Pontiac, Aug. 5: Mrs. Abraham Odell is dead at her home here. She had been in poor health for a number of years. [Urbana Daily Courier, 5 August 1915; Sub. by Pam Geyer, who adds this Note: Ann Cook Odell is buried at South Side Cemetery]
The infant child of Mr. and Mrs. P. Oelschlager died Wednesday morning. (William P. Oelschlager was buried in Union cemetery.) [The Weekly Pantagraph, Aug, 2, 1901; sub. by PHG]
Traveler Dies Suddenly
Pontiac, Oct. 14: Thomas O'Fallon of Peoria, a traveling man representing Bonnie Bros., of Louisville, Ky., died at the St. James hospital here of uraemic poisoning. He was ill but thirty-six hours. [Urbana Daily Courier 15 October 1912; Sub. by Pam Geyer]
OLLENZIEN, Charles W.
Killed Under Falling Corn Crib.
Fairbury -- Charles W. Ollenzien, farmer, was killed at his home two miles southwest, when caught under a falling corn crib he was moving. [True Republican, 10 August 1907; Sub by Pam Haag Geyer]
Fairbury Citizen Passes Away in a Hospital at Pontiac.
Fairbury, Nov. 5. - Edward O'Malley, for many years a resident of this city, died last night in Pontiac after a long illness. He was taken to the hospital last week to submit to an operation, but it was without avail. He was born in Ireland about 75 years ago, and came to Fairbury when young. He was twice married. He leaves two sons by his first marriage, John and Edward, and also one daughter. By his second marriage, the following children survive; Joseph, in the army of occupation, William and George O'Malley, and Genevieve Gouge. He also leaves two sisters and a brother. The services were at St. John's Catholic Church in Fairbury on Thursday at 9 a.m. [The Pantagraph, Thursday, Nov. 6, 1919; sub. by PHG]
ONG, Captain John
Captain John Ong died at Pontiac last week, of dropsy. Capt. Ong, a few years since lived in Henry, and was landlord of the Central House, now known as the Paskell. Latterly he has been residing in Livingston county. The remains were brought to Magnolia for interment. His age was 72. [Date: July 10, 1873; Paper: Henry Republican, Henry, IL; Transcribed and Submitted by: Nancy Piper]
Funeral of F.L. Ormsby.
The funeral of the late F.L. Ormsby of Champaign will be held from from the residence, 203 West Columbia avenue, at 10 o'clock Thursday morning. The remains will be taken to Pontiac on the 11:25 o'clock train Thursday morning, where interment will be made. Civil War--Co E 14TH ILL INF. [Urbana Daily Courier, 21 July 1909; Sub. by Pam Geyer, who adds this Note: He is buried at South Side Cemetery in Pontiac, Illinois]
J. S. Battles is at Pontiac, where he was called by the death of Mrs. Battles' father, Wm. Ott, president of the Ott Lounge Company, which occurred there Saturday morning. Mrs. Battles has been at Pontiac for some time, on account of her father's illness. (The Rock Island Argus, 14 January 1907; Sub. by Pam Geyer, who adds this Note: William Ott is buried at South Side Cemetery in Pontiac, Illinois.)
Death of Mr. E. B. Owen.
Pontiac, July 6. - Mr. E. B. Owen, one of the oldest citizens in this city, died here early this morning after suffering from a stroke of paralysis for seven weeks. Mr. Owen was 89 years old and was born near Elmira, N. Y. [The Weekly Pantagraph, July 9, 1897; sub. by PHG]
Pontiac, Ill., Charles Page, printer, blew his head off with a shotgun today after firing several wild shots at wife and son. [The Day Book, 14 January 1914; Sub. by Pam Haag Geyer]
Attempts Murder; Kills Self.
Pontiac, Ill., Jan. 15. -- Charles Page, a painter, 55 years old, after attempting to kill his wife and son here yesterday committed suicide by shooting himself. [The Rock Island Argus, 15 January 1914]
KILLS SWEETHEART AND SELF. Wealthy Chicago Board of Trade Operator Was Jealous.
