Carroll County Obituaries

(MRS) BALDWIN - Rev. F. L. Baldwin was called to Marshall, Minn., last Friday evening on account of the serious illness of his mother. Since reaching his destination he writes us that the funeral of his mother occurred Sunday. She was 82 years old. Mr. Baldwin expects to be home today, and will fill his usual appointments in Milledgeville and South Elkhorn.
Contributed by Karen Fyock (About May 1, 1896 Scrapbook Clipping)

HARRY BALDWIN - Funeral service for Harry Baldwin of Berwyn, a former Lanark resident, was held today in Berwyn. He died Saturday morning (19 February 1977) at the Oak Park Nursing Home in Oak Park. He was a Chicago And Burlington Railroad employee and a member of the Presbyterian Church of Berwyn. He was born at Lanark January 31, 1899, the son of Charles and Anna (Horner) Baldwin. He married Betty Tenly Sept. 3, 1921 in Lanark. He is survived by his wife and one sister, Mrs. Eugene (Dorothy) Sanders of Forreston. Visitation was Sunday in Berwyn. Burial will be in Lanark Cemetery. A memorial has been established in his memory for the Presbyterian Church in Berwyn.
Contributed by Alice Horner

BERTHA (TENLY) BALDWIN : Graveside service for Bertha Baldwin, 82, or Berwyn, formerly of Lanark, was held today at 2 p.m. at Lanark Cemetery. She died Christmas morning, December 25, at a nursing home in Berwyn. Born in Lanark on Feb. 8, 1903 she was the daughter of Joe and mary Tenly. She married Harry Baldwin in Lanark on Sept. 3, 1921. There are no immediate survivors. A memorial fund has been established.
Contributed by Alice Horner

BOYD BARBER , of Britton, South Dakota, a former Lanark resident, died this week at Britton where he had lived the past 21 years. (Alice Horner’s note: I couldn’t find an exact date of death. May 13, 1977 was a Friday, so it would have been earlier that week. The Social Security Death Index just shows May 1977, and just the year of death is on his tombstone; has a photograph.) He was a janitor in the Lanark schools for many years. He was born March 10, 1885 in Loran and married Ida Kampmeier April 15, 1909. (Alice Horner’s note: Her obituary states they married April 11, 1909.) Surviving are a son, Evan of Britton; a daughter, Mrs. Howard (Dorothy) Vautsmeier of Freeport; and four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife and a sister. Funeral service will be held Saturday at Britton and at 1 p.m. Monday in the Frank Funeral Home at Lanark with the Rev. Merle Hawbecker officiating. Burial will be in Lanark Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 8 to 9 p.m. Sunday in the funeral home.
Contributed by Alice Horner - Freeport Journal Standard, Freeport, Illinois May 13, 1977

CORA E. BARBER , was born in Milledgeville, August 12,1873 and died at Milledgeville Oct. 9, 1902 aged 29 years, 1 month and 27 days. The deceased has spent the greater part of her life in or near the vicinity of her birth-place and was well known to all. She was a lady whose life went out to others to do them good and doing them good she received great good to herself. Early in life she became a christian and in January 1889 she united with the Methodist Episcopal church at Milledgeville. She was baptized and admitted into full membership of the church remaining a faithful and devoted member until death. She received her early education in the home school, being one of the first graduates, and in '92-'93 attended the Normal school at Normal Ill. Afterward conduct­ing a mil1inery store in the Dull building. Her health began failing her some three years ago and last December, she with her mother went to Arizona in the hope that a change in climate might restore her. The change while greatly beneficial was not long standing and she began to fail rapidly. Consumption had its death grip upon her and she with her mother returned home Sunday evening September, 7th. She was always a happy contented sufferer and God came and kissed her to himself on Thursday morning Oct. 9. She has fallen asleep to awaken in a better land. She leaves to mourn her death her mother and her three brothers, Frank at Milledgeville, Harry and Price of Glendale, Arizona, together with many other relatives and a host of friends. Those who mourn have the blessing of a sweet and holy life to cheer them on their way toward the New Jerusalem where she has taken up her abode. The funeral services were held from the home of her uncle Isaac Allison., to the Methodist church Sunday at 10:30. Rev. C.A. Gage officiated. Her remains were borne to her last rest in the Bethel cemetery by six of her school mates, Roy Durstine, Orrin Griswold, Denver Hollowell, Elmer Millard, Harvey Fike and Samuel Livengood.

HAROLD O. BARBER , was born at Rock Grove, Illinois, June 16, 1848, and died at his home in Milledgeville, Tuesday evening, February 27, 1900, aged 51 years, 8 months and 11 days, His boyhood years were spent on a farm. In 1870 he came to Carroll Co., where he has since resided, except four years spent near Rock Grove, Ill. Dec. 7th, 1870 Mrs. Barber was united in marriage to Miss Mary Allison, of this place. To them four children were born, Miss Cora, Frank Harry and Price, all of whom with the wife, survive him. For the first few years after his marriage Mr. Barber engaged in farming and November 2nd 1874, he moved to town where he has been prominent in business circles, being at the time of his death engaged in the hardware and implement business. Besides his wife and children he leaves three brothers and four sisters, all of whom were able to be present at the funeral services except two, Mrs. Amanda Williams, of Wyoming, Iowa and Mrs. Maggie Chambers, of Bennett, Nebraska. Those who were here were Mrs. Nancy J. Foster, of Rock City, Illinois; Wilson Barber, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Foster, Price, and Mary Barber, of Rock Grove, Illinois. Mr. Barber was a member of the Methodist church , of this place, having united Easter Sunday, 1891, under the pastorate of Rev. A. C. Gruber. In his church he was a devoted, active member, always ready to serve in any capacity where he was needed, either officially, as class leader or as teacher. He was always interested in the welfare of the church, and especially in the young people. In him the young people particularly had a warm friend, one whose interest in them was more than a passing one. His cheerful, encouraging talks to them and to those with whom he was thrown in contact in the work, will long be remembered and cherished. Mr. Barber was a member of the Masonic fraternity of this city, and also of the camp of the Modern Woodmen of America. Here, as in his church he was anxious and willing to do all in his power to promote the welfare of both lodges, At the school elecion last spring, Mr. Barber was elected to a position on the school board of the town, and served faithfully the interests entrusted to him. Although serving in this capacity not quite a year his visits to the school and his friendly, encouraging talks to the teachers and pupils will make him long remembered with kindness. He was by nature friendly. Although with others he had his dark days, yet, withal he was a good-feeling man and one who thought very much of friendship, and like the companionship of warm, close friends. He was an industrious, hard working man and accomplished results with a rare degree of success. Although never a strong man physically, he had that strength of moral character which made him an inspiration and help to those who came to him in trouble. His cheerful nature which prompted always a cordial, hearty greeting for his friends and acquaintances, was an example worthy of imitation. Mr. Barber was taken sick, Sunday, February 18, although he attended church and Sabbath school as usual. The next day he was confined to his bed and although very sick he was not considered dangerous until Tuesday, the 27th, when he began to fail rapidly, until death came that evening, shortly after eleven o'clock. To the last he was conscious and knew that the end was near. As his family gathered around him to be near him during the last few moments he spoke to each personally, encouraging, advising, comforting them, and when at last the end came he closed his eyes in that last sleep, quietly and peacefully with a firm trust in the God who had been a comforter and counselor to him during his life. The funeral services were held Friday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock and were conducted by Rev. Davis and Baldwin, assisted by Rev. Teeter of the Progressive church. The beautiful floral offerings, from the school, the church, the Epworth League, both the lodges of which he was a member and his many friends testify to the high regard in which he was held by all. The Masonic fraternity, the M. W. of America, teachers and the high school pupils attended in a body. The church was completely filled with the friends, and many were obliged to stand. This alone would show the love and friendship which was felt toward him. The funeral services at the grave were conducted by the Masons. The pall bearers were I. T. Olmsted, T. O. Wolfe, S. M. Kaisinger, S. H. Todd, Y. M. Cantrail, J. F. Greenawalt. The remains were laid in rest in the Bethel cemetery.
Contributed by Karen Fyock - Undated scrapbook clipping.

IDA BARBER , died Tuesday afternoon, May 7, 1957 in a Freeport hospital after a month’s illness. The former Ida Kampmeier was born January 16, 1887 near Shannon, the daughter of Henry and Louisa (Kloepping) Kampmeier. She was married to Boyd Barber on April 11, 1909 at Lanark. Surviving are her husband, a son, Evan of Britton, South Dakota; a daughter, Mrs. Howard (Dorothy) Vautsmeier of Freeport; two sisters, Mrs. Clara (Flossie) Smith of Dakota and Mrs. Clyde (Jane) Buss of Lanark; and four grandchildren. She was a member of the Lanark Christian Church. Funeral arrangements are pending at the Frank Funeral Home.
Contributed by Alice Horner

HENRY J. BARTH - Funeral services for Henry J. Barth were held this afternoon at 3:00 at the Law-pierce funeral chapel with Rev. Gerhard Fischer, pastor of St. Peter’s Lutheran church, officiating. The last rites were attended by relatives and friends. The casket attendants were Fred, Harry, Sherwood, and Frank Barth, John Lederman, and Henry Moltman. Burial was made in the Mosquito Hill cemetery. The pastor selected his funeral sermon from Luke chapter two, verses 29 and 30. A quartet composed of Mrs. E.D. Gantert, Mrs.Hardin Dinsen, E.D. Gantert and Paul Streicher sang “Sleep Thy Last Sleep,” “Forever I Behold Thy Faith,” and “Nearer My God to Thee.” Mrs. Gerhard Fischer was the organist. Mr. Barth died Sunday (24 October 1932) at Paradise, Kansas, following an illness of complications of diseases. The remains arrived in Savanna this morning at 5:30 o’clock accompanied by the wife, Mrs. Henry Barth, and a daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. William Frederick of Savanna. Henry J. Barth, born in Terkhausen, Hanover, Germany, on Sept. 1, 1856, came to this country with his parents when a child six months old. The family settled near Savanna in Washington township. The deceased was reared and educated in this vicinity. He married Miss Lena Lederman of Savanna on Nov. 7, 1880. They left for Paradise, Kansas, several years ago which has since been the home of the deceased. Mr. Barth died at the age of 76 years, one month, and 22 days. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Lena Lederman Barth, two sons, Henry Jr. and Julius, both of Paradise, Kansas, three daughters, Mrs. William (Lena) Frederick of Savanna, Mrs. Charles (Emma) Helcher and Mrs. Hugh (Eva) Bell both of Paradise, Kansas, two brothers, Charles Barth and George Barth, both of Savanna, one sister, Mrs. Louise Turesdal of Bridgport, Conn., and four grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, one daughter, Lillian, and two sisters, Mrs. Emma Morris and Mrs. Lena Schneider.
Contributed by Jim Klingler

