Obits from the Chatsworth Plaindealer 1887-1888-1889


Names are in Orange and dates in (Orange) have been added by me according to the publishing date of the Plaindealer
JANUARY 28, 1887
A four-month old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Glabe died at the home of its parents in Germanville township Wednesday (Jan. 26) morning of lung fever. The funeral will be held today (Friday), Rev. J. B. Elfirink officiating.
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JANUARY 28, 1887
Harman Trauman, of Charlotte township, died at his home, the old E.G. Trask farm, and was buried in the Chatsworth cemetery this week. Mr. Trauman had been a sufferer and invalid, from that grim destroyer, consumption, for a term of years. He was an honest, hardworking, industrious and ambitious man, and so long as the powers of endurance held out, made great efforts toward bettering his condition. He evidently shortened his day by overwork.
Note: Spelling should be Hiram, unless his name was Hiram Harman Trauman. Which could be because memorial has Hiram H. 
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JANUARY 28, 1887
After three months of painful suffering with rheumatism Heie Frerichs entered eternal rest on Sunday morning, Jan. 23. He was born in Aurich, East Frieland, September 24, 1819, and united in marriage with Eka Thies in 1830. But within two years after his marriage the strong monster, death, entered his family circle, taking his companion and leaving him a widower with two little children, one of which, a son, followed the remains of his kind father to their final resting place, as a mourner, on Tuesday last, while the other son died at the age of six years. In 1855 deceased again took to himself a helpmate, by uniting in marriage with the now sorrowing widow, who , with him, for over thirty long years has shared the sunshines and shadows of life. In 1871 they became possessed of a desire to leave their native land for the purpose of bettering their condition, and emigrating to America. Preparations were made, the voyage undertaken, and the result was that he, with his family, arrived at Chatsworth in safety, where he, being a shoemaker by trade, obtained work with Mr. Henry Wrede, and had been in his employ constantly since. 
It may well be said of the deceased that he had gained the confidence and respect of all with whom he came in contact; by his quiet, peaceable, upright, industrious character. The large concourse of people which gathered, in spite of the inclemency of the weather and roads, was a plain proof of his many friends who had come to pay their last tribute of respect to his remains, and to follow them to their resting place as a token of respect.
The funeral services were held in the Evangelical church, Rev. J.B. Elfrink officiating, being assisted by Rev. Holz, pastor of the Lutheran church. 
Deceased had been a true and faithful member of the Evangelical church for the last ten years. 
Note: His wife's obit was entered with the name spelled also as Frericks, so this could be the correct spelling. Not sure yet.
FEBRUARY 18, 1887
Elder Trask. He whose pleasant face, affable manner and kind meeting has been so familiar upon our streets, in our public gatherings, and at our homes, for so many years. 
He who had a kind word, a cordial greeting, and pleasant smile, alike, for rich and poor, old and young, intimate and stranger, which commanded their respect and their reverence.
He who possesses a most generous nature, good impulses, high attributes, and an ennobling and true Christian spirit -- a void in the character of so many. 
He whose gray locks, wavering steps and stooped form, told of his friends that his time among them was, alas ! but short. 
He it is who has gone; He it is who sleeps the last sleep; He it is who has gone to his reward, which must be one of riches rare; of blissful pleasure; of everlasting peace; of supreme content; else there is no reward for goodness; no reward for honesty; no reward for true Christianity.
Elder Trask will be missed as a true friend; as a good citizen, as a kind neighbor, as a christian gentleman -- whose every day walk in life was in accord with his professions. We know not his peer.
The funeral will be held from the Baptist church Sunday morning at 11 o'clock, when Elder Merritt, of Fairbury, will preach the discourse.
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MARCH 11, 1887
Mary Roach, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Roach, of Mona township, Ford county, died at the home of her parents at midnight Tuesday, March 8; aged 17 years and 4 months. 
Four weeks previous to her death, Miss Roach was returning from school in the midst of a heavy rainstorm. Her father had started to meet her with additional clothing; but upon her reaching home she was found to be saturated with the beating rain; she was taken ill, and never recovered from her sickness, she gradually grew weaker, until death claimed her. 
