Mrs. Alex Simko of 1427 28th Ave., Moline, died Tuesday at Lutheran Hospital,
after an extended illness. Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday in Esterdahl Mortuary, and at 11 a.m. Friday in
Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery.
Helen Schultz was born in Chicago in 1903. She was married to Mr. Simko Sept 5, 1925 in Chicago and the couple
moved to Moline. Mrs Simko had been president of the Rock Island Deanery of Catholic Women and past president of
the Catholic League of Moline. She had served on the board of the Rock Island County USO for four years during
World War II. Survivors are the widower; a daughter, Mrs Alvin Campbell of Norfolk, Va; a Grandchild, Kathleen
Campbell and a brother, Andrew of Stone Lake, Wisconsin. [The Daily
Dispatch, Moline, IL Wed. Dec 15, 1971, submitted by K. Torp]
WILLIAM PAUL KOESTER
(1 Aug 1903 - 9 Jun 1944 )
W. PAUL KOESTER, 40, DIES AT SILVIS OF HEART AILMENT
W. Paul Koester, 40, of 3414 Sixth avenue, Rock Island, an employee of the stores department of the Rock Island
Lines in Silvis, died suddenly of a heart attack at 8:50 o'clock this morning while at work in the stores division
at the Silvis shops.
A few minutes before he collapsed Mr. Koester, who is employed as a checker, came in the office of John Lindblad,
general stores superintendent, and complained of feeling ill. He attributed his condition to indigestion and took
some soda to relieve his discomfort. A few minutes later he slumped down in his chair and passed into unconsciousness.
The Silvis respirator was sent for and Warren First, ambulance driver, and Harley Guthrie, police chief, responded.
An attempt to revive the unconscious man was without success. Dr. Paul Powell of East Moline was summoned and after
examining Koester pronounced him dead.
Coroner J. W. Seids after questioning witnesses and making out a report on the circumstances surrounding Koester's
death, announced that the holding of an inquest would not be necessary. The body was removed to the Wheelan funeral
home in Rock Island.
Mr. Koester had been employed by the Rock Island Lines in Silvis for 20 years.
A son of William D. and Anna Koester, he was born Aug. 1, 1903, in Rock Island, where he was educated. He married
Gladys Chaon Nov. 10, 1928, in Rock Island.
He was a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic church. Surviving are the widow; a daughter, Mary Ann, at home; his
brother, J. Franklin Koester, Minneapolis. He was preceded in death by his parents. [Source:
The Rock Island Argus, Friday, 9 June 1944, pg.9, submitted by Roberta Bear]
JOHN FRANKLIN NELSON
(6 June 1868 - 3 Mar 1954 )
J. Frank Nelson, 83, a retired employee of Rock Island Millwork Co., died at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday in St. Anthony's
hospital, Rock Island, following a short illness. He lived at 1102 Second avenue, Rock Island. Funeral services
will be Friday at 1 p.m. in the Hodgson chapel, with the Rev. Melvin D. Suttie, pastor of Gloria Dei United Presbyterian
church, officiating. Burial will be in Chippiannock cemetery, Rock Island. Friends may call in the chapel after
He was born June 6, 1870, in Cable, Ill., and had resided in Rock Island for the past 50 years. Surviving is a
brother, George Nelson, Rock Island. His wife and a sister preceded him in death. [Source:
Davenport Democrat, Thursday, 4 Mar 1954, pg. 16, submitted by Roberta Bear]
GEORGE C. NELSON
(17 May 1903 - 8 Feb 1977)
GEORGE NELSON PAST RESIDENT, DIES AT AGE 73
George C. Nelson, 73, of Memphis, Tenn., formerly of Rock Island, died Tuesday in Memphis.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Wendt Brothers Funeral Home, Moline, and burial will be in Moline
Memorial Park Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home from 7 to 9 p.m. tomorrow.
Mr. Nelson was born in Rock Island. He married Amy Greim in 1929.
He was retired in 1974 as a design engineer for Gales Lumber Co., Memphis.
Surviving are the widow; his mother, Mrs. Elsie Nelson, Rock Island; six sisters, Mrs. Harold Miller, Mrs. Ed.
Ludwig and Mrs. Margaret Richards, all of Rock Island, Mrs. Elsie Huntley, Andalusia, Mrs. Robert Klepper, Marysville,
Wash., and Mrs. Albert Bysinger, Milan, and a brother, Robert, Andalusia.
[Source: The Rock Island Argus, Thursday, 10 Feb. 1977, submitted by Roberta Bear]
AMY GRIEM NELSON
(18 Sept. 1902 - May 1990 )
Mrs. Amy G. Nelson, 88, of Memphis, died Thursday at St. Francis Nursing Home. Memphis Funeral Home Poplar Chapel
has charge of local arrangements. She was an Independent Presbyterian. The widow of George C. Nelson, she leaves
two sisters, Mrs. Faye Slauson, and Mrs. Alice McKahin, both of Illinois.
(Daughter of Edward G. and Hannah Christopher Griem of Rock Island)
[Unknown newspaper, submitted by Roberta Bear]
LOUISE G. LUDWIG ( Nelson)
(12 Aug 1905 - 17 Nov 1996 )
Services for Louise G. Ludwig, 91, Rock Island, are 2 p.m. Wednesday at Hodgson Funeral Home Ltd., Rock Island.
Burial is in Greenview Memorial Gardens, East Moline. Visitation is 4 to 7 p.m. today. Memorials may be made to
the Gospel Temple, Moline, where she was a member, or to the nursery class at Gloria Dei Presbyterian Church, Rock
Island, in memory of Shirley Ludwig.
