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CLYDE W. BEARROWS
ROCHELLE - Clyde W. Bearrows, 83, of Rochelle died early Sunday morning, Nov. 10, 2002, in Swedish-American Hospital, Rockford. Born Jan. 17, 1919, in Aurora, son of Belford and Clara (Hanson) Bearrows. Married Rita L. Lower in Macomb on July 9, 1946. Worked for Northern Illinois Gas Co. as a welder, retiring in 1986. Member of First Presbyterian Church. Fifty-year member of Horicon Masonic Lodge 244, 50-year member of Freeport Consistory and 50-year member of Tebala Shrine. Graduated from Rochelle Township High School in 1937. Member of Living History Antique Equipment Association. Survived by wife, Rita; sons, John (Lori) Bearrows of Rochelle and James (Sandy) Bearrows of Cary, N.C.; daughter, Judy (William) Halsey of Boynton Beach, Fla.; grandchildren, Dawn and Denise Halsey, Megan and Scott Bearrows, Julie Whaley and Amanda Bearrows; great-grandchild, Taylor Bearrows. Predeceased by parents; stepmother, Dora Bearrows; and infant brother, Gilford Bearrows. Services at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13, in First Presbyterian Church, with the Rev. Dr. John Hamilton officiating. Burial in Flagg Center Cemetery. Visitation from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12, in Unger-Horner Funeral Home, 400 N. Sixth St., with Masonic rites at 7:30 p.m.
Taken from: Rockford Register Star: Rockford, Winnebago Co., IL., Monday, November 11, 2002, Page 10A _ Col. 1

Contributed by Pat Esterday



BRYON BLUM
POLO - Byron W. “Barney” Blum, 83, of Polo died Sun. Jan. 25, 2004, at Polo Continental Manor. He farmed in the Dixon and Polo areas for more than 65 years, retiring in 2000. Mr. Blum was born De. 18, 1920, in Dixon, the son of Carl J. and Estella (Levan) Blum. He married Arlene Odenthal on Oct. 19, 1940, in Dixon. He was a faithful member of St. Mary Catholic Church, Polo. He had been a member of the National Cattlemen’s Association; a more than 50-year member of Illinois Farm Bureau; a former member of the ASC Committee in Ogle County; a charter member of Polo Ambulance Association; an active member of Polo Lions Club, where he was a Melvin Jones Award recipient; and a Buffalo Insurance Co. board member for more than 30 years. Survivors include his wife, Arlene of Polo; one daughter, Julie (Craig) Cheatham of Polo; two sons, Dr. Larry Blum of Rockford and Michael (Carol) Blum of Polo; one brother, Walter (Connie) Blum of Dixon; six grandchildren, Lori Blum of Rockford, Amy (Nate) Smith of Amboy, Katy Blum of San Francisco and Matthew (Krista) Blum and Terah and Drew Cheatham, all of Polo; four great-grandchildren, Austin Sprauge of Amboy, Kyle and Kayla Blum, both of Polo, and Aurora Sandoval of San Francisco; one step-grandson, Bryan Blum of San Francisco; and several cousins, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Lt. John Blum; and one daughter in infancy, Bonnie. The funeral is at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2004, at St. Mary Catholic Church, Polo, with Father John A. Hanrahan officiating. Burial is at Oakwood Cemetery, Dixon. Visitation is from 4-8 p.m., with a prayer service at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2004, at Benson Funeral Home, Polo.
Taken from: The Dixon Telegraph, Dixon, Lee Co., IL., Monday, January 26, 2004, Page 6, - Col. 4
Contributed by Pat Esterday

EDWARD HALL
ROCHELLE - Edward J. Hall, 55, of 1021 Carrie Ave., died Nov. 5, 1984 in his home. He was born July 14, 1929 in Rochelle, the son of George H. and Mildred V. Clark Hall. He was a former textile mechanic at Caron International, Inc. He was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church and Loyal Order of the Moose and an associate member of the Floyd J. Tilton Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3878. Surviving are 3 sons: Michael and David, both of Rochelle, and Thomas, Sycamore; 1 daughter, Mary Ellen Hall, Rochelle; and 3 grandsons; Chad, John and Shaun. Funeral services are 10 a.m. Thursday in St. Patrick’s Catholic Church. The Rev. Francis Kennedy will officiate and burial will be in St. Patrick’s Cemetery. Visitation is from 7 – 9 p.m. Wednesday in the Unger-Horner Funeral Home with a Christian wake service at 8 p.m.
Taken from: The Rochelle News-Leader, November, 1984
Contributed by Pat Esterday

GEORGE H. HALL
ROCHELLE - George Harry Hall, 74, of 628 N. Main St., died today, August 29, 1977, in Rochelle Community Hospital. He was a retired employee of Caron International of Rochelle. He was born Nov. 19, 1902, in Turkey River, Iowa, the son of John and Harriett (Chase) Hall. He was married to Mildred Clark, who died in December, 1969. Hall was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church and Rochelle Moose Lodge. Survivors include son Edward of Rochelle; four grandchildren and sister, Mrs. Paul (Lucille) Lower of Rochelle. Services will be 10 a.m., Thursday in St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, with the Rev. Francis Kennedy, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be 7 – 9 p.m., Wednesday in Dee Home for Funerals, Rochelle. A wake service is set for 8 p.m., Wednesday.
Taken from: Rochelle News-Leader
Contributed by Pat Esterday

JACK T. HALL
LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Private family memorial service was conducted for Jack Thomas Hall, Las Vegas, formerly of Rochelle, who died July 21, 1988 after a four month illness. Hall attended Rochelle schools and served in the Army Air Corps during World War II. After the war, he was an instructor in flight schools, then, spent 16 years with the Federal Aviation Administration as general operations inspector and Lear jet specialist. He retired in 1973 and moved to Santa Maria, Calif., where he sold real estate. He is survived by his wife, Shirley, two sons and a daughter, his mother, and eight granddaughters, and an aunt, Lucille Lower, and several cousins living in Rochelle. Because of his love for flying, Shirley Hall said, his sons will scatter his cremains from the air.
Taken from: The Rockford Register Star, August 10, 1988.
Contributed by Pat Esterday

JOHN IRVING HALL
ROCHELLE - John Irving Hall, 53, 115 Avenue C, a retired night superintendent of the Caron Spinning Mills, died early today in his home after a long illness. A resident of Rochelle 46 years, Mr. Hall was born Dec. 31,1899, in Turkey River, Iowa. He leaves his wife, the former Mary Tobin of Rochelle; one son, Jack T. Hall, Malden, Mo.; three grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Paul Lower and Mrs. William Smith; one brother, Harry Hall, all of Rochelle. Services are scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Monday in St. Patrick’s Catholic church, the Rev. Thomas Lynam, officiating. Burial will be in the Catholic cemetery. A rosary will be recited at 8 O’clock Sunday night in the Dee Home For Funerals.
Taken from: The Rochelle News, April, 1953.
Contributed by Pat Esterday

DORTHA M. HARDACRE
Funeral rites were held in Berkley, Mich. on Wednesday, Sept. 24 for Dortha M. Hardacre, a sister of Mrs. Earl (Martha) Avey, with arrangements made by the Sawyer-Fuller Funeral Home in Berkley. Mrs. Hardacre died Sept. 21, 1980. The former Dortha Paul, Mrs. Hardacre was born May 17, 1917. Her mother Katie Paul, 91, is a resident of the Shannon Nursing Home, Shannon, Ill. Mrs. Hardacre was preceded in death one year ago by her husband. Survivors in addition to her mother in Shannon and sister in Mt. Morris include four sons, Ronald, Kenneth, Richard and Jeffery, all of Berkley; and a brother, Robert Paul of Mt. Carroll. The Rev. Ridley H. Latimer of Berkley Community Church officiated at the service and interment was in Roseland Park Cemetery. (Note: Dortha was the daughter of Henry W. and Katie (Feltman) Paul.
Paper unknown.
Contributed by Pat Esterday


Himes Family - Read newspaper story

MRS. RUTH M. HIMES
OREGON --Mrs. Ruth M. Himes, 74, of Rockford, a former Oregon resident, died Saturday morning at her home following a short illness. Born May 8, 1906, in Pine Creek township, Ogle county, she was the daughter of Ralph and Gladys (Hill) Long. Surviving are one son, Clinton of Byron; one daughter, Iva Mae Himes of Rockford; one sister, Virginia Long; and one brother, Carl Long, both of Oregon; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by three daughters, one son, three brothers and one sister. Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Farrell-Holland Funeral Home in Oregon with the Rev. Paul Aurand, pastor of the Oregon Church of the Nazarene, officiating. Burial will be in Riverview Cemetery in Oregon. Friends may call from 7 to 8 tonight at the funeral home.
Taken from: Freeport-Journal-Standard, June 2, 1980.
Contributed by Pat Esterday

MARTHA (Sager) HOOVER
Mrs. Benjamin Hoover, Polo, Dies Thursday
Polo: - Mrs. Benjamin Hoover, 70, 801 South Division street, Polo, died at 11:45 p.m. Thursday at Dixon Public hospital where she had been a patient for the past week. She had been in ill health for the past several months. The body was removed to the Melvin funeral home at Polo where friends may call Friday evening.
Services will be conducted at 2:30 p.m. Sunday from Melvin's. Rev. Wayne Crist, pastor of the Polo Church of the Brethren, officiating. Interment will be in Fairmount cemetery in Polo. Martha Sager was born Oct. 7, 1882 at Hastings, Neb., the daughter of the late Marcus and Augusta Sager. She was married Dec. 12, 1906 to Benjamin Hoover, who survives. Other survivors are two sons, Alvin and Robert, both of Polo; three daughters, Mrs. Hazel Bomberger and Mrs. Mary Lois Mertz, both of Polo, and Mrs. Mildred Kechler of Council, O; two brothers, Albert and John Sager and a sister, Elizabeth all of Massena, Ia.; also seven grandchildren and one great grandchild.
[Contributed by Melva Taylor from The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois, July 11, 1952 - Friday, pg 2 col 3]


Annah Jacobs - Unknown Paper - May 12, 1984
Annah Jacobs, 83, a resident of Stephenson Nursing Center, died there Tuesday. She had previously lived with nieces Clara and Vada Jacobs. Born July 24, 1901, in Adeline, Illinois, she was the daughter of Anton and Clara (Van Mingen) Jacobs. Surviving are two sisters, Mrs. Exelda (Oliver) Johnson of Freeport, Illinois and Pearl Rinehart of Wisconsin; and one brother, Henry Jacobs of Forreston, Illinois. She was preceded in death by three brothers and one sister.
Service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friday at Walker Mortuary with the Rev. John Hollis, pastor of First Church of the Nazarene, officiating.
Burial will be in Adeline Cemetery, Ogle County, Illinois


Thomas F. Jacobs - Unknown Paper - September 24, 1994
ROCKFORD, Illinois - Services were held for Thomas F. Jacobs, 54, of Rockford who died Saturday, Sept. 17, 1994, in Rockford Memorial Hospital after a lengthy illness. Born June 18, 1940, in German Valley, he was a son of Willis F. and Mildred E. (Kuntzelman) Jacobs. On Dec. 4, 1983, he married Marie Quintanilla in Janesville, Wis. Surviving are his wife; three sons, Richard Jacobs of Kentucky, and Michael Jacobs and Daniel Jacobs, both of Rockford; and two daughters, Patti Jacobs of Rockford and Lisa Jacobs of Nevada. Survivors also include a stepson, Chad Russell of Rockford; a stepdaughter, Carla Russell of Beloit, Wis.; and three step-grandchildren, Stephanie, Trey and Jassmer. In addition he is survived by two sisters, Pat (Richard) Higar of German Valley and Ida (Jerry) Stykel of Freeport; and numerous nieces and nephews. His parents and brother, Enos Jacobs, died previously. Burial was in Adeline Cemetery, Adeline, Illinois.


