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d.July, 26th, 1884

Nunda Herald 1 August 1884
<  D I E D  >At his residence in this town on Saturday, July, 26th, 1884.
Wm. Stewart, a native of Fifeshire, Scotland. His disease was phneumonia (sic). He was 62 years of age.  He came to this country 35 years ago, in company with his father, and John McLean, of Woodstock. His father died the year after he came here from drinking a glass of cold water in a very hot day. Wm. and his brother James settled here 24 years ago, buying what is known as the Arnold farm near Barreville. Wm. was an upright, honest respectable citizen of our town.
[Contributed by Mert Sarvay]

d. April 15, 1890
CHESTER SHALES was born in Kingston, Luzerne County, Pa. December 7, 1809, died April 15, 1890, aged 81 years, 4 months, 8 days. He was the son of John and Mary Shales, his mother died in the year 1847 aged 65 years, his father died in 1857 aged 83 years. When 15 years of age he began work as an apprentice in a woolen mill at Kingston and served six years, afterward becoming half owner of the mills. In 1837 he was married to Eliza Goodwin daughter of David and Sarah Goodwin. Continuing in the business until 1846 when he with his family came to Illinois, purchasing a farm of 120 acres in the township of Nunda, where he engaged in agricultural pursuit until 1871, then moved to Barreville where he remained until the time of his death. Deceased leaves a bereaved wife and nine children to mourn their great loss. The funeral took place April 17th, at 2 o'clock p. m., at his late residence. The attendance was very large. His remains were laid away to rest in Prairie Grove Cemetery. Rev. E. F. Wright was the officiating clergyman. The singers were from Nunda.
[Crystal Lake Herald, April 25, 1890. - Submitted by Laurie Selpien]

(Wife of  Chester, above)
d. May 24, 1890
Mrs. Eliza Shales died at her home in Barreville Saturday, May 24. She was born in Kingston, Luzerne County, Pa. January 10, 1818 and was consequently 72 years, 4 months, and 14 days old at the time of her decease. Her maiden name was Eliza Goodwin. She was married to Chester Shales August 10, 1837. They came with their family to Illinois in 1846 and here they passed the remainder of their days. Mrs. Shales leaves 8 sons and 1 daughter to mourn her loss. She was a kind neighbor and good wife and faithful mother. The funeral was very largely attended. Rev. R. F. Wright officiated. Mrs. Geo. E. Dickinson, Mrs. Peter England and Mrs. Burt Cully furnished some excellent music.
[Crystal Lake Herald, June 6, 1890 p.3 - Submitted by Laurie Selpien]

d. September 11, 1897
 HENRY KELLER Saturday, September 11, Mr. Henry Keller passed out of this life, after having been a patient sufferer for over a year. Mr. Keller was born September 6, 1821, in Luzerne County, Pa. Until he was twenty-one years old he remained with his folks on the farm, attending school in the fall and winter seasons and working the farm in the summer. After he became of age he worked on a canal boat for sixteen years. On April 3, 1854, he was married to Miss Sarah Shales, daughter of Chester Shales. In the spring of 1855 the young couple decided to come west and build a home for themselves. The settled in Nunda township on a quarter section of land that was his home to the of his death. To them were born seven children, five of whom have passed over the silent river and two William and Charles, are left to mourn his departure. On February 27, 1887, he lost his companion. On October 2, 1889, he was married to Miss Inez Carr, who is left behind to mourn over his death. The union was blessed by two children, Clyde and Henry. Clyde died in infancy. Henry is still living. Mr. Keller was one of the most respected and well known citizens of our community. He was a kind father and good husband. Was well disposed to be charitable to all that needed help. He may have had faults, but narrowness was not one of them. His heart throbbed for the good of others. He was respected member of the I. O. O. F. for 48 years. He was also a member of the Masonic fraternity. In life he held offices of public trust and honor. Early in life he heard some of the pioneer preachers of the Christian church preach in Pennsylvania. The impression on him at the time never left him. Early in the summer he desired to be baptized, which was done by Rev. Oeschger in the Fox River. As he grew weaker in body he grew stronger in faith. Just three weeks before his death he gave the Christian Church of Nunda a lot worth a thousand dollars as a gift, for the building spot for their new church. His end came like the setting of the sun on a calm summer evening. He died in the triumphs of the living faith. The funeral service was conducted by Rev. Oescher of the Christian Church. Rev. Oeschger spoke from the words: "Blessed are the dead that die in the Lord" A large concourse of relatives and friends was present. Internment was made in Prairie Grove Cemetery.  

