PONTIAC.- Joseph S. Babcock, 74, died at his home here Thursday after a two days illness. Funeral services will be held at the Erwin Funeral home at 4 p.m. Saturday. He will be buried in South Side cemetery. Mr. Babcock was born Jan. 2, 1868 in Pontiac Township, son of Joseph and Octavia Babcock. Early in life he engaged in farming and later was an agent for the Chicago and Alton Railway. He married Miss Mollie McCormick in Tallula in 1889. She preceded him in death in 1903. In 1912, he married Mrs. Cora Streeper, and they lived in Washburn, and later in this city. (Note: Marriage records indicate they married in 1905.) Survivors are his wife and the following children; Mrs. Mary Fordham, Deerfield; Mrs. Bertha Adami, Pontiac; Joseph S. Babcock, Jr., San Pedro, Calif; Edward R. Babcock, Neches, Tex. [The Bloomington Pantagraph, July 3, 1942, Page 12; sub. by PHG]
Miss Mary Babcock, only daughter of Henry J. Babcock, of Pontiac, died at her home last Sunday morning. Buried at South Side cemetery. [The Pantagraph, Mar. 22, 1872, Page 2; sub. by PHG]
SUDDEN DEATH: Yesterday Jasper Bacon of Saunemin drove to the Illinois Central station at Scovel to meet his mother, who had been away visiting. As they were driving back to Saunemin, Mrs. Bacon dropped her handkerchief and Mr. Bacon stepped from the buggy to get it. As he handed his mother the handkerchief he was shocked to find that she was dead. She was sitting erect tn the buggy as he left her when he stepped from it. It is supposed that she died from heart failure. [The Weekly Pantagraph, Aug. 30, 1901; sub. by PHG]
Baehler, Floyd Raymond
Death of Infant: Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at the family home northeast of Wing for the year old baby son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Baehler, who passed away Saturday night, October first, following a short illness, which was thought to be intestinal flu. Rev. R. D. Folkers, of the Wing church, conducted the services. Burial took place at the Pleasant Ridge cemetery. [The Fairbury Blade, October 7, 1932; sub. by PHG]
Falls From Haymow; Killed.
Pontiac, June 10: fell from a haymow and broke his neck, dying instantly. [Urbana Daily Courier, 10 June 1911]
Boy Kills Brother With Gun.
Pontiac, Ill., March 20: While playfully threatening his brother with a shotgun, the gun in the hands of Albert Baker was accidentally discharged, the load of shot tearing through the brain of his fifteen-year-old brother, George, killing him instantly at their farm home near Saunemin. (Urbana Daily Courier, 20 March 1912, who adds this Note: George is buried at Five Mile Cemetery near Saunemin, Illinois.)
Baker, Stevens R.
Judge Baker Dies; Rites in Pontiac
Pontiac - The funeral for Stevens R. Baker, 88, former Livingston County judge, who died Monday morning at the home of his daughter in Tacoma, Wash., will be at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at the Harris Funeral Home. Burial will be in South Side Cemetery. Mr. Baker was born Jan. 7, 1878 in Dwight, the son of William Eugene and Sarah Chesebrough Baker. He married Hattie Thrasher Sept. 11, 1913 in Pontiac. She died Aug. 10, 1962. A daughter, son, and four grandchildren survive. Judge Baker was circuit judge from 1921 to 1933. He served two terms as Pontiac city attorney after his retirement from the bench. He was a past president of the Livingston County Bar Association. He began his law practice in Pontiac and Fairbury in 1902, and continued until his election to the circuit court bench in 1921. [The Bloomington Pantagraph, Oct. 12, 1966, Page 2; sub. by PHG]
Balbach, Mrs. John
MOTHER KILLED IN WRECK
Pontiac, Ill., Dec. 26. -While they were en route to a Christmas entertainment the carriages in which were Mrs. John Balbach and her four children of Chenoa was struck by a Chicago & Alton train. Mrs. Balbach died today and three of the children are in a serious condition. The fourth child escaped uninjured. [The Day Book, 26 December 1913; Sub. by Pam Haag Geyer]
Balicki, Stanley C
STREATOR - Stanley C. Balicki, 81, of 1408 E. Kent St., Streator, a retired Chicago business operator, died at 2:55 p.m. Thursday (Dec. 26, 1991) at St. Mary's Hospital. He had been in ill health the past two years. His funeral Mass will be at 1 p.m. today at St. Casimir's Church, Streator. Burial will be in Barickman Cemetery near Manville. Visitation will be two hours prior to the service today at Hagi-Winterrowd Funeral Home, Streator. He was born Oct. 25, 1910, in Pittsburgh, the son of Thomas and Teckla Darowski Balicki. He married Estelle Opaka Arnold March 23, 1968, in Chicago. She survives. Other survivors include two stepdaughters, Patricia Goslin, Streator, and Judy Barickman, R.R. 1, Ancona; one brother, Louis Balicki, Mundelein; two sisters, Saphya Balicki, Chicago, and Harriet Shaw, Nappa, Calif.; and five grandchildren. One brother and one sister preceded him in death. Mr. Balicki formerly owned and operated the Balco Screw Machine Products Co. in Chicago for over 30 years. He lived in Chicago for many years prior to moving to Streator in 1985. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus in Chicago. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the Marines. (The Pantagraph)
Big Land Owner Dies
Pontiac. Feb. 10: John Balmer, Sr., whose land holdings near this city are said to be worth more than $500,000, died here. He was eighty-five years old. (Urbana Daily Courier 11 February 1914, sub. by Pam Geyer who adds this Note: He is buried at South Side Cemetery in Pontiac, Ill.)
