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Boone County, Illinois
Obituaries and Death Notices

Betty Anderson
Sister of Chester Kitchen Bured at Belvidere
Graveside services for Mrs. Betty Anderson of Elmhurst were held in Belvidere cemetery Monday morning at 11 o'clock.  She was the sister of Chester Kitchen of Sycamore.   Her parents and husband also survive. [True Republican, (Sycamore, IL) 25 December 1956]

Oscar F. Anderson
Belvidere: - Oscar F. Anderson, 89, 1003 Columbia Ave., a retired real estate broker, died Wednesday morning in his home after a month-long illness. Anderson went into the real estate business after retiring from farming. Survivors include: his widow, Olive; two sons, Aaron Richard, Rockford, and Floyd, Belvidere; three daughters, Mrs. Lucille Larson, Belvidere, Mrs. Doris Exner, Tampico and Mrs. Helen Hartman, Freeport, a brother, Frank A., Rt. 5, Rockford; 18 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. Services will be at 2 pm. Friday in the Witbeck-Wheeler Sabien Funeral Home. Burial will be in Highland Garden of Memories. Friends may call after 2 p.m. today in the funeral home. [The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois December 23, 1965 - Thursday, pg 2 col 2 - submitted by Melva Taylor]

Enoch C. Churchill
[PICTURE OF Mr. Churchill]
Late Enoch Chester Churchill Spent Large Part of Long Life in Salem.
SALEM. Or. March 3 (Special.)— Enoch Chester Churchill, since the year 1847 a resident of Marion county, died suddenly here yesterday. Mr. Churchill was born in Boone county, Illinois, on September 16, 1841. Six years later he crossed the plains in company with his parents and located on a donation land claim in the vicinity of Hubbard. There he continued to reside until the year 1861, when he moved to Salem, where he had since made his home. He enlisted in Company B. First Oregon in November, and was discharged after active service in 1864.
Mr. Churchill was twice married, his first wife being Alvera Thomas, to whom he was wedded on November 1,1868. There are two living children from this union, Mrs. Edward Patterson of Salem and Arthur A. Churchill of Keyport, N. J. His second wife was Sarah McKinney whom he married on April 1, 1883. He is survived by his widow and three children by his second wife. They are Eldon C Churchill and Walter A. Churchill of Portland and Mathel Churchill of Salem.
He was a member of the Masonic Lodge, Sedgwick. Post, Grand Army of the Republic, of this city, and Protection lodge No. 2. Ancient Order of United Workmen, funeral arrangements are being held in abeyance pending the arrival of his son from Keyport. During his early residence in Salem Mr. Churchill was engaged in the sash and door business. [The Oregonian, 6 Mar 1920 - Submitted by K. Torp]

Otis Coleman
Otis Coleman, a veteran business-man of Boone County, Illinois, died yesterday at his home in Belvidere, Illinois, aged 61 years. [The Chicago Daily Tribune, Thursday, 18 January 1894]

Albert Decker
Belvidere, Ill - Albert Decker, 65, burned to death trying to save horses in fire in barn of F.K. Lene. 14 horses burned. $12,000 loss. ["The Day Book", (Chicago, IL) Oct 15, 1912 - KT - Sub by FoFG]

Albert W. Drake
BELVIDERE – Albert W. Drake, 83, 628 Parkside Manor, died Monday in his home af ter a brief illness.  Surviving are his widow, Luella; a son, Douglas; a daughter, Mrs. Dorothy Finson, Northfield, and six grandchildren.  Funeral services will be at 3 p.m. Thursday in the Buck-Wheeler Highland Funeral Home.  Burial will be I the Belvidere Cemetery.  A Masonic service will be held at the funeral home at 8 p.m. today. [Morning Star (Rockford, IL) – Wednesday, June 20, 1973 - JD, Sub by FoFG]

Esther Luella Drake

BELVIDERE – Mrs. Esther Luella Drake, 82, died Saturday in Maple Crest Nursing Home.  Survi vors include a son, Dr. Douglas A. Drake, Belvidere; a daughter, Mrs. Dorothy Finson, Northfield; two brothers, Harvey Puhl, Norwalk, Wis., and Dr. Howard Puhl, Menomonie; a sister Mrs. Heinie Vieth, Sparta, Wis.; and six grandchildren.  Services will be at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday in Buck-Wheeler-Hyland Funeral Home.  Burial will be in Belvi dere Cemetery. There will be no visitation.  [Morning Star (Rockford, IL) – Sunday, October 6, 1974- JD, Sub by FoFG]

Gilbert Fry
Belvidere, Ill -- Gilbert Fry, prominent farmer, suicided. Carbolic. [The Day Book., (Chicago, IL) December 05, 1914 - KT - Sub by FoFG]

