Winnebago County, Illinois
CITY'S PHANTOM REGIMENT FOUNDER-- For much of his life, Alex Haddad marched to the beat of a drum and the fanfare of horns--and hundreds have followed in his footsteps. What better testimony to the man who single-handedly began the Phantom Regiment, Rockford's Drum and Bugle Corps, said Jim Wren, the regiment's musical director, who was with the Regiment at its beginnings in the mid 1950s. Haddad, 72, 2433 Holmes St., died Saturday in Saint Anthony Medical Center after a long illness. Although Haddad had not been directly involved with the Regiment since the mid 1960s, he was the one who established the corps and started it on its way to becoming a well-known and respected group throughout the United States. Wren said that at the beginning, the Regiment never had more than 70 or 80 members. Today, there are nearly three(?) members involved in the corps' three divisions, Phantom Regiment, Cadets and the junior corps. "He was a character," Wren said. "He was an absolute perfectionist. He made sure the corps kept going in the direction he wanted it to." Wren said Hadad had been involved in drum and bugle corps, beginning as a young boy with the Boy Scouts corps in the 1930s. He played the bugle, but also learned the drums. Through the years he was also associated with the VFW Post 342 corps and the Eagles Club, and began a drum corps at the old Duran Farm School.Wren was in high school at the old St. Thomas Catholic High School in the early 1950s when he first met Haddad. Haddad started a drum and bugle corps at the school and Wren was one of the first members. "He was a mentor for me," Wren said, explaining how his interest in drum and bugle corps grew under Haddad's guidance. Wren later joined Haddad in the Phantom Regminet and has been with it ever since, serving as musical director. "He said to me, 'Chum, (Haddad's nickname for Wren) you'll never march as a national champion, but you'll be standing on the sidelines when the Phantom Regiment is the champion.' "I'm still working on it (the championship)," Wren chuckled. Services for Haddad will be at 10 a.m. Monday in Julian-Poorman-Welte Funeral Home. [Rockford Register Star, November 13, 1988]
GAVE UP ITS DEAD -- The Body of Charles Haegg Found Near Blackhawk Springs
Farmer John Mulford found the decomposed remains of Charles Haegg on the bank of the Kishwaukee river near Blackhawk Springs Sunday morning. He immediately notified Coroner Aagesen of his discovery, and in company with Undertaker E.P. Thomas and P.N. Anderson drove down to the place. A jury consising of E.P. Tomas, P.N. Anderosn, J.A. Johnson, C.H. Whitman, Chas. Scott and Samuel Lovejoy was sworn, and after examining several witnesses, who identified the remains, rendered as follows: "That the deceased Charles Haegg came to his death by being drowned while attempting to cross the 'Red Bridge' on the Kishwaukee river May 4." The remains of the unfortunate man were badly decomposed and were brought to Rockford for burial. [Rockford Daily Register-Gazette, 05-16-1892]
Haegg, Mrs. Gus
MRS. HAEGG DEAD--Well Known Lady Passes Away After a Brief Illness--Mrs. Gus Haegg passed away Monday evening at 6:30 o'clock her severe illness, pneumonia, having been chronicled in the Register-Gazette. She had been sick only since last Thursday and the dread illness was battled with bravely until Sunday when a sinking spell came, and she failed suddenly until death relieved her. Mrs. Haegg was only 28 years of age, and her death will cause sorrow deep and sincere among many friends who loved her for those qualities which only a true, noble woman can possess. Besides her husband, the well known hardware merchant, three little children are left bereaved. Mrs. Haegg was a faithful member of the Swedish Baptist church, where she was a leading figure and where she will be sadly missed. The funeral will probably be held from that church Thursday. [Rockford Daily Register-Gazette, 04-07-1896]
Hale, Luther Ezra
Luther Ezra Hale, 81, 429 Paris Ave., died at 11:40 a.m. Monday, Oct. 16, 1972, in St. Anthony Hospital after a brief illness. Born Sept. 7, 1891, in Willisburg, Ky., son of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel D. Hale. Lived 45 years in Rockford, coming here from DeKalb. Self-employed as a landscaper for many years. Member of Second Congregational Church, and of Rockford Lodge No. 166, AF & AM, and Tebala Shrine Temple. Survivors include: two daughters, Mrs. Harold (Juanita) Arfstrom, Rockford, and Mrs. William (Barbara) Katt, Van Nuys, Calif.; two sons, Keith and Kertis, Rockford; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; three sisters, Mrs. George (Lillie) Pinkston, and Mrs. T. Willard (Fay) Dearth, both of Rockford, and Mrs. Harold (Lucy) Graham, Plymouth, Iowa, and four brothers, Justus, Sycamore; Earl and Will, both of Harvard, and Marshall, Wheaton. Services at 1 p.m. Friday in JULIAN-POORMAN FUNERAL HOME, 304 N. 5th St., with Rev. Grafton Thomas, associate pastor of Second Congregational Church, officiating. Burial in Scandinavian Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday. A Masonic service will be held at the funeral home at 8 p.m. Thursday. [Rockford Morning Star, October 17, 1972]
Hallberg, Mathilda A.
Mrs. Mathilda A. Hallberg, 95, 1721 6th St., died at 11:25 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 28, 1965, in Alma Nelson Manor Nursing Home after an illness of several months. Born April 25, 1870, in Falkoping, Sweden, coming here from Sweden. Married to Casper Hallberg in Beloit, Wis., in 1894. He died in Rockford April 5, 1949. Survivors include: a son, George W., and a daughter, Alice D. Hallberg, both of Rockford, two granddaughters, Mrs. Kathryn Phelps, Newport, Minn., and Marjorie Hallberg, Rockford; and four great-grandchildren. Services at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 30, in FRED C. OLSON MORTUARY, 1001 2nd. Ave., with the Rev. Dr. O. Garfield Beckstrand Sr., pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church, officiating. Burial in Scandinavian Cemetery. No visitation. [Rockford Register-Republic, December 29, 1965]
Hallden, Teckta H.
Mrs. Teckta H. Hallden, 95, 3470 N. Alpine Road, died at 11:45 a.m. Saturday, July 18, 1981, in Fairhaven Christian Home, after a short illness. Born Aug. 1, 1885, in Skovde, Sweden. Lived 75 years in Rockford, coming here from Falkoping, Sweden. Married to Oscar Hallden in Rockford in 1907; he died in Rockford, July 17, 1949. Employed as custodian of Rockford Public Libraries for 46 years. Member of Trinity Lutheran Church and Loyal Order of Vasa. Survivors include four sons, George and Howard, both of Rockford, Otto, Springfield, and John, San Antonio, Texas; seven grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. Services at 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 21, in FRED C. OLSON MORTUARY, 1001 2nd. Ave., with the Rev. Joseph Holub, associate pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church, officiating. Burial in Scandinavian Cemetery. No visitation. [Rockford Register Star, July 19, 1981]
A STEP IN THE DARK
A PECATONICA MAN FALLS TWENTY-FIVE FEET, BREAKING THREE RIBS AND FRACTURING HIS SKULL
DEATH FOLLOWS IN THIRTY MINUTES
ANOTHER PECATONICA MAN FOUND DEAD IN BED
About half past nine o'clock last eveing the people of Pecatonica were thrown into great exicitement over the announcement that a man had stepped off the city bridge, falling a distance of twenty-five feet into the river, and was in a critical and dying condition. Investigation at once commenced, and it was found to be the body of one Christian Hallen, who had been stopping in and about Pecatonica for the past two weeks. Drs. Newell and Jordan, together with Supervisor Jackson were called, and everything done to remove him from the position in which he lay. He was at last raised and carried to the house occupied by Mr. Putman, at which place the doctors made an examination, and found that in his fall he had broken three ribs and that the points of the ribs were thrust into his lungs. Besides this, which was enough to cause instant death, he had a most horrible cut near his right temple. After binding up the ribs, it was very evident the man could not endure the agony but a short time, so nothing was done to the cut in his head. He suffered intensely for about thirty minutes and then passed away. It is supposed that he was under the influend of liquor, for he had been seen during the afternoon making frequent visits to the saloon in the company of John Daily and H.D. Decota and it is also thought that the three were together until about fifteen minutes before the horrible affair happened. It is supposed that it occured in this wise: The crystal palace saloon is situated near the northwest corner of the new bridge, and in coming out of the saloon he felt his way along the wall to get to the bridge, but instead of stepping on the bridge, he made a step that cost him his life. It seems that the new bridge is built just about four feet narrower that the old one, so that two feet of the abutment on which the old bridge rested is left unprotected, and it was at this place that he stepped on. He was a man between 25 and 30 years old, and formerly worked for Seymour Cleveland, of Seward. The inquest is being held at Pecatonica this afternoon.
