Winnebago County, Illinois
Raidy, Mary M.
Mrs. Mary M. Raidy, 87 years old, 421 Forest avenue, widow of Thomas Raidy, died Monday morning at 1:30 o'clock at her home from infirmities of age. She was born March 1, 1840, in County Clare, Ireland, and came to the United States in 1851, locating in Fond Du Lac county, Wis. She has resided in Rockford since 1901. She was a member of St. Patrick's cathedral church and of the Altar and Rosary society of that parish. Her husband died 14 years ago. She is survived by four children, Mrs. William F. Murphy, Rockford; Mrs. N.T. Brennan, Chicago; Mrs. T.P. Magrane, Chicago; John T. Raidy, Rockford, 12 grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. The body will be taken to Eden, Wisconsin., for burial. [Rockford Morning Star, September 13, 1927]
A. RALSTON CAME HERE IN 1834--AGED RESIDENT WHO DIED THIS MORNING LIVED IN ARGYLE NAD ROCKFORD SINCE HE WAS ONE YEAR OLD. Alexander Ralston, who came to Argyle, Winnebago County, when an infant one year old, and has lived in Argyle and Rockford since 1834, died at his home on North Winnebago Street this morning at 1 o'clock at the advance age of 71 years. For two weeks past, the aged man who had hardly previously seen a day of sickness, had been rapidly failing because of complications die to old age, and his death had been expected at any time. The deceased was born at Argyleshire, Scotland, on May 20, 1833, and was brought by his parents to Argyle, Winnebago County, Ill., the following year. The family was one of the first to settle in the Scottish community and have since been closely identified with it. Reared to Manhood in that section, Mr. Ralston purchaed a farm near there, and gradually enlarged his possessions until retiring in 1886. Then he came to Rockford and has since led a quiet life. He was married September 25, 1862, to Miss Agnes Ralston, also of Arygle, but who was not a relative. She survives him. He is also survived by his one brother, Roabert Ralston of Argyle, a brother-in-law, D. McGeachie of Rockford, and a number of cousins and other near relatives throughout the country. As he was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, and an active worker in it since coming to Rockford, Rev. Dr. B.E.S. Ely will officiate at the funeral service tomorrow afternoon at 2 o'clock. The funeral will be from the home and the interment in the West Side Cemetery. [Rockford Republic, July 25, 1904]
Rites for E.A. "Bob" Randall, member of one of the oldest families in Durand, who died at midnight Saturday at his home, 2424 Benderwirt avenue, will be held at 10 a.m. today at the home. The Rev. John Gordon will officiate and interment will take place in Durand cemetery. The son of William H. Randall, early Winnebago county horse dealer, and the great grandson of "Squire" William Randall, one of the founders of Durand. Mr. Randall was born in Durand on Nov. 25, 1888. He attended Beloit college and North Western Military academy, and was associated with the Rosenquist and Schabacker real estate firm. He leaves his mother, his wife, and a daughter, Mariam. [Rockford Morning Star, April 30, 1935]
Frank Randall Dies at Home in Kansas City--Durand, March 1--Word has been received here of the death Friday at Kansas City, Mo., of Frank Randall, 50, a resident of this community for many years. He is survived by the mother, Mrs. Carrie Randall, Durand, and two brothers, Justin, Rockford, and Roy Randall, Durand. [Rockford Daily Register Gazette, March 1, 1930]
Randall, William "Squire"
Wm. Randall, One of the Frrst Settlers of the County is Dead--There passed away recently at his house in Laona township, one of Winnebago county's earliet settlers and a character who was widely known in the early days, Wm. Randall. The deceased settled in Laona in 1837, coming from New York state and lived there up to the time of his death. For years he held most of the offices of the township. Squire Randall, as he was called, was the only lawyer in the locality for a long time and the differences of the neighbors were brought to him for settlement. Several members of the bar in this city relate amusing instances of cases they have pleaded before Squire Randall. The deceased left a large family of children. H.J. Randall the horseman of Durand, and Bert and Will Randall of Laona are his sons. [Rockford Daily Registser Gazette, January 13, 1894]
Read, Mrs. Homer
