Winnebago County, Illinois
DEATH FOLLOWS OPERATION FOR AUGUST DAHLEN--Furniture Worker Here 20 Years Summoned At Rockford Hospital
Losing strength steadily following an operation performed three days ago, L. August Dahlen, 51, 401 South Highland avenue, died at 5:30 a.m. today at Rockford hospital. He ahd been a patient there since Monday. Born in Westergotland, Sweden, Dec. 25, 1881, Mr. Dahlen came to Rockford in 1902 to make his home. He had been employed by the Rockford Mantel and Furniture company for twenty years. Mr. Dahlen's marriage to Miss Ida Rosene was solemnized in Rockford. Besides the widow, he is survived by three daughters and a son, Karl. The daughters are Villa Dahlen, a public school teacher; Veva Dahlen, employed in the board of education offices, and Katherine Dahlen, also of Rockford. Sisters surviving include Mrs. Charles Segurd and Mrs. Robert Bolander, both of Rockford; Mrs. William Bowman, Glendale, Calif., and Miss Ida Dahlen of St. Paul. He also leaves another sister, Mrs. Carl Carlsson, residing in Sweden. Mr. Dahlen was a member of the Zion Lutheran church. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the residence and at 2:30 p.m. at the Zion church. The Rev. E.G. Knock will officiate. Burial will be in the Scandinavian cemetery. [Rockford Register-Republic, September 24, 1932]
Dal Santo, Giovanni
Giovanni Dal Santo, 65, 331 Tay street, died at his home at 2 o'clock yesterday mornign following a lenghty illness. Dal Santo came here from Italy in 1905, and returned to Italy in 1914 to find himself drafted for the duration of the first world war. He came back to Rockford in 1929 and had lived here since that time. He was a member of the Venetian club and the Italian Veterans of Foreign wars. In addition to his widow,he is survived by three sons, Frank, Paul and Italo, all of Rockford. A rosary service will be conducted at his home at 7:30 o'clock tonight. Funeral services will be held Wednesday at the home at 9 a.m. and at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic church at 9:30 a.m. Burial will be in the Catholic cemetery [Rockford Morning Star, September 3, 1940]
Darrington, Pearl Banks
Pearl Banks Darrington, 88, 1429 6th Ave., died at 10:30 a.m. Monday, April 5, 1971 in the home of a daughter, Mrs. Roberta Carlstrom, after a long illness. Born Dec. 3, 1882 in Rockford, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin F. Banks. Lived all her life in Rockford. Married Robert J. Darrington in Rockford Nov. 25, 1905. He died in 1949. Employed as a secretary to Judge Reckhow for many years. Attended Jehovah's Witness Kingdom Hall. Survivors include: one daughter, Mrs. Roberta Carlstrom, two sons, Frank B. and Robert R. Derrington; one sister, Mrs.W.F. Mills; four grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews, all of Rockford. Services at 1 p.m.Thursday in Wilbur Christenson Funeral Home, 925 3rd Ave., with Rev.Cloud E. Curley, assistant presiding minister of the East Unit congregation of Jehovah;s Witnesses, officiating. Burial in North Burritt Cemetery. Arrangements by WILBUR CHRISTENSONFUNERAL HOME, 925 3rd Ave. Friends may call at the funeral home from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday. [Rockford Register-Republic, April 6, 1971]
David, Thomas Jr.
Thomas David Jr. 35, 1219 Harold Ave., died at 8:40 p.m. Monday Aug. 14, 1967 in St. Anthony Hospital after a short illness. Born May 22, 1932 in Cillerville, Tenn., son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Davis Sr. Lived 17 years in Rockford, coming here from Tennessee. Married to the former Dorothy Rene Tell in Mississippi, Sept. 4, 1949. Employed as a welder's helper by Ingersoll Milling Machine Co. for 7 mos. Member of Israel of God Church. Survivors include: widow; six daughters, Denise, Rebecca, Cynthia Ann, Elizabeth, Patricia Catherine and Janie; four sons, Thomas, John Anthony, Maurice, Lewis and James; all are at home; two sisters, Mrs. Zular Hearns, Rockford, and Mrs. Millie Hughes, Tennessee; one brother, James Davis, in the U.S. Army. Services at 1 p.m. Saturday in the Israel of God Church, with the Rev. O.R. Hillman, pastor, officiating. Burial in Cedar Bluff Cemetery. Arrangements by C.A. MOORE FUNERAL HOME, 1626 Clifton Ave. Friends may call at the funeral home from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Friday. [Rockford Register Republic, August 17, 1967]
