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EDWARD FRANCIS CAHILL
At half-past eight o'clock, Sunday morning, August 30, Edward F. Cahill, Sr., after a brief illness of about 24 hours, died at his residence, 551 Galena Avenue. The funeral service will be at half-past ten o'clock, Tuesday morning at St. Patrick's Church. Mr. Cahill was born at St. John's, Newfoundland, July 31, 1846, and was consequently fifty years and one month at the time of his death. On June 7, 1868, in his native city, he was married to Mary Donley, who with eight sons and daughters (all at home) cluster around her, giving such comfort as mutual affection can afford in her sore bereavement.
After periods of residence in New Brunswick and New England, the family - then small - moved to Dixon in 1874, where by long years of industry and frugality, they have secured a pleasant and comfortable home; a home which but for the unfortunate appetite which wrecks so much joy, would have been one of the happiest homes in Dixon today. For the sake of those who morn so bitterly, we would pass over the one fault in poor Cahill's character, that habit against which he fought bravely and hopefully for a time, but doubtless hastened his death. We know that the lips now forever silent, could they speak again, would do so in words of warning stronger than we could use: but at a time like this it is far pleasanter to recall the many good traits in the character of the deceased. He was a man of warm heart and bright intellect. Endowed with an investigating mind and more than an average share of mental ability, had he possessed the early advantages which he has sought to give his children, he would have left his impress upon the thought of the surrounding community. He was a strictly honest and honorable man, emphatic in his denunciation of all shams, wherever found. He was a man of keen perceptions of right and wrong -- a man of many friends and very few if any, enemies: a companionable and friendly man, whom it was a pleasure to converse with on almost any topic. He was a warm hearted man, and when in his normal condition kind and considerate for those around him: a husband and father who took real pleasure in contributing to the pleasure and happiness of his loved ones. He was a man of refined instincts and of cultural musical taste, traits which he has imparted in no small degree to several of his offspring. These things are bright spots shining out through the cloud that now over shadows his home, and whatever we may regret in the life that has so suddenly gone out, this is true: No man's life is a failure who leave to the community a family of bright, intelligent, virtuous and self-respecting children. To these, and more especially to the bereaved widow who has borne more than her share of sorrow, the heart-felt sympathy of the entire community is extended.
Contributed by Mary Daniel from the Dixon Evening Telegraph Monday August 31, 1896

JOHN HUGH CAHILL
Services for John H. Cahill, 57, Opa-Locka, Fla., former owner and operator of Cahill's Electric Shop here, who died unexpectedly Wednesday morning, will be held Saturday at 9 a.m. in Jones Funeral Home and at 9:30 a.m. in St. Patrick's Church, with the Rev. William Boland, officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery.
He was born Dec. 16, 1909, in Dixon, the son of William J. and Mary B. Cahill. He married Patricia Redfield, May 29, 1937, in Chicago. He had served as city commissioner of public property from 1959 to 1962 when he resigned to move to Florida. He attended St. Mary's School and Dixon High School and graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1933.
While here Mr. Cahill was a member of the Northern Illinois Contractors Association and a past president, Northern Illinois Electrical Association; chamber of Commerce member; past grand knight of the Knights of Columbus; past exalted ruler of the Elks Lodge; and past president of the Rock River Notre Dame Club.
He was preceded in death by his parents. Survivors include his widow; five sons, Terry, Edward and Robert, all at home; John, serving with the U.S. Navy at Gulfport, Miss., and William, Opa-Locka; a daughter, Mrs. Bruce (Mary Ileen) Williams, Opa-Locka; a sister, Mrs. Sherwood (Helen) Dixon, Dixon, and five grandchildren. Friends may call in the funeral home after 7 p.m. Friday where the Rosary will be recited at 8 p.m.
*** Editorial by Robert E. Shaw of the Telegraph...John H. Cahill
Many friends were shocked Wednesday to hear of the passing of John Cahill in his home in Opa-Locka, Fla. John was born in Dixon December 16, 1909, the son of William J. and Mary Cahill. He lived in Dixon all his life until he moved to Florida. He attended St. Mary's School and Dixon High School and graduated from Notre Dame in 1933, was past grand knight of the Knights of Columbus and past exalted ruler of the Elks Lodge. He served a term as commissioner of public property from 1959 to 1962.
Condolences go to his lovely wife Pat, their five sons, John, William, Terry, Edward and Robert, and daughter Mary (Mrs. Bruce Williams) and a sister, Mrs. Sherwood (Helen) Dixon and five grandchildren.
Our world has been happier for John Cahill having lived in it. His son John, in a visit with us today, said "our dad was a dad and a friend and a pal." This sums up the good feeling his many friends had for this kind man with his always ready wit and kindly word. The good memory of John Cahill will be with his legion of friends always.
Contributed by Mary Daniel Dixon Evening Telegraph Friday, September 22, 1967

DAVID R. CALLAHAN , 43, of Dixon died Sunday, Nov. 21, 2004, at KSB Hospital. He was employed by Raynor Door Manufacturing. . Mr. Callahan was bom July 31, 1961, in Dixon. the son of Richard and Elsie (Torti) Callahan. Survivors include two daughters, Kelly and Michelle Callahan both of Aurora; a brother, MiChael (Patricia) Calahan of Dixon; and two Sisters, Marsha Callahan of Madison, Wis., and Diane "Dede" (Corey) Helm of New Albany. Ind. He was preceded in death by his parents. Private funeral service is Saturday at Jones Funeral Home, Dixon, with the Rev. Robert Jones, pastor of St. Patricks officiating. Burial is at Oakwood Cemetery.
Contributed by Jan Roggy - Sterling Gazette 24 November 2004

LOUELLA CAMERY passed away at the KSB Hospital this morning following a long illness. She has been a resident of Dixon for a number of years. Surviving her are one daughter Hattie Dixon of Deer Grove; three sons, Charles, Glenn and Nelson all of Dixon; eight Grandchildren and seven grand children, also one brother William Jones of Newton. Services from Jones Funeral home, Rev. Merrill S. Tope pastor of the First Methodist officiating. Burial in Greenwood Cemetery at Harmon. (Dixon Evening Telegraph 31 January 1947)
Mrs. Louella Jones Camery was born at Falmouth IL July 31 1864 and at the time of her passing was 82 years and six months of age. She was united in marriage to Lemuel G. Camery January 30, 1889 and to this union was born eight children, four of whom preceded her in death. Her husband preceded her in Sept. 1940.

WAYNE W. CANFIELD , 84, of Oregon died Monday, April 30, 2001, in Franklin Grove Nursing Home. He was born May 23, 1916, in Franklin Grove, the son of George and Mamie Arnold Canfield. He married Bernadine Pyse on Feb 25, 1939 in Clinton, Iowa, 62 years ago. Wayne was a lifelong resident of Ogle County, and farmed many years in Sinnissippi Upland Farm number 3. Wayne was an avid lover of horses, was a member of the Hitch N'Wheel Pony Club for a number of years. He also was an avid reader of Ogle and Lee counties' history and enjoyed collecting antique tools. Survivors include wife, Bernadine; daughters, Beverly (Lyle) Johnson of Bloomsburg, Pa, Judy (Charles) Banks of St Petersburg, Fla.; son, Wayne Canfield Jr. of Oregon; four grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Predeceased by brothers, Arnold, Lawrence and Roderick Canfield. Memorial services at 11 a.m. Friday, May 4, in Lighthouse United Methodist Church, South Daysville Road, Oregon, with the Rev. Brian Channel, pastor, officiating. No visitation. Burial in Lighthouse Cemetery (Ogle Co). In lieu of flowers, memorials to the church appreciated. Arrangements by Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home, 110 S Seventh St., Oregon.

GENE CAPOLA , 83, of Sublette, formerly of Chicago, died Friday, Nov. 19,2004, at Franklin Grove Nursing Center. He was employed as a private chauffeur until retiring. Mr. Capola was born Jan. 19, 1921, in Chicago, the son of Andrew and Maria (Deanglo) Capola. He served in the Army during World War n. He married Shirley Thomas on July 28, 1945, in Chicago. He was a member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, Sublette. Survivors include his wife; a son, Michael Capola of Amboy; three I grandchildren; and two great-grand­children. The funeral is at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Merritt Funeral Home, Mendota, with the Rev. Edward Hughes offici­cating. Burial is at Holy Cross Cemetery - Mendota. Visitation is from 5-8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. A memorial has been established to Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, Mendota.
Contributed by Jan Roggy - Sterling Gazette 21 November 2004

