CARL HENRY SARTORIUS , 55, passed away at 7:40 a.m. this morning at his home 326 North Mason. Services will be held at the home 2:00 p.m. Sunday and at the Methodist church at 2:30 with bruial at Prairie Repose. Mr. Sartorius is survived by his widow Pearl; a daughter Mrs. James Harkins of Dixon, a son Cpl Henry Sartorius with the armed forces in the Pacific and two grandchildren, Roberta and Carol Ann Harkins
Dixon Evening Telegraph 18 August 1944

IRA FRANK SAWYER , 68, agent and telegrapher for the C&NW (Chicago & Northwestern) railroad, died suddently, Friday at about 2 p.m. while on duty at the Nelson Tower. Mr. Sawyer was born in DeKalb March 2, 1888 the son of William & Carrie Arnold Sawyer. He received his education in the Shabbona Grove and Earlville schools. He was married in Geneva June 28, 1938 to Mrs. Bertha Celestine Gibbs. At the time of his death Mr. Sawyer was clerk of the Nelson Village Board, Secretary of the Nelson School Board, and President of the building fund committee of the Board of the Methodist Church in Nelson. He is survived by his widow, a son by a previous marriage, Roger Sawyer, Minneapolis, Minn.; a stepdaughter Mrs. Jansen, Nelson, and two grandsons. Services will be held Monday at 2 p.m. in Melvin Funeral Home, Sterling, with the Rev. J. Kenneth Dean officiating. Burial will be in Franklin Grove Cemetery.
Contributed by Jeff Thorn

MARY G. (TYLER) SAWYER - Graveside services were conducted by the Allen-Buckley Funereal Home in Dixon for a former area resident, Mrs. May G. Sawyer, 89, of 3213 Orange, Greensboro, N.C. who died Friday (9 April 1976) in her home. Graveside services were conducted at 1 p.m. on Monday at Oakwood Cemetery with the Rev. Ted Rodd, pastor of the Grace United Methodist Church of Dixon, officiating. Mrs. Sawyer was born Oct. 5, 1886 in Lyndon, the daughter of Thiomas and Nellie Stanley Tyler. She was united in marriage to Ira Sawyer who preceded her. She had been employed at Green River Ordinance Plant several years ago. Mrs. Sawyer is survived by one son, Donald Phillips of Greensboro, N.C. and one granddaughter. She was preceded by her parents, her husband Ira and one brother, Harry.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois April 12, 1976 - Monday, pg 4

WILLIAM WILLIS SAWYER , son of Ira B. & Sarah Sawyer, was born at Toledo Ohio, June 26, 1861. At the age of 15 years he went to Chicago, Illinois where he engaged in several kinds of occupation, finally taking up telegraphy. In the year 1884 he entered the employ of the Chicago and Northwestern Railroad in the capacity of station agent and telegrapher. He followed along in this work during the installment of double track from Geneva, as it progressed westward. On October 14, 1888 he was married to Miss Carrie Isora Arnold at Toledo Ohio after which they made their home in Dekalb Ill. Having worked as agents at various points, Mr. Sawyer was transferred to Franklin Grove in the year 1910 and held that position until pensioned in 1930 because of ill health, having served the Northwestern Railraod for 46 consecutive years. Since 1930 Mr. Sawyer was in fair health until about 2 weeks ago when he contracted a cold and being threatened with pneumonia he was taken to the Dixon hospital for treatment. He was responding very favorably when suddenly his heart became affected, and he passed away at 8:15 a.m. March 12, 1935. He is survived by his wife, a brother George R. Sawyer of Hemet Calif, a son Ira Frank of Marshall MO., a grandson Roger Dixon Sawyer of Rockford Ill., and a great grandson Richard Lawrence of Rockford Ill. Funeral services were held at the home Friday afternoon March 15, conducted by Rev. Winter of the Methodist Church assisted by Rev. C.W. Lahman of the Church of the Brethren. Rev. Lahman, after reading a passage of the scripture briefly reviewed the past few years during which he was associated with Mr. Sawyer both in business and as a neighbor, reciting instances and exemplifying the standards of his living holding as uppermost "The Golden Rule" to govern and guide him in his daily living and work. Two appropriate selections were sang by a male quartet composed by Rev. Paul Studebaker, Rev. Frank Wingert, Ralph Canode, and P.J. Blocher accompanied by Mrs. M. L. Moore at the organ. The airline club of the C & NW, the Methodist Church, local railroad associates, the Page Milk Co. of Marshall MO and many friends and neighbors were represented by floral offerings. Interment was made in the Franklin Grove Cemetery. Casketbearers were Clyde Philips, Henry Withy, Frank Group, Charles Collins, Charles Shumaker and Henry Wolf. Relatives and friends from out of town who attended the services were Mr. and Mrs. I.F. Sawyer of Marshall Mo., Roger D. Sawyer of Rockford, Mr. and Mrs. M. Bloomingdale, Mr. and Mrs. J.S. Jacobus, Mrs. Arnold Jacobus, of Dekalb, Mrs. Nellie Tyler and Mrs. Harry Tyler of Dixon.
We wish to express our thanks and appreciation to our neighbors and friends for the many acts of kindness and sympathy, also for floral offerings, during the recent illness of our husband and father. Mrs. W.W. Sawyer and I. Frank Sawyer.
Contributed by Jeff Thorn

RUSSELL SCARBROUGH , 39, of Fairfield, died Tuesday Nov. 9, 2004, at Deaconess Hospital, Evansville, Ind. He was a truck driver. Mr. Scarbrough was born Aug. 2, 1965, in Dixon, the osn of Ronald and Marlene (Noles) Scarbrough. He married Ann M. Owens. Survivors are his wife; a son, Shawn of Fairfield; his mother, Marlene Haas of Clay City, his father, Ronald (Lu) Scarbrough of Fairfield; his maternal grandmother Anna Noles of Barnhill; his paternal grandmother, Beulah Scarbrough of Sims; four sister, four brothers a grandson and several other relatives. Burial was at Maple Hill Cemetery in Fairfield arrangements by Johnson Funeral Home.
Sterling Gazette 26 November 2004

JOSEPH SCHMEHR , 85, 17 N. Blackstone Ave. died in his home Friday night. He had been in failing health for several months. Mr. Schmehr was born in Hamburg NY March 6, 1868 the son of Mr. and Mrs. Valentine Schmehr. The family moved to May Twp. Lee County in 1869. Mr. Schmehr married Christina Achtor in 1896. They farmed until his retirement 23 years ago and then moved to Amboy. Survivors besides his widow are a daughter Mrs. Maggie Full, Sublette, five grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. His parents, three sisters and two brothers preceded him in death. Services are at 8:30 a.m. at the Mihm funeral home and at 9 a.m. at St. Patricks. Burial in St. Patricks Cemetery.
Dixon Evening Telegraph 01 Aug 1953

JACOB SCHOENHOLZ , was born Nov. 11, 1836 in Germany. Died June 16, 1912, in Thayer County, Nebr. at the age of 75 years, 7 months, 5 days. Was married to Catherine Lient in 1858. Seven children blessed this union. Five are living; two have passed away with father and mother. The deceased was a member of the Evenjelick [sic] Church of Twin Grove, Scarboro, Ill. where he was taken for burial accompanied by Henry Schoenholz.
Contributed by Marilyn Widler - from a Thayer County newspaper

JULIA (YETTER) SCHOENHOLTZ - Passed to a higher life Feb. 6th, 1894, Julia, wife of N. D. Schoenholtz, of Wayne, Kansas - (should be Nebraska). Aged 43 years.

Another Notice: Mrs. Schoenholtz was the sister of John Yetter of Willow Creek. She died in a hospital in Chicago, after an operation for removal of tumor, from which she never rallied. The funeral was conducted at Steward and her body rests in the cemetery at that place.

Another notice: Mrs. Nick Schoenholtz formerly of Wayne, Neb. who has been receiving medical aid at Davenport, Ia., and Chicago, died in the latter city Feb. 6. Her remains were brought to the home of her brother John Yetter and afterwards interred in the cemetery at Steward. Mrs. Schoenholtz was a kind christian woman, and her death is mourned by a large number of relatives and friends in this vicinity.

Another Notice: Ben Yetter of Davenport, Ia., came home to attend the funeral of his aunt, Mrs. N. Schoenholtz.
Unknown Newspaper - Submitted by Marilyn Widler

BERTHA MAUDE (FROUDE) SCHOLL passed away at her home on Route 1, Palmyra township early this morning. Funeral services will be held at the home at 2 o'clock Thursday afternoon and at the East Jordan United Evangelical church of which she was a member at 2:30. Dr. Lawrence Main assisted by the Rev. John H. Osborn will officiate and burial will be in East Jordan Cemetery (Whiteside County). Friends may call at the Melvin Funeral Home Dixon until 9 o'clock Thursday morning. Bertha Maude Froude was born in Freeport a daughter of E.R. and Elizabeth Froude and was married to Frank W.Scholl of Dixon on Feb. 9, 1911 since which time they have resided in Palmyra township. She is survived by her husband; four daughter, Mrs. Florence Dempsey of Polo, Mrs. Evelyn Sheaffer and Mrs. Kathryn Lord of Dixon, and Mrs. Elizabeth Beaty of Sterling; 11 grandchildren and 3 brothers, William E. Froude of Seattle Wash., Fred T. of Fresno Calif. and Charles C. of Kingston NY. A son Frank Lawrence preceded her in death.
Dixon Evening Telegraph May 13, 1947

CLARK EUGENE SCHOLL 88, R.R. 1, Polo, died this morning at Polo Continental Manor following an extended illness. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Preston-Schilling funeral Home, Dixon, with Rev. Teresa Schlub, Pastor of the East Jordan church, officiating. Burial will be in Sugar Grove Cemetery. Visitation will be from noon to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home, with the family present from 7-9 p.m. A Memorial has been established to the East Jordan Church. Clark E. Scholl was born Jan 17, 1898 in Lee County, the son of Merritt and Laura McCleary Scholl. He married Ethel G. Palmer Jan. 31, 1919 in Dixon, and she preceded him on Feb. 5, 1973. Clark Scholl farmed his entire life in Lee County, was a member of and Sunday School teacher at the East Jordan Church of Sterling, was Secretary-Treasurer for the Lee County Livestock Feeders Accociation for 25 years, and was a member of the Dixon Co-Op Board. Surviving are two sons, Maurice C. Scholl of Sterling and Irvin E. Scholl of rural Polo; three daughters, Mrs. Charles (Gladys) Bain, Orland Park, Ill.; Mrs. Howard (Phyllis) Chana, Troy, Mich.; and Mrs. Irene Fruskerud, Tacoma, Wash.; a brother, Roy Scholl of Dixon, 13 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Contributed by Barbara Nugent Sterling Daily Gazettwe, Monday, Feb 17, 1986

