Winnebago County, Illinois
Fred E. Machesney, 79, 3402 Ridge Ave. died at 8:35 a.m. Saturday in his residence after a long illness. Born March 17, 1898 in Annwan, Ill., son of Jay and Minnie Machesney. Lived most of his life in Rockford. Manager and owner of Machesney Airport for 47 years. Served in World War I in the U.S. Army. Was a charter member of the OX-5 Club, charter member of the QB Club, member of Aviation Pioneer Hall of Fame; held commercial pilot license 40(?) and belonged to the Kiwanis American Legion Club No. 31. Survivors include two sisters, Mrs. Helen Edel, Kewanee and Mrs. Della Rose, LaMar, Mo.; and several nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by his wife, Mae in 1953. Services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6 in DELAHANTY FUNERAL HOME, 401 River Lane, with the Rev. Donald Lyons officiating. Burial in Willwood Cemetery. Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday in the home. Memorials are asked for the Rock Valley Collegd. Fred Machesney Scholarship award to aviation engineers. [--Rockford Register-Star, Sunday, Dec. 4, 1977]
Mrs. Mae Machesney, Wife of Local Airport Head, Dies Services for Mrs. Mae Machesney, 8600 N. 2nd st., wife of Fred Machesney, founder of the Machesney airport of N. 2nd rd., will be held at 11 a.m. Monday in St. James pro-cathedral. Burial will be in Willwood Burial park. Mrs. Machesney died at 7:23 a.m. Saturday in Rockford Memorial hospital following an illness of seven weeks. Mrs. Machesney was the daughter of Mrs. and Mrs. Charles Schlindwein. She was married to Fred Machesney Dec. 20, 1917, in Galva, Ill., and the couple came to Rockford in 1927 from Kewanee. She was a member of St. James Catholic parish, and had been active in the Catholic Women's League, St. Anthony hospital auxiliary, the Republican Women's club, and the American Legion auxiliary. She had served as chapeau of the 8 and 40 and president of the Ladies' Monday Matinee Bowling League. Surviving are her husband; two brothers, Leonard Schlindwein, New Hampton, Ia., and Anthony Schlilndwein, Kewanee; and three sisters, Mrs. E.N. Nelson, Lincoln, Neb., and Mrs. F.G. Westlund and Mrs. C.W. Boling, both of Kewanee. [--Rockford Morning Star, 04-26-1953]
Maffioli, Madeline Bertolosi
Mrs. Madeline Maffioli--Funeral services will be held at 9 am. Tuesday at the home and at 9:30 am., at St. Anthony church for Mrs. Madeline Bertolosi Maffioli, 73, wife of Peter Maffioli, sr., and a pioneer resident of Rockford, who died at her home, 1446 Fourth ave., last Saturday of hear trouble and complications. Burial will be in the Catholic cemetery. Mrs. Maffioli was married at Bolodelo, near Milan, Italy, and she came to Rockford 49 years ago. She had made her home at the Fourth ave. address for a period of 46 years. Besides her husband, she is survived by seven children: Mrs. H.P. Pagani and Mrs. William Kreig, both of Indianapolis; Mrs. Rose Hauser, Cleveland, O.; Mrs. John Farmer, Mrs. Corrine Bergenson, Peter Maffioli jr., and Mrs. John Voss, all of Rockford. There are eight grandchildren. Members of the family were at her bedside when death came. Mrs. Maffioli was a member of St. James church and of the Altar and Rosary society of St. Anthony of Padua church. [Rockford Republic, May 12, 1930]
MRS. TIMOTHY MAHONEY DEAD--An Old Resident of Rockford Passes Away--Funeral Friday--Mrs. Margaret Mahoney, a resident of Rockford for forty-five years, died at her home, 720 Green street, last evening at 6 o'clock. Her death was not unexpected. For over a year she had been ill and a steady breaking down of her physical powers had been evident for a number of months. For the last three weeks her decline had been rapid and for several days her death had been expected at any hour. She was 71 years of age. Death was due to complications. Mrs. Mahoney was a native of County Waterford, Ireland. She fist lived in the east when she came to this country and it was there she married. She and her husband moved to this city in 1854 from Burlington, Vt. Mr. Mahoney died four years ago. The decedent was very highly respected. Nearly all her life in Rockford she had lived in that section of the city where she died. She was a home-loving woman, and those who knew her kindly spirit and affection for her family circle held her in high regard. Three children survive her. They are Tom, Miss Kate, who is employed as saleslady at the Aston store, and Miss Margaret, at home. Mrs. John Joyce, whose death occurred two years ago, was a daughter. The death of this daughter and of a son bowed her in sorrow, and her loss was ever in her mind. The arrangements for the funeral have not been completed. The services will probably be held Friday morning from St. Mary's church, of which society Mrs. Mahoney was an earnest member. The Altar and Rosary society, of which she was a member, will meet in the basement of the church at 9 a.m. [--Rockford Morning Star, February 16, 1899]
Victor Mahumed, 77, 1657 5th avenue, died at 6:50 o'clock last night athis home following a year's illness. He was a retired furniture worker. Born Dec. 19, 1860, in Falkoping, Westergotland, Sweden, he came to Rockford 52 years ago. He has been a member of Zion Lutheran church ever since. Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Inez Wallin and Mrs. Eidth Billstrand; a foster son, George Johnson; seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; three sisters, Mrs. Emma Applegren, Mrs. Josephine Kjellstrom and Miss Ida Mahumed; a brother, Carl Mahumed; and several nieces and nephews, all of Rockford. Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Monday at Zion Lutheran church, with the Rev. E.G. Knock officiating. Burial will be in the Scandinavian cemetery. The body may be viewed from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Fred C. Olson mortuary, 1001 2nd. avenue. [Rockford Morning Star, April 15, 1938 ]
Main, Carl T.
CARL T. MAIN IS SUMMONED--Services Wednesday For New Milford School Trustee--Carl T. Main, 67. Republican precinct committeeman and member of the board of trustees of the New Milford school district, died Sunday at his home in New Milford. Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at the New Milford Community church, with the Rev. Paul Angell officiating. Burial will be in the New Milford cemetery. Mr. Main had been a teacher in New Milford and the surrounding community for many years, and was a member of the school board at the time of his death. Born in New Milford Jan. 8, 1872, he had been a resident of the community all of his life. He was Republican precinct committeeman for the New Milford precinct. Surviving are two sons, Wilbur of Chicago and Ford of Rockford; two daughters, Mrs. Ila Johnson of New Milford and Mrs. Alice Nagles of Rockford; a sister, Mrs. Viola Eastman of Chana; and two grand-children, Leland Johnson and Carol Main.- [Rockford Morning Star, June 13, 1939]
Malueg, Arthur H.
