Winnebago County, Illinois
Eastman, George L.
GEORGE L. EASTMAN, 58, DIES IN NORTH DAKOTA; NATIVE OF NEW MILFORD
George L. Eastman, 58 years old, a native of New Milford and formerly engaged as a grocery salesman in Rockford, died Friday at his home in Buchanan, N.D., where he had resided during the last 20 years. Funeral services and burial will take place Monday at Buchanan. Besides the widow and two daughters, Lucille and Lettie, Mr. Eastman leaves the following sisters and brothers: Mrs. Blanche Eastman, Rockford; Mrs. Charlotte Crill, Monbridge, S.D., Bert Eastman, Loveland, Colo.; Lon Eastman, Davenport, Ia.; Mrs. J.L. Kinson, Minneapolis, Minn.; Henry W. Eastman, Jr., Culver, Ind., and Ernest Eastman, Thernopolis, Wyo. When Mr. Eastman located at Buchanan, he opened a hardware and implement business which he conducted successfully until his death. He was active in civic affairs and worked diligently for the betterment of Buchanan. Mr. Eastman's father, Henry W. Eastman, died in 1913. His mother died six years ago. [Rockford Daily Register Gazette, February 22, 1930]
Eastman, H.W., Sr.
H.W. EASTMAN FUNERAL--Resident of Winnebago County 68 Years Died Friday
Funeral services for H.W. Eastman, Sr., who had been a resident of Winnebgo county for sixty-eight years and whose parents were pioneers of New Milford, will be held tomorrow afternoon at 2 o'clock at the residence in New Milford. The Rev. Mr. Collin will officiate, assisted by Rev. Mr. Haines. Interment will be made in the New Milford cemetery. Mr. Eastman had been ill for six months, death taking place Friday evening at 6:05 o'clock at the home in the village of New Milford. For many years he had been engaged in farming, retiring about twelve years ago. Decent was born in Castile, N.Y., August 27, 1838. November 12, 1866, he was married to Eliza Wilson. The widow and eight children survive. The children are Mrs. J.L. Kinson, Berline, N.D.; G.L. Eastman, Buchanan, N.D; L.W. Eastman, Ipswich, S.D.; Mrs. B.H. Crill, Huron, S.D.; Bert of Rockford; E.V. Eastman, of Harvard, Ill.; H.W. Eastman Jr., and Blanche, of New Milford. --Rockford Morning Star, May 25, 1913 Eastman, James --RITES SUNDAY FOR JAMES EASTMAN--New Milford Farmer Dies At Hospital--Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the New Milford church for James Eastman, 80, New Milford farmer who died at 8 a.m. yesterday at St. Anthony hospital following a short illness. Burial will be in the New Milford cemetery. Mr. Eastman was born in New Milford March 27, 1857, and lived in the vicinity all his life. Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Vivian Smith of Rockford, and two sisters, Mrs. Louisa Brundage of New Milford, and Mrs. Lydia McMichael of Rockford. [Rockford Morning Star, March 11, 1938]
Eaton, Guy E.
Shirland - Guy Edward Eaton, 96, of Shirland, died at 11:05 a.m. Thursday, May 6, 1993 at home after a sudden illness. Born July 23, 1896 in Mason City, Iowa, son of Truman and Fanny (Smith) Eaton, he moved to Shirland in 1920 from Windham, Minnesota. He married Sussana Todd in August 14, 1921; she predeceased him in 1958. He married Laura (Gilmore) Goldy in 1960. He was employed as a blacksmith in Shirland from 1929 to 1947; he then worked for J. I. Case from 1947 to 1962. He was a veteran of World War I, training at Camp Grant. He was a member of VFW, Rockford. He attended Mason, Iowa schools. Survivors include his wife; one daughter, Marjorie (Clare) Clover, Rockton; one son, Donald (Jean) Eaton of Rockford; four grandchildren, Jean (Ken) Hausvick, Nancy (Joe) Eaton, and Diane (Richard) Feuillerat, Rockton, and Dale E. (Patricia) Eaton, Ridott; 4 great-grandchildren; 6 step-children. He was predeceased by his parents and five sisters. Services at 10 a.m. Monday, May 10 in Shirland United Methodist Church with the Rev. Lowell Allan officiating. Burial in Shirland Cemetery. [Submitted by Alice Horner]
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the McAlister-Julian funeral home, 304 North 5th street, for Mrs. Helen Eby, 43, who died early yesterday at her home, 1610 Grant avenue, after an illness of several weeks. The Rev. John Gordon, pastor of Second Congregational church, will officiate, and burial will be in Willwood Burial park. Mrs. Eby, wife of George F. Eby, was born July 2, 1895, in Detroit, Mich., the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Harvey. She was a member of the MacMurray College Alumni association of Rockford and the Ingersoll Golf club. Surviving besides her husband are her mother and three sisters, the Misses Elizabeth, Eleanor and Carolyn Harvey, and a twin brother, Howard Harvey, all of Detroit; and a brother, William of Cleveland, O. [Rockford Morning Star, June 13, 1939]
CHARLES EDDY LOSES FATHER--Elliot Eddy, Old Winnebago Settler, Died at Home of Son--Death Due to Bright's Disease--Elliot Eddy, one fot he old settlers of Winnebago County, died at 7:45 o'clock this morning at the home of his son, Charles Eddy, 319 Hinkley Avenue, at the age of 74. Death was due to Bright's disease, which developed after a stroke of apploplexy two years ago. Three weeks ago his condition became serious, and he was forced to his bed. Funeral services will be held Sunday at 12:30 o'clock at the house. A special car will them be taken to Pecatonica, where services will be held at the Methodist Church. Rev. F.F. Farmiloe will officiate. Interment will be in the Twelve Mile Grove Cemetery. Mr. Eddy was born Sept. 28, 1836, in Thurston, Streuben County, New York. At the age of 14 he moved with his parents to Rockford and settled on what is still known as the Eddy farm southeast of town. Their first home was the log house which is still standing at Five Points on the road to Cherry Valley. In 1861 he went back east where he married Miss Elizabeth Wygant. Had he lived until the 2nd of next month Mr. and Mrs. Eddy would have celebrated their golden wedding anniversary. After coming back to Illinois, Mr. and Mrs. Eddy settled on a farm near Seward, where they lived until 1891. Then they moved to Pecatonica, where they made their home until the summer of 1909. Since then they have been living with their son, Charles Eddy, of Thompson & Eddy meat market. He is survived by his wife, his son Charles, and a daughter, Mrs. E.W. Cleveland of New Milford, and a brother, George, at Seward. [Rockford Republic, December 16, 1910]
In Cherry Valley on the evening of Nov. 24th, Josiah Eddy in the 51th years of his age. His birth-place was Western New York, but for the past twenty-seven years he has been a resident of this place. He was held in high esteem by all his acquaintences. Against his Christian character none could say aught; hence, thought death came suddenly, he was found ready. Just before reaching the other shore, he gave each of his loved family his parting kiss and final farewell. While in the agony of death, he repeated to his little daughter the lines: "Jesus can make a dying bed. Feel soft as downy pillows are," &c. A large audience attended his funeral services at the M.E. Church, on Sunday, at 10 1/2 o'clock, and after listening to remarks on the reasonableness of a continued conscious existence after death, from Job 10-14, followed his remains to their last resting place until the resurrection morn. [Rockford Weekly Gazette, November 30, 1871]
HIS BODY IS FOUND IN THE RIVER
A PECATONICA MERCHANT COMMITS SUICIDE
Israel Edelstein Drowns Himself in the Pecatonica River--His Remains are Recovered and an Inquest Held--Financial Embarrassment Caused Him Much Worry--Verdict of the Jury
Israel Edelstein, a merchant of Pecatonica, quitted this world Thursday evening my jumping into the river at that place. Suspicions that he had made away himself were first aroused by the finding of his hat and pocket book yesterday morning near the bank of the river by two boys. The lads informed the authorities and upon investigation it was learned that Edelstein had been missing since the previous evening. His brother, Jacob Edelstein, of Belvidere, was notified and upon his arrival at Pecatonica the river was dragged. Fate in the afternoon the body was found and Coroner Aagesen was notified. The official held an inquest at the village last evening.
