Wilhelmina I. Heller-Beadle

Galena Daily Gazette, 30 Sep 1976
Mrs. Minnie Beadle Dies in Hospital

Mrs. William (Minnie) Beadle, 87, Galena, died at the Galena Hospital Saturday, Sept. 25 after a brief illness.

She was born in Rice Township Feb. 26, 1889, the daughter of the late William and (sic Anna K Lehy} Leigh Heller and was united in marriage to William Beadle May 25, 1910.

She is survived by eight daughters, Mrs. Donald (Helen) Petitgoue, Galena, Mrs. Boise (Frances) Murphy, Galena, Mrs. Henry (Florence) Bautsch, Galena, Mrs. Joseph (Vera) Weinen, Galena, Mrs. Nathan (Catherine) Seeyle, Harvard, Ill., Mrs. Elmer (Lucille) Rusboldt, Michigan City, Ind., Mrs. Leroy (Virginia) Armstrong, Galena and Mrs. David (Joanne) Foecking, Galena; two sons, Donald Beadle and Thomas Beadle, both of Galena, 48 grandchildren, 27 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband in 1970, one son, William Jr. in 1954, one sister and four brothers.

Funeral services were held Monday, Sept. 27 from the Furlong Funeral Chapel to St. Michael's Catholic Church with Father James McLoughlin celebrating the 10am Mass. Burial was in St. Michael's Cemetery. Casket bearers were grandsons, Pat Beadle, Steven Beadle, Jerry Petigoue, Kenneth Bautsch, Bill Murphy, Wayne Weinan, and Ronald Armstrong.

Honor guard from the Altar and Rosary Society were Mrs. Vivian Leglar, Mrs. Alvina Addabboo, Mrs. Margaret Breitbach, Victorine Kelly, Loretta Rierdon, and Mrs. Marie Weinan. Furlong Funeral Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

Wilhelmina I. Heller-Beadle and William Beadle


Galena Gazette, 19 Mar 1970

William Beadle, 82, N. Main St., died at the Galena Hospital Tuesday March 10 after a lingering illness.

He was born Sept. 25, 1887, at Rice Township the son of the late John and Theresa Shannon Beadle and farmed his entire life until his retirement. He was clerk of the Spring Creek School for many years and assessor of Rice Township for 33 years.

He was united in marriage to Minnie Heller May 25, 1910 at St. Mary's Church, Davenport, Ia.

He is survived by his wife, eight daughters, Mrs. Donald (Helen) Petitgoue, Mrs. Boise (Francis) Murphy, Mrs. Henry (Florence) Bautsch, Mrs. Joseph (Vera) Weinen, Mrs. LeRoy (Virginia) Armstrong, Mrs. David (Joan) Foecking all of Galena, Mrs. Nathan (Catherine) Seeyle of Harvard, Ill., and Mrs. Elmer (Lucille) Rusboldt of Michigan City, Ind., two sons, Donald and Thomas both of Galena, forty-seven grandchildren, and fourteen great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, one son, one sister and three brothers.

Funeral services were held Friday, March 13 from the Furlong Funeral Chapel to St. Michael's Catholic Church with the Rev. Robert Devine celebrating the Mass. Casket bearers were Allen Beadle, Tom Beadle, Robert Heller, all of Galena, John Beadle of Dubuque, Ia., Alfred Heller of Schullsburg, Wis., and Francis Davis of Apple River, Ill. Burial was in St. Michael's Cemetery.


Galena Gazette, 18 Jun 1986

Helen Margaret Beadle-Petitgoue

Mrs. Donald (Helen) M. Petitgoue, 75, of 105 Bouthillier St., Galena, died Sunday, June 15, 1986 at Finley Hospital in Dubuque, Iowa.

Mrs. Petitgoue was born in Davenport, Iowa on March 7, 1911, and was the daughter of William and Minnie Heller Beadle. She spent all her life in this area. She was employed for several years at Burgess Battery Factory in Galena, and retired from Valves and Controls at Hanover in 1973.

