Kane County, Illinois Obituaries

ELIZABETH HERMRECK (Herberich, Herberick, Hemrick)

Aurora News (Aurora, IL) 9 June 1898

Contributed by Source #4

DEATH OF AN OLD SETTLER - Mrs. Elizabeth Herberich Dies at The Age of Eighty Two.

Mrs. Elizabeth Herberick aged 82 years, died last night at the home of her daughter Mrs. Joseph Brummel about seven miles north east of town of dropsy.

The funeral will be held Saturday morning at ten o'clock from the Big Woods German Catholic Church. She leaves four daughters, Mrs. Joseph Brummel, Mrs. Anton Berthold, Mrs. Mathew Wagner of Aurora, and and (sic) one who lives in Indiana. She is a widow her husband having died many years ago.


Aurora Beacon (Aurora, IL) Thursday, 9 June 1898

Contributed by Source #4

Mrs. Elizabeth Hemrick died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Joseph Brummell, near Warrenhurst, at one o'clock this morning, June 9, aged 81 years and 11 months, of dropsy. The funeral will be held Saturday morning at 9 o'clock from the house and at 10 o'clock at the Big Woods church.


Aurora News (Aurora, IL) 16 July 1895

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Joseph Brummell died yesterday afternoon at his home east of town, death being caused by hemorrhage of the lungs. The funeral will be held from the house Thursday morning.
DIED: - Mr. Jos. BRUMMELL at his home east of this city, suddenly, of hemorrhage of the lungs, Monday, a.m., July 15, 95, aged 55 years. He leaves a wife and ten children to mourn his death.
[Batavia Herald, 18 July 1895]


Naperville Clarion (Naperville, IL) Wednesday, June 1, 1904

Contributed by Source #4

Mrs. . Catherine Brummell, widow of the late Joseph Brummell, died at six o'clock Tuesday evening of asthma at her home at Warrenhurst, aged fifty-nine years. She was born April 18, 1845, at Vere (C. Brummel's note: it is actually Verl), Germany, and came to America in 1862. She lived on the farm where she spent her last days, for thirty-three years. She is survived by seven sons and four daughters. The funeral was held Friday morning from the Big Woods Catholic church. Interment in Big Woods Cemetery.


Aurora Beacon (Aurora, IL) 14 August 1893

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DEATH OF ANTON BERTHOLD - The Well Known and Venerable Auroran Passes Away at His Home on High Street Last Night

Anton Berthold died at his home on High street shortly before six o'clock last night after an illness of many months. Mr. Berthold was a well known citizen in Aurora many years ago and his death causes the expression of many feelings of regret from the business men of the city.

For a number of years he was engaged in the quarrying of stone and later he was in the lumber business upon the ground now covered by the street railway power house. Since he disposed of this valuable property to the street car company Mr. Berthold has been associated with the management of the Aurora Brewing company but for more than a year he has been incapacitated for active business by a complication of diseases which baffled the most skilled physicians and finally resulted in his death.

The funeral will be held from the German Catholic Church at nine o'clock Wednesday morning.


Aurora Daily (Aurora, IL) Monday 14 August 1893

Contributed by Source #4

Death of Anton Berthold

After an illness of over twelve months, Anton Berthold, on Sunday evening, succumbed to a complication of diseases and gave up life's battle.

Mr. Berthold has for years been a prominent citizen of Aurora. He was the original owner of the Broadway stone quarry now operated by Riddle & Co., and subsequently engaged in the lumber business, having an office where the power house now stands. He was a part owner in the Aurora brewery.

The funeral will be held Wednesday morning at 9 o'clock, from St. Nicholas German Catholic church.


Aurora Beacon-News (Aurora, IL) 19 December 1928

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Mrs. Berthold, Resident Here 66 Years, Dies

Mrs. Elizabeth Berthold, 76, widow of the late Anton Berthold, and one of the best known women in Aurora, died at 6 o'clock this morning at Aurora-Leland hotel after a lingering illness.

Mrs. Berthold was born Dec. 23, 1852 and had resided in Aurora 66 years. She was active for many years in charity work. Surviving her are one daughter, Mary Elizabeth of Aurora, and seven sons, the Rev. Edward Berthold of Chicago, Herman, Glen Ellyn; Albert, Aurora; Joseph, Chicago; Leo, Fairfield, Ia; Louis, Seattle, Wash., and Karl, New York city.

Funeral arrangements have not been completed.

Mrs. Elizabeth Berthold

Aurora Beacon-News (Aurora, IL) Thursday, December 20, 1928

The funeral of the late Mrs. Elizabeth Berthold will be held from the Downs-Jones funeral home Saturday morning at 9:30 o'clock and from there, to St. Mary's church. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet cemetery.


Aurora Beacon News, 28 November 1936 Aurora, IL

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SUTPHEN, MRS. MARY E. - 660 Walnut St. Aged 80 years. Died Nov. 27 at home. She was born Feb. 12, 1856 Burlington, Ia. She is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Flora Martin, Mrs. Elsie Nicholson, and Mrs. Helen Stephenson, also one son Harry and several grandchildren, all of Aurora, one sister, Mrs. Fannie Miller, Hollywood, Cal. The funeral will be held at the Healy chapel Tuesday at 10 a. m. Rev. White officiating. Interment in Spring Lake cemetery.


Aurora Daily News (Aurora, IL) 18 May 1898

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Matt Wagner Sustains Severe Injuries at The Stone Quarry.


Was Crawling Under The Shaft When he Was Caught, Whirled Around And Thrown to The Floor - Is at The City Hospital in a Critical Condition.

Matt. Wagner, foreman at Riddle's stone quarry, had a narrow escape from death this morning. He attempted to crawl under a shafting in the engine house at the quarry. The shafting is about three feet from the ground and a burr on the rapidly revolving bar, caught Wagner's coat. The unfortunate man was whirled around, thrown to the ceiling about ten feet above, and in landing, his skull was fractured, his arm injured and he sustained other serious hurts. His coat and undershirt were torn into shreds. The patrol wagon was called and the patient taken to the city hospital where he is being cared for.

Wagner wore a common suit of blue serge and the clothes luckily gave way to the strain, else the man would have been held fast to the shafting until death resulted. The physician cannot determine the result of the injuries at present, but considers recovery very doubtful.


Aurora Daily Beacon (Aurora, IL) 18 May 1898

Mat Waegner Injured at the Riddle Stone Quarry.

This morning at about half past nine while foreman Mathias Waegner was examining the machinery in the engine room of the Riddle and Doetschman stone quarry he inadvertently went too near to the whirling belt and was caught in it. The belt caught in his wearing apparel and crushed him down to the floor with tremendous force, tearing off a good share of his clothes and inflicting very serious injuries on his person. The patrol wagon was at once called and he was taken to the hospital where his wounds were dressed and he was made as comfortable as possible.

3:35 p. m. - The principal injury to Mr. Waegner is a fracture of the skull, making his condition very serious. His son Will, who is employed by Marshall Field & Co., at Chicago, was sent for and is now with his father.


Aurora Daily Express (Aurora, IL) 18 May 1898


If the Cloth Had Been Stronger the Story Would Have Been Longer -- Accident to Mat Wagner.

Matt Wagner, foreman of the stone crusher at the Riddle quarry on South Broadway, met with an experience this morning which he will not care to repeat. Just before nine o'clock he went into the crusher shed to oil some of the machinery and stopped to pass under a shafting which crossed his path about three feet from the ground. He had gone under in safety a thousand times before. This time a protruding bolt on the shafting caught securely in his coat and shirt and in another instant the unfortunate man was jerked off his feet and started upward toward a stone wall against which in a moment he would have been crushed into a shapeless mass.

Fortunately for him, his clothing did not hold. He had on a common coat of blue serge, which could not withstand so great a weight, Wagner being a heavy man. The shafting jerked him off his feet, and then, as the coat gave way, threw him against the wall and to the ground, where he lay bruised and bleeding.

This all happened in a moment's time. There would have been no opportunity to stop the machinery quickly, and the man's life would certainly have gone out, had the cloth not torn. As it was, he was picked up cut and bruised and a little later taken to the Hospital in the patrol wagon. He complained greatly of his arms, and it was feared that these had been broken. It is not thought that his injuries are serious.


