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CHARLES ALBERT TADD - Burial services were held at the Ashton cemetery for C. Albert Tadd, 82 of DeKalb who died on Friday in DeKalb Public Hospital. He was born Feb. 26, 1883 in Ashton. He was married to Clara Krug and she preceded him in 1955. On April 14, 1957 he ws married in Sycamore to Helga Lindelof. Besides his widow, he is survived by a stepdaughter, Mrs. John Bross of DeKalb and five grandchildren; two brothers, William of Galesburg and Frank of Pipestone, Minn. He was preceded by his parents, two sons, one who died in infancy and Clarence who died last July; a sister Mrs. Etta Year; and a brother Fred Tadd. Mr. Tadd was a member of the eagles Lodge 1316 and the local carpenters union. Burial was in Ashton cemetery.
Contributed by Pat France

CLARA (KRUG) TADD - Burial services were held in Ashton Cemetery Saturday afternoon for Mrs. Albert Tadd, 65, of DeKalb who passed away Thursday afternoon in St. Marys Hospital where she had been a patient for several weeks. Clara Krug was born in Dysart, Iowa, the daughter of Mr. and mrs. John Krug. she was married to Albert Tadd on Feb. 27, 1907 in Ashton. Surviving are her husband; a son, Clarence and daughter-in-law Virginia, and two grandsons, Bruce and Stanley of Lewisburg Pa; two sisters, Mrs. LeRoy Buhler and Mrs. Estella Rosecrans both of Dixon. Mrs. Tadd was preceded in death by her parents and a sister Mrs. Elma Klingebiel. Services will be saturday in Ronan mortuary, DeKalb with Rev. Forrest Hoisington officiating.
Contributed by Pat France

CLARENCE TADD - Graveside services wer held Tuesday afternoon in Ashton cemetery for Clarence Tadd, 53, former DeKalb resident who died Friday in Lewisburg Pa. Survivors include his wife; three children, Charels, Bruce and Theresa all at home, and his father and stepmother Mr. and Mrs. Albert tadd of DeKalb
Contributed by Pat France

ELIZABETH (BATCHELOR) TADD : Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon for Mrs. Fred Tadd Sr., 78, who passed away at her home early Sunday morning. Rev. L.E. Winter, pastor of the Methodist church, had charge of the services from the late home and from the Methodist church. Internment was made in the Ashton cemetery. Elizabeth Batchlor, daughter of Evaline and John Batchlor died at her home in Ashton, Sunday, December 27th at 6:20 A.M. She was born in Lyons, Wayne county, N.Y. December 4, 1858. When she was eight years old she moved with her parents to Ashton, Illinois. She was united in marriage to Frederick Tadd on July 2, 1882. Four years ago they were permitted to celebrate their golden wedding anniversary . To this union were born four boys and one girl, Charles Albert Tadd of DeKalb; William H. Tadd of Melvin, Iowa; Fred Tadd Jr. of Ashton; Frank Tadd of Lake Wilson, Minnesota; and Mrs. Etta Mae Year of Ashton. All of these children with their father were present at the bedside of their mother at the time of her death. In 1910 the family moved to Melvin, Iowa, where they resided for ten years. Then they moved to DeKalb where they lived for a short period of time, after which they returned to Ashton where they have since made their home. On December 9, 1936 she fell and was confined to her bed. Due to her condition and age of so many years in spite of all the doctor's care and the loving care of her children and families, she passed peacefully away Sunday, December 27, at the age of 78 years and 23 days. Besides a devoted husband she leaves to mourn five children, eight grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs, Anna Scorah of Reggina , Saskatchewan
Dixon Evening Telegraph 14 May 1945

FREDERICK TADD , for many years a resident of the Ashton community, passed away at 2:45 o'clock Sunday morning at the Katherine Shaw Betha hospital in Dixon, after a few days illness. Funeral services will be held at the Stephan funeral home at 1:30 o'clock Tuesday afternoon and at the Methodist church, of which he was a member at 2:00, the Rev. J. Peters officiating. Burial will be in the family lot in the Ashton cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home this evening. Mr. Tadd was born in England May 31, 1859 and came to the Ashton vicinity when he was ten years old. Here he was married to Miss Elizabeth Batchlor July 2, 1882 and they were permitted to celebrate their fiftieth wedding anniversary in 1932, four years before Mrs. Tadd's death. Five children Charles Albert of DeKalb, William H. and Frederick Jr. of Ashton, Frank of Pipestone, Minn. And Mrs. Etta Mae Year of Ashton were born to this union and all were at his bedside when he passed away. Seven grandchildren and a brother, Frank Tadd of DeKalb, also survive. One granddaughter preceded him in death.
Dixon Telegraph May 14 1945

VERLIS WILLIAM TADD - was born on April 23, 1916, in Ashton Township, Lee County, Illinois to Fred and Della (Heibenthal) Tadd, Jr. He attended Stillman Valley School and then Ashton High School where he graduated. Verlis married Shirley Miller in Ashton, Illinois on April 8, 1941. He served in the Fifth Army, 57th Signal Corps during World War II in the invasion North Africa at Robot and the invasion of Italy at Salermo and Anzio. After working as a barber for 29 years, Verlis farmed in the Ashton area. Verlis served the Village of Ashton as a board member and mayor in the 1970's. Verlis was a member of St. Johns Lutheran Church, Ashton. He was a member of the Ashton Lodge #531, AF & AM and the Tebala Shrine – Temple of Rockford, the American Legion Post #345, Ashton and the 57th Signal Corps reunion group. Verlis died on Sunday, June 27, 1999 at KSB Hospital in Dixon at the age of 83. He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother. Verlis is survived by – his wife Shirley of Ashton; one son, Paul and his wife Cheri Tadd of Naperville, Illinois; and two grandchildren, Peter Tadd of Lisle, Illinois and Keli Tadd of Naperville; and mother-in-law, Clara Miller of Franklin Grove, Illinois. Memorials have been established to the Ashton Rescue Squad and Ashton Library. Burial is in the Ashton Cemetery immediately following this service. Following the burial, St. John's women's group will serve lunch downstairs in the fellowship hall.

