Winnebago County, Illinois
Badertscher, Louise W. (Shaw)
Resided in Rockford, IL from 1948 till 1980, died Saturday, 9 Nov 1996, (age 78) in Divine Saviour Nursing Home, Portage, Wis. Born 26 Jan 1918, in Wayne County, IL., the daughter of Jesse and Novella (Dalton) Shaw. Married Werner M. Badertscher, 26 Jan 1939, in Pearl City,Stephenson Co, IL. She lived in Rockford from 1948 until 1980 when she moved to Oxford,Wis. Member of the Joy View Homemakers of Rockford and a Boy Scout den mother. Survivors include her husband, Werner, of Oxford,Wis; five daughters, Novella (Paul) Luter, Diane (Harry) Hauri and Verneen Rufino, all of Rockford, Elaine McBride of Belvidere and Marlene (Victor) Olson of Imperial, MO; one son, Mickey (JoAnn) Badertscher of Leaf River,IL ; two brothers, Emmett (Althea) Shaw of Winter Haven, Fla and Francis (Margaret) Shaw of Davenport, Iowa ; four sisters, Icle Strandberg of Belvidere, Ola Qualman of Rockford, Dora (Burdell) Puddicombe of Rockton,IL and Pearl Laube of Janesville, Wis. ; one uncle, Burl (Virginia) Shaw of Fairfield, Wayne Co, IL ; 17 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. Services at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday in United Methodist Church, Brodhead, Wis. Visitation 6:30 to 9 P.M.Monday in the Newcomer Funeral Home, 602 10 th St, Brodhead, Wis. Burial in Greenwood Cemetery, Brodhead, Wis. (note: Brodhead on County line of Green County and Rock County) [unknown newspaper; submitted by Marlene]
ELDEN H. BAKER DIES AT DURAND WELL-KNOWN RETIRED FARMER PASSED AWAY AFTER BRIEF ILLNESS DURAND
March 22: Elden H. Baker, one of the best known and most highly respected residents of this locality died here at 12:20 o'clock this morning after a brief illness of typhoid fever. Mr. Baker had been confined to bed a week prior to his death. Mr. Baker was fifty-seven years and eleven months of age and had been engaged in farming in Laona township since early manhood. About thiry-five years ago he was united in Marriage to Miss Lena Back. Mr. Baker was recognized as one of the most influential men in the community and was recognized throughout Winnebago county for his great probity and force of character. He was a hard worker and by careful attentions to the essentials of farming accumulated considerable property. Baker and his family have resided here since retiring from their farm in Laona township. His death came as a great shock to the members of his family and his many friends were profoundly affected by the sad news. Mr. Baker was engaged in the carriage and farm implement business in Durand also. Decent is survived by his wife, two daughters, Mrs. William Coley of Texas and Mrs. Matthew Langely of Harrison, and one sone, Charles Baker of Laona township. The funeral will be held Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the Methodist church and will be in charge of the Odd Fellows lodge, Rev. O.J. Phillips will officiate and interment will be in the village cemetery. [Rockford Morning Star, March 23, 1910]
Preserve D. Baker, one of the old settlers of this county, died at his home in Harrison on Friday of consumption. Mr. Baker was born in Lodi, N.Y., in 1815, and was, at the time of his death, in his 6th year. Mr. B. came west in 1838, and has resided in Durand, Laona and Harrison, and was never married. His body was interred in the Laona cemetery without any funeral services, as no minister could be found to officiate. Deceased has one sister living in Durand, Mrs. J.R. Wetherhead.[Rockford Daily Gazette, Oct. 25, 1881]
H.S. Bargren Dies; Services On Wednesday
Funeral services for Howard S. Bargren, 49, Second Ward alderman and son of Chief of Police A.E. Bargren, who died at his Love's Park home late last Monday night, will be held Wednesday afternoon at the Masonic cathedral. Mayor C.H. Bloom today announced that city hall will close Wednesday afternoon and that the entire city council and city officials would attend the services, at 3 p.m., in a body to pay their last respects to their associate. Services will be conducted by the Rev. George W. Ridgway and the Rev. William Tullberg of the Emmanuel Episcopal church. Burial will be at the Forest View abbey. The body will be at the Love's Park home this evening and until 11 a.m. Wednesday.
Flag at Half Mast--The city hall flag was flown at half mast today as a tribute to the deceased alderman, third member of the city council to die in office during the last two years. A native of Rockford, Alderman Bargren was born and had lived his entire life at 634 North 1st street. For the past twenty years he operated an insurance brokerage office and the Bargren detective agency.
Last April he made his initial appearance in city politics, winning one of the two Second Ward council seats in a race with a field of seven. Up until three weeks ago, when he became seriously ill, he attended all council sessions and served on the committees on health, sidewalks, sewers, streets, and alleys, and public buildings. He was also a member of the Republican county and central committee and had taken an active interest in many Second Ward affairs. Other affiliations were with the Masonic Order, the Shrine, the Moose Lodge, the Rockford Germania club, the Emmanuel Episcopal church, the National Insurance Underwriters association and the International Association of Chiefs of Police and Detectives. When Alderman Bargren first became ill three weeks ago, attending physicians were confident that he would recover. After he had been weakened by an internal infection, however, complications developed and his condition became steadily worse. Members of his family spent Sunday at the bedside, expecting death momentarily. He rallied slightly early in the morning and apparently recognized his father and others who were in the room. Mrs. Bargren and other relatives were at the bedside when he died, shortly before midnight. Born in Rockford, April 21, 1886, the son of August E. and Josephine Bargren, he was married July 29, 1911, to Miss Belle Curtis. In addition to his widow and his father, he is survived by one sister, Mrs. Walter Williamson, 1812 Huffman Boulevard, a niece, Miss Polly Williamson and an aunt, Mrs. John Peterson, 434 Irving avenue. (Newspaper clipping, date and newspaper unknown. (probably Rockford, IL paper. He died August 19, 1935. Submitted by Sharon Pike)
SUICIDE IN LAONA
On Sunday, the 19th ult., a boy, about 17 years old, whose name we have not learned, living with Mr. Norman D. Barker, in Laona, disappeared from his home, and was not seen again until the Saturday evening following, when his body was found in a secluded spot in the woods. From the appearance of the body, he had attempted first to shoot himself with an old pistol. The charge, which was of shot, struck the forehead but did not penetrate the skull. He then took his pocket knife and cut his throat, severing the arteries, but not the windpipe. After cutting his throat, in which he made not less than three gashed, he shut up his knife and replaced it in his pocket, and falling from the log where he was seated, bled to death. An inquest was hold on the remains, on Sunday morning, and a verdict of death by suicide rendered. No cause for the act is known, as the boy had been living with Mr. Barker since he was seven years old, and had always seemed to be contended with his place. [Rockford Weekly Register-Gazette, Dec 02, 1865]
Barnes, Mary H.