MRS. DAWSON FALLS DEAD ON STREET--North Rockford Woman Stricken While on Her Way to Make a Friendly Call--Lived Along in the North End Mrs. Beatrice Dawson of North Rockford, fell dead to the ground last night at 8 o'clock on Oakley Street, while on her way to make a friendly call. Miss Foltz of North Court Street was with her at the time and hurried to the home of Atty. R.F. Locke near whose place the accident happened, but did not have a sufficient command of English to make herself understood. She accosted Charled Whitaker, who was coming past and the latter with the held of James McCreath, who was hastily called, took the body to her home on Latham Street. Death had seemingly taken place, when she was lifted from the walk on which she had fallen face downward. The coroner was summoned from her home, and Mrs. McCreath called for Dr. Walker. The body was them removed to the Gustin undertaking rooms. Mrs. Dawson was the widow of David Dawson, who died ten years ago, and who was for many years a gardener for R.H. Tinker. She was 67 years old and recently lived alone in the North End. She had been suffering of heart trouble and she though she would pass suddenly some day. No inquest will be held, as the case is so plain. Mrs. Dawson is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Fred Manny of Benton Harber, Mich. and David A. Dawson near Brooklyn, who recently visited his mother. Funeral arrangements will not be made until the children can be heard from. Mrs. Dawson was one of the charter members of the newly organized Presbyterian Church in the North End. She was also a member of the Eastern Star. [Rockford Republic, December 8, 1910]
MRS. LYDIA DAYTON, FORMER ROCKFORD LADY DIES IN NEW YORK--Word has been received by J.S. Houghton of the death of his sister, Mrs. Lydia Dayton, widow of the late Dr. S.N. Dayton, at Corinth, N.Y., who passed away Sunday. The husband died about two months ago and the strain incident to caring for him during his illness told heavily upon the wife who survived him but a few weeks. The family formerly resided in this city coming to Rockford in '57 and living here up to fifteen years ago. Mrs. Dayton was a woman of staunch christian character and had many friends who will learn of her demise with sorrow. [Rockford Republic, April 18, 1900]
Mrs. Marie Delahanty, 72, 1104 Ferguson St., died 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, 1963, in Swedish-American Hospital after a brief illness. Born April 25, 1891, in Amsterdam, Holland, daughter of Gerard and Merie Verstyne. Lived 53 years in Rockford. Married to the former George Delahanty in Rockford June 27, 1917. Her husband died in 1938. Member of St. Anthony Catholic Church, and of Third Order of St. Francis, St. Anthony Altar and Rosary Scoiety, Royal Neighbors, and Women of the Rockford Moose. Survivors include: three daughters, Mrs. Marie Bodice, Chicago, Mrs. Margaret Cason, Rockford, and Mrs. Loretta Tex, El Centro, Calif.; two sons, Lawrence and Edward, both of Rockford; three sisters, Mrs. Bertha Honegraaf, Little Chute, Wis., and Sister M. Lambertine and Sister M. Sartla, both belonging to the Sisters of Loretta Order; three brothers, Lambert Verstyne, Chicago, Cornelius Verstyne, Muskegon, Mich., and George Verstyne, Rockford; and 19 grandchildren. Services Tuesday, Nov. 12, at 9:15 a.m. in DELEHANTY FUNERAL HOME, 401 River Lane, Loves Park, and at 10 a.m.. Tuesday, in St. Anthony Church. Burial in St. Mary's Cemetery. [Rockford Morning Star, Tuesday, Nov. 12, 1963]
Dempsey, Thomas Leo
NAVY VETERAN, AGED 41, DIES
Thomas Leo Dempsey, 41, nephew of Mrs. M.M. Wetherell, 2112 Eastgate parkway, died Wednesday afternoon in Milwaukee Veterans hospital where he had been a patient for the last two weeks. Born in January, 1908, in Minooka, Grundy county, Mr. Dempsey left that area in 1923 when he enlisted in the navy. He had made his home in Milwaukee since he returned to civilian life after serving in the navy 13 years. Surviving are a son, Thomas Leo, Jr., California; his mother, Mrs. Julia Dempsey, Minooka; his aunt, Mrs. Wetherell; and two cousins, Miss Miriam Wetherell, 2112 Eastgate parkway, and Mrs. Clifford Bietau, 1148 Arthur avenue. Services will be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in the Western funeral home in Joliet and at 10 a.m. in St. Mary's church in Minooka. Burial will be in St. Mary's cemetery in Minooka, where military rites will be conducted. [Rockford Morning Star, Friday, Aug. 5, 1949]
HOMER DENTON PASSES AWAY--Well Known Old Citizen Called From Earth--CAME HERE IN EARLY DAY--Important Figure in Early Life of the City--Had Been Robust Until Overcome by the Heat--Funeral Wednesday
Homer Denton, one of the oldest settlers of this county, passed away last night as the sun set, at the age of 89 years. He had been ill since July 4, the heat of that day having overcome him and the succeeding days, with their burden of heated air, giving him no opportunity to rally. The end came last night at the home of his granddaughter, Mrs. Minnie Bartholomew, at 1901 South Main street. Mr. Denton was of old New York lineage and was born at Middlefield, Otsego county, New York, Dec. 19, 1812. His family had lived there for several generations and were identified with the soil. He lived to manhood at the old homestead and remembered when there were no railroads nor canals to aid communication and when Albany was the great center for the country as a market for trading the products of the farm for the supplies needed. In 1834 he was married to Miss May VanValkenburg, also a native of Middlefield. The next year they came west by way of canal and lake, settling at La Porte, Ind. He there took up 80 acres and improved and tilled the land for two years. In 1837 he started with his family by ox team for Rockford, then a small hamlet. He took up land where the town of Durand is now located and by industry and hard work made money. The heavy immigration