JOHN GEORGE FREDERICK BARTH , 71, native of Washington township and a resident of Savanna for over 40 years died at 7:10 a.m. today in the city hospital, following an illness with a complication of diseases. Mr. Barth was admitted to the hospital eight days ago. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday in St. Peter’s Lutheran church, with the Rev. Gerhard Fischer, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Mosquito Hill cemetery. Friends may call at the Fuller funeral home to view the body. John George Frederick Barth, son of Julius and Caroline (Bartel) Barth, was born on a farm near Mosquito Hill, Washington township, Carroll County, July 15, 1869, and died at the age of 71 years, seven months, and 22 days. Mr. Barth came to Savanna in 1900. During his first two years in Savanna he worked for the Burlington railroad; then he resigned and became an employee of the Milwaukee railroad. He retired in April, 1937, as a boilermaker. His marriage to Miss Adolphina Stubie took place Dec. 11, 1890, at the Barth farm homestead north of Savanna. Mr. and Mrs. Barth celebrated their golden wedding anniversary in 1940 at the family home in Chauncey street. Mr. and Mrs. Barth are the parents of six children, three sons and three daughters. Mr. Barth had many friends in Savanna and vicinity. He was a member of the Milwaukee Railroad Veterans association, the International Brotherhood of Boileremakers, and St. Peter’s Lutheran church. Surviving are his widow, who is a patient in the city hospital, having suffered a fractured hip several weeks ago; three sons, W.J. Barth and John Barth, both of Perry, Ia., and Frank Barth of Savanna; three daughters, Mrs. E.O. (Rose) Klotz of East Dubuque, Mrs. Peter (Julia) Bianchetta of Aurora, and Mrs. Floyd (Euveta) Bleakley of Savanna; nine grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, one brother, Charles Barth of Savanna, and many other relatives. Preceding him in death were his parents, one brother, and three sisters.
Contributed by Jim Klingler

LENA BARTH - Funeral services were held this afternoon for Mrs. Lena F. Barth, 70, who died Friday in Paradise, Kan. A prayer service at 2:00 in the Law funeral chapel was followed at 2:30 by a service in St. Peter’s Lutheran church. The pastor, Rev. Gerhard Fischer, was in charge. During the service a quartet composed of Mrs. Hardin Dinsen, Miss Verda Swanson, Paul Swanson, and Jack Klingler sang “I’m But a Stranger Here” and “Sleep Thy Last Sleep.” Burial was made in the Mosquito Hill cemetery. Pallbearers were Henry Moltman, Chris Streicher, William Builte, Hardin Dinsen, William Reible, and Floyd Steizburg. Mrs. Barth is the mother of Mrs. William Frederick of Savanna and formerly resided here.
Contributed by Jim Klingler

HERMAN FREDERICK BARTHEL died at the home of his brother, William, near Milledgeville March 23, 1895, at the age of 75 years and 13 days. He was born in Germany, March 10, 1820 and in 1847 he came to this country, followed one year later by his brother, William. He at once took up his residencc in Illinois, in which state he has been a constant resident. He came to Milledgevilie in 1857 at which place he was engaged in different pursuits. In 1856, at Fair Haven, he was united in marriage to Miss Dorethea Timmel. They had born to them ten children; four of whom, with their mother mourn his loss; five are buried at South Elkhorn. Charles, aged 33 years, was killed in a railroad wreck at Lasalle in 1892. The four surviving children being Oscar, a practicing physician of Iowa, Julius, Herman and Alvin. Mrs. Barthel, Herman and Alvin were with him at his death. During his early life he united with the German Lutheran church, of which he has been a constant and faithful member. He was a true Christian, as his purpose in life was to provide for his family, that they might be comfortable and happy. His ableness to others made him many true friends. About two years ago he was stricken with a dreaded disease to which he had to succumb. His sufferings were borne uncomplainingly. He was conscious that he had to go, he patiently and silently awaited the end, and at 6:25, Saturday evening he quietly passed away in the arms of his son. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Divan Tuesday forenoon and burial was in Bethel cemetery south of town.

WILLIAM BARTHEL was born across the sea in the "Fatherland" and first saw the light in the city of Nordtauser, Prussia, November 11, 1822, and died at his home, near Milledgeville, Illinois, Sunday, February 11, 1900, aged 77 years and 3 months. He was one of a family of twelve children, all of whom are now deceas­ed, but one sister in Prussia. He came to America in 1848, landing in New York on the 6th day of August. He remained there for only a short time when he went west to Chicago, and from there to Dixon. The journey from Chicago to Dixon was taken in a stage coach. On the banks of Rock River, not far fom Dixon, be began farming and continued there until 1852, when he moved to Milledgeville where he has since resided. In part,nership with his brother, Herman, he bought a mill at Milledgeville which they operated in connection with farm­ing. He was a prosperous man and by skill and industry succeeded in acquir­ing quite a property and was considered one of the substantial business men of the county. Six years ago he gave up active business and has since enjoy­ed a well earned leisure at bis beauti­ful home, near town, in the midst of his family surrounded by such com­forts and blessings as his taste suggest­ed and his means afforded. Here it was a great pleasure to him to wel­come his friends and have them share his ample hospitality. He was married to his now sorely bereft widow, Catherine Plock, Febru­ary 3, 1864, with whom he shared the joys and sorrows "Of thirty-six years, they having but just past the thirty­ sixth anniversary of their wedding day. Seven children were born to them, three of whom, Lena and Willie died in infancy, and Mrs. Anna Barthel Healey, wbo died in Boulder, Colo. November 30, 1894. Of the four surviving children, Mrs. Cassie Geldenfacher lives on the old homestead, Dorothy, Clara and Gertrude live at bome The sickness which terminated his life was dropsy and jaundice, the first symptoms appearing on the 3rd of Februay, 1899. He had been under the doctor's care since October last. In his long, and owing to the disease, depressing sickness, he was ever a most patient sufferer and was greatly appreciative of the constant care that loving hearts and ready hands were so glad to give. Be made request that all who had ministered to him in any way should have his special thanks. In early life he joined the Lutheran church in his native land. He was a firm believer in the word of God with which he was quite familiar, gave him comfort and support to his last days. He looked hopefully ioto tbe future and frequently spoke of "going home". He was a man of thought and meditation, and was an educated man, having had a classical education in his native land. He was a kind affectionate husband, a fond indulgent father, thoughtful and carelul regarding the best interests of his f'amily, ever ready to provide every essential to their happiness and well being. The community has lost a wor­thy citizen, a man of integrity and bonor, whose influence was always on tbe side of virtue and right. He was one of the pioneers of this western world wbo helped to lay the foundation of our present progress and civilization and to whom this generation owes more than it knows. The funeral was beld in the M. E. church at 2 p. m., Wednesday, Febru­ary 14th, 1900, Rev. W. H, Fouke of­ficiated, assisted by Rev, Davis of. tbe M. E, church, and otber ministers. His remains were laid in the Bethel cemetery beside his brother, Herman, and his daughter, Mrs. Healey, to await tbe resunection morning.

ABIGAIL (DOWNING) BASHAW , 71 years of age and a resident of Montgomery county since 1868, passed away at the home of her son, Millard L. Bashaw, in Pilot Grove Township Friday, January 20, 1911. Funeral services in Lowman chapel were held Sunday, Jan 22, Rev. J. W. Stokesbury, of the Elliott M. E. church preaching the sermon. The pallbearers were Mrs. Bashaw's five sons, George, Millard, Herbert, Charles, and David, and her grandson Will Donohue of Red Oak. Burial was in the Lowman Cemetery. Mrs. Bashaw's maiden name was Abigail M. Downing. She was born in Mount Carroll, Ill. January 12, 1840 and was married there March 29, 1860 to Leonard Bashaw. They came to Iowa to make their home in 1868. She is survived by Mr. Bashaw, eight children and 34 grandchildren. The children are Mrs. J. W. Donohue and Mrs. Anna Patty of Red Oak, D. N. Bashaw of Moville, Mrs. D. J. Weaver of Griswold, C. N. Bashaw of Gothenbury, Neb., Millard Bashaw of Pilot Grove township, H. L. and G. H. Bashaw of _______ (paper missing).(Alice Horner's note: Mrs. Anna Patty's name is misspelled; she was Anna Petty; her husband was William F. Petty.) All the children were at the brother's home when she passed away. Mrs. Bashaw had been a member of the M. E. church since she was a girl.
Rest of the obit is missing. Contributed by Alice Horner

ELMER BASHAW - A former Mount Carroll resident, Elmer Bashaw, died May 7, 1968 in City-County Hospital at LaGrange, Georgia. He had been making his home at LaGrange with a daughter, Mrs. Thomas (Lucille) Mayo, since 1966. Mr. Bashaw was employed for 42 years as a clerk for the Milwaukee Railroad in Mount Carroll and Savanna. In 1940 he was transferred to Rockford, and later to DeKalb. In 1952 he moved to Miami, Fla. His wife, the former Annette Lambert, preceded him in death. The son of Eugene and Jerusha (Haynes) Bashaw, he was born in Mount Carroll Feb. 25, 1884. Surviving in addition to his daughter are seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He was also preceded in death by one son, Claude. Funeral services will be Monday at South Western Methodist Church in Miami, with burial in South Western Miami Memorial Park. Service was held Friday in LaGrange.
Contributed by Alice Horner

FLORA A. (HAYNES) BASHAW , daughter of Samuel and Rebecca Bechtel Haynes, was born in Circleville, Ohio May 4, 1853 and departed this life May 11, 1927, just as the sun was sinking in the west, at the age of 74 years and 7 days. She was the next to the youngest in a family of 13 children , 9 of them having grown to manhood and womanhood. Two brothers, Joseph Haynes of Gothenberg, Nebraska and Lyman Haynes of Sabula, Iowa and foster sister Mrs. Sumner Stakemiller of Port Angeles, Washington are all that remain of her father’s family. She came with her parents to Carroll County in 1854 at the age of 1 ½ years. She was united in marriage to Thomas Bashaw October 23, 1872 near Mt. Carroll and has spent her entire life in the vicinity of Preston Prairie. She was converted early in life during a revival meeting which was in progress in the U. B. Church at Center Hill, which was always a very warm place in her heart and an interest as well in that church, although she was united with the Methodist church and has been a consistent member of same all through her life. Her illness dates back to about 2 years ago, since her family noticed she was failing in health, but for the past three months she has been confined to her bed most of the time, until death relieved her suffering. She leaves to mourn her departure a sorrowing husband and one daughter, Mrs. Jessie Colehour, and an adopted son, Charlie Bashaw, who were such a comfort to her in her last illness, and so faithful in rendering service for her comfort; also Miss Susie Yeager, who has always lived in the family and has been a faithful devoted member; also William Grim, who was raised in the family. It can truly be said of her that she was a mother in Israel, and will be sadly missed, not only by her immediate family but by many others, in close connection with the family, also by the entire neighborhood, for she was at all times ready and willing to render assistance where most needed, and all take comfort in the assurance that she has gone to her reward.
Contributed by Alice Horner

JERUSHA (HAYNES) BASHAW was born in Circleville, Pickaway Co., Ohio November 8th, 1851, and departed this life August 14th, 1926, seventy-four years, ten months and six days of age. She was the daughter of Samuel and Rebecca Haynes, pioneers of Carroll County and of Preston Prairie, she having lived on Preston Prairie from early childhood excepting two years after her marriage until a year ago, when her health gave way and she made her home with her son and daughter. She was united in marriage to Eugene Bashaw March 9th, 1880. To this union was born four children, three sons and one daughter. Two sons died in infancy. Son Elmer living at Mt. Carroll and daughter Blanche, Mrs. L. C. Cunningham of Chicago. Her husband preceded her in death four years ago. Mrs. Bashaw was one of a large pioneer family her brothers and sisters being William Haynes of Eustes, Neb.; Jacob of Mt. Carroll, Joseph of Gothenberg, Neb., Mrs. Mary Snyder of Mt. Carroll, Lorenzo Haynes of Port Angeles, Washington; George, of Mason City, Iowa; Mrs. Thomas Bashaw of Preston Prairie, and Lyman of Sabula, Iowa. Of this family only three remain: Joseph, Lyman, and Mrs. Thomas Bashaw. One by one the early settlers are passing. The time and place that once knew them will know them no more. But the kind deeds and missions of mercy they performed will live in the hearts and minds of those they leave. Mrs. Bashaw was a kind mother and wife and neighbor and friend was always ready to help those about her in time of illness and death. The writer knows of many times when sickness and sorrow would enter in homes of neighbors how she would go and minister unto them. These memories that bind hearts and lives closer and closer. The passing of such lives leaves a sadness that only God can heal.
Contributed by Alice Horner