Mrs. Petitgoue was a member of St. Michael's Church, the Altar and Rosary Society and the Catholic Daughters of America.

Survivors include her husband, Donald; one son, one daughter; five grandchildren; two brothers, Donald and Pat (Thomas) Beadle, both of Galena; and seven sisters, Mrs. Boise (Frances) Murphy, Vera Weinan, Florence Bautsch and Joanne Foecking, all of Galena, Catherine Seelye of Harvard, Mrs. Sam (Virginia) Armstrong of Ft. Dodge, Iowa, and Lucille Rusboldt of Michigan City, Ind. She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Howard in infancy and William Jr. in 1954.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, June 17 at St. Michael's Church in Galena with Monsignor Raymond Wahl officiating at the 10:30am Mass. Burial was in the Church cemetery. Casket bearers were Bill Murphy, John Dotzel, Mark Petitgoue, Pat Beadle, Wayne Wienan, and Dan Rusboldt. Furlong Funeral Chapel was in charge of arrangements.


Galena Gazette, 20 Nov 1991

Donald F. Petitgoue, 92, of Galena, died Nov 16, 1991, at the Elizabeth Nursing Home.

He was born Jan 30, 1899 in Rice Township, the son of Desire and Margaret Creighton Petitgoue. He married Helen M. Beadle in 1933 at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Galena.

He farmed in early life, but spent most of his life working in mines.

Survivors include one daughter; one son; one brother, Vince, of Sterling; two sisters, Mrs. Carol Rose England of Canton and Mary Jensen of Clinton, Iowa; and five grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, his parents, two sisters and three brothers.

Services were held Nov. 19, 1991 at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Galena, with burial in St. Michael's cemetery. Pallbearers were Thomas (Pat) Beadle, Mike Sproule, Wayne Wienan, John Dotzel, Mark Petitgoue and Ryan Petitgoue. The Furlong Funeral Chapel was in charge of arrangements.


Florence Anna Beadle-Bautsch

Telegraph Herald (Dubuque, IA) - November 23, 1996
GALENA, Ill. - Florence A. Bautsch, 84, 615 S. High St., Galena, died Thursday, Nov. 21, 1996, at Mercy Health Center St. Joseph's Unit, Dubuque.

Services will be at 11:30 a.m. Monday at St. Michael's Catholic Church, Galena, with burial in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Furlong Funeral Chapel, Galena, where there will be a parish rosary at 7:30 p.m.

Mrs. Bautsch was a homemaker and worked at Eaton Corp., Hanover, retiring in 1974.

She was born on May 12, 1912, in Galena, daughter of William B. and Wilhelmina (Heller) Beadle. She married Henry Bautsch on Sept. 27, 1938, in Galena. She spent all of her life in the Galena area.

Surviving are two daughters; three sons, all of Galena; eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; a brother, Thomas "Pat" (Irene) Beadle, of Galena; five sisters, Francis Murphy, Vera Wienen and Joan Foecking, all of Galena, Catherine Seelye, of Harvard, and Lucille Rusboldt, of Michigan City, Ind.; a sister-in-law, Mrs. Joan Beadle, of Galena; and a brother-in-law, Sam Armstrong. She was preceded in death by her husband, Henry Bautsch, on July 4, 1982; two sisters, Virginia Armstrong and Helen Petitgoue; and two brothers, Donald Beadle and William Beadle Jr.


Galena Gazette, 14 Jul 1982

Henry W. Bautsch, 88, 615 S. High St., Galena, died at his home on July 4, 1982.

He was born on May 4, 1894 in Rice Township. He was a farmer and a 27-year employee of the Savanna Army Depot. He was a World War I veteran.

Survivors include his wife, Florence Beadle Bautsch; two daughters; three sons, all of Galena; one brother, Edward, rural Galena; and eight grandchildren.