WILLIAM SCHOLL died at noon Saturday (24 March 1951) following a long illness. He was born in Germany July 9, 1880. He came to this country at the age of 6 and has been a resident of Dixon for the last 50 years. He is survived by one brother, John A. Evantson, several nieces and nephews. His wife Cora and his parents preceded him. The Rev. A.C. Nesmith officiating at the Jones Funeral Home. Oakwood Cemetery for burial.
Dixon Evening Telegraph 26 Mar 1951

EMILIE E. SCHRADER , 83, died Friday noon at the home of her daughter, Mrs. John HErrera in Franklin Grove. She was born in Germany, April 5, 3866 and came to the US at the age of 15. The earlier part of her life was spent in Bradford Twp. She ws married to Fred Schrader in 1888. He died in Feb. 1925. Surviving are 3 daughters, Mrs. Lena Herrera and Mrs. Elsie Kennay of Franklin Grove and MRs. Anna Meyers of San Diego; 12 grandchildren and 24 great grandchildren. One daughter preceded her in death. Services will be from the Franklin Grove Lutheran Church Monday with the Rev. Orville Kalkwarf officiating.

FRANK ORVILLE SCHULTE , son of Fred Schulte and Lola Opal, nee Scykes, was born at Harmon Feb. 8, 1922. The 7th of May he was made a child of God through the sacrament of Holy Baptism. In his youth he received systematic instruction in the fundamentals of Gods word. At the age of 14 he took his vow of faithfulness to his Saviour at the altar of this church. Of that class of 23 children confirmed by the Rev. W.J. Vooltz April 3, 1936, Frank is the first to enter his eternal reward. But while some members of that class (like most classes) have not kept that vow, Frank was one who remained faithful. Less than 5 months before his death Frank wrote to his pastor: "I believe with true faith in the Lord our Saviour..If the Lord must call us, he knows best". When Frank enlisted in the regular Army August 30, 1940, he was sent to Ft. Bragg N.C. for field artillery training. About 1 1/2 years later he was transferred to Camp Gruber, Oklahoma where he was served spiritually by one of his pastor's classmates, Chaplain Oscar Reinboth, now serving our troops in Italy. His next assignment took him to Camp Mackell N.C. One his training for glider troop service was completed, he applied for training with the paratroopers. May 1, 1944 he was graduated a paratrooper at Camp Polk, La., and was made a member of the 11th Airborne Division. That same month he went overseas with his outfit, serving first in New Guinea, then in the Philippines. Frank died the evening of February 11, 1945 in the vicinity of Manila, Luzon, Philippine Islands as the result of wounds received in action. He was buried with full military honors in the beautiful United States Cemetery at Nasugbu, Batangus Island of Luzon, P.I. The testimonial of his commanding officer read in part; "He was an excellent soldier who no matter what the task, did it and did it well". Frank is survived by his parents, five sisters, Dorothy Helfrich, Oddie Buzzard, Zelda, Grace and Hazel, one grandparent, William Scykes, and other relatives and friends. Our sorrow over his early departure from our midst is relieved by the assurance that he kept the faith. "Be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life." Revelation 2:10
Dixon Daily Gazette 23 Apr 1945

MARIAN (LITTLE) SCHULTE , 80, of Dixon, died Monday, February 2, 2009, at Katherine Shaw Bethea Hospital, Dixon. She was a beautician prior to her retirement. Marian was born October 1, 1928, in Sterling, IL, the daughter of David Henry and Evelyn (Gettle) Little. She married Everett John Schulte on October 5,1947. He preceded her in death on March 27, 1999. She married Richard Scharpf on October 23, 2001. He preceded her in death on August 21, 2004. Marian was a member of Grace United Methodist Church, Dixon, Petunia City Quilters, Red Hat Society, Bereans, and past member of the Dixon Lions Club. Survivors include one son, David Schulte of Harmon; one daughter, Vicki (Pat) McDermott of Naperville; one brother, Donald (Lucretia) Little of Sterling; three grandchildren, David Schulte, Diane (Arnador) Ontiveros, Cara (Chris) Quinn; three great grandchildren, Baylin and Angelina Johnson, and Maeve Ontiveros. She was also preceded in death by one daughter, Cindy Schulte; one granddaughter, Katherine Schulte; and one daughter-in-law, Martha Schulte. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m., Thursday, February 5, 2009, at Grace United Methodist Church, Dixon, with the Rev. Marilyn Nolan, pastor, officiating. Burial will be at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, Dixon. Visitation will be from 5 - 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, at the Preston-Schilling Funeral Home, Dixon. A memorial has been established.
Contributed by Suanne Nesland Preston-Schilling Funeral Home

GEORGE SCHULTHEIS , the son of John and Susan (Keller) Schuilheis was born Nov. 1, 1862 at Johnstown Pa., and passed away Dec. 24, 1945 after a brief illnes at the home of his daughter Mrs. Eddie Bauer of West Brooklyn, aged 83 years 1 months and 24 days. When a small child he came with his parents to Illinois and with the exception of a few years spent in Iowa, the remainder of his life was spent in Lee County. On Mach 13, 1890 he was united in marriage to Martha Schrieber of Dysart Iowa. The year of 1940 they had the privilege of celebrating their golden anniversary. The faithful wife and mother passed away on February 2, 1943. Two daughters were born to this union, Mrs.Catherine Meister of Rockford and Mrs. Anna Bauer of West Brooklyn with whom he lived the last four years; two sister Mrs. Margaret Reinhold and Mrs. Mary Keller of Amboy; five grandchildren, three great grandchildren. Two of the grandsons Pfc. Gilbert Bauer and Pfc. Dale Meisner now being stationed in the Pacific. Services at the Bailey funeral home in Mendota. Rev. W.J. Dauner officiated. Burial in Union Cemetery.
Dixon Evening Telegarph 03 Jan 1946

HARRIET (EVANS) SCHULTZ , 80, formerly of 612 N. Jefferson, Dixon, died in Lee County Nursing Home Monday following a long illness. Funeral services will be held on Thursday at 1:30 p.m. in the Chapel Hill Funeral Home, Dixon. Burial will be in Chapel Hill Memorial Park, with visitation taking place from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday evening. A memorial has been established to Meals on Wheels. Born on Sept. 12, 1902 in Sparta, Wis., the daughter of David and Laura Hughes Evans, she married Arnold Schultz on Dec. 22, 1922 in Winona, Minn. They lived most of their lives in the Dixon and Sterling areas. Survivors include one sister, Bertha Smith, Sparta, Wis.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois November 30, 1982 - Tuesday, page A4

IRENE O. (STEPHENITCH) SCHULTZ , 82, of Amboy died June 20, 2005 at KSB Hospital, Dixon. Funeral services will be held on Friday, June 24 beginning with a 9:45 a.m. prayer service at the Mihm-Jones Funeral Home, Amboy followed by a 10:30 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Maytown with Rev. Robert Jones officiating. Burial will follow at St. Patrick Cemetery in Amboy. Visitation will be held from 2-8 p.m. on June 23 at the funeral home with a prayer service at 8 p.m. Mrs. Schultz was born Feb. 28, 1923 in May Township, Lee County to Andrew and Louise (Leffelman) Stephenitch. She married John J. Schultz on Oct. 23, 1941 in Maytown. He preceded her in death on Feb. 5, 1988. Survivors include two sons, Doug Schultz and Rocky (Tosca) Schultz, both of Amboy; five daughters, Patricia (William) Schmidt of Davenport, Iowa, Judy Althaus and Susan (Dan) Welty, both of Amboy, Mary Jane (Glenn) Knippenberg of Lexington, Ky. and Nancy (Ed) Fritts of Dixon; two granddaughters, Hollie (Brady) Knop of Savanna and Noelle (Dustin Brown) Schultz of Amboy; 22 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband; two brothers, Frank and Bob Stephenitch; and five sisters, Mary Farley, Lois Myers, Doris Holt, Ellen Gehant and Anna Mae Bernardin. Mrs. Schultz farmed with her husband for many years in the Amboy area. She was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church, Amboy.

JULIUS SCHWAMBURGER : The funeral of Julius Schawmburger, 85, who passed away at his home here (Paw Paw) Wednesday evening will be held at the Paw Paw Presbytherian church at 2 o'clock Saturday, the Rev. Ross Creek officiating. Burial will be in Wyoming cemetery. Mr. Schwamburger who was born in Germany, conducted a tailoring business here for many years before his retirement. He is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Alexander who made her home with him.
Dixon Evening Telegraph 03 January 1947

ARTHUR WALKER SCOVEL , 63, of Braceville, IL, passed away Monday, February 5, 2001 at his home. Born July 5, 1937 in Earlville, IA to the late LLoyd and Anna (nee Walker) Scovel. Arthur was educated in Earlville, IA. He then attended Rockford Business College in Rockford, IL where he met Francine Kitzmiller. They were married August 3, 1958 in Mt. Morris, IL. Arthur was formerly employed at Amoco Chemical in Joliet, IL, retiring in 1995. He is presently serving as Mayor of the Village of Braceville; a position he has held since 1997. He had served on Braceville Grade School Board for eight years. Veteran of the U.S. Air Force. He was a member of the American Legion, the D.A.V., the Loyal Order of the Moose Lodge #967 in Morris, IL, and the Braidwood Lions Club. Survived by his wife, Francine; three daughters, Malinda Gentry of Braceville; Lisa (Craig) Adams of Braidwood, and Sheila (Dale) Halstead of Braceville; 15 grandchildren; four great grandchildren; one brother, Kenneth (Sue) Scovel of Kankakee; father-in-law, Melvin Kitzmiller of Mt. Morris, IL; brother-in-law, Gregory (Chris) Kitzmiller of WI; and several nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by a daughter, Kelly Ann Scovel; one sister, Ardis Boardman; mother-in-law, Grace Kitzmiller; and son-in-law, Curtis Gentry. Funeral services will be held Friday, February 9, at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. C.W. Reneker officiating. Graveside committal services will be held at Chapel Hill Cemetery in Dixon, IL at 4:00 p.m. Visitation Thursday, February 8, from 4-8 p.m. Memorials in his name to the Braceville Grade School or a fund or charity of the donor's choice.
Contributed by James Seidelman

