KANE COUNTY, IL OBITUARIES
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“Stub” RUSSELL Died Calmly at Last
The Sandwich, Free Press, says “Stub” RUSSELL, well known along the line of the “Q,” where his legs and one arm have been sacrificed to what seemed to be an uncontrollable passion for jumping on and off moving trains, died at the home of his brother in Aurora last week. Those who having known “Stub” and his propensity for taking pleasure trips on the trucks of the passenger cars, will be surprised to learn that he died amid quiet surroundings of heart failure.
[Batavia Herald, 5 Sept. 1895]
DIED: - Mr. A. SOMARINDYCK, an old and highly respected business man, of Aurora, Wednesday, a.m., Aug. 4th, of heart failure, aged 74 years. His death was a great shock to his many friends as he was on the street and in usual health the day before his death. Deceased leaves a wife and six children. [Batavia Herald, 5 Sept. 1895]
Death of Jas. STANTON, An Old Resident
Died, at his home, on Spring Street, Batavia, Sunday, Sept. 8, 1895, aged 86 years.
Deceased came to this country, 51 years ago, and has lived in Batavia, for the past 9 years. He leaves an aged wife to mourn his death. Funeral services were held, at the Holy Cross Church, Tuesday, Sept. 10, 1895, conducted by Rev. Father Rathz and the remains were interred in the West Side Cemetery. [Batavia Herald, 12 Sept. 1895]
Father of Methodism Dies, Aged 94 Years.
Rev. Stephen R. BEGGS, officially known by all the people of this section and in fact all over the state as Father BEGGS, died at his home in Plainfield at 12 o’clock, Monday, after an illness of only a few days. Mr. BEGGS was 94 years old. Aug. 8 he went to New Lennox to attend the annual camp meeting of the Methodist association of this district and as in the best of health and spirits at that time. [Batavia Herald, 12 Sept. 1895]
Death of Mrs. Mary A. KELLY
Mrs. Mary A. KELLY, died at the home of her son-in-law, Mr. Jno. MCGARRY, south-east of Batavia, Monday, Sept. 16, 1895, at 9 p.m., after a lingering illness of nine months, aged 72 years.
Deceased leaves two daughters, Miss Tessie J. KELLY and Mrs. Jno. MCGARRY, who tenderly cared for her during her long suffering, which was borne with great patience and Christian fortitude.
Her husband, the Jas. KELLY, died eight years ago at his home in St. Charles. The funeral took place from the Holy Cross Church, Wednesday after noon at 2 o’clock; services being conducted by Rev. Father Rathz, and the remains laid to rest in the East Side Cemetery. [Batavia Herald, 19 Sept. 1895]
Death of Mr. Wm. WILKE
An Old and Highly Respected Citizen.
Mr. Wm. WILKE, and old and highly respected citizen of Batavia, died at his home on Laurel St., Thursday, Sept. 12, 895, at 3 p.m., after an illness of nearly a year, from asthma, aged 65 years, 6 months, and 5 days. Deceased has been a resident of this city for over 30 years, and had many friends who now extend their sympathy to the bereaved family.
Deceased was born in Garben, Germany, March 7, 1830. Came to America in Nov. 1856, and settled in Chicago. April 1860 he was married to Miss Dortha EYCKSMAN, and came to Batavia that fall, where he resided until his death. Besides his wife, four children are left to mourn his departure, Mrs. Charles HOHENSTEIN, Carrie and Willie, of this city, and Mrs. WENDTE, of Kansas, who on account of sickness in the family was unable to be present at the funeral, but she had fortunately visited her parents but a short time before his death. The funeral took place from the German Lutheran Church, Sunday, a.m., Rev. C. J. Fricke conducting the services. The remains were laid to rest in the West Side Cemetery. [Batavia Herald, 19 Sept. 1895]
Death of W. H. PAULL, Old Kane Co. Resident
William H. PAULL, aged 76 years, died at his home, No. 375 South Lake street, Sunday, Sept. 22, 1895, from kidney trouble. He was a brother of C. F. and the late Stephen G. PAULL and was one of the oldest residents of Kane County, having been a farmer in Sugar Grove township for fifty years. [Batavia Herald, 26 Sept. 1895]
Death of Henereta Winchell BERRY
W. S. WINCHELL received the sad news the first of the week, of the death of his sister, Mrs. H. E. BERRY, at her home in Wellsville, Mo., Sept. 3d, 1895, aged 54 years. Deceased was born in this city, Aug. 25, 1841, and was married to Mr. H. E. BERRY in January 1880. She leaves three brothers, all living in Illinois, also one sister, who lives in Ladonia, Mssouri, who together with the husband and the son, Elliott, and a recently adopted daughter mourn her loss. Mrs. BERRY was a member of the M. E. Church and a kind and noble Christian lady. [Batavia Herald, 26 Sept. 1895]
Death of Former Bataviaite
Martha ROSCOE PEARSON, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George ROSCOE, died at her home in Rising City, Neb., after extreme suffering of long duration of tumor, complicated with stomach trouble, Wed., Sept. 18, 1895, aged 49 years. Deceased was a former resident of Batavia and was married here about 30 years ago to Mr. Luke PEARSON, who with seven children is left to mourn. A peculiar and very sad incident occurred at the time of her death, which made the home seem doubly desolate. It seems that Mrs. INGALS, a sister of Mr. PEARSON, arrived Tuesday before Mrs. PEARSON’s death, to assist her brother during the trying ordeal, when shortly after her arrival she was taken suddenly ill and within three hours was a corpse, and the two laid side by side, asleep in death. It was a very sad household, and the stricken family with the aged parents, brothers and sisters have the sympathy of all in their affliction.
Mrs. INGALS was a sister of Mrs. J. McGUIRE of this city. [Batavia Herald, 26 Sept. 1895]
DIED: - The little 14 month old child of Mr. and Mrs. E. N. SWANSON, Monday Oct. 7, 1895. Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon and the remains were interred in the West Side Cemetery. [Batavia Herald, 10 Oct. 1895]
DIED: - Oct. 13, 1895, little daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John NELSON, aged 14 months. Funeral services Monday, and burial took place in West Side Cemetery. [Batavia Herald, 10 Oct. 1895]
Death of Mrs. Sarah CLARK.
Saturday, Oct. 12, 1895, at the Age of 87 Years.
Mrs. CLARK, an old and highly respected lady, died at the home of her niece, Mrs. Ad. Weaver, two miles west of this city, where she had been very tenderly cared for in her old age, Saturday, Oct. 12, aged 87 years.
Deceased was a lady of remarkable kind and charitable disposition and greatly beloved by all, for her deeds of benevolence. Mrs. Sarah (CURTISS) CLARK was born at Benson, Rutland Co., Vermont, Mar. 8, 1808.
She was the youngest of a family of nine children of whom all but one lived to the age of 80 years.
In 1835 deceased moved to Ill., and settled in Dupage county, where in 1857 she was married to Simeon CLARK, who lived but a short time after their marriage. After his death, Mrs. CLARK and two maiden sisters moved to Batavia after which they went to Shabbona, Dekalb Co., where they resided until, as they advanced in years and it became necessary to be cared for by younger hands, they one by one returned to be cared for by friends. At an early day she united with the Baptist Church, of which she was a member ever since. In the disposal of her estate she contributed a part of it to the church. The funeral took place from the home Sunday, at 3 p.m. Rev. R. E. Thomas, officiating. The remains were taken to Shabbona, Monday morning for burial. [Batavia Herald, 17 Oct. 1895]
Jefferson GARFIELD, an old and respected citizen of Kane County, dropped dead at his home in Campton, of heart disease. The deceased was a brother of the late Green GARFIELD, and was 64 years old. [Batavia Herald, 17 Oct. 1895]
Death of a Former Resident of Batavia.
Mrs. Sarah Ann CROSBY died in Palatine, Ill., Oct. 15, 1895, in the 95 th year of her age.
Mrs. CROSBY, with her family came to Illinois 44 years ago, and lived in Batavia and vicinity 14 years, since then in Palatine. She survived her husband and all her eight children, the last of whom died about 18 years ago. Deceased was a sister of Mrs. A. M. KNAPP. [Batavia Herald, 24 Oct. 1895]
DIED: - At his home, in this city, Wednesday, Oct. 23, 1895, Mr. Patrick O’BOYLE. Obituary will be given next week. [Batavia Herald, 24 Oct. 1895]
The eight year old son of Mr. and Mrs. NORRIS of North Aurora was buried in the West Side Cemetery, Sunday afternoon. [Batavia Herald, 24 Oct. 1895]
Mrs. A. H. JONES received the painful news, from Chicago, that her cousin, Mrs. Thos. GLIDDEN, of DeKalb, had just undergone a surgical operation, and cannot survive many days. Later: - Mrs. GLIDDEN died Monday, Oct. 28, and the funeral was held at DeKalb, Wednesday. [Batavia Herald, 31 Oct. 1895]
Death of Mrs. J. F. GLIDDEN of DeKalb.
A Beautiful Life and Noble Creature Has Received a Higher Reward.
In last week’s issue, we mentioned the departure of Mrs. J. F. GLIDDEN. She was a former resident of this county, known and beloved by many here and is a relative of the Warne family, of this section.
In giving a five column obituary, the DeKalb Chronicle says “Lucinda, wife of Joseph GLIDDEN, and daughter of Charity and Henry WARNE, was born at Mt. Pleasant, Hunterdon county, New Jersey, Nov. 20, 1826, and died at Chicago, Illinois, Oct. 28, 18895, aged 68 years, 10 months, 29 days. When a child she removed with her parents to Geneseo county, New York, and from thence four years later, or in 1837, to Kane County, Illinois, where she resided until her marriage to Mr. GLIDDEN on Oct. 6, 1850, when she came with her husband to DeKalb, and has since lived in this city and its immediate neighborhood until stricken with her last fatal illness. The greater portion of her married life was spent in the humble sphere of the farmer’s wife, which sphere she graced, as she did all subsequent positions, with her womanly virtues; neither ruffled by the frowns or made ostentations by the smiles of fortune, the same kind-hearted, generous woman under all the varying circumstances of life in which she found herself placed. Later in life, with wider opportunities, her acts of kindness, though quiet and unpretentious, were many and varied; and she will be long remembered, not alone for the substantial aid she often rendered but for kindly personal administrations to the sick and afflicted. Such, - and their names are legion – shall rise and call her blessed. Among her last and most noble acts – when disease and death had marked her for their own – she placed her name to the instrument that gave to her fellow citizens and the public the beauty spot in her old homestead that she loved and cherished above all other earthly possessions, that DeKalb might secure and forever enjoy the benefits accruing from a great public institution in which the higher education should be gratuitously furnished, and thus aid in enabling American manhood and womanhood.
By so doing she became a public benefactor, and her death is and should be mourned by the citizens or our whole commonwealth as well as her own city she served so well." [Batavia Herald, 7 Nov. 1895]
DIED: - Mr. and Mrs. L. P. WINSLOW are called upon to mourn the sad demise of their only son, little Robert, who passed away Wednesday, a.m., Nov. 6, 1895, after a brief illness, aged one year and four months. He was an exceptional bright and lovable child and a great favorite. Funeral services were held at the home, Thursday, at 2:30 p.m., and the remains were interred in the West Side Cemetery. The afflicted parents have the heartfelt sympathies of their neighbors and friends in this their hour of deep sorrow. [Batavia Herald, 7 Nov. 1895]
Death of Mrs. Mary BURROWS.
An Old and Highly Esteemed Resident of this Vicinity.
Mrs. M. E. BURROW died at the home of her son, John BURROWS, two miles west of Batavia, Sunday, Nov. 3d, at 2:30 p.m. of Brights disease aged 87 years.
Eunice Mary HYDE was born Feb. 5, 1809, at Stafford, Orange Co., Vermont. In 1831 she was married to Mr. Rueben BURROWS, who came to Ill. In 1837, and settled on the farm where he was joined by his wife the following year and where they resided until their death. Mr. BURROWSW died in 1881, after a married life of fifty years, but Mr. B. was permitted to remain for some fourteen years after his departure, making her residence on the same farm 57 years. She was kind and noble Christian lady; a member of the Batavia Congregational Church, and much beloved by all. The funeral was held from the home Tuesday afternoon at 2 o’clock, Rev. J. E. Bissell officiating. The remains were tenderly laid to rest in the West Side Cemetery beside those of her husband. [Batavia Herald, 7 Nov. 1895]
Mrs. WORTHY and daughter, Mrs. BASSETT, of Austin, attended the funeral of Mrs. Mary BURROWS, Tuesday. Mrs. B. was a sister of Mrs. WORTHY. [Batavia Herald, 7 Nov. 1895]
Aurora Street Car and “Q” Train Collide.
Motorman KERR Killed Instantly.
The News says Street Car No. 23, Motorman George KERR and Conductor B. DOAN on board, crashed into the Geneva train of the C. B. & Q. at the Downer Place crossing shortly after 2 o’clock, Tuesday, Nov. 12. Motorman KERR was instantly killed in the collision, being literally crushed to pieces.
The accident was the most horrible one yet happening on the line of the Aurora Street Car Company. The fortunate fact that there was not a single passenger in the car at the time, alone prevented the death toll from numbering more than one for the car was splintered and crushed in like an egg shell for more than half its length. It was shortly after two o’clock and the mixed passenger and freight train of the “Q”, in charge of Conductor “Doc” ROBERTSON, was making its daily trip to Batavia on the old “Geneva branch,” which crosses Downer Place in the hollow just west of West avenue. The train was going at a rate of probably fifteen miles an hour. [Batavia Herald, 14 Nov. 1895]
Death of Mr. O. MONROE, Aged Nearly 90.
Just as we go to press, we learn of the death of Mr. O. MONROE, one of our old residents, aged nearly 90 years. Funeral at the house, Friday, Nov. 15. Obituary next week. [Batavia Herald, 14 Nov. 1895]
Sad ending of a Batavia Citizen.
Albert W. GRIDLEY, of Batavia, Kills Himself in New Orleans.
The Chicago Record gives the following account of the death of A. W. GRIDLEY:
Bloomington, Ill., Nov. 8. – In a second hand store in Rampart street, New Orleans, La., at 9 this morning, Albert W. GRIDLEY, of Batavia, Ill., a former resident of Bloomington, committed suicide by blowing out his brains with a revolver at which he was looking, ostensibly with a view to purchase.