Mary Roach was a girl who took deep interest in her school work, and looked forward to the day when she could make use of her education to assist her parents, who have a large family and are hard working, honest, industrious people. She was loved and admired by all who knew her, being of a kind, affectionate disposition. Her loss is a severe one to her parents, who have the sympathy of their neighbors and all in this sad taking away.
The funeral occurred on Thursday from her late home to St. Patrick's church, this city, where Father V.D. Hagen preached a very able and sympathetic discourse. 
After the funeral services at the church, the remains were followed to their last home in St. Patrick's cemetery by a large concourse of sympathizing neighbors and friends.
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MARCH 11, 1887
William Robinson, Sr., died at the home of his son and namesake, this city, at 1 o'clock on Friday, March 4. Had he lived until October he would have reached four score years. The remains were taken to Fairbury for interment.
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MARCH 25, 1887
Died --At his late residence in this city, Sunday (Mar. 20) morning at six o'clock, Peter Shroyer, an old and respected citizen of Chatsworth. 
Thursday, March 10, Mr. and Mrs. Shroyer had intended going to Peoria, but that morning the former had an attack of asthma, to which he had been subject for many years. About noon he had a stroke of paralysis from which he never rallied, but was in a perfectly helpless condition, not being able to speak, until death released him from the suffering.
Mr. Shroyer was born in Greene county, Penn., Oct. 2, 1821, and at the early age of twelve years started for Indiana; he settled in Wayne county, where he remained five years. In 1838 he went to New Castle, Indiana, where he worked in a steam sawmill, but soon after learned the saddler's trade, and in 1845 commenced the harness business in that city for himself. He remained some time, and in 1856, he was elected sheriff of Henry county, which office he creditably filled until 1860. At the breaking out of the war he enlisted in Co. F., 57th Indiana Volunteers, for three years and was commissioned First Lieutenant. He was engaged in some of the hardest fought battles of the rebellion. After his return home he commenced the mercantile business at Sulphur Springs, Ind., and in 1865 came to Chatsworth, where he engaged in the same business. Later he disposed of this and began dealing in coal, which he did until a few years ago. Besides having held several other public offices, he was appointed postmaster by President Garfield in 1881, which office he held until the appointment of the present postmaster in 1885.
In 1845 Mr. Shroyer married Miss Mary Benbo, who survives him, and by whom he had eight children, all but one of whom are living and were with their father during his recent illness. 
The funeral services were held at the home, Rev. Birch, assisted by Rev. MacGregor, officiating, after which the family accompanied the remains to Peoria; where they were placed in a vault until a permanent burial place could be selected. The relatives have the sympathy of the entire community in their great bereavement.
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APRIL 1, 1887
Died -- Thursday (May 31) morning, Patrick Murphy, aged thirty years. His brother died of consumption about six months ago, and he was a victim of the same disease. His death is particularly sad, as a short time ago he wrote his aged parents in Ireland urging them to come to this country, and having sold their few possessions they are probably now upon the ocean. Father Hagen said mass over the remains this morning, after which they were interred in the Catholic cemetery.
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APRIL 29, 1887
Mr. David Reynolds died on last Tuesday (Apr.26) morning, being, seventy nine years old. He was born in Lincolnshire, England, and emigrated to this country in 1845, stopping at Pittsburg, Pa., but soon came west to Peoria, and shortly afterward settled in Woodford county, where he resided until 1872, when he came to Chatsworth, where he has since resided. 
The funeral services took place at the Baptist church on Wednesday at 10 a.m., with Rev. D.R. Mactiregor officiating. The remains were taken on the same day to Eureka for interment by the side of those of his wife.
