George Washington and Lydia Ann (Johnson) Dir Family
Contributed by Suanne Nesland
The Dir Family around 1895
Back Row: Amelia Bell, Edson Monroe, Minnie Gettle, William, Leonora Viola, Arthur Leroy, Nellie Lorette
Middle Row: George W. (father), Ellen Elizabeth, Lydia Isabella, Daisy Gay, Lydia Ann (Mother)
Front Row: Hattie Pearl, Rose May, Catherine Ann
Contributed by Suanne Nesland
The Michael & Anna (Donovan) Driscoll Family in 1881
Top Row - Hannah (Driscoll) Gagin, Daniel Driscoll, Emma Driscoll, John Driscoll, Julia (Driscoll) Isenhart
Bottom - Louisa (Driscoll) Hirschberg, Anne (Donovan) Driscoll, Michael Driscoll, Mary (Driscoll) Williams
Michael and Anne (Donovan) were born in Ireland (1830 and 1835 respectively). All of their seven children were born in Illinois. The family was on the 1860 Census of Whiteside County living in Mt. Pleasant township. Following in 1870 they were found in Lyndon with all seven children listed. In 1880 Michael (works for the railroad) & Anne are still in Lyndon with Julia, Daniel, Emma and Louisa still at home. John age 19 is a butcher, boarding in the home of John Duffin in Morrison, Hannah is working as a servant in the home of Thomas Gatt in Sterling and Mary is 16 working as a servant in the home of Mary Wallace in Sterling.
Hannah/Honora (1858 - 1901) married Lawrence V. Gagin 19 Sep 1883
Julia Ann (1862) married Nathan Tracy Isenhart
John J. (1863)
Mary Jane 29 Jan 1864-19 Sep 1938 m Eugene Francis Williams
Louisa Lillie (1868) married John Hirschberg 13 Oct 1888
Contributed by Jean Baumberger Jones
Great Granddaughter of
Alfred and Lucy (Melvin) Graham
We have been told - but have no proof - that Alfred's first name was Benjamin but he always went by the name of Alfred. Alfred was born 12 July 1825 in Ballyfinn, Queens Co (now Laois) Ireland. He died 11 July 1874 and is buried in what is called the "Old Tampico Cemetery". This is an abandoned cemetery just south of town. The headstone of Alfred Graham is the only one still visible.
Alfred is the son of James and Elizabeth (Cullen) Graham also of Ballyfinn Ireland.
The story is told he and many of his siblings left Ireland and came to the US via Canada. Their immigration could have been 1845 - 1852 during the Potato Famine. The children of James and Elizabeth are Alfred, James, Jr, Malcolm, Caroline, William Cullen, Seal and Wallace. Alfred Graham married Lucy Melvin, whose family had come from New England. (I've not been able to find a marriage of Alfred to Lucy in Illinois). Alfred and Lucy had about 8 or 10 children. Their daughter Eliza Janes is the grandmother of Jean Jones. The children ages / birth dates are not known.
Alfred died young and Lucy packed up her seven youngest children and her furniture, put them on a "raft" (surely a commercial vessel) and floated down the Mississippi River to DuVall's Bluff, Arkansas where she set up housekeeping and opened a boarding house in order to support her brood. Eventually she married again, to Dr. Seeley and then moved to Missouri.
William "Will" born about 1857
Thomas born about 1859
Eliza "Jane" 1861 married "John" Canada Cowan and lived in Asheville, Buncombe Co NC
John born about 1864 stayed in Tampico "we think".
James (Jim) another one
Cynthia married McKay, lived in Buffalo NY
Belle b abt 1869 did get married and lived in Colorado
Adelaide born abt 1871 married Fleshman(sp?) had a son "Ben" lived in Lamar Colorado
Lineage of Jean (Baumberger) Jones
(1) Albert and Lucy (Melvin) Graham
(2) Eliza "Jane" Graham married Cowan
(3) "Lucy" Elva Cowan married Baumberger
(4) Margaret "Jean" Baumberger married Jones (now 90 years of age)
(5) Dianne Jones married Guthrie
(6) Jan Guthrie married Gustafson
(7) Kendal Gustafson is now 7 years old
Source: Sterling Gazette 13 Sept. 1940
Contributed by Sue Nesland
One of the most interesting of the old former residents of Coleta is Mrs. Suzannah Howe, widow of the late Squire George Howe of Morrison, and who now lives in her old home, 106 West Lincolnway in Morrison. Mrs. Howe is not a native of Coleta,- as she was born Nov. 6, 1851 in Tuscorora county, O. She was twelfth of a family of 13 children of Martin and Barbara Offerd Overholser. Her father was a Pennsylvanian and her mother came of Netherland; ancestry. All 12 children were born in Ohio, the one born in Pennsylvania. There were 10 girls and three boys. James P. Overholser, a former-mayor of Sterling and postmaster and four years in business in Coleta was one of Mrs. Howe's three brothers. Her sister Sarah, married William Howe. Both she and her husband are dead. Their home was in Coleta.
