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1893 Obituaries from the Batavia Herald

Mrs. Alexander Allen

Smith Avery

 Nina Banker

Miss Ada Blacksmith

Thos. Brooks

Capt. L.B. Church

O.S. Clayton

John Gillman

William Hillman

J. T. McMaster

Asentha Miller

John Nordeen

Dr. R.J. Patterson

Mrs. Roache

 E.D. Robbinson

 James Shannon

 Mrs. John VanNortwick

(nee Patty Mallory)

William Warden

Mrs. Williams (nee Eunice Penfield Towne)

Dr. W.H. Williams

 

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March 10, 1893 Batavia Herald

Death of Mrs. Dr. Williams, An Old and Highly Esteemed Citizen

Many of the older residents and pioneers of Batavia have been passing away of late years, in the death of the wife of Dr. H. W. Williams, on Sunday evening, March 5th, one more is gone.

Mrs. Williams was born in Hanover, N.H., December 14th, 1816, being one of ten children in the family of Rev. Josiah Towne. Mr. Towne was for a long time pastor of the Congregational Church in that city and later assisted with the founding of the Geneva, Ill. Church. He appeared frequently also in the Batavia pulpit, and his wife lies now in the family ___ of the West Side cemetery. At the age of 18, Miss Eunice Penfield Towne removed to Ohio, where she taught school in Milan and other places. She was married at Hudson in 1842. Mr. Williams and herself then teaching together. Subsequently, Mr. W, studied medicine, and in 1848, when their youngest child, the late William Williams, was but a few months old, came direct to Batavia. The 45 years here, filled with industries and privations, the duties and joys incident to so many lives, were not especially uneventful. But she brought some superior powers into her home where she was thoughtful and unselfish, loving and beloved, and where she found time for music, painting, and flowers, and also books, including the "Book of all Books." Mrs. W. became a Christian early in life and was a member of the Batavia Congregational Church 44 years. She was for a long time a singer in the choir, and was active in Church life until her health began to give way. Increasing disease and years, and recent bereavement, have had their effect, and now that she has passed considerably beyond the three score and ten limit, and rounded the golden milestone of wedded life, we shall trust that she is in that world whose hopes and consolations had found their way to earth.

Besides the son, daughter and husband surviving, two brothers and two sisters, Josiah, Joseph and Abigail Towne and Mrs. Clapp still live in Batavia.

The funeral services were held at the home, Tuesday afternoon, Rev. Bissell, officiating.

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March 10, 1893 Batavia Herald

Miss Ada Blacksmith

Died, at her home, about three miles west of Batavia, Sunday, March 5th, 1893, Miss Ada Blacksmith, after a brief illness of one week, with rheumatism of the brain, aged 29 years. The funeral was held, Tuesday, at the German M.E. Church. Miss Ada was an industrious, kind hearted girl, and leaves a father, brother and sister, to mourn her early death.

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March 24, 1893 Batavia Herald

Death of James Shannon, an Old and Respected Citizen

The death of Mr. James Shannon, came like a thunderbolt out of a clear sky, to his many friends in Batavia, so sudden and unlooked for. He had been in poor health for some time, but nothing serious was thought of it, as he was feeling so much better and was making preparations to go away to attend to some business matters, as he was a large contractor and had much to look after in other cities. He retired Monday evening feeling as well as usual, but at about eleven o'clock he was taken suddenly worse and the family called Dr. C.A. Bucher, but when he arrived he was past all earthly help. The cause of his death was heart failure brought on by rheumatic trouble. Mr. Shannon died at his home, March 20th, 1893, aged 64 years. He had been a resident of Batavia, since October 1863, and during these long years has won many warm friends by his kind and generous deeds, and was much beloved, especially in his own home, as it is said by a friend of the family, "that none had ever heard a cross word from his lips." He was the father of eight children two having preceeded him in death, of the remaining six, one is in Chicago, one in Wisconsin and the other four in our city. The funeral took place from the house Thursday, at 2 p.m. and the remains laid to rest in the West Side cemetery. It seemed much more sad to the family, as the day of his funeral was his birthday. They have the sympathy of their many friends in the hour of their sorrow.

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April 7, 1893 Batavia Herald


Dr. W.H. Williams - A Resident of Batavia for 44 Years

A LONG USEFUL LIFE IS ENDED

Another house is added to the list of those which one may say that "there used to live there one of the pioneer families of Batavia." Dr. H.W. Williams died April 1st and funeral services were held at the home April 3rd, burial being in the family lot of the West Side Cemetery.

