Putnam County, Illinois History and Genealogy
Obituaries and Death Notices


 Mrs. Mary Skinner Hackard

June 16, 1881

At Eugene City, Oregon, June 3, of typhoid pneumonia, Mrs. Mary Hackard, 65, formerly Mrs. Eugene F. Skinner of Hennepin and only sister of Mrs. Clara E. Morgan of Snachwine.

Mrs. Hail

April 28, 1881 - Magnolia

Last Saturday afternoon a fatal accident happened. Mrs. Hail living three miles east of Magnolia. She was an aged Swede woman. While burning brush, her clothing caught fire and consumed nearly all of her. Dr. Ramsey was called but she died in a few minutes after his arrival.

Coleman Hailey


December 18, 1879
Died in Magnolia township, Dec. 17, of dropsy, Coleman Hailey, aged 50 years.

As we go to press, we learn of the death of Mr. Coleman Hailey, which took place yesterday. Funeral today. He was an old settler, a sturdy farmer, and one of the many excellent and highly respected citizens of Putnam county.

Hartwell Hamlin Hailey

Taken From the Henry Republican
Thursday, May 29, 1873
Died in Magnolia township, May 20, of general debility, Hartwell Hamlin Hailey, aged 75 years. A resident of Oxbow prairie since 1829.

Putnam County News - Miscellaneous Items
Hartwell H. Hailey, who died in Magnolia Township last week, must have been the oldest settler in this neck of the woods, coming to Oxbow Prairie in March 1829. He served on the first grand jury companeled in this county. His age was 75.

Mrs. Mary S. Norris (nee Hailey)

Taken From the Putnam Record

November 17, 1898

Before the RECORD was put to press last week news reached us that Mrs. C. A. Norris, of Henry, formerly of Magnolia township, had passed from earth, but we were unable to get any further particulars in time for that issue. We copy from the Henry Times of November 15:

Mrs. Charles A. Norris, who has been very sick for several weeks, and whose death was not unexpected, passed quietly from earthly scenes at 6:40 a.m., Monday, Nov. 14, aged 49 years, 9 months and 21 days. Mrs. Norris, whose maiden name was Mary S. Hailey, was born near Caledonia on the Ox Box Prairie, October 23, 1849, and was married to Charles A. Norris, January 14, 1869. After their marriage they lived for several years in Kansas, but later they returned to Illinois and lived on the old homestead in the Oxbow, but two years ago Mr. Norris moved to Henry.

Three daughters, Mesdames William Mathis, Henry King and Daniel Horrum and one son, Willard, besides her husband, are left to mourn for her, as well as her aged mother and one brother, Mr. Henry Hailey of Peoria. Mrs. Norris was a stirring, energetic woman, and will be greatly missed by her husband and children. She was a good neighbor and kind parent, was loved by her children and respected by her friends.

The funeral services were held at the home Wednesday at 10 o'clock (..?..) At the close of the services the remains were taken to the Caledonia cemetery, there to rest near the home of her youth and younger womanhood, and beside her father and friends who have gone before.

Aaron Haines

Taken From the Henry Republican

February 19, 1880

Died at Winfield, Kan., Feb. 8, of lung fever, Aaron Haines, 69 years, 3 months 4 days, recently of Snachwine, and brother-in-law of George Sparling.

Father Aaron Haines, late of Snachwine, was gathered to his fathers at Winfield, Kan., two Sundays ago, of lung fever. Mr. Haines was one of the pioneers of Snachwine, and perhaps had as much to do in the formation of the town as any other man. He was a native of Canada. By a first wife he had two children, one daughter, still living in Canada, and the other a son, living in California. His second wife is a sister of George Sparling, who survives him. He owned the farm now in possession of W. B. Robinson, southwest of the village, where he kept the hotel of the place until he moved to Kansas a year ago. He was a carpenter by trade, and most of the houses standing in Snachwine, were built through his handiwork. He was a stirring, usefel man, active in social and church work, and always ready to help a friend in need. He never held a public office, though a conspicuous citizen, which is a wonder, and leaves a memory previous to a large circle of old friends and neighbors, who will revere him for his probity, frankness, generosity, nobleness and tenderness of heart. He was a friend to the sick and distressed and one of the best of neighbors.

Casper Halbibe

May 28, 1874

At Southbend, Indiana, April 18, of lung fever, Casper, aged 2 years, son of Fabian and Julia Halbibe, formerly of the (castle?) Magnolia township.

Joseph Hall

July 5, 1877
Local correspondence - Magnolia
We understand that Joseph Hall, former owner of Hall's landing, died recently in Odell, where he was living with his son-in-law William Schoonmaker. He was very anxious to get back to Magnolia, but did not make it.

Mrs. Joseph Hall

Taken From the Henry Republican
Thursday, July 27, 1871

At Magnolia, July 17, Mrs. Joseph Hall

Mrs. Kate Halligan

Taken From the Henry Republican
January 27, 1876

At Aurora, Jan. 22, Kate, wife of Thomas Halligan of Snachwine township.

Thomas Halligan

April 14, 1881

In Snachwine, April 10, by an accident, Thomas Halligan

A sad and fatal accident happened to Mr. Thomas Halligan on the 6th. He with some men in his employ were clearing some timber land; his men were grubbing a large tree, while Mr. Halligan and his son were engaged in taking out a stump near by. When the tree was about to fall the men called to Mr. Halligan to look out; Mr. H. started to run from the tree; the tree turned another course, falling on him and injuring him in the head. Drs Baker of this city and Stipp of Putnam were sent for; the doctors performed the operation of trepanning, but he continued to sink rapidly until the next Sunday morning when death released him from his sufferings.

April 14, 1881 - Sugar Grove

Thomas Halligan, who was severely injured on Wednesday, April 6th by the falling of a tree, died on Friday. He never came to his own mind after the tree struck him. He was a splendid citizen and his death will be lamented by all who knew him. He was a member of the Catholic church and has always done his duty as he understood it.

April 14, 1881 - Putnam

It is with sorrow that we chronicle the death of Thomas Halligan, who was injured by a tree falling on him last week. And also the death of Edmund Ryan who has been sick for the past month with inflamatory rheumatism. Halligan died Saturday morning, Ryan Sunday morning. Both were men of Sterling integrity, whose words were ever as good as their bonds. Who carved out their fortunes from the rough, both coming here years ago. Poor men, but by thrift and good management became wealthy. Both were honored members of the Catholic church in Henry and very much respected by all who knew him. Cornelius Ryan, a son of the deceased, married a daughter of the late Thomas Halligan. In less than 24 hours, the husband and wife were each bereft of a father. Cornelius and his wife moved to Nebraska two years ago. They were telegraphed the sad news but their family are down with the measles which prevented their attendance at the funeral ceremonies.

Mr. Halligan was a native of the county South Ireland; he emigrated to this country about 30 years ago, being then a young man of 25 years. With nothing but his hands and an indomitable courage as a guarantee for his future success, his success in life was achieved by himself. He was twice married; his wives are both dead; he leaves five children. His oldest daughter married Cornelius Ryan and emigrated to Nebraska. He was an honored member of the Catholic church of Henry. The last sad rites of the church were performed by his pastor, Rev. Father Quigley. He was buried at the Catholic cemetery in Snachwine on the 11th, his funeral was largely attended by his friends and neighbors, by whom he was universally respected.

Mrs. John Halstead


November 24, 1920

The funeral services of Mrs. John Halstead were held at the church here last Friday afternoon conducted by the Reverend R.A. Reeves of Hennepin who spoke comforting words to the bereaved relatives. A selected choir from Hennepin sang sweetly a number of beautiful and appropriate hyms. The remains were laid to rest in the Florid cemetery in charge of the mortician A.B. Smith of Henry.

Infant Daughter of Thomas Hamil


August 14, 1879

Died near Hennepin, Aug. 4, infant daughter of Thomas Hamil, aged 7 months

Charles A. Ham


August 26, 1880, Hennepin
A telegram was received on Monday by Mrs. Joseph Ham, announcing the death of her son Charles A. Ham, at Rising City, Neb. The dispatch reading, "Charlie killed last night, come." Etc. His wife is a daughter of W. B. Barmore of this village. His mother, as every old settler knows, lives at Union Grove. His sisters and brothers live near and in Hennepin. He went west a few years ago, and thus ends the story as far as known.

Mrs. Jessie A. Ham (nee Preston)


Mt. Palatine, April 8, 1889

A copy of the Sac county, Iowa news before us contains the following obituary of the wife of George W. Ham, formerly of this place. Mrs. Jessie A. Ham was born in Monticelio, Jones county, Iowa on the 28th day of October, 1867. Graduated from Monticelio high school, June 12, 1885. Came to Sac county in July following her graduation to join her parents who preceded her. She was married to George W. Ham, June 27, 1886 and died at her home in Delaware township at 8:00 a.m. March 25, 1889 and 21 years, 4 months and 25 days. She leaves her father, W. M. Preston, one brother, her husband and two children and many friends to mourn her loss.

