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Almeda Stoel-Dame

Mrs. Almeda A. Dame, an old resident of this city died at her home on Gund avenue this morning at 10:50 o'clock. Her demise was due to old age and a slight stroke of paralysis. She has been slightly ill about one week and no change for the worse seemed to show itself until this morning. The deceased was born in Burlington, Racine County, Wisconsin, on October 9, 1845 and was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Nathan Stoel. She was married in Burlington, Wisconsin, February 23, 1862, to Joseph A. Dame, who still survives her. Shortly after their marriage Mrs. and Mrs. Dame moved to Freeport, where they have resided since. She is also survived by the following children: Addison J. Dame, of Mobridge, S.D., Mrs. Nellie Comeford, Mrs. Bertha Isaacs, Mrs. Flora Krueger and James Dame all of this city. The following step-children also survive her: Mrs. Samuel Shannessy, Mrs. Carrie Dinderman both of this city, and Mrs. Ella Congor of Providence, Rhode Island. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of this city and attended regularly when in good health. She had suffered more or less throughout her life with rheumatism and about twenty years ago was a helpless cripple, but had improved greatly until she was able to be about again. She was grandmother to twenty-nine grandchildren and one great grandchild. The funeral will be held from the home on Gund avenue, Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock. Rev. F.E. Webb will officiate and interment will be made in the city cemetery.

Freeport Daily Journal Newspaper, Freeport, IL, Saturday, Jan 7, 1911. Submitted by: Deb Dame on 24 Feb 2000

Joseph Addison Dame, Old-Time Musician is Taken by Death

Aged and Well Known Resident Passes Away This Morning; Many Years in Employ of C., M., & St. Paul Railroad

Came to Freeport in 1864 as Boss Carpenter for Racine and Mississippi Line

Joseph Addison Dame, an old and respected resident of Freeport, died at the home of his son, James E. Dame, at 5:50 o'clock this morning of old age. He was born at Barnstable, New Hampshire, November 11, 1834, and came west to Wisconsin with his parents at the age of 8 years, settling at Spring Prairie, where he grew to manhood and on February 23, 1862, was united in marriage to Almeda Stoel, at Burlington, Wis. Mr. Dame became connected with the Racine and Mississippi railroad, now the C., M., & St. Paul, and came to Freeport in April, 1864, as boss carpenter of the division. The road became bankrupt and was merged with the Western Union and from that to the C., M., & St. Paul. Mr. Dame had a continuous service of over forty years with the road. He was a man with a happy disposition and was a lover of music. After coming to Freeport became noted as a violinist and was connected with the late Joseph Gibler's band. Mr. Dame for many years was called to towns all over northern Illinois to play for dances. He leaves to mourn his passing two sons and five daughters: Addison J. of Mobridge, S. D.; James E. of Freeport; Mrs. Anna Shaunessey, Mrs. Carrie Dinderman and Mrs. Flora Krueger of Freeport; Mrs. Ella Conger, Saunderstown, R. I., and Mrs. Nellie Hissong, of Joliet. It is a noteworthy fact that he is the last of a family of seven children. He traced his lineage back to 1761, when his ancestors settled in New Hampshire. He made friends wherever he went and leaves a host of them to mourn his loss. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, March 26th, at the residence of his son, James, 81 Gund Avenue. Rev. J. W. Funston of Embury church will officiate and interment will be in the city cemetery.

Freeport Journal Standard Wednesday, March 24, 1920 Page 2. Submitted by: Deb Dame on 24 Feb 2000

Hannah Deibler-Davis

Old Resident Passes at Kent

Kent, Ill. Dec. 11 - Mrs. Hannah Davis passed away on Tuesday morning, December 9, at Kent. Had she lived until the 14th of January, she would have been ninety-eight years old. The maiden name of the deceased was Hannah Deibler. She was born in Northumberland County, Pennsylvania. In 1846 she married to John Lantzer, who died in 1873. To this union were born seven children. The survivors are Mrs. Emma Bender of Kent and Cora Reber, of Freemont, Mich. There are seventeen grandchildren and thirty-one great grandchildren. The five shildren who procedded her in death were: Mary Rudell, George Lantzer, Francis Heitter, Sophia Lantzer and Ellen Reber. John and Hannah Lantzer started for their pioneer home in 1847, coming by boat all the way from Pittsburgh, via the Ohio and Illinois rivers to Savanna, Ill. From there they drove to Babb's Grove. Decedent had been a resident of Stephenson county ever since. In 1884 she was married to Amos Davis of Eleroy, where they resided for five years. Later they moved to Kent and then to Pearl City. Since the death of Mr. Davis in 1924 she resided with her daughter Mrs. William Bender, who most devotedly and lovingly cared for her mother in extreme age. She was a faithful member of the Luthern church from girlhood. Her kindly lovable disposisition endeared her to many friends and acquaintences who for years have been solicitious of her welfare in her declining years. The funeral will be held at 1:30 o'clock at Mrs. Bender's home. A former pastor, Rev. Stall of Nac----, will conduct the services. Interment will be in the Lena Cemetery.

"The Freeport Journal Standard" Freeport, IL, 11 December 1924. Submitted by: Jana Knopf on 3 Aug 1998

Geo. Daws, Pioneer Citizen Here, Died Monday Last

George DAWS, a highly esteemed and widely known pioneer of this community died at his home in Lena last Monday afternoon, Dec. 4, 1917. His death was due to a paralytic stroke suffered some weeks ago. The deceased was about 70 years old. He was a substantial farmer in West Point Township for many years. Some years ago he retired from farming and moved to Lena where he became identified with the West Point Mutual Fire Insurance Co. as solicitor until failing eyesight compelled him to give up that work. An operation and much medical treatment had been sought for his eyes but without result and for sometime he had been almost blind. Mr. DAWS was a man of excellent character and since the days of his youth had been connected with the Methodist church. He was also a veteran of the civil war and served his country throughout that great conflict. The deceased is survived by his wife, fours sons and two daughters, Frank DAWS of Bellingham, Wash., Milfred G. and Leslie H. of Minnesota, and Jas. DAWS of West Point Township. The daughters are Mrs. Cora BUSS of Lena and Mrs. Lettie FRIEDLY of Rockford. The funeral will take place this (Thursday) afternoon at the Methodist Church, Rev. Oldt, pastor of the M.E. Church conducting the services. Interment will be made in the Lena cemetery.

From the Lena Paper. Submitted by: Sharon Nuss Custer on 6 Feb 1999

Lucy Ann Reber-Daws

Pioneer Lena Lady Died at Home of Daughter

Mrs. Lucy Ann DAWS died at Rockford Sunday. Mrs. Lucy Ann DAWS, 93, passed away Sunday noon at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Irvin FRIEDLY, in Rockford. Mrs. Daws, formerly Miss Lucy Ann REBER, was born in Kent township Oct. 5, 1848, and spent most of her life in the community. On Jan. 27, 1867, she was united in marriage to George W. DAWS, who preceded her in death. She is survived by three sons, Milford G. and James DAWS of Lena, and Leslie H. DAWS of South Haven, Minnesota; two daughters, Mrs. Cora BUSS of Warren, and Mrs. FRIEDLY of Rockford; twenty-five grandchildren, thirty-four great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren. Mrs. DAWS was a member of the Methodist church at Lena. Funeral services were held at 2 o'clock Tuesday afternoon from the Leamon Funeral Home in Lena. Rev. Samuel Taylor, of the Lena Methodist church officiated and burial was made in the Lena Burial Park.