MAY 6, 1887
Died__ Henry Graling, at his home in Charlotte township, on Tuesday evening, May 3, of pneumonia. Deceased was 28 years old and had been married but a short time. He was one of those hard working young Germans who came to this country to better his condition. He is known to have over-worked in his ambition to get along in the world, and after sowing twenty acres of oats by had returned to the house where he soon became violently ill by catching cold. He rallied from the first shock, but soon relapsed and died as above. Had he taken proper care of himself, possessed, as he was, of a vigorous constitution, he might have lived to a ripe old age. The funeral occurred Thursday, the Rev. Schnider, of the German Lutheran church, Charlotte, conducting the service. 
MAY 20, 1887
Died -- Friday morning, May 13, 1887, at her home south of town, Mrs. P.H. Oliver, nee Maggie McCune, aged 32 years. Deceased was born near Mendota, Ill. and when but a girl came to the county, where she has since resided. September 8, 1880, she was married to Mr. Patrick H. Oliver, who with two little children, a boy aged five years and girl aged three years, still survive her. When quite young Mrs. Oliver had a fall, injuring one of her legs and from which she never recovered, it having cause her early death. A short time before her death the limb began troubling her more than usual and continued to grow worse in spite of all that medical aid could do. The injured member had shortened so, that she was always more or less a cripple, but was so patient and uncomplaining that her suffering was probably never fully realized even by those nearest to her. As stated last week, an operation was made by Drs. Vaughn, of this city, and Salisbury, of Strawn, but it was found to be too late; the end was too near, and she breathed her last surrounded by loving relatives and friends. 
The funeral services were held from St. Patrick's church in this city last Sunday morning, Rev. Wm. V.D. Hagen officiating, and a large number of friends followed the remains to their last resting place in St. Patricks cemetery. The bereaved family have the sympathy of the entire community in their sorrow, but have the consolation that she is now out of her suffering.
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JULY 8, 1887
Died -- At her home in Chicago, Thursday morning, July 7, at 8 a.m., Lizzie Roberts, wife of Jacob Casteel.
Deceased was a daughter of the late Samuel Roberts of this township and about twelve years ago was united in marriage to Jacob Casteel. The family had been highly respected residents of this city for several years, and last fall moved to Chicago. Mrs. Casteel had for many years, been in very delicate health, having been a sufferer from heart disease and consumption. She was a devoted member of the Methodist church, a good wife and mother, pleasant neighbor and kind friend. She leaves two children, a boy, Freddie, aged about ten years, and a little girl about three years of age. 
The remains were brought on the 1:35 train on the I.C. R.R. today and were followed by old friends and neighbors to the Germanville cemetery, where they were laid beside those of her infant baby and father. The sorrowing husband, children, aged mother, sisters and brothers have the sympathy of their many friends in this city and vicinity.
The funeral sermon of the late Mr. Casteel will be preached at 3 o'clock, Sunday afternoon, at the M.E. church in this city, of which she was a member.
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JULY 22, 1887
Died -- At her home near Piper City, Saturday, July 16, Mrs. Burger, wife of the late John Burger. Deceased had been ill about two months with that dreadful disease, cancer of the heart. The death of her husband, which occurred about six weeks ago, was a great shock to her, and from that time she rapidly failed. She was fifty nine years of age  and leaves several children, all grown, to mourn the loss of a good, christian mother. Having fully realized her condition some time before death, she was prepared for the last hour by her visiting pastor, Father Hagen. Her remains were brought to St. Patrick's church in this city, where the funeral services were held and a beautiful sermon preached in German by Rev. Hagen, after which all that was mortal was laid beside the remains of her husband in St. Patrick's cemetery.
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JULY 29, 1887
Died -- Sunday, July 24, at 5 p.m. at Selina, Kansas, Henry Flessner son of Mr. and Mrs. George Flessner Sr., of Charlotte township, aged 25 years, 8 months and 24 days. 
Deceased was a carpenter, and on July fifth, while at work, injured his kneecap by cutting it with an adz. The wound was not considered serious for several days, but with the intensely warm weather, blood-poisoning set in, which caused his death. Soon after receiving his injury he wrote his parents concerning it and intimated that as soon as he was sufficiently recovered, he would come home to visit his relatives and many friends, from whom he had been separated about three years. Subsequently hearing that he did not improve, his brother, Hiram Flessner, of Charlotte, left Monday, July 18, and finding him in a precarious condition, telegramed Mr. Flessner, Sr., who arrived at his son's bedside too late to be recognized by him, and just twenty four hours before his death.