Scarcely had the situation over the above death somewhat quieted, when the announcement was made that another sudden death had occurred. This time it was a man named John Florence, who was found dead in his bed. Immediately repairing to the house, the man's wife told our informant that she slept remarkable sound during the night, and on awakening this morning, found her husband cold in death by her side. As yet the cause of the man's death is not known, but it is supposed to have been heart disease. Coronor Ross was at once notified, and went to Pecatonica on the 1:55 p.m. train, to hold the inquest. [Rockford Daily Gazette, December 9, 1879]
Hallstrom, Ellen A.
Mrs. Ellen A. Hallberg, 71, 2112 18th. Ave., died at 11:05 a.m. Friday, Nov. 8, 1963, in Swedish-American Hospital after a long illness. Born Jan. 7, 1892, in Oland, Sweden, daughter of Nets and Ida Larson. Lived 52 years in Rockford, coming here from Sweden. Married to Gust Hallberg in Rockford July 3, 1915. Employed as an inspector by the Mechanics Universal Joint Division of the Bora-Warner Corp. until her retirement six years ago. Member of Salem Lutheran Church, and of Corona Lodge. Survivors include: one son, Oscar, Rockford; two daughters, Mrs. Pearl Johnson, New Milford, and Mrs. Douglas Johnson, Rockford; three grandchildren; one brother, Carl Larson, Dearborn, Mich.; and three sisters, Mrs. John Lindhern, Rockford, Mrs. Nannie Bowman, Manchester, N.H., and Mrs. Jack Johnson, Sweden. Her husband died Dec. 26, 1928, in Rockford. Services at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12, in FRED C. OLSON MORTUARY, 10001 2nd. Ave., with the Rev. Ragnar Moline, pastor of Salem Lutheran Church, officiating. Burial in Scandinavian Cemetery. No visitation.-- [Rockford Morning Star, Tuesday, Nov. 12, 1963]
DEATH CLAIMS S.P. HALSEY--PRINCIPAL OF STATE'S FIRST CONSOLIDATED SCHOOL--S.P. Halsey, principal of the first consolidated school in Illinois died at 10:10 o'clock last night at the home of a niece, 815 Hovey avenue, at the age of 75. In failing health for a year, he had been seriously ill for only two weeks. The son of Oscar and Lydia Hawkins Halsey, he was born in Seward on Feb. 27, 1867, and has resided there all his life. He was a graduate of Beloit college and taught school for a number of years. He was the first principal of the Seward Consolidated school, the first to be established in Illinois. Later, he served as road commissioner and as manager of the Seward Produce and Supply company. He is survived by three niece, Mrs. Smtih, Mrs. Pearl Bonebrake, Portland, Ore., and Miss Eva Halsey, Gresham, Ore. Funeral arrangements are being made at the Fred C. Olson mortuary, 1001 2nd avenue. --Rockford Morning Star, April 30, 1942
Hansen, John C.
JOHN C. HANSEN, 76, of 206 E. 11th St., Rock Falls, died Thursday evening in Community General Hospital, following a short illness. Funeral services for Hansen will be held on Monday morning at 10:30 a.m. at the Wheelock Allen Funeral Home in Rock Falls with the Rev. Carl Zager, pastor of the Rock Falls United Methodist Church, officiating. Burial will be in New Milford Cemetery in New Milford. Friends may call at the funeral home on Sunday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. A memorial has been established in his memory. Born on Nov. 22, 1906 in Chicago Heights, he had been employed at Rockford Screw Products for 12 years prior to his retirement. He was a veteran of World War II. He was a member of the Rock Falls American Legion Post 902. He was united in marriage to Nadine Clary on Oct.7, 1968. Survivors include his wife, Nadine, and one brother, Fred, of California. He was preceded by his parents [The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois December 31, 1982 - Friday, page A6--Contributed by Melva L. Taylor]
DEATH BUSY AT WORK--OLOF HANSON CALLED AWAY YESTERDAY MORNING--Olof Hansen, a carver in the employ of Rockford Mantel and Furniture company, died yesterday morning at 10:30 o’clock, from blood poisoning. He had been ailing but a few days, as his sickness dated only from Thursday last, when he was obliged to quit work on account of a painful felon on his hand, which rapidly grew worse, ultimately causing his death. The dead man was in his fifty-eighth year, and resided at the corner of Tenth street and Fifteenth avenue. He leaves a wife and three daughters. The funeral will be held Thursday. Rev. L.A. Johnson will have charge of the services. [Rockford Daily Spectator, Aug 16-1893]
Harbaugh--Robert Harbaugh, 67, 418 N. Longwood st., died at 9:15 a.m. Friday, Feb. 1, 1957, in the River Bluff Nursing home after a lengthy illness. Born July 3, 1889, in Rockford and was a core maker in foundries here for many years. He was a world war 1 veteran. Surviving is a sister, Mrs. Clara Yalden, Rockford. Services at 2:30 p.m. Monday in the JULIAN-POORMAN FUNERAL HOME, 304 N. 5th st., with the Rev. Norman Godbey, pastor of State Street Baptist church, officiating. Burial in Cedar Bluff cemetery. There will be no visitation. [Rockford Morning Star, Febraury 2, 1957]
DEATH OF ELISHA HARRIS--Pioneer of the County Passes Away at Durand--Elisha Harris, an old and well known resident of Durand, died at his home there Wednesday morning. Mr. Harris was born in Chenango county, N.Y., July 19, 1817. When he was 19 years of age he in company with three other young men walked from Ohio to Michigan City. From Indiana Mr. Harris came here in company with a Mr. Shimmin, the men driving a flock of sheep ahead of them. They settled near Pecatonica in June 1837 and Mr. Harris had resided in this county ever since. Seven childen survive him. Henry Harris, former supervisor, and post master at Duran is a son. Funeral services were held yesterday in Durand. [Rockford Morning Star, December 15, 1900]
PATRICK HART EXPIRED TODAY--WIFE DIED LESS THAN WEEK AGO--FORMER WINNEBAGO FARMER
Patrick Hart, a resident of Rockford and its vicinity for nearly 70 years, died at 1:15 this afternoon at his residence, 623 Mulberry street, after an illness of several months, due to ailments incident to his advanced years. The funeral services will probably be held Saturday, just a week to a day since the burial of his wife. Mr. Hart was born in Ireland May 10, 1840, and when a lad of 7 years came to America with his parents, settling in Rutland, Vt., where they remained three years. Then the family moved to Rockford, and this city was their residence for five or six years, until then a big farm was acquired in Winnebago township, six miles from Rockford. Mr. Hart grew to manhood on the farm, and on April 7, 1861, he married Miss Ann Marie Dolan. To them were born ten children, all of whom survive with the exception of Mayme, who died two years ago. The surviving children are the Misses Anna, Doroth, Clara, and Emma at home; William and Dr. Henry Hart of Chicago; John of Rockford, and Frank and George of Winnebago. There are 12 grandchildren. In 1904 the Hart family moved to their present home on Mulberry street, Mr. Hart deceased was a member of St. Mary's church, the Knights of Columbus and Holy Name society. It is probable the services will be held Saturday morning from the home and St. Mary's church, and interment in the Catholic cemetery. The family request that flowers be omitted. [Rockford Daily Register-Gazette, January 3, 1918]
FROM A GLANCING BULLET--The Death of Howard Hartman at Durand Saturday-- DURAND, Ill., Jan. 12--Saturday afternoon, about 2 o’clock, while a party of young men were engaged in rifle practice at the Gilbertson place, about six miles northeast of here, a lad named Howard Hartman was shot and almost instantly killed. Coroner Aagsen was notified and arrived here Sunday noon. He proceeded at once to the home of the lad and impaneling a jury, held an inquest. The testimony brought out he facts as follows: A party of ten or more had assembled for a turkey shoot, but on account of the high wind prevailing decided to put it off. A few, desirous of determining the elevation of the sights of their rifles, placed a target upon a rise of land at one side of a 40-acre field along a road through the standing corn, and retired to a point forty-five rods distant to shoot. The boy Hartman went to the target to mark the shots, retiring to a distance of four or five rods to one side while the mark-man shot. While thus engaged a stray bullet struck him, passing though the fleshy part of the left arm, below the elbow, and into the abdomen, chipping a fragment from the spinal column and probably severing the large blood vessels, causing him to bleed to death very quickly. A farmer named Reader was in the next field husking corn and heard the boy cry out, and saw him start to run toward the house, fall prone and lay as dead after running four rods or so. He ran to the prostrate lad and raise him up, and, on receiving help, the unconscious form was carried to the house nearby, where he gasped a few times and died. A deaf mute named Adleman, looking from the window of the house, saw the lad stagger and fall and getting up, run toward the house. He testified that Phares Nolty fired the shot that stuck the boy. Other testimony only served to corroborate the foregoing facts. The jury, composed of T.H. Briggs, foreman; Frank Adleman Peter Johnson, S. Post, M. Anderson and G. Manlove, retired and rendered the following verdict, in accordance with the evidence: We, the jury sworn to inquire of the death of Howard Hartman, on oath do gind that he came to his death by a gunshot wound from a rifle in the hands of Phares Nolty while shooting at a target; we find the shooting to have been accidental and attach no blame to the said Nolty.The dead boy was 14 years of age, the son of John F. Hartman, a prosperous farmer of Laona township. He was a bright, promising lad, and the blow falls heavily on his parents an relatives. The funeral will be held on Monday from the home. [Rockford Morning Star, 01-14-1896]