From the June 18, 1942, Lena Star - DAWS, REBER, BUSS, FRIEDLY. Submitted by: Sharon Nuss Custer on 6 Feb 1999

E.W.R. Dreyer


Civil War Veteran, Former City Marshall and Volunteer Fireman Lived In Freeport Nearly Three-Quarters of Century; Served in 67th Illinois Volunteer Infantry During War of Rebellion

After several months of failing health, Edward W. R. Dreyer, veteran of the Civil War and one of Freeport's best known citizens, passed away at 12:05 o'clock Saturday at his home at 804 West Galena Avenue, the cause of his demise being a complication of diseases brought on by old age. Mr. Dreyer had been a resident of Freeport since 1849, with the exception of the period of his service in the Union Army during the Civil War, and was widely acquainted in this city and throughout Stephenson County. He was a member of the Freeport Volunteer Fire Department, the first local fire protective organization, and later served for eight years as City Marshal. His passing will be mourned by a host of friends, who will always remember him as a considerate, loving husband and father, a true friend and a man who could not have been more honest and honorable in his business and social affairs. Edward W. R. Dreyer, a son of Christian and Annetta Dreyer, was born in New London, Canada, on December 10th, 1841. He was one of a family of four children. His father was for many years an engineer on one of the Great Lakes passenger steamships. Later, Christian Dreyer removed with his family to Chicago, when Edward was seven years of age, and the following year they removed to Freeport, where Edward had since resided. Edward Dreyer completed his education in the Freeport Public Schools, and with the beginning of the Civil War, he enlisted in the Sixty-seventh Regiment, Illinois Volunteer Infantry, and served in the Army of the North for six months. Returning home, he was later united in marriage to Miss Mary Magdalene Clair, of Freeport, on January 10th, 1863, and seven children were born to this union, one of whom , Mrs. Anna Hoefer, preceded him in death. He leaves to mourn his passing, his widow, Mrs. Mary Clair Dreyer, six children, Mrs. C. A. Brubaker, Mears, Mich., Halstead E. Dreyer, Long Beach, Calif., Earl R. Dreyer, Winifred, Mont., Mrs. A. J. Luebbing, Freeport, and the Misses Grace and Electa Dreyer, at home. He is also survived by one sister, Mrs Augusta Oberkampf, Chicago; thirteen grandchildren; and one gr-grandchild, Muriel Irene Brubaker, of Mears, Mich. From 1879 to 1888, Mr. Dreyer was city marshal, and followed his duties with regularity and faithfulness, widely extending his circle of friends during that time. He then purchased a farm in Harlen township, which he managed until 1913, when he retired. He continued to make his home in Freeport during the years he was engaged in farming. Decedent was a member of John A. Davis post No. 98, Grand Army of the Republic, and was active in all its affairs as long as his health permitted. He is another of that long line of "soldiers in blue" who have answered the last call. Funeral services will be held at 2 o'clock Tuesday afternoon at the late home, 804 West Galena Avenue, Rev. W. L. Collin, pastor of Embury Methodist Church., officiating. A. H. Stevenson has charge of the arrangements, and interment will be made in Oakland. James McCarthy, Herman Janssen,l Frank Brandt, William Heitter, John Ellis, and Ralph Ryan, will serve as pallbearers.

Unknown Publication - Stephenson Co. Illinois 1923. Gr-gr-grandfather of submitter. Submitted by: Kathy Olden Berman on 26 Oct 2001

Mrs. Edward W. R. Dreyer (Mary Magdaline (Clair) Dreyer)

Mrs. Edward W. R. Dreyer, 89, a resident of Freeport for eighty-four years, passed away suddenly Sunday afternoon at 4:30 o'clock, while seated in her home conversing with members of the family circle. Prior to her demise Mrs. Dreyer had been active in her home life and apparently well. Mary Magdeline Clair was born March 19, 1845, at Lancaster, Pa., the daughter of Samuel and Elizabeth Musselman Clair. She came to Freeport with her parents at the age of five, making the westward trip by water route to Savanna and from that city to Freeport by wagon. Jan. 10, 1864, she was united in marriage with Edward W. R. Dreyer, who preceded her in death in 1923. Surviving are five children; Mrs. Laura F. Brubaker, Mears, Mich.; Earl R. Dreyer, Winnifred, Mont.; Mrs. J. G. Leekley, and Mrs. A. J. Luebbing, Freeport, and Electa E. Dreyer at home. Thirteen grandchildren and six great grandchildren also survive. Three children, Mrs. Anna M. Hoefer, Haulsted E. Dreyer, and an infant daughter preceded her in death. Mrs. Dreyer, who was a home-loving person, had lived for the past fifty-five years in the dwelling in which she died. Funeral services will be held Wednesday afternoon, at 2 o'clock, at the home, 804 West Galena Avenue. Rev. C. A. Bloomquist, pastor of Embury Methodist Church, will officiate. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery. Arthur Slusser is in charge of funeral arrangements.

Unknown newspaper - Stephenson Co. Illinois - Freeport printed Nov. 9, 1936. Gr-gr-grandmother of submitter. Submitted by: Kathy Olden Berman on 26 Oct 2001

John Dunn

A SOLDIER'S OBITUARY - Mr. John Dunn was born in Girard, Erie County, Pennsylvania, April 11, 1832, and died about 2 o'clock Tuesday afternoon, October 8th, 1872, being 40 year 5 months and 27 days of age. In the late Rebellion he served as a soldier, of Co. A., 92d Regiment Illinois Volunteers. He enlisted August 13th, 1862, and was mustered in U.S. Service Sept. 4th, 1862, and disbanded at Chicago, Illinois, July 7th, 1865. He endured many privations incident to a soldier's life in active warfare. During a portion of his service he acted the part of a scout, penetrating the rebel lines to obtain important information as to the situation of the rebel forces, in many of those perilous adventures barely escaping with his life. Serving thus, he not only did his duty without one complaint, but also obtained valuable information to his commanders. On his return home, while in Baltimore, Md., in 1865, he fell from the cars while in motion, receiving a severe injury on his left side, that eventually caused him to bleed to death on the day above mentioned. He was a faithful soldier. Many of us have known him long and well. Quiet, unpretentious, liberal according to his means, ever genial in spirit and ready for every good word and work, we could not fail to esteem him, nor to regret his loss as a citizen. And now we mourn him as we mourn good men whose lives have been linked with ours upon the field of strife and are remembered with the slain. Noble John Dunn has numbered himself with those for whom a nation mourns, and over whose fate the lovers of our country in our land where he was known will drop a tear. But while we mourn let his name be enrolled on the long list of heroes enshrined in the hearts of a grateful nation. His funeral was largely attended by soldier and citizen. The soldiers followed the body to the grave with crape about their arms, thus testifying their esteem for their fallen comrade.

Here is the obituary for my Great-grandfather John Dunn. He is buried at Rock Lily Cemetery, Winslow, IL. He was a blacksmith in Winslow and, during the Civil War, besides serving as a scout, he also shoed the soldiers' horses. He married Priscilla Drane, and they had 3 children: James, Emma and Lillie. His parents and his siblings, and their descendants were long-time residents of Lena, IL, many of whom are buried at the Lena Burial Park (a.k.a. Lena Cemetery). I have several of his letters to Priscilla while John served in the Civil War. His letters show he was a caring, loving husband and father. I have the original obituary, but it is just a clipping and doesn't show the name of the newspaper in which it was published. Debbie Meyer, Jan 2000

George W. Eaton

George W. Eaton, 83, and for more than fifty years a resident of Stephenson County, died at 10:40 o'clock last night at his home, 833 South Liberty Avenue. He had been ailing for several years and had been confined to the house for a year past. The immediate cause of death was a heart attack suffered about an hour before he passed away.

Mr. Eaton was born in Lock Haven, PA June 15, 1853. He was united in marriage, Feb. 21, 1878 with Anna Gertrude Sample, of Bellefonte, PA and some years afterward Mr. and Mrs. Eaton came west to Orangeville, where they resided until 1904. They then located in Freeport, Mr. Eaton having purchased the John Erfert grocery store on East Stephenson Street. Later he operated the Third ward grocery store on East Iroquois Street, but retired from business about nine years ago on account of ill health.

OMr. Eaton was a member of the Masonic lodge at Orangeville and while he lived in that village worshipped at the Reformed Church. He was identified for many years with the county Democratic organization serving as precinct committeeman.

Mr. Eaton was a man of genial disposition, devoted to his family and esteemed by everyone who knew him. Funeral services will be held Saturday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock at the family home. Rev. Gerson S. Engelmann of First English Reformed Church, officiating. Interment will be made in Oakland Cemetery.

Freeport Nov. 13, 1936. Submitted by: Carla on 27 Sep 2002

Infant child Eisenhower

The infant child of Mr. Jonathan Eisenhower of Bellvue, died yesterday. Funeral today at 10 o'clock. Rev. Geo. P. Hartzell officiating.

Stephenson Co., IL Orangeville Courier- Saturday, August 17, 1889, Page 1, Column 1. Submitted by: Justine Kamlager-Pennewell-Larson on 20 April, 2002

Jacob Eisenhower

Death notice for Jacob Eisenhower

Jacob Eisenhover, after an illness of seven weeks, passed away at the home of his son John, near this place, aged 73 years, 6 months and 24 days. The funeral occurred on Friday at Bellvue, Rev. Mr. Scherer, of Orangeville, Officiating.

