Mrs. Phoebe Landis, aged 68 years, died at Fairbury just two weeks after her husband's death, who also was 68 years old. Grief over his sudden demise hastened her death. [True Republican, 15 April 1896; Sub by Pam Haag Geyer]
Miss Cora, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. E. Langford, of this city, died on Saturday afternoon from consumption. Her body was taken to Saunemin on Sunday for interment. [November 09, 1894 - Bloomington Weekly Pantagraph; Sub by Pam Haag Geyer]
LARKIN, George Arthur
Funeral services for George Arthur Larkin, ten months' old son of Mae & Oliver Larkin of Indiana Harbor, Indiana, were held Sunday afternoon. Burial was in the South Side cemetery. He was killed Thursday night in a rear-end car, truck collision near Dwight on U.S. 66 highway. His mother, the former Mae Pillsbury, Pontiac, suffered a crushed arm and severe cuts. The truck driver, Lee Hays, 47, Kansas City, was reported to have remained in Dwight Friday. Neither Lee Hays or Bert Pillsbury, driver of the car, were injured, An inquest was held at the Harris funeral home Friday night. The jury, headed by Charles Reinagle found the accident to have been unavoidable, exonerating the truck driver. [Pontiac News Review - Thursday 23 Nov, 1939, sub. by Pam Geyer who adds this Note: George Larkin and Bert Pillsbury are both buried in South Side Cemetery]
Pontiac Man, 44, Dies 11 1/2 Months After Collision
PONTIAC-- Oliver Larkin, 44, of Pontiac, died Monday, August 7 in St. Luke's Hospital, Chicago, of burns suffered in an automobile accident near Flanagan August 22, 1949.
Mr. Larkin was injured in a two car collision which took the life of John G. Stang, 48, of Pontiac. The auto carrying the two Pontiac men burst into flames after colliding with a car driven by an 18 year old boy two miles west of Flanagan. Mr. Stang was trapped in the car and burned to death. Mr Larkin was thrown free of the wreckage. The injured man was taken to St. James Hospital with a compound leg fracture and transferred to Chicago on August 28. The body was taken to Raleigh J. Harris funeral home, where services will be held at 2 PM Wednesday. The Rev. Chester Crabtree will officiate. Burial will be in Pontiac South Side Cemetery.
Mr. Larkin was born Aug. 22, 1905, in Washington County, son of John and Sarah Robinson Larkin. He is survived by three sons, Orville, of El Paso; John and Carl of East Chicago, Indiana, and a daughter Mary, also of East Chicago; two brothers, George of East Chicago, and John of Chicago; a sister, Lorabelle Heatherington of Fairbury, and a grandson. He was preceded in death by a son. [Bloomington Pantagraph, Aug. 8,1950, Page 5; sub. by PHG]
Mrs. Wm. Latham of Pontiac called upon a neighbor the other day, with a fifteen-month old child. The neighbor had placed tartar emetic mixed with sugar on the floor to kill ants, and the child ate nearly all of the mixture before it was discovered. It died in a few moments. [The Ottawa Free Trader, 14 July 1888; Sub. by Pam Haag Geyer]
LAVELL, Mary E.
Pontiac -- Mrs. Mary E. Lavell, 89, died at her home here at 1:30 a.m. Wednesday. She had been in failing health three years and seriously ill one week. She was taken to the Raleigh J. Harris Funeral Home, where services were to have been held at 2 p.m. Thursday with the Rev. J. T. Shields officiating. Burial will be in South Side Cemetery. Mrs. Lavell was born Nov 3, 1864 at LaSalle, the daughter of Wendell and Constance Fisher Alles. She attended schools in LaSalle and Owego Township, moving to Pontiac when she was 10 years old. She was married to Frank Ellis, who died in 1896, and later was married to Robert Lavell, who died in 1945. One daughter, Mrs. Maude King of Pontiac, two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren survive. She was a charter member of the Women's Benefit Association, of which she served as recorder for more than 35 years. [The Pantagraph, Dec. 24, 1953, Page 13; sub. by PHG]
Fairbury, Ill.,- James Lawrence, 60, suicide. Rope. Ill health. [The Day Book, 29 April 1913; Sub. by Pam Haag Geyer]
LAWRENCE, Nelson D.
