LaSalle County, IL Obituaries and Death Notices


Mrs. William Salz
Harold Samuels
David Franklin Sanger
Katherine Saueressig (Nee Pohl)
William P. Saueressig
Peter Schemerhorn
Clarmont Schlesinger
Edwin H. Schlesinger
Hattie Schlesinger (Nee Kessel)
Lucille (Baumann) Schlesinger
Newton A. Schlesinger
Phillip Schlesinger
Anna Maria (Ganz) Schmidt
Mrs. Carl Schuetz, (Nee Pohl)
Edward R. Scott
Louise K. (Kalebaugh) Scott
William Seabring
Clifford M. Setchell
Earl M. Setchell
George E. Setchell
Harry C. Setchell
Mark H. Setchell
Glenn S. Setchell
Webb H. Setchell
Webster M. Setchell
Webster M. Setchell

David Shaver
James Sheehan
Charles Edward Shuler
Jemima Ann Shuler
Mary Catharine Shuler
William R. Sizer
Horatio S. Slack
Mary M. Slack
George Fisher Smith
Francis Ruthvin Smith
Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Smith
Dr. S. G. Smith
William Lewis Spohn
Mrs. August (Ruby) Spitz (Nee Brown)
William Stadden
Arthur Stanley
George S. Stebbins
Mrs. Marie M. Stenzel
Curtis Stillson
Mrs. David Stinson
Mrs. Mary Stinson
Emory A. Storrs
Mrs. Stouffer
Mrs. Catharine Stout
Charles H. Sutphen
Mrs. Elizabeth H. Sutphen

Mrs. William Salz
Taken From the Henry News Republican April 22, 1915
- Lostant Local
The funeral of Mrs. Wm. Salz was held at St. Paul's church at Leonore last Sunday. She was one of the highly respected residents of Richland township. There was a large number at the funeral services.


The Iowa City Citizen, Iowa City, Iowa

Monday, November 16, 1908


He Was But Twenty Years Old - Remains Taken To Illinois

That dread disease, tuberculosis, claimed another victim Friday afternoon at 3:30 when Harold D. Samuels passed away at his home, 938 Iowa Avenue. And as it is so often the case, the deceased was just entering upon life with the brightest prospects before him, being but twenty years of age. His illness was of five months duration.

Harold Samuels was of a disposition that makes friends quickly and holds them ever after. As day clerk at the New West hotel, he came into contact with many persons from out of the city and the sadness that is occasioned by his untimely death will not be confined to Iowa City and the old home in Illinois.

The young man leaves his father, mother, and one brother Claud Samuels, clerk at the St. James hotel to mourn his loss. The body was taken Saturday morning for Marseilles, Illinois for interment in the family lot of the cemetery there.

Another article dated Wednesday, November 18, 1908 from The Iowa City Citizen, Iowa City, Iowa:

Returns From Sad Errand

C. A. Samuels, clerk at the St. James (hotel) has returned from Marseilles, Illinois, where he accompanied the remains of his brother, Harold Samuels who passed away Friday.  --Contributed by Elsie Harmon

David Franklin Sanger
The Illinois Free Trader and LaSalle County Commercial Advertiser, Ottawa, Ill, August 20 1841
Died in this place, on Wednesday last, David Franklin, youngest son of Dr. W. A. Sanger, aged 16 months.


Mrs. Katherine Saueressig was born near Perkins Grove, on August 30, 1852. Her parents were Gabriel Pohl and Elizabeth Pohl, nee Erbes, pious Christians, who had their child brought to the Lord in Baptism, at an age, and under whose care she enjoyed the benefits of a Christian training. After having reached the required age and having completed the reparatory course of instruction, she was confirmed at the Perkin's Grove church. On Feb. 11, 1872, she was joined in marriage to William Saueressig, with whom she enjoyed a happy and blessed life, until he was taken from her in death on Jan. 21, 1908. The deceased did not continue to make her home on the farm after this. Five years ago last October, she moved to town, where she and her sister, Miss Mary Pohl, have since lived together. Of the six children born to her and her husband during their married life, two died in infancy, and one of the greatest sorrows of her life, was the loss of her son, Phillip, who died at the age of 22 years, about 16 years ago. The other three children with 6 grandchildren, remain to mourn the death of a loving and devoted mother. Mrs.Elizabeth Truckenbrod, Wm. G. Saueressig, and John Carl Saueressig. She has one brother, John Pohl, of Mendota, and three sisters---Mrs. Margaret Koerper and Miss Mary Pohl, of Mendota and Mrs. Elizabeth Schoenneshoefer, of Lostant. The deceased was of strong constitution and until several years ago, had very little illness and sickness to endure. When she was afflicted shortly before the death of her husband, she gained relief by means of an operation. Her health after that was quite good for some years. But the dreaded disease of cancer again made its appearance about two years ago. Since then her health and strength have gradually left her. Slowly she saw the end approaching, and not with fear and worry, but with longing and hope she made ready to meet it. At times it seemed too long for her, as though she could not endure to wait longer, but always again the spirit of Christian patience and meekness would conquer and she would find comfort and strength in the use of God's word and prayer. And finally her longing was fulfilled and her hopes realized. Since Saturday she grew weaker, and on Monday it was evident that she was soon to be relieved. She lingered until almost midnight, when at a quarter of twelve the Lord came and took her weary soul away. Peaceably, without suffering, without a struggle she slumbered into eternity. Her age was 62 years, 8 months, and 22 days. Peace be with her. The funeral services will be held on this Thursday afternoon, at 1 o'clock, in English by Rev. Voelker. The remains will be taken to the Perkin's Grove church, where services will be conducted by the Rev. Hilly. Interment in the Perkin’s Grove cemetery. Copied as written in: The Sun Bulletin, Mendota, Illinois, May 27, 1915 --- Page 1-2 - Contributed by Pat Esterday


