CATHERINE (CLINTON) FAGEN - Died in Amboy Tuesday - Leaves Number of Relatives in Vicinity - Funeral Thursday - Amboy, June 30--Mrs. Catherine Fagan died Tuesday, June 27, at the home of Mr. and Mrs. James McKeever on the west side, where for the past 18 years, since the death of her husband, she has resided. Mrs. Fagan's maiden name was Clinton and she leaves a number of relatives in this vicinity. Funeral services were held in St. Patrick's Catholic church on Thursday morning at 9 o'clock, conducted by Father Cullen, and burial was in the Rockyford cemetery.
Contributed by Georgea Clinton (June 30, 1911 Dixon Telegraph page 5)

JULIA FAGEN formerly of Amboy died at Freeport. Miss Julia Fagen one of the oldest inmates of the old peoples home at Freeport passed away at the home Thursday afternoon and her remains were taken to Amboy Friday for interment. She was born in Ireland 95 years ago. Coming to American 66 years ago. She lived in Illinois 45 years.
Contributed by Georgea Clinton (Dixon Evening Telegraph, 5-29-1915 1:4)

THOMAS FAGEN - a former resident of Amboy, died in Chicago on Tuesday, December 3. The body was brought to Amboy for burial Thursday. Funeral services were held on Thursday afternoon in St. Patrick's Catholic church, and interment was made in the cemetery at Rockyford.
Contributed by Georgea Clinton (December 6, 1907 Dixon Telegraph(

ALMA MAY (HAWBECKER) FAIR 102, of Franklin Grove, died Saturday morning, Oct. 23, 2004, after a long illness at Franklin Grove Nursing Center. She was a retired homemaker who had helped on the family farm. She was born in (20) May 1902 in Franklin Grove, the daughter of George and Catherine (Robinson) Hawbecker. On July 14, 1925, she married Ernest Cletus Fair, he died June 4, 1985. She was a member of the Franklin Grove Church of the Brethren and Homemakers Extension. Her survivors include a son, Cletus (Karen) Fair of Franklin Grove; three daughters, Darlene (Rev. Gordon) Bucher of North Manchester, Ind., Thelma (William) Mitchell of Ft. Wayne, Ind., and Carol Anderson of Elgin; 11 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild. She was preceded in death by her husband, a sister and a great-great-grandchild. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2004, at the Franklin Grove Church of the Brethren with Rev. Gordon Bucher and Rev. Jerry Sales officiating. Interment will be in Franklin Grove Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 26, at Lyons Cluts-Simes Funeral Home, Main and Richardson Avenues, Ashton, and at the church one hour prior to the service. A memorial has been established for the Lincoln Building Restoration, Franklin Grove.
Ashton Gazette

CLARA LUELLA (HOLDREN) FAIRCHILD - The funeral of Mrs. Clara Fairchild who passed away at her home. Wednesday morning after an Illness of but a few hours, will be held at the at 1:30 o'clock Sunday afternoon and at the Methodist church at 2:00. The Eastern Star will be in charge of the services at the home while the Rev. Harold Staats will officiate at the church rites. A native of Melgin's Grove, near Compton. she, was born July 24, 1863, and lived here her entire life, with the exception of six years spent in Rockford. Her parents were M. C. and Eliza Holdren. She was married July 30, 1883, to Zina S. Fairchild of Paw Paw and eight children were born to this union, three preceding her in death. Surviving are the following children: Mrs. Verna Yocum of Amboy, Glen of Elsie, Neb. Mrs. Sadie Aughenbaugh of Steward, Mrs. Gladys Robinson of Rockford and Mrs. Luella Youngblood of St. Louis. There are also 13 grandchildren, 23 great grandchildren and two brothers Charles L. Holdren of Compton and Z. T. Holdren of Spencer, Ia. She was a member of the Methodist church, the Royal Neighbors and the Order of Eastern Star. While a resident of Rockford she was a member of the Rebekahs.
Dixon Telegraph June 8, 1945

CLARENCE EBER FAIRCHILD - A very sad accident indeed occurred in the family of Louis M. Fairchild on the evening of the 29th day of July, 1878. His boy, Eber, had been in the hay field; on his returning to the house, it is supposed that the horse took firth, the boy fell or was thrown from the horse, his feet became so entangled in the harness, that he was dragged quite a distance over stones and rubbish, and was bruised and mangled terribly. When found, was unconscious. Dr. Palmer was called, and did for the poor boy all that could have been done to save him; he lingered in that unconscious state until released by death the following Tuesday. Clarence Eber, aged 11 years 8 months and 26 days, was the son of Louis M. and Elizabeth Fairchild. Eber, as he was familiarly called, was a good boy, a dutiful and loving child, was much beloved by his Sunday school class; he gave promise to become a good man and useful citizen. His funeral was attended by a very large concourse of people, who were in deep sympathy with the family. The services were held in the Twin Grove church, Rev. N.H. Stoddard of Steward preached an impressive sermon on the occasion, from 1st Samual 12-23v, was assisted in the services by Rev's Harah and Hartman. The remains were deposited in the cemetery near the church.
Amboy Journal August 14, 1878
Contributed by Peggy Bartlling

DAVID OGDEN FAIRCHILD , a well known pioneer resident of West Brooklyn township, died Thursday, Feb. 15 at the home of Jacob Kessel east of Shaws, aged 77 years. Mr. Fairchild was a soldier in the Civil War and participated in Sherman's famous march to the sea. By his request "Marching thru Georgia" was sung at his funeral. The funeral was held at two o'clock Sunday afternoon in the M. E. church at West Brooklyn. Rev. O. O. Lozier officiateing. It was one of the largest funerals ever known in that vicinity. Burial was in Union cemetery with Masonic rites. Mr. Fairchild is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Addie Ross of Brooklyn township, and three sons, John, William, and Daniel. His wife and two sons preceded him in death. The greater part of his life was spent on a farm about a mile and a half north west of West Brooklyn.
Dixon Telegraph March 2, 1917
Contributed by Peggy Bartlling

ELIZABETH (EDMONDS) FAIRCHILD , a highly respected citizen of this place died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Jesse Beemer, early Tuesday morning, November 27 aged 81 years. Mrs. Fairchild has spent the greater part of her life in this community where she reared a large family of children; and when her husband answered his country's call to duty during the Civil War, she successfully conducted the farm. She has been a remarkable woman and has enjoyed good health until this summer when she was stricken with paralysis while she was visiting at the home of her son in the state of Oregon. She was able to be brought back to Paw Paw a few months ago and gained rapidly until a week ago when she gradually grew worse until the end came. The funeral will be held Friday afternoon at the Methodist Church at 2 o'clock. The complete obituary will be published next week.

Obituary -
Elizabeth Fairchild was born in Scotland, Ontario, Norfolk county, November 8, 1836. With her parents she came to the states in 1853. She was then seventeen years of age. The family came the distance in wagons, and Elizabeth took her turn at the lines. The family came to this vicinity and settled on a farm near Shabbona Grove. She joined the Methodist Episcopal church just before she married, and remained a loyal adherent and faithful worker throughout her life. On December 3, 1854, Elizabeth wed Lewis M. Fairchild, who was a blacksmith of that place. The couple remained at Shabbona Grove for a time, then moved to Amboy, where Mr. Fairchild plied his trade. From there he went to California and worked a while. Returning, he bought a farm three and a half miles northwest of Paw Paw, where he and his faithful wife labored in making a living. In the spring of '85 there was quite an exodus from this part of the state to Colorado, where people were homesteading. Among others, Mr. and Mrs. Fairchild and part of their family went west and took up a homestead one-half mile from Julesburg. Here they remained eight years, living a pioneer life, with all the hardships and denials common to that experience. Mrs. Fairchild and her two daughters returned to Illinois, leaving the husband to look after the homestead, while she came to see after the Illinois farm. While in Colorado Mr. Fairchild contracted a sickness that was to prove fatal. He returned to Illinois but was here only about two weeks when he passed away, which was in the fall of '93. Such is the bare, brief outline of her life given thus far in dates and events. The real history of her life would be stated in chapters of labor, hardship, privation, loneliness, struggle, sorrow intermingled with seasons of hope, joy and love. Among these chapters in her life story is one that is written down to her credit. It was between the years of '62 to '65 when her husband enlisted as a soldier in the Civil war, leaving his wife and three children, the oldest of whom was Herman, her boy of five. Mrs. Fairchild was not a rugged woman, but she bravely assumed charge of the farm and managed it well. There were days of hard labor on a farm and she, with her young lad, worked with might and main through the years of her husband's absence. Only those who have passed through a like experience can know the anxieties of such. The latter years of Mrs. Fairchild's life were spent in retirement from labors. Her children were scattered over the country and she spent the years in travel from one to another, stopping a while with each, where she was always happily welcomed. These years were the brightest chapter of her life history. She loved to travel and wished to be with her children as much as possible while life still lasted. It was while visiting her daughter in Oregon that she was stricken with the illness that brought on her demise. She was brought back to the home of her daughter, Mrs. J. J. Beemer, of this place, where she lingered on these shores of time till the summons came that called her to her eternal home. Mrs. Fairchild was mother to ten children. One dying when a babe, one at eleven years of age, and one in young manhood. She is survived by seven children: Herman E. of Belmar, Neb., Zina S. of Compton, Lewis F. of Lemoyne, Neb., Arthur L. of the Canadian volunteers, Mary E. McCullough of Elgin, Ore., Cora E. Beemer of Compton, and Mabel A. Beemer of Paw Paw. She was grandmother to thirty-three children and great grandmother to nineteen. She leaves one sister, Margaret Ann Marble, of Raymond, Iowa, and one brother, Edward B. Edmonds, of South Haven, Mich. Mrs. Fairchild will be missed by her multitude of friends here and elsewhere, who loved and regarded her as a woman of exceptional qualities. She passed peacefully away on the morning of November 27th at 3:15. She went to sleep in death and forgot she was tired. She was 81 years and 19 days of age.
Paw Paw Times - Obit Contributed by Peggy Bartlling - Photo and first death notice contributed by Marilyn Widler