[Crystal Lake Herald, Thursday, September 16, 1897 - Submitted by Laurie Selpien]

(Wife of Henry, above)
d. February 27, 1887 Kingston, PA
SARAH SHALES KELLER with her husband Henry Keller, had been to Pennsylvania, on a visit, and at Kingston, at the home of his brother John Keller, Sunday February 27th, 1887, 5:30 p.m. while having a farewell chat (as they were about to leave for home) and Mrs. Keller was laughing heartily and all enjoying a splendid time, she suddenly said "catch me, I am going to fall," slid out of her chair onto the floor and was a corpse. Her body was embalmed, a service held at which over 200 friends were present, and then March 1st at 1:15 a. m. with his nephew, Alonzo Keller, and a certificate from the Dr. as follows:

Kingston Pa., February 28, 1887. These lines are to certify that Mrs. Henry Keller died February 27, 1887 of non-contagious disease. Paul A. Quick, M. D., attendant. The disease was Appoplexy.
Mr. Keller started for his home at Nunda. At Chicago he was met by C. M. Willard, Wm. Miller, J. Huffman, and R. Andrews, brother Masons. They arrived at Nunda, March 2nd 4:40 p.m. Mr. Keller going immediately home and terribly stricken family, and a large delegation of friends tenderly caring for the remains. As we mentioned last issue, the funeral services were held at M. E. Church at 1 p.m. March 3rd. The house was packed full and the aisles full. The pall-bearers were- E. Maxham, Wm. Johnson, C. Warner, R. Bonner, S.S. Shepard and R. Andrews. Mr. N. Beardsly had charge of the proceedings, the details of which had all been prepared by John Goodwin. At 1 sharp as the cortege entered the church the choir, (composed of Mrs. Ingersoll, Mrs. Covalt, Messrs. C. F. & W Dike, with Mrs. Frank Smith as organist) sang an appropriate hymn, this was followed with prayer by Rev. Congdon, then the song "Till He Comes," after which Rev. Cessna said: "Sarah Shales Keller was born August 31, 1838, in Luzerne County Pa. she was married to Mr. Keller in 1854; they came to Nunda in 1855. Mrs. Keller leaves her husband and four children, who will deeply feel her loss. A number of years ago both Mr. and Mrs. Keller experienced conversion and made a profession of faith, previous to baptism, intending to unite with the Baptist Church of Crystal Lake. On account of serious and protracting illness Mrs. Keller was not able to attend the baptism. Since that time she has not been identified with any church. While living on their farm Mrs. Keller was always interested in the Sabbath School work, working diligently to keep up this means of instructing the children in God's works. She has always been careful about the observance of the Sabbath in her home."
(note: the article went on to print the Rev.'s sermon......).
The remains were taken to Prairie Grove Cemetery for internment, there were forty teams in the procession, showing the high regard and appreciation of a worthy woman. One of the hymns sung was selected by Mrs. Keller years ago and marked for the occasion. The Herald joins with all the friends in heartfelt sympathy for the afflicted ones. Mrs. Keller was a member of the Rebecca degree lodge, I. O. O. F. and both lodges turned out wearing badges to the funeral. Mr. Keller was a member of the Nunda lodge of A. F. & A. M. and many of the members turned out, many being present from other towns. Mr. and Mrs. Keller were married March 3rd 1854 at 2 p.m. Just thirty-two hours before her funeral.
[Crystal Lake Herald, March 11, 1887 p. 4. - Submitted by Laurie Selpien]

Two Survivors Of Rebellion Remain In Elgin; Funeral Friday Taps were sounded last evening for another of Elgin's Civil War veterans, leaving but two survivors of the war of the rebellion residing in this community. Latest to answer the final muster call is William Sydney Shales, whose death occurred at the home of his son, Monroe E. Shales, 760 Wing Street. He was the oldest Civil War veteran in the city, having observed his ninety-seventh birthday on August 4. Mr. Shales' death, which followed a one-month illness, leaves James M. Coffman, 96 years old, 377 Algona Avenue and Oliver E. Davis, 92 years old 770 St. Charles Street as the sole survivors of the war of 61-65, in Elgin. DeVolois W. Steven, 95 years old of Wasco is the only surviving member of Veterans post 49, Grand Army of Republic, of Elgin.
Comrade Shales saw action on many front in the war between the states. A member of Company G, 95th Illinois Volunteer Infantry, he fought at Champion Hill, was shot through the knee during the siege of Vicksburg and marched with Sherman to the sea. He participated in the "Grand Review" in Washington in May 1865. Of late years the sight of one eye had been impaired, an affliction traceable to war injuries. Born in Kingston, Luzerne County, P.A. on August 4, 1841, Mr. Shales came to Illinois as a young man and located in the Crystal Lake region. He was a painter by trade, and during the later years of his life a sexton of Union Cemetery in Crystal Lake. He had made his home in Elgin since 1914. Mr. Shales was a member of Crystal Lake post of the Grand Army. He is survived by four sons, William B. Shales, Monroe E. Shales, R. S. Shales and G. A. Shales of Elgin; an adopted daughter, Mrs. Carrie Krapple of this city; 16 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren. His wife Ada (Butler) Shales died in 1934.
 The funeral services will be held Friday afternoon at 1:30 from the Conn & Gustafson Funeral Home, with the Rev. L. Ward Brigham of Chicago officiation. Burial will be in Union Cemetery Crystal Lake. Earlier this year Mr. Shales' brother, David G. Shales, 93 years old, died at his home in Woodstock. He was also a Civil War Veteran, having served in Company I of the 95th Illinois.
[Elgin Daily Courier News, 9-14-1938, Elgin - Submitted by Laurie Selpien]

