Winnebago County, Illinois
Pneumonia caused the death of Antonio Camarille, a Mexican laborer, at the emergency hospital at the Boy's Club bulding Friday afternooon after a brief illness. The deceased had no relatives in the vicinity
Alexander Cameron, resident of this section for over sixty years, died Sunday morning at 4 o'clock at his home in New Milford of infirmities incident to his advanced at of 68 years. Mr. Cameron was born in Scotland, August 13, 1833, and came to Rockford in 1857. For twenty-one years he conducted a blacksmith shop at 115 South First street and later engaged in farming. He was the last surviving charter member of the Rockford Burns club and cast his first presidential vote for Abraham Lincoln. In 1860 he married Miss Jane Ryburn, who passed away two years ago. He is survived by two sons, James and Alex. J. Cameron, seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Funeral services will be held this afternoon at 1 o'clock, at the home of the son, A.J. Cameron, 608 Jefferson street, William M. Shimmin officiating. Interment will be made in the West Side cemetery.[Rockford Morninng Star, February 24, 1920]
Caplan, Phyllis M. Carson
CAPLAN, Phyllis M., 82, of Richmond, Virginia, formerly of Rockford, Illinois, died on April 5, 2010. She was preceded in death by her husband, William Caplan, and one grandchild, Rebecca Lyman. She is survived by one brother, Dennis Carlson; daughters, Victoria Caplan and Roberta Lyman and her husband, Richard; son, Yitzak Dovid Caplan and his wife, Chana; eight grandchildren, LaFonda McWilliams, Shoshana Riley, Malik Riley, Rachel Lyman, Yisroel Caplan, Menachem Caplan, Miriam Caplan, and Moshe Caplan; and great-grandchildren, Cori White and Jaidyn White. Mrs. Caplan was a member of Hadassah, and she was an artist. Memorial service will be announced later. [Richmond Times-Dispatch, Apr 7, 2010; Sub. by Victoria Caplan]
Carlson, Carl F.
DEATH WAS A RELIEF--Carl F. Carlson Breathes His Last After Long Suffering--Was Afflicted With Cancer of the Face--Came to Rockford From Durand Ten Years Ago--Father of Gus Carlson--Funeral Sunday Afternoon
After a long and painful illness with cancer of the face Carl F. Carlson, aged 61 years, died yesterday afternoon at 12:30 at the residence of his son Gus Carlson, at 813 Ferguson street. For the past year Mr. Carlson had suffered untold agony with his terrible affliction and death came as a glad relief. Mr. Carlson was born in Norway in 1835. He came to this country about 15 years ago, settling in Durand, this county. Ten years ago he came to Rockford with his family and has since resided here. Six years ago his wife died. Surviving deceased are five children, three sons and two daughters--Gus, Thor., and Mrs. E.E. Green of this city; Louise Carlson, of Durand; John, of Browntown, Wis. Mr. Carlson will be better known as the father of Gus Carlson, the groom in the famous balloon marriage at the fair grounds several years ago. He was a good citizen and a man respected by all who knew him. The funeral will be held Sunday afternoon at 2:30 from the late home of the deceased, Rev. Farmiloe officiating. [Rockford Republic, October 17, 1896]
Carlson, Charles E.
FIND CARLSON BODY IN ROCK LATE MONDAY
The body of Charles Edwin Carlson who drowned early Sunday morning in Rock river of the foot of Lane st., was found at 4 o'clock yesterday afternoon by Alec Hammer, 21, of 416 Island ave, held by his set line a short distance below the spot where Carlson entered the stream for a swim. Hammer telephone the police, who notified Corner Fred C. Olson impaneled a jury for an inquest to be held later. Carlson, who was an expert swimmer is believed to have suffered a sudden cramps seizure during his early morning plunge. He swam across the river once and sank suddenly when within 75 feet from short on the return trip. Funeral services will be held at 4 p.m. tomorrow from the home of Carlson's sister, Mrs. W.T. Anderson, 408 Irving ave., and interment will be in the family lot at Greenwood cemetery. Rev. Hugh M. Bannen, of Trinity Lutheran church, will officiate. Spanish-American war veterans, with whom he was closely associated, will have charge of the funeral services and will be assisted by American Legioners. Mr. Carlson was born in Ostergotland, Sweden, Oct. 21, 1877. Besides his father, C.J. Carlson, 408 Irving ave., he is survived by four sister, Miss Minnie Carlson, of the Rockford hospital staff; Mrs. Betty Carlson, 1239 School st.; Mrs. G.A. Person, R.R.2, and Mrs. W.T. Anderson, 408 Irving ave., and two brothers, Earnest Carlson, 1132 Fourteenth ave, and John Carlson, 1289 School st. Carlson was a soldier of two wars and more. He became a member of Co. H, and during the Spanish-American war his regiment was sent to Puerto Rice. He also took part in putting down the Phillippine insurrection and saw much service in the island. Returning to Rockford, he enlisted in the navy twice, coming back from the life of the seas in 1913. When America entered the World war, Carlson could not resist the impulses to serve his country again and though forty years old enlisted in the tank corps, but could not get overseas since he was in the last call. The armistice was signed and the veteran did not get to Europe. In civil life, Carlson had worked for the Hess & Hopkins Co., for the Free Sewing Machine Co. and for the B.Z.B Knitting Co [Rockford Republic, August 5, 1924]
Cassioppi, Sylvia L.
Mrs. Sylvia (Sis) L. Cassioppi, 54, 3304 Sun Valley Terr., died at 7:20 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 22, 1974, in Rockford Memorial Hospital. Born March 1, 1926, in Hay River Township, Wheeler, Wis., daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Martin Mickelson. Lived 31 years in Rockford, coming here from Wheeler. Married to William Cassioppi; he predeceased her. Employed as a waittress by the Redwood Restaurant for many years. Member of Hay River Lutheran Church, Wheeler. Also member of the Verdi Club. Survivors include: a son, Lawrence W., Rockford; her mother, Mrs. Mabel Mickelson, Ridgeland, Wis.; three brothers, Arnold Mickelson, Ridgeland, Malcolm, Dalla, Wis., and Oscar, New Richmond, Wis,; a sister, Mrs. Myrtle Jacobson, Ridgeland; a brother-in-law, James Cassioppi, Rockford. Services Monday in Dallas, Wis., and burial in Hay River Church Cemetery, Wheeler. Local arrangements by BURPEE WOOD FUNERAL HOME, 420 N. Main St.[Rockford Morning Star, August 25, 1974]
Cesar, Richard A.