After mortally wounding Miss Jennie Page, aged 20, of Pontiac, Albert Tweeth, aged 20, formerly of Morris, said to be a wealthy Board of Trade operator, ended his own life. The shooting occurred in the parlor of the Kaiserhof hotel in Chicago. It is believed to have been caused by jealousy. Tweeth came to Chicago six months ago. He became infatuated with Miss Page and lavished expensive jewels upon her. When the girl's body was found more than $800 worth of jewelry was found upon her person. Miss Page had been infatuated with a circus performer, it is alleged that Tweeth became jealous because the woman pawned some of the jewels which he gave her, and gave the money to the rival. [The Ashton Gazette 3 May 1906; Sub. by Pam Geyer, who adds this Note: Mr. Tweeth is buried at West Lisbon Lutheran Cemetery, Kendall County, Illinois]
PARK, Mrs. Eugene
Dr. J. H. McCulloch was called on Sunday to Pontiac, Ill., by the death that morning of Mrs. Eugene Park, mother of Mrs. McCulloch. The death of Mrs. Park, who had long been in ill health, resulted from dropsy and and an inaction of the heart. Her daughter, Mrs. McCulloch, had been with her almost constantly for about a year. Mrs. Park visited Sycamore about a year ago and had a number of friends here who will be saddened by her death. Besides her daughter she leaves surviving her husband. [True Republican, 8 April 1914; Sub. by Pam Geyer]
PARK, Mrs. John
Mrs. John Park died Sunday morning after an illness lasting more than two weeks. She had been a sufferer from stomach trouble for several years. She was 67 years old and had resided most of her life on a farm south of town. Twelve children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Park and she leaves besides her husband seven children to mourn her loss. She was highly esteemed by all who knew her and many friends sympathize with the bereaved husband. [The Weekly Pantagraph, June 13, 1913]
PARKER, Ernest Leroy
Pontiac - Funeral services for Ernest Leroy Parker, 13, who was drowned Friday in the Vermilion River about six miles southeast of here, will be held at the Evangelical church in Pontiac at 2 p.m. Monday, Rev. Charles Wunsch officiating. Burial will be in Houder cemetery. Ernest, the son of Frank and Sarah Johnson Parker, living two and one half miles south of McDowell, drowned when he leaped into the swollen river from a boat in an effort to retrieve a new fishing pole which he was using. His cousin, Anna May Johnson, 8, was unable to aid him. Her cries attracted neighbors, and one hour and a half after the fatal jump, the boy's body was recovered. Ernest was born May 14, 1924, and had just graduated from Pike School. He is survived by his father and mother. A coroner's jury Saturday found his death due to accidental drowning. [The Pantagraph, May 2, 1937; sub. by PHG]
FLANAGAN - The funeral for Miss Myrtle Patton, 85, who died at 7:45 p.m. on Saturday evening at St. James Hospital, Pontiac, will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Froelich Memorial Home. The Rev. David Bebee is to officiate. Burial will be in Center Cemetery. [The Pantagraph, Feb. 28, 1966; sub. by PHG]
PAVITT, Mrs. James
Pontiac, July 28. — Mrs. James Pavitt died suddenly here Monday morning. She was born in Lincolnshire, England. ([Urbana Daily Courier 28 July 1915; Sub. by Pam Geyer, who adds this Note: She was buried at Sunny Slope Cemetery in Saunemin, Illinois.)
PAYNE, Capt. Morgan Lewis
Captain Morgan Lewis Payne, veteran of the Mexican war, died at Pontiac, Ill., last week. (Note: He is buried at South Side Cemetery in Pontiac, Illinois.) [Western Rural, 11 May 1878]
PEARRE, L. G.
L. G. Pearre, an attorney in Dwight, Illinois was instantly killed by scalding and a cut to the head on November 16, in the horrible train collision. He was on a passenger train that was hit by a freight train within 3 miles of Streator. The freight engine struck the rear passenger coach with 20 persons on board, and completely telescoped it. Four people were killed instantly and several more died later. The news spread like a wild fire and hundreds flocked to the scene. Nearly every person in the rear passenger coach was killed or severely wounded. Mr. Pearre's friends were telegraphed for, and arrived on a special train at half past 4, and took charge of the remains.