Bane, J. Lita
Funeral Services for Miss Bane Scheduled Today at Pontiac Home
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. today in Pontiac for J. Lita Bane, 69, emeritus member of the University's Home Economics Department. Miss Bane died at 10 p.m. Tuesday in St. James Hospital, Pontiac. She was a pioneer educator in the field of home economics and head of the University's department from 1936 to 1948. In 1912 she was graduated from the University in what was then called "domestic science." Later Miss Bane received an M.A. degree from the University of Chicago, and then went to Columbia University to further her graduate work. In 1938 received a Doctor of Science Degree from Kansas State College. After leaving the University in 1923 she was associated with the American Home Economics Assn., University of Wisconsin, Ladies Home Journal, Parent Education Extension Service and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. She was professor in the Home Economics Department at the University since 1936, and headed the department 12 years until she resigned the post for health reasons.
Recently she wrote a book, "The Life of Isabel Bevier," published in 1955. She also was author of "Introduction to Home Economics."[Daily Illini, 7 February 1957; Sub. by Pam Haag Geyer]
Bangs, Dora A.
True Republican, 3 February 1932- (Sycamore, Ill.); sub. by PHG Mourn the Death of Mother of James E. Bangs, Stilson, Iowa Mrs. Elmer E. Bangs, mother of James E. Bangs of this city, died Friday, Jan. 29, at Stilson, Iowa, and was buried Saturday at Chatsworth, Ill. Mrs. Bangs lived with her son here for some time. Dora A. Marr was born in Livingston county, Ill., Feb. 13, 1862, and lived with her parents there until Dec. 25, 1886, when she was married to Elmer E. Bangs. Mr. Bangs died in August, of 1908. She leaves two sons, Claude M Bangs of Petersburg, Ill., and James E. Bangs of this city and one daughter, Mrs. Jennie Cooney of Stilson, Iowa. One grandson, and one grand-daughter also survive. Her parents and one brother, John E. Marr, preceded her in death. Her friends in Sycamore were shocked to hear of her death and greatly mourn her loss.
Barickman, Daniel L.
STREATOR -- Daniel L. "Boone" Barickman, 75, of 907 Lowden Road, Streator, died at 1:55 a.m. Monday (Oct. 4, 2004) at St. Mary's Hospital, Streator. Service: 11 a.m. Tuesday memorial Mass at St. Stephen's Church, Streator, Monsignor Jerome Ham officiating. Burial: St. Stephen's Cemetery, Streator. Visitation: 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday at the church. Winterrowd Funeral Home, Streator, is in charge of arrangements. Memorials: charity of the donor's choice. Survivors: wife, Theresa Bednar Barickman, Streator; son, John (Melanie) Barickman, Streator; two daughters, Julie (Ron) Harcharick, Streator, and Christina Barickman, Oswego; two brothers, Jack (Pauline) Barickman, Streator, and Bert (Mary) Barickman, Champaign; two sisters, Julia (William) Donaldson, Toledo, Ohio, and Alba (Francis) Reihl, Streator; and one grandchild. (The Pantagraph)
Barickman, Daniel R "Hanner"
STREATOR - Daniel R. "Hanner" Barickman, 33, of 25 Manhattan Drive, Streator, died Tuesday (Jan. 4, 2000) in Streator. No foul play is suspected. The LaSalle County coroner's office is investigating. His funeral will be at 1 p.m. Friday at St. Stephen's Church, Streator, Monsignor Peter Bolerasky officiating. Burial will be in St. Stephen's Cemetery, Streator. Visitation will be from 3 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Winterrowd-Hagi Funeral Home, Streator, with a rosary at 6 p.m. Memorials may be made to St. Jude's Children's Hospital. He was born April 9, 1966, in Streator, a son of Daniel and Theresa Bednar Barickman. He is survived by his parents in Streator; one brother, John Barickman, Streator; and two sisters, Julie (Ronald) Harcharik, Streator; and Chris Barickman, Oswego. He was preceded in death by his grandparents. (The Pantagraph)
Barickman, Pauline M Vanko
STREATOR - Pauline M. Barickman, 88, Streator, died Wednesday morning (Jan. 28, 2009) at her home. Service: 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Mass of Christian burial at St. Stephen Church, Streator, with Monsignor John Prendergast officiating. Burial: St. Stephen Cemetery, Streator. Visitation: 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at Hagi Funeral Home, Streator, with a prayer service at 6:30 p.m. Memorials: Kidney Center of America. Survivors: husband, Jack Barickman, Streator; one daughter, Suzanne Barickman, Streator; one son, Paul Barickman, Beloit, Wis.; two grandsons; and one brother, Edward (Dolores) Vanko, Streator. (The Pantagraph)
Barickman, Rose Anne Lawrence
CORNELL - Rose Anne Barickman, 87, of Flanagan, formerly of Cornell, a retired seamstress, died at 11 p.m. Wednesday (July 19, 1989) at Beulah Land Christian Home, Flanagan, where she had been a resident since 1982. Her funeral will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Hagi Funeral Home, Streator, the Rev. Dean Wright officiating. Burial will be in Barickman Cemetery, Newtown Township. Visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. She was born July 28, 1901, in Amity Township, a daughter of Knute and Mary Jane Knutson Lawrence. She married Charles Max Barickman on March 21, 1923. He died March 26, 1967. Survivors include one sister, Ruth Gingrich, Pontiac; and several nieces and nephews. Three sisters and one brother preceded her in death. Mrs. Barickman was a seamstress in lady's wear shops in Chicago and Streator. She lived in Chicago for 37 years until her retirement and lived in Cornell starting in 1963. She was a member of Cornell United Methodist Church, United Methodist Women, Cornell Senior Citizens, and the Birthday Club of Cornell. Memorials may be made to her church or to a charity of the donor's choice. (The Pantagraph)
Barickman, Uretta V
ANCONA - Uretta V. Barickman, 73, of Gainesville, Fla., formerly of rural Ancona, died at 2:45 p.m. yesterday (May 12, 1989) at North Florida Regional Hospital, Gainesville. She will be brought to Raleigh J. Harris Funeral Home, Pontiac. (The Pantagraph)
Barnard, Barney D.
