Winnebago County, Illinois
Packard, Charles M.
CHARLES PACKARD DIES AT SHIRLAND
SHIRLAND, July 17--Charles M. Packard, 73 years old, a life-long resident of Winnebag county, died at 2:30 o'clock this morning at his home in Shirland of acute indigestion. He was ill but two days. --Born in 1848--Born Aug. 28, 1848, in Shirland, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Job Packard, Winnebago county pioneers, he was raised there and in his early manhood was a country school teacher at Macktown. Later Mr. Packard took up farming, continuing it until about twenty years ago when he opened a hardware store in Shirland. Subsequently he operated an elevator and a lumberyard in connection with his other business.--Those Who Survive--His wife, Mrs. Allie Cunningham Packard, died six weeks ago. Surviving are four sons, Rex of Sanford, Fla.; Uri, or Rockford; Max, of Fort Atkinson, Wis.; and L.E. of Shirland; two daughters, Mrs. H. L. Wager, of Beloit, and Mrs. W.A. Baldwin of Shirland; two brothers, Edgar, of Manila, Ia.; and one sister, Mrs. Nella Arnold of Council Bluffs, Ia. Mr. Packard was a member of Masonic Lodge No. 74, of Rockton, of the Shirland Knights of Pythias and the Modern Woodmen. Funeral services will be held Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Shirland Congregational church. [Rockford Morning Star, July 18, 1922]
Miss Clara Pahaly of New Milford died yesterday at St. Anthony Hospital, death coming as the reult of heart trouble, with which she has been afflicted for a long time. Miss Pahaly was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church of this city and was quite well known in church circles. The funeral will be held Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock in New Milford, Rev. H.M. Bannen officiating. [Rockford Republic, April 1, 1901]
Mrs. Jacqueline Palmenderi, 63, 1214 Kent st., a Rockford resident for 31 years, died at 10 o'clock Friday night in Rockford Memorial hospital, where she had been a patient since Sept. 14. Death ended a five-month illness. Services will be conducted at 9 a.m. Monday in the Gasparini and Oliveri funeral home, 707 Marchesano drive, and at 9:30 a.m. in St. Anthony of Padua Catholic church. Burial will be in Calvary cemetery. Friends may call between 2 and 4 from 7 to 11 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home where a rosary will be said at 7 o'clock Sunday night. Mrs. Pamenderi was born April 8, 1888, in Sambuca, Italy, and came to the United States when she was 8 years old. She lived at La Salle before coming to Rockford. She was married in 1906 in Louisiana to Peter Palmenderi, who survives her. Mrs. Palmenderi was a member of the Moose lodge auxiliary. Besides her husband Mrs. Palmenderi is survived by seven daughters, Mrs. Joanne Diventi, Mrs. Anna Taylor, Mrs. Antonia Kendall, Mrs. Josephine Spiers, Mrs. Antoinette Ruvalo, Mrs. Mary Dem and Mrs. Jacqueline Abate, all of Rockford; four sons, Joseph, Peter, Jr., and Anthony, all of Rockford, and Leonard, Phoenix, Ariz.; her mother, Mrs. Anna Las Casa, Rockford; three sisters, Mrs. Josephine Franco and Mrs. Mary Lacata, both of Chicago, and Mrs. Frances Pumilia, Rockford; and a number of nieces and nephews. [Rockford Register-Republic, October 6, 1951]
Partridge, George Cotton
CLASS OF 1838 George Cotton Partridge. (Non-graduate.) Son of Dea. Cotton Partridge and Hannah Huntington Lyman, daughter of Rev. Dr. Joseph Lyman, for fifty-four years pastor in Hatfield; born in Hatfield, Mass., August 27, 1813; fitted for college at Hopkins Academy, Hadley; graduated at Amherst College, 1833; taught in Princeton (N.J.) Latin School, 1833-34; in this Seminary, 1835-36; tutor at Amherst College, 1836-38; continuing his theological study under President Humphrey. In 1838-39 he preached for a few months in Rochester, N.Y., and at the Seamen’s Bethel, Portland, Me. He was ordained at Nantucket, Mass., November 21, 1839, and remained there two years; was pastor at Brimfield, Mass., 1842-47; and of the Second Congregational Church, Greenfield, Mass., 1848-54. From 1854-60 he resided in Rockford, Ill., without charge, but often preaching without compensation in villages and hamlets for miles around. He was acting pastor at Batavia, Ill., 1860-66, and afterward resided there until his death. He was collector of internal revenue, 1866-67, and afterwards for many years a general insurance agent. He was for thirty years treasurer of the school funds for the township. Prof. William S. Tyler, D.D., of Amherst (Class of 1836), says of him: "George Partridge was to me a friend indeed, true and near and dear. Those were sunny days when he