through this locality made a ready market for grain and the surplus was hauled to Chicago to market. After some time Mr. Denton came to Rockford and puchased 100 acres of land on the bank of the river below the settled portion of South Rockford. Nearly all of this he platted in town lots and sold. A portion of the land he held at the time of his death. In 1971 he erected a commodious home at the corner of North Main and Peach streets, where he lived for a score of years. The building is now known as the Chick cottage. His wife died in 1883, after a useful and highly respected life. A few years after her death Mr. Denton sold his home and went to live with his granddaughters. One son, DeLos H. Denton, was born to Mr. and Mrs. Denton and survives his father. Five grandchildren, children of DeLos Denton, survive, and there are four great-grandchildren. Mr. Denton was a man of perfect uprightness of character and bearing. His word was as good as his bond and no man was more respected. In his active years he was an important figure in the life of the city and did much for the advancement and growth of Rockford. He was remarkable well informed on all the historical events taking place during his residence in Rockford and with his fine memory and descriptive powers it was a pleasure to hear him tell of the earlier days. He preseved his bodily powers to a remarkable degree and was active and robust until the last, in spite of the burden of years that lay heavily on his shoulders. In May he went to Chicago to visit his granddaughter, Mrs. May Swits, and returned shortly before July 4. He was taken ill at that time and slowly sank to death. Of a large family of brothers only one remains, Joel Denton of Westville, N.Y., who has been paralyzed for the past 15 months. The gandchildren are Mrs. Minnie Bartholomew, Mrs. Harvey Gardner, Mrs. Israel Mutimer, Mrs. Frank Green and William Denton. The funeral will be held Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock from the home of Mrs. Bartholomew. Mr. Denton was a member of the Odd Fellows and that order will have charge of the services. [Rockford Morning Star, July 23, 1901]
OLD RESIDENT IS SUMMONED--SAMUEL DERWENT DIES IN OLD HOMESTEAD IN DURAND THIS MORNING--AT ONE TIME SUPERVISOR--Represented Township on the County Board-Leaves Many Relatives in This City
Samuel Derwent, one of the oldest relatives of Winnebago county, passed away this morning at the old family homestead, six miles south of Durand. Mr. Derwent was 86 years of age. He had been a resident of Winnebago for about 60 years, locating in this section in the '40s. He at one time represented his township on the board of supervisors and was quite prominent in politics. He was a successful farmer and 20 years ago retired from active life. He had been making his home with John Derwent for some time. His wife passed away two years ago. To mourn his death he leaves two daughters, Mrs. Thomas Barningham and Mrs. Charles Barningham, living in Durand. He was an uncle of T.J. Luther and Addie Derwent, Mrs. F.M. Needham and Mrs. Henry Whittlesey of Rockford. Mr. Derwent was one of the best known residents of the northern part of the county. He had won a large circle of friends during his long period of residence in this vicinity and his passing will be widely mourned. [Daily Register Gazette, 11-01-1906]
MARY DESANDO DIES, AGED 71--Rockford Resident For 27 Years
Mrs. Mary DeSando, 71, a resident of Rockford 27 years, died at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Ralph Tangorra, 1530 South West street, at 8:45 o'clock last night after an illness of 15 days. She was born Dec. 16, 1874, in Italy, and came to the United States and Rockford in 1919. Another daughter, Mrs. Anthony Tangorra of Rockford, also survives. Her husband, Vito Antonio DeSando, died in 1928. Also surviving are 17 grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and two brothers and four sisters living in Italy, a son and a daughter died previously Arrangements are being completed at the Gasparini-Oliven funeral home, 824 Sanford street. [Rockford Morning Star, August 21, 1946]
Detloff Funeral yesterday--Funeral services for Fred Detloff, who died at Roscoe last Monday, were held yesterday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the home. Rev. P. Pilcher officiated. Interment was in the Roscoe Cemetery. Mr. Detloff was a native of Germany and came to Beloit in 1881. He then made his home in Minnesota for ten years and returned to Roscoe ten years ago, where he has lived since. [Rockford Republic, December 8, 1910]
Services for Susie Dever, 88, River Bluff nursing home resident who died Friday in St. Anthony hospital, will be held at 9 a.m. Tuesday in Long-Klontz funeral home, 215 Hall st., and at 9:30 a.m. in St. James Catholic church. Burial will be in St. Mary's cemetery. Mrs. Dever was a sister of the late Dan Dever, who operated a meat market here for many years. She was born in Rockford Aug. 15, 1870 and lived here all her life. She was a member of St. James parish. [Rockford Register-Republic, September 13, 1958]
Dewey, Charles L.
Charles Dewey Rites Tuesday--Co-Owner of Nurseries On East State Rd.