FLANAGAN - Barney D. Barnard, 75, Flanagan, died at 4:30 a.m. Saturday (Oct. 7, 2006) at Provena St. Joseph Hospital, Elgin. Service: 2 p.m. Wednesday at St. John's Lutheran Church, Flanagan, with the Rev. Heidi Punt officiating. Burial: Center Cemetery, Flanagan, with full military rites by Flanagan American Legion Post 456. Visitation: noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday before the service at the church. Calvert & Froelich Memorial Home, Flanagan, is in charge of arrangements. Memorials: Mosaic Home in Pontiac. Survivors: his former wife, Marlene Seggerman Barnard, Pontiac, and a daughter, Melissa Barnard, Pontiac. (The Pantagraph)
Barkaloo - Chamings - Teal
There seems to be a general epidemic of sickness in our vicinity among young and old, and of different ailments, but proving fatal to the young, the 3 months' old baby boy of Mr. and Mrs. Barkaloo, and baby girls of Mr. and Mrs. Nic Chamings and Mr. and Mrs Noble Teal, having died very recently in Forrest. [The Weekly Pantagraph, Mar. 22, 1901; sub. by PHG]
Frank Barnes, a farmer living near Fairbury, was knocked off a straw stack by Charles Mote during a quarrel, his neck being broken by the fall. [True Republican, 10 September 1892; Sub by Pam Haag Geyer]
Mott Barnes at Fairbury, August 4 of inflamation of the brain, little Mott, ages 3 months, son of Dr. H. E. W. and A. E. Barnes. Remains taken to Crow Creek, Lacon township for interment. Some 66 relatives at the funeral. [Date: August 17, 1876; Paper: Henry Republican, Henry, IL; Transcribed and Submitted by: Nancy Piper]
Death of Mrs. Barr.
Mrs. Mary Barr died quite unexpectedly at her home in Graymont this morning. She was taken ill last night at 11 o'clock and past away at 2 this morning. Mrs. Barr was born in Ohio on January 11, 1836, and has resided in Graymont about fifteen years, living with her niece, Miss Matilda Ewing. She was a sister of Mrs. R. S. McMillan, of Pontiac. [The Pantagraph, Apr. 18, 1916, Page 2; sub. by PHG]
Pierce Barry was called to his home in Pontiac on account of the death of his father, [David Barry] who passed away Saturday night.[Daily Illini 3 March 1908; Sub. by Pam Geyer who adds this Note: The Barry family, including Pierce, are buried at St. Mary's Cemetery in Pontiac]
The house of Henry Bartels, five miles from Pontiac, Ill., was destroyed by fire Monday. A child four years old perished in the flames. [The Pantagraph, June 23, 1880; sub. by PHG]
Mrs. Bessie Baughman, 83, died at the McDonald Nursing Home at 11:40 a.m. on Sunday, after an illness of two years. Her funeral was Tuesday at Harris Funeral Home with burial in Houder Cemetery. [The Pantagraph, Monday, March 28, 1966]
Bauman, John F.
PONTIAC. - John F. Bauman, 62, died at 10:30 a. m. Tuesday at St. James Hospital. Funeral services will be at 2 p. m. Friday at Raleigh J. Harris Funeral Home. Burial will be in Rook's Creek cemetery. Mr. Bauman was born August 29, 1885 in Pike Township, son of Michael and Amelia Storm Bauman. He married Miss Gertrude Brower in Pontiac on Feb. 23, 1909. Surviving are his wife, of Pontiac, and a sister, Mrs. Ralph Coup, of Denver, Colo. He was a retired farmer and a salesman for a roofing company. He was a member of the Lutheran Church. [The Pantagraph, Thursday, Jan. 29, 1948; sub. by PHG]
Bechtolt, Lewis E.
