MARTIN J. GANNON - Funeral services of Atty. Martin J. Gannon, master in chancery of the Lee County circuit court and also city attorney of Dixon, who passed away suddenly at his home, 510 East Third street, Dixon, at 1 a.m. Sunday (January 23, 1938), will be held at 9 a.m. Wednesday at the home and 9:30 a.m. at St. Patrick's Catholic church. He and his wife had been visiting friends during the evening and on his way home he was stricken and passed away shortly after arriving home. His death was similar to that of his father, who passed away a the Dixon Elks Club a number of years ago.

Mr. Gannon was born Sept. 29, 1883 in Rochester N.Y., and was seven years of age when he accompanied his parents to Dixon. He attended the Dixon public schools and the Dixon college, from which he graduated in law, May 17, 1912. He received his master's degree in law May 16, 1913. He was admitted to the bar in Spokane, wash., May 14, 1914.

Following the death of his father he returned to Dixon and entered the law offices of Judge James W. Watts, and awas admitted to practice in the United States courts Jan. 26, 1924.

Besides his wife he is survived by four children, Jack, Patty Lou, John and James Martin Gannon. Five sisters and two brothers also survive. Theya re Mrs. Edward Cahill of Dixon; Mrs. S.W. Uhl, Chas. and Bessie Gannon, all of St. Louis; Joseph Gannon of Long Beach Calif.; Mrs. Ed Yorkey of Milwaukee, Wis., and Mrs. Frank Gadd of Memphis Tenn. He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister.

At the time of his death Atty. Gannon was president of the Lee County Bar association and was a district deputy collector of internal revenue.

Sterling Daily Gazette January 25, 1938

OLIVE GARLAND , 83, 504 4th Ave., Sterling, died Tuesday afternoon in the Sterling Care Center following a long illness. Funeral services will be held on Friday morning with a prayer service at 10 a.m. at the Allen Funeral Home in Sterling, followed by a Mass of the Resurrection at 10:30 a.m. in St. Mary's Catholic Church, Sterling, with the Rev. Richard Russo, assistant pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery in Harmon. Friends may call at the funeral home on Thursday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The Rosary will be recited at 8 p.m. Thursday evening. A memorial has been established in her memory. Born on Jan. 30, 1899 in Harmon, the daughter of John and Bridget McInerney Garland. She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, Sterling. Surviving are one sister, Charlotte Garland, with whom she made her home. She was preceded by her parents, six brothers and two sisters.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois December 1, 1982 - Wednesday, page A4

REBECCA GARLAND , died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Carl Ackert Rt. 2 Dixon at 3 am Saturday (28 April 1951) following a long illness. Mrs. Garland was born in Marion Twp. June 2, 1869. She is survived by one daughter, four grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. Services will be Monday 9 am from the home and 9:30 am at St. Mary's Church Walton, Rev. Father Donovan officiating, burial in Holy Cross cemetery.

THOMAS P. GARLAND , 58, a resident of Harmon for most of his life and for the past seven years an employee of the State Hwy. Dept. died Friday morning (18 January 1952) following a short illness. He is survived by four brothers, Frank and Paul, Dixon; Edward and Harry, Harmon; three sisters, Mrs. Cecil McCormick, Harmon; Charlotte and Olive of Sterling. He was preceded by his parents, a brother John and a sister Mrs. Ray Lally. Services will be Monday at 8:45 am at the Jones Funeral home in Dixon and at 9:30 a.m. at St. Flannens church in Harmon. The Rev. David Murhpy will officiate, burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery.

Dixon Evening Telegraph 18 January 1952

CLARA ADELINE (CLEAVER) GARRISON , a daughter of Minerva & Samuel Cleaver was born in Dixon Township July 23 1862, and passed away at the KSB Hospital at 10:45 pm June 4, 1944, at the age of 31 years 10 months and 17 days.

On December 17, 1885 she was united in marriage to Charles A. Garrison and moved to a farm east of Dixon where they resided until 1917, when they moved to Dixon where they were living until the time of her death. Her husband preceded her in death 5 years ago.

She united with Dixon Grace Evangelical Church in 1904 and had been a faithful member ever since and was also an active member of the Kings Daughters Sunday School class.

She leaves to mourn her loss a son, Leon A. of Dixon, a daughter, Mrs. Glenn Dysart of Franklin Grove and a grandaughter Mary Louise Dysart, also a sister Mrs. W.H. Brady of Wichita KS. besides neices and nephews and a host of friends.

The funeral service was held Monday June 12, at 2 PM at the Grace Evangelical Church with Rev. G.D. Neilson officiating. The pall bearers Roy W. Scholl, H.J. Hintz, Leon J. Hart, Roy Herbert, Charles C. Coleman and Leon Miller.

Dixon Telegraph June 15, 1944

CORONA (RUSSELL) GATZ , 87 of Polo Rehab. and Health Care died saturday May7, 2005 after an extended illness. Mrs. Gatz was born Oct. 25, 1917 in Dixon, the daughter of Joe and Anna (Cecil) Russell. She married Russell W. Gatz Feb. 9, 1937 in Oregon. He died in Feb. 1983. Survivors include a daughter Ellen Conrady of Lyndon; a son Russell of Sterling; a sister Helen Madden of Dixon; a brother Harold of Texas; seven grandchildren; 16 great and two Great-Great Grandchildren. She was preced by two grandsons and many brothers and sisters. Burial in Chapel Hill.

JOHN H. GEER , 70, former Dixon resident, passed away at 10 o'clock Saturday morning at Malcolm Ia., after a long illness. His body will arrive in Dixon at 6:30 o'clock this evening and will be taken to the Preston funeral home where funeral services will be held at 2 o'clock Tuesday afternoon with burial in Oakwood Cemetery.

Mr. Geer a brother of the late Fred Geer of Dixon was born in this city in 1874 and lived here until his removal to Iowa about 30 years ago. He is survived by his widow, the former Nellie Geiger of Nelson Twp. and two sons.

Dixon Evening Telegraph 30 October 1944

ANNA MARGARET GEIGER , 54, passed away very suddenly this morning at her home 1222 Sixth st. The body was removed to Preston funeral home where an inquest will be conducted Friday at 10 o'clock. Services will be held Saturday afternoon at 2 at the funeral home. Rev. George Curran pastor of St. Paul's Lutheran will officiate and interment will be in Chapel Hill.

Dixon Evening Telegraph 22 Mar 1945

PHYLLIS ANN (RHOADS) GEIGER , 69, of Dixon died Thursday, May 15, 2003, at her home. She was employed by Freeman Shoe Co., Dixon, for 23 years retiring in 1979.

Mrs. Geiger was born Jan. 17, 1934, in Oregon, the daughter of Harrison and Mabel (Sauer) Rhoads. She married Charles Leroy Geiger on June 10, 1950,in Dixon. He died Aug. 26, 1991.

Survivors include three sons, Charles Geiger of Dixon, Jody Geiger of Elroy, Wisc., and Bryan Geiger of Rochelle; three daughters, Opal (Glenn) Wallin, Dianne (Robert) Schwarz and Victoria (Charles) Thayer, all of Dixon; a sister, Beverly (Roger) Harden of Loughlin, Nev.; nine granchildren; and five great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Phyllis Ann.

Graveside service is at 11 a.m. Monday at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, Dixon, with the Rev. Vincent Marrandino, director of pastoral care at KS Hospital, officiating. Visitation is from 6-8 p.m. Sunday at Preston-Schilling Funeral Home, Dixon. A memorial has been established to KSB Hospice.

