LaSalle County, IL Obituaries and Death Notices
Tonica News, Tonica IL July 31, 1875
Killed by Lightning
At the residence of Peter Saltz, in Richland township, last Sunday, about noon, Mr. Peter Botz, and a little girl twelve years old were struck by lightning. These two persons were visitors and the parents of Emma Baker, the girl who was killed, lives west of here on the county line. The house was considerably damaged and one of Mrs. Saltz' shoes were torn from her feet. She was uninjured. The company had just finished eating dinner and were leaving the table.
Mrs. Baldwin, of Northville, La Salle County, who had been deranged for a year, hung herself to the knob of a door one day last week. [Chicago tribune. (Chicago, Ill.), 26 May 1871]
Mrs. Julia E. Baldwin and Sarah Louisa Baldwin
The Ottawa Free Trader, July 26th 1844
Died in Peru, LaSalle county, Illinois, on the 13th isn't., Mrs. Julia E. Baldwin, wife of Mr. Heman Baldwin, a native of East Haddam, Connecticut, aged 25 years. Also, on th 17th inst., her infant daughter, Sarah Louisa, aged 3 ½ months.
A beloved wife and mother, in the spring time of life, surrounded by all those tender ties and endearing circumstances which so strongly attach human nature to this world, has been called away from us, we trust to a far better and happier world, even to mansions prepared for the saints in heaven.
Mrs. Ann S. Barber
The Ottawa Free Trader, Ottawa, Illinois, March 23, 1849
Died on the 13th inst., near Harding, on Indian Creek, of pulmonary consumption, Mrs. Ann S., wife of David Barber, Esq., aged 35 years 11 months. Mrs. B. was a kind neighbor and an amiable woman and leaves an affectionate husband and five young children to mourn their irreparable loss, together with a large circle of friends and relatives. Mrs. B. manifested unusual patience and resignation during a long period of sickness and distress, was perfectly resigned, which is good evidence of her preparation for death.
Tonica News, Tonica IL August 28, 1875
Died on Saturday, Aug. 21, 1875, at his residence in the township of Eden, William Barnes, aged 70 years.
Harry A. Barr (1860 - 1949)
(Courtesy Dianne Croak)
" Birth: Sept. 10, 1860, The old Barr homestead near Mt. Palatine, Putnam Co. IL
" Death: At home, Wed. morning, March 23, 1949, Lostant, LaSalle Co. IL
" Burial: "Hope" Cemetery
" Parents: Thornton Barr and Wilhelmina Utech
" Siblings: Lewis, George, Charles, Jesse, Nellie (Curtis), Mary (Wolley), Fannie
" Spouse: Katherine Hiltabrand (Died 1929)
" Children: Vera (McDermott), Nina (Underwood), Florence (Henning), Elsie (Reynolds), Hazel (Foley), Jinny "Forrest" (Bacher), and Ralph Willard
" 2nd Marriage: After 1929
" Spouse: Sarah Brown
" Children: Benjamin Roberts (step), Mrs. Charles Compton (step)
Harry Barr was a farmer. He was alsoin the hardware business in Lostant a number of years. He served on the village board several terms and was superintendent of the Methodist Sunday school. Harry passed away after being ill for over a year. Funeral services were held in the Lostant Methodist Church on the Saturday afternoon following his death..
(Forrest died in Keene, CO., 15 Aug. 1948, at age 57, and she was the twin of Mrs. Florence Mary Henning. Ralph Willard Barr died 25 July 1918, Lostant, LaSalle Co., IL. at age 24.)
Mrs. Matilda H. Bassnett
The Ottawa Free Trader, November 22, 1844
Died in South Ottawa, on Saturday last, Matilda H., consort of Thomas Bassnett. The disease of which Mrs. B. died was an affection of the heart. Her sufferings were severe and protracted and her patience was tried inan extraordinary degree.