LARGE CONCOURSE AT FUNERAL RITES OF MRS. HOMER READ--Funeral services for Mrs. Catherine Ryan Read, wife of Captian Homer Read of the Rockford Police department, who died early Saturday morning at St. Anthony hospital after a long period of illness, were held yesterday morning at 10 o'clock at the home, 832 North Winnebago street and at 10:30 o'clock at St. Mary's church, and were attended by a large concourse of sorrowing friends. The Rev. Father J.H. Whelan conducted the obsequies and in his sermon made eloquent reference to the useful life and sweet personality of the departed. Mrs. John Barret sang "Ave Marie" and the pallbearers were John Barrett, A.P. Barrett, Charles Nelson, Charles McMahon, E.H. McCarty and W.P Dwyer. Interment was made in the Catholic cemetery. Among those from out of town in attendance at the funeral were F.A. Clark, secretary, and Samuel Beales, treasurer of the Illinois State Police association, and John A. Schmuhl, sergeant of police at Elgin, Ill. Mayor Robert Rew and Chief of Police A.E. Bargren also were present.[Rockford Republic, May 4, 1909]
Dies of Injuries
LUSK, Wyo. , July 13. – Jack Redevich of Rockford, Ill., died here in a hospital as a result of injuries received when he fell beneath the wheels of a train he was attempting to board at Van Tassell, a town near here. His right leg was severed and his left one was badly mangled. The train was re-routed back to Lusk in an effort to save the man’s life. [Wyoming State Tribune – Cheyenne State Leader ( 13 July 1920 ) - MZ - Sub by FoFG]
Sylvester Reed, 66, 513 Vincent Ave., was dead on arrival at Rockford Memorial Hospital, at 8:55 a.m. Saturday, April 3, 1971, after a lingering illness. Born Aug. 5, 1904, in Vienna, S.D., sons of Mr. and Mrs. William J. Reed. Lived 14 years in Rockford, coming here from South Dakota. Married to the former Agnes Collins in Butte, Mont., Sept. 7, 1929. Employed as a maintenance man by Ekstrom-Carlson Co. for eight years, retiring in 1970. Survivors include: his widow, Agnes; eight sons, Francis, Norman, Elwood, Neil, Donald, all of Rockford; Darrell and Larry, both of Santa Clara, Calif., and Willis, of Washington state; two daughters, Mrs. Marlene Multendore, Rockford, and Mrs. Arlene Sampson, Blue Earth, Minn., seven sisters, Mrs. Roy Hall, Hot Springs, S.D.; Mrs. Everett McDaniel, and Mrs. Edward Ludke, both of Helena, Mont.; Mrs. O.S. Nelson, Harye, Mont.; Mrs. Clint Robbins, Del Paso Heights, Calif.; Mrs. Olaf Negard, Devils Lake, N.D.; and Mrs. Eric Anderson, Fargo, N.D.; eight brothers, Floyd, Richmond, Calif.; Robert, Moline; Wiliam Jr., Minneapolis; LeRoy, Madison, S.D.; Donald, Huron, S.D.; Leonard, an Oregon resident; Ernest, Missouri; Richard, Brownvalley, Minn.; and 27 grandchildren. His parents and one sister and one brother preceded him in death. Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, April 9. Burial at Willwood Burial Park. Friends may call at the JULIAN-POORMAN FUNERAL HOME, 304 N. 5th St., between 7 and 9 p.m. Wednesday. [Rockford Register-Republic, April 6, 1971]
Rees, Evan B.
EVAN B. REES, OF COMPANY K, DIES OF MENINGITIS--Young Rockford Soldier Who Enlisted at Age of Sixteen, Succumbs in Virginia Hospital--Mother at Bedside
Private Evan B. Rees, son of Mrs. Lulu Rees, 201 Forest avenue, died Saturday afternoon at 3:45 in the debarkation hospital at Newport News, Va., of spinal meningitis. His mother left Rockford Monday night last week for Newport News and arrived Wednesday afternoon. He was still conscious but Mrs. Rees was only able to spend an hour with him. His body will be shipped home for burial and the funeral will probably be Wednesday or Thursday. Rees enlisted in August, 1917, in Company K, 129th infantry, when he was but 16 years of age. He went overseas from Camp Logan. On October 8 he was gassed after taking part in a great deal of front line service, and was taken to base hospital 66. Here he developed pneumonia, but recovered and was sent home. He sailed for home Feb. 7 and after a twelve-day stormy voyage was debarked at Newport News. In the debarkation hospital there he developed influenze and bronchial pneumonia developed. This was further complicated by spinal meningitis, and he died Saturday. He was an employe of the Emerson-Brantingham company previous to enlistement. He was a member of the Grace Methodist Episcopal church, and was well known in Rockford as a steady conscientious boy. On his death bed he told his mother that he felt a lot luckier than the other boys in France who still had the discomfort of camp life to undergo, and the wounded who lay suffering in hospitals. Beside the mother, there survive two brothers and one sister. They are Eldon and Leland Rees and Mrs. Orva Adams, all residing at 201 Forest avenue. [Rockford Republic, March 17, 1919]
WILLIAM REEVES DIED AT NOON Resident of Rockford for Over Half Century. Died at His Home This Noon--Funeral Monday Afternoon
