James Harrington, for many years a noted Democratic politician of Kane County, died at his home in Geneva on the 7th inst. in the 64th year of his age. He was a strong man on the stump, and had been elected various times as the minority member from the district to the Illinois legislature where he was always a conspicuous figure and leading member. For some reason he took a dislike to Col. W. R. Morrison, and was mainly instrumental in his defeat in the battle with Logan for the senatorship in 1885 - which about ended his career on the political stage. [The Ottawa free trader. (Ottawa, Ill.), 12 July 1890]
B.E. Gould, Elgin, Ill., clerk of Circuit Court of Kane County; died at hospital. His wife was injured. ("600 Perished in Fire-Swept Theater" [The San Francisco Call. (San Francisco [Calif.]), 31 Dec. 1903]
David Sholes, of Burlington, kane county, died on the 25 inst. At the time of his death he owned a farm of 1,000 acres near Burlington. The deceased was born in Genesee county, New York, in 1820, and settled in Kane county in 1843. [The Rock Island Argus. (Rock Island, Ill.), 29 Sept. 1881]
Illinois Centenarian Dead
Aurora, Ill., Jan 15 - Mrs. Sophia England, oldest Kane county resident, died at her home at St. Charles, Ill., aged 102 years. She was born in Sweden and up to within a few days of her last illness was a regular attendant of all Lutheran church religious and social gatherings of her home town. [The Bemidji Daily Pioneer. (Bemidji, Minn.), 16 Jan. 1914]
Henry W. Maynard
THE FUNERAL OF HENRY MAYNARD
Another of Crawford County's Pioneer Citizens, Laid to Rest After Life of Usefulness.
HELP TO BUILD COURT HOUSE
As a Member of Board of Supervisors Mr. Maynard Took Great Interest in County's Affairs. In last week's issue of the paper the death of Henry W. Maynard, of Jackson township, was briefly mentioned, the report of his death, however, coming so recently before the paper came out that full particulars could not be given. The deceased was born May 29, 1850, near Hampshire, Kane county, state of Illinois, and at his home in Jackson township, April 10, 1911, being at the time of his death a little less than 61 years of age. He was married in 1873 to Julia C. Lane, a native Of New York, and a daughter of William and Julia Adams-Lane. His wife survives him in after more than thirty-eight years of happy wedded life. Their union was blessed with eight children, six sons and two daughters. These children are: Ruby A, wife of John Richardson; Lillie M. wife of A. J. Slechta; George, who married Angie Swartz; William, who married Mamie Slagel, and James, Harrison and Henry. Another child, named Ernest died at the age of four months. The family came to Jackson township in 1879, and have resided on the same farm since that time. His father's name was Abraham Maynard and his mother's Ann Trowbridge, both natives of Boone county, state of New York. The deceased has a sister, Mrs. Etta Dow, of Hampshire, Ill., and a brother, George Maynard, of Lake View, Iowa. Two other brothers, E. L. and Charles Maynard, reside at Hampshire, Ill. His brother, James Maynard, a prominent citizen of this county for many years, and later of Lake View, Iowa, died at the latter place a few years ago. The deceased took a deep interest in public affairs and served the county as supervisor from 1905 to 1908. During this time the new court house was under construction and Mr. Maynard had a great deal to do with the management of its construction. He was naturally interested in politics and was a staunch republican. The Maynard family has been prominent for many years in this county, where it has enjoyed a reputation for honesty and trustworthiness. The funeral services for the deceased were conducted by Rev. Harvey Hostetler, D. D., of this city, a former pastor of the family, and were held at the family residence on Saturday morning, April 22, 1911, at 11 o'clock. The remains were conveyed to the Vail cemetery by the members of Diamond lodge of Masons, whose officers conducted the burial services at the grave. He was a member of this lodge and had recently taken some advanced degrees in Masonry.
