25 out of 80 obituaries transcribed as of May 8, 2005.
Listed alphabetically by last name.
A final edit still needs to be done.
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., nd 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)
Samuel H Artz
Thomas Melvin Artz (1922)
“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
Jospeh, 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. Fun eral 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 alife 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,
Snata 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 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 wil 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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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 Churchof 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
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 eld 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)
Hiram Coffman (1909)
Lydia Cornelius Coffman (1919)
Oliver W Coffman
Susan Coffman (1926)
William Coffman (1925)
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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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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 ptting 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 yerars 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
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
the walls of Zio called
Who lays aside the armor bright,
And rests in Heaven’s glorious
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
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 …
And … our time until
Death … us understand.
Mrs. John Davis
Fannie Bell Dew
Jas H. Donaldson (1929)
Mrs. Alvah Fahrey
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)
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.
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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.
Miss Neva Barbara Fulton (1918)
Frank A Geeting
“Frank A. Geeting, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jospeh Geeting, was born September 10,
1856, near Adeline, Illinois, and departed this life at 1:30 o’clock, Wednesday afternoon, Decemmber 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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A. A. Hamilton
Hiram Hayes (1933)
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.”
Harriett Coffman Hays (1920) two obits
Mary Ann Wilson Hays
Samuel J Hays
Mrs. Samuel J Hays (1932)
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 endocarditis 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)
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 generaous, 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
Lydia Ann Hicks
Martha Shoop Hose
Horace B Hunt
Faith Dorothy Johnson (1926)
? Adeline Korf
Mrs. Mary Illingworth Lunt (1921)
John Thomas McGrath
Chas H Miller
David M Miller
Ross N Miller
Catherine R Nye
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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 Mrts. 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-lonng 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 Ocker (1916)
Mrs. David Petris
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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.
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 Upton Powell (1921)
Mrs. Oliver Ritzel (1914)
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
Lilian Helm Stahler
Mrs. W Stahler
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.
Dollye Cox Warner, two obits
Miss Ann Amelia Watts
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
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 ove 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.