Winnebago County, Illinois
He was the second of ten children born to William and Dorothy (Blish) Talcott. He married February 5, 1834 to Elizabeth Ann Norton, and they were the parents of four sons and five daughters. At the age of three years he accompanied his parents to Rome, New York where he remained until 1826. He worked a few years in a store in Booneville and then engaged in the mercantile business at Utica until 1830, when he removed to Horseheads, Chemung County. In October 1838 he arrived in Rockton with his wife and child, and immediately became active in the new community. He erected a dwelling house on the SE corner of Race and Cottage streets, and this would be his residence for the duration of his stay in Rockton until 1857 when they removed to Rockford. He was one of the original incorporators of Beloit College and of the Rockford Female Seminary, and he remained a member of the Board of Trustees of the college from the date of organization. Upon arriving in Rockton he joined the Congregational church, organized only a few months previously. As early as January 2, 1844, he introduced a series of strong anti-slavery resolutions to the church. He soon aligned himself with the anti-slavery Liberty Party. He succeeded his brother Thomas Talcott as State Senator representing Winnebago, Carroll, Boone and Ogle Counties from 1854 to 1858. While serving he became friends with Abraham Lincoln who was a candidate for U.S. Senator in 1855. On March 4, 1854 he and his brother Sylvester Talcott formed a partnership with the inventor John H. Manny, creating a new company under the name of J.H. Manny & Co., and they commenced the manufacture of the John H. Manny Combined Reaper and Mower. This company is widely acknowledged to be the major force in the making of Rockford into a major manufacturing center. In the fall of 1854 Ralph Emerson and Jesse Blinn became partners, and the name of the company was changed to Manny & Co. The company's image was further enhanced when it won a lawsuit against Cyrus McCormick, who had sued the Manny Company for patent infringement. Among the council defending the Manny Company were Abraham Lincoln, Edwin M. Stanton and Peter H. Watson. After the passage of the Internal Revenue Act, President Lincoln appointed Wait Talcott Collector of Internal Revenue for the Illinois Second Congressional District, a position he held from 1862 to 1867. He was selected by the citizens of Illinois as one of the mourners to officially represent the state at Lincoln's funeral. Late in life he was president of the Winnebago County Early Settlers Society. He was active and in good health until October 2, two months prior to his death, when he had a serious fall at Center Bridge. He passed away on 7 December 1890. [unknown newspaper; Submitted by Marion Hersey]
PECATONICA--Standley Tarbert, 73, a resident of Pecatonica his entire life, died Wednesday afternoon in Rockford Memorial Hospital. Surviving are his widow, Elanora; three sons, James and Dale, both of Pecatonica, and Floyd, Wausau, Wis.; three daughters, Mrs. Ray Schauer, Mrs. Donald Sughroue and Mrs. Harry Eaton, all of Pecatonica; 31 grandchildren; and a sister, Nellie Tarbert, Temple City, Calif. Services will be at 2 p.,. Saturday in the Knapp Funeral Home, Pecatonica.--Rockford Register Republic, August 17, 1967
GEORGE L. TAYLOR IS SUMMONED BY DEATH; ILL FOR THREE YEARS--George L. Taylor, 71, died a his home, 1126 Green street, at 9:15 o'clock this morning. He had been in failing health for three years. Mr. Taylor was born in Green county, Wisconsin, on February 15, 1859, and came to Rockford nearly 50 years ago. He was employed as a painter and decorator until his health began to fail. He was married in Rockford in 1886 to Mary Jane Noble, who survives. A daughter, Mrs. Georgia Kissack, Burritt township, and three grandchildren also survive. There are two brothers, C.P. Taylor, Rockford, and Fred J. Taylor, St. Louis, Mo. [Rockford Daily Register-Gazette, June 2, 1930]