The remains were expected here on the 12:52 passenger Tuesday, but owing to a mistake on the part of an agent, they arrived at 3 a.m. Wednesday. The funeral was held from the German Lutheran church in this city at nine o'clock Wednesday morning, Rev. Schneider, of Charlotte, officiating, after which they were followed to their final resting place by a great number of sorrowing relatives and friends.
JULY 29, 1887
Died -- At his home, about six miles southwest of Chatsworth, Tuesday, July 26, Wm. Westerhouse, aged sixty one years. 
He had been a sufferer for years from the dreaded disease, consumption, and since early in the spring had been confined to the house most of the time. He leaves a wife and six children, all grown, to mourn his loss. Before his death he was assisted by his pastor, Father V.D. Hagen, who administered all of the sacraments of the Catholic church to him. The funeral services were held at St. Patrick's church Thursday morning at 9 o'clock, where a touching sermon was preached in the German language by Father Hagen, after which the remains were taken to St. Patrick's cemetery for interment.
Note: The spelling of this name should be Westerhousen according to his wife's obit in 1916.
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JULY 29, 1887
Died -- Saturday, July 23, of cholera infantum, Joe, infant child of Mr. and Mrs. John Spranburg. The child had been sick but a short time, and his sudden death was a great shock to the parents. The funeral was held from the German Lutheran church, last Sunday, the Rev. Holz, of Gilman, conducting the services. 
Miss Mary Fitzmaurice, who was severely burned on a week ago last Saturday, died of lock-jaw at the residence of James W. Ford, east of town, last Tuesday ( Sept.6) morning at 3:40 o'clock, aged 15 years. 
Since the accident everything that medical aid and kind friends could do was done to allay the agony of the sufferer, and her death came as a welcome relief from the intense pain. She was the eldest living daughter of Mr. P. Fitzmaurice, the oldest daughter, Katie, having died about two years ago, when within a few months of Mary's age at the time of her death. Her sorrowing mother, two brothers and sister have the sympathy of many friends in their bereavement. 
The funeral took place from St. Patrick's church in this city Wednesday morning at 10 o'clock, where Requiem High Mass was celebrated, Rev. Crowe officiating, after which Father Hagen delivered a short sermon of condolence to the bereaved relatives and friends. Her remains were followed to St. Patrick's cemetery by her schoolmates and a large number of friends.
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SEPTEMBER 16, 1887
Miss Lillie B. Linn died at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph H. Linn, in Charlotte township, Monday morning, Aug. 11, aged 20 years, 4 months and 10 days. 
She had always enjoyed good health until very early last spring, when she was taken sick, and from that time slowly declined, having succumbed to that almost invariably fatal disease, consumption. During the long summer months she had lain, slowly but surely wearing away, anxiously watched by loving relatives and kind friends. Though a great sufferer during the long and excessively hot season, she was ever patient, never murmuring and highly appreciating every little act of kindness. The great suffering was ended by her peacefully sinking into that last, long sleep Monday morning, with her grief-stricken parents, brothers and sisters at her bedside. She had been a consistent member of the Methodist church in this city for over four years; was a kind friend to many, a loving sister and fond daughter, and her death in the spring time of womanhood brings sorrow to many hearts. 
Her remains were brought to the Methodist church, in this city, at two o'clock Tuesday afternoon, where the funeral services were conducted by Rev. H.C. Birch, assisted by Rev. Wingert, of the German Evangelical church, after which all that was mortal of Lillie Linn was followed to the cemetery by a large number of relatives and friends and deposited in its final resting place in the Chatsworth cemetery.
The family have the sympathy of their many friends in this vicinity in their great bereavement and can console themselves with the thought that all that medical aid and willing hands could do was done for their loved one.