GARAGE OWNER HERE DIES AT 62--Arthur H. Malueg, 62, 3333 Auburn St., owner and operator of Malueg's Garage, at the same address, for the past 15 years, died Friday afternoon in St. Anthony Hospital after a short illness. Survivors include his widow, Charlotte; two sons, LaVerne Malueg, Corona Del Mar, Calif., and Russell Malueg, Rockford; a daughter, Mrs. Howard Peter, Rockford; four grandchildren; seven brothers, Eldor, Caroline, Wis., Lester, Rockford, Wallace and Allan, both of Wausau, Wis., John, Appleton, Wis,. John, Appleton, Wis., Gust, Tilleda, Wis., and Edgar, Kimberly, Wis.; and four sisters, Mrs. Loraena Nelson, Rockford, Mrs. Loretta Mielke, Marian, Wis., Mrs. Adeline Wagner, Waubena, Wis., and Mrs. Erna Fink, Kaukauna, Wis. Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday in the Long-Klontz Funeral Home, 428 Park Ave. Burial will be in Willwood Burial Park.--Rockford Register-Republic, January 18, 1964]
Manley, Miss Bessie Maud
MISS BESSIE MANLEY DIES SUNDAY MORNING Funeral Services Will be Held at the Home Wednesday Afternoon. Miss Bessie Maud Manley, 418 S. Central Ave., died at her home at 9 o'clock Sunday morning. Miss Manley was born November 5, 1888 in Lawrence, Ill. She had lived in Rockford for the past 10 years. She is survived by her father, William Manely and three sisters and five brothers. Funeral services will be held at the home on S. Central Ave. Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock. Rev. O. Garfield Beckstrand will officiate and burial will be made in the Scandinavian Cemetery [Rockford Republic, Monday evening, August 29, 1921]
Manny, Kitty Dwight
MRS. KITTY DWIGHT MANNY--Mrs. George J. Manny, who for the past six weeks has been suffering from a stroke of paralysis, passed away in sleep at the home of her son, Dwight Manny, 1016 Frankline Place, at 3 o'clock yesterday afternoon. She was stricken fifteen months ago but regained her health. It is now believed that evidences of the affliction appeared more than two years ago in Oklahoma.Kitty C. Dwight was born in Ypsilanti, Mich., January 17, 1857, and came to Rockford with her parents when she was very young. For 58 years Rockford had been her home. She was married to George J. Manny March 30, 1876. Mr. Manny died in June, 1892. Florida Starr Manny, her daughter, passed away February 6, 1906. Mrs. Manny is survived by her brother, Enos H. Dwight of Oklahoma City, and her son. Until late years she had abounding good health and spirits and a large circle of warm friends. She was a devoted attendant at Christian Union church. The funeral services will he held at 1016 Franklin Place at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at which Rev. Charles Parker Connolly will officiate. The pallbearers will be Chandler Starr, Walter Green, Charles Sackett and W.S. Miller. [Rockford Morning Star, March 30, 1915 ]
GOOD WOMAN IS CALLED HOME--Mrs. F.M. Marsh Dies After Long Illness--WAS BORN IN THIS COUNTY--Leaves Loving Family to Mourn Her Death--Funeral Monday Afternoon--Had Many Lovable Qualities of Heart and Mind--Mrs. Frank M. Marsh died yesterday noon at her home, 215 South First street, after an illness of long duration. She had been an invalid for some time and a month ago was operated on at the city hospital, hoping to secure relief. Nervous collapse followed and she could not rally. Mrs. Marsh's maiden name was Elizabeth Mariah Maxwell and she was born in New Milford, the daughter of the late F.H. Maxwell, one of the early settlers of the county. She was married to Mr. Marsh in New Milford twenty-seven years ago New Year's day. Mr. Marsh was then engaged in the grain business and later came to Rockford to make their home. She is survived by her husband and three children, Phillip Laverne, Louis and Florence Edna, all of Rockford. Her mother, living in New Milford, also survives, and five brothers and sistes are left. While making her home in Rockford she was an attendant at the First Congregational and Centennial churches and will be missed from each. She was essentially a home woman and counted it her best portion to make the home and place of rest and pleasure for her family. Her large number of friends and acquaintances will regret to hear of her passing. The funeral will be held Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock, the Rev. F.H. Bodman and the Rev.W.W. Painter officiating. Friends are asked to monit send flowers. [Rockford Morning Star, December 16, 1900]
Marsh, Phillip Wells
GOOD CITIZEN IS GONE--Phillip Wells Marsh Passes Away at an Advanced Age--HIGHLY ESTEEMED RESIDENT--Was a Pioneer Settler of This County and Many Times Honored by His Fellow Townsmen--Funeral Tomorrow
Phillip Wells Marsh, one of Rockford's most honored old citizens, died at his home in Oak street yesterday morning at 9:10 o'clock. He had been ill for many months and weeks back it was seen by his friends that he was slippling away from them. He, too, realized that the end was not far away, but faced it with the gentle composure that always characterized him. Naught that medical skill could do could aid him. An autopsy developed that he was afflicted with cancer. Mr. Marsh had led a busy, useful life. He first saw the light of day at New Milford, Conn., on Dec. 22, 1815. He grew to manhood in the nutmeg state and when 24 years of age made the then perilous journey to northern Illinois, settling in the town of Kishwaukee in the month of June, 1839. He brought with him a stock of goods and opened a frontier store, which he conducted for a year. Then he returned to his native state. In the early 40s he turned his attention to railroad building, assisting in the survey for the first line operated in Connecticut. Afterward he was a conductor on this road. In 1845 Mr. Marsh again turned to the west. He stopped at the home of Horace Miller in New Milford and there married W. Eliza Miller, who has been his loving companion for over half a century. The date of their union was Dec. 22, 1845. A year and a half ago the loved old people celebrated their golden wedding and it was a joyous occasion. Many guests gathered at their home and among them were their bridesmaid and best men, Mrs. William Brown and W.A. Dickerman. The happiness of this occasion was indicative of the love and esteem in which Mr. and Mrs. Marsh were held. Mr. and Mrs. Marsh made their home in New Milford for many years. Their hospitality was famed and it seemed that everyone in the community their friend. They were successful in their agricultural pursuits and Mr. Marsh was many times honored by his fellow townsmen. He was assessor four terms, township treasurer 17 years, and for many years highway commissioner. Six children were born to them, three daughters and three sons, the former all dead. The sons are P.A., of Chicago; H.C. and Frank M. Marsh, of this city. Having amassed a competency Mr. and Mrs. Marsh retired from the old farm, removing to Rockford. They came here in 1882 and since that time Mr. Marsh had lived in quiet retirement. As the years silvered his hair Mr. Marsh's heart grew younger and the mellow evening of his life seemed more beautiful. He was always happy, always making new friends, who enjoyed the simplicity, honesty and great good nature of the man. His home life was delightful. He was chivalrous in his attention to his wife and anticipated her every wish. In his declining years, as he had always been, he was thoughtful of others, and especially loved to draw about him the younger members of his family and the young people of his acquaintance in whose love he rejoiced. Death had no fear for him. It was a journey to sweet rest and his passing was a peaceful and as gentle as his life had been. The funeral will be held from the house, 615 Oak street, Wednesday afternoon at 3 o'clock. The Rev. Haight will officiate, assisted by the Rev. Martin. [--Rockford Morning Star, August 10, 1897]
Marston, George W.
DEATH COMES TO GEO. W. MARSTON AT AGE OF 81--VETERAN OF CIVIL WAR AND RESIDENT OF SEWARD OVER SIXTY YEARS--WOUNDED TWICE AT SHILOH--George W. Marston, civil war veteran and resident of Winnebago county for over sixty years, died yesterday morning at 4:30 o'clock at his home in Seward after many years of suffering induced by wounds received at the battle of Shiloh. Mr. Marston was born in Java, Wyoming county, N.Y., Feb. 12, 1835. He came to Illinois with his parents in 1845 and located on the farm in Seward township on which he died. He enlisted with the Ellis Rifles when the first call came for volunteers in 1861 and May 24, 1861 was sworn into the U.S. service for three years. He saw service with Co. C, 15th Illinois Infantry. April 6, 1862, he was wounded twice at the battle of Shiloh and lay without medical attention for three days, when he was found and brought home by his brother, Joel, of Waterhouse's battery. His honorable discharge followed in August of that year, but he never entirely recovered from the effect of his wounds. --Seven Children Survive--In 1863 he was married to Sarah Scott, a daughter of the late Dr. Amos Scott of Seward. He is survived by his wife and seven children, Professor Anson Marston of Iowa State college at Ames, Dr. Charles L. Marston, Mason City, Ia.; Amos W. and Walter S. Marston of Chicago, and George E. Marston who lives on the farm in Seward. Deceased was a member of G.L. Nevius Post No. 1, G.A.R., and joined the Methodist Episcopal church when a young man, his father's family being pioneers of this denomination in the vicinity in which the home was located, meetings of early days being held in the Marston house.Funeral services will be held Thur sday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock at the home in Seward, Rev. H.P. Armstrong officiating, and burial will take place in the Twelve Mile Grove cemetery. All the sons and daughters will be in attendance at the obsequies. [--Rockford Morning Star, April 26, 1916]
Death of Charles R. Martin--Charles R. Martin, a young man well known in this city, died last night at the Doolittle farm, in Harlem, of typhoid pneumonia, after an illness of two weeks.
Deceased was born 30 years ago in Darion, Wis. About two years ago he was united in marriage to Miss Nettie Gordon, of Harlem, and soon thereafter took the farm of Mr. Doolittle, in that township. Previous to that time he was employed of Springer & Grego ry. Charlie has always been regarded as a very industrious and thrifty young man, and his sudden death is a great shock to the community in which he was acquainted. Mr. Martin leaves two sisters, one of whom lives in Nebraska and the other in Texas. His bereaved wife has only recovered from the dread disease which carried him off. Funeral services will be held tomorrow forenoon at 11 o’clock, at the late home of the deceased, after which the remains will be interred in the West Side cemetery. [--Daily Register, Nov 25-1890]
Martin, James P.