WILLIAM H. TADD , 94, 275 E. Carl Sandburg Drive, Galesburg, formerly of Ashton died Sunday at St. Mary's Hospital in Galesburg. He was a farmer in the area for many years. He was born Sept. 9, 1884 in Ashton to Frederick and Elizabeth (Batchelor) Tadd Sr. He was married to Ella Ford Feb. 17, 1915 in Melvin Iowa. Mr. Tadd was a member of the Methodist Church. He was preceded in death by three brothes and a sister. Furvivors include his widow; a son, Donald W. of Grand Island Nebr., two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. services were at Ashton Cemetery with the Rev. Clyde Gallow officiating. Arrangemets by Hinchliff-Pearson-West Funeral Home in Galesburg.
Contributed by Pat France

NELLIE (DOWLYN) TARR - Her maiden name was Nellie Dowlyn. She was born at East Manville, Mich., April 14, 1866, and died Aug. 27, 1900, in her 35th year. Her parents moved from East Manville to Spring Lake, Mich., when Nellie was a child. Her parents still live there, but are too infirm to attend the funeral services. Mrs. Tarr leaves besides her parents, four brothers and two sisters, and a sorrow-stricken husband. She was married to R. C. Tarr Feb. 17, 1898, and has since lived in Paw Paw. Their life has been singularly happy and full of joy. Her last years were among the happiest years of her life. Feb. 2, 1900, she was baptized into the Baptist church of Paw Paw. She has lived a beautiful life among us, her quiet, inoffensive manner will never be forgotten. She lived with us only a short time, but long enough to endear herself to our hearts. Earth is made poorer in her death and heaven made richer. The funeral services were held in the Baptist church, Aug. 29. Her pastor, William A. Matthews, preached the sermon from Psalm xxiii:4. Interment in South Side cemetery.
Submitted by Marilyn Widler

JAMES E. TAYLOR , 69, of Dixon died Tuesday, March 2, 1999 at KSB Hospital. Mass of the Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Anne's Catholic Church, Dixon, with the Rev. Leo Bartel, of Morrison, officiating. Cremation rites will be accorded. Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. today at the Preston Schilling Funeral Home, Dixon. A memorial has been established. Mr. Taylor was born Feb 9, 1930 in Sterling, the son of Elisha and Mary (McCormick) Taylor. He married Marjorie Moncelle on Sept. 4, 1954, at St. Mary Church, Sterling. She survives. He served in the Navy from 1948 to 1951. He was employed by Dixon State School and Byron Nuclear Plant prior to his retirement in 1990. He was a member of St. Anne's Catholic Church, Dixon, Knights of Columbus Council 609, Knights of Columbus Fourth Degree, Dixon American Legion Post 12 and Dixon Elks Lodge BPOE 779. Survivors include four sons, David (Cynthia) Taylor and William (Margaret) Taylor, both of Dixon, Donald (Jo-Allen) Taylor of Polo and Robert (Linda) Taylor of Lake Zurich; four daughters, Lynn (Randy) Baker of Byron, Kathleen (Robert) Marsh of Newton, N.J., Carol (William) Huffman, of Dixon and Melissa (Aaron) Dewey of Franklin Grove; a sister, Virginia Taylor of Dixon, and 22 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister.
Contributed by Barbara Gehlsen Nugent Sterling Daily Gazette 4 Mar 1999

ROBERT TAYLOR , age 67, of Amboy died peacefully Friday, July 25, 2003, al Mendota Community Hospital. Bob was born April 2, 1936. in Amboy, the son of the late Clarence and June (Schaudt) Taylor. He married Ann Keho in Amboy on May 24, 1958. He was employed for Frank N. Butler Company of Franklin Grove for 32 years until June of 1990 when he was disabled from injuries sustained in a boating accident. Bob was a reserve deputy for the Lee County Sheriffs Department, a member of Local 150 Operating Engineers, the Experimental Aircraft Association, the National Rifle Association, a former Dixon Elks member, Split Pits Sportsman Club partner and had served in the Illinois National Guard. He was a licensed pilot, enjoyed hunting and fishing and was a superior metal craftsman. Survivors include his wife and caregiver, Ann, one son, Clay Taylor and one daughter, Amy (Don) Procunier, both of Amboy; one brother, Don (Elaine) Taylor of Ottawa; one sister, Judi (Phil) Callison of Amboy; and one grandson, Clay Taylor-Sanford of Homer. Funeral services will be at 10:30 am. Tuesday, July 29, 2003, in the Mihm-Jones Funeral Home in Amboy, with the Rev. Colleen Lawrence, pastor of the Lee Center Congregational United Church of Christ, officiating. Burial will follow in Woodside Cemetery in Lee Center. Visitation will be from 2 until 4 and 6 until 8 p.m. on Monday, July 28, 2003, in the funeral home.
Daily Gazette July 26, 2003

JOHN ARTHUR TEETER , 65, of Norwalk, Iowa, formerly of Fairfield, Iowa, and Dixon, died Sunday, June 28, 2003, at Iowa Methodist Medical Center, Des Moines, Iowa. He was employed by Hawkeye Security Insurance Co., retiring in 2000. Mr. Teeter was born Sept. 14. 1937, in Dixon, the son of Arthur D. and Lillian L. Teeter. He was a 1955 graduate of Dixon High School. He married Donna Saunders in 1956. They divorced. He then married Rebecca "Becky" Neifert in 1996. He was a member and former exalted ruler of Fairfield (Iowa) Elks 4 Lodge. Survivors include his wife; a daughter. Cathy Kaska of Fairfield, a; two sons. Curt and Craig three stepsons Bill, Jason, Joshua Neifert of Norwalk Iowa; a sister, Joyce Heaton of Davis, Calif.; five grandchildren; and three stepgrandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Phyllis Teeter, and a granddaughter in infancy. Cremation rites have been accorded. Arrangements were completed by Neptune Society, Ankefly. Iowa.
Daily Gazette July 5, 2003

