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HARRIET DOROTHEA (GRABENSTEIN) SCHUTZ , 58, of 1016 Long Road in Harmon, died Sunday at St. Anthony Medical Center in Rockford following injuries sustained in a farming accident. Funeral services will be Tuesday at 10 a.m. in the Good Shepard Lutheran Church in Rock Falls, with Rev. John P. Vaughn, officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery in Harmon. Visitation will be today from 6-8 p.m. at the Wheelock-Allen Funeral Home in Rock Falls. A memorial has been established in her memory. Mrs. Schutz was born on May 5, 1929 in Eustis, Neb., the daughter of William and Emma Hauser Grabenstein. On Sept. 21, 1947 she was united in marriage to Paul R Schutz in Eustis, Neb. The deceased was a member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church of Amboy, the Amboy Home Extension, and was the Amboy Methodist Church organist. Survivors include her husband, Paul; three sons, Timothy of Harmon, Terry of Rock Falls and Craig of Chico, Calif.; two daughters, Mrs. Pat (Christine) McCarty of Rock Falls and Mrs. Bruce (Julie) Wheeler of Buffalo Grove; two brothers, Ray Grabenstein of Eustis, Neb., and Tony Grabenstein of Omaha, Neb.; five sisters, Helen Grabenstein of Rock Falls, Mrs. Rose Schilpp of Rock Falls, Mrs. Delmar (Ruth) Olson of Ames, Ia., Mrs. Herman (Elsie) Koch of Eustis, Neb., and Mrs. Mike (Mildred) Gengenbach of Lincoln, Neb.; also seven grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, and three brothers.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois May 11, 1987 - Monday, pg A2

RICHARD B. SHOEMAKER , 55, of Dixon died Monday, May 27, 1996, at KSB Hospital. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Bethel Evangelical Congregational Church, Dixon, with the Rev. Richard Reigle, pastor, officiating. Entombment will be at Chapel Hill Mausoleum, Dixon. Visitation will be from 2-9 p.m. today at Preston-Schilling Funeral home, Dixon, with the family present from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A memorial has been established. Mr. Shomaker was born Nov. 5, 1940 in Sparta, the son of Clyde and Dorothy Virginia (Mattingly) Shomaker. He married Sandra French on Oct. 3, 1965, in Champaign. He was self-employed as a truck driver. He was a member of the Bethel Evangelical Congregational Church, Dixon. Survivors include his wife, Sandra of Dixon; one son, Richard (Genevieve) Shomaker of Dixon; mother, Dorothy Shomaker of Dixon; one brother, James (Rae Jean) Shomaker of Dixon; and two grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his father and one sister.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois May 29, 1996 - Wednesday, pg A2

ROSE M. (DALE) SHOEMAKER , 80, of Dixon, died Friday, July 30, 2004, at Lee County Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. She was employed by Dixon State School for 10 years and KSB Hospital for 23 years, retiring in 1992. Mrs. Shoemaker was born May 20, 1924 in Polo, the daughter of James Harold and Bonnie Bessie (Stone) Dale. She married Raymond Orris Shoemaker on Aug. 23, 1946 in Dixon. He died Sept. 15, 1967. She was a member of Grace United Methodist Church, Dixon. Survivors include two daughteers, Barbara (James) Westra of Apple River and Connie (Daniel "Peach") Bonnell of Amboy; a brother, Paul (Connie) Dale of Centennial, Colo.; four sisters, Virginia Shoemaker of Dixon, Hazel Swain of Omaha, Neb., Bonnie (Harry) Donald of Bennett, Iowa, and Esther (Jon) Skor of Sacramento, Calif.; five grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a sister, Lucille Kessel; and a brother, Richard Dale. The funeral is at 10 a.m. Monday at Preston-Schilling Funeral Home, Dixon, with the Rev. Jeff Hockensmith, pastor of Community Alliance church, officiating. Burial is at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, Dixon. Visitation is from 6-8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - Sterling Gazette