JAS. P. MARTIN DEAD--A WELL KNOWN RESIDENT OF THIS COUNTY PASSES AWAY--Had Taught School and Operated a Farm in Seward Township for Many Years--Came West Fifty Years Ago--The Funeral--The death of James P. Martin occurred at the home of his daughter Mrs. Arthur Weld. 444 Forest avenue, Monday evening at 6:30 o'clock, being due to old age. Mr. Martin would have been 81 years of age June (5?) and the sands of life had run their natural course his death being the (result?) of no other cause than that of a breaking down of the constitution. For 13 years he had been affected with a sort of palsy, which rendered him incapable of feeding himself, but he had always been most tenderly cared for, and his kindliness and gentle characteristics make his death a sad blow to his daughter and grandchildren. Mr. Martin was born in Rutland, Vt., and came west about 50 years ago, settling in Chicago first. He then moved to a farm about two miles out of Pecatonica in Seward township, where he lived for about 30 years, teaching school at first, but during the most of the time conducting a farm. Mr. Martin moved south several years ago, locating in Louisiana, but came back north last summer on account of his daughter's health, the climate in the south not agreeing with her. The family located in Rockford and have lived here since. One brother of the deceased, Fayette, lived in this state, and Albert and Porter Martin live in Minnesota. A sister, Mrs. Rose Gibbs, lives in Dakota. Frank A. Weld, a grandson of the deceased was to graduate from the Chicago Dental college today and word was withheld from him until this evening in order not to spoil the day with the said news of his grandfather's death. The funeral will be held Thursday morning, Rev. B.E.S. Ely officiating at the house here, and the remains being taken to Pecatonica on the 10:45 train. Rev. Stratton to officiate at the services there. He remains will be interred at Seward. [Rockford Daily Register-Gazette, 04-07-1896]
Louis Matsakis, 79, Rockford, died at 9:55 p.m. Sunday, June 7, in University Hospital, Madison, Wis. after a brief illness. Born Feb. 3, 1913, in Karpathos, Greece, the son of Michael and Calliopi Chiotakis Matsakis. Lived 46 years in Rockford coming here from Greece. Married Fotia Kavallieros in Rockford, Nov. 14, 1948. Owned and operated Boston restaurant 25 years; retired in 1975. Survivors include his wife, Fotia "Frances", Rockford; son, George (JoAnn) Matsakis, Rockford; daughter, Irene (Dmitrios) Litos, Connecticut; three grandchildren, Emmanuel, Elias and Fotini Litos, all Connecticut; two nieces and one nephew. Predeceased by three brothers, Dimitri, Emmanuel and George, and one sister, Irene. Services at 1 p.m. Thursday, June 11, in St. Constantine Greek Orthodox Church. Friends may call at SUNDBERG FUNERAL HOME LTD., 215 N. 6th St., from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday with Trisagion service at 8:30 p.m. [--Rockford Register Star, Tuesday, June 8, 1992, Contributed by Irene Matsakis Litos]
WILLIAM M'CLAY MEXICAN WAR VETERAN DEAD--LAST SURVIVOR OF CONFLICT WITH MEXICO LIVING IN ROCKFORD PASSED AWAY AT 5 O'CLOCK LAST EVENING AT AGE OF NINETY-THREE-YEARS--SERVED IN BATTERY C, THIRD U.S. ARTILLERY. FUNERAL SATURDAY AFTERNOON--William McClay, who fought through the Mexican war in the famous Ringgold battery, passed away yesterday afternoon at 5 o'clock at his home, 503 Island avenue, from the infirmities due to his advanced age of ninety-three years. The remains are at the M.H. McAllister undertaking parlors where they will be kept until the funeral services Saturday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock at Memorial hall, at which Rev. W.S. Feldwisch will officiate. G.L. Nevius Post No. 1, G.A.R., of which Mr. McClay was a member, will have charge of the interment in the west side cemetery. Mr. McClay was born at Chambersburg, Pa., April 1, 1822. After the Mexican war through which he served with battery C, third U.S. artillery in Gen. Bragg's brigade, he made his home for many years at Boone, Ia., coming here twenty-four years ago. Surviving him are his widow, who is his second wife, two sons, John McClay, Boone, Ia., and Jacob McClay, Clinton, Ia., a daughter, Mrs. Elizabeth Smith, Boone, Ia, and an adopted daughter, Miss Elizabeth McClay, at home. There are several grandchilden and great-grandchildren. [Rockford Republic, April 9, 1915]
Oran McDonnell, 54, veteran of the Spanish-American war and a resident of Rockford for fifty-four years, died Thursday at the Elgin state hospital. Funeral services will be held Monday at 2 p.m. at the chapel in Greenwood Cemetery, where burial will take place. The Rev. B.E. Allen, pastor of the First Baptist church, will officiate. Mr. McConnell was born in Baldwin, Ia., on Oct 10, 1879, and came to Rockford as a boy. He enlisted from here in Company H of Illinois Volunteers at the time of the Spanish-American war and served with the company on the islands. He was a member of the local organization of Spanish-American war veterans. Surviving him are two brothers, James McConnell, 1449 Myott avenue, and Oscar McConnell, 1612 Montague street. [--Rockford Morning Star, March 26, 1933]
Resident of Chicago in 1843 - [died, Pecatonica, Ill., July 14, 1890] [Death Notices for Chicago's Old Settlers; compiled by Robert Fergus]
Resident of Chicago in 1843, was a laborer, resided at North Water, bet Clark and Dearborn [died, Pecatonica, Ill., July 14, 1890] [Death Notices for Chicago's Old Settlers; compiled by Robert Fergus]
McLaughlin, Edward (Ned)
"Funeral Rites for Fire Victim to be Tuesday"
Edward McLaughlin Dies from Tetan us Caused by Burns -- Funeral services for Edward McLaughlin, 63 years old, 730 Longwood Street, who died at St. Anthony hospital yesterday morning from tetanus which developed from burns suffered Sept. 26, will be held at 9 o'clock Tuesday morning at the home of a sister, Mrs. E. L. Coonrad, 1010 North Winnebago street, and at 9:30 o'clock at St. Peter's Catholic Church. The Rev. Father Frederick F. Connor will officiate and burial will be in the Catholic Cemetery.
Tetanus Develops -- McLaughlin's clothing was ignited when a kerosene stove overturned in his home. His left leg was terribly burned but physicians said that he would have recovered if tetanus had not developed. Infection set in Friday and he died early yesterday morning at St. Anthony hospital. McLaughlin remained conscious until a few moments before his death.
Coroner Fred C. Olson was notified of the case and swore in a jury to hold an inquest at 9:30 o'clock Tuesday morning. McLaughlin lived alone, renting one room of a house at 730 Longwood Street. The remainder of the house was used for storage purposes by the landlord. Firemen summoned to the scene the day of the fire extinguished the flames before any serious damage resulted. McLaughlin was found lying a few feet from the doorway. He was taken to the hospital in the police ambulance.
Born in Rockford -- Edward McLaughlin was born in Rockford 63 years ago and lived here all his life. He had worked as a butcher and a carpenter. He was a bachelor. McLaughlin is survived by two brothers, David and Fred [Frank] McLaughlin of Rockford, and the following sisters: Mrs. E. L. Coonrad (Meg), 1010 North Winnebago Street; Mrs. Catherine Roberts, 615 North Winnebago Street; Mrs. Gus Kroeger (Mary Ann), Elkhart, Indiana; Mrs. Ross Dyer (Liz), Watertown, South Dakota; and Mrs. Robert Kimpton (Ella), Miles City, Montana. [Rockford Morning Star, Sunday, October 7, 1928 - submitted by Peggy McLaughlin]
and Report of Inquest...
"Probe McLaughlin Death on Tuesday"
Coroner Fred C. Olson has ordered an inquest Tuesday into the death of Ed [Ned] McLaughlin, who succumbed at St. Anthony's hospital Saturday as a result of tetanus which followed severe burns sustained in a mysterious fire at 730 Longwood Street. No trace has been found of two men believed to have been in the house with McLaughlin when the fatal fire started, according to Coroner Olson. [Rockford Gazette, Monday, October 8, 1928 - submitted by Peggy McLaughlin]
McLaughlin, Francis Patrick
"Lifelong City Resident Dies"- -Frank P. McLaughlin, 69, Elms hotel [810 Comlin Avenue], died at 9 o'clock Friday night at St. Anthony hospital, where he had been a patient for a week. He had been ill since last May. A lifelong resident of this city, Mr. McLaughlin was born Dec. 3, 1878. For the last 14 years he had been employed as a printer by the Burson Knitting company. He was a member of St. James' pro-cathedral. Surviving are three sons, F. R. McLaughlin, 818 Camlin Avenue, Donald, 2129 Cumberland Street, and Robert C., 323 Forest avenue; a daughter, Mrs. Ernest Lozio [Lozzio], River lane, Loves Park; eight grandchildren, and a sister, Mrs. Robert Kimpton, Miles City, Mont. His wife, Mary Elizabeth, died 20 years ago. Arrangements are being completed at the McAllister-Julian-Poorman funeral home, 304 North 5th street. [Rockford Morning Star, Saturday, September 11, 1948 - submitted by Peggy McLaughlin]
The death of Mabel, the 13-month-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ben McLaughlin, occurred last evening. The little one had been ill for several days and the end was not unexpected. She was a sweet, winsome child and her death comes as a crushing blow to the loving parents. The funeral will be held Tuesday afternoon. [Rockford Daily Register Gazette, Monday, March 20, 1899; submitted by Peggy McLaughlin]
Death of Patrick McLaughlin--Last evening [June 14], about 9 o'clock, Patrick McLaughlin breathed his last, at his residence on South Main Street. Deceased has been ailing for two years with that dread disease consumption, and for the past two months was obliged to keep his bed. Mr. McLaughlin was born in Bally Combar [sic-Ballycumber], King's [now Offaly] county, Ireland, sixty-eight years ago.. He came to this country in 1849, and settled in Buffalo, New York. Six years afterwards he removed to Rockford, then a small town. He worked at his trade, that of tailoring, for D. Wallach & Co., and later for his uncle, Joseph Burns. In 1857, when the Rockford City Grays were organized, he was a charter member, and was appointed Sergeant. Col. Ellsworth referred to him, while in this city, as one of the best drilled men in the company. Of late years he has not performed any manual labor on account of his poor health. He leaves a wife but no children. He was much respected by all classes, and especially by the Irish people, and was a man of excellent judgment and good, sound, common sense. The funeral will be held at St. James' church, tomorrow afternoon at 2 o'clock, and will be one of the largest held in this city for a long time. [Rockford Daily Gazette, Sunday, June 15, 1884-- Submitted by Peggy McLaughlin]
John McNeal, 67, 334 Knowlton st., died 4:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 10, 1953, in his home after a long illness. Born Feb. 16, 1886, in Mississippi, son of Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence McNeal. Lived 25 years in Rockford, coming here from Beloit, Wis. Married the former Ellen Vance in Mississippi. Employed by the George D. Roger corporation. Member of Pilgrim Baptist church. Survivors include: his widow; four daughters, Mrs. Virtue Denney, Mrs. Beatrice Johnson, Mrs. Dovie Mae Parker and Mrs. Rosahie Floyd, all of Rockford; a son, David McNeal, Rockford; 13 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Services at 1:30 p.m. Thursday in Pilgrim Baptist church with the Rev. H.E. Gilbert officiating. Burial in Greenwood cemetery. Arrangements in JULIAN-POORMAN FUNERAL HOME, 304 N. 5th st. [--Rockford Morning Star, August 13, 1953]
McWilliams, Clarence J.
