LaSalle County, IL Obituaries and Death Notices

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.

Mary (Chance) Allen

Henry Republican, Henry IL, January 19, 1882
Mrs. Mary Allen of Tonica, while visiting at her cousin's Mrs. Frank Dennis, two miles west of Henry last week, was taken ill with rheumatism, which proved fatal on Sunday. The funeral was held at the house on Monday, services by Rev. W. J. Minium, and the body conveyed to Magnolia, where the interment took place. She was the daughter of Hugh Chance, now a resident of Kansas.

Rev. W. B. Allen

The Daily Review (Decatur, Illinois) July 21, 1899
Died at Troy Grove
Elder W. B. Allen, one of the most prominent members of the Church of God died Tuesday night at Troy Grove, Ills. Dr. Newcomer and Ekler Bernard left on the 5:45 train Wednesday afternoon to attend the funeral, which was held at 2 o'clock Thursday afternoon.

The Daily Review (Decatur, Illinois) July 22, 1899
Elder W. B. Allen
Rev. W. B. Allen of the Church of God, and one of the most prominent ministers of that body, died at Troy Grove, Ills., July 18. His disease was strangulated hernia and gall stone. He suffered intensely and died in great agony.
He was in his fifty-eighth year, having been ordained to the ministry in 1864. He was president of the Illinois eldership once and was its clerk for twenty consecutive years. He attended every general eldership since 1866 and also every annual eldership since his ordination. He was a graduate of Monmouth college, and he also took a one year course at Oberlin, O. He was two years professor of Greek and church history in Findlay college.
He was a man of transcendent Christian character. Modest, meek, diffident, true and noble, in every relation of life he combined the elements of an almost ideal life. Many will mourn his departure but the world's loss will be heaven's gain. Dr. M. S. Newcomer of this city preached the funeral Thursday afternoon.

Orville A. Andrews

Source unknown

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.

Augusta (Vincent) Armour
The Ottawa Free Trader, Ottawa, Illinois, December 26, 1845
Died on Thursday morning, Augusta R., consort of George Armour, merchant of this place and daughter of Mr. George Vincent of Vermillion precinct, in this county. Her age was 22 years. The funeral discourse will be delivered by the Rev. G. W. Bassett at 2 o'clock in the afternoon on Sabbath next, at the Mechanics' Hall.

Burton Ayers

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.


Mrs. Julia E. Baldwin and Sarah Louisa Baldwin
The Ottawa Free Trader, July 26th 1844
Died in Peru, LaSalle county, Illinois, on the 13th isn't., Mrs. Julia E. Baldwin, wife of Mr. Heman Baldwin, a native of East Haddam, Connecticut, aged 25 years. Also, on th 17th inst., her infant daughter, Sarah Louisa, aged 3 ½ months.
A beloved wife and mother, in the spring time of life, surrounded by all those tender ties and endearing circumstances which so strongly attach human nature to this world, has been called away from us, we trust to a far better and happier world, even to mansions prepared for the saints in heaven.

Mrs. Matilda H. Bassnett
The Ottawa Free Trader, November 22, 1844
Died in South Ottawa, on Saturday last, Matilda H., consort of Thomas Bassnett. The disease of which Mrs. B. died was an affection of the heart. Her sufferings were severe and protracted and her patience was tried inan extraordinary degree.

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


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


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.

Mrs. Susan Blakeslee

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.

Joseph Blish
The Ottawa Free Trader, Ottawa, Illinois, March 24, 1848
Died in Ottawa, on Tuesday evening last, of inflammation of the lungs, Dr. Joseph Blish, aged 60 years.

Mrs. C. A Bowen

March 6, 1873

Miscellaneous Items
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.

Francis Brady
The Ottawa Free Trader, Ottawa, Illinois, March 3, 1848
Died in Ottawa, on the 26th ult., Mr. Francis Brady, a native of Ireland. Mr. B. was a highly respectable and much esteemed citizen and his death will be deeply regretted by his numerous friends. He has left a large and interesting family to mourn his loss.

Jeptha Brainard
The Ottawa Free Trader, Ottawa, Illinois, October 10, 1845
Mr. Jeptha Brainard left his home in Mission precinct, in this county, on the 17th ult., with a load of wheat, on his way to Chicago. He arrived at Oswego in the evening, took tea and started from there in apparent good health about dark. An hour afterwards he was found a mile out of town, lying on the ground by the side of his team, dead. There were no marks of violence about his person, nor had he fallen from his wagon. He was some 50 years old, strictly temperate in his habits and a very respectable citizen. It is supposed he died of apoplexy.

Gustuv Breining

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.

Newton Brumfield
The Ottawa Free Trader, September 19, 1845
Died yesterday morning, at this place, of inflammation of the brain, Newton Brumfield, aged 19 years.

George Brunner

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.

