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Arthur Aagesen

The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois
Octobeer 24, 1972 - Tuesday, pg. 2, col. 1

Arthur Aagesen, Yorktown, Dies - Tampico - Arthur Aagesen, 80, Yorktown, died Monday at his home.

Donated by Melva Taylor

Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. at the Schmidt Funeral Chapel, Tampico. Pastor Joel Rusted, St. Paul's Lutheran Church, will officiate and burial will be in Sheffield Cemetery. Friends may call after 7 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. A memorial has been established for St. Paul's Lutheran Church at Yorktown. Arthur Aagesen was born near Sheffield on March 20, 1892, the son of Lars and Karen Kirstine Aagesen. He was educated in Sheffield schools and married Marie Knudsen. He lived in the Tampico vicinity for 22 years and was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church. He was preceded in death by his wife, three sisters and one brother.

Daughter of Alfred Adams

Taken From the Henry Republican
March 3, 1881

Diptheria is still prevailing in some localities.  A little girl of Alfred Adams of Milo, died Wednesday, Feb. 23d, with this terrible disease.

Charles W. Achinger

Newspaper: Peoria Journal Star

Date: 17 Mar 1999

Submitters Name: Denise Parsons

Obit: Bureau County
Peoria Journal Star, The (IL) - March 17, 1999

SPRING VALLEY -- Charles W. "Whitey" Achinger Sr., 62, of 406 W. St. Paul died at 7:10 a.m. Saturday, March 13, 1999, at his home.

He was born Oct. 3, 1936, in Spring Valley to Harry and Edith Lolli Achinger. Surviving are two daughters, Deborah Achinger of Lisle and Mrs. Rod (Lynn) Craig of Carmel, Ind.; one son, Charles Jr. of Okinawa, Japan; one granddaughter; and one sister, Mrs. Richard (Wilda) Brolley of Oaklawn. He was the manager of the Mobil Mart. He was a member of the Spring Valley Lions Club. He was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church.

Services will be at 9:30 a.m. Friday at Barto Funeral Home in Spring Valley and 10 a.m. at his church. The Rev. Donald Henderson will officiate. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home, with a Lions Club service at 6:30 p.m. and a prayer service at 7:30 p.m. Burial will be in Valley Memorial Park. Memorials may be made to the Spring Valley Lions Club.

Infant of John Albright
Bradford Independent, Bradford IL August 20, 1885
John Albright of Milo, lost an infant child on Monday, August 17th, with cholera infantum

Jennie Hoyt Alfred

Taken From the Courier Newspaper, Henry, IL
December 10, 1858

Died in Milo, Illinois, November 30, of congestion of the brain, Jennie Hoyt, only daughter of Louis and Mary E. Alfred, age 3 years, 5 months and 26 days.

Mrs. C. Ambrose

Taken From the Tonica News, Tonica, IL
June 5, 1875

Died: Mrs. C. Ambrose, wife of William and mother of Fred II., at Princeton, Ill., Ma 31, 1875. Aged nearly 57.

Son of Jesse Ammons

August 20, 1874

Died in Wheatland, Bureau county, a son of Jesse Ammons. As to the disease, we have no knowledge.

Abraham Anderson (Source unknown)

May 1898

The Mortuary Record
Abraham Anderson was born in Green Co. Penn, Aug. 3, 1828, and grew to sturdy manhood in the free mountain air of his native state.  Just at the threshold of manhood he chose one of his schoolmates, Miss Pleasant Wright, to learn with him life's sterner lessons, and on Oct. 19th, 1850, they were united in marriage and lived together in congenial companionship for nearly half a century.

In the spring of 1851, with his bride, his father's family and some friends started for Illinois then the western frontier driving the entire distance and arriving May 4th, 47 years ago. They settled about two miles from his late residence, forming the nucleus of the old Lone Tree settlement.  The remainder of his quiet life was spent in this vicinity.