Albert Harvey, Durand Pioneer, Dies Friday After a Long Illness--
Durand, March 1--Albert Harvey, a resident of this vicinity all his life, died at 12:15 o'clock Friday afternoon after a long illness. Mr. Harvey was born October 23, 1860, in Rockton township and when a child of seven came with his parents to live in Durand, where he had since made his home. He was married September 1, 1886, to Miss Martha Doyle, who died October 6, 1928. Two daughters, Mrs. Mabel Long, Durand, and Miss Bessie Harvey, Rockford, an adopted son, William Harvey, California, three sisters, Mrs. Lottie Snyder, Durand, Mrs. Anna Snively, Waterloo, Ia., and Mrs. Mary Crowley, Shirland, and a brother Fred Harvey, Durand, survive. Funeral services will be held Monday monday morning at 9 o'clock at the home and at 9:30 o'clock at St. Mary's Catholic church, the Rev. Fr. E.A. Cerny to officiate. Burial will be in Durand Catholic cemetery.--[Rockford Daily Register Gazette, March 1, 1930]
MRS, LUELLA HAUGHTON AGED 82--Mrs. Luella Haughton, whose second husband was an uncle to Aaron Houghton, who also died yesterday, succumbed to old age, she having been 82 years old. She had been a resident of this county for a great many years. She lives just north of Pecatonica. The funeral will be held tomorrow afternoon at 2 o'clock from the Crane School House. She leaves several sons. [Rockford Republic, May 4, 1909]
A Hunter's accident Instantly -- Killed while duck hunting.-- Dragged his gun out--Durand; March 12-(Special)- Charles Hawkins, who lives near the state line, northeast of here, was instantly killed yesterday while out duck hunting. He was pulling the gun from a boat when it was discharged, the whole charge entering his breast. He leaves an invalid wife and three children. At Avon, March 11, 1894, Mr. Charles Hawkins, aged 33 years two months and eleven days. The circumstances of his death were inexpressibly sad. In company with his brother, Mr. Joseph Hawkins, he was preparing to go out on the bayou, on the Samuel W. Treat farm, to hunt ducks. Wishing to put their boat into the water, they laid down their guns, the one belonging to Charles being placed in the boat, the barrel resting on the seat. The brothers took hold of the boat, one on each side, and gave it a push. It had moved only about two feet when the gun went off, the whole charge passing through the left lung of Charles, who stood directly in front of it. He spoke but once, saying "Joe, I'm gone," and in a minute or two he had breathed his last. His body was taken to the residence of Joseph, which was near by, and properly cared for. The gun was one of the old-fashioned muzzle-loading kind. The hammer of the lock rested on the cap, and it is supposed the jar of the boat caused it to explode. Mr. Hawkins was the son of Mr. and Mrs. John Hawkins, of Spring Grove, and most of his life was spent in that town and in Avon. At the time of his death he was residing on the Fred Moyer, Jr., farm in Avon. He was married in 1882 to Miss Flora Kline, of Spring Grove, who with three children survives to mourn the untimely death of the husband and father. The funeral services were held in the Baptist church of Avon, on Tuesday, conducted by Rev. W. Woodruff of Brodhead. My sympathy is felt for the bereaved wife, who is almost prostrated by the terrible shock, and for the children so suddenly deprived of a father's love and care. [Rockford Daily Registy Gazette, Monday , March 12, 1894- submitted by firstname.lastname@example.org, who adds this note: On Charles tombstone: Prepare to meet thy God, for in such an hour as you think the son of man cometh. Buried in Avon, WI. Hawkins cemetery off Store road.]
Martin H. Hawkinson, 84, 2407 Bradley Road, died at 3:47 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 23, 1988, in SwedishAmerican Hospital after a long illness. Born Nov. 10, 1903, in Rockford, son of Nels and Christine Hawkinson. Life-long Rockford resident. Married Miriam M. Wetherell in Geneva, March 27, 1975. He was a builder, developer and Realtor, owner and currently the president of Martin Hawkinson Co., incorporated in 1935. Member Bethesda Covenant Church, life member of Salvation Army Advisory Board, Advisory Board of SwedishAmerican Hospital, and honorary member Rockford Board of Realtors Survivors include his wife, Miriam; sister, Ann (Folke) Bengston, Rockford; nieces and nephews including Cheryl Medlock, Karl Bietau, Gregory Bergman, Marty Apgar and Stephen Hiner; other nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. Predeceased by brother, Sexton Hawkinson, in 1926, and sister, Barbara Bergman, in 1978. Services at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26, in FRED C. OLSON MORTUARY, 1001 2 nd Ave., with the Rev. Clifford Johnson, pastor of Bethesda Covenant Church, officiating. Burial in Scandinavian Cemetery. Friends may call at the mortuary from noon to 12:45 p.m. Wednesday. [Rockford Register Star, 10-25-1988]
MRS. HEDRICK DIED AT WINNEBAGO YESTERDAY--Passed Away Last Evening at Daughters Home at the Age of Ninety Years--Winnebago, Feb. 14--Mrs. Margaret Hedrick passed away last evening at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Millie Burch, at the age of ninety years, death being caused by diseases incident to old age. Funeral arrangements will not be completed until word is received from a son in Nebraska. Mrs. Hedrick was born in Pennsylvania on August 18, 1823 and came to Illinois in 1857, settling near Byron where she resided until twenty years ago when the family moved to a farm at Westfield Corners, living there until 1907, when the husband died. Since that time deceased has been residing with her daughter here. She is survived by four sons and four daughters and twelve grandchildren and one great-grandchild. The sons are Allan and William, residing at Byron, Adam and Clarence, living in Nebraska. Mrs. Millie Burch, Mrs. Martha Mandeville, Mrs. Harry Allen, and Mary Hedrick, all living in the vicinity of Winnebago are the daughters. [Rockford Republic, February 14, 1913]
--DEATH CALLS MRS. JANE HEFFERAN AT AGE OF 73 YEARS--MOTHER OF POSTMASTER AND ROCKFORD RESIDENT OVER FORTY YEARS--Mrs. Jane Gallagher Hefferan, wife of Robert B. Hefferan of 132 Longwood street and resident of Rockford for over forty years, died Sunday morning at 6:15 o'clock at the Swedish American hospital, after an illness of five days of a complication of ailments. Deceased was born in Belvidere, Ill., Nov. 18, 1857, a daughter of Hugh and Catherine Gallagher, pioneer residents of Boone county, and was there married to Robert B. Hefferan on April 24, 1878. They came at once to Rockford, where they have resided continuously since. Those Who Survive--Besides her husband, who is seriously ill at St. Anthony hospital, she is survived by two children, Postmaster William H. Hefferan and Miss Loretta Hefferan. She also leaves two brothers, Hugh F. and John Gallagher, of Belvidere, and a sister, Mrs. W.W. Daniel, of Seattle, Wash. Mrs. Hefferan was a member of St. James church and belonged to the Altar and Rosary society of that congregation. She also was affiliated with the Catholic Women's league. She was a splendid example of Christian womanhood and measured up to the highest standards as wife, mother and friend. Hers was a life of large usefulness, abounding in deeds of kindness and mercy and her worth was appreciated by a wide circle of friends, who will view her passing with sincere sorrow. Funeral This Morning--Funeral services will be held this morning at 9 o'clock at the home and at 9:30 o'clock at St. James Pro-Cathedral. Interment will be made in the Catholic cemetery. [Rockford Republic, May 4, 1909]
Heffran, Edward R.
