Bureau County Illinois  
History and Genealogy
Obituaries and Death Notices


Andrew J. Saathoff
From Melva L. Taylor
The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois August 23, 1982 - Monday, page A4
Tampico: - Andrew J. Saathoff, 84, Route 1, Tampico, died Sunday afternoon at Perry Memorial Hospital, Princeton, following a short illness. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. at St. Paul's Lutheran Church of Yorktown, with Rev. Robert J. LeMont, the pastor officiating, with burial in Yorktown Cemetery. Friends may call at the Allen_Schmitt-Garland Funeral Chapel in Tampico on Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. A memorial has been established to St. Paul's Lutheran Church of Yorktown. Mr. Saathoff was born on Oct. 26, 1897 in Benson, the son of John and Elske Cirks Saathoff. He was a farmer in the Tampico area most of his lifetime. Survivors include: two brothers, Harm and John, both of Tampico; two sisters, Annie and Minnie, both of Tampico. He was preceded by his parents, four brothers and one sister.


From Melva L. Taylor

The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois December 14, 1973 - Friday, pg 2

Tampico: - Hannah Jannsen Saathoff, 77, Hahnaman Township, died Thursday in Perry Memorial Hospital, Princeton, following a short illness.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday in St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Yorktown, with Pastor N. A. Schoff officiating. Burial will be in the Yorktown Cemetery.

There is visitation from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday at the Schmitt Chapel. At noon Sunday the body will be taken from the chapel to the church to lie in state. A memorial has been established.

Miss Saathoff was born Oct. 8, 1896 in Benson, the daughter of John G. and Elske Cirks Saathoff. She received her education in the Minonk schools and lived in the Tampico area since 1913. She had made her home the last 45 years with her brother George Saathoff in Hahnaman Township. She was a member of Rock Falls Immanuel Lutheran Church.

Survivors are four brothers, Meint of Minonk and Harm, Andrew and John of Tampico; two sisters, Annie and Minnie Saathoff of Tampico and a niece and two nephews, Mrs. Lester (Alice) Peach of Tampico, George Saathoff Jr., of Rock Falls and John M Saathoff of Sterling. She also leaves 15 great nieces and nephews and four great-great-nieces and nephews. Preceding in death were two brothers in infancy and a brother George Saathoff Jr. Oct. 25, 1973.

Mrs. Susan E. Sales (nee Aldrich)

Taken From the Henry Republican
April 13, 1876

At Santa Cruz, Cal., March 6, of consumption, Mrs. Susan E., aged 40 years, wife of Mowry Sales, and daughter of Verry Aldrich of Arispe, Bureau county.

Mollie Sandrock

Contributed by Melva L. Taylor

April 28, 1966 - Thursday, pg 2


Mollie Sandrock Buried Wednesday

Prophetstown: - Funeral services for Mrs. Mollie Sandrock, age 93, who passed away Saturday, were held Wednesday at two o'clock at the St. Paul's Letheran Chruch in Yorktown.

The Rev. Emil Blobaum, pastor, officiated for the services with Miss Wilma Koenig at the church organ and Mr. and Mrs. Herman Oltman singing for the service.

Committal was at the Yorktown Cemetery with Harry Sandrock, Louis Sandrock, Harvey Sandrock, Fred Sandrock, Alfred Sandrock and Amiel Roseling serving as pallbearers.

In charge of the lovely floral tributes were Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Gibson, Mr. and Mrs. Clayton Clementz and the Hill Crest Greenhouse. A memorial has also been established for the Yorktown St. Paul's Lutheran Church in her name.


Contributed by  Melva L. Taylor

The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois, May 21, 1960 - Saturday, pg 2, col 6

Mrs. Everett Sarver Dies Early Today At Her Home In Walnut

Walnut: - Mrs. Everett Sarver, 38, died at her home in Walnut early this morning, following a stroke suffered at midnight.

The body was removed to the Ross Funeral Home where friends may call Sunday. Funeral services are tentatively set for Monday afternoon at the funeral home.

Gladys Headspeth was born Feb. 6, 1922 in La Rue county, Kentucky, the daughter of Fletcher and Nellie Cash Headspeth. She came to Bureau county with her parents in 1926. She was married to Everett Sarver on Sept. 1, 1944. They had made their home in Walnut since that time. She was a member of the Walnut Methodist Church.

