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L. HERMAN EYKAMP
SERVICES HELD FOR L. HERMAN EYKAMP
POLO – Funeral services for L. Herman Eykamp, 82, Oregon, and formerly of the Polo area, who died Friday (Dec 30, 1968) were held this Tuesday afternoon at 2 p.m. in Trinity Lutheran Church, Mount Morris, with burial in the Haldane Cemetery.
He was born northeast of Polo Feb 10, 1885, son of Gerhardt and Galatea Johnson Eykamp and was married in Forreston, Aug. 31, 1907 to Ella Buss. Mrs. Eykamp preceded him. He is survived by two sons, Leonard, Polo, and Harold, Rockford; a daughter, Grace, Oregon; two brothers, William, Lake Preston, S.D., and George, Evansville, Ind.; two sisters, Mrs. Lillian Blakewell, Erwin, S.D., and Dr. Edith Eykamp, Rockford; four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

[Sterling Daily Gazette Tuesday 2 January 1968 - Submitted by Barbara Nugent]



HARVEY DYKEMA
POLO - Harvey I. Dykema, 74, of 607 W. Buffalo, Polo, died Tuesday, Jan. 5, 1999 at his home.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Emmanuel United Methodist Church, Polo, with the Rev. Charlette Hoffman officiating. Burial will be at Fairmount Cemetery, Polo. Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. with the family present from 6-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. A memorial has been established.

Mr. Dykema was born July 25, 1924, in Morrison, the son of David J. and Jennie (Dykema) Dykema. He married Viola Mae (Totsie) Folk on Oct. 27, 1946, in Polo. She survives. He was employed by Propheter Construction as an operating engineer. He was a member of Local Union 150 and Emmanuel United Methodist Church. He was a past member of Polo Lion's Club. Survivors include two sons, Dennis (Sheryl) Dykema of Franklin, Tenn., and David Dykema of Rockford; two daughters, Debra Gribbins and Danette (Ernie) Cox, both of Polo; a brother, Arthur Dykema of Morrison; 10 grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by three brothers, Wilbur Dykema, Edward Dykema and Preston Dykema.
[Sterling, Illinois Daily Gazette, Thursday, 7 January 1999, A2;1 - Submitted by Barbara Gehlsen Nugent]


PHILORMAN BRACE
DIED In Rochelle, Ill., February 6, 1880, of dropsy, PHILORMAN BRACE, aged 44 years and 6 months. He was well known and well respected in public and in private--always genial and happy. A large audience paid him their last respects. Peace to be his ashes.
[From a scrapbook clipping, date/newspaper unknown - Submitted by Christy Kelso]

JULIA AURELIA HOADLEY
Passed to the higher life from the home of Hattie E. and Alfred S. Hoadley, Esq., of Rochelle, Illinois, June 28th, 1884, Julia Aurelia, aged 20 years and 6 months. Sorrowing ones! My pen falters fearing, I may not do justice to the merits of one so pure and true, but I fain would say one word to comfort your aching hearts. Dear Little ones who miss her loving care; foster mother, ever faithful in duty and affection; and gray-haired sire, bowed ‘neath the weight of many griefs, weep not, it well with her. Too sensitive for earth she has found the sheltering arms and tender care of the loved ones gone before, and learned that death is only a pleasant sleep after a night of pain in the breaking of the morning light from which we awake to the full sunlight of the day beyond. With a soul attuned to all the finer harmonies few can understand a nature possessing such rare and refined sensibilities. Always thoughtful and womanly beyond her years, you will miss her gentle presence, her kindly acts and solicitous affection for every member of the household, and at the twilight hour you will miss her sweet voice in song mingled with the organ’s low and mellow music, and particularly will you miss the fine and thrilling tones of her violin, upon which she was very proficient, and often played that being her favorite instrument. Tho’ there is a void in your hearts and home which can never be filled, save partially by her angel presence, still, in your deep grief for the loss of her physical presence do forget the comforting assurance taught by our beautiful philosophy that "There is no death!" That our loved ones still live and love after the transition, the birth to spirit life. But let us listen and catch the soft echoes of the sweet voice so full of tenderness as she sings to those she loves.
[From a scrapbook clipping, date/newspaper unknown - Submitted by Christy Kelso]

WILLIAM C. HOADLEY
Wm. C. Hoadley, son of Alfred S. Hoadley, Esq., of Rochelle, Ill., who died October 27th 1878, aged 24 years, was a young man of very estimable character, and one whom could ill be spared from among his friends, relatives and associates. He was dutiful, kind and affectionate in his home; even the faces of the little ones brightened at his coming. Unassuming, yet courteous in his manner; always solicitous for the comfort and happiness of those about him; while there was such a spirit of genuine honesty, candor, truthfulness, and pure goodness in his nature that he won the kindly regard of his associates and the sincere, affectionate esteem of those who knew him best. With an intuitive perception of "human nature, and a cool, clear, judgment beyond his years, he was never hasty or unjust; but, true to his mother’s teachings, that "It is more honorable to receive a wrong than to do one," which had become a principle with him, he would never retaliate to an injustice from those who were so far his inferiors that they could not comprehend his great integrity of soul. He cherished every memory of his mother with filial and affectionate care, and tried to live in accordance with the beautiful precepts that she taught him when a child. He was a worthy son of such a mother. "It is well with him." O, sorrowing ones! As he fled out into the night and left you weeping, with only a thing veil of mortality to hide from you his spirit flight, there were many hands that reached to you in sympathy, and hearts that went forth in thanksgiving for the beautiful philosophy that teaches "Our loved ones still live" in a spirit-realm where each soul-flower plucked too soon from earth of death’s cold hand, expands into a richer, fuller, and more perfect blossoming. While the prayers went forth that the angel loved ones might still be near to calm the blighting tempest of grief, and breathe o’er your sorrow-stricken hearts and tender benedictions of their love.
[From a scrapbook clipping, date/newspaper unknown - Submitted by Christy Kelso]

SIDNEY HOADLEY DIED LAST THURSDAY
Suffered from Rheumatism for Years Last Illness Cover Period of Two weeks – Life Resident of Rochelle–In Stationery Business– Mother and Sister Survive–Funeral Sunday
The funeral of the late Albert Sidney Hoadley was held in the Methodist church Sunday afternoon, Albertus Perry officiating, after which the remains were carried to the family lot at Lawn Ridge Cemetery. Mr. Hoadley was born in Rochelle February 8, 1878 and has always lived in this city. He was educated in the Rochelle Public school, but before completing his first year in the High school he was compelled on account of poor health, to give up his studies. Since then and until the day of his death he has heroically but unsuccessfully struggled to regain his strength and during these last few weeks his devoted mother and faithful sister Josephine had been planning to go to California this fall, hoping that such a move would prove beneficial to him. But about two weeks ago the ever increasing rheumatic pains reached his heart and Thursday evening, June 3, he gave up the fight and entered into rest. Last winter he joined the Methodist church and from that time has been deeply interested in its welfare and has attended its services as often as possible. We dislike to see our young people taken from our midst and yet with the mother and sister we are satisfied to know that for Sidney there is no more pain. He has left behind for us to cherish pleasant remembrances of a silent sufferer.
[From a scrapbook clipping, date/newspaper unknown - Submitted by Christy Kelso]


HOSEA VAUGHN
Death of a Former Rochelle Resident
Hosea Vaughn was born in 1819 at Almira, in the state of New York, and died in Chicago, October 6th, 1906. On October 3d he suffered a severe hemorrhage of the brain while at the home of his daughter Mrs. Mary Bain. He never rallied from it and passed on to his well earned reward on October 6, at the advanced age of 87 years. He was buried in this city, his former home, Monday afternoon, resting beside the bodies of his wife and daughter, Mrs. Frances Stoughton, who was laid to rest of the 17th of last April. Four of his nine children survive to mourn his loss. They are Joel Vaughn, Mrs. Sara Marshall, Mrs. Mary Bain and Mrs. Kate Brace, the later at present being in California and so was unable to be with us to the deep regret of all. Mr. Vaughn was a man of sturdy character, upright, just and honest in all his dealings and respected by all who knew him. His long and varied life was a living realization of his favorite motto: "Do unto others as you would wish to be done by," while his tenderness and cheerful, loving kindness to his own family was a worthy, living illustration of our Father’s loving care of all His children. When our journey is finished may we join him again in the "Great Beyond".
[From a scrapbook clipping, date/newspaper unknown - Submitted by Christy Kelso]

ESTHER DENSLOW
DEATH CALLS ANOTHER NOBLE WOMAN
Another noble and highly respected woman was called for us when death claimed as its victim, Mrs. Esther Denslow, who passed away at her home at 502 8th Street, at noon, Thursday, August 3rd, after a lingering illness. She had been in poor health for about two years, but was silent and patient in her sufferings, and no one knew of her illness until about two months ago when her strength gave out and she had to be care for. Her niece, Mrs. Leslie Depew of Owego, New York, was at her bedside the last three weeks and cared tenderly for her. Esther Collins Denslow, a daughter of Edwin ad Harriet Collins, was born in Rome, Pa., in February 1843, and was 79 years, 4 months and 16 days old at the time of her death. She came to Rochelle when a young woman and the remaining years were spent here. She was married to Edwin Denslow, September 28, 1869. One son, Lucius, was born to this union, who died when six years of age. Mrs. Denslow had been a widow since 1916. Both her parents and two sisters preceded her in death. She leaves to mourn her departure on sister, Mrs. W. Towner of Waverly, N.Y., a sister-in-law, Mrs. Harriet Blossom, of Rochelle, and a niece, Mrs. Leslie Depew of Owego., N.Y. Mrs. Denslow had a kindly disposition, impartial and friendly with everyone she came in contact, and her pleasant greetings well be sadly missed by her friends and acquaintances. Funeral services for the deceased were held at the home, Saturday afternoon at 2 o’clock, Rev. D. E. Cruea officiating at the last sad rights. Mrs. Burbank and Mrs. Wright rendered several songs. Interment took place in Lawnridge cemetery.
[From a scrapbook clipping, date/newspaper unknown - Submitted by Christy Kelso]

