Whiteside County Illinois


HANNAH (KAPHAMMER) HACKBARTH - Funeral services for Mrs. Charles Hackbarth of 518 East Knox street, Morrison, who died Thursday morning in her home, were held Saturday at 1:15 p.m. in the Reynolds funeral home at Morrison and at 2:30 p.m. in the West Jordan church. The Rev. H. J. Lee, pastor of the church, officiated and burial was in the West Jordan cemetery near the church.
Contributed by Melva Taylor - The Sterling Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois February 5, 1949 - Saturday, pg. 2, col. 4

JENNIE HACKBARTH - Funeral services were held Saturday at 1:30 in the Allen Funeral Home for Mrs. Jennie Hackbarth, with the Rev. Lawrence Axelson, pastor of the Fourth Street Methodist Church, officiating. Burial was in the West Jordan Cemetery. Mrs. Roscoe Eades was at the organ. Flowers were cared for by Mrs. Glen Nelson, Mrs. Donald Krug and Miss Elaine Nelson. Pallbearers were Harold Hackbarth, Earl Hackbarth, Edwin Plautz, Joe Van DeVelde and Richard McCullouogh. Relatives attended from Dixon, Amboy, Princeton, Polo, Coleta, Milledgeville, Spring Valley, Ill., and Oxnard, Calif.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois August 22, 1960 - Monday, pg 2

CECELIA (HANSEN) HANNA , aged 62 years, eight months and seven days, passed away March 23, 1949, at 6:35 p.m. in her home in Orion, following a long illness. The funeral will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Orion Methodist church with burial in Oak Knoll cemetery, Sterling. The remains rest at the Anderson & Swanson funeral home, Orion, and will be taken to the church Saturday from 11 to the time of the funeral. Cecelia Hanson, daughter of James and Ann Hanson, was born July 16, 1886, near New Bedford, Ill. She was reared in the New Bedford vicinity and moved with her parents to New Bedford at the age of 20. She taught school in Kerwin, Kansas, and Bureau county and was assistant cashier of the First National bank of Manlius at the time of her marriage December 7, 1914, to F. B. Hanna. She was a member of the Orion Methodist church and with her husband served the following pastorates; Manlius, Mt. Carroll, Van Orin, Ohio, Wakefield, Chicago, Cuba, Auburn, Beardstown and Orion. She is survived by her husband, one daughter, Mrs. Frances Ann Hayes of Indiana, and one son, George J. Hanna who is a student at Northwestern university, Evansville, Ill. Also by three grandchildren, Evelyn Ann, Bettie Lynn and Linda Lou Hayes. She was one of eight children, six of whom are still living --Charles Hanson of Walnut, Marie Johnson of Tampico, Hans and Andrew of Turtle Lake, Wis., Mrs. Minnie Caudy of Clayton, Wis., James F. Hanson of Rock Falls. One grandson, James R. Hayes, and one sister, Mrs. Katie Ott of Canby, Minn., preceded her in death.
Contributed by Melva Taylor - The Sterling Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois March 24, 1949 - Thursday, pg. 2, col. 3

SARAH (GARWICK) HANNA , 93, a native of Clyde Township, passed away in the Carlson Nursing Home, Benton Harbor, Mich., Thursday. Private graveside services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the Chadwick Cemetery. Sarah Garwick was born Aug. 3, 1870, the daughter of Jacob and Sarah Zook Garwick in Clyde Township. She was married to Martin A. Hanna, Jan. 23, 1890 and he passed away Aug. 6, 1929. Mrs. Hanna was a member of the Methodist Church of Milledgeville, the Order of Eastern Star, the White Shrine of Jerusalem and the Genesee Grange. Surviving her are one daughter, Mrs. Fred C (Elenora) Volkers, Milledgeville; one son, Dr. Paul G. Hanna, St. Joseph, Mich.; five grandchildren and seven great grandchildren, and one sister, Mrs. Kathryn Rogers, Sterling. A memorial has been established.
Contributed by Marcia Sibley - The Daily Gazette 20 Mar 1964 Pg 6

JOSEPH HANNA/HANNAH , died this morning at 3 o’clock at his home on Second avenue in Sterling, death being due to old age and breaking down of the nervous system. For the past four weeks he has been confined to bed and has since gradually grew worse. The arrangements for the funeral services have not been made. There are no near relatives of the deceased residing in this vicinity, but he has a sister in Iowa and a brother in Nebraska, and it is expected that hey will come here to attend the funeral and make the funeral arrangements. Mr. Hanna was born Dec. 14, 1834, in Somerset county, Pa. At eight years of age Mr. Hanna’s parents died, and he was dependent almost upon himself for support. Later he learned the trade of miller and at the age of twenty went to Ohio, locating in Stark county. He was married to Emetine Linerode on Oct. 2, 1855, in Stark county, and later moved to Illinois, locating in Genesee township, where Mrs. Hanna died fifteen years ago. About eight years ago Mr. Hanna retired from active pursuits of life and moved to this city, where he has since resided. He was well known in this city, as well as north of town. In his early life he was a hard working and industrious farmer, and possessed many friends, who were surprised this morning on learning of his death, although it was known for some time that he would not recover, but death was not expected so soon.
Contributed by Larry Reynolds - The Sterling Evening Gazette, January 11, 1907, page 1, column 4
SECOND OBITUARY: Joseph Hannah died at his home on Second avenue at 3 o'clock this morning. Death was due to a complication of diseases. The deceased was a retired farmer and formerly resided in Genesee township, where he was well and favorably known. He not only successfully conducted his farm, but was a raiser of valuable stock. He was a Republican and has been active in township political matters. Mr. Hannah was born in Somerset county, Pa., on December 14, 1834. When he was eight years of age he was dependent upon his own exertions for support. He worked for neighboring farmers in his native state. At sixteen years of age he was apprenticed to the owner of a flour mill. Later, he operated as a journeyman miller. On October 2, 1855, he was married to Miss Emeline Lineroad of Stark county, Ohio, who died in the county about fifteen years ago. Mr. and Mrs. Hannah came to Whiteside county in 1856, since which time he has made this county his home.
Contributed by Karen Fyock - January 15, 1907 scrapbook clipping

PAUL W. HARDIN , 14, of Rural Route 4, Morrison, was killed in a farm accident at his home on Tuesday (4 June 1968) at 3:30 p.m. An inquest was held at 10 a.m. today at the Reynolds Funeral Home and the verdict was accidental death due to a tractor accident. Graveside services for relatives will be held Friday at 10 a.m. in Grove Hill Cemetery. A memorial church service will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. in the Presbyterian Church, Morrison, the Rev. John Hannington officiating, assisted by Duane Basil, pastor. Friends may call at the funeral home from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday. a memorial has been established by the family. Paul Hardin was born Jan. 9 1954 in Monmouth, the son of Harold and Marhorie Durward Hardin. He was a graduate of Clystic School and attended the Spring Valley Presbyterian Church. He is survived by his mother, one brother, Stephen, two sisters, Ruth and Sarah at home; paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. William Hardin of Keithsburg; maternal grandparents Mr. and Mrs. L.S. Durward of DeLeon Springs , Fla. , and a number of Aunts and uncles. He is preceded by his father in January, 1966.
Contributed by Margaret Mangers - Jul 10, 1968 Sterling Gazette

ELLA (McMILLAN) HARDY - Mr. and Mrs. Roy Jordan, Mr. and Mrs. Lee Jordan and Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Parker attended the funeral services for their aunt, Mrs. Ella M. Hardy held Sunday afternoon at 1:30 p. m. from the Congregational church of Lyndon, Rev. Lawrence Tenhopen officiating. Interment was in the Grove Hill Cemetery, Morrison. Mrs. Hardy, whose maiden name was Ella McMillan was the youngest of a family of fourteen children, she was born on October 20th, 1853 in Ohio, but was a resident of Whiteside county many years. In 1877 she was united in marriage to Richard Hardy, a brother to the late Susie Jordan of Albany, the marriage taking place at Round Grove. The husband preceded his wife in death six years. Mrs. Hardy passed away Thursday night, Dec. 26th, 1929, at the age of 76 years. Four children survive, namely, Mrs. D. J. McKee, Sterling; Mrs. Lyman Turney, Mrs. Frank Mitchell and Murray Hardy all of Lyndon. Mrs. Hardy was a frequent visitor in Albany during the life of Aunt Susie Jordan, who was her sister-in-law.
Contributed by Pam Pickens - The Albany Review, pg. 1 Date: 1-2-1930

EMILY (BROOKFIELD) HARDY , 78, former resident of Sterling, passed away at 6 a.m. Saturday in Wesley, O. The body will be brought to the Behrens Mortuary, where funeral services will be conducted at 2:30 p.m. Monday. The Rev. Kenneth A. Mortonson, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Sterling, will officiate. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery. A memorial has been established. Mrs. Hardy was born June 15, 1883 in Sterling, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. L. E. Brookfield. She attended Wallace School, and continued her education at Ferry Hall in Lake Forest, and later a school in Boston, Mass. She was married to Chauncey Hardy in 1907 and they lived in Sterling until 1916 when they moved to Chicago to reside. They resided there until 1931 and she returned to Sterling after the death of her husband. Mrs. Hardy was a lifelong member of the Presbyterian Church, and during her residence in Sterling an active member of the local church. Surviving are two sons, James W. Hardy, of Sterling, and Frederick P. Hardy, Lancaster, Pa.; one daughter, Mrs. Charles Bellows, Bay Village, O.; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; one brother, E. Galt Brookfield, Los Angeles, Calif., and one sister, Mrs. E. E. Butler, Des Moines, Iowa. She was preceded in death by her husband.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor from The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois February 11, 1961 - Saturday, pg 2 col 3

ROSS L. HARDY , a retired Polo electrician, died Saturday in Franklin Grove Nursing Home following a long illness. He was born Dec. 20, 1886, in Morrison, son of Amos and Harriet (Bowen) Hardy. On Oct. 4, 1911, he was married to Faith Stoessinger in Clinton, Iowa. She died Jan. 15, 1954. Surviving is a daughter, Lois Hardy of Polo. He was also preceded in death by two sisters and a brother. Funeral service will be Tuesday., at 1:30 p.m. in Brown-Seidel Funeral Home, Polo, with burial in Grove Hill Cemetery, Morrison.
Contributed by Pam Pickens - Freeport Journal-Standard, pg. 13 Date: 6-25-1973

HAROLD R. HARMON , 89, of Fenton died Saturday, June 7, 2003. at his daughter's home in McKinney, Texas. He was a dairy farmer in Newton Township, Whiteside County, for 35 years. Mr. Harman was born April 23, 1914, in Camanche, Iowa, the son of Robert and Emily (Johnson) Harman. He was a 1932 graduate of Clinton (Iowa) High School. He married Velma Ross on July 15, 1939, in Clinton, Iowa. She died Jan. 8, 1987. He was a member of Garden Plain Presbyterian Church, Fulton, where he served as an elder and as a delegate to the National Presbyterian General Assembly. He also was a member of Erie Country Club and Erie Senior Citizens. He was a lifetime avid reader and traveled around the world after retiring. Survivors include a daughter, Nancy (Richard) Green of McKinney, Texas; two sons, Terry (Maureen) Harman of Indio, Calif. and Michael (Margo) Harman of Rock Island; a son-in-law, Tom Marckese of Geneseo; a sister, Lola Lange of Morrison; 11 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Mary Lynne Marckese. The funeral is at 10:30 am. Thursday at Garden Plain Presbyterian Church, rural Fulton, with the Rev. Dr. James A. Camp, pastor of First Presbyterian Church, Morrison, officiating. Burial is at Clinton Lawn Cemetery, Clinton,