ALFRED FRANKLIN SHUCK , was born in Palmyra Township Lee Co IL Oct. 15, 1887 and passed away in Dixon on Nov. 26, 1939 at the age of 52 years 1 month and 11 days. He was the son of Mr.& Mrs. Daniel Shuck. In early life he was confimed and joined the Lutheran Church the Pastor being Rev. Rathrauff. On Feb. 22, 1911 he was united in marriage to Myrtle Leivan. They immediately began farming South of Dixon. In 1913 they moved to Blue Earth MN where they purchased a farm. After several years they moved back to Dixon and went into the grocery business with his brother Paul. In 1925 they returned to Blue Earth MN to the farm. Three years ago Mr, Shuck suffered a stoke from which he never fully recovered. On account of his illness he was forced to retire from farmimg. In March of this year they moved to Blue Earth MN where they expected to enjoy their remaining years together, but Mrs. Shuck suddenly passed away on last Mother's Day. She was brought to Dixon, IL. for burial. On returning to his home in Blue Earth from the fureral Mr. Shuck rented their home, and with his son, Robert, returned to Dixon to make his home with his two sisters at 209 Lincoln Way. Arthur was always of a very jovial and cheerful disposition, he was a friend to everyone who knew him, and he was always ready to lend a helping hand. He was a kind and loving father and will sorely be missed by his children who feel the loss so deeply. He his survived by his two children, Mrs. Thor Berg of Winona, MN and Robert of Dixon. Three sisters, Mrs. Gus Fritz of Sterling, Miss Mary Shuck, and Mrs. Wilbur Bates of Dixon. Five brothers Jacob, Will and Paul of Dixon, Richard of Mapleton Mn. and Clarence of Beloit, Wi. Funeral Service was held at the home at 209 Lincoln Way, Dixon, IL. on Tuesday Nov. 28, 1939. In charge of the services was Rev. George D. Nielsen pastor of the Grace Evangelical Church. Service at the grave by Friendship Lodge no. 7 A.F. & A.M. and by Rev. Nielsen Interment at Oakwood Cemetery.
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ALICE JANE (McCLANAHAN) SHUCK , 82 who died Monday in the home of sister-in-law Mrs. Wilbur Bates, 209 Lincoln Way Dixon, IL., will be held at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday in Presron Funeral Home. Friends may call in the funeral home after 4 p.m. today. Mrs. Shuck, who lived at 920 First St. for many years was born Aug. 26,1884, in Palmyra Township. The daughter of Samuel and Mary Nowell McClanahan. She was married to Jacob Shuck on Jan.31, 1905 In Palmyra Township. She was preceded in death by her husband in 1961 and four brothers. Surviving are four sons, Edward, Glen, George, and Russell all of Dixon. Four grandchildren, a great-granddaughter, and a sister Mrs. Ruth Emmert, Eldena Nursing
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ANNA (TROUTH) SHUCK , was born in Heyancheydar, Barbelroth, Germany June 20, 1857 and died at her home, 209 Lincoln Way, west of Dixon Illinois, Saturday morning, April 12, 1924, age 66 years, 9 months and 22 days. She came to America with her parents, John and Mary Trouth when she was one and half years of age. Her parents were pioneers settlrs in Palmyra Township, Lee County, contributed their fuul share in the development of the community along every line of up lift. Miss Trouth was united in marriage to Daniel Schuck on June 23, 1874. To them ten children were born of whom nine are living. One son, George Daniel passed away at 15 years. The living children are: Jacob H., Of Blue Earth Minnesota; Edith, wife of Gus Fritz, Sterling Illinois; Arthur, Mary and Paul of Dixon, Illinois; Richard of Maleton, Minnesato; Myrtle wife of Wilbur Bates, Dixon, Illinois; and Clarence, Ft. Des Moines, Iowa. Besidesthese children Mrs. Schuck leaves three brothers, John Troth, Perry, Iowa; Jacob and Fred of Dixon, Illinios, to mour her loss. After living for nearly half a century at the old homestead in Palmyra Township, where they reared their children and were favorably know and held in high esteen by neighbors and freinds. Mr.& Mrs. Schuck sold their farm in 1918, making their home with their daughter Mrs. Gustavis Fritz in Sterling for one year. Then they purchased the home at, 209 Lincoln Way, west of Dixon, on which the father was permitted three months when death moved him on July 26, 1919, to the home on high. Mr.& Mrs. Schuck were faithful members Of St. Paul's Lytheran Church in Dixon, all their lives. Pastors were always assured of hearty welcome in their homes, were their children were brought up in virtues of the Lord, where lessons of prayers and Christian devotion and service were taught by precept and example. Now may all their children hold in grateful memory their father and mother and so live that their may be time a glad reunion in the home of Eternal in Heaven.
