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Charles Olsen

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Charles Olsen Dies At Home Here.
Death Occurred Thursday, July 4; Funeral Services Held Here Saturday.

Charles Olsen died at his home in this city Thursday evening July 4 [1935], at the age of eighty-four years. Mr. Olsen had been in declining health for several years, but the immediate cause of his death was a fractured left hip, which he sustained on Saturday June 29, when he fell in the front yard at his home.

Mr. Olsen was born June 15, 185a in Christiansand, Norway. He grew to young manhood in the country of his birth, and came to America at the age of twenty-one, coming directly to Petersburg where he spent the remaining years of a long and useful life.

He was married here on April 24, 1879 to Miss Marie Olsen, also a native of Norway, and to them were born eight children of whom two sons died in infancy. Surviving are Mrs. Olsen and the following children: Mrs. Anna Anderson, Mrs. Vinneld Nielson, Mrs. Carrie Conice, Mrs. Louis Greenwald and Paul and David Olsen, all of Petersburg. He is survived also by five grandchildren and a number of more distant relatives, besides a great many friends.

Charles Olsen was a man who worked hard, attended strictly to his own business and won for himself an enviable reputation in the community as a man of honesty and integrity. Quiet and unassuming, he was seldom seen away from his work or his home, but he was a real force for good in the community and will be missed, not only in his home but by his friends.

Funeral services were held at Trinity Episcopal church at 2 o'clock Saturday afternoon July 6, conducted by the pastor, Rev. J. Morgan Williams, and burial was in the family lot in Rose Hill.

Contributed by Matthew Ferricks


Dr. Loren Ernest Orr

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Remains were taken to Bisch Memorial Home, Springfield, and were later removed to Thompson and Harms Funeral Home, where they remained until time of the funeral.

Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at 4:00 [in 1939] from the Presbyterian Church with Rev. Grant Mason officiating.

The many beautiful flowers were cared for by Mrs. William Small, Mrs. Mabel Cobb, Mrs. Whitten Stone, Miss Marie Romich, Miss Florence Toohey and Mrs. Harold Hiett.

Mrs. Lucky Flicking presided at the organ.

Pall bearers were: Dr. Walsh, Whitten Stone, Harold Hiett all of Greenview, Henry B. Rogers, Farmersville, Richard Caldwell of Hull and Thomas H. Bergen of Petersburg.

Interment was made in Rose Hill cemetery.

Contributed by Matthew Ferricks


Fred Ortgessen

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Petersburg, Nov. 7 - Funeral services for Fred Ortgessen, aged 87 years, who died at his home here Thursday [in 1930], will be held Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock at St. Paul's Evangelical church, Rev. F. Schnathorst officiating. Interment will be made in Rose Hill cemetery.

He is survived by two sons, William, Mason City and John, Petersburg; also five daughters, Mrs. Louis Radeker, Athens, Mrs. Hardin Killion, Middletown, Mrs. Elizabeth Ramsay, Petersburg, and Misses Anna and Freda at home. His wife preceded him in death thirty-one years ago.

Contributed by Matthew Ferricks


Mary Oschwald

Newspaper Unknown - March 7, 1938

Passes After Short Illness
Mrs. Mary Louise Oschwald was born December 6, 1865 at Wolschow, Province of Brandenburg, Germany, the daughter of Frederick Duckwitz and his wife Dorothea nee Devanter.

She was united in marriage to John George Oschwald at Springfield on August 27, 1885 and faithfully shared joy and sorrow with him for 47 years, until it pleased the Lord to call him from her side on September 9, 1932. This union was blessed with 11 children, five of which have preceded their mother in death.

While afflicted for some years with a malady which at times seized her with painful attacks, she was able to be about her usual tasks to the very last. When she suffered a very violent attack last Sunday afternoon, no particular alarm was felt by the family that her end was imminent. Quite unexpectedly therefore her soul quietly and peacefully winged its flight from its earthly tabernacle to the eternal mansions of rest on Monday afternoon, March 7, 1938. The days of her earthly pilgrimage were 72 years 3 months and 1 day.

Her departure is mourned by her six children, George of Lawrenceville, Ill., William, Martin, Mrs. George Richter sr., Mrs. Frank Hinds, all of Andrew, and Mrs. Edward Kruse of Brazil, South America; 3 sons-in-law, 3 daughters-in-law, 15 grand-children, and 1 great-grand-child.

Mrs. Oschwald was a devout member of Immanuel Lutheran Church of Athens and of the Ladies Aid Society.

Funeral services were conducted at her late home in Andrew and at Immanuel Lutheran Church on Wednesday, March 9, 1938, Rev. E. C. Pautsch officiating. Interment was made in Indian Point Cemetery.

Appropriate hymns were sung at the church by Henry Ferden and Mrs. Ed Engel, with Helena Engel at the organ.

The following served as pall bearers: John Tobias sr., Wm. F. Dirks, Forest J. Barr, John Garmers, John Rath and Ed Engel.

Contributed by: Bertha Emmett





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