Edward B. Heffran, 80, 2411 Highcrest Road, died at 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 15, in his home after several months illness. Born July 15, 1892 in Rockford, son of Mr. and Mrs. Edward B. Heffran. Lived all his life in Rockford. Married to the former Mary Ann Silvy in Kansas City, Kas., Aug. 19, 1914. She died Aug. 14, 1963. Employed as superintendent of agents by American Insurance Co. for 25 years and also for the Springfield Fire and Marine Co. for 18 years He retired in December of 1957. Member of St. James Catholic Church, and of the Retired Men's Club of the YMCA, Rockford Historical Society, Toastmasters Club. Graduated from Rockford High School in 1910 and from Brown's Business College in 1912. Survivors include: two daughters, Mrs. Harry (Mary) Koplin, Rockford, and Mrs. William (Sylvia) Kramer, Joliet; a son, Edward B. Heffran III, Winnebago; 12 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; a sister, Mrs. A.D. Keller, LaMesa, Calif.; numerous nieces and nephews. A Son, John E. died in 1961. He had been Rockford's sewer department superintendent. Two brothers, Ross and Homer, predeceased him. Services at 9 a.m. Wednesday in LONG-KLONTZ FUNERAL HOME, 428 Park Ave., and at 9:30 a.m. in St. Peter's Cathedral, with theh Rev. Norbert Richter, pastor of St. James Church, officiating. Burial in St. Mary's Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home from 7 to 8 :30 a.m. Tuesday. The rosary will be recited at 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. [Rockford Morning Star, October 17, 1972]
Mrs. Tillie Marie Heimdahl, 79, 1636 4th. Ave., died at 9:45 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, 1963, in Swedish American Hospital after a short illness. Born July 4, 1884, in Skone, Sweden, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ola Johnson. Lived 60 yers in Rockford, coming here from Sweden. Married to Axel Heimdahl in Freeport, June 7, 1910. Member of Vasa Lodge, Eastside Salvation Army Ladies Aid, and Winnebago Garden Club. Survivor include: three sons, Berger, Melvin, and Evar, all of Rockford; a brother, Edwin J. Olson, Rockford; two sisters, Mrs. Karen Sjodin, Hayward, Calif., and Mrs. Anna Rehnberg, Sweden; six grandchildren and several nieves and nephews. He husband died March 23, 1944. Services at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12 in WILBUR CHRISTENSON FUNERAL HOME, 925 3rd ave., with Maj. Gunnar Erickson, of Eastside Salvation Army, officiating. Burial in Arlington Memorial Park. [Rockford Morning Star, Tuesday, Nov. 12, 1963]
Held, Cora May
Mrs. Cora May Held, 79, 1309 N. Horsman st., died at 2:10 p.m. Thursday, Jan 31, 1957, in St. Anthony hospital after a long illness. Born June 29, 1877, in DeKalb. Lived 56 years in Rockord. Married to Frank F. Feld in Woodstock, Feb. 28, 1897. He died May 15, 1952. Member of St. James cathedral. Survivors include: one son, Elvin F., Rockford; two daughters, Mrs. Marion Vincer and Mrs. Roberta Neitz, both of Rockford; two grandchildren, Rosemary and Floyd Vincer, Rockford. Four children died previously. Mass at 9:30 a.m. Monday in St. James cathedral with the Rt. Msgr. Leo M. Keenan, pastor, officiating. Burial in Marengo City cemetery. Friends may call in BURPEE-WOOD FUNERAL HOME, 430 N. Main st., from 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday. The rosary will be recited at 8 p.m. Sunday in the funeral home. [Rockford Morning Star, February 2, 1957]
Henderson, Carolyn H.
OBEYED THE SUMMONS--death of Mrs. John Henderson Occurred this Morning--After Weeks of Suffering, the End Came at 1 O'clock his Morning--A Kindly, Gentle Spirits Succumbs to the Inevitable--Funeral Wednesday Afternoon Mrs. John Henderson died at one o'clock this morning after six weeks of suffering with cerebral meningitis, which followed a severe attack of the grip. Just two weeks ago today her husband obeyed the final summons at the hospital where he was being treated for the same ailment which had for a month threatened the life of his wife. The constant anxiety caused by the illness of his beloved helpmate caused his strong constitution to break down and the struggle was brief. Owing to the serious condition of Mrs. Henderson she was never apprised of the illness and death of her husband and she passed away this morning unconscious of the fact that she had been preceded to the better land by the man of her choice. Mrs. Henderson's maiden name was Carolyn H. Rea, and she was born in this city April 6, 1864. Her early years were passed in Rockford where she attended the public schools and was graduated from the old West Rockford high school. In 1882 with the rest of the family she removed to Chicago where she resided until her marriage, which took place Oct. 10, 1894. With her husband she returned to the scene of her birth and school girl days where life assumed more charms than ever. A bright baby girl arrived to gladden the hearts of her parents and the future looked bright and promising beyond the fondest expectations. Then came the then apparently trivial attack of the prevailing malady and its subsequent development into a serious difficulty. In he meantime the loving father was stricken down, and finally the taking away of the fond wife and mother. Always of a kindly, affectionate disposition, Mrs. Henderson was one of those lovely characters so seldom met with, and her demise will be mourned by a large circle of friends as well as the immediate relatives. Besides an 8 months old daughter, Mrs. Henderson leaves a mother, five sisters and a brother, Mrs. L.M. Rea, a twin sister, Carline Rea, and Fanny Rea, of Chicago; Mrs. Sherman Kimball, Hinsdale; Mrs. C.A. Rowell, New Your city; Miss Priscilla Rea and Allyn Rea, of this city, all of whom were present during the last hours with the exception of Mrs. Kimball, who will arrive today. Mrs. Henderson was a member of the Second Congregational church before removing to Chicago, and on her return to this city again became an active worker in that society. The funeral services will be held at the house, 521 Fisher avenue, Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock, Rev. Dr. Barrows an Rev. B.E.S. Ely officiating. The interment will take place in the West Side cemetery. [Rockford Republic, 03-30-1896]
LeRoy B. Hermonson, 74, 624 N. Chicago Ave., died at 6:55 a.m. Monday, April 5, 1971, in Swedish-American Hospital after a brief illness. Born Nov. 26, 1896 in Northwood, Iowa, son of Andrew and Clara Hermonson. Lived 45 years in Rockford, coming here from Capron. Married to the former Ada Boothby in Capron Oct. 2, 1921. Employed as landscaper by Lennart Forsgren Landscape Co. for 10 years. Graduated from Harvard, Ill., High School in 1915. Survivors include: his widow, Ada; two brothers, Clarence, Tucson, Ariz., Leonard, Rockford; three sisters, Minnie Hermonson, Mrs. Charlotte Mend, and Mrs. Ella Tyner, all of Madison, Wis.; and a number of nephews and nieces. Services at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday in SUNDBERG FUNERAL HOME, 215 N. 6th St., with Rev. John Deason, Pastor of Westminster Presbyterian Church, officiating. Burial in Scandinavian Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday. [Rockford Register-Republic, April 6, 1971]
LUTHER HERRICK DEAD--Well Known Resident Passed Away Late Last Evening--Luther Herrick, a well known resident of South Rockford, died last night at his residence, 604 Cunningham street. He had been ill for eight weeks with the grip and, as it had left him greatly weakened, his demised was not unexpected. Mr. Herrick was born 78 years ago last October at Canterbury, Conn. He was married in 1848 at Marlborough, Mass., to Miss Jeannette Palmer and in 1850 moved to Janesville. Five years later he came to this city and has resided here continuously since. He was long engaged as a contractor and builder. He built the third house erected in South Rockford and up to a few years ago was better known in his business than almost any other man in the city. He was a man of rugged honesty, conscientious in his dealings with his fellows almost to a fault, and all who knew him sincerely respected and admired him. A wife and two children, Horace and Mary Jeannette, survive to mourn the loss of the husband and father. The funeral will be held Monday from the house on Cunningham street. [Rockford Morning Star, April 21, 1895]
FUNERAL OF EARLY RESIDENT--JOHN HERRINGTON IS TO BE BURIED FROM HOME OF FIFTY-FOUR YEARS--The funeral of John Herrington, who for more than half a century resided in Rockford, will be held from the home in North Second street near the Ranson Sanitarium at 2:30 o'clock this afternoon, Rev. H.M. Bannen officiating. Interment will be made in Cedar Bluff cemetery. Deceased succumbed to an illness that attacked him more than two years ago. Mr. Herrinton suffered a stroke of paralysis which with rheumatism had kept him confined to bed for more than two years, his son and daughter-in-law looking after him. Mr. Herrington was a native of Soham, England where he was born October 9, 1828. He was married in his native land and with his wife came to America in 1852, the couple living in New York for a year before coming to Rockford where they were to pass the remaining years of their life. When Mr. and Mrs. Herrington came to Rockford they occupied a log cabin on the site of the present residence but after several years Mr. Herrington built a frame house, which he occupied for fifty four years. Decedent followed gardening until his health failed and he was obliged to keep to the house. He is survived by one son William, an employe of the Ward Pump company and one sister Mrs. Sarah Bailey of Iowa Falls, Ia. Deceased joined the Episcopal church in England but never affiliated with the society in this country [Rockford Morning Star, February 23, 1909]
Hersey, Jason B.