SHIRLEY BASHAW 90, of Savanna died Wednesday at Jane Lamb Hospital in Clinton, Iowa. (Note: The Social Security Death Index gives the date as October 1979.) He farmed in the Savanna area until retirement in 1965 and was a member of Community United Church of Christ. A veteran of World War I, he was a member of Veterans of World War I. Born March 19, 1889 in Savanna, the son of Grant and Hattie (Bogue) Bashaw. He married Etheal Mandel on June 25, 1925 in Sioux City, Iowa. Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Vaughn (Patricia) Gaar of Savanna and Mrs. Lawrence (Shirley) Nigus of Elgin; two grandchildren, and two sisters, Mrs. Gladis Ferrell and Mrs. Mae Rowley, both of Savanna. He was preceded in death by his wife and one brother. Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Friday at Law-Jones Funeral Home in Savanna with the Rev. Paul Rucker officiating. Burial will be in Savanna Township Cemetery. Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Contributed by Alice Horner

THOMAS BASHAW - The funeral services for the late Thomas Bashaw were held last Friday afternoon in the M. E. church, the Rev. G. T. Nesmith in charge. Two beautiful hymns, “No Night There” and “It Is Well With My Soul” were sung by Mrs. Robert Colehour, accompanied at the organ by Vernon Ackerman. Casket attendants were: Elmer V. Smith, William Freeman, Ward Weidman, Glen Bickelhaupt, Harvey Downing, and Preston Downing. Those caring for the flowers were: Mrs. Charles Bickelhaupt, Mrs. Ward Weidman, and Mrs. Elmer V. Smith. Internment was made in Oak Hill Cemetery. Friends attending from a distance included the following: Charles Bashaw, Clay City; Mrs. L. C. Cunningham, Birmingham, Ala.; C. P. Smith, Oelwein, Ia.; Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Haynes, Mason City, Iowa; Mrs. Thorkel Sondrol, Clear Lake, Iowa; Kenneth Haynes, Garner, Iowa; Mr. and Mrs. Roscoe Haynes and Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Haynes, Sabula, Iowa; and J. Sumner Maloney, Chicago. Thomas Bashaw, son of David and Catherine Stanislaus Bashaw, was born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada April 20, 1847, and was past 90 years old. He was of French descent, of a strong, vigorous race, being the last of a family of ten children. He was a resident of Preston Prairie almost seventy years. On October 23, 1872 he was united in marriage with Flora Haynes, in the house now occupied by the Ross Cummings family. (Note: This might have been Section 14, Mt. Carroll Township.) They started housekeeping on the farm which is now the home of Loomer Downing and family. (Note: This was the northwest part of Section 15, Mt. Carroll Township.) Later they moved to the farm occupied by William Freeman, on Preston Prairie. Later Mr. Bashaw purchased the farm north of Cedar Creek bridge, on the Savanna-Mt. Carroll road, where he built a comfortable home for his family. (Note: This property was in the center of Section 10, Mt. Carroll Township.) In 1912 he sold this farm and purchased the land and built the home where he resided the rest of his life. Of his immediate family Mr. Bashaw leaves to mourn his death his daughter, Mrs. Myrtle B. Colehour; his foster son, Charles Bashaw; and Miss Susie Yeager, who has been in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Bashaw for almost seventy years; and many near relatives. Mr. Bashaw was converted when a young man, and became a member of the Methodist Episcopal church, to which he remained faithful until his death. To all the neighbors and friends who assisted in any way during the illness, death and burial of our father, we wish to extend our sincerest appreciation. Your kind acts will long remain in our memory. Mrs. Myrtle B. Colehour Charles Bashaw
Contributed by Alice Horner - Death Date February 4, 1936.

ANTHONY BASILE : 89, of Savanna, died Monday at Mercy North Hospital. The funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Savanna. The Rev. Moises Apostol will be officiating. Burial will be in St. John's Catholic Cemetery, Savanna. Visitation will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the Law-Jones Funeral Home, Savanna. There will be a rosary service at 8:30 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. He was born Feb. 7, 1915, in Chicago to Antonio and Caroline Carnivacciolli Basile. He married Lorraine Ginie on Feb. 8, 1938, in Chicago. He graduated from the McKinley High School in Chicago in 1933. He worked as a beer distributor in Savanna from 1933 to 1937 for John Ballas. He then worked with the Motorola Corp. from 1937 to 1950 as a supply foreman. After moving to Savanna in 1950, he operated a family shoe store, "The Savanna Shoe Box," with his wife from 1950 until his retirement in 1980. He also started a pizza business with his nephew, James Ballas, and worked there part time from 1953 until 1960. He served on the Savanna Park Board for more than 30 years. He was past president of the park board for many years. He was very instrumental in the park board developing the Savanna Marina. He was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Savanna Lions Club, Knights of Columbus, Savanna Chamber of Commerce and the Savanna Loyal Order of the Moose Lodge.

Survivors include his wife; one son, Ron (Terrill) Basile of Knoxville, Tenn.; one daughter, Mrs. Karen (Douglas) Dollard of Pleasanton, Calif.; two grandchildren; four stepgrandchildren; and eight stepgreat-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters and three brothers.
Clinton Herald June 24 2004

DELVIN L. BAUSMAN , 76, of Oregon and formerly of Lanark, died Saturday October 9, 2010 in the Serenity Home of Ogle County Hospice. Born April 8, 1934 in Stockton the son of Orville and Thelma (West) Bausman. Married to Donna Mae Smith August 12, 1955 in Mt. Carroll; she died July 13, 2002. He had been employed as a machinist at Woods Equipment Co. and self-employed for many years in appliance repair. He attended Mt. Carroll schools, was a Korean War era Navy veteran and a member of Mt. Morris American Legion. Delvin participated in Relay for Life, loved woodworking, fishing, camping, playing bead bag games, and splitting wood for building fires. He loved sports – the Bulls, Bears, Cubs and Illini and coached little league and girls softball for many years in Lanark. Delvin also loved giving his grandkids golf cart rides. Survived by: son, Dennis (Nancy Graham) Bausman of Oregon; daughters, Debbie (Mike) Wiginton of Oregon, Laura (Donald) Giedd of Dixon, Jolene (Bruce) MacDougall of Durand and Brenda (Randy) Carr of Oregon; grandchildren: Dan (Dawn Buss) Mann, Randy Mann, Cheri (Al) Wickert, Christin Giedd, Jody (Greg) Zissler, Jacob Whitsell and Izzie; great grandchildren: Damon & Dylan Mann, Chase Heidenriech, Allisha & Alexis Zissler, Chloe Parker,and Jacob Wickert; brothers, Marvin (Margaret) Bausman of Thomson and Gerald (Annette) Bausman of Elizabeth; and sister-in-law, Darlene Bausman of Lanark. Also preceded by: his parents, brothers Carson and Kenny Bausman, niece Teresa Sassaman and son-in-law, Gary Hockman. Services will be held at 10:00am Saturday October 16 in Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home, Oregon with Pastor Rich Fassig of Chana United Methodist Church officiating. Burial in Lanark Cemetery. Visitation Friday 6:00-8:00pm in the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Serenity Home of Ogle County Hospice.
Contributed by Laura Giedd

DENNIS L. BAUSMAN , 48, lifelong Oregon resident died Friday, Dec. 17, 2010 at KSB Hospital. Dennis was born Jan. 4, 1962 in Freeport, the son of Delvin and Donna (Smith) Bausman. He attended Oregon schools. Before his illness, Dennis was employed by E.D. Etnyre, Oregon. He enjoyed building model cars, campfires, and horseshoes and loved the band "Boston". He is survived by his sisters, Debbie (Mike) Wiginton of Oregon, Laura (Donald) Giedd of Dixon, Jolene (Bruce) MacDougall of Durand and Brenda (Randy) Carr of Oregon; his special friend, Nancy Grahm of Oregon; his nieces and nephews; an dhis dogs, Max and Lady. He was preceded by his parents. A memorial service will be at 7 pm Tuesday at Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home, Oregon with Pastor Rich Fassig of Lighthouse/ Chana United Methodist Church officiating. Visitation will be at 6 pm Tuesday at the funeral home. A memorial has been established.
Contributed by Laura Giedd

DONNA MAE (SMITH) BAUSMAN , 65, 11 Webster Street Oregon died July 13, 2002 at her home with her loving family present after a long battle with cancer. She was born July 21, 1936 in Lanark to John & Ethel (Rogers) Smith. She married Delvin L. Bausman on August 12 1954 (Incorrect - should be 1955) in Mt. Carroll. Donna was a loving mother and wife who enjoyed camping, gardening, cooking and spending time with her family. Most important to her was family, she was very loving and would do anything for them. Donna will be remembered for her cooking for large crowds. Her potato salad, cinnamon rolls and homemade French fries were the best. Donna was survived by her husband Delvin of Oregon, five children: Debbie Hockman of Mt.Carroll; Laura (Don) Giedd of Dixon; Jolene (Bruce) MacDougall of Durand; Dennis (Chris) Bausman of Roselle; Brenda (Randy) Carr of Oregon; six grandchildren, Dan and Randy Mann, Cheri and Christin Giedd, Jody (Greg) Zissler, and Jacob Whitsell; three step-grandchildren, Terri, Bobby and Andi Mac Dougall; and two great-grandchildren, Dylan and Damon Mann; one sister, Barb (Ed) Butts of Lanark; three brothers; Franklin Smith of Milledgeville, Faye (Alvera) Smith, and Duane (Patricia) Smith of Lanark. She was preceded in death by her parents, one brother Francis, four sisters Betty Kneiss, Ruth Cook, Alice Landherr, and Ellen Manning; and one son-in-law, Gary Hockman. Funeral services held at 1 p.m. Thursday July 18 at Frank-Law-Jones Funeral Home in Mt. Carroll with Rev Darrell Kyle, the Chaplain with Ogle County Hospice officiating. Burial will be in Lanark Cemetery. A memorial has been established.
Contributed by Laura Giedd

THELMA BLANCHE (WEST) BAUSMAN , 28, wife of Orville L. Bausman, of Lanark, former Stockton residents, passed away about 5:30 o’clock Sunday morning in a Freeport hospital. Mrs. Bausman, formerly Miss Thelma Blanche West, was born in Rush Township, Jo Daviess County, August 22, 1910, the daughter of Eddie and Minnie West. Her marriage to Orville L. Bausman took place May 28, 1927. She leaves her husband, five children: Kenneth, Marvin, Gerald, Melvin (s/b Delvin), and Carson Bausman, at home, her parents, and the following brothers and sisters, Howard, Walker, Murrel, and Carson West, Mrs. Mae Vincent, Mrs. Lois Parkinson and Miss Evelyn West, all of Stockton. Funeral services will be held from the Vanderheyden Funeral Home in Stockton at 2 o’clock Tuesday afternoon. Rev. C. B. Holloway will officiate and burial will be in Ladies Union Cemetery.
Contributed by Alice Horner Freeport Journal Standard Monday, July 24, 1939