Services were held at St. Michael Catholic Church on July 6 at 9:30am with the Rev. James McLoughlin of St. Michael Catholic Church officiating. Burial was in St. Michael's cemetery. Casket bearers were Tom Bautsch, Dan Bautsch, Wayne Wienan, Bill Murphy, Jerry Petitgoue, and Pat Beadle.


Telegraph Herald (Dubuque, IA) - March 8, 2004

GALENA, Ill. - Robert W. Bautsch, 65, of 908 Fourth St., Galena, died Friday, March 5, 2004, at Mercy Medical Center-Dubuque.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Michael's Catholic Church, Galena. Burial will be in the church cemetery, where military rites will be accorded by the Galena Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion. Friends may call from 3 to 8 p.m. today at Furlong Funeral Chapel, Galena, where there will be a scripture wake service at 5 p.m. Mr. Bautsch retired from Kelly Springfield Tire Co. in 2001, after 37 years of service.

He was born on Feb. 2, 1939, in Dubuque, son of Henry and Florence (Beadle) Bautsch. He spent all his life in the Galena area. He graduated from the former Loras Academy in Dubuque, where he played on the basketball team. He was an Air Force veteran. He married Marilyn Webster, of Cuba City, Wis., on Oct. 12, 1963, in Hazel Green, Wis.; she preceded him in death on May 15, 1983. He was an avid sports fan and a "die-hard" Green Bay Packers fan. He loved spending his spare time with his family and friends at the Bautsch Camp in Aiken.

Surviving are two children, a daughter, and a son, four grandchildren, two brothers, James (Jean) Bautsch and Kenneth (Rhonda) Bautsch, both of Galena; and two sisters, Sharon (Jerry) Wachter, of Galena, and Karen (Dennis) Carthew, of Portage, Wis. He also was preceded in death by his parents.


Wednesday December 27, 2006
The Standard Journal, Obituaries

GALENA -- Robert William Bautsch, 65, of Galena died Friday, March 5, 2004 at the Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque, Iowa.

He was born on Feb. 2, 1939 in Dubuque, the son of Henry and Florence (Beadle) Bautsch. He married Marilyn Webster of Cuba City, Wis., on Oct. 12, 1963 in Hazel Green, Wis., and she preceded him in death on May 15, 1983.

He spent all of his life in the Galena Area and graduated from the Loras Academy in Dubuque, where he played on the basketball team. He was an avid sports fan and a "die-hard" Green Bay Packer's fan. He loved spending his spare time with his family and friends at the Bautsch Camp in Aiken. He was a US Air Force Veteran. He retired from Kelly Springfield Tire Co. in 2001 after 37 years of service.

Survivors include a daughter; a son; four grandchildren, Casey, Darien, Gavin and Kailyn; two brothers, James (Jean) Bautsch and Kenneth (Rhonda) Bautsch both of Galena; and two sisters, Sharon (Jerry) Wachter of Galena and Karen (Dennis) Carthew of Portage, Wis. His parents and his wife preceded him in death.

Funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Galena. Burial will be at the church cemetery where military honors will be accorded at graveside by the Galena VFW and American Legion Club. Friends may call from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday at the Furlong Funeral Chapel in Galena, where the scripture wake service will be held at 5 p.m.


Frances Theresa Beadle-Murphy

Telegraph Herald (Dubuque, IA) - November 10, 2003

GALENA, Ill. - Frances T. Murphy, 91, of Galena, died Sunday, Nov. 9, 2003, at the Galena Stauss Nursing Home. Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Michael's Catholic Church, Galena, with burial in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 2 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Furlong Funeral Chapel, Galena, where there will be a scripture wake service at 5:30 p.m.

Mrs. Murphy worked for W.B. Foecking and Sons for a number of years. She then worked for the Illinois Department of Human Services, retiring after 16 years of service.

