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DOROTHY CARPENTER - Mrs. Theodore (Dorothy) Carpenter, 1271 W. Logan Street, died Friday afternoon in Freeport Memorial Hospital after an extended illness. She was a member of Faith United Methodist Church and the United Methodist Women. She was also a member of Freeport Women’s Club. Born September 3, 1912 in Baraboo, Wisconsin, she was a daughter of William and Janet Farnsworth. She was married to Theodore Carpenter June 20, 1938 in Baraboo. She graduated from Sauk County School for Teachers and attended Whitewater State College. Surviving are her husband; two daughters, Mrs. Arthur (Ann) Smith of Friendship, Wisconsin and Mrs. Dennis (Janet) Wicks of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; a son, David Carpenter of Freeport; three grandchildren; and a brother, Ralph Farnsworth of Madison, Wisconsin. Funeral service will be at 3 p.m. Monday in Walker Mortuary. The Rev. George E. Jacobs of Faith United Methodist Church will officiate. Graveside service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Spring Green, Wisconsin Cemetery. Friends may call from 4 to 9 p.m. Sunday at Walker Mortuary. A memorial fund has been established for the church.
Contributed by Alice Horner - Clipping from unknown paper; the date January 23, 1976 is handwritten in

CHAD A. CASAVANT - 33, formerly of Freeport, died suddenly on Monday, Oct. 3, 2011, at his home in Des Moines, Iowa. Chad was the only son of Andrew and Christine (Hybiak) Casavant. Chad was born on Oct. 5, 1977, in Urbana, Ill. Chad was an avid sports fan for football, baseball and basketball. Cheering his beloved Chicago Bears, Cubs and Bulls. He was almost always wearing a Chicago Bears or Cubs sweatshirt, showing off his fandom he held for his home teams. When he wasn't watching sports he would spend his free time sketching amazing characters and works of art, drawing inspiration from his love of comics, fantasy and science fiction. An immensely talented and passionate artist, his dream was to one day become a published and industry-renowned comic illustrator. He was able to bring characters and stories to life with little more than a paper and pencil. Chad graduated from Freeport High School and Iowa State University, where he played football and earned his bachelor's degree in Fine Arts. After graduation he remained in Des Moines, Iowa where he worked as a manager at Jay's CD & Hobby Store while continuing to hone his skills and creativity as an artist. He loved his job, craft, and especially his family and friends who will dearly miss him. Survivors include father, Andrew Casavant; sister, Andrea Casavant; and grandmother, Joan Hybiak. Preceded in death by his mother, Christine Casavant. Funeral Services will be 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7, 2011, at Burke Tubbs Funeral Home in Freeport. Visitation will be Friday from 4 p.m. until the time of service at Burke Tubbs. Burial will be at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens. A memorial has been established in his memory
Journal Standard from D. Frederick Birely

ELSIE (MEYER) CASBERG - 90, of Freeport, died Monday afternoon, July 3, 1989, at Freeport Memorial Hospital, following an extended illness. She was a resident of the Parkview Nursing Home, Freeport. She was a member of Embury United Methodist Church, in Freeport. Born in Adeline, on September 8, 1898, she was the daughter of WIlliam and Amelia (Bicker) Meyer. After a marriage to James F. Meyers, she was wed to Clifford Casberg in 1975. He died on June 26, 1976. Surviving are a son, James E. Meyers of Freeport; a daughter, Margorie (Mrs. Charles) Schroeder of Freeport; two grandsons, Dean Schroeder of Freeport, and Larry Schroeder of Rockford; three great-granddaughters; and one great-grandson. She was preceded in death by both husbands, one daughter, three brothers and one great-grandson. Burial will be at Oakland Cemetery. Burke-Tubbs Funeral Home have charge of the arrangements.
Contributed by Karen Fyock - July 5, 1989 clipping

FLORENCE (KEEHN) CASFORD - 98, of Freeport went to be with the Lord on Friday, August 20, 2010, at Stephenson Nursing Center. Born August 16, 1912, in Freeport, she was the daughter of John and Lena (Hahn) Keehn. On July 3, 1937, she married Kenneth Casford and he died Aug. 11, 2006. A member of Zion Church, she was involved with Freeport Ladies Aid Society, Fellowship Bible Class, and was a long-time Sunday school teacher. Florence worked at Northwestern Telephone Company, W.T. Rawleigh, and the Honeywell Micro Switch Division, from where she retired in 1978. Surviving are her son, Larry (Leeanna) Casford of Clovis, Calif.; two daughters, Carolee (Monty) Dietmeier of Freeport and Bonita (Terry) Sueltman of Driftwood, Texas; nine grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; and two great great granddaughters. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; four sisters; two brothers; and two daughters-in-law. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday at Walker Mortuary with the Rev. Gardy Cronk of Zion Church officiating. Burial will be at the Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens.

