Illinois Genealogy Trails

Rock Island County, Illinois Genealogy Trails
Obituaries and Death Notices


Phil Mitchell
Phil Mitchell was born in Georgetown, Scott County, Kentucky, on November 30, 1846, the son of Philemon Libby and Catherine Norris(Hall) Mitchell. Having come to Rock Island with his parents in the autumn of 1856, when he was less than 10 years old, he attended the public schools of the city. Later, going abroad, he studied at Dresden, Germany.
In 1877, Phil Mitchell married Miss Ella Judd, a daughter of Dr. F. H. and Harriet J. Judd, pioneer residents of Rock Island. Their marriage took place at the residence of the bride s father,then in Janesville, Wisconsin. Six sons were born to this union, namely, Philemon Leon, who died in infancy, and Ben J., Leon W., Ardo W., Robert C. and Frederick L., who survive.
Mr. and Mrs. Mitchell celebrated their golden wedding anniversary at their home on October 24, 1927, with an open house in the afternoon and a family dinner in the evening.
At the age of 80 years Mr. Mitchell retired from the presidency of the State bank of Rock Island, his resignation going before the Board of Directors of the bank, January 12, 1927. At that time he had served longer than any bank president or cashier in Illinois who was still in active service, having been president of the State bank since 1905.
Always interested in historical collections and facts, Mr. Mitchell was for many years active in the Rock Island County Historical Society, at one time serving as president of the organization. He was also a prominent member of the Illinois State Historical Society.
One of his fondest recollections was while he was still a boy, of seeing Abraham Lincoln and hearing him speak when the latter paid a visit to Rock Island and was at the County court house.
Funeral services for Mr. Mitchell were held at 3 o clock, November 8, at his home, 720 Twentieth street, Rock Island. They were in charge of Rev. Edward Williams, pastor of Broadway Presbyterian church. Interment was in the family lot in Chippiannock Cemetery.

The following is an editorial from the Rock Island Argus of November 7, 1928:
In the death of Phil Mitchell Rock Island loses one of its grand old men.
His residence here dates back to the late fifties, before the outbreak of the Civil war. His life in this community has been honorably lived from the time of his advent, a Kentucky youth entering upon a new environment.
His career has been devoted to banking, and the bakers of this community and indeed of this state looked upon him as the dean of their calling and paid him the honor that was his due.
Perhaps his outstanding characteristic was his whole hearted devotion and loyalty to Rock Island. As a financier, associated for a long period of years with Rock Island s oldest banking institution, his connection being traceable to the days of his boyhood when he swept the counting room and performed other humble tasks, he was intimately acquainted with actual business conditions here, and it is greatly to his credit that on many occasions when the future of some important Rock Island mercantile or industrial enterprise was at stake, he would go as far as a conservative baker could in extending financial help in time of need. There was never any question where Mr. Mitchell stood in such times of crisis.
Many a Rock Island merchant and manufacturer has had cause to be grateful to Mr. Mitchell for carrying them through difficult situations. In his capacity as a banker Phil Mitchell possessed the entire confidence of the people. They had a genuine respect not only for his high character, but for his judgment, and frequently had resort to him advice and guidance in the conduct of their business affairs. His knowledge of banking was acquired in the school of experience like his father before him,and what he thus came to know was at the disposal of all who consulted him.
Ardently attached to Rock Island,he made himself familiar with its rich historical background. In this field of investigation he was supreme, and as the years passed he assembled the most valuable collection of historical data having to do with Rock Island s pioneer period. He was fond of discussing the event and personages of a by-gone day and was recognized as an authority on this domain. He experienced much pleasure in attending the annual gatherings of the Old Settlers association of this county, an organization which he served as president. He was instrumental in restoring the home of Colonel George Davenport, noted pioneer of this locality,located on the Rock Island arsenal island, and did much to encourage and assist those who interested themselves in preserving for the benefit of posterity the facts about Rock Island s past.
Before old age descended upon him,Mr. Mitchell was a lover of such sport as hunting and fishing, and he was directly responsible for the provision in the law creating a game refuge on the upper Mississippi extending to the north as far as Wabasha, Minn., that the southern terminus of this stretch of river should be established at Rock Island.
To the end Mr. Mitchell displayed those qualities of optimism and fortitude which had always distinguished him. He ever faced life bravely, and faltered not as his steps drew near the goal of mortal existence. He had risen by his own exertions from boy of all work around a bank to be the honored head of the institution, and to fill executive posts also in other business concerns of considerable magnitude. His sound commonsense and his habit of industry and attention to the details of his business made him what he was in the world of finance.
It was inevitable that such a man would bind himself many sincere friends. Those who were his intimates valued their privileges very highly.
The name of Phil Mitchell is indelibly impressed upon the City of Rock Island, and that name is the synonym for a character that was unsullied, and for qualities which entitled him to eminent standing as a citizen and as a leader in the business life of Rock Island for many years.
He had now become a party of the history of this community to which he was always so much attached, and the example of loyalty to the interests of his home city which he set will be long remembered by the people of Rock Island.

East Moline --- Funeral services for Walter A. Gremonprez, 81, of East Moline , will be at 1 p.m. Friday at St. Anne Catholic Church, East Moline . Entombment will be in St. Mary s Mausoleum, East Moline . Visitation will be from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Van Hoe Funeral Home Ltd., East Moline , where a rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. Mr. Gremonprez died Monday, Aug. 6, 2007, at his home, surrounded by his family. Memorials may be made to Trinity Pathway Hospice or for Masses. Walt was born Dec. 30, 1925, in Moline , the son of Adolph and Clara (Schatteman) Gremonprez. He was a graduate of United Township High School class of 1943. He served in the U.S. Air Forces during World War II. He enlisted as an aviation cadet in 1944 and graduated navigation school in 1945 as a second lieutenant. He served in the Air Force Reserves from 1946 to 1951. He married Mary Alice Collins on June 19, 1948, at St. Anne s Catholic Church, East Moline . He worked at John Deere Harvester Works, East Moline , for 37 years, retiring in 1983. He was a long-time member of St. Mary s Catholic Church, East Moline , and UAW Local 865. Walt loved woodworking and built the house that he and Mary Alice lived in for more than 50 years. He loved traveling with family. He was to Europe and Mexico many times. He enjoyed playing rolle-bolle and was a member of Hand in Hand Rolle-Bolle League. He was happy in his yard and garden. Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Mary Alice Gremonprez of East Moline; daughters and sons-in-law, Linda and Greg Wegner of Grand Detour, Annette and Steve Wilson of Moline, Joan and Jim Kramer of Fulton and Amy and Darren Hart of Hampton; son and daughter-in-law, Dan and Laurie Gremonprez of West Bend, Wis.; grandchildren, Katie, Joe and Kimi Wegner, Sarah, Eric and Andrea Fremonprez, Nick DeVolder, Megan Wilson, Joshua and Bridget Gooch and Lauren Hart; eight step-grandchildren; one great-granddaughter "on the way." sisters and brother-in-law, Elaine and Earl Hunt of East Moline, JoAnn (late Larry) Burns and Karen and Larry Dellitt of Moline. He was preceded in death by his parents.
[Taken from: The Dixon Telegraph, Wednesday, August 8, 2007, Page A2 Col. 3-4 - Contributed by Pat Esterday]

Silvis __ Sophie B. Welshhons, 82, of Silvis, died Thursday, Aug. 30, 2007, at her home. She was employed by John Deere as a payroll clerk before retiring. Mrs. Welshhons was born July11, 1925, in Topeka , Kan. , the daughter of Ynes and Luisa (Hernandez) Belman. She married Harley Welshhons in 1966 in Silvis. He preceded her in death on Nov. 21, 2003. Survivors include a daughter, Rene Morris of East Moline; a son, Ron Welshhons of Silvis; a sister, Ester Perez of Moline; two brothers, Louis Belman of Silvis and David Belman of Dixon; and three grandchildren. She also was preceded in death by a sister, Lucy Contreras; and two brothers, Julian and Jess Belman. The funeral is at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, Silvis. Burial is at St. Mary s Cemetery, East Moline . Visitation is from 2 to 3 and 5 to 7 p.m., with the rosary recited at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Schroder Mortuary, Silvis.
[Taken from: The Dixon Telegraph, Friday, August 31, 2007, Page A2 Col. 1-2 - Contributed by Pat Esterday]