Nancy Fuller
Mrs. Nancy P., wife of General A.C. Fuller, of Belvidere, died on the 18th inst., of consumption, after an illness that had extended over a period of three years or more.  Her age was 47 years.  [Chicago Tribune. (Chicago, Ill.), 26 May 1871]

William G. Greenlee
Belvidere Banker Dies
Belvidere, Dec 12 - William G. Greenlee, 74, vice president of the Farmers' National bank, died of heart disease at his residence today.  He was unmarried. [Daily Ill ini, Sunday, December 13, 1942]

B. F. Harnish
Washington. - B. F. Harnish, ex-cashier of People's National bank, Belvidere, Ill., died on train while en route here from Florida where he had gone for his health, with wife and son. [The Day Book. (Chicago, Ill.), 31 March 1916]

Moses Bradbury Hersey
DIED OF APOPLEXY. Moses Hersey Passes Away After a Year's Illness. Moses B. Hersey died at 6 o'clock Thursday eve* at his home on West Perry street. The immediate cause of death was a stroke of apoplexy, though he has been in failing health for a year past. Deceased was born in Foxcroft, Maine, August 21st, 1822. He has been a resident of Belvidere for the past twenty-nine years and has wond the respect of the people of this city by his industry and uprightness. By trade he was a contractor and builder, a trade which he followed until advancing age compelled him to retire from active life. He is survived by the widow, one sister, Mrs. Amanda Pottle of Iowa, three sons, Alba, and Barnard W. of Eddy county, N. D., and M. B. of New Rockford, N. D., and one daughter, Mrs. C. H. Ruland of Eddy county, N. D. [Belvidere Daily Republican, 27 Sep 1900; Submitted by Jim Wieczorek, who adds this note: Moses died on September 20, 1900, one week before his obituary was printed in this publication]

Stephen A Hurlburt
The State Department has received Information of the sudden death of Minister Stephen A. Hurlburt, at Lima, March 28, of disease of the heart.
The deceased was a native of Charleston, SC, where he was born in 1815. His father was a distinguished Unitarian clergyman. He studied law and practiced until the outbreak of the Florida war, when he enlisted in a South Carolina regiment, was elected an adjutant, and served through-out the campaign. In 1845 he moved to Boone County, Illinois where he divided his time between law and politics.
When the civil war began he espoused the Union cause and was appointed a brigadier general. Until 1862 he served in Missouri and was than appointed commandant of Fort Donelson. He served with marked gallantry and was promoted to a major generalship for brave and meritorious conduct at the battle of Pittsburg Landing, where he commanded a division under General Grant. He remained in tbe army a few years after the war, and in 1869 was appointed Minister to Colombia. In 1873 he was elected as a Republican to the Forty-third Congress from the Fourth Illinois District. He was re-elected and served until the 4th of March, 1877. In May, 1881, he succeeded Christiancy as Minister to Peru. [3 Apr 1882; Critic-Record, Washington D.C. - Submitted by K. Torp]

The Remains of Late Minister Hurlbut (sic)
New York, April 26 — The body of General Stephen A Hurlbut, late Minister to Peru, was taken from the undertaking rooms this evening and put on board at 7 o'clock of an Erie Railway train for Belvidere, Boone County Illinois, where interment will take place. [27 April 1882, The Indianapolis Sentinel - Submitted by K. Torp]

Carolyn S. Keneipp
Carolyn S. Keneipp, age 68, of Lanark died Monday, May 17, 2004 at FHN Hospital in Freeport.
Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, May 21, 2004 at Russell-Frank Funeral Home in Lanark, Rev. Herb Bollman of Faith Reformed Church in Lanark officiated. Burial was in Highland Garden of Memories in Belvidere. Visitations were from 9 a.m. until the time of service on Friday at the funeral home.
Carolyn was born on March 19, 1936 in Elwood, Indiana, daughter of Rupert and Gladys (Davis) Underwood. Her mother and stepfather, Bob Etchison, raised her. Carolyn married Lester Keneipp on October 15, 1954 in Monticello, Indiana, who preceded her on January 17, 1999. Carolyn retired from Sun Electric in Crystal Lake. She was a huge NASCAR fan, and also loved #20 Tony Stewart.
Survivors include one daughter, Cindy (Bill) Jacobs of Lanark; four grandchildren, Matthew Hoffman of Lanark, Christina Robe of McHenry, Ashley Jacobs of Lanark, and Kelly Jacobs of Lanark; two grand-dogs, Montana and Maisie; and one nephew, Wayne Owen of Indiana. Her husband, parents, one daughter, Wendy Robe, one son at birth, one brother and one sister precede Carolyn in death.
[Contributed by Lori Gilbert]

