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ALBERT W. MANNING , was born in Wysox Township, Carroll County, Illinois, November 28, 1877, being the youngest of eight children; all of whom with the exception of one sister, survive him. He died Nov. 11, 1906 aged 28 years, 11 months, 13 days. At the age of fourteen he came with the family to Azusa, Cal. At sixteen he decided to live a Christian life and of his own free will he went to the minister and asked to be baptized and became a member of the Azusa Baptist church of which he remained a member up to the time of his death. At the beginning of the Spanish American war, when the government called for volunteers, Bert was one of the first to offer his services to his country and was enlisted in troop L. of the 4th U. S. cavalry. His regiment was sent to the Philippines where he was in active service the most of the time until the close of the war. One incident in his life as a soldier goes to prove his patriotism and devotion to the cause he had championed. During one of the engagements, the officers called for volunteers to burn some buildings that were in the line of fire. He was one of three to volunteer to go; and the buildings were burned. After his return, on July 17, 1901, he was united in marriage to Elva Wachtel, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. D. C Wachtel of Azusa. .......missing part of obit........ honest, pure, upright character. Even in his life in the army, among the many soldiers who fall on account of the temptations of army life, he was known as one man who came out as pure as he went in and on account of honorable conduct lie received the mark of "Excellent" on his discharge. The funeral was held from the home of Mrs. W. C. Hendricks Wednesday afternoon, Rev. R. T. Walker had charge of the services. Interment was at Oak Dale cemetery. - The Pomotropic
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BETTIE (NELSON) MANNING , age 82 of Chadwick, Illinois, died Thursday, June 22, 2006 at home. Cremation will take place and a Memorial Mass will be held 10:00 a.m. Saturday, June 24, 2006 at SS. John & Catherine Catholic Church, Mt. Carroll. Inurnment will be in the Chadwick Cemetery. A memorial fund has been established in Bettie’s memory. Bettie was born February 14, 1924 in Los Angeles, California, the daughter of Earl and Elizabeth (Meurer) Nelson. When she was young, Bettie’s parents died in a car accident and she was raised by her Aunt and Uncle, Clay (Laura) Schaefer. She married Edward Manning on November 13, 1943 in Monterey Park, California. Bettie loved the time she spent with her grandchildren. She was a member of SS. John & Catherine Catholic Church, Mt. Carroll and the Red Hat Society Group. Bettie very much enjoyed the camaraderie of her breakfast group friends. She had worked at the Chadwick Cheese Factory, Chadwick, and Elkay Manufacturing, Lanark, Illinois. Bettie will be deeply missed by her daughter, Janet (Neal) Queckboerner of Chadwick; a granddaughter, Kris (Tim) Lyons and four great grandchildren, Reilly, Paige, Griffin and Haley. Her husband; a son, Edward Manning Jr.; a brother Earl Nelson II, and her parents precede Bettie in death.

EDWARD G. MANNING , age 85, of Chadwick, Illinois, died Monday, January 30, 2006 at FHN Memorial Hospital, Freeport, Illinois. Cremation will take place and a Memorial Mass will be held 11:00 a.m. Saturday February 25, 2006 at Sts John & Catherine Catholic Church, Mt. Carroll. Memorials may be given to the Chadwick Volunteer Fire Department in Edward’s memory. Condolences may be sent to the family online at Edward was born March 3, 1920 in Thomson, Illinois, the son of Ben and Catherine (Halfman) Manning. He served in the United States Army during World War II. Edward married Bettie Nelson November 13,1943 in Monterey, California. Edward worked for Smith Oil Corp. hauling fuel and LP gas. He was a member of SS. John & Catherine Catholic Church, Mt. Carroll, Illinois and the Chadwick American Legion and the Chadwick Lions Club. He and Betty enjoyed travel in their motorhome. Edward will be deeply missed by his wife, Bettie Manning of Chadwick; his daughter, Janet (Neal) Queckboerner of Chadwick; a granddaughter, Kristine Tebrugge; three great grandchildren, Reilly, Paige and Griffin; five sisters, Izadora Senneff of Thomson, Mary Kordal of Boynton Beach, Florida, LaVonne Blakeslee of Livingston, Montana, Leota Cavanaugh of Polo, Illinois and Donna Conklin of Beloit, Wisconsin; two brothers, Lyle (Shirley) Manning of Polo and LaVern (Norma) Manning of Upham, North Dakota; and a sister in-law, Blanche Manning of Savanna, Illinois. Edward is preceded in death by a son, Edward Manning, Jr.; a sister, Elenora Zubaty; two brothers, Jack and Bernard; and two granddaughters.

EDWIN A. MANNING passed away at his home in Milledgeville IL Monday April 3, 1911 aged 53 years and 2 months. He was born in Carroll County Feb. 3, 1858. He was married to Jennie sears Jan. 12, 1887. Two daughtes wer born to bless this home, Lucy M and Sadie O. who with their mother mourn the loss of a kind husband and loving father. He also leaves an aged mother, three brothers and four sisters, all of whom were present at the funeral. Services were held at the M.E. Church Thursday at 2 p.m. and wer ein charge of Rev. Hewitt hte local pastor, burial in Bethel cemetery. Pallbearers were H.C. Knox, J.F. Greenawalt, H.H. Mayberry, John Bracken, Al Muender and Frank Burns.

FRANK FELIX MANNING , age 81, of Thomson, Illinois, died Tuesday, August 22, 2006 at Big Meadows Nursing Home, Savanna, Illinois. Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m. Saturday, August 26 at the Law-Jones Funeral Home, Thomson with Reverend Dave Davies of Hope United Methodist Church, Chadwick, Illinois officiating. Burial will be in Upper York Cemetery, Argo Fay, Illinois. Visitation will be held 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Friday, August 25 at the Law-Jones Funeral Home, Thomson. Frank was born June 4, 1925 in Salem Twp., Illinois, the son of Frank and Lizzie (Eisenhour) Manning, Sr.. He married Helen Hans August 31, 1946 in Ideal, Illinois. Frank worked as an AI technician for Prairie State Select Sires. He also farmed and hauled bulk milk. Frank enjoyed watching his kids, in their youth, and his grandchildren play in sports and activities. He was a member of Hope United Methodist Church, Chadwick, a past Master in Black Oak Grange and a member of the Masonic Lodge. He liked to "call" at square dancing, play the guitar, and he enjoyed camping. Frank will be dearly missed by his wife, Helen Manning of Thomson; two sons, Bill (Lola) Manning and Kenny Manning, both of Thomson; four grandchildren, Christa (Dave) Curley, Bryce (Jessica) Manning, Dustin (Wendy) Manning and Alan Manning; and four great-grandchildren, Taylor, Ally and Payton Curley and Ryan Manning. Frank is preceded in death by both parents and two brothers, Arthur and Lester.

HAROLD MANNING , 92, of Lanark died Tuesday, Aug. 13. 1991 at Freeport Memorial Hospital. For the past five years, he resided at the Good Samaritan Center in Mount Carroll. He was secretary of organization for the Carroll County Farm Bureau, retiring in 1966. Previously, he was Lanark postmaster for four years and farmed near Brookville for 30 years. He was a trustee for the Lanark Fire Protection District for 32 years and was a member of Lanark United Methodist Church and Rock Creek Grange. A 50-year member of the Lanark Masonic Lodge, he was also a member of Tebala Shrine of Rockford and Scottish Rite Bodies, Valley of Freeport. A son of William and Anna (Traum) Manning, he was born April 13, 1899, near Brookville. He and Helen Schrock were married in 1927 in Lanark. She died in 1968. Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Carolee (Arnold) Zuck of Chadwick and Mrs. Wilma (Leonard) Howard of Jerseyville; one brother, Ralph, of Lanark; seven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday in the Fireside Room of Lanark United Methodist Church. The Rev. Orville Cole and the Rev. Dan Rusmisel will officiate. Burial will be in Lanark Cemetery. Friends may call at the church on Thursday after 12 noon until the time of the services. Memorial have been established for the Good Samaritan Center and Lanark United Methodist Church. Russell-Frank Funeral Home of Lanark is in charge of arrangements.
Contributed by Alice Horner

JENNIE (SEARS) MANNING - We are always glad to think of our friends who died in the Lord, as being transferred from experiences of physical suffering and weakness to mansions prepared for them, where eternity is the measure, felicity the state, angels the attendants, the Lamb the light, and God the inheritance and position of His people for ever. To that blessed place and condition we trust our sister, Mrs. Jennie Manning, has ascended. A brief and partial record of her earthly existence is as follows: She was the daughter of Wilson and Jennie R. Sears, and was born in Fredonia, O., Jan. 10, 1870, and died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Lucy Muntz, in Milledgeville, Ill., Jan. 23, 1920, at the age of 50 years, 13 days. She came to Illinois in 1878 and first settled in Fair Haven, and later moved to Milledgeville. She was united in marriage to Edward Manning Jan. 12, 1887. To this union were born two daughters, Mrs. Lucy Muntz of Milledgeville and Mrs. Sadie O. Eastabrook, of Chadron, Neb. The husband and father departed this life April 3, 1911. Mrs. Manning united with the Milledgeville Methodist church on May 10, 1917. She also was affiliated with the "Order of Eastern Star", Mystic Workers and the W. R. C all of Milledgeville. Mrs. Manning had been in delicate health for some time, but through all her suffering she was cheerful and optimistic, which solidified her old friendships and drew to her additional new ones. While she was apprehensive that her last illness would prove fatal, she was hopeful and yet submissive to the Lord' s will in this issue. She was not afraid to meet her Pilot face to face, and she was found patiently waiting when He came.
Contributed by Larry Reynolds - Sterling Daily Gazette, February 7, 1920

KATHERINE ELLEN (RYAN) MANNING , 78, passed away at the home in Milledgeville Wednesday [11/24/1943] at 7:30 p. m. following a short illness. The body will repose at the Shirk funeral home until Saturday morning when it will be taken to the residence. Services will be at 2 p. m. Saturday at the Methodist church, with the Rev. Paul Van Zee officiating. Committal will be in the Bethel cemetery. Mrs. Manning was born Feb. 15, 1865 near Morrison, the daughter of John and Mary Ryan. She was married Dec. 16, 1884, to Orison Manning. Surviving are her husband; one daughter, Mrs. Emma Voltmer, of Milledgeville; two grandchildren, Mrs. Clair Heyer of Wheaton and William Voltmer of Talladega, Ala.; two great grandchildren, Kristine and Anna Katherine Heyer and one sister-in-law, Mrs. Mary Ryan of Sterling. (The Sterling Daily Gazette, November 26, 1943, page 8, column 3)

Funeral services for Mrs. O. A. Manning were held Saturday [11/27/1943] afternoon from the Milledgeville Methodist church at 2 p. m. Rev. Paul VanZee pastor, officiated. Mrs. Harry Pilgrim and Mrs. Paul VanZee sang two hymns, “Beautiful Garden of Prayer,” and “Rock of Ages,” with Margaret Wetzel at the organ. Mrs. Jay Bent, Mrs. Lena lee and Mrs. C. C. Goldthorpe were in charge of the floral tributes. Casket bearers were Walter and Joe Folkers of Coleta, ?Don and Rex Munz, Frank Miller and Willard Peters. Burial was in Bethel cemetery west of Milledgeville. Friends and relatives attended from Chicago, Sterling and Coleta.
Sketch of Life -- Katherine Ellen Manning was born February 15, 1865, near Morrison, Ill., the daughter of John and Mary Ryan. She spent her entire life in and around Milledgeville. On December 16, 1884, she was united in marriage at Morrison to Orison A. Manning and to this union was born one daughter, Mrs. Emma Voltmer. Mrs. Manning was a member of the Methodist church and had in her earlier years been very active in church and community affairs and was the recorder of the Milledgeville camp of Royal Neighbors of America for 35 years. She passed away at her home in Milledgeville on November 24, 1943, where she had lived for 41 years. She is survived by her husband daughter, two grandchildren, Mrs. Clair Heyer of Wheaton, Ill., and William Voltmer of Talladega, Ala., tow great grandchildren, Kristine and Katherine Ann Heyer; one sister-in-law, Mrs. Mary ?Ryan of Sterling, and a large number of nieces and nephews. She will be remembered by all as a loving and kind neighbor and friend, always ready to help in time of trouble and a person who found joy in sharing her happiness with others.
Contributed by Larry Reynolds - The Sterling Daily Gazette, November 29, 1943, page 5, column 8