Gazette May 16, 2003

ELREKA GENZ , was born Nov. 23, 1856 in Reisa Germany and passed away at the home of her daughter Mrs. Charles Moats of Nelson at 3:30 a.m. Sunday morning April 6, 1947 after an illnes off 6 months at 90 years 4 mts. and 15 days. She came to the US in 1885 and has resided in the vicinity of Nelson until her death.

She was united in marriage to Carl Genz on Oct. 23, 1884. To them were born eight children, four dying in infancy and Mrs. Max Genz, and Mrs. Charles Moats of Nelson and Mrs. Rueben Levan of Dixon surviving. Her husband preceded her in death June 24, 1930 and a daughter Mrs. Mary Gantzert Dec. 15, 1915.

Mr. and Mrs. Carl Genz joined the Second Avenue Lutheran Church of Sterling in 1886. Mrs. Genz lead a devoted Christian life. Her Bible and Prayers were her daily strength. Services were held on Tuesday April 8, 1847 at the Melvin Funeral Home in Dixon Rev. Eldo Mueller officiating burial in the Nelson Cemetery. A vocal selection was sung by Mrs. Schreiner accompanied by Mrs. Leonard of Dixon. Pallbearers were Earl Genz, Glen Genz, LeRoy Genz, Jack Genz, Chester Moats, and Clarence McDonald, Grandsons of Mrs. Genz. The flowers were in the charge of her grandaughters Miss Lucille Moats, Gertrude Anderson, Josephine McDonald, Nadine Moats and Gladys Genz.

Dixon Evening Telegraph 11 April 1947

ERASTUS GIBBS , was born in the state of New York in the year 1820. When but two years of age, his parents moved to Ohio where he resided until 1858, when he moved to Ill., and lived here until he died on the 7th day of September, 1893. He was buried in the White cemetery by the side of his wife who died in 1866.

Mr. Gibbs has been on the decline for some months, yet his death was quite sudden. He was up on his feet at noon and at five o'clock he was dead. He made arrangements for his funeral and requested that Elder Dickens officiate and that Miss Emma Minnon take charge of the music. Owing to the condition of the body, no services were held excepting a prayer at the home and the burial ritual at the grave, which was conducted by Rev. Dickens on Saturday, Sept. 9th.

Contributed by Marilyn Widler

EUGENE NORTON GIBBS , the youngest son of Charles & Mary Gibbs was born on a farm southeast of Triumph, Ill., October 31, 1877, and passed away suddenly at his home in Paw Paw about 3:00 Tuesday afternoon July 25, 1944.

He moved with his parents to the farm home in the south part of Paw Paw in 1895. He was united in marriage with Miss Corda Grace Beach on November 4, 1909. To this union one son, Charles was born.

Prior to his marriage he ran a dairy route, afterwards taking charge of his father's farm. In December 1925 he retired from the farm on account of ill health. He joined the Masonic Lodge on April 9, 1907. He leaves his widow and one son, one cousin John Gibbs of Mendota and three cousins, Ethel Jordan, Helen Palmer and Richard Harlow all of Maine.

Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Thursday July 27, 1944 at the Gibbs home with interment at the Wyoming cemetery, Mr. Ross Greek, pastor of the Presbyterian church officiated at the service.

Dixon Evening Telegraph 01 August 1944

JAMES GIBLIN , 25, East River Rd who died Saturday (October 17, 1953) in a flaming truck crash south of Amboy will be held Tuesday at 9 a.m. in St. Patricks Catholic Church, Dixon. A solemn high requiem mass will be offered. Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery.

Giblin a former State Police officer was driving a truck for Contract Steel Carrier company, Gary Ind., at the time of the accident. The victim was not identified by State police until afternoon. Identification was made by checking the trucks serial numbers with the truck company records in Gary.

County Coroner Robert Preston conducted an inquest Saturday in Mihm funeral home, Amboy. The jury ruled death was the result of suffocation. Giblins widow Gwendolyn sang at a wedding ceremony in Dixon not knowing her husband had been killed in the accident.

Funeral arrangements were made at Meyer funeral home Sterling. The rosary will be recited tonight at 8 o'clock at the home of his parents Mr. and Mrs. Emmett Giblin six miles east of Rock Falls on Route 30.

Mr. Giblin was born July 16, 1928 in Harmon. He was a 1946 graduate of Newman high and a state police officer for three years. He and Gwendolyn Gleason were married April 15, 1950 in Sterling.

Survivors include the parents, the wife, a son Bruce 2 1/2 years old, a daughter Christine 1 1/2 years old, three brothers, John, Paul and William all of Harmon, three sisters Mrs. Kathryn Slater, Harmon; Mrs. Rita Sorenson, Ft. Worth TX and Mary Jean at home and the maternal grandmother Mrs. Herman Timmons, Thomson.

Dixon Evening Telegraph 19 October 1953

CHARLES GIBSON , age 68, of Amboy, formerly of Chicago, died Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2005, in his home. Cremation rites have been accorded. Memorial Services were held Friday, Jan. 7, 2005, at 2 p.m., in the Mihm-Jones Funeral Home in Amboy, with the Rev. Frank Brozenec, pastor of the East Grove Union Church in Amboy, officiating.

Mr. Gibson was born May 16, 1936, in Canebrake, WV, the son of Everett A. and Bertha (Bentley) Gibson. He was united in marriage to Mary Ann Norman in Chicago on Dec. 24, 1955.

Survivors include his wife of Amboy; one sister, Elsie Wagner of Florida; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Floyd and Claude Gibson; and one sister, June Norman.

He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He was a retired sheet metal installer. He was a resident of Woodhaven Lakes for over 30 years.

RICHARD GIBSON ,71, of Brookfield, Mass., formerly of Dixon, died Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2001 at his home. Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Jones Funeral Home, Dixon. Burial of cremains will be at Oakwood Cemetery, Dixon.
Contributed by Barbara Nugent - Sterling Daily Gazette, Thursday, 19 April 2001, A2;2

FLORENCE (KREBS) GILMORE - Funeral for Mrs. Gilmore at the Compton Methodist church was Jan. 11. Leroy Moore, her pastor, officiated. Mrs. Ed Weller was the pianist; Mrs. Roland Richardson and Mrs. Robert Fuller sang. The pallbearers were Wilder Richardson, Grover Canahan, Alvin Beemer, Harvey Rhoads, Roy Carnahan and russell Bradley. Burial was at Melugins cemetery.

Florence Virginia Krebs, daughter of George and Tracy Eaasterday Krebs was born Nov. 3, 1871 near Hagerstown MD, and died in her home at Compton Jan. 9, 1851 at the age of 79 years, two months and six days. After the death of her father, when she was 18, she came to IL with her mother, brother and sisters and made her home with her eldest sister, Clara Wolford, on a farm south of Compton.

On March 21, 1901 she married Fred P. Gilmore. For these 49 years they have lived on the Gilmore farm one mile north of Compton. Five children were born; Bruce, Grand Rapids Mich; Evelyn Ahmer, Donald, Ralph & Dorothy Carnahan of Compton; 14 grandchildren. Survived by 2 brothers Harvey of Hagerstown MD, Rupert of Forest Park, sisters, Edna Ansteth of DIxon, Minnie Johnson, Elsie Gilmore and CLara wolford preceded her.

