RALPH E. COATES - 77, of 3602 River Road, Sterling, died Thursday afternoon (29 August 1985) in Community General Hospital following a long illness. Memorial services will be held at a later date. The body was cremated. Arrangements were completed by the Allen Funeral Home in Sterling. Mr. Coates was born Feb. 7, 1908 in Bloomfield, Missouri, the son of James and Etta (Elmore) Coates. He was united in marriage to Elsie Buzzard on July 26, 1970 in Camanche, Iowa. He had been an auto mechanic in the area prior to his retirement in 1969. He is survived by his wife, Elsie E., one son, Gene Coates, Sarasota, Florida; one stepdaughter, Mrs. Doris Slater, Sterling; one sister, Mrs. Helen Todd, Flint, Michigan; two grandchildren and one greatgrandaughter; two great great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois August 30, 1985 - Friday, pg A4]
LILY B. (ANDREAS) COATS, of 1714 16th Ave., Sterling, passed away Thursday afternoon in Community General Hospital. She was born Dec. 7, 1881 in Whiteside County, a daughter of Philip and Eugenia Johnson Andreas. She was a resident of this area the last 40 years and was a member of the First Baptist Church and the Woman's Relief Corps. Her husband Joseph Robert Coats, passed away in February of 1918. She is survived by three sons, James P. of Freeport, Guy A., and J. Lawrence Coats, both of Sterling; two daughters Mrs. Helen Ramsey, Sterling, and Mrs. John (Vera) McGee, Decorah, Iowa; one brother, Van J. Andreas of Sterling, and seven grandchildren. She was preceded by her husband, one daughter, Margaret, who died in infancy, four brothers and two sisters. The body is at the Melvin Funeral Home where friends may call at any time. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday in the funeral home, with Rev. P. Lynn Miller, pastor of the First Baptist Church, officiating. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois November 11, 1960 - Friday, page 8]
CLOY J. COATS, age 79, of Mt. Carroll, Illinois, passed away at the Deaconess Medical Center on Monday, July 9, 2007 in Spokane, Washington. A Funeral Service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Monday, July 16, 2007 at the Frank-Law-Jones Funeral Home, Mt. Carroll, Illinois with Reverend Robert Schubert of the Center Hill United Brethren Church officiating. Interment will be in Oak Knoll Cemetery in Sterling, Illinois. Military Rites will be accorded by the Rock Falls American Legion Post# 902 In Rock Falls, Illinois. A visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 15, 2007 at the Frank-Law-Jones Funeral Home in Mount Carroll. Memorials may be given to the Center Hill United Brethren Church, 14201 U.S. Highway 52, Mount Carroll, Illinois 61053 in Cloy's memory. Cloy was born on December 9, 1927, the son of John and Sylvia Grace (Myers) Coats in Sterling, Illinois. Cloy lived and farmed in rural Sterling most of his life. He graduated from Milledgeville High School with the class of 1945 and then served his country in the United States Army. Cloy later completed his Journeyman Electrician Training in Clinton, Iowa. Cloy married Mary A. Hall on October 7, 1950 in Sterling. Mary passed away on November 3, 1993. Cloy worked as an Electrician for Clinton Electrical Contractors for many years and later worked for Metform Hot Formed Products where he retired from in 1993. He was also currently employed by the Carroll Lanes Bowling Alley in Mt. Carroll, Illinois; he enjoyed helping with maintenance work at the Center Hill United Brethren Church. Cloy enjoyed tinkering in his garage, bird watching, long walks and riding motorcycles and scooters. Most of all Cloy loved spending time with his family. Cloy will be dearly missed by five sons, Daniel M. Coats of Springfield, Illinois; Cloy J. (Teresa) Coats of Livermore, California, David A. Coats of Lake Charles, Louisiana, Jack E. (Stacy) Coats of Clinton, Iowa, and Tim L. Coats of Livermore, California; three daughters, Jan S. Coats of Mt. Carroll, Patty A. (Jeff) Lessman of Lanark, Illinois and Nancy J. (Clinton) Sewell of Clarkston, Washington; twelve grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; three brothers, Wendell (Helen) Coats of Mesa, Arizona, Keith Coats of Sterling, Illinois and Lyle (Margorie) Coats of Mt. Carroll, Illinois; and one sister, June Gibbs of Polo, Illinois. Cloy was preceded in death by his wife Mary; one grandson Eric, and one sister, Lois Coats.
DANA SEGER COBB, 86, 5134 N. Base St., Morrison, was dead on arrival Friday evening at Morrison Community Hospital. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday at the Reynolds Funeral Home. Burial will be in Grove Hill Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home Sunday from 2-5 p.m. A memorial has been established in his memory. Dana S. Cobb was born Jan. 4, 1876 in Ustick Township, the son of Samuel B. and Della Green Cobb. He was reared and educated in Ustick Township. He married Edna Stapleton, Jan. 1, 194 in Morrison and farmed in Carroll County for six years before moving to Morrison in 1920. He was a member of the Methodist Church. Survivors include his widow; three sisters, Mrs. Paul (Ruby) Nice, Morrison; Mrs. Guy ( Alda) McCulloh, Rock Falls, and Mrs. Leo (Dessie) Snavely, Sterling. He was preceded in death by four brothers and one sister. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois June 3, 1972 - Saturday, page 2]
RALPH COBB, 79, of Miami Beach, Fla., formerly of Sterling, died Nov. 6, 1993 in Miami Beach. Funeral services will be at noon Tuesday at the Reuben-Zilbert Memorial Chapel, 1701 Alton Road, Miami Beach, Fla. Burial will be in Miami. A memorial has been established to Temple Shalom. Dr. Cobb practiced optometry in Sterling and had been president of Cobb Optical Company. He was a former member of the Sterling Rotary Club. Survivors include his wife, Miriam Cobb of Miami Beach, Fla.; one son, Dr. Steven (Diana) Cobb of Newton, mass.; one daughter, Mrs. David (Ellen) Shelburne of Reedsville, Ohio; and two grandchildren. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois November 8, 1993 - Monday, pg A2]
SAMUEL B. COBB, 80 year old resident of Morrison and one of the early settlers of the county died Friday morning at 9 o'clock at his home at 311 Lincolnway East. Although he had been confined to his bed only a week Mr. Cobb has been in impaired health for a number of years. He was born May 1, 1851 in St. Lawrence County NY in the town of Potsdam. At the age of 6 years he came to Whiteside County with his parents and has since been a continuous resident. He was married to Miss Della Green at Morrison Feb. 6, 1879 by Rev. A.A. Russell at the Baptist parsonage. Following the marriage the couple lived on a farm in Ustick Twp. for 35 years. Seventeen years ago they moved to Morrison. Mr. Cobb is survived by his wife, four sons, Henry N. and Harvey C. of this vicinity, Dana of Morrison and Samuel B. of Rock Falls. Four daughters Mrs. Myrta Groharing of Thomson, Mrs. Ruby Nice of this vicinity, Mrs. Ada McCulloh and Mrs. Denise Snavely both of Sterling; one sister Mrs. Rhoda Green of this vicinity. Burial was in Grove Hill Cemetery. Among the out town relatives Mr. & Mrs. J.E. Longanecker, Mr. & Mrs. Guy McCulloh & Mr. & Mrs. Leo Snavely of Sterling, Mr. & Mrs. Grant Pollard and Mrs. Frank Pollard of Davenport Iowa; Mr. and Mrs. Noah Pape of Charlotte Iowa; Mr. & Mrs. Charles Groharing of Thomson; Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Allen of Fulton; Dr. & Mrs. W.H. Durham of Delavan Wisc. and Mrs. Virgil Wilt of Thomson. Thomson Review 16 July 1931]
LEO ALBERT COBLE - 75, of 1007 First Avenue Sterling, died October 6, 1993, at Sterling Pavilion following a long illness. Funeral service were held at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Sterling, with the Rev. Ruth Hansen officiating. Burial was at Oak Knoll Memorial Park, Sterling. Visitation was at the Allen Funeral Home in Sterling. A memorial was established to St. Paul Lutheran Church, Sterling. Mr. Leo Coble was born July 22, 1918 in Carroll County, the son of Charles and Hannah (Cornelius) Coble. He was a carpenter in Sterling for several area contractors for many years prior to his retirement. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Sterling. Survivors include his wife Vera (Johnson); one son Larry Lee (Janet) Coble of Fresno, California; one daughter, Mrs. Leann (Mel) Breed of Eau Claire, Wisconsin; four grandchildren; one brother, Raymond Coble of Phoenix, Arizona; two sisters, Edna Pfundstein of Morrison and Hazel Finkle of Polo; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by one brother. [Contributed by Barry Johnson]
VERA M. (JOHNSON) COBLE, 92, died September 13, 2010 at St. Anthony Medical Center, Rockford . Vera was born November 26, 1917 in Genesse Township, Whiteside County, the daughter of Bernard and Hannah (Rushmeyer) Johnson. She married Leo A. Coble on June 15, 1940 in Sterling . He preceded her in death on October 6, 1993. She was a lifelong member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Sterling . Survivors include one son, Larry (Janet) Coble of Sacramento, CA; one daughter Leann (Mel) Breed of Eau Claire, WI; one brother, Alvin ( Frances ) Johnson of Sterling; five grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. Corey (Lori) Coble and James; Kim (Rich) Cruise, Owen and Kamryn; Brenda (Alex) Quijano, Enrique and Monica, Amy (Torry) Rhoades, Emerson and Jackson; Joel (Jessica) Breed, Berit and Harrison . She was preceded in death by one sister, Helen Pitts and three brothers; Fay, Elmer and Glen Johnson. Funeral services were held at 10:30 AM Friday, September 17, 2010 at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Sterling, with the Reverend Judi Huseth, pastor, officiating. Pallbearers were: Joel Breed, Corey Coble, Enrique Quijano and Torry Rhoades. Joel Breed sang "Softly and Tenderly". Burial was at Oak Knoll Memorial Park and v isitation was held prior to the service at the church. A memorial has been established. Arrangements were completed by the Schilling Funeral Home, Sterling . [Contributed by Barry Johnson The photo is from the cover of a December 2009 cook book of recipes, dedicated to her and compiled by her daughter, Leann - and was made available at the funeral registration table.
ANTHONY RAY COCHRAN - Funeral services were held at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Wheelock-Allen Funeral Home in Rock Falls for Anthony Ray Cochran of 410 Martin Rd., Rock Falls. The Rev. Paul R. Ruch, pastor of the Full Gospel Assembly of Sterling, officiated with the burial in Riverside Cemetery. Mrs. Wayne Larson was at the organ during the services. Wayne Larson sand, "In My Father's house" and "Just A Closer Walk With Thee." The pallbearers were Dale Wolf, Hershel Dunn, Ray Hansen, Wayne Brayan, Carlyle Olson and Charles Truitt. Flowers were cared for by Swartley's truck, Mrs. Jack Appenzeller, Mrs. Charles Timbs and Mrs. Kenneth Olsen. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois August 10, 1967 - Thursday, pg 2]
ELIZABETH (STILL) COCHRAN - In Morrison, Ill. Monday, Feb. 20, 1905, of cancer of the stomach, Mrs. Elizabeth Cochran, aged 62 years, 1 month and 27 day. Elizabeth Still was born in Hamilton Co., Ill., Dec. 23, 1842, and at the age of six came to Fulton, Whiteside County, Ill., with her parents. She was married in 1864 to Alexander Cochran, who died about eighteen years ago. Soon after their marriage Mr. and Mrs. Cochran moved to Laclede, Mo., where they resided eight years. At the expiration of that time they returned to Morrison, where both lived until their death. Mrs. Cochran had been in very poor health for the past two years, but she bore her suffering with patience, never complaining. In addition to her daughter, Mrs. Frank Kramer, she also leaves two sisters and two brothers, Mrs. Margaret Johnson of this city, Mrs. Mary Libby of Kansas City, Mo., Isaac Still of Desota, Wis., and David Still of Santa Monica, Cal. The deceased was well know in this city and vicinity and she leaves a large number of friends who will regret to learn of her death. The funeral services will be held at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Frank KRAMER, at two o'clock this afternoon, Rev. W.E. LEAVITT of LeRoy, Ill., officiating. Interment will occur in Grove Hill Cemetery. [Contributed by Dawn Everling - Whiteside Sentinel 23 Feb 1905]
LEONORA (SMUCKER) COCHRAN - 91, passed away at 10:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Eveningside Nursing Home at Morrison [ Illinois ]. She had been a patient there since last July. The body rests at the Woods Funeral Home where friends may call after seven o'clock this evening. Funeral rites are to be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday in the Woods Funeral Home conducted by Rev. Lloyal M. Wilkinson of the First Congregational Church. The burial will take place in Grove Hill Cemetery, Morrison. Mrs. Cochran was born Oct 27, 1865 in Oneida, NY, son (sic) of Alvin and Helen Scribner Day. She was united in marriage with Samuel Wesley Smucker on Oct 17, 1888 in Morrison. To this union, five children were born, a son who died in infancy, Otto M. Smucker, Mrs. Beulah J. Riley and Mrs. Marjorie M. King of Chicago, and Mrs. Gertrude M. Mitchell of San Diego, Calif. Mr Smucker passed away in 1907. In November 1908 she was united in marriage to Edwin J. Cochran whose death occurred May 3, 1933 . Mrs. Cochran was a member of the First Congregational Church of Sterling, The Order of the Eastern Star of Illinois since 1909, and the Newcomers Club of Sterling. [Contributed by Suzy Wert - The Sterling Daily Gazette, Sterling, Illinois Thursday, 8 Nov 1956 ; p. 2 col 1-2
MARY (SMITH) COCHRAN, died at her home on Dixon avenue at 2:45 PM Thursday. Death followed an illness of several months duration. Deceased was born in Rochester, N.Y. on May 12, 1840, and before her marriage in Sterling on June 18, 1866 (17 Jul 1867 according to IL Records), was Miss Mary E. Smith. She is survived by her husband and two sons, Albert Cochran of Chicago and Richard Cochran of Rock Falls. Two daughters have predeeded her to the spirit world. Mrs. Cochran was one of a family of nine children, only one of whom, Nelson, now survive. Mr. and Mrs. Cochran have resided in the house in which she died for nineteen years, during which time she has won for herself the love, respect and esteem of hundreds of friends and neighbors. She was of a most self-sacrificing disposition and a most lovable character. The funeral will be held at the residence at 10 o'clock Saturday morning and will be conducted by Rev. W. Murray, pastor of the Congregational church, with which Mrs. Cochran has been identified for years. Interment will be made in the Riverside cemetery. [Contributed by Diane Patterson (Charles was a widower in 1910 - Mary died between 1900 - 1910)
MAY COCHRAN - At Detroit Mich., on Monday night July 21, 1890 of Typhoid-Pneumonia, Miss May Cochran aged 23 years 11 months and 19 days. May Cochran was born in Clyde, Whiteside County IL August 2, 1866. When quite young she went with her parents ot near Dutten, Canada, where they remained until about seven years ago, when she came with them to this city and has resided here ever since. Miss Cochran left three weeks ago yesterday for a vacation rest of a few weeks with relatives in Detroit and Canada. Her sickness which was of but a few days, was not at first thought to be of an alarming nature, but developed rapidly and with fatal termination. In the seven years of her residence in Morrison she has grown into womanhood. These years have been marked by a modesty of bearing which has ever lent a delightful charm to her character. A favorite with her circle of intimate friends, her many qualities of head and heart have won for her the respect and confidence of all who were privileged with her friendship. Her sudden death has fallen upon those most intimately associated with her in social, church and Sabbath school relations as the shadow of a great sorrow. But to none will her death bring so keen a sorrow as to the members of her family. For nowhere did the kindness of her heart so shine as in the home circle. The services will be this morning Rev. J.W. Skinner officiating and the remains interred in Grove Hill.
CHARLES COE - The death of Charles Coe was not unexpected, as he has been ailing for some years. He was a very aged man and for a number of years he has had to be looked after like a child. He has been living with the family of his daughter, Mrs. Neil Martin. Mr. Coe has been a resident of Morrison for a great many years. He was one of the pioneers of the city and his familiar form on the streets has been missed for years, as he has not been able to be down without assistance for some time. Mrs. Martin is now at Salem, Oregon, caring for a sick sister, and will not be able to leave her bed to return to the funeral. Mrs. Earl Knox, another daughter has been here caring for her father. [Contributed by Melva Taylor from the Sterling Evening Gazette, Sterling, Illinois February 4, 1915 - Thursday, pg 2 col. 7]
GLORIA (VERACINI) COERS, 69, of Tampico died Sunday, March 2, 2008 at Rockford Memorial Hospital. Gloria was born November 22, 1938 in Chicago, the daughter of Angelo and Gina (Dotti) Veracini. She married Walter A. Johanssen, Jr. and he died November 22, 1997. She later married Russell D. Coers, Jr. on March 8, 2008 in Sterling. Gloria enjoyed sewing and gardening. Survivors included her husband Russell of Tampico; a daughter Debra (Dr. Thomas) Hogge, of Dixon; a son, Mike Johanssen of Dixon; a step-daughter, DeAnna Lynn Coers of Clinton, Iowa; 2 step-sons, Brian Scott (Tiffany) Coers of Florida and Russell Lee (Bridgett) Coers of Texas; a sister, Laura Tintori of Rock Falls; grandchildren, Alyvia Hogge, Carson Hogge, April Fitzgerald, Autumn Walters, Ali Johannsen, Chris Johannsen, Jessica Meiners, Ashley Coers, Lucas Hemminger, Jenna Coers, Jacob Coers and Ryan Coers. She also was preceded in death by her parents, and 3 brothers, Enrico, Rico and Leo Veracini. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at McDonald Funeral Home, Rock Falls with Monsignor Thomas Dzielak; pastor of St. Andrew Catholic Church officiating. Burial will follow at Tampico Memorial Cemetery. Visitation is Thursday from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at the funeral home. [Contributed by Denise McLoughlin - Prophetstown Echo, March 4, 2008 A2;1]
CECIL E. COFFEY, 75, of Fulton, died Thursday at Kindred Hospital, Tampa, Fla. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Fulton. The funeral service will be preceded by 10:30 a.m. family prayer service at the Fulton Chapel of the Bosma-Renkes Funeral Home. The Rev. James R. Keenan, pastor of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, will be officiating. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home with an 8 p.m. vigil service. Interment will be in the Calvary Hill Cemetery, Fulton, with graveside military honors. He was born Jan. 12, 1929, in Clinton to Edward W. and Vivian I. Bell Coffey. He married Jean Gallentine on June 18, 1951, in Fulton. Pallbearers will be Gary Glazier, Keith Jones, Cecil Locey, Jack Merdian, Nick McQuistion, Keith Naftzger, Jim Ottens and George Roland. He was educated in Whiteside County, Ill., grade schools and graduated from Erie (Ill.) High School in 1946. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was employed with Davenport Works of Alcoa and then with Barrows Camp-O-Rama in Camanche and most recently by Drives, Inc., Fulton, before retiring in 1992. He was a member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, American Legion, Hanson-Kennedy Post 1079 in Albany, Ill., the Loyal Order of Moose Lodge 1095 in Savanna, Ill., B.P.O.E., Elks Lodge 882 in Galena, Ill., and the Family Motorcoach Association. Survivors include his wife; three daughters, Betty Mac Leod of Fulton, Barbara Linder of Camanche and Mrs. Laurie (James) Goldstein of Seffner, Fla.; two sons, Thomas (Cindy) Coffey of Camanche and Robert (Barbara) Coffey of Fulton; eight grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. [Clinton Herald 22 March 2004]
EDNA M. COFFEY, 84, of the Alverno Health Care Facility, Clinton, IA, died Wednesday, April 25, 2007 at the health care facility. Edna was born May 3, 1922 in Malone, IA, to Chris and Nellie (Sorensen) Christensen. She graduated from Clinton High School in 1940 and from Mount Saint Clare College in Clinton and Marycrest University in Davenport, IA. She served in the U.S. Navy during WWII. Edna married James A. Coffey on October 14, 1966 in Clinton, IA. He died July 18, 1995. She was an elementary school teacher in the Clinton Public Schools, Elvira, Camanche, and Moline Grade Schools. She was a member of the Albany American Legion and while she was teaching, she was also a member of the Iowa State Education Association and the National Education Association. As a teenager, she was very active in the Elvira Luther League and Elvira 4-H. Survivors include one brother, Dean Christensen of Huntsville, AL; several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, James; one sister, Clara Holm and one brother, Glen Christiansen.