RALPH GEORGE MANNING , 97, of Lanark died Sunday, July 25, 1993 at Good Samaritan Center, Mount Carroll. A farmer in the Brookville area for many years, he took soil samples for the Farm Bureau. He was also employed by the State of Illinois as a driver’s license examiner for many years. He was a 75-year member of the Milledgeville Masonic Lodge, the Tebala Shrine of Rockford and the Scottish Rite Bodies of Freeport. Born Dec. 14, 1895 near Brookville, he was a son of William and Anna (Traum) Manning. One June 29, 1950 he married Sarah Beighton. Surviving are his wife, Sarah, of Lanark; one son, Robert (Myra) Manning of Lanark; one daughter, Marian (Rick) McWorthy of Lanark; five grandchildren, Robbie Manning U.S.M.C., Amber and Shandi Manning, Chance and Lindsay McWorthy all of Lanark; and two nieces, Carolee Zuck and Wilma Howard. Preceding him in death were one brother, Harold Manning and one granddaughter, Christine Manning. Funeral service will be 1:30p.m. Wednesday at Russell-Frank Funeral Home in Lanark, with the Rev. Linda Eller of the Lanark United Methodist Church officiating. Burial will be in Lanark Cemetery. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Russell-Frank Funeral Home, where Masonic services will be conducted at 8 p.m. by the Milledgeville Masonic Lodge. A memorial fund has been established.
Contributed by Alice Horner

SARAH (POND) MANNING , mother of Mrs. Frank Hollewell, died the 25th of Oct 1899. She was 84 years, 7 months and a few days old. She was living with her daughter, Mrs. Hollewell, when she passed from this life into eternity. The remains were interred in the Lanark cemetery. Rev. Zacheus Livengood preached the funeral sermon.
Contributed by Larry Reynolds from the The Sterling Evening Gazette, November 1, 1899, page 5, column 2
Second Obit:
Sarah Pond was born March 7, 1815, at Schroon, New York, and died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Frank Hollowell, in Wysox, October 25th, 1899. Aged 84 years, 7 months, and 18 days. She was married to Elisha Ashley Manning, of Middleburg, Knox county, Ohio, March 22, 1838, who was born October 1st, 1815, and died May 25th, 1895. Saran Manning was the mother of four children, Albert W. who was born February 20th, 1839, in Delaware county, Ohio, and died Oct. 12, 1878. Emily A. Shumway was born February 16th 1842, in Delaware county, ohio, and died May 26th, 1896. Olive A. Hollowell, was born June 30th, 1846 in Knox county,Ohio. Lucy E. was born October 12th, 1849 in Whiteside county, Illinois and died August 20th, 1850. It will be seen that there is but one of the family remaining, namely Mrs. Frank Hollowell. The funeral was held at the Progressive church in Lanark, on Friday October 27th, at 11 o'clock, and was conducted by Z. T. Livengood, assisted by Rev. R. R. Teeter, of Milledgeville. The remains were laid to rest in Lanark's beautiful cemetery by the side of her husband. Mrs. Manning was a kind and affectionate mother, a devoted wife and a good neighbor.
Contributed by Karen Fyock - Undated Scrapbook Clipping

HARLAN E. McCALL , Harlan E. McCall, age 76, of Savanna, Illinois died Sunday, January 12, 2003 at the Freeport Memorial Hospital, Freeport, Illinois. Funeral services will be held 2:00 p.m. Thursday, January 16 at the Church of God, Mt. Carroll, Illinois with Rev. Jim Machen of the Church of the Open Door, Clinton, Iowa officiating. Burial will be in the Oak Hill Cemetery, Mt. Carroll. Visitation will be held from 5:00-8:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 15 at the Frank-Law-Jones Funeral Home, Mt. Carroll. Harlan was born July 10, 1926 in Pleasant Valley Township, Jo Daviess County, Illinois, the son of Earl and Pearl (Law) McCall. He attended the Sage Country School and also the Stockton, Illinois High School. Harlan married Thelma Toepfer Law March 10, 1987 in Mesa, Arizona. He owned and operated Law’s Motel in Savanna since 1970. Harlan previously had farmed in the Pearl City, Illinois area, where he also hauled milk, and worked with the local road commissioner. Harlan also previously worked as a feed salesman for Johnson Feed Service, Mt. Carroll. He enjoyed collecting antique tractors. Harlan attended the Church of the Open Door, Clinton, Iowa and was an associate member of the Mesa, Arizona Assembly of God Church. Survivors include his wife, Thelma of Savanna; three stepsons, Herbert (Jan) Law of Mt. Carroll, Robert (Ginger) Law, of Mt. Carroll and Jerry Law, of Springfield, Illinois; 11 step-grandchildren; and 16 step-great grandchildren. Harlan was preceded in death by both parents.
Submitted by Linda Sturtevant Irwin

JAMES JOHN McCALL ,88, Mt. Carroll, a resident of Good Samaritan Home there, died Monday at Savanna City Hospital. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, at 2 p.m. at the Frank Funeral Home at Mt. Carroll. Friends may visit Tuesday from 7-9 p.m. at the funeral home. James McCall was born Aug. 20, 1885, in Carroll County, the son of John and Sarah Elliott McCall. He married Lesetta Nesbitt on Oct16, 1912 at Mt. Carroll. He was a retired farmer. Survivors include his widow and one brother, Richard, Lanark. He was preceded in death by three brothers.
Contributed by Mike Hosler

JAMES McCALL , 73, native of Washington township, died at 3:45 a.m. on Saturday,June 24, 1939, at his farm near Zion, eight miles northwest of Savanna. Death followed a heart attack. He had been ill for several months. Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at the family home at Zion, with burial in the Zion cemetery. Surviving are his widow; two daughters, Mrs. Carl A. Altenbern of Savanna and Miss Lucille McCall of Delvan, Wisconsin; a brother, Richard McCall of Mt. Carroll; a sister, Mrs. Jennie Elliott of Woodland township, and three step-children, Harry Byers and Mrs. Edwin Gillespie of near Zion, and Glenn Byers of Savanna.
Thomson Review, Thomson, Illinois 29 June 1939

LESETTA (NESBITT) McCALL , 91, died Tuesday night at The Good Samaritan Center at Mt. Carroll. Funeral services will be held Thursday at the Frank Funeral Home, Mt. Carroll and burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery. Friends may visit the funeral home from 7-9 p.m. Wednesday. Lesetta McCall was born Dec. 18, 1882, in Carroll County, the daughter of Charles and Agnes Sanderson Nesbitt. She married James J. McCall on Oct. 16, 1912 at Mt. Carroll. She was preceded in death by her husband and five brothers and three sisters.
Contributed by Mike Hosler

PEARLE (LAW) McCALL , 45, died early Friday morning, April 1, 1938 at her home in Pleasant Valley, 8 miles north of Mount Carroll following a long illness. Funeral services will be held Monday at 1:30 p.m. from the home and at 2 p.m. from the Methodist Episcopal Church in Mount Carroll, with the pastor Rev. G. T. Nesmith, officiating, assisted by the Rev. C. O. Pollard of Pleasant Valley. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery. Pearle (Law) McCall was born July 13, 1895 in Woodland Township, Carroll County, Illinois the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Matt Law. Surviving are the husband; a son, Harlan, 12 years old; her father, Matt Law of Wacker; four sisters, Miss Nora Law at home, Mrs. Edward L. Dauphin, Mrs. Ben Hammond and Mrs. Oliver Pierce, all of Savanna; and a brother, Wilbert Law of Milledgeville.
Contributed by Alice Horner - Message body Freeport Journal Standard, Freeport, Illinois Saturday, April 2, 1938

SARAH (Elliott) McCALL , Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at the James McCall home in Mount Carroll and at the Methodist Church for Mrs. Sarah McCall, 85, who died in Deaconess Hospital, Freeport Thursday night. The Rev. Frank Countryman, pastor, officiated. Burial was in Oak Hill Cemetery. The Rev. Galen Gerdes, Pastor of Yellow Creek of the Brethren assisted with the services A verdict of accidental death caused by a brain concussion was found by a Stephenson County coroner's jury in an inquest held at Freeport. Mrs. McCall suffered a fall three weeks ago while visiting at the home of a son, Earl McCall, Pearl City. The former Sarah Elliott, widow of John McCall was born Feb. 10, 1869, [i.e. 1860], in Ireland, the daughter of John and Sarah Elliott. Her husband, who she married Feb. 9, 1881, died several years ago. Surviving are for sons, Richard and James of Mount Carroll, David, Lena, and Earl , Pearl City, and five grandchildren. Her husband preceeded her in death Dec. 22, 1935
Contributed by John Elliott - From the Carroll Co. Mirror Democrat 5/24/1945

LOGAN MICHAEL McCRAY , 10 lbs, 2 oz, 22 inches, still-born infant son of Joseph and Angela (Kraft) was delivered unto God at 7:37 a.m., on Friday, April 4, 2008 at Genesis Medical Center, Davenport, Iowa. A memorial fund has been established in Logan's memory. Logan's family includes parents, Joseph and Angela McCray of Fulton, Illinois; brother Aaron McCray; maternal grandparents, Robert and Leone "Lonnie" Kraft of Clinton, Iowa; paternal grandparents, Joseph and Kimberly McCray of Mt. Carroll, Illinois; paternal great grandparents, Norris and Shirley Hartman of Mt. Carroll, Illinois; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins. A visitation will be held from 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 9, 2008 at the Law-Jones Funeral Home, Thomson, Illinois. A private family burial will take place in Clinton Lawn Cemetery, Clinton, Iowa.

WILLIAM McCRAY , passed away at 10 p.m. Wednesday [04/07/1965] evening in St. Francis Hospital in Freeport. He had undergone surgery Friday and suffered a stroke on Sunday. William McCray was born May 13, 1890 in Mount Carroll, the son of John and Elizabeth Frederick McCray. He never married. He was a former employee of the Milwaukee Railroad and lived with his sister, Mrs. Ethel Lantz in Mount Carroll. Survivors include two sisters, Mrs. Ethel Lantz and Mrs. Fred (Nellie) Sack and one brother, Frank, all of Mount Carroll. Funeral services will be held Sunday at 1 p.m. at the Frank Funeral Home with Rev. David Ellis of the Mount Carroll Church of God officiating. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery in Mount Carroll. Friends may call at the funeral home from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday.
Contributed by Larry Reynolds from the Sterling Daily Gazette, April 8, 1965, page 6, column 2.