Mrs. Howe was brought to Coleta when she was a small child. The family came to Genesee township in a covered wagon drawn by horses. Mrs. Howe's father homesteaded 160 acres of land about fourth of a mile west of Coleta, and also bought from the government 160 acres more, paying for it 50 cents an acre. The first home of the was a small log cabin. A number of years later Mr. Overholser bought a house near Coleta which became their home, and where Mrs. Howe was reared. She attended Hazel Green school, being in that district. She remembers there were but seven grades in the school and it was necessary to attend Coleta school for the eighth grade and tuition had to be paid.
Regarding schools Mrs. Howe told the reporter for the Gazette; "We are in school every day of our lives; it is the school of experience. We never get through learning; there is always something more to learn."
It was on February 17, 1870 that Suzannah Overholser and George W. Howe were united in marriage at Coleta. The minister was Barrett M. Beers, and the witnesses were John H. Gorman and Cephas Hurless. The marriage certificate is in a frame in the parlor of her home. There is in the certificate a photograph of the principals at the wedding. They were certainly a handsome couple, and Mrs. Howe in her old age bears yet a strong resemblance to that early picture when she was a maiden of 19 years of age. Mr. and Mrs. Howe lived happily together for 62 years, when Mr. Howe answered the last call about eight years ago.
Mr. and Mrs. Howe had nine children but there are only two of them living now. They are Mrs. Oliver Diehl and Martin O. Howe both of Morrison. She has 28 grandchildren and 49 great-grandchildren. Mrs. Howe says they all take after their great-grandmother all being smart.
Mr. Howe once had a meat market when the family lived in Coleta in what is now known as the old Snavely house. That was when the couple were first married. Later, he clerked in a store, then went to farming one half mile west of Coleta. Still later he and a Mr. Cobb, who was a druggist, formed a partnership and conducted a general store, which was commonly called a "Duke's Mixture" store because of the many lines of merchandise it contained. There was everything from a quinine pill to a threshing machine in the inventory. In those days Coleta had a big farm trade from the rich country around. During those days Mrs. Howe had to stay up until midnight every night because of the habit of the farmers doing their trading at the store late at night. The late retiring hour hung to her until she became known to members of her family as the "nighthawk."
In those merchandising days of Mr. Howe one night a farmer hurriedly came to the house and awakened him to go to the store and get some medicine for a sick horse. He and the man accordingly went to the store and to the drug department with which Mr. Howe was not very familiar, and the men were so long in finding the medicine they wanted the horse died.
Mrs. Howe is a great reader. She reads her Bible and also the papers, especially The Gazette. "We always had The Gazette in our family ever since I was a child and I wouldn't be without it" said Mrs. Howe. Her brothers were James P. Overholser, Chris Overholser and John Overholser. Her husband was in business with his father in Coleta before coming to Sterling.
Along with her other capacities Mrs. Howe has been quite a church worker. Originally she was a Baptist, was immersed and still is strong for the Baptist faith, as was her late husband. She recalls the time when she was first drafter for a public speaker. There was a big Sunday school convention in Rock Falls. The late L.S. Philips was the chairman. The lady who was to have spoken on the subject of "Teacher Training," could not come, so the chairman of the meeting decided to substitute Mrs. Howe. She demurred and thought first of running away, but that night she thought it over and decided that even if she was not prepared the Lord would fill her heart and mouth with words. She had cried over the assignment. Next day she delivered the convention address.
Mrs. Howe has quite a few old things besides her Charles Sander's reader, which is 94 years old. She has a dainty little china vase,with colors and gilt on it. This she bought when she was 10 years old with money her father gave her in 1861 for picking corn, and over which she cried. Her father gave her the money not to cry. The little vase is in her front room. She has a picture of-"Robert Burns and Highland Mary" a love scene under a tree, in a frame a relative made many years ago. She recently declined an offer of $25 for the picture, it is so rare. There are other pictures equally old. There are portraits of her father and mother;
Childhood days of Coleta are recalled by Mrs. Howe. She remembers her father always raised many, sheep. One of the delights of the children was seeing the flocks driven two and one-half miles to the creek, there to be, washed and then driven back to the farm. The wool was sent to the old mill at Empire, now Emerson. Her mother made stockings, mittens, scarfs and other things from the yarn from the wool of the sheep on the farm.