DEATH OF AN OLD SETTLER--Last night, shortly after midnight, Mr. James Taylor, a brother-in-law of Mrs. Israel Sovereign, of this city, residing about three and a half miles southeast of the city, who has been confined to his bed for the past sic months, quietly passed away. About the first of January last, Mr. Taylor, who had not been feeling well for a long time, was compelled to call in a physician, and an examination showed that he was afflicted with a cancer in the stomach, which was slowly but surely eating away his life, and it was only a matter of time when grim death should claim him as his own. The best medical treatment was had, but all to no purpose. Mr. Taylor was born in Salisbury, N.H. Sept. 13, 1804, and was therefore nearly 78 years of age. In June 1835, he removed to Winnebago county, within whose precincts he has ever since resided, and was therefore one of the earliest setters in the part of the country. Mr. T. was the first regular ferryman on the Rock river, being for a long time located in this city, and owning the tract of land now known as the Garrison farm. On April 13, 1843, Mr. Taylor was married to Jane Sovereign, a sister of Israel Sovereign, of this city, who died October 18, 1864. Eight children were born to them, four of whom are still living. Soon after his marriage he purchased a farm of 140 acres in section 31, Guilford township, which is now valued at about $9,000, where he has since resided. The funeral services will take place tomorrow (Friday) afternoon, from the Centennial M.E. Church, Rev. Dr. Hooper Crews, of Oregon, has been telegraphed, and is expected to be present to preach the sermon. The deceased was a member of the Old Settler’s society, the members of which will also probably attend in a body. [Rockford Daily-Gazette, July 15-1880]
Miss Mamie Taylor died yesterday afternoon at 3 o'clock at St. Anthony's hospital, following an operation. The body was taken to the home of her parents in Freeport.--Rockford Morning Star, February 22, 1921 Taylor, Wellington J.--Wellington J. Taylor, 83, 1716 Kilburn Ave., died at 3:45 p.m. Monday, Oct 16, 1972, in Illinois Extended Care Center after a long illness. Born Nov. 15, 1888, in Exeter, Ont., Canada. Lived 50 years in Rockford, coming here from Grand Ledge, Mich. Married to the former Clara Eby in London, Ont. April 13, 1910. Employed as a Rawleigh dealer by Rawleigh products, Freeport, for 30 years. Member of Grace United Methodist Church. His wife preceded him in death Sept. 8, 1961. Survivors include: three daughters, Mrs. Donald Wright, Elaine Taylor and Melba Taylor, all of Rockford; one son, Robert J., Rockford; four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews in Canada. Services at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday in SUNDBERG FUNERAL HOME, 215 N. 6th St. Burial in Sunset Memorial Gardens. There will be no visitation. [Rockford Morning Star, October 17, 1972]
Temple, Rose C.
75-Year Resident of City, Mrs. Rose C. Temple, Dies--Mrs. Rose C. Temple, 87, 110 Albert ave., who lived 75 years in Rockford, died at 12:10 a.m. today in her home after a short illness.She was born May 25, 1869, in Argyle, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius Smith, and she came to Rockford from Argyle. She was married to Samuel Temple March 16, 1927, in Geneva City, and he predeceased her. Mrs. Temple was a member of Trinity Lutheran church. Survivors include two sisters, Mrs. Ella Grant and Miss Cora Smith, both of Rockford; a brother, Bert Smith, Rockford; and several nieces and nephews. Services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Monday in the Julian-Poorman funeral home, 304 N. 5th st., with the Rev. O. Garfield Beckstrand, 2nd, assistant pastor of Trinity Lutheran church, officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood cemetery. Friends may call from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. [Rockford Register-Republic, February 15, 1957]
Thomas, John L.
