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Marshall County Illinois
Obituaries and Death Notices





Bertie Spangler
Henry Republican, Henry IL, May 31, 1883
Died April 17, in Richland Township, Bertie Spangler, 6 years 7 months, reported by Dr. J. W. Evans.

William Spangler
The Henry Republican, April 12, 1883
Wm. Spangler, Sr., of Richland, one of the largest, most substantial and successful famers and stock raisers in the county, died Wednesday night, April 4th. He had been ill for some time. The funeral took place on Friday at 10 a.m. The remains were interred in the family cemetery near La Rose. Notwithstanding the constant rain during the day, there was a very large number of friends present.

Mrs. Adeline Sparling

Taken From the Courier, Henry, IL

April 24, 1857

Died on Monday 13th April, 1857 of pneumonia, Mrs. Adeline Sparling, wife of Mr. George Sparling of this county, age 35 years.

James Sparling

Taken From the Marshall County Telegraph

June 2, 1866

Died in this city, May 30, of quick consumption, Mr. James Sparling, age 37 years.

Joseph Spath

April 3, 1873

Died in this city, March 25, Joseph, son of Xavier Spath.

Fannie Spencer

January 29, 1880

At Cleveland, Ohio, Jan. 22, of inflammatory rheumatism, Fannie, 19, daughter of T. P. Spencer, Esq. and cousin of J. S. and Geo. Burt, Jr. of this city.

Horace Spencer

March 22, 1877

Taken From the Henry Republican

Died in Whitefield, March 15, of pneumonia, Horace Spencer, aged 72 years. (See Marshall county pioneers for more information.)

James Henry Spencer

December 16, 1875

Taken From the Henry Republican

Died in Whitefield township, Dec. 9, of consumption, at the residence of Horace Spencer, his father, James Henry Spencer, aged 85 years.

John Adams Spencer

Taken From the Henry Republican

March 30, 1882

Died in Whitefield, March 25, at the residence of his brother-in-law George Burt, Sr., of old age, John Adams Spencer, 86 years 2 months 26 days

John Adams Spencer, an aged gentleman living with George Burt, Sr., in Whitefield township, was found dead in his bed on Saturday morning, last, having seemingly gone to sleep during the night and then gently have passed beyond the portals of the natural without a struggle to that borne from whence no traveler returns. About 10 o'clock Father Burt and the housekeeper had been in to see him, and the "good nights" were exchanged as usual, leaving no impression that the transitorily summons was so near. Mr. Spencer was a native of Hartford, Ct., and was a resident of that city and in its vicinity upwards of 73 years. His business ventures were successful, and at the age of about 50, at the death of his wife, he retired from business and lived on his income. Thirteen years ago he came to Illinois to reside with his brother, Horace Spencer of Whitefield. Seven years later, at the latter's death, he was taken in charge of by brother-in-law and sister, Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Burt, Sr., where he has remained until his death. Mr. Spencer was a man of strong physical constitution and a man of decided opinions. He was a very ardent republican and abolitionist, and always look a lively interest in politics. In religion he was also a very strict churchman, and was known for his zealous love for Christian work and duty and reverence for all that was sacred, having joined the church upwards of 50 years ago. He was a man of probity, and social and genial in his nature. He was the oldest of 11 children. The past few years his faculties have been much impaired, his eyes dimmed and his hearing full; the past year he has kept his couch altogether.

The funeral was held at Father Burt's on Monday afternoon, Rev. W. J. Minium, pastor of the M. E. church of this city, officiating. Interment at the Sugar Grove cemetery, about one mile west of Father Burt's residence.

Mary Adams Spencer


March 23, 1871

Died in Whitefield township March 11 of consumption, Miss Mary Adams Spencer, aged 38 years, daughter of Horace Spencer of W.

