LaSalle County, IL Obituaries and Death Notices


Mary Elizabeth Patrick
Thomas Patton
B. F. Perkins
Jefferson Phillips
Ralph Plumb
Cynthia Pohl (Nee Worsley)
Elman G. Pohl

Jacob P. Pohl
Isabel Pohl (Nee Brooking)
Mabel Pohl(Nee Hild)
Resolved H. Potter
Eliza (McNett) Powell
James A Powell
Eddy Pratt
Oscar F. Prescott

 Mary Elizabeth Patrick

The Ottawa free trader., November 24, 1843
Died at this place, on Monday, Mary Elizabeth, daughter of Jacob and Eliza Patrick, aged 11 months.
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Thomas Patton
February 21, 1902 - PAGE 5, Rutland News
After two weeks of suffering as the result of a paralytic stroke, Thomas Patton, one of the oldest and most highly respected pioneers of this locality, passed the portal of death and solved the mysteries of the great beyond. Mr. Patton was 75 years of age and had made his home here for half a century.

B. F. Perkins
The Ottawa Free Trader, Ottawa, Illinois January 26, 1850
Died on the 12th ult, at his father's residence near Lowell, of typhus fever, Mr. B. F. Perkins, in the 25th year of his age.

Jefferson Phillips
Tonica News, Tonica IL January 4, 1879
Died - at his residence in Lostant, Saturday, Dec. 18, 1878, Jefferson Phillips, aged 35 years, 10 months, 14 days.
The funeral services were held on Monday last at the M. E. church, conducted by Rev. T. M. Durham, and largely attended by relatives and friends of deceased. Mr. Phillips was born in Springfield, Ill, Feb. 14, 1843. He moved to Magnolia in 1855, and thence to Wenona in the following year. Four years ago he located at Lostant where he afterward opened and carried on a harness shop, also assisting Mr. Goheen as deputy post master for the last three years. He leaves a wife and one child, a daughter, who was 9 years old on the day of her father's death. Mrs. Phillips wishes to thank all the good friends who so kindly lent their assistance during her husband's protracted illness.
Henry Republican, Henry IL January 9, 1879
In Lostant, Dec. 28, Jefferson Phillips, aged 35 years 10 months, 14 days. Born in Springfield and formerly lived in Magnolia and Wenona.

Ralph Plumb
Taken From the Decatur Daily Review
April 15, 1903
Founder of Steator Dead
Colonel Ralph Plumb, founder of the city of Streator and its most honored citizen, died Wednesday, April 8, at the advanced age of 87 years. Colonel Plumb had a wide acquaintance throughout northern Illinois. After the war Colonel Plumb came to LaSalle county and was one of the builder of the Fox River Valley railroad. He located where Streator now is and that place continued to be his home from that time until the close of his life. He laid out the city and named it after Dr. Streator, president of the syndicate of which he was a manager. He has been closely identified with its growth and advancement, and has made large and valuable donations in various ways. He built and gave the high school building to the township. It cost with its equipmeny, which he furnished, more than $40,000. He was Streator's first mayor, and held the office for two terms.

CYNTHIA POHL (nee Worsley) 56

Mrs. Gabriel Pohl, 56, died at her home, 900 Fourth Avenue, Monday morning, October 27, at seven-thirty o'clock following an illness of one year. Cynthia Worsley was born April 30, 1891 in Bronaugh, Missouri the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. John Worsley. At the age of fourteen years she came to Illinois with her family and resided on a farm near Triumph. In 1908 she was united in marriage with Gabriel Pohl and the couple resided on a farm east of Mendota until 1937, when they moved to their present home in Mendota. Mrs. Pohl was an active member of the Presbyterian Church and of the Women's Society of that church. Mrs. Pohl is survived by her husband; three sons, Elman, Howard and Arthur; two daughters, Mrs. Richard Crossman of LaMoille, and Miss Clarice at home; four brothers, Alfred M., Allen and Boyd Worsley of Missouri and George of Triumph; two sisters, Mrs. Cora Thompson of Princeton and Mrs. Blanche Carter of California; seven grandchildren and many other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at two o'clock from the late residence, and two-thirty o'clock at the First Presbyterian Church. The Rev. Wilbert E. Hare officiated. Burial was in Restland cemetery. Pallbearers were John Gibbs, Ira Morehouse, Howard Yenerich, Webb Setchell, S.D. Dewey and Frank Parks. Flower bearers were Mrs. Harry Fahler, Mrs. Fred Keene and Mrs. John Gibbs. - Contributed by Pat Esterday