(Wife of William, above)
d. May 15, 1934 in Kane County, Illinois
 MRS. ADA BUTLER SHALES Mrs. Ada Butler Shales, 86 years old died late last night at the home of her son, William B. Shales, 364 Mosely St. She had been a resident of Elgin the last 25 years. Surviving her besides the son William, are her widower, William S. Shales; an adopted daughter Mrs. Krepel of Elgin; three other sons, Monroe E., Rueben and George A. Shales all of Elgin; a brother M. P. Butler of Lynn Haven Fla., 12 grandchildren 24 great-grandchildren. Two sons John H. and Harry Shales preceded her in death. Funeral services will be held Friday afternoon at 2:30 at the Mosley home, the Rev. Ward Brighman of St. Paul's Universal church, Chicago, officiating with burial in Union Cemetery, Crystal Lake.
[unknown paper, May 16 1934 - - Submitted by Laurie Selpien]

d. March 8, 1932
Taken suddenly ill while attending the funeral of her brother-in -law, John H. Shales, which was held at the First Congregational church yesterday afternoon, Mrs. Anna Shales, wife of Ruben Shales, 105 Walnut avenue, collapsed and died shortly afterwards at Sherman Hospital. A cerebral hemorrhage caused her death. Mrs. Shales complained of illness yesterday before she left for the church with her husband. She told him that she might not accompany him to the cemetery. During the funeral services she was forced to leave the church.
 After the funeral party had started for the cemetery, Mrs. Shales was found unconscious in the washroom in the basement of the church. Her husband, believing that she had decided not to go to the cemetery, returned home after his brother was buried and when he discovered that his wife was not there became worried and telephoned to the Funeral home to see if she was waiting for him to call for her. Mrs. Shales had been discovered fatally ill and had been taken to Sherman Hospital in the meantime but her identity was unknown for a short time. She died shortly after arriving at the hospital. Police were notified of the case and Mrs. Shales was identified by patrolman William Montgomery. The woman's husband was overcome by grief of the double tragedy which took the lives of his wife and brother within three days.
Anna Thompson was born in Woodstock, May 28, 1875 and had lived in McHenry and Kane counties all of her life. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jerome Thompson. She was married to Mr. Shales at Crystal Lake on November 3, 1897, and they moved to Elgin to make their home. Besides her husband, Mrs. Shales is survived by three sisters and two brothers. They were Mrs. Edward Ernst, of Barrington; Miss Jane Thompson and Mrs. William Manny, of Elgin; Bert Thompson, of Chicago and Walter Thompson of Elgin. Funeral services will be held at 1 o'clock Friday afternoon at the Norris Chapel, The Rev. William Rainey Bennett of First Universalist church will officiate and burial will be in the Greenwood Cemetery at Woodstock. Mrs. Shales was a member of the Samaritan Rebekah Lodge and was past Noble Grand.
[Elgin Courier News, Wednesday Evening March 9, 1932 - Submitted by Laurie Selpien]