MATTIE PATTERSON
Miss Mattie Patterson Relieved from her Long Sufferings.
Last Sunday evening as the church bells were summoning the worshipers to the last call of the day, the spirit o’ Mattie Patterson was summoned to "the home of the soul." About eight years ago is was found that Miss Patterson was afflicted with the dread disease, cancer. She submitted to two operations a different times and found only temporary relief. For the last two years she has been under the care of a special nurse; but, in spite of all that skillful nursing and best of medical attention could do, she suffered intensely most of the time. Martha S. Patterson, second daughter of James J. and Eunice Patterson, was born near Steward, Dec, 6, 1867, and died March 18, 1917. When in early childhood, she moved with her parents to the vicinity of Rochelle and later to the city and has since made Rochelle her home. At the age of nineteen years she united with the Baptist church of this city and remained faithful unto the end. She was for several years clerk of the church and at the time of her death she was a valued member of the Board of Trustees. She was also a member of the Ladies Grant Circle G.A.R., of this city, and when health permitted, proved herself a faithful and patriotic member of that organization. Her mother died July 19, 1904, and her father passed away January 3, 1912. Besides her parents, two brothers preceded her in death; William aged twenty-one, and Daniel, dying in infancy. She is survived by two brothers and two sisters. The brothers are Josiah A. and Milo G., both of Rochelle. The sisters are Mrs. Addie Taylor of Rochelle, and Miss Mina, of Watertown, Ill. Aside from the members of the immediate family she had a large circle of relatives and friends. The funeral will be held at the Baptist church this (Wednesday) afternoon at two o’clock, conducted by her pastor, Rev. C. L. Flanders, assisted by Rev. D. N. Scott, pastor of the Presbyterian church, and the tired body was laid to rest in Lawnridge cemetery.
[From a scrapbook clipping, date/newspaper unknown - Submitted by Christy Kelso]

CYNTHIA VAUGHN
Death of Mrs. Cynthia Vaughn
Mrs. Cynthia Vaughn, was born in the town of Almira, in the State of N. Y., in the year 1821, and died in Chicago, Il., April 3rd, 1892. Being early instructed by pious parents in the ways of righteousness, she was converted and joined the Methodist Episcopal church while in her teens. At the age of twenty-two she was married to Mr. Hosea Vaughn, with whom she lived happily for nearly fifty years. Shortly after her marriage she came to Illinois and settled near Rochelle. She was the mother of nine children, three boys and six girls. Her two eldest sons died in the late war, while one boy and four girls are left to mourn a mother true. Having received a stroke of paralysis thirty seven years ago. She has since been a great sufferer, but very patient withal. During all these long weary years of suffering her kind husband and loving children have cared for her as tenderly as a mother for a child. Nor did she fail to appreciate the marvelous grace of God and rely upon the precious promises of her blessed old bible which she prized more highly throughout her declining years. The last to go of a family of nine. Her only request was to be brought back to Rochelle to be buried was granted and, surrounded by a large circle of friends her funeral services were held in the Baptist church. Two daughters, however, living in Iowa, were not present, not having learned of her death in time to come. The sermon, from the text II Cor. 5:1, "For we know if this earthly house of our tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens," was preached by Rev. J. M. Wheaton, pastor of the M.E. church, Rochelle, Ill.
[From a scrapbook clipping, date/newspaper unknown - Submitted by Christy Kelso]

HARRIET W. PRINDLE
On the 9th of May 1891, after a determined struggle for life, the spirit of this kind neighbor and loving wife, departed to the better world. Mrs. Prindle was born in Wayne, Steuben Co., New York, January 26, 1836. Her earlier life was spent in that state; about 20 years ago, she went to reside in Hart, Michigan. Eleven years ago, on the 21st December 1879, she was married to Mr. Isaac Prindle, and with him has lived happily on their farm in the north-west part of Flagg Township. Twenty-five years ago she united Mr. Prindle with the Methodist Episcopal church, and continued in that fellowship until her death. Mrs. Prindle was ever ready to respond to calls for help for the sick, and often in the home of sorrow was to be found doing what she could to relief the grief of others. Her neighbors and friends feel her departure very keenly, and much sympaathy (sic) is extended to her husband and two daughters who survive her. Thus in the maturity of strength and experience, at the age of 56 years, when apparently most needed, in the providence of God, she has been taken"to be forever with the Lord.: We record our sorrow and love, but bow to God’s will.
[From a scrapbook clipping, date/newspaper unknown - Submitted by Christy Kelso]

GEORGE ROWLEY
On April 18th, 1891 near Rochelle, Ill., Mr. George Rowley died at the advanced age of 74 years, of La grippe and other complications. Deceased was born at Big Flats, N. Y. He came of this place in 1857 and bought a prairie farm which he improved, and made a nice home for his family. He leaves a wife, two children and two grandchildren. Two children preceded him to the other shore. A brother and sister is all that is left of a family of nine children. Amos, of Denton, Texas, and Mary A. Tunison of Aurora, Neb., she arrived in time to attend the funeral which occurred at his late home, the Rev. Horn officiating. He was laid to rest in Lawn Ridge cemetery to await the resurrection morn.
[From a scrapbook clipping, date/newspaper unknown - Submitted by Christy Kelso]

MARY E. BAIN
Brief mention was made in these columns last week concerning the death of Mrs. Mary E. Bain. We recently received the following obituary. Mary E. Bain, widow of Robert Bain, formerly a resident of Rochelle, died February 6, 1926, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. E. L. Beckwith, in Chicago. Burial was February 9th, at Rochelle. She leaves three children: Earl E. Bain, Mrs. F. W. Sinclair and Mrs. E. L. Beckwith, all of Chicago. Mrs. Bain was born near Rochelle. After her marriage to Robert Bain the family moved to Cherokee, Iowa. For several past and since the death of Robert Bain, she had made her home in Chicago.
[From a scrapbook clipping, date/newspaper unknown - Submitted by Christy Kelso]

WILLIAM E. PATTERSON
William E. Patterson died at the home of his parents in Rochelle, on Friday night Sept 9th, after an illness of three weeks. The deceased was born near Steward, Ill., July 8, 1871, and was 21 years and 2 months old at this death. He spent his boyhood at the place of his birth, but after his parents moved nearer Rochelle, he attended for a time our public school. Upwards of one year ago, he went to Dixon and attended the business college there. Since that time he has worked on his father’s farm, and also spent a few months in Elgin and Chicago this last spring, returning to Rochelle about July 1st. His elder brother, Josiah, who was in Chicago, came home sick July 19th. The disease soon developed into typhoid fever, which has continued him to is bed since. William nursed his brother for several weeks with great faithfulness until about August 20th, when he too was stricken down with the same dread disease. The fever raged for about twenty days, during which there was but little hope of his recovery. After this the tide seemed to turn and there seemed to be strong assurances of his speedy recovery. After the fever subsided ery sipelas set in but was under control, but on Thursday, Sept 8th, he was taken with a malignant form of quinsy. He rapidly grew worse until on Friday night about 12 o’clock, after much suffering, he peacefully passed away. The funeral services were held Sunday afternoon; at the house, there was a short service. Rev. S. W. Phelps, the family pastor, read the xxiii Psalm, after which Rev. Forkel, of Steward, lead in prayer. A very large concourse of relatives and friends gathered at the Baptist Church where the funeral services are held. The Choir sang three selections chosen by the family. Rev. Forkel read the Scripture from I Peter first chapter. Rev Phelps then preached a sermon from the two texts Gen xviii, 25 and I John iv, 8, "Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right;" "For God is love." At the close of the service the friends proceeded to Lawn Ridge Cemetery where the last sad rites of committing the remains to their last resting place were performed. Willie was a young man of amiable disposition and was a great favorite both in his own family and community. His father said he did not remember that Willie ever spoke a harsh word to him. About five years ago the deceased made a profession of religion with his little sister, Mattie, and other of his companions, in a revival meeting in Steward, and during his sickness, though delirious the most of the time, he asked his Christian nurse, Miss Ray, to pray for him as his trust was in the Lord alone for help. Mr. Patterson and family have the deepest sympathy of the whole community in their great sorrow, and gladly would many interested have lent personal assistance had the physician felt that great care should be taken owing to the contagious character of the disease.
[From a scrapbook clipping, date/newspaper unknown - Submitted by Christy Kelso]


WILLIAM POPE - of Polo, succumbed early Sunday morning in the East Moline Hospital where he had been receiving treatment for the past several months. The funeral will be at 2:30 o'clock Tuesday afternoon in the Lutheran church with Rev. Carl Kammeyer officiating. Interment will be in the Reed Cemetery. The deceased was born in Hagerstown, Md.; Aug. 19, 1862, and came to this vicinity when 13 years of age. He was united in marriage to Ella Travis, who preceded him in death in 1892. On Feb. 16, 1893, he was married to Anna Hoover, who survives him. He also leaves two brothers, Nicholas of Edenburg, Pa., and John and Samuel of Williamsport, Md., and one sister, Mrs. William Travis, of Polo. [The Sterling Daily Gazette, April 10, 1933 - Monday, pg 3 - Submitted by Melva Taylor]

S.E. HATHAWAY
Died - Saturday, August 15, 1903 at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Henry Parks, in Woosung, Illinois, S. E. Hathaway, aged about 88 years. Mr. Hathaway was born in Vermont and when a young man moved with his wife to Illinois and settled at Grand Detour. Mrs. Hathaway was the first white woman to live in Grand Detour. Her husband built a wagon shop in Grand Detour and made the first wagon manufactured in Ogle county. Mr. Hathaway's health had been very poor and for several years he had been blind. He leaves to mourn his death a son, Wm. Hathaway, of Dixon and a daughter, Mrs. H. A. Parks of Woosung. The funeral services were held on Monday afternoon at 2:30 at the home of Mrs. Parks. The remains were taken to Grand Detour for interment.
[Undated Scrapbook Clipping - Submitted by Karen Fyock]

SCHOON
Asleep in Jesus,
Blessed Sleep,
From Which None Ever Wake To Weep
In Loving Remembrance
Hinrich B. Schoon,
Gestorben den 17 Februar 1903 (died Feb 17 1903)
Alter 75 Jahre, 3 Monate, u. 3 Tage (75 years, 3 months, 3 days)

Eliza J. A. Landes
Died at her home in Whitten, Iowa, of pleurisy, April 22d, 1903, Mrs. Eliza J. A. Landes, wife of Henry Landes, in her 69th year. Eliza J. Z. Schryver, was born October 16th, 1834, in Andes, New York, she being the only daughter in a family of six children. Her parents moved first to southeastern Missouri, later to northern Illinois in 1839, and the further history of the family is there interwoven in the pioneer records of the hardy victors of the triumphant West. In this school of necessity she developed those sterling energies of body and mind that stood her in hand so well during an active life, so strenuously maintained to the close, - for, "she fell in the harness." She was married to Henry Landes (who survives her) in Ogle county, Illinois, March 16th, 1854. To them were born eight children, William H., Elizabeth A., Julius A., George Walter, John S., Mary Ann, George E., and Jesse Landes, all of whom are living except baby Walter, who died at the age of two and a-half years. Mr. Landes moved from Illinois to Felix Township, Grundy county, Iowa, in the spring of 1873, where he has resided on his farm - or else in Whitten - continuously ever since.
[Undated Scrapbook Clipping - submitted by Karen Fyock]

