Carroll County Obituaries

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CHARLENE C. GABLE - age 63, of Savanna, Illinois, died Friday, March 14, 2008 at the Big Meadows Nursing Home in Savanna, Illinois. A Graveside Funeral service will be held at 11:00am on Thursday, March 20, 2008 at the Jacobstown Cemetery in rural Savanna, with Reverend Robert Schubert officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Genesis Hospice of Clinton in Charlene's name. Charlene was born on November 8, 1944, the daughter of Charles and Marrina (Promenshenkel) Gable.She attended Center Hill School in Mount Carroll and worked for the Rolling Hill Progress Center in Lanark for 15 Years, until retiring in 2006.Charlene enjoyed coloring and working with her hands.Most of all, she loved spending time with her family. Charlene will be dearly missed by her three brothers; Edwin (Nancy) Gable ofMt. Carroll, Melvin (Brenda) Gable of Savanna, and Francis Gable of Savanna; two sisters, Marie (Laverne) Harding of Savanna and Marge (Allen) Fowler of Maquoketa, Iowa; and many nieces and nephews. Charlene was preceded in death by her parents and her Uncle Glen.
Contributed by Lori Gilbert

CHARLES H. GABLE - The funeral will be 10:30 AM in Law Jones Funeral Home, Savanna for Charles H. Gable, 93 of rural Savanna, who died Sunday (August 9, 1992) in Veterans Administraton Hospital, Iowa City. The Rev. Robert Schubert will officiate. Burial will be at Savanna Township Cemetery where teh Mt. Carroll American Legion Post 67 will accord full military rites. Pallbearers will be Loren Gable, Teddy Coleman, Jeff Harding, Francis Gable Jr., and Allen and Andy Fowler. Mr. Gable was born Dec. 5, 1898 in Mt. Carroll to William and Irene Smith Gable. He married Marrena Promenschenkel in 1941 in Oregon Il. She died May 7, 1980. He was a veteran of World War I serving in the US Army. He farmed his entire life in the Mt. Carroll and Savanna area and was a member of the Mt. Carroll American Legion. Survivors include three daughters, Mrs. Marie Harding and Charlene Gable, both of Savann, and Mrs. Allen (Marjorie) Fowler of Maquoketa; three sons; Edwin of Mt. Carroll, and Melvin and Francis, both of Savanna; 15 grandchildren; three great grandchildre; and a sister Mrs. Bessie Zink of Mt. Carroll.
Clinton Herald August 11 1992

GLEN GABLE , 83, of rural Savanna, died Tuesday at Samaritan North. The funeral will be at Law Jones Funeral Home, Savanna, with the Rev. Robert Schubert, Mt. carroll officiating. Burial will be in Arnold Cemetery, Jacobstown, rural Mt. Carroll. Pallbearers will be Francis Gable Jr., Edwin and Melvin Gable and Allen Fowler. Mr. Gable was born Nov. 27, 1908 in Mt. Carroll to Wm. and Irene (Smith) Gable. He farmed in the Mt. Carroll area. Survivors include a brother Charles of Savanna; a sister Mrs. Kenneth (Bessie) Zink of Mt. Carroll and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded by two brothers.
Clinton Herald May 22, 1992

IRENE (SMITH) GABLE , was born the daughter of Chauncey and Cynthia Ann (Rogers) Smith, in Freedom Township (Carroll County, Illinois). Her name was Irene (Smith) Gable, mother of Charles, John, Albert, Glen and daughter Bessie, and she was the sister of Mrs. James Roche. (Alice Horner’s note: This obituary is a transcription by someone else of an obituary which originally may have been more complete, or could have been even less complete. The source Illinois, Deaths and Stillbirths Index gives more information on Irene [Smith] and William Gable. Irene [Smith] Gable was born March 22, 1873 in Freedom Township and she died December 5, 1932 in Woodland Township, Carroll County, Illinois. She was buried in Arnolds Grove Cemetery, Freedom Township on December 8, 1932. One of Irene’s 13 siblings was Rosettie [Smith] Roche, whose husband was James Roche. William Walter Gable was born about 1865 and died May 1, 1919 in Woodland Township, Carroll County, Illinois. His parents were Andrew and Elizabeth [Sauer] Gable.)
Contributed by Alice Horner - Mirror – Democrat, Mount Carroll, Illinois December 9, 1932

JOHN GABLE , 82 , Mt. Carroll, died (22 Sep 1984) Saturday in his home. Funeral services will be held Wednesday at the Frank Funeral Home, Mt. Carroll, with the Rev. George Reser, pastor of the Church of God, Mt. Carroll, officiating. Burail will be in the Good Hope Cemetery, rural Mt. Carroll. Visitation will be from 8 a.m. until the time of services on Wednesday. John Gable was born in 1902, in Carroll County, the son of William and Irene Smith Gable. He uwas united in marriage to Carrie Zink. Surviving are three brothers, Charles and Glen, both of Savanna, and Albert, Davenport, Iowa, and one sister, Bessie Zink, Mt. Carroll. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, and one brother.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illiinois September 24, 1984 - Monday, pg A4

ESTHER R. (JACKSON) GABLIN , 91, 1004 Locust Street, Thomson, died Saturday at Samaritan South (8 May 1993). The funeral will be in Thomson United Methodist Church with Rev. Bonnie Davies officiating. Burial will be Lower York Cemetery, Thomson. Mrs. Gablin was born Sept. 8, 1901 in Afton Wis., to Robert and Lizzy Ziechel Jackson. She married Orville "Gabby" Gablin, June 1926. He died March 20, 1975. She was a homemaker. She was involved with the church, serving in the Sunday school, as well as the United Methodist Women and the church's quilting group. Survivors include dtwo sons, Kenneth Gablin of Naperville, Ill., and LeRoy Gablin of Thomson' two grandaughters and two great grandsons.
Clinton Herald May 13, 1993

LOLIEDA (CARR) GALLACHER , 43, of Savanna died Monday Nov. 22, 2004 at Mercy Medical Center, Clinton Iowa. She was employed by Big Meadows Nursing Home, Savanna, in the housekeeping department for 17 years, and was a homemaker. Mrs. Gallacher was born Sept. 5, 1961 in Muchwaller, Germany, the daughter of John and Gertrude (Jagle) Carr. She attended Mt. Carroll High Schoo. She married Dan Gallacher. She enjoyed spending time with family and friends. Survivors includer her husband, a son, David Carr of Coal Valley; a daughter Alisha Slaymaker of Savanna, her parents; three brothers, John, Steven and Thomas; two sisters, Belinda and Monica; her paternal grandmother Inez Blevins and two granddaughters. Burial was in Hickory Grove Cemetery, Mt. Carroll.

CLIFFORD GALLENTINE , 55 of Mt. Carroll died Monday, September 15, 1997 at his home. Services will be Thursday at Law-Jones Funeral home with Rev. Steve Ohrtman of St. John's Lutheran Church in Sterling officiating. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery in Mt. Carroll. Mr. Gallentine was born Sunday, december 7, 1941 in Albany to Clifford Elwood and Lorraine Marie (Hurley) Gallentine. He graduated from Mt. Carroll High in 1959. He married Arlene Keller June 14, 1959 in Savanna. He was a truck driver for 31 years. He was the transportation supervisor and bus driver for teh Mt. Carroll Community Unit District #304 for 7 years. Survivors include his wife, Arlene; three sons Jeff (Elaine) Gallentine and Scott (Debora) Gallentine all of Mt. Caroll and David (Tammy) Gallentine of Belle Plaine, MN. 6 Grandchildren, Jennifer Merchant, Jared, Drew, Ryan, Samantha and Kasey Gallentine; two sisters, Dorothy Smith of Galena and Jean (Cecil) Coffey of Albany; and three brothers, Wm. (Lorraine) Gallentine of Seymour IN, Joseph Gallentine of Vancouver, BC and James Gallentine of Sterling.

LAVINA (BUNDY) STRICKER GALLOWAY , 80, residing at 907 Main street, collapsed and died of a heart attack about 5 p.m. Thursday in the National Food Store. She had been resting and sitting on a radiator and when she went to get up fell to the floor. A physician was called and she was pronounced dead on his arrival. She had beens uffering from a heart ailment for some time. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday in the Law Funeral Home, with the Rev. Harold DeVries, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church, officiating. Burial will be in Oak Hillcemetery, Mt. Carroll. Friends may call at the funeral home after seven tonight. Lavina Bundy was born April 6, 1875 in Woodland township, carroll County, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Delavan Bundy. She had mader her home in savanna for many years. Mrs. Galloway operated rooming h ouses in Bowen Street and Main Street for many years. She received her education in the Mt. Carroll schools. She was twice married, her first husband, Jasper Stricker, and her second husband, Louis A. Galloway, both preceding in death. Her first marriage was in 1891 and her second in 1929. Surviving are three sons, Joseph and George Stricker both of Savanna and Leo Stricker of Mt. Carroll; several grandchildren; three brothers, Grant Bundy of Savanna, Roy Bundy of Lanark and George Bundy of Davenport Iowa and other relatives. Preceding in death besides her two husbands were her parents, two daughters, who died in infancy, two sisters, Mrs. Elijah Wacker and Mrs. Margaret griswold, and five brothers, Will, Delevan, Frank, Jess and Theodore.
Contributed by Don Stricker

ALICE A. (BUSS) GANTZ , 81, of Haines City, Fla., former Florence Station resident, died Saturday, May 1, 2004, at Haines City Health Care Center. She was born July 24, 1922, in Shannon, the daughter of John G. Buss and Loella Tempel Buss. On Sept. 27, 1941, Alyce and Chester L. Gantz were married in Florence Station. Alyce and Chester farmed in Florence Station until retiring in 1984. They then moved to Florida. Mrs. Gantz was a former member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Freeport and member of Grace Lutheran Church in Winter Haven, Fla. Surviving family members include her husband; one son, Larry (Dixie) Gantz of Haines City; one granddaughter, Lori (Don) Szczepaniak of Sumner, Wash.; two great-grandchildren, Alex and Kevin; and one sister, Dolores Buss of Freeport. Preceding her in death were her parents and one grandson, Jim. Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the Chapel of Peace at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens in Freeport with the Rev. Willis Schwichtenberg and Vicar Brad Klein officiating. Burial will be at the cemetery. Visitation hours are from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Burke-Tubbs Funeral Home in Freeport. A memorial fund has been established for Immanuel Lutheran Church.
Contributed by Judi Wirtjes

FRANCIS BERNICE (HECK) GANTZ , age 87, of Shannon died Thursday, November 8, 2007 at FHN Memorial Hospital in Freeport. She was born February 26, 1920 in Freeport, the daughter of the late Henry and Mary (Ward) Heck. She married David Gantz on October 17, 1939 in Monroe, WI. She was a member of St. Wendelin's Catholic Church in Shannon, and the Ladies Society, She enjoyed embroidering, birds, taking care of her home, going to church and getting together with her family. She is survived by her husband; three daughters, Nancy (John) Lamagdeliene of South Holland, Doris (Paul) White of Forreston, and Linda (Darold) Schmoll of Pleasant Valley, Mo; one son, Dennis (Kathy) Gantz of Forreston; one brother, Edward (Mary) Heck of Freeport; ten grandchildren; three great-grandchildren. Her parents; son, Richard; four brothers, Joseph, James, Russell and Hubert; two sisters, Edna and Helen; and one granddaughter, Emily, precede Frances in death. Visitation was from 6 AM-8 PM Friday at the Hermann Funeral Home in Shannon where a Rosary was held at 8 PM. Funeral service was held at St. Wendelin's Catholic Church at 10:30 AM Saturday, November 10, 2007 Rev. Michael Bolger officiated. Interment will be at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens in Freeport. A memorial fund has been established.
Contributed by Lori Gilbert

INGRAM GEORGE GARNER was born in Jackson Co IL, June 8th 1829 and died at Chicago IL Jan. 27, 1900 age 70 years 7 mos and 19 days. He came to this section of Country and settled in Cherry Grove township in 1834, from where 14 ago he moved to Chicago. During his residence in the city he has not been in what could be considered good health, but was able to attend to his business affairs until about two years ago when his health became so seriously impaired that he retired from active business life. He then went to California and remained there for a year where he had previously spent most the winters, since leaving this neighborhood. He was united in marriage to Miss Jennette Brennan, March 26, 1892. In 1896 he in company with his wife took a trip abroad and spent several months in visiting nearly the whole of civilized Europe. This trip was exceedingly helpful and the deceased returned home greatly improved in health. Mr. Garner was an old Mason of high rank and in good standing with the fraternity. HIs membership in the Blue Lodge, Commandery and Consistory was at Freeport, Ill., and in the Chapter at Lanark, but he visited many lodges in the city and on the coast. When abroad he received many attentions from his recognized standing as an American Mason. As a general thing when at home he attended Dr. Thomas' church. But very recently at his request he was baptised by Dr. McMullen of the Methodist Episcopal church and before he died he requested that he be buried by the Masons and that a Methodist minister officiate. His request was carried out to the letter by his wife and brother James. Two brother and a wife mourn the departure of a loving brother and a kind, considerate and indulgent husband. The funeral which was held Sunday afternoon was under the auspices of Lanark Lodge No. 423. A.F. and A.M. Rev. B.A. Dickens of the M.E. church officiating.

LILLIAN (ATHERTON) GARNER , 87, of Lanark, died Thursday afternoon, Aug. 14, at Good Samaritan Nursing Home, Mount Carroll, after a long illness. A 1917 graduate of Lanark High School, she was a member of the White Shrine of Jerusalem in Freeport and headed the organization as a worthy high priestess. She also was a 50 year member of the Ola Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star in Lanark and a past worthy matron of that group. Born on March 6, 1899 in Rock Creek Township, Carroll County, she was the daughter of Daniel and Emma (Jacobs) Atherton. She married James "Matt" Garner in Rockford on Dec. 11, 1920. He died in 1965. Surviving are nieces and nehpews in the area. IN addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by two brothers and three sisters. Graveside services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at Lanark Cemetery. The Rev. Clinton Firstbrook, pastor of Cherry Grove Church of the Brethren will officiate. Russell-Frank Funeral Home, Lanark. Memorial has been established for the Lanark Library.

