HAROLD D. ELDRED - Funeral services were largely attended at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Allen Funeral Home in Sterling for a well known man, Harold D. Eldred of 1406 E. LeFevre, Sterling, who died Saturday evening. Rev. Luther Cooperrider, pastor of St. John's Lutheran Church, officiated at the services with burial in Riverside Cemetery. Mrs. Wayne E. Larson was at the organ playing Rock of Ages during the services. Pallbearers were Ted Aggen, Rkobert Easley, Earl Nelson, Clifford Garriott Jr., Edwin Kereven and Julius Partridge. Flowers were cared for by Swartleys. The Rock Falls American Legion Post 9902, The Sterling American Legion Post 296 and the Twin City Barracks 3083, World War I attended in a group and held military rites at the grave. A group of representatives from other Illinois Veteran Commission offices attended the services. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois April 6, 1966 - Wednesday, pg 6]
DEAN ELDRENKAMP, 77, of Coventry Village Nursing Home, Sterling died Friday, June 27, 2003, at the nursing home. He was employed by Brunswick Corp., Skokie, as a certified public accountant for a number of years. Mr. Eldrenkamp was born Dec. 25, 1925, in Sterling, the son of Cornelius and Hazel (Pfulb) Eldrenkamp. He was a graduate of the University of Illinois. He served in the Navy during World War II. He was a member of Rock Falls United Methodist Church. Survivors include one sister, Marilyn Eldrenkamp of Sterlmg; and one brother, Lowell (Marilyn) Eldrenkamp of Seattle. Grave side service is at 11 am Wednesday, July 2, 2003, at Riverside Cemetery, Sterling, with the Rev. Larry Thomson, pastor of Rock Falls United Methodist Church, officiating. Visitation is from 9:30-10:30 am, Wednesday at Schilling Funeral Home, Sterling. [Daily Gazette July 1, 2003]
EMILY C. (ALLDRITT) ELFTMAN, a very well known elderly lady of our city, passed to her last rest early Thursday [05/06/1915] morning. She had not been real well and strong for some time but was able to be around. She was spending a few days with her brother in the country and on Monday afternoon was taken much worse. She wanted to get back to town and her son Julius went after her with the car. Everything possible was done for her but she continued to grow worse and Wednesday night had a paralytic stroke which left her whole right side paralysed. She did not regain consciousness after the stroke and passed away without any further suffering early Thursday morning. No funeral preparations have yet been made as they are awaiting her relatives from distant states. Her aunt, Mrs. Bosley of Clinton, and her sister, Mrs. Joe Paul of Elgin, are already here. They are awaiting her brother from Nebraska and her daughter, Mrs. John Farewell, of Fairmont, North Dakota. [The Sterling Daily Gazette, May 7, 1915]
EMILY C. ALLDRITT ELFTMAN was born in the town of Clyde, Whiteside county, Ill., Jan 17, 1850, her parents being Richard and Orrilla Alldritt. Her death occurred in Morrison, Ill., May 6, 1915. On July 31, 1879, she was united in marriage with Julius Elftman, a minister of the German Evangelical church. They served various churches of that denomination in Illinois until the year 1884, when they moved to Minnesota, where Mr. Elftman joined the ministry of the Methodist Episcopal church, and became a member of the Minnesota Conference. After serving in the pastorate for eight years he retired from the active work and as a retired minister lived for three years in Rochester, Minn. Thence they came in March, 1895, to Morrison, where the subject of this sketch has since made her home. Soon after their return to Morrison to live her husband was summoned by death, leaving the care of the family upon her hands when some of the four children were quite young. With a brave heart she went about her task, kept the family together, saw them through the Morrison schools and settled in life. Yet, mother like, she carried the burdens of her children and made them hers until the end. Three daughters and one son remain to hold as a precious memory the years of sacrifice prompted by a mother's love. They are: Mrs. Clara Pease and Mrs. Cora Farwell of Fairmont, North Dakota, Mrs. Minnie Rhymer and Julius Elftman of Morrison, There are four grandchildren; also four brothers and one sister: Albert and Frank Alldritt of Friend, Neb., Henry Alldritt of Clyde, Alonzo Alldritt of Morrison and Mrs. Orrilla Paul of Elgin, Ill. All who knew her and her motherly virtues felt that it was entirely fitting that it should have so happened that on "Mother's Day" loving hands laid to rest her body in her native soil. [Contributed by Larry Reynolds - The Sterling Daily Gazette, May 15, 1915, page 2, column 6]
BERT W. ELGIN, 54, died at 2:30 a.m. Tuesday at his home in Como. He had been in poor health for several years. The funeral will be held at the Trouth funeral home Thursday at 2 p.m., Rev. C. A. Kalkwarf, pastor of St. Paul Lutheran church, officiating. Interment will be in Maple ridge cemetery, West Jordan. The Veterans of Foreign Wars will conduct the military services at the grave. Mr. Elgin was a veteran of World War I. Friends may call at the funeral home. Bert W. Elgin was born in Emerson June 25, 1894, and lived in Hopkins township all his life. He was married to Edith Barnett of Como and had made his home in Como ever since his marriage. He is survived by his widow, one son, one daughter, two grandchildren, five sisters and one brother; also by several nieces and nephews. [Contributed by Margaret Mangers from the Oct. 19, 1948 Sterling Gazette]
BERTHA (WETZELL) ELGIN - A paralytic stroke suffered last Thursday night by Mrs. Bertha Gertrude Elgin, widow of John Henry Elgin, caused her death which occurred at the family home, 223 Ave. D., Rock Falls at 10:15 p.m. Monday. Mrs. Elgin was a member of the Rock Falls Methodist Church and was active in the Class Loyal of the Church and her pastor, Rev. Wayne Leighty, will conduct the funeral services. Bertha Wetzell was born in Frederick County, Maryland, March 9, 1894, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Eli Wetzell. The family lived in this vicinity about 40 years. Mr. and Mrs. Elgin farmed for a number of year near Yorktown, prior to coming to Rock Falls to make their home. Mr. Elgin passed away seven years ago. Four daughters: Mrs. Mildred Whittington of Hooppole, Mrs. Violet Riley of Sterling, Mrs. Evelyn Thompson and Mrs. Hilda Clayton of Rock Falls, and one son Lloyd, survives. A stepdaughter, Mrs. Mamie Galt of Sterling also survives. One son preceded her in death. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling, Illinois April 27, 1943 - Tuesday - page 5]
WILLIAM F. ELGIN, Funeral services were conducted at the Wheelock-Allen Funeral Home for William F. Elgin at 1 p.m. Thursday with Rev. Harry E. Shiffer, pastor emeritus of the Rock Falls Christian Church officiating, with burial in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Rock Falls. Mrs. Wayne E. Larson was organist, and Wayne E. Larson sant The Old Rugged Cross and Beyond the Sunset. Pallbearers were Harold Parks, Lee Carrico, Floyd Wellman, John Pieerce, Ray Hand and John Cheshier. Flowers were cared for by The Rebekah Lodge Members, including Mrs. Orville Deets, Mrs. Art Nelson, Mrs. William McKinzie and Swartley's. Out of town relatives were from Annawan, Rochelle, Morrison and Walnut. [Contributed by Melva Taylor from The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois May 6, 1960 - Friday, pg 6, col 4]
EVA Z. (COBLENTZ) ELLER - 1016 1/2 LeRoy Ave., Rock Falls, died Tuesday afternoon in Colonial Acres Rest home, Rock Falls, after an extended illness. The body was moved to the Melvin Funeral Home where friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m Wednesday. Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Thursday in the funeral home, the Rev. E. J. Larson pastor of the First Evangelical United Brethren Church of Ottawa, will officiate, and burial will be at Riverside Cemetery. Mrs. Eller was born April 17, 1885 in Ogle County, ill., the daughter of Peter B. and Mary E. Garner Coblentz. She had resided in this area her entire life and was a member of the Trinity United Methodist Church of Sterling. Her husband, Frank W. Eller preceded Dec. 31, 1940. Mrs. Eller had made her home with her daughter, Mrs. Ruby Hoak for the past 31 years. Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Kenneth W. (Helen) Chapman of Rock Falls and Mrs. Ruby Hoak with whom she made her home; one sister, Mrs Bessie Ricklefs of Lyndon and one grandson, Gerald D. Chapman, and two great grandchildren, Bradley and Alison Chapman, all of Palatine. Six brothers and one sister preceded. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock FAlls, Illinois May 31, 1972 - Wednesday, page 2]
WILLIAM H. ELLER - 75, of 117 W. Hawley, Amboy, died Saturday at Sterling Care Center. Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. at the Allen Funeral Home with Wilbur Ranson of the Jehovah's Witnesses officiating. Burial will be in Oak Knoll Memorial Park. Visitation is Tuesday from 3-5 and 7-9 p.m. at the funeral home. A memorial has been established to the Whiteside County Cancer Fund. He was born June 6, 1903 in Hyndman, Penn., the son of James and Ida Sturtz Eller. He married Helen I. Spade on May 8, 1924 in Amboy. He was employed in construction work. Survivors include his widow; one son, William Eller Jr. of Amboy; four daughters, Mrs. Wayne (Louella) Larson of Sterling, Mrs. Betty Johnson and Mrs. William (Jean) Logan, both of Dixon and Mrs. Don (Marian) Aughenbaugh of Davis Junction; 17 grandchildren; six great grandchildren; three brothers, Earl and James, both of Amboy and Darnell of Akron, Ohio; two sisters, Mrs. Mary Girton of Amboy and Mrs. Edith McMennamin of Rockford. He was preceded in death by his parents, one daughter, two sisters and one brother. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois August 21, 1978 - Monday, page 4]
ELLA MAUDE ELLIOTT - Funeral rites for Mrs. Ella Maude Elliott were conducted at 11 a.m. Friday in the Melvin funeral home by the Rev. V. Edward Birch of the Fourth Street Methodist church. Mrs. J. H. Linn was at the organ and Noel Hawkins sang Schubert's "Ave Maria." Interment was in Mt. Emblem cemetery, Elmhurst. The pall bearers were D. E. Castle, R. W. Flock, John Kennedy, James Ague, James Brigss and William Smith. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Sterling Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois February 5, 1949 - Saturday, pg. 2, col. 3]
HARRY ELLWOOD ELLIOTT, 67, died unexpectedly at 7:30 a.m. in his home Jan. 31. Mr. Elliott was a livestock dealer. Funeral services will be held at the Gardner Funeral Chapel, Prophetstown, Tuesday, at 2 p.m., with the Rev. James Harker officiating. Burial will be in the Lyndon Cemetery. Visitation will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday (tonight) at the chapel, with Masonic services at 7:30 p.m. tonight. Mr. Elliott was born Feb. 5, 1903, in Fenton Township, the son of Mark and Stella Milller Elliott. He had lived in Lyndon since 1938. He received his education in the Fenton School. He married Edna Grau, Fenton, June 12, 1926. He was a member of the Fenton United Methodist church and the Masonic Lodge. Survivors include his widow, one daughter, Mrs. Merle (Shirley) Strike, Prophetstown; one sister, Mrs. Frank Gorzney, Morrison; three grandsons. He was preceded by his parents, one brother and one sister. [Contributed by Melva Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois February 1, 1971 - Monday, pg 2]
JOSEPH W. ELLIS - Funeral services were conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Allen Funeral Home in Sterling for Joseph W. Ellis, 44, who died Thursday in Pecatonica, Ill. The Rev. David Fouts, pastor of the First Methodist Church of Sterling, officiated at the services with burial taking place in Oak Knoll Cemetery. Mrs. Roscoe Eades was at the organ during the services. Pallbearers were Gordon Miller, Willard Smith, Charles Planthaber, William Asbury Jr., Herbert Asbury and Louis Lundstrom. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - Sterling Gazette Oct 26, 1970]
RAY ELLIS, 99, died Tuesday, May 31, 2005 at Sterling Pavilion Nursing Home, Sterling. Ray was born on September 24, 1905 in a log cabin in Broughton, the son of John Newton and Linnie (Pribble) Ellis. He married Claudine Mae (Sawyer) Dummett on December 9, 1945 in Ottawa; she died February 19, 1999. Mr. Ellis was employed by the City of Sterling for many years retiring in 1972. He was a veteran of WWII having served in the Army. He was a member of the Community Baptist Church, Milledgeville and the Milledgeville American Legion. Survivors include his children, Joan Jamison of Iowa and Marilou (Glenn) Frank of Rock Falls, Daniel (Carole) Dummett of California; his sister, Sarah Porter of Eldorado; 14 grandchildren and several great grandchildren. His wife, two brothers, two sisters and a son, precede Ray in death. Funeral services were held at 10:30 p.m. Friday, June 3, 2005 at the Community Baptist Church, Milledgeville, with the Reverend Greg Farmer officiating. Burial with military honors followed at Oak Knoll Memorial Park. Visitations were Friday from 9-10:30 a.m. at he church with arrangements by the McDonald-Allan-Grennan Funeral Home, Milledgeville.
ALICE (HEBERLING) ELLISON was born at Miles, Ia., Nov. 1, 1869, and died Sept. 23, 1935 at the home of her son, Donald Ellison, at Oklahoma City, Okla. She was the daughter of John and [Suzanne] Heberling and was the youngest of ten children, all of whom except one sister, have preceded her in death. She received her education at a normal school and taught school a short time before her marriage. She was united in marriage to Willard S. Ellison of Morrison in July 1886. They moved to Prophetstown three years later and lived here until 1908 when they moved to Iowa City, Ia. While living in Prophetstown Mrs Ellison was active in the work of the Congregational Church. Two sons, Dwight, a druggist in Chicago, and Donald, an attorney in Oklahoma City, and two daughters, Mrs. R. F. Cough of Mason City, Ia., and Mrs F. A. Wahlgren of Chicago, were born to Mr. and Mrs. Ellison and survive them. One sister, Miss Charlotte Heberling of Ardmore, S. D., and five grandchildren, Barbara and Ray Clough, Bob and Margaret Ann Wahlgren, and George Ellison, son of Mr. and Mrs. Donald Ellison, also survive her. Mr. Ellison died October 19, 1907. ***Funeral Notice: The remains of Mrs Alice Ellison, who died September 23 at the home of her son, Donald, at Oklahoma City, Okla., were brought here for interment and funeral services were conducted at the Dudley chapel by Rev. I. C. Campbelll Wednesday at 2 o'clock. Mrs. Ellison lived here from 1889 until 1908 and her husband, the late W. [C.] Ellison, was principal of the local schools for several years. The pallbearers were C. A. Schryver, F. D. Angell, B. M. Baldwin, K. N. Fenn, A. J. McNamara and Harry Baldwin. [Contributed by David Ellison - Newspaper unknown]
LILLIAN O. (BOLLENBACH) ELLISON, 66, died this morning after a short illness. Mrs. Lillian Ellison was born Feb. 16, 1900, the daughter of Edward and Bertha Cementz Bollenbach in Yorktown. She received her education in the Tampico High School, Jacksonville Girls School and received BS and MA degrees from the University of Wisconsin. In September 1940 she married Dwight H. Eillison in Missouri. She taught in the Tampico High School and the Sterling School for Girls and she was also a Christian Science practitioner. Surviving are her husband in Chicago and one brother, Ronald Bollenbach, Tampico. She was preceded in death by her parents. Private services will be held Saturday at 4 p.m. in the Schmitt Funeral Chapel with Charles Baumgartner, Christian Science reader, conducting the service. Burial will be in Tampico Memorial Cemetery. There will be no visitation. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois March 5, 1965 - pg 6]
WILLARD S. ELLISON died last Saturday evening at nine thirty o'clock. He was conscious until a very few minutes before the final summons came. The news of his death spread quickly and many a home in Prophetstown was saddened that night with the knowledge that Prof. Ellison had passed away. The announcements of his death in the curches the following morning cast a gloom over the entire town and community. Scarcely a home in Prophetstown but contains some member of the family who had been directly connected with Prof. Ellison in the relation of pupil to teacher. While every one was his friend and all admired and respected him as a man, yet his pupils of the years gone by and all those closely connected with him in his life work of teaching, are probably best able, outside the members of his family, to fix the truest estimate of his real worth as an educator, a co-worker, a helper and a friend. Prof. Ellison had those qualities which at once commanded the respect, the good will and the confidence of those with whom he came in contact; in no better way could this be illustrated than by the cordial relations, and the feelings of mutual respect and confidence existing between himself and pupils while associated together in the school room and during the years since those pleasant school ties were severed. For nearly eighteen years the teacher and friend for whom today so many of us mourn, was a citizen of Prophetstown. Prof. Ellison's teaching did not cease in the school room. In his every action and word in his business dealings, in his sterling integrity and pure Christian character, he taught the younger generation by precept and example, the true elements of good citizenship. For years to come Prophetstown will feel and realize the good influences of this man's life. His faithfulness to every trust and his conscientiousness almost to a fault were typically exemplified in the care and concern he felt for the welfare of the school that the pupils might be retarded only in the least possible manner by his being taken from them at this time. For the past two years Prof. Ellison had not been a well man. He suffered a breakdown from overwork and never quite regained what he lost physically at that time. Heart trouble was gradually weakening his vitality but he remained steadfastly at his post of duty. Several weeks ago he was compelled to leave his work as the result of a severe cold taken shortly after the beginning of school. Pneumonia was threatened but warded off, only to leave the patient an easy prey to his old trouble, aggravated by a complication of other organic disorders. A week ago Monday, after again spending several days at his desk in the school building, he was taken so ill that he notified the School Board of his inability to longer accept the responsibilities of Principal in his then present state of health. On Thursday he realized that the end was not far off and he made every thoughtful preparation for the future welfare of his family, planning, wisely, as was ever his custom, to the last minute detail. Willard Sylvester Ellison was born in Springfield, Ill., January 28, 1857 to Gilbert S. and Elvira Bannister Ellison and died in Prophetstown, Ill., October 19, 1907, aged 50 years, 8 months and 21 days. The father died in 1862 and the mother and young son moved to the vicinity of Morrison, Ill. As a boy and youth he attended the common schools of his vicinity, finally finishing his preparation for teaching at Valparaiso, Ind. Prof. Ellison has taught school successively at Gridley, Ustick Twp., this county, Thompson, Carroll County, Miles, Ia., Garden Plain, Unionville and Prophetstown. He taught in all twenty-eight years, the last eighteen in Prophetstown. In the meantime he had further fitted himself for his work by attending summer sessions in the Universities of Illinois and Iowa and various Normal schools. At Miles, Ia., he was married July 8, 1886 to Alice Heberling; into the home thus established have been born four children, Dwight, Ruth, Ada and Donald. These children, with the sorrowing wife, his aged mother, Mrs. Elvira Stowe, of Morrison, and a half-brother, M. M. Stowe, of his immediate relatives are left to mourn his death. He was affiliated with the Masonic, Odd Fellows, Eastern Star and Mystic Workers. Several years ago he united with the local Congregational church and since his public profession of faith made at that time, he has been a faithful and active member. He met the expected great change bravely and calmly as he had lived, supremely confident in the full and complete realization of all his Christian hopes and belief. Prof. Ellison was a standard for the highest ideals of citizenship. His position or opinion on any public question when once demonstrated or given, was certain to be on a high moral plane merged with consistency and good judgement. The funeral services were held Monday afternoon in the Congregational church, conducted by his pastor, Rev. C. H. Burdick, assisted by Rev. W. B. Doble, of the Methodist church, and Rev. A. Edgren of the Lutheran church. Long before the arrival of the funeral party the church was filled to the entry ways with citizens and pupils of the town and surrounding country who had come to pay the last tribute of love and esteem to the memory of the departed friend and instructor. The pall bearers escorting the flower laden casket were Messrs. N. W. Paddock, R.C. Forkey, M. P. Brewer, B. E. Hurd, Simon Keiser and S. D. Gostelow. The short opening service was in charge of Rev. Doble who concluded with a fervent prayer. Rev. Burdick delivered a sermon, the text of which was a portion of Paul's letter to Timothy. The lesson was a beautiful tribute to the life of Prof. Ellison who had fought the good fight and won the victory. The old church choir composed of Mr. and Mrs Fenn, Mr. and Mrs. Daggett, Mr. Case and Mrs. Paddock rendered several excellent and appropriate selections, Rev. Edgren pronounced the benediction,. There was scarcely a dry eye in the vast congregation which slowly wended it's way out of the church at the conclusion of the services. The public schools of this and adjoining towns and country districts, the banks and many of the stores of Prophetstown closed during the funeral services. This was the most eloquent testimonial of the love, the esteem and high regard in which Professor Ellison was held by those who knew him as an educator and exemplary citizen.
