Marshall County Obituaries and Death Notices

Frankie Sampson

May 29, 1873

At Guthrie, Iowa, May 8, of cerebro-spinal-meningitis, Frankie, aged 11 years, son of Mr. Harvey M. Sampson, formerly of this city.

Anson D. Sawyer

April 3, 1879

Died at Osborne, Kan., March 29, of congestion of the lungs, Anson D. Sawyer, aged 46 years, late of the firm of C. A. Stone & Co., of this city.

Daughter of J. C. Schaad

October 31, 1872

In Whitefield, Oct. 14, little daughter of Mr. J. C. Schaad, aged 2 years

Mrs. Barbara Schafer

October 29, 1874

In This city, October 24, at the residence of J. N. Krenz, of dropsy of the heart, Mrs. Barbara Schafer, aged 67 years, 1 month, mother of Mr. George Schafer and Mrs. J. N. Krenz.

George Schafer

May 27, 1875

Taken From the Henry Republican

Died at his residence, in this city, May 26, of injuries received on the evening of the 24th, George Schafer, aged 40 years, 7 months and 24 days. -- Funeral this (Thursday) afternoon at 2 o'clock, from the New Church temple. The friends are invited.

Josephine Agnes Scheier

August 15, 1878

In this township, Aug. 7, Josephine Agnes, aged three months, daughter of Charles and Margeret Scheier.

Henry Joseph Schick

October 9, 1879

Died in this city, October 5, of dyptheria, Henry Joseph, aged 8, second son of Joseph and Mary H. Schick.

John Schinck

May 6, 1880


John Schinck, formerly a farmer, but of late years a merchant, and stock and grain dealer, at Wada Petra, Stark county, died very suddenly last week. The morning of the day of his death was the first time that his place at the table had been vacant for many years. He had been complaining of feeling unwell for several weeks. A few hours before his death he had been taken severely sick, and suffering such pain that he could not lie down. A doctor was summoned who succeeded in relieving him in a measure of his suffering. About 4 p.m., he remarked that he felt like sleeping. The attendants left the room that it might be quiet, returning in 20 minutes they found him dead.

Lewis Eugene Schiupp


April 14, 1870

April 7, Lewis Eugene, 9 years old, son of Jacob Schiupp

John Schlosser

February 15, 1877

Taken From the Henry Republican

Died in Hopewell, Feb. 9, of internal cancer, John Schlosser, aged 57 years.

Mrs. Clara Carber Schmitt

Taken From the Henry News Republican

February 4, 1915

Mrs. Clara Carber Schmitt

Mrs. Clara Carber Schmitt was born in the "Fatherland", Aug. 5, 1830. The family came to America when she was but 8 years of age and at Mt. Palatine in 1866 she was united in marriage with William Schmitt. To them ten children were born, five of whom are yet living: Frank Schmitt, living in Iowa; Michael, in Canada; Peter, in Spring Valley; Mrs. Charles Hubbell and Mrs. Nicholas Smith of Henry. At a good old age the kindly hearted grandmother passed into the other life on Thursday, Feb. 4, 1915. The funeral services from St. Mary's church, conducted by Rev. Fr. Genaler, were held on Saturday, Feb. 6, at 9 o'clock a.m. Interment in St. Mary's cemetery. Casket bearers were Frank Baer, Valentine Bogner, Peter Merdian, Bernard Merdian, Adam Staab, Wimer Schlosser, with A. B. Smith, mortician.

Benjamin J. Schneider

Woodford County, Illinois Prairie District Library Obituaries 1887 - Present
Metamora Herald Newspaper dated 7-31-1980 page 6 column 4

Contributed by Jane Foster

Ben J. Schneider, 88, a resident of the Apostolic Christian Home, Roanoke, and formerly of Lowpoint and Metamora, died at 10:45 pm July 25, 1980, at St. Francis Hospital, Peoria. Born Dec. 27, 1891, in Partridge Township in Woodford County, a son of Peter and Elizabeth Bohlander Schneider, he married Edna M. Clark in Spring Bay, Jan. 18, 1913. She died Oct. 13, 1974. He was a farm implement dealer in Lowpoint for more than 30 years and was a member of the Lowpoint United Methodist Church and the Pekin Musicians Union. Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Ruth Trantina of Roanoke and Mrs. Eunice Ziegel of Hillsdayle, Mich.; one sister, Mrs. Matilda Kaminky of Peoria; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. One brother and six sisters preceded him in death. Services were at 10 am July 28 at the Lowpoint United Methodist Church, the Rev. Kenneth Harris officiating. Burial was in Oakwood Cemetery. Visitation was from 7 to 9 pm July 27 at Mason Funeral Home in Metamora and one hour prior to services.

Edna (Clark) Schneider

Woodford County, Illinois Prairie District Library Obituaries 1887 - Present
Metamora Herald Newspaper dated 10-17-1974 page 8 column 2

Contributed by Jane Foster

Mrs. Ben (Edna) Schneider, 85, of 121 W. Pine St., Metamora, died at 10:10 pm Sunday, October 13, 1974 at Roanoke Manor Nursing Home, Roanoke where she had been a patient for 1 1/2 years. Services were Wednesday at the Lowpoint United Methodist Church, Lowpoint, the Rev. James Hutton officiated. Burial was in Oakwood Cemetery. Mrs. Schneider was born Nov. 13, 1888 at Lowpoint, a daughter of John and Mary Redenour Clark. She married Ben J. Schneider on Jan. 8, 1913, in Spring Bay. Mr. Schneider survives in Roanoke Manor Nursing Home. Also surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Lester (Ruth) Trantina of Washburn, and Mrs. Clarence (Eunice) Ziegel of Hillsdale, Mich.; three grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Three brothers and two sisters preceded her in death. Mrs. Schneider was a member of the Lowpoint United Methodist Church.