Mr. and Mrs. Zina Fairchild are unfortunate.
More then a year ago they awoke one morning to find their infant babe dead in bed. Their second babe was found dead on last Saturday morning when they awoke. It was buried on Monday at 10 o'clock.
Amboy News October 25, 1885 contributed by Peggy Bartlling

IRA REUBEN FAIRCHILD , son of Mrs. Charles Fairchild { should be Clara or Mrs. Zina Fairchild } of Compton, passed away at the Amboy hospital at 1 o'clock this morning at the age of 48 years and 12 days, having been born on July 17, 1888, Funeral services will be held at the Methodist Episcopal here at 2 o'clock Friday afternoon, with burial at Malugin's Grove cemetery. Mr, Fairchild, who was a graduate of the Burg school, a member of the I. 0. 0. F. and a veteran at Camp Freemont, is survived by his mother and the following brothers and sisters: Mrs. Frank Yocum of Amboy, Jesse Glenn of Freemont, Mo.; Mrs. Sadie Aughenbaugh of Compton. Mrs, Gladys Robinson of Rockford and Mrs. Luella Youngblood of Excelsior Springs, Mo. His father preceded him in death several years ago.
Dixon Evening Telegraph July 29, 1936
Contributed by Peggy Bartlling

LEWIS MERANTON FAIRCHILD , son of Samuel P. Fairchild, was born in Warren county, N.Y., on January 20 (s/b 28) 1830, and died at his home north west of Paw Paw, III., on September 10, 1993 (s/b 1893) aged 63 years, 7 months and 20 days. At the age of two years he with his parents became residents of Canada. After residing there for about twenty years, he moved to Illinois and settled at Lee Center. On the third day of December, 1854, he was married to Miss Elizabeth Edmonds. Ten children have been born into this home 8 of whom are still living and were present to assist in laying the form of father away in the grave to await the awakening sound of the resurrection trumpet. In the spring of 1856 he went to California returning home in December of the same year and settled at Shabbona Grove where he continued to reside until 1859 when he moved to the farm northwest of Paw Paw. In the days of his country's need of heroic defenders to save her from the uplifted hands of rebellion and slavery, and maintenance of her integrity the deceased was one of those who from the prairies of Illinois sprang out into that dark night and effectually fought until the day star of unity arose emitting the light of freedom. He enlisted in 1862 and was enrolled in company K 75th regiment of Illinois volunteers, and served until Lee surrendered. After the close of the war he returned home and continued to reside on the farm until 1885, when he rented the farm and search of health for his wife moved to Colorado, where a few weeks ago he was taken sick. On the 29th of last month he came home to rest and recuperate. He gradually grew worse until rest was found in death. At the age of 22 he was converted and united with the Wesleyan church in Canada. In coming here he identified himself with the M.E. church and has always continued to be an active and faithful member. Brother Fairchild was one of those men who done whatever he attempted with all his might, in fighting the battles of truth, or those of his country, he fought them with all his might. In fighting to make a success of his business he spared himself no hard work, but with shoulder to the wheel, early and late he sought to bring things to pass. He retained consciousness to the last. He seemed to realize that the angel of death was not far away. A short time before the end came he called his loved ones around him and tenderly kissed them good bye. The funeral services were held at his late residence on Wednesday morning. The sermon was preached by Rev. B.A. Dickens, and the opening prayer was offered by Rev. W. Fisk of Yorkville, Ill. The burial services were conducted by W.H. Thompson post of the G.A.R. at the Ellsworth cemetery (s/b Twin Grove cemetery). Twenty members of company K were present and assisted in the impressive ceremonies.
Lee County Times-PawPaw IL
Contributed by Peggy Bartlling

WILMOT (OGDEN) FAIRCHILD , died at her home near West Brooklyn, Ill. on Wednesday morning, October 18th, 1905, age 98 years, 10 months and 6 days, having been born December 12th, 1806. She was united in marriage to Samuel P. Fairchild on November 6th, 1825, by the Rev. Jester Eastwood in Queensbury, Warren county, New York, in which county they were both born. After marriage, Mr. and Mrs. Fairchild settled down in the same county of Warren and resided there until 1836, when they emmigrated to Brantford, Canada West, now Ontario, where they resided until 1854, when they came to Illinois, arriving at Lee Center in July of that year. Shortly afterward Mr. Fairchild purchased a farm, then raw prairie, on section 5 and 8 in Brooklyn township onto which they moved immediately and which the family have occupied and called 'home', always respected and esteemed by all for their sterling qualities. They had ten children, only three survive, namely, David O., who resides on the homestead; Samuel C., of Oakdale, Nebraska, and Mrs. Martha A. Perkins of Hurly, South Dakota. Mrs. Fairchild was a woman whom to have known was to have loved and respected. The funeral was held Sunday, Oct., 22 at 2 o'clock p. m. from the M. E. church, the Rev. Mr. Scott of Compton and West Brooklyn officiating
Dixon Evening Telegraph October 26, 1905
Contributed by Peggy Bartlling

ZINA SAMUEL FAIRCHILD , was born near Paw Paw Illinois on the 9 October 1859, and passed peacefully away at his home on Thursday morning, August 4 1927, at the age of sixty seven years nine months and twenty five days. His last hours were brightened by the presence of his former wife { would at the time of this printing have been his widow } and part of his children. He was united in marriage with Clara L. Holdren of Compton, IL. on March 30th. To this union were born eight children, two of whom Lydia and Frankie, died in infancy. There lives to mourn his loss, Verna R. Yocum of Franklin Grove, IIl., Ira R. of Compton, J. Glenn of Missouri, Sadies Aughenbaugh of Compton, Gladys M. Robinson and Luella B. Youngblood, both of Rockford, also thirteen living grandchildren, and three brothers and three sisters. His early life was spent near Paw Paw, he having attended the East Paw Paw Seminary unil his health forced him to give up his studies. The remaninder of his life was spent in and around Melugin's Grove. He was a member of the Methodist Episcopal church of Compton. Services were held at Brooklyn Cemetery church Saturday afternoon by Rev. Joscelyn; interment at the Brooklyn cemetery.
Dixon Evening Telegraph August 11, 1927
Contributed by Peggy Bartlling

ELEANOR (HARPER) FAIVRE , age 59, of Franklin Grove, died Thursday, Jan. 15, 2004, at KSB Hospital in Dixon. Funeral Services were held Monday, Jan. 19, 2004, beginning with a 10 a.m. prayer service in the Jones Funeral Home, followed by a 10:30 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial in St. Anne Catholic Church in Dixon, with the Rev. Michael Morrissey, Pastor, officiating. Burial will follow in Oakwood Cemetery in Dixon. Visitation was on Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m., in the funeral home, with a scripture service at 7:30 p.m. Mrs. Faivre was born Jan. 5, 1945, in Rock Falls, the daughter of Harry and Rosella (Schaab) Harper. She married Frank W. Faivre April 20, 1963, in Sterling. Survivors include her husband of Franklin Grove; two sons, Chuck (Joyce) Faivre of Dixon, and Marty (Patti) Faivre of Carol Stream; one daughter, Karen Faivre of Rochelle; grandchildren, Heather, Holly, Alex, and Aaron Faivre of Dixon, Jeremy and Jacob Faivre of Carol Stream, and Nicholas Whisman of Rochelle; three sisters, Mary (Thomas) Gilmartin of Rock Falls, Ruth Burt of Lake City, Fla., and Harriet (Richard) Hauck of Lancaster, Wis.; and one brother, Harry “Buddy” (Lydia) Harper of San Antonio, Texas. She was preceded in death by her parents and one sister, Rosalie Manley. She was employed as an accountant for the family business, Tidy Bug Inc. She was a member of St. Anne Catholic Church in Dixon, and Plum Hollow Women’s League. Her hobbies included sewing, knitting, gardening, and working with her computer.

DENNIS LEROY FANE , of Rockton passed away Wednesday, July 29, 2012. Born Oct. 27, 1946, in Franklin Grove. He graduated from Franklin Grove High School in 1964, and went on to attend the University of Illinois and Iowa Wesleyan, before serving in the Army in Okinawa, Japan from 1968 to 1970. He married Kathryn Jensen in 1974; they later moved to Rockford and had one daughter, Kristi. He was an active member at Spring Creek UCC in Rockford and worked for Verizon Telephone Co., for nearly 30 years in Rochelle, DeKalb and Belvidere. He loved baseball, especially the St. Louis Cardinals, enjoyed collecting model trains, and was an active donor to the blood bank. Survived by daughter, Kristi Fane and former wife Kathy Fane, both of Loves Park, and many cousins. Predeceased by parents, Leroy and Hazel Fane Frank. Service at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 2, at Sunset Funeral Home, 8800 N. Alpine Road, Machesney Park, the Rev. Jeremy Heilman of Trinity Lutheran Church will officiate. Interment in Franklin Grove Cemetery in Franklin Grove. Visitation from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 1, at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to be made to the Alzheimer's Association.
Source: Pat Easterday - Published in Rockford Register Star from August 1 to August 2, 2012

ROGER FANE , 60, of Dixon died Tuesday July 12, 2005 at his home. He was employed by IL Toll Hwy. Maintenance Dept. for 23 years retiring in 2003. Mr. Fane was born Jan. 1, 1945 in Amboy the son of Robert and Maxine (Potts) Fane. He married Barbara J. Lane on June 12, 1965. He was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Dixon. Survivors include his wife; a son Mark of Springfield; daughter Laurie Heston of Annawan; four brothers, Robert, Ronald, Raymond and Randy; a sister Rita Fray and a grandson Devon. He was preced by his parents. Burial in Chapel Hill Memorial.