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CLARENCE SHUCK , 61 2952 Riverside Drive, Beloit (Wisconsin) Contractor who helped to organize the Rock county Builders Association, died after a heart attack Monday He was born in Palmyra, Ill. (19 Jul 1897) son of Daniel & Anna (Trouth) Shuck. He married Viola Hutchinson Sept. 1, 1935 in Dubuque, Ia. and settleed in Beloit, a short time later, establishing a contracting business here. Mr. Shuck was president of the County Builders Association in 1954, and was a mumber of the Wisconsin Builders Association, and the National Association of home Builders. He was a director and former dommodore of the Star Zerith Boad Club and was a mumber of St. Paul Lurtheran Church. Surviving are his widow; a step daughter, Mrs Alice Burley, Woodstock, Ill., 2 grandchildren, twin sister Mrs. Myrtle Bates of Dixon, Ill., and 2 brothers, Jacob, and Richard, of Mankato, Minn.
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DANIEL SHUCK , age 79, a well known pioneer resident of Palmyra passed away at 1 o'clock this morning at his home, 209 Lincoln Way, Death resulting from stroke of apoplexy which he suffered Thursday and rendered him unconscious, a state from which he did not rally. The Stroke which took the life of the venerable and well like old gentleman, was the foruth he had suffered. Before he retired from his farm in Palmyra a shot time ago, he had suffered three stroke, the third of which brouth on a fight for life, which attracted the attentions of the community. Funeral services well be held at the house at 2'oclock Monday afternoon, Rev. F.D. Altman, pastor of St. Paul's Lutheran Church officiating and burial at Oakwood. Mr. Schuck obituary will be published later. Daniel Schuck was born December 28, 1839 in Rhinefariz, Germany. At the age of five he came to America with his parents and they located in Ackerville, Wisconsin, where he grew to manhood, comeing to Illinois and settle in Palmyra Township in 1876. Mr. Schuck was married to Miss. Anna Trouth on June 23, 1874 at her parents home in Palmyra, and to the union seven sons amd three daughters. One son, George D. passed away a number of years ago, the following children surving to mourn with the widow, Jacob H., of Blue Earth Minnesota, Mrs. G.A. Fritz and William of Sterling, Illinois; Mary E. at home Arthur F. Blue Earth, Minnesota; Richard P. Palmyra Township; Clarance A. of Sterling, Illinois; and Mrs. Wilbur Bates of Dixon, Illinois. The deceased is also survived by fourteen grandchildren and one sister Mrs. Katherine Sheets of Milwaukee, Wisconsin and one brother, George Schuck of Ackerville, Wisconsin. Early on a Saturday morning, July 26, 1919 he fell asleep at the age of 79 years, 6 months, and 28 days. for over a half a century he had been an industrious and highly respected farmer of Palmyra and his home on Lincoln Highway just a few miles west of Dixon, was an inviting place,always attracting the attention of passerbys. It was a most hospitable home where for many years as the family grew to manhood and woman hood, friends and associates found a most cordial welcome. Mr. Schuck was a quite man. Abliging and was highly respected as a neighbor. He was a man with unusual vigor and good health until the last two years of his life. It will be a comforting memory that all of the members of the family were present at the last rites.
