GEORGE PAGE - Death did a cruel thing yesterday in taking from us our good friend, George H.Page, who died in Cham, Switzerland, where he was on business concerned with one of the factories of the Anglo-Swiss Condensed Milk Company: he having been many years the founder and General Manager of that company. He died late yesterday evening of lung fever and heart troubles. Mr. Page was the son of one of the respected settlers of Palmyra, John H. Page, who came from New Hampshire in the fall of 1834. The deceased was born in Palmyra, in the year 1836, being, we believe the first white child born in that township. It is thought that he was the first male child born in Lee county. He acquired a good common school education near his home and then was sent to Cornell College at Mount Vernon, Iowa, of which his uncle, Samuel Fellows, was one of the founders and Principals, and an uncle Stephen N. Fellows was a Professor. After graduating Mr. Page was a teacher in the same institution but returned to the farm in Palmyra in a few months, and afterwards accepted a clerkship in the War Department at Washington, D.C., where he remained several years; and until about the year 1866 he went to Cham, S,itzerland, and embarked in the milk condensing business; the first undertaking of the kind in Europe. This proved a most wonderful success and made the name of George H. Page of world wide fame as a business man. Mr. Page was married in 1875 to Miss Adelheid Swerzmann ( Schwerzmann) of Zug, Switzerland, who survives with one son, Fred H. Page. They have resided for some time in Paris, France, where the son is being educated. He leaves two brothers, David S. Page, Cham, Switzerland, Assistant Manager of the company, our fellow citizen, William B. Page, Manager of the Dixon factory, and a sister, Mrs. Julia M. Harris of Denver Colorado, to mourn the loss of a loving brother. Deceased was taken ill on the second day of the present month, but recovered and was out in about ten days when a relapse came with severe pneumonia followed by neuralgia of the heart which caused his death after severe suffering. Charles A. Page, a brother, also deceased, was appointed consul to Switzerland by President Lincoln, and it was through his influence, probably, that George H. Page, in a small way, started the milk condensing business which has proved such a wonderful success. Few men in the line of business matters have had as many men depending on them for salaries as had Mr. Page. Employees under his charge numbered many thousands and not one among them all will hear of his death without a pang of sorrow; for he was, as truly as any man we ever knew, a friend of the laboring classes. His employees received the largest pay possible in a business point of view, and were cared for in case of sickness. What better tribute can we pay to noble manhood? He was always planning for the good of the laboring classes as well as for his own business success. From the small beginnning of a score and a half years since George H. Page was the manager-in-chief of a business that produced over six million dollars worth of goods annually. He was manager-in-chief of a company that had, in Europe and America, eleven large milk condensing factories - four in England, two in Switzerland, two in Norway, one in Germany, and two in the United States - New York and Dixon, Illinois. To manage properly such a vast business required extraordinary executive ability which Mr. Page possessed to an extent unsurpassed by few men of any age. He was in every sense of the word a great and good man. His charities were for the benefit of his race and for the improvement, culture and happiness of mankind. It was Dean Swift who gave it as his opinion that who so could make two blades of grass to grow upon a spot of ground where only one grew before, would deserve better of mankind than many whose names are on fame's historical pages. The suggestion leads us to imagine the praise on this line of thought, we owe to George H. Page, on account of the beautiful drives, the charming park, the many trees and shrubs and flowers that will grow where none grew before; rich legacies he has left for this people. The writer knew him from boyhood as a true friend; a man of marvelous good sense; of most generous impulses; patriotic to that extent that he loved not only his country, but the State, county and town of his birth. It was this noble, patriotic impulse that brought him back here to the scenes of his boyhood to beautify the country and give employment and prosperity to this people. Inexorable death never took from this community a better friend, one more deserving our gratitude and respect.

Dixon Evening Telegraph 21 April 1899

"When our souls shall leave this dwelling The glory of one fair and virtuous action is almost all the scutcheons on our tomb Or allmen banner over us."

We can but repeat that death did a cruel thing in taking from us our good friend George H. Page. Born in Palmyra three score and three years ago, the first and most manly of the inhabitants of Lee County, his loss, taking into consideration his public spirit and his ability to do good was the saddest which has ever befallen this people in all it's history; for none have been so good and beneficient to us in all of our recollection. As manager-in-chief of the great Anglo-Swiss Condensed Milk Company, and with a brother, Charles Page, its founder, we may truly say that few men in the line of business matters have had as many men depending on them for salaries. Employees under his charge numbered many thousands and all are in sorrow, for he was, as truly as any man we ever knew, a friend of the laboring classes. His employes receieved the largest pay possible in a business point of view, and were cared for in case of sickness. What better tribute can we pay to noble manhood. The remains of the deceased left Cham, Switzerland, as heretofore stated, and where obituary services were held, arriving at New York by steamer, were placed in a special palace car and reached Dixon about half past eight o'clock last evening and were taken to the residence of Wm. B. Page North Dixon. The widow and son, Mrs Adelheid Page and Mr. Fred Page; Mrs D.S. Page and Mr F. A. Page accompanied the casket from Cham, Switzerland. Wm. B. Page met them in New York.

Among the visitors here attending the funeral are a sister, Mrs Julia M. Harris, Denver; Mrs Gaines, Mrs Davenport, O.S. Fellows, A.N. Fellows, S.N.Fellows, Mr.and Mrs. D.C. Busell, Milledgeville; Mr. and Mrs. and Miss Dickenson, Rockford,Ill. Simon, Oscar and Stephen Oliver; Mr. and Mrs. [teller; Mr. Haveland, Mr. Wilson, G.A. and C.A. Plamondon, H.F.Craw, Chicago,Ill. There was a large attendance of citizens at the funeral. The business houses of the city were closed three hours out of respect for the dead.

A marked feature of the occassion was the touching tributes paid the dead by that most touching of tokens, an abundance of flowers. The casket was covered and the room was filled with pillows of beautiful variety. They came from the New York office, from the employes of the factory here and from Cham, Switzerland; and Jim Brown, who takes care of Adelheid Park, picked from the hillside where Mr Page so delighted to wander, a basket of violets which stood at the side of the casket, a tribute of his humble love. A mass of flowers was marked " F.P. McCall, with sympathies" and came from the far east. There was an elegant monument of beautiful flowers, a broken column, "George H. Page" in violets, to which was attached this card.

"A token of sincere esteem,. From the Swiss Employees of the A.S.C.Milk Co., Dixon, Ill. J.Bucker, E. Hass, B. Hausheer, J. Vi!lager,sr., J. Villager,jr., A. Dogwilier, B..Truttman, P. Dorner, J. Wallschleger, A. Stocker, C. Elesner, H. Kuseple, A. Hauster, G. Mueller, J Kuseple."