RALPH W. GARNER , 85, 117 W. Leland St., Lanark, died early Wednesday (July 4, 1984) morning in Freeport Memorial Hospital after a long illness. Funeral services will be at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday in the Trinity Lutheran Church, Lanark, with the Rev. Lindsay Hulbert, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in the Lanark Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 to 6 and 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday in the Frank Funeral home, Lanark, where Masonic Rites will be conducted at 9 p.m. by the Lanark Masonic Lodge. A memorial has been established. Ralph Garner was born on Jan. 31, 1899, in Lanark, the son of William H. and Bertha Hotchkiss Garner. On May 15, 1922, he married Erna Huebner in Anoka, Minn. He was the proprieter of Garner's Welding Shop, Lanark, for many years, and prior to that was employed as a welding supervisor for the Milwaukee Railroad. He was a member of the Lanark Masonic Lodge 423, and was a 32nd Degree Mason, a member of the Freeport Consistory and the Trinity Lutheran Church, was a former school board member, a city alderman and was an early member of the Carroll County Historical Society. He was instrumental in restoring historical sites in Carroll County with a special project the restoration of neglected cemeteries in the county. Surviving are his wife; two sons, James, Craig, Colo.; and Allan (Skip), Lanark; three daughteers, Mrs. Edward (Doris) Romans, Park Ridge, Mrs. Stanley (Donagene) Nesemeier, Lanark, and Mrs. Lloyd (Gayle) Navakowski, Belleview, Wash.; 11 grandchildren; five great grandchildren; and one sister, Florence Sowles, Greendale, Wis. He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, one grandchild and one great grandchild
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois July 5, 1984 - Thursday

CLAIR E. GATRELL , 85, rural Milledgeville, died this morning at Continental Nursing Home, Polo. The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Milledgeville United Methodist Church with the Rev. Clark Moushon officiating. Burial will be in Bethel Cemetery, rural Milledgeville. Visitation is after 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Woodin Funeral Home, Milledgeville. Mr. Gatrell was born July 25, 1888, at Ames to Milton and Agnes Bell Gatrell. He married Myrtle Jones Jan. 1, 1913, at Des Moines. He was a retired farmer and had lived in the Milledgeville area since 1927. He was a member of the Milledgeville United Methodist Church and the Milledgeville Grange and was a former Carroll County Farm Bureau director. Survivors include a daughter Mrs. William (Irene( Keister, Milledgeville, two brothers, Lee, York, Pa., and Valley, Walnut Grove, Minn. And a sister, Mrs. Nina Schuler, Vista, Calif. (Mon. 3 Dec. 1973, Pg 12)

CHARLES GAUL , died Tuesday, March 27, 1956 at his home here. He was born June 25, 1875 in Cherry Grove Township, son of Henry and Margaret (Rafley) Gaul. He married the former Miss Addie Ripper January 4, 1899. After her death in 1946, Mr. Gaul married the former Mrs. Orpha Eskew. (Alice Horner’s note: She was Orpha Bolinger, daughter of George and Anna [Finnifrock] Bolinger.) Mr. Gaul farmed here until 1943 when he moved to town. He was a member of the First Brethren Church. Surviving are his wife; a son, Emerson, at home; and a brother, Elmer of Lanark. Service will be Thursday at 2 p.m. in the First Brethren Church. The Rev. Francis Berkshire, pastor, will officiate. Burial will be in Lanark Cemetery. Friends may call at the Frank Funeral Home.
Contributed by Alice Horner - Freeport Journal Standard, Freeport, Illinois March 28, 1956

EMERSON GAUL , service for Emerson Gaul, Lanark carpenter found dead in his home at 7 a.m. Saturday, September 13, 1958, was held at 2 p.m. today in Frank Funeral Home. Officiating was the Rev. Merle Hawbecker, pastor of Cherry Grove Church of the Brethren. Burial was in Lanark Cemetery. Gaul was born in Cherry Grove Township, Carroll County, February 21, 1903, the son of Charles and Addie (Ripper) Gaul. He was a member of First Brethren Church of Lanark. The only survivor is his step-mother, Mrs. Orpha Gaul of Lanark.
Contributed by Alice Horner - Freeport Journal Standard, Freeport, Illinois September 15, 1958

EVELYN L. GAUL , age 89, if Freeport died Sunday, July 31, 2005 at Liberty Village in Freeport. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, August 4, 2005 at the Lanark Church of the Brethren, with Pastor John Sgro officiating. Burial will be in Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens in Freeport. Visitations will be from 4-7 p.m. on Wednesday at the Russell-Frank Funeral Home in Lanark. A memorial has been established in her memory. Evelyn was born May 6, 1916 at Florence Station, daughter of Fred and Nettie (Burma) Smith. She attended Prairie Dell School near Shannon. Evelyn married Marlin "Butch" Gaul on September 4, 1940. She was employed at the A&P Stores in Lanark, Polo, and Mt. Carroll, and she retired from the Lanark Super-Valu. She was a member of the Lanark Church of The Brethren. She loved antiquing. Evelyn is survived by one brother, Harold (Collette) Smith of Byron; one sister, Lois (Verle) Fogle of Leaf River; nine much-loved nieces and nephews; twenty great nieces and nephews; and fourteen great great nieces and nephews. Her parents; her husband in 1995; one sister, Margaret Vietmeier; three brothers, Orville, Emerson, and Lester Smith; one nephew, Dennis Linker, precede Evelyn in death.
Contributed by Alice Horner - Prairie Advocate

HENRY GAUL , the twenty year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Ira Gaul residing 11 miles southeast of Lanark and 3 1/2 miles northeast of Brookville, was drowned in flooded Elkhorn creek, last Friday afternoon about 5 o'clock, while the fierce rain storm raged the hardest. The young man had been working for Frank Garman, about a mile from his parents home, and had set out to bring up the cows, which were grazing on the opposite side of the stream that runs through the farm. Doubtless he had crossed the small stream many times before in safety, but on this occassion he evidently misjudged the strength of the current, which swollen by the heavy rains was running bank full. That he expected to swim for it seems certain, for he had stripped for the occassion and hung his clothes on a fence post, carefully covered with a waterproof slicker ot keep them dry. Parties on the Garman farm thought they heard him calling, but supposed it was at the cows, and when he failed to return, became alarmed and instituted a search. Suspicion became almost a certainty when his clothes were found. The country was aroused and about fifty willing workers from that vicinity, officered by the Ogle county sheriff and his deputies, dragged the stream almost continuously from Friday night until about 10 o'clock Sunday morning, when the body was recovered in Harry Bolkus' pasture about a mile and a quarter below the place where his clothes were hung. It was found near the creek bank in aobut three feet of water and mud, under a mass of drift wood and the roots of a ttree, to which a team of horses were hitched to remove. Only a small portion of the body, about as large as a mans hand, was visible, the balance buried in the mud. It was taken out, washed and conveyed to the home of the boy's parents, where brief funeral services were held at 10 o'clock Tuesday morning, and at 10:30 at the West Branch near Maryland Station, Rev. Chas. Delp of Lanark conducting the service, assisted by Rev. Willson of Brookville. Interment in the cemetery near by. The attendance at the funeral was very large, and expressive of the deep sympathy of the community for the sorrow-stricken family. An obituary will be published in our next issue.
Sterling Library Obituary Collection - (Death June 1926)

IRA MELVIN GAUL , 78, died at 1:30 a.m. today, December 17, 1955, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. George Potter, after a long illness. He was born near Cherry Grove in Carroll County, May 28, 1877, the son of Henry and Margaret (Rafley) Gaul. On December 27, 1905 he married the former Martha Albright, who preceded him in death November 27, 1945. The couple farmed for many years in the Brookville area before retiring to Polo. Survivors include three sons, Howard of Polo, Louis of Forreston and Lester of Dixon; two daughters, Mrs. Christopher R. Johnson of Freeport, and Mrs. Potter; and two brothers, Charles and Elmer, both of Lanark. He was preceded in death by one son and four grandchildren. The body was taken to DeGraff – Roe Funeral Home, Forreston, and will be brought to the Polo Church of the Brethren at 10 a.m. Monday. Funeral service will be at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Hubert Newcomer, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in the West Branch Church of the Brethren Cemetery. Friends may call at the church.
Contributed by Alice Horner -

MARGARET ELIZABETH (RAFLEY) GAUL , was born June 28th, 1845, at Clear Springs, Md., and died at her home in Lanark, Ill., Feb. 14, 1921, aged 75 years, 7 months and 16 days. She was the eldest daughter of Frederick and Mary Rafley. She came west with her parents when a small girl and settled in Cherry Grove township. On December 22, 1869, she was united in marriage to Henry Gaul to whom she was a faithful and loving companion for over 51 years. In October, 1899, they moved to Lanark where they lived to the time of her death. In the year of 1872 she with her husband united with the Church of the Brethren at Cherry Grove. She remained a faithful member and served her Lord to the end. Four children were born to this union, viz., Lillian, deceased; Charles, of near Lanark; Ira of Polo; and Elmer, of CHerry Grove. On May 7, 1909, the daughter was called home, the first to break the family ties. In April, 1919, Sister Gaul was afflicted and called for the elders of the church and was anointed according to James 5:14. On September 11 of the same year she sumbitted to an operation from which she recovered sufficiently to be up and around her home. On October 23 the same year, she fell and broker her hip. This kept her in bed for eight weeks. On January 20, 1921, she took to her bed again, and for over three weeks she was subject to intense suffering. All that medical aid and kind hands could do was done to relieve her of her suffering, which she bore patiently till the Lord called her home. The last two years of her life had been more or less of suffering. She leaves her sorrowing husband, three sons and fourteen grandchildren to mourn her departure.
Sterling Library Obituary Collection (Burial was in Cherry Grove Cemetery)

MARY ELLEN (ATHERTON) GAUL , 87, of Freeport, died Wednesday November 14, 2001. The funeral will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Russell – Frank Funeral Home in Lanark, Ill., with the Rev. Alan McLearn-Montz of the Church of the Brethren, Freeport, officiating. Visitation will begin at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home in Lanark. Burial will be in Lanark Cemetery. She was born June 4, 1914 in Lanark to Robert and Wavie (Sisler) Atherton. She was a cook for different institutions in the Freeport area. She was a member of the Church of the Brethren most of her life. Survivors include a son, Wayne Gaul of Shannon, Illinois; four grandchildren; six sisters, Mrs. Wilma (Dick) Weber of Shannon, Ill., Mrs. Claire (Allen) Biesemeier of Freeport, Irma Crofton of Sterling, Ill., Charlotte Black of California, Mrs. Emma (Donald) Hannabarger of California and Mrs. Bernadine (Dick) Stanberry of Champaign, Ill. She was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers and a sister.
Contributed by Alice Horner - The Herald, Clinton, Iowa Friday November 16, 2001

ORPHA (BOLLINGER) ESKEW GAUL , died at 10 p.m. Tuesday, December 15, 1959 in a Freeport hospital after a long illness. The former Orpha Bollinger, she was born June 11, 1876 in Cherry Grove Township, daughter of George and Anna Bolinger. She was married to Charles Eskew, who died many years ago. She was later married to Charles Gaul, who died in 1956. Mrs. Gaul lived with her sister, Mrs. Elmer Gaul, in Lanark for the last three years. She was a member of Cherry Grove Church of the Brethren. Surviving are two sisters, Mrs. Maggie Zier and Mrs. Gaul, both of Lanark; and a brother, Harvey Bolinger, of Modesto, California. Service will be at 3 p.m. Friday in Frank Funeral Home, the Rev. Merle Hawbecker officiating. Burial will be in Cherry Grove Cemetery. Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Contributed by Alice Horner Freeport Journal Standard, Freeport, Illinois December 16, 1959

FOSTER GAULT - The body of Foster Gault, the sixyear old son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Gault, former residents of Lanark, was brought to the home of G.E. Hungerford, the boy's grandfather, at Mt. Carroll, from whence his funeral was held Sunday afternoon at 2:30. The boy was drowned in a lagoon at Maywood, a short distance from his parents' home. He had gone out to play and in a little while mysteriously disappeared. A search that lasted all that day and all night was fruitless, but the next morning a neighbor found his body in the pond. There is no suspicion of foul play, the supposition being that the little fellow accidently fell into the water and was drowned. The sympathy of a large number of friends in this city goes out to the grief-stricken parents.
Sterling Library Obituary Collections (Death occured 22 Nov. 1911)

SAMUEL C. GAULT - an old and respected citizen of Lanark, died on Thursday of last week. Mr. Gault had been in failing health for several years but had so far recovered that on the Monday preceding his death he walked up town and talked in his usual way to those of his friends whom he met. Samuel C. Gault was born in Mercer county, Pennsylvania, December 17, 1839, and died at his home in Lanark, Illinois, May 10, 1906, aged 66 years, 4 months and 24 days. At the age of six years he came with his parents to Jo Daviess county, Illinois, His childhood and early manhood days were spent near Elizabeth, Jo Daviess county, Where he was married to Isabella F. Foster. Later he removed with his family to Carroll county where he had since resided. In August 1862 he enlisted in Company A., 96th regiment Illinois volunteer infantry to fight for his country and was honorably discharged May 16, 1865. For several years the deceased has been in failing health and though much of the time a great sufferer he bore up with remarkable patience, bravely battling against disease, hoping against hope until finally death triumphed over his frail body and on Thursday afternoon he calmly breathed his last in the presence of his wife and such of his children as were able to reach him. The children present were Hugh Gault and wife of Milledgeville, Mrs. Estella Stahlsmith of Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin, and Mrs. Adda Glotfelty of Lanark, Frank of Morrison and Charles of Chicago were unable to reach home until after he had passed away. Another daughter, Mrs. Mary Isaac resides in Sunnyside, Washington.
COntributed by Karen Fyock - Undated Scrapbook Clipping

MRS. DANIEL GEERDS , nee Wilfong, was born in Germany, November 13, 1851, and died, in Shannon, October 14, 1940, aged 88 years, 11 months, and one day. At the age of ten she with her parents came to this country and located in the vicinity of Adeline, near Forreston. In 1870 she was united in marriage to Daniel Geerds. God blessed this union with six children, one son and five daughters. Soon after their marriage they moved to Grundy county, Iowa, living there for six years, when they moved back to Illinois, settling On a farm three miles northeast of Shannon. Here they lived until 1892 when they located in Shannon. After residing in Shannon a few years, her husband was called to his eternal reward, leaving her to meet life's problems alone. Early in life she united with the German Reformed church, and she has lived a Christian life until the end. Her long useful life has made an impression on all who knew her. During her long illness she was very patient, never murmuring. She was tenderly eared for by her dear daughter, in whose home she resided. She was the last member of the family to pass on. Mother Geerds was a kind, faithful wife, mother, Friend, and neighbor. She leaves to mourn their loss: four children, Mrs. Jennie Brown of Freeport, Mrs. John Honken of Bankiuft, Iowa, Mrs. Dick Meyers of Titonka, Iowa, and Mrs. Joe Buss; nineteen grandchildren, 47 great-grandchildren, and four great-great-grandchildren. Her husband. one son, and one daughter preceded her in death. Funeral services were conducted in the Bethel church by Rev. S. G. Eberly, assisted by Rev. P. H. Buesher. Burial was made in the Prairie Dell cemetery.

