Illinois Genealogy Trails
Obituaries and Death Notices
Mrs. N.B. Sawyer
Mr. N. B. Sawyer received a telegram last Saturday calling him to Chicago, to the bedside of Mrs. Sawyer who was taken suddenly worse. [p 8, col 3, "Haven Weekly Journal", Haven, Reno County, Kansas, Saturday, April 19, 1902 - Sub. by Rose Stout]
Died at Chicago -- Mrs. N. B. Sawyer of Haven, died at Chicago where she had been for some time on account of her health. Mr. Sawyer was with her at the time of her death, and her two sons were wired for at once, however the youngest who is a Senior at the State University, and Ed, who is cashier of the bank. The remains were interred at Rock Island, ILL., their old home.
Mrs. Sawyer was a Christian woman, who was beloved by all who knew her and will be missed by her many friends in Haven. She has been an invalid for some time, every possible thing was done to bring about her recovery, but to no avail, she was called to go beyond where there is no more suffering. She leaves a husband and two sons. The sympathy of their many friends is extended to them in this hour of sorrow. [Saturday, April 26, 1902, "Haven Weekly Journal", Haven, Reno County, Kansas - Sub. by Rose Stout]
Tribute To Mrs. Sawyer, By Rev. J. R. Findley
Rock Island Argus
Conneaut, Ohio, April 29. --- In the Argus of April 21st, I read of the death of Mrs. N. B. Sawyer, of Haven, Kans. Knowing her as I did I felt that she was deserving of a more extended notice.
I knew her first as a daughter and sister, afterwards as wife and mother, and she was not found wanting in either of these relations. The home of her childhood was brighter for her presence in it, and her withdrawal from it after her marriage removed the central figure. She was a homemaker wherever she was. For mother and brothers she was a homemaker; for husband and sons she was the same. The later home was bright for more than a quarter of a century because she was in it. She was the light of the home and a bright light. Quiet, unassuming but, she adapted herself to circumstances.
She schooled herself for the duties and responsibilities that might come to her and was always ready to meet them. Next to the comfort of her husband was her anxiety for sons. She watched their growth from childhood to manhood with the greatest interest; not of the body only but of the mind and soul. She was anxious to have them grow up men, and such men as would be capable of filling responsible positions both in church and state. I have seen a number of communications from her to my daughter, written during her long and painful illness, in which reference were made to her husband and sons. In these communications she always expressed her self as resigned to God's will whatever that might be, but said she would like to live to see the full development of her boys.
She wanted to know that their characters were fully established in righteousness. She wanted to assist her husband so far as human agency could accomplish it, to round out their manhood.
She never consulted her own comfort, but was greatly concerned for the welfare of her family.
Such a wife and mother must have been the light of the home and the home without her must seem dark. But there is this consolation. She was a Christian, a true Christian, and we know that her light has not gone out. It has only been transferred to another apartment and is burning still more brightly than ever. That noble and pure life that was first lived with parents and brothers and afterwards with husband and sons, and lived so well, is perpetuated. Yes, she has just commenced to live. She has left us an example worthy of emulation. She was a model daughter, a model sister, a model wife, a model mother, a model Christian. She has gone to her reward. Her death was peaceful. She fell asleep in Jesus. "Blessed be her memory. Rev. J. R. Findley. [From the - Haven Weekly Journal, Haven, Reno County, Kansas, Saturday, May 17, 1902 - Sub. by Rose Stout]
Gloria A. Sherwood, 82, East Moline, passed away Friday Jan. 20, 2012, at Trinity Pathway Hospice, Bettendorf. Per her wishes there will be no services with cremation rites to be accorded. Gloria was born on Aug, 19,1929, in Brooklyn, N.Y. She spent many years living in Southern and Northern California and moved to Illinois to be with her daughter and son-in-law. Gloria loved living at Ridgewood Towers,where she made many special friends. She enjoyed reading, traveling, bingo, knitting and sharing stories of her growing up in New York and living in sunny Southern California. Despite many health problems she endured in her lifetime she remained a glowing light for all who knew her. She will be deeply missed. She is survived by her son Alan (Kristine) Sherwood, Hayward, Calif.; daughter, Bobbi (Jim) Kortenkamp, Colona; brother Irving (Glenda) Forrest, Charlottesville, VA; grandson Abraham Sherwood whom she adored; three stepgranddaughters, Kate Slaastad, Kara Potaracke and Kristina Kortenkamp; two nephews and a niece. a special thank you to the staff at Trinity Pathway Hospice for their compassionate care and support. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.vanhoe.com. [Submitted by LeRoy Sundin]
EAST MOLINE — Linda A. Porter Wates, 64, of East Moline, died Jan. 25, 2012. The body was cremated. No visitation is planned. DeRoos, Moline, assisted the family. Linda retired from Hy-Vee, Avenue of the Cities, Moline. Survivors include a daughter, Jennifer Hicks, Moline; siblings, Susan Carroll, Colona, Michael Porter, Stanwood, Wash., and Debra Porter, Milan; and stepfather, Ben Schumm, Orion, Ill.
