LaSalle County, IL Obituaries and Death Notices
Tonica News, Tonica IL September 21, 1878
Last Monday morning the dead body of Henry Haher was found lying beside the railroad track about a mile north of Wenona. A Coroner's inquest was held, but up to the time of our latest information the jury had failed to agree upon a verdict.
When the body was found the arm was mashed to a jelly, the face badly jammed, and the forehead skull crushed as by a severe blow. The watch of the deceased lay near by on the track. According to evidence given at the inquest, Haher had been drinking before he left Wenona late Saturday night, but was not intoxicated when last seen. His father lives in Lostant, whither Henry is supposed to have started when meeting with his tragic fate. On Tuesday the remains were buried in the Catholic cemetery at Lostant. Deceased was in the employ of the C. & A. R. R. Co. He leaves a wife and family to mourn his untimely end.
Emmerson J. Hall
Dixon Evening Telegraph July 12, 1916
Former Resident Dies At Burlington
Word has been received here of the death in Burlington of a former resident, Emmerson J. Hall, April 11 due to a heart attack.
He was the son of the late J. Q. and Delilah Hall, who formerly lived at 708 W. Linn St.
He is survived by his wife, a daughter, three sisters, Mrs. Charles D. Powell of Mendota, Ill. Mrs. Ben C Weaver of Safford, Ariz., and Mrs. Ralph J. Franklin of Fairmont, Ind.
Burial was in a Burlington cemetery.
The Ottawa Free Trader, July 18, 1845
Died on the 15th inst., in this place, George, infant son of Mary and Chester B. 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.
Tonica News, Tonica IL January 2, 1875
Died last Tuesday morning, Mr. Zenas Hall of the firm of Hall and Burgess of this place. Age, 53. On Wednesday the funeral services were held in the Baptist church, and attended by a very large congregation of people. Mr. Hall was one of the early settlers, and was well known by the whold community as an honest, upright and business man.
Mrs. Elizabeth Halterman
Mrs. Elizabeth Halterman, 61, Ottawa, died Wednesday morning in Ottawa Community Hospital. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday in the Mueller Funeral Home, Ottawa, with the rev. Ambrose Cunningham officiating. Burial will be in the Oakwood Memorial Park. Elizabeth Halterman was born on Mar. 9, 1922 in Ottawa, the daughter of John and Mae White Eurr. In 1942 she married Louis Halterman in Aurora. He was am ember of St. Patrick s Catholic Church, Otawwa. Surviving are one son, Jerry Ottawa, three grandchildren; one brother, Mathew Furr, Sterling, and one sister, Mrs. Francis (Mary Kathryn) Mettile, Ottawa. Preceding her in death was her husband in 1963 - Contributed by Margaret Mangers
From the Daily Gazette 9 Jun 1983
The Ottawa free trader., February 23, 1844
Death by Drowning
Two gentlemen, named John Hart and __ Sheban, were drowned in the Illinois river, at Peru, on Friday last. They were engaged with a team belonging to Mr. Elliott, and in attempting to cross the river on the ice, met with a watery grave. One of the horses was lost. The bodies of the unfortunate men were recovered next day, and conveyed to the village cemetery, attended by a large number of citizens.
Tonica News, Tonica IL January 2, 1875
Died last Tuesday morning, Dec. 19th, Christian Hartenbower. Aged, 79.
Child of William Haskell
The Ottawa Free Trader, Ottawa, Illinois, August 3, 1849
A child of Wm. Haskell died on Saturday of cholera - also a child of Mr. Barton; both in West Ottawa.
Franz (Kessler) Hassler
August 1915 (newspaper clipping - source unknown)
Mrs. Franz Hassler
The funeral of Mrs. Hassler took place from the German Lutheran church on Sunday, August 15. A large company of relative followed the remains to the Granville cemetery where the interment took place. The obituary read at the cemetery tells very nicely her life history. We are permitted to print the same herewith:
Having been kindly requested to give a short biography of the deceased sister, I herewith make the following remarks.
Mrs. Elizabeth Hassler, wife of Franz Hassler; was born at Wohra, Kurhess, Germany, on the 11th day of March 1833. She was the second oldest of a family of eleven children. From her parochial school at Wohra, having finished her course at school she made herself useful in various ways.