ARVILLA MAE (IRION) GIRTON 88, of Mount Morris, formerly of Franklin Grove, passed away Sunday, Dec. 5, 2010, at Ogle County Hospice Serenity Home, Oregon. Arvilla was born May 4, 1922, in Clinton, Iowa, to Clarence and Klara (Johnson) Irion. She graduated from Milledgeville High School in 1940. Arvilla married Eugene Girton on Dec. 26, 1943, in Texas. He preceded her in death in 1974. Arvilla was employed by Franklin Grove Bank for more than 20 years. She was a member of Franklin Grove United Methodist Church. Arvilla was an avid Chicago Bulls and Green Bay Packers fan. She also loved to spend time with her grandchildren and attend their sporting events. She also was preceded in death by her parents; one son-in-law, Doug; one great-granddaughter, Meagan Zak; three sisters, Gladys Kenny, Jean Irion, and Dorothy Itkens; and two brothers, Clarence Irion Jr. and Robert Irion. She is survived by her children, Carolyn Rude of Mount Morris, Marshall (Joanna) Girton of Oregon, and Trudy Zak and Theresa (Dennis) Boyd, both of DeKalb; one brother, Ray (Pat) Irion of Shannon; four sisters, Betty Todd of Sterling, Doris (Jim) Ronnefelds of Goose Lake, Iowa, and Arlene Irion and Mary Irion, both of Clinton, Iowa; six grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Franklin Grove United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Tom Renardo officiating. Burial will be at Franklin Grove Cemetery. Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday at the church. Arrangements were completed by Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home, Oregon.
Source: Suzanne Enlow at Find-A-Grave

CLARK MARSHALL GIRTON of Dixon died Friday evening at his home in that city at the age of 41 years.
Contributed by Elsie Harmon - The Rockford Daily Register-Gazette,Rockford, Illinois Wednesday, January 2,1901 (Clark Marshall Girton, son of Marshall Girton and Effie E. Flick)

MARGARETTA (IRWIN) GIRTON was born in Busford, Canada, on November 5, 1834, her parents moving to Illinois when she was about ten years of age. She departed life on March 26, 1920. In 1842, she was united in marriage to Wm. L. Girton, who gave his life to the cause of the Civil War on the battlefield at Perryville, Kentucky on October 8, 1862. She was the last of nine children, five sisters and three brothers having passed away some years ago. Mrs. Girton was a strong WCTU worker for a number of years, a kind friend, a good mother. Two infant sons and one married daughter have preceded her in death, leaving to mourn her loss one son, four grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted in the Methodist Church. Interment was made in the local cemetery.
"Peace" at Find-A-Grave - Excerpts from the Franklin Grove Reporter April 1, 1920

MARSHALL GIRTON - We regret to learn of the death of Marshall Girton, on the 12th inst. (1872), at Ashton. The Franklin Reporter informs us that "the deceased was taken suddenly ill in Mills and Petrie's bank, in Ashton, one day last week, and died there at nine o'clock the 12th inst. Mr. Girton was an old settler in this county, beloved and respected by all who knew him. A kind and affectionate husband, a loving father and a good neighbor. He was one of the noblest works of God-and honest man."
Contributed by Elsie Harmon from the The Dixon Sun, Dixon, Illinois, Wednesday March 20, 1872

WILFRED D. GLASER , 84, of Dixon died June 17, 2005 at his home. Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. on June 21 at the Jones Funeral Home in Dixon and at 10:30 a.m. at St. Anne Catholic Church, Dixon with Rev. Michael Morrissey, pastor, officiating. Burial was at St. Patrick Cemetery, Amboy with military graveside rites provided by the combined veterans group. Visitation was held from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. on June 20 at the funeral home with a rosary at 7:30 p.m. Mr. Glaser was born Jan. 8, 1921 in Sublette to William and Anna (Dinges) Glaser. He married Frances Kennedy Fanelli on Sept. 18, 1946 at St. Patrick Church, Amboy with Rev. Robert C. Troy officiating. Survivors include his wife; two sons, Gregory (Janet) Glaser of Ames, Iowa and Gary Glaser of Galena; one grandson, Michael Glaser of Ames, Iowa; two brothers, Ralph (Arlene) Glaser of Rochelle and Francis (Marge) Glaser of Mendota; three sisters, Lucille Farley of Princeton, Helen (George) Thier of Mendota and Teresa Didier of Franklin Grove; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers and four sisters. Mr. Glaser was a veteran of the U.S. Army Air Corps during WWII serving from Jan. 6, 1942 until Dec. 24, 1945. He owned a grocery store in Sublette with his brother, Francis, for a short time and then worked at the Dixon Developmental Center for 32 years retiring in Dec. 1982. He was a member of St. Anne Catholic Church in Dixon, Dixon Knights of Columbus Council 690, Catholic Order of Foresters, Dixon American Legion Post 12, Dixon Elks Lodge 779 and the Shady Oaks Country Club Amboy.

MORTIMER NEWTON GLENN , retired Ashton business man passed away at his home at 10 o'clock Wednesday night. He was born in Ashton May 10, 1874 the son of George K. & Adalaide Newton Glenn and was united in marriage to Mary C. Hart at Ashton July 26, 1905. Surviving him are his wife, two sons, Leonard H. and Paul M. and the following brothers and sisters; Miss Maude Glenn, Miss Elston Glenn both of Pasedena Calif. Mrs. Clarence Widner, Los Angeles; and C.H. Glenn, Pismo Beach, Calif.

Funeral services were conducted from the family residence this afternoon at 1:30 p.m. and 2 o'clock from the Presbyterian Church, the pastor Rev. H. Carl Montanus assisted by Ref. F. Louis Grafton of Itasca Ill. Internment in Ashton Cemetery. The casket bearers were Lloyd Attig, Paul Charters, J.M. Bergeson, J.C. Bilderback, Vincent Arnould and Andrus Griffith.

Dixon Evening Telegraph January 22, 1948

RALPH D. GLENN , 98, of Amboy, died Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2007, at Amboy Rehabilitation and Nursing Center . He was employed by Shappert Engineering and Belvidere Construction, Belvidere , as a carpenter, retiring in 1966. Ralph was born Dec. 29, 1908, in Chenoa, the son of William and Laura Dell (Rodgers) Glenn. He married Charlotte M. Long on Nov. 22, 1937, in Geneva . Ralph was a member of United First Church , Amboy. Survivors include his wife; five sons, Donald Glenn of Sublette, David Glenn, John Glenn and Rodger (Linda) Glenn, all of Amboy, and Robert (Susan) Glenn of Chippewa Falls, Wis.; four daughters, Sylvia Williams of Dixon and Charlene (Larry) Johnson, Mary Haenitsch and Linda (Rick) Wittenauer, all of Amboy; three brothers, Russell Glenn and Howard ( Marian) Glenn, both of Dixon, and Gail (Carol) Glenn of Geneseo; two sisters, Opal (William)Schaneberg of Franklin Grove and Doris Ail of Amboy; 39 grandchildren; and many great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, several step-grandchildren, step-great-grandchildren and step-great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two daughters, Bonnie Marie Glenn and Gladys (Arthur) Jacobs; two brothers, Wilbur and Alvin Glenn; three sisters, Letha Poulos, Bonnie Ruble and Lola Ponto; and two grandchildren. The funeral is at 11 a.m. Saturday at United First Church , Amboy, with the Rev. Haines Moffat, pastor, officiating. Burial is at Prairie Repose Cemetery , Amboy. Visitation is from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Mihm-Jones Funeral Home, Amboy, and from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the church. A memorial has been established to United First Church , Amboy.
Contributed by Pat Esterday - Taken from: The Dixon Telegraph, Thursday, September 6, 2007, Page A2

FLORENCE (MARONDE) GLOVER , 90, of Dixon, IL, former resident of this community died Tuesday, Aug. 16, 1966 at the Lee County Nursing Home after a long illness. Funeral services to be held from the Jones Funeral Home in Dixon, the Rev. Mary Eubank of Four Square Gospel Church officiating. Burial in the Franklin Grove, IL cemetery. Florence Maronde was born at Franklin Grove, IL on Sept. 29, 1875, a daughter of the late John H. and Clara Maronde, and grew to woman hood there. She was married to Charles A. Glover of Franklin Grove on Jan. 30, 1899. They farmed for many years in the Morris, MN community bur for the past 21 years Mrs. Glover had made her home in Dixon. She was a member of the Methodist Church of Franklin Grove. Mrs. Glover was preceded in death by her husband, who passed away in 1946, by an infant daughter, and by three brothers. She is survived by daughter, Mrs. Mildred (Jess) Pierce of Dixon, IL, son, Earl Glover of McGregor, MN; six grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren; two brothers, Clarence Maronde of Franklin Grove and Archie Maronde of Byron, IL and three sisters, Mrs. Mary Watson of Franklin Grove, Mrs. Jennie (Preston) Weitzel of Franklin Grove and Mrs. Maude (Earl) Bratton of Byron, IL.
Source: Laura Z. at Find-A-Grave

RAYMOND W. GOBLE : Services for Raymond W. Goble, 30, a native of Wyoming Township who died Saturday night in an automobile accident were to be held at 2:00 p.m. today at the Ronan mortuary DeKalb, with burial in Wyoming Cemetery, Paw Paw.

