Winnebago County, Illinois
MISS SALISBURY FUNERAL TO BE AT PECATONICA--Pecatonica, Feb. 21--Funeral services for Miss Sarah Salisbury, 69, who died Sunday, will be held at 2:30 o'clock Wednesday the Rev. I.L. Mellott officiating. Burial will be in Grove Cemetery. Born November 2, 1858, in Ridott Township, Miss Salisbury moved to Pecatonica in 1862, residing here since. She was a member of the Congregational church and other community organizations. She leaves two sisters, Mrs. Mary Cook and Mrs. H.H. Wood, both of Pecatonica [Rockford Daily Register Gazette, February 21, 1928]
Joseph Sartino, 60, 246 Catherine St., died at 11:30 Sunday April 4, 1971, in Rockford Memorial Hospital after a short illness. Born June 8, 1910, in Independence, La., son of Natale and Lena Sartino. Lived 45 years in Rockford, coming here from Independence, La. Married to the former Madeline Thompson in Rochelle, 1845. Employed as forger by the Damascus Steel Co., for 32 years. Member of St. Anthony Catholic Church. Survivors include: his widow, Madeline; three sons, Thomas, Evansville, Ill., Domenic, Steward, and Joseph, Rockford; his mother, Mrs. Lena Sartino, Rockford; five grandchildren; four sisters, Mrs. Barbara Rinaldi, Mrs. Rose Vincent, Mrs. Lillian Kane, all of Rockford, and Sister Mary Dora Union City, N.J.; three brothers, Tony and Michael, Rockford, and Domenic, Rockton; and numerous nieces and nephews. Services at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday in GASPARINI AND OLIVERI FUNERAL HOME, 707 Marchesano Drive, and at 9 a.m. in St. Anthony Church, with Rev. Samuel Bonikowski, pastor of the church, officiating. Burial in Cavalry Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday. The rosary will be recited at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. [Rockford Register-Republic, April 6, 1971]
Savery, Horace L.
HORACE L. SAVERY DEAD--END CAME LAST SUNDAY--FUNERAL SERVICES THIS AFTERNOON
Horace L. Savery, one of Rockford's staunch, upright old citizens, passed away Sunday afternoon at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Myron Bruner, 624 Mulberry street. Funeral services will be held at the Bruner home this afternoon at 4 o'clock. The Rev. Dr. Thomas Kerr will officiate and the pall bearers will be John Barker, L.A. Fabrick, S.T. Julian and David Atwood. Street cars will be provided for the Masons who attend in a body. The interment will be at Cedar Bluff. Mr. Savery's death was not unexpected. There had been a gradual decline and weeks ago it was known that the sands of his life were nearly run. Mr. Savery first saw the light in Washingotn, Mass., October 18, 1824. He was married in Lebanon, New York, Feb. 7, 1851 to Miss Louis S. Sibley. The next year Mr. Savery came west, his family joining him later. They settled on a farm in Harlem township. In 1861 they moved into the city and had since resided here. Mrs. Savery died thriteen years ago. Two daughters survive, Mrs. James E. Tobin and Mrs. Myron L. Bruner. Mr. Savery had a wide acquaintence in the city. For nine years he was the city poormaster and proved an untiring, efficient public servant. He was faithful to every trust throughout his life and he had gathered about him many warm friends. He was a member of Rockford lodge, No. 102, A.F. & A.M., and of the Church of the Christian Union. In every circle in which he moved he was greatly esteemed and his death will be sincerely mourned. [Rockford Morning Star, September 11, 1900]
The 22-days-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Schaller, residing east of Eleventh street on the Harrison avenue road, died Sunday morning at the home of his parents. This was their second child. Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at Marsh's parlors. The Rev. O. Garfield Beckstrand officiated. Burial was in the West Side cemetery. [Rockford Daily Gazette, January 3, 1921]
MRS. MAX SCHRIBER--Pneumonia proved fatal to Mrs. Rosa Schriber, of 1222 South Church street, who died at St. Anthony hospital Sunday morning at 2, o'clock. Her husband, Max. Schriber, survives. Funeral services were held at the family home this afternoon. Mrs. Schriber was a native of Poland.[Rockford Daily Gazette, January 3, 1921]
AN EARLY DAY SETTLER GONE -- Funeral Sunday of the Late John Scott of Harrison Township--OF GOOD SCOTCH STOCK--Recall Experiences and Hardships of the Early Day--Was a Large Landholder--His Kindness
John Scott, a pioneer of Harrison Township, died Wednesday, June 18, at his home after a linger illness of pernicious anemia. Mr. Scott was about 78 years of age and had spent the greater part of his life in this vicinity. At an early age he accompanied his parents here from the place of his birth in Huron County, Ohio. The family settle in Harrison in 1850. He grew up with that section and was actively interested in its development. Mrs. Scott died about 14 years ago, her death being well remembered by the old neighbors. The deceased in survived by three brothers, James Scott of Shirland and Cyrus and George of Harrison. He also leaves three sister, Mrs. Edward Sharp of Burritt, Mrs. Josephine Dobson of Rockford and Mrs. John Cunningham, who home in in Wisconsin. He leaves one son, Charles E. Scott and one daughter, Mrs. William Eddie, both of Burritt. Both were with him at his death. He also left two Grandson, J.B. Eddie of Burritt and Charles C. Eddie who has made his home with his grandfather for the past year and has helped lighten his cares and brighten his last days. He leaves one great-granddaughter, little Florence Eddir. Besides these he leave a large number of nephews and nieces. Mr. Scott was of a sturdy, cheerful, and kind-hearted disposition, always pleasant, always having a kind and helpful word for those who needed it. He welcomed to his home orphans and those who were in need. He always enjoyed good health till about the close of his life. With the help of his devoted wife and companion, he built up a good home. Only the old settlers and can understand the hardships and honest, faithful toil endured by Mr. and Mrs. Scott. Having enjoyed good health all his life until about two years ago, he made a hard struggle against disease but when he saw the close of his life was at hand he accepted it with Christian grace, resigning his soul to his Master whom he had learned to welcome to his heart. The funeral was held from his home, where he spent 54 years of his life, Sunday morning at 10 o'clock. Interment was at the North Burritt cemetery. Mr. Scott was a warm hearted man, always ready to aid those in misfortune. It was rare that some orphan child could not be found at his table. He was also a good citizen, faithful to such duties, and a supporter of measure for good schools and a better community. He took up his first farm from the government. His farms all told included nearly 300 acres. He passed through all the hardships of pioneer life and often recalled the time before the railroad when it was a trip week to market grain in Chicago, going by wagon: in muddy times being compelled to get across the muddy stretches leading into the city where the streets of Chicago now are by taking off the horses and making the last few miles with oxen. Few of that early day now remain. Mr. Scott managed his farm himself till this spring, notwithstanding that he was beginning to feel his ill health.At the funeral those chosen for the bearers were five of name of Scott, three brothers and two cousins: and Wm. Knapp of Rockford. The first names were James, George and Cyrus Scott, the brothers, and Henry Scott of Rockford and James C. Scott of Burritt, cousins. [Rockford Daily Register-Gazette, Tuesday June 21, 1904]
Scott, Mrs. Silas
HARRISON LADY TAKEN BY DEATH--MRS. SILAS SCOTT PASSES AWAY AFTER SHORT ILLNESS. FUNERAL MONDAY
Mrs. Silas Scott, a prominent resident of Harrison township, died at her home in the village Friday afternoon at 4 o'clock. She had been sick for a fortnight, suffering from a complication of diseases. Mrs. Scott had resided in the township for 40 years for more. She was a sister of Supervisor John Wishop and Andrew Wishop. Her husband, two sons and a daughter survive her. Her death causes mourning in every home in which she was known, as she was a woman of fine character. Funeral services will be held Monday.[Rockford Morning Star, December 7, 1902]
Scott, Thomas D.
THOS. D. SCOTT IS FOUND DEAD--SUMMONS COMES TO LIFE-LONG RESIDENT WHILE SEATED IN HIS CHAIR--FUNERAL SET FOR MONDAY--Roomed on Rockton Avenue Where Dead Body Was Discovered This Morning
The final summons came to Thomas D. Scott last night while seated in a chair in his rented room at 116 Rockton avenue, discovery of the dead body being made by another roomer at the place soon after 6 o'clock this morning. Mr. Scott was a native of this city and had made his home in Rockford his entire life, covering a period of a full half century. He became affiliated with the meat industry at an early age and as a employe at the Hamlyn & Bingham, Fitch & Brown and other local markets and for many years as local agent for the Cudahy Packing company, acquiring an acquaintance which represented all portions of the city and county. The deceased was of a genial, companionable nature, courteous to all and his sudden taking away will be mourned by an unusually large circle of sorrowing friends. He was a character member of the Sons of Veterans and this organization will have charge of the funeral which is slated for Monday afternoon at 3 o'clock from Memorial hall. Mr. Scott was also a member of the Moose and had been identified with the Odd Fellows and Modern Woodmen. Mr. Scott is survived by a brother, George Scott of 1121 Avon court and a sister, Mrs. J.F. Welch, of Muskego, Okla. He was united in marriage to Miss Daily Force who divorced him some years ago. The deceased has been under the care of Dr. H.W. Ackerman for the past week, his heart troubling him considerable, although he was able to continue his work for the company he represented. Dr. Ackerman rooms in the same home and attributes the sudden demise to heart ailments, no inquest being deemed necessary under the circumstances, by Coroner McAllister, who was notified of the finding of the remains at 6:30 this morning.Dr. Ackerman is of the opinion that Mr. Scott breathed his last about 11 o'clock Friday night. The remains were removed to the McAllister parlors. [Rockford Register-Gazette, April 24, 1913]
THOMAS SCOTT FOUND DEAD IN CHAIR--WELL KNOWN REPRESENTATIVE OF CUDAHY PACKING CO. PASSED AWAY DURING NIGHT--HEART AWAY DURING NIGHT--HEART TROUBLE THE CAUSE--HAD BEEN UNDER DOCTOR'S CARE FOR SOME DAYS--HAD BEEN HOME ILL SINCE LAST WEDNESDAY--WAS CHARTER MEMBER OF SONS OF VETERANS--FUNERAL TO BE MONDAY AFTERNOON FROM MEMORIAL HALL--Thomas D. Scott, for the past fifteen years traveling salesman for the Cudahy Pacing Co., was found dead at 6:30 o'clock this morning in a chair in his room at 116 Rockton Avenue. He was discovered by F.E. Eddington with whom he had roomed for the last two years. Mr. Scott had been ailing for the last ten days and came home Wednesday from a trip to Dekalb. He was then feeling badly and had not been out of the house since. Mr. Eddington called in his room at 11 o'clock last night and helped him to undress. Although Mr. Scott had not felt well he was able to sit at the window during the day. When he was found this morning he was seated in a natural posture and seemed to have simply fallen asleep in the chair. Coroner McAllister was notified, but after investigating, decided that an inquest was unnecessary. Mr. Scott had been under Dr. H.W. Ackermann's treatment for some time, and had realized that the heart trouble from which he suffered might terminate fatally. Rockford had been the home of Mr. Scott during all his life and he was widely acquainted here. He was about 50 years old. His father was a veteran of the Civil War and died in Tennessee in service. Mr. Scott was a charter member of the John A. Logan camp, Sons of Veterans. He also belonged to the Mason, the Odd Fellows, the Woodmen and the Moose. Before going on the road as a travelling salesman Mr. Scott was employed in local butcher shops. He was employed at the Goodman & Fitch, the Hamlyn & Bingham and other meat markets. He was married some years ago to Miss Daisy Force, noted in the musical circles of the city, but they had been divorced. George Scott of Avon Court is a brother and there is one sister, Mrs. Welch of Oklahoma. The funeral will be held Monday afternoon at 3 o'clock in Memorial Hall. [Rockford Republic, May 23, 1913]
Scott, Thomas D.