William Peter Saueressig was born in Bornich, Heoz Nassauschen, Germany, June 16th, 1843. At the age of six, he accompanied his parents to this country, the family settling near Knox Grove, Illinois, where the father purchased a farm. Here our subject grew to manhood and lived his entire life. At the age of sixteen, he was confirmed and became united with St. Paul's Lutheran church at Perkin's Grove, remaining a faithful and ardent member throughout his life. In 1872, he was united in marriage with Kathrina Pohl. Six children blessed this union, of whom three sons preceded the father in death. A man of industry and thrift, especially interested in and attentive to the welfare of his family, whom he dearly loved. Through his death the community has lost an honest, good friend and trustworthy neighbor and citizen and his family, a good and true husband and kind and loving father. He had been a sufferer from a complication of diseases for the last few years. He was of the nature, which bears all bravely and he suffered patiently and without complaint or murmur. Last July, he suffered a slight paralytic stroke and since grew weaker, until January 21th, he departed this life at just twelve o'clock for that world devoid of struggle and pain. He leaves to mourn his loss, a devoted and sorrowing wife, a daughter, Mrs. H. S. Truckenbrod, and two sons, William and John, also two sisters, Mrs. Casper Yost of Lake View, IA., and Mrs. Mary Baker, of Bernich, Germany. The large attendance of friends and relatives at the funeral services, which were held at St. Paul's Lutheran church at Perkin's Grove, mark the esteem and love in which the deceased was held. Rev. Giese officiated at the services and the interment occurred at the Perkin's Grove cemetery. Among those attending from afar were: Mr. and Mrs. Fred Zilm, Robert Schoenneshoefer and Mrs. Dr. Schoenneshoefer and daughter, Miss Lucile, of Lostant: Max Mauerman, of Chicago; Wm. Esterday, of Van Orin, and Miss Anna Weitzel of Odebolt, IA. Copied as written in: The Sun Bulletin, Mendota, IL, January 31, 1908, Page 1 - Contributed by Pat Esterday

Peter Schemerhorn
The Ottawa Free Trader, Ottawa, Illinois, April 21, 1848
Death of Dr. Schemerhorn
We record, with pain, the death at about 9 o'clock on Saturday evening of our valued fellow citizen, Dr. Peter Schemerhorn. His death was sudden. As late as 12 o'clock on Friday night the Dr. had attended some patients in apparent good health and had been in his office on Saturday morning. During the forenoon he was taken with a violent fever, which, though all the medical skill of the place was brought into requisition, it was found impossible to control. Dr. S. had been a resident of this place since 1841, and none of our physicians has enjoyed a higher reputation for skill or a more extended practice. The Dr. was a member of Ottawa Division No. 9 Sons of Temperance, the members of which turned out in full regalia and escorted his remains some distance out of town. He was buried on his farm near Channahon, Will county, where he had resided previous to removing to this place. The pall bearers appointed by Ottawa Division, accompanied the friends of the deceased to the spot they had chosen for his burial, and performed the melancholy duty of consigning his remains to their last resting place.


MENDOTA __ Clarmont "Babe" Schlesinger, 85, of Mendota died Friday, May 5, 2006, in Manor Court of Peru. Born Aug. 6, 1920, in Mendota, to Edwin and Hattie (Kessel) Schlesinger. Married Kathleen Sondgeroth Feb. 15, 1947; she died in 1994. Member of Holy Cross Church and Elks Lodge 1212 (50-year member). Farmed in Mendota Township. Survivors include sons, John (Lori) of Mendota, Edwin (Lisa) of Libertyville, William (Paula) of Wellston, Okla., and Donald (Suzan) of Clinton; daughter, Susan (Duane) Yost of Oklahoma City, Okla.; 11 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and brother, Delphan (Arlene) Schlesinger of Sublette. Also preceded in death by one brother in infancy.

Service at 10:30 a.m. Monday, May 8, in Holy Cross Church, with the Rev. Fredi Gomez Torres, officiating. Burial in Holy Cross Cemetery. Visitation from 5 to 7, with scripture service at 6:45 p.m. in Merritt Funeral Home, 800 Monroe St. Memorials to the donor's choice. Taken from: Rockford Register Star, Sunday, May 7, 2006, Page 7D __ Col. 2 - Contributed by Pat Esterday


Edwin H. Schlesinger, 75, 1315 Monroe Street, Mendota, died at Mendota Community Hospital Saturday, November 16 where he had been admitted November 7. He had been in failing health for quite some time. Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. Monday at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Compton, and burial was in Restland Cemetery. The Reverend R. S. Kolberg was the officiating pastor and pallbearers were Ottomar, Harold, Marvin and LaVerne Schlesinger, Harold Stephenitch and Otto Stephenitch Jr. Visitation was at Schwarz funeral home. Mr. Schlesinger was born August 13, 1888 in Brooklyn Township, Lee County, a son of George and Matilda Heiman Schlesinger. He married Miss Hattie Kessel at Immanuel Lutheran Church September 18, 1912 and she survives. He was a retired farmer and a member of Mendota B.P.O. Elks Lodge No. 1212. Surviving in addition to the widow are two sons, Delphan of Sublette and Clarmont of Mendota, eight grandchildren and on great-grandchild; two brothers, Otto and Albert Schlesinger of Mendota; and one sister, Mrs. Lorena Schmitz, Mendota. His parents, a daughter who died in infancy, and two brothers, John and George Schlesinger, preceded him in death. - Contributed by Pat Esterday

Taken from: The Mendota Reporter, Thursday, November 21, 1963, Page 2 - Col. 1


Mrs. Hattie Schlesinger, 89, of 1315 Monroe St., died at 5:15 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21, 1979, at the Mendota Lutheran Home where she had been a resident the past year. The funeral was held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday in Immanuel Lutheran Church, rural Compton, with the Rev. Jerrold Elling, pastor, officiating. Burial was in Restland Cemetery. Pallbearers were Gale Schlesinger, Bill Schlesinger, Jack Schlesinger, Randy Schlesinger, Don Schlesinger, and Brent Ehlers. Visitation was from 5 to 9 p.m. Monday at the Schwarz Funeral Home. Memorials were directed to the church or the Mendota Lutheran Home. Mrs. Schlesinger was born Sept. 16, 1890, in LaSalle County, a daughter of Edwin and Elizabeth Kessel. She married Edwin Schlesinger Sept. 18, 1912 in Compton and he preceded her in death Nov. 16, 1963. Also preceding her in death were an infant daughter and a sister. Surviving are two sons, Delphan of Sublette and Clarmont of Mendota, eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. She was a member of ALCW of the Compton church. - Contributed by Pat Esterday

Taken from: The Mendota Reporter, Wednesday, September 25, 1979, Page 4 - Col. 1

Lucille (Baumann) Schlesinger
Mendota Reporter June 8, 1983
Lucille Schlesinger - Mrs. Lucille Schlesinger, 74, of Mendota, died Wednesday, June 1, 1983 in the Mendota Lutheran home after a long illness.
Funeral services were held Friday at 11 a.m. in the Immanuel Lutheran Church, Compton, with the Rev. Spencer Brien officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Visitation was from 4 to 9 Thursday in the Schwarz Funeral Home.
Pallbearers were Craig, Kevin and Martin Ganz, Tim and David Grewell and Jeff Schlesinger.
Honorary pallbearers were Todd Schlesinger, Eric Schlesinger and Tom Grewell.
Mrs. Schlesinger was born in Mendota Township Feb. 15, 1909, to Gustave and Mary (Stefert) Baumann. She married Emil Schlesinger Feb. 6, 1932. He died in 1969. She was a member of the Immanuel Lutheran church, Home Extension, the Immanuel Lutheran Church Women, the Business and Professional Women's Club and Mendota Community Hospital Volunteers.
She is survived by two sons, Norman of Plano and Mervyn of Mendota; three daughters, Mrs. Elmer (Donna Rose) Ganz of Compton, Mrs. Ronald (Lorna May) Friedel of Crystal Lake and Mrs. William (Charlotte) Grewell of Marshalltown, Iowa; two sisters, Mrs. Walter (Edna) Krenz of Mendota and Mrs. Edgar (Luella) Florschuetz of Paw Paw; 20 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
Memorials were directed to Immanuel Lutheran Church or the Mendota Lutheran Home.

