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BERTHA ALMEDA UHL - Once again we are called upon to note the passing from our midst of a life-long neighbor and friend. Miss Bertha Uhl was born, reared, received her education and lived her life in this community, for which reason there is little need, as a matter of information, that this obituary be read at this time. Yet it is fitting that some of the outstanding things of her life, uneventful as it may have seemed, be reviewed and their lessons laid to heart. Bertha Almeda Uhl, daughter of Hiram and Nancy Hughes Uhl, was born on a farm near Nachusa IL August 30, 1867. She passed from this life at her late home in Nachusa September 5, 1925 at the age of 58 years and six days. The cause of her death was inflammation of the spinal cord, from which she had suffered for more than a year. During the latter months of her sickness she was practically helpless and at times suffered great pain. Patiently, uncomplainingly and with great fortitude she bore her hard and trying lot, and never gave up the thought adn hope. There are three sisters; MRs. Ida M. Hart, Eva O. Uhl and Grace G. Uhl all of Nachusas and one half sister, Mrs. Mary S. Smethers of Beatrice Nebraska. This obituary was read at the funeral service which took place Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock from St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Nachusa, Pastor D.P. Heltzel having charge of the service .
Contributed by Tom Terrall from the Dixon Evening Telegraph

CHARLES GRANT UHL , a former resident of Dixon died at 2:30 p.m. on December 23, 1945 at the Mercy hospital in Davenport, Iowa following an illness since Thanksgiving. Mr. Uhl was born in Dixon January 13, 1869. He was the son of John Uhl Jr. and Mary Ann Fritz. He married Miss Mollie Haag of Rock Falls, May 28, 1894. The lived in Dixon five years, moving to Sterling and then moving to Davenport Iowa in 1904. He and Mrs. Uhl again moved to Dixon in 1938 and in 1941 they removed to Davenport. Mrs. Uhl passed away on Jan.15, 1943. A son Donald also preceded him in death on May 6, 1941. He is survived by three sons; Harry W. Uhl of Davenport, John L. Uhl of Canton Ohio and Floyd Uhl of Fitzgerald Ga., and a daughter Mrs. Carl Jacobson of Los Angeles, Calif. The funeral was held Thursday December 27th at 1:30 from Hill and Fredericks Funeral home and burial was at Oakdale Cemetery, Davenport Ia. (Dixon Evening Telegraph 04 January 1946)

EVA L. CLARK UHL , the wife of the late Drewery Uhl died late yesterday afternoon at the East Moline state hospital where she had been a patient for the last several months. Mrs. Uhl, nee Eva L. Clark was born Dec. 21, 1866, in Brandt Center N.Y. As a young woman she came to the middle west and lived in Whiteside and Lee Counties most of her life. She was married April 25, 1900 to Drewry Uhl in Whiteside County. He was well known in Dixon as a painter and decorator and preceded her in death Oct. 14, 1929. Mrs. Uhl is survived by a sister Mrs. Ella Vilzy, Silver Creek N.Y. and by one brother D.C. Clark of Silver Creek N.Y., also a niece Florence Trish of Angola, N.Y. Prior to her illness she was an active member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church especially in the Sunday school and music departments and in the womens societies. The funeral service will be held Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the Preston funeral home. Rev. George J. Curran, pastor of St.Paul's officiating and interment will be in Oakwood Cemetery.

Dixon Evening Telegraph 16 March 1949
**Estate Notice - Notice is hereby given to all persons that Monday July 4, 1949 is the claim date in the estate of Eva C. Uhl, deceased, pending in the county court of Lee County and that claims may be filed against the said estate on or before said date without issuance of summons. Henry C. Warner Executor May 4, 11, 18, 1949
4 May 1949 Dixon Evening Telegraph

GRACE GUTHRIE UHL - Sorrow filled the hearts of many when the word was received that Miss Grace Uhl had died at the Dixon hospital Saturday, February 26, 192. Her death, however, was not wholly unexpected as she had been in ill health for about three years. She was born Sept. 22, 1876. Her parents Hiram & Nancy Uhl made their home in South Dixon Township at this time. Grace spent her entire life within a few miles of the place of her birth. From early girlhood she became acquainted with the hardships of life from actual experience. The Lutheran Church at Nachusa has indeed lost a valued member for she was a faithful worker in the different departments. In her immediate family she leaves to morn her loss two sisters, Miss Eva Uhl and MRs. Ida Hart of Nachusa and a half sister, Mrs. Mary smethers of Bearice Nebraska. Funeral service were conducted at St. Paul's Lutheran church, Nachusa, by her pastor, Rev. H. Pstcholz, assisted by Rev. P.H. Stahl on Tuesday Feb. 19, 1929 and interment made in the Burket Cemetery.
Contributed by Tom Terrall from the DIxon Evening Telegraph