The Rev. William DuPree, Rollo, was to officiate with the DeKalb post of the VFW in charge of service.

Goble, who commanded an aviation engineer unit in the Pacific during World War II was found dead in the wreckage of his car four miles south of Courtland Saturday night. He apparently lost control of the car on a curve. It hit a telephone pole and rolled over several times.

He was born in Wyoming Township, June 28, 1917 and is survived by his widow, his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. Ward Goble, DeKalb; a brother Donald, Earlville, and three sisters; Miss Betty, Chicago; Mrs. Jeanette Woollen, Charlotte N.C.; Mrs. Doris Palm Malta.

CHARLES H. GONNERMAN , 61, prominent Bradford Twp. farmer passed away suddenly in his automobile at about 12:30 o'clock New Years Morning while enroute home from a watch night party at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Gleim of Ashton, a coroners jury deciding his death was caused by a heart attack, superinduced by acute indigestion. He was stricken when about a quarter of a mile from his home which is on the same section of land on which he was born Oct. 1, 1883 and where he had resided all his life.

His wife and Mrs. Gertrude Thornberg were passengers in the car with him and the later hurried to a nearby farmers home to summon aid.

Funeral services will be held at Ashton Lutheran Church Thursday afternoon the Rev. F.W. Henkle officiating and burial will be in the Ashton Cemetery.

Mr. Gonnerman was married Jan. 20, 1910 to Miss Nellie Kaecker of Bradford twp. who survices, together with four sisters Mrs. Mary Reittz, and Mrs. Jacob Aschenbrenner of Ashton, Mrs. August Reinhart of Franklin Grove, and Mrs. August Burhenn of Nachusa and one brother Adam of Ashton.

His parents, Henry and Catherine Gonnerman and a brother William preceded him in death.

Dixon Evening Telegraph Jan 2, 1944

FRED GONNERMAN , 84, 211 DOuglas Ave., Dixon, died at 2:45 a.m. Tuesday at kSB hospital where he had been a patient for 10 weeks. Mr. Gonenrman retiredin 1950 after farming in this area for 50 years. He farmed near Ashton from 1900 to 1920 and farmed near Nachusa from 1920 to 1950.

He was born in Reynolds township, Lee County, on Feb. 14, 1870, the son of Marcus and Elizabeth Fernau Gonnerman. He attended school in the Ashton area and on April 19, 1999 married Anna E. Schafer. She preceded him in death on May 11, 1950. He was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith in Ashton and in recent years was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church Dixon.

Survivors are three daughters, Margaret at home; Mrs. Harold (Dorothy) Ackerman, Princeton and Mrs. Frank (Marion) Scheffler, Franklin Grove; a son, Marcus, Nachusa; 13 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; two brothers, Charles, Ladysmith, Wis., and George, Clinton IA and a sister Mrs. Dora Schafer, Franklin Grove. He was preced in death by 3 sisters and a brother.

Services will be at Immanuel Lutheran Church with Rev. Paul Lechner officiating. Burial in Ashton Cemetery.

Contributed by Pat France

HARRISON F. GONNERMAN - 403 N. Marion St., Oak Park, died Sunday afternoon in West Suburban Hospital, Oak Park, after an extended illness. The body was moved to the Melvin Funeral Home in Sterling. Cremation will take place at Rockford. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 17, in the First United Methodist Church at Dixon. Dr. Robert W. Schum, pastor of the church, will conduct services and the cremated remains will be placed in Oakwood Cemetery at Dixon. Harrison F. Gonnerman was born Aug. 24, 1885 in Dixon, the son of Conrad and Catherine Fernaw Gonnerman. He was educated in the Dixon Public schools and received his B.S. degree in civil engineering from the University of Illinois in 1908, and his master's degree in 1913. He was married to, Gertrude J. Jamison, Dec. 23, 1911 at Aledo. He was on the faculty of the engineering school at the University of Illinois from 1908 to 1920 and was connected with Lewis Institute in Chicago from 1922 to 1926 and was with Portland Cement Assoc. in the research laboratory from 1926 until 1946 as manager and director of research. Mr. Gonnerman was a member of the American Concrete Institute and president in 1946; the American Society for testing materials and a member of the board of directors; Western Society of Engineers; Society of Civil Engineers; Tau Beta Pi Sima Xi and Si Phi Epusilon, and First United Methodist Church of Dixon and the First United Methodist Church of Oak Park. Surviving besides his widow are one son, Harrison F. Gonnerman Jr., of Chevy Chase, Md.; one daughter, Miss Alice Gonnerman of Oak Park; one sister, Mrs. Bertha Colson of Sheridan, Wyo.; four grandchildren and three great granddaughters. Two brothers and three sisters preceded.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois June 12, 1972 - Monday, page 2

MARIE ANTONIETTE (JACOBS) GONNERMAN , 93, of Gilman, formerly of Dixon, died Friday (Dec. 11, 198) at Iroquois Memorial Hospital, Watseka. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. today at the Redenius Funeral Home in Gilman and from 10 a.m. Monday until the 11 a.m. services at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Gilman, where she was a member. The Rev. Robert Downs will officiate. Visitation will also be from noon, Tuesday, until the 1:30 p.m. services at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Dixon, where she was a former member. Memorials may be made to either of the Lutheran Churches.Marie was born Nov. 18, 1905 in Charlotte, Ill., the daughter of Henry and Gesena Hoppe Jacobs. Her husband, Marcus Frederick Gonnerman, whom she married June 29, 1932, died in 1971. Marie was a 1924 graduate of Dixon High School and a 1929 graduate of Milwaukee Wis. School of Nursing. She was active in the nursing profession for more than 50 years. She helped her husband work the Gonnerman family farm at Nachusa, Ill. for 34 years, until they retired in 1966. Mrs. Gonnerman served as a volunteer in the Lutheran Mission Field in Papua, New Guinea; taught Sunday school at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Dixon; served as a 4-H leader for 30 years; and was a Vista volunteer nurse, serving on the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota. Surviving are two sons and daughters-in-law, Frederick and Ruth Gonnerman of Northfield, Minn. and Paul and Karen Gonnerman of Freeport, Ill.; two daughters and sons-in- law, Donna and Ernest Schuler and Mary Ann and Russell Schuler, all of Gilman; 13 grandchildren; 11 great- grandchildren; and one sister, Welma Lindsay of Charleston. One sister, Grace Near and one brother, Clifford Jacobs are deceased.

MARY DUNTON GOODYEAR , was born on a farm near Camden, N.Y,, Feb. 25, 1855, the fourth child and eldest daughter of Lorenzo M. and Mary Ransom Goodyear. She lived in Camden until the family moved west in 1883 to a farm in Nelson township.