Edelstein conducted a notion business at Pecatonica, locating there about two months ago. He was in partnership with a man by the name of Hemmelhoch, who is a resident of Belvidere. He made few acquaintances by apparently had a good trade. He was called a queer fellow by the townspeople, but no one believed him to be off mentally . Edelstein roomed at the home of Mrs. James Erwin. Thursday evening he went to his room about 9 o’clock and retired. The members of the household heard him go out a little later, and he then probably went straight to the river and committed the deed.
The coroner’s jury comprised Nate Colby, foreman, John D. Jackson, J.W. Segar, H.R. Smith, G.F. Segurd, and Austin O’Maley. Abe Mitchell testified to finding the body of Edelstein in the river. Jacob Edelstein, the brother of the deceased, said the latter was 25 years of age and was born in Russia. He had resided in Illinois about five years. He did not think his brother’s mind was affected. He knew he had lost money but could not entertain the belief that his death was that of a suicide. Isaac Himmelhoch, Edelstein’s former partner, was next called to testify. He said the partnership had been dissolved at Edelstein’s suggestion. The latter appeared to be despondent. And apparently was in a financial difficulty. He had not heard from him in ten days. Mrs. James Ervin testified as to the suicide leaving his room Thursday night. The jury returned a verdict finding that the drowning himself in the Pecatonica river while temporarily insane about 10 o’clock on the evening of May 11. Edelstein’s brother took charge of the remains. [Rockford Morning Star, May 13, 1893]
Eickman, Anaka (Neeke) Bonne
DEATH SUMMONS MRS. A. EICKMAN AT SEWARD HOME.
Seward. June 17.--Mrs. Anaka [Neeke] Bonne Eickman, wife of Augustus Eickman and resident here for more than 50 years, died at her local home Saturday night following a long illness. She was 72 years of age. She was married to Mr. Eickman, August 31, 1876 and has resided here since that time. Besides the husband, she is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Lena [Rena] Falconer, at home, Mrs. Minnie Falconer, Winnebago, and Mrs. Nellie Wells, Stillman Valley, four sons, Fred [Frank] Eickman, Winnebago, William Eickman, Stillman Valley, Harry and Charles Eickman, Seward, ten grandchildren, two sisters and two  brothers. [Sisters: Grace Smith and Rena Morton. Brothers: Albert, Richard and John Henry Bonne.] Funeral services are to be held at the home Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock. The Rev. O.R. Thome will officiate. The four sons and two sons-in-law will act as pallbearers. [Register-Gazette, Mon. 27 Jun 1927. Her Dutch nickname was Neeke and was further Americanized to Nellie; submitted by Virginia Gorton Bonne]
August Eickman, 84, died at his home in Seward on Tuesday evening at 11 o'clock following a long illness. Mr. Eickman was born in Germany December 18, 1851. He had resided in this community for 80 years. His wife preceded him in death 8 years ago. He is survived by seven children, Mrs. Rena Falconer, at home; Mrs. Minnie Falconer, Winnebago; Frank Eickman, Pecatonica; William Eickman, Byron; Harry and Charles Eickman, of Seward, and Mrs. Nellie Wells of Pearl City. There are also 11 grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at the late residence this Friday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock. The Rev. Charles Stroup, pastor of the Congregational Church, will officiate, and burial will be in the Twelve Mile Grove Cemetery. [Pecatonica Illinois News, Fri. 13 Dec 1935; submitted by Virginia Gorton Bonne]
1893 - 1967
Charles Eickman, a retired farmer and lifelong resident of the Seward area, died today in his home. He attended Seward school. He was born January 4, 1893, son of Mr. and Mrs. August Eickman. He married Emma Remer, January 24, 1917. Survivors: a daughter, Mrs. Raymond (Marjorie) Johnson of rural Pecatonica; 3 grandsons and one great grandson; a sister, Mrs. Rena Falconer of Davis Junction. Preceded in death by his wife; three brothers and three sisters. Funeral from Seward Congregational Church. He was a member. Burial Twelve Mile Grove Cemetery. [excerpt Freeport Jl Std, Mon. May 8, 1967; submitted by Virginia Gorton Bonne]
Eickman, Edith (McNaughton)
Death of a Young Mother.--Prof. A.E. Truaz and daughter, Marion, of Shannon spent a few hours here on Monday. They were on their way to Centerville, near Rockford, to attend the funeral there on Tuesday afternoon of Mrs. Truax' sister, Mrs. William Eichmeier, who passed away at her home last Saturday afternoon following the birth of a son the day previous. She is survived by her husband and two sons, one eight years old and the other an infant; also her mother, Mrs. Charlotte McNaughton, and two brothers, Robert McNaughton of Polo and Thomas of Stillman Valley and one sister, Mrs. A.E. Truax of Shannon. [Pecatonica News, Fri. 14 May 1920, p1; submitted by Virginia Gorton Bonne]
Eickman, Emma (Remer)
Mrs. Charles Eickman (Emma Remer), Seward, died Saturday. Born June 7, 1891, in Winnebago - daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wm Remer - married Charles Eickman in Rockford, January 24, 1917. Survivors: her husband; one daughter, Mrs. Raymond (Marjorie) Johnson of Seward; one sister, Mrs. Mabel Galusha of Winnebago; two brothers, Louis of Winnebago, and Albert of Rockford; two grandchildren. Services at Seward Congregational Church. Burial Twelve Mile Grove Cemetery. [Freeport Jl Std, 6 Jan 1958; submitted by Virginia Gorton Bonne]
1886 - 1966
Frank Eickman, 79, 617 High St., Pecatonica, died at 11:50 a.m.--Sunday, Jan 2, 1966, in St. Anthony Hospital, Rockford, after a long illness. He was born Aug. 3, 1886, in Seward Township, son of Mr. and Mrs. August Eichman. They lived 30 years in Pecatonica, coming here from rural Winnebago. He married the former Iva Two in rural Winnebago, Oct. 7, 1909. He was employed as custodian of Seward Forest Preserve by Winnebago County. Attended Seward and public schools. Survivors include: his widow, Mrs. Eva Eickman, Pecatonica; a daughter, Mrs. James Ryan, Rockford; a brother, Charles Seward; a sister, Mrs. Rena Falconer, Davis Junction. He is predeceased by two brothers and three sisters. Services at...Tuesday, Jan 4, in Knapp Funeral Home, 203 W. 5th St., Pecatonica, with the Rev. Howard Broods, pastor of Congregational Church, officiating. Burial in Pecatonica Cemetery. [Excerpted 1966 family clipping; submitted by Virginia Gorton Bonne]
1890 - 1963
