Bloomington: B.C. Wagner, a prominent young farmer of Livingston county, 30 miles north of here, is dead of tetanus, caused by being kicked by a horse. [The Ashton Gazette, Volume 17, Number 2, 9 March 1911, Sub. by Pam Geyer who adds this Note: He is buried at Payne Cemetery, near Chenoa, in Livingston County, Illinois]
Harley, the youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. George A. Wagner, who live four miles north of Chenoa, in Livingston county, died on Tuesday morning at 12:30 o'clock. He was 18 months old and had been ill only about twelve hours with cholera infantum. He was buried at Payne cemetery. [The Weekly Pantagraph, Aug, 2, 1901; sub. by PHG]
CHATSWORTH, Sept. 13 - The funeral of Mrs. Thomas J. Wallrichs was held Thursday at the Methodist church at 2 p.m., the Rev. O. J. Ackerman officiating. Burial was in the Chatsworth cemetery. Christina Smidt was born in Weener, Germany, Dec. 26, 1854. After the death of her parents she came to America in 1894 and entered the Nurses training school in New York City. She followed her profession until 1906. She is survived by her husband and the following children: John in Texas; Tena Goggins, Kathryn Feely and Wallace of Chatsworth; Reka of Hillsboro; Francis, Chatsworth; and Thomas, Bloomington. She is also survived by three sisters, Mrs. Bertha Zimmer of Emden, Misses Dina and Kea Smidt of Germany. [The Pantagraph, Sept 13, 1929 - Page 2; sub. by PHG]
Pontiac, III.-- Isaac Walton, senior member of Walton Bros., Fairbury, dead. Apoplexy. [The Day Book, Volume 2, Number 275, 19 August 1913; Sub. by Pam Haag Geyer]
Pontiac, Ill., -- The will of Isaac Walton, deceased merchant of Fairbury, Ill., filed here, disposes of an estate estimated at $350,000 among 36 legatees. [The Rock Island Argus, 26 August 1913; Sub. by Pam Geyer]
WARD, Matthew (Oldest son of Richard T. & Susan Ward,) b. Ireland 1834 m. Sarah Murphy, (b. also in Ireland,) 1857, accidentally killed on R. R. nr. Pontiac, Ill. 10/.../1877. Left widow & 8 ch [Compiled from old newspapers by Milo Custer in 1912 - Submitted by Teri Colglazier]
WERNER, Catherina J.
Pontiac, July 19 -- Mrs. F. Werner, a native of Germany, is dead here after a long illness. [Urbana Daily Courier; 19 July 1915; Sub. by: Pam Haag Geyer; Note: Wife of Ferdinand A. Werner (1842 - 1917). She is buried in Long Point Cemetery, Long Point, IL.]
WEBB, Carolyn Rae Neal
PONTIAC -- Carolyn Rae Neal Webb, 60, of Newton, formerly of Pontiac, died at 1:56 p.m. Tuesday (Oct. 25, 2005) at St. Anthony's Memorial Hospital in Effingham.
Service: private family memorial service was Thursday.