Survivors are her husband, four daughters, Linda, Sue, Vicky and Debbie; two sons, Lee and Gary, all at home; one brother, Henry, Chicago; three sisters, Mrs. Cora Parrott, Mrs. John Lawes, Princeton; Mrs Mami Dever, Loouisville, Ky. She was preceded in death by her parents.Mrs. Sarah Saulsbury

Taken From the Henry Republican
April 8, 1880

Died at Walnut, Bureau county, April 5, Mrs. Sarah Saulsbury, formerly of Snachwine.

April 22, 1880 - Mrs. Sarah Saulsbury, who died April 5, at Walnut Bureau county, was the wife of Leonard D. Saulsbury, who formerly lived at Snachwine, and was mother-in-law of John Will of this city. Her disease was inflammation of the lungs. She was the mother of 10 daughters and one son, living to the venerable age of about 86. She was a good mother, wife and woman, and has gone to share in the better and higher good of the eternal life beyond.


Contributed by Melva L. Taylor

The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois August 22, 1960 - Monday, pg 2

Walnut: - Gus Schrader, 79, Walnut, died Sunday afternoon at the Perry Memorial Hosopital in Princeton, where he had been a patient since Saturday morning. He had been ill for several months.

The body was brought to the Ross Funeral Home where friends may call this evening 7 to 9. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m., the Rev. Ernest Cummings, pastor of the Walnut Methodist Church, officiating. Burial will be in the Walnut Cemetery.

A memorial has been established with funds to be given to the Cancer Research Foundation.

Mr. Schrader was born June 19, 1881 near Hollowayville, the son of John and Minnie Schrader. He came to Walnut with his parents when he was a child and had lived here since that time. He was married to Hadra Bohler of Walnut on Feb. 23, 1924. He was baptized in the Lutheran faith.

Survivors are his widow, one sister, Mrs. Elizabeth Lange, Walnut; four brothers, Leonard, Fort Madison, Iowa; William, Adolph, and George all of Walnut.

He was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers, John, Henry, Fred and Charles


The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois October 3, 1968 - Thursday pg 2

Manlius: - Mrs. Albert (Ruth) Schuneman, 76, of Walnut, passed away Monday (14 Oct 1968) in the Perry Memorial Hospital, Princeton. Funeral services will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. in the United Brethren Church, Manlius, the Rev. Robert Schubert officiating, with bural in Manlius Cemetery. Friends may call at the Howard Johnson Funeral Home, Manlius, Wednesday between 7 and 9 p.m. Memorials may be given to the United Brethren Church memorial fund. Ruth Schuneman was born May 8, 1892 in Missouri, the daughter of Edward M. and Mary Glick Beauchamp. She married Charles A. Nicholas in 1910 and he passed away in 1917 in Milltown, S.D. She then married Albert Schuneman on Feb 17, 1921 in the UB parsonage, Manlius. She was a member of the United Brethren Church. She is survived by two sons, Charles Nicholas of Tampico; Bernard Schuneman of Bradford; eight daughters Mrs. Vernon (Blanche) Hartz of Tampico; Mrs. Lee (Mildred) Winkler and Mrs. Walter (Caroline) Winkler, both of Willshire, Ohio; Mrs. Carl (Bernice) Pihl of Princeton; Mrs. Robert (Hazel) McCray of Cissna Park; Mrs. Jesse (Lola) Watson of Walnut; Mrs. Richard (Vera) Tuttle of Orion; Mrs. William (Annalee) Lickhart of Sheffield; 29 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Della Teasley of Sacramento, Calif., and Mrs. LeRoy Barber of Princeton. She was preceded by her parents, husband Albert in 1954, one brother John, and one grandchild in infancy.

George T. Scott

Obituary Hennepin Putnam record; May 30, 1923

George T. Scott died May 24, 1923, after a long sickness, his trouble being organic heart action. Most of his life has been lived in this community. He had been a carpenter and brick mason for about 40 years.

He was born May 1, 1852, being 71 years of age. He is survived by his daughter, Mrs. W. D. Acuncius, of Granville and two sons, Ora and Harvey, of Owatona, Minn., and one brother, John Scott of Mark.

The funeral was held at the home on Sunday p.m., being conducted by Reverend A.J. Pitman.