Mrs. Ella Schoonley

November 18, 1880 - LaRose

Also November 12, Mrs. Ella Schoonley departed this life, aged 33 years. She has lain long and suffered much, but without a murmur. She came to this county about 12 years ago with her husband from Ohio, and has lived here ever since, except one year in Marseilles. She was a kind neighbor, a true Christian and friend, beloved by all who knew her. She leaves her husband and large circle of friends to mourn her loss.

Mrs. Caroline Schroeder

July 13, 1876

Taken From the Henry Republican

Died in this city, July 12, of liver compliant, Caroline, aged 46 years 9 months, wife of Ernest W. Schroeder.

Mr. Barbara Schuck

March 25, 1880

In this city, March 21, of lung fever, Barbara, 68, wife of Wenzel Schuck.

Otto Schuster's infant daughter

July 31, 1879

Died in this city, July 30, infant daughter of Otto and Mary Schuster, aged 6 months.

Carrie Emma Schwartz

The Henry Republican, Henry, IL, November 2, 1882

Died  July 27, in Richland, Carrie Emma Schwartz, 6 months, 21 days, reported by Dr. Jas. Tweddle.

Sister Bertholda (Mary Schwartzkoph)

December 12, 1872

Died in this city, Dec. 6, of consumption, Sister Bertholda (Mary Schwartzkoph) of Notre Dame, aged 22 years.

Local Items - Sister Bertholda, educated at the convent of Notre Dame of Milwaukee, died in this city on Friday at the early age of 22 years. She has been with the sisters of this city several months and was a very amiable member of the sister Christianhood. Her remains were interred in the Catholic cemetery, south of town on Sunday.

Mrs. Abigail Scott

October 28, 1880

Died in this city, Oct. 22, of lung fever, Mrs. Abigail Scott, 77 years, 6 mos, 15 days, mother of Walter Scott of this city.

Samuel Scott's child

April 8, 1880 - Wenona

Samuel Scott's youngest child, about one year of age, has been a little sufferer for the past two weeks from scarlet fever and at the present time there is scarcely any hope of her recovery.

Mrs. Scott

August 6, 1874

In LaPrairie, Aug. 2, the mother of Henry Scott, aged 76 years.

Mrs. Andrew Seabart

October 15, 1874

At Varna, October 10, wife of Andrew Seabart.

Varna News - Since my last letter death has been in our midst. First is the wife of Andrew Seabart, who leaves a large family to mourn her loss. How the little ones will miss a mother.

George Seal

November 7, 1872

Died at Lacon, Oct. 25th, of typhoid, George, aged 11 years, son of Henry Seal.

Mrs. Emily J. Seaver (nee Plato)

November 27, 1873

At St. Louis, Nov. 4, Emily J. (Plato) aged 21 years, wife of Henry Seaver. The deceased was once a resident of Henry.


Henry News Republican, Henry IL, March 18, 1915

A Sad Death

Nicholas Seichter of Saratoga Township, Commits Suicide

The whole adjacent community were inexpressibly shocked on Monday to larn of the death by suicide of Nicholas Seichter of Saratoga township. The deceased was a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. August Seighter who, with their family, were well known and highly respected residents of Saratoga township. Up to the time of his father's death, in August 1907, Nicholas lived on the old homestead and indeed for some few seasons afterward. He then purchased the Theodore Conover 80-acre farm. He was a strictly honest man, industrious and temperate, perhaps a little peculiar or eccentric, yet not to such a degree as to excite any great apprehension among his relatives and friends. He was last seen alive about his home on Saturday of last week. Near neighbors assisted in cutting and piling hedge but Mr. Seichter hired a man to do his share of the work. On Monday Mahlon Sutton (Pit), who is a near neighbor, went over, and found the Seichter residence locked and no one about. Later he called another neighbor, Frank Balenseifen, and they two in making a search found the body in a granary. It was evident from the position of the body that he had made preparation for the deed. He sat on the floor of the granary and had placed a wet cloth over his chest and fixing the muzzle of the shotgun so that death would be instantaneous. , had evidently pushed the trigger with an axe helve which laid by his side.

During the past winter he had been in ill-health, had lost greatly in weight and ability to rest well, and without doubt his mind had become unbalanced from disease and melancholy so in a fit of aberration of reasoning power the dreadful deed was accomplished. To mourn his tragic death he leaves two brothers and four sisters.

Coroner Grable was called on Tuesday, who came and summed as a jury A. B. smith, foreman, William Yarger, Henry Bonshire, James Barry, Joseph Reismeyer and Frank Thirkell, and the facts were brought out substantially as we have stated.

The interment was made on yesterday (Wednesday) morning in the cemetery of St. Mary's and after the burial, Rev. Fr. Gensler conducted mass at the church for the departed one.

Mrs. Seelye

January 9, 1879

Our Correspondence - Saratoga

We also have to chronicle the death of Mrs. Seelye, mother of Mason and Henry Seelye. She died at the residence of her grandson near Lawn Ridge on the 20th alt. On the 22d her remains were brought to the Saratoga M. E. church to be interred. She has lived in Peoria and Marshall counties for nearly 30 years. Thus our old settlers are passing away.

Willie Seibold


August 15, 1872

July 31, of cholera infantum, Willie, aged 10 months, son of Fred Seibold.

Alta Pearl Shafer

February 9, 1882

Died in this city, Feb. 7, of yellow canker, Alta Pearl, 1 year, 1 month, 1 day, daughter of Albert C. and Maria A. Shafer.

Henry Shafer

October 30, 1873

Died in Hopewell township, Oct. 22, suddenly, Henry Shafer, aged 73 years.

Local items

Henry Schafer, an old settler living on the Lacon road in Hopewell township died suddenly on Wednesday afternoon of last week. He had been during the fore noon, in the orchard trimming apple trees, apparantly as well as ever. When he entered the house, he sat down in the chair and was dead. His death was as sudden as that. He came to Illinois and located where he died 27 years ago. He was a good man and stoood high in the estimate of the people. Aged 73. Six children, all married survive him.