Thomas, John L., 84, 222 Miriam Ave., died at 4:20 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 15, 1967, in St. Anthony Hospital after a long illness. Born Oct. 14, 1882 in Winnebago County, son of Mr. and Mrs. Orville Thomas. Lived 44 years in Rockford, coming here from Owen Township. Married to the former Sylvia C. McFarlane in Rockford in 1906. He was a grocery store proprietor at 1300 Kilburn Ave. for many years. He also worked as a guard for Drop Forge. He retired in 1954. Survivors include: his widow; a son, Paul J., ROckford; three grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; a brother, Dr. W.O. Thomas, Clinton, Wis.; several nieces and nephews. Services at 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 18, in the JULIAN-POORMAN FUNERAL HOME, 304 N. 5th St., with the Rev. Dr. O. Garfield Beckstrand II, pastor of the Trinity Lutheran Church, officiating. Burial in East Lawn Cemetery, Beloit, Wis. No visitation. [Rockford Register Republic, August 17, 1967]
A.C. THOMPSON, FORMER COUNTY BOARD HEAD, DIES
Albert (A.C.) Thompson, 93, 5005 Charles Street rd., a resident of Rockford and immediate vicinity for 86 years and for many years active in Republican politcs, died at 1 p.m. Sunday, unexpectedly, in his home following a heart attack. Services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Long-Klontz funeral home, 428 Park ave., with the Rev. Timothy B. Reeve, pastor of Centennial Methodist church, officiating. Burial will be in the Starkey Union cemetery. There will be no visitation. Mr. Thompson was born Jan. 1, 1863, at Oxford Mills, Can., the son of Gilbert and Matilda Thompson. His parent moved to New Milford when he was seven years old. He married the former Minnie Kortie Dec. 22, 1866, in Rockford and she died June 28, 1945. He retired from farming about 30 years ago. For more than 20 years he was a member of the Winnebago county board of supervisors and was chairman of that board in 1938. He also served for five years as a county draft board member, and was a member of South Guilford grange, of which he was treasurer for 25 years. For more than 40 years Mr. Thompson was a member of Masonic lodge No. 102, and was a member of Winnebago chapter, Crusader commandery, and Tebala shrine and for 50 years was a member of the Modern Woodmen of America. He was very active, drove an automobile until one year ago, and during the recent national political campaign he shook hands in Rockford with Vice President Richard Nixon. Survivors include three daughters, Mrs. Georgia Harkness, Long Beach, Cal.; Mrs. Erma Green, Mulford rd., Rockford; and Mrs. Vera Bartholomew, at home; a son, Earl K. Thompson, Rockford shoe merchant; a sister, Mrs. Bert Edson, San Diego, Cal.; and 6 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild. [Rockford Register-Republic, Monday, Dec. 10, 1956]
Thompson, Benjamin (Ben)
Spanish War Veteran Dies Here at 90--Spanish-American War veteran Benjamin (Ben) Thompson died Sunday at 5:15 p.m. in Lund Nursing Home. He was 90 Oct. 30. His death reduced to 12 the 5 surviving members of Spanish-American War Veterans Camp No. 5 of Rockford. He is survived by his widow, Mary. They had been married for 65 years. A son, Glendon D. Thompson, Seal Beach, Calif., and three grandchildren also survive. Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday iin Long-Klontz Funeral Home , 428 Park Ave. Burial will be in Fowler, Ind. Nine of Camp No. 5's surviving members live in Rockford. They include Cmdr. John G. Johnson, 84, 1915 Carney Ave.; J. Richard Boyer, 85, 717 5th Ave; William Burdick, about 84; Alex Albee, in his 90's; Charlie W. Cooper, in his 80's, 822 S. Pierpont Ave; Wilgot Flood, in his 80s, 1731 13th Ave.; William Kennedy, in his 80s, 114 S. Horace Ave.; John F. Sullivan, about 82, 2008 N. Court St.; and Edward Housemann, in his 80s, 222 N. Gardiner Ave.[Rockford Morning Star, Tuesday, Nov. 12, 1963]
Thompson, Olof J.
LIFE ENDS FOR O.J. THOMPSON--LONG TIME RESIDENT OF SOUTH-EAST END SUMMONED--PROMINENT FURNITURE MAN--Olof J. Thompson, one of the early builders of the Southeast End, died at the home of his son, Adolph Thompson, 1116 Thirteenth avenue, at 9:30 o'clock Saturday evening, aged 80 years. He had lived to see the fruition of many of his constructive plans and ideas in that section of Rockford. Mr. Thompson was born in Sweden August 20, 1837, and when a young man came to America. In 1887 he came to Rockford, where he had since made his home. Two years ago he fractured his hip, which confined him to his bed and from this injury he never recovered. He was a cabinet maker and for 28 years was an employe of the Standard Furniture company and also a director of that company. He is survived by five children: Adolph Thompson, Mrs. Gust Bloomquist of Los Angeles, Mrs. Frank Medin, Mrs. John Noreen and Mrs. John Carlson, of Rockford; also a brother, John Thompson, of Rockford, eight grandchildren and two great grandchildren. The funeral will be held at the Adolph Thompson residence at 2 o'clock tomorrow afternoon, in charge of the Rev. J.W. Johnson of Emmanuel Lutheran church, and interment will be made in the Scandinavian cemetery.--Rockford Daily Register Gazette, October 1, 1917]
Timmerman, Cloy W.
