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Dekalb County, Illinois Obituaries

- 76, Milledgeville, died Sunday evening at Community General Hospital following a short illness. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday morning at 11 a.m. at the Allen-Woodin Funeral Home, Milledgeville, with Rev. Clark Moushon, pastor of the United Methodist church of Milledgeville, officiating, with burial in Elmwood Cemetery in Sycamore. Friends may call at the funeral home on Tuesday evening from 7 to 9 p.m. A memorial has been established to the Milledgeville Ambulance Association and the Milledgeville United Methodist Church.
Mr. Adee was born on Nov. 10, 1905 in Sycamore, the son of Charles and Mabel Barber Adee. He was united in marriage to Elida Hall on June 30, 1940 in Clinton, Iowa. He was employed as an Illinois State Trooper for 27 years, retiring in 1969. He was a member of the Milledgeville United Methodist Church.
He is survived by his wife, Elida; one son, Richard, Thomson; two grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Albert (Ruth) Rairdin, Boulder Junction, Wis., and Frances Adee, Chicago. He was preceded by his parents and one brother. [The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois August 23, 1982 - Monday, page A4, From Melva L. Taylor]

Hon. Harvey E. ALLEN, of DeKalb, died in that city March 21st, at the age of 76 years. Mr. Allen came to Shabonna Grove in 1844 and removed to DeKalb in 1873, where he has since resided. He was highly esteemed by a large circle of friends. [Batavia Herald, 5 April, 1894 - Sub. by K. Torp]

DIED: - J. F. AVERILL, of DeKalb, Friday last, of the LaGrippe, aged 84 years. His remains were brought to Batavia and interred in the East Side Cemetery. He leaves five sons to mourn his loss, 3 in Nebraska, George of Waterman, and W. F. of this city. [Batavia Herald, 30 Nov. 1893 - Sub. by K. Torp]

While returning from a hunting excursion in the country Monday between the hours of 8 and 9, Frank TULLER of DeKalb entered the field of Smith AVERY about two miles south of DeKalb, and helped himself to a bag of corn. A passerby mentioned this fact to Avery who immediately started out to see about it. On his approach TULLER dropped the corn and drove off in hot haste, with Avery in pursuit. Being overtaken TULLER grabbed his gun, and, as Avery approached the wagon, dealt him a terrific blow on the head, from the effects of which he died five hours later. TULLER, who is a carpenter, drove home and went to work in the morning as usual, but on learning of Avery’s death at once gave him self up to the officers of the law and is now in the county jail. AVERY was an intelligent young farmer of about 35 years, prominently connected and stood well in the community. [Batavia Herald, 24 August, 1893 - Sub. by K. Torp]

Henry F. Bloodgood, editor of the Free Press, was buried on Sunday last from the city hall at Sandwich, with civic and Masonic honors. Last fall he was caught in a revolving shaft to his press, from which injury he never fully recovered. He was a brilliant writer and highly esteemed citizen, and a valued member of the Illinois Press Association. He will be sadly mourned by all who knew him. [The Henry Republican, Henry Illinois, October 12, 1882 - Submitted by Nancy Piper]

Terrible Tragedy at DeKalb--- Murders His Wife and Then Kills Himself.
Domestic trouble in the home of Henry L. BOWERS of DeKalb, culminated at an early hour Friday morning, Nov. 27, in the murder of the wife and the suicide of the husband. According to the facts developed, the couple had been living most unhappily for some time, and Bowers, it is said, had more than one threatened to end it all.
Their latest misunderstanding which occurred Friday, seemed to have clinched the decision. He came downstairs at about 5 o’clock and attacked his wife in her bedroom where she was sleeping with her mother and her child. The weapon used was a long, keen-bladed knife, with which he inflicted three terrible wounds in the neck, breast and side. Bleeding and dying, the unfortunate woman made a brave fight for life and succeeded in getting out of the house and across the yard to a neighbor’s dwelling, where she dropp ed on the walk and expired, within a few minutes.
The neighbors instantly responded to the alarm, but in the interval, BOWERS had turned his murderous weapon upon himself and was found lying in a pool of blood, his throat cut from ear to ear. Those who know BOWERS give hem an excellent reputation. [Batavia Herald, 3 December, 1896 - Sub. by K. Torp]