Cpl. Richard A. Cesar, 20, 403 S. 2nd. St., was killed in action near Da Nang Air Base in South Viet Nam Saturday, Oct. 30, 1965. Born Dec. 21, 1944, in Boone Iowa, son of Mr. and Mrs. John T. Cesar. Lived 6 years in Rockford, coming here from Iowa. Member of Third Presbyterian Church. Cpl. Cesar went on active duty in the U.S. Marines on June 11, 1963, and took his basic training at Camp Pendleton, San Diego, Calif. He arrived in Viet Nam in March, 1965, and was stationed at Da Nang Air Base. Survivors include: his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John T. Cesar; a brother, Edward; his paternal grandfather, John Cesar; his paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Castor, all of Rockford.Arrangements by FITZGERALD FUNERAL HOME, 3910 N. Rockton Ave. [Rockford Morning Star, November 2, 1965]
AARON CHALMERS WILL BE BURIED HERE WEDNESDAY--SERGEANT OF MARINE CORPS DIES AT HOSPITAL IN NORFOLK ON RETURN FROM MEXICO--DEATHS AND FUNERALS
The funeral of Sergeant Aaron Chalmers U.S. Marine Corps, will be held at 3 o'clock Wednesday afternoon, Rev. H.M. Bannen officiating. Burial will be in the West Side cemetery. Mr. and Mrs. James Chalmers, 414 Morgan street, his parents received a message last night that the body had been sent from Portsmouth, Va., and would reach Rockford Tuesday morning at 9:30 o'clock. The death of Sergeant Aaron Chalmers occurred at the United States Marine hospital in Norfolk, Va., Sunday. A message announcing his illness was quickly followed by one bearing the sad news of his death. The deceased leaves the parents; one brother, Harvey M. Chalmers, of Fort Wayne, Ind., and two sisters, Mrs. H.L. Whipple and Mrs. Minnie Johnson of Rockford. His father, Comrade James Chalmers, served in the civil war with the 18th New York regiment and was one of the founders of G.L. Nevius post in Rockford. Born in Pecatonica Aaron Chalmers was born in Pecatonica thirty-seven years ago but spent practically his entire life in Rockford before entering the service of Uncle Sam. He had served three enlistments in the navy and would have been mustered out today had he lived. He went to Manila with the Mosquito fleet, in company with Will Julian, and saw service in the Phillipines for a number of years during his first enlistment. He was on the Hancock which went to Mexico for service and was used as a transport on the return trip. He was taken ill on the return and transferred to the Marine hospital immediately after landing. Particulars as to the cause of death have not been learned. Sergeant Chalmers had many friends in Rockford, who will grieve sincerely to learn of his untimely death. He served his country faithfully and well, and saw service in many foreign lands where he always conducted himself as a true son of Uncle Sam. [Rockford Morning Star, June 9, 1914]
Frederick Champ, from the town of Howard, in this county, and a member of the Rockford Rifles, died in Tennessee on the 10th inst. He was buried near the crossing of the Louisville and Memphis Railroad [Rockford Republican, Mar 27, 1862]
Clark, Halsey G.
HALSEY G. CLARK TAKEN BY DEATH--OLD RESIDENT OF CITY PASSES AWAY SUDDENLY--END CAME AT MIDNIGHT--Had Lived in Rockford Since 1854. Was Coroner of County for Ten Years--Formerly in Business
Halsey G. Clark, one of Rockford's well-known residents, died at his home, 524 Rockton avenue, at midnight. The passing of Mr. Clark was unexpected. He had been failing physically for some time, but it was not until last Tuesday that his condition became serious. Last night his condition suddenly became worse and in a few minutes he breathed his last. A physician was hastily called, but his services were of no avail. In the death of Mr. Clark Rockford loses a citizen of worth. He was well known by the older residents and although he had been out of business life for nearly a score of years, he had a large circle of acquaintences. For ten years he was coroner of the county and for a long time was in the mercantile trade. Mr. Clark was born March 26, 1829 in Amsterdam, N.Y. He was married to Mary Cornell Dec. 28, 1852, and two years later they came to Rockford to make their home. For a number of years Mr. Clark was engaged in the fancy goods business, at intervals with partners, and for himself for a considerable period. His store was in East State street and he made his home on that side of the river. Later he joined the West side merchants. He had lived in retirement for the past 18 years. In 1866 he was elected coroner of the county, succeeding Isaiah Lyon and held the office until 1876. He also served a number of terms as justice of the peace. He was numbered among the earnest members of Court Street church and at the tme of his death was a trustee of the society, in which he was held in high esteem. Mr. Clark leaves a widow and two daughters. The later are Mrs. C.H. Kellery and Mrs. H.A. Brown, both of Forest City, Ia. [Rockford Morning Star, April 5, 1903]
Services for Charles Clankie, 71, a Rockford resident 45 years, will be held at 2:30 p.m. Saturday in the Julian-Poorman funeral home, 304 N. 5th st. He died at 2:15 p.m. Thursday in the Restorium, 2800 S. Main st., after a long illness. Officiating will be the Rev. Ralph Dietzman, pastor of First Free Methodist church. Burial will be in the Belvidere Cemetery, Belvidere. Friends may call from 7:30 to 8:30 o'clock tonight at the funeral home. He was born in 1885 in Belvidere, son of Mr. and Mrs. William Clankie and came to Rockford from Belvidere. He was employed by Goodman Wrecking company for 40 years. He served in the army during world war 1. Surviving are three brothers, Henry, Edward, and Fred, all of Rockford; and three sisters, Mrs. Gusta Paulson, Belvidere; Mrs. Tina Kingsley, Rockford; and Mrs. Minnie Kane, Rockford. [Rockford Register-Republic, February 15, 1957]
PIONEER SUMMONED--JOHNATHAN CLARK, OF SEWARD, PASSES AWAY--Was Ill Less Than a Week--Reached the Advanced Age of 73 Years--Settled in Rockford in 1848--Well Known and Highly Respected.