EDWARD COFFEY, a highly respected citizen of Newton township, passed away at his home Saturday evening, October 14, 1916, after a week's sickness with pneumonia. He was born in Ireland in 1837 and was 79 years of age at the time of his demise. He came to Whiteside county in his early boyhood and has spent his entire life here. It has been well said that a written thought is but the revelaiion of the soul from which it sprang; then there has gone from us one who possessed a mind of exquisite beauty. Mr. Coffey was a strict member of the Catholic faith and was true to his religion. His mind, his voice, his hands were ever busy in the Master's service. Mr. Coffey was a Justice of the Peace for perhaps longer than any other man in this part of the state, and many a one who came to him with a tale of wrong and injustice were sent forth with a clearer view and a firmer faith in his fellow man. No wrong or injustice was so great that his broad mind could not find a satisfactory settlement. His christian life was so clear that right invariably triumphed. Those left to mourn a kind father and brother are: Mrs. Frank Thornton and John Coffey of Welton, Ia; Mrs. Thos. Reed of DeWitt, Ia; Mrs. Bert Steele of Rock Island; Emma, Bessie, Will and Ed at home. Also three sisters, namely, Mesdames Murphy and Rafter of Spring Valley and Mrs. Folliard of Fulton besides 10 grandchildren, all of whom were at his bedside ready and willing to do anything that loving hands and hearts could do. Funeral services were held Tuesday morning, Oct. 17th, at St. Patrick;s church at Coffey's Corners. Father Clancy assisted by Father Murray of Clinton, Father Moore of Morrison and Father Nelson of DeWitt celebrated the Requiem High Mass and Bishop P.J. Muldoon of Rockford delivered an eloquent sermon. After the services a procession of 69 autos followed all that was mortal of Edward Coffey to the Catholic cemetery in Fulton where he was laid to rest beside his loving wife who preceded him to the Better Land 16 years ago. Found in the Morrison Library - Contributed by Mary Mahoney]
DALE F. COHENOUR, 62, Route 2, Sterling, died Friday morning in Morrison Skilled Care Facility, following a long illness. Funeral services will be held on Monday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. at the Allen Funeral Home in Sterling with H. C. Hatton, pastor of the First church of the Nazarene of Sterling, officiating, with burial in Riverside Cemetery in Sterling. Friends may call at the Allen Funeral Home on Sunday evening from 6 to 9 p.m. A memorial has been established in his memory to the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis society of America (A.L.S.S.O.A.) Born on Jan. 2, 1920 in Rock Island County, the son of Samuel and Helen Mitchell Cohenour, he was united in marriage to Elvera Schwark on June 21, 1940 in Burlington, Iowa. He was a farmer for many years and operated Cohenour Trucking for 15 years prior to his retirement. He was a veteran of World War II. He is survived by his wife, Elvera; three daughters, Mrs. David (Jean) Doering, Sterling, Mrs. Frank (Norma) Young, Moweaqua, and Mrs. Bill (Marlene) McAuliffe, Milledgeville; and one son, Dale Jr., Sterling; five granddaughters. He was preceded by his parents and one brothers. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois December 31, 1982 - Friday, page A6]
DAVID C. COHENOUR (Funeral Notice) - The remains of David Cohenour, who passed away at Conrad, Wis., arrived in Sterling at 1 o'clock this afternoon and were taken to the home of a daughter, Mrs. C.E. Dunn, in Rock Falls. Short rites will be held at the home prior to the services at the Church of the Brethren at 2 o'clock Thursday afternoon. Rev. S.S. Blough will conduct the rites. Burial will be in Riverside. ( "The Sterling Daily Gazette" 27 Oct 1926 Pg. 2) Obituary: David C. Cohenour was born in Orbisonia, Pa., Sept. 19, 1950, and died Oct. 25, 1926 at the home of his daughter, Mrs. J.W. Martin, at Conrath, Wis. He was united in marriage with Hannah C. Runyan in Carroll county, Ill., in 1874. To this union nine children were born, three having preceded him in death. He united with the Church of the Brethren at Hickory Grove in 1876. He leaves to mourn his death, his wife and six children they being, Mrs. G.E. Smith, Mrs. Alvin Hunsberger, David H. Cohenour, and Mrs. C.E. Dunn, all of Rock Falls, Mrs. J.W. Martin of Conrath, Wis., and Lloyd L. Cohenour of Sheldon. There are also grandchildren and other relatives and friends to mourn their loss. The deceased was formerly a resident of Sterling and Rock Falls but five years ago moved to Wisconsin, where he has resided since. Burial from the home of Mr. and Mrs. C.E. Dunn of Second avenue, Rock Falls, son-in-law and daughter of the deceased. Funeral services were held at the Church of the Brethren and burial was in Riverside cemetery. Six of the grandsons acted as pall bearers. [Contributed by Pamela Dollarhide - "Sterling Daily Gazette" 1 Nov 1926 Pg. 7]
FANNIE (DOBBS) COHENOUR, 72, passed away in her home at 610 10th Ave., Rock Falls, today (30 March 1954) at 4:15 a.m. She was born April 6, 1881 in Excelsior, Wis., a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jack Dobbs. Surviving are her husband, David; two sisters, Mrs. William (Minnie) Anderson of Rock Falls and Mrs. Elmer (Grace) Allison of Princeton, Minn.; and one brother, Frank Dobbs, Excelsior. Mrs. Cohenour was preceded in death by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Dobbs; one son by a former marriage, Buford Purington; four sisters, and one brothers. Mrs. Cohenour was a member of the Rock Falls Christian Church. Funeral services will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. in the Wheelock Funeral Home, Rock Falls, officiated by Rev. Harry E. Shiffer, pastor of the Rock Falls Christian Church. Burial will be in the Rock Falls Odd Fellows Cemetery. Friends may call at Wheelock's today after 7 p.m. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois March 30, 1954 - Tuesday, pg 2]
HANNAH (RUNYAN) COHENOUR - Funeral services for Mrs. Hannah Cohenour, who passed away at Glen Flora, Wis., at midnight Sunday, will be held from the Church of the Brethren at 2:30 Friday, Rev. Perry Hoover conducting the rites. The body arrived in Sterling by train Wednesday night and was taken to the Wheelock funeral home. Mrs. Cohenour, 92, fell at the home of her daughteer, Mrs. George Smith, route one, Rock Falls, last Septeamber and was bedfast for six weeks. Last month she made the trip to Wisconsin in an automobile and sat up the entire distance. Mrs. Cohenour was born April 1, 1854, and would have been 92 years old had she lived three months longer. She came to Illinois at the age of two, her parents first settling in Mount Carroll, where she and her late husband, David, lived until 1878 when they moved to Como. Mr. Cohenour preceded her in death. For the last 40 years she had made her home in Rock Falls. [Contributed by Pamela Dollarhide Sterling Gazette Sterling, Illinois January 2, 1947]
PETER C. COHENOUR - Funeral of Peter C. Cohenour held from home of his daughter -- Many relatives and friends at services. Lyndon, Jan. 16 -- Peter C. Cohenour passed to his eternal rest Monday morning at half past two at the home of his daughter Mrs. George Anspach, 2 miles south of Lyndon. Mr. Cohenour suffered 9 strokes of paralysis. A short time ago and failed rapidly till death claimed him. Peter C. Cohenour was born at Orbisonia, Huntingdon county, Penn., in 1834. He was married to Mrs. Susan J. Hunt in 1864. To this union 6 children were born. Mrs. Geo. Anspach of Lyndon, Mrs. Shirley Card of Como, Frank of Lyndon, Samuel and Robert of Como, and Mrs. Olan Corgay of Prophetstown. Mr. Cohenour moved to Como, Ill. in 1866 where he resided till the death of his wife eight years ago. Since then he has made his home with his children. Mr. Cohenour was a skilled carpenter and followed his occupation until about 4 years ago when ill health prevented. The funeral was held from the Methodist church at 1 o'clock Tuesday. Interment at Lyndon cemetery. Mrs. Eliza Miller and son John came down from Milledgeville Tudsady to attend the funeral of Mr. Cohenour. Mrs. Miller was a sister of Mrs. Cohenour. Mr and Mrs. Will Hunt of Galt came down to attendthe funeral of Mr. Cohenour. Mr. and Mrs. Will Hunt are visiting overnight with Mr. and Mrs. H.C. Allen. [Contributed by Jueanne Meyers who adds this NOTE: "I believe there is a typo in this obituary. Eliza Miller was not Susan's sister, she was Peter's sister, so the line should read "Mrs. Miller was a sister of Mr. Cohenour."
ROBERT J. COHENOUR - As we come in the presence of death and our friends and loved ones, both young and old are passing on before us to that better land to be enternally in the presence of Jesus, our Savior and Lord, it is comforting to know that life is not determined by how long we have lived, but how well. It is perhaps difficult at this time for his wife and children to understand this act of divine providence, but it is comforting to know we will sometime understand. Robert J. Cohenour was born at Como, Aug. 21, 1876, and died March 6, 1926, at his home in Como, aged 49 years, 6 months and 13 days. He was the son of Peter C. Cohenour and Susan J. Cohenour, who passed to the great beyond several years ago. Besides his wife he leaves to mourn his loss the following children: Ed of Naperville, Fay and Willis at home. Two grandchildren, Betty Jean and Robert Edward. Also the following brothers and sisters: Frank of Sterling, Mrs. George Anspach of New York state, Sam W., of Sterling, Mrs. Shirley Card of Rock Falls, Mrs. Olen Carguy of California and one half brother, William Hunt of Sterling. Robert J. Cohenour was a kind and loving husband and father. He will be greatly missed by family and a large circle of friends, by the kind deeds and loving acts he has always done, especialy in time of trouble. Much as we will miss him, we must be satisfied, because we know our Lord knows best. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling, Illinois March 13, 1926 - Saturday, pg 7]
PHIANNA L. COLCORD
Phianna L. Colcord, settled in Genesee before 1857; died at Milledgeville, August 29, 1916, aged 73 years, 5 months, 2 days. [Daily Gazette, 20 August 1917; From Larry Reynolds]
DONNA J. (YATES) COLE, 77, of Fulton, IL, died Wednesday, June 11, 2008 at Mercy Medical Center North in Clinton, IA. Donna was born June 26, 1930, in Thomson, IL, to William F. Yates and Edna A. (Doden) Hoy. She attended the Fulton, IL grade and high schools. She married Thomas J. Cole on June 25, 1949 in Albany, IL. He died October 28, 1995. Donna was a homemaker. She volunteered at the Illowa Thrift Store in Fulton for many years. She was a member of the Albany Canasta Club. Survivors include her mother, Edna Hoy, of Fulton, IL; one sister, Ardith (Mrs. Bud) Burns of Albany, IL; two brothers, Blaine Yates of Savanna, IL and Ray "Bud" Hoy of Corvalis, OR; several nieces and nephews; a special friend, Clara Thomas. She was preceded in death by her husband, Tom; her father, William Yates and her step father, John Hoy; one brother, Everett Yates.
ELBERT COLE, 83, of 401 E. Market St., Tampico, died Tuesday at CGH Medical Center. Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Friday at Tampico United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Robert May officiating. Burial will be at Tampico Memorial Cemetery. Visitation will be 6-9 p.m. Thursday at Garland Funeral Home, Tampico, with masonic services conducted at 8 p.m. A memorial has been established to the Tampico Ambulance Association and the Tampico United Methodist Church. Mr. Cole was born Nov. 22, 1907, in Bingham, the son of Homer and Dora Faye (Cole) Matthews. He married Angie Halford Jan. 8, 1928, iin Bingham. He farmed in the Tampico area during his lifetime and retired in 1974. He was a member of Tampico United Methodist Church and was also a member of Prophetstown Masonic Lodge #293 AF & AM. He is survived by his wife, Tampico; two sons, Denver, Tampico; William, Hillsdale; two daughters, Mrs. Roy (Mary Lou) Haney, Tampico; Mrs. Robert (Lois) Laudie, Olathe, Kan.; 15 grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren; one brother, Beryl Cole, Paxton; five sisters, Mrs. Alfred (Alice) McCaslin, Erie; Mrs. Claire (Norma) Crosier, Calif.; Mrs. Chester (Gladys) Merkle, and Mrs. Louis (Doris) Probst, both of Nokomia; Mrs. Marion (Elaine) Griggs, Charlestown; numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by one son, two brothers and five grandchildren. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois December 27, 1990 - Thursday, page A2]
JEFFREY COLEMAN - Funeral services were conducted at the Milledgeville Brethren Church Tuesday, for Sgt. Jeffrey Coleman, 22, who died in an accident at Ramstein Air Force Base in Germany, April 16. The Rev. James Black officiated. Serving as pallbearers were Ron Watkins, Roger Bowers, Jeff Foster, Jerome Ray, Jerry Brown and Jim Baker. Burial was in Oak Knoll Memorial Park, near Sterling. Sgt. Colemand entered the service on Jan. 3, 1973. He underwent training at Lakeland AFB, Tex., left for Germany on Jan. 28, 1975, and was stationed at Ramsted AFB, at Ramstein, Germany. He was with the 86th security police with the miliary dog section. Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois April 19, 1976 - Monday, pg 6]
MARGARET COLEMAN , aged 75 years, of Clinton, Ia., passed away Saturday morning (13 Feb 1832) at the home of her daughter, Mrs. William Adams, where she had been ill for the past two months. Funeral services were held Monday at 9:30 o'clock in the St. Mary's Catholic Church, with Rev. Fr. T. O. Maguire officiating. Requiem high mass was sung by Rev. Ft. T. O. Maguire, assisted by Eldon Adams and Richard Graham. The choir consisted of Mrs. Harry Keefe, organist, assisted by Mrs. William Dawson and Herman Linden. Mrs. Keefe sang two beautiful selections, one following the mass and one during the offertory. Friends acting as pallbearers were Frank Egan, Charles McManus, William Egan, Thomas Egan, John McGuire and John Welch. The surviving children are: Joseph Coleman of Omaha, Nebr., Mary H. Coleman of San Francisco, Calif., Mrs. William Adams and Mrs. Leo Graham of Tampico, and Mrs. Delia DeHaven and Frank Coleman of Clinton, Ia. There are also 19 grandchildren and two great grandchildren who survive. One daughter, Mrs. John Schwamberger, preceded her in death. Among those from out of town were: Mr. and Mrs. Frank Devine and Mrs. James Harris of Clinton, Ia., Mrs. Sadie McEnroe of Peoria, Mrs. John Petrie, Miss Nettie McManus, Charles and Ben McManus, Mr. and Mrs. Hellem and two children, Matt Hutton, Mrs. Vock, Mrs. Knoll, and Mrs. Fisher of Sterling, and Mrs. Henry Petrie and daughter Rose of Harmon. Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Sterling Daily Gazette, Sterling, Illinois February 16, 1932 - Tuesday, pg 6]
MARY KATHRYN (DAVIS) COLEMAN , of Santa Ana, Calif., formerly of the Erie area died Sunday morning in a hospital in Santa Ana after an extended illness. The body was brought to the Schilling Funeral home, Erie, where arrangements are pending. The former Mary Kathryn Davis was born June 13, 1934 in Moline, the daughter of Glenn and Kathryn Wilkenson Davis. She is survived by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Davis, R.R. 1, Albany and one sister, Mrs. Wesley Call, East Moline. She was preceded in death by one brother. (Services were Friday in the Erie Baptist Church, with burial in Erie Cemetery.) Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois July 20, 1971 - Tuesday, pg 2]
EDNA M. COLLIER - Last rites for Mrs. Edna M. Collier were held at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Wheelock Funeral Home and at 2 p.m. in the Rock Falls Christian Church, Rev. Harry E. Shiffer, officiating. Interment was in the Riverside Cemetery. During the services two hymns, "Beyond the Sunset" and "Does Jesus Care," were sung by Mrs. Faye Hoagland, accompanied by Mrs. Austin Corzett, organist. Pallbearers were C. E. Tousley, Max Lawrence, John Sprankle, Austin Corzett, Harry Insley and Lowell Williams. In charge of floral tributes were Mrs. Pearl Sitter, Mrs. Ray Hoffman, Mrs. Edith Johnson, Mrs. Irene Farthing, Mrs. Harry Loos, Mrs. Bess Kilhelner, Mrs. Dorothy Brand, Mrs. Lucille Lamm and Charles LeFevre. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois June 16, 1955 - Thursday, pg 2]
HARRY (Jr) COLLIER, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Collier, 1510 10th Ave., Rock Falls, died at St. John's Pre-Mature Center Hospital in Springfield at 3 p.m. Monday. The infant was born at 6:25 a.m. Monday in Community General Hospital. Graveside services were conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday in Calvary Cemetery, with the Rev. William Kreigsmann, pastor of St. Andrew's Church in Rock Falls, in charge. Arrangements were completed by the Melvin Funeral Home. Surviving are the parents, one brother, Michael, and two sisters, Jane Marie and Ginger Lee, all at home; the maternal grandparetns, Mr. and Mrs. John H. Mayberry, Sterling, and the paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Collier, Rock Falls. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, IllinoisMay 31, 1961 - Wednesday, pg 6]
LEROY E. COLLIER, 57 of 2903 A. St., Rock Falls, died Thursday afternoon (29 April 1982) in Community General Hospital. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Melvin-Schilling Funeral Home with the Rev. Ray Rebuck, pastor of the Trinity United Methodist Church, officiating. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery. Vistation is from 7-9 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. A memorial has been established in his memory Mr. Collier was born Oct.9, 1923 in Glen Ellyn, the son of Fred and Mabel (Mayberry) Collier. He was a truck driver for the Teamsters and a veteran of World War II, service in the U.S. Army. He was a member of the Sterling VFW. He is survived by one step-son, John R., of Hennepin, one daughter, Peggy Hosteller of Mishawaka, Indiana; three brothers, Alfred of Red Bluff, California, Donald of Rock Falls, and Harry (Cubb) of Sterling, and three sisters, Mrs. Wayne (Evelyn) VanDusen of Coleta and Phyllis Sublett and Mrs. Robert (Marilyn) Dickson, both of Sterling. He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois, April 30, 1982 - Friday, pg A4]
BENJAMIN COLLINS, 80, passed away at his home in Galva, Ill., where he had resided for a number of years. He formerly operated a farm near Tampico. The body was brought to the Parent funeral home here where funeral services will be conducted at 3 p.m. Saturday. Bural will be in Memorial cemetery. [Contributed by Melva Taylor]
FRANK E. COLLINS, 89, funeral services will be conducted at 9:30 a.m. Thursday in the St. Mary's Catholic Church in Tampico. The Rev. A. M. Weitekamp, pastor of the church will officiate. Burial will be in the St. Mary's cemetery. Friends may call at the Schmitt Funeral Chapel this afternoon and evening. The rosary will be recited at 8 p.m. this evening. Mr. Collins was born in Tampico, the son of Robert and Margaret Collins. He was reared and educated in the Tampico community. He was married to Julia Gahagan in 1894. He was employed as constable of Tampico for a number of years; worked as a blacksmith and operated a threshing machine in the area; was an engineer for the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy railroad and for the H.Y. and T. railroad. He was a member of the St. Mary's Catholic Church of Tampico and was a past member of the Locomotive Engineers association. Survivors are one daughter, Ellen, San Francisco, Calif.; and one son, Thomas; three nieces, including Mrs. Gladys Rydbeerg, Galva and one nephew. He was preceded in death by his wife, who died in 1948, one child in infancy and his parents. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, IllinoisMay 24, 1961 - Wednesday, pg 2 col 4]
MAUDE (BECKLINGER) COLLINS, 80, 1617 W. 4th St., Dixon, formerly of Tampico, died Sunday afternoon. (20 April 1969) There will be visitation at the Preston Funeral Home after noon Tuesday. The family will be at the home from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral rites will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home, conducted by Rev. Josephine Dalrymple from the Chicago Foursquare Church. The burial will be in Tampico Memorial Cemetery. Born Nov. 2, 1888 in Elgin, Mrs Collins was the daughter of Louis and Almira Brown Becklinger. She was united in marriage with Benjamin F. Collins Jan. 9, 1915 in Chenoa. He preceded in death in 1950. Surviving is one daughter, the Rev. Mary Ewbank, pastor of the Foursquare Church in Dixon, a stepdaughter, Mrs. Berdie Raddatz of San Jose, Calif.; two sisters, Mrs. Carrie Anderson of Belvidere and Mrs. Louise Peak of Elgin; two grandchildren; two great grandchildren and three brothers, George and Roy of Morengo and John of Belvidere. A daughter, three sisters and two brothers preceded in death. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois April 21, 1969 - Monday, pg 2]