Transcribed by Beth Scott

Newton A. Schlesinger - 89
7/16/1924 - 9/28/2013 Hanley-Turner-Eighner Funeral Home - Earlville -

Newton A. Schlesinger, 89, of Mendota Lutheran Home, formerly of Stonecroft Retirement Village Mendota, and Paw Paw area, passed away, Saturday, September 28, 2013 in the Mendota Lutheran Home.

He was born July 16, 1924 in Sublette, IL the son of Philip and Hilda (Kaufman) Schlesinger. He graduated from Paw Paw High School. He married Freda J. Haefner on October 20, 1946 in Mendota, IL. Newton farmed in the Paw Paw area until retiring and moved to Mesa, AZ with his wife Freda. After her death in 2000 he moved to Stonecroft Villlage in Mendota where he was one of the first residents to live there. He was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church rural Compton, IL, the Mendota Elks Lodge #1212 for over 50 years and was the Inner Guard for several years. He enjoyed the farm life, dancing and the playing of a good game of euchre.

He is survived by one daughter; Kathleen Harrison of Fort Worth, Texas; two sons, Steven (Sue) Schlesinger of Lebanon, IN and Samuel (Judy) Schlesinger of Earlville, IL; one brother Clifford (June Adell) Schlesinger of Paw Paw, IL; two daughters-in-law Anabelle Schlesinger of Paw Paw, IL, and JoEllen Schlesinger of Wadsworth, IL one sister-in-law Rita Haefner of West Brooklyn, IL; 10 grandchildren, Becki Jackson, Brandon (Rachel) Schlesinger, Trent (Amy) Schlesinger, Aaron Schlesinger, Adam (Kristi) Schlesinger, Todd Jones, Deanna Jones, Julie (Tony) Derango, Philip (Megan) Schlesinger and Samuel Schlesinger, Jr, 10 great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Freda, two sons Leslie Les Schlesinger and William Will Schlesinger, two sisters, Corrine Rosenkrans and Eleanor Mathesius.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m, Friday, October 4, 2013 at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Compton, IL with Rev. Judy Huseth officiating. Burial will follow in Restland Cemetery in Mendota, IL. Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m., Friday, October 4th at the church until the time of services. Arrangements were entrusted to Hanley-Turner-Eighner Funeral Home in Earlville, IL. Pallbearers will be his grandchildren. In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to Immanuel Lutheran Church rural Compton, IL.

Transcribed by Beth Scott

Phillip Schlesinger
Sun Bulletin May 3, 1907
Death of Phillip Schlesinger
Phillip Schlesinger was born December 31st 1827, at Bindsachsen, Kreis-Buedingen, Germany. In 1853 he joined in marriage Anna Maria Kraus. Of this union nine children were born, five of whom remain to mourn his loss: Mrs. Katherine Kaiser of Mendota, Conrad, George, Henry and Phillip, who live in the country around Welland. Besides these, his wife having died Oct. 30, 1897, at the age of 64, eighteen grandchildren and one great grandchild, survive him.
He came to this country in 1862 and settled in Mendota township working on the farm of Jacob Yost for him for two years and in 1864 his wife and the then three children came over and joined him.
He then rented the farm that is now owned by George Schnuckel which he worked for two years, subsequently renting the farm which is now owned by the heirs of Orin Ott. At the latter place Mr. Schlesinger lived until his death.
He died May 1st, 1907, of dropsy. The funeral services will be held from the Lutheran church at Welland, Saturday morning at 10:30.
Mr. Schlesinger was a member of the above church ever since it was founded. He was a good man, with those solid foundations of character, industry and thrift. We wish to join the many friends in words of comfort and cheer to those surviving.