Selected from the employes of the Dixon factory were the following, PALL BEARERS Hayden, John----- Gaffrey, John---- Ayers, Rodney---- Harrison, Frank---- Hopkins, E.A.---- Perles, Clarence---- Morris,Edward---- Haucter, Albert.

Ayers, J.C.------ Brubaker, A.J.------ Blackman, O.B.------
Barth? H.------ Countryman, J.B.------ Crabtree, J.D.-------
Decker,Martin------ Decker, Henry------ Decker, D.D.------
Dodge, O.B.------ Dille, J.B.------ Eastwood, B.D.------ 
Bell, S.C.---- Farrand. R.B.------ Howell, E.N.------ 
Hughes, O.H.------ Cheney, P.------ Barge, William.------ 
Lord, J.L.------ Hunt, C.C.------ Johnson, Ralph.------
Kintner, C.W.------ Klosterman, F.F.------ McHenry, D.W.------ 
Moore, L.W.------ Morris, O.A.------ Morrison, O.B.------
Mitchell, L.W.------ McAplise, W.J.------ Noble, C.H.-------
Parsons, H.C.------ Powers, Warren.------ Little. J.T.------
Law, Dr. D.H.------ Malone M.------ C-- ?? J.W.------
Shaw, B.F.------ Seavey, Fletcher------ Ellis, Geo.-------
Todd, J.B.------ Tillson, A.H.------ Trussdell, A.K.-------
Thummell,A.A.------ Watson, F.A. ------ Cook, Dr.-------

(Poor reproduction from microfilm makes spellings questionable.) The many visitors from abroad, the former neighbors of Dixon, Palmyra and nieghboring towns made an impressive procession to the cemetery near the Sugar Grove church where the remains of one we all so highly respected and loved were, after a busy life of usefulness, laid to rest. The Rev. Stephen Fellows, an Uncle of the deceased, from Grundy Center, Iowa, and the Rev. J.C. Sage, of Dixon officiated.
Dixon Evening Telegraph 13 May 1899 (Website of Dana Fellows)
Another Article: George H. Page, one of the owners of the Condensed Milk factory at Dixon, died Thursday of last week at his home in paris, France. The deceased was born in Palmyra, Ill., in 1836. In 1866, in company with his brothers Charles A. and David S. he went into the milk condensing business, which has from that time grown till it has reached immense proportions. There are now eleven factories, two in Switzerland, one in Germany, two in Norway, four in England, one in New York State and one in Dixon. Mr. Page is a relative of Hon. D. C. Busell of this city. - Contributed by Karen Fyock - 1899 Scrapbook Clipping)

GEORGE PALMER , 83, died at 10 p.m. Thursday (Nov. 15, 1951) at KSB Hospital. He was born in Belvidere IL June 28, 1868. He is survived by his wife Grace, four sons Len W, Dixon, Arthur J & Robert S, Chicago, and Daniel, Peoria. Burial will be in Nelson Cemetery.
Dixon Evening Telegraph 16 November 1951

CHARLES GRANT PARKER was born October 16, 1872 near Grand Detour in Lee County. He was the son of William Parker and Hannah Brubaker. He was married to Maude MacWilliams at Harmon on February 26, 1895 and to this union eight children were born; Mrs. Ethel Dietz of Harmon, Louis of Walnut, Royce of Oregon, Mrs. Lella Kunde of Rochelle and Charles of Plainfield. Mrs. Beulah Glafka of Walnut and Ray of Lowel Ariz. His wife and one son Harold have preceded him in death. He has 19 grandchildren and six great grandchildren. There are also four brothers and four sisters. They are, Mrs. Alf Clatworthy of Harmon, Mrs. Minet Wilkins of Chicago,Mrs Nellie Chrisman of Smithland Iowa, Mrs. LizzieMacDowell of Ontarilo, Oregon, William Parker, Big Sandy Montana, Tom Parker of Swanskin Cal., Ed Parker of Ontario Oregon and Skylar Parker of Dixon. Casket attendents were Charles Parker Jr., Dick Parker, Maynard Parker, Lyle Kunde, Lloyd Kunde and Harold Dietz.
Dixon Evening Telegraph June 28, 1947

EDWIN WYATT PARKER - The community was shocked to learn Monday morning of the sudden passing of E.W. Parker, who died very suddenly at this home due to heart trouble. Mr. Parker had been about as usual Sunday and had appeared to be in good health, although some of his friends knew that his heart had been giving him some concern. Edwin Wyatt Parker was born February 7, 1865 at Delavan Illinois and at the time of his death was a month past 68 years of age. He was united in marriage with Miss Effie Nichols and to them was born one son, Herbert N. Besides his companion, Mr. Parker is survived by three grandchildren, Carolyn Elizabeth, George Roger and Grodon Herbert. He is also survived by one sister, Mrs. B. E. Hatten aged 80, living at Delavan. In early life Mr. Parker received an excellent business education and became a public accountant which work he followed for many years. He retired from this work 20 years ago and for many years has been a resident of Lee County with the exception of four years residence in the west. Mr. Parker was a home loving man, and had the happy faculty of making friends where every he was known. He was a member of the Presbyterian Church at Delavan. Service wereheld from the late home yesterday at 10:30 o'clock conducted by Rev. Charles D. Wilson pastor of the Methodist Episcopal church and interment was made in the Ashton cemetery.
Contributed by Pat France

MAGGIE M. (TOLLISON) PARKER - 74, of Nachusa, died Friday, May 24, 1996 at KSB Hospital, Dixon. Graveside services will be at a later date at Tollison Cemetery, Tollison Town, Tenn. Cremation rites have been accorded. There will be no visitation. Arrangements were completed by Preston-Schilling Funeral Home, Dixon. A memorial has been established. Mrs. Parker was born May 24, 1922, in Sparta, Tenn., the daughter of David and Frances Marie (Carter) Tollison. She married Gilman F. Parker in 1952 in Georgia. She was employed as a pshychiatric aid at the Dixon State School for 22 years, prior to retiring in 1975. Survivors include her husband of Anna; one son, Jim (Norma) Tollison of Nachusa; one step-daughter, Caroline (Wayne) Hale of Anna; five grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; one step-great grandchild; and two sisters, Zona Cunningham of Sparta, Tenn., and Minnie Nash of Port Charlotte, Fla. She was preceded in death by one son, one stepson, three brothers, and four sisters.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois May 25, 1996 - Saturday, pg A2

MRS. MARY PARSHALL , died at 3 a.m. today at Dixon Public Hospital after a long illness. She was born Nov. 8, 1860 at Ithaca N.Y. and has resided in Dixon the last 8 years. Survivors include one sister Mrs. Vernon Mays, with whom she made her home, and one brother Samuel Benham of Ann Arbor Michigan. She was preceded in death by her husband in 1942. Funeral services will be held Saturday, July 2 at the Uhl - Kennedy funeral home, Wayne Michigan. Friends may call at the Melvin Funeral home this evening.
Dixon Evening Telegraph 29 Jun 1949