Pontiac - A telegram was received in Pontiac, Ill., announcing the death of Lewis Bechtolt in Loxley, Ala. Sunday. The news was wholly unexpected by relatives here as the last advice received was that Mr. Bechtolt was improving from a previous illness. He had gone to Loxley last August where he had real estate interests. Lewis Emerick Bechtolt was born near Germantown, O., May 17, 1846. On Feb. 9, 1868, he married Miss Catherine Eagle of Miamisburg, O. They came to Pontiac on July 4, 1896, since which time they have been continuous residents of this city. Mr. Bechtolt was next to youngest in a family of 7 sons, of which only one, George, of Urbana, O., survives him. Mrs. G. W. Lacey, of Pontiac, his only child, together with the widow survives him. He was a member of the Lutheran church and a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows since 1867. [The Pantagraph, April 13, 1913; sub. by PHG]
Bennett, Arthur A.
"Fired" Warden Dies Of Heart Ailment
CHICAGO-- Arthur A. Bennett, who was removed three days ago as warden of the Pontiac branch of the Illinois state reformatory, was found dead yesterday of a heart condition. Dr. Jerry Kearns, coroner's physician, reported that death resulted from coronary thrombosis. Coroner A. L. Brodie, who had ordered an autopsy to establish the cause of death, said there would be no further investigation. Bennett died at the home of a sister-in-law in suburban Forest Park. He had told a newsman Thursday he was "fired" from his job because of "politics." "The governor says I resigned, which I didn't," Bennett said. "It's just that I'm a Republican and they are Democrats. It's a rotten deal, especially because, I now have no home and my 6-year-old girl, Jill, is ill." He added that the state should have given him at least a month's notice. Director T. P. Sullivan of the public safety department, had said Bennett was removed for the good of the service. He declined to elaborate. [Daily Illini, 15 January 1949; Sub. by Pam Haag Geyer]
FAIRBURY - Elmer Bennett, 58, well known resident of this vicinity, died at his home on West Livingston Street on Thursday morning. He was ill for a number of years, but bed fast only one week. He was born at Long Point, April 16, 1873. When he was 16, he moved to Wing, where he resided until three years ago. He married Rebecca Tubbs on Sept. 6, 1889. They were parents of thirteen children, twelve of whom survive, along with his widow. Two sisters also survive. Mr. Bennett followed the trade of blacksmith and machinist. The funeral will be on Saturday at 2 p. m. at the Wing Methodist Church, with burial in Pleasant Ridge Cemetery. [The Pantagraph, Jan. 22, 1932]
Flanagan: Mr. and Mrs. T. B. Bennett were notified that their son Harry was drowned. He enlisted in the Navy more than a year ago. He served overseas, and when drowned was a member of the president's yacht, Mayflower, stationed near Washington, D. C. The body will be sent home with an escort. [The Pantagraph, June 3, 1919, Page 12; sub. by PHG]
HENRY BENNETT DIES - Prominent Saunemin Resident Passed Away Thursday Evening. Pontiac, Nov. 6.- Henry Bennett died suddenly at his home in Saunemin Thursday evening. Mr. Bennett had suffered from heart trouble. Decedent had been a resident of Saunemin for the past quarter of a century. [November 13, 1914 - Bloomington Weekly Pantagraph; Sub by Pam Haag Geyer]
Fairbury - Mrs. Rebecca Bennett, 75, died at Fairbury Hospital at 2 a.m. on Monday, after a two and a half year illness. Services will be held at Cook Funeral Home at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, and burial will be in Pleasant Ridge Cemetery. Mrs. Bennett was born Nov. 22, 1875 in Missouri, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Tubbs. She was married to Elmer Bennett in 1894 at Long Point. Surviving are seven daughters and four sons, 30 grandchildren, and 21 great grandchildren. [The Pantagraph, September 11, 1951; sub. by PHG]
Bentley, William H.
Pontiac, Ill: William H. Bentley, age 85, former Republican member of the Illinois legislature for four terms beginning in 1914; died today at his home. [Daily Illini, 29 December 1938]
Berg, James W.
Head-On Collision Kills Grad Student
James W. Berg, University [of Illinois; Sub. by Pam Haag Geyer] graduate student, was fatally injured and another motorist was killed instantly in a head-on auto collision on Rt. 47 near Strawn Thursday night. Berg was returning from Pontiac Prison where he has been working as a sociologist. Berg and the other man were the only occupants of their respective autos. A candidate for a master's degree in sociology, Berg lived at 1007½ N. Market, Champaign. His home was in Belvidere, near Rockford. [Daily Illini, 17 May 1955; Sub. by Pam Haag Geyer]
Albert Berkhart, a young farmer residing near Fairbury, shot himself through the heart. He had been refused by a young woman to whom he offered his hand in marriage. [True Republican, 11 June 1892; Sub by Pam Haag Geyer]
Bertsche, Rev. H. E.