He was aged 53 years and was born in Bloomington. He was the oldest son of Gen. Asah L. GRIDLEY, a pioneer of Bloomington, for many years the most conspicuous figure in this section of the state, distinguished as a politician and orator, and who died fifteen years ago, leaving a fortune of $1,000,000 acquired in merchandising, land speculation and banking.
When Gen. GRIDLEY died he left his vast estate in trust to his widow and four children, viz: Mrs. Juliet SCHOENROCK, of Paris, France; Mrs. Mary GRIDLEY BELL, of Bloomington; Albert W. GRIDLEY, of Batavia and Edward B. GRIDLEY, of Bloomington.
All are or have been married, and all are childless except Albert, who leaves one son, Logan W., aged 12.
The suicide was a handsome and accomplished man. He was highly educated and had spent his childhood in Paris, France, with his uncle, Dr. Evans, the noted American dentist.
He had been quite dissipated for many years, but had of late desired to lead a temperate life and had taken the Keeley cure at Dwight. For about thirteen years he had lived upon his farm near Batavia. His remains were brought to Bloomington for interment; funeral services being held from the family residence, Monday at 10:30 a.m., and was largely attended; the widow, Mrs. A. W. GRIDLEY, son Logan, Mr. C. L. TEMPLE, and Mrs. W. A. HYDE, from Batavia, being present.
The following taken from the Bloomington Bulletin is very fitting and appropriate to the life just gone out:
"The death of Albert W. GRIDLEY points a lesson worthy the contemplation of every young man. Gifted with a superb constitution, fine mental attainments and unusual charm of person and manner, he would have been in line for a career of notable personal achievement, but for the curse of wealth.
This sounds like mockery to the masses struggling for its attainment by exacting personal endeavor, but it would perhaps be impossible to cite a more striking example than Al. GRIDLEY. As careless of health as of money, he burned out the candle without the candle casting a single ray on the pathway of human progress.
A bright wit spent itself in convivial jokes, and a superb physique bent and broke under persistent disregard for natures laws. Now and then a young man developes who takes fortune and turns it into added wealth or achievements in other and more useful fields, but the son of a very rich father in most instances permits ambition to float away on the drowsy wings of security from possible wants and bright possibilities become vague memories.
It has often been said that it is a part of the economy of nature that fortunes should come and go with passing generations and monarchial governments have combated this rule by laws of entailment, but it may never be abrogated by human power.
The example here cited is considered with due reference to environment and knowledge of the fact that a fortune in Bloomington would be as a spray in the ocean in New York, but the influences, temptations and results are substantially unvarying. The obvious lesson is that the young man with brains and health is, with rare exceptions, infinitely better situated with reference to future contentment, usefulness and avenues for fame, when stern necessity commands earnest and constant endeavor. This kind of moralizing is as old as human thought, but has lost nothing of its truth nor wanted for examples. Young men who are putting in long hours at $8, $10, or $12 a week will call it an old Sunday school homily, and the flippant will designate in the vernacular “pappy-guy talk,” but if Al. GRIDLEY were here today he would bear out the Bulletin in every assertion. Ambition once gone, is as elusive as the lost chord. That is why dipsomania cures have so many lapses." [Batavia Herald, 14 Nov. 1895]
Death of Mrs. Alice WATERS.
Saturday, Nov. 9, 1895, aged 55 Years. Funeral From Baptist Church, Monday at 1:30 p.m.
Mrs. Alice BRICE WATERS died at the home of her son, Willis WATERS, Saturday, Nov. 9, 1895, at 11:30 a.m., after a long illness of consumption, aged 55 years.
Deceased was born in Windom, Ohio, Sept. 2, 1840, and was married to Willis M. WATERS, of Middlefield, Ohio, May 23, 1864. After the short period of six months she was called upon to mourn the death of her husband.
After her husbands death, Mrs. WATERS made her home with her parents in Ohio and with her sister, Mrs. M. D. HILL, Nevada, Mo., until her only child and son, Willis, had grown up and since then she has made her home with him., the last four years being spent in Batavia, and at whose home she was tenderly cared for in her last days.
Twenty-three years ago deceased had a severe attack of Pneumonia from which she never recovered, and which eventually ended in consumption.
Although an invalid for many years, she was ever patient and resigned to her fate, trusting in the one who does all things for the best.
In March, 1895, deceased was taken much worse and since that time had been confined to her room most of the time. Her sister, Mrs. HILL, of Missouri, has been in constant attendance since June 16, and her every wish was gratified.
Funeral services were held Monday, at 1:30 p.m., from the Baptist church, of which she was a valued member, and were conducted by Rev. Berry, assisted by Revs. Pratt and Bissell. Many choice and beautiful flower s were tenderly laid on the casket by the family and loving friends. The remains were laid to rest in the West Side Cemetery.
Deceased leaves, besides her son, Willis, one sister, Mrs. HILL, of Mo., and one brother, Philo BRICE, of Ohio, and a large circle of friends to mourn her death.
[Batavia Herald, 14 Nov. 1895]
Meets Death While Visiting.
DIED: - Mr. TICKNER, at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Ed. BRADLEY, east of Batavia, Thursday, Nov. 28, at 3 p.m., aged 88 years. The old gentleman, who was in good health came from his home in Sheboygan, Wis., the week before spending Thanksgiving with his niece, Mrs. BRADLEY, when he was suddenly stricken with paralysis, and died soon after. It was a sad ending to a happy family reunion. The remains were sent to his old home Saturday, on the 1:10- train, for burial [Batavia Herald, 5 Dec. 1895]
Death of Mrs. Alonzo GEORGE, of Aurora
Mrs. Lydia May GEORGE, widow of the late Alonzo GEORGE, of Aurora, died Sunday, Dec. 1, at Hot Springs, South Dakota, after many years of suffering. News of Mrs. GEORGE’S death was received by her brother-in-law, Mr. Frank GEORGE, of this city, the first of the week.
Although deceased has been a sufferer from Asthma for years, she had experienced some relief at Hot Springs, and her children had gone up to spend Thanksgiving with her, and fortunately were with her at the critical moment.
Mrs. GEORGE has been a resident of Aurora since 1860, and was the mother of two children; Wm. GEORGE, President of the Old Second National Bank, of Aurora, being her only son.
The funeral was held from her late home in Aurora, Wednesday at 10:30, a.m. Mr. F. K. GEORGE and family, from this city were in attendance. [Batavia Herald, 5 Dec. 1895]
From Activity to an Early Grave.
Sad Death of Eugene C. WOOD, Sunday, Dec. 8, 1895, From Blood Poison.
Batavia’s Well Known Decorator and Painter Passes Over the Valley of Death, after a Brief Illness. – Leaves a Wife and three little children – Will be Greatly Missed.
Only a few days ago, Mr. Eugene C. WOOD, Batavia’s well known decorator and painter, was in apparent perfect health, busily engaged in his professions, with the prospects of a long life ahead of him. To-day he sleeps in the silent tomb and his family of little children are fatherless and a sorrow stricken wife is bowed down with extreme grief and mourning. This is one of the saddest realities of life. While Mr. Wood as papering on his last job of work, he contracted blood poison. He neglected to attend to the matter at once and did not consult a physician until his dreaded disease was thoroughly seeded in his system.
After being called the Physician, family and friends, did all in their power to conquer the disease, and rescue the perishing man, - but all in vain. After lingering only a few days, in suffering and pain, he passed over the valley of death.
This demise seems doubly sad. An active, industrious and honorable man, a kind a devoted father and husband, - a loyal friend and a good, useful citizen, has been cut down, while in the most valuable stage of life.
Eugene C. WOOD was a decorator and artist, of more than ordinary ability. He had natural gifts in this line, was thoroughly schooled and drilled in these arts, in New York City. From there he came to Batavia, about 13 years ago and during this time, he has been actively engaged in his profession; most of the time being associated with the furniture and wall paper establishment of Messrs. Smith & Crane. During these years he has decorated or painted in most of the leading residences of Batavia, with satisfactory results. Many of the neat and prominent signs around the city to-day, are marks of his handiwork.
Eugene C. WOOD was born at Rochester, N. Y., Oct. 17, 1853, died in Batavia, Kane County, Ill., Sunday, Dec. 8th, 1895. He was married Oct. 7th, 1885, to Miss B. E. BRADY, of Chicago. To this union were born, Harry, Eugene, aged 9 years; Leo Ralph, 5 years; and Ethel Florence, 1 year and 8 months. Besides the widowed mother and children, there are left, an aged Father and Mother, brother and three sisters, to mourn for the departed.
Funeral services were held at the Holy Cross church, Tuesday forenoon; being very largely attended and conducted by Rev. Father Rathz. The remains were interred in the East Side Cemetery. The afflicted family have the heart-felt sympathies of a large circle of friends. [Batavia Herald, 12 Dec. 1895]
Death of Mrs. Desire GRAVES.
An Old and Highly Respected Citizen, Friday, Dec. 6, 1895, at the Home of Her Daughter, Mrs. EATON.
Mrs. Desire GRAVES, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. C. H. EATON, Friday, Dec. 6, 1895, aged 77 years and 8 months. Mrs. GRAVES was born at Hampton, Washington Co., N. Y.; she being the eldest daughter of Robert and Clarissa MILLARD. Two sisters, Mrs. Esbon MANVILLE, of Turner, Ill., and Mrs. Truman JONES, of Warrenville, Ill., still survive her.
Mr. MILLARD with his family moved from Whitehall, N.Y., to Ill., locating near Warrenville, DuPage Co., making the entire trip by team; Mrs GRAVES having married John Wesley WOOD in 1834. The children surviving them being, Mrs. C. W. SELDEN, of Wellsburg, Pa., John W. WOOD, of Blue Mound, Kan., Mrs. C. W. SHUMWAY and Mrs. C. H. EATON, of Batavia, and I. R. WOOD, of Chicago. Mr. WOOD being a traveling minister in the early days of Illinois, they underwent many of the hardships known in those days: he having been select ed by the Rock River Conference for the Janesville Circuit. After filling this and other similar positions for a number of years, he finally returned and located at Warrenville. Deceased having married Mr. Jesse GRAVES in 1867, she removed to Batavia in 1869, where she has resided most of the time since.
She was a life long member of the M. E. Church, having united with it at the age of 12 years. A very pleasant meeting, and the last she had the pleasure of attending, was that of the social of the older members of the church, given by the Epworth League at the Batavia M. E. Church, Sept. 20, 1895; having an opportunity of meeting her old friends and of these she was the third eldest.
She had been gradually failing since July, finally passing away last Friday morning. Brief service were held at the home of her daughter in Batavia Saturday forenoon, and funeral services at the church in Warrenville, conducted by Rev. J. D. Leek, at the request of the departed. The remains were placed beside those of her parents in the cemetery at Warrenville. She made the selection of the text for her funeral service, which will be found in Mark 14: and 8:, “She Hath Done What She Could.” [Batavia Herald, 12 Dec. 1895]
BURIAL: - The remains of Mrs. Charles BRADLEY, were brought to Batavia from Ames, Iowa, Wednesday forenoon, for burial in the family lot in the West Side cemetery. Deceased was a former resident of this city, a sister of the Rev. C. A. Mack, now of Chicago, and a sister-in-law of Henry and Dr. BRADLEY, of Turner, and Ebenezer BRADLEY, of this city. Her husband, who is now in his 78 year being the eldest son of the late C. E. BRADLEY. Rev. J. E. Bissell conducted the services at the grave. [Batavia Herald, 12 Dec. 1895]
Old Soldier Meets Watery Grave
Webster BURR Ends his own Life in the Lake at the Soldier’s Home in Quincy, Sat., Dec. 28, 1895. – Remains Brought to Batavia for Burial.
A telegram was received Sunday a.m. from Quincy, Ill., stating that Mr. Webster BURR, an inmate of the Soldier’s and Sailor’s Home, had committed suicide Saturday night Dec. 28, 1895, by drowning.
Upon investigation the report was found to be only too true. It seems that Sunday morning Superintendent Kirkwood finding BURR’s slippers and hat on the bank of the artificial lake at the home, immediately began a search for the body and with the aid of the grappling hooks soon fished up his remains.
Mr. BURR was an old resident of this city, a member of the G.A.R. Post; having served in the late war, and drew a pension. He had been an inmate of the Soldier’s Home for some time, and only recently returned from a recent visit to his family. Deceased was 65 years of age, and leaves a wife, two children and relatives in Batavia.
The remains arrived Tuesday morning and funeral services were held from the family home, Wednesday forenoon; Rev. R. E. Thomas officiating. Burial took place in the East Side Cemetery. [Batavia Herald, 2 Jan. 1896]
The remains of Mrs. Ruth READ, were brought to Batavia, Friday, Dec. 24, 1895, and interred in the West Side Cemetery. Deceased was 74 years of age and a former resident of this city but her latter home was at Morris.
[Batavia Herald, 2 Jan. 1896]
Death of Miss Mary REICHEL.
Miss Mary REICHEL, died at her home of her Grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Chas. CUNDERMAN, on the East Side, Saturday, a.m., Dec. 28, 1895, from a disease of the lungs, aged 17 years, 1 month and 12 days.
Deceased has been in poor health for some time, but being very ambitious did not give up until two weeks before her death; having went faithfully to her work every day after many would have taken in their bed.
She was an honored member of the German Lutheran church, a great favorite among her associates, and much beloved in her grand-father’s household where she had always made her home.
Funeral services were held from the church, Tuesday, at 2 p.m., Rev. Mr. Fricke officiating. The shop mates of the deceased turning out in a body and furnishing a beautiful floral offering. The misses Annie PAHNKE, Minnie RICHTER, Hulda MEIR, Amelia MILLER, Martha and Nettie HERRING acted as pall-bearer, while the honorary bearers were selected from the young gentlemen friends of the deceased. Burial took place n the East Side Cemetery.
[Batavia Herald, 2 Jan. 1896]
Death of Patrick QUINLIVAN Dec. 22
Died: - Mr. Patrick QUINLIVAN, at his home on the East Side, Sunday, Dec. 22, 1895, of paralysis, after a brief illness of a few days. Deceased was born in 1823. Came to this country in 1849 and has resided in Batavia for over 26 years. Mr. QUINLIVAN was an industrious and honorable gentleman, - a kind and devoted husband and father. He was over 21 years, a faithful and valued employee of the U. S. Factory, holding the position of tool dresser and was a good mechanic. Deceased leaves a wife and eight children, - four sons and four daughters, - who deeply mourn his death. He was a faithful member of the Holy Cross church, for many years.