STELLA TERWILLIGER , formerly of Nelson, passed away at 8:00 p.m. Wednesday evening in DeKalb , where she had been making her home, and where funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday afternoon. Mrs. Terwilliger, whose husband preceded her in death a number of years ago, is survived by the following children: Mrs. DeForest Hunt, Prof. George Terwilliger, Mrs. Gene Miller and William Terwilliger all of Dekalb.
From the Dixon Evening Telegraph May 15, 1947 "Mrs. J.J. Sendra, Mrs. Frances Stitzel and Mrs. Earl Stitzel, motored to DeKalb Friday where they attended the funeral services of Mrs. Stella Terwilliger which was held at the Wirtz Funeral Home with burial at the Fairview Cemetery".
From the Dixon Evening Telegraph May 21, 1947

JOHN ALBERT THEISS - Funeral services for J.A. Theiss, brother of Mrs. Max Letl of Sublette IL who passed away at 6 o'clock February 21, 1946 at Julesburg Community Hsp. were conducted Feb. 24 at the Austin Funeral Home in Julesburg. Burial was at Hillside Cem. Julesburg John Albert Theiss was born in Sublette Jan. 23, 1868 the son of George and Caroline Theiss. In his youth he was confirmed in St. Mary's Church in Sublette. and retained his faith in the Divine Power to the end. On August 11, 1898 he was united in marrige to Grace A. Bedient of Sublette. To this union were born three children - Hannah Jeanette, J. Stanley of Julesburg and Helen Elizabeth now Mrs. C.L. Eversman of Ovid Colorado. He is also survived by a grandson John Lewis Everman, and a son=in=law Clarence Eversman; two sisters Mrs. Max Letl of Sublette and Bertha Wiltz of Metamora IL and a brother George of Spencer IA. The John Theiss family moved to Julesburg in 1918, prior to that they lived in York Co. Neb.
Dixon Evening Telegraph 7 Mar 1946

EVELYN (LEDFORD) THOMAS , 83, of Dixon, Illinois, died Thursday, July 3, 2008, at her home. She was born April 28, 1925, in Mildred, Kansas, the daughter of Glenn and Cora (Laymon) Ledford. On Nov. 1, 1941, she was married to William Sanford Thomas in Humboldt, Kansas. He died Sept. 26, 1996. She had helped build the B-25 bomber for North American Aviation during World War II. She had also worked as an inspector for Camp Togs Children's Clothing for 4 years, and was a hall monitor at Dixon High School for 5 years, prior to her retirement in 1978. She was a member of First United Methodist Church, Dixon, Ladies Auxiliary, Rebekah Lodge, United Methodist Women, Ruth Circle, Meals on Wheels chairperson and an American Red Cross bloodmobile chairperson. Survivors include two sons, William Edward (Christina) Thomas of Paris, MO, and John Douglas (Penny) Thomas of Dixon, IL; three daughters, Judith Kay (John) Wittie of Houston, TX, Sharon (Glenn) Kersten, and Deanna (Don) McIntyre, both of Dixon, IL; one brother, Donald (Virginia) Ledford of Castle Rock, CO; 14 grandchildren; and 27 great grandchildren. A grandson, died earlier. Funeral services will be July 8, 2008, at the First United Methodist Church, Dixon, Illinois, with the Rev. Tony Hawkins, pastor, officiating. Burial will be at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, Dixon, Illinois.
Photo and Obituary from Preston-Schilling Funeral Home

DAVID THOMAS - The remains of David Thomas, who died at his home in Bangor, Mich. last Friday, were shipped here for burial arriving here Monday evening. The funeral was held in the Methodist church Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock. Rev. O. T. Canfield officiated and the burial was in Wyoming cemetery. Members of the G. A. R. and W. R. C. attended the services in a body and the G. A. R. had charge of the services at the grave. Following is the obituary: David E. Thomas was born in Perry County, Da., July 16, 1841. He came with his parents to Illinois when about 9 years of age. The family settled near Malta in DeKalb County on a farm. When volunteers were called for the Civil War, David with two of his brothers enlisted August 15, 1862 in Company G 105 Regular Illinois Infantry Volunteers. He received an honorable discharge, June 7, 1865, after serving three years. Coming home from the war, Mr. Thomas went to Mendota for awhile, afterward coming to Paw Paw where he was married to Mary A. Mayor, Dec. 25, 1872. To them were born three children, all of whom grew to manhood and womanhood. After a number of years of prosperous farming, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas moved to Bangor, Mich., which was about 16 years ago, where they have since resided. Mr. Thomas came back here once every year to look after farm interests and be with the boys awhile. He took a pleasurable interest in all the plans and progress of his sons, and gave them as helping hand whenever he could. Mr. and Mrs. Thomas united with the M. E. church of Paw Paw about thirty years ago and have remained faithful and devout members of the church ever since. Upon moving to Michigan they transferred their membership to the M. E. church of Bangor. Mr. Thomas was active in church life of that place. He was a trustee of the church and his home was a quiet retreat for the ministers who would run in to talk things over with "Father Thomas" as they called him. David E. Thomas was a member of the G. A. R. of the Wm. H. Thompson Post until he transferred his membership to the post at Bangor. He loved the association and comradeship of the G. A. R. and the few remaining comrades of the long ago will lovingly cherish his memory. Mr. Thomas was one of ten children. Five of them survive him: S. K. Thomas of Ellenwood, Kansas; Mrs. M. J. Hoffman, Santa Ana, California; D. R. Thomas, Enid, Oklahoma; Mrs. Laura Cunningham of Paw Paw; and Mrs. Amanda Bryant of Thompson, Iowa. Mr. Thomas was never very rugged since the war days. He began failing in health about two years ago. When death came, it was as he wished. He simply lay him down and went to sleep. He passed away on January 7, being 74 years, 5 months and 21 days of age. He leaves his loving wife and faithful partner of the years, two sons, Walter and Harley of Paw Paw and his daughter, Mrs. Mabel C. Owens of Amboy, Illinois, also five grandchildren.
Submitted by Marilyn Widler