Mildred Jacobs - Unknown Paper - June 15, 1985
GERMAN VALLEY, Illinois - Mrs. Mildred E. (Willis) Jacobs, 76, of German Valley, died Friday morning at her home after several months illness. A German Valley resident for many years, she and her husband farmed and operated the J.I. Case Farm Agency in German Valley. Born in Myrtle on Oct. 12, 1908, she was the daughter of Bert and Ida (Runyan) Kuntzelman. On Dec. 11, 1928, she married Willis F. Jacobs, who died in 1955. Surviving are two sons, Enos and Thomas, both of Rockford; two daughters, Mrs. Pat (Richard) Higar of German Valley and Mrs. Ida (Jerry) Stykel of Freeport; one sister, Mrs. Ada (Owen) Grieff of Egan; 19 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
Burial will be in Adeline Cemetery.


Mrs. Marie Jacobs - Dixon (Illinois) Evening Telegraph - Fri., Aug. 29, 1969
DIXON, Illinois —
Mrs. Marie Jacobs, 45, 913 Center St., died unexpectedly this morning in Nelson. Coroner Robert Preston held an inquest at 10 a.m. and an autopsy will be performed this afternoon to determine the cause of death. She was born Feb. 16, 1924, in Walworth, Wis., the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Fitch. Mrs. Jacobs was preceded in death by her husband, John, and her parents. Survivors include two sons, John Jr., Woosung, and Robert, at home; two daughters, Mrs. Ronald (Lenore) Bechtold, Stoughton, Wis., and Susan, at home; two grandchildren; stepmother, Mrs. Elizabeth Fitch, Harvard; two half-brothers, Leonard Fitch, Geneva, and Vernon Fitch, Harvard.
Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery.


Henry Jacobs - Dixon (Illinois) Telegraph - September 17, 1993
FORRESTON, Illinois -
Henry C. Jacobs, 90, formerly of Polo and Forreston, died Sept. 16, 1993, in Big Meadows Nursing Center in Savanna after a long illness. He had been employed as a farmer in the Forreston and Polo area. He was born on Aug. 24, 1903 to Antoinne and Clara (Varringen) Jacobs in German Valley. He married Emma Nicodemus on Dec. 27, 1938. She preceded him in death on Nov. 22, 1970. He was also predeceased by thee sisters, three brothers, one daughter, one granddaughter and one greeat-granddaughter. Survivors include three sons, Clifford of Freeport, Irvin of Elizabeth and Jesse of Kirkland; seven daughters, Mary Robinson of Woodstock, Viola (Tom) Bowers and Linda (Dick) Meyer both of Dixon, Judy Decorah and Carol (Gary) Dagner both of Murphysboro, Dodothy (Dennis) Kurzrock of Brementon, Wash., and Cathy (Jerry) Baltazor of Colorado Springs, Colo.; one sister, Exzelda Johnson of Freeport; 37 grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren, four step-grandchildren and two step-great-grandchildren.
Burial was in Chapel Hill Cemetery in Freeport, Illinois.


John F. Jacobs - Dixon (Illinois) Telegraph - Fri., Nov. 30, 1984
CORNING, Ark. -
John F. Jacobs, 87, formerly of Mount Morris, died Thursday, Nov. 29, 1984 after a short illness. He was born Sept. 6, 1897. He was the youngest of five children of Foneticus Jacobs and Mina (Avery) Jacobs, in Mt. Morris, Illinois. He was married to Ruth M. Jacobs on June 6, 1922. The were divorced Nov. 3, 1944. Four children were born of this union. Dorothy Pauline, Arthur Lee, John Wesley, and Leola Mae Jacobs. He remarried in 1945 to Virgie Canteberry. Survivors include his wife, Virgie or Corning, Ark.; daughters, Dorothy Diehl of Belvidere and Leola Frey of Dixon; sons, Arthur of Amboy, John W. of Dixon and Roy of Jonesboro, Ark.; step-son, Ray Canteberry of Florida; sister Gertie Peugh of Mount Morris; 26 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren.
Burial Corning, Arkansas.


Mina Jacobs - This article was in the Mt. Morris Index Paper June 25, 1937
Mrs. Mina Jacobs Is Summoned Saturday - Heart Attack During Early Morning Hours Proves Fatal to Prominent Local Lady
Friends and neighbors were saddened to learn of the death of Mrs. Mina Jacobs, at 2 o'clock Saturday morning, at her home at 105 N. McKendrie Avenue. Death came very unexpectedly to Mrs. Jacobs, and as a distinct shock to the community, but it was just as she had expressed her wish that she might depart this life. A year ago she had a severe attack of bronchial pneumonia, but recovered and seemed apparently in fair health, although with a somewhat weakened heart. Her last evening she spent reading and covering with her neighbors unit bedtime. During the night she became ill and awakened a roomer who called a physician, but death came before he reached her side Mrs. Jacobs was held in high regard by everyone who knew her, endearing herself by her kindly, understanding nature. This was amplified by the many floral pieces paid in tribute. Her home was her pride and she was happiest when surrounded by her family or friends. The services were held from the home at 2 p.m., Monday, in charge of Dr. C. H. Hightower. The pall bearers were her grandsons, with burial in the family lot at Adeline. Mina L. Avery, daughter of Ed. and Hannah Avery, was born March 6, 1858, on a farm in the vicinity of Adeline, she spent her childhood around Forreston and Baileyville, attending high school at Forreston. On January 1, 1878, she was united in marriage to Foneticus Jacobs. There remain to mourn the loss of their mother, Mrs. Robert Buser of Mount Morris, John who resides in Mount Morris, 16 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. Her husband preceded her in death four years ago.

Among her treasurers this little poem written by Edgar A Guest seems most fitting.

Four years ago death came to part
And took from her his hand
And bade him be the first to start
Into the promised land.
"Till death do part," the vows were said
For five and fifty years
The path of life was there to tread
With all its joys and fears.
And then the parting came and she
Alone was left to stay,
Waiting and wondering just when he
Would need her cross the way.
To death which parted came once more
With evening's fading light
And took her to the other shore
This time to reunite!


Foneticus Jacobs Is Summoned by Reaper - Obituary in The Mount Morris Index Friday, October 5, 1933 Front Page
Foneticus Jacobs, a highly respected citizen of Mount Morris for the past 26 years, passed away at his home on North McKendrie Avenue last Thursday evening about 10:00 o’clock following an illness of only one week. The immediate cause of death was attributed to a hemorrhage of the brain, although he had been a sufferer from Bright’s disease for a long period. Mr. Jacobs was a man of sterling qualities, best exemplified in his attitude toward his family and friends, and his value as a citizen was frequently demonstrated. Word of his passing was received with genuine sorrow by the community at large. Funeral services were conducted at the home Sunday afternoon in charge of Rev. C. H. Hightower of the Lutheran Church and burial was made in the Adeline cemetery. Foneticus Jacobs, son of Enos and Rachel Jacobs, was born March 10, 1855, on a farm five miles northwest of Adeline and passed away Sept. 28, 1933, aged 78 years, 6 months and 18 days. He was one of a family of 11 children, of whom three survive, namely; Mrs. Sarah Wagner, Faulkner, Iowa; Mrs. Ella Myers, Beaman, Iowa and Martha Dame, Avon, South Dakota.
He spend his early days at his birth place and attended school at Sunnyside and Adeline. On Jan. 1, 1878, he was united in marriage to Mina L. Avery, and to this union were born seven children: Emma, who died in infancy; Elva Buser of Mount Morris; Enos, who passed away Feb. 2, 1931; Grace Klontz of Newark, N.J., and her twin brother Roy, who died in infancy; Gertie Peugh of Coleta and John, who resides in Mount Morris.
After their marriage they resided on a farm in the vicinity of Shannon, later moving to a farm near Adeline where they farmed until the year 1885 when they went to Kansas. After four years they returned to Illinois and took up their residence on a farm in the vicinity of his old home until the year 1907, when they retired from farming and moved to Mount Morris where they have since made their home. On Jan. 1, 1928, they celebrated their golden wedding anniversary. He leaves to mourn his death, his wife, four children, 16 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren and three sisters.


Enos Jacobs
Born January 16, 1818 - Died March 27, 1890 - Burial at Adeline, Illinois
Father Gabriel Jacobs, Mother Margret (Jackson) Jacobs
Married Rachel Barnes on April 4, 1840

OBITUARY -
Enos Jacobs -- Died. At his residence, four miles north of Adeline, Thursday, March 27, 1890, and buried in Adeline Cemetery, Sunday, March 30, Enos Jacobs. He was born in Alleghany County, Maryland, January 16, 1818, and died at the age of seventy-two years, two months and eleven days. He was married to Miss Rachel Barnes of the same county, May 10, 1840, living together in peace and happiness nearly a half century. In 1842 himself and wife and one child (F. G. Jacobs) emigrated to Ogle County, where he resided ever since, and some forty-five years of the time in the town of Maryland. The funeral services were held in the U.B. Church, Wm. Ellis of Baileyville, preached the funeral sermon. In the year 1851, nearly thirty six years ago, he was baptized and joined a religious organization now known as the Christadelphians, and has been a consistent and worthy member since that time. By his continuous honest and upright conduct he gained the confidence, respect and esteem of his neighbors and acquaintances, and well earned the compliments of the Master, “Well done thou good and faithful servant.” He leaves a wife and nine children to mourn his death. We have known and been intimately acquainted with him nearly fifty years. He was a great Bible student, and a truthful man. On the 4th of December, 1854, he wrote the following letter, (which we publish) to the Editor of a monthly publication in New York City, styled

The Herald of the Kingdom and Age to Come.