George E. Bry
BRY – George E. Bry, 61 of 905 South Taylor, died Friday morning; he had suffered a coronary thrombosis last September and another 2 weeks before his death. A village resident for 26 years, he was a native of LaSalle, Il.
Mr. Bry was associated in the general production department of the Crystal Fixture Company for the past 4 years.
Survivors are his widow, Winifred C., three sons George B. of Chicago, Robert K. and Raymond C. both of the home address, ad three grandchildren, Douglas, Russell and Karen. Also surviving are two brothers: Frank of LaSalle, IL and Howard of Pennsylvania.
Funeral Sereces were held Monday afternoon at Haggar Chapel with the Rev. Merle D. Vroyles conducting the services. Interment Queen of Heaven. [Oak Leaves News, July 14, 1955 - Sub. by Denise Parsons]

Benjamin and Thomas Burnham
The Ottawa Free Trader, May 9, 1845
Died at the residence of his son, in Lasalle, in this county, on the 20th ult., of paralysis, Capt Benjamin Burnham, aged 74 years.
Died on the 6th inst., of congestive fever, Thomas Burnham, Esq., aged 40, both formerly of Lisbon, New London county, Conn.

Nathaniel Burton
The Ottawa Free Trader, May 23, 1845
Died at this place, on the 19th inst., Nathaniel Burton, brewer, aged about sixty.

Benjamin Burr
The Ottawa Free Trader, Ottawa, Illinois, June 18, 1847
Dreadful Accident
On Saturday last, Mr. Benjamin Burr, a son of one of our merchants, whilst taking a load of empty flour barrels to the Dayton mills, met with a fatal accident near that place, by the barrels falling off the wagon and thus frightening the horses, who, in their flight, violently precipitated the young man against a stone and so severely injuring him as to cause his death on Sunday last. The deceased was a promising young man, aged about 17 and his melancholy fate and untimely death is deeply deplored by his afflicted parents and numerous friends.


Charles E. Caton
The Ottawa Free Trader, Ottawa, Illinois, March 26, 1847
Died on the 22d inst., of inflammation of the brain, Charles E., only son of the Hon. John Dean Caton, aged 4 years, 9 months and 6 days.

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.

Robert J. Challenger

Newspaper: News Tribune

Date: 29 Aug 2008

Submitters Name: Denise Parsons

Obit: NewsTribune (La Salle, IL) - April 29, 2008

Dr. Robert J. Challenger, 73, of Peru died at 3:20 a.m. April 28, 2008, in St. Margaret's Hospital, Spring Valley.

Services will be at 9:30 a.m. Thursday in Mueller Funeral Home, Peru. A Mass of Christian burial will be at 10 a.m. Thursday in St. Joseph Church, Peru. The Rev. Joseph Heyd, O.S.B., will officiate.
Burial will be at Valley Memorial Park, Spring Valley, with military rites conducted by Peru Veterans Memorial Group.
Visitation will be 5-8 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home with a rosary recited at 4:45 p.m.

Dr. Challenger was born Nov. 15, 1934, in Spring Valley to Robert and Victoria (Braida) Challenger. He married Mary Jane Keegan on July 10, 1965, in Immaculate Conception Church, Spring Valley.
He graduated from Hall High School in Spring Valley, La Salle-Peru-Oglesby Junior College and the University of Illinois School of Dentistry in Chicago. He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Cuban missile crisis and was stationed in Lincoln, Neb.
He was a practicing dentist in Peru for 40 years and served as president of Illinois Valley Dental Society as well as president of La Salle-Peru Football Boosters Club. He was a member of Peru Rotary Club as well as numerous professional dental associations. He was also a member of St. Joseph Church.

Survivors are his wife; two sons, Dr. Robert J. (Maureen) Challenger Jr. of Wheaton and Dr. Martin M. (Dr. Michelle) Challenger of Madison, Wis.; one daughter, Suzanne Challenger of Romeoville; and four grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister.

D. Hubbard Chester
The Ottawa Free Trader, Ottawa, Illinois, March 17, 1848
Died on the 9th inst., D. Hubbard, youngest child of Mrs. D. Hubbard Chester, late of Ashtabula, Ohio.

Orlando Chittenden
(The Journal And Republican (Lowville, NY) - Wednesday, November 21, 1860)
Died At Brickton, Illinois, Sept. 20th, 1860, of typhoid fever, or perhaps of paralysis of the physical system, Orlando Chittenden, aged 29 years, Mr. Chittenden was formerly a resident of Martinsburgh.
-- Contributed by Jim Dezotell

Frances Cornella Chumasero
The Ottawa Free Trader, Ottawa, Illinois, July 2, 1847
Died at Peru on Sunday 27th ult., Frances Cornella, infant daughter of William and Mary E. Chumasero, aged 11 months and 4 days.

Elbridge G. Clark
The Ottawa Free Trader, Ottawa, Illinois, April 23, 1847
Died in Marseilles on the 18th inst., of inflammation of the lungs, Mr. Elbridge G. Clark, aged 37 years, son of John Clark, Lawrence, Otsego County, New York.