Mrs. Mary H. Barnes, 49, 817 Ferguson St., died at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, 1963, in Swedish-Americn Hospital after a nine-month illness. Born June 22, 1914, in Sulligent, Ala., daughter of Thomas and Molly Birmingham. Lived 13 years in Rockford, coming here from Sullligent. Member of a Sulligent Baptist Church. Survivors include: three daughters, Mrs. Betty Barnees and Mrs. Carolyn Alexander, Rockford, and Sharon Benson, California; four sons, Franks and Arnold Otts, Rockford; Ronald Otts, Belvidere, and James Otts, California; her mother in Sulligent; 14 grandchildren; five sisters and five brothers. Services will be held in Sulligent Ala., pending arrangements by Brock Brown Funeral Home, Vernon Ala. Burial in Crews Cemetery, Sulligent. Local arrangements by GASPARINI AND OLIVERI FUNERAL HOME, 707 Marchesano Drive. [Rockford Morning Star, Tuesday, Nov. 12, 1963]
Barney, James Rodney
James Rodney Barney, 16, 7602 Rogers st., North Park, died 4 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 11, 1953, after a month's illness. He was pronounced dead on arrival at St. Anthony hospital where he was taken in an ambulance. Born Feb. 6, 1937, in Rockford, son of Mr. and Mrs. William Barney. Lived 12 years in North Park, coming here from Rockford. Member of St. Bridget's Catholic church, Loves Park. Would have been a junior at St. Thomas high school this fall. Survivors include: his parents; a sister, Barbara, 20; three brothers, Gary, 19; Michael, 9; and Billy 4; maternal grandparents Mr. and Mrs. Roland Morgan, Rockford, and paternal grandmother, Mrs. May Barney, Bloomington, Ill. Services at 9:30 a.m. Friday in St. Bridget's Catholic church, Loves Park, with the Rev. Raymond P. Gordon, pastor of St. Bridget's church, officiating. Arrangements by THOMAS M. DELAHANTY FUNERAL HOME, 5518 N. 2nd st., Loves Park. Friends may call at the funeral home from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday. The rosary will be recited at 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. [Rockford Morning Star, August 13, 1953]
Miss Eliza Barningham, 80 years old, died Sunday at 11:30 p.m. at the home of her brother, Fred Barningham, 445 Jilson avenue, after an illness of two weeks of influenza and complications. She was born in Durand Oct. 9, 1849, a daughter of Matthew and Anna Barningham, pioneer residents of that locality, and passed her entire life in Winnebago county, the last 19 years in Rockford. She is survived by a sister, Mrs. Emily Hartley, and four brothers, Herbert, Ross and Fred Barningham, all of Rockford, and Charles Barningham, of Pecatonica. Funeral services will be held Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Fred Barningham home and burial will be in Greenwood cemetery. [Rockford Morning Star, April 1, 1930]
MRS. ADA BATES HALL DIED HERE YESTERDAY AFTERNOON--Wife of Andrew Hall Called By Death--Burial to Take Place Tomorrow at Durand.
Mrs. Ada Bates Hall, wife of Andrew Hall of 1110 Elm street, died yesterday afternoon a short time after 3 o'clock at Rockford hospital. Mrs. Hall was ill for two weeks with blood poisoning caused by a scratch on her foot. Deceased was born in Durand forty-six years ago and made that town her home until twelve years ago when she moved to this city with her family. She is survived by her husband, Andrew Hall, her mother, Mrs. A. Bates and one daughter, Mrs. Charles Bingenheimer of this city and three sons, Homer and Clarence, who make their home here and Addison Hall of Sioux Falls, S.D. Brief funeral services will be held at the home Saturday morning at 10 o'clock and the remains will be taken to her old home in Durand. She will be buried in the Howard cemetery which is four and one-half miles from Durand. [Rockford Republic, September 10, 1915]
Baxter, Emily A.
Mrs. Emily A. Rowley Baxter, 81 years old, widow of George Baxter and long a resident of New Milford, died Sunday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock at her home from infirmities of age. She was born in Riga, N.Y., Nov. 26, 1845. Private funeral services will be held this afternoon at 2 o'clock at the New Milford church, the Rev. O.G. Beckstrand officiating. Burial will be in New Milford cemetery. She is survived by two sons, William and Howard Baxter, Rockford; three step-children, Mrs. May Cummings, Rockford; Mrs. William Bartholonew, Rockford; and Elmer Baxter, Beloit, six grandchildren and two great grandchildren. She also leaves a sister, Mrs. A. Canfield, Rockford, and a brother, Roy Rowley, Cherry Valley. [Rockford Morning Star, September 13, 1927]
Mrs. Estella Baxter, 84 years old, former resident of Rockford and New Milford and widow of Levi Baxter, died Thursday at the home of a son, Ross Baxter, rural route 2, Beloit. Her health had been impaired for several months. She was born Nov. 21, 1846, in Ohio, but lived in this vicinity for many years. Her husband died in 1928. Besides the son, she leaves two daughter, Mrs. E.W. Cutler, Tacoma, Wash., and Miss Nina Baxter, Rockford township. Mrs. Oliver Tosten, Rockford, is a granddaughter. Funeral services will be held today at 2 p.m. at the Seventh Day Adventist church. Burial will be in New Milford. Friends may view the body at the McAllister-Julian undertaking parlors. [Rockford Morning Star, November 14, 1931]
Baxter, James C.
EX-ROCKFORD RESIDENT DIES IN VIETNAM--Army Sgt. James C. Baxter, 24, former Rockford resident, was killed in Vietnam in late August while serving with the 4th Infantry Division. He had been in Vietnam since Jan. 5. Sgt. Baxter in survived by his widow, Valarie, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert L. White, 3325 Collins St.; a son, Gary James, who was born after his father went to Vietnam; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.H. Baxter, Dover, Fla., five brothers and one sister. Services were held in Dover. Fla., Aug. 12, with burial there. --[Rockford Morning Star, September 21, 1968]
Mr. Richard Benedict, long time resident of Seward, on Saturday last died suddenly of an overdose of morphine which he had taken on account of an illness which attacked him while attending a picnic at Twelve Mile Grove [Rockford Journal, 09-08-1877]
FRACTURED LEG CAUSE OF DEATH --CALEB BENTLY OF ROCKTON DIES IN THE BELOIT HOSPITAL
Beloit, Wis., Oct 9: Caleb Bently, for 50 years a practicing attorney in Rockton and a familiar figure in the law courts of the section of the country, died this morning at 10 o'clock at the Beloit hospital. Four weeks ago Mr. Bently, aged 84 years, was taken to the hospital suffering with a broken leg. In his weakened condition the aged man contracted pneumonia and his death resulted. Mr. Bently was in his early days a studen of Beloit college, but he left the local institution before graduation to enter a law school elsewhere. After his graduation from the law school he returned to Rockton and for 50 years had followed his profession at that place. He was one of the widest known members of the bar in northern Illinois and in his long career he made a wide acquaintence. The deceased is survived by two daughters, Mrs. John Doherty of South Beloit and Mrs. Fannie Lone of Rockton, and one son, Harry Bently of Chicago. He is also survived by two sisters and two brothers, Mrs. Josephine Pixley, Mrs. Jane Lewis and David Bently living at Harvard and James Bently of Chicago. [Rockford Morning Star, October 10, 1912]
Carl Bergman, 90, 1120 Parkside drive, for 70 years a Rockford resident, died at 9:50 a.m. today in Swedish-American hospital after a long illness. A native of Falkoping, Sweden, Mr. Bergman came here when he was about 20 years old. He was married to Matilda Yohanson in Rockford. Mr. Bergman had been a furniture worker for many years. Survivors include--besides his wife, two daughters, Mrs. Viola Rice of Streator and Mrs. Agnes Almblade of Rockford; two sons, Fred of Cherry Valley and Frank, Chicago; and eight grandchildren. Funeral arrangements are incomplete. [Rockford Register Republic, October 10, 1953]
Berglund, Henry G.