EDITH (WEIGLE) THOMPSON , 59, Evanston, widow of the Rev. Paul Thompson, minister of the Church of the Brethren Conference, died Monday at the Byron Nursing Home. Family funeral services will be at the Woodin Funeral Home at 2 p.m. Thursday. Burial will be at Chapel Hill Cemetery, Dixon. Friends may call at the funeral home after 7 p.m. Wednesday. Survivors include on daughter, Evelyn Brinker, Evanston; one son, Dr. Evan Thompson, Puerto Rico; four grandchildren; two sisters, Grace Woodin, Milledgeville, and Mrs. Ruby Eiler, Florida; two brothers, Paul Weigle, Polo and Ralph, Polo.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock FAlls, Illinois May 31, 1972 - Wednesday, page 2

FLOYD THOMPSON , 80, of Phoenix, formerly of Dixon, died Nov. 15, 2004, at Good Samaritan Medical Center Phoenix. He was employed as a retail liquor store manager in Fullerton, Calif., retiring in 1986. Mr. Thompson was born March 26, 1924, in Dixon, the son of Floyd Sr. and Helen Thompson. He served in the Navy during World War II and was awarded the Purple Heart. He married Patricia Connors on Feb. 14, 1946 in Chicago. She died in May of 1998. Survivors include a daughter Susan of Ontario, Calif.; three sons, Richard of Garden Grove, Calif., John of Castle Rock, Colo., and Michael of Anaheim, Calif. A broth­er Donald of Yuma, Ariz.; 10 grand­children; two nieces; two nephews; and seven grandnieces and grand­nephews. Burial with military honors was at Riverside (Calif.) National Cemetery.
Sterling Gazette

WILLIAM C. THOMPSON , 87, of Dixon died Saturday, Jan. 22, 2005, at his home. He owned B & A Sporting Goods, was employed by Massey's Ace Hardware and later by Beier and Co. as shipping department supervisor, all in Dixon, retiring in 1990. Mr. Thompson was born June 1, 1917, in Dixon, the son of Dorrance and Olive (Northrup) Thompson. He married Jean E. Thompson on Aug. 8, 1942, at St. Peters Church, Grand Detour. She died Oct. 25, 1997. He was a member of First United Methodist Church, Dixon; was involved with scouting, sports programs, boating; Lions Club, Elks, Chamber of Commerce, Dixon Country Club and Heritage Square; and sponsored an award for the Phidian Art Show. He and his wife were recipients of the Life-time Achievement Award presented by the Dixon Chamber of Commerce and Dixon Telegraph at the Citizen of the Year Banquet in 1996. He was a long-time friend of former President Ronald Reagan and visit­ed the president in the Oval Office with his wife, Jean, in 1984. He also was a featured speaker at the presi­dent's memorial service this past year in Dixon. He enjoyed traveling and entertaining friends. Survivors include two sons, William (Linda) Thompson of Geneseo and John (Debbie) Thompson of Dixon; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Sterling Gazette

INEZ (ALLEN) THRASHER , 61, formerly of Harmon, died Sunday afternoon (11 September 1960) in New Stanton, Pa., after a short illness. She was born on July 10, 1899, in Deeridge, Mo., the daughter of Thomas Lee and Lilly R. Roberts Allen. She lived in the Harmon area for about 40 years. She was married to Robert Thrasher on Dec. 16, 1917, in Quincy. He preceded her in death. She was married to Charles Ryan on Nov. 27, 1958, in Harmon. Survivors are her husband; two sons, Robert Thrasher, Dixon, and William Thrasher, with the armed forces in Germany; five daughters, Mrs. Everett (Valerie) Behrendt, Rock Falls; Mrs. Walter (Doris) Berhrendt, Grand Detour; Mrs. Ellwyn (Mary) Swegle, Ashton; Mrs. Arthur (Lois) Burgess, Harmon, and Mrs. Stanley (Barbara) Strom, Great Falls, Mont.; Two step-sons, Charles and Robert Ryan, both of New Stanton; Two step-daughters, Mrs. Howard Sweitzer, Dixon, and Mrs. Dwayne Myers, New Stanton; 26 grandchildren; a great-grandson; two sisters, Mrs. Charles Adams, Goodland, Kan., and Mrs. John Gale, Dixon, and two brothers, Garland Allen, Dixon, and William Allen, LaBelle, Mo. Friends may call in Preston Funeral Home after 7 p.m. Wednesday. Funeral arrangements are incomplete. A memorial has been established for Harmon Methodist Church, of which Mrs. Ryan was a member.
Contributed by Karen Holt

