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David Arledge

David Arledge, who formerly lived in Freeport, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Wid. Raymond, at Winslow, Monday night. Stomach trouble was the cause of his demise. The deceased leaves a wife and four daughters. The daughters are Mrs. Wid. Raymond, Mrs. John Gould, both of Winslow; Mrs. Bert Lattig of Freeport; Mrs. Maggie Eisenhoot (Issenhuth), of S. Dakota. Mr. Arledge was a brother of Mrs. J. W. VanMatre of this place. The funeral was held Thursday afternoon at 1 o'clock at the house. After a short service the remains were taken to Mt. Pleasant for interment. Mr. Arledge was a member of John A. David post, of Freeport, and the G. A. R. had charge of the services. Undertaker A. C. Ebel had charge of the funeral.

Obituary probably from the "Orangeville Courier" Stephenson Co., IL. This is my husband's g-grandfather. Submitted by: Cynthia Gould on 9 Nov. 2001

Mrs. David Arledge (Melissa Van Matre-Howe-Arledge)

The funeral of Mrs. Melissa Arledge was held last Wednesday in Winslow, the funeral services were held in the Mt. Pleasant district school building that is in the vicinity of the cemetery. The funeral sermon was preached by Rev. W. H. Beynon. Mrs. David Arledge had been married twice. Her first husband was James Howe whom she married on July 17, 1846, by which union were born twelve children six of whom are living. They are Z. T. Howe and Joseph Howe of Freeport, A. C. Howe of Winslow, John E. Howe of Monroe and Mrs. Clara Hinds of David City, Nebraska. Mr. Howe, the husband and father, died on December 9, 1866. The second marriage of the deceased was to David Arledge on April 18, 1869. To this union were born five children, of whom four are living. They are Mrs. Wm Raymond and Mrs. John Gould of Lincoln, Neb, Mrs. William Issenhuth of Redfield, S. D. and Mrs. LeRoy Lattig of Freeport. Mrs. Arledge was born May 9, 1831, and had the extreme and rare pleasure of living to the ripe old age of 79 years and experiencing the association of 36 grandchildren and 13 great-grand-children. She is also survived by a brother and a sister and three half-sisters. Mrs. Arledge died in David City, Nebraska, June 20, 1910, her body being brought to Winslow for burial. Her last days were spent in comparatively good health, and her death came without pain and rather quickly. Her religious connections were with the Christian church, of which she was a devoted member.

Obituary probably from the "Orangeville Courier" Stephenson Co., IL. Melissa Van Matre, my husband's g-grandmother. Submitted by: Cynthia Gould on 19 Nov. 2001

Opal M. (Miller) ASPINWALL

Mrs. Opal (Ralph) M. Aspinwall, 216 S. Walnut Ave. died Friday at Villas of Shannon Nursing home. She was a piano teacher in Freeport many years. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church and Freeport Women's Club. She was the daughter of Henry J. and Mary E. (Hyams) Miller. She married Ralph Aspinwall in March 1940. He died Oct. 28, 1971. Surviving is a brother, Harry E. Miller of Shannon. Funeral services will be at 1 pm Tuesday at the Walker Mortuary. Burial will be at the Lanark Cemetary. Friends may call at the mortuary from 4 to 8 pm Tuesday.

Opal died Oct 17, 1980, she was my great aunt. She was quite a lady. Submitted by: Michaelenne Smith on Dec 5 1999

Mrs. Bert Baker (Alvina Entmeier Baker)

Mrs. Bert (Alvina) Baker, 644 W American St. died Tuesday afternoon in a Freeport hospital where she had been a patient since Nov. 9. She was born April 7, 1885, in Freeport, daughter of Conrad and Christina (Hauptoff) Entmeier, and was married to Bert G. Baker June 4, 1904, in Monroe, Wis. Her husband died Oct. 28, 1960.

Survivors include a daughter Mrs. Albert (Ruby) Nickel of Freeport; a son Bert W Baker of Flagstaff, Ariz; two sisters, Miss Tillie Entmeier of Freeport, and Mrs Thomas Sina of Chicago; five grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by a son John H in 1959, her parents, four sisters and three brothers.

Service will be at 1:30 p.m. Friday at Walker Mortuary with burial in Oakland Cemetery. Friends may call after 4 p.m. Thursday in the funeral home. Rev E A Lieske, pastor of Main Street United Brethren Church will officiate.

Freeport Journal Standard Freeport, Stephenson County, Illinois Nov. 20, 1963 pg 10 col 8 Wed. Submitted by: Dem Bones on 17 July 2002

Annie Dommel Baker - Mrs. John Baker, West Spring Street, Dies today after a lingering illness

Mrs Annie M Baker, widow of the late John Baker a resident of Freeport for many years, passed away at her home, 417 W. Spring street, this morning after a lingering illness. Her death resulted from a heart affection (sp that way in paper). She spent the greater part of her life in Freeport and had a wide circle of friends.

Annie Dommel was born in Germany 69 years ago, came to America when a child, the family settling in Freeport, and had resided here ever since. She was united in marriage to John Baker about 50 years ago. The latter passed away in 1922. She leaves to mourn her passing two children, Bert Baker, Freeport; Mrs Wells Shippee, Lena; adopted son, Harry Baker, New York. The following grandchildren survive: Martha Raymer, who had made her home with her grandmother, John Baker Jr, Ruby Baker, Bert Baker, Jr, Fay Shippee. One brother; Henry Dommel, and a sister, Mrs Charles Darling/Loring?? reside in Freeport.

Funeral services will be conducted from the late home at 2 o'clock Thursday afternoon, Rev Frank Brandfellner, pastor of Trinity Evangelical Church, will conduct the services and burial will be made in the city cemetery.

Freeport Journal Standard Freeport, Stephenson County, Illinois August 6, 1929 Tuesday pg 6 col 5. Submitted by: Dem Bones on Wed, 17 July 2002

Bert G Baker - Descendant of Freeport Founder dies

Bert G Baker a great grandson fo Freeport's founder, Wm Tutty Baker died Friday night in local hospital after a long illness.

Baker, 80, who lived at 1016 S Blackhawk ave wrote a letter to the Journal Standard 2 years ago reminicing about a trip he took to Lincoln, Nebraska when about 10 to visit a grandson of Freeport's founder, Frank Baker. Frank Baker was an uncle of Bert Baker. Remember trip. He said that he remembered they traded horses as they went driving one horse and leading 3 when they left. Bert remembered that they traded for 3 mules which proved to strong for him to hold going down hill.

Bert Baker was born Nov 11, 1880, in Freeport the son of John and Mary Dommel Baker. He md the former Alvina Entmeier on June 4, 1901. He worked at the W T Raleigh Co for 30 years as a packer before retiring 8 years ago. He was a member of the Main Street U. Brethren Church and the local Eagles club.