Henry G. Berglund, 64, 3803 15th Ave., died at 10 a.m. Monday, April 5th, 1971, in Swedish-American Hospital after a long illness. Born Jan. 9, 1907, in Smoland, Sweden, son of Mr. and Mrs. Gustaf Berglund. Lived 50 years in Rockford, coming here from Sweden. Married to the former Svea Tollin in Rockford July 4, 1930. Employed as sales manager and technical consultant by Sundstrand Machine Tool Co. for 35 years. Member of the Animal Welfare League. Survivors include: his widow, Svea; three brothers, Walter, Sven and Thor Berglund, all of Rockford; two sisters, Mrs. Edna Pearson, Redondo Beach, Calif., and Mrs. Ruth Markunas, Rockford; and several nieces and nephews. Services at 1 p.m. Thursday at FRED C. OLSON MORTUARY, 1001 2nd Ave., with Maj. Robert Alfvelby, pastor of East Side Salvation Army, officiating. Burial in Arlington Memorial Park. Friends may call at the funeral home from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday.[Rockford Register-Republic, April 6, 1971]
Louis Bildahl, for more than half a century a highly respected resident of Rockford, died yesterday morning at 1:30 o'clock at the home of his nephew, Rudolph Bildahl, 1120 Sixth Avenue, after a long period of illness from infirmities incident to advanced age. Mr. Bildahl was 78 yeas old. He was born in Sweden in 1844 and came to the United States fifty-two years ago, coming to Rockford soon afterward. For many years he engaged in farming on Harrison Avenue, retiring some time ago to make his residence in Rockford. He never married. A brother, Carl, and a sister, Mrs. John Jonson, together with ten nieces and nephews survive him. Mr. Bildahl was an old member of the Zion Lutheran Church. Having at one time been a deacon in the church. Services will be held at 2:30 o'clock Wednesday afternoon from the home, 1120 Sixth Avenue. The Rev. Carl Solomonson officiating. Interment will be in the Scandinavian Cemetery. (fom Rockford Morning Star, Tues. July 18, 1922)
Funeral services for William Bitner, 2814 West State street, who died Sunday morning at a local hospital, will be held at 2 p.m. today at the McAllister-Julian funeral home, 304 North 5th street, the Rev. Robert Hanson officiating. Burial will be in the cemetery at New Milford. Mr. Bitner was born Oct 24, 1855, in Prairie county, Pennsylvania, and came to Rockford in 1910. He was a member of the Lighthouse Gospel church. His wife and two children preceded him in death. He leaves a sister, Mrs. Anna Wagner Weed, and a nephew, Harry Wagner, both of Rockford; a nephew, Harvey Bitner of Oregon and several nieces and nephews in Pennsylvania.[Rockford Morning Star, September 3, 1940]
Death of One of the Pioneers of Winnebago County
Thatcher Blake, the pioneer settler of Winnebago County, died at his residence in South Rockford early Friday morning, Mr. Blake was the son of Thatcher Blake, who was born in Taunton, Bristol County, Massachusetts, February 22, 1974, and who died in Foxcraft, Maine, Oct. 29, 1839. The deceased was born in Turner, Oxford County, Maine, March 16, 1809. He removed with his parent to Foxcraft, Piscataquis County, here the father began the clearing and cultivating of a large tract of wild land, and when the subject of this notice was old enough he assisted him on the farm, during the season in which the land was cultivated, and the remaining portion of the year he taught the settlers children in the rudiments of an education; in these vocations he continued until June 1, 1834. At this time he left the paternal roof, and started out to seek his future in the then great unsettle west, having no particular place in mind to locate. In those days travelers did not enjoy the luxury of a palace far, or a magnificent steamboat, as they to today, but were obliged to travel over the country in the most primitive way. Young Blake took passage in a sailing vessel to Boston, the then “Hub of the Universe,” and thence via stage to Albany, New York, from there over the mountains in western Massachusetts; here he took a packet boat on the canal for Buffalo, and thence by boat to Cleveland, Ohio, where he took the canal for Cincinnati, after traveling one day on this boat, on account of some accident, he with several others, was obliged to vacate; the party hired a conveyance for Dayton, and were nine days in making this journey, which now can be accomplished in a very few hours. On arriving in the Porkopolis of the West, he found no inducements t locate, and left for Louisville, Kentucky, by boat down the Ohio river, and then to St. Louis, Missouri, at this place he met and conversed with the soldiers who had been in the Black Hawk war, and who gave glowing descriptions of the Rock River country, and the town of Galena, which was then being rapidly populated, on account of its valuable mines. He went to Galena with a view of engaging in mining, and after staying there for a few weeks, determined to visit the country in the vicinity of Rock River, of which he had heard such glowing accounts of its rich timber, and grass lands. In Galena he became acquainted with Germanicus Kent, who had come a short time previous, from Alabama, to that place, and who was visiting the late Rev. Aratus Kent, D.D., who afterward became the first President of the Rockford Female Seminary. The couple made arrangements to explore the country, and, having obtained the necessary supplies, started for Ransom, thirty-five miles distant, the lowest settlement at that time on the Pecatonica River; at this place they traded their team for a boat, and putting their supplies into it, again started to explore the country, which was in possession of the powerful tribe of Indians known as the Winnebagoes, who, with other allies, held undisputed sway in the Northwest territory; they continued their journey down the river until hey arrived at the Indian village of Winnisheck, containing 200 Indians. They stopped at several places and explored the country adjacent, but finally landed on what is now the residences of Hon. Robert H. Tinker. Mr. Blake selected a claim which is still known by the name of Blake’s Grover, two and a half miles from the city on the State road. He was so pleased with the country that he returned to Galena, and came again in August of the same year and located permanently.
He erected a log cabin 12x14 feet, on the site of what is now the southern portion of the grounds of Mr. Tinker, on the north side of Kent’s creek. Their rude cabin completed, they began arrangements for erecting a saw mill. While the other men were at work on the mill, Mr. Blake erected his cabin in grove on the claim which he had selected, in which he with three others, passed the winter of 1834-5. The old log cabin has given place a beautiful dwelling, and the saw mill to manufacturing establishments which are the envy of other cities much older than ours. Mr. Blake was married November 6, 1838, to Miss Mary Jane Goodhue, who was born in Peterboro, N.H. August 29, 1813. They were married in Stephenson county, and this was the first marriage which occurred in that county. He resided on his farm until 1851, when he removed to the city and engaged in the real estate business on his own account he having large quantities of land. In this business he has been more or less engaged until his last sickness. Engaged as he was in this business, he traveled extensively in nearly all the Western States, buying and selling lands on which there was fine growths of timber. For the last two years, Mr. Blake has operated extensively in the timber lands at Marsh Lake, Wis., having several saw mills. Just three weeks ago, he arrived in this city quite unwell with flux. He was attended at once by Dr. Fitch, and at times has been attended by Doctors Lana and D.S. Clark, who were called in consultation. He had overtaxed his physical strength, and, as his constitution was not strong enough to rally, he died. He was the oldest settler in this city and county, and leaves a host of friends and acquaintances to mourn his loss. He leaves a wife, and only daughter Kate, the wife of Clarence Bean of the firm of Bean & Perry, the South Main street druggists. He also has a brother, residing here, Mr. Evans Blake the grocer, and one sister, Betsey , the wife of Hon. Ephraim Sumner. Mr. Blake was the oldest settler belonging to the Old Settlers’ Association, and its President. [Rockford Weekly Gazette, 10-13-1880]
Blomquist, Gust P.
G.P. BLOMQUIST PASSED AWAY -- Pioneer Swedish Resident Passed Away Last Night at 4:55 O'Clock. Worked at the Chair Factory For Twenty-five Years
Gust P. Blomquist, a resident of Rockford for the past thirty years, and a pioneer Swedish resident of this county, passed away at his home, 1210 Sixth avenue, last evening at 4:55 o'clock. Death was due to an obscure ailment of which Mr. Blomquist had suffered since last fall and for which he had undergone an operation. Mr. Blomquist was born in Sweden sixty-four years ago and had he lived until July 13 he would have been 65 years old. He came to Rockford about thirty years ago and applioed himself at his trade as a cabinet maker. Twenty-five years ago he went to the Rockford Chair Factory and for a quarter of a century, was an employ of that concern. Last fall he was taken ill and submitted to an operation, but this failed to cure him and he retired from active factory work. For the past two weeks his health has been failing rapidly and during that time he has been unable to leave his bed. Mr. Blomquist was a member of the Vega Sick Benefit Society and was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church Funeral services have not been definitely arranged, but services will be held at the home Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock. It is probable services will be held in the church, but this will not be known, until the minister, who is out of the city, arrives. Burial will be in the Scandinavian Cemetery.[Rockford Republic, June 12, 1912]
Bonne, Dr. C.S.