GRIDLEY - The Rev. H. E. Bertsche, of Archbold, Ohio, former pastor of the Salem Evangelical Mennonite Church, rural Gridley, died Monday at Wauseon, Ohio. Mr. Bertsche was pastor of the church here for 19 years before moving to Ohio. Funeral services will be at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at the Evangelical Mennonite Church in Archbold, with burial in Bluffton, Ohio. (1971 June 16 - Wednesday - Pontiac Daily Leader)
Louis Bischoff, a wealthy German resident, died suddenly at Fairbury of neuralgia of the heart. [True Republican, 27 February 1892; Sub. by PHG]
DIED-- Near Pontiac, Livingston county, on the 11th ult., HANNAH, consort of John Blue, aged 21 years. [The Ottawa Free Trader, Volume 5, Number 23, 22 November 1844; Sub. by PHG]
Blue, R. S.
R. S. Blue, a citizen of Livingston County for 32 years, died at his home in Rook's Creek last Friday. [The Pantagraph, May 2, 1871, Page 2; sub. by PHG]
Pontiac, April 7: Mrs. June Blunts died at St. James hospital this morning, her demise being due to a paralytic stroke. [Urbana Daily Courier 9 April 1915; Sub. by PHG]
Bodley, Paul G.
FAIRBURY -- Paul G. Bodley, 47, formerly of Fairbury, died at St. Francis hospital, Peoria, at 10:40 p.m.Wednesday. The body was taken to the Cook Funeral home. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the B. A. Tollensdorf home at Lodemia. The Rev. Carroll L. Shult, pastor of the First Methodist church, will officiate. Burial will be in Pontiac Southside cemetery. Mr. Bodley was born in Lodemia, Oct 4, 1893, the son of John and Louella Bodley. Surviving are two children, Mrs. Mary Kathryn Kodell, Portland, Ore., and Sgt. Paul Bodley, Jr; two grandchildren, and three sisters, Mrs. Dorothy Tollensdorf, Mrs. Frances Maley and Mrs. Avis Masterson, all of Fairbury. Mr. Bodley was a veteran of World War II and had belonged to the American Legion in Peoria. He was also a member of the Moose and Elks Lodges. [The Pantagraph, Nov. 23, 1945, Page 7; sub. by PHG]
FOUL PLAY SUSPECTED - Albert Bork, of Chatsworth, Is Found Dead, With Neck Broken.
Chatsworth, Dec. 1. - Albert Bork, of this city, was found dead Tuesday by the roadside in Germanville township. The coroner's inquest was held here this morning and the facts brought out were that he had been found in a tile ditch on the east side of the road about forty rods north of the Germanville church. There was no evidence as to the cause of his death and it is supposed that he may have met with foul play, as when found he was sitting upright with his hands folded and his neck broken. His cap was found about half a mile down the road near the bridge. He had been missing since Sunday, when he went away from the farm of Charles Frobe, where he had been husking corn. He was 51 years old and a resident of this city. He is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Gertrude Thatcher, of Fairbury. [The Weekly Pantagraph, Dec. 3, 1915]
Boswell, Ethel Jean
Ethel Jean Boswell, 11 year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Boswell who live on a farm five miles north of Fairbury, died at 3:40 p.m. Monday at St. James hospital, Pontiac, following an illness of seven weeks. She had been a patient at the hospital since March 3. Ethel Jean was born on September 25, 1926 at Moro, Ark., where she lived for a year before moving her to her late place of residence with her parents. She was in the sixth grade at Gilpin rural school near her home when she was forced by her final illness to quit classes on December 16, 1937. In addition to her parents she is survived by one brother, Bruce E., 14 years old, and her grandparents Mr. and Mrs. J. T. Wilson of this city. Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 at the First Baptist church in this city, the Rev. Samuel Buck, pastor of the Saybrook M.E. church, officiating, assisted by the Rev. N. L. Godbey, pastor of the First Baptist church. Burial was in Avoca cemetery. [The Fairbury Blade, March 25, 1938; sub. by PHG]
Pontiac, Ills., Aug. 3. - Miss Clara Boyd died at the home of her mother, Mrs. Clara Boyd, four miles west of Saunemin this afternoon at 2:30 o'clock. She had been ill four months. Miss Boyd was seventeen years of age and was a student at Pontiac township high school. She made her home while in Pontiac, with her aunt, Mrs. Ellen Taylor, 802 South Mill street. [The Pantagraph, Aug, 4, 1911, Submitted by PHG, who adds this note: "She is buried at South Side Cemetery."
DIED - On Rook's Creek, near Livingston county, on the morning of the 7th inst., of consumption, Mrs. Catherine, consort of Samuel Boyer, aged 42 years, 4 months, and 9 days. Mrs. B. was formerly of Harrisburg, Pa. (Harrisburg papers please copy.) [The Ottawa Free Trader, 23 May 1845; Sub. by Pam Haag Geyer]
Bratt, Donald J.