The death on Sunday, last of Miss Mary A. Spencer, in Whitefield, has a mantle of gloom over the entire community. She had lived in this vicinity some 24 years and was widely known and respected. Her life had been cheerful, filling the several positions to which circumstances called her with signal fidelity and competence. She was one a school teacher, filling several terms in the same district; very much to the pleasure of patron and pupil. In the death of a mother, for several years she conducted the family affairs for her father; and at the death of a step-mother, a young half-sister received a solicitude and care hardly equaled by its own mother. Miss Mary resuming as before, the charge of her father's household affairs at the death of his second wife. Her relations with her father's family, the community, society, the church, and the Sabbath school, were valuable, as she not only took a prominent place in them all, but entered into any project to their interest with all her heart. Her life consisted in well doing, and it was strikingly exemplary in all its meanderlings. Her gift of conversation was remarkable, and she used it to the credit of herself, and honor of her Marker and her religion. We believed she never cracked a joke, though had large mirthfulness; pained her to hear a slur, something she was never known to indulge in; always spoke well of others; had a large hospitable heart, and loved to contribute to the welfare and comfort of others. Miss Spencer never married, and it is not our privilege to solve that problem. So well fitted for those sacred ties, and so well enucleated to enrich any home with her geniality and happy disposition, we involuntarily exclaim "why?' ........... Her last sickness extended through several months, though she had felt the premonitory symptoms of decline coming on gradually for two years. She wasted rapidly, and suffered intensely the pangs of disease. She bore it meekly and patiently, and until almost the last, was buoyed up by the hope that she doubtless should rally and get well again. And though reduced to a shadow for several weeks, she was able to set up a portion of each day until within a week of her death, when she finally yielded to weakness and said she was ready. She was buried at her own request, in Sugar Grove cemetery.

Mrs. Harriet P. Spencer

Taken From the Courier, Henry, IL

March 27, 1857

Died in Whitefield, March 17, Harriet P., wife of Horrace Spencer, age 48 years

Alvin Spires

January 23, 1873

Alvin Spires of Varna, a brakeman employed on the C. & A. road, was killed at Garfield recently. It is supposed that he fell between the cars, and was thrown off the track by the brake. His neck was broken, and he had several deep cuts in his forehead, and breast. The body was interred at Magnolia. He was a young man and had been on the road but a few weeks.

Mrs. Henrietta A. Ruggles Squire

Henry News Republican, July 6, 1882

Died at Nameoki, Madison county, June 28, of cancer of the breast, Mrs. Henrietta A. Squire, in the 73d year of her age, mother of Mr. H. W. Ruggles of this city.

Mrs. Katharina Stadel

March 29, 1877

Taken From the Henry Republican

Died in Hopewell township, March 27, Katharina, aged 52, wife of John Stadel.

Mr. Stafford's child

November 3, 1881 - Sparland

The funeral of Mr. Lancaster's child was preached at the M. E. church Sunday night and the funeral of Mr. Stafford's children will be preached at the same place next Sunday evening.

Mrs. Belinda Jane Stapp

October 8, 1874

In Henry township, October 3, of consumption, Belinda Jane, aged 29 years and 9 months, wife of Henry P. Stapp.

The wife of Henry Stapp, died, of consumption on Saturday, leaving a husband wifeless, and four small children motherless. She was a sister of Mrs. O. H. Tyler, and has a mother and brother living at Gilman, named Forsythe. The funeral was solemnized at the New Church house of worship in this city on Sunday afternoon, the house being crowded with sympathetic friends. Rev. B. Edmiston preached form the words "And it is appointed unto man once to die, and after death the judgement." .......

Carrie Stapp

September 19, 1872

Died in this city, Sept. 14, Carrie, aged 3 years, daughter of John and Yankye Stapp

Carrie Victoria Stapp

January 2, 1879

Taken From the Henry Republican

Died in this city, Dec. 30, of croup, Carrie Victoria, aged 5 years, 7 days, youngest daughter of John and Yankie Stapp.

Clara Ann Stapp

September 25, 1873

In Henry township, Sept. 18, Clara Ann, aged 13 months, daughter of Henry P. and Bellinda J. Stapp.

Henry Stapp infant

September 3, 1874

Henry Stapp buried his youngest child on Saturday, an infant a few weeks old. Disease of the bowels are quite common among children now and often severe.

Johnny Stapp

September 6, 1877

Taken From the Henry Republican

Died in this city, Sept 1, of cholera infantum, Johnny, aged 9 months, infant son of John and Yankie Stapp.

Lota May Stapp

July 24, 1879

In this city, July 21 of brain fever, Lota May, aged 5 months, infant daughter of John and Yankee Stapp

John Stapp buried his babe Tuesday. In this regard the family are unfortunate, this being 10 of 12 children they have parted with. They are certainly to be commiserated for their sore trial.

Clara Morning Star

December 11, 1879

Died in Hopewell, Dec. Clara Morning Star, aged 11 years, 9 months.

Lewis Stauffer

September 8, 1881

Died in Henry, Sept. 6, of summer complaint, Lewis, 9 months, infant child of John Stauffer.