ATTENDED THE ELLISON FUNERAL
Among those who attened the funeral on Monday of the late W. S. Ellison, were the following: H. S. Heberling, of Chicago, Miss Charlotte Heberling, of Marion, Ia., J. O. Childs and wife Clarence Childs, M. M. Stowe and wife, Mrs. Elvira Stowe, Mr. Phinney and daughter, Mrs. Groff, County Supt. B. F. Hendricks, and S. A. Maxwell, of Morrison, Clark Perkins and wife of Erie, M. A. Bannister and wife, of Clinton, Ia., members of the Burns, Likes and Presley families, of Fenton, the Lyndon Principal and teachers of nearly all the nearby districts, Mrs. Geo. Talcott and daughter Clara, of Geneseo, Albert Boyer, of Tampico, and Mr. and Mrs. P. E. Ericson, of Sterling. [Contributed by David Ellison - Newspaper unknown]
ANNA MARIE (HEIDE) ELLMAKER, 83, died at 4:30 a.m. Thursday (November 26, 1942) at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Thomas F. Conlon, 356 Connell Street. Her body was taken by train at 2:50 a.m. today to Sterling, III., where funeral services will be held at Woods Funeral Home, probably Sunday. Burial will be at Riverside Cemetery there. The former ANNA MARIE HEIDE was born in Berlin, Germany, July 29, 1859 and came to America with her parents when 12. The family lived in Chicago for a short time before moving to a farm northwest of Coleta, Ill. She was married to William Ellmaker of Sterling Oct 19, 1882. Surviving are Mrs. (Edith) Conlon; two sons, Earl F. Ellmaker of Sterling and William G. Ellmaker of Appleton. Another daughter, Mrs. Charles (Lillian) F. Gagin, died June 17, 1923. Her husband also preceded her in heath. Mrs. Ellmaker also leaves nine grandchildren; a great-grandchild; two brothers, Fred W. Heide of Ann Arbor, Mich, and William G. Heide of near Coleta, IL. Mrs. Ellmaker had been a member of the Congregational Church at Sterling for many years and a charter member ofthe American Legion Auxiliary. [Contributed by Sue Nesland - Fond du Lac Commonwealth Reporter, Friday November 27, 1942 - pg 16 **]
Funeral Notice: The funeral of Mrs. Anna Ellmaker will be held Sunday at 3 o'clock at the Woods Funeeral Home. Rev. R. Norris Wilson, pastor of the First Congregational church of Sterling officiating. Interment will be in Riverside. Anna Marie Heide was born in Berlin Germany, July 29, 1859 and came to America with her parents when a girl of 12. The family lived in Chicago prior to moving on a farm northwest of Coleta, the father having been advised to seek the open air because of his health. She was married to Wm. Ellmaker of Sterling, Oct. 19, 1882. He preceded her. To this union were born four children, Edith, wife of former Commissioner Thomas F. Conlon, Fond du Lac WI, at whose home she passed away Thursday morning at 4 o'clock; Earl F. Ellmaker of Sterling; Willliam G. Ellmaker of Appleton WI and Lillian wife of Chas. F. Gagin, who passed away June 17, 1923. She is survived by two brothers, Fred W. Heide of Ann Arbor MI and Wm. G. Heide of Genesee township. Nine grandchildren and one great grandchild also survive. Mrs. Ellmaker was a charter member of the Sterling American Legion auxiliary and was also a member of the First Cong. Church of Sterling for many years.
EARL F. ELLMAKER, 88, 507 15th Ave., Sterling, died (29 October 1976) Friday at Community General Hospital. Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Monday at the First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Randall Brown, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery. Friends may call at the Behrens Blair Funeral home from 2-9 p.m. Sunday. Earl F. Ellmaker was born July 15, 1888 in Sterling, the son of William and Anne Reide Ellmaker. He was reared and educated in Sterling and had been employed as a pattern make for International Harvester. He was married to Anna Linn in Sterling on Oct. 27, 1920. He was a member of American Legion Post 296 and the First United Methodist Church, and was a veteran of World War I. Survivors include three sons, Glenn, Geneseo, and Wayne and James, Sterling; one daughter, Mrs. Earl (Janet) Ricker and one sister, Mrs. Thomas (Edith) Conlon, Sterling; nine grandchildren and one great grandson. He was preceded in death by his wife, Anna, Dec. 27, 1974, and one brother and one sister. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois - Octobeer 30, 1976, Saturday, pg 4]
ELMA "ELENA" ELLMAKER, widow of Amos Ellmaker, pioneer resident of this city, passed away at 10:45 Sunday morning at the home, 401 Fourth avenue, at the age of 83 years. She had been confined to her home for the past year, and for the past nine months has been in a chair, from which she could not get up, owing to a stroke which she suffered nine months ago. Mr. Ellmaker preceded her several years ago. Mrs. Ellmaker is survived by two daughters, Minnie Ellmaker, who has been taking care of her, and Mrs. Daley Berger of this city. She is also survived by one grandson, Amos Ellmaker, who is a teacher at a school in Wisconsin, and one sister, Mrs. A.A. Terrell of Chicago, a former resident of this city. Services will be strictly private andheld on Tuesday at the late home. Friends are asked to please omit flowers. Rev. Mosher will have charge. Interment will be in Riverside cemetery. [Contributed by Sue Nesland - Sterling Gazette 11 April 1921]
NATHANIEL ELLMAKER - Our old Lancaster readers will learn with regret of the death of the senior member of the Lancaster bar, Nathaniel Ellmaker, at the advanced age of 81. He was the son of Hon. Amos Ellmaker, who in 1832 was nominated for vice president by the Anti-Masonic party on the same ticket with William Wirt. In 1834 he received the next highest vote to James Buchanan for United States Senator. The appointment was declined. His son, Nathaniel was an able lawyer and a man of the highest character. The late Anthony Ellmaker of this city, was a nephew of the distinguished Amos and the family has always been prominent in Eastern Pennsylvania. [Sterling Standard 24 Dec 1898]
WAYNE ELLMAKER - 80, of 1125 Union St., Boone, Iowa, formerly of Sterling, died Friday Jan 25,2002, at Israel Family Hospice House, Ames, Iowa. He was a teacher in the Sterling and Geneva public school systems and then was employed by Sterling Park District, retiring in 1986. Mr. Ellmaker was born Sep 5,1921, in Sterling, the son of Earl and Anna (Linn) El I maker. He was a 1939 graduate of Sterling High School and a 1950 graduate of Northern Illinois State Teacher's College, DeKalb. He served in the Army during WW 11 with the 2nd Battalion 25th Infantry and was awarded the Bronze Star for service in the Asiatic Pacific Theater, Northern Solomons and Southern Philippines. He married Selma Kathryn Hussung on May 19,1946, at Broadway Methodist Church in Sterling. He taught adult Sunday School and was a Boy Scout leader. He was a member of the Sterling Historical Society and enjoyed studying genealogy and outdoor activities. Survivors include his wife, a son Thomas (Barbara) Ellmaker of Cedarburg, WI; two daughters, Clare (Charles) Kostelnick of Boone, IA; & Ginny (Dick) Thompson of Amherst Junction, WI; two brothers, Glenn Ellmaker of Geneseo and James Ellmaker of Seminole, FL; 12 grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. The funeral is at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Allen-Grennan Funeral Home, First Avenue Chapel, Sterling. Burial is at Oak Knoll Memorial Park, Sterling. [Sterling Daily Gazette - 31 Jan 2002, Pg A5; C 3 Submitted by Suanne Nesland]
WILLIAM ELLMAKER - The death of William Ellmaker yesterday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock was peculiarly sad and distressing. - He left his family in the morning apparently as well as ever, and went to his work of drilling a well on the Schmoeger farm east of town. During the morning he complained once of tightness across the chest and was evidently vary warm, although he evinced no sign of sickness. Afternoon he ate as much as usual for dinner and returned to work about one o'clock, in company with David Killinger, his fellow workman. The well had been a difficult one to drill and Mr. Ellmaker was rejoicing that it was so near done. Asking for the tape line, he took a final measurement of the tubing and said "It is almost finished," then lurched forward into the arms of his friend, closed his eyes and was no more. He was dead before Killinger could lay him on the ground. Not able to believe what he feared, his partner hurried at one for assistance and Dr. Wahl was called, but all that he could do was to pronounce the unfortunate man dead and say it was caused by heart disease which has troubled him for years. William Ellmaker was born in Lancaster County, PA, April 30,1849, but had lived in Sterling for 35 years. He married Annie (HEIDE) Heidy in this city, and leaves four children by her, the oldest 8 yrs old and the youngest only six months. Besides his wife and children, he leaves two brothers, Amos and Newton Ellmaker; two sisters Mrs. John McNair of this city and Mrs. G. W. Chamberlin of Chicago. He was a man of retiring disposition and honest, straightforward character. The funeral was held today at the family residence on First Street and was largely attended. Rev. Denning officiated. His body was laid to rest by the side of his father and mother in the family lot in the Sterling cemetery. Sterling Evening Gazette - - Wed 25 Jul 1894; Pg 3; C 3 Submitted by Suanne Nesland
-- FUNERAL: DIED - On Tuesday, July 24,1894, Wm. Ellmaker, in the 45th year of his age, of heart trouble. Mr. Ellmaker came to this city from Lancaster Co., PA, his birthplace, when quite young and resided here since... (see above) (Sterling Standard, Thu 26 Jul 1894; Pg 1; C 4; Submitted by Suanne Nesland)
WILLIAM G. ELLMAKER, 297 River Dr, Appleton, Wisconsin Age 69, passed away at 11:30 a.m. Friday after a 6 month illness. Hewas born January 14, 1894 in Sterling, Ill. He has been a resident of Appleton for the past 30 years, where he made his headquarters as a salesman for the National Manufacturing Co. He was a member of the Memorial Presbyterian Church; the U.C.T. and the American Legion. He was a World War 1 Army Air Force Veteran having served 2 years in France and was a good friend of Eddie Rickenbacker and Quentin Roosevelt during this time. Mr. Ellmaker is survived by his wife, Fern; one brother, Earl, and one brother-in-law, Charles Gagin, both of Sterling, Ill.; one sister, Mrs. Thomas Conlon, Fond du Lac; his mother-in-law, Mrs. Ella McGregor, Appleton; 10 nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday from the Wichmann Funeral Home with Rev. Clifford J. Pierson officiating. Interment will be in Riverside Cemetery. Friends may call at the Wichmann Funeral Home after 2 p.m. Sunday until the time of the service. A memorial fund is being established. [Contributed by Sue Nesland -- Appleton paper unnamed, dated March 16, 1963, Sec B, pg 5 (After WW I he returned home to sterling to work for the National. He moved to Appleton about 1933 where he met and married Fern.]