Rev. Father William Shamoni

January 26, 1882

Died in this city, Jan. 25, at the parsonage of Neuralgia of the heart, Rev. William Shamoni, 49 years 9 months 13 days, pastor of St. Mary's German Catholic congregation of this city.

Sudden Death of Father Shamoni

Rev. William Shamoni, pastor of St. Mary's Catholic church of this city, died suddenly last evening, about half past six o'clock, at his residence in the southern part of this city. He had been on a pastoral visit to Hennepin, to see the sick, and was feeling well until he reached home, when he felt a smothering sensation. He at once threw himself upon the sofa and Dr. Jones was summoned, and seeing at once the nature of the case, prepared on the spot what he thought necessary; but Father Shamoni absolutely refused to submit to such treatment as the doctor thought proper, and even thought the doctor urged it on him, entreated him to submit, explaining fully its necessity and the probable result, still his refusal was emphatic, and before other means could be adopted another paroxysm recurred and death was immediate. The disease was neuralgia of the heart.

Father Shamoni was a powerfully built man, and would probably weigh upwards of 200 pounds. He had been pastor in Henry over four years, and was prompt and efficient in all professional duties. He was a native of Germany and was probably educated for the clerical office in that country, though of this we do not speak by the book. We have no data as to his former life and must leave that to a future article. ……The body will be interred in the German cemetery.

Eleanor Jane (McCune) Sharp

November, 1891, Unknown Paper

Contributed by Jane Foster, Transcribed by Nancy Piper

Died at her home in La Rose, November 17th, 1891, Mrs. Eleanor Jane Sharp aged 61 years and 4 months. Miss Eleanor Jane McCune was born June 22, 1830 at Newville, Pa. She married John M. Sharp, Feb. 25th, 1851. They moved to Marshall county in 1852 and have resided in the neighborhood of La Rose ever since.

Mrs. Sharp was an excellent lady, enjoying a large circle of acquaintances, in which she will be greatly missed. Her home was one of happiness and hospitality. The "latchstring" was always "out" to her many friends, who will not soon forget the warm welcome they invariably received in her community, the sick were ever rememberd; among them she went as an "angel of mercy". She united with the Presbyterian church in her young days, while residing in Pennsylvania, in which church she continued a faithful member until the Master called her to her reward. In the discharge of her Christian duties, while not demonstrative, she was ever faithful to them. The church where she has labored so long will miss her kind and cheerful face, as well as her earnest words. After a brief illness, she passed away in the quiet of her home, surrounded by friends and loved ones. She was conscious to the last, giving counsel and advice to husband and children.

The funeral took place on Thursday, Nov. 19 from the Presbyterian church at La Rose. The services were conducted (at her request) by Rev. C. W. Whorrall, pastor M. E. Church, Tonica, Ill., assisted by Dr. I. A. Cornelison and Rev. Thomas Martin.

Mrs. Ellen Sharp

Pontiac Daily Leader

April 1, 1926

Mrs. Ellen Sharp Dies In Peoria

Word was received in this city late yesterday of the death of Mrs. Ellen Sharp, for many years a resident of this city, which occurred in Peoria. Death was due to the infirmities of old age.

Mrs.Sharp was born in Cumberland county, Pennsylvania, September 2, 1838. She was the daughter of Jesse and Mary Quigley Kilgore. She was united in marriage to Robert Sharp in 1856 and immediately came to Illinois, locating in Marshall county. They continued to make that county their home until 1871. The remainder of her life being spent in Livingston county. For many years Mr. and Mrs. Sharp were residents of East Livingston street, this city.

Mr. Sharp preceded his wife in death, August 13, 1906, also one brother, William Kilgore, January 2, 1915. She leaves to mourn her death three sons and two daughters, viz.; James Quigley and W. K. Sharp of Peoria; J. Q. Sharp of Aberdeen, S.D., and Mrs. M. A. Frary of New Castle, Ind. She is also survived by nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Sharp was a life long member of the Presbyterian church.

The funeral services will be held Friday afternoon at two o'clock from the chapel of the R. J. Harris mortuary on West Madison street in this city. Burial will be in the south side cemetery. - Contributed by Jane Foster - Transcribed by Nancy Piper

James Sharp

Date Unknown

Contributed by Jane Foster, Transcribed by Nancy Piper

The village of Washburn was again reminded of the uncertainty of life when James Sharp, a member of the Village Board was suddenly taken ill and within one week the sad news given out that he was dead.

He was born April 29, 1852 and brought to this community when he was about a year old and he spent his entire life here. He was married April 4, 1872 to Mary L. Perry (Chandler) at Belle Plain, Ill. To this union were born three children, two boys and one girl. The deal angel called tow of them in infancy. Mr. Sharp leaves to mourn his loss a loving wife and son, Roy, four sisters, Mrs. Belle Stinger of Herrington, Kas., Mrs. Emma Ferriman, Peoria, Ill.; Mrs. Clara Ramsey of Washburn and Mrs. Eva Cavey of Chicago, Ill. Also two grand-children who were his chums. Needless to say that a host of friends will miss him, for he was held in high esteem by all who knew him and the people of Washburn have been the recipients of his services as he was very active in the affairs of the village, so we all shall miss him.

Realizing the great loss to the family we have laid aside our business and assembled there to extend our sympathy and lend every assurance of our willingness to do what we can in this sad hour for their comfort.

Mr. Sharp was stricken with a paralytic stroke Tuesday afternoon of last week and early Friday morning he suffered another stroke and died Monday morning. All that loving hands and science could do to ease his pain was done, but the hand of death was upon him and our genial, kindly and sturdy citizen of whom no one ever spoke ill and for whom now no sufficient eulogy can be written, went toe way of all flesh.