She was born on May 19, 1912, in Rice Township, rural Galena, daughter of William and Whilemenia (Heller) Beadle. She married Boise Murphy on April 30, 1941, at St. Michael's Catholic Church, Galena; he preceded her in death on March 1, 1992.

She was a graduate of Galena High School and the Brown Business College in Freeport. She was a homemaker and spent all of her life in this area. She was a member of St. Michael's Catholic Church and the Altar and Rosary Society. She was an active member in many parish activities.

Surviving are a son, two daughters, of Galena; 10 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. Frances dearly loved her grandchildren, great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews and held a special place in her heart for them. Also surviving are two sisters, Joanne Foecking, of Galena, and Catherine Seelye, of Harvard; and two sisters-in-law, Joann Beadle and Irene Beadle, both of Galena.

She also was preceded in death by her parents; two sons, Charles, on Dec. 3, 1968, and William, on Jan. 30, 1995; a daughter, Frances C. (Kay) Murphy, on Jan. 23, 2002; three brothers, William, Donald and Thomas (Pat) Beadle; and five sisters, Helen Petitgoue, Florence Bautsch, Vera Wienen, Virginia Armstrong and Lucille Rusboldt.


Galena Gazette, 11 Mar 1992

Boise Murphy, 82, of Galena, died March 1, 1992, at the Galena-Strauss Hospital.

He was born April 24, 1909, the son of William and Lillian Miller Murphy. He married Frances Beadle on April 30, 1941 at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Galena.

He worked for the Tri-State mine, Bancroft Milk Co. and the Galena public school system. He was a member of the Jo Daviess County Board of Supervisors for 17 years and served on many of its committees.

Survivors include his wife; three daughters, two sons, both of Galena; two sisters, Mrs. Elroy (Fay) Harris, Mrs. Marvin (Del) Harris, both of Galena; and 10 grandchildren and one great grandchild. He was preceded in death by his parents, one son, one brother and two sisters.

Services were held March 5, 1992, at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Galena, with burial in the church cemetery. Monsignor Raymond Wahl officiated. Pallbearers were Jim Hefel, Leo Hefel, Clyde Hefel, Ken Greene, Tim Stephenson and Bill Allen. The Furlong Funeral Chapel was in charge of arrangements.


Telegraph Herald (Dubuque, IA) - January 24, 2002

GALENA, Ill. - Frances C. "Kay" Murphy, 58, of Galena, died Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2002, at the Galena-Stauss Nursing Home.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Michael's Catholic Church, with burial in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 3 to 8 p.m. today at Furlong Funeral Chapel, Galena, where there will be a rosary at 6:30 p.m.

She was born on July 4, 1943, in Galena, daughter of Boise and Frances (Beadle) Murphy.

She graduated from Galena High School and Northern Illinois University, Dekalb. After graduation she taught mathematics at Dundee Crown High School in the Unit School District 300 for 30 years, retiring in 1995. She loved doing craft work and flower gardening. She was a member of St. Michael's Catholic Church, Galena, and its altar and rosary society. She also was a member of the National Education Association. Her greatest joy in life was her family, especially her nieces and nephews.

Surviving are her mother, Frances Murphy, of Galena; a brother, two sisters; five nieces; seven nephews; a great-niece; and two great-nephews. She was preceded in death by her father, Boise Murphy, and two brothers, William and Charles.


William Boise Murphy

Galena Gazette, 1 Feb 1995, p18G

Galena -- William B. Murphy, 50, of 9141 Route 20 West, Galena, died Jan. 27, 1995, at his home.

Bill was born on Nov. 21, 1944 at Huntsville, Ala., the son of Boise and Frances (Beadle) Murphy. Bill married Elizabeth M. Busson on Nov. 3, 1973, in Galena.

Bill was a graduate of the Galena High School, class of 1962. Bill was a Veteran of the United States army and was employed at Kelley Springfield Tire Company in Freeport for the past 30 years before retiring. Bill was a member of St. Michael's Catholic Church, the Elks and the Union of United Rubber Workers Local 745.