Dixon Evening Telegraph July 26/28 1919 - From the Website of Marcia Bennett / World Connect

GERTRUDE (WILHELM) SHUCK , 80, 321 Lincoln Way died in the Lee County Nurseing home this morning. She was born Feb. 21, 1890 in Dixon, the daughter of Charles and Sarah Hanna Wilhelm. She was married to Paul T. Shuck on Feb. 3, 1915 who preceded her in death. She is survived by one son, William, of Dixon. She was a member of the St. Paul's Lutheran Church, where a memorial has been established. Services will be Thurseday at 2 p.m. in Chapel Hill Funeral home with Rev. William Swarbrick officiating. burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery. friends may call at the funeral home from 2:30 to 4:30 and from & to ( p.m. on Wedenseday
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JACOB SHUCK , 82, at 920 First St. Died in Rest Haven Nursing Home early today following 5 years of illness. He was a former care taker at the Dixon Armory. He was born in Palmyra Township, IL. Dec. 3, 1878, the son of Daniel and Anna Shuck Trouth. He married Alice McClanahan Jan. 31,1906 in Palmyra Township, IL. He was proceded in death by his parents and brothers and sisters. He is survived by his wife; for sons Edward, Glen, George, and Russell, all of Dixion; a sister Mrs. Wilbur Bates, of Dixon and four grandchildren. Funeral Services will be held Monday in Melvin Furneral Home with Rev. George J. Curran pastor of St. Paul's Luthern Church officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery. Friends may call in the funeral home after 7p.m. today.
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MARY ELIZABETH SHUCK , was born April 4, 1884. She was the 5th child of a family of 10 children of Mr.&Mrs. Daniel Shuck. In early girlhood she stricken with Malaria which left her with a weakened heart. Because of ill health she had to give up her vocation as a practical nurse about 10 years ago. Mary was ever throughtful and kind to everyone. And often went out of her way to lend a helping hand. She leaves two sisters, Mrs. Edith Fritz and Mrs. Myrtle Bates, four brothers Jacob, Paul, Richard, and Clarence. One Uncle Fred Trouth, many nices, nephews, and other relatives. Besides a host of frinds and neighbors to mourn her passing. Interment was in the family lot in Oakwood Cemetery.
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MYRTLE (LIEVAN) SHUCK , was born in Dixon, IL. on Mar. 18, 1884 and passed from life in her home at 108 S. Linton St. Blue Earth MN on Sunday morning May 4, 1939 at the age of 55 years 1 month and 26 days. She was married to A.F. Shuck of Dixon on Feb. 22, 1911. To this reunion were born two children. A daughter Josephine, now Mrs. Thor Berg of Plianview MN and one son Robert who resides at home. They remain to mourn the sudden passing of the wife and mother of their home. Other Survivors are, Mrs. Shuck mother Mrs. Sophie Lievan of Blue Earth. One sister, Mrs. Pearl Burett os Argusville, N.D. and one bother Warren Livan of Mapleton MN Mrs. Shuck was very active in Farm Bureau work. Was a menber of the Methodist Ladies Aid Society. The Shucks first moved to Blue Earth MN from Dixon, IL in 1913. After living in MN about 9 years they returned to Dixon, where they engage in the grocery business. In 1922 they again returned to their farm in Blue Earth until March of this year when they sold it, and moved to the above address in Blue Earth. At which place Mrs. Shuck passed away. She received her education at North Dixon High and also at Columbia University. Funeral services were held at Blue Earth Mn. and in Dixon from the Bates home at 209 Lincoln Way and the Grace Evangelical Church Rev. G.D. Nielsen pastor on Wednesday May 17, 1939 internment in Oakwood.
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PAUL THEODORE SHUCK , a prominent Dixon Businessman, who has been ill health for several months, passed away at his home 321 Lincoln Way this morning at 5:35. he had been confined for the past few days with a severe heart ailment which he had suffered for many years. For many years Mr. & Mrs. Shuck have conducted a grocery store on Lincoln Way. Paul the son of Daniel and Anna Shuck was born Feb. 27, 1889 in Palmyra Township, where he grew to manhood. On Feb. 4, 1915 he was married to Gertrude R. Wilhelm, daughter of Charles and Elizabeth Wilhelm. From 1915 to 1920 Mr. Shuck was occupied in farming near Blue Earth Minn. Ceasing farming in 1920 he moved with his family to Feeport. There taking a position as a clerk in the Illinois Central Railroad Offices.In 1923 he came to engage with his brother Arthur in the retail grocery business. for 26 years he followed in this occupation. He is survived by his widow, Gertrude, one son William W., three brothers, Jacob of Dixon, Richard of Mapleton, Minn., and Clarence of Beloit, Wis., two sisters, Mrs. Edith Fritz of Sterling and Mrs. Myrtle Bates Of Dixon. Also many nices and nephews and a host of friends. he was a member of Dixon Lodge No. 779 B.P.O Elks. funeral services will be conducted from the family home, 321 Lincoln Way Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock. Rev. George J. Curran, pastor of St. Paul's Lutheran Church officiating and burial will be at Oakwood Cemetery. Friends may call at Melvin Funeral Home untill 6:45 this evening.