Funeral services for Charles L. Dewey, 34, 602 Oakley ave., who died unexpectedly about 10 a.m. Saturday, will be held at 9 a.m. Tuesday at 626 W. Jefferson st., and at 9:30 a.m. in St. Patrick's church. Burial will be in Calvary cemetery. Rosary will be recited at 8 o'clock tonight at 626 W. Jefferson st., where friends may call from 2 until 4 p.m. and from 7 until 9 o'clock. Mr. Dewey, part-owner of the Alpine nurseries on E. State rd., was stricken suddenly in his home. He was rushed to St. Anthony hospital in an ambulance, but was pronounced dead on arrival there. An autopsy performed Saturday afternoon disclosed that death was caused by a cerebral hemorrhage, according to Coroner David L. Klontz. A lifelong resident of Rockford, he was born here Sept. 19, 1917, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Leslie Dewey. He married the former Ardith Engebretson Feb. 3, 1940 in Rockford. During world war 2, he served as an officer in the merchant marines. He was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic parish, the Holy Name society and the Knights of Columbus. Surviving in addition to his widow are one son, Russell; his parents, who reside at 1613 Blaisdell st.; and two sisters, Mrs. Barrett Smith and Mrs. John Amling, both of Rockford. [Rockford Register-Republic, June 9, 1952]
Dider, John P.
ROCKFORD SOLDIER, 21,KILLED IN VIET
Pfc. John P. Didier, 21, eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. John P. Didier, 1622 Camp Ave., was killed in action in Vietnam on March 26. The patrol Didier was with was ambushed about 1 1/2 miles from the Cambodian border. Didier was with the 1st Air Cavalry Infantry Division. He was inducted into the Army in July, 1969, and began his tour of duy in Vietnam on Jan. 26. A 1967 graduate of West High School, Didier attended Rock Valley College for two years and worked at the Chrysler plant, Belvidere, last summer. Survivors, besides his parents, are paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. George Didier Sr., Rockford; maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. E.P. Ganon, Rockford; six brothers, Tom, Donald, James, Steve, David and Charles, all at home; and two sisters, Patti, at home, and JoAnne, who attends the University of Illinois. Arrangements are incomplete. [Rockford Register-Republic, March 30, 1970]
Dixon, John P.
Pecatonica, Ill., July 8: John P. Dixon, who died Tuesday, was one of the oldest residents of Pecatonica. He was a son of Wm. and Honore Dixon and was born in Ohio Jan. 28, 1830. His parents moved early in his life to Joliet and afterwards to Rock Island county, Illinois, where his parents died. At the age of 21 years he moved to Rockford, which at that early date was only a small village. Three years later he moved to Pecatonica (1854) where he resided until his death, which occurred after six long months of suffering. Mr. Dixon came to Pecatonica when the place where the town now stands was mostly a corn field and has seen most of the buildings erected here. He was engaged in the livery business and owned the famous "Old Ark coach" of post-renown. He was a man of public spirit and by his generous contribution, both financially and labor, helped make Pecatonica what it is to-day, a thriving business town. He leaves surviving him three sisters and an adopted daughter. All were present at the funeral, which took place at the M.E. church Thursday afternoon. Rev. Virden officiating: interment being in the cemetery west of town. --Rockford Daily Register Gazette, July 12, 1904
Dobbs, Keith A.
Keith A. Dobbs, 20, 714 Homestead Lane, died at 11:50 a.m. Monday, March 2, 1987, in Saint Anthony Medical Center of injuries received in a fall. Born June 9, 1966, in Rockford, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Dobbs. Lived most of his life in Rockford. Married the former Sheri Alberts in Rockford, April 5, 1984. Employed as a roofer by Alpine Roofing Co. Survivors include his wife, Sheri; a son, Chad, at home; his father, Harold Dobbs, in Arizona; his mother, Mrs. John (Layene) Heck, Rockford; a sister, Mrs. Bonnie Fowler, Mainz, West Germany; a brother, Gene Peterson, Rockford; grandparents, Leon Dobbs, Beloit, Wis., Mrs. Thelma Corpora, Blue River, Wis., and Mrs. Eleanor Larson, Rockford; several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. Services at 1 p.m., Friday, March 6, in ULREY FUNERAL HOME--CHAPEL OF THE CHIMES, 7000 W. State St., with the Rev. Jeff Lindgren, pastor of Faith Lutheran Church, officiating. Burial in Willwood Burial Park. Friends may cal at the funeral home from 7 to 8 p.m., Thursday, 3-4 [Rockford Register Star, 03-06-1987]
NATIVE OF COUNTY DIED YESTERDAYMRS. LUCINA DOBSON PASSED AWAY AFTER LONG ILLNESS--MEMBER OF OLD FAMILY - Born in Harrison Township Sixy-five Years Ago--Had Been Unconscious for Two Days--Funeral on Sunday--
Mrs. Lucina Dobson, a life long resident of Winnebago county and for the past eight years making her home in Rockford passed away yesterday afternoon at 3:50 o'clock after an illness of sixteen weeks of aenemia. Death occurred at her home at 1720 Short Second street where she has made her home. For the past two days she had been unconscious. Mrs. Dobson was a native of Harrison township and was 65 years of age last May. Her parents were numbered among the first settlers of Harrison township. Mrs. Dobson is survived by her husband, Joseph Dobson, whom she married in 1861. She also leaves the following five children: Mrs. Henry Homan of DeKalb, Mrs. Edward Jones of Elrod, S.D., Fred, Jasper and Bert of Rockford. One child, Harvey, passed away in infancy. There are 27 grandchildren and two great grandchildren. James and Silas Scott of Shirland and Mrs. Rebecca Sharp of this city are brothers and sister. Mrs. Nancy Cunningham of Wisconsin is another sister. The following stanza is contributed by a friend: A precious one from us has gone, A voice we loved has stilled, A place is vacant in our home, That can never be filled, God in his has called the one, To us the one He had given, Although her body moulders here, Her soul in safe in Heaven. The funeral will be held Sunday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock from the home. Rev. H.M. Bannen will officiate. [Rockford Morning Star, July 22, 1910]