Daily Gazette June 10, 2003

NAOMI (HUFFMAN) HARMON - It falls to my lot to chronicle the exit from earth to heaven of my dear sister, Mrs. Naomi Harmon, who departed her life at her husband’s residence, in Whiteside County, Ill., February 8, 1856 at five o'clock A. M. Sister Harmon was the eldest daughter of Michael and Susannah Hoffman. She was born in Pendleton County, Va., January 15, 1807, and from the best of my information she embraced Christianity in 1830, and united herself with the Methodist Episcopal Church, at the same time under the ministry of Rev. Mr. Tucker, of the Pittsburg conference in the Randolph circuit. She continued a worthy and accepted member of the church from her first connection to the day God said, It is enough. Come up higher. Sister Harmon has been the subject of much affliction for many years. In early life she met with the misfortune of losing, by death, the husband of her youth, Samuel Rexroad, with who she had lived in happiness, and who left her in charge of five small children, four daughters and one son. She resided at that time in New Albany, Ind. Her second daughter went to Henderson, Ky., to spend a short time with a friend, but alas! She was seen no more by her mother. The sad intelligence was soon returned that Amanda was burned to death in Henderson. The youngest daughter was sent to live with her grandmother in Virginia, but sweet little Emma was returned no more to her afflicted parent; word soon fell on her ear that Emma, too, was dead. Thus in a short time three of her dear family were taken away from her, and she was left to mourn her irreparable loss. She moved to Illinois to spend her remaining days with friends. There to ameliorate her condition, she was married to Mr. Harmon, who now feels deeply his loss occasioned by her death. She lived but a few years after her second marriage. Sister Harmon was a high-minded and kind-hearted Christian lady, pleasing and affable in her manners, though unassuming, yet much respected and loved by her neighbors. She had been an obedient daughter. She was an affectionate wife and kind mother, and an obliging neighbor. Her end was peace and consolidation, in the promises of Him in whose hand are the issues of life and death, feeling that all things work together for good to them that love God. Truly her change of worlds was triumphant. I was informed by Miss S. V. M. that two or three weeks prior to her death were spent in prayer and praise; that her greatest desire was to depart and be with Christ, who had always been her best friend, in affliction and in health. A few minutes before she closed her eyes on earth, she inquired of a sister how long it would be before she was released. She was informed that one hour would in all probability close her earthly pilgrimage. She gave assent, by a nod of her head, and in a few minutes her work was ended, as peacefully as the summer sun sinks into the western horizon. O, that this dispensation may be sanctified to the everlasting good of her two remaining daughters, orphaned son and afflicted husband, and all her kindred.
Contributed by Marji Turner. (This obituary was found in the Biography of her daughter Julia A. Harmon - Portrait and biographical record of Denver and vicinity, Colorado; Chicago: Chapman Pub. Co. 1898, 1317 pages (Page 1189-90) Naomi is buried in Zion/Smack Cemetery

CHARLES W. HARRIS - 82, prominent Masonic worker, sank away at the James Anderson home about 2 a.m. this morning. He had been ill for the past three years after a severe heart attack and has been under the care of his daughter Amy, who left her work in Chicago to care for her father. He has been in a critical condition for the past three weeks. Mr. Harris was born at Lacon, Ill., July 7, 1851, and came to this county 5 years later when his parents moved to Sterling. Nearly all his life has been spent in Whiteside county, He was united in marriage with Miss Ella Brink (daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Hezekiah Brink). This Hezekiah Brink was the original settler in Sterling. They were married March 7, 1878. Mrs. Harris died in June, 1912, at Chicago. He is survived by two children, Miss Amy S. Harris and Earl W. Harris, both of Chicago. There are two grandchildren, Chas. And Marjorie Harris, and two half brothers, Bert and Ed of California. Also a half sister, Mrs. Will Anderson of Wisconsin Rapids, Wis. He was a cabinet maker by trade and an ardent worker in the Masonic lodge at Morrison, he having taught 60 candidates their degrees. He was also a member of the Odd Fellows lodge. A Masonic service will be held Saturday morning at 8:30 o'clock at the Reynolds funeral home, with Rev H. A. Miles officiating. The body will then be taken to the Rose Hill cemetery in Chicago for burial beside that of his wife.
Contributed by Marcia Sibley - Sterling Daily Gazette 13 Jul 1913 Pg 13;5

EDWARD S. HARRIS - At his home in Fulton, Ill., Nov. 14, 1898 of catarrh of the stomach, Edward S. Harris, aged 71 years, 6 months and 4 days. The deceased had not enjoyed perfect health since his army service, and for a number of months had been feeling worse than usual, but it was only for about ten days previous to his death that his condition was considered serious. He was born in Licking Co., Ohio, May 11, 1827. In 1831 he moved to Marshall county where he was married May 19, 1846, to Amy Taylor. To this union four children, three daughters and one son were born. Two daughters died in infancy and one daughter and one son survive him. In 1856 he moved to this county. Mrs. Harris died in 1860 and in 1861 he was married to Sarah C. Brink, and to this union seven children were born, five sons and two daughters. Mr. Harris enlisted in 1862 in Company I of the 75th regiment of Illinois volunteers and served three years. He was a pensioner and a member of the G.A.R. He resided in Morrison for many years where he had charge of the work room in the furniture store of J.A. Shaw, and later of E.J. Weaver. Several years since he removed to Fulton where he continued to reside until his death. He was for sixty years a member of the M.E. church, and the funeral services were conducted by Rev. A.R. Cronce of that church at the home of the deceased, yesterday morning, the remains being brought to this city for interment in Grove Hill cemetery.
The Whiteside Sentinel 17 Nov 1898 Front pg.

SARAH C. (BRINK) HARRIS - A former resident of this county, died on Sunday morning, March 19, at the home of her son, E. L. Harris, at Bryant, S. D. The body will be brought here for burial, and services at the cemetery will be held at two o'clock in Grove Hill. Sarah C. Brink was born in Indiana, Nov. 8 1837, and spent her girlhood in that state. She was married to Edward S. Harris In Morrison, in January, 1861, and for many years after they made their home in Erie and in other parts of Whiteside county. About 20 years ago they moved from Morrison to Fulton and remained there until the death of Mr. Harris five years later, since which time Mrs. Harris has made her home with her children, none of whom reside here.
Contributed by Marcia Sibley - The Whiteside Sentinel 22 Mar 1916 Front pg.

LUELLA HASTINGS - Funeral rites for Miss Luella Hastings were conducted at 2:30 p.m. Saturday in the Melvin funeral home by the Rev. Harry E. Shiffer of the Rock Falls Christian church. Mrs. J. H. Linn was at the organ and Mrs. Edgar Wolfe sang "Beyond the Sunset" and "Goodnight and Good morning". The burial was in the Odd Fellows cemetery, Rock Falls, the pallbearers being Gilbert and Ronald Bonnell, Sherman Insley, Donald Ahlgren, Wayine Duvall and Henry Whitmer.

MRS. ORVILLE (HAYEN) HASTINGS - 411 Third Avenue, Sterling, passed away at 6:12 a.m. Monday (31 March 1952) in the Dixon Public Hospital after an extended illness. The body rests at the Melvin Funeral Home where friends may call after 7 p.m. Monday and until Wednesday noon when the body will be taken to St. John's Lutheran Church and lie until the funeral. Services are to be conducted at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday in St. John's Lutheran Church by the pastor, Dr. Alfred L. Grewe. Interment will be in Riverside Cemetery. Mrs. Hastings was born October 18, 1889, in Malvern, Ill., the daughter of Walter and Kate Hayen She had been a resident of this vicinity her entire lifetime and moved to Sterling in 1924. She was a member of St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church. Surviving are the husband, one daughter, Mrs. Curtis Hastings of Miami, Fla., her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Hayen of Sterling and four grandchildren. She also leaves one sister, Mrs. Minard Rote of Freeport; four stepchildren, Curtis Hastings of Miami, Fla., Marvin Hastings of Chicago, Sgt. Kenneth Hastings of Ft. Knox, Ky., and Miss Ethel Hastings of Rock Falls, and three step grandchildren.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois March 31, 1952 - Monday, pg 2

FRANK HATHAWAY Funeral services for Frank Hathaway, 44 years old, who died Tuesday at his home at Zebra, Mo., were held Sunday at 2 o’clock p.m. at Ott’s funeral chapel in Prophetstown. Services were conducted by John G. Hagelock, Christian Science reader of Sterling. Burial was in Riverside cemetery at Prophetstown. The pallbearers were: L.E. McNamara, LeRoy Reynolds, C.C. Reynolds, John Teach, William Pettit and Charles Maxfield. Frank James Hathaway was born December 15, 1886 at Appleton, Wis., and died January 6, 1931, at Zebra, Mo. His parents were Mr. and Mrs. Frank J. Hathaway. He was married June 16, 1924, to Helena Belle Reynolds, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, at The Little Brown Church, at Nashua, Iowa. Before this marriage, he was a resident of Saskatchewan, Canada for 10 years. Since 1924, he resided on a farm one mile east of Prophetstown, until the spring of 1930. In November 1930, the family moved to Zebra, Mo., where Mr. Hathaway was employed by the Utilities Construction company. Survivors are his widow and two sons, Dean, age 5, and Robert, two years old, one sister, Mrs. Fred Smith of Savanna, Illinois, and one brother, James S. Hathaway, of Minot, N.D.
Contributed by Debbie Thermahlon from Sterling Gazette – January 12, 1931
- Relatives from a distance who attended the funeral services Sunday of Frank J. Hathaway at Prophetstown were W.E. Reynolds and daughter Harriet of Chicago and Mr. and Mrs. Fred Smith, Sr., of Savanna. (Sterling Gazette 13th)

HELEN BELLE (REYNOLDS) HATHAWAY - The body of Mrs. Helena R. Hathaway, former Prophetstown resident who passed away at her home at 6359 Kenwood Ave., Chicago, early Friday morning (30 March 1956) , was brought here Monday afternoon for internment beside her husband; the late Frank Hathaway, services having been held Monday morning at the Thatcher Funeral Home in Chicago. The body was accompanied here by Dwight Ellison, reader of the Fifth Church of Christ, Scientist, who conducted the service in Chicago, and by Mrs. Hathaway’s sons, Dean and Bob, and her brother, Edwin Reynolds. Graveside services were held here. Mrs. Hathaway, who was 62 years of age at her death, had seemed in her usual health Thursday and her death from a heart attack in her sleep that night was completely unexpected. She was pronounced dead at 1:30 Friday morning upon arrival of a physician. Born here Feb. 18, 1894, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Warren Reynolds, Helena Belle Reynolds attended Prophetstown schools and after graduation from high school attended Knox College at Galesburg. Upon completion of her course there she taught in the high school in Cedar Rapids, Ia., nine years and was married there in 1923 to Frank Hathaway of Canada, the couple moving here soon after and taking up the operation of the present Breed farm east of Prophetstown. Mr. Hathaway died in 1931 and Mrs. Hathaway then went to Chicago, which has been her home since. Mrs. Hathaway leaves her two sons, her father, Warren Reynolds of Chicago, her brother Edwin of Chicago, and a half-sister, Mrs. Harriet Korkes, also of Chicago.
Contributed by Debbie Thermahlon from The Prophetstown Echo – April 4, 1956 (Obituary) Graveside services were conducted Monday afternoon for Mrs. Helena R. Hathaway, 62, former Prophetstown resident who passed away unexpectedly at her home 3659 Kenwood Ave., Chicago, early Friday morning. Funeral services were held at the Thatcher Funeral Home in Chicago, Monday morning. Dwight Ellison, reader of the Fifth Church of Christ Scientist, conducted the services. The body was brought overland to be buried beside her husband, the late Frank Hathaway. Mrs. Hathaway's sons, Dean and Bob, her brother, Edwin Reynolds, and Dwight Ellison, who conducted the services, accompanied the body here. Helena Belle Reynolds was born Feb. 18, 1894, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Warren Reynolds. She taught in the high school at Cedar Rapids, Iowa for nine years and was married there in 1923 to Frank Hathaway of Canada. Mr. and Mrs. Hathaway moved to the Prophetstown community soon after, operating the present Breed farm east of town. Mr. Hathaway passed away in 1931 and Mrs. Hathaway went to Chicago to make her home. Survivors are her two sons, Dean and Robert, her father, Warren Reynolds, one brother, Edwin, and a half-sister, Mrs. Harriet Korkes, all of Chicago.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois April 4, 1956 - Wednesday, page 3

CAROL JEAN (MOORE) HATTEN , 58, of 532 Lincoln St., Dixon, died Thursday, May 23, 1996, at Rockford Memorial Hospital, Rockford, following a brief illness. Memorial services will be at a later date. Cremation rites were accorded. Arrangements were completed by Allen-Melvin Funeral Home, Sterling. A memorial has been established. Mrs. Hatten was born Dec. 18, 1937, in Sterling, the daughter of John H. and Katherine (Hague) Moore. She married Eugene Hatten in March of 1960, in Rock Falls. He died on Aug. 21, 1982. She was employed as a factory worker at Edelman Division of Stant, Dixon. She was co-vice president of the Ricky (Elvis) Scott Fan Club and a member of the Jack Carey's Music Team Partners Club. Survivors include one son, Nicholas Fank of Debary, Fla.; four grandchildren; one great-grandchild; her mother of Rock Falls; two sisters, Shirley (Terry) Eberly and Vicki (Clark) Bryant both of Rock Falls; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois May 25, 1996 - Saturday, pg A2