Esther Haynes (Engdahl)
- 69, of Albany, died Wednesday at Moline Lutheran Hospital. The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday in the Dailey Chapel, Port Byron. Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery, Port Byron. Mrs. Haynes was born Esther Engdahl, July 14, 1886, the daughter of John and Mina Engdahl. She was married Sept. 90, 1915 to George Haynes in Michigan.
Surviving are the widower; a son, Wilbur of East Moline; a daughter, Mrs. Violet Anderson of Fulton, Ill.; two brothers, Harry of East Moline, and Seedoff of Oregon state; three sisters, Mrs. Arthur Long of Port Byron, Mrs. Delmar Lusk of Pontiac, Mich., and Mrs. Ernest Burcher of Oregon. [The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois April 26, 1956 - Thursday, page 2 - Sub by Melva L. Taylor ]
Roy C. Fisher
ROY C. FISHER - 66, 1350 Kimberly Ridge Rd., Bettendorf, died Sunday morning at Moline Public Hospital. Visitation will be held on Tuesday from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Wendt Brothers Funeral Home, Moline. Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday with Pastor Bryan C. Johnson, officiating. Burial will be in the Greenview Cemetery, Silvis.
Born on Nov. 4, 1916 in Vandalia, the son of Lewis and Fannie Skruggs Fisher, he attended Rock Falls schools and on Dec. 12, 1978 married Darleen Ingold in Moline. He was self employed at Fisher Furniture Store, Moline and was a member of the First Evangelical Church.
Surviving are two sons, Keith, Marco Island, Fla., and Kent, Moline; three daughters, Valerie Hurry, E. Moline; Sybil Kizer, Moline and Sylvia Reid, Davenport; one brother Arthur Fisher, Sterling; one sister, Edna Bjork, Mt. Dorra, Fla; four granddaughters; and two great grandchildren. [The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois November 15, 1982- Monday, page A4 - Sub. by Melva L. Taylor]
Dennis P. “Denny” Hodson, 72, of Moline, passed away Sunday, May 27, 2012 in the comfort of his home with his loved ones after a lengthy illness.
Per his wishes cremation rites are accorded. Rafferty Funeral Home, Moline is assisting his family with arrangements.
Denny was born October 28, 1939 in Moline, the son of Paul and Jeanne (Darkenwald) Hodson. He married Frances “Jean” McFarland on November 23, 1956 in Moline. Denny worked for Key Buick where he won many awards for top salesman. He previously worked at John Deere and Downings Dairy Home Delivery.
Denny enjoyed endurance motorcycle racing with his son, Chris and brother, Pete and together they won many trophies. He enjoyed owning and traveling on his Harley Davidson Motorcycle and riding his jet boat. He collected various firearms, antique smoking pipes, and owned exotic cars. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and traveling in their motor home out west with his father, Paul. They also enjoyed many hours wood carving. Den also built and flew model airplanes under the guidance of his best friend, Tom Oliver.
Survivors include his wife, Jean; children, Dennis Christopher Hodson, Moline and Diane (Roger) Mason, Arizona; 3 grandchildren; 5 great grandchildren; mother, Jeanne Hodson, Moline; brothers, Peter (Shari) Hodson, Moline, Brian (Cindy) Hodson, Moline; good friend Mark Babcock, Moline and his beloved Lil’ Lilly Belle. He was preceded in death by his father, Paul, grandmother, Dorothy Hodson, uncle, Gary Hodson and aunt, Virginia Deffner.
Special thanks to the staff at Trinity Hospice and his beloved caregiver and sister-in-law, Rita Astgen. [Quad City Times, May 28, 2012 - Sub. by Ken Wright]
DIED---On board Steamboat Latrobe, at Keokuk, Iowa, June 5th, 1855, A. Boggs, of Gallia Co., near Gallipolis, Ohio.
