LaSalle County, IL Obituaries and Death Notices
|DR. J. H. Campbell
Donated by Charles Brummel
Charles writes: "Here are two obits about an interesting chap from Ottawa. The Mary Sutphen Gray was my great grandfather's sister, and had been first married to the noted Ottawa attorney, Oliver Cromwell Gray."
Earlville Gazette, 4 August 1883.
The notorious Dr. J. H. Campfield of Ottawa, for some time past a victim of delirium tremens, died in that city, in great agony, last Sunday. More unpunished crimes have been laid to his charge that to any other man in LaSalle County. The unexplained death of Mary Sutphen Gray a dozen years ago, three weeks after her marriage with Dr. Campfield, is not forgotten by the friends of her childhood in Earlville.
The Journal says he was born in New Orleans, and the name Campfield is one that he assumed when he came north during the war. There was to be a new trial of the case in which Miss Cavarly obtained a verdict of $50,000 against him, for drugging and outraging her, but his death carries the case to a higher court. Though he made a fortune in his practice, and in the three weeks of married life with Mary Gray he got her to will her $20,000 to him, and he afterward married a girl of wealthy parentage, yet he died without a dollar and was buried at public expense.
Ottawa Free Trader. 4 August 1883.
DIED -- Dr. J. H. Campfield died in this city on Sunday last, the immediate cause of death being the breaking of an abscess on his lungs. We are unacquainted with his history, save that we are told he was born and raised in the south and served in the southern army during the war, at the close of which he came north. In 1870 he came to Ottawa. He was in many respects a remarkable man. A friend says of him in the Republican: "He was a traveler of extensive experience, having been through Asia, Europe and South America, and he had traveled extensively in this country. He was an intelligent and observant traveler, and those who knew him in his younger days learned how richly his mind was stored with the fruits of his wanderings. He spoke the languages of many peoples, and conversed fluently in German, French and Spanish. His acquaintance with the classics was extensive, and he discussed nice points in Greek and Latin with an accuracy that often put to shame men fresh from college halls and college studies." His skill as a physician and surgeon was undoubted, particularly as a surgeon; in which line of his profession he certainly performed some remarkable work.
Of late years he has been going down hill, with many to help him with a kick, and he drank deeply, particularly since the famous verdict in the "Cavarly-Campfield" case. "De mortuis nil nisi bonum," is the charitable epitaph. His funeral took place from the Episcopal church on Monday. He leaves a wife and three children without means.
Mrs. Mary Carter
Charles E. Caton
The Ottawa Free Trader, Ottawa, Illinois, March 26, 1847
Died on the 22d inst., of inflammation of the brain, Charles E., only son of the Hon. John Dean Caton, aged 4 years, 9 months and 6 days.
Sarah Jane Cawker
The Illinois Free Trader, Ottawa, Ill, September 25, 1840
Died at this place, on Sunday the 13th inst., Sarah Jane, infant daughter of Matthew Cawker, aged 3 months.
Robert J. Challenger
Newspaper: News Tribune
Date: 29 Aug 2008
Submitters Name: Denise Parsons
Obit: NewsTribune (La Salle, IL) - April 29, 2008
Dr. Robert J. Challenger, 73, of Peru died at 3:20 a.m. April 28, 2008, in St. Margaret's Hospital, Spring Valley.
Services will be at 9:30 a.m. Thursday in Mueller Funeral Home, Peru. A Mass of Christian burial will be at 10 a.m. Thursday in St. Joseph Church, Peru. The Rev. Joseph Heyd, O.S.B., will officiate.
Burial will be at Valley Memorial Park, Spring Valley, with military rites conducted by Peru Veterans Memorial Group.
Visitation will be 5-8 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home with a rosary recited at 4:45 p.m.
Dr. Challenger was born Nov. 15, 1934, in Spring Valley to Robert and Victoria (Braida) Challenger. He married Mary Jane Keegan on July 10, 1965, in Immaculate Conception Church, Spring Valley.
He graduated from Hall High School in Spring Valley, La Salle-Peru-Oglesby Junior College and the University of Illinois School of Dentistry in Chicago. He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Cuban missile crisis and was stationed in Lincoln, Neb.