Clarence J. McWilliams, 66, 3915 Delaware St., died at 11:35 p.m. Saturday, April 3, 1971, in St. Anthony Hospital after a lengthy illness. Born July 14, 1904, in Schullsburg, Wis., son of Thomas and Agnes McWilliams. Lived 29 years in Rockford, coming here from Schullsburg. Married to the former Evelyne Weiskircher in Darlington, Wis., Nov. 23, 1937. Employed as a plater by Northern Star Plating Co. Member of St. Patrick Catholic Church, and of Bishop Muldoon-Council, Knights of Columbus. Survivors include: his widow, Evelyn; seven sons, Robert, Donald, Glenn, Bernard, William, Frank, and Edwin, all of Rockford; three daughters, Mrs. Bonnie Lauts, Detroit, Mich., and Mrs. Pauline Baker, and Mrs. Ellen Holcom, both of Rockford; 13 grandchildren; three brothers, Francis and John, Rockford, and Raymond, Lewistown, Mont., and one sister, Mrs. Mercedes Eldridge Davenport, Iowa. Services at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday in FITZGERALD FUNERAL HOME, 3910 N. Rockton Ave. and at 10 a.m. in St. Patrick Catholic Church, with Rev. Francis McDonnell, pastor, officiating. Burial in Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home from 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]
Retired Col. Richard L. "Larry" Mehr, 74, an Air Force fighter pilot in Vietnam and later a management consultant in the Washington area, died June 5 of multiple system atrophy at his home in Rockford, Ill. He was an Arlington County resident for many years. Many of Col. Mehr's fellow pilots knew him for a complex and daring rescue operation he directed in summer 1967 in Southeast Asia. Based at Udorn Air Base in Thailand, he got word July 2 that a pilot had bailed out of his damaged F-105 Thunderchief near the Laotian border. Four A-1 Sands (rescue escort planes) under Maj. Mehr's command, accompanied by two rescue helicopters, took off late in the afternoon and reached the site where the pilot had gone down, a ridge line between two heavily populated valleys. Maj. Mehr and his team located the pilot that evening, but it was not until the next day, under intense groundfire, that they were able to make the rescue. The major himself, with his plane running on fumes after it was hit in one of its gas tanks, barely made it back to Udorn. For his performance directing a dangerous mission with no losses, he was awarded the Air Force Cross. He also received the Silver Star. Col. Mehr was born in Louisville and graduated from the University of Louisville in 1952. A member of the Air Force ROTC in college, he was commissioned a first lieutenant after completing jet pilot training at Webb Air Force Base in Texas in 1955. In addition to his service in Vietnam, he was stationed in Washington, where he completed a Master of Science degree and a doctorate in business and finance, both from George Washington University. He also graduated from the U.S. Naval War College. After retiring from the Air Force in 1972, he stayed in the Washington area and took a position as assistant director of Navy Special Services. Later, he formed his own company, Mehr Associates, providing management consulting and information management services to governmental agencies in Arlington and the District. In 1987, he retired and moved to the small river town of Oregon, Ill., where he enjoyed reading and writing and, on the first Saturday in May, watching the Kentucky Derby. In later years, he moved to Rockford and was a member of Mount Olive Lutheran Church there. His marriage to Gladys Mehr ended in divorce. Survivors include his wife of 25 years, Carolyn Mehr of Rockford, two children from his first marriage, Lara Currie of Lake George, N.Y., and Konrad Erik Mehr of Seattle, and one grandson. [WASHINGTON POST OBITUARY - June 11 2005 - Submitted by Janice Rice]
Meling, Mary Alice
MARY ALICE (Henry) MELING, 91, 907 N. Second St., died Tuesday, November 9 in Rockford Memorial Hospital after a short illness. Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friday, in the St. John's Lutheran Church, Creston, with the Rev. Kurt Carlsen, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Washingtron Grove Cemetery. Friends may call from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, in the Unger-Horner Funeral Home, Rochelle. Memorial may be made to the St. John's Lutheran Church, Creston. Born in Kansas on Oct. 11, 1891, the daughter of Joseph and Sarah Henry, she married Oscar Meling in Rochelle on Feb. 8, 1910. He preceded her in death on Aug. 27, 1973. Survivors include four sons, Clarence, Monmouth, LaVern, Lindenwood, George, Alton, Mo., and Melvin, Batavia, formerly of Sterling; three daughters, Mrs. Robert (Cathy) Moore, Mrs. Glenn (Mildred) Detweiler, Rock Falls and Mrs. LaVerne (Helen) Friday, Belvidere; 21 grandchildren; 18 great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by seven brothers and two sisters [--The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, IL November 11, 1982 - page A8--Submitted by Melva L. Taylor]
WINNEBAGO PIONEER DIED LAST NIGHT
Charles H. Mellen, Winnebago County Resident for Fifty-Eight Years Passed Away--Was Father of Editor Mellen of Winnebago Reflector Winnebago, Feb. 20--Charles H. Mellen, a resident of Winnebago County since 1854, at his home in Winnebago last evening at 7 o'clock after an illness of several days of acute indigestion. Mr. Mellen was born near Auburn, New York, Dec. 14, 1829, and at the age of 15 came west working his way on the canal boats. He came to the home of Deacon Corey, his cousin, for whom Corey's Bluff is named. Later Mr. Mellen and his brother, Judson Mellen, worked on a farm near Creston , Ill. His next venture was the drug business into which he entered in Winnebago with Spencer Grippen and then purchased the Goddard farm, west of Winnebago, where he made his home until twelve years ago, when he retired from active life and settled in Winnebago. He was married in 1860 to Anice St. John who with three children sruvives him. The children are: Clarence W. Mellen, editor of the Winnebago Reflector; Elmer E. Mellen, who conducts a grocery store in Winnebago and Mrs. Harry Jilson of Rockford. He also leaves one sister, Mrs. Eliza Mellen and two brothers, Clark and Albert A. Mellen, all of whom live in Winnebago. [--Rockford Republic, February 20, 1912]
Funeral services for Mrs. Sarah Meller, widow of Isaac Meller and resident of Rockford for thirty years, who died at the home for son, William Meller, at Rockton Tuesday evening at 6:30 o’clock, will be held a t the William Meller residence in Rockton Saturday afternoon at 3 o’clock burial will take place in the Rockton cemetery. Mrs. Meller was born in England seventy-three years ago and came to this country in 1871. Thirty of the intervening years were spent in Rockford, where Mr. Meller died three years ago. She is survived by three children, Mr. A.H. Glenn of Rockford, Mrs. L. Mobbs of Alabama and William Meller of Rockton. [--Rockford Morning Star, 09-06-1917]
Mrs. Emma F. Middleton, 62, 119 N. Church St., died at 9:40 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, 1963, in Swedish-American Hospital after a lengthy illness. Born April 21, 1900, in Rockford, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Holt. Lived her entire life in Rockford. Married to Jess Middleton in Chicago, Feb. 15, 1919. Member of Concordia Lutheran Church, and of the Eagles Auxiliary. Survivors include: her husband; one daughter, Mrs. Dorothy Nelson, Rockford; two sons, Frank, Rockford, and Clarence, San Bernardino, Calif. 15 grandchildren; four sisters, Mrs. Martha Locke, Mrs. D(o?)rts Fedeli, Mrs. Zada Pearson and Mrs. Ruth Ward, all of Rockford; two brothers, Lloyd and George Holt, both of Los Angeles. Services at 2 p.m. Tuesday in Concordia Lutheran Church, 7424 N. 2nd. St., with the Rev. Carl K. Kr(u?)se, assistant pastor, officiating. Burial in Wilwood Burial Park. The body will lie in state in the church from noon Tuesday until time of services. The JULIAN-POORMAN FUNERAL HOME, 304 N. 5th St., is in charge of arrangements. [--Rockford Morning Star, Tuesday, Nov. 12, 1963]
The Owner of the Old Rockford Journal Joins the Great Majority--Attacked with the Grip He Never Recovered His Health and Dies from Heart Trouble and Consumption--He Had Disposed of His Business in Chicago and Returned to Rockford to End His Days. Daniel Miller, editor of the old Rockford Journal, died at 7 o’clock last evening at the residence of his mother-in-law, Mrs. Warren Woodruff. A year ago last winter he was attacked with the grip and never fully recovered his health. He was unable to attend to his business during the past six months and his family began to evince alarm at this condition. He disposed of his business in Chicago and a week ago last Wednesday came to Rockford, having rented a home in a new part of the city. He stood the journey very well and frequently told his friends that he was glad to get back to his old home. Last Sunday he went out riding, but the next day showed signed of failing and at 7 o’clock last evening death came to his relief. Dr. Kimball , the attending physician, ascribes his death to heart trouble and consumption. Deceased leaves a wife and one child, a boy named 18 months. Daniel Miller was born in Syracuse, N.Y., on June 15th 1841, and reached his fiftieth birthday last Monday. He came to Rockford in 1874 and entered the employ of the last Hiram Enoch as a compositor, until the summer of ‘82 when he bought the Journal and retained an interest therein until August 1887 when he sold out to J. Stanley Browne. Three years ago he moved to Chicago where he was engaged in the zinc etching business and was highly successful. Had his health not failed he would doubtless have built up a large concern. His wife, whom he married in New York in 1872, was unremitting in her attention to him, and will have the sympathy of the community in her bereavement. Deceased was a first class printer and an excellent al-round newspaper man. The Journal under his management was fearlessly conducted and dealt vigorous blows at public abuses and private vagaries. He was a democrat of the old school, and made his paper feared even in this, then, stronghold of the opposition. He was well known throughout this section and his death will be sincerely mourned. Mr. Miller was a genial, companionable gentleman, who had the faculty of making and retaining friends.