Dear Brother Thomas - I am yet in pursuit of knowledge, in which pursuit I find more enjoyment and peace of mind than in all the pleasures and traditions of the world. I and my companion have recently been baptized into the “one hope,’ for which Paul declared he was bound in chains; and are striving to cultivate that disposition which so much abounded in Abraham. We have forsaken the world, in all its forms, as much as possible, according to the knowledge we have received; but its frowns and persecutions we cannot leave behind, knowing, however, that the truth must eventually prevail. We thank God and take courage, hoping that He will give us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. The truth in this place seems to be on the increase, but generally the non-professors appear to be the most accessible, such as have no parties to build up, but some who know the truth are slow to obey it, rather following policies and worldly pursuits than giving up all for Jesus. I send you ten dollars to appropriate in the truth as you think best.


CHILDREN BORN TO ENOS JACOBS AND RACHEL (BARNES) JACOBS
1) FRANCIS G. JACOBS (Male) Born September 14, 1841
2) LAVINA ANGELINE JACOBS (Female) Born January 11, 1843
3) FLAVIUS JOSEPHUS JACOBS (Male) - Born August 17, 1845, Died in 1932 - Burial in Adeline, Illinois Cemetery (Grave has Joe Jacobs on Marker)
4) SARAH JACOBS (Female) Born October 2, 1846
5) MARGARET ANN JACOBS (Female) September 17, 1848
6) MARY JANE JACOBS (Female) Born August 1, 1850 Married Hiram Baker November 19, 1868
7) ELLA BARBARA JACOBS (Female) Born October 21, 1852
8) FONETICUS JACOBS (Male) - Born Mar. 10, 1855 - Died Sept. 28, 1933. Married Mina L. Avery Died Sept. 28, 1937 In Mt. Morris, Illinois, Burial Adeline, Illinois
9) EMMA JACOBS Born September 5, 1856
10) MARTHA JACOBS Born September 29, 1858 In Ogle County, Illinois, Married William Lassen Pyper On January 19, 1881, Died April 5, 1945, Avon, S.D.
11) JOHN E. JACOBS Born on June 10, 1861 - Married Mary E. Roberts Feb. 18, 1886 Died May 18, 1888 (Kicked By A Horse)


Enos Jacobs - Unknown Paper - March 16, 1986
ROCKFORD, Illinois -
Enos A. Jacobs, 54, of Rockford, Illinois, formerly of Shannon, Illinois, died early Sunday afternoon, March 16, at his home after a lengthy illness. He was a 1949 graduate of Leaf River High School. Two years ago he moved to Rockford from Shannon where he lived for eight years. For many years, he was a resident of Byron, Illinois. Born in Maryland Township, Ogle County,Illinois on Nov. 8, 1931, he was the son of Willis F. and Mildred E. (Kuntzelman) Jacobs. He married Betty J. Magee on July 25, 1954, in Rockford. Surviving are his widow; one daughter, Mrs. Deborah (Michael) Fox of Summerville, S.C.; five sons, James and John, both of Freeport, Jay of Monroe, Wis., Jerald of German Valley and Joseph of Rockford; one brother, Thomas of Rockford; two sisters, Mrs. Pat (Richard) Higar of German Valley and Mrs. Ida (Jerry) Stykel of Freeport; and eight grandchildren.
Burial will be in Adeline Cemetery, Adeline, Illinois.



Dinah Jacobs - Unknown Paper - March 31, 1978
OREGON, Illinois -
Mrs. John (Dinah) Jacobs, 92, of Oregon, died Thursday morning at Dixon Public Hospital following a long illness. She was a charter member of Emmanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church of Payne’s Point. Born Feb. 14, 1886, in Rockvale Township, Ogle County, she was the daughter of Abe and Anna (Bolthouse) Foss. She married John Jacobs Oct. 9, 1907, in Dixon. He died in 1959. Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Bessie Ehnen and Mrs. Anna Tilton, both of Oregon; eight grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and one sister, Mrs. Paul (Mary) Wiltfang of Oregon. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by one son, one sister, and seven brothers.
Burial will be in the church cemetery.


Christine Jacobs - Dixon (Illinois) Telegraph - Friday, January 14, 2000
OREGON, Illinois -
Christine Mae Jacobs, 84, lifelong resident of Ogle County, died Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2000 after a lengthy illness. She farmed with her husband in the Chana area. Mrs. Jacobs was born Oct. 13, 1915 in Pine Rock to John and Ella (Lewis) Ebens. She married George A. Jacobs on Oct. 28, 1939 in
Davenport, Iowa. He preceded her in death in April 1973. She was also preceded in death by two brothers and two sisters. She graduated from Ashton High School in 1934. She was active in the Pine Rock Women’s club and the Yellow Bird Senior Center in Oregon. She served on the election board for 50 years and formerly attended the Oregon United Methodist Church. She was active in community service. Survivors include two daughters, Sharon (James) Benjamin of Rockford and Elaine (Edward) Mowry of Chana; two sisters-in-law, Dorothy Ebens of Reno, Nev. and Anna Tilton of Oregon; three grandsons; three
great-grandsons; and numerous nieces and nephews.
The funeral will be held at Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home in Oregon, Illinois.
Burial will be at Stinsonian Cemetery


Cecil Jacobs - Dixon (Illinois) Telegraph - Monday, October 14, 2002
OREGON, Illinois -
Cecil Irene Jacobs, 88, of Oregon died Saturday, Oct. 12, 2002, at her home. Mrs. Jacobs was born Oct. 28, 1913, in Oregon, the daughter of Hezekiah and Annabelle (Sprankle) Portner. She married Emil Jacobs on Aug. 21, 1928, in Morrison. He died Nov. 3, 1998. She was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, Dixon. Survivors include two daughters, Elizabeth (Roy) Huffstutler of Dixon and Elverta Ford of Oregon; three sisters, Mabel Brackenmyer of Sterling, Iva Degroff of Rock Falls and Gladys (Adam) Smith of Deer Grove; a brother, Clarence Portner of Rock Falls; four grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by three brothers and four sisters.
Burial is at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, Dixon, Illinois.


Carmen Jacobs - Dixon (Illinois) Telegraph - Wednesday, November 10, 2004
MOUNT MORRIS, Illinois —
Carmen A. Jacobs, 83, of Mount Morris, formerly of Yorkville and Oregon, died Monday, Nov. 8, 2004, at Pinecrest Manor Nursing Home, Mount Morris. She taught junior high school for several years. Mrs. Jacobs was born March 27, 1921, in Pope County, the daughter of Whitla C. and Eula Maye (Butler) Modglin. She was a graduate of the University of Illinois with a degree in home economics. She married John H. Jacobs on March 27, 1942, in Monticello. He died Jan. 27, 1994. She was a member of Ebenezer Reformed Church, Oregon, Illinois. She was active in the Yorkville Band Boosters Association and judged for several 4-H and county fairs, including the Sandwich Fair. Survivors include three sons, James (Karen) Jacobs of Wheaton, Alan Jacobs of Springfield and Bill (Cathy) Jacobs of Byron; a daughter, Jean (Fred) Paoletta of DeKalb; three brothers, Norman, Bob and Larry Modglin; a sister, Joyce Osborne; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandsons. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Orville and Pedro.
Burial is at Ebenezer Reformed Church Cemetery, Oregon, Illinois.


LUELLA KAHL DIES, AGED 77
Freeport, Ill., Aug. 18 -- Mrs. Luella Kahl, 77, died at 8:30 o’clock tonight in the home of a daughter, Mrs. Roy Murray, 806 South Burchard avenue, after a long illness. She was born Feb. 15, 1871, in Brookville, and was a member of United Evangelical church. Surviving are four other daughters, Mrs. Iva Driebelbeis, Freeport; Mrs. Jess Shafer, Brookville, and Mrs. Dorothy Winkler and Mrs. Helen Merkle, Bellwood; two sons, Russell, Rockford, foreman at National Lock company, and Miles, Elizabeth, and two brothers and two sisters. (Luella was the daughter of Henry and Lydia (Paul) Lower and was married to Rufus H. Kahl on December 16, 1887. She passed away on August 18, 1948. Paper Unknown)
Contributed by Pat Esterday


Arthur J. Long
Arthur J. "Brownie" Long - 80, formerly of RR2, Oregon, died Monday, August 1, 1988, in Lee County Nursing Home, Oregon, after a long illness. Born June 18, 1908, in Pine Creek Township, Ogle County, son of James G. and Mabel (Smice) Long. Married Eva King in Dixon, May 27, 1933. He farmed in Pine Creek Township all his life. Member Mount Morris Moose Lodge. Survivors include his wife, Eva, Dixon; two sons, Kenneth (Tresa), Dixon, and Lawrence (Joyce), Oregon; two daughters, Bev Unger, Dixon, and Jeanette (Glen) Hart Sr., Franklin Grove; four brothers, Newton and Francis, Oregon, Kenneth, Mendota, and Harold, Mount Morris; four sisters, Donna (Richard) Holby, Grand Detour, Isabel (Floyd) Jones, Compton, Calif., Vivian Holley and Phyllis Long, Freeport; 11 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Services at 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 4, in Farrell-Holland Funeral Home, 110 S. 7th. St., Oregon, with the Rev. Bruce Hansen, pastor of St. John's Lutheran Church, Ashton; the Rev. Merrill Davis, pastor of first Christian Church, Oregon; and the Rev. Steve Bullmer, pastor of Emmanuel United Methodist Church, Polo, officiating. Burial in Pine Creek Brethren Cemetery, rural Oregon. Friends may call at the funeral home from 7-9 p.m. Wednesday; the family will not be present. Memorial fund has been established.
Paper unknown
Contributed by Pat Esterday


CLARENCE M. LONG
CLARENCE M. LONG
, 64, rural Chana died Tuesday in the Rochelle Community Hospital following a long illness.
Mr. Long was born July 7, 1910 in Pine Creek Township, the son of Ralph and Jenny (Gladhill) Long. On Oct. 14, 1944 he was united in marriage with Burnetta Coy at Oregon. He was a lifelong resident of the Chana area and was an employee of Manley Sand Co. for 25 years prior to retirement in 1970.
Surviving are his widow; two sons, Robert and Gerald, both at home; three daughters, Mrs. James (Linda) Ray of Leaf River, Mrs. Evelyn Bushland of Chana and Penny, at home; one brother, Carl of Byron; three sisters, Mrs. Ethel Otten and Virginia Long, both of Oregon and Mrs. Ruth Himes of Rockford and four grandchildren.
Preceding him in death were his parents, two brothers and one sister.
Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. today (Friday) from the Farrell Funeral Home, Oregon with the Rev. Stewart Abel of the Church of the Nazarene officiating. Interment will be in Daysville Cemetery.
Taken from:
The Rochelle Leader
August 30, 1974
Contributed by Pat Esterday


