Bureau County, IL Obituaries and Death Notices

Squire Lapham

Taken From the Henry Republican, Henry, IL
January 9, 1868

State Items

Squire Lapham died very suddenly last week while on his way home from Peoria. He had stopped at Mt. Hawley for a lunch and turning round to light his pipe, fell dead. He was one of the oldest and most respectable citizens of Princeton.

Children of Stephen Lampher

Taken From the Henry Republican
February 2, 1882

Hennepin - Stephen Lampher of Bureau Junction lost two children this week, Georgie, 2 years 7 months, died on Sunday at 1 a.m. Willie, 7 years, died on Monday at 11 a.m. They both took sick about the Tuesday before and we learn that the doctors disagree about what was the matter with them, measles, diphtheria, scarlet fever and vaccination, all being talked up by the attending physicians.


Contributed by Melva L. Taylor

The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois February 16, 1967 - Thursday, pg 2

Manlius: - Roy A. Larson, 67, of RR 2, Sheffield, a retired foreman of the Division of Union Carbide Co., passed away suddenly this morning at the Perry Memorial Hospital, Princeton. Funeral services will be held Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at the Manlius Baptist Church, the Rev. Charles Fox officiating, with burial in Elm Lawn Cemetery. Friends may call Friday evening from 7 to 9 at the Howard Johnson Funeal Home.

Roy Larson was born Dec. 29, 1899, in Chicago, the son of Axel and Marie Sequist Larson. He married Ruth Eleanor Tomozel, June 30, 1945, in Oak Park.

He is survived by his wife, three sons, Roy G., Roger and Ronald at home; four sisters, Mrs. Leonard (Clara) Routt, Mrs. Harold (Eunice) Belkholm and Myrtle Larson, all of Princeton; Mrs. Bert (May Belle) Johnson of Berwyn; three brothers, Morgan and Marshal of Sheffield and Sebert of Manlius; several nieces and nephews. He was preceded by his parents and two sisters.


Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois October 4, 1974 - Friday, pg. 2

Contributed by Melva L. Taylor

Harold Lathrop Dies Friday

Walnut: - Harold Wainwright Lathrop, 75, 310 E. Liberty St., Walnut, retired farmer, died Friday at Perry Memorial Hospital in Princeton.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Sunday at Howard Johnson Funeral Home in Manlius with the Rev. Eugene W. Spradling officiating. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery in Princeton. Visitation will be at the Howard Johnson Funeral home from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday. A memorial has been established for the Christian Church of Walnut.

Harold Lathrop was born Oct. 26, 1898 in Fairfield Township, the son of Clarance and Henrietta Monson Lathrop. He married Mildred Anderson on Sept. 16, 1924 at Princeton.

Survivors include his widow; two sons, Neil of Freeport and Roy of Streator; four grandchildren; and three sisters, Mrs. Earl (Myrta) Tompkins of Sedona, Ariz., Mrs. James (Claretta) Kelsey of Phoenix, Ariz., and Mrs. Paul (Olive) Johnson of Waterman.

He was preceded by his parents, two brothers, one sister and one infant son.


Contributed by Melva L. Taylor

Mrs. Ralph Lathrop, Walnut, Passes Away

Manlius: - Mrs. Ralph (Millie Sarah) Lathrop, 74, Walnut, died early this morning at her home north of Normandy.

The body was removed to the Johnson Funeral Home in Manlius where friends may call Sunday evening. Funeral services will be conducted at the funeral home Monday at 2 p.m., the Rev. E. V. Hallock, pastor of the Walnut Christian Church, officiating. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery in Princeton.

Mrs. Lathrop was born Oct. 21, 1885 in Greenville township, the daughter of Fred C. and Carolyn Schuneman Vick. She was married to Ralph Lathrop on June 26, 1907 in Fulton. She was a member of Charity Chapter 236, OES.