He was a practicing dentist in Peru for 40 years and served as president of Illinois Valley Dental Society as well as president of La Salle-Peru Football Boosters Club. He was a member of Peru Rotary Club as well as numerous professional dental associations. He was also a member of St. Joseph Church.
Survivors are his wife; two sons, Dr. Robert J. (Maureen) Challenger Jr. of Wheaton and Dr. Martin M. (Dr. Michelle) Challenger of Madison, Wis.; one daughter, Suzanne Challenger of Romeoville; and four grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister.
Christian H. Charles
The Illinois Free Trader, Ottawa, Ill, July 31, 1840
Died at Peru, LaSalle County Ill., on the 28th inst., Christian H. Charles. In the death of Mr. Charles, his widow has lost an affectionate husband, a kind protector and his children (four in number) a dutiful father.
The Ottawa Free Trader, Ottawa, Illinois, August 17, 1849
Died on Sunday, at the poor house, Charlotte ___, a young girl recently sent in from Troy Grove.
James Thornton Chestnut
Taken From the Putnam Record August 4, 1898
Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Chestnut are called to mourn the loss of their 9 years old son, James Thornton, who died at their home west of Wenona. The remains were brought here last Saturday and buried in the Tonica cemetery, Elder Downey officiating in the funeral service. Deceased was a grandson of W. R. Malhorn - Tonica News
D. Hubbard Chester
The Ottawa Free Trader, Ottawa, Illinois, March 17, 1848
Died on the 9th inst., D. Hubbard, youngest child of Mrs. D. Hubbard Chester, late of Ashtabula, Ohio.
(The Journal And Republican (Lowville, NY) - Wednesday, November 21, 1860)
Died At Brickton, Illinois, Sept. 20th, 1860, of typhoid fever, or perhaps of paralysis of the physical system, Orlando Chittenden, aged 29 years, Mr. Chittenden was formerly a resident of Martinsburgh.
-- Contributed by Jim Dezotell
Frances Cornella Chumasero
The Ottawa Free Trader, Ottawa, Illinois, July 2, 1847
Died at Peru on Sunday 27th ult., Frances Cornella, infant daughter of William and Mary E. Chumasero, aged 11 months and 4 days.
Lucinda (Montgomery) Church
Daughter of William and Mary (Farlow) Montgomery, and wife of William Church.
Donated by Jerry Price. Jerry writes "This is an obituary of my great-grandaunt Lucinda (Montgomery) Church"
From Streator Daily Free Press Thursday, July 9, 1885
---About the usual number of Fourth of July accidents by fire,, explosives, etc., have been recorded for the 109th anniversary of American Independence. But perhaps this saddest event is yet to be recounted, which is the death of Mrs. Wm. Church, of Dana. She accompanied by her husband and children, drove to the aforesaid village to witness the fireworks to be displayed on the evening of the Fourth. While the proper parties were engaged in discharging some of the fireworks, one of the spectators, a thoughtless bumpkin, placed one of the large rockets in a position pointing downward and toward the crowd. Fire from an exploding rocket was communicated to it causing its discharge, striking Mrs. Wm. Church in the back of the head, felling her to the ground. She was taken to a drug store nearby, and every effort made to restore her to consciousness. She remained in a state of coma until Sunday morning, when she became conscious and asked for her children. From that time she continued to sink, and died at noon on Sunday. To mourn her untimely death she leaves a husband and a family of small children. She was about 32 years of age.---Ottawa Journal.
Elbridge G. Clark
The Ottawa Free Trader, Ottawa, Illinois, April 23, 1847
Died in Marseilles on the 18th inst., of inflammation of the lungs, Mr. Elbridge G. Clark, aged 37 years, son of John Clark, Lawrence, Otsego County, New York.
The Ottawa Free Trader, Ottawa, Illinois, December 10, 1847
Died on the 30th ult., at the residence of his father, Wm. Clark, son of Mr. James Clark of Dayton precinct, aged 5 years and 3 months.
September 19, 1867
Died at Ottawa, September 10, Emily, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. M. Clarkson, age 17 months.