William Oregon Light
It is with inexpressible sense of sadness that the news is chronicled of the death of an estimable Ogle county resident in the person of William Oregon Light of Chicago, the even occurring on Wednesday morning, dec. 26, 1900. Thus another of Ogle's pioneer citizens has passed beyond the great divide, entered into the realms of the life beyond
the grave and leaves to us but the record of honorable, worthy lives The deceased was born at Oregon, Ill., January 17, 1845. In December, 1873 Mr. Light was united in marriage to Miss Nellie, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Michael O'Kane of Polo. To this union were born two children, Frank and William, Jr., who with their mother are left to mourn the loss of a kind indulgent father and husband, a man whose richest heritage to the world and those bereaved is the ennobling influence of a good name, jeweled as it is by a Christian character. Mr. Light was a resident of Ogle county until the year 1882, when with his family he removed to LeMars, Iowa, where he lived until removing to Chicago in 1898. His last illness was of brief duration, less than a week, but human power and medical assistance could not withhold the messenger who wafted Mr. Light's spirit to himself. To the sorrowing no words of consolation can be offered equal to that to be gained at the great fount, and to that power the writer commends them. Funeral services were held from the Masonic hall in Oregon, Friday the 28th inst. Rev Nye of that city, officiating. The members of the Masonic fraternity met the remains at the train Thursday evening and very acceptable performed functions at the last sad rites, the remains being interred in the Riverside cemetery.
[Undated Scrapbook Clipping - submitted by Karen Fyock]

John P. Landon
Dr. John P. Landon, died at Telluride, Colorado Saturday evening, April 21, 1900. John P. Landon was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Miles V. Landon, both Ogle County pioneers. He was born January 1, 1850, in Elkhorn Grove, Carroll County. He was a bright, intelligent boy, and after due course at school and college he graduated from Bellevue College and Hospital, New York City, in the springs of 1874 and '75. In May 1875. he was united in marriage with Miss Carrie S. Woodruff, of Eagle Point. For several years, from Sept. 1875, to May 1881, he made his home in Polo and practiced medicine there. He then went to Colorado, where he has since resided. He was quite successful in his profession and was, up to the time of his death, surgeon for one of the Colorado railroads. The deceased was a cousin of Mrs. George Crombie and Mrs. C. H. Sunderland, both of this place. The remains were brought from Colorado to Polo, last Saturday afternoon, where a brief funeral service was held. The following obituary notice of the deceased as given below is taken from the Telluride, Colorado Daily Journal of April 23: Saturday evening at precisely 10:30 there passed to the unknown beyond one of the most honest, fair minded, liberal, kindhearted soul that ever found habitation in the human body. Utterly unconscious of the transformation, and of all things surrounding him, at that hour Doctor John P. Landon breathed his last. All about his dying couch were grouped sorrowing friends, and among the company watching the dying man not an eye was dry. The writer has known Dr. Landon intimately for twenty years, their relations have been as close, as those of brothers. We knew him perfectly and willingly confess to an utter inability to bring into service words that will form a fitting obituary. No one the wide world over can be found who has for him an unkind word. Large hearted, liberal to a fault, a finished gentleman, a polished scholar possessed of those attributes that draw people to him. He was everywhere sought out and made a guest of honor at the functions of all sorts, social and otherwise. Possessed to an eminent degree of those attractive traits of character, like son many others, he lacked the strength to curb and control his social instincts and permitted habits to develop that eventually carried him off --- a complication of kidney troubles. in indulging these habits was his only weakness, the only wrong he ever did. Dr. Landon was fifty years of age the first day of last January. He was born and raised at Polo, Ogle County, Illinois, about 100 miles west of Chicago, to which place the remains will be sent to repose with those of relatives gone before, in the family burying plot. He was a graduate of the Bellville Medical and Surgical Institute and of other schools and special courses and was universally conceded to be the most competent and successful man of his profession in southern Colorado. In the pioneer days of Rico, twenty years ago, he located in that camp, coming from that town to Telluride in 1897. In those early days when the only means of transportation was on horseback in summer and on snow shoes in winter, no call was too exacting, no trip too perilous for him, when illness or accident to a fellow man required his attention The call might involve a fifty-mile snow slide, yet he never hesitated, and no thought as to the possibility of remunerative fee entered his mind. He simply went, relieved suffering and saved many a life. It is disheartening to know that so skilled a physician, a man possessed yet such noble instincts, would be thus cut off in the prime of life. But all things considered, the physical and mental suffering that has of late been his lot, it is better so. For some weeks he has been in very poor health and had failed rapidly, yet he kept about, only taking to his bed last Tuesday. For three nights previous to this the writer had spent the night with him in his rooms, at his request. At that time he was ominous of the outcome of his trouble, and freely intimated that he felt he was taking to his bed for the last time. Faithful and devoted friends were constantly with him and everything that was possible was done to alleviated his sufferings and if possible to restore to him sufficient strength to go to Denver where he felt that possible his old friend, Doctor Eskridge, might help him. But the constitution was wrecked and gone. During Wednesday and Thursday his suffering was great, but not a word of complaint escaped his lips, all day Friday and most of Friday night he was in a delirious that at times was violent and pitiful to watch. At 4 o'clock Saturday morning he lapsed into a state of unconsciousness and sinking steadily from that time until dissolution came, he knew nothing and was insensible to suffering.
[Undated Scrapbook Clipping - submitted by Karen Fyock]

Dr. Charles M. Luckey
Friends in Polo and vicinity will be pained to hear of the death of Dr. Charles Morris Luckey which occurred last Wednesday, April 22, 1908, at his home to Baldwin, Iowa. Mr. Luckey was a Polo boy and though he left here years ago there are many here who remember him kindly. He was born in Polo, June 20, 1962, and grew to manhood here. Dr. Luckey received his professional training at the college of Physicians and Surgeons in Chicago. After his graduation he practiced in the Cook County hospital, in Polo and Broken Bow, Nebraska. Since 1889 he had resided in Baldwin, Iowa, where he was greatly beloved by the people among whom he practiced. Mr. Luckey was married in 1885 to Miss May E. Zook of Baldwin, who lives to mourn his death. One child preceded the father to the world beyond.
[Undated Scrapbook Clipping - submitted by Karen Fyock]


Marion L. Holloway
Marion L. Holloway, 95, of Rochelle, IL died Thursday Jan. 21, 2010 at Rochelle Rehab and Health Care Center. She was born August 4, 1914 in Woodlawn, IL the daughter of Henry and Lizzie (Neibuhr) Eckhardt. She married Jewell M. Holloway on Sept. 5, 1931 in Rochelle. He preceded her on May 11, 1990. Also preceded by sons Ronald and Loyd and Grandson Brian Holloway and Great Granddaughter Jodi Lynn Pifer. Brothers Harold, Henry, Fred, Bill and Bud. Sisters Elsie Richardson, Ruth Austin, Betty Glosser and Dorothy Eckhardt; son-in-laws: Orville Good Sr., and John Smith, and daughter-in-law: Sue Holloway
Survived by sons George of Rochelle and Richard (Norma) Holloway of Hiawatha, Kansas. Daughters Jean Smith of Homosassa, FL, Virginia Good of Rochelle, IL, Lou Rene (Ted) Everest of Homosassa, FL and Dixie (Ronald) Crisp of Rochelle, IL, 15 grandchildren, 44 Great grandchildren, 15 great great-grandchildren and expecting another in May. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 AM on Thursday, January 28, 2010 at the Unger Horner Funeral Home, 400 N 6th St. Rochelle with Rev. Steve Dow officiating. Visitation will be on Wednesday from 4 - 7:00 PM at the Unger Horner Funeral Home. Memorial to Rochelle Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center. Burial will be in Trinity Memory Gardens Cemetery.
[Rochelle News Leader, 01/21/2010 - Submitted by Jeremy M Good]

Henry Landes
Henry Landes, one of the earliest settlers of Ogle county, Illinois, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. James Lyons in Whitten, Iowa, December 25, 1907. Henry Landes was born in Indiana, November 25, 1829, and when a boy of six came with his parents, Solomon and ELizabeth Landes to Ogle county Illinois, and settled in Eagle Point township where he continued to reside until about thirty years ago when he moved to Iowa. Mr. Landes was among those who endured the hardships of the pioneer life but he was privileged to see this country make a wonderful progress. He was married while a resident of Eagle Point to Miss Eliza Ann Schryver who proceeded him to the better world more than four years ago. They were the parents of eight children, seven of whom are living and mourn the death of a loving father. The children all of whom live at Whitten are William, Mrs. Lizzie Pearl, Julius, Mrs. Mary Lyons, Sherman, George and Jesse. Besides his wife and children Mr. Landes is survived by three sisters and one brother, Mrs. Erastus Schryver and Mrs. Joseph Tavenner of Polo, Mrs. G. W. Livingston of Sterling and Jacob Landes of Thomson, Illinois, also ten grandchildren and four great grandchildren. At the time of his death Mr. Landes' age was 78 years and 1 month.
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WILLIAM N CABLE
William N. Cable, 57, of 408 Mason St., Polo, died at 1:30 p.m. Saturday in the Iowa City Veterans Hospital, Iowa City, Iowa. Visitation is today from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today in the Allen Funeral Home, Sterling. The body will be taken to the DeSelms Funeral Home at Disne for visitation Tuesday from 2-4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral services will be held at 1;30 p.m. Wednesday in the DeSelms Funeral home with burial in the Jacob Chapel Cemetery at Orchardville.
William Cable was born Sept. 9, 1915 in Xenia, Ill., the son of George and Ollie McBride Cable. He served in the Army Field Artillery during World War II. At the time of death he was a machine operator at the Central Quality Industries Inc., in Polo. Mr. Cable is survived by one sister, Mrs. Edna Greathouse of Fairfield and one brother Fred Cable of Sterling. He was preceded by his parents, one brother and one sister.
[The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois, January 22, 1973 - Submitted by Christine Walters]

ELMER G DAVIS
Elmer G. Davis, 71, Polo, died Monday afternoon at Dixon Public Hospital after a short illness. Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. in St. Mark's Lutheran Church, with Rev. A. J. Tettzlaff officiating. Burial will be in Fairmount Cemetery. Friends may visit the Brown-Seidel Funeral home from 7-9 p.m. Tuesday.
Elmer Davis was born Aug. 22, 19901 at Polo, the son of Harry and Martha Miller Davis. He married Sylvalena Bolhous of Morrison at Geneseo on Aug. 9, 1962. He was a retired U.S. Postal Department employee and was a member of the Polo Men's garden Club and the Mystic Tie Lodge of Polo. Survivors include his widow, one daughter, Mrs. Alpha (Dorothy) Bellows, Polo, two grandchildren and one great grandchild, two brothers, John, Polo, and Joe, Prophetstown, and one siter, Miss Helen Davis, Polo.
[The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois, January 23, 1973 - Tuesday, pg 3- Submitted by Melva Taylor]