Harry Eickman, 1655 S. Chicago Ave., Freeport. Born 11 Dec 1890, Seward, son of August and Nanka [Neeke] Eickman - married Ruth D. Eickman, 12 March 1913. Farmed at Seward 35 years - moved to Freeport 1 February 1947. Member of the 2nd Presbyterian Church and Masonic Lodge. Survivors include: his wife; a granddaughter; two brothers, Frank of Pecatonica, and Charles of Seward; and a sister, Mrs. Rena Falconer of Davis Junction. His parents, two daughters, four sisters and a brother preceded him in death. Burial in Twelve Mile Grove Cemetery, Seward, Illinois. [excerpt Freeport Jl Std, 7 Jun 1963; submitted by Virginia Gorton Bonne]
Eickman, Iva (Two)--1889 - 1967
Mrs. Frank (Iva) Eickman, 77, 617 High St., Pecatonica, died at 6 a.m. Tuesday, March 28, 1967, in American Nursing Home, Rockford, after a lengthy illness. Born June 21, 1889, in Winnebago Township, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Two. Lived 30 years in Pecatonica, coming here from rural Winnebago. Married to Frank Eickman in Winnebago, Oct 7, 1909. He died in 1966. Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. James Ryan, Rockford; and a brother, Howard Two, Winnebago. Services...Thursday March 30, in Knapp Funeral Home, Pecatonica, with the Rev. Howard Brooks, pastor of Pecatonica Congregational Church, officiating. Burial in Pecatonica Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home...Wednesday. [Excerpt 1967 family clipping; submitted by Virginia Gorton Bonne]
Eickman, Ruth Dena (Eickman)
Ruth D. (Mrs. Harry) Eickman, formerly of 1655 S. Chicago Avenue, Freeport died Wednesday at the Stephenson Nursing Home. Seward resident - moved to Freeport in 1947. Member of 2nd Presbyterian Church, Eastern Star and White Shrine of Jerusalem. Born July 2, 1891 in Republic County, Kansas, daughter of Fred and Ida Eickman [Eickmann]. She married Harry Eickman on March 12, 1913 in Council Bluffs, Iowa. He died June 7, 1963. Survivors include one sister, Lily Priefert of Wakeeney, Kansas; one granddaughter and four great grandchildren. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by one sister and 3 brothers. Burial in Twelve Mile Grove Cemetery, Pecatonica. [excerpt Freeport Jl Std, Thurs. 6 Oct 1983; submitted by Virginia Gorton Bonne]
Ekstedt, Fritz Alfred
Fritz Alfred Ekstedt, the well known contractor, died at St. Anthony's hospital last evening at the age of 42 after an illness of nine days from influenza and pneumonia. He was a native of Sweden. At the age of five he went to South America with his parents, where they were interested in a coffee plantation in Brazil. When he was 27 he came to North America, finally settling in Rockford, which has been his home 14 years. Soon after settling here he sent to Brazil for the other members of the family. During this time he has been associated with William Liebich in the construction business, building up a high reputation for the honor of their work. Mr. Ekstedt is survived by his wife, two daughters, Alice aged 8 and Loriane, aged 3; his mother; one brother, Martin, and one sister, Emma Ekstedt. The residence is at 837 Woodlawn Avenue. The funeral will be held Sunday afternoon at 3 o'clock at the Burpee undertaking parlors: Rev. H.M. Bannen officiating. Burial will be in the annex to the Catholic cemetery, being held Monday.
Giles Elliott of Pecatonica, who was so badly burned a few days ago by a lamp exploding, died this morning at 8:15 o’clock. Ever since the night of the accident he has suffered severely. He leaves a wife and children. His life was insured for $3,000 in the Modern Woodmen of America to which order he belonged. The particulars of the burning were in Saturday’s issue. [Rockford Daily Gazette, Feb 14, 1887]
Engbarth, Joseph M.
Joseph M. Engbarth, 54, 1609 Telemark Drive, was dead on arrival at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 6, 1973, at St. Anthony Hospital after a sudden illness. Born Feb. 24, 1918, in Flint Mich., son of Mr. and Mrs. George and Moe Engbarth. Lived 30 years in Rockford, coming here from Detroit, Mich. Married to the former Frances Giovingo in Rockford, April 12, 1942. Employed as a saleman by Valley Liquor Co. for 10 years. Formerly owned the Flying Saucer Motel and restaurant. Veteran of Worl War II, serving in Japan. Member of St. Rita's Church, and of Eagle, Baltic Lodge, St. Mary's Society, VFW Post 342, Svea Soner and Harmony Club. Survivors include his widow, Frances; a son, David, St. Mary's Seminary, Baltimore, Md.; two daughters, Karen Dittmar, and Linda Holtfreter, both of Rockford; three grandchildren; two brothers, Patrick, Oak Park, Mich., and Robert Murrin, Washington, D.C.; two sisters, Eileen Adeir, Southfield Mich., and Holly Houf, Highland Park Mich., and several nieces and nephews. Arrangements by GASPARINI-OLIVERI FUNERAL HOME, 707 Marchesano Drive.--[Rockford Morning Star, January 1, 1973]
Services for Alfred Ericson, 69, 1227 5th avenue, a retired furniture store salesman, who died yesterday in St. Anthony hospital, where he had been a patient three days, will be held at 1:30 p.m. Monday in the Fred C. Olson mortuary, 1001 2nd avenue. The Rev. Gilbert Swenson, pastor of First Mission Covenant church, will officiate and burial will be in Scandinavian cemetery. Friends may call at the mortuary from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday.Mr. Ericson, a resident of Rockford 50 was unmarried. His death followed a 10-day illness. He was born Dec. 16, 1876, in Falkoping, Sweden. Before retiring a number of years ago, he was a salesman at the Henry N. Lindberg furniture store, 218 South Main street.Surviving are a brother, August Ericson, Rockford, three nephews, Harvey R. Erickson, Rockford, Arnold W. Carlson, Evanston, and Dwight Carlson, Corpus Christi, Tex., and a niece, Mrs. Florence Marston, Rockford. [Rockford Morning Star, May 18, 1946]
Mrs. Naomi A. Ericsson, 73, 520 Oak Knolls Ave. North, died at 9:42 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 28, 1977, in Swedish American Hospital after a short illness. Born June 11, 1904, in Homestead, Wis., daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles (Annie) Hultgren. Lived 49 years in Rockford, coming here from St. Paul, Minn. Married to E. Harold Ericsson in St. Paul, June 15, 1927. Member of Temple Baptist Church. Former chairman and chaplain of Daniel Post No. 64, American Legion Auxiliary. Survivors include her husband, E. Harold, two sons, Dr. Kermit C., Cambridge, Minn., and Lowell H., Seattle, Wash.; six grandchildren, and two sisters, Mrs. Ruth Gustafson, Minneapolis, and Mrs. Lydia Bergendorf, Homestead, Wis. Services at 2 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 30, in Temple Baptist Church, with Rev. Gordon E. Hamstad, pastor, officiating. Burial in Arlington Memorial Park. Arrangements by SUNBERG FUNERAL HOME, 215 N. 6th St. Friends may call at the church from noon until time of service Tuesday.[Rockford Morning Star, August 30, 1977]
