LaSalle County Illinois Biographies, Sketches and Obituaries
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Daniel Farnsworth

Stephen Faro

Zaccheus Farrell

Isaac Farwell

Seth B. Farwell

Mr. Fay

Beach Fellows

John Ferguson

Patrick Ferguson

Henry Fetzer

Abner S. Fisher

Jabez Fitch

Garret Fitzgerald

William Flint

George W. Forsyth

FOSSEEN Manley L

Abram Foster

Amos Foster

Amzi Foster

Charles B. Foster

Myers Foster

Robert Fowler

Isaac H. Fredenburg

Nels Frewlin

Adam Fry

Joseph Fullerton

Henry L. Fulton

John Fulwilder

William A Funk

Daniel Farnsworth

Daniel Farnsworth, from Clinton County, N. Y., in 1832; he died in 1870. His widow was fatally burned by her clothes taking fire. Children: Albert, died in California ; William, married Miss Dix, he died in South Ottawa ; Robert was killed, his widow is in Texas; Elizabeth, married S. Crook; Electa; Phebe, married Richard Hogaboom, and was fatally burned by a like accident as that which befell her mother.

[Source: History of LaSalle County, Illinois by Elmer Baldwin, Chicago, Rand, McNally & Co., Printers, 1877, SKETCH OF THE PIONEER SETTLERS OF EACH TOWN IN THE COUNTY, South Ottawa, Page 263 - Transcribed by Nancy Piper]

Stephen Faro

Stephen Faro, and wife, Sally Dakin, from Schoharie County, N. Y., came in 1837 or 8 ; a cooper and farmer; he settled on S. 5, and died about 1841. His widow married Ard Button.

[Source: History of LaSalle County, Illinois by Elmer Baldwin, Chicago, Rand, McNally & Co., Printers, 1877, SKETCH OF THE PIONEER SETTLERS OF EACH TOWN IN THE COUNTY, Eagle, Page 444 - Transcribed by Nancy Piper]

Zaccheus Farrell

Zaccheus Farrell came with Jones from Waltham, Massachusetts; settled on S. 4, in 1838. He went East to be married in 1840, and was accidentally shot.

[Source: History of LaSalle County, Illinois by Elmer Baldwin, Chicago, Rand, McNally & Co., Printers, 1877, SKETCH OF THE PIONEER SETTLERS OF EACH TOWN IN THE COUNTY, Waltham, Page 465 - Transcribed by Nancy Piper]

Isaac Farwell

Isaac Farwell, brother of S. B. Farwell, from New York to Ohio, and here 1835; moved to Winnebago County.

[Source: History of LaSalle County, Illinois by Elmer Baldwin, Chicago, Rand, McNally & Co., Printers, 1877, SKETCH OF THE PIONEER SETTLERS OF EACH TOWN IN THE COUNTY, Freedom, Page 401 - Transcribed by Nancy Piper]

Seth B. Farwell

Seth B. Farwell, from New York to Ohio, and from Ohio here, in 1835. A member of the legal profession, was prosecuting attorney; went to California, and was there elected judge; he died on his way from Kansas to California.

[Source: History of LaSalle County, Illinois by Elmer Baldwin, Chicago, Rand, McNally & Co., Printers, 1877, SKETCH OF THE PIONEER SETTLERS OF EACH TOWN IN THE COUNTY, Ottawa, Page 231-232 - Transcribed by Nancy Piper]

Mr. Fay

Mr. Fay made a claim on Section 10 in 1833, and in 1834 sold to Camp Hatch.

[Source: History of LaSalle County, Illinois by Elmer Baldwin, Chicago, Rand, McNally & Co., Printers, 1877, SKETCH OF THE PIONEER SETTLERS OF EACH TOWN IN THE COUNTY, Deer Creek, Page 341 - Transcribed by Nancy Piper]

Beach Fellows

Beach Fellows, from Pennsylvania, settled on Section 6, town of Mission, May 1, 1835. On the farm seven years. In 1855 he was elected County Treasurer. Has lived in Ottawa since. He married Martha Nelson, and has six children : Joseph, is in Missouri: Jane, in Livingston County : William, Maud, and Delia, at home.

