Apple River, Jan 30. - Rev. Joseph Crummer, of Sycamore, formerly pastor of the M. E. Church at this place, called on us last Friday. Mr. Cummer is at present assisting Rev. Mr. Harwood, at Scales Mound, who is holding a revival meeting. He has sold his residence at Freeport and purchased one at Sycamore. When asked where he was stationed, he said, I am pastor of a Union church at a small place near Sycamore. I am my own Bishop, Presiding Elder and all. They pay me and I preach the gospel. He showed the writer an elegant gold watch presented to him last fall by the good people of Cortland, where he had labored for three years. He was also glad that Harrison and Morton were elected, and was sure that the country would prosper under the Republican rule.
Mr. J. M. Irvin, the pioneer merchant of this village, has sold his stock of goods to Mr. John W. Oliver, one of the prominent young men of our village. Mr. Irvin opened the first general store here in 1854, and has been on the same corner ever since. Hence he is one of the oldest merchants in the county. He has been a hard worker and has built up a large trade, and was forced to sell on account of his health, and intends in the future to take life as easy as possible. Mr. Oliver is a young man raised here, and a number of years ago was one of Mr. Irvin’s salesmen, but for the last two years has been engaged in the store of Geo. Jeffers, of Hanover. Mr. Oliver has a large number of friends here, who wishes him success. They commenced to take the inventory of the stock last Monday and he expects to open on the 5th or 6th day of February, when he will be pleased to have everybody call.
The dedication of Mt. Sumner M. E. Church took place last Sunday. Rev. Dr. Willing and Rev. Mr. White, of Polo, conducted the dedication services. Over $300 was collected, which places them out of debt, and money in the treasury. Much credit is due all the people in the vicinity of the church, for its completion. It is considered one of the finest little churches in the district, and we hope it will be the means of doing a great deal of good.
The funeral of John Voss took place from the A. O. U. W. hall, on Bench St., at 10 o’clock a. m. to-day. Services were conducted by Rev. Eugene Schmidt of St. John’s Lutheran Church, after which the remains were interred in Greenwood. The funeral was under the auspices of the A. O. U. W., and the Galena Turner Society, and the pall bearers were chosen from those two organizations, as follows: From the United Workmen, Herbert Meyer, Paul Yunker and Wm. Paul; from the Turner Society, Chris. Plath, Matthew Meller and Geo. Altona, Sr.
The funeral of Mrs. Ellen Donahue took place from her late residence on Seminary Hill, at 1:30 o’clock in the afternoon. The remains were taken to St. Michael’s church, where impressive services were conducted by Rev. L. M. Meehan, after which the funeral proceeded to the East Side cemetery, where interment was made.
At 3 o’clock was held the funeral of Mrs. Augusta Schumacher, the funeral procession proceeding from the family residence on Franklin St., to St. John’s Lutheran church on Bench St., where the services were conducted by Rev. Eugene Schmidt. Burial was made in Greenwood.
Obituary: William H. Levingston, Esq.
William H. Levingston, Esq., attorney at Law, son of Mr. William Levingston, of Thompson township, died last Sunday of heart disease, at Spencer, Iowa. The young man read law with D. & T. J. Sheean in Galena, and, after being admitted to the Bar, practiced his profession at Omaha in partnership with George Christopherson Esq., formerly of Galena. He had been troubled some years with heart disease, and, on this account, was obliged to abandon his successful practice at Omaha, when he went to Spencer, where he owned a farm, and where his brother and sisters reside. His father received a telegram last Monday announcing his death, and left at once for Spencer. Deceased was much esteemed in this county, where he was so well known, and was a very promising young man. His afflicted parents have the sympathy of many friends.
Obituary: Jennie Conch
Miss Jennie Conch died, at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Conch, in Scales Mound, Sunday night, Nov. 27, aged 16 years. The funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon, and were conducted by Rev. R. A. Harwood. The remains were interred in Scales Mound cemetery. Miss Jennie was a very estimable young lady and was a general favorite with her associates and all who knew her. In their great affliction, Mr. and Mrs. Conch and family have the heartfelt sympathy of the community.
Obituary: William White, Sr.
Apple River, May 1, 1888. - William White, Sr., died at his residence four miles southwest of this village last Saturday afternoon, aged 63 years, 9 months, and 25 days, and was buried yesterday in Highland Cemetery, Rev. Geo. Berryman officiating.
The deceased was born on the 3rd day of July, 1824, in Staffordstown, Antrim county, Ireland, coming to this country in 1851, living for two years at New Diggings, Wis. He then moved on the farm where he resided up to the time of his death. He was united in marriage to Miss Alice Irvine, sister of Mr. Robert Irvine, of this village, on the 21st day of November, 1860, who survives him, together with their four children, two boys and two girls. They were at his bedside when he passed away.
Mr. White attended the school meeting in his district on Saturday evening, just one week before his death, and it is supposed got chilled, as it was a cold evening and no fire in the room, and on Sunday he was taken suddenly sick, which terminated in his death. He leaves a wife, four children, one brother, and hosts of friends to mourn his departure. He was one of or most highly respected citizens, having held the office of assessor for over twenty years, and both assessor and collector for many years. He also was school treasurer and held other offices of trust in the township, and was respected by all who knew him.
Although yesterday was a stormy day over eighty teams drawing friends, followed the remains to their last resting place. He was a subscriber of the Gazette for 35 years, a strong and staunch republican, and was known all over the Northwest as an honest, upright, and good citizen. The following gentlemen acted as pall bearers: James, John and Samuel McFadden, James Francomb, M. Gorman, and Matt Beaton.
Obituary: William White
When Mr. William White, of Apple River Township, breathed his last on Saturday, Jo Daviess county lost one of its best citizens. Mr. White was a man of spotless character, and unswerving integrity, and there was perhaps not another man in the county who had more warm, personal friends as he. Kind hearted, and generous to a fault, he made friends among all classes, and there is not a person who knew him who does not lament his death as a personal loss.
Mr. White’s death was the ultimate result of a complication of diseases. His illness assumed a serious phase only a short time prior to his death, which came as a sudden and unexpected blow to his family and friends. Dr. Gratiot of Shullsburg, and Dr. Carr, of Apple River, were his attending physicians, but their combined skill and the kind and loving ministrations of a devoted wife and family, did not avail to save his useful life.
Mr. White was aged 65 years. There survive him, besides a wife, two sons and two daughters, namely: William, Edward, Mary, and Alice. They all resided with their parents. The deceased for a great many years had been assessor for Apple River township, and had also filled other positions of honor and trust. This year he refused a re-nomination as assessor.
The funeral took place Monday, and was largely attended by people from different parts of the surrounding country. The funeral cortege consisted of over 120 vehicles. Services were conducted at the residence, four miles south of the village of Apple River, at 10 o’clock a. m., by the rev. George Berreman, a life-long friend of the deceased. The pall bearers were Messers. James, Samuel, and John McFadden and James Francomb of Apple River, and M. Gorman and M. Beaton, of Galena.
Obituary: James Keyes
Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord, for they shall see God. There died on January 2d one to whom we trust these words are applicable. We refer to the late Mr. James Keyes, of Thompson. He was born in Queen’s county, Ireland, January 5, 1820. After coming to this country he made his home for some time in Cincinnati, where he married Miss Mary Clavin, June 22, 1855. In 1857, he moved to this county, where he has since made his home. He was known among men as a man of sterling character, strictly honest in all his dealings and firm in principal. As a man, citizen, husband and father he acted his part well and left to those who mourn him the grand heritage of a good name. His health had been poor for the past three years, but he bore his sufferings with Christian fortitude and resignation. He leaves a wife and seven children to mourn his loss. He was buried from St. Joseph’s church in Apple River, of which he has been a faithful communicant and ardent supporter since it was founded. The remains were followed to their last resting place by a large concourse of sympathizing friends.
Obituary: Addison O. Penwell
The following obituary of Addison O. Penwell, son of Mrs. V Benton, formerly of Galena, and grandson of Hon. Absalom A. Townsend, of Shullsburg, is copied from the Elma (Iowa) News, of May 17:
‘Died, at the residence of his mother, of pneumonia, on Monday, may 11, 1877, Addison O. Penwell, aged 26 years, 6 months and 10 days.
A sad duty it is to write of the death of any person, doubly sad devolving on the writer of this article. As a young man of more than ordinary talents he was favorably known to all our inhabitants. The circumstances attending his death renders it peculiarly pathetic. But God in his inscrutable wisdom works mysteriously, and often does that which we are in the least prepared for. His remains were taken charge of by his fellow workmen and tenderly laid away in the grave, the last sad rites being conducted by Rev. D. M. Parker, of New Hampton, IA., who only a few short weeks ago performed the marriage ceremony which united him to a fond and loving wife.’
Card of thanks:
Scales Mound, Nov. 28, 1887. - Mr. Editor: We desire through the medium of your paper to return to our many friends, our sincere thanks for their kindness and attention and unselfish devotion in aiding and comforting our family in the sickness and death of our son, John Edwin, and especially the families of Messrs. J. Wright, Varing, Carr, and Jewell, who kindly sacrificed their time and home interests to care for the preparation of the dead and soothe our sorrow in our great bereavement. Henry and Ann Roberts.
Obituary: James Grindey
Mr. James Grindey died at his home in Stockton township, Ill., Jan. 11, 1887, aged 81 years, 4 months and 2 days. The deceased was born in Staffordshire, England, Sept. 9, 1805, and was united in marriage to Miss Hannah Brindley in January, 1838. One son and three daughters blessed this union. He learned the shoemaking trade, and at the age of 19 he engaged in business for himself, which he followed for 25 years. He emigrated to America in 1847 and settled on a farm near the village of Scales Mound. His wife died Oct. 1, 1865. He was married again in December, 1866, to Mrs. Mary Foulds. He remained in Scales Mound township thirty-six years and then moved to Thompson township, where he remained five years, at the end of which time he took up his abode in Stockton township until his death.
The deceased had been in failing health for about one year, but was confined to his bed only one week. He leaves an aged wife, one son and three daughters, as follows: Mr. Mark J. Grindey, who now resides on the old homestead near Scales Mound; Mrs. Eliza Wright, living near Scales mound; Mrs. Emmalia H. Phillips, living near Elizabeth; Mrs. Dorothy E. Elliott, living at Nagannee. Mich. He also leaves fourteen grandchildren, and one brother, Matthew, who resides in Thompson township; and two brothers and four sisters in England, and a host of friends to mourn his departure. But may their loss be his gain. The remains were laid to rest in Scales Mound cemetery. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. T. M. Roberts, assisted by Rev. J. R. Allan and the Rev. Thomas Pryor.