Funeral services were held from the church, Tuesday, Dec. 24th, conducted by Rev. Father Rathz, and the remains laid to rest in the East Side Cemetery. [Batavia Herald, 2 Jan. 1896]
Mrs. WITCHMOND Suicides at St. Charles.
Mrs. WITCHMOND, who recently removed from Chicago to St. Charles, committed suicide, last Friday, by sending a bullet into her head. [Batavia Herald, 2 Jan. 1896]
Henry HAAS Suicides at Rutland, Kane Co.
At Rutland, Kane Co., Henry HAAS, committed suicide, by hanging, Friday, Dec. 27th. His dead body was found hanging from a tree, the next morning, by his family. [Batavia Herald, 2 Jan. 1896]
Took His Own Life.
John NELSON, after Brooding Over Disappointment, Sent a Bullet in His Head.
Mr. John NELSON has made his home in Batavia for some time. He was a steady, industrious young man, of good habits. Recently he had been working at the Calumet Stock Farm. Thursday, Jan. 2, he took a revolver and fired a bullet into his own head, which is supposed to have caused instant death. Upon investigation, and after the inquest, it was found that he had brooded over disappointment in love until he became despondent, and sought this means of escape from earthly torture. Deceased was about 33 years of age. He was supporting an aged mother in the old country, and had relatives in Chicago, - a brother coming out and looking after the remains. Burial took place at West Side Cemetery. [Batavia Herald, 9 Jan. 1896]
Death of Mrs. W. H. THOMAS.
Wife of the Pastor of the People’s Church, Chicago, Passes Away.
After and Illness of Six Weeks, the End Comes Quietly and Without any Apparent Pain – Sketch of the Woman Loved by All. Is Well Known in Batavia and Aurora.
Mrs. Emeline C. THOMAS, wife of the Rev. Dr. Hiram W. Thomas, of the People’s Church, Chicago, died at her home, No. 535 West Monroe St., Sunday, Jan. 5, 1896, at 2 p.m. Mrs. THOMAS was taken ill six weeks ago, and from the beginning of the sickness realized she would never recover. Death was caused by localized peritonitis, which followed an acute attack of gastritis. Many times during last week it was thought she could not live throughout the night and Dr. THOMAS continued his work only at her earnest solicitation. Saturday and Sunday Dr. THOMAS remained almost the entire time at the bedside of his wife. During her sickness she was at all times rational and perfectly conscious. She requested her husband Sunday morning to read a favorite poem, the last one written by Tennyson, “Let There Be No Mourning at the Bar When I Go Out to Sea.” After Dr. THOMAS had read the poem, Mrs. THOMAS recalled several bequests that she had formerly designated as being those she wished to make and then remained almost quiet until she died at 2 o’clock.
Deceased was born in Pleasantville, Pa., Aug. 31, 1832. Her maiden name was Emeline MERRICK. Her mother, Mrs. J. MCCLINTOCK, of Huntington, W. Va., is yet well and strong at the age of 88 years, but on account of partial blindness will not be able to attend the funeral.
When a small child, Mrs. THOMAS went with her parents to Ashtabula, Ohio, where she was educated. Her father died near Rockford, Ill., while on an exploring expedition through the west, when she was 3 years of age. March 19, 1855, she was married to Dr. THOMAS, near Franklin, Pa., and during the same year they moved to Western Iowa, where he had charge of a Methodist church at a salary of $300 a year.
They remained in Iowa until the fall 1869, when they settled in Chicago. For nearly 26 years they labored together in the Methodist church, and during the last 16 years they have been affiliated with the People’s Church, an independent organization in Chicago. Of six children, only one is living – Dr. Homer THOMAS, of Chicago.
Mrs. THOMAS, who was widely known throughout the West and Northwest, and especially in Batavia and Aurora, was possessed with a fine and practical mind, with a strong personality, displaying great force of character. With a warm sunny disposition, she gladdened as many lives and accomplished as much good as any woman of her age. In the line of history and literature she was remarkably proficient, and in many things she was considered a critic. While she never opposed the work of women in public, she chose for her work the home and social walks of life. She and Dr. THOMAS lived together for nearly forty years, as lived together for nearly forty years, and at all times he considered her his main support and assistant. Rev. Dr. W. J. Spaulding, ex-President of Iowa Wesleyan University, will conduct the funeral services. He has been for more than thirty years a personal friend of Dr. and Mrs. THOMAS. The services will be held from the home, where Mrs. THOMAS lived with her husband for fifteen years, Wednesday morning at 11 o’clock. [Batavia Herald, 9 Jan. 1896]
An old gentleman by the name of BASSETT, formerly of Aurora, died at the Alms House, Sunday night, aged 75 years. [Batavia Herald, 9 Jan. 1896]
DIED: - The little five year old daughter, of Mr. John VENTON, Thursday, Jan. 2d, 1896, after a brief illness, at the home of her uncle, Mr. Hicks FRYDENDALL, where she had been tenderly cared for since the death of her mother. Burial took place Friday in the West Side cemetery. [Batavia Herald, 9 Jan. 1896]
DIED: - Roger Harvey, only son of Mr. and Mrs. Ed. NORRIS, Saturday, Jan. 4, 1896, from pneumonia, aged one year. Mr. and Mrs. NORRIS have the sympathy of the entire community in their sad affliction, as only a few weeks ago they buried their oldest son and now they are called upon to part with their youngest and last boy. The funeral was held from the home Sunday afternoon, Rev. J. D. Leek officiating. [Batavia Herald, 9 Jan. 1896]
DIED: - at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. C. A NORRIS, Wednesday, Jn. 1st, 1896, Frank Ranney NORRIS, aged 34 years, after a lingering illness with consumption. Funeral was held at the home, on the West Side, Friday, conducted by Rev. J. D. Leek. This is the third death that has occurred in Mr. Norris’s family in a short time, but previous to this the death messenger had not visited the family for nearly 40 years. [Batavia Herald, 9 Jan. 1896]
DIED: - At the Kane Co. Alms House, Tuesday, Jan. 7, Mr. Charles OLSTRUM, aged 80 years. He had been an inmate for the last 12 years. [Batavia Herald, 9 Jan. 1896]
DIED: - Henry YAGLE, aged 76 years, one of the oldest residents of Dundee, and in good circumstances, hung himself, Tuesday, Jan. 14, on account of poor health. [Batavia Herald, 16 Jan. 1896]
Sad and Sudden Death. Of a Young Wife and Mother, Mrs. Dr. BURKE, of N. Aurora.
Former Batavia Resident.
The residents of North Aurora and Batavia, were shocked and saddened, upon learning the most unexpected news, that Mrs. Dr. Burke, had suddenly passed in to the great beyond. Mrs. BURKE died at her home, in North Aurora, Wednesday, Jan. 15. 1896, after an illness of but a few hours. The deceased was a daughter of Dr. James BRADLEY, of Turner and a niece of Mr. I. S. STEPHENS, of Batavia. She had been a resident of North Aurora about one year, during which time she has made many friends, all of whom are sorrowed to learn of her death. She was an ardent Christian, and an earnest worker in all of the Church Societies, where her willing hand and smiling face will be greatly missed. The remains were interred in the West Side Cemetery, Friday, Jan. 17th. [Batavia Herald, 23 Jan. 1896]
Death of Mrs. C. PIERCE-WELLS
Cassidany PIERCE, widow of Mr. Chas. B. WELLS, after a brief illness, peacefully passed away, from her home with Mrs. E. G. HOBLER, Sunday afternoon, at 2:30 p.m., Jan. 19th, 1896.
Her friends had with anxiety watched her failing strength during the past months and though she was confined to her bed but three days, they were in a measure prepared for her release.
The funeral services were held at the Batavia Cong’l. Church, on Tuesday morning, at 10:30, conducted by Rev. Mr. Bissell, and from there the remains were carried for burial, to the family lot, in the West Side Cemetery, at Geneva.
Mrs. WELLS was born in Charlemont, Mass., Oct. 10th, 1812, and there she spent her early years, coming to Illinois for frequent visits to friends and relatives. In 1865 she married Capt. WELLS and took up her permanent residence in Geneva. Since Mr. WELLS death she has spent her time with her daughters, Mrs. C. C. STEPHENS and Mrs. E. G. HOBLER. When she married Mr. WELLS she took upon herself the care of six small children, for whom she tenderly and faithfully fulfilled the duties of “mother.” “And her children shall rise up and call her blessed.” [Batavia Herald, 23 Jan. 1896]
DIED: - In Sack Co., Iowa, Jan. 21, 1896, Mr. James BODINE, who was born in Romulees, Seneca Co., N.Y., in 1835. Deceased was a relative of Joseph Davenport and lived in this vicinity previous to locating in Iowa, which was in 1876. [Batavia Herald, 30 Jan. 1896]
At Rest After Long Suffering.
Mattie CORNING, young daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A. M. CORNING, died at her home on the West Side, Saturday a.m., Jan. 25, 1896, after a long and painful illness, aged 13 years and 8 months.
Deceased was very ill nearly all last winter, but seemed to recover during the summer, but about three months ago was again stricken, and had been a great sufferer ever since the first, her only relief seemed to be in death.
She was a great favorite, and much beloved by all, and her death has cast a gloom over the entire neighborhood.
Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon, from Calvary church, conducted by Rev. G. H. Barry. The remains were tenderly laid to rest in the West Side Cemetery. [Batavia Herald, 30 Jan. 1896]
Kane County Man Killed.
Bertram A. ATWATER Murdered by Highwaymen at St. Louis. Used to Live Near Batavia.
Bertram Allen ATWATER, who was raised near Batavia, and who was well-known near Batavia, and who was well known in Aurora, having been employed by Mr. M. C. ORTON, the contractor, who built the Aurora street railway, was, Thursday evening, murdered by highwaymen near the home of Mr. ORTON, in Webster Grove, a suburb of St. Louis. Mr. Bertram had just arrived from Chicago and was on his way to Mr. ORTON’s house, too visit Miss Genevieve ORTON, who was soon to be his wife. He had hired a boy to carry his valise and while he was in a barbershop, the boy communicated with two foot pals telling them he was to carry the valise and arranging for the holdup. Before receiving the death shot ATWATER fatally wounded one of the thieves who confessed to the plot.
Mr. Bertram was an artist of considerable note. He was thirty-three years old and received his early education at a Geneva high school, where he knew Miss ORTON as a girl. [Batavia Herald, 30 Jan. 1896]
Death of Mrs. PHELPS, at Geneva.
A Former Batavia Teacher.
In Geneva, last Saturday night, the wife of John PHELPS, deputy recorder of this county, passed away, leaving two young daughters, one about six and the other about three years old. A young son born last Saturday night died twenty-four hours before the mother did. She had been gaining nicely through the week until Thursday, when John was hastily summoned, and from that time she sank rapidly. It is thought she ate some canned goods that was too strong for her weak system, and poisoned herself and her baby boy.
Kate GODFREY was born and raised in the town of Big Rock and for a number of years was a teacher in the schools of Aurora, Batavia and Kaneville. Since her marriage to Mr. PHELPS they have resided continuously at Geneva.
The people of Kane county, nearly all of whom knew John PHELPS and a great number knew his wife, are shocked by the sudden and unexpected death, and the sympathy extended to him and little Katherine and Dorothy is sincere and heartfelt, and if favors or kind words avail at all, John will know that Kane county mourns with him. [Batavia Herald, 6 Feb. 1896]
Sad Death of Arthur V. REISING.
Arthur V. REISING died at 9 o’clock Monday evening, Feb. 3, at the home of his parents, on Illinois Avenue, Aurora, at the age of 29 years. His fatal illness was typhoid fever from which he had been suffering about two months. He had been steadily improving and last week was able to be about town. Friday he was again taken ill, suffering a relapse, and Monday morning he failed rapidly. Deceased was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Valentine REISING of 157 Illinois Ave. Joseph REISING , of the firm N. C. Simmons & Co., was his brother and Mrs. George MCDONALD of Oak avenue his sister. The many friends of the deceased extend their sympathy to the bereaved. [Batavia Herald, 6 Feb. 1896]
Judge LOVELL’s Wife Dies at Elgin, Feb. 10.
The wife of Judge Edward C. LOVELL died, Monday, Feb. 10, at Elgin, of typhoid pneumonia. She was a regular physician, and a graduate of Ann Arbor, but at the last she was treated by Christian scientists, in whose practice she had long been a believer. A week ago her young son had died. [Batavia Herald, 13 Feb. 1896]
DIED: - The little six months old child of Mr. and Mrs. Fred LARSON, Saturday, Feb. 9, 1896. Burial took place, Monday in the West Side cemetery. [Batavia Herald, 13 Feb. 1896]
Death of An Old Kendall County Pioneer.
Mr. Jesse BRADY, brother of the late L. D. BRADY, of Aurora, died, Sunday morning, March 1, 1896, at his home in Little Rock, aged 82 years. [Batavia Herald, 5 March 1896]
L. RUCH Meets Death by Fall
Louis RUCH, fell from a third story of the new brick building, on Broadway, Aurora, Tuesday, March 10. He was seriously injured, bones broken and fractured, dying the next day from his injuries. Mr. RUCH was a painter; about 40 years of age. He was un-married and lives at 224 South Fifth St. He was [ 2 lines of text missing ] a distance of 50 feet.
[Batavia Herald, 12 March 1896]
Rev. Fred BERRY, received the sad news, Sunday, of the death of a younger brother, at Jackson, Michigan. He left Tuesday to attend the funeral, and will visit a few days with relatives before returning.
[Batavia Herald, 12 March 1896]
DIED: - Monday morning, Mch. 16, 1896, Alfred ALBERT, younger son of Euretta DORR, aged 25 years. Blindness and other ills have made his short life a very long, and a very hard one. The funeral takes place at the home, this afternoon, conducted by Rev. J. E. Bissell. [Batavia Herald, 19 March 1896]
Sudden Death of William LONG.
Died on a Street Car.
Wm. LONG, of Chicago, who was formerly a barber in VanNortwick Block, Batavia, died Thursday afternoon, March 19, 1896, in Chicago on a Wentworth Ave. street car, just after his return from visiting his brother in this city. LONG had been downtown on some business, and was returning to his home on a Wentworth Ave. car. All the seats were taken and he was forced to stand. At Twenty-second street he was seen to stagger, and Conductor Alheim ran into the car and caught him before he fell to the floor. He dragged LONG out on the platform, where he almost immediately expired. Heart failure is attributed as the cause. He was buried at Yorkville. [Batavia Herald, 26 March 1896]
Death of Alfred A DORR, Aged 25 Years.