The Ottawa Free Trader, Ottawa, Illinois, May 1, 1846
Died on the morning of the 27th inst., at the residence of Henry Sargent (a brother-in-law) Mr. Charles Climpson, a native of Westham, Sussex co., England, aged 26 years. Mr. C. arrived the evening previous to this death, in such an enfeebled and diseased condition, that it is even doubtful whether he recognized his sister whom he had not seen for many years. He had been quite sick at Buffalo, and in his anxiety to meet his friends, he resumed his journey too soon, which brought on a relapse, which he survived only long enough to die in their embraces.
Charlotte (Bee) Clink
Dixon Telegraph Sep 20, 1937
Mrs. Charlotte Clink - Last rites for Mrs. Charlotte Clink were held at the home of her daughter, Mrs. John Eller at Amboy Saturday afternoon at 2:30, with Frank Blocher officiating. Mrs. William Andorfer and Mrs. Roy Long sang several hymns accompanied by Mrs. O N Eckburg. Casket bearers were: Nelson Schnell, William Musser, Donald Wells, Charles Bee, Robert McGuire and Walter Bee. Interment was made in the Peterson cemetery at Sublette.
Charlotte Bee, daughter of Benjamin and Margaret Bingham Bee, was born at Arbisonia, Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania, on June 19, 1857 and died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. John Eller on Sept. 16, 1937 at the age of 80 years, two months and 27 days. At the age of four years she was brought to Sublette where she lived until about 18 years ago when she moved with her family to Amboy.
On December 9, 1876 she was united in marriage to Joseph Clink, who preceded her in death 18 years ago. Those left to mourn her passing are Orin L Clink of Moline, Mrs. Nettie Musser of Sublette, Mrs. Lillie Richards, Mrs. Laura Eller and Edwin D. Clink of Amboy, also 21 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren. Three children, John, Margaret Musser and Katy Wells preceded her in death.
Joseph L. Clink
Dixon Telegraph Nov 28, 1919
Accident is Fatal After Three Years
Broken Vertebrae, which he suffered three years ago in a fall at the John P. Theiss farm near Amboy in August, 1916, proved fatal to Joseph L. Clink of Amboy. The young man, who had been paralyzed since the accident, passed away at the home of Mr. and Mrs. S. S. Musser, with whom he had lived since the mishap, on Monday.
The Ottawa Free Trader, Ottawa, Illinois, December 31, 1847
Died at Santa Fe on the 25th of October, Cornelius Cochran, a private in company G, Illinois Volunteers.
Henry Republican, Henry IL August 14, 1879 - State News
Jeanette Cohen, about 100 years old, and said to be the daughter of a French county, died recently in the LaSalle county poor house.
The Illinois Free Trader, Ottawa, Ill, April 2, 1841
Died at Lowell, in this county, on the 23rd ult., Lovina Coleman, an adopted daughter of Mr. Perkins Allen, aged 7 years and 7 months.
Emeline Delia Cook
The Ottawa Free Trader, Ottawa, Illinois, April 3, 1846
Died in Washington precinct on the 25th ultimo, Emeline Delia, eldest daughter of John T. Cook, aged 6 years and 11 months.
Sarah E. Sutphen Cook
Earlville Gazette, 28 February 1873
Contributed by Charles Brummel
In Earlville, Feb. 24th, Sarah E.,wife of Sylvester Cook, aged 41. Mrs. Cook was born in 1832, and was the eldest child in a large and much respected family. Her parents removed to this place, which was afterward named Earlville by her Mother, when she was about a year old. Her marriage with Mr. Cook occurred in 1849. Funeral at the house yesterday; sermon by Mr. Barnes; burial deferred until today for the coming of her Father and Brothers.
Earlville Gazette, 7 March 1873
MRS. SARAH E. COOK, wife of Sylvester Cook, and daughter of Mr. Charles H. Sutphen, was born in Boston, Mass., 1832. In 1833 the family removed to this place, and were among the earliest settlers of Earl. Mrs. Cook was the oldest of eleven children, four of whom are with the mother in the better land. Mr. and Mrs. Cook were married in 1849 and have lived happily together for nearly a quarter of a century.
