Ogle County, Illinois
Obituaries and Death Notices
RUDOLPH E. BERGE
Tampico: - Rudolp E. Berge, 67, died Wednesday afternoon at his home north of Thomas after a short illness.
Rudolph Berge was born Dec. 13, 1896, the son of Theodore and Sabina Salzmann Berge in Fairfield Township. He attended the Fairfield schools and farmed in the township all his life. He was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church of Yorktown and secretary-treasurer of the Yorktown Cemetery Association for many years.
Surviving are two sisters, Mrs. Olga Sandrock, Yorktown, and Mrs. Henry (Emma) Branday, Tampico; a number of nieces and nephews and one aunt. He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters.
Funeral services will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. in the Schmitt Chapel with the Rev. Earl Peters of St. Paul's Lutheran Church of Yorktown officiating. Burial will be in the Yorktown Cemetery.
Friends may call at the funeral chapel after 2 p.m. on Friday. A memorial is being established.
[The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois March 12, 1964 - Thursday, pg 2 - Sub. by Melva Taylor]
GEORGE G. HUNT
George G. Hunt, a resident of Milledgeville, who fell from a load of hay at Haldane about four weeks ago, passed away at a Freeport hospital about nine o'clock Sunday morning. Mr. Hunt was suffering from a fracture vertebrae of the neck. Mr. Hunt was riding on a load of hay about a mile west of Haldane and the horses came to a sudden stop, causing him to fall of the load backwards and he landed on the back of his head and neck.
Deceased was born in Elkhorn Township, Illinois, fifty-four years ago. He is survived by his wife and three sons.
(Buried? : Greenville/Fairfield Cemetery)
[The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois August 12, 1919 - Tuesday pg 1 - Sub by Melva Taylor]
COILA M. CAINAN
Polo: - Mrs. Coila M. Cainan, 81, Chicago, died Friday at 10:30 a.m. in the home of her daughter, Mrs. Robert Coffman of Polo. Mrs. Cainan was born Nov. 10, 1882, the daughter of Albert and Emma Adams Snyder. She married William Cainan and had resided in the Chicago area for the last 45 years. She was a member of the West Pullman Methodist church. Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. Robert (Betty) Coffman, Tampico, and a number of nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband and one son.
Funeral services will be held Monday at 2 p.m. in the Brown Seidel Funeral Home with the Rev. Lowell Allen of the Methodist Church officiating. Burial will be in Fairmount Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home until the time of service.
[The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois March 21, 1964 - Saturday, pg 2 - Sub. by Melva Taylor]
Oregon: - Aged 58, owner and operator of Irving's Heating and Sheet Metal Shop for the past 18 years, passed away Friday in Illinois Research Hospital, Chicago, following a long illness. Included among his survivors are his wife, Velma; a daughter, Mrs. Helen Mae Ehlers, rural Polo; a son, Robert, rural Oregon; six grandchildren; his mother, Mrs. Grace Irving, DeKalb; and three brothers, Harold of Peoria, Ralph of DeKalb, and Wayne of Sycamore. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Monday in Farrell Funeral Home. Burial will be in Daysville Cemetery. Friends may call in the funeral home from 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday.
[The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois March 21, 1964 - Saturday, pg 2 - Sub. by Melva Taylor]
ROBERT I. SHORT
Robert I. Short, 74, 700 S. Fourth St., passed away in his home Sunday, following a long illness. He was born on Oct. 31, 1889 at Henry, S.D., the son of Elliott and Jane Polk Short, and he was married to Myrtle Donaldson on July 2, 1915 at Polo. He was employed as an agent for the Chicago Burlington and Quincy Railroad for more than 50 years, the last 30 of which were spent in Oregon. He retired in 1961. He was a past master of the Paw Paw Masonic Lodge and a member of the Oregon masonic Lodge and the Ogle County Historical Society.
Three brothers and a sister preceded him in death. Included among his survivors are his wife; a daughter, Mrs. Charles (Mary Margaret) Ferguson, Fayettsville, N.C.; two grandchildren and a great grandchild.
Funeral services followed by Masonic rites will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday in the Farrell Funeral Home, with the Rev. Hillard Howard, pastor of the Oregon Methodist Church, officiating. Burial will be in Fairmount Cemetery, Polo. Friends may call at the funeral home Wednesday afternoon and evening.
[The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois March 31, 1964 - Friday, pg 2 - Sub. by Melva Taylor]
ROSS SOWARDS - 62, of Rochelle, died Dec. 20, in Rochelle. Funeral services will be 4:30 p.m. Saturday at the Rochelle VFW. Mr. Sowards was born Oct. 5, 1925, in Orangeville, the son of F. F. and Tressie Sowards He served in the 82nd Airborne Division during World War II. He was a retired letter carrier for the U.S. Postal Service. He was a member of the Moose Club, Elks, VFW., and the 82nd Airborne Association.
He is survived by two sons, Nicholas and Van, both of Dallas; two grandchildren; one brother, Mark, Calif.; three sisters, Ruth Peck, Woodruff, Wis.; Arlene Lauritzen, Las Vegas, Nev.; Barbara Shippy, San Diego, Calif. He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Beulah Propheter, Rock Falls. [The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois December 27, 1990 - Thursday, page A2 - Sub. by Chris Walters]
Roy T. Steinhagen
Byron – Roy T. Steinhagen of Byron, who moved here from Oregon two years ago, died Wednesday afternoon, June 6, 1973, in his home following a brief illness. Mr. Steinhagen, a graduate of the University of Wisconsin at Madison, was a member of Byron Masonic Lodge and Freeport Consistory. Born December 18, 1906 in Mount Morris, he was the son of Henry and Minnie (Myers) Steinhagen. He married Elizabeth “Betty” Willis November 20, 1965 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Surviving are his widow; a son, Daryl of Hanover; a daughter, Mrs. John (Delores) Anderson of Springfield, Oregon; two granddaughters; and a sister, Mrs. Edward King of Mount Morris.
Funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday in Bakener-Morrison Funeral Home, Byron. The Rev. Harvey Hammond, pastor of the First Baptist Church here, will officiate. Burial will be in Byron Cemetery. Friends may call from 7 to 9 tonight at the funeral home, where a Masonic service will be held at 8 p.m. [Freeport Journal Standard, Freeport, Illinois June 8, 1973 - Sub by Alice Horner]
Alice Horner’s note: Roy T. Steinhagen’s first wife was Lola (Ploeger) Steinhagen, and they married sometime in the early 1930s. She was born June 3 1909 in Illinois, probably in Jefferson Township, Stephenson County, Illinois. Her parents were William H. and Minnie (Bremmer) Ploeger. She died April 5, 1956 and is buried in Ebenezer Church Cemetery, south west of Pearl City, Stephenson County, Illinois. (This cemetery has gone by other names, including Evangelical and Reformed Cemetery.)
Leaf River, Ill. – Mrs. Minnie Steinhagen, 68, passed away Saturday, August 17, 1946, at her home in Leaf River. She was born June 26, 1878 and on February 18, 1903 was united in marriage to Henry F. Steinhagen. She is survived by her husband; two children, Roy Steinhagen and Mrs. Velma King of Egan; three grandchildren, and five sisters, Mrs. Nora Boom and Mrs. Elizabeth Jacobs, residing in Iowa, and Mrs. Amelia Schrader, who resides in Minnesota, Mrs. Sarah Morris, who resides in Canada, and Mrs. Annie Schaper of Mount Morris. Mrs. Steinhagen was a member of the Evangelical Church.
Funeral services will be held at 1:30 o’clock Tuesday afternoon at the home and at 2 o’clock at the Christian church. Rev. Willis Thomas will officiate and burial will be made in North Grove Cemetery. [Freeport Journal Standard, Freeport, Illinois Monday, August 19, 1946]
Alice Horner's note: Minnie Steinhagen's parents were John B. and Christina (Schreiber) Myers.