Freeport Week of Democrat-Friday May 10, 1898. Page 4, Column 7, Under news of Red Oak. Freeport, Illinois library records. June 20, 2001. Submitted by: Justine Kamlager-Pennewell-Larson on 20 April, 2002

Jonathan Franklin Eisenhower


Former resident of Cedarville; Funeral held Today

Jonathan Franklin Eisenhower passed away at his home, 310 South Walnut avenue, Sunday at 5:30 p.m. Mr. Eisenhower was born April 30, 1859, in Pennsylvania. He was united in marriage to Sarah R. Confer of Cedarville, on November 8, 1882. He was engaged in the occupation of farming, having lived in the vicinity of Cedarville for many years. Mr. Eisenhower was preceded in death by an infant son on July 31, 1889; one sister, Mary R., and one brother, William H., who was in the civil war; having been wounded it the battle of Champion Hill on May 16, 1863, his death taking place the next day.

He leaves to mourn a host of relatives and friends who shall greatly miss him for his friendly manner had endeared him to the hearts of all who knew him. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Susanna Eisenhower (This is a typo, his wife is Sarah) and the following children; Mrs. Saloma Kniss, William F. Eisenhower, Mary M. Eisenhower and John Eisenhower all of Freeport, Mrs. J. H. Smull, Beloit, Wis. And Mrs. H. W. Long also of Beloit. He also leaves twelve grandchildren and one great grandchild.

Decedent was a member of the Methodist church of Cedarville.

Private Funeral services were held at the family home this afternoon at 2:30 o'clock and interment was made on the family lot in the Cedarville cemetery. Services were conducted by Rev. Mr. Winebremer and Rev. Mr. Collins.

Freeport Journal Standard, Tuesday September 6, 1927. Page 4, Column 2, Freeport Library Records. June 20, 2001. Submitted by: Justine Kamlager-Pennewell-Larson on 20 April, 2002

Sarah Rebecca Confer-Eisenhower


Passes Away Early This Morning; Funeral Services on Thursday

Mrs. Sarah Rebecca Eisenhower, widow of the late John F. Eisenhower, passed away at her home; 310 South Walnut avenue this morning following a several week's illness.

Funeral services will be conducted from the late home at 2 o'clock Thursday afternoon. Rev. Mr. Weinbrenner of Kent and Rev. Mr. Collins of Cedarville will conduct the services. Interment will be in the family lot at the Cedarville cemetery.

Sarah Rebecca Confer was born in Center County, PA., on October 18, 1850. She was united in marriage to John F. Eisenhower and they moved to Illinois in 1881. The husband passed away on September 4, 1927. One child also preceded her in death.

The following children Survive; Mrs. Saoma Kniss, William, Mary and John Eisenhower all of Freeport; Mrs. H. W. Long, Mrs. J.H. Smull, Beloit. One sister, Mrs. Mary S. Adams, resides at Sansbury, Pa. There are also twelve grandchildren and one great grandchild. She was a member of the Methodist church at Cedarville.

Freeport Journal Standard- Tuesday December 20, 1927, Page 5, Column 5. Freeport, IL library records. June 20, 2001. Submitted by: Justine Kamlager-Pennewell-Larson on 20 April, 2002

Frank Fager

Frank Fager, who has been ill with tuberculosis for the past eight weeks, passed away at the home of O.P. Webb, 165 Locust street, this forenoon at 10 o'clock. He had been making his home there during his illness.

Deceased was born in this part of the state and was thirty years of age on the second of December. He had lived in Freeport for a number of years. He is survived by his wife who was formerly May Webb, and one son, Arthur. He is also survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Fager of this city, two brothers, Walter and Merle and one sister.

The funeral will probably be held on Wednesday afternoon, The services will be held in the United Brethren church and interment will be in the city cemetery.

Scrapbook Clipping - dated April 7, 1913. Submitted by: E-Mail on 15 Apr 2002

Raymond L. Folgate

Raymond L. FOLGATE of Freeport, IL, died Feb 6th, 1974. He was born 25 Dec, 1898, in Red Oak, IL, and was the younger son of Uriah FOLGATE & Emma REAGER. He married Corall STROHM of Cedarville, IL, Sept 5th, 1925, in Freeport. Surviving are his widow; a daughter, Mrs. Ronald (Madonna) HANSEN of Freeport; and three grandchildren. His brother Clayton FOLGATE preceded him in death. A niece, Mrs. Clyde KAISER of Cedarville also survives him.

Submitted by: Jerry & Eloise Grigsby on 28 Jul 1998

Catherine Fryer

Orangeville, Ill., April 4 - Catherine Fryer, 9, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Fryer, of near Orangeville, died about 4:10 o'clock Monday afternoon in a Freeport hospital. Funeral arrangements are being made at the Burington funeral home in Orangeville.

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

Elizabeth Siglin-Gilbert (Mrs. Frederick Gilbert)

Mrs. Frederick Gilbert, an old resident of this vicinity, died at Winslow on Saturday, aged seventy-seven years. Her husband died just three weeks before her. Her maiden name was Elizabeth Siglin and she was born in Monroe County, Pa. She was married to Mr. Gilbert on Sept. 6, 1846. In 1867 the family came west and located on a farm in the town of Wayne, over the Wisconsin line. In 1896 Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert moved to Winslow. Twelve children were born to them, as follows: Henry, James, Josiah and Frederick of Winslow, Mrs. Thomas Wolf of Winslow, Mrs. M.L. Gates of Jackson, Minn., Mrs. William Stackpole of Warren, Ill. Peter of Garner, Ia., John Gilbert of Tonkawa, Okla. The funeral was held this afternoon at 1 o'clock and burial will be at the La Duc church near South Wayne.

SOURCE: Freeport Weekly Bulletin, 18 Feb 1904. Submitted by: Deborah Horzen on 27 Aug 1999

Frederick Gilbert


Winslow, Jan. 25. - On Saturday evening, Jan. 23, Frederick Gilbert, an old and respected citizen of this village, passed to his reward. Mr. Gilbert was born in Monroe County, Penn., Aug. 15, 1823, being 80 years, 5 months and 8 days old. On Sept. 6, 1846, he was married to Miss Elizabeth Siglin. Of this union twelve children were born, three of whom precede their father to the grave. When the war of the rebellion broke out he enlisted as a private in company I, 11th Pa. cavalry, and served to the end of the war, beingdischarged Aug. 13, 1865. In 1867 he came west with his family and located on a farm in Wayne Township where he continued to reside until 1896, when he moved to Winslow to spend the remaining years of his life. He was a student of events, always keeping pace with the times. Politically he was a republican, but was always considerate of those who thought differently. He was a warm and sympathetic neighbor and friend, highly respected by all who knew him. He was a loving and faithful husband and a kind and affectionate father, always careful of his family's comfort. He was a member of the Evangelical church. Those members of his family who survive him are his wife, his sons Henry, James, Josiah and Frederick of Winslow, Mrs. Thomas Wooff of Winslow, Mrs. M.L. Gates of Jackson, Minn., Mrs. Wm. M. Stackpole of Warren, Ill., Peter of Garner, Iowa and John of Tonkawa, Oklahoma all respected citizens in the communities in which they reside. His loss will be deeply mourned in the neighborhood and he will be sadly missed by the members of the G.A.R. who survive him. The funeral services will take place at the La Due church in Wayne, Tuesday morning at 10 o'clock the Rev. Mr. Shaffner of Freeport officiating.

Freeport Weekly Bulletin, Thurs., Jan. 28 1904. Submitted by: Deborah Horzen on 27 Aug 1999

Henry Gilbert

Henry Gilbert, 449 South State Avenue, former Postmaster at Winslow, passed away early this morning at a Freeport hospital following an illness of about a year. Mr. Gilbert was born in Union County, Pennsylvania, Jun 18, 1850, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Gilbert. When a young man of 16 he came west with his parents, the family having settled in Stephenson County, later going to Wayne, Wis., where they resided for some time. In June, 1888, Mr. Gilbert was united in marriage to Miss Elizabeth Robinson, of Monroe, Wis., after which the family moved to Winslow where Mr. Gilbert had been engaged in the mercantile business. He also served as Postmaster at Winslow. About twelve years ago they moved to Freeport where they have since resided. Mr. Gilbert has always been a member of the Methodist church and during his residence in Freeport he was a member of Embury church. He was also a member of the Good Fellowship class of that church.. He was a member of Excelsior lodge No. 97, A.F. & A.M. He is survived by his widow and five brothers and two sisters, Mrs. Dolly Gates, who resides in the state of Washington, Peter Gilbert, Garner, Iowa; Josiah Gilbert, McCune, Kan; Dr. John Gilbert, of Pomeroy, Wash.; James Gilbert of Winslow; Frederick Gilbert, of High River, Alberta, Canada, and Mrs. Sarah Stackpole, of Warren. One son died in infancy. Arrangements for the funeral have not as yet been completed.