Rufus C. Longsdon, who was born in Milledgeville in 1844, died in Stillman Valley, Ogle Co., August 6, 1903. He moved from Milledgeville to Oregon, Ogle county with his father, Edmond Longsdon in 1852. When seventeen years of age he went to was in defense of his country. After returning from the war he located in St. Louis where he resided for thirty years. He afterwards moved to Hope, Kansas and resided there until with in six months of his death when he returned to Ogle county.
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Elizabeth Powell was born in Bedford county, Pennsylvania, September 13, 1822, and died at the home of her son, John C. Keagy in Polo, Tuesday, morning, November 22, 1904 at the advanced age of 82 years, 2 months and 9 days. She became the wife of Christian Keagy while a resident of her native home and to this union were born seven children, six boys and one daughter, four of whom died when young. The three sons who survive their mother are Samuel M. , John C. and Charles, all of whom reside in Polo, In company with her husband and children she came to Ogle county and settled in what is now known as Old Town forty-nine years ago. Eight years after settling in Polo her husband was removed by death. About twenty years ago she broke up house keeping and made her home with her sons. For the past seventeen years she has resided with her son, John. At the age of fourteen Mrs. Keagy united with the Methodist Church and continued a faithful member, being a regular attendant at church services as long as her health permitted her to do so. For a number of years her health had been feeble. On the 17th of last March she was taken very ill and for many weeks her life was despaired of, but she rallied somewhat and was at times able to sit up and walk about in the house. Last Saturday she seemed unusually bright but on Sunday morning about 3:00 o'clock she suffered from a stroke of paralysis from which she never recovered and peacefully slept away, seemingly unconscious of pain, until relieved by death at 2:00 Tuesday morning. During her long illness she has been tenderly cared for by her daughter in law, Mrs. John Keagy, and her sons. Besides her immediate family she leaves to mourn her death, on sister, Miss Charlotte Powell of Bedford county, Pennsylvania and three grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. The funeral services will be held from the home of John Keagy, Thursday at 2:30 p.m., Rev. C. K. Carpenter officiating. The interment will be made in the Old Town cemetery.
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Russel L. Nicols of Eagle Point one of the first settlers of the county died July 1st at his home in his 80th year. He came to Ogle county from New York in the thirties.
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Webmaster's Note - a Russell B. Nichols is listed in the Illinois State Archives database as dying in Eagle Point, Ogle County on 1 July 1894, age 79.

Charles Ohlwine an old settler of Eagle Point died very suddenly at his home on Wednesday, Sept. 9. He was apparently as well as unsual in the morning but died while sitting in his chair about 11 a.m. [1901 Scrapbook Clipping - submitted by Karen Fyock]



Daniel O'Kane Jr., died at his residence in this city, Wednesday evening, June 8th, 1892, at 10:30 o'clock, aged 47 years, 10 months and 18 days. Mr. O'Kane was born and brought up in Buffalo township, and lived here all his life except a few years he spent in the west. In the winter of 1890, he fell out of a tree, and for a long time his life was despaired of, but he finally got up, and was able to work some occasionally, but could not get over it entirely, and it was the result of his death. The funeral was held at the U.B. church Friday morning at 10:30 under the auspices of the Modern Woodmen of America, in whish he carried $1.000 insurance. The sermon was preached by Rev. Groft. Mr. O'Kane leaves a wife and three children, one girl about 17 years of age, one son 7, and one 14 years of age. [Undated Scrapbook Clipping - submitted by Karen Fyock]

Daniel O'Kane, Sr
Died at his residence in this city, Monday evening, April 13th 1891, about 6:30 Daniel O'Kane, Sr., aged about 80 years. Mr. O'Kane was born in Tyrone, Ireland, Oct. 29th, 1811. Came to America in 1826 and settled in Franklin Co., Indiana. He came to Buffalo Grove in 1836, and acquired a squatters' title to 360 acres of land. Mr. O'Kane, Samuel Jurney and Robert Smith were constituted a committee to bid off the lands oat Government sale at Dixon, for the settlers of Buffalo township, Was commissioner of highways for several years, and assisted in laying out most of the roads in the town, for more than twenty years was school director, and was one of the three to build the first school house. Dec. 23rd, 1833, he married Miss Lucinda Johnson, of Kentucky, they had fifteen children, nine sons and six daughters, eight now living, namely; James Joseph, Mary A., now Mrs. G. W. Kingery, of Polo; John W., Caroline, now Mrs. Chas, Hatchel, of Nebraska; Daniel, Solomon B., and Aaron A. Mr. O'Kane was at one time partner of Dr. Graham, in the practice of medicine, which was very extensive. His first wife having died in 1868, he married Mrs. Anna P. Osterhoud, in 1869. Uncle Dan., as he was familiarly called has been in poor health for a number of years past. For the past four months he has been confined to his bed. the sermon will be preached at the M. E. church in Polo, at 10:30 a.m., by Rev. Dr. J. H. More. He will be buried at the Brick church in Eagle Point township, Thursday, by the Masonic fraternity, of which he has been a member for many years.

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Myrtle O'Kane
In this city, Saturday, May 31st, Myrtle, daughter of Daniel O'Kane, Jr., aged 1 year, 5 months and 9 days. [1884 Scrapbook clipping - submitted by Karen Fyock]

Edwin W. Olds
Our aged fellow townsman, Edwin W. Olds, died of old age, at his home in this city between three and four o'clock, Wednesday, Aug. 7, 1895. For some weeks he had been confined to the house and declared he did not want to get well, had lived as long as he desired to, as life with the increasing burdens of age he did not desire. His wife and daughter, Mrs. Gregory, of Milledgeville, and a grandson were with him at the time of his death. Mr. Olds was born October 17, 1812, in Pennsylvania. His parents were New England people. In his boyhood he learned the trade of carpenter from his father, later ie engaged in wagon making, which he followed for many years in the east and near of in Milledgeville. He became widely known for the solid reliable character of his work. By some he was doubltess regarded as eccentric, but this is often charged against positive characters. He had some of the rugged old time bluntness, which went with the honesty of purpose which characterized him. A short funeral service was held at the house yesterday by Dr. Dysinger, after which the Odd Felows laid his remains to rest in their lot in Fairmount cemetery. - Ogle County Press
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Cemira Anderson
On Thursday, May 17, 1906, at the home of Mrs. Myron Harmon in Sterling, Illinois, occurred the death of Mrs. John Anderson. She had been ill two weeks prior to her death with peritonitis, Her husband whose occupation is a carpenter was working at his trade in Missouri at the time of her death. Upon being notified of the sad occurrence he came to Sterling at once. Cemira Short was born in New York state but afterwards spent many years in the vicinity of Eagle Point and Fremont. Had she lived until September 11 she would have been sixty years of age. Besides her husband she leaves to mourn her departure her mother, Mrs. David Short, and three children, Nettie, John and William, three sisters, Mrs. Annie Bassett and Mrs. Myron Harmon of Sterling, and Mrs. Della Woods of South Dakota; three brothers, John and Walter of Sterling and Alonzo of Deer Grove. The funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at two o'clock in Polo at the home of Mr. Anderson's sister, Mrs. W. W. Peirce, Rev. K. S. Miller officiating. Interment in Fairmount cemetery. Those attending the funeral from Sterling were Mrs. David Short, Mr. and Mrs. Harmon and son and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Stull, Mrs. Bassett and G. O. Bassett.
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Eva Maria Hardesty
SYCAMORE ----- Eva Maria Hardesty, 69, Sycamore, died Monday in her home following a long illness. She was born March 9, 1916 in Rochelle to Floyd and Lulu Mae (Morris) McCaslin. On Nov. 24, 1934 she married George Vernon Hardesty in Rochelle. Hardesty was employed by Anaconda Erickson for 27 years, retiring in 1976. She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, Sycamore. Survivors include 4 sons, Richard, Houston, TX., Gary, Goshin, IN., and Bill and Bruch, both of Sycamore, 2 daughter's Mrs. David (Nancy) Wirsing and Mrs. Raymond (Lori) Eyrow, both of Sycamore, a sister, Mrs. Violet Luckey, Belvedere, a half-sister, Lottie Little, Ransey. 12 grandchildren, a great-granddaughter and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were today at 10 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Sycamore with the Rev. William Regnier officiating. Burial was in Mr. Carmel cemetery. Arrangements were handled by the Quiram Sycamore Funeral home.
(Eva died in August, 1985 - Submitted by Pat Esterday) Note: George Hardesty obit is on our DeKalb County website


Henry W. Waterbury
Last Saturday morning the bell announced the death of another of our citizens. This time it was a man in his prime, Henry M. Waterbury, aged 40 years lacking 12 days. Mr. W. had been poor health for a number years but the immediate caused of his death was abscess of the bowels which first manifested itself about seven weeks before his death. most of the time from that date he suffered intensely, but bore all with fortitude. - Polo Press

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Franklin Miller
Franklin Miller died, Tuesday, June 9, 1903 at the home of Mrs. Jane Bellows in Polo, Illinois, aged 82 years, 4 months and 24 days. Mr. Miller was born at Strodes Mill, Pennsylvania. He resided in Illinois forty-seven years, many years of his life being spent in Lincoln township, north of Polo, He was a miller by trade and for a number of years operated a mill in Polo, His son, JOhn, of Colorado, and his daughter, Mrs. Fred Norton, of Washington, D. C., were at his bedside during much of his last illness. The funeral services were held, Thursday forenoon, June 11, in the Lutheran church, Dr. J. H. More officiating. Interment was made in Fairmount cemetery,

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Mary McPherson
At the home of her son, Walter, at Hazelhurst, Friday, June 14, 1895, Mary McPherson, aged 59 years, 2 months and 8 days. Mary Louise Shoemaker was born April 6, 1836. At the age of fifteen, she united with the United Brethren church, in which she was a faithful worker as long as her health permitted. She was united in marriage to M. C. McPherson, Sept. 10, 1857. A family of twelve children was given to them. Of these, four preceded the mother to the Eternal Home, Alice, Mason, Clinton and Elmore. The husband died eight years ago the twentieth of this month. Mrs. McPherson's health had been feeble for a number of years. After the death of her son, Elmore, her health gradually failed. The physicians pronounced the disease consumption, and advised a change of climate. On the 13th of November, 1893, she with her family went to California, hoping to regain her health in the land of sunshine. This desire was not to be granted. She returned to Illinois, May 29, 1895, having come home, as she said, to die, and two weeks later, passed to that Other Land, where all is joy and peace and rest. She was a patient sufferer, never complaining during all the long illness; a faithful christian; a kind, loving mother and a true friend. Services were held at the Brick church, Sunday afternoon at three o'clock, Rev. J. E. Barr, of Polo, officiating.