James Clark
The Ottawa Free Trader, Ottawa, Illinois, December 10, 1847
Died on the 30th ult., at the residence of his father, Wm. Clark, son of Mr. James Clark of Dayton precinct, aged 5 years and 3 months.

Emily Clarkson

September 19, 1867

Died at Ottawa, September 10, Emily, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. M. Clarkson, age 17 months.

Charles Climpson
The Ottawa Free Trader, Ottawa, Illinois, May 1, 1846
Died on the morning of the 27th inst., at the residence of Henry Sargent (a brother-in-law) Mr. Charles Climpson, a native of Westham, Sussex co., England, aged 26 years. Mr. C. arrived the evening previous to this death, in such an enfeebled and diseased condition, that it is even doubtful whether he recognized his sister whom he had not seen for many years. He had been quite sick at Buffalo, and in his anxiety to meet his friends, he resumed his journey too soon, which brought on a relapse, which he survived only long enough to die in their embraces.

Cornelius Cochran
The Ottawa Free Trader, Ottawa, Illinois, December 31, 1847
Died at Santa Fe on the 25th of October, Cornelius Cochran, a private in company G, Illinois Volunteers.

Emeline Delia Cook
The Ottawa Free Trader, Ottawa, Illinois, April 3, 1846
Died in Washington precinct on the 25th ultimo, Emeline Delia, eldest daughter of John T. Cook, aged 6 years and 11 months.

Sarah E. Sutphen Cook

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

Edward 'Beanie' Cresto

Newspaper: Register Star

Date: 6 Sep 1979

Submitters Name: Denise Parsons

Obit: Register Star (IL) September 6, 1979

MENDOTA - Services for Edward "Beanie" Cresto, 86, former resident of Troy Grove who died Tuesday in Sunrise Nursing Home, will be at 10:30
a. m. Friday in Schwarz Funeral Home.
Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery.

Mr. Cresto operated a grocery store in Troy Grove for many years.
Survivors include a son, Peter, Mendota, and a sister, Stella Vira, Joliet.
Friends may call form 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home where the rosary will be recited at 8 p.m.
A memorial fund has been established.

Frank E. Cresto

Newspaper: News Tribune

Date: 12 Aug 2003

Submitters Name: Denise Parsons

Obit: NewsTribune (La Salle, IL) - August 12, 2003

Frank E. Cresto, 89, of Marseilles died Aug. 12, 2003, in Rivershores Center, Marseilles.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday in St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Marseilles. The Rev. Bo Schmitt will officiate. Interment will be at Riverview Cemetery, Marseilles.
Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Wednesday in Seals-Campbell Funeral Home, Marseilles.

Mr. Cresto was born Oct. 4, 1913, in Granville to Henry and Josephine (Young) Cresto. He married Mayme French of Streator in 1936.
He was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Marseilles and had been a volunteer firefighter for 25 years. He owned and operated Marseilles Foodmart and Dayton Dairy before his retirement.

Survivors include his wife; two daughters, Patricia Fitzgerald of Woodridge and Jenne Marie (John) Manfredini of Spring Valley; two sons, Gregory (Connie) Cresto of Tigard, Ore., and Bradford (Linda) of Marseilles; 11 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren and one sister, Ruth Vilt of Coal City.
He was preceded in death by two sisters, one grandson and one great-grandson.

Mayme V. Cresto

Newspaper: News Tribune

Date: 29 Nov 2005

Submitters Name: Denise Parsons

Obit: NewsTribune (La Salle, IL) - November 29, 2005

Mayme Victoria Cresto, 93, of Marseilles died Nov. 28, 2005, in Rivershores Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, Marseilles.
Mass of Christian burial will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday in St. Joseph Catholic Church, Marseilles. Burial will be at Riverview Cemetery, Marseilles.
Visitation will be 9:30-10:30 a.m. Wednesday in Seals-Campbell Funeral Home, Marseilles.
Mrs. Cresto was born Oct. 31, 1912, in Streator to James Harry and Matilda (Kaluza) French. She married Frank Cresto of Marseilles in 1936.
She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church.
Survivors are two daughters, Patricia Fitzgerald of Woodridge and Jeanne Marie (John) Manfredini of Spring Valley; two sons, Gregory (Connie) Cresto of Tigard, Ore., and Bradford (Linda) Cresto of Marseilles; 13 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and one sister, Ester (Robert) Wright of Streator.
She was preceded in death by her husband in 2003; one grandson; one great-grandson; and one brother.

John Crotty
The Ottawa Free Trader, October 24, 1845
Died in this place, on Monday, the 20th inst., John Crotty, aged about 40.

Matilda F. Curtis
The Ottawa Free Trader, Ottawa, Illinois, February 25, 1848
Died at Ottawa, on the 22d inst., Matilda F. Curtis, daughter of E. W. and Matilda Curtis, aged 6 months and 24 days.

Edward Worrell Cushman
The Ottawa Free Trader, Ottawa, Illinois, September 4, 1846
Died on Thursday the 31 inst, Edward Worrell youngest son of W. H. W. Cushman - aged about 18 months.