Funeral services for Gust Erickson, 75, formerly of 1418 9th St. who died at 5:15 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 15, in River Bluff Nursing Home after a long illness, will be at 10 a.m. Friday in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Mr. Erickson, a Rockford resident for 30 years, has no known living relatives. [Rockford Register Republic, August 17, 1967]
1882 - 1952
Frank Falconer, 70, a life long resident of Winnebago died Friday in his home. He leaves his widow, the former Minnie Eickman; two sisters: Mrs. Mary Huntley, Harbor City, CA; and Mrs. Kate Two, Winnebago; three brothers; Robert Falconer, Rockford; Fred and James, both of Winnebago. Burial at Twelve Mile Grove Cemetery. [Freeport Jl Std, Sat. 21 Jun 1952; submitted by Virginia Gorton Bonne]
Falconer, Minnie (Eickman)
1885 - 1956
Mrs. Frank Falconer, Winnebago, died Saturday in her home. Former Miss Minnie Eickman, born Seward Twp. daughter of August Eickman, married to Frank Falconer, June 10, 1910. Farmer near Winnebago until 1945 when they moved to town. Member of The Order of Eastern Star. Survivors: four brothers: Frank, Pecatonica; Harry, Freeport; William, Rockford; and Charles, Seward, and a sister, Mrs. Rena Falconer, Winnebago. Burial at Twelve Mile Grove Cemetery. [Freeport Jl Std, Mon. 20 Feb 1956; submitted by Virginia Gorton Bonne]
Falconer, Rena (Eickman)
Mrs. Rena Eickman Falconer, 90, Davis Junction, died at 7 a.m. Tuesday, Jan 30, 1973, in Rockford Memorial Hospital, after a short illness. Born May 4, 1882, in Seward Township, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. August Eickman. Lived 12 years in Davis Junction coming from Byron. Married to William Falconer in Rockford in 1910. Member of St. Elmo Eastern Star, Pecatonica. Attended Steward schools. Survivors include: a daughter, Mrs. Elmer (Viola) Borchers, Davis Junction; two grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren, a nephew, Donald Eickman, Byron, and several other nieces and nephews. Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday in Bakener-Morrison Funeral Home, Byron, with Rev. Jeffrey Baer, pastor of New Millford and Davis Junction Methodist Church, officiating. Burial in Winnebago Cemetery. Friends may call at funeral home from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday. [Unidentified 1973 family clipping; submitted by Virginia Gorton Bonne]
William Falconer, road commissioner of the town of Winnebago and a member of one of the best known families in that section of the country, died this afternoon... at St. Anthony hospital. Ten days ago Mr. Falconer was taken ill with the grip. Mastoiditis developed and an attack of meningitis following made his condition so critical that he was taken to the hospital Monday night and an emergency operation performed. The operation failed to relieve him and he sank gradually, the end soon after the noon hour today. Mr. Falconer would have been forty-three years of age next April. He was born in Winnebago and that township had been his home all through life. He lived on a farm until two years ago, when he moved to the village. He is survived by the widow and a fourteen months old daughter. He also leaves his parents, Mr. and Mrs. James Falconer, and seven brothers and four sisters. The brothers and sisters are Robert, Charles, John, Frank, Fred, James, Harry and Miss Mabel Falconer and Mrs. Fred Two of Winnebago; Mrs. Harry Smith of Brookings, S.D., and Mrs. William Hooker, of Burritt. No arrangements have been made for the funeral. [Rockford Register Gazette, Wed. 19 Feb 1913] [William was buried 22 Feb 1913 in Winnebago Cemetery; submitted by Virginia Gorton Bonne]
NOBLE LIFE IS ENDED--Death of Mrs. Eleanor Fales, Resident Here Since '37--WAS A WOMAN OF GIFTED MIND Her Life Exemplified Nearly All the Virtues, and She Was Greatly Revered--Funeral to be Held Friday
Mrs. Eleanor Fales, by many people credited as being the oldest setttler of Rockford, died at 6:30 o'clock last evening. Her death was die to the infirmities of her many years. Mrs. Fales was doubtless the last survivor of the pioneerswho came to Rockford during the year 1837. The span of her life covered a period which was a settlement made and expand into one of the fairest cities of the land; had seen the forests of the then new west fall before the axe of the pioneer, had seen the watercourses tamed by his hand and the primeval prairie turned by his plow. She was revered by those who knew her and many hearts will be saddened by the announvement that she is no more. Mrs. Fales came to Rockford with her husband, Benjamin Kilburn, from Shrewsbury, Mass. She was born in Shrewsbury, Oct. 17, 1810, being nearly 89 years of age. Her first husband was a native of Belchertown, Mass. Upon their arrival in Rockford in 1837 they located on the lot where now stands the residence of Thomas W. Carrico and she had lived there 62 years. To Mr. and Mrs. Kilburn were born seven children. Five died in childhood. Her oldest son, Edmund, enlisted in Company D, 74th Illinois volunteers, and died at Murphysboro, Tenn., Feb. 24, 1863. His was the second death that occurred in the company which left Rockford. Mrs. Thomas W. Carrico is her only surviving child, with whom she has lived for over thirty years. Benjamin Kilburn died in 1861. In 1868 Mrs. Kilburn was united in marriage to Charles Fales, of Brookfield, Mass., and she returned to her old home. Mr. Fales died in a few years and she then returned to Rockford. She had three grandchildren, Frank, May and Fred Carrico. Fred is the only living grandchild. May married John Salter, of Chicago, and to them were born Mary and Annie Salter, who have resided in the home of their great grandmother. Mrs. Fales at the time of her death was generally held as the oldest, or at least one of the oldest, settlers of Rockford. Hers was a model and exemplary character. She was gifted both in mind and heart. She walked apace with the advancing thought of the time and kept her mind open and hospitable to all new things which made for a higher culture and a better life. She was a gifted correspondent, and took great delight in keeping up her letters with her absent friends, which she did until her last sickness. In her wifely, motherly and neighborly relations, her life was without a blemish. There