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Marshall County Illinois
Obituaries and Death Notices


 William Oberholtzer

The Henry Republican

February 25 1915

In a moment of time, a breath, as it were, a human life has been taken from among us. How little are we aware of what awaits us in the journey of life;like grass of the field that is cut down, so our lives are taken away.

William Oberholtzer was born Jan. 22, 1862, in Jasper county, Illinois. In his early manhood he was married to Rebecca Russard, also of Jasper county, and to them two children were born, one dying in infancy and the wife also having passed away he was again married in December 1905, to Lizzie Bridewell at Newton, Ill., who with his son Sollie by the first marriage, now survive him, as also three brothers and seven sisters. In September 1909, he came to Marshall county and at the time of his death was living on the Elwood Smith farm four miles west of town.

On Saturday, Feb. 20, the deceased and Wm. Trobough, a relative, were felling a tree in the timber; a cross-cut saw was used and when the tree fell a branch was detached which, falling struck Mr. Oberholtzer on the head and killed him instantly. The body was immediately conveyed to the home and a physician summoned. But on the arrival of Dr. Cromwell it was found the unfortunate man's neck was broken. Coroner Grable was sent for and on arriving he called as jury Joseph Bogner, Sr. and Junior, John and Elmer Divelbiss, Elmer Hunt and Charles McAllister, who after hearing the evidence returned a verdict in accordance with these facts.

The family aside from the wife and son we have mentioned, are Samuel of Villa Grove, Ore.; Roscoe of Watseka; Ralph and Mattie of Arcola; Ethel of Piper City; Mrs. Laura Thomas of Ashkum; Mrs. Ella Wikerson of Glasgow, Mont.; Mrs. Anna Hubbard of Newton, Ill.; Mrs. Alice Heady of La Center, Ky.; Mrs. Marjorie Fultz of Wheeler, Ill. Those present at the funeral from a distance were Sollie Oberholtzer, the son, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas, the sisters Ethel and Mattie Oberholtzer and a niece, Mrs. Frank Wagner of Thawville, Ill.

Daniel O'Brien's son

July 28, 1881 - Local Items

Daniel O'Brien, living near Wenona, lost a 16 months old son on Thursday last by drowning. The little fellow was found in the watering trough in the barnyard, which had only about 16 inches of water in it at the time. He was seen about five minutes before, and upon being missed search was made, but when discovered life was extinct. He was an unusually bright child and his loss is a sad blow to his parents.

Enos Odell

October 10, 1872

At Chillicothe, Sept. 27, Enos Odell, aged 62, formerly of Yankee street, Steuben township, where his remains were interred.

Walter L. O'Dell

--Contributed by Jane Foster

Woodford County, Illinois Prairie District Library Obituaries 1887 - Present

Metamora Herald Newspaper dated 1-11-1996

Walter L. O'Dell, 75, of 304 Chestnut, Washburn, died Saturday, Dec. 30, 1995, at Apostolic Christian Nursing Home in Roanoke.

Born Nov. 26, 1920, in Peoria, he was the son of Alvis and Myrle Hook O'Dell. He married Mary Tweddale Sept. 30, 1944, in Washburn. She survives.

Also surviving are one son, David of Virden; four daughters, Kathleen Whisler of Washburn, Donna O'Dell of Haverhill, N. H., Beth Shepherd of Peoria and Mary O'Dell-Lenard of St. Louis; nine grandchildlren, and five great-grandchildren.

He was an iron worker for Local 112 in Peoria.

A World War II Navy veteran, he was a member of Washburn American Legion Post 661. He was also a member of Woodford County Farm Bureau.

He was a member of Washburn United Methodist Church, where a memorial service was held Wednesday, Jan. 3. The Rev. George Knox officiated. Cremation was accorded. Burial of ashes was in Crow Meadow Cemetery in LaRose. Ries-McKitrick & Newton Mortuary, Washburn Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to Chaddock Children's Home in Quincy or to Roanoke Apostolic Christian Nursing Home.

Child of Willard Odell

The Henry Republican, Henry, IL, September 28, 1882 - Sparland

A child of Willard Odell, some three years old died last Sunday morning of diphtheria croup.

Barnard O'Hara


August 24, 1871

At Peoria, Aug. 14, Barnard O'Hara, late of Lacon, aged 49 years.

John O'Hara

January 8, 1880

At Pekin, Jan. 3, John O'Hara, 40, brother to Thomas O'Hara of this city.

Robert O'Harra

March 6, 1879

Henry Republican

Died at Lacon, March 2, of consumption, Robert O'Harra, aged 26 years.

Benjamin Olds

March 17, 1881

At Newark, N. J., March 8, Benjamin Olds, 91, great uncle of the editor of this paper.

James O'Leary

September 17, 1874

Died at Sparland, September 13, James O'Leary, aged 53 years.

William O'Leary Infant

September 10, 1874

At Sparland, September 5, infant son, aged 8 months of William O'Leary; Sept. 7, infant son of George Winters.

William O'Mara

April 27, 1876

Taken From the Henry Republican

Died At Wenona, April 14 of billious collic, William O'Mara, aged 38 years.

Jabez Olmstead

March 25, 1880

At Watertown, N. Y., Jabez Olmsted, 74, father of Major Royal Olmsted of Saratoga township.

Mrs. Peninnah Olmstead
The Henry Republican, Henry Illinois, June 21, 1883
Died at Crystal Lake, Ill., June 10th, of apoplexy, Mrs. Peninnah Olmstead, widow of Mr. Silas Olmstead, and sister of Mrs. Chauncey B. Hoyt of Henry, in the 88th year of her life.