John H. Buehler, 77, of DeKalb, Ill., passed away Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2009, at Kishwaukee Community Hospital.
John was born Jan. 27, 1932, in DeKalb, the son of Clarence and Grace (Dugan) Buehler. He married Paula Hart at St. Mary Catholic Church in DeKalb on Jan. 19, 1952.
John farmed with his father, and went on to work at FS and later NIU in the grounds department until retirement in 1994. He played baseball during school and later played on several different teams. He also raised rabbits as a hobby, and later pigeons. John enjoyed fishing and hunting with his family and friends. He enjoyed visiting with everyone and was always happiest when his family was around.
John is survived by his wife, Paula; his seven children, Roxanne (Mike) Thompson of DeKalb, Beverly Buehler of Frisco, Texas, Cheryl Buehler of DeKalb, Kimberly (Dennis) Hackler of Ottawa, Ill., Lonnie (Marianne) Buehler, Robert Buehler and Rodney (Meredith Orstead) Buehler, all of DeKalb; 13 grandchildren, Brian Thompson, Chris Buehler, Jeremy, Matt and Shawn Buehler, Eric and Heidi Hackler, Stephanie, Sarah, Kyle, Bridget, Austin and Dylan Buehler; three great-grandchildren, Jadyn, McKenzie and Brady; brother, Roger (Nancy) Buehler; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Richard Buehler; brother-in-law, Tim Hart; and sister-in-law, Dottie Hart.
Memorial services will begin at 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct, 31, at Anderson Funeral Home, 2011 S. Fourth St., DeKalb, with Father Kenneth Anderson officiating. Visitation will be from 1 p.m. Saturday until the time of services at 3 p.m. at the funeral home Cremation will take place at the Anderson Funeral Home Crematory.
[DeKalb Daily Chronicle, October 29, 2009 - Sub. by a Friend of Free Genealogy]

Richard J. "Gramps" Buehler, 51, of DeKalb, Ill., passed away Friday, Aug. 4, 2006, at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago after a courageous five-and-a-half month battle with lung cancer.
Born March 3, 1955, at St. Mary Hospital in DeKalb, he was the son of John H. and Paula M. (Hart) Buehler. He married Cheryl D. Mull at Immanuel Lutheran Church on Aug. 4, 1979, in DeKalb.
Rick attended St. Mary's Elementary and Huntley Middle School in DeKalb, and was a 1973 graduate of DeKalb High School. He was employed with the DeKalb County Highway Department for 28 years. He received a patent for his sign repair in 1995 and the Innovators Award in 1998. He was active in the community with the DeKalb Wrestling Program as a wrestling coach for many years and a football coach at the junior high level. He loved hunting, boating, fishing and spending time at the lake with his family.
He is survived by his wife, Cheryl, and three sons, Jeremy, Matthew and Shawn Buehler, all of DeKalb; his parents, John and Paula Buehler of DeKalb; six siblings, Beverly Buehler of Frisco, Texas, Kimberly (Dennis) Hackler of Ottawa and Roxanne (Mike) Thompson, Lonnie (Marianne) Buehler, Robert (Paige) Buehler and Rodney (Meredith Orstead) Buehler, all of DeKalb; his father-in-law, Richard Mull of DeKalb; his mother-in-law, Marilyn Mull of DeKalb; a brother-in-law, Kevin (Janet) Mull of St. Charles, a sister-in-law, Suzanne (Brian) Lothson of DeKalb; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents.
The funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 8, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in DeKalb, with the Rev. Marty Marks and Vicar Ray Kruegar officiating. Burial will follow at Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery in rural Hinckley. Visitation will from 3-8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 7, at Anderson Funeral Home Ltd. in DeKalb. [DeKalb Daily Chronicle, October 6, 2006 - Submitted by a Friend of Free Genealogy]

