LaSalle County, IL Obituaries and Death Notices

Transcribed by Nancy Piper unless otherwise noted

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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.




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Mrs. Julia E. Baldwin and Sarah Louisa Baldwin
The Ottawa Free Trader, July 26th 1844
Obituary
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

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.


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.


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.


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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.



(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



Emily Clarkson

September 19, 1867

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



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.



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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.



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.



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.






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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


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.



EUGENE STANHOPE ELLIOTT

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.



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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


Daniel Frowley

Taken From the Hennepin Tribune, Hennepin, IL
February 5, 1858

Drowned
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.


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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.



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


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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 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

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



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.




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



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.



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Horace B. Jarvis
(Northern Journal (Lowville, NY) - Thursday, October 4, 1838)
Died
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.

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Child of James Levens
The Ottawa free trader., March 08, 1844
Drowned
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.



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.




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Mrs. Lorene (Keeler) Mater

Dixon Evening Telegraph (Dixon, Illinois) August 20, 1945

Mrs. Russell Mater

Mendota, Aug. 20

The funeral of Mrs. Russell Mater who was fatally injured when she fell off a cliff at Bailey Falls south of Starved Rock state park Wednesday was held at the Bailey funeral home here at 2:00 o clock Sunday afternoon with burial in Restland cemetery.

A verdict of accidental death was returned by a coroner s jury held here. First to testify was Kay Asmusson, Chicago, who stated that he accompanied Mrs. Frances Novak and daughters Roseana and Valeria, Wanda Maha, Helen Faher and Mrs. Mater and daughter Rea on a picnic to Bailey Falls, leaving Mendota about 4 p.m. Wednesday. He reported that all but Mrs. Mater and daughter left the picnic site to gather firewood and when last seen she was lying on a blanket reading a magazine. When he next saw her she was on a ledge about 12 feet below the falls.

Asmusson enlisted the aid of other picnickers to carry her to his car and take her to St. Mary s hospital, La Salle. He testified that at the hospital, a member of the staff stated there was no doctor available and none could be reached at once. Mrs. Mater was then taken to Harris hospital, Mendota, and given medical attention.

Roseann Novak stated that when she heard Mrs. Mater s daughter cry she went to her and asked where her mother was. The child stated her mother had fallen. Roseann called, but received no answer. By that time the others had returned. Mrs. Novak reported that she called out for Mrs. Mater, who answered her from the spot on the ledge. When asked if she was hur, she replied that she was all right . She remained conscious until placed in the car. Mrs. Novak said, but was unconscious from then until death occurred at 3:20 a.m. Thursday.

Written testimony by Dr. Harris stated he first treated the patient at 10 p.m. for a wound over the right eye and that she died at 3:20 a.m. from a basal skull fracture. Her husband, who was informed by Asmusson, was on a business trip to the southern part of the state at the time. He stated he had talked with her by phone Tuesday night and she appeared to be in good spirits.  As Lorene Keeler, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Keeler, she was born Dec. 24, 1906 in Quincy, Mich. Surviving are her husband, a daughter, Rea; her father and three sisters, Arlene, Doris and Elma. She was preceded in death by an infant daughter last year.


Michael Menan

Taken From the Hennepin Tribune, Hennepin, IL
January 22, 1858

Fatal Accident on the C & R. I. R. R.
We learn from the La Salle Journal that Michael Menan was killed by falling between the cars while attempting to pass from one to the other on Saturday last. His legs were cut off and his head mangled in the most frightful manner. His remains were taken in charge by his brother.


Son of Mr. Mills

Taken From the Hennepin Tribune, Hennepin, IL
May 28, 1858

Drowned

The Peru Sentinal says that a son of Mr. Mills, ex-mayor of LaSalle, aged about 17 or 18 years, was drowned on Monday last in a canal near LaSalle. He was attending to some business for his father about the canal boats and while sculling a skiff, from one boat to another, accidently fell overboard and was drowned before assistance could reach him.



Isabelle Mott
The Ottawa Free Trader, August 15, 1845
Died at Peru, on Saturday the 2d of August, Isabelle, daughter of Micajah and Emma Mott - aged 2 years, 6 months and 3 days.


