Putnam County, Illinois History and Genealogy
Obituaries and Death Notices


 Willie and Georgie Lampher


February 2, 1882

Stephen Lampher of Bureau Junction lost two children this week. Georgie, two years, 7 months died on Sunday at one a.m. Willie, 7 years, died on Monday at 11 a.m. They both took sick about Tuesday before and we learn that the doctors disagree about what was the matter with them. Measles, dyptheria and vaccination all being talked up by the attending physicians. Dr. G. W. Ellininger of Hennepin called in at the 11th hour an hour before the second one died reports to us and says scarlet fever.

Charles William Land


January 21, 1904

Mr. and Mrs. William Land of Florid are mourning the death of an infant son, Charles William, born Dec. 7. The sympathy of the entire community is extended to the bereaved household.

Harvey N. Larens


September 18, 1918

(From Depue, September 14, 1918)

Harvey Nicholas Larens was born on a farm near Florid, Putnam County, Illinois, May 20, 1878 where he lived until 26 years of age. At this time he came to Depue where as a principle of the high school for 5 years, he endeared himself to instructors and schollars alike. He then lived in Chicago for nearly 3 years studying in the law school of the Illinois College of Law. It was while living in Chicago that he was united in marriage to Miss Alma Smith on June 1, 1910. After his Chicago residence he accepted a position at the daughting room of the Mineral Point Zinc Company of this city. ..................his fruitful life was terminated on Wednesday September 11, 1918 at 6:00 AM. He leaves to cherish his memory besides his wife Alma, his children, Della Ruth, Anna Katherine and Harvey Martin, age respectively 7, 5, and 3 years and his mother and stepfather, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Schuck.

A few line from Florid.

Havey N. Larens was born on a farm south of Florid, May 20, 1878. Move to Florid with his folks when a small boy. Was a faithful and zealous member of the Florid church and Sunday school and especially in the young people's meetings. After receiving all the education his home school could give, he attended the Hennepin High School from which he graduated. He has taught several terms in Putnam County afterwhich he was engaged as a priciple in the Depue High School. He leaves besides his relatives, many friends who mourn his loss.

Mabel Laughlin

The Tonica News, December 21, 1878 - Mount Palatine

Mortuary - Mr. James G. Laughlin's daughter, Mabel, who died on Thursday, the 12th, was buried at Union Grove, on the 14th. Dr. Robinson preached the funeral sermon.

Mrs. Mary Ann Newport (nee Laughlin)

Taken From the Putnam Record

September 8, 1898

Mrs. M. A. L. Newport died at her home in Princeton last week. We copy the following from the Bureau County Republican of September 1. Mary Ann Laughlin Newport was born in Bond county, Ill., August 1, 1826; came with her father's family to Putnam county, Ill., in 1838 and was married to Leander Newport March 20, 1845. To them were born six children, four of whom survive her: Beecher, farmer, Putnam county, Hale, land agent, Oklahoma, Burton, lawyer, Minnesota, Mrs. Henderson of Nebraska.

Mr. Newport, with his family moved from Putnam county in September, 1870, and have lived here to the present time. Mrs. Newport passed into the spirit land, August 30, being 2 years of age. She was a member of the Princeton Congregational church, lived a consistent Christian life and died the Christian's death. The funeral was from the residence at 9 o'clock yesterday morning, three-quarters of a mile east of the depot, and burial at Union Grove, Putnam county, Mrs. Hoffman, wife of Rev. Hoffman, and niece of Mrs. Newport officiated.