and Bullard and I boarded together at Professor Snell’s, and sung together half an hour after dinner or supper almost every day, and then went singing in our hearts to college work. Shall no 'we three meet again' with songs of everlasting joy upon our heads? … Mr. Partridge loved to preach the gospel, and intermitted preaching and finally relinquished it only when his voice became too weak or his general health failed. He preached the great central truths of Christianity as they were held by his grandfather, Dr. Lyman, and his theological teacher, Dr. Humphrey, in their simplicity and purity, with great earnestness and often with much pungency and power. Tall, erect, of commanding form and attractive features, with a heart as large as his body and as warm as it was large, courteous in his manners, fastidious in his tastes, a Christian gentleman of the old school, he made friends, select, perhaps, rather than numerous, of the best men and women, and bound them to himself with hooks of steel. We give him joy of his long life of fourscore years, of his good work, and when, by reason of bodily infirmities, life has become a weariness, we give him joy of his peaceful and happy entrance into rest." He was married June 9, 1840, to Sophia Harmer Johns, of Canandaigua, N.Y., daughter of Rev. Evan Johns and Frances Lyman. She died January 31, 1874. He had one son and two daughters, one of whom is the wife of Rev. A.J. Chittenden, of the Class of 1874. He died of bronchial pneumonia, in Batavia, Ill., November 8, 1893, aged eighty years. [Source: Necrology … Andover Theological Seminary (1828 – 1865) transcribed by Kim Mohler]
Peacock, David - Death of David Peacock
Fred Pearson, 84, formerly of 408 S. Chicago Ave., died at 5:45 p.m. Sunday in Fiarhaven Christian Home after a lengthy illness. He came to America from Sweden in 1902 and lived 56 years in Rockford. He was a foreman for Forging and Stamping Co. for 3o years, and was a charter member of Ellida Lodge, Order of the Vikings. Survivors include one son, Harry F. Pearson, Rockford, and one daughter, Mrs. Ruth Clint, Janesville, Wis. Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Wilbur Christenson Funeral Home, 925 3rd. Ave. Burial will be in Scandinavian Cemetery. [Rockford Morning Star, August 6, 1968]
Fred Pearson, 84, formerly of 408 S. Chicago Ave., died at 5:45 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 4, 1968, in Fairhaven Christian Home, after an eight-month illness. Born April 3, in Varnland, Sweden, son of Mr. and Mrs. Per Pearson. Lived 56 years in Rockford, coming here from Chicago. He came from Sweden in 1902. Married to the former Teckla Benson in Chicago April 19, 1906. She died 13 years ago. Employed as foreman by Forging and Stamping Co. for 30 years. Survivors include: one son, Harry F. Pearson, Rockford; one daughter, Mrs. Ruth Clint, R.R. 1 Janesville, Wis.; seven grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. Services at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday in WILBUR CHRISTENSON FUNERAL HOME, 925 3rd. Ave., with the Rev. John S. Hawkinson, associate chaplain at Fairhaven Christian Home, officiating. Burial in Scandinavian Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday. [Rockford -Register Republic, August 5, 1968]
The following contributed by Christina Weigel:
Facts about Fred Pearson:
Born April 4 1884 in Värmland, Sweden Emigrated March 19 1904 from Sweden
Married Theckla Sofia Bengstdotter (Benson) Apr 20, 1907 in Chicago, Cook, Illinois
Pearson, Teckla Sofia
Mrs. Teckla S. Pearson, 70, 408 S. Chicago ave., died at 6:45 a.m. today in her home after a four-year illness. Born June 8, 1884, in Holland, Sweden, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Benjt Anderson, she had lived 43 years in Rockford, coming here from Chicago, where she settled when coming to this country from Sweden in 1903. She was married to Fred Pearson in Chicago April 20, 1907. She was a member of the Ladies of Viking. Survivors include her husband, Fred; a daughter, Mrs. John H. Clint, Durand; a son, Harry Pearson, Rockford; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friday in the Wilbur Christenson Funeral home, 925 3rd ave., with the Rev. Harold M. Carlson, pastor of Bethesda Covenant church, officiating. Burial will be in Scandinavian cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home from 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday. [Rockford Register-Republic, January 19, 1955]
SUICIDE AT PECATONICA