Mrs. Ludwig died Sunday, Nov. 17, 1996, at home.
The former Louise G. Nelson was born Aug. 12, 1905, in Rock Island, the daughter of George W. and Elsie M. Sisco
Nelson. She married Edward A. Ludwig Aug. 24, 1923, in Rock Island. He died Oct. 5, 1992.
She was employed in the making room at the former Servus Rubber Co., Rock Island, for 16 years, and was previously
employed at the former McCabe's Department Store.
She was a member of Do Unto Others Circle, past president of King's Daughters and was active in church work.
Survivors include daughters and sons-in-law, Marcella and John Miller, St. Petersburg, Fla., and Ralph Goold, Rock
Island; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and sisters, Elsie Huntley,
Andalusia, and Katherine Klepper, Marysville. Daughters, Shirley Ludwig, died in 1956, and Delores Goold, died
July 1, 1996. [Source: The Rock Island Argus & Dispatch, Tuesday
19 Nov. 1996, pg.5, submitted by Roberta Bear]
(3 Apr 1902 - 4 Oct 1992 )
Edward A. Ludwig, 90, of 801 42nd Ave., Rock Island, died Sunday, Oct. 4, 1992, at home. Services are 1 p.m. Wednesday
at Moline Gospel Temple, where he was a member. Burial is in Greenview Memorial Gardens, Silvis. Visitation is
2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Hodgson Funeral Home, Rock Island. Memorials may be made to the church or the
Visiting Nurses and Homemakers of Rock Island County.
Mr. Ludwig was born April 2, 1902, in Rock Island, the son of Heman and Minnie Meese Ludwig. He married Louise
Nelson Aug. 14, 1923, in Rock Island.
He had been employed by Rock Island Southern Railroad for 22 years and later by Carver Lumber Co., Milan, for 20
years, retiring in 1981.
He was a member of the Sunday school at his church.
Survivors include the widow; daughters, Marcella Miller, St. Petersburg, Fla., and Dolores Goold, Rock Island;
five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; a great-great-grandchild; a sister, Esther Schultz and brothers,
Carl "Dutch" and Leroy Ludwig, Rock Island. [Source: The
Rock Island Argus & Dispatch, Monday, 5 Oct. 1992, pg.8, submitted by Roberta Bear]
ELSIE MAE HUNTLEY ( Nelson)
(5 Jan 1908 - 30 Oct 2003)
Elsie M. Huntley, 95, of Andalusia passed away Thursday, Oct. 30, 2003, at her home. Graveside services will be
10 a.m. Monday at Andaulsia Cemetery. Visitation will be 2-5 p.m. Sunday at Larson Funeral Home, Rock Island. Memorials
may be made to Pathway Hospice.
Elsie was born Jan. 5, 1908, in Rock Island, the daughter of George and Elsie Sisco Nelson. She married Rollin
Huntley on Nov. 24, 1926, in Rock Island. He died Jan. 9, 1970.
Elsie worked as a seamstress at Seaford Clothing in Rock Island for 18 years, retiring in 1973.
She was a member of OES Lodge 269 and DeMolay Mother's Club, both in Rock Island. She enjoyed flower gardening
and working word puzzles.
Survivors (and spouses) include her sons, Delbert (Sallie) Huntley and Kenneth (Karen) Huntley, both of Andalusia;
grandchildren and spouses, Tom and Connie Huntley, Andalusia, Linda and Tim Gieseman, Coal Valley, Stuart and Pam
Huntley, Adel, Iowa, Sandra and Doug DeBode, Schneckeville, Pa., Neil and Holly Huntley, Columbia, Md., Joe and
Pam Huntley, Moline, and Jerry Huntley, Andalusia; 15 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; several nieces
and nephews, and one cousin. In addition to her parents and husband, Elsie was preceded in death by an infant daughter,
Evelyn Mae Huntley; sisters, Louise "Kitty" Ludwig, Ruth "Bunny" Bysinger, Margaret "Inky"
Richards, Kathryn "Cookie" Klepper, and Novella "Chili" Miller; brothers, George and Robert
Nelson; and nieces Shirley Ludwig and Delores Goold. [Source: The
Quad-City Times, Saturday, 1 November 2003, submitted by Roberta Bear]
(20 Jan 1905 - 9 Jan 1970)
Rollin W. Huntley, 64, of Andalusia, died at 9 last night in St. Anthony's Hospital.
Funeral services will be at 10 Monday morning in the Knox-Larson Funeral Home, Rock Island, with the Rev. Alfred
E. Behrer, pastor of Edgington Presbyterian Church, officiating. Burial will be in Andalusia Cemetery.
Friends may call afternoon tomorrow in the funeral home, where Masonic rites will be conducted at 7:30 tomorrow
evening by Trio Lodge No. 57 AF & AM.
Mr. Huntley was born June 20, 1905 in Andalusia, a son of Charles H. and Annie Britton Huntley. He received his
education in Andalusia and Rock Island Public Schools. He moved to Rock Island in 1920 and lived here until returning
to Andalusia last October.
He married Elsie Mae Nelson Nov. 24, 1928 in Rock Island.
Mr. Huntley had owned and operated the Rock River Heating Co. of Rock Island for the past 20 years.
He was a member of Trio Lodge 57.
Surviving, in addition to the widow, are two sons, Delbert E., Andalusia, and Kenneth L., Rock Island, seven grandchildren
and a sister, Mrs. Clara Hintz, Coal Valley.