Survivors Surviving are his wife, a daughter, Mrs Albert Nickel of Freeport, a son Bert Baker of Flaggstaff, Az 5 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a sister and a son.

Funeral service will be held at 3 p.m Monday in the Walker Mortuary with the Rev E A Lieske, Pastor of the Main St. U B church officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home.

Freeport Journal Standard Freeport, Stephenson County, Illinois Oct 1960. Submitted by: Dem Bones on Wed, 17 July 2002

Charles Baker

Charles Baker, age 12, the son of Frederick Baker Esq. Silver Creek was kicked by a horse 2 weeks ago last Monday, May 19, 1873 and died from the effects of it last Tuesday evening May 27, 1873. This is a calamity to his family and his friends that will be hard to bear.

Freeport Weekly Journal 4 June 1873 pg 8. Submitted by: Dem Bones on Wed, 17 July 2002

Elmus Baker - Pioneer of Pioneers

Elmus Baker, Who Settled Here In the Early Days, Passed to the Beyond This Morning.

He Was a Son of "Tut" Baker. Who Came to This Section of the State Before the Black Hawk War.

Elmus Baker, the oldest inhabitant of Freeport, died at bis home, 179 Chestnut street, this forenoon from dropsy, after an illness that attacked him last March.

The deceased would have been 66 years of age had he lived until Christmas day. He was born in Peoria, this state, and came here when six years of age, with his father, William Baker, who pre-empted the land from the government on which the city was built, his mother suggesting the name for the village. The family home in later years was built in the quarter of the city now known as "Baker Town,'' the name remaining as a reminiscence of the first settlers. Elmus was the third of a family of six children, who were, beside himself, John and Fred, now dead; Thomas, of Rock Island; Crawford, and Caroline, now Mrs. Enos Dahn, both of whom live In Kansas. His father and brother John, served in the Black Hawk war, and the deceased himself served through the war of the rebellion in Company F of the 92d regiment, Illinois volunteer mounted infantry, enlisting in August, 1862, and being mustered out in 1865. He was three times married, the first time in Freeport, and that wife bore him one child, now dead. The second marriage occurred in Iowa, and several children were born, all of whom are now dead except William Baker, of Rock Island, and Mrs. Almeda Sneath, of Wisconsin. His last marriage was to Miss I Parsons, at Wayne, Wi , in June, 1866. She with five children survive him as follows: Mrs. John Hartman, Frank, Charles, Sherman and Eva, all of Freeport.

The death of Mr. Baker removes a historic personage from the city built on what was once his father's property, Many interesting reminiscences are recalled to those who knew him and his family in the early days, and the title of the oldes inhabitant falls to someone else. Had he lived three days longer be would have completed sixty years of life here, as the family settlement was made December 19, 1835. The funeral will take place tomorrow at the U B church at 2 o'clock. John A Davis post will have charge. All old soldiers are requested to meet at John A Davis post headquarters at 1 o'clock to attend the funeral.

Freeport Daily Democrat Freeport, Stephenson County, Illinois, December 16, 1895. Submitted by: Dem Bones on 17 July 2002

Frederick Baker - Freeport's old pioneer Frederick Baker expires suddenly today

Deceased was a fighter of Blackhawk. The record of his life. Funeral to occur tomorrow.

Frederick Baker died at his home at 192 S. Galena Ave at 11 o'clock this morning from the effects of a paralytic stroke. The deceased came here in 1835 and there is no one in the city at present who arrived before he did. Yesterday, he was in apparent good health and did not complain when he retired last evening. He arose early and went to the kitchen at 5:30 o'clock this morning. He complained to his wife of experiencing a strange sensation. He started for his room shortly afterwards and called his wife to assist him to the bed. His daughter-in-law Mrs. F. Baker also assisted. Dr Robert F Hayes was summoned and it was found that the deceased had sustained a paralytic stroke. He was almost unconscious until 11 o' clock when he passed away.

Mr. Baker was on of the best known men in this section and the news of his demise was everywhere received with regret. Frederick Baker was born in Orange County, Indiana, Nov. 1, 1820 and aged at death 71 yrs 9 mo and 12 days. When he was but 2 years old the family came to the west to southern part of Illinois where they lived a number of years. Soon after the famed richness of the Galena lead mines was reported the household goods are packed and the family began the assent up the Mississippi River on one of the crude steamboats of the time to the rich Galena when it was a typical mining town and passing through went to New Diggings, Wisconsin where Mr. Baker's father Tut was employed in mining of lead. The occupation was not renumerative at that time for the ore was so plentiful that it brought only $5 or $6 in the market and there was so much demand even at that price. There were a good many hardships to undergo also. The prinicipal food to be obtained was indian maize and the flesh of wild animals, pork and flour brought many hundreds of miles was a luxury that few of the pioneers could enjoy. There was also a change of climate which affected the people severely from the fact that they had moved in the summertime from a warm region in the country where cold was sometimes intense.

Then, when the 1st winter came on it found them lacking in the neccessary clothing it was such a school as this that young Frederick experienced. For the Indian children as his only playmates it was no wonder that he learned to talk their tongue as well as his own and that he taught them how to speak the english language. It was a great pleasure for the little red skins and himself to set for hours and working out the puzzling intricasies of the 2 languages. There grew up between them a bond of friendship which all the doings of after years did not sever. Many days were spent together roaming through the forest or by the brook as happy as the birds that made the air joyous with the minstraly. But the stor my times were coming on space. After living 3 years in New Diggings, the Baker family moved to Wyota, Wisconsin and from there they settled at Stafford's Creek 8 miles above the present town of Winslow. There they lived until driven off the place by the Indians. There had been rumors of war and at times during the winter and in May came the news of the 1st defeat of the whites by Black Hawk. They went at once to Fort Hamilton where provisions were gathered and made for the attack. This not being thought secure enough it was decided to remove to Fort Defiance. the Force in the stockade numbered 33 fighting men and 60 women and children. The Indians came about the fort and even made faints of attack but did not do so. The next year there was a false alarm spread that the Indians were coming and the Baker family with many others in the neighborhood hid in the old unused lead mine. The Baker family came to this county and settled in the present site of Freeport Dec 19, 1835. At that time there were but few people in the county. Pioneers had begun the building of houses in Winslow, Omers, Crains and Waddams Groves. At that time, Benjamin Goddard lived between Freeport and Cedarville and was the nearest neighbor to the Baker family. There were a great many Indians here at the time of the settlement but a few months later they were removed by the government. Frederick Baker helped out and draw the 1st stick of timber put into the 1st building erected in Freeport.