Ada Hamm

Thursday, November 8, 1877
In Granville, Putnam County, October 31, of Typhoid fever, Ada, age 17, daughter of Philip Hamm

Hennepin News
Ada Hamm, 3rd daughter of Philip Hamm, living near Union Grove, died last Monday night and was buried Wednesday. The eldest daughter is very low with the same disease, typhoid fever.

Amanda Hamm

May 15, 1874
Miss Amanda Hamm, spoken of last week as being very low with consumption, died last Monday. The funeral took place Wednesday at 10:00 at the Union Grove church.

Taken From theHenry Republican
May 21, 1874, Putnam County News - Miscellaneous
Miss Amanda Ham is another victim to consumption.

Cecil Hamm

Henry Republican

July 18, 1935

Former Florid Boy Called by Death

Relatives and friends of Cecil Hamm were shocked and grieved to hear of his death which occurred at a Toledo, Ohio hospital on Thursday morning, July 11, from injuries received while playing baseball.

Cecil was the eldest son of the late Henry and Florence Hamm, and was born in Hennepin township on August 7, 1911. Following the death of his mother in 1918, he with his brother Edward, made their home with their grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. David Clemens at Florid, and it was there that Cecil spent his boyhood days, having attended the public school at Florid. He moved with his grandparents to Ottawa where he resided several years and several months ago went to Toledo, Ohio, where he had secured employment. His parents have both preceded him in death. He leaves to mourn his passing, his fiancée, Miss Dorothy Grey of Toledo, Ohio, his brother Edward Hamm, of Hennepin, his grandmother, Mrs. Nancy Clemens, and many other relatives and a host of friends. Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at the Florid Presbyterian church, with the Rev. John Leckie of Mineral, Ill., in charge of the service. Burial was made in the Florid cemetery.

Mrs. Florence May Hamm (nee Clemens)

November 20, 1918

Obituary of Mrs. Florence Hamm

Florence May Clemens Hamm was born July 2, 1890 near Florid, Illinois. She was united in marriage to Henry L. Hamm, October 12, 1910 to which union 5 children were born, 3 of them having preceded her to a better world. Early in life she had an earnest desire to lead a Christian life and at the tender age of 14 united with the Presbyterian Church of Florid..... After an illness of one week, she passed away on November 16, at the age of 28 years, 4 months and 15 days. She was an affectionate sister, an obediant daughter, a tender and loving mother and a faithful and devoted wife. She is survived by her husband, two young sons, Cecil and Edward, her mother and father, Mr. and Mrs. David Clemens, two sisters, Tillie and Rosella, and two brothers, Charles and Simon. - who is at present in France with the US expeditionary forces. She has a host of friends who deeply sympathize with the bereaved family. The funeral was held at the home of her parents, conducted by Reverend R.H. Barstead, assisted by Mrs. Barstead. Internment in the Florid cemtery. Frank Peterson of Florid, Mortician.

Henry Lewis Hamm

Henry News Republican

November 24, 1932

Henry Lewis Hamm, second son of Frank and Cora White Hamm, was born east of Hennepin on the H. L. White farm (now the Putnam County Farm) on October 20, 1886 and departed this life on Tuesday, Nov. 15, 1932, at the age of 46 years and 26 days.

On October 12, 1910, he was united in marriage to Miss Florence Clemens of Union Grove, and to this union two sons were born, Cecil Wilson and Edward Melvin. His wife died about 14 years ago, his mother died in 1910, and his father passed away in 1924.

After his marriage, Henry Hamm spent a year in Minnesota, the remainder of his life being spent in and around Hennepin, following the carpenter's trade. He was a devoted father and husband and a man who was liked and respected by all who knew him.

He is survived by his two sons, Cecil of Ottawa and Edward of Hennepin, his step-mother, Mrs. Maude Hamm, with whom he has for years made his home. He leaves four sisters, Mrs. J. W. Peterson of Hennepin, Mrs. J. A. Mossyge of LeRoy, Minn., Mrs. Golden Mills of Lostant, and Mrs. John Moews of Peru; five brothers, Waldo of Mt. Prospect, Ill., Willard, Roland, Verne and George of Hennepin.

Funeral services were held Thursday afternoon at the M. E. church in Hennepin, conducted by the Rev. John Leckie of Mineral, a former pastor and friend. Interment was made in the Florid cemetery beside his wife.

November 24, 1932

A large number of relatives and friends of Henry Hamm of Hennepin, who died at St. Margaret's hospital at Spring Valley, last Tuesday morning, accompanied the remains to Florid last Thursday afternoon, where he was laid to rest in the Florid cemetery by the side of his wife who preceded him in death several years ago.

Joseph Hamm

Taken From the Henry Republican

January 20, 1876
Joseph Hamm, an old resident of this county and a brother of William A. Hamm, lately deceased, died on the 15th instate.

Mrs. Leoria Estellia Glass (nee Hamm)

Taken From the Putnam Record

Front Page, December 29, 1932

Mrs. Glass is laid to rest a Hennepin.

Funeral held Monday. Burial in Riverside Cemetery.

Mrs. Leoria Glass, who has made her home this winter with her son Frank at LaSalle, passed peacefully into her eternal rest last Thursday evening December 22, 1932, following failing health which made it impossible to stay alone at her home in Hennepin. Leoria Estellia Hamm, second daughter of Sara and Phillip Hamm, was born on a farm near Jesup, Iowa, August 21, 1857. The family moved to Illinois, located near Granville and then near Union Grove. On July 3, 1877, she was united in married with Robert Glass, a veteran of the civil war, at the Union Grove Church, Reverend Homer McVay performing the ceremony. To this union, two children were born, one dying in infancy and Frank remaining to be a comfort and mainstay to his parents. They moved to Hennepin about 37 years ago. Mr. Glass preceded his wife in death, July 25, 1923. Mrs. Glass was a woman who delighted in her home and family and seldom left her home in mingle with others. At her death last Thursday, she had lived 75 years and four months. Funeral serviced were held at the home of her son at LaSalle to the M.E. Church at Hennepin with Reverend Lester Springer of LaSalle conducting the service. .......... Casket bearers were the nephews of Mrs. Glass, John Wooley and Lewis Patterson of Dover, David Hamm of Princeton, William Glass of Spring Valley, Jessie B. Morris of Hennepin, and Ira Hyler of Princeton.

Mrs. Glass in survived by two sisters, Mrs. Anna Hamm of Nemaha, Iowa and Mrs. Clara Wonser of Hennepin. One brother, David Hamm of DesMoines, Iowa, besides her son Frank Glass of LaSalle and one grandson Norvin Glass and his little daughter Donna Jean also of LaSalle. The remains of Mrs. Glass were interned in the family lot beside her husband at Riverside cemetery, Monday afternoon.

Philip Hamm

Taken From the Putnam Record

March 30, 1899

Philip Hamm was born in New York, July 9, 1821 and departed this life at his home in Hennepin, Illinois, March 30, 1899, aged 77 years, 8 months, 21 days. Mr. Hamm came with his parents to Putnam county 67 years ago and settled near Union Grove, where he resided 52 years. He spent about 8 years in Iowa but not satisfied there, returned to Illinois. He left the farm several years ago and came to Hennepin where he resided until death. The last year of his life he was in feeble health and closely confined to the house, yet bore his suffering and confinement without complaint. Of the original family, two brothers at Independence, Iowa and two sisters, Mrs. Susan Bradish of Ransom, Illinois and Mrs. Sara Shepherd, Hennepin. Mr. Ham was united in marriage to Miss Sara Bear in Union Grove, August 29, 1854. Eight children, 6 sons, 2 daughters were born of this union - six of whom attended the funeral. Two daughters died in their youth. While his home life had much that was pleasant and joyous, it had also its compliments of sorrow.

Mrs. Sarah Catherine Hamm (nee Bear)


January 19, 1921

Mrs. Sarah Catherine Hamm was born in Dauphin Co. PA, February 27, 1834 and died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Robert Glass, January 10, 1921 at the age of 87 years, 10 months and 13 days. She came with her parents to Florid, IL in 1843. She was united in marriage with Philip Hamm on the 29th day of August 1854. To this union 8 children were born, Mrs. Luella F. Glass, Mrs. Leoria E. Glass, Ada Theresa, Mrs. Anna E. Hamm, William S. Hamm, Mrs. Clara I. Wanser, David B. Hamm and Nira May. All of whom survive with the exception of Nira May, who died at the age of 17 and Mrs. Luella F. Glass, who died about 11 years ago. In the year 1855, she with her husband moved to Iowa, remaining 8 years. Then returning to Illinois, they settled at Union Grove and later moving to Hennepin where she constantly resided until she passed away January 10, 1921. She has left to mourn her death, beside her children, 16 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren and a host of relatives and friends. She was the last of the family of David and Elizabeth Baer. In her early life, she gave herself to Christ and was a member of the Weslyan Methodist Church of Florid. Funeral services were conducted from the home of Robert Glass on Wednesday, January 12, conducted by Rev. R.A. Reeves and was attended by a large number of sympathizing friends. Internment in Riverside cemetery. H.L. Dysart mortician in charge. Relatives attending from a distance were David Hamm of Nemaho, Iowa; F.L. Glass of LaSalle; Mr. and Mrs. Jenson, Mrs. Taylor, and Miss Cora Mathis of Toluca.