Two days later..... Aurora Daily News (Aurora, IL) 20 May 1898

Victim of the Stone Quarry Accident Could Not Recover.

Matt Wagner, who was injured at the stone quarry Wednesday, died at the city hospital this morning at 1:30 o'clock.

Deceased was 50 years of age and leaves a wife and nine children. One son enlisted in the United States army. A few years ago Mr. Wagner embarked in the stone quarry business on South River street with Mr. Esser. He then met with an accident which incapacitated him for work for several weeks. The family has been extremely unfortunate with sickness and death.

Mr. Wagner belonged to several societies in which he carried insurance amounting $4,000, including the Western Catholic Union, $2,000; Columbian Knights, $1,000, and another society, $1,000.

The funeral will be held at St. Nicholas church Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock. The remains will leave the late home, 449 South River street at 1:30. Interment at Mt. Olivet.


Aurora Daily Beacon (Aurora, IL) 20 May 1898

Mathias Waegner, aged 52, died at the hospital at 1:30 this morning, of paralysis, following injuries received in the accident at Riddle & Doetschman's quarry Wednesday morning. Funeral from the St. Nicholas church Sunday afternoon, under the auspices of the Western Catholic Union, Order of Mutual Aid and the Rhinelander Club


Aurora Daily Express (Aurora, IL) 20 May 1898


The Accident at the Stone Crusher Proves Fatal and He Passed Away at 1:30 this Morning.

The injuries to Matt. Wagner at the stone crushing machine last Wednesday, proved fatal, for Mr. Wagner died of his injuries this morning at 1:30 o'clock. An examination showed that he sustained a fracture of the skull and internal injuries. He leaves a wife and nine children to mourn his loss, besides a large number of other relatives and numerous friends. One of his sons recently enlisted in the U. S. army.

Mr. Wagner has been followed by misfortune of late. A few years ago he embarked in the stone quarry business with Mr. Esser on South River street, and there lost all of his property. He also met with an accident there which laid him up for some time. He has had many cases of sickness and several deaths in his family.

Mr. Wagner belonged to several benevolent organizations, from which his family will derive benefits amounting to several thousand dollars. Among these are the Western Catholic Union, $2,000; The Columbian, $1,000, and several others.


Aurora Beacon (Aurora, IL) 26 October 1925

Contributed by Source #4

Pioneer Aurora Women (sic) Dies After a Long Illness

Mrs. Mary Waegner, 69, widow of the late Matthew Waegner, died at 12:15 o'clock Sunday at her home, 319 Marion avenue after an illness of about ten years. She was the mother of eight children, including William C. and Edward J. Waegner, of the Waegner shoe store. Her husband preceded her in death about twenty-seven years.

Mrs. Waegner was of a quiet, unassuming nature, which won her hundreds of friends thruout the city. During her long illness she underwent several operations. On two occasions limb amputations were made in an effort to save her life. Her patient acceptance of what life held for her during her years of suffering might well be taken as an object lesson in fortitude. She was a brave and patient sufferer.

Phil J. Waegner, a son, of San Francisco, Cal., arrived in Aurora Saturday morning. Word that he was to be in this section of the country led to preparations for a family reunion, which was to have been held today. Mrs. Waegner became suddenly worse Friday night. She was conscious to the last, and altho she was able to recognize her son when he returned Saturday, she was too weak to talk.

Mrs. Waegner was born Sept. 22, 1856 at Westphalia, Germany. She came to America with her parents when a child of 8 years, and practically her entire life was spent in Aurora and vicinity. She was married when 18 years of age to Matthew Waegner, who died in 1898.

She was a member of the Woman's Catholic Order of Foresters, and the Catholic Ladies' Benevolent Society. She leaves eight children and a sister, Mrs. Elizabeth Berthold, of Aurora. The children are William C. and Edward J. Waegner, of Aurora; Phil J., of San Francisco; Mrs. Henry J. Dieden, of Chicago; Mrs. Arthur J. Pearce, of Chicago; Mrs. Frank E. Spoden, of Aurora, and Misses Clara and Eleanor Waegner, of Aurora. Ten grandchildren also survive.


The Hampshire Register, 4-17-1908, Pg 1

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Henry Bauman died last Friday at the advanced age of 87 years, 2 months and 7 days, after an illness of two months' duration, caused by the general breaking down of his system from old age.

Henry Bauman was born at Elbrechthouse, Wurttenberg, Germany, February 3, 1821. He was twice married, the first time in Germany, and with his wife and children came to this country in 1854, locating at Woodbridge, New Jersey. His first wife died in 1863, eight children having been born to them, seven of whom are living... Henry of Brooklyn; Fred of Germany; Mrs. Jacob Baker and Chris of this place; John of Ft. Pierre, Jacob of Sue City, Iowa; Mrs. Jas. Van Vleet of North Dakota.

His second marriage was to Miss. Emma Foster at Woodbridge, N.J. January 6, 1865. They came to Hampshire the same year, locating on a small farm north of the village and moving to the village nineteen years ago. Six children came to bless the second marriage, four of whom are living... George, of this place; Mrs. E. Foltz, of Ingalton IL. Mrs. F.J. Bopp, of this place, and Mrs. Herman Lindoefer, of Chicago. Besides the wife and these children their are also 47 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

Mr. Bauman joined the Evangelical Church in 1870? and later transferred his membership to the United Evangelical Church, and was an active worker in the church until the infirmities of old age prevented. In politics he was an advocate of the Republican doctrine. Kind by nature with always a pleasant word for everyone, he will be greatly missed. The funeral was held Monday with services at one o'clock from the home and thence from the United Evangelical church, Rev. TO. L. Harder and Rev. C. R. Hedges officiating. The pallbearers were W.C. Widmayer, George Baker, M.J. Getzelman, Carl Schann, George Rineck and G.A. Blazer. Internment in the Hampshire Center Cemetery.

Those present from out of town at the funeral were: Mrs. L. Bauman, of Genoa; Mrs. Henry Foltz; Mr. and Mrs. E. Foltz; and daughter Mabel, of Ingalton; Mr. and Mrs. Robt. Miller and Mr. and Mrs. Will Miller, of Huntley; Mr. and Mrs. John Miller of Chicago; Mr. and Mrs. J.E. Elbert, Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Getzelman, and Miss Ida Miller, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Peck, of Elgin; Mrs. Mary Foster, Mrs. Mary Fessler and Mrs. Swartz, of West Chicago.


Elgin Advocate, Friday April 17, 1908.


Henry G. Baumann, 87 years, Passed Away Friday After Several Months Illness

Henry G. Baumann, and old and respected citizen died April 10, 1908, at the age of 87 years, after a sickness of several months.

Mr. Baumann was born February 3, 1821, at Wertenburg, Germany. He came to America in 1854. He was married in Germany in which eight children were born, five boys and three girls. He was a second time married January 6, 1865 at Woodbridge, N.J. Six children were born to this marriage, four girls and two boys. Two children have died, one daughter and one son. He leaves to mourn his loss a widow and 11 children, 47 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren.

Mr. Baumann moved from New Jersey in the year 1865 and settled upon a farm north of town where he lived till 1889 when he moved into town where he lived till his death.


Elgin Daily Courier, Friday April 17, 1908

Henry Baumann died in his home Friday after a long illness and general breakdown of health. The funeral was held Monday afternoon, from the United Evangelical Church. Mr. Baumann was 86 years old and one of the pioneer settlers of the town.


Hampshire Register newspaper, 10-21-1910, Pg. 1

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Death came to Christian Bauman last Friday morning, ending a long period of illness from locomotors ataxia - covering five years, during which time he was entirely unable to work, and the last four years of his life were spent in bed almost continuously. These must indeed have been long years to him, but bore them with patience and was uncomplaining.

Christian Bauman was born Sept. 18, 1862, in Woodbridge, Middlesex county, New Jersey, and in 1864 came to Illinois with his parents and locating in Kane county, and a year later removing to Hampshire.

On November 8, 1883, Mr. Bauman was united in marriage to Miss Lydia Baker, who survives him. To them were born three children; Bert of Elgin; Charles of Naperville, and Pearl, of this place, who also survive to mourn his departure, besides two grandchildren. He leaves also seven brothers and sisters, as follows: Henry, of Woodbridge, N.J. ; Fred of Wittenberg, Germany; Mrs. Jacob Baker, of this place; Mrs. Jas. Van Vleet, of North Dakota; John of South Dakota; Jacob of Sue City, Iowa; and George of this place: and three half sisters-Mrs. E.J. Voitz, of West Chicago; Mrs. F.J. Bopp of Dundee, and Mrs. H. Linderfer of Pingree Grove.