[Source: History of LaSalle County, Illinois by Elmer Baldwin, Chicago, Rand, McNally & Co., Printers, 1877, SKETCH OF THE PIONEER SETTLERS OF EACH TOWN IN THE COUNTY, Mission, Page 417 - Transcribed by Nancy Piper]

John Ferguson

John Ferguson came in 1838; had two sons: James married Miss Brown, lives in Mendota; John, is a bachelor, has been Supervisor of Troy Grove.

[Source: History of LaSalle County, Illinois by Elmer Baldwin, Chicago, Rand, McNally & Co., Printers, 1877, SKETCH OF THE PIONEER SETTLERS OF EACH TOWN IN THE COUNTY, Troy Grove, Page 407 - Transcribed by Nancy Piper]

Patrick Ferguson

Patrick Ferguson, came from Ireland, and settled on Section 9. He died in 1872. His children are: Charles A., who married Eliza Wiley, and his second wife, was Kate Conden; Mary, married James Leonard.

[Source: History of LaSalle County, Illinois by Elmer Baldwin, Chicago, Rand, McNally & Co., Printers, 1877, SKETCH OF THE PIONEER SETTLERS OF EACH TOWN IN THE COUNTY, Freedom, Page 403 - Transcribed by Nancy Piper]

Henry Fetzer

The learned professions call for individual talent and ability as no other lines of business do. An industrial or commercial enterprise already established and in successful operation may be taken up by one not hitherto connected with it and without previous training he may carry it still further forward toward successful completion. But in the line of medicine or the law, one must be specially qualified for the work and strong mentality, comprehensive knowledge, close application and indefatigable energy must serve as a foundation upon which to rest the superstructure of professional success. It is therefore evident when one attains prominence at the bar that he possesses ability that enables him to advance, unaided by what others may have done before him.

Today Henry Fetzer of Streator ranks among the leading lawyers of LaSalle county and is enjoying a large clientage. He began practice here in 1894, previous to which time he had been identified with the business interests of the community in various ways. Mr. Fetzer came to the county in 1874 from Ohio, but was a native of Virginia, his birth having occurred in the Old Dominion, near Winchester, April 11, 1854. His parents were William and Catharine (Stickley) Fetzer, and the great-great-grandparents on both sides of the family were of German birth, the families being founded in America at about the same period in the colonial history of the country, the Fetzers becoming residents of Pennsylvania, while the Stickleys located in Frederick City, Maryland. Their descendants immigrated to Woodstock, Shenandoah County, Virginia, and thus the families became united through the marriage of William Fetzer and Catharine Stickley. The paternal grandfather of our subject was Joachim Fetzer, who was born in Virginia and resided near Woodstock in the Shenandoah Valley. William Fetzer, the father, was a farmer by occupation and followed that pursuit throughout his entire life. He passed away in 1887, at the ripe old age of seventy-eight years.

Henry Fetzer spent the first fifteen years of his life in Virginia and during that time enjoyed only limited school advantages. He worked as a farm hand in the neighborhood of his home, his wages going to his father. His ambitious spirit however, was not content with such a life and hearing that better wages were paid in the west he asked permission to leave home, promising to give his father just what he could make in Virginia. Consent was withheld, however, and therefore he “ran” away, going to Ohio, where he readily found employment in Belmont County. There he worked on a farm for three seasons and in the winter attended school, which was his first experience in the educational line. In order to secure this privilege he worked nights and mornings for his board; nor was he content to end his studies there. He found a true friend in James Frazier, who, noticing his willingness to work and his close application to his studies, wisely advised him to continue his education in Franklin College, meeting his tuition with the little money he had been enabled to save from his wages. Acting upon this advise, Mr. Fetzer pursued his studies until his small capital was exhausted, when he was again forced to labor for his daily bread. The taste for study has never left him and his wide reading and close observation have made him a well informed man.