Survivors: her husband, Richard R. Webb, Newton; son, Richard Webb Jr., Pontiac; two daughters, Trisha Webb, Newton, and Veronica (Frank) Breiholz, Pontiac; special daughter, Lisa (Joe) Burge, Chipley, Fla.; eight grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; two sisters, Marilyn K. (Bruce) Otto, Las Vegas, Nev., and Judy (Tim) Webb, Bloomington; and foster sister, Maria (Rigo) Diaz, Peoria. (SOURCE: The Pantagraph, 25 Oct 2005 - Pontiac, Livingston County, Illinois - Submitted by Teri Moncelle Colglazier)
Miss Sadie Webber, 54 years old, died at the Livingston county hospital, Wednesday evening after a short illness. [The Pantagraph, Sep. 9, 1916, Page 4; sub. by PHG]
Otis Weber, 68, Dies; Rites Friday
Otis Lee Weber, 68, 9117 East Livingston Street, died Tuesday about 2:30 after suffering an apparent heart attack in downtown Pontiac. He was dead on arrival at St. James Hospital. His funeral will be Friday at 1 P.M. at the Raleigh J. Harris Funer al Home with the Rev. GlennIoder of the Methodist Church officiating. Burial will be in South Side Cemetery. Friends may call from 5 to 9 P.M. Thursday at the funeral home. Mr. Weber was born May 15, 1902, in Pontiac, a son of George and Lucinda (Irons) Weber. He married Sadie Howell September 23, 1955, at Streator. He was a trucker in Pontiac for many years. Surviving are his wife; three sons by a previous marriage: Gerald, Wilbur, and Wayne, Pontiac; a stepdaughter: Mrs. Virgil Dixon, Pontiac; a sister: Mrs. Lon Campbell, Odell; two brothers: Elmer, Martinton; and George, Graymont; and 15 grandchildren. Five brothers, three sisters and a daughter preceded him in death. [January 6, 1971 - Pontiac Daily Leader, Pontiac, Illinois; Submitted by Michelle Abrajano: (Note: Otis' 1st wife was Helen May Reed. Helen was a daughter of George Edward Reed and Mary Sophia (Vilven) Reed]
WEICKER, Mrs. Louis A.
Mrs. Louis A. Weicker, of Dwight, died Friday at 4:30 p.m. at Silver Cross Hospital in Joliet. She had spent the last nine days there following a lingering illness of many months duration attributed to pernicious anemia and uremic poisoning. She was born May 4, 1886 at Mt. Carroll, daughter of the late Martin Luther Miller and Mrs. Ella Evans Miller-Gerentz. She is survived by her husband, and by three sons, Louis A. Weicker, Jr., of Chicago, Richard of Mattoon, and James at home; and one daughter, Mrs. Helen Sutherland of Panama Canal Zone; her aged mother, Mrs. Ella Gerentz, of Dwight and three sisters and many friends who will mourn her passing. Funeral services are at 2 p.m. Monday from the Methodist church in Dwight. Burial is in Oak lawn cemetery. [The Pantagraph, Apr. 14 and 15, 1940; sub. by PHG]
Pontiac, Jan. 19.--The funeral of Glenn Weist, the young man who was killed in an automobile accident in Reading Township Monday morning, was held from the family residence in Cornell this afternoon at 2 o'clock. The interment was in the Cornell cemetery. [The Pantagraph, Jan. 20, 1916, Page 3; sub. by PHG]
WELBY, Jake B.
Jake B. Welby, the old time minstrel, notice of whose death (in Chicago, Ill., April 21) appeared in this column in last week's issue, was a well-known performer. He joined hands with C.C. Pearl, in Bloomington, Ill., in December, 1874, and they made their first appearance at Schroeder's Opera House, in 1875, with Allen's "Forty Thieves" company. Burial was made at Pontiac, Ill., under auspices of the B.P.O.E., April 25th.
WELCH, John W.