He was preceded in death by his parents, an infant daughter and a brother. [Source:
The Rock Island Argus, Saturday, 10 Jan. 1970, pg.5, submitted by Roberta Bear]
RUTH MARIE BYSINGER (Nelson)
(26 Aug 1910 - Jan 1987)
Ruth M. Bysinger, 76, of 428 E. 6th St., Milan, died Sunday at Silver Cross Nursing Center, Rock Island.
Services are 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at Knox-Larson Funeral Home, Rock Island. Burial is in Memorial Park Cemetery,
Visitation is 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday. Memorials may be made to the nursing center or her church, South
The former Ruth M. Nelson was born Aug. 26, 1910, in Rock Island, where she married Albert Bysinger in 1937. He
died Nov. 14, 1980.
She worked as an assembler at Servus Rubber Co., Rock Island, and later managed the Diane Shop, Rock Island.
She was charter member of the Gloria Dei Presbyterian Church, Rock Island; a charter member of the Flossie Ellis
Circle of King's Daughters; former director of the Cleveland Home, Rock Island; a life member of the Illinois Branch
of King's Daughters and former chaplain for the Rock Island City Union.
Survivors include a son, David, Moline; two granchildren; two step-grandchildren; sisters, Elsie Huntley, Andalusia,
Louis Ludwig, Margaret Richards and Novella Miller, all of Rock Island, and Kathryn Klepper, Marysville, Wash.;
and a brother, Robert Nelson, Sherrard.
[Source: Personal obit file of Elsie Huntley - (no info given; likely The Rock Island Argus), submitted by Roberta
ALBERT JOSEPH BYSINGER
(8 Nov 1901 - Nov 1980)
Funeral services for Albert J. Bysinger, 79, of 426 E. 6th St., Milan, who died yesterday morning at Franciscan
Hospital, will be held at 10 a.m. Monday in the Knox-Larson Funeral Home, Rock Island.
Dr. David B. Castordale, pastor of South Park Presbyterian Church, Rock Island, will officiate. Burial will be
in the Rock Island Memorial Park Cemetery. Friends may call from 2 to 4 tomorow afternoon at the funeral home,
where memorials may be made to the music department of the church.
Mr. Bysinger was born Nov. 8, 1901, in Rock Island, the son of Charles and Mary Imhof Bysinger. He had lived in
Rock Island and Milan all his life.
On June 30, 1937, he married Ruth M. Nelson in Rock Island.
"Happy" Bysinger was an entertainer for a 13-year period during the late 1920s and the 1930s. He was
among the first entertainers with WHBF and was known for his "down home" type of folk, cowboy and western
His popularity spread through personal appearances, and he eventually auditioned for the Iowa Barn Dance Frolic
originating from WOC raido, Davenport. He was hired and, with staff announcer Ronald "Dutch" Reagan,
he was transferred to sister station WHO, Des Moines, Iowa, where the Frolic eminated from the Shirine Auditorium.
His stage name became "Smilin' Sam" as he received offers from the East Coast. Among his friends were
Gene Autry, George Gobel, " The Arkansas Woodchopper" and other entertainers from the Naional Barn Dance
at WLS, Chicago.
Due to the pressure from traveling and personal appearances, Mr. Bysinger left show business and began working
at the International Harvester Works, East Moline, where he was employed for 30 years, retiring in 1965.
He was a member of the South Park Presbyterian Church, a member UAW Local 1306 and a past member of the Woodman
of the World Drill Team of Rock Island.
Survivng are his wife; a son, David G. of Milan; a grandson, and a sister, Mrs. Robert Hunt of Rock Island. [Source: Personal obit file of Elsie Huntley, submitted by Roberta Bear]
MARGUERITE RICHARDS (Nelson)
(5 Feb 1913 - 3 Nov 1989)
[Source: The Rock Island Argus, Monday, 6 Nov 1989, pg.A6, submitted by Roberta Bear]
Memorial services for Marguerite L. Richards, 76, of 3130 9th St., Rock Island, will be held at a later date. Private
family inurnment is Wednesday at Memorial Park Cemetery, Rock Island.
There is no visitation. Hodgson Funeral Home, Rock Island, is in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be made
to a favorite charity.
Mrs. Richards died Friday at Franciscan Medical Center, Rock Island.
The former Marguerite L. Nelson was born Feb. 5, 1913, in Rock Island. She married Charles Richards in Spencer,
Iowa. He died in June 1983.
Mrs. Richards retired in 1979 from the Davenport Hearing Aid Center. She also had been employed in the inhalation
therapy department at the former St. Anthony's Hospital, Rock Island.
She was a member of First United Presbyterian Church, Rock Island, and the Retired Senior Volunteer Program.
Survivors include a daughter, Marilyn Leonard, Davenport; sons Eddy Ostrom, San Diego, and Michael Richards, Sunnyvale,
Calif; eight grandchildren; and sisters Novella Miller and Louise Ludwig, both of Rock Island, Elsie Huntley, Andalusia,
and Kathryn Klepper, Marysville, Wash. [Source: The Rock Island Argus,
Monday, 6 Nov 1989, pg.A6, submitted
by Roberta Bear]
ROBERT L. NELSON
(8 Aug 1917 - 28 Sept 1989)
Robert L. Nelson, 72, of 305 6th St. Sherrard, formerly of Rock Island, died Thursday at Franciscan Medical Ceneter,
Services are 10 a.m. Monday at Hodgson Funeral Home, Rock Island. Burial is in National Cemetery, Arsenal Island.
