Lee County Biography

Frances (Stewart) Stitzel
Nelson Twp.

Mrs. Frances G. Stitzel, Nelson, wife of the late Postmaster Miller C. Stitzel, was an integral part of The Telegraph staff for 48 years until her retirement as Nelson correspondent in 1947. Mrs. Stitzel was correspondent from 1899 to 1947, when she turned her duties over to her daughter-in-law, Mrs. Earle Stitzel. She is still active in Nelson community affairs and maintains interest in the general store which she and her husband ran for many years and which is now run by her son, Earl, the present Nelson postmaster.

Mrs. Stitzel was born Feb. 5, 1870, in Dixon, the daughter of Benjamin & Geneva Phillips Stewart. She was educated in Dixon schools and taught in 1889 at Franklin Grove, in 1890 at Nelson and two years in Dixon at the "Old Red Brick" school. In 1892 she was married to Miller C. Stitzel, Nelson. They resided in Nelson one year and then moved to Clinton Iowa, where they lived for two years. They returned to Nelson in 1895 and Mrs. Stitzel has lived there since. Mrs. Stitzel is the mother of Earl Stitzel, Nelson; Mrs. Mabel Eastabrook, South Pekin, and a son Howard, who died in infancy. She has four grandchildren, Dr. Robert D. Stitzel, Rockford; Mrs. Dorothy Sendra, Nelson; Richard W. Chicago and Donald W. Eastabrook,Pekin. She also has two great-grandchildren, Barbara and Robert Dean Stitzel, Rockford. Todays celebration of the 100th anniversary of The Telegraph should be a milestone in the life of Mrs. Stitzel as she was associated with the paper for almost half of its existence.

Dixon Evening Telegraph Nay 1951 Anniversary Edition


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