Pecatonica, June 11th, 1875. Editor of the Journal:--One of the most heart rending events that ever occurred in this town, took place last evening. Mr. John F. Peavy, a worthy boot and shoe merchant of this place, shot and killed himself at about half past nine last evening. A great gloom has settled upon the minds of the citizens in consequence. It is not known at this writing what particular cause led him to the rash act, unless it was the fact that he has been in rather feed health for some time. A letter was found addressed to his wife. This was very brief. In it he said, "I die for you good and hope it will be better for you. Good bye." The deceased leaves a wife and three children, the youngest about three and the oldest ten years of age. In my next I will give you all the particulars. [The Rockford Journal, 06-12-1875]
Mrs. Hattie Pemberton Dies; Rites Saturday
Mrs. Hattie Pemberton, 612 Chestnut street, died last night at St. Anthony's hospital, following lingering illness Mrs. Penberton, a native of Paxton, Ill., was born Feb. 11, 1879, and had lived here twenty-two years. She is survived by the husband, Frank, and employee of the Illinois Central railroad. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the McAllister-Julian undertaking parlors. 110 South 9rd. street. The Rev. Melvin C. Smith, pastor of Calvary Lutheran church, will officiate, and interment will take place in Willwood Burial park. [Rockford Republic, 02-22-1935]
Mr. Putnam Perley died at his residence in Pecatonica yesterday about 3 p.m. He had been troubled with his heart considerable lately, but feeling better yesterday did considerable work about the yard, when, becoming overheated, he retired to house and fell down and expired. Mr. Perley was born in Essex county, Mass., in 1810, and had lived in Pecatonica for a number of years, where he was universally respected. He was married twice. In 1834 to Miss Sarah Dow, who died in 1847, afterward, in 1849, to Miss Hannah Morrill, who survives him. He leaves four children --Frederick P., Benjamin D., Ella E. (Mrs. L.A. Paddock), and Joseph W. Mr. Perley was a wide-awake Christian, belonging to the Congregational church at Pecatonica, of which he was deacon and superintendent of Sunday schools [Rockford Daily Gazette, 04-20-1886]
Pernacciaro, John J.
John J. Pernacciaro, 65, 1915 17 Ave., died at 6 p.m. Sunday, April 4, 1971, in Swedish-American Hospital after a long illness. Born May 13, 1905, in Covent, La., son of Salvatore and Maria Pernacciaro. Lived 53 years in Rockford, coming here from Covent. Married to the former Mary Zambrowski in Rockford, Oct. 13, 1934. Employed as a machinist by Weyerhauser Shipping Co. for 39 years. Member of St. Anthony Catholic Church, and of St. Mary's Socitey. Survivors include: his widow, Mary; one sone, Samuel, Carbondale, Ill.; two grandchildren; two sister, Mrs. Antonia Zordan, Rockford, and Mrs. Mary Noonan, Batavia, Ill., and three brothers, Joseph, Charles and Tony, all of Rockford. Services at 9:30 a.m. in GASPARINI & OLIVERI FUNERAL HOME, 707 Marchesano Drive, with Rev. Samuel Bonikewski, pastor of St. Anthony Church, officiating. Burial in Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday. The rosary will be recited at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. [Rockford Register-Republic, April 6, 1971]
Persinger, Charles J
Loving husband, father and grandfather
Charles J. Persinger, 77, a longtime Rockford resident died Wednesday, May 26, 2004, in Rockford Memorial Hospital. He was born Jan. 4, 1927, in Wever, Iowa, the son of Charles and Lucille Persinger. Charles married his loving wife of 56 years, Jean Higgins, Aug. 7 1948, in Marengo. He was a World War II veteran, serving in the United States Navy, and served the rest of his life as a barber. He was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church. Charles' hobbies included being an avid golfer, woodworking and spending time with his family. He is survived by his wife, Jean; sons, Rick (Mary) of Winfield and Jack (Kira) of Rockford; grandchildren, Sarah and Matthew; brother, Robert of Rockford; sisters, Fern Justice of Rockford and Doreen Zeian of Madison, Wis. He was preceded in death by his parents; and son, David. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 29, in Holy Family Catholic Church, with the Rev. Dennise Atto officiating. Interment will be in Calvary Catholic Cemetery. Visitation from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 28, with a rosary service to be recited at 7:15, in Fitzgerald Funeral Home, Mulford Chapel, 1860 S. Mulford Road. Visitation also from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. Saturday in the church. [Rockford Register Star; May 29, 2004 - Submitted by Ida Maack Recu]
Peterson, Herman J.