Taken from: The Mendota Reporter, Thursday, October 30, 1947, Page 1 - Col. 2


Elman G. Pohl, 85, a resident of Heritage Manor Nursing Home, died June 29, 1997 in the nursing home. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 3, in the First Presbyterian Church in Mendota. The Rev. Dale Dykstra will officiate. Burial will be in Restland Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday, July 2 in the Merritt Funeral Home. He was born Jan. 25, 1912 in Ophir Township to Gabriel and Cynthia (Worsley) Pohl. He married Mabel Hild on Jan. 21, 1931 in Van Orin. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church for over 50 years. He was a 1929 graduate of Mendota High School. He was a member of the Moose Lodge #714 and a 50 year member of Elks Lodge #1212. He was a lifelong area farmer and a supervisor/salesman for Lynx Hybrid Seed for 15 years. Survivors include two sons, George of Mendota and John of Salt Lake City, Utah; three daughters, Carol (Gaylon) Ehlers of Mendota, Cynthia (James) Foster of Mendota, and Janice (Eugene) Jakse of Peru; 18 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren; one brother, Arthur E. Pohl of Amboy; two sisters, Ruth Crossman of LaMoille and Clarice (Maurice) Faber of LaMoille; and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife Mabel on May 18, 1991, a grandson, a brother and his parents. Memorials may be directed to the donor's choice. - Contributed by Pat Esterday

Taken from: The Mendota Reporter, Wednesday, July 2, 1997, Page 4 - Col. 1


Jacob Pohl, 82, died at 11:45 a.m. , Wednesday, July 22, at his residence, 400 Eleventh Avenue. He had been bedfast for one month and in failing health for a year and a half. A son of George and Margaret Schaller Pohl, he was born January 15, 1871, in Sublette Township, Lee County. He was baptized April 3, 1871, in St. Paul's Church on Old Chicago Road and was confirmed on Easter Sunday in the year of 1884. October 15, 1901, he was united in marriage to Miss Caroline Herrmann. The couple was privileged to celebrate its silver wedding anniversary in 1926. Mrs. Pohl preceded her husband in death on September 25, 1935. Surviving are one son, Edward Jacob Pohl of Compton; one daughter, Mrs. Fred (Mildred) Gustavson of Mendota; one foster son, William Lindenmeyer Pohl; several grandchildren; one brother, George Pohl of Aurora; and two sisters, Mrs. Elizabeth Kessel of Mendota and Mrs. Frank Schenbricker of Rock Island. Funeral arrangements are being completed at Bailey's funeral home. - Contributed by Pat Esterday

Taken from: The Mendota Reporter, Thursday, July 23, 1953, Page 1 - Col. 6

ISABEL POHL, 78, (nee Brooking)

Mrs. Karl W. (Isabel) Pohl, 78, of 506 Tenth Ave., died at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20 in Mendota Community Hospital where she had been a patient since Aug. 31. She had been a resident at Sunrise Nursing Home various times since January 1972. Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. Monday in the Schwarz Funeral Home with the Rev. Thor E. Bogren officiating. Burial was in Restland Cemetery. Pallbearers were George Schuetz, George Setchell, Webster Setchell, Albert, Elman and Howard Pohl. Visitation was Saturday afternoon and evening at the funeral home. There was no Sunday visitation. Memorials were directed to Mendota Community Hospital. Isabel Pohl, nee Brooking, was born April 11, 1895 in Macomb, the daughter of Frederick and Mae Brooking. She married Karl W. Pohl, June 20, 1916 in Mendota. Her husband servives. Mrs. Pohl was a member of the Episcopal Church in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. and a charter member of Chapter BV, PEO Sisterhood. . - Contributed by Pat Esterday

Taken from: The Mendota Reporter, September 26, 1973, Page 12 - Col. 4-5

MABEL POHL, 80 (nee Hild)

Mabel Pohl, 80, of 1403 Lakewood Drive, died Saturday, May 18, 1991, at St. Anthony's Medical Center in Rockford. Mrs. Pohl was born Oct. 24, 1910, in Van Orin, a daughter of J. W. and Sarah (Barger) Hild. She married Elman Pohl in Van Orin Jan. 21, 1931. She graduated from LaMoille High School in 1929 and was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Mendota and LaMoille Birthday Club. Services were at 11 a.m. Monday at First Presbyterian Church, the Rev. Thomas Barnes officiating. Pallbearers were Douglas Jakse, Neal Tipton, Scott McCoy, Shane McConville, Glen Fitzsimmons, Dan Driessen, George West, Brad Ehlers, Ben Waldie, Brian Pohl, Michael Piller, Brent Ehlers and Jason Foster. Visitation was 2 - 7 p.m. Sunday at Merritt Funeral Home. Memorials were directed to the donor's choice. Mrs. Pohl is survived by her husband; two sons, George of Mendota and John of Salt Lake City, Utah; three daughters, Mrs. Gaylon (Carol) Ehlers of Mendota, Mrs. Eugene (Janice) Jakse of Peru and Mrs. James (Cynthia) Foster of Mendota; two brothers, Robert Hild of LaMoille and William Hild of Brandon, Fla.; one sister, Mrs. Murray (Mary) Reeser of Mendota; 18 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two brothers, one sister and one grandson. - Contributed by Pat Esterday