When the elder Baker and his son, Fred came here they erected a log cabin on the banks of the Pecatonica near where the Northwestern Freight Depot stands. Mr Baker laid claim to all of Freeport and afterwards had a partner named Kirkpatrick. Mr. Baker gave to the county the present site of the courthouse and the city the old cemetery where the Keen Canning Factory is located. This piece of land today is bounded by East Monterey to the North to the Illinois Central Railroad and also deeded the 1st Meth. Episcopal church the property they occupy. Mr Baker died in 1855, July 14.

The old log cabin was used as a hotel a trading post and the 1st court and election were held within its walls. Mr Baker, Frederick held a number of offices. He was a constable, deputy sheriff for 15 yrs and acting sheriff a portion of that time. Afterwards he engaged in farming in Silver Creek twp until 1879, when he sold his land and came to Freeport where he has since resided. He had served as a member of the county board of supervisors for many yrs and had also held the office of the justice of the peace, road commissioner, and other town and school offices. In his early day, he was identified with the tannery and leather business. The firm being Baker and Ruble.

He was united in marriage at Crain's Grove Feb 11, 1841 to Miss Clarinda Crane who survives. Her father, Thomas Craine was the 1st settler of Carroll County. They have 3 children living as follows: Mrs Joseph Weaver of Silver Creek, John and Frank Baker of this city. Elmus Baker of this city is a brother, and Thomas & Crawford brothers are in Kansas.

The funeral will occur on Sunday afternoon at 3 o'clock.

Freeport Daily Democrat Vol 5 291, Aug 13, 1892. Submitted by: Dem Bones on 17 July 2002

Frederick Baker

A pioneer for the northwest called from earth his demise was sudden and was caused by a stroke of paralysis. A veteran of the BlackHawk War and prominent in many ways. a short sketch of his life. At 11 o'clock this morning death claimed for a victim one who was known to nearly every person in Freeport a pioneer of Stephenson County as well as northern Illinois breathed his last. A man whose recollections dated back to the time when what was now the city of Freeport was a dense wilderness a prairie in the hands of and controlled by the Indians. Sudden as the summers came it removed a familiar figure from the ranks of pioneers from this county and his death will be deeply deplored by all who are acquainted with him. Fred Baker is dead is the news that flashed through the town at noon today and was discredited by many at first, but announcements from his late home on Galena ave confirmed the earlier reports. Mr Baker died suddenly yesterday he was on discharge of his duty as a constable last evening at 6 o'clock he was attacked with a stroke of paralysis during the night. He was in critical condition and 20 minutes to 11 he expired the deceased had not been in good health for the past 2 years having been confined to his bed for weeks and weeks during that time. Fred Baker probably had a clear history of Stephenson County in his mind as anyone ever had. His father helped cut and draw the first stick of timber put in the 1st building erected in Freeport. His father entered and also owned the land where the city of Freeport is now located and it is with pride that he and his children viewed the progress of the people and through their efforts built up the town as it was today. Fred Baker was also a veteran of the BlackHawk war. He was stationed in Ft. Defiance and served well and gallently during his years when the war raged in this part of the state. In politics the deceased was a staunch democrat and early history for the party of the county he labored hard and earnestly for success of polls. He not only spent his time but also contributed his share of mone towards defering expenses of many campaigns. He was honored by his party and many offices of trust that he had filled. He was a constable at the time of his death. In a business way he was successful when young, but he in his later years met the financial reverse. Personally, he was a gentleman that everyone held in high regard his social life was one of pleasure and enjoyment and once happy home is past into mourning by the visit of death.

Biographical; Fred Baker was a native of Orange Co. Ind was born Nov 1, 1820 his parents were well known in Orange Co and in other parets of Indiana. Fred Baker was given a common school education and he availed himself early in life to learn all the knowledge that he probably could. During the year of 1823 accompanied by his parents to Sangamon Co. Ill in the spring of 1827 they went to the lead mining region in Jo Daviess Co. In 1829, they returned to Peoria, Ill after residing there for 3 years they moved to LaFayette Co. Wi. His father opened a cabin and trading post there and with the Indians and had to accommodate everyone that came along. Fred Baker was united in marriage Feb. 11, 1841 to Clarinda Crain. She was born in Randolph Co. Ill Dec 15, 1819. Her father came to Carroll Co. in 1829 the deceased held the office of constable and deputy sheriff for 15 years and was acting sheriff during the early history of Stephenson Co. afterwards engaged in farming in Silver Creek twp and successfully conducted a farm until 1879 when he sold the farm and came to Freeport. During his career, he held many offices and public trust. He served as a member of the board of supervisors for many years, held the office of Justice of the Peace, road commissioner and other town and school offices. 8 children were born to Mr and Mrs Baker 3 of whom are living and 5 dead. The names of the living are: Mrs J R Weaver, Frank G, and John W of Freeport. The funeral services will be held tomorrow afternoon at 3 o'clock it is not know whether they will be held from the home or the church. The Baker funeral the remains of the late Fred Baker were interred this afternoon at Scott's cemetery near Crains grove. Funeral services were held at the late home on S Galena Ave conducted by Rev. Harkness. His remains were followed to the grave by his old friends and neighbors.

The funeral had been postponed from yesterday until today on account of the non arrival of his daughter, Mrs. J R Weaver.

Freeport Bulletin Sat. Aug. 13, 1892 pg 1 col 1. Submitted by: Dem Bones on 17 July 2002

Ida M. Baker

Ida M. Baker daughter of Frederick after suffering from Thyphoid fever for more than 6 weeks died 1 week ago sabbath morning March 14, 1875. She was an affectionate and beloved child and will be much missed by the family. The funeral was attended from Mr Baker's residence on Monday March 15, 1875 afternoon and notwithstanding the fearful storm was well attended. The Rev. D B. Byers officiated, we also learn that Mrs Baker is seriously ill from the same fever and for the past 4 months there has been one of the family down with the dreadful disease. We are sure this afflicted family have the sympathies of the community in general.

Freeport Weekly Journal 24 Aug 1875 pg 5. Submitted by: Dem Bones on 17 July 2002

Iznz Parsons McKnight Baker - Pioneer of Pioneers

Mrs. Iznz Baker The body of the late Mrs Iznz Baker who passed away at the home of her daughter in Waterloo, Ia was brought to Freeport today and taken to the Speer and Company funeral home W. Stephenson street. Funeral services were held from that place at 2:30 o'clock this afternoon Rev B F Grenoble conducted the services and internment was made in the City Cemetery.

Mrs. Baker was 87 yrs old and her husband the late Elmus Baker was a civil war veteran and son of Wm "Tutty" Baker who is credited with giving this city of Freeport its name.

