He was appointed surveyor general of Arizona by President Cleveland, to which territory he had removed
some years since. He was a man of great ability and high character. He was a native of Pennsylvania from which
state he emigrated to Illinois some forty years ago.
Edward Holland, one of the oldest and most respected citizens of Ottawa, died very suddenly in a congestive chill. Half an hour before his death, he was on the street in apparent good health. - Ottawa Free Trader, Jan. 9
Taken From the Hennepin Tribune, Hennepin, IL January 22, 1858
Horace B. Jarvis
(Northern Journal (Lowville, NY) - Thursday, October 4, 1838)
At Ottawa, La Salle county, Illinois, on the 13th ult. of bulious fever, Mr. Horace B. Jarvis, formerly of Cooperstown, Otsego county, N.Y., aged 29 years.
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Mr. Jones of Earlville, Ill., while using a crow-bar to adjust some machinery in a corn-sheller running at full
speed, had the crow-bar driven through his body, causing probably fatal injuries.
The Ottawa Free Trader, Ottawa, Illinois, October 30, 1846
Died of Consumption at his residence near Ottawa on the 29th inst., Mr. Michael Larkin, 85 years of age.
Mr. Larkin was a native of Kings county, Ireland from which county he emigrated in the summer of 1845 and arrived in Ottawa in Nov. of the same year. His health has been rather feeble almost since his arrival. In his native country, Mr. Larkin maintained the character of an honest, upright and independent man and in all the relations of husband and father, he was affectionate and kind, beloved by all who knew him; through life he left not an enemy behind.
Children of Isaac Lock
Taken From the Hennepin Tribune, Hennepin, IL
Terrible accident on the Vermillion - Two children drowned
At about 11:00 on Saturday last, as Mr. Isaac Lock, with a two horse wagon containing himself, wife and two children attempted to cross the Vermillion river, at the upper Schoonover Ford, about 4 miles above Vermillionville, in this county, the wagon, on account of the too great depth of the water was upset, and all in it precipitated into the water. Mr. Lock saved himself by leaping on the ice, which was unbroken a few yards below the ford and with difficulty also seized his wife and drew her onto the ice as she was on the point of going under. Both children however, we are grieved to say passed under the ice and although dilligent search has been made by hundreds of neighbors, have not yet been found. The children were a boy 10 years old and a girl 7 years old. Mr. Lock resides on the Green farm about 4 miles south of Ottawa. He moved from the neighborhood of Louisburg, Pebble county, Ohio about a year ago and on the day of this overwhelming misfortune was going with his family on a visit to his brother Jacob Lock who lives in the town of Eagle. - From the Ottawa Free Trader.
In Hopewell township, La Salle Co. IL, Harriet Lowrey, wife of W. H. Lowrey, formerly resident of this vicinity, a daughter of M. Dorr, Providence.
Taken from the Courier Newspaper, Henry, IL March 6, 1857
James Lowery, late co-editor and proprietor of the Ottawa Constitutionalist, died on the 30th ult.
Taken From: Alton Telegraph And Democratic Review (Alton, Illinois) July
Emma Adeline Newton
The Ottawa Free Trader, Ottawa, Illinois, November 13, 1846
Died in this place Oct 23d, Emma Adeline Newton, infant daughter of Daniel and Elizabeth Newton, aged eight months and twenty days.
The Ottawa Free Trader, August 1, 1845
Died in this place, on the 28th inst., at the residence of her brother-in-law, Sarah Nolan, aged 22 years. The deceased was formerly of Jasper county, Ind., and for nine years a member of the Methodist church. During a sickness of four weeks' continuance, she manifested a meek and quiet resignation to the will of her Heavenly Father and spoke frequently of her approaching departure.
Children of Mr. Quimby
Alton Telegraph And Democratic Review (Alton, Illinois)
February 11, 1853
A dispatch to the Chicago papers states that a fire occurred in Ottawa on the evening of the 25th inst., and that two children of Mr. Quimby, the occupant, in endeavoring to make their escape from the burning building were suffocated by the smoke and perished in the flames.
Mrs. Minerva Radcliffe, wife of Geo. M. Radcliffe, living in the northern part of Eden died at the residence
of her father, Hon. Franklin Corwin, in Peru, at 8 o'clock last Saturday morning. Mrs. Radcliffe had long been
known in this community as an estimable lady. A large circle of relatives and friends mourn her loss.
TAKEN FROM THE HENRY REPUBLICAN, HENRY, IL
November 6, 1873
At Lostant, LaSalle county, Oct. 28, Joshua G. Raley, aged 42 years.
Andrew J. Reddick
The Putnam RecordApril 11, 1889
At 4 o'clock Sunday, March 31, the spirit of Andrew J. Reddick, editor of the LaSalle Democrat Press passed
from earth. He was born in Bedford New Jersey and was 43 years, 4 months and 15 days old. He went into the newspaper
business in LaSalle in August 1876 and built up a very successful business. He was an able and fearless writer
and stood high in the estimation of the community in which he lived and with all among whom his paper circulated.
