Arnold, Artz, Avey, Barnhizer, Betebenner, Bomberger, Bovey, Brenner, Clopper, Coffman, Cornelius, Cox, Davis, Dew, Donaldson, Fahrey, Finney, Flowers, Fritz, Fulton, Geeting, Hayes, Hays, Hedrick, Henry, Hose, Hostetter, Hunt, Johnson, Korf, Line, Lunt, McGrath, McPherson, Miller, Nye, Ocker, Petris, Pike, Powell, Ritzel, Rizner, Shook, Stahler, Stuck, Walker, Warner, Watts, Wells, Wise, Weaver, Williams
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Date range = 1908-1937
Emma Grush ARNOLD (1929)
Mrs. Emma Grush Arnold, widow of John D. Arnold, passed away April 3, 1929 at 11:15 A. M. at the home of her son, Dr. B. A. Arnold, 320 North Galena avenue, Freeport. Her death was caused by old age. Interment was in Fairmount cemetery. Emma Grush Arnold was born in Lancaster County, near Lancaster Pa., June 17, 1840. Had she lived two and one-half months longer she would have reached the age of 89 years. She was the daughter of Isaac and Catherine Grush. In the spring of 1845 she moved with her family westward. They traveled by team and boat on the Ohio river and along the Mississippi to Savanna, Ill., and settled in Ogle county, in Pine Creek township. Here Emma Grush grew to womanhood. In 1860 she became the wife of John D. Arnold, deceased Jan 2nd, 1919. The young couple made their home near Mount Morris, Ill. Of this union four children were born: Dr. B. A. Arnold, A. J. Arnold of Freeport, Ill., Dr. W. D. Arnold of Spokane, Wash., and one daughter who passed away in infancy. One sister also survives, Mrs. Catherine Palmatier, Thornberg, Ia., and a half sister, Mrs. Vernie Johnson, Meeker, Okla., and two step sisters, Mrs. N. D. Hersch, Waterloo, Ia., and Mrs. Elsie Reed, Kansas City, Mo. Many nieces and nephews of the deceased are also surviving. For 33 years this family lived in Ogle county. In 1893 they moved to Chicago. In 1895 they and their three sons located in Freeport. For the last few years Mrs. Arnold made her home with Sr. and Mrs. B. A. Arnold at 320 N. Galena avenue. She was a faithful member of Second Presbyterian church and was a woman of sterling worth, a kind neighbor and faithful friend. In pioneer days when doctors and nurses were few she gave unselfish service in her community. Until about ten days before her passing on, Mrs. Arnold enjoyed excellent health and was unusually active for a woman of her age.
Martha ARTZ (1924)
Martha Artz was born in Hagerstown, Maryland, February 8, 1830. She passed away at the home of her daughter, Mrs. W. H. Hurst of Chicago, January 31, 1924. Had she lived a few days more she would have reached her 94th year.
She was married to Joseph Artz in 1850. They came to Ogle county, Illinois in 1863 and she resided here until about ten years ago when she went to Chicago to live with her daughter, Mrs. W. H. Hurst. Her companion preceded her in death twenty-four years. To this union were born six children: Mrs. M. E> Miller, S. H. Artz and G. W. Artz of Polo, Mrs. W. H. Hurst of Chicago and Mrs. Catherine Fulton and T. M. Artz, who are deceased. There are six grandchildren: Mrs. H. D. Davis, F. G. Miller, Mrs. Will Peiper, Mrs. Jesse Munk, Gut and Glen Artz and eleven great grandchildren.
Grandma Artz had been a loyal member of the Brethren church for 79 years. Brief services were held at the Hurst home in Chicago by Rev. Malott, of the Bethany Brethren Church of Chicago, on Friday, Feb 1. The body was brought to Polo on Friday evening and the funeral was held February 2nd at 2:00 P. M. at the Brethren Church. Rev. Flory, the pastor, officiated, being assisted by Elder Henry Trump. Interment was made in Salem cemetery, near Mt. Morris.
“Servant of God, well done!
Thy glorious warfare’s past,
The battle’s fought, the race is won,
And thou art crowned at last”
Samuel H ARTZ
Samuel H Artz was born in Hagerstown, Md., Jan 7, 1853. When but a small child he came with his parents to Ogle county, Illinois. He remained on his father’s farm until his marriage to Miss Margaret Hays on Jan 21, 1886. Soon after his marriage he purchased the farm home where he passed away early Friday morning, March 25, 1932.
He leaves to mourn his departure, his wife, Margaret, two sisters, Mrs. M. E. Miller of Polo, and Mrs. W. H. Hurst of Chicago, several nephews and nieces and many neighbors and friends.
He was a member of the Prairie club, a social group of forty members who enjoyed many gatherings together and by whom he will be greatly missed. Of the original number, only six remain.
A kind and \affectionate husband and a helpful and cooperative neighbor, he will be geatly missed by the many people to whom he has endeared himself.
Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at the Lutheran church in this city. Rev. Carl D. Kammey…, the pastor, officiated and interment was in Fairmount cemetery.
CARD OF THANKS: I wish to thank all of the neighbors and friends who assisted me during the illness and death of my beloved husband. Also for the beautiful flowers and the use of the cars. Mrs. Margaret Artz. x23…
Thomas Melvin ARTZ(1922)
FORMER POLO MAN LAID TO REST
In a bank of flowers, on Tuesday afternoon, lay the remains of Mr. Thomas Melvin Artz – in the Presbyterian church. The church was filled with friends and neighbors whose presence showed the high regard in which he was held as a man and a citizen. The funeral services was conducted by Rev. A. J. Holland assisted by Rev. P. C. Larsen of the Baptist church. The audience was thrilled … the thought of Resurrection and immortality expressed by the pastor and the vision called to mind by the … ndering of “The Half Has Never Been Told,” sung by Mrs. Peter …ick. Mr. Art’s favorite hymn, “God Be With You till We Meet Again,” gave the last touches needed to bind the loved ones to the departed.
Mr. Artz was born on a farm near Polo, Ill., in 1864. Here he resided until he came to Dell Rapids in 1911. He leaves to mourn his death his widow, his daughter, Mrs. Edna …unk, his two sons, Guy Melvin and …len Dale; also his mother, Mrs. Martha Artz who is 92 years pf age. Two brothers, Samuel and William Artz of Polo, Ill., his sisters, Mrs. …mma Hearst of Chicago and Mrs. … E. Miller, Polo.
Mr. Artz was known as one of the …st farmers in Minnehaha county. …or several years he tilled the farm …st south of town, and he always was among the leaders in the pro…cts of his toil. More than a year …o his health became such that he …as obliged to sell out and quit farming. He and the family moved to Illinois, but did not like it there and moved back to Dell Rapids last fall. His health continued to fail, however, …d finally he was obliged to take to his bed. He died Saturday night, May 20, 1922. He was a fine man whose departure is keenly regretted by all who knew him – Dell Rapids Tribune Times.
William Artz who has been in failing health for some time, passed away at the home of his sister, Mrs. M. E. Miller, at seven o’clock Wednesday morning, May 30, aged 62 years. Mr. Artz was born in Maryland and came to Ogle county with his parents when a boy. He has lived in Polo with his sister 44 years. There is one brother, S. H. Artz, and two sisters, Mrs. Miller and Mrs. W. H. Hurst of Chicago, who with her husband and Miss Helen Davis came out from Chicago to attend the funeral.
Funeral services were held at two P. M. Friday from the M. E. Miller home. Rev. D. P. Bair, pastor of the Lutheran church, was in charge and burial was in Fairmount cemetery.
“Mr. Levi Avey, a much respected and pioneer citizen of Polo was called to rest Thursday morning, August 18, at 12:30. Mr. Avey had been in ill health for many years, and during the past three years he had not been able to leave the house. The direct cause of his death was apoplexy. Levi Avey, son of George and Nancy Avey, was born in Boonsboro, Maryland, February 15, 1841 and had reached the advanced age of 80 years, 6 months and 3 days. For the past sixty years he had made his home in Ogle Co. Ill., the most of which time was lived in Polo. He was married to Miss Jennie Rummonds, November 11, 1873, and to this union five children were born: Bert who died April 11, 1905; Mrs. Thomas Dodson of Polo; Fred and Grover, both of Chicago, and Frances (S. M. Faith) of Iowa City, Ia. Mr. Avey is also survived by one grandchild, John, son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Avey, one sister, Mrs. Thomas Watts of Mt Morris, and one brother Joseph, also of Mt. Morris. He had been a member of the Modern Woodmen of America since November 10, 1887. The older residents of this city and surrounding country will remember Mr. Avey as one of the leading auctioneers of this part of the state, he having served a large territory in that capacity for many years and until ill health necessitated his retirement from active business life. Funeral services were conducted Sunday afternoon, Rev Kabele of Mt. Morris officiating and Mrs. Blanche Stevenson furnishing the vocal numbers. Interment was made in Fairmount Cemetery. Members of the M. W. A. acted as pall bearers.
Mrs. Blanch BARNHIZER (1936)
“Blanch B Hildebrand, daughter of Simon and Ann Gantz Hildebrand was born Dec 19, 1861, on a farm near Polo, Illinois. Here she grew to womanhood. On Dec 17, 1885, she was united in marriage with Charles M. Barnhizer. They established their home in the same community, living most of the time on the home farm of her parents. In 1911 they moved to LaVerne, Cal., where they built their home on Lincoln Ave. The husband and father passed away very suddenly May 23, 1923. This was a hard blow for her but with her characteristic courage she went bravely forward. For the past 8 years she had made her home with her daughter, Mrs. Lefever, at Compton, Cal., thoroughly enjoying herself in the quiet homelike atmosphere of this home. In January 1936 she was stricken with paralysis which left her helpless and though she recognized her family she was unable to talk to them. She was tenderly cared for in the hospital at Compton for six weeks and it was there she departed this life March 14, at the age of 74 years 2 months and 24 days. She was the last of a family of nine children. She leaves three daughters, Mrs. Ira Butterbaugh, of LaVerne, Mrs. M. E. Garber of Pasadena, Mrs. D. Welty Lefever of Compton, and one son, Robert C. Barnhizer, of Pasadena, 11 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren, who cherish the memory of a wonderful mother and grandmother, whose wise counsel and loving sympathy helped them over many of life’s rough places. She made many friends, who, too will cherish her memory. She was a member of the Church of the Brethren from young womanhood and was always a loyal supporter of the church and spent much time and energy in active church work. She lived a busy active life until 5 years ago when her health began to fail. She gave unreservedly of her time and strength in helping others in times of sickness or need of any kind and there are many who appreciate the help she has given them. Se always lent her support to any project for community betterment. She believed much in the power of prayer and prayer through a crisis in her own life and the lives of others. Hers was a life of trust in her Savior. She had a victorious conquering faith which triumphed over trials and discouragements and which lifted her to a high place of living and so often she helped lift others. Her life was an inspiration to many and she came to the end with her house set in order and ready to meet her Master. Funeral services were held Monday, March 16, at 10 a.m. from Todd and Reeves funeral parlors at Pomona with Rev. G. K. Walker officiating assisted by Dr. E. w. Studebaker. The 23rd Psalm, a favorite of the deceased was used in the service. A male quartet from LaVerne sang, “Saved by Grace,” and one member of it sang a baritone solo, “One Sweetly Solemn Thought,” Five grandsons, Merle, Myron, Wilbur, Donald, and Wyne Butterbaugh, and John Price acted as pallbearers. She was laid to rest in Evergreen cemetery at LaVerne, by the side of her husband. Many relatives and friends from various Southern California cities were present at the funeral services”
C. M. BARNHIZER (1923)
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The sudden death of C. M. Barnh(izer) aroused the interest and sympathy of the entire community with … (s)orrowing family who were so (sud)denly bereft of husband and (fath)er. Mr. Barnhizer was a devoted Christian man, a valuable citizen in the community and … loss is a deplorable one, coming (in the) midst of life’s activities, when … (s)eemed that there were many (yea)rs of a life in the midst of happy (fam)ily relations before him. Last winter Mr. Barnhizer had a … attach of influenza, and while (he) recovered sufficiently to be about (his) usual duties, he did not regain full strength. For several weeks …ceding his fatal illness he had …n feeling poorly, but was about … work every day. On Saturday (pre)vious to his death, Friday, May …, he fell from his mowing machine (w)hen it struck some obstruction in (the) field. All these things may have (be)en contributory to his apparently (su)dden death. On Wednesday evening, he was (ta)ken quite sick and did not rest … night. A condition the doctors (dia0gnosed as pneumonia developed, …d on Thursday morning Mr. Barnhizer suffered a distinct stroke of …oplexy. From that time, although every means was employed, the doctor held out no hope for his recovery, and on Friday morning shortly after 9 o’clock, he passed peacefully away. His funeral was held Sunday afternoon, May 27, at 3 o’clock at the Barnhizer home, “Snug Harbor,” on Lincoln Avenue, surrounded by orange groves. The hundreds of friends who attended, crowded the house, and were seated principally on the lawn, where chairs had been provided. Old neighbors and friends from Long Beach, Santa Ana, Los Angeles, Pasadena, Monrovia, and other southern California points gathered to pay a last tribute to one they loved. The wealth of floral tributes were an indication of the high esteem in which Mr. Barnhizer had been held. Besides the many bouquets and pieces sent by individuals, many organizations with which he had been associated sent offerings of beautiful flowers. Dr. J. P. Dicky delivered the funeral sermon from Jer. 4:20, last clause, Prov. 27:1 and Psalms 39:4, bringing out the necessity for readiness of sudden death and the beauty of character of the well rounded Christian life. Dr. Dicky was assisted in the service by Dr. S. J. Miller and Dr. W. I. T. Hoover. The music was in charge of Prof. B. S. Haugh and a quartet composed of Prof. and Mrs. Haugh, George King and Wanda Carl sang Mr. Barnhizer’s favorite song, “When I am Glorified, “ and also, “Save by Grace.” The funeral arrangements were in charge of Todd & Reeves, and the interment was t Evergreen Cemetery. A large number of automobiles followed the hearse to the cemetery, and it was necessary to locate men on the Foothill Boulevard to stop traffic coming both ways, when the cortege turned into the Boulevard from Lincoln Avenue. The following obituary will be appreciated by the many friends of Mr. Barnhizer here.