Streator, Nov. 18. - Mr. L. G. Pearre's remains were interred in the New Michigan Cemetery, a few miles east of this city. The funeral party arrived here from Dwight, Ills., today. The funeral was largely attended by prominent members of the bar from all parts of the state. [The Pantagraph, Nov. 17 & 18, 1883, sub. by PHG who adds this note: "He now rests at Oak Lawn Cemetery in Dwight"; sub. by PHG]
Mrs. Hannah Pearson, relict of Bennett Pearson, passed away very suddenly at her home in Chatsworth last Friday (Mar. 7) night, death being caused by heart disease. Mrs. Pearson was on of the most highly respected women who has ever lived in Chatsworth, and had been a resident of this township for 45 years. In many ways she was a remarkable woman, and no one knew her excellent qualities better or appreciated them more than her children and near friends. Hannah Storey was born in Donington, Lincolnshire, England, August 10, 1845. when she was 8 years of age her mother, who was a widow, came to America, bringing with her her seven children, two of whom were unable to walk. They landed in New York in December 1853, and from there went to Delaware. The following year they came to Illinois and located at Brimfield where the mother's death occurred. Hannah was united in marriage with Bennett Pearson at Brimfield and in the spring of 1868 they located on the farm west of Chatsworth, which Mrs. Pearson owned at the time of her death. Mr. Pearson preceded her in death October 20, 1888. Mrs. Pearson was the mother of 14 children, all but one of whom, Alice, (Mrs. S.R. Puffer) survive as follows: Mary, wife of Charles w. Stephens, Logansport, Ind.; Fred, of Fairmont, Neb.; William and Charles, of Wankee, Iowa; Ada, wife of William Felt, Pasadena, Cal.; Nellie, wife of John Piercy, Cora, wife of Alvin Dann, both of Waukee, Iowa; Filmore, Rich Hill, Mo.; Elmer, Edwin, Jesse, Arthur and Ira, of Chatsworth. She is also survived by one sister, Mrs. Ira Tobie, of Hiawatha, Kan., and three brothers, Turnard Storey, of Edison, Neb., who spent the past two winters with his sister here, Joseph Storey, of Montrose, Mo., and Thomas Storey, of Bloomington. In addition to the above she leaves 30 grandchildren, three great grandchildren and seven stepsons and stepdaughters, there having been 21 children in the Bennett Pearson two families. Deceased was a member of the Chatsworth Baptist church and was active in the church work. She was possessed of more than usual business and executive ability, as well as the qualities which make the best mother, as was demonstrated in her life's work. She was left with a large family and an encumbered farm when her husband departed this life, but she kept her family together, reared them so that each one is a desirable and respected citizen and a credit to her, and in addition accumulated considerable property in connection with her home duties and business cares she always found time to render assistance where illness or poverty existed, and many are the cases of poverty and distress which have been relieved through her ministrations. The funeral services were held at the Baptist church on Monday afternoon, conducted by Rev. Gunn, and the interment was at Chatsworth cemetery. The large attendance at the funeral services bore evidence of the high regard in which deceased was held by the people of this community, many being unable to gain admittance to the church. The floral offerings were exquisite and during the services the casket laid in a veritable bank of flowers. ["The Chatsworth Plaindealer", Chatsworth, IL - March 14, 1913]
PELL, Mrs. John
Mrs. John Pell of Dwight, Ill., suicided at home by swallowing carbolic acid. [The Day Book, 8 September 1915; Sub. by Pam Haag Geyer]
PERRY, Lucien B.
Pontiac - Lucien B. Perry, for a number of years a resident of the poor house, died at that institution on Sunday morning. He was at one time a prominent citizen of this county. [The Pantagraph, Nov. 22, 1878; sub. by PHG]
PETRI, Julian J
PONTIAC - Julian J. Petri, 71, of Lt. 112 Redwood Manor, Pontiac, formerly of Flanagan, died at 9:40 p.m. Monday (Nov. 30, 1998) at OSF Saint James Hospital, Pontiac. His funeral will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Froelich Memorial Home, Flanagan, the Rev. Kenneth O'Neal officiating. Burial will be in Center Cemetery, Flanagan. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and for one hour prior to the service Thursday, both at the memorial home. Memorials may be made to American Heart Association. Mr. Petri was born Feb. 20, 1927, at Minonk, the son of Michael and Sara Hock Petri. He married Iola M. Janssen Sept. 28, 1947, at Minonk. She died Aug. 11, 1980. He then married Jo Ann Studnicki on Nov. 13, 1982, at Streator. She survives. Other survivors include two daughters, Rita (Steve) Farrell, Arlington, Texas, and Renee (Byron) Schell, Morris; three sons, Rex (Karen) Petri, Towanda; Ritchie Petri, Normal; and Randy (Sue) Petri, Mount Prospect; one sister, Mary Ford, Minonk; five brothers, Virgil Petri, Norbert Petri, Joe Petri and Eugene Petri, all of Minonk, and Marion Petri, Las Vegas, Nev.; 12 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Two brothers and one son preceded him in death. Mr. Petri was a retired carpenter from Carpenter's Local 63 of Bloomington. He was a member of the Graymont Baptist Church, Graymont. He was a Navy veteran of World War II, serving as a member of the Seabees. (The Pantagraph)
Died very suddenly in Livingston county, on the 3d of May, Mr. Henry Pickens, formerly of Middleboro, Mass., aged 30 years. [The Ottawa Free Trader, Ottawa, Illinois, May 26, 1848; Sub. by N. Piper]
Funeral Sunday Morning: The funeral services for the late Lew Pillsbury, 14 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. David Pillsbury, who died Thursday night at the Red Cross Emergency Hospital of Spanish influenza and pneumonia, was held this morning at 10:30 o'clock. Burial was at South Side Cemetery. [The Pantagraph, Bloomington, Illinois, Monday, October 21, 1918 - Page 1; sub. by PHG]
PILLSBURY, Louis L.