William Reeves, prominent member of Nevius Post, G.A.R., and a resident of this city for over a half century, died at his home, 327 North Horsman Street, at 12:40 o'clock this noon. He had been very seriously ill for a number of weeks and death was daily expected. Death is ascribed to infirmites incident to old age. Mr. Reeves was born in Winchomb, Gloucestershire, England, in 1824. He came to America in 1847, stopping first at Galesville, N.Y. In 1848 he came to Rockford where he lived for two years and then returned to England, where he was married to Elizabeth Vardy at Dickbrook. In a short time he returned to this country to Williamsburg, N.Y. In 1853 he returned to Rockford where he lived until his death. He enlisted for the Civil war in 1864 in Co. C. 146th Ill. Infantry, at Rockford Ill. Since the war he was ever a faithful friend of Nevius Post, a man with a warm heart and a ready handshake for all his comrades. To mourn his passing are two daughters and three sons, George W. Frederick and Albert, Mrs. W. H. Higgenbotham of Rockford and Mrs. W.H. Davesport of Fort Worth. The funeral services will be held at 2:30 o'clock Monday afternoon from the home, 327 North Horsman Street. Services will be conducted by the G.A.R. [Rockford Republic, June 20, 1908]
Reid, Harry E.
Harry E. Reid, 71, 136 1/2 30th ave. N. St. Petersburg Fla., died Tuesday night after a short illness in his home after a short illness. Born Jan. 20, 1886 in Ashkum, Ill., son of John and Sarah Reid. Lived 25 years in Rockford, coming here from Platteville. Married the former Elsa Grevamuehl in Davenport, La. Nov. 24, 1917. For a number of years he owned and operated the Electric Motor Service company on Cedar st., in Rockford. He retired in 1947 and moved to Tampa, Fla., in 1950. Attended schools in Platteville. Survivors include: his widow; and a daughter, Mrs. Matt Clembronowicz, Mulford Rd., Rockford. Services at 8 p.m. Tuesday in the SUNDBERG-CHAPIN FUNERAL HOME, 215 Hall st., with Elder Willis Waite, pastor of Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, officiating. Graveside services at 11 a.m. Wednesday in Na-Au-Say cemetery, Platteville. --[Rockford Morning Star, February 2, 1957]
Death of John Reid
The funeral of John Reid, whose death was mentioned in the REGISTER of Saturday, took place this afternoon from the family resident, 1221 Fergusen Street, Rev. George Harkness, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church, officiating. The remains were interred in the East Side cemetery. The deceased was an old and highly respected resident of this county, and has very may friends who will hear of his death with regret. It was not unexpected, however. Six months ago he was seized with the grip, from which developed an abcess in the face. From this he suffered acutely until he died. He had outnumbered the generally allotted three score and ten years of life, stretching the span to eighty years, and retaining up to this last and fatal attack a marvelously vigorous and lusty manhood. He was born in Argyleshire, Scotland, and came to this country in 1835, first settling in Ohio, where he farmed until his removal to Illinois, twenty-five years ago. He bought a farm six miles south New Milford, which he worked with success until six years ago, when he retired from the activities of life and moved into the city to enjoy a well-earned rest during the remainder of his days. He leaves, besides his wife, one daughter, Mrs. Jeff Green of Guilford. His brother, William Reid, also an old and well-known farmer residing near city, is the last of six brothers. John Reid possessed to an eminent degree the leading characteristics of his rave, was unswerving in purpose and staunch and true to those he deemed worthy of his regard. In short, his life was one of sturdy, honest manhood that might be pointed to as an example which men generally would do well to emulate. [Rockford Daily Register, 06-16-1890]
Rhodes, Betty Jane