Freeport Journal Standard, 20 Feb 1932. Submitted by: Deborah Horzen on 27 Aug 1999

James Gilbert

Winslow, Ill., Jan. 10. - James Gilbert, 81, Winslow's oldest businessman, died at 8:50pm in his home. Born in Wayne Township, Lafayette County, WI., on Feb. 18, 1869, he was the son of Frederick and Elizabeth Gilbert. He married Cora Monigold in Oneco Township, July 26, 1896. His wife died earlier. Mr. Gilbert started a grocery store in Winslow in 1896 and had been operating it since then. His hobby was keeping records, specializing in marking down the deaths of area residents and their places of b..... Please resubmit, the remainder of this obit was lost.

Death of Hiram Goodrich

Again we are called upon to chronicle the death of one of the most highly respected and esteemed residents of this section. Almost daily does someone, whom we have known and loved pass "from death unto life," leaving behind a vacancy which no one can fill. It is with deep grief we chronicle the death of Hiram GOODRICH, one who has been prominently identified with the history of northwestern Illinois for more than half a century. We give the following brief record of a well spent life, whose years exceeded, for nearly a quarter of a century, the period of a life allotted to man.

Hiram GOODRICH, eldest son of Moses and Catherine (BASKIN) GOODRICH, was born in Cayuga, N.Y., Sept. 30, 1814, and died at Pearl City, Ill., June 6, 1904, aged 89 yrs. 8 mo, and 6 days. He spent his earlier years in assisting his father and afterward, together with his brother George, ran a canal boat from New York to Buffalo. He was a passenger on the first train that went from Seneca to Schenectady. When he was about 25 years of age he removed to Columbus, Ohio, where he again followed canal boating. Having heard many stories of the fortunes to be obtained in the west he decided to try what success he would have in that country and, May 4, 1846, came to Galena, Ill., bringing as the greater part of his capital, a large amount of energy and preservance. He followed boating upon what was known as "Fever" river. After remaining there a short time he went to Pearl City where he purchased part of the farm that was his home for many years. This he added to from time to time paying from $1.25 to $3.50 per acre for it.

He was married March 22, 1847, to Miss Susannah GABLE, daughter of Jacob GABLE and wife, who were for many years among the most honored citizens of Stephenson county. Their union, continuing as it did for over fifty years, was a most happy one and was blessed by the birth of four children: George, born in Galena, where they lived for two years after their marriage, who died in 1859; twin daughters, Adelaide, who became the wife of Rev. T.V.E. SWEET, (now deceased) who resides at Freeport; Adeline, now Dr. Adeline Goodrich SOULE, who with her husband, Dr. Israel Clark SOULE, is now located at Kansas City, Mo., and W.H. GOODRICH residing at the old homestead. Mr. GOODRICH was an earnest Christian. He united with the Methodist church while a resident of Galena from which place he returned to Pearl City. The little Methodist congregation at the latter place was having a struggling time of it. The school house in which they had worshiped, had been closed to them and Mr. GOODRICH and Jacob Higley purchased the property, remodeled it, and gave them a deed for it so long as it was being used for religious purposes. They also obligated themselves to pay the minister's salary if necessary.

Mr. GOODRICH was steward, trustee and Sunday school superintendent and was a most faithful and consistent member till the time of his death. He was a thorough, progressive business man and amassed a goodly portion of this world's goods. For some years after his removal to Pearl City, he bought produce and drove with it to Galena. He had a wide reputation for honesty and square dealing. During his early residence in this county, he filled the office of constable most acceptably for a number of years.

He was treasurer of the school district for a number of year, also county superintendent of Sunday schools. He was the happy possessor of a genial, kindly disposition and had hosts of friends to many of whom he was always known as "Uncle Hiram." He was respected by every one for his well known justness and integrity. About ten years ago he sold the homestead to his son and with his wife went to Freeport to live with the Drs. SOULE who were then residents of that city, going back to live with his son about six years ago. Until recently he had been remarkably vigorous for one of his years, both mentally and physically. About five weeks ago he was seized with a slight attack of paralysis, but recovered sufficiently so as to be about the house and grounds. Three weeks ago last Thursday he suffered another attack and failed gradually from that time until his death. His sufferings were intense but he bore them with the utmost Christian patience and fortitude, spending much of his time praying for his dear ones and the community in general. Thursday as his daughter knelt by his side and sang "Nearer My God to Thee," he said, "Hallelujah, Jesus saves!" Then looking up at the one who had been the loving companion of his joys and sorrows so many years, he whispered, "Mother." From that time he lost power of speech, but retained consciousness almost until the end.

He passed away peacefully as a little child at 11:30 o'clock Monday night, surrounded by his wife, children and grandchildren, who had ministered to him with the utmost tenderness and love. Hiram GOODRICH was the last of the older residents, and his familiar form will be missed everywhere, but nowhere so much as in his own home where he was a most affectionate and indulgent husband, father and grandfather.

Page 5, Freeport Bulletin (IL) Jun. 9, 1904. Submitted by: Abby on 30 Mar 2002

Mrs. Margaret Grace

Dublin by: LILY

Mrs. Margaret Grace of Freeport and Mrs. Mike McCauley of Shullsburg went to Darlington Monday to attend the funeral of Mrs. Murray.

Darlington Democrat (LaFayette County, WI) 24 Feb 1907 Thursday Vol: 9 No. 21, Note: The funeral of Mrs. Catherine Murray. Submitted by: Lady KK on 11 Nov. 2001

Henry C Hahn

Henry C. Hahn, 69 years old, since his infancy a resident of Freeport, died at his home, 717 East Pleasant street, last night at 7:45 o'clock. He had been ill of heart disease for some time past.

Mr. Hahn was born in Germany on May 16, 1872, the son of Mr. and Mrs. John Hahn. The family came to Freeport in 1873. Decedent was united in marriage to Miss Kate Keiner, of Mishawaka, Ind., on Sept. 5, 1895. She survives, as do two daughters, Mrs. George Morrison, Mrs. Harold Holtum, and a son John, all of Freeport; there are also six grandchildren, one great-grandchild and a brother, Fred, of Freeport. His parents, two brothers and a sister preceded him in death.

Mr. Hahn had been employed as foundry foreman for the Woodmanse company for forty years. He was a member of the Zion Reformed church.

Funeral services will be held at the Walker Mortuary Monday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock, Rev. Carl M. Grahl, pastor of Zion Reformed Church officiating. Interment will be in Oakland.

Friends may call at the family home until 10 o'clock Monday morning and after that the Walker mortuary.

Freeport Journal Standard March 27?, 1942. Submitted by: e-mail on 4 June 2003

Hazel Mae Harnish Expires at Dakota

Dakota, Ill., Jan. 31 - Hazel Mae, the only child of Mr. and Mrs. John Harnish, residing one mile west of Dakota, passed away after only a week's illness at __ o'clock Tuesday morning, aged 1 year 10 months and __days.

Wednesday, February 1, 1922 clipping. Submitted by: e-mail on 2 Jan, 2002

Mrs. Robert Harrison (Ardell Young)

Mrs. Robert Harrison, a lifelong resident of Stephenson County, died in her home, 504 S. Walnut Ave., Sunday after an extended illness. The former Ardell Young was born in Cedarville Feb. 16, 1870, the daughter of Robert and Louisa Young. Her marriage to Robert Harrison took place January 4, 1897. She was a member of Embury Methodist Church and the Woman's Society for Christian Service of that church. Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Alfred L. (Ruth) McIlheran, Blair, Neb., one son, Glenn G., Freeport; two sisters, Mrs. Margaret Hays and Mrs. Sadie E. Moore, both of Freeport; five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Her husband died in September 1931, and a son, Robert, died in 1953. Services will be in the Walker Mortuary at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday with the Rev. Paul Bloomquist, pastor of Embury Church, officiating. Interment will be in Oakland Cemetery. Friends may call at the Mortuary after 2 p.m. Tuesday.