Dr. Williams was born amid the famous Berkshire Hills of Mass., April 30, 1817, reaching thus nearly 76 years of life. While he was but an infant his parent moved to Lorrain Co., Ohio. Here, amid the forests, where the sap ran, the wolves prowled and the hardships incident to log cabin life abounded, Mr. Williams grew up, a worthy representative of the staunch and sturdy people from the East, who made the "Western Reserve" almost as famous as Berkshire Hills and all Massachusetts. As poorly endowed with physical vigor, (he lost several brothers from consumption) as he was richly with mental vigor and with aspiration, he worked his way, after the manner of self made men, to and through Western Reserve College, Hudson, graduating with the honors of Salutatorian in 1841. Elias Loomis, author of the well known series of text books in Mathematics, and afterward Professor in Yale, was one of his teachers. After teaching some years in the Milan Academy, he took a full course of study in the Cleveland Medical School, where also he ranked high, and in 1848 came with his wife and little children direct to Batavia. They lived a few months at the north end of the grounds now occupied by Mrs. John VanNortwick, and then moved into a little house, which still remains a part of the present residence. Dr. Williams at once built up a large practice and was very successful as a physician, needing but to have kept on in his profession to attain unusual rank and prominence. But on account of health and other reasons, he gradually dropped his profession and worked into the greenhouse, nursery and fruit business. A little greenhouse just north of the present residence and warmed by an old cook stove, was once, say thirty years ago, the modest beginning of the business which H.W. Williams & Sons brought to such large proportions. For many years, 16 in all, Dr. W. was also County Coroner.

As already intimated and as is well known, Dr. Williams was a man of superior intelligence and ability, and he has illustrated what one may do whose health rests always on precarious foundations. He was frank and sincere and independent. He had positive convictions, not to force upon others indeed, but to which himself to be inflexibly true. He was a man of self possession and a man self reliant. His friends were strong friends, and before those who knew him well, a natural reserve and reticence gave way to genial and affective characteristics.

Dr. Williams was a member of the Batavia Congregational church during all the 44 year so his residence here, was long active in its business affairs and leader of its choir, and always a supporter of it, as also an attendant on its services, until impaired health and hearing prevented enjoyment of them. He held his faith in God and to the last the voice of prayer in his home gave witness to his reliance on Jesus Christ as his only and sufficient Savior.

Had Dr. and Mrs. Williams lived until the 11th of September next, they could have celebrated fifty years of wedded life. But the Messenger, who has come often, of late, to the homes bearing this name, brought them another and far better summons. Together they went through life and together down life's decline. They were free and happy in their wedded lives, and in their death not long divided.

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April 7, 1893 Batavia Herald

Sudden Death of O.S. Clayton, a Veteran Merchant of Aurora

The announcement of the demise of O.S.Clayton, coming as it did before the community had been fully advised as to the serious nature of his illness, created general consternation and sorrow throughout the city. Mr. Clayton breathed his last at his home on Downer Place at 4:20 Saturday morning, after a brief illness. The immediate cause of his death is given as "diffusion of the brain" brought on by business care of an exacting nature which made a terrible drain upon his vitality.

O.S. Clayton was born in New York City March 11, 1828 and when a mere lad he learned the painter's trade. He came with his father's family to Chicago in 1854, where he learned the art of printing and was employed on the Chicago Journal. In '62 he opened a paper and paint store at Freeport. He conducted this business successfully until 1867 when he moved to Aurora and started the very large and prosperous jewelry establishment which he conducted until his death.

Mr. Clayton was a man of indefatigable industry and was most assiduous in his devotion to his business. He seldom took a holiday or a rest of any kind, committing himself ceaselessly to the severed exactions of a large business which he built up, by unremitting toil, to splendid proportions. These severe business obligations had told upon him heavily and he at last sank beneath their weight. He had but recently purchased the elegant residence on Downer Place of Mr. J.O. Curry and was getting in shape to properly enjoy life when death overtook him.