We are sorry to record the death of Louis L. Pillsbury, a member of last year's preparatory class, at his home at Pontiac, Illinois, of consumption. [Daily Illini, 24 September 1888; Submitted by Pam Haag Geyer]
PILLSBURY, Nathaniel J
Pontiac, Ill., - Judge Nathaniel J Pillsbury, prominent Illinois jurist died of old age infirmities. [The Day Book, 18 October 1915; Sub. by Pam Haag Geyer]
Mrs. Rebecca Pogue , d. at her res. 3 miles s. e. of Fairbury, Ill. 8/13/1871 a. 67 y. [Compiled from old newspapers by Milo Custer in 1912 - Submitted by Teri Colglazier]
George Pole died suddenly at Cullom Thursday evening. He was aged about 60 years. [November 28, 1888 - Forrest Rambler; Sub by Pam Haag Geyer]
PORTER, Mrs. Norton
PONTIAC - Mrs. Norton R. Porter, 71, died at 11:30 a. m. Tuesday at St. James Hospital in Pontiac, after an illness of five weeks. She had been in poor health two years. The body was taken to the Erwin Funeral Home where services will be held at 2 p. m. Thursday. The Rev. R. G. Hershey will officiate and the burial will be in South Side Cemetery. [The Pantagraph, Wednesday, March 14, 1945; sub. by PHG]
JURY RETURNS SUICIDE VERDICT IN ODELL DEATH
An inquest into the death of Archie Potter, tenant farmer residing near Odell, whose lifeless body was found in an unused barn Tuesday, was conducted by Coroner Elmo Knick at 7:30 o'clock Tuesday evening at the J. R. Harris Mortuary in Pontiac Mrs. Potter, in appearing before the coroner's jury, stated in her testimony that her husband had been worrying a great deal recently over financial affairs and that he had become quite despondent. Others testified to finding Mr. Potter's body Tuesday morning, January 26, in a barn on the William Beck farm, across the highway from the farm where Mr. and Mrs. Potter had been residing. Mr. Potter was a tenant on the farm of Mrs. I. M. Gall, six and a half miles northeast of Pontiac Coroner Knick presented a statement from the Johnson drug store in Odell to the effect that Mr. Potter had purchased thirty grains of strychnine at the drug store that he wished to use it for poison. It is presumed that this is the poison which he took in ending his life. Funeral services will be held at 2 o'clock Thursday afternoon from the chapel of the R. J. Harris Mortuary in Pontiac, Dr. A. H. Morrow conducting. Burial will be in the South Side cemetery. Archie Potter was born November 29, 1887, in West Salem, Edwards County. He married Mrs. Mae (Quinn) Laycock on Dec. 13, 1915 in Pontiac Surviving are his widow and his mother, Mrs. Anna Campbell of West Salem, three children, Evelyn, Glenn and Robert, a brother, Ira Potter of Lincoln, and a half sister Mrs. Ethel Traub of Elgin. Also surviving are five stepchildren, Mrs. Reba Rhodes and Pearl R. Laycock of Gillum, Mrs. Myrtle Alvershire of Pontiac, Mrs. Mildred Abbaduska, and Roy Laycock of Odell. Mr. and Mrs. Potter and family had planned to move to Pontiac Wednesday where he had obtained work in the shoe factory. [The Pantagraph, Jan. 27, 1932; sub. by PHG]
The death of Thomas Powell, an old citizen and prominent grand army man, occurred at his home in Fairbury, he being in his 74th year. [True Republican, 7 January 1893; Sub. by Pam Haag Geyer]
PUSEY, William W.
Saturday morning, at his home in Odell, occurred the death of Mr. William W. Pusey. The deceased was born in Pennsylvania 52 years ago, came to Illinois in 1865 and moved from Bloomington to Odell some years ago. He was a lawyer, having graduated from that department of the Wesleyan. Besides a wife and five children, his mother, Mrs. M. H. Pusey, of this city, is still living at an advanced age. Mrs. D. B. Salisbury, of Chicago, and Miss Ella Pusey, of this city, are sisters, while N. T. Pusey, of this city, is a brother. [The Weekly Pantagraph, Apr. 19, 1901; sub. by PHG]