PONTIAC, June 15.- John William Welch died Saturday, June 14 at the family residence, 415 North Vermilion street at 4 o'clock, death being due to cancer of the liver. Mr. Welch was born in Will county, Illinois and was 69 years old. He was united in marriage to Miss Sarah Umphenour in this city about thirty years ago. He leaves his wife, one daughter, Mrs. Maud Lightholder, of this city, and two sons, Charles, of Eppards Point, and Robert, at home. The funeral services will be held Monday at 2:30 at the residence, Rev. G. E. Young officiating. [The Pantagraph, June 20, 1913; sub. by PHG]
Died at Long Point, Livingston county, Elsie, 5 years, 2 days, infant daughter of Leonard and Jane Wetz and niece of Mrs. Lewis Webber of this city. (Henry Republican, Henry, IL Aug. 3, 1882; submitted by Nancy Piper)
Pontiac: Mrs. Eleanor Wheeler, aged eighty-nine, burned to death at her farm home near here when her clothing caught fire from a bonfire which she was tending. [The Ashton Gazette 24 April 1913; Sub. by Pam Geyer]
Streator: While raking weeds into a bonfire at her home near Long Point, Mrs. Eleanor Wheeler, aged 86 years, was burned to death. [The Pointer 25 April 1913, who adds this Note: She is buried at Long Point Cemetery in Long Point, Livingston County, Illinois]
WHITEHEAD, Mrs. Minnie
Mrs. Minnie Whitehead, wife of Joseph Whitehead, living in Painter's addition, committed suicide yesterday afternoon by taking carbolic acid. She has been afflicted for some time and the doctor prescribed carbolic acid to be used externally. She probably thought the medicine would bring relief much sooner by taking the acid internally. She drank the acid yesterday afternoon and, though medical assistance was called, she died last evening at 8 o'clock. Why she wanted to hustle off this mortal coil is not known unless it be her affliction. So far as known no romantic incident has shown up to cause the rash act. The coroner held an inquest this morning and decided that she committed suicide and was dead. [19 Aug 1891; Streator Free Press Daily]
WILKINSON, William Wesley (II)
STREATOR - William Wesley Wilkinson II, 82, formerly of Streator and Florida, died Thursday (Aug. 15, 1991) at his son's home in Beloit, Wis. His funeral will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Hagi-Winterrowd Funeral Home, Streator. Burial will be in Blackstone Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour before the service at the funeral home. Mr. Wilkinson was born Dec. 13, 1908, in Sunbury Township, the son of James Edward and Gertha Gwin Wilkinson. He married ElsieDowdell. She died in 1988. Survivors include one son, William Wesley Wilkinson III, Beloit; three daughters, Jeannette Meyer, Palos Hills; June Edmeir, Fox Lake; and Donna Malek, Fort Collins, Colo.; three brothers, Thomas Edward, James DeLacy and Leo, all of Streator; four sisters, Eliza Fort, Streator; Leona MacKercher, Hilton Head, S.C.; Marie Keiber, Ottawa; and Phyllis Daugherity, Manville; 18 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. Three brothers preceded him in death. He was one of the original owners of Wilkinson Welding Co., Cicero, formed in 1936, which he operated until retiring in 1974. He also was employed as a welding engineer at Lincoln Electric Co. and managed the company's Peoria office for many years. (The Pantagraph)
GRAYMONT. - Mrs. Mary Williams, 76, died unexpectedly at 8:15 p. m. Sunday, at the home of some neighbors, Henry Carsten and Mrs. Anna Gregory. A heart attack was blamed. She had been staying at night at the Carsten home since the recent death of Mrs. Carsten. She was taken to the Lehman Funeral Home in Flanagan. [The Pantagraph, Nov. 29, 1954; sub. by PHG]
WINCE, Philip (William)
CRUSHT BY AN AUTO - Philip Wince, of Fairbury, Instantly Killed Near Chatsworth Early Sunday Morning.