In the year 1899 Mr. Bauman confessed his faith in Christ and united with the United Evangelical church. He proved to be faithful in serving his God, doing his duty as a Christian as best he could. He was ready to go. When prayer was offered in his bed chamber, unable to kneel or bow his head, he would reverently clasp his hands and at the end of the prayer would unite in saying "Amen".

The funeral took place Sunday. Short services were held at the house at 9:30 o'clock in the morning and at 10 o'clock in the United Evangelical church, Rev. F. E. Black officiating. Hampshire Camp, no. 19, Modern Woodsman of America, of which the deceased was a member since 1893, and in which society he held a certificate for $2,000, took charge of the funeral. Neighbors F. L. Wetting, Jas. F. Reid, Charles Melms Jr. D. C. McGrath, C. W. Suhr and H.H. Kirsheff? were the pall bearers. The interment was in the Hampshire Center Cemetery, where the beautiful and impressive ritualistic services of the M. W. of A. (Modern Woodsman of America) were carried out.

Those present from out of town at the funeral were: Mrs. E. J. Voltz of West Chicago; Mr. and Mrs. F. J. Bopp of Dundee; Mrs. W. N. Peck of Elgin; Mr. and Mrs. Bert Bauman, of Elgin; Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Bauman, of Naperville; Mr. and Mrs. Robert Miller, of Algonquin; Mr. and Mrs. Henry Draile? and Mr. and Mrs. Henry Weideman of Genoa; Mr. and Mrs. H. Anrard ? of Barrington.


ELGIN DAILY NEWS - May 5, 1920, page 3

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Mrs. Florence Phelan, wife of Thomas Phelan died at her home, 1108 Bellevue avenue at 3 o'clock Monday afternoon following an extended illness. She was born in North Plato November 12, 1877 and spent the early years of her life there. On July 17, 1894 she was united in marriage to Thomas Phelan.

Besides her husband, she is survived by two daughters, Lillian and Margaret, also her father, Henry Brady of North Plato, one sister, Mrs. Edward Dopke, of Elgin, also one brother, William of Elgin. She was a member of Elgin County of Honor Number 341.
Funeral services will be held from the home, 1108 Bellevue avenue, Thursday morning at 9 o'clock and at 9:30 o'clock from St. Mary's Catholic church. Burial will be at Bluff City cemetery.


ELGIN COURIER NEWS, February 18, 1835, page 3

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Henry Brady, 79 years old, died at his home, 123 S. Grove ave. last night following a protracted period of illness. He was born June 23, 1855 at Glasgow, Scotland, and came to the United States in 1869, settling at North Plato, where he had been a resident until two years ago, when he moved to Elgin to make his home with his daughter, Mrs. Mamie Dopke, and his son, William Brady, at 123 S. Grove ave.

Besides these children he is survived by four grandchildren, Arthur Switzer and Mrs. Lillian Thurnau of Elgin, Mrs. Margaret Holtz of Hampshire, and Vern Switzer of North Plato. Three great grandchildren also survive him. Funeral services will be held Wednesday afternoon at 2 from the Marsh & Conn chapel, with burial in North Plato cemetery. Friends may call at the chapel.

From the North Plato Cemetery Index:

1. SWITZER, Vernon J. July 17, 1899 Aug 5, 1958
2. BRADY, MARY 1892-1955
William 1878-1957
3. BRADY, Henry 1855-1935



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Mrs. Josephine Hartfield, 55, wife of George Hartfield, died at 8:30 o'clock yesterday morning at her home, 589 South River street. She was born March 1, 1869, in Austria and had been a resident of Aurora for the last 11 years.
Besides her husband she is survived by her father, Martin Miller; one daughter, Mrs. Edward Levy, and five stepchildren, George and William Hartfield of Chicago, Roy of Montana, Frank of Aurora, and Mrs. Grace Claussen of Chicago. Four brothers and two sisters also survive. The funeral will be held at 9 o'clock tomorrow morning from the late home, 589 South River street, and at 9:30 o'clock from Holy Angels church. The Rev. Fr. James A. Quinn will officiate. Burial will be in Mr. Olivet cemetery.


Contributed by Source #4

Obituary from an unknown Indiana paper:
Margaret Hemrick Stickling was born in West Phallen, Germany, March 4, 1850, and came to this country when but fourteen years of age, with her parents, who settled at Aurora, Illinois.
Here in 1867 she was married to Henry Stickling of that place. To this union ten children were born, six of whom survive their parents -- Henry of Grand Junction, Iowa; Elizabeth, John, Frank, Mary and Joseph of Dunnington, Ind.
Mr. and Mrs. Stickling resided at Aurora, Chicago and Ottawa, Ill., until March, 1881, when they moved from the latter place to the old home place just south of Dunnington, Ind., where the remainder of their lives was spent. Her husband died August 21, 1893, and was buried at Dunnington, since which time the mother has made her home with her children on the home place.
On May 1, Mrs. Stickling went to Aurora, Ill., to attend a silver wedding anniversary, and to make an extended visit with old friends and relatives. Only three days after her arrival she became seriously ill at the home of her niece, Mrs. Elizabeth Patterman, where she passed away from a complication of diseases June 7, 1916, at the age of 66 years, 3 months and 3 days.
Short services were held at St. Nicholas Church, at Menominee (
Contributor's note: The services were actually held in Aurora) Ill., conducted by her nephew, Rev. Brummel, after which the body was brought home.
Funeral services were held at St. Mary's Church, Dunnington, Saturday morning at 9 o'clock, and the remains were laid to rest by the side of her husband in beautiful St. Mary's Cemetery.
Beside her children and four grandchildren, she leaves to mourn her loss two sisters, Mrs. Elizabeth Berthold and Mrs. Mary Wagoner, and one brother, Conrad Hemrick, of Aurora, Ill., and a large circle of friends and neighbors.
[Poem deleted] Relatives from a distance who attended the funeral were Christ Brummel, Mrs. Elizabeth Patterman and Mrs. Matt Ross, Aurora, Ill.; Jos. Brummel, Wheaton, Ill.; Mr. and Mrs. George Fleming, Mr. and Mrs. William Feldott, Mrs. Conrad Weisbroke, Mrs. Andrew Barkie, Mr. and Mrs. Christ Patterman and John Brummel, Naperville, Ill.; Henry Stickling, Grand Junction, Iowa; Mrs. Maggie Diener, Monticello, Ind.; Henry Weisbroke and daughter Mary, Lenora, Ill.; Herman Schroeder, Ottawa, Ill., and John Fierborn, Streator, Ill.


Mrs. Margaret Sicklen

Aurora Beacon News, 7 August 1916.

(Contributor's note: The name spellings are not accurate)

Mrs. Margaret Sicklen, 65 years old, died at the home of her nephew, C. H. Brummel, 390 Liberty street, at 4 o'clock this morning, of general debility. She leaves two daughters, Elizabeth and Margaret; four sons, Henry, John, Frank and Gilbert; two sisters, Mrs. Anton Berthold and Mrs. Mathew Wagner, and one brother, Conrad Henrich.
The funeral will be held from the late home tomorrow morning at 8 o'clock, at 8:30 o'clock from the St. Nicholas church, and at 10:53 o'clock the body will be shipped over the Burlington to Dunnington, Ind., for burial.


1884 news clipping from unknown Dundee newspaper

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Mrs. Robert Binnie (nee:Agnes Mclaren) died in Dundee at the age of 80 years. She was born in Linlithgow, Scotland in 1804. She came to the U.S. in 1849 on the ship Khatadin with her husband (her husband's brothers and sisters) and 5 children and settled in Dundee. She is survived by 2 sons, James and Robert Jr., 3 daughters, Elizabeth, Alison and Agnes. Also 47 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren. The funeral will be at 1 p.m. O'clock December 17 at the First Presbyterian Church of Dundee. Reverand W.L. Ferris officiating.

Contributor's note: Robert Binnie's parents were John and Alison (Templeton) Binnie from Scotland. (Alison is buried in Dundee also.) She died in 1866. John Binnie's parents were William and Margaret (Pinkerton) Binnie.