ROBERT THRASHER , 71, former Harmon Township road commissioner, died Wednesday morning in Wesley Memorial Hospital, Chicago, following a long illness. Mr. Thrasher was born in Ancona, Oct. 23, 1885, the son of Connell and Hoke [Doke Salina] Foster Thrasher. He was married in Quincy Dec 26, 1917, to Inez Allen. He is survived by his widow; five daughters, Mrs. Valeria Behrendt, Franklin Grove; Mrs. Doris Behrendt, Grand Detour; Mrs. Mary Swegle, Ashton; Mrs. Lois Burgess, Harmon, and Mrs. Barbara Strom, Dixon; two sons, Robert, Jr., Dixon, and William, Harmon, and 23 grandchildren. Also surviving are two sisters, Mrs. Harry Huxtable, Dana, and Mrs. Joe Wittenauer, Amboy, and three brothers, Everett Thrasher, Streator; Ancel Thrasher, Lostant, and Moore Thrasher, Sunland Calif. He was preceded in death by two daughters, Helen and Charlene. Services will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. in the Harmon Methodist church, with the Rev. Kenneth Dean officiating. Burial will be in Prairie Repose Cemetery, Amboy. Friends may call at Mihm Funeral Home after 7:30 p.m. today. The body will be taken to the church at 1 p.m. Saturday.
Contributed by Karen Holt - Dixon Evening Telegraph, Dixon, IL Jan 31 1957

LEROY FRANK THUMMEL was a lifetime resident of Lee and Whiteside Counties. He spent his youth in Prairieville, and his adult life in Sterling and Rock Falls. He married Helen Violetta LONGANECKER on May 26, 1929. For his entire working life he was employed at National Manufacturing Company in Sterling, Illinois. Upon retirement he and Helen traveled the globe. Leroy was proud of saying he'd been to every continent but Antartica and twice to New Guinea. He and Helen were married 67 years and are buried next to each other in the Prairieville Cemetery. Leroy was a lifelong Lutheran and a man of deep faith.
Contributed by Denise Swanson (Find-A-Grave)

LEROY THUMMEL - grew up in Prairieville, graduated from Sterling High School and Brown's Business College. He retired in December, 1972, after working 48 years for the National Manufacturing Company where he was manager of the information department which included IBM tabulating machines and computers. His wife, Helen Longanecker Thummel, preceded him in death in 1996 after 67 years of marriage. Leroy was interested in the youth of the community, having been active in Boy Scouting for more than 20 years (assistant Scoutmaster for two years); was on the board of directors of the YMCA, serving a term as president; and was an officer in the Parent Teacher's Association of the former Central School in Sterling. He was vice president, Rockford Chapter, National Machine Accountants Association; served on the board of directors of Winning Wheels in Prophetstown; served as president of the Congress of Illinois Historical Museums, as well as the Sterling-Rock Falls Historical Society; and was a member of Golden Key Kiwanis Club of Sterling. Active in the work of St. John's Lutheran Church, he served as president of the Church Council, was president of the Men's Brotherhood, was Sunday school superintendent, taught a class of young men and later an adult class, and together with his wife organized and sponsored a group of young married people in the congregation. He enjoyed photography and was a member of the Rock River Camera Club and the Photographers Society of America. His additional enjoyment of travel gave him many opportunities for photography. During their many trips, he and his wife traveled around the world and visited more than 50 countries. Leroy is survived by a son, Warren (Marji) of Grayslake; three daughters, Nancy (Jerry) Swanson of Murray, Ky., Jane (Edward) Giddin of Oakton, Va., and Jacquelin (John) Rylander of Rock Falls; seven grandchildren, five great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be Saturday at 2 p.m. in St. John Lutheran Church, Sterling, followed by interment at Prairieville Cemetery. Visitation is Saturday from 12 to 2 p.m. in the church. Arrangements were completed by the McDonald Funeral home.
Contributeted by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois November 5, 1999 - Friday, pg A2

BENJAMIN F. TILTON , 91, former resident of this community, who died In Algona. IA., earlier this week, will be held at the Washington Grove cemetery at 10 o'clock Saturday morning. His daughters; Mrs. Bert Potter and Mrs. Daisy Cook, both of Iowa will accompany the body from the west. Mr. Tilton was born north of Ashton April 23, 1850, a son Mr. and Mrs. Elijah Tilton. His wife, the former Miss Arminda Drummond, and several children preceeded him in death. He is survived by the two daughters, a son, Andrew of Iowa, and several grandchildren.
Dixon Daily Telegraph 14 July 1944

DOLLIE (HOLCOMB) TOMPKINS : The remains of Mrs. Dollie Tompkins an esteemed resident of Rock Falls were laid at rest Tuesday afternoon in the Rock Falls cemetery beside those of her dearly beloved husband, following funeral services at 2:30 o'clock in the late home, 607 East Sixth street, Rock Falls. Rev. J.F. Lobaugh, pastor of the Trinity Evangelical church officiated. There were many beautiful floral tributes on the casket of the deceased. During the service Mrs. W.H. Lea and Mrs. W.J. Harshman sang two impressive hymns, accompanied at the piano by Mrs. H.T. Harshman. A very fitting and comforting sermon was preached by the minister, which helped to lessen the burden of the bereaved ones. Dollie M. Holcomb was born October 9, 1869, at Amboy, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Holcomb. She was united in marriage to Martin Tompkins November 4, 1885. To this union eight children were born, four daughters and four sons. Her husband and three children preceded her in death. The children were Laura, Leon and Levi. In her youth Mrs. Tompkins confessed to the Christian faith and was baptised in the Congregational church of Amboy. She moved to Rock Falls 31 years ago and resided there until her death. During her lifetime Mrs. Tompkins was called to many sick beds and always lent a hand to those who were in need. The children left to mourn their mother are; Mrs. Charles Gruetzmacher of Sterling, Mrs. John Signor, Mrs. Francis Gould and Lawrence and Leonard Tompkins of Rock Falls. She also leaves the following grandchildren; LeEtta and Lucille Tompkins of Sterling, Howard Signor, Lillie, Lenora, Loretta and LaVonne Tompkins, Donald and Willard Gould and little Ellis Tompkins of Rock Falls, also two sisters, Mrs. John Langford of this city and Mrs. Frank Hanrahan of Amboy, besides a number of nieces, nephews and cousins. Mrs Tompkins was loved by many friends in the community who extend their sympathy to the grieved relatives. "Gone but not forgotten. Junst another star in heaven which will forever shine".