KENNETH R. CASFORD - 95, of Freeport, died Friday, August 11, 2006, at Stephenson Nursing Center. Born February 20, 1911 he was the son of Joseph and Vivian (Voight) Casford. He married Florence Keehn July 3, 1937 in Freeport. Kenneth worked for Kraft Foods, Woodmansee Plumbing, was a co owner of Moellenbrandt and Casford Garden Center for several years, and then worked with Tri-State Supply Co, and then Wagner Office Supply. He was a member of Zion Church and their Fellowship Bible Class. He sang with the Kraft Choral Society. Surviving is his wife, Florence of Freeport; two daughters, Carolee (Monty) Dietmeier of Freeport and Bonita (Terry) Sueltman of Driftwood, Texas; one son, Larry (Jan) Casford of Clovis, California; 11 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; and 2 great great granddaughters. He was preceded in death by his parents; 3 sisters; and 1 brother. Funeral service will be Tuesday 2 p.m. at Walker Mortuary with Reverend Gardy Cronk of Zion Church officiating. Burial will be in the Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens.
Contributed by Karen Fyock
(born February 20, 1911 - died August 11, 2006)

THOMAS EDWARD CASPER was the son of Thomas R. and Deborah Gastel Casper. Tom was a 1997 graduate of Washburn High School, Washburn, WI, and received his Associates Degree in Marketing from Blackhawk Technical College. Tom was employed by Simmons Manufacturing Company. He was a member of Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Church, Beloit. Tom loved the outdoors, especially hunting, fishing, riding his motorcycle, and car racing. He was a member of the Badger Midget Racing Association. Tom was to be wed next October. Survivors include his parents, Thomas and Deborah Casper; brother, Charles (significant other, Laura Ehlen) Casper; fiancée, Shannon Papcke; grandmother, Elizabeth Gastel; six uncles: Edward (Margaret) Gastel, James (Virginia) Gastel, Charles Gastel, Gerald Casper, Stephen (Liz) Casper, and Jim (Lisa) Casper; two aunts, Nancy (Lou) Fogg and Mary Sue (Frank) Nelson; godparents, Tom and Sue Bosold; and numerous cousins. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Thomas W. and Jean Casper; and maternal grandfather, Edward C. Gastel. Burial in Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Freeport, IL.
From "Sue" - Find-a-grave (Janesville Gazette Nov. 4, 2010)

ANNA M. CASTLE , 83 of Freeport, died Thursday, April 16, 1998, at Freeport Memorial Hospital. She was born Dec. 16, 1914, in Boston, and was married to Charles E. Castle Sr., who preceded her in death Oct. 31, 1997. She was a former employee of both Burgess Battery and Structo in Freeport, and she had done work at the YMCA. Surviving her are two sons, Larry Fordyce of Freeport and Charles E. (Peggy) Castle of Chippewa Falls, Wis.; five grandchildren, Gary Fordyce of Texas, Ginger (Brian) Lobb of Kentucky, Desi (Ryan) Lingenfelter of Freeport, Lori (Dennis) of Kankakee and Carmen (Jason) Frohn of Chippewa Falls, Wis., and eight great-grandchildren. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by two sons, Douglas Fordyce in 1976 and David Castle in 1981, and her first husband, Lawrence Fordyce in 1946. Funeral services will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at Schwarz Funeral Home with the Rev. Robert Bush of First Church of the Open Bible officiating. Friends may call from 2 p.m. Sunday to the time of service at the funeral home. A memorial fund has been established.
Contributed by Karen Fyock & Alice Horner - Freeport Journal Standard April 18, 1998 (Saturday)

CHARLES E. CASTLE JR. - 58, of Chippewa Falls, Wis., formerly of Freeport, died Friday, March 5, 2010, at home. Born July 27, 1951, he was the son of Charles and Ruby (Yeager) Castle Sr., in Freeport. Charles married Peggy Maurer in Freeport on May 30, 1974. Charles worked as a truck driver and was employed by Micro Switch. After moving to Wisconsin, Charles worked for Cray Institute Computer Company and JH Larson Company. An Army veteran, he served in Vietnam from 1968 to 1971. Survivors include his wife, Peggy of Chippewa Falls; one daughter, Carman Castle of Chippewa Falls; and four grandchildren, Jordon, Derek, Reese and Carson Frohn. Also surviving are his special aunt and uncle, Kathryn and Kenneth Eggemeier. He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, Dave, and six grandchildren. The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 11, at Burke-Tubbs Funeral Home, Freeport. Burial will be 11 a.m. Friday, March 12, at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, Freeport