While yet a young man he consecrated his life to the service of the master and has held membership in the Christian church for 43 years. For the past year mr. Anderson's health has been failing, but no special alarm has been felt until three weeks ago, when he was obliged to take to his bed, and grew gradually weaker until he peacefully slept away at halft past four o'clock Monday morning, May 2, 1898.

Of his immediate family he leaves a wife and seven children, four sons and three daughters, to look forward to meeting him and the three children who have already gone to that land where the light never fades.  Besides these, three sisters, two brothers, and a large circle of relatives and friends will remember him from their midst.

Mr. Anderson was one of the most generous of men.  He was a large man physically and in his breast was a large heart.  His home was open to all and his purpose to help and fester everything that was for the well being and good of the community.  His wife and children will ever remember his generous disposition and will remember affectionately his love and care for them.  The devoted husband and father and the excellent neighbor is no more.  He leaves an exemplary life as an example for all to imitate.

The funeral was held yesterday at the Christian church at Putnam, Elder J. F. M. Parker officiating, whose eloquent tribute of the character and life of the deceased was a balm to the aching hearts of all the bereaved.  The church was filled, the exercises being of a very impressive character.  The casket was of massive oak and beautiful flowers covered the lid, a very large bouquet of calla lillies being especially noticable. The pulpit was draped in black.  The interment was at the cemetery, a half a mile from the church, the clergy and ballbearers leading the large procession on foot.  We agree with Elder Parker "He is not here, he has arisen."

Adam Anderson (Obituary, Source Unknown)

August, 1903

Adam Anderson, long a resident of about Lone Tree, Bureau county, and for some years station agent and telegraph operator at Putnam, died at his home at Virgina, Cass county, Ill., in August, at the age of 70.  He quietly passed away while reading a newspaper in the yard of his home.

Mr. Anderson was born in Green county, Pa., Oct. 23, 1833, and came to Illinois with his father's family while a boy, and located near Lone Tree.  There he was married in 1856 to Juda Chesna, by whom were two children, one of whom Mrs. Ella Kerr of Lake Villa, survives.  The decedent's second marriage occurred in 1869, the lady being Edna Chappel of New York; one child, Irvin, blessed this union, and the latter lived to be a young man, and died nine years ago at his father's home, where the family moved 33 years ago. This last great sorrow he never outlived.  In January, 1900, he was married to Mrs. Florence Hall of Antioch who survives him.

The deceased was a telegraph operator from early youth, and after resigning the office of station agent at Putnam, he went to Virginia City and was agent of the old Peoria, Pekin, & Jacksonville railroad at that place for many years.  He was also quite a speculator, having at one time conducted the most flourishing dairy ever established in Virginia.  He was also at one time proprietor of an elevator there.

He has during his active years a prominent member of the Church of Christ, and was an ardent advocate of the temperance cause.  He was a member of the Masonic lodge and carried an insurance in the Banker's Like Association for $2000, payable to his estate.  He was of a family of 13 children, two of whom are now surviving, Mrs. Rachel Taliaferro of Peoria, and Mrs. Mary Pool of Quincy.

The deceased was a man whom everyone respected and was loved in his family, where he administered to his four step-children as lovingly as he would have done to his own.  He had not been in the best of health for several months but was able tobe about and was up town an hour or two before he died.  He had returned home and as was his want he sat down on a bench in his yard to rest.  There it was that he was found at noon with life extinct, when his wife went to call him to dinner.  A coroner's inquest was held which found that the deceased came to his death from apoplexy.

Albert Anderson (Source unknown)

August 1894

Albert Anderson, son of abram Anderson, died at the home of his parents at Lone Tree, Bureau county, Ill., aged 25 years 6 months.  He was attacked in the month of May with an abscess in one of his thighs, which prostrated him and which has resulted fatally after many weeks of suffering.  As soon as taken down he broke up housekeeping, was taken home to his parents, where a faithful wife and all members of the large family contributed to his care and comfort up to the hour of death, which took place at 11 o'clock on Friday night.