The interment in the Granville cemetery with H.L. Dysart in charge.


Contributed by Melva L. Taylor

The Tampico Tornado, Tampico, Illinois

March 21, 1901

Millie Scott, the beloved wife of Albert Scott, died at her home, where she was born and grew to womanhood on Monday, March 18, 1901, of lingering consumption after an illness covering a period of two years; aged 28 years.

The deceased was a daughter of Levi Hopkins, with whom she made her home, since the death of his wife some few months since. She was beloved and esteemed by a large circle of friends who merge their sorrow with the poignant grief of the husband and father.

The funeral was held at the Yorktown Christian Church Wednesday, March 20, Rev. Quinlan officiating, and interment was made in the Yorktown Cemetery.

James Seaton

April 3, 1879
Taken From the Henry Republican


The families of Jeff. Durley, Albert Burnham, J. H. Seaton, Jacob Zenor, Flora Zenor and Jasper Cecil, all of Hennepin, were represented on Sunday last at the funeral of their friend and relation James Seaton at Ottville in Bureau county. Mr. Seaton was born in Frederick county, Va., March 27, 1796, was married in Kentucky to Nancy Wilhite in 1819. Came to Illinois in 1835, where he lived respected until he died regretted at 1:30 a.m. on Friday, March 18, 1879, aged 83 years and a few hours, leaving his widow, Nancy, aged 78 years, with whom he had lived happily for 60 years. Their living descendants are children 7, grandchildren 21, great grandchildren 5. Attending the funeral were children 7 (all), grandchildren 20, and great grandchildren 4. The people turned out en masse, and in the audience was an unusual number of old men over 75 years of age, and the number all appeared sad and many shed tears. A stranger looking on did not need to be told that a good father, a kind neighbor and a respected citizen had gone before. Acompanying the widow during the funeral service, was her brother Isom Wilhite aged 80 years, now and for the last three years suffering terribly with cancer on the lower lip.


  - Contributed by Melva L. Taylor

The Daily Gazette, Sterling, Illinois

November 13, 1945- Tuesday, pg 9

Memorial Services At Leon Church Sunday For T/Sgt. Asa E. Secord

Memorial services will be held on Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock Nov. 18, at the Leon church for the late Tech. Sgt. Asa Earl Secord, who died in Germany June 30, 1945, as a result of injuries incurred in a vehicle accident. The Prophetstown American Legion will have charge of the service and the Rev. Hollis Wharton will give the sermon.

Sgt. Secord was born Dec. 5, 1906 at Yorktown, and was inducted at Scott Field, July 15, 1942, and was graduated from the motor cycle school at the armored force school, Ft. Knox, Ky., Dec. 8, 1942. He was sent overseas Sept. 20,1944, with Company B, 134th ordnance maintenace battalion. Sgt. Secord previously had enlisted in the navy, Nov. 24, 1922 and served four years and 11 months in the Hawaiian island.

He is survived by one brother, Everett of Ocean Park,Calif., who has been visiting friends in the community for several weeks.


The Daily Gazette, Sterling, Illinois

July 18, 1945 - Wednesday, pg 9

T/Sgt. Asa Earl Secord, Native of Yorktown, Dies in Nazi Germany

Word was received Tuesday morning by telegram from the secretary of war by Mr. and Mrs. Harold Fisk of Prophetstown of the death of Tech. Sgt. Asa Earl Secord, as a result of injuries in a vehicle accident in Germany June 30.

Asa Earl Secord, 39, was born Dec. 5, 1906 at Yorktown, the son of Sidney and Jennie M. Robinson Secord. He was inducted from Scott Field, Ill., July 15, 1942, and was sent to Camp Campbell, Ky., and Camp Perry, O., and was graduated from motorcycle school at the armored force school at Fort Knox, Ky., Dec. 8, 1942. He was sent overseas to France and Germany. He was a member of Co. B. 134th ordnance maintenance battalion.

He had previously served in the navy, enlisting Nov. 24, 1933, at Jefferson Barracks, Mo., serving four years and 11 months in the Hawaiian Islands.

He is survived by one brother, Everett of Ocean Park, Calif. Prior to his induction he worked at East Moline and formerly lived in Prophetstown and vicinity.