ELLA S. BECK , 92, of Lanark died Tuesday, Jan. 20, 1998, at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Daughter of George J. and Pauline (Saltzer) Beck, she was born Dec. 13, 1905, near Lanark. After graduating from Lanark High School and Carthage College, she received her degree from Iowa State University at Ames. She was a school teacher at Astoria High School four years before coming to Lanark High School in 1933. At the time of her retirement in 1971, she had taught home economics 37 years. Her memberships included Trinity Lutheran Church in Lanark and Delta Kappa Gamma. Surviving her are one cousin, Margaret Kort of Concord, Calif., and a cousin's wife, Mary Cirksena of Sarasota, Fla. Her parents and one sister, Mildred Pauline Beck, died previously. Funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Trinity Lutheran Church witht the Rev. Kim Lee Brown officiating. Burial will be in Lanark Cemetery. Friends my call from 9 a.m. Saturday to time of service at the church. A memorial fund has been established for Trinity Lutheran Church and Lanark Fire Department. Arrangements were made by Russell-Frank Funeral Home Lanark.
Contributed by Donna Rife (Miss Beck not only taught Donna and her Mother in high school)

ETHEL CARRIE (DEETS) DIEHL BECK - Funeral services for Mrs. Guy Beck, who passed away, Thursday evening, March 11, 1954, after a lingering illness, were held Sunday afternoon, March 14, in the Frank funeral home at 1 o'clock with the Rev. Lorrel Eikenberry, pastor of the Church of the Brethren. Ethel Carrie Beck passed away in her home about 10:30 PM on Thursday. The daughter of George and Sylvia Cheeseman Deets, she was born on a farm near Coleta, Nov 12, 1895. She was married in 1914 to Roy O. Diehl, who passed away in 1915. To this union was born one daughter, Bernice Diehl (Mrs. Paul Nesemeier), Mt. Morris. In 1922, she was married to Guy Beck in Lanark. To this union was born two daughters, Velda (Mrs. Kurt Schmeer), of Elgin and Joyce, who preceded her mother in 1948. She is survived by her husband, two daughters and two grandchildren, Keith and Barbara Nesemeier, one sister, Mrs. O. F. Greenawalt, Lanark, and one brother, Roy Deets of Chicago.

EVELYNE DOROTHY (KAUFFMAN) BECK age 91, beloved Mother, Grandmother and Great Grandmother, died peacefully at home April 4, 2006. She was born February 22, 1915, in Sperry, Iowa (DesMoines County) to Anna and Joseph Kauffman. Evelyne graduated from Thomson High School and was a long time resident of Savanna. She worked many years at Savanna City Hospital and Big Meadows nursing home. She recently received her 60-year award for the Order of the Eastern Star and belonged to the Order of Moose Auxiliary. Her dear husband, Laurence Beck, and her sons, Boyd and Craig Beck, preceded her in death. Her one surviving sibling is brother Pete Kauffman of Mount Carroll, Illinois. Her other siblings were brother George and sisters Katherine, Pearl, Gladys, Harriet, and Trilbe. She is survived by her daughters, Louise Wilmot (husband Michael Wilmot) of Omaha, Nebraska and Nelda Beck (husband David Swessel) of Fayetteville, North Carolina. Her grandchildren are Lisa Campbell (husband Tom Campbell) and Lorrie Mills of Thomson, Illinois, Kurt Beck (wife Cindy Beck) of Savanna, Illinois, and Lynda Loontjer (husband Scott Loontjer) and Brooke Sweeney (husband Christopher Sweeney) of Omaha, Nebraska. Her great grandchildren include Ben Beck, Joe and Jenissa Campbell, and Bradlee, Lukes, and Nikolas Loontjer. Visitation will be Friday, April 7 from 4pm till 7pm at the Law-Jones funeral home in Savanna. The funeral service will be held at 2 pm Saturday, April 8, 2006, at Law-Jones funeral home with burial in the family plot at Savanna cemetery. A reception will follow at the Savanna Moose Lodge. She gave her selfless love to all her family and friends throughout her life. Now she rests in peace for all of eternity in the arms of our loving God.
Contributed by Lori Gilbert

ELLA (REINTS) BECK , was born January 17, 1828 in Neermoor Amt Leer, East Friesland, Germany, and departed this life in peace near Brookville, Illinois May 13, 1907, at the age of seventy-nine years, three months and twenty-seven days. Mother Beck came to America in 1847, settling in the vicinity of Mt. Morris where she made her home until the year 1849, when she was united in holy matrimony with Geo. Beck. They then located at the late home where Mother Beck resided until death. This union was blessed with ten children, the husband and four children preceding to the spirit world. Six children, two grandchildren, one sister, three brothers and a large circle of friends remain to mourn. Sister Beck was converted in 1850 under the labors of Rev. Geo. Blank and became a member of the Evangelical Association. Her memory is blessed. She rests from her labors and her works do follow. She passed away in peace surrounded by her loved ones. The funeral services were conducted at the late home by Rev. W. A. Shultz. His text was John 14: 1 and 2, "Let not your heart be troubled; ye believe in God, believe also in me. IN my Father's house are many mansions; if it were not so I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you."
Contributed by Karen Fyock - Undated Scrapbook Clipping

MRS. GEORGE (SALTZER) BECK , 87, died Friday at 10:30 p.m. in Freeport Memorial Hospital after a short illness. Mrs. George Beck, was born April 16, 1876, the daughter of Rank and Susie Saltzer in Dauphine County, Pa. On Nov. 29, 1902, she married George Beck. She was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church. Surviving is one daughter, Ella Sue Beck, Lanark. She was preceded in death by her husband and a daughter. Funeral services will be held Monday at 2:30 p.m. in the Frank Funeral Home with the Rev. Richard Hanson of the Trinity Lutheran Church officiating. Burial will be in the Lanark Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home from 7 to 9 p.m.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois March 21, 1964 - Saturday, pg 2

GUY BECK Funeral service for Guy Beck of Lanark was held today in Frank Funeral Home here. The Rev. Merle Hawbecker officiated. Burial was in Lanark Cemetery. Mr. Beck, who died Thursday morning in Savanna City Hospital following an extended illness, was a city employee for many years. He was born in Lanark February 10, 1901, son of Wesley A. and Catherine (Albright) Beck. He married Ethel Diehl in 1922 in Lanark. Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Curt (Velda) Schmeer of Elgin; a stepdaughter, Mrs. Paul (Bernice) Nesemeier of Mount Morris; two grandchildren; and a sister, Mrs. Gertrude Shipman of Rock Falls. He was preceded in death by his wife, his parents, a daughter and a brother.
Contributed by Karen Fyock - Freeport Journal Standard May 31, 1969

WESLEY BECK , 69, who resided on a farm two and one-half miles west of Brookville, died about 4 o'clock Thursday afternoon, after a long illness. Funeral services will be held Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the home of Mrs. Ella Bitner, Lanark, and interment will be made in Lanark cemetery. Mr. Beck lived in the vicinity of Brookville nearly all of his lifetime and was well known. He was twice married. his first wife was Catherine Albright. His second wife, to whom he was united in marriage in 1907, was formerly Maud Allison. She survives, as do three children by the first marriage; Guy Beck, of Lanark; George, of Buffalo, N. Y., and Mrs. Gertrude Shipman, of Rock Falls.
Contributed by Karen Fyock - Freeport Journal Standard January 6, 1933

MARIE A. (RANDECKER) BECK , of Mount Carroll died Friday night in Savanna City Hospital following a short illness. Born Mar. 22, 1905, she was the daughter of John and Caroline (Oldinger) Randecker. She was married to Adam Beck Dec. 31, 1925, in Mount Carroll. Surviving are her husband; a daughter, Mrs. Anna Mae Bork of Mount Carroll; a son, David of Mount Carroll; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; a sister, Mrs. Earl (Ida) Randecker of Mount Carroll; three brothers, Adam, William and George, all of Mount Carroll. She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother and a sister. Funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Frank Funeral Home here. The Rev. Arthur Dumins, pastor of Mount Hope Lutheran Church in Massbach, will officiate. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery.
Freeport Journal Standard Mar. 28, 1970

ALFRED BECKER , 86, of Mount Carroll, died Saturday at Freeport Memorial Hospital. He was a member of First Lutheran Church, Mount Carroll. Born in Carroll County on Jan. 23, 1899, he was the son of Bernard and Anna (Tautz) Becker. He married Matilda Friederick on December 6, 1922 in Chadwick. (Note: I show an alternate spelling as Frederich.) Surviving are his widow; one son, Allen; and one daughter, Mrs. Lorraine (Donald) Nowviock, both of Savanna; nine grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his three brothers and one sister. Service will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday at First Lutheran Church with the Rev. Steve Erickson officiating. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery, Mount Carroll. Friends may call from 7 to 9 tonight at the funeral home.
Contributed by Alfred Becker

ALLEN BECKER , 63, of Savanna died Wednesday, April 29, at St. Anthony Medical Center, Rockford. He was a member of First Lutheran Church, Mount Carroll, Lanark Masonic Lodge, and the Mount Carroll Chapter, order of the Eastern Star. Born on November 30, 1923 in Mount Carroll Township, he was the son of Alfred and Matilda (Friederich) Becker. On May 24, 1944 he married Marilyn Getz. Surviving are his widow; a son, Wayne of Mount Carroll; three daughters, Beverly (Mrs. James) Hufman of Morrison, Elaine (Mrs. Gerard) Morhardt of Mount Carroll and Colleen (Mrs. Paul) Engelkens of Sanford, Fla.; his mother, Matilda Becker of Mount Carroll; a sister, Lorraine (Mrs. Donald) Nowviock of Savanna; and 10 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his father. Service will be held at 1:00 P.m. Saturday at First Lutheran Church, Mount Carroll. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery, Mount Carroll. Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at Frank Funeral Home, Mount Carroll.
Contributed by Alice Horner

ANNE BECKER - Died on Friday, April 22, 1887, of scarlet fever, Annie, daughter of Mrs. H. Becker, aged 13 years, 7 months and 7 days. She....... missing part of obit.
Contributed by Karen Fyock - Undated Scrapbook Clipping

CORDELIA (HAMILTON) BECKER , age 90, formerly of Mount Carroll, Illinois, passed away Friday, January 13, 2006 at Bethany Home, Dubuque, Iowa. A Memorial Service will be held 3:30 p.m. Saturday, January 21, 2006 at the Community United Church of Christ Savanna, Illinois. Pastor Bob Hamilton will officiate. A Private Inurnment will take place in Oak Hill Cemetery, Mt. Carroll, Illinois prior to the Memorial Service. In lieu of flowers, memorials will be sent to the University of Iowa Eye Clinic in Iowa City, IA. in Cordelia’s name. Cordelia was born in January 27, 1915, the daughter of George W. and Carrie (Mummert) Hamilton. Cordelia was a graduate from Savanna High School in Savanna, IL. She attended Shimer College in Mt. Carroll and Augustana University in Rock Island, Illinois. On June 17, 1937, Cordelia married Paul O. Becker. Cordelia taught in Savanna and Lanark, Illinois schools for many years. She was member of the Community United Church of Christ Savanna, Illinois, the Illinois Retired Teachers Association, and the Home Extension Services Association. Cordelia put her home and family first throughout her life. She was a dedicated teacher and loved all of the children that were her students. She enjoyed reading, sewing, traveling, singing, theater, boating and family gatherings. Her life is celebrated by her family, she will be very missed by all. Cordelia is survived by her two daughters, Jeanne Hamilton of Monona, WI; Margaret Hammer and her husband Kent of Andrew, IA; five grandchildren, Aura Leigh Borrett and her husband Michael of Oregon, WI, Brady Paul Berquist and his wife Kim of Fort Atkinson, WI, Nathan George Hammer of Vail, CO, Russell Edward Hammer and his wife Kristian of Onalaska, WI., and Sally Anne Hammer of Hilton Head Island, SC; five great-grandchildren, Dane Matthew Berquist, Davin Mitchell Berquist, and Jackson Paul Hammer, Kelley Marasch and Jake Marasch ; brother, George W. Hamilton II and wife Ann of Kingman, AZ.; and sister, Alice Clark of Forsyth, MO.; a sister in-law, Jeanne Hamilton of Milpitis, CA. Cordelia was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Paul; one brother, Edward; and one sister, Frances.