Dissolution Came Yesterday After Long Illness
Pontiac, July 8: Nelson D. Lawrence, pioneer farmer of Pontiac Township, passed away at 6:20 o'clock, this morning at his home south of this city, following a long illness, the immediate cause of his death being pneumonia. Funeral services will be at the home Wednesday afternoon at 2:20 o'clock, with burial in the Houder Cemetery. Nelson D. Lawrence was born in Warren County Indiana, June 2, 1850, a son of Richard and Amanda (Deyo) Lawrence, natives of Ohio and Indiana, and who settled in Livingston County in 1854. Mr. Lawrence was brought up on the home farm, attended the common schools, and followed the occupation of farming all his life. At the time of his death, he owned one of the best improved 160 acre farms in this vicinity, his farm being located just a half mile to the south of the city limits. Mr. Lawrence was married April 9, 1885 to Caroline M. McKee, also a resident of this county. Five children were the issue of this union, namely: Octa D., James R., Aletha M., deceased, and Carrie Etta and an infant, deceased. Mr. Lawrence was one of the highly respected residents of Pontiac township. He had represented his township for many years as a director of the public schools. [The Pantagraph, Bloomington, Illinois, Tuesday, July 9, 1918; sub. by PHG]
LEHMAN, Rev. Herman A.
A service of praise to God for the life of the Rev. Herman A. Lehman of Lake Kegonsa, Stoughton, Wis., will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 9, at First Lutheran Church, 310 Washington St., Stoughton. It will be preceded by a wake at the church beginning at 5 p.m. Following the service, the family will greet family and friends in the fellowship hall. A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 11, at St. John Lutheran Church, Flanagan, Ill., Interment will be private. The Rev. Lehman, pastor emeritus of First Lutheran Church, Stoughton, joined the church triumphant on Thursday, January 4, 2007 at Southwest Florida Medical Center in Fort Meyers, Fla. Herm was born on May 9, 1936, the son of Herman William and Nettie (Wiechman) Lehman in Streator, Ill. He grew up on a farm near Flanagan, Ill., attended Flanagan schools and was an active member of St. John Lutheran Church in Flanagan. On Aug. 31, 1958, he married Judie Park. Herm graduated from Wartburg College in 1958 and Wartburg Seminary, Dubuque, Iowa, in 1962. He was ordained into the ministry of the former American Lutheran Church, now a part of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, on June 10, 1962. His first call was to Zion Lutheran Church at Arneckeville, Texas. He served as pastor of St. Paul Lutheran Church of Rowe, now of Pontiac, Ill. While at St. Paul, he led the development and establishment of Cornell Lutheran Church. Being a mission developer brought him fulfillment as he followed the great commission in Matthew 28:19 and 20. He went on to begin Christ Lutheran Church in Monticello, Ill., and New Life Lutheran Church in Hoffman Estates, Ill. His final years of ministry before retirement were as pastor of St. James Lutheran Church in Chicago. In retirement he served St. Paul Lutheran Church in Beloit, Wis., and ELC in Mt. Horeb, Wis., as interim pastor. Each of these pastorates and congregations brought him great joy and fulfillment. He cherished all the families and parishioners that he served. Several other passions were important to him. Early in his career he was involved in Bible camping and subsequently served on the board of East Bay Bible Camp Lake Bloomington, IL. and as chairman of that board. A few years later he was one of the founding pastors of Green Wing Bible Camp, Amboy, Ill. Personal counseling was another strong interest and gift. During his ministry in Monticello, IL, he used those gifts in Piat County Mental Health Center. While in Hoffman Estates, IL, he also served time as one of the volunteer chaplains for the Hoffman Estates Police Department. Finally, in retirement, he served on the Wartburg Seminary Development Council. Love of His Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and commitment to a life of service; love of family; and passion and vision for church development defined who he was. However, a good joke, the ability to see issues from more than one point of view, and assisting people in their personal development were also defining characteristics. Herm is survived by his wife, Judie and two children, Pastor Bill Lehman (Gaye) of First Lutheran Church, Stoughton, and Beth, principal of Lincoln School in Madison. (Daily Herald - Arlington Heights, Illinois)
LEHMAN, Nettie M. Weichmann
