Pat Ragan

Taken From the Henry Republican
June 8 1882

Pat. Ragan died north of Granville on Saturday night, and was buried from the Catholic church on Monday.

Joseph Raley

Taken From the Henry Republican
December 11, 1873

In Magnolia, Dec. 9, of heart disease, Uncle Joseph Raley, aged 77 years.

Another Veteran Gone
Mr. Joseph Raley, one of the oldest settlers of Putnam county and its vicinity, died in Magnolia on Tuesday at the good old age of 77 years.  He has been living the past five months with Mr. O. M. Baker, whose family have taken excellent care of him, during his slowly declining feeble health, being assisted by the Masonic order, who have carefully watched with him for some time, and who have done all in their power for their venerable brother.

Father Raley has been a Mason for over 50 years; was a charter member of Lacon lodge, and went long distances in the early day to attend its semi-monthly sessions.  He was a gentleman widely respected, being one of the hardy, sturdy, hospitable old pioneers of this region.  One of his sons, Eli Raley, is now supervisor of Granville township, who requests, as did the deceased, that the funeral services be conducted by the Masonic fraternity.  The funeral will take palce today at 11 a.m., the order being represented by members from Henry, Lacon, Varna, Wenona, Lostant and Hennepin, teh interment to take place at Clear Creek cemetery, in the quaker settlement.  The funeral will be conducted by Rev. Crider, also a member of the brotherhood.  As uncle Joseph is widely known, undoubtedly the funeral will be large.

Mrs. Alice Ramsey

May 22, 1879 - Hennepin

A letter received by her sister here in Hennepin announces the sudden death of Mrs. Alice Ramsey, formerly Alice Neal at her residence in Kansas on Friday, May 9. Of course we were all surprised and some of us hoped that further developments may relieve us of some of our fears and doubts. She was raised in Magnolia and was well known to many of our readers of the Republican.

Mrs. Martha A. Rankin

May 20, 1875
Died At Hennepin, May 10 of cancerous tumor, Eva Bowman, age 4 years. Also May 10, Mrs. Martha A. Rankin, age 37 years.

Mrs. Jacob Ranch (Rauch?)

January 7, 1875

Died Near Hennepin, Dec. 26, wife of Jacob Ranch, aged 64 years.

Mr. Raugh

January 18, 1877

Died at Hennepin, Jan. 12, at the residence of his son-in-law, Dr. Vanderslice, Old Mr. Raugh, aged 73 years, 10 months, 18 days.

Infant son of John Raugh

July 29, 1875
Died July 25, infant son of John Raugh.

Martin Real

Taken From the Henry Republican
March 13, 1873

Putnam County News

The funeral of Martin Real took place at his fathers, near Snachwine on Tuesday.  We have not learned the particulars of his death, other than that he died in the southern part of the state, and his remains brought home for interment.  He was about 30 years of age.

George J. Reed


We were astounded to hear Saturday morning that George J. Reed of near Granville was dead. He was in town the Wednesday evening before and though not feeling well, did not think his illness serious. He leaves a wife only to mourn his untimely death at the age of 41 years.

Mrs. Martha C. Read


August 22, 1878
Died Near Florid, Putnam County, August 10, Mrs. Martha C. Read, age 30.

Miss Roslia R. Read

Taken From the Henry Republican, April 1, 1915

Miss Roselia R. Read was born at Philadelphia town, N.Y., April 18, 1833; she died March 19 1915, aged 81 years, 11 months and 1 day. She was the last of seven children born to Philip and Tryphena Read, and in the year of 1837, she with her parents came to Illinois, making the way across the country with an oxen. They lived for three years in Henry, then came to Putnam where she has spent all her life near here. She was highly esteemed, was of a kind and loving disposition, for several years being in feeble health was not able to go out much, was cared for the past four years by her niece, Mrs. W. S. Murphy and husband. The last eight weeks she was confined to her bed and she went peacefully to sleep Monday afternoon at 1:40 pm.

The funeral was held Wednesday at the Christian church, where she was ever a faithful attendant to Sunday school as long as she was able to go out. She leaves 15 nieces and nephews beside other relatives and friends to mourn the passing of this good woman. Burial in Putnam cemetery in the family lot.