DONNA J. (RITCHEY) CAVAVOS - 62, formerly of Forreston, died Friday, October 1, 2010, at Polo Rehab and Health Care Center. She was born in Melrose Park, Ill., on March 6, 1948, the daughter of William and Alice (Sharpe) Ritchey. Donna worked delivering auto parts. She enjoyed antiques, art work, painting, crafts and the outdoors. Survivors include her three sons, Victor (Brenda) Cavazos of Forreston, Erik (Amy) Cavazos of Forreston and Michael (Amanda) Cavazos of Forreston; two brothers, William Ritchey of Polo and David (Barb) Ritchey of Quincy, Ill.; one sister, Debra Ritchey of Polo; four grandchildren Alyssa, Abby, Erik and Dietrich. She was preceded in death by her parents. A funeral services will be held Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Burke-Tubbs Forreston with the Rev. James Stralow officiating. Visitation will be Monday from 5 to 7 p.m. at Burke-Tubbs in Forreston. Burial will be at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens

LELIA CELANDER - Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in Renner-Wikoff Chapel,Urbana, for Mrs. Philip (Lelia B.) Celander of Peru, Indiana, formerly of Freeport, who died Wednesday morning, October 16, 1968 in an Urbana hospital following a brief illness. Graveside service will be at 2:30 p.m. in Ash Grove Cemetery, Strasburg. Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Mrs. Celander was a member of Peru United Methodist Church and the Order of Eastern Star. She was born January 15, 1898 in Shelby County, daughter of James and Minnie (Rankin) Bridges. Surviving is a daughter, Mrs. James (Phyllis) Fink of Champaign.
Contributed by Alice Horner - Freeport Journal Standard, Freeport, Illinois October 17, 1968

ALICE V. CHADDOCK - Lena, Ill., Nov. 12.--Funeral services for Miss Alice V. Chaddock will be held at 2 o'clock Sunday afternoon at the Leamon funeral chapel in Lena. Rev. Samuel Taylor will officiate and burial will be in Lena Burial park. Alice V. Chaddock, daughter of LaFayette and Rebecca (Kelly) Chaddock, was born in West Point township, July 24, 1867. Miss Chaddock spent part of her life in Jo Daviess county, later moving West Point township, where she made her home with her cousin, Warren Lewis, for a number of years. She was a member of the Methodist church and Aid society of Lena, and always responded readily when called upon to assist in the work of the church. Her parents and one sister, Josephine, preceded her in death a number of years ago. She is survived by the following cousins: Warren Loomis, Clarence Loomis, Henry Loomis, Charles Howard, Mrs. Helen Mayer, all of Lena, Mrs. Lillian Messeger, and George Howard, of La Mesa, Calif., Mrs. Bredon, of Mt. Morris."
Freeport Journal-Standard (Freeport, IL), 12 November 1943, Page 12, Column 2
Obituary provided by Louann Sanchez, Findagrave member #47021049

CORA MAY (KOENIG) CHAFFEE - Service for Mrs. Frank E. Chaffee of 1568 W. Harrison St., who died in a local hospital Friday morning after an extended illness, will be Monday at 3 p.m., in Walker Mortuary. The former Cora May Koenig was born in Freeport July 6, 1887, the daughter of William and Carrie (Metz) Koenig. She was educated in Freeport schools and studied voice with Frank E. Chaffee, conductor of several church choirs in Freeport. Her marriage to Mr. Chaffee took place in 1912. In 1913 they moved to Kansas City, Mo., where she assisted her husband in conducting church choirs for several years. She was a member of the Eastern Star and White Shrine and in Kansas City became a member of the Woman's Reading Club, serving as president of the club two years. She always retained her membership in the Methodist Church and was a soloist in various church choirs. They returned to Freeport in 1947 and for five years she assisted her husband in conducting the First Lutheran Church choir here. She was a member of Freeport Woman's Club and active in that organization after her return to Freeport. Survivors include her husband; one daughter, Mrs. H. W. Robertson of Loves Park; one brother, Robert F. Koenig of Freeport; and two grandchildren. the Rev. Milton Merrill, pastor of First Methodist Church, and the Rev. Charles F. Landwere, pastor of First Lutheran Church, will officiate at the funeral. Interment will be in Oakland Cemetery. Friends may call at the mortuary.
Contributed by Karen Fyock - Sept. 21, 1957 clipping

MARIAN (ENGLE) CHAIDEZ - 20 Nov 1921- 30 Sep 2007
On Sunday evening, September 30, 2007, Marian Engle Chaidez passed away peacefully in her home where she lived for 49 years. She was lovingly cared for by her niece, Teresa Engle Moreno and her son, Gordon M.A. Chaidez, who were at her side when she passed. She was born in Freeport, Illinois to father, Jamie, dairy farmer; and mother, Leone, housewife. Marian graduated from Freeport High School in 1939 and held various office management and secretarial jobs, until she relocated to Santa Monica, California to work as a secretary in the Engineering Department of Hughes Aircraft in Culver City, California. It was there that she met Joe A. Chaidez, commercial artist and illustrator for Hughes Aircraft in Culver City. In 1952, they relocated to Tucson, Arizona and married; where, Marian gave birth to her son, Gordon. As her son progressed through elementary school, she returned to secretarial work in the areas of education - University of Arizona, Agriculture Department and later Real Estate appraisal and land development for Mark H. Klafter, commercial Real Estate Appraiser. Marian once said that when her husband first brought her to Tucson with its mountains, beautiful sunsets, and early 1950's ambience that "I felt like I was coming home." She loved Mexican food, Tucson's summer rains, and southwestern history and culture. Friendships over the years, her house, and storytelling through a well written book or a good movie were just a few of the things that she loved most. And now, she is at home with the Lord. Services will be held in Freeport, Illinois with burial of ashes in the Engle family plot at Oakland Cemetery. In remembrance of Marian Engle Chaidez, it is requested that a donation be made to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation through its Tucson affiliate, or national headquartes online or by phone. Arrangements by Bring's Broadway Chapel, 6910 E. Broadway.
Contributed by Teresa Engle