The funeral took place on Tuesday following his death and was the largest LaSalle had witnessed for years. By the
provisions of his will, he leaves the homestead, the printing office and $2,000 life insurance to his wife and
$1000 to be divided equally between his two children. Mrs. Reddick will continue the publication of the Democrat
Press and conduct the printing business under her own name.
Taken From the Hennepin Tribune, Hennepin, IL
April 30, 1858
We learn from the La Salle Press that a man named Rice, while attempting to cross the Little Vermillion on horseback,
was carried downstream by the force of the current and was drowned. Search was made for the body but at last accounts
it was not found.
December 29, 1875, Mr. J. M. Richey of Lostant. Age 69.
TAKEN FROM THE HENRY REPUBLICAN, HENRY, IL
September 5, 1872
Died At Tonica, LaSalle county, Aug. 16, Nathaniel Richey, aged 78 years.
Nathaniel Richey, a pioneer of this county and state, had settled on the east side of the river in 1830. Died in Tonica recently aged 78. He was father of 11 children and much respected.
Mrs. J. C. Robbins of Earlville, formerly a resident of Dixon, died on the morning of November 25th. She had
been ill for many months.
At Tonica, Oct. 4, of consumption, Mary L., wife of the late John A. Roberts, aged 33 years.
At Mendota, Sept. 12, Mrs. Mary J., aged 37, wife of L. D. Rowley, and daughter of the late Marshall McCall of the county.
January 9, 1868
Died at Mendota, December 29, of congestion of the brain, Eddy, oldest son of Robert H. and Helen Ruggles, age 9 years and 9 months.
RALPH W. (Bud) ULTCH, 71
Ralph W. (Bud) Ultch, 71, formerly of Sublette, died at his home in Townsend, Mont., Friday, Feb. 28, 1986. Cremation took place in Helena followed by a service at the mountain ranch at White Sulphur Springs, Mont. Memorial services were also held at the Sublette Union Church on Tuesday, March 11. Mr. Ultch was born Oct. 30, 1914 in Sublette to Will and Lydia Pohl Ultch. He was a 46-year member of the Masonic Lodge and a lifetime member of the Sublette Union Church. He had retired to Townsend eight years ago after leaving the Bar U Ranch at Sublette, a four generation grain and feeder operation. He married Lela Strout in 1940 in Troy Grove. He is survived by his wife in Townsend; two daughters, Anita Renee Ceitell, LasCruces, N.M. and Cherrlynn Calvert of Columbus, Mont.; one son, William of LaSalle; seven grandchildren; and one sister, Mrs. James (Dorothy) Holman, Sarasota, Fla. Memorials may be directed to the Shriners" Crippled Children's Hospital. - Contributed by Pat Esterday
Taken from: The Mendota Reporter, Wednesday, March 19, 1986, Page 4 - Col. 1
Ralph (Bud) Ultch, Townsend, Montana died Friday, Feb. 28, 1986. A memorial service was held at the Sublette Union Church at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 11. The family formerly resided in Sublette. - Contributed by Pat Esterday
Taken from: The Mendota Reporter, Wednesday, March 12, 1986, Page 4 - Col. 3
MRS. WILL ULTCH (nee Pohl)
Funeral services for Mrs. Will (Lydia) Ultch, 87, were held at 1 30 p.m. Monday at Merritt s Funeral Home with the Rev. Thor Bogren Jr. officiating. Burial was in Restland Cemetery. Services were postponed from Friday due to the severe weather conditions. Pallbearers were Edward Erbes, Archie Clark, Charles Brown, Forrest Hicks, Melvin Wilson and Alvin Zimmerlein. Visitation was from 3 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Memorials were directed to the Mendota Lutheran Home. Mrs. Ultch died Tuesday, Jan. 25, at 1 p.m. at the Mendota Lutheran Home where she had been a resident since Jan. 2, 1974. She was born Aug. 20, 1889 in Mendota, a daughter of John and Anna (Bauer) Pohl. She was married to William F. Ultch, Jan. 12, 1910 in Mendota and he preceded her in death in November 1971. Surviving are one son, Ralph, of Sublette; one daughter, Mrs. James (Dorothy) Holman, Sarasota, Fla.; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and one sister, Mrs. Helen Peterson of Joliet. Preceding her in death other than her parents and husband, were two sisters, Belle Brown and Ida Grothen, and one brother, Karl Pohl. Mrs. Ultch was a member of the Union Church, Sublette, and the Sublette Women s Club. She was a 50-year member of the Eastern Star. - Contributed by Pat Esterday
Taken from: The Mendota Reporter, Wednesday, February 2, 1977, Page 4 Col. 3-4