Mrs. Susan D. Hamm


Hennepin, March 3, 1892
Mrs. Susan D. Hamm of Independence, Iowa, formerly of Henepin, Died at the residence of her son, W.D. Hamm, Sunday night. Funeral at Congregational church in Hennepin, Tuesday at 1:00 o’clock, Rev. Case officiating. Internment at Union Grove cemtery

William H. Hamm

September 3, 1875

Died at his residence in the town of Hennepin, August 28, after an illness of about 1 year, William H. Hamm, Sen., age 75 years.

Mrs. Samantha Dougan (nee Hannum)

Taken From the Putnam Record, Hennepin, IL
May 4 1899

Some friend sends us a copy of the Great Bend, Kas., Register, of April 22, in which we find recorded the death of Mrs. Samantha Dougan, a former resident of Oxbow prairie, Putnam County. She died at the home of a daughter at Eureka Springs, Arkansas, and was buried at Great Bend, Kansas.  Samantha Hannum was born in Ontario county, New York, December 15, 1813; and was a daughter of Asel and Emily Hannum, who settled on Oxbow prairie in 1828, being, it is claimed, the first white settlers in Putnam county. Her brother Austin Hannum was the first white child born in Putnam County.  He was born in 1829.  Deceased was the mother of nine children, six of whom are yet living.

Harrison Hanan

Henry News Republican, Henry, IL, August 15, 1878

Local Correspondence, Clear Creek

The funeral services of Harrison Hanan took place Thursday, August 8. He was almost a stranger here having been in the state but a few months but had won the respect and esteem of all who knew him. His mother and brother attended him during his last few days.


A young man near John Swaney's who was very sick, spoken of in last, has since died. His name was Hanan and was from Washington County, Pennsylvania.

Louis Hanson


July 20, 1878
Mount Palatine News

Louis Hanson, a young Swede who came to this country last April, and has been at work for Mr. Andrew Hollenback, was sunstruck while working in the hay field on Wednesday, and died the same evening.  Deceased complained on Wednesday morning, but refused to quit work, and in the afternoon, after forking some hay, he commenced to stagger and run round, when he fell down in a stupor from which he never recovered.  Dr. Robinson was called, and restoratives were vigorously employed, but without even temporary success.

George Harlan

December 8, 1881

Died in Senachwine township, Putnam county, Nov. 27, of consumption, George Harlan, 48.

Nancy Ann Harlin

Taken From the Marshall County Telegraph
April 14, 1866

Died in Senachwine, April 5 of measles, Nancy Ann, infant daughter of Dan and Margaret Harlin, age 9 months.

Soloman Harlan

Taken From the Henry Republican
February 22, 1872

In Snachwine village, Feb. 16, Solomon Harlan, aged about 70

Mrs. Mattie Sill (nee Harper)


Hennepin, April 17, 1879
Mrs. William B. Sill, formerly Miss Mattie Harper died of consumption of Thursday last in their residence near Union Grove in Granville Township. She was married about 5 years ago and now leaves her husband and only child, a little girl of 3or 4 years, a mother, 2 sisters and a brother besides a host of friends to mourn her early death, her age being about 38 years. ......The funeral on Saturday at Union Grove Church was attended by many friends.

April 18, 1879

Died - Sill
At the residence of her husband, William Sill in Granville township, April 10, 1879, of consumption, Martha M. Sill, aged 37 years, 9 months and 2 days.

Local Items - Mrs. William Sill was buried at Union Grove cemetery on Saturday last. The services were conducted by Rev. H. McVay of Granville and the attendance was quite large. Mrs. S. was a daughter of Mrs. Harper and has been in poor health for a number of years. She was a lady universally liked and leaves many friends outside of relatives to mourn her departure.

Nathaniel Harris

September 3, 1875

Nathaniel Harris, one of Magnolia’s oldest citizens was buried yesterday in the Oxbow burying grounds. He was 89 years old. He was with General Jackson at the battle of New Orleans.

Willie Harris

March 18, 1880
Taken From the Henry Republican

At Atoka, Indian territory, March 11, of pneumonia, Willie, 2 years, 8 months, 6 days, son of J. Rudd Harris, formerly of Hennepin.

Mrs. Martha Harrison (nee Alexander)

Putnam Record

August 11, 1898

Mrs. James Alexander of Hennepin, received a telegram last Monday stating that her daughter, Martha Harrison at Princeton was dying of cancer of the stomach. Mrs. Alexander started immediately, but her daughter died about 10 o'clock that morning and before her mother reached her. She leaves three children, all girls. The brothers and sisters who reside here attended the funeral Wednesday.

Stephen Harrison

Putnam Record
July 13, 1899


Thursday, July 6, 1899, after an illness of more than four years duration, Mr. Stephen Harrison passed to his long reward. The funeral was held Saturday afternoon at 3:30 o'clock at his late residence. It was attended by a large number of relatives and friends from Granville and surrounding towns.

The services were conducted by Rev. W. A. Evans and Rev. Warren of Princeton, the latter being a former pastor and a very dear friend of the deceased. He spoke tenderly and affectionately of the memories called to mind during their acquaintance. The services were concluded at the cemetery, where he was laid to rest by the side of his wife, who left him four years ago last March.

Stephen Harrison was born March 26, 1823 at West Hanover, Dauphin Co., Penn. At the age of 14 he came to Putnam county with his mother, brother and two sisters. They settled on a farm near Florid where Oscar Brenneman now lives and endured the privations of early days. May 7, 1850, he was married to Elizabeth Dunlavy. August 29, 1855, they bought the farm one mile east of Granville and moved there the following autumn. Under their direction the farm was changed from a monotonous prairie to a beautiful home. Mr. Harrison planted with his own hand every tree and shrub which now adorn it, ant it was a fitting close to his long life of toil, that his last resting place should be covered with leaves and branches from the trees he loved so well. For 30 years they lived on the farm where they reared and educated ten children. At the close of that time he moved to his farm in Granville where he has since resided.

Eight of the ten children were able to be present at the funeral. Mrs. Hattie Patton of Auburn Maine could not come but her husband the Rev. Carl Patton was here. Dr. S. R. Harrison, the youngest son, who is practicing dentistry at Scranton, Pa., was also unable to attend. Those present were Mrs. Ellen Ware of Webster City, Iowa, J. D. Harrison, Holdrege, Nebr., Mrs. Mary Whitney, South Bend, Ind., C. D. Harrison, Dr. and Mrs. J. M. Ristine, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Richard, Oliver and Grace Harrison of Granville.

George Hart

Taken From the Henry Republican
March 23, 1882

Died at Mt. Palatine, Putnam Coutny, March 14, of paralysis, George Hart, 57 years, 4 months. Buried in Catholic cemetery.

Jeremiah Hartenbower

Taken From the Henry Republican
March 24 and March 2, 1876

Died At Hennepin, Feb. 20, of kidney complaint, Jeremiah Hartenbower, aged 75 years.

March 2

The following obituary paragraph accompanies the announcement of the death of Mr. Jeremiah Hartenbower in the Record of last week.

"Mr. Hartenbower was born in Germany, about 30 miles from the city of Stuttgart, on the 6th day of March, 1800. Emigrated to America in 1819, and settled in Winchester, Kentucky, where he married. He resided in Kentucky about 12 years, and emigrated to this county in the year 1831, and settled near Magnolia, where he worked at his trade, that of tailoring, for a few years, when he moved to a farm in this township. He moved to Hennepin some 10 or 12 years ago, where he has since resided up to the time of his death.  Mr. Hartenbower was one of the oldest residents of the county, and was generally known by the inhabitants, and generally loved and respected by all."