Survivors include his wife, Elizabeth; two sons, both at home; his mother, Frances Murphy of Galena; one brother, Terry (Bonnie) Murphy of Galena; and three sisters, Connie (Jim) Casson of Prophetstown, and Kay Murphy and Jean (Robert) Dimke Jr. of Galena. Bill was preceded in death by his father, Boise Murphy, and one brother, Charles Murphy.

Services were held Jan. 30, 1995 at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Galena with Msgr. Raymond Wahl, pastor, officiating. Burial was in St. Michael's cemetery. Pallbearers were Eric Bussan, Mark Bussan, Kevin Bussan, Mike Segar, Craig Bussan, Chuck Murphy, Brian Murphy, Jesse Dimke, and Russell Casson. A William B. Murphy Memorial Fund has been established.


Charles Patrick Murphy

Galena Gazette, 5 Dec 1968

Charles P. Murphy, 22, died at the Veterans Administration Hospital, Madison, early on Tuesday, Dec. 3 from injuries received in a one car accident on Oct. 16, 1968, west of Hazel Green.

He was born Jan 26, 1946. He graduated from Galena High School and entered service February 14, 1966. He was discharged January 24, 1968 and worked at Kelly Springfield Tire Company until his enrollment at Wisconsin State University in Platteville, September, 1968.

He is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Boise Murphy; two brothers, William and Terrance, at home, and three sisters, Mrs. James (Constance) Casson, Lyndon, Ill., Kay, Carpenterville, Ill.; and Jean Ann at home. Also surviving are maternal grandparents, Mr. an Mrs. William Beadle, rural Galena.

Military honors will be accorded at graveside by the American Legion and VFW Posts of Galena. Friends may call at Furlong Funeral Chapel after 8pm Wednesday. The Parish Rosary will be said at 8pm Thursday at the chapel. Funeral Mass will b at 10am Friday at St. Michael's Church. Buriel (sic burial) will be in the family lot at St. Michael's cemetery. Furlong Funeral Chapel are in charge of arrangements.


Vera Marie Beadle-Wienen

Telegraph Herald (Dubuque, IA) - March 9, 1998

GALENA, Ill. - Vera M. Wienen, 82, of Galena, died Saturday, March 7, 1998, at the Galena-Stauss Nursing Home.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Michael's Catholic Church, Galena, with burial in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 3 to 8 p.m. today at Furlong Funeral Chapel, Galena, where there will be a rosary at 6 p.m.

Mrs. Wienen and her husband farmed most of their lives in the area. She also worked at Millhouse Bros. Store, in Galena, for many years. She was born on March 7, 1916, in Galena, daughter of William and Minnie (Heller) Beadle. She married Joseph H. Wienen; he died on April 26, 1976.

Vera was a member of St. Michael's Catholic Church, and its altar and rosary society, and the Guilford Sunbeam Quilting group.

Surviving are two children.; seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; a brother, Pat (Ne Ne) Beadle, of Galena; and four sisters, Frances Murphy, of Galena, Catherine Seelye, of Harvard, Lucille Rusboldt, of Michigan City, Ind., and Joan Foecking, of Galena; and many nieces and nephews. She also was preceded in death by three sisters, Helen Petitgoue, Florence Bautsch and Virginia Armstrong; three brothers, Howard, William Jr. and Donald Beadle; and a grandchild, Amy Lacke.

A Vera M. Wienen Memorial Fund has been established.


Galena Gazette, 29 Apr 1976, pg 17, c3

Services Held for Joseph Henry Wienan

Joseph Wienan, 79, Galena, died Monday, April 26 in the Galena Hospital.

He was born in Rice Township Aug. 17, 1896, the son of the late George and Elizabeth Tressel Wienan and farmed in the Galena area until he retired in 1966 and moved to Galena.