Mr. Clayton had been a member of the Methodist Episcopal church since young manhood and took an active part in promoting the erection of the present First M.E. church in Aurora. He was married in Chicago to Martha E. Knott, a native of England, and the family consists of five sons and two daughters: Adelia Louise (wife of Dr. F.H.Robinson), Ella E. (wife of A.H. Merrill, of Atlanta, Georgia), Gilbert O. Albert Wilson, Charles W., Harry S. and Roy.

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April 7, 1893 Batavia Herald

Capt. L.B. Church

Capt. L.B. Church, one of the best known local singers during the rebellion died, at Turner, last Thursday evening, aged 59 years. He served as Supervisor of Internal Revenue for Montana, under President Grant administration; holding his headquarters at Helena, and since 1872 he has made his home in Turner.

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April 7, 1893 Batavia Herald

Thos. Brooks


Mr. Thos. Brooks, father of Mrs. George Pierce, of this city, died Thursday, Mch. 30th aged 65 years. Mr. Brooks passed away suddenly, while attending to his garden, and without a moments warning, but as the deceased was a gentleman of the most exemplary character we feel assured he was prepared for the final summons, to which we all must submit. Deceased left England in 1850 and settled a few miles west of Geneva on a farm on which he remained until 1889, after which he rented his farm and went to Geneva. He was a kind husband, an indulgent father, and is sincerely mourned by a loving wife, one daughter, and two sons, who will long mourn for a kind and loving friend and father whom, while living, they revered and in death, lament with a grief that, all though veiled from the public eye, is none the less sincere.

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April 28, 1893 Batavia Herald

Dr. R.J. Patterson Expires After a Brief Illness of Pneumonia

SUDDEN DEATH OF AN OLD AND ESTEEMED CITIZEN

Thursday morning, the citizens of Batavia were shocked, to learn of the sudden death of Dr. R.J. Patterson, founder of Bellevue Place. Only a few days ago, in company with his son-in-law, S.A. Wolcott, he drove down town, and greeted a number of his old friends, apparently, in his usual health. A short time afterwards, he was taken down with pneumonia, and expired at 3 o'clock, Thursday morning, April 27, aged 76 years.

For over 25 years, has Dr. Patterson been a valuable and painstaking citizen of Batavia, and done much for the unfortunates of the State of Ill. He has led an exemplary life, and was highly esteemed by all who knew him. He leaves a wife, and two children, Dr. John, and Miss Blanche Patterson.

The funeral services will be held at his late residence, Saturday, April 29, at 2 o'clock p.m.

R.J. Patterson, M.D., the founder of Bellevue Place, was born in Berkshire county, Mass., in 1817; graduated at the Berkshire medical college in 1842, and soon after was appointed on the medical staff of the Ohio lunatic asylum, at Columbus, where he served for five years. He subsequently held the office of medical superintendent of the state hospital for the insane in Indiana and Iowa, serving for five years in each state, and for over twenty-five years he has been proprietor and medical superintendent of Bellevue Place; thus nearly all of his professional life has been devoted to the treatment of nervous and mental diseases, and by his vast experience in this line of work, he has become very proficient, and knew and felt the needs of his patients, and by his untiring energy and thoughtfulness, he has fitted up and arranged this hospital with special reference to the best care and treatment of patients whose friends prefer an institution of the private class, which is designed to combine the comforts of a quiet rural home.

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May 5, 1893 Batavia Herald

Death of Mr. John Gillman, A Former Resident of This Vicinity

Mr. John Gillman, a resident of this vicinity for eight years, and well and favorably known among our older citizens, died at his home in Plano, Sunday, April 30, 1893, at 8 o'clock, a.m. aged 77 years. Deceased was born in Coburg, Canada, June 1, 1816, and went from there to N.Y., when eleven years of age, where he remain until 1837, when he came to Ill., and settled near Long Grove, from thence he came to Elburn, where he remained eight years, and then moved near Plano. Oct. 2, 1842, he married Miss Margret Jobes, with whom he lived to celebrate their Golden Wedding, which occurred Oct. 2, 1892. About eight years ago he was injured in a runaway accident which resulted in the loss of his eye sight, and since that time has been entirely blind. A few years ago they retired from active farming and went to Plano, where the rest of his life has been spent. Since his blindness his faithful wife has been his greatest comfort, as her whole time was devoted to reading to him,a and helping to pleasantly pass away the time. His health has gradually been failing ever since his blindness, and for a few months past has been nearly helpless, but was only confined to his bed a few days before his death. He was the father of three children, one son, Charles, who lives on the old homestead, and two daughters, one having died in infancy, the other, Mrs. Post, living at Post Falls, Oregon. Deceased was honest, upright, and highly respected by all who knew him. The funeral was held in the Plano Baptist church, Tuesday, may 2d, at 2 p.m., Rev. G.M. Daniels officiating. The remains were taken to Griswold cemetery for burial. His faithful and aged companion has our heart-felt sympathy in her hour of sorrow.