GORDON S. McFADDEN , age 76, of Savanna, Illinois, passed away on Wednesday, August 23, 2006, at his home. Funeral Services will be held 2:00 p.m. Monday, August 28, 2006 at the Law-Jones Funeral Home in Savanna with Pastor Michael Jones of York Baptist Church, Thomson, officiating. Burial will take place in Savanna Township Cemetery, Savanna. Friends may call from 2:00-5:00 p.m. Sunday, August 27, 2006 at the Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Mercy Hospice in Clinton, Iowa or The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Illinois, 651 W. Washington Street, Suite 400, Chicago, Illinois 60661. Gordon was born October 25, 1929, the son of Maurice and Elsie (Schmidt) McFadden in Savanna. He attended Savanna schools. On October 8, 1949, Gordon married Wilma Jean Hatfield in Savanna. He worked for Interstate Power Company for forty-two years, retiring in 1991. Gordon was a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, the Savanna Moose Lodge #1095 and the American Association of Retired Personnel. Gordon very much loved and enjoyed his family, especially watching his sons compete in sports and spending time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren. He enjoyed taking care of his home and yard. Gordon was an avid fan of Chicago Cubs Baseball and Chicago Bulls Basketball. Gordon will be dearly missed by his wife, Wilma Jean; three sons, Wayne (Cynthia) McFadden of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma; Dennis (Barbara) McFadden of Savanna and Kenneth McFadden of Savanna; four grandchildren, Scott (Jennifer) McFadden, Keri (Heath) Burkholder, Alissa McFadden and Alex McFadden; three great grandchildren, Dalton and Drew Burkholder and Aubrey McFadden; two brothers, Raymond (Lucille) McFadden of Lanark, Illinois and Gary (Patty) McFadden of LeClaire, Iowa; four sisters, Betty (Mike) Rusynyk of Parma, Ohio, Marilyn (Hubert) Wise of Clinton, Iowa, Sharon Welch of Elgin, Illinois and Maureen (Wayne) Ellinor of Lanark; Gordon was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother in-law, Kyle Welch.

JEANETTE M. McFADDEN , 69, of Lanark died Monday, May 29, 1989 at Freeport Memorial Hospital. She was a former employee of Newell Companies in Freeport and was later employed by Elkay Manufacturing Co., Lanark, where she worked 17 years prior to retirement. She was a member of Lanark Church of the Brethren. Mrs. McFadden was born July 17, 1919 in Carroll County to Robert and Wavie (Sisler) Atherton. She married Edmund McFadden in Lanark on December 24, 1951. He died May 14, 1988. Surviving are a stepdaughter, Patricia Schroeder of Chicago; two step-grandchildren; three brothers, Harold Atherton of Savanna, John Atherton of Thomson and James Atherton of Foresthill, California; seven sisters; Mary Gaul of Freeport; Irma (Mrs. Arthur) Crofton of Sterling, Clair (Mrs. Allen) Biesemeier of Freeport, Charlotte (Mrs. Brett) Black of Citrus Heights, California, Emma (Mrs. Donald) Hannabarger of LaJolla, California, Bernadine (Mrs. Richard) Stanberry of Champaign, and Wilma (Mrs. Richard) Weber of Shannon; and 25 nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a brother. Services were Thursday at Lanark Church of the Brethren with Rev. Phillip Kessler officiating. Burial was in Lanark Cemetery.
Contributed by Alice Horner - Mirror Democrat, Mount Carroll, Illinois Wednesday, June 7, 1989

LUCILLE FLORENCE (HARTMAN) McFADDEN , age 98 of Lanark, Illinois, died Thursday, June 25, 2009 at the Good Samaritan Center, Mt. Carroll, Illinois. Funeral Services will be held 11:00 a.m., Monday, June 29, 2009 at the Frank-Law-Jones Funeral Home, Mt. Carroll. Burial will be in Center Hill Cemetery, Mt. Carroll. A visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Sunday, June 28, 2009 at the funeral home. Lucille was born January 5, 1911 in Savanna, the daughter of Adam and Alice (Hall) Hartman. She attended the Excelsior Country School, rural Savanna. In 1930, Lucille married Owen Moore. She later married Raymond “Mac” McFadden on September 28, 1953. Lucille enjoyed being a homemaker. She also farmed with her husband, Raymond, in the bluff area between Savanna and Thomson. She loved family get-togethers at their farm. She always cooked from scratch using vegetables from her garden. She also canned much of her harvest, enjoyed crocheting, and hunted for morel mushrooms and watercress. Lucille enjoyed being very competitive when playing cards, croquet, or other games with family and friends. She will be dearly missed by her husband, Raymond, of Lanark; her daughter, Lois (Bernard “Bud”) Hartman of Lanark; her daughter in-law, Betty Moore of Savanna; 13 grandchildren, Ronald Hartman of Milledgeville, Jerry (Sheila) Hartman of Mt. Carroll, Tom Hartman of Lanark, Peggy (Bill) Brown of Milledgeville, Mike (Darci) Hartman of Milledgeville, Lavonne (Scott) Sturtevant of Lake Carroll, Cathy (Dennis Dyson) Corey of Savanna, Colleen (Marc) Terry of LaCrosse, WI, Jimmy (Glenda) Moore of Thomson, Patty (John) Derrickson of Mt. Carroll, Raylene Moore of Mt. Carroll, Richard (Brenda) Byram of Thomson, and Brenda (Nick) Wade of Wilmington, NC; 29 great grandchildren; and 23 great-great grandchildren. Preceding Lucille in death are two sons, William (at birth) and James (2000); four brothers, Wilbur, Leon, Lewis and Wayde; and two sisters, Jessie Kosier and Wilma Schradeya.
Contributed by Lori Gilbert

CLARENCE ALBERT McGINTY , 39, of Thomson, died at 4:45 p.m. Thursday, January 28, 1943 in Katherine Shaw Betha Hospital at Dixon, where he had been a patient since January 23. He had been taken to the hospital after he became ill with pneumonia, following several weeks of ill health. Funeral services were conducted Sunday at 2 p.m. in the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Edward McGinty, and at 2:30 p.m. in the York Baptist Church. The Rev. R. H. Seitner of Mount Carroll, pastor, officiated and burial was in Lower York Cemetery. Mrs. Paul Wilt played hymns before and after the service. Pallbearers were Paul Wilt, Lloyd Smith, Ivan and Robert Carroll, Gilbert Holland, and Leonard Stage. Floral offerings were cared for by Mrs. John Carpenter, Mrs. Emil Brach, and Mrs. Leonard Stage. He was born near Thomson October 2, 1903, the son of Edward and Maude (Lambert) McGinty, and had spent all his life in this vicinity. He attended the Thomson schools and was graduated from York Community High School with the class of 1922. He united with the York Baptist Church May 11, 1914 and was baptized under the ministry of the Rev. J. S. Wells. Since graduation, he had been employed at various places in Thomson and vicinity, as well as a short time in Rockford and Chicago. For several years he was employed part time in the office of the Thomson Review, and during the last few months had worked at the Savanna Ordnance Depot. He had been in poor health for some years, but continued to work until a few weeks ago, when his physician ordered him to rest. Surviving are his parents; a sister, (Vada), Mrs. J. J. Carroll of Thomson; his paternal grandmother, Mary Jane McGinty, also of Thomson; a niece (Lola), Mrs. Eldon Hickey of Rosemount, Minn. and other relatives. Attending the funeral services from out of town were Mrs. Eldon Hickey of Rosemount, Minn., Mr. and Mrs. Norman Lewis of River Forest, Mrs. Dora Doty of Chicago, Charles Casselberry of Mount Carroll, Mr. and Mrs. Neal Dauphin, Mr. and Mrs. J. R. Williamson, Mrs. Martha Lambert, Mrs. Harriet Bowman, and Miss Olive Smith, all of Savanna; Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Belk and daughter of Stockton, Mr. and Mrs. Howard Breed of Elizabeth, Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Olds of Clinton, and Mr. and Mrs. Charles R. Rogers of Maquoketa.
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DORIS (WALTER) McFARLAND , 78 of Lanark died Thursday, June 1, 2006 at Good Samaritan Center in Mt. Carroll, surrounded by her family. She was born on June 1, 1928 in Rochelle, the daughter of Earl and Effie (Olleg) Walter. Doris was a long time resident of Sycamore and relocated to Lanark in 1996. She was employed at the Carls Fargo Lodge in Sycamore for over 20 years. Thereafter, she enjoyed her many years as a homemaker. She loved music and dancing- "swing and sway with Doris Mae". She was also an avid Chicago Cubs fan. Doris will be dearly missed by her children, Douglas (Kathryn) Rogers of Huntington Beach, CA., Joanne (Jim) Laben of Lake Carroll, Susan (David) Delnero of Stevenson Ranch, CA and Donna Aulabaugh of Flanagan; also surviving are her 6 grandchildren, David Laben, Julie French, Michael Delnero, Matthew Delnero, Allison Rogers and Amanda Rogers and one great granddaughter, Reese French. Her Memorial Service was held on Tuesday, June 6 at 2:30 PM at the Butala Funeral Home and Crematory in Sycamore, with Rev. Stephen Persson officiating. Burial was in the Mt. Carmel Cemetery.