He had in his possession two boxes, and also a pocket book containing a promissory note drawn by Christopher Morier, and payable to James Boggs for $22.50. His relations can get his effects by applying to J. H. Langley & Co., Rock Island, Ill. He has a son living about forty miles from Rock Island.--- ["Rock Island (Ill.) Republican"., reprinted in "Gallipolis Journal", (Gallipolis, Oh.) Thursday, June 28, 1855 -- Sub. By Kathy McDaniel]
Virginia Rae Smith
VIRGINIA RAE (MARTIN) CLANTON SMITH, 72, of Pittsfield, died Thursday (May 14, 1981) in her home. Mrs. Smith was born April 20, 1909, in McKeesport, Pa., a daughter of George A. and Mary A. Nolder Martin. She was a member of St. James Episcopal Church in Griggsville, and was past president of the Blackhawk Chapter of the National Secretaries Association in Rock Island. She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Chester L. (Ruth Ann) Prust of Davenport, Iowa, and Mrs. John S. (Arlene) Clampen of Helena, Mont., a son, the Rev. Garrett Clanton of Griggsville; eight grandchildren; and a great grandchild. Funeral services will be at 1:30 p.m. Monday in St. James Episcopal Church in Griggsville, conducted by the Rt. Rev. Donald P. Parsons. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery in Rock Island. Arrangements are being handled by Skinner Funeral Home in Griggsville. [Transcribed by Virginia Gorton Bonne - from the Virginia Hart Collection Pike Co IL]
Former Dallas Jeweler Dies
Samuel Burgower, 86, former Dallas jewelry store operator and a resident here for thirty-four years, died Saturday in Harrisburg, Pa., at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Lou Cohen, following an illness of six months. Funeral services and burial will be held Monday at Harrishurg. Born in Rock Island, Ill., Burgower moved to Terrell in 1888. In 1912 he came to Dallas and a few years later became a partner in Scherr & Burgower, jewelry firm here. Burgower lived in Dallas until 1946 when he moved to Harrisburg. He is survived by his wife and a daughter, both of Harrisburg; two sons, Julian Burgower, Corpus Christi, and Henry F. Burgower, Dallas; four grandchildren and one great-grandchild. [Sunday, August 29, 1948 Paper: Dallas Morning News (Dallas, TX) Section: I Page: 12]
Kathy Knuf Odean
Kathy Knuf Odean of Rock Island, died early Sunday morning (July 10, 2011) at Trinity Medical Center in Rock Island after a brief illness. Kathy Sue Knuf was born in Quincy on Feb. 9, 1953, a daughter of Donald and Maxine Knuf. She graduated from Quincy High School and Elmhurst College. She came to Moline in 1979 to become Christian education director at First Congregational Church of Moline. There she met her future husband, W. Reid Odean, and they were married there in April 1981. They had two children, Russell and Emily. As the kids grew she acquired a master's degree in instructional design from the University of Iowa. This led to a career as a partner of Quest International LLC, a management training and design consulting firm. She is survived by the widower; her son of North Hollywood, Calif.; her daughter of Joliet; her mother of Quincy; a brother Kurt, and his wife, Susan (Quincy); an aunt, Sue Hart of Greenville S.C.; and a nephew of Quincy. She was preceded in death by her father and grandparents. SERVICES: at 10:30 a.m. Friday a celebration of Kathy's life will be held at First Congregational Church, 2201 Seventh Ave., Moline. VISITATION: 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday in the Esterdahl Mortuary and Crematory, Ltd., 6601 38th Ave., Moline. [Quincy Herald Whig, Quincy, IL - Sub. by Ella Tittsworth]
Services for Andrew Rigsby, of East Moline will be Tuesday at Greenview Memorial Mausoleum, East Moline. Military honors will be accorded. Visitation is 5-8 pm today at Van Hoe Funeral Home, East Moline with a liturgy service at 6:30 pm. Mr. Rigsby died Saturday March 20, 1999. He had worked as an inspector at John Deere Plow Planter Works; Moline, retiring in 1982. Mr. Rigsby was born in June 3, 1919 in Dekoven, KY. He married Alpha Fulton in 1945 in Metropolis, IL. He served in the Army as a sergeant during WWII. Memorials may be made to Pathway Hospice, Rock Island. Survivors include his wife; daughters Rosalie Lewin, Galva, IL and Sherry Hunter, Moline; 6 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great grandson; sisters Mary Goderis Port Byron, IL and Irene Rannow, FL; and a brother Jesse Rigsby, OR. [Unknown newspaper, c. March 1999; sub by Liz Randolph]
After a lingering illness with paralysis of the stomach, John Shelley, for 23 years a resident of Rock Island, died yesterday at his home, 1401 Island, aged 62 years, 9 months and 13 days. The deceased leaves a wife and two stepchildren, Mrs. Lizzie Cox, of Rock Island, and Frank Richardson, of Kansas City, Mo. Mr. Shelley was well known in this city and during the last 10 years he had served as special policeman and watching at various times. He was an iron molder by trade, but was compelled to abandon it on account of poor health. Mr. Shelley was born in Troy, NY, and served in the union army throughout the civil war. 22 years ago in Rock Island he and his surviving wife, whose name was then Mrs. Anna Richardson, were married. The funeral will be held from the home tomorrow afternoon at 2:30 o'clock. Burial will be at Chippiannock cemetery. [Rock Island Argus.(Rock Island, Ill.), July 23, 1904, Page 5]