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May 5, 1893 Batavia Herald

Death of John Nordeen, An Old Soldier

John Nordeen died Saturday April 29, 1893 at his home in this city of kidney difficulty, aged 81 years. Deceased came from Europe and had lived in Batavia 12 years and was a soldier in the late war and drew a pension from Uncle Sam. Funeral was held at the house Monday and the remains interred in the West Side Cemetery.

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July 13, 1893 Batavia Herald

Resolutions of Condolence In Memory of J. T. McMaster


At a special convocation of Batavia Lodge No.404, A.F. & A. M. held at their Lodge room, Sunday May 27th, 1893 convened as a lodge of sorrow to bury their late brother James T. McMaster, Brothers E. S. Smith, J.O. McClellan and J. F. McNair were appointed as a committee to prepare resolutions of condolence and to present them to the Lodge for action. The committee prepared and presented to the Lodge for action the following:

J. T. McMaster was born in Schenectady County, State of New York, April 28th,1831. He was married to Nancy A. Gibson at Utica, N.Y. in 1853. He came to Illinois with his family in the fall of 1860 and settled in Batavia where he has made his home until his death on the 25th day of May 1893. At the breaking out of the Civil War, his patriotism and love of his country strongly manifested itself and in August 1862, he gave his services to his country and went out in the 124th, Reg't Ills. Volunteers and gave three years of the best of his life in the maintenance of the principles of our Government.


His death is no doubt due to the hardships he endured on the battle field. He has (several times) been elected to offices of trust and he has always performed the duties of the same to the full satisfaction of our community.

In April 1890 he was appointed Postmaster at Batavia by President Harrison, which office he held at the time of his death.

Brother McMaster was made a Mason in Batavia, Ill., Lodge No. 404, May 18th,1868 and has ever been a consistent member thereof and held the principles of Masonry in high esteem and veneration.

He was a kind husband and affectionate father and strongly attached to his home and family.
While the Lodge deeply mourn his death, we also most sincerely sympathize with his bereaved family and friends.

E.S. Smith

J.O. McClellan

J.F. McNair, Committee

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July 13, 1893 Batavia Herald

E.D. Robbinson, an Old Batavia Resident, Dies at the Age of 90 Years

E.D. Robbinson, one of the old pioneers of Batavia, died, at the advanced age of 90 years, Tuesday, July 11. Mr. Robbinson had expressed a great desire to live until he was 90 years of age, this wish was granted, and on June 10, '93 he reached his 90th birthday, and the next month breathed his last. Deceased was born in Vermont, and came to this State in an early day. Funeral was held from the house Thursday and the remains were interred in the East Side Cemetery.

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July 13, 1893 Batavia Herald

Mrs. Alexander Allen - Moves From Scotland to Batavia And is Stricken With Death

A sad case came before the citizens of West Batavia, last week. A hard working honorable Scotch family, of father, mother and six children, came from their far distant land, Scotland: sailed over the deep waters in safety, and came direct to Batavia, to take up their residence among strangers, in a strange land. They rented and moved into the house next to W.S. Winchell, but before they were settled in their new home,t he mother, Mrs. Alexander Allen, aged 47 years, sickened, and in a few brief days was cold in death, leaving a sorrow stricken husband and six children to mourn the loss of a dear wife and mother. Funeral services were held Saturday, and the remains interred in the West Side Cemetery, in a strange country far from their native home. The family were so bereaved and sorrow stricken by their sudden loss, that they immediately removed from the scenes of their sorrow and bereavement, to Geneva, where it is hoped they will meet with no more such misfortunes.

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July 20, 1893 Batavia Herald

Death of little Nina Banker

Mr. and Mrs. Julias Banker, who reside about five miles south-west of Batavia, near Nelson Grove, have been called upon to mourn the death of their little daughter, Nina, aged 3 years, who was taken away with brain fever, Friday, July 14. Funeral was held at the house, Sunday and the remains were interred in the East Side Cemetery. The family have the heartfelt sympathy of their neighbors, in this, their hour of sorrow and affliction. The mother of the departed child is prostrated with grief and is confined to her bed. She is a sister of Geo. and Lewis Pierce.