ALDA (ROBERTS) ELLSWORTH - 84, of 430 Martin Road, Rock Falls, died Tuesday at Community General Hospital in Sterling. Funeral services will be Friday at 10 a.m. in St. Andrew's Catholic Church in Rock Falls, preceded by a prayer service at 9:30 a.m. in the Grennan Funeral Home in Sterling. Burial will be at the Calvary Cemetery in Sterling. Mrs. Ellsworth was born Dec. 17, 1903 in Lanark. She married Elmer Ellsworth and he preceded her in death. She was employed at Frantz Mfg. and retired April 1, 1970. The deceased was a member of St. Andrew's Catholic Church. She is survived by two sons, Joseph, of Rockford, and Phillip, of Hawaii; one daughter, Mrs. Wayne (Rosemary) Planthober, of Naples, Fla.; three brothers, Lester, and George Roberts of Lanark, and Ralph Roberts of Milledgeville; five grandchildren; four great grandchildren; and one great great grandchild. She was preceded in death by one brother and one sister. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois June 30, 1988 - Thursday, page A2]
MARGARET ELLSWORTH - Died, at the home of her daughter, October 10, 1902, Mrs. Margaret Ellsworth at the age of eighty-nine years, twenty days. She was born in Erie county, Pennsylvania, in 1813 and moved to Illinois in her early married life and her home has been here for many years. She has been confined to her bed for a year and a half and a constant sufferer being helpless a part of the time. Death came as a relief, the funeral services were conducted by Rev. Hemeric of New Bedford Saturday at 10:00 a.m. Interment was made in the Leon cemetery. The family have the sympathy of a large circle of friends in the hour of sorrow. [Contributed by Debbie Thormahlen - Sterling Daily Standard - October 17, 1902 page 5 column 1]
ELMENDORF - Young Man Dies in Texas - Grandson of H. P. Elmendorf Dies in Temple, Texas -- Was on the Point of Graduating From College. J. P. Elmendorf of Hume, has just received word from Temple, Texas, telling of the death of his grandson at that city. The young man was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Irvin J. Elmendorf, and was well known to the people south of the river. He was a very bright young man and was just about ready to graduate from a civil engineering school. The cause of his death was pneumonia. He was taken ill at college and it was thought he was on the mend. He was taken to his home, and suffered a relapse and inside of ten hours died. He was a bright and exemplary young man. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Sterling Evening Gazette, Sterling, Illinois February 19, 1910 - Saturday, pg 1]
ADA ELMENDORF, 1306 7th Ave., Sterling, passed away in her home Monday morning after a short illness. Born Nov. 5, 1876 in Greenville, Texas, she was the daughter of Benjamin and Sarah Miller Price. The family moved to Cosmopolis, Wash., when she was a child, and Mrs. Elmendorf received her education in the Cosmopolis schools. She was united in marriage to Frank C. Elmendorf in Cosmopolis, Feb. 5, 1893. Mr. and Mrs. Elmendorf moved to Sterling where they resided their entire life. Mr. Elmendorf preceded in 1958. Mrs. Elmendorf was a member of the Seventh Day Adventist church of Rock Falls, a member of the WCTU and the Good Deed Circle of King's Daughters. Surviving are four sons, Frank C. Elmendorf Jr. of Sterling, Isaac L. Elmendorf of Long Beach, Calif., Kenneth H. Elmendorf of Sterling and Lawrence P. Elmendorf of Livonia, Mich., and four daughters, Mrs. Lawrence (Fay) Kauffman of Dixon, Mrs. O. L. (Fern) Dowdy of St. Elmo, Mrs. Glen (Rene) Peek of Long Beach, Calif. and Mrs. G. K. (Ada) Gaumer of Sterling. There are 17 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren. Her parents, several brothers and sisters, a daughter, Mrs. Charles Reichard and a son, Lowell Elmendorf, preceded in death. The body was moved to the Melvin Funeral Home where friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. today (Tuesday). At noon Wednesday, the body will be taken to the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Rock Falls to lie in state until the time of service at 1:30 p.m. Pastors Emil Moldrik of the Seventh Day Adventist Church of Rock Falls and Donal Lewis of the East St. Louis Seventh Day Adventist Church will officiate. Burial will take place at Riverside Cemetery. A memorial has been established in her memory. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois April 30, 1968 - Tuesday, pg 2 Funeral rites for Mrs. Frank C. (Ada) Elmendorf of 1306 2nd Ave., were conducted at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Seventh Day Adventist Church, Rock Falls. Pastor Emil D. Moldrik of the church and Pastor Donald Lewis of the East St. Louis Seventh Day Adventist Church officiated. Organ, piano and vocal music was proveded by Pastor and Mrs. Moldrik. Burial was made in Riverside Cemetery. Pallbeareers were John Brown, Kenneth Stringer, Gene Gaumer, Richard Allen, Richard Elemendorf and Charles McIlvenna. Swartley Florists and Mrs. Moldrik took care of the flowers. Arrangements were completed by the Melvin Funeral Home. Cotnributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois May 2, 1968 - Thursday, pg 6]
ANNA (LOVETT) ELMENDORF, 77, a resident of Morrison for 46 years, died at the Sterling Public Hospital Tuesday night (05 Sep 1939). She had been a patient there since last Thursday. Funeral services will be Friday at 2 p.m. from the Carney Funeral home, and at 2:30 from the Methodist Church. Rev. Albertus Perry will officiate. Burial will be in Grove Hill Cemetery. Anna E. Lovett was born Dec. 12, 1861, in Union Grove Township, daughter of William and Emmeline Lovett. She was wed to George L. Elmendorf, March 23, 1881, who survives her. They lived on a farm in Union Grove Township until they moved to Morrison 46 years ago. She was a member of the W.R.C., the Woman's League, the Household Science Club, the Methodist Church, and the organizations of the church. Besides her husband she is survived by one brother William Lovett of Rock Island and four grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two daughters, Mrs. Myrtle Smith, who died in 1930, and Miss Edith Elmendorf, who died in 1916. A sister, Mrs. Ben Montague, also preceded her in death. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Sterling Daily Gazette, Sterling, Illinois September 6, 1939 - Wednesday, pg 10]
BERTHA (LaDINE) ELMENDORF, 62, died Saturday at 12:30 a.m. at her home three and one-half miles southwest of Morrison, following an illness of five years, during which time she suffered several strokes. Bronchitis was assigned as the cause of her death. The body was taken to the Reynolds Funeral Home in Morrison where friends may call. Funeral services will be conducted there Monday at 2 p.m. by Rev. Harold E. Olson, pastor of the Morrison Methodist Church, and the committal will be in Grove Hill Cemetery. Mrs. Elmendorf was born March 29, 1886 at Prophetstown, daughter of John and Mary LaDine. She was reared and schooled in Prophetstown. Her maiden name was Bertha LaDine. On November 28, 1907 she was united in marriage at Prophetstown with Levi Elmendorf in a double wedding with her sister Jennie who was married to Pierce Moore. The Elmendorfs started farming on the farm in Ustick Township and lived in the same place since. Her survivors are her husband; two daughters, Mrs. Lee (Laura) Schippfer, and Mrs. Merlin (Vera) Gross, both of Morrison; and one son, Eugene, at home; four grandchildren; and one sister, Mrs. Pierce Moore of Prophetstown. She was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers and two sisters. Mrs. Elemendorf was a member of the Morrison Methodist Church, of the Gleaners class and of the Royal Neighbors Lodge. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - Sterling Gazette May 22, 1948 - Saturday, pg 5]
BRYAN D. ELMENDORF, 31, of rural Prophetstown, died Sunday, Aug. 17, 2003, after a long illness. Mr. Elemendorf was born Dec. 16, 1971, in Sterling, the son of Gary and Katherine (Kelley) Elmendorf. He married Tammy Bailey on Feb. 27, 1994, in Sandy, Ore. He was an avid outdoors-man and enjoyed scuba diving. Survivors include his wife; a son, Hunter Orion Elmendorf at home; his parents of rural Prophetstown; two brothers, Eric E. (Angela) Elmendorf of Sterling and Aaron K. (Susan Marie) Elemendorf of Manlius; his paternal grandparents, Larry and Edith Elmendorf of Sterling; and his maternal grandmother, Merna Sones of Sandy, Ore. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Kenneth Elmendorf. Memorial service is at 1 p.m. Wednesday at McDonald Funeral Home & Crematory, Prophetstown. A gathering of friends and family is from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois August 19, 2003 - pg A5]
DEAN ELMENDORF, 52, of Wyoming, Mich., died Sunday, Dec. 13, 1998, after an extended illness. Mr. Elmendorf donated his body to science. A memorial has been established to Hospice of the Rock River Valley of Wyoming, Mich., Hospice. Mr. Elmendorf was born Dec. 18, 1946, the son of Frank C. and Eleanor S. Elmendorf. He graduated from Sterling High School in 1965. He married Joann Horton on May 21, 1965 in Rock Falls. She survives. He served in the Marine Corps in Vietnam for 14 months. He was employed by Steel Case of Michigan as a supervisor. Survivors include two daughters, Tammy Paxton and Michelle Elmendorf, both of Wyoming, Mich.; his mother, Eleanor S. Elmendorf of Sterling; two grandchildren; and several cousins. He was preceded in death by his father. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois December 24, 1998 - Thursday, pg A2]
DORIS MARIE (CHRISTENSEN) ELMENDORF, 70, of 1850 US 27 S. Avon Park, Fla., died Dec. 27, 1993, at her home. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 7, at the Blair Funeral Home, Sterling, with the Rev. Donald Lewis, pastor of Seventh Day Adventist Church, officiating. Burial will be at Riverside Cemetery. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the time of service Friday, Jan. 7, at the funeral home. A memorial has been established. Doris was born March 1, 1923, in Los Angeles, Calif., the daughter of Miels and Harriet Christensen. After high school she attended college for several years. She worked as a dental assistant and at Pacific Scientific Company. She married Lawrence Price Elmendorf, Sept. 7, 1947. She retired from the University of California Irvine Medical Center in 1988 where she had been administrative assistant for the Department of Neurology. Survivors include four children, Aleta Melashenko of Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, Nine Steele of Kalamazoo, Mich., Larry Elmendorf Jr. of Spokane, Wash., and Laurel Henry of Lake Elsinore, Calif.; nine grandchildren and two great grandchildren. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - Sterling Gazette December 29, 1993 - Wednesday, pg A2]
ELEANOR ELMENDORF - 88, of 2403 E. 19th St., Sterling, died Saturday, Nov. 13, 1999, at her home. There will be no visitation or services. Arrangements were completed by Blair Funeral home, Sterling. Mrs. Elmendorf was born June 5, 1911, in Rock Falls, the daughter of Melvin and Bernice Partridge Shonts. She married Frank Elmendorf on Feb. 23, 1935, in Rock Island. He preceded her in death. She was employed by CGH Medical Center for 18 years. Survivors include a daughter-in-law, Jo Ann Elmendorf of Michigan; two granddaughters, and two great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a son and five sisters. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois November 17, 1999 - Wednesday, pg A5]
EMMA BELLE (NEARY) ELMENDORF - Abe Renkes received a telegram from La Mesa, Calif., giving information of the death of Mrs. Emma Belle Neary Elemendorf who formerly lived near Morrison, and who passed away Sunday in California. The body has been forwarded to the Reynolds Funeral Home, where funeral services will be conducted Wednesday at 2 p.m. and the committal will be in Grove Hill Cemetery, Morrison. The body is due to arrive in Morrison Tuesday morning. Mrs. Elmendorf is survived by her son Leland who lives in California, and by several grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank Elmendorf, and a daughter, Mrs. Hugh Gram. She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, Will and Fred Neary, two sisters, Mrs. Fred (Mary) Prestley and Mrs. Elisha (Anna) Bull. She was born about one mile west of Fenton over 80 years ago, daughter of Thomas and Ellen Scott Neary. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Sterling Daily Gazette, September 26, 1949 - Monday, pg 2]
FRANK ELMENDORF - The body of Frank Elmendorf, who passed away about 5:50 o'clock Thursday afternoon at a hospital in Chicago, arrived in Morrison last evening, and the funeral will be held Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the Reynolds Funeral home. The I.O.O.F., of which Mr. Elmendorf was a member, will take an important part in the funeral services. Mr. Elemendorf was a man about 70 years of age, born and raised near Fenton, where he conducted a grocery store for several years, afterward being identified in the same line in Morrison, both as proprietor and clerk for many years. In company with Mrs. Elmendorf, whose maiden name was Miss Emma Neary, he left for Chicago in May to make his home. He is survived by his wife and one son, Leland, a daughter Lena having preceded him in death, and in addition to his immediate family are his brothers, George and Henry, both residents of this city. Burial will be made in Grove Hill. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Sterling Daily Gazette, Sterling, Illinois September 15, 1928 - Saturday, pg 8]
FRANK ELMENDORF, 90, 907 Johnson Ave., Sterling, died Saturday evening at Community General Hospital. Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. on Monday at the Behrens Blair Funeral Home with the Rev. David Barun, pastor of the Seventh Day Adventist Church officiating. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery. Frank Elmendorf was born on Nov. 17, 1893, the son of Francis and Ada Price Elmendorf in Elma, Wash. He was employed as a maintenance man at Community General Hospital until retirement. On Feb. 23, 1935 he married Eleanor Shontz in Rock Island. He served in the service during World War I. Surviving are his wife; one son, Dean, Grand Rapids, Mich., two granddaughters; two sisters, Mrs. Faye Kauffman, Dixon, and Mrs. Rene Peck, Sterling; two brothers, Kenneth, Sterling, and Lawrence, Calif. Preceding him in death were two brothers and three sisters. A memorial has been established in his memory. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois February 20, 1984 - Monday, pg A4]
GEORGE ELMENDORF, 85, a resident of Morrison for many years, died Sunday noon (12 Jan 1941) at the home of his granddaughter, Mrs. Virginia Swire of Santa Ana, Calif., where he had made his home since last spring. Funeral services will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. from the Carney Funeral Home with the Rev. L. O. Coleman officiating. Burail will be in Grove Hill Cemetery. The deceased was born at Olive, N.Y. in 1855, and married on March 23, 1886, to Anna Lovett, who preceded him in death in 1939. He farmed in the Morrison vicinity and moved here many years ago. He was a lifelong member of the Methodist Church. Surviving are one granddaughter, Mrs. Virginia Swire of Anna, Calif., and two grandson, Robert Smith of Farmington, N.M., and Loren Smith of Clinton, Ia., and one great grandson. Besides his wife he was preceded in death by two daughters, Mrs. Myrtle Smith of Clinton, Ia., and Edith Elmendorf. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Sterling Daily Gazette, Sterling, Illinois January 13, 1941 - Monday, pg 10]
HENRY B. ELMENDORF, 88, a resident of the Morrison vicinity practically his entire life, died at his home here at 2:05 a.m. Friday. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at the home with the Rev. L. O. Coleman officiating. Burial will be in Grove Hill cemetery. The deceased was born Jan. 1, 1852, at Olive N.Y., son of Levi and Catherine Bogart Elmendorf and was brought by them to this vicinity in 1866. One year he lived at Prophetstown, and the balance of the time in and near Morrison. he married Laura Brown of Tampico, Dec. 31, 1874, who preceded him in death in 1932. The couple celebrated their golden wedding in 1924. He is survived by one son, Levi Elmendorf of near Morrison; a brother George Elmendorf of California; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Besides his wife he was preceded in death by a daughter, Nellie, a brother Frank, and a sister, Mrs. Charles Lutyens. Out-of-town persons in attendance were Mr. and Mrs. John Needham and Mrs. Jack Keith of Sterling: Mr. and Mrs. Robert Calligan, Mr. and Mrs. Paul McAllister and Mrs. Albert Daniels of Rock Falls; Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Wolford of Cedar Rapids, Ia., and Henry Elmendorf of Tampico.. The pallbearers were Oliver Hall, Will Hogarth, Pierce Moore, John Heusinkveld, Glenn Wolford and Charles Hammer. Special music was furnished by Al Van Dyke and Peter Wilkins and Mrs. Charles Wesendorf and Mrs. John Heusinkveld had charge of the flowers. [Contributed by Georgi DiBartolo]
HANNAH (WINN) ELMENDORF was born in Olive, Ulster County, New York, October 30, 1833, (married there to Hezekiah P. Elmendorf November 23rd, 1854 who preceded her to his eternal rest, October 1928) passed on at 11:50 a.m. March 28th, 1930, leaving five sons, Rufus of Centralia, Washington; Isaac of Ironsides, Oregon; Francis of Rock Falls, Illinois; Irvin J. of Temple, Texas; Henry W. at home here and three daughters, Susan Angell of Austin, Minn.; Ida M. Pierson of Hume and Ella Jackman of Fontana, Calif., (Willis, Sarah A. and Freddie having gone on before) and a large number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren and needless to say a host of friends to follow. She died as she lived in a quiet, peaceful manner with four of her children -- Irvin, Henry, Susan and Ida, at her bedside. The end, although anticipated for sometime, as she had been in failing health for many months, coming suddenly but peacefully and yet by her foreseen as almost the last continued conversation she had just the night before, spoke of going on a long journey, evidently at that time having heard the call from her Heavenly Father, whom she had chosen very early in life to follow, and in whose footsteps she trod doing good (many times getting up from her own bed of sickness to minister unto and serve others.) Her faith was a simple, steadfast, old style kind and she knew "Whom she believeth." She was a member of the old school Baptist Branch of her Fathers Kingdom and took delight in hearing and reading His Word until no longer able to do so on account of failing health, her eyesight being bad. Mrs. Elmendorf was one of the few remaining old time pioneers of Whiteside county having come here in 1866 with her then small family, their home at first being across the road from her recent late home for several years, until the Lord had prospered them sufficiently to enable them to take over the farm and house where she has since lived with her husband and except as one by one, they scattered until only she and her devoted son Henry remained at home until death parted them and she went home to her Heavenly Father. Owing to sickness or other causes, three of her remaining children (Rufus, Isaac and Ella) were unable to be present at the funeral held at the home March 28th 1930, Rev. J. G. Little conducting the services in a most pleasing and much appreciated way, with songs "Jesus is Thee" by Mrs. Kelsey and Mr. Landis of Rock Falls. (these being two of her favorites). The pallbearers being Frank Russell, Pearl Chapin, Harry Butler, John Plock, Aaron Gaulrapp and Oscar Wetzell. The flowers both numerous and beautiful being well placed and taken care of by Mrs. Pearl Chapin and Mrs. Aaron Gaulrapp. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling, Illinois March 31, 1930 - pg 5]
HENRY ELMENDORF, of Hume dies suddenly on Minnesota visit. Relatives received a message advising of the death of Henry Elmendorf of Hume Township who passed away at Blooming Prairie, Minn., where he had been visiting a nephew, Pearl Angell. News of the death of Mr. Elmendorf came as a shock as he had been feeling as well as usual when he left a week ago for Minnesota. He suffered a heart attack early Saturday morning. Mr. Elmendorf, who was born in Hume Township Nov. 5, 1872, and had since been a resident on the Elmendorf homestead farm, engaged in farming for many years until he retired and rented the place. Two brothers, Irvin of Temple, Texas, and Frank of Sterling; and three sisters, Mrs. Allea Jackson of San Bernardino, Calif., Mrs. Ida Pearson of Hume, and Mrs. Susie Angell of Austin, Minn., survive. The body will be brought to the Wheelock Funeral Home in Rock Falls where funeral arrangements will be made. Contributedc by Melva L. Taylor - The Sterling Daily Gazette, Sterling, Illinois November 2, 1946 - Saturday, pg 5]
