Stark County Illinois  History and Genealogy
Obituaries and Death Notices


Jennie (Dunn) Ladd

Florence Large

Laura Alice (Hanchett) Leadley

Oscar Leadley

Mary Jane (Graves) Leaverton

Mrs. Anna Leet
Mrs. Katie Leggett

Emily (Lombard) Lewis

Elder Lombard

Josephine (Caldwell) Loveless

James Jackson Loudenburg

Ernest H. Loyd

 Jennie (Dunn) Ladd

Kewanee Star-Courier, 1965

Mrs. Frank (Jennie) LADD, a resident of 202 N. Vine St., died Sunday afternoon in Kewanee Public Hospital where she had been a patient for three months. She was 86 years old.

The former Jennie DUNN, Mrs. LADD was born Feb. 6, 1879, in rural Bradford, the daughter of Wallace W. and Polly (STURM) DUNN. She attended the Bradford and Osceola schools. Her marriage to Frank LADD of Cambridge took place in Kewanee May 7, 1957. He preceded her in death in May of 1964.

Surviving are a brother, David DUNN of R. 2, Toulon and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, one child in infancy by a previous marriage, two brothers, Haney and Frank DUNN, and her husband.

Mrs. LADD was a member of the First Methodist Church and its WSCS Berean Class, Miriam Circle, and Senior Citizens and the Harmony Chapter Order of the Eastern Star.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. in the Cavanagh and Schueneman Funeral Home. The Rev. Eugene WISELY, pastor of the First Methodist Church, will officiate. Interment will be in the Osceola Grove Cemetery. Eastern Star rites will be conducted.

Friends may call Tuesday night at the funeral home. Memorials may be designated to the Baby Fold at Normal, Ill. Members of the WSCS Berean Class, Miriam Circle and Senior Citizens will attend the service in groups. - Contributed by Karen Seeman

Florence Large

May 13, 1915

Miss Florence Large, whose parents live on a farm near Toulon, where the daughter was a pupil in the sophomore class of the high school, was assisting her mother last Friday afternoon in the work about the poultry yard, when the daughter saw a turkey going down the road away from home. She started on the run to chase the fowl back to the yard, her mother calling her not to run and she looking back over her shoulder laughing. Suddenly she fell to the ground and her mother going to her found that the daughter in falling had dislocated her neck and died instantly. "Taken From the Henry News Republican" - Contributed by Nancy Piper

Laura Alice (Hanchett) Leadley

"Services for Mrs. L. Alice LEADLEY, 67, resident of Wyoming for the past 40 years, were held at 2 o'clock Tuesday afternoon at the Wyoming Methodist church.

"Mrs. LEADLEY died unexpectedly at 6:45 Sunday morning, April 25, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. McCAULEY, Wyoming.

"Rev. Theodore KINNE, pastor of Wyoming Methodist church, officiated, and burial was in the Wyoming cemetery.

"She was a daughter of George and Mary (NEWTON) HANCHETT, and was born July 31, 1897, near Wyoming.

"She was married March 24, 1920, to Oscar LEADLEY, who survives, with a daughter and a son, Mrs. McCAULEY and Duane LEADLEY, both of Wyoming. Also surviving are two sisters and two brothers, Mrs. Ethel TUMBLESON and Mrs. Walph WEBBER, both of Bradford, and Orville and Roy HANCHETT, both of Peoria, and eight grandchildren.

"Mrs. LEADLEY was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters and two brothers."

Her obituary in the Bradford Republican identified her as Mrs. Laura Alice LEADLEY, and said Mrs. Barbara LEE sang "The Old Rugged Cross," accompanied on the organ by Mrs. Donna WILKINSON. Pall bearers were Howard LEADLEY and Russell LEADLEY of Wyoming, Lloyd HANCHETT and Dale HANCHETT of Peoria; Francis WEBBER and Everett HANCHETT of Bradford. - Contributed by Karen Seeman

Oscar Leadley

Kewanee Star-Courier

WYOMING - Funeral services for Oscar LEADLEY, 81, (who) died Thursday night May 4, 1972, in Proctor Hospital, Peoria, will be held Monday at 1:30 p.m. in the Cox Memorial Home. The Rev. Charles DeLAY will officiate and interment will be in Wyoming Cemetery. Friends may call at the memorial home Sunday 7 to 9 p.m.