March 24,1876 - Hennepin

Jerry Hartenbower Sr., who has been sick for the past four weeks, died on last Saturday at 5 a.m. He was nearly 76 years of age. Came to this county in 1831, was buried on Sunday by the Masonic fraternity of which he was an old and honored member. The Odd Fellows by invitation marched in procession. It was one of largest funerals ever witnessed in this place. The services were held in the Congregational church and conducted by Reverend Thompson of Bureau county

Mrs. Maria Hartenbower (nee Smith)


April 6, 1893

Another Pioneer Gone
Maria Hartenbower, the subject of this notice died at her son-in-law's residence, Mr. B. F. Hiltabrand on March 24, 1893, aged 85 years, 9 months and 18 days. Her maiden name was Smith. She was born in Lincoln county, Kentucky but moved with her parents as a child to Clark county, Ky., where she was married in 1826 to Jeremiah Hartenbower from whom which union there were born 11 children of whom 8 survive her. She moved to Green county, Kentucky with her husband where she lived until she came to Putnam county, Illinois in 1830. Here she lived the horrors of living in a temporary fort with a number of families during the Black Hawk war, the incidents of which she well remembers and was fond of recounting to her loving grandchildren and friends up to the time she was stricken with her last sickness, which was dropsy, from which she suffered severely for nearly two months. She was a member of the Sandy Creek Baptist church for the last 39 years. Funeral services were held at the house of her daughter, conducted by Elder's T. Gill and J. Downey on Sunday, March 26, after which a large concourse of relatives and friends followed her to the Lostant cemetery where she was laid to rest.

Walter Hartenbower

June 4, 1875

Walter, son of John H. Hartenbower, near Boon, Iowa, while in bathing ventured beyond his depth and was drowned.

Amos Hartman


Hennepin, April 30, 1903

Amos Hartman, a former Putnam county boy, died at Wyanet Monday night. Funeral Wednesday afternoon. Several parties from Florid went over to the funeral.

William Hartman

Taken From the Putnam Record

Florid, February 24, 1915

Memorial of William Hartman

Mr. William Hartman was born at Union Deposit, Pennsylvania, September 15, 1834. Died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. A.B. Deininger near Florid, February 16, 1915 at the age of 80 years, 5 months and 1 day. In 1855, he was united in marriage with Rebecca Clemens, who passed away May 9, 1881. To this union were born 4 children, Mrs. L.B. Cramer, Mrs. Jonathan Rudy, deceased, Amos, deceased, and Mrs. Kate Deininger. Later he was married to Mrs. Sophia Young of Granville, Illinois who survives him. He leaves to mourn his death, his wife, two daughters, sixteen grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren. Mr. Hartman came to Putnam County in 1861 and was a resident here until his death. Early in life he united with the German Lutheran Church and was a member many years. Mr. Hartman always tried to be honest and an upright man with all of his neighbors. He having past from time into eternity on the testimony of all we say. He was an honest hardworking man. We reap what he has sowed. Many acres of timberland are now under cultivation giving food for the sower and bread to the eater as the result of his labor. Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with all thy might. Night comes when no man can work to all the glory of God.

Mrs. Laura Belle Hartsock (nee Neal)


October 23, 1902

On Sunday night, Mrs. Morgan Hartsock died suddenly at the home at Florid, leaving an infant and eight days old. Laura Belle Neal was a native of Wilmington, Ohio. She became acquainted thru a matrimonial advertisement some 10 years ago with Mr. Harstock, and their fun loving correspondence ripened into matrimony and made a pleasant home for both. Her death leaves bereft a husband and three children, the eldest seven years of age. Mrs. Hartsock was 35 years of age, a kindly disposed, well respected woman, a good wife and mother, a worthy neighbor and beloved by all who knew her. Mr. Hartsock had purchases a lot in Henry, built a house upon it and was about to move here and make this place his home when this calamity came upon him. The funeral was held at Florid Presbyterian church yesterday, Rev. D.S. McCown of this city officiating. Interment in Henry cemetery.

Mrs. Emma B. Hartwig (nee Otto)

Taken From the Putnam Record

Front Page, February 10, 1915

Emma B. Otto was born near Granville, Putnam Co. IL, October 5, 1869 and died at her home near Florid, January 30, 1915 reaching the age of 45 years, 3 months and 25 days. On February 22, 1908 she was united in marriage to Christian Hartwig at Granville, Illinois. To this union were born 2 children, Theodore Otto and Laura Emma, who with the bereaved father mourn the loss of a loving mother and wife. Her entire life was spent in and around Granville where she leaves many friends for to know her was to love her. Since her marriage she has devoted her entire life to her home work and as a mother and wife there could not be one more affectionate. For the past several months she had been an intense sufferer but through all was patient, appreciating all the loving hands did for her and believing the one whose will be done. The funeral services were held at her home near Florid at 10:00 Monday morning conducted by Reverend A. Blasford of the German Lutheran Church. Following which the funeral quartet wending its way to Granville where internment was made in the city cemetery.

Emma Hartzenbuhler

Taken From the Henry Republican
December 14, 1871

In Magnolia township, Putnam county, Dec. 5, of spasms, Emma, aged 13 months, infant daughter of Peter and Mary Hartzenbuhler.

Amos Harvey


April 26, 1877


We publish below an obituary notice of Elder Amos Harvey, brother-in-law of James Ramage of Magnolia. Elder Harvey formerly lived in Putnam county, and is well known by the Friends of Clear Creek. His death took place in Oregon, where he has resided for some years.

Elder Harvey, the subject of this obituary was borne March 24, 1789, in Washington county, Penn. By request of his family, I write a brief sketch of his long, eventful and useful life. Bro. Harvey was born in the Quaker church, and zealously and faithfully taught the doctrine and practice of that earnest, honest and devoted people, for whom he ever entertained the kindest regard as long as he retained the vigor of his mind. … From a child he was a faithful student of the Bible. When a young man he happened to hear Elder A. Campbell preach. The beauty and richness of his language greatly interested Bro. H. .….. About this time he tenderly loved Miss Jane Ramage. She had won his heart, he offered her his hand and she became his wife contrary to the law of the Quaker church, for which he was expelled. …. For several years before his death, his physical and mental powers began rapidly to fail, and for near two years before his death he was but little more than a child, which was a great affliction to him, for he seem to realize his imbecility in mind as well as body. .. A paralytic stroke finally closed the stuggle and his tired spirit returned to God who gave it. And thus ended his long and eventful life, who was duly beloved for his stirling, integrity and christian piety.

Jonathan Hawley


October 24, 1878
At Hennepin, October 15, Jonathan Hawley, aged 59 years.

Mrs. Lucinda Hawes


July 18, 1867

Died at Magnolia, July 4, of a lingering consumption, Lucinda, wife of Captain William Hawes, age 64 years.

Mrs. William Hawthorne

Dixon Evening Telegraph (Dixon, Illinois) August 23, 1951

Publisher Died
Granville, (AP)
Mrs. William Hawthorne, 87, owner of the Putnam County Record, a weekly newspaper, died yesterday. She was a lifelong resident of Granville. Her husband died in 1940

Andrew Haws

October 14, 1869

Died at Magnolia, Putnam county, Oct. 1 of dysentery, Andrew, only son of William and Louisa Haws, aged 9 months

Mrs. Elizabeth Haws

Taken From the Henry Republican
January 27, 1876

Died at Magnolia village, January 24, of old age, Elizabeth, age 71 years, 5 months and 6 days, wife of Joel Haws, an old settler of Putnam County.

On Tuesday, Mrs. Haws, wife of Joel Haws, nearly 72 years of age closed her career on earth. She has been very feable for several months past.

Mrs. E. Z. Haws

Taken From the Henry Republican, March 20, 1879
Died at Magnolia, Putnam county, March 18, Mrs.  E. Z. Haws, aged 37 years, wife of John Haws


April 4, 1879
Mrs. John Haws of Magnolia died some two weeks ago.

Joel Haws

Thursday, June 28, 1883

Joel Haws - Another old settler gone
Joel Haws was born in Madison Co., Virginia, Aug. 15, 1796. He was the son of Conrad and Susan Haws. Was married on the 27th of April 1824 to Elizabeth Gibson and was the father of 10 children, 8 of whom are still living. In 1805, Mr. Haws moved from Virginia to Clinton Co. Ohio. He was a soldier in the war of 1812. Enlisted in 1813, served in the 2nd Reg. OH Vol. under Col. Sumalt and Capt. Wm. Fordice in the division commanded by Gen. Denoe of Cincinattee and was honorably discharged in 1814. Both his grandfathers were soldiers in the Revolutionary War. Since 1838, Mr. Haws has been a farmer in Putnam County, Illinois and has all his children settled around him near Magnolia and all prospering in life. Mr. H. was an industrious honest citizen, respected by all his neighbors. His last days were days of peace and quiet, happy in his surroundings and on June 24, 1883, at his home, surrounded by kind friends, he without a struggle passed from earth to the unseen world to his final reward. The funeral procession was large and imposing.