He is survived by his widow, the former Vera Beadle, one son, one daughter, and six grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, one granddaughter, two brothers, and four sisters.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, Apr 28 from the Furlong Funeral Chapel to St. Michael's Catholic Church with Father Al Piorkowski celebrating the 10:30am Mass. Burial was in St. Michael's cemetery. Furlong Funeral Chapel was in charge of arrangements.


Catherine Irene Beadle-Seelye

The Northwest Herald, Crystal Lake, IL, 28 Jan 2005

HARVARD Catherine I. Seelye, 86, of Harvard, died Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2005, after a short illness.

She was born July 2, 1918, in Galena, to William and Wilhelmina (Heller) Beadle. She married Nathan L. Seelye on Aug. 31, 1944, in Galena.

She was employed as a bookkeeper for Howard Rotavator Company for many years and later cooked for the Head Start Program in Harvard. She was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church since she came to Harvard in 1944.

Survivors include two sons; seven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; one sister, Joanne Foecking of Galena; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband on April 2, 1979; a daughter Kathy Dewey; and four brothers and six sisters.

The visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 28, at Saunders & McFarlin Funeral Home, 107 W. Sumner St., Harvard. The funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 29, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 206 E. Front St., Harvard. The Rev. Daniel E. Peters will officiate. Interment will be in St. Joseph's Cemetery in Harvard. Friends and relatives may sign the online guest book at saundersmcfarlin.net. For information, call the funeral home, at (815) 943-5400.


Mary Lucille Beadle-Rusboldt

News-Dispatch, The (Michigan City, IN) - June 10, 2003
Mary L. Rusboldt, 81, Michigan City, died at 1 a.m. Monday (June 9, 2003) at her home.

The Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday at Queen of All Saints Church, with the Rev. Michael J. Yadron officiating. Burial is in Swan Lake Memorial Gardens. Visitation is from 3 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Thursday at Root Funeral Home. The rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Mrs. Rusboldt was born Oct. 8, 1921, in Galena, Ill., to William and Wilhelmena Beadle. On Oct. 20, 1951, in Galena, she married Elmer R. Rusboldt, who died Nov. 11, 1980.

Survivors include one daughter, three sons, seven grandchildren, and three sisters: Francis Murphy, Galena, Catherine Seelye, Harvard, Ill., and Joann Foecking, Galena. She was preceded in death by four sisters: Helen Petitgue, Florence Bautsch, Vera Wienen and Virginia Armstrong; and four brothers: Howard Beadle, Thomas Patrick Beadle, Donald Beadle and William Beadle Jr. Mrs.

Rusboldt was a Queen of All Saints Church member.

Memorial contributions may be made to the church.


William Joseph Beadle Jr.

GALENA -- William J. Beadle, Jr. 30, R. R. 2, Galena, was killed in an accident half a mile west of the junction of US highway 20 and Illinois highway 80 near here at 12:50am today. Two injured persons, Rosalie A. Busson, 20, a passenger in Beadle's car, and Mrs. Emma Grebner, wife of Jo Daviess county sheriff, seem to be resting comfortably in Mercy Hospital, Dubuque,Ia., today. A third car was believed involved but the driver was uninjured.

Galena Gazette, 22 Jun 1954, Vol. 120 No. 48
Kill One; Injure Two

Rear End Crash on Highway 20
Details of the tragic accident Friday night which claimed the life of Galena resident William J. Beadle, Jr., and injured Rosalie A. Bussan and Emma Grebner indicate that only a miracle prevented additional fatalities.

Mrs. Grebner's life was undoubtedly spared because of the heavy construction of the car in which she was seated when struck.

Sheriff Lawrence Grebner told the Gazette yesterday that he leaped from the center of the road to the ditch only seconds before the car tore by him at an estimated 75 miles per hour when it became apparent that the driver was not going to slow down.