Herman J. Peterson, 70, 4395 Blackhawk Road, Rockford, died at 9 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 15, 1972, in Swedish-American Hospital after a long illness. Born Oct. 10, 1902, in Winnebago County, son of Levin and Augusta Frieberg Peterson. Lived all his life in Winnebago County. Employed as a farmer, retiring four years ago. Member of the Farm Bureau of Winnebago County. Survivors include: two brothers, Elmer and Kenneth Peterson, both of Rockford. Services at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Buck-Wheeler-Hyland Funeral Home, Belvidere, with the Rev. Duane E. Heap, pastor of the First United Presbyterian Church of Belvidere, officiating. Burial in Scandinavian Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday.--Rockford Morning Star, October 17, 1972 Peterson, John E. --John E. Peterson, 63, 723 Woodlawn avenue, died at 2 p.m. yesterday at the Municipal sanatorium following a long illness. Funeral services will he beld at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Fred C. Olson mortuary, 1001 2nd avenue, with the Rev. H.M. Bannen, pastor of Trinity Lutheran church, officiating. Burial will be in the Scandinavian cemetery. Mr. Peterson was born Dec. 14, 1875, in Oland, Sweden, but had lived in Rockford the last 52 years. He was a furniture finisher by trade. Surviving are his aged mother in Sweden, four sons, Walter, Herbert and Adolph and Gilbert, all of Rockford; and three grandchildren. His wife Blanche, died in 1927. [Rockford Morning Star, June 13, 1939]
Pettingill, John E.
DURAND MAN ILL; TAKES HIS LIFE--JOHN E. PETTINGILL COMMITS SUICIDE IN BELOIT HOSPITAL WHILE DESPONDENT--John E. Pettingill, son of Edward E. Pettingill, the old Durand showman, and himself an emplye last season of the Gollmar circus, committed suicide in the General Hospital at Beloit at about 11 o'clock Saturday night by cutting his jugular vein with a small knife. He was despondent as the result of long illness from rheumatism. He had been in the hospital for a week. That the deed was premeditated was revealed by the disovery of a letter on him. The note, which was splotched with his blood, read as follows: "Dear Dad:"You draw the money I expect to receive from the club and then you see that I am buried on the hill. You will have to pay for the lot as I never paid for it. You will find $5 in my trousers pocket if you will look close among the papers. I am getting weaker and cant stand it any longer. There is $2 in my pocket while I am writing this." There was another note which directed that in case of his death the Durand undertaker be notified. Nurses at the hospital said Pettingill had been heard to talk of suicide. The body was sent to Durand this morning and the funeral will be held probably on Wednesday. Burial will be in the village cemetery "on the hill."Pettingill was 35 years old. He was born in Durand and spent his life there. Beside his parents, he leaves a widow and three children and a sister. He was a member of Durand's Untiy club and of the Woodmen of the World.--[Rockford Daily Register Gazette, January 17, 1916]
Pettingill, John F.
PIONEER TAKEN--John F. Pettingill, Who Founded Town of Durand--John F. Pettingill, one of the unique characters of the county, one of the powers in Methodism hereabouts in an early day, and one of the founders of the village of Durand, died at his home in that place Thursday afternoon, aged 80 years. Mr. Pettingill had been a resident of this county since 1837, in which year he came from his native state of Massachusetts. He took up a claim near Durand and tilled the soil for years. In the fall of 1855 he and John R. Herring and Price B. Webster staked out the town of Durand. For years he was active in the life of the village, holding numerous public offices. He was lay preacher in the Methodist church and it was said of him that he never missed a service. He was an ardent prohibitionist. He owned a large farm near the village and was quite wealthy. He leaves a widow and an adopted son, Edward B. Pettingill, the latter with the Walter L. Main circus. Nelson Judd and Israel Sovereign of this city are brothers-in-law of decedent. --Rockford Morning Star, May 10, 1902 Pettingill, Kate --MRS. KATE PETTINGILL OF DURAND IS DEAD--DURAND, July 1--Mrs. Kate Pettingill, aged 82, died here this afternoon at the home of Mr. J.P. Van Sickle of infirmities incident to advanced age. She was born in Baltimore, Maryland, January 22, 1838. In 1857 she moved to Illinois with her father, the Rev. S.F. Helsey. She married Dr. Pettingill in September, 1873 and they resided in Durand until he died in 1902. Soon after she suffered a paralytic stroke and for the last four years she has been confined to her bed. A sister, Mrs. Fannie Jameson of Hanover, Illinois, is the sole survivor. Funeral services will be held in the M.E. church tomorrow afternoon at 1:30 o'clock. [Rockford Morning Star, July 2, 1920]