2nd Notice Mrs. Daniel Geerds, 88, passed away Monday afternoon at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Joe Buss, in Shannon. She was born Nov. 13. 1851, in Germany, the daughter of Henry and Assel Wiltfong. She accompanied her parents to the United States when she was ten years old and on March 2, 1870, was married to Daniel Geerds at Freeport .Her husband preceded her in death Oct. 12, 1907 Following her marriage Mrs. Geerds lived several years in Iowa later moving to a farm three miles northeast of Shannon. She had resided in Shannon since 1892. Survivors are four daughters, Mrs. Buss, Mrs. Jenny Brown of Freeport, Mrs. John Honken, Vankuist, IA, and Mrs. Dick Meyers, Titonka IA., 19 grandchildren, 47 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren . Funeral services will be held Thursday at 1:30 p. M. at the Buss home and at 2 p. P.M.. at the Evangelical church. Rev. S. G. Eberly will officiate and burial will be in Prairie Dell cemetery northeast of Shannon.
Contributed by Judi Wirtjes

JANE MARY (CAMPBELL) WOODIN GEISZ , age 50, of Ochelata, Oklahoma and formerly of Milledgeville, died Wednesday, March 12, 2003 at her home. Jane was born November 7, 1952 in North Dakota the daughter of James and Ruth Campbell. Jane is survived by her husband, Richard Geisz of Catoose, Oklahoma; three children, Wesley Woodin of Milledgeville, Cheyenne (Matt) Andrews of Rainstein AFB in Germany, Travis Woodin of Tulsa, Oklahoma; three grandsons, Adam and Richard Andrews and Allen Woodin; two stepchildren, Steve Geisz; one brother, David Campbell of Rockford; an aunt in Canada, and many cousins. Her parents and her first husband Allen Woodin in March of 1982 precede Jane in death. A graveside service was held at 11 a.m. on Friday, June 25, 2004 at South Elkhorn Cemetery near Milledgeville, Reverend Thomas Kingery officiated.
Prairie Advocate 23 June 2004

ORLOU G. (KEARNAGHAN) GELWICKS , 86, of Freeport died Tuesday, January 5, 1999 at Freeport Memorial Hospital. The daughter of Charles Henry and Mary Jane (Wright) Kearnaghan, she was born September 30, 1912 at Mount Carroll. On July 31, 1937 she and John R. Gelwicks were married at Mount Carroll. After attending rural grade school and Mount Carroll High School, she graduated from Northern Illinois University. She was a schoolteacher for four years in rural schools and then was a substitute teacher in Freeport grade schools. The Freeport Park District Board and Illinois Association of Parks presented her with the Community Service Award. Her memberships included Embury United Methodist Church, YWCA and Stephenson County Home Extension. Surviving are her husband; one son, Thomas (Carol) Gelwicks of Normal; three grandchildren, Janet (Michael) Nelson of Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, Gregory (Laura) Gelwicks of Columbia, Missouri, and Kevin Gelwicks of Laramie, Wyoming; and three great-grandchildren, James and Mark Gelwicks, and William Michael Nelson. Preceding her in death were her parents; one son, William W. Gelwicks in 1970, and one sister, Ruth Worrell. The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Burke Tubbs Funeral Home with the Rev. Stephen Aram of Embury United Methodist Church officiating. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery in Mount Carroll. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. A memorial fund has been established for Bill Gelwicks Nature Center at Oakdale Nature Preserve on Baileyville Road, Freeport.

RANDALL GELWICKS , 15, of Freeport, died Sunday morning from injuries he sustained in a one car accident on Loran Blacktop Rd., Mt. Carroll. Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. at the Frank Funeral Home. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery. Rev. Roger Treadway, pastor of the Mt. Carroll Lutheran Church will officiate. Visitation is Tuesday at the funeral home. He was born Feb. 11, 1963 in Savanna, the son of Leo and Ione Randecker Gelwicks. He was a student at Freeport High School. Survivors include his father, Leo of Mt. Carroll and mother, Ione of Freeport; one brother, Jerry of Freeport; maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. William Randecker and paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Gelwicks, all of Mt. Carroll.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois August 14, 1978 - Monday, page 4

RUTH AMELIA (CARROLL) GELWICKS , 91, of Mount Carroll, died Saturday at Freeport (Ill.) Health Network Memorial Hospital. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Frank-Law-Jones Funeral Home in Mount Carroll. Interment will be in the Oak Hill Cemetery, Mount Carroll. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. She was born Dec. 25 1912, to Rush W. and Anna Smith Carroll in York Township. She married Robert L. Gelwicks on Oct. 28, 1933, at the First Baptist Church parsonage in Mount Carroll. He died in 1990. She graduated from Thomson (Ill.) High School in 1931. She was a member of the First Baptist Church and Freedom Homemakers Club. She also taught Sunday school for many years. Survivors include a son, Leo (Lois) Gelwicks of Mount Carroll; one daughter, Mrs. Doris (Duane) Kruse of Lanark, Ill.; five grandchildren; four stepgrandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; seven stepgreat-grandchildren; two sisters-in-law, Elizabeth Carroll of Galena, Ill., and Dorothy Carroll of Savanna, Ill.; and many nieces and nephews.
Clinton Herald September 13, 2004

EVA MAE (FICKES) GIBBS , age 85, of Savanna formerly of Mt. Carroll, Illinois, passed away Friday, January 13, 2006 in Mercy Medical Center, Clinton, Iowa. A Funeral Mass will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, January 17, 2006 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Savanna with Father Moises Apostol as Celebrant. Burial will take place in Oak Hill Cemetery, Mt. Carroll, Illinois. Visitation will be held from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Monday, January 16, 2006 at the Frank-Law-Jones Funeral Home, Mt. Carroll with a Scripture Wake Service held at 5:30 p.m.. There will also be a one-hour visitation held at Law-Jones Funeral Home in Savanna prior to the Funeral Mass on Tuesday. Memorials may be given in Eva Mae’s name for St. John the Baptist Catholic Church of Savanna; SS John & Catherine Church of Mt. Carroll or the First Evangelical Lutheran Church of Mt. Carroll. Eva Mae was born December 14, 1920 in Mt. Carroll the daughter of Oliver and Lillian (Eisenhower) Fickes. She graduated from Mt. Carroll High School, Class of 1938. Eva Mae married Melvin Finer on November 30, 1942, he died in 1981; she married Ray Fleckenstein in 1990, he passed away in 1992; she married George Gibbs in 1997, he died in 2000. Eva Mae worked in retail for several years at the Adam’s & Dabron Department Store in Mt. Carroll and then Dickinson’s in Mt. Carroll. She was the Mt. Carroll City Treasurer for sixteen years retiring in 1997. Eva Mae was the Secretary Treasurer for the Oak Hill Cemetery, Mt. Carroll. She was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church of Savanna. Eva Mae was very active in her churches, for eighteen years she was the Financial Secretary for the First Lutheran Church of Mt. Carroll and for five years she was the Financial Secretary for SS. John & Catherine Catholic Church of Mt. Carroll. Eva Mae will be deeply missed by her daughter, Reverend Suellen (Jeffrey) Myers of Williams Bay, Wisconsin; her son, Robert (Dena) Finer of Star, Idaho; and four grandsons, Robert Myers, Thomas Myers, Daniel Finer and Jonathan Finer; two step granddaughters, Chasity Tapp and Shawna Potter.

GEORGE STEPHEN GIBBS , 79, of Lake Carroll died Thursday February 17, 2000 at home. He was born April 5, 1920 in Clinton , Iowa to George S. and Lorraine (McNichol) Gibbs. In 1938 he graduated from Mount Carroll High School . He and Velma Cottral were married in 1944. She died in 1995. On July 20, 1996 he and Eva Mae Fickes were married. He entered the Navy in 1939 and fought in World War II, attaining the rank of chief petty officer, and retired in 1959. For 15 years he worked as a special weapons technician at Savanna Army Depot and in California . His memberships included Saints John and Catherine Catholic Church in Mount Carroll , Savanna, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and National Association of Retired Federal Employees. Surviving are his wife; one son, George S. (Judy) Gibbs III of Ventura , California ; one stepdaughter, the Rev. Suellen (Jeff) Myers of Williams Bay, Wisconsin; one stepson, Robert (Millison) Finer of Tumbling Shoals, Arkansas ; two granddaughters, Melissa and Jessica Gibbs; and four step-grandsons, Robert and Thomas Myers and Danny and Jon Finer. Preceding him in death were his parents and one daughter. Cremation rites will be accorded. The funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at Saints John and Catherine Catholic Church with the Rev. Tim Seigel officiating.
Contributed by Alice Horner

ELLA (MILLER) PETERS GIDDINGS , of Lanark died Friday (Etta Horner Bowers notes January 27 but not a year; it would have been before 1974) in Freeport Memorial Hospital where she had been a patient three weeks. She was born Sept. 16, 1867 in rural Lanark, daughter of John E. and Elizabeth (Fox) Miller. She married Frank Peters in 1901 in Lanark. He died in 1934. She married Smith Giddings in 1946 and he died in 1947. Mrs. Giddings owned and operated a woman’s apparel shop for about 22 years in lanark, retiring about 10 years ago. She then did clothes alerations. Surviving are a son, Bertram Peters, Anaheim, Calif.; two grandchildren; two sisters, Clara Miller and Mrs. Emma Carter, both of Lanark. She was preceded in death by three brothers and seven sisters. Service will be at 2 p.m. Sunday in First Brethren Church with Rev. Paul Steiner, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Lanark Cemetery. Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. Today in Frank Funeral Home. A memorial is being established at First Brethren Church.
Contributed by Alice Horner

MILDRED B. GILLETTE , age 97, of Rockford, Illinois, died at 3:05 p.m. on Monday, May 26, 2003 at Provenna St. Anne's Center, Rockford. Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m. Friday, May 30, 2003 at the Law-Jones Funeral Home, Savanna, Illinois with Reverend Dr. Douglas Hall of the First Presbyterian Church of Savanna officiating. Cremation will take place and inurnment will be 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, June 3 at the Savanna Township Cemetery. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service from 10 - 11:00 a.m. at the Funeral Home. Memorials may be given to the Rockford Rescue Mission, 715 W. State St., Rockford, IL 61102. Mildred was born November 14, 1905 in Savanna, Illinois, the daughter of Charles E. and Pearl (Pulford) Gillette. She was a 1923 graduate of the Savanna High School and a 1927 graduate of the University of Washington School of Pharmacy. Mildred worked as a Pharmacist in several hospitals retiring from Rockford Memorial Hospital after 30 years of service. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Rockford. Survivors include two nephews, Dennis B. (Jean) O'Leary of Rockford and Timothy (Patricia) O'Leary of Hawthorne Woods, Illinois; three nieces, Mary Ann (James) Falancer and Kathleen (Michael) Seiple of Savanna, Illinois and Carol O'Leary of Medford, Wisconsin; 15 grand nieces and grand nephews, including Dennis P. O'Leary of Rockford; and 9 great-grand nieces and grand nephews. A special thanks to her caregivers and dear friends, Alice, Amanda, Bev, Fran, Ruth and Helen.
Prairie Advocate June 4, 2003

CHARLES THOMAS GRAHAM , 60, of Savanna, died Saturday, Aug. 28, from injuries received in a two-vehicle accident. A graduate of Pekin High School, he served in the U.S. Air Force in Germany in the 1960s and later served in the Army Reserves at the Army Reserve Center in Freeport in the 1980s. He worked at the Savanna Army Depot for a few years and was currently a truck driver for Neumiller Farms near Savanna where he had been for more than 10 years. He was a member of the Mississippi Masonic Lodge #385 in Savanna and Scottish Kite in Freeport. He enjoyed traveling throughout the U.S. He was born May 27. 1939, in Pekin to Charles and Dorothy (Irby) Graham. Survivors include his mother, of Savanna; two aunts and three uncles He was preceded in death by his father and one brother. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday. Sept. 2. at the Law-Jones Funeral Home in Savanna. Visitation will be at the funeral home. Burial will be in Savanna Township Cemetery with military rites accorded by the Savanna VFW

DOROTHY M. (IRBY) GRAHAM , 88, of Savanna, died Wednesday, June 7, in her home She was born Feb. 5, 1912, Huntington W.Va., a daughter Charles and Virgie Lee (Pickett Irby. She married Charles Graham, Dec. 5, 1936, in Eureka. He died ir. 1978. She and her husband worked as commercial fishermen in the Savanna area for many years. Survivors include two brothers. Oscar (Wilma) Irby of Pekin and Roscoe (Martha) Irby of Decatur two sisters, CharlOtt~ (Clarence Morse of Yucaipa, Calif., and Ruth Morris of Fullerton, Calif. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by two sons, Tad and Charles; a brother, Leo; and three sisters, Mabel Schnitzle Geneva Hayward and Delorr Clayton A graveside funeral service will be held Saturday June 10 at the Savanna Township Cemetery with the Rev. Bill Landis of the First United Methodist Church officiating.

FLORENCE A. (MANNING) GRAHAM , 94, of Savanna, died Sunday, Feb. 27 at Big Meadows Nursing Home in Savanna. She graduated from Savanna High School with the Class of 1925. She owned and operated Graham's Cafe in Savanna for 25 years, retiring in 1971. She previously worked as a cashier at the E.G. Shinner Meat Market in Savanna. She was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church and a former member of the Savanna Police Pension Board. She enjoyed cooking and especially enjoyed caring for people. She was born Jan. 21, 1906 in York Township to John and Mary (Cunningham) Manning. She married Elden "Shorty" Graham Sept. 7, 1941, in Savanna. He died March 12, 1976. Survivors include a sister-in-law, Mary Manning of Maquoketa, Iowa; two nephews, Ron (JoAnn) Robertson of Honolulu, Hawaii, and Jon Manning of Dubuque Iowa; two nieces, Mary Jo (Robert) Reade of Geneseo and Nancy (Randy) Bakker of Ottumwa, Iowa; 15 grandnieces and grandnephews. A funeral mass will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday Marcy 1 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Savanna with Father Tim Seigel as the Celebrant. Burial will be in St. John's Catholic Cemetery in Savanna.

ALMEDA (HERRINGTON) GREEN , one of the most prominent and wealthiest residents of Mount Carroll, passed away at her home Sunday afternoon after an illness of several weeks duration due to a complication of troubles. Mrs. Green’s maiden name was Almeda Herrington, and she was born in Canada March 13, 1821, and came to Carroll County in 1838. September 27, 1841 she was united in marriage to Uriah Green, who passed away a number of years ago. They were the parents of ten children, several of whom have passed away. Mrs. John Mader of Mt. Carroll is a daughter, and Mrs. C. C. Parker of this city (Savanna) is a niece of the departed.
Contributed by Alice Horner Savanna Journal, Savanna, Illinois Wednesday Eve. March 24, 1909
Note: 5 of their infant children were buried at Deeds Cemetery - Pleasant Valley Twp. JoDaviess Co IL

DEBRA ANN (KANE) GREEN , age 48, of rural Elizabeth, died Wednesday, June 16, 2004 at Galena Stauss Memorial Hospital, Galena. Funeral Services were held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, June 21, at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Derinda Center rural Elizabeth, Reverend Kurt Hansen officiated. Burial was in the Trinity Lutheran Church Cemetery, Derinda Center rural Elizabeth. Visitations were from 5 to 9 p.m. Sunday, June 20, at the Law-Jones Funeral Home in Savanna. A memorial fund has been established in Debra's name. Debra was born May 18, 1956 to LeVere "Bud" and Lois (Kosier) Kane in Savanna. She was a graduate of the Elizabeth High School, class of 1974. Debra married Lyle Green, Jr. on May 23, 1975 in Trinity Lutheran Church, Derinda, where she was baptized and confirmed as a child. Debra worked at Invensys/Eaton Corporation in Hanover, for twenty-nine years. She had also worked with her parents years ago at the Handel's Steak House, rural Savanna. Debra enjoyed gardening, decorating, shopping, and traveling with family. She cherished her dog Shiloh, and always loved celebrating the holidays with family and friends. Debra is survived by her husband Lyle of rural Elizabeth; her daughter, Heather (Duane) Brotherton of Hanover and a grandchild to be born in January 2005 of Hanover; two brothers, Marlo Glen (Mary Lou) Kane of rural Elizabeth and Terry LeVere Kane of Savanna; a step-mother Geraldine Holcomb of rural Elizabeth; two step-brothers, Dan (Carmen) Holcomb of Oklahoma and Jeff Holcomb of Elizabeth; one step-sister Roxanne Holcomb of Colorado; and several Aunts and Uncles. Debra is preceded in death by a Her son, Brian; a sister, Sheryl; a nephew, Mark; both parents and all of her grandparents precede Debra in death.
Prairie Advocate 23 June 2004

LYLE S. GREEN , aged 27, died at 6:10 O'Clock Thursday evening at the St. John's Sanitarium at Springfield. L. E. Tomlinson of this city went to Springfield and returned overland with the body Friday. Funeral services will be held Sunday afternoon at the Tomlinson funeral home in this city at 2:00 and at the York Baptist church at Thomson at 3:00 O'clock. Burial will be in the York cemetery at Thomson. Mr. Green was born August 20, 1907 in Carroll County and moved to Morrison when a small boy. He spent the remainder of his life here, except 5 years, returning to Morrison three years ago. He is survived by one son, Charles Lyle, of Arizona; a brother, Paul of Morrison, and a sister, Mrs. John Kerr of Chicago.