(Wife of Monroe Shales)
d. May 1, 1891
ADALINE MOORE SHALES was born July 20, 1842 in Syracuse, New York. Her parents, Abram and Julia Moore, moved to Nunda Township in the year 1848. She married Mr. Monroe Shales September 2, 1861. They moved in 1863 to LaSalle County Illinois where they resided until 1876 and then returned to Nunda. Here she has since lived until she heard the heavenly summons on May's first morn of 1891. Natures beauty was embiamatic of the bright Christian experience, which was her comfort to the last. She was mother of six children, three of whom survive her, Chester A. John M. and Gates. The many friends who gathered to pay their last respect to her memory is evidence of the warm place she had in her hearts of the community. Many can testify to her tender ministeries in the hour of sickness and suffering and more perhaps in eternity have received her blessing. On March 2, 1880, Mrs. Adaline Shales, became identified as a member of the Nunda W. R. C., when health permitted she attended the meetings and as an officer entered in the duties presented to her with a willingness, sweet spirit of faithfulness and devotion to the cause she loved. Through all her trials and suffering she ever manifested a cheering faith and to the end her trust was unshaken in the Father of us all. A link in the chain of fifty-three members is broken. The funeral was very largely attended, the service was conducted by Rev. Mr. Pierce in impressive manner, the choir of the M. E. Church sang three selections. At the cemetery the beautiful burial service of the W. R. C. was used. Beautiful flowers were deposited on the casket and with these last and rites the loved sister was laid away to rest in Prairie Grove cemetery.
[Crystal Lake Herald, May 8,1891 - Submitted by Laurie Selpien]

(2nd Wife of Monroe Shales)
d. October 19, 1901
 Mrs. Monroe Shales, died at her home in Nunda, Saturday October 19, 1901, aged 37 years 3 months and 13 days. The funeral was held from the house Monday, conducted by the Rev. J. W. Bolton. The remains were laid to rest in the Union Cemetery. Mrs. Ella May Sweetland was born June 6, 1864, in Broom County, New York. She married to S. Pixley, October 22, 1882, and moved to Illinois in 1883. She resided in Nunda until 1893. Her husband left her, and May 9, 1894, she married Monroe Shales. She leaves a husband, two brothers, two sisters, and three step-sons.
[Crystal Lake Herald, October 24, 1901 p.1 - Submitted by Laurie Selpien]

d. June 16, 1912
 Chester A. Shales, well known in Crystal Lake died at Elgin, Illinois, Sunday, June 16, 1912. He was born in the township of Nunda, June 12, 1862. Brief services were held at the Methodist Episcopal church on Tuesday, June 18, at 2:30 p.m. in charge of pastor Rev. T. Atkey Brewster. Burial at Prairie Grove Cemetery. [Crystal Lake Herald, June 20, 1912 - Submitted by Laurie Selpien]

d. March 11, 1938
Brothers who saw service in the Civil War were seperated by the death, on Friday, at Woodstock, of DAVID SHALES, 93, years old. William S. Shales, 96 years old, of Elgin, survives. They were probably the oldest Illinois brothers who saw service in the conflict. Confined to his bed since last January, Mr. Shales had previously been engaged in business in Woodstock for more than half a century. During the Civil War he served in Co. I, 95th Illinois Regiment. His death leaves but one Woodstock veteran, A. S. Wright, who although nearing the century mark, continues to operate the drug store he has conducted for over 60 years. Mr. Shales was born in Luzerne County Pa. in 1844, and when he was two years old his parents brought him by covered wagon to a farm near Burton's Bridge, in McHenry county. He attended Todd Seminary, leaving school to join the Union Army. Besides his brother , he is survived by four children, Charles of St. Petersburg Florida, Mrs. John Westlake of Chicago, and Mrs. Sadie and Earl Shales, both of Woodstock. The Rev. J. Richard Drees, pastor of the Methodist Church officiating at funeral services today in the Slavin and Merwin funeral home. Burial was in Woodstock Cemetery.  [Elgin Daily Courier, Monday, March 14, 1938, Woodstock. - Submitted by Laurie Selpien]

 David Shales, 93 years of age, one of the last veterans of the Civil War left in this county, passed away at his home in Woodstock of Friday night March 11, about eleven o'clock. Bedfast for over a year, Mr. Shales was born in Pennsylvania October 31, 1844, coming by covered wagon with his parents to this county when very young. The family settled near Barryville in Nunda township. He leaves four children; Charles of St. Petersburg Florida, Mrs. John Westlake of Chicago, Mrs. Sadie Shales at home, and Earl Shales of Woodstock. Mr. Shales' brother Wm. S. Shales 96, of Elgin, also served in the Civil War. Funeral Services were held on Monday at 2 o'clock at the late home and at 2:30 o'clock the Slavin and Merwin Funeral Home, Rev. J. R. Drees in charge. The Legion was also in charge.
[Crystal Lake Herald, March 17, 1938, Woodstock - Submitted by Laurie Selpien]