AARON CHAMBERLIN - On Saturday morning January 12, 1856, COL. AARON CHAMBETLAIN, aged 68 years 8 months. Mr. Chamberlain was born in New Jersey. At the age of 5 years he became a citizen of Union County, Pa, and lived there many years a very useful and highly respected Citizen. In 1812 he marched, as a Lieutenant in command of a Volunteer Company, to "Black Rock," and in that war rendered himself "worthy of double honors," and as a merit of his bravery, upon his return was elected Colonel. In 1840 he emigrated to this County, and in 1843 was elected County Surveyor for the County of Stephenson, Ills., and served 4 years in that capasity. He was one of the early pioneers of this County and has always maintained a high degree of influence and respectability, and was an active, honest, and useful man, until some 2 years ago, was taken with a Paralytic stroke, since that time he has been greatly afflicted and suffered much, but bore all his trials and sufferings with exemplary Patience, seeing a Fathers hand in them all. Death to him was not an unexpected, nor an unwelcome messenger, for his end was Peace. Full of years, in a good old age, he has been gathered to the "Heavenly Garner" as a shock of Corn, fully ripe, is gathered in its season. The memory of the just is blessed.
Source: Forest Fothergill at Find-A-Grave - Freeport Sentinal, 15 Jan 1856

DORIS J. (STROHECKER) CHAMBERS , 85, of Freeport, died Thursday, June 2, 2005 at FHN Memorial Hospital. Born October 6, 1919 in Freeport she was the daughter of Harry and Jennie (Fogel) Strohecker Sr. She worked at W.T. Rawleigh, Garrity Drug Store, and then 22 years as secretary to the traffic manager at Micro Switch retiring in 1986. Her memberships included lifetime member of First Lutheran Church, Priscilla Club, and U and I Club. Surviving is her daughter, Denise Padfield (George) Kinney of Ridott; 2 sons, David (Margaret) Chambers of Lena and Dean (Diane) Chambers of Pearl City; 1 brother, Harry (Nadine) Strohecker Jr of Freeport; 2 sisters, Betty Johnson and Katherine Kuhlemeier both of Pearl City; 7 grandchildren; 3 step grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; 1 sister; 2 grandchildren; and her son in-law. Funeral service will be Monday 10:30 a.m. at Walker Mortuary with Reverend Neville Kretzmann of First Lutheran Church officiating. Burial will be in the Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens.

CHARLES M. CHAMPION , formerly of 705 S. Beaver Avenue, died this morning, December 22, 1970, in St. Joseph’s Home for the Aged, where he resided. Mr. Champion, who was employed by the former Henney Motor Company for many years, was later custodian at Lincoln School before retiring in 1956. He was born in Newhall, Iowa, March 22, 1886, son of Herbert and Minnie Champion. He married Julia Gille in 1925 in Freeport. Surviving are his widow; a stepdaughter, Mrs. L. J. (Lucille) Sauer of Freeport; and two grandchildren. Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday in Schwarz Funeral Home. The Rev. James Weber of St. Joseph’s Home will officiate. Burial will be in St. Joseph’s Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home after 2 p.m. Wednesday
Contributed by Alice Horner - Freeport Journal Standard, Freeport, Illinois December 22, 1970