HIRAM CARNAHAN DR. HIRAM CARNAHAN, an aged resident of Compton, died at the home of his daughter Mrs. S. O. Argraves Monday night. He was the father of Mrs. F. E. Guffin, who has been with him much of the time during his illness.
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Hiram Carnahan was born in Columbia county, Pennsylvania, June 10, 1830. He died in Compton, Lee county, Illinois, January 3, 1916. His earthly career covered a period of 85 years, 6 months and 24 days. He was a son of Samuel and Elizabeth Carnahan, and one of a family of eight children. The only surviving member of this family is a brother, Samuel Wesley Carnahan of Paw Paw. Hiram Carnahan when 18 years of age came west with his father's family in 1848 and settled at Malugins Grove. In 1855 he began the study of medicine in Rush Medical College of Chicago. In 1857 he was married to Sarah Christeance, daughter of Abram and Caroline Christeance of Malugins Grove. After marriage he and his wife moved to Iowa, where he practiced medicine for two years. They returned to Illinois and he resumed the study of medicine in Rush Medical College from which institution he graduated in 1860, and then engaged in the practice of medicine at Malugins Grove. Hiram and Sarah Carnahan were the parents of nine children, five of whom died in early life and the four surviving children are Letitia Doty of Larned, Kansas; Fannie Guffin of Paw Paw; Eva Argraves and H. L. Carnahan both, of Compton. In 1875 Doctor Hiram Carnahan and family moved from Malugins Grove to Compton where he continued the practice of medicine until 1888 when he was succeeded by Dr. A. W. Chandler. Since the death of his wife in 1906 he has lived with his son, but from March 11, the beginning of his last illness, he has lived with his daughter, Eva Argraves. His last illness of almost ten months duration was a gradual decline until death. It was simply an illness that denoted the ebbing away of the sands of life. He was a member of M. E. church of Compton and his faith in the immortality of his soul was steadfast. Dr. Carnahan practiced his profession in that locality nearly thirty years. During the Civil War his practice was active, and the doctor and his rig was a familiar sight, both night and day upon the highways covering a radius of some twenty miles in that vicinity. He never refused to aid the sick and injured. A knock at his door at midnight when the winds were blowing fierce and cold and roads almost impassable met with the same response as when the most favorable conditions of weather and roads prevailed. He never pressed his collections, and regardless of the prospect of pay or no pay, he always responded to the call. Considering the goods of this world, if it be said that he died poor, it can also be said that in the gratitude of the many who received his assistance, he died rich.
Contributed by Marilyn Widler

ROY CARNAHAN , 67, of near Compton, died at his home at 10:25 p.m. Friday (July 31, 1953) after a long illness. Carnahan was born in Brooklyn Twp. Oct. 12, 1885 Surviving are a son Donald, Compton; two grandchildren, Janice and Douglas; three brothers, Grover, Compton; Glen, River Forest; and Ralph, Rochelle. His wife died a number of years ago. Funeral services will be held at the Compton Methodist Church at 2 p.m.Sunday. Friends may call Saturday at the Torman Funeral Home, Paw Paw from 7 to 9 p.m. Burial will be in the Melugin Cemetery, Compton.
Dixon Evening Telegraph 1 August 1953

SARAH EVA (CHRISTIANCE) CARNAHAN , who departed this life May 3rd, 1906, was born July 4th, 1837 at Malugin Grove, Ill., her age being 68 years 9 months, and 29 days. During the year of 1848 Hiram Carnahan, then a youth of eighteen years, while standing in front of a store at the Grove, saw Sarah, a maiden of eleven years, walking across the street. As their eyes met their hearts beat as one, and they became true lovers until Sept. 1857 when they were united in holy wedlock. If there ever lived a couple who truly loved as true lovers until death do part, that couple was Hiram and Sarah Carnahan. Nine children came to bless this home, five of whom stayed on earth but a short time, but four, Lettie Doty of Larned, Kansas; Fannie Guffin of Paw Paw, Ill.; Eva Argraves and Harry Lendell of Compton, lived to bless, care and be a comfort to their aged parents. Shortly after their marriage Hiram began the practice of medicine. All but two years of their married life, which was spent in Iowa, the doctor and his beloved wife have lived in and near Compton, Ill. Their lives have been spent in serving the public, the doctor as a physician and his wife as a kind and loving help mate. Many are they who today hold tender remembrances of Mrs. Carnahan as she in her kind and gentle way did all in her power to aid in the relieving of pain and suffering, in speaking works of cheer and comfort, and when her words failed how she with clasped hands stood with teared eyes and wept with those who wept. Mrs. Carnahan has not been in the best of health since 1865, when she had a severe attack of typhoid fever, and for the last ten years she has suffered from a paralytic stroke which caused a complication of diseases which resulted in her death. From childhood Mrs. Carnahan has been affiliated with the Methodist Episcopal Church. The deeper the sorrow the fewer words can one speak, so with clasped hands, teared eyes and heaving breasts of friends, neighbors gather here, doctor with you, your children and grandchildren and hope by their presence, if not by their words, to truly sympathize with you in this great sorrow. You will miss her, the little services she was able to render, the gentle voice, the tender touch, the loving eyes, yes, they will not open to your call. But we will miss her too from her pew at church and her voice in class meeting.
Contributed by Marilyn Widler
Sarah was the daughter of Abram Van Epps Christiance & Caroline C. Borhight

JUDY L. (SHIERRY) HOWELL CARRINGTON , age 57, of Amboy, died at KSB Hospital in Dixon on Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2004. Funeral Services were held on Saturday, Jan. 10, 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 Prairie Repose Cemetery in Amboy. Visitation was held on Friday, Jan. 9, 2004, from 5 until 8 p.m. in the funeral home. Mrs. Carrington was born in Sterling on Dec. 28, 1946, the daughter of John and Geneva (Wolf) Shierry. She married Mark Howell Sr. on Sept. 28, 1968, in Amboy. He preceded her in death March 10, 1973. She then married Gerald Carrington in Knoxville, Ky., on June 21, 1982. He preceded her in death June 6, 1993. Survivors include two daughters, Tammy Newman of Dixon and Michelle (Paul) Deininger of Amboy; two sons, Tony (Janine) Shipman and Tye Carrington, both of Amboy; eight grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; three brothers, George “Tony” (Sandy) Shierry of Lyndon, Darrell (Joan) Shierry of Texas, and Bob (Helen) Shierry of Champaign; three sisters, Valerie Shierry and Marcia (Gene) Yarbrough, both of Morrison, and Nancy (Ray) Sharp of Texas; and special family friend Brandon Nehring of Amboy. She was also preceded in death by one son, Mark Howell Jr., and one sister, Cindy Shierry. She worked as an LPN for the Amboy Rehabilitation and Nursing Center for the last five years and had previously worked for the Lee County Nursing Home in Dixon.

JOHN ALVIN CASE , oldest son of of Chauncey and Mary Roberts Case, was born August 4, 1831 at Fallstown, Lucerne, now Wyoming County, Pa. With his parents, he came to Paw Paw Grove in Nov. 1845, coming by the way of the Great Lakes to Racine, Wis., driving the remainder of the journey with the team. In those days, Chicago being the nearest market for grain, he often made the trip with a team, which required nearly a week. In December 1851 he went to California and engaged in mining and cattle raising until the outbreak of the Civil War. At the first call of troops, he joined a local Company which was not mustered into National service and finally disbanded in April of 1862. In May 1862 he enlisted in the 4th. Cal. Infantry Volunteers and was mustered into service Sept. 26, 1862. In the spring of 1863, he was aboard a vessel that was blown up, and he was reported among the missing; in some way he managed to reach shore, but he had received injuries from which he never fully recovered. As soon as he was able, he reported to his Company for duty. He was given charge of the Government Express, and had many thrilling adventures and narrow escapes from the hostile Indians. He was honorably discharged July 5, 1865. In the fall of 1866, he returned home and engaged in farming. September 29, 1870, he was united in marriage to Miss Phebe Warren. To this union were born three children: Julia M., now Mrs. C. W. Barth of Paw Paw; Frank W., now living at DeKalb, Ill.; and Armand P. also of Paw Paw. Immediately after their marriage Mr. and Mrs. Case settled on a farm five miles southeast of Paw Paw, where they lived for thirty years. They moved to Paw Paw in April 1901, where they lived until the death of Mrs. Case, April 17, 1911; since that time he has lived with his daughter until the time of his death, March 14, 1916, aged 84 years 7 months and 10 days. He is survived by his three children, 6 grandchildren, one sister, Miriam E. Case of Harvey, Illinois; three brothers, Edwin R. and Francis M. of Paw Paw, and Nelson, of Oswego, Kansas. One brother, Henry, and one sister, Harriet Case Morrow, have preceded him in death. He was a member of the G. A. R. Post of Paw Paw, having transferred his membership from Earlville upon moving to Paw Paw.
The funeral was held at the home of the daughter, Mrs. C. W. Barth, Wednesday afternoon, Rev. Canfield officiating, and burial was in Wyoming cemetery. Mr. and Mrs. Canfield rendered appropriate selections and Mrs. Hazel Bryant was accompanist. The G. A. R. had charge of the services at the grave.
--Submitted by Marilyn Widler