Mrs. Howe said "I have had lots of sorrow in my life but I never let it bother me, nor have I ever complained. It is not a happy thing to do and besides, other people never like to hear a complaining person. I have been a strong, sturdy woman, enjoyed good health and have been happy. I find a good husband and a happy family, for which I am and always have been grateful. I am not bound by creed. I believe in God regardless of church connection. Now I cannot attend church services, but I have a strong faith.
Note: Mr. and Mrs. Howe are both buried at Grove Hill Cemetery in Morrison.
There were 3 photos accompanying this article but they wouldn't scan the paper was too old and the photo very dark. One was a family portrait of John Kadel Sr. around 1888, with sons John Jr. and Harry and his wife Margaret. A smaller photo was of John Kadel Jr. and his wife on their 64th Wedding anniversary in 1965. The third was a Civil War Sword presented to Chief Bugler John Kadel.
The Kadel family and its descendants have been associated with prominence in the city of Rock Falls since the mid 1870's when the family unit of five brothers and two sisters migrated here from their native Pennsylvania. The Kadels arrived in Rock Falls in 1875 at a time when the city of Rock Falls was enjoying a noted industrial growth including a flour mill, mitten factory, paper mill, school and farm implement manufacturing company and the Keystone Manufacturing Company which was later to become the International Harvester Company.
The Kadel family consisting of five brothers, Adam , Ben, John, Peter and William, along with their two sisters, Catherine Kadel Stahl and Mollie Kadel Brown and their husbands, migrated from their home in Fayette County, Pennsylvania. They were no doubt attracted to the Rock Falls community by the work offerings at that time and all of the brothers secured posts at the Keystone Manufacturing Company. One of the the Kadel brothers, John Kadel, was later to become an active civic and city leader holding offices indlucing that of mayor (1883-1895) and alderman of Rock Falls. He was also to enjoy the distinction of being one of the charter members and creator of the Keystone Band which later was honored as the official Sixth Regiment Band of the Illinois National Guard.
John Kadel Sr. was born June 19, 1842 near Chambersburg, PA where he spent his youth and education. At the time of the outbreak of the Civil War, Kadel rallied to the call of his country and enlisted in the 21st PA Cavalry. His musical talent was noted and rewarded by the regimental officers andhe was named the chief bugler of the regiment. Kadel was to serve throughout the war and is credited with participation in several of the major engagement. He returned to Chambersburg and married Miss Rebecca Neff on May 15, 1886 and they lived there until 1875 when they came to Rock Falls.
Kadel began his long career locally employed at the Keystone Mfg. plant with the exception of several years when he occupied a similar position with the Sterling Mfg. Company as a forge tool maker. Shortly after moving to Rock Falls, Kadel organized the keystone Band and served as its leader from some 21 years up to 1896 when he retired. The band had 32 members in 1893 and was one of the largest and best bands in this section of the US. During the contest held in Dixon theKeystone Bank won the first place honors as the best band in Illinois. Following the Spanish Americna War, the Keystone Band was named the official band of the Sixth Regiment of the Illinois National Guard and was host band during the encampments held at Springfield under the able direction of Kadel. Kadel was active in city and civic programs and was mayor of Rock Falls, 1893-95. He earlier served as an alderman for four years and was then elected mayor of the city. He was a member of the Rock Falls Lodge 936, A.F. and A.M. and of the Sterling Lodge 1218 B.P.O.E. and he retained membership in the Modern Woodmen of American of which he was one of the early members when the oder was founded in Fulton, Whiteside County. Kadel and his wife Rebecca were the parents of three children, a daughter Ethel Anna, who died at the age of 2 and two sons, Harry L. Kadel who died in 1927 and John A. Kadel Jr. died Jan. 8, 1929 at his home on Third Avenue due to injuries received in a fall.
John Kadel Jr. was born Aug. 23, 1878 in Rock Falls where he attended the Rock Falls school system and later graduated from Brown's Business College. The junior Kadel was a member of the 16th commencement class of Rock Falls High School and the services were held June 7, 1897 at the Rock Falls Methodist Episcoplal Church. Kadel left Rock Falls for a short period of time to work in Chicago. He returned to Rock Falls and became associated in the hardware business ownd by his father-in-law, Jeremiah V. McCarthy. The buisness was located at 221. W. 2nd St. in downtown Rock Falls. Kadel later left he hardware store business and became the cashier of the Rock Falls National Bank.