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WILLIAM EDWARD SHUCK , passed away suddenly while at work at the Shuck grocery,store, 326 Lincoln Way, at 10:45 o'clock Sunday morning. Funeral Services will be held at the home of his brother-in-law and sister, Mr.& Mrs. Wilbur Bates 209 Lincoln Way, at 2 o'clock this afternoon where Mr. Shuck resided. The Rev. L.W. Walter, Pastor of St. Paul's Lurtheran Church, will officaiate and burial will be at Oakwood Cemetery. William Edward Shuck was born in Palmyra Township on Mar. 19, 1882 and was the son of the late Mr.& Mrs. Daniel Shuck. In infancy he was baptized by his parents in the Lutheran faith. And later comfirmed at St. Paul's Lutheran Church by Rev. M. Ruthrauff. When a boy William attended the rural schools in Palmyra and continued his education at North Dixon High School from which he graduated in June of 1902. He spent practically his entire life in this localition expect for 5 years during which he resided in Blue Earth, Mn. William or Bill as he was know by many of his friens, was of a very happy disposition and was well liked by all of his friends. He is survived by the following brothers and sisters: Jacob, Paul, Miss. Mary Shuck, Mrs. Wilbur Bates, all of Dixon, Richard, of Mapleton, Mn. Clarence, of Beloit, Wi. and Mrs. Gus Fritz of Sterling.
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AMOS SIGLIN , was born in Chesintill township, Northampton county, Pa., in the year 1826. He was the fifth child of a family of six children, having two brothers and three sisters. His oldest brother, who is the only surviving member of the family, is still living. He was left fatherless at the age of eleven. He then made his home with his sister, Mrs. Gilbert, until he was 26 years of age. He was married to Catherine Sutton Oct. 19, 1851. To them were born four children, all of whom were present at the funeral. Mrs. Siglin also survives. They morn the loss of an indulgent husband and father. Mr. Siglin moved with his wife and two children to Illinois in 1855. He bought a farm in Willow Creek township, Lee county, and lived upon it for a number of years. He removed to Paw Paw some twenty-six years ago, where he continued to reside until his death, which occurred at his late residence Aug. 22, 1900. Mr. Siglin was an honest, industrious, energetic and useful citizen, honored and esteemed by his friends and neighbors, who speak of him in terms of the highest respect. He was a regular and constant attedant upon the services of the Presbyterian church for many years. He served the church in the capacity of trustee and treasurer, and took a deep interest in its welfare, but he did not unite with the church until January, 1899, when he was received into membership on confession of his faith in Christ. He was always religiously inclined and never forgot the admonitions and prayers of a loving mother. He died in the faith of the gospel declaring his abiding trust in that Saviour whom he had accepted as his redeemer. He suffered much during his last illness, but bore all with great patience and resignation, and longed to depart and be with Christ, which is far better. Having laid down the burdens of this life, he has entered upon the life immortal and into the inheritance which is incorruptible and fadeth not away. Funeral services were held at his late residence on the afternoon of Aug. 24, the text being I Peter i:3-4. Rev. J. W. Mann preached the sermon. The remains were interred in the Ellsworth cemetery.