Son of Pontiac Couple Dies
PONTIAC - Donald J. Bratt, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Donald Bratt, died at 2 p. m. Thursday at St. Joseph's hospital in Bloomington. The child was born Sunday at St. James Hospital in Pontiac. A graveside service will be at 2 p. m. Friday at Memorial Park Cemetery with Rev. Donald Bunge officiating. He is survived by his parents, three sisters and his paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Bratt, and his maternal grandmother, Mrs. Robert Snodgrass. [The Pantagraph, Fri., Nov. 11, 1955; sub. by PHG]
Pontiac - The body of Perrine Brewster, who was drowned in the river Saturday, was recovered Wednesday, about three miles below this place. [The Pantagraph, June 6, 1878]
Drowned in the Vermilion
On Saturday evening, Otto Brewster, aged eighteen and his brother, Perry, aged ten, stepsons of Mr. Lunt, the well-known grain dealer, of Pontiac, went boating on the Vermilion, above the dam. The river was very high, and the current very rapid. The boat was carried to the dam by the rushing water, upset, and, with the boys, carried over the dam. The boys were carried down into the foaming eddies, and the youngest one, Perry, being unable to swim out of the whirl, was drowned. Otto escaped. [The Pantagraph, June 3, 1878]
MRS. BROAD SERVICES WILL BE HELD TODAY
Funeral services for Mrs Mary Broad, 604 East White Street, Champaign, who died at 2:30 o'clock Sunday morning from a paralytic stroke, will be held at 9 o'clock this morning at the Stewart funeral chapel, under the direction of the Rev. S.E. Fisher. Following the services the body will be transported to Pontiac where the burial will take place. Mrs. Broad was born in London, England, July 31, 1847. When 20 years of age she came to this country, settling at first in Bloomington, but later moving to Pontiac, where she resided for 40 years. She has lived in Champaign for the past 10 years, with her son, Henry Broad, 604 East White street, Champaign. Mrs. Broad is survived by a son in New York, Robert Broad, and her son in Champaign, and two grandchildren, Clifford, age 11 years, and Frank, age nine years, both children of Henry Broad. [Daily Illini 27 March 1928; Sub. by Pam Geyer, who adds thisNote: She is buried at South Side Cemetery in Pontiac, Illinois]
Brock, Ada L.
PONTIAC - Ada L. Brock, 103, a resident of Evenglow Lodge the past 10 years, died at 2:10 p.m. Tuesday (Jan. 11, 2005) at Tjardes Health Care Center, Pontiac. Her funeral will be at noon Friday at the First Baptist Church, Pontiac, the Rev. James O. Wolfe III officiating. Burial will be in South Side Cemetery, Pontiac. Friends may call one hour before the service at the church. Harris-Martin-Burke Funeral Home, Pontiac, is in charge of arrangements. The family suggests memorials be made to her church or a charity of the donor's choice. A memorial service will also be at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at Evenglow Lodge. Ada was born Sept. 12, 1901, at Eppard's Point Township, Livingston County, a daughter of J. Elmer and Lena Osborn Reed. She married Leslie M. Brock on May 1, 1924, at her country home, where she resided all her life until moving to Evenglow. He preceded her in death on Nov. 14, 1967. Survivors include one daughter, Jeanette Benedict, Morton; one grandson Brock Benedict; two great-grandchildren, Jeff Benedict and Nickie Roth; and five great-great-grandchildren, Jaykob and Jessie Kiefer, Zack Moulton, Tanner Benedict and Addison Benedict. She also is survived by her Evenglow family; her first Baptist Church family, where she was the oldest living member; and her community and farm families, where she was deeply admired and loved. Ada was educated in rural Reed school and attended Pontiac High School. She was employed at Pontiac Elks Club for several years. She was an 85-year member of the First Baptist Church, Pontiac; the Dorcas Circle of the church; AARP; and she and her husband belonged to the Chief City Saddle Club. [Pantagraph, Bloomington, IL; Thursday, January 13, 2005; Submitted by Michelle Abrajano]
Brock, Farrell LaVerne
Farrell LaVerne Brock, week old son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Brock, died at the family home at 10 p.m. on Sunday. The funeral was held at the home at 2 p.m. Monday with the Rev. Jesse Powers, pastor of the Baptist Church officiating. Burial was in the Chatsworth Cemetery. Surviving are the parents, and his brothers and sisters, Charles, Orland, Walter, Jr., Ada, Hazel and Leota. [The Pantagraph, Monday, Feb, 8, 1932, Page 2; sub. by PHG]
Leslie Brock, 72, Pontiac route 1, died at 5:15 a.m. today at St. James Hospital. He had been in failing health two years. His funeral will be Thursday at 2 p.m. at the Raleigh J. Harris Funeral Home. The Rev. Peter Borzeka of the First Baptist Church and the Rev. C. F. Kerr of Woodstock will officiate. Burial will be in South Side Cemetery. Friends may call from 4 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Mr. Brock was born Aug. 11, 1895 at Cisne, a son of William and Maude (Pyle) Brock. He was married to Ada Reed on May 1, 1924. He farmed from 1930 until 1965 when he retired because of ill health. He was road commissioner in Eppards Point Township from 1955 until 1967. He served in the Army during World War I. He was a member of the Baptist Church and the American Legion. Surviving are his wife; a daughter, Mrs. David (Jeanette) Benedict, Morton; a grandson, Brock Benedict, Morton; his mother, Mrs. Maude Brock; four sisters, Mrs. Eva Quinn, Anderson, Ind.; Mrs. Helen Snyder, Flora; Mrs. Kathryn McNely, Champaign, and Mrs. Pearl Tibbs, Evansville, Ind.; three brothers, Hubert, Muncie, Ind.; Raymond, Chicago, and Robert, Chenoa. His father preceded him in death. [Daily Leader, Pontiac, IL, Nov. 14, 1967; Submitted by Michelle Abrajano]
Chief of Police Slain.