Mrs. Cook was blessed with a very happy disposition, and in all the routine of domestic duties, she was always
the devoted wife and mother. As a neighbor and friend she was extensively known and beloved. Her death, though
sudden and unexpected, found her prepared for the separation,and after bidding her family adieu and consigning
her infant to the care of her eldest daughter, she quietly, without a struggle or a murmer, resigned her spirit
to the God who gave it. May the mantle of her virtues rest upon her family, and may the gospel of peace and love
sustain them. -- S. M. B.
Earlville Leader Friday 2 October 1891.
Contributed by Charles Brummel
Sylvester Cook was born February 7, 1821, at Wallingfort (sic), Conn., and in 1842 came to Meriden township with his father and later took up land on which he resided until about 1870. On June 29, 1849, he was united in marriage to Miss Sarah E. Sutphen, unto which union nine children were born, six of whom survive them. The first of the parents to die was the mother, who passed away February 25, 1873. After an expiration of a year, he was married to Mrs. Ellen Bean, who came to her demise March 10, 1881.
Mr. Cook, although crippled, which made it necessary for him to always ride in a buggy, was very ambitious and all that his family could say would not keep him from exposing his health to severe changes in the weather -- the last from which he caught a bad cold that terminated in paralysis. Not until Tuesday was his condition considered alarming -- when a consultation was held by physicians, whose opinions were that unless a decided change in his condition took place soon he could not live but a few short hours. And at 4 o'clock a.m. Thursday he went out with the tide, leaving his relatives and friends deeply sorrowful over his loss -- a loss which no one knows but those who have experienced it. At the age of 70 years, 7 months, 24 days he departed a life that had resulted in making his family and those around him well provided for and with his demise it takes another of our oldest settlers from our midst. His children who survive him are Phineas, of Verden, Dak; Mrs. Imogene Taylor and Miss Sadie, of Conde, Dak; Mrs. Maud Lewis, of Serena, and Mrs. Emily Taylor and Miss Cora, of this city.
The funeral service will be held at 2 o'clock Sunday at the house and the remains interred in the precinct cemetery. The relatives from away have been telegraphed for and are expected to arrive in time for the last sad rites. The family have every sympathy in their hour of trial.
Henry Republican, Henry IL June 26, 1879
Hon. Franklin Corwin died at Peru last week, of consumption. He was one of the most prominent men in this section of the state, pure minded, highly honorable, and served in every position to which he was called with strict fidelity and honesty. He was a native of Lebanon, Ohio, and a nephew of the famous Tom Corwin. As lawyer, member of legislature, or representative in congress, he served acceptably, and was at one time owner and editor of the Ottawa Republican. He was highly esteemed by men of all parties, and surrenders life with the fruits of noble deeds and an upright life, which illuminates the horizon of his disappearance from the stage of action.
Sarah Jane Cotton
The Ottawa Free Trader, Ottawa, Illinois, June 11, 1849
Died on Wednesday the 6th inst., of Scarlet Fever, Sarah Jane, daughter of Henry G. and Mary E. Cotton of this place, aged two years and six months.
Edward 'Beanie' Cresto
Newspaper: Register Star
Date: 6 Sep 1979
Submitters Name: Denise Parsons
Obit: Register Star (IL) September 6, 1979
MENDOTA - Services for Edward "Beanie" Cresto, 86, former resident of Troy Grove who died Tuesday in Sunrise Nursing Home, will be at 10:30
a. m. Friday in Schwarz Funeral Home.
Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery.
Mr. Cresto operated a grocery store in Troy Grove for many years.
Survivors include a son, Peter, Mendota, and a sister, Stella Vira, Joliet.
Friends may call form 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home where the rosary will be recited at 8 p.m.
A memorial fund has been established.
Frank E. Cresto
Newspaper: News Tribune
Date: 12 Aug 2003
Submitters Name: Denise Parsons
Obit: NewsTribune (La Salle, IL) - August 12, 2003
Frank E. Cresto, 89, of Marseilles died Aug. 12, 2003, in Rivershores Center, Marseilles.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday in St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Marseilles. The Rev. Bo Schmitt will officiate. Interment will be at Riverview Cemetery, Marseilles.
Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Wednesday in Seals-Campbell Funeral Home, Marseilles.
Mr. Cresto was born Oct. 4, 1913, in Granville to Henry and Josephine (Young) Cresto. He married Mayme French of Streator in 1936.