WALLACE E. COCHRAN - Sandwich: Services for Wallace E. Cochran, three-term mayor of Sandwich, Ill., were held Sunday afternoon at 2:30 p.m. in Sandwich at the Sunderland Funeral Chapel. Burial was in Oakridge Cemetery at Sandwich.
Mr. Cochran, who was 58 years of age, passed away last Thursday. He served as mayor of his city from 1937 to 1947. He was prominent in business and civic circles. He was a member of Medinah Masonic Shrine, Chicago.
He is survived by his wife, Carolyn, two daughters and two granchildren. He was a son of the late Edward J. Cochran of Sterling, and a cousin of Herb Bell and Mrs. Frank Pitney of this city. [January 12, 1953 - Monday, pg 2 - Submitted by Melva Taylor]

Peter DAVIDSON, a former resident of this city (Batavia), died at his home, near Sycamore, Friday, Feb. 9, 1894, aged 67 years. He leaves a wife and three children. [Batavia Herald, 15 February, 1894 - Sub. by K. Torp]

MAYNARD E. EBBESEN - 81, 114 Terrace Dr., DeKalb, died Sunday, in Kishwaukee Community Hospital, Kishwaukee. Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday at the Anderson Funeral Home, DeKalb, with the Rev. Donald Mayer officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Memory Gardens. Visitation will be Tuesday from 5 to 8 p.m. and from 9 a.m. till the time of services on Wednesday at the funeral home. A memorial is being established.
Maynard Ebbesen was born on Jan. 8, 1902 in DeKalb, the son of Andrew and Annie (Wilde) Ebbesen. On Oct. 4, 1933 he was married to Elsie in Des Plaines. He was a member of the First Congregational Church, DeKalb, a veteran of World War I, serving in the U.S. Navy, a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Navy Seabees, a member of the American Legion Post 66 where he served as the post commander and was a member of the DeKalb Eagles Club for over 50 years.
Surviving are his wife, Elsie; two sons, James and Joseph, DeKalb; two daughters, Mrs. Charles (Alyce) Cook, Morrison and Mrs. Donnald (Faith) Cook, DeKalb; 18 grandchildren; six great grandchildren; two brothers, LeRoy, DeKalb and Ray Pollock, Cortland. [The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois, August 8, 1983 - Monday, pg A4 - submitted by Melva Taylor]

Death of Mrs. Reuben ELLWOOD
The Sycamore city WEEKLY sys Mrs. Reuben ELLWOOD, wife of the late Congressman ELLWOOD died Aug. 26, 1896, after an illness extending over several months. Mrs. ELLWOOD was in her 66th year. She was born in Schenectady county, New York, August 1, 1830, and in 1849 was united in marriage to Reuben ELLWOOD. [Batavia Herald, 3 Sept. 1896 - Sub. by K. Torp]

Fatal Mistake Of A Careless Druggist.
Col. FOSTER, of Sycamore, went into a drug store at Cherryvale, Kansas, the other day, and drank what was given him for blackberry brandy and Jamaica ginger. It proved that one of the ingredients was Laudanum, and he died the evening following. His remains were brought to Sycamore Monday. The druggist was unregistered. [Batavia Herald, 11 July 1895 - Sub. by K. Torp]