Pontiac, Ill., May 6: Amos Brown, chief of police of Fairbury, southeast of this city, was last night shot and killed by an unknown assassin. [Urbana Daily Courier 7 May 1910; Sub. by Pam Geyer]
Brown, Dr. H. N.
Last-Saturday morning at the residence of Mrs. Gregory, in Pontiac, occurred the death of Dr. H. N. Brown, who has been a resident and practitioner in that city a number of years. [The Weekly Pantagraph, Nov. 5, 1886; sub. by PHG]
Bruer, John B.
LIVED IN URBANA NEAR CENTURY AGO -- JOHN B. BRUER WAS SON OF FIRST SCHOOL TEACHER.
Remembered as a Child Abraham Lincoln's Frequent Visits to His Father's Tavern Which Stood on County Jail Site.
Mrs. Martha Lindsey, 714 West Green street, has received a message notifying her of the death of her brother, John B. Bruer, one of Urbana's earliest settlers, who, as a child, played about the knees of Abraham Lincoln when the latter boarded with his father at the old Pennsylvania House, located where the county jail now stands. Mr. Bruer died at Pontiac, aged 94 years.
Was Son of Pioneer.
The decedent was the only son of Asahel B. Bruer, one of the first school teachers in Champaign county. The school house was an old log structure, in which Mr. Bruer taught eighteen months in 1832-33. An old wood cut captioned, "Ashael Brewer Smoking Out the Boys," is familiar to readers of "Pioneers of Champaign County," published in the '80's by the late W.M. Mathews and L.A. McLean.
John B. Bruer was reared in Urbana and was well known to many settlers, who are still living. He often visited Urbana relatives prior to six years ago, when he became too enfeebled to travel. He well remembered Abraham Lincoln as a frequent guest at his father's tavern and his recollections of early days in Urbana were deeply interesting.
Is Last of Family.
Mrs. Lindsey is the only surviving sister, she being the youngest member of the family. There are four surviving sons and two daughters, all living near Pontiac excepting one daughter, who resides at Decatur. Mrs. Permelia McWilliams and Mrs. Laura Thorton of West Oregon Street are nieces, and George W. Lindsey and Edward Lindsey and N. W. Davis and Samuel Davis of East Main Street, are nephews. The funeral and burial will take place Sunday at Pontiac. [Urbana Daily Courier, 24 October 1913; Sub. by Pam Geyer]
E.G. BUCHER DIES; HEADED BAND IN '15 - Instructor at Lane Tech -- Succumbs to Appendicitis After Several Weeks' Illness
E.G. Bucher [University of Illinois graduate in '15] died from appendicitis January 31 at Pontiac after an illness of more than a week. While in school Bucher was president of the University Band. After graduation band instruction and conducting occupied a large amount of his time. He enlisted in 1918 in the fifteenth recruit company, general service infantry, but was unassigned and saw no actual service. At the time of his death Bucher was an instructor in physics and chemistry at Lane Technical high school. Burial was held Saturday at Pontiac, services being conducted by the Pontiac Masonic chapter. [Daily Illini, 7 February 1923; Sub. by Pam Haag Geyer]
Bucher, Jake Welby
Deaths--Jake Welby Bucher--Stage name Jake Welby.
Jake Welby, of the old time minstrel team of Welby and Pearl, died April 21 at Chicago, Ill., of Bright's disease, following an illness of four weeks. He played his last date with Welby and Pearl's tabloid minstrels at the Central Theatre in Maywood, Ill., on March 22 & 23. Interment at Pontiac, Ill., the home of his brother. [New York Clipper, 1 May 1915, and 8 May 1915; Sub. by Pam Geyer]
In McHenry county, Illinois, on the 25th ult., of congestive fever, LYMAN BURGIT, aged 28 years. The deceased was a citizen of Livingston county, Ills., and has left a wife and one child to mourn his early death. [The Ottawa Free Trader, Volume 5, Number 23, 22 November 1844; Sub. by Pam Haag Geyer]
Funeral services were held on Thursday for Henry Burke, who died at the Mayo Brothers hospital in Rochester, Minnesota. Services were held from the home of his sister, Mrs. J. E. Seabert on West Mazon avenue. Burial was in Oak Lawn cemetery. Two sons, Harry and Richard survive. His wife preceded him in death just a month ago, on June 16, 1936. [The Pantagraph, July 17, 1936; sub. by PHG]
SQUIRE [WILLIAM] BURRELL, FOR HALF A CENTURY WELL KNOWN HERE, IS DEAD
Venerable Resident of Reading Township Passes Away Following Stroke of Paralysis
--Was Veteran of the Civil War.