George S. Stebbins


December 19, 1867

Death of George S. Stebbins

The death of George S. Stebbins of Ottawa, which occurred two weeks since, has cast a gloom over a large community wherein he has moved as one of its choicest members. He will be known here as having chosen one of Henry's fair daughters for his wife, Miss Anna Weston, daughter of Ebon Weston, some years ago and whom he has left with three beautiful children. He has lived in Ottawa for many years having in that time filled the office of assistant treasurer for 4 years and that of treasurer for a like term. Displaying a higher order of financial ability, he then became a member of the firm of Clark, Colwell-Clark & Stebbens, builders and was (..?..) successfull. ......?....... and much beloved by the members thereof. His death was from typhoid pneumonia, passing away at the age of 39 years. His funeral took place at the Episcapol church and attending with the most Masonic burial service.

Theodore Stebbins

Died at Denver, Col. Jan. 22, of congestion of the lungs, Theodore, 20, son of Mrs. Annie Stebbins, and grandson of Ebon Weston, formerly of Henry. Interment at Ottawa.

Mrs. Emma Sophia (Tremain)Stephens

November 18, 1880

Died in Whitefield, November 14, at the residence of Richard Tremain of consumption, Emma Sophia, 33 years, 8 months, 19 days, wife of Ira Stephens and second daughter of Mr. Tremain.

Martin Ludlow Stephens

February 16, 1882

Henry Republican

Died in this city, Feb. 11, of paralysis of the nerves, Martin Ludlow Stephens, 42 years 11 months 5 days.

Mrs. Sophia Jane (Clark) Stephens

January 26, 1882

Died In this city, January 24, after a long illness, Sophia Jane, 31 years 2 months 13 days, wife of Robert L. Stephens, and second daughter of the late Stephen Clark of this city.

Nicholas Sterns

Alton Telegraph And Democratic Review (Alton, Illinois)

October 13, 1848

Remarkable Coincidence

We were informed by Mr. Nicholas Sterns, of this county (Peoria), that on last Saturday David M. Ridgeway, a son of Jonathan Ridgeway, was at the house of Lewis Fee, in company with other persons. He had a loaded rifle in his hand, and was in the act of sitting down on the fence to rest himself; the end of the gun was placed on a piece of square timber which was used as a step. The breech of the gun slipped from the position, the muzzle came against his person somewhere near the lower rib, the cock struck upon the piece of timber spoken of, the gun was discharged and the ball passed in close to the lower rib and came out of his back below the fourth from the top. He was carried into the house and died the same evening at 11 o'clock.

Andrew Stertzer

Henry Republican, Henry, IL July 15, 1915

Andrew Stertzer was born Oct. 14, 1848 in Ottersheim, Germany. About 28 years ago he left the "Fatherland," and came to this country, locating here in Henry. His wife died years ago, leaving him with two children, a son and a daughter, Louie and Mrs. Adam Glatz. The son has been dead a couple of years an now the passing of the father leaves Mrs. Glatz, the only member of the family living. For some years he had been in failing health and for three years or more has been cared for in the family of his daughter. He was a member of St. Mary's church, but has not been able recently to walk even the short distance necessary to attend service.

Death came to him on Friday, July 9. A brother and sister survive him. The funeral services held from St. Mary's church conducted by Rev. Fr. Gensler were held at 9:30 am Monday, July 12. Interment in Calvary cemetery in charge of C. C. Doran, mortician.

Charles A. Stevens

December 26, 1878

At Marshalltown, Iowa, Dec. 21, after a short illness, Charles A. Stevens, aged 32 years, late of Lacon, son of Mr. Phineas Stevens, and brother of the wife of Judge W. J. Fort.

The death of Charles Stevens, late of Lacon, took place at Marshalltown, Iowa, Saturday last. Mr. Stevens was one of the heaviest men of Marshall county, weighing over 200 pounds. He was a jovial fellow, had lots of warm friends, and will be mourned by a host of those who revered and loved him, when they learn of his early demise.

Son of Daniel Stevens


July 25, 1872

Died in Saratoga township, July 19, of fever, a son, aged 7 years, of Daniel Stevens.

Mrs. Martha Stevens (nee Camery)


May 30, 1872

In Whitefield, May 27, Martha, aged 28, wife of D. W. Stevens of Nashua, Iowa and daughter of Christian Camery of W.

Bessie Stewart


June 13, 1872

Died in this city, June 8, of cerebral spinal meningitis, Bessie Stewart, aged 12 years.

William Stewart

Taken From the Marshall County Telegraph

October 11, 1866

Near Buffalo, New York, Sept. 6, of consumption of the bowels, William Stewart, late of Henry, age 32 years.