MIRIAM E. CASE , has had all of the experiences of a pioneer. Her father, Chauncey Case, came with his family, consisting of his wife and seven children, from Wyoming county, Penn., in the fall of 1845, to Paw Paw but a few years after settlement in this part of the country had commenced. He had but small means, and all members of the family who were old enough to do so, had to labor to help make a living. Miriam was the oldest of the family and always willingly assumed more than her portion of the family burdens. When Mr. Case took up a government claim two miles south of Paw Paw Grove, it was the farthest outpost in that direction of white settlement. The claim thus taken at once became the family homestead and remained in the family till a few years ago. The trail of Old Shabbona, Chief of the Pottawatomies, passed through this home-claim, and but a few rods from the family dwelling. This necessarily brought the family in contact with the Indians, and the natural fear which many whites felt, even from friendly Indians, entered into their experience. But a few years after the family settled on this government claim, the mother died. Miriam was then just passing from girlhood into young womanhood. She at once stepped into her mother's pace and from that moment became the head of the household and the real mother of the family. To one who thinks of such a responsibility falling to the lot of a young woman--the planning for the care of a father and seven children on a comparatively unimproved and unproductive farm, with few of even the comforts of life to deal with--will be apparent what a difficult task she had undertaken. Miriam had enjoyed but the most meager school advantages herself and she was determined that the younger children should fare better than she had done in this respect. It was largely through her planning and working and self-denial that the sister and younger brothers were given--all of them fairly good and some of them excellent--school advantages. During the Civil War, with three of the brothers in the army, one living with his own family, and the sister and one brother in school, the self-denying exertions of Miriam were heroic, and it is to this period especially that all of the family looked with gratitude and pride. Miss Case was a most devoted Christian all her life. No one could better exemplify the example and teachings of the Master than did she. Trusting God, forgetful of self, thinking only of others' needs and comforts, deeply attached to the family and her friends, persistent in her efforts, far beyond her strength, to make other people's conditions better, she lived a loving, devoted, self-denying life. The interests of the church and God 's kingdom were ever uppermost in her thoughts, and she had no higher purpose than to be God ministering servant to his creatures with whom she had to deal. She had a broad christian view and a truly catholic spirit. With her own deep religious convictions she could not help being interested in the salvation of every one; but she was as tolerant as one could be of opinions differing from hers, when honestly and conscientiously held. While Miriam's school advantages had been but meager, she was always a close reader and a hard student and thus largely made up for lack of school life. From the first the family was supplied with the best books and periodicals and with these she became familiar. Few college students are better informed or have a more cultured mind than she possessed. She was adept at letter writing and to the very close of her life she kept up a regular correspondence with the various members of the family. Her letters were so full of her own cheery spirit as well as replete with news that every one was interested in reading them. The Case home from their first settlement on the farm became the home of the pioneer ministers of all denominations, especially of the Methodist circuit riders and the presiding elders. Luke Hitchcock one of the earliest of the presiding elders in this part was a frequent visitor at this home and with his family Miriam was intimate as long as they lived in this part of the county. Miriam joined the Methodist Episcopal church in her early girlhood and for more than seventy-five years was as true and devoted a member as the church ever had. She was born October 16, 1829 and passed to her rest and reward March 23, 1916 at the home of friends in Chicago, where she had gone to visit. The funeral service was held at the home of her brother, F. M. Case of this village, Rev. O. T. Canfield officiating. Music was furnished by the pastor and wife with Mrs. Hazel Bryant as accompanist. Interment was in South Paw Paw cemetery.
-Submitted by Marilyn Widler

RALPH EDWIN CHAFFIN , infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Chaffin, 85 Logan ave. Dixon was found dead this morning in his crib. Born Sept. 15 he is survived by two sisters Linda and Novinella, his parents, paternal grandparents Mr. and Mrs. Robert O'Bryant, Dixon and maternal grandparents Mr. and Mrs. M.E. Harris, Las Vegas Nevada. At an inquiry held this morning it was determined the death was due to asphyxia "due to phlegm". The baby had been suffering from a cold. Burial will be in Chapel Hill, Rev. George Ralph officiating.
Dixon Evening Telegraph 8 Oct 1955

CHARITY (POWELL) CHAPMAN , was born July 30, 1825, in Kent, England, and died Sept. 27, 1901, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. George Sanford, where she had lived during the past six years. On Dec. 3, 1843, she was united in marriage to William J. Chapman, and they together were baptised into the Baptist church of London about 1850. Eight years later they came to America, settling in Rochester, N. Y. They afterwards removed successively to Aurora, Naperville, Yorkville and Paw Paw, where she has lived since 1869. She has suffered from poor health for many years and there are left to mourn her loss an only child, Mrs. A. C. Sanford, a brother, Mr. T. Powell, of Yorkville, a sister, Mrs. Wm. Edwards of Paw Paw, five grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Her entire life has been devoted to implicit faith in her Savior. Since the death of her husband, just nine months ago, she has failed rapidly and has been looking forward patiently but anxiously to a glorious reunion in Heaven.
Funeral services were held at the Baptist church Sunday morning Sept. 29. Rev. W. A. Matthews conducted the services, assisted by Rev. H. R. Hicks. The burial took place in the East Paw Paw cemetery.
Contributed by Marilyn Widler

HENRY M. CHASE , was born in Columbia county, New York, Feb. 24, 1824 and died at Freeport, Ill., Sept. 12, 1896, at the ripe age of 72 years, 6 months and 18 days. Mr. Chase with his family came west from Rochester, N. Y. in 1857 to Seneca. Lasalle Co., Ill., where he engaged in the general mercantile business until 1866, after the late war. He then moved near Dixon on what is now known as the Holly farm, remaining one year, and at the end of that time he move to Woosung, where he lived about the same length of time; thence he moved back on a farm a few miles north of Dixon, where he spent the remainder of his active life. While here he, with his family, enjoyed the friendship of all who knew them, After retirement from active business he and his wife made their home with his son, A. H. Chase and wife who resided in Milledgeville until recently, when they moved to Freeport. It was here he calmly met the end, and his body was taken to Sugar Grove, and laid beside that of his faithful and loving companion. As a husband and father he was kind, wise, and loving; and as a citizen, one who was held in esteem by all who knew him. In religious belief he with his wife held to that faith commonly held by the Quakers. He had been a great suffer for over two years, which terminated in his death. Besides a host of friends, he leaves one son and his wife, and a grandson with many near relatives, all of whom mourn his death.
Contributed by Karen Fyock

MARY EMILY CHASE - At the home of her son, A. H. Chase, in Milledgeville, Ill., on Saturday, June 27, 1896, Mrs. Mary Emily Chase, aged 75 years, 2 months ad 24 days. The deceased was born in West Chester county, New York, April 3, 1821. She was united in marriage to Henry M. Chase, Feb. 9, 1853. In 1857 in company with her husband she moved to Illinois, living for many years near Dixon, Ill. In 1888 she came to Milledgeville with her husband, and since that time she lived with her son. She leaves to mourn her departure, a husband, one son, and many friends. The funeral services were held at Sugar Grove, Lee county, Monday forenoon, and interment took place in the cemetery of that place. The services were conducted by Rev. J. E. Nottsinger.
Contributed by Karen Fyock - Undated Scrapbook Clipping

MARY RITA (SULLIVAN) CHEESEMAN , 85, of Dixon went to be with her Lord peacefully, surrounded by her family in her home on Sunday, Dec. 21, 2003. She was born on May 8, 1918 in Belvidere, the daughter of William H. and Helen F. (Curran) Sullivan. She attended Belvidere High School before moving to Dixon where she graduated from Dixon High School in 1935. She married Charles J. McGrail on Oct. 31, 1942. He preceded her in death. She married Roger D. Cheeseman on Dec. 29, 1979. He also preceded her in death. Mary Rita was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church. She was a member of the KSB Auxiliary and Beta Sigma Phi. She worked as a guide at the Ronald Reagan Boyhood Home. She was employed at the Montgomery Ward Co. and retired after 25 years. She also worked in the personnel department of the Reynolds Wire Company during World War II. Mary Rita and Roger enjoyed traveling for many years following their retirements and were members of the Good Sam Club. She was also preceded in death by her parents; brother and sister-in-law, John J. and Virginia Sullivan; brother-in-law, Jack McGrail; daughter, Kathleen Ellen, who died in 1952; and son, Gregory John who died in 1961. She was loved and will be greatly missed by her survivors: daughter, Maureen Loewenstein of Denver, Colo; sons, James (Janet) McGrail of Ashton, Thomas (Vicki) McGrail of Couderay, Wis.; Michael (Gayla) McGrail of Burnsville, Minn., Richard (Julie) McGrail of Nachusa; grandchildren, Mona (Larry) Kostelecky, Jenniffer (Rick) McBride, Jackie McGrail, Jamison McGrail, Jason McGrail, Thomas McGrail Jr., Christy McGrail, Jasmin (Jason) Burt, Joseph McGrail, Sara Rinehart, Matthew (Michelle) Rinehart, Angela (Schuyler) Moore, Patrick McGrail, Gregory McGrail, William Reyes, Scott Reyes, Samantha McGrail, Andrea (Matthew) Hey, Matthew (Mary) McGrail; great-grandchildren Brandon, Kyle and Nathan McBride, Cierra McGrail, Darien McGrail, Shannon Rinehart, Collin and Haley Moore, Brandon and Cole Hey; and sister-in-law, Mary Veronica McGrail of Rockford. Extended family members Brenda, Jackie and Geno Vazquez, Rogene (Gale) Keime, Charlotte (Keith) Lench, Lucy (David) and Daniel Hall, along with her many other family members and friends. Services began with a 9:30 a.m. prayer service Tuesday, Dec. 23, in the Jones Funeral Home, followed by a 10 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial in St. Patrick Catholic Church, with the Rev. Robert W. Jones, pastor, officiating. Burial is in Oakwood Cemetery.
Ashton Gazette

CHARLES C. CHESLEY , 85, of Dixon died Sunday, June 29, 2003, at his home. He was employed by Doug's Three Deuces, Dixon, as a bartender for more than 20 years. Mr. Chesley was born Jan. 8, 1918, in Lee Center, the son of Frank and Minnie (Ebert) Chesley. He served in the Army during World War II. He was a member of Franklin Grove American Legion and Dixon Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 540. Survivors include a sister, Clara (Jack) Burke of Lee Center; three brothers, George Chesley of Lee Center, Lawrence (Frances) Chesley of Amboy and Percy (Doris) Chesley of Geneva; and special friend, Marcea Nelson of Dixon. He was preceded in death by two sisters, Pearl Wending and Hazel Chesley; and a brother, Ben Chesley. The funeral is at 10:30 am. Wednesday at Lee Center congregational United Church of Christ, with the Rev. Colleen Lawrence, pastor, officiating. Burial, with military graveside services conducted by the Dixon combined veterans group, is at Woodside Cemetery, Lee Center. Visitation is from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m., with scripture services at. 7:30 p.m., conducted by the Rev. Berty Hakeem, pastor of First United Methodist, Dixon, Tuesday at Jones Funeral Home, Dixon, and from 9:30-10:30 am.
Daily Gazette June 30, 2003