John Dalton

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.

Conrad Dasch
The Ottawa Free Trader, Ottawa, Illinois, May 8, 1846
Died at this place on Sunday morning last, Conrad Dasch, of inflammation of the bowels, the result of a complicated disease. Mr. D. was a native of Germany and an old and well known respectable inhabitant of this village for many years and his death will be regretted by a large circle of friends and acquaintances.

Richard Frederick Day
The Ottawa Free Trader, October 31, 1845
Died at Peru, on the 15th inst., Richard Frederick, infant son of Frederick S. and Louise Day.

Elizabeth Densmore
The Ottawa Free Trader, Ottawa, Illinois, September 26, 1845
Died at the residence of John Densmore, on the 22d inst., Elizabeth Densmore, in her 78th year.

Mrs. Dickenson
The Ottawa Free Trader, Ottawa, Illinois, September 11, 1846
We are requested to notice that a Funeral Sermon will be preached by the Rev. M. Bassett, on the death of Mrs. Dickenson on Sabbath morning at half-past ten o'clock at the Court House.

Mrs. Jerusha Dimmick
The Ottawa Free Trader, Ottawa, Illinois, December 17, 1847
Died at her residence near Vermillionville, on the 8th inst., Mrs. Jerusha Dimmick, consort of Dea. E. Dimmick, in the 61st year of her age. The immediate cause of her death was lung fever. Mrs. D. was formerly from Mansfield, Conn. In all the relations of wife, mother, friend and neighbor, her loss will be deeply felt. Her friends have the consolation of knowing that she was prepared for death. - Com.

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

Joseph Dornbursh

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.

Patrick Doren
The Ottawa Free Trader, Ottawa, Illinois, January 21, 1848
Died on Indian Creek in this county, on the 18th inst., Patrick Doren.

Infant Daughter Dow
The Ottawa Free Trader, Ottawa, Illinois, March 3, 1848
Died in Ottawa, on the 25th ult., an infant daughter of Jos. W. and Alice B. Dow, aged 4 days.

Mary Jane Dryer
The Ottawa Free Trader, April 4, 1845
Died at Lowell, LaSalle county, Ill., on the 17th ult. Mary Jane Dryer, daughter of Chester Dryer, in the 17th year of her age. The deceased had long been afflicted with the consumption, which has thus terminated in death and she bore her afflictions with patience and Christian fortitude.

John Duffy

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.

Edward Duperior
The Ottawa Free Trader, Ottawa, Illinois, March 26, 1847
Drowned - We are pained at the duty that devolves upon us, of recording the accidental drowning of Edwad Duperier and John Tierney of LaSalle. They were in a skiff, which by some means capsized and both sunk to rise no more in life. The bodies were recovered the same day. (Tuesday, March 9) and buried on the day following. Mr. Tierney left a wife and one child.



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

George Eberly

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 C. Edgecombe
The Illinois Free Trader, Ottawa, Ill, July 17 1840
Died at Covel Creek, La Salle county, on the 6th instant of a short but severe illness, Mr. James C. Edgecombe, in the 33d year of his age. The deceased has left a widow and four children to mourn his loss.

Bradford T. Eels
The Ottawa Free Trader, Ottawa, Illinois, April 9, 1847
Died of inflammation of the lungs, on Thursday, the 1st inst., at Buffalo Rock, Mr. Bradford T. Eels, aged twenty-nine years.


Class of 1865 - EUGENE STANHOPE ELLIOTT. Born, Aug. 13, 1842, Lowell, Ill. Son of Rev. George W. and Susan C. Elliott. Judge Elliott received his preliminary education in the public schools of Milwaukee, and subsequently became a teacher in the second ward school, and principal of the ninth ward school. In 1860 he entered Dartmouth. In the second year of his college course he enlisted in the First Rhode Island cavalry and served as a private soldier for three months, taking part in the stirring campaign in the Shenandoah valley and the Battle of Antietam. He never returned to college, but his standing there was such that the college authorities in 1896 unanimously voted him his diploma and degree of A.B. When he was mustered out of the army, he returned to Milwaukee and began the study of law, but shortly afterwards he became manager of a branch of R.G. Dunn & Co.'s commercial agency. Some years later he purchased a half interest in the Milwaukee Journal of Commerce, a weekly trade paper, of which he and Henry A. Chittenden, Jr., were joint editors. In 1872, after he had sold his interest in the paper, he resumed the study of law and in 1876 he was admitted to the Bar. From that time until he took his seat upon the Bench, in January, 1900, he was constantly engaged in the active practice of his profession. In 1886 Judge Elliott was elected city attorney upon the Republican ticket, and he was reelected in 1888. In 1890 he was renominated for the same office, but was defeated. Judge Elliott, though never a partisan in any narrow or unfair sense, was always a strong and consistent Republican, and stood high in the councils of his party. In 1896 he was elected delegate-at-large to the national Republican convention, which assembled in that year at St. Louis and nominated William McKinley for President, and in the same year his name was before the state convention as a candidate for Governor, but, largely owing to lack of personal effort in his own behalf, he failed to receive the nomination. In the spring of 1899 Judge Elliott was elected judge of the circuit court. He took his seat upon the Bench January 2, 1900, just two years before the date of his death.
Judge Elliott's favorite recreations were chess and whist. He was known throughout the entire country as the father of the American Whist League. In 1875 he assisted in organizing the Milwaukee Whist Club, and it was chiefly due to his efforts that sixteen years later the American Whist League was formed, of which he was president for three successive terms. He died while engaged in a game of whist. Judge Elliott was a Mason of high degree.
Died, January 2, 1902, of heart disease, at Milwaukee, Wis.
Married, Katherine B. Dousmann of Milwaukee, 1865, who with a son and two daughters survives him.
Source is: Dartmouth College Necrology, 1901-1902, Hanover, N.H. Transcribed by Kim Mohler.


