Galena Weekly Gazette
20 February 1919

Andrew Sproule and his brother received word that their sister, Miss Marcella, died of influenza and complications at their apartment in Chicago Monday noon. The young woman's sister Miss Loretta Sproule, is also ill with the flu but her condition is not thought to be serious. Their mother, Mrs. J. J. Sproule has been visiting her daughters in Chicago since Christmas.Miss Marcella was formerly employed by the Central Union Telephone Co., in Galena, as was her sister, Miss Loretta, but both received good positions in Chicago and went to that city some months ago.The deceased was of a most cheerful disposition that won and held for her innumerable friends.

Article, same page, same paper of 2/20/1919:

The body of Miss Marcella Sproule who died in Chicago Monday noon of influenza, scarlet fever and diphtheria arrived this morning at 5:50 over the Illinois Central and was taken directly to St. Michael's cemetery where the body was viewed through a hermetically sealed glass topped case.Rev. Fr. Peter F. Shewbridge of Chicago the last prayers at the grave. The following young men acted as pall bearers: Francis Orstcheid, Charles Homrich, E.M. Thompson, Russell Ward, Edward McGraw and Edmund O'Neill. Mrs. and Mrs. W. D. Honohan, Mrs and Mrs. J.A. Shewbridge, Mrs. O.G. Leach and Rev. Fr. Shewbridge accompanied the body to Galena. Mrs. Herbert Blumentritt of Chester, Minn. also attended the funeral.Miss Sproule was born in Rawlins township 19 years ago but when a child moved with her parents to Galena where she attended school. By her cheerful, kindly disposition earned any number of friends. For some time she was employed at the office of the Bell Telephone Co., then went to Chicago where she was employed as a stenographer. She is survived by her mother, Mrs. J.J. Sproule, six sisters, Mrs. W.D. Honohan, Mrs. J.A. Shewbridge, Mrs. O.G. Leach, Miss Loretta Sproule, all of Chicago Miss Hattie Sproule of California, and Mrs. Herbert Blumentritt of Chester, Minn., also three brothers, A.R. Sproule and C.W. Sproule of Galena and Sam Sproule in Washington.