Iznz Parsons was born at S. Wayne, Wi May 19, 1844 her name was formed from the initial letters of the names of her brothers and sisters, when she was 15 years of age she was united in marriage to Washington McKnight to this union two sons were born, George McKnight of Freeport, and Thomas McKnight passed away in 1862. Her husband passed away in 1864. Later, she married Elmus Baker in this city besides Mr McKnight the following children survive, Frank Baker, Moline, Charles Baker, Huntington, Indiana Sherman Baker, Mrs Etta Winning Freeport.

Mrs. Baker resided in Freeport for more than 60 years before moving to Waterloo.

Freeport Journal Standard June 17, 1931. Submitted by: Dem Bones on 17 July 2002

Mrs. Jane Baker

Monday evening the 8th Inst. after a brief illness of 3 hours Mrs. Jane, wife of Elmus Baker of this place died aged abt 25 years.

Freeport Journal Freeport, Stephenson County, Illinois July 9, 1850 p 2 col 6. Submitted by: Dem Bones on 17 July 2002

John Baker Killed

Death this Morning of One of Freeport's Earliest Founders Mr. John Baker, well known to all Freeporters, was killed this morning about a quarter to ten o'clock by being partially run over by his own wagon near the corner of Scott and Pleasant streets. The facts in the case are as follows: The street running in front of the second ward park is being repaired, and the dirt taken off is dumped on Pleasant street between Scott street and the bridge over the branch. Baker was engaged in hauling dirt, and about a quarter to ten reached the place where he met his death with a load. He was about to dump his load on a slight embankment on Pleasant between the gutter and the sidewalk of Mr. F O. Miller's residence. One of the fore and one of the hind wheels being on the embankment and the others in the gutter, one side of the wagon was consequently raised higher than the other. The left front wheel struck a low stump, giving the wagon a considerable jolt. Mr. Baker was sitting on the lower side of wagon at the time and the jolt threw him out on the ground between the for and hind wheels. At this point the horses backed up, causing the fore wheel to partially run over his side, so that the body formed sort of a wedge to the further progress of the wagon . So tight was his body wedged in that the horses had to be urged forward in order to allow laborers who were working near to pull the injured man from under the wheel. He was yet living and as soon as possible was removed to his house, which is situated a short distance south of Gilbert's old tannery and across the branch in the southwest outskirts of the city. At half-past ten he died from his injuries. The scene of the accident is a few steps west of the corner of Scott and Pleasant Streets. His family say that he was subject to attacks of dizziness and think that the fall was caused by one of these, but the persons who witnessed the accident are of opinion that it was caused by the jolt. Mr. Baker would have been sixty years old next fall. He came here at the of eighteen or about the year 1836. Consequently, he was one of this city's earliest settlers. He leaves a wife and eight children. As there is no manner of doubt as to how the accident occurred, an inquest would only be a needless expense, and consequently none was held.

Freeport Bulletin Freeport, Stephenson County, Illinois pg 4 col 2 May 4, 1878. Submitted by: Dem Bones on 17 July 2002

John Baker - Death of John Baker Last Evening

John Baker, aged 49 years, died at his home on Blackhawk st last evening at 8 o'clock. He had been sick for several months, but his last illness has only been of a few weeks duration.

The deceased was a son of Mr and Mrs Frederick Baker, who were among the first settlers in Freeport. His father died a few months ago. Mr Baker was a farmer, afterwards coming to this city.

For a number of years he has been so broken down in health tha he was unable to do much work. He was a member of Co. G 46th regt Illinois volunteers and belonged to John A Davis post, G A R.

Besides a wife and mother, he leaves a number of relatives to mourn his demise.

Freeport Daily Democrat Freeport, Stephenson County, Illinois Dec. 19, 1892 pg 4 col 4. Submitted by: Dem Bones on 17 July 2002

John H. Baker - John Baker former pretz athlete dies

John H Baker former Freeport high school football and basketball star and a great great grandson of Wm F "Tutty" Baker, 1st settler of the town site of Freeport an early land owner here died in Rockford hospital Thursday May 16 noon after a heart attack. He was stricken while driving his automobile in company with his wife who took him to the hospital.

For the past 8 yrs he operated Baker's Walgreen Pharmacy 1419 Point ave Rockford. Previously, he had operated a drug store in the empire building South Main and Morgan streets in Rockford. he had lived in Rockford for the past 19 years.

He was born in Freeport Sept. 5, 1905 the son of Mr & Mrs Bert Baker and attended Lincoln grage school. Later, he graduated from Freeport high school in 1924. His father is a great grandson of Tutty Baker. He was a member of the grade athletics teams and during his high school's career he was a standout football and basketball player. He played a guard position on each team and captured the 1923 football team. The 1924 football team on which he played was considered national prep champions.

His marriage to Alice O'Rourke took place Oct. 14, 1932. The survivors include his wife, a daughter Mrs. Arlene Person of Rockford, two grandchildren, his parents who live in Freeport, a brother, Bert of Flaggstaff, Az, a sister Mrs. Ruby Nickel of Freeport. He was a member of Rockford Lodge of Elks.

Service will be held in the Long-Contz funeral home 428 Park ave Rockford at 1:30 p.m. Sat with the R T Rev. M Sgr Leo M Kenough pastor of St. James Cathedral officiating internment will be in Calvary Cemetery.

Friends may call at the funeral home from 7-8 o'clock tonight.

Freeport Journal Standard Freeport, Stephenson County, Illinois May 15, 1959 Col 6 pg 6. Submitted by: Dem Bones on 17 July 2002

Edward A. Bardell

Edward A. Bardel, 74, a native of Stephenson county, passed away in Paradise Valley hospital, San Diego, Calif., March 10, He was born Nov. 17, 1869, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Bardell, and was reared on a Stephenson county farm. He was employed by the Illinois Central railroad in Freeport for three years and spent many years on a farm in South Dakota. He was united in marriage to Luella May Shockey, Ridott, Oct. 9, 1895. He is survived by his widow, two daughters and three sons. One son died in infancy. The following sisters and brothers also survive, Mrs. Alice Shenberger, Mrs. Fred Gunther, Mrs. Nelson Geiger, Mrs. Cora M. Halbert, all of Freeport; Mrs. Clara Shockey, Oakland, Calif.; Mrs. Sadie McCullongh, George Bardell, Milledgeville; Harry Bardell, Cresbard, S. D.; Henry Bardell, Freeport; Walter Bardell, residing in South Dakota.

Freeport Journal Standard March ?, 1944. Submitted by: e-mail on 2 Jan, 2002

Mrs. Michael Bardell Expires at Evanston

Mrs. Michael Bardell, an old resident of Stephenson county, passed away Friday night at 6:30 at the home of her daughter, who is the Mrs. Brooks of Evanston. The cause of her death was the infirmities of old age, She has been ailing for some time and her passing was not unexpected. Mrs. Bardell was 83 years of age and she spent the greater part of her life in this county, her home being in Ridott until two years ago, when she moved to Evanston to live with her daughter. Her husband died several years ago. She leaves three daughters, her son Phillip having passed away a number of years ago. His home was in Freeport. Mrs. Bardell was a member of the Free Methodist church of Ridott for over 37 years. She always took a prominent part in church activities. The remains were brought to Ridott yesterday afternoon and the funeral services were held from the Free Methodist church there. Burial was made in the State Road Evangelical Cemetery.