IN MEMORY OF BROTHER SIGLIN

The following resolution was unanimously adopted by Anchor Lodge No. 510, I. O. O. F., of which Brother Siglin was a member for the past twenty-four years of good standing, thereof: Whereas, the allwise Ruler of the universe has in his infinite wisdom taken from our midst and from his family, Brother Amos Siglin, be it Resolved, that in the death of Brother Siglin we lose a true and faithful brother and his family a kind and loving husband and father, and be it also Resolved, that, we deeply sympathize with the bereaved family and extend to them our most heartfelt sympathy in this their great loss, but express the hope that even so great a loss may be overruled for good by Him who doeth all things well, and be it further Resolved, that the charter of this lodge be draped in mourning for the space of thirty days and that these resolutions be spread upon the records of this lodge, also published in The Lee County Times, and a copy be sent to the family of the deceased brother.
D. R. McLaughlin, Secretary
Contributed by Marilyn Widler

CATHERINE (SUTTON) SIGLIN - The funeral of the late Mrs. Catherine Siglin, who died early Friday morning, was held in the Presbyterian church Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock, Rev. L. S. Evans officiating; burial was in the family lot at Ellsworth cemetery. In the death of Mrs. Siglin this community loses one of its oldest residents, one who has held in high esteem by all. She was possessed of a winning personality and her character shown forth like the evening star. To know her intimately was indeed a pleasure and to those who did know her intimately, her departure will be most deeply felt.

Following is the obituary: Catherine Sutton was born in Northampton Co., Penn., Oct. 15, 1833. She was married to Amos Siglin, Oct. 18, 1851. Into their home came four children, Mary Elizabeth, now Mrs. Smith; and Dollie, now Mrs. Fisher, who were born in Luzerne Co., Penn., and William and Barbara, who were born in Lee Co., Ill. The family, with Mrs. Siglin's father and mother, came to Illinois in 1855, bought a farm in Willow Creek township, and lived there until 1874. They came to Paw Paw forty-one years ago next December. For a year they lived in rooms over Mr. Hendershot's store, than bought a home, the lot being the one upon which the church now stands. After living there about three years, the house was moved and a new home built. Fourteen years ago this home was sold to the Presbyterian church; the house was moved back and is now the Presbyterian manse. The new church was built upon the site, which was Mrs. Siglin's home for many years. She then moved into the house which her father, Mr. Sutton, had built, and which he occupied until his death. Here she spent the last years of her life, a "shut in," most of the time, but happy in the companionship of her children, grandchildren and many true friends. She has been unusually blessed in having her daughters near her through all these years, and since her son has lived in a distant state, his visits home have been to her a great joy. She passed away Friday morning, October 1, 1915. Although an invalid for years, the call came unexpectedly; she seemed unusually well on Thursday and that night seemed to sleep well until about midnight, when her daughter heard her, and going to her found her very ill. She suffered intensely for about three hours; then she quietly passed away. She leaves three daughters, one son, five grandchildren and one great grandchild. Her husband preceded her fifteen years and a granddaughter, her little namesake, was called to her heavenly home when a little child. Mrs. Siglin has been a faithful and consecrated member of the Presbyterian church for many years and ever since it was organized, she has been deeply interested in it, and as long as her health permitted, was an earnest and willing worker. While for the last few years she has been unable to attend the services, her interest has been just as deep. In the quiet of her home she worshiped her Heavenly Father studied his word and learned to trust him more and more. In a beautiful quiet way God was preparing her for the transition, and she was ready for the quick call when it came. It was hard for her to give up the active duties of life and many times of late she has said, "I am no good any more." But her children and friends said, not so, for her life was a sweet benediction, a living witness to he power of Christ. Through years of suffering and weakness she was patient and there was no word of complaint. There was always a smile for those who ministered to her and a cheery welcome to all who came in to see her. Her family will miss her deeply, a good mother has gone home, her friends will miss her, a good woman has finished her work here and gone to be with God, where sorrow and suffering can never touch her again. Among those from away who were here to attend the funeral of the late Mrs. Catherine Siglin were: Wm. Whipple and wife and Mrs. Thomas Marshall of Genoa; Dr. F. L. Smith and wife of Chicago; Wellington Smith of LaFayette, Ind.; Mrs. Ella Smith of Rochelle; J. T. Epla and wife, Robert Adrian and wife and Mrs. John Adrian of Hinckley.