EDWARD WILLIAM FARROW , 82, a long time resident of this community passed away at 12:30 o'clock Thursday morning (October 8, 1942) at the home of his sister, Mr. Harry G. Wisman, after a weeks illness with pneumonia. Mr. Farrow has had numerous illnesses during the past few years, though with his iron will he attended to business affairs and was able to be about much of the time. During his sickness he was tenderly cared for by his sister and everything was done for him that loving hands could do. Mr. Farrow was born January 17, 1860, at Lyons, New York, and he attained the age of 82 years, eight months and 21 days. He was the only child of Mary and Reuben Farrow and his father was killed during the civil war. Later his mother married William Batchelor of Rochester New York with whom he came to Illinois in his boyhood. When a young man he went to Iowa and for many years he was a successful farmer. On his retirement from farm work he returned to Illinois and made his home with his mother until her death. For the past 15 years he has been actively engaged in the raising of asparagus. Mr. Farrow leaves to mourn his passing four half-sisters, Mrs. Belle Evens of Elgin; Mrs. Atta Sindlinger of Miami; Mrs. Mae Wisman and Mrs. Sara Losey of Ashton; a half-brother, Charles Batchelor, of Elkhart, Indiana; several nieces and nephews and a host of friends. For about 25 years Mr. Farrow was an active member of the Odd Fellows fraternity and he enjoyed the friendship with the younger members as well as those of his own age. Six former members were the pall bearers, Edgar C. Shippee, John F. Stadeble, Wm. F. Klingebiel, Charles Baldwiin, George W. Beach, and Clarence E. Drummond. Services were held Sunday at 2 p.m. from the Stephan Funeral home, conducted by Rev. Timothy B. Reeves pastor of the Methodist Church and hymns were sung by Mrs. Rae E. Chadwick. Interment took place in Ashton Cemetery.
Contributed by Pat France

LUCILLE M. (SHEFFIELD) FARSTER , 77, of Dixon died Sunday, June 22, 2003, at KSB Hospital She co-owned Dixon Construction Co. with her husband, until retiring. Mrs. Farster was born Dec. 2, 1925, in Centralia 0K the daughter of Walter and Ethel (Coxi) Sheffield. She married Robert P Farster on Nov. 21, 1943, in Coffeyville Kan. He preceded her in death She was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Dixon. Survivors include three Sons; Gregory R. (Mary Sue) Farster of Oro Valley Ariz., and Michael John Farster and Douglas P (Julie) Farster, both of Dixon; a daughter, Debra A. (Steven) Uarjch of Beatrice, Neb., eight grandchildren and six great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two brothers and a siser. Burial Chapel hill Memorial Gardens Dixon. The funeral is at II am. Thursday at St. Paul Lutheran Church Dixon, with the Rev. Robert L. Hansen, pastor, officiating. Burial is at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens,
Daily Gazette June 24, 2003

ABRAHAM H. FARVER , died at his home in this city yesterday afternoon at 1:45 o'clock after an illness of a little over 24 hours duration. His death comes as a shock to his friends as he has apparently been well and has been around and able to attend to his business. he was taken seriously ill Tuesday morning at ten o'clock and death resulted from heart trouble. Mr. Farver had just reached the 78th milestone of his life, yesterday having been his birthday. Mr. Farver, who was one of a large family of children, was born Sept. 21, 1832 in Columbia Co. Pa. he lived in his native state until 31 years of age, when he came to Illinois in 1863. He first went to Carroll Co. and in a short time located in Lee Co. For 35 years he owned and farmed the place now owned by Henry Schnell. Mr. Farver was united in marriage with Miss Mary Jane Leidy May 22, 1866 and to them have been born five sons, one of whom died in infancy. Mr. Farver is survived by his wife and four sons; Henry and Roy of Havelock, Iowa and Clarence and Ernest of Ocheydan, Iowa. Mr. Farver is also survived by his brothers Theodore of Franklin Grove and Lloyd of Ashton. Mr. Farver retired from Active live 7 or 8 years ago and moved to this city. Only two weeks ago he and his wife returned from a business trip and visit with their sons in Iowa. They had contemplated a trip to Michigan this week to visit relatives and this was postponed Sunday. The sad news has been telegraphed the sons in Iowa who are expected to arrive here this morning, when the funeral arrangements will be made.
Ashton Gazette September 22, 1910

GEORGE LESTER FARVER , 67, a lifelong resident of this community, passed away at his home in Ashton at 8 o'clock Monday evening following an illness of several months. Funeral services will be held this Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Cluts funeral home with Rev. Merle Hall, pastor of the Methodist church officating. Burial will be made in the Ashton cemetery. Mr. Farver was born April 27, 1887 in Lafayette township, the son of Lloyd Farver and Mary Ann Kline. On Oct. 25, 1908 he was married to Fannie Bird and to this union were born four children, Harold, Edith, Kenneth and Raymond. Mrs. Farver died Oct. 8, 1936. On Jan. 4, 1939 he married Miss Mary Haenitsch who passed away July 20, 1949. For many years Mr. Farver operated a drying and trucking business in Ashton and served for a time on the Ashton fire department. He was a member of the Methodist church. Surviving are his four children, Harold of LaSalle, Edith, Mrs. Kenneth Furman of Ashton, Kenneth of Ashton, Raymond of Franklin Grove; 12 grandchildren; two brothers, Perry and Guy both of Ashton; and a sister, Mrs. Anna Beach of Dixon. Two brothers, William and Oscar, preceded him in death.
Ashton Gazette 14 Sep 1911

MARY J. (LEIDY) FARVER , widow of the late Abraham H. Farver, died in her home in this city Sunday noon after a rather short illness, although having been in feeble health for quite a time. Mr Farver preceded her to the great beyond just eleven days less than a year ago. Mary Jane Leidy was born in Hemlock Township, Columbia Co. Pa Feb. 18, 1838 and at the time of her death was 73 years six months 22 days old. The deceased came west in 1856 at the age of 18 years and settled in Nachusa. On the 22nd of May 1866 she was united in marriage with A.H.Farver and to this union was born 5 sons - one of whom died in infancy. Those who are left to morn are Henry of Burns, Wyoming, who was here recently on a visit; Clarence and Ernest of Ocheydan, Iowa; and Roy who had lived with and cared for his mother since the death of Mr Farver a year ago. Mrs Farver is also survived by one sister, Mrs H.B. Vanderslice of Buchanan, Michigan; and one brother, J.G. Leidy of Carthage, Missouri. The Farver family lived for 35 years on the farm west of town now owned by Henry Schnell and moved to the city 7 or 8 years ago, where both were highly respected citizens. The funeral services were held yesterday afternoon at 3:30 from the Presbyterian Church, Rev. Alexander English, officiating. Internment was made in the Ashton Cemetery beside the remains of her husband.

THEODORE W. FARVER , father of Mayor J.B. Farver of this city, committed suicide at his home in Franklin Grove by hanging Sunday morning. Mr. Farver had not been in the best of health, but his family had no intimation that he was brooding over any trouble. He disappeared after breakfast and when Mrs. Farver noticed that he did not return home, started to hunt for him and found him hanging by a short piece of clothesline in the barn. Mr. Farver was born in Columbia County, Pennsylvania, April 20, 1844, and passed 75 years of age. When the Civil War broke out Mr. Farver enlisted in Co. F 2nd Regiment of Heavy Artillery in his home state and served until the close of the war. Mr. Farver was united in marriage with Miss Sarah Ziegler November 15, 1866 and last fall celebrated their golden wedding anniversary. They came west and settled in Franklin Grove 41 years age. For thirty years he was janitor of the camp meeting grounds and also the Methodist Church of that village. Eight children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Farver--six of whom, with the sorrowing wife, morn his death; These surviving were Bert, of Batavia; Harry, of Fairchilds, Wisconsin; Boyd, of Ashton; Frank, of Mitchell, So. Dakota; Calvin, of Batavia; and Mrs Emma Evans, State Center, Ia; One Daughter and one son preceded the father in death. There is also one foster daughter, Miss May Fowler. Funeral services were held yesterday afternoon, at one-thirty from the late home, conducted by Rev. Fred A. Graham of this city. Internment was in Franklin Grove Cemetery."

CHARLES BRAINARD FARWELL , died last night at home on Alkali, (South Dakota) Tuesday night at 11:30 after a very short illness, death resulting from a combination of rheumatism and pneumonia. The deceased was born in Lowell, Mass., on December 31, 1830, and had attained the ripe age of 78 years and three months at date of his death. When 6 years old his parents and family moved to Michigan, locating near Detroit, and fours later moved to Amboy, Ill. In 1859 the family moved to Pikes Peak, Colo., where Mr. Farwell met and married Mary I. Bennett. Mrs. and Mrs. Farwell came to the Hills in 1877, residing here continously since that date. Besides the wife there are seven children left to mourn the death of a loving father, namely Mrs. Addison Keefer, of Amboy, Ill., Chas. B., of Amboy, Wash., Mrs. Gertrude Eveleth, Mrs. J. D. Keffeler and the Misses Helen, Alta and Mildred all of Sturgis. He is survived by one brother, C. D. Farwell of North Dakota. Mr. Farwell was a member of the Masonic lodge of Sturgis and the funeral services will be under the charge of the lodge, with the Rev. C. D. Erskine officiating. The services will be held Sunday in the Presbyterian church of Sturgis at 2:00 p. m. No services will be held at home, it being the intention of the relatives and neighbors to accompany the remains to Sturgis, leaving the ranch at 10:30 Sunday morning. The bereaved have the sympathy of all in their loss of the husband and father.
Contributed by Robin Anderson

JOSEPH FARWELL - In Amboy, Illinois, March 5 1875, Mr. Joseph Farwell, aged 85 years. The deceased was born in Fitchburg, Mass., May 14, 1790, of the original Puritan stock, which settled throughout the New England States. While a child his parents moved to Harvaard, and at the age of 25 years he united with the Congregational Church of that place. The aged couple who have lived so long and happily together, were married in 1819, and they moved to Lowell, Mass, in 1826, where Mr. F. united with others in forming the first Congregational church of that place. In a few years he helped establish the second Congregational church in Lowell, and again the third church of that order, in all of which churches he was held in high esteem, and officiated as a Deacon. In 1836 the family moved to Amboy, Mich., where Mr. F. aided again in founding the first Congregational church of that place. In May, 1841, he moved to this place, then called Palestine Grove, where he and Mrs. F. united with the Lee Centre Congregational church, but in due time they united with Mr. and Mrs. Jno. C. Church, Mr. and Mrs. Blocher, and Dr. Abbott, wife and daughter in organizing the present Congregational church of Amboy. Mr. F. remained a consistent and influential member of the church until his death. He built the old Farwell Hall, on the West side, near the U. B. church, and for a long time his church, and nearly all the public meetings, were held in that building. At the time Amboy was laid out, he was the owner of the land in the original plat. The Monday before he died was the first election at which he ever failed to vote. Mrs. Farwell survives her husband, and is ten years his junior. Their children are Joseph, Cyrena, (now the wife of Deacon Church) Cyrus and Brainard, and this is the first death in the family. His last expressions gave evidence of the faith and hope with which he lived. His last sickness was brief, having suffered but a day or two, and retaining his consciousness to the close. His last utterances were about "going home," and "Glory to God in the Highest." His funeral last Sabbath was largely attended.
Contributed by Robin Anderson from the Amboy Journal 12 March 1875 p1, c3