  - Contributed by Melva L. Taylor

The Sterling Daily Gazette, Sterling, Illinois

October 29, 1946 - Wednesday, pg 8

JEANETTE SELLS - Mrs. Jeanette Sell,s 87, of New Bedford, widow of the late John Sells, died suddenly Tuesday morning at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Guy Conley of 401 East Green Street, Urbana. Mrs. Sells had gone to the home of her daughter abut a month ago to spend the winter months. She had been in failing health since the death of her husband last January.

She leaves two daughters, Mrs. Edythe Gault of Bloomfield, NJ., and Mrs. Conley; three grandchildren, Margaret Gault Task of Bloomfield, N.J., Kathryn Conley Yolton of Venzuela, South America, and James Conley of Urbana, and two great grandchildren, Tommy and Katy Task of Blooomfield, N.J. Funeral services will be held at the New Bedford Christian church Friday at 2 p.m. Rev. J. E.Goodballet will officiate. Burial will be in the Greenville-Fairfield Cemetery.


- Contributed by Melva L. Taylor

The Sterling Daily Gazette, Sterling, Illinois

March 15, 1946 - Friday, pg 10

George Senning Rites At Tampico Thursday; Burial at Yorktown

Funeral services for the late George Senning of the Leon community, who died of a heart attack Monday morning, were conducted Thursday at 2:30 p.m. from the Parent Funeral Chapel in Tampico. Rev. C. J. Gess, officiating. The committal was at Yorktown.

Casket attendants were Henry Brandau, Fred Strike, George Sandrock, Marion Mathis, Harley Ackermand and Arthur Baker.

Mr.Senning had been in failing health for a year or more and had been a patient in a hospital at Excellsior Springs, Mo., and later had an extended visit with this brother, Dr. John P. Senning at Lincoln, Neb. Returning home he appeared to be improved.

Mr. Senning was born August 16, 1873 at Rotterberg, Germany, son of William and Katherine Ann Senning. He was engaged in farming. On March 11, 1914, he married Katherine Shalk of Butler, Ky. She died March, 1944. Mr. Senning is survived by his brother, Dr. Senning of Lincoln, Neb., and by three nieces, Mrs. Bertha Hilger, Mrs. Herman Yonke, and Mrs. O. Teske, the latter living in Tampico. He also leaves a nephew, Alfred Berge. A sister, Mrs. Henry Berge preceded him in death.

Mr. Senning, aside from his farming was an accomplished horseman and attended many harness racing meets. He was a quiet gentlemanly man who won the respect and esteem of all who knew him.

Mrs. Harriet Sheldon

The Hennepin Herald and Bureau Advertisement
February 5, 1847

Died in Princeton, on Wednesday night last of pulminary consumption, Mrs. Harriet Sheldon, aged about 45 years.

Mrs. Jane Sheldon (nee Brightman)

December 9, 1880
Taken From the Henry Republican

The following obituary, though a little late, we publish at request of friends.  Had our attention been called to it, it would have appeared at the proper time.  She was an old pioneer, and will be remembered by many of our readers.

Died, three miles south of Tiskilwa, in Arispie, October 6th, at 6 o'clock p.m., of ovarian tumor, after three years ailing, Mrs. Jane Brightman, wife of A. M. Sheldon, in the 63d year of her age. The funeral services occurred at the M. E. church, Tiskilwa, October 8th, at 1 o'clock p.m., Rev. N. T. Allen preaching an effective and feeling discourse from the following text: Job 16:22; "When a few years are come, then I shall go the way whence I cannot return." Our departed sister was laid in a beautiful casket covered with garlands and wreaths of flowers, the loving heart-offerings of friends.  The funeral was well attended, while a large collection of carriages and teams followed the remains to Mt. Bloom, the resting place of over 500 of our dead.

Mrs. Sheldon was born at Fall River, Mass., May 17th, 1817.  She was married to her berieved and disconsolate husband at Pawtucket, R. I., in May 1835. In 1837 they moved to Bureau county, and for a time settled in the western suburbs of Tiskilwa.  After three years residence in and about here, in 1840 they moved to their old residence four miles south of this place, and just south of Snachwine creek, where they have lived 40 long years.