was ever found in her a spirit of rejoincing in the prosperities of business, the pleasures of society and all worthy social relations. She ministered to the poor, needy and suffering with a bountiful hand and sympathetic heart. Among those old settlers, who worked with head, heart and hand, in the first settlement of Rockford, to lay deep, strong and sure foundations for all that would tend to make this city a model home for those who value the higher life of the mind and soul, Mrs. Fales was ever a shining light. The living should, and do, entertain a feeling of gratitude for those old, worthy men and women who toiled and suffered and endured that their descendants minght enjoy the results which can be seen in our churches, schools, and business enterprises and happy homes. The people generally who admire the good, the true and the beautiful in life will bid a loving farewell to this noble soul who has gone to her eternal home to receive her merited reward. Funeral services will be held at the residence of Thomas W. Carrico Friday, July 7, at 3 p.m. Dr. Thomas Kerr will officiate. [Rockford Morning Star, July 6, 1899]
Falt, J. Teofil
J. Teofil Falt, 65, a former resident of Rockford, died Sunday at his home in Falkoping, Sweden, according to a message received last night by relatives here. Mr. Falt came to Rockford and was employed for several years in furniture factories here before he returned to his native Sweden about 45 years ago. Survivors include two sisters, Mrs. Elisabeth Swenson and Mrs. Charles Swenson of Rockford. [Rockford Morning Star, May 22, 1941]
Funeral services for Samuel Falzone, 53, 1101 Corbin street, will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the home at at 11 a.m. at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic church. Burial will be in the Catholic cemetery. A rosary service will be held at 7 o'clock tonight at the home. Mr. Falzone died at 2:30 p.m. Thurday at his home following a month's illness. He was born in Italy and came to the United States and Rockford 25 years ago. Surviving are his widow, Jennie, two daughters, Mrs. Rose Amori of Rockford, and Marie, at home, and two sons, Donald and Charles, both at home. [Rockford Register-Republic, March 29, 1940]
Farmer, Mrs. Alice
Mrs. Alice Farmer, 61, wife of M. H. Farmer 310 Rockton avenue, died last night at 7:20 o'clock at St. Anthony hospital after an illness of three days. Mrs. Farmer has been a resident of Rockford nearly all her life. She was born in Ogle county March 10, 1871, but came to this city while a child. She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic church and a member of the Altar and Rosary society of that parish. Besides the husband, she leaves a daughter, Mrs. H. J. Grimes; a son C. S. Bonne; a brother, Daniel Curry; and two sisters, Mrs. Anna Bubser and Mrs. Margaret Tavelle. All are of Rockford except Mrs. Tavelle, who lives in Deeth, Nev. There also are seven grandchildren. Funeral arrangements had not been completed last night. Rockford Morning Star, 29 Nov 1932, p10. [Another obit lists Alice's residence as 210 Rockton Ave., Rockford, IL.; contributed by Virginia Gorton Bonne]
DIED IN JAIL--John Farr, an Aged Tramp Expires in the County Bastile.
Friday about 10 o’clock John Farr died in county jail consumption. At the last term of court, he was sentenced to jail for seventy days for stealing a coat from Erlander and Johnson, and a cap from John D. Godfrey. Drs. Sager and Sabin have attended the sick man, and he needed all possible assistance. Upon examining him they found that one lung was gone and that he could not long survive. It is not known where the deceased was from nor what relatives he had. The body will be interred this afternoon in the pauper’s field on the East Side.[Rockford Weekly Gazette, 04-16-1884]
Favor, Mary L. (Blight)
DEATH TAKES MRS. FAVOR OF ROCKTON--Was Daughter of One of Early Settlers at Rockton. Had been Invalid for Three Years
Rockton, Ill., Sept. 23: Mrs. Mary L. Blight Favor, 78 years old, widow of Arthur Favor, daughter of early settlers in this community, died this morning at 6 o'clock at her Rockton home. She had been an invalid for the past three years. She came to Rockton while only a young child and had lived here all her life. She was born Oct. 11, 1849 and was married March 7, 1870 to Arthur Favor who died Nov. 25, 1908. To this union was born a son who died when two years old. Surviving her are two nieces, Mrs. Mary Soper and Mrs. Grace Ticknor, both of Rockford, who were with her when death came, and two grand nephews, Ray and George Stanton, of Detroit, Mich. Funeral services will be held Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the farm home, the Rev. C.W. Jaycox officiating. Burial will be in Rockton cemetery. [Rockford Register Republic, September 23, 1927]
THOMAS FELL CALLED HOME--PASSES AWAY AT THE AGE OF SIXTY-THREE YEARS--IN ROCKFORD NINE YEARS--Was born in England But Had Lived in the States Since Infancy. Prominent in Town of Burritt.
Thomas Fell, aged sixty-three years, died last night at his home, 204 North Avon street, after a brief illness due from a general breaking down. Decendent was born in Yorkshire, England, March 20, 1842, and when but six weeks old his parents came to the United States, landing at New York. From there they moved to Rhode Island and made their home in that stae, for two years. Moving west in 1944 they settled in Illinois and on a farm near Durand. Thomas Fell grew to manhood in Winnebago county, making his home with his parents, William and Sarah Fell, until twenty-one years old, at which time he purchased a farm near Burritt and until nine years ago had lived upon it. He was married to Miss Eleanor Franklin, July 2, 1865, at Durand and returned immediately with his bride to the farm home near Burritt. Two children De Loss and Grace, blessed the happy union and they together with the mother survived the faithful husband and devoted father. Mrs. E. Snowdon of Wempletown, Mrs. A. Sarver of Burritt and Mrs. A. Corwin of Durand are sisters. Decedent had many relatives living in and around Durand and Burritt. Funeral arrangements have not been completed. [Rockford Morning Star, June 16, 1905]
MISS FERGUSEN DEAD--Passed Away at Home of Her Sister This Morning--Funeral From St. James