VISSIE L. (ADAMS) CHEST , 70, of Freeport, went to be with the Lord Wednesday, November 21, 2012, in the presence of her family. A worrier was born May 13, 1942 in Tippo, Mississippi to the parents Mr. Johnnie L. Adams and Ms. Luella Lawerence. Vissie was a hard working woman all of her life. From her youth up, she labored with her hands, starting out in the fields in Mississippi. Vissie moved to Chicago, Illinois and worked for the Brach Candy Company. As she continued her journey, she moved to Freeport, Illinois and worked for Micro Switch (Honeywell) company for 16 years, from 1976 to 1992. After working on the field and employed with Honeywell, Vissie became ill, but it did not stop her from working. Vissie also accepted Christ in her youth and during her work life experiences, she worked in the church for many years after her illness. She was a member of Holy Temple Church of God In Christ (Pastor John (Luvinia) Collins) and she worked as hard for the Kingdom of God. Not only did she work in the church, she took her family to church with her and made them work as hard. She later moved her membership to Calvary Tabernacle (Pastor Albert (Faye) Surez), but God had greater plans for Vissie. Because of Vissie's Wisdom, Knowledge and Understanding, she started a church out of her home / founder of Inspired Church (Bishop Nathan William) as she led people to Christ. At all three churches; Vissie gave her finance (tithes) as well as spiritual support. Vissie was loved by many people for her generosity, kindness, and hospitality as she cooked for her family and friends. She also loved all mankind, unselfishly, very-very-very, much! with all of her heart. Vissie loved to smile and her legacy will be carried on through a smile that money could not buy. She leaves to cherish her smile, her husband, Eddie Chest, her children, Bobby Adams of CA., Billy Adams, Betty (Edmond) Ellis, Joe Adams, Diane Adams, Eddie Adams, David Adams, Terry Adams, Jerry Adams, Mary Adams, and Shirley Adams all of Freeport, IL. Step Children, Sammy Chest, Glenda Chest, Linda Chest, Sandra Chest, Nadine Chest, and Wanda Chest all of Chicago, IL. Brothers, Robert Lawrence, NY., James Lawrence, Jr., Fl., James (Janet) Fane, Freeport, IL., and Glenn (Pam) Wittfield, GA. Sisters, Stella Wittfield, and Ruth Lawrence of Freeport, IL., Rosie Oneal, Miss., Mary Lawrence, Carbondale, IL, Georgia Robinson, and Jo-Ann Adams, of St. Louis MO. Vissie also leaves to cherish her smile her grandchildren, great-grandchildren, aunts, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. An honorable smile: to a very special cousin Pearl Brown who prayed with her until her departure from this earth. She was preceded in death by her parents, Mr. Johnnie Adams and Ms. Luella Lawrence. A daughter Lorrine Adams, two sisters Savannah Smith and Yvonne Minor, one brother David Adams, step son Eddie Chest Jr., two grandsons Reginald Pendleton, Nathaniel Allen, great grandson Emanuel McClellan, and great granddaughter Jalicia Steele. Funeral services will be Thursday, November 29, 2012 at 11 a.m. at Embury Church. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until the time of service at the church. Burial will be at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens.
Wonderful Tribute from Connie Lou at Find-A-Grave

