Genealogy Trails

Dekalb County, Illinois Obituaries
and Death Notices


Adee, Stephen

Allen, Harvey E.

Averill, J. F.

Avery, Smith

Bloodgood, Henry F.
Bowers, Henry L.
Buehler, John
Buehler, Richard
Cochran, Wallace E.

Cook, John W.


Davidson, Peter

Dudley, Elizabeth Beveridge

Enge, Charles

Enge, Leonard
Ebbesen, Maynard E.
Ellwood, Mrs. Reuben

Evans, L. D.
Foster, Col

Freed, Daniel

Gilbert, Newell D., 2

Godel, Albert
Granger, Charles M.

Haish, Jacob

Hardesty, Eva Maria
Hardesty, George V.
Hecathorn, Kathlee Sue

Henaughan, Anastacia Donohue
Hinds, C. W.
Holderness, Philinna Blackmon

Hunt, Mary Jane Simonds
Hutchinson, L. C.

Jackson, Infant
Johnson, Levin
Jones, Mrs. A. H.
Kenyon, John H.

Ketcham, Manly W.

Lattin, Mrs. Carlos

Lillja, John

Lou, John

Macklin, Mary J.
McCalpine, Lottie
Nielson, Mabel Seastrom

Ostrander, Hiram

Plunkett, William

Scofield, Charles
Stinson, Stephen Bean

Talcot, Edith
Waterman, Robert Whitney
White, May













Elizabeth Beveridge Dudley

                Mrs. Erwin F. Dudley, 1617 West Forrest avenue, died suddenly at 7:10 o’clock Tuesday night in her home from acute indigestion.  Efforts to revive her with a lungmotor from the fire department failed.

                Although she had not been in the best of health during the past few months, she had been feeling better than usual during the last two or three day [sic] and had been in the First Presbyterian church Tuesday noon assisting with a church dinner.  She became critically ill late Tuesday evening.

                She was a member of the First Presbyterian church and the D. A. R., serving as secretary of the latter organization for the last two years.  She has been active in both church and social work in Decatur for several years.

                She was born Nov. 7, 1893 near Sandwich in Dekalb county and married Dr. Ervin F. Dudley May 24, 1917 in Sandwich.  Her maiden name was Elizabeth Beveridge.

                Besides her husband, she leaves one daughter, Ella Mary, 11 years old; sisters, Mrs. Margaret Howison, Hinckley; Miss Elinor Beveridge, Los Angeles; and one brother, Thomas F. Beveridge, Chicago.

                The body was removed to the Dawson & Wikoff funeral home and prepared for burial.  [Decatur Herald, Decatur, Illinois, Wednesday, November 6, 1929]


Manly W. Ketcham
     Manly W. Ketcham, a resident of Oak Park for many years, died at his newly made home in DeKalb on Saturday, November 15. Interment was at Fairview cemetery, DeKalb. [Oak Park Oak Leaves, Oak Park, Illinois, Saturday, November 29, 1924]

Mary J. Macklin
                Miss Mary J. Macklin was born in Washington Co., New York, on Feb. 20, 1845, and passed away at the home of her nephew, Charles G. Macklin, in Morrison, Ill, Wednesday morning, June 19, 1929, at the age of 84 years and four months.
                She was of Scotch-Irish descent, the daughter of Robert and Mary (Jack) Macklin, who came to this country from the north of Ireland at an early date.  She spent her childhood in New York, coming to Illinois when about ten years old with her parents, who were looking for a home in the new country.   They located finally in DeKalb county where her family resided the remainder of their lives.
                This was a pioneer country, teachers were scarce, and she was prevailed upon by the trustees to teach school when but 13 years old.  After teaching a few years she went to New York City, being employed for a time by the firm of A. T. Stewart & Co.  Returning to Illinois she resumed teaching and later attended Monmouth college from which institution she was graduated in 1874.  She afterwards taught for eight years after which she entered mercantile business at Waterman, Ill., where she remained until 1919.
                She knew the experiences of pioneer life and loved to tell about them.  [Sterling Daily Gazette, Sterling, Illinois, Thursday, June 20, 1929]