Mrs. Henry Laurent
Mrs. Henry Laurent, formerly a resident of Rock Island, died Dec. 27 at her home in San Bernadino, Cal. Deceased was a sister of Peter Schlemmer and Mrs. Phillip Pfaff, of this city. She was born in Germany and was 56 years of age. She left Rock Island 34 years ago. There survive her her husband and six children. Burial was at San Bernadino. [Rock Island Argus.(Rock Island, Ill.), January 06, 1905, Page 5]
Elias Stafford, aged 77 years, a long time resident of this city, died this morning. He was a native of North Carolina. In 1888 he received a blow on the head while working at his trade as machinist, and this injury deranged his mind. He is survived by his widow and two children, W. V. Stafford and Mrs. W A. Rorison, both of this city. The funeral is to be held Sunday afternoon from the home of the son. W. V. Stafford. 937 Twenty-first street, with interment at Chippiannock cemetery. [Rock Island Argus.(Rock Island, Ill.), January 06, 1905, Page 5]
John Tunwall died Wednesday at his home at Watertown after a long struggle with consumption. He had been confined to his home for upward of fourteen months. Mr. Tunwall was 38 years of age and was a stonecutter by trade. He was born in Sweden, and located in Moline about fourteen years ago. The last six years had been spent at Watertown. He was a member of the Watertown lodge of Odd Fellows. His widow and three children survive. [Rock Island Argus.(Rock Island, Ill.), January 06, 1905, Page 5]
Mrs. Constance Mulack, of this city, died yesterday at Denver, Col., where she went a few months ago in company with her daughters, Misses Ella and Amelia Mulack, for the benefit of her health. The remains will be brought to Rock Island for interment, the funeral to be held from the residence of W. H. Jordan, on Fourth avenue. [Rock Island Argus. (Rock Island, Ill.), June 09, 1900, Page 5]
Hans F. Harder
Hans F., the 4-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Harder, of South Rock Island died at 9 o'clock this morning of kidney trouble and complications. The funeral will be held from the residence at 2:30 p. m. Monday. Interment will be made at the German Lutheran cemetery. [Rock Island Argus. (Rock Island, Ill.), June 09, 1900, Page 5]
Mrs. Mary Mapes, wife of Conductor L. A. Mapes, of the Rock Island road, died at 2:50 this morning of heart trouble at her home, 2816 Fifth-and-a-half avenue, after an illness of five months. Mrs. Mapes was a native of New Jersey, where she was born 36 years ago, her maiden name being Mary Kelly. She was married to Mr. Mapes in this city in 1884. She was possessed of those womanly graces that endeared her to all who knew her. She was a prominent and active member of Sacred Heart church. With the bereaved husband are left three children, Louis, Hazel and Roy. The funeral services will be held at 9:30 Monday morning at Sacred Heart church. The interment will be at Holy Family cemetery, Davenport. [Rock Island Argus. (Rock Island, Ill.), June 09, 1900, Page 5]
Hon. Benj. Franklin Barrett
(of Rock Island, Ill.), Carlisle, Mass., Sept. 28, ae 56, while on a visit to his native place. Mr. B. was born in Carlisle, Mass., Feb. 24, 1802. He sought a new home in the west in 1836. He first resided in Northern Illinois, at Chicago. In 1839 he removed to Port Byron, where he lived till 1842, when he came to Rock Island, where he had long designed to make his permanent home. During his residence there he was an active business man, having been engaged extensively in the lumber and milling business, besides being the proprietor for some years of the Rock Island House, one of our most popular hotels. He was generous and noble-hearted, and possessed of a cheerful and pleasant disposition that endeared him to a large circle of friends and acquaintances. His purse was always open to assist the needy, and no one appealed to him in vain when in suffering circumstances. His fellow-citizens evinced their appreciation of Mr. B.’s manly integrity and business capacity by many marks of confidence in them. When Rock Island received a city charter all eyes turned instinctively to him as the fittest and worthiest man for the honorable office of her first mayor. Again, in 1854, during his absence at the east, he was a second time elected to that office. For a full third of a century Mr. B. was a Mason. He was made a Mason in 1825, in the lodge at Concord, Mass. Through all the vicissitudes and trials of life Mr. B. showed to the world a bright example of the true and pure life which is led by those who are faithful to Masonic precepts and teachings. He leaves a widow and three adopted daughters, children taken from the humblest walks in life. [Source: Annual OBITUARY NOTICES OF EMINENT PERSONS who have died in the United States FOR 1858; BY HON. NATHAN CROSBY; BOSTON: JOHN P. JEWETT AND COMPANY. 1859. Tr. by K. Mohler]
John Samuel Smith