Mrs. Le Duc
Mrs. Le Duc, of Minneapolis, eighty-four years of age, en route to Aurora, Ill, accompanied by her two daughters, to visit her son, Dr. E. H. Le Duc, died of appoplexy on the east-bound St Paul train, just west of Polo. [Western appeal. (Saint Paul, Minn.), 12 Nov. 1887]
Prof. D.C. Wilbur, a well-known geologist, died at Aurora, Ill., on the 22d, aged 63 years. Prof. Wilbur was a graduate of Williams college and a classmate of the late President James A. Garfield. He was also for some time professor in Hiram college. [The Enterprise. (Wellington, Ohio), 30 Dec. 1891]
Henry T. Rockwell
H.T. Rockwell of St. Charles is Dead at 94
Henry T. Rockwell, 94 years old, a resident of St. Charles ofr 75 years and one of the oldest and best known citizens of Kane county, died at his home there Thursday night. He had been mayor, postmaster, a member of the legislature, circuit clerk of Kane county, and a member of the county board of supervisors. For 20 years, he was chairman of the 11th district congressional committee. Mr. Rockwell is survived by two children, Mrs. E.J. Baker of St. Charles, whoe husband was a brother-in-law of the late John W. Gates, and Frank Rockwell, also of St. Charles. Funeral services will be held at the home in St. Charles tomorrow afternoon at 2 o'clock. [Chicago Daily Tribune, Saturday April 26, 1930]
Jay Barton, 84, 405 Union Ave., Batavia, died Aug. 16 (1974) at Mercy Center Hospital, Aurora, after a long illness. He was born December 4, 1889, in Linn County, Missouri. He moved here from Chicago in 1929 and was very active in community affairs and in Holy Cross. He served twice as Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus, Columbia Council 2191. He worked in personnel administration for Peoples Gas Company for many years. Later he was personnel manager of Fairbanks Morse Co., and in later years taught business courses at Aurora College. He served as officer in the Missouri Regiment during World War I. Mr. Barton is survived by his wife, the former Helen West, Quincy; three sons, sixteen grandchildren and great-grandchildren. His oldest son, Dr. Jay Barton, is provost of West Virginia University in Morgentown. Another son, Thomas H. Barton, is president of a management consulting firm in New York City. A third son, John H. Barton, is a professor of international law at Stanford University Law school in Palo Alto, California. His first wife, Agnes, preceded him in death in 1961. Funeral services were held at Holy Cross Church, the Rev. Father Raymond Costello, officiant, with burial in Resurrection Cemetery. Liturgical wake services and Rosary by the Knights of Columbus were held at Crane Funeral Home, Batavia. [Unknown newspaper, c. Aug 1974; Contributed by Donna Eitel]
Mrs. J. D. Lynch
Mrs. J. D. Lynch, of Elgin, Ill.,, died last Wednesday of small-pox contracted while nursing her child, and was buried in the same grave with another of her children who died two hours after her. Within six weeks the family has lost seven members. [Bismarck Tribune. (Bismarck, D.T. [N.D.]), 23 Dec. 1881]
Earl John Miller
Aurora, IL: Earl John Miller, 62, of Aurora, passed away suddenly Friday, February 13, 1998 at his home. He was born on September 10, 1935 in Anniston, MO, the son of Amos and Estelle (Davis) Johnson. He was raised in Scott County, MO, but resided in Kane County most of his life. Earl was employed by Aurora Truck Body. Survivors include his wife, Angel Miller of Aurora; three daughters, Brenda Burton of Montgomery, Sandy Miller of Bardwell KY and Jeannie Sterling of East Prairie, MO; one brother, Charlie Bone of Bertrand, MO; seven grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Earl was preceded in death by his parents; one sister; and one son, Michael. Visitation will be on Sunday, February 15, 1998 from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Healy Chapel, 332 W. Downer Place, Aurora, 630-897-9291. Funeral services will be held in East Prairie, MO on Wednesday, February 18, 1998 from Shelby's Funeral Home, 573-649-3544. Interment will take place at Armour Cemetery in Annison, MO. Local arrangements by the Healy Chapel. [Beacon News (Aurora, IL) - February 15, 1998.
Roland L. Morgan
ILLINOIS MAN POISONED -- Roland L. Morgan Receives Package by Mail in Florida and Dies After Eating Therefrom.
Pensacola, Fla, April 24. - Roland L. Morgan, of Elgin, Ill., died suddenly Monday afternoon at his country home six miles from this city. He received a package of prepared food by mail and within 15 minutes after eating part of it, was dead. His mother and wife miraculously escaped death, though they only tasted the contents of the package. The food was in an original package, wrapped in white paper. The postmark is too indistinct to give the officers here any clew. [The Hope Pioneer. (Hope, N.D.), 30 April 1903]
Ada Bethner, an actress, who has been touring the West at Teddy in "A Bunch of Keyes" died in Elgin, Ill., from spinal meningitis. [The Pioneer Express. (Pembina, Dakota [N.D.]), 09 June 1899]
Wilma S. Adams Sitter
Wilma S. Adams Sitter of Rockford, IL., formally of Elgin, IL., died Monday, March 20, 2006, in River Bluff Nursing Home.