B.T. SEARCY , who had been in ill health for a number of months, died at his home in Paw Paw Tuesday evening at five o'clock. His death was due to a complication of diseases and was not unexpected. His condition for the past few weeks had not been very alarming, though he was by no means well. He was taken worse five or six days before he died and gradually failed until the final summons came. He was born in Grant county, Kentucky, on the 23rd of December, 1841, and his marriage to Mrs. Melinda Smith occurred on the 30th of May 1866. The children by this marriage were four in number: Eugene T., James L., Laura B., Susan S., all of whom are living. Mr. Searcy with his family moved to Paw Paw in March, 1886 and have since been residents of this town. The deceased fought in the Civil War for the preservation of the Union and was a member of the 53rd Kentucky Volunteer Infantry Regiment, serving in the war for three years. He was a member of the Grand Army post in Paw Paw and this organization had charge of the funeral. Mrs. Searcy preceded her husband to the grave by about ten months, the date of her death being January 6, 1900. The funeral was held in the Presbyterian church on Thursday, Oct. 18, the sermon being preached by Rev. R. H. Dolliver.
Contributed by Marilyn Widler

EFFIE (POTTER) SEARCY , daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Almerson Potter, was born in Paw Paw, Ill., April 7, 1878. She died on Wednesday, May 16th, after a brief but painful illness. Effie was one of seven children--four boys and three girls. One boy died in infancy. Two sisters and three brothers with the sorrowing parents and husband survive her. She was married Nov. 1, 1899, only six and a half months in the past, to Mr. Lewis Searcy. This union, though brief, was full of joy and hope. The happy couple had just begun housekeeping for themselves and looked forward to a long and happy life. She was always pleasant to meet, amiable, cheerful and agreeable. Although she suffered much, yet she suffered patiently. Effie professed faith in Christ two years ago last winter, and united by baptism with the First Baptist church of Paw Paw in Feb. 1898. Her faith continued to the end. Shortly before she died she requested a certain neighbor then present to pray with her. She knew in whom she had believed and was persuaded that He is able to keep that which she had committed unto Him against that day.
Contributed by Marilyn Widler

FLOYD D. SEARLS - Services for Floyd D. Searls, 51, who died Sunday (May 21, 1950) in his home in Wheaton were held this morning in a Wheaton church. Graveside services were at 2 p.m. Tuesday in the Binghampton cemetery just east of Amboy. Mr. Searls a son of Levi & Minnie Smith Searls was born August 23, 1898 in Amboy. He was a pharmacist and had been employed in Amboy, Dixon, Wheaton, and LaPorte Ind. He had been in Wheaton the last five years having purchased a drug store there 4 years ago. Mr. Searls was a member of the Illinois Central lodge, A.F. and A.M. Amboy and was a former abjutant of Pohs-lavelle Post, American Legion. He was a veteran of World War I. Surviving are the widow, the former Margueriete Smith; two sons, William Champaign and Warren at home; his parents living in Binghampton; four brothers, Lyle living in Chicago, and George, John and Glen all of Amboy; four sisters, Mrs. Thomas Dillon, Crystal Lake, Mrs. Emil Kohlt, Chicago, Mrs. M.G. Mihm, and Mrs Albert Gascoigne both of Amboy and one grandchild.
Dixon Evening Telegraph 23 May 1950

FRANK A. SEARLS , 68, died today at Mansion Nursing home in Dixon where he had been a patient four weeks. He was born Aug. 2, 1885 in Amboy, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Lemuel Searls. He married Stella Keefer in Amboy. She preceded him in death in November 1909. Survivors are a daughter Mrs. William (Dorothy) Hull Amboy; a sister, Mrs. Mae Eastman, Long Beach Calif. and three grandchildren. Service will be Friday in Mihm Funeral Home with Dr. O.C.Jones of Amboy Methodist Church officiating. Burial in Prairie Repose Cemetery.
Dixon Evening Telegraph 11 November 1953

LEVI H. SEARLS , 83, died at 4 a.m. today (4 January 1952) at his home 1 mile east of Amboy. He was a member of an early pioneer family who came to this area in 1843. Mr. Searls son of Mr. and Mrs. Asa Searls was born at Binghampton Sept. 14, 1868 and lived here his entire life. He was a farmer, retiring in 1946. Mr. Searls married the former Minnie E. Smith in Amboy Feb. 3, 1896. He is survived by his widow, four sons, Lyle H. and George, Chicago; Glen and John, Amboy; four daughter, Mrs. Grace Dillon, Crystal Lake, Mrs. Ruth Kohut, Chicago, and Mrs. Hazel Mihm and Mrs. Blanche Gascoigne of Amboy; 19 Grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. Services will be Sunday at the Mihm Funeral home with burial in the Binghampton Cemetery.
Dixon Evening Telegraph 4 January 1952

MARY FRANCES (HOUSTON) SEARLS , 80, life long resident of Amboy passed away at her home on South Jefferson at 8:30 p.m. Saturday (December 2, 1944), the result of a stroke suffered a week ago. Funeral services will be held at the home at 2 o'clock Tuesday the E.H. Ross officiating. Burial will be in Prairie Repose Cemetery. Mrs. Searls, a native of Amboy was a daughter of Frank & Mary Houston and was married to Leonard Searls in 1882. She is survived by a son Francis of Amboy, a daughter Mrs. O.M. Eastman of Cleveland Ohio; three sisters, Mrs. D.E. Prescott of Rockford, Mrs. Ed Egler of St. Louis, and Mrs. Merne Howe of St. Louis.
Dixon Evening Telegraph 4 December 1944

GEORGE WASHINGTON SELLERS , lived near Farlinville, Linn County, Ks. He died at his home, 6, Feb. 1906 and was buried 7, Feb. 1906 at Cadmus Cemetery, Linn County, Ks. He was born 11, July, 1829 in Jackson County, Va. He moved from Va. to Ill. in 1851. Then moved from there to Ks. 35 years ago. He leaves a wife and one child. Contributed by G. Winters from the Parker Messinger 9 February 1906 George sellers lived in Lee County at the time of the 1870 Census, after which he moved to Kansas. The children were: John H. Sellers; born 21 Feb. 1860, died 31 March, 1861. The 1870 Census shows a daughter Mary born in 1864 and a son Daniel born in 1866. Daniel B. Sellers was born 22 May 1867 and died 9 January 1883 in Linn Co KS.

GEORGE ROY SELOOVER , 69, died at 11:40 p.m. Saturday (August 13, 1949) at the Amboy Hospital where he had been taken Saturday afternoon. He has been in failing health for the past year. Born in Ogle county on May 5, 1880 the son of Mr. and Mrs. James A Seloover, he grew to manhood around Polo. On July 4, 1905 he married Ethel Jones at Oregon. They came to Amboy in Feb. 1919 where he was a distributor for Standard Oil for a number of years. For the past 14 years he has lived in Binghampton and has been engaged in dairying and light farming. He is survived by his widow and five children, Francis and David A. of Amboy, Homer of Maywood, Hallis of Milwaukee and Mrs. Dorothy Senko of Joliet; three brothers, Charles A. of Aurora, Albert of Amboy and William of Nachusa and six grandchildren. He was preced in death by his parents and one brother. Services will be Thursday afternoon at the Mihm funeral home and at the Baptist Church at 2:30. Rev. D.Smith officiating. Burial at Prairie Repose Cemetery. Green River Lodge 999 of the IOOF will have charge of the grave service.
Dixon Evening Telegraph 15 August 1949

AMANDA (AMBLER) SEWARD , was born in Hampshire County, West Virginia, Sept. 2, 1839, and died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. G. L. Ashcraft, near Paw Paw, March 11, 1904, at the age of 64 years, 6 months and 9 days. She was married in August 1861 to Elliott Seward, of Covington Ky. Only one child was born to this union, Mrs. Florence E. Ashcraft. Her husband died the following year in April, 1863. About 1874 she united with the Free Will Baptist church in Knoxville, Ky. She moved to Illinois in March 1884 where she has since lived. After coming here she united with the Baptist church by letter and although she has been confined to her home for nearly seven years, her mind and well wishes were ever with her church. She leaves one daughter and four brothers besides a number of other relatives to mourn her loss. All through her illness she was very patient and so grateful for all favors and kindness shown her. For seven years she never walked a step and had to be cared for like a child. At the beginning of each year she always began to read her bible and continued to read it during the whole year. Her little grandson was always willing and ready to wait upon her and she was always glad to have any of her friends to visit her and especially her pastor. She always said she was ready and willing to go to the celestial home where there would be no more pain and suffering. The funeral was held at the home of her daughter at 2 o'clock p.m. Rev. H. J. Wheeler being in charge of the services. The remains were laid to rest in the South Paw Paw cemetery.
Contributed by Marilyn Widler

MARGARET (FULL) SHARKEY , passed away at her home in May township Saturday evening at 5:10. She was the daughter of the late Joseph and Catherine King Full and was born in Sublette township, March 26, 1899. Surviving are her husband and two children, Kenneth and Elaine at home, one sister, Mrs. William Becker of May township and three brothers, Ferdinand of Sublette, John of Amboy and George of Maytown. She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Charles. Funeral services will be conducted from the home Tuesday morning at 9 o'clock and from St. Mary's Catholic church at 9:30. Rev. Fr. John Smith officiating and interment will be made in St. Mary's cemetery.

Dixon Evening Telegraph 13 Aug 1945

JOHN SHAVER , 89, until three years ago a resident of Dixon, passed away at 7 o'clock this morning at Rockford Hospital. Funeral arrangement which are being made at the Preston funeral home, will be announced later. Mr. Shaver is survived by his widow, a son Guy of Rockford, and two brothers, Clayton of CA and Will of CO.
Dixon Evening Telegraph 07 February 1945

ANNA (EUSTACE) SHAW - On Feb. 6, 1905, The Telegraph reported the death of Mrs. B.F. Shaw, wife of the proprietor and senior editor of the newspaper. Mrs. Shaw, nee Anna Eustace, was born in Philadelphia on Aug. 18, 1836. She was a daughter of Rev. Thomas Eustace, a Presbyterian clergyman and a native of Dublin, Ireland. She was also the sister of the late Judge John V. Eustace who was prominent in the city's early history. Miss Eustace and B.F. Shaw were married on Nov. 10, 1853. For many years she had been a prominent member of the Dixon Daughters of the American Revolution.
From the Dixon Evening Telegraph 1951 Centinneal edition.