The funeral will take place at 2:30 o’clock Monday afternoon from the residence of Mrs. Warren Woodruff, 509 Peach street. Rev. Dr. Kerr will officiate. Forest City lodge A.O.U.W., of which deceased was a member will attend in a body. [--The Rockford Morning Star, 06-21-1891]
Miller, Joanne Trimble
Joanne (Trimble) Miller slipped peacefully from this life after a lengthy illness at 10:13 am., Tuesday, November 4, 2008 surrounded by her family and friends at River Bluff Nursing Home in Rockford, Illinois. Born October 23, 1936 to Albert Franklin Trimble and Carmen Evon (Weaver) in Gila, Jasper Co., Illinois. Married Melvin Ben Miller, November 1, 1954 in Argyle, Illinois.
She worked side by side with her husband in their family owned construction business, Melvin Miller Remodeling, for 45 years. She was a member of the North Park Church of Christ in Machesney Park, IL. Joanne enjoyed gardening, baking, crocheting, puzzles, and spending time with her family and friends.
Survivors include her husband, Melvin, two daughters, Cynthia (Randy) Gaylord, Sharon, Tennessee and Christina (Richard) Fairchild, Rockton, Illinois; son, Benjamin (Shawn) Miller, Loves Park, Illinois; five grandchildren, Carmen (Scott) Chandler, Medina, Tennessee, Kimberly (James) Malone, Millbrook, Alabama, Serena (Andrew) LaPonsie, Benjamin II (Chyanne) Miller, and Cassandra (Jim) Brannon all of Loves Park, Illinois; nine great- grandchildren, Cameron Pryor, Cierra, Benjamin III, and Macayla Miller, Destiny Conkling, Ashlyn and Aiden Chandler, Anderson and Tucker Malone; two sisters, Sarah Jane Holobaugh, Peoria, Illinois and Lillian (Harry) Danz, Beloit, Wisconsin; four brothers, John (Cindy) and Walt Trimble of Caledonia, Illinois, Terry (Linda) and Victor (Arlene) Trimble , Cherry Valley, Illinois and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, one brother, Charles Albert Trimble and one sister, Judith Kay Trimble. Joanne's family would like to give a special thank you to the staff at River Bluff Nursing Home and Northern Illinois Hospice for their loving care.
Services will be at McCorkle Funeral Home , 767 N Blackhawk Blvd, Rockton, Illinois on November 8, 2008 at 12:00 pm. Visitation will be November 7, 2008 from 4:00 to 8:00 pm in the funeral home. Brother Steve Templeton of North Park Church of Christ will officiate. Burial will be at Floral Lawn Cemetery in South Beloit, Illinois. A memorial service will also be held at River Bluff Nursing home on Monday, November 10, 2008 at 2:00pm. [Rockford Register Star, Nov 6 2008; Sub. by: Christina Fairchild]
Ernest L. Miller, 84, 1318 E. State St., died at 5:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, 1963, in Swedish-American Hospital, after a long illness. Born Aug. 15, 1879, in Sweden, a son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Ohman. Lived 38 years in Rockford, coming here from Chicago. Married to the former Ethel Karlson in Chicago March 5, 1928. Employed as a salesman, retiring many years ago. Member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, Aerie No. 392, and of Townsend Club. Survivors include: his widow; two brothers, Charles and Joel Ohman, both of Rockford; three sisters, Mrs. Asa Moore, Detroit; Mrs. Marie Josephson, Mount Olive, and Mrs. Ruth Elmblade, Moline; several nieces and nephews. Services at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday in WILBUR CHRISTENSON FUNERAL HOME, 925 3rd Ave., with the Rev. Charles J. Meyer, pastor of Brooks Road Methodist Church, officiating. Burial in Wilwood Burial Park. No visitation . [--Rockford Morning Star, Tuesday, Nov. 12, 1963]
Miller, Morton W.
Death Takes Blackhawk Isles "Mayor"-- Morton W. Miller, 86, 714 ½ Market St., a long-time resident of Blackhawk Island, died at 12:05 Sunday in Rockford Municipal Sanitarium after a long illness.
For many years Mr. Miller was known as the unofficial “mayor” of Blackhawk Isl and because e served as spokesman for island residents when Rock River floods engulfed the place. Despite frequent floods, Mr. Miller continued to live on the island until failing eyesight forced him to leave several years ago. Survivors include two brothers, Atty. L.C. Miller, Rockford, and Everett M. Miller, Long Beach, Calif. Services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday in Sundberg Funeral Home, 215 N. 6th St., with burial in Cedar Bluff Cemetery [--Rockford Register-Republic, 05-17-1965]
Miller, Oscar E.
OSCAR MILLER, BURRITT, DIES--Funeral Services For Grange Member Set For Wednesday--Oscar E. Miller, 73, well known Burritt township farmer, died last night at his home. Although he had been in poor health for the last year, Mr. Miller retained an active interst in Burritt grange activities, and last week attended the Trask Bridge picnic. He was born July 9, 1877, at Owen Center, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Ceri Miller. Mr. Miller farmed for a number of years in Owen Center before moving to Burritt township. On Dec. 1, 1915, he married Jessie McKah(k?), of Owen Cetner. Surviving are six children, Mrs. Max Taley, Burritt township; Edson Miller, Rockford; Miss June Miller at home, and Merrill, Robert and richard Miller, all at home. Kenneth Watts, Burritt grange master, announced last night that because of Mr. Miller's death the regular meeting of the grange scheduled for Tuesday, will be postponed until Tuesday, Sept. 17. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday at the Burritt Community church. The Rev. Carleton Rogers will officiate, and burial will be in the Roscoe cemetery . [--Rockford Morning Star, September 3, 1940]
Mills, Hazel M.
Mrs. Hazel M. Mills, 74, 1317 N. Church St., died at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 10, 1963, Rockford Memorial Hospital after a lengthy illness. Born Feb. 12, 1889, in Winona, Wis., daughter of James and Agnes Cunningham. Lived nine years in Rockford, coming here from Chicago. Married to Benjamin J. Mills in Chicago, Aug. 27, 1919. Member of St. Peter's Catholic Church, and of the Sacred Heart League. Survivors include: her husband; two nieces, Mrs. Thomas M. Kelly and Mrs. Warren Marg(?)raff, and four nephews, all of Chicago. Services Wednesday at 9 a.m. in FITZGERALD & SONS FUNERAL HOME, 3600 N. Rockton Ave., and at 9:300 a.m. in St. Peter's Catho lic Church, 1243 N. Church St., with the Rev. Andrew J. Plesa, assistant pastor, officiating. Burial in Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday. The rosary will be recited at 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. [--Rockford Morning Star, Tuesday, Nov. 12, 1963]
Death of Dow Mitchell
The sad news was heralded about town Monday morning that Dow Mitchell had passed away during the night. Although not unexpected, still the intelligence cast a gloom over the entire community, where Dow's friends were limited only to his acquaintances. To know him was to like him. Death came early Monday morning, following an attack of blood poisoning, from which he had been a sufferer for several weeks. The injury which ultimately resulted in death was received last spring. While making some repairs on a fence at his farm residence in Lorain township, he accidentally drove a nail into his knee. Little attention was paid to the injury and it apparently healed up and was to all appearances as well as ever, but the bone was injured and about Chautauqua week it began to pain him. Thinking it merely a soreness resulting from the old injury, and failing to realize the seriousness of it, he worked all week at the Chautauqua grounds. The next week, however, the inflammation had become so intense that he was compelled to seek medical attention, and took to his bed, from which he never arose. In spite of all that surgical skill could accomplish, he continued to decline until it was deemed advisable to amputate the limb. This Mr. Mitchell refused to consent to until last Sunday, when Dr. Weidow, assisted by Dr. F.S. Hough, of Sibley, removed the injured member. It was necessary to amputate the bone twice, as it was found upon examination that the bone was diseased higher up than at first supposed, so the extremity was moved about three inches further up to a point a little more than half way between the knee and the hip. The patient came out from under the anaesthetic in good shape and had apparently a chance to recover, but the magnificent physique had been too strongly undermined by the poison and about four o'clock he went into a sinking spell from which he never rallied, death being due directly to heart failure.