Anna Maria (Ganz) Schmidt
Mendota Reporter Jan 8, 1925
Mrs. John Schmidt, Sr. Answers Final Call
Died at the home of Mr. and Mrs. L. Kutter at Compton. Born in Germany. Survived by eight children. Funeral held Monday.
Mrs. Anna Maria Ganz-Schmidt was born on the 29th day of June, 1844, in Bindsachsen, Germany. In early infancy she was baptized in the name of the Triune God. At the age of 14 years she was confirmed in accordance with the Lutheran custom. The departed came to America with her parents in the year 1864 and settled in this community. She was united in marriage with Mr. John Schmidt on the 21st day of July, 1867, in the old church out in Brooklyn Township. Rev. Haeckel officiating. This union was blessed with nine children. One of the children, Minnie Schmidt departed this life in early infancy.
After their marriage Mr. and Mrs. Schmidt resided on a farm northwest of Mendota for three years. In 1870 they moved on the farm of which the Brooklyn Twp. Lutheran church property forms the northwest corner and lived with their parents. Several years later they bought this farm and remained there until the year 1907, when they moved to Compton. Mr. Schmidt departed this life August 12, 1916, and since that time Mrs. Schmidt has been living with her son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. L.W. Kutter.
Mrs. Schmidt has been a faithful member of the Brooklyn Twp. Lutheran church ever since she came to America, attending services regularly so long as her health permitted and always retaining a warm interest in her congregation and the church at large. During the last few years old age and failing health compelled her to forego church attendance. About five weeks ago she was stricken with the illness, which according to God's will, should end in death. During her illness she has had the best of care at the hands of her daughters, and made final spiritual preparations for her departure. A short time before the end she partook of Holy Communion. During the last few days she frequently prayed that God might grant her patience and might soon take her home.
On Saturday morning at 11:05, a peaceful end terminated her earthly existence at the age of 80 years, 6 months and 3 days.
Those who survive are the following children: Mrs. Conrad Ganz and Mrs. Henry Kopp of Mendota; Mrs. John Engelhardt of Paw Paw; Philip and John Schmidt, Mrs. L. Kutter and Mrs. Wm. Florschuetz of Compton; Mrs. Fred Denikas of Shabbona. Also one brother, John Ganz, of Nebraska City, Nebr., and one sister, Mrs. John Walter of Mendota. There are also 29 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren.
The funeral services were held on Monday, Jan. 5th at 1:00 o'clock at the house and 2:00 o'clock in the Brooklyn Lutheran church. Interment in Brooklyn Twp. Lutheran cemetery, Rev. W.A. Burzlaff officiated.
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Mrs. Carl Schuetz, 45, departed this life on Sunday evening, January 18, 1931, about eight o'clock, after a long illness and following an operation performed some weeks ago in hopes that this might be the means of improvement and saving her life. Skilled physicians and trained nurses did all that human hand could perform and for a time it did appear that she would be able to again resume her place in the household and finally be restored to health, but all availed for aught and her strength gradually grew weaker until the end came on Sunday night. Mrs. Schuetz was the sixth among nine children born to Mr. George J. and Katherine M. Bilhorn Pohl. She was born in Clarion Township on June 14th. 1885. She was given the name of Caroline Barbara in holy baptism. Ten months after her birth the family removed to a farm east of Mendota. Here she attended the religious instructions as imparted by the Lutheran church and was confirmed on Palm Sunday, April 3, 1900. She then attended high school for some time. In 1909 she came to Mendota with her parents. A year later, on October 5th. 1910, she was united in marriage with Mr. Carl Schuetz. This union proved to be a happy one and one child, a son, George Schuetz was born. The deceased was a faithful member of St. John's Lutheran church, a constant attendant upon the services and all through her career she has tried to exemplify the teachings of her church and all that was good. She took an active interest in the Ladies Aid society and her many acquaintances always spoke of her in the highest terms. Her family and friends were greatly grieved by the afflictions which came upon her. During her suffering she experienced much love and drew richly from the fountain of spiritual grace. She was patient and resigned and passed peacefully to that other world where loved ones were waiting to greet her. Her death has caused sincere sorrow and heartaches and sympathy is expressed to the bereaved members of the family. Mrs. Schuetz was preceded in death by her father, Mr. George J. Pohl, a little brother, Louis, and a sister, Mrs. Margaret Setchell, who died at the age of 42 years. She leaves to mourn, her husband, Mr. Carl Schuetz, her only son, George, her aged mother, Mrs. Katherine Pohl, and the following brothers and sisters; Miss Elizabeth Pohl, Mr. Fred Pohl, Mrs. Ezra Betz, Mr. Gabriel Pohl, Mr. Henry Pohl, Mr. K. W. Pohl, numerous other relatives and many friends. The funeral services were held on Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock at St. John's Lutheran church, her pastor, the Rev. A. W. Engelbrecht, being in charge. There was a large concourse of friends who were present to pay their last sad tribute of respect to the departed. Interment was in the Lutheran cemetery. - Contributed by Pat Esterday

Copied as accurately as possible.

Edward R. Scott
The Ottawa Free Trader, Ottawa, Illinois, October 9, 1846
Died in this place on the 21st inst Mr. Edward R. Scott, one of the proprietors of the Union House, aged 33.

Louise K. (Kalebaugh) Scott
Louise K. Scott, 61, of Mendota died March 19, 2011, in her residence. Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday in Merritt Funeral Home, Mendota, with the Rev. John Kalebaugh officiating. Burial will be at Restland Cemetery, Mendota. Visitation is 4-8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

She was born Jan. 29, 1950, in Amboy to Orville and Grace (Ringenberg) Kalebaugh. She married Richard Scott on Nov. 1, 1969, in Vista, Calif. She graduated from Mendota High School in 1968 and attended Illinois Valley Community College. She previously was employed by Motor Wheel Corp. in Mendota and most recently by Horizon House in Mendota.

She is survived by her husband; one daughter, Melissa Mumm of Mendota; two sons, Matthew (Patti) Scott of Decatur and Richard (Daneille) Scott Jr. of Mendota; four grandchildren, Morgan, Brett and Abby Mumm and Ayden Scott; two brothers, the Rev. John (Glenda) Kalebaugh of Eldena and Ron (Amy) Kalebaugh of Eldena; and two sisters, Pam (Jim) Ortgiesen of Dixon and Terry (Joe) Lucas of Eldena. She was preceded in death by her parents, one sister, Patricia Manning and one son-in- law, Scott Mumm. Memorials may be directed to the family for a memorial to be established.

William Seabring
The Illinois Free Trader, Ottawa, Ill, November 6, 1840
Died on the 3rd inst., William Seabring, of this place.


Clifford M. Setchell, 72, of 802 Fifth Ave., Mendota, died at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, March 20 at Mendota Community Hospital where he had been a patient since March 9. He had been ill for several months. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Merritt Funeral Home with the Rev. David W. Tracy officiating. Burial was at Restland Cemetery and pallbearers were Howard Yenerich, Gerald Snyder, Lowell Dilbeck, Karl Betz, Karl Brunner and Darwin Moore. Visitation was at the funeral home Friday afternoon and evening. Mr. Setchell was born Feb. 13, 1897, at Mendota, a son of Mortimer Setchell and Ellice Freeland Setchell. He married Ethel Stone at Mendota Jan. 3, 1918 and she survives. He was an active member of First United Methodist Church, Mendota, and farmed east of Mendota for 35 years until his retirement several years ago. Surviving besides his wife, Ethel, are two sons, William and Floyd, both of Mendota; two daughters, Mrs. William (Ruth) Heagy of Ashland, Wis., and Mrs. Wayne (Myrtle) Hitchins of rural Mendota; 18 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; three brothers, Harry, Mark and Glenn, all of Mendota; and one sister, Mrs. Leila Randau of Ames, Iowa. His parents and three brothers, Webster, Earl and Jay, preceded him in death. Taken from: Mendota Reporter, Thursday, March 27, 1969, Page 8, Col. 3 . - Contributed by Pat Esterday


Earl M. Setchell, 87, 1009 Monroe St., Mendota, died early Friday, June 7, at an Oak Lawn Hospital following an illness of several months. Mr. Setchell had been residing with his son and daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Setchell of Chicago since last October. Funeral services were held at 3:30 p.m. Monday at the Merritt funeral Home with the Rev. Thor Borgren, pastor of First United Presbyterian Church officiating. Burial was in Restland Cemetery and pallbearers were Gilbert, Warren, William, Keith, Ronald and Vernon Setchell Jr., nephews and grandsons of the deceased. Visitation was at the funeral home Sunday afternoon and evening. Mr. Setchell was born in Troy Grove Township Jan. 11, 1881, a son of Mortimer Setchell and Ellice Freeland Setchell. He married Mary McMillan at Mendota Jan. 25, 1905, and she died in 1957. Mr. Setchell farmed east of Mendota for many years and at his retirement, moved with his wife to the Monroe St. home. He was a member of First United Presbyterian Church of which he was an elder. Surviving are two sons, Lawrence of Chicago and Vernon of Chetek, Wis.; four grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; four brothers, Harry, Mark, Glenn and Clifford, all of Mendota; and a sister, Mrs. Fred (Ila) Randau of Iowa. His parents, wife and two brothers, Jay and Webster, preceded him in death. - Contributed by Pat Esterday

