BENJAMIN EDWARD BARLOW , passed away at his home 428 Provost street yesterday afternoon (19 September 1944) after a two week illness. He is survived by his widow Isabell and two brothers, Adolph and Leon of Amboy. Four sisters and four brothers preceded him in death. Services will be held tomorrow at Vaughns chapel, Rev. D.H. Ross officiating and burial will be in Prairie Repose Cemetery.
Dixon Evening Telegraph 20 September 1944

ROSALEE (HENRY) BARLOW , widow of the late Theodore Barlow, and a resident of Amboy for 40 years, passed away at the Amboy Hospital Tuesday night after a year's illness. Services will be at the Mihm funeral home 8:30 a.m. Friday and 9 a.m. at St. Patricks. Burial in St. Patricks Cemetery. Mrs. Barlow was born in Palm Creek Ohio July 3, 1869 the daughter of August Henry.
Dixon Evening Telegraph 23 April 1947

CLARA ELENOR (NICHOLS) BARTLETT , died August 2, 1934 in Walnut Grove, MN. Born in Illinois in June 1866 she had 5 children. She was predeceased by her husband and 2 children, Warner and Ralph. She livd with her brother Frank Nichols. She is survived by an invalid daughter Lenore, son Robert of Sublette, son Dwight of Sublette and 2 sisters
Dixon Telegraph August 9, 1934

ROBERT BARTLETT , 83 of Franklin Grove died at his home Jan 2 1984. He retired from Medusa Cement Co. Born Dec 31, 1900 in Amboy the son of Jerod and Clara Nichols Bartlett . Married to Mabel Alice Gorden on August 22, 1925 in Dixon. She died Feb 26, 1982. He was predeceased by one son. Survivors : son Earl of Dixon, son Gorson of Franklin Grove, son Franics of Corpus Christi, TX, and daughter Dorothy Mae, wife of William Godfrey of St Petersbur, FL. Buried in Franklin Grove Cemetery.
Dixon Telegraph January 3, 1984

ALBERT BATCHELOR : This community was shocked to learn last week wednesday evening of the sudden passing of Albert Batchelor at his home after a very short illness. Mr. Batchelor had been ill but a few days suffering from a throat affection and the serious nature of his condition was not known to his many friends. Mr. Batchelor was born December 21, 1873 in Reynolds township, his parents being John and Eveline Cheshire Batchelor, natives of England, who settled at Lyons New York previous to making their home in Illinois. Mr. Batchelor's wife, Anna, predeceased him on February 19 of this year. They were united in marriage April 28, 1902 and to this union was born six children, James of Summerland, Mississippi; Alfred, Robert, Elmer and Wayne of Ashton, and Mrs. Mary Jacobs of Rockford. Mr. Batchelor is survived by three sisters and two brothers, Mrs. Fred Tadd, Sr., of Ashton; Mrs. Anna Batchelor Scorah, Kirby, Saskatchewan, Canada; Mrs. Dollie Batchelor Roach, LaHarpe Kansas; Arthur Batchelor, Denton, Oklahoma; and Charles Batchelor, Starks, Louisiana. Mr. Batchelor has been a member of the Methodist Episcopal church since 1919, and the greater part of that time he has been the janitor of the church, performing his duties with great faithfulness. For many years he was employed as a section laborer for the Chicago & Northwestern, and six of his fellow workers officiated as the pall bearers. He was a kind and devoted father and teh sympathy of the entire community goes out to teh children who have been bereft of both parents with so short a time. Funeral services were Friday from the late home conducted by Pastor, Rev. Charles D. Wilson. Interment was in the Ashton Cemetery.
Contributed by Pat France

ALFORD E. BATCHELOR , 56, Rockford, and former Ashton area resident, was pronounced dead on arrival at Rockford Memorial Hospital after he had been found lying in an elevator shaft at the Barber-Colman plant, Rockford. Mr. Batchelor had been employed in the plant for six years. He formerly farmed and worked for California Packing Corp., Rochelle. He was born Feb. 27, 1905, the son of ALbert and Anna Carle Batchelor, in Ashton. He was married to Florence Butler in 1934. He was preceded in death by his parents and a daughter. He is survived by a daughter, Janice, Rochelle; four brothers, Robert, James, Elmer and Wayne all of California; and a sister, Mrs. Mary Jacobs, Rockford. Funeral services were January 15th at the Cluts Funeral Home with Rev. Harold Olson, First Methodist Church, Rochelle, officiating. Burial was made in Ashton Cemetery.
Contributed by Pat France

ANNA (CARLE) BATCHELOR : Friends and relatives were grieved Friday morning to learn of the passing of Mrs. Albert Batchelor who had been in poor health for a long time and who last week developed pneumonia. She had been in failing health for several years and everything was done in her behalf by loving hands, physician and nurse. Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon from the late home conducted by Rev. Charles D. Wilson, of the Methodist church. Interment was in the Ashton Cemetery. Anna Carle Batchelor was born in the state of New York in 1878 and departed this life at her home in Ashton on February 19, 1932. She was united in marriage with Albert Batchelor on April 28, 1902, coming to Illinois the same year. To this union were born six children who with the husband survive. They are, James of Summerland, Mississippi; Alfred, Robert, Elmer and Wayne of Ashton; and Mary, Mrs. Joe Jacobs of Rockford. Mrs. Batchelor wa a member of the Methodist church and was a faithful helper in church work as long as her health would permit. Mrs. Batchelor for many years assisted her husband in the work as Janitor of the church and every Sunday during the season of flowers she brought or sent lovely bouquets of flowers which she raised in her own garden. Although she will be greatly missed the influence of her thoughtfulness to the church will long be remembered.
Contributed by Pat France

CAROLINE (CHERRY) BATCHELOR , a resident of this village for 35 years and a resident of the community for sixty years, passed away at her home in this city lst Thursday evening, after a few weeks illness due to the infirmities of old age. Mrs. Batchelor attained the age of 87 years, eight months and 11 days. Mrs. Batchelor, whose life in this community was a constant example of christianity, will long be remembered by all who knew her for her genuine interest and sympathy in the daily lives of those with whom she came in contact. Many in need of comfort were cheered by her happy smile and sunny disposition. Children were especially Mrs. Batchelor's loving and intimate friends and were almost daily visitors in the hospitable home of "Aunty Batchelor" as she was known by her many friends. Mrs. Batchelor leaves behind her the record of a life of loving and faithful service, ahost of sincere frineds and the respect and esteem of all with whom she came in contact. Miss Caroline Cherry was born in Houghton, Bedforshire, England, December 31, 1844 where she grew to womanhood. On October 14, 1863 she was united in marriage with James Batchelor, a native of her home town, and to this union one son George W. was born. Hearing of the opportunities for success in America Mr. and Mrs. Batchelor and their little son set sail for the United States, arriving in July 1870, and settled at Lyons, New York, where they made their home for about three years. From New York they journeyed to Illinois and settled on a farm north of Ashton where they resided until 1897 when built a new home in Ashton and moved to town to spend their declining days. The family who had been members oof the Wesleyan Methodist church in England, united with the Methodist Episcopal church in this city in 1883 and were actively associated with the church ever since. Mr. Batchelor who was an active official of the church passed away November 12, 1919. In her declining years, Mrs. Batchelor kept a very keen interest in her church, walking to church every Sunday morning with the assistance of her housekeeper. Mrs. Batchelor was able to attend church until a few Sundays ago. Mrs. Batchelor is survived by her son and wife, Mr. and Mrs. George W. Batchelor and a number of nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held Saturday from the late home and from the Methodist church. Interment was made in the family lot of the Ashton Cemetery.
Contributed by Pat France

DANIEL BATCHELOR - Saturday May 25, 1895 is a day to be long remembered here in Ashton and vicinity. Daniel Batchelor and John Hodges, youngest son of our postmaster, were out for drive in the evening, when they were detained at the railroad crossing by a freight train. The horse being a high spirited animal started when the freight going east pulled clear of the crossing, to cross the track when the horse, buggy and occupants were struck by the evening flyer, and in less than a second they met death. The engine carried the horse some eight rods and the young men four to six rods. The train stopped about twenty-five rods from the place where the boys and horse were killed. The buggy was shattered and twisted in every conceivable shape and the harness was in atoms. The rig belonged to Daniel Batchelor, son of Wm. Batchelor who is one of our best citizens. Mr. Batchelor was to have started for England Monday and his son Daniel was to have accompanied him. Both boys will be sadly missed by all who knew them. Monday the crew were here at the inquest. Coroner Andruss ascertained by six of our townsmen that train No. 5 engine 817 at about 8:45 p.m. struck a horse, buggy and two persons, killing and smashing the same almost instantly. Said train was running at the rate of 58 miles an hour. The killing of these young mean at the same time is the saddest thing that has happened her in town since the dawn of its existence. Scores of people from town and other places came to see the wreck Sunday. The funeral was held Tuesday. One was buried in the forenoon and one in the afternoon. Nearly the entire town turned out to pay respects to the parents of the deceased. The claim agent of the C & NW RR washere Monday to look into and learn all the facts in the affair and it is thought the company will settle with all interested as required by law.
Contributed by Pat France

DELORES IRENE BATCHELOR , age 11 years, elder daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Batchelor of Rochelle died this morning at 2:30 at the Rochelle Hospital. The cause of death was severe burns inflicted by gasoline on June 20th. She was born January 17, 1938 at the KSB hospital in Dixon. She is survived by her parents and a younger sister Janice Elaine, other relatives and a host of friends. Services will be at the Cluts Funeral home Thursday and at 2 p.m. at the Methodist Church in Ashton. Rev. Hughes Morris of Rochelle will officiate and burila will be in Ashton Cemetery.
Dixon Evening Telegraph 21 Jun 1949