William M. Laughlin


Wednesday, March 12, 1917

Again we are called upon to chronicle the death of another old pioneer and citizen of Putnam County, that of William M. Laughlin. After a sickness of about 4 weeks, the result of a fall and fractured hip, he succumbed to his injuries and the infirmities of old age and passed peacefully into the great beyond at the home of his daughter Mrs. H.E. Raley at 1:15 PM on Saturday, March 10, 1917 in his 91st year. With his parents he came to Putnam County in 1830, when but four years of age and continued to reside in this county the rest of his life time and had the distinction of having resided in the county longer than any person now living. By his long residence in the county, he was personally known to every person in the county by whom he was respected and loved. The deceased had a remarkable memory, was a devout student of the bible and was well versed in national affairs. He was a man of strong moral courage and convictions being ever ready to assert them in the interest of his country and righteousness when necessary. .....The funeral was held at the home of H.E. Raley at 9:00 Monday morning with a prayer by Reverend R.W. Ames following which the funeral cortege wended its way to Granville where services were held at the Congregational Church, Reverend R.K. Stetson officiating and were attended by a large gathering of friends and neighbors to pay their last respects to his memory. Internment was made in the family lot in the Granville city cemetery beside his wife and son who had preceded him. F.I. Peterson, mortician............. The following obituary was read at the funeral................William Martin Laughlin, son of Samuel D. Laughlin and Rebecca Dunlavy Laughlin was born in Bond County, Illinois July 29, 1826. In 1830 the family removed to Putnam County and settled near Union Grove. He was married June 7, 1849 to Miss Elizabeth Jane Fletcher who removed from Vermont to Putnam County with her relatives and neighbors, driving all the way with teams. A large family is now represented by one son, James G. Laughlin of Princeton, IL - age 92 years. The subject of this sketch passed away at 1:15, March 10, 1917 after which a month's illness caused by a fall in which his hip was broken causing much suffering, age 90 years, 11 months and 7 days. He was a private Co. B 109th regiment of IL. Inf. Vol. Since the death of his wife, May 15, 1905 he has resided until 2 years ago at his home in Granville, IL. Since then making his home with his daughter Mrs. H.G. Raley in Hennepin. Six children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Laughlin of whom 5 are living. Ella C. Pritchette, Helen C. Watts, Hennie A. Ramsey, Maggie A. Lake and Bessie J. Raley. Cassius M. the only son died at the age of 1 1/2 in the year 1862. There are nine grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. Possessing a great and accurate memory, he was often called upon to settle points of law which came up for adjustment. He served many years as justice of the peace and was present at the Lincoln-Douglas debates in Ottawa in 1858. Had seen, heard and known, Ichabod Cotting, Benjamin Lundy, Orrin Lovejoy and other eloquent advocates of liberty and righteousness. He was a member of the Congregational church for many years and used his influence for Christ and humanity.

Daughter of Benjamin Law

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

Last Sunday, Benjamin Law buried a little girl about 11 months old. The cause of death we have not learned.

Mirtie A. Lazeile

September 16, 1869

At Hennepin, September 2, of dysentery, Mirtie A., only daughter of E. T. and C. M. Lazeile, aged 5 years and 24 days.

Mrs. Leonard Leach


January 5, 1868
Attended the funeral service of Mrs. Leonard Leach.

Mrs. Amanda Leech (nee Zenor)

November 4, 1875

Died at Hennepin, November 4, of consumption, Mrs. Amanda Leech, aged about 40 years.


November 12, 1875
The funeral of Mrs. Amanda Leech took place from the residence of her mother, Mrs. Flora Zenor last Saturday. The attendance was very large.

Charles Leech

Taken From the Putnam Record
April 16, 1870

Charles Leech, eldest son of L. T. Leech, died at Tiskilwa on Monday last of brain fever.  His remains were brought to this place (Hennepin) for interment.

Mrs. Elizabeth Leech (nee Jerrow)

Putnam Record
October 19, 1899


Mrs. Joseph Leech, who has been an invalid for several months, died ?. the time to her bed. At times she suffered terribly, and may times it was thought she could not possibly survive another attack, but she lingered until October 12, when she passed peacefully to the beyond.

Elizabeth Hunter Jerrow was born June 15, 1853 in County Antrim, Ireland. At the age of 16 she came to America, locating in Putnam county, where she has since resided. She was united in marriage with Joseph Leech, March 15, 1876. To them were born three children, Katie, Thomas and Mamie, whom she has seen reach the age of man and womanhood. She also leave two grandchildren, Fern and George, daughter and son of George and Katie McCain. She was a kind and indulgent mother.

Funeral services were held in the Congregational church last Sunday at 2 o'clock p.m., conducted by Rev. D. S. Andrewartha, after which the remains were laid to rest in Riverside cemetery. The funeral was largely attended by relatives and friends, who, by their presence, testified to the esteem in which deceased was held by all.

Mary Leech


April 6, 1876
Died at Hennepin, March 29, Mary, aged 9 years, only child of Walker and Jennie Leech.

Robert Leech


Hennepin, August 8, 1895
Robert Leech, an old and respected resident of Florid, Putnam County, died Sunday at noon, age 82 years.  Funeral from family residence Tuesday at 2:00 PM, Rev. McGill officiating. Internment at Union Grove cemetery.

Samuel Gilmore Leech

Florid, February 6, 1908

Samuel Gillmore Leech, who has been in failing health for sometime, but only bad sick about two weeks, passed peacefully away at the old Leech homestead last Friday morning at 6:30. He will be missed in our community as for all that knew him liked him. Another good man gone to the great beyond. We all sympathize with those that are left; especially the aged sister who is in such delicate health. Mr. Leech was 76 years old.