Anastacia Donohue Henaughan)
               The many Freeport teachers who studied with Miss Anastacia Donohue, at the DeKalb Normal School, will be interested in the following obituary, written by a member of the faculty of the Normal School, and printed last week in the DeKalb Chronicle.  Miss Donahue [sic], later Mrs. Henaughan, was a sister of John Donohue, of Scherb’s Millinary, and an aunt of J. G. Garrity, of Freeport.
                “Funeral services for Mrs. M. J. Henaughan, whose death occurred yesterday at the family residence on Haish boulevard, will be held on Saturday morning from the home and from the St. Mary’s church.  Services from the home will be held at 8:30 o’clock, services at the St. Mary’s church will be at 9:00 o’clock.  Burial will be in the St. Mary’s cemetery.
                Although In failing health for the past several years, the death of Mrs. Henaughan was most sudden and came as a complete shock to the many friends of the esteemed family.  The death is doubly sad in that Mr. Henaughan is confined to his home because of illness at the present time.
                “Anastacia Donohue was born at LaSalle on October 15, 1871, in which community she secure her elementary and high school education.  Later she attended Illinois Normal University, from which institution she graduated with high honors.  In 1899, at the invitation of President John W. Cook, Miss Donohue came to DeKalb to become critic teacher in the training school, then located in the main building at the college.  She was place in charge of the eighth grade.  She remained on the school faculty for several years, failing health necessitating her resignation.
                “On September 19, 1906, Miss Donohue was happily married to Michael Henaughan, Mr. and Mrs. Henaughan immediately locating in the home in which the death of Mrs. Henaughan occurred yesterday.  She leaves to mourn her death, in addition to her devoted husband, two sisters, Mrs. M. V. Garrity of Chicago, and Mrs. Charles Hoag of this city, two brothers, John Donohue of Freeport, and Joseph Donohue of Milwaukee, besides many friends in all walks of life.
                “Such are the annals of an individual – an individual little known to many people in DeKalb and perhaps wholly known to some.  But annals do not tell very much.  To the young people of school age of DeKalb and to their parents of twenty or 30 years ago Anastacia Donohue’s was a life of thought, purpose and of violent energy.  Her boys and her girls were her life.  In them she lived and moved and had her being.  It is the reward of the great teacher that he builds himself into the lives of his pupils and that they somehow get their fingers into his heartstrings.”   [Freeport Journal Standard, Freeport, Illinois, Monday, August 19, 1929]

Jacob Haish
                DeKalb, Ill, Deb. 20. – Less than three weeks before he would have celebrated his 100th birthday anniversary Jacob Haish, millionaire inventor of barbed wire, died as his home late yesterday.  He would have been 100 years old March 9.
                While erecting fences designed to keep cattle from breaking through back in the sixties, Haish conceived the idea of weaving osage orange twigs through two wires to form thorns.
                It was from this idea that he was able to produce barbed wire and the machinery for making it in 1874.  A little later he perfected a spool to roll it on.
                At the time of his death Haish was president of the Haish State bank of this city which he organized in 1894.  He has done much philanthropic work, giving liberally of his millions to libraries, schools and hospitals.
                He was born in Cilsul, Baden, Germany, and came to America when he was 8 years old, moving to DeKalb county in 1846.
                Inasmuch as there are no heirs for his large estate friends are expressing the belief that the will will provide large sums for philanthropic work.  [Freeport Journal Standard, Freeport, Illinois, Saturday, February 20, 1926]

Hiram Ostrander
                Sycamore, Ill., July 9 – Hiram Ostrander, 88, for 86 years a resident of Dekalb county and for many years its sheriff, died today.  He had been injured in a fall a month ago.
                In order to enlist in the Civil war with his home company, Ostrander made the trip from California, where he was visiting, to Sycamore, on horseback.  He served throughout the war and at its close returned to Sycamore.  [Decatur Daily Review, Decatur, Illinois, Thursday, July 9, 1925]

               Sycamore, Ill., July 9 – Hiram Ostrander, a pioneer settler of DeKalb county, died at his home here today on his 92nd birthday.  Ostrander was a member of the 14th Illinois cavalry in the Civil war and was sheriff of DeKalb county from 1890 to 1894.  He always attributed his long life to the fact he never drank intoxicants, smoked or chewed tobacco.  [Freeport Journal Standard, Freeport, Illinois, Thursday, July 9, 1925]