Mr. LEADLEY was born March 3, 1891, in Stark County, the son of George and Elizabeth (TERWILLIGER) LEADLEY. He married Laura Alice HANCHETT March 25, 1920. She preceded him in death in April 1965. He was a veteran of World War I and a member of American Legion Post 91. Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Donald (Cleo) McCAULEY of Wyoming; eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He was also preceded in death by a son, Duane, who died in February, 1971; two brothers, Oliver and Verne; and a sister, Velma LEADLEY. - Contributed by Karen Seeman

Mary Jane (Graves) Leaverton

07 June 1902

Burlington Juction (Missouri) Post


The Result of a Fall on the 29th of May

Funeral Occurred Last Wednesday at M. E. Church

Mrs. Charles Leaverton, living one and one half miles south of Clearmont, met with an accident on Thursday of last week that caused her death Monday evening. She slipped and fell, receiving injuries which at first were thought to be slight but a fever set in which increased in intensity until she was compelled to take to her bed Sunday afternoon at four o'clock. Blood poisoning developed causing her death Monday at 4:05 o'clock in the afternoon. The funeral occurred Wednesday morning in the M. E. church, Rev. J. D. Mendenhall officiating.

Miss Mary Jane Graves was born in Allensville, Jackson county, Ohio, August 13, 1834. When a young woman she came with her brother and his family to Stark county, Ill. At this place, on the 15th day of June, 1854, she was married to Charles Wesley Leaverton, the now bereaved husband.

From Stark county, they moved to Peoria county, Ill., where they resided thirty years.

In March, 1884, they came to the present homestead, one and one half miles south of Clearmont, where they have since resided. To this union six children were born, five boys and one girl, all of whom are still living. While living in Peoria county, Ill., Mrs. Leaverton made profession of faith and united with the regular or old school Presbyterian church in which she was a faithful member. - Contributed by Karen Seeman

Daniel Lee
The Bradford Republican, Thursday, June 25, 1885
We learn of the suicide of Daniel Lee, of West Jersey township, which occurred on Thursday, June 18. Lee was a man in fair financial circumstances, about forty five years of age. He had parted from his wife two or three years ago and lived alone on his farm some three miles southeast of West Jersey post office. He was seen by a friend but a few minutes before the deed must have been committed and seemed to be in usual health and spirits. From the position in which he was found, it is supposed he placed the muzzle of a double barreled gun to his forehead and pulled the trigger by the aid of a hay fork. The force of the charge blew the whole upper part of his skull away, causing death instantly. Undoubtedly domestic troubles coupled with chronic ill health was the reason of his thus taking his own life.

Mrs. Anna Leet

December 15, 1881

Mrs. Anna Leet, the mother of William Leet of Bradford, died at Elmwood, Nov. 30, at the good old age of 83. Her husband, now 87 survives her. Mr. and Mrs. Leet were married in New York state 64 years ago. - Henry Republican - Contributed by Nancy Piper

Mrs. Katie Leggett

January 13, 1876

Died At Bradford, Dec. 28, Katie, aged 32, wife of Francis J. Leggett, of Co. B, 112th reg. Ill., Vols., and suffered at Belle Isle and Andersonville.- Henry Republican - Contributed by Nancy Piper

Emily (Lombard) Lewis
Bradford Independent, Bradford IL August 13, 1885
Died near Philadelphia, Pa., July 24th, 1885, Mrs. Emily M. Lewis, widow of the late R. B. Lewis, formerly of Lombardville, this county. Mrs. Lewis was the daughter of the late E. H. Lombard, and lived with her parents on the farm near the station which bears the family name until after her marriage. She possessed many virtues of character which so endeared her to all acquaintances that sincere sorrow will be felt at her untimely death.
Bradford Independent, Bradford IL August 20, 1885
We wish to correct a mistake in the obituary notice of Mrs. Lewis which appeared in our last issue. She was a daughter of Mr. Lombard by a first wife and was married to Mr. Lewis before the family moved to Stark County.