Thomas D. Scott, rural route 6, who lived in Winnebago county 45 years, died today in Beloit, Wis., Municipal hospital, where he had been a patient for one week. Mr. Scott farmed for many years in Winnebago county, mostly in Owen township, and he retired 13 years ago. He was born Feb. 19, 1864, in Bynumville, Mo., and was married May 15, 1890, at Moberly, Mo. The family came to Winnebago county in 1905. Mr. Scott is survived by his wife, Mrs. Lena Scott; a daughter, Mrs. Harlan Shepardson, Rockford; five sons, Porter and Eugene Scott, both of Rockford, Aubry, Owen Center; Arthur, Biltmore, N.C., and Harold Scott, New Glarus, Wis.; a sister, Mrs. Addie S. Brewer, Denver, Colo., and 14 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. Services will be conducted at 1:30 p.m. Monday in the Long-Klontz funeral home, 428 Park avenue, with the Rev. Robert B. Davis, pastor of the Third Presbyterian church, officiating. Burial will be in the Owen cemetery. Friends may call between 2 and 4 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. [Rockford Register-Republic, March 4, 1950]
Seaton, George G.
A PIONEER IS CALLED-- Geo. G. Seaton, Who Came to This County in 1838, Dies at Shirland--His Father Built the First Log Cabin in That Township--Had Held Various Offices of Trust Funeral Sunday
Shirland, Nov. 19--Geo. G. Seaton, a prominent farmer of this township and a resident of Shirland for 60 years, died at 6:30 last evening. Deceased was born in Oneida county, New York, Sept. 5, 1827. In 1838, with his parents, he moved to Winnebago county and is therefore one of the pioneer settlers of this part of the state. In 1854 he married Miss Sarah Thorpe at Rockton. To them were born two children who survive--Mrs. Alice Grunke and Arthur Seaton. Mr. Seaton was universally respected by all who knew him and no man in Shirland was highter esteemed than he. Several times he was elected to public office by his fellow-townsmen and always discharged his duties with credit and honor to himself. Arlow Seaton, father of the deceased, erected the first cabin in what is now known as Shirland township. The funeral will be held Sunday afternoon from the late home of the deceased. [Rockford Republic, November 19, 1897]
Seeberg, Gustaf A.
Gustaf A. Seeberg, 94, Elmwood Park, former Rockford resident, died at 10:10 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 1, 1976, in Holy Family Hospital, Des Plaines, after a brief illness. Born Jan. 23, 1882, in Boras, Sweden, son of Mr. and Mrs. Herman Seeberg, he moved six years ago to Elwood Park to reside with his son. Lived 69 years in Rockford, coming here from Sweden. Married to the former Anna Peterson in Rockford, July, 1907. Employed as a cement finisher by Inar Nelson and Company Contractors for many years. Retired 23 years ago. Charter member of Rockford Mutual Benefit Association. Survivors include: on son, Carl (Larry) Seeberg, four grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; one nephew, Gunnard Lundquist, Long Beach Calif. Preceeded in death by his wife Nov. 12, 1958, and by one son, Harry, June 11, 1967. Services at 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug 5, in WILBUR CHRISTENSON FUNERAL HOME, 925 3rd. Ave., with Rev. Miles, pastor of Zion Lutheran, Bensenville, officiating. Burial in Arlington Memorial Park. Friends may call at the funeral home from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday.--[Rockford Register-Republic, August 2, 1976]
Seeberg, Harry L.
Harry L. Seeberg, 56, 1420 Christina St., died at 5:12 a.m. Sunday, June 11, 1967, in Swedish-American Hospital after a brief illness. Born Jan. 11, 1911, in Rockford, son of Mr. and Mrs. Gust Seeberg. Lived all his life in Rockford. Married to the former Esther Napier in Rockford, Nov. 24, 1956. Employed as a truck driver by National Lock Co. for 31 years. Veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Navy. Member of Loyal Order of Moose, and of the Forest City Railroad club. Survivors include: widow; one son, Roger L., Rockford; father; one stepson, Norbert Napier, Phoenix, Ariz.; one stepdaughter, Mrs. Delores Braconier, Rockford; one grandson, Daniel Braconier, Rockford; one brother, Carl Larry Seeberg, Franklin Park; several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his mother, Nov., 1958 Services at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 14, in WILBUR CHRISTENSON FUNERAL HOME, 925 3rd. Ave., with the Rev. Paul Almquist, associate pastor at Our Savior's Lutheran Church, officiating. Burial in Scandinavian Cemetery. Friends may calll at the funeral home from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday. [Rockford Register Republic, June 13, 1967]
OLDEST ILLINOIS MASONIC MEMBER JOHN SEGUR DEAD--Died Last Night at Home of Daughter, Mrs. J.C. Garver--Lived Here Over 60 Years--
John Segur, a resident of this city for over 60 years, died last night at 10:10 o’clock at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Sarah A. Garver, 725 Ashland avenue, following a stroke of paralysis suffered Sunday noon. Mr. Segur as born July 6, 1829, in Granby, Conn. He learned the machinist’s trade under the last Freeman Graham at New Hartford, Conn., and came west with his employer in 1855, settling at Beloit. After two years at the Wisconsin city, Mr. Graham and Mr. Segur both came to Rockford. He was married to Miss Jane Trowbridge of Barkhamsted, Conn., before coming west. Upon coming to Rockford he entered the employ of Emerson and Talcott, later the Emerson-Brantingham company, rising in a few years to the superintendence of the machine shops. He held the superintendence for twenty-years. His total period with the firm amounted to 35 years. About 26 years ago he retired because of the loss of an eye in an accident. Mrs. Segur died in 1900. Mr. Segur is survived by his daughter mentioned above, a son, James Segur, a factory superintendent at Dubuque, Ia., and six grandchildren. He was an active Mason, having received the degree of entered apprentice in Amos Beecher lodge, No. 121, New Hartford, Conn., Nov. 6, 1850. He passed to the degree of fellow craft Dec. 8, 1850, and was raised to the degree of master Mason Jan. 12, 1851. Oct. 6, 1869, he became a charter member of E.F.W. Ellis lodge, No. 633, of this city. He was also a member of the Royal Arch chapter. Funeral arrangements are not yet completed [Rockford Republic, 06-26-1918]
ROCKFORD BOY DIES IN SERVICE--FRANK SERVATIUS' DEATH AT FORT SAM HOUSTON IS REPORTED TO HIS FATHER
Frank Servatius, a soldier in the regular army for ten years, died on Saturday at Fort Sam Houston, San Antonio, Texas, according to a telegram received by his father, Matthews Servatius, 501 Lincoln avenue. The message did not give the cause of death, but merely announced the passing of the soldier and asked what disposition it was desired should be made of the body. Mr. Servatius ordered the body sent to Rockford. Funeral services will take place here and Camp Grant officers will be asked to send a firing squad for the burial. Relatives of the soldier are inclined to think his death was due to accident or violent means. A letter from him which was received here six days ago said he was in excellent health. Frank was 36 years old. He was a member of the Fifty-seventh infantry. [Rockford Daily Register Gazette, January 14, 1918]
Shaw, Emmett Lawrence
Emmett Lawrence Shaw, 82 yr of Eagle Lake, Fla. died Monday, Sept 7, 1996, in James A. Haley VA Hospital.