Obituary from the Freeport (Illinois) Journal-Standard, Monday, 3 March, 1958. Submitted by: Randy Campbell on 17 Jan 2000

Elizabeth Gatliff Hart

Elizabeth was born in 1812, in Knox County, Kentucky. She was the Daughter of Christina Gatliff and Grandaughter of Capt. Charles Gatliff, Revolutionary War veteran, Indian scout, pioneer explorer, Kentucky folk hero, and cohort of Daniel Boon. On the 26th of November, 1829, she married James Hart in Whitley County, Kentucky and the following Spring, on horseback, they set out for Illinois. They stopped for awhile in Fountain County, Indiana where her first son, John was born, then settled in Florence Township in 1836. Their second son was born there, and was one of the first white children born in the county. Altogether James and Elizabeth raised eleven children, seven boys and four girls.Five of the boys served with the 46th Illinois Infantry and came home without major injury. Elizabeth was well thought of by her children and her friends. She died 27 April, 1850.

Submitted by: Dr. Ron Jost on 22 Feb 2000

James Hart

Death of Father Hart

We are called upon to chronicle the death of one who was among the earliest settlers of Stephenson County. Mr. James Hart, the subject of this notice, was born in Ashe County, North Carolina, July 8th, 1808, and died at the residence of one of his sons in this city, March 25, 1880. Mr Hart came to this county in the fall of 1836, and in the following Spring, moved his family here.Here he has lived for more than forty years, having raised a large family, most of whom are now residents of this county; and two of whom are among the prominent business men of our city. Mr. Hart acquired such independence as usually comes from industry, economy, and honest toil. The old residents of Florence township will miss and mourn him, as well as the sons and daughters and grand children of his own family. He was respected by all who knew him, and possed many traits of character that all might well imitate, for they savored much of a self-sacrificing spirit and of that true life which comes from an honest heart and a noble manhood.

Freeport Journal, 31 March, 1880. Submitted by: Dr. Ron Jost on 22 Feb 2000

John Hartman Passes Away At Saint Paul

Former owner of Freeport Oil works succumbs at age 58

John Hartman aged 58 years and formerly a well known resident of Freeport and Stephenson County. passed away at his home in St. Paul, Minn about 1 o'clock this morning, according to word received here by relatives today. Mr. Hartman had been ailing for the past several weeks. He was well known here, having established the Hartman Oil works located on the Cedarville Road north of Freeport 27 yrs ago. Mr. Hartman retired from active business about eight years ago and moved to Freeport residing on South Chicago Avenue.

Later he moved to California with his wife and daughter, Vera, and they established a home in Huntington Park, near Los Angeles. They then traveled for two years and about one year ago located at St. Paul. Mr. Hartman was born in Freeport 58 years ago. He was united in marriage to Maryetta Baker 39 years ago.

Before establishing the oil works Mr. Hartman was employed by the Bartlett Hardware company in this city. He is survived by his widow and the following children; George Hartman, who conducts the oil works on the Cedarville Road, Mrs William Black, residing in South Dakota, Earl Hartman, St. Paul, Minn; Miss Vera Hartman, residing with her parents. The following brothers and sisters also survive. Francis Hartman, Breman, Iowa; Mrs. Charles Popp, Freeport.

The remains will be brought to Freeport for the burial the exact time of the funeral having not been arranged. He is buried in Oakland cemetery.

Freeport Journal Standard-Aug 12, 1925 pg 6. Submitted by: Dem Bones on 17 July 2002

Mary Etta Baker Hartman

Mrs. Mary Etta Hartman, 75, widow of John Hartman and a life-long resident of Stephenson county, passed away at a local hospital at 10 o'clock this morning after an extended illness. She resided at 774 West Elk street.

Mary Etta Baker was born in Stephenson county, July 22, 1868, the d/o the late Mr and Mrs Elmus Baker. She was united in marriage to John Hartman in 1885. The husband passed away 18 years ago. Surviving are the following children; Earl Hartman, St. Paul, Mn, George Hartman, Freeport, Mn. There are 4 grandchildren. a sister and brother survive, Mrs. Eva Keller, Waterloo, Ia Sherman Baker, Rockford.

Freeport Journal Standard Mon. April 13, 1944 p. 10. Submitted by: Dem Bones on 17 July 2002

John J. Hartsough

John J. Hartsough was born at Ovid Seneca county N Y. May 17, 1829 and died at Wayne Wis., July 3, 1903, aged 74 years.

Deceased came west to Illinois in 1850 and was married at Oneco Ill., to Sarah Sheckler May 2, 1852. He came with his family to Wayne in 1864 and has resided here continuously since. Besides his aged wife there survive him two sons, George W. and John W. and one daughter, Mrs. Emma thorpe all of whom reside in Wayne.

Mr. Hartsough was well and favourably known. the funeral service was held in St. Paul's Evengelical church in the town of Wayne, Rev. J. A. Neil, pastor of the South Wayne M. E. church, officiating. A large number of friends and neighbors followed the remains to their last resting place in the Eastman cemetery.

Darlington Democrat (LaFayette County, WI) 9 July 1903 Thursday Vol 5 No. 44. Submitted by: Lady KK on 11 Nov. 2001

Mrs. Mary Hartsough (Mary Mariah Robey)

Mrs. Mary Hartsough died at the home of her son James Elmer Hartsough, of Warren, Illinois September 12, 1935, after having lived for 45 years at Nora, Illinois. Her death came after nine months of illness following a fractured hip. Her friends marveled throughout at her patience and cheerfulness, but a failing heart could no longer stand the strain imposed upon it. Relatives, friends, and neighbors and acquaintances will miss her greatly because she was unique in her genius for sincerity of companionship. Her belief in the goodness of other people was unfailing. Her standards of right and wrong were very clear cut, and very binding upon herself, but the failings of others were analyzed with an understanding and forgiving heart. She was an unfailing exponent of the Golden Rule. She was always prodigal of her strength in her service for others, and it has been no uncommon thing to hear gray-headed men say of her that she had been like a mother to them in the years of their early struggle. Those who were hers by the ties of blood were literally always upon her mind, and even to the day of her death she was worried, planning to do something kind for the distant ones. She was born Mary Mariah, daughter of Levi and Almira Wait Robey, of Waddams township, Illinois, March 27, 1848. She was always proud of the fact that she was born in a log cabin, and that she came of pioneer stock, for her grandfather, William Robey, Jr., and his family came to Illinois by ox team in the fall of 1834. The son, Levi, took up land, Section I of Waddams township, on which he filed papers, February 14, 1835, showing him to be the first settler of that township. There was not a single house in Freeport, or in Winslow. Waddams Grove was but a claim, entered by one, William Waddams. Mary Hartsough's brother, William Asa Robey, was born September 21, 1836, and was the first child of record to be born in Stephenson County. Her mother, Almira Wait, was one of the earliest members of the Methodist church to be settled in that territory, as also was her grandmother, Lydia Kendall Wait. Galena was the metropolis of northwestern Illinois. Chicago was but a name. Ransomberg, their nearest town, was but a small settlement, but at that date it was the largest place in Stephenson county. It speedily dissolved as incoming settlers took up holdings ever farther away from it. Her parents came here from Portsmouth, Scioto county, Ohio, where the parental stock had been living since about 1797. Previously they had come from Pennsylvania, traveling by keel boat and from Hagerstown, Maryland by pack horse, and Virginia had sheltered earlier generations. On May 5, 1867 she was married to James Laverty Hartsough, who with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan Hartsough had come to Illinois from Indiana county, Pennsylvania. They spent a few years on the Hartsough farm near McConnell, Illinois, where three of their children were born. Later they left McConnell to resume farming, spending three years at Prophetstown. Early in 1890, they moved to Nora, Ill., where the home has been maintained ever since. Five children came to bless this union: Frank Robey Hartsough, the eldest son, died in May, 1925. The daughters, Mrs. Jennie E. Marshall, and Mrs. Louella L Consalus of Nora, Ill., and Mrs. Anna Gallagher of West Olive,. Michigan, and the youngest son, Mr. James E. Hartsough of Warren, survive her. She also leaves 13 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren. Her husband preceded her June 28, 1910. Funeral services were held Sept. 15, at 2 p.m. from the home of her son, James E. Hartsough of Warren. Dr. Bloomquist of the Embury Methodist Church of Freeport officiated. Songs "Sweet Peace, the Gift of God's Love" and "In The Garden" were rendered by Mrs. Wm. Wilbur and Mr. Ross Waddington. Burial was at Lena.