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Mabel McGregor, daughter of an Ogle county farmer, who was shot by Norman Swartzell in February 1883, died in Rush Hospital, Chicago, on Saturday. She lived for six years with a bullet in her brain, the longest period known in medical records. She was 19 years old.
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Lydia McPherson
When the announcement was made last Sunday morning that Mrs. C. W. McPherson had passed away that morning at seven o'clock at her home in Hazelhurst there was great sorrowing among those who knew her. She was of a sympathetic and helpful nature, a friend to all who were in need in any way and consequently was beloved by all. Her serious illness was only of a few days' duration, and few knew that she was dangerously ill until they heard of her death. It is indeed sad that one so young and so badly needed here should be called away from her loved ones. There are many who sorrow with the bereaved husband and aged father and extend to them their sincere sympathy. Two years ago Mrs. McPherson had a severe attack of Bright's disease lasting several months, after which her health was excellent until six weeks ago when the disease again returned. her condition was not considered serious until one week before her death when uremic symptoms developed which gradually increased until Sunday morning when she became convulsive, passing into a comatose condition and passing away at seven o'clock. Lydia A. Zendt was born at Bird-in-Hand, Lancaster county, Pennsylvania, October 18, 1863, and died at Hazelhurst, July 19, 1908, aged 44 years 8 months and 1 day. When she was a child she moved with her parents to Sterling, Illinois where she lived until her marriage to C. W. McPherson, September 12, 1886. Since that time her home has been at Hazelhurst. She leaves to mourn her death, her husband and her father who made his home with her, one brother, John G. Zendt of Des Moines, Iowa and one sister, Mrs. L. T. Baucom of Spearville, Kansas. Funeral services are this Wednesday morning at St. Mary's church in Polo. Rev. Father O'Hara officiating. Interment in the Polo catholic cemetery.

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James Miller
James Miller passed away Tuesday morning, January 21, 1908, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Wm. Hendrix in Wysox township, Carroll county. Mr. Miller had been feeble for a number of years but his serious illness was of but two weeks duration. He was born in Mifflin county, Pennsylvania, February 20, 1823. He was married to MIss Nancy Snyder, February 1, 1849, and they were the parents of nine children, six of whom have passed to the world beyond. Alfred and Margaret died in Pennsylvania, Arthur passed away in Kansas where his parents resided for a time before coming to Illinois, George, Benjamin, and Mrs. Elizabeth Ferris died at Polo. There remains to mourn their father's death and comfort their mother in her old age, Mrs. W. B. Dusing at Pine Creek, Mrs. Wm. Hendrix of Wysox and Frank W. Miller of Buffalo. Besides the wife and children he is mourned by one brother, Vance Miller of Mt. Morris. Mr. and Mrs. Miller came to Illinois in 1855 and had made their home in the vicinity of Polo nearly all the time since then. Nearly two years ago they left their home just west of Polo and went to live with their daughter, Mrs. Hendrix. May 1, 1864, Mr. Miller enlisted in 142nd Regiment, Company I, Illinois Volunteers and served his country until the end of the war. Funeral services will be held Thursday at the home at 12 o'clock. Interment will be in Fairmount cemetery. The funeral cortege will reach the cemetery about three o'clock.

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Anne O'Kane
Mrs. Anne O'Kane, widow of the late Daniel O'Kane, passed away early Thursday morning, August 6, 1908, in her ninety-first year. She had been afflicted with the ailments due to old age for a number of years and death came to her as a sweet release from her sufferings. Anne Lent was born October 9, 1817. She was twice married, first to William Osterhoudt, who with one son, William, preceded her in death many years ago. In 1869, she was married to Daniel O'Kane, one of the earliest settlers of Buffalo Grove. Mrs. O'Kane was a good wife and mother and as long as health permitted she was neighborly and helpful to all. Funeral services were held Friday morning at ten o'clock at the residence of Mrs. Joseph O'Kane. The services were conducted by Dr. J. H. More and were attended by a large number of friends. The casket was covered with many beautiful flowers and for these and other manifestations of kindness and sympathy, the family wish to express their heartfelt thanks.
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John S. Miller
John S. Miller died at his home northeast of Eagle Point, Friday morning at 1:30 o'clock, after an illness caused by general decay and old age. He was born in New York City, April 3, 1818, therefore he was 82 years, 8 months, and 4 days old. May 23, 1845, he arrived in Buffalo Grove, from Delaware county, New York. September 22, he was married to MIss Margaret A. Donaldson and to this union were born five children all of whom are living They are Marcus J. and Arthur farmers of Eagle Point; William S. who lived with his father; Anna, married to Andrew Rowan, of Eagle Point; and Alice, married to James Roler, of Buffalo township, His wife survives him. The deceased came to Eagle Point, with nothing but his hands and the determination to work. He accumulated a large property, He was a public spirited man, he being the leader in building the hard road between Polo and Eagle Point. Although he did not live to see the completion of the road he had the satisfaction of knowing that all his years of hard work on the proposition were not in vain. He demonstrated the fact that with effort, this can be accomplished anywhere. A short funeral service was held from the house at eleven o'clock, Sunday forenoon and from the M. E. church in Polo, of which he was a member, in the afternoon, Dr. More officiating. The remains were interred in the Polo cemetery.

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Lorimer F. McPherson
Lorimer Fayette McPherson was the son of Dr. M. C. and Mary McPherson and was born September 14, 1881 in Eagle Point, Ogle County and died in Colorado Springs, Colorado, Saturday, October 15, 1903, aged 23 years, 1 month and 1 day. The subject of this sketch spent his boyhood days in the vicinity of his birth. At the age of six years he lost his father by death and when but fourteen years old his mother also died thus leaving him in the care of his older brothers and sisters. He attended school at Kankakee, Illinois, for three years. He then went to Chicago where he spent some time in the High School. He, being desirous of taking up the study of medicine entered the Northwestern University where he remained a year and a half or until last December when his health failed him and in company with his two sisters, Miss Mary McPherson of Chicago and Mrs. George Maxwell of Polo, he left about the 7th of January for Phoenix, Arizona where he remained until the latter part of last May when in company with his sister, Miss Mary, he went to Colorado Springs, Colorado where he remained until his death. For a time his health seemed to improve somewhat and it was hoped by his relatives and friends that he would be again restored to health but such was not the case and for the past few months he had been gradually growing weaker. He bore his affliction patiently and was ever hopeful of the time when he would again be able to take up his medical studies. The deceased was a cheerful and jovial disposition making friends wherever he went. To mourn his early death he leaves three brothers and four sisters. The brothers are Dr. C. W. McPherson of Hazelhurst, Dr. Pearson McPherson of Chicago, and Harry McPherson of Dakota. The sisters are Miss Mary McPherson, Mrs. Sadie Maxwell of Polo, Mrs. Ethel Straka of Milledgeville and a twin sister, Mrs. Laura O'Kane of Chadwick. The remains were brought from Colorado Springs, accompanied by his sister, Mary, and arrived in Hazelhurst, Monday evening when the body was conveyed to the home of his brother, dr. C. W. McPherson. The funeral services were held from the Brick church, Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock, Rev. W. T. Kessinger, pastor of the United Brethren church, officiating. The interment was made in the cemetery near the church. The pall bearers were Harry Bohrer, Bert Flowers, Allen Elsey Harry O'Kane, Roy McCartney and WIlliam Graehling. All the brothers and sisters were in attendance at the funeral except Harry of Dakota.

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Anna O'Kane
Died: Wednesday, April 29, 1903, in Oregon, Illinois, Mrs. Wm. A. O'Kane, aged 22 years, 2 months and 25 days. Anna Daisy Esterly, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Esterly, was born in Polo, Illinois, February 4, 1881. At the age of three she moved with her parents to Beatrice, Nebraska. They resided there until 1895, when they returned to Polo, where Daisy entered the High School and graduated in June, 1898. On November 30, 1899, she was united in marriage with Wm. A. O'Kane of this city. Mr. O'Kane was offered a position in a barber shop in Oregon, where they moved and have since resided. During her last illness, Mrs. O'Kane was confined to her bed for over twenty weeks and all that time she endured untold suffering, uncomplainingly and with the utmost patience. Her mother and husband were by her bedside constantly and did all that could be done to allay her suffering, but it was all in vain. When she realized that death was near, she expressed her willingness to die, her only regret being that she must leave her dear ones behind. At half passed five, Wednesday morning, she passed away. Her endurance and patience and her thoughtfulness for others, during her illness, were only examples of the christian character that was hers, all her life. Her personality won for her many friends, who will sadly miss her cheerful disposition, her friendly ways, and her beautiful voice, which since her school days has been the delight of her friends and acquaintances. Until she was unable to attend church, Mrs. O'Kane had been a faithful member of the Lutheran choir in Oregon. Mrs. O'Kane leaves to mourn her early death, her parents, husband and one brother, Milton Esterly of Fort Liscum, Alaska, who could not be present at the funeral. The remains were brought to the home of her mother in Polo, Thursday morning and the funeral services were held on Sunday afternoon at 2:30 in the Evangelical Lutheran church in Polo, of which she had been a member since 1896. Rev. P. B. Holtgreve of Polo and Rev. H. C. Funk of Oregon officiated. The choir, consisting of O Chaddock, M. J. Hazeltine, Mrs. F. A. Fay and Mrs. I. M. Bridgman sang appropriate selections, among which was, Sweet Peace" which Daisy sang before her death. Many beautiful flowers were sent by loving friends as a last tribute. The sympathy of all goes out to the bereaved family, at this time, especially to the sorrowing mother and husband. Interment was made in Fairmount cemetery. The pall bearers were Barton Unger, Dr. E. S. Thomas, Roy Peltz, Andrew Miller, Warren Yeakiel and Chas. Klock.
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William Murray
William Murray died at the home of his mother, Mrs. Melinda Bracken in Milledgeville, Tuesday, April 30, after a short illness. The deceased was the son of James and Melinda Murray and was born at Savanna, Illinois, march 29, 1859. One year later he moved with his parents to a farm in Elkhorn Grove township, Carroll county, When four years old he removed with his parents to Polo, Ogle County, Illinois, where they resided three years. They then moved back to the old homestead where the greater part of the deceased's life was passed. Mr. Murray had not enjoyed good health for the past four years but was taken ill Friday evening of last week and continued to grow worse until his death which occurred at 2:30 A.M. Tuesday. Besides his mother who is at the present time confined to her bed by sickness he is mourned by six sisters and three brothers. The sisters are Mrs. Mary Allen of Milledgeville, Mrs. Elizabeth Duffey of Eagle Point, Mrs. Maggie Barnhart of Chadwick, Mrs. Ames Schryver of Elkhorn Grove township, Mrs. Henry Wolber of Wysox township and Mrs. Nora Dieterle of Jordan township. The brothers are Samuel Murray of Jordan township, John Bracken of Milledgeville and Thomas Bracken who resides on the old homestead. The funeral services will be held from his late home at ten o'clock Thursday morning and from the St. Mary's church in Polo at 12 o'clock, Rev. Father O'hara of Polo officiating.
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Nettie S. Rector
Nettie S. Rector, daughter of Stephen V. and Sarah E. Rector was born at Eagle Point, Ill., Nov. 3, 1856 and died at her home in Savanna. August 10, 1905, aged 48 years, 9 months and 7 days. When a young girl, the deceased became a member of the M. E. church. Jan. 12, 1882, she was united in marriage to Charles McPherson. They made their home in Eagle Point for one year after their marriage, moving from that place to Grand Detour where they resided for five years. After a few years spent in Dixon they moved to Savanna, Ill., which has been their home for the past thirteen years. Here, Mrs. McPherson was an active worker in the Sunday school and Epworth League of the Methodist churchy. After six weeks of suffering, she passed away as above stated, Thursday, August 10. Besides her sorrowing husband, she leaves to mourn her death, her parents and one brother, B. G. Rector. Funeral services were held at the home at 3 o'clock Friday afternoon and the remains were brought to Eagle Point where Dr. J. H. More conducted services Saturday morning. The remains were interred at Eagle Point. Many beautiful flowers were placed on the casket by loving hands in Savanna and others by friends in Eagle Point.
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Margaret E. McPherson
Mrs. Margaret E. McPherson is dead was the sad news neighbors told each other last Tuesday morning. The fatal messenger had entered the home at Alden and she had obeyed his summons, leaving her husband and three children to mourn her death. Margaret Applegate was born at Toledo, August 19th, 1869, and died at Alden, October 8th, 1900. She was married at Toledo to Mr. Harry W. McPherson, of Eagle Point, Ill. June 16th, 1892, Rev. Barkley officiating. She and her husband made their home in Eagle Point, and in Chicago, thence to Toledo and finally upon a farm near Alden, in Hardin county. She was an exemplary wife and mother. She in early life affiliated with the Congregational church and was ever a faithful christian and good church worker. Her loss will be keenly felt by her husband and children, Donald, Margaret, and Mary. Those children will no longer know a mother's care and can but remember a mother's love. Interment took place at Woodlawn, Rev. Dr. J. E. Smith officiating. - Tama County Democrat, Toledo, Iowa.