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July 20, 1893 - Batavia Herald

Sad and Sudden Demise of Mr. William Hillman

Steps into Eternity Without a Moments Warning

Tuesday, it was our sad and solemn duty, to attend the funeral, of our old time and highly esteemed friend, Mr. William Hillman, at Sandwich. only a few days ago, we had a pleasant visit with him. Saturday, he called on his old friends, circulated among his usual avenues, and in the evening, retired, at the usual hour, apparently in the best of health. But as he lay on his pillow, that night, he entered the long sleep, from which no one ever awakes. The next morning, when his wife went to call him, he was cold in death, and from all appearances had passed away, while asleep, without a struggle, from heart failure, aged 65 years. This tragic news, was not only a piercing blow to his bereaved and sorrow stricken wife, but threw a shock and shadow of sorrow over the entire city, for Mr. Hillman was a man who was beloved and highly esteemed by all who knew him. He had resided in the vicinity of Sandwich for over 40 years; lived a blameless (sic) Christian, life; been a valued member of the Presbyterian church for over 30 years, had made a success in life, always active and industrious; accumulated sufficient of this world's goods, to make him comfortable, and he used it for the advancement of Christianity, benevolent societies and to relive and assist humanity in general. Yes! William Hillman was a good kind, honorable gentleman and the World was made better for his living, and his untimely death is a sad loss to Sandwich; and his personal friends have lost a true noble friend, that will be hard for them to replace. Less than a year ago, Mr. and Mrs. Hillman moved into their pleasant new home which they built to suit their tastes and desires, with a prospect of many happy years before them. But not so! The Angel of Death, in less than one short year, calls the head of the family, and leaves a sorrowful and lonely wife, who has but one other relative living, and that an aged and feeble mother, who resides in a distant city. Surely, her sorrows and grief have been extreme, but her large circle of personal friends, most heartily and deeply sympathize with her, and stand ready to lend any aid and assistance, to lighten her burdens of grief.

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August 24, 1893 - Batavia Herald

Death of Mrs. John VanNortwick

Been a Resident of Batavia for Forty-Seven Years

A long and Useful Life of An Esteemed Citizen and Beloved Mother is Ended

Sunday, Aug. 20, 1893, death removed another of the earliest residents of the city of Batavia, Mrs. John VanNortwick, whose husband preceded her in death, 3 years and 3 months. At 10 o'clock, Sunday morning, this venerable lady, laid down the burden of life and passed to the Golden Reward beyond.

Mrs. VanNortwick has been a resident of Batavia, for 47 long years, being one of the few links which remained to connect pioneer life of the past, with this present age of progress.

Very impressive funeral services were held at her late home, Wednesday at 2 p.m., the spacious residence being filled to overflowing, many being present from Aurora and other surrounding cities. Rev. G.H. Barry conducted the last sad rites according to the Episcopalian Ritual. Appropriate music was furnished by a quartet, composed of Mrs. Ed. Burton, Mrs. E.W. McCullough, H.N. Wade and C.E. Crankshaw, with Miss Annie Burton as organist. Those who acted as pallbearers were: F.H. Buck, F.K. George, Joseph Town, Peter Hobler, John Griffeth and James Mair. The floral offerings were very beautiful and appropriate. The remains were followed to their last resting place, West Batavia Cemetery, by a very large concourse of mourning friends and placed beside her husband. Following we give the obituary, which was prepared by Mr. D.B. Andrus, who has been personally acquainted with the departed lady for several years.

Mrs. Patty Mari VanNortwick, widow of the late Hon. John VanNortwick, died at the family residence, in Batavia, Sunday morning, Aug. 20, 1893, aged 81 years. She had been in poor health for several months, and the end was not unexpected.

Patty Mari Mallory, was married to John VanNortwick, at Pen Yan, N.Y., Feb. 11, 1836, and came to Batavia, Ill., in 1846, with her husband and two children, cheerfully sharing the hardships of a new country, to secure a home, and lay the foundations for future prosperity.