RAYMOND EMERY TOOT , 85, of Dixon died Sunday, July 6, 2003, at Oakridge Manor, Dixon. He farmed in Lee County for many years, until retiring. Mr. Toot was born Nov. 11, 1917, in Dixon, the son of Emery Ellsworth and Etta (Bossemeyer) Toot. He married Mary Eleanor Sterling on Dec. 4, 1937, in Dixon. She died May 28, 1990. He served in the Army during World War 11. He was a member of St. Luke's Episcopal Church, Dixon Survivors include a son. Ronald (Angie) Toot of Winnebago; a sister, Irene Wadsworth of Mendota, four grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by four sisters, Elsie Shaffer, Lucille Moore, Gladys Miller and Alice Toot Mass of the Resurrection is at 11 am. Wednesday at St. Luke's Episcopal Church, Dixon, with the Rev. Verna Fair, priest in charge, officiating Burial, with full military graveside service provided by the Dixon combined veterans organizations, is at Oakwood Cemetery, Dixon. Visitation is from 6-8 pm. today at Preston-Schilling Funeral Home, Dixon A memorial has been established to Carillon's St. Luke's Episcopal Church.
Daily Gazette July 8, 2003

E. GARFIELD TOPPER , passed away at his home on rural route four this morning at 2 a.m. after an illness of five years duration. He was born in Gettysburg, Penn. and would have celebrated his 62nd birthday on Christmas day. He is survived by his wife Edna; two daughter; Ida of Chicago and Mrs. Edward Whitney of Dixon; one son Ensign Merle Topper, stationed at Miami Fla., a sister Mrs. Robert Harmon and two brothers Merven and Charles of Gettysburg. Funeral arrangements are incomplete pending word from his son.
Dixon Evening Telegraph Nov 13, 1944

FAUSTINE MARIA (HELMERSHAUSEN) TOWNSEND , died Thursday - The Body will be Taken to Franklin Grove for Burial - Mrs. Truman B Townsend died yesterday afternoon at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Wm. Cosey, 1029 Peoria avenue, in her 83rd year. Faustine Hausen was born in Bremen, Germany(?), in county Main, July 12, 1827. She was married December 8, 1864, to Truman B Townsend. To them were born seven children, three of who died in infancy. The remaining four are Frederick E, Springfield, Ill; Francis B, Union, Iowa; Lorin J, of Charles City, IA; and Mrs. Carrie Cosey of this city. Short funeral services will be held at the house at 11 a.m. Saturday. Rev E D Martin, pastor of the People's church, will officiate. The remains will be buried in the cemetery at Franklin Grove. Services will be held there in the Presbyterian Church
Contributed by Georgea Clinton (02-25-1910 Dixon Telegraph p1:2)








FRANCIS BENJAMIN TOWNSEND , who, with his wife, has been in charge of the What Cheer Hotel for the past few months, passed away Saturday after a lingering illness of several years. Because of his confinement to his home Mr Townsend has not become well acquainted with What Cheer folks as his brother Lorin, who as (unreadable) and who accompanied the body to its final resting place in Dixon, Il. Mrs Townsend, who with her daughter motored to Dixon, will remain there for week or more. Mrs Will Borten is caring for the hotel in their absence. Francis Benjamin Townsend, son of Faustina Helsershausen and Truman B Townsend was born 2 1/2 miles southeast of Franklin Grove, Illinois on November 20, 1856 and departed this life November 16, 1939 at his home in What Cheer at the age of 72. He grew to manhood in Franklin Grove. After leaving the home of his youth he was employed as a traveling salesman and traveled for 30 years in Iowa. When 29 he worked for J Robison in the meat market in this city. The old friendship with Mrs Robinson was renewed upon his return to What Cheer last February. He was united in marriage to Mary Hodges Dean in 1901 at Amboy, Illinois. His wife, one daughter (Mrs Eugene Cahill of Dixon), a step daughter (Mrs Ralph Stubb of Aurora, Illinois), a sister (Mrs William Cosey of Dixon), and a brother (Loren Townsend) who has been with him since coming to What Cheer are left to mourn. This kind loving husband, father, and brother will live in the hearts and minds of those who knew him. His later years have been overshadowed by a lingering illness. The body was taken to Dixon and interred at the Franklin Grove Cemetery former home of Mr Townsend.
Contributed by Georgea Clinton

BOBBIE (BRUCE) TRIPLETT , 68, of Benton, Ky., formerly of Dixon, died Saturday, Sept. 1, 2001, at KSB Hospital. She was employed by Dixon State School for numerous years. Mrs. Triplett was born Jan. 4, 1933 in Dublin, Ky., the daughter of John Robert and Maudie Mae Bruce. Survivors include four sons, Bruce (Marcie) Triplett of Benton, Ky., Rick (Candy) Triplett and Gaylon (Carol) Triplett of Arizona and Mark Triplett of Dixon; a sister, Amelia (Robert) Glover of Hardin, Ky.; a brother, Gary (Marlene) Bruce of Arizona; eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; two nieces; and seven nephews. She was preceded in death by both parents; and a sister Phyllis Yvonne Nelson. Graveside services are at 11 a.m. Friday at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, Dixon. Visitation is from 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Chapel Hill Funeral Home, Dixon.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois September 5, 2001 - Wednesday, pg. A5