Charles. M. Barnhizer, son of David and Catherine Miller Barnhizer was born Sept. 22, 1861, near Polo, Ill. He passed peacefully away in his home at LaVerne, Cal., May 25, 1923, aged 61 years. His death was due to apoplexy with other complications. He lived near Polo, Ill., until 1911, when he moved to LaVerne where he resided until his death. Dec. 17, 1885 he was united in marriage to Blanche Hildebrand, also of Polo, who was a faithful and helpful companion to him. Their wedded life was a happy one. In May, 1886, he united with the Church of the Brethren in the bounds of the Pine Creek church, where he spent all his Christian life while in Illinois, and where he w… a staunch and faithful supporter of every good work both in the church and in the community. He held various offices of trust in the Pine Creek Church and was treasurer for thirteen years. He was elected to the Deacon’s office in 1888, which office he filled very creditably, being especially considerate of widows and orphans. He was a man of sterling worth, who all his life was fair and honorable in his dealings with his fellow men, being especially prompt in all business matters. And in giving advice to his children in regard to their dealings with their fellow men these words often fell from his lips: “be fair and be honorable.” He was the oldest of a family of nine children, all of whom are living with the exception of the youngest daughter, who passed away about five years ago. He is survived by a sorrowing widow, four children, Mrs. Ira Butterbaugh, Mrs. M. E. Garber and Miss Ruth Barnhizer of LaVerne and R. C. Barnhizer of Pasadena, by his aged father, now 85 years old, three brothers and four sisters, living in the east, with the exception of one sister, Mrs. Clara Stone of Los Angeles. This sister with the wife and children were with him constantly during his last hours. He is also survived by nine grandchildren and a host of relatives and friends. He will be sadly missed in his home, which was dear to him, in the church, and in the community. While not a demonstrative man, he dearly loved his family and took great interest in his grandchildren who will all greatly miss him. He dies true to his Savior and in the assurance of eternal life. Not lost, but gone before – LaVerne (Cal.) Leader. The following people from Polo were present at the funeral: Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Miller, Mr. and Mrs. James Hemphill, Mr. and Mrs. Calvin Rhineheart, Mr. and Mrs. Calvin Eccard and Mrs. Yeakel, Mr. and Mrs. John Hoshaw, Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Waterbury, Mr. and Mrs. Jasper Lingle, Mrs. J. C. Smith and Miss Emma Spickler. Among the flowers was a wreath from the Polo Society.
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“John Betebenner was born M…21, 1845, and died February … 1921. The Betebenner family moved to Illinois from Boonsboro, Md. … 1844 by wagon, being seven weeks on the road. They settled in cabin on the Oregon Road. In the fall of 1845, the grandparents moved to Mt. Morris remaining there one winter. In the spring they bought a log house in West Gro(ve) and moved it down to the farm; … stone house was built in 1855. … this farm the deceased lived for years. February 18, 1873, Mr. Betebenner was united in marriage to M(s) Jennie E. Mumma, who passed away July 5, 1919. The two sons, Dale of Polo, and Olie of Elbert, Colorado, survive and mourn the loss of their sainted parents. On Easter Sunday, 1902, Mr. Betebenner joined the Lutheran Church of Polo, of which he became a most loyal and devoted member. He had been in poor health for the past three years, but was confined to his bed for three weeks only. Funeral services were held Thursday afternoon, February 17th at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, Rev. D Bruce Young officiating, and the interment was made in Fairmount cemetery by the side of his wife
Frank Bomberger, son of Mr. and Mrs. Elias Bomberger, was born on the Bomberger homestead, six miles southeast of Polo, November 3, 1869. He received his early education in the county school and later attended both Oregon and Polo schools.
At the age of 21, he, with his parents moved from the farm to Strafford, where Frank and his father went into the grain business, and also operated the store and post office there. After the death of his father, which occurred in 1908, he took his brother Harry as a partner, but later took over the entire business, which he handled successfully until two years ago, when he decided to dispose of his interests in Stratford and move to Polo, where he entered into a partnership with his brother, Harry, in the garage and automobile business.
Frank as he was familiarly called, was well known as one who lived the “Golden Rule” – always pleasant, strictly honest, generous and ever ready to help a worthy cause when the opportunity presented itself, so it is not strange that it is said of him that his friends were numbered by his acquaintances. He was a popular man in his township, and served terms as both clerk and collector.
On October 4, 1894, he was united in marriage to Miss Cora Rowland of Stratford, who with one daughter, Lila, mourn the loss of a kind hearted husband and loving father. A few months his health began to fail, and although everything possible was done to restore him to health, he was unable to respond to the treatment. Complications developed and he failed rapidly the last few days, and passed away at his home in Polo early Wednesday morning March 27 at the age of 48 years, 4 months and 23 days.
Besides his wife and daughter, he is survived by his mother, two sisters, Mrs. Chas. Hays and Mrs. Geo. Judson, and two brothers, Charles and Harry, all of Polo and vicinity, besides many other relatives. Funeral services were held at the home Friday, March 29th, at two o’clock, Rev. A. D. Klontz officiating. The floral offerings were many and beautiful from sympathizing friends. All the business houses closed during the funeral services, showing respect and esteem for the deceased. Burial was made in Fairmount cemetery.
“To live in the hearts we leave behind is not to die”
Last Pioneer of 1837 Gone.
Michael Bovey the last adult survivor
Came to Mount Morris with Original Party of Maryland Colonists. Other Recent Death.
[with picture] Caption: Michael Bovey – Died April 1, 1908, aged Over Ninety-two Years.
It is a matter of much interest in local history to note that in the death of Michel Bovey, which occurred last week, passes the last of the original old settlers in the vicinity of Mount Morris, who were members of the first party of settlers forming the advance guard of the Maryland colony.
There are several persons yet living who came with this first party as settlers but they were only small children at the time and Mr. Bovey was the last survivor of the grown men and women who made up the party. It will be remembered by those familiar with the early history of Ogle County that the founders of what was known as the Maryland Colony were Samuel M. Hitt and Nathaniel Swingley, who made a trip to this vicinity in the summer of 1836 and made some claims including the present site of Mount Morris. They returned to Maryland in the Autumn and employed a number of men to come out with them in the spring, paying them $1 per day for services in building houses, splitting rails and building fences, breaking and the prairie and harvesting crops. Mr. Bovey was among those thus engaged. The party made up of a dozen or more men, several of whom were accompanied by their families, started for their new home in Ogle County, in the spring of 1837. They traveled by wagons to Wheeling, West Virginia, by boat on the Ohio, Mississippi, and Illinois Rivers to Peru, and the remaining distance by wagon. Early in the spring they arrived at a vacant cabin in Fridley’s Grove, east of the present site of Mount Morris. This cabin had been built and occupied by Judge Ford, afterward governor of the state. Here the first Maryland colony, as these settlers were afterward termed, remained for two weeks, while the menfolks proceeded to erect their cabins. The first one built by them, which was also the first in the township, was a …
PICTURE: FIVE OLD SETTLERS WHO HAVE PASSED AWAY
The rapid passing of our old settlers is shown by an examination of the above photograph, taken only a few years ago, of five of the best known of the old timers. The death of Michael Bovey last week removes the last one of the entire five. This photograph was taken at the home of Josiah Avery, where the five old gentlemen enjoyed a social afternoon together.
Perley J. BRENNER (1939)
“Perley J Brenner, son of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel K Brenner, was born in Polo, Ill. August 28, 1886. Here he grew to manhood and spent his entire life with the exception of four years which were spent in the state of California. As a young man he united with the Methodist church of Polo. He was also a member of the Modern Woodmen. On March 4, 1915 he united in marriage with Ethel P Coffman. To this union one son, Paul, was born. He was a man of quiet disposition, who was faithful to his work. For the past twenty-seven years he was employed as a carpenter and was widely known for his excellent workmanship. He had been in failing health for a number of months and departed this life Saturday, May 27, 1939 at the age of 52 years 8 months and 29 days. He leaves to mourn his departure his wife, Ethel P Brenner; one son, Paul; his mother, Mrs. Samuel K. Brenner, and one sister, Mrs. Ambrose Kriebel and many friends. His father passed away eight years ago. Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at the home at two o’clock with Rev. Carl D. Kammeyer officiating. Burial was made at Fairmount cemetery.”
Mrs. E. H. CLOPPER
Mrs. E. H. (Nettie Wadsworth) Clopper passed away very suddenly Thursday evening, March 19, at 7:15 p.m. in the Polo Theatre from a cerebral hemorrhage, the first symptoms of which became apparent while she was walking from a waffle supper at the Methodist church to the theatre with Mrs. Harry Spear and Mrs. W. B. Donaldson. As the three ladies left the church supper and approached the theatre Mrs. Clopper halted her friends for a few moments, explaining that she was having difficulty in breathing and did not feel well. She soon explained that she felt better and the three women went into the show. In a few moments Mrs. Clopper’s breathing became noticeably more labored and her friends, Mrs. Spear and Mrs. Donaldson inquired of her if they should summon a physician. She replied that it was not necessary, but in a short time she slumped to one side. Mrs. Spear immediately summoned a nurse who was attending the show and a local physician, who responded at once. Mrs. Clopper was pronounced dead by the physician who arrived in a few minutes. Her husband, Edward Clopper, an insurance agent, was I n Rochelle for the night but was immediately summoned by his employer, M. E. Schryver. Mrs. Clopper had been in apparent good health and her sudden passing was a great shock to all her many relatives and friends. Mrs. Clopper was born on August 30, 1865 in Polo, the daughter of Cornelius and Mary Wadsworth. She was 70 years 6 months and 19 days old. Her entire life was spent in this vicinity. She attended the public schools of Polo and at an early age she united with the Episcopal church. On January 27, 1891, she was married to Edward H. Clopper. To this union two children were born. She leaves to mourn her departure her husband, Edward H. Clopper, one daughter, Mrs. A. T. Clouse of Mason City, Iowa; one son, Dr. Paul W. Clopper of Peoria, one brother, C. D. Wadsworth of Des Moines, five grandchildren and many neighbors and friends. Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon from the home at 2:30 with Rev. Carl D. Kammeyer officiating. Interment was made in the Fairmount cemetery. Mrs. Clopper was a member of the Woman’s club in which organization she exercised an active interest and endeared herself to many people. She was a woman interested in the community activities, a faithful wife, and an affectionate mother. Out of town relatives and friends at the funeral included Dr. and Mrs. Major, Mr. and Mrs. Roger Schenk, Mr. and Mrs. Len Covey and Mr. and Mrs. Chas. D. Fey, all of whom are from Peoria, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Worthington of Dixon, Mr. and Mrs. Leon Baxley of Dixon, Mr. and Mrs. C. P. Herick of Rochelle, Mrs. Jas. Angell of Dixon, Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Benston of Freeport, George Mest of Savanna, Joe H. Showalter of LaMoille and Art F. Schlacher of LaSalle.
Charles W COFFMAN (1931)
Charles W. Coffman, son of William and Lydia Coffman, was born in Ogle county, Illinois, June 18, 1887. He departed this life Thursday morning, July 9th at 6:45, aged 44 years 21 days. His entire life was spent in the vicinity of his birth. A farmer by occupation he was loyal to his work and endeared himself to a wide circle of friends. On January 18, 1911, he was united in marriage to Bessie Gilbert. To the union five children were born, four of whom remain to mourn his departure. On April 7, 1912, he united with the Polo Evangelical Lutheran church where he retained his membership to the time of his death. In his passing a faithful citizen is removed from our midst. A kind and affectionate husband and a loving father has been called into the greater life beyond. Those who yet remain are his wife, Bessie Coffman, two daughters, Theda and Lila, two sons, Robert and Harold, and one brother, Alvin and many neighbors and friends. Funeral services werew held Saturday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. at the last residence and at 2:00 p.m. at the Lutheran church in this city. Rev. Carl D. Kammeyer, the pastor, officiated. Interment was in Fairmount cemetery.
Last Wednesday night in Grants … Oregon occurred the death of Elliott Coffman, a former well …n resident of Pine Creek township. Mr. Coffman has been in failing health the past winter and con… to his bed the past two months, …aged about 64 years.
The remains, accompanied by his …and son left Grants Pass last …sday evening and were expected …rive in Mt. Morris Monday evening. Interment was in Mt. Morris …tery. Among those here to at… the funeral were his two sisters, …George Gelwix of Thayer, Kansas and Mrs. Bennett Kline of Man… Iowa, also Mrs. Wilbur Clute, daughter of Independence, Kas.
George Coffman died Sunday night, March 22, at ten o’clock at the Dixon hospital of pneumonia which developed following an operation on Wednesday. He was born in Washington county, Maryland on February 22, 1847. He came to this part of the country when he was one year old in a covered wagon, and has lived here ever since. In 1871, , he united in marriage with Mary Hel… She died forty-six years ago. He leaves to mourn three sons, …over and John of Polo and Lewis and Byron; two daughters, Mrs John …ek of Woodburn, Oregon, and Mrs. Harvey Dexter, who lives near Stratford and with whom he lived for … time.
Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 from the home of John Coffman with Rev. N. … Bolinger of Mount Morris officiating. Interment was made in Fairmount Cemetery.
Hiram E. Coffman was born in Washington county, Md., March 28, 1835, and died at the hospital in Dixon, Ill., Friday, Nov. 19, 1909, aged 74 years, 7 months and 21 days. Mr. Coffman had gone to Dixon on business on Friday. He was taken ill and fell unconscious in the feed sheds about 2 p.m. and was removed at once to the hospital where he passed away shortly after. His death was a great shock to his relatives and friends.