BARTON LUTHER SMITH
Private funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday in the Dougherty-DeGraff Funeral Home for Barton Luther Smith, 83, Forreston, who died in St. Francis Hospital at 4:30 a.m. Wednesday. He was a blacksmith and worked for the McGrath Salem Lumber Co., Polo, for many years. The Rev. H. R. Zeger, pastor of the Forreston EUB Church, will officiate. Burial will be in White Oak Cemetery. Friends may call in the funeral home Thursday evening.
He was born Sept. 25, 1877, in Polo, the son of Robert S. and Christina Guesfert Smith. He married May C. Ruppert Feb. 2, 1909. He is survived by his wife, five daughters, Mrs. Elbert (Sally) Rensens, Freeport; Mrs. Bernadine Horton, Forreston; Mrs. Robert (Betty) Sarber, Milledgeville; Mrs. Lloyd (Yvonne) Doeden, Polo; and Mrs. Donald (Arcella) Gouker, Orangeville; a son, Martin, Rockford; a brother, Cyrus, Rockford; a sister, Mrs. Charles Smith, Apple River; 32 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren. [POLO -- The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois March 30, 1961 - Thursday, page 2 - Sub. by Melva Taylor]
FRANK W. HAMMER - 87, died Friday afternoon at his home in Polo following a long illness. Funeral services will be conducted at 4 p.m. today in the McNabb Funeral Home. The Rev. Allen Juenger, pastor of the St. Mark's Lutheran Church, officiating. Burial will be in the Fairmount Cemetery.
Mr. Hammer was born in Polo, March 22, 1873, the son of Benjamin and Narcissus Beterbenner Hammer. He was married to Flora Smith in Polo on Nov. 8, 1899. He was a telegraph operator for the Burlington Railroad for a number of years and later worked as a piano tuner. He was a member of the Polo city band for many years. He was a member of St. Mark's Lutheran Church, Mystic Tie Lodge 187, AF and AM, and Tyrian Lodge 61 RAM. He served as secretary of the Tyrian Lodge for many years. Survivors are his widow and one sister, Miss Jessie Hammer of California. [The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois December 31, 1960 - Saturday - Sub. by Melva Taylor]
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday in Trinity Lutheran Church for Mrs. Gertrude Spengel, 81, Mt. Morris, who died Tuesday in Freeport Memorial Hospital, where she had been a patient three weeks. The Rev. L. H. Cooperrider, pastor, will officiate. Burial will be in West Grove Cemetery in Lincoln Township. Friends may call in the Finch Funeral Home, Friday, from 2 to 9 p.m. A memorial fund has been established for the church.
She was born Jan. 12, 1880, in Forreston Township, the daughter of Aaron and Ann Reigle Meyers. She was married to George Spengel Feb. 25, 1914 in Forreston. They had farmed in that area until she moved to Mt. Morris in 1947 when her husband died. She was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church, Mt. Morris.
She is survived by a son, Myron, rural Mt. Morris; two brothers, Bert Meyers, Corwith, Iowa, and Al Daniel Meyers, Sterling; three grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. [The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois March 30, 1961 - Thursday, page 2 - Sub. by Melva Taylor]
JOHN A. GILROY - 62, 510 S. Franklin St., Polo, died early Sunday morning. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Brown-Seidel Funeral Home in Polo. The Rev. A. J. Tetzlaff, pastor of St. Mark's Lutheran Church, will officiate. Burial will be in Fairmount Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Heart Fund.
John Gilroy was born June 27, 1913 in Rock Falls, the son of John and Erna Sachau Gilroy. He married Merceline Garman Saterfield in Brookville, Aug. 8, 1966. He was employed at Northwestern Steel and Wire Co. Survivors include his widow; one son, John of Loveland, Colo.; one step-son, Gary Saterfield; two daughters, Mrs. Chris Wilen of Sterling and Mrs. Bonnie Cassens of Rock Falls; one step-daughter, Doresa Saterfield; four grandchildren; one step-grandchild; two brothers, Charles Gilroy of Lyndon and Harold Gilroy of Sterling; and one sister, Mrs. Margaret McCue of Sterling. He was preceded by his parents, one brother and one sister. [The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois September 8, 1975 - Monday, page 6 ]
LORENE A. (Beckett) BROWN - 75, 412-1/2 Locust St., Sterling, died Saturday evening at Community General Hospital. Grave services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Graceland Cemetery, Fairbury, by the Rev. Ken Jones, pastor of the First Christian Church of Fairbury. There will be no visitation. Arrangements completed by the Allen Funeral Home in Sterling. A memorial has been established to the Parkinson Foundation.
Mrs. Brown was born on Feb. 8, 1907, in Stronghurst, the daughter of Joseph and Sadie (Wagy) Beckett. She married Ralph A. Brown on Dec. 16, 1926, in Stronghurst. She had been an active member of the Waukegan Christian Church before moving to Sterling five years ago.
Survivors include her husband, Ralph; one daughter, Jolene Brown, Chicago; two grandchildren; two great grandsons; two sisters, Gladys Beckett, Sterling; and Mrs. Tom (Helen) Dunbar, Sterling. She was preceded in death by one son. [The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois July 12, 1982 - Monday, page A4]
DEE LOFF SMITH - 72, of Rt. 2 Polo, died Sunday evening in his home. He was an Illinois Maintenance employee. There will be no funeral services, no committal services and no visitation. Burial will be in Fairmont Cemetery in Polo, Wednesday morning. A memorial has been established in his memory. Mr. Smith was born Sept. 14, 1909, the son of Charles and Gertie (Smith) Smith. He was united in marriage to Violet Walb on July 22, 1946 in Dixon. He is survived by his wife, Violet of Maryland Station. Arrangements were made by the Benson Funeral Home, Polo. [The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois July 6, 1982 - Tuesday, page A4]
PEARL H. (Brinkley) LOVE - 86, of 1106 W. 5th St., Sterling, died Sunday afternoon in her home following an extended illness. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Melvin-Schilling Funeral Home, with the Rev. David L. Beebe, pastor of the Rock Falls Christian Church, officiating. Burial will be in Fairmont Cemetery, Polo. A memorial has been established in her memory.
Mrs. Love was born March 22, 1896, in Oregon, Ill., the daughter of John and Agnes (Pierce) Brinkley.She was united in marriage to George H. Love, Sr. on May 23, 1914 in Dixon. She attended the Rock Falls Christian Church and was a member of the Rock Falls American Legion Auxiliary.
She is survived by four sons, Edward and George (Joe), both of Sterling, Charles of Sacramento, California, and John of Dixon; three daughters, Ms. Eleanor Love of Dixon, Ms. Darlene Love of Sterling, and Mrs. Marilyn Stern of Sacramento, California; 27 grandchildren and several great grandchildren and great great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, one daughter, three sisters and three brothers. [The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois July 6, 1982 - Tuesday, page A4]
Forreston – Mrs. George Peters, 57, southwest of Forreston, died at 10:53 this morning at her home after a long illness. (Alice Horner’s note: She was Martha Peters.) Mrs. Peters was born in Ogle County on May 4, 1895, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dirk Gravenstein. (Alice Horner’s note: His name was misspelled as Dick Gravenstein.) She was married to George Peters on March 9, 1922. Surviving are her husband; two sons, Dale of Shannon Route 1 and LaVerne at home; one daughter, Norma, at home; one sister, Mrs. I. J. Kubly of Forreston Route 1; four brothers, Richard Gravenstein of German Valley, Moody Gravenstein of Freeport, Paul Gravenstein of Denver, and Martin Gravenstein of Phoenix, Arizona. She was preceded in death by three brothers. Funeral arrangements are being made at the DeGraff-Roe Funeral Home in Forreston. [Freeport Journal Standard, Freeport, Illinois July 17, 1952]
Funeral service for Mrs. George Peters, who died at her home in Forreston Thursday morning, will be held at 1:30 CST Satruday at the DeGraff-Roe Funeral Home in Forreston and at 2 o’clock in the Evangelical United Brethren Church of Forreston. Rev. H. R. Zager will officiate. Burial will be in White Oak Cemetery. [Freeport Journal Standard, Freeport, Illinois July 18, 1952]
BEN H. SHULTZ
- 65, retired Kraft Cheese Company employee, passed away at 4 p.m. Friday at Community General Hospital in Sterling, where he had been admitted on Tuesday. The body was removed to the Woodin Funeral home where friends may call after 7 p.m. tonight. Funeral services will be held at the funeral home at 2:30 p.m. Monday. The Rev. Selden Marth will officiate. Burial will be in the Fairmount Cemetery, Polo.