GEORGE W. BATCHELOR : The community was shocked and saddened Monday morning to learn of the death of George W. Batchelor who passed away at this home in the city at 2:45 that morning. While it was known that Mr. Batchelor had not been in the best of health and that he had been ill for the past two weeks, his many friends did not realize his condition was so serious. His death was caused by cancer. In the passing of Mr. Batchelor, the community has lost one of its most highly esteemed citizens, a man whose word was the soul of honor. He lived the greater portion of his life in the community, having come here from Engladn with his parents when he was a small boy. He was a man of sterling character, a good husband, neighbor and friend. George W. Batchelor was the only child of James and Carolien Batchelor and was born at Houghton Bedfordshire, England, November 23, 1863 and at the time of his death he was aged 69 years, three months and six days.The family emigrated to the US when George was a lad of six years, and they settled at Lyons NY where the family resided for two years. After coming to Ashton the family settled on a farm north of town which was their home for many years. Here George attended the rural schools and grew to manhood. He was united in marriage on October 15, 1889 with Miss Ida Shepherd and for many years they made their home on their farm where Mr. and Mrs A.J. Orner now live. They spent one year in California 28 years ago, having gone on account of Mr. Batchelor's health. Mr. and Mrs. Batchelor retired 17 years ago and moved to Ashton and have resided in their present home since that time with the exception of the first year. Mr. Batchelor is survived by his wife. He was preceded in death last August by his mother at the advanced age of 87. His father passed away in 1919. Funeral services were Tuesday from the late home, conducted by Rev. Charles D. Wilson. Interment was in the Ashton Cemetery. The pall bearers were Paul W. Charters, Charles C. Vogeler, J.C. Griffith, A.J. Orner, Arthur F. Gelant and E.W. Parker.
Contributed by Pat France

JAMES BATCHELOR : "Uncle" James Batchelor, as he was familiarly known to a great many of his friends and neighbors, was born in Houghton, Conquest, Bedfordshire, England, February 13, 1847, and died in Ashton November 12, 1919 aged 72 years and nine months. He was one of seven children of Joseph and Mary Batchelog. He was married in Bedfordshire, England to Miss Caroline Cherry October 11, 1863. To them was born one son, George W. Batchelor of Ashton. He came to America in July 1870 and settled at Lyons, New York, where the family resided a little over two years. From there they moved to the vicinity of Ashton where he engaged in farming. He left the farm in 1897 and moved to Ashton which was his residence ntil the date of his death. Brother and sister Batchelor were married one month more than 56 years, havingcelebrated their golden wedding six years ago last month. He was the last survivor of a family of seven. He joined the Wesley Methodist church while he lived in England. Both husband nad wife became members of the Methodist Episcopal church when they came to America. They became members of the Ashton Methodist church by letter in 1883, thirty-six years ago. He remained a faithful member of the church until death separated him form its militant membership. He was also a loyal member of Class No. 6 of the M ethodist Sunday school, and was seldom absent. When friends and neighbors of the deceased, after having hearf of his sudden death, would say, "The community has lost a good man," a deep sincerity was manifest in their words for from the heart they spoke. A good man has gone? Yes, that was true, and was as is evident in many ways. He leaves to mourn his departure, the wife and son, many nephews and nieces and a host of friends. The funeral was conducted from the Methodist church, Friday Nov. 14, by Dr. W.E. Kern. The burial was in the Ashton cemetery. Six members of the Official Board of the church, William Lesslie, Wesley Beach, A.W. Rosecrans, William C. Oellig, Stephen Knapp and Nathan A Petrie acted as pall bearers. Class No. 6 of the Sunday School attended the funeral in a body. Those from out of town were Mrs. Jennie Frantz of Paw Pap; Mrs. Dr. Arnold of Freeport; Mrs. William Busby and son and Lyman Booth of Dixon; Mr. and Mrs. Fred Tadd of DeKalb; Mr. and Mrs. George Guffin and Mr. and mrs. Fred Gaffin of Leaf River; and Mr. Samuel Wolf and daughter of Franklin Grove.
Contributed by Pat France

JOSEPH BATCHELOR died Tuesday, September 23. The funeral services were held in the Methodist church in Ashton, on Wednesday afternoon, Sept. 24.

MARY (CHAPPEL) BATCHELOR , a resident of this city for 28 years, and of the immediate community for a much longer time, passed away at her home Friday afternoon at 2 p.m. her death being due to the infirmities of old age. The deceased was the daughter of John and Mary Garner Chappell, and was born at Bedfordshire, England, December 4, 1843 and at the time of heath had lived to the advanced age of 85 years and five months. She came to this country in a sailing vessel at the age of eleven years. At the age of 18, Miss Chappell was united in marriage to Ruben Farrow. To this union was born one son, Edward William Farrow, who resides in Ashton. Ruben Farrow died serving his country in the Civil War. A few years later the widow was married to Mr. William Batchelor and they made their home in this section for many years retiring from farm life and making their home in Ashton. In 1915 Mr. and Mrs. Batchelor had their golden wedding anniversary. Mr. Batchelor passed away eleven years ago. Mrs. Batchelor was a member of the Methodist church of this city and was always a faithful worker, and attended services regularly until the past few years when her health did not permit. During her last sickness ofalmost 1 1/2 years everything was done for her comfort that loving hands could do. One brother living at Lyons New York, Four sons and Four daughtes besides a host of friends are left to mourn her passing; E.W. Farrow of Ashton; Fred of Portland Oregon; John of Thompson Iowa; CHarles of Elkhart Indiana; Mrs. Belle Evens of Elgin; Mrs. Mae Wisman of Ashton; Mrs. Atta Sindlinger of Miami Florida; and Mrs. Sara Losey of Ashton. Mrs. Batchelor was a true and loving mother and friend to all. The funeral was held Sunday from the home and the Methodist church conducted by Rev. Albion J. Tavenner. Interment was made in the Ashton Cemetery. Among those from a distance who were here were; Mr. and Mrs. Mahlon Evens, Mr. and Mrs. Archie Smith; Mr. and Mrs. William Evens, Sr.; Mr and Mrs William Evens, Jr; Mr.a nd Mrs. Henry Braundies; Misses Pamelia Kentner; Mr. William Carbaugh and Mr. Arland Wisman, all of Elgin; Mr. Charles Batchelor of Elkhart, Ind; Mrs. J.W. Busby and son, of Dixon; Mr.a nd Mrs. Harley Swartz, of Oak Park; Mrs. Daniel Worley and daughter Mary and Mrs. Christina Walker of Franklin Grove.

Second Notice: The funeral of Mrs. Mary Chappel Batchelor, 86, who died at her home here Friday (04 December 1843), was held Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. at the M.E. church, Rev. Tavener officiating and with burial in the Ashton cemetery. Mrs. Batchelor, who had been a resident of Ashton for many years, was the widow of William Batchelor, who died eleven years ago. She was born in England, but came to this vicinity when she was eleven years of age, and here she was married in 1865. SHe is survived by four sons, Will of Ashton; Fred of the state of Oregon, John of Iowa and Charles of Indiana. A child by a previous marriage, William Farrow, also mourns her passing. Four daughters also survive; Mrs. Belle Evens of Elgin, Mrs. Alice Sindlinger of Florida, Mrs. Mary Wisnon and Mrs. Sarah Losey of Ashton.
Contributed by Pat France - Dixon Telegraph 6 May 1929

RUTH IDA (SHEPHERD) BATCHELOR : Funeral services were held Monday for Mrs. Ida Batchelor, 87, who died Friday at the Rochelle hospital where she had been a patient since Jan 22nd. Rev. Merle Hall officiated at services in the Cluts funeral home and at the Ashton Cemetery. Ruth Ida Batchelor was born July 19, 1868 the only daughter of the late John and Almeda Plantz Shepherd. Her maternal grandparents were Mr. and Mrs. Michael Plantz of Lighthouse community who were among the first settlers in N ashua township, Ogle county. Her early schooling was received in the Ashton schools. On October 15, 1889 whe was united in marriage with George W. Batchelor of Ashton and for many years was at home on their farm north of Ashton. One year was spent in California where they went for her husband's health prior to moving to Ashton in 1916. A faithful member of the Methodist church and a willing worker, she will long be remembered for her very cheerful outlook on life. Her parents and husband preceded her in death. Next ofkin are Nellie Drummond Luckey of Davis Junction and Minnie A. Trainer of Denver, Colorado and numerous other cousins,w ho with a host of friends, mourn her passing.
Contributed by Pat France

WILLIAM BATCHELOR , one of the most respected citizens of this city, died at his home Monday morning about four o'clock, after a long illness. Mr. Batchelor was born in Bedford, England, March 25, 1842, and at the time of death was aged 76 years and 21 days. At the age of twenty he came to this country and settled at Lyons, New York, where he engaged in farming. On February 2, 1865 he was united in marriage to Mrs. Mary Farrow of Lyons, New York. To this union were born eleven children, four of whom have preceded the father in death. Those who survive are Fred of Salem, Oregon; John of Thompson Iowa; Charles of Elkhart Indiana; Mrs. Belle Evens, Mrs. May Wisman, Mrs. Atta Sindlinger and Miss Sara of Ashton, and one step-son William Farrow, besides his life-long companion, and one brother, James Batchelor. The family removed to Illinois in 1883 when they again engaged in farming until 15 years ago, when they retired and took up their home in Ashton. Three years ago Mr. and Mrs. Batchelor had the happy experience of celebrating their golden wedding anniversary. Mr. Batchelor was reared in a Christian home and was for many years a faithful member of the Ashton Methodist church and Sunday school. For many months he had been failing in health and he felt keenly the loss of his church privileges. But he was wonderfully comforted in his last days by the presence of his saviour. He knew by his own experience the truth of the Saviours's words, "Lo I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world." There will be a vacant chair by the fireside, but he leaves with us pleasant memories. The funeral services were held yesterday afternoon at one o'clock from the late home and at 1:30 from the Methodist church. Rev. Fred A. Graham officiating. Mr. Batchelor was amember of Ashton Lodge No. 977, Independent Order of Add Fellows, which fraternity acted as escort and participated in the services at the cemetery.
Contributed by Pat France - From the Ashton Gazette

HARRY ARTHUR BECKINGHAM , 73, formerly of Dixon passed away at 10:55 o'clock Sunday morning (21 April 1946) at his home in Amboy after an illness of five years duration. Funeral services will be held at Preston funeral home in Dixon at 2 o'clock Tuesday the Rev. Mr. Smith, pastor of the Amboy Baptist Church officiating and burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery. Mr. Beckingham was born in New Brunswick Canada March 1, 1873 the son of Wm. & Annie Beckingham and was married Oct. 6,1897 to Anna F. Fry in Dixon. He is survived by his widow, two daughters, Mrs. Theo Kime of Chicago and Mrs.Thelma Hamilton of Amboy, two grandaughters; five sisters, Mrs.Bessie Gonnerman, Mrs. Jennie Tyler, Mrs. Pearl Curran, and Mrs. Anna Covert of Dixon; and Mrs. Minnie Fry of Rock Falls. and a brother James of Antigo Wisc.
Dixon Evening Telegraph 20 April 1946