GEORGE WILLIAM FELL , son of the late William and Eliza Fell, died at Cherokee, Iowa, Friday afternoon at two o'clock at the close of a several years illnes. The remains were brought to this city, Sunday morning and taken to the home of Mrs. Fell's sister, Mrs. Rhoda Andrus, from whose residence the funeral services were held Monday afternoon at two o'clock and at two thirty from the Methodist Episcopal church, the pastor Dr. W.E. Kern officiating. interment was made in the Ashton cemetery. George William Fell was born at Prescott, Ontario Canada, November 10, 1852 and at the time of his demise had reached the age of 66 years, nine months and eight days. He came to Ashton in 1865 with his parents. Mr. Fell was united in marriage with Miss Mary Siple November 2, 1876 and to them were born two sons, Lynn C. of Larrabee, Iowa, who with the mother is left to mourn, and Frank G. who died March 22, 1904. The family continued to make this community their home until 1901, when they moved to Larrabee, Iowa, which plasce has since been their home.
Contributed by Pat France

LOIS E. (WAGNER) FERRIS , 71, of Harmon, died Sunday, Jan. 7, 2007, at OSF St. Anthony Medical Center, Rockford. She past away peacefully with all her family by her side following a long battle with cancer. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend. She was an active member of St. Flannen's Church, where she proudly cooked the corn beef dinners for the past 25 years. She was born June 9, 1935, in Polo, the daughter of Glenn and Loretta (Hubbard) Wagner. She and her husband, Bradley J. Ferris, were married on June 19, 1954, in Dixon. He survives her along with her five children, son, Terry (Karla) Ferris of Nachusa; four daughters, Connie (Deb Wolfram) Ferris of Dixon, Debbie ("Mikey") Clark of Rock Falls, Tammy (Scott) Strub of Dixon and Sandie (Nicole) Brown of Appleton, Wis.; 12 grandchildren, Christie (Marty) Cox of Polo, Stepheni (Troy) Chandler of Lee Center, Tiffany (Nate Hummel) Ferris of Dixon, Tracy (Todd Erdahl) Ferris of Polo, Brad Ferris of Nachusa, Teresa Woolsey of Sterling, David Woolsey of Rock Falls, Sean Clark of California, Cliff Okeefe of Rickman, Tenn., Elaina Brown of Appleton, Wis., Katie (Chris) McCard of Newport News, Va., Shane (Melissa) Strub of Norfolk, Va., and Nick Strub of Walnut; 14 great-grandchildren; four brothers, Marvin (Mary) Wagner of Rochelle, Ronnie (Judy) Wagner of Compton, Harold (Mary) Wagner of Rock Falls and Leo (Margaret) Wagner of Rockford; and three sisters, Doris (Danny) Todhunter of Nelson and Judy (Leo) Lewis and Nelda (Rick) Burge, both of Rock Falls. She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Keith (Nancy) and Wallace (Judy) Wagner; and two sisters, Eileene (Ken) Ford and Linda (Steve) Knaple. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2007, at St. Flannen's Church, Harmon, with Father Carl Beekman officiating. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2007, at Polo Family Funeral Home, Polo.
Contributed by Margaret Mangers from the 8 Jan 2007 Sterling Gazette

MAYBELLE (MAINE) FINCH , mother of Lee County Sheriff, Gilbert P. Finch, passed away at 3:25 o'clock Sunday morning at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Bert Howe after an illness of several weeks duration. Friends may call at the Mihm funeral home until noon Tuesday, at which time the body will be taken to the Congregational church of which she was an active member, where funeral services will be held at 2 o'clock. The Rev. Dennis Bennet, pastor, will officiate and burial will be in Prairie Repose Cemetery. Maybelle Maine, was born in Amboy June 10, 1867, a daughter of William and Harriet Maine and was married Nov. 16, 1887 to Bert Finch who preceded her in death Dec. 26, 1945. She and her husband farmed in the vicinity of Amboy until 1914 when they retired and moved to Amboy. She is survived by two sons, George P. of Dixon and J.M. of Maywood; a daughter Mrs. Ellen Howe of Amboy; seven grandchildren; 9 great grandchildren and two sisters, Mrs. Anna Jenkins of Yerling, Nevada, and Mrs. John Fox of San Diego, Calif. An infant son also preceded her in death. Mrs. Finch was a charter member of the Amboy Women's Club.
Dixon Evening Telegraph Monday January 19, 1948

ANNA (KELLEN) FISCHER , 87, a former Sublette and West Brooklyn resident, died at 10:00 p.m., Thursday, May 31, in the Forman Nursing Home, Amboy, after an extended illness. Funeral services were held Monday morning at 9:00 o’clock with a requiem mass in Our Lady of perpetual Help Church , Sublette, with the Reverend Edward Lehman, pastor, officiating. Burial was in St. Mary’s cemetery, Sublette. Pallbearers were Leonard Vaessen, Reuben Dinges, Gilbert Theiss Sr., Oliver Chaon, Leo Glaser and Charles Kuebel. Members of St. Ann ’s Society, of which she was a member, formed a guard of honor. Anna Fischer, nee Kellen, was born March 31, 1869, in Lee County , the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Kellen. She married Julius Fischer, January 13, 1902, and he died January 20, 1953. Following the death of her husband she made her home in West Brooklyn with a daughter, Mrs. Henry Henkel. Surviving are three sons, Elmer, Sandwich, Leo and John, Amboy; the daughter, Mrs. Henkel of West Brooklyn; 15 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and a brother, George Kellen, Minnesota . Preceding her in death in addition to the husband were her parents, and infant daughter, four brothers and six sisters.
Contributed by Pat Esterday - Taken from: The Mendota Reporter, Thursday, June 7, 1956, Page 8 – Col. 3 (Copied as written)

ANNA (SCHAMBERGER) FISCHER has passed to the care of her Heavenly Father. She was born in May township, Lee County, Ill., July 15, 1875, and died after a long period of illness at her home on February 28, 1938, aged 62 years, 7 months and 13 days. She was the youngest child of the union between Anna Margaret Fetzer and John Nicolas Schamberger. She was preceded in death by one brother, Edward, who died in infancy, and four sisters, Miss Catherine Schamberger, Mrs. Eva Pepiot, Miss Rebecca Schamberger and Mrs. Delia Herbert. She lived in this vicinity all her life. On January 20, 1897, she was married to Peter Fischer, with whom she shared the joys and sorrows of life for 41 years. This happy home was blessed with two children, Ivy and Lola. In her youth she joined the Perkins Grove Evangelical church, during the pastorate of Rev. W. B. Rilling, and had been an active member ever since. At the time she was taken ill she was the teacher of the Ladies Sunday school class. It was one of her greatest delights to attend the services and worship in the house of the Lord. She leaves to mourn her departure from this world, her bereaved husband, Mr. Peter Fischer; two daughters, Mrs. Howard Bauer of LaMoille, and Mrs. Roy Long of Amboy; six grandchildren, Mildred, Robert, Richard and Joanne Bauer, Lois and Donald Long, and many other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon aat 1:15 from the house and at 2:00 from the Perkins Grove Evangelical church. Rev. J. W. Bischoff officiated at the services and Rev. H. R. Neuman of Naperville , a former pastor of the church, gave the sermon. Burial was made in the Union cemetery north of LaMoille. Mrs. Fischer was a great lover of poetry.
Contributed by Pat Esterday

ELMER JOSEPH FISCHER , 55, of 423 Third Street , Sandwich, who died, May 22, 1958, in the Woodward Memorial Hospital were conducted in St. Paul Catholic Church at 9:30 Saturday, May 24, 1958, the Rev. Charles McCarren officiating. The body was brought to Sublette for burial in St. Mary’s Cemetery. Mr. Fischer, a former resident of Sublette, was born February 27, 1903 in May Township , the son of Julius and Anna (Kellen) Fischer. On January 1926 he was married to Clara Glaser in Sublette. He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother and one sister. Surviving are his wife, a daughter, Mrs. Dorothy Whiteaker of Sheridan, and one son, Richard Fischer of Marseilles ; two grandchildren, one brother, Leo Fischer of Amboy, and one sister, Mrs. Leona Henkel of West Brooklyn, Ill. He moved to Sandwich 17 years ago from Earlville. He was a die setter at Richard Willcox Co. in Aurora . He was a member of St. Paul Catholic Church and the Holy Name Society.
Contributed by Pat Esterday - Taken from: The Mendota Reporter, Thursday, June 19, 1958, Page 6 – Col. 1

HOWARD R. FISCHER , 74, of Dixon died Saturday. Nov. 13, 2004 at his home after an extended illness. He was employed by the Illinois Department of Mental Health as a business administrator, retiring in 1991. Mr. Fischer was born Feb. 24. 1930. in Dixon. the son of Rudy and Marjory (Lincoln) Fischer. He married Mary Spaulding on Nov. 15, 1963 in Dixon. Survivors include two sons; Steven (Kathy) Fischer of Daytona Beach. Fla. and Roger (Jan) Fischer of Moline; two daughters. Tina (David) Vail of Dixon and Sandy (Mark) Tooley of Moline; three sisters. Barbara Sumption of Morrison, Karin (Harley) Jensen of Walnut and Janice (David) Rupp of Davis; seven grandchildren; and a great­grandchild. He was preceded in death by a brother. Dick Fischer. Memorial service is at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Dixon Church of the Brethren. with the Rev. Stan Rodabaugh, pastor, officiating. Cremation rites have been accorded