CLYDE LONG
Clyde Long, 79, who had been residing in a Rochelle nursing home, was found dead from gunshot wounds at 9 a.m. Wednesday at his former home in Oregon. City and county officials said after an investigation that the wound apparently was self-inflicted. A 410 shotgun was found beside the body. Long left Rochelle Tuesday in a taxi and stopped at the home of Mrs. Archie Holley, a niece, in Oregon to get the key to his home on S. Seventh St. Mrs. Holley went to the house Wednesday morning after receiving a call that her uncle had not returned to the Joyce nursing home. Long farmed during most of his life in Pine Creek Township and lived in Oregon about eight years before entering the nursing home in Rochelle. Services were set for Friday at 2 p.m. in the Farrell funeral home in Oregon. Taken from: The Rochelle Leader, June 15, 1962
Contributed by Pat Esterday

EVA LONG
DIXON - Eva P. Long, 77, of 601 Countryside Lane, formerly of Oregon, died Thursday, April 8, 1993 in her home following a short illness. She and her husband farmed in the Oregon area for many years. She was born April 1, 1916 in El Paso, Ill. to Leo and Ethel (Paschal) King. She married Arthur “Brownie” Long on May 27, 1933 in Dixon; he preceded her in death on Aug. 1, 1988. She was also preceded in death by one brother, three sisters and one great-grandchild. She was a member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Polo and the Mount Morris Ladies of the Moose. Survivors include her sons, Kenneth (Tresa) and Lawrence ( Joyce) Long of Oregon; daughters, Bev Unger of Dixon and Jeannette (Glen) Hart Sr. of Franklin Grove; also 11 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. Funeral services are 1:30 p.m. Saturday in the Farrell-Holland Funeral Home in Oregon with the Rev. Richard Hundrieser, pastor of Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Polo, officiating. Burial will be in Pine Creek Brethren Cemetery. Visitation is 7 to 9 p.m. tonight in the funeral home. A memorial has been established to the American Cancer Society.
Taken from the Dixon Telegraph, Friday, April 9, 1993, Page 10, Col. 1
Contributed by Pat Esterday


FRANCIS LONG
OREGON - Francis M. “Hank” Long, 91, of Oregon died Saturday, Feb. 11, 2006 at KSB Hospital. He farmed in the Pine Creek Township area for many years and also was a caretaker at Sinnissippi Farms. Mr. Long was born Feb. 5, 1915, in Pine Creek Township, the son of Garfield and Mabel (Smice) Long. He married Naomi Jones on July 21, 1940 in Clinton, Iowa. She died in 1972. He enjoyed woodworking, gardening, fishing and birds. Survivors include a daughter, Valdean (Harry) Fletcher of Oregon; two sons, Larry (Karen) Long of Oregon and James (Kathy) Long of Manlius; two sisters, Isabelle Jones of Oregon and Donna Holby of Grand Detour; two brothers, Kenneth “Gene” Long of Mendota and Harold “Bump” Long of Dixon; six grandchildren, Pam, Paula, Kevin, Kelli, Jamie and Frani; nine great-grandchildren, Tim, Matt, Tara, Taylor, Ryan, Drew, Max, Kaleb and Kelsey; and a great-great-grandchild, MacKenzie. He also was preceded in death by five sisters, Kate, Dorothy, Bess, Phyllis and Vivian; and three brothers, Lawrence, Arthur and Newton. The funeral is at 11 a.m. Tuesday at First Baptist Church of Byron. Burial is at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, Dixon. Visitation is from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Church. Arrangements were completed by Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home, Oregon. A memorial has been established.
Taken from The Dixon Telegraph, Sunday, February 12, 2006, Page A2 – Col. 1
Contributed by Pat Esterday

DELLA LONG
OREGON - Della M. Long, 60, of 709 Jackson St. died Sunday, Nov. 3, 1991 in KSB Hospital following a short illness. She was born April 28, 1931 in Amboy to Albert and Rose (Holdern) Jeanblanc. She married Newton Long on June 14, 1956 in Dixon. She was a member of the First Christian Church. She was preceded in death by three brothers. Survivors include her husband of Oregon; sons, Roger Jeanblanc of LaFayette, La., Jonathon Long of Mount Morris, Keith Long of Oregon; step-daughter, Mrs. Gene (Mildred) Schier of Oregon; brothers, Leroy and Clarence Jeanblanc, both of Mendota; five grandchildren. Memorial services are 4 p.m. Wednesday in the First Christian Church with the Rev. Grail Storm, pastor, officiating. Burial is 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Pinecreek Brethren Cemetery. There is no visitation. A memorial has been established to the First Christian Church.
Taken from: The Dixon Telegraph, Monday, Nov. 4, 1991, Page 8
Contributed by Pat Esterday


GARFIELD LONG
Oregon, Jan. 14 - Garfield Long of Pine Creek township, Ogle county, passed away at his home last evening at 6:15 following a long illness. The son of John and Lydia Long, he was born in Elkhorn Grove, Ogle county, Nov. 10, 1879. He was educated in the local schools and was an active member of the Pine Creek church. He was united in marriage to Mabel Smice, Sept. 3, 1900 who survives him with seven daughters; Mrs. Dorothy Reed of Grand Detour, Mrs. Bessie Wernick, Mrs. Donna Rosenbaum, Mrs. Isabel Jones of Oregon, Mrs. Katherine Rhodes of Freeport, Misses Phyllis and Vivian at home and five sons; Newton and Arthur of Oregon, Francis of Mt. Morris and Harold and Kenneth at home, 18 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. One grandson, Leonard Reed was killed in action on Luzon, P.I. during the last war. He was engaged in farming for the past 45 years until he retired from active life because of failing health. Funeral services will be conducted Thursday afternoon at 1 o’clock at the Farrell funeral home in Oregon and at 2 o’clock at the Pine Creek Church of the Brethren, the pastor, the Rev. N.H.Rittenhouse officiating and burial will be in the church cemetery.
Taken from: The Dixon Telegraph, Tuesday, January 14, 1947
Contributed by Pat Esterday


MERLYN LONG
OREGON - Merlyn D. Long, 61, of 2163 South Daysville Rd., died Friday, June 17, 1994 from injuries received in as accident. He was employed by the Whiteside Blacktop Company in Sterling for the past 20 years. He also owned Kyte Creek Apiary in which he raised bees and sold honey. He was born on Feb. 11, 1933 in Polo to Floyd and Ida Ruth (Hepfer) Long. He married Myrna Sietz on Aug. 3, 1957 on Oregon. He was a member of the Oregon United Methodist Church. He was a U.S. Army veteran and a 1951 graduate of Rochelle Township High School. He was preceded in death by his father. Survivors include his wife; one son, Daniel (Jodi) of Oregon; one daughter, Angela Bowers of Dixon; his mother of Chana; one brother, Melvin (Lynn) of McHenry; three sisters, Marion (Jack) Roth of Arvada, Colo., Loretta (Donald) Bell of Chana and Lorena (Waailliam) Freeman of Denver, Colo.; and four grandchildren. Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. at the Oregon United Methodist Church with the Rev. Mark Jacobs, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in the Lighthouse Cemetery near Oregon. Visitation will be held Tuesday from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Farrell-Holland funeral Home in Oregon. A memorial has been established.
Taken from: Sauk Valley Report; The Telegraph, Monday, June 20, 1994, Page 8, Col. 2
Contributed by Pat Esterday


DANIEL LOWER
CIVIL WAR VETERAN DIED MONDAY AT BROOKVILLE
Daniel Lower, almost a life long resident of Brookville, died Monday morning after an illness extending over the past year, which confined him to his bed for the past five weeks. He was born in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, June 30, 1843, coming west with his parents as a child of three and settling in Brookville, where he resided ever since. Daniel Lower was an old soldier, being a member of Company K, 14th Illinois Cavalry and served during the entire War. He was also a member of the Polo Post, G.A.R. In 1867, he was united in marriage to Miss Harriet Rogers, of Brookville, who survives, as do one daughter, Mrs. Deliah Michael, of Brookville and a son, Nelson Lower, of Rockford. Funeral services will be held Wednesday afternoon at two o’clock from the home and burial will be made at Brookville Cemetery. Daniel Lower died July 17, 1929.
Paper unknown - Contributed by Pat Esterday


Elizabeth Odenthal Lower
Death of Mrs. E. Lower
Mrs. Elmer Lower, nee Elizabeth Odenthal, passed away at her home in Rochelle, Friday afternoon, at 12:45.
She was born in Tampico, Ill., March 19, 1879. At the age of eleven years she moved to Dixon with her parents, and resided there until her marriage to Elmer Lower, when she removed to the present home in Rochelle. She leaves to mourn the loss of a devoted wife and mother, her husband and four children: Paul, William, Virginia and Mrs. Lillian Gash, also five brothers and three sisters: Mrs. Chester Parker, Culver, Ind.; Mrs. Mary Walter, Minneapolis; Miss Christine Odenthal, Placentia, Cal.; John Odenthal, of Chicago; Theodore Odenthal, East St. Louis, and Phillip, William and Fred Odenthal, of Dixon. She was preceded in death by two brothers, a son and a daughter. Funeral services were held at St. Patrick’s Catholic church in Rochelle, Monday morning at 9:30, with internment in the south side cemetery.
Taken from: Rochelle News, May 19, 1932 - contributed by Contributed by Pat Esterday


MRS. HARRIET LOWER
Polo, July 17, - Mrs. Harriet Lower passed away at 6:30 last night at the home of her daughter Mrs. Delliah Michael, in Brookville. She was born Feb. 23, 1847 in Northumberland County, Pennsylvania and came to Illinois with her parents at the age of 10. She had lived in this vicinity practically all her life. In 1867 she was married to Daniel Lower who passed away several years ago. Surviving are her daughter, Mrs. Michael with whom she made her home, one son, D. N. Lower of Rockford and Lee Rogers, whom she and her husband had raised from infancy. Funeral services will be held at the Evangelical church in Brookville at 1:30 o’clock Saturday afternoon with the Rev. J. E. Widner of Belvidere, former Brookville pastor, officiating and the Rev. J. H. Walters assisting. Burial will be in the Lutheran cemetery at Brookville.
Taken from The Dixon Telegraph, Thursday, July 17, 1941, Page 4, Col. 6-7
Contributed by Pat Esterday