EUGENE M. HATTEN , age 54, 532 Lincoln Ave., Dixon, was dead on arrival at Katherine Shaw Bethea Hospital, Dixon, on Saturday morning. Funeral services will be conducted at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Wheelock-Allen Funeral Home with Rev. James L. Kragness, the pastor of St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Sterling, officiating, with burial in the Tampico Memorial Cemetery. Military rites will be conducted at the grave by the Rock Falls Veterans of Foreign Wars. Friends may call at the Wheelock-Allen Funeral Home from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. on Monday. A memorial has been established in his memory to the Whiteside County Cancer Association. Mr. Hatten was born on August 6, 1928 in Annawan, the son of Eugene E. and Nellie Cooper Hatten. He served in the U.S. Navy for two years, stationed in Pensacola, Florida. He was united in marriage to the former Carol Moore on March 6, 1963 in Rock Falls. He was a semi-truck driver for Schwerman Trucking Co. in Dixon and most recently for the Rockford Bakery in Rockford. He had driven Trucks for over 20 years prior to his illness. He was a member of the Teamster's Union Local 455. Survivors include his wife, Carol; one son, Melvin Hatten, DeRidder, Louisiana; one daughter, Mrs. Ray (Donna) Futch, Plant City, Florida; three grandchildren; his father, Eugene E. Hatten, Rock Falls; two brothers, James Hatten, Rock Falls and Orville Hatten, Tampico; four sisters, Mrs. Sarah Sterns, Mrs. Marvin (Myrtle) Gulbranson, Mrs. Howard (Linda) Wirth and Charlene Hatten, all of Rock Falls. He was preceded in death by his mother and one brother in infancy.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois August 23, 1982 - Monday, page A4

NELLIE MAE (COOPER) HATTEN - Funeral services for Mrs. Eugene Hatten were held in Parent chapel Tuesday afternoon with Rev. A. L. Dittman, pastor of the Calvary Full Gospel Tabernacle of Rock Falls, officiating. Archie Yarde, jr., sang "The Old Rugged Cross" and "Good Night and Good Morning," accompanied by Miss Juanita Pratt. Mrs. Harold Anderson, Miss Helen Jones and Mrs. Robert Nuelle were in charge of the flowers. Burial was in the Tampico Memorial cemetery. Pallbearers were Willard Hunter, Leroy Stewart, Vernon Denison, Roy Hockman, Leroy Thomas and Harold Chambers. Mrs. Hatten is survived by her husband; a son Eugene, jr., and the following children at home, Sarah, Myrtle, Charlene, Orville, James and Linda; one granddaughter, Donna Jean; her mother, Mrs. Clara Cooper, who lives in the home; six sisters, Mrs. John Dennis of Hillsdale; Mrs. Earl Ward of Morris; Mrs. Marvin Harstead and Mrs. Donald Schott and Mrs. Howard Ramsey of Streator; Mrs. Eugene Gilmore of Rock Island; and two brothers, Ira Cooper of Odel, and Virgil Cooper of East Moline. Relatives who attended from a distance were Mr. and Mrs. Donald Schott and daughter, and Mrs. Howard Ramsey of Pontiac; Mr. and Mrs. Earl Ward and daughters of Morris; Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Harstead and family of Streator; Mr. and Mrs. Ira Cooper and daughter of Odell; Mr. and Mrs. Virgil Cooper of Moline; Mr. and Mrs. John Dennis and family of Hillsdale; Mr. and Mrs. Roy Belford of East Chicago, Ind,; Mr. and Mrs. Oaky Grubb and Miss Bernisha Wright of Olney; Mr. and Mrs. Charles Hatten and family of East Moline; Sherman Hatten of Hillsdale; Mr. and Mrs. Laban Wright, Mr. and Mrs. Leroy Thomas and Mrs. John Engelkens of Erie, and Mr. and Mrs. Laban Wright jr., of Moline.
Contributed by Melva Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois July 11, 1952 - Friday, pg 2 col 2

LENORA (REYNOLDS) HAZARD , died at the home of her son, Dr. Albert Hazard, in Camanche, Iowa, Saturday, April 30, 1898, Mrs. Lenora HAZARD, aged 86 years and 1 month. She was one of the earliest settlers of Whiteside Co., having moved from Tioga Co., Pa., to Illinois in 1837, settling on a homestead about two miles north of Lyndon. She was a woman of great force of character and her influence for good was felt wherever she went. Her hospitality was unbounded and many an otherwise homeless boy, of whatever age, found a welcome shelter in the Hazard homestead. She had a large family, there being eight children of her own and four stepchildren. Elisha, her oldest son, was the second child born in this county. It was no uncommon thing for Aunt Lenora, as she was then called, to have a family of nearly twenty. A call for help or sympathy was never unheeded by her and she was known far and near on account of her ministrations in times of sickness and sorrow. She was one of the charter members of the Lyndon M. E. church, which was organized in 1841, and her chief delight has ever been in the service of her Master. Her seat in the sanctuary was seldom vacant-never when it was possible for her to be present and her prayers and exhortations as well as her work will long be remembered. Her husband, David Hazard, died in 1881 and all but two of their children, Dr. Albert H. of Camanche, Iowa, and Eliza Scott of Seattle, Wash., have preceded her to the grave. Sixteen grandchildren, nine great grand children besides a host of children who have grown up within the circle of her influence, and many friends, are left to mourn for her who has been a veritable mother to them all. It may be said of her, "She has done what she could" to make the world better for having lived in it.
Whiteside County Sentinel Contributed by Linda Criswell

NANCY (CONYNE) HAZARD , died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. J. S. Hurlbert in this city at 4 o'clock Sunday morning and the funeral services were held in the Lyndon M. E. Church Monday morning at 11 o'clock. Rev. Mr. Kern officiated and interment was made in the Lyndon Cemetery. Deceased was born Mar. 13, 1817. Her maiden name was Nancy Conyne and she came to Lyndon with her parents from the east when she was a young girl. She was united in marriage there to William Hazard, who died in 1897. After his death she resided with her daughter, Mrs. J. J. Hurlbert. She is survived by three children, Mrs. Hurlbert of this city, J. H. Hazard of Erie and Ascher Hazard who resides in Iowa.
OBIT: March 10, 1910 - Thursday, pg 4
Mrs. N. Hazard Obit - Estimable Resident of Whiteside County Passes Away at Morrison Had Resided in Lyndon Where She Was Well Known and Her Worth Recognized. Lyndon, Ill. Mar. 8 - Nancy Conyne was born in Denmark, N. Y., Mar. 12, 1827, and died Mar. 6, 1910, aged nearly eight-three years. She came from her eastern home with her parents, when she was a young girl. She was married at Sterling in 18__ to William Hazard who died in 1897. For the greater part of her married life she resided either in or near Lyndon, where both herself and husband were closely identified with the early affairs of the county. Mrs. Hazard was greatly beloved by her friends. She had a winning manner and her personality was strong in characteristics which drew friends to her wherever she went. Young people always claimed a share of her friendship and her home was open to the youthful circle which was wont to gather there. How many will recall that long ago in the days of their childhood, some of the brightest hours were passed in the cozy home of :Aunt Nancy Hazard. As the mind reverts to those days we recall that pleasant home which her thrifty influence invested with neatness and cheerfulness. But time passed on and, like many another of the old homes in Lyndon, one by one the children of the household were scattered, the husband and father died and the home passed into strange hands. With sorrow she left the home of her younger days and went to live with her daughter, Mrs. J. J. Hurlbert of Morrison, in whose lovely home she had the tenderest care, coming and going to the homes of her other children as she pleased. But although among new associations, her heart ever turned with tenderness to her old neighbors and friends in Lyndon and among them she ever found most enjoyment. For many years she has been a loyal member of the Methodist Church, and always took great pride in promoting its welfare. She was true to her convictions and never feared to form opinions of her own, which to her seemed best, yet she did it in so kindly a manner that she seldom provoked enmity. On her last visit to Lyndon it was noticed that Mrs. Hazard was more feeble than usual and all the winter past she has not been well, but her mind was clear to the last. For two weeks she has been declining, yet only two days before her death was she considered dangerously ill. She quietly fell asleep last Sunday morning with her loved ones near her. On the Monday following the funeral was held at the M.E. Church, Rev. Kern officiating. Mrs. A. E. Parmenter and Miss Harriet Parmenter sang "There is No Night," and "Asleep in Jesus," sweet notes of the music she loved. Friends remembered likewise the fondness she held for flowers, and her casket was strewn with the choicest and most beautiful that the spring season yields. At noon the body was borne to the Lyndon Cemetery where it now rests by the side of the husband of her youth, and where sleep so many of her kindred. Mrs. Hazard is survived by two sons and two daughters, viz: Mrs. J. J. Hurlbert of Morrison, J. H. Hazard of Erie, Ascher of Iowa and Mrs. A. S. Morris of Clinton, Ia. One daughter, Emma, died many years ago.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Sterling Evening Gazette, Sterling, Illinois March 8, 1910 - Tuesday, pg 2

ADAM L. HECKMAN , 90, former Sterling alderman and a merchant here for many years, died Saturday afternoon in the home of a daughter, Mrs. Paul Craig, Chicago. He was Fourth ward alderman here for 10 years, and had been in the dry goods business here for 35 years when he retired in 1926. Mr. Heckman was born in Sterling. He married the former Elizabeth Hamblock June 2, 1891, and they lived for 51 years at 611 Ave. C. They celebrated their golden wedding anniversary in June 1951. Mr. Heckman left here six years ago to make his home with his daughter in Chicago. Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Craig, Chicago, and Sister Elaine Marie, Denver, Colo.; two sons, Vincent, Berwyn, and Leonard, Rock Island; eight grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren. His wife died in August 1951. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday in Sacred Heart Catholic church, with Rev. John T. officiating. Burial will be in Sacred Heart cemetery. The rosary will be recited by the Holy Name society at 8 o'clock Monday night in the Myers funeral home, where friends may call.
Source C. Day - Rockford Morning Star Rockford, Illinois Sunday, December 12, 1954

EMMA (PFULB) HECKMAN , 78, passed away at 4 p.m. Friday in the Linton home after an illness of the past several months. She was bedfast the last six weeks with a complication of diseases. The body was removed to the Melvin funeral home where friends may call. Members of the Alta and Rosary society will meeting he funeral home at 8 p.m. Sunday to recite the rosary. Funeral rites will be held at 9 a.m. Monday in Sacred Heart Catholic church with the Rev. Fr. M.B. Krug officiating. Interment will be in Sacred Heart cemetery. (Sterling Gazette) Mrs. Heckman was born Nov. 29, 1863 in Montmorency township where she reside don a farm for a number of years. She was married on Jan. 18, 1884 to John Heckman who preceded her in death July 10, 1899. To this union three sons were born, Roy of Fayetteville Ark., who has been at his mother's bedside the past month, Norman of Portola Calif., who spent two weeks with his mother in August and Clarence who preceded his mother in death. She also leaves one brother W.F. Pfulb of Rock Falls. Four brothers and two sisters preceded her - Charles, George, Ben and Chris, Mrs. Kate Struckman and Mrs. Mary Cushing. The funeral of Mrs. Emma Heckman was held Monday morning at 8:30 at the Melvin Funeral home and at 9 o'clock at the Sacred Heart Catholic church, Rev. M.b. Krug officiating. The attendance was very large and the floral tributes numerous. Relatives from out of the city were; Mrs.. Charles Peterson, Niobe, NY; Mrs. J.L. McDougall, Detroit MI; Mrs. Fay Barnhart and Wm. Struckman, Dixon; Mr. and Mrs. Paul Craig and family, Mr. and Mrs. V.W. Heckman, Chicago; Mrs. Water Lahman, Gary Ind.; Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Hackman, Rock Island. (Sterling Gazette 15 Sep. 15, 1942)
Contributed by Sue Nesland

JOHN HECKMAN ,of Stones, died this afternoon at 3 o'clock of hardening of the liver after an illness of about two weeks. The funeral arrangements and biography will be published later. Mr. Heckman was a well known stock raiser and his death casts a gloom over the entire community. (Sterling Daily Standard July 10, 1899)
A telephone message received at 3 o'clock this afternoon from Stone's Station stated that John Heckman died a few minutes before at his home there. Mr. Heckman's condition has been very low for several days, his illness being due to a complication of enlargement of the liver, malarial fever and dyspepsia. His death had been momentarily expected all day long and his wife and children were at his bedside when he died. He leaves his father and three brothers, A.L., N.H. and Frank Heckman, all of this city. Noah H. Heckman left for Kansas last Friday. Mr. Heckman was in the prime of life and was rapidly rising to a position of high influence and large wealth. He was one of the largest stock risers in this section of the state and was a man of many admirable qualities and splendid character. A detailed account of his life will be published later. No arrangement have been made for the funeral
Sterling Evening Gazette 10 July 1899 - Contributed by Sue Nesland

JUDITH (HARDING) HECKMAN , 68 of Rock Falls, died Thursday, August 9, 2007 at CGH Medical Center. Mrs. Heckman was born May 11, 1939 in Kewanee, the daughter of Edward and Hellen (Bailey) Harding. She married Wally Wagner on September 19, 1960 and he died October 8, 1974. She later married John Heckman on March 27, 1981. Surviving is her husband; 2 daughters, Toni (Earl) McGuire of Rock Falls and Linda (Chuck) Hines of Lyndon; 4 step daughters Rhonda Beyer of Lanark, Sarah Heckman of Freeport, Donna Leonard of Elizabeth and Linda (Jerry) Hose of Polo; a sister Debbie (John) Cantwell of Sterling; 3 brothers, Bill (Alice) Harding of Rosehill, CO, Larry (Kathy) Daniels of Lyndon, and Jim (Karen) Ross of Machesney Park; 7 grandchildren, 7 step grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren and 8 step great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a brother and a sister. Funeral services will be at 10 AM Monday, August 13 in McDonald-Allen-Grennan Funeral Home, Sterling with Reverend Wesley Dickson officiating. Burial will follow at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens in Dixon. Visitation is from 1-3 PM Sunday at the funeral home.
Contributed by Margaret Mangers

