Petersburg Observer, March 21, 1949
George Ortman, Retired Farmer, Dead At 79
He was born in Iowa on February 2, 1870, the son of John and Caroline Hostic Ortman, but spent most of his life in Menard County where he was engaged in farming for many years, until his retirement a few years ago. He spent most of his life in the vicinity of Atterberry and Oakford, except a few years, during which he and Mrs. Ortman lived in Greenview. Only recently moving from Greenview to Atterberry.
He was married on Sept. 25, 1895 to Miss Lula Watkins, of near Atterberry, and to them were born six children, of whom four survive. They are: Mrs. Lorene Atterberry and Mrs. Jessie Simmering Springfield: Daniel of Havana and George K. of Petersburg. Two daughters preceded him in death. They were Mrs. William Nies of Port Angeles, Wash. and Mrs. Herman Kaiser of Greenview. He is survived also by sixteen grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren; and one sister, Mrs. Anna Becker of Maquoketa, Iowa. Three sisters and four brothers preceded him in death.
Funeral services were held at the Thompson-Harms & Hurley Funeral Home at 2 o'clock Wednesday afternoon, March 23 conducted by Rev. Arthur Reiss of St. Johns Evangelical and Reformed church, Greenview, and burial was in Oakland cemetery. Pallbearers were Gifford Ortman, Sam Ortman, Noah Bonnett, Paul Bonnett, Lester Bonnett and Frank Becker.
Contributed By: Pam Ross
Mrs. Lucinda Ortman Dead At Eighty-One.
Mrs. Ortman was born in Menard county on May 2, 1868, a daughter of James K. and Annis M. Watkins Jones. She was married on Oct. 6, 1887 in Atterberry, to John Ortman, and they lived on farms in this vicinity for many years, finally buying a farm east of Petersburg where they lived until they retired and came to Petersburg. Mr. Ortman died here on Feb. 15, 1935. Mrs. Ortman was a member of the Christian church, and for many years was active in the Iscah Class, women's class of the Sunday School.
Surviving are two sons, Gifford of Petersburg and Samuel, Springfield; five grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held at the Thompson-Harms & Hurley Funeral Home at 2:30 Tuesday afternoon, conducted by Rev. John R. Binkley, Jr. Burial was in Rose Hill.
Contributed by Matthew Ferricks