EGBERT T.E. BECKER - The funeral of Captain Egbert T. E. Becker was held from the residence on Clay street Thursday afternoon at two o' clock. It was one of the largest held in this city of late years, the services being attended by hundreds of the friends, not only in Mt. Carroll, but in many other sections. Nearly every town in the county was represented, either by members of the Masonic lodge or personal friends of the family. Others from outside the county came to look for the last time on the face of their old army captain and comrade. The fuenral services were in charge of the Blue lodge of this place, with the Commandery as escort. The home members of these two orders were joined by those of other lodges. The Freeport consistory, Lanark Chapter, the Chadwick, Milledgeville and Savanna lodges were represented by large numbers. The Grand Army of the Republic attended in a body. This escort was made up in the main of soldiers of the 92d regiment, of which Mr. Becker was captain. The remnant of that gallant body of men - men who had followed him through many a battle - tearfully followed the casket to the grave. The procession was a long one. The ceremonies of the Masonic order were carried out. Rev. H. Cullen, a relative of the family, living near Moline, conducted the services assisted by Rev. P. W. Powers. Mt. Carroll mourns the loss of Captain Becker. The floral display was large. Some beautiful emblems were noticed. The Blue lodge presented a pillow, with the masonic emblems displayed in bright colors. The Commandery presented a cross and drown, mounted on a pedestal of flowers, and the Eastern Stars sent a beautiful star, emblematic of the order. These designs were furnished by the Sabula greenhouse. The casket was draped in a silk flag, the colors loved so well by Mr. Becker - Mt. Carroll Mirror
OBITUARY -- Captain E. T. E. Becker known to nearly every citizen of Carroll County, especially the older residents, died at his home in Mt. Carroll Monday afternoon at the age of 73 years and 1 month. Mr. Becker has been failing in health for the past five years gradually gowning feebler day by day until the little thread of life gave way. Mr. Becker was an old soldier in the war of the rebellion being captain of a company of volunteers from Carroll county. After the war he was elected to the office of county clerk which he held about eleven years. He was again a candidate for re-election at the end of his term but was defeated by a Democrat Fred S. Smith. Mr. Becker was a very sensitive man and took his defeat so serious that he never seemed the same man afterwards. He was an excellent official and a man with a spotless character and reputation but his defeat resulted only because of his having had a long and continuous term of office and not because of any inefficiency or any unworthy charges that could be said of him ............................ Mr. Becker was a man of high ideals, a noble character, a christian gentleman; everybody admired Captain Becker for his true worth. While in office he was a friend to the widows and orphans and always looked after their interests in an official way that was worthy of the man and the highest recommendation. His friends were legion, in fact everybody that knew Captain Becker was his friend. Such men are valuable and an honor to any community and when their usefulness ceases a great loss is felt and they are greatly missed by the community in which they live as well as by their host of friends. Mr. Becker was a good man, an honored citizen, a brave soldier, an admired friend, a faithful and loving husband and father who is gone but not forgotten. His noble deeds and character will ever live in memory of his relatives and his cherished friends. Funeral services will be held at Mt. Carroll Thursday afternoon. His four children preceded him in death and his faithful wife is left to mourn the loss.
ANOTHER OBITUARY -- At half past one this afternoon, Capt. Egbert T. E. Becker of Mt. Carroll, passed away. Capt. Becker has been failing in health for several years, and for the past few weeks has been steadily growing weaker. Paralysis and complications, and the gradual sapping of the life forces due to old age, brought about his demise. At present no arrangements for funeral services have been made. The obsequies will be carried out under the direction of the Masonic order. Capt. Becker was widely known over the county, for years, through his law practice and his close connection with public affairs. He held office, being at one time made clerk of the circuit court of the county. Capt. Becker was born in Bradford county, Pennsylvania April 28, 1833. He was the son of David and Fanny H. Becker, one of seven children, and removed to Carroll county with his parents in 1843. They settled in Rock Creek township. Capt. Becker became a student at Lombard university at Galesburg and there completed his education, afterward taking up the study of law. He was admitted to the bar upon the recommendation of Judge Heaton in 1867. Capt. Becker at the outbreak of the civil war, enlisted in Co. I, 92nd Illinois Infantry and who given a captain's commission. His regiment was assigned to the Army of the Cumberland and participated in some important battles. Capt. Becker went through the Atlanta campaign and was with Sherman on his famous march to the sea. He endured many privations and hardships but escaped capture or wounding, and was honorably discharged June 21, 1865 and was mustered out at Concord, N. C. He then returned to Illinois and has been a resident of Mt. Carroll since that time. Capt. Becker was married in Bradford county, Pa., to Miss Sarah C. Bosworth, on Dec. 28, 1867. They were the parents of four children, all of whom are dead. Mrs. Becker survives her husband. Capt. Becker was a member of the Masonic order, having taken degrees in Cyrus lodge, Long Commandery, of Mt. Carroll; Lanark Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Lanark; Freeport Consistory, and Ola Chapter ...O.E.S., of Mt. Carroll
Contributed by Karen Fyock - Handwritten date - May 31, 1906
Biography - with Photo

LLOYD C. BECKER , 81, of Mount Carroll died Saturday February 24, 2001 at Freeport Memorial Hospital in Freeport . He was born June 28, 1919 in Mount Carroll Township to Paul R. and Lena (Getz) Becker. He attended Locust Grove Country School in Wacker and graduated from Savanna High School in 1937. One June 29, 1940 he married Roberta R. Colehour at Hickory Grove United Methodist Church in Wacker. He and his wife farmed in the Carroll County area. He later worked for Eaton Corporation in Savanna and served as a deputy and a bailiff in the Carroll County Sheriff’s Department until his retirement. He was a member of the Hickory Grove United Methodist Church , the Carroll County Radio Patrol and was a trustee of the Rural Cemetery Association Board. Surviving are his wife; three daughters, Linda (Harold) Bielema of Albany, Nancy (Richard) Vieth and Mary Jo (James) Frederick, both of Mount Carroll ; six grandsons, Thomas L. Veith, Alexander L. Vieth, Timothy P. Redmond, Andrew R. Frederick, Alan E. Bielema, and Kevin P. Bielema; six granddaughters, Teresa J. Lynch, Jody L. Redmond, Roberta J. Pirch, Melanie J. Frederick, Jenna R. Frederick, and Sheila M. VenHuizen; 8 great-grandchildren; and a brother, Paul O. (Cordelia) Becker of Mount Carroll. He was preceded in death by his parents, a great-grandson and a son-in-law. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Frank-Law-Jones Funeral Home with the Rev, Madeline Edwards of the Hickory Grove United Methodist Church officiating. Burial will be at Oak Hill Cemetery in Mount Carroll . Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Contributed by Alice Horner

PAUL O. BECKER , 90, of Mount Carroll, died Oct. 29, 2004 at his home. A memorial service will be 11:30 a.m. Nov. 12 at the Community United Church of Christ in Savanna, Ill. Pastor Bob Hamilton will officiate. Inurnment will be in Oak Hill Cemetery, Mount Carroll, prior to the funeral service. He was born July 8, 1914, to Paul and Lena Getz Becker. He married Cordelia Hamilton on June 17, 1937. He graduated from Savanna High School and Brown's Business College in Sterling, Ill. He worked with International Harvester before coming to Carroll County to farm for more than 25 years. He then worked for National Lock Co. in Savanna and Rockford, Ill., as a quality control supervisor. Survivors include his wife; two daughters, Jeanne Hamilton of Monona, Wis., and Mrs. Margaret (Kent) Hammer of Fulton, Ill.; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be given to the University of Iowa Eye Clinic in Iowa City in his name.
Clinton Herald Nov. 6, 2004

CHARLES BELL , the oldest son of a family of eight children, was born in Orange County, New York, in the year September 21, 1823. One brother and four sisters survive him. When four years of age, with his parents, he moved to Ontario Co., N. Y. IN the year 1852, he married Miss Marietta Smith, of Seneca Co., N. T. He came to Carroll Co., Ill., and settled down on the farm where he has since resided, in the year 1859. Four children were born, three of whom, Ella, W--ter, and Charles are living. He made a public profession of religion when fourteen years old, uniting with the Presbyterian church. His religious feelings were characterized by a deep sense of his utter ____ thin__s. His only trust was in the merits of Christ. Charles Bell died on Thursday Jan. 2, 1902 at the age of 78 yrs. 3 mos, and 11 days after a number of years of lingering illness until he had become an invalid. Mr. Bell is one of the old residents of this county having lived on the old homestead where he died for over forty years. He had an extensive acquaintance through the eastern part of the county where he had many warm friends. We have personally known Mr. Bell for many years and of him we can consistently and conscientiously say he as a good conscientious christian man and commanded the respect and admiration of his friends and neighbors because of the good character and reputation that followed him through all the walks of life and of him we may say. "Well done thou good and faithful servant." Thy reward awaits thee. The funeral services were conducted at the house by Rev. C. A. Gage of Milledgeville after.... end of obit missing.
Contributed by Karen Fyock - Undated scrapbook clipping
Note on Rootsweb World Connect: Son of Thomas and Sophia (Bull) Bell - married Marieta 20 Jan 1852

FRANK BELL , well known to everybody in the county and one of the first settlers of Fair Haven township, died last Thursday evening, July 7, at the Whiteside county poor farm. Bell was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Jan. 20, 1819, and reached nearly his eightieth milestone, being 79 years, 5 months and 17 days old. He came to Illinois in the spring of 1853, settling in Fair Haven where he has made his home with the exception of a few years. Before coming west he married Anna C. French of Bradford Co. Pennsylvania. Of the six children born to them, three are living: Mrs. S. O. Taylor of Morrison; Joseph T. Bell of Fair Haven and Mrs. Henry Shamel of McCook, Neb. Bell was largely indentified with the early business interests of Fair Haven township. Singular as it may appear, he had held more township offices than any other man in this town, holding at different times nearly every township office. He was a somewhat strange and queer character and for his propensities for lawing he became widely known. As long as he had money and was physically able to be in court he would be on hand with one of more suits. At one time he was in possession of considerable property but most of it went for lawing. For a number of years he kept going about the county stopping with former acquaintances. The past two years he failed rapidly and would have lost his life by freezing, last winter, if he had not been discovered in time. The remains were brought to the Fair Haven cemetery where short services were held at the grave and then consigned to mother earth.
Contributed by Karen Fyock - dated 1898