At the age of 25 years, she with her brother George Kessler came to the United States. The first two years she spent with Joseph Weis. Feb. 19, 1866 she became to wife of Franz Hassler. This union was blessed with six children, three sons and three daughters. She enjoyed the bliss of married life for forty years, her husband being called to the better land Jan. 21, 1900. They had established their home in this vicinity. After the death of her husband, Mrs. Hassler lived with her son Frederick Hassler for one year and then went to Milwaukee to her son Conrad. Having been there for some time she returned and lived with her children and relatives.
She was a member of the German Lutheran church and attended the services at the county line and also at Leonore. We are pleased to state that she was an active and devoted church attendant. The beloved mother and sister grew frail. Some three weeks ago a doctor was consulted and he declared she was suffering weakness of old age. To give her the best care it was decided upon to place her in the LaSalle hospital, where she passed peacefully away on Friday morning, Aug. 13, 1915 at the age of 82 years, 5 months and 2 days.
Those who mourn Mr. Hassler's death are two sons and three daughters - Fred Hassler of Eden township, Conrad Hasslerof Milwaukee, Mrs. Elizabeth Zimmerman near Mt. Palatine, Miss Katherine Hassler, Mrs. Clara Tesch of Milwaukee, her sister, Mrs. Katherine Waldschmidt, two brothers and two sisters-in-law, twenty eight grand children and seven great grand children, numerous relatives and friends.
Mendota Bulletin Oct. 24, 1891
Died on Tuesday, Oct. 20th, Eda Heiman, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. E Heiman, aged 18 years, 8 mos, of consumption. The funeral was held on Thursday from the Lutheran church and was largely attended by many friends and schoolmates.
Wayne E. Heinzeroth
Wayne E. Heinzeroth, 64, of Mendota died May 31, 2011, in his residence. A memorial service will be at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Merritt Funeral Home, Mendota, with the Rev. Larry Sheaves officiating. Visitation will be 5 p.m. until time of service Thursday at the funeral home.
He was born Oct. 17, 1946, in Mendota to Leroy and Mabel (Earich) Heinzeroth. He served with the U.S. Army. He worked as an assembler at Black Bros. in Mendota for 32 years before his retirement.
He is survived by two daughters, Jodi (David) Manning of Mendota and Suzanne (Joshua) Saylor of Cibolo, Texas; five grandchildren, Jessica and Jenna Manning and Alexander, Austin and Jerzie Saylor; one brother, Keith (Vina) Heinzeroth Sr. of Mendota; and five sisters, Pearl (Clarence) Pfeiffer of Dixon, Ruth Musser of Mendota, Velma (Donald) Schmidt of Mendota, Joyce (Jim) Spanier of Mendota and Katherine (Leonard) Funfsinn of Mendota. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Donald and Richard Heinzeroth, and one sister, Dorothy Hunter. Memorials may be directed to the family.
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John H. Henderson
The Ottawa Free Trader, Ottawa, Illinois, May 19, 1848
Died on Indian Creek, on the 17th inst., after a short illness, Mr. John H. Henderson
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
Henry Republican, Henry IL March 30, 1882
Died at Peru, mach 23, of lung fever, Peter Heocheit, 55 years 1 month 25 days, stepfather of Mrs. Julius Watercott of this city.
On Thursday of last week Mr. Peter Heocheit, the stepfather of Mrs. Julius Watercott, died from the effects of a severe attck of lung fever. He was a prominent citizen of Peru, having lived there many years, and was a man widely known and respected. He was a carpenter and builder, doing a large business. The funeral was held on Sunday at Turners Hall in Peru, at which, notwithstanding the pouring rain was attended by a very large concourse of mourning and sympathizing friends. The bereft are a widow and five children, three of the latter being step children. Mrs. Julius Watercott's father was Dr. Oscar Morgner, who died 27 years ago at St. Louis.
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 J. Hinman
The Ottawa Free Trader, Ottawa, Illinois, October 12, 1849
Died at his residence near the Fox River House in this place on Friday evening of last week, John J. Hinman, lately from Utica, N. Y. Also on Thursday, a child of Mr. Hinman.
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.
Mary H. Hockstatter
Henry Republican, Henry IL July 20, 1876
At La Salle, July 4, of apoplexy of the lungs, Miss Mary H. Hockstatter, aged 26 years, sister of Mrs. Cadet Taylor of Wenona.
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.
