Illinois State Register, Springfield, Illinois, Monday, July 4, 1921, Page 9.
White Hall, July 4 – The death of Mrs. Sarah E. Vedder, a leading pioneer woman of this community, widow of the late Squire Isaac D. Vedder, occurred at 6’o’clock p.m. Saturday at the family homestead on North Main street, the end coming with profound serenity. Her age was 94 years on June 11 last. She suffered a light stroke of paralysis a little more than two years ago, and she has been partially helpless since. Funeral services will be held at the home at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, conducted by Rev. Lee A. Hanchett, pastor of the Presbyterian church, and the interment will be in the White Hall Cemetry.
The deceased’s maiden name was Prettyman, and she was born at Alexandria, Va., near Washington, D. C., June 11th 1827. She was one of seven children, two of whom survive, Mrs. Amelia Moore, age 86, and Mrs. Harriett Roodhouse, age 83, both of Washington, D. C. and both in good health. Our subject spent her childhood and young womanhood at and near Washington, D.C., and she was given every educational and social advantage. She and Isaac D. Vedder were married February 15, 1849, at Washington, D. C. Mr. Vedder was then connected with the patent office. One of the first coinage of $2.50 gold pieces, a wedding gift to his bride, is still in the possession of the family.
In 1851 they came to White Hall by boat, landing at Grand Pass on the Illinois River, and coming from there to White Hall on a lumber wagon. The place then had 200 inhabitants. Mr. Vedder became a merchant, banker, wagon manufacturer, and during his final years he served as justice of the peace. He died February 24th, 1907, aged 87 years.
The family always figured prominently in the social and political life of the community. Eight children grew to maturity, one child dying in infancy. The surviving children are Thomas A. of Terra Bonna?, Oregon; Frank L., Roodhouse; Isaac D., Jr., White Hall; Richard P., Pueblo, Colo.; Mrs. Nellie Stevens, Ogden, Kansas;. Nannie, Ada, Minnie and Charles are deceased. There are eleven grand children and eleven great grand children.
Mrs. Vedder was an early Methodist, and was active in the affairs of the local church until after the Crane boys, Charles, deceased and Frank, now of New York city. She had literary attainments that were always put to the best use. She published a volume of “Reminiscences of the District of Columbia, or Washington City Seventy-nine Years Ago, “1830-1909,” and a large number of copies are still in the possession of Isaac D. Vedder, Jr., at home, available to those for the asking who may be interested in it as a memorial to the worthy author.
As part of the history of this prominent family a photograph is at the home showing all the eight children and the parents, then all at home, taken in 1880. By 1890 the children were scattered throughout the country. Isaac D. Vedder, Jr., occupies the original home place on North Main Street, where he was born sixty years ago.
Submitted by: Patty Meado