Born Aug 5, 1916 in Wayne City, Wayne Co, IL.,son of Jesse and Novella (Dalton) Shaw. He lived most of his life in the Rockford area before moving to Eagle Lake. Owned and operated Rock River Valley Painting. Army veteran of World War II. Member of First Assembly of Eagle Lake Church, Masonic Blue Lodge, Freeport Consistory and a Shriner of the Tebala Temple. He was an avid fisherman. Survivors include his wife, Aletha of Eagle Lake; sons, Dale (Mary) Shaw of Rockford, Danny (Sally) of Machesney Park; daughters, Marjorie Phillips of Tampa, Fla.Martha Paulette (George) Oswald of Machesney Park, 12 grandchildren;14 great-grandchildren; one brother and four sisters. Services at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept.12, in Sunset Funeral Home, 8800 N. Alpine Road, with the Rev.William Richard Kerr, Sr. officiating. Entombment in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Visitation from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept 11, at the funeral home.[unknown newspaper; submitted by firstname.lastname@example.org]
Shaw, Katherine (Woods)
MRS. SHAW IS FOUND DEAD--PROMINENT ROSCOE RESIDENT DIED WHILE IN ORCHARD THIS MORNING--TENANTS ON FARM ATTRACTED BY CRIES OF DOG--CORONER'S INQUEST HELD AT NOON--
Roscoe, Aug. 6--Mrs. W.H. Shaw, aget 77, a prominent resident of Roscoe was found dead in the orchard on the Shaw farm in this morning at 9 o'clock. Tenants on the farm were attracted to the body by the peculiar cries of Mrs. Shaw's dog, who had accompanied her to the orchard.--Mrs. Shaw had been in her usual good health and only yesterday made a trip to Beloit. The death came as a severe shock to neighbors. Coroner McAllister came up from Rockford and the jury returned a verdict of death from overexhaustion. --The deceased was the widow of Dr. W.H. Shaw, who died in December, 1908. He was a prominent veterary surgeon although when he came to this county nearly a half century ago he was a Methodist minister. Mrs. Shaw was president of the Roscoe W.C.T.U. for years and was a member of the Congregational Church. She was a woman of high intellectuality and was admired by all who knew her. The funeral will probably be held Tuesday, although definite arrangements have not been made yet. Mr. Clarence E. Shaw, a son, and only surviving child, is expected home from Norfolk, Neb., tomorrow morning. Mrs. Will Perrigo, a granddaughter, is visiting at Red Deer, Canada. Rev. Frank Woods of Buffalo is a brother. When the tenants on the farm, which is a mile and a half east of here, found the body in the orchard, they summoned friends from the village and Drs. Penniman and Sikes were called. The coroner was immediately summoned. Mrs. Shaw was 77 years of age March 17. [Rockford Republic, August 6, 1910]
DR. W.H. SHAW IS DEAD
Roscoe, Dec. 14--Dr. W.H. Shaw died Sunday morning at 10:30 o'clock after a long illness. He was born in Duchess county, New York, July 4, 1825, and was educated at Genesee college. For 12 years he was a minister in Genesee M.E. conference, New York, was the first one sent out by the Christian commission of Buffalo and to the Army of the Cumberland in the fall of 1865 he came to to Roscoe and has since resided on the farm where he died with the exception of two years. He was one of a family of 15 children, only one brother of whom survives him, Comer B., living in Lockport, N.Y. He was twice married, first to Miss Mary Poole of Lockport, N.Y. She died within two years of their marriage. He afterwards married Miss Katherine Woods of Rushford, N.Y. To them two children were born, Mrs. Carrie Bradley of Beloit and C.F. Shaw of Norfolk, Neb. In 1881 he went to New York and graduated later from the medical department of Columbia college, and for many years he practiced his profession in Roscoe until an accident and failing health obliged him to give it up. Dr. Shaw was a man of strong integrity and had many warm friends who will hold his memory sacred. The funeral will he held at the home on Thursday at 2 p.m.., Rev. Q.L. Dowd of the Congregational church officiating. Burial will be made in Roscoe. [Rockford Daily Register Gazette, December 14, 1908]
EDWARD SHELDON DEAD -- Injuries Received Yesterday Afternoon Prove Fatal -- WAS HURT IN A RUNAWAY -- A Team Colt Becomes Frightened and Throw Him and His Brother, Isaiah Sheldon, to the Pavement--Latter Will Recover
Edward and Isaiah Sheldon were injured yesterday afternoon about 2 o’clock in a runaway. The former was so badly hurt that he died after several hours of terrible suffering. Messrs, Sheldon had been driving a team of colts down South Main street, when they noticed that the gate was down , when they noticed that the gate was down and attempted to turn around. The horses, however, refused to obey their driver and started to run. They swerved from their course and the occupants of the wagon were thrown to the pavement with great force. Both struck on their heads. They were picked up bruised and bleeding and carried to the hospital in the ambulance. Dr. W.B. Helm attended and quickly say that it would be impossible for Edward Sheldon to live. An examination revealed that his skull was crushed and medical or surgical attnetion could do nothing for him. He lingered for a few hours in a comatose state and passed away shortly before 10 o’clock. Edward G. Sheldon was born in Granger, Medina county, Ohio. He was married in 1848 to Miss Aurenda M. Stimson, and three years later came to this county, settling in Seward township. Later he removed to Winnebago and purchased a large farm which is still a part of his estate. Mrs. Sheldon and four children survive. The latter are Elwin George E. and Mrs. Clara Copeland, of Topeka, Kan., and Mrs. Mary J. Whittlesey of Oak Park. Mr. Sheldon was one of the most substantial farmers of the country. He was a man of considerable business ability and has added materially to his large estate by wise investments. He was greatly admired and respected by his acquaintances, and his sudden death will cause wide spread grief. For several years he has made his home in this city, residing on Jilson avenue. No arrangements will be made for the funeral till the members of the family can be heard from. [The Rockford Morning Star, January 23, 1896]
VICTIM SOON DIE
EDWARD C. SHELDON PASSED AWAY AS THE RESULT OF INJURIES
Lingered at the Hospital in an Unconscious Condition for a Few Hours and Then Expired--He Was Well Known Throughout the County
The accident to Edward and Isaiah Sheldon, briefly chronicled in the Register-Gazette last night, resulted fatally for the former, as foreshadowed in that issue. It was seen immediately after the accident that Mr. Sheldon could not live, and Dr. Helm held out no hope as soon as he made an examination. The skull was badly fractured, and death was at best but the question of a few hours. Both the brothers talked when they were picked up and put in he ambulance, although neither knew what had happened. Edward said that he was cure he was fatally hurt, and soon relapsed into a semi-conscious condition. He was put under the influence of an anaesthetic while on the operating table, and Isaiah sat in a chair near at hand, not desiring to have his own injuries looked after as long as there was a chance to save his brother. Isaiah’s face was badly bruised, but his injuries were not so serious as to prevent him from being removed to his home on School street last evening.
Edward Sheldon lingered in an unconscious state until about 10 o’clock Wednesday night, when he passed away.
Edward G. Sheldon was for years among the most prominent among the agriculturists of Winnebago county. Mr. Sheldon was born in Granger, Medina county, Ohio, and was a descendant of the seventh generation of William Sheldon, who emigrated form England in 1634. Mr. Sheldon was reared in his native town and attended a pioneer log house, which contained slabs of wooden pins for seats. He assisted his father in carrying on his farm in the woods until 1851, when he came to Illinois. At that time Cherry Valley was the western terminus of the railroad and he came on to Rockford by stage. He started on foot to explore the country, and afterward returned to Ohio, where he remained until 185, when he returned and purchased a tract of prairie land in Seward township, for which he pain $5 per acre. He gained considerable other property throughout the county during his residence here, and during the last few years had been retired from active live, residing on Jilson avenue in the West end. In October, 1848, Mr. Sheldon was married to Miss Aurenda Stimson of New York. Four children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Sheldon: Elwin, George E., and Mrs. Clara Copeland, all of Topeka, Kas., and Mrs. Walter Whittlesey of Oak Park, Chicago.
The colts which the brothers were breaking were very spirited animals. Isaiah Sheldon has long been recognized as a foremost breeder of fine horses, and is a familiar figure on the streets, behind some of his blooded horseflesh. No blame can be attached to the railroad company, as the gates were down in plenty of time and the accident was the result of the half wild state of the colts which whirled and dashed away at terrific speed when they way the train in front of them. No funeral arrangements will be made until the relatives from outside the city are heard from. [Rockford Daily Register Gazette, 01-23-1896]
The funeral of Edward G. Sheldon will be held at Grace M.E. church on West State street Saturday at 2 o’clock p.m. Rev. McNamer will officiate. [Rockford Daily Register-Gazette, 01-24-1896]
HENRY SHIELDS DIES AT AGE OF 80 AT HOSPITAL--Funeral Services Will Be Held Thursday Afternoon From the Home of His Daughter, Mrs. John C. McLeish--
Henry Shields, 80 years old, resident of Winnebago county all his life, died today at 11:15 am at Rockford hospital. He had lived at the home of his daughter, Mrs. John C. McLeish, 851 Haskell ave. Mr. Shields was born Jan. 15, 1846 in Burritt township. He spent his entire life in Winnebago county. He was a member of the Winnebago lodge of Modern Woodmen of America. His wife, Mrs. Ellen M. Shields, died four months ago, also at the home of Mrs. McLeish. Besides the daughter, he is survived by two brother, Nelson Shields, of Rockford, and Grant Shields, of Chicago, and two sisters, Mrs. Charles D. Humeston, 920 Woodland st., and another in Chicago.Funeral services will be held Thursday at 2:30 pm from the McLeish home, 851 Haskell ave., the Rev. Dr. William Fulton officiating. Burial will be in North Burritt cemetery [Rockford Republic, 11-09-1926]
A DANGEROUS HOLE -- HOW HENRY SHUMAN WAS DROWNED IN KENT'S CREEK LAST MONDAY
Last Monday afternoon a number of boys assembled on the banks of Kent's Creek near the bridge which leads to the Stone Quarry, intending to have a "jolly swim," but their fun had a ghastly termination, for one of the number was drowned. It appears there is a hole near the bridge, made by the constant running of the water, but last year it was only three to four feet deep but lately from some unknown cause this dangerous hole has become ten feet deep, and Henry Shuman, not knowing anything about it, suddenly fell in. Being unable to swim, he was drowned before help could be procured. The other boys were too much alarmed to help the poor little fellow, and some men who stood near did not volunteer to assist, on the ground that they could not swim; and a gentlman named Jesse Upson, who lives near the scene of the action, was the first to take off his coat and jump in after the drowned boy. It was too late, however. Upson merely procured the dead body, and Dr. Rohr, who was soon on the spot, pronounced life extinct. We hope this sad accident will prove a warning to other lads who are in the hadit of going to swimming within the city limits, and in dangerous places. [Rockford Weekly Gazette, June 11, 1874]
Shumway, Emeline A.