NANCY L. (NORMAN) PATTON , age 69, of Amboy and formerly of Cedar Bluff, Va., died at Trinity Medical Center West in Rock Island on Sunday, Jan. 9, 2005. Funeral Service will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 12, 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, officiating. Graveside burial services will be held on Saturday, Jan. 15, in Green Hills Memorial Cemetery in Claypool Hill, Va. Visitation will be Wednesday from 12 p.m. until time of service in the funeral home. Mrs. Patton was born July 18, 1935, in Cedar Bluff, Va., the daughter of John and Marie (Cordell) Norman. She was united in marriage to Carl Walter Patton Jr., in Cedar Bluff, Va., in September of 1951. He preceded her in death Oct. 23, 1999. Survivors include one daughter, Brenda Cooper of Richlands, Va., one granddaughter, LaLoni Cooper of Jacksonville, Fla; three sisters, Mildred (Robert) Necas of Ormond Beach, Fla., Catherine (William) Romano of Elgin, and Mary Ann Gibson of Amboy; numerous nieces and nephews; special friends Midge Veach, Annie and John, all of Amboy, and Ethel Garner of Elgin. She was also preceded in death by one son, Hubert Patton; five brothers, Thomas, Joe, James, Robert, and Eugene Norman; and two sisters, Blanche Hess and Lena Hubbard.
Amboy News

BIRDY S. PAUL , 71 of 202 W. Dement, Polo, died this morning at KSB Hospital in Dixon. Funeral services will be Friday at 1:30 p.m. in the Benson-Brown-Seidel Funeral home with the Rev. Monte Cox, pastor of the Open Bible Church, officiating. Burial will be in Chapel Hill Cemetery in Dixon. Visitation will be Thursday from 5-8:30 with the family present from 7-8:30 p.m. Mrs. Paul was born Dec. 15, 1913 in Jonesboro, Tenn., the daughter of Shelby and Loretta McNicols Riddle. On Nov. 26, 1938 she married Russel Paul in Maquoketa, Ia. The deceased was a member of St. Mark's Lutheran Church in Polo and the Polo VFW Ladies Auxiliary. Surviving are two sons, Richard of Rockford and Robert of Polo; one brother, Arthur Riddle of Polo; three grandchildren and one great grandchild. She was preceded in death by her husband. A memorial has been established.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois July 24, 1985 - Wednesday, pg A4

GERALD CALVIN PAUL - A Lee County Coroner's Jury Sunday found the death of Gerald Paul, 12, of Ashton was caused by strangulation as a result of accidental hanging while at play. The boy's body was found by his father, Sunday night, hanging from a rope slung over a tree limb on the families farm, southeast of Ashton The father, Calvin Paul, said the boy had been riding his pony under a tree and apparently was caught up in a rope which he slung there while playing cowboy. Gerald was born in Oregon, Feb 5, 1947, the son of Calvin and joannah Paul. Besides his parents, he is survived by a sister, Joyce, and two grandfathers, Ralph Myrath and Earl Paul

RUTH FAY (DRUMHELLER) PAUL - Funeral services will be held this afternoon (Thursday) at 2 p.m. at the Ashton Lutheran Church for Mrs. Earl Paul, 42, who died Monday evening at St. Anthony's Hospital in Rockford. The Rev August Blobaum, pastor of Paynes Point Lutheran Church officiating, and burial will be in the Ashton cemetery She was the former Ruth Fay Drumheller, and had lived near Chana for 17 years. About a year ago the family moved to one of Frank O Lowden farms, five miles west of Chana. Survivors include her husband and 10 children, Calvin of Rochelle, Mrs. Lauren Beck of Ashton, Sergeant Albert Paul, stationed in North Carolina, and Edward, Charles, Robert, Duane, Carl, Margaret, and Betty all at home. Her husband Earl was also buried there, but I do not have the obit he was born in 1895 and died 1971.
Contributed by Sharon Strow

BEATRICE NADINE (RUDOLPH) PAYNE , 92, of Brandon, Florida and formerly of Carmi died Monday February 5, 2001 in Brandon. She was born November 2, 1908 in Crossville, the daughter of George and Marcella (Bradshaw) Greene. She first married Clarence Rudolph and he preceded her in death. She then married Wendell Payne and he preceded her in death. Mrs. Payne spent most of her life in Dixon, IL. She is survived locally by a nephew, Robert Finch of Carmi, and a cousin, Violet Fleming of Carmi. Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday at Kuykendall Cemetery. The Kittinger-Fair Funeral Home in Carmi is in charge of arrangements.

JOSEPH M. PAYNE , 54, of Chicago, formerly of Dixon, died Saturday, Oct. 23, 2004, in Rush-Presbyterian St. Luke Hospital in Chicago. Mass of Christian Burial was held in St. Paul of the Cross, 320 S. Washington, Park Ridge, at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2004, with the Rev. Carl Morello officiating. Burial was in Maryhill Cemetery in Niles. Visitation was Monday, Oct. 25, 2004, from 3 to 9 p.m., in the Ryan-Park Funeral Home, 120 S. Northwest Highway in Park Ridge. Mr. Payne was born July 4, 1950, in Amboy, the son of Edward and Cecilia (Blackburn) Payne. He married Judy Latronica in Chicago on Aug. 11, 1973. Survivors include his wife, Judy of Chicago; two daughters, Sara and Mary, both of Chicago; and a brother, John (Janet) Payne of Dixon. He was preceded in death by his parents. He was Administrator of Utilization and Management at Rush-Presbyterian St. Luke Hospital in Chicago. He was a 1968 graduate of Newman Central Catholic High School in Sterling, received his bachelor’s degree from Loyola University in Chicago, and a masters in social work administration from the University of Chicago. A memorial has been established to St. Paul of the Cross Church in Park Ridge
The Amboy News

LEROY PAYNE , 80, of rural Rock Falls, died Wednesday, Nov. 10, 1999 , at CGH Medical Center. Celebration of the Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Andrew Catholic Church, Rock Falls, with the Rev. Paul White, celebrant, officiating. Burial will be at St. Mary Cemetery, Sublette. Visitation will be from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Saturday at the church. Arrangements were completed by McDonald Funeral Home, Rock Falls. In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established to St. Andrew Grade School, St. Mary Grade School and Newman High School. Mr. Payne was born June 2, 1919, in Dixon, the son of Joseph F. and Grace (Henry) Payne. He married Mary Leffelman on April 3, 1940 in Sublette. She survives. He farmed in the south Dixon Township area prior to his retirement. He was a member of St. Andrew Catholic Church. Survivors include a son, Joe Payne of Rock Falls; a brother, Edward (Judy) Payne of Dixon; four sisters, JoAnn (Raymond) Levan of Dixon, Loraine (Don) Untz of Oregon, Donna (James) O'Brien of Franklin Grove and LaVonne (Jack) Gibbons of Florida; two grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois November 11, 1999 - Thursday, pg A2