Mr. Coffman came from his native state to Ogle county, Ill. in 1847, at the age of 12 years. Ten years later he went to Kansas, where he resided a few years, removing to Fairfield, Jefferson county, Iowa, from which he place he answered the call of his country and enlisted in the 3rd Iowa cavalry, serving throughout the war, with the exception of a period when he was disabled. He returned to his mother’s home in Ogle county, Ill., at the close of the war and engaged in farming. In 1872 he was united in marriage with Susan Hedges of Mt. Morris, Ill. They went to Keokuk, Ia., where they made their home until the death of Mrs. Coffman about 30 years ago, when Mr. Coffman returned to his old home at Stratford, Ill., where he lived until the time of death. He leaves to mourn his death, two brothers and two sisters, William, George, Mrs. W. L. Fearer, and Mrs. Harriett Hayes, all of this vicinity.
The funeral services were held at the United Evangelical church in Polo Sunday afternoon at 3 o’clock, Rev. D. J. Klopp, pastor of that church, preaching the funeral sermon. Those singing the beautiful hymns so appropriate for the occasion were Mrs. F. W. Stahler, Mrs. Henry Helm, Miss Pearl Hurdle, Miss Lina Wasser, John Yeakel, G. W. Wasser and Charles Klopp. Burial was made in Fairmount cemetery. The pall bearers of the Grand Army of the Republic. They were W. H. Mullen, J. L. Reed, B. S. Kauffman, Josiah Hays, Abner Newcomer and Joseph Snook.
Lydia Cornelius COFFMAN(1919)
Lydia Cornelius Coffman, oldest daughter of John and Cornelia Cornelius was born in Ogle Co., Ill., May 27, 1864 and died at the home of her sister, Mrs. C. E. Wells, at Waterloo, Ia., October 21, 1919, aged 55 years, 4 months, and 26 days. Mrs. Coffman lived her entire life in vicinity of Polo. When 19 years of age, she was united in marriage to William Coffman. To this union four sons were born. The first born went immediately to the Glory World. Some years later little William Walker was kicked by a horse and soon passed away. These dear little ones have now been reunited with the mother whose loving heart has yearned for them all these years.
Over thirty years ago, Mrs. Coffman accepted the call of the Savior and united with the United Brethren Church of which her husband was a member. They were active workers for many years in the little church near their home known as “Providence Chapel.” This church was afterward moved away and they have been without a church home. A short time ago, Mrs. Coffman united with the Church of the Brethren. She was also a member of the W. C. T. U.
Several years ago, Bright’s Disease laid its deadly hold upon her. At times her suffering had been almost unendurable. Everything that could be done to stay the ravages of this dreadful disease was done but all failed.
Several weeks ago, her sister, who is a nurse, came from Waterloo to help care for her. They spent several days in the Dixon hospital, and were successful in getting some relief from suffering. Her eyesight was almost gone. They brought her home. Her physicians thought she might live for many weeks yet and thought a change in surroundings for a few weeks might be a benefit to her. With that In view she was taken to Waterloo. She enjoyed meeting her loved ones there but her stay was short. They arrived in Waterloo on Friday evening. On Tuesday morning, she began to lose consciousness and on Wednesday at 9:40, she calmly fell asleep.
In her passing we lose a devoted wife, a good mother and a dear sister. She spent her life for those she loved. We will all miss her but hope to meet her where partings shall be no more.
She is survived by her husband and two sons: Charles and Alvin; three grandchildren, Theda, Lila and William Robert, children of Charles and Bessie Coffman. She is also survived by her mother, Mrs. John Cornelius of Waterloo, Ia., and the following brothers and sisters: Mrs. Clara Wells, Mrs. Ella Harbaugh, Mrs. Minnie King and A. R. Cornelius, all of Waterloo, Mrs. Ida Miller and J. R. Cornelius of Monticella, Minn., and Mrs. Della Rizner of Big Lake. Minnesota.
Her son Charles arrived in Waterloo after she had passed away. Her mother and Mr. and Mrs. S. M. Harbaugh accompanied him with the remains to Polo. The funeral was held at the home Friday P. M. at two o’clock, services were being conducted by Rev. Lampin and Rev. Wine, ministers of the Church of the Brethren. There were many beautiful floral offerings. She was carried to her last resting place in Fairmount Cemetery by her nephews. –Contributed.
Oliver W COFFMAN
Oliver W. Coffman, son of Harrison … Lydia Wagner Coffman, was born … Polo, Dec. 30, 1965, and passed …y at the Lincoln Hospital in Ro…e, Friday, March 26th, following … operation for gall stones on the …eding Monday. He had been ailing for several months past.
Mr. Coffman grew to manhood in … community and about thirty years … moved to Mount Morris, where … remainder of his life was spent. He was married in January, 1891, to …ha Newcomer, who preceded him…ath, passing away in September.
To this union was born one daughter, Mrs. P. J. Brenner, who …1916 he was married to May …ney, who also survives to mourn passing. Funeral services were held at the …eran Church in Mount Morris, …day afternoon, and the body was …ght to Polo where interment was … in Fairmount cemetery. …relatives from Polo who attended the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. Charles Bomberger, Mr. and Mrs. A Johnson, Mr. and Mrs. T. W. Coffman and Mr. and Mrs. Charles D. Coffman. Out of town relatives from a greater distance who attended to funeral … Mr. and Mrs. C. H. Wright of ….erville, Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Cripe of Chicago, Mr. and Mrs. Ben Shelley of Oregon, Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Diehl …anark, Mr. Sam Kleitz and son of …ny Carroll.
Susan COFFMAN (1926)
Susan Coffman Davis was born at Pine Creek, Illinois, Dec. 8, 1847, and departed this life April 1, 1926, at the age of 78 years, 3 months and 23 days. She was the second child of nine born to Edmond and Catherine Coffman. Of her father’s family only two sisters remain: Mrs. Laura Gelwix of Thayer, Kansas, and Mrs. Urilla Kline, Manson, Iowa. Her girlhood was spent on the farm until the time of her marriage to Wm. D. Davis, December 1, 1870. To this union six children were born: two daughters and four sons. It is remarkable that in more than fifty-five years of married life there has never been a death in this family or of the grandchildren. The children are Mrs. Vernie L. Shaw, Edmond C. Davis, M. Frank Davis, Myron W. Davis, Mrs. Bessie O. Pittenger and C. Clyde Davis, all living in or near Mount Morris. She united with the United Brethren church in early girlhood. After her marriage her husband united with the same church. You need not be told they lived consistent lives from that day to this. When they came to Mount Morris for residence both united with the Christian church to continue their faithful service to the end. Her life has been spent in and around Mount Morris and none knew ber but to praise a quiet, unassuming motherly woman. She will be long remembered for her consistent Christian life and good deeds. Her loved ones will never live long enough to forget her consistent godly life. Funeral services were held at the Christian church, Sunday, April 4th conducted by Rev. Milo Nethercutt Interment at Polo cemetery.
William COFFMAN (1925)
William Coffman, son of Daniel and Rhuana Coffman, was born in Washington county, Maryland, July 22, 1841 and died at his home near Polo, Illinois, February 21, 1925, aged eighty-three years, six months and twenty-nine days. When about six years old his parents moved to Ogle County, Illinois and located on a farm in Pine Creek Township where he spent the remainder of his life. He was the sixth in an family of eight children. They have all passed to the great beyond except his youngest brother, George W. Coffman. When his parents moved from Maryland they came in a prairie schooner and settled on what is the present Coffman homestead. He has seen the bleak prairies gradually grow into well cultivated farms. When he same here Mount Morris and Buffalo were small villages. The prairie trails have given place to hard surface roads. He knew all about the hardships of the early pioneer life of Ogle county. On March 11, 1883 he was united in marriage to Lydia Cornelius of Polo, Illinois. To this union were born three sons, Charles W., William Walker, and Alvin Leo. He is survived by his brother George and sons Charles and Alvin, with whom he made his home. His wife passed to the spirit world in the autumn of 1919. Since that time, he many times had expressed his longing to join her there. He is also survived by two granddaughters and two grandsons, children of Charles and Bessie Coffman. In early life he gave his life into his Master’s keeping and united with the United Brethren Church. Meekness, gentleness and kindness were marked characteristics of his life. His whole life was spent in service for others. The funeral, conducted by Elder Trump, was held in the Church of the Brethren, in Polo, Tuesday afternoon at one o’clock. Attended the funeral were: Mr. and Mrs. C. E. Wells, Mrs. Delia Rizner and Mrs. S. M. Harbough, all of Waterloo, Iowa. His nephews carried him to his last restingplace.
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(The f)ollowing clipping from the (Water)loo (Iowa) Courier was mail(ed to) the Tri-County Press by Mrs. … Harbaugh of that city. (An)nie Cornelius, daughter of Mr. (and) Mrs. John Cornelius, was born …, Ills., April 8, 1869, and died … home near Waterloo in Orange (town)ship, Black Hawk county, Nov. … 27, aged 58 years, 7 months, and … days. (She) grew to young womanhood at … Ill., and attended the public (schoo)ls of that city. She affiliated (with) the Church of the Brethren … in life at that place. Her par(ents) moved to Black Hawk county, … March 5, 1888. She joined … in the late summer of the … year. She attended Fields sem… and later taught in the rural (scho)ols of the county. She was united in marriage to Al… A. King, Feb. 10, 1898. This un… was bl(e)ssed with three children, … daughters and on son, the son … in infancy. Since her marriage … home had been in Orange town(ship) with the exception of one year … in Michigan and a few years in … Mexico. She is survived, besides … husband, by two daughters, Mrs. … Bowman and Miss Florence, at …ne ; a grandson. Lawrence Bow…; three sisters and two brothers … Clara Wells, Mrs. Della Ryner, … Mrs. John R. Cornelius, of Waterloo, and Mrs. Ella B. Harbaugh and … R. Cornelius, of Orange township. She had not been physically strong … many years, but had been feeling unusually well for a number of days (and) on the day of her death was at..ding a meeting of the West Orange club at the home of Ephraim …over. Stricken with paralysis soon …er noon, she was removed to her …me in an ambulance and died at …40 p.m. without regaining consciousness. Sunday, Nov 13, at 11 a.m. a …rge number of relatives and friends …thered at the Church of the Brethren in Orange township, of which she was a member. The West Orange club was seated as a body. There were many beautiful offerings. Her pastor, Rev. A. P. Blough, spoke of her full life of willing service and loyal obedience. “She was always interested in the work of the kingdom,” he said, “thereby gaining for herself a high type of Christian character.” A ladies’ quartet furnished music. Pallbearers were six nephews: Willis King, Chicago; Alvin Coffman, Polo, Ills., Ross Ryner and Donald Cornelius, Waterloo, and J. Galen … Lee G. Harbaugh, of Orange township. Other relatives from a distance attending the funeral were Mrs. Dorsey Weimer and daughter, Ida Marle, St. Cloud, Minn.; Mrs. C. H. Sch…hter, Syracuse, N. Y., and Mr. and Mrs. Goodnow and sons, Ralph and Clifford, Clarksville, Ia.
-- W COX (Could be Jacob W Cox)
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… W. Cox was born at Beaver (Cre)ek, Washington County, Mary(land), February 12, 1852. He was …eldest son of a family of eight (child)ren, three of which survive, one …ther and two sisters. As a young (ma)n he moved to Polo, Ill. There … met and was married on February 22, 1880 to Miss Lydia Miller of (Pol)o. To this union were born six (chi)ldren, three boys and three girls: (Mrs.) Elizabeth Cross, Polo; Dart A. (Co)x, Beach, N. D.; Mrs. Claude D. …nes, Denver, Colo.; Guy L. of Beach, N. D.; Charles C., deceased, and Mrs. Dolly Warner, deceased. In 1909 he moved with his family (to) Carlisle, Mont. where he resided (for) two years, then moved to a farm three miles southeast of Beahc, N. D. where he resided until the time of h is death. Mr. Cox was an active citizen. He was always interested in public affairs and things that affected the welfare of the community in which he lived. This was manifested in the interest taken in the Southern branch railway of the N. P. now running out of Beach which he had much to do with in putting this project across, putting considerable of his own money into it and taking trips east to create interest in it. He took a great interest in political matters, was a staunch Democrat and stood by his colors. He also was a great believer in the church, and the word of God. Perhaps few talked on these maters more than he. He was converted 23 years ago, joined the U. B. church at Polo, Ill, at Providence Chapel, which has been taken down but his membership remained there. He has been a regular attendant at this church since moving to Beach. He was a very regular attendant at the Sabbath school in which he was much interested. He was a lover of children often has he been seen with a half dozen around him on the street and always giving them good advice and recommending the church and Sunday School to them as a safeguard against the evil that besets their pathway. He had not been strong for for some time but was able to come to town each day, where he was a familiar figure, until six weeks ago, when he began to fail, but was not considered to be ill, but he grew gradually weaker. He was attended by Drs. Kinney and Burgess of Beach and Dr. Jamison of Sentinel Butte. He rallied somewhat last week but he passed away on Sun day, March first at two o’clock very suddenly, aged 73 years and 16 days. He leaves to mourn his death, his wife, four children and eleven grandchildren, one brother and two sisters and a host of friends. Funeral services were conducted at the M. E. Church, Polo on Friday afternoon, Rev. H. C. Brown in charge. Mrs. Willis Fahrney sang.