In 1874 Mr. Fetzer arrived in LaSalle county, where he taught school for some time, and then went to Grinnell, Kansas, where he served as postmaster and carried on general merchandising for a short time, but the tornado of 1879 destroyed all that he had saved and in 1880 he again came to Illinois, where he engaged in teaching until 1883. The confinement of the school-room, however, undermined his health and he turned his attention to buying and shipping stock, which business he successfully followed until 1891. Through all these years it had been his ambition and desire to graduate at some good educational institution, and in the fall of 1892 he entered upon a law course in the Northwestern University Law School of Chicago, being graduated with the class of 1894. It had not been his intention to engage in practice, the course having been taken up more for self-improvement; but, becoming deeply interested in the science of jurisprudence; he opened an office after his return from college, and has since been an esteemed member of the LaSalle county bar. He has steadily worked his way upward, and his devotion to his clients’ interests, his careful preparation of cases and his thorough knowledge of the law have gained him a large practice and won him many notable successes before the court. His political support had generally been given the Republican party, but he is not strictly partisan and has no ambition for office. He is truly a self-made man and though opposed by a seemingly adverse fate he has steadily worked his way upward until he occupies a leading position among the citizens of his adopted county.

[Source: Biographical and genealogical record of La Salle County, Illinois. Chicago: Lewis Pub. Co., 1900. Page 18-20 - Transcribed by Nancy Piper]

Abner S. Fisher

Abner S. Fisher, born in Vermont, came from Rochester, New York, to Ottawa in 1840, with his wife, Lovina Smith. Mr. Fisher has been a prominent citizen and politician, and has been a magistrate for many consecutive years. He has five children: George S., who married Martha Mann, was a banker in Ottawa, and Consul to Japan, now in Washington City; Janet, the wife of Q-. L. Thomson, of Ottawa; Susan, married Perry H. Smith; Charles, married S. Porter, of Michigan; Helen is the wife of Dr. Hobart, of Ottawa.

[Source: History of LaSalle County, Illinois by Elmer Baldwin, Chicago, Rand, McNally & Co., Printers, 1877, SKETCH OF THE PIONEER SETTLERS OF EACH TOWN IN THE COUNTY, Ottawa, Page 245 - Transcribed by Nancy Piper]

Jabez Fitch

Jabez Fitch, from Plattsburg, N. Y., in 1835; he was a merchant, and County Treasurer several years; he died in New York.

[Source: History of LaSalle County, Illinois by Elmer Baldwin, Chicago, Rand, McNally & Co., Printers, 1877, SKETCH OF THE PIONEER SETTLERS OF EACH TOWN IN THE COUNTY, South Ottawa, Page 261 - Transcribed by Nancy Piper]

Garret Fitzgerald

Garret Fitzgerald was an early settler in the west part of the town.

[Source: History of LaSalle County, Illinois by Elmer Baldwin, Chicago, Rand, McNally & Co., Printers, 1877, SKETCH OF THE PIONEER SETTLERS OF EACH TOWN IN THE COUNTY, Dimmick, Page 467 - Transcribed by Nancy Piper]

William Flint

William Flint bought land on Section 9 in 1851, and occupied it in 1853 ; he spent ten years in improving and developing the town, and then removed to Tonica.

[Source: History of LaSalle County, Illinois by Elmer Baldwin, Chicago, Rand, McNally & Co., Printers, 1877, SKETCH OF THE PIONEER SETTLERS OF EACH TOWN IN THE COUNTY, Allen, 476 - Transcribed by Nancy Piper]

George W. Forsyth

George W. Forsyth, from Burlington County, New Jersey, in 1834, was the first lawyer that settled in Ottawa; went South. Lorenzo Leland wag the second, Smith & Farwell next, and Edwin S. Leland next.