We publish the following to rectify some mistakes in the obituary of Alfred DORR:
Alfred A. DORR died of cerebral hemorrhage, on Tuesday, March 17, 1896 at 1:00 a.m., at the age of 25 years.
When 6 weeks old he lost his sight from a cold and inflammation, and was blind from then until his death.
His greatest enjoyment was his music, learning to play a piece almost perfectly upon piano or organ, after once hearing it. [Batavia Herald, 26 March 1896]
Sudden Death of Peter HOBLER
Passes Away of Pneumonia, Wed. Eve., April 1, 1896, at 6:45 p.m. After a Few days Illness, Aged 61 years.
The community was shocked to learn of the unexpected death of Mr. Peter HOBLER, Wednesday evening, April 1, at his home on Main St., Batavia, aged 61 years, of Pneumonia.
Only a few days ago he was on our streets, and transacted his duties at the Appleton works. The shock is a hard one on his family and friends, who have the sympathy of the entire community.
Mr. HOBLER as one of Batavia’s old and highly respected citizens, - for many years has been the General Manager of the Appleton Mfg. Co., and his death will be keenly felt. The funeral will probably be held Friday. Full obituary next week. [Batavia Herald, 2 April, 1896]
Death of Peter HOBLER
Wed., April 1, 1896, After a Brief Illness of Pneumonia.
A Valuable and Industrious Life is Ended. Funeral Services Largely Attended.
In the death of Mrs. Peter HOBLER, which occurred at his home in this city, on Main Street, Wednesday, April 1, 1896, at :45 p.m., a good and useful citizen passed away from us.
Deceased was born in New York City. The coming December he ould have been 6 years of age. When a young man he came west, settled in Batavia, and went in the employ of the late Mr. John W. VanNortwick, and was associated with him in business for many years.
From the time of his first settling in this section, he has made his home in Batavia, and vicinity. He was always a good worker, and enterprising citizen; a good business man, of ability and foresight. Whatever he undertook, he pushed through with such earnestness and success.
In Sept., 1859, Peter HOBLER as married to Mary BASSETT, in the same home in which he passed away. To this were born five children, one of whom passed away years ago, but the four are left to comfort the sorrow stricken wife and mother, and were all present at the death bed of the devoted father. Mrs. F. NELSON arriving from Rockford, just one half hour before the departure of his life.
In his home deceased was a most devoted, kind and considerate husband and father. In his daily associations with the world, he as pleasant, thorough and prompt. Of his business ability and associations with the Appleton Mfg. Co., the Daily Post says:
“He was connected with the Appleton Manufacturing Co., as its General Manager during all the years of the Company’s organization in its present form. He was a man of great business ability, of tireless energy, and wholly devoted to any cause that he might espouse. It is in large part due to his exertions that the company occupies its present important position among the manufacturers of agricultural implements.
Funeral services were held, at his late home, Friday, April 3d, at 3 p.m., and were largely attended. The Appleton Factory and VanNortwick bank were closed and the officers and members attended in a body, - the pall bearers were selected from members of the Appleton Co.
The floral offerings were very profuse, beautiful and appropriate, amonbg them being an emblem of a Broken Wheel.
The remains were interred in the West Side Cemetery.
The afflicted family have the heartfelt sympathies of a large circle of friends, in this, their hour of sorrow.
[Batavia Herald, 9 April 1896]
Death of G. LINDSAY an Old Settler.
Mr. George LINDSAY, was born in Lima, Monroe County, N. Y., July 22, 1822.
He came to Illinois in 1843, and settled in Warrenville, and moved to Batavia in 1853, where he resided until his death, which occurred Friday, March 27, 1896. Three children are left to mourn his death. Funeral services were held, Sunday, from his late home, conducted by Rev. J. E. Bissell. The remains were laid to rest in the West Side Cemetery.
[Batavia Herald, 2 April, 1896]
Sad Death of Miss May HODGES. Miss May HODGES, of Savanna, Ill., died very suddenly at a relatives, in Turner, where she had gone for a brief visit, Monday morning, April 6th, 1896.
Deceased as a Granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. A. H. JONES, of this city, an has visited here many times and was much beloved by the young people here, who ere looking forward to her coming when the sad news came of her death.
Her seems doubly sad, as she was a bright and promising young lady ho had just graduated an fitted herself for life work, had everything to live or, when death came suddenly snuffed out the flame, and the homes that were joyous at her coming are thrown in to deepest mourning. [Batavia Herald, 9 April, 1896]
Funeral of Miss Mae HODGES,
Grand-daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A. H. JONES, of this city, Held at Savanna, Ill., April 8.
Miss Mae HODGES, Grand-daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A. H. JONES, of this city, who died very suddenly, Monday, April 6, while on a visit to relatives in Turner, was buried at her home in Savanna, last Wednesday, from the Baptist church, which was filled to its utmost capacity; many being compelled to stand in the hallway.
The remains were accompanied from the house to the church by members of the K. P. Lodge, Ladies Auxiliary to the O. R. C., Class Mater, P. O. D. of A. and intimate friends. The services were conducted by Rev. L. L. Cloyd, who spoke many words of comfort to the stricken family. Mae looked very peaceful and sweet as she lay in her white casket prepared for her last sleep. All the sorrow and storms of life for her over, yet many tears were shed as she was laid in the tomb, which loving hands had lined with beautiful flowers. The pall bearers were selected from her former class mates. Many handsome floral emblems and beautiful bouquets. Mr. A. H. JONES and Miss Julia EAGER, of this city were in attendance. [Batavia Herald, 16 April 1896]
Death of Allen W. WOLCOTT, Aged 22 Years.
Mr. and Ms. R. N. WOLCOTT brought the remains of their son, Allen W., from their home in Grand Rapids, Mich., to Batavia, Wednesday, April 8, 1896, and placed them in the family plot, at the West Side Cemetery. Deceased passed away, Sunday, April 5th, 1896. He as the youngest son of R. N. WOLCOTT, and a grandson of Mr. Nathan WOLCOTT, of this city. The afflicted family have the sympathies of their Batavia friends, in this their hour of sorrow.
[Batavia Herald, 9 April 1896]
Death of Mr. John SWANSON.
Mr. John SWANSON, died at his home at the corner McKee and Jefferson streets, Tuesday, April 7, 1896, aged 55 years, five months and 23 days. Deceased had been in poor health for some time, and unable to work for the past year and a half, but did not take to his bed until last Friday. He was a great sufferer from what is known as the grinding consumption, and is contracted by long and steady working in grinding and polishing of iron.
Mr. SWANSON was born in Sweden, Oct. 19, 1840, and came to Batavia in 1883, and settled with his family, and has made this city his home ever since. He leaves a wife and five children to mourn his departure. Funeral services will be held from the Swedish M. E. Church, Friday at 2 p.m., and will be conducted by Rev. Mr. Westergren. The remains will be laid to rest in the West Side Cemetery. [Batavia Herald, 9 April 1896]
Mrs. NORMAN Burned to Death.
A very sad and fatal accident occurred at St. Charles, Saturday April 11, 1896, in the burning to death of Mrs. NORMAN, the aged mother of Mrs. A. P. BENSON, of Jackson St. this city.
It seems that Mrs. NORMAN, although 75 years of age lived all alone, and was hearty and active, and last Saturday raked her door-yard and set fire to the rubbish, as the wind was quite strong her clothing caught fire. With great presence of mind she ran to the well and in some way succeeded in pumping water on the flames and extinguished them. Although very weak she walked in to the house and put on a dress, and then went to a neighbors, where her strength gave out and she fell at the door unconscious. She was tenderly cared for, and her two daughters telegraphed of the sad accident; both arrived before she passed away 12 hours later. [Batavia Herald, 16 April 1896]
Murder and Suicide at Elgin.
Mary LINNETT of Chicago Kills Miss TROWBRIDGE at Elgin.
Miss Elizabeth TROWBRIDGE, of Elgin was shot dead in South State street about 8 o’clock Monday night, by Miss Mary LINNETT of 43 North Campbell avenue, Chicago, who then killed herself. About two years ago Miss LINNETT became infatuated with another Chicago girl, whom she attempted to kill because the girl would not consent to live with her. She was adjudged insane and was sent to the Elgin asylum, where Miss TROWBRIDGE was an attendant. She as discharged last December as cured. She had become much attached to Miss TROWBRIDGE, and tried hard to get her to come to Chicago and live with her. Miss TROWBRIDGE was out walking with her sister, Alice last evening, when Miss LINNETT came up behind her and shot her without warning. Miss LINNETT was 18 years old, and was a general favorite. Miss LINNETT’s father is a contractor, and was formerly in the employ of the Chicago board of education. Supt. LOEWY of the insane hospital testified at the inquest on Miss Mary LINNETT and Miss Elizabeth TROWBRIDGE that Miss LINNETT was undoubtedly insane. Her victim had been warned of the danger, as friends feared such an outcome of their association. Miss TROWBRIDGE, while in charge of Miss LINNETT, had noticed suicidal tendencies. [Batavia Herald, 16 April 1896]
DIED: - Mrs. A. P. WEST, at her home in Geneva, Thursday morning, April 9, after a lingering and very painful illness, aged 57 years. Deceased was an old and highly respected resident of Geneva and settled there with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. John WILSON, in ’49. Her husband and one sister survive her [Batavia Herald, 16 April 1896]
Death of Mrs. Frank JOHNSON.
Mrs. Frank JOHNSON died at her home West of Batavia, on Amos Burton’s farm, Thursday, April 16, 1896, after a week of intense suffering with rheumatism of the stomach and heart, aged 37 years and 6 months. Deceased as a kind and devoted wife and mother, and as much beloved by all. She leaves a husband and seven children besides other relatives in Batavia, and a large circle of friends to mourn her death. Funeral services were held from the Swedish Lutheran church, Saturday afternoon at 2 o’clock, and the remains were laid to rest in the West Side Cemetery.
Mrs. JOHNSON was a sister of Mrs. HASSEL, of this city, and Mrs. John A. PEARSON, who recently moved to Swedborg, Mo. [Batavia Herald, 23 April 1896]
DIED: - Friday, April 7, 1896, at Onida, S. Dakota, Mr. Haines O’CONNOR, aged 77 years. Deceased was the father of Howard O’CONNOR of this city. [Batavia Herald, 23 April 1896]
Death of Little Cora Mabel WATTS
DIED: - Cora Mabel, little daughter of Mrs. J. WATTS, died at the home of her Grand-parents, Mr. and Mrs. R. COCHRAN, on the East Side, Friday May 1, 1896, aged 4 years and 3 months. Funeral services were held from the home Sunday afternoon. [Batavia Herald, 7 May 1896]
Sudden Death of Mrs. L. SMITH
Mrs. Louie SMITH, died at her home, on North River St., Thursday, April 30, 1896, at 11:30 p.m., very suddenly, of heart disease, aged 52 years. Deceased had not been feeling well for several days, but had attended to her house-hold duties as usual: was on the street at 6 o’clock, and later in the evening entertained a few guests, but after retiring grew worse and soon passed away. Mrs. Smith was a colored lady that was highly respected by all, and was very popular and much beloved by her society. Deceased leaves a husband and several step-children, besides a large circle of friends. Funeral services were held from the A. M. E. church Saturday afternoon, conducted by the Rev. Mr. Hall. [Batavia Herald, 7 May 1896]
Death of an Old Pioneer.
Mrs. Thos. W. WATSON, Passes Away, Monday, April 27, 1896, After a Long Illness, Aged 71 Years.
Deceased Was a Resident of Warrenville For 52 Years; Much Beloved and Esteemed for her Good Qualities of Heart and Bright Intellect. – She Was The Mother, of Geo. E. WATSON, of Batavia.
Mary Lucretia, wife of Thomas Warren WATSON, died, at Warrenville, DuPage Co., Ills., Monday, April 27, 1896, at the age of seventy-one years, seven months and thirteen days. The funeral was held at the old homestead at Warrenville, Wednesday at two o’clock; Rev. J. D. Leek, of Batavia M. E. Church officiating. Several young friends who had often met to sing with Mrs. WATSON made the occasion very impressive, by singing many of her favorite hymns. Mrs. WATSON was one of DuPage County’s Pioneers, a daughter of Casper M. and Henrietta L. KLINE. She was born in Baltimore, Md., September 14th, 1824, and came to this country with her parents in 1835. April 10, 1844 she married Mr. WATSON, coming with him to Warrenville to make the home in which they have resided for the past 52 years.
Mrs. WATSON was the mother of six sons, three of which survive her: Thos. Theodore, of Buenos Aires, South America; George Edward, of Batavia; and John Henry, of Schaller, Iowa.
Deceased was a food loving wife and mother, and a staunch true friend, having the interest of many at heart, and was a woman of superior natural ability. Intellectually she was far above the average person of her years, and was an agreeable conversationalist. She possessed many excellences of heart and head and enjoys, as she deserves, the respect of a large circle of friends. She had been such a great sufferer for the past three years, that the many friends that gathered at her funeral, from all parts of the country, and those near and dear to her, could through all their sorrow, but feel glad to follow her to the peaceful quiet cemetery, and leave her at rest. [Batavia Herald, 7 May 1896]
Sad Death of Little Ray MORGAN
Little Ray, son of Mr. and Mrs. E. S. MORGAN, died at the home of his parents on River St., Monday morning, May 11th, 1896, after an illness of five months, of consumption, aged 13 years. Ray Stanley MORGAN was born in Attalissa, Muscatine County, Iowa, October 7, 1882, and departed this life May 11, at 4 o’clock a.m. aged 13 years, 7 months and 4 days. Deceased was one of the three noted colored boy musicians, that have gained much popularity throughout the country, and are known as the “Morgan Bros. Trio.” Ray’s chosen instrument was the guitar of which he was a perfect master. He was a bright and gentlemanly little fellow and skilled musician, who was admired by all. His death is a sad blow to the family, who had looked forward to such a bright career for him, with his musical gifts, and especially to the brothers with whom he had played so long, and their future is now darkened with deepest gloom, as his place can never be filled. Funeral services were held from the A. M. E. church, Tuesday, at 3 p.m., Rev. Hall officiating. [Batavia Herald, 14 May 1896]
W. G. SWAN, of Elgin, Suicide.
A dispatch from Elgin, says: William G. SWAN, floor-walker in the store of his brother, Theodore F. SWAN, was found dead Saturday at his rooms in Prairie street, where he lived alone. A handkerchief saturated with chloroform was at his mouth, and it is supposed he committed suicide on Friday night. He was divorced from his wife several years ago, and once on the street cut his throat, but was prevented from finishing the deed, and another time took laudanum. SWAN was about 42 years of age, and had two grown children. [Batavia Herald, 14 May 1896]
Death of Mrs. A. G. KENT, May 18, 1896.