Leonard Enge, Charles Enge
                Chana, Ill., Sept. 8 – Leonard Enge, 19, and his brother, Charles, 17 years old, were drowned in Kite creek, known as Muc creek while wading, about 10 o’clock Monday morning.
                With two cousins, Elsie and Helen Stone, and the girls’ parents, Mr. and Mrs. Theodore Stone, the two boys motored from DeKalb to Chana for a Labor day outing.  The four young people decided to go wading in the narrow stream.  None could swim.  Charles Enge suddenly cried for help.  Leonard rushed to his aid.  The younger of the boys had stepped into a hole 12 feet in depth.  The brothers struggled and then sank from sight, the murky water of the creek closing above them.
                Hastily divesting himself of coat and shoes, Mr. Stone ran into the water after his drowning nephews, while one of the girls raced to a nearby farmhouse for help.  Both bodies were recovered within ten minutes, Mr. Stone bringing out the body of Leonard and the farmer recovering that of Charles.  Life appeared to be extinct, but artificial respiration was tried.  Meanwhile a physician from here was summoned and the pulmotor at Dixon was sent for.  Efforts at resuscitation failed, and after two hours and youths were pronounced dead.  Dr. J. C. Akins, of Forreston, Ogle county coroner was notified.  He impaneled a jury and will conduct an inquest the later part of this week.
                The Enge boys are survived by their parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Enge, and two sisters, Beatrice and Florence Enge, Foley, Minn.  Charles Enge removed to DeKalb six months ago to work in the DeKalb piano factory.  [Freeport Journal Standard, Freeport, Illinois, Tuesday, September 8, 1925]

John Lou
Stricken with a heart attack, John Lou, 75, father of Herbert Lout of Prophetstown, passed away at his home in DeKalb Saturday 20 minutes after he had fallen on the sidewalk. Mr. Lou had been ill with a severe cold for the last few days but did not feel ill enough to remain at home. Funeral services were held in DeKalb Monday afternoon.  [Freeport Journal Standard, Freeport, Illinois, Friday, September 4, 1925]

Mary Jane Simonds Hunt
Funeral services for the late Mrs. Mary Jane Simonds Hunt, aged 88 who passed away at DeKalb yesterday will be conducted from the home there at 3 o’clock Sunday afternoon Rev. J. C. Spencer, of the Methodist church, will conduct the services and burial will be made in Evergreen cemetery at DeKalb. Mrs. Hunt was the mother of R. D. Hunt, 1212 West Stephenson street, Freeport.
She was the second oldest resident of DeKalb. She was born in Rutland county, Vermont, on February 24, 1842, being a daughter of Joel and Minerva Simonds. She came to the middlewest when five years of age. When she arrived at DeKalb with her parents the town was merely a prairie and the Hunts took up a tract of 600 acres of land receiving a patent from the government for the land, the original patent still remaining in the Hunt family.
In 1861 she became the bride of Horace D. Hunt, who passed away in March 1917. She had resided in the home where she died for fifty-five years.
Mrs. Hunt leaves six children they being Mrs. Myrlte [sic] Wright; Miss Agnes Hunt, Seymour M., Clifford S., Edwin S., all of DeKalb; Roy D. Hunt, Freeport. A brother, Merritt Simonds, was killed during the civil war at the Battle of Chickamauga, DeKalb Post G.A.R. being named after him. He was a twin to Mrs. Hunt.  [Freeport Journal Standard, Freeport, Illinois, Saturday, July 13, 1929]
John W. Cook
Dr. John W. Cook, former president of the Illinois State Normal university at Normal and for twenty years president of the state normal school at DeKalb, who died at his home in Chicago Saturday evening, was an intimate personal friend of the late Superintendent E. A. Gastman and Judge W. C. Johns and was well known to most of the older teachers in Decatur. During his incumbency as president of the state school at Normal he spoke in Decatur at educational and other meetings.
     He was a speaker of rare eloquence and ability and his memorial address on Adlai E. Stevenson of Bloomington former vice president of the U.S., was a masterpiece of oratory which is treasured in the archives of the Illinois Historical society.   [Decatur Review, Decatur, Illinois, Monday, July 17, 1922]

 Newell D. Gilbert 

                Newell D. Gilbert, dean of faculty of the Northern Illinois Normal School at DeKalb, Ill., died suddenly in his summer home at Bass Lake, Mich., August 1.

                Professor Gilbert was, for thirteen years, from 1887 to 1900, superintendent of School District No. 2, Cicero, which included Oak Park.  During his administration the property on which the present high school stands was acquired and two units of that building erected.  The Howe and the Byford schools were also bought and built.