Obituary: David Atkinson
David Atkinson was born in Arkandale, England, on the 8th of June, 1822, and died at Scales Mound, Jo Daviess county, Illinois, Oct. 17, 1885. He emigrated from England, coming direct to Galena, May, 1849. Soon after however, he moved to Council Hill, where he engaged in mining until 1852, and then went to try his fortune in California, returning to Council Hill in 1853, again engaging in mining with more or less success for some time, when he purchased a farm two and a half miles east of Council Hill village. There he resided until November, 1884, when because of failing health he left the farm and purchased a residence in the village of Scales Mound. The residence was scarcely completed when he was called to leave for a better home on high. He was greatly afflicted with asthma and seldom able to walk far from home, yet he was always cheerful, and neighbors were always glad to greet his kindly face.
Obituary: Sarah Donegan
Miss Sarah Donegan died at her home on Meeker street at 7 o’clock Thursday evening after an illness of about four months’ duration. Her disease was consumption and for a month before death came her vitality was so low that the friends watching with her feared every day that the end would come.
The deceased was a daughter of the late Daniel Donegan, for many years a prominent citizen of East Galena. She was born in Vinegar Hill township forty-eight years ago. Her parents came to Galena when she was a child and all her subsequent life was spent here. She has surviving two brothers, John and James, one living at Ouray, Col., and the other in Denver, and one sister, Mrs. Thomas C. Smith, of Dubuque. The latter has been with her since her illness began. She was a woman of a noble, unselfish nature, and many devoted friends will long treasure the memory of her life exemplary.
The funeral of Miss Donegan was held Saturday morning from her late home on Meeker street to St. Michael’s church. The services were in the charge of the rev. J. E. Shannahan, who solemnized a high mass of requiem and in a short discourse paid a merited tribute to the deceased. Interment was made in the Catholic cemetery on the East Side. The pall bearers were Messrs. J. F. Donnelly, J. C. O’Neill, Frank Hart, John P. Gorman, John Milan, of Vinegar Hill, and Hugh Gunn, of Benton.
Obituary: Mrs. Alice White
Mrs. Alice White (nee Irvine) was born in Ballycloughan, county Antrim, Ireland, Feb. 10, 1837, and died at her home, five miles southwest of Apple River, at 2 o’clock Monday afternoon, Sept. 24, 1894. When nine years old she emigrated with friends to America. In Nov. 22, 1860 she married Mr. William White, with whom she lived until death separated them April 28, 1888. Five children were born to them, four of whom are living, namely: William, Edward, Allie and Mrs. Henry Evans, of Stockton, the youngest having died in infancy. She also leaves one sister, Mrs. J. C. White, and two brothers, Robert and William Irvine, of Apple River, and a host of friends to mourn her departure.
The deceased had been in ill health for the past three years, but it was not thought that death was so near, until a few days before she passed away. She was converted and united with the M. E. church over twenty years ago, and remained an earnest and faithful member. Her gentle consistent christian life endeared her to all who knew her. Hers was a life of implicit faith in God, so that in life’s trials and afflictions she always submissively said, I am satisfied. The lord’s will be done. And when the end came she died triumphant in the faith of Christ.
The services were conducted at the residence by the rev. W. A. Adron, who chose his text from Rev. 14, 13. Blessed are the dead that die in the Lord from henceforth; that they may rest from their labors; and their labors do follow them. He was assisted by the Rev. G. T. Berryman, of rush. The remains, followed by a large procession were taken to the West Ella cemetery. The following acted as pall bearers: James McFadden, James Francomb, William Berryman, Sam’l McFadden, William L. White, and John McFadden.
Obituary: Mrs. Charlotte Donnelly
Mrs. Charlotte Donnelly died at her home on Third street at 8:30 o’clock Monday morning. She was mother of James F. Donnelly, formerly solicitor for the galena Gazette, and of Peter Donnelly, who is connected with the American Express Company’s office in this city. For a number of years she had been partially invalid, suffering with heart disease, but she was not permanently confined until October 1st, since which time she has been bed-ridden. The end came peacefully and was somewhat sudden, although the family knew that it was near.
Mrs. Donnelly was 71 years of age. She was born in Ireland in 1823. Her maiden name was Charlotte Gradon. She was married in her native land to Bernard Donnelly, and soon after their marriage they came to this country, and settled in Galena prior to 1850. They lived on a farm in East Galena until 1880, when Mr. Donnelly’s death occurred, and soon after his widow moved to the city to make her home. Of eight children that were born to them the only daughter and three sons preceded her to the tomb.
The four surviving sons are James and Peter, of this city, William, of Dayton, Nev., and Edward, of Leadville, Col. Mrs. Donnelly was a devout member of the Roman Catholic church, and lived up to her Christian profession in her daily life, exercising charity and benevolence, and winning the love and esteem of all by her unselfish devotion and simple piety. A large circle of friends mourns her demise.
Obituary: Mrs. Sarah E. Roberts
A telegram was received at Scales Mound Friday announcing the death of Mrs. Sarah E. Roberts, the wife of S. H. Roberts, which occurred at her home in Topeka, Kans., Thursday evening at 9 o’clock. Her death was quite sudden and her relatives at Scales Mound were not aware she was sick until the announcement of her death came. The deceased was the only daughter of the late Sampson Pooley, of Scales Mound, and was 35 years of age. She was married fourteen years ago to Mr. Roberts, who is the son of Henry Roberts, formerly of Scales Mound. They went to Iowa to live and about four years ago they moved to Topeka. The husband is left with but three daughters, the eldest of whom is but twelve years of age, to mourn their great and irreparable loss.
Obituary: Mrs. Mary Ann Thompson
The subject of this sketch was born in Jefferson county, Ohio, June 14, 1821. She came to this county with her parents while quite young settling near Apple River, Ill.
On May 31, 1847 she was married to Christopher Columbus Thompson of Thompson’s Mill where they made their home. Their union was blessed with five children three of which survive. One child died in infancy and one son Winfield, in early manhood. Mrs. Thompson the past seventeen years had lived in the west with her children, her husband dying about seventeen years ago. She died at Brookings, S. D., Feb. 4, 1908 and the remains were brought to Thompson township for burial Feb. 8. She leaves two sons and one daughter, viz Mr. Woodman Thompson of Brookings, S. D., Isaac Whitfield of Ireton, Iowa, and Mrs. Tena Tinkham of Emporia, Kansas to mourn her death. Mrs. Thompson was a woman of good Christian character given to hospitality who administered to the wants of the sick and needy and a woman who loved home and looked well to her own household. She was a dutiful wife, a kind mother, a loving sister and a true friend.
Obituary: Mrs. Catherine Barningham
Mrs. Catherine Barningham, wife of the late James Barningham, died at the family residence in Thompson township, Dec. 24, and was buried in Scales Mound cemetery Sunday Dec. 27. Rev. James Lowery preached the funeral sermon. The deceased was born in Artendale, Yorkshire, England, May 3, 1831, aged 65 years. She came to this country in 1850, and was united in marriage to James Barningham in 1851, at Council Hill. They lived for years on their farm in Thompson township.
Her husband was one of the most prominent men of the town, and was a leading member of the M. E. church, taking an active part in all church work. He passed away a number of years ago, and his wife remained on the farm. Seven children were the fruits of their marriage - Mrs. Mark Wright of Council Hill, Mrs. Wm. Jaggers of Thompson, Mrs. H. O. Malone, Mrs. Wm. Stauss, and Mrs. Enoch Barrett of Apple River, and son Marr, who resides on the farm.
The deceased was converted and united with the M. E. church at Council Hill at the age of 21 years, and has lived up to her belief ever since. She was afflicted with a stroke of paralysis four years ago, from which she never fully recovered. Her last illness was of short duration, and when she could no longer speak the praises of God she pointed toward Heaven, folded her arms peacefully, and fell asleep in Jesus. All the children were at her bedside when she died, except one.
Those abroad who attended the funeral were: Mr. and Mrs. H. O. Malone of Weldon,Ill.; Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Stauss of Apple River, Mrs. Wm. Jaggers of Thompson, Mark Wright of Council Hill; L. Raisbeck, Minnie Raisbeck, Wm. Raisbeck of Benton, Wis.; Jonathon Raisbeck and daughter Kitty of Shullsburg, Wis.; Charlie, May and Frank Raisbeck of Lancaster, Wis.
The family have the sympathy of the entire community in this their sad bereavement. The pall bearers were: Messrs. John White, Geo. Anschuetz, Wm. Laird, Henry Zimmerman, W. L. White and Thos. Bonjour.
Obituary: Mrs. Catherine Barningham
The death of Mrs. Catherine Barningham occurred on Thursday at her home in Thompson, she was about 70 years old. Her death was a great surprise to her many friends as she had been ill but a short time. Her maiden name was Catherine Raisbeck. She was born in Yorkshire and was married in Council Hill in August 1851, to James Barningham. After their marriage they settled on a farm in Thompson and by hard work and economy they were very successful from the start. The deceased has been a faithful wife, a true and loving mother. The community will lose much by her demise, as she was a very charitable woman. She was a member of the M. E. church. Her kindness and good deeds will be remembered for years to come. She raised a family of seven children, six of whom are living. She has done everything in the power of a Christian mother to educate her family and has had the pleasure of seeing them all prosper. She received the best of care, nothing was left undone that could comfort her in her sickness, but the time had come when her affectionate family had to bid good-bye to a mother who had devoted an entire life for their sake. Following are the names of her children: Mrs. John Meloy of Normal, Ill.; Mrs. Sarah Jaggers of Thompson; Mrs. Wm. Stauss and Mrs. Barrett of Apple River; and Marv, the only son, who lives on the homestead. The funeral took place Sunday, interment at Scales Mound. Re. Lowery of Council Hill, an intimate friend of the deceased, officiated. He preached a very appropriate sermon to a large congregation, who were present to pay their last respects to a woman who had accomplished many noble deeds. The family has the sympathy of the entire community in their sad bereavement.
Obituary: Mrs. Ann Westaby
Mrs. Ann Westaby died at the home of her son, Tom, on Willow street, Dubuque, Iowa, March 10, at 8:30 o’clock p. m. She was a daughter of William and Maria Wilson of Altoon LeMoor, Lincolnshire, England, and was born Oct. 22, 1822, was united in marriage to George Westaby, April 12, 1850, and emigrated to this country the same year. Four sons survive: Stephen of Thompson, Tom of Dubuque, Iowa, Wilson and George Rice of Forsythe, Mont.