Submitted by: Randy Campbell on 17 Jan 2000

Margaret Wootan Hathaway

Mrs. Margaret Hathaway, eighty-six years old, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. N. C. Hubbard, at Lone Tree, MO at eight o'clock Sunday morning of paralysis. She is survived by her children; Robert of the state of Wash.; Dan of Nampa, Idaho; G. H. Hathaway of Montevallo; Mrs. W. Nye of Mt. Dory, N. Mex.; Mrs. Kohler of Harrisonville and Mrs. N. C. Hubbard of Lone Tree. Her husband, Zack Hathaway, died at Montevallo fourteen years ago. Mrs. Guy Hutchens. who died several years ago was a daughter of Mrs. Hathaway. Margaret Wootan was born at Freeport, Ill. She was married there to Mr. Hathaway seventy years ago. She came with her husband to Vernon County in 1867 and settled near Montevallo and went to Lone Tree two years ago to live with her daughter. Mrs. Hathaway was a member of the Methodist church at Montevallo and a sincere Christian woman. She leaves a host of friends to mourn her death. The funeral was conducted by Rev. Teays of Sheldon at Montevallo at one o'clock Monday afternoon and burial was at Walnut Grove Cemetery. Mr. and Mrs. I. M. Kohler accompanied the body to Nevada and attended the funeral.

From the Nevada (MO) Daily Mail, Dec. 1923. (Margaret Wootan and Zachariah Hathaway were married in Freeport on 15 Sept 1853. She is shown in the History of Stephenson Co. as the first child born in the community of Ridott and was the daughter of Daniel and Julia Jameson Wootan.) Submitted by: Sharon Kafer on 28 Sep 1999

Margaret Young-Hays (Mrs. Howard Hays)

Mrs. Howard (Margaret) Hays, a resident of Benjamin Stephenson Nursing Home, died Saturday in the home. She was a member of Embury United Methodist Church and the Women's Society of Christian Service of the church. Born in Lancaster Township Nov. 8, 1876, she was the daughter of Robert and Louisa (Robey) Young. She was married to Howard Hays in 1919 in Wyoming. Surviving is a sister, Mrs. A.R. Moore of Cedar Grove, N.J. Her husband, two sisters and two brothers preceded her in death. Funeral service will be at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday in Walker Mortuary, The Rev. Edward Henninger, pastor of Embury Church, will officiate. burial will be in Cedarville Cemetery. Friends may call until 4 this afternoon at the mortuary.

Obituary from the Freeport (Illinois) Journal-Standard, 4 Jan 1971. Submitted by: Randy Campbell on 17 Jan 2000

Beatrice Griffen-Hoefer

Beatrice G HOEFER, 91, a resident of Stephenson Nursing Center, died Thursday, May 27, 1998 at the care facility. Daughter of Willam and Sophie (SMITH) GRIFFEN, she was born Feb. 25, 1907, at Rockford. A bookkeeper, she work for the Boys Scouts of America and Micro Switch until retiring in 1972. She was a member of Grace Episcopal Church. Surviving family member include one son John (Betty) HOEFER of Solon Springs, Wisconsin one daughter Norma (William) WALLACE of Mesa Ariz. Six grandchildren and six great grand childred and two great great grandchildren. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery.

Submitted by: KAREN HOEFER SCHALLER on 21 Nov 1998


John Arnold Hoefer, 1108 1/2 West Ave., died this morning in Freeport Memorial Hospital were he had been a patient for one week. Mr Hoefer worked in the purchasing department of Micro Switch for 15 years. He was a member of Prince of Peace Lutheran church. He was born July 21, 1904 in Freeport, the son of Henry and Lucy (Kempert) Hoefer. He married Lucille McGill. Surviving are his widow, a daughter, Mrs. William (Norma) Wallace, Aberdeen, Md., a son John H of La Crosse, Wis., four grandchildren and a sister, Mrs. Gladys Jacobson, Freeport. He was preceded in death by his parents and a son Glenn. Funeral service will be Thursday at 1:30 p.m. in Burke-Tubbs Funeral Home. Rev. Paul Oye, pastor of the Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, will officiate. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery. Friends may call after 1 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home.

Submitted by: on 11 Jul 1999

Gladys Hoefer-Jacobson

Mrs. Gladys Jacobson, 22 W Dexter St, a retired Micro Switch employee, died Saturday afternoon, in Benjamin Stephenson Nursing Home following an extended illness. She was born Nov. 30, 1901 in Freeport, the daughter of Henry and Lucy (Kempert) Hoefer. Mrs. Jacobson graduated from Freeport High School and was employed by Micro Switch for over 20 years until retiring. Surviving are a niece, Mrs. William (Norma) Wallace of Aberdeen MD, and a nephew John H. Hoefer of La Crosse, Wis. She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother. Funeral service will be Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. at Burke-Tubbs Funeral Home. Rev. Paul Oye, pastor of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, will officate. Burial will be Oakland Cemetery. There were no visition.

Submitted by: on 11 Jul 1999

Dora Brinkmeier-Johnson (Mrs. Albert A. Johnson)

Funeral Service for Mrs. Albert A. (Dora) JOHNSON, a resident of the Villa __ Shannon Nursing Home, will be at _ p.m. Monday in Burke-Tubbs Funeral Home, with the Rev. Eldon Schriver, Pastor of Faith United Methodist Church, officiating. Burial will be in Chapel Hill cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home from 3 to 8 p.m. Sunday. Mrs. Johnson, who formerly lived at 614 W. Moseley St., died Friday morning in Freeport Memorial Hospital. She was born Aug. 22, 1889, in Jefferson Township, daughter of Simon and Dorothea (ERBSEN) BRINKMEIER. On Sept. 26, 1911, she was married to Albert A. JOHNSON. He died Sept. 4, 1970. Surviving are a grandson, Keith R. STURTEVANT of Freeport, who once resided with her; three great-grandchildren; and a great-great grandchild. She was also preceded in death by a daughter, four brothers and three sisters.

December 13, 1971. Submitted by: Julie Sturtevant-Wirgau on 29 Jun 1998

Charles Kappes

Charles Kappes, 82, died in North Dakota in his home on Wednesday, 8/14/1968. He was survived by his wife, Sadie, his daughter Bertie of Oakes and Fern of Bismarkck, ND; a step-son, Emmett Hegwood, and a sister, Sister Hiltrudis of Randolph, SD. Ms. Mary Batchelder of Stockton is a niece and Lawrence and Raymond Kappes of Stockton are nephews. He is buried at Oakes, SD.

Newsclippings saved by my grandmother; Julia (Peirce) White, who lived in Warren at the time of her death. Possibly these obits are from the Freeport and/or Rockford papers.

Submitted by: Nancy A White on 19 June 2001

Karl F Kappes

Karl F. Kappes of Stockton died Thursday February 8, 1968 in Freeport Memorial Hospital. He was a road maintainer for Rees Construction for 15 years, working for the city of Stockton the past year. He was born near Stockton February 27, 1901, son of Joseph and Bertha (Reibel) Kappes. Surviving are two brothers, Raymond and Lawrence, both of Stockton; and a sister, Mrs. Mary Batchelder of Stockton. He is buried in St. Hon's Catholic Cemetary at Savanna, Illiinois.

Newsclippings saved by my grandmother; Julia (Peirce) White, who lived in Warren at the time of her death. Possibly these obits are from the Freeport and/or Rockford papers.

Submitted by: Nancy A White on 19 June 2001

Mary J. Collius Keiser

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

Leo D. Kelly

Services for Leo K. [sic] Kelly, 77, who died Sunday morning in Freeport Memorial Hospital, were held at 10 a.m., Wednesday April 3, in St. Mary's Catholic Church, Elizabeth. Burial was in St. Michael's Cemetery, Galena. Arrangements were completed in the Nadig Funeral Home, Elizabeth, where the rosary was recited Tuesday evening. He was born February 1, 1891, near Nora, in Stephenson County, the son of Daniel and Mary Scanlan Kelly. He was married to Vera McCarthy on September 22, 1931, at Galena. He taught school and also farmed near Nora until 1950, when he and his wife moved to Elizabeth. Surviving are his wife, Vera; two sisters, Mrs. Fred (Julia) Schneider, Freeport, and Mrs. Patrick (Anne) Collins, Phoenix, Ariz.