JULIUS FISCHER , 75, Amboy, died about 9:30 p.m., Tuesday, January 20, in Amboy Public hospital where he had been a patient for four weeks. Born October3, 1877, in Clarion Township , Bureau County , he was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Fischer. January 8, 1902, he was united in marriage to Anna Kellen who survives together with three sons, Elmer of Sandwich, Leo and John of Amboy; one daughter, Mrs. Henry (Leona) Henkel of West Brooklyn; fifteen grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and two brothers, Edward and William of Van Orin. Preceding him in death were his parents; a daughter, Esther, who died in infancy; three brothers, Lawrence, Peter and John; and one sister, Mrs. Elizabeth Spohn. Funeral services will be held at 9:00 a.m., Friday morning, in Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, Sublette, with Father Edward Lehman officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call at the Schwarz funeral home.
Contributed by Pat Esterday - Taken from: The Mendota Reporter, Mendota, LaSalle Co., Illinois , January 22, 1953

LOUISE (FAHS) FISCHER was born in East Grove Township , Lee County , on Sept. 22, 1877. She was one of eight children born to Fred and Mary Fahs. She became a baptized child of God in her early infancy and proved a faithful child. Her education was received in the Becker school located near the home of her parents who then resided in May twp. On May 22, 1892, after being instructed by the Rev. Henry Decker, she renewed her baptismal promise in the rite of Confirmation. On October 6, 1897, she was united in marriage to William Fischer by Pastor H. Decker. To this union five sons and one daughter were born. For the past three years the departed suffered from hardening of the arteries which gradually weakened her. Even though it greatly handicapped her in her work she still tried to continue. However, during the past several months, it was impossible for her to get around. On Saturday of last week her condition grew worse and on Wednesday morning, Oct. 11, at 8:00 a.m. she was called to her Heavenly home at the age of 67 years and 19 days. Always a devoted wife, a loving mother and a kind friend we all mourn her death. She leaves to mourn her loss her devoted husband, one daughter, Mrs. Elsie Esterday of Van Orin; four sons, George, Fred, Marvin and Melvin, all of LaMoille; three sisters, Mrs. Mary Eggers of Compton, Mrs. Emma Spohn and Mrs. Julia Gimbel of Mendota; eight grandchildren; one great-grandchild; many nephews and nieces and a host of friends. Her father and mother, two brothers, two sisters and one son preceded her in death. Funeral services were held at the home at 2:00 p.m. The Rev. Carl Kalkwarf officiated. Mrs. Kalkwarf sang with Mrs. Martin Mueller at the organ. Mrs. Ivan Ioder, Mrs. LaRoy Norden and Mrs. Harold Ackerman had charge of the flowers. The floral tributes were numerous and beautiful. The pallbearers were her nephews; Alvin Molln, Louis Fahs, Eddie Fahs, Richard Spohn, Otto Fischer and Howard Fischer. Interment was in Van Orin Repose. The out of town folks who attended the funeral were; Mrs. Gertrude Eckblad, Chicag; Mrs. Kathryn Esterday, Iowa City, Iowa; Mrs. Mary Eggers and son Elmer, Compton; Mr. and Mrs. John Fahs, Walnut, Mrs. Mabel Himes, Mr. and Mrs. Bid King, Mr. and Mrs. Marcus Gondermann, Mr. Fred Gondermann and Henry Jacobs, all of Dixon.
Contributed by Pat Esterday - Taken from: The Mendota Reporter, Thursday, October 19, 1944, Page One.

ADOLPHUS FISHER , died at his residence west of Paw Paw, Mr. Adolphus Fisher, Friday Feb. 22, 1895, aged 48 years and three months, after a long and severe sickness. Mr. Fisher was born in Franklin Co., Ohio, Nov. 2, 1846, where he remained until, with other members of his family, he removed to Illinois in 1853. On the 29th of October 1873 he married Miss Dolly Siglin, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Amos Siglin, of Paw Paw. Born of this union were three children, two of whom are living. Mr. Fisher was known and respected for his strict business principles and fair dealing, being also known as a good husband and loving father. The funeral was held at the Presbyterian church Sunday afternoon at two o'clock, and conducted by the Rev. S. Ollerenshaw, a large congregation being present to show their respect and sympathy. The remains were interred in the Ellsworth cemetery where they will rest till the resurrection morn.
Submitted by Marilyn Widler

ALMA (WHITE) FISHER - The many friends were greatly shocked to hear of the death of Mrs. Alma Fisher who died at the Rochelle Hospital Monday afternoon. She had been ailing but a few days and her condition was not considered critical until a short time before death came. The Jacob Fisher family were residents of this community for several years. Mr. Fisher died sometime ago, while the family were living at Scarboro on the home farm. For the past two years Mrs. Fisher has lived in Rochelle and made a home for her aged mother. The funeral was held in Rochelle yesterday afternoon with burial in the Twin Grove cemetery. The obituary did not reach us in time for this issue but will be published next week.

Mrs. Alma White Fisher, who spent most of her life on a farm at Scarboro, passed away at her home in Rochelle, Illinois, Monday September 26, 1921, of 63 years, 8 months and 9 days. She had been in perfect health and death came after an illness of twenty hours, meningitis being the cause. The deceased was born in Peru, Clinton County, New York, January 17, 1858. She was married to Jacob Fisher on November 13, 1879, and settled on a farm near Steward where she spent her entire married life. To this union three children were born, one son, Carey Carlton, and two daughters, Mrs. Eunice Davison and Mrs. Bertha Lyman. Mr. Fisher died August 18, 1914, and Mrs. Fisher continued to reside on the home farm until she moved to West Brooklyn where she lived about two years, and last spring moved to Rochelle. She was a member of the M. E. Church since her early girlhood and lived faithfully and consistently. She was also a member of the Eastern Star of Compton and of the D. A. R. of Rochelle. Besides her heartbroken children, there are left to mourn her departure her aged mother who made her home with her; also one sister, Dr. Marion White of Dixon; and four brothers, Dr. Earl White of West Brooklyn, Chandler White of Rochelle, Ed of Wisconsin and Merton of Leland and also six grandchildren. "Not now but in the coming years, it may be in that better land, we'll read the meaning of our tears, up there, up there, up there, we'll understand."
--Submitted by Marilyn Widler

CLARA (BRADY) FISHER , a native of Amboy passed away Wednesday ( Sept. 6, 1944) evening at the Deaconess hospital in Freeport. Lee County relatives have been advised and it is stated that burial will take place in Prairie Repose, following services in Freeport, the time has not been determined. Mrs. Fisher, whose parents were the late Henry and Clara Brady of Amboy is survived by a sister Mrs. Mary Visick of California, two half brothers Albert Weise of Amboy and W.L. Weise of Ashton and a half sister, Mrs. Carl Rocko of Amboy. Her husband Bert and a son Raymond preceded her in death.
Dixon Evening Telegraph 7 September 1944

DOLLY (SIGLIN) FISHER - Death by diphtheria claimed one of Paw Paw's old residents last Thursday, when Mrs. Dolly Fisher passed away. She had been ill but a couple of days and her ailment was not known to be diphtheria until a few hours before her death. Mrs. Fisher was taken sick Monday of last week, but her sickness was not considered of a serious nature. However, she grew rapidly worse and on Thursday her ailment was pronounced diphtheria and the home was quarantined. She died a few hours after being placed under quarantine. Owing to the nature of the very contagious disease, public funeral services were not permitted. Interment took place at the Ellsworth Cemetery on Friday afternoon. The Rev. J. Burrows of the Methodist Church conducted a short service at the grave. Mrs. Fisher was very well known in Paw Paw, having made her home in this township for forty years and in this vicinity nearly all of her life. She was born in Lucerne Co., Pa. On August 13, 1854, and at the time of her death was 68 years and 6 months of age. She came to Illinois when but six months old. In 1874 she united in holy matrimony to Adolphus Fisher. They became the parents of three children, one daughter of which died in infancy. Those surviving are Mrs. Elsie Case of Paw Paw and Amos Fisher of Chicago. Mrs. Fisher also leaves one sister, Mrs. Barbara Siglin, of Chicago, and a brother, William Siglin of Bluffton, Alabama. Mrs. Fisher had for many years been a member of the Paw Paw Presbyterian Church. She was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Amos Siglin who settled in this county and purchased a farm in Willow Creek Township in 1855. During the winter of 1873, her father dealt extensively in butter, livestock, etc. in Paw Paw. He erected all the buildings on is own farm, built his own home in Paw Paw and in 1880 with Lester Potter erected the brick block which was known as the Siglin and Potter block. The sudden death of Mrs. Fisher was a great shock to her family and friends, who have the sympathy of the entire community. (1923)
Submitted by Marilyn Widler

JACOB FISHER (Jr) , Jacob Fisher died at his home in Scarboro Tuesday night after an illness of several years. Mr. Fisher was well known through this vicinity and at one time lived just west of town. He was 63 years old. The funeral is being held this afternoon in Scarboro and interment will be at Twin Grove. Extended obituary next week.

2nd Notice

Jacob Fisher was born Oct. 1, 1851, near Columbus, Ohio. In 1852 the family came to Illinois. They lived for a short time in Jefferson Grove, Ill.; then they settled on the Willow Creek farm where a few months later the father died. The widow, Ruth Carleton Fisher, was left with ten children. With the aid of her family she continued on the farm until 1888 when death also claimed her. Jacob Fisher was married on Nov. 13, 1879 to Edna White. The first years of their married life were spent in Paw Paw, Ill., but later they occupied the farm bought by his father in the pioneer days. Mr. Fisher was a kind husband, a loving father and a true friend. His patience and fortitude shown during his almost five year affliction manifested the spirit of Christ whom he loved and served. While yet a lad he gave his life to God and became a member of the Methodist church. This past spring he transferred his membership to the Evangelical church Scarboro, Ill. Although failing for some time death came as a shock Tuesday morning August 18. He leaves a widow and three children, Carleton, Miss Eunice and Mrs. Bertha Lyman; also a brother James of California and a sister, Mrs. Eleanor Pierce of Iowa. Rev. Canfield of Paw Paw, Ill., conducted the funeral services in the absence of the pastor. The many beautiful wreaths manifested the high esteem in which the deceased was held in the community.
Submitted by Marilyn Widler

CAROLINE ELLIOTT (SCOTT) FISK , died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. C. C. Mittan, Tuesday morning. Owing to the infirmities of old age she had been confined to the house for several years. She was 97 years old last Thanksgiving day. The funeral will be held Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Methodist church. Obituary next week.