A former Rockford resident, Dr. C. S. Bonne, 46, died suddenly Saturday in his home 1930 West Irving Park road, Chicago, apparently as the result of a heart attack. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday from the Holland funeral home at Chicago and cremation will take place at Graceland cemetery. Born in Rockford in 1903, the son of Cornelius and Alice Farmer Bonne [Cornelius Jortsen Bonne and Alice Mary Curry Bonne Farmer], Dr. Bonne attended local schools and was a graduate of the Palmer School of Chiropractors in Davenport and the Illinois College of Surgeons, Chicago. Dr. Bonne practiced in Rockford and Genoa before going to Chicago. The last five years he was a member of the staff of the Dr. C. S. Nystula sanitarium, Chicago. He married the former Elizabeth Roberts [Elizabeth Barbara Robertson] of Rockford, who survives. Other survivors include three children, Barbara, student at the University of Illinois; Stephen, member of the navy at the Great Lakes training station, and Daniel at home; a sister, Mrs. H. J. Grimes, 421 South Johnston avenue, and several cousins and two aunts of Rockford. Two sisters and a brother died previously. [Rockford Register-Republic, Mon. 4 Apr 1949, p21;contributed by Virginia Gorton Bonne]
TOOK HIS OWN LIFE--Cornelius Bonne of Byron Shoots Himself at His Home. Byron, Jan 20-- Cornelius Bonne, living three miles north of this place, too his life today by shooting himself in the head. No cause is known for the deed. He was about 45 years of age and leaves his wife who was formerly Miss Alice Curry, daughter of Malachi Curry of Rockford. [Rockford Morning Star, 21 Jan 1904] -- Mr. Bonne, who lived on the Garver farm, committed suicide Wednesday by shooting himself in the head. [Daily Register Gazette, 25 Jan 1904]--Cornelius Bonne, a brother-in-law of Thos. Morton, committed suicide Wednesday at his home three miles north of town by shooting himself with a shot gun, his mind becoming unbalanced by long continued sickness. He leaves a wife (nee Alice Curry) and four small children to mourn the loss of a father. [Ogle County Reporter, 27 Jan 1904] --contributed by Virginia Gorton Bonne]
Bonne, Daniel A.
Word has been received of the death of Daniel Allyn Bonne, 63, of Rockford on June 16 after a short illness. A graduate of Northern Illinois University, Mr. Bonne served the U.S. Army in Alaska and was a teacher at Lincoln Middle School in Rockford for 33 years. He was born Feb. 10, 1932, in Rockford. He is survived by three sons, Mark and John (Lisa) of Rockford, Michael of Berkley, Mich.; three grandsons; and his brother, Steve (Virginia) Bonne, longtime Barrington residents now residing in Crystal Lake. Also surviving are three nephews; a niece and special friend, Kim Freeman of Rockford. His parents, Cornelius and Elizabeth Bonne and a sister, Barbara Frankel preceded him in death. Memorials may be made to Lincoln Middle School, 1500 Charles St., Rockford 61104, for an award to be established in Mr. Bonne's name. [Pioneer Press, Thurs. 22 Jun 1995; contributed by Virginia Gorton Bonne]
Bonne, Elizabeth A.
Bonne, Elizabeth A., age 41 of Rockford died Jan. 17, 2010. She was born April 22, 1968 in Hays, KS. She was a member of Third Presbyterian Church, the High School Reunion Committee, and she taught Sunday school at Third Presbyterian Church. She graduated from Rockford West High School in 1986. Survivors include: 2 sons Hunter and Nolan Bonne of Machesney Park, father Carl Galligos of Rockford, 2 sisters Jana (Mark) Carey and Carla (Skip) Mosny, nephew Logan Carey, 3 nieces Emerson Carey, Olivia Mosny and Samantha Mosny, also numerous cousins. She was predeceased by her mother. Memorial service will be at 5:00 PM Fri. Jan. 22, 2010 in Third Presbyterian Church with Rev. Murray Hanson officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the family to be established for her sons. Arrangements are with Gasparini & Oliveri Funeral Home & Cremation Services, [Unknown newspaper, c. April 1968; Contributed by Virginia Gorton Bonne]
Bonne, Elizabeth B.
Bonne, Elizabeth B., 69, Newburg Road, Belvidere, died at 4:50 p.m. Thursday, July 8, 1971, in Highland Hospital, Belvidere after a heart attack. Born May 29, 1902, in Eau Claire, Wis., daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Nelson. Lived most of her life in Rockford, moving to Belvidere one year ago. Married to Cornelius Bonne, Member of Cherry Valley United Methodist Church. Her husband died in 1949. Survivors include two sons, Daniel, Rockford, and Neil, Barrington; one daughter, Mrs. Barbara Frankel, Fairfax, Va; one sister, Mrs. Jeanne Groff, Riverside, Calif; her father, Oscar Nelson, Belvidere, and seven grandchildren. Graveside services at 11 a.m. Monday at Willwood Burial Park. Arrangements by Long-Klontz Funeral Home, 428 Park Ave. Friends may call at the funeral home from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. --Sun. Jul 1971, Funeral Home clipping, submitted by who adds this note: "Elizabeth (Robertson) Bonne was actually d/o Mr. & Mrs. Angus Robertson. Oscar Nelson was her step-father"]
Bonne, Rimka (Ariens)
1832 - 1906
MRS. RIMKA BONNE IN DEATH SLEEP. PASSES AWAY AT HOME NEAR WESTFIELD CORNERS AT AGE OF 73 YEARS.
Elida, March 22: Mrs. Rimka Bonne passed away at her home west of Westfield Corners this afternoon. The deceased was a native of Holland and over 73 years of age [age 73 1/2 years]. With her family she took up residence in America about 40 years ago. The family has resided in this vicinity about 25 or 30 years and is held in high esteem by the neighbors who have come to know them. Mrs. Bonne leaves a large family to mourn her passing aside from the many friends. Her husband predeceased her by several years. Five sons and four daughters, all grown to manhood and womanhood, mourn the death of a kind and loving mother. [Another son, Cornelius, died two years earlier.] They are Richard and John, who reside on the homestead, and with whom their mother made their home; George of Iowa; Aaron of nearby Winnebago; Albert in Dakota; Mrs. T. S. Martin [Rena, Mrs. Thomas Morton], southwest of Rockford; Mrs. A. Erkman [Neeke, Mrs. August Eickman] of Seward; Mrs. Eli Smith [Grace] west of Rockford and Mrs. W.S. Niewald [Trijntje] of Cresco, Iowa. Definite funeral arrangements have not been made but it is thought the obsequies will be held Saturday afternoon with interment in the Middle Creek Cemetery. [Rockford Morning Star, 23 Mar 1906]--contributed by Virginia Gorton Bonne
Bonnie, Aaron (Bonne)
1858 - 1908
HEART FAILURE CAUSES DEATH. AARON BONNIE [BONNE] PASSES AWAY AT HOME--NEAR WINNEBAGO MONDAY NIGHT.--Aaron Bonnie [Bonne], a well known resident of Winnebago, died suddenly Monday night at his home, seven miles north of the village. He suffered an attach of heart trouble about 8 o'clock. Members of the family realizing his condition to be serious called Dr. Paul, of Winnebago, but before the physician could arrive he had passed away. Death came in twenty minutes after the sudden stroke. He suffered a slight stroke of paralysis about a year ago, which impared [sic] his health somewhat. The deceased was 49 years of age. He had been a resident of Winnebago for about 25 years. Besides the widow he leaves four children, three brothers and six sisters. Two brothers reside in Iowa and one at Byron. Two sisters live near Byron, three in Iowa and one in Seward. The funeral will be held Thursday from the home. Burial will be in the Middle Creek Cemetery. [Rockford Daily Register, Tues, 24 Mar 1908; contributed by Virginia Gorton Bonne, who adds these Corrections: Aaron's birth record, marriage license, and tombstone have his surname spelled BONNE. Besides his widow, Myrtle (Ernst) Bonne, Aaron left 5 children: Mamie, George, Anna, Richard and Grace. He also left 4 brothers and 4 sisters: George, Albert & Richard in Iowa; John in Illinois. Sisters: Trijntje (Bonne) Niewald in Iowa; Neeke (Bonne) Eickman, Grace (Bonne) Smith, and Rena(Bonne) Morton in Illinois]
Borst, Gertrude L.