Newsclippings saved by Julia (Peirce) White, who lived in Warren at the time of her death. Possibly these obits are from the Freeport and/or Rockford papers. Handwritten notes are those of my grandmother, Julia (Pierce) White: Died March 31, 1968, funeral April 3, 1968.

Submitted by: Nancy A White on 19 June 2001

ELIZABETH - Leo D. Kelly of Elizabeth Died Sunday in Freeport Memorial Hospital where he had been a patient for the past two weeks. He was born Feb. 1, 1891, near Nora, son of Daniel and Mary (Scanlan) Kelly. On Sept. 22, 1931, he married Vera Helen McCarthy in Galena.Mr. Kelly was an Elizabeth area farmer and schoolteacher. In 1950, the Kellys moved into Elizabeth. He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Elizabeth, a Third Degree member of the Council Knights of Columbus and Fourth Degree member of the Father Mazzuchelli Assembly of the Knights of Columbus. He also was a member of local and national teachers associations. Surviving are his widow; and two sisters, Mrs. Fred (Julia) Schneider of Freeport and Mrs. Patrick (Anne) Collins of Phoenix, Ariz. One brother preceded him in death. Funeral service will be 10 a.m. Wednesday in St. Mary's Catholic Church. The Rev. Robert Jackson, pastor of the church, will officiate. Burial will be in St. Michael's Cemetery at Galena. Friends may call at Nadig Funeral Home in Elizabeth after 2 p.m. Tuesday where the Rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Newsclippings saved by Julia (Peirce) White, who lived in Warren at the time of her death. Possibly these obits are from the Freeport and/or Rockford papers. Handwritten notes are those of my grandmother, Julia (Pierce) White: Died March 31, 1968, funeral April 3, 1968. Submitted by: Nancy A White on 19 June 2001

Alvira Guild-Kenyon

Mrs. Alvira Kenyon, a resident of Stephenson county since 1856, died at her home, 57 Hardin street, at fifteen minutes before midnight yesterday. Old age and a complication of diseases caused her death. She has been ill for a long time. Mrs. Kenyon was the widow of the late Perry Kenyon, for many years was a farmer of Lancaster township, residing a mile north of Freeport on the Cedarville Road.

Mrs. Kenyon, was Miss Alvira Guild before her marriage and she was born in Eastern Canada on February 12, 1832. She was married to Perry Kenyon in Canada. In 1856, Mr. and Mrs. Kenyon came west to this county and settled on a farm. They lived on the farm until the death of Mr. Kenyon, which occurred in 1891, and since then Mrs. Kenyon has lived in the city.

Five children survive. They are, Henry M. Kenyon of this city, Mrs. Emma E. Frye of DesMoines, Iowa, Charles, residing on the farm in Lancaster, Mrs. E. D. Kenyon, of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and Miss Josephine Kenyon at home.

Mrs. Kenyon was a member of the First Presbyterian Church.

The funeral will be held on Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the late home on Hardin street. Rev. D.L. McNary, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church, will officiate. The internment will be in the city cemetery.

Freeport Evening Standard, April 13, 1911. Submitted by: Laurie Knickelbein Burns on 20 Jan 2002

Laura Ann Kenyon

Mrs. Laura Ann Kenyon died at her home on the Jackson drive road, north of Oshkosh, Sunday morning at 7:30 o'clock as the result of a heart attack.

She was born in Freeport, Illinois, September 24, 1863. She move to Milwaukee and became a life member of the Christian church there. She was a graduate of Rockford seminary, Rockford, Illinois, and was the class poet and continued to write poetry.

She and her husband, the late Ernest Kenyon, who died in 1936, came to Oshkosh in 1912 and operated the Sulphur Mineral Springs, in which business Mrs. Kenyon has continued. The couple celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in January 1936, shortly before Mr. Kenyon's death.

Survivors are five children, Mrs. Lillian Schroeder, Mrs. Mildred Knickelbein, and Mrs. Olive Gibson of Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Perry Kenyon, of Chicago, and Ralph Kenyon of West Allis. Also surviving are nine grandchildren and five great grandchildren. One grandson, David (Frank Herman) Knickelbein is serving in the Pacific in the Navy. A brother, Charles Kenyon of Madison also survives.

Friends may call at the Sitter & Meyer Funeral home this evening. The body will be taken to the residence on the Jackson drive road and friends may call there from Tuesday noon to the time of services, which will be held Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock with the Rev. J.R. Siemens, pastor of the First Baptist Church officiating. Burial will be at Lake View Memorial Park.

Oshkosh Daily Northwestern, May 24, 1943. Submitted by: Laurie Knickelbein Burns on 20 Jan 2002

Death of Perry Kenyon

Perry Kenyon, who resided on the Cedarville Road near this city, passed away at 11:30 o'clock this morning. He was an old respected resident and leaves a wife and five children, three daughters and two sons. Henry, of this city, was a son. The funeral will take place Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the house.

Freeport Daily Democrat, Sep 19, 1891. Submitted by: Laurie Knickelbein Burns on 20 Jan 2002

Anna (Schauer) Kerch

Mrs. Homer (Anna) Kerch of Portola Valley, Calif, a former Freeport resident, died Saturday in Palo Alto (Calif) hospital following a brief illness. She was born Nov 13, 1891, in Freeport, daughter of Charles and Regina (Schlamp) Schauer. On May 6, 1920, she was married to Homer Kerch in Freeport. Surviving is a daughter Mrs. Jerome (Norma) Kennedy Sr. of Portola Valley, with whom she resided, and two grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, two brothers and four sisters. Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday in Walker Mortuary. The Rev. Philip J. Anstedt, pastor of St. John United Church of Christ, will officiate. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery. Friends may call after 4 p.m. today at the mortuary.

Freeport Journal Standard Dated Dec 3, 1973, page 12 Column 5. Submitted by: Vinita Lynch Shaw on Mon, 18 Mar 2002

Homer O. Kerch

Homer O. Kerch, 503 W. Chestnut St., a conductor for the Illinois Central Railroad for 46 years, died Thursday afternoon at a Freeport hospital. He was born in Loran Aug. 29, 1894, and married Anna Schauer in Freeport, May 6, 1920. He was a veteran of World War I and a member of St. John United Church of Christ. Survivors are his wife; one daughter, Mrs. Jerome (Anna) Kennedy of Rumson, N.J. ; three sisters, Mrs. Ethel Russell and Mrs. Helen Walters, both of South Bend, Ind. and Mrs. Fred Dittmar of Mount Carroll, and three grandchildren. His parents and one brother preceded him in death. Funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. kSaturday at the Walker Mortuary with the Rev. C. H. Uthlaut, pastor of St. John United Church of Christ, officiating. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home.

Freeport Journal Standard on July 17, 1959, page 6 Column 9. Submitted by: Vinita Lynch Shaw on 18 Mar 2002

Fredricka Knickelbein

Mrs. Fredricka Knickerbein died at her home in the Third Ward yesterday of valvular disease of the heart, which she has been suffering for several years. She was 73 years, 7 months and 21 days of age. The funeral will be held tomorrow afternoon at 1 o'clock from the German Lutheran Church.

Freeport Daily Democrat: January 30, 1894. Submitted by: Laurie Knickelbein Burns on 20 Jan 2002

Mrs. Frederika Knickerbine died yesterday aged 73 years. She was a native of Germany and has lived in Freeport for thirteen years.

Freeport Daily Bulletin: Tuesday, January 30, 1894: Page 4 Col 1. Submitted by: Laurie Knickelbein Burns on 20 Jan 2002

John Knickelbein, an Old Citizen, is No More


John Knickelbein, an aged resident of this city laid aside all earthly cares yesterday afternoon at 2 o'clock. He was aged 78 years, 2 months and 29 days and his death took place at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Carl Krueger No. 12 Arcade avenue. He was a resident of this city for 15 years and was well liked by his many friends.

The funeral will be held tomorrow afternoon at 2 o'clock from the German Lutheran Church of which he was always a devout member. Rev. H. G. Schmidt will officiate.