L.L. HEFLEY - Another staunch member of the Grand Army of the Republic has answered taps. L.L. Hefley, of 1005 Third Avenue, passed away Tuesday evening at 8 o'clock, death being due to pneumonia. He was 87 years of age. Mrs. Hefley is quite ill with pneumonia, also. The funeral service will be held Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the house and at 2:30 o'clock at St. John's Lutheran church. Rev. E. C. Harris will officiate. Burial will be in Riverdale. Mr. Hefley was born and raised in Montgomery county, Illinois,, and was married there. The young couple came to this county and resided on a farm until twenty-three years ago, when they moved to this city, which has been their home since. Besides his wife, he leaves to mourn his death, two children, Mrs. Harvey Senniff at home and Geo. A. Hefley of Dixon, also 13 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren. He was a member of Company H. Eighth Illinois Infantry, in the Civil war. He was an honored member of the Will Robinson Post G.A.R. and has held almost every office in the organization. He was a member of the Modern Woodmen of the World. Mr. Hefley was a member of St. John's Lutheran church. He also had the distinction and honor of being the second oldest Elk in the city of Sterling. He was always hale and hearty and thoroughly enjoyed life and did all in his power to make others happy. He was an exceptionally fine man, and will be greatly missed in the rapidly thinning ranks of the G.A.R.
Contributed by Gene Kellar (Unable to find headstone or record of burial)

AMY HEISS - Graveside rites of Mrs. Amy Heiss of Jerome, Idaho, who died suddenly at Hollywood, Calif., were held Saturday morning at 11 a.m. at Grove Hill cemetery. The remains arrived in Morrison that morning. Dr. Humphrey J. Rendall of Morrison officiated at the prayer services. Those present from out-of-town were Mr. and Mrs. Clark J. Heiss of Jerome, Idaho; Mr. and Mrs. Henry Heiss, Mr. and Mrs. Kreider Woods and sons, and Mr. and Mrs. E. E. Stabler of Sterling; Miss Katherine Heiss of Dubuque, Ia., Mr. and Mrs. Albert Welden and daughter Edith of Clinton, Ia.; Mrs. Lula Mitchell of Fulton; Mrs. Edna Heiss Allen of Dubuque, Ia.; Henry Flock of Alberta, Canada.
Contributed by Melva Taylor - The Sterling Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois March 15, 1949 - Tuesday, pg. 2, col. 2

DELLA (LIPPENS) HEITZLER , 84, of Prophetstown, died Sunday, Feb. 22, 2004, at Wesley Willows Retirement Center, Rockford, Ill., where she had lived for the past two years. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Hooppole. Burial will follow at St. Mary's Cemetery, Hooppole. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Gibson & Son Funeral Home, Prophetstown, with the rosary to be recited at 7:30 p.m. A memorial has been established. Della was born Sept. 5, 1919, in Tampico, daughter of Maurice and Irma Diericks Lippens. She married Joe Heitzler Sept. 16, 1939, at St. Mary's Church, Hooppole, and the couple had engaged in farming for many years. She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church and the Altar and Rosary Society of the church. She was also a member of the Henry County Home Extension and had served as a volunteer for a number of organizations. She enjoyed working with crafts, particularly knitting and crocheting. Survivors (and spouses) include her husband, Joe, Rockford; daughter, Lorita (Tony) Ooyen, Winnebago; son, Larry, Prophetstown; sister, Clara Primofiore, Rio Del, Calif.; brother, Oscar Lippens, Prophetstown; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her brother, Alphons Lippens.

Quad City Times February 2004

LEONARD HELD , 93,of Milan, formerly of Prophetstown, died Sunday, June 5, 2005 at Avonlea Cottage, Milan. Services were held June 12 at Gibson & Son Funeral Home, Prophetstown. Burial followed in Oakwood Cemetery, Geneseo. Visitation was held before the services. Len was born Jan. 20, 1912 in Detroit, MI the son of Leonard and Ellen (Flugge) Held. He attended Detroit Schools and graduated from Culver Military Academy in Indiana. He married Fern Blankenfield in Detroit on Oct. 25, 1941. She preceded him on Dec. 26, 1995. He was an Army veteran of WWII having served 42 months with the 30th Division in the European Theater. Len retired in 1977 after 22 years with Eagle Food Centers, Milan where he was the Printing Dept. Manager. He was a Charter member of the Milan Optimist Club and former member of Oakwood Country Club. Len also enjoyed golfing, dancing and fishing. He is survived by a stepson, Wes McMilllan, Princeton, MO, six grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren, 14 great-great- grandchildren and a sister, Ruth Williams. Warkins Lake, MI.
Contributed by Debbie Thormahlen - The Prophetstown Echo – June 14, 2005

DANIEL L. HELLER , 50, of 13099 Pleasant St., Morrison, died Monday, May 27, 1996, at Loyola Medical Center, Maywood. Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at the Morrison United Methodist Church, Morrison, with the Rev. Bill Obalil, pastor of Morrison United Methodist Church, officiating. Burial will be at Grove Hill Cemetery, Morrison. Visitation will be from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. today at the Morrison Chapel of the Bosma-Renkes Funeral Home, Morrison. A memorial has been established. Mr. Heller was born June 25, 1945, in Morrison, the son of Stanley E. and Marion E. (Nice) Heller. He married Jo J. Birely on Feb. 23, 1973, in Morrison. He was educated in Morrison grade schools, was a 1963 graduate of Morrison High School, and attended the University of Illinois, Champaign. He was employed as a clerk at Northwestern Steel and Wire for 24 years. He was a member of Morrison United Methodist Church, the Cross Creek Golf Course, and was active with Morrison Music Booster, Seahorses, and Sting Ray Swim Clubs. He had an avid interest in computers and enjoyed playing golf and slow pitch softball. Survivors include his wife, Jo; one daughter, Michelle L. Heller of Morrison; one son, Mark E. Heller of Morrison; his father, Stanley E. Heller of Morrison; two brothers, John E. Heller of Boston, Mass., and Steve (Kandy) Heller of Morrison; and three nieces. He was preceded in death by his mother, Marion Heller; and one brother, Gary Heller.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois May 29, 1996 - Wednesday, pg A2

FLORENCE M. HELLER , 40, died at 8:15 p.m. Thursday Night in Moline Public Hospital where she had been a patient since June 25. Florence Marie Heller was born Nov. 15, 1908 in Prophetstown, her parents being Perry and Mary (Wildman) Heller. She was educated at Hooppole and was graduated from Prophetstown High School and from the Moline Public Hospital school of nursing. After her graduation from Moline Hospital she was a supervisor there for awhile. In 1938 she entered the office of Dr. R.E. LaRue of Erie and had been there since with the exception of at short time at KSB Hospital in Dixon where she served as supervisor. Survivors are her parents; two brothers, Robert & Clarence; Four sisters Mrs. J.W. Lesley, Sister Wilma Heller, Mrs. Mallory Hull and Mrs. Francis Henwood. Preceding her was one sister Irene Lindberg in 1947.

Second notice: Funeral services for Miss Florence N. Heller RN., resident of Erie for the past 11 years, whose death occurred Thursday at the Moline Public hospital, were held Sunday afternoon at the Erie Methodist church of which she was a member. The funeral rites were preceded by services in the Gardner chapel at Prophetstown, the Rev. George O. A. McKinley pastor of the Prophetstown Congregational church officiated. Mrs. George Hoerler was organist. The casket attendants were Loren D Young, Henry Dykemia, Larry McCormick, Jack Steiger, Roland and Wayne Seger, all of Erie. The very large number of floral tokens silently told of the love and esteem in which the deceased was held. These were in charge, Mr. and Mrs. Arden Reisenbigler, Mr. and Mrs. Kirk Guthrie, Mr. and Mrs. Claude Davis, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Shepherd, Mrs. George Weneke, Mrs. Paul Kaminky, Miss Ruth Sidlinger, Mrs. Evelyn Schildberg and Mrs. Charles Feaster. The church was filled to capacity with sorrowing relatives and friends. Among relatives and friends from a distance were Mrs. J. W. Leslie and Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Heller of Baytonne. Tex., Sister Wilma Heller of Kansas City, Mo., Mr. and Mrs. Robert Heller and Mrs. Joan Jensen of Moline, Mr. and Mrs. Francis Henwood, Mr. and Mrs. Elwin Martin and Mr. and Mrs. M. B. Henwood of Dixon; Charles Lindberg of Ventura, Calif.; Mr. and Mrs. Robert Sibley, Sr., and Mr. and Mrs. Robert Sibley. Jr.. Mr. and Mrs. Maynard Peterson of Tampico, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Hamilton and Mr. and Mrs. Fred Ernst of Ceneseo, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Miller of Park Ridge, several nurses from Dixon and Moline public hospitals, Mrs. Cliff Naftzger from Albany and a very large number of friends from Erie and surrounding community, many of whom had benefited by her efficient and kindly ministrations as the office nurse of Dr. R.E. LaRue
Dixon Evening Telegraph July 6, 1949

BERNAL DEL HELLIER , 35, died in the General Memorial hospital, Silver City, N. Mex., Wednesday, March 16, at 1 p.m. of injuries received in a gas explosion and flash fire which completely wrecked his home Monday. Mr. Hellier had gone to New Mexico from Tampico about a year ago for his health. The fatal explosion assuredly was caused by a leaky city gas main. Funeral arrangements will be completed upon arrival of his body, expected to reach Sterling Sunday evening. Mr. Hellier had just returned Monday evening from the copper mine where he was employed and was alone in the house at the time of the explosion. Just what caused the gas to ignite is not known, but the resultant flash fire scorched the exposed portions of furniture, leaving contents of drawers relatively untouched. Mr. Hellier's landlady had reported the leaking gas to the city and workmen had been attempting, but with no success, to locate the leak. A physician reported his death was due to concussion, shock and burns which covered 70 percent of the surface of his body. Immediate cause of death, according to the physician, was shock. Surviving are his parents; two sisters, Mrs. Richard B. (Evadne) Kelly of Tampico and Mrs. William B. (Evaline) McCabe of Downers Grove. A brother, Robert E. Hellier, died April 22, 1946.

Tampico: - Funeral services for Bernal Del Hellier were held in the Parent chapel Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock. Rev. Hollis Wharton, pastor of the Methodist church, conducted the service. Interment was in the Tampico Memorial cemetery with Harry Hurd, Jr., Donald Sibley, LeRoy Kelly, William Calsyn, Nim Gosney and Laurde Renner serving as pallbearers. The music was recordings of organ instrumental music and "The Lord's Prayer" was sung. The many beautiful flowers were in charge of Mrs. Ed Fullerton, Mrs. August Brandan and Mrs. Elwood Rakow. Relatives attending from a distance were Mr. and Mrs. William B. McCabe, Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Turner, Robert McCabe and Miss Marilyn McCabe of Downers Grove; Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Russell of Chicago. Bernal Del Hellier was born Jan. 28, 1914 at Tampico, the son of Robert Northcott and Blanch Fell Hellier. He incurred fatal injuries in a gas explosion and flash fire at his cottage home in Silver City, N.M., on March 15 and passed away March 16 in the Silver City Memorial hospital. Bernal Del received his education in the Tampico schools and spent his entire life in this community. About a year ago he went to New Mexico hoping the climate would benefit his health. At the time of his death, he was employed as a shovel operator for the Isbell Construction company in Hurley. -
Contributed by Melva Taylor - 23 Marcy 1949 (The Sterling Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois )

GLADYS IRENE (GOBLE) HELLIER , daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Grant Goble was born in Nickleton KS Oct. 11, 1906 and passed away at the West Suburban Hsp. at Oak Park IL, Saturday May 21, 1932 at 12 p.m. aged 25 y 7m and 10 days. She was united in marriage to Robert E. Hellier jr. by Rev. William Swenson, Oct. 26, 1928. The young couple resided in LaGrange for 2 years and for the past 17 months made their home in Brookfield IL. Mrs. Hellier united with the Methodist church in Tampico on Easater Sunday 1928, where she continued a faithful member until the time of her death. Gladys graduated from the Grade Schook in this community, also from the Tampico High School with the class of 1924. She taught two terms of school, one year at the Burden school and one at Pleasant Ridge. She was an accomplished musician and a splendid singer, giving her service willingly whenever called upon. She leaves to mourn her loss, her husband Mr. Robert Hellier, her parents, one sister, Mrs.. Eunice Frank of Tampico, one brother Wesley Goble of Rock Island and a large number of relatives. One brother, Clearmont preceded her in 1902.

