Stephenson County
Pioneer Families

CANTRILL / SORN FAMILY HISTORY
Contributed by Linda Fry
Some photos also from Marcia Sorn

Joshua Cantrill was born 1815 in Clark County, Ohio. He died 1870 in Colusa County, California. He was also known as Joshua Cantrail. He married Lametta Beam 6 Jan 1839 in Clinton County, Ohio. He is believed to have left Lametta and the children for the gold fields of California and never returned. After seven years she had him declared dead, but as you can see he is believed to have been found in California.

Lametta Beam is the daughter of Adam Beam and Sarah last name unknown. She was born on 02 Nov 1818 in Highland City, Jefferson County, Ohio. She died on 16 Sep 1908 in Oneco, Stephenson County, Illinois. She was also known as Lametty Beam and Lametta/Lametty Beem/Lemetta. Lametta is buried in Eldorado Cemetery, Oneco Township, Stephenson County, Illinois.

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Angeline Cade Cantrill wife of Joel Thomas Cantrill

1. Joel Thomas Cantrill was born on 03 May 1841 in Green County, Ohio. He married Angelina Cade on 06 May 1866 in Clarno, Green County, Wisconsin. In 1870 they were living in Oneco, Stephenson County, Illinois. Joel died on 06 Sep 1897 in McConnell, Stephenson County, Illinois. Joel was in the Civil War as a member of the 46th Illinois Infantry. Family lore has it that he was plowing his field near Oneco, IL when a neighbor came up the road to announce "We've gone to War!" Joel immediately tied his horses to a tree nearby and walked away, going to the nearest county seat, which was Monroe, WI, not his own Freeport, IL., and became the first person to volunteer in that county. His name is on a plaque outside the Monroe, Green County Court House. When he returned at the end of the War he raised 14 children. One of his granddaughters married John D. Rockefeller's grandson. Joel T. Cantrill enlisted in Freeport IL 5 June 1861, Private Enlisted in Company A, Illinois 11th Infantry Regiment Union on 06 May 1861. Mustered out on 30 Jul 1861 Angelina/Angeline Cade was the daughter of John Cade and Margaret last name unknown. She was born on 27 Aug 1846 in Oneco, Stephenson County, Illinois. Her residence in 1870 in Oneco, Stephenson County, Illinois. She died on 03 May 1924 in Orangeville, Stephenson County, Illinois.


Grandma Cantrill and some of her children

Joel and Angeline had 14 children

A. Dora A. Cantrill was born on 11 Mar 1867 in Illinois. She married Christian Vautsmeier on 11 Mar 1889. Their residence in 1900 was Oneco, Stephenson County, Illinois. Dora died on 21 Dec 1904.



Alice Mae Cantrill Sorn and her husband Frederick W. Sorn Jr.

B. Alice Mae Cantrill was born on 25 Nov 1869 in McConnell, Stephenson County, Illinois. Her residence in 1870 was Oneco, Stephenson County, Illinois She married Frederick W. Sorn Jr. in 1888 in Oneco, Stephenson County, Illinois. She died on 19 Apr 1946 in Ridott, Stephenson County, Illinois. Frederick W. Sorn Jr. was the son of Frederick W. Sorn Sr. and Sophia Lau. He was born on 24 Oct 1864 in Waukesha, Waukesha County, Wisconsin. He died on 12 Feb 1935 in Freeport, Stephenson County, Illinois. His occupation was as a railroad section hand, painter, paper hanger. Frederick W. Sorn Jr. and Alice Mae Cantrill had 9 children:


Charles and Nellie Mae Sorn

Charles Henry Sorn was born on 18 Nov 1890 in Stephenson County, Illinois. He married Martha Daisy Schabilon on 28 Nov 1912 in Orangeville, Stephenson County, Illinois. His residence in 1920 was Amboy, Lee County, Illinois. He died on 28 Aug 1929 in Orangeville, Stephenson County, Illinois. His occupation was as a fireman for the Illinois Central Railroad. Martha Daisy Schabilon was born on 26 Feb 1893. Her residence in 1930 was Oneco, Stephenson County, Illinois. She died on 20 Sep 1931 in Freeport, Silver Creek Township, Stephenson County, Illinois]. Burial was on 21 Sep 1931 in Orangeville Cemetery, Orangeville, Stephenson County, Illinois.