Fairbury, March 19 - Philip Wince, better known as William Wince, and well known in this city, was instantly killed at 2 o'clock this morning when the automobile in which he was riding turned turtle two miles west of Chatsworth. With him were Emerson Mitchell, Hugh Easton, Herbert Hornsby and William Eldridge, all of whom were returning from Cullom and it is said driving at a high rate of speed. Wince was pinned under the machine, his ribs being crushed in just over his heart. The other occupants of the car escaped serious injury. The body of the dead man was taken to the morgue in Chatsworth where an inquest was held this morning at 8 o'clock, the verdict being the man came to his death by accident. Wince was unmarried and had lived in Fairbury with his parents for the past fifteen years. For a number of years he had been employed by the lumber firm of J. N. Bach as delivery man. His parents, seven sisters and two brothers, all of this city survive. Burial will be made Monday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock, in the Avoca cemetery. [The Pantagraph, Monday, March 20, 1916; sub. by PHG]
The funeral of the late Philip Wince, killed in an automobile accident near Chatsworth Sunday, was held Monday afternoon at the home of his brother-in-law, William Fleury, Rev. E. F. Lyle, pastor of the Baptist church officiating. Burial was made in the Avoca cemetery, north of town, automobiles for the drive being donated by the Fairbury rural route mail carriers. [The Pantagraph, Wednesday, March 22, 1916; sub. by PHG]
The wife of A.C. Winters, a prominent farmer living 9 miles northeast of Fairbury, committed suicide by taking poison. No cause was assigned. [True Republican, 12 December 1891; Sub by Pam Haag Geyer]
--- Mrs. A. C. Winters, wife of a wealthy resident of Fairbury, committed suicide by taking a dose of London purple. [The Indianapolis Journal. (Indianapolis [Ind.]), 03 Dec. 1891; Sub by H.H.]
Mrs. Joseph Witherow Dies Wednesday of Dropsy
Chenoa: Mrs. Joseph Witherow, who has been sick for some time past with dropsy and heart trouble, died at her home in Chenoa Wednesday at 11:15 a. m. She was born in Green county, Pennsylvania, January 30, 1844. She moved to Illinois forty-five years ago and lived at Graymont until twenty-one years ago, when she came to Chenoa. Her maiden name was Miss Catherine Maria Simonton. She was twice married. Her first husband, William Frye, died thirty-seven years ago, and she was married to Joseph Witherow in December, 1882. She was a member of the Christian church and was a well known and respected woman. The surviving relatives are her husband, two daughters, Mrs. Charles Hoselton, of Chenoa, and Mrs. Elizabeth Pennington, of Chillicothe, and two sons, Frank Frye, of Hubbell, Neb., and George Frye, of Frankfort, Kas. The funeral services will he held Friday and the burial will he made in the Rooks Creek cemetery north of Chenoa in Livingston county, where her first husband is buried. [The Weekly Pantagraph, Oct. 1, 1915; sub. by PHG]
WITT, Albert M.
Albert M. Witt died June 15, 1972. He was a son of Silas M. & Maria (Landon) Witt. He was educated in Pontiac Schools. He married Ella Helm at Streator in 1911. She died in 1966. He was a member of 'The Zouaves,' a crack drill team. He toured with the group throughout Europe & America with Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show, performing before the royal family in London. He was with several of the leading circuses in the country - Forepaugh-Sells, Carl Haggenbeck, Rhoda-Royal and Barnum & Bailey. He was part of the management of Ringling Brother's Circus & served as treasurer. He was friends with Buffalo Bill, John Philip Sousa and Will Rogers. After leaving the circus he traveled the eastern United States for 40 years as a shoe salesman. He was a Captain in the U.S. Army, Spanish American War & WW I. Two sisters, Mrs. Hattie Baldwin & Mrs. Jessie Pyper, preceded him in death.
(Pontiac Daily Leader, June 16, 1972--Submitted by William E. Robinson Note: He is buried at South Side Cemetery in Pontiac, Illinois, along with both parents, and both listed sisters, and his wife.)