Donahue, D. Patrick
D. Patrick Donahue, 68, of Rockford , formerly of Freeport , died Tuesday afternoon, January 21, 1997 at his home after a lengthy illness. Son of Henry and Loretta (Carroll) Donahue, he was born July 12, 1928 in Stockton . He and Mary Cramer were married April 30, 1949 in Freeport . He and his wife moved to Rockford from Freeport 44 years ago. He was employed by John Hancock Insurance and Financial Services Company 40 years in various capacities including sales, marketing, public relations, recruiting, training and management. He opened and managed the first general agency in Rockford for the John Hancock Company, and received numerous professional recognitions and outstanding sales awards while employed by the company. In 1981, he opened and managed the first Midwest regional office for the John Hancock Small Group Pension Division in the western suburbs of Chicago. He was a member of numerous professional organizations and was a past president of the Life Underwriters Association. In the 43 years he was an active parishioner of St. James Catholic Church he served on numerous church committees, was a lay lector, was a past president of the St. James PTA, and the parish council, and was active in parish counseling, Pre-Cana and Catholic Family Missions. He also participated in numerous Boylan Central Catholic High School activities, and served as president of the Boylan Home and School Association at one time. In addition to his success in the insurance industry, and his deep religious convictions, he was a devoted family man. Surviving family members include his wife; three daughters, Susan Donahue of Greenbrae, California; Debra Parsons of Chicago, and Mary Christine Donahue of Rockford; three sons, Patrick (Laura) and Michael Donahue of Hinsdale, and Thomas Donahue of San Rafael, California; six grandchildren; five brothers, Henry, Robert (Barbara), and Paul (Nancy), all of Freeport, Richard Donahue of Streator, and Brian (Marty) Donahue of Bartlett; two sisters, Jeanette (Richard) Sullivan and Lorna (John) Marsh, both of Freeport; and numerous nieces and nephews. One brother, Jim Donahue, preceded him in death. Funeral Mass will be 10 a.m. Saturday at St. James Catholic Church with the Revs. David E. Beauvais, William M. McKinstra and Norbert M. Richter officiating, Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery [Unknown newspaper, c. January 1997; Submitted by Alice Horner]
Donner, Claude O.
Services for Claude O. Donner, 78, Chicago, former Rockford resident, who died at 12:30 a.m. Thursday in Cook County hospital Chicago, will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday in the Julian Poorman funeral home, 304 N. 5th st. Dr. O. Garfield Beckstrand, pastor of Trinity Lutheran church, will officiate. Buria will be in Greenwood cemetery. Friends may call in the funeral home fr 7 to 9 o'clock tonight.Mr. Donner was born Nov. 24, 1875, in Rockford. He had lived in Chicago the last 50 years. He married Justina Gillardon in Rockford. He had been a painter and decorating contractor for 60 years. Survivors include two sisters, Mrs. Nettie Hada and Mrs. Jane Conley, both of Rockford. [Rockford Morning Star, Sep 24, 1954]
MILES DORAN IS CALLED BY DEATH--PIONEER FARMER ANSWERS LAST SUMMONS--LIVED HERE FIFTY YEARS--Golden Wedding Celebrated Two Years Ago--Had Made Wilderness to Blossom--Owned Fine Large Farm
Miles Doran, one of the pioneer settlers in this part of the state, and one of the best known men in Winnebago county, died in his home near New Milford yesterday morning. Mr. Doran has been ailing for the past few onths, and was recently at St. Anthony hospital, where he was treated for gangrene. He was removed to his home last week, and since then, suffered a stroke similiar to paralysis, and this caused his death. Mile Doran was born in Ireland in 1826, and came to America before he reached his majority. In 1856 he came to the west, locating in Winnebago county, in the town of Kishwaukee, on a farm which was his home for several years. In 1861 he purchased a farm two miles south of New Milford which had been his home ever since, and he had transformed the plot of what was then wild prairie land into one of the best farms in northern Illinois, and he and his wife had watched the development of the country from a wilderness into one of the garden spots of the west. At the time of Mr. Doran's coming to this county there were only two small shanties besides his own within reasonable distance and there were few which could be reached in a day's travel./ Rockford was the market place and here there were only a few small houses and stores and Mr. Doran was among one of the frequenters at the market places, and in this way dates his acquaintance back to the earliest comers to the city. Mr. Doran was always one of the hardest of workers and soon he had his farm in such shape that he could handle and larger amount and more acres were added to the farm and at the the time of his death Mr. Doran was possessed of one of the largest farms in northern