Winnebago, Aug. 20--Johnathan Clark, one of the pioneers of this section, and a man known to all, died at his home, five miles southwest of Winnebago, Wednesday, shortly after noon hour. He was sick less than a week, and his death was a great shock to the community. It was caused by kidney troubles. He was a very hardy old gentleman and up to his last illness a perfect picture of good health, looking as if he was good for 20 years yet. Jonathan Clark was a native of England, and was born in Norfolk, that country, Aug. 31, 1822. He came to this country in 1848, settling at Rockford, were he remained for three years. He purchased a quarter section of land in what is now Seward township, where he resided up to the time of his death, 44 years. His wife preceded him to the "other shore" about 20 years ago. Twelve children were born to them, only three of whom survive: Mrs. Mary Barrick of Osceola, Mo., and John and George Clark, who live at home. Mr. Clark was a man much admired for the qualities that go to make up true manhood-honesty, generosity, and uprightness of character. He was well known throughout this part of the county, and was held in high esteen by his friends and neighbors. The funeral will be held from the Holsington church Friday morning, at 9 o'clock, Dr. J.S ____
In the death of Dr. Lucius Clark Rockford loses one of its oldest and most respected citizens, and the medical fraternity one of their most trusted and skillful members. Dr. Clark was born in Amherst, Mass., June 10, 1813, and was educated in that city. He pursued his medical studies at Berkshire Medical College, New York, where he received his first diploma given by that institution. He practiced the western New York at Marion, Palmyra and Chilli for ten years. Finally he removed to Rockford in 1845, where he resided and was in active practice until his death. He was a member of the American Medial Association, and during the war was in the field a short time as president of the board of examining surgeons for the state of Illinois. He was a trustee of Rockford Female Seminary from its organization [Rockford Journal, Nov 09, 1879]
Miss Lula Clark died at the residence of her grandmother, Mrs. Roswell Clark, on the Stat road, near Pecatonica, Monday morning about 7 o’clock, aged 19 yrs., 10 months and 9 days. She was a daughter of Major Alonzo W. Clark, of the 44th Illinois Infantry. She was also a step-daughter of W.S. Rork, of Pecatonica. She died of that dread disease, consumption, which was hereditary . [Rockford Daily Gazette, 04-20-1886]
Clayton, Rena M.
Funeral services for Miss Rena M. Clayton, 69, formerly of Rockford, who died Thursday at Indianapolis, Ins., where she had an apartment in the Marott hotel, will be held this morning at 10:30 o'clock at the chapel in Greenwood cemetery here. The Rev. H.M. Bannen will officiate. The time for the funeral services was originally set for 9:30 a.m. today but was changed last night. Miss Clayton, who had been in ill health for two years, was born in Rockford Sept. 15, 1862, and was graduated from the Rockford schools. She was prominent in musical circles here. She is survived by two nephews, Roy K. Clayton, 611 Alliance avenue, and Ralph Clayton, 1603 North Winnebago street. [Rockford Morning Star, November 14, 1931]
Cleary, Mrs. Mercy
Mercy Cleary died at her home, 262 S. Independence Ave, Thursday at 3:30 p.m., following a long period of ill health. Her son, Charles Cleary, and her daughter, Mrs. Iva Walsh, both of Chicago, were with her at the time of death. Mrs. Cleary was born in 1855 in Lee county, Il. and had lived in Rockford for 35 years. Her husband died ten years ago. She is survived by four children, Mrs. Walsh and Charles Cleary and two others sons, Matthew Cleary of Takoma, Wash., and James Cleary of Kansas City, Mo.; two sisters, Mrds. Elizabeth Reynolds, 2018 W. State St., Mrs. Harriet Kenyon of Chicago; and three brothers, George and John Andrews of Rockford and Charles Andrews of Minnesota. Mrs. Cleary was a member of Anchor Lodge No. 34 of the Daughters of Rebekah. She belonged also to Royal Neighbors Camp No. 155 and to chaper No. 75 of the Mystic Workers. Funeral services will be held Sunday afternoon at the residence of Mrs. Reynolds, 2018 W. State St. Burial will be in the West Side Cemetery. [Rockford Republic, Friday evening, August 20, 1920]
Cockerill, Grace E.
Mrs. Grace E. Cockerill, 87, 515 Seminary St., died at 5:55 a.m. Monday, April 5th, 1971, in Swedish-American Hospital, after a long illness. Born June 15, 1883, in Strawberry Point, Iowa, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Baker. Lived most of her life in Rockford, coming here from Iowa. Married to Vernon Cockerill. He died in 1949. Member of Trinity Lutheran Church and of Eagles Aerie Number 392 and the Moose Club auxiliaries. Suvivors include: two granddaughters, Mrs. Linda Shores, Portland, Ore., and Mrs. Sandra Bunning, Sacramento, Calif.; two nieces, Mrs. Jeanette Fiedler and Mrs. Jean Getts, both of Rockford; five great-grandchildren; three grandnieces and one grandnephew. She was preceded in death by one son, Earl LeRoy Strauss, in 1965 Services at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 7, in JULIAN-POORMAN FUNERAL HOME, 304 N. 5th St., with Dr. O. Garfield Beckstrand II, pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church, officiating. Burial in Willwood Burial Park. Friends may call at the funeral home from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday. [Rockford Register-Republic, April 6, 1971]
Cole, William J.
DIDN'T WANT TO LIVE -- W.J. Cole Seeks Deaths in the Waters of the Rock -- TROUBLED WITH INSOMNIA
Arose Early Thanksgiving Morning and Evidently Walked Directly to the River-Remains Not Yet Found--Father of T.W. Cole and Mrs. Hawkes.
J.W. Cole, one of the oldest residents of Rockford and of Winnebago county, committed suicide at an early hour Thanksgiving morning by drowning himself in the Rock river. No one saw him commit his act of self destruction, and the only evidence that he did so was his hat, which was cast up on the bank of the stream, but circumstances convince the members of his family that the indication in not an untrue one,. Shortly after 3 o'clock Thanksgiving morning Mr. Cole arose and left the house. It was supposed that he had gone out to the well, but as he did not return soon Mr. A.S.T. Ogilby, at whose home he resided, got up to follow him. A search of the yard failed to reveal his whereabouts, and the members of the family and the neighbors were aroused. Mr. Ogilby went to the river bank and looked up and down the stream, but could find no trace of the aged gentleman. The search was continued, but it was not till 9 o'clock that the hat which indicated the suicide was discovered on the river bank south of the Thatcher Black residence. A large party was gathered and the work of dragging the river was begun at once. As only a few moments elapsed between the time of Mr. Cole's leaving the house it was presumed that he had gone to the river at the nearest point, which was just across Main street from the house. Dragging was begun at that point and continued down the river. The current is quite swift, and it is probable that the body was carried a considerable distance down the street. The work of searching was continued through yesterday and up to last evening the water had failed to give up its victim.