News clipping from unknown Dundee newspaper, June 1902

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Veteran Resident of Dundee and Kane County Ends Useful life

HE CAME TO U.S. IN 1848.....Had served as Assessor for Twelve consecutive years - Funeral on Wednesday

After an illness of nearly a year, Alexander Binnie passed away at 5:26 O'Clock Sunday evening
[June 18, 1902] at his home, the farm two miles west of Dundee, at the advanced age of 76 years. Mr. Binnie was the youngest of nine children and was the last one to pass away. He was a member of the Congregational church of Dundee and one of the best known residents of that township.

Father lived to be 100.....He was a native of Scotland being born in Linlithgowshire in 1829. He came to America in 1848, settling in Kane county where he began a life for himself. Mr Binnie was a son of Mr and Mrs. John Binnie, both worthy people of Scotland, where his father lived to be 100 years of age.

Alexander Binnie was twice married. His first wife was Jane Wilson, whom he married in 1850. One son, now deceased, was born to them. Mrs. Binnie died in September of 1877 and in 1879 he married Bethia Crichton. Six children were born to them. They being James, Alexander, Edwin, Bertha, Henry and Daisie.

Assessor for 12 years.......Mr. Binnie was a staunch Republican and a man highly esteemed throughout the county. He served as assessor for 12 years. The funeral was held on Wednesday at 1 O'clock from the late home. W.G.T. McCollum of Dundee had charge of the services.

Zaidee Levey

Batavia Herald 17 Dec 1953

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Mrs. Zaidee Levey, 86, died Sunday at Hezelhurst rest home. Born in Blackberry township, she had lived in this vicinity all her life. Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Amy L. Clever; seven grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren.

Services were held Wednesday from the Johnson funeral home, Rev. Gilbert Johnstone officiating. Burial was in West Batavia Cemetery.

Casadena Howard

Batavia Herald 7 March 1895

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Mrs. Casadena Howard, died at the home of her son, Mr. A. Howard, west of this city, Sunday, March 3, 1895 at 6 a.m. aged 65 years. Deceased was taken ill while on a visit in Indiana and was brought home by her son about a week ago, where she was tenderly cared for till death came to her relief. Some time ago she was afflicted with Erysipelas which settled in one of her limbs, and caused her death, gangrene having set in. The funeral was held from the home Monday afternoon at 1:30, Rev J. D.
Leek officiating. The remains were taken to Sugar Grove for burial. Deceased leaves one son and one daughter, both grown to maturity and settled in their homes; the husband and father having preceded her some 10 or 12 years.²

Thomas Laundry

The Aurora Daily Beacon 3 May 1909

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Thomas Laundry [sic] died Sunday morning at his home, 456 Fulton street as the result of kidney trouble with complications, aged sixty-one years. He is survived by his widow and three children, Jules Laundry, Philip Laundry and Mrs. Frank Stebbins of Belvidere.

The funeral will be held Wednesday morning at nine o'clock from the house and at 9:30 o'clock from Sacred Heart church. Interment will be made in the French cemetery.

Mrs. Hermene Landry

The Aurora Beacon News 9 August 1913

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Mrs. Hermene Landry, aged 70 years, an old resident of Aurora, coming here from her birthplace in Canada when quite young, died at the home of her son, Philip Landry, 456 Fulton street, today at 9:30 o'clock of cancer. She is survived by two sons, Philip and Julius Landry of this city, and one daughter, Mrs. Frank Stebbins of Belvidere.

The funeral will be held from the home Monday morning at 9 o'clock and at 9:30 o'clock from the Sacred Heart church. Interment will be in the French Catholic cemetery.

Peter B. LaCure

The Aurora Beacon News 11 Feb 1925

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Funeral Services for Peter B. LaCure will be held at 9:15 o'clock tomorrow morning from the late home, 416 Fulton St., and at 9:30 o'clock from the Sacred Heart Church. The Reverend Fr. J. C. Sinard will officiate. Burial will be in the French Catholic Cemetery.

Orrilly LaCure

The Aurora Beacon News 17 Oct 1942

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Mrs. Orrilly LaCure, 93, died at the home of her son, Bert McClure[sic], 107 North State street, last night. She was born in Oswego Dec. 13, 1849. Mrs. LaCure is survived by one son, Bert; four daughters, Mrs. Phillip Landry and Mrs. Otto Regnier [sic-Aigner] of Aurora, Mrs. Estella Battles of Los Angeles, Calif., and Sister Genevieve of Momence, Illinois; 16 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren.

She was an active member of the St. Anne society of Sacred Heart church. Funeral Services will be held at the Downs funeral home Monday morning at 9 o'clock and at Sacred Heart church at 9:30 o'clock, the Rev. J. C. Simard officiating. Burial in the French Catholic cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home.

Mrs. Matilda LaCure

Aurora Herald weekly 17 July 1885

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In this city, July 14th, Mrs. Matilda LaCure, at her home on Second avenue aged 62 years and 6 months. Funeral Friday at 9 a.m.

Joseph Helbe (Helble)

Aurora Beacon 17 Feb 1904 page 1

Contributed by Source #8

Joseph Helbe [sic], one of the best known young German politicians in the city, died at his home on Watson street at two o¹clock this afternoon of typhoid pneumonia after an illness of about a week¹s duration. The death of Mr. Helbe [sic] comes as a surprise to his numerous friends in the city as it was not generally known that he was ill.

Deceased was born in Germany and came to this country when very young. He was at the time of his death 32 years of age and leaves a widow and four children to mourn his loss. Until recently Mr. Helbe [sic] has been in the cigar business but several months ago he quit that trade and became agent for the New York Life Insurance Company with offices in the Mercantile
block. Mr Helbe [sic] has for several years ben quite prominent in the democratic politics of the city and last year served as deputy assessor under Charles Haeni, filling that office very acceptably. He has been for a year past the president of the Froshinn Gesangverein, a local German singing society and has held a number of prominent positions in other local organizations.

Funeral arrangements have not yet been made.

Follow up....Aurora Beacon 19 Feb 1904: "The funeral of Joseph Helble will be held tomorrow afternoon at two o¹clock from his late home 291 Jackson street. Rev. Loth will officiate and internment will be in the St. Paul cemetery.

Mrs. Mary Worrlein

The Aurora Beacon News 12 Feb 1934

Contributed by Source #8

Mrs. Mary Worrlein, 84, died yesterday morning at 3 o'clock at the home of her daughter, Mrs. E. Steinke, 277 Ashland avenue, following a long illness. She was born at Buck, Bavaria, Germany, in 1849, coming to the United States in 1888. For the last 46 years Mrs. Worrlein had lived in Aurora. Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Steinke and Mrs. Charles Schuler, also of Aurora, a son Leonard Schmidt of Maywood, 14 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren. The funeral will be held at 1:30 o'clock Tuesday from the home, and at 2 o'clock from the St. Paul's Lutheran church with the Rev. A. M. Loth officiating. Burial will be in the St. Paul¹s cemetery.

Friends wishing to see Mrs. Worrlein may call at home. The services there Tuesday will be private. Friends are asked to kindly omit flowers.

Fred Helbla (Helble)

The Aurora Beacon News 18 July 1898

Contributed by Source #8

Fred Helbla[sic], the 5 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Helbla[sic], of 650 Fourth avenue, died Saturday evening at 11 o¹clock, of diptheria. The funeral was held Sunday afternoon at 4 o'clock from the house, burial at West Aurora cemetery.

Mrs. Ann Levy

Batavia Herald 25 June 1925 page 5

Contributed by Source #8

After a brief illness, on Wednesday, June 17, Mrs. Ann Levy [sic], widow of the late Chas. Levy, passed away at her home on North Batavia avenue aged nearly 90 years. Deceased was the 2d of ten children born to Daniel Fredendall and wife early pioneers of Batavia Township. Of this large pioneer family only two remain, Vinton Fredendall and one sister, BelleVanDervolgan both of Batavia.

Mrs. Levy was born in Duanesburg, New York, Nov 14th, 1835. Her parents and five children came west in 1842, remaining here all thru their long life. Her father walked from Chicago to Batavia, looking for a location for his family. They finally located on a farm now in the vicinity of the Hyde place.