Mrs. Peter Lehr

March 19, 1908

Mrs. Peter Lehr, who died at Bureau, was buried at Florid last Friday afternoon.

Darius Levanway

March 25, 1880
Taken From the Henry Republican

Magnolia - The death of Darius Levanway last Saturday night, about 9 o'clock, was very sudden, and a shock to the neighborhood. Mr. Levanway has lived here about 20 years, and served as postmaster 18 years. He leaves no family dependent upon him, but a wife, all his children being married. He was sick only about 24 hours. His remains were laid to rest yesterday afternoon in the presence of a very large audience. The funeral exercises were held at his residence, Rev. J. Bourland, minister of the M. E. church, officiating.

Mrs. Rachel Lewis (nee Mills)

May 14, 1874

Died at Odell, Livingston county, April 24, Mrs. Rachel Lewis, aged 86, formerly of Putnam county, and sister of the late Joseph Mills.  Was a botanical physician.

Bernhardt Leimbach

One of Granville's long resident citizens passed to his eternal rest last Saturday morning and was buried on Monday, April 19, 1915 from the home farm north of town. Frank Peterson was in charge and Rev. Stetson preached the sermon. Mr. Leimbach had been sick for a long time and his death was not unexpected. The death was due to complications and a gradual decline.

Bernhardt A. Leimbach was born at Cassel, Germany, February 1, 1844, coming to America in 1864. He leaves a wife and four children, all grown. Mr. Leimbach had resided in this township for 37 years and was a very genial soul, always radiating sunshine and full of good humor, a hustling good farmer and neighbor, held in esteem by his community as testified by the many beautiful floral tributes at the funeral which was largely attended.

At the request of the family, appreciation of the kindly ministrations of all friends in this sad hour is hereby expressed.

Source: The Granville Echo, Granville, Illinois, Thursday, April 22, 1915, front page, W. E. Hawthorne, publisher and editor, transcribed by HJ, November 28, 2013

Contributed by Linda Williams
Granddaughter of Gustov Leimbach and Mabel Kunkel Leimbach

He is my great grandfather
His wife was Emma D Kuhard (correct spelling my vary) born 25 Sep 1854 in Chicago IL and died 15 Jan 1917 in Spring Valley IL Married 27 Jun 1878 in Chicago IL

Their children included

Minnie Leimbach born 13 Apr 1879 in Granville and died 11 Feb 1954 in Elgin IL Married Herman Julius Meyer born 29 Sep 1863 in Ottawa IL and died 23 Feb 1929 in Granville IL Both are buried in Granville Cemetery
William Joseph Leimbach born 5 Aug 1880 in Granville and died 31 Jan 1955 in Sioux Falls SD Married Teresa Kunkel born 15 Mar 1887 in Spring Valley IL and died 26 Oct 1979 in Sioux Falls SD Both are buried in St Michael's Cemetery, Sioux Falls
Gustov Adolph Leimbach born 5 Oct 1883 in Granville and died 27 Feb 1952 in Sioux Falls SD Married Mabel Elizabeth Kunkel (sister of Teresa) born Feb 1900 in Spring Valley IL and died 26 Dec 1934 in Sioux Falls SD Both are buried in St Michael's Cemetery, Sioux Falls SD
Edward Herman Leimbach born 6 Jul 1885 in Granville and died 18 Jun 1943 in Spring Valley IL Married Gertrude Leiendecker born May 1888 in Germany and died 24 Feb 1944 in Spring Valley IL. Both are buried in Granville Cemetery

Bernhardt also had brother Herman born 24 Dec 1829 in Germany and died 10 Jul 1910 in Granville. He served in the civil war 139th Illinois Infantry
There were two more brothers who lived in IL (still researching) Edmund Otto Leimbach died in 1930 in Nebraska and Christian William Leimbach who died in 1929 in Chicago. I believe Christian's wife Helen Reinhardt was born in 1859 in Granville. Again still researching.