Minnie, Emma, Pauline, Martha /// Carl Schabilon's 1923 Car

Charles Henry Sorn and Martha Daisy Schabilon had 5 children:

Ivan LeRoy Sorn was born on 13 Aug 1913 in Illinois. His residence in 1930 was Lancaster, Stephenson County, Illinois. He married Edith Marion Weber 07 Mar 1934 in Freeport, Stephenson County, Illinois.

Milton Carl Sorn was born on 19 Jul 1917 in Orangeville, Stephenson County, Illinois. His residence in 1930 was Oneco, Stephenson County, Illinois. He married (still living) on 12 Nov 1940 in St. John's Parsonage, Freeport, Stephenson County, Illinois. He died on 23 Jun 2003 at home in Freeport, Stephenson County, Illinois.


The young boy is Milton Sorn //
Milton Sorn on left, Elwood Showers, Carl Schabilon, Wm. Rudy, Ray Rudy


Three Generations - Fred, Charles and Ivan Sorn

Viola Sorn was a twin born on 13 Nov 1919 in Amboy, Lee County, Illinois. She died on 05 Jan 1920 in Buckeye Township, Stephenson County, Illinois.

Violet Sorn was a twin born on 13 Nov 1919 in Amboy, Lee County, Illinois. She died on 07 Mar 1920 in Amboy, Lee County, Illinois. Burial on 10 Mar 1920 in Orangeville Cemetery, Orangeville, Stephenson County, Illinois.

Daughter still living born on 02 Oct 1921 in Orangeville, Stephenson County, Illinois. Her residence in 1930 was Oneco, Stephenson County, Illinois.


Charles Henry Sorn Headstone

Nellie Mae Sorn was born on 23 Dec 1892 in Buckeye Township, Stephenson County, Illinois. Her residence in 1910 was Oneco, Stephenson County, Illinois. She married Edgar Robert Carpenter on 12 Jul 1914 in Stephenson County, Illinois. She died on 06 Apr 1967 in Madison, Dane County, Wisconsin. Burial was on 10 Apr 1967 in Blooming Grove Cemetery, Madison, Dane County, Wisconson. Edgar Robert Carpenter was the son of William Frederick Carpenter and Louisa Hacker. He was born on 27 Feb 1886 in Black Earth Township, Dane County, Wisconsin. His residence in 1910 was Black Earth, Dane County, Wisconsin. He died on 15 Jan 1954 in Madison, Dane County, Wisconsin.


Edgar and Nellie Mae (Sorn) Carpenter

Edgar Robert Carpenter and Nellie Mae Sorn had 7 children. They had a daughter who is still living. She was born 22 Dec 1924 in Black Earth, Dane County, Wisconsin and was married to Gordon Grinde on 8 May 1947 in First Methodist Church, Madison, Dane County, Wisconsin. Gordon was b. 8 May 1921 in Mount Horeb, Dane County,Wisconsin and d. 12 Aug 1988 in Los Cruces, Dona Ana County, New Mexico.


Luella, Donald and Earl Carpenter

Luella Lucille Carpenter was born on 24 Aug 1915 in Black Earth, Dane County, Wisconsin. Her residence in 1920 was Black Earth, Dane County, Wisconsin. She married Kenneth James Clarke Sr.on 13 May 1934 in First Methodist Church, Freeport, Stephenson County, Illinois. She died on 05 May 1999 in Wichita, Sedgewick County, Kansas.

Donald George Carpenter was born on 22 Mar 1917 in Black Earth, Dane County, Wisconsin. He married Anna Skylondz on 10 Apr 1940 in Madison, Dane County, Wisconsin. He died on 06 Mar 2000 in Otsego, Columbia County, Wisconsin. He was buried in Otsego Cemetery, Columbia County, Wisconsin.

Earl Robert Carpenter was born on 30 Jul 1918 in Black Earth, Dane County, Wisconsin]. His residence in 1920 was Black Earth, Dane County, Wisconsin. He married (still living) on 10 May 1941 in Madison, Dane County, Wisconsin. He died on 19 Jan 2009.