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Martin L. Wolff
In Polo, Illinois, August 30th, 1875, Dr. Martin L. Wolff, after an illness of seven weeks, caused by overwork.
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Samuel Ports
Samuel Ports was the son of Otho J. and Mary Ports and was born September 10, 1876 in Elkhorn Grove township, Carroll County and died Tuesday morning, January 17, 1905, aged 28 years, 3 months and 6 days. The death of this young man is particularly sad as his illness came upon him very suddenly and he was stricken down when apparently in good health. for the past few weeks he had been assisting with the farm work at the home of Frank Miller in Jordan township, On Monday morning he arose early and when in the act of building a fire in the kitchen stove he remarked to one of the members of the family that he could not see. In a short time he became unconscious. Dr. C. W. McPherson of Hazelhurst was summoned at once and upon his arrival found the young man suffering from convulsions. Dr. Smith of Sterling was called in counsel with Dr. McPherson and throughout the day all that medical aid could do was done to relieve his sufferings but all was of no avail and he died at 3:30 o'clock Tuesday , less than twenty-four hours from the time he was taken sick. For about two months he had complained of not feeling well but had not thought it necessary to consult a physician. The cause of his sickness was said by the doctors to be an acute attack of Brights disease. The deceased was a very industrious and highly respected young man and besides his bereaved parents he leaves to mourn his death the following brothers and sisters: John, Bert, William, Frank, James, Emory and Jesse Ports; Mrs. Henry Schryver, Mrs. Archie Grant and Miss Nettie Ports, all of whom reside in the vicinity of Milledgeville and Polo, except William Who resides in Savanna. The funeral services will be held from the Brick church at Hazelhurst Thursday afternoon at one o'clock.

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Catherine Funk Rice
"Aunt Kittie" Rice, the "Grand Old Lady" of Mt. Morris, died Wednesday, December 26, 1900, aged 103 years, 4 months and 2 days. It was fondly hoped that she would see the light of another century which would have been the third one for her and she would have done so had she lived six more days. Catherine Funk Rice was born at Beaver Creek, Washington county, Maryland, Aug, 24th, 1797, about two years before the death of George Washington. Her ancestors were long lived, her father being 91 years old and her mother 75 years old at the time of their death. Her grandfather was 86 and her grandmother was past 80 when they died. About half of "Aunt Kittie's" life was spent in her childhood home, she coming west in 1845. She made her home when she first came west with her brother, Samuel Funk, in Pine Creek township, The very year of her arrival she was married to Samuel Rice the father of twelve children. Although she did not have any children of her own, she was a thoughtful and devoted mother to those of her husband. They lived three miles north of Mt. Morris. Mr. Rice died at the age of 85 in 1870. "Aunt Kittie" remained on the old homestead twenty years longer, but for the past ten years she resided at the hoe of her stepson. Hon Isaac Rice in Mt. Morris, until his death after which she lived with his widow. "Aunt Kittie" attributed her long life to her cheerfulness, her industry and abstemious habits. For many years of her life she was a mild smoker but for the past ten years she did not smoke at all. Owing to her poor eye sight she was not able to read her favorite book, the Bible, for many years. She loved her relatives and at her centennial, three years ago she shook the hands of over three hundred people. A month ago she was given a dinner at the home of her nephew, Peter Funk, and in asking the blessing she spoke the following words in clear deliberate tones, "Dear Father, we do thank Thee for this, another privilege of eating with out near and dear relatives, whom we love so well." She was a devout Christian, of the Mennonite faith.

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Simeon Ripley
Simeon Ripley, died at his home in Polo, last Sunday morning. Mr. Ripley was a former resident of Milledgeville. The deceased was a former resident of Milledgeville. The deceased was about forty-five years of age, and had been in poor health for some time. A number of relatives and friends attended the funeral from this place, which occurred Tuesday.
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Adeline S. Peck
Mrs. Adeline S. Chase, wife of Captain Henry C. Peck, died at their home near Oregon, Wednesday, July 17th, at 3 o'clock p.m. of progressive paralysis, aged 50 years. Nearly a year ago Mrs. Peck began to suffer slightly from the disease which caused her death. The first symptoms were recognized as connected with progressive paralysis. At first she was troubled to hold things in her right hand. Sometimes she would drop a dish or something of that kind. Next the disease manifested itself in her right foot. She found her toe dragging when she walked. Some months ago, with her husband, she consulted eminent Chicago physicians, who discovered the true nature of the disease, but gave no hope of recovery. Since then she has failed steadily until Wednesday afternoon, death came to her relief. The funeral took place at Oregon, this Saturday morning, Rev. J. G. Cowden, of this city, officiating. Mrs. Peck was born in Rochester, N. Y., her parents removing to Illinois before the war, living in and near Polo. In November, 1854, occurred her marriage with Captain Peck. She leaves on daughter and three sons to mourn the loss of a devoted mother. To Captain Peck, in his sad bereavement, the Press extends sincerest sympathy -
[Polo Press, 1889 - submitted by Karen Fyock]


Harry C. Mades

Died - Tuesday, April 28, 1903, at his home near Polo, Harry C. Mades, aged 49 years, 7 months and 6 days. The deceased was born at Keedysville, Maryland, on Sept. 22, 1853. Surviving him are his wife, two brothers, Wm. Mades, near Polo and Josiah Mades at Keedysville, Mc., and two sisters, Mrs. Sue Myers, Keedysville, Md. and Mrs. O. J. Ports, Hazelhurst. Mr. Mades came to Polo in the year 1875, and since that time has always resided in this community. On Sept. 23, 1886, he was married to Miss Augusta Judson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C. A. Judson. One child was born to them, but was not long spared to make their home happy, being called away in infancy. Mr. Mades was a carpenter by trade and to this he gave all his time and attention. That he was eminently successful in his chosen life-work, is attested to the fact that he was always in demand, always crowded with work.
Many of the fine buildings and elegant home that are adding so much to the country about Polo were built by Harry Mades, he carpenter. As a neighbor, friend and citizen, he was ever obliging, true and loyal. He was held in high esteem by those who knew him. That he was so loved and respected was shown by the kindly interest in him during his long sickness. The respect for him as a neighbor and friend were shown by the many people who attended his funeral services though weather conditions were unfavorable. During his long sickness he suffered intensely, but never complained. He had learned the lesson of patience. Calmly and peacefully he fell asleep having become perfectly reconciled. In his last days Mr. Mades verified the experience of a grand man who said long ago; "For our light affliction, which is for a moment, worketh for us more and more exceedingly an eternal weight of glory". Rev. P. B. Holtgreve of the Lutheran church conducted the funeral services at the house. The Polo Male Quartette sang several appropriate selections. Interment was at Fairmount cemetery.
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Dulcenia J. Schryver
Parts of an obit from a crumbling clipping:
Mrs. Jess Schryver passed away Nov. 2, 1905 at her....... aged 68 years, 3 months and 2 days. Mrs. Schryver had seemed ........... well that morning except that she complained of being chilly. At nine o'clock she became very ill in spite of all that loving hands..... do she lived but a little while...... ___lexy was the cause of her death. Dulcenia Jane Livingston was born July 31, 1837 in Fayette County, Indiana, and came to Illinois .... her parents when very small and had resided in this vicinity every since. Oct. 11, 1854 she was united in marriage to Jesse Ames Schryver and to this union were born eleven children as follows: Matthew, Mrs. William Quest, Mrs. Casper Hartwig, Henry, Mrs. Fred Kelley, Mrs. John Port___, Olive, who died in infancy, Mrs. Bert Ports, Mrs. Charles Davis, Mrs. Harvey Cheeseman and John Schryver. Besides her children she leaves to mourn her death three sisters and two brothers. Funeral services were held Sunday at the Brick church, Rev. Garman officiating. She was laid to rest by the side of her husband who preceded her in death just seven months. The deceased was a good woman, a kind mother and one who was loved by many people besides her immediate family. The family wish to thank the kind friends and neighbors who so willingly assisted them at this time.