DURAND FARMER DEAD--Ralph Pettingill Passed Away Last Evening--Hemorrhage of Brain--DURAND, May 5--Ralph Pettingill, a young farmer residing a few miles south of this place died at about 8 o'clock this evening as the result of a hemorrhage of the brain. He had been confined to his bed for the past two weeks, but had been in poor health for the past year and a half. Deceased was born in Durand about 26 years ago and was the son of the late Warren and Grace Pettingill. He was married about six years ago to Miss Anna Macomber of Brodhead. He is survived by his wife and a child about three years old. One brother, Charles Pettingill, who worked the farm on which deceased resided, in partnership with him, and one sister, Mrs. Hattie Hurd, of Brodhead, also survive him. Arrangements for the funeral have not as yet been made.[Rockford Morning Star, May 6, 1910]
A YOUNG LADY POISONS HERSELF--Of late this community has been somewhat shocked at the frequent occurrence of sudden and, in some cases, violet deaths. The latest even of this kind was the suicide of a young lady named Julia Phelps, the daughter of a well-to-do farmer living at Seward, a few miles from Rockford. It appears Miss Julia called upon a neighbor, and was apparently feeling ill. Medical aid was called, but in ten minutes she died. This mysterious death did not seem to arouse the suspicions of her friends, and, strange to say, they buried her last Wednesday. At the church, however, the fair corpse looked so beautiful and life-like that a couple of doctors were called. They, after the sermon had been preached, bled her, and again pronounced life extinct. Two days after the funeral the people in the village commenced to declare that the girl did not die a natural death, and the latter part of last week the body was exhumed and an inquest held. This investigation resulted in a verdict of "poisoned by strychnine," and, after still further search, a letter was discovered to her mother, in which she said she had taken her own life. It is generally supposed, by the wording of this document, that a young man was at the bottom of the affair. It is, of course, a sad bereavement for her parents, who doted on their daughter very much. [Daily Inter-Ocean, Aug 12, 1875]
Buell Pickett, as resident of Rockford since 1854, died at the county farm Saturday evening. He had been ill only two days. Mr. Pickett was a native of Sherman, Conn., where he was born 91 years ago. His wife who survives him is past four score. The aged couple had been at the farm for about one year, going there because of their age and feebleness. [Rockford Daily Register Gazette, December 8, 1902]
JOHN PIECHA, 37, DIES AFTER TWO WEEKS' ILLNESS: John Piecha, 37, 218 Sayre street, died this morning at 2?05 o'clock at Rockford hospital after an illness of two weeks. He was born in Poland. He was last employed at the Rockford Paper Box Board company, and had lived in Rockford 15 years. Funeral services will be held Thursday morning at St. Stanislaus church. Burial will be in Catholic cemetery. Besides the widow, Mary Piecha, he is survived by three daughters, Helen, Elizabeth and Annabelle. [Rockford Daily Register Gazette, February 21, 1928]
Piliponis, Cecilia B.
Cecilia B. Piliponis, 52, 1024 2nd. Ave., died at 12:45 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, 1972, in St. Anthony Hospital after a long illness. Born May 28, 1920, in Kewanee, daughter of Peter and Amelia Simaitis. Lived 40 years in Rockford, coming here from Kewanee. Member of St. James Catholic Church. Attended St. James parochial school. Survivors include: a daughter, Veronica Phillips, Miami Beach, Fla.; three sons, Glenn, Moline, William, Long Beach, Calif. and Kenneth of Charleston, S.C.; a brother, Joseph Simaitis, Rockford; two sisters, Mrs. Margaret Brunner, Rockford, and Mrs. Rosemary Vaughn, Memphis, Tenn. Graveside services at 11 a.m. Tuesday in Calvary Cemetery. Arrangements by SUNBERG FUNERAL HOME, 215 N. 6th St. [Rockford Morning Star, October 17, 1972]
Ploeger, Anna W.
1883 - 1979
ROCKFORD: Anna W. Ploeger, 96, formerly of 712 N. 2nd. St, died Monday in River Bluff Nursing Home after a short illness. Survivors include a niece, Marylyn Sherman, and a grand niece, Mrs. Dennis W. Thomas, both of Rockford; and a cousin, Forrest LaVerne Bubser, Rockford. Services will be at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday in Wilber Christenson Funeral Home. Burial in Cedar Bluff Cemetery [Rockford Register Star, Tues. 25 Dec 1979; submitted by Virginia Gorton Bonne(daughter of Siman A. Ploeger & 1st. wife, Anna Auguste Hobelman]
Ploeger, Simon A.