DEATH OF MRS. R.H. SHUMWAY--AT HER HOME IN ROCKFORD LAST EVENING AT THE MIDNIGHT HOUR--An Excellent Woman, Mourned by Many--Funeral Friday Afternoon from the Residence--Dr. G.R. Vanhorne to Officiate
Mrs. Shumway, the wife of R.H. Shumway, the well known seed man, passed away last night at the family residence, corner of Sixth Street and Second Avenue. The cause of her demise was heart trouble with which she had suffered for the past two or three years, and a professional nurse had been at her side nearly all that time. She had been steadily improving lately and last Sunday the nurse who was in attendance was dismissed. On Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday she was around the house and out on the yard and was feeling better than she had in a long while. Roland Shumway, her son, and his wife, spent last evening at the home and when they left she had gone to bed feeling quite well. About 11 o'clock he was awakened by an electric bell which he had in his house for that purpose and which connected with the head of his mother's bed. He threw on a dressing sack and went directly to her. After telephoning for the doctor he had administered medicine, but it was of no avail and she died inside of 15 minutes after he reached her. It was not unexpected by the family as Dr. Catlin, the attending physician, had warned them that she was liable to go off in that manner when it was least expected. Mrs. Shumway was essentially a home woman whose family was her all. She never went into society and belonged to no organization excepting the W.R.C. of which she was a loyal member, always ready to do anything for the benefit of others. He maiden name was Emeline A. David. She was born in Clyde, N.Y., July 14, 1847. Her family moved to Ohio when she was a child and after living there for a short time moved to Illinois and settled in the vicinity of Rockford. She was married to R.H. Shumway Jan. 17, 1864, and they have made Rockford their home continually since that time. The surviving members of the family are the husband and five children, LeRoy, Mrs. F.E. Catlin, Roland jr., Ray and Greeley, the youngest being 6 years of age. One daughter, Myra, died a few years ago. There are also four brothers, Thad H. Davis of Niles Kans., Theo. Edward and Chas. Davis of this city, and a sister, Mrs. Flora Robinson of Adaza, Iowa. The funeral will be held from the residence Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock, Rev. G.R. Vanhorne officiating. The pall bearers will be selected from the members of the G.A.R., some of whom belonged in the same company with Mr. Shumway during the civil way. The relatives from out of town will be present. [Rockford Republic, May 17, 1899]
Mabel Shumway, 81, Rockford, died at 9:58 a.m. Friday, Dec. 2, 1994, in Alma Nelson Manor after a short illness. Born Nov. 25, 1913, in West Frankfort, Ill., daughter of Anthony and Anna Bill. Lived most of her life in Rockford. Married Scott R. Shumway in Rockford, April 5, 1951. Employed as head bookkeeper by Free Sewing Machine Co. Survivors include husband, Scott R. Shumway, Rockford; sister, Mary C. Thoren, Rockford; one nieve and three nephews. Predeceased by sister, Anna Trunce. At her request, no funeral service or visitation will he held. Arrangements by Burpee-Wood Funeral Home, 420 N. Main St. 12-3-3 [Rockford Register Star, December 3, 1994]
Shumway, Roland H. Jr.
Death came to Roland H. Shumway, Jr., in San Antonio Texas, at 6:15 on Tuesday night. (May 1st, 1906 handwritten date) To hundreds of persons in Rockford this announcement is one which causes much sorrow. For weeks the many, many friends of this young man had watched in alternate periods of hope and despair the brave and gallant battle he was waging against the grim destroyer. They had bridged the distance which separated him from them by messages of cheer, they had held fast and true in the hours when the shadows were most threatening., they had prayed that he might be spared to be for years to come, the life and sunshine of the circles in which his presence was always so welcome. It seemed, too, only a few days ago that their prayers were to be answered, that he had turned back the reaper, that he was to be restored, for a little while, at least, to his old friends in the old scenes. But it was not to be. The days of hope were only shining before the final march of death. The great peace was at hand and worn and weary from the battle, the sufferer obeyed the beckoning hand, going, as those who loved him knew he...With him when he breathed his last were his wife and little son, Hallett, his brother Roy, and his sister-in-law Mrs. F. S. Edmison. Roland Shumway was born in Rockford December 28, 1876, and had spent his life here with the exception of a brief period when he was a student at the University of Michigan. He was married to Mary Baird, Jan. 11, 1896. Soon after their marriage they purchased the pleasant home at 512 North Main street where they have since resided. He was associated in business with his father, R. H. Shumway, Sr., founder of the big seed establishment of that name, and had a wide acquaintance in that trade. He took a keen interest in his business and was a familiar figure at the conventions of the florists and seedsmen, with whom he was very popular, and who predicted for him a bright and useful career. Besides his father, wife and son, he is survived by three brothers, Roy, Ray, and Greely, and one sister, Mrs. Frank Catlin. He was a charter member of the Country club and Rockford lodge of Elks, in both of which organizations he was a favorite, and in which he will be sorely missed. Among those who knew Roland Shumway there is almost a sense of protest that he should be taken by death. It is hard to realize that he has been cut down, that at 29 years of age, when life was opening its richest possibilities, when he had so much to live for and work for, he should be called upon to solve the great mystery. But his memory will be cherished, the pleasure he gave others will be recalled, and in years to come the happy days spent with him will be lived over again and again. It was good to have known him.[Scrapbook Clipping, Submitted by Karen Fyock]
R.B. SHUMWAY BURIED TODAY--HAD LIVED IN NEW MILFORD AND ROCKFORD NEARLY 76 YEARS--LONG A PUBLIC OFFICIAL--WAS ASSESSOR OF HIS TOWNSHIP OVER THIRTY YEARS--BROTHER OF R.H. SHUMWAY--
Rolenzo B. Shumway, whose death occurred Sunday morning at 5 o'clock at his residence, 602 Oak street, was buried this afternoon. Services were held at the home at 1 o'clock, Rev. C. J. Bready of Centennial M.E. church officiating. Interment was at New Milford where the Rev. Mr. Dennis officiated. The pall-bearers were A.H. Ladd, L.C. Hall, Hugh Graham, W.E. Corlett, H.W. Eastman and J.L. Carter. Mr. Shumway's life in Winnebago county covered a span of nearly 77 years. He was born in Lorain county, Ohio, May 25, 1835, the son of David S. and Sallie Greeley Shumway, who came to Illinois in 1836. They made the journey overland behind their ox team and single horse, arriving at Fox river May 24 and at the junction of the Kishwaukee and Rock rivers now New Milford township, five days later. There a small log cabin became the Shumway homestead and Mr. Shumway had lived in that locality or Rockford ever since. As a boy in a pioneer family Mr. Shumway was well acquainted with the development of this region. When a youngster he was a mail carrier for Uncle Same, it being his duty to transport the mail between his home and Westfield corners twice a week, his father having the contract from Beloit to Dixon. The lad had many ventursome experiences in that labor. Mr. Shumway bought the homestead and lived there until 1902, when he disposed of it and moved to Rockford. His health had suffered from Bright's disease and he wished to be near his doctors. He was assessor of his township over thirty years, a school treasurer many years and treasurer and director of the Guilford Mutual Fire Insurance company. His fellow townsmen had unbounded faith in him and it is said of him that he never violated a trust. Everyone in the township knew him as a kindly and helpful man. The marriage of Sarah E. Hall and Mr. Shumway took place Jan. 26, 1858. Six children were born to them, of whom four are living. They are Alvah E., Mrs. Minnie Erickson, Harry E. Shumway and Mrs. Norah Graham. Mrs. Shumway died in 1883. Mr. Shumway's second marriage was to Mrs. Lovina Holdridge, who survives him. R.H. Shumway, the seed dealer and capitalist of this city, is a brother. The late Romanzo G. Shumway, of Polo, who left a fortune amassed in banking, was a brother. R.B. Shumway was the third child in his pioneer family, of whom R.H. Shumway is now the sole survivor. For years it was custom of the Shumway clam to gather at the homestead in New Milford May 29, and in happy reunioin celebrate the anniversary of the coming of their parents to that spot. Of late years this custom had been abandoned, although the day had generally been observed in some agreeable way. [Rockford Daily Register Gazette, January 2, 1912]
Shumway, Sallie G.
Mrs. Sallie G. Shumway, mother of R. G. and Alvaro Shumway, died at Rockford August 18, aged about 82 years. She was born at Andover, Vermont, Feb. 8, 1806, and came with her husband to Winnebago county fifty-two years ago.[Handwritten date 1888, Submitted by Karen Fyock]
ROCKFORD WOMAN DIES AT BELOIT--MRS. CAROLINE SILBER PASSED AWAY YESTERDAY--BORN AND RAISED HERE--Remains Will Be Brought To This City and Interred In East Side Cemetery Beloit, Wis., July 11--Mrs. Caroline Silber, wife of Charles Silber of this city, and sister of Ed R. Walkborg, 709 Kishwaukee street, Rockford, died this afternoon at 4:30 of tuberculosis, after a long illness. Since the birth of a little daughter a month ago she had failed rapidly. Mrs. Silber was born in Rockford 88 years ago and had always lived there until four years ago when Mr. Silber came to Beloit. He is employed as a foreman at the Fairbanks-Morse plant. Besides her husband, Mrs. Silber is survived by three children, one by and two girls. Funeral services will be held at the house No. 10 Harris avenue, Monday afternoon, and the body will be taken to Rockford on the interurban road for burial. [Rockford Morning Star, July 12, 1903]
Passes Away of Apoplexy in California--A telegram was received yesterday announcing the death of Andrew J. Sink at his home in Tomales, Cal., of apoplexy. Her was formerly a Rockford boy and was the son of W.B. Sink, who conducted the Holland house several years ago. William Sink is a brother and Mrs. J.N. Couch is a sister. Deceased was about 35 years of age. The family left Rockford several years ago and the deceased had been conducting a hotel in Tomales the last six years. He was married to Miss Bertha Zimmerman of Rockford several years ago, and she secured a divorce a year ago. Miss Madge Sink is a daughter. The funeral will be held at Tomales, where the family now resides. [Rockford Morning Star, August 19, 1900]
Sitter, Wilma S. Adams
Wilma S. Adams Sitter of Rockford, IL., formally of Elgin, IL., died Monday, March 20, 2006, in River Bluff Nursing Home.