ALBERT GEORGE PERRY , was born at Aurora Ill. April 5, 1892, son of Mr. and Mrs. George Perry. He died at the Amboy public hospital Christmas day at 11:45 a.m. He had been a patient of the hospital 10 days. A farmer in Bradford Twp. he retired in 1940 and moved to Amboy where he lived until his death. He had been employed at the Elsesser hatchery, Amboy, and during the war he was employed at the Green River Ordance Plant. Surviving are his aged mother, one sister, Mrs. Mattie Klausen Amboy and two nephews, Anker & Bruce Klausen, and several uncles and aunts. He was preceded in death by his father Feb. 23 and a nephew Albert who was killed in action August 15, 1944 in France. Funeral services were conducted Sunday Dec. 28 at 2:30 p.m. from the Mihm funeral home, the Rev. Dennis J. Bennett, pastor of the Amboy Congregational Church officiating. Mrs. Raymond Degner sang "Lights of Home" and "Beautiful Garden of Prayer", Mrs. Ullrich accompanying her. Interment was in Woodside Cemetery, Lee Center. The Casket bearers were, J.E. Elsesser, Vernon Pomeroy, Fred Kesselring, Warner Schier, Henry Hillison, and William Seitz
Dixon Evening Telegraph Jan 1, 1948

MARY (SANDROCK) PFEIFFER , 74, lifelong resident of this community died, Monday evening at the Rochelle Hospital. She had been an invalid in her home for the past 34 years. She was born in Ogle County August 18, 1888, the daughter of George and Martha Walter Sandrock. On Sept. 19, 1910 she was married to Adam Pfeiffer, and they celebrated their golden wedding anniversary in 1960. Surviving are her husband; three sons, Glenn, Kenneth and Wayne; three daughters, Mrs. Helen Bunger, Mrs. Irene Lawson and Mrs. June Eich; 13 grandchildren and two step-grandchildren. Services will be Thursday at 2 pm at St. John's Lutheran Church with Rev. Orville Kalkwarf officiating. Burial will be made in the Ashton Cemetery
Contributed by Pat France

BIRTHIER CUSTER PHILLIPS , 79, died at 10:20 a.m. Saturday at his home in Binghampton. He was born in Knoxville Aug. 1, 1869 the son of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Phillips. Mr. Phillips was a telegrapher and worked for the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy and the Rock Island railroads. In 1922 he became a drainage contractor and worked at this trade until forced to resign because of poor health. The last 18 years of his life were spent at his homestead in Binghampton. He was married to Mary Morse in Gilson Dec. 20, 1892. He is survived by his widow, a son, Birther Jr. Amboy, five daughters, Mrs. Albert Bond, Ottawa, Mrs. Erwin Haws, Amboy, Mrs. James Bond, Morris, Mrs. Rudolph Lindstrom and Mrs. Max Aughenberg, Dixon, a sister Mrs. Mary Miller, Leavenworth KS., 15 grandhcildren and 11 great grandchildren. The funeral at Tomlinson Funeral home Thursday, the Rev. Donald G. Smith pastor of the First Baptist Church, Amboy officiating, burial in Chapel Hill Cemetery, Dixon.
Dixon Evening Telegraph 25 July 1949

JANE STAINBROOK PHILLIPS , 86, formerly of Dixon, died Wednesday evening in the Linton Home, Sterling, where she had lived more than seven years. Mrs. Phillips was born in Lee County Jan. 6, 1869, the daughter of Isiah and Isabelle Stainbrook. She married William Phillips Oct. 5, 1887. Her husband, a daughter, a son, two brothers and a sister preceded her in death. Funeral services will be held Friday at 2 p.m. in Buckley Staples Funeral Home with the Rev. Syndey Bloomquist of the Methodist church officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood cemetery. Survivors include two nieces, Mrs. Lee Hess and Mrs. Russell Cooper both of Dixon.
Dixon Evening Telegraph 2 June 1955

DORIS PICKLE , 72, of Rockford , formerly of Ashton, passed away Sept. 15, 2007, at OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center . Doris was born Aug. 18, 1935 in Lee County , the daughter of Walter J. and Edith Miller Pickle. She lived in Ashton from 1962 – 1992, Sun City , Ariz. , from 1992 – 2003 and Rockford from 2003 – 2007. She graduated from Monroe Center High School in 1953 and she was an avid world traveler. She is survived by one sister, Verla Krug, of Ashton; one sister-in-law, Lucille Pickle, of Monroe Center; five nieces, Pamela Krushenberg, Debra Deets, Denise Pickle-Dornback (Michael), Kim (Terry) Smith and Doris (Rick) Kennay; three very special cousins, Kaye (Donnie) Cowan, of Farmington, N.M., Rose (Larry) Larsen, of Rochelle, and Daniel L. (Jean) Miller, of Ashton. She was preceded in death by one brother; Walter Pickle. A graveside service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 20 at Monroe Center Cemetery with Pastor Bob Mellon officiating. Coulon-Lyons Family Funeral Homes assisted the family with arrangements. Memorials may be made to Monroe Center Community Church .
Contributed by Pat Esterday Taken from: The Dixon Telegraph, Tuesday, September 18, 2007, Page A2 – Col. 3 – 4

EVA (LANTZ) PICKREL , 1804 Ave. E., Sterling, died Sunday morning at Community General Hospital. Private graveside services, conducted by the Allen Funeral home, will be held Tuesday afternoon at 2:30 p.m. at the Brooklyn Cemetery in Brooklyn. The Rev. John Coppic, pastor of the First Presbyiterian Church of Sterling, and the Rev. Kenneth Mortenson, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Macomb, will officiate. There will be no visitation. A memorial fund has been established in her memory to the First Presbyterian Church of Sterling. Mrs. Pickrel was born in Brooklyn, Schuyler County, the daughter of Glandon and Mabel (Vandiver) Lantz. She was united in marriage to Jack C. Pickrel on Aug. 22, 1935. She graduated from Carthage Lutheran College at Carthage, and taught school for four years in Gilson, prior to moving to Rock Falls in 1949. She was a member of the P.E.O. and the First Presbyterian Church of Sterling where she was an Elder at the time of her death. Survivors include her husband, Jack, Sterling; one daughter Mrs. Dean K. (Karen) Clark, Westerville, Ohio; three grandchildren, Jeffery, Brett, and Julie Clark, all of Westerville, Ohio. She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Bernard D. Lantz.
Contributed by Melva Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois November 6, 1978 - Monday, pg 4