JENNIE BLANCHE (FELL) HELLIER , 84, of Tampico, passed away at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday in Perry Memorial Hospital, Princeton. She had been ill for the past two and one-half weeks. The body rests at the Parent Funeral Chapel where friends may call after seven o'clock this Wednesday evening. Funeral rites are to be conducted at 2:30 p.m. Thursday in the chapel by the Rev. Henry Holverson of the Tampico Methodist Church. Burial will be made in Tampico Memorial Cemetery. July 18, 1959 - Saturday, pg 2
Tampico: - Blanche Fell Hellier funeral services were held Thursday afternoon from the Parent Chapel in Tampico. Rev. Henry J. Holverson of the Tampico Methodist Church officiated. Recordings of Beautiful Isle of Somewhere and the Lord's Prayer were played. Flower aides were Mrs. Elwood Rakow, Mrs. August Brandau, and Mrs. Robert Nuelle. Committal was in Tampico Memorial Cemetery with Richard Harms, Robert Adams, August Brandau, Barney Sollars, Harry Hurd Jr., and Lawrence Bruder as pallbearers. Those attending the services from out of town were Mr. and Mrs. William B. McCabe, Ronald Neil and James K. Neil, Mr. and Mrs. William H. McCabe, Mr. and Mrs. Robert D. McCabe, Mrs. Ralph Loser, Downers Grove; Mrs. Everett Clark, Lisle, and Mrs. Jay C. Clark, Cleveland, Ohio
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - Sterling Gazette July 15, 1959 - Wednesday, pg 3

CHARLOTTE HENSEN , 82, died at home Saturday. July 27, 2002 Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday. July 30, 2002, at the McDonald Funeral Home in Rock Falls, with the Rev. Lawrence Larson officiating Burial will be at Oak Knoll Memorial Park in Sterling Visitation Is from 6-8 p.m. Monday. July 29. 2002. at the funeral home. In lieu of (lowers, a memorial has been established to Hospice of the Rock River Valley. Charlotte R. Henson was born on June 2. 1919. in Sterling, the daughter of Raymond Fredrick and Cyrena Katherine (Scotl) Scott Sr. She married Kermitt Woodrow Henson on Dec 28. 1935. in Dixon. He died Feb 19. 1967. Mrs. Henson was employed as manager of the clothing department at Farm & Fleet Co.. in Sterling for 19 years, retiring in 1989. She enjoyed spending time with family and friends Surviving are four sons. John (Marie) Henson of Sterling. Thomas (Marlys) Henson of Mesa, Ariz.. Donald (Stephany) Henson of Springfield and David (Suzanne) Henson of Chicago, one daughter. Karen (Robert) Garza of Sterling; 11 grandchildren; nine-great-grandchildren: and one brother. Raymond Scott Jr. of Rock Falls. She was preceded in death by her parents, and one sister

EUNICE ELIZABETH HENSEN - Funeral services were conducted by the Wheelock-Allen Funeral Home in Rock Falls for Mrs. Eunice Elizabeth Henson of R.R. 2, Rock Falls, at 1:30 p.m. on Monday with Eldor Edward McFarland of the Organized Latter Day Saints of Clinton, officiating. Burial was in IOOF Cemetery, Rock Falls. Mrs. Wayne E. Larson was organist. Mrs. Frances Stroup ssang "Through the Uppeer Window," and "I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say." Flowers were cared for by Lundstroms. Pallbearers were Glen Hendryx, Stanley Hanson, Ralph Perino, Earl Seidel, Denver Shilling and Fred St. Clair. Mrs. Henson's services were largely attended
Contributed by Melva Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois August 27, 1968 - Tuesday, pg. 6, col. 2

MAMIE HENSON - Funeral services were held July 22 for Mrs. Mamie Marie Henson, 87, of Perry, Iowa, aunt of Mrs. Kennth Rahn of Sterling. Pallbearers were grandsons; John W. Hensen, Craig Lamb, Jeffery Lamb, Tom Lamb, Dr. Ron Hensen and Curt Hensen. Burial was in Woodward Cemetery, Woodward, Iowa. She was preceded in death by a sister, Mrs. Minna Weber. Services were held at the Christ Lutheran Church in Bouton, Iowa with Rev. G. Langhans officiating.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois July 31, 1978 - Monday, page 4

MARGARET ELIZABETH (VAN DEMARK) HENSON - age 56, of 18865 Rush Road, Lyndon, died Monday, August 27, 1979, at Community General Hospital, Sterling. Mass of the Resurrection will be Thursday, August 30th at 10 a.m. in St. Catherine's Catholic Church, Prophetstown, with the Rev. Cletus Anger officiating. A prayer service will preceed the Mass at 9:30 a.m. at Grennan Funeral Home, Sterling. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery, Prophetstown. Visitation is Wednesday from 2 to 9 p.m. with a Rosary said at 7:30 p.m. A memorial has been established in her name. Mrs. Henson was born on March 3, 1923 in Sterling, Illinois, the daughter of John E. and Margaret Behler Van De Mark. She was united in marriage to LeRoy Henson on October 3, 1946 in St. Mary's Catholic Church, Sterling. She is survived by her husband, two sons, Timothy L. of Sterling and Terrance A. of rural Rock Falls; three daughters, Mary Pat Oltmans of Sterling, Lee Ann and Kathleen, both at home; her father; two sisters, Marcelline Jean Hutten of Sterling and Patricia Ann Clark of rural Fulton; and 11 grandchildren. She was preceeded in death by her mother and a brother.
Contributed by John K. Clark - The Daily Gazette, Sterling, IL 8/29/1979

MILTON HENSON , 62 of York Township PA, formerly of Rock Falls, died Sunday April 21 2002 at his home. He was employed by Kingsley Construction as a truck driver. Mr. Henson was born Sep 21 1939 in Rock Falls the son of Gerreld and Ruth (Whipkey) Henson. He attended Rock Falls High School. He served in the Navy. He was a member of Living Word Community Church and Hanover Cyclers. Survivors include a brother, George Henson of Rock Falls, two sisters, Geraldine (Donald) Robinson of Schaumberg and Carol (James) Routson of Silver Springs MD and many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by his parents; his stepfather, Max Bonnell; and a sister Voletta Ann Henson.

Daily Gazette 4 May 2002

SHIRLEY (BUTLER) HERRON , 48, 713 12th Ave., Sterling died Monday morning (23 June 1975) in Rockford. Friends may call at the Grennan Funeral Home from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday. Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday with the Rev. J. Randall Brown of the Broadway Methodist Church officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery in Dixon. Mrs. Herron was born Sept. 11, 1926 in Dixon, the daughter of Wilbur and Gladys Anderson Butler. Survivors include her parents; one daughter, Wendy of Johnstown, Pa.; two sons, Chris and Tom at home; and one sister, Mrs. John McCormick of Indianapolis, Ind. She was preceded by her husband John on Dec. 5, 1970.

Daily Gazette 23 June 1975

FLORENCE O. HINCHMAN , Funeral services for Florence O. Hinchman were held Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. at Behrens Mortuary. The Rev. Richard J. Hanson officiated at the service and burial was in the IOOF Cemetery in Rock Falls . Mrs. Every McNeil served as organist. Pallbearers were Sam Mylin, Chet Mylin, John Bere, Richard froeter, Russell Arthur and Clifford Lyon
Contributed by Margaret Mangers - Dec 31 1969 Sterling Gazette

LESTER L. HINRICHS , 90, ofl801 Avenue G, formerly of Round Grove, died Saturday, February 8, 2003, at CGH Medical Center. He was employed by Austin Brothers Manufacturing as a tool and die maker for over fifty years. Lcslcr was bom May 17, 1912 in Ml. Pleasant Township, the son of Martin and Alida (Gerkcn) Hinrichs. He married Grace M. Dirks on September 14, 1941 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Sterling. She preceded him in death on February 4, 1999. He was a member of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues and a left-handed minor league baseball pitcher on various teams during the 1930's. He enjoyed developing his inventive skills while working at Austin Brothers. He was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Sterling. Survivors include two daughters, Nancy (J.D.) Prochl of Manito and Judith (Nicholas) Miglino of Whitestonc, NY; one son Jerry (Sandra) Hinrichs of Oregon; five grandchildren and two great grandchildren. He was also preceded in death by two sisters, Ethel Cassens and Ha/el Soudcr and one brother, William Hinrichs. A memorial has been established to St. Paul Lutheran Church, Sterling, 1L.
Contributed by Cynthia Lane

GRACE M. HINRICHS , 87, of 19530 Fellows Road, Morrison, died February 4, 1999 at Morrison Hospital Skilled Care. Services will be Monday at St. Paul Lutheran Church with the Rev. Philip A. Gronbach, pastor officiating. Burial will be at Round Grove Cemetery. Grace M. Hinrichs was born October 2, 1911 in Genesee Twp. the daughter of Carl C. and Theresa H. (Rushmeyer) Dirks. She married Lester L. Hinrichs on September 14, 1941 at St. PaulLutheran Church, Sterling. She was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church. Survivors include her husband, Lester, one son Jerry (Sandra0 Hinrichs of Oregon; two daughters, Nancy (J.D.) Proehl of Manito and Judith (Nicholas) Miglino of Whitestone NY; and five grandchildren. Seh was preceded by one brother, Leroy Dirks.
Contributed by Cynthia Lane

CLARENCE HINTON , 74, died Monday afternoon (10 March 1952) at his home, 614 ½ West Twelfth street, Rock Falls. The body was removed to the Allen funeral home where friends may call after 7 ;.m. Tuesday. The rosary will be recited by the Holy Name society at the funeral home at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday and funeral services will be Thursday, at 8:30 a.m. from Allen’s and at 9 in St. Andrew’s church, Rock Falls, with the pastor, Rev. Father Burwell Beddoes, celebrating the requiem mass. Burial will be in the Round Grove cemetery. He was born in North Newport, ME. Sept. 6, 1877, the only son of Mr. And Mrs. Thomas Hinton. He had been a resident of Rock Falls for some time. Surviving him are the widow Mrs. Nina Hinton; a son, Clarence Jr., Dexter, ME; one daughter, Mrs. Blair Morthland, Clinton, IA, two sisters-in-law, Mrs. John Duncan, Camanche, IA and Mrs. Ruby Knudson, Davenport, IA; 22 grandchildren, and several nephews and nieces. He was preceded in death by his parents, and one daughter, Mrs. Wallace Nichols in 1940.
Contributed by Barb Morthland

NINA A. (GREEN) HINTON , 74, of Sterling, died in a hospital there Thursday (21 March 1963). Friends may call at the Allen Funeral Home in Sterling after 2p.m. Saturday A requiem Mass will be celebrated Monday at 9:30 a.m. in St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Sterling. Burial will be in Round Grove, IL cemetery. She was born in Lyndon, Illinois, March 25, 1888 to John and Celia Marren Green. She was educated in Clinton schools and attended Mount St. Clare College in Clinton. She taught school at Mount Carroll, IL and at St. Joachim’s school in Toledo, IL. She married Clarence Hinton July 8, 1811 in Montana. He died March 17, 1952. She had been a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Sterling. Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. Blair (Marcella) Morthland of Clinton, one step-son Clarence (Hinton) of Dextor, Maine; one sister, Mrs. Ruby Knudsen of Davenport; five grandchildren and nine great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, a stepdaughter and 10 brothers and sisters.
Contributed by Barb Morthland

VERNON A. HINTT , 71, Morrison, died Tuesday in Sun Prairie, Wis. A memorial service will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Ebenezer Reformed Church in Morrison with the Rev. Donald D. Barnes officiating. There will be no visitation. Cremation rites have been accorded. The Bosma-Renkes Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. He was born April 4, 1932, in St. Charles, Ill., to Alfred C. and Eileen B. (Holtz) Hintt. On June 13, 1952, he married Betty L. Davy in Elgin, Ill. He was educated in Plato Center, Ill., schools. He was a self-employed truck driver. Before that, he had been employed by Reliant and Dohrn Trucking. He also had been employed by Northern Carrier of Rockford, Ill. Survivors include his wife; two daughters, Mrs. Sherry (Michael) Verbic of Franklin, Tenn., and Mrs. Linda (Wayne) Proffitt of Morrison; three sons, Vernon (Kathleen) Hintt Jr. of Hampshire, Ill., Steven Hintt of Missouri and Jeff Hintt of Morrison; 13 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren.