Mrs. John DAVIS / Maria POWELL
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Maria Powell was born March 27, 1843 at Clear Springs, Washington County, Maryland. When nine years of age, she accompanied her parents by wagon to Ogle County, Illinois, and settled on a farm in Pine Creek Township, where she grew to womanhood. Feb. 13, 1870, she was united in marriage to John Davis. To this marriage, 6 children were born, four of whom have passed on before. They resided on their farm near the “Pines” until they moved to their present farm residence east of Polo in 1897, where they have since resided. Dec. 12, 1886, she united with the Pine Creek Christian church, having transferred her membership to the Polo church on their removal to the late residence. She has ever adorned her profession with an active, consistent and spiritual life and will be greatly missed by the church of which she was a member. Her death occurred Oct. 26, 1914. She leaves a husband one daughter, Mrs. Henry Stahler of Pine Creek, a grand daughter, Lucile Stahler, a son, Chas. O. Davis of Chicago, three brothers, John Samuel and Wm. Powell of Polo, and numerous friends who will cherish a fond memory of the departed one.
How glorious is the soldier’s death When from the walls of Zio called
Who lays aside the armor bright, And rests in Heaven’s glorious light.
The funeral took place Oct. 28, and was largely attended. It was conducted from the home and church. Elders D. F. Seyster and Hands of the Christian churches of Pine Creek and Polo respectively had charge of the services. The pall bearers were: Henry Coffman, Samuel Hayes, Wm. Hammer, Manuel Higley, John Wesner and Jas. Stevens. The remains were interred in the Polo cemetery. If only we could know the pathway that our loved ones go When they depart from here, perhaps it would not grieve us so; We might not shed a tear.
If we could realize the blessedness of Paradise that greets each soul new born, there’d be no weeping tear-stained eyes; We should forget to mourn.
If only they could speak one word to us who vainly seek, what peace that word would bring; revive our courage grown so weak make life a fairer thing.
But, oh, they are so still! Calm silence crowns the lips so chill ... seated fast by … cold hand. And … our time until death … us understand.
Mrs. John DAVIS
IN MEMORY OF MRS. JOHN DAVIS
The following was written by an old friend and neighbor of Mrs. John Davis, who dies recently:
Aunt Kate, as we knew her
Has gone and left us here.
May she always be at rest,
For we loved her – Oh! so dear.
We knew her from our childhood,
To us she was always the best.
We’ll think of her as a dear good “Aunt<”
As she has flown to the haven of rest.
Does she love us still, the Spirit bright,
Who far from our land has sped?
Does she love us still in those realms of light,
Our blessed, beautiful dead?
Oh! that loving heart in this realm above.
That in life we can never forget,
We know she is watching with eyes of love,
We know she loves us yet.
She has gone from our midst and left us,
With always a fond memory of love.
May we live as the dear Lord bids us,
And meet her in heaven above.
Obituary of Miss Margaret Davis
Miss Margaret David departed this life on Wednesday, September 10, 1919, at the Lincoln Hospital Rochelle, Illinois. For a period of three months each week added to her suffering and for her death was a more kindly friend than life. Two more days would have rounded her span of life to eighty-three years. Her only brother is the sole survivor of the family which came from Washington County, Maryland, in the year 1850.
Margaret was a woman whom one rarely meets in a lifetime; possessed of the strongest filial affection. She sacrificed her life to the interests of others. Her exquisite maternal instincts were lavished upon the children of her brother; her heart was open to every cry of distress and her hospitality was boundless. Her unswerving loyalty to home and friends must ever remain her most enduring must ever remain her most enduring monument.
On a sunny afternoon at her home in Adeline, we paid our last tribute to her memory and in the beautiful cemetery that crowns the hilltop by the side of her parents she rests after life’s toilsome journey.
Kind neighbors were the greatest of her later years and the many lovely blossoms of autumn’s richest store told of the kind regard for the long-time friend and neighbor. The ladies’ quartet of sweet voices aided much to the sacred hour when we tarried with her on the last pilgrimage.
Fannie Bell DEW
Fannie Bell Hays, daughter of Josiah and Louisa Hays, was born near …nday Center, Iowa, December 4, …1 and crossed the Great Divide …uary 18, 1919 at her home east … Polo. She spent the first twelve …rs of her life with the early settlers of Iowa. At the age of twelve …came with her parents and lived … the home east of Polountil her marriage December 11, 1890 to Wm. Dew. All of their married life was spent in this vicinity. She is survived by her aged parents, her husband, seven children, and one granddaughter. One sister, Mrs. James Woosley of Red lake …lls, Minnesota, also survives, besides numerous other relatives. One daughter, aged two years, an infant granddaughter and two sisters preceded her in death. She identified herself in early life with the Me. E. Church and remained an active member as long as she was able. Her greatest aims in life were to maintain a high Christian standard and bring her children into the church and Sunday School associations, and was found in her church pew when able to be there. The last five years of her life she was almost a complete invalid but endured her invalidism with great patience. Funeral services will be held this afternoon (Wednesday) at 2:00 P.M. at the Methodist Church, Rev. J. … Fluck of Princeton, Ill. officiating
Jas H. DONALSON (1929)
Jas. H. Donaldson was born Nov. 30, 1853, at Canada Settlement and lived practically all his life in Ogle County, Ill., where he engaged in farming. He died June 23, 1929, in his 76th year.
He married Agnes J. McNeil Jan.15, 1889. To this union three children were born: Robert W. of Chicago, Harold J. and Mildred, who live with their mother on the farm east of Polo. He is also survived by one brother, William W. of Polo and one sister, Ella I. McMaster of Fowler, Colorado.
Mr. Donaldson was a member of the Presbyterian church and was also a member of the Masonic Fraternity to which he devoted a great deal of his time as long as his health permitted. He was a very devout and loving husband and father and his greatest pleasure seemed to be in trying to make life pleasant for those around him.
Mrs. Alvah FAHRNEY
… E Watts, daughter of Wil… and Ann Watts was born near Mt. Morris, Ill., Jan. 25th 1856. … completed the course offered … public school, she entered as … at Mt. Morris College. On … 27th, 1881, she was united in marriage to Alvah Fahrney. … children were born in this … all of whom are living.
… much affliction, Mrs. Fahrney passed away at her home in this … Feb 1st, 1916, aged 60 years … days. The greater part of her … life was spent near Polo … she enjoyed a large circle of friends.
She united with the Evangelical Lutheran church of this city on April 12th, 1903, and lived a humble life consistent with her profession. Her passing away will be a felt loss in the church of which she was a member. She was a member of Class 4 in the Sunday School, and an active member of the Aid Society and other organizations of the church.
She leaves to mourn her departure, 6 brothers and 2 sisters besides her husband, Alvah Fahrney, two sons, Willis of Marion, Ind., Alvin of this place and one daughter, Ada also of this city.
Funeral services were held at the Lutheran Church Thhursday afternoon, Rev. F. M. Keller officiating. Interment was made in Fairmount Cemetery – Contributed.
George W FAHRNEY
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George W. Fahrney was born … Mount Morris, Ill. in July 18 … departed this life June 20, 192… life was spent in and near Polo. September 11, 1890 he was mar(ried to) Sallie Waterbury who preceded (him) in death in September 1919. … union four children were born …ence Fahrney of Polo, Glenn w… ceded him in infancy, Robert F … of Chicagoand Myrtle Fahrney …lo. Mr. Fahrney also has one …ing brother, Alva Fahrney of … and one sister, Mrs. Margaret …baugh of Sterling, besides many distant relatives and a host of f(riends). Until 14 years ago Mr. Fahrney …gaged in farming. He the mo(ved to) Polo and for a number of years (en)gaged in real estate after which … was employed in the mail … which position he held at the t… his death. and had delivered … post mail on the morning of the t… of his death. For many years … services were in demand as … clerk and he served in this ca… for many sales in this community. … Fahrney was upright and hon(est in) all his dealings and possessed a …ful disposition. He held the (Church) of the Brethren in high esteem …ing high ideals of life. Although never united with a church y… life was recognized by his friends … one that stood for truth and ho… Although he will be missed we fully commit his spirit to one w… eth all things well. Funeral services were held W(ednes)day from the home, Rev. W. E> T….son of the Church of the Brethren officiating. Interment in (Fair)mount cemetery
Samuel Elsworth FAHRNEY (1917)
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Wm FINNEY (1914)
Wm. Finney was born in Sterling, Illinois, December 25, 1849, and died in Polo, Ill. Nov. 23, 1914. Bereft of a mother when but a little boy, he lived for a time in Iowa, afterward moving to West Grove, Ill., where he lived until Dec. 15, 1864. When a mere boy of 14, he enlisted in Co. d, 142 Illinois Infantry, called for 100 days service. He was honorably discharged at the close of his enlistment, and on March 8, 1865 he re-enlisted and was assigned to Co. K. 15th Illinois Volunteers, and served to the close of the war, receiving his discharge July 23, 1865. At the close of the war, he returned to his old home in West Grove and resumed peaceful vocation in civil life. In 1871, Jan. 19, he was united in holy bonds of wedlock with Miss Melinda Shafstal, of near West Grove. Two children were born to this union, Ira E. of Twin Falls, Idaho, and Kathryne E. at home. A brother, Abner of Mount Morris, Ill., and a sister, Mrs. E. A. Young of Oregon, Ill. and two half Brothers, James S. of Alexandria, Ind. and Ira S. of Morrison, Iowa are left with the grief stricken wife and children to mourn this untimely demise. There are two grandsons, Forrest and Merril, children of the son, Ira. About six years ago, he moved to Polo, Ill. He was stricken with paralysis last December, followed by a second stroke in February. He lived in feeble health until September 21, 1914 when he was taken with a severe stroke from which he never rallied. He was converted at a revival meeting in West Grove by Rev> J. W. Mohr, and united with the Evangelical Association. He was a man of quiet, retiring disposition, but of deep religious convictions. His closing days were soothed and sustained by a simple, unfaltering trust in the merits of a crucified Redeemer. He is gone to be with Christ which is far better. May we all so live as to meet him there at last. The funeral service was held in the United Evangelical church, Wednesday at 2:00 P. M. conducted by Rev. E. K. Yeakel assisted by Revs. J. G. Fueght of Forreston and J. H. Keagle, pastor of the Evangelical church in this city. Contributed …
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Harold FLOWERS (1928)
Sunday morning, February 20th, death entered the home of Mr. and Mrs. A. V. Flowers and claimed Harold, the only son in the home. He had been sick for three weeks, following an attack of the grip, but it was not thought that he was in a serious condition until Saturday night when he had a hemorrhage which resulted in his death. Harold Flowers was born August 28, 1910 and at the time of his death he was 10 years, 5 months and 22 days old. He started to school when six years old and had attended the Canada Settlement, Donalson and Brick schools, in all of which he was a popular scholar and schoolmate. He is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. A. V. Flowers, and three sisters, Alma, Margaret and Irene, and many more distant relatives. Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at 1:00 o’clock from the house and at 2:00 o’clock at the Brick church, Rev. Sylvester Sanford officiating.
Thomas H FRITZ (1928)
Thomas H. Fritz was born in Boonsboro, Maryland, March 20, 1854, and passed away at his Mt. Carroll home, December 3, 1928, at the ripe age of 74 years, 8 months, and 13 days. His parents located in Woodland township, Carroll county, when he was but one year of age. When a younger man he spent a short time in Kansas, returning to Mt. Carroll, where he was united in marriage to Catherine Stiteley, March 2, 1882. They made their home on their farm in Freedom township until 1907, at which time they moved to Mt. Carroll where they lived until his death. In the year 1898 he united with the Methodist church of this city and was always a devoted and faithful member, attending regularly until his health prevented. He was a very energetic and consistent business man, always observing the “Golden Rule”, his word being as good as his bond. His health became impaired about six years ago, when he was stricken with a light stroke, and partially recovered until November 25, when he suffered another stroke and with other complications caused his death. During his illness he was always patient and hopeful and never became discouraged. He was greatly devoted to his home and family never forgetting their comforts. The skill of his physician combined with the care and sympathy of his family, faithful nursing and prayers of many of our community were helpful only for a brief time and he entered into a life of greater service. The deceased leaves to mourn his passing, his wife, two sons, Roy H. and Ward R., of Mt. Carroll; one daughter, Mrs. Elver Graham, of Fleming Colorado; eight grandchildren; four brothers, George of La Porte City, Iowa; Sam of Pacific Grove, Calif.; William, Morrel, Kansas; John, Aberdeen, South Dakota; one sister, Mrs. Oscar Sisler, of Mt. Carroll; also three half brothers, Dave and Ralph of Clear Lake, South Dakota, and Franklin C., of Lanark. Two sisters preceding him.
We wish in this manner to express our sincere thanks to the friends and neighbors who so kindly assisted us during our recent bereavement; and for the beautiful floral offerings.
Mrs. Thomas H Fritz and Family
Miss Neva Barbara FULTON (1918)
YOUNG LADY SUMMONED
Attack of Pneumonia Proves Fatal to Miss Leva Fulton
Neva Barbara Fulton, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. C. Fulton, residing in Rockvale township, northwest of Oregon, died Saturday afternoon after ... week’s illness with pneumonia, Miss Fulton was a pleasant, accomplished and highly respected young lady and her untimely death has cast a pall of sadness over the community … which she resided. She was born … Pine Creek township, April 22, 1902, being aged 16 years and 10 months when the final summons came. July 7, 1918, she united with the Christian church of Mt. Morris. Besides her parents, she is survived by three sisters and four brothers.
The funeral was held Sunday afternoon, and was private, owing to a year of contagion. Memorial services will be held later.
Card of Thanks.
The undersigned desire to publicly thank the kind friends and neighbors for their assistance during the illness, death and burial of our daughter and sister. Also for the floral offerings.
Calvin Fulton and family.