Visitation is 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday. Memorials may be made to the local Diabetes Association.
Mr. Nelson was born Augst 8, 1917, in Rock Island. He married Betty Dean in February 1937. He later married Mabel
Petty Aug 8, 1983, in Las Vegas.
He was employed as a carpenter and cabinet maker working for various construction companies including Charles Studahar,
Rock Island, for many years. He retired in 1980.
He was a member of Sherrard Presbyterian Church; Moline American Legion Post 246; Moline Veterans of Foreign Wars
Post 2153; and Carpenters Union Local 166.
He was a World War II Navy veteran, serving as an officer in the Seabees in the European and Pacific Theaters.
Survivors include the widow; daughters, Sharon Wakeland, and Marilyn Gould, both of Milan, Judith Callen, Rock
Island, Claudette Davis, Albuquerque, N.M., and Christine Beauchamp in Michigan; stepdaughters, Pamala Sims, Milan
and Linda Huggins, Sherrard; a stepson, Norman Fersch, Davenport; 19 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and
sisters, Novella Miller, Margaret Richards, and Louise Ludwig all of Rock Island, Elsie Huntley, Andalusia, and
Kathryn Klepper, Marysville, Wash. [Source: Personal obit file of
Elsie Huntley, submitted by Roberta Bear]
NOVELLA A. MILLER (Nelson)
1 Feb 1920 - 1 Jan 1994)
Novella A. "Chilly" Miller, 73, of 819 42nd Ave., Rock Island, died Saturday, Jan. 1, 1994, at Trinity
Medical Center, West Campus, Rock Island.
Services are 1 p.m. Wednesday at Hodgson Funeral Home Ltd., Rock Island. Burial is in National Cemetery, Arsenal
Island. Visitation is 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday. A memorial fund has been established.
The former Novella Nelson was born Feb. 1, 1920, in Rock Island, the daughter of George W. and Elsie May Sisco
Nelson. She married Harold Miller Sept. 21, 1940, in Rock Island. He died Jan. 13, 1985.
Mrs. Miller was employed as a cook at the former Southwinds Motel, Rock Island. She previously was employed at
the fomer Servus Rubber Co. and the former Town and Country Restaurant, both of Rock Island.
She was a member of Amoo Caldron 1, Zal Caldron 4 and Vashti Shrine 23.
She enjoyed crafts and dancing.
Survivors include a daughter, Diane Crocker, Rock Island; a son, Terry Miller, Simi Valley, Calif.; four grandchildren;
five great-grandchildren; sisters, Elsie Huntley, Andalusia, Louise Ludwig, Rock Island, Kathryn Klepper, Lowell,
Wash.; and several special friends. [Source: Personal obit file of
Elsie Huntley, submitted
by Roberta Bear]
(23 Sept 1917 - 13 Jan 1985)
Harold L. Miller, 67, of 2801 47th Ave. Rock Island, died Sunday at Franciscan Medical Center.
Graveside services will be at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at National Cemetery, Rock Island Arsenal. Major Peter VanDerVliet,
chaplain of the Salvation Army, Davenport, will officiate, and military services will be conducted by the Milan
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Knox-Larson Funeral Home, Rock Island. Memorials may be made to
the Foundation for Crippled Children and Adults of Rock Island County.
Pallbearers will be Joe Cassidy, Bill Shaffer, Wade and Wyatt Argo, Ben Crocker and Todd Von-Wolvelaere. Mr. Miller
was born Sept. 23, 1917, in Ionia, Iowa, son of Charles and Bernice Kimball Miller. He had resided in the Quad-Cities
since 1937. He married Novella Nelson Sept. 21, 1940, in Rock Island.
Mr. Miller retied from the Rock Island Arsenal in 1979, where he had been employed for 30 years as a mechinst.
Prior to that he had owned and operated the Rock River Sheet Metal and Heating Co. for 10 years. He was a Navy
veteran of World War II. Survivors are his wife; a daughter, Mrs. Diane Crocker of Rock Island; a son, Terry of
Thousand Oaks, Calif.; four grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and a brother, Charles Miller of Charles City,
Iowa. [Source: Personal obit file of Elsie Huntley, submitted by Roberta Bear]
JOHN CALVIN SISCO
(4 Jun 1858 - 29 Sept. 1939)
John Calvin Sisco, 81, of 1304 Second street, Rock Island, a retired carpenter, died at 12:40 o'clock this morning
in his home. He had been ailing of heart trouble and infirmities of age since the start of summer.
Mr. Sisco was born in Austintown, Ohio, June 4, 1858, a son of the late Frank and Kathryn Sisco. He was reared
and educated in that community. He moved to Rock Island 45 years ago and had lived in this city since with the
exception of several years spent in Eliza, Ill. He married Hester Shotwell in Muscatine, Iowa, Oct. 4, 1898. Mr.
Sisco retired from carpentry work about ten years ago. He was a member of camp 309, Modern Woodman of America,
and carpenters' union No. 166.
Survivng are the widow; three sons, Ralph C., Clarence C., and Clifford Sisco, and three daughters, Mesdames George
Nelson, John F. Baughman and William Parr, all of Rock Island; two stepdaughters, Mrs. John Johnson of Rock Island
and Mrs. Effie McDevitt of Denver, Colo.; two stepsons, Samuel Shotwell of Eliza, Ill., and Everett Shotwell of
Tipton, Iowa; 16 grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren. A son died in infancy and three brothers and a sister
also preceded him in death.
The body was taken to the Knox mortuary, where funeral services will be at 2 o'clock Monday afternoon. The Rev.