In 1902, Miss Goodyear moved to town to her present home, 816 Brinton avenue where she resided until her death on August 3, 1944, aged 89 years, 6 months and 5 days. She was an invalid during the last seven year's of her life,

In 1913, Miss Goodyear was baptized by the late Rev. S, J. Lindsay and became a member of the Church of God. The present pastor, the Rev, C. Alan McLain conducted the funeral services at the home on the afternoon of September 1. Burial was made in Oakwood Cemetery

Miss Goodyear was preceded in death by five brothers and one sister, She is survived by her sister, Mrs. M.W. Missman, 818 Brinton avenue: three nephews, C. E. Goodyear, Redwood Falls, Minn,; Edward J. Goodyear, Garner, Iowa: Ira L. Ball.

Dixon Telegraph September 1944

JOHN GORAL ,age 65, of Dixon died unexpectedly Nov. 27, 2002 at his home. He was employed by Goral Bros. Roofing as a roofer and had been employed by the Illinois Department of Transportation for the past 10 years. Mr. Goral was born Sept. 16, 1937 in Rockford, the son of Chester and Mary Ann (Henry) Goral. He was a veteran of the Marine Corps. He married Jeannie Griffin on May 24, 1965 in Oregon. He was a member of Dixon Elks Lodge, Dixon Moose Lodge and Roofers Union. Survivors include his wife, three sons, Tim (Brenda) Goral of Mdison WI, Ron (Carla) Griffin of Oswego and Rick (NJanet) Griffin of Oregon, four daughters, Tasha Goral of Grand Detour, Michelle Gallagher of Gurnee, Melissa Gumm of Grapevine TX and Marcy Alonzo of Belvedere, three brothers, Chester Goral of Dixon, Richard of Rockford and Eugene of Loves Park, a stepsister Dorothy Ingrassia Mayer of Rockford and 10 grandchildren. He was preceded by his parents and brother, Bill Joley. Prayer sirvice on Saturday at Jones Funeral Home, followed by Mass of Christian Burial at St. Anne's Catholic Church with Rev. Kenneth Anderson officiating. Burial with military graveside by the Dixon combined veterans group is at Oakwood Cemetery.
Sterling Gazette 29 Nov 2002

LYDIA (SHAW) GORTON , daughter of John K. Shaw, was born February 29, 1820 in the state of Penn. Came to Illinois in 1828 and settled at Big Woods near Aurora 70 years ago last May. She was married to Darwin E. Gorton December 28, 1843 and moved to East Paw Paw in 1852 where the husband died July 31, 1880.

Nine children were born to this union, three of them having died in infancy. The six living are George Gorton, Maywood, Neb.; Mrs. Helen Avery, Paw Paw; Mrs Ella Van Riper, Blue Springs, Neb.; Mrs. Lavanche Griffeth, Shabonna; Frank Gorton, Greenfield, Mo.; and Mrs. Cora Chapman, Earlville, who with the exception of the two sons were present at the burial. For the past 24 years she has made her home with her youngest daughter, Mrs. Chapman, where she was tenderly cared for in her declining years and where she passed away on Saturday morning, Oct. 10, aged 88 years 7 months and 10 days. Besides her children, she leaves to mourn her departure, two brothers and two sisters, S A. Shaw of Chicago; Marshall Shaw of Webster, Ia.; Mrs.Kathryne Hyde, Paw Paw; and Mrs. Mary Crisler of Chicago.

Contributed by Marilyn Widler

CHARLES J. GOY , died at his home in May township last night at 7:30 after having been in failing health for the last four years. The son of Mr. and Mrs. George Goy he was born in May township, Lee county, April 24, 1874 and always engaged in farming. He was married to Clara Walters Jan. 9, 1901. Surviving are one son Harold at home; a grandson Donald Harmon, Naval Training Station, Memphis Tenn., and a sister Mrs. John Hefer, York, Nebr. He was preceded by his parents, his wife, one daughter Mrs. Hugh (Mary) Harmon; two brothers and three sisters. Friends may call at Mihm funeral home Amboy until 1 p.m. Sunday, at which time the body will be taken to his home where friends may call. Burial in St. Mary's Cemetery
Dixon Evening Telegraph 14 October 1950

CLARA (WALTERS) GOY , 69, passed away at 2:15 o'clock Sunday afternoon at her home in May township. Funeral services will be held at St. Mary's Catholic church in Maytown at 9:30 o'clock Wednesday morning, the Rev. Fr. John Smith officiating, and burial will be in St. Mary's cemetery. Mrs. Goy's body willl be taken home from the Staples funeral home at 4 o'clock this afternoon. Mrs. Goy who was born in East Grove township March 26, 1877, a daughter of Joseph and Katherine Brustman Walters, is survived by her husband; a son, Harold at home; a grandson Donnie Harmon; and five sisters, Mrs. Katie Sharkey of Maytown, Mrs. Lizzie Knight of Walnut, Mrs. Maggie Murray of Freeport, Mrs. Annie Palmer of Mitchell, S. D., and Mrs. Gustie Ogan of Ohio. She was preceded in death by a daughter May (Mary), two sisters and five brothers.
Contributed by Elsie Harmon

HAROLD JOSEPH GOY , 83, 1222 N. Jefferson Ave., died Sunday, Dec. 2, 1990 in KSB Hospital following a long illness. He farmed in May Township for many years.

He was born May 10, 1907 in May Township to Charles and Clara (Walters) Goy. He married Virginia Wellinghoff Oct. 26, 1935 in St. Louis, Mo. He was a member of St. Anne's Catholic Church.

He was preceded in death by one sister. Survivors include his wife; nephew, Donald Harmon of South Gate, Calif. Funeral is Wednesday, beginning with a 10 a.m. prayer service in Jones Funeral Home, followed by a 10:30 a.m. Mass of the Resurrection in St. Anne, with the Rev. Harlan Clapsaddle, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery.

From the website of Fred Lager (Rootsweb)

MARGARET (KELLY) GOY , age 101, of Amboy, formerly of the Maytown area, died on her 101st birthday, Friday, Jan. 16, 2004, at Amboy Rehabilitation and Nursing Center. Funeral Services were held Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2004, beginning with a 10 a.m. prayer service at the Mihm-Jones Funeral Home in Amboy, followed by a 10:30 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Amboy, with the Rev. Edward Hughes, officiating. Burial followed in St. Mary Cemetery in Maytown. Visitation was on Monday, Jan. 19, 2004, from 4 to 7 p.m., in the funeral home with a Rosary at 7 p.m.

Mrs. Goy was born Jan. 16, 1903, in Maytown, the daughter of Matthew and Susan (Sharkey) Kelly. She married George Goy in Maytown on Nov. 29, 1922. He preceded her in death.

Survivors include two daughters, Loleta Mathesius Hanson of Amboy, and June Stephenitch of Sublette; one son, Gilbert Goy of Mendota; one daughter-in-law, Barbara Goy of Amboy; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by two sons, LeRoy and Donald Goy; four grandchildren; two sisters; and four brothers. She was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church in Amboy, St. Patrick and St. Mary Catholic Churches, both in Maytown, and Maytown Altar and Rosary Society.

MARY VERONICA (SPOHN) GOY , 95, of Dixon, died Sunday, Feb. 29, 1999 in Rush North Shore Medical Center in Skokie. She was born on Feb. 18, 1904 in May Township, Lee County, the daughter of Andrew and Barbara (Walter) Spohn. She married John G. Goy on Jan. 22, 1924 in Maytown. He preceded her in death on Dec. 28, 1982. She was also preceded in death by one son, Joseph Goy, one daughter-in-law, Eunice Burkardt Goy; one son-in-law, Joseph Linko and one brother, Louie Spohn.