Elnora Irene Abbott Lang
Elnora Irene Lang, 81, of Moline, died Thursday, Aug. 30, 2001, at home. Services were Tuesday at Grace Community Church of the Nazarene, Colona, where she was a member. Burial was in Greenview Memorial Gardens in East Moline.
Family Funeral Services of Colona was in charge of arrangements.
Memorials may be made to the church.
She was born July 14, 1920, in Rushville, the daughter of Howard and Addie Green Abbott. She married Burton Lang May 27, 1939, in Pleasant Plains, Iowa.
She was formerly employed at ARA Vending and Fresh Pak Candies, retiring in 1981. She enjoyed embroidering, quilting, cooking, and writing poetry.
Survivors (and spouses) include her daughters, Sandra (Amby) Canty of Davenport, Iowa, Nancy (Dennis) Chamberlain of Denver City, Texas, and Virginia (Jerry) Thomas of Pueblo West, Colo.; sons, David (Lea) Lang of Olathe, Kan., and Ed (Kathy) Heck of Vandalia, Iowa; 10 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; sisters, Margaret Chamberlain of Roseville, Ruth Roberts of Bradley, and Dorothy Miller of Yuma, Ariz.; and son-in-law, Ron Davis of Amarillo, Texas.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Burton, in 1997, daughter, Barbara, in 2000, one grandchild, one great-grandchild, and a sister, Helen Cunningham.
[The Rushville Times, Wednesday, September 5, 2001, page 15, column 2 - submitted by Sara Hemp]

GRANT J. FRANKS, 7_ , Hillsdale, died (22 Sep 1984) Saturday at the Veterans Hospital, Iowa City, Iowa. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday at the Dailey-Gibson Funeral Home, Port Byron. Burial will be in the Bethesday Cemetery, Hillsdale. Visitation today will be from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home. A memorial has been established to the Hillsdale American Legion which he was a member. In 1963 he married Mary Lesher at Port Byron. He was the first Villalge Marshall of Hillsdale and was a carpenter. He served in the army during World War II. Surviving are his wife; one stepson, John Steven Lesser, Rock Island, step grandchildren and one brother, Charles, Geneseo. [Submitted by Melva L. Taylor]

F J Davis, an old and well known farmer of Rock Island County, Illinois, committed suicide by means of poison at his home in Carlin Cliff, a few miles above Rock Island, and his body was found in his vineyard.
The circumstances surrounding the case are such that it has created considerable of a sensation in the county. A week ago Davis was arrested and bound over in $1500. houds for forging the name of Deputy Sheriff Sharp Selvis, who operates a coal mine, has for years been supplying the Argillo Tile Works at Carlin Cliff with fuel. Of that institution Mylo Lee is president and to injure the business relationship between Mr. Lee and Mr. Selvis, whom he had a grudge against. Davis wrote the following note and mailed it in such a manner that it would fall into Mr. Lee's hands: "The business of the court keeps me here, but you still and we'll give Mr. Mylo Lee hell, you bet." Selvis soon traced the note to Davis and had him arrested. Public indignation against Davis was aroused, and in a fit of remorse he committed suicide.
[Alton Democrat, November 20, 1885 - Submitted by Janice Rice]

Davenport, Ia., Nov. 22 -- T.J. Davis of Carbon Cliff was arrested recently for forging the name of Deputy-Sheriff Silvis to a law paper. Today Davis was found dead in a field near his home, and the indications point to suicide. Four years ago Davis' wife fell dead while standing at the washtub.
[Chicago Tribune, Monday, November 23, 1885. Sub. by Lisa Davis, who adds this note: His wife, Emaline Shrom Davis, died in 1881. They are both buried in the Oakwood Cemetery, Geneseo, Henry County.] Transcribed by K. Torp

NEVA M. SCHATTI, 57, 3905 Morton Drive, East Moline, died Saturday at Illini Hosptal in Silvis. Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Schroder Mortuary in Silvis with Rev. Byron Black of Erie Christian Church officiating. Burial will be in National Cemetery in Rock Island. Visitation will be held from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. today.
Neva Rosene was born Sept. 15, 1927 in Tampico. She was united in marriage to William Schatti on Jan. 12, 1956 in Tampico. He died in 1973. She worked in the office at Aertex Means Services in East Moline. She was a member of the American Business Women's Association and the Tampico Church.
Survivors include two daughters, Joni Schatti of East Moline and Betsy Schatti of Cantonment, Fla., one son, William L. Bollinbrook, one stepson, Dennis Schatti of Moline, two stepgrandchildren; and four sisters, Mrs. Mildred Beydler of Cantonment, Fla., Blanche Rosene of DeKalb, Etta Mae Tufte of Genoa and Mrs. Helen Rank of Wheeling. She was preceded in death by one sister.

[The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois, April 22 1985 - Monday, pg A4 - Submitted by Melva Taylor]

SUSAN M. FULLER - 25, of 425 16th Ave., Apt. 2, Moline, died Wednesday morning. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday in St. Anne's Catholic Church in East Moline. Burial will be in Hampton Cemetery in Hampton. Visitation will be from 7-9 tonight at the Sullivan Estherdahl Mortuary in East Moline. Eulogy will be given at 7:30 p.m.

She was born in Syrcuse, N.Y. and had been employed at Desaulniers Printing Company in Moline at the time of her death. Surviving are her mother, Elizabeth Fuller of East Moline; her father and step-mother, Mr. and Mrs. Lyle Fuller of Lyndon; two sisters, Mrs. Richard Polk of Moline and Annette at home; one brother, Thomas at home; two step-sisters, Polly Goggins of Rock Island and Diane Rangel of Sterling; one step-brother, John Goggins of Loguna Hills, Calif., her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Lyle R. Fuller of Sterling and stepgrandmother, Betty Bullock of Cherry Valley, Ark.
[The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois July 18, 1985 - Thursday, pg A6 - Submitted by Melva L. Taylor]

LUELLA M. TATE, 75, of Hillsdale, died Monday at Moline Lutheran Hospital. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Dailey Gibson Runeral Home in Port Byron. Burial will be in the Bethesda Cemetery in Hillsdale. Visitation will be from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Luella was born Aug. 3, 1909 in Oregon, the daughter of James and Mattie Jargens Reed. On Jan. 31, 1930 she married Dwight Tate in Sterling. He preceded her in death in Jan. 1976. Surviving are one son Jerry of Hillsdale; one daughter, Mrs. June Cole of Hillsdale; three grandchildren, one great grandchild and one brother Donald Reed of Hillsdale .
[The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois July 23, 1985 - Tuesday, pg A4 - Contributed by Melva L. Taylor]

RAYMOND F. SCHORPP, 59, of 561 1st St., E., Lyndon, formerly of Andulusia, was pronounced dead on arrival at Community General Hospital Saturday afternoon. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Wheelan Funeral Home in Rock Island. Burial will be in the National Cemetery on Arsenal Island. Visitation is from 6-9 p.m. Tuesday at the Wheelan Funeral Home in Rock Island. Local arrangements were made by the Morrison Chapel of the Bosma Funeral Home.

Mr. Schorpp was born March 31, 1926 in Moline, the son of Max and Elsi (VanDeJuchte) Schorpp. He was educated in the Rock Island Elementary and High Schools and was a veteran of World War II, serving in the United States Marines. He was united in marriage to Katherine L. Huyvaert in Rock Island on April 23, 1949. He was presently employed as a sales manager in commercial printing for York Graphics, Davenport, Iowa.

Mr. Schorpp had been an instructor in vocational printing at the high school in Edgington from 1968-71. He was director of printing workshops in the Dept. of Journalism at Mt. Marty College, Yankton, South Dakota from 1971-75. He was general manager of commercial printing with the Press and Dakota Newspaper in Yankton from 1975-83, and general manager of Commercial Printing Plant of Yankton from 1983-84.

