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Thomas P. Higgins
Thomas P. Higgins, 65, Dies in Home following Heart Attack, Thursday, Dec. 12.
Thomas P. Higgins, 65, of 805 S. State Street, was found dead in his home at 6:45 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12, by his wife, Jean, when she returned from a shopping trip to Rockford. Death was attributed to a heart attack. Mr. Higgins had been under a doctor's care for some time.
Born in Aurora, Dec. 14, 1891, the son of Mr. and Mrs. James Higgins, he was Marengo township constable at the time of his death. He had been a Democrat precinct committeeman for many years and had served as a driver's license inspector with the office of the Secretary of State from 1933 until 1951. He was a member of the McHenry County Farm Bureau and Sacred Heart Catholic Church.
Surviving besides the widow are three daughters, Mrs. Howard Keegan, of Elkhorn, Wis.; Mrs. James Wilson of Marengo; and Mrs. William Carter, of Rockford; six grandchildren and two brothers; Robert, of Marengo, and Bernard, of Oak Park.
Rosary was recited Sunday at the Cooper Funeral Home. Rev. Fr. Daniel O'Connell officiated at a Requiem Mass Monday at 10 a.m. in Sacred Heart Church. Burial was in the Church Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Gerald Higgins, William Higgins, Robert Higgins, James Higgins, William Giblin and Clair T. Carney.
Taken from:

"Marengo Republican-News" 19 Dec 1957 - Submitted by Pat Esterday

Regina A. Higgins
Regina A. Higgins, 89, of 2141 Havaview Dr., Rockford, formerly of Marengo, died Wednesday, March 2, in her daughters home. She was born Sept. 7, 1893 in Belvidere, the daughter of Stephen and Mary (Crawford) McGongile. She was preceded in death by her husband Thomas Higgins on December 13, 1957. She was a past member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and Marengo Home Bureau. She is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Margaret Kaaegan, Elkhorn, Wis; Mrs. Audrey Wilson, Tempe, Ariz: and Mrs. Mary Carter of Rockford; and nine grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. Besides her husband, she is preceded in death by her parents and four brothers and sisters. Visitation was held from 6-8 p.m. Friday, March 4, at Cooper-Freund Funeral Home. A funeral Mass was held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday March 5 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Burial was at Sacred Heart Cemetery with the Father John Cahill officiating. "Marengo Beacon News", 9 March 1983 - Submitted by Pat Esterday

Jacob Hurst
"Jacob Hurst, night watchman, at the Brewery, was kill (ed) on Saturday night last, by being buried under a bin of malt, which broke through the floor above him. ? (unreadable) Conklin summoned a Jury on Sunday morning, who after hearing the testimony in the case, returned the following verdict.
    "We, the undersigned, Jurors, sworn to enquire of the death of Jacob Hurst, on oath, do find that he came to his death by suffocation, produced by the floor falling on him, at the Brewery, in Woodstock, on the 7th day of Dec 1872, and being covered up with malt.  We do not find that blame is to be attached to anyone, on account of negligence.  signed by the Jury.
     Our citizens will remember Hurst as the person who created such a sensation, a few years ago, his house being reported as haunted.  He was about 55 yrs of age, and leaves a wife and 5 children to mourn his untimely end."
[Woodstock Sentinel, 12 Dec 1872, page 5 col4 ]

Note:  Jacob Hurst was born abt 1816/17 in France.  He, his wife Margaret and son Jacob are first found in the 1860 Greenwood Township, McHenry County census with daughter Margaret 4 b. IL, unreadable daughter 2 b. IL, Infant (Caroline) 2 months b. IL.  In 186? they had another daughter Josephine.


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