She was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church in Dixon, Dixon Catholic Women's Club, NAIM, and the Second St. Home Rosary Group.

Survivors include her children, Shirley (James) Malach of Mendota, Lucy Linko of Joliet, John E. "Gene" (Donna) Goy of Dixon, Sharon (William) Kane of Lincolnwood; grandchildren, Denise (Lawrence) Henkel of Mendota, Joni (Scott) Walker of Matthews, N.C., Julie (David) Florenza of Charlotte, N.C., William (Julie) Malach of O'Fallon, Mo., Jacalyn Linko of Chicago, Marilyn (William) Wierschem of Tucson, Ariz., David (Diane) Linko of Joliet, Donald (Rose) Linko of Crest Hill, Janine (John) Gudac of Joliet, Dean Linko of Chicago, Dan Linko of Joliet, Colleen Linko of Joliet, Eileen (Martin) Fitzgerald of Oak Forest, Yvonne (Joseph) Rakowski of Ohio, Gregory (Meg) Goy of Oregon, Brian Kane of Notre Dame, Ind.; 24 great-grandchildren and three great great grandchildren. Funeral services will be held Thursday beginning with a 10 a.m. prayer service in the Jones Funeral Home in Dixon followed by a 10:30 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial in St. Patrick's Catholic Church with Rev. John Stringini, officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery in Dixon. Visitation will be held from 2 to 9 p.m. Wednesday with the Rosary at 8 p.m.

Dixon Evening Telegraph found on Website of Fred Lager (Rootsweb)

GEORGE W. GRAEHLING , age 82, passed away Saturday at 10 pm at the Katherine Shaw Bethea hospital after a prolonged illness. George Washington Graehling was born near Polo, IL, Jan, 23, 1862, a son of the late Henry and Walberga Graehling. He was married March 26, 1890 to Anna S. Ben, who preceded him in death Aug 15, 1938. To this union six children were born, Jessie McCurtney of Marengo, Clara Bedient of Lee Center, Ruth Emmert of Nachusa, Violet and Ollie Graehling of Chicago, and Alexander of Dixon. In addition to his children Mr. Graehling is survived by two brothers, Henry and William of Polo, and one sister, Mrs. Elizabeth Peters of Milledgeville; nine grandchildren and two greatgrandchIldren. 17 nieces and a host of friends. One grandson, Robert Bedient, is serving in the armed forces of the United States.

In his youth he was interested in the betterment of his home and community, always assuming more than his share of duties and responsibilities. He was trustworthy and considerate of his fellow men and in all his dealings was fair and upright. His intrigity was beyond reproach, all of which exemplified his early Christian teachings which were a source of great satisfaction to him in his declining years. He was generous to a fault and ever ready to give a helping hand to those in need. He admired and was inspired by the great builders of our Nation and his loyalty as a true American citican was unsurpassed. He enjoyed recalling the many interesting changes and incidents of his early life, the compilation of which would have made a most interesting book. He was a great lover of nature, making the study of trees his hobby. Mr. Graehling was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran church. His family and friends will greatly miss his wise and understanding council.

Dixon Telegraph July 14, 1944

IDA MARIE (WIGUM) GRAF died at the Amboy hospital on Saturday December 30, (1944), on her 57th birthday. She had been a patient at the hospital for ten days.

The deceased was born in West Brooklyn on December 30, 1887 a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Wigum.

On June 20, 1907 she was united in marriage to Mr. Joe Grag at West Brooklyn.

She is survived by her husband, one daughter, Mrs. Alva Callman of Rockford; three brothers, John and William of West Brooklyn and Martin of Aurora; four sisters, Mrs. Josephine Harris, Mrs. Minnie Hildman and Mrs. Lydia Knauer of Rockford, and Mrs. Carrie Bushbourn of Chicago. Her parents, two brothers and one sister preceded her in death.

Funeral services were held at 9:30 Wednesday morning at St. Mary's catholic church at west Brooklyn from Mihms Funeral home in Amboy. Interment was made in West Brooklyn's cemetery.

Dixon Evening Telegraph January 12, 1945

WILLIAM E. GREEN - It is with a feeling of sorrow that we chronicle the death of William E. Green who became a resident of this town about a year ago. He was at West Brooklyn, superintending the work on a well, which his employees were making, when he contracted pneumonia. He was taken ill during the first days of last week, and was at the hotel in West Brooklyn. Medical aid proved of no avail, and he grew continually worse until Friday night, when the end came. His case presented a peculiar phase of unrelenting disease. In the fall of 1891 he was a robust, healthy man, and at that time he was taken with typhoid fever, and for many weeks hovered near death's door, but finally recovered from the fever, though he did not emerge in good health. In the spring of 1895, inflammatory rheumatism seized him, and again his life was despaired of. He went to Hot Springs, Arkansas, as a last resort, and received much benefit, returning home greatly improved. He had suffered enough sickness to end the miseries of the average man. Mrs. Green was at his bedside during his last illness and administered with a loving hand all that was in her power. Her cup of sorrow is indeed full, for death has torn from her, three loved ones within ten months. Mrs. Green is left in comfortable circumstances, having a life insurance policy running to her in the Union Central Co., of Cincinnati, besides an equity in a farm near Lee.

William E. Green was born December 23rd, 1854, near Rochester, N.Y., and died at West Brooklyn Illinois, March 27th, 1896, aged 41 years, 3 months and 4 days. He came with his parents to Illinois in 1864. He was united in marriage to Miss Edna Millspaugh, at LaSalle Illinois on Nov. 28th, 1878, and since then has resided at Lee and on a farm near there for 13 years. He resided at Oswego two years, where he became a member of Raven Lodge No. 303, A. F. and A. M. Upon moving from Oswego to Lee, he affiliated with the Shabbona Lodge No. 374 on April 28, 1885. Mr. Green and family moved to Paw Paw in the spring of 1895, and has since resided here. Seven children were born to this couple, five of whom survive their father. The funeral was held in the Baptist church Sunday, at one o'clock, and was conducted by Rev. Edward Breen, of Lee, and Rev. Bass of this town. Th Masonic fraternity from Shabbona, and of Paw Paw were out in full force to show their respect for the departed brother. The church was filled to overflowing, many friends from Steward, Lee and Shabbona being present. The burial services were held at the Frantz Grove Cemetery, where he was laid to rest beside his two beloved children. The most profound sympathy of everybody goes out to the afflicted wife and children in their bereavement.

Contributed by Marilyn Widler

FRANCIS GREGORY ,an old resident of Amboy and vicinity since 1855, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Hugh Haley, at 10:45 Sunday evening, Aug. 11. The funeral was held from St. Patrick's church in Amboy, Wednesday forenoon. Mr. Gregory, in early life had been educated for the Catholic ministry. At the time of his death he was 86 years, 5 months, and 19 days old.

The Amboy Journal, in its obituary says:
'He had been a familiar figure on our streets, a quiet unpretentious man, but posessed a fine classical education and was excelled by few as a Latin scholar, and as a linguist. It is not generally known that among our citizens who came here from Ireland may be found some of the best classical students to be found anywhere. There is a wealth of knowledge and mental culture among the Irish residents of this vicinity that would command our profound respect, were it known to our people."

From Amboy Journal on 15 August 1901:
“James Gregory and his wife of Freeport were here to attend the funeral of his uncle, Francis Gregory.”

Contributed by Terry Gregory - Dixon Evening Telegraph 16 August 1901

MRS. J.H. GREGORY , mother of Joseph C. Gregory of Amboy, died yesterday of paralysis, aged sixty-five.” In the same column, “Mrs. Sarah Harvey of West Sixth street received news of the death at Amboy today of Mrs. Gregory”.