The deceased had suffered greatly from a cancer of the stomach for many years, which at last caused her death. She was carefully nursed by her son Tom on Willow street, and also by Mrs. Stephen Westaby until death relieved her. Before her death her voice was as clear as when well and she could sing most beautifully and when passing away she sang Rock of Ages.
Services were held on Tuesday, the 11th, at 2:30 p. m., conducted by the M. E. pastor of that place assisted by Rev. Mr. Cottingham, a friend of the deceased. Music was furnished by a lady quartet. The room was beautifully decorated with a black lace drapery trimmed with purple ribbon, which was attached to the ceiling and enclosed the casket. On the casket lay wax flowers sent by friends.
Wednesday morning the remains, accompanied by relatives, came to Apple River. Many old friends met them at that place, after which they proceeded to the Salem M. E. church where services were conducted by Rev. E. Mackemer. She was laid to rest in Thompson cemetery beside her husband who passed away eight years before.
She made her home in Thompson township until two years ago, when she thought she could receive better medical aid at Dubuque, and she remained there until her death, giving her relatives occasional visits during the time. Being an active woman in her life, she has lent many a helping hand to the sick and distressed. Mr. and Mrs. Westaby aided greatly in the construction of the Salem M. E. church of which she was a member. Mrs. M. R.
Marriage: Jagger - White
Miss Minnie Jagger and Chester White both of this village were married last Wednesday afternoon at the M. E. parsonage. Rev. J. A. Matlack officiating. In the evening at the home of the bride’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Willaim Jagger, they were given a reception. A large number of guests were present. Many valuable presents were given them and a general good time was enjoyed by all. The bride is the only daughter of Wm. Jagger and wife and is a young lady who has many friends among our people. The groom is a son of J. C. White and wife, was born and raised here and is one of the rural carriers from this office and is held in the highest respect by the people. They are making their home with Mr. and Mrs. Jagger for the present. All join in wishing them success and happiness.
Obituary: David H. Evans
David H. Evans was born in Snowden, Carnarvan, Wales, Feb. 13, 1835. He came to America with his father at the age of nine years and settled in Woodbine, later he went to St. Louis, where on Sept. 18, 1855, he was united in marriage with Mary Tunsil, later moving to Thompson township, where he lived until the fall of 1892, when they moved to Stockton, where he has since resided.
To them were born eight children - Hugh, Elizabeth Ann and Mary Jane, who preceded their father to the grave, and Simon T. of rush township, Mrs. Parge of Rogers, Ark., David H., John R., and Mrs. Wilcox of Stockton.
Mr. Evans passed away surrounded by his wife and family, Dec. 2, 1902, at his home in Stockton, after a lingering illness of tuberculosis, aged 67 years, 9 mo., 19 days. He leaves to mourn his departure besides the children named above a wife, and one brother, Henry H. Evans of Thompson township, and other relatives and many friends.
He was a kind husband, loving father, good neighbor and citizen. His peace was made with God and he leaves this testimony to comfort the sorrowing ones. The bereaved have the sympathy of the community in their hour of sorrow. Funeral services were held in the M. E. Church, Stockton, Dec. 4th, Rev. P. G. Linaweaver officiating.
Obituary: Charles Westaby
The subject of this sketch was born at Barrow on Humber, England, April 27, 1825, and died at his home in Thompson township, April 16, 1897. He followed farming in the mother country up to the time of his departure for the new world in 1850. Coming directly to Illinois, he settled near Thompson’s mill, where for nearly half a century he was a highly respected neighbor and friend.
He was converted in early life joining the Methodist church at Barton on Humber. He was one of the founders of Salem M. E. church in Thompson, and remained a steadfast, loyal member, laboring untiringly for the spiritual and material prosperity of that organization in the relations of trustee, class-leader, Sunday school teacher and superintendent.
In 1852 he was married to Miss Mary Gantby. Nine children blessed their union, five of whom survive. Three sons, Spencer, Spalding and Thomas reside in South Dakota; a daughter, Mrs. H. C. Hess, at Sleepy Eve, Minnesota; and James, the youngest, on the home farm in Thompson, where the father breathed his last.
An attack of the flammatory rheumatism of several years ago left him with valvular heart trouble; this with liver trouble, brought on dropsy which ended his life. He suffered intensely at the last; but his faith triumphed and his joy in the risen Lord made his sickbed a throne of spiritual power. Funeral services were conducted at Salem church by his life-long friend, Rev. Thomas Mundy Roberts, interment being made in Thompson cemetery.
Obituary: Michael Gorman
Another of this county’s oldest residents in the person of Michael Gorman passed away at his home on the East Side Tuesday evening at 6 o’clock after a very brief illness from pneumonia. It was but a few days ago that Mr. Gorman was seen on the street and though not in good health at the time it was little thought then that death was so near to him. During all of his long lifetime until very recently he had been a remarkably strong and robust man.
He was born in Cencennath, Ireland, about seventy-five years ago and came to this country when a young man, locating on a farm near Apple River in Thompson township, where by industry and frugality he accumulated a sufficient competency to permit his retirement to this city about twelve years ago where his home has since been, and where he has made many true friends who sincerely regret his demise. He was a man of unimpeachable integrity and sterling worth and will be much missed in this community. He is survived by his wife who deeply mourns the loss of a good and provident husband.
Obituary: Mrs. Mary Otto
Mrs. Mary Otto, wife of Frederick Otto, died at the family residence in Thompson May 24th at 11:30 p. m. aged 55 years, and was buried in Highland cemetery on Tuesday, Rev. G. A. Griswold and Rev. Breuchart officiating.
The deceased had been sick several months with stomach trouble but the family did not think that death was so close. All that could be done to relieve her suffering was done, but without success. The deceased was born in Saxony, Germany in 1841. Her maiden name was Mary Musselman and she was united in marriage with Frederick Otto in 1858, resided at Galena, Mill Creek, and four years in Monticello, Wis., after which they purchased a farm in Thompson township.
She leaves a husband, four sons and three daughters to mourn her departure. They are a fine family, all grown up and living in this vicinity. She was held in the highest esteem by her neighbors and friends and they mourn with the family in their bereavement.
Obituary: George Westaby
George Westaby was born in Barrow, Lincolnshire, Eng., Nov. 19, 1822, was married April 12, 1850, to Miss Ann Wilson, and immigrated to this county, where he lived continuously until his death on the 9th inst. He leaves a widow and four sons, three children having died while young. His funeral was held at Salem M. E. church (the site of which he donated to the church) on the 12th inst., the pastor of the church, the rev. T. D. Monroe officiating. A large concourse of people gathered to pay their last tribute of respect to his memory, many coming from Galena, Apple River and Lena. His remains were interred in the Thompson cemetery.
Mr. Westaby was almost the last of the pioneers who settled in Thompson a generation ago, where instead of the comfortable farm horses, orchards and productive fields now to be seen on every hand only wild, unbroken land was to be seen as far as the eye could reach. Few of this band now survive. C. C. Thompson, James Barningham, Phillip Parkin, William Whitham and others, have preceded him to their last resting place. The heads of the few who remain are whitened by the frost of many winters, and soon there will be none of them left.
Trained to the habits of industry and frugality, from his early boyhood, Mr. Westaby prospered financially, and leaves his family in comfortable circumstances. The generous hospitality, the cheerful willingness to assist a neighbor in time of need always to be found in new countries, marked his life to the last. Every one in need of neighborly aid went to him with confidence that he would lend a willing hand. A cheerful disposition and a gentle humor pervaded his life. He was no cynic. He did not croak and groan. He made life happier and more cheerful for those who came in contact with him. He was the children’s friend. He did not grow sour and crabbed with years. He mellowed with age and grew old gracefully. A worthy citizen, a good neighbor, a kind indulgent husband and father is gone. H. W. M.
Obituary: John Uren Wetzel
Died, September 24th, in the township of Thompson, John Uren, only child of John and Selina Wetzel, aged 6 months and 14 days.
John was a flower too frail to stand the storms of life. His spirit has flown back to be folded beneath the wings of angels. Though his infant smiles lighted our home for only a few short months, we fain would have retained him, but we reverently bow to the will of Him who said suffer little children to come unto me and forbid them not. Apple River, Ill. Oct. 17, 1894
Obituary: Mrs. Mary Jagger
Mrs. Mary Jagger, wife of the late James Jagger died at her home in Thompson township on Thursday, July 27, at 2 o’clock a. m., and was buried on Friday in the Scales Mound cemetery, funeral services were held at the Mt. Sumner M. E. church, Rev. W. A. Adron officiating.
The deceased was 72 years of age, and for about half a century has resided in this vicinity. Together with her husband they accumulated a large fortune, owning about 500 acres of the best land in the township. Since the death of her husband she seldom left the farm, and was in fair health up to the last sickness. She was a kind and affectionate mother and also a christian lady. Two children, Mr. William Jagger and Mrs. Cooke remain to mourn their mother’s departure.
The following six gentlemen acted as pall bearers, they also conveyed the remains of her husband to its last resting place several years ago: W. L. White, J. C. White, Patrick Hayes, W. H. Berryman, James Francomb and William Laird. The family has the sympathy of all in their sad bereavement.
Card of Thanks:
Mr. William Jagger and family, and sister Mrs. Cooke and family return many thanks to the friends who so kindly assisted them in their sad bereavement, during the illness and death of their mother.
Obituary: Ada Stauss
Ada, the little daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Stauss of this village died at their home Monday night and was buried in Highland cemetery Tuesday afternoon. Ada was two years old and was a very bright child. A short time ago she was taken sick but the family thought, also the physician, that the little one would recover, but a few days before her death, was pronounced in a very dangerous condition. The young couple have the sympathy of all in loss of their little one. Their eldest child who has been very sick will recover.
Obituary: Mrs. Eliza Cook
Mrs. Eliza Cook (nee Jagger) died at her home in Thompson, Aug. 17, 1893. Her parents emigrated from England to this country in 1851 settling at Scales Mound. There in the fifth year following she was born. The family soon removed to Thompson and settled on the homestead which has since been her home. In 1888 she was married to Henry Cook.