MAHALA GREEN died in Mt. Carroll last Friday after a long and painful illness. She lived in Pleasant Valley, Jo Daviess county, 53 years. Funeral was held (missing end of obit)
Contributed by Karen Fyock - Undated Scrapbook Clipping

PAUL J. (Jim) GREEN , 73, of Thomson, died Wednesday at Mercy North Hospital, Clinton. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday at St. Peter's Lutheran Church, Morrison, Ill., preceded by a 10:15 a.m. family prayer service at the church. The Rev. Mike Winkelman, pastor of St. Peter's Lutheran Church, will be officiating. Visitation will be from 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the Morrison Chapel of the Bosma-Renkes Funeral Home. Interment will be in the Lower York Cemetery, Thomson. He was born Aug. 3, 1930, in Ustick Township, Ill., to Freeman J.L. and Anna Irene Tucker Green. He married Doris J. Cordes on Feb. 7, 1953, in Morrison. He was educated in Carroll and Whiteside County grade schools. He was a 1948 graduate of Morrison High School. Following high school, he was employed with Workman's Trucking and the Farmer's Elevator, both in Morrison. He also was engaged in farming near Thomson since 1953. He served on the Thomson School Board and as a trustee on the York Township Board. He was a member of the Thursday Night Bowling League at Hilltop Lanes in Morrison. He was a member of the National and Carroll County Livestock Feeders Association and was named "Conservation Farmer of the Year" in 1975. He was a member of the Illinois Corn Grower's Association, the Illinois Soybean Association and Illinois Farm Bureau Association. Survivors include his wife; one daughter, Paula Green of Freeport, Ill.; two sons, Kevin (Karla) Green of Thomson and Marvin (Cathy) Green of Mount Carroll, Ill.; six grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and one brother, William (Grace) Green of Morrison. He was preceded in death by one grandson.
Clinton Herald 02 January 2004

JOHN C. GREENAWALT , 84, died at 10 a.m. today in a Freeport hospital where he had been receiving care since June 22. Born Oct. 28, 1868, in Franklin County, at Lemasters, Pa., he was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Greenawalt. He married the former Nana Miller, Feb. 16, 1899, in Lanark. They farmed near here until 1920. They then moved to Lanark and he worked as a painter. Survivors include a son, Ward of Cincinnati, O., a granddaughter of Chicago; one sister, Mrs. Harry Krepps of Lemasters, Pa.; and three brothers, Robert and William and Otho, all of Pennsylvania. Several nieces and nephews also survive. Funeral services will be arranged at the Frank Funeral Home.
Contributed by Karen Fyock - Freeport Journal Standard July 27, 1953

MARIE (CALKINS) GREENAWALT , 2572 Stephenson Circle, Freeport, died Tuesday morning at Freeport Manor Nursing Home. (Note: The Social Security Death Index gives the date as July 1982.) She was a member of the Lanark chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star. She was born Feb. 1, 1904 in Minneapolis, Minn., daughter of Dr. A. A. and Mrs. Clara (Smith) Calkins. She married Ward L. Greenawalt of Lanark. He died in 1978. Surviving are one sister, Mrs. Lucille (Harold) Holmes of Chadwick. She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, and one daughter. Graveside service will be at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at Lanark Cemetery. The Rev. David Cooksey, pastor of Lanark First Brethren Church, will officiate. There will be no visitation. Frank Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Contributed by Alice Horner

HOWARD F. GRIFFITH , age 90, of Shannon died Saturday, June 21, 2003 at Provena St. Joseph's Center in Freeport, IL. He was born February 18, 1913 in Shannon, son of Horace and Mary (Merboth) Griffith. He married Berniece Spengler on February 3, 1940 in Shannon. He was a 1930 Graduate of Shannon High School, a Veteran who served in the US Army during WWII and served in the Battle of the Bulge as a radio operator as a tank destroyer in the 30th infantry Division. He did Plumbing & Heating in Shannon for many years, served his apprenticeship and worked at Shore Hardware Store in Shannon almost 60 years before he became self-employed. His memberships include St. Wendelin's Catholic Church & men's club, Volunteer Fireman and served as Fire Chief for several years. He was a charter member of the American Legion Boyle & Hoy post #379, Charter member of the Shannon Lions Club, He served on the Shannon School Board for 24, yrs, and he was on the original member of the Lake Carroll Golf Club. He was an avid sports fan, and enjoyed watching sports on T.V. He is survived by his wife Berniece; two daughters, Mary Kay (Walter) Dashkewich of East Strausburg, and Terri (Paul) Lindstrom of Leaf River, IL; five grandchildren, Mary Clark, Patty Lindstrom, Paul D. Lindstrom, Darin Dashkewich, and Ryan Dashkewich; six great -grandchildren, Chelsea Clark, Paul Garrit Lindstrom, Jermey Lindstrom, Brent Lindstrom, Dominick Gravestein, and Marrissa Gravestein. He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, Louise Fox, and Helen Groen, five brothers, Hugh, Henry Homer, Lloyd, and Larry Griffith, and one great granddaughter, Brianna Kelsey Lindstrom. Services are to be held Wednesday, June 25, 2003 at St. Wendelin's Catholic Church at 10:30 a.m. visitation will be held Tuesday, June 24, 2003 from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Hermann Funeral Home in Shannon with a 7:00 p.m. Scripture Service. Burial will be at St. Wendelin's Cemetery in Shannon, with Military Honors. A memorial has been established.
Prairie Advocate 25 Jun 2003

T. BERNIECE GRIFFITH , 93, of Shannon died Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2008, at FHN Memorial Hospital in Freeport. She was born March 16, 1914, in Shannon, the daughter of Frank and Kathryn (Thometz) Spengler. Berniece married Howard Griffith on Feb. 3, 1940, in Shannon. He died June 21, 2004. She was a 1932 graduate of Shannon High School and 1935 graduate of St. Francis Hospital School of Nursing. A registered surgical nurse, she worked in surgery for many years. Berniece co-chaired the Red Cross Blood Mobile for 30 years, was a charter member of Carroll County Health Center Council of Aging, helped establish Shannon/ Lanark Food Pantry, was a hospice volunteer, and taught Red Cross Home Nursing Classes. She also was a board member for Carroll County Thrift Shop (Help Center), was an election judge for 41 years, and was the oldest member of the St. Wendelin Ladies Society. She and her husband were Grand Marshalls of Shannon Labor Day parade in 1994. In addition, she was a member of American Legion Auxiliary, and was past secretary for St. Wendelin Catholic Church for 20 years. She also enjoyed the outdoors and was an avid quilter. Berniece is survived by her two daughters, Teresa "Terri" (Paul) Lindstrom of Leaf River and Mary Kay (Walter) Dashkewich of Marshalls Creek, Pa.; five grandchildren, Mary Lynn Clark, Patricia Ann Lindstrom, Paul Douglas Lindstrom, Darin (Stella) Griffith-Dashkewich and Ryan Andrew Dashkewich; seven great-grandchildren, Chelsea Clark, Garrit Lindstrom, Jeremey Lindstrom, Brent Lindstrom, Dominique Dashkewich, Marrissa Knockel and Dominick Knockel; and her special family, Karen and Keith Knockel. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; brothers, Stephen and Frank Spangler; and granddaughter, Brianna Kelsey Lindstrom. Arrangements are being handled by Hermann Funeral Home, 37 E. Market, Shannon, where the family will receive friends from 4 to 8 p.m. today. A Scripture service will be conducted at 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. The funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Wendelin Catholic Church with the Rev. Michael Bolger officiating. Interment will be at St. Wendelin Catholic Cemetery in Shannon.

WAYNE H. GRIFFITH , the venerable father of former Mayor W. H. Griffith, passed away suddenly at the home of the latter on Fourth Street. In the passing from early scenes of Mr. Griffith one of the oldest residents of the city goes from among us. had he lived until March he would have been ninety-six years of age. In spite of this fact he was remarkably active and keen and showed that he ame to that rugged stock which characterized the men of the past. Only within the past few weeks had he shown any signs of feebleness and had occasional sinking spells, but nevertheless he was up and about the house and performed sundry little tasks about the house which was his want to do and in which he took keen pleasure. The evening preceding his death he conversed with his son and smoked his pipe before retiring and apparently was feeling well. Sunday mroning when Mr. Griffith went to his room to awaken him he found him peacefully sleeping - the sleep that knows no awakening. Life had gone out like the fluttering flame of a candle - there being no sign of a struggle - his appearance being that of a peaceful repose. W. H. Griffith son of Mr. and Mrs. David Griffith was born in Wales, March 7, 1819, and in his native land was a hardware merchant. He was married to Caroline Harper in 1844. To this union four sons and a daughter were born as follows: William H; of this city, George A. Chicago; David A (Deceased), ALice, wife of Henry Griffith of Vancouver and Henry H. of Chicago. In 1855 the family came to America and landed in New York and then went to Theabold, Ont., where the wife and mother passed away a year later. Mr. Griffith then resided with his brother on a farm and sixteen years ago came to Savanna where he has since resided with his son and where he was well cared for. During his residence here Mr. Griffith became quite well known. Kindness was one of the traits of his life and no more so was this apparent than when he was among children. It was no infrequent sight to see "Grandpa" sitting with the children of the neighborhood, singing to them the quaint songs of his native land. His life covered a long span and he enjoyed the blessing which came to him and at the end he peacefully laid all aside and entered into the eternal life. Besides his sons and daughter he is survived by a brother and sister. The funeral will be held tomorrow (Tuesday) morning at ten o'clock at St. Paul's Chuch, he being a member of the Episcopal denomination. Interment will be made in the family lot in the city cemetery. Rev. J. T. Bovill will conduct the service.
Savanna Daily Journal January 15, 1915

ALMA GRIM , 79, died suddenly Saturday, April 9, 1966 in her home in Mount Carroll. Services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday in the Frank Funeral Home with Rev. Donald Thomas of the Methodist Church officiating. Alma Moak was born April 14, 1886 to Carl and Amelia (Woldt) Moak of Wolf River, Wisconsin. She was married to Ferdinand Grimm in 1903 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, who preceded her in death. A son, Ferdinand Grimm Jr., also preceded her in death. After moving to Illinois from Wisconsin, the couple started a creamery in Wacker, later moving to Mount Carroll and founded the Grimm’s Dairy. She was a member of the Methodist Church and W.S.C.S. Survivors are two daughters, Mrs. George (Lillian) Mace of Savanna and Mrs. Richard (Evelyn) Schaut of Mount Carroll; three sons, Grant and Edward, both of Mount Carroll and Charles of Des Moines, Iowa; 17 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren; two brothers and two sisters in Wisconsin
Contributed by Alice Horner - Mirror – Democrat, Mount Carroll, Illinois Thursday, April 14, 1966

ANNA (DODEN) GRIM , 71, resident of the Chadwick area for many years, passed away at 9 p.m. Thursday, November 29, 1951 in St. Francis Hospital, Freeport after a long illness. Funeral services were conducted Sunday afternoon, a short prayer service in the Frank Funeral Home in Chadwick, being followed by services at 2 p.m. in Hope E. U. B. Church. The pastor, Rev. Eldon Schriver, officiated, and burial was in Chadwick Cemetery. Selected scriptures were read, and the message from two favorite verses of the deceased, Rev. 21-4 and II Timothy 4-7. Mrs. Lloyd Handel and Mrs. George Doden sang “In The Garden” and “The Old Rugged Cross.” Floral tributes were in the charge of Mrs. Roy Potter, Mrs. Fred Queckboerner and Mrs. Kathryn Rahn, and pallbearers were Fred Queckboerner, Ben Stadel, Ed Mest, Frank Cheeseman, Roy Queckboerner, and Herman Daehler. Anna Doden was born September 13, 1880 in Jever, Oldenburg, Germany, the daughter of John and Mary Doden. When she was two years old she came with her parents and two brothers to the United States. The family located in the vicinity of Thomson, where she was reared and educated. On December 24, 1902 she was united in marriage to Joe Grim in the York Baptist Church near Thomson. For several years they lived in the Thomson vicinity, then moved to a farm south of Chadwick where they resided until 1938, when they moved to a home in Chadwick where they have since lived. Surviving are her husband; two daughters, Mrs. Ellwood (Helen) Gipe of Milledgeville, and Mrs. Henry (Erma) Sites of Parkton, Maryland; one son, Paul Grim of Chadwick; six grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Lena Eihlers and Mrs. Freda Benters of Sterling; four brothers, Fred Doden to Thomson, George Doden of Sterling, Adolph Doden and John Doden, both of Chadwick. She was preceded in death by her parents, a son, Earl, and a brother Henry. Mrs. Grim was a loyal member of Hope E. U. B. Church, and of the Missionary society and Adult Bible Class of the church. Out of town relatives and friends attending the funeral of Mrs. Joe Grim Sunday in Chadwick were: Mrs. Henry Sties of Parkton, Maryland; Mr. and Mrs. George W. Doden, Mr. and Mrs. Clifton Hartman and daughter Ruth Ann; Mrs. Freda Beneters, Mr. and Mrs. Carl Benters, Mr. and Mrs. Roy Moyer of Sterling; Emory Dean of Toulon, Mr. and Mrs. Richard Deaner of Mendota; Mrs. Anna Soenksen of Clinton, Iowa; Mr. and Mrs. Frank Kahler, Mr. and Mrs. Merle Doden, Mr. and Mrs. HenryZuideman, Mrs. C. J. Howe and Mrs. George Howe of Morrison; Mr. and Mrs. Louis Novak and Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Mayzure of Chicago; Mr. and Mrs. William Real, Mr. and Mrs. H. P. Rahn, Mr. and Mrs. Lester Wolstenholm, Mr. and Mrs. W. G. Onken, Mr. and Mrs. Ellwood Gipe and sons of Milledgeville; Mr. and Mrs. Lee Dyson, Sam Grim and Mr. and Mrs. Frank Kimmel of Lanark; Mr. and Mrs. Claude Grim, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Doden of Thomson; Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Dietrick, Mrs. Dorothy Mackey and Mrs. George Myers of Mount Carroll, and Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Anderson of Stockton.
Contributed by Alice Horner - Chadwick Review, Chadwick, Illinois Thursday, December 6, 1951

BERTHA GRIMM - Mrs. Ferdinand (Bertha) Grimm, 66, of Arvada, Colorado, formerly of Clinton, Iowa died in Presbyterian Hospital, Denver, Colorado Saturday night, October 8, 1977. The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Arvada United Methodist Church. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at the First United Methodist Church, Clinton, in the Fireside Room with the Rev. Frank Nichols officiating. Mrs. Grimm was born June 17, 1911 to Willis and Mabel (Law) Pauley, near Mount Carroll. She married Ferdinand Grimm in June 1929. Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Paul (Gayle) Tweeten of Albuquerque, New Mexico; two sons, John of Cooper City, Florida and Allan, of Piedmont, California; six grandchildren; and a sister, Mrs. Elmer (Erma) Petersen, of Green Island. She was preceded in death by a brother and her husband.
Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa Monday October 10, 1977
(Alice Horner’s note: I show she was buried in Clinton Lawn Cemetery, Clinton, Clinton County, Iowa.)