ROCKLAND, Jan 18: Funeral services for Jason B. Hersey, past commander of Hartsuff post 74, G.A.R., were held this afternoon at the Rice funeral home on Webster street. Grand Army veterans and representatives of the legion, Sons and Veterans, Veterans of Foreign Wars, United Spanish War Veterans, Women's Relief Corps, and the auxiliaries of the Sons of Union Veterans and the United Spanish War Veterans attended. [Boston Herald, January 19, 1932]
Hersey, Prudence H. (Talcott)
MRS. PRUDENCE H. TALCOTT HERSEY PASSED AWAY AT 90 YEARS OF AGE AT HOME OF HER DAUGHTER--WAS SISTER OF THE HON. WAIT TALCOTT, GRANDFATHER OF THE PRESIDENT WAIT TALCOTT--CAME TO ROCKFORD IN 1837 Mrs. Prudence H. Talcott Hersey, aunt of Mrs. Ralph Emerson of this city and sister of the late Hon. Wait Talcott, grandfather of the present Wait Talcott, passed away at 6 o'clock this morning at the home of her daughter, Mrs. A.H. Van Tassell, 824 Church Street, Beloit, at the age of 90 years, 7 months and 25 days, old age being the cause of her death. She is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Van Tassell of Beloit and one son, Thomas Hersey, residing at Combe, S.D. One brother, Samuel Hersey, 94 years of age, survives her, living at Renick, Mo. Mrs. Hersey was one of the pioneer settlers of Winnebago County, coming here when there were no white settlers in this part of the country for many miles. She was born March 4, 1822, at Rome, N.Y. One brother, now deceased, was a prominent civil engineer in New York state, he making the survey for the first railroad between Albany and Schenectady, and Mrs. Hersey rode on the first train over this road. She came west with her parents in the year 1837, making the trip by boat from Buffalo to Detroit and coming the remainder of the way by wagon, settling at Rockton, Chicago at this time was only a hamlet. Mrs. Hersey had often told of going to Chicago, that being the nearest postoffice to them, and that it cost twenty-five cents for a postage stamp. Her father built the first saw and grist mill in this section of the country and settlers came for many miles to this mill to have their grain ground. Mrs. Hersey lived on the old homestead at Rockton until 1854 when she married Samuel Hersey. Upon her husband's death in 1879 she went to live with her daughter, Mrs. Van Tassell at Beloit, where she resided up to the time of her death. The Hon. Wait Talcott, her brother, was one of the first trustees of Beloit College, remaining in that capacity until his death. Last March 4, the daughter, Mrs. Van Tassell, gave a dinner party at her home in Beloit in honor of her mother's birthday and Mrs. Ralph Emerson of Rockford, a niece and her daughter were present. Mrs. Hersey received many callers that day and talked of things that happened many years ago with a clearness that was astonishing for one of her advanced years. [Rockford Republic, October 29, 1912]
MRS. SABRINA HESLER--A stroke of paralysis suddenly brought to an end the life of Mrs. Sabrina Hesler, wife of Mattew Helser, at the family home, North Main street and Brown avenue. Mrs. Hesler was 62 years old and had lived in this city nearly a score of years. She was a native of Germany and on coming to this country first lived in Pennsylvania. Mrs. Hesler was a member of St. Mary's church and was greatly beloved by those who knew her. Mrs. Hesler is survived by her husband and four daughters: Mrs. Henry Maffioli and Mrs. Feffer of this city, Mrs. C.C. Doctor of Grafton, Wis., and Mrs. Rose Haggerty of Pottstown, Pa. The first three named were at the mother's bedside when she passed away. [Rockford Daily Register Gazette, May 12, 1900
Higgenbottom, Charles H.
Funeral services for Charles H. Higgenbottom, retired farmer who died Monday afternoon at 4:30 at his home, 450 Hinkley ave., after an illness of eight weeks of influenza and complications, will be held Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock from the home. Interment will be in North Burritt cemetery. Friends are asked not to send flowers. Mr. Higgenbottom was born in Burritt township July 8, 1857, and had resided in Rockford for the past eleven years. Besides the widow, Mrs. Etta Higgenbottom, he is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Charles Robbins of Burritt, and the Misses Laura and Bertha, both living at home. He also leaves two sisters, Mrs. Mary J. Walker of Durand and Mrs. Will Rogers of Freeport; a brother, Warren Higgenbottom of Harrrison, and two grandchildren. [Rockford Republic, May 2, 1922]
Highbarger, Flora Stokburger
Seward, Ill: Mrs. Flora Stokburger Highbarger, wife of David Highbarger, prominent fancy stock breeder, died at the home here yesterday, December 18, 1928, following a stroke of paralysis. She had been in apparently good health. Mrs. Highbarger was a daughter of Christian and Fannie (Gates) Stokburger and lived in this vicinity all her life. She was born here October 27, 1858. She was married December 29, 1882. (Alice Horner’s note: This date is incorrect; the Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, 1763-1900 shows this date as December 29, 1881.) Two children were born of the union, Howard, living at Egan, and Mrs. Winnifred Reber, who died at Egan two years ago. In addition to the husband, she is survived by two brothers, Elmer Stokburger of Marshalltown, Iowa, Ernest P. Stokburger of Rockford; and three sisters, Mrs. Emma Stokburger of Madison South Dakota, Mrs. Ella Benedict of Marcus, Iowa, and Mrs. Lillie Sheldon of Winnebago. Fred Stokburger, a brother, died in Montana in 1920. Mr. Egan is ill, following a fall which he suffered several months ago. Funeral services will be held Thursday afternoon at 1:30 o’clock at the home. Burial will be at Egan Cemetery. [Freeport Journal Standard, Freeport, Illinois, December, 19, 1928; submitted by Alice Horner]
Hike, Ivan H.
Rockford -- Ivan H. Hike, 69,1418 8th St, died at 6 am. Sunday, March 13, 1977, in Swedish American Hospital after a long illness. Born March 31,1907 Council Bluffs, Iowa, son of Henry Albert and Alma Hike, lived 45 years in Rockford, coming here from Council Bluffs. Employed as a laborer by Ferguson Construction Company for many years. Veteran of World War all, serving with the U.S. Army in the European Theater, Enlisted at Camp Grant, April 14, 1942, discharged at Fort Sheridan, December 9, 1945. Served outside the United States with 59th Signal Battalion, 7th Army, 745th Field Artillery Battalion. Served in European Theater from Feb 6,1944 to November 27, 1945. Member of Ross-Pearson Veterans of Foreign wars Post No.5149. Survivors include three brothers, Elmer, in Washington State. Henry I. Loves Park, and Robert, Rockford and his Stepmother, Mrs Grace Hike, Rockford. Graveside services at 10am Wednesday, March 16,1977 in Sunset Memorial Gardens, with Capt Marvin Dahl of East side Salvation Army officiating. Arrangements by Sundberg Funeral Home, 215 N. 6th St. [Submitted by JoAnn Kroeger]
Hill, Luther H.