LUCILLE LOWER
ROCHELLE - Lucille M. Lower, 84, died Tuesday in Rochelle Community Hospital. She was born Feb. 17, 1907 in Turkey River, Iowa to John E. and Harriet M. (Chase) Hall. She married Paul Leo Lower on Nov. 9, 1926 in Rochelle. He preceded her in death Oct. 10, 1979. She was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, VFW and Knights of Columbus Auxiliaries, Women of the Moose, Royal Neighbors. She was preceded by three brothers and one sister. Survivors include sons, Paul I. (Charlotte) Lower, John E. (Laureen) Lower, daughters, Mrs. Clyde (Rita) Bearrows, Mrs. Glenn (Pat) Esterday, Mrs. Don Rogde, 19 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren. Funeral mass is 10:30 a.m. Friday at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church with the Rev. Francis P. Kennedy, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in St. Patrick’s Cemetery. Visitation is 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Lyons-Cluts-Sims Funeral Home with a wake service at 8 p.m. and at the church after 9:30a.m. Friday. A memorial has been established to St. Patrick’s Catholic Church.
Taken from: The Dixon Telegraph, Tuesday, April 23, 1991, Page 12 – Col. 1
Contributed by Pat Esterday


MARY LOWER
Brookville, Dec. 13.
Another of the pioneer residents of Ogle County answered the summons last week, when Aunt Mary Lower passed away in Oregon at the close of a lingering illness. Burial was made Sunday in the Evangelical cemetery. The deceased was highly regarded by a large circle of friends who regret her death, though not unlooked for, owing to her previous illness.
Mary Lower was the daughter of Daniel and Elizabeth (Hahn) Lower. She was born March 11, 1839 in Northumberland County, Pennsylvania and died December 10, 1909 in Oregon, Illinois.
Paper unknown. Contributed by Pat Esterday


MELVIN W. LOWER
SHANNON - Melvin W. Lower, 38, of Shannon, died Tuesday as the result of gunshot wounds. He attended Shannon schools and was employed by Micro Switch as a Pinkerton guard. He was on active duty with the National Guard from Sept. 16, 1962 until March 15, 1964, and was a member of the Moose Lodge. Born Nov. 19, 1940, in Shannon, he was the son of Russell and Bertha (Tempel) Lower. He married Elvie Klinger Nov. 29, 1969, in Shannon. Surviving are his widow; two sons, Wesley and Tommy, one daughter, Ann, and his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Russell Lower, all of Shannon, one brother, Clarence of Leaf River, and his grandmother, Mrs. W.B. Temper of Shannon. Funeral service will be at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at Bethel United Methodist Church in Shannon with the Rev. Russell Coats, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Brethren Cemetery in Shannon. Friends may call from 7 to 9 tonight at Scharman Funeral Hone in Shannon. A memorial fund has been established.
Taken from: Freeport Journal Standard, Wednesday, Sept. 19, 1979, Page 14 - Contributed by Pat Esterday


MONTRAVILLE LOWER
Funeral services for Montraville Lower Duffy will be held at 4 o’clock tomorrow afternoon from the home of his mother, Mrs. J.W. Hollan, 645 New York street. The Rev. J.M. Jumphulen will officiate. Burial will be in Elkhorn Cemetery at Milledgeville, IL. He is survived by his wife, Carrie, his mother, Mrs. J.W. Hollon, and one sister, Mrs. Maude Unger, all of Aurora.
Taken from The Aurora Beacon News, Mon. Aug. 2, 1926, Page 2 – Col. 6 - Contributed by Pat Esterday


PAUL LOWER SR.
ROCHELLE - Paul L. Lower Sr. 73, 918 N. Twelfth St., died today at Rochelle Community Hospital following a long illness. He owned and operated Lower and Son Coal Co. here until 1953. He was born April 13, 1906, in Rochelle to Elmer I. and Elizabeth (Odenthal) Lower. He was married to Lucille Hall Nov.9, 1926, in Rochelle. Lower was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, a 50-year member of Father O’Briens Council 1035 Rochelle Knights of Columbus, past Grand Knight and a fourth degree member of the DeKalb Assembly. He was preceded in death by two sisters and one brother. Survivors include his widow; sons, Paul Jr. and John E., both of Rochelle; daughters, Mrs. Clyde (Rita) Bearrows, Mrs. Glenn (Pat) Esterday and Mrs. Don (Joanne) Roged, all of Rochelle; a brother, William Lower of Rochelle; a sister, Mrs. Lillian Gash of Quincy; 19 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. The funeral will be 10 a.m. at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church with the Rev. James Larson officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Cluts-Simes Funeral Home here where a wake service will be held at 8 p.m. A memorial has been established for the Rochelle K of C.
Taken from: The Dixon Telegraph, Wednesday, October 10, 1979 - Contributed by Pat Esterday


RUSSELL LOWER
SHANNON - Russell W. Lower, 68, of rural Shannon, died Saturday evening, July 12, at his home after a long illness. Most of his life he farmed in Shannon. He retired in 1980 after 21 years employment as a mechanic for W. G. Byers & sons, Shannon. He was born in Haldane on May 14, 1918, the son of William and Sadie (Rabuck) Lower. On June 10, 1939, he married Bertha Tempel in Freeport. Surviving are his widow; one son, Clarence, of Leaf River; four sisters, Mrs. Kate (Charles) Youtzy of Elizabeth, Mrs. Virginia (William) Yamaka of California, Mrs. Marion (Paul) Walters of Forreston and Mrs. Beatrice (Lorris) Koehn of Freeport; seven grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one son, one brother, and three sisters. Service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at Bethel United Methodist Church, Shannon. The Rev. Michael Morris, pastor, and the Rev. Robert Hartman, retired pastor, will officiate. Burial will be in Chapel Hill Cemetery. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Scharman Funeral Home, Shannon. A memorial fund has been established.
Taken from: Freeport Journal Standard, July 14, 1986
Contributed by Pat Esterday

DANIEL J. MARTZ
POLO - Daniel James Martz, 70, 512 N. Franklin Ave., died Monday at 10 p.m. in Rockford Memorial Hospital following a long illness. He was born in Lincoln Township, northeast of Polo, April 7, 1892, the son of Charles and Mary Orndorff Martz. He was married at Oregon, May 29, 1917, to Minnie Paul. He is survived by his wife; a daughter, Mrs. Lawrence (Mildred) Gibson, Rochelle; two granddaughters, Judy Gibson, Chicago, and Mrs. Ronald Mershon, Rochelle; a great-grandchild; three brothers, John, Oregon’ Samuel, Shannon; and Nathanial, Lanark. He was preceded by his parents and one brother. Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Thursday in the McNabb Funeral Home with the Rev. Ira B. Wilson, pastor of Emmanuel EUB church, officiating. Burial will be in Lawn Ridge Cemetery, Rochelle. Friends may call at the funeral home after 7 p.m. today. (Foot note: Daniel J. Martz died June 11, 1962 and was buried June 14, 1962.) Paper unknown.
Contributed by Pat Esterday


MINNIE M. MARTZ
ROCHELLE - Minnie M. Martz, 87, died Oct. 16 at the Rochelle Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. She was born Nov. 19, 1897 in Brookville, May 29, 1917. She married Daniel J. Martz in Brookville. He died in 1962. She was also preceded in death by 6 sisters and 3 brothers. She is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Lawrence (Mildred) Gibson, Rochelle, a sister, Rosia Taylor, Mt. Morris and two granddaughters, Mrs. Ronald (Joan) Mershon, Rochelle and Judy M. Gibson, Denver, CO., one great-grandson, Randy Mershon, Rochelle. Private funeral services were held Saturday, Oct. 19 at the Lyons-Cults-Simes Funeral Home, Rochelle. Burial was in Lawnridge Cemetery and memorials may be made to the Rochelle Nursing and Rehabilitation Center or to Rochelle Community Hospital.
Taken from: Rochelle News, October 16, 1985
Contributed by Pat Esterday


EDNA MEYERS
SHANNON – Mrs. Edna E. Meyers, 81, a five year resident of Villas of Shannon nursing Home, formerly of Lanark, died Saturday evening at Freeport Memorial Hospital after a long illness. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Lanark. Born Oct. 5, 1903, in Shannon, she was the daughter of Lewis and Etta May (Paul) Roth. She married Orange L. Meyers on June 29, 1929, in Mount Carroll. He died Dec. 28, 1945. Surviving is one sister, Esther Christman of Rockford. Service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Scharman Funeral Home, Shannon, with the Rev. Michael Morris, pastor of Bethel United Methodist Church, officiating. Burial will be in Lanark Cemetery. Friends may call from 8:30 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home until the time of service.
Taken from: Freeport Journal Standard, April 1, 1985
Contributed by Pat Esterday


PAUL S. MONGAN
Paul S. Mongan, 60, 543 Wood Ave. died Friday morning in Madison Veterans Hospital after a short illness. Born August 8, 1905 in Mount Morris, he was the son of Mr. and Mrs. William Mongan. He lived 20 years in Rockford, coming here from Mount Morris and was married to the former Pauline Horst in San Antonio, Texas, September 1, 1942. He was employed as a mechanic by Dodge City since December. Before that he was a mechanic on the toll road for eight years. Veteran of World War II in the Air Force, serving in Las Vagas. Member of VFW, North Park Fire Department, Germania Club and Rockford Athletic Club. He attended schools in Mount Morris. Survivors include his widow, his mother, Mrs. Delia Mongan, Mount Morris; a brother, Forrest of Mount Morris and a sister, Mrs. Judy Glotfelty of Millwaukee. Services at 2 pm Monday, August 1, 1966 in Delehanty Funeral Home, 401 River Lane, Loves Park, with the Rev. Gordon Nelson, Chaplin at Swedish-American Hospital officiating. Burial in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Friends may call at the funeral home from 7 to 8 pm Sunday.
Paper unknown
Contributed by Pat Esterday


MRS. LLOYD F. NICHOL
Mrs. Esther Nichol, 44, wife of Lloyd F. Nichol, of 926 South Oak Avenue, passed away at a local hospital at 7:30 o’clock this morning following a ten day illness. Esther Helsinger, daughter of the late Ira and Dora Helsinger, was born in Lanark, Ill., Nov. 24, 1897. The family moved to Freeport where she received her education. She was united in marriage Nov. 21, 1915, to Lloyd F. Nichol, who survives. There are two sons, John and Richard Nichols, both of Freeport. One sister also survives, Mrs. Jack (Frances M.) Warhop, Islip, N. Y. Mrs. Nichol was a person of generous disposition and was esteemed by many friends.
Taken from: The Freeport-Journal-Standard, March 19, 1941
Contributed by Pat Esterday