ROBERT GEORGE HENRY BECKINGHAM , better known to all his friends and acquaintances as "George" departed this life about noon Friday Oct. 26, 1945 after an illness of only a few days. Death came as a result of coronary thrombosis with little or no early warning. His life span, long and happy, ended at the age of 80 years, 3 months and 15 days (18 January 1842). He was the eldest son of a family of 10 born to William and Anna Beckingham. Robert was born in Sutton Courtney, Berkshire England on July 11, 1865 and migrated to this country with his parents and family in 1872, originally settling in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia. A short time later the family ventured to Shelbyville IL and thence to South Dakota. After two years residence in South Dakota the family again journeyed by covered wagon back to Illinois settling in Dixon in October of 1889. He was united in marriage in 1893 to Agnes Patnoud of Dixon being enployed at that time in the grain and feed business where he ramained for 17 years. Later he entered the cleaning and dying business in which he was very successful and in 1919 he opened a retail grocery on the north side, finally entering the general contracting business from which he retired in 1933. To this union were born six children, two having preceded him in death, Earl Raymond who died in infancy and George Elmer who died in 1923. He leaves to mourn his passing, his wife and four children, Glenn of New Jersey, Paul and Elsa (Mrs. Ralph Spellman) of Dixon and Arla (Mrs. Floyd Mathias) of Chicago; eleven grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Two brothers preceded him in death, William and Joseph. Two brothers, Harry of Amboy and James of Antigo Wisc. survive as well as five sisters, Bessie (Mrs. Edward Gonnerman), Jen (Mrs. Harry Tyler), Pearl (Mrs. James Curran) and Annie (Mrs. Bert Covert) all of Dixon, also Minnie (Mrs. Edw. Fry) of Rock Falls. For many years he was very active in Masonic circles, devoting much time and engergy to his work, as past master Friendship Lodge #7 A.F. & A.M., past high priest of Nachusa chapter No. 56 R.A.M. and past commander of Dixon Commandery. Funeral services will be from the Preston Funeral home on Tuesday, Rev. W.H. Lewis officiating and burial in Oakwood Cemetery. (Dixon Evening Telegraph 29 October 1945)

2nd Notice: Funeral services for the late George H. Beckingham were conducted from the Preston Funeral Home Tuesday, the Rev. W.H. Lewis officiating. Mrs. Ruth Schriener accompanied by Mrs. Carman Leonard sang softly "No Disappointment in Heaven" and "At The End of the Road". The Rev. Lewis of the West Side Congregational church spoke from the 23rd Psalm and also from Revelations. He called to mind Mr. Beckingham's belief in love of fellowship with his fellow man. He was highly respected and greatly esteemed by innumerable friends who regret his passing. He joined the St. Paul's Lutheran Church of Dixon by confirmation July 12, 1891 under the pastorate of J.M. Ruthrauff. He served as deacon, treasurer, and superintendent of the Sunday School and was a faithful worker for many years. The casketbearers were Raymond Schmidt, Warren Shippert, Will Ware, Isadore Eichler, Harry Quick and Grover Gehant, who with the Knights of Templar formed a Masonic escort to the grave.

LULA FAY (PETIT) BEE , age 77, of Amboy and formerly of Aurora, died at Amboy Rehabilitation and Nursing Center on Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2004. Funeral services were held Monday, Jan. 19, 2004, at 10 a.m. in the Mihm-Jones Funeral Home in Amboy, with the Rev. Frank Brozenec, Pastor of the East Grove Union Church, officiating. Burial followed in Woodside Cemetery in Lee Center. Visitation was on Sunday, Jan. 18, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the funeral home. Mrs. Bee was born in Edgewood, Ind., on Jan. 21, 1928, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Petit. Survivors include one son, Everett Bee of Sterling; one daughter, Patricia Howell of Deadwood, SD; six grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers; three sisters; one daughter, Frances Bee; and one great-grandson. She was employed by Sealmaster in Aurora from 1959 until her retirement in 1985.

ALFRED ALLEN BEEDE , a prominent retired farmer of North Dixon, met a horrible death yesterday afternoon by falling about twenty-five feet from the roof of a barn on his son's farm, recently puchased, about one mile north of Dixon on the road leading from Galena avenue. With him on the roof were George Woodruff of this city and his son, Charles Beede. When they reached the ground Mr. Beede was dead. He was lying on his side and one shoulder was jammed hard into the ground. Mr. Woodruff says that when he first reached Mr. Beede he found his pulse beating faintly, but he never breathed again. Mr. Beede was assisting to erect a barn on his son's place and had been working on the stucture for several weeks. Yesterday morning he told Mr. Woodruff that he thought he would help to shingle as long as he could do so from the scaffold, but when it became necessary to get on the roof he thought he had better not do any more of the work. But as the day got well along the old gentleman became more interested in his work and concluded he would continue the work upon the roof, six or seven feet from the eaves. He was about that distance from the eaves when he slipped and rolled from the roof to the ground. His son had told him that if he would hold the shingles in place he would drive the nails, and in that way they could get more work accomplished. Father and son worked together in this manner when, in some way, the aged father slipped and falling from the roof met his death. The son, when he saw his father rolling from the roof, cried out and hurried down the ladder as quickly as possible. Mr. Woodruff was working with his back to the two and when Mr. Beede began to slip from the roof. he turned around as he heard the son cry out, and saw the old gentleman rolling down the roof toward the eaves. The distance from the eaves to the ground is sixteen feet. A week or so ago Mr. Beede and Mr. Woodruff were doing some work on the house on the same place, and Mr. Beede fell a short distance, and Wrenched his back and sustained several bruises on the body. After that accident he said he would not do much more work on the new building but would do only what he could without going up too high. On the day he met his death he complained about his back, and told Mr. Woodruff repeatedly that he could not sit on the roof and shingle, as his back gave him too much pain when in a sitting position. But , willing as he was to work and wishing to do what he could to help his son, he did work on the roof despite his sufferings. Mr Beede's friends who met him yesterday morning say that he was more cheerful and spoke about the work he was doing for Charlie on the new place he purchased. He told them that he wanted to get through before cold weather set in so that Charlie could move into his new place. All the day of the accident he worked away and talked cheerfully about what a nice place Charlie would have. He had no complaint to make even while suffering from the accident of a week ago. Mr. Beede was a remarkable man for his age, working with as much vigor as many a young man. He was always pleased to do something to help his children. They and his grand children were his most intimate copanions. As sonn as possible after the accident the wife and near relatives of the deceased were notified and word was sent to the city for an ambulance and the body removed to his late home, 214 Chamberlain Street. Upon examination it was found that several of his ribs were broken and torn from the spine. Several of his false teeth were broken, and there were a few slight marks on the side of the face. The family decided last evening to have an inquest held over the remains, and accordingly Sheriff Tourtillott was notified and he turn notified Coroner Charles T. Smith of Amboy. Coroner Smith arrived in Dixon this morning and at 10 o'clock held an inquest at the late home. The jury was composed of the following gentlemen: Charles Huguet, foreman: John H. Byers, clerk, E.L. Kling, B.F. Snyder, William A. Herrick and Herbert H. Warner. Two witnesses were examined. They were George Woodruff and Charles Beede. The story each told of the accident was materially the same as is told in this article. The jury returned the following verdict: "We the jury find that A.A. Beede came to his death by accidently falling from the roof of a building upon which he was at work on the afternoon of Tuesday, October 29, 1907." Alfred A. Beede was born in Carroll county, New Hampshire, in July, 1834, and was the son of Noah Beede and Harriet (Fellows) Beede. His father was a native of New Hampshire and in his youth learned the trade of a shoemaker. The father moved to Lee county in 1836 and settled in Palmyra township, and combined the occupations of farming and shoemaker until his death, in February, 1854. He married Harriet, daughter of Stephen Fellows Jr., in Carroll county, New Hampshire, in 1827. Mr. Beede was but two years of age at the time of the removal of his parents to the west, and received his education in the neighboring schools and when old enough engaged in farming, whiched pursuit he followed until a few years ago, when he retired and moved to this city. Mr. Beede was married in October,1870,to Mrs. Elizabeth ( Lawton ) Diblenbeck, a resident of Palmyra, and to this union six children were born, five of whom are living. They are Bert, residing on a farm near Woosung; Frank residing on his late father's farm in Palmyra; Charles, residing one mile east of Dixon near the cement plant; Mary, who is the wife of John Trouth and resides on the Bovey farm in Palmyra ; and Hattie, wife of Charles Mensch, who resides in Palmyra. The services will be held tomorrow afternoon at 1 o'clock at the late home, 214 Chamberlain Street and at 2 o'clock at the Sugar Grove church in Palmyra township. Rev. J.F. Newton, pastor of the People's church of Dixon will officiate. Mrs. Abbie Treat of LaMars, Ia., the only living sister of the deceased will arrive tomorrow to attend the funeral. Mr. Beede was one of the oldest settlers, if not the oldest in Lee county, coming here in 1836 when but two years of age. For fifty years he lived on one section in Palmyra township. He took a deep interest in the annual picnics of th old settlers and whenever possible attended these picnics. In religious faith Mr. Beede was a devout believer in Christian Science. Until he took up this faith he was a member of the Methodist Episcopal church.
Dixon Evening Telegraph 1 November 1907

HARRIET (FELLOWS) BEEDE , died at home of her son A.A. Beede in Palmyra at three o'clock yesterday afternoon. Mrs. Beede was born in New Hampshire May 1 1809 and married Noah Beede on the 27th of the same month in 1827. Her maiden name was Harriet Fellows. With her husband she moved to Palmyra in 1836 and had resided there all the fifty years that have passed since that time. She was the mother of seven children only two, Allen A and Mrs. Abby B Street survive her. Her husband died in 1851. Mrs. Beede was loved and respected by all. The funeral will take place at half past twelve o'clock on Sunday.
Dixon Telegraph December 17, 1886

LAWRENCE BEEDE SR. , died Monday, May 13, 1996 in his home in San Jose, Calif. following a long illness. He was employed as a mailman with the Dixon Post Office for many years. He was born on Dec. 29, 1909 in Dixon to Charles and Laura (Knight) Beede. He was preceded in death by his wife, parents, one brother and three sisters. Survivors include one son, Lawrence Knight Beede Jr.; one daughter, Sally Brennan and three sisters, Beth (Edward) Gerdes, Charlotte Doran of Dixon and Lois (Raymond) of Melan. Memorial services were held at Oak Hill Memorial Home in San Jose, Calif. on May 17.
Dixon Evening Telegraph 28 May 1996