Nashua Reporter
May 1916 CHARLES M. GRANGER was born in DeKalb Co. Illinois in 1838, and died May 18, 1916, at the age of 78 years. He came with his parents to Polk Township, Bremer Co, Iowa, in the spring of 1856 and lived at the home of his parents until his marriage in 1863 to Elisabeth Thompson, of Nashua, Chickasaw Co., Iowa. To this union was born two sons, Frank and Oscar. Oscar died in childhood and Frank died in 1894 in Michigan. His wife died in Nashua, June 15, 1882, at the age of 52 years. Mr. Granger lived the life of a retired farmer in Nashua since that time. About a year ago he began to ail then succumbed to Brights disease. He was a man upright in character and had many friends. Relatives and kind friends ministered to his wants during his last illness. The funeral was held at 1 P.M. Saturday, conducted by Rev. Burleigh and interment was in Greenwood cemetery, Nashua, Chickasaw Co., by the side of his wife.
[Contributed by Leonard Granger]

SYCAMORE ----- Eva Maria Hardesty, 69, Sycamore, died Monday in her home following a long illness. She was born March 9, 1916 in Rochelle to Floyd and Lulu Mae (Morris) McCaslin. On Nov. 24, 1934 she married George Vernon Hardesty in Rochelle. Hardesty was employed by Anaconda Erickson for 27 years, retiring in 1976. She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, Sycamore. Survivors include 4 sons, Richard, Houston, TX., Gary, Goshin, IN., and Bill and Bruch, both of Sycamore, 2 daughter's Mrs. David (Nancy) Wirsing and Mrs. Raymond (Lori) Eyrow, both of Sycamore, a sister, Mrs. Violet Luckey, Belvedere, a half-sister, Lottie Little, Ransey. 12 grandchildren, a great-granddaughter and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were today at 10 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Sycamore with the Rev. William Regnier officiating. Burial was in Mr. Carmel cemetery. Arrangements were handled by the Quiram Sycamore Funeral home. A memorial fund has been established. (Eva died in August, 1985 - Submitted by Pat Esterday)

SYCAMORE --- George V. Hardesty, 59, of 1137 Commercial St., Sycamore, died Feb. 18, 1975, at Sycamore Municipal hospital. He was an alderman on the city council for four years. He was born Sept. 27, 1915 in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of John and Ida (Chase) Hardesty. He was orphaned as a child and was raised by his aunt and uncle, John and Harriet Hall. He married Eva M. McCaslin in Nov. 24, 1934. He was a member of St. Mary's Church. He is survived by his widow; four sons, Richard, DeKalb, Gary, George William and Bruce, at home; two daughters, Mrs. David (Nancy) Wirsing, Sycamore, Lori, at home; a sister, Mrs. Herman (Lois) Carls, Sycamore; and nine grandchildren. Services will be at 9:30 a.m. Friday at St. Mary's Church, with the Rev. William H. Regnier officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Carmel Cemetery. Friends may call from 7-9 p.m. tomorrow at the Van Natta Funeral Home. A liturgical wake service will be at 8 p.m. (Submitted by Pat Esterday)

Kathleen Sue HECATHORN, 14, RFD 3, Polo, died en route to the Dixon Public Hospital about 10 a.m. Sunday from injuries received in a tractor accident. An inquest will be conducted this afternoon in Polo. Kathleen was killed when the tractor she was driving overturned on a curve on a gravel road near her home. She apparently turned a corner too short. Her foot was pinned under the tractor and her brother, Gary, who was with her on the tractor, went for help. It is believed that death was due to a severe head injury. Kathleen Sue Hecathorn was born in Sandwich, July 18, 1947, the daughter of Chester and Dorothy Smith Hecathorn. The family moved to Polo in March and Kathleen had attended the Polo schools since that time. Surviving are her parents one brother Gary and one sister, Corinne; her paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Hecathorn and the maternal grandmother, Mrs. Alice Smith, Deland, Fla., and several aunts and uncles. There will be a prayer service at 8 p.m. tonight at the McNabb Funeral Home, where friends may call tonight from 7 to 8 p.m. The body will be sent to Sandwich Tuesday and services will be conducted there at 2 p.m. with burial in the Oak Ridge Cemetery in Sandwich. [The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois July 2, 1962 - Monday, pg 1 col 6 - Contributed by Melva L. Taylor]