Samuel Musser

Samuel Musser, 85, of 1507 Guiles Ave., Mendota, died Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2007, at Mendota Lutheran Home. He was employed by Wayside Press, Mendota, in the bindery department for 29 years, retiring in 1990. Mr. Musser was born Sept. 1, 1921, in Sublette, the son of Isaac and Nettie (Clink) Musser. He married Ruth Heinzeroth on Sept. 20, 1949, in Mendota. He was a member of Zion United Methodist Church, Mendota. Survivors include his wife; three daughters, Linda (Raymond) Karstens and Kathleen (John) Clark, both of Mendota, and Diane (Kristen) Waller of Galesburg; three sisters, Ila Blevins of Mount Morris and Laura Johnson and Mabel (Clifford) Geuther, both of Mendota; seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by four brothers and two sisters. The funeral is at 11 a.m. Friday at Merritt Funeral Home, Mendota, with the Rev. Gale Brandner officiating. Burial is at Restland Cemetery, Mendota. Visitation is from 4 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home. Memorials have been established to Mendota Lutheran Home and the American Heart Association.- Contributed by Pat Esterday

Taken from: The Dixon Telegraph, Thursday, August 30, 2007, Page A2 Col. 1-2


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Sarah Nolan
The Ottawa Free Trader, August 1, 1845
Obituary
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.

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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.


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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.


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.



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.


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.


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Gray Taggart

- Contributed by Sally V. Houston

DEATH OF DR. GRAY TAGGART.

Dr. Gray Taggart died at his home in Galesburg, Ill., Saturday, April 1, 1899, of pneumonia.

He was a son of William W. and Mariah Taggart, who have resided in Galesburg the past three years. He was born in Reading, Livingston county, Ill., July 20, 1866. The family moved to Tonica later and in 1871 they removed to Lowell, Ill., where they resided until going to Galesburg.

The doctor received his education at the Ottawa High School, but ill health prevented his graduating. In 1887 he went to Minneapolis, where he was employed in a drug store. He was soon appointed druggist in the Minnesota state asylum for the insane at St. Peters, a position he occupied until entering the Northwestern University Medical College in Chicago in 1891. He was graduated from there in 1894, holding a high rank in his class. During his last year at college he was married in October, 1893, to Miss Sophie Green, of Magoon, and at once after graduation he began the practice of medicine in Galesburg.

His wife soon became ill with tuberculosis, and, despite passing the winter with her in New Mexico, and all human power could do, she died in March, 1895, leaving him a daughter, Janet, whom his parents at once took charge of and will continue to keep.

Feb 8, 1899, the doctor was united in marriage with Miss Bertha Davis, of Galesburg.

About five weeks ago he became afflicted with pleurisy, brought on by exposure in attending his sick. His iron will kept him up when he should have been in bed. Wednesday pneumonia developed and rapid heart exhaustion came on, causing his death Saturday.

He leaves to mourn him his widow, his parents, a brother and several sisters and his daughter Janet, besides hosts of friends.

He was a member of the Congregational church of which Rev. James Stead is pastor. He was also a Knight of Pythias and a member of several fraternal orders and medical societies. At the time of his death he was chief of staff of the Cottage Hospital of Galesburg.

Dr, Taggart was a man of strong individuality. Always courteous and gentlemanly, sincere and honest, devoted to his profession and very conscientious in the discharge of his duties, he had built up a large and rapidly increasing practice. His death leaves a vacancy in the hearts of his friends and patients which can never be filled.

G.S.B.

Ottawa Republican-Times, Thursday, April 13, 1899


Kate Taggart

-Contributed by Sally V. Houston

Death of Miss Taggart

Miss Kate Taggart, formerly of Lowell, died last Friday at her home in Oneida, Ill., after two years of sickness and almost helplessness. Says the Galesburg Republican:

She has been confined to her bed for almost two years and during that time suffered greatly. She has had the tender and loving care of her step-mother and of the other members of the family. She leaves her father, W.W. Taggart, and her step-mother; her sister, Mrs. Pancake of Scott, Neb.; a sister, Mrs Crane of Omaha, Neb.; and a brother, William, of Lincoln, Neb. In this city are Mrs. Taggart, her sister-in-law and Mrs. A.W. Ryan, a cousin.