ALVIN J. BEEMER : Services for Alvin Jay Beemer, 77, who died Saturday in Mendota Community Hospital after a, long illness, were held this afternoon in the Torman Funeral Home, Paw Paw, With the Rev. Harold Taylor, pastor; of Hinckley, Methodist Church, officiating. He was born March 18, 1881, in Lee County, son of Millard F. and Catherine Agler Beemer. He Was married to Cora Fairchild July 9, 1900. He was a member of the Compton Methodist Church; Brooklyn Masonic Lodge, No. 282; White Shrine Mendota; . Paw Paw Grange; and Lee-LaSalle Pomona Grange. He was a past patron of, Juanita Chapter of - OES,. Compton. Survivors are his wife; three daughters, Mrs. A. H. (Minnie) Yenerich, Earlville, Mrs. Ellis (Lora) Reese, Steward, and Mrs. Clifford (Orpha) Edwards, Scyamore; two sons, Charles, Rochelle, and Floyd, Compton;. 10 grandchildren; 12, great grandchildren, four brothers, G. Wilbur, Aurora, Jesse, Santa Anna, Calif., Harrison, Paw Paw, Lincoln, San Diego, Calif.; and two sisters, Zelma Johnson, Kernville, Calif., and Irene Orr, Galesburg., Graveside services were conducted by the Paw Paw Grange. Burial was in Twin-Grove Cemetery near Scarboro.
Dixon Telegraph May 5, 1958

CORA EDITH (FAIRCHILD) BEEMER , 95, died Friday at the Rockford Memorial Hospital after a long illness. She was born 28 Feb. 1897, in Paw Paw , the daughter of Louis and Elizabeth (Fairchild), Beemer. { This line should read; born 28 Feb 1879, in West Brooklyn, the daughter of Lewis and Elizabeth (Edmonds) Fairchild. Her husband, Alvin, preceded her in death. Survivors include one son, Charles, Compton; two daughters, Mrs. Ellis (Lora) Rees, Steward; Mrs. Clifford (Orphia) Edwards, Sycamore; one sister, Mrs. Jess (Mabel) Beemer, Santa Anna, Calif.; 10 grandchildren; 24 great grandchildren, and six great-great grandchildren. Funeral services will be held Sunday at 2 p.m in the Torman Funeral Home, Paw Paw, with the, Rev. Harold Taylor, Ashton, retired Methodist pastor officiating and assisted by the Rev. Martha Coursey. Burial will be in Twin Grove, Cemetery, Scarboro. Visitation will be held after 3 p.m. today.
Dixon Telegraph May 18, 1974

ROY CLAUDE BEEMER , 67, died June 9 in CrownPoint Ind. at the home of his son, Dale Beemer. Mr. Beemer, the son of Millard and catherine Aglier Beemer, was born March 21, 1883 in Wyoming Twp. Lee County. He was one of 11 children, tow of whom receded him in death. March 9, 1904 he married Hollie Adrian. Mr. Beemer was a lifelong resident of the Compton community and a retired farmer. Surviving are his widow; four children, Mrs. Maxine Vincent, West Brooklyn; Mrs. Bernadine Leake, Crown Point; Dale Beemer, Crown Point, and MRs. Lois Fluehr, East Chicago; eight grandchildren; five brothers, G.W. Beemer, Aurora, Jesse, Santa Ana Calif; Alvin, Compton, Harrison, Paw Paw, and Lincoln, Garden Grove, Calif; three sisters, Mrs. Mary Jane Beams, Seattle Wash., Mrs. Zelma Johnson, Garden Grove and Mrs. Irene Orr, Galesburg. Funeral services wer eheld June 12 in the Compton Methodist church with the Rev. Barent Johnson officiating. Singers wer Mrs. Roland Richardson and Mrs. Robert Fuller and the organist was Mrs. Edward Weiler. Interment was in the Malugin Grove cemetery. Pallbearers were Adolph Bauer, George Davis, George Webber, Henry Chaon, Russell Bradley and Lee Archer.
Dixon Evening Telegraph 21 June 1950

SAMUEL K. BEND , died at the family residence Oct. 12, 1900. Born in Paw Paw Dec. 5, 1872, lacking two months of being 28 years old. Death resulted from appendicitis which attacked him some five weeks ago. From the first his case was critical, but at times he would show signs of improvement which gave hopes of his recovery. But on Oct. 6 the disease took a turn for the worse and ultimated [culminated ??] in his death. He was the second son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Bend well known residents in this community. The surviving sons are James, Richard Jr., William and Fred; there are also two daughters, Mrs. Ed Davis and Mrs. Henry Quillhot. The entire family were able to be present at the funeral. The funeral services were held in the Baptist church of Paw Paw, Sunday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock. The weather was perfect and brought out a large congregation of sympathizing friends. A select quartet of mixed voices sang familiar hymns be special request. Pastor Wm. A. Matthews preached a comforting sermon from the text: "Blessed are the dead that die in the Lord." The remains were afterward laid to rest in the Frantz Grove cemetery followed by a procession of sixty-five carriages. In many respects Sam was an exemplary young man. "Honor thy father and thy mother," was a commandment he kept from his youth up. Always kind to his parents he was no less loving to his brothers and sisters. In the home as in society he was bright, cheerful and happy. He was industrious and hard working whether as a farmer or a carpenter. During his painful and lingering illness he was uncomplaining. His patience and good-cheer made it a pleasure to minister to his every need. His character is beyond reproach. He kept his record clean. He loved to attend divine service and could be seen there at least once a Sunday. He died happy in the Lord leaving his loved ones abundant assurance that he had made his peace with God. The unusually large attendance upon his funeral services is a striking commentary upon the esteem and honor in which was held by the whole community.
Contributed by Marilyn Widler

ALEX BENJAMIN , of Ashton, retired farmer passed away at the Rochelle hospital Sunday evening at 6:30. He was born Aug. 31, 1883 in Jefferson County IL and was united in marriage to Pearl Fuller Dec. 23, 1915. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, and three sisters. Surviving him are a sister, Mrs. Nellie Poole of Granite City IL, a brother Clarence of Dixon, and two half brothers, Ed Wetsel of Freeport and Earl Wetsel of Polo. He became a member of the Ashton Presbyterian Church in 1937. The Rev. H.C. Montanus officiated at the funeral service and interment was in the Ashton Cemetery . The casket bearers were, Wesley Krug, Clarence Paddock, Roy Ventler, Harry Shafer, Harold Cross and Vincent Arnold.
Dixon Evening Telegraph 22 January 1948

MARY (NELHAUSEN) BERNARDIN , 78, passed away at 5:25 p.m. Thursday at the home of her son-in-law and daughter Mr and Mrs. C.G. Dingler, 1006 W. 6th St. Sterling. She had been in ill health for the past year. The body rests at the Melvin funeral home where the rosary will be recited at 8 p.m. Sunday. Funeral rites will be held at 9 a.m. Monday at Sacred Heart Catholic church. Interment will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, West Brooklyn. Mrs. Bernardin was born October 7, 1869 in Witsenhausen Germany, the daughter of August and Margaret Nelhausen. She came to the United States at the age of 18 years and settled in Ashton. She was married to Henry Bernardin on Feb. 7, 1893 and their home was established in West Brooklyn. Mr. Bernardin passed away December 26, 1940. In 1942 Mrs. Bernardin came to Sterling to make her home with her children. She was a member of the Sacred Heart Church and when her health permitted worked diligently with the Red Cross Surviving are two daughters and one son, Mrs. C.G. Dingler, Mrs. A. Sondgeroth and J.A. Bernardin of Sterling, one brother, Louis Nelhausen of Bryant S.D. three grandchildren, Joseph and Lavern Bernardin and Hazel Sondgroeth of Sterling and two great grandchildren Billie Joe and Stephen John Bernardin of Sterling. Mrs. Bernardin was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers and a sister.
Dixon Evening Telegraph 03 January 1948

MAGDALENA (BURKERT) SIEBERT BLANK , Magdalena Blank, eldest of two daughters, was born to George and Caroline Burkert at Franklin Grove IL.. on August 15, 1859. Her entire life was spent in this community. In earliest infancy her pious parents had her baptized in the name of the Tri-une and later in life she was confirmed in the saving doctrines of salvation, by which rite she became a member of the Lutherane Church, to which she remained loyal and faithful until the end. In the year 1884 she was united in holy wedlock with Fred Siebert of Franklin Grove. After 25 years of happy wedded life her husband left her by death. Seven years later she became the wife of Herman Blank of Franklin Grove on Dec. 16, 1916. On Jan 23, 1942 he preceded her in death. Mrs. Blank was a devoted and faithful wife and a respected and impartial step-mother, a loyal friend and a good neighbor. She was a charter member of the St. Pauls Ladies Aid. Mrs. Blank enjoyed good health throughout all her life until the infirmities of old age made themselves felt, yet she was able to attend to her household duties with the help of her stepchildren and her neighbors, until two months ago when she was taken to Morrison Ill., to the home of her step-son and his wife, Mr. and Mrs. Albert Blank. Here she became ill and on Feb. 1, 1947 she was taken to the hospital in that city in the hope that medical care would restore her to better health. While there she sustained a fractured hip. Everything was done to make her comfortable, every care was bestowed upon her by her stepson and his wife, but she grew weaker day by day until death claimed her on Wednesday morning at 12:20 a.m. at the ripe old age of 87 years, 6 months and 18 days. Seven stepchildren mourn her passing. They are the following. Mrs. Becker of Chicago; Mrs. Bertha Taubenheim of Franklin Grove; Mrs. Martha Kleinhaus of Rockford; Edward Blank of Morrison; and Walter Blank of Eau Clair, Wisc.; other relatives and a host of friends. Funeral services were held at St. Pauls Lutheran Church of Franklin Grove o March 7th at 2:30 with the Rev. F.W. Henke officiating. Burial was in the Franklin Grove cemetery. Mrs. F.W. Henke and Mrs. Henry Wendel rendered the funeral hyms with Miss Cora Schafer at the organ. Mrs. Arthur Schafer and Mrs. Herman Schafer were in charge of the flowers. The casket bearers were Henry Schafer, Willam Schafer, Harold Beister, Adam Wendel, Henry Wendel and Harvey Brucker. The cars were in charge of Beryl Beeghyly. Those from a distance attending the funeral were; Herbert Becker of Chicago; Geo.Thiele of Shannon; Mr. and Mrs. August Kleinhaus, Leland and Evelyn, Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Kleinhaus, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Kleinhaus, Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Musgrave of Rockford; Mr. and Mrs. Albert Blank of Morrison; Mr. and Mrs. Robert Wilson of Dixon; Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Hayes of Lindenwood, Ill., and Mr. and Mrs. Charles Heinzeroth and Mrs. George Heinzeroth of Rockford.
Dixon Evening Telegraph March 12, 1947