Freeport Journal Standard, June 15, 1914. Submitted by: e-mail on 2 Jan 2002

Michael Bardell

Michael Bardell, a resident of Ridott for the past eighteen years, died at his home at that place last evening about 6 o'clock of old age. He was born in Alsace, France, in 1821, and came to America in 1841. Mr. Bardell came to Stephenson County in 1845. He was eighty-six years of age the twenty-seventh day of last May. Mr. Bardell had been a sufferer for the past two years. He was a sincere Christian, and a consistent member of the Free Methodist church. Mr. Bardell had many friends in this county who will mourn his death, as he was highly respected in this community. Mr. Bardell was married fifty-seven years ago to Miss Margaret Koppes. Seven children were born to this union. Besides his wife he is survived by the following children: Mrs. Caroline Marks, Omaha; Mrs. H. Daughtenbaugh, Ridott; Mrs. Elizabeth Brooks, Evanston; William Bardell of Belvidere, and Charles H. Bardell of this city. The funeral will be held Monday morning at 9:30 o'clock from the Freeport Methodist church on State Road. Rev. Webb will officiate.

(date of death on clipping - October 18, 1907) Freeport, Illinois paper. Submitted by: e-mail on 2 Jan 2002

Jane W. Young-Bell - Death Follows a Busy Life

Mrs. Thomas Bell passed away at Two o'clock this morning

Has many years in this country, Having settled here in 1839

Many Relatives In This Vicinity; The Funeral to be Held at Cedarville Thursday Morning

Mrs. Jane W. Bell died at the White Sanatorium this morning at 2-o'clock, as a result of a complication of diseases, she having been at the sanatorium for the past year and a half. She has had symptoms of cancer and a few weeks ago had a fall which resulted in some fractured bones, which in her weakened condition, probably hastened death. Jane W. Young was born in Union County, Pennsylvania, February 24, 1822. She moved to Stephenson county, near Cedarville with her parents in 1839, when she was about 17 years old. Mrs. Bell was married December 16, 1845 to Thomas Bell at Cedarville at the home of Jane Addams. She has lived in Cedarville and Freeport ever since coming to this part of the country. Her husband, Thomas Bell, died 13 years ago last March. She was a sister of Capt. William Young, Robert Young, and Mrs. W.W. Robey all deceased. Her brother, Thomas B. Young still resides in Rock City, and her sister, Mrs. Margaret Graham, on Pleasant street, in this city. She leaves three children, J.E. Bell, of Cedarville, Samuel H. Bell, of Spencer, Iowa, and Mrs. E.B. Clingman of Minneapolis. Mrs. Bell has long been a member of the M.E. Church. The funeral will be held at Cedarville Thursday morning at 10:30 at the home of J.E. Bell. On Feb 24, 1909, on her 87th birthday, Mrs. Bell was tendered a reception by her relatives and friends. At that time she had retained the use of faculties to a wonderful extent. Her memory was very good and her recollections of the early days of Stephenson county were interesting and accurate. She described the trip from Union County, Pennsylvania to Stephenson County, Illinois, very vividly. The father, mother, and nine children made the trip in two covered wagons and one carriage, requiring six weeks on the journey. Her father, Mr. Young, was a man of considerable means, and prominently identified with the early history of the county. He had purchased a farm or claim on the town line road between Cedarville and Freeport the year before he moved his family here. When the Youngs arrived the family who had been living on the place had not yet moved, so there was no house to shelter them. The Youngs spent their first night in the old log house in the middle of the road on the road between Cedarville and Freeport. They stayed there two weeks and in the meantime, neighbors hearing of their plight, hewed logs and fashioned some into boards, and built them a cabin. A short time later Mr. Young built a brick house for his home. This was the first brick house in Stephenson County, and was demolished but a few years ago. After coming to this county Mrs. Bell taught in the old log school house in the middle of the road in the summer of 1840. Aaron Chamberlin, a surveyor, accompanied the Youngs from the east. When they arrived there were no churches and all denominations used the court house as a place of worship. Mrs. Young, mother of Mrs. Bell, and O.H. Wright were among the first to take steps towards founding the first Presbyterian church. While living on their first homestead near Cedarville, Rev. Mr. Pillsbuiry preached at the home of the Youngs. He was one of the first ministers to come to the county, and the sermon preached in the cabin was at least the first preached in the county by a Methodist minister. Mrs. Bell was very clear in her recollection of this county, which she had seen develop from a wilderness, to its present state, and her stories concerning the same have been very interesting and a help in producing literature concerning the county and its founders.

Obituary from the Freeport, Stephenson, IL Newspaper, 30 November, 1909. Submitted by: Toni Campbell on 14 Mar 2000

Jac Bender

Mr. Jac Bender, a prominent citizen of the town of Kent, suffered a sudden death on Wednesday. The gentleman, approx 73 years of age, had gone to Pearl City, to run some errands there. As he was just about to return home, he experienced a heart attack, and was, within a few moments, a corpse. The deceased, who had come to this area from Pennsylvania, leaves behind his wife and three children. No further details concerning him are known to us.

DEUTSCHER ANZEIBER (German Gazette) Der Sonntags Gast (The Sunday Guest). Note: Above article was translated from the original German.

Submitted by: Jana Knopf on 3 Aug 1998.

Mrs. Mary Brandt-Bender

Mrs. Mary Bender (nee Brandt), an aged resident of Stephenson county, died at the home of her son, F. P. Bender, 164 Union street, at 3:45 o'clock this morning. Deceased was born in Hundington (sic) county Penn. September 1. 1839. She came west with her parents in 1857 and settled in Kent twonship. She was united in marriage to Jacob Bender sixty-two years ago. To this union were born five sons and one daughter. The husband and one son preceded her in death. Four sons survivie: W. H. Bender and G. W. Bender of Kent; T. P. Bender of Freeport; R. J. Bender of Scranton, Pa. and a daughter, Mrs. George Kitner, of Pearl city, Ill. One brother, Jacob Brant, of stockton, Ill., and one sister. Mrs. Susan Yeigh, of unadilla, Nebr., also survive. Short services will be held at the late home, 164 Union street, 2p.m. Tuesday. The remains will be taken to Pearl City and funeral services will be held at the Church of the Brethren in Kent on Wednesday morning at 11 o'clock.

Feb. 9, 1920 unindentified newspaper (copy obtained in Freeport Library). Submitted by: Jana Knopf on 03 Aug 1998.