BURTON WARD GRIM , was born near Mount Carroll January 11, 1883 and died November 2, 1953 at the Linton Nursing Home in Sterling. His boyhood days were spent on a farm. Later he took up railroad work and was employed by the CB&Q Railroad for 47 years, retiring in 1952. Surviving are two sons, Darrell and Robert and four grandchildren, all of Louisville, Kentucky. His wife preceded him in death. Funeral services were conducted at the Wheelock Funeral Home in Rock Falls and burial was in an Aurora Cemetery. Attending the services from Mount Carroll were Mrs. Mabel White, Mrs. Homer Kearnaghan, and Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Wood.
Mirror Democrat – Mount Carroll, Illinois Thursday, November 12, 1953 (Alice Horner’s note: His parents were Charles Fillmore and Anna [Helsinger] Grim. His wife’s maiden name was Evelyn Hibarger; she died in Sterling on July 28, 1947. They were both buried in Spring Lake Cemetery, Aurora, Illinois.)

CHARLES GRIMM ,63, of Des Moines, Iowa, died January 31, 1973 in Des Moines. Mr. Grimm was born in Wacker (Mount Carroll Township, Carroll County, Illinois) September 14, 1909, son of Ferdinand and Alma Grimm. He married Beatrice Rince November 30, 1930. He is survived by five sons: Charles Jr. and Gerald of Indianola, Iowa; Grant of Colorado, Donald of Iowa City, and David of Moline; nine grandchildren; two brothers, Grant and Edward, both of Mount Carroll; two sisters, Mrs. Lillian Mace of Savanna and Mrs. Richard (Evelyn) Schaut of Mount Carroll. His parents and one brother preceded him in death. Funeral services were held in Des Moines Friday night. Graveside services were held at 1 p.m. Saturday in Oak Hill Cemetery, Mount Carroll
Mirror – Democrat, Mount Carroll, Illinois Thursday, February 8, 1973

CHARLES GRIM - Last week we noticed in the Mirror that Mrs. Otis Grim had gone to San Antonio, Texas to attend their son Charles, reported sick. She left here on Tuesday, and did not reach her destination until the Saturday following. She found their son, but he did not know her, and died in a few hours after her arrival, without recognizing his mother. He was buried on Sunday, October 6, 1889, it being impossible to bring the body here, on account of the great distance. So they laid him away among strangers, but while strangers, they were friends; his mother alone of his relatives being present. He first passed through two stages of fever, and then typhoid fever set in, and though of a very stout physical organization, he was compelled to yield to the insidious foe. He was unconscious from September 15 to October 5th, when he died. He was nearly 31 years old at the time of his death. He was born in this city, and was known to nearly all of our citizens, by whom he was respected for his quiet and gentlemanly qualities. To his parents, brothers and sisters, the mirror will bear the honest sympathy of their friends and neighbors.
Carroll County Mirror, Mount Carroll, Illinois Friday, October 18, 1889
(Alice Horner’s note: His parents were Otis and Martha Ann (Salisbury) Grim. He appears as Charles V. Grim on the 1870 US Federal Census for Mount Carroll, Carroll County, Illinois.)

CLARA (NOVAK) GRIM , 79, formerly of Milledgeville and Chadwick, died Sunday, January 7, 2001 at the Good Samaritan Nursing Home in Mount Carroll. She lived in rural Chadwick for years and operated a restaurant in Chadwick for many years. She was born December 29, 1921 in Chicago to Joseph and Josephine (Lewis) Nowak. She married Paul Grim on November 7, 1938 in Clinton, Iowa. Survivors include her husband; two sons, Arnold Grim of Corona and Clayton Grim of Amboy; several grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters and one grandson, Michael Grim. Cremation rites were accorded with memorial services held at the Chadwick Cemetery at a later date.
Contributed by Alice Horner - Times Journal, Savanna, Illinois Thursday, January 25, 2001

DAVID GRIM , son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Grim, was born April 24, 1843 in Springfield, Pennsylvania. While yet a young man he enlisted in the Civil War in Company D, 35th Pennsylvania Infantry and later was transferred to Co. B/E, 163/5 Pennsylvania Infantry. He was honorably discharged in 1862. On January 16, 1863 he was married to Sarah Ritenour at Springfield, Pennsylvania. (Alice Horner’s note: From the Savanna Weekly Journal, Savanna, Illinois, Thursday, January 17, 1889: Mr. and Mrs. David Grim gave a supper in honor of their 25th wedding anniversary, to many of their friends.) This would make them married in 1864.) To this happy union seven children were born, three sons and four daughters.
Contributed by Alice Horner - Daily Times Journal, Savanna, Illinois September 6, 1923
(Alice Horner’s note: From the Savanna Weekly Journal, Savanna, Illinois, Thursday, January 17, 1889: Mr. and Mrs. David Grim gave a supper in honor of their 25th wedding anniversary, to many of their friends.) This would make them married in 1864.) To this happy union seven children were born, three sons and four daughters. Soon after his marriage, they moved to Ohio, where they lived one year. From there they went to Iowa, living there several years, after which they settled on a farm near Thomson, Illinois, living there until they moved to Chadwick, Illinois some 20 years ago. Since the death of his wife, Mr. Grim lived with his children, making his home with his daughter Mrs. Charles (Ella) Harris, where he passed to his eternal reward August 30, 1923 at the age of 81 years, 4 months, 6 days. (Alice Horner’s note: Mrs. Harris lived in Chadwick, Carroll County, Illinois.) He was converted under the ministry of Rev. John D. Divan and untied with the Hope Evangelical Church of Chadwick, Illinois, of which he was a member at the time of his death. Mr. Grim was a good husband, a kind father and a congenial neighbor. He was preceded in death by his wife, one son, one daughter, and one brother. He leaves to mourn his departure five children: Samuel and Joseph, Mrs. George Dyson, Mrs. George Bast, and Mrs Harris; 15 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, four brothers, one sister, and many relatives and friends.

ELIZABETH (LAMBERT) GRIM - aged seventy years, died at her home in Woodland Sunday, October 19, 1902, after a long illness. She was a resident of Woodland Township for many years.
Contributed by Alice Horner - Savanna Journal, Savanna, Illinois Wednesday, October 22, 1902
(Alice Horner’s note: The date of death on this obituary conflicts with how the date of death appears on her tombstone. Her tombstone has some pollution damage over the last 100+ years, and her death date looks more like October 19, 1892, not 1902. I’m reading it from the photo on Findagrave.com. The obituary I have was transcribed by someone else, and neither of us has the original newspaper copy. However, at least reading from the magnified tombstone photo, it appears it could be October 19, 1902. Mrs. Samuel Grim was Elizabeth Lambert, and born in Maryland, probably in Washington Township, Maryland.)

LEILA (FINZEL) GRIMES - 69, of 1128 Prairie, Polo, died Friday at Polo Continental Manor. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Benson-Brown-Seidel Funeral Home, Polo, with the Rev. William Penn, pastor of First Baptist Church, Polo, officiating. Burial will be at Bethel Cemetery, Milledgeville. Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. today at the funeral home. Mrs. Grimes was born Feb. 6, 1922, in Milledgeville, the daughter of Lowell E. and Beulah M. (Hubbard) Finzel. She married Charles Grimes Sept. 10 1949, in Downers Grove. She was a member of the Milledgeville United Methodist Church and a charter member of the Stephenson County Antique Engine Club, Freeport. She is survived by her husband, Pole; three sons, Charles L. and Harold W. Grimes, both of Polo, George N. Grimes, Oregon; four daughters, Nancy L. Grimes and Mrs. Anthony (Debra S.) Richardson, both of Oregon, Donna M. Grimes of Lanark and Mrs. Donald (Sharon) Binkley, Forreston; seven grandchildren.
Contributed by Marcia Sibley - The Daily Gazette 3 Jun 1991 Pg A2; 3-4

PEARL ELIZABETH (KRUGJOHANN) GRIMES - 90, of Lanark, died Tuesday night at Freeport Memorial Hospital after a brief illness. For many years, she and her husband farmed in the Lanark area. They moved to Lanark following retirement. She was a member of Cherry Grove Church of the Brethren in Lanark. Pearl was born near Pearl City on April 18, 1895, she was the daughter of August and Elizabeth (Guentner) Krugjohann. On March 11, 1920, she married Russell Grimes in Freeport. He died on March 8, 1980. Surviving is one sister, Mrs. Lillian (Flave) Neis of Mount Carroll. In addition to her husband, Russell; she was preceded in death by her parents; and two brothers. Funeral Service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friday at Russell-Frank Funeral Home in Lanark. The Rev. Clinton Firstbrook III, pastor of Cherry Grove Church of the Brethren, will officiate. Burial will be in Lanark Cemetery. Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
From D.Frederick Birely The Freeport Journal-Standard Freeport, Il May 14, 1985

RUSSELL GRIMES - Lanark – Funeral service was conducted at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday March 11, 1980 in the Frank Funeral Home, Lanark for Russell Grimes, 81, of Lanark, who died Saturday morning, March 8, 1980 in Freeport Memorial Hospital from complications of a fractured arm and hip suffered in a fall several weeks ago. Rev. M. E. Nensel, pastor of Cherry Grove Church of the Brethren in Lanark officiated and burial was in the Lanark Cemetery, He was born February 19, 1899 near Lanark, the son of Charles and Florence (Stahl) Grimes. On March 11, 1920 in Freeport, he married Pearl Krugjohann. They farmed for many years in the Lanark area before retiring and moving to town. He was a member of the Lanark Cherry Grove Church of the Brethren. Surviving are his wife; one sister, Mrs. Kenneth (Dorothy) Lessman of Shannon; and numerous nephews and nieces in the Lanark, Mount Carroll and Shannon areas. He was preceded in death by a brother and a sister. A memorial has been established in hismemory.
Contributed by Alice Horner

FERDINAND GRIMM , 67, dairy owner and second ward alderman in Mount Carroll, died about 9 p.m. Thursday, June 15, 1950 of a heart attack. He collapsed while walking home from the dairy, and was found by Mrs. Adam Williamson on the sidewalk in front of her home. She called a physician who, after an examination, notified the fire department resuscitator squad. The squad worked for about 45 minutes in an attempt to revive Mr. Grimm. Funeral services were conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Frank Funeral Home here, the Rev. rev. Joseph Burrows, Methodist pastor, officiating and burial was in Oak Hill Cemetery. Mr. Grimm was born February 13, 1883 in Berne, Switzerland, the son of Nicholas and Anna Grimm. He came to the United States when a child. On November 22, 1904, he was married to Alma Marie Moak. He once owned dairies in Chadwick and Wacker, and in 1939 opened the dairy in Mount Carroll, which he has since operated. He also was associated with his sons Grant and Edward in a dairy bar which they planned to open July 1 in Savanna. Surviving are his widow; four sons, Ferdinand Jr. of Clinton, Iowa, Grant and Edward of Mount Carroll, and Charles of Iowa City, Iowa; two daughters, Mrs. Richard Schaut of Mount Carroll and Mrs. George Mace of Savanna; and 12 grandchildren.
Contributed by Alice Horner - Thomson Review, Thomson, Illinois Thursday, June 22, 1950

FERDINAND GRIMM , 54, a native of Mount Carroll and a former rural mail carrier at Thomson, died Sunday morning, May 22, 1960, in Rocky Mountain Osteopathic Hospital, Denver, Colorado, where he had undergone surgery. The body was brought to Clinton, Iowa where funeral services were arranged for 2 p.m. Thursday, May 26, in the Bragonier-Fay Chapel, 226 Seventh Avenue South, Clinton, Iowa with burial in Clinton Memorial Park Cemetery. Mr. Grimm, son of Alma (Moak) Grimm, of Mount Carroll and the late Ferdinand Grimm Sr., was born at Mount Carroll. He was a rural mail carrier for 20 years, serving in the Savanna area before moving to Thomson to take over the Thomson route. Later the family moved to Clinton, Iowa, residing there until less than 2 years ago, when he took a position as a postal clerk in Arvada, Colorado and the family moved there. Surviving are his wife, the former Bertha Pauley; one daughter, Mrs. Paul W. Tweeten of Clinton, Iowa; two sons, John at the Naval Air Base at Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and Allen, in Colorado; his mother, of Mount Carroll; two sisters, Mrs. George Mace of Savanna and Mrs. Richard Schaut of Mount Carroll; and three brothers, Edward and Grant of Mount Carroll, and Charles of Eldon, Iowa. Mr. Grimm was a brother-in-law of Orrin Pauley of Chadwick.
Chadwick Review, Chadwick, Illinois Thursday, May 26, 1960
(Alice Horner’s note: He was not born in Mount Carroll. According to the Wisconsin, Births and Christenings Index, 1826-1908 [through Ancestry.com], he was born February 4, 1906 in Dovre, Barron County, Wisconsin. This source lists his parents.)