Brothers, Myron "Mike" Carpenter and Paul Carpenter

Myron Lawrence Carpenter, a.k.a. Mike Carpenter was born on 22 Oct 1921 in Black Earth, Dane County, Wisconsin. He married (still living) on 12 Oct 1947 in Zion Lutheran Church, Madison, Dane County, Wisconsin. Myron Carpenter died 7 Dec 1994 in Cottage Grove, Dane County, WI

Paul Eugene Carpenter was born on 03 Mar 1923 in Black Earth Township, Dane County, Wisconsin. He married Elaine Mae Hauser on 20 Mar 1948 in Wesley Foundation, Madison, Dane County, Wisconsin. He died on 12 Aug 1982 in Columbus, Columbia County, Wisconsin.

Lois Joyce Carpenter was born on 12 Dec 1926 in Madison, Dane County, Wisconsin. She married (still living) on 22 May 1948 in First University Methodist Church, Madison, Dane County, Wisconsin. She died on 05 Feb 1965 in Windsor, Dane County, Wisconsin.

Lawrence Leroy Sorn was born on 20 Dec 1894 in Illinois. His occupation in 1930 was as a moulder in a factory. He died on 16 Apr 1966 in Cedarville, Stephenson County, Illinois. Frieda S. Bornemeier was the daughter of August F Bornemeier and Augusta Krueger. She was born on 08 Aug 1906 in Pearl City, Stephenson County, Illinois. Her residence in 1920 was Loran, Stephenson, Illinois. She died on 01 Jan 1982 in Freeport, Stephenson County, Illinois. She was a sister to Wilhelmina Meier. Lawrence Leroy Sorn and Frieda S. Bornemeier had 8 children:
Nelda Madeline Sorn was born 15 July 1926
(Son-may still be living) was born on 20 Mar 1931 in Freeport, Stephenson County, Illinois.
Glen Paul Sorn was born on 24 May 1935. He died on 15 Nov 1986 in Wisconsin.

Lawrence was also married to Wilhelmina Meier, a sister to Freida Meier.
Lawrence Leroy Sorn and Wilhelmina Meier had no children.


Lawrence Sorn

Vernill Emerson Sorn was born on 18 Sep 1897 in Illinois. His residence in 1910 was Oneco, Stephenson County, Illinois. He died on 16 Nov 1972 in Rockford, Winnebago County, Illinois. He married Sarah E. Hummel who was born in Jun 1891 in Wisconsin. She was the daughter of Franklin Hummel of Pennsylvania and Mary E. Bressler of Pennsylvania.


Vernill and Sarah (Hummel) Sorn

Floyd Sorn was born on 11 Jun 1899 in Illinois. His residence in 1910 was Oneco, Stephenson County, Illinois. In 1920 he was in the 17th Balloon Company, East Omaha, Nebraska. He died on 12 Nov 1957. Floyd married Nora Dittmar. She was born 13 Jun 1905 in Germany and died 28 Mar 1989 in Waukegan, Lake County, Illinois. Floyd and Nora had 8 children. Only one is deceased: Donna Mae Sorn was born abt. 1928 and died on 1 Feb 1990.

Ralph Leland Sorn was born on 25 Mar 1901 in Illinois. His residence in 1910 was Oneco, Stephenson County, Illinois. He died Apr 1966 in Cedarville, Stephenson County, Illinois. Ralph married Elsie Fluechtling. She was born on 28 Oct 1897. Her residence in 1930 was Freeport, Stephenson County, Illinois. She died Apr 1986 in Cedarville, Stephenson County, Illinois. Ralph Leland Sorn and Elsie had 4 children:

Viola M. Sorn was born on 13 Aug 1921 in Illinois. She died Feb 1992 in Freeport, Stephenson County, Illinois.

Lavina M. Sorn was born 1923 in Illinois. Her residence in 1930 was Freeport, Stephenson County, Illinois. She was also known as Susan Sorn.

Lois S. Sorn was born 1926 in Illinois.

Audrey L. Sorn was born 1928 in Illinois. Her residence in 1930 was Freeport, Stephenson County, Illinois.

Delbert Dale Sorn was born on 17 Sep 1907 in Illinois. He died on 28 May 1908 in Illinois.