Miss Anna Ferguson died this morning at the home of her sister, Mrs. C. Dixon, at an advanced age of eighty two years. Her death took place at 11:30 o'clock and was due to the breaking down of the system through her advanced age. Her funeral will be held at the St. James Church and will probably take place on Thursday morning though the arrangements have not been fully completed. The deceased came to this city in 1856 and has lived here continuousy ever since. She is survived by an only sister with whome she has long made her home, and several nieces and nephews. Miss Ferguson was a woman of a retiring disposition and loved her home. She was highly esteemed by all with whom she came in contact and her death will be a real sorrow to a wide circle of friends. [Rockford Republic, January 5, 1904]
Ferwerda, Jessie Leroy
Mrs. Jessie Leroy Ferwerda, wife of John Ferwerda, died Sunday at her home in Durand after a fourteen weeks illness. Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 1 o'clock from the home and at 1:30 from the Durand Lutheran chapel, Rev. Baalson officiating. Burial will be in Durand cemetery. Deceased was born in Holland on Feb. 19, 1854, and came to America forty years ago, living in Durand and vicinity continuously since. Her marriage to Mr. Ferwerda was an event of May 12, 1875. She was the mother of fourteen children, of whom five, with the husband, survive. They are Mrs. Laurence Green, of Durand; Peter, James and Benjamin Ferwerda, of Beloit, and George Ferwerda, of Milwaukee, and seventeen grandchildren. [Rockford Republic, May 2, 1922]
OLD SETTER DEAD--SEBASTIAN FICKES PASSES AWAY AT SHIRLAND--Was the Step-father of Mrs. Frank G. Morgan of Rockford, and Had Resided in This County Many Years. To Be Buried Saturday
Frank G. Morgan received a telegram today announcing the death at Shirland last night of Sebastian Fickes, a well known old citizen of this county, who suffered a stroke of paralysis four years ago. Mr. Fiskes was a native of Pennsylvania, having been born in Cumberland county in 1818. He came to this county with his father in 1846, and has lived here ever since. The deceased was twice married, the first union being with Miss Caroline Seely, to whom he was married in Ohio in 1844. She died in 1863, leaving a son, Miles. His second marriage took place in 1870, uniting him with Mrs. Sarah Fitch Case, the daughter of Abner Fitch Connecticut. The deceased came of a hearty, athletic race, and he and his sone Miles, though not sporting men, won considerable rame in their community for their strength. The son is a prominent farmer in Shirland and famous in that section as a sprinter. Mr. Fickes resided at home until 25 years of age, and as the result of a life of industry and prudence he leaves an excellent estate of 245 acres, in addition to which he has a comfortable residence and several lots in the village. He was an active member and liberal supporter of the Methodist Episcopal church and likewise generously contributed to all measures that promised to be for the advantage and improvement of that portion of the county in which he lived. Mrs. Fickes became the mother of a son and daughter by her first husband. Mrs. Frank Morgan of Rockford and Charles W. The funeral will be held at Shirland Saturday afternoon at 1 o'clock [The Rockford Daily Register-Gazette, Thursday, February 20, 1896]
Fila, Edward J
Edward "Ed" J. Fila, 62, of Roscoe, Ill. and formerly of Janesville, died Thursday in Rockford Memorial Hospital. Arrangements are pending with Daley Murphy Wisch and Associates Funeral Home and Crematorium, 2355 Cranston Road, Beloit.-- Beloit Daily News, Feb 09, 2008 [Submitted by a Friend of Free Genealogy]
Services for Fred Finkbeiner, 70, 917 6th ave., a former inspector for Barber-Coleman company who died unexpectedly at 10 a.m. Thursday while vacationing with his family in Twin Lakes, Wis., will be held at 1:30 p.m. Monday in the Sundberg funeral home, 215 Hall st. The Rev. Clifton H. Kittelson, pastor of Alpine Lutheran church, will officiate. Burial will be in Arlington memorial park, where graveside services will be conducted by the Moose lodge. Mr. Finkbeiner was born Feb. 11, 1888, in Freeport, son of Mr. and Mrs. Christ Finkbeiner. He lived in Rockford for 65 years. He married the former Lulu Belle Leason July 29, 1911. He retired four years ago from Barber-Coleman. He was a life member of the Loyal Order of Moose. Surviving are his widow; a daughter, Mrs. June Harris; a son, Earl; two grandchildren; two brothers, Albert and Robert; and a sister, Mrs. Louise Peterson, all of Rockford. [Rockford Register-Republic, September 13, 1958]
Fisher, Mrs. James (Goakey)
Mrs. James Fisher Shot by a Wild West Show Performer
ROCKFORD, Ill., Sept. 8--There was a fatal accident at the county fair today, and the careless use of firearms has claimed another victim. A company belonging to a wild West show was giving an
exhibition with a pistol outside the canvas when the pistol, which was supposed to contant blank cartridges, was accidentally discharged. Mrs. James Fisher, wife of the most prominent physician of Durand, was standing with her husband watching the performance, and the bullet passed through the abdomen, entering in from and coming out below the hip, traversin several vital organs. She was taken to the hospital, and can not possibly live until morning. The man who did the shooting escaped, but the rest of the performers were arrested. The most intense excitement prevailed, and the husband is frantic over the terrible ending of the day's pleasure. [Daily Inter Ocean, Chicago, IL., September 9, 1892]
- Mrs. James Fisher, who was accidentally shot at the fair grounds Thursday, and whose maiden name was Josephine Goakey, was born in Shadagee, New York, March 29, 1842. She came to this state with her parents at the age of eleven years. She was married to Calvin Johnson in 1858, who died at the battle of Shiloh, leaving an infant daughter. Mrs. Johnson was maried again to James Fisher on the 8th day January, 1867. She was 50 years of age at the time of her death, and leaves a loving husband, two sons and a daughter, besides a sister and a host of friends to mourn her loss. One brother lives in Shirland, two in Washington Territory and one in Iowa. Her only sister resides in Davenport, Ia. The funeral services were held in this city Saturday, Rev. Gifford, of Durand, officiating, the remains being interred in the cemetery at this place. [Rockford Morning Star, September 13, 1892]
MRS. WILGOT FLOOD TO BE BURIED ON TUESDAY
Funeral services for Mrs. Wilgot Flood, 2230 Twelfth avenue, who died Saturday morning as a result of severe burns received on May 20 at her home when naptha with which she was cleaning clothes exploded, will be held at 1 o'clock Tuesday afternoon at the residence. Burial will be in the Scandinavian cemetery. [Rockford Daily Register-Gazette, June 2, 1930]
Flynn, Wanita A.