ROBERT W. COLLINS, 76, of 307 N. Jackson St., Morrison, died Friday, July 25, 2003, at Mercy Medical Center North,Clinton, Iowa.He was formerowner and pastpresident of Climco Coils, Morrison. Mr. Collins was born Sept. 24, 1926, in Sterling. the son of Alfred W. and Katherine (Briggs) Collins. He was a 1944 graduate of Morrison High School, a 1946 graduate of Wayland Academy, Beaver Dam, Wis., and a 1948 graduate of Frances Shimer College, Mount Carroll. He served in the Navy during World War II. He married Marion F. Hook on Dec. 14, 1963, in Des Moines, He was a member and past commander of American Legion Post 328, and member of Dunlap Masonic Lodge 321, both in Morrison. He served as past president of Morrison Country Club and chairman of the Morrison Community Hospital board. He was a member of Morrison Barber Shoppers and past participant of Morrison Musical Theater Association. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church, Morrison, where he served as elder and sang in the church choir. He had a great love for his family and community. Survivors include his wife; a daughter, Patricia (William)Anderson of Morrison; a son, David (Linda) Hook of Morrison; a sister, Sue Wylder of Morrison; six grandchildren; and seven great- grandchildren. The funeral is at 10:30 am Tuesday at First Presbyterian Church. Morrison, with the Rev. Peter Wilkinson, pastor of First Presbyterian Church, Sterling, officiating. Cremations rites were accorded. Burial is at a later date. Visitation is from 6-8 p.m. Monday at the Morrison Chapel of the Bosma-Renkes Funeral Home.[ Daily Gazette July 27, 2003]
VIOLA L. COLLINS, of 212 Ave. D., Rock Falls, died early this afternoon at Community General Hospital. Arrangements pending at Allen Funeral Home, Sterling. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois May 19, 1972 - Friday, page 2]
OLIVE (STROUP) COLVILLE, passed away at 3 a.m. Monday at the rest home at Arlington Heights where she had been since July 1. The body was removed to the Tomlinson Funeral Home, Morrison, where friends may call after 10 a.m. Tuesday. Funeral services will be Wednesday at 2 p.m. at the EUB Church, Fenton. The Rev. J. A. Smith will officiate and burial will be in Fenton Cemetery. Olive Stroup was born July 17, 1885. She was married to William Colville at Fenton. Mrs. Colville was a member of the Fenton EUB Church. Surviving are her husband; four daughters, Mrs. Imogene Lawrence of Palatine, Mrs. C. A. Olson of Evansville, Ind.; Mrs. Brian Stevens of Page, Neb.; and Mrs. John Mattern of St. Louis, Mo.; 11 grandchildren and four great grandchildren. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois July 13, 1953 - Monday, page 2]
ELIZABETH MARY (RUMLEY) COMPTON, formerly of Rock Falls, died here on Sunday, July 31, 1994, which was her 84th birthday. At her request there was no funeral. Her ashes were scattered over the Sierra Nevada Mountains. A stone will be placed beside her husband's in Rock Falls. Memorials should go to charities of the donor's choice. Mrs. Compton was born near Rock Falls on July 31, 1910, a daughter of Charles F. and Charlotte Schick Rumley. She attended Sterling High School for one year and graduated from Rock Falls High School in 1927. She married Kenneth L. Compton of Rock Falls in 1929. He died in 1982. During the Depression, Mrs. Compton worked for the federal government in Champaign and Indianapolis, Ind. Later she was employed at the University of Illinois Theoretical and Applied Science Lab in Urbana. She worked for Armed Forces Radio on the island of Trinidad during World War II. The Comptons moved to Eureka in 1947 where she worked for the Woodford County office of the Illinois Department of Public Aid. After moving to Savanna in 1967, she worked several years at the Dixon State School. "She was a member of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, Boston, and the Christian Science Society of Savanna. "She is survived by one son, Thomas Compton of Berkley, Calif.; two daughters, Holly Gutierrez of Merced and Charlotte Kreuder of Savanna; and eight grandchildren. [Contributed by Charlotte Schick - Source: Sterling, Illinois, Daily Gazette, Sunday, 7 August 1994; A5; 4]
RAY COMPTON - At the home of his parents, near Harmon, Lee county, Illinois, of spinal trouble, Saturday, Dec. 22, 1894, Ray Compton, aged 11 years. The deceased was the son of Mr. Ira Compton, who at one time was a resident of this place. Ray had been sick for nine weeks, having first been taken down with the typhoid fever and that followed by brain fever, which finally so affected his spine that in spite of all that kind friends could do death was the result. Mr. N. Compton and Albert Smith, of this place, attended the funeral. Interment took place in Sterling. [Contributed by Karen Fyock - Undated Scrapbook Clipping]
SAMUEL COMPTON, was born in Seneca county, New York, March 4, 1836 and died in his home, 705 First Avenue, Rock Falls, Wednesday, March 29, 1922 at the advanced age of 86 years and 25 days. He was one of the ten children of Jonathan Compton and Elizabeth Platt Compton. When the father, Jonathan, died, the mother with her large family moved to Illinois and settled on a farm in Bureau county about the year 1850. Samuel grew up on the farm and got a public school education but did not stop reading. In course of time he earned the reputation of being an unusually well-read man. Dec. 31, 1872 at Dixon, Ill., he married Miss Sarah Jane Evans of Ohio, Ill. To this union were born five children, Elmer Compton, now living with his family at 406 First Avenue, Rock Falls; LeRoy Compton, at Waukesha, Wis.; Blanche E., who married Joseph U. Miller, living on the old home farm five or six miles south of Rock Falls; Fred A.Compton, at home, 705 First Av., Rock Falls, and Bertha A.Compton who died in infancy. Samuel and his wife, in 1878 moved from Bureau county to Whiteside county and settled on the farm in Montmorency township, five or six miles south of Rock Falls. This farm was their home until the spring of 1916 when the aging couple moved to the present home. Mr. Compton was not a member of any fraternal order, nor of any church. He was a school director for some time. He never aspired to public office or notoriety. He was a quiet, retiring man of few words, never quarrelsome, but desirous of peace and good will in all his relations with his fellow men. He was well-liked and universally respected. In political matters he was an independent thinker and voter, voting for men rather than for party. His interest centered in his family and home. He was a good father and husband, providing well for the needs of his family and the education of his children. He was industrious, showing good judgment in financial matters and in the general management of his farm. Since coming to town to live six years ago, his health has gradually failed. Last Sunday, Mar. 26, he took to his bed. The accumulated burdens of many years had become too much for his long endurance. He gradually grew weaker and at last quietly passed away about 10 P.M., Wednesday, March 29, 1922. Full of years and labors that he wrought, Samuel Compton has gone to meet his Lord and as all of us shall sometime have to do, to give an account of his stewardship. He is survived by his sorrowing widow, four children, five grand children, three brothers and two sisters, besides other relatives and many friends. His brothers who survive him are, Henry Compton, John A. Compton, Sylvester Compton;. His sisters still living are the Misses Mary and Ellen Compton. All of the above five reside in Pasadena, Calif. [Contributed by Melva Taylor - Daily Gazette April 1, 1922 - Saturday, pg 11, col. 6]
ALBERT HARVEY CONAWAY, son of Wellington and Harriet Conaway, was born on the home farm near Coleta, June 25, 1870, and died at Sterling, Ill., Feb. 26th, 1917, aged 46 years, 8 months and 1 day. His early boyhood was spent on the farm and he attended the Hazelgreen school. The last fifteen years he has lived in Sterlling, He began to complain of a sore throat about January 1st, and after consulation of different physicians his case was pronounced tuberculosis. He was taken to the Sterling hospital, where he quietly passed away. His father, three brothers and one sister have preceded him to the other world. He leaves to mourn his mother, three sisters and one brother, Mrs. Anna Hurless, Coleta; Mrs. Nina Meakins, Milledgeville; Mrs. Alice Carbaugh, Coleta, and William at home. [Contributed by Larry Reynolds - The Sterling Daily Gazette, March 3, 1917]
JAMES FRANKLIN CONAWAY - Frank Conaway's sudden death shocked the entire neighborhood when it was learned this morning that he had passed away shortly after 2 o'clock at the home of his mother in Coleta. He had been in the best of health up to Thursday evening when he was taken with a severe attack of pluro-pneumonia. Although everything possible was done for his relief no hopes were held for his recovery from the first and his death came as a peaceful end to hours of pain. Funeral arrangements will be made when relatives at a distance are heard from. (The Sterling Daily Gazette, December 18, 1915, page 3, column 1) James Franklin Conaway was born in Genesee township, June 6, 1864 and died at the home of his mother, Mrs. Harriet Conaway, Dec. 18, 1915 after a brief illness of plural pneumonia. He was united in marriage to Miss Alice Wilcox May 7, 1887 and to this union two children were born, Guy and Bessie, both died in infancy. His wife preceded him to the great beyond twenty-three years ago. He leaves to mourn his death his aged mother, three brothers and three sisters, Albert of Sterling, Elmer living at home, Mrs. Anna Hurless of Coleta, William living at home, Mrs. Nina Meakins of Milledgeville and Mrs. Alice Carbaugh of Coleta. With the exception of seven years spent in Iowa, he lived in the vicinity of Coleta up to the time of his death. Frank was a good neighbor and was well liked by all who knew him and will be missed among his friends. Funeral services were held from the late home Sunday [12/19/1915] afternoon at 1:30 conducted by Rev. George Auman, pastor of the Radical U. B. church, assisted by Rev. H. Barton, pastor of the Liberal U. B. church. Mrs. Nellie Overholser and Mrs. Edna Maxwell sang two appropriate songs and the following near friends of the deceased acted as pall bearers: J. O. Geesey, Frank Bushman, Vernon Wallace, Emil Mundt, Charles Deets and Warren Brown. Interment was in the Bethel cemetery. The floral offerings were many and very beautiful. (The Sterling Daily Standard, December 21, 1915, page 1, column 3) Frank Conaway passed away Saturday [12/18/1915] morning at two o'clock at the home of his mother, Mrs. Harriet Conaway of pleuro-pneumonia after a several days' illness. The funeral services were held at the home Sunday afternoon at one-thirty. Rev. Auman conducted the services, assisted by Rev. Barton. Mrs. Nellie Overholser and Mrs. Edna Maxwell sang several selections. The pall bearers were: Chas. Deets, Vernon Wallace, Jacob Geesey, Warren Brown, Emil Mundt and Frank Bushman. Interment in Bethel cemetery. James Franklin Conaway was born June 6, 1864 in Genesee township, Whiteside county, Illinois. Departed this life Dec. 18, 1915, aged 51 years 6 months and 12 days. He was united in marriage to Miss Alice Wilcox of Album, Iowa, April 7, 1887, to this union two children were born, Guy and Bessie, who died in infancy. Deceased leaves to mourn his death an aged mother, three brothers and three sisters, as follows: Albert of Sterling, Elmer at home, Mrs. Anna Hurless and Mrs. Alice Carbaugh of Coleta, Will at home and Mrs. Nina [remainer not copied]. [Contributed by Larry Reynolds - The Sterling Daily Gazette, December 22, 1915, page 2, column 5]
OBEYS MOTHER'S ORDERS TO SHOOT -- Illinois Boy Acts on Parent's Advice and Kills Well-Known Politician -- THOUGHT HE WAS A BURGLAR -- Woman Had Been Made Nervous by Numerous Robberies Committed in the Vicinity and Was in Dread of Being Attacked.
Sterling, Ill., special: Harvey Conaway, a well-known contractor and politician of Coleta, Whiteside county, was shot and instantly killed Sunday morning at. 12:30 o'clock by Charles Herrick, 14 years of age. The shooting is of a peculiar nature and has caused tremendous excitement in the county. Sunday morning at about 12 o'clock or later Mr. Conaway went to the ice house of Hugh Shannon, in Coleta, and in company with William Geesey secured a cake of ice. Mrs. W. H. Herrick, who lives In a flat twenty feet from the ice house, imagined that robbers were entering or leaving the Shannon store, and securing a double-barreled shotgun she gave it to her son and advised him to shoot at the intruder, but told him to aim low.
Boy's Aim is True.
The boy shot, discharging the contents of both barrels in the back of Conaway on the right side, boring a hole through five ribs and tearing the lung and liver. Conaway fell forward with a cry and in an instant was dead. Five hours after the shooting Mrs. Herrick was notified of the result and she has since been prostrated. She takes the blame upon herself for the act of her son. Mrs. Herrick has been extremely nervous over numerous robberies that have been committed in this vicinity and she lived in constant fear that an attempt would be made to rob Mr. Shannon's store.
Never Sought Office.
Mr. Conway has been a resident of Coleta for about half a century and has been prominently identified with politics in his home town and Whiteside county, although he never sought office for himself. He was widely known throughout this section of the county. The coroner's inquest was held Sunday afternoon and the case is being thoroughly sifted by State's Attorney H. H. Waite, it being necessary to adjourn the inquest. Neither Mrs. Herrick nor her son has been arrested. Mrs. Herrick is a prominent church woman and is liked by the entire community. What action the authorities will take is not known. [Bureau County Tribune, Princeton, Bureau County, Illinois, Friday, August 11, 1905, p. 2]
MARTIN CONAWAY - Mrs. M. F. Frankfather received a telegram Thursday [10/22/1925] morning telling of the sudden death of her half brother, Martin Conaway, at Pierson, Ia. The news of the death was a great shock to Mr. and Mrs. Frankfather, as they received a letter from the deceased only a few days ago, who was then in perfectly good health and was expecting Mr. and Mrs. Frankfather there for a visit in the near future. Mr. Conaway was born and raised in the vicinity of Coleta and was known by many of the older residents. He was about 70 years old and leaves a widow and several children to mourn his death. Mr. and Mrs. Frankfather motored to Pierson Friday to attend the funeral. [Contributed by Larry Reynolds - The Sterling Daily Gazette, October 23, 1925]
GENEVIEVE (SEGNERI) CONCOTELLI - (Beginning of obituary missed) ...... Burial will be in Cemetery, Sterling. Visitation will be from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Friday at the funeral home with a scripture service at 8 p.m. A memorial has been established. Mrs. Concotelli was born Jan. 4, 1912 in Ferentino, Italy, the daughter of Louis and Angeline (Fern) Segneri. She married Dominic Concotelli Sept. 26, 1930 in Sterling. She worked as a cook in Dixon high School cafeteria prior to her retirement in 1974. She was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Dixon, and the Diocesan Council of Catholic Women. Survivors include her husband; three sons, Richard (Rosemary) of Las Vegas, Nev., Eugene (Kathy) of Greendale, Wis., and James of Lexington, Ky.; four daughters, Mrs. James (Rosemary) Johnson of Dixon, Mrs. Paul (Mary Jane) Leffalio of Flower Mound, Texas, Mrs. Bill (Anna) Gordinier of Geneva and Gina Concotelli of La Jolla, Calif. She was preceded in death by two brothers. Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois November 4, 1993 - Thursday, pg A2]
LEROIS GERTRUDE (FRANK) CONERY, 27, passed away Saturday afternoon (31 May 1952) at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Frank. She had been in failing health for some time, and had lived with her parents the past six months. Friends may call at the chapel of the Gardner Mortuary, where the body now rests. The funeral will be held in the chapel there at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday (CST). Rev. Carl A. Bengston, pastor of the Prophetstown Lutheran church, will officiate. Burial will be in Yorktown cemetery. Mrs. Conery was born Leoris Gertrude Frank Nov. 30, 1924, at Tampico, the daughter of Ernest and Louise (Sandrock) Frank. She was educated at Hume Center school, and was a member of Lydon Methodist church. She married Adrian Conery of Erie at Morrison June 2, 1945. They have resided in the Lyndon and Prophetstown communities since their marriage. Surviving besides her parents and husband are: three daughters, Shirley Ann, Sally Marie and Linda Lous; two brothers, Arnold, stationed in Korea, and Everett at home; and one sister, Gladys at home. [Contributed by Melva Taylor from The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois June 2, 1952 - Monday, pg 2 col 2]
WILLIAM C. CONKLIN, 22, of 1517 5th Ave., Sterling, died Sunday in Polo. Services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Melvin-Schilling Funeral Home with Rev. Dalmus Meeks, pastor of Harvest Time Baptist Church, Rock Falls, officiating. Burial will be at Oak Knoll Memorial Park. Visitation will be from 3-5 and 7-9 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home, and a memorial has been established. William C. Conklin was born Jan. 25, 1960 in Sterling, the son of John and Bernice Thompson Conklin, and was employed as a cook at Debbie's Pizza, Dixon. Surviving are his father, John "Pete" Conklin, Sterling; his mother Mrs. Bernice (Conklin) Thompson, Sterling; four brothers, Robert and Rodney, both of Houston, Tex., Ted of Sterling, and Monte of Powell, MO. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois December 20, 1982 - Monday, page A4]
GEORGE CONKLING, 73, 500 Fifteenth avenue Rock Falls, passed away at the Sterling hospital at 3:10 this morning. He is survived by his wife; four daughters, Cecil Violet of Blooming Rose, Mo., Genevieve Latham of Peoria, Esther Kiem of Rock Falls, and Laur Stern of Sterling, and seven sons; Raymond of Dixon, Dale of Sterling, Wayland of Aurora, Niles of Mt. Olive, Ill., Clyde, Rowland and Kenneth of Peoria. Funeral services will be conducted at the Wheelock Funeral home in Rock Falls, Friday afternoon at 2:30. Rev. Harry Lutz officiating and interment will be in Riverside cemetery, Sterling. [Dixon Evening Telegraph 14 January 1948]
JOHN H. CONNEELY, 64, 1074 Lake Shore Drive, Massapequa Park, L.I., New York, formerly of Sterling, died suddenly in his home on Monday, Aug. 16. Funeral rites were held at the Massapequa Funeral Home, Li.I. Mass of the Resurrection was held on Thursday at the St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, Massapequa. Rev. Thomas Sheehan officiated. Helen-Kay Eberley, niece of the deceased, was the soloist. Burial was in the Pinelawn Memorial Park, Pinelawn, L.I. Born Sept. 9, 1917 in Sterling, the son of John H. and Catherine Conneely, he attended the local schools and was a graduate of Columbia University and the University of Chicago. He was united in marriage to Lillian Larsen in New York on June 21, 1941. He served in World War II as a Captain in the U.S. Coast Artillery. At the time of his retirement he was a corporate Vice President of Royal Globe Insurance Group in New York. Survivors included his wife, Lillian; one daughter, Mrs. Thomas (Carol) Hopkins, Bridgewater, N.J.; one sister, Mrs. William (Patricia) Eberley, Sterling; two brothers, Joseph, Sterling, and Walter, Peoria, and four grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, William of Sterling. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois August 23, 1982 - Monday, page A4]
WILLIAM I. CONNEELY, 45, of 1615 E. 13th St., Sterling, died unexpectedly at 7 p.m. Saturday (19 December 1970) in the family home. There will be visitation at the Grennan and Son Funeral Home from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today. Funeral rites will be held Tuesday morning with a 9:30 prayer service in the funeral home and requiem mass at 10 o'clock in St. Mary's Catholic Church of which the deceased was a member. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery. The Holy Name Society will recite the rosary at eight o'clock this evening. William I. Conneely was born March 31, 1925 in Sterling, son of John H. and Catherine McGuiness Conneely. He was educated in St. Mary's School and Community High School and was graduated from St. Ambrose College, Davenport, Iowa. He was united in marriage with June Welker Aug. 14, 1954. Mr. Conneely was a United States Navy veteran and served during World War II in the South Pacific. He was employed ........... (missed printing rest of the obit) [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois December 21, 1970 - Monday, pg 2]