Cloy W. Timmerman, 34, Great Falls, Mont., died at 9:15 p.m. Sunday in Great Falls of injuries received in an accident. Born Feb. 19, 1922 in Castalia., Ia., son of Mr. and Mrs. Arno Timmerman. Married Mina Mae Harrison in Rockford March 30, 1954. Employed as construction worker. Survivors include: his wife; parents; and two brothers in Iowa. Services at 1:30 p.m. Saturday in FRED C. OLSON MORTUARY, 1001 2nd. ave., with the Rev. Harold M. Carlson, pastor of Bethesday Covenant church, officiating. Burial in Willwood Burial park. There will be no visitation. Military rites will be held at graveside. [Rockford Morning Star, February 2, 1957]
Birth: Jan. 10, 1919 (near Wagner, SD)
Parents: Ludvig & Barbara Tislau
Marriage: Doris Minton (of Worchester, England, m. Sept. 30, 1933) 2 children. Stayed in England until 1946 when she joined him in South Dakota.
Death: Jan. 27, 1993 (Sioux Valley Hospital, Sioux Falls, SD)
Age: 74 yrs 17 ds
Funeral: Jan 30, 1993 (United Methodist Church,Highmore, SD)
Burial: Highmore City Cemetery, Highmore, SD
Education: country school
Occupation: farmer with parents 7 1/2 miles S of Highmore before military, then with father and brothers after military, until 1950. Then employed by Farmers Union Oil Co. starting in 1950. Machinist in Cherry Valley, Ill.; then shop foreman
Military: U.S. Army, July 1, 1942, served in Tules Beary, England to set up supply and repair depot; then to France for similar duties. Discharged Nov. 10, 1945, Camp Grant, IL.
Locations: Wagner, Delmont, moved to VanOrder twp. SE of Highmore in 1927. To Highmore in 1950.
[Survivor information omitted for privacy; From the memorial leaflet, Contributed by Jacque McDonnell]
South Beloit: Russell Todd, 87, 311 Gayton Blvd., died Wednesday, May 5, 1993 at his home after a long illness. Born September 17, 1905 in Harrison Township, the son of George and Rosa (Conklin) Todd. He was a resident of South Beloit since 1977, coming from Harrison Township. He married Gladys M. Gable in Harrison Township on November 7, 1970; she died December 27, 1984. Survivors include four nephews: Ronald (Ethel) Wetzel, Gilbert, Arizona; Dale (Clara) Wetzel, Webster, Wisconsin; Donald (Jean) Eaton, Cherry Valley; and Leland (Erma) Gibbs, Lodi, Wisconsin; niece, Marjorie (Clare) Clover, Rockford; special friend, Gladys Ethridge, South Beloit; many great-nieces and -nephews, and other relatives and friends. He was predeceased by his parents and three sisters, Ada, Eva, and Hazel. Services were Friday, May 7 in Rosman, Uehling, Kinzer Blackhawk Chapel, South Beloit with the Rev, Haines Moffat of Second Congregational Church of Rockford officiating. Burial was in Burritt Cemetery.(Submitted by Alice Horner)
Turner, Emma R. (Porter)
MRS. EMMA R. TURNER DIES ON WEDNESDAY--Passes Away At Home Of Her Sister, Mrs. L.A. Hovey, At 414 N. Court St.; Resident of Rockford 40 Years--Mrs. Emma R. Porter Turner, 80 years old, widow of Joseph E. Turner, died Wednesday at 5 p.m. at the home of her sister, Mrs. L.A. Hovey, 414 N. Court st., with whom she had been living many years. She had been in failing health for nearly a year. Mrs. Turner was born in Massachussetts of New England parentage. She came to Rockford in 1887 as a widow, her first husband, John E. Ballard, having died two years after their marriage. She was married to Joseph E. Turner in Rockford, but Mr. Turner died in 1917, since which the two sisters had been living together. Surviving her are three step children, Frank Turner, of Valparaiso, Ind., Will E. Turner, of Seattle, Wash., and Mrs. Frank W. Cutler, of Portland, Ore. She also leaves a sister besides the one here. Mrs. Marietta Shepard, of Brookfield, Mass. Mr. and Mrs. Frank Turner, of Valparaiso, and