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.

John Ferguson

Died in this place on the 1st inst., John Ferguson, a native of Scotland.
The Ottawa free trader., October 06, 1843 - Transcribed by FOFG NP

Isaac Fitch
The Ottawa Free Trader, Ottawa, Illinois, February 25, 1848
Died at Ottawa, on Friday, the 18th inst., Isaac Fitch, son of Jabex Fitch, Esq., aged 23 months.

Anne Foley
The Ottawa Free Trader, Ottawa, Illinois, September 26, 1845
Died in this place on the 25th inst. Anne, daughter of John and Catharine Foley, aged two years and nine days.

Mrs. Maria Everette Foster

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 procession.

Peleg Frink
The Ottawa Free Trader, Ottawa, Illinois, September 10, 1847
Died at his residence in Grafton precinct, Mr. Peleg Frink, on Tuesday the 7th instant.

Daniel Frowley

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.


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.


Mrs. Ruth Gillet
The Ottawa Free Trader, October 31, 1845
Died at Troy Grove, on the 22d inst., Mrs. Ruth Gillet, wife of Gideon Gillet, aged 57 years and 3 months. She was formerly of Granby, Hartford county, Conn.

Mary Gilman
The Ottawa Free Trader, October 17, 1845
Died at Homer, on Saturday morning last, Mary, only child of Charles H. Gilman, Esq., aged about one year.

Mr. Gorman
The Ottawa Free Trader, Ottawa, Illinois, November 26, 1847
We understand from Peru that Mr. Gorman, of this place, a teamster who took down Capt. Mower and some of his men yesterday, was drowned at the crossing place of the Vermillion, on his way back, with both his horses. We have not learned the particulars of the accident.

Enos M. Griggs
The Ottawa Free Trader, July 19, 1844
Death by Lightning
We are sorry to learn that on yesterday Mr. Enos M. Griggs on Indian creek in this county was struck by lightning and instantly killed. He was at work on the west side of his farm making fence when the sad event happened. A boy, four or five paces from him, was not hurt. Mr. G. was an industrious farmer and has left a wife who is deeply afflicted by his untimely end.

Vincent Grimshaw

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

Jason Gurlet Sen.
The Ottawa Free Trader, November 28, 1845
Died at Troy Grove, on Thursday morning last, Jason Gurlet, sen., in the 67th year of his age.

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


George Hall
The Ottawa Free Trader, July 18, 1845
Died on the 15th inst., in this place, George, infant son of Mary and Chester B. Hall

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

John Hall
The Ottawa Free Trader, Ottawa, Illinois, August 13, 1847
Died at Troy Grove, on the 2d inst., John Hall, formerly of Thompson county, New York, aged 66.

John Hart
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


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

Mrs. Hicok

Decatur Daily Republican (Decatur, Illinois) September 30, 1878
LaSalle, Ill., September 28
The widow Hicok, aged 76 years, mother of the notorious "Wild Bill" who was assassinated at Deadwood about three years since, died at Troy Grove, in this county, last evening.

John Hise

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.

Mr. Hodge
The Illinois Free Trader, Ottawa, Ill, July 17 1840
Death by Drowning
Last Sabbath afternoon, an individual by the name of Hodge, who arrived in this place some eight or ten days previous, went into Fox river for the purpose of bathing and owing to some cause was drowned. We understand he was a Virginian by birth and a tailor by trade. The body was taken out of the water after an elapse of an hour and a half, but all efforts to recover life proved useless.

Abraham LaFayette Hoes
The Ottawa Free Trader, Ottawa, Illinois, March 3, 1848
Died on Friday, the 3d inst., Abraham LaFayette, son of Mr. and Mrs. A. Hoes, of this town, aged 5 months.

Frances D. Hoes
The Ottawa Free Trader, Ottawa, Illinois, March 24, 1848
Died on Sunday morning last, Frances D., daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A. Hoes, aged 4 years 5 months.

Edward Holland

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

Nathan P. Hopkins
The Ottawa Free Trader, Ottawa, Illinois, January 14, 1848
Died at the Mansion House, in Ottawa, on the 9th inst., Nath. P. Hopkins, late of the firm of Low & Co., merchants in this place, formerly of Shoram, Vermont.