Reuben Peter Bobb

Reuben Peter BOBB, former resident of Orangeville, Stephenson Co., Illinois died July 3rd, 1929, in Denver, Colorado at the home of his daughter Ida Mae GRIGSBY wife of William Sherman GRIGSBY. Reuben was born Aug. 25th, 1841, in Beavertown Snyder Co., PA, son of David BOBB & Elizabeth BINGMAN. On Aug. 24th, 1865, he married Amanda S. REAGER of Buena Vista, IL. She was the daughter of Abraham REAGER & Sarah STEAGER. Reuben is survived by four children, Eldora M. BOBB, Ida M. GRIGSBY, Boyd B. BOBB, & Clyde F. BOBB. Also two brothers Allen J. BOBB and Aaron BOBB, and three sisters Mrs. Emma BOLENDER, Mrs. Sara HAUPT and Mrs. Lila MILLER.

Submitted by: Jerry & Eloise Grigsby on 28 Jul 1998

Cora Boos-Bunker

Cora BUNKER, 97, of St. Joseph Nursing Home, Stephenson County, formerly of 909 State St, Freeport, IL, died Sunday March 14, 1993. She was born April 27, 1895, in Freeport daughter of Jacob and Ethel (RUNDLETT) BOOS. Surviving are one daugher, Evelyn D (Charles) Collett of Evergreen Park, two granddaughters, Betty (John) Hoefer of Solon Springs, WI, and Delores (Edwin) Kratovil of Tinley Park, six great grandchildren and eight great great grandchildren. One sister died previously. Burial will be in Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens.

Submitted by: KAREN HOEFER SCHALLER on 21 Nov 1998

Mrs. William Brandt (Sarah R. (Metz) Cole-Brandt)

Mrs. William BRANDT, resident of Stockton nursing home, died in a local hospital Friday evening. The former Sarah R. METZ was born in Kent township, Feb. 20, 1870. She was married to George COLE of Kent township Dec. 25, 1888. He died Oct. 18, 1940. Later she was married to William BRANDT of Freeport, who died three years ago. Survivors include three sons, Lewis Cole of Rockford, Floyd and Royal of Shannon; two daughters, Mrs. Frank (Mamie) SOUDERS of Stockton and Mrs. Jacob (Hattie) GABRIEL of Shannon; 15 grandchildren; and 27 great grandchildren. Services were at 2 p.m. Monday in the Yellow Creek Church of the Brethren at Kent with the Rev. Jospeh Piesen, pastor, officiating.

March 1956. Submitted by: Julie Sturtevant-Wirgau on 9 Jul 1998

Sarah (Crouch/Crouse) Brant

Deceased was born in Franklin Co. PA, Sept. 29, 1817; married John Brant, Oct. 11 1835. To this union were born four sons and two daughters. One son preceded her her to the spirit world. She united with the Brethren church in 1843 of which she remained a faithful member until death. She, with her family came to Illinois [Stephenson Co] in 1854. Services by the writer, from Col. 3:1-4. Jacob Delp.

The Gospel Messenger, 12 Feb 1889 note: Sarah Brant's maiden name was Crouch/Crouse. Submitted by: Jana Knopf on 3 Aug 1998

Lloyd Richard Brinkmeier

Lloyd Richard BRINKMEIER, 15 years old, son of Richard Brinkmeier, of Lanark, died in Freeport about 1 o'clock Thursday afternoon of appendicitis. He submitted to an operation a few days ago. The body was taken to Lanark and the funeral will be held Sunday afternoon.

From the collection of clippings of Matie Brinkmeier-Sturtevant -date unknown. Submitted by: Julie Sturtevant-Wirgau on 6 Apr 1998

Simon D. Brinkmeier

Simon D. BRINKMEIER, was born June 22, 1855, in Callsdorf, Lippi Detmold, Germany, (sic) and died at his home in Pearl City on the morning of June 8, 1917, Having attained the age of 61 years, 11 months and 14 days. He came to this county about 1868 or '69 Shortly after his arrival here he married Miss Marie SCHOESTER, who preceded him to the Great Beyond January 3, 1886. Two years later, in 1888, he was united in marriage to Miss Dorthea ERBSON. The deceased made his home in Jefferson township for a number of years, where he was held in the highest regard by his neighbors and friends. In November, 1916, Mr. Brinkmeier with his wife and youngest son came to Pearl City to spend his remaining years. Here he also made many friends who extend their sympathy to the bereaved family. For a number of years he suffered under internal undiscovered sickness. Medical help was of no avail, his condition gradually becaming weaker until his demise on Friday morning. Two children while in their youth preceded him in death, also his beloved daughter, Mrs. Lottie PLAGER, who passed away September 13, 1915. He leaves to morning his depature his bereaved wife; three daughers, Mrs. Lydia FREYTHE of Stephens Point, Wis, Mrs. Albert JOHNSON, of Freeport, and Mrs. Ephraim KLIPPING of Pearl City; also four sons of Pearl City, Paul, Peter, Dan and Ben. Besides these remain fours sisters, one brother, nine grandchildren and a host of sorrowing neighbors and friends. Brief services were conducted at the home Monday afternoon, and then at the Ebenezer Stone Church near Loran. Interment was made in the cemetery adjoining. Funeral text, Psalms 90:12. Max WEBER, Pastor.

From the collection of clippings of Matie Brinkmeier-Sturtevant - date unknown. Submitted by: Julie Sturtevant-Wirgau on 29 Jun 1998

Joseph Frank Brown, died 2 Sept. 1928

Joseph Brown, aged 74 years and a life-long resident of Stephenson County, passed away suddenly at his home, 1027 South Oak Avenue, early Sunday morning. Although Mr. Brown been in failing health for several months his death was un- expected. He suffered a stroke about 6 o'clock Saturday evening and death came about 3 o'clock Sunday Morning. The funeral will be conducted from the late home at 8:30 o'clock Wednesday morning, with services at 9 o'clock from St. Joseph's Catholic Church. Rev. Urban Halb- meir will celebrate the funeral mass. and burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery.E.A. Blust will have charge of the Funeral arrangements and the fol- lowing will act as pallbearers; Jacob Pfeil, Allie Meyers, Fred Bangasser, John Lamm, William Seiferman, John Guentherman.Mr. Brown was born on March 30, 1854 at New Dublin, near Pearl City, being a son of Frank and Catherine Brown, early settlers in the com- munity.He was united in marriage to Josephine Faist on November 23, 1880. They moved to a farm in Silver Creek township, where they resided for many years. Mr. Brown was always known as a very hospitable entertainer to hosts of people in the vicinity.In 1910 the family moved to Free- port. The following year his wife passed away. In 1913 he was married to Miss Alice Keene of Buffalo, N. Y. who survives. The following children are also left to mourn his passing: William, Edward, Albert, Mrs. Warren Scovill, all of Freeport; Mrs. Romeo Stinson, Pecatonica; Mrs. Harland DeMong, Garvin, Minn., Mrs. Chas. Lamb, Rockford. One brother and two sisters also survive they being Frank Brown, Peckham, Oklahoma; Mrs. Kate Weishar and Mrs. Julia Mideke, Leroy. There are twenty-two grandchildren.