William Frederick Ultch, 88, of 1200 Chicago St., passed away about 10:15 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 28 in Sunrise Nursing Home where he had been a resident since Oct. 10. He had served as charter treasurer of the Sublette Union Church, was a charter member of the Lee County Farm Bureau and had served as Sublette Township treasurer for a number of years. He was a 61 year Mason having been a member of the Sublette Lodge until it was disbanded and then he became a member of Mendota Lodge 176 AF & AM. Funeral services were held at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at Merritt's Funeral Home with the Rev. John Duffy officiating. Burial was in Restland Cemetery. Pallbearers were Donald Ultch, Roland Ullrich, LeRoy Engelhardt, Charles Brown, Forrest Hicks and Herschel Peterson. Visitation was from 3 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home with Masonic rites at 8:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers memorials were directed to the Sublette Union Church or the Mendota Lutheran Home. Mr. Ultch, who had farmed in the Sublette area until retiring and moving to Mendota, was born Dec. 24, 1882 in Sublette, the son of Edward and Charlotte Fassig Ultch. He was married to Lydia Pohl on Jan. 12, 1910, in Mendota. Surviving are his wife; one son, Ralph of Sublette; one daughter, Mrs. James (Dorothy) Holman of LaGrange; five grandchildren; one great-grandchild; three sisters, Mrs. Alma Oester of Mendota, Mrs. Emma Ullrich of Franklin Grove and Mrs. Roy (Esther) Brown of Livermore, Calif.; nieces and nephews. - Contributed by Pat Esterday
Taken from: The Mendota Reporter, Thursday, December 2, 1971, Page 8 - Col. 5
Laura M. Wakefield
The Ottawa Free Trader, Ottawa, Illinois, August 21, 1846
Died near Ottawa on Thursday the 13th inst. Laura M., only daughter of Mr. O. O. Wakefield aged 3 years and 4 months.
Daily Republican (Decatur, Illinois) > 1896 > January > 27
Mendota, Ill., Jan. 27
David Ward, one of the pioneers of LaSalle county is dead. He was 90 years of age.
Ralph W. Weber
LaSalle NewsTribune, Dec 7, 2009
Obit: Ralph W. Weber, 77, of Mendota Lutheran Home died December 4, 2009, in Mendota Community Hospital.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday in Sts. Peter & Paul Church, Peterstown, with the Rev. Fredi Gomez-Torres officiating. Burial will be at Sts. Peter & Paul Cemetery, Peterstown, with full military rites by VFW Post 4079.
Visitation is 4-7 p.m. today in Merritt Funeral Home, Mendota.
Mr. Weber was born January 11, 1932, in Mendota to Edmund and Loretta (Sondgeroth) Weber. He served with the U.S. Army and was a farmer. He was a member of Elks Lodge 1212, Knights of Columbus, and Sts. Peter & Paul Church.
He is survived by one son, Bill (Lynn) Weber of LaMoille; three daughters, Theresa (Joel) Hild of Edmond, Oklahoma, Denise (Tom) Miller of Chesterfield Township, Michigan, and Jane (Keith) Blomberg of Schaumburg; nine grandchildren; two brothers, Norbert (Rita) Weber of Mendota and Raymond (Patti) Weber of Peru; and fives sisters, Joanne (Alvin) Montavon of Sublette, RuthAnn (Jim) Young of Metamora, Sr. Elaine Weber of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Carol (Greg) Apuli of Hartland, Wisconsin, and Rita (Louis) Pakula of Cherry.
He was preceded in death by two sisters.
Rev. Mother Xavier
Ottawa, Illinois May 4 1876
The funeral of the Rev. Mother Xavier, who has been a Sister of Mercy connected with the convent in this city for the past sixteen years, took place this morning at 9 o'clock, attended by a large concourse of friends. She died in Chicago, where she had gone to be treated for cancer.
-- Submitted by Barb Ziegenmeyer
Harold Dixon Zentner
Harold Dixon Zentner, 69, of 451 S Broad St., Lanark, died Saturday (Nov 29) evening in his home. Funeral services
will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. at the Lanark United Methodist Church with the Rev. Orville E. Cole, pastor, officiating.
Burial will be in Riverview Cemetery, Streator. Visitation is Monday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the Frank Funeral
Home in Lanark. Mr. Zentner was born Aug. 27, 1911, in Strator, the son of Phillip and Elizabeth (Dixon) Zentner.
He was united in marriage to Margaret Dovan in Streator. She preceded him in death several years ago. Mr. Zentner
was a retired pharmacist and operated the Lanark Drug Store for 25 years. He recently served for the past 10 years
as pharmacist at Freeport Memorial Hospital. He was a member of the Lanark Masonic Lodge, past worthy patron of
the Order of Easter Star and a Shriner. He is survived by one son, John of De Moines, Iowa. He was preceded in
death by his wife and one brother. [Dec 1, 1980 Daily Gazette - Contributed by Margaret Mangers]
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