GRANT GRIMM , 72, of Mount Carroll, died Tuesday at Sterling Community General Hospital of an apparent heart attack. (Alice Horner's note: A nearly identical obituary for Grant Grimm from the Times Journal of Savanna, Illinois, published Thursday, December 1, 1983 shows he died the prior Tuesday, which makes his date of death November 29, 1983.) For many years he was a partner in a dairy operation in Mount Carroll. He was a member of the United Methodist Church in Mount Carroll. Born Jan. 8, 1911 in Wacker, he was the son of Ferdinand and Alma (Moak) Grimm. Surviving are one daughter; Mrs. June (John) Bimm of Savanna; one brother, Edward of Mount Carroll; two sisters, Mrs. Evelyn (Richard) Schaut of Mount Carroll and Lillian Mace of Savanna; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Service will be 1 p.m. Friday at Frank Funeral Home, Mount Carroll, with the Rev. Randy Brown officiating. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery, Mount Carroll. Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Contributed by Alice Horner - Times Journal Savanna

JACOB GRIMM -Last Saturday, Mr. Jacob Grimm, who has been living with his son, Rev. John Grimm, near Coleta, came to our city to visit friends and relatives here and in the vicinity. He was greeted by his many friends with the cheerful remark of “how well you look,” and he said he felt quite well, more so, than for some time. He spent Saturday night with his grandson Mr. Charles Grimm, and on Sunday morning, May 20, 1888 ate a hearty breakfast, and then said he would walk out to the church in Woodland, near where his son lived. He walked up the West Carroll side walk, carrying a satchel, and when he reached the hill top he was seen to fall, and Mr. Thos. Sandiford ran to him, but life was extinct when he reached him. The body was removed to Mr. Samuel Grimm’s from where he was buried on Monday afternoon at the U. B. Church burying ground. Elders Margelath and E. Y. Smith conducted the services. Mr. Grimm was 84 years of age and leaves several children to mourn the absence of father from the circle of relatives. (Alice Horner’s note: He is called Jacob Grim by several other sources, and at least two of his children used the Grim spelling. The copy of this obituary came from another genealogist’s collection; she transcribed it from the original, which neither of us have. West Carroll is a longtime term for Mount Carroll. The U. B. Church burying ground is the Woodland Brethren Cemetery, which was the United Brethren Church. It is several miles north of Mount Carroll, and would have been quite a walk for an 84-year old man.)
Contributed by Alice Horner - Carroll County Mirror, Mount Carroll, Illinois Friday, May 25, 1888

JOHN GRIM - Our community was thrown into a fever of excitement on Friday last, April 30, 1886 by the report that John Grim, a young man living about three miles from town, had killed himself accidentally with a gun. He had been in town on business and after he reached home took his gun and went to the barn to shoot swallows. After some time his younger brother found him in a sitting posture leaning against a buggy, and fatally injured. The gun was empty and one load of shot had entered his right eye and passed to the base of the brain. His death was instantaneous, the skull being badly lacerated. His father was immediately on the scene, but John only breathed once or twice after his arrival. He was a young man of exemplary habits and was beloved by all with whom he was acquainted. He was about 19 years of age. The funeral services were held on Sunday at 11 at the Baptist cemetery and seldom have we attended a larger or more impressive funeral. The sermon was delivered by Elder C. H. Hoffman of Thomson who was assisted in the exercises by Prof. J. E. Millard.
Contributed by Alice Horner - Savanna Weekly Journal, Savanna, Illinois May 6, 1886 (Alice Horner’s note: His parents were David and Sarah [Ritenour] Grim. I’m not certain what cemetery near Savanna would have been called “the Baptist Cemetery” in the 1880’s. His parents are buried in Chadwick Cemetery, but that is probably because they were living in Chadwick when they died and three of their children lived in Chadwick.)
Retirement Article

JOHN H. GRIMM , formerly of Coleta and well known to many in this section died very unexpectedly in Los Angeles, Cal., last Friday. He was in good health but a few days prior and intended starting about April 6th, to his old Mt. Carroll home. He was 70 years old and had been a minister of the gospel for nearly 50 years. (Contributed by Karen Fyock - dated April 1, 1904)
**Another Obituary: Rev. John H. Grimm, a veteran minister died in Los Angeles, California, for nearly half a century he had preached the gospel, most of this time in Northern Illinois. He was 70 years of age and an early settler in Mount Carroll. Born in Washington County, Maryland, he left that state in 1854 and came to Michigan when he was married to Maria McCleaf. Two years later he came to Mount Carroll and took up his residence. He was a brick mason by trade and there are still some monuments left to his mechanical skill. He assisted in building the present courthouse. The remains will be taken to Mount Carroll for burial. The date will be announced later.
Savanna Journal, Savanna, Illinois Wednesday April 6, 1904
(Alice Horner’s note: This obituary is a copy of an obituary that someone else transcribed, and neither of us has the original. It uses the Grimm spelling of the surname, even though his father used the Grim spelling.)
(Alice Horner’s note: I show his parents as Jacob and Margaret (Geltmacher) Grim, and I believe his date of birth to have been December 8, 1834. Despite the obituary's statement that he was to be buried in Mount Carroll, he and his wife Hannah M. are both buried in White Oak Cemetery, Forreston, Ogle County, Illinois. I have been unable to determine Hannah's maiden name, or whether Hannah M. and Maria McCleaf could be the same person.)

JOSEPH GRIM - Funeral services for Joseph Grim, 86, of Hudson, Iowa, former Carroll County resident, were held from the United Brethren Church at Hudson on Wednesday afternoon March 1, at 2 o’clock. Rev. H. V. Riggs was in charge. Mr. and Mrs. Charles Harris, Mrs. George Dyson, Mrs. George Bast of Lanark, and James Grim of Bucyrus, Ohio attended the rites. Military organizations had charge of the funeral services, with full military honors being afforded Mr. Grim. The Hudson post, American Legion, Spanish American Veterans Post, Waterloo, and a delegation from the Robert Anderson Post, Waterloo’s unit of the W. R. C., attended the last rites. Flags in the village were flown at half staff during the impressive ceremony. (Alice Horner’s note: The obituary neglects to name the cemetery were the burial took place, but it is identified on Findagrave.com as Hudson Cemetery in Hudson, Black Hawk County, Iowa.) Mr. Grim passed away suddenly Saturday evening, February 25, 1933, following a three months illness which was not thought to be of a serious nature. He had been up and around as usual on the day of his death and had just bid goodbye to some neighbors who had dropped in for a chat, before he was stricken. The deceased was born in Somerset County, Pennsylvania on June 30, 1846 and was 86 years of age at the time of his death. He enlisted September 16, 1864 in Troop B, Sixteenth Pennsylvania Cavalry, and served with distinction until the close of the war. He was a witness to Lee’s surrender. He went to Lanark, Illinois with his parents after he was mustered out of the service, and in 1867 was married to Miss Susan Dietz, who passed away in 1879. Three children from this union who survive are Mrs. Frank C. May of Parkersburg, Iowa, Mrs. F. U. Eldridge of Maywood, Illinois, and Mrs. S. R. Blakely of Buffalo, New York. His second marriage took place in Hudson, Iowa on November 11, 1881, when he was united to Miss Priscilla Costello. This second wife passed away on February 23, 1923, just ten years prior to his death. One daughter and four sons of this marriage survive: Mrs. Howard Flickinger of Canada; Horace and Arthur Grim of Dike, Iowa; Walter Grim of Stuttgart, Arkansas; and Harold Grim of Waterloo, Iowa. Two of the children of this marriage preceded him in death. Mr. Grim is also survived by 17 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren, a broth James of Bucyrus, Ohio, and a host of other sorrowing relatives and friends. After the death of his wife, Mr. Grim left Carroll County and settled in Hudson, Iowa in 1880, just before the railroad came through that territory. He was of true pioneer blood and was one of the many who helped to clear trees on the right-of-way wanted by the railroad. In 1883 he settled on the farm which he owned at the time of his death. He joined the United Brethren Church and was a devoted and loyal member for many years. Mr. Grim has always been identified as one of the leading men in Hudson, and was a Junior Commander of the Robert Anderson Post, Grand Army of the Republic at Waterloo. His last visit to Illinois was made in September 1932, when he attended the National Grand Army Encampment at Springfield.
Contributed by Alice Horner - Chadwick Review, Chadwick, Illinois Thursday, March 9, 1933

JOSEPH GRIM - 86, retired farmer of the Chadwick area, died Thursday morning, March 15, 1962 in Sterling Community General Hospital after a lingering illness. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday in Hope EUB Church in Chadwick, the Rev. Paul Farley officiating, and burial was in Chadwick Cemetery. Pallbearers were grandsons of Mr. Grim, Clayton and Arnold Grim, Kenneth and James Sites, Robert and Larry Gipe. Flowers were cared for by Mrs. Fred Queckboerner and Mrs. Ed Mest, and Mrs. Ben Rosenbery was registrar. Darla Schreiner was organist. A male quartet, Eugene Miller, George Weber, Arnold Prowant, and Oscar Rahn sang “The Old Rugged Cross,” and “Jesus Savior, Pilot Me.” Joseph Grim was born August 4, 1875 in Iowa, son of David and Sarah Ridnour Grim. His parents came to the Thomson area where he was reared and educated. He married Anna Doden December 24, 1902 at the York Baptist Church near Thomson. They farmed for many years and moved to a home in Chadwick. Mrs. Grim died November 29, 1951. For the past six years Mr. Grim had made his home with his son-in-law and daughter, Mrs. Ellwood Gipe. Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Ellwood (Helen) Gipe of Chadwick and Mrs. Henry (Erma) Sites of Hanover; a son Paul of Chadwick; six grandsons; 10 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Mrs. Maggie Bast of Chadwick. He was preceded in death by his wife, a son Earl, two brothers, and three sisters.
Contributed by Alice Horner - Chadwick Review, Chadwick, Illinois Thursday, March 22, 1962

LILLIAN GRIMM - Mrs. Sam Grimm Sr., 67, of Crete, Illinois, a former resident of this vicinity for many years, died Tuesday, July 26, 1955 while visiting in Wisconsin. She had been ill with a heart ailment. The former Lillian Bennett was born February 6, 1889, daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Parker J. Bennett. Surviving are three sisters, Mrs. Ella Miller of Minneapolis, Minnesota, Mrs. Hazel Green of Wheaton, Illinois, and Mrs. Dorothy Sikkema of Savanna; two brothers, Jason Bennett of Morrison, Leonard Bennett of Sterling; a son, Sam Grimm of Mount Carroll with whom she and her husband had visited the week before her death, and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother Wayne Bennett, a sister Mrs. Olive Benters; two half-brothers, Ralph and Roy Bennett, and a half-sister, Mrs. Mae Patch. Funeral services were held Friday July 29 at Chicago Heights, with burial at Crete, Illinois. Russell Green Sr. of Thomson, a nephew, was among those attending the services.
Thomson Review, Thomson, Illinois Thursday, August 4, 1955
(Alice Horner’s note: I show she was buried in the Adams Cemetery, Crete, Will County, Illinois.)

LILLIE M. (BUCKWALTER) GRIM , 82, native of this city, died at 5:15 p.m. Wednesday, March 10, 1954 in Madison, Wisconsin, where she had resided for a number of years. She was born January 4, 1871 in Mount Carroll, daughter of Samuel and Eliza (Stauffer) Buckwalter. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday in the Frank Funeral Home in Mount Carroll, Rev. O. L. Barker officiating. Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. William Merboth and Mrs. Melvin Randall, and a son Homer, six grandchildren, thirteen great-grandchildren, all of Madison, Wisconsin; and a brother, Jacob Buckwalter of Mount Carroll.
Mirror Democrat, Mount Carroll, Illinois Thursday, March 11, 1954
(Alice Horner’s note: She married Charles Fillmore Grim, who died May 31, 1924. She is buried in Oak Hill Cemetery, Mount Carroll, Illinois.)

MARTHA GRIM - Mrs. Samuel (Martha) Grim of Sterling, 65, daughter of Mrs. Lillian Reeder of Mount Carroll, died Monday, May 7, 1956 in a Sterling, Illinois nursing home. She was born March 26, 1891 near Thomson, daughter of John and Lillian Reeder and was married September 3, 1944, her husband preceding her in death. Besides her mother, she is survived by four sons and one daughter, two brothers and 3 sisters, and 16 grandchildren. Services were held Wednesday in Sterling with burial in Oak Knoll Memorial Park, Sterling.
Contributed by Alice Horner - Mirror – Democrat, Mount Carroll, Illinois Thursday, May 10, 1956

MICHAEL GRIM - 38, of Chadwick, died Saturday, December 30, 2000 at Mercy Medical Center in Clinton, Iowa following an extended illness. He was a truck driver for the past 20 years. He was born February 3, 1962 in Freeport to Clayton Grim and Patricia Tipton. Survivors include his mother, Pat Tipton of Chadwick; his father, Clayton Grim of Amboy; three brothers, Clayton (Codi) Grim of Chadwick, and Paul and Robert Grim, both of Amboy; two sisters, Terrina Moshure of Mount Carroll and Amber (Rey) Garza of Sterling; maternal grandparents, Sherman and Evelyn Tipton of Forreston; and paternal grandparents Paul and Clara Grim of Mount Carroll. At the request of the family, no funeral services were held. Cremation rites were accorded.
Contributed by Alice Horner - Times Journal, Savanna, Illinois Thursday, January 11, 2001

OTHO GRIMM ,82, resident of the Mount Carroll vicinity for most of his life, died at 9p.m. Saturday, November 29, 1941 in Pearl City. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday afternoon in the home of the deceased and in the Kent United Brethren Church, and burial was in Kent Lutheran Cemetery. Mr. Grim was born February 27, 1859 in Woodland Township, Carroll County, Illinois, the son of Samuel and Elizabeth (Lambert) Grim. He and Miss Debbie Hockman were married December 25, 1890. Surviving are the widow and two foster children, William Aurand and Mrs. Minnie Champion, both of Lanark, six grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.
Contributed by Alice Horner - Thomson Review, Thomson, Illinois Thursday, December 4, 1941

OTIS GRIMM , died last night, October 18, 1899 at 8 o’clock. He was a brother-in-law of Sam Salisbury of this place. He was born in 1828 and was an old settler in Carroll County. He served during the war in the 15th Illinois Volunteer Infantry. We have not learned when the funeral services will be held. Mr. Salisbury will go to Mount Carroll this evening.
October 20, 1899
The funeral of Otis Grim will be held at Mount Carroll Saturday afternoon under auspices of the Odd Fellows Lodge.
Contributed by Alice Horner - Daily Journal, Savanna, Illinois October 19, 1899 (Buried at Oak Hill)

RUTH (GIFFORD) GRIM , 72, of Mount Carroll, died Sunday, January 6, 1985 in Good Samaritan Center in Mount Carroll. The funeral was at 2 p.m. Tuesday in Frank Funeral Home in Mount Carroll, with the Rev. Steve Erickson, First Lutheran Church, officiating. Burial was in Oak Hill Cemetery. Mrs. Grimm was born April 29, 1912 in Oregon, Illinois to George and Beatrice (Warren) Gifford. She married Sam Grimm on September 16, 1945 in Mount Carroll. She was a member of the Lutheran Church, American Legion Auxiliary, Home Extension, and Mount Carroll Women’s Bowling Associating. Survivors include a son, Robert, of Mount Carroll and a daughter, Mrs. Audrey Wacker of Brownsville, Tennessee; six grandchildren, and a great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by her husband.
Alice Horner - Times Journal, Savanna, Illinois Tuesday, January 8, 1985

SAMUEL GRIM , well known citizen of Mount Carroll died very suddenly Thursday morning, May 19, 1904. His son John was taking him over to the home of his son Charles that he might be close to the meeting of the U. B. convention in session at the Woodland church. While passing near the residence of Benjamin Sisler, he was taken with a severe coughing spell. John called Ben Sisler, who came with Mr. Dreisbach to his assistance but Mr. Grim died in his arms. He would have been 76 years old had he lived until August 11. He was an old soldier, having served in Company A, 146th Regiment, Illinois Infantry. He leaves a large number of relatives.
Contributed by Alice Horner - Savanna Journal, Savanna, Illinois Wednesday, May 25, 1904 (Alice Horner’s note: Samuel Grim was born August 11, 1828 in Washington County, Maryland. He was married to Elizabeth Lambert, who died on October 19, 1902. Checking the 1893 Carroll County, Illinois plat book, Benjamin Sisler owned land in Section 25, Woodland Township, which was adjacent to the United Brethren Church.)