Appears to be from Freeport Journal-Standard, Sept. 1928. Submitted by: Sam Brown on 21 Apr 1999

Mrs. Josephine Faist-Brown

The death of Mrs. Josephine Brown, wife of Joseph Brown, occurred at the family residence, 137 Oak street at 11 o'clock this morning. Death is attributable to a complication of diseases, Mrs. Brown having been ill since last December. Mrs. Brown, whose maiden name was Josephine Faist, was born in Silver Creek township on Sept 5, 1860, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Faist, and with the exception of the past two years spent in Freeport, always resided in that township. She was united in marriage with Joseph Brown on November 23, 1880. Mr. Brown and eight children survive; Josephine, Rose, Albert, Matilda, Agnes and Anna, of Freeport. She is also survived by her father, two brothers and three sisters. The brothers are William and Joseph, of Silver Creek, and the sisters are Mrs. Frank Brown of Peckham, Okla.; Mrs. John Bangasser and Mrs. William Sauer, of Freeport. She was a member of St. Joseph's church, and the funeral will be held there on Friday morning at 9:30 o'clock, leaving the house at 9. Rev. Father Kalvelage will officiate, and interment will be in St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery. The following will act as pallbearers: Charles Franz, Matthew Zimmerman, Ernest Tappe, John Schadle, Charles Raders and Frank Lamm.

Freeport newspaper dated June 27, 1911 (This was my paternal G Grandmother) Sam Brown - Benbrook, TX. Submitted by: Sam Brown on 14 Apr 1999


Amelia Bueker was born Dec. 8, 1846 in Sangenholzhausen, duchy of Sippe-Detmold, Germany. She was the second of four children born to Herr and Frau Herman Bueker. In infancy she came with her parents across the sea. Early in the year 1847 a band of pilgrims left their homes in the "Fatherland" and set their faces toward the new world in search of new homes. On the 4th of May, 1847, the party consisting of 112 persons, young and old, embarked from Bremen on the the ship "Agnes von Bremen." The ship was a sailing craft. After a voyage of several weeks the ship landed at Quebec, Canada. There the colony disembarked. Thence the colony made its way by boat down the St. Lawrence, and overland by rail to Buffalo, N. Y. From Buffalo they took a steamship over the lakes to Milwaukee, Wis. There the colony separated, the larger number settling in the primeval forest near what became later the town of Franklin, Sheboygan Co., Wis., a small portion of the colony going to Freeport, Stephenson County, Ill. Amelia Bueker was married in Franklin, Wis., March 31, 1869, to Henry Bruengger. They had no children. They, however, have an adopted daughter, whom they adopted in July, 1874. For eleven years Mr. and Mrs. Bruengger lived in Kohlsvill, Washington Co., Wis., where Mr. Bruengger served as pastor. Thence they came to the German colony in Clark Co., near Greenwood, Wis., where Mr. Bruengger served the church as paster for two or three years. This colony is a branch of the original colony which settled near Franklin, Wis. Mrs. Bruengger passed away at Greenwood on Aug. 26, 1905, leaving a husband, a daughter and three grandchildren--Mona, Henry, and Lee Wallis. Other near relatives of the deceased are her own brother, Mr. Frederick Bueker; two half-brothers, Mr. Henry and Mr. Conrad Humpke, and a half sister Mrs. Mary Arpke. These all mourn her loss. From the original colony which came over on the ship, the "Agnes von Bremen," have gone forth several breach colonies from the vicinity of Franklin. One of these branch colonies settled in the state of Nebraska. May the colony meet again on the other shore--meet to part no more. For further information regarding this colony consult the booklet which is entitled, "Das Sippe-Detmolder Settlement In Wisconsin"--geschrieber and verfass von Jerome C. Arpke, B. S. This colony has an interesting history. --W. S. Boardman.

Greenwood, Clark, WI; "The Greenwood Gleaner" 9/7/1905. I recently spotted this obit in Clark Co. WI which makes a tie with Stephenson Co., Ill. Would you please post it as it could provide a valuable link for researchers. Amelia Bueker Bruengger (1840-1905). Posted by Janet Schwarze on 23 Jun 2000. Surname: Bueker, Bruengger, Humke, Wallis, Arpke

Ester Lavina Hayes-Gould-Bullock

Died, yesterday morning, at Winslow, Mrs. Geo. Bullock, aged about 70 years. She, together with he first husband, Mr. Gould, were among the early settlers of Winslow. The funeral will probably take place Tuesday, or as soon as her children (John and Mary) can reach here from Nebraska. The old settlers of Winslow are rapidly passing to the life beyond.

"Freeport Weekly Democrat" Dec. 7, 1888, supplemental, page 5, column 2, Friday. This is the obituary for Ester Lavina Hayes 1823-1888. She was first the wife of Obadiah Gould, 1807-1863, then she married George L. Bullock in 1864. She lived in Winslow since 1855.

Submitted by: Cynthia Gould on 19 Nov 2001


FRED W BUNKER 52, and a native of Stephenson County, passed away at the family home, 740 South Float Avenue, Freeport at 9.40 o' clock Sunday night. Death came after an illness extending over the past eighteen months. Mr. Bunker was born at Lena, Ill, on June 2, 1877, and spent his early boyhood in that vicinity, later moving to Freeport. He was united in marriage to Margaret Lapp, who survives. there are also three children, Mrs Mabel Van Epps, Roland Bunker and Mrs Maude Meyers all of Freeport. Two grandchildren also survive. Evelyn Bunker and Robert Van Epps, both of Freeport. The following sisters and brothers are also left, Mrs John Hart, Freeport, Mrs Carl Richards, Eleroy, Hiram and Louis Bunker, Los Angeles, Cal., Roy Bunker, Waterbury Conn. Mr Bunker had been interested in the Johnson High Test Oil Company station on S. Galena avenue and previously had been a traveling salesman for a period of seventeen years. He was a member of the English Lutheran Church as was af with the Odd Fellows, u.c.t and m.w.a.