Surviving are his wife, Kathy, Lyndon, one daughter, Mrs. Steven (Pamela) R. Doonan, Reynolds, two sons, Michael R., Morrison and David R., Witchita, Kansas, and three grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents.
[The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois August 19, 1985 - Monday, pg A4 - Contributed by Melva L. Taylor]

Savanna: - FRANK D. ARMSTRONG, 49, Savanna, died Sunday (April 18, 1982) in his home. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday at the Fulton Chapel of the Bosma Funeral Home. Burial will be in Cordova Cemetery. The Rev. David McCoy, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Fulton, will officiate. Visitation is from 1 p.m. until time of services Thursday. Mr. Armstrong was born March 9, 1933 in Cordova, the son of Walter E. and Minnie (Banion) Armstrong. He attended Cordova Grade School and is a graduate of Mount Carroll High School He was united in marriage to Myrtle Schipper on Feb. 14, 1953 in Fulton. He is survived by five daughters, Mrs. Roger (Sally) VanKampen and Mrs. Gary (Mary) Johnson, both of Fulton, Mrs. Timothy (Patricia) Bush of Erie and Tammy and Amy Armstrong, both of Fulton; five grandchildren and four brothers, Raymond of Fenton, Harold of Savanna, Kenneth of Agnew and John of Mount Carroll. He was preceded in death by one sister and one brother.
 [The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois, April 19, 1982 - Monday, pg A4 - Contributed by Melva L. Taylor]

Howard John Lane
Newspaper: Chicago Tribune, Dec. 29, 1983
Submitters Name: Ida Maack Recu

Obit: Howard John Lane, late of Moline, Ill., beloved husband of Frances Larson Lane.
Service 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 30, 1983, at Edgar Funeral Home, 10900 S. Cicero Ave.
Interment Oak Hill. Visitation 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday. 423-1600 or 723-0876.

James Boyle
Rock Island, Sept. 19 James Boyle committed suicide this morning by jumping from the rear deck of the ferry boat while crossing the Mississippi.
He was one of the pioneers of the city.
[The Quincy Daily Herald, Tuesday, September 20, 1881 [submitted by Debbie Gibson]

Charles D. Scudder, 58, died early this morning in his home, 2407 Twelfth Avenue, Moline, Il. following an illness of two weeks of maladies.Mr. Scudder was born in Industry, Il. March 19, 1868 to Jesse B. and Matilda Springer Scudder. He married Sarah Jane Russell Oct. 2, 1889, at Macomb, Il. Mr. Scudder had been employed at the John Deere Harvester company in East Moline.

Surviving him are the widow; four sons, Claybourne of Geneseo, Clair of Morrison, Paul of Los Angelos, Calif. and Harold of Moline; one daughter Twyla of Moline; two sisters, Mrs. Elizabeth Rutledge and Mrs. Julia Duncan of Adair, Il. one brother, Dustin Scudder of Bardolf, Il. and five grandchildren.
Death Date: Sept. 27, 1926
Death Date: Sept. 27, 1926 Riverside Cemetery, Moline, Il.
Parents are Jesse B. and Matilda Springer Scudder

Submitted by: Judy Hook src#09O

Frances Battles
January 4, 1877, Taken From the Henry Republican - Nancy Piper -2009
At Rock Island, Dec. 21, of consumption, Frances, daughter of Morris Battles 

Mrs. Otilla Dauber
June 2, 1881,  Taken From the Henry Republican - Nancy Piper -2009
At Rock Island, May 17 of typhoid fever, Otilla, 20 years 6 months 21 days, wife of Joseph Dauber, formerly of this city.

Mrs. Sarah Scudder
PORT BYRON- Mrs. Sarah Jane Scudder, 90, former Moline resident, died at 11 Wednesday night in the home of her daughter, Mrs. Twyla Hoskinson of 4234 W. Wrightwood Ave., in Chicago. Services will be at 1:30 tomorrow afternoon at Dailey Chapel, the Rev. Richard Barcus officiating. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery in Moline, Il.
She was born April 24, 1869 in Adair to Frank and Mary Ellen Grim Russell. She married Charles Scudder Oct. 2, 1889 at Macomb, Il. Survivors are three sons, Harold of Cordova, Clay R. of Los Angelos, Calif.; the daughter, Twyla of Chicago; two sisters, Mrs. Maude Derry of Moline, Il.  and Mrs. Edythe Dierck of Moline; and 12 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren, and 14 great great grandchildren.
Death Date July 29, 1959 Submitted by: Judy Hook src#09O

J. F. Russell, a resident of Moline, Il. for seven years, who recently went to Canton, Ill., to make his home, died last evening in the home of his daughter, Mrs. Herbert (Maude) Derry, of Canton. Remains will be brought to Moline Sunday evening and funeral services will be held at 2:30 Monday afternoon in the home of his daughter, Mrs. Charles D. Scudder, 1307 Fifteenth Street, Moline.

He is survived by three sons, Otis Russell of Moline, Jake of Rock Island and Ralph of Newport, R.I. and three daughters besides Mrs. Derry and Mrs. Scudder. They are Mrs. O.P. (Nora) McDonald of Adair, Ill., Mrs. George( Ina) Seamon and Mrs. E. (Edythe) Dierks of Moline, Il.

(SIC) (Joshua Franklin) Born: Dec. 13, 1848
Died: June 1, 1917. (SIC) son of James and Eva Neal Russell. Buried: in Riverside Cemetery, Moline, IL.

Submitted by: Judy Hook src#09O

Mrs. J. F. Russell died at the home of her daughter Mrs. George Seamans 1217 15th. St. Moline, IL., Saturday, May 5, aged 66 years 7 months and 17 days. Mary Ellen Grim daughter of Jacob and Sarah Reedy Grim, was born in Ohio and when four years old came to Illinois with her parents making the trip with a team and covered wagon. The family settled on a farm near Vermont, later moving to New Salem township where her parents died and she lived the greater part of her life. 

In 1868 she was married to J.F. Russell at Quincy, Ill., and for many years they resided in and near Adair. To this union were born thirteen children, namely, Jennie Scudder, Moline; William, deceased; Nora McDonald, Adair; Jacob, Moline; Maude Derry, Canton; Otis, Moline; Arthur, Industry; Edythe Dierks and Ina Seamons, Moline; Ralph in the U.S.Army, Perry, Anna Belle and Fred, deceased.

Mrs. Russell had been in very poor health for many years and since the death of her son, Perry, who it will be remembered by our readers died from burns caused by a gasoline stove explosion in Adair last November, had failed rapidly and had been in a Sanitarium for several weeks, but as she grew weaker she longed to go home, and was taken to the home of her daughter, Ina Seamans where she passed away as above stated.

Mrs. Russell united with the Wetzel Christian Church when a young lady and remained a faithful member until death came; which was peaceful and the pleasures, cares, and sorrows of her life were over.  Funeral services were held at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Ina Seamons. ??
Born: Sept. 19, 1850 Died: May 5, 1917, Buried in Riverside Cemetery Moline, IL.

Submitted by: Judy Hook

Sgt. Kenneth Weber Services On Wednesday

- Funeral services for Sgt. Kenneth H. Weber, USMC, were held at the First Baptist Church in Erie Wednesday afternoon. Sgt. Weber died in Marine Hospital at Camp Pendleton, Calif., on May 10, 1957 of injuries incurred in an auto mishap on May 4, 1957. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Weber of 202 7th St., Moline, who formerly lived in Erie.
The Rev. L. E. Ellison, pastor, officiated. Calvin Ellison sang accompanied by Mrs. L. E. Ellison at the organ. Pallbearers were Navy men from the Rock Island Arsenal. A naval escort from Camp Pendleton accompanied the body here.
The Mothers of World War II attended the services in a body. Burial was on the Rock Island Arsenal Cemetery.
The women of the Baptist Church served dinner to the family in the church dining room at 11:30 a.m. Relatives and friends attended the services from Prophetstown, Moline, Geneseo, East Moline, Rock Island, Polo, Hillsdale, Erie and surrounding towns.