He left the bank business and bought an interest in a grain elevator with Fred Davidson. The grain elevator was located at the east end of the present site of Rubins Car lot on W. 2nd St. The elevator closed during the depression and in the early 1930's Kadel went on the road, traveling as a bank examiner. He was sent to Byron IL as a receiver for the bank and when the firm was reorganized, he became he cashier. Kadel left Byron in 1940 and returned to Rock Falls where he bought an elevator then owned by Dutch Metzger at the foot of Locust Street in Sterling. He operated this elevator until his retirement. At one time Kadel also served as the treasure of the City of Rock Falls. The John Kael home, which stands today is located at 410 3rd Ave. For some reason,m ost of the Kadel family either bought or rented homes on Third Avenue and for a time the street was called "Kadel Street." John Kadel Jr. married Gertrude McCarthy and they were the parents of two daughters, Virginia (Mrs. Roscoe Eades) and Mary (Mrs. Winfred Baker) Mrs. Eades resides in Sterling today and Mrs. Baker along with one daughter lives in Rock Falls.
"Bugler Kadel Writes from Civil War Battle Lines"
Dear Mother, as you have often requested of me or any of us to rite to se if you could read it and today is a butifull day i will rite and you must read i rote to the other day But this one is for you adam and me and uncle Bowers and riffle are all well i think that the cav. will go on a raid before long they are giving the men plenty of ammunition sixty rounds of carbine and forty rounds f pistol there is going Be something done Before long we lay in camp at Present.
there is three hudnred of our regiement on picket they stay out three days it is three miles to the line. Adam is detailed to shoe Company G horses he don't have no guard duty to do.
our majar is talking about raising a Band i don't know if i will go into it or not i can't stand it as well as i could ont time by brehy is much weaker than it ever was i have a cough but think it comes from a cold i wish this war was over am getting tired of it i think this winter will close it.
Mother i will send you two stars of our regimental flag it has been shot all to peices there is nothing but a rag i want you to keep them there has Been many poor man fall trying to keep up with it. Thelast fight the major took it and run toward the rebel force the boys were bound to follow him the boys all like him.
the enlisted men of the 21st have made him a present of a horse that cost $.50 dollars colars sadel and Bridel the hole thing cost $7.76 dollars. you may no that he is well thought of the regiment was formed early one morning the horse was there and he was called out of Bed he did not no any thing of it the sergeant major presented it to him he made a very nice speech got on the horse the boys gave him three hearty cheers.
he thanked kindly for the present and told us he would stay with us. i will close for this time pleas let me no if you can read this my love to all i remain dear mother your affectional son .. John Kadel to hiskind mother good by
Editors Note: The above is the complete text of a letter written by John Kadel Sr., a bugler in the 21st PA Cavalry duirng the Civil War, to his mother in PA. Kadel who was later made chief bugler of the regiment was writing to his mother who apparently was learning to read. The letter was dated Oct. 25 and failed to contain the year -- [From the Daily Gazette - July 1, 1976 Bi-Centennial Edition]
Washington Shearer (B. 10 May 1844, Beaver County, Pa.) Married Laura Jane Prince (B. 28 Dec. 1849, Va Or Wv) On 13 July 1865 In Point Harmor, Ohio. They Lived In Parkersburg, Wood County, Wv. Prior To Moving To Prophetstown Around 1883.
They Had The Following Children When They Arrived In Prophetstown:
1. John Shearer (B.21 Jan. 1869, Ohio) He Moved To Long Beach, California Where He Later Married And Died On 01 Nov. 1944. No Children.
2. Lillie Shearer (B. 09 July 1872, Parkersburg, Wv) Was Attending Western Normal College When She Died At Her Home In Prophetstown On 26 Nov. 1893. She Never Married And Is Buried At Riverside Cemetery With Her Parents. No Children.
3. Ida Elizabeth Shearer (B. 04 April 1874, Parkersburg, Wv) Never Married And Moved To Long Beach, California Where She Is Believed To Have Died In 1931. No Children.
4. Lilah Shearer (B. 22 July 1878, Parkersburg, Wv) Married August Schmitt On 14 June 1905 In Sterling, Illinois. They Move To Ames, Iowa. After The Death Of Mr Schmitt, Lilah Married Carl Olson On 30 Aug. 1930 In Rock Island, Illinois And Returned To Ames Where She Died On 06 Dec. 1963. Two Daughters With August Schmitt.