HELEN (WALLACE) CHIVERTON , 90, a life-long resident of Dixon, passed away Saturday evening (March 3, 1945), at the home of daughter Mrs. Winfield Pierce of College avenue, after an illness of one week's duration. Funeral services conducted by the Rev. George D. Nielsen, pastor of Grace Evangelicl church, will be held at 2:00 o'clock Tuesday afternoon at the Jones funeral home, where friends may call until the hour of the funeral. Helen Wallace, daughter of Joshua and Mary Ann Wallace, was born in Dixon Nov. 11, 1854 and was married to Frederick Chiverton Feb. 14, 1877. She is survived by three children, Wilbur F. Chiverton and Mrs. Winfield Pierce of Dixon, and Mrs Bess Larkin of Rockford; eight grandchildren, four of whom are in the armed forces; three great grandchildren; a sister, Mrs. Hattie Wallace; and a brother, T. Howard Wallace. Her husband and two brothers, Bert and benton Wallace, preceded her in death. Despite her 90 years, Mrs. Chiverton enjoyed good health until her last illness and was very active. She had a keen mind and memory, and often talked of events in the early history of her native city where she spent her entire life.
Dixon Telegraph March 5, 1945

CAROLINE (HOOK) CHRISTIANCE , 322 Grant avenue, passed away this morning at 8 o'clock at the age of 99 years, one month and six days. The daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Hook, she was born in Amboy, Dec. 7, 1848 and had resided in Lee county practically her entire life time. The body was removed to the Staples funeral home where funeral arrangements are being made and they with the complete obituary will be published later.
Dixon Telegraph, Monday January 13, 1947

JOHN D. CHRISTIANCE , 79, 323 Grant ave., a Dixon resident for 40 years, died at 4:30 p.m. Friday (Dec. 5, 1952) in Hines Veterans Hospital; Maywood. A Spanish-American war veteran, he was born in Melugin's Grove, near Compton June 16, 1873, to Mr. and Mrs. James Christiance, pioneer Lee county settlers. Mr. Christiance is survived by six sisters; Mrs. Joseph Hopp, Chicago; Mrs.Harry Price, Mrs. C. Eastman and Mrs. Michael Grady all of Dixon; Mrs. H.A. Perry, Portland Ore.; and Mrs. Hal Meyers, Los Angeles; two brothers, Everett, Dixon and Mark, White Bear Minn. His parents and three brothers preceded him in death. Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday in Buckley - Staples funeral home, the Rev. O.D. Mitchell, Dixon will officiate. Burial will be in Prairie Repose Cemetery, Amboy. Friends may call at the funeral home.
Dixon Evening Telegraph December 6, 1952

ANNA M. (SANDERS) CHRONISTER , 79, a former Lee Center resident, died Tuesday afternoon in the Franklin Grove Nursing Center. She was born Jan. 21, 1890, in Mendota, the daughter of Augustus and Emma Schnellbach Sanders. Mrs. Chronister was married to Perry Leroy Chronister on March 6, 1920, in Franklin Grove. She was a member of the Lee Center Congregational Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, a sister, and three brothers. Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Donald (Elizabeth) Spotts, Lee Center; three grandsons; two great-granddaughters; two brothers, Gale, Sycamore, and Eugene, Harper; two sisters, Mrs. Aren (Charlotte) Meling, Oregon, and Mrs. Bessie Nass, Ashton Funeral services will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. in the Lee Center Congregational Church with the Rev. James Feim, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in the Franklin Grove Cemetery. Friends may call in the Cluts Funeral Home, Ashton, from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday.
From Freda Saiger at Find-A-Grave - (Taken from the Dixon Evening Teletgraph, Dixon,Il, Wed., Nov. 26, 1969)

CLAYTON CHRONISTER

Sound Taps for Franklin Grove Man
Clayton Chronister, A War Veteran and Early Pioneer, Died Yesterday -- Brother Lives Here
December 11, 1842 - March 10, 1914

Clayton Chronister, an aged and respected resident of this city, passed to eternal rest yesterday, after an illness from a complication of heart failure and dropsy. Mr. Chronister had resided here 59 years. He was a civil war veteran. The funeral will take place tomorrow at 1:30 from the home, and at 2:00 from the Brethren church. Burial will take place in Franklin Grove. Mr. Chronister was born in Adams county, Pennsylvania, in 1842. He has lived here for 59 years, with the exception of three years spent in the army. He is survived by his wife, a son, Perry, at home, and a brother, A. Chronister, 815 Ottawa Avenue, Dixon, and two sisters, Mrs. Hannah Wakefield (Winkfield), Kansas City, and Mrs. John Hantz, Abilene, Missouri (Kansas). The sympathy of many friends is extended to the bereaved ones.
Dixon Evening Telegraph, March 11, 1914 - Submitted by Freda Saiger

JOHN CHRONISTER

Old Settler of Franklin Dead
April 15, 1817 - January 23, 1904
John Chronister, age 87 years, 0 months and 8 days, died on Saturday morning, January 23rd, after an illness of several weeks from the infirmities of age, at the home of his son, Clayton Chronister, in Franklin Grove. Mr. Chronister came from Adams county, Pennsylvania, and settled in Lee county in 1855, which has been his home ever since. His wife died some years ago, but he leaves two sons and two daughters: Clayton of Franklin Grove, John A. of Dixon, Mrs. D. (Deborah) Hauntz (Hantz) of Abilene, Kansas, and H. A. (Hannah) Winkfield of Lee Summit, Missouri. Funeral services were held at the house at 9:30, and at the Dunkard church at 10:30 Monday morning, and the interment was in the Dunkard burial ground near Nachusa.
The Amboy News, January 29, 1904 - Submitted by Freda Saiger

JOHN A. CHRONISTER

John A. Chronister Died Saturday Night
April 3, 1849 - June 2, 1923
John Allen Chronister, a well-known resident of this county for many years, passed away at his home 815 Ottawa Avenue, at 11:15 o'clock Saturday night. He had been ailing for some time, but had been bedfast for only the past 10 days. Funeral services will be held at the home at 2:30 o'clock Tuesday afternoon, Rev. Lloyd W. Walter, pastor of St. Paul's Lutheran Church officiating and with burial at Oakwood. The M.W.A. of which the deceased was a member, will have charge of the services at the grave. John a Chronister, son of John and Catherine Chronister, was born near Hampton, Adams county, Pennsylvania, April 3, 1849, and died in Dixon, Illinois, June 2, 1934, aged 74 years, 1 month, and 29 days. He came with his parents to Lee county, Illinois, in the spring of 1855. On December 27, 1876, he was united in marriage to Louise Welty of Knox county, Illinois. They lived on the old homestead north of Franklin Grove until the fall of 1899, and in the spring of 1900 moved to Dixon, where his wife died September 4, 1905. To this union was born one son, Clyde W. of Dixon, a daughter, Mrs. Della M. Christiance, of Geneseo, Illinois, and one daughter who died in infancy. He also leaves seven grandchildren. On February 14, 1907, he was united in marriage to Mrs. Hannah Considine, of Dixon, who with the above named children survive.
Dixon Evening Telegraph, June 4, 1923 - Submitted by Freda Saiger

MARY ELIZABETH (BRATTON) CHRONISTER , was born 27 May 1850. in Huntingdon Co, PA. Her parents were John Bratton (1825 - 1896) and Hannah Buck (1827 - 1880). By 1870, the Bratton family had moved from Pennsylvania to Franklin Grove, in Lee Co. Their children were: George, Mary E., Harry, Mahlon, Ann, Louisa, Catherine, Matilda, and Gertrude. John was a well known cabinet maker in Franklin Grove, as well as the undertaker. About 1877, Mary Elizabeth married Clayton, and they moved to Franklin Grove, where they would live the rest of their lives. They lost their first son as an infant, in 1883. He was buried in the Emmert Cemetery, beside other Chronister family members. In 1886, their son, Perry L., was born. The 1910 census enumerates Perry as still living with them, and working as a telegraph operator for the railroad. Her husband, Clayton, died in 1914. By the time of the 1920 census, Mary E., age 59, is head of household, and Perry is still living with her. Mary Elizabeth died 3 Sep 1927, and is buried beside Clayton in the Franklin Grove Cemetery.
From Freda Saiger at Find-A-Grave

PERRY LEROY CHRONISTER , was born in Mar 1886, in Franklin Grove, China Twp, Lee Co, IL. His parents were Clayton Chronister (11 Dec 1842 - 10 Mar 1914) and Mary Elizabeth Bratton (27 May 1850 - 3 Sep 1927). He was their only child who grew to maturity. The 1910 census enumerates him as living with his parents and working as a telegraph operator for the railroad. In 1920, he is still living with his widowed mother. On 6 Mar 1920, he married Anna M. Sanders (21 Jan 1890 - Nov 1969), daughter of Augustus and Emma Schnellbach Sanders. They had one daughter - Emma Elizabeth "Beth", born 4 Nov 1920. She married Donald Spotts, and they had 3 sons. Perry died in 1952. He and his wife are buried beside his parents, in Section 3, of the Franklin Grove Cemetery.
From Freda Saiger at Find-A-Grave

CARRIE (HOAG) CLARK , daughter of David and Clarissa Hoag, died at Paw Paw, Illinois, Feb. 23, 1900. She was born June 11, 1868, at LaClair (Paw Paw township, DeKalb Co., Ill.). She was married to Arthur Clark, June 30, 1886. To them were born two children; one dying in infancy, the other, Hazel, a daughter, being now 10 years old. She joined the Methodist Episcopal church in Paw Paw, August 20, 1899. Her illness has been of somewhat extended duration. Everything done to check or beat back her disease was unavailing. Beneath increasing weakness and suffering she at last succumbed. She was only a probationer in the church, but she manifested a keen joy amid her sickness over her open espousal of Christ and seemed perfectly resigned to the will of God.
She saw more trouble than usually falls to the lot of a delicate and sensitive woman. She was tenderly nurtured by loving parents. She was thankful that her trials had discovered to her that God was her friend and Savior and that there is nothing true but heaven. The realities, which though unseen by the carnal and sinful are open to the spiritual eye of faith, are now hers. Her body is to be laid beside that of her mother in the old south side cemetery. The funeral services were held at the Methodist church. Her text was Eccles. iv:2. "I praised the dead, which are already dead, more than the living which are yet alive."
FUNERAL OF MRS. CLARK, Sunday afternoon Feb. 25, at 2 o'clock.
Text--"Wherefore I praised the dead, which are already dead, more than the living which are yet alive." --Eccles. 4:2. Contributed by Marilyn Widler