JOSEPH MICHAEL McGINTY aged pioneer, Civil War Veteran, and one of our highly respected citizens, passed away at this home on Monday afternoon following an illness of several months duration which his health gradually declined. Mr. McGinty was acquainted with everyone that has lived in Thomson, as he was one of the first settlers of this township, coming here in 1860. His large family was reared here, and his passing closed the life book of a man, who fought throughout the Civil War for his country, who braved the pioneer days on a farm, raised a large and happy family and lived to see the day when they all reached maturity and in turn started homes of their own. Joseph Michael McGinty was born in Sligo, Ireland, December 8th, 1842 and passed away at his home in Thomson on January 26, 1925, aged 82 years, 1 month and 18 days. He came to this county when a child of eight years. His parents locating at Lee, Mass. In 1860, he came to York Township and this place has since been his home. He served throughout the Civil War and was the last of the thirteen boys who enlisted in the same company to pass away. His death also closes his company to those that are still living, as he was the last member as far as can be ascertained. Following the close of the war he returned to York and in 1868 was united in marriage to Mary Jane Wilson Pape. Eleven children were born to their union, of whom seven now survive. He is survived by his wife, and seven children, four boys, Edward of Thomson, Ill., Charles and Emerson of South Dakota, and Harry at home; three daughters, Mrs. Edith Senneff of Waterloo, Iowa, mrs. Dora Doty of Chicago and Mrs. Anna Lewis of Oak Park, Ill. Funeral services were held from the Thomson Methodist church, Tuesday afternoon at two o'clock, Rev. Winebrenner, assisted by the pastor, Rev. Williams conducted the services. Interment was made in the Dunshee cemetery.
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MAUDE (LAMBERT) McGINTY , 73, lifelong resident of Thomson and vicinity, died suddenly of a heart attack at 1:30 a.m. Wednesday (February 21, 1945) in the Savanna Hospital where she had been a patient. She was taken to the hospital early last week after suffering a fractured leg in a fall from a small stepladder in her Thomson house, where she lived alone. Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, February 24, at 2 p.m. in the home and at 2:30 p.m. in the York Baptist Church. Rev. Merle Hawbecker of Lanark will officiate. And burial will be in Lower York Cemetery. Mrs. McGinty was born September 20, 1871 near Thomson, the only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Lambert. She attended the chool near her home. On December 21, 1892 she was married to Edward McGinty, son of Mr. and Mrs. M. J. McGinty of Thomson, and they engaged in farming. For a number of years they operated the farm north of Thomson now occupied by the Fred Miller family, selling out and moving to a home which they purchased in Thomson about 25 years ago. Mr. McGinty died here in August 1943, and a son, Clarence, died earlier in the same year. Mrs. McGinty had continued to reside in the home alone until her recent accident last week. Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. John J. Carroll of Thomson; a granddaughter, Mrs. Eldon Hickey, and a great-grandson, Alan Kay Hickey, who have been living in the state of Washington but are now on their way to Thomson; two brothers, Clarence Lambert of Long Pine, Nebraska and Mark Lambert of Palmer, Nebraska, and other relatives. Mrs. McGinty united with the York Baptist church in her youth and was a member of the local Royal Neighbor camp.
Funeral: Funeral services for Mrs. Maude McGinty, who died Wednesday morning, February 21, in the Savanna City Hospital, where she had been a patient since February 12, were held Saturday, Feb. 24, at 2:30 p.m. in the York Baptist Church east of Thomson. The Rev. Merle Hawbecker, pastor of the Brethren Church in Lanark, officiated. Hymns were sung by Mrs. Paul Wilt and Mrs. Dan Sack, with Mrs. Emil Brach at the piano. Pallbearers were Lloyd and Donald Smith, Paul Wilt, Robert and Ivan Carroll, and Gilbert Holland. Flowers were cared for by Mrs. Donald Smith, Mrs. Leonard Stage, Mrs. Lloyd Smith, and Miss Elsie Tousley, and burial was in the Lower York Cemetery. Among relatives and friends from out-of-town attending the services were Mr. and Mrs. William Lambert and Mrs. Grace Lambert of Rockford; Mr. and Mrs. G. R. Williamson, Mrs. Hattie Bowman, Mr. and Mrs. Neal Dauphin, Charles Casselberry, Mrs. Laura Geisinger, and Joe Loesher of Savanna; Mr. and Mrs. N. B. Lewis of River Forest; Mrs. John Grobroski and daughter Patricia of Oak Park; Mrs. William Graves and Mrs. M. Tucker of Clinton; Mark Lambert of Palmer, Nebraska, and Calvin Lambert of Long Pine, Nebraska.
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CORA BELLE (HAMM) McGINNIS age 78, of Thomson, Illinois, passed away on Thursday, March 9, 2006 at the home of her daughter. A Funeral Service will be held 10:00 a.m. Monday, March 13, 2006 at the York Community Congregational Church, Thomson, Illinois, with Pastor Ron Abbott, officiating. Burial will take place in Lower York Cemetery, Thomson, Illinois. Friends may call from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m., Sunday, March 12, 2006 at Law-Jones Funeral Home, Thomson. In lieu of flowers a Memorial Fund has been established. Cora was born July 7, 1927 the daughter of William and Edith (McDonald) Hamm at home in Garden Plain, Illinois. She attended Morrison, Illinois schools. On October 30, 1943, Cora married Paul K. "Jake" McGinnis in the First United Methodist Church in Savanna, Illinois. Jake passed away March 7, 1997. Cora enjoyed being a farmwife and a homemaker. She and P.K. owned & operated McGinnis Market in Thomson for over sixty years. The McGinnis farm has been in the family since 1882. Cora was well known and loved by many. She clothed and fed those in need. Cora was a "Guardian Angel" to many children. She enjoyed cooking, garage sales, and shopping with her children. Cora will be deeply missed by her two sons, Larry "Bim" (Debbie) McGinnis of Thomson and Randy (Cindy) McGinnis of Thomson; three daughters, Jane Ann (Don) Groharing of Kansas City, Missouri, Donna French of Thomson and Cindy (Bill) Schleuing of Hanover, Illinois; twenty three grandchildren; forty great grandchildren; and one great –great grandchild; three brothers, Melvin Hamm of Thomson, Carl Hamm of Thomson and Doug Hamm of Savanna; four sisters, Clara Bauer of Savanna, Betty (Del) Dellinger of Eagle Rock, Missouri, Shirley Reiland of Clinton, Iowa and Paulette (Lloyd) Hamilton of Savanna. Cora is preceded in death by her husband, P.K., one son, Paul K. McGinnis, Jr.; four brothers, Bill, Francis, Allen and Alvin; two sisters, Faye and Evelyn and one grandson, Bobby and one great granddaughter, Cassandra

VAUGHN McGINNIS , age 61, of Thomson, Illinois, died Thursday, July 6, 2006 at FHN Memorial Hospital, Freeport, Illinois. Funeral services will be held 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 11 at the Law-Jones Funeral Home, Thomson with Pastor Michael Jones officiating. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery, Sabula, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 12 noon – 1:00 p.m Tuesday, July 11, one hour prior to the service at the Funeral Home. A memorial fund has been established in Vaughn’s name. Condolences may be sent to the family at Vaughn was born March 25, 1945 in Savanna, the son of Vaughn and Mary (Nelson) McGinnis. He attended the Thomson School in Thomson. Vaughn worked in construction for many years. He was a member of the local Construction Workers Union. He enjoyed fishing and horseback riding in his younger years. Vaughn had a keen sense of humor and enjoyed playing a good prank. Most of all he enjoyed the time he spent at family gatherings and picnics. Vaughn will be dearly missed by three nephews, Dannie (Sandra) Howard of Clinton, Iowa, Kenneth (Melissa) Howard of Clinton, Iowa and Kevin (Rebecca) Howard of Savanna, Illinois; three nieces, Melodie Bailey of Thomson, Illinois, Kimberlie (James) McLuckie of Savanna, Illinois and Laurie (Samuel) Brewer of Miles, Iowa; 15 grand nieces and grand nephews; and 4 great-grand nieces and great-grand nephews. Vaughn is preceded in death by both of his parents, a brother, Joseph McGinnis and a sister, DeLene Palmer.

JASON T. McGINTY , age 50, of Mt. Carroll, Illinois, died Wednesday, April 29, 2009, at his home. According to his wishes, cremation rites will be accorded. Inurnment will be at a later date at Lower York Cemetery in Thomson, Illinois. A memorial has been established in Jason’s memory. Jason was born on March 7, 1959, at home in Thomson, Illinois, the son of Richard S. and Yvonne (Atkins) McGinty. He was educated in the Thomson Schools. He married Carman Renner in 1976. They later divorced. He then married Becky Hook on May 13, 1996, in Mt. Carroll. Jason was employed as a technician at General Electric for thirty - two years. Jason could fix almost anything. He had a great ability to “just figure it out.“ When his wife wanted a pond, he built the most beautiful pond which was the highlight of many garden shows. His wife was delighted to find out he was a pretty good carpenter in their many home remodeling projects. This earned him the nickname of “Manly Man” from his wife. Jason loved his MOPAR muscle cars. He did all the restoration himself and displayed them at many car shows. He loved spending time with his grandchildren Layne and Owen. He was lovingly referred to as Grandpa Gummi Bear for the Gummi Bear treats he always brought them. Jason will be dearly missed by his wife and his family. Jason is survived by his loving wife, Becky; two daughters, Brandy (Chad) Stephenson and Stacy (Joe) Stephenson, both of Fulton, Illinois; one stepson, Lewis Creed Jr. at home; his mother, Yvonne McGinty of Thomson; his father and mother - in - law, Don and Carol Hook of Fulton; two brothers, Kevin (Vicky) McGinty of Mt. Carroll, and Shawn McGinty of Waukegan, Illinois; two sisters, Babette (Terry) Elliot and Aleda Doran, both of Thomson; two grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. Jason was preceded in death by his father, Richard McGinty; and his beloved daughters, Angela and Ekkoe McGinty
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MAHLON McGOWAN , 80, of Sandwich passed away Friday June 17, 205 at St. Joseph Hospital Elgin. He was born Feb. 14, 1925 in Jackson County Iowa, the son of Elmer and Clara (Wilming) McGowan. He married Geraldine Dorty on Dec. 21, 1946 in Dixon. He was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Sandwich, Moose Lodge and Des Plaines Elks Club. Mass will be at 10 a.m. Monday June 20, 2005. Burial at Bethel Cemetery Milledgeville IL.

WILLIAM McGOWAN , 79, Mount Carroll, Ill., died Friday, March 28, 2008 at the Good Samaritan Nursing Home in Mount Carroll. He was born on May 6, 1928 in Bellevue, Iowa, the son of Elmer Theodore and Clara Margaret (Wilming) McGowan. He married Janet Greenlees on Nov. 29, 1948. He attended schools in Delmar, Iowa, Lanark, Ill. and then Mount Carroll, where he graduated with the Class of 1947. He worked for General Electric in Morrison, Ill., for many years, retiring in 1991 He enjoyed fishing and was an avid Chicago Cubs and Bears fan. Survivors include three daughters, Linda (Donald) Close, Apple Canyon Lake, Apple River, Ill., Julie (David) Castro, Dubuque, Iowa, and Mary Catherine (Tim) James, Mount Carroll; six grandchildren, Joshua, Emily, Jonathon and Alexander Castro and Evan and Alyssa James; two brothers, Robert( Norma) McGowan, Schiller Park, and Charles (JoAnn) McGowan, Fulton, Ill.; and his lovable Schnoodle, "Petie". He was preceded in death by his parents; and one brother, Mahlon. Services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, April 1, 2008 at SS. John and Catherine Catholic Church, Mount Carroll, with the Rev. Dennis Atto, officiating. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery in Mount Carroll.
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ZELLA (GROVE) McILHATTIN , 86, a Rockford resident since 1965, died Tuesday, November 3, 1992 at River Bluff Nursing Home. The daughter of Clarence and Iva (Diehl) Grove, she was born in Lanark on May 20, 1906. On September 3, 1928 she married Russell McIlhattin in Savanna. He preceded her in death. A clerk at D. J. Stewart and Co., she retired after 13 years employment. She was a member of the White Shrine. Surviving are one daughter, Marjorie (Mrs. Donald Williams) of Machesney Park; one stepdaughter, Marion (Mrs. Robert) Dickman of Silver Spring, Md.; three grandchildren, two step-grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Also, one sister Ruth (Mrs. Verel) Rogers of Chadwick and many nieces and nephews. Besides her husband, she was also preceded in death by two brothers, Raymond and Robert Grove. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Delehanty Funeral Home Ltd., 401 River Lane, Rockford. The Rev. Jeffrey Marian will officiate. Graveside services will be held in the Lanark Cemetery. Friends may call from 7 to 8:30 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Contributed by Alice Horner

HARRY MERYL McKEE , son of Charles D. and Elsie McKee was born on Feb. 29, 1916 in Mt. Pleasant township and came to his untimely death on Dec. 7, 1939. He was 23 years, 9 months and 8 days old at the time of his death. He received his education in the rural school at Ideal and in the high school at Thomson, Illinois. He was considered one of the finest, if not the finest, young men of the community. To this the neighbors in the community will testify. He spent his entire life in the home, faithfully assisting his parents with their work on the farm. He was not like many young men, leaving the old home and their parents to struggle alone with the problems of farm life. It was thus, while assisting his father in cleaning the barnyard that the tragic end came so unexpectedly. He was a young man of clean habits. He neither smoked, chewed, or touched liquor of any kind. I was told that he never used profanity; a young man that any parent could be proud of. This reflects credit upon the home in which he grew to manhood. A near neighbor said that Harry McKee was the finest and cleanest young man that he had ever known. He will be missed in the home and in the community of Ideal, but the good influences that he put into being will continue to live, not only in the home, but also in the community where he lived, long after his body is mouldering in the grave. The parents, brother and sister have the sincere sympathy of the entire community in their loss of a good and dutiful son and brother. May they feel the strong arm of a loving heavenly father underneath them in this their hour of deep sorrow, to comfort them and lead them through the dark cloud that has overshadowed their home. May they behold the Son of God shining forth with healing in his wings to comfort their sorrowing hearts. Harry McKee leaves to mourn his untimely death, his grief stricken parents, Charles D. and Elsie McKee; also one sister, Elinor, and one brother Thomas, both living at home; and a number of relatives and a large circle of friends. Funeral services were conducted on Sunday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock at the Ideal church, in charge of Rev. W. F. Berge of Sterling, a friend of the family. The body was laid to rest in the Dunshee cemetery near Thomson, Those who sang were class mates of Harry's, Miss Mary and Margaret Gaar, accompanied by their sister Athlene. The pallbearers were Warner Hartman, Paul Friederich, Walter Lartz, William Lartz, Elmer Hans, Harold Daehler. Those who had charge of the flowers were Mrs. Fay Reitzel, Mrs. Will Hans, Mrs. Fred C. Hartman and Helen Oakley.
Thomson Review 14 December 1934