LLOYD F. NICHOL
Lloyd F. Nichol, San Bernardino, Calif., a former Freeport resident, died Friday in Loma Linda Hospital, San Bernardino, following a long illness. While in Freeport Mr. Nichol owned the Nichol Cigar Store, retiring in 1955 and moving to California. He was born June 5, 1889, in Peoria, the son of Tom and Fannie (Clair) Nichol. In 1916 he married Esther Helsinger. She passed away in 1941. He then married Hazel Moore in 1946. Surviving are his wife, two sons, Jack and Richard, both of Freeport; two stepsons, Ralph and Robert Moore, both of San Bernardino; four grandchildren; and three step grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his first wife, his parents, a sister, a daughter and a stepson. Funeral services were held in San Bernardino on Tuesday and will be in Freeport at the Schwarz Funeral Home Friday at 10:00 a.m. Dwight Pierce, minister of the Church of Christ, will officiate. Burial will be in Lanark Cemetery. Friends may call in the funeral home after 5 p.m. Thursday.
Taken from: The Freeport-Journal-Standard, November 9, 1966, Page 4
Contributed by Pat Esterday


FRED ODENTHAL
Fred F. Odenthal, 95, 1554 Red Brick Rd., died Saturday, Dec. 16, 1989 in Pinecrest Manor, Mount Morris, after a short illness. He farmed in the Dixon area for many years. He was born Sept. 28, 1894 in Dixon, to William and Helen (Schmidt) Odenthal. He was married to Louise Stanley Aug. 20, 1914 in Dixon. She preceded him in death Nov. 26, 1981. He was also preceded in death by one son, one daughter, six brothers, six sisters and three grandchildren. He was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church and the Lee County Farm Bureau. Survivors include his daughters, Mrs. Hubert (Gladys) Osborne of Mount Morris and Mrs. Byron (Arlene) Blum of Polo; 11 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren. Funeral was today, beginning with a 10 a.m. prayer service in Jones Funeral Home, followed by a 10:30 a.m. Mass of the Resurrection in St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, with the Rev. John Stringini, officiating. Burial was in Oakwood Cemetery. Visitation was Sunday in the funeral home. A memorial has been established.
Taken from: The Dixon Telegraph, Monday, December 18, 1989, Page 8
Contributed by Pat Esterday


Samuel Powell
As stated in our brief notice last week, Samuel Powell died suddenly in Polo on the evening of Tuesday, January 3rd, (1882) in the 75 years of his age. He was born in Washington County, Maryland, July 27, 1807. On the 9 September, 1831, he married Miss Sarah Root, who died in August, 1871. They had thirteen children, eight of whom are still living. In 1840 they moved to Ohio, remaining there until 1845 when they moved to Mount Morris, since which time he has lived in this vicinity. In 1876 he was married to Mrs. Adelia Leal, who survives him. He has been a member of the Lutheran Church since his twenty-second year. He was one of the organizers of the Lutheran congregation of Polo, the services of which he attended ever since. His seat was seldom vacant. He was present Sabbath before last; only two days before his death. He was the last member of a large and long-lived family. His brother, Upton, died two years ago next Tuesday, since which time two other members of the family have died. He was well and favorably known in this community as an honest and upright citizen. The funeral on Friday was attended by a large concourse of relatives and the remains were taken to Mount Morris for interment. His son, S.J. and daughter Hannah, of Adebolt (Odebolt), Iowa, did not arrive in time to attend the funeral. Hagerstown papers please copy.


Ida A. Rinehart
The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois
August 24, 1968 - Saturday, pg. 2 col. 4


Rochelle -- Ida A. Rinehart, 77, of Rochelle, passed away Friday at the Rochelle Community Hospital. Funeral services will be held at the Unger Funeral Home on Monday at 3 p.m., the Rev. Comodore Chasteen officiating, with burial in Flag Center Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m.
Ida Rinehart was born Nov. 25, 1891 in Grant County, Ind., the daughter of Benjamin and Phoebe Ludwig Marks. She married Vernon Rinehart on March 19, 1907 in Oregon and he passed away Jan. 8, 1966. She is survived by one son, Ernest Rinehart of Sterling; one daughter, Mrs. Spencer (Mabel) Tilton of Oregon; five grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and one brother, Brose Marks of Indiana.
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Mrs. Elizabeth L. Reynolds
Mrs. Elizabeth L. Reynolds, a former resident of Polo passed away at Moline Public Hospital Monday morning, following surgery. Mrs. Reynolds was born in Chambers Grove on Dec. 17, 1886 daughter of George and Elizabeth Garman Paul. Her husband, Clifford Reynolds, passed away in 1922. Surviving are two daughters: Mrs. Virgil (Dorothy) Land of Moline and Mrs. Warren (Aileen) Johnson of Byron, one son, Lawrence of San Jose, Calif. four grandchildren, one brother, Lee Paul of Brookville, and five sisters, Mrs. Addie Frawert of Mount Morris, Mrs. Alice Sweet of West Chicago, Mrs. Achusa Kness of Lanark, Mrs. Susie Horst of Mount Morris and Miss Sylvia Paul of Polo. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and one brother, George. Funeral services will be held Thursday afternoon at 2 p.m. at Brown-Seidel Funeral Home with Rev. Ben White, pastor of Polo Methodist Church officiating. Burial will take place in Fairmount Cemetery. Casket bearers will be Martin Schryver, Hall Hewes, Robert Bracken, , Lester Weaver, Magnus Rugland and E. P. Shipman. Miss Ina Reed will play the organ.
Taken from the Tri-County Press, March 10, 1960,
[Contributed by Pat Esterday, g.esterday at comcast.net]

Etta May Roth (NEW!)
Mrs. Lewis (Etta May) Roth, Lanark, died Friday evening, May 30 in Savanna City Hospital following an extended illness. Born Sept. 7, 1886, in Brookville, she was the daughter of the late William and Emma (Garman) Paul. She was married to Lewis Roth, May 20, 1903 in Freeport. Mr. Roth died in April 1963. Mrs. Roth and her husband farmed in the Lanark area until retiring to Lanark in 1945. She was a member of Trinity Church. Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Roy (Esther) Christman and Mrs. Edna Meyers, both of Lanark; six sisters, Mrs. Maggie Smith and Mrs. Stella Piper, Polo, Mrs. Rosia Taylor, Mt. Morris, Mrs. Minnie Martz, Rochelle, Mrs. Lottyee Cashman, Freeport and Mrs. Barbara Sachen, Rushmore, Minn.; two grandchildren and five great grandchildren. Mrs. Roth is preceded in death by a sister and three brothers. Funeral services were held in the Frank Funeral Home in Lanark on Monday, June 2, and burial was made in the Lanark Cemetery. The Rev. Paul Buettner, pastor of the Lanark Trinity Lutheran Church, officiated at the funeral service. Out-of-state relatives attending the service included Mrs. Roth’s sister, Mrs. Barbara Sachen, Rushmore, Minn., and sons, Edward and Paul, also of Rushmore, daughters, Mrs. Nellie Grant, Worthington, Minn., and Mrs. Hazel Martinson, Brewster, Minn., and a nephew and wife, Mr. and Mrs. Paul, also of Minnesota. Mrs. Roth was a first cousin of Mrs. Addie Frawert and Mrs. Earl (Martha) Avey was a niece.
[Contributed by Pat Esterday, g.esterday at comcast.net]

Simon A. Sager
Simon A. Sager, 75, of 645 N. Warren Ave., died Saturday evening at Freeport Memorial Hospital after a brief illness. A machinist, he was employed by Fairbanks-Morse for 26 years and Twin Disc in Rockford for 10 years. Born June 24, 1908, in Freeport, he was the son of Christian and Wilhelmina (Richtemeyer) Sager. He married Dalmantha Lower Jan. 16, 1932, in Freeport. She died Jan. 16, 1978. Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Joyce (Lyle) Reuber of Dakota, Mrs. Carol (Lee) Raetz of Warren and Mrs.Linda (Calvin) Reed of Freeport; four sons, Harold, Raymond and Gerald, all of Freeport, and James of McConnell; three sisters, Della Sager, Mrs. Virginia (William) Guinther and Mrs. Beatrice (William) Orr, all of Freeport; 21 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by four sisters, five brothers and three grandchildren. Service will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at Burke-Tubbs Funeral Home. Burial will be in Chapel Hill Cemetery. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Funeral Home. A memorial fund has been established.
Taken from: Freeport-Journal-Standard, Monday, December 19, 1983, Page 14 [Contributed by Pat Esterday, g.esterday at comcast.net]