Taken from: The Mendota Reporter, Wednesday, May 22, 1991, Page 4 - Col. 1

Resolved H. Potter
The Ottawa Free Trader, Ottawa, Illinois, October 30, 1846
Died at the residence of his son, C. R. Potter, Esq. after an illness of seven weeks, Resolved H. Potter, aged 65 years.
In reference to Bro. Potter's last illness, I frequently visited him and conversed with him about his prospects in the future state. He expressed himself as having an evidence of his acceptance with the Lord and although his illness was protracted, he was never heard to utter a murmuring word. It was observed by those attending him that he was always patient and perfectly resigned to the will of God. For the last twenty-four hours of his illness he was insensible, his breathing became more difficult until he ceased to breathe and without a struggle or a groan, he expired. He was a good husband, a kind father and obliging neighbor. He has left a companion, two sons, and many relatives and friends to mourn his absence. His funeral was attended by the writer of these lines and endeavored to improve on the mournful occasion, from Revelation 14th chap. 13 verse, to a respectable number of citizens and after the services all that remained of Bro. Potter was committed to the earth in the corner of his son's garden at his own request, there to remain until the resurrection of the just.
La Salle on Oct. 23, 1846 L.T.

Eliza (McNett) Powell
Eliza Powell, daughter of Daniel and Mary McNett, was born near Northville, La Salle Co., Ill., January 6, 1845, and passed away in Mendota, June 2, 1902, at the age of 57 years.
In the year 1860, she came with her parents to Mendota, residing here for a number of years. Later her family returned to Northville, their former home, and there in 1870 she was joined in marriage with James Albert Powell of that place, with whom she was lived in loyalty and truest affection until separated by death. Shortly after marriage they removed to Kankakee Co. this state, where for some years they were engaged in farming. Later they moved to Lee Co., and in 1884 they came to reside in the vicinity of Mendota. Here for eighteen years they have lived among us, entering into all the activities of the business, social and religious life of our city. Two children, sons, came to bless their home, Charles, born in 1873, and Claude born in 1882.
During her first residence in this city, when but a girl, Mrs. Powell united with the Presbyterian church. However on returning to Northville she joined the Methodist church that she might worship with her people, they being all of this faith, and continued in that communion until the present, having been transferred to the Mendota church during the administration of Rev. J.A.J. Whipple.
Mrs. Powell's life was wholly unselfish. Few indeed excelled her in devotion to the interests of those about her. Especially did she live for her home. She was a mother and a wife indeed. It was for her husband and children she lived. No care was too great, and no toil too arduous when the interest of either were in question. Her home had open doors. It was here in the home her light shone brightest. One was always welcome to the comforts of her fireside, and of her table. Her guests enjoyed her hospitality for she was genial. The harsh word was a stranger to her lips. Her spirit was one of the sweetest, yet her character was of the most staunch order.
Mrs. Powell has been ailing for nearly six months, though nothing serious was apprehended until recently. They left the old home in March, she not being well enough to proceed to Iowa where they had purchased property. All hopes were crushed on Sunday, June 1 when she began to fail rapidly and suffering intense pain she died from gastric cancer.
The funeral services were held on Thursday, June 5, at the residence, conducted by Rev. J. R. Hamilton, of La Salle, Ill., a former pastor of the Methodist church, assisted by Rev. Fred D. Stone, present pastor. The funeral was largely attended by sympathizing friends and the remains were laid to rest in our beautiful city of Restland.
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James A Powell

James A Powell was born in Northville, LaSalle county, Ill., on August 29th, 1844. He was the eldest son of Wm. H. Powell and Elizabeth Warner. His boyhood days were passed in the usual pursuits which presented themselves in the busy days. He attended the district school and when a young man, taught school during the winter months for several years.

When the civil war broke out, Mr. Powell in September of 1864, at the age of 20 enlisted to fight for his country for his heart was with the Union Army and the "boys in blue." He was a member of Company C, 146th Illinois Volunteer Infantry and made an excellent record as soldier.