OBITUARY -- CAROLINE ELLIOTT (SCOTT) FISK was born at Jedburgh, Roxburghshire, Scotland November 29, 1820, and died at Paw Paw, Ill., May 28, 1918. That much of a life history is briefly told. It is the first and the last page of a life record. But what a volume of events may be recorded between those dates. Only a very few will be mentioned in this brief sketch, taken from the eventful life of this aged saint. In 1829, being 9 years of age, she came with her parents to America, locating in Canada. Here she grew to womanhood and in 1840 was married to Samuel Fisk. In 1855 the couple came to Illinois, locating at Little Malugin Grove where Mr. Fisk purchased a tract of land for a small sum, built a log house from the timber, and began the hard labors of a pioneer farmer. With the beginning of that pioneer life and its attending hardships, the woes and sorrows of the young life began. Mr. Fisk's year was almost incapacitated for hard labor. He gave up the struggle in 1860 when he passed away, leaving his wife with her small children to face the battles of life alone. During the 60's her oldest child, the son on whom she depended, heard his country's call and enlisted in the war. It was a hard blow to the mother, but she gave him to his country with a proud heart and bore her extreme loneliness with an amazing fortitude. The troubles of the brave woman did not come singly; she was the mother of her ten children, six sons and four daughters. Four of the children passed away in childhood, and only two survive her. Mrs. Fisk's christian faith was a living, real and practical element in her life. This, with a resolute will, was the power which gave her comfort in her sorrows and buoyancy above her urging cares. She was a member of the M. E. church of Canada, but upon coming to Illinois, the United Brethren church of Beemerville being the only nearby church, she united with that society, and no more devoted and faithful christian ever lived and labored in that historic church. In its sweet communion she lived as long as the church remained there, and in the fond relation to that body she passed to the church triumphant. Mrs. Fisk was distinguished as being one of the very few left of mothers of soldiers of the Civil War. When memory was impaired by extreme age, she still thought of her soldier boy and spoke of his sacrifice, and of hers. She had quite a remarkable voice in her younger years, and her singing of the sweet old hymns and the Scotch songs leave an aftertone still sounding in the minds of the children who survive her. It is worthy of mention that about two months ago, though bedfast, with strength gone and voice broken and past 97 years of age, she sang for the visiting minister with quite remarkable clearness, "Ye Banks and Braes of Bonnie Doon." Mrs. Fisk was one of that trio of aged saints who came to Malugin Grove vicinity about the same time and lived near together, all living to an exceptional old age. The other two, Mrs. Eliza K. Miller, who lived to be 98; Mrs. Jane Mittan, 94; and Mrs. Fisk nearly 98. Many were the visits these women enjoyed with each other through those many years as neighbors. Each was a diligent reader of the Bible till they knew it well. In the home of their son and daughter, Cassius and Mary Mittan, lived their aged parents for many years, and the home was hallowed by their presence. Mrs. Fisk left the old farm in 1877 and since '82 she made her home with her daughter until her death. The long eventful life came to its earthly end on Tuesday morning when the slowly dying flame of mortal life at last went out. Caroline Elliott Fisk was mother of ten children, grandmother of 33 children, great grandmother of 73 and great great grandmother of 13, many of whom, beside her son Alex Fisk and daughter Mrs. Cassius Mittan, both of Paw Paw, survive her. The funeral was held Friday afternoon at the M. E. church, Rev. O. T. Canfield officiating. Mr. and Mrs. Canfield sang accompanied by Mrs. Hazel Bryant. Burial was in the Fisk cemetery northwest of town.
Submitted by Marilyn Widler

EMMA CATHARINE (GROVE) FISK , was born April 27, 1862 at Wauseon, Ohio, and came to Lee Co, Ill., in 1865. She was married to Alexander Fisk Feb. 23, 1890. She died Nov. 22, 1907, aged 45 years, 6 months and 26 days. She leaves to mourn her loss her husband, Alexander Fisk; Wm. Grove, her father; five sisters and three brothers: Mrs. Albert Grafton and Clyde Grove of Chicago; Mrs. Merritt Neyhard of Nebraska; Mrs. Jacob Schoenholtz, Mrs. Asa Burd, Miss Nellie, George and John Grove, who live in Lee Co. She had a tumor removed at the Compton hospital in May and lingered in great suffering beyond all expectation until death came to her relief. There was a large attendance at the funeral, which was held Sunday Nov. 24, for Emma had many friends. The flowers were very beautiful, the broken wheel being most appropriate, as she was the first spoke taken from the family circle. Rev. Plapp of Malta preached an excellent sermon. The choir from Paw Paw gave sweet music and was enjoyed by all present. Mr. Smith, the undertaker, laid her to rest with her three babes in the Ellsworth cemetery.
Submitted by Marilyn Widler

MANSON FITTS , 63, native of Dixon, died in Chicago yesterday (Jan. 6, 1948) after an illness of 10 days duration. Services will be held in Chicago Thursday at 10 a.m. and burial will be at 1:45 p.m. here in the Oakwood cemetery. He is survived by neices and nephews, Charles Fitts, Mrs. Charles Roberts, Mrs. Russell Roberts, and Mrs. Della Wells all of Dixon and Mrs. Schulte of Franklin Grove.
Dixon evening Telegraph 7 January 1948

FLORENCE (JAEGLE) STREIT FLAHAVEN , age 83, of Amboy, died at Amboy Rehabilitation and Nursing Center on Friday, March 26, 2004. Mass of Christian Burial was held Monday, March 29, 2004, in the Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Sublette, with the Rev. Edward Hughes, Pastor, officiating. Burial followed in St. Mary Cemetery in Maytown. Visitation was held on Sunday, March 28, 2004, from 3 to 6 p.m., with a Rosary Service at 2:30 p.m., in the Mihm-Jones Funeral Home in Amboy, and also from 9:30 until 10:30 a.m., on Monday in the church. Mrs. Flahaven was born in Wenona, on June 27, 1920, the daughter of Leo and Rose (Stenzel) Jaegle. She was united in marriage to Floyd Streit in Wenona on June 6, 1944. He preceded her in death June 16, 1978. She then married Edward Flahaven on Sept. 1, 1982. He preceded her in death May 21, 1997. Survivors include two daughters, Janet (Bruce) McMillan of Oregon and Joan Streit of Homer Glen; two sons, Mark (Cindy) Streit and Michael Streit, both of Sublette; five step-daughters, Joan (Blane) Work of Phoenix, Ariz., June (Kevin) Nelson of St. Louis, Mo., Carol (Gene) Schinzel of Wenona, Mary (Dan) Densberger of East Peoria, and Janet Flahaven of Phoenix, Ariz; one step-son, Steve (Marcia) Flahaven of Wenona; seven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; 11 step-grandchildren; two sisters, Marie (Donald) Donze of Flanagan, and Marcella (Tom) Rodrick of Streator. She had worked at Del Monte Foods in Mendota and had farmed with her husband. She was a member of the Lee County Farm Bureau, St. Patrick Catholic Church in Maytown Altar and Rosary Society, and the Jim Beam bottle collecting club.
The Amboy News

ELISHA FORD , an early settler of Lee county, died Saturday night, Jan.9, at his home in Lee Center township, aged 82 years, 9 months, and 27 days. He was born in Bradford county, Pennsylvania, April 26 1826. In 1835 when he was nine years old, his father's family moved to Troy Grove, Ill. Several years later he moved to Inlet, where he lived until his marriage in 1857 to Miss Melissa Neel. Then with his bride he went to live on the old place in Lee Center township, which has been his home for fifty-two years. To them was born one son, George Wilson. Mrs. Ford died about 1865* and in 1869 he married Mrs. Mary Mathilda Harris. To them two sons were born. Mrs. Ford is survived by his wife, a sister, Mrs. S. M. Dunsmore of Ottawa, Ill.; three sons and a stepdaughter - as follows: George Wilson Ford of Obiowa, Neb, Charles Thomas and James Franklin Ford, both living hear home, and Mary Etta Saxton of Greenleaf, Kansas; four grandchildren and other relatives. The funeral was held Tuesday afternoon with interment at Inlet cemetery.
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HEIL ELISHA FORD , 33, passed away at the Dixon hospital this morning at 12:45 if gas gangrene infection for which there is no known cure. He suffered the loss of his right leg while harvesting a field of oats Saturday on his farm in Nelson township several miles southeast of this city. Ford was alone in the field using a tractor to pull a combine. Some weeds got caught on the drive shaft running from the tractor to the combine and he got off to clean the shaft. He was wearing high top boots with leather laces and in kicking at the weeds one of the laces got caught on the shaft and his leg was pulled into it. His left leg was torn and severed above the knee. Ford had the presence of mind to remove the lace from his other boot and make a tourniquet, which he placed above the wounds of his right leg to stop this flow of blood. He then climbed back onto the tractor, secured a wrench from the___, climbed down again and unscrewing two bolts to release the tractor from the combine. With the tractor loose he managed to drag himself back onto the seat despite the loss of blood and drove a distance of about a mile to his home. Unable to get down to open the gate of the farmyard he drove the tractor through the fence. His family had gone to Dixon to shop and he turned the tractor around and started for the home of his neighbor, J. C. Wadsworth, who resides a mile west of the Ford farm. The tractor is a two cylinder machine and Mr. Wadsworth was attracted by the peculiar sound of the motor as it was driven down the road and went out and met Mr. Ford. The latter pointed to his leg and Mrs. Wadworth called a Dixon physician, and was advised to bring the injured man to the hospital at once. This was done to save his life. Several transfusions were given, including blood from Mr. Wadsworth. Nothing could be done, however, to combat the gas gangrene infection and he passed away this morning. Mr. Ford was born in Lee Center township, Lee County, Jan. 14, 1905. He is survived by his wife and four small children, Helen, Joyce, Hiel Robert and Rita. One brother, Franklin E. Ford, and two sisters, Mrs. Marion Wheeler and Miss Betty Jean Ford, all of Lee Center. The body was removed to the Hicks funeral home in Franklin Grove. Funeral services will be held Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 at Lee Center. Rev. Cox, pastor of the Congregational church will officiate. Burial will be in Woodside cemetery at Lee Center.
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LULA MAE (BUTLER) FORD , The funeral of Mrs. Lulu Ford, formerly of Dixon, who passed away Monday (17 December 1845) in Pomona Calif. will be held at 11 o'clock Friday morning at the Staples Funeral home with the Rev. C.L. Wagner, pastor of Immanuel Lutheran church officiating. Burial wil be in Woodside Cemetery at Lee Center. Mrs. Ford is survived by two daugthers, Mrs. Albert Neal and Mrs. Orsa Butler both of Pomona and three sons, John of Chicago, Wilson of Denver and Floyd who is in the armed services.
Dixon Evening Telegraph 18 December 1945