CALVIN CLARK PIERCE , 49, of Hillsboro , formerly of Paw-Paw, died Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2007, at Hillsboro Area Hospital . Mr. Pierce was born Jan. 19, 1958, in Dixon , the son of Dorrance and Lola (Distin) Pierce. He was a 1976 graduate of Paw-Paw High School . Calvin was an avid NASCAR fan. He was a very helpful, caring and thoughtful person, who will be deeply missed. Survivors include his mother of Paw-Paw; three sisters, Elaine (Leonard) Johnson of Waterman, Janice Wolfe of Lakeland , Fla. , and Regina (Thomas) Rumish of Sandwich; three brothers, Arthur ( Virginia ) Pierce of King George, VA, Donald (Judith) Pierce of Paw-Paw and Norman Pierce of Hinckley ; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father and his grandparents. Private funeral service is at Paw-Paw United Methodist Church , with the Rev. Kenneth Foster officiating. Burial is at Wyoming Cemetery , rural Paw-Paw. Visitation is from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the church. Arrangements were completed by Hanley-Turner-Eighner Funeral Home, Earlville.
Contributed by Pat Esterday - Taken from: The Dixon Telegraph, Thursday, September 13, 2007, Page A2 – Col. 3 – 4

LEMUEL L. PIERCE , 63, died at 3:30 p.m. Monday in the Katherine Shaw Bethea Hospital at Dixon, after an illness of two years. He was born May 25, 1884 in Butler, Tenn. He was married Sept. 1, 1906 to Susan Cable at Butler. He is survived by his wife; two daughters, Mrs.Clyde Piper and Mrs. Harold Piper, both of Mt. Morris; three sons, Wayne, Mt. Morris, Lemuel, Jr., Elkhorn, Wis., and Dwight, Woodstock; eight grandchildren; two brothers, David, Butler, Tenn., and Roy, Shell Creek, Tenn.; and a half sister Mrs. Edna Millhorn, Butler. Tentative funeral arrangements have been made for Thursday at the Melvin Funeral Home in Polo, the time to be announced later.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Sterling Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois November 18, 1947 - Tuesday, pg 7

FRED PIPER - Funeral services for Fred Piper were conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday in the Melvin Funeral Home by the Rev. Lowell Dodson, pastor of the Como Baptist Church. Mrs. J. H. Linn was at the organ and Mrs. Lowell Dodson was soloist. The burial was in Sugar Grove Cemetery, Palmyra Township. Pallbearers were Billl and Larry Obendorf, Richard and John Ostema, David Piper and Kenneth Book. Flowers were taken care of by Mrs. David Piper, Mrs. Roger Davis and Mrs. Sharon Shurtz. Fred Piper was born Dec. 17, 1892 in Polo, the son of Lawrence and Margaret Quest Piper. He attended the Polo schools and was united in marriage to Mary Gann in Oregon, Dec. 15, 1915. He farmed for many years and for the past 30 years was well known in racing circles as a driver and trainer of harness horses. He retired in 1960. Mr. Piper attended the Como Baptist Church. Survivors include his wife Mary; one son, Fred W. Piper of South Beloit; three daughters, Mrs. John (Hildred) Neuendorf of Elgin and Mrs. Blanche Colyer and Mrs. Donald (Jackie) Obendorf of Sterling; two sisters, Mrs. Ada Toms of Dixon and Mrs. Ollie Gatz of Polo; 12 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren, one brother and two sons, Harold and Lawrence, preceded him.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - Strling Gazette February 25, 1970 - Wednesday, pg 2

JOHN C. PIPER , of Reynolds township, for forty years a resident of Lee County, met a violent death at his home Friday evening. Mr. Piper had been to Steward and reached home at dark. He tied his horse in his stall but in attempting to leave the barn was pushed under another horse by the one he had tied. The horses were biting and pushing one another and when Mr. Piper fell, the horse trampled upon him. Mr. Piper's son heard the disturbance and got his father from under the horse. It was found that the old gentleman was badly injured and Dr. Gardner, of Steward, was summoned. Mr. Piper died before the physician arrived. His skull was crushed and his left side was broken in over his heart. Mr. Pier has been a prominent man in Reynolds and was highly esteemed. Although 75 years of age, he was very active, and during the last few years, has been an enthusiastic bicycle rider. Nearly every section of Lee County has seen Mr. Piper on his wheel, and two years ago he made an extended trip through Dakota and Kansas a wheel. The deceased had held many offices of trust during his residence in Lee County, having been supervisor, assessor, collector and town clerk. He leaves a wife, and six sons and daughters
Submitted by Marilyn Widler.. Mr. Piper was born about 1826 and died 2 December 1898 he is buried in Ashton Cemetery.

SHIRLEY (ELLIOTT) PITCHFORD , 53, of Dixon , died Saturday, Sept. 15, 2007, at her home. She was employed by the Jack Mabley Center , Dixon , for more than 31 years, retiring in 2002. Mrs. Pitchford was born June 10, 1954, in Dixon , the daughter of Donald and Dorothy ( Rogers ) Elliott. She married James Pitchford on March 10, 1971, in Nachusa. Survivors include her husband; a son, William (Julie) Pitchford of Dixon; two sisters, Mary Jo (James) Krull-Richert and Donna (Tony) Mayes, both of Dixon ; a brother, Tom (Kathy) Elliott of Dixon; three grandchildren, Cody, Amber and Lindsey Pitchford; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents. The funeral is at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Jones Funeral Home, Dixon , with the Rev. Robert Hansen, pastor of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Dixon officiating. Burial is at Oakwood Cemetery , Dixon . Visitation is from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. A memorial has been established to Ogle County Hospice. Taken from: The Dixon Telegraph, Sunday, September 16, 2007, Page A2 – Col. 3 – 4
Contributed by Pat Esterday - Taken from: The Dixon Telegraph, Sunday, September 16, 2007, Page A2 – Col. 3 – 4

MARY (WELLS) PLATT , was born in Summerside, Prince Edward Island, Sept. 5, 1842. She was but two years of age when the family came to the States. They settled near Aurora, Ill., afterward coming to this vicinity and locating in Allen's Grove in the year 1854. On the old farm, Mary with the other children grew to woman and manhood and were inured to the toil and hardship of those early days of settlers' life. She was united in marriage to William Platt, April 25, 1865 and with him began their married life on a farm north of the grove. But their married life was brief. Mr. Platt met a sudden death in '76, leaving his wife with five young children to care for and meet the battles of life alone. After the death of her husband, Mrs. Platt moved to Paw Paw where she lived for seven years, when she returned to the farm remaining there until her death. Her health began to fail in 1901. Since that time she was never strong. She came to the home of her brother, Robert Wells, in May of this year and received the utmost care and attention thru the declining months of her life. In spite of all that could be done for her she gradually weakened until the flickering flame of life went quietly out and the light of this mortal day was changed to the fuller light of eternity's morning. She was a good mother and well beloved of her children. Quiet and retiring of disposition she devoted her whole life to her home and the loving care of her family. Like her sister Annie, who preceded her in death by a few months, she felt a keen appreciation of everything done her and every kindness shown. In former years she was affiliated with the Presbyterian church of Paw Paw, but her condition and circumstances prevented her attending church so she withdrew from the membership. She leaves to hold her still in loving memory one brother, Robert Wells of Paw Paw, and four children: Chrissie M. Scott of Newberg, Oregon; John P. Platt of Tacoma, Wash.; Nellie J. Butterfield of Mulvane, Kan.; and Geo. W. Platt of Lee, Ill.; also seven grand children, one daughter, Anna L. having preceded her in death in 1897. It may truly be said of her as of the model woman of the Proverbs--"She looketh well to the ways of her household, and her children rise up and call her blessed. She passed to her rest on Tuesday evening, August 24, being 72 years, 11 months and 19 days of age. The funeral was held Thursday afternoon at the Methodist church, Rev. O. T. Canfield officiating and burial was in Ellsworth cemetery.
Submitted by Marilyn Widler