BENJAMIN F. SHAW , the venerable editor of the Dixon Telegraph and postmaster at Dixon, died at his home last Saturday evening after a short illness. Mr. Shaw was born in 1831. He learned the printer's trade in 1841 and has had charge of the Telegraph practically since 1851. During his long and active career he has filled many public offices with credit to himself and Lee county. In 1856 he took an active part in a meeting of editors at Decatur which called a convention to meet at Bloomington at which gathering the Republican party organized and nominated its first ticket. In the death of Mr. Shaw, not only Dixon but Lee county, has lost an ideal citizen. The writer enjoyed the acquaintance of "Uncle Ben," as he was commonly called, and to be entertained at his home was indeed a pleasure. In conversation he always spoke of the bright side of life, expressing a kindly feeling for those less fortunate and ever striving to instill in the mind of his listener a feeling of good cheer. The funeral was held yesterday afternoon from his late home and his body was quietly laid at rest beside that of his wife and son who had preceded him in their last sleep.
Submitted by Marilyn Widler - [NOTE: Born 31 MAR 1831 in N.Y. to Alanson B. Shaw and Philomela Flower Shaw; d. 1909.]

CHARLES SHAW , passed away this morning at 5 a.m. at his home in Amboy. He was born Sept. 9, 1861 in Amboy township and was the son of the late Henry and Jane Shaw of near Amboy. He married Laura Holcomb in the same city on March 15, 1896. He is survived by the following children; Mrs. Hazel Zent, Donald Shaw and Mrs. Ida Gibson of Amboy, and two sons, Charles Jr. stationed with the armed forces in France and Rolly stationed in Italy, nine grandchildren and one great grandchild. Funeral arrangements are being made at the Vaughn funeral chapel.
Dixon Evening Telegraph 23 December 1944

KENNETH C. SHAW , 54, of Dixon , died Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2007, at Coventry Village Living Center , Sterling . He was employed by Henry Pratt Co., Dixon . Mr. Shaw was born Oct. 16, 1952, in Sterling , the son of Kenneth and Connie (Hannan) Shaw. He served in the Army from 1972 to 1978. Survivors include a daughter, Jessica Shaw of Dixon; his father of Sterling; his mother, Connie Cornstubble of Sterling; three sisters, Debbie (Mike) Donnelly of Rock Falls and Lori (Tim) Olds and Jackie Mayer, both of Sterling; and a brother, Robert Mayer of Sterling. He was preceded in death by a son, Tyler, in infancy. Graveside service with military honors is at 1 p.m. Thursday at Oakwood Cemetery , Dixon , with the Rev. Soon Sun Lee, pastor of Grace United Methodist Church , officiating. There is no visitation. Arrangements were completed by McDonald Funeral Home, Rock Falls . A memorial has been established to the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Madison , Wis.
The Dixon Telegraph, Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2007, Page A2 – Col. 1-2

WILLIAM E. SHAW - From the book "Recollections of the Pioneers of Lee County" 1893. page 173 titled Recollections of Bradford. "The name of Shaw is found frequently in the list of old settlers, and we are informed that the first house in Lee Center, proper, was for the first widow in the town, Mrs. William Shaw, whose husband, we are told, met with a tragic death. He, with family, started for Mendota in a sleigh; when nearing Sand Grove, just beyond the Inlet, a wolf was seen running over the snow. In drawing up his gun from the sleigh bottom the trigger snapped and the contents of the gun were discharged into his body, causing death in a few hours.
Contributed by Jo Ellithorp Minert (Find-A-Grave)

KENNETH SHELTON , 66, of Dixon died Friday Dec. 10, 2004 in Pinecrest Manor, Mount Morris. He was employed as a pipefitter in construction prior to retiring. Mr. Shelton was born April 22, 1938 in Dixon the son of Albert and Esther (Webb) Shelton. Her served in the Navy. Survivors include two daughter, Darla Jean Miller of Hope Mills NC and Judith Kay Shelton Cole of Milwaukee Wis; a brother ALbert (Virginia) Shelton of Mount Morris; a sister Delores Lenox of Rock Falls and three grandchildren. He was preceded by his parents; a sister, Judy Blackburn and a brother Edward. Service is at 1:30 Tuesday at Oakwood Cemetery with the Rev. LaVerne Davenport, pastor of 1st Presbyterian Church, Dixon, officiating. Military honors will be provided by the Combined Veterans Group, Dixon. Arrangements were completed by Jones Funeral Home.
Sterling Daily Gazette 11 December 2004 contributed by Jan Roggy

HANNAH AMANDA (VAN PATTEN) SHIPPEE - The death of Mrs. H. C. Shippee which occurred last Monday afternoon caused a shadow of gloom over many a household in our city, especially the large number of friends who have watched her slowly but gradually passing away the last few months. She has been a long and patient sufferer and death surely had no sting for her. May she find peaceful rest beyond the grave, is the wish of all her friends on this side of the dark river. Some five years ago she was troubled with a throat difficulty which afterwards affected her lungs, and since then she has gradually failed, notwithstanding the best physicians in the country have been consulted and remedy after remedy prescribed from which she received but little benefit. Hannah VanPatten was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius VanPatten of Twin Grove, Lee County, in which place she was born June 28, 1867 (Should be 1869). She was married to H. C. Shippee, Dec. 22, 1893 and the following spring they came to Rochelle, where they have since resided. Her husband and infant child survive her. The funeral was held from her late home on Lafayette street Wednesday afternoon. (Rochelle Herald )
Mrs. Shippee taught in the Paw Paw public schools several years and during her stay here made hosts of friends who are deeply grieved to learn of her demise. A number from here attended the funeral.
Contributed by Marilyn Widler

ELVA (REINHART) SHIRLEY , 65, died at 6 p.m. Sunday at her farm home 2 miles northeast of Amboy. She had been in failing health the past 10 years. Bom March 29, 1887, at Jonesboro. Mrs. Shirley was a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Walter Reinhart. She received her educa­tion in the Jonesboro schools and resided in that community until her marriage on Feb. 8, 1912, at Decatur to John Shirley. They have made their home for the past 17 years in this community where Shirley is engaged in farming. Surviving are her husband; one daughter, Mrs. Helen Weller of Compton; one son, Cecil of Aurora; one sister, Mrs. James Marshall of Stonington, Ill.; one brother, W. W. Reinhart of East St. Louis; two half-brothers, Everett and Ed Reinhart of Jonesboro;five grand­children. She was preceded in death by one brother, Luther. The body was brought to the Tomlinson funeral home where friends may call. Funeral scrvices will be held at 2 pm Wednesday afternoon at the First Baptist church in Amboy with the Rev, Charles Rhodes, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Prairie Repose cemetery, Amboy
Dixon Evening Telegraph January 27, 1953

LILLIE JANE (HOLDREN) SHORT , daughter of Mathias Holdren and Eliza Ann Holdren was born in Lee county on March 21st, 1868 and passed away at her home on Tuesday, December 10 at 11.15 a.m. after an illness of some months at the age of 76 years, 8 months and 29 days. She grew to womanhood in this community and was united in marriage to Nels C. Rasmussen on Jan. 20, 1892, who preceded her in death in 1897. To this union were born three children, Clarence W., Eliza Ann and Ellse Marie of Compton. On February 28th, 1900, she was married to Edward Short of Mt. Auburn,Iowa. He passed away March 20, 1937 at Compton. Besides her three children she is survived by two brothers, Z.T. Holdren of Spencer, Iowa and Charles Holdren of Compton and a sister, Mrs. Clara Fairchilds, Pvt. Wellington Rasmussen of Camp Roberts, Calif., Edward Rasmussen of Rockford, one stepgrandson, Edward Short of Denver, Colo., nephews and nieces. Four sisters and one brother preceded her in death. Funeral services were held Thursday, Dec. 21, at 2:00 p.m. at the Methodist church. Rev. Ernest Carder of PawPaw officiated. Burial was in the Brooklyn cemetery.
Dixon Evening Telegraph January 3, 1945

DALE EDWARD SIMMONS , 64. of Dixon died Friday, Jan. 7, 2005, at OSF St Anthony Medical Center. Rockford. He was a custodian for the Wisconsin School System. Mr. Simmons was born March 20, 1940, in Dixon, the son of John and Lorene (Smith) Simmons. He marrried Loretta Wegner in 1964 in Dixon. She died June 20, 1974. Survivors include a son, Donald (Tiffany) Simmons of Naples. Fla.; a daughter, Leanne (Ken) Sietsema of Naples, Fla.; three brothers, Russell (Judith) Castle of Dixon, Richard (Sherri) Simmons of Sterling, Michael (Rhonda) Simmons of Amboy; and four grandchildren. He was preceded in death by three brothers, Kenneth, John and Harold Simmons. The funeral is at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Preston-Schilling Funeral Home, Dixon. with the Rev. Dr. Vincent 0. Marrandino, KSB Hospital chaplain, officiating. Burial is at Oakwood Cemetery, Dixon.
Sterling Daily Gazette January 9, 2005 contributed by J an Roggy

GEORGE SLOTHOWER , 85, of Rockford, formerly of Dixon, died Saturday, Nov. 27, 2004, at Wesley Willows Health Center, Rockford. He was employed by the Borden Co., Dixon, as a clerk for four years and by Commonwealth Edison Co., Dixonand Rockford for 36 years retiring July 1, 1982, as division industrlal relations manager for the Rock River Division of Com Ed. Mr. Slothhower was born July 12, 1919, in Dixon, the son of George H. and Bertha (Haas) Slothower. He was a 1937 graduate of Dixon High School. He served in the Army during World War II as a tech sergeant in the Central Personnel Office of the Field Artillery Replacement Center at Fort Sill, Okla. He was a member of Dixon American Legion Post 12. He married Velma Mills on June 17, 1944 at Fort Sill, Okla. Survivors include two daughters; Mary Louise (Robert) Griffith, of Roscoe and Nancy Ann (David) Hill of Jackson Mich.; a sister, Barbara Jane (Arthur) Mills of Dixon; three grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. The funeral is at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Jones Funeral Home, Dixon, with the Rev. James Moore officiating. Burial. with full military graveside honors provided by the Dixon combined veterans group. is at Oakwood Cemetery, Dixon.
Sterling Gazette 29 November 2004 contributed by Jan Roggy