Barbara Ann (Shaffer) Beck
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor
The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois
December 24, 1998 - Thursday, pg A2
BARBARA ANN (Shaffer) BECK - 45, of Leland, died Wednesday, Dec. 23, 1998, at Good Samaritan Hospital, Downer's Grove. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Turner Funeral home, Somonauk, with Father William Virtue officiating. Burial will be at Leland Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2-6 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Mrs. Beck was born Jan. 8, 1953, in DeKalb, the daughter of Earl and Melba (Lamb) Shaffer. She graduated from Sandwich high School in 1971. She married Robert Beck on Oct. 23, 1976, in Earlville. He survives. She was employed in the cafeteria at Sandwich Hospital, CTS Knights, Sandwich, and was currently employed by Wal-Mart, Plano. She enjoyed sewing dolls and doll clothing for her daughters.
Survivors include two daughters, Ami Beck and Jodi Beck, both at home; her parents, Earl and Melbe Shaffer of Sandwich; paternal grandmother, Adelphia Strickland of Sandwich; a sister, Brenda Mabe of Sandwich; a brother, Earl "Sonny" Shaffer of Sandwich; and many friends.
She was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Hattie and Hubert Lamb; paternal grandfather, Mark Shaffer;
and step-grandfather, James Strickland
Mrs. Margaret Bee
Dixon Telegraph Sep 12, 1903
Mrs. Margaret Bee, one of the oldest settlers of Sublette Township, died about ten o'clock Friday morning at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Joseph Clink in Sublette. She was aged 84 years, nine months and sixteen days at the time of her death. She is survived by a sister, Mrs. W. R. Long of May Township. Death resulted from the weakness of extreme old age. Mrs. Bee, who was known familiarly to everyone in Sublette as Grandma Bee, had been a resident of Lee County over fifty years.
W. H. Beecher
Mrs. I. N. Beem
TAKEN FROM THE HENRY REPUBLICAN
December 17, 1874
Died at Ottawa, Dec. 3, Mrs. I. N. Beem, aged 37 years, sister of William Clarkson, formerly of this city.
Delia Maria Beidleman
TAKEN FROM THE HENRY REPUBLICAN
November 25, 1869
Died at New Rutland, Nov. 16, after a short illness, Delia Maria, daughter of Dr. R. D. and Elizabeth Beidleman,
aged 1 year and 9 months.
Mrs. Margaret Bickerton
Henry Republican, Henry IL May 22, 1879
Died at Streator, May 9, of erysipelas, Mrs. Margaret Bickerton, aged 49 years, 7 months, 7 days, sister of Mrs. John Morgan of this city.
Henry Republican, Henry IL March 19, 1874
Thomas Bickerton, formerly a citizen of this place (Henry), died at Streator last week. He was a good and hardworking man respected by all. A number of members of our Odd Fellows lodge went over to attend his funeral. His life was insured to some extent in the Metropolitan, which with his earnings for the past 3 or 4 years, will leave his family in fair circumstances.
Henry Republican, Henry IL April 2, 1874
At Streator, March 12, Thomas Bickerton, aged 41 years, late of Sparland, and brother-in-law to John Morgan of this city (Henry).
Mrs. Susan Blakeslee
April 25, 1867
At Mendota, April 10, after a protracted illness, Mrs Susan Blakeslee, wife of Joseph Blakeslee, formerly of this city, age 36 years.
May 2, 1867
It is our sorrowful duty to record one more vacant chair, one more of earth s gone to the land beyond. Mrs.
Joseph Blakeslee, well known to many of our people from her long residence in Henry died April 10, at Mendota at
the age of 36. She was a woman of many marked Christian qualities and excellencies and highly esteemed by all who
knew her. She has been sick a long time and has patiently waited the time for the approach of the transition chair
to bear her hence. She leaves behind a husband, three children and a host of loving and sympathizing friends to
repair to meet her in the spiritual world. Just before her death she gave directions that all that sadness and
gloom annually thrown around the coffin and the grave should be relieved as much as possible by whatever cheerfulness
and sunshine could be imparted to the scene. No crepe should be displayed, no dirges sung, whatever voice should
be uttered over the worn out body she would cast aside, should be a note of praise as death would be gain and the
old material be supplanted by the spiritual in the land she was about to enter. Her dying request was for all to
be ready as she summons.