Martin Wolff was born in Steinseltz, Elsace, Germany, on May 3rd, 1838 and died November 15th, 1922, at Orlando, Oklahoma, aged 84 years, 6 months and 13 days, after a short illness of a few weeks. He bore the suffering of his last sickness with patience, for he well knew the Heavenly Father had awarded him a place by the side of his beloved wife who preceded him to the Higher Land 32 years ago. He was the youngest of six children all of whom have preceded his departure. In 1861 he was unted in marriage to Margaret Zimmermann. To this union were born eight children, six boys and two girls. In 1890 his beloved wife departed this life at the age of 50 years and 2 days at Steinseltz, Elsace, Germany. The following year (1891) he and his family came to America and spent one year in Fairbury, Livingston County, Illinois, visiting with relatives and friends. In 1892 he went to Bird City in western Kansas where he remained for a period of two years. From there he moved to Orlando, Oklahoma, where he resided with his son, George Wolff, until his death. He was a faithful and devoted member of the Evangelical church for 70 years and took much interest in the teachings of the words of Christ. He is survived by all of his eight children: Martin Wolff, Alhambra, California; Henry Wolff, Orlando, Oklahoma; Jacob Wolff, Denver Colo.; Mrs. Margaret Kilgus, Fairbury, Ill.; Fred Wolff, Cleveland, Ohio; George Wolff, Mike Wolff and Mrs. Sallie Budzene, all of Orlando, Oklahoma; seventeen grandchildren and one great grandchild. [Date: 1922-12-07; Paper: Perry Republican]
WOLVERTON, George C.
At Pontiac, April 4, George C. Wolverton, aged 34 years, formerly of Wenona. [Date: April 27, 1871; Paper: Henry Republican, Henry, IL; Transcribed and Submitted by: Nancy Piper]
Pontiac Man Kills Himself
Pontiac, May 25: William Worthington, well known and highly respected resident of this city, committed suicide at his farm near Wenona by hanging. He had been receiving treatment for mental trouble for some time. [Urbana Daily Courier 25 May 1912]
Wenona, Ill.,- Wm. Worthington, 36, wealthy land owner, Pontiac, Ill., hanged himself. Mentally deranged. [The Day Book, 24 May 1912; Sub. by Pam Geyer]
DANIEL WORTHLEY IS DEAD.
Aged Resident of Pontiac Passes Away After Prolonged Illness.
Pontiac, Ill., Oct. 14. - On Wednesday evening at 6 o'clock occurred the death of Daniel Worthley, after an illness of a number of months. The funeral will be held Friday at 1 o'clock in the afternoon at the First Presbyterian church, Rev. J. H. Boose conducting. The interment will be at Odell. A special car on the Bloomington, Pontiac & Joliet will carry the funeral party to that place after the services are concluded at the church here. Daniel Worthley was born in Clinton county, New York, July 9, 1840. His parents were natives of New Hampshire. His father died in 1847, the mother marrying a second time and moving with her family to Odell, Ill., but died some years ago. Mr. Worthley received his education in the common schools and at the Pittsburg (N. Y.) academy. He was reared on his father's place and after reaching maturity engaged in farming in New York for several years. In 1861 he removed to Livingston county, purchasing a farm near Odell, on which he resided until 1900, when he became a resident of Pontiac, building him a home in which he died and in which he had lived a retired life. On September 23, 1861, he enlisted in Company H, Forty-fourth regiment, New York volunteer infantry, and was shortly after discharged on account of physical disability. In September, 1864, he again entered the army, joining Company H, Eleventh Illinois Infantry, which was organized in LaSalle county. After ten months' service he was mustered out of service with the regiment. He was present at the capture of Spanish fort and Fort Blakely. On May 5, 1862, Mr. Worthley was married to Anna B. Thorne, who was born in Clinton county, New York, her parents being natives of that state and county. To this union were born two children, Minnie Gertrude, now the wife of Charles H. Hoke, ex-sheriff of Livingston county, and Jennie Dora, deceased. [The Weekly Pantagraph, Oct. 15, 1909; sub. by PHG]
WREY, Octa D.
PONTIAC--Funeral services for Mrs. Octa Deyo Wrey, 62, of Saunemin, who died at 6 PM Monday in St. James Hospital, Pontiac, will be held at 2 PM Thursday at the Erwin Funeral Home in Pontiac. The Rev. A. Brabson Morrow, pastor of the Presbyterian Church, will officiate. Burial will be in Sunny Slope Cemetery. [Jan 5, 1949 Bloomington Pantagraph; sub. by PHG]