DeKalb Coroner Commits Suicide
C. W. HINDS coroner of DeKalb Co., commited suicide at a hotel in Belvidere, Sunday morning, by cutting his throat with a razor. He arrived there Saturday morning, and said he would return to DeKalb in the afternoon. Complaining that he was not well he decided to remain until Monday. The call-boy at the hotel this morning, after trying to ineffectually to awaken him, looked over the transom and saw him lying on the bed, bathed in blood and horribly mutilated. He was not quite dead, but the doctors were unable to revive him and he died in a few hours. He left nothing assigning any cause for the act. He leaves a wife and two children in DeKalb. Besides being coroner of DeKalb county, he was a justice of the peace., and well known through this section. He was 35 years old. We trust the Kane Co. coroner will not do likewise, and we don’t believe he will, as he has too many inquests to hold over others, to get for such melancholy and dreadful work. [Batavia Herald, 14 Dec. 1893 - Sub. by K. Torp]

Death of Mrs. W. J. HOLDERNESS.
A Devoted Wife and Mother.
Mrs. W. J. HOLDERNESS, who has been a great sufferer from dropsy, for some time, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. W. B. Willey, where she had gone on a visit, Tuesday, March 12, 1895, at 2 a.m., aged 63 years and 22 days.
Philinna BLACKMON, was born in North Crosby, Upper Canada, Leeds Co., Feb. 18, 1832; came with her parents to Illinois, at the age of 18 years. She was converted and united with the M. E. Church, in DeKalb, where she was a valued member. June 27, 1856, she was married to Mr. W. J. HOLDERNESS, at DeKalb, Ill., where they made their home for some time, and there her seven children were born and raised; two of whom have preceded her in death, Ethel and Walter. The remaining five, Mrs. W. B. Willey, Mrs Lettie Rice, Miss Minnie, and Messrs. L. J. and P. B. HOLDERNESS, are all residents of this city, and were with her in her last moments, and are nowleft with the husband to mourn.
During her illness she was a great sufferer, yet ever patient, thinking of others, and not of self. She was anxious and ready to go, and be free from pain. Deceased was a devoted wife; a lobving mother and a kind, sympathizing neighbor, and will be greatly missed by all who knew her. Funeral services will be held from the home of Mr. and Mrs. W. B. Willey, this (Thursday) at 2 p.m., Rev. J. D. Leek officiating. [Batavia Herald, 14 March 1895]

Suicide of a Young Man, at Sandwich.
L. C. HUTCHINSON, a young man of about 20 years of age, while attending a dance at the Sandwich opera house, Wed. eve., Nov. 25, suicided by taking prussic acid. Despondency, caused by lack of work and the non-arrival of expected money, was ascribed as the cause. [Batavia Herald, 3 December, 1896 - Sub. by K. Torp]

JACKSON (Infant)
Fairdale, Oct 21 - A daughter was born to Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Jackson Wednesday night, but died Thursday forenoon.  Mrs Jackson is serio usly ill. [October 22, 1922, Morning Star (Rockford, IL) - Sub by KT]

Mr. Levin JOHNSON, Monday, Oct. 26, 1896, at 1 p.m., aged 21 years, from consumption. Deceased was born at Sycamore, and came to Batavia when a small boy and has lived here ever since. He was a painter, by trade, and an honest and upright young man. He was stricken one year ago, but was confined to his bed only three weeks. A father, mother and two brothers are left to mourn his early death. Funeral services will take place this afternoon from the Swedish Lutheran church; Rev. Challman officiating. [Batavia Herald, 29 October 1896]

Mrs. A. H. JONES received the painful news, from Chicago, that her cousin, Mrs. Thos. GLIDDEN, of DeKalb, had just undergone a surgical operation, and cannot survive many days. Later: - Mrs. GLIDDEN died Monday, Oct. 28, and the funeral was held at DeKalb, Wednesday. [Batavia Herald, 31 Oct. 1895 - Sub. by K. Torp]