(Wife of David, above)
d. August  20, 1901
Anna Walkington Shales.
 The Richmond Gazette of this week contains the following obituary of Mrs. David Shales, who had relatives and friends in Nunda. Through the kindness of Mr. Holmes of the Gazette we are enabled to print this week. Anna Walingtons Shales after patiently suffering for many months departed this life August 20, 1901. The deceased was born in Yorkshire, England, November 25, 1849. When two years old she came with her parents to America, stopping a short time in Steuben County New York. They then came to McHenry county, where Anna has resided for nearly a half a century. She married to David G. Shales at Ringwood the 24th day of April, 1870. Of this union six children were born: Carrie M. Allen, Emma Margaret, Charles Henry, Addie May, Sarah Ada and Earl James. The husband and six children all remain to mourn the loss of a kind and loving wife and mother. She also leaves a son-in-law, Herbert Allen, and two children, Myrtle Shales, wife of her son Charles, four brothers and five sisters to mourn her loss. They will miss one who was ever ready to lend a helping hand. A patient, long suffering Christian women has gone to her reward. The funeral services were held from her late home Thursday afternoon at 1 o'clock, Rev. J. W. Anderson of Richmond officiating. A choir from Solon furnished appropriate singing and the remains were laid to rest in Ringwood cemetery.
[The Crystal Lake Herald, August 29, 1901 p. 8 - Submitted by Laurie Selpien]

d. June 1930
A. D. Shales, former well known resident of Crystal Lake, died Friday at his home in Sandwich, Illinois. He is survived by his widow, Clara Shales, a son and three daughters, and four brothers, Henry, and Victor Shales of Crystal Lake, W. S. Shales of Elgin and David Shales of Woodstock. Funeral services were held from the home at 2 o'clock Monday afternoon with internment in the Sandwich cemetery.
[Crystal Lake Herald, June 5, 1930 - Submitted by Laurie Selpien]

d. January 1, 1903
Viola, the 8 year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Victor Shales of Elgin, died New Years evening of a brain fever. The funeral was held Sunday, at 12:30, at the house. The bereaved parents have the sympathy of many friends here, in their lass
[Crystal Lake Herald, January 8, 1903 - Submitted by Laurie Selpien]

 Viola Eliza Shales, died January 1 at 8:45 p. m. at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Victor Shales, No. 362 Wabash street. Deceased was eight years old. Brain fever was the cause of death. [The Elgin Advocate p.6, Saturday January 10, 1903 - Submitted by Laurie Selpien]

d.January 7, 1934
Henry Elwin Shales, graduated to the higher life at 10:30 a.m. Sunday January 7, 1934. He was born on a farm near Barreville, May 2, 1861. He was one of a family of ten children of Mr. and Mrs. Chester Shales. On December 2, 1891, he was united in marriage to Emma Wilson McMillan, she died in 1906. Very quietly he lived his life in this vicinity. He was employed at Terra Cotta Works for 22 years, rendering able and faithful service throughout all these years. He enjoyed good health all his life until nearly a year ago. Surviving him are a daughter, Marion, and a son, Arthur, a sister Emma More of Canada, three brothers, William of Elgin, David of Woodstock and Monroe of Sycamore. A large circle of friends join in extended love and sympathy to those who mourn the loss of a beloved father and brother. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Omar J. Flugum Tuesday, January 9, at 1:30 p.m. Burial took place at McMillan Cemetery near Terra Cotta.
[Crystal Lake Herald, January 7 1934 - Submitted by Laurie Selpien]

(Wife of Henry, above)
d.December 19, 1906
When death smoothes down the tired eyelids of the aged and sings to sleep the careworn pilgrim of earth, it comes as a friend, but when it robs the weary world of one of its choicest blossoms and leaves a void which neither time nor circumstances can ever fill, it comes as an enemy of mankind. Emma Wilson McMillan, only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A. T. Mc Millan, was born on the old homestead at Terra Cotta, IL. October 1, 1869, and at the time of her death December 19, 1906, was 37 years, 2 months and 18 days old. On December 2, 1891, she was joined in marriage to Henry Shales, and with her husband moved to Elgin, where they resided about ten years, returning to Terra Cotta six years ago last August. Two children were born to their union-Arthur Thomas, aged thirteen years, and Marion Annetta, one year old. One month after Marion came, Mrs. Shales was stricken with Pleuro-pnemonia, from the effects of which she never recovered. many had hoped against hope and prayed against fate that she might recover from the illness which threatened her life, but their prayers were in vain. It was not His will. On the Monday preceding her death she was taken to Belvidere for treatment, not because her friends and physicians felt any hopes of recovery, but because it was her strong desire to go, and what ever pleased her was the will of her family. Always a bright and cheery disposition, Mrs. Shales was very hopeful that her health would return to her and she would return to her and she would be spared to enjoy, with her husband and children, the new home she had watched being built, and in which she was very happy for four weeks. Sad, indeed is the passing beyond of this young woman, and on every hand are heard expressions of sympathy and keenest regret at the blotting out of so fair and promising a life. The angel of death, always loving a shining mark, beckoned her to that silent land and Wednesday afternoon at 5:15 o'clock, she closed her eyes to things of earth and yielded up her spirit to Him who gave it. Her going was scarcely perceptible simply a quite and peaceful entering into sleep which knows no waking. Besides her husband and two children, father and mother, there are four brothers, Henry, Frank, Ray and Earl. Many friends gathered at the home of her father, from which she was buried, to offer their tributes of beautiful flowers and blend with the family their tears of grief. Rev. Herbert J. Cockerill conducted the funeral services, Saturday afternoon, and with earnestness and sympathy gave the message of eternal life to "Whosoever liveth and believeth in Him"
[Crystal Lake Herald, 12-27-1906 p.8. - Submitted by Laurie Selpien]