CHARLES PLEIN , former Sterling and Dixon business man, known to hundred of people throughout this part of the state as "Kaegle", passed away Tuesday morning at 3:30 at his home, 512 Galena avenue, Dixon. He had been in failing health for several weeks. Mr. Plein was born in Trier, Germany, August 9, 1863, the youngest of 14 children, all of whom have preceded him in death. He came to America with his parents in 1872 and settled in Dixon where the deceased has since made his home. He was united in marriage to Rose Welton of Dixon, June 27, 1889. She survives him, as do four daughters, Mrs. William F. Root of Springfield, Mrs. James L. Scanlon of Dixon, Mrs. W.E. Ilett of Los Angeles and Miss Rosella at home. Two grandchildren, Robert Root of Springfield and James Scanlon of Dixon, also survive. Funeral services will be at the residence Thursday morning and at 9:30 a.m. at St. Patricks Catholic church. Inerment will be in Oakwood cemetery Dixon.
Sterling Daily Gazette January 26, 1938

LOUIS PLEIN passed away very suddenly Sunday noon at his home 922 Second street. He was born in Dixon July 19, 1879 and resided here his entire life. He is survived by his wife Alice; one daughter Mrs. Larry Bertsch; three grandchildren all of Dixon; two sisters, Mrs. Maude McMichael, Detroit Mich. and Mrs. Harry Osborne, Dixon; and one brother George of Michigan City Ind. Funeral services will be held Wednesday morning at the Jones funeral home, the Rev. T.L. Walsh of St. Patrick's Catholic Church officiating, burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery.
Dixon Evening Telegraph 06 October 1947.

NICHOLAS PLEIN , a resident of this city for over 60 years died at the home of his step=daughter, Mrs. Ed Netzelman at 3:30 Thursday afternoon, where he had spent thepast winter. He had been failing in health for some time, but for the past three weeks his condition had been considered critical and little hope had been entertained for his recovery. He was one of 13 children, was born in Trier Germany, Nov. 8, 1848, coming to this country when 18 years of age and had made his home in Dixon ever since. His wife and one son precededhim in 1911. He leaves to mourn his passing, two daughters and two sons; Mrs. Harry Osborne and Louie Plein of this city; Mrs. S.W. Michaels of Los Angeles, and Geroge Plein of Chicago; one step=daughter Mrs. Ed Netzelman; one grandaughter, Grace Plein and one brother Charles Plein of this city. The funeral will be held from the Jones Funeral home Saturday morning at 9 a.m. and from St. Patrick's Catholic church at 9:30 a.m. Rev. Fr. Michael Foley officiating and with burial in Oakwood Cemetery.
Contributed by Jim Scanlon - transcribed by Christine Walters

MARIAN (TROUTH) PLOCK , 83, of 1729 Plock Road, died Wednesday, May 24, 1995 at Rockford Memorial Hospital in Rockford. She was born on Nov. 15, 1911 in Dixon, the daughter of John W. and Mary E. (Beede) Trouth. She married Louis C. Plock in March of 1930 in Dixon. He preceded her in death on April 30, 1973. Marion is also preceded in death by one son, Howard and two brothers. She was a member of the Grace United Methodist Church, Palmyra Grange and was a 4-H leader for 20 years. Survivors include one daughter, Mary Lou (David G.) Brown of Janesville, Wis.; six grandchildren, Mark (Karen) Plock and Charles (Nancy) Plock, both of Dixon, Kathy Plock of Arlington Heights, Michael (Penny) Plock of Mount Vernon, Iowa, Carl Brown, Rachel Brown, both of Janesville, Wis.; five greatgrandchildren and one sister, Helen (LeRoy) Toms of Polo. Funeral services will be Friday at 10:30 a.m. at the Grace United Methodist Church with the Rev. Thomas Moe, pastor officiating. Burial will be in Chapel Hill Memorial Park in Dixon. Visitation will be tonight from 3 to 8 p.m. at the Preston-Schi!ling Funeral Home in Dixon with the family present from 6 to 8 p.m. A memorial has been established for the Grace United Methodist Church and the American Heart Association.
Dixon Telegraph May 25, 1995 Contributed by Dana Fellows

ALICE MAY (NAYLOR) PLOWMAN , 90, formerly of 609 W. 12th St., Sterling, died at Sterling Colonial Acres Tuesday morning after a long illness. Funeral services will be 1:30 p.m. Friday at the Church of the Brethren in Dixon with the Rev. William Burgess officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery. There will be no visitation. The body will be taken to the church at 12 noon Friday, where it will lie in state until time of the services. A memorial has been established for the Church of the Brethren in Dixon. Alice Plowman was born March 26, 1884 in Aspers, Pa., the daughter og Mr. and Mrs. William Naylor. She was married Feb. 14, 1909 to Roy Plowman in Franklin Grove. He preceded her on March 31, 1958. Survivors include one son, Carl Plowman of Dixon; one daughter, Mrs. Donald (Dorothy) Wilson Sr., of Sterling; two grandchildren, Mrs. Truman (Retta Jean) Reinoehl of Olathe, Kan., and Donald R. Wilson Jr. of Sterling; and four great-grandchildren. She was preceded by 12 brothers and sisters.
Contributed by Melva Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois December 17, 1974 - Tuesday, pg 8

DARLENE M. (STRATING) POPKINS , 78, of Dixon died Monday, June 23, 2003, at KSB Hospital. She was employed by Lee County Treasurer's Office as a clerk for 12 years, retiring in 1983. Mrs. Popkins was born April 20, 1925, in Fulton, the daughter of George and Tessie (Kolk) Strating. She married Robert Popkins on Aug. 8, 1948, in Fulton. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church, Dixon. Survivors include her husband; a son, Dan (Susan) Popkins of Byron; a daughter-in-law, Tina Popkins of Dixon; and three grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a son, Thomas Mark Popkins. The funeral is at 10 am, Friday at Preston-Schilling Funeral Home, Dixon, with the Rev. Richard E. Harmison officiating. Burial is at Oakwood Cemetery, Dixon. Visitation is from 6--8 p.m. Thursday and from 9-10 am. Friday, both at the funeral home. A memorial has been established.
Daily Gazette June 25, 2003