Capt. John Ong

July 10, 1873

At Pontiac, of dropsy, Capt. John Ong, aged 72 years, formerly of this city.

Capt. John Ong, died at Pontiac last week, of dropsy. Capt. Ong, a few years since lived in Henry, and was landlord of the Central House, now known as the Paskell. Latterly he has been residing in Livingston county. The remains were brought to Magnolia for interment. His age was 72.

Eva Ong

May 27, 1875

Taken From the Henry Republican

In Varna, May 21, of quinsy sore throat, Eva, only daughter of Mrs. Durinda Ong.

George Ong

July 13, 1876

Taken From the Henry Republican

At Varna, June 27, by drowning, George, aged 8 years, son of Roger Ong. --A son of Roger Ong, eight years old, named George, living in the family of George Miller, in Roberts township, a grandfather, was accidentally drowned in the creek in Thomas Roberts pasture on June 27th. It is supposed he went in quest of the cows, and going up close to the bank, he began waving his bucket towards the animal on the opposite bank, when he lost his balance and fell into the water eight feet deep, and was drowned. He was a lovely boy, and his death has cast a gloom over the entire community. At the burial in Magnolia cemetery, there was a very affective scene, so hard was it for the bereft to give up their beautiful son.

Addison Onyun

August 19, 1880

Died at Lacon, August 12, Addison Onyun, 71

G. W. Clyde Opdyke

December 9, 1880

In the city, Dec. 5, at the residence of Dr. George Motter, of diphtheria, G. W. Clyde, 2 years, 5 months, son of George B. and Gertrude Hewitt of Opdyke, Jefferson county and grandson of Dr. George Motter.

Mrs. Enoch Orcott


Feb. 8, 1872

Died in Lacon, Feb. 1, Mrs. Enoch Orcott

William Organ

Daily Alton Telegraph, The (Alton, Illinois)

March 28, 1854

We learn from the Lacon Gazette that a man named William Organ was bruttaly stabbed to the heart, at a public sale held in Steuben township, Marshall county by one James Shivin. The atrocious deed appears to have been perpetrated without any provocation whatever on the part of the victim; and the murderer was promptly arrested and committed to prison. Exciting cause - whiskey.

Mrs. Anna (Worley) Orr

February 11, 1875

Taken From the Henry Republican

At Covington, Ohio, Feb. 3, Anna Orr, aged 73, mother of Mr. N. W. Orr and Mrs. J. C. Moodey of this city.

Local Items - The death of Mrs. Anna Orr, mother of Mr. N. W. Orr and Mrs. J. C. Moodey of this city occurred at I. A. Corwin's, her son-in-law's, at Covington, Ohio on Thursday lat. The funeral took place in the Christian church of that town on Friday at 11 a.m. Mr. Orr and Mrs. Moodey went to Ohio and were present at the funeral. Mrs. Orr was a most estimable lady and lived to see her family of children well settled in life. She lived to the ripe age of 73.

March 11, 1875 - Obituary

Anna Orr, widow of Joshua Orr, of Covington, Miami county, Ohio, February 3d, 1875, aged 73 years and 10 months. Mrs. Orr was the daughter of Elder Nathan Worley, born in Fayette county, Ky., and moved to Ohio in 1805. She gave her heart to God in the morning of life, and has been a member of the Christian church for 44 years; and was a reader of the Herald of Gospel Liberty from her youth till the close of life. ...... She died as she lived, a Christian. She was beloved by all who knew her; to know her was but to love her. She leaves eight children, among them, N. W. Orr and Mrs. J. C. Moodey of Henry; two brothers, of whom Dea. S. G. Worley is one, and a large circle of friends to morn her loss. Funeral services by Elder G. L. Griffith, the pastor of the church, assisted by Elder J. Fannestock.

Mrs. Ann Orr

September 21, 1876

Taken From the Henry Republican

Died at Lacon, August 30, of dropsy, Mrs. Ann, aged 65 years, relict of James Orr

James Orr


October 31, 1867

At Lacon, October 7th, James Orr in the 87th year of his life. He has lived in this county since 1835.

Joshua Orr


May 18, 1871

At Covington, Iowa (Ohio), May 10 of rheumatism and neuralgia, Joshua Orr, aged 70 years. He was father of N. W. Orr of this city and brother-in-law of S. G. Worley.

William T. Orr

July 4, 1878

Vicinity Affairs - Lacon

William T. Orr died at his residence in this city on Saturday evening of typhoid pneumonia and was buried at his family burying ground about 3 miles east of Lacon. The funeral was largely attended by relatives and friends of the deceased.

Bertie Osburn

August 29, 1878

In Lacon, Aug. 19, of brain fever, Bertie, aged 2 years, son of James and Elizabeth Osburn.

Adam Overmire


October 5, 1871

In Hopewell township, Sept. 13, of congestive chill, Adam Overmire, aged 65 years. One of the oldest settlers of the county.

Another old settler gone - this time Mr. Adam Overmire of Hopewell township, who died about 2 weeks since. He was a Pennsylvania Dutchman and came to this county 30 or more years ago, settling near Sandy creek in the north and of that town. He was an honest man and generally respected. A numerous family are bereft of a kind father. His age was about 65.

Hiram Owen

January 23, 1879

Died at W. C. Carrier's, a few miles north of Henry, Jan. 11, Hiram Owen, aged 76.

Nathan Owen

September 3, 1874

In Bell Plain, August 20, Nathan Owen, aged 82. An old settler of this county.

Glenn Owens


December 31, 1874

At Colorado Springs, Col, of consumption, Dec. 22, Glenn Owens, aged 26 years, formerly of Lacon.


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