William Read


July 17, 1879 - Hennepin

We last week recorded the death of a babe, but this week it becomes our painful duty to write that William Read, at the ripe old age of 73 1/2 years died on Friday at 11 p.m. and was put away to rest on Sunday at noon. He had lingered between life and death since about the first of April and a part of that time unconscious (apparently) of his surroundings. He had lived long in Hennepin, and needs no eulogy from any tongue or pen, but we will record here, once for all, for the benefit of whom it may concern, that he was to the day of his death one of our "best and truest friends" in every sense of those words, and we followed him to the grave as such. A good man has gone. We did not see him at all during his last illness.--Ruth

Thomas Real

October 28, 1880
Died at Snachwine, Oct. 26, of infirmity of age, Thomas Real, Sr. 74.

November 11, 1880

Obituary of Thomas Real, Sr.

The subject of this sketch was born, February 1, 1806, in the parish of Oola, county of Limerick, Ireland. Married at an early age to Winnerfred McGrath of the same county, still bearly surviving him, who bore him 11 children; three of them were buried under the green sod of their native isle; the remaining eight emmigrated with him to America in 1850; landed at New Orleans in January of that year. Came to Snachwine in the fall of same year, and there resided until his demise October 27th, 1880, from whence he was borne to his last resting place, in St. Francis cemetery, in Snachwine township, to the erection of which he largely contributed, both by donation of part of the land, with money and anxious time. The large concourse of friends who followed his hearse fully attests his noble qualities, and how fully they were appreciated by a generous people.

Mrs. Winifred Real

January 13, 1881
Died At Snachwine, Jan. 6, of old age, Winifred, 78, wife of the late Thomas Real Sr.

Snachwine - Mrs. Real died last Sunday of old age. She was 84 years of age. She was a mother in Israel. Her husband, Thomas Real died of old age about two months ago. In life they were together, and in death they are not divided.

Minnie (Reynolds) Reavy



Mrs. John Reavy buried Saturday.

Minnie Reynolds Reavy - daughter of Eva and William Reynolds was born in Hennepin, Putnam County, Illinois, May 30, 1882 and was 51 years, 1 month and 12 days at the time of her death, July 12, 1933. She spent the time of her life in and about the town of her birth and attended grade and high school at the old brick church building now abandoned. She was united in marriage with John Reavy in 1901. She was the mother of a large family and devoted her entire time to their care. The following children were with her during the last weeks of her illness. Frank, Fred Reynolds, John, Eva, Laura, Robert, Elsworth, Clifton and James. These children with her husband and Mrs. Eva Reynolds, brothers Frank and Ed and sisters, Mrs. E. O. Brown and Margaret Reynolds are living to revere her memory. She is also survived by 5 grandchildren.

How deeply those who knew and loved her will deeply miss that generous loving spirit. But the memory of it will be the light of those who remain. The funeral took place from the former congregational church building now the home of the Royal Neighbors of Hennepin on Saturday afternoon, with Reverend W.A.C. Harms of the Methodist church and the Royal Neighbors in charge. The society completing the ceremony at the grave in the Reavy lot of the Riverside cemetery. Relatives attending the funeral from a distance were Mr. and Mrs. E.O. Brown and Francis of Russellville, Arkansas, Mr. and Mrs. George Falteneer of Bloomington, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Reavy, Seneca, Mrs. Louis Reavy and family of LaSalle, Mrs. Robert Bickerman, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Bickerman of Henry, Mrs. Anton Hoffman and Mrs. William Kunkel of Granville, and Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Hoffman of Tonica.

Oliver Reginold

Taken From the Henry Republican, Henry, IL

Florid, March 11, 1926

Mrs. Joe Schuck received the sad news Friday afternoon telling her of the death of her brother-in-law Oliver Reginold, who was killed by a train about 9:00 that morning, as he was on his way to Henry to do some shopping. He was walking on the track and being very deaf, also has poor eyesight, which resulted in him not hearing or seeing the train and consequently his tragic death. He leaves his wife, one son and two daughters, four brothers, and a number of other relatives to mourn his loss. He was 72 years old. He lived in Florid until a few years ago when the family moved to Henry. The funeral was held Sunday afternoon at 2:30 and burial was in the Henry cemetery. Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Schuck attended the funeral.