Frederick J. Rolf, pastor of Evangelical Church of Peace, will officiate, and burial will be in Chippiannock cemetery.
[Source: The Rock Island Argus, Friday, 29 Sept. 1939, submitted by Roberta Bear]
HESTER ADALINE SISCO
(5 Feb. 1866 - 25 Jan. 1940)
Mrs. Hester Adaline Sisco, 73, of 1304 Second street, a Rock Island resident for 31 years, died at 5:30 o'clock
last evening in St. Anthony's hospital, where she had been confined the past two weeks.
The body was taken to the Knox mortuary, where funeral services will be held at 3:30 o'clock tomorrow afternoon.
The Rev. Frederick J. Rolf, pastor of Evangelical Church of Peace, will officiate, and burial will be in Chippiannock
Mrs. Sisco, the former Miss Hester Gordon, was born in Eliza, Ill., Feb. 5, 1866, a daughter of the last Allen
and Charlotte Gordon. She recieved her education in Eliza, and was married to Calvin Sisco in Muscatine, Iowa,
Oct. 4, 1898. The couple moved from Eliza to Rock Island 31 years ago. Mr. Sisco died Sept. 29, 1939. Mrs. Sisco
was a member of the Evangelical Church of Peace.
Survivors are four sons, Ralph C., Clarance C., and Clifford Sisco, all of Rock Island, and Everett Shotwell, of
Tipton, Iowa; three daughters, Mrs. William Parr and Mrs. John Johnson, both of Rock Island, and Mrs. Effie McDevitt
of Denver, Colo.; a sister, Mrs. Nettie Gillham of Des Moines, Iowa; a brother Lewis Gordon of Rock Island; two
stepdaughters, Mrs. George Nelson and Mrs. John Baumann of Rock Island; 17 grandchildren, and 15 great-grandchildren.
Five sons, a daughter, a brother and a sister preceded her in death. [Source:
The Rock Island Argus, Friday, 26 January 1940, submitted by Roberta Bear]
CLARENCE C. SISCO
(3 Sept 1901 - 6 May 1949)
Clarence C. "Howie" Sisco, 47, 1304 Second street, Rock Island, well-known city bowler, died at 3:15
o'clock yesterday afternoon in St. Anthony's hospital. Mr. Sisco had been ill a week with pneumonia. He was admitted
to the hospital Tuesday.
Funeral services will be held at 1 o'clock Monday afternoon in the Knox chapel. The Rev. Fred J. Rolf of the Church
of Peace will officiate. Burial will be in Chippiannock cemetery. Friends may visit the funeral home.
During the 1938-39 bowling season, Mr. Sisco was selected as one fo the five best bowlers in Rock Island in a contest
staged by WHBF. He was one of a group of eight bowlers who formed the Rock Island Bowing association in 1930.
This past season Mr. Sisco was a member of the bowling teams sponsored by the Shamrock Tavern, Tom Ackles Used
Cars and the Moline Glass company.
He was born in Eliza, Ill., Sept. 3, 1901. At age 7 he came to Rock Island with his parents, Calvin and Hester
Sisco. Mr. Sisco attended Rock Island schools and resided here the rest of his life. He had been employed 31 years
in the freight office of the Milwaukee railroad.
He married Edna Mable Turner of Lancaster, Mo., Sept. 3, 1938, in Maquoketa, Iowa. Mr. Sisco was a member of Camp
26, Modern Woodmen of America and Rock Island lodge, No. 190, Moose.
Surviving are the widow; two brothers, Ralph and Clifford, both of Rock Island; a sister, Mrs. William Parr of
Rock Island; a half brother, Everett Shotwell of Tipton, Iowa, and four half-sisters, Mesdames Florence Johnson,
George Nelson, John Baughman, all of Rock Island, and Evie McDevitt of Denver, Colo. [Source:
The Rock Island Argus, Sat. 7 May 1949, submitted
by Roberta Bear]
EDNA M. SISCO (Turner)
(20 Jan 1897 - 22 Feb 1972)
Funeral services for Mrs. Edna M. Sisco, 75, of 1304 2nd St. Rock Island, who died yesterday in the Americana Nursing
Center, Davenport, will be held at 1 tomorrow afternoon in the Knox-Larson Funeral Home, Rock Island, with the
Rev. Donald L. Jones, pastor of Memorial Christian Church, Rock Island, officiating. Burial will be in Chippiannock
Friends may call a the funeral home.
The former Edna M. Turner, daughter of Thomas J. and May White Turner, was born Jan. 20, 1897 in Lancaster, Mo.
She moved to Davenport in 1929 where she resided until 1938 when she moved to Rock Island.
She was married to Clarence C. Sisco, Sept. 3, 1938 in Maquoketa, Iowa. He preceded her in death May 6, 1949.
Mrs. Sisco was employed as a waitress at the Blackhawk Hotel, Davenport and LeClaire Hotel, Moline, and was a member
of the First Christian Church, Lancaster, Mo., and the Royal Neighbors.
Survivors are three nieces including Mrs. Beulah Griffith, Davenport and three nephews including Leo H. and James
T. Turner, both of Davenport. She was also preceded in death by a twin sister and three brothers. [Source: The Dispatch and Rock Island Argus, Wed., 23 Feb 1972,
submitted by Roberta Bear]
Wm. A. Liggitt - At the Rock Island
county farm, on the 10th inst., Wm. A. Liggitt, a native of the county of Prairie, Ark., aged 21 years.Mr. Liggitt
had been a prisoner of war, at Rock Island Barracks, and was discharged on the 18th of Nov., last. He had been
at the county farm since the 14th of March. [Rock Island, The Evening
Argus, Sat. April 15, 1865 [trancribed by: Candi
Parley Cain - Rock Island County Farm,
on the 13th, inst., Parley Cain, a colored girl, aged 17 years.