Dalmantha A. Sager
Mrs. Simon (Dalmantha A.) Sager, 62, of 645 N. Warren Ave., died at home today following a brief illness. She was employed at Kautenberg Manufacturing Co. Born July 28, 1915, in Haldane, she was the daughter of William and Sarah (Rebuck) Lower. She married Simon Sager, Jan. 16, 1932, in Freeport. Surviving are her husband, three daughters, Mrs. Lyle (Joyce) Reuber of Dakota, Mrs. Lee (Carol) Raetz of Warren and Mrs. Calvin (Linda) Reed of Freeport; four sons, Harold, Raymond and Gerald, all of Freeport, and James, of Dakota; 21 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; two brothers, LeRoy and Russell, both of Shannon; and four sisters, Mrs. Charles (Katherine) Youtz of Elizabeth, Mrs. Paul (Marion) Walters of McConnell, Mrs. William (Virginia) Yamaka of Gardenia, Calif., and Mrs. Louis (Beatrice) Koehn of Freeport. She was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters, and three grandchildren. Funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Burke-Tubbs Funeral Home. Burial will be in Chapel Hill Cemetery. Friends may call from 4 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. A memorial has been established.
Taken from: Freeport-Journal-Standard, Monday, January 16, 1978
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Mrs. Jennie Sarber
BROOKVILLE__ Mrs. Jennie Sarber, 95, died early today in Polo Continental Manor Nursing Home. She was born March 8, 1878, in Brookville, the daughter of Reuben and Catherine (Conrad) Lower. She was married to Lee Overfield, in 1905 and he died in 1911. She married James Sarber, in 1914, who died in 1953. Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Albert (Madelene) Cashman, Forreston. She was preceded in death by a daughter. Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Thursday in Brown-Seidel Funeral Home, Polo, with the Rev. Arthur Hunn, pastor of the Church of the Brethren, officiating. Burial will be in Brookville EUM Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home.
Taken from: The Dixon Telegraph, Tuesday, June 5, 1973, Page 6 – Col. 5
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John W. Sarber
John W. Sarber, who had resided in this city since 1901 and in this section of the state since 1843, died at his residence at 115 Galena street, yesterday evening from an attack of tuberculosis, with which he had been ill some time. The interment will be at Lanark on next Saturday morning. The body to be taken there on the train that leaves here early in the morning. A short service will be conducted at the house by the Rev. O. J. Price at about 6:30 o’clock the same morning. The deceased, who was a carpenter by occupation, and was a member of the Carpenter’s and Joiners’ union, and did his last work on the Center street School. When he was taken ill fourteen weeks ago he was given every possible attention, but the disease had fastened itself on him and he sank rapidly. Mr. Sarber was a native of Northumberland County, Pa., where he was born September 14, 1836. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. John Sarber, who came west in the early forties and located near Brookville. The deceased learned the carpenter’s trade and worked in various towns in this part of the country, being regarded as a first-class mechanic. In 1861, on the 10th. day of January, he was married to Rebecca Lower in this city. The widow survives, as do also a son and three daughters, William Sarber of Leaf River, Mrs. Nellie Pennsinger and Mrs. Dora Helsinger of this city, and Mrs. Annie Wahler of Sheboygan Falls, Wis. He also leaves three brothers and two sisters, Emanuel of Millidgeville, Samuel, in Iowa, and William Sarber of Hitt, Mrs. Louisa Rogers, a sister lives in Brookville and another resides in Pennsylvania. Mr. Sarber was quite well known in Ogle and Carroll Counties, and he also had many friends in this city, all of whom regret to learn of his demise. Taken from: Freeport Daily Bulletin, March 8, 1906 – Page 1 – Col. 3
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Mrs. Rebecca Sarber
The remains of the late Mrs. Rebecca Sarber, who passed away yesterday afternoon at the home of Harry Pennsinger, 151/2 West Main street, will be taken to Lanark, Ill., for interment Monday morning. Rebecca Lower was born in Pennsylvania on March 11, 1839, and passed away while in her 86th year, her demise being caused by old age and complications. She was married in Freeport to John W. Sarber, and six children were born to them, two of whom, Harry of Leaf River, and William, of Rockford, survive her. She is also survived by three brothers, Isaac Lower: Daniel Lower of Brookville, and Henry of California. Her husband preceded her in death 18 years ago. Mrs. Sarber was a member of the Christian Church of Lanark, Ill. Taken from: Freeport-Journal-Standard, June 14, 1924 – Page 6 – Col. 4
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Harry L. Shafer
POLO - Harry L. Shafer, 92, of Polo died Monday, Aug., 11, 2003, in Polo Continental Manor. Born Sept. 23, 1910, in Lanark to Osborn and Jessie (Kahl) Shafer. Married Evelyn Beightol on Oct. 25, 1950, in Brookville. He was a farmer and carpenter. Member of Brookville United Methodist Church. Survivors include daughters, Linda (Jerry) Martz of Byron and Bernice (Robert) McPhillips of Brookville; grandchildren, Ladina Martz Little of Urbana, Janna Martz of Byron, Andrea (Kelly) Lapp of Milledgeville, Tracy Shafer of Dixon, Leighton Martz of Byron and Cory McPhillips of Brookville; great-grandchildren, Zachary Little of Urbana and Anthony Lapp of Milledgeville; sisters, Grace Truman of Lanark and Margie Bowers of Polo; and brothers, Ralph Shafer of Polo, Lester Shafer of Roscoe and Earl Shafer of Lanark. Predeceased by his parents, wife and three infant sisters. Services at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 15, in Brookville United Methodist Church with the Rev. Alice Hedges, officiating. Burial in Brookville Cemetery. Visitation is from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 14, in Benson Funeral Home, 110 E. Dixon. In Lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established.
Taken from: Rockford Register Star, Rockford, Winnebago Co., IL, Thursday, August 14, 2003 – Page 11A _ Col. 4
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Osbern H. Shafer
BROOKVILLE - Osbern H. Shafer of Brookville died this morning at his home. He was born Jan. 2, 1884, near Brookville, son of Reuben and Della (Peters) Shafer. On Dec, 25, 1908, married Jessie Kahl. They farmed west of Brookville until their retirement. Surviving are his widow; two daughters, Mrs. T. A. (Grace) Bookman of Lanark and Mrs. Orville (Marjorie) Bowers of Polo; four sons, Harry, Ralph and Earl, all of Brookville, and Lester of Rockford; 15 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Mrs. Robert (Bertha) Garman, of Brookville. He was preceded in death by three daughters, two brothers and two sisters. Funeral services will be Wednesday at 2 p.m. in Brookville United Methodist Church, of which he was a member. The Rev. Gardner Wyman, pastor, will officiate. Burial will be in Brookville Cemetery. Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Frank Funeral Home, Lanark.
Taken from: Freeport-Journal-Standard, Monday, June 4, 1973
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Ralph O. Shafer
POLO - Ralph O. Shafer, 93, of Polo Rehabilitation and Health Care Center, died Wednesday, May 3, 2006, at the center. He was a lifelong farmer. Mr. Shafer was born July 17, 1912, in Lanark, the son of Osbern and Jessie (Kahl) Shafer. He married Velma Hess on Feb. 12, 1936, in Brookville. She preceded him in death. He was of the Methodist faith. Survivors include a daughter, Darlene (Jean) Shafer of Polo; a son, Carl (Janet) Shafer of Henderson, N.C.; two sisters, Grace Truman of Lanark and Marjorie Bowers of Polo; and a granddaughter, Carolyn (Michael) Murphy of Ankara, Turkey. He also was preceded in death by three brothers, Harry, Lester and Earl Shafer; and three sisters in infancy. The funeral is at 2 p.m. Saturday at Emmanuel United Methodist Church, Polo, with the Rev. Robert N. Sathuri officiating. Burial is at Fairmount Cemetery, Polo. Visitation is from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at Polo Family Funeral Home, 110 E. Dixon St., Polo. In Lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established.
Taken from: The Dixon Telegraph, Dixon, Lee Co., IL., Thursday, May 4, 2006 – Page A2 – Col. 1-2
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Mrs. Lillie Shellhause
Mrs. Lillie Luella (Paul) Shellhause of Milledgeville passed away at her home in Milledgeville Tuesday morning, Oct. 31 after a lingering illness. She was born in Brookville, Dec. 28, 1899. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Paul. She was 67 years old at the time of her death. Lillie was united in marriage to Gerald Shellhause of Brookville, May 18, 1926 at Dixon. She was a member of the Evangelical United Brethren Church of Brookville. She is survived by six sisters and one brother; Mrs. Ernest (Maggie) Smith, Brookville, Mrs. Lem (Etta) Roth, Lanark, Mrs. Edward (Barbara) Sachen, Rushmore, Minn., Mrs. Roy (Stella) Piper, Polo, Mrs. Mack (Rosa) Taylor, Polo, Mrs. Daniel (Minnie) Martz, Polo, Mrs. Harry (Lottyee) Cashman, Freeport and Henry Paul, Lanark. Mrs. Shellhause was preceded in death by her husband, Gerald Shellhause, on August 19, 1963; her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Paul, and two brothers, Ernest Paul and Clinton Paul. Funeral services were held Thursday afternoon, Nov. 2, at 2 p.m. at the Woodin funeral home. Rev. Harold Flessner, pastor of the EUB Church at Brookville, officiated at the service. Mrs. Earl Woodin at the organ played the music. Burial took place at the Lanark Cemetery. Floral tributes were arranged by Mrs. Elery Shank of Polo and Mrs. Richard Williams and Mrs. John Bracken of Milledgeville. Pallbearers were Elery Shank and Rex Wookin of Polo, Wayne Schilling, Irvin Isgrig, Wayne Furlow and Fayette Maloney, all of Milledgeville.
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ALFRED SMITH
POLO -- Alfred W. Smith, 89, of 601 N. Franklin, died Wednesday, Dec. 16, 1998 at Polo Continental Manor. He was employed as a truck driver for Standard Oil Co. for 31 years. He was born on Dec. 4, 1909 in Lanark to John E. and Maggie (Paul) Smith. He married Hazel Moser on Oct. 21, 1939 in Dubuque, Iowa. He was preceded in death by one son, three sisters and one brother. Survivors include his wife; two daughters, Sharon (Richard) Miller of Polo and Diane Halfman of Las Vegas, Nev.; one son, Galen (Doris) Smith of Pottstown, Pa.; one sister, Mildred Steader of Amboy; one brother, Russell (Hazel) Smith of Polo; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at the Benson-Brown-Seidel Funeral Home in Polo with Rev. Sally Bowers, officiating. Burial will be in Fairmount Cemetery in Polo. Visitation will be Saturday from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the funeral home. Memorials have been established to Ogle County Hospice or Polo Ambulance Association.
[Taken from: The Dixon Telegraph, Thursday, December 17, 1998, Page A8 - Col. 2 - Contributed by Pat Esterday, g.esterday at comcast.net]]

MAGGIE SMITH
POLO __ Mrs. Maggie M. Smith, 94, of Polo, died Monday in Freeport Memorial Hospital after a long illness. She was born June 24, 1883, in Brookville, the daughter of William and Emma (Garman) Paul. She was married to Ernest Smith on July 31, 1902, in Brookville. He died in 1937. Two sisters, three brothers, one son and one daughter preceded her in death. Survivors include sons Alfred and Russell of Polo; daughters Viola Miller and LaRue Rogers, both of Lanark, and Mildred Pontnak of Amboy; 12 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; some great-great-grandchildren; sisters, Barbara Sachen of Rushmore, Minn., Stella Piper, of Polo, Minnie Martz of Rochelle, Rosia Taylor of Mt. Morris and Lottyee Cashman of Freeport. Services will be 1:30 p.m. Thursday in Brown-Seidel Funeral Home, with the Rev. Robert Smith, pastor of Emmanuel United Methodist Church of Brookville, officiating. Burial will be in Lutheran Cemetery, Brookville. Visitation will be 7 – 9 p.m. Wednesday. A memorial has been established. [
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MRS. PATRICIA SMITH
Among the many sad deaths which have occurred in our city during the past few weeks was that of Mrs. Patricia Smith who died at her home on First Ave. on Tuesday, Feb. 25, 1919, following a brief illness of pneumonia. Mrs. Smith was born in Austin, Minn, Dec. 15, 1872. She was married to Charles Smith, about twenty-two years ago. Her husband passed away at their home in Turkey River, Iowa, Dec. 11, 1907. The family moved to Rochelle from Belleville, Ill., about two years ago and have won a host of friends who with the sorrowing children mourn her untimely death. She leaves two sons and two daughters, Regina, who is the bookkeeper at Graves-Holmes Motor Co.; Earl, who is an employee at the Hall grocery, Cyril, who is a junior in high school and Erin at the age of twelve years is left an orphan. Mrs. Smith was a member of the Royal Neighbors and of the Forresters. Funeral services were held at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church on Thursday morning conducted by Rev. Paul Burke and burial occurred in St. Patrick’s Cemetery.
[Taken from: The Rochelle Register, Friday, February 28, 1919 - Contributed by Pat Esterday, g.esterday at comcast.net]


ROY SMITH
MILLEDGEVILLE __ Roy E. Smith, 69, Milledgeville, died Friday evening at KSB Hospital after a long illness. He was born June 16, 1907, the son of J. Ernest and Maggie (Paul) Smith, and married Ethel Burkholder in Dixon Sept. 8, 1927. He was a farmer and lived in Milledgeville all his life. Survivors include his widow; a daughter, Mrs. Fred (Darlene) Hutchinson, Milledgeville; two grandsons; two great-grandchildren; three sisters, Mrs. Walter (Viola) Miller, Polo; Mrs. Guy (LaRue) Rogers, Lanark; and Mrs. Donald (Mildred) Pontnack, Amboy; and two brothers, Alfred and Russell, both of Polo. He was a member of Elkhorn United Methodist Church and a charter member of Buffalo Grange. Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Monday at Elkhorn United Methodist Church, rural Polo, with the Rev. Dale Luther, pastor, and the Rev. Orville Cole, pastor of Lanark United Methodist church, officiating. Burial will be in Fairmount Cemetery, Polo. Visitation will be after 2 p.m. Sunday at Woodin Funeral Home, Milledgeville. A memorial has been established for Elkhorn United Methodist Church.