Mrs. Fedelia C. Stiff

August 25, 1881

At Wenona, Aug. 11, Fedelia C., 47, wife of Thomas Stiff.

Thomas Stocks' infant

July 17, 1879


An infant child of Thomas Stocks was buried today. Whooping cough and malerial fever.

Hannah Stokes

September 10, 1874

Near Hiawatha, Kansas, July 12, Hannah Stokes; Near Sibley, Osceola Co., Iowa, Mahala Taylor, both sisters of Samuel Parker of this city.

We notice in this issue the death of two sisters of Samuel Parker of this city, within a month of each other; one in Kansas, the other in Iowa. Mrs. Stokes (formerly Mrs. Jones) was nearly 50 years of age, and died of general decline, resulting from protracted illness. Mrs. Taylor, formerly Mrs. James McCurdy, lived several years in Henry and Snachwine, was about 40 years of age, and died suddenly of heart disease. Both the sisters had seen much of the changing vicissitudes of life. Mrs. Stokes was twice married and twice widowed, Rev. R. Stokes, her last husband, dying in Kansas about seven years ago, suddenly too, before his wife could reach home, the family being in Illinois, while he went forward to build a house. Mrs. Taylor lost her first husband (James McCurdy) during the war, he dying in hospital in New Orleans. She also suffered much from ill health, and three children preceded her to the spirit world. Of late years her health had been beter, but how true it is, that "in the midst of life we are in death." The brothers, Samuel, John and Simeon, feel keenly the shortening of the family list, while the aged mother, who has outlived six of her nine children, feels as only a mother can. She is now in Iowa, but will soon return to Illinois for the winter.

David Story

March 10, 1881

At Chillicothe, March 7, David Story, 80, grandfather of Mrs. E. H. Heath of this city.

Mr. and Mrs. E. H. Heath attended the funeral of David Story, at Chillicothe, the grandfather of Mrs. Heath, which took place on Wednesday of last week. Says the Peoria National Democrat in relation to the deceased: "Mr. Story was born in Hockington, Yorkshire, England, March 29, 1903. He came to this country and settled in New York state in 1851 and from thence moved to Peoria county in 1853. he has been living with his daughter since the death of his wife, some three years ago. It will be long before the familiar face of this good grandpa (all were his children), will be forgotten. We shall think of his pleasant, kindly jokes and friendly greetings. Old age enfeebled his gait, but his heart never changed, it was ever young. His honest, upright dealing and sturdy manhood won him honor and respect. But he had finished his work, and peacefully and painlessly he has passed away surrounded by his friends, a fitting end for thus one of nature's noblemen."

Augustus Stone

February 20, 1873

Died in this city, Feb. 15, of cerebra spinal meningitis, Augustus Stone, aged 10 years, nephew of H. A. Stephens.

Christopher Alma Stone

February 26, 1880

Died a Geneseo, Henry county, Feb. 22, Christopher Alma Stone, 70 years, 4 months 19 days of this city.

Col. C. A. Stone

The rather sudden death of Col. Christopher A. Stone, which was announced by telegraph on Monday morning which had taken place at Geneseo, Henry county, the night previous, produced a profound shock upon the community here, where he was widely know and universally respected. He had submitted to a surgical operation, painful and trying, at the office of a physician; after it he walked a number of blocks to the residence of a friend, Mr. George Godfrey, where he was so overcome that he took to his bed, endured a violent shock as of congestive chill, and congestion of the brain setting in, caused death in two days.

Mr. and Mrs. Culton were at his bedside to soothe his dying pillow; his other two daughters, Mrs. Robert Clark of this city and Mrs. Fish, now of Chicago, and niece, Miss May Culton, attended the funeral. The obsequies took place at Geneseo, Tuesday afternoon, at the Congregational church, Rev. A. Bushnell, pastor, preaching the discourse; he was followed by Mr. W. W. Stetson, in an address of some length, in which he portrayed Mr. Stone's life in Henry. . The interment was at Oakwood cemetery, where a lot had been procured, and where his wife's remains will be consigned at a future time. A fitting obituary is to be prepared for our next issue

March 4, 1880, In Memoriam

Christopher A. Stone, whose sudden death at Geneseo, and whose burial there, we chronicled last week, was born at Elmore, Vermont, in October 1809; was married to Sylvia Stafford in 1833; and lived in Vermont, and in Franklin county, New York, till he moved west to Geneseo in 1857; and has lived there and here ever since, hardly knowing which place was most home to him and beloved by a host of friends, whom he had knit to him by ties of more than kinship in both places. The last time we ever saw him he reached out his big hand to us in passing, saying he was off to pay the boys a little visit - over to Geneseo - boys he called 'em, and boys they are we'll venture, boys at heart, his Geneseo friends, with the frosts of 70 winters perhaps on their heads, as on his, but with the warmth and glow of all the summers in their hearts, and not a stingy, cold blooded one among them. .