When Mr. Sheldon first moved there, their nearest neighbor south was at Drake's Grove, nearly opposite Lacon. In the direction of Henry the nearest inhabitant was in the suburbs of the city, near the old seminary. At Tiskilwa, only a few houses met the eye.  There was the old log hotel of Mr. Dexter, near the town hall. A few other log houses were visible; Mr. Magoon, of Wyanet, was just building the house where Mr. Jack lives, and Spalding was completing the building of the old hotel, now the residence of J. W. Lea.  Col. H. L. Kinney, of fame and notoriety, and brother Warren, were keeping store in Fraser's old market stand. Tiskilwa and surroundings was almost an unbroken wilderness.  In the 40 years of their wedded bliss and happiness, they have seen the wilderness and unbroken prairies blossom as the rose - with people, farms, animal life and cereal crops.

They have raised a respected family of two sons and a daughter, and were happy as grandparents. In 40 years two score years have passed - more than a generation gone, and the trackless prairies of the west and the wild mountain and forest have given way to the civilizing influences of man's ingenuity.

Mrs. S. was the mother of four children, three of whom are now living - one departing this life in 1858 (a daughter). Of those living, two are sones and living nearby, and a daughter, Mrs. Ira Barnhart of Snachwine, Ill., and all comfortably settled in life. Of Mrs. S. we may say she was the managing spirit of the household.  As an energetic business woman and manager, she had few superior; and to her unerring judgment and sound advice, Mr. S. is largely indebted for his thrifty advance and success in life. In all commendable womanly traits of character, whether as wife, mother or counselor she has shown the bright evening star of the household.  Well may the family mourn, and well may they linger in taking the last look at the pale lips and marble brow of the beloved one - the fold mother and exemplary wife.

Tiskilwa, Ill., October 10, 1880

John Shepherd

Taken From the Hennepin Tribune
September 4, 1857

Shocking Accident and Death
We learn from the Bureau County Democrat, that a young man named John Shepherd had his hand caught in a threshing machine near Sheffield on Saturday week from the effects of which he died on the next day. He was at work for David H. Smith of Princeton on his farm at Devil s Grove and was attempting to pull out from the machine the straw which had clogged its operation, when his hand was caught in the machine and his arm drawn in and horrible mangled almost to the elbow.


Contributed by Melva L. Taylor

The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois

April 14, 1980 - Monday, pg 4

Prophetstown: - John (Art) Shere, 50, of Prophetstown died Saturday evening in Community General Hospital.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 2 p.m. in the Gardner Chapel Funeral Home in Prophetstown with Rev. Marshall Esty, pastor of the United Methodist Church, officiating, with burial in Yorktown Cemetery.

Visitation is from 7-9 p.m. Monday in the funeral home.

He was born Feb. 4, 1930 in Yorktown, the son of Jessie and Eloise Fauth Shere. He was educated in the Hooppole schools. He was united in marriage to Ann Johnson of Prophetstown on March 6, 1948. He resided in the Tampico and Prophetstown areas. He was owner and operator of the Prophetstown Cleaners for 10 years and managed the Collinson Gravel and Sand, Inc. He was a member of the United Methodist Church of Prophetstown.

He is survived by his wife, Ann; one daughter, Mrs. Monty (Sue) Lindberg and one son, Thomas and three grandchildren, all of Prophetstown; two brothers, Edmund of Norwalk, Ohio and Robert of Cherokee Village, Ark., and one aunt, Mabel Blackert of Prophetstown.

He was preceded in death by his parents. A memorial has been established to the Prophetstown Volunteer Ambulance Service.


from Melva L. Taylor

The Daily Gazette, Sterling, Illinois

May 5, 1942 - Tuesday, pg 5

Widow of Ambrose A. Shere Passes Away At Yorktown

Mrs. Linda Shere, 82, of Yorktown, sister-in-law of Mrs. Emma Landwair of Rock Falls, passed away at 1:30 p.m. Monday in her home after an illness of the past few days. Funeral rites will be held Wednesday afternoon at 1:30 in the home and 2 o'clock in the Yorktown Christian Church. Rev. Harry E. Shiffer of the Rock Falls Christian Church will officiate, assisted by Rev. Roland Florence of the Yorktown Christian Church. Interment will be in the Yorktown Cemetery.