THOMAS HANS McKEE - The owner of one of Thomson's oldest businesses, Thomas H. McKee, died July 16 at University Hospital in Madison, Wisconsin. McKee, 57, owned and operated McKee and Son Lumber Company in Thomson. He had been in the lumber business for more than 30 years, working for nine years in Argo Fay, before coming to Thomson to work for Potter Brothers. In 1963, McKee bought the business from Potter Brothers, changing the name to McKee Lumber Co. Three years ago, the name was changed to McKee and Son. The business has been in the same location since that time. The lumber yard is one of the oldest businesses operated by original owners on Thomson's Main Street. McKee was a charter member of the Thomson Lions Club and of the Thomson Chamber of Commerce. He was also a member of the Thomson United Methodist Church. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother. A funeral was held Sunday, July 19 at the United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Anthony Thangaraj, Pastor of the church, officiating. Burial was in the Lower York Cemetery. A memorial has been established for the Thomson United Methodist Church or the American Cancer Society.
Contributed by Barbara Nugent

BARCLAY McPHERSON was born in Somerset county, Pennsylvania, October 17, 1849, and died at the home of his brother, Dr. Robert McPherson, in Milledgeville, June 8, 1901, aged 51 years, 7 months and 21 days. When quite young, he moved to Wysox with his parents, and has spent the most of his life around Milledgeville. About fifteen years ago he was married to Miss Carrie Welsh, of Franklin Grove, who lived only about one year after their marriage. Mr. McPherson had been in poor health for about two months before his death, which was caused by softening of the brain and paralysis. He leaves three brothers, Dr. Robert McPherson of this place, John of Dixon, and Charles of Savanna, and one sister, Mrs. Welsh of Franklin Grove. The funeral services were held Sunday afternoon, at 1:30, at the residence of Dr. R. R. McPherson, Rev. R. R. Teeter conducting the services. Interment took place at the South Elkhorn cemetery.
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CARRIE McPHERSON died last evening at 7 o'clock, aged about 28 years; funeral today at 2 o'clock p.m. at the M. E. church. Obituary later.
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EMMA McPHERSON - In Pasadena, California, Thursday, December 20th, 1894, of consumption, Mrs. Emma McPherson aged 42 years, 1 month and 25 days. Miss Emma E. Cheeseman, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Cheeseman, was born in Carroll County, Illinois, October 25th, 1852. Her mother died February 2nd, 1854. In June 1871, the deceased was united in marriage to Dr. Robert McPherson. To them two children were born, Pearl and Mason, both of whom survive to mourn the departure of a kind mother. Mrs. McPherson united with the Brethren Church of this place about four years ago, and has lived the life of a faithful Christian, always ready to work for her Master. She had not enjoyed very robust health for several years, but her strong will power and great courage, enabled her to perform the arduous duties devolving upon her, until last June, her health began to fail rapidly. On the 6th of September, she in company with her daughter and son, departed for California, hoping the change of climate would be the means of restoring her health. For a short time the change seemed to have the desired effect, but about seven weeks ago her health began to decline, until death came to her relief. Although she had expressed a desire to return....... end of obit missing.
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HANNA E. (HICKS) McPHERSON - nee Hicks, at Milledgeville, Ill., on Monday, February 15th, 1892 at the age of 82 years, 10 months, and 18 days. The deceased was born in Salem, Luzerne Co., Pennsylvania, March 26, 1809 and was united in marriage to Charles H. McPherson in 1828. Twelve children blessed the union, and seven of these with the husband, have gone before. She had been in poor health for some years, but lagrippe fastened upon her about two weeks before her death and she quietly passed away. She had been a member of the M. E. church for over sixty years. The funeral sermon was preached by Rev. A. C. Gruber, in the New M. E. church at Milledgeville on Wednesday, February 17th., and the remains laid to rest in the Elkhorn Grove church yard. The sympathies of all who knew them are extended to the bereaved relatives.
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MASON McPHERSON - who has been alarmingly sick for some time, died in his residence in Eagle Point, Monday morning and was buried on Wednesday at the brick church cemetery east of that place.
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ROBERT McPHERSON - With the departure of Dr. Robert McPherson on June 9, 1921, one of the most widely known figures in the history of Milledgeville passed away. Born in Orangeville, Pa., on Dec. 17, 1845, he came to Carroll county, Ill., at the age of twelve. In his sixteenth year the entered Fulton College and four years later completed the collegiate course in that institution. He then enrolled in the Rush Medical College, Chicago, and graduated from that foremost medical school in 1870. The next year he located an office in Milledgeville and began the practice of medicine, which he continued without interruption for forty-one years. Dr. McPherson built up a very large and successful practice. For years he went from place to place mostly on horseback. Many times it was with great difficulty that the numerous calls for him could be answered, but toilsome days and sleepless nights were uncomplainingly endured as a sacrifice for the health and life of others. He was united in marriage to Miss Emma Cheeseman in 1873, and to this union two children were born, being Mrs. Edward Livengood of Albany, Ore., and Mason McPherson of Palouse, Wash. His wife departed this life December 20, 1894. On August 6, 1897, he was united in marriage to Miss Elizabeth Giffrow. He always tried to keep in touch with the latest methods and discoveries in the medical world that he might render the most efficient service. With that end in view, he took a course in the Post Graduate Medical School and Hospital, Chicago, and graduated from that institution Sept. 28, 1899. He was widely and favorably known among the members of his profession, and for a number of years preceding his decease was a member of the medical staff of St. Frances hospital at Freeport. He was also a member of the Carroll County Medical Society. Owing to declining health, he relinquished his general practice in 1911, but continued to live in his beloved home in Milledgeville until April 8, 1919, when he went to a sanitarium at East Moline that he might receive the best available treatment for corea, with which he was afflicted. During the last three weeks of his life he was confined to his bed, and the end came peacefully at the age of 75 years, 5 months and 23 days. He leaves to mourn his departure his wife and two children, and a host of people to whom he ministered during the many years of his active labors. A physician such as he was, faithful in his profession, deserves respectful recognition and high praise from all lovers of their fellow-man. He needs no material monument—the health and lives of many are living tributes to his skill and generous heart and heroic service.
Contributed by Larry Reynolds from the Sterling Daily Gazette, June 14, 1921

A. DALE MEADOR , 69, of Savanna, former farmer, died Thursday, June 12, 1997 at Big Meadows Nursing Home in Savanna. He had lived at the care facility the last 12 years. Son of Arthur L. and Myrtle (Boltz) Meador, he was born August 21, 1927 in Jamestown , North Dakota . In 1945 he graduated from Lanark High School . He and Bettyjo A. Johns were married February 13, 1949 in Savanna. He farmed in Carroll and Jo Daviess counties and loved hunting and fishing. Surviving him are his wife; seven daughters, Deborah (Lee) Hansen of Thomson, Kathleen (Joseph) Miller of Sterling, Ellen (Larry) Miller of Chadwick, Dina (Lyle) Woodin of Polo, Marlene (Kevin) Folk of Milledgeville, Christine (Jack) Kempel of Pearl City, and Carol (Matthew) Heinrich of Lena; three sons, Steven (Debbie) Meador of Rockford, James Meador of Mount Carroll, and Richard (Mary) Meador of Pearl City; 30 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren; his mother and stepfather, Myrtle and Orville Williams of Lanark; and three brothers, Dean (Dolores), William (Carol), and Donald (Susan) Meador, all of Lanark. Preceding him in death were his father and brother, Edward Lee Meador. Funeral service ill be 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Russell-Frank Funeral Home in Lanark with the Rev. Rodney Dye of Lanark United Methodist church officiating. Burial will be in Lanark Cemetery . Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home
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DORA (KARSEN) MEADOR , 80, of 406 E. Pearl, Lanark, died Tuesday at the Mercy Hospital Clinton, Iowa following a brief illness Services will be 1:30 p.m. Friday at Lanark Church of the Brethren with Rev. Phillip Kessler officiating. Burial is in Lanark Cemetery. Visitation is from 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday at the Russell-Frank Funeral Home in Lanark. She was born April 2, 1908 in Adrian, Minn., the daughter of Tom and Freida Karsen. She married William Harold Meador in Minnesota in 1926. Ms. Meador was a member of the Lanark Church of the Brethren. She is survived by one son, Dale w. Meador of Lanark; four grandchildren; five step-grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; nine step great grandchildren; one sister, Elizabeth Zilm of Luverne, Minn.; and one brother, Tom Karsten of Vancouver, Wash. She was preceded in death by her husband in 1971; one daughter and three sisters.
Contributed by Margaret Mangers from the Nov 16, 1988 Daily Gazette

CHARLES MILLS , of Argo-Fa died on Monday evening, May 24, 1937 in the Savanna city hospital where he had been a patient several days after being injured while engaged in road work near Argo-Fa. The body was taken to Christian’s Funeral Home in Mt. Carroll where Coroner J. B. Schretter conducted an investigation on Tuesday. Mills is survived by his mother, Mrs. Anna Mills of Mt. Carroll ; a brother, Allie Mills of Savanna; and two sisters, Mrs. Vena Graves of Clinton , Iowa and Mrs. Mamie Tripp of Freeport . Note: A later notice in the Thomson Review states that he was buried in Upper York Cemetery , Argo-Fa. And I show his date of birth as March 1891
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JACK MILLS -TEXARKANA, Ark. lost a living legend when Jack Mills, 70, passed away Thursday. Jan. 8, 2015, at his home in Miller County. Known to one and all as the founder and owner of the eponymous Fat Jack’s Oyster and Sports Bar, Jack was born in Savanna, into a family that included several tavern owners. He started working in those bars as a kid, stocking the back bar and doing whatever chores needed to be done. Those early years paved the way for what was to come. Family in Hot Springs, Ark., brought him to the Natural State and he eventually attended college at Ouachita Baptist University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree and was an outstanding football player who still holds school records. His skill on the gridiron led him to Texarkana, where he played for the Texarkana Titans, a semi-pro team. An injury cut short his football career and spurred him to work toward a dream he’d had since childhood—opening his own bar. He wanted a New Orleans-style neighborhood establishment, where patrons could enjoy oysters and gumbo, cold beer and good conversation. He achieved that dream when Fat Jack’s opened on Feb. 6, 1985. The sports bar and restaurant quickly became the most popular watering hole in town, drawing a crowd from all walks of life, from professionals to blue-collar workers. They all felt at home and they all came back. Jack’s own family was the center of his life. He treasured his wife Meredith, daughters, Lexie and Peyton, and son, Cliff. His big heart was legendary. Charitable benefits were often held at Fat Jack’s and he personally helped many people who needed a hand. Jack was modest about such generosity. He didn’t do it for the credit. It came from the heart. He had a civic spirit as well, serving for many years on the Texarkana, Ark., Advertising and Promotion commission. He is survived by his wife, Meredith Roberts Mills; his daughter and son-in-law, Peyton and Christopher Lumpkin; his son, Cliff Mills; his daughter, Lexie Mills; and his grandson, Jackson Mills. Jack was preceded in death by his parents, Bette and Edwin; his brother, Tom; his sister, Diane; and grandson, Luke. A celebration of his life was held Monday, Jan. 12, at the Texarkana, Ark., Convention Center. Memorials may be made to the Randy Sams Shelter, 402 Oak Street, Texarkana, Texas, 75501, the Texarkana Humane Society or the charity of your choice.
Contributed by John Elliott - January 14, 2015 n Carroll County Mirror-Democrat

THOMAS DeWITT MILLS , 67, of Savanna, died Wednesday at home. There will be a memorial service at 2 p.m. Saturday at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Savanna. Inurnment will be in the Savanna Township Cemetery. There will be a celebration of life and luncheon at St. John’s Antl Hall following the committal service at the cemetery. He was born Aug. 5, 1938, in Muscatine to Edwin and Bette DeWitt Mills. He married Jeannine Davis on Aug. 17, 1956, in Mount Carroll, Ill. He attended St. John’s Catholic School, Savanna, and Savanna High School. He received his General Equivalency Diploma. He worked a variety of jobs including selling Rena Ware; railroad carman, switchman, conductor and yard master with the Burlington Railroad; and was self-employed in real estate for many years. He was a member of the Savanna Chamber of Commerce and the Savanna Main Street Association. Survivors include his wife; four daughters, Rena (Jon Wright) Mills of Scotts Valley, Calif., Mrs. Sheri (Tracey) Castro of Savanna, Mrs. Kimberly (Chris) Falk of Savanna and Mrs. Michele (Rockie) Mangler of Savanna; nine grandchildren; one great-grandchild; his mother, Bette Allison of Savanna; three brothers, Ed (Rene) Mills of Savanna, Paul (Sue) Mills of Savanna and Jack (Meridith) Mills of Fouke, Ark.; three sisters-in-law, Mrs. Sandra (Tom) Bourrette of Hanover, Ill., Mrs. Deborah (Jerry) Garvey of Savanna and Marci Davis of Clinton. Memorials may be made in his name to the American Cancer Society. He was preceded in death by his father, one son, one sister and father- and mother-in-law.