The funeral services were held in the Christian church this morning conducted by Rev. Jones and the lifeless clay laid to rest in the deep peace of the country cemetery west of La Rose.

Reuben H. Sharp

The Henry Republican

February 25 1915

Reuben H. Sharp, son of Mr. And Mrs. William R. Thorp, was born in this city, May 5, 1876. When quite a small boy the family moved to Peoria, and there at the Phoenix hotel on Main street, conducted by his mother, he died early Wednesday morning of kidney trouble. Deceased was a widower and is survived by his parents and one sister. A short service will be held today (Thursday) at the Ziegler chapel in Peoria and the body be brought here on the 2 p.m., train, taken to the home of his uncle, John Ford, where services conducted by Rev. R. W. Martin, will be held before taking it to the Henry cemetery for interment in charge of A. B. Smith.

Mrs. Delilia Shaw


April 27, 1871

Died in Roberts township, April 13, of pulminary consumption, Delilia, wife of Jacob R. Shaw, aged 44 years

Mrs. Emma Shaw


September 28, 1871

At Shaw's Point, Roberts township, Sept. 12, of paralysis, Emma, wife of G. H. Shaw, one of the first settlers of this county.

George P. Shaw

February 15, 1877

Taken From the Henry Republican

At Shaw's Point, east of Lacon, February 2, George P. Shaw, aged 83 years.

Richard Shaw

November 8, 1877

Died at Lacon, October 27, after a long illness, Richard Shaw, aged 55 years.

John P. Sheppard

September 14, 1876

Taken From the Henry Republican

At Minonk, August 23, John P. Sheppard, aged 89. Buried at Lacon.

Milton Manchester Sherburns

August 6, 1874

In Wenona, July 24, of congestive chill, Milton Manchester, aged 10 months, son of M. A. Sherburns

Mrs. Hattie (Taber) Shields

May 18, 1876

Taken From the Henry Republican

Died in Hopewell township, May 17, at the residence of her uncle, Samuel Holmes, Hattie Taber, aged 21 years, wife of Frank Shields, and daughter of John Taber.

On Sunday week, Miss Hattie Taber and Mr. Frank Shields were married. The bride was ill, but she consented to the ceremony, lying down to rest at the close, little dreaming then, she or her friends, that her bridal robes would soon be required as drapery for the dead. Last evening, at five o'clock, what was mortal of the youthful bride was left to mourning friends, but the spirit - herself - departed for the higher life. It is a sad case, peculiarly so, under the circumstances, to with widowed groom and the friends, who have the deepest sympathy of the community in this bereavement. The funeral will take place this morning at the residence of her uncle, Samuel Holmes, opposite this city. Rev. B. Edmiston will conduct the services, and the remains will be taken to Caledonia for interment.

May 25, 1876

Death of Mrs. Frank Shields

Not often is man called upon to record a sadder affair than the following. On Sunday, the 7th day of this month, Frank P. Shields, full of high hopes and bright anticipations, led to the altar Hattie E. Taber. On Wednesday, the 17th, a large circle of friends were thrown into mourning by the announcement of her death. The deceased, daughter of John S. and Ann E. Taber, was born in Henry, Ills., February 14, 1855, and was two and a half years old when she was bereft of a mother. From that time up to her decease she resided with Mrs. Samuel Holmes, who treated and loved her as a daughter. The widowed groom, son of Campbell and Jane Shields, was born in Oxbow, Ills., December 17, 1854, where he has formed a large circle of friends who sympathize with him in his deep distress, occasioned by this sad and melancholy event. The services were conducted by Rev. B. Edmiston.

Thomas J. Show

April 23, 1875

Taken From the Henry Republican

Died at Wenona, April 14, of consumption, Thomas J. Show, aged about 32, and superintendent of schools of Marshall county.

Local Items - Thomas J. Show is no more. He died at Wenona on Wednesday of last week of consumption. Mr. Show had been in public life some years. As an educator stood among our best teachers in this section. He was once superintendent of schools by appointment from the supervisors, filling the unexpected term of the lamented Peck, discharging the duties of the office faithfully and acceptably. He had taught school at Washburn and Wenona and with acceptance. He has suffered with hemorrhage of the lungs for some years and went west as far as Creaton, Nebraska in home of getting relief, but he found himself unable to withstand the monster upon him and last fall returned to this country to die. His funeral was held last Friday. His life has been a useful one and the large circle of friends will mourn his untimely removal. His age we judge is about 32.

Edward Shuman

October 3, 1872

In this city, Sept. 28, of cholera infantum, Edward, aged 11 months, son of A. Shuman.

Mrs. Anne Shurts

April 4, 1878

Died in this city, April 1 of old age, Anne Shurts, aged 84 years.

Local Items

Granny Shurts, as we used to familiarly call her, died on Monday in this city at the residence of her grandson, Fred. Shurts and was buried in the graveyard joining the Central M. E. church in Whitefield yesterday at 10 a.m., the funeral being held in the church. She had been a resident in Illinois since 1847, a widow since 1854 and at the venerable age of 84, leaves a large family of children and grandchildren to the third and fourth generations. Her native state was New Jersey.

Mrs. Mary Ann Shurts (nee Colter)

March 19, 1874

In Whitefield, march 14, of consumption, Mary Ann, aged 23 years, wife of Frederick L. Shurts, and daughter of William Colter.

George Sibolt

September 7, 1876

Taken From the Henry Republican

Local Correspondence - Sparland

Little George Sibolt, about 4 years old and son of our esteemed citizen Fred Sibolt died on last Saturday at 5 o'clock in the morning of diptheria croup. This makes 4 little boys they have buried here. We deeply sympathize with them in their bereavement.

William Sickels

July 5, 1877

Taken From the Henry Republican

In Wyoming, June 18, William Sickels of Lawn Ridge this county, aged 55 years.

