LaSalle County, IL Obituaries and Death Notices





























Children of Mr. Quimby

Alton Telegraph And Democratic Review (Alton, Illinois)
February 11, 1853

A dispatch to the Chicago papers states that a fire occurred in Ottawa on the evening of the 25th inst., and that two children of Mr. Quimby, the occupant, in endeavoring to make their escape from the burning building were suffocated by the smoke and perished in the flames.


RALPH W. (Bud) ULTCH, 71

Ralph W. (Bud) Ultch, 71, formerly of Sublette, died at his home in Townsend, Mont., Friday, Feb. 28, 1986. Cremation took place in Helena followed by a service at the mountain ranch at White Sulphur Springs, Mont. Memorial services were also held at the Sublette Union Church on Tuesday, March 11. Mr. Ultch was born Oct. 30, 1914 in Sublette to Will and Lydia Pohl Ultch. He was a 46-year member of the Masonic Lodge and a lifetime member of the Sublette Union Church. He had retired to Townsend eight years ago after leaving the Bar U Ranch at Sublette, a four generation grain and feeder operation. He married Lela Strout in 1940 in Troy Grove. He is survived by his wife in Townsend; two daughters, Anita Renee Ceitell, LasCruces, N.M. and Cherrlynn Calvert of Columbus, Mont.; one son, William of LaSalle; seven grandchildren; and one sister, Mrs. James (Dorothy) Holman, Sarasota, Fla. Memorials may be directed to the Shriners" Crippled Children's Hospital. - Contributed by Pat Esterday

Taken from: The Mendota Reporter, Wednesday, March 19, 1986, Page 4 - Col. 1


Ralph (Bud) Ultch, Townsend, Montana died Friday, Feb. 28, 1986. A memorial service was held at the Sublette Union Church at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 11. The family formerly resided in Sublette. - Contributed by Pat Esterday

Taken from: The Mendota Reporter, Wednesday, March 12, 1986, Page 4 - Col. 3

MRS. WILL ULTCH (nee Pohl)

Funeral services for Mrs. Will (Lydia) Ultch, 87, were held at 1 30 p.m. Monday at Merritt s Funeral Home with the Rev. Thor Bogren Jr. officiating. Burial was in Restland Cemetery. Services were postponed from Friday due to the severe weather conditions. Pallbearers were Edward Erbes, Archie Clark, Charles Brown, Forrest Hicks, Melvin Wilson and Alvin Zimmerlein. Visitation was from 3 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Memorials were directed to the Mendota Lutheran Home. Mrs. Ultch died Tuesday, Jan. 25, at 1 p.m. at the Mendota Lutheran Home where she had been a resident since Jan. 2, 1974. She was born Aug. 20, 1889 in Mendota, a daughter of John and Anna (Bauer) Pohl. She was married to William F. Ultch, Jan. 12, 1910 in Mendota and he preceded her in death in November 1971. Surviving are one son, Ralph, of Sublette; one daughter, Mrs. James (Dorothy) Holman, Sarasota, Fla.; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and one sister, Mrs. Helen Peterson of Joliet. Preceding her in death other than her parents and husband, were two sisters, Belle Brown and Ida Grothen, and one brother, Karl Pohl. Mrs. Ultch was a member of the Union Church, Sublette, and the Sublette Women s Club. She was a 50-year member of the Eastern Star. - Contributed by Pat Esterday

Taken from: The Mendota Reporter, Wednesday, February 2, 1977, Page 4 Col. 3-4


William Frederick Ultch, 88, of 1200 Chicago St., passed away about 10:15 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 28 in Sunrise Nursing Home where he had been a resident since Oct. 10. He had served as charter treasurer of the Sublette Union Church, was a charter member of the Lee County Farm Bureau and had served as Sublette Township treasurer for a number of years. He was a 61 year Mason having been a member of the Sublette Lodge until it was disbanded and then he became a member of Mendota Lodge 176 AF & AM. Funeral services were held at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at Merritt's Funeral Home with the Rev. John Duffy officiating. Burial was in Restland Cemetery. Pallbearers were Donald Ultch, Roland Ullrich, LeRoy Engelhardt, Charles Brown, Forrest Hicks and Herschel Peterson. Visitation was from 3 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home with Masonic rites at 8:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers memorials were directed to the Sublette Union Church or the Mendota Lutheran Home. Mr. Ultch, who had farmed in the Sublette area until retiring and moving to Mendota, was born Dec. 24, 1882 in Sublette, the son of Edward and Charlotte Fassig Ultch. He was married to Lydia Pohl on Jan. 12, 1910, in Mendota. Surviving are his wife; one son, Ralph of Sublette; one daughter, Mrs. James (Dorothy) Holman of LaGrange; five grandchildren; one great-grandchild; three sisters, Mrs. Alma Oester of Mendota, Mrs. Emma Ullrich of Franklin Grove and Mrs. Roy (Esther) Brown of Livermore, Calif.; nieces and nephews. - Contributed by Pat Esterday