C.P. Loop
Maj. C.P. Loop, a former resident of Stutsman county, died recently in Belvidere, Ill.  [Williston Graphic. (Williston, Williams County, N.D.), 22 May 1902]

James L. Loop - died, Belvidere, Ill., February 8, 1865, aged 49 [Listed in the 1843 Chicago City Directory; reprinted in 1896 with death info; submitted by KT]

Samuel Lovejoy
Samuel Lovejoy, a veteran hotel proprietor, died at Belvidere, Ills., aged 74 years.[Rock Island Argus. (Rock Island, Ill.), January 20, 1900]

Grace Marshall
Mrs. Grace Marshall Dies in Belvidere Wednesday
Mrs. Grace Marshall of Belvidere, widow of Taylor Z. Marshall, prominently known in Belvidere and also in Sycamore, passed away Wednesday morning at her home.  Final r ites are to be accorded at 2 p.m. Saturday from the Whitbeck-Wheeler-Sabin funeral home in Belvidere. [Sycamore Tribune, Nov 13, 1959]

Edward E. Potter
Belvidere, Ills., Jan. 9. - Commodore Edward E. Potter, retired, died from paralysis at his home in this city during the evening. He was born at Medina, NY in 1833. He was appointed from Rockford, Ills., to the Annapolis academy in 1860 and served in the navy until his retirement as com-modore in 1898. At the outbreak of the Civil war Commodore Potter was with Admiral Schley on the steam frigate Niagara. When Captain McLean learned that war had begun he gave the crew a chance to choose between the North and South. Potter and Schley were the first to step to the Union side. His record during the Civil war was a notable one. He had command of the ironclad Chippewa at the siege of Fort Fisher and while serving in the Gulf squadron participated in the bombardment and the passage of Forts Jackson and Phillipa and the capture of New Orleans. [The Worthington Advance(Worthington, Minn.), January 10, 1902]

Eliza Reeves
Eliza Jane Chamberlain was born June 15, 1848, near Capron, Boone County, Illinois, and died at her home in Alliance Wednesday evening, March 10, 1920, aged seventy one years, eight months and twenty four days.  At the age of eighteen she came to Otoe Cou nty, Nebraska, where she was engaged in the teaching profession.  On October 22 she was married to Eugene Reeves.  To them four children were born, one of whom, Nellie M., died in 1893.  The others are Mrs. Ina E. Ellsworth, of Lenora Kas.; Buell Ver non, of Sioux City, IA., and Fred C. of Antioch, Neb., all of whom were with her when she passed away. She moved to Box Butte County in 1896 and lived in this vicinity until her death.  Her husband preceded her January 10, 1916.  Besides her three children she leaves eleven grandchildren. In her early life she united with the Methodist Episcopal Church, of which she was a devoted member until her death.  Two organizat ions in which she was deeply interested, and for which she did a great deal, were the Woman's Christian Temperance union and the home for orphans at Council Bluffs, IA. Mrs. Reeves was always an extensive reader.  Those who visited with her remember she c ould converse intelligently on any subject.  Even in her retiring years, she read many papers and magazines as well as books, and kept abreast of the times to an unusual degree.  Her mind was active until the last.  A few days before her death, she g ave, in the presence of her family and her pastor, one of the most beautiful testimonials to which they had ever listened, in which she expressed her complete trust in her heavenly Father and her readiness to change from the limits of time and space to the limitless eternity.  There was no fear, only a serene trust.  Her departure was like that of Tennyson, as expressed in his immortal words: "Twilight and evening b ell, and after that the dark, And may there be no sadness or farewell when I embark For though, from out our bourne of time and space The flood may bear me far I hope to meet my pilot face to face When I have crossed the bar." [Source: The Alliance Herald, Allia nce, Box Butte, County, March 19, 1920; MB, Tr. by FoFG]

R.D. Rix
Mr. R.D. Rix, an old citizen of Belvidere, died on the 23rd inst., aged 69(?) years [Chicago Tribune. (Chicago, Ill.), 26 May 1871]