At the close of the war, Mr. Powell returned and took up the work of tilling the soil. On July 22nd, 1870, he was united in marriage to Miss Eliza M. McNett, daughter of Daniel and Mary McNett of Adams twp., LaSalle county. They made their home on a farm in Kankakee county until 1873, when they moved to Mendota. In 1876 the family moved to Harmon, Ill., in Lee county where they lived for ten years, engaged in farming. In 1886 they again returned to Mendota, and purchased a farm east of this city. Several years later Mr. Powell succeeded Mr. Duncan in the livery business. He followed this occupation until 1902 when he sold his farm and removed to the city, taking up a residence on Fourth avenue. They intended to live a retired life, as Mrs. Powell's health was not the best. Mr. Powell, having been so active all these years, it was misery for him to remain still, so when the government asked for applicants for the rural mail service, Mr. Powell took the examination, was excepted and given route 36, which covered that territory northeast of Mendota. He need not say how well he did his work, how careful, painstaking, courteous, obliging and reliable, but every patron on that route was his best friend. During his last sickness it was their almost every day inquiry as to how Mr. Powell was getting along and expressions were that he might recover.

On March 25th, 1908, Mr. Powell suffered a stroke of paralysis. His right side was affected. The real struggle for life then started. He tried so hard to get well. All that physicians could do, and loving, tender, patient care, seemed to avail not. Everything was done for his relief; his every wish was gratified. At times he seemed to improve. About three weeks before his death, Mr. Powell sustained another stroke. For five days prior to his passing away he was unable to swallow, even water, and his good wife, and others in attendance, moistened his lips and tongue and made him as easy as possible. The end came peacefully on Saturday night, January 30th at 11:30 o'clock, just as the Sabbath morn was about to be ushered in. He was aged 64 years and five months.

As stated before Mr. Powell was married to Miss Eliza M. McNett. She was a true hearted, woman and possessed many praise worthy qualities. She was congenial, industrious, and to her, Mr. Powell could contribute much of his success in life. To this union were born two sons, Charles D., of Mendota, Ill., and Claude A., of Chicago. Both have been very successful in life and occupy important, trustworthy positions. Mrs. Powell passed away in 1902, just after she and her husband had retired from active farm life.

In 1903, on July 25th, Mr. Powell was married to Mrs. Pauline Mannheim, a sister of his former wife, who has tenderly cared for him in his long illness.
Mr. Powell has been very successful in business life; he was a man who had a touch of humor and jollity in his make-up, and loved to be surrounded by many friends and relatives. Their home on the farm was the scene of many social gatherings and visitors were always made welcome. He was a friend to the orphan, to the poor and needy, sick and afflicted. Many there are who can look back and say, Mr. Powell helped me when I needed it most. His generosity touched his purse string and he gave freely to deserving causes. During his last illness Mr. Powell subscribed $25 toward clearing the indebtedness on the Methodist parsonage. He was a public spirited man, in early years occupying public offices and was a director of the East Mendota school for several terms. Besides being a member of the G.A.R., Mr. Powell was affiliated with the Court of Honor and several years ago joined the Methodist church, of which he was a faithful member. This useful life is now brought to a close by a Death Angel stepping in and taking the spirit across the river to loved ones on the other shore, who have been awaiting his coming, and are now rejoicing, while we shed tears of sorrow at his leaving.

There remain to mourn his loss, his devoted wife, two sons, four grandchildren, Edith, Clara, Lila and Ethel, a brother and sister, Wm. H Powell, of Somonauk, Ill., and Mrs. H. C. Ballon of Plano, and a half-brother and sister, Frank and Mabel Powell, of Mendota, besides many other relatives and friends.
The funeral service was held on Wednesday afternoon at one-thirty o'clock at the late home and was largely attended by his friends and relatives. Rev. Roderick Murray of the Methodist church, officiated. A male quartette composed of Messrs. J. A. Wallace, Archie and Paul Auringer and Otto Schildbert, sang several songs. The pall bearers were Postmaster Reul, Wm. McDowell, J.W. Barrett, N.F. Kessler, C.A. Harbough and Al Boslough.

The following from abroad attended the funeral: Atty. Charles McNett, of Aurora; Misses Ida and Ella Powell, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Powell and Anna Gransden, of Somonauk; Mr. and Mrs. Frank Warner, of Wilmette; H.C. Ballou and wife, of Plano; Hose Ballou and wife of Sandwich.

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Eddy Pratt
Tonica News, Tonica IL October 15, 1874
Died in Farm Ridge, October 12th, Mr. Eddy Pratt. Aged 69 years and 10 months.
He had an attack of paralysis a week ago last Tuesday, and another last Sunday, and kept loosing strength until life was exhausted on Monday afternoon.

Oscar F. Prescott
The Ottawa Free Trader, Ottawa, Illinois, March 17, 1848
Sons of Temperance
We announce with pain the death, at 12 o'clock this day, of Oscar F. Prescott, A. C. of Ottawa Division No. 9 Sons of Temperance. Brother P. was a young man of irreproachable character, and was esteemed by all our citizens. His age was about 21. A special meeting of the Division will be held this evening to take measures in reference to his funeral.

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