FREDA (SHAW) CLARK Freda M. Clark, 76 yr, of Dixon, died Saturday, April 10, 2004 at the CGH Medical Center. She was a retired C.N.A. at Dixon State School (Lee County, IL). Services will be held Thursday at 10 a.m. at Richardson Funeral Home in Wayne City with Rev. Donald Rector officiating. Burial will be in Thomason Cemetery. Visitation is Wednesday from 6-8 p.m. at Richardson Funeral Home, Wayne City. Freda was born 28 October 1927 in Stewart (Steward), to Vern E. and Mary E. Rainwater Shaw. Survivors include sons, Jack (Cherri) Mathew of Rock Falls, Leonard (Kay) Byington of Lyndon, Robert (Sue) Byington of Coleta; daughter, Ruth (Ira) Greenwalt of Morrison, 17 grandchildren 31 great- grandchildren, brothers: Donald Shaw of Rochelle, Herman Shaw of Rock Falls, Howard Shaw of Brookland, Ark, sisters; Margie Wiggins of Sims, Arlene Flanigan of Bluford. She was preceded in death by two husbands, one daughter, one son, three sisters, and one brother. ___________________________ Memorial Card of Freda M. Clark born: 28 Oct 1927 d: 10 Apr 2004 (Age 76 yrs.) Funeral Services : Richardson Funeral Home Wayne City, IL Thursday, 15 April 2004 at 10 A. M. Interment: Thomason Cemetery - - -- -- -- - --- -- - - - - -- -- --- - -- Freda M. Clark , age 76 yrs, of Morrison died, Saturday, 10 April 2004 at CGH Medical Center. Mrs. Clark was born 28 October 1927 in Stewart, IL, the daughter of Vern E. and Mary E. (Rainwater) Shaw. She married Leonard Byington on 10 September 1950 in Lee County, IL. He preceded her in death on 14 July 1958. She then married Fred Clark on 6 April 1980 in Springfield, Tennessee. He preceded her in death on 7 March 1998. She was employed as a C.N. A. at Dixon State School for 29 years and at Exceptional Care for 7 years. She enjoyed playing Skip-Bo and spending time with her family. Survivors included one daughter, Ruth (Ira) Greenwalt of Morrison; three sons, Jack (Cherri) Matthews of Rock Falls, Leonard (Kay) Byington of Lyndon, Robert (Sue) Byington of Coleta: two sisters, Margie Wiggins of Sims, IL. & Arlene Flannigan of Bluford, IL: three brothers, Donald (Luella) Shaw of Rochelle, Herman (Lena) Shaw of Rock Falls, Howard (Mary) Shaw of Brookland, Arkansas: 17 grandchildren: and 31 great- grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her husbands Leonard Byington and Fred Clark: one daughter, Susan Byington; one son, Michael Byington; three sisters, Dorothy Keen, Mildred Ellis, Geraldine Bergeson; and one brother, Mervin Shaw. Visitation will be Tuesday, 13 April 2004 from 6:00p.m. to 8: 00p.m.at the Allen- Grennan Funeral Home, Rock Falls Chapel, and Wednesday, 14 April 2004 from 6:00 p.m to 8:00 p.m. at Richardson Funeral Home, Wayne City, IL. Funeral services will be Thursday, 15 April 2004 at 10: 00a.m. at Richardson Funeral Home, Wayne City, IL. Burial will concluded at Thomason Cemetery, Wayne City, IL. A memorial has been established in her memory.
Contributed by Marlene Olson

NANCY CLEMONS - Funeral services were held Friday in Tormans Funeral Home, Compton for Mrs. Nancy Clemons, 81 of Compton who was found dead in her home at 10:15 a.m. Wednesday July 6. She was born March 4, 1874. Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Eva Bauer, Compton; and Mrs. Eunice Stein, Savana; one son, Rex, Marysville, Calif.; three grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Ernest Clemons and a son Glenn. The Rev. Harold Cribb of the Compton Methodist church officiated at the funeral services. Burial was in Melugin's Grove Cemetery.
Dixon Evening Telegraph 15 Jul 1955

OTIS CLEMONS was born in Lee County, Ill., June 8, 1868 and died at Watertown, Ill., August 25, 1906, his age being 38 years, 2 months and 17 days. He was married to Alice Holdren in June 1896. Three sons were born of this marriage, one dying at the age of two years. Besides his wife and two sons he is survived by his father, J. T. Clemons of Paw Paw and six brothers, also a large number of more distant relatives. Mr. Clemons' mother died in January 1876. He has resided in this community nearly all his life. For the past 14 months he has been at the Watertown asylum, where he has been a sufferer from paralysis of the brain, which finally caused his death. He was a member of the M. E. church at Compton, which he joined on probation June 24, 1904 and was taken into full membership Oct. 2, 1904. He was also a member of the Wesleyan Brotherhood of Compton, through whose efforts his conversion was brought about. The funeral was held Tuesday morning, August 28, from the Compton M. E. church. The pastor, Rev. Walter C. Scott, officiated and was ably assisted by Messrs. A. E. Bennett and H. L. Forham, who are leading members of the Brotherhood. The body was laid to rest in the Malugin Grove cemetery.
Submitted by Marilyn Widler

ANNA CLINTON - Sister of Dixon and Amboy Ladies Passed Away - Funeral Here Today - The funeral of Miss Anna Clinton, who died at the Watertown hospital Saturday, was held today at 11:30 am at St. Patrick's church, Rev. Foley officiating and with burial at Oakwood. The deceased is survived by her mother. Mrs. Michael Clinton of Amboy and two sisters, Miss Mary Clinton of Amboy and Mrs. Michael Graham of this city, to whom sincere condolence is extended.
Contributed by Georgea Clinton

ELLA CLINTON - aged 75, of Amboy, died at the Lee county infirmary at Eldena on Thursday morning. Mrs. Clinton accomplished her self destruction by leaping from a second story window of the building while the rest of the inmates and attendants were at breakfast. At no time had she given a hint that she might be contemplating any attempt to escape from the institution and no attention was paid to her as she arose from the table and went up stairs. She entered a room which Mrs. Wicher, matron, had been cleaning, knocked the screen from the window with her cane, threw out a bundle of her clothing, which she is believed to have tied up during the night, and jumped. Her body, lying on the bundle of clothing, was discovered soon afterward, she was removed to the hospital room and a physician was summoned from Amboy. A deep gash in the back of her head and internal injuries were discovered, and despite everything the physician could do she died about two hours after noon. The remains were taken to Amboy where interment will take place. She preceded in death by her husband, Michael Clinton and her daugher, Anna. Ellen and Michael were the parents of Michael, Anna, Patrick, Peter, Catherine, Thomas, and Mary Clinton.
Contributed by Karen Holt
Burial: Saint Patrick Cemetery (Maytown), Lee County, Illinois
Birth: 1843, Ireland Death: Mar. 22, 1918 Eldena Lee County Illinois,

MICHAEL CLINTON - Michael was the son of Thomas and Anna Clark Clinton. He immigrated with his family to the Amboy area in 1854. He married Ellen Fitzsimmons on March 2, 1860. They were the parents of Michael, Anna, Patrick, Peter, Catherine, Thomas, and Mary Clinton.
Contributed by Karen Holt - Burial: Saint Patrick Cemetery (Maytown), Lee County, Illinois
Birth: Sep. 29, 1839 Louth, Ireland // Death: Mar. 26, 1874 Amboy Lee County Illinois, USA

THOMAS CLINTON - Peter and Patrick Clinton of Boone, Iowa, visited this morning with Lawrence Timmons enroute to Amboy to attend the funeral of their brother, Thomas, who died yesterday at his home west of Amboy where the family has lived many years.
Amboy Journal - Thomas Clinton of East Grove died Tuesday morning at 10 o'clock. The funeral will be at the West Maytown church at 10 o'clock on Thursday.
Contributed by Georgea Clinton