Luther H. Hill, 47, 6055 John Court, Loves Park, died at 1:15 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, 1972. He was found dead in the cab of the truck he was driving in Chicago. Born March 26, 1925, in St. Joseph, Tenn., son of Luther and Lennie Hill. Lived two years in Rockford, coming here from New Haven, Conn. Married to the former Ethel Crazier in Loves Park, Jan. 7, 1956. Employed as a truck driver by Mid-West Haulers for 12 years. Veteran of Korean War, serving with the U.S. Army in Korea. Member of Inernational Brotherhood of Teamsters, Local 710, Chicago. Attended Tennessee schools. Survivors include his widow, Ethel; a son, Wayne Hill, Chicago; five daughters, Mrs. Janice Weaver, Chicago, Hope, at home, Mrs. Bonnie McKenzie, Rockford, Mrs. Marianne Murphy, Hamden, Conn., and Mrs. Leonora Wright, Tampa, Fla.; mother, Mrs. Lennie Darland, Rockford; eighteen grandchildren; and a sister, Mrs. Helen Kendall, Rockford; two brothers, Heron, Washington, and Freeman, Rockford; and several nieces and nephews. Services at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday in SUNDBERG FUNERAL HOME, 215 N. 6th St. Burial in Willwood Burial Park. [Rockford Morning Star, October 17, 1972]
DEATH CAME SUDDENLY: Mrs. J.M. Hill Confined to Her Bed Only Three Days For several years past the friends of Mrs. J.M. Hill have feared that she was suffering from consumption, but the lady herself resolutely combated the thought and by sheer force of will continued to be up and about her duties. She would not contemplate the possibility of the coming dissolution and this exercise of will was probably responsible for the rapid decline that followed when she was at last compelled to take to her bed. It was but three days ago that this was necessary, and at 8:30 o'clock last evening she breathed her last. The deceased was a native of Winnebago county, having been born at Middle Creek in Seward township 47 years ago. As Mary Bridgeland she was united to Joseph M . Hill, the well known dealer in butter, cheese and eggs, 24 years ago and the couple have spent an exceptionally happy life together in this city throughout the long period that has since elapsed. The widower is left without children and his bereavement in great. The mother and sister of the lady, Miss Mattie Bridgeland, reside on Court street in this city, while her brothers George and William live at Middle Creek and two married sisters reside in Iowa. Deceased was a member of the First Presbyterian Church and her long residence in Rockford, her cheerfulness and the uncomplaining manner in which she bore her long illness, won the love and esteem of those who knew her. [Rockford Republic, Nov 13, 1896]
FUNERAL SERVICES FOR WILLIAM E. HINCHLIFF MONDAY AFTERNOON--Private funeral services for William E. Hincliff were held Monday afternoon at the late residence, conducted by the Rev. John Gordon, pastor of the Second Congregational church. The quartet of that church, Miss Annie Walton, organist, sang "Comfort Ye My People" and "Now the Day is Over." The body was borne to its final (...?) companies whose terms of service ranged from fifteen to twenty-seven years. These were Charles S. Anderson, the first employ of the Burson companies, Edward J. Ziock, Delos E. Prescott, William S. Parker, Samuel T. Stites and Albert E. Buske. Burson Service Pins--As a recognition of service the Burson companies recently had made gold service pins to be presented to all employes. On the pin is engraved the word "Burson" and a star represnts each five years' period of service. It had been hoped that Mr. Hinchcliff's condition of health would permit him to present the pins. The pallbearers were presented their pins today. On the body of the revered president of the Burson companies appeared a pin designating his twenty-five years of earnest service in the organization of this pre-eminent industrial unit. Never Closed Down--Mr. Hinchliff always looked with pride upon the record of the Burson companies of never having closed down, despite business conditions. It was the policy of the president to stock up the warehouses during a dull period rather than cease to give employment. As a result the companies have a loyal staff of employes, most of whom have been long in the service. To continue this uninterrupted service and enviable record, it was decided to stop the wheels of industry at the Burson companies only two minutes this afternoon during the funeral services of the president. [Rockford Morning Star, February 22, 1921]
Mr. Russel Hitcock, one of the pioneers of Seward, died at his residence on Monday, after a short illness. Mr. Hitchcock was a highly esteemed citizen, a kind neighbor, and an honest man. He came to Seward in 1844 or 1845, where he has resided up to the time of his death. His house is indeed a house of mourning, for some four or five weeks ago, his daughter Sarah, a young lady of eighteen years, was suddenly taken away with about the same disease--typhoid fever. [Rockford Weekly Gazette, 12-21-1881]
Hogland, Frank G.
WIDELY KNOWN INDUSTRIALIST SUCCUMBS AT 74--PLAYED MAJOR ROLE IN DEVELOPING CITY'S LARGEST FIRM --STRICKEN FRIDAY --HAD PART IN FOUNDING MANY ROCKFORD INDUSTRIES --Frank G. Hogland, 74, president of National Lock company and Rockford's most widely known industrialist, died at 5:12 p.m. yesterday at the Swedish-American hospital. Mr. Hogland became ill last Friday and was removed from his home, 918 North 2nd street, to the hospital on Sunday. He had not regained consciousness since Sunday. Death was attributed to cerebral thrombosis, complicated by pneumonia. His daughter, Mrs. Horace M. Wortham, and other members of his family had been at his bedside almost constantly from the time he was stricken. Funeral arrangements had not been completed last night. For half and century, Mr. Hogland had had a prominent hand in the industrial life of the city. His outstanding contribution to the industrial development of Rockford, however, was the National Lock company. Founded Firm in 1903--On Oct. 2, 1903, with a paid-in capital of $3,300, Mr. Hogland together with the late Levin Faust and Emil C. Traner organized the National Lock company for the manufacture of locks and hardware for furniture. The top floor of a building owned by Wait Talcott on the waterpower at Forbes street was rented by the new concern for $15 a month. Only eight men were employed at the start. From this humble beginning, Mr. Hogland, as managing executive of the firm, developed the National Lock company to its present huge proportions. For years it has been the city's largest employer, at peak times employing as many as 3,150 persons. The plant at 18th avenue and 7th street has more than 12 acres of floor space. Throughout its entire history of 35 years, the National Lock company had Mr. Hogland as its president and manager. He managed to retain this position during the last decade in spite of complicated litigation in the courts for control of the vast industrial enterprise. Even during the depression years, the National Lock company under Mr. Hogland's leadership remained the city's leading employer. The 1935 payroll totaled $2,211,774. In 1936, it rose to $2,580, 547 and in 1937 to $3,464,226. During the first years of its existence, the company did a total business of $20,000. This was doubled the following year. Throughout his career, Mr. Hogland was closely associated with the late P.A. Peterson and Levin Faust. But while Mr. Peterson aided in financing the fast-growing firm, it was Mr. Hogland who kept increasing the business volume. Company's Super-Salesman--During the first three years of the new firm's history Mr. Hogland would spend one week in the office and plant, tending to the executive details, and the next week on the road as salesman, disposing of the firm's products. Alternating his work in this fashion, Mr. Hogland established contacts and friendships for the new firm which have been retained in many instances to this day. In more recent years, Mr. Hogland was the super-salesman for his firm. When other salesmen would fail to land a big order, Mr. Hogland would go after it himself. He never spared himself. Always he drove himself relentlessly. He was at his job in the factory early and late. The National Lock company having outgrown its original space on the waterpower, moved in 1906 to the top floor of a three-story building located at 18th avenue and Parmele street. When it outgrew this location, P.A. Peterson built a large plant for its use at 18th avenue and 10th street. The company soon outgrew its quarters again and in 1909 a four-story building, 64 by 200 feet, was built at 7th street and 19th avenue. The next years, it became necessary to erect another building of equal size and height adjoining the first factory and both were occupied by the National Lock firm. In 1919 need, needing still more room, Mr. Hogland erected a model six-story concrete factory at 7th street and 18th avenue, adjoing the other buildings. Another six-story concrete addition was built in 1924, extending the plant to 8th street. In 1926, the company built a huge power plant to service its factories. New lines of hardware for installation in automobiles were added as the automobile industry developed. The local firm also became the world's largest manufacterer of refrigerator hardware. Help Found Many Firms--While Mr. Hogland was most closely linked with the National Lock company, he also was associated with many other of the city's industries and was the organizer of some of the city's largest furniture plants. Almost from the time he came to Rockford in 1883, after his marriage in Chicago to Miss Emma Alander, he became of the the city's outstanding promoters. He was only 19 years old when he came to Rockford bit within eight years he was elected city clerk. He held this position for three terms of two years each. He was first elected to the office in 1891. Mr. Hogland was born in Westergothland, Sweden, Feb. 6, 1864, the youngest of a family of five children. His father, August Hogland, left Sweden late in the sixties and after he had accumulated sufficient funds he sent for his wife and five children to join him in Chicago. This was in 1870. Mr. Hogland's parents became prominent among the Swedish newcomers on the north side of Chicago and the children became active in various businesses and professions. In the early nineties, Mr. Hogland was president of the Star Furniture company, vice present of the West End Furniture company and a stockholder in Mechanics Furniture company, Rockford Mantel and Furniture company, Royal Sewing Machine company and Rockford Desk and Furniture company. Established Insurance Firm--As early as 1889, he organized the Hogland insurance company, which met with considerable success. He also was interested in the Peterson Land company and Posten Publishing company of Rockford. Established originally in 1888 by Carl Eddesen, the Posten Publishing company published the "Rockford Posten," a Swedish weekly paper with a considerable circulation. Control of the company was held by Hogland. Rockford Printing company, now Rockford Printing and Supply company, also was formed by Mr. Hogland in 1890 and sold to Claude Dunlap, its present owner, in 1909. In the 'nineties, Mr. Hogland organized the Empire Manufacturing company for the purpose of making a special line of furniture for a large manufacturer who distributed the furniture as premiums with soap. He disposed of his holding in the company in 1922 to Charles J. Lundberg, present head of the firm, now The Empire, Ltd. Mr. Hogland did not confine his interest. One of his most important civic contributions was a president of the board of directors of Swedish-American hospital. He had served in this position from the time the hospital was built, except for a few years, still holding the post at the time of his death. Active In Church Brotherhood --He was a member of the Emmanuel Lutheran church, where he was a faithful worshiper at Sunday services. He frequently attended the Emmanuel Brotherhood programs and at various times served on committees and boards of the Emmanuel congregation. He was at one time a member of the board of directors of Augustana college and theological seminary at Rock Island. Mr. Hogland was a member of Rockford Elks club and Forest Hills Country club. Besides the daughter, Mrs. Horace M. Wortham of Rockford, Mr. Hogland is survived by a sister, Miss Augusta M. Hogland of Chicago; three grandchildren, Mrs. Howard S. Cox, Jr., and Miss Suzanne Wortham of Rockford and Alander F. Hogland, Jr., of San Francisco, and a great-grandchild Alander, Jr., is the son of A.F. Alander Hogland, who died in 1925. Mrs. Hogland died several years ago. Mr. Hogland made his home at 918 North 2nd street with his niece, Mrs. D.H. O(?) and her husband.[Rockford Morning Star, December 14, 1938]