SAM GRIM , passed away at the Rest Haven Nursing Home in Dixon July 18, 1953 at 2:10 p.m.. He was the son of Frank and Mary (Minor) Grim. He was born in Thomson, Illinois July 25, 1882. He was one of a family of ten children, seven boys and three girls. The family moved to Martelle, Iowa when Sam was a young boy, and he lived there for 15 years. After that he lived in Chadwick and Lanark, where he worked as a farm hand until he became ill about a year ago. He was preceded in death by his father and mother, four brothers and three sisters. Funeral services were held on Tuesday, July 21 at 11 a.m. at the Goettsch Funeral Home in Anamosa, Iowa, but the Rev. Walter Harper. Burial was in the family lot in Norwich Cemetery. He leaves two brothers, William Grim of Martelle, Iowa and Henry of New Sharon, Iowa. Attending the funeral from Lanark were Mr. and Mrs. Andrew James and Mrs. J. St. Jean.
Contributed by Alice Horner - Thomson Review, Thomson, Illinois July 23, 1953

SAM GRIMM SR , father of Sam Grimm Jr. of Mount Carroll, died Saturday, May 24, 1969 in a nursing home in Chicago Heights, Illinois after several months illness. Surviving are four sons; Floyd, Albert, and Clarence, all of Crete, and Sam of Mount Carroll; and three daughters, Della and Margaret, both of Chicago Heights, and Bessie of Crete. His wife died seven year ago. Mr. and Mrs. Sam Grimm attended the last rites, which were held Tuesday in Crete.
Mirror Democrat, Mount Carroll, Illinois Thursday, May 29, 1969
(Alice Horner’s note: I show his wife Lillian died July 26, 1955. I show Sam Grimm is buried in Adams Cemetery, Crete, Will County, Illinois

SAM GRIM , 67, of Mount Carroll, died Thursday, December 28, 1978 at Freeport Memorial Hospital. He hauled milk for many years in Mount Carroll and was a member of the Mount Carroll Lutheran church and the American Legion in Mount Carroll. Born December 31, 1910 in Thomson, he was the son of Sam and Lillian (Bennett) Grimm, Sr. He married Ruth Gifford September 16, 1945 in Mount Carroll. Surviving are his widow; one son, Robert, of Mount Carroll; one daughter, Mrs. Gerald (Audrey) Wacker of Brownsville, Tennessee; six grandchildren; three brothers, Albert of Florida, Floyd of Crete, and Clarence of Coal city; and three sisters, Mrs. Delle Hays and Mrs. Margaret Hoecker, both of Chicago Heights, and Mrs. Bessie Moss of Crete. He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister. Funeral service was Saturday at Frank Funeral Home in Mount Carroll, with the Rev. Roger Treadway, pastor of Mount Carroll Lutheran Church, officiating. Burial was in oak Hill Cemetery in Mount Carroll.
Contributed by Alice Horner - Mirror – Democrat, Mount Carroll, Illinois Thursday, January 4, 1979

SARAH (RITENOUR) GRIM , passed away at her home in Chadwick, Illinois at 9 a.m. Saturday, January 21, 1922 after an illness of several months. Her age was about 78 years. She leaves an aged husband and five children: Samuel Grim of Thomson, Mrs. Mary Dyson of Lanark, Joseph Grim and Mrs. Ella Harris and Mrs. Maggie Bast, all of Chadwick. One son, John died after reaching young manhood about 36 years ago. She was well known here, having with her husband lived for many years in this vicinity until reaching an advanced age causing them to retire from active work when they moved to Chadwick to spend their declining years near their children. The funeral was held in Chadwick at 2:30 p.m. Monday, with burial in the Chadwick Cemetery.
Contributed by Alice Horner - Thomson Review, Thomson, Illinois Wednesday, January 25, 1922
(Alice Horner’s note: She was Sarah Ritenour, and was the daughter of George and Sarah [Whipkey] Ridenour)

SUSAN GRIM// SUSANNA GRIMM - Mrs. Joseph Grim, an estimable lady of York, died of typhoid pneumonia at her home, Sunday morning, March 16 1879, after an illness of only about one week. She leaves a husband and four children under 12 years of age. She was the wife of a poor man, but so highly esteemed for real virtues that her funeral, which was held at Zion’s Church in Fair Haven, Monday was very largely attended.
Carroll County Herald, Mount Carroll, Illinois Friday, March 21, 1879
(Alice Horner’s note: She was Susan Dietz [Susan Deeds on the Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, 1763-1900] and she married Joseph Grim in Carroll County on September 22, 1867. They had four children, Emma in 1869, Melinda in 1871, Martha in 1874, and Mary Ann in 1878. Joseph Grim and his four daughters appear on the 1880 US Federal Census for York Township, Carroll County, Illinois but apparently moved to Iowa shortly thereafter. He married Priscilla Costello on November 11, 1881, according to an online tree, and they had 7 children. Zion’s Church in Fair Haven is across the road from Fairhaven Cemetery, and Findagrave.com shows her tombstone there, inscribed as “Susanna, wife of J. Grimm, 1847-1879.” This tombstone is of a more recent vintage than 1879, probably at least from the 1920’s if not more recent. It appears either subsequent generations changed their name to Grimm, or the tombstone carver erred.)

WILLLIAM G. GRIM ,son of Mr. and Mrs. Mart Grim, in Minneapolis, Minnesota died March 6, 1934. He was born and grew to manhood here in the Mount Carroll area. Survivors include his wife, one brother and three sisters.
Contributed by Alice Horner - Mirror – Democrat, Mount Carroll, Illinois Thursday, April 12, 1934
(Alice Horner’s note: His name was spelled William H. Grimm by the Minnesota Death Certificate Index, even though his father, Martin Grim, spelled his name Grim. William Grimm was born August 1870, according to the 1900 US Federal Census. He was a candy maker in Minneapolis. He was married to a woman named Anna, who was born in Norway about 1874. The same Minnesota Death Certificate Index shows an Anna Grimm born January 3, 1874 who died October 15, 1960 in Hennepin County. Her mother’s maiden name was Olson. I don’t know if this is the same Anna Grimm. It appears William Grimm and his wife had no children.)

WILLLIAM G. GRIM , 67, of near Mount Carroll, died suddenly about 7:30 a.m. Saturday, September 18, 1943 at the Savanna Ordnance Deport a few minutes after he had stepped from a bus to report for work. He had walked only a short distance when he fell to the ground. He was taken to the post hospital, where physicians pronounced him dead, and an ambulance removed the body to the Frank Funeral Home in Mount Carroll. A native of Woodland township, Mr. Grim had spent his life in the vicinity of Mount Carroll, making his home with his mother, Mrs. Mary Grim, since the death of his wife about nine years ago. Surviving are his mother; a daughter, Mrs. H. E. McLoud of Skancateles, New York, and other relatives.
Chadwick Review, Chadwick, Illinois Thursday, September 23, 1943
(Alice Horner’s note: His parents were John Henry Grim and Mary Elizabeth Souders. John Henry Grim was born May 20, 1852 and died October 12, 1925, both events occurring in Woodland Township, Carroll County, Illinois. John Henry Grim's parents were Samuel Grim and Elizabeth Lambert. William G. Grim’s daughter’s maiden name was Vera Grimm; she wrote her surname as Grimm in my mother’s autograph book in May 1922, when they both graduated from Mount Carroll High School. I have two subsequent letters Vera wrote my mother, both of which show her husband’s name as Harold McCloud. She subsequently married Paul Stoner.)

CHARLES W. GROHARING , 63, life-long resident of this vicinity, died suddenly in his home at 5:30 p. m. Friday, following a short illness. Mr. Groharing had suffered a heart attack last Saturday, but seemed to be improving until Monday, when he was confined to his bed. Charles W. Groharing was the eldest son of William and Lucinda Welch Groharing and was born Nov. 28, 1878. He grew to manhood on his father’s farm and received his education in the country schools. Jan. 18, 1900, he married Miss Myrta Cobb, daughter of Mr. And Mrs. Samuel Cobb of Ustick, Whiteside county, and 14 children were born to the couple, all of whom, with the mother, survive. After their marriage they engaged in farming until about 1917, when they moved to Thomson and Groharing became an employee of the Northwestern Illinois Utilities Co. of Savanna. For several years he has been manager of their office in Thomson and lineman for the company through its territory. The surviving children are Mrs. Vernice Scudders of Dixon; Mrs. Arthur Hoffman of Chadwick; Mrs. Elmer Mosher, Clyde and Glenn Groharing of Morrison; Mrs. Leroy Foltz of Argo Fa; Paul of Chestnut Park; Fay of Camp Forrest, Tenn.; and Mrs. Floyd Tobey, Mrs. Virgil Wilt, Bessie, Lois, Fred and June of Thomson. Also surviving are a sister, Mrs. A. W. Pape of Thomson and a brother, Louis Groharing of Prophetstown and 25 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers, Earl, Howard and Fred Groharing.
Funeral services were heald at 2 p.m. at the home and at 2:30 p.m. Sunday in the Methodist church. The Rev. Clarence Plock of Warren, Ill., officiated. Mrs. Garrett Sterenberg and Mrs. N. D. French sang, “Jesus Ever Nigh” and “Going Down the Valley One by One”, accompanied by Mrs. Emil Brach, pianist. Pallbearers were employees of the Utilities Company, of which Mr. Groharing had been local manager for over 20 years. They were Ivan Shaver, John Hinrichsen, Geo. Hansen, Savanna, Owen Miles of Mt. Carroll and Joe Shutters and Wayne….of Thomson. Mrs. J. J. Carroll was in charge of flowers and was assisted by Mrs. Pearl Gilson, Mrs. Iva Orcutt, Miss Hazel Sack, Mrs. Paul Heusinkveld and Miss Arlene St. Ores. Burial was in the Lower York cemetery. Among out-of-town relatives and friends who attended were Mr. and Mrs. Vernice Scudder and family of Dixon; Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Groharing, and son, Richard, Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Groharing, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Cobb, Mr. and Mrs. Dana Cobb, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Nice, Mr. and Mrs. Warren Nice, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Green, Mr. and Mrs. Earl Green, Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Green, Mr. and Mrs. Ray James and Mrs. And Mrs. Jacob Workman of Morrison; Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Cobb and children, Clayton and Corliss and Mr. and Mrs. Alex McCullagh of Ustick, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Allen, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Longnecker, Mr. and Mrs. R. G. McCulloh and daughters, Barbara and Charlotte, Mr. and Mrs. Leo Snavely and children, Mary and Donald of Sterling, Mr. and Mrs. Grant Pollard of Davenport; Mrs. Jessie Groharing, Mrs. Abe Smith, Mr. and Mrs. John Cross and daughter, Darlene, Mr. and Mrs. John Hinrichsen, Adam Heinze, Claude Murphy, Waldo Frasure, and Mr. and Mrs. Michael Wiseman of Savanna; Mrs. Hubert Williams and son, Burton, of Stockton; Mr. and Mrs. Louis Groharing, Lois and Louis Groharing and Mr. and Mrs. Paul Blair of Phophetstown; Charles Welch, Mrs. Bess Johnson, Glen Johnson, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Seidenburg and son, Harold, and Mr. and Mrs. William Freeman of Mt. Carroll; Mr. and Mrs. Don Pilgrim of Lyndon; Mr. and Mrs. William Strauch and son, Gene, of Lanark; Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Cobb and Eleanor and Raymond Cobb of Rock Falls, Mr. and Mrs. Guy Turney of Wacker; Mr. and Mrs. W. M. Tucker of Clinton; Mr. and Mrs. Charles Adolph and family, Kenneth C. Whitney and Mr. and Mrs. Neal Maring of Chadwick and Franklin J. Stransky of Chicago. Mr. Groharing’s death is a sore blow to his wide circle of friends throughout Carroll county, for he could ever be counted upon to lend a strong and friendly hand to any community task or to anyone in need of assistance. No night was too dark or day too stormy for Charlie to go out “troubleshooting” on the line---or wherever else he might be asked to aid. Ever since Thomson’s Melon Day program was started, Charlie had taken an active part in making the celebration a success, and there were few other community events of any kind in this vicinity in which he was not called upon-and cheerfully responded-for assistance in putting over. Not in dollars and cents can his position in the community be appraised-rather we must weight in the balance his success in winning the sincere friendship of everyone with whom he came in contact, his fine work in rearing and educating a large family of children who all are industrious and respected members of the communities in which they reside, and his unfailing response to the call of duty---and to many tasks far beyond the bounds of duty.
Contributed by Bob Mosher

ED GROHARING , 83, resident of Thomson for nearly all his lifetime, passed away Wednesday evening at 9 o'clock at Jane Lamb Memorial hospital in Clinton, Ia., where he had been a patient for the past two weeks following a fall in which he received a broken hip. The immediate cause of his death was cerebral hemorrhage a few hours before he passed away. Funeral services will be held Saturday with a prayer service at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Frank Potter, at 1:30 o'clock followed by a service at the Community church at 2:00 o'clock. The Rev. Walter E. Schiel will officiate at both services. J. M. Fay & Sons of Fulton will be in charge of the burial rites.

Obituary - Ed Groharing was born in 1856 in New York and came to Illinois when a boy of six years old, coming with a group of children from an orphanage in New York City. He lived for a time in Amboy and also in Iowa but came to Thomson when he was about 15 years old as his brothers, Richard and Will, were here. He also had two sisters who came to Illinois as children, Amy who married Louis Hollinger and Mary, who married Henry Schildmiller. Mr. Groharing was the last survivor of this group of five. In 1878 he married Cora Miner of Thomson,. They were the parents of five children, four of whom survive: Arthur of Los Arthur, Calif.; Mrs. John Miller (Lillian) of Clinton, Mrs. Frank Potter (Lizzie) of Thomson, and Mrs. Ray Machael (Inez) of Clinton. A son, Will, was drowned about 30 years ago. Also surviving are 13 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. On March 13, 1903 he married Mrs. Ellen Rice Allen and they made their home in Thomson until her death several years ago. For the past 11 years he made his home with his daughter, Mrs. Frank Potter and her husband, who cared for him lovingly and faithfully during his declining years.
Contributed by Bob Mosher

HALLIE (KENYON) GROHARING , 92, of 15970 Timberlane Drive, Morrison, died Tuesday, March 2, 1999, at Morrison Community Hospital. Funeral services will be aty 11 a.m. Friday at Morrison Chapel of the Bosma-Renkes Funeral Home with the Rev. Dr. James A. Camp, pastor of First Presbyterian Church, Morrison, officiating. Burial will be at Grove Hill Cemetery, Morrison. Visitation will be from 10-11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home. A memorial has been established to the Sauk Valley Community College Foundation. Mrs. Groharing was born Jan. 10, 1907, in Argo Fay, the daughter of Nino R. D. and Mary E. (Boyd) Kenyon. She was a graduate of Thomson High School and a 1926 graduate of Brown's Business School. She was employed by Rock Falls Schools as secretary to the superintendent until her marriage to Clyde E. Groharing on June 16, 1928 in Rockford. He died Dec 12, 1973. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church, Morrison, Resthave Nursing Home Auxiliary and Morrison Community Hospital Auxiliary. She enjoyed traveling. Survivors include a son, Richard B. (Rachel) Groharing of Morrison, a sister, Hazel Leavens of Cornwall-On-Hudson, N.Y., two grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two sisters, Janet Morgan and Helen Schiefer, and two brothers, Horace Kenyon in infancy and Harold Kenyon.
Contributed by Barbara Nugent

MYRTA (COBB) GROHARING - Chadwick, and formerly of Thomson, passed away Monday morning at 8 a.m. at the Eveningside Nursing Home in Morrison, after being in ill health for the last 4 years. Funeral Services were held Wednesday at 2 p.m. in the Thomson Methodist Church, preceeded by a 1:45 p.m. prayer service. The Reverend Gerald Bower, Pastor of the church, officiated and buriel was in the Lower York Cemetery, Thomson. A memorial has been established. Myrta May Cobb was born April 4, 1881 in Morrison, the daughter of Samuel B. Cobb Sr. and Della (Green) Cobb. She was educated in the Cobb school. On January 18, 1900, she was married to Charles W. Groharing and they resided in the Thomson area following their marriage. Following the death of her husband on July 13, 1942, Mrs. Groharing made her home with a daughter, Bessie, in Chadwick until the last three years, when she resided with another daughter, Mrs. Arthur Hoffman. She was a member of the Thomson Methodist Church and the Royal Neighbors. She is survived by seven daughters, Mrs. Arthur (Gladys) Hoffman of Chadwick, Mrs. Virgil (Vada) Witt of Thomson, Mrs. Elmer (Blanche) Mosher of Morrison, Mrs. Ellwood (Bessie) Daehler, Mrs. Leroy (Myrtle) Foltz, and Mrs. Donald (Lois) Adolph, all of Chadwick, and Mrs. Wesley (June) Luckstead of Mission Hills, California; Five sons; Clyde, Glenn, Fay, and Fred, all of Morrison, and Paul of Savanna; 45 grandchildren; 59 great grandchildren; two brothers, Dana and Harvey Cobb, all of Morrison; three sisters; Mrs. Paul Nice of Morrison, Mrs. R. Guy McCulloh of Rock Falls, and Mrs. Leo Snavely of Sterling. She was preceeded in death by her husband, parents, and two daughters, Mrs. Vern (Leatha) Scudder, and Mrs. Floyd (Mabel) Tobey and three brothers, Henry, Sam, and Bernard.