Albert was born in February, 1868.  He married Miss Murtis Massie in November 1892, and the wife and infant son survive.  He had rented the farm of Mrs. R. R. Vail, and was getting along very nicely until stricken down with the fell destroyer.  He was a young man of excellent character, industrious and thrifty, respected by all who knew him, and whose untimely death is generally mourned.

The funereal was held at the Christain chruch in Putnam on Sunday, at 10 a.m.  Elders D. R. Howe and J. R. M. Parker officicating.  Elder Howe preached a feeling and appropriate sermon on the necessity of a preparation for death from the words "Be ye also ready." His remarks were pathetic and impresive, in which he alluded with much feeling to his own personal bereavements, losing his first wife and six of ten children, and expressing joy at the hope of meeting themon the other shore, at a time not far delayed.  He also stated he had officated at 20 funerals in the Anderson connexions, and at a large number of marriages.  He gave the stricken family words of solace in their grief, and then gave way to Elder Parker, who was a long time friend and neighbor of the family.  He saw a silver lining even in the distress of this dark shadow - that the family could care for their invalid son ......


March 12, 1957 - Tuesday, pg 2

Alfred W. Anderson, Retired Farmer Dies

Manlius: Alfred W. Anderson, 71, 516 N. Pleasant St., Princeton, retired farmer of the Manlius area, died Monday evening in Perry Memorial Hospital at Princeton. The body was removed to the Howard Johnson Funeral Home at Manlius where arrangements were completed. It was taken to the family home in Princeton where friends may call Thursday evening. Funeral services will be held Friday at 2 p.m. at the First Baptist Church at Princeton, the Rev. Clarence Person, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in the Elm Lawn Cemetery at Princeton.

Mr. Anderson was born Oct. 14, 1885, in Princeton Township, the son of John and Ellen Nelson Anderson. He was married Feb. 4, 1911, at Chicago to Mary Henrickson. He was a member of the First Baptist Church at Princeton.

Survivors are his widow; four sons George, Wyanet; Niles, Buda; Virgil, Sheffield; Lloyd, Glenview; 10 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and four brothers.


The Daily Gazette, Sterling, Illinois

April 15, 1930 - Tuesday, pg 2

Contributed by Melva L. Taylor

Death of Mrs. I. M. Anderson of Yorktown

Mrs. Ida M. Anderson, a highly esteemed resident of Yorktown, passed away Monday afternoon at 3:45 o'clock at the home of her daughter, Mrs. John H. Landheer, 210 Eighth Avenue, Sterling, following an illness with which she had suffered since the first of the year.

Mrs. Anderson went to California last October to spend the winter in Pasadena and was taken ill there shortly after the holidays. Her daughter, Mrs. Landheer, went to California to take care of her early in February. She gained in strength sufficiently to return home with her daughter the first of March, but since then she gradually failed in health until the end.

She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Landheer of this city and Mrs. Richard Doty of Yorktown, and by one son, Fred Anderson of Yorktown. Her husband, John Anderson, preceded her in death three years ago last November. Mrs. Anderson's maiden name was Ida Peterson, and she lived most of the 57 years of her life in the vicinity of Yorktown, where her passing will be mourned by a large number of friends.

Funeral services will be held Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the family home in Yorktown and at 2:30 o'clock in the Christian church in Yorktown.

(Buried Yorktown Cemetery)

Andrew P. Anderson

Taken From the Henry Republican
November 20, 1879

Died at Princeton, November 2, of enlargement of the spleen, Andrew P. Anderson, 25 years, 7 months, 13 days, a native of this city, a son of John Anderson.