5. Susan Shearer (B. 27 Sept. 1880, Parkersburg, Wv) Married Roy E Crook On 13 June 1905 In Prophetstown. Roy Was A Deputy Sheriff For Some Years In Prophetstown And Susan Ran A Dress Shop. They Were Said To Have Lived In One Of The Largest Homes On The Main Street Of Prophetstown. Susan Died On 01 Dec. 1952 In Prophetstown. No Children.
6. Grace Darling Shearer (B. 07 Dec. 1882, Parkersburg, Wv) Married Henry Lorentz Urban On 24 April 1905 In Prophetstown. They Both Became Doctors Of Osteopathic Medicine At The School In Kirksville, Mo. They Later Made Their Home In Iowa And Grace Died At The Home Of Her Daughter On 20 July 1951 In North Aurora, Illinois. This Was My Great Grandmother. One Daughter (Special Education Teacher) One Son (Doctor).
The Following Children Were Born After Washington And Laura Moved To Prophetstown:
7. George William Shearer (B. 28 July 1884, Prophetstown, Il) Married Lois R Ritter On 05 Dec. 1919. We Are Not Sure Where Her Met And Married His Wife As They Ended Up In Kansas And Then California Where He Died On 12 Aug. 1972. One Son.
8. Frank Shearer (B. 22 Aug. 1886, Prophetstown, Il) Never Married And Also Became A Doctor. He Was A Farmer In Iowa Where He Was Called On Day And Night For His Medical Services. He Died On 20 April 1975 In Tucson, Arizona.
9. Brace Shearer (B. 03 May 1889, Prophetstown, Il) Married Minnie Stonciper On 07 Jan. 1912. He Owned An Insurance Company In Moline, Illinois And Also Owned Shearer Island On The Mississippi River. He Died On 03 March 1951 In Moline And Was Buried At Riverside Cemetery In Prophetstown. One Daughter And One Son.
10. Louis P Shearer (B. 07 Feb. 1893, Prophetstown, Il) Married Louise Hefke On 01 Oct. 1920 In Sterling. He Spent Some Time In The Military. He Later Worked At The Post Office In Prophetstown Where He Died On 08 Jan. 1965 And Was Buried At Riverside Cemetery In Prophetstown. One Daughter And One Son (Dick And Jane)
There Was Another Child That Died As An Infant, However I Have No Data On This Child. I Have Followed The Lines Down To Present Day And Have Found Many Cousins From The Shearer Children. Jane Reynolds Still Lives In Prophetstown And Was The Daughter Of Louis Shearer. Her Brother Dick Lives In Erie.
The Parents Of Washington Shearer Were David Shearer (B. 30 July 1805, Beaver County, Pa) And Susanna Shanor (B. 02 Sept. 1807, Beaver County, Pa). This Is A German Line Of Shearer's Who Were Found In The 1850 Census Under The Name Of Sherer And Later Census Under Shearer. Many Of The Shearer Children Were Well Educated In The Areas Of Medicine And Many Never Followed This Life.
I Have Much More On This Line, But These Are The Roots In Prophetstown.
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"Nov. 1860 J.R. Brown's New Gallery, Morrison, IL."
By 1855 the railroad had advanced west as far as Morrison. Martin and his family immigrated from Ontario, Canada that same year and took the train as far west as they could go. They got off at Morrison and bought 80 acres of land in Clyde twp near the community of White Pigeon and began their pioneering adventure.
The Reitzel Family
Jacob and Susanna Rutt Reitzel had 9 children:
Martha, Mary A., Sabina, Susanna, Henry, Sarah, Abraham, Jacob, and Lewis.
The only two identified in this picture are: left to right in the back row
Sabina Reitzel Brubaker, wife of Abram/Abraham, and Mary A. Loux, wife of Noah.
Contributed by Karen Fyock
The Augustus P. Smith Family
Founder of Rock Falls
Source: The Sterling Gazette, July 1, 1976
August P. Smith, founder of the City of Rock Falls was
an industrialist with the vision of establishing Rock Falls as an
"industrial city" prior to 1867 when he purchased 65 acres of land on
the south side of the Rock River upon which the city is located today.