Her last illness, which last for nine long weeks was severe, but she bore it with much fortitude. During this time she was called to mourn the death of her mother. Supported on the arms of friends, she was enabled to look for the last time in to the face and to lay a kiss upon the brow of her dearest earthly friend. Though she all the care that kind friends could bestow on her, yet when her mother was gone, she mourned that she had no near relative that could care for her. One tie alone held her back to this life, it was a mother’s love, a wife’s affection.
She was a member of the Salem M. E. church. Naturally of a modest, retiring nature she feared the public gaze, yet she had a heart and mind for every good work. She leaves a husband, a child two years old and a brother, William Jagger, to mourn her departure. The remains were interred in the Scales Mound cemetery.
Obituary: Mrs. Henry Cook
Mrs. Henry Cook, aged 37 years, died at the family residence in Thompson township, on Thursday, Aug.17, and was buried on Saturday. Funeral services were held at Mt. Sumner M. E. church, Rev. W. A. Adron officiating.
The deceased was born in this vicinity, and was a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. James Jagger, the mother preceding her only a few days. She had been sick before the death of her mother, and on the day of the funeral was taken very sick, from which she never rallied.
Some five years ago she was united in marriage with Mr. Henry Cook, a prominent young farmer of that town. He had everything done, and employing four physicians, but of no avail, leaving the husband, a small child, and a brother to mourn her departure.
The following young men, nearly all school mates of the deceased, acted as pall bearers: William White, George Hayes, W. H. Zimmerman, John Wetzel, Bej. Laird, Wesly White, William and Henry McQuillen.
She was a member of the M. E. church and was a christian lady. The family have the sympathy of friends in the loss of a loving wife, and mother, and also a kind sister.
Obituary: Hugh Gunn
Mr. Hugh Gunn died at his home on Franklin street shortly before noon today. He had lived to the green old age of 77 years. Death was due to general debility and was probably hastened by an attack of the grippe. He had been complaining for several weeks but was up and around on the day before his death.
Mr. Gunn was a native of Ireland but came to this country in his youth, locating at Apple River where he purchased a farm on which he made his home until six years ago. He then sold out and came to Galena to end his days, purchasing a comfortable home on Franklin street. During his residence in Apple River he was held in the highest esteem by the citizens of that town, and won the respect of all who knew him since his removal to Galena.
He was the father of six children, five of whom survive. They are Dr. H. F. Gunn, the county physician; J. J. Gunn, the Franklin street merchant; Mrs. Eliza Murphy, of Bonaparte, Iowa; Mrs. Margaret Armstrong, of Apple River, and Susan, who lives at home. The eldest son fell while fighting for the Union in the late war. Mr. Gunn’s wife also survives him.
The funeral will take place from St. Michael’s church with requiem mass at 10 o’clock Saturday morning. Interment in the German Catholic cemetery.
Obituary: Hugh Gunn
The funeral of the late Hugh Gunn took place from the family residence on Franklin street at 10 o’clock to-day. At St. Michael’s church requiem high mass was celebrated and a timely sermon was preached by Rev. Dr. O’Callaghan. Interment was in the German Catholic cemetery. The pall bearers were Messrs. Bernard Martin, Michael Gorman, and Peter Kelly, of Galena and B. Lappin, P Hayes, and Thos. Beggin, of Apple River.
Obituary: Sampson Pooley
News has been received here of the death of Sampson Pooley, who passed away at his home one mile north of the village of Scales Mound at 2 o’clock Wednesday morning.
The deceased had been suffering from a complication of diseases, but the immediate cause of his death was pneumonia.
Sampson Pooley was born in Cornwall, England, and at the time of his death was aged about 60 years. He immigrated to this country in 1849. A wife, three sons and one daughter survive him. The daughter is married and resides in Kansas, two sons reside in Scales Mound, and the other is a minister in Chicago.
The funeral will take place at 1 o’clock Saturday, from the family residence. The interment will be made in the Scales Mound cemetery.
Obituary: Mrs. Anthony Raw
Mrs. Anthony Raw, an old and highly esteemed resident of Jo Daviess County, died, at her home in Council Hill at 10:20 o’clock, Sunday night, of dropsy of the heart, aged 73 years.
She was a lady universally respected, and her death, whilst occurring when she had attained to a ripe age, yet has cast a gloom over the community in which she has resided for so many years.
Her husband and one child preceded her to the grave. Nine sons and daughters, all of whom are grown to manhood and womanhood, survive her.
Obituary: Robert C. Lindsey
A dispatch was received from Chicago on Saturday, the 19th inst., announces the death of Robert C. Lindsey, who breathed his last Friday night on a Baltimore & Ohio train while on his way to Galena from Washington, D. C., where he held a clerkship in the War Department.
Mr. Lindsey was born in Vinegar Hill township. His father is dead, but his aged mother still lives, and resides on the old homestead with several of her children. Robert was formerly a student at the German English College in Galena. After leaving college he taught school in different parts of this county. He was at one time principal of the Elizabeth schools, and also was a teacher in the Apple River schools. Some time ago he moved to Iowa, and was following his profession there, when he secured a clerkship in the War Department at Washington. This was about one year and a half ago.
Consumption was his ailment, and it soon became evident that he could not recover. His relatives in this county were apprised of his condition, and received a letter a short time since announcing his determination to return to his old home to spend his last days. Mr. Lindsey was accompanied by the wife and four children who survive him. Mrs. Lindsey was a resident of Apple River township at the time of her marriage to her deceased husband.
The remains of Robert C. Lindsey arrived in Galena via Illinois Central railroad Sunday morning, accompanied by the wife and four children of the deceased, and were conveyed to the home of his mother in Vinegar Hill township.
Mr. Lindsey’s death occurred Friday, when the Baltimore & Ohio train upon which himself and family were passengers was at Zanesville, Ohio.
Mr. Lindsey was born in Wisconsin, but his parents settled in Vinegar Hill township, this county, when he was a child, and it was there that he was reared. His father, Thomas Lindsey, died six years ago, but his mother, Mrs. Rebecca Lindsey is still living, and resides on the old homestead.
The deceased about a year and two months prior to his death accepted a clerkship in the Sergeant General’s office at Washington, and it was while en route to his old home from the National Capitol that he passed away. Immediately prior to his removal to Washington he was principal of the high school at Bonaparte, Iowa. Previously he was principal of the Elizabeth, Scales Mound and Apple River schools.
The funeral of Mr. Lindsey took place from the residence of the mother of the deceased in Vinegar Hill Township at 1 o’clock Tuesday a. m. Rev. H. T. Smidt, pastor of the German Presbyterian church in Galena, conducted services at the house, and the remains were interred in Greenwood.
Obituary: Mrs. B. McDonald
Mrs. B. McDonald, an old resident of Thompson township, died at her residence last Friday afternoon, after a short illness, and was buried in the Catholic cemetery on Sunday afternoon. It was one of the largest funerals we ever witnessed. The church was filled with neighbors and friends. Rev. Father Shannahan delivered an able funeral sermon and if all present heeded the words of the pastor, they would not go far a stray. Undertaker John Sullivan had charge of the remains. It was encased in a fine metallic casket with elegant trimmings. It was the finest casket ever used in the village.
The deceased leaves two sons and one daughter and hosts of relatives and friends to mourn her departure The following gentlemen acted as pall bearers: Thos. Beggin, William Laird, William Uren, Mr. Harrington, Bernard Lappin, and John Palmer.
Obituary: George W. Watson
George W. Watson died at his parents home in Apple River, Illinois, April 15, 1889, of dropsy of the heart, aged 30 years, 11 months and 15 days. Deceased was born April 26, 1858, at the old homestead in Apple River, Ill. At the age of 21 years he moved to a farm in the limits of the village of Apple River, where he resided for three years. He then, having sold his farm, removed with his brother Arthur to the Edwin Corwith farm, where he resided until one month previous to his death, excepting three months last winter, which he spent in California for his health, returning in the spring much improved. In December last e took a severe cold and it brought on his old trouble, Bright’s disease, which terminated in dropsy of the heart, which caused his death.
He leaves a father, mother and four brothers, Arthur, Henry, Albert and Sherman, and one sister, Mrs. George E. Steele, of Hanover, Ill., to mourn his death. One sister passed on before him. Deceased was an honest and upright kind friend and neighbor and an affectionate son and brother.
Obituary: Mrs. Elizabeth Parkins
Mrs. Elizabeth Parkins died at her home on Dewey avenue, December 17, 1902. The funeral took place Dec. 19. Interment was made in Grant Hill cemetery.
She was married twice. Her first husband was John Newsom who died twenty-five years ago. She was married six years later to Phillip Parkins who died six years after their marriage.
Her family consisted of five children, one of whom is dead. Those still living are: William, Mrs. Clara Simmons, Mrs. Maud Taylor, and Mattie Newsom.
Mrs. Parkins was sick for ten years and totally blind for six years. During all these years of terrible suffering she bore up with Christian resignation. She never murmured or complained and when the last hour of life approached she peacefully resigned her spirit up to the God who gave it, where she can peacefully rest through eternity.
Obituary: Alfred Palmer
Alfred Palmer, second son of Mr. John Palmer, of Galena and Thompson, died at the family residence in Thompson township, on Monday night, March 10th, at 10 o’clock, of pneumonia, aged 19 years. The young man was taken sick last Thanksgiving with lung fever, and had never recovered from its effects. On Saturday Mr. Palmer was in the village and thought he was improving a little but Monday he got worse, which terminated in his death.
The deceased was born in Warren, moving with his parents to Galena, thence to a farm in Thompson. He had the misfortune to have his leg shot last fall by the accidental discharge of a gun and was confined a long time with that, but recovered and was then taken sick as above.
He will be buried in the Warren cemetery tomorrow, Thursday. Short funeral service will be held at the house conducted by Rev. J. Lowery, of this village. The funeral sermon will be preached later. On account of the distance from the house to the cemetery, the sermon was postponed we understand. The young man had hosts of friends and was liked by the entire community. Mr. and Mrs. Palmer and family have the sympathy of all who know the loss of so young a member of the family, and the entire community.
Obituary: Alfred Miles Palmer
Alfred Miles Palmer, second son of John and Anna (Caldwell) Palmer, was born in Warren, Jo Daviess county, November 24, 1870. When he was a small child his parents removed to Galena, and here he acquired the rudiments of his education. In 1883 they removed to Thompson township, where the rest of his short life was passed. He inherited the musical talent which marks the family, and from the age of fourteen until his death he was a member of the Scales Mound band. During his residence in Thompson he was a faithful member of the Salem M. E. Sunday school.