DIED: - At her home, a short distance west of Batavia, Monday, May 18, 1896, Mrs. A. G. KENT. Deceased leaves a husband and 1 little daughter. The remains were sent to Clarinda, Ia., Wednesday, for burial. Only a few months ago the family removed to this section, from Iowa, and this death is a hard blow upon the husband and daughter, among comparative strangers and empty-handed. They have the sympathies of their neighbors who have been bestowing kind acts upon them. [Batavia Herald, 21 May 1896]
Death of Mrs. Mary STEBBINS.
An Old and Highly Respected Resident, Aged 82 Years.
Mrs. Mary STEBBINS, and old and highly respected resident of Batavia, died at her home on the East Side, Sunday, May 24th, 1896, at 2 p.m., aged 82 years, from asthma complicated with heart disease.
Deceased has been a resident of Batavia for a great many years; her husband having been on the early merchants of this city, and died twenty-five years ago, the 27 of this month. Mrs. Stebbins was a lady that was greatly beloved by all who knew her, for her kindness of heart and charitable deeds to the unfortunate, and was ever a true friend to all suffering humanity. She was one of the first to respond to the call for aid to the Johnstown sufferers at the time of the flood. Deceased was a devoted and faithful member of the Christian church, and was looked upon as a worthy example to follow. One sister, Mrs. Oliva CONANT, and a niece, Mrs. Mary LORD, with a large circle of friends, mourn her departure. Funeral services were held Tuesday, at 10:30 from the Christian church, Rev. R. E. Thomas officiating, and the remains laid to rest in the East Side Cemetery. [Batavia Herald, 28 May 1896]
Miss F. V. STEARNS received the sad news, Monday, of the death of her niece, Mrs. Emma DELL, of Kent Co., California. Mrs. DELL will be kindly remembered in Batavia, as she was at one time a resident of this city, where she is better known as Emma MORRILL. Her death was quite sudden, and no particulars have yet been received by the family. She was a sister of Miss Mabel MORRILL, of Elburn.
[Batavia Herald, 28 May 1896]
Killed by An Emory Wheel.
Will JOHNSON, was killed, at the Stove works, in Aurora, last Wed., May 20, by the breaking of an Emory wheel. He was employed in the polishing room on the third floor and was working on an Emory wheel at the time of the accident. When at its maximum speed the wheel broke in two, one piece striking JOHNSON in the forehead, splitting open his skull from the top of his head to the left cheekbone. His head was mangled almost beyond recognition, large portions of the brain being exposed to view. [Batavia Herald, 28 May 1896]
Mrs. O. M. TOMLE.
On Monday last, this community was shocked to learn the sad death of Mrs. O. M. TOMLE, which occurred at Battle Creek, Mich., whither she had gone a little more than two weeks previous, in search of relief from the dread disease that was preying upon her system only too surely. For a long time Mrs. TOMLE had been a sufferer, but she had hoped to obtain relief from the treatment of our local physicians, and consequently had remained at home, surrounded by her affectionate family and her kind and willing neighbors. Satisfied at last that there was no chance of recovery, except by the aid which specialists might be able to render, she decided to enter the Sanitarium at Battle Creek.
But her bodily strength was much more nearly spent than even her closest friends had feared, and so, separated from the loved and cherished of her own household and denied the ministrations which loving hands would most gladly have contributed, she passed away. Gertrude JACOBSON was born in Norway, August 1st, 1843. She came to this country, and to Batavia, when only eleven years of age. She was married to Mr. O. M. TOMLE on the 3d. of August, 1878, and died June 1st, 1896, aged fifty-two years and ten months.
In her death her husband was deprived of a kind and devoted wife, and her children, and her children, Galena, aged 17 years, Samuel, aged 14 years, and Frank, aged 11 years, are bereft of a fond and indulgent mother, whose every thought was for their highest good for time and eternity. Those who knew her in social life will feel the loss of a true and warm-hearted friend, and the community at large, will remember her as a gentle, unassuming, benevolent, noble woman, whose faithful counsel was always given in a spirit of meekness and whose deeds of charity, well-timed and numerous, were ever performed quietly, and strictly in accordance with the Scriptural injunction. Truly the deserving poor will revere her name. Mrs. TOMLE united with the First Baptist church of this place in the year 1890, since which time she maintained her standing as a humble, consistent and useful Christian. Rev. Fred Berry, her late pastor, will officiate at the funeral which will take place this (Thursday) afternoon at 2 o’clock, from the family home. The remains will be lovingly laid to rest in the East Cemetery. The deepest sympathy of a large circle of friends is extended to the bereaved. [Batavia Herald, 4 June 1896]
Death of Mrs. Clifford SWEET.
Mrs. Annie B. SWEET, wife of Prof. Clifford G. SWEET, died at her home, 1 South River Street, Friday, June 5, 1896, of cancer. Death comes as a relief after an illness of sixteen months, part of the time of which her suffering was intense. She was a patient sufferer, however, and bore up bravely to the last. To her grief stricken husband she has ever been a faithful and willing helpmate in his work, and he will keenly feel her loss. She leaves besides her husband on son, Howard. Burial took place at Plano. [Batavia Herald, 11 June 1896]
Mr. and Mrs. SCHIMELPHOENIG, living two miles east of Batavia, was called upon to part with their infant daughter, aged six weeks, by death, last week, [Batavia Herald, 11 June 1896]
Boy Drowned at Geneva, Saturday.
Sidney LINDSTROM, a ten year old boy, of Geneva, was drowned in the river at that place Saturday afternoon. He was in swimming and was taken with a cramp. Aid was speedily at hand but too late to save the boy’s life. [Batavia Herald, 11 June 1896]
Ed. ANDERSON Drowns in Fox River
While out fishing and boating, June 7, at 11 a.m., Edward ANDERSON ventured in to the deep waters at Duck Island, just north of Batavia dam, and was drowned.
Search was at once commenced for his body, but it was not recovered until about 8 o’clock in the evening.
The coroner’s inquest was held, Monday, and returned a verdict of accidental drowning..
Edward ANDERSON was a single man, aged 24 years; made his home in Batavia, with a sister, and was employed at the ice houses.
[Batavia Herald, 11 June 1896]
Mr. LAUGHLIN Killed by Cars at Wayne.
Saturday evening about 6 o’clock, Albert LAUGHLIN, aged 50 years, who lived a mile and a half east of St. Charles, was struck by a fast train on the Northwestern at Wayne, and instantly killed. Albert LAUGHLIN was very wealthy, owning over 1,000 acres of land worth $100 an acre besides other property. [Batavia Herald, 11 June 1896]
Mrs. Burr WINTON, wife of Aurora’s first postmaster, died in that city Tuesday, June 16, aged 88 years. [Batavia Herald, 18 June 1896]
Senator G. E. BACON Dies at Aurora, July 6,
George E. BACON died at his home in Aurora Monday, July 6, of cancer. Senator BACON had a state reputation as a republican politician and Campaign orator. He lived until recently, in Paris, Ill., from which place he was sent to the State Senate.
He was one of four Republican who persisted in voting for Richard Oglesby for U. S. Senator, instead of A. J. Streeter, and thereby caused the election of J. M. Palmer. At the close of his term in the Senate he moved to Aurora and began the practice of law.
Several weeks ago he submitted to a surgical operation. He rallied for a time, then gradually failed until the end.
[Batavia Herald, 9 July 1896]
Tragedy of Kaneville.
Mrs. John H. SCOTT Saturates Her Clothing With Kerosene, and Set on Fire.
The Aurora Express says Mrs. SCOTT of Kaneville, committed suicide at her home, Saturday, July 4, by saturating her clothing with kerosene and setting it on fire. She died early Sunday morning. It is supposed the act was committed during a fit of temporary insanity, as no one could do such a thing while sane. No cause is known for the rash act, and as far as can be learned here was nothing to indicate anything wrong previous to the deed.
Her husband, J. H. SCOTT, is one of the most prominent men in Kaneville, having been a merchant and postmaster there for years. She was the mother of F. G. HANCHETT, of Aurora, and Bruce SCOTT, a law student, in the office of Hanchett & Plain, and an aunt of Hon. L. K. SCOTT, Mayor of Aurora. [Batavia Herald, 9 July 1896]
Death of Mr. Spencer JOHNSON.
At Garden Grove, Cali., June 26, 1896, Aged 82 Years. A Pioneer of Kane Co., and for Many Years a Highly Respected Resident of Batavia.
Mr. Spencer JOHNSON, one of the old Pioneer settlers of Kane Co., who came here some 59 years ago, when this beautiful country was but a wild prairie, and assisted in breaking its soil, establishing our city, and to build our school and churches, passed away at his home in Garden Grove, California, June 26th 1896 after a long illness, aged 82 years.
Deceased was born at Camden, Oneida Co., N. Y., June 15th, 1814. In 1835 he located at Dover, Ohio, where for some time he followed teaching; came to Illinois in 1837, and purchased a claim in Virgil Township, and for a number of years followed the occupation of a farmer. In 1849 he purchased a fine grain and dairy farm, one mile east of Batavia, which he owned at the time of his death; it being carried on by his son, Wm. R. JOHNSON.
March 24, 1842, Mr. JOHNSON married Miss Sarah M. CHAFFEE, of Campton, Ill., with whom the past 54 years of his life have been pleasantly spent. Ten children were born to them, six of whom are still living, and with the aged mother, are now left to mourn the loss of a kind husband and father.
Deceased was a staunch Republican, a valued member of the Batavia Cong’l church, and for some time served as a Trustee.
About ten years ago he moved to Garden Grove, Cali., where he owned a fruit farm, and where one son, E. S. JOHNSON, and a daughter, Mrs. WARE reside, and who tenderly cared for him in his declining years.
Mr. JOHNSON was a man highly respected by all, a promoter of good, and a valuable citizen, whose memory will be cherished through all time, and his life be a worthy example to his family and friends.
The remains were brought to Batavia, Thursday, July 2d, accompanied by his son, Edmund; (the wife being in too feeble health to endure the long journey.) They were met upon their arrival by the children and friends, and tenderly conveyed to the home of his daughter, Mrs. M. M. KINNE, where funeral services were held at 2:30 p.m., and were largely attended. [Batavia Herald, 9 July 1896]
Death of Mrs. E. A. BASSETT
A Highly Respected Citizen, July 8, 1896, After a Long and Painful Illness, of Cancer, Aged 62 Years.
The spirit of Mrs. Emily A. BASSETT, passed from this world to the great beyond, Wednesday, July 8, 1896, at 10 a.m., aft two years of extreme suffering, from cancer, aged 62 years.
Emily ALLEN, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Atwood ALLEN, was born in Oswego, New York, August 11th, 1834. She was twice married, her first husband, Mr. William MILNE, with whom she came west, and settled near Rochelle, Ill., where Mr. MILNE died. To them one son was born.
In Oct. 1872 she married Mr. George BASSETT, of this city; coming to Batavia soon after, she has resided here ever since; Mr. BASSETT dying in 1874.
Deceased was a great, though patient sufferer, and clung to life until the last. She was an honest and faithful Christian lady, one whom all admired for her good qualities of heart.
Funeral services were held from her late home, on Main St., Friday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock, conducted by Rev. J. D. Leek, and the remains laid to rest in the West Side Cemetery.
[Batavia Herald, 16 July 1896]
Died at Alms House After 20 Years Residence.
Mr. Cornelias MAYHER, died Saturday, July 11, 1896, at the Alms House, after a residence of over 20 years, aged 91 years. The remains were taken to Aurora Sunday morning for burial. [Batavia Herald, 16 July 1896]
Death of Mrs. J. G. UPDYKE.
Mrs. Joseph G. Updyke, an old resident of Kane Co., died at her home in Aurora, Monday, July 20; the remains were brought to Batavia Wednesday for burial. Mrs. UPDYKE was a former resident of this city and for many years a valued member of the Batavia First M. E. Church. Deceased was born at New Brunswick, N. J., Sept. 3, 1824, and was married at Princeton, the same date, in 18509, to Joseph UPDYKE; coming west in ’53, where she has made Kane Co., her home most of the time since. She leaves one daughter, Mrs. BRIGGS of Aurora, besides her husband and a large circle of friends. [Batavia Herald, 23 July 1896]
Death of Inez KENYON, July 20.
Inez KENYON, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George KENYON, died at the family residence on Prairie Ave., Monday at 10 p.m., July 20th, 1896. Deceased was born in Batavia, Mar. 25, 1860, and has spent her whole life in this city. She had been a helpless invalid from spinal disease for many years, being compelled to give up her school work at the age of 18. She was a great but patient sufferer; being a constant reader until her eyesight failed her. She was a sister of Mr. G. R. KENYON and Mrs. Eugene OTIS, of this city, and Mr. B. KENYON of Aurora. Funeral services were held from the home Tuesday afternoon at 3 o’clock, and the remains laid to rest in the West Side cemetery. [Batavia Herald, 23 July 1896]
DIED: - Sunday, July 19, 1896, the little 7-month old twin son of Mr. and Mrs. Alfred NELSON. Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon. [Batavia Herald, 23 July 1896]
DIED: - Mr. J. Nelson HEDBURG, Monday, July 27, 1896, after a long illness, aged 57 years. Funeral services were held from the home Tuesday, at 3 p.m., conducted by Rev. A. Challman. [Batavia Herald, 30 July 1896]
DIED: - The little seven month’s old son of Mr. and Mrs. Ed. SMITH, Monday, July 27, 1896. Funeral services were held from the home, Wednesday a.m., at 10:30; Rev. J. E. Bissell officiating. [Batavia Herald, 30 July 1896]
Death of Dr. I. S. P. LORD, in Cali.
A Former Resident of Batavia, at the Age of 91 Years.