Cause of the Suicide
The members of the family are greatly shocked by the blow and are loath to discuss the cause of the rash deed. For several weeks Mr. Cole has been troubled with insomnia. One night a short time since he arose and climbed to the roof of the house, where he was walking around when found by a relative. The next morning he could not remember the occurrence. He considered this an evidence that his mind was failing and he became possessed of the fear that he was soon to lose his intellect and become a burden on those who cared for him. It is believed that this so preyed on his mind that he resolved to commit suicide though it may be that he was unconscious of what he was doing when he walked into the river. W.J. Cole was born in Westfield, Richmond county, New York, August 30, 1805,and resided there till 27 years of age when he went to Bridgetown, N.J., and learned the carpenter's trade. In 1839 he came to this country and settled on a farm in Winnebago township. He lived there ten years, at the end of which time he moved to this city and had made his home here continuously since. He worked at his trade till well along in years. Since retirement from active pursuits he had made his home with his granddaughter, Mrs. Ogilby. Mr. Cole was married in October, 1830, to Miss Mary Goodman, and two children were born to the couple, Mrs. Ann E. Hawkes of Salt Lake City, and ex-Ald. T.W. Cole of this city. Mr. Cole was exceedingly vigorous for a man of such advanced age and retained the clearness of his intellect to an unusual degree. His wife and members of the family are greatly prostrated by his rash act and they have the sympathy of the entire community. Mr. Cole was one of the old people whose pictures appeared in the Thanksgiving issue of the Star one year ago. [The Morning Star, Saturday, November 28, 1896]
PAY LAST RESPECTS -- FUNERAL OF W.J. COLE HELD THIS AFTERNOON
Body Recovered Saturday Afternoon By the Forty-Acre Island--Relatives of the Deceased Act as Pall Bearers.
The funeral of the Late William J. Cole was held this afternoon at 2 o’clock from the home of his granddaughter, Mrs. A.S.T. Ogilby, on South Main street, near the city limits. Rev. Thomas Kerr of the Church of the Christian Union was the officiating clergyman, and there were many sorrowing friends of the deceased present to pay the last tribute to one who had occupied a high position in the community for so many years. The pall bearers were selected from the relatives of the deceased and were T.G. Levings and George W. Levings of Rockford and Frank C. Cole, Will Cole, W.H. Peats and Alfred Peats of Chicago.
RECOVERY OF THE BODY
The sad circumstances of Mr. Coles death by drowning are already familiar to Register-Gazette readers. The body was discovered late Saturday afternoon by two young men., Thatcher Bean and Micheal McSweeney. They were members of the searching part which had been at work since Thursday morning. They decided to make another search down the river, thinking that possibly the remains had drifted downstream. About five miles from the Nelson bridge, where the drowning occurred they found the remains of Mr. Cole. The body had been whirled into an eddy by the shore of the 40-acre island where the young discovered it. They reported their discovery and the body was taken to the undertaking rooms of Burroughs & Thomas.The members of the family were much relieved over the finding of the body, as they had begun to think that it might be weeks before any trace could be found of it, as each day lessened the chances of recovery. [The Rockford Daily Register-Gazette, Monday, November 30, 1896]
DEATH COMES TO OLD AND YOUNG--Grandmother and Grandchild Die the Same Day--The Colohan's Doubly Bereaved
Mrs. Margaret Colohan, living three miles north of Winnebago, died yesterday afternoon about 9 o'clock and last evening at 7 o'clock her grandchild, the three-months-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Colohan of 212 Albert Avenue, passed away. Mrs. Colohan was 76 years of age. She was a native of Tipperary, Ireland, and had been a resident of this county for 48 years. Grip combined with old age caused death. Her husband and four children survive. The children are Michael and Mrs. Anna Haime of this city and Frank and Miss Alice who live on the old homestead. The funeral will be held tomorrow forenoon at 10 o'clock from St. Mary's Church.[Rockford Republic, January 8, 1902]
Alfred Colombo, 63, 923 Emerson Drive, died 8:20 p.m. Saturday, Feb 18, 1961, in his home after a long illness. Born Nov. 7, 1895, in Italy, son of Mr. and Mrs. Stefana Colombo. Lived 30 years in Rockford, coming here from Oglesby. Married to the former Marie Ghiringhelli in Italy Feb 19, 1922. Employed as custodian for the Rockford Board of Education for many years at the Hallstrom and Jackson Schools, retiring last November. Veteran of World War I serving with the Army in France. Member of the St. James Catholic Church and of the Verdi Society. Walter R. Craig Post 60, American Legion. Survivors include: his widow; a daughter, Mrs. Leo Bovio, Rockford; and three grandchildren. Services at 9 a.m. Tuesday in JULIAN-POORMAN FUNERAL HOME, 304 N 5th St. and at 9:3- a.m. in St. James Catholic Pro--Cathedral, 428 N. 2nd. St., with Rt. Rev. Msgr. Herman A. Mellinger, pastor, officiating. Burial in Cavalry Cemetery. Friends many call at the funeral home from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday. The rosary will be recited at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. [Rockford Republic, February 20, 1961]
DEATH OF MRS. COMINGS--Aged lady Passes Away at Nearly Fourscore--CLOSE OF AN ACTIVE LIFE--Had Lived in Rockford Long--Mother of Dr. A.F. Comings
Mrs. Sherman Comings died yesterday afternoon shortly before 6 o'clock at the age of 79 years after an invalidism of several years' duration. Her husband and one sister, Mrs. Selden Akin, were with her when the end came. She had been in feeble health for some time, the weight of years bearing heavily. During the past few months the change in her condition had been more rapid and for the last weeks she had been compelled to remain in her home and for the greater part of the time in her bed. Sunday night she had a turn for the worse and passed away last night after lapsing into unconsciousness, from which she did not emerge. Her passing was quiet and peaceful, as the life she had led. She was born in Berkshire, Franklin county, Vermont, Jan. 21, 1820, and lived there until grown to womanhood. She was married to Sherman Comings in Berkshire, Dec. 31, 1840, thus uniting two old New England families. Shortly after their marriage they started for the west, coming through New York along the Erie canal and around the great lakes, stopping at Milwaukee, where they made their home for eighteen years. From there they came by wagon to Rockford and took up their residence on a farm three miles from the city on the South river road, just below that of A.E. Cutler. They spent a quarter of a century there, and in 1890 celebrated their golden anniversary with a gathering of the family. Soon after this they moved to the city and made their home for a year with their son, Dr. A.F. Comings, in Third avenue. Later they purchased a home at Sixth street and Fifth avenue and lived there until her death. Mrs. Comings' mother lived until she was 96 years of age, being one of the early settlers of Wisconsin. She taught school in the districts of Wisconsin during her stay there. She was a thoroughly domestic woman and loved her home for the cheer and comfort she could add to the lives of those about her. Of nature hse had the greatest love and was always an active person, delighting in outdoor life and amusements. Although never a member of the church, she was long identified with the Second Congregational church before the removal of the new edifice. Especially during the pastorate of the Rev. F.P. Woodbury was she an active participant in the work of the church societies. She came of the old Puritan stock, of which the New England states was largely made up, and in her character were many evidences of the heritage of the brave and conscientious forefathers who came here to worship God according to their own consciences. Her father was a veteran of the war of 1812 and was descended directly from the pilgrim fathers. As a friend and neighbor she possessed those traits of character that endeared her to all who came into her sphere of influence, and in her home life she shed the light of true motherhood and loving care for those in her circle. She is survived by two sons, Dr. A.F. Comings, of this city, and Everett S. Comings, of Los Angeles, Cal., formerly of Rockford. He will be remembered as the engraver, and made his home south of the city opposite his father's farm. Three sisters are living, Mrs. E.P. Andrews, Mrs. Harry McMurphy and Mrs. Selden Akin, all living away from Rockford, the latter having been herefor the past few months. Of the grandchildren there are living Mrs. W.H. Utter, Mrs. Howard Waterman, of Rockford; L.K. Comings, of LaCrosse; A.V. Comings, of Rockford; Arthur and Herbert Comings, of Los Angeles. The arrangements for the funeral have not been made. [Rockford Morning Star, May 9, 1899]
SHERMAN COMING DEAD IN WEST--Old Time Winnebago County Resdient Passed Away This Morning in Seatlle--Remains Will Be Brought To Rockford--Was Father of Dr. Arthur F. Comings.