Mrs. Gertrude L. Borst, 80, formerly of 344 King St., died at 10 p.m. Sunday in the Americana Nursing Center after a long illness. Born Nov. 16, 1891, in Rockford, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Martin Tracy. Lived all of her life in Rockford. Married to George E. Borst in Rockford, Sept. 25, 1916. He died in 1960. Member of St. Peter's Catholic Church, and of the Legion of Mary and St. Anne's Sodality. Survivors include: a son, Tracy, G. Borst, Los Angeles; a daughter, Mrs. Lorraine L David, Camarillo, Calif.; four grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Irene Joyes, Rockford, and Miss Genevieve Tracy, Rockford; and several nieces and nephews. A brother and two sisters preceded her in death. Services at 9 a.m. Thursday, in LONG-KLONTZ FUNERAL HOME, 428 Park Ave., and at 9:30 a.m. in St. Peter's Cathedral, with the Rt. Rev. Msgr. Thomas S. Green, rector of St. Peter's Cathedral, officiating. Burial in St. Mary's Cemetery. There will be no visitation. [Rockford Morning Star, October 17, 1972]
Boswell, Charles T.
CHARLES T. BOSWELL PASSES AWAY--A RESIDENT OF SHIRLAND AND A PIONEER OF WINNEBAGO COUNTY--Stroke of Paralysis Ends in a Sudden Demise--Was Well Known in This City--Father of Charles T. Boswell.
Word was received in this city this morning that Thomas Boswell, a well known resident of Shirland and a pioneer of this county, had passed away suddently at his home there. Mr. Boswell was stricken Sunday with paralysis and it was seen that he could not live. His son, Charles T. Boswell, the well known druggist of this city, was at once sent for and he started for his father's bedside about 10 o'clock Sunday evening. His hurried ride was in vain, however, as the spirit of the sturdy pioneer had taken its flight before his son's arrival. Thomas Boswell was about 65 years of age and was born in Potsdam, N.Y. He came to this county about 45 years ago and settled on a large farm near Shirland. He remained on this farm until within a few years ago when he removed to the village of Shirland and opened a general store. He was made postmaster and the postoffice was located in his store. He was reappointed through each term of the presidents following the one by whom he was first appointed and has always discharged the duties of his office faithfully. About a year ago he turned over the store and postoffice to hiss on, George, who has since taken care of the business. Mr. Boswell had lived in retirement during this time, taking a long deserved rest. Besides a widow, three children are left to mourn the loss of their parent. They are Charles T. of this city, George and Katherine Bates, who reside at Shirland. Another daughter, Mr. Frank Southworth, died about a year ago. Thomas Boswell was a man of the strictest integrity and his path through life was marked by good deeds and kindly actions. By those who knew him best he was well liked and in his death the community loses one whose place will be long vacant. Mr. Boswell was a Mason, although not at the time of his death a member of any lodge. The funeral arrangements are not completed but the remains will be interred in the Shirland cemetery in the family plot. [Rockford Republic, February 27, 1899]
Mrs. Margaret M. Bowen, 50, 8425 Shore Drive, was found dead in her home Tuesday, March 3, 1964. Born April 14, 1913, in Louisiana, Mo., daughter of Benjamin and Hattie Elisworth. Lived 16 years in Rockford, coming here from Hannibal, Mo. Married to Clarence R. Bowen in Rock Island, Dec. 8, 1947. Survivors include: her husband; one son, Benjamin E. Christal, Rockford; three sisters, Mrs. Marco Zana, Chicago; Mrs. Leslie Barnett, Flanigan, and Mrs. Pearl Lucas, Hannibal; one brother, Geroge Elisworth, Hannibal, and five grandchildren. Services at 2 p.m. Friday in O'Donnell Funeral Home, Hannibal. Burial in Mt. Olive Cemetery. Local arrangements by Delehanty Funeral Home, 401 River Lane [Rockford Morning Star, March 6, 1964]
AN OLD CITIZEN GONE -- The Death This Morning of Charles P. Brady
The ranks of the sturdy pioneers who have made for this city the enviable reputation it now bears are being slowly thinned out. Today the hand of death was laid upon Charles P. Brady, one of the oldest and most widely known residents of Winnebago county. He has been a resident of the city for over 40 years, during which time he won for himself the respect and high esteem of a host of acquaintances in all parts of the county. Mr. Brady breathed his last at 10:40 this morning. His death was the result of old age. Born in Buck County, Penn., Dec. 14, 1814, his early boyhood was spent in the Keystone state. Early in the year 1836, in company with James Compton, he started for the west on foot, with their only belongings on their backs. The longs and difficult journey was finally accomplished, much of it being through mud and water. After a tramp of nearly two months Mr. Brady reached this city on the 10th of November, 1836, when he entered the employ of Germanicus Kent at his sawmill. Shortly afterwards he took up a land claim in Harrison township where he resided until 1840. The decreased man was married to Mrs. Mercy L. Huntsman in 1842, she having died nearly ten years ago. Mr. Brady has made his home with his son-in-law, E.A. Van Wie, on North Court street, for sometime. Three children survive: they are Mrs. E. A. Van Wie, Mrs. James Atinson, of this city, and H.H. Brady of Chicago. He was a prominent member of the old settlers’ society and was always present at all the reunions, and was an earnest member of the Court street M.E. church. He served in the capacity of vice president of the old settlers’ organization for several seasons past. The funeral arrangements have not been definitely settles, although it is probable the services will be held Thursday from the home of E.A. Van Wie. [Rockford Daily Spectator, 06-27-1893]
Brenner, Francis J.
Francis J. Brenner, 79 years, of Dakota, departed this earthly life at 11:12 p.m., Thursday, March 10, 2005, upon arrival at FHN Memorial Hospital, Freeport. He was born April 6, 1925, in Chicago, the son of Viola Euler and James Koleman. Francis was raised by his grandparents, Ida and William Brenner, and lived on the family farm on McMahon Road, near Pecatonica for 35 years. He attended Winnebago schools. On Feb. 29, 1952, Francis married Beverly J. Pettenger at Second Congregational Church in Pecatonica. In March 1963, he and his family moved to a dairy farm near Dakota, and for 29 years, Mr. Brenner was employed as a school bus driver and custodian for the Dakota School District. In 1973, he joined the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and the Rebekah Lodge. He was Past Noble Grand of the Freeport and Orangeville Odd Fellows and the Rock Grove Rebekah Lodges, Past President of Odd Fellows District #17 and Rebekah's District #5. Francis held many offices in these lodges. He was very interested in gardening and raising flowers. He was a member of the American Iris Society, the American Daffodil Society, the Wisconsin/Illinois Lily Society, the International Lilac Society, the American Day Lily Society and the American Hosta Society, holding many offices in those organizations. Francis was founder and past president of the Blackhawk Valley Iris Society, entering many flower shows and selling plants. Also, he was honored as master gardener of Winnebago and Stephenson counties. Mr. Brenner also judged many flower shows in this area and in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Kansas. He was a member of the Stephenson County Genealogical Society and past president of the Rock Run County Historical Society and the Dakota 50 Plus Club. Francis co-authored a book with his niece [error, first cousin], Virginia Bonne, on his mother's family tree, "Steffen, Brandt and Euler Family Histories, Germany to Stephenson County, Illinois and Beyond. 1773 - 1999." Survivors include his wife, Beverly; one son, Cevin R. (Kathleen "Kitty") of Freeport; one daughter, Crystal D. (David) O'Connell of Dakota; one daughter-in-law, Kathy Brenner of Shannon; four granddaughters, Sarah J. (Donald) Graybill and Stephanie E. (Matt) Mitchell, both of Dakota, Shevan S. Brenner (fiancé, Mike Svehla) of Shannon and Charity A. Brenner of Freeport; five grandsons, Scott A. (Melissa) Brenner and Jeremy J. (Erin) Crase, both of Freeport, Jason L. O'Connell, Justin J. Beard and Dakotah A. Brenner, all of Dakota, seven great-grandchildren; one sister, Kollen Smyth-Marlow of Rockford; two nieces, Debby Beswick of Belvidere and Tammy (Mark) Timbs of Rockford; one nephew, Tommy (Claire) James of Belvidere, and a foster son, Paul Ganz of Freeport. Those who have preceded him in death were his parents, grandparents; beloved son, Claire L. Brenner on Dec. 24, 1997; and two brothers, Bobby and James Smyth. Services will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday in the Daughenbaugh Funeral Home, 115 S. West St., Dakota. Rev. Dennis V. Buss will officiate. Burial will be on the family plot in Willwood Burial Park, Rockford. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Mon. at the funeral home. [Freeport Journal-Standard, Mar 2005; sub. by Virginia Gorton Bonne]
Brenner, Ida M. Euler
Mrs. Ida M. Brenner, 72, R.R. 2, Pecatonica, died at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3, in Rockford Memorial hospital following an apparent stroke suffered in her home Thursday. She was born January 25, 1888 in Freeport, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frederick C. Steffen. She was married to William J. Brenner in Belvidere on March 8, 1922. Survivors include her husband; one son, Francis J. Brenner, Dakota; three daughters, Mrs. Edna Ramsay, Caledonia; Mrs. Viola Smyth, Rockford; and Mrs. Louise Bricklen, Pecatonica; 14 grandchildren, and 22 great-grandchildren. Services were held...Tuesday Dec. 7, in Fitzgerald funeral Home, Rockford, with the Rev. Brooks Barker, Chicago, former pastor of Winnebago Street Methodist church, officiating. Burial was in Willwood Burial Park, Rockford. [combination of 2 family clippings; sub. by Virginia Gorton Bonne]
Brenner, William James
William James Brenner, who resided in rural Dakota for the past five years coming from Pecatonica, died Saturday morning in Freeport Memorial Hospital following a brief illness. Mr. Brenner, employed by the Burritt Township Highway Department while he lived in Rockford, was a veteran of World War I. He was also a retired farmer. Born Jan 23, 1892, in Rockton, he was the son of Fred and Ellen (Kelly) Brenner. He married Ida Steffen March 8, 1922, at Belvidere. She died Dec. 3, 1965. Surviving are a son, Francis of rural Dakota; three grandchildren; two stepdaughters; and four sisters, Mrs. Lucy Watts of Beloit, Wis., Mrs. Emma Love and Mrs. Melissia Buchanan, both of Rockton, and Mrs. Kate Harnish of Caledonia. She [He] was preceded in death by a sister. Funeral service will be...Tuesday in Kenneth L. Countryman Funeral Home, Pecatonica. The Rev. Ralph L. Fry, pastor of Riverside Community Congregational Church of Loves Park, will officiate. Brial will be in Willowood Burial Park, Rockford. Friends may call...tonight at the funeral home. [Rockford Morning Star, Mar 1972; sub. by Virginia Gorton Bonne]
Brigham, Ralph H.