Deceased was the mother of five children, two sons and three daughters, Wm. M. VanNortwick, of this city, J.S. VanNortwick, of Appleton, Wis., Mrs. F.B. Rice, of Aurora, who was permitted to be with, and tenderly care for her during her last illness and death, Mrs. Amos Burton, who died in 1891, and Miss Elenor, who passed away in childhood. Besides the children, she leaves a large circle of relatives and friends to mourn her departure.

During the residence of Mrs. VanNortwick in Batavia, nearly fifty years, a generation has come and gone, and but few of her early acquaintances are left. Yet all who have ever known her, if permitted to speak, would testify to her gentle and unassuming manner, her kind and sympathetic nature and her faithful devotion to family and friends. Modest in her professions and unostentatious in her acts of benevolence, she was ever unconsciously teaching the doctrine of practical piety. She was no respector of persons. The humblest and the wealthiest shared alike her love and hospitality, and her friendship and aid were never wanting to the needy.

In the death of this loving mother, a happy home and family rendezvous of more than half a century is broken forever, and its memory is cherished with the sacred things of the past. The adornment of her mansion above has been made beautiful and complete by her loving deeds in the one below. Forcibly the words of the poet comes to us.

"Change and decay in all around I see"

And in the solitude and agony of our hearts, we cry:

"Who like thyself, my guide and stay can be?"

"Through cloud and sunshine, Lord, abide with me!"

Mrs. VanNortwick was a member of Calvary church of this city, having united therewith a few years since with her husband, thus obeying the Gospel exhortation, adding to a long and practical Christ-like life, the witness of a public profession.

The even temper, so characteristic in all her life, was emphasized during her illness, by the absence of a murmer or complaint. When her work was done, she patiently waited the summons of the Master to join her husband and daughters, and the innumerable company on the other shore, and her last hour was

"Like one who wraps the drapery of his couch

about him and lies down to pleasant dreams"

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July 6, 1893 - Batavia Herald

Mrs. Miller - Dies at the Age 106

A former Resident of Batavia, the Oldest Person in the State

She has met Geo. Washington and lived under Every President of the United States

Mrs. Asentha Miller, the oldest lady in the State of Ill., and probably the oldest one in the United States, and for many years a resident of Batavia, also the step-grandmother of Mr. S.V. Hampton, of this city, died at her home in St. Charles, Sunday evening, July 2, 1893, aged nearly 106 years. This Centenarian and pioneer of the state, was born in Brimfield, Mass., Aug. 12, 1787, two years before the inauguration of Geo. Washington, our first president, and had she lived until Aug. 12, she would have been 106 years old. Her life has been remarkable; having lived under the administration of every president of the U.S., and during our two great wars, her first husband, S. Barnum having served in the war of 1812. At an early age she was permitted to meet the father of our country, the great Geo. Washington. When this aged lady was born it took three years to make a trip around the world, and now it can be made in as short a time as would then take to go to N.Y. Telegraphy, the telephone, the phonograph, and the electric light, and numerous other inventions of great significance have been brought to light and the use of mankind during the span of this one life. She had always been a useful and active lady, and of intelligence, and often appeared before the public, as an impersonator and reader. She was blessed with the best of health and light work about the house, up to within a few weeks of her death. Deceased was present at the Centennial in Phila., and was anticipating a pleasant time at the Columbian Exposition in Chicago, when she was called to her heavenly home. For a number of years she made her home in this city, but removed from here to St. Charles about seven years ago.

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August 24, 1893 - Batavia Herald

Smith Avery Murdered Near DeKalb

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 bad of corn. A passer-by mentioned the 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 terrible 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 himself 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.

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September 7, 1893 - Batavia Herald

William Warden

The Aurora Beacon says William Warden, one of the proprietors of Hotel Bishop, died very suddenly Saturday. Mr. and Mrs. Warden were seated at the dinner table, Mr. Warden in apparently good health, but just as they were about to rise Mr. Warden suffered an apoplectic stroke from which he never recovered.

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Sept. 14, 1893 - Batavia Herald

Death of Mrs. Roache

Mrs. Roache, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Pat. Kavanaugh, in this city, Saturday morning, September 9th, 1893, after a brief illness from paralysis, aged 80 years and 10 months. Deceased had only been a resident of Batavia four years. Short funeral services were held at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Kavanaugh, on the East Side, Monday morning, by the Rev. Father Spellman, and the remains taken on 12:45 train to Sycamore, for burial, where a son of the deceased resides.

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