Dow Mitchell was born in Winnebago county, Ill., February 2, 1861, consequently he was aged 47 years, 5 months and one day, at the time of his untimely death. Deceased was for a number of years engaged in the meat business in Worthington, where he made friends with all with whom he came in contact. He was married and the father of a bright little daughter, who with his widow and adopted son are left to mourn his loss.
Funeral services were held at the Presbyterian church Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock, attended by a large concourse of sorrowing friends and relatives. The remains were sent to his former home at Peccatonica, Ill., for interment, leaving here Tuesday afternoon. [Friday, August 7, 1908, Worthington Advance, Worthington MN - Submitted by Gary Boomgaarden]
Moncelle, Irene Burkardt
ROCKFORD - Irene Burkardt Moncelle, 59, died at 11:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 23, 2002, in her home. She was born May 3, 1943, in Mendota, the daughter of Arthur D. and Dorothy Lipps Burkardt. Irene graduated from St. Mary School in Sublette, St. Mary's Academy in Milwaukee, and attended Cardinal Stritch College in Milwaukee. She married Robert F. Moncelle on Nov. 20, 1965, in Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Sublette. Until the birth of her children, Irene taught in several of the Rockford Catholic Diocesan Schools. After her children entered school, she returned to school to study nursing at Rock Valley College and Northern Illinois University, earning degrees and her RN license. She worked at all three Rockford hospitals and St. Anthony Center for Home Care. Member of Holy Family Catholic Church. Active in her parish, she served on the Pastoral Council, Home and School Association, and was a lector and an extraordinary minister. For many years Irene was active in the local and state Mothers of Twins Club. She also loved reading, sewing, needlework and just spending time with her family. Survivors include husband, Robert and children, Francis A. Moncelle of Chicago, Andrea and Philip Weightman and Evan Robert, Therese M. Moncelle, all of Rockford, and Paul R. and Karena Moncelle of Cincinnati, Ohio brothers, Charles and Lola Burkardt of Compton, Donald Burkardt of Peoria, William and Beverly Burkardt of Polo, Roger and Pat Burkardt of Vista, Calif., Edward and Judi Burkardt of Mendota, John Burkardt of Irving, Texas, Daniel Burkardt of Dixon and Thomas and Mary Lou Burkardt of Amboy sisters, Eileen Johannes of Fairbault, Minn., Rita Ray of Dixon, Jane and Joe Harris and Marilyn and Roger Carls of Peoria and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by parents, brothers, Robert and Gilbert and sisters, Mary Theresa, Ruth Van Unnik, Eunice Goy, Carol Twardowski and Sharon Krutsinger. Memorial Mass at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 27, in Holy Family Catholic Church, with visitation from 9 a.m. to service time. The Rev. Stephen Folorunso will officiate. Arrangements by Fitzgerald & Associa tes Funeral Home, Mulford Chapel, 1860 S. Mulford Road. (SOURCE: Rockford Register Star, July 23, 2002- Submitted by Teri Moncelle Colglazier)
Andrew Mordas, 90, 420 John St., died Monday, Oct. 16, 1972, in River Bluff Nursing Home after a lengthy illness. Born July 18, 1882, in Russia. Employed as a machinist for Brearley Co. before retiring. Survivors include: a daughter, Mrs. Ann Fitzgerald, Rockford; two grandchildren and five grea-grandchildren. His wife, Anna, died in 1960. Services at 1:30 p.m. Thursday in st. Constantine Greek Orthodox Church. Burial in Calvary Cemetery. Arrangements by FITZGERALD FUNERAL HOME, 3910 N. Rockton Ave. [Rockford Morning Star, October 17, 1972]
LAST OF THE FIRST--SETTLERS OF WINNEBAGO COUNTY PASSES
Albert Morey, who died at his home in Harrison this week, was among the very earliest settlers of Winnebago county. He was one of the first pioneers. He passed through Rockford when there were but a few huts here. Germanicus Kent and Thatcher Blake had built the first dam and small log dwellings. Mr. Morey pushed farther into the interior of the county, taking at once farm lands in Harrison. He settled there in 1836, the date of the first settlement in that town, and only two years after the first settlement in Rockford. The dates of the first settlements of the various towns of the county are as follows: Owen--Feb. '36 Rockford--Aug. '34 New Milford--Oct. '35 Cherry Valley--July '35 Guilford--Sept. '35 Harlem--June '35 Roscoe--Aug. '35 Laona--July '36 Durand--March '36 Pecatonica--Oct. '35 Seward--Oct. '36 Winnebago--Oct. '35 Burritt--Aug. '35 Harrison--Feb. '36 Shirland--June '37 Rockton--July '35 Mr. Morey is surely one of the last of the pioneers of Winnebago county. Men born the year he settled in Harrison are now becme old men. [--Rockford Republic, February 9, 1899]
Morris, William V.
William V. Morris, 73, 2509 Driftwood Lane, died at 3:53 p.m. Monday Oct, 31, 1977, in St. Anthony Hospital after a long illness. Born Aug. 29, 1904, in Brookport, son of Mr. and Mrs. William R. Morris. Lived years in Rockford, coming from Corning, Ark. Married the former Ellen J. Anderson in Rockford Jan. 17, 1954. He was the founder of the village of Morristown, formerly owning most of the land and operating the trailer park, as well and the Roundup Tavern, also owning Midwest Distributing Co. and Bill Morris Music. Attended Trinity Lutheran Church. Member of Rockford Moose Club and Mauh-Nah-Tee-See Country Club. Survivors include his wife, Ellen; a son, William F., Rockford; a daughter, Mrs. Edith G. Gable, Aurora; three grandchildren; three great-grand-children; a sister, Mrs. Edith Johnson, Rockford; and a nephew, Richard Johnson.Services at 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3 in FRED C. OLSON MORTUARY, 1001 2nd Ave., with the Rev. O. Garfield Beckstrand, pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church, officiating. Burial in Scandinavian Cemetery. Friend may call at the mortuary form 7 to 8:30 p.m. [Rockford Morning Star, Thursday, Nov. 3, 1977]
ROCKFORD AUTO RACER MEETS DEATH ON TRACK
Speed mania to whet the appetites of twenty thousand race fans at San Jose, Calif., snuffed out the life of a Rockford boy Sunday afternoon when Allen Mulford,32, son of Mr. and Mrs. C. Dayton Mulford, 1019 N. Court st., was killed at the wheel of a Marmon machine. Mulford, who suffered head and internal injuries, died a few minutes after the racing car he which he drove collided with another machine and turtled on the track. His bride of a few months is understood to have been in the stands when the accident occurred. “Allen hurt in race crash at 5 pm., and died a few minutes later; coming home with remains,” wa s the text of the message which reached the Mulford home last evening from Mrs. Lois Scott Mulford, whom the dead racer married in Los Angeles last March.
Born on a ranching tract near Eugene City, Ore., on Dec 1892, Allen Mulford spent his childhood and early manhood in this city, his parent returning when he was a year old. He attended local public schools and Rockford high school before going to Keewatin academy to finish his preparatory training. On completion of his studies here, Allen became affiliated with a bonding house in Minneapolis but in 1916 returned to Rockford and enlisted with Company K, Third Illinois National guard, for Mexican border service. On his discharge from service he again went to Chicago but returned in the summer of 1917 to enlist at Camp Grant. Here he served as chauffeur and aide for Gens. Thomas Barry, L.V. Kennon and Charles H. Martin. An old injury prevented him from going overseas with the 86th division but he continued in service at the local cantonment throughout the flue epidemic and into 1919 when he was discharged. Racer for Four Years. In 1920 he became interested in automobile racing and for three years followed this business, racing under the colors of the Dusenberg Co., makers of Dusenberg specials. A year ago he informed his parents that he had forsaken the racing game for a safer business and members of his family here believed that he had remained in the selling end of the auto business. Joseph Vondervellon, truck service manager of the Rockford Lumber & Fuel Co. and for mer mechanician for Will Barnes when he was a member of the famous Hughes-Barnes Mercer team, served as mechanician and pitman for Mulford in a 250 mile race at Kansas City, in 1923. Ten days ago, on July 16, Allen carried out his usual custom of telephoning his mother to wish her birthday greetings. At this time he talked from Hollywood, where he and his wife made their home. He state that he was selling cars for the Pacific Coast Marmon Co. with headquarters in Los Angeles Mulford was a member of the American Legion and held membership in the Minneapolis Athletic club and the Elks lodge of that city. Funeral services are expected to be held from the home of his parents, probably on Thursday, but particulars will not be known until further word in received from the widow. [Rockford Republic, 07-08-1924]
Mulford, Charles L.