We clip the following from the Los Angeles (Cali.) Daily Times, which will be of interest to many of our citizens, as the deceased was a former resident and practicing physician of Batavia:
The death of I. S. P. LORD, occurred Wednesday, July 15, 1896, of paralysis. He was born in Batavia, N. Y., in 1805, thus having reached the venerable age of 91 years. He practiced medicine in Chicago, Brooklyn, and Poughkeepsie, before coming to Cali., in 1849. He returned to the East, but came back again in ’77, and afterward married his present wife, whose maiden name was CASE, and who has been an unusually devoted wife for over 20 years. He leaves two daughters, Mrs. S. S. Sterns of South Moline avenue, and Mrs. LUCKY of Poughkeepsie, and one son I. W. LORD, the founder of Lordsburg. Dr. Lord was remarkable for vigor of mind and body. He was prominent as a physician and was always in the front rank for reform. The cause of the slave was near to his heart; he was deeply interested in the temperance question, and vigorously opposed the Mormons during the agitation of that question before they moved to Salt Lake. [Batavia Herald, 6 August, 1896]
Clarence, the little nine year old son of F. E. WEBB, as drowned at Elgin, Tuesday, Aug. 4, while riding out in a boat. [Batavia Herald, 6 August, 1896]
DIED: - Orson FOWLER of Batavia, an old resident of Kane County, and a member of the well known Fowler family, died at the residence of Joseph Clark, in St. Charles, Aug. 7, from a complication of diseases, his age being seventy-five years. Deceased was the foster father of Mrs. CLARK. Interment at Batavia, East Side cemetery.
[Batavia Herald, 13 August, 1896]
Death of J. G. UPDYKE in Aurora.
The Aurora News says J. G. UPDYKE for several years past baggage agent at the Northwestern depot, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. F. A. BRIGGS, at 192 Pennsylvania avenue, this morning. He survived his wife, Hannah UPDYKE but three weeks and the grief over her decease is thought to have brought on his fatal illness. He was 78 years of age. No funeral arrangements have been made as yet but it will probably be held Thursday. The remains will be taken to his former home in Batavia for burial. [Batavia Herald, 13 August, 1896]
Death of Harvey McNAIR, Aug. 8.
An Old Settler and a Soldier in the Late War.
Mr. Harvey McNAIR passed away, at his home on East Wilson street, Saturday morning, Aug. 8, 1896, after a long illness caused by dropsy and hart trouble, aged 71 years, 11 months and 29 days. Deceased was a native of Erie County, Penn., born Aug. 10, 1824. He came to Illinois in 1843 and settled to Kaneville, from there he moved to Blackberry, and finally settled in Batavia in 1868. He was married to Mary Acers in 1856, but her spirit departed for the better land on Feb. 1, 1894. Two children, a son and a daughter, J. F. and Mary, blessed their union, the latter dying in infancy. The family resided on the Geo. ACERS farm for about 22 years, when death entered, and now the second visitation leaves J. F. entirely alone.
Mr. McNAIR was a soldier, and enlisted in the 8th Ill. Cavalry, participating in the battles of Gettysburg, Williamsburg, and the seven days fight.
The funeral was held at the house, Sunday afternoon, Aug. 9th, conducted by Rev. J. D. Leek, and the remains were taken to Elburn for interment. [Batavia Herald, 13 August, 1896]
Edward W. KETTEL Died Suddenly at Turner.
The Geneva Republican says E. W. KETTEL, roadmaster for the C. & N. W. Ry., on the Galena Division, died suddenly of rheumatism of the heart, superinduced by the excessive heat, at 9 o’clock Saturday night at his home at Turner. The body was taken to Sterling for burial, by special train. He lived at Geneva for some years, and was one of the best known and most highly respected railroad men along the line. His father, Geo. KETTEL, held the position of roadmaster of the same division before him. [Batavia Herald, 13 August, 1896]
Death of E. E. GARFIELD, and Old Settler.
Campton has lost another of her most trusted citizens. Mr. E. E. GARFIELD died at his home, Tuesday morning, Aug. 4, 1896. For more than a year he had suffered constantly, but his as a spirit hat pain could not conquer, and up top two weeks ago he directed his affairs and gave careful instructions about business. He as one of the large family of Garfields, four of whom have passed away since the fall of 1893.
Edward Everett GARFIELD was born in Mount Holly, Vermont, Dec. 8 1835. He came to Northern Illinois with his father’s family in 1841, traveling by way of the Erie Canal and the Great Lakes. He married Frances Harriet WING, also a native of Vermont, in 1857. Three children were born to them, two of whom, Mary F. and Earle W., are living.
For more than 50 years Mr. GARFIELD was a resident of Campton, where the force and gentleness of his nature are best known and will be longest remembered. Though nearly all of his life was spent on his farm he carried even during the years e directed that, a business that required sever intellectual work and a scholar’s judgment, possessed of happily balanced facilities, he ever kept nice the relations between head and heart, being at all times the willing servant of love and justice. The cause of the widowed or orphaned was his cause until all wrongs were righted, and in every walk of life he was tender, steadfast, upright, a type of true American.
The funeral services were held from the home on Thursday afternoon, conducted by Mrs. Celia Parker WOOLLEY of the Geneva Unitarian Church, assisted by Rev. T. H. Eddowes also of Geneva. The burial was in the Garfield cemetery near the home of the deceased. [Batavia Herald, 13 August, 1896]
His Injuries Were Fatal.
E. W. HALL Dies From the Hurt Received at Dubuque.
E. W. HALL aged 49 years dies at Mercy Hospital Dubuque, at 5:30 o’clock Tuesday, Aug. 4 1896 from injuries sustained under the cars. Mr. HALL suffered the amputation of both legs below the knees at the Dubuque hospital and when the last operation had been performed about 10:30 o’clock a.m., he rallied and seemed quite strong and cheerful.
Undertaker Denney, who had gone on the same train as Mrs. HALL, prepared to return home, but before he left Mr. HALL had died and the undertaker’s services were needed. Though the injured man appeared so cheerful after the amputation, reaction set in about 3 o’clock in the afternoon and at 5 o’clock he was dead.
Mr. HALL made an ante mortem statement concerning the accident. He said that he slipped between the cars and the high platform just as the train started. Not being able to get up gain through the narrow space, he attempted to hastily crawl under the car to the other side, but the heels caught his feet. Before undergoing the second operation yesterday he made all possible arrangements for his business affairs. He carried accident insurance policies, said to amount to $15,000. Mr. and Mrs. H. B. BARTHOLOMEW attended the funeral from Batavia.
[Batavia Herald, 13 August, 1896]
Old Man Hangs Himself in Aurora.
John MILLER, 65 years old, was found Sunday morning hanging to an apple tree in a lot on Beach street Aurora. He had been dead several hours. MILLER was an old resident of Aurora and had children living in Chicago. [Batavia Herald, 20 August, 1896]
DIED: - Thursday, Aug. 13, at her home in Algona, Iowa, Mrs. URCH, mother of Mr. William URCH and Mrs. J. PATCH of this city. [Batavia Herald, 20 August, 1896]
Death of Mrs. Mary RUGGLES.
Died, at the home of Mrs. L. C. PATTERSON, West Batavia, Aug. 20, 1896, Mrs. Mary RUGGLES, aged 57 years. Deceased was born in Maine; when a child, moved with her parents to Ohio. For 20 years she was connected with an Ohio institution, as Supervisor, and for 17 years was the valued Matron of Bellevue Place, in Batavia.
Her life, during the past three years, has been spent as a companion to Mrs. L. C. Patterson, who highly esteemed her. She was spoken of as a lady of beautiful character, kind and considerate of those around her, and formed strong personal friends. Funeral services were held at Calvary church, conducted by Rev. J. G. H. Barry, Friday, Aug. 21. The remains were sent to Chagrin Falls, Ohio, for interment, accompanied by her nephew, Mr. J. H. TUCKER.
[Batavia Herald, 27 August, 1896]
Paul REDDING, traction engineer, of Cortland, was killed by the cars Saturday night or early Sunday morning, at Cortland. [Batavia Herald, 27 August, 1896]
Death of Mrs. E. S. KLINE
Aug. 28, 1896, Mrs. Elizabeth SKELTON KLINE died at her home, three miles east of Batavia, aged 56 years.
Mrs. Kline was a native of Patterson, N. J., born June 19, 1849. In 1851 she came to Ill., and settled in Batavia, afterward removing to DuPage county. She was married to John KLINE 1858 who died in 1884. Twelve children blessed the union, eleven of whom gathered about the bedside of the bedside of their best earthly friend, their mother, when she was called to leave them; the absent one having passed on before her nine years ago. She was very patient during her illness and trusted in the Savior for help and strength. She was much given to quoting scripture and shortly before she died she repeated, “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for thou art with me, thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.” She was conscious to the last realizing the end was near. The funeral was held at the house Sunday afternoon; Rev. J. D. Leek of the M. E. Church, officiating. Interment in the west cemetery.
Sleep on thou dearest mother,
Sleep, thy children mourn thy loss.
[Batavia Herald, 3 Sept. 1896]
Oney MORAN was injured by a threshing machine Wednesday, at Waukegan, and died from his injuries a few hours later. [Batavia Herald, 10 Sept. 1896]
William LEET was born in Chester, Conn., on the 20th day of October 1827. Died at his home in Aurora on Sept. 6th, 1896, in the 69th year of his age. He was well known by many in Batavia. [Batavia Herald, 17 September 1896]
DIED: - at Warrenville Sunday morning, Sept. 13th, 1t 7:30, Mrs. Truman JONES, aged 81 years, 6 months and 29 days. Mrs. JONES was the mother of A. T. JONES, of Warrenville, grandmother of Mrs. C. H. HOY, Fred P. MANNING, B. T. JONES, and Mrs. B. M. MCFERRAN. Mrs. JONES was one of the pioneers at Warrenville sine 1837. [Batavia Herald, 24 September 1896]
Jealous Husband’s Awful Deed.
Peter HINES Kills His Wife and Perry FERGUSON, near Plano
The Aurora News says Peter HINES shot and instantly killed Perry FERGOSUN and mortally wounded his own wife at Perry FERGOSON’s home, about two miles east of Plano Monday evening, Sept. 28, at 8 p.m.
Mr. HINES, upon returning to his home and finding Mrs. HINES absent, and suspecting her whereabouts, went to Mr. FERGUSON’s house and discovered his wife and Mr. FERGOSUN alone in the home. He immediately shot Mr. FERGOSUN, severing the great jugular vein and killing him almost instantly.
HINES then followed his wife, who had run into an adjoining room, told her that she would have to die and fired his revolver at her, the bullet lodging in her left lung.
HINES immediately went to Plano and gave himself up to the officers.
Mrs. FERGOSUN came to Aurora Monday evening to visit with her daughter, Mrs. Al. HENN, on Garfield avenue, her husband seeing her off on the train at Plano. A telegram Tuesday morning to her and Mrs. HENN announced the sudden death of Mr. FERGUSON and summoned them to Plano.
[Batavia Herald, 1 October, 1896]
Woman Killed By A Live Wire.
The Aurora News says the wife of Dr. Thomas. L. FOULDS, well known in Aurora, and in Batavia, was instantly killed at her home in Alton, Ill., Sunday, Sept. 27 by a singular accident. During a storm she touched an exposed incandescent light wire while attempting to turn on the light and received a fatal shock. The current supplying the lamps is usually supposed to be harmless. Mrs. FOULDS was in Aurora several months last winter with her husband, who in company with Dr. Coffee, put up at Hotel Bishop and did a great deal of advertising and doctoring. [Batavia Herald, 1 October, 1896]
DIED: - At her home in Chicago, Sept. 24, 1896. Mrs. Anna McDONALD, aged 88 years. The remains were brought to this city, Saturday, and interred in the West cemetery. She was a former resident of Sugar Grove.
[Batavia Herald, 1 October, 1896]
It was only last spring that the wife of Mr. Charles BRADLEY, of Ames, Iowa, was brought to the West Side cemetery for burial. Wednesday, Sept. 30th, 1896, the remains of their only child, just deceased, was interred in the same family lot. Miss BRADLEY was an adopted daughter, and had reached her middle life.
[Batavia Herald, 1 October, 1896]
DIED: At Austin, Ill., Sept. 24, 1896, Mr. John BALL, aged 60 years. Deceased was a former resident of this city and is well known here. The remains were brought to Batavia, Saturday, and interred in the East cemetery, being escorted to their last resting place by members of the G.A.R. from Austin and Batavia, as Mr. BALL was a veteran of the late war. [Batavia Herald, 1 October, 1896]
Death of Mrs. Eugene OTIS.
Sept. 25, 1896, After Residing in Batavia 38 Years.
Mrs. Eugene OTIS died at her home on East Wilson street, Friday, Sept. 25, 1896, aged 45 years.
Deceased’s maiden name was Malcha Keayon, who was born at Glens Falls, N. Y., Dec. 31, 1851. At the age of three years her parents moved to Chicago, four years later coming to Batavia, where the rest of her life was spent.
February 21, 1868, she was married to Mr. Eugene OTIS and their union was blessed with five children, only one, Forest, being left to mourn a mother’s loss. Besides her son and husband, two brothers and a father and mother are left of the home circle, who, with her many friends, deeply grieve over her departure. Funeral services were held from the home, Saturday, at 3 p.m., conducted by Rev. R. E. Thomas, and the remains were laid to rest in the East Side cemetery. [Batavia Herald, 1 October, 1896]
Relieved From Long Suffering.
Mrs. Peter HOBLER Passes Peacefully Away, Wednesday, Sept. 30th, 1896.
Surrounded by Her Devoted Children and Friends. – A Noble, Beautiful Life Has Gone to Its Reward.
Died, at her home, on Main Street in this city, Wednesday, p.m., Sept. 30, 1896, Mrs. Mary BASSETT-HOBLER, after a long and painful illness, aged 61 years.
Death is always sad, and hard to bear, but in this case, it seems doubly so, as only six months ago the afflicted family were called upon to mourn the sudden and unexpected death of a devoted father.
Now the death angel comes and claims the beloved, affectionate and self-sacrificing mother.
In her long weeks of suffering, as well as in her beautiful life, the truly noble character was demonstrated.
She wore her long and extreme suffering without a word of complaint.
She always thought of others comfort before her own, being self-sacrificing in every way.
As Mrs. HOBLER had been an invalid for several years, the outside world knew her not. They could not appreciate her lovely disposition and true worth without coming into contact with her.
But her devoted daughters and sons could well appreciate her worth, and now they are crushed with extreme grief especially the daughters, Miss Hattie and Mrs. NELSON, who watched over her so closely, and received such kindly, affectionate consideration from her, always. They have the deepest sympathy of their many friends, in this, one of the saddest hours of their lives.
All that loving hands, money, skill and experience could do, was done for the departed. Besides her children, an only sister, also brothers were with her during the last trying days, and her beautiful life left an impression upon them, which they will never forget.