JAMES S. COCHRAN , At ten minutes to six o'clock last evening the grim messenger of death laid its hand heavily upon one of Freeport's foremost citizens and summoned him to join that silent band whose march is steadily onward. The call came to Senator James S. Cochran, whose life was despaired of for several days, and universal sorrow has resulted from the removal from among us of one who, during his entire residence here, enjoyed the fullest confidence and respect of his fellowmen. Mr. Cochran's fatal illness resulted from a cold contracted a week ago. Symptoms of pneumonia developed on Saturday and his condition assumed a serious aspect. to solicitous friends who called at his apartments in the Clifton house information was imparted that all efforts to help him were discouraging and that death might result at any time. At times he was conscious and would converse to those about him, but these intervals were brief, and for the most time he remained in a comatose condition. His only son, Dr. James A. Cochran, of Denver, Colo., was summoned in haste, but arrived at the bedside a half hour after his father had breathed his last. The remains have been taken to the home of Mr. Cochran's sister, Mrs. Joseph Emmert, in upper Stephenson street, where the funeral will be held tomorrow afternoon at 2:30 o'clock. Interment will be at Oakland Cemetery. Rev. W. A. Service will preach the sermon and the pallbearers will be Judge H. C. Hyde, Gen, S. D. Atkins, Wm. J. Hall, Dr. G. P. Kingsley, H. M. Barnum and Michael Stoskopf. William Trembor will act as funeral director. No man in the community held a higher place in the affections of the people than Mr. Cochran. His courteous treatment and kindly bearing towards everyone were characteristics that stand out prominently, and in turn the people honored him in many ways. Coming to Freeport forty-six years ago, he at once took high rank among the lawyers of the Stephenson county bar and enjoyed a practice that was second to none. He was faithful to every trust committed to his care whether it came to him as a lawyer or public officer, and as city attorney of Freeport, state's attorney of Stephenson county, or a member of the Illinois senate, his voice was always found on the side of justice and right. There are many of the older citizens who recall his services to the state and the measures which he introduced and which were incorporated among the laws of the state and were of a most beneficial order. By legitimate means Mr. Cochran accumulated considerable wealth and was regarded as one of the substantial citizens of the community. his investments were made judiciously and with that foresight so rarely found in the settlers of a new section, and soon after his arrival in Freeport he invested in town and farm property which resulted in large returns. A large farm which Mr. Cochran owned in this county was disposed of a number of years ago for $15,000, which he invested in real estate in Denver which has since trebled in value. Among other holdings he was interested in a large tract of coal land near Pittsburg, and is also the owner of Clifton cottage in Freeport. James S. Cochran was born in Pittsburg, Pa., on the 22d of February, 1833. His father, James B. Cochran, M. D., was a man of broad education and liberal views, being a graduate of the Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia, where he received his degree in 1824. His mother, Susan Cochran, a graduate of the Emmittsburgh Female Seminary Emmittsburgh, Maryland, where she completed her college course in 1824, was a daughter of Zadoe Cramer, an early settler of Pittsburg, and the founder of the first book publication house west of the Allegheny mountains, Zadoe Cramer was also the author of several works among them one written in 1811, and entitled "The Navigator," a treatise on how to navigate the Alleghany, Monongahela, Ohio and Mississippi rivers. copies of his works are now deposited in the Carnegie library at Alleghany, Pa. James S. Cochran was the second of three children, Zadoe C., James S., and Mary E., now the wife of Joseph Emmert, a leading druggist of Freeport. Attended by his older brother, he entered Bethany college, Va, where he spent two years under that eminent scholar and divine, Alexander Campbell, the founder of the Campbellite church. After that the two brothers became students of Jefferson college, Pa. Mr. Cochran later began the study of law in the office of Messrs. Shaler, Stanton, & Umbstetter, at Pittsburg, Pa., and afterwards attended the law school of Judge J. W. Brockenbaugh, at Lexington, Va. In 1858 he was admitted to the bar at Pittsburg, and on the 3d of July of the same year came to Freeport and entered upon the practice of his chosen profession. Mr. Cochran at once met with success in Freeport. He began practice here during the golden times for the bar, for at the April term of court. In 1858, he was elected city attorney for the city of Freeport and in 1872 was elected state's attorney for Stephenson county, In the latter capacity Mr. Cochran served most acceptable for a period of twelve years until 1884, when he was elected state senator for the Twelfth Senatorial district, comprising the counties of Jo Daviess, Carroll and Stephenson. Of his work in the Thirty-fifth general assembly it is said that the Journal of the legislature will exhibit the fact that more of his public measures pertaining to general subjects became law than those of any other member of either branch of the legislature. During the session of the Thirty-fifth general assembly, commencing January 5th, 1887, he introduced nineteen bills, eight of which became law. Among other public measures, he was the author of "An Act to encourage the planting of trees," by which the governor is required by law to designate annually in the spring an "Arbor Day." Other measures which became laws are:"An Act to authorize the inmates of the Soldiers' and Sailors' Home in the state of Illinois to vote at elections," and "An Act to prevent telegraph, telephone, elective light and other companies from acquiring a proscriptive tight to the use of buildings or lands." Also a law to regulate the attendance of teachers' institutes, which provided that teachers of the county may attend county institutes for a stated time during the term without a deduction in wages being made. Of this legislature it was said "The Illinois legislature which recently adjourned is generally conceded to be the most industrious and useful legislature that has assembled in Illinois for many years. This senatorial district is honored by being represented by Hon. James S. Cochran, one of the most sensible , practical and industrious members of either branch of the legislature. No abler man has ever been sent to Springfield from Stephenson county, and we do not forge the many able ones who have represented us there. Mr. Cochran made a splendid reputation, and his constituents welcome him home with the plaudit of "well done, good and faithful servant." Mr Cochran was chairman of the committee on insurance, and a member of the committees on judiciary, judicial department, revenue, corporations, state charitable institutions and rules. He took an active interest in the reform of the revenue laws of the state, and examined with care the nature of all bills for which he voted. He was never found voting for the passage of a bill of doubtful import. In 1887 Mr Cochran was appointed chairman of the committee on joint memorial services held in the house of representatives on the 22d day of February of that year. In memory of of Hon. David Davis and Hon. John A. Logan. These services were largely attended by representatives from every state in the union and were unusually impressive. In all he measures Mr. Cochran kept constantly before him the best interests of the greatest number, and discarding all selfish motives labored zealously for the welfare of his constituents and the ultimate benefit of the state. He looked back upon his record with pride and satisfaction in a work conscientiously advocated and faithfully performed. Mr Cochran was always a Republican in politics and has labored zealously for the formulation of that party's interest. He took part in the memorable struggle for the election of a United States senator before the Thirty -fourth General Assembly of Illinois in 1885. No election for United States senator has ever occurred where the result gave such universal satisfaction or attracted such widespread attention. It has been said that no Spartan band ever followed a gallant leader with more courage and loyalty than did the Republican members of the Thirty-fourth General Assembly adhere to the fortunes of General Logan. In 1863 Mr. Cochran married Miss Eva Tarbox, daughter of Horace Tarbox, one of the early settlers of Stephenson county, Mrs. Cochran died in 1877, leaving two children, Dr. James A. Cochran, now a resident of Denver, Colo. and Mrs. Mary Linn, who died in 1892. Mr. Cochran was a member of the Masonic fraternity, being affiliated with Evergreen lodge of Freeport. He has also taken a conspicuous part in the interest of education in the public schools of Freeport, and served twelve years as a member of the board of education.
Contributed by Karen Fyock - 19 Oct 1904 clipping