Mr. Shultz was born Jan. 11, 1891, at Darlington, Wis., the son of Charles and Louise Dittis Shultz. He was married to Hannah Kelly on Sept. 9, 1936, at Monmouth. He was a member of the Methodist Church at South Wayne, Wis. Mr. Shultz retired in January after 33 years in the cheese industry. He was employed by the Winslow Blue Label Cheese Co. when that company was purchased by the Kraft in 1928. He distinguished himself in both the managerial and engineering phases of Kraft's midwestern plants. He was sent to Beaver Dam Wis., to learn butter making and then to Stockton and Aledo Kraft divisions, where in 1932 he became manager of the Aledo plant for one year. In 1933 he returned to Milledgeville where he continued in the post of maintenance engineer until his retirement in January.
Survivors are his widow, a stepson, Harold Kelly, Milledgeville; three step-grandchildren; two brothers and two sisters, Charles Shultz, Belvidere, Theodore Shultz, Mrs. Anna Van Horn and Mrs. Nellie Burkholder, all of Monroe, Wis. [The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois March 31, 1956 - Saturday, page 2 - Sub by Melva Taylor]
- Funeral services were conducted Monday afternoon at 2:30 p.m. in the Woodin Funeral Home with the Rev. Selden Marth, of the Methodist Church officiating. Organ music was played by Mrs. E. L. Woodin. The many beautiful floral tributes were in charge of Mr. and Mrs. George Sears, Mr. and Mrs. L. H. Boyd and Mr. and Mrs. Arden Deets. Casket bearers were Irvin Loos, Charles Specher, Jim Yocum, George Blackburn, Lloyd Pilgrim and LaRue Geary. Burial was in the Fairmount Cemetery at Polo.
Relatives and friends attending the funeral from a distance were: Mr. and Mrs. Ray Mathis, South Bend, Ind.; Mr.and Mrs. Rollie Minor, Okawville, Ill.; Mr. and Mrs. Henry Danekas, Peru; Mr. and Mrs. Frank Chiodo, Spring Valley; Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Danekas, West Brooklyn; Mr. and Mrs. Otto Meyer, Chicago; Mr. and Mrs. August Rider, Washington; Mr. and Mrs. George Oertle, Mr. and Mrs. Oscar King, Morton; Mrs. Harry Kersten, Mrs. George Danekas, Mrs. Henry Danekas and Evelyn, Mr. and Mrs. Max White, Rochelle; Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Danekas, Stewart; Harold Gerbers, Mrs. Roland Henert, Mrs. George Droege, Ashton; Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Shultz, Herbert Shultz, Mrs. Clara Brewer, Beliot, Wis.; Mr. and Mrs. Charles Shultz and Sally, Belvidere; Mr. and Mrs. Theodore Shultz, Mrs. Anna Van Horn, Mr. and Mrs. N. Burkholder, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Kuhly, Mr. and Mrs. John Stocker, Mr. and Mrs. R. Stussie, Monroe, Wis.; Mr. and Mrs. Emmitt Giblin, Harmon; Mr. and Mrs. Earl Danekas and Jaye, Hinckley; Mrs. Wayne Bearman, Mount Morris; Forest Coffey and Sharron, Mendota. [The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois April 4, 1956 - Wednesday, page 3- Sub by Melva Taylor]
CORA C. MILLER
- 75, of 305 S. Division St. Polo, passed away at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the Dixon Public Hospital, where she had been admitted about one hour earlier. The body was removed to the Melvin Funeral Home in Polo where friends may call. Prayer services will be conducted at the funeral home at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday. Funeral services will be held at the West Branch Church of the Brethren, seven miles northeast of Polo, at 2 p.m. Tuesday, the Rev. Paul Shriender officiating. Burial will be in the West Branch Cemetery.
Mrs. Miller was born near Polo July 22, 1880, the daughter of Calvin and Sivilla Butterbaugh Binkley. She spent her entire life in the Polo area. Survivors are one daughter, Lola, Mount Morris; three brothers, John and Floyd of Dixon and LaVerne, Polo; two sisters, Mrs. Maruy Mades, Polo and Mrs. Homer Rodeffer of California. She was preceded in death by her parents and four brothers. [The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois March 5, 1956 - Monday, page 2 - Sub by Melva Taylor]
CLIFFORD G. POWELL - 69, RR1 Polo, died Tuesday night at Dixon Public Hospital. Funeral services will be Thursday at 10:30 a.m. at the Benson Funeral Home, Polo, with the Rev. Arthur Hunn, pastor of the Church of the Brethren, officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home Wednesday from 7-9 p.m. Burial will be in the Fairmount Cemetery.none A memorial has been established.
Clifford Powell was born July 9, 1908 at Pinecreek, son of George and Margie Shank Powell. He married Doris Neiger, Jan. 6, 1928, at Morrison. He was a World War II veteran in the United States Army, and was retired from Moosehart.
Survivors include his widow, three sons, Clifford Jr. (Pete), Marco (Mike) and David, all of Polo; one daughter, Mrs. LaMarr Legett, Dixon; 17 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren, and two sisters, Mrs. Helen Naden, Newark, IL., and Mrs. Rita Riggs, Polo. He was preceded in death by his parents and two grandsons. [The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois July 5, 1978 - Wednesday, page 4 - Sub by Melva Taylor]
MAX J. CHOUMONT - Private graveside services will be held for Max J. Choumont, 69, of 501 N. Division St., Polo, who was found dead of an apparent self inflicted gunshot wound Wednesday in his office at Choumont Metals, 201 E. Mason Street. Funeral arrangements are by the Benson Funeral Home at Polo.
Max Choumont was born June 24, 1909 in Chicago, son of Charles and Agnes Knutch Choumont. He married Mildred Stanish Williams on Aug. 28, 1962 at Danville. He was a broker and owner of Choumont Metals.
Survivors include his widow, five daughters; Mrs. Jo Ann Lopez, Venezuela, South America; Mrs. Lorene Germain, Freeport; Mrs. Donna Henrich, Peoria; Mrs. Charlene Roth, Denver, Colo.; Mrs. Maxine Muneis, Aurora; one sons, Charles, Freeport and 16 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one son, Charles. The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois July 6, 1978 - Thursday, page 4 - Sub by Melva Taylor]
ERMA M. (Adams) WOLFE - 87, 513 E. Colden St., Polo, died at 1 a.m. Saturday at KSB Hospital after a short illness. Funeral services will be Monday at 10:30 a.m. at the Brown-Seidel Funeral Home with the Dr. R. Thomas Vosburgh of the Polo United Methodist church officiating. Burial will be at Fairmount Cemetery, none Polo. Visitation is Sunday from 7-8:30 p.m. at the funeral home. The family will not be present. A memorial fund has been established in her memory.
Mrs. Wolfe was born near Polo Sept. 12, 1901, the daughter of Charles and Anna (Gravenstein) Adams. She married Maynard Wolfe, Polo, Jan. 15, 1923. She was a member of the Polo United Methodist Church.
Survivors include her husband, one son, Dr. Donald Wolfe, Rock Island, five grandchildren and two great grandchildren. She was preceded by one brother and one grandchild. [The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois July 29, 1978 - Saturday, page 4 - Sub by Melva Taylor]
CECILE (Cortritht) CLOTHIER - Funeral services for Mrs. Cecile Clothier, 89, 308 W. Locust St., Polo, will be Monday at 1:30 p.m. at the Polo United Methodist Church, Polo, with the Rev. Tom Vosburgh officiating. She died early Friday morning at the Polo Continental Manor Nursing Home after an extended illness. Visitation will be from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. at the Polo United Methodist Church with burial at the Fairmount Cemetery, Polo. A memorial fund has been established for the Polo Ambulance Fund. Arrangements were completed by Benson Funeral Home.