Bureau County Republican Oct 19, 2011
PALM BEACH GARDEN, Fla. - Nick Hoffman, 30, of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., formerly of Sublette, passed away Sunday, Oct. 16, 2011, in Las Vegas, Nev.
Nick was born Jan. 15, 1981, in Princeton to Jeff and Becky (Ehmen) Hoffman. He was engaged to Caitlyn Brown of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. He is survived by his parents of Sublette; his sister, Kelly Hoffman of Sublette; his fiancé, Caitlyn Brown of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.; his paternal grandmother, Joyce Hoffman of LaMoille; his maternal grandfather,
Harlan Ehmen, and his maternal stepgrandmother, Alice Ehmen, of LaMoille; four aunts and uncles, Laurie (Rich) Joerger of LaMoille, Sherry (Dave) Siragusa of Dunlap, Jeff (Lisa) Ehmen of Madison, Ala., and Scott (Elizabeth) Ehmen of Warsaw, Ind.; and six cousins.
Nick was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Lee Hoffman; his maternal grandmother, Gwen Ehmen; and his great-grandparents.
Nick was a pro motocross mechanic for Michael Byrne #26, Butler Brothers MX of Miami, Fla. Nick was on business at the Monster Energy Cup at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas, Nev. Prior to being a mechanic for Michael, Nick was a professional quad racer. He raced locally at Mendota and Sunset Ridge in Walnut. He was a 1999 graduate of Amboy High School. Nick enjoyed hanging with the Pistoles at Sunset Ridge quite often. He was a huge fan of warm weather and enjoyed spending time on the beach with his fiancé, Caitlyn. In between traveling for work Nick like getting together with family and friends. Nick was very passionate about his job and the people in his life. He will be remembered in the hearts and minds of the many people who knew and loved him.
Please join in celebrating Nick's 30 years of touching a part of your life. The wake will be held at the Merritt Funeral
Home, 800 Monroe St., Mendota, on Sunday from 4 to 8 p.m. The funeral service will be Monday at 10:30 a.m. at the
Community United Methodist Church, 73 North Main St., LaMoille. Following graveside services at Union Cemetery in
LaMoille there will be a dinner served at the church.
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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
Mrs. Margaret Sherman Holmes
Henry Republican, Henry IL December 25, 1879
Died in Ottawa, December 12 of consumption, Margaret Sherman Holmes, aged 25 years, 5 months, six days, wife of Prof. J. A. Holmes.
The estimable wife of Prof. J. A. Holmes, long an invalid, bid adieu to a world of suffering and sickness, and passed within the vail Friday last, at Ottawa. On a postal card, Mr. Holmes writes: "I cannot write much about it, but she passed away very easy and wanted to go. Her troubles are ove. I will write more after my return from Sterling, where she will be buried".
Consumption had accomplished its full work. Mrs. Holmes was the second wife, by whom there are no children. Owing to her long, protracted enfeebled condition, the children by the first wife lived with their grandparents in a distant portion of the state. ...... Later - Another note from Mr. Holmes says: "She had been sick fifteen months, but I had not expected her to die so soon, though I knew she might die at any time. She was confined to her bed less than 12 hours. She died easily and peacefully. ........ Funeral was held at the Baptist church at Sterling."
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.
Ellen (Fairbairn) Hudson
Henry Republican, Henry IL November 27, 1873
At Streator, La Salle county, Nov. 18, of fever, Ellen, wife of Thomas Hudson, and sister of Josephine Fairbairn, late of Whitefield.
Lucille Hulse - nee Cresto
County Name: LaSalle
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.
Mrs. Harriet N. Huntington
Tonica News, Tonica IL March 30, 1878
(From the Streator Free Press)
Mrs. Harriet N. Huntington Elliott sweetly fell asleep in Jesus, at the residence of her son-in-law U. S. Painter, Streator, Illinois, March 3, 1878.
Harriet N. Huntington was born in Williamtie, Conn., March 6, 1817. At the age of 16 she was converted to the Christian religion and lived a godly life ever afterward. At the age of 23 she came to Illinois, and two years after was married to Chas. Elliott, of Lowell, La Salle county, which place continued to be her home until death.
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.
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
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.
Mrs. Isrial Hutchinson
Tonica News, Tonica IL December 4, 1875
The funeral of Mrs. Isrial Hutchinson was held in this place yesterday and was largely attended.