PHOEBIA ELLEN (RICE) GROHARING - Relief came to the pain wrecked body of Mrs. Ed Groharing on Tuesday morning, when the "silent messenger" called her hence, ending a long and useful career, the last few weeks which were spent in torture, as death was known to be approaching, but there was nothing that could be done to stay the same, except to administer to her in such a way as to ease the pain. Mrs. Groharing was well liked in our community. Her's was a home life. She took part in some social and church affairs, but, preferred to live more within home and the family circle. During her illness, her daughters have been in constant attendance at her bedside, doing all that loving hands possibly could, to ease her pain and assist her on life's last journey.

Obituary -- Phoebia Ellen Rice, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Alonzo Rice, was born Sept. 16, 1854, at St. Denise, Canada, and came with her parents to this vicinity the following year. Settling at first near the bluffs southeast of Thomson, they later moved to the village, where, with the exception of a few years, she spent here life, and where she passed away, on February 26, 1929, aged 74 years, 5 months, and 10 days. On July 4, 1871, she was married to William Silas Allen, who with two children, a son, and a daughter, preceded her in death. Left with a family of little ones, she bravely assumed the burden of their support, and how well she succeeded is attested by the loving care they gave here during her months of suffering. On March 13, 1903, she was united in marriage to Edward Groharing who survives her. Left to mourn her departure are five daughters, Carrie (Mrs. F. M. Cleghorn) of Spokane, Wash.; Mrs. Myrtle Roggendorf, Clinton, Iowa; Mrs. Meda Wicks, East Clinton, Illinois; Edith (Mrs. A. E. Mitchell), Morrison, Illinois; and Jessie (Mrs. John Lambert) of Sabula, Iowa. There are also two sisters, Mrs. Delia Goddard of Thomson and Mrs. Amelia Bouvia, Maywood, Illinois; one brother, Abel Rice, of Clinton; twenty-one grandchildren and nine great grandchildren, besides a large number of other relatives and many friends. She was a member of the Christian Church of Thomson and found consolation and hope in its teachings. Funeral services were held Thursday afternoon at the Christian Church, conducted by here pastor, the Rev. E. P. Schaich. Miss Sylvalena Holhous played "In the Garden," and "Sometime We'll Understand" which were nicely rendered by Mrs. Besa French and Louise St. Ores. The pall bearers were: Hiram Green, Henry Lohmier, Allen Wilmer, James St. Ores, Harry Gaar and Lawrence Gaar. Interment was made in the Dunshee cemetery.
Contributed by Bob Mosher

PAUL E. GROHARING - Funeral services for Paul E. Groharing, 48, of 810 N. 5th St. Savanna, were held at 10:30 a.m. Friday in the First United Methodist church in Savanna. He died at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 25, in the Savanna City Hospital where he had been admitted a few hours earlier. A native of Thomson, where he was a member of the board of directors of the Thomson State Bank and owned and operated the Savanna Electric Co. Paul E. Groharing was born Mar 28, 1922 in Thomson, the son of Charles and Myrta Cobb Groharing. He married Mary Falls in Clinton, Iowa, October 25, 1941. A veteran of World War II, he held membership in the First United Methodist Church, Savanna, the Moose Lodge, VFW and the Electrical Contractor's Association. Survivors include his wife, four daughters, Mrs. keith (Carol) Sturtevant of Freeport, Mrs. Max (Ruth) Garman Jr. of Savanna, Paula and Beth both at home, four grandchildren; three brothers, Fred, Clyde and Fay of Morrison; seven sisters, Mrs. Elmer (Blanche) Mosher of Morrison, Mrs. Arthur (Gladys) Hoffman, Mrs. Donald (Lois) Adolph, Mrs. Ellwood (Bessie) Daehler and Mrs. Leroy (Myrtle) Foltz all of Chadwick; Mrs. Wesley (June) Luckstead, Mission Hills, California and Mrs. Virgil (Vada) Wilt of Thomson. He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother and two sisters.
Contributed by Barbara Nugent - Sterling Daily Gazette Date: 31 Aug 1970

RUTH (SMITH) GROHARING , 86, of Davenport, formerly of Thomson, died Wednesday (June 2, 1993), in Mercy Hospital, Davenport. The funeral will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Law-Jones Funeral Home with the Rev. Boyd Ellefon of York Community Church officiating. Burial will be in Lower York Cemetery. Mrs. Groharing was born April 14, 1907 in Mt. Carroll to Oscar and Adelia Roberts Smith. She married Vernon Groharing, Jan. 22, 1927. He died Jan. 7, 1987. She was a homemaker and enjoyed crafts, crocheting and rug braiding. Survivors include a son, Herbert of Davenport; five grandchildren and 6 great grandchildre; a sister, Mrs. Suella Ehredt of Thomson. She was preceded by two sister.
Source: Sterling Library Obituary Collection

JOHN H. GRUHN , age 90, of Lanark, IL died Monday, June 16, 2003 at Freeport Memorial Hospital. Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, June 19, 2003 at the Russell-Frank Funeral Home in Lanark, Rev. Arnold Owens of the First Brethren Church in Lanark officiated. Burial was in the Lanark Cemetery. Visitations were held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday at the funeral home. A memorial has been established in his memory. John was born June 6, 1913 in Sterling, Iowa son of August and Emma (Bruhn) Gruhn. John married Helen Lindstrom December 31, 1936 in Sterling, IL. She preceded him in death on September 17, 1991. During War II, he was employed in the shipyards in Vancouver, WA. He then farmed in the Lanark and Chadwick area until retiring. He was a member of the First Lutheran Church in Chadwick. He was a former member of the Pomona Grange. He was a member of the Carroll County Farm Bureau and the Savanna Moose Lodge. John's family includes three sons, Duane (Myrna) Gruhn of Lanark, Dick (Janet) Gruhn of Lanark, and Marvin (Dolores) Gruhn of Mesa, AZ; one daughter, Janice (Robert) Noble of Rockford; twelve grandchildren; thirty great grandchildren; one sister-in-law, Hazel Gruhn of Clinton, Iowa. John's wife, parents, two grandsons, two great granddaughters, four brothers and six sisters preceded him in death.
Prairie Advocate 17 Jun 2003

GRACE (BOYD) GSELL , of Pearl City, formerly of Mount Carroll, died Saturday afternoon (18 Apr 1970) in Freeport Memorial Hospital following a brief illness. She was a member of Pearl City United Methodist Church and the Royal Neighbors. Born in Cherry Grove Township, Carroll County, June 1, 1882, she was the daughter of David and Mary (Sword) Boyd. In March 1906 she was married to Nelson Gsell in Shannon. He died in 1959. Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Roy (Virginia) Croffoot of Pearl City; a son, Ronald of Dallas, Tex.; six grandchildren; and a great grandchild. Funeral service will be at 3 p.m. Tuesday in Offenheiser Funeral Home. (Note: "Burial in Shannon Brethren Cemetery" was handwritten on this obituary.)
Contributed by Alice Horner

CHARLES O. GUENZLER , 95, died last night in the Freeport Memorial Hospital, Freeport. Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friday at the Frank Funeral Home, Mt. Carroll, with burial in the Oak Hill Cemetery, Mt. Carroll. The Rev. Lawrence Shuman and Rev. Robert Schubert will officiate. Visitation will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday evening at the funeral home. Born on Nov. 26, 1886 in Carroll County, the son of John and Margaret Kehl Guenzler, he married Ethel Adams on June 24, 1914 in Savanna. He was a member of the Woodburn United Brethren Church. Surviving are one son Charles J. Guenzler, Mt. Carroll; one daughter, Mrs. Lawrence (Margie) Mummert, Lanark; and one grandchild. Preceding him in death were his parents, his wife, two brothers, four sister, one daughter and two grandchildren.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois November 23, 1982 - Tuesday, page A4

CLARABELL (ADAMS) GUENZLER , age 90, formerly of Mt. Carroll, died Thursday, June 2, 2005, at home in McAlester, Oklahoma. A Graveside Service was held at 1:00 p.m. Monday, June 6, 2005 at the Oak Hill Cemetery in Mt. Carroll. Pastor Robert Schubert of Center Hill Brethren Church, Mt. Carroll officiated. Clarabell was born November 30, 1914 in Clark County, South Dakota, the daughter of Elver and Anna (Allen) Adams. On August 12, 1935, Clarabell married Glen Guenzler in Rock Island. Glen passed away April 16, 2004 in Mt. Carroll. Clarabell worked in retail as a store clerk, Glen and Clara were partners in G&E Dry Cleaners in Mt. Carroll for twenty years, retiring in 1976. She also worked at J.C. Penney store in Freeport, Illinois for thirteen years as a Sales Clerk. Clarabell was a Past President of the Community Club in Mt. Carroll. She enjoyed crocheting and sewing. Clarabell will be deeply missed by her son, Richard (Cheryl) Guenzler of McAlester, Oklahoma; six grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; and two sisters in-law, Delilah Adams and Myra Guenzler. Her husband; parents; two brothers; and one sister, precede Clarabell in death.

ERVIE L. GUENZLER , 81, of Mount Carroll died Wednesday, February 9, 2000 at Freeport Memorial Hospital . A 1937 graduate of Mount Carroll High School , he served in the U. S. Army during World War II as a tech sergeant. He worked at the Savanna Army Depot from 1937 to 1942. He and his wife, Almira, owned and operated G&E Cleaners in Mount Carroll from 1948 to 1992. He was a member of the Mount Carroll United Methodist Church , Ducks Unlimited and the Mount Carroll American Legion. He was a past member of the Mount Carroll Lions Club and had been a Republican precinct committeeman. An avid golfer, fisherman, and hunter, most important to him was his family. Born December 26, 1918 in Mount Carroll , he was the son of Edward and Ella (Saltow) Guenzler. He and Almira Reineck were married May 7, 1950 in Kiel , Wisconsin . Surviving are his wife; three daughters, Cheryl (James) Broderick of Gilman, Renae (Thomas) Brown of Dixon, and Connie (Robert) Sigrist of Wauwatosa, Wisconsin; three grandchildren; and one brother, Glen (Clarabell) Guenzler of Mount Carroll. Preceding him in death were his parents; one sister, Ada Merboth; and three brothers, George, Howard, and Harry. A memorial service was held Saturday, February 12, at Mount Carroll United Methodist Church with the Rev. Nancy Rethford officiating. A memorial fund has been established.
Contributed by Alice Horner

GLEN W. GUENZLER , 89, of Mount Carroll died Friday at his home. Graveside services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday at the Oak Hill Cemetery in Mount Carroll. There will be no visitation. The Rev. David Vidler of the First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Mount Carroll will officiate. Frank-Law-Jones Funeral Home in Mount Carroll is in charge of arrangements. He was born March 29, 1915, to Edward and Ella Soltow Guenzler in Woodland Township, Carroll County, Illinois. He married Clarabell Adams on Aug. 12, 1935, in Rock Island, Ill. He had worked in construction at the Palisades State Park and the Illinois Department of Transportation. He was a member and past president of the Mount Carroll Gun Club and a member of Ducks Unlimited. Survivors include his wife; one son. Richard (Cheryl) Guenzler of McAlester, Okla.; six grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; two cousins; Charles Guenzler and Margie Mummert; and several nieces and nephews. Glen is preceded in death by his parents four brothers, and one sister.
Clinton Herald 17 April 2004

EARNEST HENRY GUMP , 85, of Lanark, a former insurance and real estate broker, died Sunday, March 24, 1991 at Good Samaritan Nursing Center, Mount Carroll. He attended Dyslin Valley School and Brown’s Business College at Freeport. He farmed for several years, then was an insurance and real estate broker for many years. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church of Lanark. Born May 23, 1905 near Lanark, he was the son of Henry and Marie (Beck) Gump. He married Pearl Krug on Dec. 25, 1936 at Massbach. Surviving are his wife of Lanark; one sister, Lula Ross of Mount Carroll; and nieces and nephews. One son, Jerry, died in infancy. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a. M. Tuesday at Russell-Frank Funeral Home, Lanark. The Rev. Clifford Baumann, interim pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church, will officiate. Burial will be in Lanark Cemetery. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Today at the funeral home. A memorial has been established for the church.
Contributed by Alice Horner

JAMES FRANKLIN GUNDER , was born in Lancaster Co. Penn. Apr. 30th , 1837 and died at his home in Milledgeville May 7, 1909 age 72 years and 7 days. At the age of nine he came to IL where he resided until his death. In 1858 (August 8 Whiteside Co) he was united in marriage to Miss Mercy Ann Lee. To this union were born eight sons, Marshall, Andrew, James, Birdie, Samuel, Harry, Frank, and Charles and six daughters, Pauline, Emma, Chloie, May, Nettie, and Mary. The mother died when the youngest child was thirteen, on Nov. 24, 1895. Mr. Gunder leaves to mourn his departure, Mrs. Emma (Daniel) Coy, and Mrs. Nettie Baker of Oregon, Ill., Mrs. C. W. Hurt, of Walworth, Wis. Mrs. May Finkle of Forreston, Ill. James F. of Green Island, Iowa., and Harry, Frank and Charles of Polo, Ill. Mr. Gunder has lived in Milledgeville for many years. He has been a hard working man all of his life, and although the doctor had forbidden his working, yet the day before he died, he worked nearly all day in his garden which he prized so highly. In fact he took as much interest and pains to make his little garden patch yield not only the most but the of increase as many other man would his work well. He held the office of street commissioner for a number of years and did a great deal of work for the village. He has been ailing for a number of years with a complication of diseases, dropsy, heart trouble, and consumption. During the last few months he has been very feeble and the end came without a struggle. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. L. P. Warrington in the Methodist church on Sunday afternoon. He was buried in the Bethel cemetery of which for a number of years he was sexton and when he dug many graves for others. The pall bearers were: James Olin, Chas. Miller, John Hawes, L. V. Tracey, C. H. Bushman and L. T. Olmsted.

MERCY ANN (LEE) GUNDER - At her home in this place, Sunday, Nov. 24 of paralysis, Mrs. James Gunder, age 56 years, 2 mos. and 8 days. Mercy Ann Lee was born in Cranesville, Erie Co., PA, Sept. 16, 1839 and wa smarried to James Gunder of Milledgeville, August 1, 1858. She was the mother of fourteen children, ten of whom are still living, five sons and five daughters. Besides the children she leaves two sisters, a brother and a husband to mourn her departure. The funeral service was held Tuesday in the M.E. church, Rev. F.L. Baldwin officiating. interment took place in the Bethel cemetery.