GEORGE B. MOECKEL , of Chadwick died suddenly at his home Friday afternoon about 3:30 o'clock. Death was attributed to a heart attack. Dr. Moeckel suffered a stroke about a year ago and recovered and was able to be about some. Funeral services were held from the Black Oak Lutheran church Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock with the Rev. H. Braun officiating. Burial was made in the cemetery adjoining the church. Elmer and Oscar Rahn sang "Jesus Lover of My Soul" "Sometime We'll Understand" and God be With You Till We Meet Again". Attending the casket were George Schleuning, Jesse Schreiner, W.J. Schreiner, Charles Harris, Charles Guinther and Henry Kell. Mrs. Seitzberg, Mrs. Billhorn, Mrs. Hardcastel and Mrs. Nipe of Savanna were in charge of the floral tributes. Deceased was born in Langhain, Germany, on November 10, 1849. At the age of 14 he left home and went to England and Scotland. He worked out of the Isle of Man on a whaling vessel for a time, returning to Germany where he studied to be a veterinarian. He came to the United States at the age of 24 years, settling in Fair Haven township. He united at an early age with the Lutheran church in Germany. Besides the widow there are four children surviving, Charles of Rockford, Mrs. Anna Kimpel of Mt. Carroll, Mrs. Mae Logan and Mrs. Amelia Seipel of Savanna. Three sons died in infancy.
Dr. Moeckel was married to Kathryn Wagner of Chadwick in the Black Oak church on January 9, 1883, the couple celebrating their 53rd wedding anniversary on January 9, of this year. After their marriage they moved to a farm near Sterling where he farmed and practiced his profession. they returned to the vicinity of Chadwick where they farmed until 18 years ago when they moved to town.
Contributed by Donna Rife

KATHRYN (WAGNER) MOECKEL , 95, native of Fair Haven township, died about 8 p.m. Tuesday February 25 in the home of a daughter, Mrs. Arthur Seiple, in Savanna with whom she had been making her home for several years. She had been confined to her bed for the past 2 and one half years. Kathryn Wagner was born in the Black Oak community West of Chadwick, daughter of Sylvester and Annie Wagner, and spent her early life in the vicinity. She was united in marriage in 1883 to Dr. George B. Moeckel, a veterinarian in the Chadwick community for many years. After his death she continued to make her home in Chadwick until about ten years ago when she went to live with her daughters.

Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. August (Anna) Kimpel of Lanark, Mrs. Lavie (Mae) Logan and Mrs. Arthur (Amelia) Seiple, both of Savanna: a son Charles Moeckel of Rockford, and one brother. Several grandchildren and great grandchildren. Funeral services were held at the Frank Funeral home in Chadwick at 2 p.m. on Thursday February 27 with the Rev. Earl Coble, pastor of the First Lutheran church officiating, and burial in Black Oak cemetery West of Chadwick. Casket bearers were Chester and Walter Kahler, George Kness, Harve Plock, Roy Hartman and Ward Weber. Mrs. Ward Weber and Mrs Chester Kahler were in charge of the flowers.
Contributed by Donna Rife

MILDRED (FULRATH) MOLTMAN , 90, of Mount Carroll died Monday, Aug. 30, 2010, at Carroll County Good Samaritan Nursing Center in Mount Carroll. She was born Feb. 5, 1920, to Peter and Laura (Oberheim) Fulrath at Center Hill. After Millie graduated from Mount Carroll High School, she worked for Production Credit Association and the Federal Land Bank Administration until her marriage in 1940 to Marvin Henry Moltmann. After Marve bought the Ford Dealership in Mount Carroll in 1949 and went into business with Mil’s brother-in-law, Max Smith, Millie continued to use her excellent bookkeeping, shorthand and typing skills by working from time to time as the bookkeeper and secretary for Moltmann and Smith Ford, and also for Broderick Builders. An excellent seamstress, she liked the challenge of designing the latest fashions from wedding gowns and formals to casual attire for her family. Millie loved traveling in the Airstream trailer with Marve, her grandchildren, and dog while tending her tomato and green pepper seedlings under the grow light unit that Marvin installed in the trailer. She was devoted to her family, her dogs, and she enjoyed feeding and watching the birds and gardening. She was a member of First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Mount Carroll. Millie will be dearly missed by three daughters, Linda (Ralph) Soderholm of Colona, Mary Lou (Edwin) Bennett of Bull Valley and Jill (Rod) Bess of Mount Carroll; a son, Jim (Bonnie) Moltmann of St. Louis, Mo.; five grandchildren, Timothy Golden, Steven (Kris) Golden, Ryan (Shanna) Bess, Emily (Scott) Swanigan and Tiffany (Craig) Cassata; and 11 great-grandchildren, Broc, James and Tony Golden, Grant and Grace Swanigan, Erin, Will and Lexi Golden, Jackson Bess, Ben and Logan Cassata; and one great-great-granddaughter, Charlotte Golden. Millie was preceded in death her husband, Marvin; parents; brothers, Harold and Curtis Fulrath; sisters, Mabel Petty and Lola Smith; son-in-law, James Golden; and grandson, Peter Golden. The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 4, at First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Mount Carroll with the Rev. Elizabeth Mascal officiating. Cremation rites will be accorded following the funeral service and burial will be at Oak Hill Cemetery in Mount Carroll at a later date.
Contributed by Diane Peters from Freeport Journal Standard 1 Sep 2010

PAUL MATTHEW MOLTMAN , 88, of Savanna, died Sunday at Big Meadows Nursing Home in Savanna. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Peter's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Savanna. The Rev. Wayne Schneider of St. Peter's Evangelical Lutheran Church will be officiating. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at the Law-Jones Funeral Home in Savanna. Burial will be in St. Peter's Evangelical Lutheran Cemetery in rural Savanna. He was born Nov. 26, 1915, to Henry and Caroline Schneider Moltmann in Savanna. He married Alice Grummitt on Nov. 11, 1937, in Savanna. She died in 1988. He graduated in 1933 from Savanna High School. He retired from the Milwaukee Railroad in 1976. He tended bar at his father's tavern. He worked at Palisades State Park at one time. He farmed and also worked with State Farm Insurance. He was a member of St. Peter's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Savanna. Survivors include one son, Paul (Debbie) Moltmann of Thomson, Ill.; two daughters, Mrs. Nancy (Terry) Sturtevant and Judith Williams both of Okeechobee, Fla.; one brother, Marvin Moltmann; eight grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Freeport (Ill.) Hospice, St. Peter's Evangelical Lutheran Church or the Thomson Ambulance Association. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, one brother and two sons-in-law.

CHARLES W. MOORE - Final rites were held Sunday afternoon for Charles W. Moore, 71, who died in his home at Mt. Carroll at 4:30 a.m. Friday morning (November 24, 1939). The Rev. James Foard, pastor of the Mt. Carroll Methodist Church, officiated at the services in the Moore home, and burial was in Oak Hill Cemetery. Mr. Moore, son of Robert and Anna Mackay Moore, was born March 19, 1868 in Mt. Carroll. On Oct. 27, 1897 he married Miss Blanche Pogue in Monmouth. Surviving are his widow; three daughters, Mrs. Kenyon Pierce of Elgin, Mrs. Norwood Casselberry of Urbana and Mrs. Howard Merrit of Ypsilanti, Mich.; two sisters, Mrs. Jennie Rankin of Los Angeles, Calif. and Mrs. Alice Demmon of Mt. Carroll; and two brothers, Robert and Duncan Moore of Los Angeles, Calif.
Contributed by Alice Horner from the Thomson Review Nov. 30, 1939

NED WILLIAM MOORE , 89, of Savanna died Wednesday, July 30, 2003, at Mercy Medical Center, Clinton, Iowa. He was employed by Schuyler Dairy, Savanna, and at the Savanna/Sabula Bridge as a toll taker. Mr. Moore was born Oct. 8, 1913, in Woodland Township. Carroll County, the son of Walter LeRoy and Lulu Mae (Smith) Moore. He was a 1932 graduate of Mount Carroll High School. He served in the Army during World War II in Alaska. He married Florence Larsen on Nov. 17, 1945, in Mount Carroll. She died April 8, 1983. Survivors include several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Margaret in infancy; a sister, Lucile Helbling; and two brothers, Owen and Basil Moore. The funeral is at 11 am. Friday at Frank-Law-Jones Funeral Home Mount Carroll. Burial is at Oak Hill Cemetery, Mount Carroll. Visitation is from 10-11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home. (Sterling Gazette 31 Jul 2003)

ROSEMARY M. (SEILER) MOORE was born Feb. 23, 1938 in Austin, Minn., she was a daughter of the late Clyde and Dorothy (Enz) Seiler. She was raised and educated in Decorah, Iowa and was employed by Caterpillar Tractor Company in Joliet for more than 25 years until her retirement. On July 14, 1978, she married Gerald Moore in Ottawa, Il and together they lived their entire married life in Morris. She was a great supporter of wildlife and she enjoyed having her grandchildren and her dog Mitze around her. Survivors include her husband Gerald; four children, Regina (fiance' Greg Corway) Rolling of Dubuque, Iowa, Russ Thayer of Surprise Ariz. and Reece (Judy) Thayer and Rena (Mark) Menozi, both of Morris; eight grandchildren, Jonathon, Jennifer and Sara Rolling, Amanda, Katie and Matthew Thayer and Frankie and Ali Menozi; one brother, Raymond (Jan) Seiler of Ridgeway, Iowa and one goddaughter, Christie (Tom) Sanford of Wilmington; as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins. Mrs. Moore was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Harry Seiler.
Photo and Obituary from Karen Daschner at "Find-A-Grave"

ELIZABETH (MILLER) MORGAN , 86, 1030 13th Ave., Fulton, died Sunday ( 9 January 1983) in Mercy Hospital, Clinton, Iowa. Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday at the Fulton Chapel of the Bosma Funeral Home. Burial will be in Upper York Cemetery. Argo Fay. The Rev. Robert VanderSchaaf, pastor of the Trinity Reformed Church, Fulton, will officiate. Visitation is set from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday evening at the funeral home. A memorial has been established to the Trinity Reformed Church, Fulton. Elizabeth Morgan was born on Feb. 24, 1896 in Mt. Carroll, the daughter of Felix and Kate Schleuning Miller. On Mar. 28, 1918 she married Lee I. Morgan in Thomson. She was a member of the Trinity Reformed Church, Fulton. Surviving are her husband, Lee, two sons, Ray, Clinton, Ia.; and Fay, Prophetstown; six grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; three step grandchildren and five stepgreat grandchildren. Preceding her in death were three sons in infancy, two brothers and two sisters.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois January 11, 1983 - Tuesday, pg A4

GEORGE H. MORGAN , 79, rural Mt. Carroll and Alamo, TX died May 4, 2004 at Rockford Mem. Hsp. He was a lifetime farmer in Carroll County, retiring in 1988. Mr. Morgan was born Dec. 24, 1924 in Thomson, the son of Harry and Rella (McCulloh)Morgan. He was a 1942 graduate of Chadwick High School. He married Mary L. Janssen on Nov. 15, 1947 in Chadwick. He was a member of Lanark Church of the Brethren and a former member of the Lanark Lions Club and Lanark School Board. He enjoyed fishing and playing pool.
Survivors include his wife, two sons, Mick and Bill; a daughter Sandy Sweitzer and eight grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren. The funeral is at 2 p.m. Saturday at Lanark Church of the Brethren with Rev. Dan Rusmisel officiating. Creamation rites will be accorded, burial at Lanark Cemetery.