Clarence Sorn was born on 05 Jan 1909 in Illinois. His residence in 1910 was Oneco, Stephenson County, Illinois. He married Ruth I. Miller on 18 Oct 1929. His occupation in 1930 was as a Farm laborer. He died on 06 Apr 1978 in Forreston, Ogle County, Illinois. Ruth I. Miller was born on 05 Oct 1908 in Illinois. Her residence in 1930 was Harlem, Stephenson County, Illinois. She died on 22 Dec 1998 in Pinecrest Manor Nursing Home, Mt.Morris, Ogle County, Illinois. Clarence Sorn and Ruth I. Miller had 4 children.

Clarence Sorn was born on 10 Jul 1930 in Illinois. He died on 02 Sep 2001 in Pearl City, Stephenson County, Illinois.

Robert Dale Sorn was born on 29 Sep 1932. He died on 18 Dec 1998 in Freeport, Stephenson County, Illinois.

Living Son was born Aft. 1932 in Illinois.

Kenneth Richard Sorn. He died Aug 2001 in Illinois.

Leonard Sorn was born on 02 Jan 1912 in Illinois. His residence in 1930 was Freeport, Stephenson County, Illinois. He died on 22 Dec 1974 in Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan]. He married Ruth Almeda Sophia Krueger in Illinois. Ruth Almeda Sophia Krueger was born on 01 May 1913. She died on 21 Mar 1998 in Muskegon, Muskegon County, Michigan. Leonard Sorn and Ruth Almeda Sophia Krueger had four sons and one daughter.

Donald Eugene Sorn was born on 10 May 1934. He died on 12 Oct 1996 in Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan.


Donald Eugene Sorn

C. William O. Cantrill was born on 25 Aug 1871 in Oneco Twp., Stephenson County, Illinois. His residence in 1900 was Oneco, Stephenson County, Illinois. His occupation in 1920 was as a traveling salesman. He died on 02 Aug 1947 in Oneco, Stephenson County, Illinois. Daisy L. Wright was born on 15 Apr 1880 in England. She died in 1920. William O. Cantrill and Daisy L. Wright had 4 children. Edith Cantrill was born Abt. 1909 in Illinois. Her residence in 1920 was Freeport Ward 2, Stephenson County, Illinois. Angeline B. Cantrill was born Abt. 1911 in Illinois. She married Charles A Chapman on 27 Jun 1930 in Cook County, Illinois. Abra Cantrill was born Abt. 1913 in Freeport, Stephenson County, Illinois. Her residence in 1920 was Freeport Ward 2, Stephenson County, Illinois. She was also known as Abbie Cantrill. Daisy I Cantrill was born Abt. 1916 in Illinois. Her residence in 1930 was Freeport, Stephenson County, Illinois.

D. Benjamin F. Cantrill was born on 11 Jun 1873 in Oneco, Stephenson County, Illinois. He married Nina Eldora Stamm on 24 Dec 1896 in Freeport, Stephenson County, Illinois. His occupation in 1920 was a farm laborer. He died on 27 Apr 1949 in East Moline, Rock Island County, Illinois. Benjamin F. Cantrill and Nina Eldora Stamm. They were married on 24 Dec 1896 in Freeport, Stephenson County, Illinois. Nina Eldora Stamm was the daughter of David Stamm and Margrett. She was born 1866. She died on 28 Apr 1937. Benjamin and Nina had 2 children: Harold Cantrill was born on 07 Oct 1903 in Red Oak, Stephenson County, Illinois. He married Saramae Keslerin Jul 1937 in Crown Point, Lake County, Indiana. He died Jun 1969 in Moline, Rock Island County, Illinois. Violet F. Cantrill was born Mar 1902 in Red Oak, Stephenson County, Illinois. She married Wendell E. Ray in Oct 1922 in Rock Island, Rock Island County, Illinois. She died May 1975 in Naples, Collier County, Florida.

E. Lewis G. Cantrill was born on 28 Dec 1874 in Illinois. He married Carrie E. Wait on 06 Jan 1895 in Martintown, Green County, Wisconsin. His occupation in 1920 was as a dairy farmer. He died on 13 Jul 1959 in Orangeville, Stephenson County, Illinois. Carrie E. Wait was the daughter of Asa Wait and Marie E. Williams. She was born on 02 Feb 1873 in Illinois. She died on 21 Dec 1945. Lewis G. Cantrill and Carrie E. Wait had 9 children:

Beatrice Irene Cantrill was born Oct 1895 in Illinois. Her residence in 1910 was Buckeye, Stephenson County, Illinois.