[Daily Gazette May 17, 1957 - Friday, pg 6 -submitted by Melva L. Taylor ]


The funeral party of John Smith of East Moline came to Erie Sunday afternoon where the services, were held at the Christian church at 2:30 and burial -was made in the Erie cemetery. Mr. Smith was a former resident of this community, having lived on a farm on East Sandridge. He was about 68 years old and passed away in a Moline hospital early Friday morning. Tri-Village Review (Hillsdale, Illinois), Friday, Feb. 21, 1930 pg.3 - [C. Horton 0409]

James W. Simonson, prominent Port Byron banker, who died suddenly Monday morning at Orlando, Fla., was buried Friday afternoon at Oak Grove cemetery.
Port Byron. Mr. Simonson, who was wall known by many Hillsdale residents, was one of Port Byron's leading community workers and had friends
over the entire northern part of Rock Island county.
Devore N. Simonson,  Rock Island attorney, accompanied the body 'back from Florida Wednesday night. The funeral services were in charge of the Rev. F. I. Stevens. retired Methodist minister of Port Byron. He was assisted by the Rev. D- C- Ellinwood, pastor of the Methodist church there. Almost impassable roads was the only thing which prevented many Hillsdale people from attending the Friday services.  Work on the Devore Memorial library at Port Byron. provided through a gift by Mr. Simonson
and his late wife, has been started ....  after being halted as a tribune to the community leader.
Tri-Village Review (Hillsdale, Illinois), Friday, Feb. 21, 1930 pg.2 [C. Horton 0409]

James Green
Funeral services were held here Sunday for
James Green who was a former resident of Cordova. The services were conducted by Rev. Alfred Ca?nell. Interment was in the Cordova cemetery.  Tri-Village Review (Hillsdale, Illinois), Thurs., March 6, 1930, pg. 4 [C. Horton 0409]

Mary Neufeld
Mrs. C. D. Butzer and Mrs. Mary Oliver attended the funeral Sunday of
Mrs. Mary Neufeld, a cousin of  Mrs. Oliver. The day was spent at a guest of Mrs. Oliver's sister, Mrs. George Jacobs of Rapid City. Mrs. Neufeld died at Moline Friday. Tri-Village Review (Hillsdale, Illinois), Thurs. March 20, 1930, pg.5 [C. Horton 0409]

George Boardman
George Boardman, 68, and a resident of Coe Township for many years, was buried Monday in the Fairfield cemetery, following death which came after a lengthy illness at his home. He came to Coe township in 1893. He is survived by his wife, five sons, and three sisters. Funeral services were held from Fairfield Methodist church, with the Rev. D.C. Ellingwood  of Port Byron officiating.
Tri-Village Review (Hillsdale, Illinois), Thurs. March 27, 1930, pg.1 [C. Horton 0409]

Rev. Father Kelly
Haley, sister Mary and Will Loftus went to Moline Monday to attend the funeral of Rev. Father Kelly, pastor of St. Mary's church of Moline. Father Kelly had been ill for a number of weeks with heart trouble. He has been pastor of the same church in Moline for a period of 32 years. He will be greatly missed by the people of his charge. [Tri-Village Review (Hillsdale, Illinois), Thurs. April 3, 1930, pg.5 [C. Horton 0409] 

Julia Ely
The earthly remains of Mrs. Julia Ely, long a prominent figure in Cordova affairs, were laid in their final resting place in the Cordova cemetery, Thursday afternoon.  The funeral service, in charge of Rev. J. Woodhull, was held from the Cordova Baptist church.
Mrs. Ely has been in poor health off and on for the last few years, but had been exceptionally well the few day:, before her death.
Living in Cordova ever since she was two years old, and remaining there all her life, except for a few year Spent in California, she has made a host of friends in Cordova and surrounding towns who will miss her sorely. Always friendly to everyone, Mrs. Ely will be remembered as one of Cordova's best known residents.

Mrs. Julia Ely was born in Princeton, New Jersey, January 17, 1860 and passed away at her home  in Cordova April 29th. at the age of 70 years, three months, and 12 days. She came to Cordova with her parents, Robert and Mary Welch, when she was two years old, and has lived there most of her  life. She was united in marriage to Horry Ely in February 1882. She was united with the Baptist church on April 6, 1902, and has lived a faithful Christian life to the end. She leaves to mourn her passing her husband, Harry Ely, and one son, William Robert Ely of Cordova, and a host of relatives and friends.
The pallbearers at the funeral were Gus Dorst, George Guinn,Tom Crawford, James Armstrong, James Quinn and Gus Kruckenberg. Members of the family wish to thank their neighbors and friends for their help and sympathy in this hour of sorrow.

Tri-Village Review (Hillsdale, Illinois), Thursday, May 1, 1930, pg1 [C. Horton 0409]

Col. E. J. Searle, prominent civil war veteran dead at Rock Island, IL
[Belleville News Democrat, Aug. 21, 1906 - C. Horton - 0409]

MARGARET L. (Herbert) SCHAVE - 80, of rural Chadwick, died Wednesday, Nov. 3, 1999, at Pleasant View Nursing home, Morrison. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Frank-Law-Jones Funeral Home, Chadwick, with the Rev. Todd Schave officiating. Burial will be at
Greenview Memorial Gardens, East Moline. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. A memorial has been established to the Alzheimer's Association.
Mrs. Schave was born June 21, 1919 in East Moline, the daughter of Elmer Thomas and Orcelia (Grant) Herbert. She married Forrest E. Schave on Aug. 17, 1940 in East Moline. He survives. She was a graduate of United Township High School in East Moline and attended Business College in Moline. She and her husband farmed in Fairhaven Township until retiring in 1985. She had formerly been employed by American Machine and Metal in East Moline and the Bank of Silvis for several years. She was an Avon Lady for many years and had also owned and operated Meg's Antiques in Sterling and later in Rock Falls. She was a former member of the First Baptist Church, East Moline, where she served as a Sunday school teacher, a former member of the First Baptist Church of Morrison, where she was a state officer for the Woman's Missionary Society and a Sunday school teacher. She was a member of the Milledgeville Brethren Church, a member of the church WMS and a member of the Deaconate Board. She enjoyed sports, attending many football and basketball games with her husband. She taught herself to play the pump organ.
Survivors include three sons, Dennis Herbert (Verna) Schave of rural Chadwick, Rev. Todd Alan (Cindy) Schave of Omaha, Neb., David Esley (Marilyn) Schave of Elburn; a daughter, Terry Ann (Richard) Price of Mount Carroll; a sister, Doris (Marwood "Bud") Chalus of Utica; 14 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two sisters, Esther in infancy and Helen.
[The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois, November 5, 1999 - Friday, pg A2 - Submitted by Melva L. Taylor]

Rensie Klimstra
MOLINE -- Services for Rensie Klimstra, of Moline, will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at Bethel Wesley United Methodist Church, Moline. Burial will be in Moline Memorial Park Mausoleum. Visitation is 5-8 p.m. today at Trimble Funeral Home, Moline. Mr. Klimstra died Saturday, June 12, 1999, in Trinity Medical Center-West Campus, Rock Island. He owned, operated, and was president of Quad-City Specialty Company, Moline, for 15 years, retiring in 1986. He previously was vice-president and general manager of Hydraxtor Company, Moline, for 25 years. He was born June 13, 1915, in rural Whiteside County, Ill. He married Irma Geiger in 1937, in Clinton, Iowa. Memorials may be made to the church's building fund. Survivors include his wife; a son, Richard, Quincy, Ill.; two granddaughters; sisters, Pearl Sissing, Fulton, Ill., and Marguerite VanOsdol, Galena, Ill.; and a brother, Louis, Morrison, Ill.
[Quad-City Times, June 14, 1999 - Submitted by Barbara Gehlsen Nugent]

Irma C. Klimstra
MOLINE -- Services for Irma C. Klimstra, of East Moline, formerly of Moline, are 10 a.m. Saturday at Bethel Wesley United Methodist Church, Moline. Entombment is in Moline Memorial Park Mausoleum. Visitation is 4 to 7:30 p.m. Friday at Trimble Funeral Home, Moline. Memorials may be made to the church's building fund. Mrs. Klimstra died Tuesday, July 20, 2004, in Rosewood Care Center, Moline. The former Irma Clausen Geiger was born Aug. 25, 1915, in Morrison, Ill., the daughter of Harry and Anna (Clausen) Geiger. She married Rensie Klimstra on Oct. 18, 1937, in Clinton, Iowa. He died June 12, 1999. She was Secretary-Treasurer of her husband's business, Quad City Specialty Company. She was a member of Bethel Wesley United Methodist Church, Moline, where she served on various church committees, and volunteered for over 30 years at the former Moline Public Hospital. She loved being with her granddaughters and their families, and enjoyed playing bridge with her friends and bowling. Irma is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Richard and Joan Klimstra of Quincy, Ill.; two granddaughters and their husbands, Elizabeth and Stephen Keck of St. Louis, Mo., and Amy and Joe Rudd of Winter Park, Fla.; two great-grandchildren, Abigail and Andrew Rudd; sisters-in-law and a brother-in-law, Pearl Sissing of Clinton, Iowa, Lois Klimstra of Northbrook, Ill., Miriam Klimstra of Cary, N.C., and Frank and Marguerite Van Osdol of Galena, Ill.; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Rensie; her parents; a sister-in-law, Tena Klimstra; and brothers-in-law, Louie, Paul, and Bill Klimstra, and Clarence Sissing. Remembrances and condolences may be shared with the family at
[Quad-City Obituaries, Jul 22, 2004 - Submitted by Barbara Gehlsen Nugent]