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Jesse Ames Schryver
Jesse Ames Schryver was born December 4th, 1825, in Andes, Delaware County, New York, and died at his home in Eagle Point Township, Ogle County Illinois, Wednesday, April 5, 1905, aged 79 years, 4 months and 1 day. The subject of this sketch was among the pioneer settlers of Ogle County, coming west in the year of 1839. He was united in marriage to Dulcenia Jane Livingston, October 11, 1854, and to this union were born eleven children as follows: Matthew, Mrs. Wm. Quest, Mrs. Casper Hartwig, Henry, Mrs. Fred Kelley, Mrs. John Ports, Olive, who died in infancy, Mrs. Bert Ports, Mrs. Charles Davis, Mrs. Harvey Cheeseman and John Schryver. The ten surviving children all live in the vicinity of the old homestead, with the exception of Henry of Dixon, Illinois, and Mrs. Kelley of Centralia, Illinois. All of the family were at his bedside when he passed away. Besides his aged wife and children he leaves two brothers, Erastus of near Polo and George who resides in Minnesota. On the 11th of last October Mr. and Mrs. Schryver celebrated their golden wedding anniversary. The deceased was an honored and highly respected citizen and will be missed from the family circle and in the community in which he had lived for so many years. The funeral services were conducted from the U. B. church at Hazelhurst, Friday afternoon at 2:00. Rev. W. T. Kessinger, pastor of the church, was the officiating minister. The interment was made in the cemetery (UM Elkhorn Brick Cemetery) near the church. The pall bearers were Samuel Quest, James Herbert, Mayhew Worden, J. S. Wright, Amos Sanford and Garrett Rucker.
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Joshua G. A. Clopper died at his home in Polo, Illinois, Friday, July 29, 1904, from the effects of a paralytic stroke that occurred about a week prior to the time of his death, aged 73 years, 4 months and 4 days. He was born in Washington county, Maryland, March 25, 1831. Ass he grew to manhood he learned the trade of a miller. In 1854 he moved to Como, Whiteside county, and there he followed his trade. While in Como he was married, March 6, 1856, to Miss Mary Avey of Sharpsburg, Maryland. To this union were born two sons, E. H. and W. T., the former being engaged in the jewelry business in Polo and the latter being first assistant postmaster in the Polo post-office. In the spring of 1865, Mr. Clopper and family moved from Como to Polo and for a time followed the coopers trade. Later he was appointed weigh master at the stock yards of the I. C. railroad company in Polo.
This position he filled very creditably to all concerned, it being his great ambition to be exact in all his work. Polo shippers were always ready and willing to trust to the clerical transactions of Joshua Clopper. It is said of him that his idea of success in business was just treatment toward his fellow men and honesty in all his dealings. His motto was not how much money he could make, but how he could do business honestly. He was a member of the Methodist church in Polo, joining it in 1874 during the pastorate of Rev. J. H. Alling.
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Addison Shell
Word was received here Wednesday evening, of the death, at Elgin, Ill., of Addison, son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas T. Shell. A year ago last summer young Schell received a sunstroke, which finally effected his brain, and several months ago his friends thought it advisable to take him to Elgin for treatment, which they did. At first they hoped for his recovery, but his injury finally resulted as stated above. His brother Harvey was at his bedside at the time of his death. His remains arrived in Milledgeville last evening at 6:27, were taken to the home of his parents, and this morning were taken to Polo, and interred in Fairmount cemetery, Mr. and Mrs. Schell have the sympathy of all in their bereavement.
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Clara Shumway
Miss Clara Shumway, eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. R. G. Shumway died at the home of her parents in Polo, Ill., on Sunday, march 27, 1892. Miss Shumway was born in Milledgeville in the year 1856, and removed with her parents to Polo in 1871. She graduated from the high school of that city, and soon afterward entered the North Western University at Evanston from which Institution she graduated with high honors. She afterwards studied art in Boston, and became an artist of very much more than ordinary merit. Many exhibitions of her artistic skill adorn her home and the homes of her friends. She had fine literary attainments, and although modest and retiring, was a leader in literary and social circles. Removing from this place at an early age she yet retained strong attachment for the friends of her youth Gifted by nature, finely cultured, strengthened by Christian experience, plain and unassuming in manners, a true woman in all senses, she goes from among to deeply and sincerely mourned, leaving only precious memories.
"None knew her but to love her,
None name her but to praise."
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Frank J. Crawford


Passed away at his home on North Division street, Polo, Tuesday morning, January 21, 1908, at about two o'clock. Mr. Crawford had been confined to the house for more than two months with cancer and during that time suffered intensely. More than two months ago he had a cancerous growth removed from one of his feet and a few weeks later it was found necessary for him to be taken to the Globe hospital in Freeport where another growth was removed from his thigh. He recovered sufficiently from the operation to be brought home but gradually grew worse until death came to relieve him.

Mr. Crawford was born in Delhi, New York, November 10, 1843, and lived to be 64 years, 2 months and 11 days old. He received his education in the schools of Delhi. At the age of seventeen he went to Franklin, New York, to learn the printers trade and continued in that work until August 1862 when he responded to the call of his country and enlisted as a private in Company D, 144 New York Volunteer Infantry, remaining in the service until July 1865 when he was honorably discharged.
Mr. Crawford was in a number of engagements, April 10, 1863, he was promoted to corporal and May 20, 1865 he was made sergeant. After his discharge he returned to his home in New York and worked in a printing office in Delhi. For several years he worked at that trade in various eastern cities. In 1876, he came west locating at Dixon, Illinois, where he worked in a printing office coming to Polo in May of the following year where he found employment in the office of the Ogle County Press. He remained in the Press office nine years and after spending a year in St. Paul, Minnesota, he returned to Polo and went into the clothing business with W. R. Miller. In 1890 he sold his interest in that business to Mr. Miller and bought the Polo Visitor of which he remained the editor and publisher until the time of his death.
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Charley Unger
died at the home of his sister, Mrs. S. L. Mummert of this place Wednesday, January 10, 1906, at the age of 59 years. He had cancer of the stomach. The remains were shipped to Mt. Morris (Ogle Co IL) for burial Thursday evening. Funeral was held Friday. Mrs. Mummert attended the funeral. [Undated Scrapbook Clipping - submitted by Karen Fyock]

D.B. Rogers
On Monday evening, February 19, 1906, at 10:15 o'clock occurred the death of D. B. Rogers at his home in Polo. The deceased had for a long time been a sufferer from a form of stomach trouble and for three months prior to his death he had been almost constantly confined to his room. The funeral services will be held from the Independent Presbyterian church in Polo Wednesday afternoon, February 21, at 2:30 o'clock. The body will be taken to Rockford for burial.

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Hattie Ziegenfuss
Hattie Ziegenfuss passed to her eternal rest, Wednesday evening, January 1, 1908, after a long and painful illness. Her death brought sorrow to the hearts of many for she was of a disposition to win for herself many friends. Hattie was born at Polo, June 6, 1891, and at the time of her death her age was only sixteen years, 6 months and 27 days. She spent her life in Polo and vicinity and at the time of her death was a member of the Junior class in the Polo High School where she was a favorite with the teachers and an unusually bright pupil. A few years ago when it became necessary that her mother be removed to a hospital, Hattie became the housekeeper and cared for her younger brothers and sisters with a thoughtfulness far beyond one of her years. In spite of her duties at home, she kept up with her school work until about five weeks before her death when she was stricken with typhoid fever. Last week it was discovered that she was suffering from appendicitis and the only chance of saving her life was an operation. This was performed but to no avail and she passed away at the time above stated. Hattie was a member of the Lutheran church and Sunday school and was ever faithful to her Christian profession. She leaves to mourn the death of a dutiful and loving daughter and sister, her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Ziegenfuss, two brothers and two sisters, John, Maggie, Gertie and Monroe. Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon at the Lutheran church, Rev. P. B. Holtgreve, her pastor, officiating. The church was crowded with sympathizing friends and schoolmates. Her Sunday school class attended the funeral in a body, She was laid to rest in Fairmount cemetery.

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Guy Donaldson
Guy Donaldson, 83, died early this morning at his home, 406 South Division, Polo, after a brief illness. He was born northwest of Polo, April 14, 1872, the son of William and Harriett Donaldson, and was married in Polo to Bessie Trump, April 20, 1902. Donaldson was a lifelong resident of the Polo area where he was a realtor for many years.
He is survived by his widow, four grandchildren, six great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. A daughter and seven brothers preceded him in death. The body is at the McNabb Funeral Home in Polo where friends may call until Thursday at 10 a.m. Funeral services will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. at Emanuel EUB Church, with Rev. Ira Wilson officiating. Burial will be in Fairmount Cemetery.
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The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois, June 27, 1955 - Submitted by Melva L. Taylor]