Elder Lombard

January 18, 1877

Local Correspondence - Bradford
Elder Lombard died on the 10th inst. - Henry Republican - Contributed by Nancy Piper

Josephine (Caldwell) Loveless

Salt Lake Tribune, The (Salt Lake City, Utah) January 13, 1926

Early Pioneer Woman Answers Final Call
Provo, Jan. 12
Mrs. Josephine Caldwell Loveless, widow of Bishop James W. Loveless, died at her home, Sixth South and Sixth West streets, last night of infirmities incident to old age.
Mrs. Loveless was born in Stark county, Illinois, July 16, 1842 and when a child 10 years of age, came across the plains with her parents in an ox-team company. The family spent two years in Salt Lake City and then moved to Provo, where Mrs. Loveless had since resided.
During her life here she had been active in the L.D.S. church, having for twenty-five years been a Sunday school teacher and later a teacher in the Relief society.
Surviving are two sons and two daughters, as follows: Frank E. Loveless, Los Angeles; Edgar Loveless, Provo; Mrs. Caleb Haws and Mrs. F.D.B. Gay, also of Provo. There are also surviving three sisters and one brother, as follows: Mrs. Elizabeth Louge, Lea; Mrs. Eliza M. Peterson, Pocatello, Idaho; Mrs. Matilda Impson, American Falls, Idaho and Ezra Caldwell of Grace, Idaho, and nine grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held in the Provo Second ward chapel Friday afternoon at 1 o'clock. Interment will be in the Provo City cemetery.

James Jackson Loudenburg

November 20, 1963 Stark County News

Funeral services for James J. LOUDENBURG, 88, lifetime Stark County farmer, were held at 2 o'clock Saturday afternoon at the Dunlap Funeral Home in Bradford. Mr. LOUDENBURG died suddenly last Wednesday evening, Nov. 13, at his home west of Bradford. Rev. Lloyd WAGAS officiated and burial was at the Osceola Grove cemetery.

James Jackson LOUDENBURG, son of Abraham and Lydia (JACKSON) LOUDENBURG, was born Sept. 2, 1875, in Stark County. He was married to Mary Ellen IMES, who preceded him in death. He is survived by a son, Harold, Bradford; a daughter, Mildred, Mrs. Arlie McKEEVER, Kewanee; five grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and two brothers and two sisters, Anthony and Mrs. Addie BRIGGS, Bradford; Harry of Canova, S.D., and Mrs. Bertha LORENSON, Mineral. Besides his wife, he was also preceded in death by a grandchild, three brothers and two sisters.

His obituary in the November 14, 1963, Bradford Republican identified him as James Jackson LOUDENBURG and indicated he had farmed in Stark County his entire lifetime. - Contributed by Karen Seeman

Mary Ellen (Imes) Loudenburg

Mary Ellen LOUDENBURG's obituary, virtually identical in two area newspapers, is as follows:

"Mrs. James LOUDENBURG, 78, died Monday night at her home west of Bradford. She had been ill about 20 years.

"The daughter of Thomas and Cynthia (HARMON) IMES, she was born July 31, 1879 in Iowa and married James LOUDENBURG March 14, 1898, in Bradford.

"Surviving are her husband, a daughter, Mrs. Mildred McKEEVER, a son, Harold, of Bradford, six grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, and a sister, Mrs. Clara CHAMPION, Bradford.

"She was preceded in death by six brothers, three sisters and a granddaughter.

"Mrs. LOUDENBURG was a member of the Methodist Church and was a charter member of the County Research club of Osceola Grove.

"Funeral rites will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Marsh and Dunlap Funeral Home where visitation will be after 7 p.m. Wednesday.

"Interment will be in Osceola Grove cemetery." - Contributed by Karen Seeman

Ernest H. Loyd
Helena Independent, The (Helena, Montana) November 10, 1935
Toulon, Ill. - Ernest H. Loyd, 68, Toulon banker and uncle of Harold Lloyd, movie comedian, died.

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