When the deceased became a young woman she was married to Charles Levy by the late E. H. Gammon who was then a Methodist minister, and will be remembered by many in Batavia. Mr. and Mrs. Levy settled down on a farm. They worked diligently early and late, reared a large family of children and accumalated a good estate. Over 30 years ago they retired from farm life and came to Batavia to spend their remaining days, locating in North Batavia avenue. Here they spent many happy years together.

About 15 years ago Mr. Levy was deceased, but Mrs. Levy maintained the home on the avenue and managed the estate. Mrs. Levy was a very industrious woman of remarkable vitality and kept up well within a short time of her death. When she was not able to assist in the house work she would spend a great deal of her time sewing and made many quilts for different members of the family. Many enjoyable family gatherings were held at her home and one on her last birthday in Nov, 1924. During the last few years her daughter, Mrs. Geo. Geyer and family, lived with her and gave her the most tender care and attention.

She leaves to mourn her death, three sons and two daughters, Theodore Levy, who is home from Community hospital, where both legs were recently amputated, Charles of Blackberry township, Elmer of Oakland, Cal., Belle, wife of Louis Krumlauf of Aurora, and Mae, wife of George Geyer of Batavia.

Funeral at the late home 65 North Batavia Avenue, Friday afternoon, Rev. R. J. Richards of the Baptist church officiating. Interment in East Batavia cemetery.

Mrs. A. E. Howard

Batavia Herald 25 July 1895

Contributed by Source #8

DIED: At her home near Bald Mound, Friday, July 19, 1895, Mrs. A. E. Howard, after an illness of four months, aged 28 years. Deceased was formerly Miss Gertie Welsh, and was married to Mr. Howard in 1889. To them was born one child, a daughter, who preceded the mother to the spirit world about 2 years ago. The blow is a very sad one to the husband as only a few short months ago he was called upon to lay away his mother. The funeral was held from the home Sunday, at 1 p.m. conducted by Rev. J. D. Leek, and the remains interred in the Sugar Grove Cemetery.

Philo Howard

True L. D. Saint's Herald 1869 page 95

Contributed by Source #8

At the Batavia Branch, in Blackberry Township, Kane County, Ill., Bro. Philo Howard, in the forty-ninth year of his age. He was born at Ellisburgh, N. York April 6, 1819 and died Jan. 25, 1869.

January 25, 1869, Elder Philo Howard, counselor to Bishop Rogers, died near Batavia, Illinois. Of him the editor of the Herald wrote:- "It is with sorrow that we chronicle the death of Bro. Philo Howard, a counselor to the Bishop. He was a faithful and fearless witness for Christ, loved by all, respected for his many sterling qualities. About a year ago he was taken with some kind of disorder of the throat, by which his speech was injured. He thought that it would soon wear off; but it continued to growworse; until, notwithstanding his great personal worth, the fervent prayers of the saints, the frequent administration of the ordinance for the healing of the sick, and the remedies which skill prescribed, he gave up the contest, and has gone to rest, his body to the grave, his spirit to the paradise of God. Two strong pillars were taken when Dimic and Philo Howard laid down the weapons of their earthly warfare."- The Saints' Herald, vol. 15, p. 83.

Theodore Levy

Batavia Herald 3 June 1926 page 1

Contributed by Source #8

Theodore Levy [sic], a resident of Batavia and vicinity for nearly 70 years died at Pine Lodge, in North Batavia avenue, Thursday, 2 p. m. May 27th, 1926. He was the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Levy [sic] and had spent his entire life in Batavia and vicinity. A short time ago he suffered a stroke of paralysis and was taken to Pine Lodge where in spite of every care, he steadily failed until death came.

The deceased was born in Batavia Township October 2, 1856. A few years ago he suffered an infection in one foot. It was necessary to amputate his leg below the knee and later his other leg was amputated in a similiar place. He has been confined to the wheeled chair for the past several months but was able to get about in that way. He leaves a wife, one daughter, Mrs. Earl Clever of Wasco, two sisters and two brothers, Mrs. George Geyer of Batavia, Mrs. Lewis Krumlauf and Charles Levy, both of Aurora and Elmer Levy of Oakland, Cali.

The funeral was held from the Burnett and Johnson funeral home at 2:30 Sunday afternoon, Rev. R. M. Furnish of the First M. E. church officiating. The Odd Fellows, of which he was a member, assisted. Burial in West Batavia cemetery.

Charles Levy

Batavia Herald, Batavia, Illinois 2 October 1913 page 1

Contributed by Source #8

Sudden Death of Chas. Levy, Veteran Citizen, Age 84 Yrs.
He Walked Out in the Yard, Sunday Morning, as Usual, Returned, And Expired In A Few Hours, of Paralysis

The community was shocked and saddened to learn of the sudden death of Mr.Charles Levy of 65, N. Batavia avenue, Sunday evening, at 5 o'clock, Sept. 28th, 1913. Mr. Levy arose Sunday morning, as usual, ate his breakfast, walked out in the yard and returned with a small pail of coal. He was afterwards shaved and had his morning toilet arrranged, when he complained of not feeling well. He soon lay on a couch, a doctor was called, but the aged man had dropped asleep and never awakened, supoosed to have expired from paralysis.

Chas. Levy was a veteran citizen of the old school, always active and trying to accomplish some good for this world. He was kindly disposed, honorable and upright, a general favorite wherever he was known. His long active life was rewarded with success and at last he had his life wish, that he should not linger long to be a great care to his family and friends, but to go suddenly when his time came, and so he did. Charles Levy was a resident of Batavia for 33 years and of this vicinity for 61 years, aged 84 years and 26 days.

He was born Aug. 4th, 1829, at Schenectady, N. Y., son of Mr. And Mrs. John Levy. Came to Batavia in 1852 and lived in this vicinity ever since. He was married to Ann Frydendall, Oct. 10, 1855, by the late Rev. E. H. Gammon. Their wedding trip was a drive across country to Kaneville, a distance of 12 miles, to see the town for the first time, considered at the time to be quite a city.

They began house-keeping two miles east of Batavia and after 8 years bought a farm in Blackberry township where they resided until 1888, when they came to Batavia and have lived the same house ever since. Eight children were born to them, six of whom are living, all in Kane County but Elmer, youngest son, who is in California. Oct. 10th, 1905 they celebrated their golden wedding and had he lived a few more days would have celebrated the 58th anniversary.

Besides the wife and six children, he leaves two brothers, Peter Levy, of New York, and Samuel Levy, of Ridgefield, Ill., both present at the funeral, also 18 grand children. Deceased had never been sick in bed for over 58 years, although two years ago he suffered several light strokes, he was up and active until Sunday about 9:30 a. m., when the fatal stroke came. He ever regained consciensness but went to sleep like a tired child, surrounded by the members of the family. Funeral at the late home Wednesday afternoon, was largely attended, Rev. N. O. Freeman and Rev. A. Anderson officiating. Burial in West Batavia cemetery.

Conrad Worrlein

Aurora Daily News 23 March 1903

Contributed by Source #8

Conrad Worrlein died at his late home, 521 Second avenue, Saturday night at 9:15 o'clock, of paralysis, aged 63 years. Deceased was born in Bavaria, Germany, and had been a resident of this city 21 years, working for 20 years of that time in the C. B. & Q. shops. He had been ailing for the past year. Deceased is survived by his wife, two sons and six step-children.

The funeral will be held Wednesday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock from the house, and at 2 o'clock from St. Paul's Lutheran church. Burial will be in the Lutheran cemetery.

Eunice Jones

The Saints Herald 1864 page 64

Contributed by Source #8

Near Marengo, Ill., April 4, 1864, Sister Eunice Jones, in the sixtieth year of her age. She died firm in the faith of the gospel, with the bright prospect of coming forth in the resurrection of the just. Truly she was a saint indeed. She was greatly beloved by all who knew her, both in the Church of Christ and out of it. She leaves a large circle of relatives and friends to mourn her departure. [Contributor's note: Eunice is buried in Sugar Grove Cemetery, Sugar Grove, Kane County, Illinois and is the mother of Mrs. Casedana Howard.]