Survivors are her husband, four sisters, Mrs. Alvin Snook, Shadron, Neb.; Mrs. Homer Davenport, Chicago; Mrs. Elsie McBride, Dilbey, Ore.; Carolyn Reed, Wallnut.

She was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers and one sister.


Contributed by Melva L. Taylor

January 28, 1987 - Wednesday, pg A2 Princeton:

Teressa A. Lathrop, 91, of 444 S. Church Street in Princeton, formerly of New Bedford, died this morning at Perry Memorial Hospital in Princeton. Funeral services will be Saturday at 11 a.m. in the New Bedford Christian Church with Rev. William A. Douglass officiating. Burial will be in Greenville-Fairfield Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday from 7-9 p.m. at the Howard Johnson Funeral Home in Manlius. A memorial has been established.

Mrs. Lathrop was born on Oct. 17, 1895 in New Bedford, the daughter of Willard and Cora Dietz Bard. She attended New Bedford grade schools and graduated from Rock Falls High School in 1914. She taught at New Bedford, Pleasant Ridge and Thomas schools. Mrs. Lathrop retired from the U.S. Post Office in New Bedford after 21 years of employment. She had been a member of the New Bedford Christian Church, the Christian Women's Fellowship of the church and had held various offices in the church. She was also a member of the New Bedford Mothers of World War II, the Rebekah's and the Royal Neighbors.

Survivors include one daughter, Helen Bowen of Lake Tomahawk, Wis.; one son, Warren Lathrop of Annawan; five grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

Charles Leech

Taken From the Putnam Record
April 16, 1870

Charlees Leech, eldest son of L. T. Leech, died at Tiskilwa on Monday last of brain fever.  His remains were brought to this place (Hennepin) for interment.


Contributed by Melva L. Taylor

The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois
November 15, 1982 - Monday, page A4

Prophetstown: - Maurice L. Linsay, 77, 316 W. 3rd St., Prophetstown, died Saturday evening at Community General Hospital following a short illness.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday at the First Congregational Church, Prophetstown, with the Rev. Daniel Boxwell, pastor, officiating. A memorial has been established for the First Congregational Church Manse Fund.

Born on Sept. 19, 1905, in Bardolph, he graduated from Bardolph High School and from the University of Illinois College of Vocational Agriculture in 1930. He taught Vocational Agriculture for one year at Bardolph High School prior to moving to Prophetstown where he taught from 1931 to 1967. He also coached basketball his first 10 years in Prophetstown. During his teaching career he also worked with the Illinois Crop Improvement Association as a Certifier of Hybred Seed. After retiring from teaching, he worked for Country Companies as a Crop Hail Adjuster from 1967 to 1980. As a member of the First Congregational Church, he has served as president of the Board and other offices of the church. He was united in marriage to Livona Weaver in Prophetstown on Aug. 20, 1932.

Surviving is his wife. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers.

Leonard S. Locke

November 7, 1872

In Princeton, Oct. 31, of consumption of the bowels, Leonard S., aged 19 months, son of George Monroe and Samantha E. Locke of this city.

Harry B. Lombard

Taken From the Henry Republican
June 7, 1877

In Milo, Bureau county, June 1, after untold suffering, Harry B., 13 years, son of Charles and Lucinda Lombard. - - Harry B. Lombard, whose death is announced in another column, was a kind hearted, affectionate, bright boy, possessing many of the superior qualities of man, he might be truly called the man-boy. The sudden bereavement falls heavily upon the hearts of the many that loved him, as was shown by the large concourse of sympathizing friends who were present to pay the last tribute of affection at his funeral on Saturday. Services by Rev. Mr. Brown of Chillicothe.

Charles Loomis

Taken From the Henry Republican
April 17, 1879

Died in Milo, Bureau county, April 10, of kidney affection, Charles, aged 11 years, son of C. Lyman Loomis.

J. Luther

Taken From the Henry Republican
January 18, 1877

Local Correspondence - Bradford

Mr. J. Luther, the blacksmith at Milo, lost a little boy, six years old on the morning of the 13th inst.

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