He was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Marseilles and had been a volunteer firefighter for 25 years. He owned and operated Marseilles Foodmart and Dayton Dairy before his retirement.
Survivors include his wife; two daughters, Patricia Fitzgerald of Woodridge and Jenne Marie (John) Manfredini of Spring Valley; two sons, Gregory (Connie) Cresto of Tigard, Ore., and Bradford (Linda) of Marseilles; 11 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren and one sister, Ruth Vilt of Coal City.
He was preceded in death by two sisters, one grandson and one great-grandson.
Mayme V. Cresto
Newspaper: News Tribune
Date: 29 Nov 2005
Submitters Name: Denise Parsons
Obit: NewsTribune (La Salle, IL) - November 29, 2005
Mayme Victoria Cresto, 93, of Marseilles died Nov. 28, 2005, in Rivershores Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, Marseilles.
Mass of Christian burial will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday in St. Joseph Catholic Church, Marseilles. Burial will be at Riverview Cemetery, Marseilles.
Visitation will be 9:30-10:30 a.m. Wednesday in Seals-Campbell Funeral Home, Marseilles.
Mrs. Cresto was born Oct. 31, 1912, in Streator to James Harry and Matilda (Kaluza) French. She married Frank Cresto of Marseilles in 1936.
She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church.
Survivors are two daughters, Patricia Fitzgerald of Woodridge and Jeanne Marie (John) Manfredini of Spring Valley; two sons, Gregory (Connie) Cresto of Tigard, Ore., and Bradford (Linda) Cresto of Marseilles; 13 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and one sister, Ester (Robert) Wright of Streator.
She was preceded in death by her husband in 2003; one grandson; one great-grandson; and one brother.
The Ottawa Free Trader, October 24, 1845
Died in this place, on Monday, the 20th inst., John Crotty, aged about 40.
Tonica News, Tonica IL December 21, 1878 - Local News
The body of John Cullerton (known to many as Buffalo Rock Giant) was found last Wednesday morning just west of the Ottawa city limits. The Coroner's jury returned a verdict "that he came to his death by freezing while (as we believe) in a state of intoxication." We gleam from the Republican.
The Ottawa Free Trader, Ottawa, Illinois, September 7, 1849
Died on Friday evening of last week of inflammatory sore throat, Charlotte, daughter of Asa and Mary Cunningham of this place.
Matilda F. Curtis
The Ottawa Free Trader, Ottawa, Illinois, February 25, 1848
Died at Ottawa, on the 22d inst., Matilda F. Curtis, daughter of E. W. and Matilda Curtis, aged 6 months and 24 days.
Nathan W. J. Curtiss
Tonica News, Tonica IL December 4, 1875
Our beloved Father in Israel, Rev. Nathan W. J. Curtiss, was born in the state of New York, Oct. 3, 1798, and died Nov. 20, 1875, at his beautiful earthly home near Tonica, Illinois.
His call to the ministry was an unmistakable as his conversion. Necessity was laid upon him. Accordingly he was authorized to preach the gospel of Christ by the Quarterly Conference of NorthEast Ct. In 1829, then in the Pittsburgh Conf., Rev. W. F. Mach, P. E. and was ordained deacon by the now sainted Bishop Elijah Hedding, at Wesleyville, Pa., August 8, 1831.
About this time he moved to the state of Illinois, and was employed as preacher in charge of the Pekin Ct., m 1832, which at that time embraced nearly as much territory as is now embraced in Central Ill. His next Ct., was Mackinaw also a charge and difficult charge. His last regular appointment was Hennepin Ct. In all of these charges he was abundantly successful, not only in laying the foundation of Methodism, but in saving souls.
Edward Worrell Cushman
The Ottawa Free Trader, Ottawa, Illinois, September 4, 1846
Died on Thursday the 31 inst, Edward Worrell youngest son of W. H. W. Cushman - aged about 18 months.
Harriet (Gridley) Cushman
The Illinois Free Trader, Ottawa, Ill, January 15, 1841
Died in Ottawa, Ill., of palsey, on the 8th inst., Mrs. Harriet Cushman, wife of W. H. W. Cushman, aged 22 years. Mrs. Cushman was the eldest daughter of the late Rev. R. W. Gridley, formerly of Williamstown, Mass.