SHERMAN EDWARD SNEED , 51, of Dixon died Thursday Dec. 16, 2004 at KSB Hospital. He was employed by BDM as a welder for five years, retiring in 1985. Mr. Sneed was born Jan. 7, 1953 in Dixon the son of Lois A. Sneed. He was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Dixon. Survivors include his mother, Lois A. Mulkins of Dixon, a brother Michael (Connie) Sneed of Dixon; a sister, Pamela Mulkins of Dixon and four nieces. Burial is at Oakwood Cemetery
Sterling Daily Gazette 17 Decembe 2004 contributed by Jan Roggy

CELESTE J. (EDDY) SOPER , daughter of Elijah and Adeline Eddy was born at Newport, Lake County IL. on Dec. 20, 1856, and passed from this life to her eternal home on June 19th 1944, at the ripe old age of 87 years and 6 months. She was the last survivor of the 5 children of the Eddy family. On January 30, 1884 she was united in marriage to Hubbell O. Soper in Lake Co. IL. To this union 3 sons were born all of whom survive her. Mr. Soper preceded her in death on Oct. 22 1916. After residing a few years in Watertown S.D. and Aurora IL the Sopers came to make their home and continued their residence here for the remainder of their lives. For Mrs. Soper this meant over 50 years of continual residence in this community. It is conspiciously true that the center of Mrs. Soper's religious and social life during her long residence in Dixon was the 1st Methodist Church of this city, which she and her husband joined in the year 1905. She loved her church and served it faithfully as long as health and strength permitted. In the declining years of her life, when the infirmities of old age, were creeping up on her, she eagerly looked to her church and her pastor for spiritual comfort and help and resonded to these services with both appreciation and enthusiasm. Mrs. Soper loved life and lived it at its best. Those who knew her best know how approproiately the following words of the poet apply to her before she entered into the valley and shadows that finally led to her death. For those of us who knew you - Dread of age has past. Mrs Soper is survived by her three sons; E.L. Soper of Dixon, Dr. C.I. Soper and Glenn A. Soper of Chicago , also many neighbors and friends who have known her through the years. Funeral services were conducted at the Preston Funeral Home at 2 pm Thursday June 22nd in charge of Dr. Floyd Blewfield paster of the 1st Methodist Church . Burial took place in the Oakwood Cemetery.
Dixon Telegraph June 23, 1944

PAUL E. SPENCER , 71, Ivy Bend, died Feb. 13, 2001, at St. Marys Health Center. He was born Nov. 27, 1929 in Dixon, Ill., a son of Floyd and Myrtle Spencer. He was married Nov. 5, 1950, in Savanna, Ill., to Doris Nast, who survives at the home. He worked as a tool and die maker for 36 years with the RBW Manufacturing Company in Rock Falls, Ill. He moved to Ivy Bend in 1988 to open Spencer's Bait Shop. Other survivors include: two sons, Ron Spencer, Rock Falls, and Dave Spencer, Sterling, Ill.; one daughter, Kim Becker, Ivy Bend; one brother, Harold Spencer, Morrison, Ill.; four sisters, Norma McCoy, Pleasant Hill, Loris Whittington, Willow Springs, Doris Matuska, Blacksburg, S.C., and Carol Garland, Sterling; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; seven step grandchildren; and two step great-grandchildren.
Services will be at 6 p.m. Friday at Scrivner-Morrow Funeral Home, Stover. The Rev. Charles Caldwell will officiate. A memorial service will also be at Allen-Grennan Funeral Home, Rock Falls, Ill. Visitation will be from 4-6 p.m. Friday. Memorials are suggested to the Paul E. Spencer Fund.

ARTHUR SPILLER met with an accident at the Grand Detour Plow works on Monday which came near proving fatal. While putting a belt on a pulley, the fastenings of the belt caught in his clothing in an instant, whirling him up over the shafting and thrashing his feet and legs against the joints above. As his clothing was torn from his body he caught on the shaft with his arm, the friction burning the flesh to a blister. When taken down it was found that his feet and legs were badly mashed and lacerated and his body bruised, but no bones were broken.
Contributed by Georgea Clinton from the Dixon Telegraph November 15, 1882
Arthur Spiller, whose severe injuries in the Grand Detour plow works was mentioned in The Sun last week, died on Saturday morning from inflammation of the bowels resulting from his injuries. His fellow workmen of the plow works, to over one hundred, marched in procession at the funeral. He leaves a wife and two small children.
Contributed by Georgea Clinton - Dixon Telegraph November 22, 1882

BARBARA S. (EVERTS) SPILLER passed away at the home of her daughter, Mrs Samuel McCardle last evening at 6:20. Barbara Everts was born in Celina, Michigan, October 2, 1853 and was united in marriage to Willis Spiller in 1876. Besides her husband, she is survived by her daughter and a brother, the latter Archie Everts residing in Los Angeles, Ca. Funeral services will be conducted from the Staples Moyer chapel Friday afternoon at 2:30. Rev John Simpson will officiate and burial will take place in Oakwood. Barbara was the daughter of Henry & Mary Everts. Barbara and Willis were the parents of Della, True, Willis, Laura, Cloyed, and Myrtle Spiller.
Contributed by Georgea Clinton

Had Been an Employee at the Plow Shops Many Years Charles Spiller, aged about 58, died on West Sixth street at 3 o'clock this morning, death resulting from stomach trouble, with which he had been confined to the house for about three months. The deceased was born in New Hampshire, but came to this city when 16 years old. For the past 27 years he had been an employee of the Grand Detour plow company, most of the time as the night watchman. He was especially close with his employers and co-laborers, and they all unite in expressing condolence to the bereaved family. Mr. Spiller is survived by his invalid wife and a son and daughter at home. There are also two brothers and two sisters: Willis of Kingston, IL; Nathan, of Denver; Mrs. George Robinson of Rowan, Iowa; and Mrs. Henry Robinson of Odebolt, Ia. The arrangements for the funeral have not been completed and will be announced later.
Contributed by Georgea Clinton form the Dixon Republican, 21 Aug 1911, pg. 1:5

CLOYED SPILLER -Meets Death on River - Son of Mr. and Mrs. Willis C Spiller - Was Drowned at Belvidere
Seized with Cramps While Swimming - Away From Home But a Week - Cloyed L Spiller, the 16 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Willis C Spiller, 916 Ninth Street, accidentally met his death by drowning in the Kishwaukee River at Belvidere yesterday afternoon. The sad news reached this city about five o'clock last evening. A I Hartshorn, brother-in-law of the deceased, who resides in that city, sent a telegram notifying the parents. Reports from there last evening state that the drowning occurred at 3 o'clock. He was in the river swimming and was seized with cramps. No one was near him at the time of the accident but his cries were heard and he was seen to go under the water for the third time. His body was recovered a half hour later. Mr. and Mrs. Willis Spiller, accompanied by his daughter, Mrs. S McCardle, left last evening for Belvidere to accompany the remains home. The young man left this city about a week ago and secured employment in a pickle factory in that city. The deceased had resided in Dixon all his life, having been born in Dixon March 16, 1893, and is survived by his parents and three sisters, Mrs. Samuel McCardle, Mrs. Frank Scheuler, and Mrs. A I Hartshorn of Belvidere. The remains arrived in Dixon today. The remains of Cloyed Spiller arrived from Belvidere at 12:30 today and were taken to the home of the parents, on Ninth Street. The funeral services will take place at the late home at 3 o'clock tomorrow afternoon. Rev Harlan officiating. Interment will be made in Oakwood cemetery.
Contributed by Georgea Clinton (July 13, 1909 Dixon Republican page1:3)

ELIPHUS C. SPILLER , a resident of Dixon, Lee County, Illinois for the last 22 years, died last Friday morning of bronchitis. Mr. Spiller was born in Maine in 1814, and was consequently 68 years old. A man of much natural activity and of absteneous habits, he retained a good degree of vigor to within a short time of his decease. He was an enthusiastic advocate of temperance, a firm believer in the spiritual philosophy, and for many years the leader of the Universalist church choir. He leaves a widow and three grown up children. His funeral was conducted by Rev L. L. Lipe of the Lutheran church on Sunday and was attended by a large circle of friends.
Contributed by Georgea Clinton / January 11, 1883, Dixon Telegraph

ELIZA (DAILEY) SPILLER , formerly of this city died Thursday at 9am at her home in Rock Falls after a short illness. The funeral will be held tomorrow at 9am at St Mary's church in Sterling and the remains will be brought to Dixon for burial. Mrs Spiller was the widow of Charles Spiller who passed away on August 21, 1911. Until a year ago Mrs Spiller made her home in Dixon, moving to Rock Falls after the death of her husband to reside with her niece, Mrs Ward Connor. She is survived by her son James Foster and daughter Miss (Nellie) Spiller, both of Sterling and to whom the condolence of friends is extended.

FRANK LAMONT SPILLER son of Julia Osgood and Eliphaz C Spiller was born at Dixon, Illinois November 18, 1863 and departed this life March 20, 1946 in St Augustine, Florida at the Flagler hospital in that city. Mr Spiller resided in Dixon for 80 years until the past three years which were spent in Florida. He was united in marriage with Emma Heft in 1886 and to this union two sons were born, Roy and Albert. His wife and son Roy both preceded him in death. In 1903 Mr Spiller was joined in marriage with Vena Trager who preceded him in death nine years ago. Mr Spiller was employed by the Chicago & Northwestern Railroad Co for 40 years after which he retired. Surviving him are his son, Albert W Spiller Sr and a grandson Albert W Spiller Jr both of St Augustine, Florida. He was a member of the Masonic order and of the IOOF lodge. Monday March 25, 1946 funeral services were conducted at 2 pm at the First Christian church in Dixon the Rev Marvin Brown officiating with interment at Oakwood cemetery.