CHARLES W. CLOPINE , 69 died Thursday August 23 (1945) at his daughter Mrs. Nellie Bonnell. Funeral services were held at 9 o'clock Saturday morning at Our Lady of Perputal Help church in Sublette. A requiem high mass was sung by the pastor, Rev. Edw. J. Lehman. Interment was made in St. Mary's Cemetery in West Brooklyn. Pallbearers were Frank Vincent, Ray Maier, Oliver Gehant Sr., of West Brooklyn; John Dinges, Peter Reinhard and G.R. Kerchner of Sublette. Honorary pallbearers were Joe Graf of Rockford, Frank Henkel, Ralph Lauer, Leo Glaser, Leonard Vaessen and Gilbert Theiss. The deceased, son of the late John & Mary Clopine was born Sept. 29, 1875 in Iola, Kansas. At an early age he came with his parents to Illinois. On March 12, 1901 he was united in marriage to Miss Mary Moore of Bloomington. The couple started farming in West Brooklyn and were residents in that community until the early part of February 1944, when they retired from the farm and moved to Sublette. Here is assisted with the work in his son-in-laws hardware and implement shop. Last fall and winter he was also fowl keeper of the mens and ladies bowling league. For many years Mr. Clopine was a member of the Catholic Order of Forresters in West Brooklyn and also a faithful member of the Holy Name Society of Our Lady of Perpetual Help church. Mr. Clopine was stricken with a severe heart attack July 2 and was confined to his bed ever since. He had always enjoyed the best of health and before his last illness had never had a doctor. A short while that Mr. Clopine was in Sublette he had made many friends by his jovial and happy disposition. A smile was always present on his face and always a kind word was waiting to greet you. He had even found a place in the hearts of many of the young folks here by his kind and pleasing personality, which will long endure. By his passing there is also a gap left in the home which can never be filled. He was always busy about the place long after working hours. He loved work, nothing was ever to much for him. Besides his sorrowing wife he leaves to mourn two daughters, Mrs. Sylvia Ansteth of Mendota, and Mrs. Nellie Bonnell of Sublette, four grandchildren, Jean Armato, Bruce, Delbert, and Shirley Bonnell, two brothers, George and John of Nebraska, two half brothers, Earl of Orlando Florida, David of Kansas City Kansas, two half sisters, Sarah Marples of Cincinnati Ohio, Grace Traylor of Iola Kansas. His parents, a sister, one half brother, and a daughter preceded him in death. Those from a distance who attended the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. Ed Moore of Chicago, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Moore of Barrington, Harry Moore of Beloit, Wisc., Fred Moore, Mrs. Clara Duggan of Mt. Zion, Michael Duggan, petty officer of the Marines, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Rucinski, Mr. and Mrs. Al Loeback of LaSalle, Sister M. Cartone, Sister M. Carlita of Mt. St. Clare college of Clinton Ia., Mr. and Mrs.William Salz of Magnolia and Jacob Wach of Aurora.
Dixon Evening Telegraph 29 August 1945

MRS. ELLA COATES - The funeral of Mrs. Ella Coates formerly of Amboy who passed away at her daughters home, Mrs. A.F. Mellen in Minneapolis, will be held at the chapel in Prairie Repose cemetery at 4 p.m. Friday the Rev. Dennis Bennett of the Congregational church officiating. Burial will be in Prairie Repose. The body will arrive in Polo Friday and will be taken to the Vaughn Chapel. Mrs. Coates is survived by her daughter and one son E.S. Coates of Amboy.
Dixon Evening Telegraph 5 July 1944

PETER H. COBLE , died at 5 a.m. this morning at his home, 123 Fifth street, leaving a wife and one daughter. Mr. Coble was born in Sunbury, Northumberland county, Pa, Sept 20, 1843, and had lived about five years in Dixon. The funeral will be from the house tomorrow afternoon at 3 o'clock and will be attended by his fellow workmen of the Grand Detour Plow Factory.
Dixon Evening Telegraph June 15, 1894

JESSE COLE , prominent resident of this place, passed away at five o'clock Monday morning at the hospital, where on Saturday morning he underwent an operation for appendicitis. His sudden death came as a shock to the community as up until he was taken to the hospital he was, apparently, in good health. Mr. Cole was about forty years old and was prominent in the affairs of this place. He leaves his wife and three children besides his mother, two sisters and one brother to mourn his departure. The funeral was held at the M. E. church yesterday morning at 10:30. An extended obituary will appear next week.
* * * * * * * * Jesse Cole, son of Mr. and Mrs. Allen Cole, was born on a farm near Paw Paw, Ill., August 17, 1873 and departed this life April 17, 1916, aged 42 years, 8 months. He married Miss Edna Bradshaw, April 12, 1899, and is survived by his wife; three children, Miss Doris, Donald and Alden; his mother, Mrs. Allen Cole of Compton; two sisters, Mrs. Delos Butler of Compton and Mrs. Wm. Adrian of Paw Paw; and one brother, Mr. Irvin Cole of Aurora. Mr. Cole united with the United Brethren church in 1893 and at the time of his death was an official member of the church. In his life Mr. Cole was a man of great business capacity making progress with the onward march of the business problems of earth. He was interested in all the successes of his town serving in official capacity at different periods of his life. Prominent in all the public movements and took a firm stand for the good morals of his home and community. Thus Compton has lost one of its most estimable citizens, the church a valued member and the home is bereft of a father, counselor and a most kind husband and father. It is difficult for us all to become reconciled to the great loss but God knows best and His will must become the will of all. Funeral services were held Wednesday from the U. B. church conducted by the pastor Rev. R. L. Lundry, assisted by the Rev. Kauffman, pastor of the M. E. church.
--Submitted by Marilyn Widler

ARTHUR COLLINS :The funeral of Arthur Collins 49, Chicago & Northwestern railway engineer who met a tragic death under the wheels of a train near the Dixon passenger station sometime Thursday night will be held at the Jones funeral home Monday morning and at St.Patrick's Catholic Church at 9:30. The Rev. Fr. T.L. Walsh will officiate and burial will be in Oakwood cemetery, where members of Dixon Post No. 12, American Legion will be in charge of the service. A verdict of accidental death was returned by a coroners jury on June 3.
Dixon Evening Telegraph 3 June 1944
Newspaper Account of the Accident

JOHN COLLINS , 80, of Sterling, formerly of Dixon, died Thursday, June 12, 2003, at Coventry Village, Sterling. He was employed by Medusa Cement Plant, Dixon, for 25 years, retiring in 1975. Mr. Collins was born June 3, 1923, in Dixon, the son of George and Rose (Lee) Collins. He served in the Army during World War II. He married Huldah A. Williams on Aug. 29, 1950, in Dixon. She died June 28, 1980. He was a member of Second Baptist Church, Dixon, and was a drummer for many years, playing with several bands and for the Second Baptist Church. He was an avid fisherman and sports fan. Survivors include six nieces, Rogenna Anderson and Sondra Victum, both of Dixon, Anna Owens of Richton Park, Helen (Jacob) Seward of Jonesboro, Ga., Rose Bunkley of Ponitac, Mich., and Ollie Jean Dougherty of Toledo, Ohio; four nephews, Willie Victum and Terrance (Kathy) Reid, both of Dixon, and Robert Collins and Joseph Carter, both of Lansing, Mich.; and several great-nieces and great-nephews. He was preceded in death by three brothers, Robert, Homer, and Sidney Collins; and six sisters, Alice Carter, Georgia Campbell, Rose Reid, Lucille Victum, Jean Holmes and Cora Lee Atkins. The funeral is at 2 p.m. Tuesda: Second Baptist Church, Dixon, with the Rev. Galon D. Darby, pastor, officiating. Burial is at Oakwood Cemetery, Dixon. Visitation is from noon to 2 p.m. Tuesday at the church. A memorial has been established to Second Baptist Church, Dixon
Daily Gazette June 14, 2003

JOHN COLVILL , was born Oct. 12, 1812, in Campbellton, Argyleshire, Scotland, and died at Paw Paw, Ill., Oct. 22, 1893, aged 81 years and 10 days. Mr. Colvill emigrated to this country with John Smith at an early date and settled at Paw Paw Grove, Ill., where he made a claim of what is now known as the Smith Pulver farm. Selling the farm to Matthew Atchinson he went into partnership with Jacob Rogers making shingles, which business he followed for many years. He afterwards became clerk for Wm. Robinson when he commenced business here. In 1850 he was appointed to the position of deputy postmaster, retaining the position until appointed postmaster by Abraham Lincoln in 1861, resigning in 1884 or 1885 during Cleveland's first term as president. During Mr. Colvill's residence in Paw Paw he has held many offices of trust. He has filled the office of town clerk, been supervisor at different periods and has held the office of township treasurer from 1863 to the day of his death. In the performance of all duties he was reliable and affable. Sept. 26, 1854, [Oct.?] Mr. Colvill married Mrs. Nancy Harding Thompson, widow of Wm. Thompson. The union was a happy one, Mrs. Colvill having many eminent virtues and kindred tastes with her husband. Mrs. Colvill died April 18, 1881, greatly regretted by a large circle of friends. Uncle John, as he was familiarly known, was a remarkably well read man in law and literature, being also an excellent mathematician and accountant. In his religious views he held to the Presbyterian faith, attending the services of that church in our village until the morning of Oct. 15, the day when he was prostrated by his last sickness. He won for himself from all who knew him, respect and love and was generally declared to be a good and true man. The funeral was held to the Presbyterian church last Tuesday. Rev. S. Ollerenshaw officiating. All business houses were closed on the afternoon of the funeral during the services as a mark of respect for the memory of Uncle John.
Contributed by Marilyn Widler

STEVEN SCOTT COMMONS, JR. , 19, of Dixon died Saturday, Dec. 4, 2004, at his home. He was employed by Green River Automotive as an auto mechanic. Steven was born Nov. 2, 1985, in Dixon, the son of Steven Scott and Angela Dawn '(Blosser) Commons Sr. He was a 2004 graduate of Dixon High School and a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, Dixon. He enjoyed sports and boating/fishing. Survivors include, his mother, Angela Dawn (Michael) Lally of Dixon; his father, Steven Scott (Carol) Commons Sr. of Dixon; two brothers, Tyler Joshua and Kyle Coffey Commons, both of Dixon; a sister, Kennedy Lee Commons of Dixon; his maternal grandparents, Laverne (Norma Jean) Blosser of Dixon; paternal grandparents, John (Patsy) Commons of Dixon; mater­mil great-grandparents, Raymond (Florence) Lally of Dixon; paternal great-grandparents, James (Marty) Coffey of Dixon; and paternal great­grandmother, Genevieve Pfeiffer of Crystal Lake. He was preceded in death by his maternal great-grandparents, William and Genevieve Hood; maternal great-grandparents, Aquila' and Mabel Blosser; paternal great-grandfather, William Pfeiffer; and paternal great-grandparents, George and Janet Commons. The funeral is at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Dixon, with the Rev. Ronald B. Ferrell, pastor, and Mark Lepper, intern pastor, co-officiating. Burial is at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, Dixon.
Contributed by Jan Roggy - Sterling Gazette 6 Deceber 2004