Freeport Daily Bulletin: March 23, 1896. Submitted by: Laurie Knickelbein Burns on 20 Jan 2002

Mabel Viola Eisenhower-Smull


Funeral services for Mrs. Jacob Smull will be held at 1 o'clock Tuesday afternoon at the Rosman & Kinzer chapel. Burial will be in Cedarville, ILL.

Members of the immediate family who survive Mrs. Smull are her husband; two daughters, Mrs. Mary Kamlager and Mrs. Harold Brinkmeyer; and two sons, Ivan and Roy all of Beloit.

Beloit Daily News Monday, January 12, 1931 Page 2. This was my Great Grandmother. It is very small so I put in her parents above it. Her parents were Jonathan Franklin Eisenhauer and Sarah Rebecca Confer-Eisenhauer. Submitted by: Justine Kamlager-Pennewell-Larson on 27 Apr 2002

Lena (Hahn) Keehn

Mrs. Lena Hahn Keehn, 61, wife of John G. Keehn, 727 East Center street, passed away at 8:30 o'clock last night. A Complication of diseases caused her death. She had been seriously ill two weeks.

Decedent was born in Freeport on December 15,1874, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Hahn, and was united in marriage to John G. Keehn on May 10, 1894. Surviving, besides the husband, are seven children and eighteen grandchildren. Her parents and two brothers preceded her in death. Children surviving are: Otto Keehn, East Moline; Edwin and Miss Florence Keehn, at home; Mrs. Howard Keith, Mrs. Henry Brown, Mrs. Robert Kutzke, Mrs. Walter Kutzke, Freeport. Also surviving are three brothers, Henry Hahn and Fred Hahn, Freeport, William Hahn, Dubuque, Ia., and a sister Mrs. John Siems, Freeport.

Mrs. Keehn was a faithful member of Zion Reformed church and of Zion Ladies' Aid society.

Funeral services will be held Monday afternoon, at 2 o'clock at the home and at 2:30 at Zion church, Rev. C. M. Grahl, pastor officiating. Burial will be made in Oakland cemetery. Six nephews will act as pallbearers.

Freeport Journal Standard July 1936. Submitted by: e-mail on 4 June 2003

Carl Ludolph

Carl Ludolph, 96, of 1050 W. Galena Ave., died this morning at Freeport Memorial Hospital following a brief illness.

He came to the United States in 1908. He was a retired machinist, having been employed by Arcade Manufacturing, Stover Manufacturing and Rawleigh Co. He was an active member of the Freeport Odd Fellows for many years.

He was born Feb. 9, 1884, in Kassel, Germany. He married Florence Risshel who died May 15, 1980.

Surviving are five sons, Woodrow of Ancona, Carl of Phoenix, Ariz., Kenneth of Rockford, Fred of Hurst, Texas, and Robert of Freeport; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by two sons.

Service will be at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at Burke-Tubbs Funeral Home with the Rev. Philip J. Anstedt, pastor of St. John United Church of Christ, officiating. Burial will be in City Cemetery.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. [p] A memorial fund has been established.

Freeport Journal Standard (Freeport, Illinois) Monday, October 12, 1921: p10c5. Submitted by: Jerald D. Glawe on 6 Dec 2004

Florence Ludolph

Mrs. Florence (Karl) Ludolph, 88, of 1050 W. Galena Ave., died Thursday afternoon at Stephenson Nursing Center following a long illness.

She was a member of St. John United Church of Christ.

Born Jan. 11, 1892, in Freeport, she was the daughter of Frank and Elizabeth Risshel. She married Karl Ludolph Sept. 8, 1913, in Chicago.

Surviving are her husband; five sons, Robert of Freeport, Woodrow of Ancona, Carl of Phoenix, Ariz., Kenneth of Rockford and Frederick of Hurst, Texas.

She was preceded in death by two sons and one sister.

Funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Burke-Tubbs Funeral Home with the Rev. Philip J. Anstedt, pastor of St. John United Church of Christ officiating. Burial will be in City Cemetery.

Friends may call from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

A memorial fund has been established.

Freeport Journal Standard (Freeport, Illinois) Friday, May 10, 1980: p10c4,5. Submitted by: Jerald D. Glawe on 6 Dec 2004

Harold Ludolph

Harold Ludolph, the thirteen months old son of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Ludolph, passed away at the home of his parents, 136 Cottonwood street, at 2 o'clock this morning. The infants death resulted from pneumonia, having been ill for about one week. The child's parents and the following brothers survive: Kenneth, Carl, Jr., and Woodrow Ludolph.

Funeral services will be held at the home at 3 o'clock tomorrow afternoon.

Freeport Journal Standard (Freeport, Illinois) Monday, October 14, 1918: p2c2. Submitted by: Jerald D. Glawe on 6 Dec 2004

Woodrow F. Ludolph

STREATOR -- Woodrow "Woody" F. Ludolph, 78, of 610 N. Otter Creek, Streator, died Tuesday, Feb. 5, 1991, at St. Mary's Hospital, Streator, after a short illness.

He lived most of his life in the Streator area and was employed for 38 years by Owens Illinois Glass Co., Streator, retiring in 1973. He was a World War II veteran, serving in the Merchant Marines. He was a member of Streator Moose Lodge and Eagles. He was born in Freeport on July 30, 1912, son of Karl and Florence (Risshel) Ludolph. He married Mary Jane Anderson on Oct. 17, 1936, at Freeport.

Surviving are his wife; four brothers, Karl and Robert, both of Freeport, Kenneth of Rockford and Fritz of Hurst, Texas; one niece; and seven nephews. Preceding him in death were his parents and two brothers in infancy.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Winterrowd Funeral Home and burial will be in Hillcrest Memorial Park, both at Streator. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home, where the Moose Lodge will conduct a service at 6 p.m. Memorials may be directed to the American Heart Association.

Freeport Journal Standard (Freeport, Illinois) Tuesday, February 5, 1991: p4c6. Submitted by: Jerald D. Glawe on 6 Dec 2004

Robert F. Ludolph

FREEPORT -- Robert F. Ludolph, 68, of Freeport died Sunday, Feb. 1, 1998, at Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy.

Son of Karl and Florence (Rishel) Ludolph, he was born Feb. 24, 1929, in Freeport. He and Anna Kussner were married June 26, 1954, in Freeport.

He worked at Garrity Drug Store in Freeport and he retired after working for pharmacies in Monroe, Wis.

After graduating from Freeport High School in 1947, he received a Bachelor of Science, Pharmacy, degree from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, in 1953.

From 1953 to 1955, he served in the Army.

Surviving him are his wife of Freeport; three sons, Keith (Laurie) Ludolph of Davis, James (Heidi) Ludolph of Freeport and Carl Ludolph, at home; one daughter, Luann (Todd) Stephenson of Lanark; nine grandchildren; and two brothers, Carl H. Ludolph of Quincy and Fritz (Betty) Ludolph of Hurst, Texas.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by four brothers, Kenneth, Woodrow, Lloyd and Harold.

Funeral service will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Schwartz Funeral Home with the Rev. William McDonnell of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church officiating. Burial will be in Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens.

Freeport Journal Standard (Freeport, Illinois) Tuesday, February 3, 1998: p4c3,4. Submitted by: Jerald D. Glawe on 6 Dec 2004

Carl H. Ludolph

QUINCY -- Carl H. Ludolph, 87, of Quincy, formerly of Freeport, died Sunday, Nov. 3, 2002, at the V.A. Home in Quincy.

He was born Nov. 7, 1914, in Freeport, the son of Karl and Florence (Risshel) Ludolph.

On July 20, 1940, he married June Knodle in Dubuque. She preceded him in death in the early 1980s.

He served in the U.S. Army from Sept. 20, 1943, until Dec. 30, 1945. He was stationed in Italy during World War II where he was awarded the Purple Heart.

After retiring from the service he moved to Waterloo, Iowa, and was employed by Carnation Milk Company for more than 25 years.

He was the last surviving member of his family. His parents, wife and six brothers, Woodrow, Kenneth, Harold, Fritz, Lloyd and Robert, preceded him in death.

Cremation rites were accorded. Private family services will be held at a later date. Burial will be at Oakland Cemetery.

Walker Mortuary is assisting the family.

Freeport Journal Standard (Freeport, Illinois) Tuesday, November 5, 2002: p.A2, c.3,4. Submitted by: Jerald D. Glawe on 6 Dec 2004


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