Taken from: The Mendota Reporter, Saturday, June 8, 1968, Page 4 Col. 5


George E. Setchell, 78, of 809 5th. Ave., a retired Sublette Township farmer, died Thursday, Dec. 9, 1982 in Heritage Manor. Funeral services were conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday in the First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Raymond Kirk officiating. Burial was in Restland Cemetery. Visitation was from 4 to 9 p.m. Saturday at the Merritt Funeral Home. Pallbearers were Larry G., Craig A., and Bruce C. Setchell, James Burke, Donald King and Michael Loebach.Jonorary pallbearers were Milton Dewey, Alton Zinke, Joseph Letl, Gilbert Brucker, Darrell Ellsworth and Charles Fahler. Mr. Setchell was born June 9, 1904 in Troy Grove Township to Webb and Margaret (Pohl) Setchell. He married Faith Crandall Dec. 7, 1925 in Menominee, Mich. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church. He and his wife had farmed in rural Sublette Township prior to their moving to Mendota in August of 1979. He is survived by his wife; four sons, Bruce of Crete, Robert and David, both of Sublette, and Jacque of Amboy; 14 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and a sister, Mrs. Faith Ferguson of Rushville. Memorials were directed to the First United Methodist Church or the donor's choice. - Contributed by Pat Esterday

Taken from: Mendota Reporter, Wednesday, December 15, 1982, Page 4 - Col. 2


Harry C. Setchell, 87, a former resident of RR. 3 in Troy Grove Township, passed away at 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 1 in Sunrise Nursing Home where he had been a resident since June 25, 1969. Funeral services were held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Merritt's Funeral Home with the Rev. Thor Bogren of the First Presbyterian Church officiating. Burial was in Restland Cemetery. Pallbearers were Robert, Ronald, Gary, Jay, Tom and Richard Setchell. Visitation were Friday evening from 7 to 9 o'clock at Merritt's Funeral Home. Mr. Setchell was born Nov. 27, 1882 in Mendota, the son of Mortimer T. and Ellice Freeland Setchell. He married Ursula Moore Sept. 7, 1909 and they had a daughter who died in infancy. He married Margaret Bines Nov. 27, 1943. Surviving are his wife; two stepdaughters, Mrs. Margaret Fischer of Pekin and Miss Anna Bines of Ft. Worth, Texas; three step-grandchildren; two brothers, Mark and Glenn of Mendota and one sister, Mrs. Fred (Leila) Randau of Ames, Iowa. He was preceded in death by his parents and four brothers, Jay, Webb, Earl and Clifford. Mr. Setchell was a member of the First United Presbyterian Church and of the Troy Grove Masonic Lodge. - Contributed by Pat Esterday

Taken from: The Mendota Reporter, Thursday, October 8, 1970, Page 2 - Col. 5


Mark H. Setchell, 95, 309 Sicth St. died Jan. 9, 1986 in the Mendota Lutheran Home, where he resided since December 1984. Services were held at 2 p.m. Monday in the Merritt Funeral Home, with the Rev. James Norton officiating. Burial was in Restland Cemetery. Visitation was from 2 - 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Pallbearers were Robert Cromwell, Douglas Setchell, Jeffrey Ruberg, Jacob Rinehart, Glenn Randau and George Wixon. Mr. Setchell was born April 3, 1890 in rural Mendota to Mortimer and Ellice (Freeland) Setchell. He married Maude Cromwell Sept. 8, 1920 in Mendota. He farmed in Ophir and Troy Grove Townships until he moved to Mendota in 1960. He is survived by his wife, Maude; one son, Warren of LaSalle; two grandchildren, Douglas, Mendota, and Mrs. Jeffrey (Anita) Ruberg, Somonauk; a sister, Mrs. Ila Randau, Ames, Iowa. He was preceded in death by six brothers and a daughter, Mrs. Donald (Lois) Salander and three grandsons. Mr. Setchell was an Army veteran of World War I. Memorials may be directed to the donor's choice or the Triumph Methodist Church. Taken from: The Mendota Reporter, Wednesday, January 15, 1986, Page 4 - Col. 1 - Contributed by Pat Esterday


Glenn S. Setchell, 81, of RR 3 Mendota, died at 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 2, in Mendota Community Hospital where he had been admitted as a patient Dec. 30. Private funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Saturday at Merritt's Funeral Home with the Rev. Walter Lunsford of the First United Methodist Church officiating. Burial was in Restland Cemetery. Pallbearers were John Noble, Lowell Dilbeck, Richard Ritenour, Robert Page, Fred Morris and Kenneth Kreiser. There was no visitation. Memorials were directed to the heart fund. Born Oct. 2, 1893 in Mendota, he was a son of Mortimer and Ellice Freeland Setchell. He married Edith Rempfer Dec. 8, 1914 in Elliottsburg, Pa. Surviving are his wife; one daughter, Mrs. Lee (Elizabeth) Stewart, West Chicago; one son, Gilbert, RR 3 Mendota; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; one brother, Mark of Mendota and one sister, Mrs. Leila Randau, Ames, Iowa. Preceding him in death were his parents and five brothers, Webb, Earl, Harry, Jay and Clifford. Mr. Setchell was a member of the First United Methodist Church and the Farm Bureau. He had farmed most of his lifetime. Taken from: The Mendota Reporter, January 8, 1975, Page 4 - Col. 1 - Contributed by Pat Esterday