R.H. Brigham, Organist, Dies; Rites Saturday
Services for Ralph H. Brigham, 70, prominent Rockford organist who died of a heart ailment at 6 a.m. Thursday in his home, 529 N. Main st., will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday in Second Congregational Church. Dr. Joseph C. Cleveland, pastor, will officiate. Burial will be in Greenwood cemetery. Friends may call from 7 to 8:30 o'clock tonight in the Burpee-Wood funeral home, 420 N Main st. A resident of Rockford for 30 years, Mr. Brigham was organist of Second Congregational church for more than 26 years. He also was staff organist for Tebala Shrine, Temple Beth-El, the Elks club, and Burpee-Wood funeral home. Mr. Brigham was born Oct. 10, 1883, in North Adams, Mass., son of Truman E. and Harriet Newell Hibbard Brigham. He lived in Chicago moving to Rockford. On Oct. 30, 1947, he married Amy Fairbank of Philadelphia, a soprano soloist who has appeared in many church concerts, in Rockford. His first wife, Catherine T. Brigham, has died earlier. Mr. Brigham's career as an organist began at the age of 15, when he became organist in First Baptist church, Amherst, Mass. He moved to New York City, and was organist for seven years in the Strand theater. He later appeared as a soloist in Carnegie hall and in the Hippodrome with John Phillip Sousa. Brigham's career included engagements in Broadway theaters and a tour of theh United States with the Bijou Opera company, which pesented Gilbert and Sullivan operettas. Roland Diggle, famed Los Angeles organist and composer, once dedicated an organ composition, Prelude Jubiliant on Leoni, to Mr. Brigham. In January, 1953, his 25th anniversary as organist for Second Congregational church, Mr. Brigham gave his 940th recital in the church. He estimated then he had given more than 2,500 recitals during his career. Surviving are his widow; two daughters, Mrs. Frederica Banks, Evansville, Ind., and Mrs. Marjorie Boase, Delaware, O(?); two grandsons, and two granddaughters. [Rockford Morning Star, 09-24-1954]
Brodt, Stephen: Tragedy in Cherry Valley, Stephen Brodt, Killed by a Train
Benjamin Bronson died Sunday noon at 12:10 o'clock at the home of his daughter, Mrs. H.R. Traphagen, 1443 Mulberry street. Death was due to Bright's disease. Mr. Bronson's home was in Chicago and he came here to spend the holidays with his sister. Although his health had been failing several years, his illness did not assume a serious aspect until after he reached Rockford. He is survived by a son, Anthony L. Bronson, of Chicago, and Mrs. Traphagen. His wife died Thanksgiving day. Funeral services will be held Tuesday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock at his daughter's home, the Rev. William H. Pierce officiating. Interment will be in West Side cemetery. [Rockford Daily Gazette, January 3, 1921]
E.H. BROOKS IS DEAD--End Came Early Yesterday Morning in Durand--
DURAND, Ill., Oct. 7--E.H. Brooks, an aged and respected resident of this village, passed away early this morning, after being seriously ill one week suffering from pneumonia, though he had been ailing and in poor health for several years. Mr. Brooks' death occurred at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Edward Nelson, whither he had been moved to be cared for when taken ill. Mrs. Nelson is the only child and with the mother is left to survive him. Mr. Brooks was born in Ohio and came to this country when a young man, following his occupation as carpenter. He would have been eighty years of age next December, and for many years has almost been totally blind. Funeral services will be held Tuesday afternoon from the Nelson home at 2 o'clock. The Odd Fellows will attend in a body. Mr. Brooks was the oldest member of the local lodge.[Rockford Morning Star, October 9, 1912]
Broughton, Dr. Russell, M.D.
DR. BROUGHTON GOES TO ETERNAL REST--SANITARIUM HEAD MEETS GRIM DEATH UNFLINCHINGLY--BRAVE FIGHT UNAVAILING--End of a Career That Was Devoted to Providing Relief to Nervous Diseases and Drug and Liquor Habits
Death claimed a brave and generous soul, when Dr. Russell Broughton was summoned yesterday morning and in his passing there is a personal and heart felt sorrow among friends not only in Rockford and immediate vicinity but among acquaintences extended throughout the country. Dr. Broughton, as head of the sanitarium which bears his name, was a physican of country-wide fame and in his skillful ministration to the unfortunates who came to seek relief he was always the kindly advisor who sought with conscientious endeavor to alleviate the ailments which beset mortal man. Dr. Broughton died at a time when he was most wanted, and although he made a valiant struggle, it was an unequal cost. He hovered between life and death many weeks and there were hopes he would recover, but they were only temporary, and at last he was taken from the scenes of earthly activities. He had fought a good fight, he had looked into the mysteries beyond, and he was unafraid when he entered the valley of death.
--Funeral is Saturday--
Funeral services will be conducted from the santiarium Saturday morning at 7:46 o'clock, the Rev. R.B. Davidson of the First Baptist church to officiate. The remains will be taken to the C.M. & St. P. train, departing at 9 o'clock and burial will be at Brodhead, Wis. The service at Brodhead will be held at 1:30 o'clock. The Rev. Mr. Davidson will accompany the funeral party. The pallbearers in Rockford will be members of the medial fraternity. The Masonic order will have charge at Brodhead. It is expected that the Grand Army of the Republic will participate. The pallbearers from the Winnebago County Medial society will be Dr. T.N. Miller, W.R. Fringer, S.R. Catlin, John Tuite, Charles Winn, Emil Lofgren. Dr. Broughton was 69 years of age. His death was due to angine pectoris, although he was also a sufferer from arterial sclerosis. His condition was serious since February 23. Word from his bedside was awaited with concern bringing hopes of recovery when improvement was shown, and there was sorrow when it was reported he was not well.
