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Mrs. E. H. (Nettie Wadsworth) Clopper passed away very suddenly Thursday evening, March 19, at 7:15 p.m. in the Polo Theatre from a cerebral hemorrhage, the first symptoms of which became apparent while she was walking from a waffle supper at the Methodist Church to the theatre with Mrs. Harry Spear and Mrs. W. B. Donaldson. As the three ladies left the church supper and approached the theatre Mrs. Clopper halted her friends for a few moments, explaining that she was having difficulty in breathing and did not feel well. She soon explained that she felt better and the three women went into the show. In a few moments Mrs. Clopper’s breathing became noticeably more labored and her friends, Mrs. Spear and Mrs. Donaldson inquired of her if they should summon a physician. She replied that it was not necessary, but in a short time she slumped to one side. Mrs. Spear immediately summoned a nurse who was attending the show and a local physician, who responded at once. Mrs. Clopper was pronounced dead by the physician who arrived in a few minutes. Her husband, Edward Clopper, an insurance agent, was in Rochelle for the night but was immediately summoned by his employer, M. E. Schryver. Mrs. Clopper had been in apparent good health and her sudden passing was a great shock to all her many relatives and friends. Mrs. Clopper was born on August 30, 1865 in Polo, the daughter of Cornelius and Mary Wadsworth. She was 70 years 6 months and 19 days old. Her entire life was spent in this vicinity. She attended the public schools of Polo and at an early age she united with the Episcopal church. On January 27, 1891, she was married to Edward H. Clopper. To this union two children were born. She leaves to mourn her departure her husband, Edward H. Clopper, one daughter, Mrs. A. T. Clouse of Mason City, Iowa; one son, Dr. Paul W. Clopper of Peoria, one brother, C. D. Wadsworth of Des Moines, five grandchildren and many neighbors and friends. Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon from the home at 2:30 with Rev. Carl D. Kammeyer officiating. Interment was made in the Fairmount Cemetery. Mrs. Clopper was a member of the Woman’s club in which organization she exercised an active interest and endeared herself to many people. She was a woman interested in the community activities, a faithful wife, and an affectionate mother. Out of town relatives and friends at the funeral included Dr. and Mrs. Major, Mr. and Mrs. Roger Schenk, Mr. and Mrs. Len Covey and Mr. and Mrs. Chas. D. Fey, all of whom are from Peoria, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Worthington of Dixon, Mr. and Mrs. Leon Baxley of Dixon, Mr. and Mrs. C. P. Herick of Rochelle, Mrs. Jas. Angell of Dixon, Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Benston of Freeport, George Mest of Savanna, Joe H. Showalter of LaMoille and Art F. Schlacher of LaSalle.

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