Marshall County Obituaries and Death Notices

John Underwood

February 13, 1879

In Whitefield township, February 8, suddenly, John Underwood, aged 78 years

John Underwood, an old residenter of Whitefield, died suddenly on Saturday. He is an old man, and was feeling sensibly the infirmity of age. He got up that morning as usual, ate his breakfast, and lit his pipe as he was wont; and enjoyed a smoke. His son had gone to Henry. After setting up some time he went towards his couch, and in the act of lying down, without warning, he fell over, and was dead. Mr. Underwood was the first blacksmith in the township, and has been a resident thereof about 38 years. He was a modest man, a kind neighbor, and good citizen. We never knew him to have trouble with anybody. His second wife survives him and is nearly his age. A sister, a Mrs. Ostrander, of Bureau county, was able to be at the funeral, which was held at the Christian church on Monday afternoon. The congregation was very large of sympathizers with the bereft family.


July 20, 1876

Taken From the Henry Republican


Still another in the list of accidents. Killed by the train on the morning of the 17th, a young man, name unknown, age about 19 years, hight 5 feet 6 inches, light complexion, blue eyes and light auburn hair. Had on black felt pants, light colored cotton underpants, two shirts, one white the other striped, dark cotton socks with white toes, heavy shoes tied with leather strings.


July 18, 1878

La Prairie

A fatal case of sunstroke occurred on the farm of L. Green, about two miles northeast of Lawn Ridge on Friday. The victim was a German in the employ of Mr. Green. He was pitching hay on to a wagon in the field at the time he was stricken; and died before he could be got to the house. He was a single man and had no relatives in America. Decomposition was so rapid that he had to be buried as soon as a coffin could be procured.

Mrs. Amanda Updegraff (nee Kellogg)

November 20, 1873

At Knights Landing, Yola county, California, Oct. 10, of consumption, Mrs. Amanda Kellogg, aged 43 years, wife of the late W. H. Updegraff, and daughter of Hiram Kellogg, formerly of Whitefield.

We learn through Mrs. David Culver of the death of Mrs. Amanda Updegraff, at Knights Landing, California, which took place October 10. Her disease was consumption, which the boasted zephyrs of that clime, in her case has failed to cure. She was a delicate woman, feeble a number of years prior to her demise, but tenacious of life, hopeful and detemined to live. About a week before her death she finally gave up, took her couch, and gradually sunk to sleep. She formerly lived here, and was the daughter of Hiram Kellogg. She went to California with a sister some 20 years ago, forming the acquaintance and marrying Mr. William Harrison Updegraff, by whom she had two children. Mr. Updegraff died some 10 years ago. The children are nearly grown, and a considerable estate is left to them. Mrs. U. was a beautiful woman, adorning any society with which she was connected. Her age was 43 years. Her father, and brothers Justin and Harry, are located at Grand Island, about 60 miles distant from the sister.

Charle Uschold

From the Prairie District Library, Metamora, Woodford Co, Illinois, Obituaries 1887 - Present, Metamora Herald Newspaper dated July 23, 1926, page 1 column 2.

Contributed by Jane Foster


Crushed to the ground by a falling tree, Charles Uschold, 55 years old, Lacon, died at the Methodist Hospital in Peoria at 3:45 Sunday morning. He was hurried there following the accident Saturday morning.

Uschold was employed as a laborer for the public service company of Lacon, and was detailed to assist in clearing away some timber near Chillicothe.

The victim was chopping down a large tree on a slope, and had almost severed the trunk when it toppled, falling in the opposite direction from what he had expected. Before he was able to run out of danger, the trunk fell, pinning him across the head and shoulders.

Dr. Harry Thomas of Chillicothe caused Uschold's removal to the Methodist Hospital, where Dr. J. H. Weber attended him. Recovery was impossible, according to the physician. Uschold's skull was crushed and his jaw and collar bone fractured.

The body has been returned to Lacon, where the funeral took place.

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