Squire Burrell is dead. That was the message that was spread about the streets this morning and shocked the entire community. But few people, other than the immediate relatives of the family, knew Mr. Burrell was ill. Death came this morning at 12:30 as the result of a blood clot on the brain, bringing about paralysis. He was stricken Friday morning, and the end came peacefully. For the last few days Mr. Burrell refused to acknowledge he was seriously ill, and was anxious to get about and attend to his usual duties. It was only the orders of the attending physician and the watchfulness of his daughters that kept him to his bed. Later on he became unconscious and passed away quietly shortly after midnight. In the passing of Mr. Burrell the community has lost a familiar figure. For over half a century he has been a resident of Livingston county, and has taken a prominent part in the affairs of the community. That he was upright and honest in all his dealings is attested by the fact that he was repeatedly honored by his fellow men in election positions of trust. Was Friend in Need No weather was too stormy, the roads were never too bad, for Mr. Burrell to go to the assistance of a friend in need. His character was of the affectionate order, and he was always ready to render a service to the more unfortunate, even when it cost him an unusual effort or exposed him to danger. One morning, twenty-two years ago, he nearly lost his life in a effort to save a companion. The group of men had started to walk to Reading to vote. While crossing a railroad bridge, one of the men slipped and fell between the ties. Mr. Burrell heard the man's cries, and seeing the man's danger, and also seeing a train bearing down, without hesitation hurried back to assist the man. He got the man from the ties, but the engine struck Mr. Burrell, throwing him off the right of way. In the fall the man rescued was instantly killed, and Mr. Burrell received injuries that kept him in the hospital for many weeks, and from which he has since been a cripple. While more than 80 years of age, Mr. Burrell has been remarkably healthy. The only time he was ever incapacitated from attending to this usual occupation was at the time he was struck by the train, and when he was severely burned when his home burned down. Last week he was working about his home, planning on various improvements, and it is barely possible his fatal illness was brought about by exertion. Few men were better known in Streator, or in Livingston county than the decedent. Born in Ohio, William Burrell was born near Xenia, Putnam County, Ohio, July 24, 1842. When a young man he ran away from home and enlisted in the army. His enlistment was dated August 20, 1861, and was for a period of three years, or until the war was ended. He saw service in many engagements. On December 31, 1863, he received an honorable discharge. This discharge was issued at Indianola, Texas, and was granted that hold re-enlist. His new company, which he was assigned to on January 1, 1864, was Company G, 33rd Illinois Veterans Infantry. He continued a member of this company until given his honorable discharge at Vicksburg, Miss., on November 24, 1865. It is interesting to know that the descendent was a part of the forces that besieged Vicksburg during the last days of the war, and was one of the first to enter the city. Located in Illinois It was not surprising that after associating with Illinoisans for so many years Mr. Burrell should select this state as his residence at the close of the hostilities. He settled in Livingston county in Indian Grove, midway between Chenoa and Fairbury. Here he was united in marriage with Amelia A. Cooper, the ceremony being performed at Chenoa, on May 9, 1867. About 48 years ago Mr. Burrell moved to Reading township, and engaged in teaming and contracting. This occupation he followed for a number of years, but finally went into the coal mining business, taking coal from his farm land, just south of the present city limits. For the past thirty years he has lived a semi retired life, but during that time he has been justice of the peace for Reading township, and in that office found much to occupy his time. Thus it was he gained the title "Squire" by which he was so well known. For forty years the family has occupied the same house on Hawthorne Road. Was Deputy Coroner In addition to being justice of the peace, Mr. Burrell has served for many years as deputy coroner. He was also prominent in republican politics, and was central committeeman for years. Few men are given this privilege of living to such an age, and enjoy such good health, and few have the pleasure of such a broad acquaintance as did the decedent. Mrs. Burrell died thirteen years ago. Surviving the loving father are the following children: Daniel, of Kankakee, Arlie D., of Pontiac; Mrs. Lulu G. Reed, and Miss Myrtle Burrell, of Streator. Also one grandson, William Reed. All the relatives were at the bedside when the end came. The funeral will be held from the late residence on Thursday afternoon, with services at 2:00 o'clock. Interment will be in Riverview cemetery. Mr. Burrell was a member of the M.E. church. (The Daily Independent Times-Streator Livingston County, IL 16 Oct 1922 Page 1, col. 7 & 8 - Submitted by Teri Parr)
Bush, Lena J.
The funeral for Mrs. Lena J. Bush, 58, 209 E. Division St., Bloomington, was held Tuesday at 2 p.m. at the Raleigh J. Harris Funeral Home. Francis Masterson, Fairbury, pastor of the Pontiac branch of the Mormon Church; officiated. Mrs. Robert Carroll sang and Mrs. James McCabe was organist. Burial was in Rooks Creek Cemetery. Pallbearers were Sam Shank, Stanley Huff, Mel Collins, Gilbert Armstrong, all of Bloomington; James E. Gunderson, East Peoria; Robert Power, Pontiac. (Source: Pontiac Daily Leader; 23 Jun 1971)
Butzer, Glenn T.
Butzer Dies in Chicago
Friends of Former U. of I. Athlete Learn of Death
Glenn T. Butzer, a graduate of the University of Illinois with the class of 1911, and prominent as an athlete while in college, died Wednesday night in Mercy hospital Chicago, friends in Champaign-Urbana were notified Thursday.
For a number of years Butzer had been county superintendent of highways in Livingston county. His home was in Pontiac. He leaves a widow, but no children. He was 47 years old. Butzer played both varsity football and baseball during three years of his University of Illinois career and was on conference championship teams. He was a guard on the football teams and left fielder on the baseball team. [Urbana Daily Courier, 14 November 1935]