JUDSON MORGAN , was born in Whiteside Co., Ill. east of Milledgeville, Jan. 3rd, 1860 and died March 14th, 1890. He was 30 years 2 months and 11 days of age. The funeral services were held in the Brick church March 16th., conducted by Rev. Drew. A large audience gathered to pay their last tribute of regard to this young man who was cut off in the prime of life. The young as well as the old are crossing death's cold stream.
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ADAM C. MORHARDT , 94, of Mount Carroll died Monday October 25, 1999 at Good Samaritan Nursing Home in Mount Carroll . He was born Sunday, February 26, 1905 in Woodland Township , rural Mount Carroll , to Christopher and Anna (Haas) Morhardt. On March 31, 1934 he and Catherine Hall were married in Carroll County . She died July 16, 1973 in Rockford . He and Helen (Engles) Palmer were married January 14, 1984 in Mount Carroll . She died September 17, 1986 in Freeport . A lifetime Mount Carroll farmer, he also was the caretaker for S. J. Campbell in Mount Carroll for six years. He was a member of First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Mount Carroll and Illinois Farm Bureau. His family said he enjoyed joking and teasing with his grandchildren and other kids, and that he loved dancing every Friday and Saturday night, he also enjoyed fishing. Surviving are two sons, Gary (Carol) and Gerard (Elaine) Morhardt, both of Mount Carroll ; four grandchildren, three step-grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren. Preceding him in death were his parents, both wives, five brothers, and six sisters. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Frank-Law-Jones Funeral Home in Mount Carroll . Burial will be at Oak Hill Cemetery in Mount Carroll . Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Contributed by Alice Horner

ANNIE MARY (RAUSCH) MORHARDT , 71, died Friday morning at the home of her son Glen in Berreman Township, north of Mount Carroll. Funeral services will be conducted in the Christian Funeral Home Monday at 2 p.m., the Rev. Edwin Rodabaugh, pastor of the Cherry Grove Church of the Brethren, officiating. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home Sunday afternoon and from 7 to 9 Sunday evening. Annie Mary Rausch was born in Freedom Township on June 26, 1890, the daughter of George and Ida Kauffman Rausch. She attended the rural schools. She was married to Chris Morhardt Nov. 1916. Survivors are her husband, three sons, Glen, Bereman Township; George and Robert, both of Elizabeth; nine grandchildren, one sister, Miss Fanny Rausch, and one brother, Oscar, both of Mount Carroll.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois September 23, 1961 - Saturday, pg 2

CHRISTIAN MORHARDT , a resident of this city for almost seventy-five years, passed away at 7 o’clock Wednesday night at the home of his son, Gustave Morhardt, south of Mt. Carroll . Mr. Morhardt was born in Germany April 2, 1860 and came to Carroll county when a young child. He is survived by six sons and three daughters: Jacob and William Morhardt, Elmoville, Jo Daviess County; Paul and Adam, residing in Savanna; Christian Morhardt, Jr., of Hanover ; Gustave, Mrs. John Curboy and Mrs. Leslie Frederick of Mt. Carroll, Mrs. George Rausch residing in Shannon. Funeral services will be held Saturday at 12:30 at the Christian funeral home and at 1 o’clock at the Lutheran church. Rev. E. C. Dolbeer and Rev. J. H. Fetteroff will officiate and interment will be made at Oak Hill Cemetery .
Contributed by Alice Horner - Freeport Journal Standard, Thursday, October 5, 1939

DONALD W. MORHARDT , 87 of Mt. Carroll, Illinois died Thursday, September 14, 2006 at FHN Memorial Hospital, Freeport, Illinois. Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m. Monday, September 18, 2006 at Frank-Law-Jones Funeral home in Mt. Carroll, Illinois. Rev. David Vidler of the First Evangelical Lutheran Church, Mt. Carroll will officiate. Burial will take place in Oak Hill Cemetery, Mt. Carroll, Illinois with full military rites accorded. Friends may call from 4:00-7:00 p.m. Sunday, September 17, 2006 at the funeral home.Gus was born June 9, 1919, the son of Gustave and Lillian (Dale) Morhardt, in Mt. Carroll, Illinois. He attended Arnold's Grove and Fairground Country schools going on to Mt. Carroll High School. Gus served in the United States Army during World War II. On October 19, 1946 Gus married Marjorie Irwin (Charles A. and Annie Laurie Williamson Irwin) in Mt. Carroll. Marjorie passed away January 14, 2004. Gus worked for Frank Furniture & Funeral Home, Mt. Carroll for many years; the city of Mt. Carroll Sewer Dept. and also farmed in the area. He was a member of the Mt. Carroll American Legion, and the Savanna Moose Lodge. Gus and Marjorie enjoyed visiting and talking with friends and neighbors. Gus is survived by a brother, Darwin (Darlene) Morhardt of Orangeville, Illinois; two sister, Evelyn Morhardt of Freeport, Illinois and Darlene Streicher of Thomson, Illinois. His wife, Marjorie and both parents precede Gus in death.
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JOYCE (HORTON) MORHARDT , age 76, of Mt. Carroll, Illinois, died Wednesday, June 14, 2006 at her home in Mt. Carroll, Illinois. Graveside Services will be held 11:00 a.m. Friday, June 16, 2006 at Oak Hill Cemetery Mt. Carroll, Illinois. A memorial fund has been established in Joyce’s memory for the American Cancer Society. Joyce was born November 2, 1929, the daughter of James E. and Bessie Lucille (Morden) Horton, in Milledgevilllle, Illinois. She attended country schools in Ogle and Carroll Counties. Joyce married Dick A. Morhardt on May 17, 1967 in Mt. Carroll, Illinois. Dick preceded her in death January 14, 1995. Joyce worked as a bar tender for many years in Mt. Carroll, Illinois. She was a Life Member of the Ladies Auxiliary, VFW Post 8455 of Polo, Illinois. Joyce loved to crochet, sewing, word search books and watching soap operas. She was an avid bowler and for many years she was a member of Bowling Leagues. Most of all she loved spending time with her family and friends. Joyce is survived by her three sons, Delbert "Skip" (Alma) Bryson of Dixon, Illinois, James H. (Carman) Bryson, of Rockford, Illinois and Robert Lee (Ruth) Bryson, McLeansboro, Illinois, and one daughter Debbie (Ronald) Brashaw, Mt. Carroll, Illinois; twelve grandchildren; sixteen great grandchildren; four step grandchildren; eight step great grandchildren; three brothers James LeRoy Horton, Austin, Texas, Harlem Eugene "Rube" Horton, Polo, Illinois, and Gary Lee "Butch" Horton, Winslow, Illinois; two sisters, Connie Mae Zettle, Freeport, Illinois and Lois K. (Joe) Delacrui, Wellston, Ohio. Joyce is preceded in death by her husband, parents, and one brother Lynn J. Horton.

MARJORIE A. (IRWIN) MORHARDT , 85, of Mount Carroll, died Wednesday at the Stephenson Nursing Center, Freeport, Ill. Funeral services will be 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the Frank-Law-Jones Funeral Home, Mount Carroll. The Rev. David Vidler of First Evangelical Lutheran Church, Mount Carroll, will be officiating. Burial will be in the Oakhill Cemetery, Mount Carroll. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. She was born March 10, 1918, in Mount Carroll to Charles and Margaret Williamson Irwin. She married Donald "Gus" Morhardt on Oct. 19, 1946, in Mount Carroll. She graduated from Mount Carroll High School in 1936. She worked for several local Mount Carroll businesses including: A & P Grocery, Holman & Vieth Grocery, Adams Clothing Store, Sievert's Restaurant and the Ben Franklin Store. She was a member of the Savanna Moose Lodge and the Mount Carroll American Legion Auxiliary. She dedicated many hours to volunteer work at the Good Samaritan Nursing Home in Mount Carroll. Survivors include her husband; a sister in-law, Fern Irwin of Mount Carroll; and several nieces and nephews.

MARY (HAAS) MORHARDT , 72, died at her home in Mount Carroll at 9:30 p.m. Friday (December 17, 1937). Funeral services were held Monday afternoon in the home and church with Rev. J. H. Fetterolf officiating. (Alice Horner’s notes: Her maiden name was Mary Haas; the Illinois Statewide Death Index shows her as Anna M. Morhardt. Her parents aren’t named in the obituary, nor is the cemetery.) Mrs. Morhardt was born June 3, 1865 in Germany and came to the United States as a girl. She is survived by her husband; six sons, Chris Jr., Gustave, William, Paul, and Adam, all of Mount Carroll, and Jacob of Hanover; four daughters, Mrs. Carrie Curboy and Mrs. Margaret Solt of Mount Carroll, Mrs. Lucille Frederick, Freedom Township; and Mrs. Mary Rausch, Shannon.
Contributed by Alice Horner

ARTHUR LEWIS MORING , age 96, formerly of Savanna, Illinois, died September 16, 2005 at his residence in Fulton, Illinois. His wishes were to be cremated and inurnment will be at the Savanna Township Cemetery. There will be no services available for the public. Condolences may be sent to the family at Arthur was born April 15, 1909, the son of Frederick and Freda (Abels) Moring, in Grundy Center, Iowa. Arthur married Alma Sanders. Alma passed away September 18, 2000. For a number of years, Arthur worked for the Maintenance Department at the Mississippi-Palisades State Park, Savanna. Arthur will be deeply missed by his two sons, Marvin Moring of Citrus Springs, FL and Eugene (Sally) Moring of Oregon, IL; two daughters, Lorraine Hiscox of Coolidge, AZ and Donna (Eugene) Smith of Lady Lake, FL; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and a great great grandchild; and several nieces and nephews. Arthur’s wife, Alma Moring, precedes him in death.