Frank A GEETING
“Frank A. Geeting, son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Geeting, was born September 10, 1856, near Adeline, Illinois, and departed this life at 1:30 o’clock, Wednesday afternoon, December 16, 1925, at the age of 69 years, 3 months and 6 days. Death was caused by apoplexy. He spent the early years of his life in the community in which he was born and moved with the family to this city in 1869. He received his education in the rural schools near Adeline and in the Polo schools. He was married in November, 1882, to Miss Mollie Adams of Polo. One son was born to this union, Douglas of Chicago. Mr. Geeting started as a clerk in the grocery business in Polo and after working four years as a clerk, he purchased a business of his own which he conducted for forty-six years. Those left to mourn his loss are the widow, the son, one brother, Otho of Pasadena, California, and one sister, Mrs. Annie M. Worley of Polo, and a host of other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held Friday afternoon at the Evangelical church in this city. Rev. John Divn, pastor of the church, conducted the services and was assisted by Rev. Leech of the East Jordan church and Rev. Trump. Several beautiful hymns were sung by a male quartet composed of Messrs. Milton Beck, John Yeakel, Ross Hostetter, and Bernard Muench. The pallbearers were Messrs. John Nichols, William Smith, David Hostetter, Dale Betebenner, James Donaldson and William Donaldson. Interment was in Fairmount cemetery. Among those from out of town …
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Hiram HAYES (1933)
Hiram Hayes Died at Wellman Monday
Was former resident of Keyota community – burial here Wednesday
Hiram Hays, old-time resident of this community and well remembered by our older readers, passed away Monday at the home of his daughter Mrs. John Klockenteger of Wellman after a brief illness. He was nearly 87 years of age. The funeral service was held at the Christian church in Keota Wednesday afternoon, Feb 1, conducted by Rev. L. L. Chamnes. Vocal music was by Mrs. F. F. Hagist and Miss Marjorie Russel with Mrs. W. F. Stoutner playing the piano accompaniment. Pall bearers were old friends and neighbors of the deceased” C. L. Stoutner, C. O. Harris, I. N. Weaver, Galen Weaver, Emery J. Smith and Alva Lyle. Burial was in the Keota cemetery beside the grave of his wife. Hiran Eakle Hays, aged 86 years, 11 months and 24 days, was called to the Great Beyond on January 30, 1933, at the home of his daughter Mrs. Myrtle Klockenteger after a short illness of three days. He slept quietly away. He was born at Hagerstown, Maryland, February 6, 1846, and came with his parents tp Illinois when a boy of nine years. On March 2, 1872, he was united in marriage to Martha Ellen Knodle. To this union was born six children, of whom three survive: Mrs. Myrtle Klockenteger of Wellman, Mrs. Bertha Squires of Davenport, and Willard Hayes of Seibert, Colorado. His wife Martha and three daughters, Ettaleo Hays, Grace Plecker and Katherine Wade, have preceded him in death. With his family he emigrated to Grundy county, Iowa. After spending a few years there and in Guthrie county he moved to Keokuk county, where he spent the remainder of his life with the exception of a few years in Colorado. In 1923 he retired from farming which was his life’s occupation. He lived a very kind and loving life and was devoted to and concerned with the welfare of his family. He was a lover of Nature and wild life and flowers. He was a member of the Christian church at Keota. He leaves three children, 17 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren besides other relatives and friends to mourn his departure.
Charles W HAYS (1937)
“Charles w. Hayes, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Hayes, was born December 15, 1859 in Pine Creek township. He departed this life May 5, 1937, at the age of 77 years 4 months and 19 days. He spent his entire life in and around Polo. His life’s occupation was farming. He was united in marriage to Viola Bomberger December 16, 1886. To this union four sons were born. They are Bryant, Harold, Max, of Polo, and Edgar of Savanna. There remain to mourn his loss his wife and children, a sister, Mrs. Margaret Artz, four grandchildren and one great-grandchild. He was a member of the Methodist Episcopal church of Polo. Funeral services were held Friday afternoon at the Methodist church, with Rev. S. A. Bloomquist officiating. Internment is at Fairmount cemetery.”
2. Charles W. Hays, 77, Passes Away Wednesday at Home
Charles W. Hays, 77 year old resident of Polo, who was born and raised in this community and lived here all his life, passed away Wednesday morning at 2 o’clock at his home. Funeral services will be held Friday afternoon at 2 o’clock at the home and at 2:30 at the Methodist church with Rev. Sidney Bloomquist officiating. Burial will be made in Fairmount cemetery. Mr. Hays is survived by his wife and four sons, Bryant, Harold and Max of Polo, and Edgar of Savanna, and one sister, Mrs. Margaret Artz of Polo. A complete obituary will appear in next week’s issue of the TriCounty Press.
Harriett (Coffman) HAYS (1920) two obits
1. Harriet Coffman was born near Hagerstown, Washington County, Maryland, February 9, 1888, and passed away at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Samuel Artz, March 23, 1920. She came to Polo with her parents in 1847, and had made her home near Polo since that time. On December 15, 1858, she was united in marriage to John Hays, whop preceded her in death in 1896. Since the death of her husband, she made her home with her daughter. To mr. and Mrs. Hays were born two children, Margaret Artz and Charles W. Hays, both of Polo. Besides the two children, Mrs. Hays is survived by two brothers, William and George Coffman, four grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Mrs. Hays had been in failing health for a number of years, and on Monday, March 15, she suffered a stroke of paralysis, from which she did not rally. The funeral services were held on Thursday afternoon at the Methodist church, the Rev. John E. Fluck, of Princeton assisted by the local pastor, Rev. Arthur Cates, officiating. A quartet composed of Mrs. John McIlnay, Miss Josephine Lindemann and Messrs. William Clothier and Elmer Antrim rendered several very beautiful selections. Interment was made in Fairmount cemetery. Calvin Potts who lived with Mr. and Mrs. Hays for many years, and whose home is in Cortland, Nebraska, was in attendance at the funeral. Other out-of-town people in attendance were Wilbur Brooke and family of Oregon; C. V. Coffman of Mt. Morris; Attorney Wm. Fearer of Oregon; and Mr. and Mrs. Stitely and daughter, Mrs. Charles Bennett of Mt. Carroll.
2. Death of Mrs. Harriet Hays
At 9:15 Tuesday morning, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. S. H. Artz, occurred the death of Mrs. Harriet Hays. Funeral services will be held from the Artz home Thursday afternoon at one o’clock and at two o’clock at the Methodist church in Polo. Rev. J. E. Fluck of Princeton, assisted by Rev. Arthur Cates, will officiate.
Mary Ann (WILSON) HAYS
Mary Ann Wilson was born in Washington county, Maryland September 17, 1825 and died on the 6th day of May of this year, at the age of 88 years, 7 months and 19 days. She came to Ogle county, Illinois with her parents in 1838 and had made this county her home ever since. She was united in marriage with William Hays on February 4, 1844 and they were permitted to enjoy life together for 51 years, Mr. Hays departing this life on June 1, 1895. To this union were born twelve children, five of whom are living: Mrs. E. D. Bomberger, Mrs. L. W. Wendle, Fred and Ed, all of Polo, and Harry of Ashland, Neb. She is also survived by two brothers and …e sister and several grandchildren. Mrs. Hays joined the United Brethren church many years ago and of which she remained a true and constant member. The funeral was held from the home of her daughter, Mrs. E. D. Bomberger last Friday at one P.M. Interment was made in the family lot at the Mt. Morris cemetery.
Samuel J HAYS
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Mrs. Samuel J HAYS (1932)
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Louise Tyson HEDRICK (1926)
Louise Tyson Hedrick, second daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ross R. Hedrick, was born July 28th, 1910 and departed this life Saturday afternoon, April 3, 1926 at the early age of 15 years, 8 months and 6 days. She had been s sufferer for several months with rheumatism but had been improving until the past three weeks when complications set in and endocarditic ended this beautiful young life so full of promise. She was confirmed and became a member of the Lutheran Church when nearly 12 years of age, June 11, 1922. She has been an unusually loyal and earnest worker in church and Sunday School all her life. She was an officer of the Luther League and of the Young Women’s Missionary Society. Louise was a member of the Sophomore class of Polo Community High school; also of the Glee Club and Dramatic Club from each of which she will be sorely missed. Her cheerful and happy disposition was an inspiration to all of those with whom she was associated. She leaves to mourn her death her parents, one sister, Pauline, and one brother, Robert R. Her twin sister, Margaret, aged 2 ½ months and one brother, Ross Jr. aged 15 months, preceded her in death. Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at the Lutheran church, Rev. Dwight P. Bair, of this city, officiating. Mrs. Lois Lord Reedy sang “Come unto Me” from the “Messiah” by Handel. Rev. Bair took as his text Eccles. 12:1-7. The choir sang “One Sweetly Solemn Thought” by Ambrose. The active pall bearers were five cousins, Max and Orville Hedrick, Harley Travis, Donald O’Kane, Paul O’Kane of Shabbona and a friend Merchant Slater. Ten young ladies of the Polo Community High School Glee Club, five of them cousins, acted as honorary pall bearers. Interment was in Fairmount cemetery.
Hester Ann HENRY (1915)
On Tuesday morning, December 21, 1915 at eight o’clock, occurred the death of Hester Ann Henry at her home near Stratford, after a short illness. Hester Ann Henry was born at Concord, Penn. on July 30th 1841, and came west with her parents in 1843. Her parents settled at the Henry homestead, where she has resided continuously ever since until her death. hence she settled here over seventy-two years ago, making her one of the oldest settlers in Ogle County at the time of her death.
She was a member of the M. E. Church of Polo for over fifty years. Miss Henry leaves to mourn the loss of a loving and indulgent sister her brothers, Dr. Wm. Henry of Harmon, Ill.; Hugh Henry of Edgerton, Kansas, and John and James Henry who resided with her, and her sister, Mary Jane Woolhizer of Mills, Nebraska.
The funeral services were held at the home of the deceased by Rev. J. E. Fluck and the body laid to rest beside her parents and grandparents in Mt. Morris.
James HENRY (1923)
“James Henry was born in Pine Creek township December 15, 1858 and died at Dixon, Ill., January 1, 1923 at the age of 64 years. He was the youngest son of Sarah Ann and Samuel Henry, and was the last of the family of seven children, three brothers and three sisters having preceded him in death. He was married in 1883 to Amanda Cox. One son, Charles Elmer Linn Henry, is left to mourn the loss of a devoted father. His entire life has been spent in the vicinity of Polo, and he will be missed in the community in which he has lived so many years. He was of a generous, good natured disposition and will be remembered as kind and home-loving by all who knew him. Funeral services were held January 3 at the home of C. D. Coffman, (near) the Henry homestead, and he was laid to rest at Mt. Morris.”
Martha Shoop HOSE
Mrs. Martha Shoop Hose well known citizen of this city, passed away at St. Joseph’s Home at Freeport, Monday afternoon, March 29th.
She was born in Hagerstown, Maryland, September 18, 1841. She came to vicinity of Polo, nearly fifty-two years ago and made her home in this community until several years ago, when she was taken to the home.
Her husband, Jacob, preceded her in death twenty-eight years ago. One son, William, also preceded his mother in death. She is survived by two sons, John of Polo, and Jacob of Merritt, Michigan; one daughter, Mrs. Jennie Wright, of Hazelhurst. The body was brought to the home of her daughter, Mrs. Jennie Wright, and funeral services were held there on Wednesday. Rev. Leslie T. Barr officiated and burial was in the Brick Church cemetery.
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Horace B HUNT
Horace B. Hunt, son of Harry B Hunt and his wife, Hanna Jane Paisley, was born at Hillsboro, Illinois November 27, 1856. He attended the public school of his native town and Hillsboror Academy. Near the end of the Civil War, his father who was a Union officer, was killed in Missouri. This tragedy made it necessary that Horace seek some remunerative employment in his early teens and his whole life has been one of faithful, reliable service. Mr. Hunt’s mother was a fine type of Godly woman who made a most marked impression on the life of her son. By the use of Holy Scripture, prayer and kind sympathetic counsel she directed the lives of her children in the paths of sterling integrity and honor.
In 1881 on March the 10th, Mr. Hunt was united in marriage to Miss Elizabeth Weibezahn of Dixon. He then engaged in the grocery business with his father-in-law for about two years. In 1882 he was granted a license as a Pharmacist by the State Board. In 1883 the Hunt family moved to Polo where they have since resided. For six years fter coming to Polo Mr. Hunt was employed by J. L. Spear as a drug clerk. In 1889 he purchased the Herbert Donaldson drug store and built up for himself a splendid reputation for fair dealing and courteous treatment of his customers.
During the pastorate of the Rev. Holmes Dysinger, Mr. Hunt was received into membership in the Lutheran church of Polo by baptism, Apr. 2, 1899. About 2 years later he was elected a Deacon and has faithfully served on the church council at different periods during the last 28 years. He was very much interested in the whole work of his church and was very liberal in her support. He was a true friend of his pastor and a wise councilor.
Everything that was for the good of the community found a generous supporter in Mr. Hunt: public schools, public enterprises and improvements always found him on the side of progress. He deplored greatly the small carping criticism and display of petty selfishness that so often appear in contests over some forward movement.
Although failing in health for over 2 years, Mr. Hunt kept on with his work at the store until the 6th of last July when illness kept him at home. Since that time he was weakened rapidly until he answered his Master’s call last Friday, Jan. 10 at 3 A.M., aged 73 years, 1 month and 14 days. To mourn his departure, Mr. Hunt leaves his faithful wife and one daughter, Jennie, to whom he was very devoted. Mrs. Helen Boyd, a sister, passed away at Hillshoror at five o’clock in the afternoon of the day that Mr. Hunt died. The funeral service was held at the Lutheran church Sunday, Jan. 12 at 2:30 in charge of the pastor, the Rev. Dwight P. Bair. The text from Phil. 4:8, was one mentioned by Mr. Hunt to his pastor as the mot… held in mind for his life. Burial was made in Fairmount Cemetery.
Faith Dorothy JOHNSON (1926)
Faith Dorothy Johnson, eldest daughter of Albert M. and Bertha C. Johnson, was born three miles east of Polo, Oct. 18, 1893, and passed away at the same place, Nov. 11, 1926, aged 33 years, 23 days.