Death, who calls for any mortal, any time and any where he pleases, had a right to call for him there, but it don't seem right to us that he is buried there. He lived longest and he lived last with us. Here was his home, here were his children. Here, in our city of the dead his wife sleep well, and somehow it seems to us more fitting that his body should molder back to dust in the cool, clean sand of Crow Meadow than under the heavy clods they piled above him.

We repeat what we said last week. A noble man, ripe in years, has gone home. He has achieved much, has fought the battle of life manfully, and has lain aside the earthly mantle in peace. He was possessed of many virtues, held in high esteem in the community, was warm in his friendship, generous to the poor, social and fraud in his intercourse, and dies lamented by a large circle of friends.

M. E. Stone's child

February 24, 1881 - Lawn Ridge

On Wednesday last, Daniel Donovan laid another of his children away in the narrow house which awaits us all. Two days later, the little daughter of Mr. and Mrs. M. E. Stone succumed to the same fatal malady, lung fever.

Nanny Marie Stone

October 19, 1876

Taken From the Henry Republican

Died at Lacon, October 14, Nanny Marie, aged 1 year 1 month, daughter of A. W. and Ella J. Stone.

Rossie G. Stone

September 10, 1874

At Sulphur Rock, Ark., August 11, of cholera infantum, Rossie G., youngest child of Dr. and Mrs. A. T. Stone, and grandchild fo Richard Garretson, aged 1 year, 1 month, 11 days.

Russell E. Stone


March 10, 1870

At the residence of his son, Arch Stone, a mile from this city, February 19, of liver complaint, Russell E. Stone, in his 63rd year.

Mrs. Sarah Stone

December 5, 1872

AT Gridley, Nov. 16, Sarah, wife of A. W. Stone of Lacon.

Mrs. Silvia (Stafford) Stone

September 25, 1879

Died in this city, Sept. 20, Silvia Stafford, aged 67, wife of Mr. C. A. Stone

The community was shocked on Saturday to learn of th death of Mrs. Stone, wife of Col. C. A. Stone, the grain buyer. She had been sick but a week, and her death was the first the people were made aware of her illness. Her disease was a complication of ailments, bringing about so severe a crisis as to baffle the skill of the family physician, producing fatal results. Mrs. Stone was a native of Vermont, her birth place being Wallingford, and the time of birth June 17, 1812. Her maiden name was Silvia Stafford. Her marriage was consummated with C. A. Stone at Danby, Vt., Jan. 2, 1833, over 46 years ago. Three children, all girls, and all living here, with the aged husband, survive. The family and the community alike share in this sad, sudden and afflictive bereavement. The deceased had a wide acquaintance, having lived in Henry since April, 1862, and was very generally revered for her many excellencies of head and heart. In religion she embraced the philosophy of Spiritualism, being something of a reader and thinker, and possessing a comprehensive mind for investigation. She proved all things, "holding fast to that which was good," from her standpoint. The funeral was held at the house on Monday forenoon, Rev. William Tracy of Lacon officiating. The communtiy condole in the afflictions laid upon Col. Stone, first the loss of his property, and now the geater and inexorable loss of his life long companion. To oen of his age, over 70, the separation is a desolation no tongue can tell or pen describe. His only consolation is that he can join her in the blessed hereafter.

Mrs. Elizabeth Stouffer

May 5, 1881

In Bart, Lancaster county, Pa., April 24, Elizabeth Stouffer, 63.

Mrs. Stouffer was the mother of 15 children, 12 of whom, with the husband, survive to mourn hr loss. Five reside in this vicinity, three sons, John, Isaac and Gabriel, and two daughters, Mrs. J. E. Anthony of this city, and Mrs. J. B. McIlwain who resides on the Rollins farm.

Ebenezer Stowell

May 13, 1880

Personal -- Ebenezer Stowell, father of Calvin Stowell, died last week in Hallock township, Peoria county. He was a veteran Illinoisan, being one of the sturdy pioneers of this county. He raised a large family and leaves a highly respected progeny to mourn his loss and cherish his memory. Calvin will be one of the executors of the estate, which is a large one.

Joseph Strafford


April 21, 1870

At Peoria, April 14, of heart disease, Joseph Strafford, aged 52 years, formerly a resident of this city.