Taken from: The Mendota Reporter, Thursday, December 2, 1971, Page 8 - Col. 5

William H. Umbarger
Taken From the Henry News Republican
March 23, 1933
Lostant Man is Summoned by Death
William H. Umbarger, 83, retired farmer died at 4 p.m. Friday at his home in Lostant. He had been ill for some time. Born in Florid, February 10, 1850, Mr. Umbarger spent his entire life in Putnam and LaSalle counties. In 1870 he was married to Miss Jane Curtis of near Lostant. Two children were born to this union, Mrs. Lena Bray of Lostant, and Edward, who died in 1916. Two grandchildren, Berdette and Cadet Umbarger of St. Louis, Mo., and two great grandchildren, also survive.
Mr. Umbarger lived on a farm until 1919, when he returned and with his family moved to Lostant. In 1920 Mr. and Mrs. Umbarger celebrated their golden wedding. Mrs. Umbarger died eight years ago. The deceased was a member of the Modern Woodmen lodge and well known in both LaSalle and Putnam counties. The funeral was held Sunday at 2 p.m. from the family home. Services were held at the Lostant Methodist church with the Rev. E. D. Mehl, pastor, in charge. Burial was made in Hope cemetery, Lostant.

Alonzo Underhill
Tonica News, Tonica IL June 8, 1878
Killed by Lightening (From the Streator Free Press)
During the storm of Wednesday afternoon lightening struck the house of Mr. Alonzo Underhill, a farm and son-in-law of Mr. O. H. Head, of this city, living about eight miles east of town, instantly killing him and shocking some others of the family. He was sitting tipped back against the side of the room, leaning on a melodeon, when the lightning struck the roof and ran down the side of the house where he was, when it seemd to strike bother the melodeon and his body. He sprang up, turned partly around and fell forward on his knees, with one hand clutching the bead, and in that condition was found, stone dead.
Willie Head, who has been living there this summer, was sitting at the opposite end of the melodeon but probably not touching it. He was badly stunned and blinded by the shock, but recovered in a few moments and running into the kitchen told the hired girl that Alonzo was killed by lightning. A little child was lying on the bed in the room, and the girl running in saw the room full of electricity, so she grabbed up the child and fled to the stable. Mrs. Underhill was teaching school at a school house some distance away, and Willie started out after her. He first went to the stable for a horse, but when he got there he found that his arms had been so paralyzed by the shock that he could not put a bridle on. He then ran on foot and told his sister, and when she returned she found her husband still in the position in which Willie had first noticed him, on his knees leaning forward and grasping the bed.
The bolt seemed to have struck him just behind the right ear, passing down over his chest, buring a strip an inch or so wide to about the groin, where it stopped. It is a sad case, and the young wife left desolate and the little child left fatherless have the deepest sympathy of the people of this community. The funeral took place yesterday at 10 o'clock, the remains being interred in the Brock cemetery.

Mrs. Sarah Ann Underhill
Tonica News, Tonica IL December 21, 1878 - Local News
Mrs. Sarah Ann Underhill of Peru, a widow lady aged 67 years, was struck by a train on the Rock Island road and instantly killed on the 11th.


Rev. Mother Xavier

Ottawa, Illinois May 4 1876

The funeral of the Rev. Mother Xavier, who has been a Sister of Mercy connected with the convent in this city for the past sixteen years, took place this morning at 9 o'clock, attended by a large concourse of friends. She died in Chicago, where she had gone to be treated for cancer.

-- Submitted by Barb Ziegenmeyer


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