IRENE J. (MILLER) ELMENDORF, 78, of 1400 Ave. L., Sterling, died Feb. 21 in her home, following a short illness. Funeral services for Mrs. Elmendorf will be Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. at the Allen Funeral Home in Sterling with Rev. Charles E. Steinke, pastor of St. John's Lutheran Church, Sterling, officiating, with burial in Oak Knoll Memorial Park in Sterling. Visitation will be Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Allen Funeral Home. A memorial has been established. Mrs. Elmendorf was born April 13, 1909 in Hahnaman Township, the daughter of William O. and Myrtle Rossing Miller. She married Lowell L. Elmendorf, Oct. 27, 1929 in Sterling. He died Aug. 10, 1962. Mrs. Elmendorf had been employed at Dixon Developmental Center prior to her retirement in 1980. She was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church, Sterling, the Ladies Circle, Holtzlander Rebekah Lodge, Sterling, and the Order of Eastern Star, Sterling. She is survived by one son, Richard L. Elmendorf of Dixon; one daughter, Mrs. Joan Brown, Sterling, 10 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren; one sister, Mrs. Helen Sarver, Dixon; and several nieces and nephews. She was also preceded in death by two brothers. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois February 22, 1988 - Monday, pg A2]
ISAAC ELMENDORF - News has been received by relatives in Sterling of the death of Isaac Elmendorf, 87, of Malheur, Ore., which occurred Monday, Feb. 11, at a hospital in Ontario, Ore. Funeral rites and burial took place in Malheur. Mr. Elmendorf was born in Ulster County, New York, and came to Mile Nine when a young child with his parents, Hezekiah and Hannah Elmendorf. When a young man he went west and located in Malheur, where he operated a horse and cattle ranch. He was a prominent Odd Fellow and was instrumental in organizing the lodge and building the lodge home in Malheur. Surviving are three brothers and three sisters, Irvin Elmendorf of Temple, Texas, Frank Elmendorf of 1306 Second Avenue, Sterling, Henry Elmendorf and Mrs. Ida Pearson of Hume, Mrs. Susie Angell of Austin, Minn., and Mrs. Ella Jackson of Los Angeles. Three brothers and one sister preceded him in death. He was never married. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - Sterling Gazette 16 Feb. 1946]
ISAAC L. ELMENDORF - There will be visitation from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday in the Melvin Funeral Home for Isaac L. Elmendorf, 13740 Eldorado Dr., Seal Beach, Calif., who died unexpectedly Sunday ( 11 November 1973). The body is being forwarded to the Melvin Funeral Home where Rock River Lodge 612 AF and AM will conduct Masonic seervices at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Graveside services for the family will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at Riverside Cemetery, the Rev. David Fouts, pastor of the First United Methodist Church of Sterling will officiate. Isaac L. Elmendorf was born March 12, 1895 at Elma, Washington, the son of Frank C. and Ada Price Elmendorf. He was united in marriage to Phyllis Boos Dec. 19, 1921. He was a building contractor most of his life and also resided at DeKalb for a number of years. Mr. Elmendorf was a veteran of World War One and was an Illinois State Trooper for seven years. He was a member of Masonic Lodge 144 at DeKalb. Surviving besides his widow are, one son, Max Elmendorf of Lakewood, Calif.; three brothers, Frank Elmendorf of Sterling; Lawrence Elmendorf of Lynnwood, Calif.; and Kenneth Elmendorf of Como; three sisters, Mrs. Fay Kauffman of Dixon, Mrs. Fern Dowdy of Sterling and Mrs. Rene Peek of Seal Beach, Calif.; one grandson Raymond, and a granddaughter Linda, both of California. [Contributed bymelva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois November 14, 1973 - Wednesday pg 2]
JOSEPH ELMENDORF - Neck Is Broken In Accident Near Centralia, Wash., - Joe Elmendorf Killed When Car Overturns -- Wife Seriously Hurt Details concerning the death of Joe R. Elmendorf, son of Mr. and Mrs. Rufus Elmendorf of Centralia, Wash., former residents of this community, which occurred November 20 in an auto accident have been received by a relative, Mrs. Clarence Scott of Rock Falls. The story of the accident is told in a newspaper clipping sent from the family. Mr. Elmendorf and his wife were driving their car near Oakville when the machine skidded on a curve, hit a stump and railing of a bridge, and overturned. Mr. Elmendorf was killed instantly, his neck being broken. A passing motorist rushed Mrs. Elmendorf to a hospital. She received chest injuries and is suffering from shock. Fear was expressed at first that she was bleeding internally, but later her condition improved. Mrs. Elmendorf was not told of her husband's death. The accident victim had been employed as a fireman by the Northern Pacific railway since 1910. He was a member of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen and Enginemen, and also of the I.O.O.F. and Froman lodges. In addition to his wife who has been operating a cafe, he is survived by two sons, Verol and Billy; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Rufus Elmendorf, of Centralia, and two brothers, Roy, Centralia, and Ray, Tacoma, Wash. Mr. Elmendorf was 43 years of age and was born in Galesburg. He had resided in Centralia since 1912. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Sterling Daily Gazette, Sterling, Illinois November 26, 1935 - STuesday, pg 2]
JULIE (HENREKIN) ELMENDORF, 86, passed away suddenly Tuesday (11 March 1952) at the home in Tampico. The body reposes at the Parent Funeral Home. Funeral services will be at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Thursday at 9:30 a.m. by the Rev. A. M. Weitekamp, pastor. Committal will be in the church cemetery (St Mary's Cemetery), The Rosary will be recited at Parent's at 8 p.m Wednesday. She was born in Tampico April 4, 1865, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Henrekin. She spent all her life in the county. She was married to Walter J. Elmendorf in 1891. She was a member of the Altar and Rosary Society, RNA and the American Legion Auxiliary. Surviving are a son, Guy of Tampico; three grandchildren and two great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband; one son and one daughter. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois March 12, 1952 - Wednesday, pg 2]
KENNETH H. ELMENDORF, 79, of 25230 Front Street, died Thursday. (16 Jun 1989) Services will be at 10 a.m. on Monday at the Blair Funeral Home in Sterling, with pastor Ken Brummel officiating. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. on Sunday at the funeral home. A memorial has been established. Mr. Elmendorf was born October 14, 1909 in Hume Township, the son of Frank C. and Ada Price Elmendorf. He married Edith Wilson on November 3, 1934 in Clinton. He was a self-employed stone mason and also worked for Grohering's in Morrison. He was educated at Rock Falls High School and was a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church of Rock Falls, and Galt Grange. He is survived by his wife; one son, Gary Elmendorf of Sandy, Ore.; three daughters, Mrs. Don (Lorain) Lewis of Lemont, Ill., Mrs. Richard (Karen) Allen of Emerson, Mrs. Donald (Mary Ann) Wiltse of Collbran, Colo.; one brother, Lawrence Elmendorf of Orange, Calif; one sister, Faye Kauffman of Dixon; 13 grandchildren and six great grandchildren. He was preceded by three brothers and four sisters. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois June 16, 1989 - Friday, pg A2]
LAURA A. (BROWN) ELMENDORF, passed away Thursday afternoon (18 Feb 1932) at 2:30 o'clock at her home, 406 Portland Avenue, aged 83 years, four months and 14 days. Death followed a serious illness of the past two weeks. Her maiden name was Miss Laura A. Brown. She was the daughter of Celestia and Courtland Brown, and was born Oct. 4, 1849, at Middlefield, Otsego County, New York, moving with her parents to the vicinity of Tampico when a small girl. She spent her early life there. She was united in marriage to Henry B. Elmendorf, Dec. 31, 1874, shortly after moving to their farm in Union Grove, where they resided until 1895. They then built a residence in Morrison, to which they moved and have since resided. To this union were born two children, Nellie, who died in 1893, aged 14 years, and Levi, who resides on the farm four miles southwest of Morrison. They celebrated their golden wedding anniversary Dec. 31, 1924. Besides her husband, she leaves her son Levi and his wife and three grandchildren, Mrs. Lee Schipper and Vera and Eugene Elmendorf, and one sister, Mrs. Amanda Bogart of Rock Falls, besides several nieces and nephews and a host of friends. Three sisters and one brother preceded her in death. She was always a home loving woman, and will be greatly missed from the home. The funeral service will be held at the home on Portland Avenue at 3 o'clock Sunday afternoon. Rev. H. T. Chenoweth, pastor of the M.E. Church, will officiate, and interment will be in the Grove Hill Cemetery. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - Sterling Gazette February 19, 1932 - Friday, pg 6]
LEVI ELMENDORF, 98, 11860 Harvey Road, Morrison, died Wednesday evening at the Riverview Good Samaritan Home in Prophetstown. Funeral services will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Renkes-Reynolds Funeral Home in Morrison with Rev. Ben White, pastor of the Morrison United Methodist Church, officiating, with burial in Grove Hill Cemetery. Visitation is from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. A memorial has been established in his memory to the Morrison United Methodist Church. Mr. Elmendorf was born May 13, 1881 in Union Grove Township, the son of Henry and Laura Brown Elmendorf. He was reared and educated in Union Grove Township and attended Morrison high School. He was united in marriage to Bertha LaDine in Prophetstown on Nov. 28k 1907. She preceded him in death on May 22, 1948. He lived and farmed his home his entire life. He was a member of the Morrison United Methodist Church and a charter member of the Morrison Libby Band for its entire existence. He is survived by one son, Eugene of Morrison; one daughter, Mrs. Laura Shipper of Morrison; four grandchildren; nine great grandchildren and one great great granddaughter. He was preceded in death by his wife, one sister, one daughter and one grandson. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois March 6, 1980 - Thursday]
LOWELL ELMENDORF - A Sterling resident, Lowell Elmendorf, 53, 604 12th Ave., was fatally injured Friday afternoon 2 1/2 miles west of Franklin Grove where he was working with a crew clearing the debris which resulted from a crash on Feb. 22, that piled up 93 cars along the right-of-way. Elmendorf was a former Sterling City policeman. At the inquest, conducted by Lee County Coroner Robert Preston Friday night, a crane operator, Braxton Jeffry of Peoria, told the Jury he had lifted part of a side of a box car with his crane when he saw Elmendorf standing below. Jeffrey said he attempted to change the direction of the crane, but the piece of steel slipped and hit Elmendorf. A huge piece of steel came loose from a crane and crashed down on Elmendorf's head, apparently killing him instantly. Elemendorf was employed by the Lipsett Steel Co., believed to be a Peoria wrecking firm. Work began about four weeks ago at the scene of the February train derailment, believed to be one of the largest in Illinois history. The cars were derailed when two Chicago and North Western Railway freight trains sideswiped about 2 1/2 miles west of here. The wreckage lay on the right of way, a tangled mass until insurance adjustors had completed their work. Then salvage work began. Elmendorf was born Oct. 28, 1908 in Rock Falls, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Elmendorf. He attended the Rock Falls schools and was graduated from Rock Falls Township High School in 1925. He was married to Irene J. Miller in Clinton, Oct. 26, 1928 and they resided all of their married life in Sterling. At one time he was a member of the Sterling police force and for five years he was employed by the American Agricultural and Chemical Co. of Fulton, before taking his present job with the Lipsons Steel Co. He was a member of the Masonic lodge of Sterling. Surviving are his wife, Irene; one son, Richard, Dixon; two daughters, Mrs. Jack E. Brown, Sterling, and Mrs. William Rogozinski, Thomston, Conn.; five grandchildren; his mother, Mrs. Ada Elmendorf, Sterling; four brothers, Ike, Long Beach, Calif., Frank, Sterling; Kenneth, Como; and Lawrence, Downey, Ill.; five sisters, Mrs. Fern Dowdy, St. Elmo; Mrs. Charles Reichard, Sterling, Mrs. Glen Peek, Long Beach, Calif., Mrs. Lawrence Kauffman, Dixon, and Mrs. George Gaumer, Sterling; and a number of nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father. The body is at the Behrens Mortuary where friends may call after 10 a.m. Sunday until the hour of services, which will be conducted at 2 p.m. Monday in the mortuary. The Rev. Luther Cooperrider, pastor of St. John's Lutheran Church, will officiate. Burial will be in Oak Knoll Memorial Park. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor from The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois August 11, 1962 - Saturday, pg 1 col 2]
RICHARD ELMENDORF, 74, of Dixon, died Thursday, Nov. 25, 2004, at his home. He was employed by Woods Brothers, Oregon, as a truck driver for 19 years, retiring in 1993, and then by Shopko, Dixon. Mr. Elmendorf was born June 12, 1930 in Sterling, the son of Lowell L. and Irene J. (Brown) Elmendorf. He served in the Army during the Korean War. He married Ramona Rice on Oct. 17, 1952 in Rock Falls. He was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5418, Rock Falls, and enjoyed bowling and spending time with his grandchildren. Survivors include his wife; three daughters, Judy Elmendorf and Mona (Richard) Ashford, both of Dixon, and Billie (Todd) Johnson of Greenwood Village, Colo.; three sons Donald (Linda) Elmendorf and Thomas (Jodi) Elmendorf, both of Dixon, and Michael (Brook) Elmendorf of Franklin Grove; a sister, Joan Brown of Prophetstown; 12 grandchildren; and nine step great grandchildren. The funeral is at 10 a.m. Tuesday at McDonald Funeral Home, Rock Falls, with the Rev. Dalmus Meeks officiating. Burial with military honors is at Riverside Cemetery, Sterling. Visitation is from 2-8 p.m. Monday with the family present from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorials have been established to Sauk Valley Productions and the Historic Dixon Theatre. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - Sterling Gazette November 27, 2004 - Saturday, pg A5]
RUFUS ELMENDORF, 89, former resident of Hume Townshnip, and brother of Frank Elmendorf of Sterling, Henry Elmendorf and Mrs. Ida Pierson of Hume, passed away Sunday at Chehalia, Wash. Funeral services will be held at the Christian Church, Centralia, Wash., on Wednesday afternoon. Committal will be there. Mr. Elmendorf was born in Ulster County, N.Y. May 15, 1856, the eldest son of H.P. and Hannah Elmendorf. He was reared in Hume Township and married Cerena Scott, sister of Clarence and Walter Scott. They left Galesburg in 1922 to make their home in Washington. Mr. Elmendorf was a retired railroad engineer. He is survived by his widow; two sons, Ray and Roy of Washington; several grandchildren; four brothers, Isaac, Malheur, Ore., Irvin, Temple, Texas, Henry and Frank of this locality and three sisters, Mrs. Susie Angle, Austin, Minn., Mrs. Ida Pierson, Hume, and Mrs. Ella Jackson, living in California. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling, Illinois August 28, 1945 - Tuesday, pg 5]
VERONICA ALICE (DINEEN) ELMENDORF, 70, died unexpectedly after an illness of a few days on Tuesday, Jan. 22, 1963. She was born in Platte County, Neb., Oct. 1, 1892, the daughter of John F. and Ella Dineen. She received her education in the Nebraska schools. She married Guy J. Elmendorf on June 14, 1921, in Columbus, Neb. She had resided in Tampico for 42 years. She and her husband operated a grocery store in Tampico for many years. She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church. Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Herbert (Henel) Adams, Tampico; Miss Mary Elmendorf, Normal, and Mrs. Louis (Milfred) Balika of Aurora; two sisters, Mrs. Agnes LaViolette of North Bend, Neb., and Miss Helen Dineen of Columbus, Neb.; seven grandchildren and three nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband in 1955. Funeral services will be held Saturday at 9:30 a.m. at St. Mary's Church in Tampico. Rev. A. M. Weitekamp will officiate. Burial will be in the St. Mary's Cemetery in Tampico. The Rosary will be recited at the Schmitt Chapel in Tampico Friday at 8 p.m Friends may call at the Chapel after 2 p.m. Thursday. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois January 24, 1963 - Thursday, pg 2
WALTER ELMENDORF, 78, one of Tampico's oldest and most highly respected businessmen, passed away at his home in Tampico at 3 o'clock Sunday afternoon (24 December 1939) following a year's illness. He suffered a stroke a year ago on Christmas night which confined him to his home practically all of the past year. A rosary will be recited at the home at 8 o'clock Tuesday evening and the funeral services will be held at 9:30 o'clock Wednesday morning in St. Mary's Catholic Church. The Rev. Fr. T. O. Maguire, local pastor, will officiate. Interment will be in St. Mary's Cemetery. Mr.Elmendorf was born in Custer (sic - s/b Ulster) County, New York, April 25, 1892, the son of Hiram and Catherine Brown Elmendorf. At the age of 15 he moved with his parents to Illinois and lived on a farm near Rock Falls. He married Feb. 22, 1892, to Miss Julia Henrekin. Following their marriage they lived on a farm in Hahnaman Township until 1900 when they moved into Tampico. Mr. Elmendorf operated a general store for two years and then went into the meat and grocery business in which capacity he continued until his illness a year ago forced him to retire. His son, Guy, continues to operate the business. Mr. Elmendorf was a member of St. Mary's Church of Tampico and had been a member of the Modern Woodmen. He had served on the board of the Champion school northeast of Tampico when he lived in that vicinity. Besides his wife and son Guy, he is survived by two daughters-in-law, Mrs. Guy Elmendorf of Tampico and Mrs. Susan Elmendorf of Rochelle, who had assisted in his care a great deal; also three granddaughters, Helen, Mary and Mildred Elmendorf of Tampico, a nephew, Dr. Gentz Perry of Evanston, and several cousins. A son, Wayne, preceded him in death in June, 1933, and a daughter, Erma, passed away in infancy. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling, Illinois December 26, 1939 - Tuesday, pg 3]
WAYNE J. ELMENDORF - The death of Wayne Elmendorf which occurred about 12:30 Sunday afternoon at the Dixon hospital following a week's critical illness came as a shock to everyone although it was not entirely unexpected. Mr. Elmendorf had not been in the best of health for about two years but was not seriously ill until a week ago Sunday and on gradually becoming worse was taken to the hospital at Dixon in the ambulance Tuesday morning. He was found to be suffering from peritonitis and it was thought by physicians that the appendix had ruptured. Everything possible was done for him and hope was held out that due to his strong constitution he might recover but word was received Saturday morning that he was much worse and he gradually weakened until the end came. The family were all with him at the hospital when death caem to end his suffering. An autopsy was held at the hospital and it was found that the appendix had not ruptured but that the peritonitis was caused by a condition of the kidneys that the surgeons believed had existed since birth and that absolutely nothing could have been done for him. The body was brought to the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Elmendorf, Sunday evening where scores of relatives and friends paid their respects and extended their sympathy to his bereaved wife, parents and brother. Services were held at St. Mary's church of which he was a member, Wednesday mornign at 9:30. Requiem High Mass as said by Rev. Fr. T.O. Maguire. The church was filled and there were many beautiful flowers, expressions of the high esteem in which he was held. Pallbearers were Vernon Kelly, Charles Roese, Ed Fullerton, L.B. Winchell, Hubert Darby and Leroy Kelly. Interment was in the St. Marys' Cemetery. Among the relatives and friends from out of town were Mr. and MRs. Carl Foster, Mr. and Mrs. Luke Manning, Mr. and Mrs. John Manning, Frank Manning, Kathryn Manning, Mr & Mrs Owen Lamb, Mrs. Mae Shepherd, Mrs. Kate Lamb, George Lamb, Mr. and mrs. Orrin Sherwood, MR. and Mrs. Bert hermann, Jerome Doden, Mr. & Mrs Earl Cleveland of Rochelle; Dr. Gentz Perry of Evanston; Ernest Bush of Grand Rapids Mich; Miss Mary E. Flynn of Chicago; Mr. Geo. S. Corl of Wheaton; Mr. and Mrs. Joseph, Mrs. Charles Henderson and daughter June, Mrs. A.R. Garrison and daughter Kathryn of Aurora; Will Robinson of South Bend IN; Mr. & Mrs. Ronald Henrekin of Sycamore; Mr. & Mrs. Art Henrekin and son Jack, and miss Addie Henrekin of Sterling; and Mr. & Mrs. John Dawson of Rock Falls.