She was born Oct. 6, 1915, in Dongola, IL., the daughter of Oscar & Dalvia (Hinkle) Adams. On June 2, 1934, Wilma married her loving husband, David R. Sitter.
Wilma was employed in Elgin as a communications worker for Ma Bell, Joseph Spiess Co., & retired from Sherman Hospital. Wilma will be greatly missed & always loved by her four children.Survivers include her children, Donna Faber of Rockford, Evelyn Jackson of Streamwood, Michael (Donna) Sitter of Anna, & Robyn (Jay) Ferraro of Roscoe; 16 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; brother Richard (Geneva) Adams; & many nieces & nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, David in 2002; a brother & two sisters; a great-grandchild & nephew -in-law. Service will be at 10a.m. Friday, March 24, 2006, in Temple Baptist Church, with Pastor John Moe officiating. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 23, in Fitzgerald Funeral Home, Riverside Chapel, 3910 N. Rockton Ave., & 9 to 9:45 a.m. Friday in the church. Interment in Lakewood Memorial Cemetery, Elgin, IL. [Rockford Register Star, 03/22/2006; Submitters Name: Donna Sitter]
Smith, Catherine C.
MRS, ROBERT SMITH PASSES AWAY--Seward Woman Passes Away at the Home of Daughter--Had Lived in the County for Many Years
Seward, Jan. 27--Mrs. Robert C. Smith died Monday night at the home of her daughter, Mrs. J.Z. Smith of this place. The funeral was held this morning at 11 o'clock from the Smith home in Seward. Mrs. Smith was Miss Catherine Stewart. She was born in Argyleshire, Scotland, Jly 20, 1824. In 1852 she came to this country with her parent to settle near Argyle. Later they moved to the Keith farm in Burritt where they lived until 1861 when they bought 80 acres in Seward. Mr. Smith died in 1900. The widow made her home at the homestead until last year when she went to live with her daughter. [Rockford Republic, January 27, 1909]
Smith, Charles E.
Charles E. Smith, 65, 159 E. Russell St., Rockton, died at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 10, 1963, in his home after a lengthy illness. Born Sept. 6, 1898, in Amboy, son of Mr. and Mrs. Edward W. Smith. Lived five years in Rockton, moving there from Durand. Married to the former Emily Post in Dubuque, Iowa, on April 5, 1941. Employed as assemblyman. Survivors include: his widow, and one sister, Mrs. Belle McDougail, Rockford. A brother, Wilbur, preceded him in death Dec. 24, 1959. Services at 1 p.m. Wednesday in JULIA-POORMAN FUNERAL HOME, 304 N. 5th St., with the Rev. Rankin Shrewsbury, pastor of Old Stone Church, Rockton, officiating. Burial in Greenwood Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday [Rockford Morning Star, Tuesday, Nov. 12, 1963]
Smith, Elizabeth C.
MIDDLE CREEK PIONEER DIES AT AGE OF 93
Services for Mrs. Elizabeth C. Smtih, 93, 416 Daisyfield rd., who died Sunday in her home after a long illness, will be held at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday in Middle Creek Presbyterian church. The Rev. George Swalve, pastor, will officiate. Burial will be in Middle Creek cemetery.There will be no visitation. Arrangements were completed by the Burpee-Wood funeral home, 420 N. Main st. Mrs. Smith was born Sept. 19, 1865, in Winnebago county, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert C. Smith, and married James Z. Smith in Middle Creek community in 1888. She lived 32 years in Rockford, moving here from a farm in Middle Creek. She was a lifelong member of Middle Creek Presbyterian church. Survivors include four sons, Wallace, with whom she had lived, and Homer, Hugh and Arthur, all of Winnebago; a daughter, Mrs. Grace Bridgeland, Winnebago, 11 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren. [Rockford Morning Star, February 3, 1959]
Smith, James Z.
James Z. Smith, 92, 416 Daisyfield rd., died at 10:30 p.m. Thursday, June 9, 1955, in Rockford Memorial hospital after a short illness. Born Nov. 14, 1862, in Canada, son of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Smith. Lived 28 years in Rockford, coming here from a farm north of Middle Creek. Married the former Elizabeth Smith in Middle Creek Presbyterian church. Survivors include: widow; four sons, Wallace, 416 Daisyfield rd., Homer, Hugh and Arthur, Winnebago; a daughter, Mrs. Grace Bridgehead, Winnebago; 11 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Services at 3 p.m. Saturday in Middle Creek Presbyterian church near Winnebago, with the Rev. George Swale, pastor, officiating. Burial in Middle Creek cemetery. Arrangements by BURPEE-WOOD FUNERAL HOME, 420 N. Main st. [Rockford Morning Star, June 11, 1955]
We are informed by Mr. John Crockett, of Burritt township, that a four-year-old son of Mr. Snively, died last Friday afternoon, after a two day's illness with spotted fever [Daily Gazette, February 23, 1880]
Snow, Jane Maria (Dayton)
MRS. JANE SNOW IS DEAD. PASSED AWAY THIS MORNING AT HOME ON NORTH MAIN STREET AFTER A LONG ILLNESS--HAD LIVED IN ROCKFORD FOR FOURTEEN YEARS, AND WAS FOR MANY YEARS A RESIDENT OF OGLE COUNTY. WAS ABOUT EIGHTY YEARS OF AGE.
Mrs. Jane M. Snow of 710 North Main Street, passed away this morning at 9:40 o'clock at her home after an illness of nearly a year. For three months past she had been serously ill, and for a number of days it has been known that her life could not be saved. The deceased was born August 20, 1825, in Washington County, New York, and when a girl came west with her parents in 1849, and settled with them in Ogle County. She was married there to E. Payton Snow, November 24, 1847. They lived near Rayner's Point for about twenty-five years, when because of Mr. Snow's health they sold their farm and traveled. In 1884 Mr. Snow died while they were at Vineland, N.Y. In 1890 Mrs. Snow came to Rockford and purchased the Ferguson property on North Main Street, which Mrs. Snow remodeled into one oft he finest homes in Rockford. She has since resided there. She is survived by one brother, Rollin W. Datin of Washington, and a niece, Mrs. Frank Thompson of Coquet, Minn. Two cousins, Mrs. Carrie Warren of Duluth and Mrs. Kate Kontz of DeKalb also survive. Mrs. Snow was a member of the Daughters of the Revolution and of the Second Congregational Church. The funeral arrangements have not been announced. [Rockford Republic, December 6, 1904]
Southgate, Volney M.
MR. SOUTHGATE DIED SUNDAY--FORMER ROCKFORD BUSINESSMAN SUCCUMBS AFTER LONG ILLNESS--CAME HERE WHEN A BOY--Spent Early Days in New Milford. Was in Grocery Business in Rockford--Volney M. Southgate died Sunday morning at 10:30 o'clock at his home, 813 North Court street. A complication of diseases was the cause. For the last year and a half Mr. Southgate has been confined to his home. Mr. Southgate was born in Bridgewater, Vermont, Sept. 12, 1835, and when fifteen years old came west to New Milford, where he made his home with an uncle. For a brief period he lived in Chicago, but most his life had been spent in Winnebago county. A number of years ago Mr. Southgate was in the grocery business, being associated with his brother, Murray Southgate. Their store was on the corner now occupied by Burr Bros. East Side store. Mr. Southgate had lived a retired life for the last twelve years. He is survived by the widow and the brother, who lives in LaGrange, Ill., and one niece, Mrs. A.E. Fisher. Funeral services will be held Tuesday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock. Rev. P.M. Snyder will officate and interment will be in the West Side cemetery. [Rockford Daily Register Gazette, February 27, 1911]
SPALDING CREMATED-- FAMOUS SPORTING GOODS MANUFACTURER, WHO STARTED HIS CAREER IN ROCKFORD, DIED THURSDAY-- LEFT VAST FORTUNE-- Came Here From Byron and Worked in Local Grocery Until He Entered Baseball--Became Star Player-- International News Service-- San Diego, Cal., Sept. 10--The body of Albert Goodwin Spalding, the millionaire sporting goods manufacturer, who died suddenly last night at his palatial residence, Point Loma, was removed to a crematory today and this afternoon was reduced to ashes. This disposition of his remains was in accordance with the belief of the deceased, who was a theosophist and heavy financial supporter of the cult of which Mrs. Katherin Tingley is now the official leader. Death was unexpected and followed a stroke of apoplexy. Mr. Spalding had retired from active business for several years. His homestead is a theosophical headquarters and one of the show places of the San Diego regions. Here the Universal Brotherhood and Theosophical society has established a home for orphan children, and Mrs. Tingley has also a school. Of late years Mr. Spalding took an interest in politics, and in 1910 was an unsuccessful candidate for United States senator agains Works. It was neither for his connection with theosophy or politics, however, that Mr. Spalding is widely known. He first became famous in the early days of baseball as a pitcher for the the Forest City team of Rockford, Ill., later as a professional player, and finally as a founder of the firm of A.G. Spalding & Bro., which enterprise grew to be the best known manufacturers of sporting goods in the country. Albert G. Spalding was bron Sept. 2, 1850, at Byron, Ill., being the son of James L. and Harriet I. Spalding. He was educated in the public school at Byron and later in Rockford, when his parents moved to this city, occupying the residence at the southwest corner of North Court street and Fisher avenue, which still stands as it did at the time the Spaldings lived there. The family moved here from Ogle county in 1863. After a short term at the Rockford Business college Spalding took a position in a grocery store at five dollars per week. Baseball became the rage after the Civil war, and in this city there were four amateur teams. Spalding commenced playing with the Pioneers and after his pitching for the Pioneers had caused a defeat for the Forest City team, Spalding was induced to join the latter team. Spalding discovered that he could make more money on the crude ball diamond than in the grocery, and soon turned his entire attention to developing his abilities