CATHERINE J. MORRISSEY , age 88 of Savanna, Illinois, passed away, Thursday, March 9, 2006 at the Mercy Medical Center-North, Clinton, Iowa. A Funeral Mass will be held 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, March 15, 2006 in St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Savanna. Father Moises Apostol will be Celebrant. Friends may call from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, March 15, 2006 at Law-Jones Funeral Home in Savanna. Memorials may be directed to the Catherine Morrissey general educational fund for the West Carroll school district. Catherine was born June 25, 1917 the daughter of John J. and Agnes (Carroll) Morrissey in Savanna. She was a graduate of St. Mary High School in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Catherine went on to attend the University of Wisconsin in Platteville where she received her Bachelor of Science in Education. She taught primary school in Savanna for thirty-nine years. Catherine is survived by three nieces, Judy (Robert) Craig of Orlando, Florida, Sharon (Paul) Vincent of Palm Desert, California, MaryAnn (Paul) Arnold of Bothell, Washington; many aunts, uncles, cousins and great nieces and nephews. Catherine will also be missed by special friends Jane Rogers and Ed (Jean) Rogers all of Savanna. Catherine was preceded in death by her parents, one sister, Sister Mary Morrissey and one brother, John Morrisssey.

CONRAD MULLER , was born on the 7th day of October 1836 in the Selnrod, Kreis Schotten Grand Duchey Hessen, Germany, and died at Chadwick Dec. 2, 1906 at the age of 70 years 1 month and 25 days. In 1881 he left with his family his native country and came to America and located in Fair Haven where he resided for a time but later changed residence to other localities in this vicinity. Last winter he again took up his residence in Fair Haven locating at Chadwick with the intention of making it his permanent home. On October 6, 1859 he was united in marriage with Catharine Stein who survives his. The surviving children are Herman, Henry August and Catherine of Chadwick, Louis and Ferdinand of Winslow, Ills., Mrs. W. H. Saylor of Milledgeville and Mrs. C. B. Dernier of Lanark. Besides the now sorrowing companion and children he leaves 12 grand children. Conrad Mueller was well known over the county. Through various pursuits he followed be gained a large patronage in the line of work engaged. He had gained for himself a reputation which was insuring him a constant increase in business. In the midst of success and a brightening future he was taken. Even a few minutes before the end came he had planned to attend to some business affairs. The last sad rites were conducted from his late home on last Wednesday. Services were held at the Lutheran church of which he was a member and was conducted by Rev. Paetznick. Many relatives, neighbors and friends were in attendance upon the last sad rites for the departed. With his death another useful and respected citizen has gone.
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VIVIAN (KOSER) MULLIN , age 92, of Savanna, Illinois, passed away Wednesday, March 8, 2006 in Mercy Medical Center-North, Clinton, Iowa. Funeral Services will be held 3:00 p.m. Saturday, March 11, 2006 at Law-Jones Funeral Home in Savanna. Pastor Michael Jones of York Baptist Church, Thomson, Illinois will officiate. Friends may call from 1:30-3:00 p.m., Saturday, March 11, 2006, prior to the service at the Funeral Home. Vivian was born on April 30, 1913, the daughter of Franklin and Mary (Thulen) Koser in Savanna, Illinois. Vivian married George Martin VonEssen, that union brought forth four children, he passed away June 30, 1948. She later married Ora Lloyd “Moon” Mullen, he passed away on February 5, 1977. Vivian worked for ELKAY Manufacturing in Savanna. She was a past member of the Savanna Women of the Moose. Vivian enjoyed fishing, going shopping and visiting with friends. Vivian will be dearly missed by her daughter, Georgia Reagan of Savanna; two sons, George (Linda) VonEssen and Jerry (Penny) VonEssen both of Savanna; fifteen grandchildren; eighteen great grandchildren; one sister, Bernice Shackelford of Savanna; and one brother, Leonard Koser of Savanna. Vivian is preceded in death by both husbands; one son, Eugene VonEssen; and one great granddaughter.

GLADYS (BRUDI) KLOEPPING MUMMERT , 92, of Mount Carroll, died Thursday December 24, 1998 at Good Samaritan Nursing Home. She worked for S. J. Campbell, farmed with her husband in rural Mount Carroll, and worked for Vera Aubrey in her restaurant. She was a member of the Freedom Township Home Extension and the Carroll County Home Extension. She enjoyed gardening and helping other people. Born October 10, 1906 in Freedom Township, she was the daughter of August and Caroline (Fehler) Brudi. She married Edward Kloepping January 2, 1930. He died June 28, 1966. She married Glenn Mummert May 8, 1976. He died November 7, 1981. Survivors include one great-niece, Diana Calbreath of Mount Carroll; three great-nephews, Mark (Jan) Schoening of Savanna, Robert (Deb) Book of Compton, and Richard (Janice) Neuschwanger of Lanark; one step-daughter, Marion (Harlan) Carbaugh of Lanark; one step-son, Glenn S. (Virginia) Mummert of Darlington, Wisconsin; and several great-great-nieces and nephews. In addition to her two husbands, she was preceded in death by three brothers, Harry, Lawrence, and Lloyd Brudi. The funeral was held Monday, December 28, 1998 at Frank-Law-Jones Funeral Home, Mount Carroll, with the Rev. David Boda-Mercer of the Community United Church of Christ, Savanna, officiating. Burial was in Oak Hill Cemetery, Mount Carroll. A memorial fund has been established.
Contributed by Alice Horner - Times Journal, Savanna, Illinois December 31, 1998

LAWRENCE W. MUMMERT , age 87, of Lanark, died December 28, 2005, at his home. Funeral Services were held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, December 31, 2005 at the Church of God in Mt. Carroll; Pastor Rick Zickefoose officiated. Interment took place at the Lanark Cemetery, Lanark. Friends called from 4-7 p.m. Friday, December 30, 2005 at the Church of God. Lawrence was born August 2, 1918 in his family home in Lanark, the son of Wally and Augusta (Orth) Mummert. Lawrence married Margie Guenzler on September 1, 1946 in the Church of God Parsonage in Mt. Carroll. He worked on the family farm for over 50 years, retiring in 1980. The Mummert Family owned and operated the farm since 1906, raising cattle, hogs and grain. Lawrence enjoyed mowing grass and spending time in his shop. He loved working on his 1960 Allis-Chalmers D-14, he operated Allis-Chalmers tractors for sixty-one years. Lawrence was an accomplished Violinist, he often played at social events with Margie accompanying him on the piano. Lawrence will be deeply missed by his loving wife, Margie; brother in-law Charles (Betty) Guenzler of rural Mt. Carroll; one niece, Jane Law of Mt. Carroll; and a special family friend, Larry Browning of Savanna. His son, Allen Lawrence Mummert who died on February 8, 1968 in Vietnam. Allen was the first Carroll County Casualty in the Vietnam War, precede Lawrence in death.

MRS. WALLIE MUMMERT - Services for Mrs. Wallie Mummert, 65, Lanark, who passed away Saturday night at her home, were held at 1:30 p.m. today at the Frank Funeral Home, Mt. Carroll, and at 2 p.m. today in the Church of God. The Rev. Carl Binkley, pastor, officiated. Burial was in Lanark Cemetery. Mrs. Mummert was a lifelong resident of Carroll county. She is survived by her husband; a son, Lawrence, Lanark; three brothers, including Frank Orth, Pearl City, and Edward Orth, Lena; and a sister, Mrs. Ernest Kloepping, Chadwick.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois November 11, 1952 - Tuesday, pg 2

MARGARET LUCILLE (HICKS) MURRAY , 94, of Coventry Village Nursing Home, Sterling, died Thursday, June 26, 2003, at the nursing home. She taught school at Thomson and Fulton Junior High School for 20 years. She and her husband also farmed her family's farm in Thomson for 41 years, retiring in 1973. Mrs. Murray was born Nov. 12, 1908, in Chadwick, the daughter of John and Edna (Melendy) Hicks. She graduated from Chadwick High School, attended Cornell College and was a 1930 graduate of the University of Illinois, with a degree in education She married Eugene Paul Murray on Jan. 27, 1933, in Dixon, She was a founder of Thomson Woman's Club She was an active member of DAR, Carroll County Home Bureau, Carroll County Republican Women and the Chat-A-Whiles Club. She was a member of Sterling PEO, Whiteside County Association for the Blind and First Congregational Church and Trinity United Methodist Church, both in Sterling. She served as the pianist and organist at Thomson Methodist Church for more than 30 years and was an active golfer until her 90s. Survivors include her husband; two sons, Dr. John (Judy) Murray of Champaign and Dave (Helen) Murray of Sterling; five grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a brother, George Hicks. The funeral is at 11 am. Saturday at Schilling Funeral Home, Sterling, with the Rev. Jonathon Singleton, pastor ofTrinity United Methodist Church, officiating. Graveside service is at 2 p.mat Lower York Cemetery, Thomson.
Daily Gazette June 27, 2003

MERCEDES (BROWN) MURRAY , 86, of Fredericksburg, Texas, formerly of Savanna, died Monday, Jan. 13, 1992 in her home. She was born Sept. 9, 1905 in Savanna, daughter of George D. and Martha (Phillips) Brown. She graduated from the Frances Shimer Junior College in Mount Carroll and Southwest Texas University. She worked as a schoolteacher in Port Lavaca, Texas and Big Spring, Texas. She was a member of the Fredericksburg Presbyterian Church and Phi Beta Phi Sorority. Surviving are one son, Dr. Charles A. Murray of Bruce Crossing, Mich.; one daughter, Sue Verso of Baltimore, Md.; three sisters, Mrs. Jessie (Timothy) Quinn of Santa Barbara, Calif., Mrs. Evelyn (Waldo) Frasure and Mrs. Nan (Rhene) Law, both of Savanna. Preceding her in death were her parents. The body was cremated. Inurnment will be in Savanna Township Cemetery at a later date.
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OMAR M. MURRAY , 88, of Chadwick died Dec. 12, 2004 at his home. He was a lifelong farmer in the area. Mr. Murray was born Jan. 6, 1916 in Clay Hill pA, the son of John McKinley and Nellie (Haugh) Murray. He came to IL in 1933. He married Leona E. Volz on Dec. 24, 1942 in Lanark. She passed away on Aug. 5, 2002. He was a member of the Carroll County Farm Bureau and the Chadwick Lions Club. Survivors include his children, Lynn (Pam) Murray, Jerry (Peg) Murray, Fred (Theresa) Murray, Jan (Chris) Murray and Linda (Ellis) Applegate; 14 grand children; 16 great grandchildren; one brother Wayne of Greencastle PA and five sisters, Dorothy Musselman, Shirley Frain, Betty Long, Doris Lescher and Nellie Bingaman. He was preceded by his parents and five brothers, Raymond, Charles, Nevin, John and Marlin. Services Saturday Dec. 18 at Russell-Frank Funeral Home in Lanark with Rev. Arnie Owens of First Brethren Church officiating.Burial in Lanark Cemetery.
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PERRY MYRICK , 90, of Savanna, died Saturday at the Big Meadows Nursing Home, Savanna. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the Law-Jones Funeral Home in Savanna. The Rev. Rick Zickefoose of the Mount Carroll Church (Ill.) of God, will be officiating. Burial will be in the Spring Lake Cemetery, Savanna. Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home. He was born Aug. 27, 1913, in Wakita, Okla., to William and Martha Susan Shore Myrick. He married Ana L. Roush on June 13, 1936, in Shelton, Wash. She preceded him in death. He worked in Washington state as a logger with the Civilian Conservation Corps. He also worked as a forest fire fighter. After he married, the couple moved to Oklahoma where he was a self-employed farmer and carpenter. He moved to Savanna a few years ago from Missouri. Survivors include his children, William (Joann) Myrick of Edwards, Mo., Charles (Pamela) Myrick of Kansas City, Mo., Mrs. Loretta (Gene) Rogers of Tulsa, Okla., Perry G. (Nancy) Myrick of Savanna, Mrs. Lucille (Charlie) Daniels of Edwards, Chester Myrick of Virginia Beach, Va., and Louise Adkins of Eldorado; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; and a brother, Wayne (Anita) Myrick of Boca Raton, Fla.
Clinton Herald 09 March 2004