Local Department

William Sickels, whose family lived at Lawn Ridge, was accidentally killed at a sawmill in Wyoming recently. He was engaged in sawing a log during a storm, when a flash of lightning struck the saw which sent a portion of the slab with great violence against his throat, rupturing the larynx or Adam's apple, as it is called, and literally crushing the windpipe. He died in a few hours, leaving a wife and four children stricken by this calamity. His age was 55. He was a worthy man and his family is highly respected. The body was taken to Lawn Ridge for interment. So we gleam from the Wyoming Post.

Michael Simater


April 7, 1870

At Lacon, March 25 of lung fever, Michael Simater, aged 36 years

Nicholas Simmons


June 8, 1871

Died in this city, June 5, of accidental drowning in the river, Nicholas Simmons, aged 43 years.

Death by Drowning

Monday afternoon, about 2 and a half o'clock, a painful sensation was created about town from intelligence circulated that Nicholas Simmons had fell overboard from the dredge boat and was drowned. As near as we are able to assertain the particulars, it seems that Mr. Simmons had commenced work upon the dredge boat for the first time that morning and while helping move one of the skows, he carelessly got the line the wrong way, the motion of the boat overpowering his whole and pulled him over into the water. He sank immediately and was drowned. After two hours search the body was found. A large number of boats filled with men assisted at the search and a large concourse of anxious citizens assembled on the bank of the river with that of sympathy and curiosity incident to the excitement and consternation of the sad affair. Mr. Simmons was a robust man, a German by birth and a citizen of Henry for the past 16 years. "Nick" was well known and respected, being a peaceful, pleasant man and full of good humor. He married here 14 years ago and was the father of seven children, though only one survives him. His wife feels the loss keenly and the community sympathizes in their bereavement. The funeral took place Tuesday afternoon at the Catholic church. Most of the friends of the deceased live in Germany.

J. B. Simpson

April 23, 1874

Died at Lacon, April 16, of tape worm, J. B. Simpson.

Mr. J. B. Simpson, proprietor of the Sherman House at Lacon, died last Thursday. He has been ailing for a long time, and recently has discharged several links of tape worm, which reptile is supposed to be the immediate cause of his death. He formerly was proprietor of the quarters known as the Paskell House in this city, and has lived in Putnam and Marshall upwards of 35 years. He was a member of the Masonic fraternity, and was charter member, if we mistake not, of Magnolia nd Lacon lodges. His funeral took place on Saturday, and the body taken to Hennepin for interment.

April 30 - Putnam County News

Joshua Simpson, who died at Lacon last week was 59 years of age. He was an old settler of this vicinity. Funeral was held at the M. E. church, after the remains reached Hennepin. The attendance from citizens and old acquaintances being large.

Minnie Grace Simpson

August 6, 1874

In Wenona, July 23, Minnie Grace, infant daughter of David Simpson

Mrs. Elizabeth C. Sinclair

March 25, 1880

Died in this city, March 22, of rheumatism of the stomach and heart, Mrs. Elizabeth C. Sinclair.

Death of Mrs. E. C. Sinclair

On Monday afternoon Mrs. E. C. Sinclair was called hence. She had been sick about three weeks with rheumatism of the shoulders, stomach and heart, her attack being violent from the first. After nine days, her symptoms were more hopeful, and her periodic agonies less in frequency and severity. But her heart difficulties gave apprehensions, and her physicians assured the anxious friends that if death came it would be sudden. And sudden it was. Monday afternoon at 6 o'clock, with every good symptom, while her attendant, Mrs. John Black, was momentarily absent from the room, a noise was heard, and in runnning in she had fallen against the wall while sitting in her chair, her body bent forward, and in the throes of death, breathing but three or four times, after being discovered.

The deceased was a native of Philadelphia, where she was reared and spent much of her life. She had been married twice, first to a Mr. Bristow, by whom she had one son, and after his death to Mr. John W. Sinclair, by whom she had two children, a son who lived to the age of 18, and a daughter to that of six. A sister, Mrs. Benjamin Tyre, lives at Colmar, Pa. She had four grandchildren named Bristow, James, the eldest, having lived with his grandmother here for several years. She was the owner of two dwelling houses and an acre lot in the corporate limits of this city, and has considerable personal estate.

Mrs. Sinclair was, in some respects, a remarkable woman. She had mental gifts that qualified her for a prominent and useful life, and she has been for many years a useful woman in the social circles of Henry. October, 1874, she connected herself with the Henry society of the New Church, and in all that promoted its growth and usefulness she took a leading part. She was a teacher in the Sunday school, having a class of seven girls and was always there, if not ill. She was also one of the first to organize the red ribbon movement in Henry, and was one of its most active and efficient workers. Her place will be sorely missed in both organizations.

The obsequies took place at the Christian church yesterday at 10 o'clock, Rev. O. L. Barter officiated, assisted by Rev. J. J. Bunnell, who read a portion of scripture, and Rev. Glendenning who made the opening prayer. The edifice was very full, every seat being occupied by old acquaintances who had come to pay the last offices of respect to a valued friend. The remains were interred beside Mr. Sinclair in the new cemetery.

Mrs. Joel Skelton

February 17, 1881 - LaRose

And on the same day (Feb. 11) at Eline Ward's in Bennington, Mrs. Joel Skelton, the mother of our late sheriff. She has been sick for a long time, and has suffered long and patiently, waiting for the change.

Frank Skinkle

January 13, 1881

Died in Chicago, Jan. 10, suddenly of heart disease, Lewis Franklin Skinkle, 32.

Death of Frank Skinkle

The friends and acquaintances of Mr. Frank Skinkle were shocked Tuesday morning when the wires flashed the sad news of his death. His demise was from heart disease and sudden. Mr. Harrison and Hary L. Gregory left yesterday to attend the funeral. The body will be placed in a vault for further disposal probably brought to Henry, interment in the family lot. In the death of Mr. Skinkle the great house of Field, Leiter and Co loses one of their chief clerks.