Mrs. Wanita A. Flynn, 62, 1017 Ridge Ave., died at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, 1972 in Americana Nursing Center after a long illness. Born Dec. 8, 1910, in Raymond, Iowa, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Phillip Garthoff. Lived 45 years in Rockford, coming here from Iowa. Married to Jack L. Flynn in Rockford, Feb. 16, 1935. Survivors include: a daughter, Mrs. Judith Kundert, Rockford, two grandsons, a brother, Chris Garthoff, Waterloo, Iowa; three sisters Mrs. Marie Tewait, Cedar Falls, Iowa, Mrs. Martha Johnson, Peoria, and Margaret Garthoff, Waterloo, Iowa; two half-brothers, Earl and Bernard Garthoff, Waterloo, Iowa; and her foster parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Varner, Rockford. Services at 9 a.m. Tuesday in FRED C. OLSON MORTUARY, 1001 2nd. Ave. with Rev. Donald Lyons, pastor of First Church of the Open Bible, officiating. Burial in Wilwood Burial Park. There will be no visitation. [Rockford Morning Star, October 17, 1972]
CORPORAL FOLZ CITED AS HERO--ROCKFORD SOLDIER KILLED IN BATTLE OFFICIALLY EXTOLLED FOR BRAVERY--SAVES LIVES OF HIS MEN--Advances On Machine Gun Nest, Clearing It Out and Paving Way for Advance
An official account of the death of Alexander Folz, corporal in Co. B, 354 infantry, has been received by his widow, who resides at 1019 Rural street, which reveals that he received fatal wounds while performing a "daring and courageous" act that saved the lives of his men and cleared the way for an advance. In general orders issued Nov. 14 by headquarters of the 354th infantry Corporal Folz is cited by the regimental commander as having distinguished himself by gallant and meritorious conduct on the field of battle. The official description of Corporal Folz's heroic act is as follows: "While attacking a machine gun with his group, his automatic rifleman being wounded, he took the automatic rifle and advanced on the machine gun firing as he advanced. He put the enemy machine gun out of actions, but received wounds from which he died a few minutes later. This daring and courageous action saved his men, took the gun and prisoners, and cleared the way for the advance." Corporal Folz had been in this country only a few years when the United States entered the war. He was born in Russia, but adopted the United States as his home and responded with alacrity to the call for defenders. He is the second Winnebago county soldier known to have been cited for bravery on the field of battle, the other one being a Roscoe youth. [Rockford Daily Register Gazette, December 21, 1918]
O.I. Foote DEAD--Well Known Milkman Passes Away Suddenly
O.I. Foote, the well known milk dealer, passed away at his home on Kilburn road. Wednesday night about 12 o'clock. The new will be a shock to many friends of Mr. Foote, who had no idea that he was seriously ill. His death was very sudden and was the result of hear failure following pneumonia, with which illness he was stricken with about a week ago. Mr. Foote was a native of Ira, N.Y., and was born Nov. 3 1848. He came here 25 years ago, engaging in the milk business. Later be bought a farm which was part of the old Kilburn place. He was highly successful in business, being industrious, honest and frugal. He first married Miss Clara A. Kilburn, who died about six years ago, leaving a daughter, Miss. Camilla Foote. He then married Miss Nettie Bull, who is living at present and who is nearly prostrated with grief over her husband's sudden passing away. Two children by the second marriage are living, one being three years of age and the other about one year. The arrangements for the funeral have not been completed yet.[The Rockford Daily Register-Gazette, Thursday, February 20, 1896]
WAS ILL ONLY A WEEK--O.I. Foote, the Milkman, Passes Away at Midnight
O.I. Foote, the well known milkman, is no more. His death occurred at his home out on the Kilburn road shortly before midnight. His sudden summons will be a great shock to his many friends. Mr. Foote was taken ill only a week ago, pneumonia was the complaint and his illness quickly took a dangerous form. He seemed to be improving when heart failure set in and the end came quickly. Mr. Foote was one of Rockford's most highly respected citizens. He was born in Ira, N.Y., and reached his 48th birthday Nov. 6 of last year. He came here twenty five years ago and soon engaged in the milk business. Later he purchased a farm, a part of the old Kilburn place. He was industrious and frugal and amassed a competency. Mr. Foote's first wife was Clara A. Kilburn, who died six years ago, leaving one child, Miss Camilla Foote. Mr. Foote then married Miss Nettie Bull, who survives him. Two children were born to them, one 3 years and the other a little over 1 year of age. Mrs. Foote is prostrated by the sudden death of her husband. Mr. Foote's mother still lives in New York. He has a brother and four sisters living in the east. He was the only member of his family to remove to the west. J.W. Seacomb is his uncle. Deceased was a man of highest worth. His name was a synonym of honesty and his life was the exemplification of many virtues. The regret occasioned by his demise will be sincere and come from many homes.--The Morning Star, Thursday, February 20, 1896 DIED AT MIDNIGHT--O.I. Foote, the Veteran Milkman, Passes Away--Dies After a Few Days' Illness of Pneumonia--Had Been a Milkman Here for the Past Quarter of a Century--Funeral Arrangements Not Completed--O.I. Foote, the well-known milkman, died at midnight last night at his home on Kilburn road. Mr. Foote was taken ill only a week ago, but pneumonia set in, followed by heart failure, which terminated fatally. Mr. Foote was born in Ira, N.Y. in 1848, coming to Winnebago County in 1873, and immediately engaged in the milk business, in which he was successful. He leaves a wife and three children to mourn his loss. J.W. Seacomb of this city is an uncle of the deceased. His first wife was Clara A. Kilburn, who died leaving one child. Miss Camilla Foote. He was afterward married to Miss Nettie Bull, who survives him, together with two little children, one three years and the other on year of age. His mother still lives in New York state. This removes from the city one of the most familiar characters, a man of sterling honesty, and acknowledged worth. He has countless friends whm he had made during his long residence in the city, and all will unite in sincere sorrow for his sudden and untimely end. The funeral will probably be held from the late home Sunday afternoon to allow eastern relatives to be present at the services. [The Rockford Republic, Thursday, February 20, 1896]
Forsyth, Elvira S.
At the residence of her parents, at Pecatonica, where she was visiting, on the 3d inst., Mrs. Elvira S. wife of George W. Forsyth, of Elton, Durand Township, aged 25 years, 11 months and 18 days. [Rockford Weekly Gazette, Nov 18, 1880]
On the evening of the 17 inst., Miss Alice Foster, a young lady of 18 years, met her death in a very sudden and singular manner, at Beloit. She was exercising on horseback, and accidentally came in contact with a stake or pole projecting from a fence, in such a manner as to strike her person in the side, rupturing an artery: She bled to death in about two hours. [Illinois State Democrat, Wed. Sept. 5, 1860 - Submitted by C. Horton]
Frang, Ruby L.
Mrs. Ruby L. Frang, 46, 921 13th St., died 7:45 p.m. Monday, Oct. 16, 1972, in St. Anthony Hospital after a long illness. Born Dec. 7, 1925 in Comanche, Okla., daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank (Amanda) Barnett. Lived 27 years in Rockford, coming here from Oklahoma. Married to the former Emery Frang in Kansas City, Mo., April 24, 1944. Survivors include: her husband; four sons, Jerry Lee, Larry Gene, Ronnie, Dale, and Bill Don, all of Rockford; five sisters, Mrs. Ethel Moran, Norman, Okla., Mrs. Alta Henson, Lawton, Okla., Mrs. Lilian Harrison, Apache, Okla., Mrs. Mamie Williams, Lawton, Okla.; numerous nephews and nieces. A brother and two sisters preceded her in death. Arrangements by Sunberg Funeral Homer, 215 N, Main St. [Rockford Morning Star, October 17, 1972]
Walter Franklin, 77, Harlem Township, died at 2 a.m. Tuesday, Sept 18, 1962 in his home after a brief illness. Born Sept 17, 1885, in Owen Township, son of Mr. and Mrs. George Franklin. Lived all his life in Rockford vicinity. Survivors include: four daughters, Mrs. Walter Carlson, Rockton, Mrs. Loid Chambers, Reed Spring, Mo.; Mrs. Harry Thompson, Rockford, and Mrs. Roland Hansel, Beloit, Wis.; six grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren; a brother, George Franklin, Loves Park; two sisters, Mrs. Cassius Zuck, Rockford, Mrs. Raul Sidner, Rockford and several nieces and nephews. Services at 1:30 p.m. Thursday in BURPPEE-WOOD FUNERAL HOME, 410 N. Main St., with the Rev. Rankin L. Shrewsbury, pastor of Old Stone Church, Rockton, officiating. Burial in North Burritt Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday. [Rockford Morning Star, September 19, 1962]
Franz, Frederick Jr.