Mrs. Margaret Chesney Anderson

March 30, 1876
Taken From the Henry Republican (Courtesy Kandi Anderson McLaney)

Died at Lone Tree, March 22, Mrs. Andrew Anderson, wife of the postmaster

FROM THE BUREAU COUNTY REPUBLICAN 3/30/1876 (Courtesy Kandi Anderson McLaney)

Mrs. Margaret Anderson died March 22, 1876...native of West Virginia...husband Andrew came in 1850

Taken From the Henry Republican
March 30, 1876

Wheatland - Our vicinity has again been called upon to mourn the loss of an old and reliable friend, Mrs. Andrew Anderson. She came here with her husband at an early day, hence was one of our oldest citizens. Her health for the past year has been on the decline, and though carefully watched by kind friends and attended by the best physicians, her health rapidly failed, when to the sorrow of all she passed quietly away from earth of Wednesday, March 22. Thursday the funeral services were conducted by Elder Jones of Tiskilwa; the remains were then followed by a large assemblage of friends to the new cemetery and consigned to the silent slumbers of the grave.

April 6, 1876 - Death of Mrs. Anderson

The friends of Mrs. Margaret Anderson will learn with sorrow of her death, which occurred on Wednesday, the 22d inst., at the age of 51 years. A native of West Virginia, she came to Bureau county with her husband, Andrew Anderson, in 1850, and settled at Lone Tree, where she lived to the day of her death. For a quarter of a century she has done well her part in the development of this country. She was a faithful and affectionate wife and mother, and all testify to her excellence as a neighbor. For some time she has been suffering from unmistakable symptoms of consumption, and at last she has fallen a victim to that insidious disease. For 35 years she lived a consistent Christian life, and died in the hope of a glorious immortality. This bereavement falls with crushing weight upon her companion. The light of the new and elegant home, just completed, has gone out, and the years of companionship to which he looked forward with such pleasure, are suddenly cut short. Mr. Anderson has the sincere and heartfelt sympathy of a large circle of relatives and friends in this the saddest hour of his life. - Princeton Republican.

Reuben Anderson

Taken From the Henry Republican
May 4, 1876

Local correspondence - Wheatland
George Anderson of this place has recently been in Iowa attending the funeral of his deceased brother Reuben Anderson, formerly of this place, who has been for a long time ailing from a disease contracted in the army.

Vernon Anderson

July 17, 1969 Sterling Gazette - Donated by Margaret Mangers

Walnut Funeral services for Vernon Anderson, who died Sunday at his home, were held on Wednesday afternoon, July 16, from the First Christian Church, Walnut, with the pastor, the Rev. Donald Whitehead, officiating. Mrs. Owen Hust as soloist, with Mrs. John Foss as accompanist.  Casket attendants were Richard De Waele, Don Olson, Gilbert Vols, Lynn Kiser, Vivian Spears and Glen E. Fritz. Interment was in the Walnut cemetery.


Contributed by Melva L. Taylor

The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois March 27, 1997 - Thursday, pg A2

Manlius: - Eunice B. Anspach, 87, of Manlius, died Wednesday, March 19, 1997, at her home. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Trinity Lutheran Church, Manlius, with the Rev. Jeffrey King. Burial will be at Manlius Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. today at Johnson Funeral Home, Manlius. A memorial has been established for the Manlius Rescue Unit or for the Manlius Fire Department. Mrs. Anspach was born Nov. 10, 1909, in Princeton, the daughter of Samuel and Elizabeth (Schaefer) Butts. She married George E. Anspach on Aug. 30, 1932. She was employed as a beautician for 60 years prior to retiring. She was a member of the Bureau County Home Extension, and Trinity Lutheran Church, Manlius. Survivors include her husband, George; two sons, Terry E. Anspach of San Francisco, Calif., and Barth L. Anspach of Kalamazoo, Mich.; one daughter, Brenda Anspach of Manlius; five grandchildren, Corrie, Troy, Kimberly, Tiffany, and Kirsten; two great grandchildren; and two sisters, Grace Lenihan of Princeton, and Betty Madsen of Kewanee. She was preceded in death by one brother.


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