Mrs. Clothier was born Aug. 27, 1888, Dixon, the daughter of Mason and Catherine (Burkitt) Cortritht. She married C. Roland Clothier Oct. 13, 195.
Survivors include two daughters, Marian Clothier, Polo and Mrs. Eldon (Patricia) Schumn, Towanda, two sons, Robert, Canton and Dr. Donald Clothier, Polo, 14 grandchildren and five great grandchildren. She was preceded by her husband, four brothers and one sister.
[The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois July 29, 1978 - Saturday, page 4 -Sub by Melva Taylor]
ERNEST E. BRYAN - 85, 1702 N. Main, Kewanee, died Monday morning at Kewanee Public Hospital. Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. at the Rux-Creamer-Lund Funeral Home in Kewanee with the Rev. Richard Anderson, pastor of the Tampico Baptist Church officiating. Burial will be in the Fairview Cemeterynone , north of Kewanee. Visitation is Tuesday from 7-9 p.m. at the funeral home.
He was born Feb. 19, 1893 in Bone Gap, Ill., the son of Berton and Adalaide Cantwell Bryan. He married Bernita Flint on Nov. 18, 1945 in Aledo. He was self-employed as a truck driver for many years and owned and operated a corn shelling and thrashing operation until retiring in 1958.
Survivors include his widow; one son, Wayne Bryan of Tampico; one daughter, Mrs. Gary (Joyce) Philhower of Buda; 11 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, two sons, two brothers, one sister, one granddaughter and three great grandchildren. [The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois July 31, 1978 - Monday, page 4]
Forreston – Funeral service for Mrs. Jared Garman, 82, will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. in the DeGraff-Roe Funeral Home. The Rev. T. B. Hersch, pastor of the Lutheran Church, will officiate. Burial will be in West Grove Cemetery. Mrs. Garman, the former Minnie Hoffa, was born near Forreston. She died Thursday morning, September 17, 1953 at Palatine, Illinois. Her husband died previously. She is survived by two sons, Cecil and Kenneth Garman, who live in suburban Chicago, and there are several grandchildren. Mrs. Harry Akins of Forreston and Mrs. George Lentz of Rockford are Mrs. Garman’s nieces. [Freeport Journal Standard, Freeport, Illinois September 18, 1953 - Sub by Alice Horner]
ADA (Martin) SNYDER
- 77, 410 S. Barber St., Polo, died Saturday morning at her home after a long illness. Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. in the Polo Church of the Brethren with Rev. Arthur Hunn officiating. Burial will be in Fairmount Cemetery. Visitation will be tonight from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Brown-Seidell Funeral Home, Polo. A memorial has been established in her memory.
Born on April 17, 1905 in Lanark, the daughter of Edward and Mary Wilson Martin, she married Lawson Snyder on Oct. 28, 1948 in Mt. Morris. She was a member of the Church of the Brethren, Pine Creek Unit of the Home Extension and the Stroke Club of Dixon. [The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois November 1, 1982 - Monday, page A4,
GLENN E. LINDQUIST
Glenn E. Lindquist, 78, Route 3, Prophetstown, died suddenly Sunday evening in Community General Hospital in Sterling.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. in the Leon United Methodist Church with Rev. Daniel Swinson, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Greenville-Fairfield Cemetery in New Bedford. Friends may call at the Allen-Schmitt-garland Funeral Chapel in Tampico on Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.
A memorial has been established in his memory to the Leon United Methodist Church and the Prophetstown Ambulance fund.
Born on Feb. 19, 1904 near Prophetstown, the son of Charles and Meatilda Crosell Lindquist. He farmed his entire lifetime in the Yorktown area prior to his retirement. He was a member of the Leon United Methodist Church, the AARP, the Hooppole American Legion, and Loyal order of the Moose of Sterling.
Surviving are one sister, Mrs. Myrtle Pierson, Propheststown; and one brother, Elvin, Tampico.
He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother and one sister. [The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois December 6, 1982 - Monday, page A4 - Sub by Melva L. Taylor]
Charlotte E. Healey, daughter of Rev. H. D. and Elizabeth (Brooke) Healey, was born at Black Jack, Kansas on September 2, 1863 and died at her home in West Polo, Ogle County, Illinois on Tuesday, July 18, 1916 after an illness of two years, having suffered very severely at times. Hoping to regain her health, she underwent an operation in Chicago in March 1915 but her disease had progressed so far that she received very little benefit from it.
When eleven years of age, she moved with her parents to this city, which has been her home ever since. She joined the United Brethren Church of which her father was a pastor when she was a girl of sixteen and continued a faithful Christian to the end. On February 24, 1887, she was united in marriage to Frederick C. Grim, who with five brothers and four sisters, survive to mourn her death. Her brothers and sisters are: Rev. S. S. Healey of Tacoma, Washington, Rev. F. D. Healey of Nachez, Washington, Fred. B. Healey, Roy M. Healey and Burton Healey, all of Baker, Oregon, Mrs. Otho F. Geeting of Chicago, Mrs. Ida Perkins of Bandon, Oregon, Mrs. Arbelin Hubbard of Los Angeles, California, and Mrs. George G. Myers of Leaf River, Illinois.
Funeral services were held at the Methodist Episcopal church Thursday afternoon at 2:30 p.m. Rev. J. E. Fluck officiated and Mrs. John McIlnay, Miss Josephine Lindemann, Messrs. Elmer Antrim and William Clothier sang. Those who acted as pall bearers were: Frank Reed, William Dew, Robert Mades, Chas. Senneff, Chas. Johnson, and Judson Wells. Interment took place in Fairmount Cemetery. Relatives and friends who were called from other cities were: Mr. and Mrs. O. F. Geeting, Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Grim, and Mrs. Edna Grim Cramey and son Robert of Chicago; Mrs. C. C. McElhaney of Como; D. A. Grim of Freeport; Mr. and Mrs. George G. Myers of Leaf River; Mrs. Ida Perkins of Bandon, Oregon; Mr. Ben Healey and wife and Mrs. Jas. Healey and wife of Milledgeville; Mrs. Wilbur Brooke, and Mrs. John Hamilton of Grand Detour; Mr. Bert Brooke of Dixon and sister Lily; and Mr. and Mrs. C. W. Senneff of Sterling. [From unnamed newspaper, July 1916 - Sub. by Alice Horner]
CHARLES J. WOLF - 78, 411 N. Congress St., Polo, died at KSB Hospital, Dixon, Monday afternoon following a short illness. Private funeral services will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. in the Brown-Siedell Funeral Home with the Rev. Wade Koggins, Dixon, and the Rev. Len Huff, officiating. Burial will be in the Fairmount Cemetery. There will be no visitation at his request.
Born on June 29, 1904 in Polo, the son of Daniel and Cora Hammer Wolf, he married Verna Brigham on Oct. 21, 1926 in Polo. He operated a Ford Car Agency in Polo for many years before retiring. He was a member of the First Christian Church, a charter member and past president of the Polo Rotary Club, a member of the Mystic Pie Lodge 187 AF & AM, the Freeport Consistory, the Rockford Tebala Temple, the Ogle County Shrine Club, the Dixon Illinois Elks Club, Polo Chamber of Commerce, the Polo Historical Society, and was a director of the Polo Continental Manor Nursing Home.