Contributed by Terry Gregory - Dixon Evening Telegraph 13 February 1897

JAMES GREGORY :The funeral of James Gregory, a well-known resident of Amboy occured this afternoon. He died Wednesday at noon. Mr. Gregory had been ill for a week with a kidney complaint and his sons had been summoned to his bedside as the end was expected. He had suffered for years with the ailment and there was no hope for recovery.

The deceased was one of the oldest and best known residents of Amboy. He was born in the east seventy years ago, but came west at an early age and had been a citizen of Amboy nearly two score of years. He held a position as foreman in the machine shop of the Illinois Central railroad, retiring four years ago on account of his years. He owned a fine country home. He was one of the prominent citizens of the town and held the respect of all who knew him. His death causes sincere regret as he was recognized as one of the substantial men of the place. A wife and several children survived the deceased. There are three sons and three daughters, as follows: J. F. and J.C. Gregory of Rockford; Thomas F. Gregory of the Illinois Central shops at Clinton, Mrs. Pahill, of Chicago and Misses Helen and Elizabeth Gregory at home.”

Contributed by Terry Gregory - Amboy Journal 12 March 1897

JAMES GREY , 1304 Christiana Terrace Dixon, passed away last night (May 22, 1947) about 10 o'clock at the KSB Hospital following a short illness. He is survived by his wife Annie Lee and three children; Sylvia Lee, Charles Marie and Jimmie Lee all at home. He was born in Chicago March 15, 1917. Funeral services will be Saturday afternoon at the Lee A.M.E. church with the pastor Rev. J.E. Gaylor officiating. Interment will be in Oakwood cemetery.

Dixon Evening Telegraph 23 May 1947

STANWOOD J. GRIFFITH , 72, life long resident of this city and a prominent businessman of the community, died Thursday, June 26, in the Rochelle Community Hospital after a brief illness. He was born March 18, 1897, in Ashton, the son of John C. and Dora ANdrus Griffith, and teh grandson of the Stanwood J. Griffith who founded the Griffith lumber industries of this area.

Mr. Griffith was a graduate of the University of Illinois, a member of Alpha Gamma Rho, and a veteran of WW I. For a number of years he was a member of the Ashton Fire Department. As a young man he had been an active member of the Ashton Presbyterian Church bu in recent years he was a charter member of the Ashton Bible Church, in which he became a senior deacon and also served as chairman of the church council.

In June 1925 he was married to Betty Wingert of Dixon, daughter of Attorney and Mrs. Edward Wingert. To this union were born two sons, Stanwood C. and Edward who died in infancy.

He is survived by his widow Betty; his son, Stanwood C. grandsons Alan and Mark, all of Ashton; also by a brother Andrus O. of Ashton and a sister, Mrs. Joe Shewmon of Stillman Valley. The funeral was held in the Ashton Bible CHurch with Rev. C.L Schmeiser officiating. Burial was made in the Ashton cemetery.

Contributed by Pat France

OLIVE REBECCA (TYRELL) GROTH , 79, passed away at her farm home six miles southwest of Amboy at 12:15 o'clock Wednesday (16 May 1945) afternoon. Funeral services will be held at the Vaughan chapel at 2 o'clock Saturday with burial in Prairie Repose Cemetery.

Mrs. Groth was born in May Twp. July 8, 1865 a daughter of John & Mary Tyrell and is survived by her husband and two daughters, Mrs. Mary Cook of Sterling and Mrs. Goldie McLensey of Amboy

Dixon Evening Telegraph 17 May 1945

RUSSELL L. GROUP , 94, of Franklin Grove, died Saturday, Nov. 13, 2010, at Franklin Grove Nursing Center after an extended illness. He was a lifelong farmer in the Franklin Grove area, retiring in 1980. Russell was born March 13, 1916, in Lee County, the son of Lloyd and Bernice (Blocher) Group. He married June Hatch on Dec. 16, 1941, in Franklin Grove. She preceded him in death on Feb. 16, 2008. Russell was a 1934 graduate of Franklin Grove High School. He was a corporal in the Army Air Corps during World War II, serving in India. Russell was a lifelong member of Franklin Grove Church of the Brethren and was a member of the Farm Bureau. He also was a 59-year member of Franklin Grove American Legion Altenburg Post 497; and belonged to Orange Blossom Basha, a group a veterans that served in the China-Burma-India Air Corps during World War II. He is survived by his grandson, Russell Group, and several nieces and nephews. He also was preceded in death by his daughter, Janet; and his sister, Barbara Hood. The funeral will be at 1:30 p.m. Friday at Franklin Grove Church of the Brethren. Burial with military honors accorded by Franklin Grove American Legion Altenburg Post 497, will be at Franklin Grove Cemetery. Arrangements were completed by Chapel Hill Funeral Home, Dixon.
Source: Pat Easterday - taken from: The Dixon Telegraph Dixon, Lee Co., IL. Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2010 Page A4 - Col. 3-4

MICHAEL ALLEN GROVE , 33, of Vaasa, Finland, formerly of Dixon, died Thursday, Aug. 16, 2001. Mr. Grove was born in Dixon on June 4, 1968, the son of Edward Michael Grove and Sharon Reisinger. Survivors include his wife, Ksenia and daughter, Pauline, of Vaasa, Finland; one son, Samuel of Lahti; his mother, Sharon of Dixon; stepfather, Cliff Reisinger of Dixon; brothers, John of Dixon and Todd of Mount Morris; sister, Jennifer of Mount Morris; maternal grandmother, Gloria Lamberson of Sterling, and several aunts and uncles. He was preceded in death by his father. Cremation rites have been accorded. There will be graveside services on Friday, Sept. 7, 2001, at 10 a.m. at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, Dison, with Rev. Stan Rodabaught officiating.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois September 5, 2001 - Wednesday, pg. A5

WILLIAM HENRY GROVE , was born Sept. 15, 1834 near Baltimore, Maryland, and died Oct. 22, 1914 in Willow Creek township at advanced age of 80 years, 1 month and 6 days. When a lad of three years his family moved to Wauseon, Ohio, where he grew to manhood. In 1860 he was united in marriage to Amanda Ann Gee. Nine children were born to them. Two years after his marriage he enlisted in the army to help defend the unity of this great nation. He served as a private for one and one half years, under the command of General Sherman and was a participant in that historic march from Atlanta to the sea. In 1865 he obtained an honorable discharge and that same year came to Illinois to settle in Willow Creek township with his parents and family. Here he was actively engaged in farming till 1895. On November 16 of that year he suffered the loss of his life partner. Since then he has been living retired, one of his sons and the youngest daughter caring for him. Mr. Grove was a direct descendent of Clay family, his mother being a first cousin of the Henry Clay of nationwide repute. Mr. Grove was a fairly robust man until just shortly before his death. During his last short illness he at times suffered intense pain but he bore it very patiently. Early Thursday morning, October 22, death came and released him from his suffering. He leaves a family of eight children, one daughter having preceded him in death. Those remaining are Mrs. Neyhart of Nebraska; Mrs. Grafton and Clyde of Chicago; Mrs. Lew of Steward and Mrs. Schoenholz, George, John and Nellie of Scarboro and vicinity. There are also twenty-two grand children and seven great grand children, who mourn is demise. The funeral was held Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock in the church at Scarboro, Rev Wilhelm officiating, and burial was in Twin Grove cemetery.
--Submitted by Marilyn Widler

NEIL M. GROVER , 68, of rural Ashton, died Saturday, Jan. 8, 2005 in his home. He was born March 3, 1936 at home, in rural Chana, the son of Nels T. and Sarah Roe Grover. He married Dorothy Noffsinger in Chana on July 20, 1957. He served with the canine unit of the US Army from 1954-1956. He retired as a semi driver for Ray Forney Trucking in 1993. He enjoyed hunting with his dogs and working in his garden. He is survived by his wife, Dorothy; daughter, Jessica, at home; sons, Eric (Teresa) Grover, of Chana and Brent (Molly) Grover, of Cartersville, Ga.; six grandsons; sisters, Doris (Robert) Bennett, of Leaf River, and Rita Mitchell, of Sycamore. He was preceded in death by his parents; his son, Dean; one brother; and three sisters. Funeral services were held on Tuesday Jan. 11, 2005 at 2 p.m. in the Farrell-Holland Gale Funeral Home, 110 South Seventh Street, Oregon with Rev. Timothy Mitchell and Rev. Doug Cowan, officiating. Burial followed in the Lighthouse Cemetery. Visitation was held Tuesday from 12:30 p.m.- 2 p.m. in the funeral home.