Mrs. Della Armitage, of Benton Harbor, Mich., will be in Rockford to attend the funeral. She was a member of First Presbyterian church and was interested and active in church work. She was known as a Christian woman of character by a large number of friends. Funeral services will be held Friday at 2 p.m. at First Presbyterian church, the Rev. William H. Fulton officiating. The pall bears will be H.T. Brown, H.M. McGuillivray, H.C. Wickwire, Walter Boyle, Walter J. Morgan, and John D. Ralston. Burial will be in Greenwood cemetery. [Rockford Republic, February 24, 1927]
ISAAC TUTHILL DIES SUDDENLY--PASSES AWAY AFTER ILLNESS OF ABOUT AN HOUR OF HEART TROUBLE
One of Rockford's pioneer citizens, a veteran of the civil war and a man well known to almost every Rockfordite, passed away at 4 o'clock yesterday morning, death following an attack of heart trouble. Isaac W. Tuthill, 320 Penfield place, was the one called from his life, and though he had been ailing for some time his last sickness was of short duration. Thursday he had been about as usual and spent the evening with his wife, retiring at the usual hour. About 3 o'clock yesterday morning Mrs. Tuthill was awakened by the labored breathing of her husband and going to his side percieved he was suffering intensely. She immediately summoned Dr. Haughey, but he was beyond the powers of the professional man and passed away within an hour. Deceased was 63 years of age. He was born August 25, 1846, in New York state, and with his parents moved west when he was 8 years of age. The family settled in the town of Guilford and this was their home for many years. In 1874, Mr. Tuthill was married to Miss Elizabeth Wallace, and soon after the couple moved to Belvidere where they lived eight years and then moved to Argyle, where they resided nine year, and from there came to Rockford, which has been their home since. Decedent was a member of the G.A.R., and also of the M.W.A. While he was not a member of the church, he materially aided the Westminster Presbyterian church society of which his wife is a member. Mr. Tuthill was a regular attendant at the meeting of the Nevius Post and was a general favorite with his comrades. At the time of his death a sister, Mrs. Stackpole, who has been here on a visit from the east, and a niece of Mrs. Tuthill of Nebraska were with Mrs. Tuthill. Aside from the wife and sister, one brother, William, a resident of this city, survive. Funeral services will be held from the residence Sunday afternoon at 3 o'clock, the Rev. Wilson of Westminster church officiating. The service at the grave will be by the G.A.R. [Rockford Morning Star, July 10, 1909]
Two, Ethel M.
Mrs. Ethel M. Two, 74, 618 Court st., died at 6 a.m. Friday Feb. 1. 1957, in Rockford Memorial hospital. She suffered severe burns Jan. 14 when her clothing was ignited from an electric heater in her home. Born Feb. 3, 1882 in Winnebago county, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jacob H. Hamer. Lived 10 years in Rockford and previously most of her life in Winnebago county. Married to Clarence W. Two in Rockford. March 25, 1909. He died in 1946. Member of the Retired Teachers club. Survivors include: a sister, Mrs. Jessie L. Johnson, Rockford; a brother, Miner J. Hamer, Byron; and several nieves and nephews including Mrs. Ora Dunahey, Rockford; Mrs. Helen Brayton, Chicago; and Kennth Hamer. Services at 1 p.m. Monday in BURPEE-WOOD FUNERAL HOME, 420 N. Main st., with the Rev. Joseph C. Cleveland, pastor of Second Congregational church officiating. Burial in Willwood burial park. Friends may call in the funeral home from 7 to 8 o'clock Sunday night. [Rockford Morning Star, February 2, 1957]
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