Her early life was spent on the farm with her parents. She attended the Cottage Hill school where she finished the grades, afterward attending Polo high school from which she graduated in 1912. Later, she entered the Nurses’ Training school at Michael Rees hospital in Chicago and graduated in 1919. She thoroughly enjoyed her work, but serious illness at different times prevented her continuing as she had hoped to do. After she found herself under to continue in her in her chosen profession she became interested in laboratory work and was considered quite proficient and very useful at the Municipal Sanitarium in Chicago where she spent the last few years in an effort to regain her health. She was president of the religious work of the sanitarium and her labor of love among the patients made her a favorite of all.
In early childhood, she united with the Evangelical Lutheran church of Polo, by confirmation and continued a faithful member to the last. Faith had a rare personality – always showing constant faith in God and humanity always hopeful for the future and charitable to all. She enjoyed and appreciated life, but was willin and ready to do to her Master when she knew the time of her usefulness was past. After a lingering illness she passed peacefully away at the home of her parents.
Those left to mourn her loss besides her parents are her sisters, Mrs. Pauline Irvin of Akron, Ohio, and Mrs. Mary Coppenhaver of Polo and two brothers, Robert and Harold of Polo besides many other relatives and numerous friends. The following selection was found among her treasured gems. Life, we have been long together. Thru pleasant and thru stormy weather. ‘Tis hard to part when friends are dear, Perhaps ‘twill cost a sigh -- atear. Then steal away – give little warning – Choose thine own time; say not “good night”; But in some brighter clime, bid me “good morning.”
Funeral services were held from the Lutheran church, Polo, Saturday afternoon at two o’clock. Rev. Dwight P. Bair officiated assisted by Mr. A. Edward Heiniger, Chicago was in Fairmount cemetery.
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… Korf, daughter of Mr. and … Korf, was born at Ade …Feb 14, 1853. She … at her home on East … Polo, Ill., March 2, … age of 77 years and 16 …
… girlhood days were … her birthplace. At an … was confirmed in the … church. Later she … her membership to the … church, attending there… moved to Polo. Since that … as been a member of the … Lutheran church, faith-…ding the services, while … permited. For many … was a member of the Aid … that church. She found … ting much of her time to …sation.
…5th, 1874, she was united … age to Auguest Dorman, …deline. There were born … nion three children. The … of their married life … on a farm northeast of …nty-nine years ago they … this city, where they have …home ever since. During … six years of wedded life …an has been a faithful and … wife and mother. She … mourn her passing her … and three children, Mrs. … rdle and Mrs. Harry Bom…oth of Polo, and George W. … of Sierra Madre, California. … also five grandchildren, …gpreceded her in death, great-grandchildren.
…services were held Wed… March 5th, from the Lutheran at 2 0’clock, Rev. Dwight … in charge. Burial was Fairmount Cemetery.
On Saturday, August 29, 1908 at his home in East Polo, occurred the death of Jacob Line, who for the past forty-six years had been an honored resident of this city. Uncle Jake as he was known to many was a familiar and loved figure on our streets for these many years until four or five months ago when the infirmities of age compelled him to remain at home. Last May he attended a love feast on Saturday evening and greatly enjoyed the services. The following day he attended church services for the last time and no member of the family had been able to attend since that time on account of his illness.
Jacob S. Line was born in Washington county, Maryland, April 23, 1831, and died August 29, 1908, aged 77 years 4 months and 6 days. February 8, 1859 he was united in marriage to Ms. Louisa E. Emmert with whom he lived in loving companionship for nearly fifty years and who survives him. Mr. and Mrs. Line had no children of their own but they made a home for other children. Their niece, Miss. Bessie Miller, has lived with them for many years and has been as a tender and loving daughter to them and mourns for Mr. Line as she would for a father. They left their native state in 1862 and came to Illinois, settling in Buffalo township where they have resided ever since. Mr. Line was of a family of seven children, all of whom have now passed to a better world.
Mr. Line united with the church of the Brethren in 1861. He was chosen as deacon in 1861 and served the church in that capacity for more than forty years. He was a truly good man. He loved his Lord and his church above everything else and when possible he was always found in his place on the Sabbath. In his religious faith he had high ideals, and as he was constantly striving to attain them, he felt most keenly his inability to gain the coveted prize. Jesus Christ was his standard of what a man’s life should be. Realizing the great gap between himself and his Master as in his attainments he sometimes expressed himself as fearing that … spirit to be accepted. He … unworthiness. His faith was strong, his hope was clear and his patience was perfect. His life purposes were grounded in the truth, his integrity was unimpeachable and his honesty was questioned by no man. In his home he was affectionate and thoughtful for the comfort and happiness of others.
For many weeks his death was expected, his work here was done and he was ready to answer to the call of his Master, but his going away has left a vacancy in the home, it has deprived the city of a noble and upright citizen and the church has lost a faithful and honored member.
Funeral services were held at the home Monday forenoon, Elder John Heckman officiating. Interment was in the Silver Creek cemetery, four miles northeast of Mt. Morris.
Among those who were here from out of town to attend the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Emmert and daughter Ella, M. W. Emmert, Benjamin and Emmert Friedly of Mt. Morris; Mr. and Mrs. Truman Eckman and Mr. and Mrs. John Hoak of Lanark; Dr. and Mrs. Arnold of Freeport, and Miss Anna Hoffman of Morrison.
Mrs. Mary (ILLINGWORTH) LUNT (1921)
Mrs. Mary (Illingworth) Lunt was born August 3, 1841 at Buffalo Grove and died March 10, 1929 at her home northeast of Polo, aged 87 years, 7 months and 7 days. Mrs. Lunt was the oldest native resident of Buffalo township.
She was united in marriage to John W. Lunt, a returned soldier of the Civil War, December 25, 1865. He preceded her in death July 17, 1874.
To this union three children were born, Schuyler W. and Roy, both living on the farm with their mother, and Jessie J. Webster, who died at Loveland, Colorado, April 5, 1909. Mrs. Lunt spent her entire life in the Buffalo township, Ogle county, Illinois, being at the time of her death its oldest native born citizen. She was a great home lover and as long as health permitted found her greatest pleasure in ministering to her friends, who were numbered by her acquaintance, all of whom join with the boys in mourning her passing.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, March 12, Rev. Frank Hancock officiating.
John Thomas MCGRATH
John Thomas McGrath, son of Philip and Catherine McGrath, was born in Woosung, July 21, 1867, and passed away at his home in this city, Saturday afternoon, January 11, at 4:30 o’clock. An illness of exactly two weeks exactly preceded his death.
Educated in the Woosung schools, Mr. McGrath grew to young manhood in that community. He conducted a lumber office there, engaging in business in 1882. A few years later he moved to this city where he and his brother-in-law, J. M. Attely, formed a partnership in the lumber and coal business. On January 1, 1929, the company was merged with that of A. J. Hersch and since that time has been conducted under the firm name of the McGrath-Hersch Lumber Company. Mr. McGrath was in his forty-eighth year of business life at the time of his death.
On November 11, 1890, Mr. McGrath and Miss Ansiebel Curran were united in marriage. To this union were born three daughters, Mrs. Catherine Phalen of Sparat, Wisconsin, Miss Aileen and Miss Annabel John of Polo, all of whom survive. Besides the widow and the three daughters, he is survived by a sister, Mrs. J. M. Attley of Chicago, a brother, E. J. McGrath of Chicago and two grandsons, John and Charles Phalen of Sparta, Wisconsin.
Active in the business life of this community for many years, Mr. McGrath formed many friendships. He took a prominent part of the many movements for the betterment of the community. At the time of his death he was serving the city in the capacity of the city engineer. He served at various times as Democratic precinct committeeman.
In February of 1901, Mr. McGrath was elected president of the Illinois Lumber Dealer’s Association and served in that office for one term.
Always prominent in St. Mary’s church of this city, Mr. McGrath had served for years as a church trustee, holding that office at the time of his death. He planned and superintended the construction of the present church in 1899. Later he superintended the construction of the rectory.
During the World War, Mr. McGrath was active in war work. He was a member of the County Council of Defense and served on the Fuel Conservation committee.
Funeral services were held Wednesday morning at St. Mary’s church. Rev. Fr. J. J. Hackett as celebrant was assisted by Rev. Fr. John S. Finn of Chicago, a former Polo pastor. Mrs. M. Ward, daughter Celeste and son Jack of Sterling were the singers. Mrs. Ward was assisted at the organ by Mrs. Chas. B. Sisson of this city. Interment was in St. Mary’s cemetery, Polo.
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children: Sarah Jane Ambrose; Susan Irene …; Mary Sophia Jones and …
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Chas H MILLER
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Polo is bowed with grief today because Mr. C. H. Miller, one of her … highly respected and well be… citizens has been called Home. … was born January 10, 1863 in … Creek township, and was the …est son of David and Susan … He was educated at Valp… University and on Feb. 21, …4 was married to Fannie E. New… They became the parents of six children, Ross N., who died in July, …8, Faye, Neva L., Orville D., Max and Newall C., an ideal family … now broken for the second …, the circumference and dimension of which were parental kindness and filial devotion.
The family took up residence in … in 1889 and some time after … Mille engaged in business with … Will Fraser, later retiring from … partnership and afterward be…ing the agent for the Adams Ex…ss Co. in this city. He continued … that capacity until within a few …when it was found that … disease had developed so se…sly that he was forced to lay … his work and go to bed hoping, … thorough medical treatment, to … the treacherous disease. For several weeks he has been making a … for his life, and hope and fear … alternated in the anxious hearts … his dear ones and his many … but on Monday morning early … and came bringing grief to many …
Mr. Miller has been closely identified with the musical fraternity of Polo, and was in demand on all occasions whether grave or agy being … generous with his time and talent. For years he has been a popular member oof the Amphion Male Quartet which sang in various cities including Springfield, where they were … several days the guest of Gov. …es. He was also a member of the … Four Mixed Quartet which has appeared often before Polo audiences. He has given valuable assistance to choirs in the various churches of our city, and to very many …cken hearts his sympathetic voice … brought comfort, singing a message of hope and cheer in time of … Within a memory of more … twenty years, there has hardly … a demonstration or benefit of … kind where music was a feature… the event that Mr. Miller’s fine …, together with his unusual dramatic ability has not added to the popularity and enjoyment of it, his … making him equally pleasing as a Persian king or humble …hman. “We long shall miss him … we go our ways” and “The old … songs breathe but a sad refrain, … he went Home.” He has left a musical legacy to his children, all of whom sing with unusual ability, of which they may feel proud indeed, … did of them.
Mr. Miller was a man to whom home … family were paramount, and his …rowing wife can say with Steven… “Steel true, blasé straight, The … Artificer made my mate.” He … a brother in the order of Odd … and faithfully exemplified the teachings of that organization – “Friendship, Love and Truth.” He … a beloved member of that fraternity known as Camp Cotton. A … of friends will cherish the memory of genial comradeship, his upright life, his good citizenship and … that his face has gone from their midst. Besides his immediate … he leaves one brother, G. W. Miller, and two sisters, Mrs. Wm. …mmer and Mrs. Ellenburger of …ahoma.
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David M MILLER
David M. Miller dies Saturday, June 27, 1908, at his home in Kidder, Missouri, aged over 50 years. He was born in Washington county, Maryland, and came to Ogle county, Illinois, about thirty-two years ago. He worked on a farm near Polo for three or four years and then rented a farm on which he remained for several years. About 26 years ago he married Miss Minnie Rowland who with four sons and two daughters still survives him. About twenty-five years ago he moved to Iowa and after following farming for a number of years there he moved to Missouri at which place he resided until he time of his death. He leaves to mourn his departure four brothers and one sister, viz., Frank Z., of Polo, D. L. of Mt. Morris, Wm. R. of Chicago, Geo. K. of North Dakota; and Mrs. G. B. Rpyer of Elgin. The funeral services were held at Kidder Thursday, July 2. Frank Z. Miller of Polo was in attendance at the funeral.
Catherine R NYE
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CATHERINE NYE PASSES AWAY
The Oldest Resident of the Community
Was in her Ninetieth Year
Born in Maryland and Came to Ogle County Seventy Years Ago
Mrs. Catherine R. Nye, the oldest resident of the community and a lady held in the greatest esteem by all, passed away in death at the home of her son, U. C. Nye, Saturday afternoon about 4 o’clock. Mrs. Nye, until about two years ago, remained quite active for one of her advanced years, and although quite frail she retained her mental faculties to a remarkable degree up to the last moment. Only until a few days previous to her death did it become apparent to those in attendance at her bedside that the time for final parting was drawing near. Catherine R., the daughter of (Jam)es and Nancy Coffman, was born near Hagerstown, Maryland, July 24, 1820. In 1840 when she was twenty years of age she came with her parents to Ogle County, first locating in Pine Creek township. This journey, which now requires but little more than a day, at that time required about (10) months in the overland drive. Two years later on May 19, 1842, she (was) married to Michael Stonebraker, …o a native of Maryland, and their …ne continued on the farm two miles …th of Mount Morris through many years. Eight children were born to the union, six of whom survive and although their homes are …ely scattered, five of them were present at the funeral, the exception being Mrs. Urilla Potter, whose home …n Oskaloosa, Iowa, and who was …ned on account of the illness of … son. Those present were Newton Stonebraker, of Huron, S. Dakota; …halet, Hampton, Iowa; Orville, Lincoln, Neb.; Charles, Mount Morris and Mrs. Thomas Bell, Well…, Kansas. Mr. Stonebraker died in October, …8, and on October 2, 1860, Mrs. Stonebraker became the wife of John Nye. Mr. Nye died February 21, …, in California. To them were (born) two sons, one of whom, Frank, … in young manhood, the other, …sses C., has remained with and …d for his mother practically all (his) life, showing a devotion and pleas… in performing this filial duty that … exceptional in its character and …d at all times with the most ted(er) regard that her every need and (com)fort be supplied. Mrs. Nye is also (sur)vived by twenty-two grandchildren and thirty great grandchildren. Mrs. Nye was nearly a life-long member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, having united with it at the age of 14 years who Methodism in America had less than half a million members and she had seen it grow till the membership is now nearly six millions. During the ;last few years she had had several severe attacks of illness from which her relatives feared she would not rally, but her remarkable constitution brought her through until on Saturday afternoon last she quietly passed away. Had she lived until July 24th, she would have reached the age of 90 years. The funeral services were held at the home on Monday afternoon, being conducted by Rev. N. R. Hinds of the Methodist Church. Rev. J. H. More, of Polo, a friend of many years also took part in the services, speaking mainly of the personal associations and character of the deceased for the long time with which he had been acquainted as pastor and neighbor. Mr. C. T. Taylor sang two beautiful and appropriate solos and the remains were born to the grave by the five sons and a son-in-law. There were a large number of beautiful floral offerings sent by friends. Interment was in the old cemetery beside the body of her first husband.