Holby, Ruth (Stull)
Mrs. Ruth Holby Dies Monday -- Polo: - Mrs. Ruth Holby, 82, of 345 W. Oregon St., Polo, died Monday at the Dixon Public Hospital after a short illness. Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. at the Brown-Seidel Funeral Home in Polo with the Rev. Arthur Hunn officiating. Burial will be in Willwood Cemetery in Rockford. Visitation will be Tuesday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the funeral home. A memorial has been established for diabetes research. She was born Nov. 17, 1894 near Polo, the daughter of E.L. Stull and Alice Holly Stull. She married Frank Holby on Jan. 31, 1912 in Dixon. He preceded her in death in 1957. She is survived by one son, William of Rockford, one daughter Mrs. Ruth Warner of Phoenix, Ariz.; two brothers, Rev. Maynard Stull of Springfield, Ohio; and Leslie Stull of Rockford; three sisters, Mrs. Mary Rucker and Mrs. Alice Maas, both of Polo, and Mrs. Dudley (Florence) Allen of Mt. Morris; eight grandchildren; 23 great grandchildren; and four gret great grandchildren. Preceded in death by her husband, one daughter and five brothers. [The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, IL, March 29, 1977 - Tuesday, pg 4; Contributed by Melva L. Taylor]
A.H.HOLCOMB DIES IN THE WEST
Former Resident of Rockford Passes Away in California. Dr. Kitchen is in receipt of a letter from Mrs. Mary Holcomb Sackman announcing the death of her father, A. H. Holcomb, which occurred at Santa Anna, Calif., Sept. 17 of paralysis. Mr. Holcomb was 65 years of age. The decedent was very well known in Winnebago county, where he lived for many years prior to his removal to the Pacific coast. For a long time he was engaged in farming in Shirland township and later lived in Rockford. He was a man of upright character and honesty and had many friends in this city. Mrs. Sackman writes that the home at Santa Anna will be broken up and she will return to Phoenix, Ariz., to live.[Rockford Register-Gazette, Friday, September 29, 1899]
Hollenbeck, John Edward
John Edward Hollenbeck was born in Hudson, Summit County, Ohio, June 5, 1929, where his parents lived until 1845, at which time they moved to Winnebago County, Illinois. Previous to their going West, Edward, or Ed as he was familiarly called, attended the district schools; but after the age of fourteen he had the privilege of school in the winter only, the summer being spent in working on the farm. In his boyhood days he was a favorite with young and old, being possessed of a genial disposition and generous to a fault, both of which traits followed him through life. [Unknown newspaper/date; submitted by Hannah]
James Holly, 70 years old, crossing a railroad track on horseback, near Howard, Illinois, on Thursday, was run over by a train and torn to pieces.--Critic-Record, District of Columbia, March 25, 1871]
Holmes, Mrs. James
Mrs. James Holmes, a lady well known in Pecatonica, died at that place last Saturday evening. She was the wife of James Holmes, an old resident of Pecatonica [Daily Gazette, February 23, 1880]
Holmquist, Charles J.
Charles J. Holmquist, Deranged Through Illness And Grief, Goes To Lumber Shack In Laona Woods And Fires Bullet Through His Mouth--Found By Brother In Snow-Drift Clutching Weapon Of Destruction. Died An Hour Later--Left Rockford Saturday For A Rest In The Woods--Leaves Wife And Child--Coroner Mcallister Investigates Death
Deranged mentally through illness and grief, Charles John Holmquist, an employe of the East Rockford Mantel Company, residing at 1203 Seventh Street, left Rockford Saturday afternoon to spend a few days for his health at a shack in Laona Township with his brother, Frank Holmquist, and Sunday morning he took a rifle and went a few rods from the shack and shot himself through the mouth, dying shortly after. Holmquist had been ailing mentally for some time and had delusions that the men in the factory where he was were trying to whip him. He was treated for nervous ailment and since the death of a little daughter last fall had not been himself, brooding much and always acting strangely. He was married and had one child, a girl about four years old. Lately he has not been able to work steadily on account of his nervous condition. Last Wednesday Holmquist wrote his brother, who is a wood-chopper and grubber, living in a shack on the Niles Patterson farm in Durand and Laona of which George Echer is the tenant, asking if it would not be possible for him to come to the shack for a few days' recreation, stating that he was broken in health and that he believed a period of recreation would benefit him considerably. Holmquist laid the matter before the two other occupants of (the) shack, Alfred Anderson and Frank Palmer, both wood-choppers and well known in Rockford, and it was decided that room could be made for him. Accordingly on Friday, Frank Holmquist came to Rockford and visited at his brother's home here, staying over Saturday, when they started together for the shack. They stopped off a couple of hours in Beloit and had a drink or two, but neither man drank much, Frank Holmquist buying a pint of whisky to take to Anderson and Palmer. The Holmquist brothers arrived at Durand about 5 o'clock Saturday evening and were driven to the Patterson farm, which is about three miles north of the village. The shack is a little distance from the farmhouse, and here the Holmquist brothers and Anderson and Palmer sat together until about 9 o'clock at night, talking over ways of entertaining the brain-fagged man from Rockford, who asked if hunting was good in the adjacent timber country, and frequently expressed his delight at being able to take the vacation. At 9 o'clock the four men decided that two of them would go to a neigboring farm-house and sleep, as the bund in the shack can only hold two. Charles Holquist himself suggested that his brother, Frank and Frank Palmer go to the Stoner Glaim farm, leaving him to spend the night with Alfred Anderson, whom he had long known. Anderson and Holmquist retired shortly after 9 o'clock and laid talking until midnight about various matters. At the time Anderson noticed nothing strange about Holmquist, although his brother had taken him outside of the shack and told him that he had been acting queer lately, but that he was not violent or dangerous. About 4 o'clock Sunday morning Anderson was awakened by Holmquist, who had arisen and dressed, and was walking about in the shack. Holmquist told Anderson to get up, but Anderson said it was too early. Holmquist took down Anderson's 22-calibre Marlin rifle and examined it and again asked about the hunting. Anderson says he took the rifle from Holmquist, and they talked for an hour until he himself fell asleep. Anderson did not awaken until after 6 o'clock, when Frank Palmer and Holmquist's brother, who had come over from the Glaim place, arrived at the shack.
Anderson at once missed Holmquist and his rifle and Holmquist's brother yelled for him, and walking along a path through the snow but a few rods from the shack, he found his brother lying face down in the snow, the rifle under him and blood gushing from his mouth and saturating the grass. He was still breathing and Frank Holmquist and Anderson, who ran out in his bare feet, deragged him into the shack, while Palmer ran to Mr. Echer's house and told Mr. Echer what happened. The latter at once telephoning to Dr. G.M. Hains at Durand. It was about 7 o'clock when Dr. Hains was reached and Holmquist breathed until the doctor arrived at the farm, about 8 o'clock, dying, however, before Dr. Hains could walk the distance to the shack. Nothing could have been done from him, as he had lost over a quart of blood, and the bullet, as it was later proved, had penetrated and fractured the skull. Coroner McAllister was at once notified and drove to Durand, holding an inquest at the shack about 2 o'clock in the afternoon. Dr. Hains performed an autopsy and removed the scalp in the back part of the skull, turned it over and found the bullet at once, lying under a fractured piece of the skull, which was about the size of a five-cent piece in diameter. The bullet was apparently a 22-cailbre ball and had been considerably flattened in its passage.
At the inquest Frank Holmquist told of his brother wanting to come to the shack and told of going to Rockford to bring him out. He said that he had acted queerly and that he was not a man that drank much, but that he had been mentailly deranged for some time, and that was why he ahd planned a few days up in the woods. He says that he found his brother lying flat in the snow tightly clutching under him the Marlin rifle which belonged to Alfred Anderson. He said that during the night before no quarrel had taken place, and that his brother took just one small drink out of the pint of whisky bought in Beloit. He said that when brother was found he was so weak that he could not stand, and he was apparently unconscious, for he recognized no one and said nothing, although he was breathing thickly. He says that he opened his mouth and saw what seemed like a wound, and figured that his brother had taken a cartridge from Anderson's box and placed the muzzle in his mouth, pulling the trigger. Alfred Anderson told of the conversation he had with Holmquist after the other two left for Glaim's place, and said that he did not seem strange, although his eyes were peculiarly sharp. He also told of awakening about 4 o'clock Sunday morning and finding Holmquist up and about, taking the rifle from him. That is all he knows about Holmquist's movements, as he fell asleep and did not awaken until Palmer entered. He ran out and helped carry in Holmquist after his brother found him.