Died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. William Butler, in Huntley.
 Jacob Shales, who formerly lived at Nunda. Mr. Shales was born at Kingston, Pa. March 9, 1813, a son of John and Mary Shales. His father was a native of Germany. His mother was born in Pennsylvania, but of French decent. His father departed this life in 1857, aged 83 years, and his mother died in 1847, aged 65 years. He was married to Julia West at Kingston, Pa. in 1834, and they came west in 1846, stopping at Bueyrus, Ohio and staying one year, thence coming to Illinois, where they have since made their home. To this union only one child survives, Martha S., now wife of Wm. Butler. The funeral services were held from the residence of Wm. Butler Monday of last week, Elder Adrian officiating. The remains interred in Union Cemetery at Nunda.
[Crystal Lake Herald, 1-23-1902, Huntley. - Submitted by Laurie Selpien]

(Wife of Jacob, above)
d. November 1, 1903
Mrs. Julia West Shales was born at Scranton, Pa., in 1813, was married to Jacob Shales in 1813, came west in 1847 and settled in Crystal Lake where they lived until a few years ago when they moved to Huntley and made their home with their daughter, Mrs. Wm. Butler. She died Sunday, November 1,1903. Funeral services were held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Butler, burial at Nunda beside kindred dust. [Elgin Advocate, November 7, 1903 P. 8 C.4. - Submitted by Laurie Selpien]

d. May 10, 1907
Died, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. G. Morley, in Crystal Lake, Ill. Friday, May 10, 1907, Alvah C. Shales aged 84 years, 9 months and 10 days. The cause of his death was paralysis of the heart, the fatal attack seizing him about 10 o'clock in the forenoon, and after his death ensuing at 12:30. Alvah C. Shales was born in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, August 29, 1822, and was united in marriage with Amelia Lester in that state, December 28, 1843. They moved to Iowa in 1865 and to Crystal Lake, Ill. in 1869, making their home there until death. Mr. Shales was a carpenter by trade, and evidence of his skill and handiwork may be seen in many of the farm homes in this vicinity. His was essentially a home life, and he did not aspire to public office. He was a devoted husband and kind and indulgent father; to his friends the soul of fellowship. But the greatest of all was he was a man. And as a man it is those who knew him best most loved to contemplate him. He believed in the fatherhood of God and the brotherhood of man. He believed that the man who scattered flowers in the pathway of his fellow men, who lets into the dark places of life the sunshine of human sympathy and human happiness, is following in the footsteps of his Master. In his younger days he was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church but in his later years had united with no denomination. His last words were expressive of peace in God and a willingness to depart and be at rest. His cheerful, helpful life, his devotion to his wife and family and kindness to everybody, will long linger as fragrant memory in the home which his presence brightened and which death has now darkened. Though he is gone his record has been made and will remain with us as a lasting treasure. His life was gentle, but like the still waters it was deep. In his heart of hearts he carried those he loved, and his hand was never weary, his step never failed in caring for and ministering to those who were in any way dependent upon him. His faithful wife preceded him to the other shore, passing away November 28, seven years ago. Seven children survive; Mrs. G. Morley, Mrs. F. L. Geung, J. S. Shales, Crystal Lake; F, B, Shales, Elgin; T. J. Shales, Minot, N. D.; Mrs. A. F. Schmidtke, Fountain, Michigan; J. A. Shales, Hawkeye Iowa. For the past six years deceased made his home with his daughter, Mrs. G. Morley, who in every way possible made easy the pathway of his declining years. The funeral services were held at the house at 1 o'clock Sunday afternoon, Rev. J. H. Bullock, pastor of the Church of Christ of Nunda officiating, and the choir of the church furnishing the music. A beautiful tribute was paid to the memory of the deceased, and the casket was covered with floral offerings, emblems of immortality. The music rendered was such as to soften all hearts and moisten all eyes. At the close of the services an unusually long procession followed the remains to the silent city of the dead at Prairie Grove Cemetery, where the body was laid to rest beside the wife gone before. All the children were present at the funeral except T. J. Shales and Mrs. A. F. Schmidte. Many grandchildren from Chicago and Elgin as well as friends from out of town, were in attendance.
[Crystal Lake Herald, May 16, 1907 p.1, Crystal Lake, Illinois - Submitted by Laurie Selpien]