Hillsdale, Jan. 13 1940---John S. Smith, 82, native of Ohio and resident of Hillsdale for eight years, died at 8:10 this morning in the home of his son, Edward Smith of Hillsdale, after a 4-month illness. The funeral services have been set for 2 Monday afternoon in the Hillsdale Methodist church. The Rev. Ross Reeves, pastor, will officviate, and burial will be in Cordova cemetery. The body was taken to the Primm Funeral home, East Moline. Mr. Smith was born Dec 7, 1857 in Ohio. He married Fannie Todd in Port Byron on Aug. 15, 1881. Mrs. Smith died in 1931. Mr. Smith had moved to Hillsdale from Cordova, where he was a member of the Baptist church. Survivors are two daughters, Mrs. Merle Binline of Cordova and Mrs. Minnie Spaid of East Moline: four sons, Jess and Harry of East Moline, Ross of Tampico and Edward of Hillsdale, thirty-four grandchildren and seventeen great-grandchildren. [Daily Dispatch, 13 Jan1940; Sub. by Ginny (Womack) Howard]
ANESTHETIC COSTS INJURED BOY LIFE
Stephen Barnhoeft, 17-year-old son of Police Chief Louis Barnhoeft of East Moline, yesterday morning while under the influence of an anesthetic administered by Drs. J. H. Long and William A. Patton, who were about to amputate several fingers which were injured a short time before in an accident at the Moline Pressed Steel plant at which the lad had been employed since Monday. Coroner J. R. Rose conducted an inquest yesterday afternoon and the Jury returned an open verdict which placed no blame for the death. The lad's fingers had been caught in a punch machine. He was hurried to Dr. Long's office and chloroform was administered. The boy's heart at once stopped beating and despite the efforts of the two physicians and Dr. C. E. Donahoo, who was called in, the spark of life could not be coaxed back. [Rock Island Argus., January 19, 1912, (Rock Island, Ill.) ]
BARGE, Mrs. Jane, died on the 27th ult. at the residence of her son in Henry County, Illinois, aged 75 years. She was formerly a resident of Rock Island. (Rock Island EVENING ARGUS, Wednesday, 6 May 1863)
CRANE, Robert, died from exposure while hunting on the prairie about 20 miles from Rock Island. He had no relatives west of New York. (DAILY ISLANDER and ARGUS, Saturday, 20 November 1858 which mistakenly calls him "Thomas GRAVES." November 27, 1858 issue notes that his correct name is Robert CRANE and that he had gone hunting with William PORTER of Annawan in the St. Peter's Marsh on the 10th inst. CRANE died during the night from exposure. Burial was at Annawan. He had resided at Kewanee, Henry Co., for about two years and the past summer had been at Neponset, Bureau County. He had no relatives in this part of the country, but was formerly of Herkimer Co., New York, where his mother and two sisters now live.)
In this city, Monday February 4, 1867, Mrs. Mary Lenanhan, in the 85th year of her age. The friends of the deceased are respectfully invited to attend her funeral, from the residence of John Lenahan, her son, on Exchange street, on Wednesday, at 1 ½ o’clock p.m. [The Evening Argus (Rock Island, IL) – February 5, 1867]
THOMPSON, the Rev. W.A., pastor of the Congregational Church at Port Byron, Rock Island County, drowned on the 3rd inst. at the Meredosia Slough near Albany, Whiteside County, where he had been preaching. (Rock Island ADVERTIZER, Wednesday, 19 May 1852)
Mrs. Mary Thompson, mother of Mrs. Hiram Shunk, of this city, died yesterday afternoon. Deceased was born Jan. 25, 1836, and was therefore 66 years old. She has been in failing health for some years, and the end was not altogether unexpected. The funeral will be held at the family residence, 512 Kirkwood boulevard, Sunday at 2:30 p.m. [Rock Island Argus. (Rock Island, Ill.), 26 April 1902]
David C. Hanks, a veteran river pilot, who was one of the well known steam-boat men 40 years ago on the Mississippi, well known in Rock Island, died Wednesday morning at his home in Albany, IL, at the age of 87 years. Mr. Hanks was born in Kentucky, and came to Illinois in the early part of his life, taking up steamboating He soon became a well known pilot on the Mississippi. He is survived by two sons and five daughters. Benjamin and Lewis, the Misses Katherine and Josephine Hanks, Mrs. J. H. Slaymaker of Albany, Mrs George Olds of Belle Plain, and Mrs. Herman Denner of British Columbia. [Rock Island Argus., October 10, 1912]
John Hageman, of Moline, Rock Island County, a confirmed inebriate, visited his family after a long absence the other night, and being requested to leave, departed with the clothesline and was found hanging lifeless in the barn the next morning. [The Henry Republican, April 19, 1883]
The funeral of Swan Olson was held this morning from the home of Olof Swanson, 517 Ninth street. Services were conducted by Karl Nelson of Augustana college. Several hymns were sung by Mrs. Spencer and Mrs. Swanson The grandchildren of Mr. Olson, and Swan Eklon and Arthur osterman acted as pallbearers. Burial was in Chippiannock. [Rock Island Argus., October 10, 1912]
News was received here on Tuesday of the death of Edith Wynkoop, of Cuba, New York, eldest daughter of the late J.Q. Wynkoop, one of Cordova's best citizens during life. Her remains will be brought here on Thursday evening and buried on Friday. [Source: The Argus, Rock Island IL, October 1, 1885 transcribed by a FoFGmb]
Guy C. Scott
JUSTICE GUY C. SCOTT OF ALEDO DIES AT THE HOSPITAL
Passes Away, at Galesburg, Where He Was Taken for Operation.