CORNELIUS J. CONNELL, 77, passed away at his home in Jordan Township at 8 p.m. Wednesday. The remains were brought to the Trouth Funeral Home where friends may call up to the time of the funeral which will be held Saturday morning at 10 at the funeral home and at 10:30 at St. Mary Catholic Church, Sterling. Interment will be in St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery in Tampico. Cornelius J. Connell was born in Harmon Township in 1870 and was married to Miss Anna Callahan in 1896 at Schaler, Iowa. He was a farmer by occupation and lived his entire life in this community, the last 31 years in Jordan Township. He is survived by his wife; one daughter, Mrs. Agnes Tobin of Long Grove, Iowa, and four grandchildren; one sister, Mrs. Theresa Mason and two brothers, John and Timothy. He was preceded by three sisters, two brother and two children who died in infancy. Mr. Connell was a member of St. Mary Holy Name Society. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Sterling Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois November 20, 1947 - Thursday, pg 2]
RALPH A. CONNER
Morrison Ill. - Services for Ralph A. Conner, 52, who died Thursday in Morrison Community Hospital, will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday in Emmanuel Reformed Church preceded by a prayer service for the family at 1:15 p.m. Burial will be in Grove Hill Cemetery under direction of the Reynolds funeral Home. [Times-Democrat, 7 June 1963, Tr. by Mary Weigandt]
WARD CONNER - Word was received here Friday evening (Oct 3, 1924) announcing the death of Ward Conner, formerly of this city, who passed away at a Waterloo, Iowa, hospital, Friday afternoon, following an operation on Wednesday when his leg was amputated in the hope of saving his life. Death was caused by diabetes. the funeral will be held her Monday morning at 9 o'clock at St Mary's church, rev. Father A. J. Burns officiating. Burial will be in Calvary. The remains will arrive here Sunday afternoon at 1:00 o'clock (rest of article not copied) [Contributed by Margaret Mangers - Oct 4 1924 Daily Gazette]
ROBERT CONNOLLY - Funeral servicses for Robert W. Connolly of 225 Caldwell Ave., Beloit Wis., will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friday in the Wheelock-Allen Funeral Home, Rock Falls. The Rev. Lowell D. Allen, pastor of the Rock Falls United Methodist church, officiated and burial was in the Odd Fellows Cemetery, Rock Falls. There will be visitation from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday. Robert W. Connolly, 72, died Tuesday morning at Beloit Memorial Hospital, Beloit, Wis.; after an extended illness. He was born May 1, 1901 in Prophetstown, the son of William and Gertrude McBride Connolly. He had been formerly employed at Fairbanks Morse and Besley Wells Corp. for many years, until his retirement in 1965. He also owned and operated Bob's Pet Shop in Beloit. Mr. Connolly had resided in Rock Falls and had lived in Beloit for the past 20 years. He was united in marriage to Mae Bostwick on March 17, 1938 at Circleville, Ohio. Surviving are his wife, Mae, one daughter, Mrs. Donald (Doris) Lehman Sr., of Sterling; one grandson, Donald Lehman Jr. of Sterling; and one granddaughter, Mrs. Allan (Kathryn) Deets of Rock Falls; two step-daughters, Mrs. Robert (Beverly) Dunlap of Tustin, Calif., and Mrs. Allyn (Betty) Bengston of Wyomissing, Pa.; two sisters, Mrs. Donald (Ellenmae) Cheshier, Sr. of Rock Falls and Mrs. Robert (Wilma) Connolly of LaGrange, and two brothers, Gerald of Clayton, Marvin of Melrose Park. He was preceded in death by one sister, June in infancy. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, IL June 27, 1973 - Wednesday, pg 2]
FIDELIA (LATHROP) CONNOR - whose death occurred in Chicago Tuesday of this week and whose maiden name was Miss Fidelia Lathrop, was born in Modoc, Canada, June 10, 1852 and died in Chicago, Ill., Aug. 31, 1915, making her aged 83 years, 2 months and 21 days. She was the daughter of Carlo and Rhoda Lathrop and was one of a family of thirteen children of whom she is survived by three brothers, Asa Lathrop, of Cary, Wyoming, Ariel P. Lathrop, of Persia, Iowa, and James Lathrop, of Buffalo, N. Y., also a sister living in Morrison, Ill., Mrs. Mary Woodruff. She was twice married, the first time to Jonathan G. Olmstead, April 29, 1854, in the province of Canada where they lived until 1856, when the came to Prophetstown, Ill. There was born to this couple two children, Emma and Ida Olmstead of whom the latter, Mrs. Ida M. Post, only survive of this union. On May 3, 1859 Mr. Olmstead died. On April 9, 1865 Mrs. Olmstead was again married, this time to Mr. Edward R. Connor. To this couple were born two sons, Asa W. and Albert B. Connor of whom the latter only survive her. She is also survived by a grand daughter, Miss Maud Post. Mrs. Connor was a Charter member of the Congregational church upon the organization of the society in Prophetstown and was always a faithful and devoted member Mrs. Connor lived in Prophetstown long enough to gain the respect of a large circle of friends in the town and community and it is with sadness that they learn of the death but to those who die in the faith there is blessing ever more. The funeral was held Thursday [09/02/1915] at two o'clock from the residence, LaFayette street, the Rev. Frank F. Fitch preaching a beautiful sermon. The music for the occasion being two solos which were very beautifully rendered by Mrs. H. E. Paddock with Mrs. Naomi Slocum presiding at the instrument in a manner adding to the service. The floral offerings were lovely and a tribute to her life in the community. Burial was made in Riverside, the Prophetstown cemetery. The pall bearers were: N. W. Paddock, Leaman Hill, M. S. Hill, C. W. Fenn, William J. Paxson and S. N. Warner. [Contributed by Larry Reynolds]
CHAUNCEY ALLEN CONRAD - Funeral services for Chauncey Allen Conrad, age 66, prominent business official of the city of Prophetstown and cashier of the Farmers National Bank of the city, were held Tuesday at the First Congreagational Church of Prophetstown. C. A. Conrad, passed away suddenly at his home Saturday night, July 13, 1968. Arrangements for the service were in charge of the Gardner Funeral home of Prophetstown. The Rev. A. Dean Lundstrom officiated for the services which were held at two o'clock in the faternoon. Mrs. Ellen Dingman served as the organist. Serving as pallbearers were: Arthur Gibson, Dwight Harrington, Dwight Stokes, R. Lysle Soliday, E. A. Bowers, Aylsworth Jones. Interment was in the Riverside Cemetery. In charge of the beautiful floral tributes were: Mrs. Gene Poulter, Mrs. M. L. Lindsay, Mrs. Arthur Gibson, Mrs. Dwight Harrington, Mrs. Dwight Stokes, Mrs. R. Lysle Soliday, Mrs. E. A. Boers, Mrs. Aylesworth Jones. A memorial in the late C. A. Conrad's name has been established for the Prophets Riverview Nursing Center in Prophetstown, a division of the nursing centers in the midwest, of the Good Samaritan Society. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois July 18, 1968 - Thursday, pg 2]
J.E. CONRAD, father of Presbyteranism in Southern Minnesota, died at the home of his son, the Rev. W.O. Conrad in this city, on the 6th of May 1896 at the age of 82 years and 29 days. He was buried in the family lot in the Sterling cemetrey by the side of his wife who died in 1882. The first services wereheld in the Presbyterian church, the Rev. H.C. Cheadl preaching the sermon. The secon services were at the grave conducted by the Rev. Bates of Winnebago City. The remains were taken by train from here to Amboy, the field of his labor as pastor for 21 years. Here it became evident that Father Conrad was NOT dead, for he will never die in the memory of these dear old neighbors and friends. The procession of carriage more thanhalf a mile long followed him to his last resting place about 7 miles east of Amboy. At the cemtery were gathered a throng of his neighbors, most of whom where his spiritual children. Father Conrad wsa born in Lincoln County, NC and moved with his parents to Perry County MO when 6 years old. He lived on a farm, without evan a common school education until his 22nd year. He was converted when 16 years old and being supplied by the wife of a home missionary with certain books, his soul was fired with the great aim of his life; the mission field. Life on a farm in the Missouri wilderness became a burden, and he started out on horseback a distance of 300 miles with all his effects in a saddle bag, to the Mission Institute, in charge of Dr. Nelson, near Quincy IL. He remained in this chool about 9 years, completing a collegiate and partly a theological course. He was licensed by the Presbytery of Schuyler in 1845 and commenced preaching. Finding the need of a more thorough theological training, he spent over a year in Lane's Theological Seminary at Cincinnati then in charge of the celebrated Dr. Beecher. He was married in 1846 to Miss Therina Jane Brockway, and soon started on his wedding tour to this new field oflabor at Warsaw, Ind., where he was ordained and intalled by the Presbytery of Logansport in 1847. He remained in this field about 7 years burying his wife and two children. In august he married Miss Margaret Slagle and in the spring of 1856 started by team to Minnesota, spending the summer preaching and teaming near Rochester, and in November of the same year he joined a colony and settled on his farm in Sterling, Blue Earth county, which was his home until about five years ago, when he came to take up his home with his son. His life of 40 years in the Blue Earth Valley is too well known to need any eulogy from me. He was commissioned by the Home Missionary Society at a salary of $300 a year. He organized the Congregational church of Sterling Center in 1857.. -- [the rest is lost.]
LAURA R. CONRAD - Funeral services were conducted by the Allen Funeral home in Sterling, for a well-inown Sterling resident, Miss Laura R. Conrad, 72, of 1616 W. 4th St., Sterling, who died Sunday morning (18 April 1976) at Iowa City University Hospital. Private graveside sercices were conducted at 2 p.m. Monday at Science Ridge Mennonie Cemetery with the Rev. Mark Lehman, the pastor of the Science Ridge Mennonie Church, officiating. There will be a memorial service at a later date at Science Ridge Mennonite Church, due to her brother being in Europoe at the present time. Miss Conrad was born on Jan. 10, 1904 in Flanagan, Ill., the daughter of Christian and Kathryn Orendorff Conrad. After graduated from college, she taught in Ethiopia for two years and spent several months in Hong Kong. She spent three years in India as a business manager of a Psychiatric Center in Lucknow, India. She taught two years in Somolia, Africa, and then back to India as a hostess at the Recreation Center in the mountains for about one year. She also taught for many years at Merrill School and in later years did substitute teaching in area schools. Miss Conrad is survived by one brother, Reuben M. Conrad of Arlington Heights; three sisters, Mrs. George (Nora) Rigler Sterling, Mrs. Oliver (Eunice Diller of Wooster, Ohio, and Mrs. Clark (Gladys) Eberle of Columbus, Ohio. She was preceded by her parents and one sister, Mrs. Ida M. Long on march 25, 1976. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - Sterling Gazette April 19, 1976 - Monday, pg 6]
BESSIE (HUFFMAN) CONRADY, 72, a resident of Morrison for the past 28 years, died at the Sterling public hospital Saturday [08/13/1938] evening a 7:30 o'clock. She was taken suddenly ill Thursday night and rushed to the hospital Friday where an operation was performed. Funeral services will be held Tuesday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock at the Carney funeral home, and at 2 o'clock at the Methodist church. The Rev. Albertus Perry will officiate, and burial will be in Grove Hill cemetery. Bessie Huffman was born in Pennsylvania Jan. 5, 1866, and moved to Lost Nation, Iowa, with her parents when she was a small child. She was married to Henry C. Conrady there on March 3, 1892. After living in Iowa for a few years, they moved to a farm in Clyde township, and later to one in Union Grove township. They retired and moved to Morrison in 1910. The deceased was a member of the Methodist church, the Royal Neighbors lodge, and the Rebekah lodge. Besides the widower, she is survived by a son, Lester Conrady of near Morrison, a daughter, Mrs. Lloyd Hamlin of Wateloo, Iowa, three grandchildrn, and three sisters, Mrs. Anna Hicks of Ames, Iowa, Mrs. Emroy Leatherberry of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Mrs. Nellie Durkee of Lost Nation, Iowa. She was preceded in death by four brothers and two sisters. [Contributed by Larry Reynolds - The Sterling Daily Gazette, August 15, 1938]
VERA (JAMES) CONRADY, 79, 110 N. Jackson, Morrison died Friday [08/06/1976] morning at her home. Funeral services will be held Monday at 2 p.m. at the Renkes-Reynolds Funeral Home with the Rev. Bruce Breneman officiating. Burial will be in Grove Hill Cemeetry. Visitation will be held Sunday from 5-9 p.m. at the funeral home. Vera James was born Oct. 8, 1896 in Morrison the daughter of Robert and Mary R.Thomas James. She was reared and educated in Morrison. She married Lester Conrady Oct. 17, 1917 in Morrison and he died in 1967. They farmed in Union Grove and Clyde area before moving to the Morrison area in 1950. She was a member of the Progressive Reading Circle She is survived by one son, James of Greeley, Colo.; two daughter, Mrs. Donald (Bernita) Forth of Morrison and Mrs. Roy (Virginia) Miller of McHenry, seven grandchildren, two great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband. [Contributed by Larry Reynolds - The Sterling Daily Gazette, August 7, 1976, page 4, column 2]
WILLIAM CONRADY passed away Friday [03/31/1933] afternoon at 6:10 o'clock. at his home in White Pigeon. He had been in poor health since this past winter and suffered from pneumonia. Mr. Conrady was born Dec. 2, 1854 in Clyde township, the son of Henry and Christina Conrady. On Sept. 9, 1880 (IL Marriage records say Sept. 8) he was married in Coleta to Martha Fieldsend who survives. Three children survive: W. Henry, Carl E., J. Reuben all of Clyde township. Three brothers also survive: James, Clark So. Dak.; Henry, Morrison; Frank, Kingsley Ia. He was preceded in death by four children, all of whom died in infancy; one daughter who died at the age of 19; and five sisters. Mr. Conady was also a resident of Carroll county for 36 years, having operated stores at Ideal and Fair Haven. Funeral services will be held Monday 1:00 o'clock at the Reynolds funeral home and 2:00 o'clock at the Franklin church, about 10 miles north of Morrison on the Chadwick spur. Interment was in the Franklin cemetery. [Contributed by Larry Reynolds / The Sterling Daily Gazette, April 1, 1933, page 8, column 7]
MABLE LOUISE (GIFFORD) CORBIN CONROY , 90, of Tampico passed away early Sunday (20 Jul1969) in the Prophets Riverview Nursing Center, Prophetstown, following a lengthy illness. Funeral services will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. in the Schmitt Funeral Chapel, the Rev. Raymond Good of the Tampico First United Methodist Church officiating, with burial in Tampico Memorial Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home after 2 p.m. Wednesday. Mabel Conroy was born Aug. 10, 1878 in Tampico, the daughter of Charles F. and Mary Jane Gifford. She was educated in the Tampico schools. She married George E. Corbin in Los Angeles, Calif., and he preceded her. She married John M. Conroy at the Methodist parsonage in Tampico and he preceded her in 1945. She lived in the Tampico area all her life, having spent 40 years on a farm south of Tampico before moving into Tampico to live with a daughter. She was a member of the Tampico First United Methodist Church and lifelong member of the Harmony Club of the Church. She is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Geraldine Dawson of Indio, Calif.; Mrs. August (Margaret) Brandau of Tampico; Mrs. Austin (Helen) Ulrich of Peoria; one son, Robert E. Corbin of Mariposa, Calif., seven grandchildren, two great grandchildren. She was preceded by her parents, two sisters, Mrs. Agnes L. Wahl and Mrs. Ella Jennings, four brothers, Harry L., Arthur L., Julius L., and Goron L. Gifford. Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - Sterling Gazette July 21, 1969 - Monday, pg 2]
DON CONSIDINE - Funeral services for the late Dan Considine were held Thursday morning in Savanna, with burial in Riverside cemetery in Prophetstown, Ill. Daniel Considine was born in Fulton, Ill., August 3, 1867, the son of John and Hanna Flannigan Considine. His death occurred Tuesday morning at 1:15 o'clock after an illness of several weeks duration. He had one foot amputated recently and his death was attributed to gangrene. He spent his early life in Fulton, but before going to Savanna to reside, he made his home in Prophetstown for several years. He lived in Savanna for nearly thirty years. He is survived by his wife, Myrtle Clifton Considine, two sisters, Miss Margaret Considine of Chicago, and Mrs. Julia Lee of Fulton, and several nieces and nephews. The following brothers and sister preceded him in death: Robert; William, John, Frank, Edward, Dennis, Gustav, and Mrs. Mary Martin ]
JOHN CONSIDINE died at her home in this city Thursday afternoon, March 16, 1916 after a lingering illness. Mrs. Considine had been an invalid eight years and was confined to her bed the past two years, during which time she was carefully cared for by her daughters and other members of her family, who mourn the loss of a kind and loving mother who was devoted to her home and family. Hannah Flanigan was born in County Clare, Ireland in 1835 and came to America with her parents when about eight years of age settling in /Ellicettville, N.Y., where she was united in marriage to John Considine in 1851. The young couple came west a few years later, settling in Fulton, where they made their home and raised their family and were classed among the early residents of this city. Mr. Considine died in Fulton in 1899. To this union were born ten children, who all lived to maturity but five of whom have now passed to their home beyond. The children are R.P. Considine of this city; William J. who died in 1900; J.J. who died in 1893; Frank M. of Clinton, Iowa; Mary, who married James Martin and died in Chicago in 1893; Edward H., who died in 1901; Daniel of Savanna, Dennis of this city; Julia, who married Edward Lee and resides in Fulton; S.A. who died in 1908 and Margaret, who has been a faithful daughter to her mother at home during her long illness. Requiem high mass will be held to the Catholic church in this city Monday morning followed by the funeral services conducted by Rev. J.J. Clancy with burial in the Catholic cemetery. A large number of relatives and friends from away are expected to be here to attend the funeral and the pall-bearers will be selected from her grandsons."
KATHERINE (CLEAY) CONSIDINE, age eighty-three years, passed away suddenly at her home on North Fourth street at 4:15 o'clock on Monday afternoon. She had been in failing health for several years, but her death at this time was unexpected and came as a shock to her family. A heart attack about three o'clock the same afternoon was the cause of her death an hour later. Throughout her illness she was cared for by her daughter, Mrs. A.D. Cowan. Funeral services were held at nine o'clock Thursday morning in Immaculate Conception church, with the Rev. J.T. Egan singing the requiem high mass. Many relatives and friends attended the last rites to pay their last respects to one whom they held in high esteem. Pallbearers were Walter Field, Gardner Lawrence, James Jones, and Frank Daley of Fulton, Edward Dolan of Albany, and Daniel Martin of Chicago. Interment was in Calvary Hill cemetery in the family lot. OBITUARY: Katherine Cleary was born in Sterling, Ill., July 17, 1858, the daughter of John and Bridget Fahey Cleary. On December 27, 1892, she was married to Robert P. Considine of this city, the ceremony taking place in Clinton, Ia. They immediately located in Fulton and this city has been the family home ever since. To this union four children were born, Mary, who died in infancy; Margaret, now the wife of A.D. Cowan; Robert P. Considine and William C. Considine, all of Fulton. Others who survive are four grandchildren, Patricia, Robert, Mary Katherine, and William C. Considine, Jr., and two sisters, Miss Mary Cleary of Clinton, Ia., and Mrs. Margaret Irwin of Milwaukee, Wis. Mr. Considine passed away in January, 1921, and she was also preceded in death by her parents, five sisters and one brother. Mrs. Considine was a devout member of the Immaculate Conception church, attending the services as long as her health permitted. She lived her life in keeping with the teachings of her church and lived an exemplary life. She had many friends for, to know her was to love her, and she will be truly missed. Her children and grandchildren were devoted to her and while they know she had been spared to them much longer than the allotted three score and ten years, it does not assuage their grief.