Frederick Franz Jr., 23, was found hanging in his home at 2237 Canary Drive Wednesday, police reported. Officers said they were called to the Franz home about 6 p.m. and found him with a scarf tied around his neck hanging from a support between the kitchen and living room. Winnebago County Coroner Collins Y. Sundberg said his death was suicide. Survivors include his widow, Mary; a daughter, Kimberly, at home; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Franz, Freeport; a sister, Mrs. John Dalton Jr., Pacifica, Calif. Services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Walker Mortuary, Freeport. Burial will be in the Chapel Hill Cemetery, Freeport.[Rockford Register Republic, August 17, 1967]
MRS. IDA FREEBERG, 91, DIES
Mrs. Ida Freeberg, 91 years old, former resident of Pecatonica and Rockford, died Wednesday at the home of her son, Richard Freeberg, of Woodburn, Ore. Mrs. Freeberg was born in Sweden in 1836 and came to Rockford in 1875. She lived both in Rockford and in Pecatonica for a number of years, leaving about eight years ago to make her home in Oregon. Her husband, Charles Freeberg, died 18 years ago. Besides the son, at whose home she died, Mrs. Freeberg is survived by three other sons, George Freeberg, of St. James, Minn., Axel Freeberg, of California, and C.A. Freeberg, 1726 E. State st. She also leaves two daughters, Mrs. Eva Anderson, of Pecatonica, and Miss Ellen Freeberg, of Portland, Ore. Funeral services will be held Sunday at Woodburn, Ore. [Rockford Register Republic, September 23, 1927]
J. FRIEDMAN DIED SUNDAY--VETERAN JEWELLER EXPIRES AT HOME ON NORTH FIRST STREET--BODY TO BE CREMATED--In Compliance With His Request Remains Will be Taken to Chicago for Incineration
Juday Freidman, one of the best known citizens of Rockford died Sunday morning at 11:30 at his home on N. First street. Death was due to a general collapse of all the vital powers and was not precipitated by any acute ailment. He retained his faculties to the last moment and passed peacefully away. Mr. Friedman was born in Sudargi, Russia Poland, of Hebrew parentage May 1, 1824. A few years later occurred the revolution in which Poland nobly but vainly tried to resist its absorbtion into the vast Russian despotism. Mr. Friedman was in sympathy with the struggle of his native land for independence and after its failure he came to America. His first home in this country was Syracuse, N.Y. From there he removed to Chicago, thence to Peoria. Thirty0eight years ago he came to Rockford, where he had continuously resided. A Veteran Jeweler Mr. Friedman's business career in this city was that of a jeweler. For many years he conducted a store in the block now transformed into the new Appel store. Lovers of amusements will remember Mr. Friedman's store as the place where tickets were sold for old Brown's hall in the days when Dr. J.P. Norman was manager, and when such men as Henry Ward Beecher, Theodore Tilton, Col. Ingersoll and others of equal note where drawing immense audiences in Rockford. Professor of Languages Mr. Friedman was liberally endowed with intellectual gifts. These were supplemented by liberal culture. He was a professor of languages in the college in his native city, where he taught Polish, Hebrew and German. He was a lover of books, and acquired a large library, which contained many rare volumes. His regard for books was such that he instinctively turned their leaves with the greatest of care. This was as well his habit in handling the books of others. After his retirement from the jewelry business a few years ago he dealt in old and rare books, as health and opportunity permitted. Mr. Friedman was twice married. His first wife was Hanna Thow to whom he was married in Poland Dec. 24, 1844. Of this marriage there are seven surviving children. They are Mrs. J. Vehon and Mrs. R.P. Patterson of Chicago; Isaac Friedman of Iron River, Wis.; Jacob Friedman of Richmond, Va.; Abraham Friedman of Chicago; and Mrs. C.L. Allen of New York City. The last named daughter was with him when he passed away. Mr. Friedman's second marriage was to Miss Maria Redfield, which was solemnized April 22, 1871. They had one daughter, Mrs. Harry Rotnour of Rockford. Mr. Friedman was a member of the Knights of Pythias, Odd Fellows and the Masonic fraternity. He was at one time grand master of Cato lodge, Peoria. Body Will be Cremated The funeral will he held Tuesday morning at the house at 9:30 and will be in charge of the Knights of Pythias and Odd Fellows. The ritual of the latter fraternity will be read. In compliance with his request the remains will be sent to the crematory at Graceland, Chicago, for incineration. Friends are requested not to send flowers. [Rockford Daily Register Gazette, December 8, 1902]
Mrs. Sarah Frojd Dies At Home Early Today--Mrs. Sarah Frojd, 2313 12th avenue, died at 7 a.m. today at her home following a prolonged illness. Mr. Frojd had lived in Rockford eleven years. She was born July 19, 1901, in Sweden. Besides her husband, Albin, she leaves her parents and three brothers in Sweden, and a fourth brother, Sven Gustafson, in Chicago. Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Monday at the Fred C. Olson mortuary, 1001 2nd avenue, and the Rev. E.J. Eliason will officiate. [Rockford Republic, Feb 22 1935]
Frowein, Reba L.
Mrs. Reba L. Frowein, 51, 639 N. London ave., died at 4:15 p.m. Sunday in Swedish-American hospital. She was the wife of Ernest Frowein. Mrs. Frowein was born April 6, 1901 in Beardstown and had been a resident of Rockford for four years. Surviving in addition to her husband is one daughter, Mrs. Ernestine Day of Rockford; one son, John S., Rockford; one grandson, Rockford; and one sister, Mrs. Cecil Rooney, Galesburg. The body was cremated this morning. [Rockford Register-Republic, June 9, 1952]
Furseth, Catherine A.
Mrs. Cathine A. Furseth, 86, 2022 Huffman Blvd., died at 3 a.m. Monday, April 5, 1971, in Rockford Memorial Hospital after a lengthy illness. Born Jan. 1, 1885, in Montello, Wis. Lived 50 years in Rockford. Married to Charles A. Furseth. Member of St. Bernadette Catholic Church. Her husband preceded her in death in 1960. Survivors include: two sons, James T. and William C.; one daughter, Marion Palmeri; 12 grand-children; and three great-grandchildren, all of Rockford, and a brother, William Bowler, St. Helen's Ore. Services at 10 a.m. Wednesday In Fitzgerald Funeral Home, 3910 N. Rockton ave., and at 10:30 a.m. in St. Bernadette's Church. Burial in Calvary Cemetery. Arrangements by Fitzgerald Funeral Home, 3910 N. Rockton Ave. Friends may call at the funeral home from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday. The rosary will be recited at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.--Rockford Register-Republic, April 6, 1971
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