ERWIN A. CLOCK , 90, of 1720 Sylvan Court, died today, May 29, at Freeport Memorial Hospital. Until retiring in 1959, he was a mail carrier for 37 years. Clock was a 50-year member of both Embury United Methodist Church and Evergreen masonic Lodge, and a member of the Scottish Rite Bodies, Valley of Freeport. He was a World War 1 veteran, and also a past commander of the AMerican Legion. Born on Jan. 6, 1896, in Warren, he was the son of Frank and Elizabeth (Scace) Clock. He married Dessa M. Leverington on Dec. 25, 1919, in Freeport. Surviving are his widow; two sons Jack D. of Larned, Kan., and Gerald E. of Midland, Mich., one brother, Harold of Freeport; eight grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Service will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday at Walker Mortuary. THe Rev. Ernest R. Francis, pastor of Embury United Methodist Church, will officiate. Burial will be in Chapel Hill Cemetery. Friends may call from 4 to 6 p. m. Friday at the mortuary. A memorial fund has been established for Embury United Methodist Church.
Contributed by Karen Fyock - May 29, 1986 clipping

PHYLLIS J. (DICKMAN) COHEN , 77, of Freeport, died Monday, January 7, 2013, at FHN Memorial Hospital. Born May 18, 1935 in Freeport she was the daughter of Leonard L. and Elsie (Schmoldt) Dickman. She married Ralph Cohen May 17, 1953 in Kewanee, Illinois. She was in the first class of Nurses with an Associate Degree from Highland Community College. Phyllis was a registered nurse working with FHN Memorial Hospital, Rockford Memorial Hospital, and SwedishAmerican Hospital. Surviving are 2 sons, Jeffry A. (Diane) Cohen and Douglas N. (Lisa Johnson) Cohen, both of Rockford; and 1 grandchild, Sara Cohen of Rockford. She was preceded in death by her parents and 1 brother. Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Monday, January 14, 2013 at the Chapel of Peace at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens. There will be no visitation. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established for Friends Forever Humane Society.
D. Frederick Birely

DOROTHY V. (WIENAND) COLE , 93, a resident of Arlington Rehabilitation and Living Center, Long Grove and former Freeport resident died Monday, 23 May, 2011,in Long Grove. She was born in Freeport on May 22, 1918, the daughter of William A. and Edith H. (Toelle) Wienand. On June 19, 1937, Dorothy married Eldred M. Cole in Freeport. He preceded her in death on August 14, 1988. Dorothy was a member of Embury United Methodist Church for over 60 years. She was also a member of the Elks and Germania Club. She enjoyed bowling and playing golf. Dorothy and her husband enjoyed traveling the country and playing golf. Mrs. Cole was employed by Burgess Battery, Commonwealth-Edison and was a twenty five-year employee of Northern Illinois Gas-NICOR, working in the Customer Service Department. Dorothy is survived by two brothers, William (Dolores) Wienand of Freeport and Greg (Barb) Wienand of Gilbert, Arizona; two sisters, Betty (Glen) Mogle of Freeport and Delores Resh of Orlando, Florida. Also surviving are many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband and two sisters, Vera Johnson and Jeanette Bock-Stahler. Funeral Services will be Friday, 3 p.m. at Burke-Tubbs Funeral Home, Freeport. Rev. Jonathan Singleton, pastor of Embury will officiate.
D. Frederick Birely - The Journal Standard

JOHN COLE , 80, Veteran of Civil War Passes Away at McConnell
John Cole aged 80, civil war veteran, died MOnday at his home here, giving been a resident of this town over 30 years. Born October 17, 1844 in Delaware County, Ohio, he came west and settled in northern Illinois. Twenty one years ago he was united in marriage to Miss Emaline Williams. No children survive, but the deceased has two brothers and two sister living. William Cole, 116 west Douglas Street Freeport, and Joseph Cole, of Osage, Iowa. The sisters are Mrs. Chas. Shippy of McConnell, and Mrs. Solace, of Red Oak. Deceased was member of Company G. 46th Illinois Volunteer Infantry, and the GAR was the only organization in which held membership. The funeral will be held from the home Wednesday at 1 o'clock, Rev. Mr. Moore of the M. E. Church Winslow officiating and burial will be in the McConnell Cemetery.
Contributed by Karen Fyock - November 11, 1924 clipping