ROBERT P. CONSIDINE - who for over sixty-five years had been a respected and continuous resident of Fulton, died unexpectedly Sunday morning, January 22, after several days' illness of pneumonia at his home on Fourth street. Mr. Considine was born in New London, Canada, August 20, 1852, and was the eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. John Considine, who with their children located in Fulton in 1857. Prior to the dismantling of the Culbertson, Smith & Co.'s saw mill in the north part of the town, he was employed by that company. When the mill ceased to operate he found employment with Gardner, Bachelder & Welles Lumber company's mill in Lyons and became head sawyer. He remained until the company ceased to operate the mill, about twenty years ago. Mr. Considine then secured employment with the Clinton Lock company, and later was promoted to superintendent and remained with the company until the time of his death. About forty-five years ago he was married to Miss Mary Maher, who died a year later. Mr. Considine's second marriage was to Miss Catherine Cleary. For a period of fifty years he worked in Lyons and during that time, when the Mississippi river was navigable, crossed the river twice each working day, rowing a skiff. Without exaggeration, it can be said that Mr. Considine made more trips in a skiff across the Mississippi river between Fulton and Lyons than any other man in Fulton, Lyons or Clinton. When less than eighteen years old he became a charter member of the Roman Catholic Temperance and Benevolent society, which was organized in Fulton August 14, 1870, and remained a member until it dissolved twenty years later. During all these years Mr. Considine remained true to his pledge of total abstinence. He was a man of exemplary habits, true to his friends at all times and proved to be a worthy and reliable citizen holding the respect and esteem of all who knew him. He is survived by his wife, two sons, Robert P., Jr. and William J: one daughter, Margaret F., wife of Archie D. Cowan: three brothers, Frank of Clinton, Daniel of Savanna and Dennis of Fulton, and two sisters, Mrs. Julia Lee and Miss Margaret Considine of Chicago. The funeral will be held Wednesday morning at ten o'clock with a requiem high mass conducted by Rev. J.J. Clancy with burial in the Catholic cemetery.
BARBARA (KIRST) COOK, passed away at the home in Tampico at 8 o'clock Saturday morning, age 39 years, 1 month and 5 days. Barbara Kirst Cook was the daughter of Elizabeth and Philip Kirst and was born Dec. 11, 1886 at Sheboygan, Wis. She was united in marriage to V. W. Cook at Chicago, Ill., who with three children, Howard A., Ruth E., and Vernon W. survivie. The mother, Mrs. Elizabeth Kirst, one sister, Mrs. H. W. Messenger of Aurora, Ill., three brothers M. J. Kirst of Chicago, John and Christ of Tampico also survivie. Funeral services were held in St. Mary's Church on Monday morning at 9:30 o'clock. Father McClellan conducted the services. Burial at St. Mary's Cemetery. The pallbearers were: Guy Elmendorf, John Daley, Martin Barrett, Thos. Dillon, Jr., Wm. Maloney, Ed. McGrath.Beautiful floral pieces were markes of the living testimony of her sterling worth. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling, Illinois January 20, 1926 - Wednesday pg 5]
FRED COOK, of Patterson, Iowa, formerly of Sterling, passed away during his sleep Wednesday night. He was found dead Thursday morning by his wife in their home at Patterson. Funeral rites will be held Saturday in Patterson. Born and reared in Sterling, Mr. Cook was the son of Ed and Nellie Cook, who preceded him in death in 1933 at Beloit, Wis. He is survived by a brother, John of Beloit, Wis., and three sisters, Mrs. Walter (Lucy) Scott of Appleton, Wis., Mrs. Stanley (Ruth) Moore of Rockford and Mrs. Harry (Bessie) Lillie of Des Moines, Iowa. Mr. and Mrs. Cook visited in Sterling last summer at the home of Mrs. Alma Rife. Mr. Cook had not been back here in 30 years. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling, Illiinoi May 31, 1957 - Friday, pg 6]
JANET M. COOK, 67, of 1712 Ave. C., Sterling, will be held Wednesday with a prayer service at 9:30 a.m. at the Grennan Funeral Home. Mass of the Resurrection will be held at 10 a.m. in St. Mary's Catholic Church with Father Geoffrey Wirth, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery. Visitation is Tuesday from 2-8 p.m. with the rosary being recited at 7 p.m. at the funeral home. A memorial has been established in her name to the St. Mary's Building Fund. She is survived by one son, Dr. Gary Cook, Des Moines, Iowa, and one brother, John O'Connell, St. Petersburg, Florida. She was preceded in death by her husband, Vernon, in 1972 [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois August 19, 1985 - Monday, pg A4]
BERNARD COONEY, 69 OF 1005 Ave. G., Sterling, died Saturday at St. Anthony's Medical Center in Rockford. Prayer services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Grennan Funeral Home followed by a 10:30 a.m. Mass of Resurrection at St. Andrew's Catholic Church, Rev. Thomas Risley, officiating. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday at funeral home with a rosary at 7 p.m. A memorial has been established. Mr. Cooney wa born July 5, 1920 in Tampico, the son of Thomas and Mary Brophy Cooney. He married Nancy Segneri. Mr. Cooney was retired from Northwestern Steel and Wire and was a former member of the Whiteside County Board. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the Navy. He is survived by his wife; two sons, Thomas of Naperville, Terrance of Cupertino, Cal.; three daughters, Sandra Adams of Rockford; Barbara Cooney of Minneapolis; and Christine Foley of Birmingham, Ala.; six grandchildren; and one brother, Paul of Ohio, Ill. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois September 18, 1989 - Monday, pg A2]
WALTER J. COONEY, 73, former resident of Tampico, passed away at Sioux City, Ia., Wednesday (10 October 1945) at 5 a.m. as the result of two strokes suffered the previous evening. He became ill two years ago when he suffered his first stroke. The body was forwarded to the Parent Funeral Home at Tampico and funeral services will be held at St. Mary's Catholic Church Friday at 9 a.m. with the Rev. Fr. T. O. Maguire officiating. Committal wil be in St. Mary's Cemetery. Mr. Cooney was born on a farm two miles east of Tampico, Oct. 27, 1871, one of 12 children of Thomas and Bridget Gatley Cooney. He was reared in the Reeves school district and lived there for 40 years, leaving for Sioux City about 25 years ago where he was a dredging contractor. Mr. Cooney was never married and was a member of the Knights of Columbus. Surviving are three sisters, Mrs. Martin Barrett, Tampico, Mrs. Frances Paris and Miss Elizabeth Cooney, both of Chicago, and four brothers, Patrick and William of Tampico, John of Deer Grove and Peter of Chicago. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor The Daily Gazette, Sterling, Illinois October 11, 1945 - Thursday, pg 12]
GERALD COONLEY - Funeral services for Gerald Coonley, who died in the Sterling Community Hospital, where he was taken when he became illl en route to Hines Hospital; were held Monday at 2 p.m. in Reynolds Funeral Home, Rev. J. H. Hagerty officiated and burial was in Grove Hill Cemetery. Pallbearers were C. W. Meakins, John Peat, Clilfford Tessman, Edward Buikema, Fred Steele, and Richard Carley. Mrs. C. W. Meakins and Mrs. Fielder Sperry were in charge of the flowers. Mrs. Abel Renkes played a special organ number "Beyond The Sunset" during the service. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling, Illinois May 7, 1957 - Tuesday, pg 2]
NELL (POTTER) COOPER, 81, of Morrison, died at Morrison Community Hospital Saturday evening. Funeral services will be in the First Presbyterian Church on Wednesday, at 9:30 a.m. with the Rev. Paul DeBeer officiating. Services will be held at 2 p.m. at the Dreissler Funeral Home, Oak Park, and burial will be in Mt. Einlyn Cemetery River Forest. Friends may visit the Reynolds Funeral Home Tuesday after 7 p.m. Mrs. Potter was born June 25, 1891 at Quincy, the daughter of John and Nel Curry Potter. She married Joseph Cooper, he preceded her in death in 1961, and later married M. B. Potter in 1964 who died October 1971. She had lived in Oak Park until moving to Morrison. She was a member of the United Methodist Church and the Morrison Country Club. Survivors include one son, Gen. Paul T. Cooper, USAF, Seattle, Wash., and two grandchildren. Her husbands and one son preceded her in death. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois January 15, 1973 - Monday, pg 2]
WESLEY S. COOPER, 85, of Thomson, died Sunday morning at Mercy Hospital in Clinton. Funeral serviceses will be Wednesday at 2 p.m. at the Renkes-Reynolds Funeral Home. Burial will be in Cottonwood Cemetery. Visitation is Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A memorial has been established. He was born March 12, 1892 in Fenton Township. He was educated in Fenton and married Mable M. Brown, on May 30, 1915 in Morrison. She preceded him in death July 22, 1968. He was a millwright by trade and a member of the Argo Fay Methodist church and Modern Woodsmen of America Survivors include one daughter, Mrs. Vernon (Nada) Cady of Thomson; three sisters, Mrs. Chester (Ethyl) Kemmer of Morrison, Mrs. George (Nellie) Hyman of Galesburg and Mrs. Alma Beguhn of Davenport; one brother, Clarence Cooper of Peoria; eight grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, one daughter, two sons, two sisters, two brothers and one grandson. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois June 1, 1977 - Monday, pg 4]
JOHN JOSEPH COPELAND - The body of John Joseph Copeland, 44, World war veteran, was found by his wife in a bedroom of the farm home two miles north of Hooppole Wednesday afternoon. Copeland had shot himself with a 16 gauge shotgun some time between 2 and 3:30 o'clock. Mrs Copeland and Mr. and Mrs. Frank Heitzler had gone to Prophetstown on business and on returning could not find Mr. Copeland about the place. On investigation they located the body. Copeland had been in poor health since last September when he had suffered an attack of influenza. He had also been a sufferer from high blood pressure and sinus trouble. The verdict of the coroner's jury was that he had shot himself while despondent over ill health. The inquest was held at the Wilson Funeral Parlors at Annawan Wednesday night. Copeland was born Sept. 16, 1893 at Dubuque, Ia., a son of Albert and Mary Driscoll Copeland. He enlisted in the Army during the World War at Forest City, Ia. After the war he went to the vicinity of Hooppole and worked as a farm hand. On Oct 5, 1920 he was united in marriage to Miss Neva Swan, the daughter of his employer. There were no children. Surviving are the widow, one brother, James Copeland, and one sister, Mrs. Felix Cassidy, both of Benton, Wis., an aunt, Miss Hannah Driscoll of Dubuque, and an uncle, John Copeland or Orlando, Fla. His parents preceded him in death. Funeral arrangements are pending. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Sterling Daily Gazette, Sterling, Illinois December 2, 1937 - Thursday, page 7]
AMELIA (JACOBS) CORDES, Mrs. Thees Cordes, 59, who formerly resided south of Rock Falls, died Saturday morning in a hospital in Moline. She had been in failing health for some time. Mrs. Cordes, the former Miss Amelia Jacobs, was born Aug. 28, 1892 in Whiteside county the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Mince Jacobs. She was married to Thees Cordes Feb. 18, 1914 by Rev Louis Gresens, who was pastor of the Second Avenue Lutheran church at that time. They farmed until the death of her husband, March 31, 1949. Surviving her are one son, Raymond of Polo; one granddaughter; three sisters, Mrs. O. W. Horn, Kansas City, Mo., Mrs. Anna Wood and Mrs. Henry Schroeder of Morrison. She was preceded in death by her husband, one son, her parents and one brother. Funeral services will be held Tuesday with a prayer service at 1:30 p.m. at the Trouth funeral home and at 2 p.m. at the Messiah Lutheran church, with the pastor Rev. Eldor Mueller, officiating. Burial will be in Riverside cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home. The Daily Gazette 3 Mar 1952 Pg 2;4]
EMMA CORDES, 83, of 807 W. 14th St., Sterling, died Sunday at the Sterling Care Center. Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Messiah Lutheran Church with the Rev. Luke Schnake, vacancy pastor and Rev. Eldor Mueller, pastor emeritus, officiating. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery. A memorial has been established to the church. Visitation from 2-4 and 7-9 Tuesday at the Behrens-Blair Funeral Home. Miss Cordes was born Dec. 7, 1898 near Tampico, the daughter of Thees and Pauline (Strauch) Cordes. She was a member of the Messiah Lutheran Church and the Ladies Aid Society. She is survived by nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by four brothers and two sisters. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois July 19, 1982 - Monday, page A5]
JOHN A. CORDES, 84, of 18941 Blue Goose Road, Sterling, died Aug. 23, 1992, at the Skilled Care Center, Morrison. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Our Savior Lutheran Church, with the Rev. Donald Matthiessen, pastor, officiating. Burial will be at the Our Savior Lutheran church cemetery. Visitation will be 6-9 p.m. Monday at the Melvin-Schiller Funeral Home, Sterling. A memorial has been established to Our Savior Lutheran Church. Mr. Cordes was born Aug. 30, 1907, in Genessee Township, the son of John and Theresa (Frerichs) Cordes, Sr. He married Alma Behrena Jan. 28, 1931, at Our Savior Lutheran Church. They farmed for many years in the area. He was a member of Our Savior Lutheran Church, served on the church cemetery board for 34 years and was a member of the Farm Bureau. Surviving are his wife; one sister, Mrs. Edgar (Alice) Rickleis of Sterling; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by one brother, Glenn; and one nephew. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, IllinoisAugust 24, 1992 - Monday, pg A2]
THEES CORDES JR., son of Thees Cordes and Anna, nee Schlesselman, was born in Marshall county May 7, 1888. He was made a child of God and an heir of life everlasting when he was baptized by the Rev. A. Sippel in the Lutheran church at Larose, Illinois, June 17, 1888, later he moved with his parents to Hume township, where they settled on a farm. As a young boy Thees received the usual religious instruction offered by the Lutheran church to nourish and sustain his Christian faith. April 23, 1902 he was confirmed in Second Avenue Evangelical Lutheran church by the Rev. Louis Gresens. As soon as he reached the age of 21 he became a voting member of the congregation. Thees was united in holy wedlock with Amelia Jacobs February 18, 1914, the Rev. Louis Gresens reading the ceremony. They established their home in Whiteside county on the farm and continued in the area southwest of Rock Falls until now. Thees had failed considerably the past year or so, and was removed to the hospital a week ago Sunday. His pastor gave him the necessary spiritual attention while there and served him the Lord's Supper the day before he died. It seemed as if he was considerably improved but apparently the Lord had willed otherwise. He fell into the arms of Jesus late Thursday night. He is survived by his widow; one son, Raymond; a granddaughter, Cheryl Rae; three brothers, Emil Domdey of Sterling, Herman and John Cordes of Hume township; and two sisters, Mrs. Anna Pratt of Sterling and Miss Emma Cordes of Hume township. He was preceded in death by a son, Robert; his parents; two sisters and two brothers. [Contributed by Marcia Sibley - Sterling Daily Gazette 5 Apr 1949 Pg 2;2]
DONALD CARL CORNELIUS, 86,of Dixon died Thursday Oct. 20, 2005 at KSB Hospital. He worked for Commonwealth Edison for 37 years and retired from the Byron Nuclear Plant in 1984 as a maintenance foreman. Mr. Cornelius was born March 29, 1919 in Sterling, the son of Carl adn Mae 9Scheler) Cornelius. He married Wilma Overly in June 8, 1944 in Sterling. Donald was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Dixon, Dixon Kiwanis Golden K and served in the Army during WW II with the 1280th Engineers in the European theatre. Survivors include his wife; one son Jerry C.; one daughter Susan Jasper and three grandchildren. Burial in Oak Knoll.
ROBERT CORNSTUBBLE , 68, of 1402 Cornelius, Joliet, died Thursday at St. Joseph Hospital, Joliet. Funeral services will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Allen Funeral home in Sterling, with Rev. Dr. H. C. Hatton, pastor of the First Church of the Nazarene officiating. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery. Visitation is Friday (tonight) from 7-9 p.m. at the Allen Funeral home. He was born Oct. 10, 1909 in Little Rock, Ark., the son of Henry and Mary Branson Cornstubble. He married Gladys Thompson on April 13, 1942 in Fairfield, Ill. The couple resided in Sterling for 14 years and he was employed as a construction worker prior to his retirement. He was a member of the Moose Lodge in Joliet. Survivors include his widow; two daughters, Mrs. Walt (Sandra) Mullan of Sterling, and Mrs. Robert (Mary) Menz of Rock Falls; three sons, Robert Jr. and Lester, both of Joliet and Steven at home; two sisters, Mrs. Iva Clark of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Mrs. Lasca Wilson of Arizona; one brother, Marshall Cornstubble of Fairfield, Ill.; 15 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and several brothers and sisters. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois August 4, 1978 - Friday, page 4]
IRENE (ROARK) COSTELLO - Relatives and friends have received word of the death of Mrs. Frank Costello which occurred Monday evening in her home in Omaha, Neb. She had been ill for some time. Funeral rites will be held in Omaha. Mrs. Costello was the former Irene Roark and well known in Sterling. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois July 21, 1953 - Tuesday, page 2]
HENRY COTTRELL, age 59, Morrison, a process control engineer at General Electric, died Saturday evening (08 Jun 1977) at a Monroe, Wis., hospital after a three year illness. Funeral services will be Tueday at 10 a.m. at the Tomlinson Funeral Home, Morrison. Burial will be in Grove Hill Cemetery. Friends may visit the funeral home from 7-9 p.m. Monday. Memorials may be directed to the Cancer Fund. Henry Cottrell was born Aug. 19, 1917 in Memphis, Tenn. He was a graduate of Moline High School. He married Lucille Johnson, Aug. 31, 1963 at Story, Wis. He came to Morrison in 1949. He was employed by General Electric Co. in various supervisory positions. He was a member of the VFW, the American Legion and the Sterling Elks and was a World War II veteran. He served on a PT boat in the south Pacific. He had been employed by the Rock Island Arsenal for several years. Survivors include his widow, one daughter, Mrs. Sandra Marher, California, and one brother, Frank D., Jr., Moline. He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois June 10, 1977 - Monday, pg 4]
DARLENE E. (CHURCH) PRESNELL COUGHLEN, 62, of Prophetstown, died Sunday at CGH Medical Center, Sterling. Private funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the Gardner Funeral Chapel, Prophetstown, with Dr. David Hottenstein, pastor of the First Congregational Church, officiating. Burial will be at Riverside Cemetery, Prophetstown. Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. The family will not be present. A memorial has been established to the Northern Illinois Cancer Treatment Center. Mrs. Coughlen was born Jan. 12, 1928 in Albion Center, Neb., the daughter of Harley and Ellenor (Sutton) Church. She graduated from Prophetstown High School in 1946. She married Captain Robert G. Presnell May 11, 1952. He died in 1961. She married Robert Coughlen Jan. 19, 1966. She was employed for a number of years in offices of Eclipse Lawn Mower Co. and also in the offices of Whiteside County courthouse for a number of years. She was more recently employed for 10 years at Prophets Riverview Center, Prophetstown. She retired in March of this year. She was a member of the First Congregational Church and its Women's Fellowship. She is survived by her husband; two daughters, Mrs. Keith (Lydia) Crady, Prophetstown, and Mrs. Steve (Janet) Wright, Morrison; two step-daughters, Dallas Lee Gonzalez, Athens, Ga., and Rob Ann Tomlinson, Wellesey Hills, Mass., two sons, Robert D. Presnell, Seattle Wash., and Steven R. Coughlen, presently serving in the U.S. Navy in Rota, Spain; nine grandchildren; two sisters, Donna Joy Combs and Patricia Sonnenberg, both of Prophetstown; one brother, Malven Church, Prophetstown. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois December 18 1990 - Tuesday, page A2]
JOHN COURTRIGHT, who has been a resident of Whiteside county for many years and was numbered among the pioneer settlers, died this morning at 1:20 o'clock (17 March 1910) at the home of his daughter, Mrs. F A. Gould of 712 First Avenue. Mr. Courtright had been ill for the past seven months, although lately he showed signs of improving and relatives believed that he would recover. About a week ago he grew weaker, and death came this morning. The funeral services will be held Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the residence. Rev. A. C. Geyer will officiate. The remains will be laid away in Riverside cemetery. John Courtright was born in Sussex County, N. J. on Octover 10, 1823, and the early part of his life was spent in the east. In the year 1848 he was married to Miss Sarah Trauger, and four years later they moved to Illinois and located in Genesee Township, where they resided until 1891, whey they moved to Sterling. Mrs. Courntight died in 1906. Mr. Courtright is survived by one child, Mrs. F.A Gould. A son, Lester, died at the age of six years. Two half sisters, Lydia Ann, wife of William Howard, of this city, and Josephine, wife of Henry Shively, of Peoria, survive. Mr. Courtright was the owner of a considerable amount of real estate in Genesee township and his first home was purchased at the rate of three dollars and a half an acre. This land is now worth close to $150. Mr. Courtright was an exemplary citizen and had many friends in the northeastern part of this county, who will be pained to learn of his death. [Contributed by Sheila Smith]
RALPH V. COURTRIGHT, 73, died at home Thursday, Feb. 17, 2005 following an extended illness. Ralph was born on Sept. 29, 1931 in Beloit Wis., he son of Clarence V. and Mabel (Shellhouse) Courtright. He married JoAnn Ledgess on April 18, 1954 in Rock Falls. She died Sept. 30, 1986. Mr. Courtright was employed as a shearman with Northwestern Steel and Wire for 31 years, retiring in 1987. He served in the Army during the Korean War. Surviving are four daughters, Sherrie Courtright, Cnythia Eshelman, Michelle Courtright and Kathy (Mike) Insley, all of Rock Falls; three sons Charles and Michael of Rock Falls, and Randy (Carol) Courtright of Springfield MO; eight grandchildren, Jamie Courtright, Jackie Eshelman, Jana Eshelman, Jacob Aguilar, Kelly Dahlex, Alex Schenk, Jessica INsley and Jasmine Insley and one great grandchild, Devlin Weaver. Burial at Oak Knoll Cemetery.