Mildred N. Cantrill was born in 1898 in Illinois. Her residence in 1910 was Buckeye, Stephenson County, Illinois. She married Clarence Ernest Van Matre on 28 Feb 1918 in Second Presbyterian Parsonage.

Clarence Ernest Van Matre was the son of George Van Matre and Ella L. Dorn. He was born on 13 Sep 1893 in Clay County, Illinois. He died Feb 1972 in Streator, La Salle County, Illinois. Clarence Ernest Van Matre and Mildred N. Cantrill had 1 child: Argene L. Van Matre was born on 04 May 1919. He married Dorothy Hawthorne on 10 Jun 1944. He died on 13 Sep 2006 in Rockford, Winnebago County, Illinois.

Mary A. Cantrill was born Abt. 1899 in Illinois. Her residence in 1910 was Buckeye, Stephenson County, Illinois.

Iva M. Cantrill was born in 1902 in Illinois. Her residence in 1910 was Buckeye, Stephenson County, Illinois.

Grace L. Cantrill was born in 1904 in Illinois. Her residence in 1910 was Buckeye, Stephenson County, Illinois. She was also known as Mike Cantrill. Grace Cantrill married W. Glen Clarno. He was born 1902 in Illinois. Grace Cantrill and W. Glen Clarno had 2 daughters, both of whom may still be living.

Milo L. Cantrill was born in 1907 in Illinois. Her residence in 1910 was Buckeye, Stephenson County, Illinois.

Clinton L. Cantrill was born in 1910 in Illinois. Her residence in 1920 was Oneco, Stephenson County, Illinois.

Maurice L. Cantrill was born Abt. 1913 in Illinois. His occupation in 1930 was as a laborer--engine work. His residence in 1930 was Orangeville, Stephenson County, Illinois. He was also known as Morie Cantrill.

Genieve E. Cantrill was born Abt. 1918 in Illinois.

F. Margaret L. Cantrill was born 1876 in Illinois. Her residence in 1880 was Oneco, Stephenson County, Illinois.

G. Mary Jane Cantrill was born 1879 in Illinois. She died in Dec 1880 in Oneco, Stephenson County, Illinois.

H. John J. Cantrill was born on 18 Jun 1880 in Illinois. His Residence in 1900 was Oneco, Stephenson County, Illinois. He died on 02 Jul 1953. John married Mabel. She was born 1887 in Illinois. Her residence in 1920 was Aberdeen Ward 3, Brown County, South Dakota. John J. Cantrill and Mabe had 1 child: Velva Cantrill was born 1908 in South Dakota. Her residence in 1920 was Aberdeen Ward 3, Brown County, South Dakota.

I. Mildred Cantrill was born Apr 1882 in Illinois. Her residence in 1900 was Oneco, Stephenson County, Illinois. She married Thomas Rayborn on 28 Feb 1918.

J. Myrtle Ellen Cantrill was born on 16 Jun 1884 in Illinois. Her residence in 1900 in Oneco, Stephenson County, Illinois. She married Benjamin H. Runkle on 14 Jan 1904. She died on 10 Sep 1955. Benjamin H. Runkle was the son of Cavin S. Runkle and Mary E. Rayhorn]. He was born Mar 1882 in Orangeville, Stephenson County, Illinois]. His occupation was as a blacksmith--owned own shop. He resided in Orangeville, Stephenson County, Illinois. Benjamin H. Runkle and Myrtle Ellen Cantrill had 2 children:

Theo M. Runkle was born Abt. 1906 in Illinois. Her residence in 1930 was Orangeville, Stephenson County, Illinois. Thelma Runkle was born 1908 in Illinois. Her residence in 1910 was Oneco, Stephenson County, Illinois.

K. Ida Mae Cantrill was born Apr 1886 in Illinois. Her residence in 1900 was Oneco, Stephenson County, Illinois. She died 1986 in Lena, Stephenson County, Illinois.

L. Thomas Raymond Cantrill was born on 22 Sep 1887 in Stephenson County, Illinois. His residence in 1900 was Oneco, Stephenson County, Illinois. His occupation in 1930 was as a sheetmetal worker in a hearse factory.