OBITUARY - Wayne J. Elmendorf, younger son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Elmendorf was born June 11, 1900 in Tampico where he spent his entire life. He attended the local school and was a student of St. Ambrose College in Rock island for a time after which he worked in the Elmendorf Meat Market for his father until the time of his last illness. ON May 18, 1827 he was married to Susan Manning of Rochelle adn they have made their home in the flat over the store. Wayne was active in all civic organizations, having taken an active place int he Tampico Bank and serving for several years on the Tampico Volunteer Fire Dept. being Chief at the time of his death. He is survived by his wife, his parents, his brother Guy, three nieces, Helen, Mary and Mildred Elmendorf and a host of relatives and friends. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Sterling Daily Gazette, Sterling, Illinois June 19, 1933 - Monday, pg 6]
IDA M. (ROBINSON) ELSESSER - of 1402 W. 4th St., Sterling, died at 3:45 a.m. Wednesday (17 April 1957) in Community General Hospital. The body was removed to the Melvin Funeral Home where friends may call after 7 p.m. Thursday. Final rites will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday in the funeral home with Rev. David B. Maxton, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Sterling, officiating. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery. She was born Aug 29, 1880 in Galt, a daughter of James and Florence Carruth Robinson. She was married to Fred Elsesser in February of 1904 in Rock Falls. Mrs. Elsesser was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of the Order of Eastern Star, The Woman's Club and Galt Grange. Surviving are one son, John, Rt. 4, Sterling, four grandchildren and three great grandchildren, one sister Mrs. Anna Allen, Sterling; two brothers, Fred Robinson, Ramsey, Ill., and Edward Robinson, San Bernadino, Calif. She was preceded by her parents, one sister, three brothers, and one great granddaughter [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois April 17, 1957 - Wednesday, pg 2]
GEORGE ELSEY - Word has been received here of the death of a former resident, George Elsey, who passed away about the first (10th) of March at his home in Oakland, Cal., which had been his place of residence for the past seven years. He was 79 years old at the time of his death. His wife was Miss Maria Heacock of Clyde township, who with a son in the east and two daughters in California, survives him. Mr. Elsey will be remembered by the older residents of this section. For a time he resided in Clyde township, and then came to Morrison, where for several years he was employed as a clerk in the D. S. Spafford grocery store. He was very popular and universally liked by those who knew him well. After his removal he was employed for a number of years as a commercial traveler and later engaged in the mercantile business. [The Whiteside Sentinel 2 Apr 1919 Front pg.]
DOROTHY (GARWICK) ELWING - Mrs. Dorothy Elwing, former Sterling business women, passed away at 3 a.m. Thursday in a Moline hospital after an extended illness. The body rests at the Melvin funeral home where friends may call after 7 p.m. the Thursday. Funeral arrangements and the obituary will be published Friday. Sterling Daily Gazette 29 Mar 1951 Pg 3;3 Funeral rites for Mrs. Dorothy Elwing will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday in the Melvin funeral home by the Rev. David Bruce Maxton of the First Presbyterian church. Burial will be in the Chadwick cemetery. Mrs. Elwing, daughter of Sarah and Jacob Garwick, was born in Whiteside county, near Morrison. She attended the Morrison schools and as a young girl became a clerk in the Brown's Dry Goods store in Morrison. All her life was spent in the business world. She was employed for seven years at the Denecke store in Cedar Rapids, Ia. and nine years as a buyer at the M. L. Parker store in Davenport, Ia. For 15 years she operated the Dorothy Elwing Shoppe in Sterling. Mrs. Elwing was proceeded in death by her parents, a son Lillo Clayburn, three brothers and five sisters. Two sisters surviving are Mrs. Martin Hanna of Milledgeville and Mrs. Cecil R. Rogers of Sterling. She also leaves nieces and nephews. [Contributed by Marcia Sibley - Sterling Daily Gazette 30 Mar 1951 Pg 2;6]
DAVID G. ELY, one of the oldest and most highly respected farmers in this county was found dead in his bed this morning [ died 06/20/1900]. Mr. Ely had been in seemingly good health for a man of his age and was in this city Tuesday. The funeral arrangements have not yet been made. His son, George Ely of this city, who is in Nebraska on business, has been telegraphed for and the arrangements for the funeral will probably not be made until his return. David G. Ely was born September 20, 1811, in Oneida county, N. Y. He was the fifth of ten children. At the age of fifteen he learned the shoemaker's trade and later that of carpenter and joiner, working with his father at that trade until he was twenty-six years of age. He was married to Miss Alvira Wallace in Oneida county, N. Y., February 17, 1936. She died in 1873. He was again married to Mrs. Mary Miner in 1876. She with three children by his first wife survive him. They are George Ely of this city, Mrs. E. J. Jones of Oshkosh, Wis., and Mrs. Charles Rawson of Rock Falls. Mrs. Ely has been in poor health for several months and it is feared that the shock of Mr. Ely's sudden demise may prove fatal. Mr. Ely resided in New York until 1855 when he moved to Oshkosh, Wis., where he resided three years after which he came to this county, locating in Hume township where he has since resided with the exception of three years in Coloma township. He was an extensive stock raiser and farmer. Mr. Ely was one of the best known and popular men in Whiteside county. Although of a retiring disposition he was opened hearted and was thoroughly alive in the good of the community. He took a great interest in public affairs. He was a kind husband and father and an ideal neighbor. (The Sterling Daily Standard, May 21, 1900, page 1, column 3)
--- Coroner Baird of Morrison was summoned to this city Thursday and in the afternoon was driven to Hume where an inquest was held over the remains of David G. Ely, who died suddenly Wednesday [06/20/1900] night. The coroner's verdict was that death was caused by heart disease, resulting in apoplexy. The funeral will probably be held Sunday [06/24/1900] afternoon in the Rock Falls Methodist church. The Rev. W. H. Pierce of Rock Falls will be the officiating clergyman. Contributed by Larry Reynolds - The Sterling Daily Standard, May 22, 1900, page 1, column 5]
SADIE EMERICH, 70, passed away Wednesday at her home, 318 North Van Buren Avenue, following an extended illness. Miss Emerich was born in Dakota Township on July 11, 1864, the daughter of George and Lydia (Daughenbaugh) Emerich. She is survived by three sisters, Mrs. John Bolender of Orangeville, Mrs. F. A. Gochnaur of Freeport, and Mrs. Ada Hullermeier of Freeport, and two brothers Boyd Emerich of Dakota and Orlando Emerich of Freeport; one niece and four nephews. Her parents, two brothers and two sisters preceded her in death. Funeral services will be held at 1:30 o'clock Friday afternoon at the Walker Mortuary, Dr. E. A. Arends will officiate, and burial will be made in the Rock Grove Cemetery. Bearers will be Emanual Brubaker, Edward Wagner, Samuel Arnold, Russell Phillips, Albert Dittman, and L. D. Fowler. Friends may call at the Walker Mortuary. Alice Horner's note: Sadie Emerich married John Easter Lebkicher on January 1, 1896, but they were divorced sometime between 1910 - 1918. She returned to using her maiden name. [Contributed by Alice Horner - Freeport Journal Standard, Freeport, Illinois January 13, 1944]
IRENE (GIBSON) EMERY, 91, of Prophetstown died Oct. 23, 2005 at Four Seasons Center, Morrison. Memorial services will be 11 a.m. Oct. 27 2005 at First Lutheran Church, Prophetstown. Burial at Riverside Cemetery Prophetstown. Irene was born July 5, 1914 in Prophetstown, the daughter of Anton and Nannie (Ackeberg) Gibson. She married Charles C. Emery on Oct. 9, 1930 in Prophetstown. He preceded her in death on Feb. 28, 1996. Irene helped her husband operate Pure Oil Station, Prophetstown, during WW II. Later she was the city collector for the city for many years. She was a member of First Lutheran Church and a member and past worthy matron of Minerva Chapter, Order of Eastern Star. She is survived by a daughter Patricia and a son Charles.
PATRICIA A. (GLESSNER) EMMERT, 69, of Morrison, IL, died Friday, August 8, 2008 at her home. Pat was born April 20, 1939 in Dixon, IL to Reon L. and Hazel J. (Brechon) Glessner. She was educated in St. Mary's Catholic Grade & Jr. High School and graduated from Dixon High School in Dixon, IL. She married Robert L. Emmert on January 6, 1963 in Sterling. He died September 11, 1996. Pat was employed by General Electric in Morrison for 35 years. Along with her late husband, Bob, Pat owned and operated Pat's Tap in Morrison from 1985 to 1991. She attended Harvest Time Bible Church in Rock Falls, IL, was a member of General Electric GEM Club and enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren. Survivors include three sons, Robert (Mercedes) Glessner of Mt. Morris, IL; Steven (Julie) Emmert and Stanley (Sandra) Emmert both of Morrison, IL; seven grandchildren, Antonio (Allison) Glessner and Angela Glessner; Jacob and Ashley Penaflor; Brandon Emmert; Candace and Brooke Emmert; five great grandchildren, Bennett and Lauren Glessner; Isaac Masini, Devon and Isabel Penaflor; two sisters, Joan (Don) Moore of Dixon, IL and Jean (Jerry) Simon of Park Ridge, IL; and one brother, Howard (Jean) Glessner of Dixon, IL. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Bob; one daughter, Donna; two brothers, John and Richard Glessner.
LESTER E. EMMITT, Funeral services for Lester E. Emmitt were conducted at 2:30 p.m. Monday at the Allen Funeral Home, with Rev. Paul W. Bloomquiest, pastor of Fourth Street Methodist Church officiating. Burial was in Riverside Cemetery. Mrs. Roscoe Eades was at the organ and William J. Tonkin sang, "Jesus, Saviour, Pilot Me" and "Rock of Ages." Flowers were cared for by Mr. and Mrs. Charles Castle, Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Kosier, Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Bawden and Mrs. Elroy Bolzin. Pallbearers were Ezra Wolber, Leonard Marcy, Arnold Dexter, Fay Overley, Clarence Allen and Charles Carey. Among those from out-of-town attending the services were Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Emmitt of Dixon, Floyd Emmitt of Rockford, Al Lease of Freeport and John Emmitt of Oregon, Ill. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois March 4, 1952 - Tuesday, pg 2]
HENRIETTA (BAKER) EMMONS - The funeral of Mrs. Henrietta Emmons took place at 2 p.m. Monday in the family home, 400 Eight Avenue, Rock Falls, where many family friends gathered. A beautiful tribute to her memory was paid in the sermon by the Rev. A. E. Blomberg of the Rock Falls Methodist Church. Rock Falls chapter of Eastern Star had charge of the services. Mrs. C. K. Hayward, worthy matron, and Mrs. James Kelsey sang "Softly and Tenderly," "In the Garden" and "Nearer My God to Thee." In charge of the services were Mrs. C. K. Hayward, Mr. and Mrs. Merle Modler, Mrs. Lawrnece Wadelton, Mrs. William Ebenezer, Mrs. Lawrence Ufkin, Mrs. William DeFur, Mrs. Edwin Carter, Mrs. Elmer Leusby, Mrs. E. A. Ashling, Mrs.Lois Jenssen and Mrs. Leslie Newton. The flowrs were taken care of by Mrs. Frank Atwell, Mrs. A. E. Deem, Mrs. J. H. Hall, Mrs. E. A. Ashling and Mrs. Lloyd Myers, past worthy matrons, and Mrs. Hayward. The pallbearers were close friends of the family, J. H. Hall, Clyde Kadel, Fred Smith, Alex Bright, Frank Geeting and E. A.Ashling. Mrs. Emmons was laid to rest in the Odd Fellows Cemetery, Rock Falls on her 87th birthday. Attending the services from out of town were Mrs. Grace Spear of rockford, Mrs. Mayme Kettleson of Aurora, Jacob Dietmeier, Melvin Dietmeier, Mrs. Seward and Mr. and Mrs. Ray Dietmeier of Orangeville. Henrietta Baker was born December 22, 1860, in Somerset County, Pa., and came to Illinois with her widowed mother at the age of six years. She was married to William L. Emmons of Rock Falls in Rock Falls on December 23, 1880. To this union were born eight children, Frank of Denver, Colo,, Harry of Loon Lake, Sask., Canada; Pearl of Chicago, Floyd of Lyndon, Lloyd of Rock Falls; Hazel and Lula at home, and Florence who preceded her mother in death. Her husband passed away July 3, 1899, leaving her with this large family and twin sons 11 months old. For the benefit of Hazel's health, Mrs. Emmons and her daughter........... (sorry, missed getting the rest) [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Sterling Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois December 24 - Wednesday, pg 3]
CHRIS EMO, 64, of Erie, passed away (4 May 1969) early Sunday morning at his home. Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 2 p.m. in the Schilling Funeral home, the Rev. Dale Erickson of the Christian Church officiating, with burial in Erie Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home this evening and until time of services. A memorial has been established for the Heart Fund. Chris Emo was born June 21, 1904 in Prophetstown, the son of Christopher and Mary Riordon Emo. He married LaVera Miller on Feb. 17, 1931 in Erie. He was a retired drill press operator from the John Deere Harvester Works of East Moline. He is survived by his widow, two daughters, Mrs. Darrell Howard of Hillsdale Mrs. David Willman of Erie; one son, Robert at home; five grandchildren and one brother, William Emo of Canton. He was preceded by one daughter, one sister and one brother. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - 64, of Erie, passed away (4 May 1969) early Sunday morning at his home. Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 2 p.m. in the Schilling Funeral home, the Rev. Dale Erickson of the Christian Church officiating, with burial in Erie Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home this evening and until time of services. A memorial has been established for the Heart Fund. Chris Emo was born June 21, 1904 in Prophetstown, the son of Christopher and Mary Riordon Emo. He married LaVera Miller on Feb. 17, 1931 in Erie. He was a retired drill press operator from the John Deere Harvester Works of East Moline. He is survived by his widow, two daughters, Mrs. Darrell Howard of Hillsdale Mrs. David Willman of Erie; one son, Robert at home; five grandchildren and one brother, William Emo of Canton. He was preceded by one daughter, one sister and one brother.