SARAH (TRAUGER) COURTRIGHT, aged eighty years, died at her home in this city Sunday, December 31, 1905. Demise resulting from a general breaking down and old age. The deceased had been an invalid for fifteen years preceeding her death.The funeral was held Tuesday afternoon at 2:00 o'clock from the home, 712 First Avenue. The Rev. W.W. Diehl officiating. Burial in Riverside. Sarah A. Trauger was born in Walpack Township, Sussex County, N.J. July 25, 1825. In December 1847 she was married to John Curtwright in Stroudburg, Pa. They made their home in the Sanderson, N J until 1852 when they came west and made their home in Genesee township, where they operated a large farm until fifteen years ago, when Mrs. Courtwright's failing health made retirement necessary and they removed to Sterling. They have lived here ever since. Two children were born in Mrs. Courtwright, Mrs. Amanda Gould of this city, and one son, Lester dying in early boyhood. She leaves to mourn her death her husband, one daughter, Mrs. Gould, one grandson and three great grandchildren. She Untied with the Hickory Grove Methodist church while a resident of Genesee and has alwasy been faithful to the faith. A good wife and loving mother, she will be mourned by many friends. [Contributed by Sheila Smith]
ELIZABETH A. (ROBINSON) COUNTRYMAN, 63, passed away Tuesday, July 22, 2008 at her home. A memorial service was held Saturday, July 26, 2008 at the Fulton Presbyterian Church, Fulton, IL. with Rev. Dr. Stanley Bomgarden, pastor of the Fulton Presbyterian Church. At her request, Beth's body has been donated to the University of Iowa Department of Anatomy and cell biology, Iowa City, IA. A memorial has been established to LUNGevity Foundation, Chicago, IL. Elizabeth was born October 15, 1944 in Prophetstown, IL to Stanley E. and Elizabeth A. (Gurel) Robinson. Beth was educated in the Prophetstown Grade School and was a 1962 Graduate of Prophetstown High School. Attended Northern Illinois University and later graduated from Copley School of Nursing. She married Dennis Countryman on July 24, 1971 in Prophetstown, IL. He survives. She was employed as a Registered Nurse by the former Jane Lamb Hospital, Clinton, IA. Later work at the Bluff Medical Center, Clinton, IA and Medical Associates in both Clinton, IA and Morrison, IL retiring in 2005. She was a member and director of the Fulton Presbyterian Church Choir and also served as a Sunday School teacher. Beth also served as a Cub Scout leader and T-Ball coach. She enjoyed family, friends, traveling, playing cards, hiking, snow shoeing and fishing. Survivors include her husband, Dennis; one daughter, Jennifer (Steven) Trujillo, Denver, CO; one son, Michael (Tracy) Countryman, Arvada, CO. She was predeceased by her parents, one sister, Catherine Brigl; three brothers, Neil, Thomas and David Robinson [Contributed by Debbie Thormahalen - The Prophetstown Echo July 29, 2008]
AGNES (TAYLOR) COWAN - Died - Mrs. David Cowan, at the home of her son, R. S. Cowan in Rockford, Illinois, Monday, April 6, 1903, at 6 o'clock a. m., aged 79 years, 11 months and 11 days. Agnes Taylor was born in Ayrshire, Scotland, April 25, 1823, and came to America in the spring of 1857, leaving her parents in the native land. She was of that hardy heroic Scotch spirit that so well fitted her for pioneer life on the raw prairies of Illinois, where she born the trials and responsibilities as they came upon her in after years. The loneliness of the long busy days with scarcely a house in sight, was made cheerful by the repeating of para phrased psalms of which Mrs. Cowan knew a great number. They were a great solace to her, all her life. In the early fifties, two hardy young Scotchmen sailed for America and chose their location in Whiteside county, Illinois. They were John Boyd and David Cowan. By diligence and frugality they saved enough in three years to justify them in bringing to their assistance two bonnie lassies from Scotland. Mr. Boyd returned to Scotland and was married there, in the spring of 1857. When Mr. and Mrs. Boyd returned to America, Miss Agnes Taylor accompanied them, landing in Whiteside county early in April of that year, and on the 10th of that month, she was married to David Cowan at Unionville. Mr. Cowan had bought land in Ustick township, five miles northwest of Morrison, and built a small house on it. It was there that he and his happy bride made their home and reared their family. They continued to live on that place until 1896, when they removed to Fulton, Illinois, and made their home with their son, Robert. When Robert moved to Rockford in the spring of 1902, they went also, and it was there that Mrs. Cowan's long and useful life was terminated, by an attack of insidious and dangerous malady, the LaGrippe, from which she suffered much. Her husband and all the children except Mrs. Parker were at the bedside before the hour of unconsciousness came, and when her spirit took its flight. The deceased became a member of the Presbyterian church at Morrison soon after reaching America. When she moved to Fulton her membership was transferred to that church and remained there until her death. Mrs. COwan was a woman of deep inward principle, rather than of outward demonstration. No one ever heard her make a boast of her religion, and yet one could not be long in her presence without being well convinced that he was in the company of no ordinary christian. It was her very life, and she lived it spontaneously. Those who knew her best looking back on her life, cannot recall a single instance wherein she spoke or acted in a way that she would have cause to regret. She was very conscientious and felt the responsibility of training her children right. Although she lived more than five miles from church, the children were gotten ready regularly on SUnday morning and taken to church and Sunday School. On Saturday afternoon before her death, she called her husband, children and grandchildren to her bedside one by one and talked to them. The whole burden and spirit of her counsel was. "Children, be good." This was characteristic of her not only on this occasion, but all through her life, and her example was the best emphasis possible to her words. Mrs. COwan leaves to mourn her loss, her husband, two sons, Robert S., of Rockford; A. T. of Polo; two daughters, Mrs. Mary Parker of El Reno, Oklahoma; and Miss Elizabeth of Polo, all of whom were present at the funeral except Mrs. Parker. On daughter, Margaret, died May 12, 1872, at the age of 5 years. Mrs. COwan was one of a large family of brothers and sisters, only one of whom survives her, Archibald Taylor of Burlington, Vermont. The funeral was held at the home of Mrs. Robert Taylor in Morrison, Wednesday, April 8, at 1 o'clock, Rev. Cary F. Moore of Fulton, officiating. Burial at Grove Hill cemetery, Morrison, Illinois. Contributed by Karen Fyock - Undated Scrapbook Clipping
DAVID COWAN - died Thursday, March 21, 1907, at the home of his son, Polo, Illinois, aged 84 years, 8 months and 25 days, after an illness of two weeks. The subject of this sketch was born near Glasgow, Scotland, June 26, 1822, and came to America in 1854 settling near Morrison, Illinois. On April 10, 1857, he was united in marriage with Agnes Taylor and to them were born five children, two of whom, Margaret and Robert S., preceded him in death. The children still living are Archibald T. and Elizabeth W. Cowan of Polo and Mrs. Mary A. Parker of El Reno, Oklahoma. After following the occupation of farming for forty-two years, in the fall of 1896 on account of failing health, he with his wife moved to Fulton, Illinois, to reside with their son, Robert S. In the spring of 1902 they accompanied his to Rockford to live, and it was at this place on April 6, 1903, that his wife passed to the Great Beyond. After the death of his son, R. S., which occurred September 1, 1903, he came to Polo in which place he continued to reside until the time of his death. The deceased was for many years a member of the Presbyterian church in Morrison and at the time of his death was a member of the Presbyterian church in Fulton having transferred his membership upon moving to that place. For four or five years prior to his death feeble health prevented his attending church services, but this fact only added to his love for studying the Bible. This book in his declining years was his greatest comfort. When on the farm he was an industrious hard working man; was an earnest supporter of the public schools and suffered privations that his children might have the advantages of an education. He was a strong advocate of temperance and was ever ready to take a firm stand on the side of right on all questions. He was a kind father and his place will be missed in the home from which he has gone. The funeral services were held from the house Saturday morning at nine o'clock. Rev. P. B. Holtgreve officiating. The body was taken to Morrison where brief services were conducted at Grove Hill cemetery at 1:30 o'clock. The pall bearers in Polo were Henry Coffman, H. L. Holly, M. L Bellows, W. T. Smith, W. L. Fearer, Aaron Perrine and S. Betebenner. Rev. Holtgreve accompanied the family to MOrrison and conducted the services at the grave. Contributed by Karen Fyock - Undated Scrapbook Clipping
ROBERT S. COWAN - was born near Morrison in the town of Ustick, Whiteside county, Illinois, January 5, 1859, and died Tuesday, September 1, 1903, at his home in Rockford, Illinois, aged 44 years, 7 months and 26 days. He was the eldest son of David and Agnes Cowan, who were natives of Scotland, but came to Illinois about fifty years ago. Robert was reared on a farm and followed that occupation until he was twenty-three years of age, when he abandoned it not because he did not like the work, but because exposure to inclement weather increased his sufferings from catarrh, a disease with which he was greatly afflicted at that time. After spending a winter at the Fulton College and the following summer on the farm he decided to take up the study of law, so in the winter of '81 and '82 he read law in the office of Judge W. J. McCoy of MOrrison, but by spring he concluded he would not like law as a profession, and with a view of preparing himself to teach school he entered the Norman school at Valparaiso, Indiana where he remained until the following fall. From the fall of 1882 until June, 1892 he was a teacher in some of the best ungraded schools of Whiteside county. He gave up teaching to take up life insurance work. He located in Fulton, Illinois and for three years he represented some of the old line companies. In 1895 he became connected with the Mystic Workers of the World, an order only in its infancy, and it was due to his untiring efforts that the order grew rapidly until today it is one of the strongest fraternal insurance organizations in the world. He made a study of the principles of old line and fraternal insurance and his easy and agreeable manner linked with his convincing argument made him a peer as an insurance worker. In 1896 he was elected vice master of the order with which he had become identified, and he held this position until June, 1902 when he was elected Supreme Master of the....... [end of obit missing. Contributed by Karen Fyock - Undated Scrapbook Clipping]
CARL E. COX, 81, 1313 11th Ave., Sterling, died Wednesday evening at Community General Hospital. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday in the Melvin Schilling Funeral Home with the Rev. Carl Zager and Ernest Carder, officiating. Burial will be in Oak Knoll Memorial Park. Visitation is set from 4 to 8 p.m. on Sunday. A memorial has been established to the Rock Falls United Methodist Church. Born on Nov. 5, 1901, in Princeton, Ind., the son of James and Ora Ross Cox, he was united in marriage to Velma N. Reynolds at the Rock Falls Congregational Church on June 5, 1926. He was the owner of Cox Auto Repair in Sterling for a number of years before his retirement. Also he was a member of the Rock Falls United Methodist Church. Surviving are his wife, Velma; one brother, Russell Cox, Cherokee Village, Ark.; three sisters, Mrs. Verna Eberhart and Mrs. Irene Plumbly, both of Sterling, and Mrs. Lois Elliott, Torrence, Calif.; five grandchildren and two great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two sons, James L and Wayne E. Cox and two sisters. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois November 26, 1982 - Friday, page A6]
DOLLIE MARGARET COX, 60, of the Leon community southeast of Prophetstown, died at 12:30 p.m. Saturday at the Sterling Public Hospital, following a major operation on Friday. The body was removed to the Helm and Helm Mortuary in Prophetstown. Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at the late residence and at 2:30 p.m. at the Leon Church. Interment will in the Leon Cemetery. Miss Cox, who had been ill since the first of the year, was born March 1, 1884, on the home place where she had spent her entire life. She was the daughter of Sylvester M. and Eva Howland Cox. She was a member of the Leon Methodist Church. Besides her sister, Miss Priscilla Cox, in the home, she leaves a number of cousins, uncles and aunts, and the Rhoades brothers, who like the Cox sisters, befriended and have lived in their home a number of years. She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Floyd. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling, Illinois May 15, 1944 - Monday]
ETHEL (LANPHERE) COX - The community was shocked Monday forenoon by the news that Mrs. James Cox had passed away at 9:10 o'clock. Mrs. Cox had been slightly ill Saturday and Sunday, but no alarm had been felt by her relatives. The body was removed to the Gardner mortuary and funeral services will be conducted by the Rev. A. E. Simester at the Congregational church this (Wednesday) afternoon at two o'clock. Burial will be at Riverside cemetery. Mrs. M. L. Lindsay will play funeral music and Mrs. Perry Upton, Mrs. Lyle Upton, Mrs. Eli Upton, Mrs. Emery Upton and Mrs. Lauren Matthews will assist with the flowers. The pallbearers will be Perry, Lyle, Eli and Emery Upton, her nephew, Robert Lanphere, and Lauren Matthews. Ethel Lanphere Cox, daughter of Wyatt and Lillie Hille Lanphere was born near Spring Hill Sept. 10, 1883. At her death November 19, 1945, she was 62 years, two months and nine days of age. She attended the Spring Hill and Prophetstown schools and was a regular attendant of the Congregational church. She married James Cox of Prophetstown, at Morrison Nov. 1, 1905. They were the parents of one daughater, Mrs. Adeline Lawrence of Prophetstown, who with the husband, Mrs. Cox's mother, Mrs. Lillie Lanphere, three brothers, Robert, Emery, and Ross Lanphere, and one sister, Mrs. Julia Matthews of Davenport, Ia., survive. Also surviving are three grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her father, one brother, Carl Lanphere, and two sisters, Mrs. Ralph Upton and a sister who died in infancy. [Contributed by Melva Taylor]
FLORENCE (QUADE) COX, 73, of RR 2, Erie, passed away late Monday morning (2 September 1968 ) in University Hospital, Iowa City, Iowa. Funeral services will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. in the Shilling Funeral Home; the Rev. Glenn Harms of the Erie Baptist Church, officiating, with burial in Erie Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home Wednesday afternoon and until time of serices. Florance Quade was born Dec. 30, 1894 in Erie, the daughter of James and Emila Glathaar Quade. She married Clay Cox on Feb. 17, 1916. She was a member of the Household Science Cluib and the American Legion Auxiliary of Erie. She is survived by six daughters, Mrs. Walter Marton of Geneseo; Mrs. Verline Snyder of Lyndon; Mrs. Clair Kay of East Moline; Mrs. Walter Biggs of Sacramento, Calif.; Mrs. James Johnson and Mrs. Frank Ardrunaites, both of Erie; two sons, Roy Cox of Erie and Ross Cox of Glenview; 24 grandchildren, several great grandchildren and one siter, Mrs. Mildred Guthrie of Erie. She was preceded by her husband in 1964, parents, two grandchildren and two great grandchildren. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois September 3, 1968 - Tuesday, pg 2]
FLOYD M. COX - passed away on Sunday about noon after an illness of more than four years. He had been confined in his bed since last June, his trouble being tuberculosis. Mrs. Cox was forty-two years of age. He was quite religious and for a number of years was affiliated with the Salvation Army, being captain in the organization. He was much revered in the Leon neighborhood which has been his home for a great many years. The funeral was held Tuesday at the Leon church and was largely attended by a host of his neighbors and friends. The services were conducted by Rev. Mr. Winter, pastor of the Leon church, who paid Mr. Cox a very fine tribute. Burial was made in the Leon cemetery where his mother was laid to rest several years ago. [Contributed by Melva Taylor]
LARRY E. COX - 21, 512 E. 9th St., Rock Falls, was killed instantly Thursday at 1:11 a.m. (7 April 1966) when the car he was driving collided almost headon with a semi-trailer truck. The accident occurred in the 1300 block of W. 4th St., in Sterling. According to ploice, Cox was traveling east on W. 4th St. at a high rate of speed, and he entered a one-way traffic lane designated for westbound traffic. The start of the one-way traffic is indicated by a row of barrels at Ave. M. The semi-trailer truck driven by Herbert J. Eigenberger, 54, Hales Corners, Wis., was westbound and had entered the one-way lane. According to police, Cox tried to stop but couldn't. Police measured 130 feet of skid marks up to the point of impact. Eigenberger couldn't avoid the collision as he had no place to turn. Coroner John Ardapple pronounced Cox dead at the scene of the accident. An inquest will be conducted later. Eigenberger received no injuries. The Cox auto was totally demolished. The front of the semi was extensively damaged, and a saddle tank was broken open. A tractor being transported by the semi was jarred loose and it fell to the street. It was also heavily damaged. The Sterling fire department was called to wash down gasoline. Larry was born March 13, 1945 in Sterling, the son of Leo B. and Evelyn Day Cox. He attended East Coloma Grade School and Rockford Auburn High School and he enlisted in the Army for three years. He was united in marriage to Paulette Fikter on May 6, 1965, who survives along with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Leo B. Cox of Rock Falls; one brother, Terry and one sister, Cindy, both at home; maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Ira Day of Rock Falls; paternal grandmother, Mrs. Agnes Hansen of Harmon; several aunts, uncles, cousins and many friends. Funeral services will be 1:30 Saturday at the Wheelock-Allen Funeral Home with the Rev. Danny Phillips of the Tampico Church of Christ officiating with burial in Tampcio Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home after 2 Friday. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - Sterling Gazette April 7, 1966 - Thursday, pg 1, col 9]
MRS. LUTHER COX
Mrs. Luther Cox died Sunday evening at her home in Leon, at which place the funeral services took place, Tuesday. [Sterling Standard, Sterling, Illinois - Mar 12, 1896]
PRISCILLA COX - 102, 200 N. Benton St., died Saturday at the Community General Hospital in Sterling. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Leon United Methodist Church in Prophetstown, with Steve Hartman, pastor officiating. Burial will be in Leon Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. today at the Garland Funeral Home in Tampico. A memorial has been established to the Leon United Methodist Church. She was born October 17, 1886 in Leon, the daughter of Sylvester and Eva Howland Cox. She is survived by foster grandchildren of the Foster Rhodes family and several cousins. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois February 6, 1989 - Monday, pg A2, col. 7]
SARAH ANN (LANE) COX was born January 25, 1815, in Marshalltown (sic Marbletown), Ulster Co., New York. After a few years moved with her parents to Cayuga Co., and was married to Wm. Cox in 1835. They moved to Niles, Berrien Co., Michigan, where her husband died, leaving her with four children, one of whom survives her, Wm. E. Cox, who lives in Hastings, Nebraska. She was married to Luther Cox in 1845 and moved to Illinois in 1854, where she resided until her death which took place the 9th of March 1896. Four children blessed her last marriage, two of whom survive her, E. J. and S. M. Cox. Her husband died some ten years ago. Her health being poor she had lived with her children. Her disease was consumption and she bore her suffering with patience and Christian fortitude and was always cheerful. She professed religion at an early age and was a member of the Methodist church. She leaves one brother, C. W. (sic G.W) Lane, besi des numerous friends to mourn her loss. The funeral services were held at the Leon church, Tuesday, Rev. E. S. Holme of Prophetstown officiating, and the remains were laid to rest in the churchyard. The Tampico Tornado March 14, 1896 --Leon: Mrs. Sarah A. Cox, age eighty-one years, died at her home in this place Saturday, March 7 (sic 9), at six o'clock. The funeral was held at the Leon church, Tuesday, at two o'clock, Rev. E. S. Holme presiding. [Contributed by Melva Taylor]
SYLVESTER M. COX - On February 7th in the early morning hours, the summons came which called from our midst, Sylvester M. Cox, a much beloved neighbor and friend. He was born October 5, 1858 on the farm where he has spent his entire life with the exception of three years during his boyhood that he lived at Yorktown. On Feburary 7, 1879 he married Eva M. Howland. To this union were four children: Floyd M., who died November 6, 1921; Dollie M., and Priscilla, at home, and Spaulding who died in infancy. His wife died April 17, 1889, leaving him the mother's well as the father's place in the rearing of his family. How well he did this is shown by the loving care and devotion given him by his daughter during the years of his poor health and illness. He was the son of Luther and Sarah Lane Cox and was one of seven children, all having preceded him in death. He was converted during the Billy Sunday meetings in Prophetstown about 30 years ago, and soon after joined the Methodist church in Leon where he was a faithful member and took active part in the upkeep of the church, until his failing health made it impossible for him to do more. He was one of the active leaders in the building of the basement of the Leon church, also in the building of the Leon school house. His has been an active and useful life and now at the age of 75 years, 4 months 2 days, his life's work is finished and he has answered the Master's call. [Contributed by Melva Taylor]
VICTORY JOY (HUENGER) COX 54, a former Sterling resident, died in her home, Cottonwood, Ariz., on Feb. 18, following an extended illness. A memorial services was held Feb. 21. She was cremated. A memorial has been established to Multiple Sclerosis. Mrs. Cox was born to Raymond E. and Geraldine Huenger on Nov. 29, 1942. She was a 1960 Sterling High School graduate. She is survived by her husband, James C.; one son, Arthur Newell, both of Cottonwood Ariz.; two daughters, Gretchen Bradley, Cottonwood; Allison Cox, San Francisco; a brother, John Huenger, Ridott; two sisters, Mrs. Dick (Jackie) Harmes, Rock Falls; and Billie Loos of Scottsdale, Ariz.; two grandsons and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois February 22, 1988 - Monday, pg A2]
WILLIAM EDWARD COX an old soldier, aged about seventy and a former resident of Tampico died recently, at the soldier's home in Hot Springs, South Dakota, of consumption and rheumatism, and was buried there. The deceased was formerly in business in Tampico conducting a furniture and undertaking business which he purchased from J. W. Hixson. He left Tampico in 1883 going to Hastings, Nebraska, where he engaged in the same business. He was the brother-in-law of Mrs. Hixson and leaves a sister and brother at Leon, Vet Cox and Emma Cox [Contributed by Melva Taylor]
RALPH COYNE, 53, passed away at his home in East Moline at 10:15 p.m. Tuesday night, (15 January 1952) following an illness of eight months. Funeral services will be held Friday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. at the Van Hoe Funeral Home in East Moline. Rev. Joseph Partridge, pastor of the First Methodist Church, will officiate. Burial will be in Oak Ridge Cemetery at Albany. He was formerly of Albany and was employed as a pattern maker at the John Deere Spreader Works in East Moline, where he has resided for the past 22 years. Mr. Coyne was born Oct. 7, 1898, in Garden Plain Township. On June 16, 1923, he was united in marriage to Gertrude Drury, who survives. He was a Methodist by faith. Two daughters, Mrs. Lavere Duffy and Mrs. Bryan Voight, both of East Moline; a sister, Mrs. John White, and a brother Albert Coyne, both of Albany, and two grandchildren, also survive. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois January 17, 1952 - Thrusday, pg 8]
ELVA MAE (FISHER) CRABB, 96, formerly of 502 First Ave., Rock Falls, died Wednesday (Sept. 28, 1988) in Rock Falls Colonial Acres following a long illness. Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the Wheelock-Allen Funeral Home with Rev. James E. Werner, pastor of the First Congregational Church of rock falls, officiating. Burial will be in IOOF Cemetery. Visitation will be from 608 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. A memorial has been established in her memory to the First Congregational Church of Rock Falls. She was born on Sept. 22, 1892 in Montmorency township, the daughter of Elias and Phoebe Bryson Fisher. She married Fred Bohms in 1913, he preceded her in death. She then married Floyd O Crabb in 1946. He died on January 19, 1969. She was a member of the First Congregational Church of Rock Falls, the World War II Mothers, Royal Neighbors of America, and the Relief corps. She is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Eugene (Jennie) Sutton of Memphis, Tenn.; three sons, Raymond of Sterling, Harold and Louis, both of Rock Falls; one step daughter, Mrs. Leonard (Alberta) Livingston and one step son, DeWayne L Crabb both of Poughkeepsie, NY; 22 grandchildren; and many great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers, and three sisters.[Contributed by Margaret Mangers]
FLOYD O. CRABB, 72, 502 1st Ave., Rock Falls, died early Sunday (19 January 1969) morning in Community General Hospital. Mr. Crabb was born in Leon, Iowa, Jan 18, 1897, the son of Albert and Sarah Martindale Crabb. He was a member of the Rock Falls Congregational Church, the Sterling IOOF Lodge 174 and the Sterling VFW Post 326. He was a World War I veteran and had worked at the International Harvester Co. until his retirement. Mr. Crabb is survived by his widow, Elva M.; one son DeWayne L. Crabb, Poughkeepsie, NY; one daughter Mrs. Leonard (Alberta) Livingston, Rock Falls; one step daughter Mrs. Eugene (Jennie) Sutton, Memphis, Tenn.; three step sons, Raymond Bohms, East Moline, Harold and Louis Bohms, both of Rock Falls; 22 grandchildren and three great grandchildren. He was preceded by two brothers and two sisters. Funeral services for Mr. Crabb will be Tuesday at the Wheelock-Allen Funeral Home, with the Rev. Donald Proctor, pastor of the First Congregational Church of Rock Falls, officiating, with burial in Rock Falls IOOF Cemetery. Friends may call at the Wheelock-Allen Funeral Home after 3 p.m. Monday. Odd Fellows services will be conducted Monday at 7:30 p.m. at Wheelock-Allen Funeral Home, Rock Falls.