Mrs. Isaac Reichwine


Florid, November 2, 1899
Mrs. Reichwine, wife of Isaac Reichwine departed this life on Tuesday morning of last, October 17. The funeral took place from the Presbyterian church on Thursday, October 19 at 10:00. The Rev. J. Bliss of Lostant officiating. G,.W. Kelly of Henry undertaker. She leaves a bereaved husband and one child to mourn her loss. The pallbearers were Joseph Yeger, George Cunningham, and James Patterson of Hennepin, William Bosley of Cottage Hill, J.B. Albert and Thomas Abernally of Florid.

Edward Norman Reynolds

Front Page, November 25, 1954

Ed Reynold of Hennepin Passes Away

Edward Norman Reynolds, 73, life-time Hennepin resident, died at 9 AM Sunday November 21, 1954 at St. Margarettes hospital where he had been taken earlier that morning. He was born in Hennepin, December 21, 1880 of a family of seven children of William and Eva Reynolds and was married October 2, 1914 to Mary Stoens. The family resided in the village and Mr. Reynolds farmed in the Drainage district many years. Surviving with the widow are seven children, Maurice and William of Joliet, Mrs. Virginia Miller, former Putnam County treasurer - now Denver Colorado, Mrs. Eleanor Landers in California, Mrs. Margery Welsh, Chicago, Stanley at Hennepin and Marilyn at home, also nine grandchildren and two sisters, Mrs. E.O. Brown in Arkansas and Margarette Reynolds, Hennepin. Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at 1:30 at Dysert Funeral Chapel and at 2:00 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Hennepin with the Reverend John Cozell, pastor officiating. Burial was in St. Anthony's Cemetery at Hennepin. Serving as pall bearers were John and Thomas Dore, George Bruer, Att. Walter D. Boyle, Wayne Walters and John Brandstatter Sr. all of Hennepin.

Eva (Highburger) Reynolds

Front Page, March 13, 1941

Aged Hennepin Lady dies in Kankakee

Mrs. Eva Reynolds 86, Henepin resident who lives with her daughter, Miss Margarette Reynolds in Kankakee during the school year, passed away in that city, early yesterday morning, March 12, 1941. She had been in poor health for several years but was confined to her bed only a week previous to her death. The deceased was born on April 17, 1854 in Kirkwood Pennsylvania to Conrad and Eva Shraw Highburger and came to Hennepin with them when she was seven years of age. She became the bride of William Reynolds on Arpil 3, 1870, the ceremony being performed in Bureau County. His occupation was farming and except for seven years spent on a farm in Iroquois County, the couple resided in Hennepin. They were the parents of six sons and four daughters, three of whom survive, Edward Reynolds of Hennepin, Miss Margarette of Kankakee, and Mrs. Mary Brown of Clarksville, Arkansas. Mr. Reynold passes away February 6, 1907. Twenty grandchildren and nine great grandchildren also survive. Funeral services are to be conducted Friday afternoon at 2:00 in the home, Reverend Wade Smith, Pastor of the Methodist Church, officiating. Burial is to be made in the Riverside cemetery in Hennepin, under the direction of H.L. Dysert, Granville mortician. Mrs. Brown and her son Francis Brown of Winona Lake, Indiana are here to attend the funeral.

Frank A. Reynolds




Funeral Services were held Monday afternoon for Frank A. Reynolds, 57, who died at his home in Hennepin Township, Saturday afternoon, January 7, 1939 following a three week illness. Reverend Wade Smith, pastor of the Hennepin Methodist Episcipal Church officiating at the service which was held at 2:00 PM at the Reynold's home, burial in the Riverside Cemetery. Deceased was born to William and Eva Reynolds, November 29, 1872 in Bureau County, coming to Hennepin with his parents when quite young. He was engaged in farming at the time of his death, having always lived on a farm since coming to Putnam County. On June 3, 1903, he and Miss Mary Childs were married. Besides his wife are left to mourn Mr. Reynolds departure are three children, Florence and Francis at home and George of Hennepin, two grandchildren, Wayne and Marla Jean Reynolds, his mother Mrs. Eva Reynolds, two sisters, Miss Margaret Reynolds and Mrs. Mary Brown of Kankakee and one brother Edward of Hennepin.

