Stephenson County
Pioneer Families

Contributed by Jessy Moyer

William R. Nichols was born 23 November 1923 at Petersburg, Lincoln County, TN, the son of Stanley Thurman and Willie (Wright) Nichols. He married Kathryn Rumelhagen on September 4, 1954 in Corinth Mississippi. Kathryn became a member of the Silver Creek Reformed Church on 25 March 1934. Kathryn was a graduate of the 8th grade class of Wagner School .

William R. Nichols, 44, of 816 S. benton Ave., was killed early Sunday in a one-car accident West of Rockford in Winnebago County. Nichols' car, northbound on Centerville Road, reportedly failed to make the turn at a "T" intersection with Cunningham Road. The auto apparently left the road at what Winnebago County deputies described as a high rate of speed and slammed into an embankement. A resident of a near-by house called the sheriff's office and a Rockford city ambulance took Nichls to Rockford Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival. Nichols was alone in the car at the time of the accident and reportedly may have fallen asleep. William R. Nichols was born Nov. 23, 1923 at Petersburg (Lincoln County) Tenn., son of Stanley and Willie (David Wright) Nichols. On September 4, 1954, he married Kathryn Rumelhagen at Corinth, Mississippi. Mr. Nichols was night superintendent of the Goss Printing Co. at Rockford IL. He was a veteran of Wold War II. Surviving are his widow; a daughter Marla Rae at home; his mother of Fayetteville Tenn.; three brothers, Stanley of Wilmingon Del., Thomas of Shelbyville, Tenn., and Gerald of Tennessee; two sisters, Mrs. Martha Wells of Detroit, Mich., and Mrs. Docia Parks of Peoria. Funeral service will be at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday in Burke-Tubbs Funeral Home. The Rev. Gustav Bloom, pasator of Bethany United Church of Christ, will officiate. Burial will be in Chapel Hill Cemetery. Friends may call at teh funeral home after 1 p.m. Tuesday.

Bridesmaids - Delores Nieman, Delores Anders, Deloris Kant
Shirley Ann Ackerman to Louis Klages
Married September 19, 1959 Bethany U.C.C. (Corner of Galena and Carroll Sts. Freeport
Raymond Nieman, Frederick Kortemier and Bob Meyers
Marla Rae Nichols age 3 and Glen Meier age 6

Glenn and Helen Ackerman with daughter Shirley Ackerman

Shirley Ackerman (Baby Picture)

Rohl Wedding - William Nichols 2nd on the right

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