Mary BASSETT was born in Armenia, Duchess County, New York, Oct. 20, 1835. On Sept. 13, 1859, she was married to Peter HOBLER. To this union were born4 children, that are now living, namely as follows: E. G., Charles, and Miss Hattie HOBLER, of this city, and Mrs. NELSON, of Rockford.
Impressive funeral services were held, Friday, Oct. 2, conducted by J. G. H. Barry, of Calvary Church. The floral offerings were very beautiful and appropriate. The remains were interred in West Cemetery, beside those of her husband, who preceded her in death, just six months.
[Batavia Herald, 8 October, 1896]
Batavia’s Pioneer Merchant
Death of Joseph BURTON, Monday, Oct. 5, 1896, Aged 79 Years.
For 44 Years, A Successful Merchant, - An Industrious and Highly Esteemed Citizen.
In the death of Mr. Joseph BURTON, which occurred at his home on Batavia Avenue, Monday, Oct. 5, 1896, at 1:15 p.m., Batavia loses one of her oldest pioneers and business men, as well as an honest, upright and highly respected citizen. Mr. BURTON came to this country when Illinois was but a wild prairie, and settled in this city in 1852, where he established himself in the market business upon the limited capital of $150. This line of trade he continued for 10 years, adding a stock of groceries in 1858, and in 1864 branching out into the dry goods line also, and has been one of the prosperous merchants of Batavia for over 44 years.
Coming to a strange country in an early day, and with small capital, he underwent all the hardships incident to early pioneer life, - hardships known only to those who have passed through similar circumstances.
Yet by his thrift, honest struggles and economizing (for having raised and educated a large family he realized the necessity of economy) he was able to gather a goodly store of this worlds goods and lay be a competency for the comforts of old age, and his last years were spent in quiet and contentment, very pleasantly, in his beautiful new home, built a few years ago, on the Avenue.
Deceased was a quiet unassuming Christian gentleman, honest and upright in his dealings with his fellowmen.
A man who never sought public office, and, to our knowledge, never held one. But a man of sterling worth and character, and greatly devoted to his home and family, and enjoyed great satisfaction in the company of his children, who with the exception of one daughter, are living in this city.
Joseph BURTON was born in Yorkshire, England, April 3, 1817, and lived to the advanced age of 79 years and 6 months. He was taken ill about four months ago, and has been a great though patient sufferer ever since, yet the pain was made much easier to be borne by the tender care and solicitude of his devoted family, who were constantly ministering to him.
In 1839 deceased was married. The bereaved wife who braved the many hardships of a new country and came to America with him and has ever been faithful and valuable co-worker. It is to her that the blow falls most heavily, in her declining years, to be bereft of her lifelong companion with whom she has struggled, and prospered.
Coming to Batavia when it was in its infancy, having no beauties or advantages but those of nature, he was permitted to live to see it develop in to one of the finest cities along the river and enjoying all the modern city improvements. Truly a life filled with his experiences and the knowledge of the growth and prosperity of the country, has been a life well worth living. Although his hearing and sight failed at times, his mind remained clear to the last, recognizing those about him, and passing quietly and peacefully away. Mr. B. was the father of 12 children all living to grow to maturity, ten, five sons and five daughters of whom are still living to comfort the wife and mother, in her loneliness.
Funeral services will be held from the home, this (Thursday) afternoon at 2 o’clock. Interment will take place in the West Cemetery. [Batavia Herald, 8 October 1896]
Sad Death of Mayor AMERMAN
Mr. George AMERMAN, mayor of Plano, died Saturday Oct. 10, 1896 at the residence of Louis Hansen, in Chicago, where he had been under treatment several weeks for Bright’s Disease.
The remains were sent to Plano, and the funeral held at the M. E. Church at 1 o’clock Monday. Public buildings and business houses were draped in honor of his memory.
Mr. AMERMAN was serving his second term as mayor, and was also a member of the school board and treasurer of Kendall county. He was greatly esteemed as a man and a citizen, and leaves a wife, two children and one sister.
[Batavia Herald, 15 October 1896]
Death of Mary BALDWIN-BRADLEY.
Friday Oct. 9, 1896, Aged 69 Years.
Mrs. Mary BALDWIN-BRADLEY, an old and highly respected resident of this city, die at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Mary BENTON, near Kaneville, Friday, Oct. 9th, 1896, aged 69 years.
Deceased was born in Alleghany Co., Pa., in 1827, and came to Batavia at the age of 17, where she has made her home most of the time since. In 1846 she was married to Mr. John BRADLEY who preceded her in death several years. Mrs. BRADLEY was the mother of 8 children, three of which are still living and were with her at the time of her death. Mrs. BENTON, with whom her last days were spent, Mrs. SATERLIE, of Chicago, and Mr. Luther BRADLEY, of Algoma, Iowa. Impressive funeral services were held from the M. E. Church, Sunday, at 2 p.m., conducted by Rev. J. D. Leek. The remains were laid to rest by the side of other loved members of the family in the East cemetery. [Batavia Herald, 15 October, 1896]
John FELDOTT is Thrown From the Wagon while Horses Are Running. – Meets Instant Death.
A sad and shocking accident occurred at the edge of Batavia, Friday, Oct. 16th, 1896, which resulted in the instant death of Mr. John FELDOTT, one of the old and highly esteemed farmers, of this vicinity.
Friday morning, Mr. FELDOTT was riding to this city, in company with his son, Chris. While near the Johnson farm, just east of Batavia, the horses became frightened and started to run.
The wagon was loaded with milk cans. At being alarmed by the conduct, the old gentleman got out of the seat, and confused among the milk cans, when he suddenly lost his balance, - fell from the wagon, striking his head and breaking his neck, - also receiving a severe scalp wound and breaking his arm. Death of course was instantaneous.
An inquest was held and a verdict given according to the above facts.
John FELDOTT was in his 73rd year and one of the early settlers. His wife preceded him in death several years. Deceased was an honorable, upright man, a kind neighbor and father. He had lived upon his farm in DuPage county, about 4 miles south-east of Batavia, for 44 years. He reared a large family of children, some of them making their home in this city and vicinity. Funeral services were held Monday, from the German Catholic church at Big Woods, and was largely attended. This is a sad and sudden ending of a long and useful life and the afflicted family have the sympathies of their neighbors and friends. [Batavia Herald, 22 Oct. 1896]
Death of Mrs. J. W. EDDY, a Former Resident.
The Beacon says a telegram has been received in Aurora, from Los Angeles, California, announcing the death of Mrs. J. W. EDDY, an old resident of Aurora and Batavia. The cause of her death was a complication of diseases. Mr. and Mrs. EDDY have lived in Aurora many years, and have hosts of friends in this vicinity. The interment will take place in Los Angeles. [Batavia Herald, 22 October 1896]
Death of Franklin CURTIS Oct. 18.
Mr. Franklin CURTIS and old resident and former business man of this city, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. A. M. SPENCER, in Chicago, Sunday Oct. 18, 1896.
Deceased was born in Groton, Tompkins Co., N. J., June 21, 1813, and in 1838 came west and settled at Snyder Mills, remaining two years, when he moved on a farm near Batavia, after a residence on the farm he came to this city and engaged in the coal business during which time his first wife died.
He was at one time the proprietor of the Revere House, also ran a hotel in Geneva. After leaving the hotel business, he buried his second wife, Mrs. O. J. WINSLOW. His last days were spent with his daughter in Chicago.
The remains were brought to Batavia Tuesday afternoon and interred in the East Cemetery. [Batavia Herald, 22 October 1896]
Found Dead in His Buggy.
The Aurora Beacon says Mr. George SIMPSON, a well known and well to do farmer, residing near Naperville and about 7 miles from Aurora, was found dead in his buggy, Oct. 21. His death is believed to have been caused by heart disease. Mr. SIMPSON was the father of Mrs. H. A. WILSON of Aurora. [Batavia Herald, 29 October, 1896]
Ralph BULLOCK Dies From Accident Shooting
The Geneva Republican says Ralph BULLOCK, the young man accidently shot last Sunday by a companion died at the home of his sister Mrs. Frank HUNTLY last Tuesday evening, Oct. 20. A coroner’s jury was held on Wednesday conducted by Justice Laidwick, which found the shooting purely accidental. The funeral was held from the home on Wednesday afternoon. Ralph was quiet, industrious lad, who was more than an average by, through growing up without a mother’s influence. He was bass drummer in the local band, and that organization attended the funeral in a body. [Batavia Herald, 29 October 1896]
Mr. Levin JOHNSON, Monday, Oct. 26, 1896, at 1 p.m., aged 21 years, from consumption. Deceased was born at Sycamore, and came to Batavia when a small boy and has lived here ever since. He was a painter, by trade, and an honest and upright young man. He was stricken one year ago, but was confined to his bed only three weeks. A father, mother and two brothers are left to mourn his early death. Funeral services will take place this afternoon from the Swedish Lutheran church; Rev. Challman officiating. [Batavia Herald, 29 October 1896]
Murder and Suicide at Elgin.
Bruno MILKE, fourteen year old boy shot and mortally wounded Mrs. Annie SCHREITHER, aged 28 years, at Elgin early last Tuesday morning and then killed himself. The two came to Elgin from Chicago Monday, evidently fully decided upon the terrible purpose of dying together. [Batavia Herald, 29 October 1896]
Meets Death by a Folding Bed.
Warren B. MASON, Who Was Caught in a Folding Bed, Dies at His Home, - Uncle of M. J. ABERNETHY, of this City.
Mr. M. J. ABERNETHY, received the sad news of a sudden and peculiar death of his uncle, which is recorded, in this article. He went to Chicago, Tuesday, to attend the funeral.
Warren B. MASON, for eighteen years a prominent man in business circles in Chicago, died at his home, No. 148 Lincoln street, Monday morning, from injuries inflicted by the accidental closing of a folding bed the morning before.
His death occurred at 6:30 o’clock Monday morning about 24 hours after the accident. The family was prostrated by the terrible accident and its fatal termination, all the more because Mr. MASON had never been in better spirits than the day before his death. From all that can be learned, his death is directly traceable to the faulty construction of the folding bed which made it liable to close suddenly, and without warning.
Sunday morning Mr. MASON awoke at the usual hour, 7 o’clock, and arose from his bed. After looking at his watch, he decided to return and try to sleep again. He was a very heavily built man, and it is thought that on returning to the bed he jarred the mechanism of the bed and forced the catch.
The bed was a very heavy cabinet folding pattern, with drawers in front. When the bed was opened these swung around to the rear. In some way the catch which held back the heavy front was sprung, and the whole weight of the wood and iron struck Mr. Mason on the head as he was preparing to lie down, and forced his head over his chest, breaking his back at the seventh vertebrae.
A married daughter, Mrs. MARSHALL, slept in the next room to that which Mr. and Mrs. MASON occupied, and hearing the noise, called another daughter, and the combined efforts of the two were needed to lift the heavy front so that it could be seen that Mr. MASON was caught under it., and that the peculiar position in which he lay, protected Mr. MASON from injury.
A son-in-law, Harry B. WILKIE, lived down stairs in the house occupied by Mr. MASON, and he was called. With his aid, the heavy weight was lifted away, and Mr. MASON removed. He lay unconscious for some little time, and then his suffering became so intense as to require the constant use of opiates. He died at 6:30 Monday morning.
Mr. MASON had been a resident of Chicago for 28 years coming from Minneapolis. For years he was in the insurance business, but of late his attention has been turned to the promotions of various inventions. He was interested in the Chicago cotton-picker and in the Acetylene Gas Company, having an office in the Roanoke building. He was a man of most genial address and attractive disposition, and his loss will be sincerely mourned in business circles. He was 60 years old.
A coroner’s jury returned a verdict of accidental death. – Inter Ocean.
Deceased was a brother of Mrs. Harriet ABERNETHY, and an uncle of Mrs. G. M. DANIELS and Mrs. M. J. ABERNETHY. [Batavia Herald, 12 November 1896]
DIED: - Tuesday morning, Nov. 10th, 1896, Mrs. Andrew BENSON, at his home on Elm St., after a lingering illness of Consumption, aged about 40 years. Deceased was a man much beloved by his countrymen for his goodness of heart and uprightness. He leaves a wife and three sons to mourn his death. Funeral services will be held at he Swedish Lutheran Church, at 2 o’clock Friday afternoon.
[Batavia Herald, 12 November 1896]
Died: - Mrs. John G. JOHNSON, at her home on First St., Monday afternoon, Nov. 16, 1896, at 3 o’clock, after a long and painful illness from cancer, aged 39 years. Deceased leaves a husband but no children. Funeral services will take place Friday afternoon, from the Swedish Lutheran church; Rev. A. Challman, officiating.
[Batavia Herald, 19 November 1896]
The Beacon says Mrs. Ellen KELLEHER, of Batavia, died Nov. 17, in Chicago, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. DONOVAN, where she was visiting. Her illness has extended over a period of several years. She was the mother of James KELLEHER, of Batavia, and Mrs. Mary CALLAHAN, of Railroad street, Aurora. Her age was about 70 years and she was a widow for 30 years or more. The remains will be brought to Aurora Thursday for burial in Calvary cemetery. The family came to Batavia over 40 years ago. [Batavia Herald, 12 November 1896]
Death of G. W. LOVELAND, Nov. 8.
At Freeport, Ill. – Well and Favorably Known in Batavia, and Brother of Mrs. H. GRIMES.
The Freeport Bulletin says Mr. George Washington LOVELAND, one of Stephenson county’s oldest and most respected citizens, died at the home of his son, Clarence L., at the corner of Washington and Adams St’s, at 1:30 o’clock, Sunday afternoon, Nov. 8th, after an illness of four months of diabetus; having been confined to his bed for the past month.
Mr. LOVELAND was born in Madison County, N. Y., Dec. 31, 1825. His early life was spent on a farm. He came to this country in the spring of 1854, when a young man of 29 years, and since that time has been closely associated with the various interests that have served to build up Stephenson Co’s., reputation as one of the most desirable of the state.
He first located at what was called Nevada, where he established a general store and traded in all kinds of merchandise, including grain and provisions.
Three years later he turned his attention to other matters, and became agent for the North-western railroad, and also officiated as postmaster.. The North-western company, in 1860, removed their station and office to Ridott, and gave Mr. Loveland a lot nearby, at the same time constituting him their agent at that station, where he also became postmaster. In 1864 he resigned the post office, but continued with the company for six years.