Fred Reynolds




Fred Reynolds was born on a farm near Buckley Illinois on September 4, 1876 and passed away February 22, 1920, age 42 years, 5 months and 19 days. His parents moved to Putnam when Fred was about 4 years of age and settled in Hennepin. Here Fred went to school and formed lasting friendships with old and young alike. While in Hennepin, he did farm work and for several years had charge of the ferry boat at the river crossing. When 24, he came to Kewanee and was employed at the Western Tube works. After a year at this work, he returned to Hennepin where on March 21, 1904, he was married to Edna Woodruff of Kewanee, then moved to that city about 15 years ago, Fred again entering the service of the Walworth manufacturing company. At the time of his death, he was a night foreman in the anneling department. On the evening of January 27, Fred being short of men in his department, was making at effort to keep the work going as usual, when he met with a terrible accident, resulting in one of his legs being broken in three places. He was taken to St. Francis Hospital, where for nearly 4 weeks he suffered patiently, appreciating all that was done for him and doing his prep bravely, hoping to hasten recovery. It was generally thought that Fred was doing finely and would soon be well again, but infection having set in, all hopes of recovery were discouraged by Dr. Dean Louis, a specialist of Chicago, who was called and Fred passed away Sunday evening February 22. He was well liked by his associates, and leaves a great many friends to regret his passing. He was a favorite of all children who knew him and was ever ready to do a kind deed and help another. His father died February 6, 1907 and Harry a younger brother died October 8, 1915. The surviving relatives besides Mrs. Reynolds, his wife, include the mother Mrs. Eva Reynolds of Lamoile Illinois, two brothers Frank and Ed Reynolds of Hennepin, three sisters, Mrs. John Reevy of Hennepin, Miss Margaret of Lamoile, Illinois, and Mrs. E. C. Brown of Wynona Lake, Indiana, and an aunt Mrs. Charles Harding of Kewanee, Illinois. Funeral services were held at the home, Wednesday afternoon, February 25 in charge of Reverent L. C. Trent. Burial was in Wethersfield cemetery. There was a very large attendance and many beautiful floral tributes from friends and relatives.

Harry Reynolds

Taken From the Putnam Record



Harry H. Reynolds, son of William and Eva Reynolds, was born April 30, 1878, at Buckley, Illinois. He had been failing in health for the past 10 or 15 years. At times he suffered terribly and many times it was thought he could not possibly survive another attack. But after submitting to second operation at St. Margaret's Hospital in Spring Valley, Illinois, was entirely free of pain . But in too weakened a condition to withstand the other complications which came upon him. And after being confined to his bed only three weeks during his last illness, passed away 2:30 PM Friday, October 8, 1915. At the age of 4 years, Harry came with his parents to Putnam County. Where he spent the greater part of his boyhood. He lived and grew to manhood in Hennepin, Illinois and leaves many boyhood friends and schoolmates among the throng of mourners. February 24, 1908, he was united in marriage to Anna Wylet of Keeksburg, Illinois. Since this marriage, he has resides in Granville, Streator, Peru, Ladd, and Henry, where he held local positions. At Streator, he was employed by the Public Service Company and later by the Julian Clothing Company. In January 1915, because of declining health, he came to the home of his mother in Hennepin where with the exception of a few weeks spent in Henry, he spent the last months of his life. (Not readable)... having born more pain and suffering and greeted all more cheerfully than Harry, even until the last. He appreciated the many acts of kindness and spoke many times of his appreciation to the people of Hennepin. He leaves to morn his wife, mother, three brothers Frank and Edward of Hennepin, and Fred of Kewanee, three sisters Mrs. John Reevy and Margaret of Hennepin, and Mrs. E. O. Brown of Wenona Lake Indiana. Funeral services were held at the home to October 10, at 2:00 PM and were largely attended by sympathizing friends, many being present from Keeksburg, Granville, Bureau and Henry, whom by their presence justified the esteem in which the deceased was held by all. A short but appropriate service was conducted by Reverend Dubois, who was personally acquainted with Harry. He was laid to rest at the Riverside cemetery beside father and other loving ones gone before.