LLOYD CONSIDINE , 55, father of State Representative Hubert Considine, Dixon, died of a heart attack about 2:30 p.m. Tuesday (7 April 1953). Mr. Considine was found dead in his auto near a farm he owned west of here moments after leaving the farm. He had driven only a few yards. He had recently been hospitialized for a heart ailment. Mr. Considine had operated a garage here for many years before retiring because of illness. A lifelong Harmon resident he was born March 5, 1898 to Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Considine. He married Florence Blackburn Aug. 14, 1918. Besides his son Hubert who was returned to the General Assembly as Democrat Rep. last Novemeber he is survived by his widow, three others sons, Harold, Lloyd Jr. and David all of Harmon; his mother also of Harmon; a brother Douglas, Burbank Calif; a sister Mrs. Gertrude McInerney, Harmon and five grandchildren. His father preceded him in death. Services are Friday in his mothers home and at 9:30 at St. Flannens Church in Harmon. Rev. David Murhpy officiating, burial at Holy Cross Cemetery.
Dixon Evening Telegraph 8 April 1953

BLANCHE ADORA (ANDERSON) COOPER , was born on March 13, 1902 at Coulter, Iowa and passed away on November 20, 1946 at the Mendota Hospital. She was 44 years, 7 months and 7 days. Her parents, Gustav and Annie Anderson preceded her in death. She was united in marriage to William Cooper in 1922. This union was blessed with five children, Leo, Evelyn and Jean who are at home; PFC Glen who is stationed at Texarkana, Texas and Mrs. Lava Winters at DeKalb. Besides her children she leaves a day old grandson two brothers; Elmer of Grundy Center, Iowa and Walter of Elkhorn, Wisconsin. Two uncles in Iowa and an aunt in California and a host of friends. Mrs. Cooper was active in church work. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary at Paw Paw. She was a loving mother and a good wife and will be greatly missed in the home and the community. Burial was in Wyoming Cemetery
Dixon Evening Telegraph 29 Nov 1946

JOHN CORDES , 72, died Tuesday (7 Aug 1962) in his home in Reynolds Twp. He was born near Minonk the son of John O. and Grace Cordes on June 18, 1890 and was married to Annetta Semmler onFeb. 24, 1916 in Dixon. He lived in the Ashton community most of his life. Surviving are his wife; a son Donald H. Cordes; a daughter, Mrs. Kenneth Beers of Pueblo, CO; three grandchildren, Carroll, Judy Lynn and Patricia; two sisters, Mrs. John Hewitt of Oregon and Mrs. Emma Swanson of Dixon. Services will be Friday at 2 p.m. from St. John's Lutheran Church of which he was a member. Rev. Orville Kalkwarf officiating and burial will be in the Ashton Cemetery.

BEVERLY J. COTTER , 71, of309 Queen St, Malden, died Thursday: Nov. 4, 2004, at Colonial Hall Living Center, Princeton. She was employed by Harper-Wyman for many years and later by Wal­Mart, both in Princeton. Miss Cotter was born Nov. 2, 1933, in Dixon, the daughter of Francis and Mary (Wade) Cotter. .She graduated from Dixon High School. Survivors include two sisters, Shirley Knutti of Milledgeville and Janet Bushman of Atlanta; a brother, James (Lynn) Hackbarth of Macomb; special friends, Wally and.Mary Gabor of Malden; and 11 nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Charles and Donald; and a sister, Marilyn. The funeral.and burial will bepri­vate. Arrangements were complet­ed by Jenson Funeral Home, Princeton.

BERT A. COVERT , who passed away at his home, 521 College avenue, was born Jan. 8, 1884 at Dixon Il. He was the son of the late P.A. & Josie E. Covert. He was educated in the Dixon public schools and later was active in the band and various orchestras. On June 19, 1907 he married Anna M. Beckingham. To this union one daughter Cecil was born, who passed away six years ago. He followed shoe making in Dixon, Clinton Iowa and Kirksville Mo., from where he returned when his brother William passed away and he and his brother Clarence took over the Covert cigar store which they continued to operate until illness caused them to retire. He is survived by his wife and one grandson Gary Bill Thompson and his brother Clarence. He was a member of the Odd Fellows and the Masonic Order.
Dixon Evening Telegraph 30 April 1945

SARAH ELIZABETH (BURGER) COVERT , Sarah Elizabeth Covert was born in Palmyra Feb. 11, 1866. She resided in that community until she moved to DIxon whee she has lived for the past 30 years. In 1888 she was united in marriage to Erastus E. Covert. Her husband and two children,Elmer J. and Rebecca preceded her in death. She leave to mourn her loss, a daughter, Mrs. Ralph Covert and two grandchildren, Gracia and Douglas Covert. Mrs. Covert was a devoted wife, a fond mother, and a kind neighbor. She has gone to her reward leaving behind many friends who mourn her loss and cherish her memory. Funeral services were conducted last Wednesday by Dr. Floyd Blewfield with burial in Oakwood.
Dixon Evening Telegraph June 12, 1944

ROBERT C. CRAIG , 76, of Cortland passed away Friday, Nov. 12, 2004, at his home. Bob was born on July 25. 1928, on the family farm in Green Valley, the son of Jesse Isaiah and Mary Ellen (Uriah) Craig. Bob married Emma Verda Kughn on Jan. 30, 1955, at First United Church, Dixon. Bob retired from NIU Health services where he was a medical lab technician. Prior to that Bob was self-employed as a medical lab tech in Dixon. Bob was an active member of Cortland United Methodist Church where he sang in the choir. and was cur­rently serving as treasurer and self-appointed groundskeeper. He also ministered in many other areas of the church. Bob was a member of Cortland Lions Club, currently serving as secretary. He held several other positions over the years in this organiza­jon. including president. He also chaired the Cortland Blood Drive for numerous years. Bob leld the position of trustee for the town of Cortland for 17 rears. Bob was a former presi­dent of Dixon PTA and was an active member of First United Methodist Church in Dixon. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army. serving in Korea during peace time. Bob enjoyed bowling, spending time in his vegetable garden and maintaining Lions Park in Cortland. Bob just received notification that he was to receive the DeLaine Mullis Community Service Award on Nov.22.
Bob is survived by his wife Emma Verda of Cortland, his children, Jerry (Becky) Craig of Mequon. Wis., Linda (Bill) Tobias of Carthage. Jim (Kim). Craig of Prior Lake, Minn.; and seven grandchildren. Nikki, Sarah. Andy, Michael, Jonathan, Joseph and Shelby. He also is survived by two sisters, Gerri (Vern) Plummer of Elmhurst and Shirley Schlaeffer of Peoria; and several nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews. Bob was preceded in death by his parents and one son Steven. Servies will be Monday Nov. 15, 2004 at Anderson Funeral Home in DeKalb. Burial in Chapel Hill.

EDITH CRAMER , wife of Samuel Cramer of the fire department, passed away at her home 1311 Sixth street, at 11 o'clock today, her death resulting from pneumonia with which she had been critically ill for several days. Funeral arrangements had not been completed early this afternoon and together with the obituary will be published later.
Dixon Evening Telegraph Friday, December 28, 1928
Ora Flaningam

HENRY CRAMER , Henry M. Cramer 126 1/2 North Third street, died suddenly at 9 o'clock last night at Sporels grove, near South Greensburg, where he had gone to call for his son and family who were picnicking there. He was born in Illinois 63 years ago, the son of Benjamin and Mary Miller Cramer. An Employee in the pattern shop of the Elliot company, he resided in Jeannette for 16 years. Surviving with his wife, Mrs. Edna Anderson Cramer, are the following children: Mrs. Robert Weightman, William Cramer, Mrs. Frank Yeskey, and John Paul Cramer, all of South Greensburg; Mrs. George Wible, North Braddock; Charles Edward Cramer and Mrs. Wilbur Flowers, both of Jeannette; Pfc Robert Cramer, now stationed in Japan; James and Alberta Cramer, both at home. There are also 17 grandchildren and the following brothers and sisters: Samuel Cramer, Dixon, Ill; Mrs. Benny Garvin, Kalamazoo, Mich., Mrs. Sadie Braitsch, Chicago, Ill; Charles Cramer and Roy Cramer, Decatur, Mich.; William Cramer, Pocatello Idaho, and Mrs. Margaret Bauslaugh, Detroit, Mich. Friends will be received at the Cramer Home.
Jeannette, PA News Dispatch Monday Sep. 9. 1946
Contributed by Ora Flaningam

NELLIE (BERRY) LANGFORD CRAMER , 59, wife of the retired chief of the Dixon fire department, passed away suddenly at her home, 310 Galena avenue, during the noon hour Christmas Day. Funeral services will be held at the Preston Funeral home at 2:00 o'clock Thursday afternoon. The Rev. H.B. Cartwright of the First Presbyterian church will officiate. Burial will be in Oakwood cemetery. Nellie Berry, who was born near Pontiac February 10, 1885, was married to Sam Cramer in Youngstown, O. four years ago, and since that time had made her home in Dixon. She is survived by her husband; a son Marshall Langford, who is at the Naval Aviation Station at Jacksonville, Fla.; a daughter, Mrs. C.M. Whitehead of Washington, D.C., two brothers, Everett Berry of Lake City IA.; and Calvin Berry of Saunamon, Ill; and two sisters, Mrs. Kenneth Murphy of Pontiac and Mrs. Elva Hedley of Chicago.
2nd Notice Nellie Berry Cramer was born in Livingston County, Illinois, Feb. 10, 1885, the daughter of John and Emma Berry, and departed this life on Christmas Day in her home at 301 South Galena. Cramer received her education in the public schools of Oswego, Ill. She is survived by her husband, Sam Cramer, retired chief of the Dixon Fire department; a son Marshall Langford; a daughter, Emma Whitehead; two brothers, Everett and Calvin; and two sisters, Mrs. Elva Hedley and Mrs. Amy Humphrey. She was preceded in death by her parents, a sister, Lucy, and a brother Edwin, and a brother Edwin. Mrs. Cramer was a member of the Methodist church and the Women's Relief Corp. Funeral services were conducted by the Rev. B.R. Cartright and the Women's Relief Corp at the Preston funeral home Thursday afternoon. Dec. 28. Burial was in the family lot at Oakwood.
Contributed by Ora Flaningam

