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Glendale, Ariz. - Margaret Harrison, of Arizona, will celebrate her 100th birthday this Saturday with a visit from family members. She was born Nov. 15, 1906 in Dixon. Margaret’s mother was Gertrude Odenthal Snellenberger. Margaret’s father died when she was a young child. Margaret graduated from John Marshal High School in Chicago in 1923. She married Joseph Bernard “Red” Harrison in June of 1929 at the Methodist Church in DeKalb. Margaret and Red owned and operate Stone Harrison’s Grocery Store on Lincoln Highway in Rochelle for many years before they moved to Phoenix, Ariz., in 1956. Most people will remember Margaret from the store. She and Red were always willing to help folks out in their time of need during financial hard times. They left many friends and family in the Midwest when they moved for Red’s health. Margaret worked until 1971 when she retired from the Glendale School District. She worked in the food service cafeteria cooking and serving to all the students who loved her. The “Big Bash” will be Saturday, Nov. 18 from noon to 5 p.m. All six of her children are expected to attend, as well as her nine grandchildren, and 14 great-grandchildren. Family members will be coming from Rochelle, California, Oregon, Germany and France. There will be a light lunch served and lots of games for all ages. There will be no surprises as she has been excited for months about her birthday. She says she always knew she would live to be 100. Margaret still lives on her own. Her son, John, comes from Los Angeles every two weeks to spend time with her and help her out. She gave up driving at 90 and prefers to watch NASCAR instead of being behind the wheel of a car. Margaret now resides in Glendale, Ariz.
Taken from: Rochelle News-Leader, Rochelle, Ogle County, IL., Thursday, Nov. 16, 2006, Page 8 – Sect. 1 – Col. 1-4 (Contributed by Pat Esterday who says: "Margaret is my 1st cousin once removed. My father, Paul Lower, and Margaret were first cousins.")

Fifty-seven years ago Saturday, September 22, M. J. Hazeltine and Miss Abbie S. Knights were married in Charleston, Massachusetts, at the foot of Bunker Hill. Mr. and Mrs. Hazeltine have been honored residents of Polo for many years and although they did not celebrate their fifty-seventh anniversary in any special way, there were many who rejoiced with them in the passing of this milestone in their married life and hope to see them pass many more. Mrs. Hazeltine will be 82 years old in October and her husband will be eighty-one next March. Mr. Hazeltine is one of the Union Central Life Insurance company's active agents.  [undated scrapbook, sub. by K. Fyock]

Recent Gathering
Forreston, Ill., August 30, 1947
The 100th anniversary of the coming of the first members of the Kaney family, who were among the earliest settlers in Illinois, was observed Sunday Aug. 24 on the grounds adjacent to North Grove church, situated about 5 miles north-east of Forreston, by about 150 descendents of the original parents, Henry and Elizabeth Fosha Kaney. After the picnic dinner, A. O. Kaney introduced Dr. Charles Carpenter of Baileyville, Illinois, one of the oldest residents of that community, who is well versed in the early history and remembers many of the early settlers. He gave an address in which he cited many interesting facts about the Kaney family, dating from the time Elizabeth Fosha emigrated to America in 1844 from the province of Lippe Detmold, in the Western part of Prussia, to join her brother and family who had come to America in 1836, settled in Baltimore, Md. later moving to Shepherdstown, Va. Within a year Henry Kaney followed her and about 2 months later they were married in Shepherdstown, Va. The next year they began the long, hard journey by wagon from Virginia to Illinois. When they reached the place where Dayton, Ohio, now stands, the wagon became unsafe for further travel and they were obliged to transfer to a boat on the Ohio river, which took them to the Mississippi river, going as far as the spot where Fulton, Illinois is now located then traveling overland - again and finally reaching the territory north of the place where the village of Adeline now is situated. There they settled, building their log cabin which they shared with other families. Until a few years ago this log cabin remained on the farm now occupied by Walter Kaney. Four sons and three daughters were born to these parents: August, Lewis, John and Henry Kaney, Mrs. Anna Richter, Mrs. Elizabeth Kilker, on daughter passing away in infancy. Descendants of these early pioneers now number over 300 parents of whom 235 are sill living. It is a unique fact that the greater number of their descendants are living in and around the same community where their forebears began and ended their married life, making their contribution to the life and spirit of that community.
Mr. Kaney, having the trade of blacksmith in his native country, obtained work at the Grand Detour Plow factory, walking the distance from that village to his home each weekend and returning in the same manner. After a few years he took up farming and continued in that occupation until he retired from active life. Mrs. Kaney passed away Oct. 12, 1897 and her husband on Aug. 21, 1899. The history of the Kaney family is interwoven with the history of northern Illinois and with that of subsequent migration from their homeland of Lippe Detmold. In his address, Dr. Carpenter brought out many of these facts as they concerned - the early life of these people in a land where there was no democracy, as we know it, and where religion was not always unhampered but who, with courage and determination left behind them relatives and friends to come to a land that offered not only a great many advantages but hardships as well. The small province of Lippe, Detmold had an area of only 23 square miles to support a population of 165, 000 people. The largest farm was but 34 acres and many contained only one acre of land. Quite a different picture greeted these people in Illinois where in 1818, when it became a state, it had a population of but 40,000 people and that figure was undoubtedly padded considerably.
[Freeport Journal Standard clipping August 30, 1947 - Submitted by Karen Fyock]