Mrs. Julia Hosford
The Ottawa Free Trader, Ottawa, Illinois, January 26, 1844
Died at Indian Creek, on Wednesday last, Mrs. Julia Hosford, wife of Abram P. Hosford, Esq.

Lucille Hulse - nee Cresto

County Name: LaSalle

State: IL

Newspaper: Morning Star

Date: 8 Nov 1978

Submitters Name: Denise Parsons

Obit: Morning Star (IL) November 9, 1978

MENDOTA - Services for Lucille Hulse, 62, who died Tuesday in Sunrise Nursing Home, will be at 10:30 a. m. Friday in Holy Cross Church.
Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Survivors include her father, Edward Cresto, and a brother, Peter, both of Mendota.
Friends may call form 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. today at Schwarz Funeral Home, where the rosary will be recited at 8 p.m.

Adeline (Works) Hurd
The Ottawa free trader., May 3, 1844
Died on Tuesday evening after a severe illness of a few days, Mrs. Adeline W. Hurd, wife of Jarvis Hurd, of this village, and daughter of Capt. Aaron Works of Westmoreland, N.H. (Marshall (Mich.) Expounder of April 25.

Charles E. Hurlbut
The Illinois Free Trader, Ottawa, Ill, July 17 1840
Died in this place on Wednesday last, Charles E., only child of Dr. H. Hurlbut, aged 9 months.

Harmon Hurlbut

The Ottawa Free Trader, Ottawa, Illinois, June 13, 1845

Death of Dr. Hurlbut

Departed this life, in Ottawa, on Sunday evening, the 8th inst., about sundown, Dr. Harmon Hurlbut, aged 40 years.

We make this brief and simple announcement with a sad and heavy heart. In the death of this amiable and truly good man, our town has met with a loss which we fear will never be repaired. All who knew him, and his acquaintance was extensive, will unite with us in the sentiment that few men in their day and generation have lived more useful or honorable lives, or left behind them more eloquent testimonials of the high moral qualities that distinguished their career on earth.

As a physician, his loss is truly a heavy stroke. Regularly bred in his profession, with a thorough theoretical knowledge of it, he had the additional advantage of an arduous and uninterrupted practice of nearly fourteen years, eight of which were spent in the west and mainly devoted to the treatment of diseases incident to the country, in which he possessed a skill to which few will attain. But it was not alone as the skilful physician that he laid such universal hold on the affections of our people. He was a Christian physician - the good Samaritan. He turned aside from no one. In all his intercourse with his fellow beings, he knew no rank or condition. The poor day laborer in his hovel or shanty - the mediocre in his trim house - the rick and haughty landlord in his palace - were all equals - received the same unremitted attention at his hands. Nor did he merely administer medicine to the body - the great interests of the souls of his patients equally absorbed his attention. Many whom abject poverty or stupid indifference had kept from the sanctuary, and whom Christian zeal had not sought out, in their latter moments, found in him their only spiritual guide - the only one to point them to a Savior and Redeemer - to bid them hop in Him for escape from imminent and eternal despair. Oh, how endeared was he to the poor and afflicted of our town, who enjoyed his benevolent visits and heard his eloquent and fervent prayers.

The disease of which Dr. H. died was the intermittent bilious fever. He was confined to his room about 7 days, during which he was constantly attended by able physicians and his nearest relatives and friends. But it was of no avail. In his anxiety to save a patient out of town, that lay at the point of death, though sick himself, he had ventured out until disease took such firm hold on him that he was beyond cure. He saved his patient's life, but lost his own. Almost from the beginning of his illness he knew how it must terminate and the crowning grave of his life was that which gilded with a heavenly sunset its closing scene. The peace of God "which passeth all understanding," was brightly manifested in the serenity, elevated composure and divinely inspired hope and faith of his last moments. He gently fell asleep and was gathered to his fathers, in favor with God and in charity with all world.

A striking proof of the universal esteem in which Dr. H. was held by our citizens, is afforded by the fact that the young people of the village, who had got all ready for a pleasure ride on the 6th, the fifth day he was taken down, put it off indefinitely on account of his illness, though it was then yet believed he might recover. But a more striking proof still is afforded by the crown that daily met around the house he lay in, and especially on Sabbath, anxiously catching up every item from within.

Dr. H. was a native of Charlotte, Vt. He studied medicine under the tuition of Dan. C. Stone, M.D. in Vergennes, Vt; whence having gone through a regular course, he removed to Clintenville, N.Y., where he practiced about a year and then returned to his native town. After remaining there about a year, he came to Peoria, in this state, from which place, after about a year's practice in his profession he went back the Keyesville, N.Y., whence, after another year, he removed, in the summer of 1838 to Ottawa, where re resided without interruption until he died.

He was married, but had no children. Mrs. H. had been staying with her friends in Vermont during the winter and returned only time to witness the closing scenes of a life that was dearest to her of all others. The God of the bereaved and widowed heart, give her strength to bear up under this heavy stroke of his Providence.