WAS HERE TWO WEEKS AGO
Addresses at Bar Banquet Was Last Public Utterance - Was Member of Supreme Court.
Justice Guy C. Scott of the Illinois supreme court, passed away early this morning at Galesburg, where he was taken last Friday from his home at Aledo for an operation in hopes of saving his life. Justice Scott's death followed a very brief illness. He was in Rock Island May 13 and delivered an address at the banquet of the Rock Island County Bar association at the Moline club which he attended with Mrs. Scott. He spent the day following calling on friends in the city and returned Friday afternoon to his home. He was in his usual health Friday, but Saturday morning about 4 o'clock he was taken suddenly ill. Several physicians attended him, but for a time the nature of his ailment could not be diagnosed. Last Friday, when the physicians had determined that appendicitis was the cause of Justice Scott's illness, he was removed in a special train in the afternoon to the hospital at Galesburg. Saturday morning he submitted to an operation, and the physicians found that gangrene had developed about the appendix, and that the bowels had also become affected. The case was a very critical one, but the patient appeared to rally from the effects of the operation, and seemed brighter yesterday, after a restless night. Last night, however, his condition changed for the worse, and he died this morning at 6:45.
In Shock to Friends.
News of his sudden illness, and of his death today, occasioned much sorrow in Rock Island, and particularly among those who enjoyed a personal acquaintance with the justice. He seemed in excellent health when here less than two weeks ago, and apparently he immensely enjoyed his visit with the Rock Island county attorneys and his many friends here. The Rock Island County Bar association, for which Justice Scott delivered his last public address, will hold a special meeting tomorrow morning at 9 o'clock in the circuit court room, for the purpose of taking action with a view to attending the funeral, and arranging for a fitting memorial for the justice. It is not unlikely that the attorneys will arrange for a special train to Aledo, for those of Mr. Scott's friends here who will attend the funeral. The arrangements for the funeral services have not yet been completed, but it is expected that they will be held Thursday. The remains are to be taken to Aledo from Galesburg this evening. Born Near Keithsburg. Justice Scott was born a few miles from Keithsburg, in Henderson County, Aug. 11, 1863. His childhood was spent on a farm two miles from Keithsburg, and he received his early education in the town schools, and grew to manhood there. He attended Knox college at Galesburg for a time, and for several terms taught school near Norwood in Mercer county. Later he went to Wyoming, for several years serving in a surveying party engaged in mapping government lands. He returned to Aledo and began the study of law in the office of I.N. Bassett. In 1886 he was admitted to the bar, and during that year he served as a deputy that year he served as a deputy in the county clerk's office. He did not at once begin the practice of law, but in September, 1887, he formed a partnership with John D. Pepper, at that time one of the foremost attorneys in this part of the state.
Career as Attorney.
His association with Mr. Pepper continued until 1896, when the partnership was dissolved, Mr. Pepper departing for Florida. Mr. Scott then formed a partnership with Hon. George A. Cooke, and this partnership continued for three or four years. Mr. Scott then retired from the firm, intending to give up the practice of law entirely, because of ill health. He continued to practice his profession, however, for about a year, and then formed a partnership with James M. Brock. This partnership was dissolved by the death of Mr. Brock April 4, 1902, and Justice Scott practiced alone for a year, when in June, 1903, he was elected to the supreme bench of the state. Made Chief Justice. Although still a young man on the supreme court bench, Justice Scott was elected chief justice of that high tribunal in 1905 and continued to serve in that capacity until 1907. His term as a justice of the supreme court would not have expired until 1912, but there already was a non-partisan movement under way to have him returned at the expiration of his term, so ably had he filled the office. Justice Scott in 1897 made the race on the democratic ticket for the circuit court bench, and polled a remarkable vote. He carried Mercer county, which was strongly republican, by a plurality of about 2,300, an unusual political achievement. Justice Scott had always been prominent in democratic politics, and he served as a delegate to the national democratic convention in 1892, which nominated Grover Cleveland for his second term, and had been a delegate to state conventions as a member of the democratic state central committee. Mayor of Aledo. Justice Scott served several terms as mayor of Aledo and he resigned that office in 1903 on his election to the supreme court. He was first elected to the executive chair in Aledo in 1895, and at the end of his term he was re-elected for a second term. Again in 1901 he was elected mayor, and in 1903 he was re-elected but soon after beginning his administration he was made a justice of the supreme court, and he resigned his office in the city.
The Surviving Family.