FLANAGAN - Nettie M. Lehman, 95, of Flanagan, died at 5:05 a.m. Monday (March 31, 2003) at ASTA Care Center, Pontiac. Her funeral will be at noon Wednesday at St. John's Lutheran Church, Flanagan, the Rev. Heidi Punt officiating. Burial will be in Center Cemetery, Flanagan. Visitation will be for an hour before the funeral at the church. Arrangements are being handled by Duffy Funeral Home, Pontiac. Memorials may be made to St. John's Lutheran Church, Flanagan. She was born March 1, 1908 in Flanagan, a daughter of Albert F. and Anna Bertha Schmidt Weichmann. She married Harman William Lehman on Feb. 19, 1930, he died on Dec. 16, 1977. Survivors include one son, the Rev. Herman (Judie) A. Lehman, Stoughton, Wis.; one sister, Betty Ann Smith, Flanagan; two grandchildren, Pastor William David (Gaye) Lehman; and Beth Lehman, both of Stoughton, Wis. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, three sisters and six brothers. She was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church, Flanagan. She was educated in rural Flanagan schools and had been a homemaker. (The Pantagraph)
Peter Lehman, a well-known farmer living a few miles west of Pontiac, committed suicide by hanging himself. He was temporarily insane. [True Republican 22 March 1899; sub. by Pam Geyer]
THE SUICIDE OF PETER LEHMAN
The suicide of Peter Lehman at Flanagan last week appears to have been the result of bad temper aggravated by too much liquor. Lehman was a man in good circumstances, 65 years old, worth from forty to fifty thousand dollars, mostly in real estate and living with his wife in a fine house. He was in the habit of drinking heavily especially of wine which he manufactured himself from grapes raised on his own land. The day before the suicide he got on a spree and drove his wife from the house to the neighbors. He had a big hammer which he flourished while he raved and raged like a crazy man. Towards night he wanted his wife to come back, but she refused, and finally the city police, two in number, were sent for. He induced them to intercede with his wife to come home, promising to be peaceable. Before she could get ready, however, he broke out again raging and swinging his hammer. The officers then took him away from the house and lodged him in a calaboose. He leaves a widow and six children, all adults. [Pontiac Daily Leader - 14 March 1899; sub. by Pam Geyer]
Coroner Blyder held an inquest Saturday. The jury was R. G. Murphy, foreman: H. C. Patton, W. J. Uden, C. W. Zehren, W. B. Jones, and Isaac ?. They brought in a verdict that deceased came to his death "by his own hands by strangulation." [Pontiac Daily Leader, March 12, 1899, Note: He is buried in Waldo Cemetery in Flanagan, Illinois.)
LEONARD, Mrs. Lu
Mrs. Lu Leonard of Pontiac died at the Tri-City sanitarium at 4:30 Tuesday afternoon of infirmities of age. She had been ailing for several months and had come to the local hospital about a week ago. She was 70 years of age. (The Rock Island Argus 18 October 1912, sub. by Pam Geyer, who adds this Note: She is buried at South Side Cemetery in Pontiac, Illinois.)
LESHER, Fern L. Humphrey
PONTIAC (PNS) - Fern L. Lesher, 64, of 824 W. Reynolds St. died at 3:30 p.m. Sunday at the home of her daughter in Berwyn. She had been in failing health for 2 1/2 years. Her funeral will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Calvary Baptist Church, the Rev. Robert Searles officiating. Burial will be in South Side Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Raleigh J. Harris Funeral Home. She was born June 17, 1916, in Cooksville, a daughter of Ernest and Minnie Harms Humphrey. She married Wilbur A. Lesher March 2, 1935, in Normal. He died Jan. 28, 1970. Survivors include two daughters, Patricia Slater, Berwyn; and Bernadine Mueller, Bancrost, Iowa; three brothers, Gail Humphrey, Colfax; Loren Humphrey, Saybrook; and Nelson Humphrey, Cooksville; a sister Velda Beck, El Paso; and five grandchildren. She was educated in Cooksville and was employed by Humiston Haven for eight years prior to her illness. She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church, Pontiac. (SOURCE: The Pantagraph, 8 Mar 1981 - Pontiac, Livingston County, Illinois - Submitted by Teri Moncelle Colglazier)
LINDENBAUM, Margaret “Minnie” Reinholtz
FORREST - (PNS) - Mrs. John Lindenbaum, 80, died at her home Tuesday after an illness of two weeks. The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. (standard) Thursday at the Forrest Methodist church, the Rev. C. H. Essman officiating. Burial will be in Graceland cemetery at Fairbury. Minnie Margaret was the daughter of Thomas and Jennie Reinholtz and was born near Washington May 21, 1861. She was married Jan 27, 1881 to John Lindenbaum. She is survived by her husband; four daughters, Mrs. John Wiles, Milford; Mrs. Miner Burninga, Macomb; Mrs. John Gleeson, Colfax and Mrs. Flora Householder, Fairbury; four sons, Henry, Lexington; Roger, William and Russell, all of Forrest and one sister, Mrs. Ben Harms, Colfax. During the early years of her life she was a member of the Lutheran church but after coming to Forrest she became a member of the Methodist church. (SOURCE: The Pantagraph, 29 Jul 1941 - Submitted by Teri Moncelle Colglazier)
The funeral services of Miss Idella Lommatsch, who died at the home of her parents northwest of Chenoa on Thursday, were held from the home Sunday at 1 p. m. Rev. J. F. Loren conducted the services and the burial was made in the Pike township cemetery, near Graymont. [The Weekly Pantagraph, June 13, 1913; sub. by PHG]
James Lord, Lifelong Resident of Pontiac, Passed Away Sunday.