HARRY PHILIP BLUM , 61, died at 4:45 a.m. today at his home on South Mason avenue (Amboy) after a short illness. Funeral services will be conducted at the Vaughn Funeral Home Friday at 2 p.m. with burial in Prairie Repose Cemetery. Born Dec. 9, 1885, he was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Blum. A complete obituary will be published at a later date.
Dixon Telegraph Wednesday, October 2, 1946

MIRIAM (POWERS) BOEHLE , 81, of Dixon died Friday May 23, 2003, at her home She Was employed by Dixon Developmental Center until retiring. Mrs. Boehle was born June 6, 1921, in May Township Lee County the daughter of Michael and Theresa (O'Malley) Powers, She married Leo J. Boehle on Sept, 28,1946 in Dixon He died Jan 8, 1997 She was a member of St. Patrick Church Dixon, Dixon Catholic Women's Club and Mothers Study Club. Survivors include a son, Ed Boehle of Lincoln Neb five daughter Judy (Duane) Truckenbrod of West Brooklyn, Joan Malkowski of Batavia, Marilyn (Chuck) Springer of Byron, Rita (Kevin) O'Rourke of Pekin and Sue Costlow of Dixon 12 grandchildren and two great grandchildren She Was preceded in death by three brothers, William Powers, Ned Powers and Robert Powers. Prayer service is at 10 a.m Tuesday at Jones Funeral Home, Dixon, followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 1030 am, at St. Patrick Catholic Church, Dixon, with the Rev. Robert W. Jones, pastor officiating Burial is at Oakwood Cemetery Dixon. Visitation is from 4-8 p.m., with the rosary recited at 7'30 p.m., Monday at the funeral home. A memorial has been established
Gazette May 24, 2003

RICHARD K. BOEHME , 80, of Dixon died Friday May 23, 2003, at Rockford Memorial Hospital He was employed by Freeman Shoe Factory Dixon, for 17 years, until retiring in 1982. Mr. Boehme Was born Oct. 30,1922, in Dixon the son of William and Myrtle (Yates) Boehme He served in the Air Force during World War II. He married Betty Hughes on Aug. 18, 1946, in Dixon He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church and American Legion Post 12, both in Dixon Survivors include his Wife; four sons, Robert (Kathy) Boehme of Polo, David (Linda) Boehme of Dixon, Don (Pam) Boehme of Rock Falls and Brian (Cheryl) Boehme of Clayton, N C.; two daughters, Nelda Deininger of Joliet and Cheryl (Ron) Zinke of Dixon, 12 grandchildren and greatgrandchild. He Was preceded in death by a brother, William Boehme. The funeral is at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Calvary Baptist Church Dixon with the Rev. Wayne Epps pastor officiating Burial, with full military graveside rites provided by Dixon combined veterans organizations is at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, Dixon. Visitation is from 6-8 p.m Tuesday at Preston Schilling Funeral Home, Dixon. A memorial has been established to calvary Baptist Church, Dixon.
Gazette May 24, 2003

CARRIE ADELINE (POST) BOOTH , daughter of Rev. William & Emma Post was born at Lee Center IL Oct 28, 1863 and passed to her eternal reward at the home of her son Ray Springer of Dixon on July 8, 1944 at the age of 80 years, 8 months and 10 days. On November 8, 1884 she was united to Benjamin R. Springer who passed away some years ago. On November 6, 1897 she was united in marriage to John E. Booth who also preceded her in death in 1901. Mrs. Booth made her home in Dixon from 1901 to 1916 and in Rockford from 1916 - 1942. Since 1942 she has resided with her son Ray here in Dixon She is survived by four sons and one daughter; Ray Springer of Dixon, Roy Springer of El Monte Calif., Walter Springer of Rockford IL, Leon Springer and Leona Zentz of Rock Falls, IL. Also three sisters, Miss Edith Post, Mrs Cassie Kruizenger and Mrs. Blanche Fagg, all of Los Angeles Calif. also ten grandchildren and ten greatgrandchildren . One son Ralph and three sisters preceded her in death. Mrs. Booth was a quiet, unassuming woman, devoted to her loved ones and faithful to her many friends. She had a deep and lasting faith in God and found great comfort in that faith to her dying day. The world is richer because she lived, worked and died in the faith of the Lord Jesue Christ. When she died there was only one place where she could go - namely to that land that is fairer than day, where saints immortal dwell. Services were performed at the Staples Funeral Home at 2 PM Tuesday July 11th in charge of Dr. Floyd Blewfield pastor of the 1st Methodist Church. Burial was in the Prairie Repose Cemetery, Amboy.
Dixon Telegrah July 12 1944

ANNA (FREESE) BOTHE , daughter of Anton & Amelia (Harms) Freese was born March 26, 1870 in Marion Township and passed away at the home of her son Earl of Eldena on Sept. 22, 1945 at the age of 75 years, 5 months and 27 days. Although in failing health for the past year her condition was not considered critical until five weeks and then much hope was held for her recovery. On March 9, 1892 she was united in marriage to John H. Bothe fo Nachusa Twp. and to this union was born six children - Earl, Clarence, Grace, Alert, Harold and Bessie who passed away in infancy. Her husband preceded her in death March 13, 1907, also two sisters and one brother and one grandson Lt. John H. Bothe of the army air force. She leaves to mourn her passing three sons, Earl, Clarence and John Albert of near Dixon, one daughter Grace Mumma of Oregon, Eight grandchildren, Leslie, Howard, Charlotte, Leo and Marilyn Boethe; Kenneth, Elnora and Daniel Bothe; one great grandaughter, Lerri Lynn Bothe, also one brother William Freese of Walkerton In. She was laid to rest on Monday afternoon in the DeWolf Cemetery, Rev. Heidenrich Pastor of St. James church officiating. Pallbearers were G.B. Lindeman, Charles Whitebread, Richard Johnson, Charles Hanson, John Nurnberg, Mrs. Leon Burket and Mrs. George Pitzer sand Sweet Hour of Prayer and Beyond the Sunset. Flowers were cared for by Amy Wolfram, Mrs. John Nurnberg, Mrs. Norman Miller and Mrs. Edna Topper.
Dixon Evening Telegraph 28 Sep. 1945

CHRISTOPHER FREDERICK BOTHE , son of Henry and Catherine Bothe, was born February 16, 1871 on the Bothe farm in Nachusa township and passed away at his home near Franklin Grove Wednesday morning, July 12, 1944, at the age of 73 years. He spent most of his life in South Dixon, but the last six years he lived on a farm near Franklin Grove with his son, Oliver. He was united in marriage to Luella Seybert April 12, 1893 and to this union were born three children. His wife preceded him in death in 1925. He is survived by two sons, Paul of Dixon, Oliver of Franklin Grove and one daughter Mrs. Emma Pittard of Dixon; five grandchildren, Arlend, June and Donnie Pittard. Paul Jr and Duane Bothe; two brothers, William of Oakdale, California and Henry of Ashton, and two sisters, Mrs. Warren Shippert; and Mrs. Newton Hemminger of Dixon. Those preceeding him in death were his parents, one brother, John adn three sisters, Mrs. Minnie Mocklin, Mrs. Conrad Seebach and Mrs. John Huyett. He was a member of the Eldena Evangelical church, was a kind and loving father and will be greatly missed. Dixon Telegraph July 19, 1944 (First notice below gives different birthdate)

The funeral of Chris F. Bothe, 72. whose sudden death at the home of his son Oliver, near Teal's Corners, north of Franklin Grove Wednesday morning was announced in last evening's Telegraph, will be held at the Preston Funeral home at 2:00 o'clock Friday afternoon. The Rev. H. H. Heidenrech of St. James church will officiate and burial will be in the DeWolf cemetery south of Dixon. He was born Feb. 15, 1872 in Dixon, and had lived all of his life in the Dixon area.
Survivors include two sons, Oliver, with whom he lived, and Paul of Dixon; a daughter. Mrs. Emma Pittard of Dixon: two brothers, Henry, Ashton and Will of Oakdale Cal.; two sisters. Mrs. Francis Hemminger and Mrs. Warren Shippert, both of Dixon, and five grandchildren.

DELLA (HOBBS) BOYD - 78, 404 W. 2nd St., Dixon, died Sunday morning at the Morrison Hospital, Morrison, following an extended illness. Private funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Preston-Schilling Funeral Home with the Rev. Robert Jueckstock, pastor of the Community Alliance Church, officiating. Burial will be in the Oak Wood Cemetery, Dixon, with visitation being Tuesday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Community Alliance Church or the Morrison Skilled Care Center. She was born June 2, 1904 in Harden County, the daughter of George and Flora Page Hobbs. Surviving are two sons, Randall of Harmon and Russell, Franklin Grove; two daughters, Mrs. Henry (Beatrice) John, Dixon and Mrs. Marvin (Nada) Sullivan, Amboy; one brother Bernard Hobbs, Cave-in-Rock; two sisters, Ida Jackson, Golconda and Hester Patton, E. Alton; 13 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois November 1, 1982 - Monday, page A4

EWELL L. BOYD - Funeral services were held October 13, 1988 for Ewell L. Boyd, 86, Dixon IL. in Preston-Schilling Funeral Home, with the Rev. Richard Reigle, Pastor of the Bethel Evangelical Congregational Church, officiating (of which he was a member). He was born December 7, 1901 in Hardin County to George and Nancy (Jackson) Boyd. Survivors include sons, Randall of Harmon and Russell of Franklin Grove; daughters Mrs. Henry (Beatrice) John of Dixon and Mrs. Marvin (Nada) Sullivan, Siloam Springs, Ark; brothers, Charles of Rockford and Victor of De Kalb, sister Elva Boyd of Dixon; half brother Geroge Boyd JR., Powhatan, Ark; half sisters, Mrs. Wendell (Gertie) Nunnally, Powhatan, Ark., Mrs. Jack (Mary) Gilbert, Forsythe, Mo., 13 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren. Burial was held in Chapel Hill Memorial Park, Dixon, Illinois.
Website of Julia Adler/World Connect - Taken from the Hardin County Independent, 27, Oct 1988 Vol 118-#42.