Sycamore, Ill., Jan. 29.—Special Telegram.—John H. Kenyon an attorney and alderman of this city, died tonight of smallpox.  [Source: The Daily Inter Ocean, (Chicago, IL) Wednesday, January 30, 1895; transcribed by Sandi King]

Miss Lottie MCCALPINE, of Sycamore, committed suicide by taking poison, Sunday night. [Batavia Herald, 1 March, 1894 - Sub. by K. Torp]

Mabel Seastrom NIELSON
Birth:  April 18, 1909 (DeKalb co., IL)
Parents:  Mr. and Mrs. John Seastrom
Marriage:  Edwarde Nielson (Dec. 28, 1932).  3 children
Death:  August 12, 1992 (Highmore Healthcare Center, Highmore, SD)
Age:  83 yrs 3 mos 24 ds
Funeral: Saturday, Aug. 15, 1992 (Concordia Lutheran Church, Wessington, SD)
Burial:  Wessington Cemetery, Wessington, SD
Occupation:  Nurse's Aide, Prairie Good Samaritan Center in Miller (10 years).
Locations: from DeKalb co., IL to Lebanon, SD (1921), Onida, Wessington, Miller SD, Highmore Healthcare Center (May 1989)
Organizations/Civic:  Charter member of Concordia Lutheran Church, Wessington.
Preceded in death by:  Husband, parents, brother and sister.
[From the memorial leaflet, Contributed by Jacque McDonnell]

Death of Charles SCOFIELD
There are still many warmly attached friends of Charles Scofield in Globe who will deeply regret the announcement of his death, which occurred in Somonauk, Illinois, May 27th. Mr. Scofield was eminently a Western man and early in life devoted himself to the development of many of its great enterprises. The major part of his active life was spent upon the Pacific coast. In the infancy of the development of the Old Globe copper mines he took an active part. Subsequently he filled various positions of responsibility in the West. At Guaymas, Mexico, he was the first superintendent of the Mexican Phosphate and Sulphur Company. Afterwards he took full charge of the survey of the 8 million acres comprising the northern section of the landed estate of the International Company of Mexico, and of the colonizing of their lands. later he was General Superintendent at Sand Diego, California, of the Pacific and gulf Steamship Company. Although comparatively young, he was overtaken by disease which ended a busy life in the full measure of his usefulness.
["Arizona Silver Belt. (Globe City, Pinal County, Ariz.) June 09, 18 94 - Submitted by K. Torp]

Born, Oct. 3, 1825, in Hopkinton, N.H. Son of Andrew and Mary (Stinson) Stinson. Admitted to the bar in 1850; member of the Illinois Constitutional convention of 1861; appointed judge in 1882, and reappointed in 1883. Died, Jan. 14, 1899, in Sandwich, Ill.
[Source: Dartmouth College Necrology, 1898-1899, Hanover, N.H., Dartmouth Press, 1899. - tr. by K. Mohler]