Later particulars are to the effect that he went home Monday evening and ate his supper, feeling as well as usual. About 8 o'clock he complained of not feeling well, and said he would retire. Soon after going upstairs, his wife heard a groan and called to Frank, supposing that it was from his father, getting no response from Frank, she went upstairs, and found him unconscious, who soon after expired. The physicians say that they could not have saved him had they been present. His body was placed in a vault until his wife determines upon its final resting place.

Philip Slagle's Child

October 19, 1876

Taken From the Henry Republican

At Sparland, Oct. 12, a child, 2 years old, of Philip Slagle.

William Mortimer Sleater

February 5, 1874

In this city, February 2 of spinal complaint, William Mortimer Sleater, aged 49 years.

Barney Smith

September 3, 1874

Mr. Barney Smith died at Chicago on Monday. He formerly resided here and was half brother to Joseph and Samuel Holmes.

Benjamin Franklin Smith


April 11, 1872

Died in Whitefield, April 6, of consumption, Benjamin Franklin Smith, aged 30 years

Elijah Smith

July 17, 1879

At Chicago, July 15, Elija Smith, aged 70 years, formerly a resident of Henry.

Elijah Smith, we learn from the Chicago papers of yesterday, "has been gathered to his fathers." He died at the residence of his son Charles M. Smith, No. 215 37th street, on Tuesday, the funeral taking place today. Mr. Smith lived in this township from 1857 to 1867, and was owner and occupant of the Lombard place, a mile west of town. He was a brother-in-law of Rev. John Winn, and was an elder of the Presbyterian church of Henry at that time. He was then wealthy, living from the income of a large estate. The shrinkage of property in late years rendered him, like hundreds of others, comparatively a poor man, although his real esate operations since his return to Chicago accredited him as bieng worth, a few years ago $100,000. He was an old settler of Chicago, going there in 1838, when the population of that city was less than 5000. He was a very unassuming gentleman, but of excellent business tact, and respected by all.

Fidail Smith

March 6, 1873

In this city, Feb. 27, of cerebro-spinal meningitis, Fidail, aged 11 years, youngest daughter of John B. and Elizabeth Smith

Mrs. Frances Amanda Smith


September 24, 1868

Died at Lacon, Sept. 9, by a fall downstairs, Frances Amanda, wife of I. T. Smith.

Francis A. Smith

March 1, 1877

Taken From the Henry Republican

At Elmwood, Cass county, Nebraska, Feb. 8, of consumption, Francis A. Smith, aged about 58 years. --Francis Smith, who formerly lived in Whitefield died recently in Nebraska. He was an Englishman by birth, a local Baptist preacher and a good man. He had been an invalid for years - consumption numbering him among its victims at the last. He was somewhat of a reader in his time, a good debater and a good writer. His long illness cut him off from as useful a life as it would have been under other and more favorable circumstances.

Frank Howard Smith

June 8, 1876

Taken From the Henry Republican

In Henry township, June 2 of congestion of the lungs, Frank Howard, age 1 year, 7 months, son of J. H. and A. M. Smith.

Mrs. Hannah Smith

July 2, 1874

At Crystal Lake, McHenry county, June 26, suddenly, Hannah H., wife of Elijah Smith of Chicago, formerly of this city.

Mrs. Hannah Smith, wife of Elijah Smith, a former occupant of the Lumbard property, west of town, and familiarly known to our citizens, died suddenly Friday, near Chicago. She was the sister to Mrs. John Winn, who also passed away suddenly one year ago. She was an estimable lady and her death will be lamented by her friends.

Mrs. Harriet E. Smith

November 21, 1872

At Lacon, Oct. 29, Mrs. Harriet E. Smith, aged 58 years.

Harry Smith

October 21, 1875

Taken From the Henry Republican

At Elmwood, Cass Co., Nebraska, Oct. 1, of typhoid fever, Harry, son of Rev. F. A. and Jane Smith, formerly of Whitefield.

Hiram Smith

January 26, 1882


On Monday many were surprised to hear the sad news of the death of Hiram Smith.

Ida May Smith

February 20, 1873

In Whitefield, Feb. 14, of inflammation of the bowels, Ida May, aged 7 months, daughter of Charles and Mary Smith, and grandchild of Mr. John T. Smith

Mrs. James Smith

March 7, 1878

Local Items - LaPrairie

Since our last letter, death with its icy hands has taken three from our midst - the old, the young and the middle aged. First the mother of Mrs. Robert Riddle, who had seen the sun rise and set for almost a century - four score and 11 years. Was called to the other shore. Then Mrs. James Smith, just in the prime of life was called to leave the (?) and responsibilities of wife and mother and go up higher leaving the grief stricken husband and five interesting daughters to mourn her loss. She was buried February 22d at the U. P. cemetery. Before her remains had been carried to their final resting place, B. A. Hill, living but a few rods from Mr. Smith, was called to give up another one of his flock to the fearful ravages of diptheria. Owing to bad roads and the deaths already alluded to, the S. S. convention, pointed for February 22, was adjourned for two weeks.

John Smith

January 16, 1873

In Lee county, Dec. 31, of caiprrhal consumption, John Smith of Geneseo, aged 63 and uncle of Mr. Ephraim W. Smith of this city.

Lorinda Smith

May 29, 1873

In this city, May 25, of cerebro-spinal-meningitis, Lorinda, aged 16 years, daughter of John B. and Elizabeth Smith

Mrs. Maggie Smith

November 16, 1876

Taken From the Henry Republican

At Grand Rapids, Mich., Sept. 1, of consumption, Mrs. Maggie Smith, aged 33 years, sister of Mrs. C. M. Topping of this city.