HIRAM UHL - About a month ago, Mr. Hiram Uhl of Nachusa suffered a stroke of paralysis, which attacked his left side, and owing to advancing age and enfeebled health from illness of a year ago, was unable to rally from the attack, adn about six o'clock Tuesday evening, Jan. 11, 1898, he breathed out the last of along and useful life. Mr. Uhl was born Sept. 21, 1828 at Hampton PA, but removed in early boyhood, with his parents, to Allegany cunty, MD where he lived until 24 years of age, in the meantime having been married to Miss Maggie Wilhelm who removed with him to Lee County in 1852, and died here six years later, leaving four children, two of who soon follwed their mother. Mr. Uhl, on his arrival, purchased from the government a tract of land in South Dixon twonship, which by steady industry and frugality he developed into one of the finest farms in that vicinity. Mr. Uhl was a second time married, returning to Cumberland MD for his wife, Miss Nancy J. Hughes who with four daughters survive to morn the loss of a kind husband and father. The surviving children are; Of the first family, Mrs. Mary A. Smothers of Nebraska and Mrs. Ella M. Buchanan of oregon; of the second family; Mrs. Chaucey F. Hart of the home farm and Bertha A., Eva A., and Grace G., at home in Nachusa, the family having rented the farm and retired to the village in 1889. MR. Uhl was a clear headed farmer and business man and a valuable,public-spirited citizen of his township, respected and honored by his neighbors; and had been for many years an active member of the Lutheran church. The funeral will be held in the Nachusa church at one o'clock Friday afternoon.
Contributed by Tom Terrall from the Dixon Evening Telegraph Jan. 12, 1898 Pg. 4 Col 3
Note from Marikay Mestad - Hiram was a teamster and farmer. He moved to Section 13 of SOuth Dixon Twp. in 1852 where he farmed until 1860, then moved into Dixon and engaged in the milling business. He moved to South Dixon Twp. again and in 1889 rented the land and retired to Nachusa.

LUCINDA (COOK) UHL was born in Wellersburg, Pa., April 17th 1820, and died October 31st, 1900, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Mathuss, of Los Angeles, Cal., aged 80 years, 6 months and 14 days. She was the widow of Rev. Wm. Uhl, who was a minister in our Lutheran church for over 51 years, and served churches, in Clarion, Armstrong and Somerset Counties, Pa., and in Peru, Franklin and Dixon, Ills. Rev. and Mrs. Uhl came to California in 1888, and though residing in Monrovia they held their memberships in the First Lutheran church of Los Angeles. Mother Uhl was a worthy helpmate of her self-sacrificing husband, and a woman whom to meet was a benediction. The services were conducted by her pastor, assisted by Dr. Walker.
Contributed by Margaret Gagliardi

WILLIAM H. UHL : News was received by relatives here from Mrs. J. H. W. Bennett of Shenandoah, Iowa, this morning, that her father, William Uhl of blood poison on last Tuesday, January 19th. It will be remembered that about a year ago Mr. Uhl submitted to the amputation of a leg, from which he never fully recovered. Recently mortification attacked the other limb, which had to be take off in the hope of prolonging his life. The operation, however, proved futile, and the patient died Tuesday, in the seventy-ninth year of this age. Mr. Uhl is well known to many of our readers, having been a citizen of Dixon, where he was for a number of years engaged in business. Mr. Uhl was born in Alleghany county, Maryland, in 1818, and was educated in Gettysburg college, from which he graduated in 1845. He entered the ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran church and in 1851 came west, serving the church in Peru, Illinois, till 1853, when he removed to Dixon, where he organized the present Lutheran church and the pastor for about two years, being at the same time engaged in farming. In 1860 he engaged in the milling business in our city, in which he continued until 1867. He was also financially interested in the agriculture Implement trade in Dixon, and was a charter member of both the banking companies, and at various times was an officer and director of each. In 1840 he was married to Lucinda Cook, by whom he had two sons and two daughters Jonathan and Emanuel C. Uhl; Ellen, wife of J. H. W. Bennett and Josephine E., wife of Z. D. Mathues of Los Angeles, Cal. His brother, Hiram Uhl of Nachusa, and his sister, Mrs. Susan Harden of Dixon, are among the oldest and most highly respect citizens of Lee county.
Contributed by Margaret Gagliardi

