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Mrs. Mary Swingley, one of the very early settlers of Ogle County, died Thursday morning last week at the home of her son, Dr. Jacob Swingley, at Oregon.

Mary Wagner was born in Washington County, Maryland, eighty years ago, and when a child of six years, came with her parents' family, Jacob and Mary Wagner, together with other well known people connected with the early history of this vicinity, and her home for seventy-four years had been made in Rockvale and Oregon Townships.

December 8, 1853, she was united in marriage with Dr. William Swingley, a practicing veterinarian and probably one of the best known men in northern Illinois, who preceded her in death, having passed from this life eight years ago, in March, 1904.

The deceased is survived by two sons, Dr. Jacob Swingley of Oregon, with whom this mother had made her home since the death of her husband and Dr. Benj. Swingley, of Freeport, together with seven grandchildren. One son, Oscar, died nine years ago.

The funeral service was held from the stone church in Oregon at 10 o'clock Thursday morning, conducted by Elder S. J. Lindsay. Burial was made in the Silver Creek Cemetery, close to the pioneer home of both Mr. and Mrs. Swingley.

Nothing but kind words may be said of this mother. Always of kind heart and of cheerful disposition and ever ready to do for her family and friends so long as her strength would permit.

Mount Morris Index, 12 December 1912

Contributed by Mabry Benson

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