The Ottawa Free Trader, Ottawa, Illinois, June 13, 1845
Funeral Discourse
A funeral discourse on the occasion of the death of Dr. Hurlbut will be delivered at the Baptist Church on Sabbath morning next, by the Rev. Chauncey Cook.
June 13.



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.
Transcribed by Jim Dezotell

David Jennings
The Ottawa Free Trader, November 15, 1844
Died at Marseilles, in this county, on the 11th inst., David Jennings, aged 40 years.

Thomas Jepson
The Ottawa free trader, May 31, 1844
Man Drowned
Thomas Jepson, (better known as English Tommy,) of this place, was drowned on Sunday last while attempting to cross Indian Creek with an ox-team. After floating some distance down the stream, the oxen got ashore with the team, but Mr. J., by some means or other, was thrown from the wagon and perished. His body was not found until yesterday morning, when it was seen floating down the river at this place, and was immediately brought ashore and interred.

Mr. Jones
Edwardsville Intelligencer (Edwardsville, Illinois) March 28, 1872

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.


Michael Larkin
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.

Christian Latshaw
The Ottawa Free Trader, Ottawa, Illinois, October 8, 1847
Died this morning, after a lingering illness, which he bore with Christian resignation, Christian Latshaw, in the 67th year of his age. The friends of the family are respectfully invited to attend his funeral on Sunday, the 10th inst. at 12 ½ o'clock, from his late residence, the Mansion House, in this village. A funeral sermon will be delivered by the Rev. G. W. Bassett, at the Congregational church at 2 o'clock on Sunday afternoon.

Mrs. Sarah Leahy
The Ottawa Free Trader, Ottawa, Illinois, October 22, 1847
Died this morning, at this place, Sarah, wife of Mr. Daniel Leahy, formerly of Harrisburg, pa., and recently of St. Louis, mo. - aged 28 years.

Fanny Leland
The Ottawa Free Trader, Ottawa, Illinois, February 25, 1848
Died in Ottawa, February 18, 1848, Fanny Leland, infant daughter of L. Leland, aged 8 weeks.

Child of James Levens
The Ottawa free trader., March 08, 1844
On Sunday last, a child of Mr. James Levens, of this place, aged about four years, was drowned by falling into the cellar, in which there were some eighteen inches of water. It stepped upon a trap door, which gave way with it and fell upon it, disabling it from making a noise. It was found shortly after, but when taken out of the water, the spirit had fled.

John Lewis
The Ottawa Free Trader, Ottawa, Illinois, December 24, 1847
A man named John Lewis, an Irishman, we believe, was found dead on Saturday between Hadley's tavern and the sulphur spring, on the Peru road. A coroner's jury was immediately called, and after a full examination, they returned a verdict that the deceased had come to his death from some cause unknown. The man had been seen going in the direction of Peru on Friday evening and it is presumed that on account of infirmity or intoxication he fell where he was found and died from exposure as the night was very cold.

Children of Isaac Lock

Taken From the Hennepin Tribune, Hennepin, IL
March 26,1858

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.

Mrs. Harriet Lowrey (nee Dorr)

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

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 23, 1852

George Lum
The Ottawa free trader., April 12, 1844
A man named George Lum, a mechanic, who had been working at the saw mill at Marseilles in this county, was accidently drowned at that place on Saturday last. He had been fishing and while endeavoring to cross the river immediately above the dam, was dragged over it by the current, and thus drowned. Though Immediate search was made, nothing was discovered of the body until yesterday, when it was found at Utica, in this county, having floated down the river some sixteen miles.


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.

Sarah Nolan
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.


Minerva (Corwin) Radcliffe
Taken From The Tonica News December 21, 1878 - Local News

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.

Joshau G. Raley

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.

William Reddick
The Ottawa Free Trader, Ottawa, Illinois, September 3, 1847
Died at the residence of his brother, Wm. Reddick, Esq., near Dayton, on Sunday evening, James Reddick, aged 34 years. Mr. R. had but two weeks ago emigrated with his family to this county from New Jersey. He had up to within a few hours of his death, been in good health and contracted the disease that bore him off so suddenly by exposure but the day or two before his decease. His remains were followed to their final resting place by a large concourse of our citizens. He left a widow and two children.

Mr. Rice

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.

J. M. Richey
Taken From The Tonica News January 8, 1876
Lostant Locals

December 29, 1875, Mr. J. M. Richey of Lostant.  Age 69.

Nathaniel Richey

September 5, 1872

Died At Tonica, LaSalle county, Aug. 16, Nathaniel Richey, aged 78 years.

Local department
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
The Dixon Sun (Dixon, Illinois) November 26, 1873

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.

Mrs. Mary L. Roberts
October 30, 1873

At Tonica, Oct. 4, of consumption, Mary L., wife of the late John A. Roberts, aged 33 years.