Mrs. Edward Shannon
Killed His Wife at Belvidere
Mrs. Edward SHANNON, who recently secured a divorce from her husband, was murdered by him at Belvidere Friday, Sept. 18, as she was sitting in a car bound for Chicago. He narrowly escaped being lynched by infuriated citizens, and there is yet so much talk of meteing out mob violence to him that the officials have taken extra precautions to protect him. For years SHANNON has treated his wife in a cruel and brutal manner, and about five years ago she left him, and at the present term of the Boone County court she was granted a divorce on the grounds of drunkenness and extreme cruelty. This enraged SHANNON more than ever, and it seems he determined to take her life. Her home had been in Chicago, where she had several children living, and this morning she decided to return home, and boarded the 11:32 train for that city. She had hardly taken a seat when SHANNON followed her onto the car, and standing close to her began talking in a low tone. She shook her head, apparently refusing some request that he had made.
He cast a quick look over his shoulder, and his arm moved nervously to his packet. Again he appeared to make a request, and again she seemed to refuse. Before the onlookers could move a muscle SHANNON thrust a revolver against the head of the helpless victim and fired. There was a scream of agony and as the stricken woman fell against the seat the ruffian sent another bullet into her bosom. [Batavia Herald, 23 September 1896, submitted by K. Torp]

Cornelius Sullivan

Cornelius Sullivan, the oldest man in northern Illinois, died in Belvidere, aged 101 years. [Source: Warren Sheaf, Warren, Marshall County, MN, Aug. 24, 1899, - MB, tr. by a FoFG]

George W. Sweatman
George W. Sweatman, 63 years old, died Saturday at his homein Spring township, six miles south of Belvidere.  Death was due to apoplexy. He was born on December 15, 1875, 3 ½ m iles west of Belvidere, teh son of Mr. and Mrs. George Sweatman.  On March 22, 1910 , he married Miss Eva Davis of Creston. He is survived by his widow, a son, George Jr., at home, four sisters, Mrs. Amelia Ward and Mrs. Rose Davis, both of Belvidere, Mrs. nellie Adams of Kansas City, Mo. and Mrs. Mary Agnew of Seattle, Wash., and two brothers, William of Harvard and Fred of Rockford. Funeral services were held Monday with burial in Belvidere cemetery.  [The True Republican, (Sycamore, IL) 1 March 1939]

Frank Thomas
Frank Thomas, an ensign in the Salvation army, who came to Rock Island from Belvidere a month ago, at his home, 214 Thirteenth street, at 8:45 this morning from an attack of apoplexy which he sustained last Thursday evening. Ensign Thomas was participating in a meeting of the Salvation army when stricken with the fatal ailment. He was rendered unconscious and lingered along until relieved by death. He rallied to a semi-conscious state Friday, but quickly sank again. The deceased was 33 years of age and beside a wife, leaves three children aged 13, 3 and 1 years respectively. [Rock Island Argus. (Rock Island, Ill.), 03 Aug. 1896]

Jacob H. Tremper
Captain Jacob H. Tremper, of Kingston, died at Belvidere, Illinois, Thursday night, Feb. 2, at the age of 76 years.  He left that city two weeks ago for an extended trip in the West and South expecting to be joined on his journey by Miss Ray, a niece living at Belvidere, but he was suddenly prostrated with pneumonia at that place.  His s ons, ex-Assemblyman Thomas H. Tremper, and Jacob H. Tremper, Jr., proprietor of the Tremper House in the Catskills, reaching his bedside before he died.  He was one of the oldest Hudson River steamboat captains.  Few men enjoyed so wide an acquaint ance among river travelers as Captain Tremper of the steamer James W. Baldwin.  He had been her commander for twenty-seven years, and had long been known as the “saf e and careful Captain” who took no risks.  Most of his life was spent on the river.  Ta king command of his first steamboat in 1832 he continued boating for nine years.  He then engaged in mercantile business in Kingston until 1847, when he again took the deck as Captain of the barge Ulster County.  In 1852 he went into business in New York, w here he remained for a year.  He then embarked  in the general freighting and forwarding business with Romer & Gillette.  In 1856 he entered the firm of Rom er & Tremper.  The firm is now known as the Romer & Tremper Steamboat Company, wh ich owns and operates the [?] and Albany Line of steamers as well as the [?].  Cap tain Tremper was among the first to invest his money in an extensive summer hotel in the Upper Catskills.  He erected the Tremper House at [?] in 187[?]. [the rest of the i mage is too blurry to make out].  His funeral took place on Monday at Kingston, and was one of the largest ever seen in that city. [The Rhinebeck Gazette (Rhinebeck, NY) – Saturday, February 11, 1888; Sub. by JD]

S. Warne
S. Warne of Capron died a few days ago, aged 105 years and 9 months.  He was a soldie r in the war of 1812. [The Geneseo Republic, Geneseo, IL, Feb 5, 1880; Sub. by NP]

Mrs. Robt. W. Wright
Belvidere, Ill. - Mrs. Robt. W. Wright, widow of a former Illinois Circuit judge, is dead as a result of an overdose of sleeping medicine. [The Day book., (Chicago, IL) August 05, 1914 - KT - Sub by FoFG]


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