Palmer's story corroborated the stories of Holmquist's brother and Anderson. Palmer's home is at 722 Kishwaukee Court, Rockford, and he has only been up at the shack about two weeks. Palmer saw Holmquist give his final gasp before Dr. Hains arrived, and says that this was about 8 o'clock. Mr. Echer testified about the condition of Holmquist when he went to the shack after telephoning. Dr. Hains testified about being called and says that Holmquist was dead when he arrived. He insterted a probe into a hole he found in the soft palate of the mouth, but made no attempt to locate the bullet. Returning in the afternoon, when Coroner McAllister arrived, he opened the scalp and immediately found the bullet, which in its passage had been deflected, breaking and loosening a small piece on the back part of the skull, behind which it was located. Dr. Hains testified that he found no disfiguration about the face and mouth, indicating that Holmquist had probably held the muzzle of the rifle behind his teeth and quite close the the soft palate. The bullet took an upward and backward course, finally deflecting to the base of the head, where it was stopped by the solid structure of the skull.
The jury sworn by Coroner Mc Allister returned a verdict to the effect that Holmquist had died by his own hand by plaing the muzzle of the rifle in his mouth and himself pulling the trigger, and that his act was probably commited because of mental derangement. The body was prepared in Durand, for shipment to Rockford, and arrived this morning and will be buried here. Up until a late hour last night the wife of Holmquist had not been notified and when she was told of his suicide she fainted. The shack where the wood-choppers live is a very small one, with hardly enough room for an ordinary sized man to stand up straight. It stands close to a big timber strip, and its windows look out upon the rolling hill country in the vicinity of Durand. The wood-choppers live in as primeval a way as any one in Winnebago County, hunting when not working, and having, altogether, a careless kind of existence. A story was current in Duand that the Holmquists had brought a half-gallon of raw alcohol with them from Beloit. But all of the men deny this. They admit drinking, but say Holmquist did not imbibe much. No traces of liquor were found about the shack by Coroner McAllister, except an empty beer-case. Holmquist carried insurance and was a member of the John Erickson Lodge of Svitiods. He was 34 years of age and born in Sweden and had been in America about twelve years, most of which time he lived in Rockford. It is believed that when he wrote his brother for permission to come to the shack he premeditated suicide, and that he had his self-destruction in view some time before that, although he never mentioned, so far as is known, any intention of killing himself. [Rockford Republic, December 14, 1908]
AARON HOUGHTON AGED 75 YEARS--Aaron Houston died yesterday noon aged 75 years after a long residence on a farm north of Pecatonica. He leaves his wife and five daughters and several grandchildren. He was a member of the G.A.R. The funeral will be held Thursday from the home and the burial will be in the village cemetery here at Pecatonica.--Rockford Republic, May 4, 1909 Hubbard, Jayland --five months old of Mrs. and Mrs. W.R. Hubbard, 301 1/2 Fifteenth Ave., died sunday evening at 10 o'clock at the home of his parents. Funeral arrangements are not completed in detail but interment is to be made in Marengo.[Rockford Republic, Monday evening, August 29, 1921]
ROCKFORD, ILL--Tony Huckabee, 35, of Rockford, died there Wednesday, October 28, 1992. He was born Oct. 19, 1957 at Pocahontas, (AR), a son of Kenneth and Lucille Johnson Huckabee. He is survived by his mother, Lucille Murray and step-father, Hubert Murray, who reside in Pocahontas; ten brothers, Larry Huckabee, Lloyd Huckabee, Bobby Huckabee and Norman Huckabee, all of Rockford, Gene Huckabee of Memphis, Aubrey Huckabee and Jerry Huckabee, both of Beaumont, Calif, and Robert Huckabee of Pocahontas; four sisters, Sherry Armstrong, Vicki Mourman and Frankie Mourman, all of Rockford and Frances Skimahorn of Pocahontas. Funeral services were held Saturday morning at the Chapel of McNabb Funeral Home with Gene Cullum officiating. Burial followed in Sharum Cemetery. [Pocahontas Star Herald, Nov 5, 1992; contributed by Freda Roberts]
PIONEER IN DRY GOODS IS DEAD--A.F. HUFFMAN DIED IN EARLY EVENING ON FOURTH OF JULY, CAME TO ROCKFORD IN 1852. EIGHTH DEATH IN FAMILY IN PAST FIVE MONTHS
A.F. Huffman died last eveing at 8:10 o'clock at the home, 631 North Court Street. He established the pioneer dry goods firm of Huffman & Bush which was one of the first in this part of the state. In spire of his 74 years he has been active and in good health until the past year. One year ago he suffered from a stroke of paralysis but his recovery was good. His improvement continued until about three weeks ago when he suffered a second attack. At this time he was deprived of the power of speech. He got considerably better and was regaining the use of his voice, being able to speak words disconnectedly, when the third stroke seized him. This occurred ten days ago and deprived him not only of his entire voice but all his powers of sensation were greatly affected. Just a week ago he was taken to his bed and decline followed rapidly. The deceased was born in Belleville, Canada, February 3, 1832 and was the son of John S. Huffman, a pioneer settler of Canada. In his youth he formed the liking for medicine and obtained a degree from Victoria College, Coberg. He came to Rockford, but he soon saw that his chosen field was too healthy for a physician and he engaged in mercantile lines. His business career in Rockford dates from 1852. Most of his life since that time has been spent here. August Stewart became his bride November 26, 1854. Two years ago they celebrated their golden wedding anniversary. To this union were born two daughters and four sons. One son Charles W., died in 1900. The other children surviving with the widow are Mary, Elizabeth, William F., and A. McGregor of Rockford and John S., of LaPorte, Ind. This is the eighth death occurring in the family of the widow within the past five months, the others were, a brother, D.J. Stewart, a sister, Mrs. Cleveland of Durand, a nephew, John Cleveland and wife and daughter of Durand and Joseph Barnes and Justin Walker who were connections through marriages of sisters. The funeral will be held from the home, 631 North Courth Street at 4 o'clock, Friday afternoon, interment being in the West Side Cemetery. Rev. H.L. Martin, a life long friend of the deceased will officiate. [The Rockford Republic, July 5, 1906]
Huggins, Rev. Morrison
Rev. M. Huggins of the Westminster Presbyterian Church, of East Rockford, died yesterday morning about 5 o'clock, after a brief but painful illness. Although the Rev. gentleman had been unwell for a couple of weeks past, his death took his friends by surprise, as they had no idea his illness was of so serious a character, it at first being but a slight cold which finally resulted in inflammation of the lungs, the immediate cause of Mr. Huggins' death. Rev. Morrison Huggins was born in Marion, Wayne County, State of New York, and was a School-mate of the Doctors Clark of the city. Mr. Huggins' first ministry was in Havanna, New York, where he preached for fourteen years, and succeeded in building up a prosperous and thriving Church, and was held in high repute for his ability and eloquence. Soon after the Presbyterian Church of East Rockford was organized, now some three years since, Mrs. Huggins received a call to assume its pastoral charge, which he accepted, and came to this city in May, 1856. At that time the Congregation assembled in the Old Semina(ry) Building, but subsequently removed into their Lecture Room, which becoming too small, they again removed into Metropolitain Hall, from when they removed into their new Church a few weeks since. On the 30th of December last, the new and handsome Brick Church was formally opened and dedicated to its divine uses. During all those changes, Mrs. Huggins attended diligently and faithfully to the interests, both spiritual and temporal, of his flock, and has left behind him an enviable reputation for purity, ability and zeal in the service of his Congregation and the sect with which he was associated. The deceased leaves and wife and three children to mourn his loss. He was 41 years of age at the time of his death. The funeral will take place from the late residence of Mr. Huggins, to-morrow at 2 1/2 P.M. [Rockford Daily News, February 16, 1859]
Mrs. Mary Hunter Dead--The remains of Mrs. Mary Hunter of Winnebago, widow of David Hunter, who died last October, will be buried tomorrow afternoon at 3 o'clock. Rev. M.S. Axtell, pastor of the Presbyterian Church of which she was a member will officiate. The same pallbearers, who carried her husband to his grave, will carry Mrs. Hunter. Mrs. Hunter was born in Lexington, N.J. Jan. 15, 1823. She was married to Mr. Hunter at Piqua, O., in 1859 and ten years later came to Winnebago County, where they lived forty-three years in the same home. Twelve years ago, they celebrated their golden wedding. Last January Mrs. Hunter fell and broker her arm, and three weeks later fell a second time and broke her leg. The enforced quiet following these accidents caused a break in her health. Although the bones united, she continued to sink, her death taking place at 2 o'clock yesterday afternoon. [Rockford Republic, April 29, 1911]
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