JULIA ANN (OSGOOD) SPILLER was born at Manchester, NH, 24 Feb 1830. She came to Illinois about 60 years ago and except for a year spent in Minnesota, this city has been her constant home. She resided for 45 years at the corner where her death occurred. Her husband, Eliphaz, passed away 34 years ago and two children died in their childhood. She is survived by a sister, Mrs. Frances A. Clark of this city and three children: A.W., Frank L. and Mrs. J. H. Kenneth, all of Dixon. Julia was the daughter of Nathan Osgood and Clarissa Dow. She married Eliphaz Spiller August 14, 1856 in New Hampshire. They were the parents of Albert, Jessie, Frank, Samuel, and Asa Spiller.
Contributed by Georgea Clinton

WILLIS SPILLER died at the age of seventy-six years. He lived here for fifty years. He had Presbyterian services and was buried in Oakwood Cemetery. Willis's wife, Barbara, died in 1922.
Contributed by Georgea Clinton

BARBARA (WALTER) SPOHN : Mrs. Andrew Spohn of May Township died in the Amboy Public Hospital at nine o'clock Thursday night from burns she had received that morning when her clothing caught fire while she was starting a fire with kerosene-soaked cobs in the furnace at their home. An inquest will be held at 4 o'clock this afternoon at the Staples funeral home. Funeral services will be held at the Spohn home at nine o'clock Monday morning and at St.Patrick's Catholic Church there at 9:30. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery. Mr.Spohn said he was sleeping when he heard his wife call for him. He rushed downstairs and found his wife lying in the yard where she hard rolled in the snow to extinguish her burning clothes. She was taken to the hospital at about 2:00 in the afternoon. Fire in the basement of the Spohn residence caused by the explosion of the cobs, was quickly extinguished by Mr. Spohn. Mrs. Spohn is survived by her husband, a son Lewis and a daughter, Mrs. John Goy, all of Maytown.
Dixon Evening Telegraph 8 December 1944

Another Notice: Mrs. Andrew Spohn is Fatally Burned Dec. 7
Mrs. Andrew Spohn, 69, passed away at the Amboy Public Hospital about 11:00 o'clock Thursday evening, Dec. 7, 1944, her death being caused by burns sustained in a tragic accident at her home southwest of Amboy that morning about 9:00 o'clock. Mrs. Spohn was in the basement tending the furnace when her clothing caught fire and she was fatally burned. She was taken to the hospital in an ambulance and in spite of every effort to save her life, she passed away that evening. Funeral services were held Monday morning at the late residence and at St. Patrick Church in Maytown, Rev. Fr. John Smith, the pastor, officiating. Burial was in St. Mary cemetery, Maytown. Casket bearers were Andrew Spohn, Louis Fahs, Joe Goy, Bobby Spohn, Joe Sharkey, and Howard Ogan.

Obituary: Barbara Walter was born in Ohio Township, Bureau County, Ill. on April 16, 1875, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Walter, and spent her entire life in this community. She was one of a family of 13 children. She was married on September 4, 1900, to Andrew Spohn of Maytown. Two children were born to this union, Louis Spohn and Mrs. John Goy, both of whom reside in Maytown. She is survived by her husband; her two children; 10 grandchildren: Virginia, Bobby, Andy, Eddie and Donnie Spohn, Shirley, Lucy, Joe, Gene, and Sharon Goy; one brother, Laurence Walter of Ohio; seven sisters: Mrs. Katie Sharkey, Mrs. Clara Goy of Maytown, Mrs. Gustie Ogan of Ohio, Mrs. Lizzie Knight of Walnut, Mrs. Mary Conner of Princeton, Mrs. Margaret Murray of Freeport, Mrs. Anna Palmer of Mitchell, S.D. Four brothers preceded her in death. Mrs. Spohn was a devoted wife and mother, loving and faithful to her family and many friends and will be greatly missed by all.
Found on Rootsweb - Website of Fred Lager
Source - Pat Sharkey-Buck original news clipping, dated Dec 10, 1944.

ROBERT LEROY SPRINGER , 91, of Dixon died Thursday, May 15, 2003, at Lee COunty Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Dixon. He worked 40 years at the Medusa Cement Plant, Dixon, prior to his retirement in 1974. Robert was born Dec. 4, 1911, in Dixon, the son of Samuel and Mary (Lizer) Springer. He married Mary Arcelia Deyo on Dec. 8, 1928 in Dixon. She preceded him in death May 6, 1991. He served with the Navy Seebees during WW II. Survivors include one nephew, Ronald (Barbara) Zimmerman of Dixon; two nieces, Margaret Kitzmiller of Dixon and Shirley (Sonny ) Shaw of Sterling; and several great-nephews, great-nieces.. He was preceded in death by three brothers, Daniel, Paul and Martin Springer; and four sisters, Mabel Dempsey, Arvenia Brown, Margaret Zimmerman and Dorothy Rhinehart. Thefuneral is at 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 20, 2003, at Preston-Schilling Funeral Home, Dixon, with the Rev. Berty Hakeem, Senior pastor of First United Methodist Church,Dixon, officiating. Burial with full military graveside services conducted by Dixon combined veterans organizations, is at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, Dixon. Visitation is from 6-8 P.M. Monday, May 19, 2003, at the funeral home. Memorials have been established to the American Heart Association and American Cancer Association.
Sterling Gazette 18 May 2003

HENRY W. STAFFER - The funeral of Harry W. Stauffer, 67, whose death at 11:00 am Monday morning at the Presbyterian hospital in Chicago was announced in Monday's Telegraph, will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday afternoon at his late home, 313 East Fellows street, and at 2:30 at the First Christian Church. The Rev. B.H. Cleaver of Muscatine Iowa former pastor of the Dixon church, will officiate and burial will be in Chapel Hill. Mr. Stauffer's body will be taken home from the Melvin funeral home at 4:30 this afternoon. Harry W. Stauffer was born in Pine Creek Twp. Ogle County, May 29, 1877 son of George W. and Rebecca Stauffer. On June 18, 1902 he married Abigail Bremmer. He retired four years ago as railway mail clerk on the Chicago & Northwestern railroad after 39 years of service. He was an active member of the Masonic Lodge and the Knights Templar. Surviving are his widow; a son, Donald, Dixon; two daughters Lucille and Dorothy at home; two brothers, Clinton of Polo and C.L. of Dixon and a sister Mrs. Mary Brantner of Dixon.
Dixon Evening Telegraph 3 October 1944

AGNES BELLE (HULINGS) STAINBROOK - The body of Mrs. Fred Stainbrook was brought here from Chicago Saturday evening and on Sunday afternoon interred in Ellsworth cemetery beside her husband, who died about eleven years ago. L. F. Stainbrook and wife, J. O. Stainbrook and wife, Mrs. Van Deventer, and Mr. and Mrs.Cotter, all of Chicago, accompanied the remains. Agnes Belle Hulings was born in Crawford County, Pa., October 25, 1815, and died at the home of her son, L. F. Stainbrook, in Chicago March 8, 1907 aged 91 years 4 months and 14 days. She was united in marriage in 1837 to Mr. Fred Stainbrook. About sixty years ago they came to Illinois and settled on a farm in Willow Creek Township, where they resided until Mr. Stainbrook's death. About ten years ago Mrs. Stainbrook went to Chicago where she made her home with her son, Lewis. Twelve children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Stainbrook, eight of whom are still living. The deceased was well known to all of the older residents of this vicinity and was highly respected by all.
Contributed by Marilyn Widler
Age given in obituary calculate to a birth of 22 October 1815. Some researchers show her parents as Marcus & Sarah (Moyers or Meyers). Some show her birth as 25 October 1816.

GEORGE FREDERICK STAINBROOK - In the obituary of FREDERICK STAINBROOK which was published in this paper last week, a few mistakes were made. Mr. Stainbrook was first married to Miss Susan Baird and by this marriage a son Isiah was born. He is a resident of Viola. There are 26 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren.

Another Notice: We feel deeply grateful to the friends and neighbors who so kindly assisted us during the sickness of our dear husband and father, and who aided us in laying him to rest, and hereby tender them, our sincere thanks. Mrs. Agnes B. Stainbrook, Mr. and Mrs. L. F. Stainbrook, J. C. Stainbrook, Isiah Stainbrook, Mrs. Sarah Vandeventer.
Contributed by Marilyn Widler

LILLIAN (CLAYTON) STAMBAUGH , passed away at 1:30 a.m.today at her home 121 West Division St., Amboy after a two month illness. Services will be held at 8:30 a.m. Saturday morning at the home and at 9 am St. Patricks Catholic Church the Rev. Father Robert C. Troy officiating. Burial will be in St. Patricks Cemetery. Lillian Clayton was born in Amboy May 15, 1895 a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Clayton and was married in Amboy Aug 6, 1916 to Ralph Stambaugh who survives together with a son William, a grandson, one sister Mrs. Jerome Elssaser of Amboy, and five brothers, Charles, Fred, William, Robert and Earl all of Amboy. Her parents and a sister preceded her in death.
Dixon Evening Telegraph 20 September 1944

CINDY SUE STANLEY , 46, of 210 W. First St., Mount Morris, died Friday, July 25, 2003, at OSF St. Anthony Hospital, Rockford. Miss Stanley was born Dec. 28, 1956, in Dixon, the daughter of Kenneth E. and Mildred (Fordham) Stanley. She lived in the Mount Morris area since 1968, moving from Dixon. She was employed by Watt Publishing Co., Mount Morris, as directories department office supervisor and by Mount Morris Police Department as a dispatcher. She was a graduate of Mount Morris High School class of 1975. In 1977, she received an associate business degree from Highland Community College, Freeport, and she attended Northern Illinois University, DeKalb. Survivors include one sister, Sandy (Bernard) Gabriel of Albany; two aunts, Charlene Ruppert and Joyce (John) Wohrley. both of Dixon; very special friends, Mindy and Duke Thomas of Chana; and several cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents. The funeral is at 11 a.m. Monday, July 28, 2003, at Finch Funeral Home. 405 E. Hitt St., Mount Morris, with the Rev. Bruce McKenna, assistant pastor of Evangelical Free Church, Mount Morris, officiating. Burial is at Chapel Hill Memorial Park, Dixon. Visitation is from 5-7 p.m. Sunday, July 27, 2003, at the funeral home. Memorials have been established to the American diabetes Association and the Evangelical Free Church, Mount Morris.
Daily Gazette July 27, 2003