--- Second Notice: Funeral services were held at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Wheelock-Allen Funeral Home for Floyd O. Crabb, 502 1st Ave., Rock Falls, who died Sunday. The Rev. Donald Proctor, pastor of the First Congregational Church of Rock Falls, officiated at the services with burial in IOOF Cemetery. Mrs. Wayne E. Larson was at the organ during the services with Mrs. Raymond Stroup singing "The Old rugged Cross: and "In the Garden." Pallbearers were members of the Twin City Barracks 3038 Veterans of World War I. They were Stanly B. Adair, Joseph P. McCormick, Jake Wassenberg, Hugo Schneckloth, William H Desmond, and Emery J. McNeil. The Flag Bearers were Jessie F. Duke, past commander, and John P. Aldrich, commander. Flowers were cared for by Lundstoroms. [Contributed by Margaret Mangers]
GLENN CRADDOCK, 85, of Morrison, passed away in Morrison Community Hospital Saturday morning at 11:35 o'clock. He had been in failing health the past three weeks. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, at 2 p.m., in the Reynolds Funeral Home. Burial will be in Grove Hill Cemetery. He was born Nov. 31, 1878 in Bureau County, Illinois, a son of William and Harriett (Love) Craddock. He was united in marriage to Jennie Williams on Oct. 18, 1906 at Bedford, Iowa. When he was two years old he moved with his parents to Tampico where he was educated and graduated from Tampico High School in 1899. He later took a business course in Draughon's Business College in St. Louis, Mo. He was employed in the First National Bank of Sterling for some years and was also cashier of the Lyndon State Bank. In March 1926 he came to Morrison and was employed in the First National Bank. He was also in partnership with Leo Knox making Federal Bank loans until 1936 when he opened his own business of insurance and real estate. He sold the insurance business to Earl Fredericks in 1960. For many years Mr. Craddock was a trustee of Grove Hill Cemetery and also trustee of the Morrison Methodist Church, of which he was a member. He also served as justice of the peace. He is survived by a sister, Miss Olive Craddock and a niece, Mrs Jennie Kimmel, both of Morrison, and two nephews, LeRoy B. Jacobs and Lester Jacobs, both of Erie. Preceding him in death were his parents, his wife, three sisters and one brother. [Contributed by Joyce Kimmel]
HARRIET (LOVE) CRADDOCK, born in Greene County, Pennsylvania, Sept. 6, 1841, daughter of George and Hannah Rhinehart Love, died August 12, 1938 in Chicago at the home of her daughter Olive at the age of 96 years, 11 months, and 6 days. Her father died when she was a small child. When she was 10 years old her mother was married again to William Adams, one of the very early settlers in Bureau County. (fall of 1840), who had returned to Pennsylvania for a visit to his boyhood home. The personal property of of Mrs. Craddock's mother was loaded on a flat boat at Pittsburgh, Pa., for the long trip to Illinois. They came down the Ohio to it's mouth, up the Mississippi to the mouth of the Illinois River thence up the latter stream to Peru or De Pie, where the goods were unloaded and taken overland to the home previously established by Mr. Adams at the east edge of Fairfield Township, not far from Green River. There Mrs. Craddock grew to womanhood with two brothers, William J. Love and Martin Love, three half brothers, Rhine Leonard, Jonah F. R. Leonard, and Frank Leonard, and the Adams children. One girl in the Adams family, Katie Adams became the wife of Nathan Meek, and the two girls grew up together as devotd to each other as if they had been flesh and blood sisters. The step-brothers, Samuel, Jacob, and Frank Adams. All of those have long ago passed to the Great Beyond. The latch string at the Adams home was out to the traveler who covered the trail from Rock River to Green River, and many there were who stopped overnight in the big log house with it's huge fireplace that stood a bit south of the house now owned by William Long of Sheffield, whose wife is an Adams, a descendant of this remarkaable family...... At the age of 20, the girl Harriet was married to William W. Craddock on June 18, 1861 Tampico Tornado]
BETTE (FLORENCE) CRANDALL , 58, of Erie, died Saturday in her home. Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Erie Christian Church with the Rev. Dale Erickson, officiating. Burial will be in the Erie Cemetery. Visitation is from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Monday at the Schilling-Reedy Funeral Home, Erie. Memorial may be made to the Erie Christian Church New Organ Fund. The former Bette Florence was born Nov. 14, 1923in Erie, the daughter of Edgar and Jennie (Pyse) Florence. She was united in marriage to LeRoy Crandall on Nov. 25, 1945 in Erie She was an elementary music teacher for the Erie Community Unit 1 School District for 31 years, retiring this spring. She was a graduate of Erie High School, received her bachelor's degree from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb and her master's degree from LaVerne College in LaVerne, California. She was a member of the Erie Christian Church, music director and organist at the church for many years. She was a member of the Evangeline Chapter 52, Order of the Eastern Star, the Modern Homemakers and the Delta Kappa Gamma Sorority. She is survived by her husband, LeRoy; one daughter, Mrs. Kay (Vicki) Spidahl, Monroe, Wisconsin; two sons, Terry, Glen Ellyn, and Donald, Cary; two grandchildren; her mother, Mrs. Jennie Florence, Erie,and two brothers, Edgar Jr., Morton Grove and Donald, Moline. She was preceded in death by her father. Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois July 12, 1982 - Monday, page A4]
FRANCIS (HULTS) CRAWFORD, 90, passed away on Tuesday, May 6, 2003, in Prescott, Ariz. She was born on Feb. 13, 1913, in Sterling, the daughter of Rollie I. and Melvina (Thomas) Hults. Before moving to Arizona in 1996, Frances lived in Chicago, Elgin, DeKalb, Grand Detour and Rochester, Minn. She moved to Prescott from Scottsdale, Ariz., in 2001. After graduating from Sterling Township High School in 1930, Frances attended Cornell College in Iowa. Three decades later she returned to college studies and graduated in 1965 from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb with a degree in home economics. Frances was an avid reader of history, architecture and restoration. In Illinois she was actively involved with the Dixon Garden Club and worked in the state of Illinois mental health system as volunteer services coordinator for Dixon State School. Survivors include two daughters, Virginia "Ginny" Reczek of Nairobi, Kenya, (formerly of Castle Rock, Colo.) and Nan Hunter of Prescott, Ariz. one brother and sister-in-law, Robert and Sophie Hults of Highlands, NC.; five grandchildren, Holly, Tom, Bob, Ernie and Kaye; nine great-grandchildren, Savannah, Travis, Susan, Elijah, Matthew, Josilyn, Colby,Parker and Reed; and three great-great-grandchildren, Jordan, Madison and Jobe. She was preceded in death by her son-in-law, Rodney E. Hunter in 2002; her sister, Helen Hults Chambers in 1988; and by her parents in 1970 and 1962. The family will have a private graveside service in Sterling at a later date. [Sterling Gazette May 13, 2003]
JAMES I. CRAWFORD,, living near Sterling, Whiteside County, died last week at his farm. (Rock Island Argus, Wednesday, 23 November 1859)
FRANK S. CREBO, 66, of Rock Falls died Thursday. May 8, 2003 He was employed by Northwestern Steel and Wire Co . Sterling, for 40 years, retiring as a strandman. Mr. Crebo was born May 16, 1936, in Chicago. the son of Edward and Florence (Morris) Crebo. He served in the National Guard. He married Mary Browne on Jan. 11, 1958, in Rock Falls. He enjoyed yard/garden work and traveling. Survivors include his wife, two daughters, Tracey (Mike) Coppotelli of DeMotte, md.. and Jeanne (Mike) Bonnell of Prophetstown: two sons, Andy Crebo of Sterling and Dan (Lisa) Crebo of Morrison: his mother of Sterling: a sister, Estel (Darrell) Culver of Rock Falls: 11 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his father: and a brother, Edward. The funeral is at 11 am. Tuesday at McDonald Funeral Home, Rock Falls, with the Rev. Daniel Behmlander officiating. Burial with military rites is at Oak Knoll Memorial Park, Sterling. Visitation is from 6-8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established. [Daily Gazette May 10, 2003]
JEREMIAH B. CROM - Mrs. Harry Deets returned home today after spending three weeks with her parents in Pierson, Iowa, being called there by the serious illness of her father, J. B. Crom, who passed away Sunday, Nov. 14th, after an illness of four months duration. He leaves to mourn his loss his companion, four sons and four daughters besides a host of friends. Mr. Crom has many friends in this vicinity who will be grieved to hear of his demise, having lived near Coleta for many years. He was a soldier of the Civil war and was a lover of the stars and stripes. He was a member of the United Brethren church ever since a young boy. What he suffered during his illness no tongue can tell, and often expressed his desire to be taken home, Yet he bore it all patiently and would say, “Thy will, O Lord, not mine, be done.” [Contributed by Larry Reynolds - The Sterling Daily Gazette, November 20, 1915, page 4, column 5]
JOHN R. CROM - 86, of 1801 Ave. G., Sterling, died Thursday morning (7 Jun 1990) at his home. Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Saturday at the Melvin-Schilling Funeral Home, Sterling, with Rev. Robert Schubert, pastor of the Woodland United Brethren Church, Mt. Carroll, officiating. Burial will be at Riverside Cemetery. There will be no visitation. A memorial has been established. Mr. Crom was born on Feb. 18, 1904 in Coleta, the son of Jocephus and Margaret Deets Crom. He married Irene Bishop. She died in 1966. He then married Kathryn McCoy, she died in 1982. Mr. Crom had been a livestock buyer before retiring in 1980. He was a member of the United Brethren Church in Coleta and Loyal Order of Moose, Sterling. Surviving is one son, Robert Gettemy of Dixon; one daughter, Mrs. Kenneth (LaVonne) Stringer of Sterling; one step-daughter, Arlene DeWeerdt of Prophetstown; a number of grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He was preceded ind eath by one brother and five sisters. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling, Illinois June 8, 1990 - Friday, pg A2]
MARGARET ANN (DEETS) CROM - The people of Coleta and vicinity were very much shocked this morning to learn of the sudden death of Mrs. J. C. Crom, which occurred at her home at Coleta Thursday [04/12/1917] evening at 9:30 o'clock. She had been ailing for the past year with heart affliction, but was able to be up and around most of the time. Yesterday she seemed to be better than she had been for some little time. She was sitting in her chair when suddenly fell to the floor. The family rushed to her side and was shocked to find that she had passed away. Mrs. Crom was one of the most prominent women of her section, having been a resident for a great many years. She leaves her husband and seven children, also a brother. (The Sterling Daily Gazette, April 13, 1917, page 1, column 1) The funeral services over the remains of the late Mrs. J. C. Crom were held from the radical U. B. church at Coleta Sunday [04/15/1917 afternoon at 2 o'clock, conducted by the pastor, Rev. George Auman, assisted by Rev. Hutchinson, of the M. E. church, and Rev. Thompson, of the Christian church. B. H. Kline, Owen Harrison, Mrs. Eber Carbaugh and Mrs. C. E. Maxwell, accompanied by Miss Grace Auman, sang several beautiful selections. The floral offerings were many and very beautiful. The church was filled to it fullest capacity with friends who gathered to show their last tribute of respect to one whom they loved and will miss in this community. The following acted as pallbearers: C. P. Garwick, S. H. Gipe, J. A. Byers, J. L. Deets, Adam Myer and C. H. Manning. Interment was in the Bethel cemetery. Those here from a distance to attend the funeral were: Mr. and Mrs. S. O. Crom and Mr. and Mrs. E. Y. Crom, of Chapin, Ia.; Mr. and Mrs. Simon Mathews, of Round Grove, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Kennedy, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Deets, Mr. and Mrs. Harlem Bushman, Mr. and Mrs. J. S. Nance, of Sterling, Mr. and Mrs. George Howe and Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Howe of Morrison. (The Sterling Daily Gazette, April 16, 1917, page 5, column 3) Margarette Ann Deets was born in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, January 13, 1863, and died April 12, 1917, in Coleta, aged 54 years, 3 months. She came with her parents to Illinois early in life settling in Whiteside county, where she has since resided. In the year 1883 she was united in marriage to J. C. Crom, of Coleta, to which eight children were born, one child dying in infancy besides the husband seven children remain to mourn the departure of a loved one as follows: Mrs. Ora Frankfather, Mrs. Emma Brown, Mrs. Mable Peugh, Mrs. Carrie Boggott, Etha and John, all residing in or near Coleta, Ward Crom, of Milledgeville, also 13 grandchildren. Mrs. Crom became a christian very early in life, joining the United Brethren church of which she lived a consistant life to the day of her death. She was always ready to acknowledge her Savior whenever the opportunity was presented. She also took a great interest in her family, thinking of them always in preference to herself. The death of this wife, mother, neighbor and friend is an irreparable loss to the community in which she resided. [Contributed by Larry Reynolds - The Sterling Daily Gazette, April 17, 1917, page 4, column 4]
REBECCA OVERHOLSER CROM
Rebecca Overholser Crom, settled in Genesee in 1854, died at Sabina, Ohio, August 16, 1916, aged 80 years, 2 months, 22 days. [Daily Gazette, 20 August 1917; From Larry Reynolds]
S.O. CROM, 80, died early today (30 Mar 1953) at Community General Hospital in Sterling. The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Milledgeville Methodist Church, Rev. T. J. Jernigan will officiate, and burial will be at Hazel Green Cemetery. Friends may call at the Woodin Funeral Home after 7 p.m. Tuesday. He was born Jan. 8, 1873, northwest of Coleta to Martin and Rebecca Overholser Crom. On Feb. 24, 1897, he was married to Verretta Deets at Sterling. They farmed near Coleta until 1907, when they moved to Chapin, Ia., until 1919, at which time they came to Milledgeville. From 1919 to 1938 Crom served as manager of the Milledgeville Farmers' Elevator. The following year he was elected supervisor of Wysox Township and served eight years. He was a member of the Milledgeville Methodist Church and was very active in both civic and church affairs. Survivors include his wife; two daughters, Mrs. S. T. (Lois) LeVitt of St. Paul, Minn., and Mrs. Asa (Ida) Mordick of Sheffield, Ia.; one son, Arthur of Rock Island; a twin brothers, S. M. Crom of Espyville, Pa.; four grandchildren and one great granddaughter. [Contributed by Melva Taylor from The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois March 30, 1953 - Monday, pg 2 col 2]
CLARENCE CROOK, 73, 801 10th Ave., Rock Falls, died at noon Thursday (09 July 1959) in Community General Hospital following a short illness. The body was removed to the Grennan and Son Funeral Home where friends may now call. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home, Rev. William Boland, of St. Andrews Catholic Church, officiating. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Sterling. Clarence Crook was born Aug. 13, 1885, in Racine, Wis., and worked most of his life in the Chicago area. Three years ago he moved to Rock Falls to take residence with his daughter, Mrs. Leo Walter. Surviving are his daughter; one brother and one sister, both of Chicago. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Josephine, and one daughter. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois July 10, 1959 - Friday pg 6]
FLORENCE CROOK, 81 of Prophetstown died Sunday morning at the home of her daughter Mrs. Bertha DeGraff of Forreston. She is survived by one son Roy of Prophetstown and her daughter. Brief funeral services will be held at the DeGraff Funeral Home in Forreston at 9 o'clock Tuesday morning Rev. T.S. Bolton officiating. and the body will then be taken to Prophetstown for burial.