About last Thanksgiving day he was attacked by lung fever. At first the disease was not thought to manifest any dangerous symptoms; but, in spite of the most careful nursing, it lingered on until March 10, when it terminated fatally.
His funeral, on the 13th inst., drew a large concourse of sorrowing friends. The Scales Mound band attended in force, an, as a last tribute to their deceased brother, laid a beautiful floral harp on his casket. The funeral services were simple and impressive. At the family residence the Baus family quartet, of Guilford, sang Asleep in Jesus. Prayer was offered by the rev. James W. Lowery, pastor of the Apple River M. E. church, after which the quartet rendered Abide With Me. Mr. Lowery then spoke for a few minutes in a manner that left no dry eyes among his hearers, and the exercises were closed by the quartet singing, Savior, While Our Hearts Are Bleeding. The funeral cortege then followed the hearse to the Warren cemetery, where the remains were to repose. Arriving at the cemetery the band played a dirge from the entrance to the grave. The burial service was read by Rev. Mr. Lowery, and then the band, circling around the grave of their loved associate, played Shall We Gather at the River?
It is impossible to contemplate the death of so fine a youth without feeling the most painful emotions. Nature had endowed him with generous gifts. She had cast him in a beautiful mold. The outer casket was a fit setting for its inner jewel. Fair in feature and graceful in form, his outer beauty was illuminated and enhanced by the beauty of the soul within. His last words, Father loves me - mother loves me - I'll lay down and sleep, were typical of his character. He was of a noble and generous temper. He hated the coarse and impure; he loved the true, the beautiful, the good. Handsome in person, engaging in address, his youth and sunny disposition won the love and sympathy of all, and the tearful faces and sobbing voices at the funeral attested the universal sorrow caused by his untimely death. A noble son, a dear brother, a promising life has been lost to the world.
Card of thanks:
We wish to express our heartfelt thanks to our many friends, neighbors and relatives who so kindly assisted and sympathized with us in the death of our loved one, Mrs. Margaret Barrett.
Also we express our appreciation to those who sent flowers, and to Miss Isola Levitte, Mrs. Robert Beall, Mrs. Leo W. Charlton, who furnished the music at the funeral. (signed) Enoch Barrett, James Barrett, Mrs. Hannah Wright, Mrs. G. W. Stauss, Mrs. Mamie Malone
Obituary: Phillip Parkin
Phillip Parkin, perhaps the most widely citizen of Thompson township was killed in a runaway accident on his own farm about 10 o’clock Friday. He was working in the hay-field when his team took fright and ran away. As the sulky rake which he was driving was jolted over the rough ground, Mr. Parkin was thrown from his seat and fell in front of the prongs of the hay turner, by which he was dragged fully one hundred rods. A hired hand was in a distant part of the field and hastened to the assistance of his employer but when he reached the spot where the body lay he found that life was extinct. There were slight wounds on different parts of the body, made by the prongs of the rake, but death was caused by a deep wound behind the ear, the exact cause of which could not be ascertained.
The announcement of his tragic death occasioned great excitement among his neighbors and friends in Schapville, and before noon there was a great crowd at his home, anxious to show there sympathy and do all in their power for the comfort of the stricken family. In Galena, where Mr. Parkin was widely known and held in the highest esteem, the announcement will be received with sorrow.
Mr. Parkin had been a resident of Jo Daviess county since 1840. He was born in Parish Camborn, Cornwall, England, Oct. 20, 1817, and leaving his native land at the age of 23, came to Galena by the most direct line then known. He had learned the carpenters’ trade, at which he worked for three years after his arrival in Galena. His trade called him to Thompson, where he bought a farm from the government when the land was thrown open to settlement. Here he had ever since lived and prospered, adding year by year many broad acres to his original farm. He also continued work at his trade and many fine buildings in that part of the county were designed and erected by him.
He had always been a public spirited man and held the utmost confidence of the people of Thompson, who elected him to the office of Supervisor several years and to many other offices of trust. He was a police magistrate in his town nearly thirty years and his experience together with careful study in that direction made him an authority on legal matters. He was the originator of the Thompson and Guilford Mutual Fire Insurance Company, a flourishing corporation of which he was president since its incorporation in 1877. It was due to his careful management that this organization became the firmly established one that it is.
Mr. Parkin’s first wife died a number of years ago. He was again married in 1884 to Mrs. Elizabeth Newsome, who survives him, with three children by her first husband, Mrs. Wm. Simmons, of Galena, Mrs. W. H. Taylor , of Sharon, and Mattie, who lives at home. Mr. Parkin died childless.
He was a striking figure, with his rough, honest face and piercing eye, his entire physiognomy denoting intellectual strength and integrity. He will be greatly missed, not alone at his home, but in Galena, where he was last seen in perfect health a few days ago.
Obituary: Phillip Parkin
The funeral of Phillip Parkin, of Thompson, took place from the Salem M. E. church in that town Friday and was the most largely attended funeral ever held in that part of the county. Mrs. Obadiah Taylor, Mrs. Wm. Simmons and others from Galena attended.
From later received particulars of the accident which caused Mr. Parkin’s death, it appears that he was riding a hay tedder when the accident occurred, and it was one of the steel pronged forks of the implement that caused his death. When he fell the tooth of the fork penetrated his head back of the ear, piercing the brain and coming out near the mouth, making a terrible wound which must have caused instantaneous death.
Mr. Parkin was a member of the Salem church, in which he held the offices of Steward and Trustee. He was the postmaster at Houghton, the only post office in Thompson township, for years, but on the advent of the Cleveland administration the office was moved to the hamlet of Schapville and the name changed, and H. Schapp was appointed postmaster. Mr. Parkin did long service for his town on the County Board and was one of the leaders of that body while there. He was a life-long and radical Republican.
Obituary: Mrs. Nancy Bunker
Nancy Lobdell was born September 5, 1830, in Clinton county, New York. She moved to Canada when a young woman and while there formed the acquaintance of Thomas J. Bunker, with whom she was united in marriage Sept. 20, 1849. After their marriage they moved to New York state and remained there till they came to Illinois, nearly thirty years ago. They located near Lena and resided there till the death of her husband, Oct. 27, 1881.
Of this union eleven children - five sons and six daughters - were born, three of whom died. Nine grew to maturity. All are married except for a daughter, who is at this writing sick at her home in Iowa.
After the death of her husband the deceased resided most of the time in Apple river with her daughter, Mrs. Beri Serviss. She remained in her usual health until about ten days previous to her demise, when she took a heavy cold, which combined with asthma (from which she was a life-long sufferer) made speedy work, breaking down the vital forces. She seemed to realize from the first that her last sickness had come. But death found her ready.
Her life work was always regarded as a preparation for another life, and for many years she was a faithful member of the Baptist Church. She was fully conscious that her days were numbered, and, like a weary pilgrim, longed for home and rest. She realized fully that the One whom she had served saved in the sweltering flood. Personally, we believe there are crowns, and we have no doubt that she wears one.
Obituary: Miss Katie Kelly
Miss Katie Kelly passed away at her home on Bench street at 5 o’clock Wednesday evening. A victim of pulmonary consumption, she had been in failing health for some time, but the fatal work of the disease was hastened by an attack of the grippe, which she suffered two weeks ago. The young lady’s age was 20 years 11 months.
She was the youngest daughter but one of John P. and the late Elizabeth Kelly. Three brothers and four sisters survive her, all of whom live at home except two of the brothers, who, with their father, live in Chicago. The younger brother is now here and the elder, Peter, and her father are expected to arrive to-morrow. The funeral will take place Thursday morning.
Obituary: Katie Kelly
The funeral of Miss Katie Kelly took place from St. Michael’s church at 10 o’clock this morning. High mass of requiem was celebrated, after which the burial rite was recited and a few remarks on the life of the deceased were made by the pastor. Many friends were assembled at the church to participate in the last sad rites. The pall bearers were James Harney, Matthew Moran, James Woods, Will Gavin, J. T. Slattery and W. D. McDermott. The father and brothers of the deceased were here from Chicago to attend the funeral.
Obituary: Miss Annie Willey
Miss Annie Willey died at the home of her mother on Third street on the East Side at 5 o’clock this morning. Thus has ended months of terrible suffering which had been endured with true Christian patience and fortitude. Deceased was 28 years of age, and had been in ill health for several years, her ailment finally developing into consumption.
She was educated at the Galena High School and for some years taught school in this county and other places, and followed that calling until increasing ill health necessitated her giving it up.
Miss Willey was a sister of Otto Willey and of Miss Pauline Willey who has been a teacher in the Galena schools for several years. One other sister, Mrs. Weisberger, of LeMars, and three other brothers are left to mourn her departure. She was a devout Christian, a member of the sodality of St. Mary’s Church, and was reconciled to die. The time of the funeral has not yet been decided upon and will be announced later.
Obituary: Mrs. Elizabeth Willey
Mrs. Elizabeth Willey died at her home on Fourth street at 2 o’clock Sunday morning, after an illness of only a few days, of pneumonia. She was in her usual health an attended church on the Sunday before her death, her illness beginning the following day, originating in the epidemic.
Her daughter, Mrs. Weisgber, of Lemars, and her son Joseph, of Minneapolis, were summoned but did not arrive until after her death.
The age of deceased was 65 years. She had lived in Galena many years. Her husband, Xavier Willey, died a few years ago. Among her children are Otto and Frank, the well known musicians and blacksmiths, and Miss Paulina Willey, a teacher in the public schools. Another son is employed at Barry Bros’. She leaves numerous other relatives in this vicinity. Mrs. Courtade, who recently removed to Bellvue from Galena, is a sister. She was a cousin of Mrs. S. Maybrun and an aunt of Mrs. M. DeVry.
Obituary: Matthew Grindey
Mr. Matthew Grindey died at his home in Thompson township, Ill., January 31, 1890, aged 63 years, 10 months and 5 days. The deceased was born at Round Knowl, in Staffordshire, Eng., March 26, 1826. He emigrated to America December 24, 1850, and was united in marriage to Miss Mary Beck, July 4, 1862. The result of this union was four sons and four daughters.
In 1869 they moved to Thompson township and followed the honorable vocation of farming. Matthew Grindey was an affectionate husband, indulgent father and kind neighbor. All that could be done by his wife and children, medical skill and kind neighbors was done in the effort to prolong his stay, but an All-wise Creator ruled otherwise. He remained conscious to the last. He was prepared and realized that his end was nigh. He leaves a wife, four sons and four daughters to mourn his departure.