March 6, 1884
This venerable pioneer of Illinois passed away yesterday suddenly. He was seated at the dinner table, at his residence in Magnolia, Putnam Co., and had partaken of a hearty dinner, when suddenly his head dropped, there was a shudder and before the family, who were alarmed and jumped to his assistance, could get him to the bed he was dead. CAPT. WILLIAM HAWS was born in Orange county, VA. Sept. 23, 1800. He lived with his parents in Ohio until the age of 21; August 27, 1821, removed to Sangamon County, ILL., removing thence to his present residence in Putnam County, thence to Tazewell in 1826.  He built the first log cabin between Ottawa and Washington. There were no white people then in that part of the country except a few Indian traders. Putnam county was organized at his house in 1831. He was one of the first grand jurors at the first term of court, which was held at the old trading house near Hennepin. Gov. Ford was then prosecuting attorney of the district. He was Captain in the Black Hawk war of a company of state militia, as also took charge of a caravan going to Oregon in 1847. He has led a long and active life, having dug lead in Galena, gold in California and silver in Mexico. He owns nearly 20000 acres of land in Putnam and Marshall counties, a half section in Minnesota, most of it under cultivation. A kind wife and a number of sons and daughters survive the husband and father.

Child of Thomas Haws

Taken From the Henry Republican, February 13, 1879
Local Correspondence - Magnolia

Thomas Haws buried a child Sunday, about 2 weeks old.

Willia Haws

Taken From the Henry Republican
December 5, 1872
At Magnolia, Nov. 25, of croup, Willia, aged 8 years, daughter of Capt. William Haws, Sr.

Daughter of Captain Haws


September 14, 1876
Captain Haws little daughter, had swallowed an empty cartridge and had her windpipe opened by Prof. Owen of Chicago searching for it died very suddenly on last week Tuesday. She was around as well as usual up to the time she commenced to strangling. The affliction takes a deep hold on the Captain. There was a large turnout at the funeral. The discourse was preached by Rev. J. P. Mitchel, Cumberland Presbyterian.

William Haws

September 2, 1875
Died In Hennepin Township, August 28, of insanity and old age, William Haws

Mrs. A. E. Hayslip

Putnam Record

August 11, 1898

A telephone message from Granville yesterday informs us that Mrs. A. E. Hayslip, who formerly lived at Granville, was found dead in her home last week at Monmouth, Ill., where she lived alone. She had been dead probably three days when found. Heart trouble was supposed to be the cause.

Mrs. Margaret Jane Hayslip

Taken From the Henry Republican
August 7, 1873
Near Granville, July 25 of consumption, Margaret Jane, aged 55 years, wife a A. E. Hayslip

Ralph Haywood

Taken From the Hennepin Tribune
July 30, 1858

Local Matters - Found Dead

On Wednesday evening, last, a man named Ralph Haywood was found dead about one mile west of Magnolia, near Kester’s Mill. He had been harvesting all day and was on his way home. It is supposed he was struck by lightening. He leaves a wife and two small children.

John G. Heath


March 24, 1920

John G. Heath, son of A.C,. and Bessie G. Heath was born in Chicago, Illinois on June 25, 1893 and died at Syracuse, Indiana, March 18, 1920, age 26 years, 8 months and 23 days. The deceased has resided with his parents near Florid, Illinois most of his life. On March 2, he with his parents moved to Syracuse, Indiana where he had purchased a farm. Soon after reaching there, he was attacked by influenza which terminated into pneumonia, causing his death. He leaves a father, mother, one sister, Mrs. Bruce Johnson of Chillicothe, who with the stricken mother was present at the funeral, the father being unable to be present on account of illness. John Heath's life in this community was strickly honest and highly moral and he was always ready to assist when his services was needed. .....The funeral services were held at the Florid church, Sunday, March 21 at 11:00 AM, conducted by Reverend R.H. Barstead and was attended by a host of friends. Internment was in the Florid cemetery.

Samuel Heckendorn


Florid, October 29, 1903

Samuel Heckendorn, who was a former resident of our village, departed this earthly life one day last week. He was living in Naperville during his final sickness.

Augusta Heinzerling


November 21, 1878 - Hennepin

A little daughter of Henry Heinzerling died very suddenly on Monday morning. She had appeared as well as usual, when she retired on Sunday evening, and about midnight was found to be very sick and quite insensible. Medical assistance was called at once, but she died in a very short time. It is said that her disease was scarlatina and hemorrhage of the lungs. Her name was Augusta, and was about six and a half years old. Funeral on Tuesday at 10 o'clock, a.m.

Louisa Heinzerling

Taken From the Henry Republican

January 1, 1880
Died at Hennepin, Dec. 18, of diphtheria, Louisa, 9, third daughter of Henry Heinzerling, and fourth child deceased of this family circle.

Lula Heinzerling


December 25, 1879 - Hennepin
Lula Heinzerling, aged about 19 years, died of diptheria on Thursday last, on the 15th day of the disease. She was not seen by any physician until the night of the 10th day. Who will wonder that she died.

Freddie M. Henderson

March 25, 1875

At Emporia, Kan., March 12, of inflammation of the brain, Freddie M., infant child of Martin and Sarah J. Henderson.

Gus Henderson

Thursday, May 14, 1885
Gus Henderson, the boy who was drowned in the river here some four or five weeks ago, was found caught in the willows just below town. After the coroner’s inquest the body was taken to Florid for burial.

Uriah Henderson


Florid, September 12, 1895
Died at Florid, September 5, 1895, Uriah Henderson, age 83 years, 9 months, 17 days. He was born in Fayette Co. PA, where he lived through his childhood. Was married to Eliza Hartman and immigrated to Illinois in 1854, where he has since resided, with the exception of the time spent in the army. He enlisted at the first call for troops. It was not fear of draft or for paltry $13 a month, but pure unadultrated patriotism that caused him to enlist for he was over age. Two of his sons served in the same company and regiment, while three others joined the other organizations as soon as he was old enough. Three of the sons are dead. Mr. Henderson served his country faithfully so his soldier comrades testify. And when disease disabled him so that it was necessary to discharge him, it was said that he shed tears on that account, as he could do nothing more in active service to sustain the honor of the old flag. He was unable to partake of food for 24 days previous to his death, literally starved. He became professor of Christianity many years ago and who can say that he is not safe over there. I think he tried to do his duty as he understood it.

Mrs. Elijah (Almira) Henkins

Henry Republican, Henry, IL, December 21, 1882


Death, grim visaged monster, has again been in our midst. On Saturday evening, just after the sun had set, and the evening shadows began to fall, Mrs. Elijah Henkins, Jr., passed away suddenly. She died the death that only a mother can die. A husband and son survive her, who indeed have the heartfelt sympathy of this community. The funeral services were held at the Christian church, Rev. Minion officiating. A very large concourse of friends and relatives followed the remains to their final resting place in the village cemetery.

Elisha G. Henning

Front Page, December 22, 1966

Aged Florid Man Passes On Sunday

Elisha G. Henning, 92 year old Hennepin Township resident, died Sunday morning December 18, 1966 in St. Mary's hospital in LaSalle where he had been hospitalized two months. A retired farmer and carpenter, he had resided the past 53 years on his farm north of Florid. He was born August 8, 1874, a son of John and Jane Orr Henning. He married Myrtle Cassell who died January 16, 1956. Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Gusti Grace Pucci of Naperville, Mrs. Alfred Julia Morine and Mrs. June DeMattia , Hennepin Township; three sons, Henry of Princeton; Virgil R. and E.G. Jr. of Hennepin; 17 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by eight brothers and sisters. Visitation was from 7 to 9 PM Monday at Dysert Chapel where funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at 2:00. Pall Methel, pastor of the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Princeton officiated. Burial was in the Florid cemetery. Serving as pall bearers were Paul Pucci, John Morine, Charles Henning, PFC. James Henning, SP4 Dan DeMattia, and Floyd Brown.

James Henning


Florid, November 27, 1918

James Henning, the eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. E.G. Henning after an illness of eight or nine days with that dread disease pneumonia, passed away last Sunday evening, November 24, at the home of his parents near Florid. James was a bright, industrious and promising young man, who was loved and respected by all who knew him and his untimely death has cast a shadow over the entire community.



James Henning

James Bradley Henning, eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Elisha Henning was born August 19, 1901 in the state of Oregon and departed this life, Sunday, November 24, 1918, 2:00 in the afternoon, at the age of 17 years, 3 months and ........days. When he was ....(can't read).... months old, his parents moved to Granville and a year later to Sugar Earth Grove and then to Florid, where the family now resides. James joined the Presbyterian Church at the early age of 13 years and also became a member of the Christian Endeavor Society. He possessed an earnest desire to live a Christian life and strove to the best of his ability and knowledge to live up to that conviction. He had a very bright and active mind, a sweet and pleasant disposition. The expressions that we hear from everyone is "James was a good boy. He was a fine fellow. He was well liked." And such expressions as these could be heard. "He was a manly boy, a gentleman at work or play." He was loved by all who knew him because of his genial and unassuming disposition. He had many friends, especially among the young people. The entire community profoundly sympathizes with the bereaved family and relatives and profoundly regret that owing to the nature of the disease, they were unable to render the practical help that they would like to have given. The funeral services were held at the grave site, conducted by Reverent H.R. Barstead. The casket bearers were six of James boy friends, Charles Clemens, John Stockdale, Arthur Barstead, Charlie Wolf, John Heath, and Harry Deneiger. The floral offerings were numerous and beautiful. Mortician in charge, F.I. Peterson of Granville.