Mrs. Sarah Blanchard
Henry Republican, Henry IL April 3, 1880
Hennepin - Mrs. Sarah Blanchard of Ottawa died suddenly on Friday evening last, at her home, aged about 47 years. She was a sister of Mrs. Catharine Thomas of Hennepin, and a half sister of H. J. Swindler of Magnolia, and a cousin of Mahlon Newbern of Henry, and wife of Charles Blanchard of Ottawa. Ten weeks ago Mrs. B. attended the funeral of her father Isaac Gudgel here in Hennepin. She was then and up to the moment of her death the very picture of health; she leaves many relatives and friends in and around Hennepin.
The Ottawa Free Trader, Ottawa, Illinois, August 17, 1849
Died on Wednesday, of quinsey, John, son of John Blanchfield, aged 3 years and 3 mos.
The Ottawa Free Trader, Ottawa, Illinois, March 24, 1848
Died in Ottawa, on Tuesday evening last, of inflammation of the lungs, Dr. Joseph Blish, aged 60 years.
The Ottawa Free Trader, Ottawa, Illinois, August 3, 1849
Mrs. Booneville, wife of a Frenchman of the name living below the side-cut, died on Saturday, it is said by some of cholera, and by others not.
Mrs. C. A Bowen
TAKEN FROM THE HENRY REPUBLICAN, HENRY, IL
The Ottawa Free Trader, Ottawa, Illinois, August 3, 1849
Mrs. Brady, an Irish lady, died on Sunday. We have not heard of what disease, but learned it was not cholera.
The Ottawa Free Trader, Ottawa, Illinois, March 3, 1848
Died in Ottawa, on the 26th ult., Mr. Francis Brady, a native of Ireland. Mr. B. was a highly respectable and much esteemed citizen and his death will be deeply regretted by his numerous friends. He has left a large and interesting family to mourn his loss.
The Ottawa Free Trader, Ottawa, Illinois, October 10, 1845
Mr. Jeptha Brainard left his home in Mission precinct, in this county, on the 17th ult., with a load of wheat, on his way to Chicago. He arrived at Oswego in the evening, took tea and started from there in apparent good health about dark. An hour afterwards he was found a mile out of town, lying on the ground by the side of his team, dead. There were no marks of violence about his person, nor had he fallen from his wagon. He was some 50 years old, strictly temperate in his habits and a very respectable citizen. It is supposed he died of apoplexy.
Decatur Daily Republican (Decatur, Illinois) > 1891 > August > 12
Gustuv Breining of Peru, a member of the LaSalle county board of supervisors, was instantly killed by lightning
at Rand s Grove Sunday, where a picnic was in progress.
The Ottawa Free Trader, Ottawa, Illinois, August 17, 1849
Died this morning, a child of Mr. Breifogle.
Delia Ann Brown
The Illinois Free Trader and LaSalle County Commercial Advertiser, September 3, 1841
Died on Saturday, the 28th ult., on Indian Creek, Delia Ann, only daughter of Mr. Andrew J. Brown, aged 18 months.
Mrs. Mary Ann Brown
Contributed by Bill Brown
Streator Daily Free Press
Saturday, June 3, 1899
Death of an Old Settler
Mrs. Mary Ann Brown died last night at the home of her granddaughter, Mrs. Bert Mackey, northwest of the city,
at the advanced age of 91 years and five months. Mrs. Brown was one of the old settlers of Illinois, coming here
from Claremont County, Ohio in 1838. She and her husband (Robert Brown) and family left Cincinnati on a steamboat,
landing at Lacon. They settled on a farm near Wenona, Marshall County, where they resided until 1846, when they
moved to Newtown Township, Livingston County. There the husband died in August 1853, and was buried in Phillips
Cemetery. Mrs. Brown is survived by six sons James of Newtown; Alexander of Henry; G. M. of Sumner, MO, and William;
Ezekiel and Alonzo, of Streator. William is in the hospital at present suffering from a wound received in the war.