--Specialist in Diseases--
It was as a specialist in the treatments of drug and liquor addictions that Dr. Broughton won renown. He was identified with the Keeley institute at Dwight, Ill., ten years, and came to Rockford in June, 1902, to be identified with the Ransom sanitarium that bore his name. It is located near Rock River, in the south part of town, and is ideal in its arrangements. The place was equipped with modern appliances and extensive improvements that were outlined made it a place of recreation that was beneficial to the patients. Specializing in the treatment of nervous diseases, and sympathizing broadly with those who were victims of the drug and liquor habits, Dr. Broughton was not long in gaining prominence and patients came to him from all parts of the country. Here they found a haven of rest, where skilled hands ministered to them, and the expert care of Dr. Broughton made them feel that it was worth while to again enter the struggle for a new existence.
--Devoted Energies to Life Work--
Dr. Broughtonn gave all the energy he possessed to the work in which he was engaged and in which he was so eminently successful. Although he was happy in the companionship of friends and delighted to gather in so cial intercourse, his time was taken up with his profession and he gave it the attention that was due from a thorough practitioner. He was wholly wrapped in his life work, never stopping until he was satisfied each day's work was completed before he retired for rest.--Born in Badger State--Dr. Broughton was born at Racine, Wis., May 16, 1842. He was a son of John and Amanda Broughton, who were pioneers of Green county. Dr. Broughton worked on his father's farm in his youth and attended the public schools and college at Milton, Wis. He also took a course at the old Bryant & Stratton business college at Milwaukee. Dr. Broughton graduated from Rush medical college, Chicago, in 1869, immediately entering on the practice of his profession at Brodhead, Wis. He was at Brodhead twenty-one years.
--Service in Civil War--
Dr. Broughton was a veteran of the civil war, enlisting for the service in May, 1864, in Company C, Fortieth Wisconsin volunteers, at Milton, Wis. His affiliation with the G.A.R. was at Brodhead with W.W. Patton post. The marriage of Dr. Broughton to Miss Julia A. Smiley was solemnized at Albany, Wis., in 1869. His wife was a daughter of the Hon. Daniel Smiley. The widow and two sons survive. The sons are are William S. of Washington, who is in the treasury office, and James E. of Parker, Ariz. The sons were in Rockford recently and William will be the only one who will be able to attend the funeral. Dr. Broughton's aged mother survives him. She is 92 years old and lives with a daughter at Janesville, Wis. The doctor's brothers and sisters are John and Albert of Brodhead, Eugene of Mount Rose, S.D.; Mrs. D.M. Enfield of Clarinda, Wis.; Mrs. Hannah Reed and Mrs. Hattie Graham of Janesville. Although retaining his membership in the Wisconsin Medical society, having become identified in 1877, he was a member of the Winnebago County Medical society, the Illinois State Medical society, the Illinois State Medial society, and the American Medical association. Dr. Broughton's Masonic affiliations were with Bicknell lodge, A.F.& A.M., at Brodhead, and Evansville chapter, R.A.M. at Evansville, Wis. The sanitarium will be continued under the management of Dr. G.A. Weirick. He was associated four years with Dr. Broughton. Dr. Broughton was big in ideas and purpose and big in deeds. He could not be little as he was broad of mind and large of heart. His patients were not merely patients, but friends, companions on the voyage of life, whome he loved and for whose betterment he toiled and hoped and prayed. He believed in the brotherhood of man and saw, in the suffering and lowly brothers who had left the narrow path and he never ceased to harken them back. His life was a success because it was well ordered and because he lived for others and merely for himself. Of him it might well be said: "We live in deeds, not years;/In thoughts, not breaths;/In feelings, not in figures on a dial./We should count time by heart throbs. / He who lives who thinks most/Feels the noblest, acts the best." [Rockford Morning Star, April 5, 1912]
ROCKFORD MARINE DIES IN VIET ACTION
Pfc. Vernor Brown, Jr., 23, Hopkins Court, waskilled by gunshot wound in the head during action in Vietnam Tuesday. Pfc. Brown was serving with the Marine Corps. Co. L, 3rd. Battalion, near Quang Nam, Vietnam, when he was killed. He entered the Marines Oct. 20, 1967, taking basic training in California. He went to Vietnam, May 14. Before joining the Marines, he was employed by Sems Division of Textron Industries, Inc., for one year. Survivors inlcude his father; two brothers, John, serving with the Army in Vietnam, and LaVern, Rockford; and two sisters, Loretta and Bernadette, both of Rockford. Services will be Saturday, June 29, in St. Paul Baptist Church, Emmitt, Ark., with burial in Snell Cemetery, Emmitt. Funeral arrangements are being completed by the Hicks Funeral Home, Hope, Ark . [Rockford Morning Star, June 23, 1968]
STILLMAN VALLEY, Ill., Feb. 21: William Bryant died here this afternoon at 2:30 o'clock after an illness of two years of paralysis. He was born in Bocconnoc, England, April 25, 1846, and there married Miss Mary Ann Haley on May 19, 1866. They came to American in May of 1872. They located in New Milford, where they remained until 1894, when they moved to Clarion, Ia. Last July they returned to Illinois. Six of the twelve children born to Mr. and Mrs. Bryant predeceased their father. Those who survive, with the widow, are Mrs. George Watson, of New Milford, William P. Bryant, of Mallard, Ia., Sylvester E. Bryant, of Clarion, Ia., Mrs. Reno Russell of Douglas, Wyo., John G. Bryant, of Fairfield, Ia. He also leaves eighteen grandchildren and three sisters and a brother in England, the eldest sister being 91 years of age. Funeral services will be held Wednesday afternoon at o'clock at the home here and burial will take place in the New Milford cemetery. [Rockford Republic, May 4, 1909]
DEATH COMES IN OLD AGE--JOHN BURCH DIES AT HIS HOME ON NORTH COURT STREET
John Burch, one of the oldest residents of Rockford, died Friday afternoon at his home, 1017 North Court street. Death was due to old age, he having passed his 87th birthday. Mr. Burch was born in London, Canada, August 23, 1839, and settled at Westfield Corners. He removed from there to Rockford in 1909. Seventy-two years of his life were spent in this immediate vicinity. He was the owner of 500 acres of land. In 1850 Mr. Burch joined the large company of searchers for gold in California, making the trip overland. He returned by way of Panama, after an unsuccessful venture. It was as a tiller of the soil that he acquired a competence. Mr. Burch was married in 1866 to Miss Sarah M. John. She survives him. The children are: Georgia, Judson, Willard and Mildred at home; Jessie of Pasadena, Calif., and Mrs. C.M. Wray of Waterloo, Iowa. A son, Preston, died in May, 1908. There are two brothers and two sisters, Hiram Burch of Lincoln, Neb., Levi Burch of Byron, Ill., Mrs. Charlotte McKenzie of Oakdale, Calif., and Mrs. Samantha Strong of Fayette, Ia. Funeral services will be held Sunday afternoon at the house at 2 o'clock. Rev. F.F. Farmiloe will officiate and interment will be in the cemetery at Winnebago.[Rockford Daily Register Gazette, June 10, 1911]
Burke, William E.