AUGUST, 1991

Maurice J. Reynolds, 75 of Tuson, Arizona, formerly of Hennepin died at 3:00 AM, August 25 in his home. Services were held at 9:30 AM at Elmer Schulls Funeral Home in Granville with Reverend Brian Epple officiating. Burial was in the Riverside Cemetery in Hennepin. He was born February 19, 1916 in Hennepin to Ed and Mary Stoens Reynolds. He was plant manager at the Joliet Arsonel. He was a member of the Tuson Presbyterian Church where he was also on the church board. Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Ron Brian of Woodstock, Vermont, one brother Stan Reynolds of Spring Valley, two sisters, Mrs. Marge Welsh of Chicago and Marilyn Reynolds of Hennepin and one grandson.

Mrs. Isabelle Rice, nee Merritt

Taken From the Henry Republican

February 3, 1876

In Butler County, Kan., January 22 of typhoid fever, Mrs. Isabelle Rice, nee Merritt, aged about 30, sister of Mrs. Joseph Mills and Mrs. H. W. Beck. Interred in the Quaker burial ground in Magnolia township.

February 10, 1876
Magnolia - Too Late for last week

Last Thursday the earthly remains of Mrs. Rice was buried in Clear Creek burying ground. We knew and esteemed here dearly as Belle Merritt, daughter of George Merritt of Mt. Pleasant, Iowa. About a year ago she married Mr. Rice of Kansas. They had recently moved into their new house and the future was bright before them.

David Richie


June 28, 1877
At Fairbury, June 15, Dr. David Richie, aged 78 years. He settled in Hennepin in 1831.

Mrs. Ellen Riddle

March 22, 1900


Mrs. Ellen Riddle, daughter of W.A. Kays who lives a few miles south of Florid, died quite suddenly Monday, March 12, at the residence of H.H. Edwards. She had suffered two previous attacks of paralysis and the third, which came while she was sitting in a chair conversing with her sister, proved fatal. Interment at Caledonia cemetery. - Record

A. S. Risdon

Taken From the Henry Republican
May 2, 1872

At Hennepin of fits, A. S. Risdon, aged 26 years.

Thomas Robinson

March 11, 1875

At Magnolia, March 5, of lung fever, Thomas Robinson, aged 58 years.
Magnolia - Thomas Robinson of Magnolia is no more. He died in the fullness of time at his own residence on Friday morning last, having the care of a daughter, Mrs. James Henderson, who was living with him. He too, was an old settler of Putnam county, an old fashioned abolitionist and while an unassuming citizen, never the lest, an honest well disposed man. He had bodily afflictions which no doubt attributed to his death. His funeral took place on Saturday.

Jennie (Boyle) Rogers

Henry Republican, Henry, IL, December 7, 1882

Died at Ravina, Michigan, November 27, of consumption, Jennie, aged about 34, wife of Aaron Rogers and daughter of Abner and Matilda Boyle. Interment at the Boyle burying ground at Clear Creek, Magnolia, Putnam Co, Illinois.


We understand a daughter of Abner Boyle's was brought here from Wisconsin for burial a week ago Wednesday.

Mrs. Harriet Strout (nee Rollins)

Taken From the Henry Republican
August 29, 1872

Died at Snachwine, Aug. 23, of typhoid fever, Harriet Rollins, aged 58, wife of Daniel Strout.
Death of Mrs. Daniel Strout
The death of Mrs. Daniel Strout, at the family residence in Snachwine, on Friday afternoon last, will be painful, sorrowful news to the wide community where this paper circulates. Mrs. Strout was sick but 10 days, having run of malignant typhoid fever, from Wednesday being entirely unconscious of friends and surroundings, until her spirit withdrew from its earthly tabernacle. Mrs. Strout was a sister of Mr. N. M. Rollins, and but 58 years of age. She was born in Gloucester, Me., educated and married there, emigrating to Henry township at the solicitation of her brother 19 years ago. Here, with a membership of the M. E. church since the age of 16, she has been useful in the church relation, and highly esteemed for her exalted Christian character, her kindly, hospitable disposition, her neighborly, friendly offices and her words of precept and consistent example. She was the mother of four children, and spared to see three of them enter man and womanhood, the two daughters being married and pleasantly located in distant states. Her long acquaintance and the affectionate esteem in which she has ever been held will ever keep fresh so good a woman as Mrs. Harriet Strout. The funeral was held at the M. E. church in Snachwine, on Saturday.