The funeral services will be held Monday at 10 o clock, conducted by Rev Mackey, and the remains will be interred
by the side of her husband in Phillips Cemetery.
Marian (Deaner) Brown
Mendota Reporter June 1, 2006
May 31 - Marian Brown, 95, a resident of the Mendota Lutheran Home died May 23, 2006 at Mendota Community Hospital.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 26 at First United Methodist Church, Mendota with Rev. Maryann Meador officiating. Burial was at Restland Cemetery. Visitation was from 4-7 p.m. on May 25 at the Merritt Funeral Home.
Mrs. Brown was born Nov. 12, 1910 in Mendota to Dorsey and Mabel (Brode) Deaner. She married Elmer "Bo" Brown on July 1, 1930 in Normal. He preceded her in death in 1975.
Survivors include two sons, Jim (Judy) Brown of Geneva and Bill Brown of Eden Prairie, Minn.; three daughters, Joyce Hoffman of LaMoille, Betty (Harry) Phalen of Mendota and Barbara O'Leary of Schullsburg, Wis.; 20 grandchildren; and many great grandchildren and great great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband; two sisters, Hazel Williar and Marguerite Ehlers; and two brothers, Dorsey (Dick) Deaner and Willard "Bill" Deaner.
Mrs. Brown was a member of First United Methodist Church and the True Blue Club of the church, the West End Club, Home Extension, Baptist Quilters and the Holiday Ramblers.
Memorials may be directed to the Mendota Lutheran Home or First United Methodist Church.
Transcribed by Beth Scott
W. G. Brown
Died of Injuries - Des Moines, June 25 - As a result of injuries received in a wreck last night on the Wabash, wherein 20 or more were injured, W. G. Brown, a prominent citizen of Ottawa, Ill., died here this morning. (Daily Montrose Press, Montrose, Colorado, Saturday, June 25, 1910, front page - transcribed by Peggy Thompson)
The Ottawa Free Trader, September 19, 1845
Died yesterday morning, at this place, of inflammation of the brain, Newton Brumfield, aged 19 years.
Taken from the Marshall County Republican Newspaper, Henry, IL
February 7, 1867
A sad accident occurred at Rutland last week, which resulted in the death of George Brunner, a young man about
23 years of age. He went into the timber to cut wood, a short distance from the house, and not coming home at the
usual time towards night, the wife became alarmed and asked some neighbors to go in search for him, when they found
him dead in the woods. The apparent case of his death seemed to be, that he undertook to fell a leaning tree,
and commenced chopping it on the upper side, when a portion split off and was hurled into the air with great force,
and as it came down struck Mr. B. a severe blow between the hip and spine, which knocked him down, but afterward
must have regained his feet, and walked some 200 rods towards the house, when he again fell, and after a little
exertion, gave up and expired. He was an industrious man, beloved by all, and had been married about a year.
His funeral, in spite of the severe weather, was very large.
George E. Bry
BRY – George E. Bry, 61 of 905 South Taylor, died Friday morning; he had suffered a coronary thrombosis last September and another 2 weeks before his death. A village resident for 26 years, he was a native of LaSalle, Il.
Mr. Bry was associated in the general production department of the Crystal Fixture Company for the past 4 years.
Survivors are his widow, Winifred C., three sons George B. of Chicago, Robert K. and Raymond C. both of the home address, ad three grandchildren, Douglas, Russell and Karen. Also surviving are two brothers: Frank of LaSalle, IL and Howard of Pennsylvania.