1853 - 1943
Simon A. Ploeger, retired merchant tailor, died during his sleep last night in his home, 712 North 2nd street. He was 89 years old and had been in failing health the past year. For many years Mr. Ploeger maintained a tailoring shop in the Petritz building on South Main street and later had a shop at the corner of East State and 3rd streets. He was retired from business on Jan 22, 1927. Handicapped by lameness, Mr. Ploeger rode a bicycle between his home and tailor shops and was a familiar figure on Rockford streets. He was born Oct. 3, 1853, in Steinegger, Germany, and came to the United States Oct. 14, 1873. He settled in Freeport, where he resided until coming to Rockford Oct. 1, 1878. Before going into business for himself in 1885, he worked in the George R. Ackinson tailor shop. Mr. Ploeger was a member of Rockford lodge No. 102, A. F. and A. M. a charter member of the Rockford Germania society and of the Modern Woodmen of America. He is survived by two daughters, Mrs. R. L. Speake and Miss Anna Ploeger, and a granddaughter, Mrs. George W. Olsen, all of Rockford. His wife preceded him in death Nov. 19, 1925.Funeral services will be held...Wed. at the McAllister-Julian funeral home, 304 North 5th St. Dr. O. Garfield Beckstrand of Trinity Lutheran church officiating with burial in Cedar Bluff cemetery. (Rockford Register Republic, Mon. 30 Aug 1943, p15; submitted by Virginia Gorton Bonne]
MRS. PHOEBE POLLOCK DEAD--Mrs. Phoebe Pollock, an old and well known resident of Shirland, died last Sunday at the age of 65 years. Seven children survive her. They are: Rev. Samuel Pollock of Nors, Wilbur Pollock, living on the old homestead, Truman Pollock, a student at Beloit College, Miss Cora Pollock a teacher in the south, Mrs. Dwight Powell Powell and Mrs. Louis Wilmot, both of Shirland. The funeral was held today. [Rockford Republic, January 8, 1902]
Porter, William B.
William B. Porter, 59, prominent member of the American Federation of Labor in Illinois and editor and publisher of various labor papers, died Sunday afternoon at St. Anthony hospital after a linger illness. He was founder of Rockford Labor News and the Joliet Labor Journal, and in recent years published a labor paper in the Kankakee-Champaign area. In 1919 he campaigned unsuccessfully for mayor of Joliet. He was a candidate on the labor ticket. Mr. Porter was born at Parkersburg, Ia., Oct 7, 1881. As a youth he moved to Des Moines, Ia., where he received his education. After living in Des Moines for 30 years, he moved to Joliet in 1917. Later he lived in Kankakee and Champaign. He resided in Champaign until his illness. Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Kathryn Martin Porter, whom he married Sept. 29, 1927, and four sisters, Mrs. B.A. Vandeberg, Chicago and Mrs. Josie Rusk, Mrs. Dorothy Pitts and Mrs. Alice Hollingsworth, all of Des Moines. Funeral services will be held at Center Point, Ia., and burial will be in that city. [Rockford Morning Star, September 3, 1940]
Poshka, Olga J.
Olga J. Poshka, 61, 611 Brooke Road, died at 12:18 p.m. Monday, April 5, 1971, in Swedish-American Hospital after a brief illiness. Born May 14, 1909 in Lithuania, daughter of Jacob and Mary Janusevic. Lived 53 years in Rockford, coming here from Lithuania. Married to John Poshka in Rockford June 25, 1929. He died in 1964. Employed as an inspector for Elco Industries for 27 years. Attended Rockford public schools. Survivors include: five sons, Albert, Byron, and John, Raymond, Donald and Jerry, all of Rockford; one daughter, Mrs. Evelyn Abate, Rockford; her mother, Mrs. Mary Janusevic, 13 grandchildren, and a nephew, all of Rockford. Services at 2:30 p.m. Thursday in SUNDBERG FUNERAL HOME, 215 N. 6th St., with Rev. Robert G. Edlen, pastor of Bethlehem Lutheran Church, officiating. Burial in Scandinavian Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday. [Rockford Register-Republic, April 6, 1971]
DEATH OF DANIEL POSSON--A Venerable Citizen of Winnebago Passes Away
Mr. Daniel Posson, an old and highly respected citizen of Winnebago township, died early Wednesday morning. He had been in poor health for some months, but his last illness, pleuro-pneumonia, came unexpectedly to that community. The Reflector pays him the following tribute: The deceased man was born in New York state in 18()2, having just rounded out his allotted three score years and ten. He came to Winnebago during the stirring times of '64, and after a residence of a few years moved to Missouri. He remained in that state eleven years, when he removed to this town, being well satisfied to spend the remainder of his life in Illinois. He leaves a wife, one son and three daughters, namely: Arthur Posson, of Missouri, Mrs. John Schoonmaker of Rockford; Mrs. George Patterson, of New Milford, and Mrs. Peter Clikeman, of Seward. These, with six grandchildren and a large circle of neighbors and friends, sincerely mourn the departure of a loving