Roy Alfred Saylor
Roy Alfred Saylor, son of Mr. and Mrs. M. W. Saylor was born December 14, 1881, and died March 9, 1900. Roy's life was remarkable. His mind was always bright and clear but he never had any use of his body. He never learned to talk but could show his appreciation for what he liked and his disapproval of what did not please him. He always enjoyed himself when taken away on a visit, and took great delight in hearing stories. Being reared in a religious home he learned much about the Bible and Jesus and of these he never tired. Of heaven he knew much more than some who need not learn of it under such unfavorable conditions. Health never was his, but under all his affliction he was exceedingly patient. In the home, and that we might say was his world, He received that care which only fond parents and loving brothers and a devoted sister could five. Nothing was too much to do that might give him some comfort. Caring for him, as for a helpless child, for nineteen years, bound him very close to their hears, and makes his departure felt the more. They often told him that some day he would die and go far away where he would be healed and suffer no longer; where Jesus would take him; and where he would see God and the angels; that some day they, too would come and be with him forever. This he could understand and his smile of approval told them that it gave him much pleasure. For some time he was failing and it was clear that the end could not be far. The immediate cause of his death was enlargement of the larynx. All that could be done by physician and loved ones to ease his pain in the last few days was done for him. On Friday morning when his father wished to give him medicine he showed that he did not want it and fell asleep. From this stupor he never recovered but a few hours later passed over into that land where sickness and sorrow, sin and death can never enter. The funeral services were held at the Dunker church west of town on Sunday, conducted by Rev. J. E. Miller, of Mt. Morris. Interment took place at the Dunker cemetery.
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Albert Spencer
Albert Spencer of Polo, who visited here this summer at Mr. and Mrs. Bernheisel's died Monday morning of diphtheria and was buried Monday afternoon. He was ill but a short time and his death was quite sudden.
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George R. Spaulding
George R. Spaulding was born December 22, 1838 in Bradford county, Pennsylvania, and died at his home in Polo, Illinois, Friday morning, April 21, 1905 aged 66 years, 3 months and 19 days. The subject of this sketch came to Whiteside county, Illinois in October 1839. Later he moved to Carroll county and for a number of years was extensively engaged in farming in Elkhorn township. On account of failing health he retired from farming and moved to Polo, November 25, 1903. Mr. Spaulding was married to Lizzie M. Harris, December 31st, 1878 and to this union were born two sons, Benton H. who resides in the home at Polo and G. Rogers who is located on the old homestead in Elkhorn Grove township, Besides his wife and two sons he is mourned by two brothers and three sisters namely: Samuel J. of Hitt, Carroll county; Harris of Dike, Iowa; Mrs. Ellen Thompson and Mrs. Emma Dilley of Lanark, Illinois; and Mrs. Clara Weatherwax of Nebraska.
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Warren P. Schryver
Warren P. Schryver was born in tioga county, N. Y., April 12, 1835, and died at his home in Polo April 28, 1905, aged 70 years and 16 days. The subject of this sketch came to Polo in 1861 and the following year, Sept. 4, 1862, he enlisted in the 92nd Illinois mounted infantry and served his country faithfully until he was mustered out July 7, 1865. He was united in marriage to Miss Martha Wood, Oct. 26, 1869, and to this union were born eight children, three of whom died in youth. The five sons who are left to mourn with their mother are; Harry, Edward, William, John and CHester, all of whom reside in Polo or vicinity. He is also survived by two brothers, martin E. of Polo and Jefferson B. of St. Louis, and three sisters, Mrs. J. T. Mulnix and Miss Angeline Schryver of Polo and Mrs. B. I. Avey of Farlin, Ia. The deceased was a stone mason by tread. He had not enjoyed good helth for some time. His last illness covered a period of six weeks and despite the kind ministrations of his wife and children he peacefully passed away Friday evening. He was an honored member of the G. A. R. post, the L. O. O. F. and Marco Polo Rebekah lodge. The funeral services were conducted from the I. O. O. F. hall Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock and were very largely attended, all of the different orders of which he was a member attending in a body. An able sermon was preached by Rev. Paul Holtgreve of the Lutheran church. A quartet composed of O. Chaddock, C. H. Miller, Mrs. I. M. Bridgman and Mrs. C. A. Dingley, with Mrs. Frank Hammer at the piano sang: "Gathering Home," "Lead Kindly Light" and "Nearer My God To Thee." The pall bearers were C. A. Dingley, E. G. Randall, A. J. Rowand, W. T. Smith, Peter Cover and Johnson Lawrence. The interment was made in the Reed cemetery beside his children. The relatives who were in attendance at the funeral from out of town were Mr. and Mrs. M.R. Bernheisel of Milledgeville and Rev. and Mrs. S. B. Dexter of Sterling.
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Mariah Smith
Death has once more visited our home, taking away our dear and aged mother, Mrs. Mariah Smith, nee Curswell. She was born in Lancaster county, Pennsylvania in the year 1812. She was married to John Smith of Lancaster county, Pennsylvania, from which union were born ten children; William, Henry, Mary, Hiram, John, Margaret, Elizabeth, Susan, Benjamin, and James. They lived in Pennsylvania until 1859, then emigrated to Ogle county, Illinois where in 1860 death claimed her husband, leaving her with a large family for which to care. Her sorrows next were to find she had to give up first her son, Henry, to go to war, then in time Hiram was the next one to enlist, that still added trouble to her grief and sorrow, but she struggled through life in those dark days and was glad to see her sons come out all right after the war closed. It was but a short time until death claimed Henry who died in 1866, at Buffalo, Illinois. But she stood up under all her trials and tribulations and strove to care for her children. It was not long until death called one more, taking away her own mother, Mrs. Anna Curswell, who always had made her home with her. This was almost more than she could bear, as she had gone through so many trials in but a few years, still she never was heard to murmur or complain As time passed on or a few years she contented herself in her little home in the town of Buffalo. As her children had scattered over the world she still stayed at her little home, giving all her thoughts to their welfare. In the winter of 1883 she was called to Kansas on account of the death of her son, John, but that was not all, she hardly saw the grave closed until a telegram was sent to her to hasten home only to see one more son called to that better land. Hardly had her tears and sorrows subsided until her daughter, Elizabeth, was also taken away; all three in one winter. Still she braved the trials and grief of which no one except a good christian woman could do. She still continued to stay in her home until march 1899, when she moved to Milledgeville, living there with her granddaughter until 1901, when her daughters persuaded her to go to Grand Island, Nebraska. while there death visited the family once more, taking away her daughter, Margaret Hendrick, making the first death since '83 and now comes her own call as death has called her from her troubles and sorrow to a better land. She leaves three sons and two daughters to mourn her departure. As death has always claimed three in succession of this family it seems as though there will be one more to go before the year ends, and which one we know not, but it is sure we will not have a mother to mourn over the grave. Mariah Smith died at the home of her son, Benjamin Smith, Wilson county, Kansas, May 1903, and was buried in Moline, Kansas, cemetery. She was a devoted christian all her life and a member of the M. E. church since 1841. She was always ready to help the cause of christianity, and she died as she lived, a good mother and a true christian. In her last days she thought of her home and friends she was leaving behind. In behalf of our mother we want to thank the neighbors and friends of the town of Old BUffalo for their great and general kindness shown our mother in her trials and sorrows while living among them. H. S. Smith, U. S. Mail Contractor, Parker, Arizona.
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David Goodman Sheets
D. G. Sheets died at his home in this city wednesday morning, April 11th, after a prolonged illness, aged 89 years and four months. Mr. Sheets was born near Gettysburg in Adams county, Pennsylvania, August 4, 1810. He was married in his native town, March 17, 1836 to Miss Margaret Jane Black. They came west in 1850 and settled in Wysox township near Milledgeville, where they made their home until 1876 when they moved to Polo, which has since been their home. Mrs. Sheets died November 26, 1891. To them were born 12 children, seven of whom survive their parents and were all here to the funeral, which was held at the Methodist church yesterday except M. L. Sheets, of Springfield, Mo. Those present were Mrs. M. A. Bouton, of Mason City,Iowa; D. S. Sheets, of Carion, Iowa; Riley Sheets, of Eldora, Iowa; Mrs. C. P. Powell, Mrs. M. J. Rapp and J. F. Sheets all of Polo. D. G. Sheets was a man universally respected and esteemed by all who knew him. For nearly 75 years he was professing Christian, striving to conform his life to that of his Master.
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Marletta Shaver
Died:- At her home in Polo, Saturday, November 21, 1903, Mrs. Samuel Shaver, aged 78 years, 9 months and 2 days. Marietta Shaver was born, February 19, 1825, in Delaware county, New York and was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jacob P. Shaver. She came west with her father to Polo and was united in marriage March 11, 1868, to Samuel Shaver, whom she leaves to mourn her death. She also leaves a sister, Mrs. Betsy Davis of Grand Detour, and a brother, Lyman Shaver of Brookville, Mississippi.
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Rev. Daniel B. Toomey
The following notice of the death of Rev. Toomey was clipped from Monday's Inter Ocean: The Rev. Danile H. Toomey died at 7 o'clock Sunday evening, August 2, at 4339 Union avenue. He had been sic for a long time, and was incapacitated for duty. During his illness he lived with his mother, who is 80 years old. He was 60 years old and had been a priest for nineteen years. He was a veteran of the civil war and belonged to the Mulligan post of G. A. R. He served in the civil war before he was ordained, enlisting in the army at the outbreak of the war, and afterward served in the navy. The deceased was at one time assistant of Bishop Dunne of St. Columkill's parish. He was also pastor at Polo and Oregon, Illinois. The funeral was held Tuesday at St. Gabriel's church, Forty-Fifth street and Sherman avenue. The burial was at Calvary cemetery.
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Mahalia Jane Rucker Sanford
Mahalia Jane Rucker was born on March 3, 1848, near Polo, Ogle county, Illinois, and died January 29, 1907, near Rutland, Humboldt county, Iowa, being in her 59th year, the cause of her death being heart failure. March 3, 1869, she was united in marriage with Homer W. Sanford and to this union were born four children, one daughter and three sons. The family resided in the vicinity of Polo until the year 1901, when they moved to Corwith, Iowa.
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John Goettsch
John Goettsch, 73, building contractor of Davenport, Iowa, and brother-in-law of Louis Krohn and the late Mrs. Freda Stralow of Morrison, died unexpectedly Tuesday evening of a heart attack. Mr. Goettsch was building a storage garage for an old ladies' home at First and Pine Streets in Davenport and had gotten in his car to go home, started the motor and lit his pipe when the attack occurred. Funeral services will be at 1:30 p.m. Friday at the Runge Funeral Home with Rev. Fred J. Rolf officiating. Interment will be in Fairmount Masoleum.
He was born in Kottendorf, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany, July 28, 1881, and came to Chicago in 1895. He was married to Augusta Krohn in Clinton in 1906. The couple came to Davenport shortly after their marriage. Mrs. Goettsch died in 1936. The couple had no children, but a niece, Miss Frieda Stralow of Morrison, resided with them for many years. Mr. Goettsch was a member of the Rosicrucian Order, AMORK and served as building commissioner under the Socialist administration in Davenport in 1921-22.
Mr. Goettsch had made a trip abroad during the past year, returning in April.
Surviving are a brother, August of Davenport, Iowa; a sister, Mrs. Sophie Delfs of Germany and numerous nieces and nephews in the Morrison and Davenport area. He was preceded in death by his wife; parents and one sister, Mrs. Hoyer.
[The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois, October 28, 1954 - Submitted by Melva Taylor]

CLARK E. SCHOLL
Polo - Clark E. Scholl 88, R.R. 1, Polo, died this morning at Polo Continental Manor following an extended illness.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Preston-Schilling funeral Home, Dixon, with Rev. Teresa Schlub, Pastor of the East Jordan church, officiating. Burial will be in Sugar Grove Cemetery.
Visitation will be from noon to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home, with the family present from 7-9 p.m. A Memorial has been established to the East Jordan Church.
Clark E. Scholl was born Jan 17, 1898 in Lee County, the son of Merritt and Laura McCleary Scholl. He married Ethel G. Palmer Jan. 31, 1919 in Dixon, and she preceded him on Feb. 5, 1973.
Clark Scholl farmed his entire life in Lee County, was a member of and Sunday School teacher at the East Jordan Church of Sterling, was Secretary-Treasurer for the Lee County Livestock Feeders Accociation for 25 years, and was a member of the Dixon Co-Op Board.
Surviving are two sons, Maurice C. Scholl of Sterling and Irvin E. Scholl of rural Polo; three daughters, Mrs. Charles (Gladys) Bain, Orland Park, Ill.; Mrs. Howard (Phyllis) Chana, Troy, Mich.; and Mrs. Irene Fruskerud, Tacoma, Wash.; a brother, Roy Scholl of Dixon, 13 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
[Sterling Daily Gazette, Monday, Feb 17, 1986 - Submitted by Barbara Gehlsen Nugent]

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