Betty Jane Rhodes: Actress and singer who charmed the US as a wartime sweetheart--Though Betty Jane Rhodes, a pretty, blue-eyed blonde singer-actress with a vivacious smile and buoyant personality, rarely moved out of the "B" movie ranks, she will be recalled fondly for her lively renderings of such wartime numbers as "The Fleet's In" and '"On the Swing Shift". Her place in the history of popular song is secured by her having introduced on screen one of the great songs of wartime longing, "I Don't Want To Walk Without You", which she sang in the film Sweater Girl (1942). It has become a durable standard, about which Irving Berlin once said that of all the songs by other composers, "I Don't Want To Walk Without You" was the one he would have been most proud to have written. Frank Loesser, who wrote the words to Jule Styne's melody, wrote in his diary, "Irving Berlin came in today and spent a solid hour telling me that 'Walk' is the best song he ever heard. He played and sang it over, bar by bar, explaining why it's the best song he ever heard. I was flattered like crazy." Born in 1921 in Rockford, Illinois, Rhodes displayed her vocal talent to her non-professional parents at an early age, and began a career broadcasting and making records at the age of eight. She was 15 when Paramount signed her to a movie contract, and she made her screen debut (billed as Jane Rhodes) in EA Dupont's melodramatic Forgotten Faces (1936) as an adopted child whose father (Herbert Marshall) was jailed for killing his wife's lover. She then played the kid sister of Marsha Hunt, and sang on screen for the first time, in a comedy western, Arizona Raiders (1936), starring "Buster" Crabbe, in which her crooning of the sentimental classic, "My Melancholy Baby" provided a relaxing moment amid the screwball escapades of Crabbe as an inept outlaw. The studio then loaned her to Universal to partner Grant Withers in the serial Jungle Jim (1937). At RKO she had a small role in the classic account of would-be actresses, Stage Door (1937). Her parts in Life of the Party (1937) and Having Wonderful Time (1938) were also small, but in each film she had one song, and in Universal's Oh, Johnny How You Can Love (1940) she sang the popular title song, a hit in 1917 but an even greater success when revived in the '30s. On radio she had her own musical show in 1939, and the following year she and bandleader David Rose headed the cast of the radio programme California Melodies. On screen, she had a song as Tim Holt's sweetheart in Along the Rio Grande (1941), and was one of the singers who performed the title tune of the Rodgers and Hart musical that proved a major disappointment, They Met in Argentina (1941). The Fleet's In (1941), however, was one of Paramount's biggest hits, with a superior score by Victor Schertzinger and Johnny Mercer. Rhodes got the film off to a fine start with her sparkling rendition of the title song ("Hey there mister, you'd better hide your sister 'cause the fleet's in"), sung to an audience of appreciative, wolf-whistling sailors. Although she had little else to do (the film's stars were Dorothy Lamour and William Holden), the studio noted the impression she made and rewarded her with a starring role in Sweater Girl, in which she joined Eddie Bracken and June Preisser as collegiates whose efforts to mount a campus musical are hampered by the murder of several students. Though the mixture of music, comedy and homicide was sometimes uneasy, the film benefited from its four songs by Jule Styne and Frank Loesser, and Rhodes had the best of them - a slightly suggestive number, "I Said No", which was later used in cabaret by Lena Horne, plus "I Don't Want to Walk Without You". Styne had first worked with Loesser at Republic, home of westerns and serials, and he told me that one of the tunes he played to Loesser when they first met was that which was to become "I Don't Want to Walk Without You". "Frank said, 'Sh! That's too good a melody to waste at Republic – we'll take it to Paramount.'" In Sweater Girl, the chorus is first sung by a student, Johnny (Johnnie Johnston), who has just composedit and sings it down the telephone to his collegiate friends. When they ask him to sing it again, all they hear is a gurgle (Johnston is being strangled), but later in the film Rhodes sings the complete song, including its verse. An enormous hit, it was recorded by several stars including Rhodes, but the best-selling version was by Harry James and his orchestra, with Helen Forrest singing the vocal. After taking part in the all-star musical Star Spangled Rhythm, featuring Harold Arlen and Johnny Mercer's "On The Swing Shift", Rhodes was given co-star billing with Ann Miller and Johnnie Johnston in Priorities on Parade (1942), in which she and Johnstone sang Styne and Loesser's "You're in Love with Someone Else (But I'm in Love with You)", then she received top billing in Salute for Three (1943) as a radio singer romantically linked with a war hero (MacDonald Carey) for publicity. You Can't Ration Love (1944) co-starred her with Johnston in a weak script about college girls rationing dates because of the wartime shortage of eligible males. When her contract expired in 1944, Paramount let her go, but she continued a radio career, performing with Fred Allen, Red Skelton and others, and made recordings for Decca and RCA