Mr. LOVELAND leaves to mourn his loss two sons, George R. and Clarence L.; three brothers, Joel, of Illion, N. y., Frank, of Chicago, Albert of Chillicother, Mo., and one sister, Mrs. H. M. GRIMES, of Batavia, Ill., who was at the bedside of her brother at his death.
The funeral was held at 11 o’clock Wednesday morning, Rev. J. D. McCautry officiating. The remains will be taken to Ridott for burial. Ex-Mayor Charles Neiman will have charge of the funeral arrangements in the city, and W. Lamb at the Ridott Centre school hose, where additional services will be held. The pall-bearers at the grave were W. A. Kerr, J. F. Lease, W. Lamb, W K. McKilligan, G. Kurtz, and G. Cole.
Mr. Loveland was quite well known to a number of Batavia citizens having been a frequent visitor, and will be remembered by all, was a whole-souled and genial acquaintance. He was an uncle of Willis and Charlie GRIMES, Mrs. J. W. JEFFREY and Mrs. James TODD.
[Batavia Herald, 19 November 1896]
Mr. E. S. MCLEAN received the sad news, Monday, of the death of his aged mother, who resided in New York. Deceased was 93 years old. [Batavia Herald, 26 November 1896]
Death of Wm. NILES, Nov. 20, 1896.
An Early Pioneer of Kane Co., Respected and Esteemed by his Neighbors.
After a long illness, Mr. Wm. S. NILES, passed away, Nov. 20, 1896, on his farm home, 6 miles southwest of Batavia, aged 79 years. He was born in New York, Dec. 19, 1817.
Deceased was married to Julia MAKEPEACE, April 23, 1847, and in the fall of the same year, they braved thee many hardship and trials of pioneer life in a new country, and came to Illinois from their native state, New York, making the trip by boat, being 19 days on the lakes. On arriving in this then crude and uncultivated country, he settled in Sugar Grove Town, where he purchased the farm he died upon, making his home there most of the time during all these years. His wife preceded him in death 11 years. Mr. NILES was a persevering, honorable and hard-working man, a good neighbor and kind friend. He done what was put before him as his duty, without murmuring or flinching.
He leaves to mourn his departure, three daughters, namely as follows: Mrs. F. R. McDOLE, Mrs. Joseph DAVENPORT, and Mrs. J. M. PURDUM, all of this county. Funeral services were held at his late home Nov. 21, and the remains were interred in West Side cemetery, Aurora. [Batavia Herald, 26 November 1896]
William S. SHAW, a pioneer hotel keeper of Elgin, and widely known throughout northern Illinois, died in that city, Saturday morning, aged 85 years. He was Elgin’s first constable, and the father of Lew SHAW, the famous expert billiardist. [Batavia Herald, 26 November 1896]
Dies at Advanced Age of 96
Mrs. Esther WALLACE Passes Peacefully Away, Fri. Eve, Nov. 27, 1896, at N. Aurora.
A long life without sickness and pain is indeed a rare one. Few are so greatly favored. But occasionally we hear of some that are thus wonderfully blessed through life. Friday night, at 10:45, Nov. 27, ‘96when the peaceful life of Mrs. Esther WALLACE, passed out, at the home of Mr. and Mrs. H. SEVERY, near North Aurora, one of the favored lives passed over the “Valley of Death.” Mr. WALLACE lived a long, peaceful life, painless life, - free from sickness, and when death came, it was a gentle and calm as her long life had been. On Friday evening, deceased ate her supper and seemed to enjoy it as usual. She retired at her usual time, and conversed with the family as before. A member of the family stepped into her departments before retiring, to see if there was anything she wanted, when, to their great surprise, they saw a sudden change had come, that the death slumber was upon her. Medical aid was at once called, but in vain, for in a short time, at 10:45 that night, she passed to the great beyond, apparently without a struggle.
Mrs. WALLACE was the mother of Mrs. H. SEVERY, with whom she had made her home for a long time, and was most tenderly cared for. Her husband preceded her in death fifty years. The funeral services were held at her late home, Sunday, Nov. 29th, conducted by Rev. J. D. Leek and members of the M. E. Choir furnished appropriate music. The remains were interred in West Batavia Cemetery. [Batavia Herald, 3 December, 1896]
Suicide of a Young Man, at Sandwich.
L. C. HUTCHINSON, a young man of about 20 years of age, while attending a dance at the Sandwich opera house, Wed. eve., Nov. 25, suicided by taking prussic acid. Despondency, caused by lack of work and the non-arrival of expected money, was ascribed as the cause.
[Batavia Herald, 3 December, 1896]
DIED: - Wednesday, Dec. 2, 1896, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. L. A. ANDERSON, Mrs. Charles FREIDLAND, aged 76 years, 11 months and 16 days. Deceased was the mother of seven children, three of them preceding her in death, three sons and one daughter with the aged husband being left to mourn her departure. Funeral services were held Saturday conducted by Rev. A. Challman. [Batavia Herald, 10 December 1896]
Death of Mrs. George MOSS.
A Former Resident of Batavia.
Mrs. George MOSS, a former resident of this city, died at the home of her son, in Chicago, Wednesday, Dec. 9th, 1896, at 5 p.m., aged 78 years. Eliza WHITE was born in Kemerton, England, Feb. 2d, 1818. Married Rev. George Moss, May 8, 1845; coming to this country in ’49, and settling in Batavia, where her husband conducted a flouring mill, saw mill, and afterwards a paper mill. Mr. MOSS was one of the early ministers of this city, and out M. E. Church owes much of its prosperity to the efficient and untiring labors of Mr. and Mrs. MOSS. Mr. MOSS died in June 1872. The widow and an invalid son continued to reside in this city until his death which occurred in Sept. ’75. Deceased then took up her residence with her sons in Chicago, where she had made her home ever since. Deceased was an exemplary Christian lady, who was greatly beloved by all. The remains were brought to Batavia Saturday, the 12 inst. And laid to rest in the East Side cemetery beside those of her husband. [Batavia Herald, 17 Dec. 1896]
DIED: - Abner O. WARNER, Saturday, Dec. 12, 1896, at his home in Aurora, aged 51 years from liver trouble, He was a native of . . . . . [cut off bottom of page]. [Batavia Herald, 17 Dec. 1896]
Released From Long Suffering.
Mr. D. L. COLE Passes Away Tuesday, Dec. 15, 1896, at 1 p.m.
An Old Soldier and Highly Respected Businessman of Batavia. – Was Esteemed By All.
After long and painful suffering, from the most terrible disease, Neuralgia, the life of Mr. D. L. COLE passed peacefully away, Tuesday, Dec. 15, 1896, at 1:30 p.m., surrounded by his family and friends, at his home in Batavia.
We believe the departed was one of the greatest earthly sufferers, - yet he bore it with fortitude and resignation.
Since last Oct., he has been continually bed-ridden and entirely helpless, and his faithful wife has tenderly watched over him, administering to his every need and doing all in her power to relieve his great suffering.
Before this terrible disease had sapped his strength of body and mind, Mr. COLE was a bright and able man, of a most genial, kind-hearted disposition, and popular with all who became acquainted with him.
His sunny disposition and kindly ways, made him friends wherever he mingled. His motto was to build up and not tear down, character and friendship. He was honorable and upright in all his dealings, - a devoted husband and father and kind neighbor and loyal friend.
In his demise, a truly good man has passed away.
DeLacy Leon COLE was born in East Troy, Bedford County, Penn., on the 31st day of March, 1842, leaving him at the time of his death, Tuesday, Dec. 15, 1896, at 1:40 p.m., 54 years, 8 moths and 15 days old.
He enlisted in the army at the age of 18, and served during the entire war, as musician, being honorably discharged at the close of the same. Deceased came to Batavia, Ill., in 1866 and resided here ever since; uniting in marriage with Miss Georgiana CONDE, on the 30th day of October, 18972, the result of this union being one child, Harry E., who lives with his mother and mourns the loss. Mr. COLE was an honored member of Batavia Post, No. 48, and in politics, was a staunch Republican. He leaves besides his beloved wife and son, three brothers, one brother, a sister and father and mother preceded him to their eternal home. Funeral services will be held at the home, on Franklin street, at 2 o’clock this (Thursday) afternoon; Rev. R. E. Thomas of the Christian church, officiating, and the remains interred in the East Cemetery.
[Batavia Herald, 17 Dec. 1896]
Young Woman’s Sad End.
Mrs. William PRICE Dies Suddenly While Calling on a Friend in Aurora.
Mrs. William PRICE, living at 565 Lebanon street, Aurora, with her seven month old infant, went Thursday afternoon to visit her sister, Miss Carrie HINES, on Second Avenue. The latter did not happen to be at home, and Mrs. PRICE stepped over to a neighbor’s, Mrs. Frank Hauser, at 518 Second Avenue, having first hitched her horse in front of her sister’s. While seated in a chair, with her baby on her lap, about 3:30 o’clock, she suddenly fell over on the floor and lay motionless and breathless. Dr. Parker and her sister were called in great haste but the lady was beyond mortal help, life having already departed from her body. She was 30 years of age, and had previously been in good health except a slight neuralgia in the head. She leaves a husband and 5 little children, the youngest being the babe mentioned above, and the oldest only 10 years of age. Coroner Meade was notified. He came down, summoned a jury, and an inquest was held, a verdict of death by heart disease being returned.
The case is particularly sad. Mr. PRICE, the bereaved husband, came here only a few months ago from Nebraska, and engaged in the sign painting business with his brother, F. A. PRICE, which has not been lucrative. [Batavia Herald, 17 December 1896]
Death of Aurora’s Ex-Mayor.
Hon. Travis PHILLIPS, ex-mayor of Aurora, and a respected and honored citizen, breathed his last at 10 o’clock Saturday night, Dec. 12, 1896. Travis PHILLIPS was a native of Colebrook, Litchfield county, Connecticut, born September 23, 1830; the son of Travis A., and Grace CHAPEL PHILLIPS, natives respectively of Colebrook and Sandisfield, Berkshire county, Mass. Mr. PHILLIPS lived in his native place until he was 22 years of age, then he came to Kane county. [Batavia Herald, 17 December 1896]
William BARTHOLOMEW, son of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel BARTHOLOMEW, living four miles east of Batavia, died Sunday morning, Dec. 20th, 1896, at 1 o’clock, after a long and painful illness of asthma, aged 28 years.
Deceased was cut down by the dread destroyer just as he entered into full manhood, when life looks the brightest, and most promising, yet he met death bravely, and for many weeks was a patient sufferer.
Funeral services were held from the home Tuesday at 2 p.m., and the remains were taken to Warrenville for burial.
[Batavia Herald, 24 December 1896]
Death of Martin McGARRY Dec. 21.
Mr. Martin McGARRY, an old and highly respected resident of this vicinity lived at the home of his son, John McGARRY, a short distance east of Batavia, Monday, December 21st, 1896., __ years. Deceased was born in Ireland, but came to this country when a young man ___ 30 years has been a __. [edge of paper is blacked out]
[Batavia Herald, 24 December, 1896]
DIED: - Andrew, the little son of Mr. and Mrs. William BRUMMELL, living east of this city, died Friday, Dec. 18th, 1896, from pneumonia, aged one year and six months. Little Andy was a bright and winsome child and his death is a sad blow to his parents. Funeral services were held from the home Sunday afternoon. [Batavia Herald, 24 December, 1896]
DIED: Elizabeth, the 13 year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edward BANBURY, Friday evening, Dec. 18th, 1896, at their home Batavia Ave. The funeral services were held at 3 p.m. [Batavia Herald, 24 December, 1896]
Mrs. E. WHEELER received the sad news, Tuesday, by telegram from California, of the death of her granddaughter, Miss Ella KERNS, who died of pneumonia, Monday, Aug 19, aged 15 years. This is a sad blow to the family as Miss Ella was an unusually bright young lady. [Batavia Herald, 22 Aug. 1895]
Suicide of a Young Women in Aurora.
Miss BRADSHAW, of 424 South Fifth Street was found dead in bed, Sunday evening with the gas turned on. Ill health is thought to have been the cause. This is the second suicide of the kind in Aurora in four weeks. [Batavia Herald, 22 Aug. 1895]
J. E. BEVIER, well known druggist of Aurora, died very suddenly, of heart difficulty, Tuesday, Aug. 20, 1895, after attending to his usual duties at the store, Monday. [Batavia Herald, 22 Aug. 1895]
Death of Mrs. I. B. KINNE.
At Minneapolis, Aug. 26, Aged 58.
Died, at her home, in Minneapolis, Aug. 26, 1895, after a long illness, Mrs. I. B. KINNE, aged 58 years. Deceased was the mother of Mr. M. M. KINNE, of this city, and leaves two sons and her husband to mourn her death. She was a former resident of Batavia, but for the past few years her home has in Minneapolis. Funeral services were held Tuesday, at her home, and the remains were brought to Batavia and interred in the West Side Cemetery, Wednesday.
[Batavia Herald, 29 Aug. 1895]
Death of Mrs. Geo. W. GUILD.
The many friends of Mrs. G. W. GUILD were pained, Thursday last, to learn of her death, after a brief but painful illness. Saturday, the 17th inst, she was stricken with a bilious attack, complicated with heart failure, which caused her death, Thursday evening, Aug. 22, 1895, aged 59 years.
Deceased was formerly Miss Abbie Eliza WARNE, and was born at Warrenville, June 27, 1836; being married to Geo. W. GUILD, in May 1858. Her whole life has been spent in the vicinity of Warrenville, where she was greatly beloved for her kind, forgiving spirit and quiet, unassuming ways.
Mrs. GUILD was an old and devoted member of the Bigwoods M. E. Church and when death came it found her ready and willing to go. Nine years ago she laid to rest her only child, a bright and promising son, aged 27 years, which was to her a blow from which she never fully recovered.
Deceased leaves, besides her husband and adopted son, four sisters, Mrs. A. H. JONES, Mrs. Stephen HILL, of Batavia, Mrs. MORGAN, of Chicago, Mrs. GATES, of St. Charles, (who is now in Colorado on account of her health) and two brothers, Taylor and Daniel WARNE, both of Big Woods, to mourn her departure.
The funeral was held from the Bigwoods church, Sunday, at 10:30 a.m., conducted by the M. E. pastor, of Warrenville. The floral offerings were beautiful and profuse. [Batavia Herald, 29 Aug. 1895]
DIED: - The infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Peter SWANSON, living on McKee street, Thursday, Aug. 22, 1895. Funeral services were held from the Swedish Mission Church, Friday, at 2 p.m. [Batavia Herald, 29 Aug. 1895]
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