Illinois, and it is one of the best. During all the time he had resided here Mr. Doran had not confined himself to work, but had taken time to enjoy friendly visits with is neighbors and also to those who have lived distant from him, and in this manner he had created for himself a circle of friends that will mourn his passing. Mr. Doran was one of the most sociable of men, and enjoyed having his friends call on him, and his farm being located on the banks of the Kishwaukee river made it a splendid place for hunting and fishing. Many of the Rockford nimrods have made the Doran home their headquarters while enjoying a short outing in that neighborhood. No one could make them more welcome than he. Mr. Doran was married to Miss Annie Kinney, Ont. 3, 1852, their marriage taking place at Ithica, New York. Four years after their marriage they came to Illinois and this has been their home ever since and in all these years Mrs. Doran has been the able assistant to her husband in managing affairs. In every way the couple have been as one, and those who have enjoyed the hospitality of the home have found her as affable as her husband, and no couple can point to a larger circle of people who hold in them in higher esteem. Mr. Doran was prominently identified with the growth of the country and though he had retired from active labors he kept up his interest in affairs. Three sons are left to mourn wiht their mother the death of the father, and they will be the recipients of condolence from every source. The sons are Thomas, Andrew and William Doran, all residing near the home of their parents. Two years ago Mr. and Mrs. Doran celebrated their golden wedding anniversary and though Mrs. Doran's illness prevented the celebration of the event as had been hoped, many friends presented themselves at the home that day and wished them many happy returns, and little did they think at that time that the life of Mr. Doran was so soon to be closed. Funeral services will be held tomorrow at 10 o'clock from St. Jame's church. [Rockford Morning Star, 09-22-1904]
MARCIA DORR DIED TODAY--Passed Away This Afternoon--Shock to Many Friends Who Did Not Know of Her Illness--Long a Rockford Resident
Miss Marcia Dorr passed away at 2:30 o'clock this afternoon at the home of Mr. and Mrs. R.H. Tinker, the "Swiss Cottage" on South Main Street near the Illinois Central depot. Death came after an illness of three weeks and was a sad shock to her many friends, few of whom knew of her serious condition. Miss Dorr took a severe cold just before Christmas and later liver trouble developed. Yesterday a Chicago specialist was here to attend her, but medical skill availed nothing and the end came today. Miss Dorr was born in Rockford about 45 years ago and had lived here all her life. Her mother died when she was but an infant and her father died later. Almost from childhood she had been in the Tinker family. Mrs. Tinker was her aunt. Miss Dorr was prominent in church and charitable work and was a woman esteemed and loved by all who knew her. She is survived by a sister, Mrs. Jessie Dorr Heard, who lives at the Tinker home and a brother, Seth Dorr, also of this city. No funeral arrangements are announced as yet. [Rockford Republic, January 5, 1904]
Seth Dorr, 80, who had lived in this vicinity practically his entire life, died at North Rockford hospital at 10 pm. Saturday. He had been confined to the institution for the past year and one-half. Born in Husick, N.Y., Mr. Dorr came to Rockford with his parents when ten years old. He was employed by the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul railroad, being pensioned recently. He is survived by two sons, Willard and Robert Dorr, both of Rockford, a daughter, Mrs. Mary Hemphill, Biloxi, Miss., and one brother, Fred Dorr, and a sister, Mrs. Robert Tinker, both of Rockford. His wife died in 1925. Mr. Dorr was a member of the railroad union. Funeral services will be held at 2:30 pm. Wednesday at Greenwood cemetery chapel, Rev. H.M. Bannen officiating. [Rockford Republic, May 12, 1930]
Dorsey, Paul S.
PAUL DORSEY IS REPORTED HAVING DIED IN SIBERIA--ROCKFORD BOY VICTIM OF PNEUMONIA AND SMALLPOX IN FOREIGN LAND--Official announcement was received Friday afternoon to Mrs. Kate Dorsey of 528 Furman street that her son, Paul S. Dorsey had died of pneumonia and smallpox on April 4 at Spaskol, Siberia, where he was stationed as a member of the American Expeditionary Forces. This news was a great shock to his relatives and friends here, who were expecting to hear soon of his arrival in the United States. Paul Sylvester Dorsey was born May 16, 1891, at Owensboro, Ky., the son of John W. and Katie Dorsey. In early childhood he removed to Ballard county, Kentucky, where he resided until he came to Rockford in 1916. He was inducted in the service in May, 1918, being assigned to duty at Camp Frmont, Cal. He left for Siberia in August, 1918. Before entering the service he was in the employ of the National Lock company. During his short residence here he made many friends by his pleasing manners and personal characteristics. He was a devoted christian, being a member of the State Street Baptist church, where he did much active work in its various organizations. He was also a member of the Modern Woodmen of America, Camp 51. Surviving him are, besides the mother, the following brothers and sisters: W. Jesse Dorsey at home; Eddie of Kentucky; John, in the army of occupation in Germany; Katie, Lucy, Golden Dorsey at home, Mrs. Daisy Walters of Rockford and Mrs. Clara Kilgore of Poplar Bluff, Mo. His father predeceased him seven years ago. [Rockford Morning Star, April 13, 1919]
Dougherty, John P.
