Yates, Ronald James
Ronald James Yates, 66, of Pontiac, died Saturday, April 23, 2011, at 11:23 p.m. at his residence. Funeral services were held 11 a.m. Thursday, April 28, 2011, at First Presbyterian Church in Pontiac, with the Rev. Lucia Oerter officiating. Cremation rites were accorded after the services and inurment was held at South Side Cemetery in Pontiac. Martin Funeral Home in Pontiac was in charge of arrangements. Memorials in Ron's name may be left to the Pontiac District 90 Education Foundation. Ron was born Dec. 3, 1944, in Waukegan, a son of Arthur and Lucille (Bowden) Yates. He married Jane Shrader on Aug. 3, 1968, in Galesburg. He is survived by his wife, Jane Yates of Pontiac; two daughters, Cheryl Corrigan of Pontiac and Stephanie (Mike) Dotson of Bloomington; and four grandchildren, Maggie Melvin, Liam Melvin, Hunter Dotson and Claire Corrigan. He was preceded in death by his parents. Mr. Yates graduated from Jacksonville High School; he attended the University of Wisconsin and received his B.S. from Bradley University. He received his Master's in Education Administration from the University of Illinois-Springfield and his Doctorate in Educational Administration from Illinois State University. He had taught at the Springfield Public School District, was high school principal at Hillsboro High School in Hillsboro and was Superintendent at Ford Central Community District. He was the Superintendent for 19 years at Pontiac Township High School District 90 and was the Associate Professor of Education Administration at Illinois State University. Ronald was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Pontiac. He was a member of the Illinois Association of School Administrators and served as the state wide president of this organization from 1995-1996. He was also a member of the American Association of School Administrators, St. James Hospsital Foundation, where he was chairperson from 1998-2000; the Pontiac Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, where he was chairperson from 1991-1992; the Pontiac Rotary Club, where he was president from 1990-1991; the United Way of Pontiac, where he was an Annual Campaign Co-Chair; the Pontiac Elks Lodge, where he was a trustee; and the Pontiac Masonic Lodge. He was an avid golfer and fisherman. He loved to travel with his wife and make his yearly fishing trips to Canada. He loved watching the Chicago Bears, Illini basketball and football, the St. Louis Cardinals and, of course, golf. He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and attending their various hockey, basketball, football and volleyball games. He strongly believed that the true measure of one's life is not the beginning or the end, but what you do with 'the dash', the time in between. [Jacksonville Journal Courier, Jacksonville, IL - Sub. by Ella Tittsworth]
Yeagley, George H.
George H Yeagley, 84, of Springfield, a native of Saunemin, died Thursday, June 10, at Memorial Hospital in Springfield. His funeral was held Monday at 2 p.m. at the Kirlin and Egan Funeral Home there and burial was in Oak Ridge Cemetery. Mr. Yeagley was born in Saunemin, the son of John and Laura (Ryan) Yeagley. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary, and a sister, Mrs. John Grube, of Pontiac. He was a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Springfield, of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen. He had been an employee of the GM&O Railroad for 36 years, retiring in 1955. He was a veteran of World War I. Surviving are a sister, Mrs. John Oser, Warren, Mich.; and several nieces and nephews including Mrs. Letha James and Mrs. Helen Pagel, Pontiac; Mrs. Evelyn Howell, St. Charles; Richard Grube, Streator, and Col. John Grube, Colorado Springs, Colo. (1971 June 16 - Wednesday - Pontiac Daily Leader)
Fairbury--Miss Edna Yoder, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Yoder, who formerly lived here but now live in Iowa, died recently at Forrest at the age of 18 years. She was buried at Forrest on Wednesday. A number from Fairbury attended. [The Pantagraph, Mar. 17, 1916, Page 4; sub. by PHG]
PONTIAC -- Mrs. Ella Yost, 78, died at her home at 12:30 a.m. Monday after an illness of six weeks. The body was taken to the Raleigh J. Harris Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 3 p. m. Wednesday from the family residence. The Rev. A. B. Morrow will officiate and burial will be in Pontiac South Side cemetery. Ella Louise Hartshorn was born Sept. 17, 1866 in Pontiac, a daughter of Dr. T. C. and Catharine Williams Hartshorn. She attended schools here and in Chicago, Rockford college and Western college, Oxford, Ohio. On Nov. 18, 1890, she married Zoath Freeman Yost of Fairview, W. Va. He died July 25, 1941. Mrs. Yost was a great great granddaughter of Gen. William Williams, one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence and a member of the Constitutional congress. Surviving are a son John Paul, two daughters, Hellene Louise and Catharine Virginia, all at home. An only brother, Frederick Catlin Hartshorn, died Jan. 25, 1924. Mrs. Yost was a member of the Presbyterian church, the Pontiac Woman's club and a charter member of the Twentieth Century Club. [The Pantagraph - Tuesday Jan. 9, 1945; sub. by PHG]
Killed by an Exploding Boiler.
Pontiac, Ills., Jan. 28-- One of the boilers in the works of the Pontiac Electric Light company exploded yesterday, instantly killing the fireman, Charles Young, and seriously scalding A. B. Sells, a brother of the engineer, and Samuel Calkins, who resides in the vicinity, and had stopped at the works a moment before the explosion. The engine room caught fire and was almost entirely consumed. The loss is estimated at $15,000. [The Rock Island Argus 28 January 1889; Sub by Pam Geyer]
Mrs. Young, colored, mother of Mrs. Turner, died at the home of her daughter on West Grove street of cancer of the stomach after a very short illness. She was buried yesterday forenoon without a funeral on account of the home being quarantined. [Daily Pantagraph 4 June 1901; Sub. by Pam Haag Geyer]
Henry Zeigler, of Newtown, Livingston County, committed suicide by shooting himself one day last week. He was upward of 80 years of age. Incurable dropsy was the cause. [The Macomb Journal, May 24, 1872; sub. by PHG]
Funeral of Ida Zimmerman: Ida Zimmerman past [sic] away Monday evening about 11 o'clock, at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Zimmerman, six miles south of Fairbury. She was ill but a short time, pneumonia being the cause of her death. The deceased was born at the home place January 31, 1907. The funeral services were held at the South German Apostolic church this afternoon, and the remains were laid to rest at the cemetery near the church. [The Pantagraph, Jan. 20, 1916, Page 3; sub. by PHG]
Zinzer, Homer H.
Homer H. Zinzer, employee of Illinois Central Chicago office, committed suicide at Pontiac, Ill. by taking cyanide of potassium. [The Day Book, 26 December 1911; Sub. by Pam Haag Geyer]