Victor, including two big sellers, "Rumours Are Flying" in 1946 and "Buttons and Bows" in 1948, her recording of the latter remaining in the hit parade charts for over two months. In 1945 she married Willet H Brown, a broadcasting pioneer who co-founded the Mutual Broadcasting System. Rhodes was later dubbed "The First Lady of Television", having her own show on NBC on Sunday nights, and she continued to appear in cabaret until the 1960s. She and Brown had one child, and Rhodes became stepmother to his three children from a former marriage. Betty Jane Rhodes, actress and singer: born Rockford, Illinois 21 April 1921; married 1945 Willet H Brown (died 1993; one child, and three stepchildren); died [27 December 2011; The Independent]
ROSCOE RESIDENT PASSES AWAY--Hiram Rhodes is Dead--Was Brother of J.M. Rhodes--Funeral Tomorrow--Hiram Rhodes, of roscoe, died this morning at 6 o'clock at his home in that town, death resulting from acute Bright's disease. The funeral will be held tomorrow afternoon at 2 o'clock from the home of his nieve, Mrs. Mae Wilcox, Rev. G.H. Young of the Methodist Church officiating. Interment will be in the Roscoe cemetery. Deceased was 64 years old. He was a brother of J.M. Rhodes, now a resident of Washington, D.C., where he holds a government position. He was well known in this city. --Rockford Republic, February 7, 1903 To most people the unexpected new early Saturday morning was the death of Hiram Rhodes. Hiram was the second son of John J. and Pamelia Rhodes. He was born in St. Thomas, Canada, Nov. 19, 1835, and there spent his infant years. In 1839 he came west with his parents and occupied a little log cabin in the locality of the cemetery until their home near the river was completed. After the death of his parents his home for 27 years was with his brother, John Milton Rhodes, for whose care his good wife ever looked after him. He was one of a family of six children. Three have gone to the other shore. Wm. of Iowa, J. Milton and Laura Sammons of Roscoe remain to pay a last tribute to their departed brother. He went to live with his niece, Mae Wilcox, when J. M. went to Washington and has been in poor health most of the time and it was there his spirit took its flight at 6 a.m. Saturday as the morning dawned for another day. He died of chronic bright's disease. He was unmarried, but leaves many kind friends. Rev. G. Young officiated as minister and interment took place in Roscoe cemetery. [Rockford Republic, February 9, 1903]
Roberts, Katherine McLaughlin
Services for Mrs. Katherine Roberts, 2315 9th street, who died Wednesday night at St. Anthony hospital, will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday at 113 South Winnebago street and at 9:30 a.m. at St. James' pro-cathedral. Rosary services will be held at 7 o'clock tonight at 113 South Winnebago street. Surviving are two sons, Earl and Morrell, both of Rockford; four sisters, Mrs. Margaret Conrad [Coonrad], Rockford; Mrs. Ross Byer [Dyer], Watertown, S.D.; Mrs. George Kruger [Gus Kroeger], Elkhart, Ind., and Mrs. Robert Kempter [Kimpton], Miles City, Mont.; a sister-in-law, Mrs. Dena Roberts, Rockford, and two brothers, David and Frank Roberts [sic - McLaughlin] of Rockford. [Rockford Morning Star, Friday, May 17, 1935 - Submitted by Peggy McLaughlin]
Rockey, Kathryn I.
Pecatonica – Kathryn I. "Kate" Rockey, 74, of Pecatonica died Friday, December 30, 1994 in Rockford Memorial Hospital after a long illness. Born September 26, 1920 in McConnell, she was the daughter of Stanley and Myrtle (Doll) Price. She attended Salem Grade School and Orangeville High School. She and Russell C. “Dutch” Rockey were married April 7, 1937 in Galena. He died June 22, 1980. She lived in Pecatonica the last 35 years of her life where she and her husband operated Rockey’s Cafe for 21 years. After her husband’s death she continued to run the cafs with her daughter, Barbara, for eight more years. She was a charter member of Peacatonica Lioness Club. Surviving are two sons, Roy (Kathy) Rocky of Orangeville and Carlos (Sharon) Rockey of Machesney Park; three daughters, Barbara Anderson, Roberta (ray) Hutting and Shirley Doner, all of Pecatonica; 14 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband, two brothers and one grandson preceded her in death. Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at St, John Lutheran Church in Pecatonica wit the Rev. Terry Theiss officiating. Burial will be in Twelve-Mile Grove Cemetery, Pecatonica. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. today at Kenneth L. Countryman Funeral Home in Pecatonica. [Undated clipping; submitted by Alice Horner]
Rogers, Eunice A.