Mamie Smith

July 28, 1881

Died in Chicago, July 19, of heart disease, Mamie, 18, daughter of the late William J. Smith, a former resident of this city.

Mamie Smith, daughter of a former resident of Henry, died in Chicago last week, a notice of which will be found in this issue, from our Chicago correspondent. The families of J. P. Hinman, P. R. Brearley and Samuel Parker, were represented in attendance at the sad funeral rites.

Mrs. Margaret H. Smith (nee Dent)


July 18, 1872

In Henry, July 12, of old age, Mrs. Margaret H. Smith, aged 78 years, sister of Enoch Dent of Wenona.

Death of Mrs. M. H. Smith

We record the death of another old settler, Mrs. Margaret H. Smith, sister of Mr. Enoch Dent of Wenona, at the residence of N. B. Whitney, her son-in-law, at the ripe age of 78 years. Mrs. Smith was born in Monongahela county, W. Virginia, a daughter of John Dent, and one of 12 children. She married John Rochester there in April, 1812, the day war was declared with the Indians, and had eight children by him, he dying in 1837. She lived for a time in Missouri, coming to Magnolia, Putnam county in 1838, where she made the acquaintance of Peter Smith, a widower, whom she married. By him she had but one child. The domestic relations of this marriage were uncongenial, and finally Mr. Smith, who had the reputation of not being the best of men, sloped to California, where he has since re-married, and lived unmolested. Mrs. Smith has lived in Marshall county about 20 years with her children, much of the time keeping house with her daughter, Miss Josephine Rochester. She was an energetic, brave woman in her day, endured her share of the privations and trials allotted to human life, survived to a green old age, and passed on to her reward. Her funeral took place on Sunday, in spite of the extreme hot weather, Rev. Ephriam Hoyt conducting the solemn services.

Mrs. Mary Smith

April 1, 1875

Taken From the Henry Republican

Died in this city, March 22, Mrs. Mary Smith, aged 69 years.

Mrs. Mary Smith, one of the oldest settlers in Whitefield, near the Red school house, died on Wednesday night of last week, at her son's house in this city, Mr. James F. Smith's on Monroe street. She was the mother of Mortimer, James, Charles and John Smith, and Mrs. Annie Lampman, wife of Henry Lampman, living near Strawn, Livingston county. She had been an active member of the M. E. church for near half a century. The funeral took place at the M. E. church in this city Friday forenoon, Rev., P. A. Crist conducting the services, assisted by Rev. S. Wood of the Whitefield church, at which there was a large attendance of friends of the deceased and the family. Rev. Mr. Ferris also occupied a seat in the pulpit. She was buried in the old graveyard north of the seminary.

Minnie Smith


April 9, 1868

Died in this city, April 4, of billious complaint, Minnie, daughter of Benjamin and Louisa Smith, age 10 months and 10 days.

Mrs. Otilla F. Smith (nee Fosbender

July 1, 1915

Taken From the Henry News Republican

Otilla Theresa Fosbender, second child of John and Charlotte Fosbender, was born at Leverne, Prussia, Dec. 31, 1835, and died at her home in Spaland, Ill., June 22, 1915, aged 19 (79) years, 5 months and 21 days.

Her father, a German professor, died at the age of 35, and left the widow with six children. They came to America in 1853, crossing the ocean in a sailing vessel, taking six weeks to make the voyage. They first settled at Cincinnati, OH., and later came to Illinois, locating on a farm on Yankee street; a short time later purchased the farm now owned by James C. Smith.

She was married to Wm. Smith Feb. 18, 1858, and they becan housekeeping on the farm owned by Mr. Smith, wich is opposite the Saratoga church, whre they resided until the spring of 1870, when they moved to the Fosbender farm, which they had purchased from his wife's people. Here they resided until the spring of 1898, when they moved to Sparland. Mr. Smith died Feb. 3, 1907.

Mr. and Mrs. Smith were the parents of eight children, viz., Mrs. Mary Riddell of Sparlang; Mrs. Christinana Marshall of Monmouth; Dr. W. A. Smith of La Prairie; Mrs. Charlotte Duncan of Sparland; Dr. Charles Smith of La Prairie; Mrs. Winnie Root of Speer: James C. (unable to read) ...... Besides her immediate family she leaves to mourn her loss, her oldest sister, Mrs. Christiana Earnest of Americus, Kas., 14 grandchildren, one great grandchild, and a host of friends who will miss her in many ways.

The funeral services were held on Thursday, a short service being at the house at 12:30, conducted by Rev. Tussey of the U. P. churh of La Prairie. At 1 p.m. the cortege left the house and wended its way to the La Prairie church, where a large number of old friends had already assembled. This beloved mother was laid to rest beside her husband in the lot of the church yard where a number of Mr. Smith's relatives are sleeping.

Patrick Smith

December 16, 1875

Taken From the Henry Republican

Near Camp Grove, Nov. 25, of cancer of the stomach, Patrick Smith, aged 55 years, He leaves a wife and 10 children.

Peter Smith

January 16, 1873

Died in Whitefield, Jan 9, of disease of the brain, Peter Smith, aged 19 years.

Mrs. Roxanna Smith

November 26, 1874

In Adair county, Iowa, Oct. 13, Mrs. Roxanna Smith, aged 74, aunt of A. G. Stiles of this township.