WOUNDS FATAL TO 'K' SOLDIER--CORP. JOHN P. DOUGHERTY OF ROCKFORD MAKES SUPREME SACRIFICE IN FRANCE--WORD COMES TO PARENTS--Martin Lolling, Rockford Soldier in 4th Pioneer Infantry, Dies of Pneumonia--Mr. and Mrs. W.T. Dougherty of 1319 Crosby street received official notification from the war department late last evening of the death of their son John P. Dougherty of wounds received in action on Oct. 12. He enlisted in Co. K, 129 infantry on June 4, 1917, and had several months training at Camp Logan, Houston, Texas, sailing for France in May of this year. While in the southern camp he attained the rank of Corporal and after landing in France had spent considerable time at Battalion Headquarters and had charge of several runners. He was known as "Jack" by his many friends who will deeply regret to learn the sad news. John worked with his father, W.T. Dougherty in the contracting business and had also been employed by the Rockford Gas & Coke Co. He was born in Rockford July 3, 1892. Besides the parents he leaves one sister, Mrs. Grace Dewey and a brother Earl G. Dougherty, all of this city. [Rockford Daily Register Gazette, November 26, 1918]
Doughty, Mrs. William
MRS. WILLIAM DOUGHTY DIED THIS MORNING--Resident of Rockford for Sixty Years Passed Away at Home of Her Daughter Early This Morning--Is Descendant of Sir Robert Hempstead--Funeral Monday--In the passing of Mrs. William Doughty, 318 Montague street, who died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. F.N. Olson, 1301 South Main street at 7:50 o’clock this morning, Rockford loses one of its early settlers. Mrs. Doughty made her home here for the past sixty years. Death was due to dropsy, from which Mrs. Doughty had suffered since March 17 last, and since that time has been, staying with her daughter. Mrs. William Doughty, whose maiden name was Miss Harriet Nelson Hill, was born in Boston, Mass., Dec. 26, 1849. She was the daughter of Edward Norris Hill, and she married William Doughty in Rockford Aug. 20, 1868. She was a descendant of many persons who were prominent during the colonial and Revolutionary days, among them being Sir Robert Hempstead, one of the founders of New London, Conn. She was also related to William Copp, first proprietor of Copp’s Hill in Boston, a noted tavern; Capt. Daniel Wetherell, Col. George Dennison, Lady Ann Barodel, daughter of Sir John Barodel, and Elden William Brewster. Surviving her besides the husband, William Doughty, are two daughters and five granddaughters. The daughters are Mrs. F.N. Olson, 1301 South Main street, and Mrs. Garney Anderson, 1323 South Main street. The granddaughters are Mrs. Garrett Wigell, Miss Louise Anderson, Miss Florence Anderson and the Misses Marion and Florence Mason. The funeral service will take place at the home of Mrs. Olson at 4 o’clock Monday afternoon, Rev. W.B. Clemmer will officiate and interment will be in the west side cemetery [Rockford Republic, Sep 11, 1915]
Dunker, Jeanne (Nelson) Groff Eaton
Born July 27, 1922, Died July 20 2010.