ETHEL STANTON , daughter of J. O. Stanton and wife, was born in the village of Manchester, Iowa, February 23, 1872. She died at her home in Paw Paw, Illinois, October 18, 1893. The parents died when she and her sister Ollie were quite young and the girls were given a home by their grandmother, Mrs. Stanton. The greater part of her life was spent in and about Paw Paw; she graduated from the high school when she was sixteen years of age, having always been an apt and studious pupil. She passed the regular examination for teacher's certificate when fifteen years of age, but was not allowed to teach owing to her youth. She attended a female seminary with her sister Ollie at Mt. Carroll for several terms, and finally settled on teaching as an occupation. She taught for several years, one of them in the Paw Paw public school. She was an accomplished musician and expended much time and money in pursuit of the art. For a few years past she has not enjoyed the best health, but not until last spring did her case seem serious. Consumption had developed and she failed steadily until her death. Ethel was a christian and when it came to the worst, she was resigned and made all arrangements for her funeral and burial. As stated in our last paper, she was taken to Manchester, the place of her birth, where she was buried. The friends accompanied the body. She leaves as near relatives the sister Ollie, an aunt Mrs. W. T. Jones, and the grandmother, Mrs. Sarah Stanton.
Contributed by Marilyn Widler

HENRY STEDER , 74, Sublette, died Saturday night at KSB hospital. Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. at the home of Mrs. Charles Steder, Amboy, and at 2:30 p.m. at the Emanuel Lutheran Church Amboy with burial at Prairie Repose Cemetery. He was a brother of Chris Steder, Ashton and Peter Steder, Dixon. A complete obituary will be published later. Dixon Evening Telegraph January 5, 1948 Monday (Date of death would be Jan. 3 1948 according to this notice,, but the next notice gives the date of Dec. 31. I tend to believe it must have been Jan 3. Henry Steder was born in Hochst an der Nidder, Germany Dec. 25, 1874 a son of Wm. P. and Magdelena Daehler Steder and came to this country as a young man settling near Sublette. He took up farming upon his arrival here and remained on the same place for 50 years being forced to retire in 1938 because of Ill health. During the last six weeks of his life he made his home with Mrs. Charles Steder and family, suffering a heart attack Dec. 30 and being taken to KSB Hospital. An emergency operation was performed the following day but he passed away at 8:45 p.m. Dec. 31 at the age of 74 years and 8 days. He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister Katherine, two brothers William & Charles. Surviving are two brothers Pete, Aurora and Chris, Ashton, a sister Lena Gohring, Germany. Services were Wednesday Jan. 7 at the home of Mrs. Charles Steder and at the Amboy Lutheran church. Pallbearers were nephews William, Fred, Walter, George, Karl and John Steder.
Dixon Evening Telegraph January 22, 1948

MINNIE STEDER , 56, passed away at her home here (Amboy) late Monday afternoon (June 14, 1948) after a short illness. Funeral services will be held at the home Thursday at 2 p.m. and at Immanuel Lutheran Church at 2:30 the Rev.C.L. Wagner officiating. Burial will be in Prairie Repose. Mrs. Steder who was born near Sublette June 30, 1891 is survived by a sister, Mrs. Henry Roemmich, Sublette; four daughters, Mrs. Freda Leffelman, Sublette; Mrs. Margaret Glenn, Amboy; Mrs. Katherine Gunder, Polo; Mrs. Edna Kuehne, Amboy; four sons, Edward, Karl, John and Paul all of Amboy and 13 grandchildren.
Dixon Evening Tele 15 June 1948

CHESTER L. STEMEN , 65, of Paw Paw, died Saturday, April 5, at his home. Funeral services will be at 10 am Wednesday at Torman Funeral Home in Paw Paw with the Rev. Thomas Arnold officiating. Burial will be in Wyoming Cemetery in Paw Paw. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday. Mr. Stemen was born Jan. 2, 1938 in Lima Ohio to Lewis and Grace (Lantz) Stemen. He married Elsie Monfort on Nov. 1, 1957 in Rockford. He worked at Caterpillar in Aurora for 37 years, retiring in 1999. He is survived by his wife; a son, Lance (Anita) Stemen of Paw Paw; two daughters, Colene (Brian) Willis of Troy Grove and Terri Stemen of Western Springs; 10 grandchildren and one great grandchild. He was preceded in death by his parents and one grandon.
Contributed by Velva Sherrick Bruce from the Daily Times, Ottawa IL., April 7, 2003

GEORGE B. STEPHAN , for 35 years an undertaker in Ashton and a prominent leader in the community passed away Monday evening at 10:30 o'clock at his home in Ashton following a prolonged illness. Services will be held this Thursday at 2:30 at the Stephan funeral home with Rev. H.C. Montanus, pastor of the Proesbyterian church officiating. Pallbearers will be Oswin Semmler, Clifford Schafer, J.M. Bergeson, J.C. B??sack, Alvin Krug and Homer Kuethe. Mrs. Alice Schafer, Mrs. Clara Semmler, and mrs. Leila Sword will take charge of the flowers. Burial will be in Ashton cemetery. George B. Stephan was born in Ashton September 7, 1885 the osn of Henry and Ernestine Stephan, and was a life-long resident of the community. He was married to Elizabeth Trostle June 2, 1909. He followed his father in the furniture store and undertaking business, continuing the firm name which had its beginning in 1888, one of Ashton's oldest business firms. In April, 1939 Mr. Stephan remodeled his parents former home, converting it into a modern funeral home. In 1912 Mr. Stephan was elected coroner of Lee County and served in that capacity for four years. He was Ashton Township clerk for a period of 27 years. He always has been aactively interested in political affairs. Mr. Stephan was an active leader in communitya nd civic affairs, organizing and directing the softball association for many successful seasong and as past-president and a .. in the Ashton Civic club. He had been in poor health for the past several months, but had been able to be about some of the time. He received the loving care of his wife and family but death ended hiss illness monday evening. Besides his widow he is survived by a daughter Betsy at home; his aged mother; two brothers; Henry of Ashton and Donald of Abindgon; and two sisters Mrs. Guy Taylor of Decatur and Mrs. John Ferros of Los Angeles. A brother John and his father preceded him in death.
Contributed by Pat France

LILLIAN (LANGLEY) BARTHEL STEVENS : The funeral of Mrs. Lillian Barthel Stevens, 81, for many years a resident of Amboy, who passed away Monday at the home of her son, Dale Barthel, in Eldorado, Ill., will be held at the Vaughn funeral chapel here, to which her body will be brought overland at 2:00 o'clock Wednesday afternoon, the Rev. Norman C. Miller, pastor of the Methodist church, officiating. Burial will be in Prairie Repose cemetery. She was born in Earlville Aug. 29, 1865, a daughter of Jonas and Mary Maine Langley, and after her marriage to Charles Barthel of Milledgeville (Whiteside Co 20 May 1881), moved to Amboy, where Mr. Barthel died many years ago, leaving her with three small children. Later she married John Stevens of Amboy and after a period spent here they moved to Canton, O., where they resided many years. Mr. Stevens preceded her in death several years ago. She is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Mamie Thomas of Paw Paw; the son, Dale, at whose home she died, and six grandchildren. she was a member of the Order of Eastern Star and the Methodist church.
Dixon Evening Telegraph 10 December 1946

CLARENCE M. STITZEL , 59, Canton IL, former Nelson farmer and Sterling High School Agricultural Teacher, died Tuesday at Mayo Clinic in Rochester Minn. Mr. Stitzel had taught agriculture at Canton High School since moving from this area. He held a degree from the University of IL. where he had been a track star. Survivors include his widow Hazel, a son James, an instructor at Northwestern University, a daughter Helen, a student at Bradley Univ; a sister, Mrs. Velma Ferris, Concord Calif; and a half-sister Mrs. Elza Bourne, Ravenna Nebr. Services will be at Canton IL, burial will be in Nelson Cemetery.
Dixon Evening Telegraph 27 August 1952

GEORGE B. STITZEL : The funeral of George B. Stitzel, 77, for many years a Dixon businessman, whose death early Friday morning in Brookfield was announced in last evening's Telegraph, will be held at the Preston funeral home at 2 o'clock Monday afternoon. The Rev.N.J. Broadway, pastor of Bethel United Evangelical church will officiate and burial will be in Oakwood cemetery. Mr. Stitzel who once conducted a meat market here and who later engaged in the real estate business was born in Hagerstown, Md., Dec.7, 1867. He is survived by his widow; four sons, Harry G. of Marion Ia., Bert R. of Manchester, Ia., George B. Jr. of Clinton, Ia., and Wilbur L of Brookfield Ill.; three daughters, Mrs. H.N. Parker of West Brooklyn, Mrs. C.G. Spiedel of Brookfield and Mrs. J.H. Sheldon of DesMoines, Ia., three sisters, Mrs. Ida Sheldon of Rock Falls and Mrs. Kate Pike and Mrs. Emma Grinnell, both of Maywood; eight grandchildren and one great grandchild.
Dixon Evening Telegraph 27 May 1944

ISAAC ALFRED STOKE , 87, a retired farmer died yesterday at his home in Paw Paw at 11:30 a.m. He was born Aug. 7, 1867 in Adams county Pa., the son of Christina and George Stoke. Surviving are his widow Margaret, and several neices and nephews. Funeral services will be held Monday at 2:30 p.m. in the Stoke home in Paw Paw. Burial will be in Wyoming cemetery. Friends are asked to omit flowers. The body was taken from Buckley-Staples funeral home, Dixon today to the Stoke residence in Paw Paw where friends may call.
Dixon Evening Telegraph 15 Jul 1955

AUGUSTA (KREITER) STILZ , 92, a resident of the Sublette area for 57 years died Tuesday at 7:45 p.m. in the Amboy Public Hospital. Mrs. Stilz was born Aug. 30, 1859 in Bloomington and was married to John Stilz May 5, 1885. She was preceded in death by her husband, her daughter and her parents. Survivors include two sons - Elmer, Rochester NY, and Ralph, New York City; a brother Theodore Kreiter, Amboy; three grandchildren and four great grandchildren. The body is at the Tomlinson funeral home in Amboy. It will be taken to the Sublette Union Church for services Friday, the rev. Utzinger will officiate. Burial in Prairie Repose Cemetery.
The Dixon Evening Telegraph 10 October 1951

RALPH STILZ : Funeral services for Ralph Stilz 60, of Brooklyn NY and formerly a resident of Sublette have been set for Saturday at the Tomlinson Funeral home. Mr. Stilz died January 20, Brooklyn. The body is to arrive in Dixon Friday and will be taken to Amboy. It will be accompanied by his brother Elmer of Rochester NY. Mr. Stilz is the son of Mrs. Augusta Stilz Sublette, who preceded him in death Oct. 9, 1951. Also surviving is an uncle Theordore, Amboy. Burial will be in Prairie Repose.
Dixon Evening Telegraph 23 January 1952