Taken from: Mendota Reporter, Thursday, October 23, 1952, Page 1 - Col. 4

Funeral services for the late Webb H. Setchell, 75, 500 Sixth Avenue, were held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, October 18, in the First Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Wilbert E. Hare officiating. Mrs. Charles Salander was soloist and Miss Florence Goodwin, organist. Burial was in Restland Cemetery. Schwarz funeral home was in charge of arrangements. Pallbearers were Gilbert Setchell, Warren Setchell, Floyd Setchell, William Setchell, Lawrence Setchell and Glen Randau. Mr. Setchell passed away about 9:00 p.m., Wednesday, October 15, in Mendota Community Hospital where he had been a patient for three months. He had been in failing health since spring and was taken seriously ill while in Rochester, Minnesota. He was brought by ambulance from Rochester to the local hospital. Born September 5, 1877, in Troy Grove Township, LaSalle County, he was the son of Mortimer and Ellice Frieland. December 7, 1900, he was united in marriage with Margaret Pohl and to this union four children were born. One daughter, Margaret, died in infancy. Mrs. Setchell died in 1918. In August of 1919, Mr. Setchell married Kathryn Gottschalk. The couple resided on a farm southeast of Mendota until about eight years ago when they retired and moved to Mendota. Surviving are two sons, George Setchell, Sublette, and Webster Setchell, Ottawa; one daughter, Mrs. Ray (Ellice) Dinges, Sublette; one step-daughter, Faith Bankes, Mendota; eight grandchildren; two great-granddaughters and one great-grandson; five brothers, Earl, Harry, Mark, Glen and Clifford Setchell, all of Mendota; and one sister, Mrs. Fred (Ila) Randau. A brother, Jay, preceded him in death.  - Contributed by Pat Esterday


"Fair's treasurer dies after accident on farm:

An inquest is pending into the death of Tri-County Fair Association treasurer Webster M. (Webb) Setchell, 66. He was killed in a farm accident late Tuesday morning east of Pairie Center. LaSalle County Coroner Marion Osborne of Seneca said Setchell was unloading feed in a cattle lot from a trailer hitched to the back of a tractor. The feed was being augered into a bin with a power take-off but the guard from the power take-off had been removed. After the feed was augered into the bin, Setchell got off the tractor to stop the power take-off, Osborne said. There was no hood on the tractor and the long coat Setchell was wearing became entangled in the take-off. Death was apparently caused by a broken neck, Osborne said. The accident occurred on a farm on the south side of U. S. 52, one mile west of the Freedom Cemetery. Mrs. Setchell was able to see the feed lot from their home. When she did not see any activity at the lot, she went to investigate and found her husband. Osborne said he didn't know the exact time of the accident but thought it occurred between 10:30 and 11 a.m. An ambulance from Ottawa was called to the scene. Osborne pronounced Setchell dead and the body was brought to Merritt's Funeral Home. Funeral services for Mr. Setchell of RR 2 Ottawa will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at Meritt's Funeral Home with the Rev. Ellsworth Young of the Waltham Presbyterian Church officiating. Burial will be in Restland Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers will be Dave Setchell, Don Dinges, Dave Wilson, Dale Wilson and Tom and John Setchell. Visitation is from 3 to 9 p.m. today, Wednesday, at the funeral home. Memorials are directed to the Waltham Presbyterian Church. Mr. Setchell was born May 4, 1910 in Mendota, a son of Webb H. and Margaret (Pohl) Setchell. He married Florence Wilson Feb. 19, 1933 in Mendota. Surviving are the widow, two sons, Gary of Ottawa and Neal of LaGrange; four grandchildren, a brother, George Setchell of Sublette; and a stepsister, Mrs. Faith Fergusen of Wheaton. He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Ellice Dinges. Mr. Setchell had farmed in Freedom Township most of his life and served as a clerk for the Reeser Auction Service. He was a member of the Waltham Presbyterian Church, the Waltham Curling Club, Troy Grove Masonic Lodge, Bloomington Consistory, McHammond Shrine of Peoria, Mendota Shrine Club and the Mendota Tri-County Fair Board. He had been a member of the Serena High School Baord and the Freedom Grade School Board. He had served as the treasurer for both organizations. - Contributed by Pat Esterday

Taken from: The Mendota Reporter, Wednesday, January 5, 1977, Page 1 - Col. 1 - 2


"Jury rules farm death "accidental'

The Jan. 4 death of Webster M. Setchell, 66, RR. 2, Ottawa, was ruled accidental Monday night by a LaSalle County Coroner's Jury. Coroner Marion Osborne said the jury returned the verdict at an inquest held at the Mendota Community Ambulance Service garage on U.S. 34. Osborne said the jury ruled Setchell died as a result of head and neck injuries he suffered when his clothing became caught in a partially unguarded power take-off. The accident occurred when Setchell was unloading feed in a cattle lot from a trailer hitched to the back of a tractor. The accident occurred on a farm on the south side of U.S. 52, a mile west of the Freedom Cemetery. Setchell was treasurer of the Tri-County Fair Association and served as a clerk for the Reeser Auction Service. Serving as jurors were Dale Denault, Marian Burkart, Ava Denault, Gene Politach, Marion Skaggs and Curt Truckenbrod. Taken from: The Mendota Reporter, Wednesday, January 19, 1977, Page 6 - Col. 1 - 2 - Contributed by Pat Esterday

David Shaver
The Ottawa Free Trader, Ottawa, Illinois, January 21, 1848
Died at Shaver's settlement, near Ottawa, yesterday morning, David Shaver, in the 63d year of his age. Mr. S. emigrated to this county from Ohio in 1830 and has consequently lived here some 17 years. He bore an active part in the Black Hawk war, during which he made more than one hair breadth escape. He was a good citizen, universally esteemed by his neighbors, and his remains were followed to their final resting place by the largest concourse we have ever seen assembled here on such an occasion.

James Sheehan
Contributed by Rose Stout

Died --- Sheehan - In Clay township, on the 28th of February, of pulmonary consumption, James Sheehan, of Seneca, ILL. Aged eighteen.

He suffered with great patience and resignation for nearly a year, and died fortified by the last rites of his church, which were administered by Rev. Father Heyde, of Emporia, in the absence of Rev. Father Swemoergn, the regular officiating priest. He was a young man of very amiable and generous qualities of mind and heart, and his loss is lamented and regretted by his widowed mother, his relatives, and the community in which he lived, to whom he was endeared by his many virtues.

His father was among the early settlers of Reno county. He came here in the fall of 1871, and located and settled on Cow creek. In the fall of 1872 he went to Texas to work during the winter of the Texas Central Railroad, which was then being constructed. He left Texas for home early in March following, with a team and wagon, which he had taken with him from here, and some money. Since that time nothing has ever been heard from him or the property he had with him, and a mystery hangs over his disappearance, which will probably never be unraveled un the grave gives up it dead.

"Let not ambition mock their useful toil,
Their homely joys, and destiny obscure;
Nor grandeur hear with a disdainful smile,
The short and simple annals of the poor."

Hutchinson News (Weekly)
Hutchinson, Reno County, Kansas
Thursday, March 8 1878
page - 2 *** column - 4

Charles Edward Shuler
The Ottawa Free Trader, July 18, 1845
Died on Monday, in this place, Charles Edward, infant son of Eliza and John Shuler.