Surviving are his wife, Verna. Preceding him in death were one sister and one brother. [The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois November 30, 1982 - Tuesday, page A4 - Sub by Melva L. Taylor]
Death came Sunday night to Mrs. Emma Hoffman, widow of Andrew Hoffman of this city who passed away at a Freeport hospital where she underwent major surgery a month ago. Mrs. Hoffman's maiden name was Emma Deahl and she was born 68 years ago and for the past 25 years has resided in this city. She is ............... of Morris, Ill., and four grandchildren, a sister, Mrs. William Fager, of Forreston, and a brother who lives in the state of Washington. Her husband preceded her in death a number of years ago. Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 1:30 at the home on North Jackson street, and at 2 o'clock at the Evangelical church, of which she was a member. Rev. J. V. Bischoff officiating. Burial will be made in the Chambers Grove cemetery near Brookville. [Monday, April 23, 1934 clipping - Sub. by Karen Fyock]
CLARENCE F. LANG
Polo – Clarence F. Lang of Polo died Saturday night, April 25, 1970 in Dixon Public Hospital following an extended illness. Mr. Lang, a 50-year member of Polo Masonic Lodge, was born in Chadwick January 18, 1890, son of George and Katherine (Geldmacher) Lang. He married Edna Honberger in Freeport November 4, 1911. She died August 12, 1961. (Alice Horner’s note: Her obituary gives her death date as July 12, 1961.) Surviving are a son, Delmar of Lanark; five daughters, Mrs. Ray (Marian) Brandenburg of Polo, Mrs. James (Mildred) Pratt of Topeka, Kansas, Mrs. Willard (Beth) Rodermel of Beloit, Wisconsin, Mrs. Marvin (Jeanette) Muller of Forreston, and Mrs. Gene (Carol) Wolfe of Pecatonica; 19 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Two sons and three brothers preceded him in death. Funeral service will be at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday in St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, Polo. The Rev. A. J. Tetzlaff, pastor, will officiate. Burial will be in Fairmount Cemetery. Friends may call from 7 to 9 tonight at Brown-Seidel Funeral Home here, where a Masonic service will be held at 8p.m. [Freeport Journal Standard, Freeport, Illinois Monday, April 27, 1970 - Sub. by Alice Horner]
SANDRA L. WINTERTON
Rochelle, IL -- SANDRA LYNN WINTERTON, 58, of Rochelle IL passed away Tues. June 5, 2012 at the Rochelle Community Hospital. Sandy was born July 30, 1953 in Cairo, IL, the daughter of Milton and Mary (Mashburn) Bottom.
Sandy worked as a floral assistant for 25 years at the Colonial Flower Shop and also worked for the VFW Post 3878 in Rochelle. She married Gordon Winterton May 22, 1995 and he preceded her Dec. 6, 1999. Sandy was a member of the VFW Auxiliary. She was an active member of the Lincoln Highway Festival for 8 years.
Sandy is survived by one son: Zach (Katie) Asher of Lacon, IL; daughter: Shannon (John) Brandau of Wauconda, IL; 2 brothers: Allen (Sue) Bottom of Elgin, IL and Charles Bottom (Emily Morgan) of Elco, IL; 3 sisters: Naomi Baldwin of Rochelle, Anna (David) Newell of Kelso, MO and Phyllis Clary of Arena, WI; 4 grandchildren: Nolan Zachary Asher, Twins: Damon and Alex Brandau and Emmett Brandau; many nieces and nephews.
Funeral service will be 10:00 AM, Sat. June 9, 2012 at the Unger-Horner Funeral Home in Rochelle. Visitation will be from 4-8 PM Fri June 8 also at the funeral home. -- [Source: Unger-Horner Funeral Home website; contributed by A. Newell. ]
LEWIS H. VALENTINE
L. H. Valentine, Transfer Firm Founder, Dies
Father of Kane County Board Chairman Passes Away in Hospital
Lewis H. Valentine, 82, founder and vice president of the Valentine Transfer and Storage company, and for many years a street car motorman, died early today at Copley hospital after an illness of two days. He resided at 173 South Lake street with his son, Clarence L. Valentine, president of the trucking concern.
The father of E. Lloyd Valentine, chairman of the Kane county board of supervisors, and Clarence Valentine, who had taken over the responsibilities of operating, the transfer business, the elder Valentine had remained in active charge until 1930.
Mr. Valentine was born July 1, 1850 in Polo, Illinois. He moved as a young man to Odell, Neb., where he opened a meat market, returning to Illinois later to settle at Oregon. There he set up one of the first thorobred Jersey dairies in the state. In 1906 he came to Aurora, taking a job as street car motorman. he won countless friends on the old trolley lines. Five years later he bought out Linn Brothers transfer business and ever since with his sons had operated the Valentine Transfer and Storage company, one of the well-known hauling concerns of the state. The company celebrated its silver jubilee in 1932. During its 31 years it has expanded its trucking facilities and purchased a large warehouse for furniture and other storage.
Mr. Valentine was a member of Waubonsie lodge of Odd Fellows. Beside his sons, he is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Charles Malone; a brother, Frank of Glenwood Springs, Colo., and two sisters, Mrs. Mary Blair of Los Angeles, Calif. and Mrs. Emma Good of Polo. Funeral services will be held Monday, the time and other arrangements to be announced later. [Aurora Beacon News, May 29, 1942 - Sub. by Karen Fyock]
BEVERLY I. SHENEFELT
Polo – Beverly I. Shenefelt of Polo, homemaker, died Monday, April 9, 2007. She was born November 26, 1928 in Stockton to Vernon Thomasson and Margaret Dauphin. She was a longtime member of the American Legion Auxiliary. Surviving are her sons, Vernon (Chris) Shenefelt and Paul “Butch” (Sara) Shenefelt, both of Polo, and Marvin (Karen) Shenefelt of Hiawatha, Iowa; a sister, Dorothy Noble of Polo; a brother, Norman Stewart of Freeport; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Beverly was preceded in death by her husband, LaVone; an infant son, Ralph; and her sister, Shirley Cleaveland. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Polo Family Funeral Home. Burial will be at Chapel Hill Memorial Garden in Dixon. Visitation will be held after 10 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home. In lieu of followers, a memorial fund has been established. [Journal Standard, Freeport, Illinois April 12, 2007 - Sub by Alice Horner]
Class of 1869 - Born, Feb. 8, 1834, Deering, Me. Son of Rev. Samuel and Harriet (Buttrick) Brimblecom of Revolutionary descent. Fitted at Thetford, Vt., and Kimball Union academies. Engaged in mercantile pursuits in Cal., 1853-59; farmer, Woosung, Ill., 1860-64, also 1869-99; sutler Union army, 1864-65.
Died, Nov. 11, 1899, of apoplexy.
Married, Jan. 17, 1860, Thetford Hill, Vt., Abigail, daughter of John and Hannah A. (Ayres) Huntington. She died Oct. 15, 1899. Children: Alice Ayres, Samuel Wadsworth, Harriet Buttrick, Francis Edward, Bessie Belle, and Nellie May, all living.
[Source: Dartmouth College Necrology, 1899-1900, Hanover, N.H., Dartmouth Press, 1899. - tr. by K. Mohler]
Joe Abb Patterson
ROCHELLE, IL -- Joe Abb Patterson, 88, of Rochelle, IL,formerly of Mt Vernon, passed away Sunday, Dec. 7, 2003, in his home surrounded by his family. He was born on July 19, 1915, in Auburn, IL, the son of Phillip and Mary Braddy Patterson. Joe married Mable Maxine Hogue on May 28, 1938, in Mount Vernon. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and was a longtime employee of Swift Meat Packing Co.
Survivors include his wife, Mable Patterson of Rochelle; children, Mary R. (Gerald) Scott of Machesney Park, Joyce Joan (Rudolph) Lindbergh of Gilbert, Ariz., Linda L. (Wilbur) Lee of Rockford, Sharon K. (and the late William) Withrow of Rockford, Robert W. (Pam) Patterson of Tucson, Ariz., Gerald R. (Vicky) Patterson of Bloomington and Gary J. (Beckie) Patterson of Dixon; 30 grandchildren; 47 great-grandchildren; and four great-great grandchildren. Proceeded in death by his parents, three brothers, two sisters and an infant grandson.
Service at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11, in Unger-Horner Funeral Home, 400 N. Sixth St., with the Rev. Doug Cowan officiating. Visitation from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the funeral home. Burial in Trinity Memory Gardens. [unknown newspaper, c. Dec. 2003 - Sub by FoFG]
Donald MacCallum Morrison
Donald Morrison Services Held In Byron
Donald MacCallum Morrison, 66, Byron, died Sunday afternoon, March 4th in Rockford Memorial Hospital after a short illness. He was born January 26, 1918 in Rockford, the son of Nathaniel and Katherine Morrison.
He lived in Byron since 1955, going there from Rockford. He married the former Mary Uchal in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1942.