Linda Swanson, daughter of John and Anna Swanson was born Jan. 20, 1860, near Geneseo, Ill. She had lived in and around Yorktown for many years and was the oldest resident of Fairfield township at the time of her death. She was the widow of Ambrose A. Shere, who was well known in that vicinity. His death occurred three years ago.

Mrs. Shere leaves three children, Jess of Yorktown, John of Tampico and Mrs. Mabel Blackert of Yorktown. A daughter, Bessie, preceded her parents in death. There are nine grandchildren. Mrs. Shere also leaves three sisters and one brother, Mrs. Dillie Bancroft of Chicago, Mrs. Lottie Davis of Prophetstown, Mrs. Leva Weber of Erie and Selium Swanson of Enid, Okla.

The passing of Mrs. Shere is mourned by a host of relatives and friends, who knew her as a sweet and lovable character.

Raife Sherwood

Taken From the Henry Republican
March 15, 1877


Master Raife Sherwood, aged 4 years and youngest son of F. R. Sherwood, died Saturday evening of membraneous croup. He was a bright, intelligent and promising little boy.

Louis Shimel

Taken From the Henry Republican
September 13, 1877

In Milo, Bureau county, of heart disease, Louis Shimel, aged 77.

Mrs. Eva Shurts

Taken From the Henry Republican
February 10, 1881

Died at Whitefield Corners, February 6, of dropsy, Eva, 75 years 5 months, wife of Peter P. Shurts.

Whitefield Corners:  All that was mortal of the late Mrs. Eva Shurts, consort of Peter P. Shurts, was consigned to the tomb at Center church on Monday afternoon of this week.  She departed this life on Sunday at or near 4 o'clock p.m., aged 75 years 5 months, lacking two days; she has been a sufferer from hart disease in its most malignant form for three or four years, and within the last year was attacked with dropsy, for some time could not lay down.  She was born in Hunterdon county, state of New Jersey. She moved with her husband and family to the state of Illinois, April, 1851.  An only sister, 77 years and right smart, and husband and five children survive her, and mourn her loss.  Funeral sermon preached by Rev. Metcalf.


Contributed by Melva L. Taylor

The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois,

March 6, 1961 - Monday, pg 2 col. 1

Mrs. Diedrich Siebels Dies, Funeral Tuesday

Walnut: - Mrs. Diedrich Siebels, 95, former Walnut resident, died in the Masonic Home in Sullivan on Saturday afternoon. She had resided in the home since 1933.

The body was brought to the Ross Funeral Home in Walnut where friends may call this evening. Funeral services will be conducted in the funeral home Tuesday at 2 p.m., the Rev. E. V. Hallock, pastor of the Christian Church officiating. Burial will be in the Walnut cemetery.

Mary Mueller was born Jan. 31, 1866 in Oldenburg, Germany, the daughter of Frederick and Mary Mueller. She came to the United States with her parents in 1874 and they settled in Prairieville, east of Sterling. She was married to Diedrich Siebels of Sterling and they moved to Walnut in 1904 where Mr. Siebel operated a general store for many years. They entered the Masonic Home in Sullivan in 1933 where her husband died in 1936.

She was a member of the Walnut Christian Church during the time she resided here.

Survivors are three daughters, Mrs. E. C. Wilson, Walnut; Mrs. John Schiesel, Chicago; Miss Marie Siebels, Los Angeles, Calif.; one grandson, Edwin Wilson, Walnut, and two granddaughteers.

She was the last of her family of five brothers and four sisteers.Fred Simmons

Fred Simmons
Taken From the Henry Republican July 8, 1880 - Milo
Fred Simmons, a fine promising young man of 14 years, died of diptheria on the 3rd and was buried on the 4th. Such is life in the midst of which we are in death.

Mrs. Ann Smith
Berkshire County Eagle, The (Pittsfield, Berkshire, Massachusetts) March 8, 1860
Died at Center, Bureau Co. Illinois, Feb. 10, Mrs. Ann, aged 27, wife of Mr. Thomas H. Smith, formerly of Leo.

Eli Smith
Chicago tribune. (Chicago, Ill.), September 05, 1871
Eli Smith, one of the oldest settlers in Bureau County, died at his residence, two miles north of Princton, on Monday of last week, aged 67 years. Mr. Smith came to Princeton 40 years ago last June and was one of the founders of the Hampshire colony.