Jemima Ann Shuler
The Ottawa Free Trader, Ottawa, Illinois, June 15, 1849
Died in Ottawa, on the 12th inst., at her father's house, Jemima Ann, daughter of John and Eliza Shuler aged 9 years and 6 months.

Mary Catharine Shuler
The Illinois Free Trader, Ottawa, Ill, November 27, 1840
Died at this place, on Sunday last, Mary Catharine, an interesting daughter of John and Eliza Shuler, aged 3 years and 6 months.

William R. Sizer
The Ottawa Free Trader, September 12, 1845
Died at Ottawa, last evening, William R., only son of Randolph and Marinda R. Sizer, aged 2 years 8 months.

Horatio S. Slack
The Ottawa Free Trader, Ottawa, Illinois, March 24, 1848
Died in Ottawa, on Saturday the 18th inst., Horatio S., only son of Frederick A. and Martha W. Slack, aged 21 months.

Mary M. Slack
The Ottawa Free Trader, Ottawa, Illinois, April 13, 1849
Died on Wednesday the 4th inst. Mary M., daughter of Frederick K. and Martha W. Slack of Ottawa, aged 8 months and 26 days.

George Fisher Smith
The Ottawa Free Trader, Ottawa, Illinois, April 21, 1848
Died on Saturday morning, George Fisher, infant son of Perry and Susan Smith.

Francis Ruthvin Smith
The Ottawa Free Trader, Ottawa, Illinois, March 3, 1848
Died on the 3d inst., Francis Ruthvin, only child of Lawrence D. and Susan M. Smith, aged 1 year, 11 months and 10 days.

Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Smith
Henry Republican, Henry IL April 14, 1881
At Fairbury, April 8, of consumption, Mary Elizabeth, 35, wife of William Smith, barber of Streator, formerly of Henry.

Dr. S. G. Smith
The Henry Republican, Henry, IL, July 26, 1883
Dr. S. G. Smith, postmaster at Peru, died July 17. Dr. Smith settled in Peru at an early day and engaged in the drug business. He was appointed postmaster in 1861 by President Lincoln and held the office continuously to his death - a period of over 23 years. He was about 70 years of age.


William Lewis Spohn, 65, a resident of Rochelle the last three years and previously of 1210 Second Ave., Mendota, died Thursday, May 11 at his home. Mr. Spohn was a former employee of the City of Mendota and was a U.S. Army veteran. Funeral Services were held at 10 a.m. Monday in the Schwarz Funeral Home with the Rev. Lawrence London officiating. Burial was in St. Mary's Cemetery, Ohio. Pallbearers were George Frost, Lewis Roberts, Bernard Billington, Richard Bankes, Elmer Eggers and Vesta Pasley. Visitation was Sunday afternoon and evening at the funeral home. Mr. Spohn was born May 6, 1907 in Mendota, the son of William and Emma Fahs Spohn. Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Alvin (Mildred) Conrad of Daytona Beach, Fla. and Mrs. Malcolm (Darlene) Roberson of Rochelle; 11 grandchildren; two brothers, John of Chicago and Fred of Beloit, Wis.; and four sisters, Mrs. Elizabeth Hohertz, LaMoille, Mrs. Fred (Augusta) Martin, LaMoille, Mrs. Robert (Dorothy) Zinke, Compton and Mrs. Joe (Irene) Didier, Mendota. He was preceded in death by one brother, one sister and two brothers in infancy. - Contributed by Pat Esterday

Taken from: Mendota Reporter Thursday, May 17, 1972  Page 6 - Col. 1-3

MRS. AUGUST (Ruby) SPITZ (73) (nee Brown)

Mrs. August (Ruby) Spitz, 73, of Mendota died at 8 p.m. Sunday, June 2 at the Washington Nursing Center, Washington, Ill., where she had been a patient since Feb. 27. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Merritt Funeral Home with the Rev. David W. Treey of First United Methodist Church officiating. Burial was at Restland Memorial Gardens and pallbearers were Vernon Setchell Jr., James Brown, Harold Atherton, Harry Phalen, Lee Hoffman and Kenneth Sibigtroth. Visitation was at the funeral home Tuesday afternoon and evening Ruby Brown Spitz was born in Mendota, March 21, 1895, a daughter of Jacob Brown and Anna Wittgan Brown. She married August Spitz at Mendota, Jan. 12, 1916 and he died Dec. 26, 1961. She was a member of First United Methodist Church and the Woman’s Society of Christian Service. The deceased is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Vernon (Dorothy) Setchell of Chetek, Wis., and Mrs. Vernon (Marjorie) Blum of Mendota, one son, Kenneth Spitz of Amboy; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; two brothers, Marshall Brown of Denver, Colo., and Elmer Brown of Mendota; and two sisters, Mrs. Frank (Pearl) Madden of Henderson, Colo., and Miss Minnie Brown of Denver, Colo. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and two brothers, Levi and John, who died as children. - Contributed by Pat Esterday

Taken from: The Mendota Reporter, Thursday, June 6, 1968, Page 4 – Col. 1

William Stadden
The Ottawa Free Trader, Ottawa, Illinois, November 17, 1848
Death of the Hon. Wm. Stadden.
We announce with pain the death on Monday last at 8 o'clock, of our esteemed fellow citizen, the Hon. Wm. Stadden, at his residence near Dayton. Mr. S. had been in the enjoyment of his usual health as late as Sunday evening. During the night, we believe or on Monday morning, he was taken with a chill, under which he rapidly sunk and died after a few hours illness.
Mr. S. had been a resident of this county ever since it was organized - some 16 or 18 years - was known and beloved by all our citizens - and had scarcely an enemy in the world. For a number of years he represented this county in the state senate, where he was ever a most efficient and influential member. He was also a delegate to our state convention that framed the new constitution, in which he acquitted himself with honor as well as to the approbation of his constituents. He was a most valued citizen - a good and honest man - kindhearted and generous almost to a fault; and his sudden departure from our midst, while it is hard to realize and most deeply deplored, admonishes us in starling terms of the uncertainty of life and the importance of being always ready to meet the grim messenger who we know neither the day nor the hour in which he cometh.

The Ottawa Free Trader, Ottawa, Illinois, May 4, 1849
A funeral sermon on the Hon. William Stadden, of Dayton, will be delivered at the house of J. & D. Green in Dayton, at one o'clock, on Sabbath next, by the Rev. Wm. Rounsville, of St. Charles.

Arthur Stanley
The Ottawa Free Trader, Ottawa, Illinois, November 16, 1849
Died of consumption in New Britain, Conn., on the 31st of October, Arthur Stanley, aged 17 years, eldest son of Thos. W. and Mary Stanley, formerly of this place.