The funeral sermon was preached in the M. E. church at Scales Mound, Feb. 3, by Rev. Jas. Lowery. Text Amos, 4th chapter, last clause of the 12th verse: Prepare to meet thy God. The remains were followed to the Scales Mound cemetery by the mourners and a large concourse of sympathizing friends.
Card of thanks:
We desire to return our sincere thanks to our friends and neighbors for assistance during the sickness and death of our husband and father. We appreciate the sympathy and kindness manifested by them in this, our hour of bereavement. Also through other sickness in the family. (signed) Mrs. Mary Grindey and Family.
Obituary: Charles E. Maynard
Apple River, Nov. 3 - Died, at the residence of M. Maynard, banker and merchant of this place, Charles E. Maynard, his eldest son, aged 28 years, 2 months and 10 days. The subject of this sketch was born and raised in this village.
He received a thorough business education, having had charge of his father’s store while a mere boy, and assumed the responsibility of conducting business of the bank during his father’s long sojourn in Europe in 1884. On his return the father was so well pleased regarding the conduction of his business during his absence that Charles was taken into full partnership in the general merchandise business. After operating the same for a number of years successfully, he sold out his interest to his brother, Earle M. Maynard, with his intention of making medicine his profession. He entered the Chicago Medical College in Sept. 1888, and the following spring his health began to fail and he was advised to go south by Profs. Davis and Billings of the above named college. After spending considerable time in Texas and Colorado, and all to no avail, he, in company with his devoted wife, who had on all these occasions accompanied him and ministered to his every want, returned to Apple River a few weeks ago.
He was married July 25, 1887, to Miss Clara E. Elgar, of Platteville, Wis. He was a constant attendant of the M. E. church and a prime factor of the Sabbath school for years.
The funeral was held at the family residence Monday, Nov. 3, at 1 o’clock, and conducted by Galena Commandery No. 40, K. T. Rev Jas. Lowery, of the M. E. church, also made a few choice remarks at the house. The honorary pall bearers were Gen. Smith D. Atkins, Hon. H. C. Burchard, Hon. Michael Stoskopf, Leslie A. Muna, Jacob Hartman, and W. T. Brady, of Freeport, and W. F. Jacobs and F. W. Wylie, of Amboy, all members of the Freeport Consistory.
The Knight Templar pall bearers were Jas. Charlton, Dr. F. L. Carr and S. R. Crawford, Apple River; W. F. Conyne and J. A. Eade, Warren; and R. H. Fiddick, Galena.
A large number of Sir Knights from abroad were in attendance, among whom we noted the following: From Galena were Judge Spensley, E. W. Montgomery, W. R. Holder, Sidney Hunkins, S. O. Stillman, S. H. Stillman, T. G. Wonderly, R. M. Spensley, R. H. Fiddick, D. A. Taylor, J. S. Baume, D. Stewart, J. B. Brown, G. C. Biesman and T. E. Moore. From Mineral Point Commandery - John S. and W. W. Wiley. From Scales Mound - Jas. Carr and Dr. H. M. Fowler. Sir Knights Joseph Hicks, S. K. Miner, W. F. Conyne, L. K. Lee, John Stanton, Walter Stickney and S. A. Clark from Warren and Sir Knights George Frost of Riverside, Cal. And T. S. McFadden, Apple River.
Apple River Lodge No. 548 F. & A. M. was well represented and were attired in deep mourning in appropriate respect for their late brother. The Masonic ceremonies were very impressive and ably conducted under the supervision of Wm. Spensley, Eminent Commander and Captain General J. S. Baume, with S. O. Stillman, Prelate. The casket was profusely decorated with numerous choice floral tributes, representing the esteem of his many friends at home and abroad.
Relatives and friends from a distance were Mrs. Stephen Elgar, mother of Mrs. C. E. Maynard, William Elgar, William Kolb, Frank Newton, and the Misses Lydia McDougal and Fannie Richards, also Mrs. Richards, all of Platteville; and Mr. and Mrs. E. M. Funk, of Hampton, IA.
C. F. Taylor, L. A. Baldwin, J. W. Rowe, and Fred Morris assisted by J. P. Kerlin, organist, all of Warren, rendered some choice selections.
Deceased was made a Master Mason at Galena Feb. 16, 1884, and took the Chapter and Commandery degrees during the same year. In 1885 he took the Consistory Degree at Freeport. In all the above lodges he held several important offices and was held in high esteem by all the fraternal members. Deceased leaves a widow, who is comfortably provided for.
The funeral was the largest ever in this village, which was but a small token of the respect in which the deceased was held. Words can hardly express the feeling of sorrow and sympathy which is manifest here for the widow and relatives of deceased.
Obituary: Mrs. William Oatey
Mrs. Oatey, whose maiden name was Thomas, was born in the County of Devon, England, on April 10, 1817, was married to the late William Oatey in 1841, emigrated to the United States with her husband and five children, coming to Hazel Green, Wis., in 1849, and died February 25, 1891, in full triumph of the Christian faith, aged 73 years, 10 months and 15 days.
Deceased did not enjoy the happy privilege of an early religious training, but about the year 1835, she, with her husband, united with the Primitive Methodist Church, of which they both continued to be consistent members up to the time of their emigration to the United States. Upon their arrival in the United States they united with the Methodist Episcopal Church and both continued to be consistent members of that church to the close of their lives.
About the year 1854 Mrs. Oatey, with her husband and family, moved to Council Hill township, Ill., and settled on the present homestead near Council Hill Station, where she has since resided. She was the mother of nine children, seven of them having preceded her to the better land. Only two of her children survive her, viz.: Mr. Samuel Oatey, at present collector of the town of Council Hill, president of the board of education, and who is also engaged in carrying n farming operations on the original homestead; and Mrs. Jefferey, wife of Hon. James Jefferey, of Georgetown, Wis. Several of the children lived to manhood and womanhood and were taken in the prime of life. One of them John Rodda, Corporal of Company F, Ninety-Sixth Regiment Illinois Volunteers, whose name is inscribed on the column of immortal heroes, was killed at the battle of Chickamauga, September 20, 1863.
Deceased was a great sufferer for over 30 years from a severe asthmatic complaint, during which period there has been numerous instances in which her life was despaired of. She endured all her sufferings and bereavements with remarkable patience, fortitude and resignation, being ever extremely desirous of causing the very least trouble to her children and attendants. She was a lady of eminent Christian character, a kind mother, a good helpmate and faithful friend. When it became apparent that her end was drawing near, and departure would be a sorrowful on to her children, her attention being called thereto, she replied that they were not to sorrow on her account, that with her all was well;’ and she said, When the first trumpet shall sound I shall be there - I shall be there.
The funeral services commenced at the residence of the deceased and were continued at Council Hill Station church. Rev. William Harvey, of Hazel Green, conducted the services, preaching from Romans, 2d chapter, 7th verse to a large and attentive congregation, every seat in the church being occupied on the occasion, after which the remains, followed by a large procession, were taken to Ebenezer Church Cemetery, to be laid at rest with her husband and loved ones. The following gentlemen acted as pall bearers: W. Ford, T. Combelilek, W. Tippett, Wm. Lupton, of Council Hill, N. Gummow and W. Richards, of Scales Mound.
Obituary: Mrs. Mary Ann Rigdon
Mrs. Mary Ann Rigdon, wife of Joseph C. Rigdon, passed away at her home on Third street, on the East Side at 5 o’clock Wednesday evening, after only one week’s illness. She was taken ill one day last week, but her condition was not regarded as serious at first and on Thursday the family moved into a new house, to which she was taken in a carriage. That same evening, the chimney of the house took fire and the alarm occasioned produced such a shock as to aggravate her illness, which developed into congestion of the brain.
Deceased was the only child of Mrs. Seaman, an old and worthy resident of Galena. She was born in this city thirty-two years ago last May, and was married to Joseph C. Rigdon about twelve years ago. She leaves three bright little boys, who will sadly miss a mother’s tender care.
A sad feature of her early demise is that her husband had just purchased a comfortable home, of which he had hardly taken possession, when death’s dark shadow crossed the threshold. Mrs. Rigdon was an estimable women, and a model wife and mother. Her husband, who is the fireman on Conductor Larkin’s train on the Northwestern, and has many friends along the line, and the mother and children have the sympathy of all in their great affliction.
The funeral will take place from the family residence to-morrow at 1:30 o’clock. Requiem services at St. Michael’s Catholic church at 2. Interment at Greenwood.
Obituary: Frank A. Rakow
At 6 o’clock this morning, after an illness of a few months, Frank A. Rakow passed peacefully away, aged 30 years, at the family residence on Second street. Mr. Rakow was the second son of the late Frederick A. Rakow, who was so well known in Galena, and it is remarkable that the son should die on the same day of the same month that his father did sixteen years ago.
Frank was educated at St. Clement’s convent in Galena, and was married in March, 1886, to Miss Fannie Parker, of Galena. After his marriage he moved to Iowa and owns a fine farm at Albia. He leaves a widow and two little children, a girl aged four and a boy of two years, too young to know their great loss. He was a loving husband, father and brother. Deceased was a Christian and faithful in his attendance to his church duties, even when he had to travel a long distance to church. This is indeed a sad affliction to his wife, mother, brother and sister.
He came home a few short weeks ago, hoping the change would do him good, and was able to ride out until within a few days, but his disease was not to be stayed. His mother knows what sorrow is, but she, and all his friends, take comfort in the assurance that God doeth all things well, and look to God as the only helper in such a sorrow as this.
Obituary: Mrs. William Burrows
Mrs. William Burrows, wife of an employee of the Chicago & Northwestern road, passed away at her home on Spring street shortly before noon to-day. Her illness was pneumonia and she had been ill only one week.
Her loss is a particular severe one, as the afflicted husband is left with six small children, all girls, the eldest of whom is but ten years of age and the youngest a babe of three weeks.
Mr. Burrows has been located here for some time as section foreman and moved his family to the city from Rewey about one year ago, at which time he purchased the Morrison house on Spring street. The deceased was 32 years of age and was an exemplary wife and mother. Her untimely death leaves an irreparable gap in the family circle, who have the deepestly sympathy of their friends in Galena. A sister of the deceased arrived from Rewey last night and was with her when she died.
Obituary: Mrs. William McMullen
Mrs. Margaret McMullen, wife of William McMullen, a well known citizen of Galena, passed away at the family residence on the East Side Wednesday after a week’s illness. She contracted the grippe while attending a sick neighbor last week, and it developed into pneumonia.