Miss Taggart was born in 1860 near Ottawa and the greater portion of her life was spent in LaSalle county, this State. Four years of her life were spent in Galesburg and two years ago last April the family removed to Oneida. It was immediately after this that she was compelled to remain in bed.

The Tonica News, Feb. 1, 1901


William Wallace Taggart

-Contributed by Sally V. Houston

The Tonica News, Vol. 36, no. 43, p.6, 24 Dec 1909

Death of W.W. Taggart

One of Our Very Early Pioneers and a
Veteran of the Civil War Passes
Away in the Fullness of
Years

After much suffering from disease and the infirmities of age, our neighbor Taggart yielded up his spirit to the God who gave it and passed into the world invisible - Sunday night, Dec. 19. In his going this community loses one of its oldest settlers - one who bore an active part in subduing the wild prairie land of this section and paving the way for the incoming of a higher and better civilization. We who are enjoying the ease and comfort and prosperity of the present should never forget our debt of gratitude to the pioneers. They wrought under great difficulties and privations that we might enter into this rich inheritance.

Tuesday afternoon a brief funeral service was held at the house, consisting of reading Nathaniel P. Willis' immortal hymn, The Eternal Goodness, and the offering of a prayer by Rev. G.H. McClung, the reading of the obituary notice below, and the singing of three appropriate selections. This was attended by many old neighbors and friends of the deceased living in the towns of Eden, Hope and Vermillion. Burial was in the old part of the Tonica cemetery grounds.

OBITUARY

William Wallace Taggart was born in Armstrong county, Pennsylvania, Dec. 1, 1830. When 7 years old moved with his widowed mother, an uncle and two aunts to Putnam county, Illinois, traveling in a flat boat down the Ohio and up the Mississippi and Illinois rivers to Hennepin, Ill. Was educated at the then famous academy at Granville, Ill., in charge of Elder Fisher, father-in-law of Henry Gunn, so long Tonica's leading attorney.

March 19, 1851, he was married to Matilda Stewart, a student of the same institution. Five children were born to them - Ella, no Mrs. J.F. Pancake of Mt. Airy, Ga.; Wilber A., a resident of Laurel, Wash.; Emma, now Mrs. Cook of Omaha, Neb.; Elden Lincoln, who died in western Kansas in 1888; and Kate, who passed away in 1901 at Oneida, Ill. Mrs. Taggart died at the breaking out of the civil war, January 16, 1861.

In August of the same year Mr. Taggart enlisted in Co. I, 11th Ill. Inftry, with rank of Orderly Sergeant. He was soon promoted to 2d Lieutenant; was again promoted for bravery on the battlefield, having received three wounds at Ft. Donaldson, one of them so serious and his recovery so slow that he sent his resignation in 1862.

April 7, 1864, Mr. Taggart was united in marriage to Mrs. Maria Woodward. Dr. Gray Taggart, who passed away at Galesburg, Ill., in 1899, was the only child by this marriage.

Deceased is the last of a family of six children, five sisters having preceded him to the unknown world. With the exception of three years in Galesburg and two years in western Nebraska, all of his life after reaching manhood was spent in Tonica and the vicinity.

Those present from a distance were Mr. and Mrs. Charles A. Zenor of Williamsfield, Ill.; Winnie and Ralph Thomas and Miss Merle of Spring Valley, nieces and nephews of the deceased; and Mrs. Lon Dugan of Lostant, an old friend. Miss Jeannette Taggart, granddaughter, arrived from Champaign in time for the funeral. - Mrs. J.F. Pancake of Mt. Airy, Ga., had been with her father for the past month.


