LaSalle County, IL Obituaries and Death Notices


Gray Taggart
Kate Taggart
William Wallace Taggart
Robert Taylor
James Thirkel
Elizabeth Thompson
Eliza Williams Thompson
Angeline Augusta Thorn
Mrs. Beula Thorn

John Tierney
Margaret Mary Truckenbrod (Nee Pohl)
Theodore Ted Truckenbrod
Mrs. Harry A. (Mcpherson) Trudo
Charles Henry True
Emma True
Joseph True
Orlando Twitchell

 Gray Taggart

- Contributed by Sally V. Houston


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.


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

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.


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.

Robert Taylor
Earlville Leader 23 July 1897
From Charles Brummel
Survived his Wife Five Weeks
Robt. Taylor, one of the old settlers, passed away Monday aged 87 years, 3 months and 11 days. His death was due to paralysis of the heart. He had not been well for two weeks. Deceased was born in Berry, Lancashire, Eng., May 16, 1810, and died near Earlville, July 19, 1897. He was married to Miss Mary Crossley in Massachusetts in 1838, and came to Illinois in 1847. He enlisted early in the sixties in the 53rd Illinois infantry and served till the close of the war. Thirteen children have blessed their union and four are dead. Those living are: B. F. Taylor, C. H. Taylor and Mrs. Sarah Meloy in So. Dakota: Mrs. Ada Cowan and Mrs. Nellie Woods, of Chicago; Annie A. Taylor, California; A. A. Taylor, Mrs. Emma Wallwork and Mrs. Birdie Bliss, of Earlville. Those dead are: Mrs. Lottie Brierley, died in 1888; J. W. Taylor, died in 1867; Mary J. Taylor, died in 1856; Alvin A. Taylor, died in 1859. Mrs. Cowan and Allie came of triplet birth, the third child now being dead.
Mr. Taylor sorely missed the companionship of his wife, who died about five weeks ago, and frequently remarked he would welcome death as a means to reunite them. Early in life he was baptised in the M. E. church, but of late years his faith became broader, and he rejoiced in the belief he would meet all his family and friends in heaven. The children were all present at the funeral except Henry and Frank.
The funeral was held at the house yesterday at 2 o'clock p. m., Rev. Geo. B. Black officiating. The interment took place at the Harding cemetery.

James Thirkel
Henry Republican, Henry IL April 3, 1880
Sparland - James Thirkel, a brakesman on a freight train on the C. & A. railroad, fell from a car, while in motion near Streator, and was instantly killed. He was one of the most faithful men in the employ of the company. He will be missed by the people along the line of the C. & A. R.R. He leaves a family at Lacon to mourn his loss.

Elizabeth Thompson
The Ottawa Free Trader, Ottawa, Illinois, August 3, 1849
Elizabeth Thompson, also in Ottawa Centre, died on Monday morning. She had been taking medicine to reduce an inflammation from vaccination, and mistook the first approach of the cholera for the right operation of the medicine she was taking until it was too late to avert the effects of the fatal error. She was an accomplished and estimable young lady.

Eliza Williams Thompson
The Illinois Free Trader, Ottawa, Ill, January 15, 1841
Died on Sunday the 10th inst., Eliza Williams, infant daughter of Benj. and Margaret Thompson, aged 7 weeks.

Angeline Augusta Thorn
The Ottawa Free Trader, Ottawa, Illinois, January 2, 1846
Died on the 28th Dec. last, Angeline Augusta, the only daughter of Platt and Elizabeth Thorn, aged three years and four months.

Mrs. Beula Thorn
The Ottawa Free Trader, Ottawa, Illinois, March 27, 1846
Died of consumption in this village, on Monday the 23d inst., Mrs. Beula Thorn, wife of Amos Thorn, aged 51 years.

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


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.


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.


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.

Charles Henry True
The Ottawa Free Trader, Ottawa, Illinois, July 6, 1849
Died this morning at 4 o'clock, of scarlet fever, Charles Henry, only son of Wm. M. and Mary True.

Emma True
The Ottawa Free Trader, Ottawa, Illinois, February 25, 1848
Died in this town on the 19th inst., Emma True, daughter of Thomas J. and Mary Ann True, aged 3 years and 8 months.

Joseph True
The Illinois Free Trader, Ottawa, Ill, August 21, 1840
Died at this place on Monday last, Mr. Joseph True, son of William True, formerly of Boston Mass. Mr. True was a graduate of Harvard College, Massachusetts and was recently admitted to the bar in this state. He was a young man of exemplary habits and much esteemed by a large circle of acquaintances. His sudden departure from our midst admonishes all, and most forcibly his young associates, that "in the midst of life we are in death" and should deeply impress on our minds that admonition of the Apostle, "be ye also ready."

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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