M. Boyd Everett Cantrill was born on 22 Jun 1889 in Illinois. His residence in 1900 was Oneco, Stephenson County, Illinois]. In 1920 he was in the United States Navy. He died on 10 Sep 1947 in San Diego County, California.

N. Earl Leroy Cantrill Sr. was born on 18 May 1891 in Damascus, Stephenson County, Illinois. His residence in 1900 was Oneco, Stephenson County, Illinois. He died on 11 Oct 1961 in Moline, Rock Island County, Illinois. Earl Cantrill married Amy Elizabeth Miller. She was born on 26 Sep 1897 in Moline, Rock Island County, Illinois. Her residence in 1930 was Davenport, Scott County, Iowa. She died on 21 Dec 1977 in Moline, Rock Island County, Illinois. Earl Leroy Cantrill Sr. and Amy Elizabeth Miller had 2 children: Earl Leroy Cantrill Jr. was born on 14 Sep 1920 in Orangeville, Stephenson County, Illinois. His residence in 1930 was Davenport, Scott County, Iowa. He was in military service on 30 Jul 1942 in Chicago, Cook County, Illinois. He died on 03 Jun 1994 in Moline, Rock Island County, Illinois. He was buried on 09 Jun 1994 in Rock Island National Cemetery, Moline, Rock Island County, Illinois- -Plot I226.

Betty J Cantrill was born in 1924. Her residence in 1930 was Davenport, Scott County, Iowa.

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2. Rebecca Cantrill was born Abt. 1843 in Ohio. Nothing more is known about her at this time.

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3. Asa O. Cantrill was born Jan 1849 in Ohio. He married Elizabeth Mumma on 10 Jun 1900 in Ogle County, Illinois. Asa was employed in 1916 by Moline Plow, 30 W. Clark St., Freeport, Stephenson County, Illinois. By 1930 he was living in the Pauper Home-Silver Creek Township, Stephenson County, Illinois. Asa O. Cantrill and Lucinda Bovey were married on 26 Oct 1869 in Pine Creek, Ogle County, Illinois. Lucinda Bovey was the daughter of David Bovey and Eliza Newcomer. She was born on 06 Mar 1842 in Maryland. Her residence in 1850 was Pine Creek, Ogle County, Illinois. Her occupation in 1880 was as a hair weaver. She died on 28 Apr 1897 in West Freeport, Stephenson County, Illinois. Burial was in the City Cemetery, West Freeport, Stephenson County, Illinois. Asa and Lucinda had 2 children:

Sarah L. Cantrill was born Abt. 1871 in Illinois. She married Hiram Grant Morrow in 1895 in Oneco, Stephenson County, Illinois. Her residence in Jun 1900 was Freeport, Stephenson County, Illinois. She was also known as Sadie Cantrill. She died in Illinois. Hiram Grant Morrow was the son of Jonathan Morrow and Melvilla Ball. He was born on 21 Nov 1872 in Illinois. His residence in 1880 was Stockton, Jo Daviess County, Illinois. He died on 15 Mar 1945 in Freeport, Stephenson County, Illinois. Sarah and Hiram had 3 children:

William Morrow was born on 22 Dec 1896 in Illinois. His residence in 1930 was Freeport, Stephenson County, Illinois. He died Feb 1977 in Rockford, Winnebago County, Illinois.

Ralph Morrow born in 1902 in Illinois. His residence in 1920 was Freeport Ward 1, Stephenson County, Illinois.

Raymond Dale Morrow was born Abt. 1906 in Freeport, Stephenson County, Illinois]. His residence in 1910 was Freeport Ward 1, Stephenson County, Illinois. He died in Illinois.

William David Cantrill was born on 18 May 1873 in Illinois. His occupation in 1920 was as a Factory laborer in toy factory. His residence in 1930 was Freeport, Stephenson County, Illinois. William married Anna, parentage unknown. She was born Abt. 1880 in Wisconsin. Her residence in 1930 was Freeport, Stephenson County, Illinois. She was also known as Annie. William David Cantrill and Anna had 1 child: Leo Cantrill was born Abt. 1917 in Illinois. His residence in 1920 was Freeport Ward 2, Stephenson County, Illinois.


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