Grebner was unhurt. Mrs. Grebner was bruised, but is expected to return to her Galena home today after additional x-rays have been taken at Mercy Hospital. Miss Bussan, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Cy Bussan, and an employee of the Foecking Oil Company, is reported in fair condition at Mercy Hospital. She retained consciousness at the scene of the accident, but was badly cut and bled profusely.

Sequence of Events
About 11:15pm Friday state police officers Groom and Trenty, who had been investigating a serious accident in Apple River Township, received a call to go to the aid of Loras Hosch, Iowa truck driver, whose tractor-loaded trailer was on fire on Holz Hill, four miles west of Galena. An appeal was made to the Galena Fire Department for help, but Chief Obbie Hirst suggested that the Hazel Green and East Dubuque departments be called since Galena equipment cannot be moved outside the city limits.

Nath's garage was called, as was Sheriff and Mrs. Grebner. Nath responded by sending out his wrecker. Mrs. Grebner was summoned in her white formal from an Eastern Star initiation in Elizabeth. While the fire was being extinguished the state police officers and the Grebners were directing traffic. When the "caravan" started moving toward Galena, the police car was in front, the tractor-trailer outfit next with the rear end jacked up by Nath's wrecker which was backing down, and the sheriff's car last with rear-end warning signals displayed. Rate of speed was about 5 miles per hour. A half mile down the road flames broke out again, and the procession halted to fight them. The sheriff's car with Mrs. Grebner at the wheel stopped three car lengths behind the wrecker. Sheriff "Rip" Grebner retreated 200 yards down the highway to the nearbrow of a small hill where he flagged down several cars with a red warning light.

Heard Car Coming
Grebner says he heard the car coming at a rapid pace. He flashed his warning from the black line in the center of the road, and leaped to safety in the ditch only when it became apparent that the driver was not going to stop. The car plowed into the sheriff's Chrysler without slackening speed.

Mrs. Grebner, who was at the wheel, was thrown over the seat onto the rear floor of the car where she landed on the back seat cushions. The brakes were set on the Chrysler, but it was driven into the back of the wrecker with force enough to buckle the frame six inches.

Beadle was killed and Miss Bussan seriously hurt. The Petitgout ambulance took Miss Bussan to Mercy Hospital and the Nash ambulance carried Mrs. Grebner. The Nash ambulance picked up Beadle's body on the return trip.

The sheriff's car, his own property, is expected to be a total loss. Beadle was driving a new Chevrolet sedan.

County Coroner Charles Bartell of Warren swore in a jury on Saturday afternoon, viewed the body and then adjourned the inquest pending the availability of additional testimony.

Services for Beadle
The funeral service was held on Monday morning from the Nash Funeral Home at 8:30 D. S. T. to St. Michael's Church at 9 o'clock with the Rev. Vincent L. Cottom officiating. Burial was made in the family lot in St. Michael's cemetery with Eugene Nolan, Delbert W. Muehleip, Roland Stump, Delbert Bussan, Chares (Charles?) Branagan and Walter Jennings serving as casket bearers. The rosary was recited on Sunday evening at the Funeral Home.

Overseas Veteran
William J. Beadle, Jr. was born in Rice Township, Jo Daviess County, Illinois on February 8, 1924, the son of William J. and Wilhelmina (Heller) Beadle. He attended the township schools and Galena High School and was a member of St. Michael's Church.

Since his return from Korea where he served in the United States Army he had been assisting his father on their farm in Rice Township.

Besides his parents, he is survived by eight sisters and two brothers, Mrs. Donald (Helen) Petitgout, Mrs. Henry (Florence) Bautsch, Mrs. Boise (Frances) Murphy, Mrs. Joseph (Vera) Wienan of Galena; Mrs. Nathan (Catherine) Seelye and Mrs. Elmer (Lucille) Rusboldt, Harvard, Ill.; Mrs. LeRoy (Virginia) Armstrong, Joanne Beadle and Donald Beadle, Galena, and A 2/C Thomas Richard Beadle, USAF, Lake Charles, Louisiana.


Submitted by Christa Hughes.