She was a native of Carroll Co., Tenn., had been at the farm since the 2d of Feb. last. [Rock Island, The Evening Argus, Sat. April 15, 1865 [transcribed by: Candi Horton]
Died - In this town (Stepheson) Tuesday the 1st inst., from a short but severe illness, Mrs. Baldwin, wife of H.S.
Baldwin of this place. Age about 30years. Survived are two small children and her husband. [Rock Island Banner & Stepheson Gazette, Thursday, Oct. 3, 1839
[transcribed by: Candi Horton]
In Rock Island, 29th ult., Alexander Burns, age 26 years. [The Upper Mississippian, Wednesday, Sept. 7, 1842,
transcribed by: Candi Horton]]
Death from Suffocation - William Martin was suffocated while digging a well near
Dury's landing, in Rock Island County on the 1st inst. [Rock Island
Advertiser, Wednesday, May, 19, 1852, transcribed by: Candi Horton]
William Jasper Kirkpatrick
In this city, April 16th of erysipelas, William Jasper Kirkpatrick, age 24 years.
[Evening Argus, Monday, April 7, 1865, transcribed
by: Candi Horton]
Ambrose Green Bowling
In Bowling twp., on Sunday evening, May 7th, Ambrose Green Bowling, age 84 years.
Born in King George County, Va., a solider of the War of 1812 and participated in the battle of White House on
the Potomac. He came to this county in 1843 and settled the land where he died. [Evening
Argus, Thursday, May 9, 1865, transcribed by:
Wells - At his residence of his father in Zuma, on Friday, the 18th inst., after a short and painful illness. J.B.,
only son of Rionah and Hannah Wells, aged 16 years, 1month and 14 days. [The
Union, Wed., Feb. 24, 1864, transcribed
by: Candi Horton]
Thomas E. Davis
Davis- in this city, on the 22d, inst., at 2 o'clock p.m., Thomas E. Davis (member of Co. K, 20th IA Inf.) aged
25 years. [The Union, Wed., Feb. 24, 1864, transcribed by: Candi Horton]
Adoniram Judson Brown
Brown - Of consumption, at his residence in Port Byron, Adoniram Judson Brown, in the 38th year of his age.
The deceased was a native of Madison County, N.Y., and has been a resident of Port Byron in this county for fourteen
During which time he was engaged in mercantile pursuits, acquiring the confidence of the business community together
with a large circle of devoted friends. As a business man, he was prompt, energetic and successful. A citizen universally
esteemed to the whole, his loss is felt by the whole community, who join family in mourning their great bereavement. [The Union, Wed., Feb. 24, 1864, transcribed by: Candi Horton]
Died- At Rock Island House, in this town in the 21st ult., Mr. William Mitchell, age about 24 years. [The Mississippian, Thursday, Oct. 2, 1845, transcribed by: Candi Horton]
Mr. Stephen C. Marshall
Of Mount Pleasant settlement, a few days since, Mr. Stephen C. Marshall, an industrious citizen, age about 45 years. [The Mississippian, Thursday, Oct. 2, 1845, transcribed by: Candi Horton]
Elaphalet T. Cook, Esq
In the Cook settlement, about 4 miles east of Hampton, on Sunday morning last,
of fever, Elaphalet T. Cook, Esq. aged about 40 years. The deceased emigrated to this County about 1833 and has
resided on the farm where he died for about 12 years.
We have been acquainted with him ever since we came to this County in 1837; and we can say in truth that he was
a man whose like is rarely looked upon. His friendships are strong and enduring; honesty and integrity marked every
act of his life and he was repected for his good qualities and character. His friendship to the Editor of this
paper, when almost friendless, is engraved on the heart and riveted in the memory.
Mr. Cook was for long time School Commissioner of this county, the duties of which he discharged with fi?lity and
to the satisfaction of the people.
He left behind him a widow, and family of seven or eight children to mourn his loss. [The
Mississippian, Thursday, Oct. 2, 1845, transcribed
by: Candi Horton]
died on the 19th inst. at Moline, Rock Island Co., aged 71y. He was
one of the oldest settlers, having resided in Mercer and Rock Island cos. for more than 30 years. He has been a
resident of Moline for the past 16 years. The funeral will be on the 21st at the residence of his son-in-law, Ira
Waterman on Wells Street. Galesburg and Mercer Co. papers please copy. (RI & Moline Daily Union, Tuesday, 21
of Coal Valley Twp., Rock Island Co., an old settler in this county and a native of the north of Ireland (County
Monahan), died on the 2nd inst. at Preemption, Mercer Co., and was buried on the 4th at Preemption. He was a Presbyterian
and was aged 90-91y. He leaves a wife, five sons and a daughter. He came to America and settled in Rock Island
in 1850. (RI Evening Argus and RI Union, Monday, 17 January 1870)
Virginia Anne Kerr Corley
Birth: Mar. 9, 1917
Death: Jun. 22, 2006
She was born in Moline to Lewis and Geneva Hammond Kerr.
On May 24, 1941, she married Earle O. Corley. He preceded her in death June 22, 1991.