MRS. ROGERS DIED AT HARLEM YESTERDAY--Passed Away Shortly After Noon After Eighteen Months' Illness--Lived in Winnebago County Over Sixty Years--Funeral Saturday--Mrs. William H. Rogers passed away yesterday at 12:45 at her home in Harlem after an illlness of over a year and a half. She was 64 years of age, being born in New York state but had lived in Winnebago county for over 60 years, moving here when she was six months old. Mrs. Rogers was one of the oldest settlers of Winnebago and was known to everyone for miles around. She is survived by her husband, four sons and two daughters, three children passing away before the mother. One sister, Mrs. O. Taylor of Harlem, and one brother, R.E. Anderson of California also survives her. The funeral will be held Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the home in Harlem and burial will be in the Harlem cemetery. Rev. H.M. Bannen will probably officiate at the services. [Rockford Republic, Friday Evening, October 4, 1912]
Rogers, William H.
W.H. ROGERS, G.A.R. VETERAN IS DEAD--Heart Trouble Caused Death of Civil War Fighter--Burial at Harlem Thursday--William H. Rogers, Harlen, died at the home of his son, Fred Rogers, at midnight last night following an illness of heart trouble. He was a member of the G.A.R., having enlisted in Co. D, 74th infantry, and serving three years in the Civil war. Mr. Rogers was born at Beloit, Wis., March 18, 1844. He was united in marriage to Miss Eunice A. Landers in July of 1886. Mr.Rogers died nine years ago last October. Surviving are four sons, Frank H., Fred W., and Don H. Rogers, Harlem, and Clarence Rogers, of Roscoe; two daughters, Mrs. W.R. Shook, East st., Rockford, Mrs. E. Healy, Benton st., Rockford, eleven grandchildren and two great grandchildren. In addition two sisters survive, Mrs. James Crooks, Hiawatha, Kas., and Miss Emma Rogers, South Beloit, Ill. Funeral services will be held at the Harlem home and at Harlem Methodist church at 3 o'clock Thursday, in charge of the G.A.R. Interment will be in the Harlem cemetery [Rockford Republic, Tuesday Evening, February 7, 1922]
Rolason, Horace B.
Horace B. Rolason, 77, 1816 Ridge avenue, member of a pioneer Winnebago county family, died at 4 a.m. today in North Rockford hospital, where he had been a patient since he suffered a cerebral hemorrhage last Monday. Born in Duran Sept. 12, 1865, he was the son of Horace J. and Mary Van Sickle Rolason. Until 1917 he lived on the family farm near there, then moving to Rockford. On Jan 1, 1901, he was married to Iva Boomer, Durand, who died May 6, 1938. Surviving are two daughters, Miss Helen Rolason, with whom he made his home, and Mr. Hortense Swenson, also of Rockford; A granddaughter, Miss Katheryn N. Swenson; aa niece, Mrs. Veda Place Smith, Chicago, and a nephew, Ralph Hoyt, Durand. At the time of his death Mr. Rolason was the oldest member of the Durand Masonic Lodge and also was senior past patron of the Durand Eastern Star chapter. He was a member of Court Street Methodist church. Funeral services will be held at the Burpee-Weod funeral home, 420 North Main street, at 2 p.m. Saturday. Masonic burial services will be held at the family plot in Durand cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home Friday evening. [Rockford Republic, 04-29-1943]
Death of J.B. Root, Esq.--this well-known market gardener and seed grower died at Rockford a few days since, after an illness of nine days. The name of Mr. Root is quite familiar to our readers, he having, during the last few years, contributed a number of valuable articles for the columns of the Prairie Farmer, on the growing of vegetables for the family and market use. We learn that Mrs. Root will continue the business with the help of the same foreman. Her seed catalogue is ready for all applicants--(Prairie Farmer.) [Rockford Weekly Gazette, 12-28-1876]
Rosenquist, Karl G.