FRANK (Bud) GOSS - age 54, of 1012 8th Ave., Rock Falls, died Monday morning at Iowa City Veterans Hospital in Iowa City, Iowa. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday at 9 a.m. at the Wheelock-Allen Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Rock Island Arsenal Cemetery at Rock Island. Friends may call at the funeral home Tuesday evening from 7 to 9 p.m. Full military rites will be conducted at the grave. A memorial has been established.
Goss was born March 10, 1923 in Louisville, Ky., the son of Nubby and Mary Kraft Goss. He was united in marriage to Frances Geer on Feb. 5, 1972. He had been employed in the Maintenance department at the Rock Falls Civic Plaza prior to his illness. He was a veteran of World War II and had numerous naval medals and honors bestowed upon him while in the service including, the Bronze Star Medal, the Purple Heart and the Presidential Unit Citation Medal.
Survivors includes his widow, one daughter, Dana Goss, Louisville, Ky.; two brothers, J. C. Goss, Louisville, Ky., and William Goss, Fairfield, Calif., and several step-children. He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother.

Death of Mr. John Deere
End of an Active Life Extending Over a Period of Eighty-Three Years
Moline, Ill., May 17 – John Deere, the largest plow manufacturer in the West and a pioneer settle of Western Illinois, died at 8 o’clock tonight after a lingering illness at his home in Moline. He was in his eighty-third year, having been born in Rutland, Vt., Feb. 7 1804. His life during his earlier years was one of the severest toil. His father and mother were English by birth, and lived for some time in Canada. Young Deere received a common school education at Middlebury, and at the age of 16 was apprenticed to a blacksmith in that town, and in a short time, by his application, made himself a master of the trade.
For five years he worked in this shop, when, deciding to do business on his own account, he moved to Leicester, Vt., where he opened a smithy, which he carried on until 1830. He then removed to Royalton, in the same State, and engaged in the same business for seven years, when in 1837 he came West.
His inventive genius was here soon displayed. It was necessary in order to make the larger “breakers” used in breaking tough sod of the prairies to use a fine quality of steel. This he obtained by buying saws from the saw mills near at hand, and cutting them up for plowshares. He hammered out his own shares upon the anvil, and was considered a marvel of progress for that time in his section of the State. As the country became more thickly settled the demand for plows increased, and also for plows of a better quality.
The fault of the implements furnished was that they were rough and did not clean readily, the soil sticking to them, causing them to clog up and soon throwing them out of the furrow. The great object was to find a plow that would obviate this difficulty.
Mr. Deere became interested in this matter, and set himself to supply the needs of the farmers. After much patient experimenting he invented a plow that seemed to meet all requirements; it is cleaned readily and at once became very popular with the farmers. As the demand for his plows increased, Mr. Deere’s attention was concentrated on this branch of manufacture, and before long his entire attention was given to it.
The first year he turned out three plows, the second year produced seven, and gradually from year to year the number was increased.
In 1847, at which time he left Grand Detour, he had fifty men employed and was turning our 1400 finished plows yearly. He bestowed the most careful attention upon the details of the business and allowed no implement to leave the shot until thoroughly finished and perfected. At first he had much difficulty in procuring steel and was obliged to import from England, but he still used all the saws he could buy. Afterward he obtained his steel at Pittsburg. His establishment, which he carried on with a partner, Mr. Lemuel Andra, was called the Grand Detroit Plow Works.
In 1847 he moved to Moline, on the Mississippi, attracted there by the convenient water power and the facilities for transportation. Here he founded the firm of Deere & Co., and built extensive and thoroughly equipped works. During the first year he manufacted 1000 plows. In 1868 the business was incorporated, with John Deere president and Charles H. Deere vice president. The Moline plow works at present is one of the most extensive establishments in the county. A vast force of men is employed, and from 65,000 to 75,000 plows turned out yearly. More probably to Mr. Deere than to only other man is the thriving city of Moline indebted. He was elected the first mayor of the city in 1873, and for several years served as president of the First National Bank. He was identified with the Congregational Church and gave liberally of his ample means for its support. The missionary cause was one which attracted his especial care, and to this and the Sunday school cause he gave thousands of dollars. Politically he was a zealous Republican. Mr. Deere was married in 1827 to Demarius Lamb, a former resident of Granville, Vt. He leaves a son, Charles H. Deere, who is now, and has been for several years, manager of the plow works, and three daughters. The cause of death was old age and dyspesis. Recently Mr. Deere returned from a trip to California and since that time has steadily failed until the last.
[Dallas (TX) Morning News, 5/25/1886 - Submitted by Dale Donlon]

Anna L. Koester

Rock Island Resident 25 Years Dies of Heart Ailment After Extended Illness

Mrs. Anna L. Koester, 65 years old, widow of William D. Koester and a resident of the city 35 years, died at 11:40 o'clock this morning in her home, 4124 Ninth street, Rock Island. Death was due to a heart ailment of which she had suffered for the past year. She had been seriously ill two months.

Mrs. Koester, whose maiden name was Miss Anna L. Nelson, was born Sept. 18, 1870, in Edgington township, the daughter of Ezekiel and Lucinda White Nelson. She received her education in the schools there and in Des Moines, Iowa, where she moved with her parents when 8 years old.

She resided in Des Moines for 20 years, moving to Rock Island 35 years ago to make her home. She was married in October, 1902, in Rock Island to William D. Koester. He preceded her in death May 3, 1925. Mrs. Koester was a member of Gloria Dei United Presbyterian church, Rock Island, and district No. 6, Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War.

Surviving are two sons, J. Franklin Koester at home, and W. Paul Koester of Rock Island; two brothers, John Franklin and George W. Nelson, both of Rock Island, and a grandson.

The body was removed to the Knox funeral home pending funeral arrangements.
[The Rock Island Argus, Monday, Oct. 28, 1935 p.16 - Submitted by Roberta Bear.]

William D. Koester
William D. Koester, 46, 4124 Ninth avenue, died at 8:45 o'clock Sunday morning at St. Anthony's hospital, after four months' illness. He had been in the hospital five weeks, his ailment being given as a complication of diseases.
Mr. Koester was a lifelong resident of Rock Island, having been born here on Oct. 9, 1878. He attended the public schools, and became a salesman, in late years being employed by the Model bakery. On Oct. 15, 1902, he was married to Anna Hoisington, who survives. He was a member of the Gloria Dei United Presbyterian church of Rock Island.
Besides Mrs. Koester, the surviving members of the family are two sons, Paul and Frank, at home, and two sisters, Mrs. Anna Crosby and Mrs. Henry Ruge of Rock Island.
Funeral services will be conducted in the home at 10 o'clock Wednesday morning, Rev. S. W. Woodburn of Gloria Dei church officiating, and burial will take place in Chippiannock cemetery.
[The Rock Island Argus, Monday, May 4, 1925 - Submitted by Roberta Bear]

Harold Wennerstrom
Clinton, Iowa. --- Harold F. Wennerstrom, 83, Clinton Retirement Center, Clinton, died Wednesday at the retirement center.
Funeral services will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday at the Fulton Chapel of the Bosma Funeral Home with the Rev. Leon E. Willhite, pastor of the Community Congregational Church, Clinton, Iowa, officiating. Burial will be in the Fulton Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday at the funeral home with Masonic Services at 7 p.m.
A memorial has been established in his memory.
Harold Wennerstrom was born in Rock Island on Jan 3, 1900, the son of Henry Wennerstrom and Louise Hawkinson and was educated in Rock Island schools. On June 30, 1927 he married Inez Opheim in Moline. He was a member of the Fulton City Lodge 189, AF & AM member of the lodge, First Congregational Church, Eau Claire, Wis. A long time resident of Eau Claire, Wis., where he was self-employed, he moved to Clinton in 1977 and has resided at the Clinton Retirement Center since March of 1983. Prior to that he resided at Cambridge Place, Clinton, Iowa. Surviving are his wife, Inez and one grandson.
[Sterling Illinois Daily Gazette, Thursday, July 21, 1983, A4;2-3 - Submitted by Barbara Gehlsen Nugent]