Patrick Straney


September 16, 1869

Died in this city, September 9, of fever, Patrick Staney, aged 85 years

Patrick Straney, who gathered to his fathers last week, at the advanced age of 85 years was perhaps the oldest man in Marshall county. He had lived in Henry almost 20 years, moving from the Emerald Isle first to Canada, thence to Albany, N. Y. and finally to this city. He had a tenacious love for Henry, and no persuasion of his married children who offered him a home with them in other cities, could entice him away. "He liked Henry", he said "and wanted to live and die there." His wife's sister Mrs. Darby offered him a home here in his old age, and he seemed like as if that was his home. He was a well built man, of an iron constitution, with good eyesight to the last, and hardly knew what it was to be sick. His death even was a surprise, as he had complained but little, and was about the house the day before.

Mrs. Charlotte Stratton

Taken From the Henry Republican

May 11, 1882

Died in Evans township, May 1, Charlotte, 31, wife of N. B. Judd, and daughter of William Stratton of Dawson Mills Nebraska.

Mrs. Marsha (Chalcraft) Stratton


October 3, 1902

Front Page


The death of Mrs. Marsha Stratton occurred at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Ruth Ball, last Sunday, Sept. 27, 1902, at 8:45 a.m. Though she had been a sufferer for twenty-six years her condition of late had been such that all felt that the end must be close at hand. Marsha Chalcraft was born at Surry, England, November 13, 1826. At the age of eleven she came with her parents to the New World. On Christmas Eve, 1846 at Evansville, Indiana, she was married to James Stratton. They were among the early settlers of this community, seven of their nine children having been born and reared here. The children are: Ruth, James Henry, William David, Mary, Sarah, Louise, Naoma, James and Emma, all of these except James henry who died in infancy, are living in this community. She also had thirty grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

The life of Mrs. Stratton was a life of trial and pain, but her great patience and fortitude under affliction were remarkable. Ten years ago she openly professed faith in Christ and united with the church in Toluca. Her strong, confident trust in God has been her stay in trouble for many years. Her memory will remain among all of us who knew her as that of a remarkable woman.

All living children, one great-grandchild and all her grandchildren, except three, were present at the funeral. The services were conducted by Rev. C.W. Dean, her pastor, and Rev. S.S. Lappin, a former pastor. Mr. Lappin, now of Atlanta, Ill., came at the request of Mrs. Stratton, who completed all arrangements before she passed away. The burial took place Tuesday afternoon at Rutland cemetery, where the husband was laid to rest 10 years ago.

Mrs Eva (Wilk) Strauch


Front Page, Friday, July 26, 1901

Mrs. Eva Strauch was the daughter of Mr. Herman Wilk. She was born Dec. 19, 1880 in Bennington township, Marshall county and lived there until her parents moved to Whiteside county in 1895. At the age of 14 she united with the German Lutheran church. On her birthday, Dec. 19, 1899 she was married to Emil Strauch. Their union was blessed with a daughter. Five months ago her health began to decline and it could be seen that a dangerous sickness was approaching. Five weeks ago she broke down a the home of her aunt, Mrs. Becher. Pneumonia, coupled with Bright's disease, resulted in death late Saturday night at the age of 20 years, 6 months and 24 days. The funeral services were conducted at the church at 2:30 PM by Rev. Hampfing, many friends and relatives from a distance being present. Burial followed at the Wenona cemetery - Wenona Index.

Jacob Strawn

Taken From the HENRY REPUBLICAN - November 23, 1911

Death of Jacob Strawn

A Man of Striking Personality and a Very Entertaining Person

Last week we mentioned the critical illness of Jacob Strawn. Scarcely before our papers were in the hands of the reades he had passed away daying on last Thursday evening about 11 o'clock, says the Lacon Home Journal.

Jacob Strawn was the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. William Strawn, pioneer settlers of Hopewell township, having come to Lacon from Ohio in 1829. Jacob was the second oldest of ten children and was born in a log cabin in Hopewell township, March 27, 1843, and resided at home until his marriage to Miss Harriet Ramsey on March 10, 1864. They moved to a farm near Creston, Ia., where they resided until 1876, when they returned to Lacon and since that time this city has been their home, his wife dying several years ago. One daughter, Miss Emma, has always remained at home and cared for her parents.

Mr. Strawn was a man of striking personality. He was a great reader, a broad thinker, had traveled extensively and in consequence was a very entertaining man. He had hosts of friends and no enemies and his death is regretted by all who knew him. Beside his daughter he leaves three sisters, Mrs. Lucy B. Foster, who is now traveling in far away Italy, Mrs. Helen M. Held, Mrs. Carrie Marsh and four brothers, Leland and John of Peoria, Leroy and Alfred of Lacon.