(Wife of Alvah, above)
d. November 28, 1899
Mrs. Amelia Shales died at her home in Nunda, Tuesday, November 28, 1899, aged 77 years, 5 months and 20 days, after a weeks illness, the immediate cause of death being paralysis. Funeral was held Thursday November 30, at 10 a. m., at the house, Rev. J. G. Rockenbach, pastor of the Free Methodist church, officiating. Internment was in Prairie Grove Cemetery, by the side of her son, Edward, who died as an infancy. Deceased was born in Northhampton County Pa., June 8, 1822, and was united in marriage to Alvah C. Shales in Pennsylvania, December 28, 1843. They came to Iowa in 1865 and to Crystal Lake in 1869, settling on a farm. Eight children are living; Mrs. G. Morely, Mrs. Isaac Mentch, Joseph and F. B. Shales, of Nunda; Mrs. F. L. Genung, of Crystal Lake; J. A. and Mrs. A. L. Schmidtka, of Oelwein, Iowa. All were present at the funeral except the two latter. The aged husband is also left to mourn.
[Crystal lake Herald, Thursday, December 7, 1899, Nunda. - Submitted by Laurie Selpien]

(Son of Alvah and Amelia Shales, above)
d. June 3, 1916
Benjamin F. Shales Dies At Rockford Greatly Esteemed Citizen of Elgin Passes Away After A Lingering Illness
 After a lingering illness, Benjamin Franklin Shales of Elgin passed away at the Wilgus Sanitarium, Rockford, at 11:20 o'clock last Saturday night, June 3. Mr. Shales was born in Luzerne County, Pa. December 15, 1864, the son of Alva C. and Amelia Shales. While he was but an infant his parents moved to the state of Iowa, where they made their home for six years, coming from Iowa to McHenry County. On September 5, 1885, Mr. Shales was united in marriage to Miss Minnie Crabtree of Cary Illinois. To this union were born six children- Mrs. Cora Klingebiel, Mrs. Laura Spaulding, Mrs. Lottie Martin and Misses Eva, Clara and Evelyn Shales, all of Elgin. For sixteen years Mr. Shales had made his home in Elgin, and for the last four years he had been an employee ot the Hawthorne Hardware Company of that city. Mr. Shales had suffered greatly with rheumatism for a number of years, and his last illness was due to a complication of nervous disorders. All that medical skill could do to aid in the restoration of his health was unavailing, and although he was taken to the Wilgus Sanitarium to receive treatment the complications of diseases proved too much ...(unreadable).....passed away , there Saturday night, at age of 51 years. Mr. Shales was a man of exceptionally fine character, honored and respected by all who knew him, devoted to his children and his family. A host of friends sympathize with the family in their great loss. Besides his widow and six children, Mr. Shales leaves three sisters, Mrs. Emma Morley and Mrs. Belle Genung of Crystal Lake and Mrs. Lucy Schmidtke of Fountain, Michigan, and two brothers, John Shales of Farmersburg, Iowa, and Thomas Shales of Monott, Minnasota. Funeral services were held at the Epworth Church of Elgin at 3 o'clock Tuesday afternoon.
[Crystal Lake Herald, 6-8-1916, Rockford Illinois. - Submitted by Laurie Selpien]