MARIETTA (SMITH) BELL was born in Seneca COunty, New York, January 20, 1825 and died at her home in Wysox township, Oct. 6, 1903 at the age of 78 years, 8 month and 17 days. She was married to Charles Bell of Ontario, County, New York January 20, 1852. To this union four children were born, three of whom Ella M., Walter and Charles E. Bell are still living. Deceased is survived by two brothers and one sister. One brother and the sister live in the old home in Seneca County, New York and the other brother, John G. Smith, who formerly lived near MIlledgeville now resides in Los Angeles, California. She with her family came to Carroll County, Illinois in 1850 and settled on the farm in Wysox township which has been her home ever since. Her husband Charles Bell died January 2nd 1902. Mrs. Bell was a member of the Presbyterian church and lived a faithful christian life. She was devoted to her husband and children as only a true wife and mother could be. She was a good neighbor and had many loving friends. The deceased had been ailing for some years and her life's work ended a week ago Tuesday when the spirit took its flight to a better land. The funeral services were held at the Union church last Thursday afternoon in the presence of Relatives and many sorrowing friends. conducted by Rev. Z. T. Livengood of Lanark, after which the remains were laid to rest until the resurrection morn.
Contributed by Karen Fyock - Undated Scrapbook Clipping

WALTER BELL was born in Wysox Township, November 18, 1862, and died at his home in Milledgeville, July 3, 1913 at the age of 51 years, 7 months and 3 days. He was married Emma McElhaney December 23, 1885. The first ten years of their married life was spent in Morris County Kansas. They then returned to this community where he has since lived. Mr. Bell in his parents and home had a goodly heritage. He received his early education in the country schools of his neighborhood. At the age of sixteen he was converted and united with the Methodist Episcopal Church. He has lived a faithful Christian life, faithful to his church. For many years he sang in the church choir and during the last three years has served on the Board of Stewards. The deceased was a member of the Modern Woodman Lodge and for some time has held the office of clerk. He was a true brother. The death of Mr. Bell is a los to the whole community. Few men have the respect of as large aporportion of the people as he had. A man of integrity with decided convictions as to right or wrong and not afraid to take his stand for what he believed to be right, modest, unassuming and absolutely free from all bad habits, leading a clean life. Perhaps his life can best be told in these words - "He was a Christian Man". Funeral services were held at the M.E. church Sunday at 11 A.M., conducted by Rev. Hewitt, local M.E. Pastor, assisted by Rev. Z.T. Livengood of the Brethren church. Brief services at the house preceding. The Modern Woodmen and the men's S.S. class of the M.E. church accompanied the remains from the home to the church where a large congregation of relatives and friends gathered to pay their las trespects to the departed. Rev.Hewitt preached a very appropriate sermon taking his text from James 4 - 14 "What is Your Life". The regular church choir furnished the music for the occassion singing some of the deceased's favorite pieces - "Nearer My God to Thee," "O God Our Help in Ages Past" "Face to Face'. The pall bearers were: Wm. Calkins, Wm. and Sidney Milroy, Homer Olmsted, Andrew Peters adn T.N. Fleming. Beautiful floral offerings were given as a token of esteem for the departed. Interment in Bethel cemetery.

DONALD W. BLAIR , 76,of Lanark, died Jan. 9, 1993 at Freeport Memorial Hospital. Private funeral services will be held Tuesday at the Russell-Fsrank Funeral Home, Lanark, with the Rev. Robert Schubert officiating. Burial will be at Lanark Cemetery. Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. with a Masonic service at 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. A memorial has been established. Mr. Blair was born Dec. 30, 1916 in Stockton, the son of Walter C. and Tresea (Koch) Blair. He married Hazel Bowers June 5, 1940, in Clinton, Iowa. He owned and operated Don Blair Produce in Lanark for 27 years and was a partner in D&D Hardware for five years. He was a member of the Lanark First Brethren Church, the Lanark Fire Department for 20 years, served on the Lanark Library Board, and was a member of the Masonic Lodge #423. He is survived by his wife; one daughter, Mrs. Duane (Constance) Port of Lanark; four granddaughters; four brothers, Thurlow (Barbara) Blair of Freeport, Dale (Nancy) Blair and Jerry (Joyce) Blair, both of Lanark, and Norman (Wava) Blair of LeSeur, Minn.; and two sisters, Eileen Buss and Dorothea Luy, both of Freeport. He was preceded in death by one brother, Ralph.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois January 11, 1993 - Monday, pg A2

HAZEL DARLENE (BOWERS) BLAIR , 82, of Lanark died Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2005 at FHN Hospital, Freeport. She and her husband operated Blair Produce, Lanark, as a payroll/clerk/supervisor for 27 years. She then was employed by Rolling Hills Progress Cneter, Lanark, retiring in 1997. Mrs. Blair was born Dec. 26, 1922, near Lanark the daughter of Elmer and Lillian (Kriesel) Bowers. She was a 1940 graduate of Lanark High School. She married Donald W. Blair on June 5, 1940, in Clinton,Iowa. He died Jan. 9, 1993. She was a member of First Brethren Church of Lanark and Eastern Star. She enjoyed traveling and spending winters in Texas. Survivors include a daughter, Constance (Durane) Port of Lanark; a brother Merrill Bowers of Lanark; four grandaughters and four great-grandchildren. She was preceded by three sisters and two brothers. Servicea are private, burial is at Lanark Cemetery. Russell-Frank Funeral Home in charge.
Sterling Gazette - provided by Jan Roggy

GEORGE JENKINS BLISS , Oak Park is in mourning over the death of George J. Bliss, one of its best known and most beloved citizens, who passed from earth to a celestial habitation on Wednesday July 23, 1908 at 11 a.m. Though at the advanced age of 79 years, he had seemed in the best of health and spirits throughout the spring and summer, but on Saturday he took to his bed, and it was found that he was suffering with a severe attack of pneumonia. A trained nurse was secured, and the best medical attendance provided, but owing to his advanced age he was unable to survive the dread disease. He was born August 20, 1829 in Springfield, Mass., and came west with his father’s family in 1835. They first settled at LaMoille in Bureau County, and two years later took up a government claim in Carroll county. He lived on the farm until he was about 25 years of age, when he took up the study of the ministry, and was admitted to the Rock River conference of the Methodist Church in 1857. He remained in the ministry until the fall of 1868, when he was obliged to retire on account of failing health. During his ministry he occupied pulpits at Pecatonica, Belvidere, and Amboy, and was known as a great revivalist and early-day evangelist. He also helped to build and dedicate several churches in the northern part of the state. After leaving the ministry he engaged for a short while in the life insurance business. For ten years he was connected with the land department of the Chicago and Northwestern Railway in the capacity of town site agent. He located Huron, South Dakota, and many towns in the northern part of Iowa. He made a treaty with the Sioux Indians, and bought the right of way from Pierre, South Dakota to the Black Hills in the winter of 1882-1883. During war times he was a prominent speaker at mass meetings in Boone County, where he lived at the time. He was a rank abolitionist and enlisted as the chaplain of a regiment, but was rejected on account of physical disabilities. As a pioneer he was connected with the stirring events of those days, and was an intimate friend of the sturdy men of his time. He came to Oak Park in 1875, where he has resided ever since. He was at one time assessor of the town of Cicero, and has been town supervisor ever since the organization of the township of Oak Park. He was a member of Siloam Commandery, No. 54, K. T. and was the recorder of the organization. He was also secretary of Cicero chapter, No. 180, R. A. M. The exact system which he originated in keeping his accounts was commented on by prominent masons throughout the country, and recorders of distant commanderies came to copy his methods of keeping the records of accounts. He was also a member of Oak Park Lodge 540, A. F. and A. M. He carried his religion into masonry and inspired his comrades to become knights of a noble order. At banquets and social occasions he was usually the last speaker, for he always had something worth taking home. In 1851, while living in Carroll county, he was married to Amanda Preston, by whom he is survived. There are two sons and a daughter -- Charles L. Bliss of Chicago, Levi P. Bliss of Buffalo, New York, and Miss Mary E. Bliss, who resides at the home. He also leaves a brother, Howard Bliss, who is proprietor and editor of the Janesville Gazette, Janesville, Wisconsin. The funeral services were held on Friday afternoon from the home at 428 Lake Street. Rev. A. M. White, pastor of Grace M. E. church, Chicago, an intimate friend of Mr. Bliss, officiated. The Lexington quartet also assisted in the service with appropriate songs. The Siloam Commandery, eighty-five strong, in charge of Eminent Commander Howard E. Patterson, assisted by Sir Knights J. B. Eaton, and Robert Burns Wilson, conducted the beautiful and impressive burial services of the order at the grave in Forest Home cemetery. The bearers were Sir Knights John Farson, C. C. Collins, S. P. Nissen, David T. Moore, C. F. Hafner and Robert Burns Wilson. Beautiful floral tributes were brought by Siloam Commandery, Cicero Chapter, the Oak Park Lodge and the Oak Park Business Men’s association. Owing to the high respect in which Mr. Bliss was held by the business men all business houses were closed between the hours of 2 and 3.
Contributed by Alice Horner

HOWARD F. BLISS , The death of Howard F. Bliss, managing editor of the Gazette, occurred last evening at 6 o’clock after months of patient suffering, and in his passing there is left a heritage of love and esteem, because to know him was to love him. He possessed that rate gift of optimism and cheerfulness which radiated and was contagious. He believed in living by the way and making each day answer to a kindly act. Mr. Bliss was democratic, his thought was never for himself, his was thoroughly a Christian character, he lived as he thought and practiced the Golden rule as nearly as it is possible for a human to practice it. His heart was big, his sympathies unbounded, his breadth of vision remarkable, his poise and balance unusual. His tolerance of others views was proverbial and one felt even if opinions differed no lessening in friendship. Mr. Bliss’ thoughts, utterances and writings came from the heart and power to reach the other heart must come from the soul -- his was that power. For years “Our Saturday Night,” has, until Mr. Bliss’ sickness, been a fixture of appeal which in many instances brought the tears to the eyes and a quiver to the lips. He was not a college man except in the sense of the student and graduate of that big university, Nature. He loved the outdoors, was a keen and clean sportsman and refused to grow old. His vision for the community has for years read the very development which is now taking place, and one of his greatest regrets was that he was unable to take active part. He was interested always in every forward movement for community welfare. He had always been a staunch member of the Methodist church having served as president of the board of trustees of the Cargill Memorial church for a number of years. Mr. Bliss was born near Mt. Carroll, Ill. February 15, 1844 and spent his early life on the farm, coming to Janesville in 1863 and entering the employ of Wright & Hunt, leather merchants. Later he established the wholesale saddlery hardware business of Hayner, Bliss & Co. which became Bassett, Bliss & Echlin. In 1883 he purchased the Gazette from the late R. L. Colvin and was associated for a time with Wm. Bladon in the business. In 1895 he was appointed superintendent of the State School for the Blind and was in charge of that institution for six years. Upon leaving, the late Elizabeth J. Curtis, then matron of the school, had the following to say in the school point system paper, “The Free Press” for June 8, 1901: “Mr. Bliss’ six years with us have shown as a man, fatherly and considerate to the highest degree -- one whose impartiality is absolute, whose kindness is never failing, whose charity is perpetual, whose cheerfulness is contagious, who knows how to make home happy -- and it is safe to say that when he leaves this house he will leave neither an enemy or a luke-warm friend behind him. And such being the case the feeling of sorrow at the near parting with him is universal and deep. A school of young people is never perfect, never quite what those interested in it would like to have it be, but at this close of his six years’ service, Mr. Bliss must feel a deep sense of satisfaction that he leaves this school on so high a plane of morality as it has been during the past year.” He was one of the oldest members of the Masonic order in the city. On October 25, 1866 he was united in marriage to Carolyn Hayner, who passed beyond November 6, 1918. Three sons are living from this union, George H. Bliss of Seattle, Wash., Harry H. Bliss, Janesville, Charles W. Bliss, Brooklyn, N. Y. Mr. Bliss was united a second time in marriage, to Elizabeth Ann Fish, on September 19, 1918 at Mt. Carroll, Illinois. She survives him. Funeral services will be conducted from the home 515 South Second Street Saturday afternoon at 2:30 p.m., Rev. Perry Millar officiating.
Contributed by Alice Horner