John Strawn


July 11, 1872

Near Lacon, July 4, Col. John Strawn, aged 80 years.

Our death column chronicles the passing away of Colonel John Strawn, on the evening of the 4th, after an illness of 10 days, caused in great measure, by a hart received from falling from a wagon recently, at his residence three miles east of Lacon. The colonel was one of the old landmarks of the county, settling on the place where he died, so long ago as September 1829, when he was the only white settler in this region. Every old settler knew him well, for he was hospitable, a hard worker, and a leading man of his day.

He was born in Somerset county, PA., on November 25, 1791, of Quaker stock, a religion he embraced. He had a taste for pioneer life, and in 1812 started out into the western country, visiting Kentucky, Ohio, and even Illinois, then a wilderness, when Chicago, St. Louis, Detroit, etc., were insignificant trading posts. He finally made up his mind to go west, first going to Kentucky, thence to Ohio, where he married, and afterwards to Illinois, as given above. He took part in all the enterprises of the early day, shared its struggles, privations and progress, and at the Indian outbreak gained the title and rank of colonel. He entered the ground where Lacon now stands, and we believe laid it out in lots. He was married three times, his last two wives being quite young women. By his first wife he had 13 children, one by his second, and two by the widow. He was very wealthy, and he has numerous children in the vicinity, who are invariably in good circumstances.

One of his peculiarities was love of horseflesh, and kept a large lot of them for many years, for no other purpose that most folks could see but to eat him up, many being of ordinary stock. A year ago he had an auction and sold the most of them under the hammer. His widow is quite young, 25 perhaps, who has two small children, to whom he wills all his property, estimated at $200,000. She is a fine appearing lady, and well calculated to be a colonel's widow. The colonel's residence stands on high ground, on the prairie, surrounded by a very high board fence, and can be seen a long distance. The funeral was a very large one, and the exercises unusually impressive.

Nelson P. Stromburg

April 27, 1876

Taken From the Henry Republican

Died near Lacon, April 14 of lung fever, Nelson P. Stromburg, aged about 45 years.

Mrs. Felista Strong


August 24, 1871

Died in this city, Aug. 9, of asthma, Mrs. Felista Strong, aged 68 years.

Ada S. Stubbles


May 12, 1870

At Colchester, Ill., April 30, of congestion of the stomach and brain, Ada S., aged 12 years, daughter of Rev. W. J. Stubbles, formerly of this city.

George Studyvin's infant son

November 7, 1878

October 28, infant son, aged 2 months of George and Margaret Studyvin.

Thomas Sumner

April 17, 1879


Thomas Sumner died on last Friday. He was one of the solons of the democratic party at this place, and was a man of more than ordinary intelligence, and is said to have been the only man who voted against the $60,000 subscription to the railroad which so many of our citizens afterwards wished undone.

Frank Sunderlin's Son

August 24 1876

Taken From the Henry Republican

Died at Varna, August 14, little son of Frank and Jennie Sunderlin, aged 7 months

Mrs. Angelia Mabel Sutherland (nee Green)

Taken From the Henry News Republican

February 18, 1915

Angelia Mabel Green was born at Varna, Ill., Feb. 26, 1876. She obtained her education in the Varna schools and Dixon college, after which she taughter school in the country for several years. Later she was a teacher in the Milo schools, where she met Walter Sutherland, whom she married March 9, 1903. They settled in their new home near Bordulac, N.D., where they lived happily until her untimely death. To this union was born one daughter, Gertrude, who is now 10 years old.

In the summer of 1909, she joined with her neighbors in organizing a Congregational church of which she was a devoted member until her death.

During the last year her strength began to fail her and at Christmas time they left that a trip through the south would do much for her. They made San Antonio, Texas, their headquarters, but the relief was only temporary. Her heart trouble which was of ten years duration, became suddenly worse, and she passed away Wednesday evening, Feb. 15, 1915.

Mrs. Sutherland possessed to an eminent degree all the qualities of Christian womanhood and although she passed early from the scenes of her earthly labors she bears with her to the better world the full ripe sheaves of Christian toil and sacrifice. .......