--Submitted by Marilyn Widler

WILLIAM P. STEDER - 75, of 1365 Franklin Grove Rd. in Dixon died Saturday afternoon at KSB Hospital in Dixon following a brief illness. Funeral services will be Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the Preston-Schilling Funeral Home in Dixon with Rev. Robert Hollowell, pastor of the Community Alliance Church officiating. Burial will be in Chapel Hill Memorial Park in Dixon. Visitation will be today until 9 p.m. at the funeral home with the family present from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A memorial has been established to the American Heart Association. Mr. Steder was born on May 15, 1911, in Lee County, the son of William P. and Rosina Egler Steder. On March 20, 1941 he was united in marriage to Minnie B. Lengel Ream in Iowa. The deceased was a lifetime Lee County farmer. He was also a member of the Dixon Moose Lodge 727 and Coachman Campers Chapter 20. Survivors include his wife, Minnie; a step-son, Warren H. Ream of Nachusa; two brothers, Harvey of Dixon and Walter of Sterling; three sisters, Mrs. Minnie Heckert of Amboy, Mrs. Malenda Stein of Brookfield; and Mrs. Carl (Emma) Bruce of Dixon; and several step-grandchildren.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois May 11, 1987 - Monday, pg A2

ALVA STEWART.. Death came suddenly, and without any warning whatever, to Alva T. Stewart, a well-known retired farmer of this city (Marshalltown, Iowa) at 10:30 Thursday night. (According to the perpetual calendar - this would have been the 6th of July). Mr. Stewart shortly after going to bed, and after making plans for the morrow, when he expected to arise early to go to the country. The death proved a profound shock among the family’s many friends here and in Taylor and Vienna townships, where Mr. Stewart lived for so many years before coming to town. Mr. Stewart had never been known to complain of any trouble, and was the picture of health. He was up and about as usual Thursday, and spent the afternoon with old friends in the Woodbury block, where a club room is maintained, and where members meet to play checkers and whist. Thursday night Mr. Stewart was making his plans to take his daughter Nellie to the old home place, eight miles north, occupied by Mr. and Mrs. William Stewart, to spend the day picking cherries. Mr. Stewart had just finished telling his daughter that he wanted to get started by 5:30, so as to make the drive while it was still cool, when he went to his room to bed. Commenting to Mrs. Stewart on the delightful change in the weather Mr. Stewart was heard to gasp, and without a struggle was dead. Dr. Nichols and Dr. Boucher were both called at once, and both prounced valvular heart disease the cause of the death. Mr. Stewart was a heavy owner of some of this country’s finest farm lands, possessing 700 acres of finely Improved farm land in Vienna, Liscomb, and Taylor townships, all of which could not be bought for less that $200 per acre.” [Note: Cousins this is something - because good farmland in Kiowa Co., OK, and Payne Co. OK in the 1970's was going for the same $200 per acre - Dot] To continue - “Mr. Stewart also owned his residence at 112 North first avenue, where he died (Marshalltown, Iowa). Mr. Stewart was a native of Courtland county, New York, where he was born May 7, 1843. When a lad of 12 he came west with his parents, who settled near Dixon, ILL., and here their son Alva was reared to manhood. When the evil war broke out, and troops were called for, the four boys in the Stewart family responded, the s___ ___ [ there is a hole in the article and can’t put anything with it - dot] enlisted Aug. 1?, 1861 in ____ [another hole] company D, Thirty -fourth Illinois Infantry. He served thruout the war, being dischaged at its close, on July 5, 1865. Mr. Stewart participated in several engagements, including Shiloh, Bentonville, NC., Resaca, GA, and Liberty Gap. At Shiloh Mr. Stewart received a severe wound in his leg, and was in the hospital eight months. The wound never healed properly, altho sufficiently to permit the young soldier to return to duty. At the battle of Liberty Gap Mr. Stewart was again wounded, being shot in the same leg, near where the Shiloh wound was received, and in the the shoulder. The second wound in the leg had the effect of properly healing the first one. Following the war Mr. Stewart returned to his old home near Dixon, and a year later, in 1866, came to the newer Iowa country, and