PLAN RITES FOR C.L. MULFORD--Member of Pioneer Family Dies At Age of 91--Funeral services for Charles L. Mulford, 91, Guilford area farmer--and last surviving member of a pioneer family in Winnebago county, will he held at 2 p.m. Saturday in the chapel at Greenwood cemetery. The Rev. John Gordon, pastor of Second Congregational church, will officiate and burial will be in Greenwood cemetery. Mr. Mulford, who died at 7 a.m. yesterday at the Neilson rest home in Belvidere, where he had been a patient for several month, was the son of William and Lucy Stuart Mulford. He was born Oct. 9, 1851, on the family homestead on Charles street road and Mulfords crossing, five miles east of Rockford on rural route five. Mr. Mulford rsided on the farm nearly all his life. He spent several years farming near Spencer, Ia. Only survivors are two nephews, W.B. and C.D. Mulford, and a niece, Mrs. Walter D. Hodgson, all of Rockford; three grandnephews: Lieut. Stuart Mulford, Harding field, La., William and Robert L. Mulford, and Mrs. Lloyd Fry, all of Rockford. Four brothers and a sister preceded him in death. Eli was killed during the civil war, and three other brothers, Edward, John and William D. Mulford, and the sister Ellen, died later. [-- Rockford Morning Star, 12-11-1942]
DEATH SUMMONS EDWARD MULFORD, EARLY SETTLER--Edward Mulford, Civil war veteran and resident of this section during all of his 80 years, died Friday morning at 1 o’clock at the home of his son, William Bellnap Mulford, 1007 North Second street, after an illness of seven seeks from infirmities of age. He was born in Guilford township March 31, 1844, a son of William and Lucy Stewart Mulford, early day resident of that locality, the homestead being four and a half miles east of Rockford. In June of 1862, when 18 years of age, he enlisted in Co. A of the 67th. Illinois infantry for service in the war of the rebellion. He lived at the Mulford homestead until 1882, when he moved to Rockford. He married Miss Sophronia Johnson Oct. 22, 1867. She died 16 years ago. Besides the son at whose home he died, Mr. Mulford is survived by a daughter, Mrs. W.B. Hodgsen, Rockford, and two brothers, W.S. and Charles L. Mulford, who reside on the homestead. He was a member of G.L. Nevius post No. 1, G.A.R. Funeral services will be held this afternoon at 2:30 o’clock a the W.B. Mulford residence in North Second st reet, William M. Shimmin officiated. Burial will be in Greenwood cemetery. Mr. Mulford was a man of quiet manner and kindly disposition who was staunch and dependable in every relation of life and was highly regarded by all who knew him . [--Rockford Morning Star, 10-18-1924]
Mulford, Georgia Gertrude (Ogden)
MRS. MULFORD DIES AT AGE OF 80 YEARS--Pioneer Resident Stricken Sunday--Funeral to Be Held on Wednesday
Mrs. Georgia Gertrude Mulford aged eighty years and a pioneer resident of this county, died Sunday morning at 10:30 o’clock at the home of her son, Charles Dayton Mulford, 2124 Heckler ave., an hour after she had suffered a stroke of apoplexy. Mrs. Mulford was born in Toronto, Canada, Feb 6, 1846, a daughter of Samuel Ogden and Mrs. Sarah Cook Ogden, the former native of Niagra and the latter of Cookville, Canada, which was named for her family. She was the last of eight children, several of whom attained fame in the medical world. One of her brothers, Dr. Milton Ogden, married Miss Belle Horsman, daughter of pioneer Rockford parents. Mrs. Mulford came to Cherry Valley, Ill., with her parents in 1867. Her marriage to John Mulford took place in 1867. Mr. Mulford died Feb. 3, 1914. She leaves the son Charles Dayton Mulford, livin in Rockford; three grandchildren, W. Stuart Mulford, Charles William Mulford and Mrs. Jeanette Mulford Fry, and six great-grandchildren. Mrs. Mulford was a member of Forest City chapter, No. 590, Order of Eastern Star. Her church membership here was in the First Congregational church. She had more recently been affiliated with the First Baptist church of Los Gatos, Calif., in which she spent the winters for some twenty years. The funeral will be held Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock from the Masonic cathedral, the Rev. W.W. Liston of Grace M.E. church officiating. The Order of Eastern Star will be in charge of the service. Burial will be beside her husband in Greenwood cemetery [--Rockford Republic, 11-23-1926]
Mulford, Georgia Gertrude
MRS. J. MULFORD DIES SUDDENLY; BURIAL IS HERE--Services Wednesday a Masonic Cathedral--Funeral services for Mrs. John Mulford, who died suddenly Sunday afer an attack of apoplexy, will be held at 2:30 o’clock Wednesday afternoon in the Ma sonic cathedral, formerly the First Congregational chuch, of which she was a member. The Rev. W.W. Liston will officiate and the Eastern Star lodge will heave charge of services in the cathedral. Burial will be in Greenwood cemetery. Mrs. Mulford apparently was in her usual health on awakening Sunday morning. Georgia Gertrude Ogden was born in Toronto, Canada, February 6, 1847, a daughter of Samuel Odgen and Sarah Cook, Cookville, Canada, where Mrs. Mulford’s mother was born, was named after her forefathers. She was the last surviving member of the Ogden family. In 1867, the Ogden family moved to Cherry Valley. Her marriage to John Mulford was solemnized in 1869. Me. Mulford died on February 3, 1914. Surviving relatives are a son, Charles D. Mulford, 2124 Hecker avenue; three grandchildren, W. Stuart and Charles V. Mulford and Jenette M. Fry, and six grandchildren. Mrs. Mulford belonged to a Baptist church in California, where she had spent many winters during the last 20 years. [--Rockford Daily Register-Gazette, 11-23-1926]
JOHN MULFORD IS SUMMONED--MEMBER OF PIONEER GUILFORD FAMILY PASSES AWAY AT ROCFORD HOSPITAL--DEATH DUE TO OLD AGE
Born in This County Nearly Seventy Years Ago--Father of C.D. Mulford of this city--John Mulford, member of a pioneer Guilford family and father of C.D. Mulford died Sunday night at 10 o’clock at Roc kford hospital. Mr. Mulford’s death was due to diseases indecent to old age and came after an illness of several months. He entered the hospital at Thanksgiving time last year. For the last few weeks his decline had been gradual. The decease would have been 69 years of age at his next birthday, which would have occurred this month. He was born on the old Mulford homestead in Guilford township, about four miles east of the city. He resided on farms in Guilford until about 35 years ago, when he came to Rockford making this city his home for about twelve years. Of late years he had been residing wit his brother, Charles Mulford, owner of Blackhawk Spring farm. Surviving are: the widow, who is making her home in the west; one son, Charles Dayton Mulford of this city; three brothers, Edward Mulford of Rockford, William Mulford of Guilford and Charles Mulford of Cherry Valley; and four grandchildren, Belknap Mulford is a nephew and Mrs. Walter Hodgson a niece of the deceased. Mr. Mulford was a member of Cherry Valley lodge No. 178, A.F.&A.M., having been affiliated with that lodge for many years. He was widely known among the older residents of the city and the eastern section of the county and was held in the highest esteem by all. His parents, Mr. and Mrs. William Mulford, both of whom have been dead for many years, were among the earliest settlers of the town of Guilford, and the family has been prominent in affairs of that section for nearly four score years. [Rockford Daily Register Gazette, 02-01-1915]
Mulford, Lois Scott
MRS. MULFORD, WIFE OF RACE VICTIM, DIES--Pneumonia and Shock Prove Fatal--Mrs. Lois Scott Mulford, widow of Allen Mulford, Rockford automobile racing driver who was killed in a race at San Jose, Calif., July 27, died Monday at Los Angeles from a weakened heart which was aggravated by a severe attack of pneumonia and the shock of her husband’s death.
Dayton Mulford, 1019 North Church street, received word of the dath of Mrs. Mulford from his wife who has been in Los Angeles since the death of her son, waiting for the grieved widow to regain strength enough to accompany her mother-in -law and the body of the auto racer back to Rockford. Previous to the race, Mrs. Mulford had been ill for three months from a severe attack of pneumonia which left her heart in a weakened condition. She was in the stands at the races when her husband died in the collision. Mrs. Mulford was married to the local race track driver last March. “Al” Mulford became interes ted in race track driving in 1920 and drove for the Dusenberg company. Three years ago he quit the track. His parent her unaware that he had resumed racing when news was received of his death at San Jose. [Rockford Daily Register-Gazette, 08-27-1924]
Mulford, Lucy (Stewart)
AGED PIONEER DEAD--MRS. MULFORD, A WELL KNOWN CHARACTER, GONE
Figured in the Early History of the County-The Heroine in an Escapade with the Prairie Bandits, She Had Reached Old Age--Mrs. William Mulford, one of the oldest and best known residents in the county, died last evening at 9 o’clock at her home about four miles east of the city on the Cherry Valley road.