MARGARET MARY TRUCKENBROD (nee Pohl) 79

Mrs. Fred (Margaret) Truckenbrod, 79, of Compton, passed away at 2:30 a.m. Wednesday, February 8, in Mendota Community Hospital. She was admitted as a patient last Friday. Visitation will be at the Schwarz funeral home until 11:00 a.m. Friday when the body will be taken to Immanuel Lutheran Church, Brooklyn Township, where services will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. by the Rev. L. J. Grosshans. Burial will be in Restland Cemetery. Margaret Mary Truckenbrod, nee Pohl, was born May 26, 1876, in Clarion township, the daughter of John G. and Katharine Yost Pohl. February 18, 1896, she was united in marriage to Fred Truckenbrod who preceded her in death November 26, 1937. The couple farmed near Compton and moved to the village when they retired about twenty years ago. Surviving are two sons, Theodore, Paw Paw, and Harvey, West Brooklyn; two daughters, Mrs. John (Gertrude) Gallagher, Hinckley, and Mrs. Elmer (Lillian) Bauer, LaMoille; nine grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; two brothers, Herman Pohl, Pomeroy, Iowa, and Dan Pohl, Spring Valley; also one sister, Mrs. William Bruckner, Roscoe. Preceding her in death besides her parents and husband, were two sisters, Mrs. Louise Heiman and Cora Pohl, and one brother, who died infancy. - Contributed by Pat Esterday

Taken from: The Mendota Reporter, Mendota, LaSalle County, Illinois.

THEODORE Ted TRUCKENBROD 87

Paw Paw __ Theodore W. Truckenbrod, 87, died Tuesday, Nov. 14, 1989 in Mendota Community Hospital. He farmed in the Paw Paw area, prior to his retirement. He was born Nov. 20, 1901 in Lee County, to Frederick and Margaret (Pohl) Truckenbrod. He was married to Emma Miller Jan. 12, 1937 in Immanuel Lutheran Church in Compton. He was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Compton. He was preceded in death by one sister. Survivors include his wife of Paw Paw; son Myron of Paw Paw; daughter Mrs. Dean (Elaine) Eich of Paw Paw; brother, Harvey of Rochelle; sister, Lillian Bauer of LaMoille; six grandchildren. Funeral will be 11 a.m. Friday in Torman and Sons Funeral Home, with the Rev. Kelly Fryer, pastor of Immanuel Lutheran Church, Compton, officiating. Burial is in Restland Memorial Gardens, Mendota. Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the funeral home. A memorial has been established. - Contributed by Pat Esterday

Taken from: The Mendota Reporter, Mendota, LaSalle County, Illinois.


MRS. HARRY A. (McPherson) TRUDO

Contributed by  Melva L. Taylor

The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois

April 13, 1957 - Saturday, pg 8

MRS. HARRY A. (McPherson) TRUDO - 1028 Kishwaukee St., Rockford, a former resident of Sterling, died at 6:15 a.m. Friday (12 April 1957) in the home of her daughter, Mrs. Joseph Filbert, 1308 1/2 7th Ave., Moline. Mrs. Trudo had been visiting with her daughter for four days when she became ill. Her death was unexpected.

She was born Sept. 6, 1904 in Troy Grove, Ill., a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Steven McPherson. She was married to Mr. Trudo July 18, 1923 in Davenport, Ia., and they lived in Sterling for a number of years before moving to Rockford in 1951. She was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church.

Surviving are her husband; two daughters, Joyce Marchione, Rockford, and Mrs. Joseph Filbert, Moline; two sons, Richard Trudo, Ashton and William Trudo, Ridgeway, Pa.; four sisters, Mrs. Martin Janssen and Mrs. Lester Knabe, Sterling, Mrs. Fred Smith, Chicago, and Mrs. Corliss Bryant, Sterling; her mother, Mrs. Monte McPherson, Sterling; and five grandchildren. Her father passed away recently.

The body was taken to the Melvin Funeral Home where friends may call after 7 p.m. Saturday. Funeral rites will be held in the funeral home at 2 p.m. Monday, with Dr. Alfred L. Grewe, pastor of St. John's, officiating. Burial will be in Oak Knoll Memorial Park.



Orlando Twitchell
The Ottawa Free Trader, March 21, 1845
Died at Peru, La Salle county, Ills., on Tuesday the 11th inst., Orlando Twitchell, in the 38th year of his age - formerly of New Hampshire.


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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

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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 F. ULTCH, 88

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


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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.


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.



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.



George R. Wilson
The Ottawa free trader, June 28, 1844
Drowned
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
Obituaries
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.


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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

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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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