She is survived by one daughter, Patricia (Alan) Rausenberger, Carterville; four sons, Charles (Anna Marie), Rockford;
John (Trixy), Monticello; Robert (Kathleen), Philo; and James (Barbara Paynter), Champaign; 11 grandchildren; six
great-grandchildren and one brother, John Kerr, Wilmington, Delaware.
She was also preceded in death by three brothers, Bill, Charles and Lewis Kerr; one sister, Betty Whalen and one
grandson, Eric Corley.
Burial: Rushville City Cemetery, Rushville, Schuyler County, Illinois
[Submitted by Sara Hemp]
shoemaker, died, Rock Island. Ill., May, 1852, aged 31.
[He was listed in the 1843 Chicago City directory - he boarded with Calvin DeWolf while in Chicago. Visit our Cook County site
for his listing.]
Bertha Grace Johnson
Bertha Grace Johnson, 84, of Coal Valley passed away Saturday, March 10, 2007, at her home after an extended illness.
Services are 2 p.m. Tuesday at Trinity Lutheran Church, Coal Valley, with The Reverend Robert Hagen officiating.
Burial is in Coal Valley Cemetery. Visitation is one hour before the services at the church. Memorials may be made
to the family. Trimble Funeral and Cremation Center, Coal Valley, is entrusted with arrangements.
Bertha Grace Johnson was born Aug. 2, 1922, in Mount Sterling, Ill., to Earl and Flora Lear Lashbrook.
She retired from Moline School District No. 40 in 1985, as a custodial maintenance worker for Wilson Jr. High School.
Upon retirement, she continued to work part time at Bicentennial Elementary School for several years. Bertha was
a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church, Coal Valley. Her family was always her top priority in life. She enjoyed
sewing, crocheting, working in her flower/vegetable gardens and the companionship of her pets.
Survivors include her children and spouses, Ila L. Bunch, Earlville, Ill., Vera E. McCreery, Coal Valley, Bertha
Maxine and Robert Stanford, Earlville, Diana M. Sears and her companion Steven Hershman, Andover, James H. McNeely,
Coal Valley, and Franklin E. Johnson and his fiancée Tina Hopkins, Davenport; grandchildren and their spouses,
Meredith L. "Mickey" and Amy Mays Jr., Orion, Allison C. and Robert Hogan, Silvis, Kristina M. and Jim
Hubly, Kankakee, Ill., John C. and Tennille Marks, Sterling, Jeremiah D. and Katy Johnson, Galesburg, Thomas J.
Perse, Rock Island, Megan A. McNeely, Moline, Justin and Anthony Hopkins, Davenport, and Stewart Hopkins, with
the U.S. Marine Corps in Japan; great-grandchildren, Noah A. and Alexandria L. Mays, Orion, Alexandra M. Marks,
Woodstock, Ill., Braxten J. Marks, Sterling, Kayden J. and Keenan T. Hubly, Kankakee, Dameon M. Powers and Kayla
N. Hogan, Silvis, and Zachary T. Johnson, Davenport; brothers and sisters and their spouses, Richard C. and Violet
Lashbrook, Lula Justine Sipes, Alta Maroy Claassen, and Fred M. and Corlene Lashbrook, all of Rushville, Ill. She
was preceded in life by her parents; brothers Wayne, Robert, Clyde and George Andrew Lashbrook; sisters, Cora Beatrice
Hopkins, Melissa Ruth Wheelhouse and Nina Pauline Fisher; sons, Charles Lynn Johnson and twin infant sons; and
grandsons, Robert M. Bunch III and Jeffrey Allen Bunch.
Bertha's family invites friends to express condolences or light a candle in her memory at www.TrimbleFuneralHomes.com.
[The Daily Dispatch in Moline, Illinois March 12th, 2007, contributed
Elof Anderson, aged
11y, residing in the family of John Glenn at Minersville, Henry Co., was killed in a wagon accident on 2 Oct. (RI Daily Union, Friday, 6 Oct, 1871, sub. by K. Torp).
who was involved in a robbery here with Edward Scott, was hung by a vigilance committee in Savanna, Carroll Co.
Charles Whitney also was involved in the robbery. Bell's other brother, George, escaped from the Morrison, Whiteside
Co., Jail about two years ago and later broke jail again at Muscatine, Iowa. He is now in prison in Minnesota.
(RI Evening Argus, Friday, 29, Sept. 1871) He is called Jem Bell, also, and it is reported that he is still alive.
(RI Argus, Saturday, 30, Sept. 1871 , sub. by K. Torp)
who had just accepted a position as conductor on the Peoria and Rock Island railroad, died Christmas morning in
Peoria. He was from Columbus, Ohio, and leaves a family. (RI Evening
Argus, Thursday, 28 Dec. 1871) Burial was at Columbus, Ohio. He was aged ca.