John and Jane (Mann) Henning
The Putnam Record, Hennepin, Putnam Co., Illinois, Wednesday, January 23, 1907. No. 31
- Contributed by Jack C. Henning

Mr. and Mrs. John Henning
Buried in One Grave
January 15, 1907

John Henning, son of William and Catharine Henning, was born Dec. 5th, 1828, in Antrim county, Ireland, and departed this life at his home in Hennepin, Illinois, January 15th, 1907. He came to the United States, with his parents, in 1848, and located at Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, where he worked in an iron mill for about eight years. In the fall of 1856 he came to Putnam county, Illinois, and engaged in farming. In 1870 he purchased a farm near Mt. Palatine, Illinois, where he resided until the fall of 1898, when he moved to Hennepin, Illinois. He was married to Jane Mann, July 8th, 1856.

To this union eleven children were born, four sons and seven daughters, all of whom are living except one, Catharine Teason, a daughter, who was the first to break the family circle in a period of more than fifty years, preceded her parents to the spirit world about five years ago.
Mrs. Henning's maiden name was Jane Mann. She was born May 10th, 1839, at White Haven, England, and died at her home in Hennepin, Illinois, January 15th, 1907. She came to the United States, with her parents, when she was twelve years of age, and resided for several years at Safe Harbor, Pennsylvania. She came to Illinois with her husband in 1856, and for more than fifty years was his faithful and affectionate companion. Mr. and Mrs. Henning were devoted members of the Congregational church of Hennepin, and faithful in their attendance upon all church services.

They have been such faithful and devoted parents; no sacrifice was too great to make that would in any way promote the welfare of their children, that we feel the double affliction is more than we can bear, yet, we know that He who doeth all things well was only kind in taking them together, so, that as they were united in life they were not separated even in death. We have the blessed assurance that they awaited the Master's call, submitting to His will, bearing all their sufferings with no murmur of complaint, that we can only say, "Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints."

The funeral services were held in the Congregational church at Hennepin, at 10:30 a.m., Friday, Jan. 18, conducted by Rev. O. M. Snyder, pastor of the above church, assisted by Rev. T. C. Moots, pastor of the M. E. church, and was attended by a large number of sorrowing relatives and sympathizing friends, in fact the church was crowded to its fullest capacity, which was conclusive evidence of the high esteem in which Mr. and Mrs. Henning were held by the community in which they had so long resided.

This double funeral was the saddest ever held in Hennepin, with the exception, possibly, of the triple funeral held here last February. These two highly respected and widely known aged people, who had been loving companions and respected neighbors in this community for a period of more than a half century, being laid away in one grave, produced a sadness seldom witnessed at any funeral. Yet such was decreed by the Supreme Ruler in this instance. And yet, when we take into consideration the thought that there was no separation in this case, we cannot but feel that such was the better way.
The bodies of these two life companions were tenderly laid away, side by side, in a single grave in Riverside cemetrry [sic].

Card of Thanks. - Through the columns of The Record we desire to extend our heart-felt thanks to those who so freely and willingly assisted us in the hour of affliction through the illness and after the death of our father and mother. We shall ever hold in grateful remembrance the many acts of kindness shown us in our time of need.
The Children.

Mirtle (Cassell) Henning

Front Page, Thursday, January 19, 1956

Services held yesterday for Mrs. Henning

Following several months illness and hospitalization the past month, Mrs. Elisha G. Henning, 77, of Hennepin Township, died at 5:10 AM Monday, January 16,1956 at Perry Memorial Hospital in Princeton. A daughter of John H. and Susan (Griner) Cassell, Mirtle Cassell was born May 25, 1878 in the Cottage Hill community south of Florid. She was united in marriage with Elisha Henning June 28, 1900 at the parsonage of the Congregational Church in Granville. The family resided here and on a farm north of here several years before moving to their present home north of Florid, 43 years ago. Surviving with the husband are six children, Mrs. Alfred (Julia) Morine, Hennepin; Virgil, who with his wife reside at the home place; Mrs. Gusti (Grace) Pucci, Naperville; Mrs. Joe (June) DeMattia and Elisha Jr., Hennepin; and Henry who resides on the county line. Also 17 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, two sons with her parents, two sisters and three brothers preceded her in death. Funeral services were held at 1:30 PM yesterday at the Dysert Chapel with Reverend G.S. McGee, pastor of the Granville Lutheran Church, officiating. Burial was in the Florid cemetery.

Thomas C. Henning

Front Page, August 22, 1940

Former County Resident Passes

Funeral Services were held yesterday for Thomas C. Henning, 81, retired Tonica farmer and former Putnam County resident, who died early Monday, August 19, 1940 at the St. Margarette hospital, where he had been a patient for a week. He had been in failing health for a year. Reverend T.R. Edgerton, chaplain of the Edwin Hines Veteran's hospital, formerly of Tonica officiated. Burial was in Hope Cemetery in Lostant. A son of John and Jane Henning, pioneet settlers of the Tonica community, he was born on a farm near there in April 1859. The family later moved to Putnam County near Mt. Pallatine. In January 1886, he married Sara Margarette Graham who preceded him in death in 1935. While living in Putnam county, Mr. Henning had served as road commisioner, having also held that position in Eden Township in LaSalle County. He was a member and active worker in the Tonica Congregational Church. One son, O.G. Henning survives with one grandson. He also leaves 5 sisters and three brothers, Mrs. Sadie Coulter, Long Beach, California; Mrs. Josephine Taylor, Hennepin, Mrs. Grace Pletsch, McNabb; Mrs. Phebe Naumann and Mrs. Margarette Graham, Tonica; John of Hennepin, Elisha of Florid, and Bert of Dixon.

George William Hetrick

Taken From the Henry Republican, Henry, IL

Florid, August 19, 1926

Florid Man Dies From Exposure in Peoria Hospital

George William Hetrick passed away at a Peoria hospital, August 9th, as the result of exposure that he suffered when he escaped from the Bartonville sanitarium the last week in July and was found ten days later in a weakened, starved condition, almost dead. He was taken directly to Bartonville and from there transferred to Peoria where he died last Monday at the age of 73 years. George Hetrick, who lived in Putnam county all of his life, was born near Florid on September 28, 1852. He was married twice; his first wife, Miss Hannah Coleman, to which union there were born nine children, six of whom are still living and three years after her death in 1897, he married Miss Elizabeth Foley of New Jersey, who with four sons and two daughters, survive him. Mr. Hetrick has seventeen grandchildren and one great grandson. All of the children except Clyde, who lives in New Jersey, were able to attend the funeral that was held at the Florid church, Rev. Henry Ebert of Granville in charge. The pallbearers were all Woodman of which lodge he had been a member for 35 years. They were Jess Gall, Will Munnis, Henry Alleman, Adam Deininger, Wesley Kinney and S. P.. Clemens.

Mrs. George Hetrick

Putnam Record
May 6, 1897
A sudden fatal accident occurred in our town a few days ago. The details as near as we can learn are as follows. Mrs. George Hetrick while engaged in burning some brush in the back part of their lot, her clothing caught fire in some way and before assistance could be procured and the fire extinguished, she was so badly burned that she died from the effects on Saturday evening, May 1. She leaves a bereaved husband and seven children to mourn her loss.

Harley I. Hetrick

October 20, 1898

After months of patient suffering, HARLEY I. HETRICK died Friday morning, October 14, at 10:00 o'clock. He was a little over 18 years old.

Thomas A. Hetrick

April 26, 1900

Last week we gave as a rumor that the body of T.A. Hetrick would be brought back here for burial, but were unable to state when the body would arrive or when the funeral would take place. The body arrived at Spring Valley last Friday and the interment took place at Florid Saturday morning. Mr. Hetrick died Monday, April 2, at his home in Colorado Springs, Col., and the body was embalmed and kept until a brother, Walter, who lives in Nebraska, could take charge of it. He accompanied the body to Lincoln, Neb., and from there expressed it thru. Funeral services were held at the home before the body was shipped.

T.A. Hetrick was born at Florid in 1854, which would make him 46 years old at the time of his death. March 17, 1885, he was united to Hattie C. O'Neil, and after a short honeymoon they began housekeeping in Florid. Their union was blessed with three children, but only one, with the mother lives to mourn the loss of a kind and loving husband. Mr. Hetrick was in the mercantile business in Florid for a number of years and was a very successful manager, but failing health forced him to give up his business and seek a change of climate. In the fall of 1898 he, with his wife and child, started west and finally located in Colorado Springs, but his lost health could not be regained and the end came as stated above. A good man has gone home.