MRS. ALICE SWEET
Mrs. Alice Sweet, Polo, passed away at the KSB Hospital in Dixon, Monday evening at 6:30 following a long illness. Mrs. Sweet was born in Brookville on September 19, 1884, the daughter of George and Elizabeth Garman Paul. She had made her home with her son and daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Leland Sweet for the past few months. Surviving are three sons, Robert and Leland, both of Polo, George of Freeport and two daughters; Mrs. Robert (Louisa) Lang of Polo and Mrs. Douglas (Marion) Sensiba of Pompano Beach, Fla. One brother, Lee Paul, of Brookville; four sisters, Miss Sylvia Paul of Polo, Mrs. August Frawert and Mrs. George Horst of Mount Morris, Mrs. William Kness of Lanark and 6 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. Preceding her in death besides her parents were one brother, George Jr. and one sister, Mrs. Elizabeth Reynolds. Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at 1:30 in Brown-Seidel Funeral Home with Rev. Wayne Coggins, pastor of First Christian Church officiating, with cremation following in the Greenwood Crematorium in Rockford. Mrs. Sweet was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary of Polo.
[Taken from: The Tri-County Press – August 18, 1966 --- - Contributed by Pat Esterday, g.esterday at comcast.net]


FRED F. SWEET
Fred F. Sweet 70, Rockford resident for 20 years and former Polo resident, died at 2 p.m. Thursday in an Elgin Hospital. Mr. Sweet was born in Eagle Point township, Ogle County near Polo and was the son of Nelson and Gertrude Donaldson Sweet. He married Alice Paul February 20, 1907 in Brookville and had been employed in a Rockford factory before he became ill. He was a member of the Loyal Order of Moose in Rockford. Surviving are his widow, residing in West Chicago, three sons; Leland, Robert and George Sweet, all of Polo and two daughters, Mrs. Robert Lang of Polo and Mrs. Douglas Sensiba, Cedar Falls, Iowa and a brother, James Sweet of Elgin and nine grandchildren. Services were held at 2 p.m. on Sunday in the Melvin Funeral Home. Rev. Ira B. Wilson, pastor of the Polo Evangelical United Brethern Church officiated. Burial was in the Brick Church Cemetery.
[Taken from: The Tri-County Press – Dec. 13, 1956 – - Contributed by Pat Esterday, g.esterday at comcast.net]]


LELAND (PETE) SWEET
Leland (Pete) Sweet, Mount Morris and formerly of Polo, died Wednesday evening in the Freeport Manor Nursing Home following a long illness. Mr. Sweet was born in Eagle Point Township, west of Polo on October 26, 1911, the son of Fred and Alice (Paul) Sweet and was united in marriage with Sarah Linton Horst in Dixon on April 15, 1968. He was a carpenter in Polo for 40 years and served with the CB’s in the South Pacific for two and one half years during World War 11. He was a member of the Patrick Fagan American Legion Post of Polo and the Mount Morris Moose Lodge. He worked at the Village of Progress in Oregon before entering the Veterans Hospital in Madison in July, 1979. Surviving besides his wife are two stepsons, Everett Horst of Oregon and Jack Horst of Nuchusa, one stepdaughter, Mrs. Joseph (Marlene) Bradshaw of Mount Morris, two brothers, Robert Sweet of Polo, and George Sweet of Freeport, two sisters, Mrs. Robert (Louise) Lang of West Palm Beach, Fla, and Mrs. Marion Sensenbaugh of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., seven step grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Also surviving are several nieces, one nephew, and one aunt, Miss Sylvia Paul of Polo. Funeral services were held Saturday morning in the Brown-Seidel Funeral Home with the Rev. Paul Olson, pastor of the Emmanuel United Methodist Church officiating. Burial followed in the Chapel Hill Cemetery in Dixon. Casket bearers were Cecil Stauffer, Robert McPherson, Larry Wright, James Brockwell, Everett Bryd and Melvin Yoomsen. A memorial has been established in his memory. -
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ROBERT SWEET
POLO - Robert M. Sweet, 69, 502 S. Maple Ave., died Sept. 21 in his home after a short illness. He was born Jan. 30, 1915 in Polo to Fred and Alice Sweet. He was married to Agnes “Sally” Diephuis Oct. 18, 1939 in Morrison. Survivors include his wife of Polo; son David of Glendale, Ariz.; daughters, Mrs. Juanita Hartle, Mrs. JoAnn Boddiger and Mrs. Jaci Dixon all of Polo and Mrs. Jean Culvertson of Melville, Ark.; sister, Mrs. Louis Lang of West Palm Beach, Fla.; brother, George of Freeport; 14 grandchildren; one great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by one sister and one brother. He was a former Polo alderman, member of the Emmanuel United Methodist Church, Patrick Fagan Post No. 83, American Legion, Edgewood Golf Course and a Navy Veteran of World War II. Memorials have been established to the Polo Fire Department and the Polo Ambulance Association.
[Taken from: The Tri-County Press, Contributed by Pat Esterday, g.esterday at comcast.net]


HAROLD A. TAYLOR
OREGON __ Harold A. Taylor, 83, of Oregon died Sunday, Jan. 11, 2004, in Freeport Rehabilitation Center. He was born Aug. 8, 1920, in Ogle County, the son of Arthur Mack and Rosie Paul Taylor. He married Ellene Nordman on Sept. 25, 1951, in Oregon. He was a U. S. Army veteran of World War 11 and was a life member of V.F.W. Post 8739. He was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Oregon, where he served on the property committee, and worked at Carnation Milk Co. for 43 years, retiring in 1983. He was a member of the Ogle County Senior Citizen’s, enjoyed recreation at Nash Center and liked woodworking, home improvements and yard work. He is survived by his wife, Ellene; daughter, Nancy (Donald) Miller of Pecatonica; son, Dean (Eunice) Taylor of Freeport; five grandchildren; sisters, Anna Jacobi of Mount Morris and Ruby Boom of Polo; and a brother, Orrin (Ruth) Taylor of Mount Morris. He was preceded in death by a sister, Lela Klaus; and brothers, Orville, Everett and Donald. Services at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 14, in St. Paul Lutheran Church, with the Rev. Darrell O. Kyle, pastor, officiating. Burial in Emmanuel Lutheran Cemetery, Paynes Point. Visitation from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 13, in Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home, 110 South Seventh St. A memorial fund has been established in his name. [
Taken from: Rockford Register Star – Monday, January 12, 2004 – Page 5B – Col. 2, - Contributed by Pat Esterday, g.esterday at comcast.net]


MACK TAYLOR
POLO __ Mack Taylor, 81, 706 N. Adams Ave. died Thursday afternoon at KSB Hospital, Dixon, following a long illness. He was born March 2, 1889, in Pineville, KY., the son of Jesse and Hahlia Taylor. He was married in 1906 to Mary Reed. She died in 1918. He was also preceded in death by two sons, Donald and Orville Taylor and a stepson, Martin Wiles. He was married Jan. 21, 1920 to Rosa Paul Wiles. She survives, as do three sons, Harold Taylor, Oregon; Everett Taylor, Rockford and Orrin Taylor, Albany; two daughters, Mrs. Harold (Lela) Kalus, Carlinville and Mrs. Harry (Ruby) Boom, Polo; a stepdaughter, Mrs. Orville (Anna) Harter, Mt. Morris; nine grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Church of the Brethren with the Rev. Arthur Hunn, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Fairmount Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday in Brown-Seidel Funeral Home.
[Taken from: The Dixon Telegraph, Friday, September 18, 1970, Page 6 __ Col. 4, - Contributed by Pat Esterday, g.esterday at comcast.net]


THEODORE TRUCKENBROD
PAW PAW __ Theodore W. Truckenbrod, 87, died Tuesday, Nov. 14, 1989 in Mendota Community Hospital. He farmed in the Paw Paw area, prior to his retirement. He was born Nov. 20, 1901 in Lee County, to Frederick and Margaret (Pohl) Truckenbrod. He was married to Emma Miller Jan. 12, 1937 in Immanuel Lutheran Church in Compton. He was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Compton. He was preceded in death by one sister. Survivors include his wife of Paw Paw; son Myron of Paw Paw; daughter, Mrs. Dean (Elaine) Eich of Paw Paw; brother, Harvey of Rochelle; sister, Lillian Bauer of LaMoille; six grandchildren. Funeral will be 11 a.m. Friday in Torman and Sons Funeral Home, with the Rev. Kelly Fryer, pastor of Immanuel Lutheran Church, Compton, officiating. Burial is in Restland Memorial Gardens, Mendota. Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the Funeral home. A memorial has been established.
[Taken from: The Dixon Telegraph __ Wednesday, Nov. 15, 1989, - Contributed by Pat Esterday, g.esterday at comcast.net]


Frances Warhop
MRS JOHN M. (Jack) Warhop of 621 S. Chicago Ave. died in a local hospital early today after a brief illness. The former Frances M. Helsinger was born in Lanark June 17, 1895, the daughter of Ira and Dora Helsinger. Her marriage to John M. Warhop took place in Islip, N. Y. Oct. 16, 1920. They lived there until returning to Freeport in 1958. She was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church. Her husband, a former New York Yankee baseball pitcher is the only immediate survivor. Her parents and a sister died previously. Service will be in the Schwarz Funeral Home at 2 p.m. Wednesday. The Rev. F. E. Bartling, pastor of Immanuel Lutheran Church, will conduct the service. Interment will be in Lanark Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home after 3 p.m. Tuesday.
Taken from: The Freeport-Journal-Standard, Monday, September 21, 1959 [Contributed by Pat Esterday, g.esterday at comcast.net]

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