Clinton Herald December 12, 2003

IRENE (COATES) HOEKSEMA , 91, of Harbor Crest Nursing Home in Fulton, died Monday at the nursing home. Funeral services are 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the Fulton Chapel of the Bosma-Renkes Funeral Home in Fulton with the Rev. Philip Rauwerdink, interim pastor with Second Reformed Church in Fulton, officiating. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Interment will be in the Oakland Cemetery in Clinton. She was born Dec. 9, 1912, in Cherokee to John Jay and Cora Ellen Crippen Coates. She married Chester A. "Chet" Hoeksema on June 8, 1947, in Dixon, Ill. He died in 1999. She was educated in South Dakota grade schools. She resided for many years in South Dakota. She moved to Clinton and later to Fulton in 1961. She was employed as a waitress during her earlier years. She also was employed with the former Iowa State Bank in Clinton. She later transferred to the former Fulton State Bank in Fulton where she worked for 25 years before retiring in January 1989. She was a member of the Fulton American Legion Auxiliary, the Wa-tan-ye Club of Fulton and the Second Reformed Church in Fulton. Survivors include one sister, Mrs. Pauline Olson of Sioux Falls, S.D.; two brothers, Vincon R. "Vince" Coates of Rapid City, S.D., Dale R. (Nathy) Coates of Madison, S.D.; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, a stepson, three sisters and four brothers. Memorials may be made to the Fulton American Legion Ladies Auxiliary.

Clinton Herald December 15, 2003

NELLIE (LUMBARD) HOGARTH , 74, died late Friday afternoon in her home in Erie following a three weeks illness. The body was taken to the Schilling Funeral Home where friends may call after Sunday noon. Funeral services will be conducted in the Erie Christian Church Monday at 2 p.m. the Rev. Arthur Vail, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in the Erie Cemetery. Nellie Mae Lumbard was born Feb. 8, 1907 in Newton Township, the daughter of Albert and Hattie Martin Lumbard. She was married to Will Hogarth in Newton Township on Sept. 19,1907. they lived in Morrison until 1936 when they moved to Erie to make their home. She was a member of the Erie Christian Church, the Loyal Workers Class, Ladies Aid and Missionary Circle of the church. She was a past president of the Erie Senior Woman's Cluib. Survivors are her husband, two daughters, Mrs. Charles Brown, Erie; Mrs. Lester Grau, Morrison; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one granddaughter and two brothers.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor from The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois February 11, 1961 - Saturday, pg 2 col 3

LOIS EUNICE (PUELS) HOLM - A memorial service for Lois Eunice Holm will be 5 p.m. Sunday, June 1, at the Seventh Day Adventist Church, Ashland, Ore. A graveside service will be held 2 p .m. Monday, June 2 at the Lower Lake Cemetery in Lower Lake Cemetery in Lower Lake Sat May 31 03:00:13 2003 -- Mrs. Holm, 84, of Talent, Ore., died Tuesday, May 27, 2003, at the Ashland foster home. She was born Jan. 24, 1919 at Rock Falls, Ill., daughter of Meta and Charles Puels. She was raised in Rock Falls where she married Donald Holm on June 4, 1939. Mr. Holm preceded her in death in 1986. Dr. and Mrs. Holm served on the mission field in Indonesia from 1950 to 1960 before moving to Clearlake. They returned to the mission field, serving in Tanzania, Africa from 1977 to 1980. They lived in Grand Terrace, Calif., from 1980 to 1987, when Mrs. Holm moved to Talent, Ore. Mrs. Holm enjoyed gardening and was an active member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Surviving are three sons, Raymond Holm of Portland, Ore., Edward Holm of Turlock and Richard Holm of Marina; two daughters, Linda Hulse of Ashland and Karen Bray of Salt Lake City; 16 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. In addition to her husband she was preceded in death by one son, one brother, six sisters and an infant daughter. Funeral arrangements under the direction of Litwiller-Simonsen Funeral Home and Cremation Center, Ashland, Ore.

Lake County Record Bee OR June 1 2003

EDWARD H. HOLMEN - Word has been received o the death of Edward H. Holmen, 43, Dayton, O., on June 26. Mr. Holmen formerly lived in Sterling with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Holmen, and graduated from the Sterling township high school in 1925. At that time the family moved to Chicago where he was employed by the Firestone Tire and Rubber Co., and later in Akron, O. At the time of his death he was manager of sales and merchandising in the tire division of the Dayton Rubber Co., Dayton. Survivors include his wife, Pearl, three daughters, Judith, Ruth and Jean, his parents (now living in Madison, Wis.,) and a sister, Mrs. Laurance Melberg, Lake Mills, Wis. Burial services were held in Harvey, Ill., June 30.
Contributed by Melva Taylor - The Sterling Daily Gazette, Sterling, Illinois July 5, 1951 - Thursday, pg. 3, col. 3

NETTIE (PEARSON) HOLMES - News was received in Morrison Tuesday evening by Mrs. John Anderson of Towne Street of the death of her daughter, Mrs. R. C. Holmes of Evanston, which followed an illness of several months. Mrs. Holmes' early life was spent in Morrison, where she will be remembered as Miss Nettie Pearson. Besides her mother there are left to mourn a daughter, Ruth, three sisters, Mrs. William Eslinger, of Thomson, and Mrs. Roy Marshall and Mrs. Lloyd Durward, of Morrison, and three brothers, Alfred Pearson of Morrison, Edward Anderson of Dakota and Ralph Anderson of Chadwick. Mrs. Eslinger and Mrs. Marshall left Wednesday for Evanston to attend the funeral services.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling, Illinois May 1, 1930 - Thursday, pg 12

ERMA V. (HOAK) HOPKINS , 80, Ferris, died Monday morning in the Hancock County Nursing Home, Carthage. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday at the Leathem Funeral Home, Carthage, with the Eldor Orval B. Prior, officiating. Burial will be in the Moss Ridge Cemetery. Visitation will be held after 1 p.m. on Tuesday with the family present from 7 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday evening. A memorial has been established to the Smyrna Primative Baptist Church. Erma Hopkins was born in Sterling on June 6, 1903, the daughter of Orion and Clara Journey Hoak. On Oct. 7, 1922 she married Vern H. Hopkins in Sterling. He preceded her in death on Jan. 23, 1983. She was a member of the Smyrna Primative Baptist Church, Bentley. Surviving are two sons, Vernon R. Hopkins, Carthage and Donald Hopkins, Wichita, Kan.; two daughters, Mrs. Charles (Ruth) Miller, Ferris and Mrs. Robert (Helen) Curtis, Carthage; one sister, Helen Eikenberry, Carthage; six grandchildren; four step grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. Preceding her in death were one brother, Lloyd and one grandchild.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois December 13, 1983 - Tuesday, pg A4

HORACE C. HOPKINS , 48, 1012 W. 5th St., Sterling, died late Wednesday night at Iowa City Veterans Hospital. Funeral services will be 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the Wheelock-Allen Funeral Home with Rev. Ross Bateman of the Grace Bible Baptist Church of Sterling, officiating. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home from 7-9 p.m. on Friday. A memorial has been established to Leukemia research. Hopkins was born on Feb. 14, 1930 in Dalton, Ga., the son of Horace and Bessie Carter Hopkins. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict and had been employed for 17 years as a machinist at the Bauder Machine Shop. He was a member of the Coleta Sportsman Club. Hopkins was united in marriage to the former Gloria L. Randall on Nov. 26, 1955 at the parsonage of the Rock Falls Christian Church by the late Rev. Harry E. Shiffer. He is survived by his wife, Gloria; one son, Gary L. of Sterling; one daughter, Teresa of Sterling; one grandson, Troy Alan Hopkins; his mother, Mrs. Ruth Scott of Rock Falls; one sister, Mrs. Harold (Camelia) Wetzel of Sterling; his maternal grandmother, Mrs. James R. Carter of Dalton, Ga. He was preceded in death by his father, Horace C. Hopkins Sr.; one sister, Mrs. Bonnie L. Clark.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois July 7, 1978 - Friday, page 4

LEONARD H. HOPKINS , 75, former resident of the Prophetstown vicinity, died Monday morning at his home in Bentley, Ill. He had been in failing health for the past five years. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Leon church, south of Prophetstown. Elder C. E. Webb of Bentley will officiate. Interment will be in the Leon cemetery. Mr. Hopkins was born Feb. 9, 1869, in the Leon community, son of John and Mary Hopkins. He was a member of the Primitive Baptist church. He was married to Annie Markle, who died in 1920. He then married Mrs. Alma Whitty of Roodhouse in 1929. He resided in the Leon and Yorktown vicinity until 20 years ago. Besides his widow he leaves two sons, Lynn of Sublette and Vern of Prophetstown; three daughteers, Mrs. Earl Poland, Hamilton, Ill.; Mrs. Griffith Gardner, Plymouth, Ill..; Mrs. Orvil Prior, Carthage, Ill; 16 grandchildren and one great grandchild. Besides his first wife, he was preceded in death by one son, Howard

Rites at Leon Church For Leonard Hopkins
Funeral services for Leonard Hopkins, 75, who died Monday at his home in Bentley, were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Leon church south of Prophetstown. Elder C. E. Webb of Bentley officiated. Lloyd Wildman sang two hymns, "Rock of Ages," and "Jesus, Savior, Pilot Me," accompanied by his mother, Mrs. S. G. Wildman. Interment was in the Leon cemetery. The pallbearers were Walter Forward, Howard Matthews, Clark Lane, Paul Lane, Fred Peterson and Otto Munson.
Contributed by Melva Taylor - The Sterling Daily Gazette, Sterling, Illinois November 7, 1944 - Tuesday

ANN HORNER - At the home of her son, Henry Horner, in Beatrice, Neb., Oct. 31, 1897, at 3:30 p.m. after an illness of two weeks, Mrs. Ann Horner, aged 78 years. The deceased was well known in this city where she resided for a number of years, her husband being engaged in the musical instrument business. They removed to Beatrice Neb., eight years ago, where Mr. Horner died in 1892. She leaves two sons - Henry of Beatrice, Neb. and Samuel of Chicago. Those in this city and vicinity who knew her to esteem her, will regret to learn of her death. The funeral occurred Nov. 2nd, interment taking place at Beatrice.

JOHN B. HOUCHENS , 67, retired farmer, died Saturday at his home Southeast of Prophetstown following an extended illness. The body was removed to the Helm and Helm mortuary in Prophetstown. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday at the late home. Rev. D.E. Springer of Tampico, pastor of the Leon church will officiate. Internment will be in the Leon Cemetery. John Bruce Houchens son of James Walter and Anna Carolyn Lehman Houchens was born on May 25, 1880 in Decatur. He received his education in the Chicago schools. He was married at Rock Falls to Mira Goodell of the Leon community on September 1, 1914. They lived in Chicago a year, then moved to Dixon. They later moved to Rock Falls, then came to the Leon community where he resided for the past 20 years. He was a member of the Leon Methodist church. He is survived by his widow, a daughter, Helen in the home, and 4 brothers William Ray of Glen Ellyn, Ralph S, Lincoln, Walter O of Stockton Ca, and Alonzo V of Seattle, Wash.
Contributed by Debbie Thormahlen from The Sterling Daily Gazette, Sterling Illinois January 3, 1944

- Funeral services for John Houchens 67 who died Saturday were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the late home Southeast of Prophetstown. Rev. D.E. Springer of Tampico, pastor of the Leon Methodist church officiated. Mrs. Neva Denison of Tampico and Mrs. Lloyd Wildman sang “Saved By Grace” and “Ivory Palaces” accompanied by Mrs. S. O. Wildman. Internment was in the Leon Cemetery. The pallbearers were Howard Matthews, Raymond Spath, Sivard Pierson, Walter Forward, Elwood Forward and Verne Woodworth. Mrs. Howard Matthews, Mrs. Paul Lane and Mrs. Glenn Goodell assisted with flowers. (Sterling Gazette 5 Jan 1944)

E.A.HOUSTON passed away Wednesday at his home in Ottawa, the cause of his death being a paralytic stroke which he suffered a short time ago. For the past four years he and his family have been residents in Ottawa where he had been baggageman on the C., B. & Q. R.R. They were former residents of Rock Falls, where Mr. Houston was yardmaster for the Burlington for 24 years. He is survived by the widow and four children -- Blanche and Arthur of Ottawa, Gladys of Rock Falls, and Mrs. Harrison Hendricks, of Ryegate, Mont. Miss Gladys Houston went to Ottawa on Wednesday. The remains will be brot (sic) to Rock Falls for burial. The funeral arrangements have not been arranged as yet. The many friends of the family in the Twin Cities will be grieved to hear of the sudden death of Mr. Houston.
Contributed by Melva Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling, Illinois June 3, 1920 - Thursday - pg. 2, col. 5

AARON HOWARD , 28, of Prophetstown, IL formerly of Rockford, died Tuesday, April 11, 2006 at his home. Graveside services will be 11:00 a.m. Wednesday in Riverside Cemetery, Prophetstown. The Rev. Greg Olson, pastor of the First Lutheran Church is officiating. There is no visitation. A memorial fund has been established. The Gibson & Son Funeral Home, Prophetstown is handling arrangements. Aaron was born May 24, 1977 in Woodstock, IL the son of Craig and Dianne (Schiller) Howard. Aaron was a very mechanical person and enjoyed camping and fishing. He is survived by his mother, Dianne Howard, Prophetstown, his father Craig Howard, Rock Falls, IL, a brother Scott Howard, Manchester, TN, and nieces and nephews. He was preceded by his daughter, Robbin.
Contributed by Debbie Thormahalen from The Prophetstown Echo – April 18, 2006