RANDALL V. BOYD , 64, 855 Harmon Rd., died Friday, Oct. 27, 1989 in his home after a long illness. He was a self employed painter. He was born May 15, 1925 in Cave-in-Rock, to Ewell L and Della Mae (Hobbs) Boyd. He was married to Doris Evelyn Lewis Dec 22, 1948. He was a member of American Legion Post 12, VFW Post 540 and the Society of the Third Infantry Division of the U.S. Army Company F. Survivors include his wife of Harmon, sons Gordon and Gerald, both of Waterman and Galen of Amboy, brother Russell of Franklin Grove; sisters Mrs. Henry (Beatrice) John of Dixon and Mrs. Marvin (Nada) Sullivan of Siloam Springs, Ark. nine grandchildren. Funeral will be at 1:30 p.m. Monday in Community Alliance Church with the Rev Robert Hollowell, officiating. Burial and full military rites conducted by combined veterans organizations will be in Oakwood Cemetery. Visitation will be noon to 9 p.m. Sunday in Preston-Schilling Funeral Home, with the family present 2 to 4 and 7 to 9. A memorial has been established to Sauk Valley Hospice.
Dixon Evening Telegraph October 28, 1989

HEDDE J. BOYENGA , was born in Germany on Jan. 23, 1886 and passed away Thursday morning Oct. 11, 1945 at the Methodist Hospital in Madison WI where he had been a patient the last three weeks. He came to America to make his home in 1902. In 1914 he was united in marriage to Miss Elizabeth Swirter of Ackley Ia. To this union were born four children who with the widow survive: Mrs. Rose Kroesche of Rochelle Ill., Mrs. Lillian Hawley of San Francisco Ca., Miss Elizabeth Boyenga of Wheaton Ill., and John Boyenga of Mullan Idaho. Also left to mourn are two son-in-laws, eight brothers, and one sister besides a host of other relatives and friends. His parents and one sister preceded him in death. Early in life Mr. Boyenga professed Christ as his saviour and his consistent Christian living was a testimony to all. Funeral services will be Sunday afternoon at 1:30 at the Ashton Funeral home. Interment will be at Chapel Hill Cemetery.
Dixon Evening Telegraph 13 October 1945

JULIA (SWEITER) BOYENGA , 50, died Sunday afternoon in the Lee County nursing home. An Ashton resident for many years, she was the wife of Abraham Boyenga, Ashton postmaster. Mrs. Boyenga was one of six sisters, three of whom married Boyenga brothers. Born May 27, 1902, at Manslacht, Germany, she was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Sweiter. She was married August 15, 1919 at Green IA. Survivors include her widower; two sons, Clinton, Sterling, and Paul, at home; two daughters, Mrs. Bernice Brown, Rockford, and Donna Mae, at home; two brothers, Richard and Donald sweiter, both of Hampton, ia., and six sisters, Mrs. Elizabeth Boyenga, Grand Rapids; Mrs. Bertha Boyenga, Halden Ia.; Mrs. Kathryn Tjarks, Ackley, Ia.; Mrs. Florence Dever, Rockford; Mrs. Henrietta Coleman, Milwaukee and Mrs. John Nystrom, Los Angeles, and three grandchildren. Services will be in the Cluts funeral home Tuesday with Rev. Elmer B. Fitch officiating. After services the body will be taken to Hampton Ia., where services will be held Wednesday afternoon at the home of her brother, Richard. Burial will be in Hillside cemetery, near Hampton.
Dixon Evening Telegraph 30 Jun 1952

OTTO BOYENGA , 71, of Franklin Grove, died early Tuesday at this home following a long illness. He was a former automobile salesman. He was born Nov. 3, 1907 in Iowa Falls, Ia., to Seede H. and Renndetje (Murra0 Boyenga. He was married to Clara Kohl Mar. 19, 1938 in Lyons Ia. Mr. Boyenga was an army veteran of WW II. He was preced in death by eight brothers, three sisters, and two grandchildren. Survivors include his widow; sons, Cordell, of Dixon and Robert, of Ashton; a daughter, Mrs. Peter (Clarice) Fernelius, of Morrison; and nine grandchildren. The funeral will be Thursday at Cluts-Simes Funeral home, Ashton, with the Rev. John Nevius, pastor of Community Alliance Church, Dixon, officiating. Burial will be in Ashton Cemetery.
Contributed by Pat France

BENJAMIN HARRISON BRADSHAW - Not only Compton, but Lee, and adjoining counties were overshadowed with gloom and bowed down with sorrow when it was announced Wednesday ( May 19, 1897) shortly after dinner that Hon. B. H. Bradshaw had ceased to live. Three weeks ago Mr. Bradshaw, who was a strong, vigorous man, contracted a severe cold. For two or three days he thought little about it, though confined to the house. He was finally induced to consult his physician and submit to a course of treatment. The esteem in which he was held was made manifest by the solicitations of friends without number who called and offered their services in nursing and in watching with the sufferer. No great doubt was felt of his ultimate recovery until the past few days. For two weeks the fever was at its highest pitch but he combated it with all his strength and will power. But it burned too fiercely and when it subsided left him in a state collapse, with not enough vitality to build upon. His brain was wonderfully clear for one so ill, and a few days ago he spoke to those at his bedside of some unsettled business matters, saying he wished very much he had adjusted them. A brother told him not to worry; he would have plenty of time when he recovered. He said he would never rise from his bed, and it proved too true. Mr. Bradshaw was the fifth son of Mr. and Mrs. George Bradshaw and was born near Rockford (October 22, 1847). His parents came to this vicinity forty years ago, where they have resided ever since. His father died twelve years ago, but his mother, who is 85 years of age, is still living. The family is one of the most prominent and widely known in western Illinois. The subject of this obituary notice was one of the most public spirited and active men in the country, to whom everybody seemed to turn with one accord for advice in business and other matters. From 1886 to 1890 he served this district as representative in the Illinois legislature, and by his efforts in behalf of measures calculated to benefit the people at large brought Lee county into a prominence from which it has never receded. He was fearless in his advocacy of those principles which upheld the honor of Illinois and America. When the country called for defenders in the early 60's, he was among the first to enroll his name; but before he was permitted to see any active service was taken sick with the same disease which caused his death, and for three months was confined to the hospital at Springfield, and finally discharged as incapacitated for active service. He many times remarked that the greatest blow of his life was when they told him he could not fight for his country. But there are those yet living who remember his tender, manly solicitude for the welfare and comfort of the families whose fathers, husbands and sons were fighting for freedom. There was no time when he would not take from himself and give to others. On Nov. 19, 1879, he was married to Miss Anna Amelia Guffin, who with their three children survives him. He was a man of sterling business qualifications and amassed sufficient property to leave his family in comfortable circumstances. Among his possessions are 800 acres of land in Iowa, and considerable property here. He was a prominent Mason, which order will conduct the funeral services this morning at 10 o'clock. It is a sad loss to the community--the death of this man upon whom so many depended for advice, and to whom Compton and vicinity owe so much for its standing as a social, educational and moral center.--Graphophone
Contributed by Marilyn Widler

CLARISSA (TODD) BRADSTREET - It is with sorrow that we note the death of "Mother" Bradstreet which occurred Aug. 25, 1889. She has been among us as a helper and means of strength for so many years that her loss will be keenly felt. Possessing fine physical and mental powers she devoted the last fifty-nine years of her life to the service of Christ. For some eleven years her husband was a local preacher in the M. E. denomination. When a child of two years, her family moved to Middletown, N. Y., where six older children taught in the neighboring schools. Although living at the time in a pioneer state, she received many advantages. Her earliest recollections numbering her mother's perusal of the Scriptures, and her father's tales of his three years toil in the Revolution. Of her twelve children, nine preceeded her to the spirit world. Three survive her; Mrs. G. T. Patrick (Martha), of Byron, Ill., Mrs. J. D. Smith (Maria Ann) and Mrs. C. Helmershausen (Mary), of this place. She also leaves eighteen grand-children and 8 great grandchildren.
George Clinton from Find-A-Grave

JAMES H. BRAFFET The Angel of Death visited our little city again the first of the week and took from our midst one of Paw Paw's most respected citizens. Dr. James H. Braffet died at nine o'clock last Sunday evening after a lingering illness of over a year. Dr. Braffet began failing in health nearly two years ago and continued growing worse until a merciful God relieved him of his suffering. During his last illness he showed a spirit of complete resignation to his fate, knowing full well that his disease was beyond the power of human skill to relieve. He was conscious until a few moments before the end and bid his family and friends good-by. So far as religion was concerned Dr. Braffet was a Free Thinker and remained firm in his belief until death robbed him of his power of reasoning. A post mortem was held over the remains last Tuesday conducted by Drs. Stevens, Stetler and Agler of this place; Vosburg and Mosier of Earlville, E. P. Cook, Jr. of Mendota and White of West Brooklyn. The result of the examination showed that Dr. Braffet's death was due to a sarcoma in the right pelvis, and the decaying of the bones near it. The funeral services were held at the Baptist church Thursday morning according to the rites of the Masonic Lodge, conducted by Rev. Wm. Matthews. The remains were interred in Frantz Grove Cemetery.