Hanna K. Howard

The True Saint's Herald 1864 Vol. 3 page 562

Contributed by Source #8

At Blackberry, Kane Co., Ill., Sept. 14, 1861[correct], Hanna K., wife of Bro. Philo Howard, aged 41 years, 6 months and 2 days. [Contributor's Note: Hanna died in 1861, but the obit was not published until 1864. She was the first wife of Philo Howard]

Austin Howard

The Saint's Herald Dec 1907 page 1156

Contributed by Source #8

Bro. Austin Howard was born July 20, 1843, at Batavia, Kane County, Illinois. Was baptized into the church when young, by elder E. C. Briggs. Was united in marriage to Eleanor Biddoir, December 31, 1868. Of this union were born eight children, all living. Bro. Howard died November 21, 1907, at the Clarinda Hospital, Iowa. He was buried near Sugar Grove, Illinois, November 24. Sermon was preached by F. M. Cooper. Beside his children, the deceased left a loving and faithful wife to mourn his departure.

Mrs. P. Howard

The Saint's Herald 1895

Contributed by Source #8

Mrs. P. Howard, wife of Elder Philo Howard, deceased, died at her home in Blackberry, Kane County, Illinois, March 3, 1895, aged 64 years, 6 months, and 8 days. Two children, a son and daughter, mourn the loss of a kind and loving mother.

Mary Henne

Cape Girardeau Southeast Missourian, Cape Girardeau, MO 14 Jan 1923

Contributed by Source #8

Mary, wife of Fred Henne, retired farmer, residing at 1000 Perry Avenue, died in the Lutheran hospital at St. Louis, at 4 p.m. Friday, following a serious operation. She was 49 years old.

She was taken to the hospital there several weeks ago for treatment following several months of illness with a complication of diseases. An operation was deemed necessary, which was performed on last Sunday. She rallied for a short time, but failed to recover.

Mrs. Henne was born in Bavaria, Germany, April 14, 1873, living there until she had grown to womanhood. She was married the first time to Mr. Helbe [sic], who proceeded her in death by serval years, while they lived at Aurora, Ill. She was married to Mr. Henne April 13, 1916, moving here at once. She lived on the Perryville road two miles northwest of the city until their home was burned, and then the family moved to the house on Perry Avenue.

She was a member of the Lutheran church here and one of its most devout communicants. She was active in participation in the work of the Ladies Aid and helped in all church activities. Besides her husband, she is survived by four children, Mrs. Fred Steinke, of Aurora, Ill., Mrs. W. F. Weihermann of St. Louis and Edna of Aurora, Ill., are daughters, and Herbert Helbe[sic] is a son. Funeral services will be held Sunday afternoon at Aurora, in the Lutheran cemetery. Rev. A. Loth will have charge of the service. Interment will be in the Lutheran cemetery there.


The Aurora obituary: The Aurora Beacon News 13 Jan 1923 page 9

Mrs. Fred Helble Henne, 49, of Cape Gerardeau [sic], Mo., died at St Louis yesterday. The deceased was a resident of Aurora until eight years ago, and lived at 677 George avenue.

She is survived by her husband, one son, and three daughters, Herbert Helble, Appleton, Wis.; Mrs. Fred steinke and Mrs. Hector Landry in Aurora; Mrs. William Weiherman, St. Louis; her mother, Mrs. Mary Woerlein, Aurora; two sisters, Mrs. Charles Schuler and Mrs. Emanuel Steinke of Aurora, and two brothers, Fred Maendlein of Aurora, and Leonard Schmidt of Maywood.

The funeral will be held from the John T. Downs funeral home, 180 Fox street, Sunday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock, and burial will be in the German Lutheran cemetery. The Rev. A. M. Loth will officiate.


Contributed by Source #5


Herman W. Selpien, who has for some time been stationed at Camp Forrest, Chickamauga Park, Georgia, is dead after a brief illness of pneumonia, according to word received by Mr. and Mrs. William Selpien of Dundee. Mr. Selpien was twenty-eight years old, and left Elgin with a contingent of draft selects September 6 last, for Camp Grant. He was in the general military service division. He was at the camp but a short time before removing to Camp Forest. Previous to his entrance into the army he had been a farmer for ten years. Besides his parents, ten brothers and one sister survive him. The body will be shipped to Dundee for burial.

Herman Selpien
The body of Herman Selpien, who died from influenza at a Georgia camp, arrived in Dundee this afternoon. The funeral will be held tomorrow at 12:30 o'clock from the Immanuel Lutheran Church, Dundee. Burial in East Dundee.
Co. D. I. N. G. will have charge of a military funeral. Permission will be obtained from Fuel Administrator Reese of Dundee for the use of automobiles.

Further information contributed by Source #5: "He was born December 31, 1889 son of William and Minnie Gloede Selpien"

Elgin Daily News, May 14, 1915
Contributed by
Source #9
(re-created obituary)

Chief Engineer of Water Department Succumbs on Visit to Son's Home -- News Is Shock to Elgin -- Fatal Illness Traced to Injuries Received in Street Car Smash in 1912

Richard R. Parkin, chief engineer of the Elgin City Water Works, veteran of the Civil War and prominent lodge man, died suddenly at the home of his son, Ralph Parkin, at Hume, N.D. this morning. News of his death was received by his son, Harry Parkin, a Chicago attorney. Because no word had been received here of the illness of Mr. Parkin, his death came as a distinct shock to his many friends and relatives.
Death Result of Accident
Mr. Parkin's death was due indirectly to injuries received in a street car accident on Douglas Avenue on March 21, 1912, when a Douglas Avenue car crashed into an express wagon, fatally injuring two men and seriously injuring many others. At the time of the accident, Mr. Parkin was a passenger in the front vestibule of the street car. His left side was badly crushed, his back was strained and his face and hands were badly cut by flying glass. He was rushed to his home and for a time his condition was critical. Ever since the accident Mr. Parkin had complained of severe pains in the region of his heart. On the day that he left Elgin he was forced to rest some time before making the trip to the depot. He told City Clerk William F. Sylla that he could still feel the effects of the accident and said that he feared it would result in his death.
Mr. Parkin was known throughout Elgin as a man of many accidents. While fighting the Civil War he was shot, a bullet passing clear through his body. After returning to Elgin at the close of the war he met with many accidents, some in which he barely escaped death. Less than a year ago while at work putting in a new well at the pumping station his clothing caught in a shafting and he miraculously escaped.
Man of Remarkable Courage
"Mr. Parkin would never let anyone do any work that he considered dangerous until he had inspected it himself," said Peter Killeen, head of the water department today. "He was not afraid of anything and always insisted upon taking the risk of being killed himself." Mr. Parkin had been head of the City Water Department ever since its construction. When the pumping station was erected he was made superintendent of the Water Works. When the commission form of government went into force in Elgin, his title was changed to chief engineer.
Richard R. Parkin was born in Durham, Scotland, September 8, 1845. He was the son of Mr. And Mrs. Thomas Parkin. Richard came to America with his parents when he was four years of age and settled with them at St. Charles. Later the family moved to Elgin and Richard accompanied them. Mr. Parkin [his father] purchased a farm in Plato township and much of Richard's time was spent there.

(Elgin Daily News, May 14, 1915)
Veteran of 127th Regiment
In August 1862 [age 17], he enlisted in the Union Army. He marched to the front with Company I, 127th Illinois Infantry. Later he was made a corporal and fought in the battles of Vicksburg, Chattanooga, Knoxville and in the Atlanta campaign, as well as in many other marches and sieges. He was made a prisoner in Fayette, N.C. and conveyed to Libby prison. When peace was declared he returned to Elgin and was later employed in the Watch Factory. He remained at the watch factory until 1888 when he resigned to accept the Superintendency of the Water Works. He had charge of the construction.
In 1887 he was elected a member of the city council from the fifth ward which office he resigned April 1, 1888.
In 1871 he was married to Sybil R. Smith. To this union were born four children, Harry, Ralph, and Carl Parkin and Mrs. Harry [Ethelyn] Gillard. Mrs. Parkin died in October 1912.
While employed at the watch factory Mr. Parkin had charge of the fire department. Later he was made city fire marshal and served in that capacity for some years. The fire department was known as the Richard Parkin Hose company. Mr. Parkin was a prominent member of the G.A.R. [Grand Army of the Republic] being a member of Veteran Post No. 49. He was prominent in the work of the post ever since being made a member and was post commander in 1912. Mr. Parkin had always been a member of the role of honor of the post. Because of his advanced age he asked to be left off the committee. He had always been prominent in the work on Memorial day. [G.A.R. founded the holiday]
He was a member of Monitor Lodge, A.F. and A.M. No. 552, Loyal L. Munn Chapter No. 96, and of Bethel Commander, No. 36 of Elgin. He had held offices in all the lodges. Mr. Parkin was one of Elgin's best known men. He was a republican and for many years was an active worker in local politics. Mr. Parkin left Elgin on April 20, immediately after voting. His physician requested him to take a long rest and he decided to visit his son on his farm at Hume, N.D. Since leaving Elgin his friends here had heard from him but he did not mention his serious illness.
He is survived by four children, Ralph of Hume, Harry of Chicago, Carl of Elgin and Mrs. Gillard of Elgin.
To Bring Body to Elgin
The remains will be brought to this city where the funeral will be held. Members of Monitor Lodge A.F. and A.M. will have charge of the services. (Note: material in [ ] was added for clarification and emphasis by contributor)