Two Brothers and Sister United After 25 Years
Former Brookville Residents Honored At Family Gathering
Mr. and Mrs. Isaac Underkoffler, who have been spending a few days in the homes of his brother Charles B. Underkoffler and his sister, Mrs. John Beightol, were the honored guests on Sunday at a family gathering at the Beightol home in Chambers Grove. Mr. Underkoffler, who is now 86 years of age, grew to manhood in this vicinity, was married to Henrietta Beck and later with his family, left to establish a home in the southwest. For a number of years Mr. and Mrs. Underkoffler have been spending the winter months in Enid, Okla., and the summer months at Boulder, Colo., where they have a summer home, in the Rocky mountains in the city of Boulder. The reuniting of the two brothers, Isaac, 86 years and Charles B. Underkoffler, 76 years and their sister, Mrs. John Beightol aged 73 years was a very happy occasion, after a lapse of twenty-five years, they being the only living members of the original Underkoffler family. Mr. and Mrs. Underkoffler left on Sunday with their son-in-law and daughter Mr. and Mrs. Ludlum for Kewanee, and from there will visit their son, Rev. W. W. Underkoffler and family at Lincoln, Neb., before returning to their home at Boulder.
[Freeport Journal Standard, April 17, 1934 - Submitted by Karen Fyock]

1936 Leaf River Community High School Reunion
The reunion and banquet of the Leaf River Community high school was held Saturday evening with a fine attendance considering the rainy evening. One hundred and fifty-one were served by the Methodist Ladies Aid society at tables in the assembly room. bouquets of pink and white sweet peas, the class flower, and candles of red and white, the class colors, were used for decorations on the tables. The stage was decorated with blossoms from the tulip tree in Herva Knodle's yard and two bouquets on the pianos were presented to the society by Mr. and Mrs. Harold Gaffin of Milwaukee. After the banquet, the program was held which was enjoyed by all present. Officers for the ensuing year were elected: President, Miss Phyllis Thomas; vice president, Robert Fry; secretary and treasurer, Louis Hamm. Among those from out of town were Shelby Harrison of New York; S. J. Lindsay of Arizona; Mr. and Mrs. Harold Gaffin, Milwaukee; Mrs. Lydia Myers, Mr. and Mrs. John Light and Edith Hammond of Rockford; Mr. and Mrs. Frank Potter of Chicago; Lewis Schreiber, Naperville; Rev. and Mrs. E. O. Storer, Pecatonica.
[June 12, 1936 clipping - Sub. by Karen Fyock]

Polo, Ill., May 27 [1942] - Veterans of the second world war will be in charge of memorial services Thursday at 10 a.m. in Fairmount cemetery. James Noakes is chairman of services and Robert Brown will be parade marshal and captain of the firing squad. Veterans, members of the American Legion auxiliary and Women's Relief corps will met at 9:15 a.m. at the Legion home to march to the cemetery. The Rev. Harold Lawrence will give the invocation and Martin Thiele will recite Lincoln's Gettysburg address. The Rev. James Burke will give the memorial address and Mrs. Axel Olsen, president of the Legion auxiliary, will place a wreath at the cross for unknown war dead. The Rev. Mr. Lawrence will give the bendiction. There will be selections by Polo high school musicians. The program will be held at the high school in the event of inclement weather. [Submitted by Rick Froman]



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