PONTIAC, Oct, 9. - Funeral services for James Lord, a lifelong resident of Pontiac who passed away at his home here Sunday morning, were held Tuesday at 2:30 o'clock from the Erwin funeral home. Interment was in the South Side cemetery. Mr. Lord's death followed a four day serious illness. He was born in this city July, 4, 1869, a son of Mr. and Mrs. Wallace Lord. He received his education in the Pontiac schools, and for many years had been an accountant. Mr. Lord married Miss Ann Fuller January 22, 1917 at Wilmington. He is survived by his wife and a brother, Richard Lord, of Chicago. [The Fairbury Blade, October 9, 1942; sub. by PHG]
DIED -- In great peace, on the 17th of February last, CATHARINE LOWMAN, consort of Michael Lowman, at his residence in Vermilion, Livington county, Ill., in the l9th year of her age. She embraced the Christian religion in January, 1843, under the ministry of the Rev. J. F. DeVore, and united with the Methodist Episcopal church, and, from that time, sustained an unblemished reputation, until God, whose ways are, to us, mysterious, saw proper, in his wisdom, to take her from suffering to reward. She labored under disease only two weeks. The last week she suffered extremely, but without a murmur. On Friday night, her physician told her that she could not recover. She received the intelligence without moving a muscle. Although informed that the had but a few hours to live, yet there was no terror in the intelligence. Death had lost its sting. Her hours were now spent in prayer and praise. Her earnest and continued prayer was that she might have a happy hour to die in, and it was granted her. I was called to see her just at the break of day, on Saturday, the 17th, and remained with her until she died, which was between 8 and 9 o'clock in the morning. It was the happiest death I ever witnessed. She possessed her reason to the last. She took great delight in hearing the songs of Zion sung. She would take the book and select her hymn, and then join in singing, and her shrill and melodious voice could be distinctly heard with ours. At one time she called her husband, and asked him if he was willing to give her up. Upon being told that he was gave her joy and peace. She frequently told us that she should soon go home to meet Christ. A few moments before she died, she called us to her bedside, saying that she was going. She took us by the hand, calling each one by name, and bade us farewell, telling us to meet her in heaven. "Tell the boys," said she, (meaning her brothers that were absent,) to meet me in Heaven."
"Farewell, Michael, take good care of my babe, and meet me up yonder." She then turned her face to the wall, and cried "Jesus! Jesus!" and died without a struggle or a groan, and, ere we were aware, the happy spirit had fled to realms on high. Thus has death suddenly torn from our brother, a dear companion, with whom he had been joined in wedlock only one short year and a few days; and thus is a child deprived of a kind mother, and the church of a valuable member. But that death bed scene will long be remembered. Yes, that bright eye, that smiling countenance, and the sound of that last farewell, have made an impression on our minds which time can never efface. Then, let me die the death of the righteous, and may my end be like hers! -J. Mitchell. [The Ottawa Free Trader, April 12, 1844; sub. by PHG]
Lowry, Lucy Ann
Pontiac, June 15: Lucy Ann Lowry, widow of the late Howard Lowry of this city, died June 13, 1926 in Evanston, Ill., at the home of her daughter, Mrs. May M. Jones, where she had been on an indefinite stay, death being due to the infirmities of age. She was born May 10, 1846 in Tishomingo County, Miss. She was married to Howard Lowry August 10, 1863 at Jay Center, Miss. Seven children were born as a result of this union, four of whom survive her. [The Pantagraph, Bloomington, Illinois, Tuesday, June 15, 1926; sub. by PHG] (Note: She is buried with her husband at South Side Cemetery.)