Contributed by Source #10 (granddaughter)

Richard M. Hall, 58, died last night (March 18, 1934) at 10:30 o'clock at his home, 75 North Root St.. He was born in Bloomington, Ill., Dec. 16, 1875. Surviving are his wife, Lena, and a son, Richard, of Aurora, a sister, Mrs. Kate Nelson, of Downs, Ill., and a brother, Calvin, of Seattle. Mr. Hall was a member of the First Evangelical church and the Masonic lodge of LeRoy, Ill. Friends may call at the Healy chapel. The funeral announcement will be made later.

(2) The funeral of the late Richard M. Hall will be held tomorrow morning at 10:30 o'clock from the Healy Chapel, with the Rev. E. E. Keiser in charge. Interment will be in Riverside cemetery.

From Elgin Courier News dated April 19, 1933
Contributed by
Source #9
(recreated obituary - date of death April 18, 1933)


Attorney Harry Alvin Parkin, 56 years old, Referee in Bankruptcy in the Chicago Federal Courts, and formerly a resident of Elgin, died yesterday afternoon at his home, 234 Laurel Avenue, Highland Park, after an illness of three months.
Mr. Parkin, who is well known in Elgin and who had gained considerable prominence in legal circles in Northern Illinois, was but recently reappointed as Referee in Bankruptcy by the judges of the United States District Court. He had served two previous terms of four years each, and prior to his first appointment was a special United States District Attorney.
He was born in Elgin on March 2, 1877, a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Richard R. Parkin. For 35 years the elder Mr. Parkin was superintendent of the Elgin Water Works Department. Harry Parkin attended the public schools here, graduating from Elgin High School. He entered Knox College, graduating in 1900 and then took a course in Lake Forest University, where he received his L.L.A. degree. In 1903 he was admitted to the Bar, and entered the practice of law with the firm of Bancroft and Adams, Chicago, later becoming a member of the law firm of Tenney, Harding and Sherman, where he remained for eight years.
It was in 1907 that he became a special United States District Attorney, retaining that position until 1913. In his official capacity Mr. Parkin served in a number of important cases. He was counsel in the famous action against the Standard Oil Company which was heard before Judge Kenesaw M. Landis in 1907, and a special prosecutor in a federal case, years ago, against the Negro pugilist and former world's heavyweight boxing champion, Jack Johnson.
Mr. Parkin was married to Miss Edna Rex of Creston, Iowa on June 26, 1901, who survives him.
Attorney Parkin, despite demands upon his professional services, found time for other activities. In his youth he attained distinction as a lecturer. He was fond of society, and was a member of a number of clubs. After his graduation from Knox, he taught school in the Philippine Islands for a period of two years and for three years was principal of the public schools at Sheffield, Ill. Accompanied by Mrs. Parkin, he made an extended tour of the world.
Attorney Parkin was a member of the American Bar Association, the Illinois State Bar Association, and the Chicago Bar Association. He also belonged to Phi Delta Theta fraternity, the Exmoor Country Club, the Union League Club, the Hamilton Club, and was affiliated with the Masonic fraternity.
Surviving him besides the widow are three children, Mrs.
[Margaret] Lewis Winters, and Rex Parkin, an attorney, both of Highland Park; and Henry Parkin, a student at Yale University; a sister, Mrs. [Ethelyn] Harry C. Gillard, of Elgin and two brothers, Carl W. Parkin, of Elgin and Ralph Parkin, of Amidon, N.D.
Funeral services will be conducted tomorrow afternoon at 3 o'clock from the Episcopal Church in Highland Park, with burial in the Highland Park cemetery. Pallbearers will be Federal Judges Wilkerson, Barnes, Carpenter and Woodard, and attorneys Garfield Charles, George Schwartz, and George Wilson.

"St. Charles Chronicle", Thursday 21 November 1918
Contributed by
Source #4

Announcement of the death of Dr. W. J. Calhoun, which came early Monday morning, was a shock to the community. Few knew he was ill, for he had been on the street but a few days previous, and had seemed in his usual health. Being health officer for the city, quarantine conditions which he had been compelled, by the steady advance of the influenza epidemic, to put on the schools and on the city's gatherings, had entailed much work and anxiety on his part. He was taken ill a few days ago. A medical consultation found his lungs were being affected, and the end came, soon after, of pneumonia.
Dr. William Johnston Calhoun was born in Armstrong county, Penn., 55 years ago. He received his education at Glade Run Academy, and Pennsylvania State Normal school. He was graduated from the Medical department of the Western University of Pennsylvania, later taking a post-graduate course in College of Physicians and Surgeons.
He was united in marriage with Miss Cora Cook of Earlville, in 1895, coming to St. Charles the following year.
He was a member of the American Medical Association, the Illinois State and the Fox River Valley Medical societies.
Through failing health Dr. Calhoun went west a year, and received benefit from the California climate. Since the appearance of the influenza here, he has withstood a heavy strain of responsibility, aside from his regular practice. His death will be sincerely mourned by those who have had his professional ministrations, and by all his townsmen.
The doctor has been prominent in church and lodge work. He was a valued worker in the Congregational church, and member in the Masonic lodge.A man of kindly traits, an efficient physician, and one who had ever given his influence in public affairs on the side of right, he leaves a memory which will be ever held with respect and esteem. He is survived by a wife, who is now suffering from an attack of the influenza, and a brother, Dr. Calhoun, of Elburn. The funeral services which were held yesterday at the home, were private.

Mrs. Cora Calhoun
Obituary from unknown paper, (c. 1922)
Contributed by
Source #4

St. Charles, Ill., March 10. - Mrs. Cora B. Calhoun, wife of the late Dr. W. J. Calhoun, died at St. Charles hospital in Aurora at 6:30 o'clock last evening. She has been ailing since last November when she returned from a visit to California and decided to make her home with her sister, Mrs. G. M. Lewis in Aurora. Since the death of Dr. Calhoun, four years ago, Mrs. Calhoun has spent a portion of her time with her sister, Mrs. A. C. Davis of Wichita, Kan., and her other sister, Mrs. D. F. Taylor, of Long Beach, Cal.
Mrs. Calhoun returned to St. Charles at the time of the golden wedding celebration for Mr. and Mrs. C. A. Minard. She told friends that she was not well then. Since then she has gradually failed. Mrs. Calhoun was Cora Cook and was born in Earlville, Aug. 24, 1867. She was actively engaged in the work at the Congregational church and served at one time as worthy matron of the Eastern Star. No plans have yet been made for the burial. Miss Faith Cook, a niece who had always made her home with Mrs. Calhoun has been summoned and has started here from Long Beach, Cal., and the funeral arrangements will be made subject to her arrival.

William Brummell
Aurora Beacon News, p. 1. 14 January 1904
Contributed by
Source #4

William Brummell, aged 69 years died this morning at 1 o'clock at his late home, 200 North Broadway. He was born in Germany, August 27, 1834. The funeral will be held from the house Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock and at 2:30 o'clock from St. Nicholas church. Intement at St. Nicholas cemetery.


A. Bosworth, Elgin Banker, is dead at 84
Alfred Bosworth, president and chairman of the board of the First National Bank of Elgin, died yesterday at his winter home at Pasadena, Cal. He was 84 years old.
Mr. Bosworth was a son of Increase Bosworth, pioneer merchant and banker of Elgin. In 1876 his father's banking firm acquired control of the First National, of which Mr. Bosworth was cashier for 25 years.
In 1895, at insistence of the directors, he became president of the bank, but stipulated that he be paid --? salary and be permitted to spend his winters away from Elgin. He is survived by his widow, four daughters, two sons, and a brother. Chicago Tribune, April 30, 1930.