SAMUEL CRAMER , retired member and chief of the Dixon fire department passed away Saturday afternoon at 4:45 o'clock at the KSB hospital at the age of 63 years', 11 months and 19 days. He had been in failing health for several weeks and was taken to the hospital about ten days ago for observation and treatment. Since his retirement from the fire department as chief he had been employed at the Freeman shoe Factory. He was born in Lee County, Feb., 26, 1883. Surviving him are two sons, George W., of Washington D.C., and Francis A., of Dixon, one Daughter, Mrs. Ethel Mae Flaningam of LaPeer Mich., three brothers, William of Pocatello, Idaho and Charles and Roy of Decatur, Mich, and three sisters, Mrs. Rachel Garvin of Parentwest(?) Mich. Mrs. Sayde Braitsch of Chicago and Mrs. Margaret M. Bauslaugh of Detroit Mich. 12 grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. He served 28 years as a member of the Dixon fire department, the last six years of which he held the position of chief, before retireing on a pension. His wife preceded him in death two years ago Christmas Day.
Funeral services will be held at the Preston funeral home Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock, the Rev. Merrill S, Tope, Pastor of the First Methodist Church officiating and interment will be in Oakwood. He was a member of Dixon Lodge, No. 779 BPO Elks.

Dixon Evening Telegraph 17 February 1947

2nd Notice: Funeral services for Samuel M. Cramer retired Dixon fire department chief were held this afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Preston funeral home. The Rev. Merrill S. Tope, Pastor of the First Methodist officiated and during the service Mrs. Myrtle Bishop rendered musical selections. Officers of Dixon Lodge No. 779 B.P.O. Elks conducted the ritual and interment was in Oakwood cemetery. Casket bearers were members of the police and fire departments as follows: Police Chief Harry J. Fischer, Patrolmen Frank Tyne and Ray Wilson, Fire Chief Albert Fordyce and Firemen Jake Johnson and William Cinnamon. The names of two step & children who survive were omitted in the obituary, namely Marshall Langford of Chicago, and Mrs. Emma Whitehead of McKeesport, Pa. Mrs. Henry Cramer, wife of Chief Cramer's brother who passed away last September was present from Jeannette, Pa. with her son and wife Mr. and Mrs. John P. Cramer and her daughter Mrs. Maybelle Weightman.
Dixon Evening Telegraph 18 February 1947
Contributed by Ora Flaningam

WILLIAM H. CRAMER , age 82, passed away Tuesday night at 11:45 after an illness of seven months duration. He was born at Timber Creek Iowa April 6, 1863 and spent most of his life at Dixon as foreman for the Illinois Central Railway. He was united in marriage to Miss Annie Jones on May 10, 1883 who passed away 13 years ago. To this union were born one son Ray C. Cramer and two daughters Mrs. Robert (Helen) Levan of Marion Township, Hazel who passed away in infancy, four grandchildren, Grace and Mary Ellen Levan and Pfc. John W. and Corp. Dale L. Cramer who are serving overseas, and one great grandson John W. Cramer Jr. One sister Mrs. Emily Monahan of Marshalltown Iowa. Services will be conducted from the Preston Funeral home Friday at 2, Rev. A.I. Marton, pastor of the First Christian Church officiating and interment will be at Oakwood.
Dixon Evening telegraph 1 Nov 1945

WILLIAM E. CREWS , Palymra township, farmer, passed away at the KSB hospital Sunday evening (January 12, 1947) at 7:20 o'clock. Funeral services will be held at 2: 30 Wednesday afternoon,t he Rev. George Neilsen of Grace Evangelical United Brethren church officiating and interment will be in Oakwood. The complete obituary will be published later.

MARY CROMBIE , stayed true to the Cubbies during her 113 years. Despite failing eyesight and hearing, she’d crank up the TV and watch the games from her room at Heritage Square Retirement Center. She always kept an eye on Sammy Sosa, her favorite player. For her 113th birthday on July 6, the team sent Crombie a gift package complete with a Cubs blanket, pennants and bobblehead dolls. With her death Monday, the Cubs have lost one of their oldest fans. And someone who remembers the last time they won the World Series. “We were just laughing about that today,” Heritage Square Administrator Sylvia Montavon said Tuesday. “We had another big Cubs fan (Louie Scott) die at 108 last year. With Mary, Louie and Harry Carey together, the Cubs can’t help but do well this year.” Crombie was born July 6, 1890, in Calhoun. She spent most of her life in Michigan and worked as a registered nurse until she married her husband, Charles, on Dec. 27, 1923. Friends say Crombie retained a sharp wit and memory until her death. She moved to Heritage Square on Nov. 11, 1983. She came to us in her 90s and she was still very independent,” Montavon said. “She always had her Cubs games on.” Montavon said the center’s activities director would often schedule events around Cubs games. Crombie would get frustrated when the games were broadcast on anything but WGN. “She didn’t like that,” Montavon said with a laugh. “One day it would be Fox, the next ESPN. They were always changing the channels.” Montavon also said Crombie had an amazing curiosity about current events and people, calling her a “strong Presbyterian and a strong Republican.” She was active in Dixon’s First Presbyterian Church and she knew God would take her when the time was right. “It’s part of the way she lived,” Montavon said. “Her funeral will be a cross-section of personalities and people she knew were good people. “She had a good, strong constitution. She’s lost a lot of friends but relied on her good faith. That’s why she lived so long.” Crombie asked close friends to serve as pallbearers. One of those friends is Lee County Judge David Fritts, who used to be Crombie’s attorney. Fritts knew Crombie for more than 15 years. We made sure she got roses every year because she loved flowers,” Fritts said. “Every year, my kids would come see her. She really loved kids, and she was extremely outgoing, heart-warming and a very maternal per- son.” Crombie’s doctor, Tim Appenheimer, also introduced Crombie to his family. He spent about eight years as her doctor. "My daughter’s name is Mary, and she would always ask about her,” Appenheimer said. “She was very alert until even a few weeks ago.” Crombie's funeral takes place today and a memorial service will be Tuesday.
Rockford Register Star September 24, 2003

MAUDE CROMBIE died at her home in Dixon Tuesday evening Aug. 20, after a lingering illness. She was a sister of Geo. Crombie of Forreston formerly of this place.
Contributed by Karen Fyock - Undated Scrapbook Clipping

ETHYLE (KNAPP) CROSS , 80, Sandra Lane, Rockford, died Saturday at Nashville TN following a short illness. She was bookkeeper for 16 years at Cross Real Estate in Rockford. She was born Dec. 28, 1898 in Ashton to Stephen and Lelah (Reed) Knapp. She was married to Carson Cross APril 8, 1925 in DeKalb. They moved from Ashton to Rockford in 1944. Mrs. Cross was preceded in death by one son and a brother. Survivors include her husband; a son, Carson D. Jr. of Rockford, a daughter Corliss Bennett of Ft. Lauderdale FL; sisters, Mrs. Cecil Wagner and Mrs. Maud Kersten both of Ashton. The funeral was 2 p.m. at the Ashton United Methodist Church. Burial in Ashton Cemetery.

EMILY FLANAGAN CURRAN , 239 Lincoln Way, passed away at the KSB hospital at 5:15 this morning (May 23, 1947) following a short illness. She is survived by one daughter Mrs. Genevieve Zimmerman, Alameda Calif.; four sons, Earl Flanagan, Nashville TN, William Flanagan, Dixon, Clifford Flanagan, Chicago, Thomas Curran, Dixon; four sister, three brothers; five grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held Monday at the Jones Funeral home. Burial Oakwood Cemetery.
Dixon Evening Telegraph 23 May 1947

WILLIAM CURRAN , 64, of Dixon, brother of Hugh Curran of Sterling, passed away Wednesday in the Dixon Public Hospital. He had been ill the past four weeks. Funeral rites will be held Saturday at 9 a.m. in the Buckley Funeral Home and 9:30 a.m. in St. Patraaick's Chruch. The burail will be in Oakwood Cemetery. Mr. Curran was for 40 years a barber in Dixon. He is survived by his widow; three brothers, Hugh of Sterling and John and Frank of Dixon, and a half sister, Mrs. Matt Tierney of Rockford.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling, Illinois May 9, 1957 - Thursday, pg 6

CLYDE W. CURRENS , 62, died Sunday at KSB Hospital in Dixon. Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at Chapel Hill Funeral home in Dixon.Burial will be in Chapel Hill Memorial Park. The Rev. James Gustafson will officiate. Visitation will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. A memorial fund has been established. Clyde Currens was born Dec. 20, 1912 in Gettysburg, Pa., the son of Harry W. and Mary E. Currens. He married Arloine Moore in Rock Falls, June 27, 1937. Survivors include his widow; one son, James of Ashton; one sister, Mrs. Maebelle Munroe of Nachusa, and two grandchildren.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois September 8, 1975 - Monday, page 6

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