HERMAN R. ENFIELD, 76, passed away at 2:45 a.m. this morning (Monday Aug. 17, 1970) at Community Hospital, Morrison following an illness of two weeks. He was a horse trainer. Funeral service will be held at 9 a.m. Wednesday at the Tomlinson Funeral Home, Morrison. Graveside services will be held at 3:30 p.m. at the Adair Sunny Hill Cemetery, Adair, Iowa, with the Rev. E. J. Blair officiating. Mr. Enfield was born March 23, 1894, in Green County, Iowa the son of Theodore and Sophia Tassell Enfield. He received his education in Phoenix, Ariz. He married Mary Bechtol Aug. 19. 1942 in Bethany, MO. They lived in Minnesota and Iowa before moving to Morrison 15 years ago. He was a member of the United Methodist Church . He is survived by the widow. His parents and one sister preceded him in death. Friends may call at the funeral home after 2 p.m. Tuesday. [Contributed by Margaret Mangers - Aug 17, 1970 Sterling Gazette]
RAY ALLEN ENGELKING, 70, 603 7th Ave. Rock Falls, died Tuesday evening at Community General Hospital after a short illness. Funeral services will be on Friday at 11 a.m. at the Wheelock-Allen Funeral Home with Rev. Richard Russo of St. Mary's Catholic Church, officiating. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetary. Friends may call at the Wheelock-Allen Funeral Home from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Friday. Ray Engleking was born on July 20, 1913 in Savanna, the son of Frank P. and Louise Siewert Engleking. On Sept. 14, 1935 he was united in marriage to the former Ida DePasquale at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Sterling . They lived most of their married life in the rural Albany area where he worked in construction and was a commercial fisherman for many years until his retirement and returned to Rock Falls in 1972. He was a past Scout Master and past Scout Committeeman; and past Democratic Precinct Committeeman. Surviving are his wife, Ida; one son, Allen, Fort Washington, Md; one daughter, Sylvia Pairadee, Sterling four grandchildren; two brothers, Frank, Aurora and Harry, Savanna. Preceding him in death were his parents and two sisters. [Contributed by Margaret Mangers - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, 3 Aug 1983]
DALE ARTHUR ENGELKINS, 49, who retired from the Air Force as a master sergeant, died of cancer Feb. 17, 1996, in Colorado Springs. He was employed by Space Mart at the Air Force Academy. The funeral will be at 4:30 p.m. today at Holy Apostles Catholic Church, 4925 N. Carefree Circle, with the Rev. Paul Wicker officiating. Mountain View Mortuary, 2350 Montebello Square Drive, is handling arrangements. Mr. Engelkins was born Sept. 1, 1946, in Fulton, Ill., to Arthur B. and Alice (Sikkema) Engelkins. He is survived by a son, Patric of Colorado Springs; two brothers, Earl of Illinois and Millard of Iowa; and two sisters, Nancy Clark of California and Ardith of Illinois. Mr. Engelkins served in the Air Force from 1965 to 1987 and received the Combat Readiness Medal, Vietnam Service Medal and Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon. He had been a Colorado Springs resident since 1987 and previously lived in Germany, Illinois and Texas. [Contributed by Barbara Nugent - The Gazette (Colorado Springs, CO) - February 21, 1996]
DAVID B. ENGELKENS, 79, of Chadwick (Carroll Co) died April 1, 2005 in Freeport. He was a crop farmer and raised black angus cattle in rural Chadwick since 1967. Mr. Engelkens was born March 12, 1926 in Fulton. He married Mary Ann Meinsma Dec. 31, 1951 in Morrison. She died April 23, 1987. Survivors are many cousin and Margaret Schoonover of Chadwick. The funeral is at 10:30 Monday at the Bosma-Renkes Funeral Home with Rev. Michael McCloud, officiating. Burial at Fulton Twp. Cemetery.
OKKO ENGELKENS of Fulton, 81, immigrant from the Netherlands 57 years ago today, died today leaving 114 descendants - 9 children, 49 grandchildren and 56 great-grandchildren.
STEVETTA ROE (THOMPSON) ENGELKINS, 54, of 106 Valley Road, West Branch, Iowa, died Tuesday, March 2, 1999, at University of Iowa, Iowa City. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Fry Funeral Home, 220 E. Sixth St., Tipton, Iowa, with the Rev. DeLane Wright officiating. Burial will be at Springdale Cemetery, West Branch, Iowa. Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. A memorial has been established. Mrs. Engelkens was born Aug. 15, 1944, in Morrison, the daughter of Roy E. and Agnes (Springer) Thompson. She attended Lyndon schools. She married Edd Roy Engelkens Jr. on May 4, 1961, at Lyndon Methodist Church. He survives. She was employed by Purethane Incorporated as a quality analyst for 11 years. Survivors include a daughter, Wendy (Dave) Gabel of Bluegrass, Iowa, a son, Wade (Denise) Engelkens of West Branch, Iowa; a sister, Arlene Onken of Morrison; and three grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Harry "Buck" Thompson. [Contributed by Barbara Nugent Sterling Daily Gazette 4 Mar 1999]
HAROLD ENGLE, RR 2, Polo was killed (17 September 1975) by a train Wednesday night. Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the Brown-Seidel Funeral Home in Polo with the Rev. A. J. Tetzlaff officiating. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery in Sterling. Visitation will be from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. The family will not be present. Memorials may be made to the High School Girls Baseball Team. Harold Engle was born May 30, 1896 in Sterling, the son of Harmon and Lydia Engle. He married Iva Good Garman on April 21, 1951 in Washington, Ill. He was a World War I veteran, a member of the American Legion and of the VGW Lodge of Polo. He was a retired farmer. Survivors include his widow; one son, Lloyd of Freeport; three daughters, Mrs. Lynn (Audrey) Davis of Seattle, Wash., Mrs. John (Marceline) Gilroy of Polo and Mrs. Frances Tuttle of Los Angeles, Calif.; nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. He was preceded by his parents, two brothers and two sisters. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illiinois September 19, 1975 - Friday]
ALICE L. ENTWHISTLE, 96, a resident of the Sunset Manor Nursing Home in Canton, and formerly of Morrison, Ill., died Thursday at the nursing home. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at the Morrison Chapel of the Bosma-Renkes Funeral Home in Morrison. The Rev. Julie Bunt will officiate. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Interment will be at Grove Hill Cemetery in Morrison. She was born Sept. 12, 1907, in Morrison to George Washington and Caroline (Steiner) Entwhistle. She was employed as a high school science and math teacher in Canton and Belvidere, Ill., most recently from 1952 to 1968, when she retired. She was a member of the Alpha-Delta-Kappa Teachers Sorority, the YWCA and the Church of the Brethren in Canton. Survivors include a niece, Mrs. Judy (Kenneth) Reinhart of Morrison; two nephews, George E. Entwhistle of Iowa City and James J. Entwhistle of West Liberty; five great-nephews; two great-nieces; and one great-great-niece. She was preceded in death by two sisters and three brothers. [Clinton Herald 10 January 2004]
ALMA (GEHLSON) ENTWHISTLE, age 84, of rural Morrison, Illinois, died Thursday, October 12, 2006 at Coventry Living Center, Sterling, Illinois. Funeral services will be held 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, October 17, 2006 at the Spring Valley Reformed Church, Fulton, Illinois with Reverend Scott Bonestroo officiating. Burial will be in the Cottonwood Community Cemetery, rural Morrison, Illinois. Visitation will be held from 12:00 noon until the time of the Funeral Service at the Church. Memorials may be made in Alma's name and left to the Spring Valley Reformed Church Sunday School or the Self-Help Organization, Sterling, Illinois. Alma was born the daughter of Chris and Mary (Kennedy) Gehlsen on July 9, 1922, rural Morrison. She attended country schools in the Morrison area. Alma graduated from Morrison High School with the Class of 1940. She also graduated from the Sterling Business College. On August 9, 1941, she married J. Wayne Entwhistle in Sterling, Illinois. Alma worked as a secretary for General Electric in Morrison for 27 years. She also owned and operated Entwhistle's Dolls and Hobby Shop. She enjoyed doll making, ceramics and quilting. She was a member of the Spring Valley Reformed Church, Fulton. Alma will be dearly missed by her husband, J. Wayne Entwhistle of Morrison; three sons, Eldon (Marshann) Entwhistle of Princeton, Illinois, Gehl (Dianne) Entwhistle of Elmhurst, Illinois and Brent Entwhistle of Morrison; two grandchildren, Christopher and Jennifer Entwhistle; a brother, Lyle Gehlsen of Morrison; and a sister, Sarah (Guy) Johnston of Springfield, Illinois. Alma is preceded in death by both parents.
ARTHUR J. ENTWHISTLE, 83, Morrison, a retired farmer, died Sunday afternoon at Morrison Community Hospital. Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. at the Reynolds Funeral Home with burial in Grove Hill Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home from 7-9 p.m. Monday. A memorial has been established in his name. A. J. Entwhistle was born Jan 2, 1891 in Ustick township, the son of John J. and Orena Goff Entwhistle. He was reared and educated in Ustick and graduated from Morrison High School. On Feb 7, 1912 he was united in marriage to Leta Mattson. The couple farmed in Ustick before moving to Morrison 25 years ago and then to Union Grove. He was vice-president of Garden Plain Mutual Insurance Co., had been Union Grove Township auditor and had been active in Community activities. Survivors include his widow, one daughter, Mrs. Maxine Crossland, Bowen; one son, Wayne, RR 1, Morrison; eight grandchildren and one sister, Mrs. Earl (Leta) Hodge, Silvis. He was preceded in death by one granddaughter and two sisters [Contributed by Barbara Nugent from the Sterling Daily Gazette, Monday, January 14, 1974]
BARBARA ELLEN ENTWHISTLE, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Entwhistle of Ustick, died Thursday afternoon, Sep 21, 1905 aged about four years. She had been sick but a few days with an attack of cholera infantum. Mr. and Mrs. Entwhistle are nearly heartbroken over the death of their only child. The funeral took place Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the Cottonwood church, Rev. Cary F. Moore officiating. [Sterling Daily Gazette Obituary, Sept 28, 1905, page 5]
CAROLINE (STEINER) ENTWHISTLE, 89, 404 E. Wall St., Morrison, died Sunday at 10:40 p.m. at the Morrison Community Hospital. She had been ill for the past four and one half years with a heart condition. Friends may call after 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Reynolds Funeral Home, where arrangements were completed. Funeral services will be conducted at the funeral home and the Methodist Church, tuesday at 2:30 p.m., the Rev. David Fouts, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in the Cottonwood cemetery. Caroline Steiner was born Oct. 26, 1869 in Orrville, Ohio, the daughter of Ulrich and Barbara Shumaker Steiner. She came to the Ustick area when a young child and was educated in the Gridley school and attended Fullerton College. She spent her entire lifetime in Whiteside county with the exception of the years from 1912-20 when they lived in Kimball, S.D. She was married to George W. Entwhistle at the home of her parents in Ustick township on Jan. 14, 1897. She was a member of the Methodist Church and was active in the Gleaner's Sunday school class, the Woman's Society of Christian Service and the Naomi circle of the church. Survivors are three children, Alice Entwhistle, Belvidere; Elmer, 517 E. Wall St; Wilson, 408 E. Wall St; three grandchildren, Judy, Edward and Jane Entwhistle; one sister, Mrs. Sarah Miller, Eureka; and one brother, Moses Steiner, Fairfield, Mich.; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, who died April 23, 1947, three children, Verle, Ellen and George, her parents and six brothers, Urias, Samuel, Menno, John, David and Aaron Steiner.
-- Funeral Notice: Funeral services for Mrs. George W. Entwhistle of Morrison, who died Sunday evening at the Morrison Community Hospital, will be held Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. at the First Methodist Church. The Rev. David Fouts, pastor, will officiate and burial will be in the Cottonwood Cemetery west of Morrison. Friends may call at the Reynolds Funeral Home where the body reposes. Among her survivors are three grandchildren, Miss Judy Entwhistle, daughter of the Wilson Entwhistles, and Edward and James Entwhistle, sons of the Elmer Entwhistles. (13 January 1959 Gazette) [Contributed by Barbara Nugent from the Sterling Daily Gazette Obituary, Monday January 12, 1959]
ELETA (MATTSON) ENTWHISTLE, 89, of the Resthave Nursing Home, died Sunday noon at the home. Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 2 p.m. at the Renkes-Reynolds Funeral Home in Morrison. The Rev. Alvin Hook, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church will officiate. Burial will be in Grove Hill Cemetery. Visitation is from 7-9 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. A memorial has been established to the Resthave Nursing Home. Eleta Mattson was born May 20, 1891 in Morrison, the daughter of Peter and Melissa Lockhart Mattson. She was united in marriage to Arthur J. Entwhistle on Feb 7, 1912 in Morrison. He preceded her in death on Jan 13, 1974. The couple farmed in Ustick township and had moved to Morrison 30 years ago. She had resided in Union Grove for the past four years. She was a member of several neighborhood clubs. She is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Maxine Crossland of Carthage, Ill.; one son, Wayne Entwhistle of Morrison; eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one granddaughter. [Contributed by Barbara Nugent from the Sterling Daily Gazette Obituary, Monday, Nov 3, 1980]
ELLEN (LAWTON) ENTWHISTLE, a highly esteemed resident of the town of Ustick for the past forty-one years passed away Friday morning (24 Mar 1911) at an early hour. She had been ill for the past four weeks as the result of a stroke of paralysis she sustained. Mrs. Entwhistle's maiden name was Ellen Lawton and she was born in Columbia county, N.Y. June 13, 1835, and was married to Mr. James W. Entwhistle in Jo Daviess county, Jan. 4, 1855. In 1870 he purchased a farm of 120 acres in Ustick and later added another 120 acres. The husband and five children survive the mother. The children are John J. and George W., well known farmers of this section, and Mrs. John Odlin, Mrs. William Abbot of Chicago, and Hannah, who is at home. Mrs. Entwhistle was a kind and loving wife and mother and was highly esteemed by all in the community where she lived on the same farm so many years. The funeral will be held Sunday afternoon at the Cottonwood church with Rev. K. J. McAulay in charge, and the interment will be in the Cottonwood cemetery. [Contributed by Barbara Nugent - Sterling Daily Gazette Obituary, Saturday 25 Mar 1911]
GEORGE W. ENTWHISTLE, The final chapter in the life of George W. Entwhistle was written at 6:25 p.m. Wednesday when he passed away at the family home in Morrison, 17 North Genesee street, at the age of 76. Mr. Entwhistle was a lifelong resident of Whiteside county and was engaged in farming in Ustick township for many years before moving to Morrison in 1942. Born Sept 27, 1870, son of James W. and Ellen Lawton Entwhistle, he was reared and educated in the Ustick school and was married Jan 14, 1897 Ustick to Carrie Steiner. Mr. Entwhistle was a member of the Methodist church and the Independent Order of Odd Fellows in Elmbal, S.D. He served for many years as school director and township trustee. The survivors include the widow; also one daughter, Alice; two sons, Elmer and Wilson; three grandchildren, Judy, Edward and Jimmy. Preceding in death were two daughters, Verle and Ellen, and two sons, George and Edward; four sisters, Mrs. John D. (Margaret) Odlin and Mrs. W. L. (Carrie) Abbott, Miss Hannah Entwhistle and Miss Nellie Entwhistle; and three brothers, John, James and Ellsworth. The body was moved to the Reynolds funeral home from where funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday. [Contributed by Barbara Nugent from the Sterling Daily Gazette, Thursday, April 24, 1947]
HANNAH ENTWHISTLE, an esteemed resident of Whiteside county for over 60 years, passed away ... Thursday morning at the home of her sister, Mrs. J. D. Odlin in Union Grove township. Miss Entwhistle was born in Elizabeth, Jo Daviess Co., Ill., March 14, 1867, coming with her parents to Whiteside County in 1871, where she has since resided, living during the lifetime of her parents in Ustick and since their demise spending most of her time with her sister, Mrs. Odlin of Union Grove. She is survived by two brothers, John and George Entwhistle of Ustick, and two sisters, Mrs. W. L. Abbott of Chicago and Mrs. John D. Odlin of Union Grove, besides a number of nephews and nieces. She will be missed also by a large circle of old friends. Funeral arrangements were waiting news from relatives at this writing, but the services will be held either Saturday or Sunday.
--- Funeral Notice - The funeral services of Miss Hannah Entwhistle, who passed away Thursday morning, will be held at the home of her sister, Mrs. J. Odlin, of Union Grove, Sunday at two o'clock. Interment will be in Grove Hill cemetery (September 26, 1915 Sterling Gazette) [Contributed by Barbara Nugent from the Sterling Daily Gazette Obituary, Friday, Sep. 25, 1925]
JAMES W. ENTWHISTLE, The death of James W. Entwhistle, one of the old and well known residents of this county, occurred on Thursday evening at 9:30 at his home in Ustick. Mr. Entwhistle was eighty-six years of age, and a few weeks ago was taken with an attack of pneumonia. He practically recovered from this attack, but for some time had been gradually failing. The funeral services will be held Sunday at 1:30 at the home with interment in Cottonwood cemetery. James W. Entwhistle was born in Philadelphia, August 30, 1831 and was a little less than five years of age when with his parents he came to Illinois and settled at Galena, JoDaviess county. Mr. Entwhistle was reared in JoDaviess county, where he resided until 1871, when he moved to Whiteside county and purchased a farm. He was married to Miss Ellen Lawton at Elizabeth, JoDaviess county, Jan 4, 1855, and to this union the following children were born: Mrs. Margaret Odlin, Union Grove; J. J. Entwhistle, Ustick; Mrs. Caroline Abbot, Chicago; Hannah Entwhistle, at home; George W. Entwhistle, Kimball, S.D., Nellie, who died in infancy, and Elmer Ellsworth, who died at the age of two years. Mrs. Entwhistle died six years ago. Mr Entwhistle had made his home in Ustick since coming to this county in 1871, where he was the owner of a valuable farm of two hundred and forty acres. He was always prominent in the affairs of his community and served for a number of years as school trustee. He was a man of high character, holding the respect and esteem of a large number of friends, who will be grieved to hear of his passing. [Contributed by Barbara Nugent from the Sterling Daily Gazette Obituary, Saturday, Jan 5, 1918, page 2
JOHN J. ENTWHISTLE, 89, former Ustick supervisor, passed away Monday afternoon at the farm home in Ustick township following an illness of one week. Rites will be conducted at the Reynolds funeral home in Morrison at 2 p.m. Wednesday and committal will be in the Cottonwood cemetery. Mr. Entwhistle was born in Jo Daviess county, March 20, 1857, the son of Mr. and Mrs. James W. Entwhistle. He was reared there and in Whiteside county. He married Orena M. Goff on Feb 20, 1879 and she passed away Oct 1, 1940. Besides serving his township for 16 years as supervisor, he held other offices in the township. Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Myron Dillenbeck, Morrison, Mrs. Earl C. Hodge, Rock Falls, and Mrs. Charles P. Dodge, Holcomb; one son, Arthur Entwhistle, Morrison, one brother, George; one sister, Mrs. William Abbott; seven grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one brother, Ellsworth, and three sisters, Mrs. Margaret Odin, Miss Nellie Entwhistle and Miss Hannah Entwhistle.