Verna M. OCKER (1916)
Verna M. Powell was born in Polo, Illinois, on June 29th, 1866 and died at her home in Polo at 6:05 A.M. Wednesday, November 29, 1916, after an illness of over one year.
She was the only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan A. Powell of this city, and spent her girlhood in Polo. She received her education in the Polo High School and later taught school near Polo. On February 22, 1893 she was united in matrimony to John H. Ocker. To this union were born two children, Armond and Dorothy.
Mrs. Ocker is survived by her husband and two children, her parents,, J. A. and Katherine Powell of this city, and three brothers, Dr. C. E. Powell and B. M. Powell of this city, and Dr. Curtis Powell of Lyndon, Ill.
The funeral services were held November 30th at 2:30 P.M. at the M. E. Church, Rev. John E. Flack of Princeton, Ill. officiating. Interment was made in Fairmount Cemetery.
Mrs. David PETRIS
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“…ry Catherine Bovey was born in … Co., Illinois March 17th, 1842. was united in marriage to David …s February 4th, 1858. To this … were born three sons and two …hters, all of whom are living … the exception of one daughter, … died in infancy. The sons are …, E.E. and Albertus, all of Wa…o; the daughter, Drs. Delia V …eant of Hudson. …e early years of her married … were spent in Illinois. In 1883, … and her family came to Iowa and …ed on a farm south of Hudson, …re they lived until the spring of … At that time they moved to …son, where she has lived. … husband preceded her to the … land on January 15, 1913. Early in life she gave her heart …od and her young life to faithful .Christian service, identifying herself to the Church of the United Brethren Christ, where she had always … a faithful and beloved member. She died in the triumph of the living faith in her home in Hudson, (Febr)uary 4, 1918, that being the six(teeth) anniversary of her marriage, … 75 years, 10 months and 17 (days). (She) leaves to mourn their great … four children, twelve grandchildren, two great grandchildren, one sister, besides other relatives and friends. … sweet Christian spirit won for … the highest regard of all who knew her. Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 in the U. … Church at Hudson, Rev C. E. …ton officiating. Interment was … in Hudson cemetery. The floral … were many and beautifully distributed.
Isabel Pike was born near Greencastle, Franklin County, Pennsylvania on January 6, 1844 and died of heart failure at her home in this city early Tuesday morning, May 30th 1916. She was a daughter of John and Mary (Rizner) Pike. Miss Pike is survived by two sisters and one brother. Mrs. L. V. Loughridge of Cotter, Arkansas. Mrs. J. A. Valentie of Rochelle and J. B. Pike of this city, besides many more distant relatives. The funeral services were held at the Lutheran Church last Friday afternoon, Rev. F. M. Keller officiating Music was given by members of the Lutheran choir. The pall bearers were Messrs. John Betebenner, D. McCoy, John Ocker, James Donaldson, Sam Artz and William Hammer. Some of the relatives and friends from out of two who were here to attend the funeral were Mrs. Kelley and Mr. Angie of Woosung, Mrs. Amos Shaw of Folton, Ill. and Mrs. L. W. Louighridge of Arkansas.
James B PIKE
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James B. Pike, son of John … Mary Pike, was born October … 1856 at Green Castle, Franklin … Pennsylvania. In 1862 he came west with his (par)ents and settled on a farm in the (vi)cinity of Polo. Here he lived … about 14 years ago when he and sister Isabel moved to Polo where … has since lived. Mr. Pike has been a sufferer … number of years having been str… with apoplexy some eight years … He was called to give up this … April 18, 1927, aged 71 years, 5 months and 21 days. Mr. Pike is survived by one s(ister), Mrs. J. A. Valentine, four brothers, Ferdinand, Edward, Frank and …ence, and two sisters, Miss I… Pike and Mrs. Linn Loughridge preceded him in death. Funeral services were cond… from the late residence by the (Rev.) Dwight P. Bair, pastor of the Lu(ther)an church Wednesday April 20th 2 o’clock. Interment in Fairmount cemetery.
John Edward PIKE
John Edward Pike was born near Green Castle, Pennsylvania, March 11, 1849, and died at his home east of Polo, Monday November 28, 1910, his age at that time being 61 years 8 months and 17 days. He was the second son of John and Mary Rizner Pike.
The subject of this sketch spent his childhood days at Green Castle. In 1864 he came with his parents and brothers and sisters to Illinois and settled in Mt. Morris township, Ogle county. They afterwards moved to a farm in the town of Buffalo, only a short distance east of Polo, and it was there he lived until the time of his death. He leaves to mourn his departure three sisters, Miss Belle Pike at home, Mrs. Jennie Loughride of Cotter, Arkansas and Mrs. J. A. Valentine of Rochelle, Illinois, and two brothers Frank and James at home.
The deceased was a man of quiet and agreeable manner and had the respect of his neighbors and all persons with whom he became acquainted. While he had not been in good health for more than a year the announcement of his death was a surprise to everybody. The funeral services were held at the Lutheran church, Polo, Saturday, December 3, Rev. F. M. Keller officiating.
Interment was made in Fairmount cemetery.
John Upton POWELL (1921)
In the wise providence of God, Sunday afternoon, February 20th, 1921, the summons of death came to John Upton Powell. He was born four miles east of Polo, Illinois, Ogle County, June 28th, 1871, and at the time of his death was 49 years, 7 months and 20 years of age.
He was a son of Samuel W. and Sara Powell. The father still lives on the old home place, the mother having departed this life over seventeen years ago.
The decedent was married to Miss Della Hurdle on February 11th, 1904. To this union were born three sons and four daughters, who remain to mourn the loss of a kind father.
He is survived by his wife, seven children, two brothers, George and William Powell, and his aged father; many other relatives and friends also grieve the loss of Mr. Powell.
Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at the Evangelical Church. Rev. C. G. Unangst of Dixon officiating, assisted by the local pastor, Rev. P. O. Bailey. Music was furnished by the Evangelical church choir. Interment was made in Fairmount Cemetery. –Contributed.
Mrs. Oliver RITZEL (1914)
Death of Mrs. Oliver Ritzel
The friends and neighbors of Mrs. Oliver Ritzel were shocked to learn of her sudden death which occurred Saturday night at one o’clock at her home in Pine Creek township. Ida Mille Reed, daughter of Benjamin and Arthminthe Reed was born Oct. 11, 1884 and died at her home near Stratford, Ill., April 25, 1914, aged 29 years, 6 months and 1 day. She was married to Oliver Ritzel November 24, 1904. To this union were born three children, Albert, who died in infancy, Harry and William, who with their father are left to mourn the loss of a loving mother and a true wife. She also leaves besides her husband and children, a father and mother, four sisters and three brothers, William of Grand Detour, Mrs. Kiles Paul of Oregon, Mrs. Frank Smice of Pine Creek, Mrs. Mack Taylor of Polo and Clifford and Flora at home. Funeral services were held Tuesday morning at the Brethren church at Pine Creek, Rev. Newcomer …
Mrs. Anna Rizner Dies at Deacones Hospital, Monday
Mrs. Ana Pyfer Rizner passed away at the Deacones hospital, Monday afternoon at two-forty o’clock following an operation for goiter to which she submitted on Friday. She had been a patient in the hospital for six weeks and four days previous to her death and had suffered considerably before going to the hospital.
Funeral services will be held this afternoon at the late residence on East Mason street at one-thirty and at two o’clock at the Lutheran Church, Rev. D. P. Bair, pastor of the church, will be in charge of the services. Interment will be made in Fairmount cemetery.
Anna May Pyfer, youngest child of George and Mary Swigart Pyfer was both west of Haldane, February 2, 1871. She lived at home until she reached the age of eighteen and then she made her home with her sister, Mrs. Mary Guio. She received her education in the district school. She resided with her sister until her marriage to George Risner on March 18, 1897. They resided in and around Polo after their marriage. Mr. Rizner passed away April 15, 1926. They were residing on a farm near Polo at the time of his death and a short time later, Mrs. Rizner moved to polo where she has since resided.
Those who survive are two sisters, Mrs. Mary Guie of Polo and Mrs. Catharine Phillips of Wymore, Nebraska, and three brothers, John Pyfer of Polo, Samuel L Pyfer of Whitehall, Montana and Amos Pyfer of Pierce City, Missouri and a number of nieces and nephews.
Geo. W RIZNER
Again the Great Reaper has gathered another sheaf; one more of Polo’s men has been gathered home to the Loving Father. Geo. W. Rizner, son of J. L. and Catherine Pike Rizner was born at Welshrun, Pa. August 18, 1858 and passed away at his country home near Polo, April 15, 1926. When a small child he came to his city with his father, and with the exception of ten years spent in Iowa, had always lived in or near Polo. On March 18, 1897 he was united in marriage to Miss Anna Pyfer, also of Polo, who with his five brothers and three remaining sisters and a host of friends remain to mourn his departure. The brothers are Frank of Madison, Maine; Lewis of Dixon, but who resides in the home and helped care for George the past nine months; J. B. Rizner of Waterloo, Iowa; John C. of Durand, Ill., and Grover C. of Dixon, Ill. The sisters: Mrs. Edith Hanson, Dixon; Mrs. Lillie Engle, Dixon and Mrs. Mattie Hanson of West Chicago, Ill. Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon at the Lutheran church. Rev. Henry Trump officiated. A mixed quartette composed of Mrs. Lois Lord Reedy, Mrs. Harry David and Messrs. Roy Wilkes and E. R. Diehl sang several hymns. The pall bearers were Messrs. S. P. Good, Louis Jones, James Lang, Lewis Volz, Edwin Diehl and Dale Rae. Burial was in Fairmount Cemetery.
Mary Elizabeth RIZNER
Mary Elizabeth Rizner, daughter of Lewis and Katherine (Pike) Rizner was born at Greencastle, Pa., May 15, 1847. She was confirmed and joined the Lutheran church at about the age of 16. She came to make her home in Illinois about sixteen years ago, and at the time she changed her membership from the Lutheran church in the east, to the Lutheran church of Polo, of which she was a member at the time of her death. She died March 25, 1916, aged 68 years, 10 months and 10 days. She leaves two brothers, four half brothers and four half sisters, and many friends to mourn her death. Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon in the Lutheran church, conducted by Rev. F. M. Keller.
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… Franklin Shook, youngest … n R. and Kizia Shook, … in Pine Creek township … Sylvania Corners on April … d passed away at the … s daughter, Mrs. Charles … near Polo, January 7, … 60 years, and 9 months … nited in marriage to Susie … f Polo October 25, 1892. nion was born three … Mrs. Charles Myers, Mrs. … and Mrs. Earle Glenn, all …. Polo. Besides his three … he leaves six grandchildren … rother Samuel of Sterling … sters, Mrs. Martha Burke … ris and Mrs. Henrietta … f Janesville, Wisconsin, … ous nieces and nephews.
Lillian Helm STAHLER
Mrs. Lillian Helm Stahler was born at Polo, Illinois, March 5th, 1874 and died December 16th, 1917 aged 43 years, 9 months and 10 days. All her life was spent in Polo, Ill. She received her early education in the public schools of Polo and later studied music at the Chicago musical college. She taught music for more than a dozen years, having large classes at Mount Morris, Foreston and at Polo, classes with as many as sixty pupils at one time. In her public work as music teacher, she won a host of friends.
She was united in marriage to Fred W. Stahler at Polo, Illinois on September 22, 1898, the ceremony being performed by Rev. F. W. Landwer, then pastor of the Polo United Evangelical Church. To this happy union was born two sons, Paul and Romayne. Mrs. Stahler was always of a bright cherry disposition and always scattered sunshine wherever she went. She was a great sufferer much of her life and was always patient and cheerful through it all.
She was converted to the Lord Jesus Christ at the age of 15 under the ministry of Rev. Henry Moser in the year 1889, and immediately united with the United Evangelical Church in this city. From that time she has been a faithful and devoted member. She was the teacher of the primary class at her church for 30 years and did faithful work there. She spent much of her time and strength with the children, both of the primary department as well as being Supt. of the Mission Band and in her work has seen many of the boys and girls grow up into church work.
She also directed the singing in the choir and for many years was the efficient organist of the church a place in which she will be greatly missed. It was the delight of Mrs. Stahler’s heart to use her talent for the Glory of her Lord and she gave the best strength of her consecrated life to this task. Her interest in the Lord’s work abroad was no less than that at home and the whole work of the denomination rested upon her heart. In our China mission she took a special interest and knew almost every worker on the field personally.
The same was also true of the Illinois Conference of her church. At the Oakdale camp meeting, She was always in attendance except this year when failing health would not allow, and was one who helped to furnish the music for the services as well as superintending the work of the boys and girls. In the work of her own town she likewise had a deep interest. A member of the W. C. T. U., and all work of the community that stood for the betterment of conditions had her hearty support. During the past eight months she has been a patient sufferer, having had two operations at the Freeport General Hospital. With her return home there were bright hopes of her recovery, until shortly before the end, which came qietly on the Sabbath morning, Dec. 16 at 6 A.M. the day she loved best of all.