MARY ELIZABETH (RUPERT) BOLINGER/BOLLINGER - Died in Cherry Grove, Carroll County Illinois August 3, 1860 Sister Elizabeth Bolinger, wife of Elder Michael Bolinger, formerly of Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania aged 53 years 8 months and 1 day, leaving a kind husband and 10 children to mourn their loss of an affectionate wife and mother. Her death was occassioned by a a small bruise on the under part of the foot, produced by a stone, which in a few days caused mortification and soon terminated in death. Contributed by Kim from the Gospel Visitor 1858-60 Page 319. The Archives of the Church of the Brethren, Elgin IL
She was born 2 December 1806 the daughter of Johan Adam Rupert & Katherine Foust

ELMER BOLINGER - Funeral services for Elmer Bolinger were held Thursday afternoon from the Church of the Brethren with the pastor Rev. I.D. Leatherman officiating. Pallbearers were Virgil Rover, Ben Mathias, Sydney Spahr, Robert Livengood, Charles Bowers and Truman Boyer. Singers were Mrs. Kathryn Lotz and Robert Royer, Mrs. Collin Puterbaugh, Mrs. Sydney Spahr and Mrs. Wm. Zuck cared for the flowers. Burial was in Lanark Cemetery. Among those attending were Mr. & Mrs. Elmer Zuck of Dallas Center IA; Mrs. Addie Markley, Mrs. Charles McCullen and Mrs. Arthur Daniels of Chicago; Mr. and Mrs. A. Miller of DesMoines IA and Harve Bolinger and daughter Dorothy of Empire CA.
Freeport Journal Standard 13 May 1939

MICHAEL PETER BOLINGER - Fallen Asleep - "Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord"
In the Cherry Grove church, Carroll County Illinois, August 1, 1884, of cancer on the lip, Eld. Michael Bolinger, aged 77 years, 11 months and 29 days. Bro. Bolinger has labored in the Cherry Grove church for over 30 years, and always gave good and wholesome service, ever trying to keep close to the commandments of our Lord and Savior. But for the lasat 5 years, has suffered much with cancer of the lower lip, and the last year of his life was that of great suffering, his entire lower lip being eaten away and his lower gums so much so that 4 of his teeth feel out, besides the flesh being all eaten on the upper part of his chin, and a large portion of his left cheek. He migh exclaim with a truth, "Of all men, I am most miserable", and ofttimes was heard to exclaim, "If it is possible, let this affliction pass from me; not my will, but thine, O God, be done." he was born in Pennsylvania, August 2, 1806. He was interred in the family lot in the cemetery at Georgetown. Funeral services by Eld. Geo. Zollars assisted by Bro. Henry Martin, to a large assembly of old neighbors and friends.
Contributed by Kim from the Gospel Messenger 1884 Page 567 - Archives of the Curch of the Brethren, Elgin IL

MINNIE (MARTIN) BOLINGER - 78, passed away suddenly at 9 a.m. Sunday at her home in Lanark. The body was removed to the Frank Funeral Home, Lanark, where friends may call. Funeral services will be conducted Tuesday at 2 p.m. at the funeral home, the Rev. Lorrell Eikenberry, pastor of the Church of the Brethren, officiating. Burial will be in Lanark Cemetery. Mrs. Minne Bolinger was born June 15, 1877, the daughter of the Rev. Henry and Susan Zuck Martin, on the Martin farm four miles north of Lanark. She was reared and educated in the Cherry Grove Community. She was married to Elmer Bolinger on Nov. 8, 1896. They farmed until 1927 when Mr. Bolinger retired and they moved to the home in Lanark. She was a member of the Church of the Brethren. Survivors are one daughter, Mrs. Mabel Myers and one grandson, Edgar Myers, both of Lanark. She was preceded in death by her husband who died May 7, 1939, her parents, 11 brothers and sisters.
March 21: Funeral services were held at the Frank Funeral Home, Sunday. Pallbearers were Charles Bowers, George Corbett, Harry Miller, Ronald Hoover, Homer Zuck and Everett Sornesen. Flowers cared for by Mrs. Charles Bowers, Mrs. George Corbett, Mrs. Robert Truman and Mrs. Truman Royer. Music furnished by Mrs. Arnold Zuck.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois March 19, 1956 - Tuesday, page 2

SUSANNA (DETRICH) BOLINGER - Died August 27, in Cherry Grove Illinois
Sister - Bolinger, consort of Bro. Michael Bolinger, aged 57 years, 9 months and 8 days. Funeral services by J.S. Buck
Contributed by Kim from the Gospel Visitor Vol. XIII 1863 Pg 351A - The Archives of the Church of the Brethren, Elgin IL

HAROLD EDWARD BOLLEN , 89, of Savanna, died Tuesday at Mercy North Hospital. Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Peter's Evangelical Lutheran Church, Savanna. The Rev. Wayne Schneider will be officiating. Burial will be in the Savanna Township Cemetery. Visitation will be from 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday at the church. He was born Dec. 29, 1914, in Jackson County to Martin and Christine Sophia Bollen. He married Dorothy Hood on June 7, 1955, in Minneapolis, Minn. He served in the United States Army during World War II. He worked with the Savanna Army Depot for many years before his retirement. He was a member of St. Peter's Evangelical Lutheran Church, Savanna Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2223, Sabula American Legion Mississippi Post 74 and Savanna Moose Lodge 1092. Survivors include his wife; one brother, Marvin G. Bollen of Rockford, Ill.; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by one brother and one sister.
Clinton Herald 8 April 2004

ELIZABETH (SUMMERS) BORT , 95, of Sterling died Saturday, Feb. 26, 2005 at Sterling Pavilion Nursing Home. She was born on Feb. 13, 1910 in Hagerstown MD, the daughter of Frederick F. and Florence A. (Shank) Summers. She married Charles F. Bort on Sept. 9, 1928 in Milledgeville. He died July 6, 1970. Elizabeth was a member of St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church, Sterling. Survivors are several nieces and nephews; her stepsister, Bernadine Jacobs of Sterling; one foster daughter Janice Morgan and four foster grandsons, Emmitt, John, Timothy and James Morgan. She was preceded by her parents, her stepmother, her infant son, John Bort in 1935, on e nephew she raised, James Bort in 1986; three brothers, Otho, Paul and Harold Summers; two sister, Edna Dennis and Mildred Wollwert. Burial in Bethel Cemetery.

HAZEL (BOWMAN) BOWDEN , age 90, of Mt. Carroll, Illinois died Tuesday, January 20, 2004 in the Good Samaritan Nursing Home, Mt. Carroll. Graveside services were held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, January 22, at Oak Hill Cemetery, Mt. Carroll. Pastor Wayne Carvell of the Assembly of God Church in Savanna officiated. Memorials may be given in Hazel's name to the Good Samaritan Nursing Home, Mt. Carroll. Hazel was born November 16, 1913 in rural Mt. Carroll to Melvin and Louise (Lippolt) Bowman. Hazel married Melbourne Bowden on November 16, 1946 in Mt. Carroll, he died in 1960. Hazel worked as a clerk for the Coast to Coast Store in Mt. Carroll. She was a member of the Church of God in Mt. Carroll. Hazel is survived by a daughter, Margaret (Charles) Van Sickle of Winnebago, Illinois; two grandsons, Thomas R. Van Sickle of Winnebago and Theodore Van Sickle of Compton, Illinois; and one granddaughter, Melanie Van Sickle of Rockford, Illinois; four great-grandchildren, Charles Shane, Maigan, Oscar and Cassie Van Sickle; one great great-granddaughter, Brynn; two sisters, Ruby Kness of Chadwick, Illinois and Wilma Savage of Shannon, Illinois; and numerous nieces and nephews. Hazel's loving husband, Melbourne, her parents, two brothers, two sisters precedes her in death.
Prairie Advocate 28 January 2004

MILDRED (HOLLAND) BRACH , 100, of Fulton, formerly of Thomson, died Monday Nov. 29, 2004 at Harbor Crest Nursing Home, Fulton. She was employed by Cudahy Meat Packing Co. Chicago as a stenographer; York Twp. Library as a librarian; and upon retiring was a homemaker. Mrs. Brach was born Feb. 19, 1904 in Thomson, the daughter of Edson N. and Nellie (Knapp) Holland. She was a 1922 graduate of Thomson High School and attended a local business schoo. She married Emil A. Brach on Dec. 31, 1929 in Mt. Carroll. He died Oct. 25, 1983. She was a member of York Baptist Church, Thomson, Order of the White Shrine and lifetime member of Order of Eastern Star.
Survivors include a son, Phillip of Thomson; a brother, Gilbert (Beth) of Thomson. She was preceded by a sister, Marian Smith and two brothers, Percy and Robert Holland. The funeral is at 1:30 Wednesday at Bosma-Renkes Funeral Home in Fulton. Burial is at Lower York Cemetery, Thomson.
ANOTHER OBIT: MIldred Brach, age 100, of Harbor Crest Nursing Home, Fulton, and formerly of Thomson, died Monday, November 29, 2004 at the nursing home. Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, December 1, 2004, at the Fulton Chapel of the Bosma-Renkes Funeral Home, with Pastor Mike Jones, Pastor: York Baptist Church in Thomson, officiating. Visitations will be from 12:30 p.m. to the time of services at the Fulton Chapel of the Bosma-Renkes Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Lower York Cemetery, Thomson. A memorial has been established in her name at the York Baptist Church, Thomson. Mildred was born on February 19, 1904 in Thomson, daughter of Edson N. and Nellie (Knapp) Holland. She attended Thomson grade schools and graduated from Thomson High School in 1922. She then attended a local business school. Mildred married Emil A. Brach on December 31, 1929 in Mt. Carroll; he died October 25, 1983. She was employed with Cudahy Meat Packing Company as a stenographer in Chicago, where she met her husband. They moved to Thomson where she was a librarian at the York Township Library, Thomson. Upon retirement she was a homemaker. She was a member of the York Baptist Church in Thomson. She also, was a member of the Order of the White Shrine and a lifetime member of the Order of Eastern Star. Mildred's family includes one son, Phillip Brach of Thomson; one brother, Gilbert (Beth) Holland of Thomson; and several nieces and nephews. Her sister, Marian Smith and brothers, Percy Holland and Robert Holland, precede Mildred in death.
Contributed by Alice Horner - Prairie Advocate, Lanark, Illinois

CLYDE BROADWATER , 89, of Lanark died Friday morning (Jan. 1981) at Good Samaritan Nursing Home, Mount Carroll. He served as a teacher in Maryland and a minister in Pennsylvania and Illinois before moving to Lanark in 1926 where he farmed for 54 years. He was a member of the Lanark Church of the Brethren and active in the CROP and Camp Emmaus project. Born July 8, 1891 in Guard, Md., he was the son of Perry and Eliza Belle (Green) Broadwater. He married Effie G. Gnagey on June 18, 1920 in West Milton, Ohio. Surviving are his widow; one daughter, Mrs. Miriam (Ted) Tucker of Sterling, three grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and several step-great-grandchildren. Funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Monday at the Lanark Church of the Brethren. The Rev. Don Roberts will officiate. Burial will be in Lanark Cemetery. Friends may call from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the Frank Funeral Home, Lanark. A memorial fund has been established.
Contributed by Alice Horner

THOMAS L. BROYLES was born near Clay City, Ill., on Aug. 18, 1865 and died in Milledgeville, Ill., on Oct. 13, 1913, at the age of 48 years, 1 month and 25 days. His father residing near Clay City, Ill., at the age of 90 years survives him; also seven brothers and seven sisters. Mrs. Jacob Hart of this city, Mr. David Broyles of Morrison, Mrs. Parellee Emery of Amboy, John Broyles of Sabula, Iowa, brothers and sisters of the deceased, and Mrs. Willis Ripley, a neice from Streator were present at the funeral services. Mr. Broyles came into this vicinity in 1878 and continuously resided in Carroll county ever since. He was an industrious man, not an idler, always doing something. In disposition he was jovial and good natured, seemingly at least, going about with a merry heart. The funeral was conducted from the Brethren church on Wednesday morning at 10:30 by Rev. Z.T. Livengood. Interment was in the Bethel Cemetery.