Son of Frank Smith
Taken From the Henry Republican January 19, 1882 - Milo
Frank Smith buried his only son Monday night. Died of diphtheria. Age 4 years.

Mrs. James Smith
Geneseo Republic, Geneseo, Il., Jan. 6th, 1899
Mrs. James Smith died at her home Saturday night, of heart disease and dropsy, and the funeral services were held at the Baptist churc, being conducted by Rev. J.W. Ward, of Sheffield. The burial was in the Mineral cemetery. Her husband James Smith, and her daughter Mrs. Cora Stone survive her. (Kewanee Star)
-- Submitted by Debbie Thormahlen

Clara Augusta Snell
Taken From the Henry Republican January 26, 1882
Died at Winfield, Iowa, Jan. 18, of diphtheria, Clara Augusta, 15 years, 6 months, daughter of Wm. Snell formerly of Whitefield Corners and granddaughter of Timothy Atwood of Galva.

George W. Steinhauer
In Milo, Bureau county, Nov. 3, of paralysis, Capt. George W. Steinhauer, an old settler.

Henry News Republican, July 6, 1882
Milo News - David L. Sterling for many years a resident of Milo, died at his residence in Bradford, June 23d. Funeral at the Baptist church, Sunday at 2 o'clock p.m.

Samuel A. Stever
The Henry Republican, Henry IL, June 28, 1883
Milo - Died at his late residence June 7th, Samuel A. Stever, in the 78th year of his age. Funeral at the Christian Church Saturday by Rev. John F. Parker of Senachwine. Mr. Stever was born in Pennsylvania January 10th, 1806. His grandfather came to this country when he was only 18 years old; he came in the same vessel that Gen. LaFayette came to this county in. Henry and Jesse Stever of Dallas County, Iowa and Wm. Stever of Peoria were here attending the funeral.

Judge George W. Stipp

Taken From the Putnam Record,
January 26, 1899

Last week we made brief mention of the death of George W. Stipp of Princeton. He died at his residence in Princeton at 3:30 Sunday afternoon, January 22, 1899, aged 81 years. Deceased was born in Champaign County,O., March 2, 1818. We copy the following from the Bureau County Republican of January 26.

In 1851 he came to Princeton, but the same year he went to Lewiston, the county seat of Fulton, and entered into partnership with Joseph I. Taylor, in the practice of law and continued with him four years.  In 1857 Mr. Stipp was elected state's attorney for one year for Bureau, Marshall and Putnam counties.  The counties embracing the circuit were then changed and he declined longer to serve in that office under the new order of things. In September, 1861, Mr. Stipp assisted in raising Co. B, which was subsequently connected with Yate's sharpshooters, and he was made captain of that company.  November 1862, Captain Stipp was promoted to major of the 64th Ill. Vol. Inf. but the following spring on account of impaired health, it became necessary for him to resign.

After this judicial circuit had been so enlarged as to require three judges to look after the business of Bureau, Grundy, LaSalle and Will counties, Major Stipp was elected in 1879 as one of the three judges and he was twice re-elected at intervals of six years, serving altogether eighteen years as one of the judges of this, the ninth, circuit district.

As an advocate, Judge Stipp took front rank and was remarkably successful in the trail of causes. In early life he took  to public speaking, especially in political campaigns and was called upon where Lincoln, (?), Lovejoy and Browning were the orators.  He was a forcible eloquent and attractive speaker and always held the attention of his audience.


Contributed by Melva L. Taylor

The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois

March 25, 1972 - Satuarday

Mrs. Alma Strike Succumbs Today

Mrs. Alma Theresa Strike, 88, Tampico, died this morning at Rock Falls Colonial Acres Nursing Home.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Yorktown, with Pastor Joel G. Rustad officiating. Burial will be in Yorktown Cemetery.

Friends may call at the Schmitt Chapel, Tampico, after 2 p .m. Sunday.

Alma Theresa Strike was born Nov. 1, 1883, in Staesseldsdorf, Germany, the daughter of Gustav and Henrietta Teske. She came to the United States at the age of one with her parents, and the family settled in the New Bedford area, later moving to the Yorktown area. She was married Nov. 26, 1903, to William Strike at the home of her parents, and the couple then farmed in the Yorktown and Tampico areas until 1942, when they moved into Tampico.