FRED TROUTH passed away at his home, 1019 Second street last evening at 5:10 following a short illness. He is survived by one daughter, Esther, at home and several nieces and nephews. His wife and a son preceded him in death. He was born in East Jordan township, Whiteside county, Nov. 9, 1860 and was united in marriage to Hattie Bettin in 1896. Funeral services will be conducted Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the Jones funeral home. Rev. George J. Curran, pastor of St. Paul's Lutheran church officiating and interment will be in Oakwood. The body will be at the family home until noon Monday when it will be removed to the funeral home.
Dixon Evening Telegraph 25 October 1947

JACOB TROUTH was born in Barbelroth, Germany June 18, 1853 and died at his home, 116 Noble Ave. Dixon, Wednesday morning August 31, 1929 aged 76 years, 2 months and 3 days. He came with his parents John and Mary Gates Trouth, to America when 5 years of age and has lived in or near Dixon all his life. He was united in marriage to Susan Hess of Jordan, January 18, 1883. Besides the wife who so faithfully shared the duties and purposes of his life time, four children are left to mourn the loss of a loving father. One son, T. LeRoy was the first of Dixon's young soldiers to give his life abroad in service during the World War, June 25, 1918. A daughter, Mrs. Lillie Freed, died October 5th of the same year. The living children are Mrs. Oscar Eversole, Sterling, Mrs. John Hipple, Mrs. John Palmer, and George of Dixon. One brother, Fred Trouth of Dixon, is the only surviving member of a family of seven, two brothers and three sisters having preceded him to the home eternal. He was baptized in infancy and united with St. Paul's Lutheran Church ten years ago. Lovingly are the remaining loved ones commended to our Father in heaven for help and comfort in the loss of a kind and loving husband and father.
Contributed by Tom Hess - burial (August 21, 1929)

JOHN TROUTH - A highly respected resident of Palmrya, died at 7:40 this (Saturday) morning, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Daniel Schuck, after a long illness. He has been afflicted with stomach trouble which culminated into dropsy and he passed away without suffering. Mr. Trouth was born in Rheinpfalz, Bavaria, August 25, 1819. He was wedded in Germany to Miss Mary E. Getts, who had been reared in the same providence as her husband. In 1858 with their family of five children they crossed the briny deep to America in a sailing vessel which reached New York after a voyage of 40 days. Continuing their journey by land, they came to Dixon. Mr.Trouth having then $14 in his pocket. Determination and enterprise, however, stood him instead of capital and with the assistance of his faithful wife he began earning a livelihood and worked his way upward to a position of affluence. When he had saved up a sufficient sum of money, he purchased land and began farming on his own account carrying on his operations until he found himself the owner of a fine farm and handsome property. In 1887 Mr. Trouth was called upon to mourn the loss of his wife, who died on the 13th of June. She was a true and faithful wife and mother whoever had the best interests of her family at heart and was a consistent member of the Lutheran church. Mr. Trouth was a member of the German Lutheran church of Dixon and to its support he has contributed liberally. In position he was a republican and kept well informed as to the issues of the day. Most of the above facts are taken from the files of The Telegraph of 1899, recounting a pleasant surprise the friends of Mr. Trouth gave him on the event of his eightieth birthday. Mr. Trouth is survived by seven children, Mrs. Carrie Hess and Mrs. Rachael Knapp of Dixon, Mrs. Annie Schuck of Palmyra, George W., Jacob and Fred of Dixon, and John Trouth of Perry, Iowa. Funeral services will be conducted Monday at 2 o’clock at the late home in Palmyra, and at 2:30 o’clock at the Sugar Grove church, the interment being in the adjoining cemetery. The service will be conducted in German by Rev. Schmidt and in English by Rev. Rutherford
Contributed by Tom Hess

MRS. JENNIE VERA (GUTHRIE) TROWBRIDGE , was born December 3, 1873 at Big Rock La., She passed away Oct. 19 at her home 207 Boyd street saturday night at 11 oclock. On Jan. 1, 1902 she married Dr. Lee Ralston Trowbridge who survives. Two children were born to this union, Mrs. Dorothy (K.M.) Waterbury of Chicago, and Mrs. Margaret Plock Dixon, two brothers Joseph Guthrie of Bakersfield Calif. Earl Guthrie of Minot ND and one sister mary of Minot. Mrs. Trowbridge graducated from the Osteopathic college at Kirksville Mo. in 1906 and the couple moved to Wellington Ks. From there they located in Polo and in 1910 moved to Dixon. Mrs. Trowbridge was a member of Chapter A.C. PEO, the womens auxilary of the Illinois Ostepathic association and the Presbyterian Church. She had been in poor health for many years, but was cheerful and kind and was loved by all who knew her. Funeral services will be conducted from the Melvin funeral home Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock. Rev. Bliss B Cartright, pastor of the Presbyterian church officiating and interment will be in Oakwood.
Dixon Evening Telegraph October 28, 1946

VIRGINIA (GARCIA) TROXTEL , 75, of Sterling died Friday, May 2, 2003, at University of Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City Iowa. Victoria Traxtell was born on March 23, 1930, in Dixon, the daughter of Joseph and Barbara Garcia. She married Ronald Troxtell on May 16, 1963 in Lanark. Mrs. Troxtell was employed at the former Dixon Developmental Center for several years. She attended St. Andrew Catholic Church, Rock Falls, and found great fulfillment and joy in working about her yard and garden. Her love and devotion to her husband, children and granchildren will never be forgotten. Surviving is her husband, Ron; her son, Charles (Connie) Chaney of Sterling; her daughters, Sheila (Foster) Fike and Cindy (Wayne) St. Clair, both of Sterling, and Pam (Kern) Smith of Dixon; her brother, Salvadore (delores) Garcia of Sterling; her sisters, Connie (Larry) Cervantes of Sterling, Rachel (Stan) Vance of Rock Island, Ange Esparza of Silvis, Rebecca Marroquin of Esat Peoria and MaryLou Garcia of California; her grandchildren, Tobin Chaney of Davenport, Iowa, Brian (Cathy) Chaney of Davenport , Cassandra (Jason) Burgess of Dixon, Jennifer St Clair of Nashville, Tenn., Brandi (Al) ramundo of Bartlett and Brad St Clair of Sterling; and her great-grandson, Brock Burgess. She was preceded in death by her parents, one sister and one brother. The Celebration of the Mass of Christian Burial will be Monday, May 5, 2003, at 7 PM at St Andrew Catholic Church, Rock Falls, with Monsignor Thomas Dzielak, celebant, officiating. Private burial will be at Calvary Cemetery, Sterling. Visitation is Monday from 5-7 pm at the church. Arrangements complete by McDonald Funeral Home Rock Falls.
Daily Gazette May 4, 2003