--- Funeral Notice: Funeral services for John Entwhistle, 89, who died at his home in Ustick township Monday afternoon after a week's illness following a stroke, were held Wednesdeay in the Reynolds funeral home at 2 p.m. He had been in failing health for almost two years. The Rev. C. H. Becker, pastor of the First Presbyterian church officiated and burial was in the family plot in Cottonwood cemetery. Friends who served as casket bearers are Peter Aggen, Louis A. Abbott, John Brackemeyer, Ward Gridley, Christ Rick and Sam A. Patterson. The floral tributes were taken care of by Mrs. Peter Aggen and Mrs. L. A. Abbott. Among those from out of town attending the funeral were Mrs. Dorothy Knauff and Miss Josephine Abbot of Chicago, Mr. and Mrs. A. W. Abbott of Downers Grove, Mrs. Eva Goff and Mr. and Mrs. Lottie of Spencer, Ia., Roy Jamison of Clinton, Ia., Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Jaris of Kings, Ill., Mr. and Mrs. C. P. Dodge of Holcomb, Ill., Mr. and Mrs. Earl Hodge and son Robert and Mrs. Rosalie Kelly of Rock Falls. (08 Apr 1946 Sterling Gazette) [Contributed by Barbara Nugent from the Sterling Daily Gazette, Apr 16, 1946, page 12]
ORENA (GOFF) ENTWHISTLE, 85, a resident of Ustick township her entire life, died at 5:45 p.m. Tuesday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Myron Dillenbeck of Morrison, who had been caring for her during her recent illness. Orena Goff was born in Ustick township on October 14, 1855, the daughter of Franklin B. and Mary Goff. She was married on February 20, 1879 to John J. Entwhistle, who survives. The couple resided on a farm in Ustick township since their marriage. Besides the widower she is survived by three daughters, Mrs. G. P. Dodge of Gibson City, Ill., Mrs. Myron Dillenbeck of Morrison and Mrs. Earl Hodge of Davenport, Ia., one son, Arthur Entwhistle of Ustick, five grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friday from the Reynolds funeral home in Morrison, Rev. C. H. Becker, pastor of the Presbyterian church officiating. Burial will be in Cottonwood cemetery. [Contributed by Barbara Nugent from the Sterling Daily Gazette Obituary, Wednesday, Oct 2, 1940, page 10
RUTH BERNICE (IRION) ENTWHISTLE, 67, of 503 E. Wall St., Morrison, died Sunday morning at the Morrison Community Hospital. Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 2 p.m. at the Morrison United Methodist Church preceded by a 1:45 p.m. prayer service with Rev. Bruce Brenema officiating, with burial in Grove Hill Cemetery. Visitation is from 6-9 p.m. Monday at the Renkes-Reynolds Funeral Home in Morrison. A memorial has been established to the Morrison United Methodist Church. Ruth Bernice Irion was born on July 3, 1912 in Morrison, the daughter of William and Edith Hammer Irion. She was reared and educated in the Morrison area. She was united in marriage to Wilson Entwhistle on June 24, 1939 in Clinton, Iowa. She resided all her life in Morrison. She was a member of the United Methodist Church of Morrison. She is survived by her husband, Wilson; one daughter, Mrs. Kenneth (Judy) Reinhart of Darien; two sisters, Mrs. Perce (Mary) Ihde of Jefferson, Wisc., and Mrs. Keith (Helen) Knox of Morrison; three brothers, Harry of Menasha, Wisc., Ray of Woodstock and Willis of Austin, Tex., and one grandson. She was preceded in death by her parents, one sister and two brothers. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois February 11, 1980 - Monday, pg 4]
GENEVA (SNYDER) ENWRIGHT, 86, died Sunday morning (18 April 1971) in Colonial Acres Nursing home, Rock Falls. Mass will be recited at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday morning in the Immaculate Conception Church, Fulton, with the Rev. Edward Hughes officiating. Burial will be in Calvary Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be in the Bosma Funeral Home, Monday, after 7 p.m. Rosary will be recited at 7:30 p.m. and the office of the dead at 8 p.m Tuesday in the funeral home. Mrs. Enwright was born in Garden Plain Oct 4, 1884, the daughter of Alec and Mary Beetie Snyder. She married Charles J. Enwright June 16, 1909. He died Sept. 27, 1939. She was as member of the Altar and Rosary Society of her church; Fulton 402 American Legion Auxiliary. Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Joe (Mary) Kerr and Mrs. Thomas (Margaret) Hand, both of Fulton; three sons, William, Hardwood Heights; Arthur and Earle, both of Clinton; 14 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; one brother, Harold Snyder, Aurora. She was preceded by four sisters and one brother. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois April 19, 1971 - Monday, pg 2]
HAROLD F. EPPERSON, 81, passed away in Yavapai Community Hospital, Prescott, Ariz., Friday, Dec. 19, 1969 following an illness of some time. He was a former furniture salesman in Prophetstown. Graveside services were held today at 1:30 p.m. at Riverside Cemetery, Prophetstown. The Rev. Paul Olsen of the United Methodist Church officiated. Gardner Funeral Chapel was in charge of arrangements. He is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Clyde (Anne) Payne, Prescott, Ariz.; one granddaughter, Mrs. Patrick (Emily) Furlong, Murphysville, Ill.; several nieces and nephews, including Mrs. Louis (Barbara) Boone and Mrs. D. L. (Dorothy) Woodward, locally. He was preceded by his wife, the former Ethel Barradell, in 1962, and one son, William. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois December 22, 1969 – Monday, pg 2]
EVERT L. EPPS, 80, of 1013 Avenue C, Rock Falls, died Tuesday, May 14, 1996, at KSB Hospital, Dixon, following a brief illness. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Wheelock-Allen Funeral Home, Rock Falls, with the Rev. Howard Wiseman, pastor of the Lincoln Avenue Church of God, Dixon, officiating. Burial will be at I.O.O.F. Cemetery, Rock Falls. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. A memorial has been established. Mr. Epps was born Jan. 28, 1916, in Vernon, the son of Charles E. and Amy (Lester) Epps. He married Hazel G. Latta on Sept. 6, 1941. She died in 1978. He served in the 4554th Bomb Group with the Army Air Corp during World War II. He was employed as a craftsman and a carpenter at L. L. Morgan. He was a member of the Sterling Veterans of Foreign Wars #326. Survivors include two sons, Berton L. Epps of Dixon; and Bruce G. (Mary) Epps of Starke, Fla; six grandchildren, Aaron, Justin, Sierra, Chester, Jennifer, and Jessica; two sisters, Inez Price of Rock Falls, and Ellen Mae Cedro of Sterling; and several nieces and nephews. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois May 16, 1996 - Thrusday, pg A2]
DORIS (WOLFERMAN) ERBY, 88, of Rock Falls died April 1, 2005. She and her husband were owners/operators of dave's Upholstery and the Mattress Shop in Sterling and Rock Falls for many years. Mrs. Erby was born on Jan. 5, 1917 in Black Earth, WI the daughter of Victor Edward and Julia Delilah (Schultz) Wolferman. She married David Houston Erby on Aug. 29, 1940 in Dubuque Iowa. He preceded her in 1979. She was well-known for her sewing skills. She was a Chicago White Sox fan, enjoyed golfing, liked traveling and visiting family and friends. She was alifetime member of Easter Star of Madison WI. Survivors include one son, David Edward (Pam) Erby of Rock Falls; two granddaughters, Kimberly (James) Velazquez and Erika (Tom) Workman both of Rock Falls; one grandson Lincoln Erby of Colorado; three Great-granddaughters, Olivia, Abby and Rylee WOrkman, and two great-grandson, Clay and Kody Velazquez of Rock Falls. She was preced in death by her parents, one son, James William Erby in 1993 and one sister Jean Bosman of Madison WI.
ALICE ELIZABETH (GOEMBEL) ERDMANN, 84, died Sunday (21 August 1960) in the Morrison Community Hospital, following a six day illness. The body was brought to the Gardner Funeral Chapel where friends may call. Funeral services will be conducted at the Gardner Chapel Tuesday at 2 p.m., the Rev. Nelson C. Chasteen, pastor of the First Congregational Church, officiating. Burial will be in the Riverside Cemetery. Alice Elizabeth Goembel was born Sept. 9, 1875 in Geneseo, the daughter of Zack and Anna Ruck Goembel. She attended the rural Geneseo schools. She was married to Henry Erdmann in Geneseo on Feb. 14, 1900 and they moved to Prophetstown to reside in 1906. She was a member of the Prophetstown Woman's Relief Corps. Survivors are one son Zack Erdmann, one daughter Mrs. Brace (Mabel) Frary, both of Prophetstown; and four grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, parents and two brothers, William and Herbert. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois August 22, 1960 - Monday, pg 2]
HENRY ERDMANN, aged 55 years, died at 4:20 o'clock this morning in his home, following an illness of four years' duration with a complication of diseases. His final sickness was pneumonia. Arrangements for the funeral are not completed. The deceased was born December 20, 1875 in Geneseo, the son of Leopold and Anna Erdmann. He was married February 15, 1900 to Miss Alice Goembel of Geneseo. After their marriage the couple resided for five years in the vicinity of Geneseo then moved to Prophetstown where they farmed. In 1920 they left the farm and moved to Prophetstown. Mr. Erdmann was confirmed in the German Lutheran faith in Geneseo. The widow and two children, Mrs. J. J. Rogers and Zack Erdmann, both of Prophetstown, survive. He also leaves three brothers and four sisters. They are: Leo and Emil Erdmann of Geneseo, Albert Erdmann of East Moline, Mrs. William Taube and Mrs. Agnes Murray of Geneseo, Mrs. Fern Joles of Maquoketa, Ia., and Mrs. Thomas Owens of Wilton, Ia. Prophetstown - Funeral services for Henry Erdmann who died Monday morning, will be held at the late home Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock. Rev. I. C. Campbell, pastor of the local Congregational church will officiate. Burial in Riverside cemetery. [Contributed by Melva Taylor - Daily Gazette November 16, 1931 - pg 6, col. 5]
MARY JANE (FELLOWS) ERDMANN, 66, of 945 Washington St., Prophetstown, died Thursday, Jan. 4, 1995 at CGH Medical Center. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Gardner Funeral home, Prophetstown, with the Rev. Jim Jensen, pastor of the Advent Christian Church officiating. Burial will be at Riverside Cemetery, Prophetstown. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. today at the funeral home. A memorial has been established to the CCU Unit of CGH Medical Center or the Advent Christian Church, Prophetstown. Mrs. Erdmann was born Aug. 23, 1929, the daughter of Ella Reiley Fellows. She married Harold Erdmann at the Lyndon United Methodist Church on June 19, 1959. She was educated in Prophetstown Schools and was a 1947 graduate of Prophetstown High School. She also graduated from Sterling School of Beauty Culture. She was employed as a beautician and at Genereal Electric for 38 years prior to retiring in 1988. Survivors include her husband of Prophetstown; one sister, Kay Fellows of Prophetstown; and one aunt of Prophetstown. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois January 5, 1996 - Friday, pg A2]
ANNA ERICKSON, aged 70 years, passed away Monday morning at 3 o'clock at the home of her daughter, Mrs. H.W. Gray in Chicago. Mrs. Erisman had been in frail health for some time of anemia and four weeks ago went to Chicago in the hope of receiving some benefit. She gradually grew worse and death came Monday morning. She leaves five daughters, Mrs. Mary E. Martin of Sterling, Mrs. Margie Gray of Chicago, Mrs. Alma Sollenberger of Dixon, Mrs. Edna Scott living south of Rock Falls and Mrs. Elsie Shuman of DesMoines. One son, Hardy preceded her, being the first American soldier to fall on the battlefields of France. Arrangements have not been completed, pending the arrival of relatives. The body will arrive in this city for burial in Riverside. [Sterling Gazette 18 June 1923 from Sue Nesland]
ELLA (JOHNSON) ERICKSON - Funeral services for Mrs. August Erickson of Morrison who died Friday morning at the Morrison Community Hospital after a short illness were held Sunday at 2:30 p.m. at the Bethesda Lutheran Church. The Rev. Jasper Holmquist, pastor, officiated, and burial was in Grove Hill Cemetery. Mrs. Henry Musch and Mrs. Harold Rick sang "Precious Lord, Take My Hand," before the funeral sermon and another selection at the close. They were accompanied by the organist, Mrs. Bernard Young. Casketbearers were Harold Peterson, Carl Hammer, Ben Nelson, Louis Anderson, Jonas Nice and Proctor Lind. The beautiful floral tributes were arranged by Mrs. Nels Benson, Mrs. Ben Nelson and Mrs. Nels Nelson. Out of town relatives and friends attending the funeral included Clarence Erickson of Lafayette, Minn., Mr. and Mrs. Ellsworth C. Wolf, Mr. and Mrs. E. C. Wolf Jr., Miss Phyllis Wolf, Mrs. John M. Wolf, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Wolf, Cecil Wolf, Mrs. Martin Jacobs and her mother, Mrs. Rose, all of Rock Falls; Ralph Irion of Fulton; Mr. and Mrs. Nels Johnson, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Camp and two daughters and Mrs. Esther Garver of Chicago; Mr. and Mrs. Harold Elliott of Oregon and Mr. and Mrs. Guy Hoak of Sterling. Calling at the Reynolds Funeral Home Saturday were Mr. and Mrs. Carl Eliason and two sons; Rudolph Eliason and Mrs. Elmer Anderson, all of Chicago. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois April 9, 1956 - Monday, page 2]
JAMES V. ERICKSON, stillborn son of Mr. and Mrs. Ronald V. Erickson, RR 1, Rock Falls, died (17 Apr 1982) Saturday morning in Community General Hospital. Graveside services were held Monday morning at Calvary Cemetery, Dr. H. C. Hatton, pastor of Church of the Nazarene, officiated. He is survived by his parents; one sister, Jessica; one brother, Brent; his maternal grandmother, Mrs. Alice Erickson of Homestead, Florida, and his maternal grandparents, James and Elaine Lancaster of Sterling. Funeral arrangements were completed by the Grennan Funeral Home, Sterling. [Contributed by Melva Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois, April 19, 1982 - Monday, pg A4]
MICHAEL ERNEST - Funeral rites for Michael Ernst were conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday in the Melvin Funeral Home by the Rev. Brace E. Johnson of First Christian Church. Mrs. J. H. Linn was at the organ. The burial was made in Riverside Cemetery. Pallbearers were James Gordon, Keith Fredericks, Leon Rasmussen, Robert Housenga and William and Robert Pilling. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois January 23, 1967 - Monday, pg 2]
BERNABE ESCAMILLA, 64, of 709 W. 11th St., Sterling, died Feb. 14, 1993, at his home. Prayer services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Grennan Funeral Home, Sterling, followed by a 10:30 a.m. Mass of the Resurrection at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Sterling, with the Rev. Carlos Hoffner, M.S., pastor, officiating. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery, Sterling. Visitation will be 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home with a rosay recited at 7 p.m. Mr. Escamilla was born June 11, 1928, in San Benito, Texas, the son of Ramon and Teodora (Chacon) Escamilla. He married Estella Garza, May 25, 1948, in Brownsville, Texas. He was employed by Northwestern Steel and Wire Co. and retired as a pipe fitter, Dec. 1, 1983, after 36 years of service. He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, the Sterling Moose Lodge, and the Latin American Social Club, Sterling. He is survived by his wife of Sterling; three sons, Bernie (Ellen) Escamilla, and Ray (Geni) Escamilla, both of Chillicothe, and Benny (Mary) Escamilla of Sterling; three daughters, Yolanda Rippy of Milledgeville, Mrs. Ron (Mary) Pannebaker of St. Louis, Mo., and Mrs. John (Lydia) Hickey of Sterling; 16 grandchildren, one great-granddaughter; and one sister, Profidia Garcia of Sterling. He was preceded in death by his parents and one grandson [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois February 15, 1993 - Monday, pg A2]
TIM A ESSLINGER, 24, Sterling, died Tuesday morning in an auto accident in Sterling. Services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at the First Lutheran Church in Prophetstown, the Rev. L. F. Anderson officiating. Burial will be in Leon Cemetery. Friends may call 7-9 p.m. Wednesday at Gardner Funeral Home, Prophetstown. Memorial may be made t othe First Lutheran Church or the Heart Fund. He was born July 20, 1952 in Sterling, son of Mel and Phyllis (Weber) Esslinger, who now live in Prophetstown. He was educated in Prophetstown and Lyndon schools and moved to Sterling in 1972. He is survived by parents, one sister, Deedee; one brother, Gary, both at home; and his paternal grandmother. He is preceded in death by a brother. He was employed as a fork-lift operator by Northwestern Steel and Wire Co. and was a member of the First Lutheran Church. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois June 28, 1977 - Tuesday, pg 4