Sherman Comings, father of Dr. Arthur F. Comings, for many years a resident of Winnebago County, died yesterday morning at Seattle, according to a dispath received by H.H. Stone, of Oak Street. The remains will be brought to Rockford for burial, but the time and place of the funeral have not yet been decided. Mr. Comings was born in Franklin County, Vt., December 17, 1818. He followed the trade of millwright until 1847, and then with his wife and brother came to Wisconsin, traveling by team and boat. On landing in Milwaukee they followed an Indian trail to Linden township, sixteen miles from Milwaukee. Here they settled and made their home until 1867, when Mr. Comings and his family came to Winnbeago County, settling on a farm three miles south of Rockford on Rock River. He started a creamery and was one of the pioneers in that work. In 1891 Mr. Comings moved into Rockford, where they went to Seattle to make his home with his son. His wife was Elmina E. Stone, Sister of H.H. Stone, of this city; and she passed away ten years ago. He is survived by two sons, Dr. Arthur F. Comings, who for may years was a practicing physician of Rockford and who is at Seattle at present; Everett S. Comings, who is in the real estate business in Mexico, and four grandchildren. Mrs. Ethel Utter of St. Louis, Mrs. Lossie Waterman of Kansas City, Kenneth and A. Vernet Comings of Seattle. A. Vernet Comings was formerly on the Repbulic staff. [Rockford Morning Star, May 9, 1899]
Cook, Mrs. Isaac
A Nonogenerian Gone
Mrs. Isaac Cook, mother of Mrs. John P. Curtis and grandmother of A.B. Curtis, died at 4 o'clock this morning at the latter's home, 1401 Kishwaukee street, of old age and paralysis. She was in her 90th year and has lived in Rockford eight years. Her native state was Rhode Island. The funeral will be held from the house at 2 o'clock tomorrow, Elder Vanhorne officiating. [Rockford Daily Register Gazette, Tuesday, April 14, 1891 - Submitted by Sharon Pike]
Suffering a heart attack while on a vacation trip in Watertown, S.D., E. L. Coonrad, 62, 1010 North Winnebago street, died Sunday night [August 7] after a brief illness. Decedent was born in Rockford and resided here his entire life except for a few years passed in South Dakota. Before his retirement he was employed in the freight office of the Chicago and North Western railway here..Besides the widow, he is survived by six daughters, Mrs. Leo J. Heckman, Glendale, California; Mrs. B. H. Von Der Vellen, Rockford; Mrs. P. J. Olinger, Chicago; Mrs. Dennis Van Barriger, Rockford, and Mrs. Vincent Johnson, Rockford. Funeral arrangements will be announced later. Services will be held at St. Peter's Catholic church. [Rockford Morning Star, Tuesday, August 9, 1932; Submitted by Peggy McLaughlin]
Coonrad, Margaret McLaughlin
Mrs. Margaret Coonrad, 75, who formerly made her home with her daughter, Mrs. B. H. Von Der Vellen, 2320 North Main street, died Sunday at St. Joseph's home, Freeport, after a long illness. A native of Rockford, she was born June 19, 1867. Her husband, Ernest Coonrad, died 10 years ago. Surviving are five other daughters, Mrs. L. D. Hickman [L. J.. Heckman], Los Angeles, California; Mrs. H. A. Berthold, Aurora, Illinois; Mrs. P. J. Olinger, Chicago, Mrs. D. J. Van Beriger [Barriger] and Mrs. V. J. Johnson, both of Rockford; a brother, Frank McLaughlin, Rockford; two sisters, Mrs. Mary Kruger [Kroeger], Elkhart, Ind., and Mrs. R. A. Kimpton, Miles City, Mont., and 21 grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. Peter's church, with burial in St. Mary's cemetery. A rosary service will be held at the McAllister-Julian funeral home, 304 North 5th street, at 8 p.m. Tuesday. Friends may call at the funeral home either Monday or Tuesday evening. [Rockford Morning Star, Monday, March 29, 1943; Submitted by Peggy McLaughlin]
Sam Correnti, 85, 816 Montague St, died at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 15, 1972, in St. Anthony Hospital of injuries received when he was struck by a truck Sept. 13 at Montague Street and Clinton Ave. Born Dec. 24, 1886, in Lingua Grassa, Italy, son of Mr. and Mrs. Anrea (Gaetana) Correnti. Lived 50 years in Rockford, coming here from Argentina. Married to the former Anna Araizone in Argentina in 1914. Employed as a grinder by the Roper Corp. for 25 years, retiring in 1954. Member of St. Anthony's Catholic Church, and of St. Anthony and Sacred Heart Society and St. Ambrose Society. Survivors include: his widow, Anna; four daughters, Mrs. Joseph Maggio, Mrs. Phil Frisella, Mrs. Jack DeCori, and Mrs. John Whitney, all of Rockford; a son, Simon, Rockford; 15 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Mary Testino and Mrs. Lawrence Latino, both of Rockford, and three brothers, John, Victor, and Frank, all of Rockford. He was predeceased by a son, Alfred, in 1948, and by two brothers, Tom and Joseph. Services at 8:30 a.m., Wednesday in Gasparini & Oliveri Funeral Home, 707 Marchesano Drive and at 9 a.m. in St. Anthony's Church, with Rev. Samuel Bonikowski, pastor officiating. Burial in Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday; the rosary will be recited there at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.[Rockford Morning Star, October 17, 1972]
At Kishwaukee, Winnebago Co., Ill., March 13th., Isaiah Courtright, aged 59 years. Mr. Courtright was a native of Cayuga Co., New York, and served his country during the last war with England, in the capacity of a private soldier. During his whole life his character was ever noted for strict honesty and integrity. He emigrated to this country in 1834, and has been engaged in agricultural pursuits since that period. By his death, the community have lost warm and sympathizing friend, his wife a kind and affectionate husband, and his children a tender parent, whose precepts through life will be an advantageous course to follow and cherish.[Rockford Forum, 03-21-1849]
