Nellis, Peter G.
Gen. McClellan's Ally Dead.
Pontiac, Sept. 24: Peter G. Nellis, for 45 years connected with the Chicago & Alton railway, 40 years as auditor, died at his home. He was closely associated with former President Blackstone of the Alton system and Gens. George L. and George B. McClellan during construction of the Illinois Central road prior to the civil war. [Urbana Daily Courier 24 September 1909; Sub. by Pam Geyer]
Nelson, Tammy Anne
Tammy Anne Nelson, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Allen Nelson, was stillborn at St. James Hospital at 5:03 a.m. Tuesday. Her parents, a brother and grandparents survive. Graveside services were to have been held at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Union Cemetery in Emington with the Rev. Ernest Schwartz officiating. [The Pantagraph, Wednesday, June 20, 1962, Page 5; sub. by PHG]
Baby Drowns In a Cistern.
Pontiac, March 8. -- Charles Nolte, 1-year-old son of August Nolte of Emington, was drowned yesterday afternoon. He slipped and fell into an open cistern. (Urbana Daily Courier 9 March 1912, Sub. by Pam Geyere, who adds this Note: He is buried at Union Cemetery in Emington, Ilinois.)
Suicide.-- A young lady named North, living near Pontiac had formed an engagement to be married to a young man in Pontiac,in which she was so strongly opposed by her father that he struck her; upon which the young lady went to the railroad track, and as a fast train approached deliberately laid her neck upon the rail, and let the train pass over her. Her body was literally torn into fragments and scattered along the track for a dozen rods. [The Ottawa Free Trader, Volume 30, Number 31, 12 March 1870; Sub by Pam Haag Geyer]
Died, in Pontiac, Monday, April 15th, after along sickness, Mrs. Mary, wife of Samuel B. Norton, in the seventy-second year of her age. The death of this good woman, surrounded by her large family, her aged husband, her children and grand children, in the full measure of years, calls for more than a passing notice. Grandma Norton, as she was familiarly known, was born in the State of Maine, on the first day of the present century. In early life she became a professor of religion, and during long years adorned the religion she professed. When she married, she assumed the position of mother to a large family of children recently bereaved of their mother, many of whom are well known throughout this county. Dr. Norton of Newtown, and Dr. Norton of Watseka, H. H. Norton, of this place, Mrs. Dr. Croswell, Mrs. Wheeler, Mrs. Fletcher Norton yet survive her to cherish and reverence her memory. Of her own children only two survive, Mrs. Octavia Babcock and Mrs. Charlotte Rice. In 1861, she came with her husband to this county where so many of their children resided, and for some years made her home in Sunbury. More recently, Pontiac has been her home. During her last sickness, she talked freely of her probable demise and but a few days since sent for her pastor Rev. W. B. Watson, and requested him to preach her funeral discourse, selecting the passage of scripture which she desired him to take as his text on that occasion. Her aged husband, and large circle of children and grand children, in mourning her departure, do so, not as those without hope, recognizing hers as a life well spent, and looking forward to a glorious immortality. [Pontiac Sentinel, Thursday, April 18, 1872; sub. by PHG]
Norton, Samuel B.
DEATH OF HON. S. B. NORTON
In the death, at the advanced age of almost 85 years, on Sunday night last, of Hon. Samuel B. Norton, for some years a resident of this county, and for three years past of this place, Pontiac has lost the most aged of the few remaining citizens who connect this age and generation with the former century. Born on the 20th of October, 1789, he saw the first year of President Washington's administration, his life being thus, with the exception of a few months, coextensive with the life of the United States under its present form of Government. He arrived at his majority during the heated political term proceeding the war of 1812, in which he took a most lively interest and saw service in the field. This early education so impressed him that he never failed to the last year of his life, to take a great interest in the politics of this country. Especially was this true during the late rebellion. No young and ardent man could have been more alive to the importance of that struggle than he was. He voted first for James Madison for President, and it was his boast to the last that he never lost a Presidential vote, and but very rarely let an election pass without his vote. He was born in Edgarton, Mass., but most of his life was spent at Farmington, Maine, following his children to this county in 1861. A man of strong constitution, and of most decided convictions, he was honored and respected by all who knew him. He served in the Maine Legislature in 39 or 40. In later years, since we have known him here, though weighted down with more than four score years, his genial nature showed itself in interesting, pleasant conversation, while his fervent religious turn of mind, and rich Christian experience, gave such a zest and pleasure to his life that it was a real pleasure to enjoy his society. He was the father of thirteen children, eight of whom survive him, all but one of whom was living near him, and was in attendance upon his funeral, while a large number of grand children attest to the worthy, noble character of the patriarch. His end was peace. In three weeks sickness, sometimes painful, never brought a murmur from his peaceful mind. Retaining his consciousness almost to the very last, he neither complained of his long waiting or his approaching death. A good man, ripe in years, rich in the love, honor, and esteem of his children and his neighbors, passed away from this earth when Samuel B. Norton entered into a glorious immortality. [Pontiac Sentinel, Thursday, September 3, 1874; sub. by PHG]
Drowned - A Mr. Nouswanger, a native of Pennsylvania, was drowned in the Vermillion river on Thursday last, some two miles west of Pontiac by being swept over a mill dam. A Mr. Mosholder and a small boy, who were in the boat with Mr. N., were saved. [Sangamo Journal / Illinois State Journal, Volume 10, Number 240, 25 March 1858; Sub. by Pam Haag Geyer]