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OCTOBER 7, 1887
Jane Ann Broadhead, wife of John Broadhead, died in childbirth at the family home on the Larned farm, in Charlotte township on Friday evening Sept. 30, 1887, aged 30 years, 3 months and 22 days. 
All that kind hands, directed by the loving hearts of relatives, or that sympathizing friends could do, was done to avoid the loss of an affectionate daughter, loving wife, and doting mother, but alas to no avail. The last claim upon her was made amid the sorrow and tears of relatives and friends. 
NOVEMBER 25, 1887
Charles D. Brooks, one of the first, if not the first man to commence business in Chatsworth and for many years a resident here, died after a brief illness at Madison, Georgia, Nov. 2, 1887, aged 51 years, 11 months and 11 days. Charley Brooks, as he was wont to be called, was postmaster at Chatsworth and engaged with M.H. Hall in the grocery business when the writer came here in 1867. His health failing, he removed to his native state, New York, and within the past year he again removed to Georgia in hopes to enjoy better health. He was well known here as an active, energetic business man, and many of our reader will regret to hear of his death. About two weeks prior to his death he visited his old home in New York and arranged to return with his family to make it his future home. His remains were taken to Addison, N.Y., his boyhood home, for interment.
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DECEMBER 16, 1887
Patrick Fay, an old resident of Charlotte township, died Thursday ( Dec. 15 ) night of general debility in the sixty-eight year of his age. 
Deceased came to the county years ago, when it was but beginning to develop into what is now one of the great agricultural counties of the state, and he did his full part in the breaking up of the virgin soil and making a farm of the wild prairie. He and his consort, who survives him, have raised a family which has grown to manhood and womanhood, and all of which are highly respected and favorites in the circle in which they move. 
Mr. Fay was a man who had done a large amount of hard work, quiet, and unobtrusive, attending to his own business and paying no heed to others. He was accommodating with his neighbors, and his circle of friends, who have know him for years, will hear of his death with many regrets. The funeral will occur from St. Patrick's church next Sunday.
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JANUARY 20, 1888
Sarah J. Braddock, whose maiden name was Fuller, died at the home of her son, Oscar E. Braddock, southwest of this city, on Wednesday, Jan. 11, 1888. 
She was born at New Haven, Connecticut , April 2, 1815. At New Haven she passed from infancy to childhood--from childhood to woman hood, and was married to John N. Braddock at Essex, Conn., in August, 1831. With her husband and four children the family migrated to the then western wilderness and settled at Somanank, DeKalb county, Illinois, in 1847. Deceased had made her home in this state ever since coming here, in 1847, except a short residence in Arkansas, where fate decreed she should lose her husband, who died Aug. 16, 1874.
The aged and highly esteemed lady, after passing through this vicisstudes (sic) of a life known only to early settlers on a farm in the wild prairies of Illinois, and having the various experiences of prosperity and reverses, passed the five last years of her life with her only surviving son, Oscar E. She leaves beside this son, two daughters, Mrs. Sarah J. White, of Sacramento, California, and Mrs. Belle A. White, of Grand Glaze, Arkansas; all of whom mourn the loss of a kind, indulgent, and ever sacrificing mother.  
FEBRUARY 3, 1888
Died -- Saturday, January 28, at 11 a.m., James Edward, son of James Dancy, of this city, aged 16 years, 4 months and 28 days. Deceased had been in poor health for about a year, having been a victim of consumption, but was compelled to keep to his bed only about four weeks prior to his death. His sister, Mrs. King, of Peoria, had been with him most of the winter, and his sisters, Mrs. M. Curringan and Miss Emma Dancy, of Chicago, had been constant watchers for over a week. The funeral was from the Methodist church, Rev. H.C. Birch making some appropriate and consoling remarks to relatives and friends, after which the remains were laid to rest beside those of his mother and four brothers and sisters in the Chatsworth cemetery. The relatives have the sympathy of many friends.