JENNIE (MARSHALL) ESTABROOK died at her home in Lyons, Iowa, Thursday [12/12/1912] evening. The funeral services will be held at the residence at 1 o'clock Saturday, after which the body will be brought to Morrison for interment in the family lot. Mrs. Eastabrook was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Homer Marshal, prominent Morrison residents, and had made her home in that city the greater part of her life. (The Sterling Evening Gazette, December 13, 1912, page 1, column 4) The funeral of Mrs. Jennie Eastabrook was held this afternoon a little after noon at the family home in Lyons, Ia. The remains were brought over on the 3:15 train and interment was made in the Marshall family lot in this city. Mrs. Eastabrook was born in this city. She was married to Win Eastabrook. She was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Homer H. Marshall now of Lyons. The family lived for many years in this city, and are among the respected citizens of the city they are now living in and this city as well. Some time ago Mrs. Eastabrook was taken ill and was taken to one of the hospitals of that city for treatment and for an operation. All that was done for her was of no avail and she passed away Thursday [12/12/1912] afternoon. Mrs. Eastabrook received her education in this city. Jennie Marshall was among the best known ladies of this city until she moved away. She leaves to mourn her loss, her sorrowing parents, her loving husband, and one child, a sweet faced daughter, one sister, Mrs. Nellie Bonebrake of Lyons and one brother, Fred living at Champaign. (The Sterling Evening Gazette, December 14, 1912, page 2, column 2) [Contributed by Larry Reynolds - The Sterling Evening Gazette, December 17, 1912, page 2, column 2]
NETTIE LENORA (CHAPMAN) BRANNICK ESTABROOK passed away Thursday [01/04/1917] evening about 8:00 o'clock at her home on Broadway after a short illness of pneumonia. No arrangements can be made for the funeral until Saturday, but it is thought they will be held Sunday, with interment in Riverside. Nettie Leonora Chapman was born near, Beverly, Adams Co. Ill., twenty-nine years, six months and twenty-five days ago. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Chapman, the father passing away a few years ago. Her mother has been living with her, and was with her at the time of her death. Mrs. Estabrook was twice married. Her first husband was Harry Brannick, they being married in Griggsville, Ill. Two children were born to this union. The husband is dead. About four years ago she was again married to Marion Estabrook. They had no children. Besides her mother she leaves three brothers, John W. and C. D. Chapman, of Rock Falls, and Louis, of Sterling. (The Sterling Daily Gazette, January 5, 1917, page 8, column 3) The funeral of the late Mrs. Estabrook was held Sunday [01/07/1917] afternoon in the First Methodist on Broadway, Sterling. Short services were held preceding it at the home a short distance away. Interment was in the Sterling township cemetery adjoining Riverside. The service was in charge of the pastor of the church, Rev. A. W. Otis, and was held at 2 o'clock. A number of relatives from out of town were present at the funeral. [Contributed by Larry Reynolds - The Sterling Daily Gazette, January 9, 1917]
RAY ESTABROOK -- Word has come to Sterling of the death of Roy Estabrook at his home in Sprague, Washington. The death took place July 17 and details of the death have not been received. Mr. Estabrook had long been a member of the Sterling Odd Fellows and his death was received through a member of that lodge. Mr. Estabrook was for many years a resident of Sterling and was well known in this community. [Contributed by Larry Reynolds - The Sterling Daily Gazette, July 30, 1917, page 6, column 1]
RUTH (PRESTON) ESTES, 37, 1401 Howard St., Sterling, was found dead Monday afternoon. (28 Mar 1977) Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at the Church of Christ, Bono, Ark. Burial will be in Trinity Cemetery. Friends may call at the Behrens-Blair Funeral Home from 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, and Thursday morning at the church until time of service. Ruth Preston was born Dec. 17, 1939, Bono, Ark., the daughter of Hugh and Mary Hendrix Preston. She was reared and educated in Bono. She married Jim Estes in Sterling, Sept. 21, 1956. She was a member of the Church of Christ, Sterling. Survivors include her husband, parents, one son, Preston, at home; one daughter, Jamie, at home; two sisters, Mrs. Baisel (Eva Jean) Williams, Bono; Mrs. Edwin (Patricia) West, Sterling; and one brother, Ricky, Rock Falls. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois March 29, 1977 - Tuesday, pg 4]
DORIS (GERDES) ETHRIDGE, 73, of Polo died Wednesday October 12, 1994 in CGH Medical Center in Sterling. A daughter of August and Tina (Meyer) Gerdes, she was born September 19, 1921 in Milledgeville. She and Ivan Ethridge were married April 27, 1943 in Milledgeville. She had been employed at Pilgrimâ€™s CafÃ© and Central Stamping in Polo prior to Micro Switch in Freeport, from which she retired. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church and the Ladies Aid Society, Milledgeville. Surviving are her husband,; two sons, Sheldon (Marilyn) Ethridge of Rockton and James (Veree) Ethridge of Joliet; and three grandchildren. Survivors also include four sisters, Margaret Albers and Elsie (Elmer) Pilgrim, both of Milledgeville; Florence Webster of Davis and Irene (Herman) Ukena of Polo; and four brothers, George Gerdes of Lanark and Robert Gerdes of Tampico. (Transcriber's Note: It doesn't name the other two brothers.) Preceding her in death were three sisters and four brothers. Funeral service will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Trinity Lutheran church with the Rev. Michael Lawyer officiating. Burial will be in Oak Knoll Memorial Park in Sterling
MILDRED (SPENCER) ETHRIDGE - Funeral arrangements are complete at the Wheelock-Allen Funeral Home for Mrs. Mildred L. Ethridge of 207 W. 10th St., Rock Falls, who passed away Tuesday morning at the Linton Nursing Home at the age of 53. Mildred E. Spencer was born Sept. 23, 1907, the daughter of Hal and Grace Spencer, near Milledgeville, Ill. She was united in marriage to Sam Ethridge in February 1924 and he preceded her in death in 1938. She was a member of the Brick Church north of Hazelhurst. She is survived by one son, Hal E. Ethridge of Wheeling, Ill., her father, Hal Spencer of Rock Falls; one sister, Mrs. Alta Druce of Rock Falls; two granddaughters, Rikki Joy and Brenda Lee Ethridge of Wheeling, Ill. She was preceded by her mother and husband. Funeral services will be Thursday, 1:30 p.m. at the Wheelock-Allen Funeral Home with Rev. Romaine W. Tenney, pastor of the Trinity Evangelical United Brethren Church of Sterling, officiating, with burial in Brick Cemetery north of Hazelhurst. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois December 13, 1960 - Tuesday, page 2]
EDDIE EVANS, 64, formerly of Sterling. died suddenly Monday, Dec. 6, 2004, in LakeStation. Ind. Memorial services were held on Thursday, Dec 9, 2004. at 1 p.m. in the McDonald Funeral Home Rock Falls. The Rev. Dalmus Meeks. pastor of Harvest Time Bible Church, officiated. There was no visitation. Mr. Evans was born on May 5, 1940 in Vienna. the son of Herschel W. and Doris'(Worrell) Evans. He married Delores Harboldt on Feb. 21, 1979, in Las Vegas. He was employed as a truck driver for over 35 years with General Cartage of Rock Falls. Standard Forwarding of East Moline and at the time of his death for Anderson Trucking of St. Cloud. Minn. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1959-1962. Eddie enjoyed playing cards with family and friends and made friends with everyone he met. He was generous and helpful to his family, children and grandchildren. always lending a hand and offering encouragement. Surviving are his wife and companion, Delores of Sandstone, Minn.; his stepchildren, RhondaStar Harboldt of Hinckley, Minn., and Robert Harboldt of Gordon, Wis.; his sisters, Nellie (Earl) Harden of Port Orange. Fla., and Julia (David) Thomas of Cordova; his brothers Frank (Mary) Evans of Rock Falls and Joe Evans of Las Vegas; brother-in-law, Dean (Linda) Olson of Hinckley, Minn.; sister-in-law, Jackie (Robert) Uranich of LaSalle; grandchildren. Eric Druen of Phoenix. Alicia Smeade of the state of Oregon. Trisha Brewer of Morris. Pvt. Corey Harboldt of Gordon, Wis.. and Eva Harboldt of Clinton. Iowa; six great-grandÂ children; and many beloved niece and nephews. He was preceded in death by his, parents and a niece, Nancy.
JAMES H. EVANS, was born at Shaefferstown, Pa., June 25, 1852, died march 1, 1917. His early life was spent in Pa. He was married to Anna L. Snavely at Sterling, Ill., Feb. 8, 1877. To this union one child, Roy C. Evans, was born. Beside his wife and son he leaves the following sisters and brother, Mrs. Kate Light, Mrs. Henry Bender, Mrs. Geo. Yeagley, Mrs. Levi Brindle and John L. Evans, all residing in Pa. Funeral services were held at his late home three miles north of Sterling Monday afternoon at 2:30, March 5, 1917, Rev. E. C. Harris, of St. John's Lutheran church, officiating, with burial in Riverside cemetery. [Contributed by Larry Reynolds - The Sterling Daily Gazette, March 6, 1917, page 6, column 1]
JOHN W. EVANS - Funeral rites for John W. Evans were held on monday morning with a prayer service at 8:30 in the Meyer Funeral home and a requiem high mass at 9 o'clock in St. Mary's Catholic Church. The Rev. David Murphy of Harmon, cousin of the departed, celebrated the mass, delivered the sermon and conducted graveside services in Calvary Cemetery. The pallbearers were Edward McCormick, Barny McCormick, W. J. Conlon, Lester Jacobs, William Doyle and William Kouski. The many beautiful floral tributes were taken care of by Swartley's Greenhouses. Out of town people at the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. Walter Evans of Kalamazoo, Mich., Mr. and Mrs. Finis Evans, Mrs. Alice Evans Harrison and Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Krogh of South Bend, Ind., Mr. and Mrs. Nicholas J. Barrett of Prophetstown, Mr. and Mrs. William Fane of Polo, M. A. McDonnell of Aurora, and Mr. and Mrs. James McMurray of La Salle. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois May 22, 1951 - Tuesday, pg 2]
LAURA EVANS - Funeral services for Mrs. Laura Evans, of 409 W. 6th St., Sterling, were conducted at 1:30 p.m.Saturday in the Melvin Funeral Home, with the Rev. Theodore Hilgendorf, pastor of the Savior Lutheran Chukrch officiating. Mrs. J. H. Linn was the organist for the services. Burial was in Our Savior Lutheran Cemetery in Hopkins Township. The pallbears were Leonard Gern, Glenne Jacob, Albert Grove, Max Martin, Donald Hinz and Jacob Hein. Floral tributes were handled by Mrs. Leonard Gern and Miss Sandy Crosley [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor from The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois January 3, 1961 - Tuesday, pg 2 col 3]
JOHN EVERHART - John Everhart of Kansas City, MO, passed away Friday night in Trinity Lutheran Hospital, Kansas City, Mo. The body was removed to the Melvin Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Melvin Funeral Home. The Rev. Howard Eldrenkamp, pastor of the First Methodist Church of Britt, Iowa, will officiate. Burial will be at Oak Knoll Memorial Park. John (Eldrenkamp) EVERHART was born Feb. 1897 in Lee County, III., the son of M/M Myron Eldrenkamp. Surviving are one son, the Rev. Howard Eldrenkamp of Britt, Iowa; one daughter Mrs. James (Catherine) McKenna of Lanark; one sister, Mrs. Hannah Blanchard of Rockford and one brother, Raymond Eldrenkamp of Atkinson. [Contributed by Sue Nesland - Burial in the Oak Knoll Memorial Park, Section H; Lot 180; Grave 1 & 2]
LAURA G. (RADEMAKER) EVERHART - Mrs. John (Laura) G. Everhart, 76, died Tuesday at the Robinson Memorial Hospital in Kansas City. She was born June 25,1892 in Hartsburg, IL, the daughter of George and Anna Rademaker. In 1925, she was united in marriage to John Everhart. For a number of years she was a teacher and for 21 years was the floor manager tor Lernar Shops of Kansas City. On Thursday, the body will be brought to the Melvin Funeral Home, where visitation will be from 7 to 9 p.m., Thursday. Graveside services will be at 1:30 p.m. Friday, at the Oak Knoll Memorial Park, with the Rev. Richard J. Hanson, pastor of the St. John's Lutheran Church officiating. Survivors include her husband John; 3 sons, Clyde Leesman, Rock Falls; Leroy Leesman, Rock Falls; and Luther Leesman, Sterling; 2 brothers, George Rademaker, Hartsburg, IL; Jake Rademaker, Virden, IL; 1 sister Mrs. Clifton (Lucille) Short of Delevan, IL: 9 grandchildren; 4 Gr-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by 1 brother, 1 daughter and her parents. [Contributed by Sue Nesland - Burial in the Oak Knoll Memorial Park, Section H; Lot 180; Grave 2 & 3.]
ANNA (TROTH) EVERSOLE - Mrs. Oscar V. (Anna) eversole, 706 E. 4th St., Sterling dies early this morning at Colonial Acres Rest Home, Sterling, after an extended illness. The body was moved to the Melvin Funeral Home where friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday. Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friday in the Melvin Funeral Home. The Rev. Eldor Mueller, pastor of Messiah Lutheran Church will officiate and burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery at Dixon, Ill. Mrs. Eversole was born Sept. 20, 1886 in Dixon, the daughter of Jacob and Susan Hess Trouth. She was educated in the Dixon Public Schools and resided in this area her entire life. She was married to Oscar V. Eversole, Sept. 20, 1910 in Sterling. Mrs. Eversole was a member of Messiah Lutheran Church of Sterling. Surviving besides her husband are one son, Charles A. Eversole of Stillman Valley; one sister, Mrs. Stella Hipple of Dixon and two grandchildren, Elise and Kurt Eversole of Stillman Valley, a daughter Dorothy, two sisters and two brothers preceded. [Contributed by Tom hess - burial (June 7, 1972)
EDNA (LEFEVRE) EWBANK, 90, 17307 Polo Rd. Sterling, died (15 Sep 1984) Saturday morning at Pinecrest Nusing home, Mt. Morris. Private funeral services were held on Sunday at the Melvin Schilling Funeral Home with the Rev. Melvin Hough, pastor of the First Congregational Church, Sterling, officiating. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery. Edna Ewbank was born on July 17, 1894 in Sterling, the daughter of Ezra and Emma Snavely LeFevre. On Oct. 12, 1916 she married Thomas Ewbank. He preceded her in 1966. She was a member of the First Congregational Church, Sterling, and a member of the DAR. Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. William (Janet) Hendricks, Sterling, five grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. Preceding her in death were her husband and one son, Arden Ewbank. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois September 17, 1984 - Monday, pg A4
ESTHER PHILINDA (THOMPSON) EWING - The funeral of Mrs. Esther Ewing was held at the family home Monday afternoon, burial being made in the family lot in the Lyndon Cemetery. Esther Philinda Thompson was born January 16, 1851, at the old home farm in Fenton, where she grew to womanhood. She was married to Hiram L. Ewing on December 24, 1868. Of their family of nine children, seven live to mourn her loss. Mr. Ewing died two years ago. Mrs. Ewing united with the Lyndon Methodist Church twelve years ago. She died November 29, 1918. She was a kind mother, devoted to her home and loved ones, and those of her family who have watched patiently and tenderly by her bedside have no regret that her last days, though painful and trying, were not cheered by the light of their love and devotion. The community extends sympathy to the bereaved family. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois December 7, 1918 - Saturday]
WILLIAM EXNER, 67, South of Rock Falls, Succumbs Monday William Exner, 67, farmer of south of Rock Falls, passed away at the Sterling Public Hospital at 3:35 a.m. Monday. He had been a patient in the hospital since April 1 and ill but a short time. The body was removed to the Helm and Helm mortuary at Prophetstown. Funeral arrangements will be completed this afternoon. Mr. Exner was born in Princeton Feb. 26, 1875, a son of John and Katherin Frank Exner. He farmed in the Walnut vicinity before moving to Rock Falls. Surviving are the widow, two sons, Ivan Exner of De Kalb and Dale Exner of Rock Falls, and two granddaughters. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling, Illinois April 6, 1942 - Monday pg 2]
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