Mrs. Esther Ross

Taken From the Hennepin Tribune
November 27, 1857

Died in Union Grove, this county, on Friday, the 23d day of October of consumption, Mrs. Esther, wife of William Ross, in the 24th year of her age.

James G. Ross

Taken From the Henry Republican
November 3, 1870

Died at Granville, October 24, James G. Ross, aged 68 years; also Oct. 25, Annie, aged 18 months, daughter of W. J. McNabney

Infant of John Rouch

November 26, 1874

Died Near Hennepin, Nov. 17, babe of John Rouch.

C.V.D. Rousseau


May 16, 1878
At Hennepin, May 10, C. V. D. Rousseau, M. D., aged 78 years, 10 months, 23 days.

Roger Rowe

Taken from the Putnam Record

Cottage Hill, October 21, 1913

Charlie Bishop, Mrs. A.K. Cassell, Mrs. W.B. Cassell, Will and Ida Foster, and H.P. Alleman and wife, attended the burial services of Roger Rowe in Henry, Sunday afternoon. Deceased was 73 years of age, and leaves a widow, two sons and one daughter. Seven children have preceded him.

Mrs. Roxs

Taken From the Henry Republican
December 4, 1873

Died in Magnolia, Nov. 12, Mrs. Roxs, mother of Mrs. S. W. Cook

William Rudy

Putnam Record, Back Page, April 14, 1949

Former Florid Resident dies in Nebraska

Word was received in Florid, Monday of the death of William Rudy, 62, Sunday April 10, 1949 in Grand Island Nebraska. He had been hospitalized 10 weeks. A resident of Florid community, 19 years ago, where he engaged in farming. Surviving are his wife, two sons and three grandchildren. Funeral servives were held yesterday with burial in Grand Island.

John A. Ruewe

February 18, 1869

In Magnolia township, Feb. 15, John A. Ruewe, aged 75(?) years.

Mrs. Eudella Runnells (nee Miller)

Putnam Record
August 24, 1899

Mrs. Eudella Miller Runnells of Chicago, was buried in Riverside cemetery, at Hennepin last Saturday afternoon. She died Thursday, August 19, 1899, aged 45 years. Her father, Mr. Miller, was a hotel keeper in Hennepin over 30 years ago, and after his death her mother was married to I. P. Bush, who now resides in Henry and attended the funeral. Deceased was married several years ago to C. R. Runnels and since their marriage they have resided in Chicago.

Mrs. Patrick (Catherine) Ryan

Henry Republican, Henry, IL, December 7, 1882


Mrs. Patrick Ryan died suddenly on Tuesday morning. The deceased had been ill for some time but no dangerous symptoms were noticeable until just a few hours before her death. She leaves a husband, three sons and two daughters to mourn her loss. Funeral took place yesterday, Wednesday. Her remains will be interred in the Catholic cemetery, northwest of the village.

Edmond Ryan

April 14, 1881

Died in Snachwine, April 10, of inflammatory rheumatism, Edmond Ryan, 54.

Edmond Ryan

Mr. Edmond Ryan died of inflammatory rheumatism at his residence in the township of Snachwine on Sunday, the 10th. Mr. Ryan had been sick for the past six months with that painful disease. He was one of our most honored and respected citizens. He was a native of the county Limerick, Ireland. He was 54 years of age. He emigrated to this country about 35 years ago, and by honest industry and frugality accumulated a handsome property. He was married twice. His first wife was a sister of Thomas Real of this township. She died nearly three years ago; last year he married a daughter of Patrick Ryan, who survives him. Mr. R. leaves two children, a son and a daughter both grown to man and womanhood. They are comfortably settled in Nebraska. "Ed," as he was familiarly called, was loved by al who knew him. He was a studious man, a sound thinker and a gentleman in every sense of the word. He was a member of the Catholic church, faithful and true. The last sad rites of that church were performed by his pastor Rev. Father Quigley. He was buried in the Catholic cemetery at Snachwine Tuesday.

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