Robert Craig, a Former Rockford Lawyer Dead--Attorney Robert Craig Dead
Robert Craig, formerly a practicing attorney in this city, and well known throughout the county, died at his home in Shriland yesterday afternoon. His friends in this city had known that his health was in a precarious state and will not be surprised by the announcement of his demise. It was reported last evening that he passed away at 1 o'clock. Mr. Craig resided in this city for a number of years. During his young manhood he was a school teacher, leaving his vocation to take up the study of law. He studied in the office of Frost & McEvoy, and after he was admitted to the bar, formed a partnership with C.H. Woolsey in the real estate business. Mr. Craig was married to Miss Abbie Jewett, a cousin of Deputy Sheriff Fred Jewett. The widow and one child survive him. One child died a few years ago. After leaving this city Mr. Craig was employed for a timw by a creamery supply house. He had been living at Shirland for several years, his wife's parents being well-known residents of that vicinity. During his residence here Mr. Craig took an active interest in politics and formed a large acquaintenceship. It is not known here what arrangements have been made for the funeral. [Rockford Morning Star, May 9, 1899]
Crandall, Harold A.
H.A. CRANDALL DIES; FARMED IN BURRITT--Harold A. Crandall, 67, who lived most of his life in Burritt Township, died at 4:15 a.m. Friday in Rockford Memorial Hospital. He was a retired farmer. Mr. Crandall was a former member of the board of directors of the Winnebago County Farm Bureau and the Winnebago County Service Co. He served as secretary of the Mid-West Dairymen's Association, as past master of the Pamona Grange, and was a member of Burritt Grange. He also had served on the staff of the Winnebago County Sheriff Department. Survivors include his widow, Ruth; two sons, the Rev. Kenneth Crandall, pastor of the Methodist Church, Liberytyville, and John C., Rockford; one daughter, Mrs. Barbara Drogemuller, Burritt Township; his mother, Mrs. Leta Crandall, Monroe, Wis.; and two brother, Dwight A., Monroe, and Leland C., Freeport. Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Monday in the Burritt Community Church with burial in North Burritt Cemetery. [Rockford Morning Star, January 14, 1967]
At Rockford, November 14, of heart disease, Henry Crawford, 72, the father of Mrs. C. Gould of this city. [The Henry Republican, Henry, IL - November 20, 1879; Submitted by Nancy Piper]
Crawford, Mrs. Henry
At Rockford, May 10 of diabetes, wife of the late Henry Crawford, 72 and mother of Mrs. C. Gould of this city. [The Henry Republican, Henry, IL - May 12, 1881 - Submitted by Nancy Piper]
THE LATE W.A. CROWLEY--A Winnebago County Pioneer--His Life and Character
W.A. Crowley died suddenly at his home in Gava, Ida Co., Iowa, July 28, aged almost 74. He was born at Mt. Holly(?), Vt., Jan. 14, 1819; moved to Illinois when 18 years of age, lured by the great opportunities to obtain homes in the fertile valley of the beautiful Rock river. He took a claim and afterwards purchased of Uncle Sam a tract of land that made a beautiful farm and home in what became Howard township, Winnebago county, afterwards Durand township. The hardships and privations with malaria; undermined his constitution, so that he was ever after a man of feeble health. He was married, Feb. 8, 1841, to Eliza Ann Campbell, eldest daughter of Newman Campbell, one of the first settlers of Winnebago county, who survives him, as also their seven children, all of whom are happily married and well settled in life, nearly all their families being active in church and social work. After a few years on his first farm he sold it and engaged in mercantile business at Elton. When the railroad was built to Pecatonica he and Dr. Joseph Hemmenway erected a building and started the first general store in that new town. They made a financial success of the business and laid the foundations of the comfortable fortunes they left at their decease. W.A. Crowley, feeling that the confinement was telling on his health, sold his interest and moved to Fayettle county, Iowa, and bought quite a quantity of cheap land. Land advanced rapidly and he soon sold out at a profit an returned to Illinois and re-purchased his first farm and home, having other interests which he had left in Illinois. He alternated between farm and town as his interests and the education of his children demanded, being almost always interested in some branch of mercantile business, and planning to give his children good practical educations. Being desirous to help each of his children to get a good large farm, he sold out his real estate in Illinois and removed to Ida county, Iowa, and each of the children, with his help, have secured form 280 acres to 720 of fine land in Ida, Cherokee, Sac, Calhoun, Pocahontas, and Webster counties, and all have their lands well improved and most of them are in some branch of mercantile business, directed and assisted to a greater of less extent by their father up to the time of his death. He left an individual estate of about $50,000 to be divided by will equally among his heirs. He became connected soon after his arrival from the east, in Illinois, with the first M.E. church and class, organized by the patriarch and pioneer preacher, Rev. Pillsbury in the west part of Winnebago county. He was always a consistent Christian, zealous Methodist and faithful worker. He contributed with liberal hand to the erection of ten church edifices, which stand as monuments to the memory of him and other good men that had respect for the service of the Master. He was a man of Puritanical integrity, and if he made an enemy it was generally by a Spartan-like criticism of unworthy acts. [Rockford Daily Register-Gazette, Aug 11, 1892]
Cummings, Esther A.