The Mulford family of which the deceased was the mother is known throughout the country. The children are Eli H., John H., William D., Charles I. and Idea Viola. Lucy Stewart was born in Orleans county, New York, about 80 years ago. After her marriage to William Mulford she came to this county, settling here in 1835. Mr. Mulford died in 1862. Since that time she has lived on the old homestead with her son. Mrs. Mulford will be remembered to many as the heroine of a story published by the Register Gazette in The Prairie Bandits. While living in the old log house which formed the first abode of the family the bandits of those early days descended on the home. Both Mr. and Mrs. Mulford showed the greatest bravery and refused to disclose the hiding place of their money until the robbers threatened to tie him up to the barn and set fire to it. When they began to demolish furniture in their search, Mrs. Mulford gave them the keys. They escaped with $484, but the Mulfords family finally recovered this by seizing a farm after the conviction of the robbers. A large stone house has now taken the place of the old log cabin and the Mulford home has become almost a landmark to travelers of the country roads. A large barn with some valuable contents burned this fall. Mrs. Mulford has a host of friends in the city and surrounding country who will learn of the passing away of one of the noblest of pioneers with a sincere regret. The funeral will be held from the house at 2 o’clock to morrow afternoon, a Cherry Valley cler gyman officiating. The remains will be interred in the neighboring cemetery. [Rockford Daily Register-Gazette, 12-23-1896]
Mulford, Robert L.
R.L. Mulford Taken by Death--Was Associated with J.L. Clark Firm--Robert L. Mulford, 40, 1842 E. State st., associated with the J.L. Clark company, died about 8:30 a.m. today in Billings Memorial hospital. He had been a patient there two weeks. Born in Rockford, May 8, 1910. Mr. Mulford graduated from Keith school in 197, and was a graduate of Lawrence college at Appleton, Wis. He was a member of Rockford Country club, the Centennial Methodist church, and was on the board of trustees at Keith school. Mr. Mulford took and active part in the current drive for funds by Rockford Memorial hospital to build a new medical center. His survivors include his wife, Theodora M., his parent, Mr. and Mrs. W.B. Mulford, Charles st. rd.; and three sons, William, David and Edward, all at home. Arrangements will be completed by the Burpee-Wood funeral home, 420 N. Main st . [--Rockford Register Republic, 09-05-1950]
Mulford, Sophronia (Johnson)
DEATH OF MRS. ED MULFORD--Mrs. Edward Mulford, Life Long Resident of This County and Mother of Mrs. W.D. Hodgson and Belknap Mulford Died This Morning After Long Illness--Mrs. Edward Mulford, 330 East State Street, died this morning after a long illness. She had been an invalid for a long time and death was not unexpected.
Sophronia Johnson was born Nov. 22, 1844 in Winnebago County and spent her life within the neighborhood of Rockford. Her father, Peter Johnson, was a charter member of the First Congregational Church and she had always been a staunch member of that church. Mr. W.D. Hodgson and Belknap Mulford are son and daughter. The husband survives. The funeral services will be held at 4 o’clock in the afternoon on Easter Sunday, Red. Thomas B arney officiating. It is requested that no flowers be sent . [--Rockford Republic, 04-10-1909]
DEATH OF AN OLD SETTLER--The many acquaintances of Mr. Wm. Mulford, of the Town of Guilford, will be shocked to learn of his sudden death. He died last Monday a week after a very short illness. Mr. M. was one of the earliest settlers in the country, having emigrated hither from New York in 1837, where he has since lived, cultivating mother earth and accumulating a handsome property. Those who have read the “Bandit of the Prairie” will remember that a man by the name of Mulford in this County was robbed of several hundred dollars, and if we remember rightly, his house was burned by a gang of robbers and cut-throats that infested Illinois at that time. The deceased was the Mulford alluded to in that work, and the robbers, as least some of them, were those that afterwards murdered and robbed Col. Davenport. Mr. Mulford leaves a large family to mourn his sudden departure for the spirit land. --Rock River Democrat, 03-11-1862
Mulford, William B.
William B. Mulford Dies; Pioneer Settler’ s Grandson--William Belknap Mulford, 84, Charles Street rd., retired Rockford investment firm official and descendant of a pioneer family, died at 12:20 p.m. Tuesday in his home. Mr. Mulford was born Dec. 25, 1872, in Cherry Valley, son of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Mulford. He came to Rockford with his family 76 years ago. He married Fannie M. Strickland in Rockford Nov. 24, 1998. He started worked at age of 16 for the old Manufacturers bank and later became cashier. He worked in the bank 25 years until 1913, when he became associate with the investment firm of Catlin, Mulford, and Smith. Mr. Mulford retired in 1928. He was a grandson of William Mulford, pioneer settler who came to Rockford in 1832. Mr. Mulford was active in the Y.M.C.A. and plated on the first ‘Y’ basketball team in 1896. A trustee of Second Congregational church, he was on the board of directors of Rockford Memorial hospital and Winnebago Home for the Aged. Surviving are his widow; three grandsons, William W. and Robert E., Rockford, and David C., a student in Lawrence college, Appleton, Wis.; and one sister, Mrs. Edna D. Hodgson, Rockford. Services will be at 1:30 a.m. Thursday in Burpee-Wood funeral home, 420 N. Main st., with the Rev. Joseph C. Cleveland, pastor of Second Congregational church, officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood cemetery. There will be no visitation. [--Rockford Morning Star, 02-27-1957]
Mulford, William Dayton
W.D. Mulford Burial Rites 2 P.M. Tuesday--Lifelong Resident of County is Summoned Saturday Night
William Dayton Mulford, a lifelong resident of Winnebago county, died Saturday night at 9 o’clock at Roc kford hospital. Death was due to infirmities of age. He had been a patient at the hospital nine weeks. Funeral services will be held Tuesday afternoon at 2 o’clo ck at Greenwood cemetery chapel, the Rev. John Gordon officiating. Born September 23, 1848, a son of William and Lucy Mulford on the Grant highway farm which his parent had purchased form the government in 1863, Mr. Mulford resided there all of his life. Of the original 640 acres, 360 acres remain which he cultivated until 30 years ago, when he retired. He parents came here form Rensselaeryville, N.Y. Live With Brother Mr. Mulford never married and resided with his brother Charles K. Mulford. He also is survived by two nephews, Dayton Mulford and W.B. Mulford, and one niece, Mrs. Walter D. Hodgson, all of Rockford. He leaves several grandnieces and nephews, among whom are Mrs. Jeanette Frye and Stuart Mulford, motorcycle police officer. He was a man of simple desires. He enjoyed his farm and his only hobby was music--especially phonograph music. In the infancy of the phonograph, he spent much of his time recording his own records and those of this friends, with which he amused himself during the days after his retirement.
Scene of Bandit Raids--While for the most part, life of the farm was quiet and prosaic, there was a period in his early life when stirring scenes were witnessed. A band of raiding bandits terrorized this section of the county and robbed his father of $600 in gold, a considerable sum of money in those days. The Mulford family lived in a log cabin for many years. In 1857 the present pretentious brick residence was built, which has withstood the ravages of time and storms. While Mr. Mulford was not a regular church goer, he nevertheless was a firm believer in the teachings of the Bible. He was a god neighbor and believed in the policy of helping a neighbor in the community in which he lived. [--Rockford Daily Register Gazette, 06-03-1929]
Murphy, James M.
James M. Murphy Rites To Be Held Tomorrow--Funeral services for James M. Murphy, a resident of Rockford 50 years, who died at 6 p.m. Monday at his home, 405 South West street, will be held at 9 a.m. Wednesday at the Long and Culhane funeral home and at 9:30 a.m. at St. Mary's church. Rosary services will be held at the Long and Culhane parlors at 8 o'clock tonight. Mr. Murphy was in business on South Main street 15 years. Surviving are four sisters, Mrs. Mary Sullivan, Mrs. Elizabeth Priest, Miss Catherine Murphy, and Mrs. H.G. Lauderback, all of Rockford. [--Rockford Register-Republic, July 14, 1936]
Patrick Murphy, one of the oldest settlers in Winnebago county, who resides in Burritt township, died last evening at 5 o’clock from the ef fects of la grippe. Mr. Murphy is well known in Rockford, and leaves a wife and several children to mourn his loss. He came to this county in the early days, and during the gold fever excitement in California spent several years there mining. By hard work he had amassed quite a fortune and was one of the well-to-do farmers of this country [--Rockford Morning Star, 05-27-1890]
Myers, Debra Gayle
Debra Gayle Myers, 1008 N. Court St., died at birth at 9:52 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13, in Rockford Memorial Hospital, daughter of Charles T. and Barbara A. Myers. Survivors include: her parents, maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Ralph (Buda?), Roscoe; paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Myers, Rockford; aunts and uncles. Graveside services at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 18, in the Roscoe Cemetery, with the Rev. Herbert M. Gerken, pastor of St. Matthew Lutheran Church officiating. Arrangements by DELEHANTY FUNERAL HOME, 401 River Lane, Loves Park. There will be no visitation.--[Rockford Morning Star, October 17, 1972]
ORRIS MYOTT COMMITTS SUICIDE BY DRINKING A DOSE OF LAUDANUM
Orris Myott has resided in Durand for a number of years, and has been employed in farming in that town. A short time ago he started for Tennessee, leaving his wife and child with his relatives in Durand. He went to the southern state for the purpose of selecting a location where he would permanently reside. A short time ago his brother received a letter from the authorities at Jackson in the central part of that state, informing him the Myott had committed suicide by drinking laudanum at the hotel where he was stopping. The body was sent to Durand and interred by the sorrowing relatives and friends. There is no caused assigned for the rash act, but it is supposed he was suffering with melancholy. His wife and child have the sympanthy of community. [Rockford Daily Gazette, May 9, 1885]
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