Mrs. Strike was a charter member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Yorktown, a member of the Ladies Aid Society of that church and a 50-year member of the Royal Neighbors of America.

Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Albert (Lena) Pratt, Sterling; three sons, Fred, Waverly, Iowa; Otto, at home, and Leo of Rock Falls; two brothers, Otto Teske, Rock Falls, and Harry Teske, Manlius; a sister, Mrs. Emma Beck, Rockford, along with 11 grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren and three great great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband on July 7, 1954, her parents, two sisters and two brothers. Memorials may be directted to St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Yorktown.

Mrs. Abner Sturm

Taken From the Henry Republican
February 6, 1879

Local Correspondence - Milo

Abner Sturm's wife died on Sunday.

Mrs. Calvin Sutherland

March 26, 1874

Putnam County News, Snachwine

Rev. G. M. Mapes was called to preach the funeral service of Mrs. Calvin Sutherland of Boyd s Grove on Sunday last, who died of consumption. Rev. John Wherry filled his appointment in this place.


Contributed by Melva L. Taylor

The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois October 20, 1961 - Friday, pg 2

Manlius: - Oscar Frederick Swan, 83, former New Bedford business man died in the Prairie View Nursing home in Princeton Thursday evening.

The body was brought to the Howard Johnson Funeral Home in Manlius where friends may call Saturday afternoon and evening. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday in the New Bedford Christian Church, the Rev. Robert Low, pastor of the church officiating. He will be assisted by the Rev. F. Gwynne Cook, pastor of the Henry Christian Church, former New Bedford pastor. Burial will be in the Greenville-Fairfield Cemetery.

Mr. Swan was born Dec. 21, 1872 in New Bedford the son of Peter and Anna Johnson Swan. He was married to Hattie N. Winkler on Feb. 22, 1897 in New Bedford. He sold insurance for the American insurance Company for 53 years and also owned and operated a billard parlor in New Bedford for a number of years.

Survivors are one daughter Mrs. Seriel (Ethel) Serie, Sheffield; three sons, Earl E., Princeton; Kenneth, Clinton, Ia.,; Glenn, Mesa, Ariz.; seven grandchildren; and one sister, Mrs. A. T. Peterson, Malta. He was preceded in death by his wife, two daughters, Mrs. Edna Sousser and Mrs. Gladys Beachler, his parents, three brothers and two sisters.


Contributed by Melva L. Taylor

The Sterling Daily Gazette, Sterling, Illinois

August 25, 1932 - Thursday, pg 6

Heart Attack Proves Fatal - Mrs. Anna Swanson Passes Away In Yorktown

Yorktown: - Mrs. Anna Swanson, aged 73 years, passed away at her home in Yorktown Wednesday forenoon following a heart attack. She had been ill for the past two weeks, but the the last three days had been feeling much better, until suddenly stricken with the heart attack from which she failed to rally.

Mrs. Swanson was born April 4, 1859, in Sweden. She was married to Nels Swanson, who preceded her in death on June 8, 1923. To this union eleven children were born, six of whom preceded her, namely, Hilda, Helma, and Mrs. Esther Johnson, and three sons who died in infancy. Five children survive her, who are Swan of Clear Brook, Minnesota; Mrs. Amanda Froid of New Lisbon, Wisconsin; Mrs. Ethel Klobes, living on the home farm about five and one half miles east of Yorktown; Mrs. Edith Whetstone of Annawan, and Mrs. Violet Yonk of Yorktown, besides several grandchildren, other relatives and a large circle of friends and neighbors, who mourn her passing.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete, awaiting word from distant relatives.

(Burial: Greenville/Fairfield Cemetery)

Mrs. Louisa Jane Swanzey (nee Long) and baby, James Henry

December 24, 1874

Died near Tiskilwa, Nov. 18, at Mr. and Mrs. James Long s, her parents, of consumption, Mrs. Louisa Jane, aged 21 years, wife of Henry M. Swanzey. Also, Nov 9, her babe, James Henry, the child being taken up and both buried in the same grave.

Mrs. Mary Swarthout

Taken From the Henry Republican
January 13, 1881

Died at Elgin, Dec. 31, of consumption, Mary, 26, wife of Byron Swarthout of Milo, Bureau county; buried at Milo Jan. 2.


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