ROCKFORD: Jeanne was born in Rockford to Edna and Oscar Nelson. She graduated from Rockford High School and received a bachelor's degree in education and a master's degree in English from Northern Illinois University. She taught at Roosevelt Junior High, where she was chairperson of the English Department, and West High School, where she coached debate teams. She worked at the Social Security office in Rockford for several years. Jeanne served as a deacon at State Street Baptist Church in Rockford and was active in the American Business Women's Association, which named her Woman of the Year. She and her husband were active in Normal Literary Society. Jeanne was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Bill; sister, Elizabeth Bonne; son, Karl Dunker. She is survived by daughters, Kathy Dunker and Jennifer (Dale) Thorstens; son, Joe (Janet) Dunker; daughter-in-law, Vicki Dunker; stepsons, Jim (Barbara) Eaton, Greg Eaton and Steve Groff; stepdaughter, Maria Andela; sisters-in-law, Shirley Kleinschmidt and Ruth (Gene) Olive; 13 grandchildren; great-grandson; and many cousins, nieces and nephews. Memorial services at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 24, at Fitzgerald Funeral Home & Crematory, Mulford Chapter, 1860 S. Mulford Road, Rockford, IL, 61108, with visitation from 10 a.m. to time of service. Burial in Willwood Burial Park. [unknown newspaper, c. July 2010; sub. by Virginia Gorton Bonne]
Dunker, Karl Robert
Karl Dunker, 50, of Rockford died Tuesday, September 21, 1999, in Swedish American Hospital of injuries suffered in an accident on Tuesday, September 7, 1999. Born April 15, 1949, in Belvidere to Jeanne and Robert Dunker. Married Vicki John on October 1, 1983. He was an operations manager at Rock River Disposal Co. and previously had managed the Rockford compost site for Laidlaw Waste Systems, Inc. Graduated from Rockford East High School in 1967. Attended Western Illinois University at Macomb and Rock Valley College. Served in the U.S. Navy from 1968 to 1972. Survivors include wife, Vicki, sons Ben and Max, daughter Chloe, mother Jeanne (Bill) Eaton of Normal, brother Joe (Janet), sisters Kathy of Wilmington, CA, Jennifer (Dale) Thorstens, Christie (Gary) Herde of Sussex, WI, parents-in-law Alice and Henry John, sisters-in-law Cheri (Brad) Raudonis and Debbie (Steve) Frank of Green Bay, WI, brother-in-law Mike (Shirley) John, and numerous nieces, nephens, aunts, uncles and cousins. Predeceased by father. The family wishes to express its deep appreciation to Larry Lyons, Chuck and Nate Howard, and Julie Vernetti for their support. Memorial services will be at 3:00 p.m. Friday, September 24, 1999, at Fitzgerald & Associates Funeral Home, Mulford Chapel, 1860 South Mulford Road, with the Rev. Sandra Hoke, Pastor, Court Street United Methodist Church, officiating. Visitation will be from 1:30 p.m. until the time of the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the family for an educational fund to be established for the Dunker children. [from Jennifer Thorstens] Police seek answers in garbage truck crash. The driver and his passenger still are listed in critical condition. Rockford--Police know how a Rock River Disposal garbage truck damaged the Bypass U.S. 20 bridge over 11th Street, but they can't understand why the accident occurred. Daniel D. Mullen, 36, the driver, and Karl R. Dunker, 50, his passenger, still were listed in critical condition Wednesday at Swedish American Hospital after Tuesday morning's accident. Rockford Police...said the overhead forklift--left in the up position--and open cargo doors on top of the truck rammed into the bridge as the truck rambled north on 11th Street in a 45 mph zone. The impact separated the boxed cargo unit from the cab and chassis and peeled the top off the garbage truck....[Rockford Register Star, Thurs. Sep 9, 1999; contributed by Virginia Gorton Bonne]
Dunker, Robert E.
Robert E. Dunker, 53, of Elkhorn, Wisc, died Saturday (6 Sep 1978) in the Lakeland Hospital in Elkhorn, following a brief illness. Mr. Dunker was the Manager of Trout Valley Resort. He was born on Nov. 9, 1924, in Waukegan, Ill., the son of Herman and Pearl Vasey Dunker. On Jan. 12, 1956, he married Norma Greiner in Richmond, Ind. Surviving are his widow, Norma; two sons, Karl and Jospeh, both of Rockford; three daughters, Jennifer Thorstens of Rockford; Kathy Dunker of Minot, N.D., and Christie at home; three sisters, Mrs. LaVerne Kleinschmidt of Elgin, Mrs. Clifford Courtney; Mrs. Gene Olive of Poplar Grove; and two grandchildren. Funeral services will be Tuesday at the Derksen Funeral Home in Elkhorn, where Masonic services will be held at 7:30 p.m. Visitation will be from 5-9 p.m. Tuesday at the Funeral Home. Cremation will follow in the Wisconsin Memorial Park in Brookfield, Wis.; [Unknown newspaper, c. Sep 1978; contributed by Virginia Gorton Bonne]
DEATH OF JAMES DWYER--Resident of Rockford For Many Years Passes Away To-Day--WAS A NATIVE OF IRELAND--Parents Came to Chicago in 1836 Where the Deceased Was Educated
James Dwyer, an old and well known resident of Rockford, died this morning at 10 o'clock at his home, 415 South Church street, at the age of 75 years. Mr. Dwyer was born in Ireland on Feb. 23, 1826, coming to this country with his parents when only six months old. They settled in New York, where they remained for several years. They came to Chicago in 1826, but after remaining there a year the family moved to Shields, Lake county, Ill. In the year 1848-49 he attended St. Mary's College of the Lake, being in the same class with Gen. James A. Mulligan and the late Bishop McMullen. In 1852 he made an overland trip to California, returning to his home in Shields in 1854. He then engaged in farming until 1882, when he came to Rockford, where he lived a retired life for eight years, after which time he became a trusted employe of the Chicago & Northwestern road, where he remained until his sudden illness two months ago. Since that time he has been a patient sufferer until his death, which was caused by a complication of diseases. He leaves a wife, one son and six daughters, Mrs. H.L. Panish of Benton Harbor, Mich., Mrs. Margaret Fay, Misses Susan, Josie, Marion and Agnes and William Dwyer, and one brother and sister in Stevensville, Mich., all of whom were at his bedside when he died. Arrangements for the funeral have not been completed but hit will probably be held Sunday afternoon from St. Mary's church. [Rockford Daily Register Gazette, January 11, 1901]
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