ROY EPHRAIM CROOK - Funeral service for Roy Ephram Crook, 82, former Whiteside County Sheriff, and a descendant of Prophetstown's first white settler, Asa Crook, were held Thursday, at 1 p.m. at the Gardner Funeral Chapel. The Rev. Nelson Chasteen of The First Congregational Church officiated, and burial was in the Riverside Cemetery of Prophetstown. Mrs. Lyle Dingman was at the chapel organ. Serving as pallbearers were Eldon Blair, Anton Gibson, Roscoe Mathis, Henry Oberle, Frank Lanphere and Roibert Maxfield. Mrs. Frank Lanphere, Mrs. Douglas Draper and Mrs. Eldon Blair were in charge of the floral tributes, assisted by the Hillcreast Greenhouse. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois January 17, 1964 - Friday, pg 6
ALBERT RAYMOND CROSS, 72, of 1408 East 5th St., Sterling, passed away Monday evening (16 Dec. 1974) at Community General Hospital. Funeral services will be held at the Moeller Funeral Home in Mason City, on Saturday, Dec. 21 at 1:30 p.m. with burial in Mason City Cemetery. Visitation will be on Friday from 7-9 p.m. Albert Cross was born March 31, 1902, the son of Everett and Bessie Byers Cross. He was united in marriage to Gem Sanderson Aug 14, 1919 at Havana. She preceded him in death on May 23, 1974. The couple resided in South Pekin and Sterling where Mr. Cross was employed at Chicago and NorthWestern Railroad until his retirement. He is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Glen (Ina) James of Sterling; seven grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren, one sister, Mrs. Donald Legg of Mason City. He was preceded in death by his wife, one daughter, LaDoris Anderson. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois December 18, 1974 - Wednesday, pg 8]
DURETH ANNE (STONER) CROSS - Services for Mrs. Dureth Anne Cross, former Milledgeville resident, who died at 2:15 p.m. Wednesday at Normal, will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the First Methodist Church in Normal. Burial will be in Oak Knoll Memorial Park at Sterling with graveside rites at 3:30 p.m. The deceased was born at Milledgeville on Feb. 21, 1921, the daughter of Harry C. and Hattie Geesey Stoner. She married Ward H. Cross on Jan. 2, 1942, at Milledgeville. He survives with her mother, one daughter, Harriet, at home ; one son, Dennis, also at home; one sister, Mrs. Faith E. Dennis of Milledgeville, and two cousins, Cecil W. George and Ronald W. Schultz of Morrison. Mrs. Cross was a member of the First Methodist Church of Normal. Friends may call at the Metzler Funeral Home at Normal after 5 p.m. Friday. The family has established a memorial for the McLean County Mental Health Society. [Contributed by Marcia Sibley - The Daily Gazette 3 Dec 1964 Pg 2: 6-7]
GEORGE CROSS - The funeral of George Cross was held at the East Jordan church Monday afternoon at 2:30 in charge of Rev. M. B. Leach, pastor of the church. At 2:00 o'clock a brief service was held at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Milton (Marion) Wisler, where he had made his home for the past four years. Rev. Sanford sang four selections. The sermon by Rev. Leach was from Revelation 21:4. Burial was in the East Jordan cemetery. The following obituary was read at the service. George Cross was born January 30, 1846, in Kilmornick, Scotland, and died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Milton (Marion) Wisler, August 23, 1924. His age was 78 years, 6 months and 23 days. He came to Polo from Goven in 1869. On Feb. 1, 1874 he was married to Mary E. Anderson. To this union three children were born, two sons and one daughter. One son died in early infancy. The two who still live are Robert Cross and Mrs. Milton (Marion) Wisler. He leaves also the wife who for half a century walked by his side. Also one sister, Mrs. Nathan (Helen) Haines, three sisters and six brothers having preceded him in death. There are also six grandchildren. Mr. Cross learned the blacksmithing trade in Scotland and worked at his trade both in his native land and in America. He was also a farmer and followed that work until a few years ago at which time he retired to Sterling, where he lived until about four years ago, since which time he had made his home with his daughter. Mr. Cross was a good neighbor, a kind husband and father, and a friend to those about him. He held to the faith of the Presbyterian church. [Contributed by Amy Anderson]
HUGH CROSS, a well known Jordan man, dropped dead Friday evening between 5 and 6 o'clock while at work on the farm of Reynolds Anderson. He was in the act of letting down the shoveling board of a wagon for the purpose of unloading some oats. He had seemed to be in perfect health up to the time of his death; there was absolutely no warning that the end was near. Heart failure is supposed to have been the cause of death. The funeral services were held at the home of the deceased's brother, George Cross, Sunday afternoon at 1 o'clock and at the White church in Jordan at 2 o'clock. The Rev. Mr. Groff of Coleta, the pastor of the church, was the officiating clergyman. The remains were interred at the cemetery there. Mr. Cross was unmarried. He has been in Jordan for a number of years and made his home with his brother George. He came to this country from Scotland some time ago. His first attempt to leave his native country was a failure. He got started and was on board the ship, when he was taken back by officials and compelled to serve six years in the British army in India. At the completion of this service, he came at once to America and to Jordan. He leaves his brother George and his mother, who also lives at the George Cross home. He recently spent several years in Tennessee with another brother, but upon the death of the latter he returned to Jordan. He was a steady, reliable man, and his services were sought by the farmers of that vicinity. [Contributed by Amy Anderson Sterling Daily Gazette, Tues., Aug 6, 1901]
ISAAC O. CROSS, 69, for a number of years a member of the Sterling police force, passed away at 10:30 p.m. Tuesday in his home at 105 Ninth Avenue. He had been in ill health for two years with a complication of diseases and was confined to his bed the last three weeks. Mr. Cross had resided in Sterling for 29 years. The funeral will take place at 2:30 p.m. Friday in the Melvin funeral home with Rev. Harold E. Olson of the First Methodist Church officiation. Burial will be in Riverside cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home. Isaac O. Cross was born February 267, 1876, at Rimersburg, Pa., the son of Allen B. and Anna Cross. Besides his widow, Mrs. Bessie Cross, he leaves two sons, Joseph A., of Sterling and Phillip B. Cross, boilermaker first class with the U.S. navy who was in the Philippines when last heard from; one grandson, Joseph Allen Cross, jr., of Sterling; two brothers, Samuel B. Cross of Pittsburgh, Pa., and Luke A. Cross of Vandergrift, Pa., and one sister Mrs. Floyd Gebhardt of Pittsburgh, Pa. His parents, one brother and one sister preceded him in death.The last employment of Mr. Cross before his death was custodian at Sinnissippi park. [Contributed by Amy Anderson - Sterling Gazette 31 May 1945]
AMANDA CROSWELL, 79, passed away at her home in Prophetstown Sunday evening after an extended illness. Funeral services are scheduled for Wednesday at 2 p.m. in the First Lutheran Church with Rev. Lawrence Anderson, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery, Prophetstown. Funeral arrangements are being completed by the Gardner Funeral Home where friends may call. The deceased was born in Fairfield Township on April 23, 1881, the daughter of Peter and Christine Peterson Munson. She married Carl Williams Anderson in Fairfield in 1897. He preceded her in death. In April 1931, she married Olof Crosell and has since made her home in Prophetstown where she has been active in the Royal Neighbors and her church. Surviving are two sons, Arthur W. Anderson, New Bedford; Harold C. Anderson, Prophetstown; and one daughter, Mrs. Carl (Mildred) Sonnenberg, Prophetstown. Also surviving are two sisters, Mrs. Emma Crook, Seattle, Wash., and Mrs. O. E. Crook, Glen Ellyn, as well as 16 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one sister and her husband. A memorial fund has been established. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois November 21, 1960 - Monday, page 2]
A.C. CROUCH, one of the old residents of the county, died Friday [05/04/1901] morning at 8:30 o'clock at the home of his son, M. C. Crouch, in Ustick. He was 89 years of age, and his wife and one son, Melvin D., were with him at the old homestead where he resided for over 40 years. The funeral will be held at the home Sunday at 2 o'clock. [Contributed by Larry Reynolds - The Sterling Daily Standard, May 4, 1901, page 1, column 6]
WILLIAM P. CRUMP - At his residence in Mt. Pleasant township, on Tuesday, December 23, 1890, Mr. William P. Crump, aged 57 years, 1 month and 6 days. Mr.Crump was born in Worcestershire, England, Nov. 17, 1833. He came to America and located at East Bethany NY in 1850, where he remained four years and then removed to Illinois, locating in this county, where he has resided ever since. Mr. Crump was first married to Miss Mercy H. bull, July 4, 1866. One child was born to them but died in 1872. His wife dying he was again married, Feb. 8, 1870 to Miss Lucinda S. Bond, who still survives him. To this union four children were born, one son and three daughters of whom all are living and are at home. Mr. Crump enlisted early in the war, being mustered into Co. B 34th IL Reg. Sept 1, 1861 and re-enlisted Jan. 4, 1864 and was discharged at Louisville kY, July 12, 1865, having served his adopted country in the great rebellion, one month less than 4 years. Mr. crump was one of the prominent farmers of this township where he owned a fine farm and had by industry and economy amassed quite a competency. He was an honorable and upright man. The funeral services were held on Friday in the M.E. Church. Rev. A.M. White officiating. Burial was in Round Grove Cemetery.
CLARENCE C. CULLEY, 90, of 213 S. Main St., Tampico, died Wednesday evening in his home. Funeral services for Mr. Culley will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the Allen-Schmitt-Garland Funeral Chapel in Tampico with Rev. George David, pastor of the Tampico United Methodist Church officiating, with burial in Tampico Memorial Cemetery. Friends may call from 5-9 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. A memorial has been established in his memory to the Tampico United Methodist Church. Mr. Culley was born on Oct. 7, 1889 in Jackson County, the son of Ebenezer and Harriett Brewer Culley. He was united in marriage to Mammie O. Bennett on Nov. 8, 1910 in Carbondale. Mr. Culley was a baker by trade and baked the first loaf of bread in Dixon State School and was there for seven years. He then returned to Carbondale to continue the bakery business and was also a shoe repairman for many years before retiring 23 years ago and moved to Tampico. He was a member of the First Christian Church of Carbondale. Mr. Culley is survived by his wife, Mammie, four daughters, Mrs. Ivean Aldrich of Iowa City, Iowa, Mrs. Bernard (Evelyn) Short of East Moline, Mrs. Dr. J. H. (Dorothy) Houseman of Jerseyville and Mrs. Gene (Helen) Ottesen of Carbondale, 12 grandchildren and 22 great grandchildren. He was preceded by his parents and one grandson, Chris in 1979. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois January 31, 1980 - Thursday, pg 4]
FRANCIS J. CULLINS, 74, of 8909 E. Topeka Dr., Scottsdale, Ariz., formerly of Sterling, died oct. 23, 1991 at Scottsdale Memorial North Hospital. Funeral arrangements are pending at the Grennan Funeral Home, Sterling, and will be announced upon completion. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois October 24, 1991 - Thursday, page A2]
HOWARD L. CULVER, 504 Ave. B, Sterling, passed away Saturday morning (24 September 1961) in the Veterans Administration Hospital, Iowa City, Ia., after an extended illness. The body rests at the Melvin Funeral Home where friends may call after 7 p.m. Wednesday. Funeral rites will be conducted at 1:30 p.m. Friday in the Melvin Funeral Home, conducted by the Rev. Ridell Kilsey of the First Methodist Church. The burial will take place in Riverside Cemetery. Howard L. Culver was born Jan. 20, 1917 in Clinton, Ia.,the son of Daniel E. and Emma L. Keller Culver. For the past 16 years he had been employed by the Northwestern Steel and Wire Co. He was a veteran of World War II and a member of Burt E. Brown Post 316, Veterans of Foreign Wars, of Sterling. Mr. Culver was preceded in death by his wife, Marjorie, on Jan. 1, 1948. He was united in marriage with Juanita Kilroy on March 17, 1951. Surviving with the wife are two sons, Howard E. Culver who is stationed with the United States forces in France and Darrell Culver of the U.S. Army; two step-sons, Richard and Ivan Kilroy of Sterling; four step-daughters, Mrs. Edward M. Crebo of Sterling, Mrs. Richard Zivney of Concord, Calif.; Mrs. Clarence Fargher of Spring Lake, N.C., and Marjie Kilroy of Sterling, and three sisters, Mrs. Margaret MacGregor and Mrs. Paul Bickford of Sterling, and Mrs. Merle Smith of Polo. He also leaves nine grandchildren. The son, Holward E. Culver, is expected to arrive Thursday from Paris, France, to attend his father's funeral. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette - Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois September 25, 1961 - Monday, pg. 2]
THOMAS W. CUNNIFF, age 81, of 8919 Cunniff Road, Rock Falls, died Sunday afternoon (May 9, 1999) at The Good Samaritan Nursing Home in Prophetstown. Mass of the Christian Burial will be Thursday, May 13, 1999, at St. Mary's Catholic Church, in Tampico, with the Rev. F. James Larson, officiating, at 10:30 a.m. Burial will be at St. Mary's Cemetery in Tampico. Visitation will be Wednesday, May 12, from 1-4 p.m. and 6-9 p.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Tampico with Rosary being recited at 5:30 p.m. and a Wake service at 8:30 p.m. Funeral arrangements were completed by the Garland Funeral Home in Tampico. A memorial has been established in his memory to the St. Mary's Catholic Church in Tampico and the Tampico Ambulance in lieu of flowers. Mr. Cunniff was born May 25, 1917, in Hume Township, the son of Thomas and Louise (Dietz) Cunniff. He was united in marriage to Barbara Stewart on Dec. 27, 1941, at St. Mary's Church in Tampico. She preceded him in death on June 26, 1994. He attended Hume Center Grade School and graduated from Community High School in 1934. He farmed the family farm in Hume Township for 60 years until illness forced his retirement. He was active in 4-H, Rural Youth and enjoyed playing fast-pitch softball for many years. He then coached the Hume 4-H and Prophetstown Feed Mill softball teams. He enjoyed sporting events and people. He was one of the original members of both the Hume 4-H Club and Rural Youth organizations. He was a lifelong member, trustee and Eucharist Minister of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Tampico; he also served as a church usher for many years. He served many years on the Ambulance Board and Tampico Farmer's Elevator Board. He was an insurance agent and a board member of the Prophetstown Farmers Mutual Insurance Company. He is survived by one daughter, Mary Cunniff Jagers of Annawan; two sons, Paul (Becky) Cunniff of Rock Falls and Michael (Laurie) Cunniff of Ottawa; one sister, Helen Cook Sleeper of Sterling; seven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Barbara in 1994 and one son Philip in 1972. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois May 11, 1999 - Tuesday, pg A2 col 1]
EDWARD P. CUNNINGHAM, 73, life-long resident of Hahnaman Township, passed away at the Linton Nursing Home in Sterling at 5:55 p.m. Tuesday (19 March 1946) . He had been a patient there eight weeks and in poor health for three years. The rosary will be recited at the Parent Chapel in Tampico,Wednesday evening at 8 p.m. Funeral services will be in St. Mary's Church in Tampico, Thursday at 9:30 a.m. with the Rev. A. W. Weitekamp of Prophetstown offering the requiem mass. Committal will be in St. Mary's Cemetery. Mr. Cunningham was born in Hahnaman, Oct. 10, 1872, attended the Reeves school and married Grace Devine, Feb. 14, 1906 at Tampico. Mrs. Cunningham passed away Sept. 7, 1943. He was a member of St. Mary's Church. Surviving are two children, Mrs. Charles Hagerman on the home farm and Edw. Cunningham, Chicago; two grandchildren, Eddie and Patricia Cunningham, Chicago, four sisters, Nellie Cunningham, Chicago, Mrs. Mary Mannion and Mrs. Sarah Donahue, Sterling, and Mrs. Margaret O'Neil, Milwaukee, Wis., and three brothers, Frank and Thomas, Deer Grove, and Charles, Minneapolis, Minn. He was preceded in death, besides his wife, by one sister and two brothers. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor The Sterling Daily Gazette, Sterling, Illinois March 20, 1946 - Wednesday, pg 9]
ELIZABETH CUNNINGHAM passed away Tuesday at the Loretto Hospital, Chicago, where she had been a patient six weeks. The remains will arrive in Sterling by train Thursday afternoon and will be taken to the Parent Funeral Home in Tampico, where the rosary will be recited at 8 p.m. on Thursday. Tentative funeral plans are for 9:30 a.m. Friday in St. Mary's Catholic Church, Tampico. Burial will be made in St. Mary's Cemetery, Tampico. Miss Cunningham was born and reared in Deer Grove, where her family were old residents. She is survived by four sisters, Mrs. Daniel Donahue and Mrs. John Mannton of Sterling and Mrs. Henry O'Neil and Miss Nell Cunningham of Chicago, and four brothers, Edward, Frank and Thomas Cunningham of Deer Grove, and Charles Cunningham of Minneapolis, Minn. The two sisters in Chicago will accompany the remains here. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling, Illinois July 25, 1945 - Wednesday, pg 12]
BERTHA AUGUSTA HERMINA SWINKIE CURRIE - 55, passed away at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday (10 July 1945) at the Hahn Nursing Home in Tampico, where she had been a patient for three weeks. The body was moved to the Gardner Mortuary where it will remain until the funeral service which will be announced following receipt of word from a daughter in Arizona. Rev. I.C. Campbell will conduct the rites, and interment will be in the Tampico Cemetery. Bertha Augusta Hermina Swinkie Currie was born in Sterling March 22, 1890, where she received her education . She was united in marriage to Eugene Currie of Tampico at Morrison Dec. 22, 1909, and lived in Tampico until she came to Prophetstown in 1917 since which they have resided in the same home. Mrs. Currie was a member of the Royal Neighbors, the Eastern Star and was a German Lutheran by faith. She held various offices in the lodges. Besides her husband, eight daughters, four brothers, one sister and 13 grandchildren survive. The daughters are Mrs. Mamie Johnson of Tampico, Mrs Evelyn Stone of Sterling, Mrs. Ethel Whittock of San Francisco, Calif., Mrs. Leona Drummet of Prophetstown, Mrs. Blanche Duncan of Lyndon, Mrs. Mildred Hilger of Sterling, Mrs. Mabel Urban of Hooppole, and Miss Pearl Currie of Tucson, Ariz. A sister, Mrs. R. B. Thomson of Peoria, and brothers, George of Las Vegas, Nev., Otto of Sterling, Bill of Joliet and Henry of Prophetstown. Preceding in death were the parents and a son who passed away in infancy. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling, Illinois July 11, 1945 - Wednesday, pg 8]
SAMUEL CURRIE - At his home in this city, on Monday, July 22, 1895 Samuel Currie aged 94 years, 11 months, and 8 days. Samuel Currie was born August 15, 1810 in Roxburyshire Scotland. He accompanied his parents ot America in May 1818. They settled first in the state of NY, where they remained until Nov. 1819 when they went ot York, near Toronto, Canada. His father died at Scarborough in 1830 and his mother in East Whitby Canada in 1861. When about 24 years of age Mr. Currie rented a saw-mill and engaged in the manufacture of lumber in which he was interested about fiveyears. During that period McKennies rebellion, also known as the Patriot War, started the representative...... He found Canadian rule no more palatable after the rebellion had been crushed than before and in June, 1838, he came to the US locating in Carroll county where he remained one year. In 1839 he came to Whiteside and entered a claim of 240 acres on section 30, Clyde township, which comprised 160 acres of prairie and 80 acres of timber. He resided on his farm for 25 years, pursuing his agricultural projects and engaged in loaning money. He has operated quite largely in the business last named since his removal to Morrison in October 1864, when he retired from active farm life. He owned considerable property in various parts of the county. Mr. Currie was married twice - first in Scarborough Canada, June 15, 1833, with Jane Patrick who died May 27, 1840 after becoming the mother of two sons, Asa and John who followed their mother while they were still in youth. Mr. Currie married again Sept. 17, 1840 to Julia Thomas in Mt. Pleasant twp. who survives him. He had been in poor health the past two years and at times was very seriously ill, so that he was not expected to live, and his friends knew that the end was near at hand. The funeral will occur this morning after which interment will take place in Grove Hill cemetery.
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