PHOEBE ELLEN (BALDWIN) TURNER , wife of Elmer E. Turner passed away May 11 (1944) at her home in Shaw station. She had been in failing health for about two years but was bedfast only for the last week. During her entire illness she was happy and cheerful at all times and always looked forward to the day when she would be well again. Phoebe Ellen Baldwin was born March 27, 1869 on a farm in Bradford Twp. In here early life she was dedicated to the Lord in Holy Baptism. On Sept. 19, 1888 she was united in marriage at her home to Elmer E. Turner. To this union were born six children - Harry W. of Ashton, Eva E. Shaw of Shaw Station, Nancy Ann Bulfer, Mary Alice Schinzer of Ashton, Joseph Raymond of Amboy, Charles Luther at home. One daughter Nancy Ann Bulfer of Sublette preceded her in death on Dec. 7, 1943. Three sisters and one brother also preceded her. The first two years of her married life was spent on a farm in Shaw Station and six years on a farm in Bradford Twp. The remaining 48 years were spent on a farm near Shaw Station where she passed away. At the time of her passing she had reached the age of 75 years, one month and 15 days. There remain to mourn her death her beloved husband, two daughters and three sons, one brother, Charles Baldwin of Ashton, 29 grandchildren, eight of whom are in the armed forces and 10 great grandchildren. Services were held Sunday at the Methodist Church of Amboy, Rev. Anderson officiating. Several from Ashton, Rochelle and Dixon attended the funeral. The remains were laid to rest at Evergreen Cemetery near Sublette.
Dixon Evening Telegraph 23 May 1944
Marriage Certificate

GEORGE KREITER TUTTLE , 57, passed away at 4:45 p.m. October 1, 1948 at his hone on North Mason avenue as the result of chest injuries sustained about 1 p.m. Thursday when a 125 pound tank of bottled gas fell on him as he was attempting to move it from a storage platform in the yard at the rear of his home. His condition was so critical that he was not moved from his home to the hospital. Funeral services are set for Monday at 2:00 P.M. at the Tomlinson Funeral home and the Methodist Church at 2:30. Interment will be in Prairie Repose Cemetery. Born Nov. 4, 1890 Amboy the son of Al and Minnie (Kreiter) Tuttle. He was graduated from Amboy High School and attended the University of Illinois two years. He was engaged in the plumbing and heating business in Amboy with his father for a number of years and later conducted the business alone. During the war he was employed at the Green River Ordnance Plant. He was married to Miss. Mildred M. Ollman in Amboy on April 6, 1916 and they always made their home in Amboy. Surviving are his widow, one son Richard of LaRussel, MO; two daughters Mrs. Marion Nickelson, Princeton and Mrs. Dora Rice of Warrington Fla. seven grandchildren and one brother Arthur of Arlington Hts., one sister Mrs. Ellen Green, Dixon, one aunt Mrs. Augusta Stilz, Sublette, one uncle, Theodore Kreiter of Binghampton.

JENNIE (BECKINGHAM) TYLER , of 521 Squires ave. passed away at the KSB hospital Tuesday afternoon about 2;15 after a short illness. Mrs.Tyler was born Nov. 13, 1879 at Todds Point IL. She leaves to mourn her passing, her husband Harry and two sons George of Sterling IL and Thomas of New London Wisc. and two grandchildren. Three sisters also survive, Mrs. Ed Fry of Rock Falls, Mrs. James Curran of Dixon and Mrs. Anna Covert also of Dixon and one brother James Beckingham of Antigo Wisc. Services are Friday at the Melvin Funeral home Rev. George J. Curran officiating, burial in Chapel Hill.
Dixon Evening Telegraph 12 October 1949

EDWARD M. TYNE , of Polo died Sunday morning, December 19, 1971 in his home following a brief illness. Mr. Tyne, director of Polo National Bank, Milledgeville State Bank, and Lincoln County Fire Insurance Company, was a member of st. Mary’s Catholic Church here and the Holy Name Society of the church. He was also a farmer. Born November 9, 1901 in Whiteside County, he was the son of William F. and Margaret (Ennis) Tyne. (Alice Horner’s note: The Social Security Death Index gives his date of birth as November 10, 1900.) On February 10, 1954 he married Agatha Tosney. Surviving are his widow; a son, Edward Jr.; two daughters, Margaret Anne and Patricia, all at home; two sisters, Mrs. Katherine Morrissey of Walton and Mrs. Leroy (Margaret) Henry of Harmon; and a brother William of Dixon. He was preceded in death by his parents. Funeral services will be Tuesday afternoon at 1:30 in Jones Funeral Home, Dixon and at 2 in St. Patrick’s Catholic Church. The Rev. James McGuire, pastor of St. Mary’s Church will officiate. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery, Dixon.
Contributed by Alice Horner - (Alice Horner’s note: Edward M. Tyne was married in January 1939 to Laurel Schneider of Lanark, Illinois. She died in childbirth December 15, 1941, and is buried in Lanark Cemetery. Buried with her is their infant son, who also died December 15, 1941.)


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