VINNIE (SIDLER) BRUNNER , only daughter of Orville and Lanna Shidler, was born at Lanark, Nov. 1, 1901 and passed away at a Freeport hospital June 7, 1948 at the age of 46 years, 7 months and 7 days. She graduated from Lanark high school with the class of 1920 after which she taught at the Straw school for two years. On Feb. 14, 1922 she was united in marriage to Lewis Brunner. To this union was born one daughter, Fairy. She became a member of the Cherry Grove church in November 12 and she has always been a most faithful and devoted worker. She taught a Sunday school class for many years, has taken an active part in the direction of the music of the church, taught many times in Vacation Bible schools and as a result of her faithful service was elected to the office of deaconess in September 1946. Those left to mourn her passing are her husband, and daughter and her father. Her mother preceded her in death on Sept. 11, 1947. She was truly a shining light for her Christ and her influence will be greatly missed in her home, church, and community. Funeral services were held on June 9 at Lanark. Rev. And Mrs. Merle Hawbecker sang, accompanied by Mrs. Forest Fry. Casket bearers were Lee Fry, Edward Bast, Floyd Shultz, Oliver Heisler, Stanley Finifrock and Howard Derrer. Flowers were in charge of Mrs. Glyde Collinson and Mrs. Charles Zuck.

2nd Obit
Mrs. Lewis Brunner, 46, died at 5 a.m. Monday in a Freeport hospital where she had been a patient for the past ten days. (Note: Her first name does not appear anywhere in this obituary.) Funeral services were held at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Frank funeral home in Lanark and at 2 p.m. In the Cherry Grove Church of the Brethren. The Rev. Merle Hawbecker officiated and burial was in Cherry Grove cemetery. She was born Nov. 1, 1901 in Carroll county, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Orville Shidler, and had spent her life in this community. She was a member of the Cherry Grove Church of the Brethren. Surviving are her husband, Lewis, a daughter, Fairy, and her father. Her mother died in September, 1947.
Contributed by Alice Horner

JOHN BRUNNER , of Savanna died Monday [6-28-1971] in Villas Nursing Home, Shannon. He was a retired farmer. Born May 5, 1899, in Mount Carroll Township, he was the son of Phillip and Katherine (Troutman) Brunner. On Feb. 8,1927, he married Nina Cramer. Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Warren Hartman and Mrs. Earl Buchholz, both of Savanna; a son, Loyal of Savanna; six grandchildren; a great-grandchild; six brothers, Henry, Phillip and Albert, all of Savanna, Charles and Daniel, both of Mount Carroll, and Lewis of Lanark; and two sisters, Mrs. George Ruter of Shannon and Mrs. Asa Drayton of Manlius. He was preceded in death by his wife, two brothers and a sister. Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday in Center Hill United Brethren Church. The Rev. Larry Beverly, pastor, will officiate. Burial will be in Savanna Township Cemetery. Friends may call at Law-Jones Funeral Home here after 7 tonight.
Contributed by Pam Pickens - Freeport Journal-Standard, pg. 16 Date: 6-30-1971

ELIZABETH (McILNAY) BUFFINGTON , 83, Sterling, died Sunday evening in Community General Hospital in Sterling. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Milledgeville with Rev. Gregory Mayer, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Bethel Cemetery in Milledgeville. Friends may call at the Allen-Woodin Funeral Home in Milledgeville on Tuesday evening from 7 to 9 p.m. A memorial has been established in her memory to the Trinity Lutheran Church of Milledgeville. Born on May 3, 1894 in Brookville, the daughter of Eugene and Nora Helper McIlnay, she was united in marriage to Harry Buffington, who preceded her in death. She was employed at the Home Hospital in Sterling for 17 years. She was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church of Milledgeville. Survivors include two granddaughters; four great grandchildren and one great great grandchild; and one brother, Dewey McIlnay, Atlanta, Ga. She was preceded by her parents, her husband, one daughter, Mrs. Fern E. Overholser, one sister and five brothers.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois November 15, 1982- Monday, page A4

MARIAN E. (SPANOGLE) BUFFINGTON , 92, of Milledgeville died Tuesday, June 8, 2004, in Pinecrest Manor, Mount Morris. Marian was born Aug. 1, 1911, in Milledgeville, the daughter of Charles A. and Ella A. (Bussell) Spanogle. She married Elmer N. Buffington Oct. 5, 1935, in Milledgeville; he died in December 1977. She was a homemaker, a member of Milledgeville United Methodist Church and a 75-year member of the Eastern Star. Marian enjoyed watching the Chicago Cubs and attending her grandchildren's sporting events. Survivors included daughters, Betty Keeler of Elburn and Alene (David) Nelson of Leaf River; son, Larry N. (Cheryl) Buffington of Milledgeville; eight grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. Also predeceased by parents; sisters, Emily G. Baumeister, Esther Boyd and Alice Boyd; and brothers, Ralph A. Spanogle and Everett Spanogle. Service will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 12, in Milledgeville United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Mary Flatness, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Lanark Cemetery. Visitation from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, June 11, in Allen-Grennan Funeral Home, Milledgeville Chapel, and 9:30 a.m. to service time Saturday in the church. A memorial has been established to Milledgeville United Methodist Church and Milledgeville Fire Department.
Rockford Register Star 10 June 2004

JOHN BUNTJER, JR. of Lanark, who farmed in this area, died Saturday evening (19 October 1974) in University Hospital Iowa City, Iowa, where he had been a patient for six weeks. He was born June 24, 1901, in Forreston, son of John and Reina (Buss) Buntjer. He married Lillian Martz Aug. 23, 1921, in Freeport. Surviving are his widow; two sons, Lyndon and Leland of Sterling; two daughters, Mrs. Wilbur (Betty) Reinders of Rock Falls and Mrs. Earl (Margie) Shafer of Lanark; 15 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren. Also, three brothers, Arthur of Milledgeville, Benny of Rock Falls and Marvin of Forreston; and three sisters, Mrs. Elizabeth Agiou, Mrs. Faye Copoulos and Mrs. Reina Siemens, all of Freeport. He was preceded by his parents and a brother. Funeral service will be at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday in Frank Funeral Home at Lanark. Mr. Anton Wolken of the Savanna Jehovah's Witnesses will be in charge of the service. Burial will be in Lanark Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home from 7 to 9 tonight. Contributed by Judi Wirtjes - The Journal-Standard / Freeport, Illinois / Monday, 21 Oct 1974 / Page
Note: Lillian Martz Buntjer 25 Feb., 1902 – 6 July, 1991 was born in Lanark and I believe is also buried there.

CLARA (FINIFROCK) BURKHART , 81, who died Friday evening at the home of her daughter, Mrs. H P. Lawler, in Memphis, Tenn., will be buried Tuesday in Lanark Cemetery. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Frank Funderal Home at Lanark. The Rev. Merle Hawbecker, pastor of the Cherry Grove Church of the Brethren, will officiate. Clara Finifrock was born on the Finifrock homestead in Cherry Grve Township, which is now owned and occupied by Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Finifrock. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Elias Finifrock, She was reared and educated in the Cherry Grove community and was married to Harry Burkhart, who preceded her in death. After the death of her husband she lived with her children. Mrs. Burkhart was a lifelong members of the Church of the Brethren which she attended faithfully as long as her health would permit. Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. H.P. (Beatrice) Lawler of Memphis, Tenn., and Mrs. Grace Dahnke of Lanark; three sons, Howard and Francis (Shine) of Twin Falls, Idaho and Emerson of Minneapolis, Minn.; a number of grandchildrean and several great grandchildren.

DAVID BIGLER BURKHART , was born in Washington County, Maryland, June 7, 1829 and died at his home in Lanark, Aug. 21, 1898, aged 69 years, two months, and 14 days. He was married Sept. 23, 1852, to Mary Ann Brubaker of Greencastle, Pa. To this union eight children were born. Three sons and five daughters. Three of his children died in infancy. The names and residence of the surviving children are as follows; Newton C., Amita, Iowa; Emma V. Meyers, of Morrill, Kansas; Harry, Mollie Puterbaugh and Ella M. Sheller of Lanark. He came west in the year 1876 and located with his family in Carroll County. In the year 1885, July 15th, the death angel visited the home and carried away the mother, the wife and companion with whom he had lived for more than 33 years. June 28, 1888, he was married again to Miss Anna Eisenbise, with whom he lived up to the time of his departure. He gave his heart to God when a young man and identified himself with the Lutheran Church, of which he remained a faithful and worthy memeber until the Master said, "It is enough come up higher." Some four or five years ago he received a paralytic stroke, which materially affected his health. About four weeks ago disease again laid hold upon him which culminated in his triumphant departure. A few days before his death he told his pastor that he realized that the end was near and he was ready to depart. He leaves a sorrowing wife and five children, two sons and three daughters, one brother and four sisters and many friends and relatives to mourn his departure. The funeral services were held at the Lutheran Church Monday afternoon. Rev. Thomas officiating. Internment at Georgetown cemetery

HOWARD L. BURKHART - Funeral service and burial for Howard L. Burkhart of Idaho Falls, Idaho, a Lanark native, were held Wednesday in Idaho Falls. Burkhart was killed Sunday (February 27, 1977) evening in an auto crash in Idaho Falls, in which a passenger in the car he was driving was also killed. Born March 26, 1893 in Lanark, he was the son of H. J. and Clara (Finifrock) Burkhart. He grew up in Lanark and married Helen Patton in the 1920s in Weiser, Idaho. He attended Cornell College and was a World War I veteran. He was still active as an accountant at the time of his death. He was active in senior citizens affairs and was a member of the Boy Scouts and the Twin Falls Baptist Church. Survivors include a twin son and daughter, W. Phillip of Pocatello, Idaho, and Mrs. Frank (Phyllis) Williams of Boise, Idaho; seven grandchildren, one great-grandchild; two brothers, Emerson of Minneapolis, Minnesota and Francis of Idaho Falls; and two sisters, Mrs. Grace Dahnke of Lanark and Mrs. Harold (Beatrice Lawler of Springdale, Arkansas.
Contributed by Alice Horner Freeport Journal Standard, Thursday March 3, 1977