Mr. Morrison was self-employed, and owner of the Morrison Funeral Home in Byron since 1955. He was an Army veteran of World War II, serving in the European theater. He was a member of the United Church of Christ, Byron; a member of the Masonic Lodge of Byron; a member of the Freeport Consistory; a member of the Tebala Shrine Temple in Rockford; and a member of the Illinois Funeral Directors Association. Mr. Morrison graduated from Rockford High School in 1936 and from Worsham College of Mortuary Science in Chicago.
Survivors include his wife, Mary, Byron; two sons, Donald B. and Douglas G., both of Byron; and five grandchildren.
The services were Wednesday in the Morrison Funeral Home, Byron, with the Rev. Harvey Smith, officiating. Burial was in the Byron Cemetery. [Republican Reporter, Oregon, Ogle County, IL, March 8, 1984, Page 7 - Sub. by Dennis Krebs]
Donald B. Morrison
June 13, 1951 - May 24, 2008
Donald B. Morrison, 56, of Belvidere, IL died Saturday afternoon, May 24, 2008 in OSF St. Anthony Medical Center from injuries received in a motorcycle accident. Don was born June 13, 1951 in Rockford, IL the son of Donald M. and Mary (Uchal) Morrison. Donald married Janet R. Wilson on July 10, 1971 in Byron, Illinois. He was sworn in as an Officer with the Belvidere Police Department on February 14, 1984. He served as the first K-9 Officer with Donco 1989-1994 and Tecco 1994-1995, Officer Morrison then became the first School Resource Officer a position he held from 1996 to 2004; he then returned to the Patrol Division where he was currently serving. Don was a member of the BOA (Belvidere Officers Association) and the NASRO (National Association of School Resource Officers).
Don was a motorcycle enthusiast and a member of the Rock River Valley Hog Club. He was a talented photographer and woodworker. He enjoyed traveling with his wife and spending time participating in "period reenactment" at various places like Midway Village. Don was a member of Calvary Memorial Church and was the bassist in the church band.
Survivors include his wife, Janet of Belvidere; children, Melissa (Rick) Messling of Belvidere, Erica (Jeramy) Engler of Loves Park, Stephanie Wenger of Belvidere; grandchildren, Ricky, Tommy, Danny and Micah. Don is predeceased by his parents, Donald and Mary Morrison,; brother, Doug Morrison; father and mother-in-law, Kenneth and Agnes Mary Wilson; uncle and aunt George and Helen Gravich.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, June 10, 2008 in the Performing Arts Center at the Belvidere High School with Rev. David Petty , pastor of Calvary Memorial Church officiating. Visitation will be held from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday, June 9, 2008 the Performing Arts Center. [Submitted by Dennis Krebs: Provided by Buck-Wheeler-Hyland Funeral Home, Belvedere, Illinois]
Death of John Grush
After a long illness John Grush died at his home in Stratford, Tuesday evening, May 22, 1906 at 6 o'clock. John Grush was born in Huntington county, Pennsylvania, in 1827 and in 1846 he came west with his parents. They came by boat down the Ohio river and then up the Mississippi to Savanna, then traveled over land on wagons to Pine Creek, Illinois. In 1852, Mr. Grush was one of a company of men who took their ox teams and journeyed to California and while there he spent most of his time mining. In 1860 he returned to Ogle County, Illinois. In 1862 he was united in marriage with Miss Mary Tennice of Eagle Point. To this union were born two daughters and one son. In 1870 this union was broken by the death of his wife and in the fall of 1871 he was again united in marriage with Mrs. Anna Burger, and to this union was born a son, who died in 1899. Mr. Grush was a kind husband, a good neighbor and a devout Christian, being a member of the United Brethren church. Mr. Grush was of a family of twelve children of whom remain to mourn his death. D.R. Grush of Falls City Nebraska; Mrs. Emma Arnold of Freeport; Mrs. Elizabeth Bumbiger of Gowrie, Iowa; Mrs. Catherine Parmatier of Thornsburg, Iowa and Mrs. Mary J. Ayres of Polo. The funeral services were held Thursday afternoon at three o'clock at the Pine Creek Brethren church. Rev. Circle officiating. Interment was made in the Pine Creek cemetery. Near relatives from a distance who were present at the funeral were D.R. Grush and three sons, William, Elmer and Jesse, of Falls City Nebraska; Mrs. Mary Price of Albion, Iowa; John Arnold and wife, Dr. R. A. Arnold and wife of Freeport, Edward Horner and family of Lanark, Chas. Burger of Rockford and Alex Grush of Naperville. [Submitted by Byron Grush, transcribed by Kris Dunlap]
Alexander J. Grush
Death Claims Former Naperville Mayor
Alexander J. Grush, former mayor of Naperville died at Copley Hospital, Aurora on Sunday April 1, 1945. Following the funeral services at the Methodist church on Thursday afternoon April 5th, Masonic burial rites were conducted at the Naperville cemetery.
Mr. Grush had been active for many years in civic affairs, serving as commissioner from 1917 until 1921, when he was selected to fill the unexpired term of Mayor Charles Bowman. He served as mayor for two years. He was elected to the same office in 1931 for a regular four-year term.
Born in Ogle County, Illinois, on July 14 1869, Mr. Grush was in the meat business in Polo and Sycamore before coming to Naperville in 1907. While here he established the Grush Oil Company at 309 N. Washington St. Surviving him are his wife, Mrs. Ida B. Grush, three children, Vernon C. Grush of Downers Grove, Mrs. Homer Boelter of California, and Byron E. Grush of Naperville, a sister Mrs. Ray Price of Albion, Iowa and seven grandchildren. Mr. Grush was a member of Euclid Lodge No. 65, A.F.& A.M., members of which conducted the service at the cemetery. Rev. Wesley M. Westerberg was the officiating minister at the church and Marjorie Stauss was the organist. [Submitted by Byron Grush, transcribed by Kris Dunlap]
Dies at Age 91
Birdellen Grush, widow of the late Alexander J. Grush, former mayor of Naperville, died Wednesday, May 5th at the age of 91. She was born March 1, 1874 near Polo, Illinois. Funeral services were held Friday in the First United Methodist church, with Rev. Theodore Potter officiating. Interment was in Naperville cemetery. She was a member of the First United Methodist church and of the Daughters of the American Revolution. In addition, she was a past worthy Matron of the Order of the Eastern Star, and a past Noble Grand of the Floral Rebekah lodge. Surviving are two sons; Vernon of Downers Grove and Byron of Naperville; eight grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. [Submitted by Byron Grush, transcribed by Kris Dunlap]
Death of Isaac Grush
Isaac Grush died at Falls City, Neb., Thursday, March 13, 1890, at the home of his son David. His remains were brought here for burial to-day. The funeral will be held at the Dunkard church, Sunday morning at 10:30. We have not learned the particulars of Mr. G's death. Isaac Grush was born Nov. 13th, 1802, in Lancaster Co., Pennsylvania, hence at the time of his death his age was 87 years and 4 months. Mr. Grush was of German extraction his ancestors settling in Pennsylvania in 1745. Mr Grush grew to manhood and married in 1825 to Miss Catharine Burns, by whom he had thirteen children. Mrs. Grush died in 1851. In 1868 he was married a second time to Mrs. Catherine S. Eshleman, by whom he had one daughter, who resides in Nebraska. In 1846 he removed to Illinois and settled in Pine Creek, where he resided as long as he was able to continue farming. The last two or three years he has spent living with his children, mostly in the west. Isaac Grush was a most estimable citizen, modest and unassuming, honest and true. He has left to his children a heritage of honor. [Submitted by Byron Grush, transcribed by Sarah Herman]
Mary U. Morrison
Leaf River: Mary U. Morrison, 79, of Leaf River, died at 3:50 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 19, 1998, in Dixon Health Care Center after a lingering illness. Born Oct. 29, 1918, daughter of Harry and Anna (Vacanda) Uchal. Lived in Byron ro 35 years. Married Donald M. Morrison on July 4, 1942, in Little Rock, Ark. Formerly owned Morrison Funeral Home in Byron with husband Donald and son Douglas, retiring as a funeral director in 1984. Member of United Church in Christ in Byron. Member of Ladies Circle and taught Sunday school in the church many years, American Legion Auxiliary, Northern Illinois Funeral Directors, Illinois Funeral Directors Association and National Funeral directors Association. Graduated from Worsham College of Mortuary Science. Survivors include sons, Donald [sic Douglas] (Mary) Morrison of Leaf River and Donald (Janet) Morrison of Belvedere; sister, Helen (George) Gravich of Minnesota; granddaughters, Katherine (Rick) Messling, Erica (Jeramy) Engler and Stephanie Morrison. Predeceased by parents. Services at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 22, in Anderson-Long-Klontz Funeral Home Ltd., 428 Park Ave., Rockford, with the Rev. David Petty, pastor of Calvary Memorial Baptist Church. Burial in Byron Cemetery. Visitation from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, Sept. 21. [Listed in Rockford Register Star, Sept. 20, 1998 - Sub. by Dennis Krebs]
Dr. Benjamin Abner Arnold
Funeral services for the late Dr. Benjamin Abner Arnold were conducted from the family home, North Galena avenue, at 1:30 o'clock this afternoon and at 2 o'clock from the Second Presbyterian church. Rev. A. J. Niebruegge, pastor, conducted the services and interment was made at Polo. August Deuth had charge of arrangements and the following acted as bearers: John Graham, E. L. Kailey, J. W. Goeke, Joseph Potter, John Briggs, H.K. Johnson. As Dr. Arnold had been an instructor for nurses' classes at local hospitals, each of the hospitals was represented by two nurses, who escorted members of the medical profession and nurses to their places in the church. Rev. Mr. Niebruegge was assisted by Rev. Mr. Ellenwood, Port Byron, an old friend of Dr. Arnold; Rev. Walker Vance, St. Paul, Minn., and Rev. R. E. Chandler, Oregon, Ill. Rev. and Mrs. Walker Vance, St. Paul, Minn, and Dr. Willard Arnold, Seattle, Wash., were here to attend the funeral. [Undated newspaper clipping]
James H. Cartwright
JUSTICE CARTWRIGHT IS DEAD.