She was born Oct. 6, 1915, in Dongola, IL., the daughter of Oscar & Dalvia (Hinkle) Adams. On June 2, 1934, Wilma married her loving husband, David R. Sitter.
Wilma was employed in Elgin as a communications worker for Ma Bell, Joseph Spiess Co., & retired from Sherman Hospital. Wilma will be greatly missed & always loved by her four children.Survivers include her children, Donna Faber of Rockford, Evelyn Jackson of Streamwood, Michael (Donna) Sitter of Anna, & Robyn (Jay) Ferraro of Roscoe; 16 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; brother Richard (Geneva) Adams; & many nieces & nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, David in 2002; a brother & two sisters; a great-grandchild & nephew -in-law. Service will be at 10a.m. Friday, March 24, 2006, in Temple Baptist Church, with Pastor John Moe officiating. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 23, in Fitzgerald Funeral Home, Riverside Chapel, 3910 N. Rockton Ave., & 9 to 9:45 a.m. Friday in the church. Interment in Lakewood Memorial Cemetery, Elgin, IL. [Rockford Register Star, 03/22/2006; Submitters Name: Donna Sitter]
Martha Miller Clark
Martha Miller Clark died Tuesday in the Brooklyn Hospital. She was born in Aurora, Ill., 41 years ago, the daughter of the late Prof. Thomas H. Clark. For 15 years Miss Clark had been a teacher of Latin in Wadleigh High School, Manhattan. She lived at 509 W. 122d St. Her mother, two sisters and two brothers survive. [The sun. (New York [N.Y.]), 13 April 1917]
Lawrence Rooney, whose family reside at Blackberry, Kane County, Ill., was frozen to death on the prairie near Blunt, Dak., on the 12th. [The Superior times. (Superior, Wis.), 22 March 1884]
Suicide Follows Confession -- Aged Illinoisan Kills Himself by Eating Paris Green.
Cyrus Baldwin, 85 years of age, one of the wealthiest residents of Kane county, Ill., killed himself by eating paris green after he confessed he had murdered his wife by smashing her skull with a hammer. Mrs. Baldwin was found dead and believed to have been murdered by her husband. [The Manning times. (Manning, Clarendon County, S.C.), 02 Oct. 1907]
A. Fredenhagen, a miller at St. Charles, Illinois, who killed himself in bed, was a wealthy and enterprising man, enjoyed perfect health, was finely educated, and had no domestic troubles. [The times. (Owosso, Mich.), 21 Dec. 1883]
Joseph Geison, a laboring man, aged about 60 years, was run over near Lund's station Ill., and instantly killed. He was walking on the track from his home in Naperville to Aurora, and while getting out of the way of the Mendota passenger going east was struck by the engine of the passenger going west on the other track. The remains were taken to Aurora, where he has married children. He lived in Naperville and was recently married. [The Northern Pacific Farmer. (Wadena, Minn.), 19 Aug. 1880]
Fieldon M. Purdom
TRAGEDY FOLLOWS A ROMANCE. - Elgin Youth Attempts Suicide After Quarrel with Wife
After three weeks of married life, Fieldon M. Purdom, 22 years old, attempted suicide at his home at Elgin, following a quarrel with his 19-year-old bride. He died Sunday. The tragedy terminated a courtship by mail and marriage at sight. A letter of introduction written by Fred Green, super-intendent at the Brethren Publishing Company, opened a correspondence between Purdom and Miss Willie Gaffron of Nashville, Tenn. Purdom's proposal by letter was accepted by Miss Gaffron, and the two were married a few hours after their first meeting in Chicago October 4. [Chicago Eagle. (Chicago, Ill.), 06 Nov. 1909]
Hanging himself with a pair of suspenders in a coal hole, Reuben Segorgren committed suicide at the Elgin State hospital. Segorgren formerly was a bookkeeper in the Chicago office of the General Chemical Company. He was committed to the institution two months ago. His mental break-down came as a result of overwork and worry. [Chicago Eagle. (Chicago, Ill.), 06 Nov. 1909]
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