Justice Scott was married in 1891, his wife, who was Miss Jessie Irvin daughter of the late Dr. George Irvin, surviving him. He is also survived by one daughter, Kathryn, aged 14, Justice Scott's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Scott, still reside at Keithsburg. The justice was for many years a members of the Masonic orders, and was a member of Rock Island Commandery No. 18, Knights Templar. He was also a member of the Mystic Shrine, belonging to the Peoria temple. It is understood that the local commmandery of Knights Templar will participate in the funeral services. The justice was one of the most esteemed members of the order here, and was while at Aledo, frequently in attendance at the sessions. He was a regular attendant at the services at the Aledo Presbyterian church. [Rock Island Argus News; May 24, 1909]
MOLINE - Paul Clarence Hodson, 93, of Moline died Saturday, September 10, 2011, at Bickford Cottage in Moline. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Tuesday, September 13, 2011, at Hodgson Funeral Home, Rock Island. Funeral services will begin at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Interment will follow at Rock Island Memorial Park Cemetery. Military honors will be bestowed by American Legion Post 246, Moline. Memorials may be made to Sacred Heart Church, Moline.
Paul was born on August 13, 1918, in Rock Island, the son of Clarence and Dorothy M. (Coyne) Hodson. He married Jeanne Darkenwald on April 9, 1938, in Kahoka, Mo. He was a veteran of World War II, having served in the Army in Europe. Paul was the vice president and an owner of the Van Packer Company in Buda, Ill., retiring in 1998 with more than 38 years with the company. He was a member of the National Fire Protection Association. Paul along with his wife Jeanne loved to travel, and had been to every state except Alaska and Hawaii. Estes Park in the Colorado Rocky Mountains was a favorite spot to stay, as he loved the mountains. He also enjoyed camping, fishing and hunting. Survivors (and spouses) include his wife, Jeanne, Moline; sons, Dennis (Jean) Hodson, Peter (Shari) Hodson, and Brian (Cindy) Hodson, all of Moline; seven grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, and five great-great-grandchildren. His parents, brother, Gary Hodson, and sister, Virginia Deffner, preceded Mr. Hodson in death. [The Quad-City Times,(IA) - September 11, 2011; Submitted by Ken Wright]
Major Thomas J. Beall
Beall, Major Thomas J., of the U. S. Army, d. 26 Oct. 1832, at Ft. Armstrong, Rock Island, Ill. (8, 18 Dec. 1832) [Source: Vital Records From The National Intelligencer, by George A. Martin; transcribed by V. Bryan]
Amanda M.(Sterns) Johns
Amanda M., wife of Mr. A. Johns of Muscatine, Iowa, died in this city on April 12th at her father's house, Mr. M. Sterns, aged 25years 3 months, 21 days [Rock Island Republican, April 14, 1852; Sub. by C. Horton]
Roswell Gregg Spencer
Roswell Gregg, youngest son of John W. and Eliza Spencer, died in Rock Island on the 15th of croup. Aged 2 years, 1month and 20days. [Rock Island Republican; Dec. 22, 1852; Sub. by: C. Horton]
Alice Hutchinson Johnston
Alice Hutchinson daughter of Elizabeth and Robert Hutchinson, was born Jan 15, 1842 in County Fermannaugh, Ireland, coming to America in 1847 at which time the family settled in Bowling township, Rock Island Co where she the youngest of ten children, grew to women-hood. On August 7, 1882 she was united in marriage with John W Johnston in Davenport, Iowa. To this union were born three children, two of whom Clara Alice and an infant boy passed away in infancy. The oldest daughter Mary E Krull survived. At an early age Mrs Johnston was baptized and confirmed in the Episcopal church of this city. For the past twenty-six years she has made her home in Rock Island, four years ago her husband passed away leaving her in the care of her only daughter. On Good Friday morning at eight o'clock after an illness of eight hours she entered into eternal rest where she will wait until that glorious Easter resurrection mourn. Life We've been long together Through pleasant and through cloudy weather, T'is hard to part when friends are dear, Perhaps it will cost a sigh, a tear Then steal away, give little waining Choose thine own time: Say not Good-night but in some brighter clime, Bid me Good-morning. Funeral services were held at the home, Easter Sunday afternoon at 2pm conducted by Rev Wm L Essex of Trinity church. He was assisted by the vested choir who sang a burial chant and also two Easter hymns, "Alleluia, the strife is o'er, the battle won" and "Jerusalem the Golden". The casket bearers were six of her nephews, James Hicks, Henry S Hutchinson, Joseph Hutchinson, George Hutchinson, Henry R Hutchinson and James Hutchinson. The many floral tributes, and the large cortege of friends who came to her funeral were evidence of the high esteem in which she was held. Burial was in Chippiannock Cemetery, Rock Island, Ill. [Rock Island Argus; 2 May 1924; Sub. by Norm Prince]