                Prof. Gilbert had a peculiar faculty in selecting able teachers and the Austin schools under his guidance soon attained a high standard and Austin became an attractive residence place for young married people with growing families.  Charles Bassett and H. R. Husted were trustees when Mr. Gilbert came to Austin and for many years worked harmoniously with him.

                He was honest, capable and progressive.  He exerted a fine moral influence upon his young people.

                When Austin was annexed to Chicago Prof. Gilbert could have been one of the superintendents of the Chicago School System but his choice to continue his chosen work of teaching and consequently joined the faculty of the Normal School at Dekalb.

                At the funeral service held in the large auditorium of the school, a crowd of his friends gathered to show their respect to their friend.

                Dr. Brown, the president of the Normal School, eulogized the dean as an able and successful teacher and as one who executed a fine moral influence on the pupils.  Other members of the faculty spoke.  His pastor placed high tribute to Prof. Gilbert for his work in the church and in the community (of which he was a member).  The Kiwanis Club attended the service in a body.

                A supplementary service was held in the chapel at Forest Home to allow his many Austin friends to attend.  The chapel was filled and many old residents were present.  His pastor, on the Sunday before Mr. Gilbert's death, preached on the "Sanctuary and Its Value."  Prof.  Gilbert, in saying goodbye to his pastor said, "I am going to my sanctuary in the hills" -- and from there he was called home.

                Prof. Gilbert, born in November, 1854 at Clyde, N.Y., was the son of an esteemed Baptist clergyman and was connected with the Baptist church in Austin where he is remembered for his wise leadership and his quality as a friend-maker.

                He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Elizabeth M. Gilbert; his daughter, Julia E. Gilbert of DeKalb; his son, Dr. Newell Clarke Gilbert, 501 Woodlawn avenue, Chicago; his sister, Ruby I. Gilbert of Evanston, and his sister Mrs. Nettie Hunt of California. - E.S.O.   [Oak Park Oak Leaves, Oak Park, Illinois, Saturday, August 16, 1924]


Newell D. Gilbert


                Pentwater, Mich., Aug. 2. -- Newell D. Gilbert, 76, professor of psychology at the Illinois state Normal College at DeKalb, died suddenly of heart disease at his summer home at Bass Lake near here Friday.  He apparently had been in the best of health and was stricken while starting a kitchen fire.

                Professor Gilbert was widely known in educational circles.  He had been connected with the Illinois Normal for 25 years and prior to that time was superintendent of schools at Austin, now a suburb of Chicago.  [Decatur Daily Review Decatur, Illinois, Saturday, August 2, 1924]

Edith Talcot
Miss Edith Talcot, niece of Mrs. C. Hayer, died at DeKalb, on Tuesday of last week.  Mrs. Hayer attended her until death had removed all but earthly ties.  [The Ottawa Free Trader, Ottawa, Ill., February, 25, 1888]

William Plunkett
The remains of William Plunkett of DeKalb, Ill., who died in a Moline hospital, were sent Saturday afternoon to Sterling, Ill., where funeral services and interment took place today.  Mr. Plunkett was a member of the Iron Molders' union.  He is survived by one son, Leo, known as Kid Plunkett, the prize fighter.  [The Rock Island Argus, Rock Island, Ill., February 11, 1918]

Mrs. Carlos Lattin
Sycamore, Ills., March 2 -- Mrs. Carlos Lattin,  a pioneer of DeKalb county, died here yesterday morning.  She was 85 years old.  Mrs. Lattin came to this place in 1835 with her husband, and they took up a claim which now forms part of the western section of this city.  [The Rock Island Argus, Rock Island, Ill., Saturday, March 2, 1901]

John Lillja, Albert Godel, Daniel Freed, L. D. Evans
Sycamore, Jan. 6 -- Two sudden deaths and two killed is the day's record in Sycamore.  John Lillja fell on an icy walk, breaking his hip and striking his head so as to cause death.  Albert Godel, aged 12, while crossing a railroad track, was caught by a train backing up and killed.  Daniel Freed and L. D. Evans, veteran farmers of DeKalb county, both died suddenly.  It is thought the latter was from acute indigestion. [The Rock Island Argus, Rock Island, Ill., Saturday, January 6, 1912]

- 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., committed 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 now left 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 loving 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 seriously 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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