Ann (Newton) Rood

The Ottawa free trader., December 22, 1843
Died on 12th inst., at her residence on Fox river, in this county, of inflammation of the lungs, Ann Rood, wife of Lancelot Rood, daughter of Peter and Cloe Newton, aged 32.

Jonathan Root
The Ottawa Free Trader, Ottawa, Illinois, January 1, 1847
Died on Tuesday, December 15th, on Indian Creek, Mr. Jonathan Root, aged 44 years.

Mrs. Mary J. Rowley

September 24, 1874

At Mendota, Sept. 12, Mrs. Mary J., aged 37, wife of L. D. Rowley, and daughter of the late Marshall McCall of the county.

Eddy Ruggles

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.

John Walter
The Ottawa free trader, May 24, 1844
The body of a man was found on the 21st inst., in the Illinois river, near Ross' salt well, about five miles below this place. Information was given to the coroner who, in company with some citizens, proceeded to the spot and held an inquest on it. The body was in such a decayed state that it could be recognized only by the clothes, which were identified as the same that were worn by the person who, some eight months since, disappeared so mysteriously from Mr. Richardson's and concerning whom there was an advertisement in this paper in October last. His name was John Walter and his connexions are said to reside at Newark, Tioga county, N.Y., from which place he emigrated to this state in 1838. The jury, after hearing several witnesses, determined that it was the body of the individual names, and that he had come to his death from some cause to them unknown.

Clara Cornelia Walker
The Ottawa Free Trader, Ottawa, Illinois, April 7, 1848
Died on the third inst., at this place Clara Cornelia, daughter of Geo. E. and Margaret Walker - aged 12 months and 15 days.

William Hickling Walker
The Ottawa Free Trader, Ottawa, Illinois, May 29, 1846
Died on Wednesday, May 27, William Hickling, son of Geo. E. Walker, of this place, aged 1 year and nine months.

David Ward

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.

William Watson
The Ottawa Free Trader, Ottawa, Illinois, April 14 1848
Died on the 3d inst. in Brookfield precinct, William Watson, aged 20 years and 11 months.

Cecilia E. Weaver
The Ottawa free trader., March 22, 1844
Died at Harrisburg, Pa., on the 28th ult., from inflammation of the brain, Cecilia E. Weaver, first daughter of George F. and Elizabeth Weaver. She was born at Ottawa, Ill., on the 7th of September 1841. Cecilia was a sweet and interesting infant, the joy and pride of her parents and the idol of their hearts. She was the subject of much suffering, but has a length reached that blissful shore where pain and death are known no more.

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.

Simeon West
The Ottawa Free Trader, Ottawa, Illinois, September 11, 1846
Died at his residence in this place, on Tuesday evening the 8th inst., Simeon West, aged 72 years.

George Whitmore
The Ottawa Free Trader, Ottawa, Illinois, October 2, 1846
Died on Monday morning last in this place, Mr. George Whitmore, aged 47 years, after suffering a long and severe illness.

George R. Wilson
The Ottawa free trader, June 28, 1844
A man named George R. Wilson, ostler at the Farmers' Hotel, kept by Mr. Loring, in this place, was drowned on Monday afternoon in Fox river, back of the Union House. His body was found on Wednesday. We understand his connections live at, or in the neighborhood of Philadelphia.

David Wood
The Ottawa free trader., March 08, 1844
Died on Indian Creek, on Sunday last, David Wood, aged about 70.

Nelson Wood
The Ottawa Free Trader, March 7, 1845
Died in Washington precinct, on Monday last, of inflammation of the lungs, Nelson, son of Mr. Uriah Wood.

Mrs. Emma O. Woodruff
The Ottawa free trader, October 13, 1843
Died in this place, on the 11th inst., Mrs. Emma O. Woodruff, consort of Alson Woodruff, Esq. - aged 28 years.
The deceased had suffered a long and tedious sickness. The disease was inflammation of the liver. She manifested thro' the whole period the meek submission, the uncomplaining resignation, which should characterize a follower of Christ. Her recovery was uncertain for weeks previous to her death, but no murmur past her lips.
She has left a large circle of friends who mourn her loss as a friend and a Christian, and who sympathize with her relations, yet not without the glorious effulgence of a Christian hope beaming over the dark pathway of the grave. - Transcribed by FOFG NP

Charlotte Ann Woodruff
The Ottawa Free Trader, August 8, 1845
Died suddenly this afternoon, Charlotte Ann, daughter of A. Woodruff, Esq., of this place, aged 4 years and 2 months. Funeral tomorrow at 10 o'clock, a.m.


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]

Francis J. Ziegler
The Ottawa Free Trader, Ottawa, Illinois, October 10, 1845
Francis J. Ziegler, a Bavarian, was found a week ago on the first island below this place nearly dead. He was brought to town and a physician called in, but disease had laid such firm hold on him that he died in a few hours. From papers in his possession, it appears that he had filed his declaration to become naturalized, in the Seneca county court, Ohio, in the 1st of November, 1844. But 20 cents were found about him and a note on an individual for whom he appears to have worked on the canal.

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