[Source: History of LaSalle County, Illinois by Elmer Baldwin, Chicago, Rand, McNally & Co., Printers, 1877, SKETCH OF THE PIONEER SETTLERS OF EACH TOWN IN THE COUNTY, Ottawa, Page 235 - Transcribed by Nancy Piper]



FOSSEEN Manley L, Minneapolis. Res 2920 Bloomington av, office 435 Temple Court. Lawyer. Born Dec 10, 1869 in La Salle county Ill, son of Osman and Isabel (Richolson) Fosseen. Attended Dixon Ill Business College 1890; Minneapolis Academy 1891-92; graduated from law dept U of M 1895. Has practiced law in Minneapolis 1895 to date; elected to Min Legislature 1903 and 1905; chairman sub-committee of judiciary committee on new code of insurance. Member Masonic fraternity; A O U W; M W A.
[Little Sketches of Big Folks in Minnesota. Publ. 1907 Transcribed by Anna Parks]

Abram Foster

Abram Foster, and wife, Millie White, came from Bradford County, Pennsylvania, in 1836 ; settled one mile north of Earlville, on the creek ; he died many years since, leaving seven children: Betsey, married Conrad Smith,of Northville ; Millie, married Frederick Smith, of Northville ; Elisha, is deceased ; Alfred, went to California ; William, died here, his widow is still living ; Willard, went West; Abram settled on the creek, now in Colorado.

[Source: History of LaSalle County, Illinois by Elmer Baldwin, Chicago, Rand, McNally & Co., Printers, 1877, SKETCH OF THE PIONEER SETTLERS OF EACH TOWN IN THE COUNTY, Earl, Page 435 - Transcribed by Nancy Piper]

Amos Foster

Amos Foster, from Massachusetts, came in 1834 ; married in Ottawa ; removed to Wisconsin.

[Source: History of LaSalle County, Illinois by Elmer Baldwin, Chicago, Rand, McNally & Co., Printers, 1877, SKETCH OF THE PIONEER SETTLERS OF EACH TOWN IN THE COUNTY, Earl, Page 431 - Transcribed by Nancy Piper]

Amzi Foster

Amzi Foster, grandson of Abram, came from Bradford Co., Pennsylvania, in 1837; he married Mary J. App ; has three children. He has resided in Ottawa for many years.

[Source: History of LaSalle County, Illinois by Elmer Baldwin, Chicago, Rand, McNally & Co., Printers, 1877, SKETCH OF THE PIONEER SETTLERS OF EACH TOWN IN THE COUNTY, Earl, Page 435 - Transcribed by Nancy Piper]

Charles B. Foster

Charles B. Foster came from Massachusetts, in 1835, married Nancy Wixom, and settled on Section 34. Family of seven daughters.

[Source: History of LaSalle County, Illinois by Elmer Baldwin, Chicago, Rand, McNally & Co., Printers, 1877, SKETCH OF THE PIONEER SETTLERS OF EACH TOWN IN THE COUNTY, Troy Grove, Page 410 - Transcribed by Nancy Piper]

Myers Foster

Myers Foster came from Pennsylvania in 1834: returned in 1837 or '38.

[Source: History of LaSalle County, Illinois by Elmer Baldwin, Chicago, Rand, McNally & Co., Printers, 1877, SKETCH OF THE PIONEER SETTLERS OF EACH TOWN IN THE COUNTY, Mission, Page 420 - Transcribed by Nancy Piper]

Robert Fowler

Robert Fowler, and wife, Polly Platt, from Plattsburg, New York, kept a boarding house; died here.

[Source: History of LaSalle County, Illinois by Elmer Baldwin, Chicago, Rand, McNally & Co., Printers, 1877, SKETCH OF THE PIONEER SETTLERS OF EACH TOWN IN THE COUNTY, South Ottawa, Page 263 - Transcribed by Nancy Piper]

Isaac H. Fredenburg

Isaac H. Fredenburg, born in Ulster County, New York, came from Owego, Tioga County, New York, to Ottawa, June 14th, 1834. Married in 1835, to Priscilla Platt, of Plattsburg, New York. A tailor, by trade; has followed that business in Ottawa till the last three years, during which time he has kept a hotel in Utica. His son Augustus lives in Syracuse, New York. Henry was killed when thirty-two years of age, by the blowing down of the sidewalk, east of Fox river bridge, in Ottawa. Elizabeth is the widow of Napoleon Beaubian. Platt died when twenty-one years of age. Mary married Charles Moss, and lives in Utica. Charles is in Kansas, and Ella at home.