as a pitcher. In 1869 the Forest City team included Spalding, Barker, Foley, Barnes, Sawyer, Cone, Addy, King, Hastings and Trumbull. Others who in latter years became connected with the famous Forest City team were Mike Golden, Harry N. Starr, H.S. Warner, Dent Sawyer, Garrett Stires, Dr. E.C. Drunne, Royal Buckman, Lee Cheney, W.S. Stearns, J.G. Hitchcock and George Bird. From minor victories over teams from this vicinity the Forest City nine finally came to have a nation-wide repute, largely through the pitching of Spalding. This was the day before the curved ball, and the Rockford youth fooled the opposing batsmen with his terrific speed and tact. In 1867 the Forest City team defeated the national champions, the Nationals of Washington D.C. at Drexel Park, Chicago, and in 1868 they defeated the Excelsiors of Chicago, thereby winning the championship of the northwest. After four years in amateur baseball and business Spalding joined the famous Red Stockings of Boston in 1871 and until 1875 was its pitcher and captain, twirling the Red Stockings to victory in the pennant race in the old National Professional association of 1872 to 1875. In 1876 Spalding joined the Chicago club, and remained with it as, consecutively, manager, secretary and president until 1891. He organized and managed the world-tour of the Chicago and All-American baseball teams in 1888-89. In 1874 he took two teams to England to introduce baseball to English cricket lovers. It was back in 1875 that Spalding first started to shop in New Haven, Conn., for the manufacture of sporting goods. His brother, Walter Spaulding, and brother-in-law, William T. Brown, both of Rockford were his partners. The initial capital was $800, but the business grew steadily as the demand for its products increased. The Spalding Manufacturing company was later organized and the former Rockford man became its president. This company has many factories and stores and its goods are sold all over the world. On April 13, 1896, Harry Wright day was held in Rockford and many old time ball players came here for the occasion. Wright had been the manager of the Boston Red Stockings in the days when Spalding pitched the team to pennant victory. Spalding came here for the celebration in honor of his former manager and pitched the first ball. Spalding will also be remembered for his battle for good government of the baseball professional fraternity. He always stood for high ideals, in sports as well as in business and politics.In 1875 Spalding was maried to Josephine Keith of Boston, who died in 1899, and he remarried in 1900. His second wife, who survives him, was Mrs. Lizzie Churchill Mayer, of Rockford. He leaves one son by his first marriage, Keith Spalding, who is in the manufacturing business in Chicago, and an adopted son, A.G. Spalding Jr., who is an officer in the Coldstream Guards, British Army, and now at the fron with the allies. The deceased is also survived by his brother, Walter Spaulding, Mrs. Fannie Moffat, a sister of this city, and Albert Spalding, the violin virtuoso. Before moving to California fifteen years ago Spalding made his home in Chicago, and after he moved to the Pacific coast he became acquainted with the leader of the theosophical cult, who converted him to the school of philosophy founded by the famous Madame Blavatsky. Several years ago he published a volume of reminiscences. Atty. Edwin M. St. John of the law firm of Carpenter & St. John has in recent years been a personal attorney of Spalding and made frequent business trips to Point Loma. He saw Spalding three weeks ago, and stated this morning that he was not surprised by the news of the millionaire's death. The Rockford attorney said that Spalding was sick at the time when he visited him. [Rockford Republic, September 10, 1915]
Spaulding, Cyrus P.
IS SUMMONED AT HOSPITAL--C.P. SPAULDING SUCCUMBED TO COMPLICATIONS THIS MORNING--Cyrus P. Spaulding succumbed to a complication of diseases incident to old age this morning at 4:20 o'clock at St. Anthony hospital where he was taken one week ago last Monday. Mr. Spaulding had been ill only a short time previous to his death. He was taken sick one week before entering the hospital. He was born Oct. 14, 1839, at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Mr. Spaulding's father was a missionary to Brazel. When a small child he was brought to Vermont on his parents' return to the United States. Four years ago Mr. Spaulding moved to Rockford from Minnesota. For some time he was employed as floor walker at the Charles V. Weise store. He is survived by the widow, one niece, Miss Susan Spaulding, of Chicago, who is in Rockford, and two nephews, the Rev. Charles Edward Spaulding, pastore of the Methodist Episcopal church at Dorchester Heights, Mass., and Harry Spaulding, of Boston Mass. Funeral services will be held Saturday morning at Memorial hall and interment will bein the Durand cemetery. Mr. Spaulding was a member of G.L. Nevius Post No. 1 G.A.R. Mr. Spaulding served in the Twelfh New York Infantry. His regiment was the second to reach Washington D.C. on the first call for volunteers at the outbreak of the civil war. [Rockford Daily Register Gazette, April 16, 1914]
PARALYSIS IS FATAL TO OLD RESIDENT HERE
Mrs. Spaulding Dies Thursday A stroke of paralysis suffered a year ago by Mrs. Mabel Spaulding, widow of Cyrus Spaulding, terminated fatally after months of invalidism, death coming last evening at 6:30 o'clock at the home of her only sister, Mrs. Charles Knapp, 109 Kilburn avenue. Mrs. Spaulding was born in Laona township, Jan. 15, 1859, and is survived by her sister and two brothers, Herbert Randall, of Durand, and Fremont Randall , of Roosevelt, Minn. William Randall of Durand, and Arabut Randall, of Minnesota, are half brothers. Mrs. Spaulding was a member of the clerical force at the Ashton Dry Goods store at the time of her seizure a year ago. The body will be taken to Durand and for Interment.[Rockford Daily Register Gazette, September 30, 1921]
Speake, Mabel A. (Ploeger)
1890 - 1979
ROCKFORD--Mrs. Mabel A. Speake, 89, formerly of 707 N. 1st St., died at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 18, 1979, in River Bluff Nursing Home after a short illness. Born April 9, 1890, in Rockford, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Simon Ploeger. Lived all her life in Rockford. Married to Ralph L. Speake in Rockford, Dec. 1, 1917; he died in 1964. Member of Christ Church Unity; also member of Order of the Eastern Star. Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Marilyn Sherman, Rockford; a sister, Anna Ploeger, Rockford; and two grandchildren, John Sherman, Erie, Penn., and Mrs. Rosemary Thomas, Rockford. Services at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 21, in Wilbur Christenson Funeral Home...Burial in Cedar Bluff Cemetery. No visitation. (Rockford Register Star, Thurs. 19 Jul 1979, page B2, c3,4) daughter of Simon A. Ploeger & 2nd wife, Elizabeth Bubser [submitted by Virginia Gorton Bonne]
Spencer, Alveretta M. (Keep)
Mrs. Alveretta M. Spencer, 47, of 904 5th Ave., Rock Falls, passed away Thursday afternoon in Community General Hospital after a short illness. Mrs. Spencer was born in Rockford, Ill., Dec. 7, 1912, the daughter of Arthur and Maude Keep. She was united in marriage to Ernest E. Spencer who survives, along with her parents; one son Ernest Jr. and one daughter, Sandra, both at home; three sisters, Mrs. Edward (Berneita) Olson, Mrs. Arvid (Loretta) Lundberg, and Mrs. Gilbert (Elizabeth) Johnson, all of Rockford; one brother, Calvin of Rockford; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. Funeral services will be Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Wheelock-Allen Funeral Home with Rev. C. Richard Dawson, pator of the First Christian Church of Rock Falls, officiating. Burial will be inCherry Valley Cemetery, Cherry Valley, Ill. Friends may call at the funeral home at any time. [The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, IL November 11, 1960, page 8--Contributed by Melva L. Taylor]
Services for Mrs. Josphine Spink, 68, Evanston, formerly of Rockford, who died at 7:30 a.m. Thursday in Monroe township, Ogle county, will be held at 2:30 p.m. Saturday in the Jullian-Poorman funeral home, 304 N. 5th st. The Rev. Hal B. Lloyd, pastor of Westminster Presbyterian church, will officiate. Burial will be in Willwood Burial park. Friends may call in the funeral home from 7 to 9 o'clock tonight. Mrs. Spink was born Jan. 15, 1886, in Chicago, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Unsen. She attended the People's church, Chicago. She was a nurse for 20 years. She was a member of Forest City chapter, Order of Eastern Star. Survivors include a brother, John Unsen, and a sister, Mrs. Bertha Borstdorf, both of Rockford. [Rockford Morning Star, 09-24-1954]
Spratt, Alan D.
Dixon: Alan Duane Spratt, 26, of RR 1, Kelly Road, Pecatonica, died Friday morning (17 April 1982) at the FASCO Grain Elevator in Seward. Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Preston-Schilling Funeral Home in Dixon with the Rev. Lee Luebke, officiating. Cremation will follow the services. Visitation is from noon until 9 p.m. Tuesday with the family present from 7-9 p.m. A memorial has been established to the Seward Volunteer Fire Department. Mr. Spratt was born July 3, 1955 in Princeton, the son of Lennie E. and Winifred (Scheffler) Spratt. He was presently employed as plant manager at the FASCO Grain Elevator in Seward. He was a member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church of Dixon, the Seward Volunteer Fire Department, the Southern Wisconsin Northeran Illinois Fire Department Association and the Farm Bureau. He is survived by his father, Lennie E. Spratt and seven brothers, William of Dixon, Wayne of Silver Lake, Indiana, James of Ohio, Kenneth of Ridgeway, John of Denver, Colorado, Russell of Dixon and Ivan of Ohio. He was preceded in death by his mother. [The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, IL, April 19, 1982, pg A4 - Submitted by Melva L Taylor]
Sprinkel, Abbie L.