She leaves to mourn her loss, her husband, Fred W. Stahler, two sons, , Paul aged 15, and Romayne, aged 11; her mother, Mrs. Louisa Helm of Polo; and one sister, Mrs. Myrtle Griswold of Rockford. Her father and a younger sister, Daisy Helm, preceded her in death. Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon, Dec. 18th, conducted by Rev. H. W. Lambert from the United Evangelical Church in this city.
Mrs. W STAHLER (1917)
Too much is missing. Funeral services held Dec 18, 1917.
John Victor Loren STUCK
John Victor Loren Stuck, son of John and Catherine Stuck, was born in Dark county, Ohio, July 28, 1874. He departed this life in Polo, Ill., November 3, 1932, aged 58 years 3 months and 5 days. His early life was spent in the vicinity of his birth. Later on he came to the state of Illinois. On December 22, 1897, he was united in marriage to Miss Jennie Fry. To this union two children were born, John and Gertrude. On February 18, 1912, he united with the Polo Ev. Lutheran church. A farmer and a business man by occupation, he endeared himself to a wide circle of friends. A kind and affectionate husband and a devoted father he leaves to mourn his departure his wife, two children, John and Gertrude, his mother, Mrs. Catherine Stuck of Union City, Indiana; three sisters, Mrs. Charles Franks of Union City, Indiana, Mrs. Willis Curk of Dayton, Ohio, Mrs. Dan Heckman of Ottumwa, Iowa; three brothers, Charles of Marion, Ind., Clarence of Seattle, Wash. One brother, Ethibert, preceded him in death. A great host of neighbors and friends also survive. Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. at the home and at 2:30 at the church. Burial was in Fairmount cemetery.
IN MEMORY OF MARY WALKER
(Mary Walker died at Oregon, Ill. Feb 19, 1909)
We will miss the bright, joyous spirit,
To her life was a fair summer day.
With laughter and song through all the day long
The hours passed swiftly away.
We scarce can believe she is gone
This child who held loving sway,
That so soon she grew tired and lay down to rest
At the close of a winter’s day.
That so soon her feet should a weary grow,
Ere the sun had gone down in the west
While for her flowers bloomed, and sweet birds sang
The songs she loved the best.
Sweet rest: this is but a transition
To a better, happier shore
Where the dear voice that charmed us while here on earth
Will sing forever more.
And, through the wide portals of heaven
Her voice will resound once more:
In our hearts it will sweetly re-echo
As it wafts from eternity’s shore.
And again we will hear its soft cadence
With Breathings so tender and low,
And in memory ever the songs will live
As we muse by the firelight’s glow.
Farewell, dear Mary, the earth ties
That bound us so closely together
Are severed – and hearts are left lonely
Buy we know it is not forever.
So not as those who are hopeless
We lay her so sadly away
But as those who can see thro” the dark shadows’ gleam
The dawn of a happier day.
When fond hearts shall be reunited
By an infinite, undying love,
Which time or eternity ne’ver can efface
In that beautiful home above.
L. B. C.
Feb 25, ‘09
Dollye Cox WARNER, two obits
1. IN MEMORY OF DOLLYE COX WARNER
Dear Dollye has left us
And gone to her home above
Where no pain nor death can enter
And everything about her is love
Most of her life she bore afflictions
But patiently her pathway trod
So early she sought her Maker
And prepared to meet her God.
She seemed as pure as the lilies
That lay on her pulseless breast
And she on her downy pillow lies
An emblem of sweet rest
We miss her, yes, we miss her
And ‘twas hard to let her go,
But we love the Heavenly Father
And His will is best, we know.
Dear Lord, care for the folk at home
Comfort each aching heart,
May we all try to meet her
Where we’ll never have to part.
-- An old friend and schoolmate.
2. Dollye Cox Warner was born in Polo, Illinois, October 5th 1891 and 1901 with her parents she moved to Carlyle, Montana and some years later to a farm three miles southeast of Beach, North Dakota. On August 20th, 1914, at Wilbeaux, Montana, she was united in marriage to Milton Warner of Shannon, Illinois, and later they came to this place, spending the winter here. Last spring they returned to Beach, making their home with her parents.
August 28th, 1915, after a short illness of a complicated nature, she passed from this world to that where sorrow and sickness are unknown.
At the age of thirteen she was converted in a revival meeting held at Providence Chapel near Polo, and January 28th, 1912, she united with the Methodist Episcopal church at Beach, North Dakota, remaining a faithful member until she joined the Church Triumphant.
Mrs. Warner was a lady of excellent qualities. She loved her home and it was always her endeavor to make life joyous and pleasant for all around her. She was an affectionate wife, daughter and sister, and will be missed by all who knew her.
She leaves a sorrowing husband, father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Cox of Beach, N. D., three brothers, Dart, Charles and Guy, and two sisters, Mrs. Lizzie Cross of this city and Mrs. C. D. Jones of Phoenix, Arizona besides many friends to mourn their loss and her early demise.
A short funeral service conducted by her pastor, Rev. F. W. Gress was held at the home of her parents Sunday, August 29th, after which the remains were brought to the home of Charles Cheeseman south of Shannon, arriving Tuesday morning where they lay in state until Wednesday at 2 o’clock when services were held at the Methodist Church, conducted by Rev. Knapp of Lanark, and the remains laid to rest in the Brethren cemetery. We extend deepest sympathies to the bereaved.
Miss Ann Amelia WATTS
Miss Ann Amelia Watts was born … Hagerstown, Maryland, March 5, … and died June 20, 1914, aged … years, 3 months and 15 days. She was the seventh daughter of …and Susan Watts. She … seven sisters and one brother,… Mary Wilson, Mrs. Sarah Shrader, Miss Rebecca Stine, Mrs. Ellen …, Mrs. Carrie Fossler, Catherine and Sophia Watts and George Watts, four of the sisters and the … and mother having preceded … into the “Great Beyond”.
In 1845, when she was 16 months… she came with her parents, by wagon, from Gaerstown and they … near Mt. Morris. Six years … they moved to thsier farm near …ford where they resided until … death of her father about ten years ago. Miss Watts then came to … where she has since made her home.
The funeral services were conducted by Rev. F. M. Keller, at the Lutheran church, on Monday, June 22, … 10 o’clock. Interment was made at the old cemetery at Mt. Morris. The pall bearers were August Dor…, Ferd Hays, Sam Hays, George …, Jas. David and John Beteben…
Those who attended the funeral from out of town were Mrs. Shrader and Fred Ottomeir of St. Charles… Mrs. O’Neal, George and Joe O’Neal, Mrs. Patterson and Mrs. Shunk of Freeport, Harry O’Neal of Rock… Mrs. Aye and daughter Edith of …wood, Mrs. Teeter, Mrs. Adams … Dixon, Mrs. Wood and Miss Wragg … Rochelle, Misses Mattie and Mol… Watts, Thomas, Jas., Fred, Will, … and Albertus Watts of Mount Morris.
Mrs. C. E. WELLS
Waterloo, Ia. Oct. 22 – Mrs. C. E. Wells, 67, 618 Hammond avenue died at 2 a.m. Friday at the home of her sister, Mrs. Sam Harbaugh, Route 1, Orange township, of heart complications. Clara Cornelius was born July 19, 1865, at Polo, Ill, the daughter of the late John and Cornelia Cornelius. She grew to womanhood at Polo and came later with her parents and the family to Black Hawk county, settling in Orange township. She was married Sept 29, 1892, to C. E. Wells, at her parent’s home in Orange. The couple located for a few years in Orange township, then homesteaded at Cando, N. D., in 1897. In 1910, they moved to Kerman, Calif. and from there went to ig Lake, Minn., in 1913. They returned to Waterloo in 1918, taking up their residence at 618 Hammond avenue. Mrs. Wells was a lifelong member of the Church of the Brethren, having her membership in Waterloo in the church at Seventh and South streets. Surviving besides her husband are two adopted children, John L. Wells, Mesa Ariz., and Miss Cornelia E. Wells, a registered nurse at Los Angeles; two sisters, Mrs. Sam Harbaugh, Orange, and Mrs. J. J. Rizner, Brandon, Ia.; also two brothers, A. R. Cornelius, Route 2, Orange township, and J. R. Cornelius, 1415 Ninth street west. Mrs. Wells raised five other children besides the two she adopted. Funeral services will be held Monday at 1:30 p.m. at Petersen Bros. chapel followed by services at the Church of the Brethren, with Rev. A. P. Blough, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery. Her adopted son John came from Mesa, Ariz., for the funeral. He returned home last week Friday. Others attending the funeral were: Alvin Coffman and Lila, a niece, Hazel Miller Wernier and children, Ruby, Ida Marie, Samuel and Irvin of St. Could, Minn. The pall bearers were the following nephews: Galen and Lee Harbaugh; Alvin Coffman; Howard Cornelius; Paul and Ray Cornelius.
Barbara Ellen WISE
Mrs. Barbara Ellen Wise passed away Feb. 26 at the home of her daughter, Mrs. William Smart, 405 S. Galena avenue after a lingering illness. She had been in poor health for a year but it was not until a month ago that her illness was considered serious. Since that time her condition gradually became more grave.
Barbara Drenner was born in Pine Creek, Ill. July 18, 1857, a daughter of George and Malinda Drenner. The early years of her life were spent in that community. Four years ago she came to Freeport from Portage, Wis. to make her home with her daughter.
Mrs. Wise was an ardent Christian woman, and was highly respected by her many friends. She was an active member of the Christian church at Dixon, for a number of years, and since going to Freeport had been attending the first Methodist church.
She is survived by two children, Lee Wise, of Sterling, Ill., and Mrs. Smart, of Freeport; three sisters, Martha Funk, of Okmulgee, Okla., Emma McFurston of Oregon, Dillie Castle of Dixon; three brothers, James Drenner of Cumberland, Iowa; Geo. Drenner of Polo, John Drenner of Sterling. She also leaves three grandchildren.
Funeral services were held at the Wiese & Tempel Funeral church, 214 W. Main street, Friday at 2:30 p.m. The Rev. Frank Brandfellner, of Trinity Evangelical church, officiated and interment was made in Oakland…
Mrs Edward Weaver passed away Monday morning, September 28, 1908, at her home southwest of Polo, on the Worden farm near the Barclay school house. Mrs. Weaver was a young woman and her death is unusually sad, particularly as she leaves a little son, only a few days old.
Ida Urilla Wesner was born near Greencastle, Franklin county, Pennsylvania, December 9, 1872. She came to Illinois in 1882 with her parents and located near Polo and she had spent the remainder of her life in this vicinity. December 20, 1900, she was united in marriage to Edward O. Weaver, to whom she proved a kind and loving companion. She leaves to mourn her early death besides her sorrowing husband and infant son, her parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Wesner of Polo, one sister, Miss Dessie Wesner, whop resides at home and two brothers, John Wesner of Brookville and Harvey Wesner of Los Angeles, California.
Mrs. Weaver was a woman of sweet disposition. She loved her home and her death leaves a vacancy there that will always be felt. To her parents she was ever all a daughter should be and to her husband she was a true helpmeet. It is sad indeed that one so badly needed here should be taken from her loved ones. He age at the time of her death was 35 years 9 months and 19 days.
Funeral services will be held today (Wednesday) at the United Evangelical church in Polo, Rev. E. Y. Knapp conducting the services. The cortege will leave the home at eleven o’clock and will arrive at the church about one o’clock. The remains will be laid to rest in Fairmount cemetery.
THOS. WILLIAMS IS CALLED SUDDENLY
Is stricken on street at Glendale, Cal., on Monday of this week.
Was born in Mount Morris in 1851 and Lived Here Many Years, Going West to Sunnyside, Wash., Just Twenty Years Ago This Month.
Lewis Sprecher received a telegram Tuesday from Fred W. Brown, of Sunnyside, Wash., whose wife is a daughter of Thomas Williams, announcing that Mr. Williams had dropped dead on the street at Glendale, Cal.,, where he had been staying with his niece, Alice Lookabaugh, on Monday, and that Mrs. Brown was leaving for Glendale the next day (Tuesday) to bring the body to Sunnyside for burial. These were all the particulars Mr. Brown stated had come to him about the death, and he requested Mr. Sprecher to inform Mr. Williams’ relatives and friends here. Mrs. Charles Stonebraker is a sister. “Tom” Williams as he was familiarly known by everyone was a lifelong resident of Mount Morris, living here from his birth until 1903, just twenty years ago this month, when he removed with a number of others to Sunnyside, Wash., going to that region and growing up with its development and prospering. Mr. Williams had been interested in the Washington district for several years prior to his removal there. Mr. Williams was of a sunny and jovial disposition, and made many friends wherever he went. Last December he made a several weeks visit to his former home here, and met many relatives and friends who talked over the times past. Just before Christmas, he left for Sunnyside, where he arrived in time to enjoy Christmas with his daughters, Mrs. Fred W. Brown and Mrs. A. G. Fleming. Later he went on the Glendale, where he resided with his niece, as stated above. Mr. Williams was the son of Elias and Mary Williams, and was born at Mount Morris July 17, 1851, at the time of his death on March 5, being 71 years, 7 months and 18 days of age. He graduated from the Mount Morris public schools and later attended Rock River Seminary. He spent a number of years in the nursery and small fruit business, and in later years was a grain buyer and feed dealer, which later business he sold out to the Neola Elevator Company in 1900. Mr. Williams was married to Maggie C. Lookabaugh, daughter of Samuel and Mary Lookabaugh. Three children were born to them: Willis (deceased), Pearl, now Mrs. Fred W. Brown, and Allie, now Mrs. Archie G. Fleming, the two daughters residing at Sunnyside, Wash., where Mr. Williams removed in 1903. Mrs. Williams passed away about six years ago.