BURR HOWARD - Erie -- 81, died at his rural home near here at 3:45 a.m. Saturday following a two week's illness. The body was taken to the Schilling Funeral Home. Arrangements are pending. He was born April 7, 1872 in West Union Fayette County IA, the son of Carroll and Susan Howard. He was reared and educated near Morrison. On June 4, 1902 he was married to Susie Lamont at Morrison. Mr. Howard was a retired farmer and the family had made their home near Erie for the past three years... (Rest is missing).
Contributed by Sue Nesland

DEAN BARTLETT HOWARD , 57, died Saturday evening at his home, RR 1, Portland Township from a gunshot wound. Funeral services will be at the Gardner Chapel Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. with the Rev. Preston Woods officiating. Burial will be in the Fenton Cemetery. Visitation will be at the Gardner Chapel from 7-9 Tuesday. An inquest has been scheduled for Monday by Whiteside County Coroner John Ardapple. Mr. Howard was born Dec. 11, 1913, in Prophetstown and had lived for 25 years in his last residence. He was the son of William and Mary Alice Shepard Howard. He received his education in Prophetstown and Lyndon schools. He was a member of the Prophestown American Legion Post 522. On Nov. 14, 1945 he married Janet Crossman, Sterling, in Morrison. The couple had lived in the Prophetstown and Lyndon area all their lives. He had been employed at Pemberthy Manufacturing and was retired. Surviving are his widow; two stepsons, Richard Crossman, Prophetstown and Phillip, Erie; three brothers: William, Montgomery, Ala.; Robert and Darrell, both of Erie; six sisters, Mrs. Glenn Betts, Port Byron; Mrs. John Nation, Geneseo; Mrs. Harry Cole, Hillsdale; Mrs. Ronald Curry, St. Paul, Minn.; Mrs. William Mercer, Milledgeville and Mrs. Raymond Redell, Erie and three grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Mrs. Ward Besse.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - Sterling Gazette June 14, 1971 - Monday, pg 2

WILLIAM A. HOWARD , 70, of Sterling died June 28, 2005 at his home. He was born on Feb. 2, 1935 in Sterling the son of William and Maxine Howard. He married Ellen Stewart June 29, 1958. He was employed by Northwestern Steel for 31 years. Servied in the Army and continued serving in many capacities at the Sterling American Legion. He was also very active in the Sterling Youth Baseball and as a diehart Ernhardt fan. Surviving are his wife, two daughters, Billie Jo McDaniel and Rhonda Schweska; two sons Scott and Martin; his mother, his brothers, John and Steve; his sisters carole Finnicum and Rosemary David; his grandchildren, Thomas, Aaron, Tia, Kate, Zachary, Taylor, Carlye, Aimee, Logan, Jacob, Bradley and Austin and four great-grandchildren. Services will be at 2 p.m July 1, 2005 at McDonald Funeral Home with the Rev. Henrietta Milner officiating.

DELIA (RICHARDS) HOWLAND , 87, passed away this morning (February 26, 1958) at her home in the Leon community after an illness of a few months. The body was removed to Gardner Funeral Parlors, where friends may call. Funeral services will be held Friday at the Leon Methodist Church with the Rev. Henry Helverson, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in the Leon Cemetery. Delia Richards Howland was born July 24, 1870 , at Marshalltown, Iowa, the daughter of Alpheus and Abigail Perry Richards. She received her education in the school at Lamar, Mo. On July 2, 1899, she was united in marriage to Frank Howland of the Leon community, in the Leon Methodist Church, the first wedding to be performed in the church. She has lived for 57 years in Leon, where Mr. Howland was engaged in farming. She was a member of the Leon WSCS and a charter member of the church. Besides her husband, one daughter, Mrs. Lyle (Mertie) Frazier of Sterling survives: also two grandchildren and four great-grandchildren, two sisters, Mrs. Edna Winton, Lamar, Mo., and Mrs. Effie Graham, McHenry. She was preceded in death by her parents, one son, four brothers, and two sisters.
Contributed by Debbie Thormahlen from the Prophetstown Echo – February 26, 1958

FRANK JACKSON HOWLAND , 92, of Prophetstown, passed away Wednesday evening at the Morrision Community Hospital, after being a patient for 11 days. Funeral services will be held at the Leon Methodist Church Saturday at 10:30 a.m., the Rev. Preston Wood officiating, with burial in Leon Cemetery. Friends may call at the Gardner Chapel Friday afternoon and evening. Frank Jackson Howland was born Aug. 14, 1874, in Prophetstown, the son of Myron E. and Prescilla (Elsworth) Howland. He was educated in the Leon School and lived his lifetime on a farm in Leon community. He married Della Richards of Prophetstown, July 2, 1899, and she passed away Feb. 26, 1958. He married Mrs. Edith Ott, Aug. 8, 1962, and she survives. He was past president of Farmers Mutual Insurance Co., of Prophetstown, and was a charter member of the Leon Methodist Church. Besides his wife he is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Lyle (Mertie) Frazier of Sterling; two grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. He was preceded by his first wife, parents, one son, one brother and four sisters.

- Funeral services for Frank Howland, age 92, who passed away Wednesday were held at the Leon Methodist Church Saturday morning at 10:30. The Rev. Preston Wood officiated for the services and committal was at the Leon Cemetery. Serving as soloist for the services was Jim Duling with Ruth Goembel serving as the organist. Pallbearers were: Ralph Naftzger, George Matthews, Kenneth Stewart, Paul Lane, Joe Heitzler and Gerald Love. The lovely floral tributes were in charge of Mrs. Martha Matthews, Mrs. Betty Woodworth, and the Hill Crest Greenhouse.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Sterling Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois July 6, 1967 - Thursday, pg 2

MARY E. (JOHNSON) HOWLAND - At her home in Blue Earth City, MN, at 7:40 a.m. Monday, November 16, 1897 of neuralgia of the stomach and heart, Mary E. beloved wife of Fred L. Howland, aged 54 years 11 months and 15 days. It was indeed a shock to our people, on Monday morning to learn that Mrs. Howland was dead. But few of them even knew that she was sick. For several years she has been a sufferer from neuralgia of the stomach and her suffering has been greatly intensified since the death of her son, George E. Young and family over a month ago. During the latter part of last week she felt the trouble about her heart and on Sunday was very much worse. Dr. Couper was called and did everything possible for her relief. She grew gradually worse and passed peacefully away Monday morning. The deceased whose maiden name was Mary E. Johnson, was born in New Hampshire, Dec. 1, 1842 and accompanied her parents, the late Mr. and mrs. Albin Johnson to this place in 1857. In 1858 she was married to Enoch C. Young. She was the mother of three children through this marriage. They were Ella M. wife of Hallett Howland of this town; the late George E. Young and Willis S. Young of San Francisco. In July (17) 1876 she was married to Fred L. Howland. Both herself and husband were members of the M.E. Church and she was an influential and beloved member of Sully Post W.R.C. Since the terrible tragedy, which took from her a beloved son, his wife and her two only grandsons, her trouble has been greatly aggrevated, though but few knew that it had approached the danger line. Her absent son Willis S., was reached by telegraph and at once started from California to attend the funeral, which will occur at the M.E. church on Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock, Rev. Dr. Newhouse, her pastor officiating.

ELIZABETH (RUCK) HOWLETT : Death has once more called from our midst a loved on, and in response to this call Mrs. George Howlett has returned to that land from whence no traveler returns. Mrs. Howlett had for the past five months been suffering from consumption and in hopes of benefiting her health her husband took her to Dalton, Ga. After her arrival there she seemed to improve at first, then rapidly failed and died Jan. 29, 1897. Mrs. Elizabeth Ruck - Howlett was born in Fairfield, Ill., March 9, 1863, where she resided with her parents during childhood. She married Geo. Howlett, Feb. 11th, 1880 and their union was blessed with four children, two boys and two girls. Mrs. Howlett was a woman much respected by all who knew her. She was a loving and indulgent mother, her home was her happiest place and her aim was to make all around her happy. Her funeral took place in the M.E. church Sunday afternoon, Rev. S.M. Hillard officiating. The house was crowded and it was a long procession that followed her to the cemetery where she was laid at rest.
Tampico Tornado February 6, 1897

JONATHAN HOWLETT - The entire community was shocked at the news of the sudden death of Mr. Jno. Howlett, one of Tampico's most prominent citizens and business men on Wednesday night. Mr. Howlett was apparently in the best of health and spirit. He remarked at supper Wednesday evening that he was feeling so well that he would do some book work at his store that evening. He worked until nine o'clock and then went to the Club rooms where he enjoyed pool and billiards until 10:15; he then went home, took a foot bath and went to bed. In a short time the family heard him call that he was very sick. Mrs. Howlett immediately went to his room and found that he had a severe pain in his chest. She applied hot applications and sent for a doctor. When the physician arrived he was in such pain that it was thought best to administer an hypodermic. The physician turned to his medicine case to prepare it but before it was ready Mr. Howlett had passed to the great everlasting. John R. Howlett was born in Fairfield, Bureau County, on Dec. 7, 1863 and died at his home in Tampico at 11:30 o'clock, Sept. 20, 1905. He spent his early days on his father's farm where he learned many lessons in frugality and husbandry. He was married on December 1, 1884 to Miss Mary Berge of Tampico and one child, Ethel, was born to them. In 1889 he engaged in business in a general store with F. J. Anderson in New Bedford. He remained in this business for one year and then moved to Tampico where he and his brother George started a hardware business. They prospered and remained in business together until 1902 when George retired and sold his interest to J. R. Howlett. Since then John has faithfully and successfully conducted the business alone. He always took an interest in the city government and served about eight years on the city board. He was a member in good standing in the Modern Woodmen Insurance Co. He was always exceptionally healthy, never having been sick but once, which was a six week duration of Typhoid fever, while he was in New Bedford. The funeral will be held at the M. E. church Sunday morning. The Woodmen will have charge of the services at the grave. He is survived by Mary E. Howlett his wife, Ethel his daughter, Mr. and Mrs. John Howlett his parents, six sisters: Mrs. Mary Johnson, Mrs. Alice Thomson, Mrs. Patience Fullerton and Mrs. Minnie Rogers of Fairfield, Mrs. Esther Hanselman of Joliet and Tibbie Howlett who lives with her parents. Also four bothers, Oliver and Frank of Fairfield, George of Wallis Station, Texas and Charles of Rickel, Ill.
(Tampico Progress 21 September 1905)

JOHN R. HOWLETT , a prominent hardware merchant and a member of the city council died very suddenly of heart trouble. Death came with terrible swiftness as he was about his usual locations during the day and possessing a rugged constitution his death was entirely unexpected and unlooked for. That he had passed away could scarcely be credited in this country until the awful fact was known. He was not feeling in hs usual good health Wednesday having had a billous attack but was not sick. He spent the day at his hardware store attending to his business and spent the evening at the Tampico club room when he seemed in the usual health. On going home he bathed his feet xxxr which he laid down on the sofa and was taken with sharp pains in the chest. A physician was summoned hastily and while the latter was disolving a hypodermic tablet for an infection, Mr. Howlett threw up his arms and expired. John R. Howlett was born forty-two years ago next December 7, in Fairfield township south of Tampico where his boyhood days were spent with his parents on the old farm. He wa married seventeen years ago to Mary Berge and after his marriage lived on the farm two years, after which he entered in the partnership with F.J. Anderson in the general store at New Bedford. He then came here and entered into the hardware business with his brother George which partnership continued until about four years ago sincewhich he as conducted the business alone. Everbody is greiving with the stricken wife and daughter, and no death has produced such a shock in the community. Words cannot express the sorrow felt in the sudden taking of this good man which is a direct loss to the village as he was a citizen whose record and deeds were for the betterment of the community. No definite funeral arrangements have been made other than it will be held Sunday. What disposition will be made of the hardware store is not known yet. The deceased was one of a family of eleven and a son of John Howlett, Sr.
Obit dated 22 September 1905

LEONARD K. HOWLETT , 80, died early this morning (13 December 1983) at the Prophets Riverview Center. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday at the Gardner Chapel, Prophetstown. Burial will be in the Lyndon Cemetery. Visitation will be on Wednesday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home. The Rev. Bruce Janes will officiate. A memorial has been established to the Prophets Riverview Center. Leonard Howlett was born on May 17, 1903 in Fairfield Township the son of Frank and Elizabeth Klobes Howlett. On Dec. 14, 1925 he married Margerete Morse of Prophetstown. They lived in Fairfield Township and Portland Township prior to moving to Prophetstown in 1940. He worked as a crewleader for Commonwealth Edison from 1936 until 1966. Surviving are one son, Burnell Howlett, Prophetstown; two daughters, Mrs. Phillip (Justine) Swanson, Tampico and Mrs. John (Alverda) Marckx, Elcho, Wis.; two brothers, Wayne of Rock Falls and Oran of Davenport; two sisters, Leona Girton of Rock Falls and Irene Feagens of Roseburg, Oregon; eight grandchildten and ten great grandchildren. Preceding him in death was his wife in 1974.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois December 13, 1983 - Tuesday, pg A4