Services for Mrs. Abbie Lee Sprinkel, 67, 972 N. Court st., will be conducted at 1:30 p.m. Monday in the Long-Klontz funeral home, 428 Park ave. Burial will be in Willwood Burial park. Friends may call at the funeral home. Mrs. Sprinkel died Friday afternoon in her home following a brief illness. A resident of Rockford for 22 years, she was born in Chrisney, Ind., Jan. 10, 1884, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Hall. Survivors are a son, Robert W. Sprinkel, Rockford; a sister, Mrs. Clara Turpin, Indianapolis, Ind.; and a brother, Fred Hall, Chrisney, Ind. [Rockford Register-Republic, October 6, 1951]
An Old Settler Gone
Clement Stabeck, one of the oldest settlers in Winnebago county, died at his residence on last Saturday night, after a few days' illness, caused by inflammation of the lungs. The deceased emigrated to this country from Norway in the year 1839, and has resided in Durand township from that time, excepting a few years that he lived in Stephenson County. He has been closely identified with the interests of this county, taking great interest in the building of what was known as the Racine & Mississippi Railroad which passed through his farm. His occupation has been that of farming, which he has conducted on a large scale. In the earlier days he took an active part in establishing educational facilities, as well as being the leader in the organizing of the Norwegian Lutheran Church, of which he was a constant member up to the hour of his death. He attained the old age of eighty years, and was an active and strong man to the last. He died quietly and in peace with God and man, surrounded at his death bed by his children (who are all grown up) he said farewell to them and the world, satisfied he had done his share of worldly labor in the long period he has looked upon the fields of Illinois. Deceased leaves three sons, who reside in Freeport, and one daughter, who resides at Clinton, Wis. Thus we have bid farewell to another of our county pioneers. Peace be to his ashes. [Rockford Weekly Gazette, Feb 2, 1881]
Stadel, Nellie E.
Nellie E. Stadel, 75, Box 177, Dakota, died at 12:30 p.m. Monday, April 5, 1971, in Swedish-American Hospital after a long illness. Born Jan. 21, 1896, in Memphis, Mo., daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W.R. McCondless. Lived 46 years in Rockford area, coming here from Iowa. Married to Earle L. Stadel in Rockford, Jan 10, 1943. He died March 17, 1967. They operated North Main Grocery and Earle's Food Market on Jackson Street for 15 years. Survivors include one son, Clyde Leek, Rockford; three brothers, Clifford McCandless and Arthur, both of Rockford, and Roy, of Dakota; two grandchildren, Mrs. Elizabeth Herbig and Steven Leek, both of Rockford; one great-granddaughter, Donna, Rockford; five sisters, Mrs. Clarence Woolsey, Centerville, Iowa. Mrs. Lloyd Cline and Mrs. Carl Forsell, both of Rockofrd; Mrs. Ralph Miller, Aurora, and Mrs. Stanley Fox, Downer's Grove. JULIAN-POORMAN FUNERAL HOME, 304 N. 5th. St., with burial in Willwood Burial Park. Friends may call at the funeral home from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday. [Rockford Register-Republic, April 6, 1971]
ROCKFORD SOLDIER KILLED IN VIETNAM--SP4 Gordon Stark, 20, 1311 Melwood Drive, has been killed in action while serving with the 4th Infantry Division in Vietnam.Notification of his death was received today by his brother Keith who lives at the Melwood address. Stark served in Vietnam since September, 1966. He was drafted in December, 1965.A 1964 graduate of Guilford High School, Stark was employed by W.F. & John Barnes Works and Chrysler Corp. before entering the service. He is survived by a sister, Ila Marie, Rockford, and three brothers, Keith and David of Rockford, and Clayton of Platteville, Wis. [Rockford Morning Star, Feb 11, 1967]
Starr, Carol H.
C.H. Starr Dies; Rites Wednesday
Rockford businessman and civic leader Carroll H. Starr, 79, 1744 Oxford St., died Sunday in Alma Nelson Manor nursing home. Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Gordon Chapel of Second Congregational Church, 318 N. Church St. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery. Mr. Starr, lifelong Rockford resident was local manager of the Hornblower and Weeks investment office until his retirement because of ill health two years ago. He organized and was chairman for many years of the Rockford Community Trust, an organization to receive and manage charitable gifts for the benefit of the greater Rockford area, either from living donors or through bequests. He formerly was assistant cashier of the Winnebago National Bank and was widely kenown for his long association with the late Barney WIlliamson in the operation of the Williamson Motor Co., the state's pioneer Ford agency. Mr. Starr was a former chairman of the City-County Plaining Commission and served as president of the United War Chest and Community Fund of Rockford in 1942 and '43. For Many years Mr. Starr was a board member of the National Association of Community Trusts. He also belonged to the Civic League of Rockford, Rotary Club, Mid-Day Club, Rockford Country Club and Second Congregational Church. Survivors include his widow, the former Lois Stone; and three daughters, Mrs. Caroline McLean, 1836 Melrose St.; Mrs. Lois Ogilby, 2336 Harlen Blvd., and Mrs. Frances Walker, Phoenix, Ariz. Friends may contribute in Mr. Starr's name to the Rockford Community Trust, according to Burpee-Wood Funeral home, 420 N. Main St.--[Rockford Morning Star, Tuesday, Nov. 12, 1963]
Carpenter, 63, Dies; Served In First War
William Stinetorf, 63, 2414 Crosby st., died at 3:30 a.m. Wednesday in Richmon, Ind. He was born in Rockford Mar. 13, 1894, son of Mr. and Mrs. William Stinetorf. He lived most of his life here. He married the former Georgia LaPointe in Chicago in 1920. She preceded him in death. He was a carpenter by trade and a veteran of world war 1, having served in the navy. He was a member of the Order of Eagles. Survivors include three brothers, Allison, Richmond; Roscoe, Lancaster, Ky.; Virgil, Rockford; a sister, Mrs. Ruth Wright, Rockford; and nieces and nephews.Services will be Saturday afternoon in Richmond. [Rockford Morning Star, June 27, 1957]
HEART ATTACK FATAL TO AGED SEWARD MAN
Seward, April 2: William Stotler, 88, resident of Winnebago county for more than 60 years, died at 3 pm. today in his home in Seward. Death was due to a heart attack. Mr. Stotler was born Aug. 24, 1843, in Hagerstown, Md. He was married to Miss Anna Wishard on Dec. 24, 1874, and to this union nine children were born. He leaves, besides his widow, two sons and three daughters, Orville, Seward; Fred, Freeport; Mrs. Nellie Baker, Mrs. Bernice Evans, both of Seward; and Mrs. Margaret Hollenbeck, Rockford. He also leaves three brothers, Charles and David, Hagerstown; and Sam, Parkersburg, W.Va.; and a sister, Mrs. Ella Bruebecker, Greencastle, Pa. Mr. Stotler was active in church circles, serving as deacon of the Seward Congregational church for the past 30 years. Funeral arrangements have not been completed. [Rockford Morning Star, April 3, 1931]
Strom, John F.
John F. Strom, 68, 1536 Parmele st., died at 6:35 a.m. Thursday, April 1, 1954, in his home after a lingering illness. Born Sept. 8, 1885 in Falkoping, Sweden, son of Alfred and Anna Strom. Lived 48 years in Rockford, coming here from Sweden. Married to the former Ellen Bergsten in Rockford, Feb. 1, 1908. Was a retired furniture worker. Survivors include: his wife; a daughter, Mrs. Mildred Rothwell, 1904 25 st.; three grandchildren, John, Nancy and Tommy Rothwell; and a brother, Carl Strom, 1921 15 ave. Christian Science services will be conducted at 1:30 p.m. Saturday in the SUNDBERG-CHAPIN FUNERAL HOME, 215 Hall st., with Mrs. Marjorie Billingham as reader. [Rockford Register-Republic, April 1, 1954]
Strombeck, E. Arthur
Ex-Advertising Foreman E. Arthur Strombeck Dies
E. Arthur Strombeck, 71, former advertising foreman in the Rockford Morning Star mechanical department, died Thursday, March 7, in Tanumshede, Sweden, where he had made his home since his retirement on July 23, 1955. A cremation service was followed by burial in Falkoping, the Swedish town where he was born. He made his home with a brother, Herbert, in Tanumshede. Born in Sweden--His wife, Fanny, preceded him in death. He was born in Sweden on Feb. 2, 1886. He came to the United States first as a young man and then returned to Sweden, where he and his wife were married. They had planned to return to the United States but were prevented from doings so by the outbreak of World War I. They were Stockholm residents until after the war and then came to Rockford in 1919. Mr. Strombeck, known to his newspaper associates as "Strommie," worked first in the print ship of the Rockford Posten, Swedish newspaper. He had done his apprenticeship as a printer in Stockholm in 1898. When he became more familiar with the English language he took a job with the Rockford Daily Republic and then with the Register-Gazette. At the time of the merger of the Rockford Morning Star and Register-Gazette, he became a member of the mechanical staff of The Starr. Given Wristwatch--At the time of his retirement his fellow members of Chapel 213 of the International Typographical union gave him a wristwatch. Mr. Strombeck was a member of Rockford local of the Typographical union for 44 years. He joined the local on Oct. 1, 1911. For some years the Strombecks resided on Oakland ave. and later moved to N. 4th st., where they had lived until Mrs. Strombeck died and Mr. Strombeck left Rockford.Survivors, in addition to the brother, Herbert, include two cousins in Rockford, Tecla Nystrom, 707 Paris ave., and M. W. Nystrom, E. State rd., who accompanied Mr. Strombeck on his final trip to Sweden, the Misses Bertha and Helfrid Strombeck, in Falkoping, and a married sister, Lila, in Tanumshede. [Rockford Register-Republic, 03-13-1957]
1896 - 1921
Nathan Studebaker, 24, Former Resident of Kent dies at Springfield, Wis.--Seward, Ill.-May 31-The life of Nathan Studebaker was closed in young manhood, the end coming Monday at 11 a.m. at Springfield, Wis., where he had been in business the past two years. He had never fully recovered from an attack of influenza and for the last few weeks his condition had been critical. His father, Albert Studebaker, had been with him constantly for several weeks. His mother and sister, Mrs. Grover Aurand, were called to his bedside Monday, but did not reach there until after his death. Nathan Studebaker was born at Kent, Stephenson county, Nov. 15, 1896. He was a graduate of Freeport high school. He came to Seward with his parents seven years ago, and was a clerk in the store of Studebaker & Aurand. Three years ago he was married to Miss Nellie Eickman of Seward, and later he went to Springfield, Wis., to take charge of a store purchased by his father. Surviving him are his widow and a little daughter, Aileen [Alene], two years of age, his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Studebaker, one sister, Mrs. Grover Aurand, and one brother, Arthur Studebaker, Jr. Burial services were held at Springfield Tuesday, his widow and parents accompanying the body to Seward Tuesday evening. Funeral services will be held Friday at the Studebaker home in Seward, the hour not yet decided. Burial will be made near Kent, beside his brother, Nelson. [Freeport Jl Std, Wed. 1 Jun 1921; sub. by Virginia Gorton Bonne]
Miss Eliza Sturtevant died at 11:40 o’clock Wednesday night, at the home of Mr. L.M. West, 124 South Madison street., at the advanced age of 84 years. She had made her home with her sister, Mrs. L.M. West, for more that twenty years, and during this time, owing to her poor health, she had led a very quiet life. Miss Sturtevant was born in Thetford, Vermont, in January, 1806. When but a child her parents moved to Verona, N.Y. in that vicinity she spent nearly fifty years of her life. About twenty years of this time she was engaged in teaching. From childhood to her last days she had a frail constitution, always looked upon by friends and relatives as having but a few at most to live. It is marvelous that she has loved to this ripe old age. Miss Sturtevant was all through her long and useful life a humble, devout christian woman, artless and unassuming, charitable, a true friend of the poor and never so happy as when helping the unfortunate. She experienced religion when but a child of ten years, and united with the Baptist church, and for 74 years has shed forth no uncertain light. She will meet many land whom she has helped into, and encouraged in the christian life. Among the earliest recollections of her friends is the earnest morning prayer in her school for her pupils, that they might grow up to be useful men and women. Not a few at that time received from her deepest religious impressions, such as can only be made in childhood and early youth. Three sisters have gone before. Two brothers and four sisters survive her, C.I. Sturtevant of Oconomowoc, Wis., David L. of Roscoe, Ill., Mrs. Lonson Brown of LeMars, Ia., Mrs. H.S. Brown, Mrs. Henry Peers and Mrs. L.M. West of this city. Funeral service will take place at the residence, Saturday, at two o’clock p.m. Rev. J.T. Burhoe will officiate. [Rockford Daily Gazette, Friday, March 14, 1800]
Styles, Erastus L.