Death Comes Suddenly to Aged Jurist.
STRICKEN SUNDAY AT HOME IN OREGON.
Justice James H. Cartwright, dean of the Illinois Supreme court and recognized as one of the ablest jurists in the country, died suddenly 11:15 Sunday morning at his home in Oregon.
The justice suffered a heart attack while shaving. With him was his son, Attorney James H. Cartwright Jr., of Chicago.
The two men were engaged in conversation when the eminent jurist dropped to a chair, apparently in a faint. When the son reached his side, Justice Cartwright was dead.
Judge Cartwright, who had been unanimously nominated for re-election at the judicial primaries on June 12, was in his eighty second year. He had been in failing health for some time, suffering an attack of pneumonia at the close of the April term of court.
HEART WEAKENED BY ILLNESS.
Physicians at the time of his apparent recovery two weeks ago informed members of the family that the jurist was suffering from a weakened heart, caused by his severe illness. As a result they were partially prepared to withstand the shock of his sudden passing.
Upon his thousands of friends and acquaintances throughout the state, who were rejoicing on his apparent return to health, news of his sudden death cast a pall of sadness.
Judge Cartwright had been at his office in Oregon during the past week and was planning on returning to Springfield to attend the June session of court.
MANY MESSAGES OF SYMPATHY.
Within a few hours of his death the telegraph office at Oregon was literally swamped with incoming messages of condolence for the bereaved wife and family. Bar association officials and men prominent in government and in the business world, who had known the famous jurist during the more than twenty years he had served his state in a judicial capacity, expressed their sympathy.
With Mrs. Cartwright at the time were three of their children. The others, a daughter in Springfield and a son in Freemont, Ohio, were notified immediately and returned home today.
REVERED IN OGLE COUNTY.
Judge Cartwright's fatherly attitude toward young members of the legal fraternity, his keen interest in the welfare of his community, his genial good fellowship and his strong personality endeared him to hundreds of friends in Ogle county.
Older residents of Oregon were recalling today how more than fifty years ago "Cap" Cartwright founded the Oregon Bachelor club, more familiarly known as the "Owls." This organization is still intact, Judge Cartwright's name being first on the list of charger members.
After his marriage, the judge formed the "Ex-Owls," the members of which have held their annual meetings at his bungalow since that time.
OREGON'S FLAGS AT HALF MAST.
The interest he manifested in his home community was noticeable during the selection of the Black Hawk trail as Route No. 2. in the state road program. Judge Cartwright led the Ogle and Winnebago county forces that secured the route along the river and also sacrificed a corner of his beloved "bungalow property" to straighten an angle of the highway north of Oregon. Flags in Oregon are at half mast today in honor of the great jurist.
Funeral services will be held at the home on Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock and will be attended by state officials and bar association leaders in a body. Oregon lodge No. 420, A. F. & A. M., of which the judge had been an active member, will be in charge. The Rev. George H. Williams, chaplain, will officiate. Burial will be in River view cemetery, Oregon.
The body of the jurist will lie in state at the home from 10 o'clock until noon on Wednesday. Oregon business houses will close in accordance with a proclamation issued by Mayor S. Otto Garard today.
AN INDEFATIGABLE WORKER.
Judge Cartwright was noted not only for the great number of decisions which he wrote, but for the incisive thought and illuminating power of interpretation which marked his work. He ranked second, or third, among the Supreme court judges in the number of decisions written, according to statistics compiled by the court librarian.
In 1920 the quantity of his work had been surpassed by only two other men, Judge Pinckney H. Walker, who was credited with writing 2,304 cases, and Sidney Breese who wrote 1,962 cases. In the first 25 years of Judge Cartwright's service he wrote 1,712 decisions and has added to that number since then.
BORN IN IOWA.
James H. Cartwright was born in Iowa Territory, Dec. 1, 1842, in a log cabin at the fork of the Maquoketa river, where the city of Maquoketa now stands. His father, a Methodist minister and pioneer missionary in the Iowa territory, moved to Illinois one year after James' birth, and became a circuit rider, visiting all Methodist communities in the northern part of the state.
After the family had lived in LaFayette Grove, Prophetstown, Monmouth, Macomb and Cuba for brief periods the elder Cartwright built a home in Mount Morris. James was seven years old at this time and the new home was the first house in which he had ever lived that was not constructed of logs.
James' early life was without incident, except for the usual hardships and privations of frontier life. He was exceedingly frail as a boy and was constantly annoyed by a sharp cough which was the cause of no uncertain prophecies among the neighbors as to his future. Hard work and outdoor life of the frontier, however, gradually overcame this weakness and at the age of 81 Judge Cartwright was one of the most active members of the Supreme court.
ENLISTED EARLY IN WAR.
After a brief grammar school education he entered the Rock River seminary at Mount Morris but never finished his course, quitting to teach in a nearby school. While teaching, the Civil war broke out and he enlisted at the age of 19 with the Sixty-ninth Illinois Infantry. In the meantime his father became a chaplain under general Sherman and James returned home at the end of his three months; term to care for his mother. He enlisted again in 1864, with the One Hundred and Fortieth Illinois Infantry and was elected captain of his company. This selection was not popular with his superiors, and he was called to Springfield where he was persuaded to resign. When the company met to select a successor, however, the vote was unanimous for young Cartwright and this time he was allowed to keep the captaincy. His company spent most of its enlistment protecting a railroad in Tennessee from the raids of confederate cavalry.
STUDIED LAW AFTER WAR.
He took up the study of law at the University of Michigan at the end of the war and received his degree in 1867, returning to his home, where he was admitted to the bar. He soon became associated with Henry A. Mix, of Oregon, a noted lawyer, in that part of the state, and became identified with condemnation proceedings in connection with obtaining right orf ways for railroads. In this work he gained a vast experience which later made him an authority on the law of eminent domain. He was retained as general attorney of the Chicago & Iowa railroad, now a part of the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy, and held that position until that road went into the hands of a receiver in 1870. He married Hattie L. Holmes of Oregon in 1873. Two sons and four daughters were born to this union.