MARGUERITE ALICE (MORRIS) HOWLETT , 68, died Monday morning at Pleasant View Nursing Home in Morrison. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Gardner Chapel. Friends may call at the Chapel from 7-9 p.m Tuesday. A memorial fund has been established. Marguerite Howlett was born Aug. 16, 1906 in Coe Township, the daughter of John and Maude Brown Morris. She married Leonard Howlett of Tampico in Princeton on Dec. 14, 1925. They have lived in Prophetstown and the surrounding area. She is survived by her husband; two daughters, Mrs. Phil (Justine) Swanson and Mrs. Ray (Alverda) Mosher, both of Prophetstown; one son, Burnell of Prophetstown; eight grandchildren; and three great grandchildren. She was preceded by one son John in infancy, one brother and one step-brother
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois September 17, 1974 - Tuesday, pg 2

MARY JANE (BERGE) HOWLETT - Funeral Services for Mrs. Mary L. Howlett were held in Parent's Chapel, Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock. Appropriate recordings, including a vocal number, "The Lord's Prayer," were played preceding the service which was conducted by Eugene Morgan , pastor of the church of Christ. Mrs. Morgan read Psalms46 and two poems, "A Friend" and "Someday" and made brief comments on her life. Mrs. Nim Gosney and Mrs. Edward Fullerton were in charge of the many beautiful flowers. Burial was in the Tampico Memorial Cemetery with Edward Fullerton, Willard Hunter, Wm. Furry, R. J. Harms, J. J. Kepner, and Raymond Foy serving as Pallbearers. The business houses closed during the services as a mark of respect. Mary Louise Howlett was born May 16, 1869 in Fairfield Township, Bureau County, the daughter of George and Margaret Berge and lived in the vicinity of Tampico all of her life. She attended the Thomas school. On December 1, 1887, she married John R. Howlett Jr. who preceded her in death in 1905. One daughter, Ethel, was born to this union. Mrs. Howlett, who had been in poor health for some time, passed away Sunday morning, March 4, in the home of her son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. M. H. Parent, with whom she lived. She was president of the Tampico Memorial Cemetery Association, for many years and was very active in the management of the organizationu until her recent illness. Besides her daughter, she is survived by one sister, Mrs. Emma Ruck, of Alto, Michigan. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and one sister, Mrs. Carrie Anderson.
Tampico Tornado, Thursday, March 8, 1951

OLIVER HOWLETT , Relatives here today learned of the death of Oliver Howlett of Turtle Beach, Saskatchewan, Canada, who died Oct. 3, 1940 in Notre Dame Hospital, North Battleford, Sask., after a short illness. Burial was in Livelong, Saskatchewan. He was a member of a pioneer Bureau County family, having left the Thomas vicinity 30 years ago to go to Canada. Mr. Howlett, son of the late John and Ruehamia Howlett, was born May 20 1860, at Thomas, Ill. In 1880 he was married to Betty Newell of New Bedford. She died in 1884. To this union two children were born, the late Mrs. Maude Reiley of Prophetstown and Floyd E Howlett of Sheffield. In 1885 he was married to Phoebe Thompson of Sheffield. To this union 12 children were born. Surviving are the widow and the following children: Elmer at home; Virgil of Holland, Manitoba; Mrs. Minnie Morse of Milan, Ill.; Mrs. Kate Johnston, Huntington Park, Calif.; Harvey of Winnipeg, Manitoba; Mrs. Zeta Bye, Brandon, Manitoba; Mrs. Gladys Simmons of Balcannes, Saskatchewan; Howard of Quensey, B.C.; Artie, Turtle Beach, Saskatchewan; and Clarence of Brandon, Manitoba; 18 grandchildren and two great grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Patience Emery of Prophetstown, Mrs. Charles Rogers of Thomas, Ill., one brother, Frank Howlett of Tampico. He was preceded in death by two children in infancy, three brothers and five sisters.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Sterling Daily Gazette, Sterling, Illinois October 9, 1940 - Wednesday, pg 6

WILLIAM D. HUFMAN 61, 502 S. Genesee St., died (17 February 1971) at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday in Mercy Hospital, Davenport, Iowa. He had been seriously ill since November. Mr. Hufman was a machinist with the Chicago-Northwestern Railroad and the Rock Island Arsenal. Funeral services will be held Friday at 2 p.m. in the Tomlinson Funeral Home, with the Rev. Paul DeBeer and the Rev. D. J. Blair of the Presbyterian Church officiating. Burial will be in Grove Hill Cemetery. Mr. Hufman was born Jan. 26, 1910, in Baraboo, Wis., the son of William and Hilda Rumpf Hufman. He was educated in the Clinton, Iowa, schools. He married Mildred Rhymers, Sept. 4, 1937, in Clinton. Mr. Hufman was a member of the Methodist Church, Clinton. Survivors include the widow, one son, James, Morrison; one granddaughter; one brother, Lafe, Yakima, Wash. He was preceded by his parents and one grandson.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois February 18, 1971 - Thursday, pg 2

DEBORAH (JORDAN) HUFFMAN was born in Pendleton Co. VA on April 10, 1820 daughter of the late Andrew Jordan and surviving Catherine Jordan, who later lived in Whiteside Co. IL. She married Nathan D. Hoffman in Randolph Co. VA on November 23, 1841 and moved to Whiteside Co. in 1857. She died at her sister's in Darke Co. OH on October 29, 1873.
Obituary Contributed by Marji Turner from The Central Methodist, February 7, 1874 pg 6:

This note from Larry Jordan - “When my father was alive, one of my sisters would go with him to the different cemeteries to put out flowers and take care of the graves. So in my quest to find these missing graves, I naturally contacted my sister and had her go to Fenton with me. I started her at Andrew and Catherine's graves and asked where they went from there. She remembered putting flowers there and at my dad's parents and his sister and brother's graves, then she thought a bit and went over by Deborah. She said, "There used to be a bush right here" (I remember the bush from when I was a child, it was just on the north side of Deborah's grave and did infringe on her headstone.) "Dad would sometimes have me cut that bush back some." This information was exciting to me because this was the area that I thought Hezekiah and Almira were buried in. Now I realize dad may or may not have known where his grandparents were, but for sure he knew Deborah was his great aunt.”

MARY ANN (JORDAN) HUFFMAN - - - At her home in Fenton, Whiteside Co, Ill., Wednesday, Nov. 15, 1899, Mrs. William Huffman, aged 88 years, 10 months and 11 days. Mary Ann Jordan was born in Pendleton Co., West Virginia, Jan 4, 1811 and was married to Wm. Huffman Nov 23, 1832. They moved to Whiteside Co., Illinois, in 1864, where they have lived ever since. The deceased had been a member of the M. E. church for the past sixty years. She leaves an aged husband, one brother and a host of relatives. She was conscious to the last and died in the hope of a glorious immortality. “Blessed are the dead, who die in the Lord.” She was faithful to the church and her Savior. Loved and honored by hr brethren and sisters and a large circle of neighbors and friends. We are thankful her sufferings are ended and that she is at rest. The funeral took place at Bethel church in Fenton, Rev. D. Gostelow officiating. A large congregation attended the services.
Contributed by Marji Turner

FRANCIS HURLEY , 54, 308 11th Ave., Sterling, passed away at 5:30 p.m.Friday in St. Anthony's Hospital, Rockford, where he had been a patient for three weeks. The body was brought to the Behrens Mortuary, where friends may call after 6 p.m. today. Services will be at 9:30 a.m. Monday in St. Mary's Church, and burial will be in Riverside Cemetery. The rosary will be recited at 8 p.m. Sunday in the mortuary. He was born April 9, 1906 in Albany, Ill., a son of Mr. and Mrs. William Hurley. He spent his early life in Albany and came to this vicinity in 1927. He was employed by Northwestern Steel and Wire Co, for 17 years and later for 15 years with Russell, Burdsall and Ward Bolt and Nut Co., until his illness caused him to retire. He was married to Janet Mensch, Sept. 28, 1940 in Keokuk, Iowa, by the Rev. Mr. Lang. He was a member of St. Mary's Church. Surviving are his wife; his mother, Mrs. Mary Hurley, Albany; three brotheers, Albert, Albany; Ambrose, Eaton, N.J., and Richard, Morrison; three sisters, Mrs. Clifford Gallentine, Mt. Carroll; Mrs. Harold Moldt, Dubuque, Ia.; and Mrs. James Parker, Garden Plain, Ill. He was preceded by his father, two brothers and one sister.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor from the Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois February 11, 1961 - Saturday, pg 2 col 4

GLADYS (BOYER) HURLEY , 78, of 1401 Griswold Ave., Sterling, died Saturday, August 23, 1997 at Coventry Village. Services will be at 10 am Friday at Schilling Funeral Home, Sterling, with Mike browing officiating. Burial will be at Oak Knoll. Mrs. Hurley was born July 9, 1919 in Dixon, the daughter of Oliver and Amanda (Delp) Boyer. She married Edward L.Hurley on Feb. 9, 1946 in Dixon. He died Nov. 25, 1991. She was a member of the First Baptist Church, Sterling. Survivors include one son, Edward L. (Marlene) Hurley Jr. of Sterling; two daughters, Petty Ann (Roger) Grau of Morrison, and betty (Gerald R.) Franks of Sterling; seven grandchildren, Julene Hurley, Amanda Hurley, Susan Kirby, Stephen Hart, Rodney Grau, Wesley Grau, and Aimee Fuller; seven great grandchildren; two sisters, Hazel Hurley of Rock Falls and Edna Sanders of Sterling; two brothers, Vernon Boyer and howard Boyer both of Sterling. She was preceded in death by four sisters, Cora Caton, Dorothy Johnson, Lucille Custer and Velma Mayberry and five brother.
Contributed by Jean Portner

HAZEL (BOYER) HURLEY , 94, of Sterling, died Saturday, Dec. 8, 2007, at CGH Medical Center. Mrs. Hurley was born March 22, 1913 in Prairieville, the daughter of Oliver and Amanda (Delp) Boyer. She married Ronald W. Hurley on Feb. 20, 1932 in Morrison. He preceded her in death in 1973. Survivors include two daughters, Janet M. Bailey and Linda (Don) LaFavre, both of Rock Falls; a son Ronald W. (Mary) Hurley Jr., of Gadsden, Ala.; nine grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; and two great great grandchildren. She also was preceded in death by six sisters and six brothers. The funeral is at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Schilling Funeral Home, Sterling, with the Rev. Scott Porter officiating. Burial is at Oak Knoll Memorial Park, Sterling. Visitation is from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. A memorial has been established to Hospice of the Rock River Valley, Dixon.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois December 9, 2007 - Sunday, pg A2

PATRICIA M. (YOUNG) HURLEY , 77, of Bluff Terrace Nursing Facility in Clinton, IA, formerly of Morrison, IL, died Friday, June 08, 2007 at the nursing home. Pat was born February 21, 1930, in Sublette, IL, to Harvey and Vola (Anthony) Young. She was educated in the Erie, IL schools. She married Richard Hurley on April 27, 1946 in Fulton, IL. He died June 23, 1989. She and her husband owned and operated Pat and Dick's Tap in Morrison for 17 years. She then worked at Volckmann's Furniture Manufacturing in Morrison for 17 years. Lastly she worked at the Morrison VFW for 8 years. She enjoyed playing cards and bingo, and especially loved spending time with her family. Survivors include five daughters, Linda (Guy) Plumley of Fulton, IL, Debbie (Roger) Tegeler and Kathy Vos, both of Morrison, IL, Veronica (Ray) Hughes of Clinton, IA, and Dorothy Hurley of Arlington Heights, IL; two sons, Mike (Lynette) Hurley of Cedar City, UT and Patrick (Hannah) Hurley of Portland, OR; twelve grandchildren, Missy (Randy) Planthaber, Jenny (Eric) Dorsey, Brad (Kim) Tegeler, Jamie (Steve) Silvest, Stephanie (Skip) Drey, Eric (Latisha) Tegeler, Trisha Hughes, Greg (Nikki) Hughes, Matt (Sarah) Plumley, Alyssa Vos, Brendon and Megan Hurley; eight great grandchildren, Noah Planthaber, Dreyton and Dawsen Dorsey, Hunter and Peyton Tegeler, Brook, Madison and Jada Silvest; one sister, Dorothy Young of N. Ft. Myers, FL; one brother, Gordon (Carol) Young of Erie, IL; a special friend, Terry Teramae. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dick; one brother, Emery Young.