Many Rockford people who knew him for years will be pained to learn of the death, at his home in Rockton, of Erastus L. Styles, for 40 years agent of the C.M.&St.P. railroad at that point. Previous to the location of the depot at that place Mr. Stiles lived in this city. He kept up his acquaintence in Rockford and often visited friends here. Mrs. A.A. Snyder was his daughter and during her residence in Rockford he often made it his headquarters. The funeral will be held from the home in Rockfon, to-morrow afternoon at 2:30 o'clock and a number of Rockford people will attend. The Masoinc order of Rockton will have charge of the ceremonies and the burial will take place in the Rockton cemetery.mThe Rockton correspondent of the Register-Gazette sends the following sketch of Mr. Stile's life:mRockton, Ill., May 12--Rockton lost another of its oldest and most respected citizens last night. E.L. Stiles, who last Sunday was in usual health, and enjoyed a visit from his son Durand, of Rockford, and was looking forward to the enjoyment of his garden for the summer, was stricken by paralysis at 3 o'clock, from which he did not rally and the end came at 12 o'clock last night. mMr. Stiles was born in Gibson, Susquehanna county, Pennsylvania, Aug. 8, 1820, and was married to Miss Marantha Capron at Brooklyn, Pa., in 1841. With his wife he came to Rockford, Ill., in 1845. He removed to Rockton in 1845 and engaged in the manufacture of boots and shoes. In 1856 he was appointed agent for the Racine and Mississippi railroad and was constantly in the employ of the road throughout the many changes of the company until 1897, when he retired upon a pension. He was always foremost in all progressive measures and has served the people in several public capacities. He had been an active mason for many years and the order will have charge of the funeral, which takes place Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock. The Rev. E. Breen will officiate. The funeral will take place from the house. Mr. Stiles leaves a wife, who is in critical condition, and who was not expected to survive the night. It was his desire to live to lay her away and then he was ready to go. She is nearly as old as he and has been in feeble health for several years. The children are A.G., O.T., Mrs. Cora Snyder, Durand, and Herbert, who were all present at his death. The family has the profound sympathy of the entire community in the taking of the distinguished father.[Rockford Daily Register Gazette, May 12, 1900]
Rudolph Sundquist, 80, 1610 20th St., died at 5:50 a.m. Friday, Nov. 8, 1963, in the convalescence section of Rockford Municipal Sanitarium after a long illness. Born Aug. 29, 1883, in Morjary, Sweden, Son of Mr. and Mrs, Lars (Maria) Sundquist. Came here 54 years ago from Sweden. Married to the former Hilda Anderson in Rockford. She died in Rockford July 16, 1941. Self-employed as painter and decorator. Member of Bethany Methodist Church, and of the local painters Union. Survivors include: one brother, Otto, of Detroit, Mich.; several nieces and nephews. One son, Edwin, preceded him in death. Services at 1 p.m. Tuesday in Fred C. Olson Mortuary, 1001 2nd Ave., with the Rev. William Johnson, pastor of Bethany Methodist Church, officiating. Burial in Scandivaian Cemetery. Friends may call at the mortuary from noon Tuesday until service time. [Rockford Morning Star, Tuesday, Nov. 12, 1963]
DEATH THE RESULT OF HIS INJURIES--James Swan, of Rockton, Dies From a Fall Sustained a Week Ago--A Prominent Resident of That Place and a Wealthy, Retired Farmer--Two Daughters Survive Him--The Funeral to Be Held Wednesday Afternoon. James Swan, one of the early settlers of the county, and for years a resident of Rockton, died at his home in the village at an early hour Monday morning. His death was due to injuries received by a fall about a week ago. He was driving into town with a load of grain, when it is supposed he sustained a slight stroke of paralysis and fell from the wagon. He struck upon his head, paralyzing his lower limbs and injuring his spine. Such injuries at his age, rendered his recovery impossible, though the best of medical aid was summoned. Mr. Swan was born in Hillsborough county, N.H., July 19, 1818, and came to this state in 1865. He settled in Rockton township in 1871 and followed the occupation of farming for years, owning a fine farm of about 200 acres. He was married March 17, 1846 to, to Elizabeth White, who died in 1856. His second wife was Miss Mary Grant, to whom he was united in the east. Her death occurred about a year ago. He leaves two daughters, Mrs. Conklin and Miss Lizzie Swan. The deceased had lived rather a retired life of late years. He was universally respected in the community, and was regarded as an excellent, upright man. The funeral will be held Wednesday afternoon at 3 o'clock. [The Morning Star, Tuesday August 30, 1892]
Swarts, Jacob M.
JACOB M. SWARTS--CALLED BY DEATH AT SEVENTY-THREE--HAD RESIDED ON FARM AT WESTFIELD CORNERS OVER SIXTY YEARS--
Jacob M. Swarts, resident of Winnebago county for over sixty years answered the summons to eternal rest last evening at 8 o'clock at his home at Westfield corners, ten miles southwest of Rockford, after an illness of two weeks from a carbuncle on the back of his neck. Mr. Swarts was born in Perry County, Pa., seventy-three years ago and came to Illinois with his parents in 1852, settling on the farm at Westfield Corners which has since been his home. His marriage to Miss Mary Bird was an event of April 6, 1877, and to this union was born on daughter, Mrs. Gertrude Hall, of 440 North Avon street, Rockford. The widow and the daughter survive. Funeral arrrangements were not considered last evening, but will be announced today. [Rockford Morning Star, November 3, 1915]
Swarts, Mrs. Louisa (Walker)
Near Rock River, Mrs. Louisa Swarts, daughter of G. and Mary Walker of Varna [The Henry Republican, Henry, IL, September 24, 1874 - Submitted by Nancy Piper]
Sweet, Truman F.
Pocahontas, AR--Truman F. Sweet, 87, of Pocahontas, formerly of Durand, Ill., died Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2006 at his home. Born March 29, 1918 in Durand Township, Ill., he was a son of the late Fred L. and Marion (Algar) Sweet. He resided in Pocahontas 27 years. Survivors include his wife, Neva Sweet of the home; three sons, Don Sweet and Tom Sweet of Pocahontas and Bill Sweet of Durand; three daughters, Merry Iverson of Clinton, Iowa, Martha Parsons of Rockford, Ill., and Meredith McKelvey of Rockton, Ill.; 14 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held Wednesday in McCorkle Funeral Home in Durand with the Rev. David Decker, pastor of Durand United Methodist Church officiating. Burial was in Durand Cemetery. [Pocahontas Star Herald, Feb. 9, 2006; submitted by Freda Roberts]
Swinson, Howard S
HOWARD S. SWINSON--Services for Howard S. Swinson, 65, 1915 E. State st., Rockford real estate salesman who died at 8:15 p.m. Friday in his home after a heart attack, will be held at 3 p.m. Monday in Court Street Methodist church. The Rev. Dr. Franklin M. Zentz, pastor, will offiicate. Burial will be in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Arrangements were made by the Long-Klontz funeral home, where friends may call from 3 to 4 p.m. Sunday. Mr. Swinson was born May 25, 1893 in Darlington, Wis., son of Mr. and Mrs. Albert E. Swinson. He came to Rockford in 1939 from Durand. He married the former Cecile Lamb March 25, 1914, in Durand. He was employed by the W.W. Parson agency, 307 E. State st., and was a member of Court Street church. Survivors include his wife; four sons, Raymond, Maurice, and Donald, all of Rockford, and Lawrence, Pecatonica; a daughter, Mrs. Geraldine Nyblock, Belvidere; 15 grandchilren; and one great-grandchild. [Rockford Register-Republic, September 13, 1958]
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