2nd Notice: Dr. James H. Braffet was born in Florida, Orange Co., New York, October 16, 1834, and died at his home in Paw Paw, Ill., July 16, 1899, aged 64 years and 9 months. He was the eldest of three children of James and Mellissa A. (Firman) Braffet. He attended school at Chester Academy under Deacon Bros., formerly of the Chicago "Tribune," and his successor, Rev. Phineas Robinson, as principals, completing a scientific course as also one in civil engineering. He studied there with a view to a course at West Point, passed the required examination and received the requisite credentials; but at this point he concluded to pursue the study of medicine, which he began in 1853. In 1855 he came to Illinois and located at East Paw Paw. Here he followed surveying a year, then went into the practice of medicine, which he pursued until the session of 1860 and '61, when he entered the Rush Medical College of Chicago. After this he was constantly in practice 'till the session of '68 and '69, when he entered the Belleone Hospital Medical College, New York City, where he completed his college course. In 1868 he became a member of the Medico-Pathological Society, in1878 a member of the North Central Medical Assoc. of Ill., in 1879 of the Ill. State Medical Society, in 1880 of the Am. Med. Association. In the fall of 1860 he was married to Ellen S. Billings, of Shabbona, DeKalb Co., Ill., and daughter of James M. Billings. Before leaving the east he was for 5 years a member of the Caliopean Literary Society, and for several years was an honorary member of the Atheneum Literary Society, connected with the classical Seminary of East Paw Paw. He pursued the practice of medicine at Malugin's Grove and Compton for several years. In 1874 he moved to Paw Paw, where he has since resided. In politics, Dr. Braffet was a staunch democrat and was postmaster of Paw Paw during Cleveland's second term. He was a member of the board of education for eighteen years. He was formerly a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and the A. F. & A. M. but had dropped his membership in both orders. A wife and seven children survive him. The two youngest, Will C. and Miss Essie, reside at home. Nellie N. Stevens at Beardstown, Ill.; John J. at Helper, Utah; Chas. C. location unknown; Mark P., Price, Utah and James H. Jr., at Malta, Ill.
Contributed by Marilyn Widler

MALISSA (FURMAN) BRAFFET was born at Florida, Orange Co., New York, on the 9th day of May, 1813, and died at the home of her daughter-in-law (who had cared for her for the past three years) in Paw Paw, Illinois, Friday, March 9, 1906, aged 92 years 10 months. She was united in marriage in her native town to James Braffet, January 16, 1833. To this union were born two daughters, Sarah and Dora, who died in childhood, and one son, Dr. James H. who died July 16, 1899. With her husband she came to Illinois in 1855 and located at East Paw Paw, later moving to Malugin's Grove and thence to Compton where they resided for a number of years. Mr. Braffet died at Compton April 25, 1888 at the age of 86 years. Soon after his death she moved to Paw Paw where she has since resided. At the age of twenty years she united with the M.E. Church at Florida, New York, and remained a member up to the time of her death. During her early life she was an untiring worker for the church and as long as she was able attended church services. For a number of years she conducted the only hotel at Compton, and was known for her sociability--always enjoying to mingle with and entertain her friends. Throughout her entire life her strong traits of character were ever prominent. During her residence in Paw Paw, covering a period of about fifteen years, old age, which was the cause of her death, prevented her making very frequent visits to her old home at Compton. Her birthday has been annually observed for several years, many old friends being present on each occasion. She was unable to leave her bed seven weeks prior to her death and passed away as in a sleep. She leaves seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. The burial was at the Frantz cemetery beside her husband and children.
Submitted by Marilyn Widler

EDWARD J. BREMER , 80, retired Dixonite, died at 8 p.m. Tuesday (July 29, 1952) following his collapse on the stairs at his home 715 S. Galena ave. as he was preparing to go to bed. Mr. Bremer died of a heart condition of which he had been receiving treatment for some time. He is survived by his widow Margaret, a son Elsworth, Dixon; two daughters, Mrs. Mary Preston, Morrison and Mrs. Marcella Dick, Aldedo and three grandchildren. Two sons preceded him in death. Rev. Sidney Blumquist of the Methodist Church officiated. Burial in the Oakwood Cemetery.
Dixon Evening Telegraph July 30, 1952

MARGARET (RHODENBAUGH) BREMER , 80, 715 Galena Ave., died Friday in Manson Nursing Home after a long illness. Margaret C. Rhodenbaugh was born April 3, 1875 and married Edward J. Bremer January 20, 1897. He died July 29, 1952. She spent her entire life in Lee County and had lived in Dixon for 52 years. Survivors are two daughters; Mrs. J.M. (Mary) Preston, Morrison; Mrs. Gavin (Marcella) Dick, Belvidere; a son Ellsworth, Saratoga FL. and a sister Christina Walters, San Diego Calif. A son Leslie was killed in the invasion of France July 4, 1944 and another son Orval died in infancy. Burial in Oakwood Cemetery.
Dixon Evening Telegraph 28 May 1955

ERNEST WINFIELD BRINK - age 85, of Clovis, CA., passed away on Thursday, May 12, 2016 at his home. He was born September 18, 1930 in Dixon, IL., the son of G. Winfield Brink and Gladys (Gilroy) Brink Ernest graduated from Dixon High School, Class of 1951 and continued on to receive a Bachelor of Arts degree from Carthage College, Carthage, IL., after attending Illinois State Teacher's College in DeKalb, IL. for one year. He enjoyed all sports and was a former football player at DeKalb and Carthage College. Football letter winner at Carthage 1952, 1955. His education was interrupted July 30, 1953 when he was inducted in the U.S. Army and served for two years. He worked for United Grocers/Fleming Food for 25 plus years. He was also a very good handicapper in horse racing and was actively involved in youth baseball and soccer as a coach and found great joy working with young athletes. He could also be seen at his grandchildren's events and was very proud and enjoyed watching them compete. Ernest was also very proud of his Army days where he served his country with great pride and dedication.
He is survived by his son Michael Brink, Clovis, Ca., daughters, Yvette (Greg) Lavalle, Anaheim, Ca., Jeanette (Mike) Donahue, Covina, Ca.; grandchildren, Jordan Brink and Haleigh Brink of Clovis, Ca.; Gage and Bella Lavalle of Anaheim Ca. He is also survived by his loving sister, Elsie Harmon, South Gate, Ca.; also two nieces and two nephews. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Lizette Brink, parents, brother, Robert Brink; and Rusty Peine, his long-time girlfriend of 16 years. Visitation was at Boise Funeral Home in Clovis on Friday, May 20, 2016 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Graveside services and burial at Clovis cemetery, Saturday, May 21, 2016 at 10:00 a.m., with Pastor Dave Love officiating.
Contributed by Elsie Harmon

GUY WINFIELD BRINK - Services for Guy WInfield Brink, 59, Dixon carpenter who died Thursday (27 Nov 1952) in St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester Minn. will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Preston Funeral Home. The Rev. Wm. Thompson and the Rev. George J. Curran will officiate, burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery. He is survived by his widow Gladys, two sons, Ernest W., Dixon and Robert C., Platt S.D.; a daughter, Miss Essie Mae, Dixon; a brother Robert, Dixon; two sisters, Mrs. Leonard Bowers and Mrs. Bert Crist, Dixon and a grandaughter.
Dixon Evening Telegraph 28 November 1952

LENA (THOLEN) BRINK , 85, a resident of this area her entire lifetime died late Wednesday (13 July 1955) at the home of her son Leland near Nachusa. She was born May 21, 1870 in Grand Detour the daughter of Frank and Frances Tholen. She was married Dec. 22, 1886 to John Brink. (Burial was in Mt. Union Cemetery). Surving are two children Leland S. Brink, Nachusa and Alice Quaco
Dixon Evening Telegraph

CHARLES BUCKINGHAM - The funeral of Charles Buckingham of Amboy, chairman of the Lee county board of supervisors and review, who was killed in an automobile accident north of Ashton early Tuesday morning will be held at his home in Amboy at 2:00 Thursday and at the methodist church in that city at 2:30 Burial will be in Prairie Repose.

ACCIDENT REPORT: June 20, 1944 Charles Buckingham 55 of Amboy, chairman of the Lee County board of supervisors and of the Lee County board of review was instantly killed at about 12;30 a.m. this morning in an auto accident at the Yorty corners north of Ashton on the Lincoln Highway in which Deputy Sheriff Henry Wilson and Mrs. Esther Swank, matron of the Lee county jail were severely injured. They were removed to the Lincoln Hospital at Rochelle. They were returning from the Elgin State Hospital where the two deputies had delivered a female patient who had been committed form the Lee County court yesterday. Deputy Wilson was reported to have been driving and to have missed the sharp curve which has been the scene of several serious accidents. All three of the occupants were in the front seat as the car left the paving, crossing the ditch and headon into an embankment. Buckingham was thrown partly through the windshield and was reported to have suffered a severe skull fracture, chest injuries and a broken leg. He died almost instantly. Mrs. Swank suffered lacerations around the head, possible fractured shoulder and a deep leg gash. Deputy Wilson suffered fractured ribs, injury to the back, and numerous body bruises. Mrs. Swank and Wilson were to undergo x-rays today. Reportedly a fire started in the car immediately after the crash. Wilson in his injured condition attempted to remove the other passengers and assisted in extinguishing the fire. Charles Buckingham was one of the most popular members of the Lee county board and was serving his third term as the representative from Amboy Township, having succeeded Gilber Finch now county treasurer. He had spent his entire life in Amboy township where he was actively engaged.
Dixon Evening Telegraph

CECELIA (SALZ) BULFER , age 82, of Sublette, died Sunday, Feb. 8, 2004, at St. Margaret’s Hospital in Spring Valley. Mass of Christian Burial was held on Thursday, Feb. 12, 2004, at 10:30 am., in Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Sublette, with the Rev. Edward Hughes, Pastor, officiating. Burial followed in St. Mary Cemetery in Sublette. Visitation was held on Wednesday, Feb. 11, from 5 until 8 p.m., in the Mihm-Jones Funeral Home in Amboy, with a Rosary service at 4:45 p.m., and also on Thursday from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. in the church. Mrs. Bulfer was born Aug. 19, 1921, in Whittemore, Iowa, the daughter of William and Anna (Puetz) Salz. She was united in marriage to Leo A. Bulfer in West Brooklyn on May 28, 1940. He preceded her in death Nov. 17, 1993. Survivors include five daughters, Pat (Harold) Stenzel of Sublette, Norma (Albert) Borell of Amboy, Helen (Harold) Pettit of Spring Valley, Elizabeth (David) Dillon of Galesburg, and Cindy (Dennis) Jones of Hooppole; one son, Robert (Pauline) Bulfer of Sublette; 11 grandchildren; six step-grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; 15 step-great-grandchildren; one sister, Bernadette (George) Spore of Fairfield Bay, Ark.; and three brothers, Wilford Salz of Wenona, Othmar (Helen) Salz, and Victor Salz, both of Lostant. She was also preceded in death by two grandsons and one sister, Irene Bonnell. She was the head cook at Del Monte Foods in Mendota for many years. She was a member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church in Sublette and St. Anne Sodality.
Amboy News

DENNIS WALTER BULFER , 69, of Dixon died Sunday Nov. 21, 2004 at his home. He farmed in the Harmon area and was employed by Allied Locke Industries for 10 years. Mr. Bulfer was born Oct. 9, 1935 in Sublette, the son of Andrew and Nancy (Turner) Bulfer. He married Elizabeth Gerrard April 3, 1959 in Varna. He enjoyed woodworking and stained glass sytling. Survivors are his wife; two sons, Dennis C. Bulfer and Timothy (Gretchen) Bulfer both of Dixon; two daughters, Pamela Sue (David) Heilman of Loves Park and Cyndi (Mark) Simon of Dixon; a brother J. Lester (Lorraine) Bulfer of Mendota; three sisters, Mary (Louis) DalSanto of Rockford, Ellen (Donald) Jones of Mendota and Dorothy (Edward) Sreenan of Ocala Fla; a sister-in-law, marion Bulfer of Mendota and six grandchildren. He was preceded by a daughter Cory Ann Bulfer; five brothers, Leo, Harry, Joe, Gilbert and Arthur and a sister Katherine. The funeral is at 11 am Saturday at Preston-Schilling Funeral Home, Dixon with the Rev. Robert Zetterberg, pastor of Rock Falls Evangelical Congregational Church officiating. Creamation rites will be accorded, burial at Oakwood Cemetery.
Sterling Gazette November 23, 2004