George S. Stebbins

December 19, 1867

Death of George S. Stebbins

The death of George S. Stebbins of Ottawa, which occurred two weeks since, has cast a gloom over a large community wherein he has moved as one of its choicest members. He will be known here as having chosen one of Henry’s fair daughters for his wife, Miss Anna Weston, daughter of Ebon Weston, some years ago and whom he has left with three beautiful children. He has lived in Ottawa for many years having in that time filled the office of assistant treasurer for 4 years and that of treasurer for a like term. Displaying a higher order of financial ability, he then became a member of the firm of Clark, Colwell- Clark & Stebbens, builders and was (..?..) successfull. ......?....... and much beloved by the members thereof. His death was from typhoid pneumonia, passing away at the age of 39 years. His funeral took place at the Episcapol church and attending with the most Masonic burial service.


Mrs. Marie M. Stenzel, 77, of Sublette died at 1:50 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 30, after a long illness. She had been living at Sunrise Nursing Home since August. She was born Oct. 25, 1899, near Sublette, a daughter of John and Minnie (Fahs) Sibigtroth. She was married to Bernard Stenzel in Maytown, Jan. 28, 1925. He preceded hin death May 30, 1971. She is survived by a son, Harold of Sublette; two daughters, Mrs. Leroy (LaVerne) Klein, LaMoille, and Mrs. Daniel (Mary Jean) Burke, Ashton; a sister, Mrs. Arthur (Clara) Leffelman, Sublette; 23 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Preceding her in death besides her husband were her parents, a son, Roland, a sister, a brother and two grandchildren. Mrs. Stenzel was a member of St. Patrick’s Church of Maytown. Funeral services were held at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 1, at St. Patrick’s Church with Father Phillip Bajo officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Pallbearers were David, Allen and John Stenzel, Mike Burke, Edward and Doug Klein. Visitation at the Schwarz Funeral Home was from 2 to 9 p.m. Monday with a Rosary at 8 p.m. - Contributed by Pat Esterday

Taken from: The Mendota Reporter, Wednesday, February 2, 1977, Page 4 – Col. 1-2

Curtis Stillson

The Ottawa free trader., October 27, 1843
Died at Indian Creek, on the 21 inst., Curtis Stillson, formerly of the State of New York, aged 72 years.
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Mrs. Mary Stinson

Henry Republican, Henry IL March 30, 1882
Died at Marseilles, March 22, of congestive chills, Mary, 61, wife of David Stinson, and mother of Mrs. J. A. Duncan of this city.
John A. Duncan and family attended the funeral of Mrs. David Stinson, Mrs. Duncan's mother, on Friday of last week at Marseilles. Mrs. Stinson was sick only a day or two, dying suddenly from the effects of congestive chills. It was an occasion of great sorrow to the family. The bereft husband and the five children were all present at the obsequies. She was an excellent woman, tenderly beloved and revered by a large circle of friends. Her age was 61.

Emory A. Storrs
The Bradford Republican, September 17, 1885
The daily papers announced the death of Hon. Emory A. Storrs, which occurred in Ottawa, September 12th. The deceased had for some days been in ill health, though his physicians nor family apprehended no serious result. He was regarded and justly so, as one of the most eminent orators and lawyers, not only of this state, but of the union and his death will be a serious loss. Few men not in actual public service will be more missed in the Republican Party than the deceased.

Mrs. Stouffer
The Ottawa Free Trader, Ottawa, Illinois, August 17, 1849
Died on Wednesday, below the side cut of cholera, Mrs. Stouffer.

Mrs. Catharine Stout
The Ottawa Free Trader, Ottawa, Illinois, April 21, 1848
Died on Friday afternoon, April 14, Catharine, consort of Dr. Joseph Stout, of Ottawa - leaving two helpless infants to her afflicted husband.

Charles H. Sutphen
Friday, 11 December 1891 - Contributed by Charles Brummel
The following sketch of Charles H. Sutphen who died Tuesday at Joliet, we clip from Wednesday's Chicago Tribune; Charles H. Sutphen was born in Cherry Valley, N.Y., Feb. 16, 1806, the son of Gilbert Sutphen, who was killed in the War of 1812 at Lundy's Lane. He was given a position in the General Paymaster's office in Boston under Gen. Townsend. He was married there to Miss. Dow. In 1831 he moved to LaSalle County, where he entered a large tract of government land where the City of Earlville now stands, and engaged in stock raising. He accumulated a fortune. His wife dying, he moved to Joliet in 1871, when he married Mrs. H. D. Higginbotham, a widow, and who had been Mr. Sutphen's affianced forty years before. He was the first Justice of the Peace in Indiana (sic) Precinct, Earlville Township. He was Postmaster, Supervisor, and held all the offices in the district and courts. He was always an admirer of Jackson. Up to the last hours he retained his faculties complete.

Mrs. Elizabeth H. Sutphen

April 15, 1870  -  Contributed by Charles Brummel


In Earlville, April 6th, 1870, MRS. ELIZABETH H. SUTPHEN, wife of C. H. SUTPHEN ESQ., in the 58th year of her age.   The deceased was born in the city of Boston, Sept. 18th, 1812, and was  united in marriage to Mr. C. H. Sutphen April 10th, 1831, and moved to this  place with her husband in the autumn of 1834. Hence they had lived together  here thirty-six years.   Coming to this place at so early a day in the history of LaSalle county,  they were called to pass through all those peculiar trials and experiences  incident to first settlements in a new country -- of which we know but little at present, and of which we can form but a faint conception now. What changes have these years wrought in this community and throughout our whole country since together they pitched their tent where now stands the village of Earlville. In the good Providence of God they were spared together to reaar a large and interesting family, and to see most of them married and settled in life.

The deceased, at the time of her death and for several years previous was in full communion in the Episcopal Church of Ottawa, having been confirmed in that church by Bishop Whitehouse. It was the privilege of the writer to visit the deceased several times during her late illness. I found her always calm and peaceful, resting wholly in the mercy of God in Christ Jesus. All her hopes were in Christ, and on him alone she rested, trusting in the most perfect composure for God to do with her, and for her, whatever He in wisdom and goodness might order. Their children having been sent for, some of whom lived at a distance, she seemed especially grateful that God had spared her to look upon their faces once more. She was wonderfully patient and resigned throughout all her sickness; no murmur or complaint escaped from her lips; everything done for her was just right, and gratefully appreciated. Peacefully -- quietly -- without apparent pain or struggle -- like the gentle sleep of an infant -- she departed.

The funeral service was held in the Presbyterian Church of Earlville conducted by the Pastor of that church, and was attended by a very large concourse of people representing the different churches of the place. The husband, children and relatives have the sympathies of numerous friends in their bereavement and sore affliction.


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