Inez Wennerstrom
Inez O. Wennerstrom, 82, of Clinton Retirement Village, Clinton, Ia., died Wednesday in the Clinton Retirement Village.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, in the Fulton Chapel of the Bosma Funeral Home, followed by a private cremation with the cremains interred in the Fulton Cemetery. The Rev. Mel Strain, pastor of the Fulton Presbyterian Church, will officiate. Visitation will be 3-5 p.m. and 7-8 p.m. Friday, in the Fulton Chapel, Bosma Funeral Home.
Mrs. Wennerstrom was born on April 19, 1903, in Lee County, the daughter of Olav and Sigrid Seljestad Opheim. She married Harold F. Wennerstrom in Moline, on June 30, 1927. He preceded her in death on July 20, 1983.
Mrs. Wennerstrom attended Fulton grade school and graduated from Fulton High School in 1921. She attended the DeKalb Teachers College, and taught in the rural Whiteside County schools, and also the fourth grade in the Fulton grade school. The deceased was a member of the First Congregational Church of Eau Claire, Wis., where she served as director of Christian education for many years. She also was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, and was active in Girl Scouts leadership for several years. Mrs. Wennerstrom is survived by one grandson, David Cross, of Kalamazoo, Mich.; three nephews, and two nieces.
[Sterling, Illinois Daily Gazette, Thursday, 23 January 1986, A6;3 - Submitted by Barbara Gehlsen Nugent]

Bruce Barkes
Bruce Barkes, 50, of Rock Island, Ill., died Monday, Nov. 29, 1993.
Services: 11:30 a.m. Saturday, St. John's Lutheran Church, Rock Island, where he was a member. Burial: Fairmount Cemetery, Davenport. Visitation: after 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the church. Memorials may be made to the church. Survivors include an aunt, Rosella (Mrs. Wayne) Prignitz of Cedar Rapids; and several nieces and nephews. Born Dec. 26, 1942, in Davenport, he was the son of Edward and Mildred Dau Barkes. He was a graduate of Rock Island High School and Moline Institute of Commerce. Bruce worked for Association of Retarded Citizens, Rock Island. An entertainer with Morris & Co., Moline, Ill., he entertained as a clown and puppeteer for Quad Cities Angels & Cubs at John O'Donnell Stadium. He also worked at Highland Springs Golf Course and Macomber Inc., Steel Division. An Air Force veteran, Bruce served from 1963 to 1967. He was active in the NAC Program and served on St. John's church council. Bruce also was a member of Clowns of America International and World Clown Association. Arrangements are with Runge Mortuary, Davenport.
[The Gazette (Cedar Rapids-Iowa City), December 2, 1993 - Sub. by Candi Horton]

Nellie A. Burbridge
Mrs. Nellie A. Burbridge, 88, of 2935 14th Ave, Rock Island, died Jan. 13, 1981 at Franciscan Hospital, Rock Island. Services were held Jan. 16 at Knox-Larson Funeral Home, Rock Island, with Dr. Howard Grant of Memorial Christian Church officiating. Burial was in Rose Lawn Memorial Estates, East Moline. Nellie A. Grimes was born at Nebo, IL, June 1, 1892. She married Robert E. Burbridge Sept. 22, 1909 in Pittsfield, IL. He died Sept. 20, 1971. They moved to Rock Island in 1929. Mrs. Burbridge was employed by Servus Rubber Co. in Rock Island; she retired in 1942. She was a member of Memorial Christian Church and Farmall Retirees Club. Survivors include 2 daughters, Mrs. Mary L. Waller of Rock Island and Mrs. Nell Dempsey of Davenport; a son Robert of Hillsdale; 11 grandchildren, 29 great grandchildren and seven great great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, Jasper and LeViene Grimes, husband, all her brothers and sisters, and 7 great grandchildren. Those from Pittsfield attending the funeral were Rache Grimes, Doris Newberry, and Jerry Grimes.
(Sub. by Kathy Robinson)

Funeral service for Ralph L. McBride, 64, will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday
at the Schilling Funeral Home, with the Rev. Donald M. Cobb officiating. Burial will be in Port Byron Cemetery. Mr. McBride died at Moline Public Hospital early Monday morning following an 11-day illness. He was born July 22, 1889, at Alexis, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank McBride, and was reared and educated at North Henderson.
Mr. McBride was a well known barber here, and had been in business on the town square for more than 40 years, longer than any other Erie businessman. He was married to Miss Bertha Leffingwell of Port Byron on March 24, 1912, at Davenport, Ia. He was of Methodist faith and was a member of the Erie Progressive Club.
Surviving are his wife, one daughter, Mrs. John (Gladys) ---ensen of Orangeville, Ill., two sons, Donald of Thomson and Lamont of Port Byron; four grandchildren; one brother, Leo McBride of Galesburg, and one sister, Mrs. Thomas Dixon of Peoria. He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters.
The Progressive Club, of which he was a member, has asked the business houses to close from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Wednesday so that the business men can attend the service.
[The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois, March 16, 1954 - Tuesday, pg 2, Sub. by Melva L. Taylor]

Funeral services for Mary Lou York, 93, of East Moline, are 10 a.m. Wednesday at First Presbyterian Church, East Moline. Burial is in Hampton Cemetery. Visitation is 4-7 p.m. Tuesday at Van Hoe Funeral Home Ltd., East Moline. Memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church, where she was a member. Mary Lou went to be with the Lord on Sunday, April 17, 2011, at Rosewood Care, Moline.
She was born Aug. 20, 1917, in Menard County, Ill., the daughter of Herbert and Hattie (Lenz) Eichenauer. She graduated from Petersburg (Ill.) High School in 1935. She married Paul York on July 1, 1939, in Durant, Okla. Paul died Jan. 9, 1995. Mary Lou had taught Sunday School and served on many of the women's organizations at the church. She was a resident of East Moline for 67 years and wintered in Pharr, Texas, for 17 years. She loved to paint, crochet, play cards, travel and square dance. Mary Lou wanted to be remembered as a caregiver to her children, mother, and later in life to her husband and her sister. She enjoyed helping others and received many blessings in return.
Survivors include her children (spouses), Roxanne (Richard) Sunlin, Plano, Texas, Deborah (Larry) Surratt, Springfield, Ohio, Paul "Greg" (Susan) York, Rockford, Wendy (Bud) Williams, Colona, and Libby (Anthony) Paskvan, East Moline; 10 grandchildren; and 13 great grandchildren.
She is preceded in death by her husband; and sister, Betty Bennett.

April 2011, Moline Dispatch, Submitted by LeRoy G. Sundin

Otto Selhost
Funeral service for Otto Selhost, 79, of Rock Island, who died Thursday in Savanna City Hospital, was held this afternoon in Wheelan Funeral Home, Rock Island. Burial was in Memorial Park Cemetery, Rock Island. Survivors include a son, Arden of Savanna; three grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; a sister; and three brothers.

[Freeport Journal-Standard, pg. 12, 7-15-1974 - Submitted by Pam Pickens]

Paul Marsden
SHERIDAN, Wyo.. July 12.— Paul Marsden, the young man who became demented Friday while en route to Rock Island, Ill., and who jumped from the train at Regis, but was latter captured and brought to Sheridan, died yesterday evening at 5:30 at the state hospital, to which place he was removed Sunday. Young Marsden, who was only 22 years of age has been attending the high school in Bozeman, and during the vacation decided to return to the old home in Illinois. After leaving Hillings, trainmen noticed that his actions were peculiar but he did not become violent until the train reached Regis, a small station east of Sheridan, when he sprang from the car and started for the hills. The section crew was sent in pursuit and he was overtaken after a long search.