DARLEN (PREW) STOKES 74, of Springfield died Monday Dec. 27, 2004 at St. John's Hospital, Springfield. She was employed by Nudo Products as a secretary until retiring. Mrs. Stokes was born March 16, 1930 in Dixon, the daughter of Louis Edmond and Rose Florence (reitz) Prew. She married Leland Tom Stokes Jr., on July 3, 1952. He died July 6, 2001. She was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church, Cache Club and Friday Night Pinochle Club. Survivors include two daughter, Sally Craft of Springfield and Kathy Stokes of East Peoria; four sons, Steve (Susie) Stokes of Gastonia NC; Rick (JoLynn) Stokes of Sterling; Doug (Becky) Stokes of Indianapolis Ind. and Michael (Debbie) Stokes of Springfield; a brother Leonard Prew of Sterling; 9 grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. She was preced in death by her stepfather, Henry Everett Prew; and a brother, Lee Prew. The funeral is Thursday at St. John's in Springfield with the Rev. Paul Olson officiating. Burail is at Camp Butler Natl. Cemetery, Springfield.
Sterling Daily Gazette December 29, 2004 contributed by Jan Roggy

EVELYN (BRYANT) STOUFFER , 88, of Amboy died Friday, July 25, 2003 her home. She was employed by Farmers Home Telephone Co and Continental Telephone Co., Amboy, as a telephone operator for more than 30 years, and by Borg Warner Corp., Dixon for several years until retiring. Mrs. Stouffer was born Jan. 19 1914, the daughter of William and Gertrude (Parks) Bryant Survivors include two sons, Gary (Judy) Stouffer of Lowden Iowa, and Rick (Joyce) Stouffer of Amboy a Sister, Marjorie Ritchie of Independence Mo.; two grandchildren, and five great grandchildren She was preceded in death by a brother, Willard Bryant; and a sister, Irene Westcott At her request, there are no funeral services Cremation rites have been accorded. Arrangements were completed by Mihm-Jones Funeral Home, Amboy. A memorial has been established to Hospice of the Rock River Valley
Daily Gazette July 28, 2003

MARY J. (ABBOTT) STOUFFER , 65, of 833 N. Ottawa, Dixon, died Wednesday at KSB Hospital. Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church with Rev. Lee Luebke officiating. Burial will be in Chapel Hill Memorial Park. Visitation is Thursday after 12 noon at the Preston-Schilling Funeral Home with the family being present from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A memorial has been established to the Immanuel Lutheran Church. She was born June 11, 1913 in Amboy, the daughter of John and Teresa Fara Abbott. She married john E. Stouffer on April 2, 1935 at Rockford and was a member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Dixon. Survivors include her husband; one son, James of Oregon; one daughter, Mrs. David (Mary) Giffrow of Freeport; two brothers, John Abbott of Dixon and James Abbott of Sterling; one sister, Mrs. Robert (Jane) Hill of Dixon; and six grandchildren.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois August 2, 1978 - Wednesday, page 6

CHARLES M. STOUT , son of William and Christina Stout was born March 18, 1867, and passed away at his home in Compton Dec. 4, 1946 at the age of 79 years 8 months and 16 days after an illness of several months. He was married to Mary E. Stainbrook March 28, 1888. To this union was born one daughter, Christina Isabelle July. The family spent many years on Mr. Stouts farm near West Brooklyn Ill., and in 1912 moved to Compton where he remained for the rest of his life. He was an active member of the Compton Methodist Church, the Masonic Lodge and the Juanita chapter of the O.E. S. He was active in the affairs of the community serving as assessor of Brooklyn township and as road commissioner. For many years he operated the hardware and implement store in Compton. Charles Stout was preceded in death by his wife and daughter, one brother and one sister. He leaves to mourn his passing eight grandchildren, Mrs. Mildred Olson, Mrs. Betty Krause, Mrs. Daisy Johnson, Charles July, Duane July, Clifford July all of Rockford Ill., Mrs. Marion Angell of Compton and Mrs. Juanita Fenton of Mt. Pleasant IA. Also surviving are four great grandsons, two sisters, Mrs. Elmer Rynearson and Mrs. Lucy Ryder of Dixon several neices and nephews and a host of friends. Funeral services were held at the Masonic Temple Compton at 2 o'clock Saturday Dec. 7, 1946, the Reverends Barret Johnson of Compton and Paul Fricke of Rockford officiated at the services which were accompanied with masonic rites. Interment was at Melugin Grove Cemetery. Pallbearers were Roy Carnahan, Don Archer, William Archer, Walter Archer, Chester Eden and Robert Fuller.
Dixon Evening Telegraph 12 December 1946

LEROY W. STREMICK - Funeral services for Leroy W. Stremick 18, rural Amboy will be held Thursday at 2 p.m in Immanuel Lutheral Church Amboy with the Rev. Paul Lechner officiating. Burial will be in Prairie Repose Cemetery. Friends may call at Tomlinson funeral home. The youth died Monday at the home of his parents Mr. and Mrs. Theodore Stremick after a week long illness. He was born in Havelock N.D. and came to the Amboy area with his parents when he was 3 years of age. Survivors are his parents, a brother Jacob and a sister Mary Ann all at home.
Dixon Evening Telegraph 30 March 1955

VERTUS STRUTZENBERG , 80, of Dixon died Sunday Nov. 14, 2004 at KSB Hospital. He was a rreidential construction electrician in the Chicago area, retiring in 1966. Mr. Strutzenberg was born July 2, 1924 in Worth, the son of Gustof and Emma (Ramp) Strutzenberg. He married Louise L. Zobyan in 1948 in Chicago. She died Aug. 17, 2002.
Survivors include two sons, Daniel (Dinae) of Mokena and Kenneth of Dixon; a daughter Nancy (Chris Byrne) Strutzenberg of Plainfield; two brothers, Wilbert of Chicago and Eugene of Broadhead Wisc. and four grandchildren.

LEROY W. STREMICK - He was preced by two brothers, Melvin and Arthur and two sisters, Lillian Szfranski and Vivian Freeze. Graveside cervices are at 11 am Saturday at First Evangelical Lutheran Cemetery, Alsip with the Rev. Robert Hansen pastor of St. Paul Lutheran Church Dixon, officiating.

ANDREW STUBBS , was born in Hartford, Me., March 11, 1822. His parents were Nathan and Sophia (Allen) Stubbs. He followed farming till he was twenty years of age when he went to New Bedford and shipped as a sailor on board a whaling vessel for a four year's cruise. In all, he spent nearly twelve years on the ocean visiting in his voyages many cities in all parts of the earth. Mr. Stubbs was married in 1850 to Miss Lucinda Green (Gunn?) near Cleveland, Ohio. From this union nine children were born: Elizabeth, Charles, Benjamin, Almon, Mary, Albert, Lillie, May, Ida and Weltha. In 1853 Mr. Stubbs came to Illinois and settled in Willow Creek township near Paw Paw, where he lived for more than fifty years. A few months ago he moved to the southern part of the state where he sickened and died Monday, Feb. 1, 1909. He was buried Thursday at the Ellsworth cemetery. The funeral services were held in Paw Paw at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Mary Davenport, and conducted by Rev. C. H. Miller.

Contributed by Marilyn Widler

Daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Teal Swarthout


Quietly rest, in thy little grave lying,
"Neath the flowers that bloom o'er they head;
Sadly the trees in silence are sighing
Over the early, the beautiful dead.

We say thou art dead, but thou only art sleeping,
And sweet be they slumber beneath the cold sod;
And tho' our lone hearts seek relief in weeping,
We know thy pure spirit is resting with God.

Within the fold, by the Good Shepherd tended,
Led by His hand, in the green pastures fed,
No more to thirst for beside the still waters
Linger the little lambs whom we call dead.


MAX SWARTHOUT , age 70 a native of Paw Paw and retired dean of music at the University of Southern California has died at Hollywood Hills Calif. relatives here have learned. Burial services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday in Paw Paw after services in the Methodist church there. His wife, the former Myrtle Edwards of Paw Paw is buried there. Mrs. Swarthout is the first cousin of former Lee County Circuit Judge Harry Edwards. Mr. Swarthout was a graduate of the Leipzig Germany conservatory. He is survived by two sons, Racille, Santa Monica Calif; Jack, a professor at Oregon State University, Corvallis Oregon; and a daughter Jean, San Marino Calif. A brother Don is a dean of music at the University of Kansas. Mr. Swarthout was a cousin of Gladys Swarthout, the nationally known opera singer. Local relatives include Dorrance Thompson, Dixon, a cousin. Mr. Swarthout was a nephew of late Attorney Clyde Smith, Dixon.
Dixon Evening Telegraph 9 June 1954

DEBORAH (WELLMAN) SWORDS , age 47, of Amboy, died on Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2004, at the University of Wisconsin Hospital in Madison. Funeral Services were held Saturday, Jan. 17, 2004, at 2 p.m., in the Mihm-Jones Funeral Home in Amboy, with the Rev. Christine Stienstra, Pastor of the Immanuel Lutheran Church of Amboy, officiating. Burial was in Woodside Cemetery in Lee Center. Visitation was on Friday, Jan. 16, 2004, in the funeral home from 6 until 8 p.m. Mrs. Swords was born June 27, 1956, in Dixon, the daughter of Don and Donice (Ackerson) Wellman. She married Lawrence “Larry” Swords in Dixon on June 27, 2001. He survives. Survivors also include one daughter Elizabeth Bartlett; her parents, Don and Donice Wellman of Lee Center; and paternal grandmother, June Wellman of Franklin Grove. She was preceded in death by a sister, Joan Wellman; her maternal grandparents; and paternal grandfather. She had been employed as a custodian at Franklin Center High School in Franklin Grove for the past seven years.
Amboy News

BYRON SWORM : The body of Byron Sworm who passed away in California recently will arrive in Dixon Tuesday morning and will be taken to the Preston Funeral Home. Services will be conducted Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock. Dr. Floyd Blewfield pastor of the First Methodist Church officating and interment will be in the Palmyra Cemetery. The family requests that flowers be omitted.
Dixon Evening Telegraph 13 November 1944

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