48y. He leaves a wife and several children (RI Argus, Saturday, 30
Dec. 1871, sub. by K. Torp)
Henry P. Boody,
d. at Sterling, Whiteside Co., today. He was a railroad treasurer and was aged 24y. He was b. in Maine and was
a graduate of Bodwoin (sic) College at Brunswick, Main. His father was a professor at that institution at one time,
from which position he resigned to go into the banking business in New York. After graduating from college, he
went into the banking business with his father and made two trips to France in the interest of the firm. He came
to Rock Island two years ago. He died on the train at Sterling, while on his way to New York. He is survived by
his parents, Mr. and Mrs. H.H. Boody. Burial will be at his old home in the East. (RI
Evening Argus, Tuesday, 18 Apr. 1871, sub. by K. Torp)
John J. Brady,
a noted horseman, died Sunday at Peoria. He leaves a wife and three children. (RI
Daily Union, Friday, 1 Sept. 1871, sub. by K. Torp)
William B. Dickson,
d. 18 Mar. at Chicago, aged 64-65y. The funeral will be the 21st at Milan, Rock Island Co., at the residence of
his father, Wm. Dickson. He was an old resident of Milan and a brother of John Dickson and of James Dickson of
Milan. (RI Evening Argus, Monday, 20 Mar. 1871, and RI Daily Union,
Tuesday, 21 Mar. 1871, sub. by K. Torp)
John Y. Johnson,
aged 56y, of Pre-emption, Mercer Co., better known as "Yankee Johnson", died in an accident yesterday
in his barn, after being kicked by a horse. He leaves several children (4 daughters and 1 son). He was among the
first to settle in what is known as the "Irish settlement" at Pre-emption. He had lived in this county,
for a number of years. (RI Evening Argus, Saturday, 4 Feb. 1871 and
RI Daily Union, Sunday, 5 Feb. 1871, sub. by K. Torp)
Virginia E. Mather,
, wife of Chas. C. Mather and daughter of the late Samuel Duncan of Galena, Ill. died 26 Aug. in Rock Island. The
funeral will be Sunday from the residence of Mrs. G.W. Brownell. Cincinnati, Galena and Chicago papers please copy. (RI Evening Argus, Saturday, 26 Aug. 1871, sub. by K. Torp)
John C. Spencer,
eldest son of J.W. Spencer of Rock Island, d. 16 Jan. in Geneseo, Henry Co. The funeral will be Thursday at his
father's residence. (RI Evening Argus, Tuesday, 17 Jan 1871, sub.
by K. Torp)
Noah M. Talbott,
a Sunday school superintendent at Merrit Station on the Rock Island road, committed suicide there recently. (RI Evening Argus, Wednesday, 15 Nov. 1871, sub. by K. Torp)
living near Minersville, went to Mr. Morgrett's last Tuesday to purchase a load of corn, but was killed there in
an accident. He was a middle-aged man. (RI Daily Union, Thursday,
16 Feb. 1871, sub. by K. Torp)
Becker, Wm. H.,
the new teacher at the German-English school in Rock Island, died last Friday at the Mercy Hospital in Davenport,
Scott Co., Iowa aged 39 years. He leaves a wife and one daughter, aged 14 years. Burial was in the Davenport City
Cemetery on Sunday. (Rock Island Daily Argus, Monday 14 May 1877
and Rock Island Daily Union, same day)
Crumbaugh, Miss Maggie
of Rock Island, Illinois died at Mercy Hospital in Davenport, Iowa on May 17, 1877. The funeral will be the 19th
in Rock Island. (Rock Island Daily Argus, Saturday 19 May 1877)
Devere, Mrs. Emma,
a schoolteacher on the Pleasant Valley Road, died last Saturday in Davenport, Iowa. Austin Lathrop, who has finished
serving his time in the state penitentiary for stealing a watch from his aunt, Mrs. Susan Flagg, is a brother to
Mrs. Devere. Burial will be today at Porterville, Illinois. (Rock Island Daily Union, Tuesday 6 March 1877) (Daily
Union of March 7th: her funeral was yesterday from the residence of her aunt, Mrs. Susan Flagg, near Coaltown,
Ills.) (March 8th issue: she died at the home of her friend, Mrs. H. Rose of Davenport, Iowa on Saturday. The funeral
was Sunday with burial in the Universal Cemetery at Portersville).
- a man named Herrick drowned in the Rock River near Hillsdale, Illinois on Wednesday. (Rock
Island Daily Argus, Friday 1 June 1877)
(Daily Union; he worked for the railroad. His friends live near Mt. Pleasant, Iowa.)
who married Anna Baumire last fall, died Monday. They lived on Front Street in Davenport, Iowa and operated the
Farmers' House. Burial was yesterday at the Riverside Cemetery in Moline, Illinois. (Rock
Island Daily Union, February 22 1877)
(Daily Argus of February 21st; the husband of Annie Boumier died in Davenport,
daughter of John and Christena Lubbe, died March 5, 1877 in Rock Island aged 2 years, 3 months. The funeral will
be tomorrow with burial in the City Cemetery in Davenport, Iowa. (Rock
Island Daily Argus, Monday, 5 March 1877)
died yesterday at Stuart, Iowa. He came to Moline, Illinois in 1861 and at one time worked at the paper mill there.
He left Moline about 6 years ago. He came here from Bangor, Maine where he was at one time the deputy sheriff.
He was aged about 55 years when he died. (Rock Island Daily Union,
Thursday 19 April 1877)
- wife of E.G. Smedley formerly of Davenport, Iowa - died Friday at the residence of J.L. Smedley aged 24 years,
9 months. She was the step-daughter of the late Wm. Little of Moline, Illinois. The funeral will be Saturday at
the J.L. Smedley residence, 214 E. 6th Street in Davenport. (Rock
Island Daily Argus of Saturday 24 February 1877)
Forsting, John H.,
who was sent to the reform school from this county (Rock Island Co) last summer, is very ill and is not expected
to live. (Rock Island Daily Argus, March 3, 1877)
Daily Union of March 3rd; John is the son of Richard Fosting (sic?) of Milan, Illinois
Daily Argus, March 6th; Forsting died Saturday at the residence of his father in Davenport, Iowa. He was aged 14
The funeral of Mr. Frank
L. Henrichson will be held at 1:30 this afternoon from the residence.
[the Rock Island Union Tuesday, May 28, 1901 - submitted by Shirley