Miss Ada, who is president of the Illinois Women's Bar association and an assistant attorney general at Springfield; Horace of Fremont, Ohio; Mrs. Grace Townley, Springfield, whose husband, Charles is one of the assistants on the Illinois State Commerce commission; Mrs. Genevieve Salmon, Buenos Ayres Rio de Janerio, whose husband, Robert Salmon, is a foreign representative of the Dupont Powder company, and Attorney James H., Jr., a member of the law firm of Winston, Strawn & Shaw, Chicago.
SUPREME JUSTICE SINCE 1895.
His first connection with the courts came in 1876, when he became Master-in-Chancery of Ogle county. He was elected circuit judge in 1888 and on re-election in 1891 was assigned to appellate court duty in the second district in Ottawa. His work there attracted such wide attention that he was elected to the Supreme bench in 1895 and was re-elected in 1897, 1906 and 1915.
From the first, his career was marked for his tireless activity. He assumed his position in December, 1895, filling the vacancy caused by the death of Judge Bailey. When he took over the work he found that 30 cases assigned to Judge Bailey, remained unwritten and in the thirty days between the end of the December term and the beginning of the February term he did not only write these cases, but also completed the cases which had been assigned to him. This tireless activity has been typical of all of his service. In speaking of Judge Cartwright's ability to go to the heart of a case and produce a lucid interpretation of the law, Judge Orrin N. Carter, his associate on the bench said:
CONSTITUTIONAL LAW STUDENT.
"A decision in a case involving great constitutional questions cannot usually be written within a few hours; but Judge Cartwright's great knowledge of constitutional law make it possible for him to write very expeditiously. I have heard him say that he wrote the opinion in People vs. Rose, involving the constitutionality of an act establishing new judicial circuits in the state, in one night, because it was an emergency matter that must be decided before the court should adjourn the next morning. In reading that opinion no one, I think, will notice any marks of haste in its arrangement or wording."
Another tribute to Judge Cartwright's attainments and style was paid by George Packard, prominent Chicago lawyer, who said:
"His opinions are conspicuous for their bluntness, their lack of ostentation, their downright fearlessness and directions of purpose. It is impossible to read these trenchant, brief, well considered pages without a conviction that they speak the personality of a great, downright, plain, forceful character, typical alike of the state and of the time in which he was born, and unaffected by the changing influences of a modern and superficial age."
LIVED QUIET LIFE.
One of the secrets of Judge Cartwright's ability to work rapidly and well, aside from his rules of simple living, regular habits and relaxation, was his methodical arrangement of everything, that he had to do. It is said that he appointed a time for everything and was always very careful to do that thing at that time, whether it was an opinion he was to write or a social engagement that he had promised to fill. He built for his hours of recreation and relaxation, a small cottage in the middle of a heavy timber on his farm at Oregon, and when the pressure of his work began to tell he would shut it out of his mind altogether while he rested for several days in his woodland retreat familiarly known to his Ogle neighbors as "The Bungalow."
One of his hobbies for which he is not as well known as his success deserved, was the breeding of fine trotting horses on which subject, he was considered an authority. Some of the fastest trotters in the Grand Circuit have been produced on his farm at Oregon, among them "Citation," which for one year was the undefeated champion of the Grand Circuit.
DID NOT MINGLE IN POLITICS.
Another hobby, in which he was ranked as an authority, was the study of political history in Illinois. Mr. Cartwright who was a Republican, did not mingle in politics, aside from the times in which he was a candidate for judge, but he was credited with having the most intimate knowledge of the working of our political systems, of any man of his time in public life in the state.
During his career he handed down many interesting decisions on every imaginable subject. As Judge Carter has expressed it, he has ruled on everything "from golf (Condon vs. Forest Park) to the most important question of state government (People vs. Lowden)."
More than 150 of his decisions have dealt with constitutional questions some of them involving interpretations of the Federal constitution. In Sutter vs. Peoples Gas Light Co., he defined clearly the restrictions of the General Assembly in the exercise of legislative power, in People vs. Dunne, he defined the powers and duties of the courts under the constitution and in Harden vs. People, one of his first decisions, he went extensively into the subject of class legislation.
OPPOSED 1922 CONSTITUTION.
Another interesting set of cases which Judge Cartwright wrote forbid the park commissioners of Cook county to build buildings in Grant Park and took up very fully the question of riparian rights to artificial, or made land on the lake front in Chicago. The right of the legislature to control street car fares through the Public Utilities commission was passed upon in another important case which he decided.
While Judge Cartwright seldom took an active part in political campaigns after his elevation to the supreme bench, there was one campaign in which he broke his ling established rule. When the new constitution was submitted to the voters of the state in December, 1922, Judge Cartwright was one of its most bitter opponents. His influence was largely responsible for its decisive defeat. [Source: Daily Register Gazette (Rockford, IL) Monday, May 19, 1924]
Kate Eikamp Buss
Kate Eikamp Buss, daughter of Aalderk and Clara (Schmidt) Eikamp, was born near Forreston March 29, 1874, and died in a Freeport hospital Monday, April 19. Three weeks ago, she observed her 91st birthday. She was united in marriage to Benjamin J. Buss, also of Forreston, Nov. 24, 1897. He preceded her in death Aug. 21, 1941. Also preceding her in death were three brothers, two sisters and one daughter, Esther. She was a faithful member of Forreston Grove Presbyterian Church which she attended since childhood. Surviving her are two sons, Harry S., Freeport, and B. Alvin, Moline; two daughter, Mrs. John H. (Lillian) Meiners and Mrs. Jesse (Irene) Drake, both of Forreston; ten grandchildren and five great grandchildren. Funeral services were Thursday, April 22, at 2 p.m. in Forreston Grove Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Kenneth Kleidon officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. [Unknown newspaper, April 22, 1965; Contributed by Karen Fyock]
Clara E (Scoon) Flanders
The funeral services of Mrs. C D Flanders were conducted at the home of her sister, Mrs. James A Seloover, 210 Crawford Avenue, by Rev, J D Leek at 10 o’clock this forenoon, and at noon the body was laid to rest in the burial place of her native town of grand Detour. Her maiden name was Clara E. Scoon and she was born in Grand Detour, Nov. 23, 1853. She was married in 1874 and removed to Chicago, which has nearly ever since been her home. [Dixon Evening Telegraph (Lee County, IL) Nov 2, 1899; Sub. by Monte Bryant Neece]
Polo – Andrew Trump, a resident of Pinecrest Manor Nursing Home, Mount Morris, a former Polo resident, died Tuesday night, December 14, 1971 in Rockford Memorial Hospital. He was a retired farmer. Born February 7, 1880 near Polo, he was the son of Henry and Mary (Bowers) Trump. On December 29, 1904 he married Almira Kriebel. She died November 18, 1966. Surviving are four daughters, Mrs. Russell (Lucille) Cooper of Tampa, Florida, Mrs. Ruth Lenhart of Rockford, Mrs. Dale (Nina) Thomas of Corvallis, Oregon, and Mrs. Herbert (Avis) Hays of Freeport; 14 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son and two brothers. Funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Friday in Brown-Seidel Funeral Home, Polo. The Rev. Robert Holmes, pastor of Polo United Methodist Church, will officiate. Burial will be in Fairmount Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday. (undated clipping; submitted by Alice Horner)
Robert F. Timmer
Forreston – Funeral service for Robert F. Timmer, 70, of Forreston, who died Friday, September 28, 1979 at Amber Wood Nursing Care Center in Rockford, will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Burke-Tubbs Funeral Home in Forreston with the Rev. Paul Buettner, pastor of Forreston Faith Lutheran Church officiating. Burial will be in Adeline Cemetery. Friends may call from 9 a.m. Monday until time of service at the funeral home. Born April 3, 1909 in Forreston, he was the son of Albertus F. and Mary (Rambough) Timmer. Surviving are one brother, Lee H. of Mount Morris; and one sister, Mrs. Calvin (Margaret) Kuntzelman of Stillman Valley. [undated newspaper, Sub. by Alice Horner]
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