ROSE COLLIN , a former Pearl City area resident, died Monday in Good Samaritan Nursing Home, East Peoria. She had taught school in Carroll and Jo Daviess Counties. Born April 26, 1895 in Jo Daviess County, she was the daughter of Theodore and Mary (Brunner) Link. Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Alvin (Gladys) Koeller of Pearl City; a son, Emerson of Stockton; a brother, Herbert of Pearl City; four sisters, Mrs. Jasper (Hattie) Flickinger of Pearl City, Mrs. Peter (Carrie) Hansen of Clarendon Hills, Mrs. Arthur (Louise) Hendra of San Diego, California, and Mrs. William (Anna) Lane of West Allis, Wisconsin; and seven grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a sister, six brothers, and a grandchild. Graveside service will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday in Highland Cemetery, Pearl City. The Rev. Milton Whitney, pastor of St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church will officiate. There will be no visitation.
Contributed by Alice Horner - Freeport Journal Standard, Freeport, Illinois June 17, 1975

HERBERT E. COON - Funeral service for Herbert E. Coon of Plantation, Florida, a former Freeport resident, will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday in Walker Mortuary. The Rev. Russell Coats, pastor of Bethel United Methodist Church of Shannon, will officiate. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery. Friends may call from 2 to 9 p.m. Friday at the mortuary. A memorial fund has been established. Mr. Coon died Monday night, April 8, 1974 in his home at 260 Holloway Drive following an extended illness. He was a World War II veteran and fought in the China-Burma-India conflict. He was a charter member of the Plantation Elks Lodge. While in Freeport, he was a member of the American Legion. Born June 17, 1923 in Freeport, he was the son of Herbert and Elsie (Mallory) Coon. On February 24, 1951 he married Donna Byington in Freeport. Surviving are his widow; a son, Herbert Jr., and a daughter, Bonnie, both of Plantation; two sisters. Mrs. Ruth Albert of Juno Beach, Florida, and Mrs. E. F. (Lois) Kortemeier of Freeport; and a brother, Robert E. of Huntley, Illinois. He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister. The Elks Lodge will conduct a service tonight at Plantation Funeral Home.
Contributed by Alice Horner - Freeport Journal Standard, Freeport, Stephenson County, Illinois April 10, 1974

NELSON HAROLD CORNELL , one of the most splendid men who ever made Pearl City his home, and who is excelled by very few points of honesty and integrity, passed away... Sunday July 31, at...Globe Hospital in Freeport where a week before he had...a major surgical operation. Nelson Harold Cornell was born May 27, 1881 in Beverly, Ontario Canada. He died July 31, 1921 at the age of 40 years, 2 months and 4 days. Twelve years ago he came to Pearl City on the eighteenth of March. For four years...he was the night operator at the local depot, and since that time, a period of eight years, he was engaged successfully in business until his death. On May 10th, 1920 he was united in marriage to Miss Nellie Meyers [Meyer], who with the son Robert survive, as do also Mr. Cornell’s aged mother, Mrs. Margaret Anger, his stepfather, Mr. Anger; one sister, Mrs. Fred Scott of Heghgate, Ontario, Canada; and four brothers who are Robert, of Ridgetown, Canada, James of Michigan, John of Florida and Thomas of Portland, Oregon. His father, also a sister, Mrs. Ida Staly of Stevensville, Canada preceded him in death. Deceased was a member of the St. John’s Lutheran Church of Pearl City. He was also affiliated with the Mystic Workers Lodge and...Modern Woodmen. Funeral services were held...Wed. August 3rd at the Lutheran Church, conducted by the local pastor, Rev. Henry Voegitly and the former minister, Rev. P. H. Stahl of Nachusa, Illinois...Interment was made in the new City Cemetery [buried in Highland Cem, Pearl City].
Contributed by Virginia Gorton Bonne - (Pearl City News, 4 Aug 1921)

ROBERT HAROLD CORNELL ,72, of Pearl City, was dead on arrival Wednesday afternoon at Freeport Memorial Hospital after suffering an apparent heart attack. He operated the Royal Blue Store in Pearl City and then was employed by Micro Switch until retiring. Cornell was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church, Pearl City, the Pearl Masonic Lodge, Orpha Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star, White Shrine of Jerusalem, Scottish Rite, High Twelve Club and the American Legion. He was a veteran of WW II. Born July 31, 1911, in Pearl City, he was the son of Nelson Cornell and Nellie (Meyer) Cornell Garnhart. On June 6, 1936, he married Marjorie Finkenbinder in Kent. Surviving are his widow; one daughter, Mrs. Mary Kay (Dan) Munda of Freeport; one stepsister, Florence Garnhart Woodall of Hanover Park, and two grandsons. He was preceded in death by his parents, his stepfather and one stepbrother. Service will be held...Sat. at St. John's Lutheran Church with the Rev. Milton L. Whitney, pastor, officiating. Burial... in Highland Cemetery, Pearl City. Friends may call Friday at Offenheiser-Schwarz Funeral Home, Pearl City, where the OES will hold a service at 8 p.m....
Contributed by Virginia Gorton Bonne - (Freeport Journal-Standard Thurs. 17 May 1984, p2)

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