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MARCH 30, 1888
Maggie, daughter of John and Catherine McGreal, died at the home of her parents in Germanville Saturday, March 24, aged 19 years, 7 months and 8 days. the young lady was highly respected by a large circle of friends, all of whom learned of her death with feelings of deepest regret and sorrow. The funeral, which was from the Catholic church in this city, Monday at 11 o'clock, was very largely attend, notwithstanding the bad condition of the roads, over fifty vehicles, following the remains to the cemetery where ____ P. Owens, of Fairbury, conducted the services at the church. Mr. and Mrs. McGreal and family have the sympathy of the entire community in their great sorrow.
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APRIL 6, 1888
Died -- At 11 o'clock Friday night, March 30, 1888, at the home of his daughter,Mrs. Thos. Duffy, north of Piper City, Patrick McCarty, a native of the County Mayo, Ireland, where he was born in 1795. He married in Ireland and, with his family, came to this country, making his home for many years in Indiana, where his aged consort died about twelve years ago. Being an invalid, about ten years ago he came to live with his daughter, where he had since made his home. During all those years he had been bedfast, his wants and needs being administered to by willing and loving relatives. He leaves several children, a large number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren. The funeral services were from the Catholic church at Piper City Monday, April 1, Rev. Crowe officiating, the remains being interred in St. Patrick's cemetery southwest of this city. The relatives from abroad, who were present at the funeral, were a daughter, Mrs. O'Mally, of Chicago; a son, Mr. Frank McCarty, of Connelsville, Ind., and a nephew, Mr. John Joyce, of Bunker Hill, Ind. The relatives have the sympathy of a large circle of friends in their sorrow.
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APRIL 13, 1888
Mrs. John Seeberger, who maiden name was Alvaretta M. Cole, died, after a lingering illness, at her home in this city on Tuesday morning, April 10, of a complication of diseases. 
Deceased was born at Beaytes Corners, LaPorte county, Indiana, Dec. 8, 1858, and in consequence her age was 29 years, 4 months and 2 days. She was educated at the place of her birth. At Three Oakes, Michigan, she was married, March 7, 1880, to John Seeberger, her late husband, who, with one son, little Walter, a bright lad of six years, and her aged parents, Mr. and Mrs. John C. Cole, survive her.
Mrs. Seeberger was of delicate construction; was bright and attractive in conversation; possessed of a highly nervous temperament, and, when well, of a lively and cheerful disposition, making home and its surroundings bright and cheerful. She has been a long sufferer from a complication of diseases, which, her lungs being weak, developed into pneumonia, from which she passed away. Her nerve power held out to the last, and her mourning friends have the consolation that all that doctor, husband, parents, and the love of an only child combined, with the watchful care and excellent nursing of neighbors and friends, could do was done.  
The funeral was held from the Baptist church, this city, at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Rev. H.C. Birch, of the M.E. church, officiating.
Note: Spelling could be Seeburger. 
APRIL 20, 1888
Dr. F. A. Nichols died very suddenly at his late home in this city Saturday evening, April 14, at five o'clock, aged 49 years, 9 months and 3 days. 
Dr. Frank a. Nichols was the son of John and Lorinda Prosser Nichols, both natives of New York State, and was born in Erie county, Pennsylvania, June 11, 1838, where he spent his early boyhood, and coming west settled in the northern part of Illinois. He commenced the study of medicine with a physician at Marengo, McHenry county, Ill., and later attended the University of Pennsylvania, graduating in 1861. He then served as assistant surgeon in the late rebellion for three years, and commenced the practice of medicine at Capron, Ill., in 1870, where he made his home for a number of years and had a lucrative practice. In February, 1867 he was united in marriage with Miss S. Deette Hoyt, of Woodstock, McHenry county, by whom he had one son, Dillon, born in December, 1868, who still survives him and who resides in Lincoln, Neb. In 1882 his wife died, and December 11, 1885, he was married, at Kankakee, to Miss Minnie Burnham, of Thawville. Dr. and Mrs. Nichols came to reside in Chatsworth two years ago last September, and by his genial disposition he had made for himself many friends in the city and vicinity, all of whom learned of the sudden death with feelings of great sorrow. During the past year, and especially the past few weeks, he had been kept so busy that his time for rest was indeed very little. He leaves three brothers and three sisters, and his aged parents, who are in feeble health, residing at Terry Valley, Winnebago county, Ill. 