Lloyd S. (Scoop) Wright

Funeral Rites Set For Friday
Fontana - Funeral services will be held Friday at 10 a.m. at Ingold's Chapel for Lloyd S. (Scoop) Wright, of 406 South Emerald avenue, who died here Monday [13 July 1953] at the age of 58. Mr. Wright had lived in this city and in California for 17 years and was a native of Elgin, Ill. He was a member of the Fontana Masonic Lodge 653.
Survivors include his widow, Sarah L.; a brother, Arthur, of Elgin and six nieces and nephews. Irene Ingold will sing in "In The Garden" and "The Lord's Prayer." Catherine Forbes will accompany Mrs. Ingold and also play "Home On The Range." Rev. L. R. Rhoads will officiate. Interment will be at Montecito Memorial Park. The Daily Report, Ontario, California July 15, 1953

Hugh LaSalle Ovitt

Hugh LaSalle Ovitt, 68, 225 West I street, an Ontario resident for 30 years, died shortly after last midnight at San Antonio Community hospital after a 10-day illness.
A native of Aurora, Illinois, he had lived in this state and in Ontario since 1923. He was a mechanic by trade.Besides the widow, Grace Ovitt, he is survived by a son, Edward LaMoyne Ovitt, North Hollywood, and two brothers, Set Ovitt, Ontario and Millard Ovitt of Pomona.
Funeral services will be announced later through Stone Funeral home, Upland, in charge of arrangements. The Daily Report, Ontario, California January 18, 1954

Funeral services for Hugh LaSalle Ovitt, 68, 226 West I street, will be Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock from Stone Funeral home, Upland, with Rev. E. Clyde Smith, pastor of the First Methodist church, Ontario, officiating. Interment in Bellevue cemetery. The Daily Report, Ontario, California January 20, 1954

Lowell Edgar Bartlett

Death Takes Well Known Attorney
Lowell Edgar Bartlett, 46, of 1417 N. Euclid Ave., Upland, widely known Ontario attorney and civic worker, died last night at his home following a long illness. A native of Elburn, Ill., he came to Ontario with his parents as a 15-year-old youth from Manly, Ia. He was a graduate of both Chaffey high school and Chaffey College. He completed his education at Stanford University and was admitted to the bar in 1932.
During his first years of law practice he was associated with Swing and Swing at San Bernardino. In 1937 he became associated as law partner with Leland S. Davidson in Ontario with William E. Walk Jr, joining the firm in 1947. He served two terms on the Chaffey Board of Education and was elected president of the board in 1948. He was reelected to the board in May of 1949.
A member of the Ontario First Methodist Church, he was a past president of the Ontario Rotary Club, a member of the Eagles Lodge, Ontario American Legion Post, Upland Masonic Ldoge and was on the advisory council of the Boy Scouts.
He was on active duty for 18 months during World War II as a lieutenant in the Navy and was attached to the carrier, U.S.S. Battaan. Besides his widow, Mrs. Faye I. Bartlett, he is survived by three sons, twins Jerry L. and Larry L., 14, and Douglas C., 11; two sisters, Maxine Gritzner, of Burbank, and Bernice White, of Arcadia, and a brother, Rowland Bartlett of Fontana.
Graveside funeral services will be conducted at Bellevue Cemetery at 2:30 p.m. tomorrow with Rev. Ralph W. Lee, pastor of the Ontario First Methodist Church, officiating. It was the attorney's request that flowers be omitted. Friends may pay last respects tonight and tomorrow until noon at Richardson-Peterson Mortuary. The casket will be closed during services. The Daily Report, Ontario, California September 9, 1954

Glenn Lowell Briggs

Glenn Lowell Briggs, 53, of 1350 N. Euclid Ave., Upland, an employee of the Kaiser Steel Co. at Fontana, died Saturday [29 May] in Kaiser Fontana Hospital after a brief illness.
A native of Kane County, Ill., he came to California six years ago, and to Upland five years ago. He previously lived at Warren, O., and was a member of the Presbyterian church in that city. Besides his wife, Elsie A. Briggs, of Upland, he is survived by his mother, Mrs. Freda Briggs, two sisters, Mrs. Laura Gardner and Mrs. Florence Gardner and two brothers, Harold and William Briggs, all of Youngstown, O.
Funeral services will be conducted from Stone Funeral Home, Upland, at 3 p.m. tomorrow with Rev. T. A. Hart, pastor of the Upland First Presbyterian Church, officiating. Interment will be in Bellevue Cemetery. The Daily Report, Ontario, California May 31, 1954

[Translated from Y Cenhadwr Americanaidd, 1880
contributed by Source #11 who is researching the Morris family of Big Rock]

Wife of Mr. Thomas Morris, died 23 Jan, aged 40 years 9 months, in New Cambria, Mo, from diphtheria. Daughter to John Pierce, Esquire, Big Rock, Kane Co. Ill. A year ago the family moved from Waterville NY. They were preparing to move in March to Big Rock, Ill. to the area where late sister was born. Edward Pierce - only brother. Her father visited her and her family last October and promised the farm to her which received $600 rent, so that he could have his only daughter living nearby. Her brother went to New Cambria to bring her body back for burial in the cemetery of the Welsh chapel in Big Rock where she had been admitted a member. Leaves 6 children. [Mentions that her elderly father who has outlived all his children except one is to receive the Lord's support.]

Here is an outline of some of the Pierce family
Descendants of John Pierce

1 John Pierce b: 1804 in Rhyl, North Wales d: Aft. January 23, 1880
.. +Elizabeth b: 1812 in Wales m: in Wales d: 1840 in Big Rock, Kane, IL
.. 2 Mary Ann Pierce b: 1833 in Wales d: March 12, 1854 in USA
.. 2 Elizabeth Pierce b: 1834 in Wales d: August 1854 in USA
.. 2 Edward Pierce b: June 30, 1837 in Big Rock Twp, Kane, IL d: November 09, 1902 in Aurora, Kane, IL
...... +Mary Davis b: 1847 m: October 31, 1867 in Kane Co., IL d: December 12, 1925 in Aurora, Kane, IL
.. 2 Ruth Pierce b: April 1840 in Big Rock Twp, Kane, IL d: January 23, 1880 in New Cambria, Macon, MO
...... +Thomas R. Morris b: June 29, 1836 in Llechwedd-du, Carno, Montgomeryshire, Wales m: April 01, 1862 in Big Rock, Kane, IL d: July 29, 1889 in Macon, Macon, MO
....... 3 Mamie Elizabeth Morris b: December 02, 1863 in Oneida Co., NY d: February 14, 1953 in Big Rock, Kane, IL
........... +Frederick Seger b: March 15, 1859 in Michigan m: January 03, 1883 in Missouri d: December 01, 1921 in Big Rock, Kane, IL
....... 3 Jennie A. Morris b: September 1865 in Oneida Co., NY d: 1946 in Illinois
........... +Albert R. Jones b: December 1857 in Illinois m: January 21, 1891 in Home of Mamie Seger, Kane County, Illinois d: 1938
....... 3 John R. Morris b: January 1868 in Oneida Co., NY d: October 04, 1889 in Macon Co., MO
....... 3 Margaret Ellen Morris b: November 1870 in Oneida Co., NY d: August 22, 1947 in Big Rock, Kane, IL probably
........... +Merritt J. Davis b: September 1866 in Illinois m: May 23, 1894 in Kane County, IL d: 1949
....... 3 Edward Thomas Morris b: February 19, 1875 in Oneida Co., NY d: September 21, 1963 in Tehama Co., CA
........... +Alice Josephine Like b: January 18, 1879 in Illinois m: November 24, 1897 in Kane County, IL d: July 12, 1957 in Los Angeles, CA
....... 3 George David Morris b: 1878 in Oneida Co., NY d: September 1922 in California accidently
........... +Sarah D. Marsh b: 1871 in Kansas m: Aft. 1900 d: Unknown
*2nd Wife of John Pierce:
.. +Mary b: 1818 in Wales d: 1899

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