(Son of Alvah and Amelia Shales, above)
d. January 28, 1913
Joseph Sterling Shales, was born in the town of Wyoming, county of Luzerne, Pa. July 25, 1849. A few days ago he was stricken with apoplexy and died at his home in Woodstock, Illinois. January 28, 1913, aged 63 years and six months. On December 25, 1878, he was united in marriage to Miss Effie Crabtree. To this union were born five children: Harry C. of Crystal Lake, Mabel M., Mary E. and Glen S. of Woodstock and Mrs. Ruth A. Reitz of Chicago. Besides his widow, Mrs. Effie Shales, and children, he leaves three brothers- John A. of Hawkeye, Iowa; T. F. of Sioux City, Iowa; and B. F. of Elgin Illinois. Three sisters also survive him- Mrs. G. Morley, Mrs. Belle Genung of Crystal Lake and Mrs. Lucy Schmidtke of Fountain, Wisconsin. Mr. Shales was one of the best known men in Crystal Lake, having lived here and in the vicinity for 42 years. Last April he moved to Woodstock, for the accommodation of his unmarried children, whose business interest are all in the county seat. He was a good man, exemplary habits-a husband and father whose memory will be loving and cherished. His many friends bear testimony to the fact that his life "read well" in the eyes of his fellows. Funeral services, largely attended were held at the Methodist Episcopal church January 30, at 2:30. Rev. Dr. T. Atkey Brewster officiated. He spoke words of hope and comfort to the hearts that sorely needed such a message. Mrs. Lulu C. Sherburne and Mrs. Cora E. Dickinson ministered in song and sincerely rendered the hymns of the church: "Jesus Lover of My Soul" "Come Unto Me When Shadows Darkly Gather" and "One Sincerely Solemn Thought" Floral tributes were numerous and many relatives and friends from out of town were present. Burial in Union Cemetery.
[Crystal Lake Herald, January 30, 1913, Woodstock - Submitted by Laurie Selpien]

(Wife of Joseph, above)
d. March 14, 1914
 Mrs. Effie (Crabtree) Shales, was born at Cary, Illinois, September 8, 1860, and died suddenly at the home of her son, Harry C. Shales, on Saturday afternoon March 14, 1914. Mrs. Shales was married to the late Joseph Sterling Shales, December 25, 1878, the later passed away January 30, 1912. With the exception of the past two years, during which period the family has lived in Woodstock, where Mr. and Mrs. Shales moved for the accommodation of their unmarried children whose business interest were there, Crystal Lake has been their home for about 35 years. Since the death of her husband Mrs. Shales has spent much of her time here it was home to her as no other place could be. Here in Crystal Lake her early friends and acquaintances lived and there she breathed her last. Mrs. Shales leaves five children to reverie her memory-Harry C. Shales and Mrs. Edward Ocock of Crystal Lake, Miss Mary Shales and Glen of Woodstock, and Mrs. J. A. Reitz of Chicago. Her father, William Shales (?Crabtree), lives in Wauconda. There is also one sister and four brothers- Mrs. Frank Shales of Elgin, Guy D. Crabtree of Crystal Lake, Glen R. of Clinton, Wisconsin, George L. of St. Charles and Asa L. Crabtree of Wauconda. Mrs. Shales lived on the earth 53 years. This may not be considered a long life-"It matters not how long we live, but how." She reared her family and ministered to their needs as only a mother could. She trained them faithfully and well and her reward was in seeing them grow to maturity under righteous influences. She was a mother her children always delighted to honor. Now she has passed on-lost to sight for a little while-but only "till the day break and the shadows flee away." She has gone, but she will live on, consistent inspiration to her sons and daughters: her memory will become more precious as the years go by. Mrs. Effie Shales was a Christian women. Twenty-two years ago she united with the Methodist Episcopal church and lived to see the day when most of her family followed her example. She carried her religious convictions into whatever her heart and hands found to do. Conscientiousness was an outstanding trait of her character. In nursing the sick, and much of her time was given to this kind of work, she frequently expressed herself as fearful lest something more could have been done for her patients, that she left undone. She sat under the ministry of the Gospel, and eager listener for the inspiration and comfort it afforded and her place in the regular services of the church was always occupied whenever strength permitted or opportunity afforded. She was a woman of quiet demeanor, and belonged to that somewhat rare type of people called "peacemakers." Mrs. Shales was not physically a strong woman, though her nervous energy was pronounced. Worn out by waiting upon the sick, she exhausted her strength and became indisposed. No one not even Mrs. Shales herself thought her condition serious. Without warning her spirit took it's flight. We must not forget that God, the father, looks down upon his children with love, and when he sees them worn out and utterly unfitted for further tasks upon the earth, He says to his tired and weary children: "Come unto me and I will give you rest"-"It is enough, come up higher." Services were held on Tuesday afternoon, March 16, with brief rites at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Harry C. Shales, and the public obsequies at the Methodist Episcopal Church. The Church was filled with relatives and friends, many from out of town. The Rev. T. Atkey Brewster, D. D. pastor of the family, conducted the solemn service and spoke impressively after reading the memoir, which he prepared from personal knowledge. His words were fraught with convictive thought and comforting assurance. The sympathy of the whole community goes out to the bereaved, in this their sudden affliction.
[Crystal Lake Herald, Thursday March 19, 1914 p.1. - Submitted by Laurie Selpien]


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