Robert Whitney WATERMAN

He Expires at San Diego After an Illness of Five Days. -- PNEUMONIA THE CAUSE OF HIS SUDDEN DEATH. -- Special to the Record-Union San Diego, April 12.
Ex-Governor R. W. Waterman died at his residence, on Florence Hights, this evening: at 7:30, of pneumonia, after an illness of only five days. The fact that death was inevitable had been known for twelve hours, and when the sick man breathed his last five members of the family— Mrs. Waterman, Waldo Waterman and three daughters — were assembled about the bedside, besides Miss Charlotte Waterman, sister of the deceased. The Governor was in a semi-conscious state during the last three days of his life, and during his lucid intervals was informed of his extremely critical condition, and it finally came without a struggle and without pain. The Governor's illness dates back to the time of Secretary Proctor's visit to San Diego. He took part in the reception accorded the Secretary, although suffering at the time from a severe cold, and for several days thereafter insisted on going down town as usual.
Wednesday he was so ill that he had to summon medical assistance. His cold settled upon his lungs and soon developed into pneumonia. Drs. Huntington and Edwards, his physicians, recognized the Governor's great danger, and immediately took heroic measures to break the disease. Saturday he improved somewhat, but toward sunset a relapse occurred and he became very restless and feverish. From that time on he sank rapidly.
Telegrams were sent to the Governor's daughter, Mrs. Rice of San Bernardino, and Dr. J. S. Waterman of New York, his son, summoning them to San Diego. The members of the family remained close to the dying man's bedside, to be present when the final moment came. Arrangements for the funeral have not been completed as yet, but it has been decided that the services will take place on Tuesday, with interment at Mount Hope. Mrs. Rice arrived on the evening train from San Bernardino, one hour too late to see her father for the last time alive. Dr. Waterman is now on his way from New York.
Robert Whitney Waterman, seventeenth Governor of California, was born in Fairfield, Herkimer County, New York. December 15, 1826. His father died when the son was ten years old, and in very moderate circumstances. Two years later the son removed to the West and located in Sycamore, Illinois, and later acted as clerk in a country store until his twentieth year, in Belvedere, Illinois, where he engaged in business for himself as a general merchant in 1846. In 1848 Mr. Waterman removed to Genoa, Illinois, where he engaged in mercantile business and in 1849 became postmaster under President Taylor, but, carried away with the early tide of the gold-seeking emigration, he crossed the plains in the following year to California. During the years 1850 and 1851 Mr. Waterman returned to Illinois, locating at Wilmington,and engaging in an extensive general mercantile business. In the following year he entered the fields of journalism, and published the Wilmington Independent. He was a delegate to the convention, held at Bloomington, Illinois, in 1854, that gave form and name to the Republican party. In 1873 he returned to California and established his home at San Bernardino the following year. At the Republican State Convention held at Los Angeles August 27, 1886, Mr. Waterman was nominated for Lieutenanant-Governor, and in the following November he was elected by a plurality of 2,500 votes, the Democratic State ticket being successful with but two other exceptions. Upon the death of Governor Washington Bartlett, September 12 1887 Lieutenant-Governor Waterman was called to the duties of Chief Executive, and was inaugurated the following day in San Francisco, where the oath of office was administered by Justice McFarland, of the Supreme Court.
During recent years he engaged in numerous business enterprises in various parts of the State. He was owner of the famous stonewall gold mine in San Diego County, and had extensive ranch properties in Southern California. He was President of the San Diego, Cuyamaca and Eastern Railway, and was prominently connected with many other enterprises tending to the development of the State. Governor Waterman was married in 1847, at Belvidere, Illinois, to Miss Jane Gardner, she being a native of that place. They have had seven children, of whom six are living, two being sons and four daughters.
["The Record-Union". (Sacramento, Calif.), April 13, 1891 - Submitted by K. Torp]

Pocahontas, AR-- Mrs. May White, 91, of DeKalb, Ill., died Tuesday, March 21, 1995, at Kishwaukee Community Hospital.  She was born Feb. 24, 1904 in Pocahontas, the daughter of Samuel and Cynthia (Nettles) Williams.  She married Leonard White in O'Kean (AR) on May 16, 1925.  In addition to her husband, she was also preceded in death by a son, Roy. She was a homemaker, and was a member of Foursquare Church of DeKalb. She is survived by a daughter, Doris J. (Edwin) Riippi of DeKalb; a son, Rupert (Doris) White of Delaplaine (AR); six grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-granchildren. Funeral services were held Friday morning at Foursquare Church of DeKalb with Dennis Campbell officiating.  Burial followed in Fairview Park Cemetery there. [Pocahontas (AR) Star Herald, March 30, 1995; submitted by Freda Roberts]



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