husband and father, a kind neighbor and a sunny, intense christian man. He became a Christian in 1848, and after being in the Evangelical Lutheran and Congregational churches a while, he united with the M.E society, in which church he continued a prominent member until death. No one could be with him, for even a few minutes, without learning where he stood religiously, and being convinced that his religion was by no means a mere profession. For years he was in feeble health, but was very active until the last six months. The death of such men is a great loss to any community. He was a stalwart republican, having been with the party since its formation in 1856. He was one of the few men in this vicinity who voted for the first Harrison. Funeral services were held from the M.E. church last Friday afternoon at one o'clock, his pastor, rev. W.C. Howard officiating.[Rockford Daily Spectator, 05-20-1893]
MRS. NATHANIEL POST DEAD--A VENERABLE RESIDENT DIED YESTERDAY--At the Ripe Old Age of Seventy-Four Years--Lived in Winnebago County for Over Half a Century--Respected and Esteemed by All who Knew Her
At 10 minutes past 8 o'clock Sunday morning, Mrs. Nathaniel Post passed quietly away at her late home on the farm about three miles east of the city, where she had lived for over half a century. She was born in New York state Jan. 21, 1816. Her maiden name was Eliza Rich. She was married to Nathaniel Post and in the summer of 1839, in company with two of his brothers, they left their native home for the land of the setting sun, traveling overland in wagons. On the 30th day of June, just as the warm summer sun sank behind the western hill, the quartet of New Yorkers drew slowly into the little village of Newburg. It was decided to spend a few days in this little village, which afterwards became Cherry Valley. While thus engaged, Nathaniel Post and his brothers took a look at the county 'round about and finally made up their minds that they had struck a beautiful spot and they would not proceed further. All the brothers bought farms adjoining each other and they immediately went to work improving them. The country was almost a wilderness at this early date, and it took a great deal of perseverance to accomplish this work of carving out a home in a forest, with naught but the wolf and the wildcat for neighbors; but the Posts were not lacking in this essential, and in a short time they were quite comfortable situated in their new home in the west. As the country grew in population, they advanced in prosperity, and it was not long before a district school was located in their neighborhood, and it was Uncle Hi, Waldo's good luck to secure the position as teacher in this school, and his still better luck to live with Mr. and Mrs. Post during the two years that he taught the young idea how to shoot. "Yes, I knew Mrs. Eliza Post," remarked the worthy book-seller, "she brought me up, and a nicer lady never lived than Mrs. Post. You can not say too many good things about Mr. and Mrs. Post. I made my home with them, and it was a home indeed. "I remember Nat. was a great fiddler. In fact, in those days he did all the fiddling for these parts. He fenced his farm by fidddling. Some times her would make as high as $40 in a night. Nat. and his wife were Universalists, and nearly every Sunday some of the neighbors would drop in and get him to play for their entertainment, and while the rest of that community were strictly orthodox and did not agree with Nat. and his good wife in religious matters he was their best friend all the same, and they were all glad to be one of his family circle. He never had an enemy in all his life that he knew of. They were a splendid couple," continured Mr. Waldo. Her death occurred on the same day of the week and the same hour of the day as her husbands, but in different months. The deceased had been in poor health for the past year, and just before Thanksgiving day she was taken with heart failure and dropsy, and has gradually grown worse, until the end. The day bfore her death she lost of power of (...) but was conscious and recognized her friends. She did not expect to die, and even a few days before the end came she was laying plans for the spring. Deceased leaves behing two grown-up sons, John and Irwin N. Post. The latter is a harnessmaker and is employed at Peake's harness shop. The remains will be interred in the Cherry Valley cemetery. The funeral will occur to-morrow at 1:30 o'clock from the house. [Rockford Daily Register, February 3, 1890]
Post, Robert Maurice
Funeral services for Robert Maurice Post, 6 years old son of Mrs. Thoedora Post, who died Saturday night after a brief illness from pnuemonia, will be held this afternoon at 2 o'clock at the home of his grandmother, Mrs. A. Mensel, 1515 Daisy avenue. The Rev. H.M. Bannen will officiate and burial will be in Greenwood cemetery. Four uncles of the child will serve as pallbearers. [Rockford Morning Star, September 13, 1927]