settled in this county in Marion township. He lived there for about a year when he moved to Taylor, on the old farm that he still owns, eight miles north of town, on the Taylor-Vienna line. On May 23, 1872, Mr. Stewart took a wife, in the person of Miss Dora Randall, a daughter of the late L.W. Randall, who died at his daughter’s home in this city last fall. Following their marriage Mr. and Mrs. Stewart moved across the road from their farm into Vienna township, lived there for ten years, then went back to the Taylor township farm, where they remained until they came to this city three years ago. Aside from his wife Mr. Stewart is survived by four children--three sons and a daughter. The sons are William R. Stewart of Taylor township; Charles H. Stewart, of Mountain Home, Idaho; and Burt A. Stewart, of Vienna township. The daughter is Miss Neillie Stewart, a teacher in the Anson school in this city. The son from Idaho is expected to reach the city Sunday morning. Aside from his immediate family Mr. Stewart is survived by one half sister Mrs. H.H. Cully of Kewanee, ILL and one step sister, Mrs. Watson, of Malden, ILL [Note: could this be Elisa Rose listed in the 1850 Truxton, Cortland Co., census ? - Another note: John Bolton whom I feel was Alva T.’s youngest brother had passed away Mar. 28, 1910 in OK/TX? - Dot ] Mr. Stewart has been a prominent farmer of the county for many years, and was held in the highest esteem by all who knew him. He was a republican in politics, and took an active part in the party, altho aside from holding township offices never sought office excepting at one time, about twelve years ago, when he received the republican nomination for county supervisor. After receiving the nomination Mr. Stewart’s health was not good, and he declined the nomination. Mr. Stewart had no lodge affilation, altho he was a member of the Frank M. Thomas post, GAR. Although he was not a member of the First Baptist Church of this city, Mr. Stewart was active within the congregrational circles, and was a regular attendant at the services of the church. The funeral will be held from the church Sunday afternoon at 3 o’clock, rev. James Mcgee officiating. The church will be open to friends between 2 and 3. Interment will be in Riverside.”
Contributed by Dot Sipes - The Times Republic Iowa 7 July 1911

CHARLES STEWART - Funeral services for Charles Stewart, son of Mr. & Mrs. John E. Stewart, who met death by accidental drowning Monday (July 4, 1949) will be held Thursday afternoon at 1:30 at the Amboy Methodist Church with the Rev.Norman Miller officiating. Burial will be in Oaklawn Cemetery in Princeton. Charles was born in Lee County March 21, 1927 and is a graduate of Amboy High School with the class of 1945. He has been helping his father on his farm in Sublette. Survivors include his parents, five brothers; Harold of Sublette, Don W. of West Brooklyn, Cecil of Compton, Calvin of Rock Falls, and Warren of Amboy; three sisters, Mrs Dorothy Dyer of Amboy, Mrs. Mae Lee of Chesterfield,Ill. and Miss. Mary Stewart at home, and several neices and nephews. The body will be taken to the church about noon Thursday from the Mihm funeral home.
Dixon Telegraph July 6, 1949

HAROLD E. STEWART - Funeral arrangements are complete at the Preston-Schilling funeral home in Dixon for Harold E. “Bud” Stewart, 67, of 2500 River Rd., Rt. 1 Sterling, who died in his home following an extended illness. Mr. Stewart was a machinist at Northwestern Steel and Wire Co. where he worked for 50 years, until his retirement in 1979. Mr. Stewart was born Feb. 9, 1914 in Leland, Ill., the son of Mr. Harry and Besse (Graves) Stewart. He was married to Martha I. Miller August 22, 1937 in Dixon. Funeral services are set for 11 a.m. Monday at the Bethel Evangelical Congregation church in Dixon. Burial will be at the Chapel Hill Memorial Park. A memorial has been established for the church. Visitation will be at the funeral home from noon to 9 p.m. Sunday with the family present from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Sunday. Mr. Stewart is survived by his wife, a son, James L. Stewart of Sterling, a daughter, Mrs. Thomas (Judy) Lavalle of Rock Falls, a sister, Mrs. William (Audre) Jewish of New Mexico and he is also survived by five grandchildren.
Contributed by Barbara Nugent - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois, Saturday, January 2, 1982, Page 4:3


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