The deceased was a native of Ireland and was upward of 70 years of age. The greater part of her life was spent in this city, where she was widely known, and she was esteemed by all who knew her for her many admirable traits of character. Three daughters and one son are left to mourn with the bereaved husband. They are Mrs. Edward O’Rourke, of Chicago; Mary and Nellie, who reside at home and Hugh, who is married and lives in Chicago. Mrs. McMullen was a member of the Catholic church.
The funeral will take place from St. Michael’s church Friday afternoon at 2 o’clock.
Obituary: Raymond Poyzer
Raymond Poyzer, aged 3 years, 9 months, and 25 days, only child of Reuben and Alice Poyzer, died Aug. 22, 1893. Raymond was a strong child and little did we think that his stay would be so short. He was wise, thoughtful and obedient beyond his years.
Obituary: Bernice Hume
Bernice Hume, second child of Alex. And Mary Hume, died Aug. 31, 1863, aged 1 year, 10 months, and 24 days. Bernice was a flower too frail to stand the storms of time, her spirit, like Noe’s dove, found here no resting place, and has flown back to be folded beneath the wings of angels. We are glad that she came, though her infant smiles lighted our home for only a few short months. We fain would have retained her, but we reverently bow to the will of Him who has said, Suffer the children to come unto me, and forbid them not. W. W. W.
Obituary: Rule Laird
Master Rule Laird, aged 8 years, and a son of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Laird, of Thompson, died Friday morning and was buried in Highland cemetery on Sunday afternoon.
Obituary: Mrs. Will T. Cubbon
Another of those unfortunate runaway accidents, which are all too frequent on the rough roads of this section, occurred at Elizabeth Wednesday evening, and the victim this time was the young wife of Mr. Will T. Cubbon, a niece of Moses Rees, Esq., and a daughter-in-law of Mr. Thomas Cubbon, of this city.
The accident happened between the hours of 5 and 6 Wednesday evening, within a mile of the lady’s home, which is about four miles distant from Elizabeth, at the foot of Long Hollow. Mrs. Cubbon had driven her mother, who was to have taken the train at Elizabeth for East Dubuque, to the village. They parted after ascending the hill just beyond the Apple river, and Mrs. Cubbon began her journey back home. When nearly at her journey’s end the horses took fright and ran away, and she either jumped or was thrown from the vehicle.
The team proceeded homeward, and a son of Thos. Holland, happening along some minutes after the accident, found the unconscious form of Mrs. Cubbon near the top of Barrington's hill. He summoned assistance and carried the body to Mrs. John Ingram’s house, near by, and messengers were dispatched to inform the husband and to secure medical aid. But she remained unconscious until death came, about an hour after her body was found.
The suddenly afflicted husband was beside himself with grief and the news of the accident caused profound sorrow in Elizabeth, where Mrs. Cubbon was universally known and esteemed. The team which she was driving when the accident occurred, had run away but a day or two before.
Mrs. Cubbon was a daughter of Mrs. Sarah Rees, of Elizabeth, and was but 25 years of age. Only last winter she was united in marriage to Mr. Cubbon. She had many friends in Galena, to whom the news of her sudden death brought great grief.
The funeral will take place to-morrow at 10:30 o’clock. Services will be conducted at the house and burial will be made in the Elizabeth cemetery.
Obituary: Mintie May Stauss
Died August 2, 1893, in the town of Schapville, Mintie May Stauss, aged 2 years, 1 week and 1 day. The little daughter of Mr. and Mrs. ?____ Stauss passed quietly away of cholera infantum. Little Mintie was a bright little girl of two years and was beloved by all who knew her. The parents were almost heart broken over the sudden death of their little daughter. The bereaved have the sympathy of many in their affliction.
The remains were interred in the cemetery of Schapville Aug. 3d, a vast concourse of friends following the little remains to their last resting place. Rev. Geo. Bergmau officiated.
Obituary: John W. Rakow
John W. Rakow, the youngest and last surviving son of the late Frederick Rakow, died at the family residence on Park avenue a 3 o’clock Wednesday a. m. His illness was tuberculosis. He was first prostrated at his home in Chicago early in the winter by an attack of pneumonia from which he rallied only to succumb to another form of pulmonary disease, his lungs having been fatally attacked. As the disease continued to progress he was brought to his mother’s home, where his death occurred after weeks of intense suffering.
Mr. Rakow was in his twenty-seventh year, which he would have completed next May. He was born and reared to manhood in Galena and received a thorough business education in the public schools and the German-English College. After his graduation he spent several years in the West and after returning to Galena he was associated with W. A. Telford in the building trade. In the spring of 1891 he went to Chicago and engaged in the commission business, which he was obliged to relinquish by failing health.
Two years ago Mr. Rakow married Miss Robbins, a daughter of J. C. Robbins of Belmont, Wis., with whom he leaves one child but a few months old. One sister also survives him. His untimely death cut short what promised to be a useful and honorable career.
There were no hopes of recovery from the time he was brought to Galena, and the tender care of his mother, wife and sister only availed to make his last days as comfortable as possible. The funeral will take place Friday at 2 o’clock from St. Mary’s Catholic church.
Marriage: Cottier - Edwards
The wedding of Miss Mamie Cottier to Mr. W. J. Edwards, of Rockford, was solemnized a 8 o’clock Thursday evening, at the home of the bride on Fourth street. A small company of relatives and most intimate friends witnessed the ceremony, which was impressively pronounced by Rev. John Lee, pastor of the First M. E. church. The bride and groom had no attendants.
After the ceremony congratulations were bestowed on the happy couple and a bounteous wedding feast was enjoyed. Mr. and Mrs. Edwards departed on the midnight train for Rockford. They will live at 305 Mulberry street in that city, where the provident groom has a house already furnished. A large number of useful and elegant gifts were bestowed upon the bride.
The bride is the eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Cottier and is a most estimable young lady. She has a large circle of friends in this city by whom she will be greatly missed. Mr. Edwards, the bridegroom, is a son of Mr. J. H. Edwards, the painter. He is an industrious and progressive young man and has risen to a position of responsibility in the large manufacturing establishment of W. & G. Barnes at Rockford. He shares with his bride the well wishes of a legion of friends in Galena.
Marriage: Kreeger - Duerstein
Mr. Joseph Duerstein and Miss Emma Kreeger were united in marriage at the home of the bride in Guilford Township Thursday evening. The ceremony took place promptly at 7 o’clock, the Rev. Mr. Bruchert, pastor of the Presbyterian church at Schapville officiating.
A large assemblage of friends was present at the ceremony and participated in the subsequent festivities which were on an elaborate scale. A large number of Galena friends were guests at the wedding. Many beautiful and substantial tokens of esteem were bestowed on the bride.
The happy couple have gone to housekeeping on Mr. Duerstein’s farm in Thompson. They are both well and favorably known and they begin conjugal life under most auspicious circumstances.
Obituary: Mrs. Mary Edwards
Mrs. Mary Edwards, the wife of William J. Edwards, died at 9 o’clock Tuesday evening at the residence of her mother, Mrs. John Cottier, on the East Side. The disease that cut her down was consumption, with which she had been failing since last fall. She was Mrs. Cottier’s eldest daughter, and was 22 years of age.
She was born in this city and educated in the public schools. Two years ago she was married to W. J. Edwards, and they went to Rockford to reside. A few months ago her health became so bad that they broke up their home at Rockford and she was brought to Galena to be cared for by her mother. She was a faithful and consistent member of the First Methodist church of this city. Her death is the second bereavement the family has sustained within a year and they are sympathized with by a large group of friends.
The funeral will be held Thursday at 2:30 o’clock from the residence, Rev. E. C. Arnold officiating.
Obituary: Miss Jennie Cringle
Miss Jennie Cringle, the eldest daughter of Mr. James Cringle, died at the family residence on Jackson street at 2 o’clock this afternoon, at the age of 24. Her death was caused by consumption, with which she had suffered patiently for many months. Last winter she was taken ill with the grippe, from which her fatal disease developed. For the last six months she was confined to her bed.
The deceased was a most estimable young lady and her gentle disposition surrounded her with loving friends whose ministrations during her trying illness were untiring. She was a member of the first Methodist church of this city, and also of its Sunday school, and took an active interest in their work.
There survive her three brothers, the eldest being Mr. John Cringle of the Galena News Democrat, and one sister, who is the wife of William Vincent, Jr., of East Galena. Her mother died two years ago.
The funeral services of Miss Cringle were held on Sunday afternoon at the home of the family. Rev. John Lee preached the sermon.
Marriage: Rowe - Huebsch
On March 31 at the hour of 8 o’clock in the evening, at the home of Mr. and Mrs. John Rowe of Apple River, occurred the marriage of their eldest daughter Murial, to Mr. Adam Huebsch of Rice, Rev. R. W. VanAlstyne of Scales Mound officiating. As the wedding march was played by Miss Susie Rowe, accompanied by Mr. Shelby McFadden, the bridal party entered the room where in the presence of 60 guests the solemn rites were read that made the contracting parties husband and wife.
The groom was attired in the conventional black, while the bride was dressed in a gown of Japanese embroidery and carried a bouquet of heliotrope hyacinths.
Miss Rowe is one of Apple River’s most estimable young women and has taught school for several years. Mr. Heubsch is a fortunate man to win her for his bride. Mr. Heubsch is a progressive young man, with very exemplary habits. After the usual congratulations, the company sat down to a sumptuous three course supper. Music was furnished during the evening by Mr. Shelby McFadden, Miss Susie Rowe, Miss Lucile King and others who sang. There were a number of beautiful presents.
The happy couple went to Chicago and other points on their wedding tour and will be at home to their friends in Rice township after May 1st.
Obituary: Mrs. Mary Donovan
Last week we noted the serious illness of Mrs. John F. Donovan which resulted in her death before the item was read in print. Her death occurred at her home in Warren Wednesday, Oct. 23, after an illness which extended over four years the last ten days of which her suffering was very severe. The funeral occurred Saturday at the Catholic church in Apple River, Rev. Father Quinn officiating. Interment was made in the West Ella cemetery at Apple River by her request in a space between the graves of her mother and child which died in infancy.
Her maiden name was Mary A. McDonald. She was born near New Diggings, Wis., about 60 years ago. When she was about five years old her parents moved to this county and settled on a farm 6 miles southwest of Apple River where she grew to womanhood. She received an excellent education and became a more than ordinary successful school teacher as her pupils of the Pea ridge, Mt. Sumner, Mt. Hope, Hudson Mound, Thompson Center and Rush Center schools will testify.