Submitted by: on 10 Aug 2000

Death of Louis Buonini, Who Led Active Career in Two Countries

Made Two Fortunes Lost First While Silk Broker in Italy--Friend of Composer Puccini

Louis Buonini, the most prominent member of the Italian race in Freeport, died last night at 9 o'clock after an illness of ten days. He has not, however, been in good health for some time. His death was caused by ulceration of the stomach. Mr. Buonini had an unusually active career, and after losing one fortune in his native country, he gained another in the land of his adoption. He was born in Lucca, near Florence, in Tuscany, on Dec. 11, 1852. He attended lyceum and a technical school and graduated with a degree in civil engineering. He latre (sic) became assistant cashier of a bank in his native city and was finally made cashier. Later he went into the brokerage business, dealing in raw silks. By an extreme fall in the silk market, he lost his fortune and in 1887 came to this country, making his home in Chicago, where he secured a position as draughtsman with the McCormick Manufacturing Company. In 1894 he removed to this city and engaged in the confectionery and fruit business and accumulated a comfortable fortune. In 1876 he married Miss Marie Victoria Nardi, who survives him, as do two sons, Ubaldo of this city, who is a veteran of the Spanish-American War, Icilio of Chicago and Miss Florence, who is a violinist of talent. He is also survived by one brother, Icilio, who is a major general of the Italian army, and one sister Elvino, also of Italy. Gen. Buonini distinguished himself in the Tripolitan campaign. Mr. Buonini was a boyhood friend of Puccini, the composer of Madame Butterfly and other popular operas. The two lads lived in adjoining houses in Lucca and the boyhood friendship was kept up until long after Mr. Buonini came to this country. Mr. Buonini was a member of the Modern Woodmen and of St. Mary's church. He was a man of integrity and industry, and was highly regarded by his business associates. Arrangements for the funeral are in charge of Edward Blust.

I do not have a date or newspaper name on this obit. It was most likely from a Freeport newspaper in April 1913. Submitted by: on 26 May 1999

Lewis Elmer Clark

Lewis Elmer Clark, a native of Chicago, and a resident of Freeport since he was two years of age, passed away at 11:15 this morning at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Elmer E. Clark, 82 Cottonwood street. He had been afflicted with tuberculosis for the past two years, and since April had been critically ill. He was employed at the Sanitary laundry. Mr. Clark was 29 years old.

Besides his parents, he leaves three sisters, Misses Helen and Mayme at home and Mrs. Guy Billig of Rockford. He was a member of Grace Episcopal church and of the Independent Order of Foresters. He was a member of the Germania society for the last ten years.

The funeral will be held from the home Thursday aftenoon. Rev. F. J. Bate will officiate and interment will be in the city cemetery.

Scrapbook Clipping - dated June 10, 1913. Submitted by: E-mail on 15 Apr 2002

Floyd S. Cole

Floyd S. COLE, Freeport Route 4, died after suffering a heart attack in his home Sunday morning.

He was foreman of the paint department at Port Motors until his retirement about a year ago.

He was born Dec. 8, 1884 in Kent, the son of George and Sarah METZ Cole. His marriage to the former Frances Elizabeth MURRAY took place Nov. 16, 1916 in Rockford.

Survivors include: His wife; a daughter, Mrs. Clark (Dorothy) RODEBAUGH, Freeport; two sisters, Mrs. Jake (Hattie) GABRIEL, Shannon, and Mrs. Glenn (Mamie) BAKER, Byron; and two brothers, Royal, Shannon and Lewis, Rockford.

Funeral serice will be Wednesday at 3 p.m. at the Walker Mortuary. Rev. Joseph F. Piesen, pastor of the Yellow Creek Church of the Brethren at Pearl City, will officiate. Burial will be in Chapel Hill Cemetery, Frinds may call at the funeral Home.

Jan. 14, 1963

Submitted by: Julie Sturtevant-Wirgau on 6 Apr 1998

John Cole

John COLE, 93, father of George Cole, 511 West Ordway street, Freeport, and Charles Cole, of Kent, died Sudnay morning at 4 o'clock, at the Old People's Home, Mt. Morris.

The funeral will be held Tuesday at the Brethren church near Pearl City, and interment will be made in the cemetery near by.

Mr. Cole, a native of Lycoming county, Pennsylvania, had lived in Kent for many years before he went to the Mt. Morris institution six years ago. His wife died about seven years ago.

From a collection of clippings I have inherited. John's DOD is 22 Jun 1930. Submitted by: Julie Sturtevant-Wirgau on 6 Apr 1998

Royal Edvin Cole

Royal COLE, 67, Market Street, Shannon, died Friday Mar 15, in his home after suffering an apparent heart attack. Mr. Cole, a school bus driver, had completed his morning run, but did not report to work in the afternoon. He was found dead in his living room at 4 p.m. by a son, Robert. Survivors include his widow, Maude, two daughters, Mrs. Betty PICKING, Scottsdale, Ariz.; and Mrs. Jean STURTEVANT, Tempe, Ariz.; two sons, Robert, Shannon and Donald L., Chandler, Ariz.; two sisters, Mrs. Hattie GABRIEL, and Mrs. Mayme (sic) BAKER, both of Freeport, and several grandchildren. Funeral services were held Monday afternoon in Bethel United Methodist Church of Shannon. The Rev. Russell Coats, pastor, officiated. Burial was in Brethren Cemetery at Shannon.

Royal was my grandfather. March 1974. Submitted by: Julie Sturtevant-Wirgau on 6 Apr 1998


Mary J Collius Keiser was born February 7, 1820 in Pennsylvania, and passed into the eternal world from Lena, Illinois July 19, 1895. In her girlhood she came with her parents to Johnson's Corners, Summit County, Ohio. Here she was married to Jeremiah Keiser. In 1852 they removed to Wisconsin and in 1853 came to the farm on Yellow Creek and five miles southwest of Lena (IL). Here her husband died twelve years ago. She then moved to Lena. When a mere child she became a Christian, joining the M. E. Church. This act also brought her own parents and others to embrace religion. She has been faithful all the way until thus called home. Of late years her bodily infirmities have been many, preventing her attendance at the church. But she repeatedly expressed a Christian's readiness to meet her God. We doubt not she is in her heavenly home. She leaves five children: Morris Keiser of Lincoln, Neb., Mrs. Darias Haggart, and Mrs Abner Clingman, both of Jewel County Kansas, Mrs Charles H Albrith, who resides south of Lena, and Mrs Albert Coomber, of Kent. She was a good mother, neighbor and Christian. Funeral services were held at the Yellow Creek Dunkard church. Dr Robinson, of Lena, delivering the discourse. Near there she was interred by the side of her husband.

This appeared in the Lena Star, Lena, IL, of July 26, 1895. This is my great-great grandmother, Helen Leola Keiser Haggart. I believe the name Albrith should be Albright. I still am searching for the parents of both Mary J Collius (and I believe I have only seen it Collius here, every other place it is shown as COLLINS) and Jeremiah Keiser. Submitted by: Mary L. Stiny, Denver, CO, on 7 Feb 2000


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