Scott B. Smith
The Henry Republican, Henry Illinois, April 5, 1883
Died March (1?) 1883 at Wenona, Scott B. Smith, aged 1 year, 2 months, reported by Dr. F. Potts

Mrs. Theodore Smith

April 8, 1875

Taken From the Henry Republican

The sudden death of Mrs. Theodore Smith, on Saturday, of typhoid pneumonia, was a surprise to the people generally, and many were first apprized of her illness, by the funeral notices that were distributed about the city early on the afternoon. The funeral took place at the New Church society's house of worship and was attended by one of the largest congregations of sympathetic friends that has ever been called together on so sad an occasion. Rev. B. Edmiston preached from that beautiful text: "She is not dead, but sleepeth," giving the Swedenborgain view of the spiritual world, of death, the resurrection, and the reception by the angels of those who have this world, the recognition and welcome of dear friends as they join each other in the other life, etc. .....The remains were encased in a rich rosewood casket, bearing a silver plate, on which was engraved the name, time of birth and time of death of the deceased. The husband and three children are bereft, the oldest child being seven and the youngest six months old. Mr. Smith and the family have the sympathy of the community in this sore trial.

William Smith

July 15, 1937

Late Rites Friday For Wm. Smith, 78

Funeral services for William Smith, 78, will be held Friday afternoon from his late home in Roberts Township. Rev. Keith Loveless of the Magnolia M.E. church will officiate. Surviving are the wife and the following children: Mrs. Bertha Zobrest of Granville; Mrs. Minne Brushwailer of Chillicothe; Mrs. Sarah Hoppis of Muskegon, Mich.; Mrs. Anna Wilkins of Chillicothe; Jacob T. and Elmer T. Smith, both of Magnolia; also step-sons and daughters, who are Mrs. Dorothy Sylvester of Varna, and Mrs. Darlene Doran, Mrs. Margaret E. Reaska, Charles T. Skaggs and Ernest J. Skaggs, all of Magnolia. Burial will be in the Rutland Cemetery. A.C. Lindbloom is the funeral director.

Willie H. Smith

March 1, 1877

Taken From the Henry Republican

At Fairfax, Linn county, Iowa, Feb. 12, of marasmus, Willie H., aged 8 months, 16 days, son of George W. and Tillie M. Smith and grandson of Mr. William Fosdick of this city.

Willis Addis Smith

August 20, 1874

Died in this city, August 18, of cholera infantum, Willie Addis, aged 7 months, son of Ephraim W. and Sarah M. Smith.

Clara Augusta Snell

January 26, 1882

AT Winfield, Iowa, Jan. 18, of diphtheria, Clara Augusta, 15 years 6 months, daughter of Wm. Snell formerly of Whitefield Corners and granddaughter of Timothey Atwood of Galva.

Francis Snider

May 8, 1873

At Dawn, Livingston county, Mo., April 14, of spotted fever, Francis, aged 21 years, eldest son of David D. Snider.

Mrs. Lucy Snider

August 21, 1873

Died in Henry township, Aug. 19, of paralysis, Mrs. Lucy Snider, aged 75 years, consort of the late Col. Henry Snider.

Mrs. Rachel E. (Lyon) Snider

May 18, 1876

Taken From the Henry Republican

Near Dawn, Livingston county, Mo., April 30, Rachel E., wife of David D. Snider, formerly from Henry and sister of Mrs. W. H. Williams of Snachwine.

Local News

We learn in time for this issue the death of Mrs. David Snider, at Dawn, Mo. Mrs. Snider was the daughter of Abijah Lyon, one of the pioneer settlers of Whitefield township and sister of Mrs. W. H. Williams of Snachwine. She had a wide acquaintance here who will drop a tear in precious memory of their dear friend who now has been called to the other life. She was an estimable lady, a good wife and mother, and her death is a sad loss to the large circle of relatives and friends.

Margaret Snyder

Taken From the Henry Republican

September 5, 1878

Died in this city, at the residence of her son-in-law, Solomon Noll, Mrs. Margaret Snyder, aged 77 years, 11 months and 15 days.

Death of Three "Old Settlers"

The ranks of the old settlers are being thinned fast. One by one they are being gathered to their rest. We give below the names of three whom the inexorable reaper has called away. Coming here at the early settlement of the country, their lies were full of trials and privations, but nobly pushing on through them all, they attained to an honored old age, universally respected and esteemed.

We are called upon this week to chronicle the death of an aged resident of Henry, Mrs. Margaret Snyder, which took place at the residence of her son-in-law, Solomon Noll, on Thursday, Aug. 29. Margaret Koop was born in Elizabethtown, Lancaster county, Penn., Sept. 14, 1800. She was married to Abraham Snyder, Sept. 18, 1829, at the place of her birth. This union was blessed with six children, four daughters, Mrs. H. J. Grawburg and Mrs. S. Noll of this city, and Mrs. Andrew Hutchinson of Portland, Maine, yet survive her. In 1850 the family moved west and settled in Henry. A year later Mrs. Snyder was called upon to mourn the untimely death of her husband, who was drowned in Sandy Creek in the winter of 1831 (1851?). Since then she has continued to reside in Henry. For the last 17 years, she has been a member of her son-in-law, Solomon Noll's family. Here, during all these years, she had a most excellent home, where she was cared for with tender and praiseworthy solicitude. For five years previous to her death she was troubles with sickness, so that when death came, he appeared to her with no grim visage, but was welcomed as the harbinger of a dearer and happier life. She was a member of the Presbyterian church, which she adorned with life-long consistency and devotion, having joined that body when 15 years old. The funeral services were performed on Saturday at 2 o'clock p.m. and were conducted by Rev. E. H. Baker assisted by Rev. E. C. Wayman. The address by Rev. Baker, based Is. 3-10, is spoken of as a fitting tribute to the long and eventful life of the deceased.

Percy A. Snyder

April 13, 1876

Taken From the Henry Republican

At Pekin, April 8th, of pneumonia, Percy A., aged 1 year 4 months, youngest son of W. O. and Anna V. Snyder, and grandson of Lewis Snyder of this city.

William Snyder


April 11, 1872

William Snyder of Lacon, died in Kansas recently. His body was brought to Lacon for interment. He had been in Marshall county many years, was a fine druggist, known far and respected much for his excellency of character. His disease was consumption.

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.

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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