Karl G. Rosenquist, 56, 621 Loves Park Drive, Loves Park, died at 12:45 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 15, 1972, in Swedish-American Hospital after a four-month illness. Born July 25, 1916, in Sweden, son of Mr. and Mrs. Swen (Elvira) Rosenquist. Lived most of his life in Rockford and Loves Park, coming here from Sweden. Married to the former Constance Gucciardo in Rockford, July 17, 1943. He had been employed as a toolmaker by G & H Tool Co. for 25 years. Veteran of World War II serving with the Army. Member of Rockford Stamp Club. Survivors include: his widow, Constance; two daughters, Mrs. Jimmy (Linda) Robinson, Haleyville, Ala., and Mrs. Raymond (Carole) Clements, Loves Park; two brothers, Gunnar, Minneapolis, Minn., and Per, Moose Lakes, Minn.; one sister, Mrs. Victor Swenson, Rockford; three grandchildren. He was predeceased by one brother, Ivar. Services at 1:30 p.m. Thursday in DELEHANTY FUNERAL HOME, 401 River Lanes, with Raymond V. Fleisted, of Jehovah's Witnesses, officiating. Burial in Willwood Burial Park. Friends may call at the funeral home from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday. [Rockford Morning Star, October 17, 1972]
Rosquist, Johan Leonard
J.L. ROSQUIST DIES, AGED 58--Johan Leonard Rosquist, 58, 1221 Burton street, a linotype operator for newspapers in Rockford for many years, died Friday morning in Rockford Memorial hospital after suffering a stroke in the Register-Republic composing room in the News Tower. A native of Florence, Wis., Mr. Rosquist was born in December, 1890. He learned the printing trade in Mankato, Minn. He suffered a cerebral hemorrhage soon after 9 a.m. Friday while working only a few feet from his brother, Clifford, another linoitype operator. He was taken to the hospital in a police department ambulance and died there less than two hours later. After employment on newspapers in Minnesota and Wisconsin, he came to Rockford in 1910 and worked in the composing room of the old Register-Gazette. After again working on newspapers in Minnesota and Wisconsin, he returned to Rockford in 1917. Mr. Rosquist was a member of Rockford local, No. 213, International Typographical union, and a Mason. Survivors include his wife, Marie; a daughter, Virginia, wife of Police Detective H. Willard Landberg, 2410 2nd. avenue; three brothers, Clifford, Rockford, Edward, Mankato, and Herbert Rosquist, Waukegan; and a sister, Mrs. Jack Reuvers, Eagle Grove, Ia. Services will be held at 3 p.m. Monday in the Burpee-Wood funeral home, 420 North Main street. The Rev. O.G. Beckstrand, pastor of Trinity Lutheran church willl officiate, and burial will be in Willwood burial park. Friends may call at the funeral home from 7 to 8:30 o'clock Sunday night. [Rockford Morning Star, July 23, 1949]
Ross, Mrs. John A.
Mrs. John A. Ross, of Rockford, was frightened to death by a peal of thunder. She was thrown into delirium and died soon after. [The Indianapolis Journal. (Indianapolis [Ind.]), 30 April 1892]
DEATH CLAIMS WILLIAM ROSS--Auto Painter Succumbs Suddenly from Heart Attack at Age of 65--
William G. Ross, 65, a resident of Rockford the last 20 years, died suddenly of a heart attack at 11:15 p.m. Thursday at his home, 1728 Rural street. Although Mr. Ross had been in ill health for nearly a year, his death was unexpected. The son of the alte Mr. and Mrs. Joseph P. Ross, he was born March 8, 1875 in LaCrosse, Wis. Mr. Ross was an automobile painter by trade and was employed by local automobile agencies. His marriage to the former Louella Robinson of LaCrosse, who survives him, took place Nov. 6, 1906. He was a member of St. James pro-cathedral parish. Besides his widow, he leaves three children, William and Louise, both employes of the Register-Republic, and James, all of Rockford; two brothers, Jospeh P. and Charles J. Ross, both of LaCrosse; four nephews and two nieces. Funeral arrangements are incomplete. Friends may call at the home after Saturday noon. His son, James, is convalescing at St. Anthony hospital from injuries received in a highway accident three weeks ago. [Rockford Register-Republic, March 29, 1940]
Lawrence Rotolo, 52 years old, 1204 South Main street, died Sunday afternoon at his home after an illness of four months. Mr. Rotolo was a native of Italy. He had lived in Rockford for 15 years. Besides his wife, Mrs. Sarah Rotolo, he is survived by two brothers, Louis and Vito Rotolo, both of Rockford, and a sister in Italy. Funeral services will be held Tuesday morning at 8:15 o'clock at the home and at 9 o'clock at St. Anthony's church. Burial will be in the Catholic cemetery. [Rockford Morning Star, September 13, 1927]
Rowley, Moses E.
ANOTHER AGED PIONEER GONE.--Moses E Rowley Passes Away at His Home.