[12 Jul 1917; Wyoming State Tribune-Cheyenne State Leader - Submitted by a Friend of Free Genealogy]

Elizabeth Robinson Whiteside
MRS. WM. WHITESIDE PASSES TO REWARD. Goes to Joslin to Nurse Son Who Is Ill and Is Stricken with Pneumonia. In County Since 1853. Mother of Former County Treasurer - Known and Loved Throughout Entire County.
Rock Island county lost one of its pioneers when Mrs. Elizabeth Whiteside was called by death at 5:15 yesterday afternoon. The end came at the home of her son, Frederick, near Joslin, as result of pneumonia. Mrs. Whiteside, of recent years, had made her home at 2403 Sixth avenue, this city with her son, Dr. C. E. Whiteside. She had gone to Joslin, in excellent health considering her advanced years, to care for the son in whose home her death occurred, and whose own recovery from present illness is not considered likely. Elizabeth Robinson was born in Lancashire, Eng., March 28, 1832. She grew to womanhood there and was married to William Whiteside in 1851. They came to America two years later, settling in Zuma township in 1853. For years they resided in that vicinity on a farm. Mr. Whiteside preceded his wife in death by seventeen years, passing Nov. 22, 1898. Ten children were born to the union, seven of whom survive. One child died in infancy while Joseph Whiteside died in January 1900, and Christopher in November 1899. Those surviving are Mrs. Bessie Dunbar of Joslin and Mrs. Margaret Beam of Moline, William H., former county treasurer, Robinson H., and Charles of Moline and Frederick J. and Roland N. of Joslin. Twenty-five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren are also left to mourn. Funeral arrangements will be announced tomorrow.
[Date and Newspaper Unknown - Submitted by Sandra Trapp]

Bessie Whiteside Dunbar
Mrs. Bessie Dunbar, 72 years of age, who resided practically all her life in Zuma Township, passed away at her home of heart disease after a long illness, on Monday morning. Bessie Whiteside was born Oct. 9, 1853 in Zuma township and was the daughter of William Whiteside, who came from England and was one of the first pioneers of the township. February 27, 1873 she was united in marriage to Alonzo Dunbar, who died August 1, 1912. Mrs. Dunbar was known as a most capable woman and operated the farm successfully after her husband's death. She was a member of the Joslin U. B. Church and was favorably known thruout her community. She leaves to mourn her departure three sons: Eugene and Carl of Joslin and Raymond of Moline; five daughters: Mrs. Elizabeth Young, Mrs. Leonard Anderson of Port Byron; Mrs. J. D. Allen of Cordova; Mrs. Lucy Kerr, Miss Clara Dunbar at home; also three grandchildren: Joseph Kerr and Bessie and Maynard Allen of Cordova; one sister: Mrs. Margaret Beam of Iowa city, Ia; two brothers: R. N. Whiteside of Joslin; Dr. Robt Whiteside of Moline. Funeral services were conducted privately at the home at 2:00 o'clock Thursday afternoon. Rev. H. M. Walker of Willow Grove, Ill., former Joslin church pastor, assisted by Rev. Loren Miller, present pastor, officiated.
[Obituary found at the Rock Island Historical Society, newspaper unknown, Submitted by Sandra Trapp]

William H. Whiteside
.....IS DEAD AFTER LONG SICKNESS. County Treasurer's Demise Occurs at the Summer Home of His Son on Rock River.
William H. Whiteside, aged 63 years, twice elected Rock Island county treasurer, died at the summer home of his son, William E. Whiteside, on Rock river at 2:30 yesterday afternoon. Mr. Whiteside was a highly respected citizen of this community. Although his death was not unexpected by relatives and close friends, the entire county will be shocked at the news. The county treasurer was born and reared in Moline and was the son of one of the earliest settlers in this locality. He was elected as treasurer of Rock Island county in 1904 and served a full term. He was reelected to that position last fall. William Whiteside was a prominent member in fraternal orders of Rock Island and Moline. He was affiliated with the Modern Woodmen of America, Court of Honor, and the A.F.&AM. He was a devoted member of the Methodist church of Moline. Mr. Whiteside was born in Moline February 7, 1856. His father and mother, William and Elizabeth Whiteside were among the early settlers of the upper end of the county. He married Mary Allen of Rapids City. William Whiteside, Sr. came to Moline in 1852 and established one of the first cracker bakeries west of Chicago. A few years after the birth of the late county treasurer the Whitesides commenced farming in Zuma township. William H. Whiteside was educated in the country schools of the upper end of the county. He went to school in the winter and devoted the remainder of the year to homesteading on a farm. For several years he was a traveling salesman in the harvester trade. He turned his experience to good account in a general store at Joslin. He managed this store until he was elected to the position of county treasurer. At one time Mr. Whiteside was postmaster at Joslin and he was for 12 years superintendent of the Rock Island county fair. He served for a like period as president of the Crescent Telephone company of Joslin. Surviving are the widow and five children, William E., Roy Whiteside, Moline attorney, Mrs. Florence Sutherland, Gladys and Ruth, all of Moline. Funeral services will be held at 9 o'clock tomorrow morning in the Whiteside residence, 709 Seventeenth street, Moline. Rev. R. W. Babcock and Rev. Attree Smith will officiate at the services in the home. The principal service will be held in the Joslin church with Rev. J. P. Kerr of Van Orin, Ill. in charge. Burial will be in the Zuma cemetery.
newspaper unknown, Submitted by Sandra Trapp]

Joseph W. Whiteside
Joseph Wright Whiteside was born in Zuma township, September 30, 1858 and died at the city hospital in Moline, January 21, 1900, being at the time of his death 41 years, 3 months and 21 days of age. Almost all the days of his life were spent in the vicinity of his birth. In the Willow Vale school he learned to read, and here obtained the education by which he became a conductor of business in after years. As a youth and man he was to you all well known. His younger days were spent on the farm and as he approached middle life spent a few years with his brother in a store in Joslin. Toward the latter part of the year 1898 he went to Moline, where his parents were living and there spent the remainder of his days. Once in his life he suffered sore disappointment. Arrangements were made and plans all but consummated for a home of his own, when death, the remorseless tyrant, stole away his intended bride and left him sad and desolate. During the lifetime of Joseph Whiteside he was known as kind, generous and affable, but not a Christian. He was carried ever and anon to the throne of grace by (his) father's and mother's prayers; yet whatever were his intentions, he lived as a prodigal in a far country while in his heavenly Father's house there was bread enough and to spare. During the latter part of his illness he felt his need of the everlasting arms. He plead, Publican like, God be merciful to me a sinner, and as the clouds of condemnation rolled away, into the kingdom like a little child, he entered and found light. As he affectionately fondled the sorrow seamed face of the one who bore him he repeated love's expression - O, mother's prayers, mother's prayers. As the world receded, heaven seemed to appear. Gazing upward he exclaimed, Father and Chris, Father and Chris! Evidently he had a desire to be absent from the body and present with the Lord. To the writer he repeatedly said, "tell them at the funeral," but upon reaching this point each time articulation failed, and we could only conjecture his message. To this mother he said before his strength had so far failed him, tell them all to pray, and commence now. My work is done. I shall soon go up higher. Of the family there remains, his weeping mother, Bessie Dunbar, William, Fred, Robert, Charles, Rolie, and Maggie Beam. Preceding him to the "better country, that is an heavenly were a baby sister, who died in 1853, his father, whose funeral we conducted in this house on Thanksgiving day, 1898, and his brother Chris, on whose grave the grass had not yet grown. - Rev. J. F. Robinson. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. Robinson of Moline, assisted by Revs. Shult and May. Interment was made in Zuma cemetery by the side of his father. The floral offerings were many and beautiful. As a community we extend our sincerely sympathy to the bereaved family. - Rosamond.
[Obituary found at the Rock Island Historical Society, newspaper unknown, Submitted by Sandra Trapp]

Joseph Whiteside
Typhoid fever has claimed a second member of the family of the late Wm. Whiteside. Not two months ago, Chris Whiteside died at his home in Hillsdale after a desperate struggle with the disease, and at 9 o'clock Sunday morning at the city hospital Joseph Whiteside, an older brother, succumbed. Joe Whiteside was taken ill while looking after his brother's store in Hillsdale while that brother was battling with a fatal attack of the same disease. After a week's illness Joe was taken to the city hospital and there every effort was made to bring the sufferer back to health, but to no avail. Throughout Rock Island county Joe was widely known and popular. He was for years associated with his brother Will in the operation of a store at Joslin. For the last year or more Joe has made his home with his brothers and sister in this city and he had made many friends. He died at the age of 41 years. He leaves his mother, five brothers - Dr. C. E. Whiteside, of this city; Robert, now studying medicine in the south; Will at Joslin, Rollie and Fred on the farm near Joslin. Funeral at 10 AM tomorrow at Joslin, the remains leaving Moline at 7:53 am.
[Moline Dispatch, January 26, 1900 - Submitted by Sandra Trapp]