[Source: History of LaSalle County, Illinois by Elmer Baldwin, Chicago, Rand, McNally & Co., Printers, 1877, SKETCH OF THE PIONEER SETTLERS OF EACH TOWN IN THE COUNTY, Ottawa, Page 234 -235 - Transcribed by Nancy Piper]

Nels Frewlin

Nels Frewlin came from Norway to Illinois in 1839; now here.

[Source: History of LaSalle County, Illinois by Elmer Baldwin, Chicago, Rand, McNally & Co., Printers, 1877, SKETCH OF THE PIONEER SETTLERS OF EACH TOWN IN THE COUNTY, Miller, Page 460 - Transcribed by Nancy Piper]

Adam Fry

Adam Fry, from Ohio, came to Du Page County in 1835, and in the fall of 1852 settled on Section 6, where he died in Sept., 1874; his widow still occupies the same place.

[Source: History of LaSalle County, Illinois by Elmer Baldwin, Chicago, Rand, McNally & Co., Printers, 1877, SKETCH OF THE PIONEER SETTLERS OF EACH TOWN IN THE COUNTY, Allen, 476 - Transcribed by Nancy Piper]

Joseph Fullerton

Joseph Fullerton, from Waltham, Massachusetts, in the spring of 1838. Settled on S. 5, T. 34, R. 2 ; a bachelor ; he died at Troy Grove in 1839.

[Source: History of LaSalle County, Illinois by Elmer Baldwin, Chicago, Rand, McNally & Co., Printers, 1877, SKETCH OF THE PIONEER SETTLERS OF EACH TOWN IN THE COUNTY, Waltham, Page 465 - Transcribed by Nancy Piper]

Henry L. Fulton

Henry L. Fulton, millwright, and Emeline Castle, his wife, from Waterloo, New York, came to Lowell in 1837, and moved to Chicago in 1842, where he now lives. They had two children: Juliette, married Thomas C. Whitmarsh, live in Chicago; and Franklin, married Amelia Schock, now practicing as physician in Geneseo, Illinois.

[Source: History of LaSalle County, Illinois by Elmer Baldwin, Chicago, Rand, McNally & Co., Printers, 1877, SKETCH OF THE PIONEER SETTLERS OF EACH TOWN IN THE COUNTY, Vermillion, Page 293 - Transcribed by Nancy Piper]

John Fulwilder

John Fulwilder came from Richland County, Ohio, in 1833, and made a farm on Section 25. He died in 1867, leaving three children : Jackson, married Jane Benedict, of Livingston County; Eliza, married William Bronson ; John, deceased.

[Source: History of LaSalle County, Illinois by Elmer Baldwin, Chicago, Rand, McNally & Co., Printers, 1877, SKETCH OF THE PIONEER SETTLERS OF EACH TOWN IN THE COUNTY, Bruce, Page 346 - Transcribed by Nancy Piper]



Funk William A, Mankato. Res 215 Clark st, office 230 S Front st. Lawyer. Born Feb 25, 1851 in LaSalle county Ill, son of Abraham and Margaret (Hutchinson) Funk. Married Oct 29, 1879 to Ellen Douglas of Steator Ill. Received his education in the public schools of Odell Ill. Has been engaged in the practice of law since 1875. Practiced in Fairbury Ill 1875; Odell 1876-77; Streator Ill 1878-87; Lakefield Minn 1888-98; Mankato Minn 1895 to date. Was county atty Jackson county Minn 1890-95; was member Ex Com of State Central Republican Committee 1900 and pres of the City Central Rep Committee. Member commercial club, I O O F, Social Science Club K P, B P O E and was first venerable counsel W M A, Camp No 4.
[Little Sketches of Big Folks in Minnesota. Publ. 1907 Transcribed by Nancy Overlander]