June 5th, 1889 she became the wife of John F. Donovan, then a prosperous farmer of Thompson township. Two years later they purchased what was then known as the Edward Arnold farm in Rush township which they managed successfully for twelve years when they sold the farm and came to Warren where Mr. Donovan has since been engaged in the real estate business. When Mr. and Mrs. Donovan were married, he was a widower with a small son and the good mother she was to this boy, now a man, and the esteem and love which he bears for her is a fine testimony to her as a woman.
She was universally respected by her neighbors and her friends were as many as her acquaintances. During all of her sickness they have done all that it was possible for neighbors and friends to do for one, especially her good friend, Mrs. Jane Elliott, who was never tiring and ever resourceful in thinking of ways to help and of dainty delicacies to tempt her failing appetite. Her demise occurred without her knowledge that the end was near, but had she known, we believe it would have made no great difference to her as she lived her life as best she knew and was well prepared to go, much better than her sorrowing relatives were prepared to have her leave.
Her brothers, Attorney Peter McDonald of Freeport and John McDonald and wife of Emmetsburg, IA., Mr. and Mrs. Walter Donovan, of Waterloo, IA, and Mr. Thomas Donovan of Bonair, Iowa, were here to attend the funeral.
Marriage: Laird - Otto
The first couple to put in an appearance at the First Methodist Episcopal church parsonage and confront Dr. McLean were Mr. William C. Otto and Miss Ophie A. Laird, both of Apple River. Finding that they had complied with all the requirements of the state law, Dr. McLean at once proceeded to pronounce them husband and wife, using the beautiful and impressive ritual service of the M. E. Church.
Mr. and Mrs. Otto are a handsome young couple and are members of well known and highly respected families of Apple River township. They are possessed of a host of friends to extend congratulations and to wish them a happy and prosperous married life.
After the wedding ceremony the newly married pair became guests at the Hotel Grant where they remained until this morning when they took their departure for Apple River.
Marriage: Barningham - Barrett
With pleasure we record the marriage nuptials of Miss Margaret Barningham of Thompson and Mr. Enoch Barrett of this township, which was solemnized at the M. E. parsonage last Tuesday afternoon at two o’clock.
They were attended by Wesley White and sister Lizzie. After the words of union had been pronounced, the newly wedded couple took the afternoon train for the east on a wedding tour.
The bride is a daughter of the late James Barningham of Thompson and is an estimable young lady. The groom is a son of Mrs. W. L. White and is a worthy young man. We wish them a long and happy life.
Obituary: Mrs. Sarah Gorman
Last Saturday morning, April 23, occurred the death of Mrs. Sarah Gorman, aged 70 years, after an illness extending several years. During a portion of this time she was practically helpless.
Mrs. Gorman was born in Ireland, and in the early days of her maidenhood emigrated to this country, locating in Covington, Ky., where she was united in marriage to Nicholas Gorman fifty years ago. No children were born to this union About thirty years ago she came to this county, settling five miles southwest of this village, where Mr. Gorman operated a fine farm for ten years. Retiring from farm life, they made their home in Galena, where Mr. Gorman died January 14, 1899. Last fall the decedent returned to Apple river, making her home with Mrs. Mary Keyes.
While here all that medical skill and willing hands could do was done for her, but to no advantage. Her strength gradually failing she finally yielded, and on Saturday morning she breathed her last. The funeral services were held Monday morning at St. Joseph’s Catholic church and the last sad and solemn rites of religion were pronounced by Rev. T. F. Leydon in the presence of a large and sympathetic audience. At the conclusion of the church services the remains were borne to the St. Joseph’s cemetery, and laid to rest beside her husband.
Marriage: Parkin - Jaggers
married at the M. E. parsonage at Stockton, Ill., on Thursday, June 21, 1900, Miss Clara Parkin and Mr. James Jagger, both of this village, Rev. P. G. Lineweaver, formerly pastor of the church here officiating.
They returned here in the evening to the home of Mrs. Maggie Watson, where they expect to live until September 1st, after which they will occupy the Parkin residence on Baldwin street.
The bride is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Parkin of this place and is a young lady highly respected and with many friends. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. William Jagger of Thompson and is a member of the well known firm of Malone and Jagger, and is a young man of excellent habits and one of the leading young business men of our village. They both have the best wishes of their large circle of friends.
Obituary: Mrs. Jane Raisbeck Atkinson
Mrs. Jane Raibeck Atkinson was born in England May 7, 1827, and died in Scales Mound, Jo Daviess County, Illinois, on April 19th, 1909. She was the third child of John and Jane Raisbeck. Of the family of twelve children, only three survive, namely: Mrs. Ann Gates, Beetown, Wisconsin; Jonathon Raisbeck, Shullsburg, Wisconsin; Leonard Raisbeck, Benton, Wisconsin.
She was married in the year 1848 to David Atkinson, who died in Scales Mound October 17, 1885. They came to the United States in 1850, and soon after settled on a farm three miles west of Scales Mound, removing to that village in 1884. To them were born five sons and two daughters, of whom five are living.
Mrs. Atkinson was a member of the Methodist Episcopal church, having joined with her husband in 1885. The funeral was conducted by her pastor, rev. T. C. Warrington, in the church, on April 21st, and interment was made in the Scales Mound cemetery. The text was Isaiah 35:10.
Marriage: White - Jaggers
The wedding of Miss Annie White and Mr. Edward Jaggers took place Wednesday evening, Feb. 25th, at the home of the parents of the bride, Mr. and Mrs. John C. White, four miles southwest of this village. Rev. J. W. McKitrick of this village, assisted by Rev. P. G. Lineweaver of Stockton officiated.
The bride was attended by Miss Minnie Jaggers, a sister of the groom, and the groom by Mr. Roy White, a brother of the bride. The wedding march was played by Miss Essie White. Little Miss Ferna McManus acted as flower girl. The bride looked charming in a gown of blue silk and chiffon, while the bridesmaid was attired in pink.
One hundred and fifty guests witnessed the ceremony, after which the newly married couple received the congratulations of all present. Then came the wedding supper which was even more elaborate and delicious than is usual on such occasions. Mr. and Mrs. Jaggers were the recipients of an exceedingly large number of beautiful and useful presents.
The bride was born and reared in this township and is an active worker in the church and Sabbath school with which she is affiliated and is a young lady of the highest type of Christian womanhood. She will be greatly missed at home not only for her jolly disposition but because she is versed in all the housewifely arts. The church and society of Mt. Sumner will not lose her influence however, as she will continue to reside in that neighborhood.
The groom is the second son of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Jaggers of Thompson and is a young man of excellent habits and is well worthy of the young lady of his choice. For the past several years he has been his father’s main support in working their large farm. He is also a native of that locality, in fact the young people have grown up together, attended the same school, known each other from childhood. They expect to reside on the Jaggers homestead and operate the large farm. The young couple have the best wishes of everybody for their future happiness.
A reception for the young people was given by the parents of the groom Friday evening, Feb. 27th which was attended by more than 100 young people. The evening was delightfully spent in game and music and dainty refreshments were served. No young couple ever had a more auspicious beginning in their married life and we hope that their present good luck will continue through life.
Marriage: Zimmerman - Geyer
A pretty wedding was solemnized at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Zimmerman of Thompson, when their daughter, Mayme, became the bride of Mr. Fred W. Geyer of Chicago. Precisely at 7 o’clock, the appointed hour, the bridal party entered the parlor to the strains of Mendelssohn’s wedding march beautifully executed by Miss Lillian Zimmerman, sister of the bride, and took their position under a beautiful arch, artistically decorated with evergreens, ferns and roses. In the center of the arch suspended by a bow of white ribbon was a beautiful horseshoe decorated with ferns and roses under which the bridal couple stood and heard the beautiful words pronounced by Rev. Bruechert which united their destinies for life.
The bride was handsomely gowned in a rich costume of white silk trimmed in silk applique and carried bride’s roses. The bride was attended by her sister, Miss Phoebe Zimmerman, who looked handsome in a gown of pink silk mull, trimmed in silk applique and carried pink roses. Mr. Frank Brown acted in the capacity of best man. The groom and best man wore the conventional black.
At the conclusion of the marriage service hearty congratulations were showered upon the bridal couple after which the party repaired to the dining room where a sumptuous repast awaited them. The large number of valuable and useful presents showed the high esteem in which the young couple are held.
The bride is the second eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Zimmerman, highly esteemed residents of Thompson, and is a young lady of excellent character and qualifications that help make a noble and good wife, and is beloved by a wide circle of friends and acquaintances. The groom is one of Chicago’s best known and esteemed young men and is in every way worthy of the comely and popular young lady who has become his wife.
Mr. and Mrs. Geyer will settle down to housekeeping in Thompson where the best wishes of all will follow them. Those present from abroad were Mr. and Mrs. C. J. Munt and daughter Lillian of Chicago, Mr. and Mrs.N. Bainbridge, Mr. and Mrs. Joe Shires, Mrs Jacob Klais, Miss Maud Turner, Mr. George Turner and Mr. R. B. White of Galena.
Obituary: Mrs. Mary Sherard
Mary Virtue Sherard, died at her home in Webster, S. D., on Friday, May 26, 1905. The deceased was a daughter of the late John Virtue, who passed away some ten years since. Death came as the result of a complication of diseases long standing. For several months before the end came she had suffered the most acute and sometimes excruciating pain, yet she was ever thoughtful of others, even concealing from her own family the full extent of her suffering. From the first it was apparent she could not recover, and the last week the end had been daily expected. All the family was with her when she died.
Mrs. Sherard was born in East Galena on March 4, 1857, and lived with her parents until 1878, when she was united in marriage to Geo. Sherard. Shortly after their marriage they moved to Pawnee, Nebraska, but a few years later they sold their farm and returned to Illinois, buying a farm in Apple River. Here they resided until three years ago when they took up an interest in Dakota.
Besides the husband and four children, an aged mother, three sisters and two brothers and a large circle of friends are left to mourn her loss. The children are Mary, Bert, Wesley and Walter, all of whom reside at home. The brothers are James of York, Neb., and Will of Hanover, Ill., the sisters are Addie, who lives with her mother in Hanover; Mrs. Adam Virtue of East Galena, and Fannie who scarcely left her sister’s bedside during her sickness, and upon whom the blow falls the hardest because of her loving care.
The funeral was held at Webster and interment was made in the Webster cemetery.
* Courtesy of Karlie White