Emma D. (Kuhard) Leimbach
Mrs. Emma Leimbach Died Monday Morning
The funeral of Mrs. Emma Leimbach took place from the Congregational Church in Granville on Wednesday afternoon at two o'clock, Rev. Stetson delivering the funeral sermon, members of the choir doing the singing. Mrs. Leimbach died at the home of her son Edward in Spring Valley on Monday, Jan. 15, 1917. The interment took place in the family lot in the Granville cemetery. Her husband, Bernard Leimbach died at the farm home north of town April 17, 1915. She leaves a family of grown children, her daughter, Mrs. Herman Meyer being now in the Peru hospital. A goodly concourse of friends attending the obsequies; F. I. Peterson in charge. The following short sketch was read at the funeral:

Mrs. Emma Leimbach, formerly Miss Emma Kukardt was born in Chicago Sept. 25, 1854 where she lived till she was married to Bernard Leimbach of Chicago and then they made their home on a farm near Granville, Ill. where they lived for 37 years till her husband died; then she lived near Florid for one year after which she stayed the rest of her life with her son Edward Leimbach at Spring Valley where she died Jan. 15, 1917. She leaves to mourn their loss, four children and eight grandchildren. Her daughter Minnie, now Mrs. Herman Meyer, three sons, William of South Dakota, Adolf of North Dakota and Edward of Spring Valley.

Contributed by HJ and Linda Williams
Granddaughter of Gustov Leimbach and Mabel Kunkel Leimbach

Mrs. Laura A. Locke

Taken From the Henry Republican
April 2, 1874

At Granville, Putnam county, March 3, of consumption, Mrs. Laura A. Locke, aged 34 years.  She was the wife of Rev. Locke who mysteriously disappeared from Magnolia a couple of years since.

Albert Logan

Taken From the Henry Republican
March 25 1915

Albert Logan (colored) was born in Glasgow, Ky., early in the eighteenth century, the exact date of birth being unknown. When about 12 years of age he came to Hennepin and had resided there to the time of his death. He was a soldier during the Civil war and returned to Hennepin on receiving his discharge from the service. What changes in the condition of his race this aged man witnessed. Born under the regime of slavery when men, women and children with black skins were bought, sold and treated as were dumb brutes. Albert Logan lived to see them free men, members of state and national legislatures, collegians, judges, lawyers, physicians, orators, artists and clergymen. He was no doubt about 100 years old at his death and leaves five children to perpetuate his name and memory. He died Sunday, March 21, the funeral from the house on Tuesday this week at 1 o'clock p.m. conducted by the pastor of the M. E. church of that city.

Mrs. Eugenia Lombard


January 19, 1899, Local New Items - Granville
Mrs. Eugenia Lombard, who has been in feeble health for some time, passed away this Monday, afternoon. Her death was the result of heart trouble, terminating in uremia. The funeral will take place Wednesday morning at 10 o'clock.

Peter Longman

January 20, 1881
Died near Snachwine, Jan. 17, of diphtheria, Peter, 11, son of George Longman.

Mary Catharine Lucas


Thursday, July 31, 1879
Died At Hennepin, July 17, Mary Catharine, age 8 months, daughter of William H. and Nancy Lucas.

Mrs. Nancy A. Lucas (nee Lester)


MAY 1, 1901


Nancy A. Lester was born in Washington, Indiana, April 27, 1844 and died on April 26, 1901, thus lacking one day of being 57 years of age. September 10, 1865, she was united in marriage with WILLIAM H. LUCAS and in the following year they moved in Hennepin, Illinois, where they have since lived with the exception of 2 years they spent in Indiana. Seven children have been born to them, six of whom died in infancy. One, Mrs. Minnie Downey is left with her husband and two brothers James C. and Robert H. Lester of Washington, Indiana to mourn the loss of this loved one. In early girlhood Mrs. Lucas united with the Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Indiana. In November, 1883, she with her husband united with the Congregational Church in Hennepin of which she has been a faithful and consistent member. Her life which has been quiet and unsurpassing, has been beautified by kindly deeds and gentle ways. Her great love for her home and family, always a prominent characteristic of her nature, never prevented her from being charitable to the needy and doing much in her quiet way for those about her. She had lived a life of suffering and pain, but endured it with a wonderful patience and a trust in her savior which was unshaken. But the suffering for which she was called upon to undergo made her long for home, where there is no sorrow and many times asked .......(can't read).....The funeral services were held in the Congregational Church last Saturday at 10:00 PM conducted by Reverend P. M. France of Eldin Iowa, former pastor of the church of which the deceased was a member, and in accordance with her request. The remains were interred in the Riverside Cemetery and the large number of friends present, evinced the high esteem the community had for the departed.