Smith was formerly a native of Cobleskill, New York and was born Feb. 2, 1831. In 1848 he left for New York City where he resided for two years and then became a resident of Cherry Valley also in New York State. After two years Smith moved to Goversville NY and he resided there until he moved to Sterling in 1856. While residing in Gloversville Smith married Elvira J. Champlin on April 14, 1855. Smith and his wife were the parents of four daughters, Florence born in 1859, Mabel E. in 1861, Helen in 1863 and Gertrude in 1868. While residing in Sterling, Smith was a music teacher with an established reputation of an "accomplished musician" and he directed the choir at the Congregational Church in Sterling.
The Rock Falls industrial era began in 1867 when Smith moved across the river and purchased lands, laid out the town of Rock Falls, built a race for power and awakened a spirit of progress and improvement which resulted in the creation of a thriving village on the site where Indians frequented earlier. Smith possessed the capital necessary to improve the property and at once began the construction of a race, connecting with the dam of the Sterling Hydraulic Company, built in 1854. This race was completed at a cost of $12,000 and the work of building a town began.
Many noteworthy events occurred during the year 1867 after Smith purchased the 65 acre land tract for the town of Rock Falls. Smith hired John Arey to survey and lay out the town and the plat was originally recorded at the Whiteside County seat, Jan. 28, 1868. An interesting and historic meeting was held in Rock Falls Aug. 28, 1867. The meeting was held in the store owned by Mr. Hapgood "on the south side of the river." Mr. Haskell was named secretary of the meeting and apparently Thomas A. Galt was named as moderator. Galt told the assembly the meeting had been called for the purpose of taking measures for the establishment of a mill for the manufacture of woolen goods and to take some action in reference to the extension of the railroad to this place.
The City of Rock Falls was officially named during this historic meeting in 1867. The name "Rock Falls" was suggested by Smith and it apparently met with the approval of those present. The main topic at the meeting was that of the woolen mill and entering the discussion and planning were Chairman Galt, Smith, Alonzo Golder, James Page, F. Cushing and J.A. Patterson. It was indicated $40,000 would be an ample amount to erect the building and place the mill in running order. Upon opening the subscription list, about $3,500 was subscribed from those men present.
This group then appointed a committee to obtain subscriptions from the manufacturing plant venture and the committee consisted of J.M. Patterson, M.O. Coe and Thomas A. Galt for Sterling; Frank Cushing for Coloma; Alonzo Golder and Nathan Williams for Montmorency; Reuben Davis for Hahnaman; A. J. Teller and George Richmond for Prophetstown and Austin Morse for Hume. On a final action at the meeting, a committee of J.A. Patterson, Thomas A. Galt and A.P. Smith was named to confer with the officers of the Northwestern, or any railroad company, in reference to a railroad connection with Rock Falls.
Shortly after moving to Rock Falls, Smith built an impressive home for that day and it was called "Oaklawn." The home was located on the south east corner of Avenue F. and East Second Street. The home is still standing today (1976) and has undergone numerous owners int he past years and is currently an apartment dwelling. In 1869 Smith built the mitten factory and was engaged int he manufacture of mittens and gloves. The building was located on East Third Street just off First Avenue. It was a three-story frame building built at a cost of $4,000.
zeal in promoting the manufacturing and industrial climate continued
and in 1872 he organized a company which later constructed the Rock
Falls Industrial Building. The Rock Falls city directory in the year
1887 revealed Smith owning a knitting mill located over Chamberlains
Jewelry Store in addition to a real estate office from which he sold
business and residential lots and hydraulic power. Smith died Oct. 1,
1895 and he was singularly honored as flags in both Rock Falls and
Sterling were flown at half mast as a tribute to him.
Contributed by Susan Steele
Samantha Belt Wray (seated at right); her son David Elwin Wray (seated at left); David's daughter Sarah Francis Wray Beardslee-1890-1970, my grandmother (standing); and Sarah's son Harold Wray Beardslee-1912-1992, my father (the baby in the middle).
Several members of the Wray family are buried at Oakridge / Lusk Cemetery, Nevitt Cemetery, Minta Cemetery
Submitted by Lori Gilbert
Walter William Gilbert & Family
Family - Jasper, Lyle, Cecil, Elsie & Mary, Josie and Frank (1940's)
THOMPSON 50th ANNIVERSARY
Alexander & Alice (Blean) Thompson
12 March 1863 - 12 March 1918
[Contributed by Lucile Sinclair]
The notation on the back says "50th Wedding Anniversary 1913"
He received a gold headed cane. She received a gold handled umbrella
Alexander Thompson died in 1922 in Minnesota
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