Moses E. Rowley passed away at his home near Durand on Monday. Aug 21. after an illness of four weeks, he was born in Gouverneur, St. Lawrence county, New York, on Dec. 18, 1820. Came west overland in a buggy, leaving Evans. Erie county. May 16, 1843. reaching Illinois June 10. 1842 and; settled south of Durand. where he lived three years. In 1846 he was married to Eliza L. Darker, who passed away June 20, 1894. Five daughters were born to them one dying in infancy. The surviving ones. Miss Eunice Mrs. Frank P. Smith. Mrs. James Yale and Miss Myrtle E. Rowley, were with him and ministered to him during his last illness. Though he had no sons, Eugene Rowley and Clarence Grady who were taken at an early age and brought up by Mr. and Mrs. Rowley, were truly sons in all that kindly thoughtfulness and cheerful service implies. Of a family of ten Mr. Rowley is survived by but one member, a brother James Rowley of Durand. In 1850 Mr. Rowley moved into the farm which has been his home nearly 50 years, and the large concourse of people who came to pay their last tribute of respect to neighbor and friend, testified to their regard for one whose life among them was one of simplicity, honesty and the broadest charity. [The Rockford Daily Register Gazette (Illinois) 29 Aug 1899 Submitted by Barb Z.]
Rundquist, Carl W.
Carl W. Rundquist, 82, 919 18th St., died at 9:30 a.m. Monday, April 5, 1971, in Swedish-American Hospital after a brief illness. Born May 2, 1888, in Vestergotland, Sweden, son of Mr. and Mrs. Johan Rundquist. Lived 61 years in Rockford, coming here from Sweden. Married to the former Beda Wallen in Sweden. She predeceased him in 1949. Employed as an inspector by J.I. Case Co. for 25 years, retiring 12 years ago. Member of Zion Lutheran Church. Survivors include: two sons, Berger of Rockford and Elmer of Oregon; one daughter, Mrs. Elsie Olson, Rockford; three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Services at 2:30 p.m. Thursday in FRED C. OLSON MORTUARY, 1001 2nd Ave., with Rev. Ralph Leonard, pastor of Zion Lutheran Church, officiating. Burial in Arlington Memorial Park. Friends may call at the funeral home from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday. --[Rockford Register-Republic, April 6, 1971]
Ryan, Clara Lou
Clara Lou Ryan, 58, Port Charlotte, Fla., died at 10:45 a.m. Thursday, April 5, 1979, in St. Joseph Hospital, Port Charlotte, Fla., after a long illness. Born Feb. 14, 1921, in Florence, Wis., daughter of August and Helen Helgren Blome. Lived one year in Florida, going there from Durand. Married to Frank Ryan in Durand, Nov. 22, 1957. Member of United Methodist Church of Durand. Survivors include her husband, Frank; two sons, Michael Mulvain and David Mulvain, bother of Durand; three grandchildren; three sisters, Dorothy Brwehl, Florence, Wis., Helen Tarjan, Sherman Oaks, Calif., and Betty Taylor, Denver, Colo.; and three brothers, William Blome, Fond du Lac, Wis., Edward Blome, Florence, Wis., and August Blome, Marquette, Mich. Preceded in death by her first husband, Lloyd, and two sisters. Services at 1:30 p.m. Monday, April 9, in First United Methodist Church, Durand, with the Rev. Thomas Hardwick, pastor, officiating. Burial in Durand Cemetery. Friends may call from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at MCCORKLE FUNERAL HOME, Durand. [Rockford Register Star, April 6, 1979]
MATT RYAN DEAD--OLD ROCKFORD RESIDENT DROPPED DEAD ON RANCH NEAR DENVER--WAS SPANISH WAR VETERAN AND RECEIVED A MEDAL FOR SERVICE IN PHILLIPINES.--Matty Ryan, formerly of Rockford, a veteran of the Spanish American War, died suddenly in Denver according to a dispatch received here yesterday by his sister, Miss Mary Ryan. Ryan was a Spanish War veteran, a member of K Company, Third Illinois Volunteers, and after the return of the company from Cuba served two years in the Phillipines. He was awarded a gold medal by the United States government for his service in the orient. When K Company arrived at Chickamauga Park at the outbreak of the Spanish-American war, orders were received to recruit to full strength. Accordingly recruiting officers were sent back and Ryan was with the men who were taken down. Col. A.E. Fisher spoke of him today as "one of the best soldiers in his regiment. He never neglected his duties." On his return he worked for Tom Malana in his saloon, and tended bar at other places. Six weeks ago he went west and recently worked for Frank Kinney on a ranck near Denver, where his death took place. He was born Feb. 5, 1854 in Rockford and leaves two sisters, Miss Mary Ryan of Rockford and Mrs. Dwight Manny of Oklahoma, who will attend the funeral here. Funeral arrangements have not been completed but will probably be held Wednesday. The remains are expected in Rockford tomorrow. [Rockford Republic, October 30, 1911]
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