Mrs. Esther A. Cummings, 82, 528 N. Prospect st., died at 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jam. 30, 1957, in the Syverson Rest home, 2430 S. Main st., after several months illness. Born Jan. 3, 1875 in Lansing, La., daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Bequette. Lived 8 years in Rockford, coming here from Davenport, Ia. Married to George Cummings in Davenport, Ia. in November 1897. Survivors include: a daughter, Mrs. R.L. Walquist, Rockford, a son, George Cummings, Davenport, Ia. ; and two grandchildren, 12 great-grandchilren and several nieces and nephews. Services at 11:30 p.m. Saturday in the WILBUR CHRISTENSON FUNERAL HOME, 925 3rd. av., with the Rev. Hagnar Moline, pastor of the Salem Lutheran church, officating. Burial in Scandinavian cemetery. There will be no visitation. [Rockford Morning Star, February 2, 1957]
Daniel T. Curry, 66, 206 Albert Ave. died at 6 am today at his home following a long illness. Mr. Curry was born in Ogle County June 6, 1880. The son of Malachi and Mary Curry. He had resided in Rockford since he was 6 years old. He attended St. James Catholic School and Rockford Business College. He was employed for some time at Rockford Photo Co. In 1913 he was married to Gladys Shockley who survives. Also surviving are a sister Mrs. Margaret Tabelee [Tavelle], Rockford, and several nieces and nephews. His parents, a brother William J., two sisters, Mrs. Anna Bubser and Mrs. Alice Farmer died previously. Services for Mr. Curry will be conducted at the residence at 9 am Thursday and at 9:30 at St. Patricks Church. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery. A rosary service will be held Wednesday...at the Curry home where friends may call from noon on. Arrangements were completed at the Long-Klontz funeral home 528 Park Ave. [Rockford Register Republic, Tues 19 Nov 1946] [Burial 21 Nov 1946 in St. John & St. Marry Cem, Rockford, IL; contributed by Virginia Gorton Bonne]
Death today of Malachi Curry. Succumbs to Peritonitis at St. Anthony Hospital This Morning. Malachi Curry, a resident of Rockford or its vicinity for forty-five years, died this morning at St. Anthony hospital of peritonitis after an illness of one week. He was born in Ireland seventy-five years ago. He went to Canada, where he lived for a short time before moving to Rockford. For some time he had been residing at the home of his daughter, Mrs. M. H. Farmer, who resides just off the Beloit road in Harlem township. Surviving him are five children. They are Mrs. Farmer, Miss Margaret Curry, Detroit, Mich; Dan Curry, King's Station; Will Curry, Rock Creek, Idaho, and Mrs. Edward Bubser, 917 School street, this city. Cornelius Curry, of Canada, and John Curry, of this city, are brothers. Mrs. Curry was a member of St. James church. Funeral arrangements will not be made until word is received from the son in Idaho. [Rockford Register Gazette, 5 Aug 1915; contributed by Virginia Gorton Bonne]
Death of Mrs. Mary Curry.
Mrs. Mary Curry died Tuesday evening at her home at 1101 Jackson street, of lung trouble, after a week's illness. The deceased lady removed here from Ogle county six years ago, where she resided for 22 years. Besides her husband she leaves five children, Anna, Alice, Maggie and Dan of this city and William of Seward. Mrs. Curry was a consistent member of St. James church, and the funeral will be held from there Thursday morning at 9 o'clock, Father Flanherty officiating. [Rockford Daily Register Gazette, 12 Oct 1892, p2.; contributed by Virginia Gorton Bonne]
A.B. Curtis, 78, Merchant Here 50 Years, Dies [someone crossed out 50 and wrote 20]--Founded Long Lake, Wis., Hotel; Services Will Be Held There.--
A.B. Curtis, founder of Hotel Rockford at Long Lake, Wis., and a Rockford manufacturer and merchant for many years, died Saturday night at the home of his son, Ralph D. Curtis, near the popular summer resort hotel. He was 78 years old. Among the survivors are Mrs. Howard S. Bargren and Mrs. George Kitteringham of Rockford who left for Long Lake today to attend funeral services tomorrow afternoon. Living in the 1500 block of Kishwaukee street for nearly 50  years, Mr. Curtis was well known in Rockford. He manufactured cider and vinegar at a plant near the present location of the Wilson Bottling company Mr. Curtis is credited with developing Long Lake as a summer resort. He founded the first hotel at the lake which has been a popular mecca for Rockford residents for nearly a quarter century. Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Bargren and Mrs. Kitteringham, Rockford, Mrs. Edward Summers, East San Diego, Cal.; a son, Ralph D. Curtis, Sarona, Wis.; two sisters, Mrs. D.F. Sweet, Kirkland, Ill., Mrs. Belle Smith, Rockford; a brother, J.F. Curtis, Postville, Ia.; and eight grandchildren. His wife died eight years ago. Mr. Curtis was born in Sunderland, Vt. Funeral services will be held at the home of his son at 2 o'clock tomorrow afternoon. Friends and neighbors extend their deepest sympathy to the R. D. Curtis family in their recent bereavement, the passing of Mr. Curtis's father, A. B. Curtis. Funeral services were conducted at the Madge Evergreen Church last Wednesday afternoon. Mrs. George Kitteringham, Mrs. Howard Bargren of Rockford, Ill., and Mrs. W. Clark of St. Paul were here to attend the rites.[Washburn County Register (Shell Lake, Wisconsin), June 8, 1935, p.4 - Submitted by Sharon Pike]
Died, John Curtis, father of landlord A. B. Curtis of Hotel Rockford, died Saturday 13th inst. at Hotel Rockford at the age of eighty-four. The remains were taken to Rockford, Ill. for burial. [Washburn County Register (Shell Lake, Wisconsin), June 18, 1910 - Submitted by Sharon Pike]
Curtis, John P.
John P. Curtis Yields To Death--Former Rockford Business Man Passes Away. -- Burial in Rockford -- Funeral Party to Reach Here Tonight or Tomorrow - Father of A.B. and Dexter Curtis - Was 84 Years of Age.