RUSTY NAIL CAUSES DEATH - Amputation of His Foot Does not Save M.L. Powell's Life
The funeral of M.L. Powell, who died at the hospital Saturday evening of blood poisoning, was held this morning at 10 o'clock at 1201 Corbin street. Rev. F.F. Farmiloe of the Winnebago Street M.E. church officiating. Several weeks ago Mr. Powell, who was 60 years of age and a carpenter by occupation, stepped on a rusty nail which penetrated his foot to a considerable depth. Mr. Powell paid little attention to the wound, thinking that it would heal without trouble. It became inflamed, however, and soon he was in such condition that he was taken to the hospital and medical attendance summoned. Dr. Richings, who was called, found that he had to deal with a bad case of blood poisoning, as gangrene had set in. The foot was amputated and it was thought that this might save Mr. Powell's life. The hope proved vain, however, and his death came as a welcome relief on account of the great suffering which he underwent. The decedent was well known in South Rockford, where he had lived many years. His wife died some time ago, but he leaves several children, one of whom, William, is employed at the Rockford Bolt works. [Daily Register Gazette, Nov 01, 1897]
M.L. Powell of the South Side Dies at Hospital
M.I. Powell died at the hospital Saturday evening from gangrene. About a week ago he was taken there for treatment of the disease, which resulted from running a rusty nail in his foot. Tuesday the injured limb was amputated, but his life could not be saved. Deceased was a well known resident of the south side, and lived at 1201 Corbin street. He was 60 years old, and a carpenter by trade. He leaves several children, his wife having died previously. The funeral occurred this morning at 10 o'clock from the residence, the interment being at the west side cemetery. [Rockford Republic, Nov 01, 1897]
Pritchard, Marshal S. -- The Unsolved Murder of Marshall S. Pritchard
Armando Pro, 57, Hayes hotel, died at 9:20 p.m. Wednesday, April 9, 1952 in St. Anothony hospital where he had been a patient since March 15, after a short illness. Born in March 1895, in Serrentino, Italy, and came to the United States in 1910. He resided in Rock Falls for 10 years before locating in Rockford. Married the former Mrs. Amartino D'Augostin in 1926 and she died in 1939. Employed as an assembler by the J.I. Case company for 20 years. Member of St. Anthony's Catholic church. Survivors include: a son, Raymond Pro, Rockford; two sister, Mrs. Dutta Reale, Rockford, and Mrs. Amalia Musa in Italy; two brothers, Dario and Ambrogio Pro, both of Rockford; and one grandchild and numerous neices and nephews,. Services at 9 a.m. Saturday in the Gasparini And Oliveri Funeral Home, 707 Marchesano drive, and at 9:30 a.m. in St. Anthony's Catholic church. Burial in Calvary cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 11 p.m. Friday. The rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. [Rockford Register-Republic, April 11, 1952]
Rockton - Burdell Puddicombe, 80 yrs, of Rockton passed away Thursday, Feb 17, 2000, at his home. Born 26 Jan 1920, in Rockford, the son of William and Ethel May (Bull) Puddicombe. Burdell married Dora Ella Shaw in Rockford on 9 June 1939. He farmed in the Durand and Rockton areas, then moved to his present address in 1950. Eventually, he put in the Puddicombe subdivision. Employed by Twin Disc Co. for eight years and worked for Paul Slabaugh & Sons House Movers until retiring due to illness. He raised chinchillas for about 14 years. Survivors include wife of 60 years, Dora; son, Kenneth Puddicombe of South Beloit; daughters: Patricia (John) Hayter; Suzanne (David) Coleman of South Beloit and Bonnie (Gilbert) Coffen of Garland, Texas; 10 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; a great-great - granddaughter; sister, Helen Flobeck of Cape Coral, Fla; and a very special niece, Debi, and her husband, Rick, and family. Predeceased by parents; brother, Howard, George, and William "Russ", and sisters, Martha Sullivan and Dorothy Bartlett. Services at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, 22 Feb. in Rosman - Uehling-Kinzer Funeral Home, 1401 Blackhawk Blvd., South Beloit, with Pastor Norm Starks officiating. Visitation from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, 21 Feb, in the funeral home. Burial in Flora Lawns Memorial Gardens, South Beloit. [Rockford Register Star, Saturday, 19 Feb 2000 pg 8 A, submitted by firstname.lastname@example.org]
Pulver, John R.
Death came to John Rightor Pulvor at St. Anthony hospital at 5 o'clock this morning. He was a polisher by occupation and had been employed at the plant of the National Lock company for some time. Mr. Pulver was born in New York state March 16, 1875. Funeral arrangements await word from relatives in the east. [Rockford Daily Gazette, January 3, 1921]
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