ELEANOR M. (NOBLE) ULLRICH , age 87, of Amboy, died Sunday, Feb. 8, 2004, in her home. Graveside services will be held on Thursday, Feb. 12, 2004, at 1:30 p.m. at Prairie Repose Cemetery in Amboy with the Rev. Rocky Fritz, Pastor of the First Baptist Church in Amboy, officiating. Arrangements by the Mihm-Jones Funeral Home in Amboy. Mrs. Ullrich was born Feb. 8, 1917, in Iowa, the daughter of George and Stella (Bridgman) Noble. She married Paul Ullrich May 2, 1934, and he preceded her in death in January of 1957. Survivors include one son, Delbert Ullrich of Amboy; one daughter, Judith Wittenauer of Bay St. Louis, Miss.; two grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. She was also preceded in death by one sister, Rose Bernice Ullrich, and three brothers, Floyd, Clifford, and Byron Noble. She was employed by Midwest Rug Mill in Amboy and then at Hart-Carter in Mendota prior to her retirement in 1982. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Amboy.

RUTH I. (REID) UNDERHILE , age 94, of Mt. Morris and formerly of Dixon, died Thursday, Sept. 8, 2005 at KSB Hospital. She was born Nov. 4, 1910 in Amboy, the daughter of Lester and Hazel (Virgil) Reid. She married Elmer C. Underhile in Dixon on Feb. 7, 1931. She was co-owner and manager of Underhile Saddle Shop. She was a member of First Baptist Church,D ixon and the Amona Sunday School Class of the church. She was preceded by her husband on March 23, 1985; one son, Tommy and a grandson Tommy Miles. She is survived by her children, Beverly Ruth Beams, Joyce U. Gibson, Sharon U. Thompson and Lester C all of Dixon and Jane Miles of Oregon. Burial at Chapel Hill.

CHARLES B. UNDERKOFFLER , 83, passed away at 10:00 Thursday night at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Miller 509 E. Chamberlain after a long illness. Funeral services conducted by the Rev. W.H. Lewis of the West Side Congregational church will be held Saturday afternoon with burial in Oakwood Cemetery. Mr. Underkoffler is survived by a daughter Mrs. Florence Weaver of Grand Rapids, Mich. 19 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. His wife and 3 daughters preceded him.
Dixon Evening Telegraph Friday 02 February 1945

PHYLLIS TUG UTLEY 56, R. R. 3, Grand Detour, died Sunday morning (June 16, 1970) at Dixon Pubic Hospital . Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at the First Presbyterian Church with Rev. Malcolm D. Ludy, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery . There will be no visitation to the public. Mrs. Ultey was born January 28, 1914, in Minneapolis , Minn. , the daughter of Courtney and Margaret Hussey Trostle. She was united in marriage to Henry B. (Bud) Utley on June 19, 1936 in Chicago . She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Dixon and a member of K.S.B. Hospital Auxiliary. Survivors include her husband, two daughters, Mrs. Stanley (Terry Ann) Dunphy, Dixon and Mrs. Roland (Sallie) Kiest Jr., Saginaw , Mich. ; one sister, Mrs. Kenneth (Josephine) Cleaver. RFD, Oregon ; one brother Courtney Trostle. Long Beach, Calif., four grandchildren; several nieces and nephews and one aunt and one uncle. Her parents and one son, in infancy, preceded her in death. A memorial has been established in her memory.
Contributed by Margaret Mangers - Aug 17, 1970 Sterling Gazette

ROBERT JONES UTLEY - At 6 o'clock last evening, July 10, 1884, ROBERT JONES, a bright little boy of 11 years, who for a few weeks past, has with his mother, Eliza (Jones) Utley (Daughter of Griffith T. Jones) had been visiting his grandfather, Griffith W. Jones, in Rome, NY, died of diphtheria. His father, Mr. E. B. (Edward) Utley, (Son of Joseph Utley) of Dixon, Illinois reached his bedside yesterday noon. It is a sad blow to loving hearts. He was their only son.
Roman City Newspaper 11 July 1884, Rome, Oneida NY - Contributed by Elsie Harmon

MARY G. (KRUG) UTZ - 93, of 625 Countryside Lane, Dixon, died Monday, May 1, 1995 in her home. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Chapel Hill Funeral Home, Dixon, with Rev. Stanley Rodabaugh, pastor of Dixon Church of the Brethren, officiating. Burail will be at Chapel Hill Memorial Park, Dixon. Mrs. Utz was born Nov. 27, 1901, in Franklin Grove, the daughter of Frank and Elsie (Utz) Krug. She married Ira Utz July 28, 1919 in Prairieville. He died Oct. 30, 1962. She was a amember of Dixon Church of the Brethren. Survivors include one daughter, Garland (Galen) Myers of Denver, Colo.; two sons, Richard (Joan) Utz of Dixon and Kenneth (Avis) Utz of Pacheco, Calif.; seven grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; and three great great grandchildren.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - May 3, 1995 - Wednesday, pg A2

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