John P. Curtis, a former Rockford business man, passed out of this life at the home of his son, A.B. Curtis, Long Lake, Wis., yesterday morning. Death was due to diseases incident to advancing years, for Mr. Curtis was 84 years of age and his health for several months had been declining as the sands of life ran low. The final summons came Saturday morning. Deceased was born in Wilmington, Vt., Sept. 26, 1826, and in his native city was united in marriage to Miss Julia A. Cook, who passed away in Rockford thirteen years ago. Mr. and Mrs. Curtis and family came to Rockford in 1882, purchasing the Allington homestead in Kishwaukee street for a home. Mr. Curtis engaged in business in North Madison street and conducted it successfully for fifteen years, after which he retired to enjoy the remaining years of life free from the cares of business. Six years ago he went to Long Lake, where his son, A.B. Curtis, conducts a hotel, and there he since made his home. Three sons and two daughters survive. They are Asaph B. Curtis, Long Lake, Wis.; Dexter S. Curtis, Rockford; John F. Curtis, North Dakota; Mrs. W.A. Smith and Mrs. D.F. Sweet, Rockford. One great-grandchild and nine grandchildren also survive. Misses Belle and Frances M. Curtis are grandchildren. Mr. Curtis will be remembered by many Rockford people as an honest man and good citizen. The remains will be brought to Rockford for burial and on the arrival of the funeral party depends the funeral arrangements. The body is expected tonight or in the morning and will be taken to the home of his son, Dexter Curtis, 313 Market street where services will be held.--Obituary clipping, newspaper unknown, [probably Rockford, Illinois paper. He died June 11, 1910. Submitted by Sharon Pike]
End of Life's Journey. Mrs. J.P. Curtis Passes Away.
Mrs. John P. Curtis died yesterday afternoon at 2:45 o'clock at her home, 1507 Kishwaukee Street. Her passing was not unexpected. Last April she submitted to an operation for cancer. It was performed at the City hospital and was thought to be a completely successful. Seven weeks ago another operation was determined upon, but examination showed the hopelessness of a second resort to the knife. It was known then that her end was near. Mrs. Curtis had quite a large circle of acquaintances in this city. She was a member of Rockford Chapter No. 53, Order of Eastern Star, in which circles especially, she had many warm friends. She was born in Washington County, New York, in 1834. Her maiden name was Julia A. Cooke. The family removed to this city seventeen years ago, one of the sons having located here the year before. Mrs. Curtis is survived by her husband and five children. The latter are A.B., J.F., and Dexter Curtis, and Mrs. D.F. Sweet, and Mrs. W.A. Smith, all of this city. Funeral services will be held at the home in Kishwaukee Street Sunday afternoon at 3 o'clock, the Rev. W.W. Painter officiating. Mrs. Curtis was a member of Centennial M.E. Church. She possessed splendid character and was highly esteemed by those who came to know her. [Rockford Morning Star, Saturday, Oct. 14, 1899, p 2 c4 - Submitted by Sharon Pike]
Curtis, Lillian Clark
Operation is Fatal Sunday to Mrs. Curtis--Pioneer Resident to Be Buried Tuesday
Mrs. Lillian Clark Curtis, wife of A.B. Curtis and a pioneer resident of Rockford, died Sunday afternoon at 3 o'clock at St. Anthony's hospital where she underwent an operation on Saturday. Lillian R. Clark Curtis was born in Chicago on July 18, 1859. She and A.B. Curtis were united in marriage in Chicago on December 22, 1883. After living in Chicago for a short time they came to Rockford and established a home at 1511 Kishwaukee street where they resided for 25 years and until 1904 when they went to Long Lake, Wis. to conduct the Rockford hotel. Mrs. Curtis will be remembered by hundreds of old-time Rockford citizens for her pleasing character, kindly hospitality and endearing nature while she lived in this city. Also, many other Rockford people will remember her in more recent years for her many acts of kindness in her Long Lake home.
Operation is Fatal--Her health failing for weeks, Mrs. Curtis accompanied by her husband came to Rockford two weeks ago to the home of her daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Howard Bargren, 634 North First Street, for a consultation of physicians. She failed to survive an operation Saturday afternoon. Surviving her are her husband, A.B. Curtis, and three daughters, Mrs. Howard Bargren, 634 North First street; Mrs. Ed. Summers, San Diego, Cal., who is now on her way to Rockford, and Miss Hazel Curtis, nurse at the National Lock company, and one son, Ralph D. Curtis, Long Lake, Wis. She also leaves six grandchildren and two brothers, W.E. Clark, St. Paul, Minn., and Louis Clark, St. Louis, Mo., and one sister, Mrs. John L. Parish, Holyoke, Mass.Funeral Services Tuesday.Mrs. Curtis was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star and of the Royal Neighbors of America. Funeral services will be held Tuesday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock at Marsh's parlors on South First street. The Rev. J.W. Johnson will officiate. The body will be shipped to her home at Long Lake for burial there on Wednesday. [Newspaper clipping, newspaper and date unknown. (probaby the Rockford, Ill. paper, March 1927 - Submitted by Sharon Pike]
Madge News: This community was inexpressibly saddened by the death of Mrs. A. B. Curtis which occurred at Rockford, Ill., last Sunday afternoon,where she had been taken two weeks ago for medical aid. Her husband, son Ralph, and daughters, Mrs. Howard Bargren and Miss Hazel, also a brother, Mr. Wm. Clark of St. Paul, Minn., were with her when she passed away, another daughter Mrs. Summers of San Diego, Calif., did not arrive until Tuesday a.m. Funeral services were held at Rockford, Tuesday p.m., after which the body was brought home for burial which took place Wednesday p.m. at 2 o'clock in Evergreen cemetery. Rev. Acker of Spooner conducted short services at the grave, followed with services by order of the O.E.S. [Order of Eastern Star] of Shell Lake of which Mrs. Curtis had been a member for several years. The bereaved family had the heartfelt sympathy of the entire community. Mrs. Curtis organized the Madge Ladies' Aid 18 years ago this month and had been its President during all that time. She was always an untiring and faithful worker, a true friend in time of need. Words cannot tell how much we shall miss her.
Passes Away--In another column of this issue will be found an item, in Madge correspondence, on the death of Mrs. A. B. Curtis which occurred at Rockford, Ill. last Sunday afternoon, March 6th.
The passing of Mrs. Curtis was unexpected. Her son Ralph was in this office on Saturday of last week before leaving that same evening for Rockford. At that time he informed us that they expected to operate on his mother the following Tuesday but that her situation was not considered critical. A. B. and Mrs. Curtis had been in Rockford for some time, during which several ex-rays were taken of Mrs. Curtis without determining her trouble. The Curtis family are practically old residents here as well as Madge or Long Lake, having for the past score of years or more made Shell Lake their headquarters. We wish to join their many friends in extending sincere condolence and sympathy to the immediate family and other relatives. [ Washburn County Register (Shell Lake, Wisconsin), March 12, 1927 - Submitted by Sharon Pike]
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