ROBERT J. POPKINS , 82, of Franklin Grove, died, Monday, December 26, 2005, at the Franklin Grove Nursing Home, Franklin Grove, IL. He was a State Trooper for the Illinois State Police for 30 years prior to his retirement in 1983. Mr. Popkins was born June 24, 1923, in Morrison, IL, the son of Carl and Frieda (Busch) Popkins. He married Darlene M. Strating on August 8, 1948, in Fulton, IL. She preceded him in death on June 23, 2003. Robert served in the United States Army during W.W. II, was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, Dixon, the Fraternal Order of Police, and the American Legion Post 12, Dixon. Survivors include one son, Dan (Susan) Popkins, Geneva, IL; one daughter-in-law, Tina Popkins, Dixon; three grandchildren, Nathan and Blythe Popkins, both of Chicago, and Kelsey Popkins, Dixon. He was preceded in death by his wife; and one son, Thomas Mark Popkins. Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, December 28, 2005, at the Preston-Schilling Funeral Home, Dixon. Burial with full military graveside services provided by the combined veterans’ organizations will be at Oakwood Cemetery, Dixon

HENRY POTTER , son of Lester and Marinda Potter, was born October 16th, 1851, at Salem, Wayne county, Penn. In 1856, at the age of 5 years, he came with his parents to Illinois, settling on a farm 2 1/2 miles west of Paw Paw, where he grew up to manhood. July 25th, 1880, he was united in marriage to Miss Cora Wheeler. In his young manhood, he engaged in the lumber and coal business with his father and received the first shipment of lumber and coal ever received in this place. He was subsequently engaged in various branches of business; that of undertaking general merchandise and the creamery business, after which he retired from active business and spent the remainder of his life with his family at home, where he died July 31st, 1901, after a painful sickness of about ten days, being at the time of his death 49 years, 10 months and 14 days of age. He became a member of Anchor Lodge 510 I.O.O.F. of Paw Paw, on October 14th, 1874 being at the time of his death a member and Past Grand of that order. He was a man of strong convictions but took little part in public affairs. He was domestic in his habits and tastes and could always be found at his own hearthstone, unless duty called him away. In business he was diligent and conscientious and no man ever doubted his honesty. He was a friend in need, always interested in his neighbor's welfare and attentive and helpful in sickness. He was a most devoted and loving husband and an indulgent father of three children. One died in infancy; the others, a son and daughter, Laurence and Minda, who with his wife and mother survive him and were present at the funeral. Besides his immediate family he leaves two brothers, Charles and Almeron Potter, and a sister, Mrs. Avery Merriman, who were also enabled to be present at the obsequies. He also leaves a large number of nephews and nieces and other friends. The funeral was held at the home of the deceased and conducted by Rev. Hetrick, of Compton, under the direction of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, at 2 P. M. Friday, August 2, 1901. Interment in the Frantz Grove Cemetery.
Contributed by Marilyn Widler

THELMA (BOSELY) POTTINGER , 76, of 408 Martin St. LaMoille, died Thursday October 28, 2004 at OSF St. Francis Medical Ctr. in Peoria. Mrs. Pottinger was born March 8, 1928 in Dixon the daughter of Harold and Mae 9Bosum) Bosely. Survivors include three sons, Dave (Mary) Bend and Leslie (Clarice) Bend, both of LaMoille, and Alan Pottinger of Arlington; a brother, Ronald (Edie) Bosley of Rockford; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. She was preced by a son Raymond Bend; a daughter Joyce Ann Bend; two brothers and a sister. Funeral ais at noon today at Mueller Funeral Home, Cherry, with the Rv. Brian Moore of First Congregatonal Church, LaMoille, officiating. Burial is at a later date.
Sterling Gazette - contributed by Jan Roggy

CATHERINE POTTS , 74, resident of the Harmon community for 70 years passed away at 3:30 Thursday afternoon (May 25, 1944) at the home of her sister Mrs. Bertha Wassenberger, 305 12th Avenue, Sterling where she had been making her home since the first of the year when she became ill. Services will be 9 a.m. Saturday at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church and burial at Sacred Heart Cemetery. She was born August 24, 1870 at Coleta and had lived on a farm near Harmon for 70 years. She was a member of St. Flannans Catholic Church at Hamon. Survivors include five brothers, Henry and John both of Harmon, Adam of Polo, Fred of Sterling and Jacob of Cedar Rapids Iowa and three sisters, Mrs. Wassenberg and Miss Elizabeth Potts and Mrs. John Hutton both of Harmon
Dixon Evening Telegraph 26 May 1944

WILLIAM T. POWELL , passed away at his home in Amboy at 5 o'clock Friday (Jan 9, 1948) morning after a lingering illness at the age of 90 years. Funeral services were held at the Mihm Funeral Home this morning at 8:30 a.m. and at St. Patricks Catholic Church at 9 o'clock. Burial was in St. Patricks Cemetery.
Dixon Evening Telegraph 12 Jan. 1948

ABIJAH POWERS , aged seventy-seven years one of the oldest and wealthiest settlers in Lee county, died Friday night of paralysis at his home in Palmyra. Mr. Power was a breeder of high-grade stock, and amassed a large fortune in the business. He served one term in the Illinois legislature as a Republican.
Contributed by Karen Fyock - July 31, 1891 Scrapbook Clipping
Notes: Born 16 Dec 1814 in Greenwich Massachusetts Worcester Co - died 24 Jul 1891 in Palmyra. Married Amanda Melvina Sprout 8 Sep 1839 (Darryl Dockins at Rootsweb World Connect)

MARY KAY POWERS - Harmon - Mary Kay Powers was born Nov. 30, 1934 in Harmon. She was freshman in Sterling Catholic Community High School. She is survived by her parents Mr. and Mrs. Fred Powers, one sister Donna, two brothers, Dean and Freddie, all at home. Her grandmother Mrs. M.H. Powers, Harmon and her great grandmother Mrs. Mary Harvey of Amboy.
Dixon Evening Telegraph August 15, 1949