William E. Burke, 51, 604 Whitman St., died at 4 p.m. Friday, May 4, 1962, in St. Anthony Hospital after a brief illness. Born Feb. 22, 1911, in Freeport, son of William and Margaret Burke. Lived most of his life in Rockford, coming here from Freeport. Married to the former Margaret Jilbert in Rockford Nov. 18, 1938. Employed by Ipsen Ceramics, Inc., Pecatonica. Veteran of World War II serving with the Army in the South Pacifdic for 2 1/2 years. Member of St. Mary's Catholic Church. Survivors include his widow; three sons, William Jr., Joseph, and Dennis; three brothers, Rockford and John, both of Rockford, and Francis, Clinton, Iowa; and two sisters, Mrs. Lucille Johnson and Mrs. Mary Lyon, both of Rockford. Services Tuesday, May 8, at 9 a.m. in FITZGERALD FUNERAL HOME, 3600 N. Rockton Ave., and at 9:30 a.m. in St. Peter's Catholic Church, with the Rev. Mary's Church, officiating. Burial in Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday. The rosary will be recited at 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. [Rockford Register-Republic, May 5, 1962]
Funeral of Joseph Burns: Last Respects Paid to a Beloved Citizen To-Day
The funeral of "Neighbor" Burns was held this afternoon at 2 o'clock from the house on North Horsman street, a large number of friends being in attendance and the floral tributes being so numerous as to almost completely cover the casket. Rev. Soares of the First Baptist church preached an affecting funeral sermon, and there were many who shed tears on taking a last look at all that was mortal remains of the fine old man, whose life was so near perfection on earth. A large cortege followed the casket to the cemetery, the funeral processing being headed by the Military band. The Knights Templar, Odd Fellows and Ellis lodge of Masons turned out in force, and the latter lodge, of which the deceased was treasurer so long, had charge of the services at the grave. [Rockford Daily Register-Gazette, Wednesday, April 8, 1896] [NOTE: Mr. Burns died April 6, 1896 according to Winnebago County Death Records and his death certificate. Submitted by Peggy McLaughlin]
MRS. SARAH BURNS PASSES AWAY -- Mrs. Sarah Burns Died Sunday Afternoon After Brief Illness
Mrs. Sarah Burns, 202 North Central Street, died Sunday afternoon after a brief illness. She was a member of St. Mary's Church, from which the funeral services will be held tomorrow morning at 7:45 o'clock. Interment will be in Mineral Point, Wis., her former home. Mrs. Burns leaves to mourn her passing four daughters, all of whom live in Rockford. They are Mrs. J.C. Collins, Mrs. J.E. Johnston, Mrs. Edward Macquire and Miss Margaret Burns. [Rockford Republic, September 16, 1907]
Funeral services for Thomas Burns, 1803 Grant avenue, former member of the state legislature who died here Sunday, will he beld at 9 a.m. Tuesday at the Burpee-Wood funeral home, 420 North Main street, and at 9:30 a.m. at St. Peter's Cathlic church. There will be a solemn requiem high mass followed by burial in the Catholic cemetery. Mr. Burns operated a store in Belvidere for a number of years, and represented the Eighth district in legislature for two terms. After moving to Rockford, he served several terms as Democratic precinct committeeman in the sixth precinct of the Ninth ward. He was born at Belvidere, Jan. 29, 1866, the son of Cornelius and Mary Burns. He leaves his widow, Mrs. Elizabeth Burns; four children, William G. Burns, Chicago, T. Paul Burns, Rockford, Mrs. C.J. Roseborough, Milwaukee, Wis., and Betty Burns, a member of the Morning Star and Register-Republic advertising staff, and a half-sister, Mrs. Frank Clark, Belvidere. There are also three grandchildren. [Rockford Morning Star, September 3, 1940]
RUFUS H. BURRITT CALLED BY DEATH--EXPIRED WHILE ON VISIT TO SON IN CALIFORNIA--VETERAN OF CIVIL WAR--Succumbed to Pneumonia, Which Seized Him Ten Days Ago--Remains Will Be Brought to Rockford for Burial
Rufus H. Burritt, a Grand Army man and a resident of Winnebago county nearly sixty years, died early yesterday morning at the home of his son, Fred E. Burritt, Los Angeles, Cal., where he went on a visit in October. He was 70 years of age. A telegram was received by the sons and other relatives in Rockford at noon, informing them of his death. He went to California to escape the rigors of the winter of northern Illinois. Mr. Burritt was ill ten days. Pneumonia developed, but his condition was not regarded alarming, and a card received Wednesday gave information that he was improving. A sudden turn for the worse was reported the day the card was received and the next message was that he was dead. Pioneer of County Mr. Burritt lived in Owen township before and after the war. He was engaged in farming and gave up active twenty-six years ago, when he moved to Rockford. He had been making his home with his son, Burt, 525 Sumner street. Mr. Burritt was a private in Co. H, Eighth Regiment, Illinois volunteer cavalry. He enlisted Feb. 3, 1864, and was honorably discharged at Benton Barracks, Mo., July 17, 1865. Mr. Burritt was born in Ira, Cayuga county, N.Y., Sept 23, 1842, and came west with his parents in the fall of 1855. They settled on a farm in Owen township. He was married in 1868 to Mary J. Rorebeck, and settled on a farm of their own in Owen. Seven children were born to them, five being survivors. Mrs. Burritt died in September, 1897. He later married Mary J. Hall, who survives him. The children are: Fred E. Burritt, of Los Angeles; Mrs. F.J. Corey, of St. Paul; Walter R. Burritt, Mrs. Roy Skinner and Burt N. Burritt, all of Rockford. Two sisters and two brothers of Mr. Burritt live in Los Angeles. They are Mrs. Will Moore, Mrs. Fred Knapp and Dwight and Charles Burritt. Mrs. C.E. Brown of Rockford is a sister. Mr. Burritt enjoyed the esteem and confidence of all who knew him. He was an active man all his life and, although retired from business pursuits, he always found something that kept him engaged. Burial in Rockford The remains will be brought to Rockford for burial. Services will be conducted by G.L. Nevius post No. 1, Grand Army of the Republic. [Rockford Morning Star, February 15, 1913]
Bushey, Louis A.
Louis A. Bushey, 87, 1404 N. Horace Ave., died at 3:40 a.m., Monday, Nov. 11, 1963, in Lund Nursing Home after a lengthy illness. Born May 9, 1876, in Dennomora, N.Y., son of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Bushey. Lived 51 years in Rockford, coming here from Lake Placid, N.Y. Married to the former Helen Nason in New York. She died in 1927. Employed as a construction worker by the Sanitary District of Rockford for 16 years, retiring in 1957. Survivors include: one son, Lewis, Rockford; two grandsons, Calvin Bushey, Texas, and Charles Bushey, Bunker Hill, Ind; five great-grandchildren; two brothers, Edward, Great Barrington, Mass., and Bernard, Altamont, N.Y.; one sister, Mrs. Mose Badger, Malone, N.Y.; and several nieces and nephews. Services at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday in JULIAN-POORMAN FUNERAL HOME, 304 N. 5th St., with the Rev. L.J. Marsa, pastor at the Seventh-day Adventist Church, officiating. Burial in Willwood Burial Park. Friends may call at the funeral home from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday.[Rockford Morning Star, Tuesday, Nov. 12, 1963]
Byrne, Rev. Dr. Patrick S.A.
PRIEST WHO WAS LONG SUFFERER TAKEN BY DEATH
The Rev. Dr. Patrick S.A. Byrne, for Four Years Has Been Patient at St. Anthony Hospital, Died at 1:40 This Afternoon--Displayed Remarkable Fortitude in Pain and Was Loved By Many for His Sunny Character--No Funeral Arrangements Yet.
The Rev. Father Patrick S.A. Byrne, who for the past four years has been a patient St. Anthony hospital, died at that institution at 1:40 o’clock this afternoon. Death was die to an incurable spinal ailment with which the priest was stricken six years ago, and terminated a life of great fortitude and courage. For four years Father Byrne’s room at the hospital has been constantly visited by his fiends, who felt better for his happy smile and sunny character. Although bed-ridden, Father Byrne continued to take a very lively interest in the active world outside, and was a great reader, keeping well informed on all subjects. Father Byrne was born in Winnebago township on his father’s farm, in 1865. His great life ambition was to enter the priesthood, and after careful scholastic preparation his desire was realized when he was ordained. He held a number of charges, being at one time an assistant priest at St. Mary’s church in this city, and wherever he was located he made friends by his keen sympathy and his fun-loving nature. Six years ago while he held a charge in Chicago Father Byrne was stricken with the trouble which finally snuffed out his life, and after a couple of years he came to the hospital here, which afterwards became his home wand where he was given every possible attention. The parents of Father Byrne’s, Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Byrne, are both dead, his father passing away about three years ago. Three sisters and two brothers survive. It has been requested, as the often expressed wish of Father Byrne, that flowers be omitted at the funeral. No arrangements for the obsequies have yet been concluded. [Rockford Republic, Sep 11, 1915]
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