William H. Lucas was born in Washington, Indiana on August 4, 1842 and departed this life on July 27, 1917, lacking one week of being 75 years old. His boyhood was spent on the farm in Indiana. When a young man came to Illinois and at the Civil War enlisted in the 20th Illinois Company H. He served his country faithfully for nearly 4 years. During this time, he was in several battles and at the battle of Atlanta was captured and taken a prisoner, sent to Anderson and Florence where he was kept for 4 months. After his return from the service, he was united in marriage on September 10, 1865 to Nancy Lester. To this union was born 7 children, six of them being taken in infancy. One Mrs. J. L. Downey of Henry, Illinois remains to morn loss of a loving father. After 36 years, the wife and mother passed away. On July 4, 1902, he was united in marriage to Daisy Cassell. To them, two children were born. Velma who departed this life at the age of three years and Chester age 12, with his mother morn the loss of a devoted husband and father. He also leaves one sister, Mrs. Mary Barmore of Chicago, Illinois. Two brothers, John Eliot and Samuel Lucas, Washington, Indiana , 7 grandchildren and a great many friends and acquaintances. The funeral services were held Monday, July 30, 1917. Reverend Stetson of Granville officiating. The burial at Riverside cemetery conducted by the members of the G.A.R. Post of Hennepin of which he had been a charter member.

Henry Luke

November 25, 1875

Magnolia - Friday, Henry Luke, a citizen of this place, was buried. An able funeral discourse was preached by Rev. Mr. Head, M. E. pastor to a full house. A large procession followed the remains to the grave.


November 26, 1875
Henry Luke was buried Friday, the 19th in Magnolia. Henry himself was the worst enemy he had and he will be missed by many of the poor of our town. But all of his charities were of the most unostentacious character, and a kinder son to a mother never lived.

Child of Peter Lund


August 26, 1880
The only child of Peter and Laura Lund, died at Ida Grove, Iowa, on Friday last. They moved from Hennepin in March of this year. Mrs. Lund is a daughter of the late Aaron Wilson.

John Lyons

Taken From the Henry Republican
Jan. 2, 1873

Putnam County News
We made mention last week of several cases of sickness recently - brain or spinal fever. Out of some six cases, four have died. James Taylor lost a babe, Saturday morning; also a child of Mr. Waldron died the same day. On Sunday A. J. Correll lost one of his children.  John Lyons, formerly living some 4 miles in the country died on Sunday also. The other cases we believe are in a fair way to recover. This disease we are told is pronounced brain fever and seems to be of a very fatal nature

Colonel John Lyons


September 23, 1880, Hennepin
The colonel John Lyons, sick last week, died on Monday at 2:30 a.m. and was carried to his long home on Tuesday. Rev. H. W. Stoffer officiated at the burial and Thomas Page of Delavan was present. Mr. Page was a nephew of the late wife of Col. Lyons.

Mrs. Mary Ann Lyons

Died at her residence in Hennepin, on April 5, 1878, Mary Ann Lyons, wife of Col. John Lyons, age 92 years. She was born in England. She came to Hennepin in 1836 where she has since resided. For about 15 years, she was blind. Funeral services were held on Sunday afternoon at the M.E. Church by Rev. B.V. Denning.

Died at Hennepin, April 5, of old age, Mary Ann, aged 92 years, 1 month 19 days, wife of the late Col. John Lyons. A resident of Hennepin since 1836.

Sarah Jane, Infant Daughter of John Lyons

Taken From the Hennepin Tribune
September 11, 1857

Died on the 1st inst., Sara Jane, infant daughter of John and Sara E. Lyons, aged 4 months and 18 days.

Mrs. Mary Louise Lysle (nee Smith)

Taken from the Putnam Record

October 1, 1913


Mrs. W.B. Lysle nee Mary Louise Smith was born in Hennepin, Illinois, March 5, 1868, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. S.H. Smith. Her girlhood days were spent in Hennepin, later moving to Ida Grove, Iowa. In 1886 she was united in marriage to Walter Barns Lysle of Ida Grove. To them was born one daughter. Later they moved to Sioux City, Iowa. Mrs. Lysle passed away in Minneapolis, Minnesota where they moved about 2 years ago. She was an accomplished musician having studied under eminent teachers and also had a large class of pupils. She was known by her friends as a loving wife and mother and she leaves a broken hearted husband and daughter. Besides, she is survived by her mother, Mrs. S.H. Smith and a sister Calla Smith of Sioux City, Iowa and two brothers Colins D. Smith of Lady Luck, Texas and Hugh H. Smith of Kansas City. Funeral services were held at the grave at Riverside Cemetery Wednesday, September 24, 1913 at 4:30 P.M. Reverend A.A. Waters of the M.E. church officiating.


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