GEORGE W. BURCH , prominent in Dixon's business life, for for more than 25 years has been associated with the firm of George Nettz & Co. passed away at the KSB hospital Sunday at 4:50 p.m. (September 10, 1944). He was taken ill last week and passed into a coma at his home 404 East McKenney street, Friday evening, being taken to the hospital in an ambulance Saturday morning. Coming to Dixon from Whiteside county several years ago to make his home, he had been successful in business until about ten years ago when he retired. Surviving him are his widow, three daughters, Mrs. Evelyn Stoeckle of Beverly Hills Cal.; Mrs. Helen Carolus of Sterling; and Mrs. Mary Dysart of the Dunes Ind. One sister Mrs. Nettie Spears of Houston Texas and two brothers, Fred of Culver City Cal. and Herbert of Rockford. George Burch was born Aug. 31 1866 at Garden Plain township, Whiteside County. For 22 years he was manager of the Elevator at Galt and the following six years at Sterling, coming to Dixon in 1919. In 1915 he was manager of the Dixon Cereal Company plant in Dementown and one year later became associated with the firm of Nettz & Co. He was a member, and for several years a trustee, of Dixon lodge of Elks and a director of the Dixon Country Club. Funeral service will be conducted from the Preston Funeral home Thursday at 2, Rev. Bliss B. Cartwright of the Presbyterian Church will officiate and burial will be the Oakwood Mausoleum. Officers and members of the Elks will conduct the committal service.
Dixon Evening Telegraph September 11, 1944

ANNA BURKE , 84, of 422 1/2 Peoria Ave. died at 6:15 p.m. Wednesday (20 February 1951). She was a resident of Dixon for 32 years. Mrs. Burke was born in Harmon May 12, 1866. She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Jess Goodrich, Rock Falls; Mrs. John Ruth, Dixon; a son John, Sterling. Her husband, two daughters and a son preceded her in death. Services will be held 9 a.m. Saturday from the Jones Funeral home and at 9:30 at St. Patricks church, the Rev. T.S. Green officiating. Burial in Holy Cross cemetery, Harmon.
Dixon Evening Telegraph 22 February 1951

DOROTHY G. BUTLER , 87 of Dixon died July 16, 2005 at Heritage Square in Dixon. She was born July 9, 1918 in Lee Center the daughter of Arthur Edwin and Nellie Henrietta (Degner) Butler. She served as CEO of First Federal Savings and Loan in Dixon, prior to her retirement on July 1, 1986. She also owned and operated Dorothy Butler Dance School for more than 20 years. She was a member of St. Anne Catholic Church in Dixon and been very active as a volunteer for the American Cancer Society. She was preceded by her brother Roman Butler and a sister Helen Joyce. She is survived by a sister Blanche Butler of Dixon. Burial in Oakwood cemetery.

FLORENCE PEARL (FELDKERCHNER) BUTLER , 59, native of China Township and resident of Ashton most of her life passed away at her home here at 7:15 CST Monday evening (May 12, 1947) after an illness of several weeks duration. Funeral services will be held at the Cluts funeral home at 1:45 Thursday afternoon and at the Church of the Brethren in Franklin Grove at 2:30, the Rev. S.L. Cover officiating. Burial will be at Ashton Cemetery. Florence Pearl Feldkerchner was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Feldkerchner and was married to Andrew Butler September 1921. She is survived by her husband; four children; Ralph C., Arland and Elsie C. of Ashton and Mrs. Florence Batchelor of Rochelle; four sisters and two brothers. An infant daughter died in infancy.
Dixon Evening Telegraph May 13, 1947

JOSEPH P. BUTLER - 19, 333 Foxtrot, Dixon, drowned Wednesday night while swimming at Lost Nation Lake,, northeast of Dixon. Funeral services will be held Saturday with a prayer service at 10:30 a.m. at the Jones Funeral Home. Mass of the Resurrection will be held at 11 a.m. at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Dixon, with the Rev. Gerald Kobbeman, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery, Dixon. Friends may call from 6-9 p.m. Friday at the funeral home with a scripture service being at 8 p.m. Mr. Butler was born Feb. 28, 1963 in Chicago, the son of Thomas and Adelaide "Babe" (Hogarty) Butler. He was a 1981 graduate of Newman Central Catholic high School and a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Dixon. He was presently employed at Joe's Pizza in Dixon. He is survived by his parents; five brothers, Thomas III, James, Daniel and Kevin, all of Dixon and John of Waukegan, and one sister, Mary, of Dixon. He was preceded in death by his grandparents.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois July 30, 1982 - Friday, page A4

LENA (COLE) BUTLER , daughter of Allen and Lydia Cole, was born Dec. 22, 1872. She passed away at the Compton Hospital August 26, (1935). She was united in marriage to Delos Butler, Nov. 12, 1890. United with the Baptist Church, Paw Paw, Illinois in her girlhood days, she later transfered to United Brethern Church in Compton. She leaves to mourn her passing a brother Irvin Cole of Peru, Indiana and Mrs. Nellie Adrian of Paw Paw, Illinois. A brother, Jesse Cole preceded her in death twenty years ago. Three daughters survive: Mrs. Hazel Kettley, Fae Richarson, and Helen Fuller. Her daughter, Alberta Van Campen, was laid to rest Sunday. Mother and daughter were fatally injured in a Thursday evening (auto) accident. Sister Butler was a splendid woman and lived a good and helpful life. She was a good neighbor, wife and mother. She will be greatly missed.
Contributed by Martha Fuller

ARNOLD MARTIN BUTTERBAUGH , 88, of Dixon, died Monday, Oct. 1, 2007, at KSB Hospital. He farmed in the Lee County area for 26 years, retiring in 1966, and was owner and operator of Sauk Trails from 1955 to 2002. He logged more than three million miles in a bus and drove a bus or vehicle in all 50 states and 11 European countries. Mr. Butterbaugh was born June 5, 1919, in Polo, the son of Charles and Della (Gilbert) Butterbaugh. He married Kathryn Sheaffer on Oct. 19, 1941, at East Jordan Church, Sterling. Arnold was a member of Dixon Church of the Brethren and Friendship Lodge 7 AF & AM, Dixon. Survivors include his wife; a son, David (Beth) Butterbaugh of Dallas; two daughters, Joanne (Robert) Fredberg of Roscoe and Carol (Gerald) Pyle of Montrose, Colo.; a sister, Helen Tucker of Warren; five grandchildren, Brent (Debbie) Fredberg of San Diego, Sarah (Tom) Doyle of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Jessica (Jason) Jacobs, Benjamin Butterbaugh and Jonathan Butterbaugh, all of Dallas; and three great-grandchildren, Katie, Emily and Megan Doyle. The funeral is at 10 a.m. Saturday at Dixon Church of the Brethren, with the Rev. Stan Rodabaugh, pastor, officiating. Private burial of cremains is Monday at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, Dixon. Visitation is from 5 to 8 p.m., with an 8 p.m. Masonic service, Friday at Preston-Schilling Funeral Home, Dixon.
Preston-Schilling Funeral Home

HARVEY E. BUTTERBAUGH , 66, Woosung, died Wednesday evening at the KSB hospital. Mr. Butterbaugh was born north of Polo at Maryland Station Oct. 4, 1884 and spent his life in Polo and Woosung. He married the former Miss Orpha Gilbert, Jan. 28, 1919. He is survived by his wife; five daughters, Velda and Marian at home; Mrs. Charles Kesselring, MRs. Marvin Holtz and Mrs. Dean Butterbaugh all of Dixon; one son, Harold, Polo and 10 granchildren. He was preceeded by three brothers and three sisters. Rites will be conducted at the Church of the Brethren, Dixon at 2 p.m. Saturday with the Rev. Clarence B. Fike and the Rev. Wm. E. Thompson officiating. Burial will be in Chapel Hill Cemetery.
Dixon Evening Telegraph 26 July 1851

ORPHA ELIZABETH (GILBERT) BUTTERBAUGH , 58, of Woosung, died at 8 p.m. Sunday (23 November 1952) in KSB hospital in Dixon. She was born in Polo, Jan. 23, 1894, and married Harvey Butterbaugh Jan. 28, 1914 in Polo. She is survived by five daughters, Marion and MRs. Harold (Velda) Block of Woosung; Mrs. Charles (Lois) Kesselring, Mrs. Marvin( Viola) Holtz and Mrs. Dean (Darlene) Butterbaugh, all of Dixon; one son, Harold Butterbaugh, Polo; three sisters, Mrs. Joe (Ida) Allison, Polo; Mrs. Vernie Detweiler, Dixon, and Mrs. Henry (Ruth) Dolen, Mt. Morris; three brothers, Harry and Sam Gilbert of Polo, and Dan Gilbert, Ogden, Iowa; and eleven grandchildren. Mrs. Butterbaugh was preceded by her husband in July, 1951. The remains will be taken from the Chapel Hill funeral home to the family home in Woosung at 10 a.m. Tuesday. Memorial services will be at the Church of the Brethren in Dixon at 2 p.m. Wednesday, the Rev. John D. Blough and the Rev. Wm. E. Thompson officiating. Burial will be in Chapel Hill Cemetery.
Dixon Evening Telegraph 24 Nov. 1952

ANNA BUYERS , 76, died Thursday evening at her home (August 19, 1954), 513 E. Eighth St. following a short illness. Mrs. Buyrs was born in Sterling Sept. 29, 1877. She married Mino Buyers Sept. 7, 1900 at Morrison. For the past 32 years the Buyers have made their home in Dixon. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Chapel Hill with Rev. Richard French officiating. Burial will be in Chapel Hill Mem. Park. Mrs. Buyers is survived by her husband, a son John of Dixon; and five daughters, Mrs. Maurice (Margaret) Cusing; Mrs. Paul (Emily) Williams; Mrs. Kenneth (Hazel) Fox all of Dixon; Mrs. Oscar (Helen) Lehman, Sterling, and Mrs. Glenn (Esther) Klapprodt, Mt. Morris.
Dixon Evening Telegraph 20 August 1954

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