NANCY (INNES) POWERS , 43, rural route 1, Harmon, died suddenly Tuesday evening (11 Mar 1980) in her home. Funeral services will be held Friday at the Grennan Funeral Home a 9 a.m. Mass of Resurrection will be held Friday at 9:30 a.m. in St. Flannen's Catholic Church in Harmon with Rev. Richard Kramer, pator, officiating, with burial in Holy Cross Cemetery in Hrmon. Visitation is from 3-9 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home with the rosary being recited at 7:30 p.m. She was educated in the Sterling schools and was a graduate of Newman Central Catholic High School. She was united in marriage to Dean Powers on Sept. 5, 1959 in St. Mary's Catholic Church in Sterling. She is survived by her husband, three sons, John, Ed and Tom at home; two daughters, Ann and Molly at home, and her mother, Mary Janes Innes. She was preceded in death by two daughters, Mary Kay and Meg and her father, John Innes. A memorial has been established in her memory to St. Flannen's Catholic Church, Harmon.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois March 12, 1980 - Wednesday, pg 40

JAMES H. PRESTON , of Amboy, who was lately injured by a fall, passed away Sunday morning shortly after 9 o'clock. Two weeks ago Tuesday Mr. Preston was putting a cistern into a hole when the tub slipped and threw him violently into the hole. For a time he was unconscious, but after being revived, he thought no serious consequence would result, and seemed to improve gradually. The shock, however, proved too much for a man of his advanced age, and though his family had no thought that he would succumb to the effects of the accident, he passed away with but slight warning. His son, C. F. Preston, of our town, made daily trips to Amboy to observe the old gentleman's condition and was at all times encouraged with the thought that he would recover. The funeral was held on Tuesday, and was under the direction of the Masonic fraternity, of which he was an honored member. Mr. Preston was born June 3, 1820, at Rochester, N.Y., and died November 29, 1896, in Amboy, Illinois, being 76 years, 5 months and 26 days of age. In his native state, he was a farmer until he became of age, a hard working and progressive youth. He was educated in the common schools, and afterwards taught district school for fourteen successive winters. When 25 years of age he took unto himself a wife, Miss Nancy Ann Maydole, who was four years his junior. Five children were born of the marriage, Albert, Frances, Addie, Charles, and Bertie. In 1854, Mr. Preston with his family emmigrated from N.Y. to Illinois, and settled in Marion township, in this county. When he arrived here land was worth $2.50 per acre and he purchased a farm in the township named. After farming for eleven years, Mr. Preston was elected county superintendent of schools and served two terms, from 1865 to 1873. He was afterwards elected to the same office in 1873 making a total of twelve years in the work of overseeing the education of the county's children. He moved to Amboy in 1865, since which time he has been a resident of that city. Mr. Preston has held various other offices in township and city, having been Justice of the Peace and Assessor while residing in Marion; was Alderman in Amboy several years. About ten years ago he purchased the Amboy News and has edited a good, clean paper during these years. He stood high in the esteem of journalists through this section of the state, and all these who knew him personally, regarded him as a fair-minded and energetic man. His ancestors were of Irish extraction and came to Massachusetts in colonial days. His grandfather fought in the Revolution and his father in the war of 1812. He has always been identified with the Lee County Old Settlers Association which meets annually and was present at the meeting held this year at Malugins Grove. He was a very active and well preserved man for one of his years and his chances were good for the 100 mark before the accident befell him.
Contributed by Marilyn Widler

NANCY ANN (MADOLE) PRESTON , died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. William Walcott, at 6 o'clock Friday morning, Nov. 2, 1906. She was the widow of James H. Preston, editor of the Amboy News, and county superintendent of schools of Lee county for many years. His death occurred about two years ago. Mrs. Preston has recently been living with Mrs. Charles Eby, in Chicago. She came to Amboy in September to attend the old settlers' picnic and visit her daughter, and a few weeks ago was taken ill with pneumonia. Her maiden name was Nancy Madole. With her husband and two children she came to Amboy in the early '50's, and since that time her home has been in this vicinity, where she leaves many warm friends. She was past 82 years of age. A son, Charles Preston of Paw Paw, a daughter, Mrs. Walcott of Temperance Hill, and an adopted daughter, Mrs. Chas. Eby of Chicago, survive her. A son and daughter, Albert and Frances, died many years ago. Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at two o'clock at the Wolcott home, and the interment was in Prairie Repose cemetery beside her husband and children.
Submitted by Marilyn Widler (Children: Francis, Charles, Albert & Addia)

BERTHA PRIEBE , 68, Amboy, died at her home yesterday (May 26, 1947) after an illness of a week. Funeral services will be held from the Vaughn Funeral home Amboy at 2 pm tomorrow, the Rev. George Curran, Pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Prairie Repose. Miss Priebe was born Oct.13, 1879 in Lacon IL and had served as housekeeper for the late Henry Hillison Sr. family in China Township for 47 years. She leaves to mourn her passing, two sisters Mrs. Emma Noble and Mrs. George Smith both of Dixon and two brothers, Reinhart and Emil Priebe both of Amboy. She was preceded by her parents, two sisters, Mrs. Frank Noble, Great Falls MT and Laura Priebe and two brothers Fred and William.
Dixon Evening Telegraph 27 May 1947

CHARLES L. PULVER , son of Jacob S. and Mary A. Pulver, was born in Montgomery Co., New York, August 11th, 1854 and departed this life in the Burke Sanitarium, Burke, California, his age being 54 years 2 months. He came west with his parents in 1866 and lived with them till manhood. After leaving his home in Paw Paw, Ill., he lived in various places. He followed the trade of a contractor and builder. He was married to Cora Nettleton in June 1885 and to this union was born one daughter, Constance. He leaves to mourn his death his wife and daughter, his father, two brothers, William J. and Frank; and three sisters, Mrs. Emma Ferguson, Mrs. Sadie Tuttle and Mrs. Nellie E. Pratt. Mr. Pulver was a member of the Church of the Nazarene. He was planning to return to Paw Paw or a visit, but the angel of death called him to his future home. Word has come from the west telling us that all that kind friends could do was done during his sickness. The funeral was held Tuesday at 2 p.m. at the home of W. J. Pulver, Rev. W. C. Scott officiating. Interment was in the Ellsworth cemetery.
Contributed by Marilyn Widler

ROSANNA (FARVER) PYATT , was born in Columbia Co. Pa Jan 23, 1830 and died near Ashton Sept 20, 1904 aged 74 years 7 months and 28 days. In 1856 she was united in marriage with Jacob Pyatt, of her own place, with whom she was permitted to live in happy marital bonds until 1876 when by death they were separated. Three children were born to them, two sons and one daughter. But one of them remains, a son, Boyd Pyatt, with whom has been her home. The other son and daughter died in childhood. Mrs. Pyatt was one of a large family of children, twelve in all of whom ten yet remain, nine brothers and one sister of the former, six reside distant from here. Those living here are: Theodore of Franklin Grove, Abraham Lloyd, and Mrs. Almira Howey of Ashton. In Pennsylvania, Mrs Pyatt was a member of the Evangelical Church, but on coming to Illinois in 1880 joined the Presbyterian church from which the funeral was held on Friday morning, Rev. J.R. Hamilton, officiating.
Ashton Gazette September 29, 1904

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