Simon Hettrich (Hetrick)

November 11, 1902

Simon Hettrich was born Feb. 14, 1828 at East Hanover, Lebanon County, Pennsylvania and died at this late residence, Nov. 10, 1902, being at the time of death 79 years, 8 months and 26 days. He affiliated in his younger days with the German Reformed church. He was baptized by Rev. Stien May 14, 1828. Mr. Hettrich was an industrious and economical workman, unassuming in his manner and yet untiring in his industry, a kind neighbor and good husband and father. He came to Illinois in 1851 and was united in marriage to Sarah J. Allen. To his union four children were born - George of Florid, Thomas now deceased, Walker of Nebraska and Henry who died in infancy. His wife died in 1866. One sister of deceased lived in Nebraska. A pioneer settler has gone to his rest. The funeral held yesterday at Florid, was conducted by Rev. J.T. Bliss of Lostant.

Mrs. Mary E. Dysart (nee Heywood)


April 13, 1899
Granville - April 10

Again this week it becomes our sad duty to announce the death of one of our members, Mrs. C. W. Dysart, whose illness was mentioned last week, was called home after the mid-day hour Thursday, April 6.  She was surrounded by all the members of her family, with two exceptions, Mrs. Hannah Foley who resides in Indiana, and her son who has spent the winter with his aunt in Iowa.  The had been summoned and also her sister Miss Lucy Heywood, but arrived an hour too late to see their mother and sister before her eyelids closed in death.

The funeral services were held at the Congregational church in Granville, Saturday morning, April 8 at 10:30 o'clock. They were conducted by the pastor, Rev. W. A. Evans and Rev. Robert Seaman, of Watseka, Ill. The latter is an intimate friend of the family, having been reared in the same household with Mr. Dysart. Mrs. Dysart's brother, John Heywood, of Iowa, and her five oldest sons, acted as pall bearers, tenderly carrying her to her last resting place in the Granville cemetery.  Loving hands and hearts sent flowers, among them was a large wreath of the Ladies Aid society, of which she has been from the first a willing and useful worker.  The following obituary was written by Rev. Seaman and read at the funeral service: We, indeed, feel the the "community has lost one whose heart was full of charity to all, and the church a faithful and devoted member."

Mary E., daughter of John and Sarah Heywood, was born in Dexter, Me., May 20, 1849, and died at her late residence near Granville, Ill., April 6, 1899, in the fiftieth year of her earthly life. January 20, 1876, she was united in marriage to Cornelius W. Dysart, with whom for more than 29 years she shared in the joys and responsibilities of a happily wedded life, and left the heritage of a genuine Cristian life as an inspiration to the loves ones, who morn her departure..(not copied).... and when the final summons came she entertained no fear for "The Angel of the Covenant had come, and faithful to his promise stood prepared to walk with her through Death's dark vail".  She passed away as sets the morning star, that goes not down behind the darkened sky, but fades away into the glorious light of heaven.  In her departure the church has lost one of its most faithful and devoted member and the community, a friend whose heart was full of charity to all.  But most of all will she be missed within the sacred precincts of home life, where her daily ministrations of love and self-sacrifices contributed to the comfort and happiness of these whom she so dearly loved.  She has entered into full possession of that beautiful rest that remaineth for the people of God.

Mrs. Belle Highsmith (nee House)

Taken From the Putnam Record

October 25, 1934

McNabb Woman Dies At Home Wednesday

Mrs. Reuben Highsmith, widely known resident of McNabb community, passed away at 8 a.m., Wednesday at the family home, east of McNabb, following an illness of the last month. Her condition was serious the last few days. Born in Searcy, Ark., she came to this community a number of years ago. Her maiden name was Miss Belle House.

Surviving her are the husband and five children, two sons in Chicago, Don and Lonnie; Blanche at home; Mrs. Carl Klingelehoefer, LaSalle, and a son Gilva, at home. Funeral services will be held at the home at 10 a.m. Friday and at 10:30 a.m. at the McNabb Methodist church.

John Hill
The Salt Lake herald. (Salt Lake City [Utah), August 14, 1896, Page 2, Image 2
Hennepin, Ill., Aug. 13
The body of John Hill, a wealthy resident of Hennepin, was found by neighbors late last night in his corn field on the outskirts of this village. He had not been seen since Sunday morning. The body was in a bad state of decomposition. He has lived alone, his wife having died several years ago. A hole was found in the top of his head and his clothing was badly disarranged. He had the reputation of being a miser. The coroner has been notified.

Mrs. Elizabeth Hiltabrand

December 1, 1881

In Magnolia township, Putnam county, Nov. 24 of heart disease, Elizabeth, 77, wife of the late George Hiltabrand.

The community of Magnolia township were startled on Thanksgiving day to learn the sudden and unexpected death of "Aunt Betsey" Hiltabrant, as she was called, by heart disease. She was a native of Casswell county, N. C. She moved with her husband to Putnam county in 1829, and upon section 20, the one he entered in that year has she lived up to the day of her death, upwards of 52 years. Ten children are bereft of a good but aged mother. She was a member of the old school Baptist church, which whe united with at 14 years of age. The funeral was held on Saturday. She was universally esteemed and loved, and was a prominent character of her social circle.

George W. Hiltabrand

Taken From the Henry New Republican

May 27, 1915

George W. Hiltabrand, son of George and Elizabeth Hiltabrand, was born Oct. 16, 1838, on the old home place in Oxbow, Putnam County, Illinois. He was a member of a family of ten children, all of whom have preceded him to the better world, except one sister, Mrs. Joseph Ebner of Tonica, Ill.

On Dec. 22, 1869, he was united in marriage to Catherine Shields, also of Oxbow. To this union was born one child, Minnie E., wife of E. A. Mathis of Magnolia, Ill. Since the death of his wife on Dec. 31, 1906, Mr. Hiltabrand has made his home with his daughter and her family.

Mr. Hiltabrand was brought up in a Baptist home and under Baptist influences, never forgot his faithful home training and always had a warm place in his heart for the Baptist church.

For some years, Mr. Hiltabrand and family were residents of this city, where he owned at one time several pieces of residence property. Finally all was disposed of except the tenant house occupied by D. E. Poarch and family. For fifty years he had been a member of the A. F. & A. M. society and later years also the O. E. S., their auxiliary.

The funeral services were held on Saturday, May 22, from the home of his daughter and son-in-law, Mr. And Mrs. E. A. Mathis, in Magnolia, at 10 o'clock a.m., conducted by Rev. Bliss. From there the body was conveyed to this city by his brethren of the "Mystic tie," where, under their ritualistic ceremonies, the body was laid to rest in the Henry cemetery, there to await the final resurrection.

Isaac Hilterbrandt/Hiltebrandt


June 28, 1877

In Magnolia, Putnam county, June 22, Isaac Hilterbrandt, aged about 70 years.

Magnolia - Last Saturday, Isaac Hiltebrandt, one of the old citizens of the OxBow, was conveyed to his last resting place. Very little is know here of the disease of which he died. Dr. Early of Sprinkleburg we understand was the attending physisian.

Local Items - The death of Isaac Hiltebrandt of Magnolia township, Putnam county, on Friday of last week, adds another to the list of old settlers who have passed away. He has lived in Putnam county upwards of 40 years, had accumulated a large landed estate, and leaves his family of boys and girls a handsome competence. Mr. Hiltebrandt was highly esteemed as a citizen, and his acquaintance was extensive. His funeral, which was held on Saturday last, was attended by a very large assemblage of his old friends and neighbors. His age was over 70.

Rachel Hoagland

Taken From the Henry Republican
August 31, 1871

Died in Snachwine township, Aug. 25, of dropsy of brain, Miss Rachel, aged 27 years, daughter of the late C. C. Hoagland.

Herby Hobbs


July 20, 1876
At Council Bluffs, July 16, Herby, aged 2 months, infant son of Mattie and Charles Hobbs, and grandson of W. H. Williams of Snachwine.

A. J. Holland

May 8, 1874

A.J. Holland, son of Joseph Holland of this place (Hennepin) was buried in the cemtery here last Wednesday. He died of lung fever at Henry where he has resided for some years past.

Joseph Holland

Taken From the Henry Republican, Henry, IL

November 11, 1880
At Hennepin, November 3, Joseph Holland, 63 years, 9 months, 6 days.

Joseph Holland, a prominent citizen of Hennepin, died on Wednesday night last. He was born in New York city, Jan. 27, 1811, coming to Illinois in May, 1845. The Record says of him: He was engaged in merchandising for some years, but during the past 10 years of his life was not engaged in active business. Mr. Holland was a member of the Masonic fraternity and was high up in the order. He took the 1st degrees in the order at Hennepin in 1850, the Royal Arch degree at Henry in 1853, degree of High Priest at Springfield in 1853 and Council degree and Knights Templar degree at Peoria in the same year. He took the 32d degree, Scottish Rite, by K. H. Van Ranselear at Chicago in 1866, and at the time of his death was master of Social lodge No 70 of Hennepin, and member of the committee on L. U. D. from the grand lodge of Illinois.