MARIA L (DEPEW) FORD , was born April 15, 1858 at Staten Island, N.Y., an older daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. W. Depew, and passed away in Chicago August 28, 1941, at the age of 83 years, four months and 13 days. She came to Illinois in 1865 with her parents and settled in Lee county where she spent her girlhood. In 1876 she was united in marriage with Charles Ford and to this union six surviving children were born. The family made their home in Colorado for a number of years and in this state. Mr. Ford passed away some time ago. She leaves to mourn her passing three sons; Harry and Lewis Ford, Chicago; Bert Ford, Minneapolis, Minn.; three daughters; Mrs. Bessie Jensen, Minneapolis, Minn.; Mrs. Marjorie Mobry, Luck, Wis. and another in Arizona; four sisters: Mrs. Stella Rockwood, Shaws; Mrs. Elsie Middleton, Grundy Center, Ia.; Mrs. Daniel Antonides, North Platte, Neb.; two brothers, Enos Depew of Mexico, and Charles Depew of Nebraska, a number of grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews and many friends. Funeral services were held in the Lee Center Congregational church at 2 p.m. Saturday with the pastor, the Rev. G. A. Cox officiating. Mrs. Raymond Degner and Mrs. Faith Dishong sang, accompanied by Mrs. Ear Carlson. Casket bearers were Claude Smith, Amboy; Floyd Clark, Franklin Grove; C. Elliott, Wheatson; William Stevens, Keithsburg; Asa Middleton, Grundy Center, Ia.; Leonard Mabry, Luck, Wis. Interment was in Woodside cemetery near Lee Center.
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MAUDE M. (BRUNSON) FORD , 69, died at her home in Lee Center at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday (24 March 1953). Mrs. Ford was the daughter of Heil and Laura Brunson and was born Feb. 14, 1884 (Plano). She married Frank Ford Dec. 12, 1901. She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Marion Wheeler, Thomson; Betty Jean Clamp, Springfield MO and a son Elbert of Aurora. Her husband and one son Heil preceded her in death. Services will be held at 2 p.m. in the Lee Center Congregational Church and burial will be at the Oak Side Cemetery (should say Woodside). Dixon Evening Telegraph 26 March 1927
Another obituary issued the next day - March 27, 1927 gave further information that the Rev. Robert Knittle, assisted by Elder Lester Wildermuth of the Reorganized Church of the Latter Day Saints, Plano, of which she was a member. She was also listed as being a Sunday School teacher in the Congregational Church in Lee Center. This obit indicates burial in Woodside Cememtery. Tells that she was born in Plano and moved to Lee Center when 9 years of age, grew up in Bradford Township and graduated from Ashton High School. She married Frank Ford Dec. 12, 1901.

RALPH E. FORD , born in Bradford, Pa June 10, 1831. He was married to Rhoda E. Neil, Jan. 18, 1853. Seven children were born to them, six of whom are living--Mrs. Cyrus Sawyer of Cushing, Iowa; Mrs. Scott Steinman of Waunita, Neb; Mrs. Milton Fox, of Butler, Mo.; Mrs. Charles King of Waunita, Neb.; Mrs. James Riley and Mrs. Henry Herrick of Lee Center. A son, Frank E. died in infancy. Mr. Ford came to Lee county, Ill from Pennsylvania in 1837 and lived here until 1893 when he moved to Waunita, Neb, where has since lived, until about Jan. 1, 1905 when they returned to Lee Center and have lived with their daughter Mrs. Henry Herrick until his death. Mr. Ford has been a great sufferer with a complication of diseases for some time. Everything was done for him that human power can do but all to no avail and he passed peacefully away Sunday, Feb. 5, 1905. Besides his aged wife and daughters, he leaves one brother, a number of grandchildren and a host of friends and old neighbors to mourn his death. Mr. Ford was a man of industry and sterling quality, a loving husband, a kind father and a warm friend. Funeral was held Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. from Congregational Church, Rev. Alexander Simpson conducting the services. Burial at Inlet cemetery
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from the Amboy News, Feb. 10 1905, p.4, col 3

RHODA ELLEN (NEEL) FORD , first saw the light of this world on a farm in Green County, Pennsylvania, on January 19, 1830, where she also spent the years of her childhood and girlhood. In 1852, when visiting at Inlet, in this county, she became acquainted with Mr. Ralph E. Ford, and was married to him in the same year. From this union there sprang seven children, of whom six daughters survive. The only son died in infancy. Mr. Ford died in 1905, February 5. On October 1, 1913, Mrs. Ford was married to Mr. Martin L. Clink. She departed this life on March 19, 1914, aged 84 years and 2 months. She had joined the Christian church in her girlhood in Pennsylvania, and never broken that connection. She is survived by her six daughters, Mrs. Henry Herrick, Lee Center; Mrs.Charles King, Lee Center; Mrs. Scott Steinman, Easterville, Iowa; Mrs. Milton Fox, Sapulpa, Oklahoma; Mrs. James Riley, Lee Center; Mrs. Cyrus Sawyer, Redlands, California. In addition to her husband and children, there are fifteen grandchildren and fourteen great-grandchildren to arise and call her blessed. There are also two sisters and one brother survivors. The funeral services were conducted by the Rev. H. E. Heyse, Congregational pastor at Lee Center, in the Congregational church at Lee Center, on Sunday, March 22, at 2 p.m. Interment was in the family lot in the cemetery at Inlet.
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HELEN (DAVIS) FOWLER , 79, of Lee Center died Oct. 27, 2004 at the Lee County Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Dixon following a short illness. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Oct. 30 at the Mihm-Jones Funeral Home in Amboy with Rev. Colleen Lawrence, pastor of the Lee Center Congregational United Church of Christ, officiating. Cremation rites were accorded. Visitation was from 9-11 a.m. on Oct. 30 at the funeral home. Mrs. Fowler was born March 6, 1925 in Bloomington, Ind. to Alvin and Winester (Wise) Davis. She was raised by her aunt and uncle, Roy and Mary Hanneman in Amboy. She married Wayne Albers in September of 1945. She later married William Fowler Jr. on Nov. 5, 1955 in Amboy. Survivors include her husband of 49 years; three daughters, Carla (Dave) Blackburn and Waynette (Jim) Rodriguez, both of Dixon and Donna (Merlin Bachman) Sullivan of Lee Center; a grandson, Tracey Blackburn of Dixon; three granddaughters, Meegan Sullivan of San Diego, Calif., Melissa Sullivan of Rochelle and Kelly (Shane Pfoutz) Sullivan of Dixon; a great granddaughter, Rylee Pfoutz of Dixon; three nieces, Caroline (Delany) Dunphy of London Mills, Fla., Nancy (Gene) Ackerson of Vaughn, Mont. and Jan Hanneman of Arizona; and a nephew, Tom Schauer of Nebraska. Mrs. Fowler was employed at several nursing facilities and factories in the area prior to her retirement. She enjoyed reading and never knew a stranger – she loved to visit. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the donor’s choice in Helen’s name.
Mendota Reporter

JESSE FOX - Rev. and Mrs. M.D. Bayly went to Compton Thursday where the Fourth Street pastor conducted the funeral services for Jesse Fox, cashier of the First National bank of Compton and president of the Lee County Bankers Association. Mr. Fox was a trustee and treasurer of the Compton M.E. church and was an old and intimate friend of Rev. Bayly. Mis Helen Fox, daughter of the deceased, who is now a junior at Northwestern university, lived with Rev. and Mrs. Bayly during her senior year in the Amboy High School.
Sterling Daily Gazette Jan. 18, 1929
1 Jun 1876 Francisville IN - 15 Jan 1929 Compton. son of Charles and Isabelle (Burns) Fox. Married to Emma.