John W Johnston
John W Johnston was born in Fermanagh county, Ireland, on Oct 31, 1827, and passed away at his home in Rock Island at 1:30 pm on Oct 29, after an illness of eight weeks, aged 91 years, 11 months, 29 days. He was a pioneer settler, having come to America at the age of 18 years with his parents in a sailing vessel. They settled in Bowling in 1852. Mr Johnston was one of the many who traveled to the California gold fields. Later he settled on a claim in Sutter county but finally gave it to his sister and returned to Illinois to care for his aged parents. The rest of his life was spent in Illinois with the exception of the year 1862 when he paid a visit to his childhood home in Ireland. On Aug 7, 1882 he was married to Miss Alice Hutchinson at Davenport, Iowa. Three children were born and two of them died in infancy. Besides his widow, he is survived by his daughter Mrs Mary E Krull, of Rock Island and a granddaughter, Norma Krull, of Rock Island; and one sister, Mrs Matilda Smith of Montezuma, Iowa. His parents, five sisters and three brothers preceded him in death. When but an infant he was baptized in the Episcopal church and was later confirmed. It was largely owing to his efforts that Grace Church was erected many years ago in South Bowling. In 1895 he moved with his family to Rock Island and transferred his church membership to Trinity Chruch of that city. He was delighted to have lived until he had seen the corner stones of three churches laid in this community. Services were conducted by Rev Essex of Trinity Church and Rev Head of St John's Church at the family home on Oct 31. Interment was in Chippiannock Cemetery, Rock Island, Illinois. [Reynolds Press, 7 November 1919; Sub. by Norm Prince]
Mrs O.W. Swanson
Mrs. O.W. Swanson a former well known resident of Rock Island, is dead at her home in Elgin Ill., according to word recieved yesterday afternoon by Mrs. S.A. Johnson of Sears. Mrs. Swanson moved to Elgin three years ago. [Rock Island Argus, 12 Dec 1912; Submitters Name: Teresa Haines]
The funeral of Mrs. Philomena Gstettenbauer will be held Friday morning at 8:30 o'clock from the home 621 Thirty fifth street, with services at 9 O'clock at St. Mary church. Interment will be made in Calvary cemetery. Mrs. Gstettenbauer, whose maiden name was Miss Philomena Amesmeier, was born April 5, 1856, in Germany, and came to this country 33 years ago. Her death occurred yesterday afternoon following a seige of pneumonia. Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. F. Mathis of this city and three sons, Max and Joseph of this city, and John of Denver, and a sister, Mrs Ben Redecker of Reynolds, Ill. [Rock Island Argus, 12 Dec 1912; Submitters Name: Teresa Haines]
Lindley H. Reddick
Lindley H. Reddick, 57, formerly of 1620 37th St., Rock Island, died last night in the home of his son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Richard Beane, 28 Black Hawk Hills Dr., Rock Island, after an extended illness. For the last five years, Mr. Reddick was chef at the Pizza & Spaghetti House & Lounge, Rock Island, and formerly had owned and operated Lynn’s Café, Moline. He previously had operated the Central Bowl Snack Bar, Rock Island. He was born in Muscatine and married Rosella Ponchaud June 9, 1931, in Rock Island.
Surviving are his widow; two other daughters, Mrs. Tony Posateri, Moline, and Mrs. Ray StClair, Rock Island; two sons, Jean, Portland, Or., and Francis, Seattle, Wash.; 16 grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Harry Parsons, Phoenix, Ariz., and Mrs. Helen Connell, Iowa City, and three brothers, Lyle, Phoenix, Jean, Iowa City, and Orville, Muscatine. Services will be 11 Saturday morning in the Wheelan Chapel, with the Rev. Charles Hollis of Moline Gospel Temple officiating. Burial will be in Rock Island Memorial Park. Friends may call after 7 tonight. [Transcribed from the Moline Dispatch, Thurs., Sept. 21, 1967 pg. 44 by Debbie Leeds Thormahlen]
John T. Peterson
John T., 7 year old son of A.H. Peterson, of 1007 18th avenue, died at his home Thursday afternoon at 2:25 o'clock, after an illness of 11 weeks with pneumonia. Only one month ago his sister died and he was the only child the now bereaved parents had left. His death is indeed a very hard blow for the parents and is keenly felt by them. The funeral was held at 2:30 o'clock this afternoon. [Rock Island Argus. (Rock Island, Ill.), 26 April 1902]
William Irvin Gordon
William Irvin Gordon died at the residence of his mother, Mrs. Nancy Gordon, 520 Twenty-fourth street, at 3:25 this morning after a month's suffering with typhoid fever. Previous to his illness Mr. Gordon was employed as truckman at the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul depot. He was 36 years of age and single. The funeral will occur from the residence at 2 o'clock Wednesday afternoon. [Rock Island Argus. (Rock Island, Ill.), 03 Aug. 1896]
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