Funeral Sereces were held Monday afternoon at Haggar Chapel with the Rev. Merle D. Vroyles conducting the services. Interment Queen of Heaven. [Oak Leaves News, July 14, 1955 - Sub. by Denise Parsons]
The Ottawa Free Trader, Ottawa, Illinois, December 22, 1849
Died at his residence in Ottawa, on Tuesday morning the 18th inst., Downey Buchanan, in the 46th year of his age. The illness that took the subject of this obituary from our midst, was brief, but characterized by the extremist suffering. It was like the slow and gradual tightening of a cord about the neck until suffocation, apoplexy and finally death is produced. The disease was acute inflammation of the larynx - the same that severed the life thread of Washington; and if it robbed a nation of a hero and an idol, it has deprived a large circle of friends of a great man, great in good deeds, and in approaching much nearer than is usual for mortals to the likeness of the One he aimed to follow and imitate. Living in our midst almost from the first settlement of the town, he was extensively known and universally beloved. Governed by the strictest sense of honor and justice himself, he was lenient toward the faults of others; and his elevated Christian character was untarnished by a single touch of bigotry. Rarely do we see embodied in the same individual, in so eminent a degree, the soul of honor and the spirit of true piety. His last hours were worthy of purity of life and exhibited triumphantly the sustaining power of that faith which animated him.
J. S. Bullock
Tonica News, Tonica IL October 2, 1875
Dr. J. S. Bullock, an old resident of La Salle Co., died last Thursday afternoon, Sept. 30th, at his home in Vermillion, of congestion of the heart and lungs. Coming to the country in the early stages of its settlement, he has, by his medical skill and faithful attention to his professional duties, won an enviable reputation as a physician.
Although advanced in years, he continued his practice up to the time of his death, visiting patients only the day before he died. This is a loss that will be felt, not only by his more intimate friends and relatives, but by the community at large.
Lowell Items - Dr. J. S. Bullock, an old and respected resident of Vermillionville, died quite suddenly today. He has been a resident of Ill. nearly forty years.
Samuel G. Bullock
Tonica News, Tonica IL August 24, 1878
Death of S. G. Bullock
Glen Elder, Kansas, Aug. 9, 1878
Editors Ottawa Republican:
On Wednesday, the 7th inst., Samuel G. Bullock, a former resident of La Salle county, but lately from Newton county, Ind., came to a sudden and terrible death by going over a mill dam that crosses the Solomon river at this place. Mr. Bullock attempted to cross the river above the dam for the purpose of bringing some parties over that were on the opposite side, but the strong current carried the boat over, and as it passed the falls, the boat ended over and threw him with great force against rocks or logs, breaking his neck. His body was found and next day and properly buried.
Mr. Bullock came to this section early last spring, from Newton county, Ind. By his industry and manly deportment he acquired many friends who, together with his sister and family deeply regret his loss.
O. L. Taylor
Mr. Bullock was a nephew of Mrs. A. Barrass of this place.
Benjamin and Thomas Burnham
The Ottawa Free Trader, May 9, 1845
Died at the residence of his son, in Lasalle, in this county, on the 20th ult., of paralysis, Capt Benjamin Burnham, aged 74 years.
Died on the 6th inst., of congestive fever, Thomas Burnham, Esq., aged 40, both formerly of Lisbon, New London county, Conn.
The Ottawa Free Trader, May 23, 1845
Died at this place, on the 19th inst., Nathaniel Burton, brewer, aged about sixty.
The Ottawa Free Trader, Ottawa, Illinois, June 18, 1847
On Saturday last, Mr. Benjamin Burr, a son of one of our merchants, whilst taking a load of empty flour barrels to the Dayton mills, met with a fatal accident near that place, by the barrels falling off the wagon and thus frightening the horses, who, in their flight, violently precipitated the young man against a stone and so severely injuring him as to cause his death on Sunday last. The deceased was a promising young man, aged about 17 and his melancholy fate and untimely death is deeply deplored by his afflicted parents and numerous friends.