The funeral services, conducted from the home of her brother, Prof. W. E. King and wife, were held on Sunday afternoon, Feb. 14, sermon by Rev. R. W. Martin. Mrs. Andrews and Mrs. Cornell, sang the hymns of service very feelingly and touchingly. The casket bearers were selected from among close personal friends, C. L. Loomis, J. C. Blaisdell and Cal Stickel being long time friends of Mr. Sutherland. A. J. Lingren, a schoolmate of Mrs. Sutherland, and T. J. Segraves and L. D. Gregory, close friends of Prof. King. Interment was made in the new addition to the Henry cemetery, under the supervision of A. B. Smigh mortician. The floral offerings were profuse and lovely, a testimonial to the worth and beauty of character of the deceased and esteem for the devoted husband and sympathy of the motherless daughter.

August Swadeski


December 5, 1902

Front Page


August Swadeski died at the home of his father, near Toluca, Thursday, Nov. 27th. Appendicitis was the cause of death. All that medical skill, willing hands and loving hearts could do to save his life was done but of now avail. The Master had called and he had to go. His funeral services were conducted by Rev. Father O'Brien at St. Ann's church, Saturday and his remains were taken to Lacon and buried in the Catholic cemetery. Deceased was about twenty years of age and a son of Mr. and Mrs. Chris Swadeski. he was a good young man and was well liked by all who knew him. His parents have the sympathy of the community in their trouble.

Child of Simon Swan

October 8, 1874

At LaRose, only child, aged 2 years, of Simon Swan.

Mrs. Swan

May 8, 1879


Mrs. Swan, an old resident, age between 80 and 90 died on Thursday. Mr. Swan moved to this town some 25 years ago and died about 13 years ago since which Mrs. Swan lived on her farm and managed wisely. She leaves a large circle of old friends to mourn her loss.

Nels V. Swanson
The Henry Republican, Henry IL, June 28, 1883
Died May 15 in Varna, Nels V. Swanson, 24, reported by Dr. J. W. Evans.

Mrs. Louisa (Walker) Swarts

September 24, 1874

Near Rock River, Mrs. Louisa Swarts, daughter of G. and Mary Walker of Varna.

Mrs. Zephemiah Swartz

Henry News Republican, Henry IL, March 18 1915


Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Swartz returned home from Blue Springs, Neb., where they had gone to attend the funeral of their sister-in-law, Mrs. Zephemiah Swartz, which was held last Friday. The deceased formerly resided in Osage township, near Wenona, the family moving west many years ago. Her husband died some years ago. Mrs. Swartz was 70 years of age.

Edwin H. Swayze

Henry News Republican June 29 1882

Edwin H. Swayze passed peacefully and pleasantly to the other shore last Wednesday evening a few minutes past 5 o'clock. Mr. S. was in his 83d year, and was one of eh oldest and most respected citizens of Evans township. He was buried in the Wenona cemetery Thursday afternoon. A large concourse of friends followed the remains to their last resting place. The bereft have the sympathy of the entire community. Mrs. Swayze who is quite aged and feeble, remains and will probably accompany her daughter, Mrs. Dr. Perry to Kansas this fall.

Frank Clark Swift

March 18, 1926

Former Whitefield Resident Called by Death.

Death came suddenly to Frank Clark Swift, a brother of Mrs. C. L. Clawson and Miss Emma Swift at his home in Delavan, Kansas, last Wednesday. He was well known here as he was born and rasied at Whitefield. Mr. Swift was apparently in his usual heath when he suffered a stroke on the Saturday before his death from which he never regained consciousness. The deceased was aged 69 years and 5 months at the time of his death.

His passing is mourned by his surviving widow and three daughters and three sons. A seventh child is deceased. He is also survived by one brother, Arthur Swift of Keota, Ia., and two sisters, Mrs. C. L. Clawson and Miss Emma Swift of this city.

Funeral services were held Friday afternoon. Mrs. C. L. Clawson left last Monday for Kansas and reached her brother's bedside before his death.

Mrs. Julia Sydel

September 18, 1873

Died in Henry township, Sept. 4, of congestion of the stomach, Mrs. Julia Sydel, aged 73.

Abraham Lincoln Syphers

Taken From the Marshall County Telegraph

August 16, 1866

Died in Henry, August 11 of diarrea and spasms, Abraham Lincoln, son of Jacob and Mary Syphers, age 2 years.

Mrs. Mary Syphers

January 21, 1875

Taken From the Henry Republican

Died in this city, Jan. 17, of lung fever, Mary, aged 46, wife of Jacob Syphers.

The wife of Jacob Syphers, a carpenter of this city died of lung fever on Sunday. The body was taken to Lone Tree for interment on Monday. Mr. Syphers and children are bereft a good wife and mother.


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