ALINE (WAGNER) GROW , of 217 1/2 E. Fellows St., Dixon, died Tuesday evening in heer home at the age of 80. Mrs. Grow was born July 2, 1888 in Freeport, the daughter of Albert F. and Julia Jungkanz Wagner. She was united in marriage to Dudley S. Grow on Sep. 10, 1908, who preceded her on April 17 of this year. She was a very active member of the WW II Mother's Club. She is survived by one daughter, Mrs. A.H. (Marian) Hannan of Ohio, one son, Robert L. Grow of Brandon FL; and two grandaughters Sally and Robin Grow both of Brandon FL. She was preceded by her parents, her husband and one brother. Funeral services will be at 1:30 Saturday at the Allen-Buckley Funeral Home with Rev. Tom Shepherd, pastor of the First Christian Church Deciples of Christ, officiating and with burial in Oakland Cemetery at Freeport.
Contributed by Sue Nesland

CARLTON F. GUFFE , 78, of Route 4, Dixon died Monday at KSB Hospital in Dixon after a long illness. Funeral services will be Thursday with Rev. Anthony Phangaraj and Rev. Douglas Williams, officiating. Burial will be in Chapel Hill Memorial Park. Visitation will be Wednesday from 2-9 p.m. with the family present from 7-9 p.m. Mr. Guffe was born Oct. 4, 1906 in Whiteside County, the son of Charles A. and Olive Lucas Guffe. On Nov. 23, 1933 he married Ruth Melberg in Sterling. Surviving are his wife of Dixon; one daughter, Mrs. Dan (Sara) Hembrough of Dixon; one son, David C. of Dixon; one sister, Mrs. Belmont (Emma) Lindberg of Fall Creek, Wis., and seven grandchildren. He was preceded in death by three sisters and four brothers. A memorial has been established to the Giddeons and the church.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois September 3, 1985 - Tuesday, pg A4


The people of our city were surprised and shocked Tuesday forenoon to learn of the sudden death of W. I. Guffin. Late Monday afternoon Mr. Guffin complained of not feeling well and went to bed. During the evening a physician was summoned. Aside from having a slight cold no alarming symptoms were evident. In the morning Mr. Guffin arose and intended to go down town to get shaved and on a business errand, but his wife pursuaded him to stay at home on account of the bad weather and she attended to the errand and had a barber go to the house to shave him. Shortly after being shaved Mr. Guffin lay on the couch and Mrs. Guffin stepped out of the front door to sweep off the porch. Hearing a slight noise inside she opened the door and found him lying on the floor. Help was at once summoned, but before a physician arrived he passed away apparently suffering no pain. The funeral will be held this afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Presbyterian church in charge of the Masons, of which order he was a member. Rev. B. A. Dickens of Plainfield will officiate and Hon. R. S. Farrand of Dixon will also speak in compliance with a request of the deceased. Interment will be at the Wyoming cemetery. A more extended notice and obituary will be published nest week.


WASHINGTON IRVING GUFFIN was born at Carlisle, Schoharie County, New York, on the 17th day of January, 1840, and died at his home in Paw Paw, Lee County, Illinois on the 8th day of January, 1907 at the age of 66 years 11 months and 21 days.

His parents died years ago. He was the oldest child of Josiah and Sarah Guffin, of a family of ten children. His death is the second among the children, a brother dying about eight years ago. Five brothers and three sisters survive him.

At about the age of 20 he came west and engaged in teaching school for a time in the vicinity of Burlington, Iowa. Returning to the east he engaged in the mercantile business at Buffalo for a time, and also at Albany, N. Y. During the war he served as a clerk for a recruiting officer and in the discharge of these duties he visited some of the prominent military camps on the scene of action, and became acquainted with some of the distinguished officers of the army. The illness that terminated his father's life called him to Illinois in 1868, when he settled at Malugin's Grove in Lee County.

After his father's death he visited the home of his sweetheart in the east at Albany and was united in marriage to Miss Laura W. Fisk in 1869. He brought his bride to his Illinois home. She died in 1870 leaving one son, Edward F., who is now editor and proprietor of THE LEE COUNTY TIMES and a resident of Paw Paw, Ill.

At Malugin's Grove W. I. Guffin conducted a dairy farm for several years. When the first railroad was constructed through Brooklyn Township in 1872 he was one of the organizers of the town of Compton, to which place he moved and in partnership with A. J. Warner built a grain elevator there and engaged in the grain and coal business. Later they secured the elevator property at Paw Paw and operated at both points under the firm name of Warner & Guffin. Mr. Warner died in 1881, but the firm name was not changed which has enjoyed an uninterrupted and successful business career since 1872 and it is one of the oldest and most favorably known firms in this section of the state. From 1881 Mr. Guffin conducted the grain and coal business alone until 1893, when he associated with him as a partner in business his youngest brother, F. E. Guffin.

In December, 1879, he was married to Miss Mary E. Bradshaw of Compton, Illinois, and to this union two children were born, Homer and Grace, who survive him.

In 1889 he moved to Paw Paw where he continuously resided until his death.

In 1872 he was elected to the County Board of Supervisors of Brooklyn Township.

In 1892 he was elected to the legislature, and for four consecutive terms faithfully represented his constituents. He manifested rare judgment and was honored by being placed on important committees, where he exerted a potent influence and revealed his uncompromising integrity. He was prominently mentioned as a candidate for speaker and was advocated for the position by many leading members of the house and prominent men throughout the state.

Mr. Guffin was a beloved member of the Masonic fraternity and in accordance with his expressed wish his fraternal brethren interred his remains.

The funeral services of W. I. Guffin were held at the Presbyterian church last Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock and were largely attended, many being present from Dixon, Amboy, Compton, Chicago and other places. Rev. B. A. Dickens of Plainfield, Rev. J. N. Dingle of the M. E. church, and Hon. R. S. Farrand of Dixon each paid a high tribute to the deceased. Music was furnished by a quartet composed of the following: Mr. and Mrs. Geo. H. Hicks, Benj. Roberts and Miss Alpha Smith with Miss Lois Wormley of Shabbona as accompanist, Corinthian Lodge No. 205 A. F. & A.M. attended in a body and had charge of the services. The pall bearers were R. S. Farrand, Warren Badger, W. H. Edwards and I. F. Edwards of Dixon, Dr. T. D. Palmer of Chicago and J. A. Warren of this city. The floral offerings were many and beautiful. Interment was in the Wyoming cemetery.

Mr. Guffin for many years was intimately connected with the publication of the Times and during his residence in Compton was editor of the Compton Record, which was issued from this office. He was a close friend of Ezra G. Cass, the founder of the TIMES. When Mr. Cass died Mr. Guffin was appointed administrator of his estate and for two years had charge of the paper.

Contributed by Marilyn Widler

Lee County Obituaries