Robinson Richard Whiteside
Dr. Robinson Richard Whiteside, Moline physician, died at 9 a.m. today at his home, 2009 Sixth avenue Moline. He had been ailing for the past two years, during which time he had undergone two major operations. Death was due to complications. He had been bedfast for the past week. He retired from active practice about a year ago. He was one of the best known and most popular physicians in the city, being one of the oldest practitioners. He was a member of the Rock Island County Medical society and of the Moline lodge of Elks. He was born in Joslin, Zuma township, Illinois, Dec. 14, 1862, the son of William and Elizabeth Whiteside, pioneer settlers of Fort Stevenson, now Moline, and of the upper end of the county. Following his boyhood on the farm in Zuma township he became deputy county treasurer, and later entered the university of Nashville, Tennessee. He then entered Northwestern University, graduating in 1903. He married Miss Minnie Knockenmus in Chicago on April 23, 1903, and immediately came to Moline where he entered medical practice with his brother, Dr. Chas. Whiteside. He is survived by his wife, a son, Robinson Richard, jr., 11 years old, one brother, Rolland, of Joslin, and one sister, Mrs. Margaret L. Beam of Cedar Rapids, Ia. His parents, five brothers and one sister proceded him in death. The body was taken to the Knox funeral home, pending funeral arrangements. He was a member...............en church of..... (Part of obituary missing).
[newspaper unknown, Submitted by Sandra Trapp]

Christopher Columbus Whiteside
Christopher Columbus Whiteside was born on the old Whiteside homestead in Zuma township, Rock Island county, April 3d, 1863. He died at Hillsdale November 1, 1899, aged 34 years, 6 months and 29 days. On November 9, 1887, he was united in marriage to Miss Elvia Dillon. Their union was blessed with one daughter, Jessie (unreadable) the old Zuma church with God's free grace was sufficient to keep him to the end. From his early childhood he was a faithful ______ upon the church services. He was especially fond of sacred music, and therein found great comfort; so much so that one of his last expressed wishes when he was dying was, "Oh, if I could hear old ___, Every time sweet music thrills our soul we will think of him. For many years his voice has comforted mourners who stood over their loved one for the last time. Many times has he with his faithful companion sang the last song over all that is mortal of those we loved. May his reward be rich in glory. For over three weeks he bravely struggled with the typhoid fever; in the last hours the battle was intense. God who never leaves his own did not ____ him. To those who stood over him in that last hour hope came and faded, it returned again only to fade away. God gave him wonderful revelations with care and he took goodbye of those about him. When his grief stricken companion asked, "what shall I do," he answered, "trust in God." He left a message to those of his relatives who were not present. To wife, mother and the brothers present, pastor and nurse he took goodbye and assured us of his triumphal entery into the heaven of rest. "Take good care of Jessie, and bring her up to be Christian girl" was one of his requests to his wife. He looked into the coming and saw his father with other loved ones to whom he was anxious to go. He made all arrangments for funeral, chose his text, song, and thanked God for the free grace bestowed upon him. As the end came it was peaceful and at 4 o:clock p.m. the angel came to bear his soul away. Deceased leaves to his departure his grief-stricken wife, daughter, mother, two sisters, and and six brothers besides many relatives and very many friends, one sister and father having preceeded him to the eternal world. The funeral was conducted at the Zuma church at eleven o'clock Friday, Nov. 3d. Rev. F. E. Shult, his pastor preached from 2d Tim. 1:12. The six brothers were pallbearers. May God comfort the mourning. He has entered the land of glory, Happy with Angels there. Let us pray we may meet him, When we bow to God in prayer.
Obituary found at Rock Island Historical Society in unknown newspaper - Submitted by Sandra Trapp]

Charles E. Whiteside
Death of Dr. C. E. Whiteside, 2403 6th Ave., Moline, occurred last Satuday at 3 o'clock in the Northside hospital, Chicago, where Dr. Whiteside had gone recently seeking relief from long illness. Funeral was held from the home of his late brother, F. J. Whiteside of Joslin, and was private. Interment was in the Zuma cemetery near Joslin and near the boyhood home of Dr. Whiteside. He was the son of William and Elizabeth Whiteside, pioneer settlers of the upper end of Rock Island county. He was born at the old home in Zuma township near Joslin September 10, 1869 and spent his boyhood on the farm. Upon reaching manhood he took up the study of medicine first in the office of Dr. J. W. Morgan of Moline, now deceased, and later attended the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Chicago from which institution he was graduated in 1894. He later spent some time in study in institutions of Lake Geneva, Wis., Edinburgh, Scotland; Liverpool, England and Heidelberg, Germany; thereby gaining a knowledge of surgery which gained for him an enviable reputation. Dr. Whiteside was always a lover of nature and of the great outdoorsand his recreation was always in the direction of natural investigation. He was a great lover of hunting and fishing and during the latter years of his life he spent much of his time at his camp on Rock River near Barstow. Dr. Whiteside was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles and a charter member of Moline lodge of Elks. He took an active part in the organizing and foundingof the local lodge of Elks. He was a ............medical organizations of the Modern Woodmen of America and other fraternal orders. He assisted in the organizing and systematizing of the milk inspection service of the city of Chicago. In political life he served as alderman in Moline and as an efficient member of the county board of supervisors and his passing will be mourned by a host of friends in every walk of life, especially among the poor, who always found in him a ready champion and helper. He was also active in military affairs. Dr. Whiteside was married to Miss Amanda Brunswick at Rochester, Minn., Nov. 13, 1919 and he is survived by his widow, two brothers, Dr. R. R. Whiteside of Moline, R. N. Whiteside of Joslin; two sisters, Mrs. Alonzo Dunbar of Joslin, Mrs. Margaret Beam of Iowa City. His parents and his brothers, Christopher, Joseph, William H., and F. J. Whiteside preceded him in death. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. R. S. Haney of Moline, at 9 A.M. Tuesday at Joslin. Pallbearers were nephews of the deceased.
[Thursday, March 25, 1920, unknown newspaper - Submitted by Sandra Trapp]

Margaret Whiteside Beam
MARGARET BEAM DIES AT AGE 67. Native of Joslin, Widow of Moline Physician, Passes in Memphis, Tenn. Mrs. Margaret Beam, 67, widow of Dr. W. O. Beam, for a number of years a physician in Moline, died Wednesday night in Norris, Tenn., where she had been living the past two years. Margaret Whiteside was born Jan. 8, 1874, in Joslin, Ill. She was married to Dr. Beam in Moline. He died in 1912. Mrs. Beam left Moline in 1915 to live in Iowa City, and later moved to Norris. Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. William Iten of Clinton, Ia. and Mrs. Myron Prince of Iowa City, five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. The body will be brought to Moline this evening and will be taken to Knox funeral home.
[December 26, 1941, newspaper unknown - Submitted by Sandra Trapp]

partial obit #2
Mrs. Beam was born Jan. 8, 1874, in Joslin, the daughter of William and Elizabeth Whiteside. Her parents came to America from England in 1853 and made their home in this community. Mrs. Beam was married to Dr. Beam and he died in 1912. Later in 1915, she moved to Iowa City and lived there until 1939, when she went to Norris, Tenn., where she passed away. Out of a family of seven sons, Rolle Whiteside is the only brother of Mrs. Beam who is living and he lives in Joslin. Pallbearers were Cecil Whiteside of Milan, Lawrence Whiteside of Coal Valley, Frank and Robert Whiteside and Charles Dunbar of Joslin and Kenneth Ebi of Moline, all nephews of the deceased.

partial obit #3
Another obituary, in part: Funeral services...were held yesterday afternoon in Christ Episcopal church, Moline. The Rev. C. F. Savage officiated. Miss Edna Mitchell played the organ during the services. Burial was in Riverside cemetery. [
Submitted by Sandra Trapp]


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