Mrs. Spencer Holmer

May 28, 1875

Mrs. Spencer Holmer, east of Magnolia, died suddenly at her home on last Friday. She leaves a large family of small children.

Mrs. Holmes

November 5, 1875

Mrs. Holmes, 90, grandmother of Mrs. W.H. Casson of this place (Hennepin) was buried here last Friday. She died at her residence in the south part of the county after a short illness. She was one of the early settlers of Putnam County, having once lived on the farm now owned by Benjamin Sutcliff. Her husband died in California a number of years ago.

Vernon Holmes


March 16, 1876
At Washington, D. C., March 9, of consumption, Vernon Holmes, aged about 28 years, son of W. W. Holmes of Magnolia, and formerly an apprentice at this office.

William Wheeler Holmes

May 12, 1881

Died at Magnolia township, May 7 of cancer, William Wheeler Holmes, 76.

William W. Holmes of Magnolia township died on Saturday with cancer in the face. He was long a resident of "Little Put.", an abolitionist of the pronounced type, and if we remember rightly one of the conductors of the underground railroad. He had taken the New York Tribune for half a century, and was so warm an admirer of Horace Greeley that he voted for him for president, and since then was what is now known as an "Independent republican," voting with the party when it met his convictions and preferences.

He was born in Herkimer county, N. Y., though lived many years in New York City. He was an educated man, a great reader and politician, and an interesting talker. In 1853 he moved to Magnolia, where on a farm he made it his future home. He was married twice - to Julia P. Vivoort who died in 1848, leaving him eight children, and in 1857 Mrs. Mary Murphy, who survives him, who had four children. One of his sons, Vernon, learned the printing business of the editor of this paper and all of his children possess much of the energy, aptness and ability that characterized their father in his best days. For many years he used a wooden leg, but how he lost his limb we have been unable to ascertain. His family are all highly respected, and himself laid to rest from labor by a large throng of sympathizing neighbors. Peace to his ashes.

Mrs. Maria Antoinette Holms (nee Cross)

Taken From the Hennepin Tribune
January 15, 1858

Died in Magnolia, January 7, 1858, Mrs. Maria Antoinette, wife of William R. Holms, Esq., eldest daughter of the Rev. C. Cross, aged 21 years, 8 months and 26 days. At the age of 17, the deceased became a child of grace and on the profession of her faith in Christ, was baptized and united with the Baptist church at Mt. Palatine. By her amiable disposition and kindest of heart, she endeared herself to the church of which she was a member and to the community in which she lived. And although her sun has gone down at noon, the sweet remembrance of her will, will never be erased from the mind of all who knew her. She leaves an infant son, as yet unconscious of the great loss it has sustained and an affectionate husband in the deepest sorrow.

Son of James Holocker


August 23, 1894
Died on Friday last of membraneous croup, a son of Mr. and Mrs. James Holocker. Was buried Sunday at Caledonia.

Son of John Holocker


September 24, 1903

Died, also on Sunday near Cottage Hill of appendicitis, Frank, 9 years of age, son of John Holocker. Burial at Caledonia cemetery.

Mrs. Mary Ella Wilson (nee Howard)

June 18, 1874

Died at Magnolia, May 29, Mary Ella, aged 20, wife of Oliver Wilson, and daughter of John Howard.

Mrs. Ruth Hoyle

Taken From the Henry Republican
August 28, 1873
Died at Clear Creek, Magnolia township, August 25, of old age, Ruth Hoyle, aged 84 years, mother to Mrs. David Swaney and Mrs. Joshua Mill. A resident of Putnam county of over 40 years.

William Hoyle

January 13, 1876

In Magnolia, Sunday, Jan. 9, William Hoyle, aged 82 years. An old resident of Magnolia township.

William T. Hoyle

Hennepin Herald - May 4, 1899

Death of Wm. T. Hoyle

William T. Hoyle was born at Payne’s Point on the Wm. Hoyle homestead, July 4, 1849 and died on April 18, 1899, at the home place, aged 49 years, 9 months and 24 days. His parents William and Sarah Hoyle were pioneers of Putnam county. Deceased leaves a widow, 3 daughters and 2 sons, in sad bereavement and a large circle of relatives and friends.

Mrs. Rena Huff


September 25, 1918

The funeral services of Mrs. Rena Huff of Mt. Palatine were held in the church here last Thursday afternoon. Reverend R.H. Barstead conducted the services.

Winfield Hufnagel


Thursday, August 26, 1880
Died at Florid, Putnam Co., Aug. 16, of congestion of the brain, Winfield S., 3 years 1 month, 15 days, son of J.A. and R.S. Hufnagel.

Lydia Hulme/Hulms

Taken From the Henry Republican

February 10, 1876
In Magnolia, Feb. 3, of consumption, Lydia, daughter of Wm. H. Hulms.

Magnolia - Too Late for last week

Last Thursday night about 11 o'clock, Lydia Hulme, daughter of William H. Hulme took leave of all on earth for the spirit world. She lingered long and patiently with consumption before her deliverance came. Her funeral took place Sunday at the church. The house was packed full when Reverend Jonathan Head gave one of the best funeral discourses we have heard for many years. How easy it was for him, for it was like preaching the funeral of an angel.

Mrs. Anne Hume (nee Holmes)

Taken From the Henry Repbublican
April 28, 1870

Died at Magnolia, Putnam county, April 18, of consumption Mrs. Anne, aged 23 years, wife of George H. Hume, and daughter of Samuel Holmes

James Anderson Hunt

Putnam Record - May 18, 1899

James Anderson Hunt was born in Garret Co. Kentucky on December 13, 1817. He died in Hennepin on May 18, aged 81 years, 5 months and 15 days. His early life was spent in Kentucky. He came to this state 50 years ago. The last 5 years of his life was spent here in Hennepin. He was joined in marriage with mary C. Owens in 1845. Of this union, 10 children were born, seven still living. The aged wife and mother also survives. Services were conducted by REv. P. M. France. Interment in the Riverside Cemetery.

Henry Hunter

August 12, 1880
Taken From the Henry Republican

Died in Snachwine township, August 9, of inflammation of the bowels, Henry Hunter, aged 65.

Snachwine - Henry Hunter died at his late residence in this place on Monday, August 9th, of a complication of diseases. His death will be mourned by a wide circle of friends and acquaintance. he has been a resident of this place for many years. The loss which his death brings to this community and to the church of which he was an active member, cannot be estimated.

Death of Henry Hunter
The community was shocked on Tuesday to learn of the death of Mr. Henry Hunter, a prominent and universally esteemed citizen of Snachwine township. He was taken down on Wednesday night of last week, and on Monday following passed to that borne from whence no traveler returns. His disease was inflammation of the stomach and bowels.

Mr. Hunter was born in Courtlandt county, N. Y., June 4, 1815. He was married to Henrietta Turrell of Tompkins county, N. Y., Jan. 1, 1840. A daughter and two sons survive, the father - Mrs. Mary B. Orr, of Mahaska, Iowa, and Henry E. and William A.  Another son, who enlisted during the war in the 113th Ills., died so small pox at Camp Butler, Springfield, this state, March 7, 1864.

Mr. Hunter came to Illinois in 1856, and the next spring bought the farm, within a mile of Snachwine village, where he has resided up to the time of his death. The old log cabin is still in existence, which was their former home, but which in length of years and the blessing of heaven, has been deserted for the large, beautiful residence the family now occupy. Father Hunter was a man of strong convictions and opinions, and took a patriot’s interest in the affairs of town and state. He was formerly an anti-slavery man, and a republican from the organization of the party. He has held the offices of supervisor, assessor, and justice of the peace of his township. While supervisor he sent 34 substitutes into the field.

Brother Hunter was formerly a Weslyan Methodist, and was ordained and was one of the traveling preachers of that church. He forsook the M. E. connection because it was not sufficiently pronounced against slavery; he afterwards returned to the mother church holding offices of class leader; elder and local preacher. He was a devout man, an earnest exhorter and teacher, and highly esteemed for his excellent character, usefulness, and many virtues. The funeral was held yesterday, the services being conducted by Rev. C. David, the pastor, the attendance being very large of friends and acquaintances who came to mourn with those that mourn, and to show due respect to him who they had loved and esteemed. All have to die; it is the order of nature, and may we be also ready like Father Hunter.

Mrs. Hunter


October 12, 1876
Died At Snachwine, Oct. 6, the mother of Henry Hunter, aged 83 years.

Silas Hurin

July 5, 1877

In Granville, June 27, of dropsy of the chest, Silas Hurin, aged 56 years.


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