MINNIE (WILTSE) FOX , 81, a native of Inlet Grove, near Lee Center, died Feb. 11, 1947 at Butler MO and was buried in Oak Hill cemetery there Feb. 13. Mrs. Fox, the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Mart Wiltse was born in Inlet Grove Sept. 22, 1863. She was united in marriage to Albert L. Fox Jan 20, 1882. Her husband died July 8, 1845. She moved to Butler with her husband in 1890 where they remained. She was a faithful member of the Butler Presbyterian Church, a charter member of the Ladies' Missionary Society of the Cumberland Presbyterian Mission Society and later a member of the Society of the First Presbyterian Church. She was also a member of the Eastern Start chapter there. Left to mourn her passing are three sons; Leon, Los Angeles CA; Leslie, Butler MO; and Richard, Peace Valley MO; One brother Harry E. Holt 1419 Third Street, Dixon and three grandchildren also survive. (Dixon Evening Telegraph 19 Feb. 1947)

HAROLD G. FRANK , 59, of Sterling, died Sunday at St. Clare Hospital in Baraboo, Wis. Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Thursday at the Schilling Funeral Home in Sterling with the Rev. Philip Gronbach, pastor of the St. Paul Lutheran Church, officiating. Burial will be at Oak Knoll. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. He was born Aug. 30, 1944, in Amboy, Ill., to Clarence and Eunice Steele Frank. He married Nancy L. McDearmon on Oct. 5, 1963, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Sterling. He formerly owned and operated the Super Valu Store in Chadwick, Ill. For the last 10 years, he co-owned and operated Clover Hills Appliance Store in Sterling and Clinton. Survivors include his wife; one daughter, Mrs. Kim (Todd) Bryant of Tucson, Ariz; two sons, Kevin (Sheilisa) Frank of Roscoe, Ill., and Kalvin (Bille Jo) Frank of Milan, Ill.; his mother, Eunice Frank of Sterling; three sisters, Mrs. Barb (Kevin) Melberg of Rock Falls, Ill., Mrs. Lois (Don) Weissenburger of Batavia, Ill., and Mrs. Betty (Ben) Mena of Rockford, Ill.; five brothers, Clem (Cheryl) Frank of Bloomington, Ind., Doug (Mary) Frank of Portales, N.M., Roger (Teresa) Frank of Sterling, Bill (Rhonda) Frank of Galesburg, Ill., and Gary (Gina) Frank of Sterling; and seven grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his father and one brother. A memorial has been established.
Clinton Herald October 14, 2003

WANDA LEE (BAIN) FREDERICK was born the daughter of William and Ruby Shirley Bain. At an early age Mrs. Frederick gave her life to the Lord Jesus Christ and promised to serve Him all her days. She kept that promise as she entered the ministry of the Assembly of God Church after graduating from North Central Bible College. Throughout her long and faithful life, Rev. Frederick served as an evangelist, Chaplain of the Woodward, IA, State Hospital School, President of the Women's Ministries for the state of Iowa and pastored churches in Minnesota and Emmetsburg, Woodward and Maquoketa, IA. In 1977 Rev. Frederick married Rev. Frank Moffitt and moved to Tulsa, OK. She continued serving her Lord by working as a prayer partner at Oral Roberts University. After her husband's death in 1978, she remained in Tulsa, and in 1993 married Ralph Frederick. They enjoyed church, traveling and camping until his death in 2002. Although retired, Rev. Frederick was not finished serving her Savior. She became a prayer warrior for family and friends, spending time daily lifting up the sick, those suffering hard times, praying for good health for individuals, seeking protection and strength for missionaries around the world, and seeking God's grace and mercy for her family, friends, the Church and the world. In 2004 Rev. Frederick was honored by the General Council of the Assemblies of God for 50 years of service as a minister of the Gospel. Rev. Frederick will by dearly missed by her family and friends. She is survived by her sisters, Nadine Cecchetti and Wilma Wren, of Dixon, IL; her brother, Bill Bain, of Pawcatuck, CT; sister-in-law, Mary McClanahan of Sun City Center, FL; nephews, Steve (LaDonna) Cecchetti, Mark (Julie) Cecchetti, Mike Cecchetti, of Dixon lL, Roger (Phyllis) Bain of Byron, IL; nieces, Debra Bain, N. Kingston, RI., Pamela (Don) Jones, San Diego, CA, Kelly (Bill) Dudley of Quakertown, PA., and many grand and great grand nieces and nephews; step-sons Lyle (Nakita) Moffitt and Eugene (Sheryle) Moffitt, Tulsa, OK; step-daughter Naomi (Eddie) Davis, Dayton, TX, as well as step-grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her brother, Logan Bain

LEO FREDERICKS , 67, of Dixon died. Monday. Dec. 27th 2004, at KSB Hospital. He owned, and operated the Corner Do Drop Tavern for several years and was employed by Tigerline Trucking Co. for four years. Mr. Fredericks was born March 26, 1937, in Dixon, the son. of Garrett Adolph and Eva (Paschal) Frederick.
Survivors include a sister, Violet M. Madison of Dixon; a half brother, Stanley (Shelly) Ferris of Dixon; and a half sister, Beverly Sofolo of Dixon. There are no services, Cremation rites have been accorded.

ANNA (KEITAHN) FREED , 1001 Palmyra Ave passed away last evening (25 May 1944) at the KSB hospital. She is survived by two brothers W.F. and August Keitahn both of Walnut. Funeral services will be at the Jones Funeral Home Saturday morning at 9 am and at St.Annes Catholic church at 9:30 the Rev.Father Ronald L. French officiating. Entombment will be at Oakwood.
Dixon Evening Telegraph 26 May 1944

ADELAIDE G. (HEPFER) FREER , the only daughter of Dr. William and Emily Hepfer, was born May 9, 1877 in Taylor township, Ogle County, IL. She departed this life December 1, 1925, in the Augustana Hospital, Chicago, being aged 48 years, 6 months and 22 days. Although she had been in ill health for considerable time, she had not been long confined to her bed. Her parents, having moved to Franklin Grove, when she was a young girl, her school life was principally spent in this place. During this period, both she and her only brother, Clarence were received into church fellowship by the Methodist church , under the ministry of Rev. Stuff during the year 1887. Adelaide and William McGregor were united in marriage July 8, 1895, to which union was born one son, George W. McGregor, now in the Speedway Hospital at Maywood, IL, suffering from the effect of over-seas service during the World War. She was again married in the year 1913, to Frank Bokenkamp at Port Arthur, Canada, who departed this life in 1920. No children were born to this union. On September 19, 1922, Mrs. Bokenkamp was united in marriage to Mr. Walter Freer at Hutchinson, Kansas. After her father's death in October, 1923, she remained for considerable time with her mother, caring for and comforting her in her bereavement. Adelaide, apparently strong then, but not well, now is gone, and her aged mother called upon in sorrow to part with her only daughter. Deceased also, leaves to mourn her demise, her brother, Clarence, of Ogle County, IL and a number of close relatives and friends. The body was brought to Franklin Grove, Tuesday evening, and taken to the home of her mother, where funeral services were conducted Friday afternoon by Rev. C. W. Lahman of the Brethen church. Interment was made in the local cemetery.
Source: Roger Cramer

JENNIE S. FRENCH - February 20th (1877), at the home of her mother, in this city, after a long illness, Jennie S., daughter of Mrs. Rebecca French, aged 36 years. Funeral at the house at 2 o'clock P.M. today.
Contributed by Elsie Harmon from the Dixon Telegraph 22 Feb 1877

SLUMAN MORGAN FRENCH - Avery French, born Oct. 6, 1789, and Elizabeth Martin, born Jan. 26, 1789, were united in marriage Oct. 10, 1810 in the state of New York. In 1818 they removed to Geauga county, Ohio. Sluman Morgan French was the eleventh in a family of thirteen children born of this union. He was born near Parkman, Ohio, in Geauga county, Ohio, Nov. 20, 1828. In 1846 Avery French removed to Illinois settling at the east end of Shabbona Grove. At this time Morgan was but 18 years old. Jan. 1, 1851, he was married to Tilpha Caroline Hampton, daughter of James and Clarissa McCarty Hampton, who was born in the province of Ontario, Canada, Nov. 16, 1830 and died Mar. 25. 1866. To this union six children were born, two of whom are still living, the oldest, Mrs. W. F. Miller of Osceola, Neb., and the youngest, Miss Flora C. of Rochelle, Ill. Mr. French lived in East Paw Paw for twenty-two years after his marriage, in two periods separated by a six years' residence at Shabbona. In 1879 he went to Iowa to reside with his daughter and soon after removed to Osceola, Neb. Being in poor health and unable any longer to labor, he came to Rochelle in 1898 to reside with his younger daughter, Flora C., with whom he remained until his death Aug. 6, 1907, at the age of 78 years, 8 months and 16 days. Of his twelve brothers and sisters only three survive him--Mrs. Lucina W. Neal of Mendota, Ill., aged 90 years; Mrs. Cornelia E. Goodyear of Scranton, Iowa, aged 82 years; and Abel M. French of California, aged 73 years. He also leaves the two daughters before mentioned, eight grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren. The funeral services were held in the M. E. church of Paw Paw conducted by Rev. G. L. Engler of the Paw Paw Presbyterian church and his body laid to rest by the side of his wife in the East Paw Paw cemetery (DeKalb County). Mr. French was a kind and loving father, steadfast in his friendships, respected by his neighbors and helpful to all who were in distress or needed his sympathy--the good samaritan being his ideal man. In death he will be mourned by all who knew him in life.
Submitted by Marilyn Widler

LEROY F. FULL , 76, of 4483 E. 250th Road, Mendota, died Friday, Nov. 5, 2004, at his home after a brief illness. He was employed by Hunkydory Dairy, Sublette Township and Fred Brown and Son Carpentry. He and his also owned a carpentry business for 35 years, He semi-retired in 2000. Mr. Full was born Nov. 6, 1927, in Sublette, the son of Leo and Marie Full. He attended Amboy High School. He was a member of Holy Cross Catholic Church and Elks Lodge 1212, both in Mendota. Survivors include his wife, Hester of Mendota, a son Bruce of Mendota; a daughter Connie (John) Spanler of Machesney Park; five grandchildren; and one great-grandaughter. He was preceded by three brothers and three sisters. The funeral is at 10:30 Tuesday at Holy Cross Catholic Church with Rev. Steven Bird officiating. Burial is at Holy Cross Cemetery, Mendota.
From Jan Roggy - The Daily Gazette 7 November 2004

JAMES TIM FULTON , life-long resident of Dixon, where he was born, Jan. 21, 1865, passed away at the Katherine Shaw Bethea Hospital at 4:00 o'clock this morning after a short illness. Funeral arrangement, which will be announced later, are being made at the Melvin Funeral home, where friends may call. Mr. Fulton is survived by a niece, Mrs. Walter M. Smith, and two nephews, Robert E. Fulton of Des Moines IA and Paul C. Fulton of Chicago. He was preceded in death by three brothers, John, William and Robert E., and one sister Margaret.
Dixon Telegraph August 1, 1944

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