The funeral was very largely attended at the Methodist church Tuesday morning, Rev. Birch conducting the services. E.G. Trask Post, of which he was a member, attended the funeral in a body and conducted the services at the grave. Mrs. Nichols has the heartfelt sympathy of a large circle of friends in her great and sudden bereavement.
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APRIL 20, 1888
Eddie, son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Wrede, died at his parents home at four o'clock Tuesday morning, April 17.
Just three weeks prior to his death he was taken with lung fever, and all that could be done was done for him until he was thought to be improving, and last Friday morning, in compliance with his earnest request, he was pillowed up in a large chair and allowed to partake of breakfast with the family. Monday he was not as well, and early Tuesday morning slept, away without the least struggle. 
Oswald Edward Fred Wrede was born in Chatsworth, August 11, 1872, and consequently was 15 years, 8 months and 6 days of age at the time of his death. Eddie was a great favorite with his schoolmates and loved by his companions and teachers. He was ever studious, obedient, and of an especially kind, and thoughtful disposition, and having passed from grade to grade, and room to room, in our public schools, had reached the Junior class in the High School. Parents, brothers and sisters, teachers, schoolmates and friends all looked upon Eddie with pride, as his perserverance, studiousness, and kindness were evidences of a noble, good man.
The funeral was from the German Evangelical church at ten o'clock Thursday morning, Rev. Wingert, assisted by Rev. H.C. Birch, officiating. The floral offerings were unusually beautiful and appropriate. The pupils of the public school paid their last tribute to their departed schoolmate in a body, and in the loss of their loved one the bereaved parents, brothers and sisters have the deep sympathy of many friends.
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APRIL 20, 1888
The three year old child of Mr. and Mrs. J.T. Cady died of lung fever last Wednesday (Apr. 18) night at ten o'clock. The funeral was from the house Thursday afternoon at two o'clock, Rev. H.C. Birch officiating.
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MAY 18, 1888
Monday morning May 14, at nine o'clock, the ten month old child, Eva, of Mr. and Mrs. D.T. Clark, residing northwest of town, died of consumption. The funeral was held at the house Tuesday afternoon at two o'clock, Rev. H.C. Birch conducting the services. Mr. and Mrs. Clark have the sympathy of many friends in this loss of their little one.
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MAY 18, 1888
Saturday morning, May 12, little Lyle, son of Mr. and Mrs. H.B. Shepherd, died at the home of his parents, southwest of town, from the effects of a burn received about two weeks prior to his death. While playing in the field where brush was being burned his clothing caught fire, and before help could reach him the lower part of his body was terribly burned. All that medical aid, loving relatives and friends could do was done for the little sufferer, until he slept peacefully away Saturday morning, surrounded by parents, brothers and sisters. The funeral services were from the house, Sunday at 1:30 p.m., Rev. Coyle making a few consoling remarks to the grief-stricken family. A large number of sympathizing friends followed the remains to their final resting place in the Chatsworth cemetery.
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JUNE 29, 1888
Mrs. John Joseph died at her home southeast of this city, Thursday evening, June 28, at ten o'clock, after an illness of several months' duration. Mrs. Joseph was one of the oldest settlers of this vicinity, having emigrated from Virginia to this county in 1863. She was very patient in her last illness, and her death will be regretted by a very large circle of neighbors and friends. She leaves a husband and eight children to mourn her loss. The burial service will be at the house at ten o'clock tomorrow (Saturday) morning, Rev. W.W. Smith officiating.
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JUNE 29, 1888
Mrs. Gertes, mother of Mr. Orin Gertes, died at the home of her son east of town at three o'clock Monday afternoon, June 25, aged 74 years and 10 months. The funeral was from the German Lutheran church at three o'clock Tuesday afternoon, Rev. Schneider, of Charlotte, preaching the sermon. The remains were interred in the Chatsworth cemetery. 

JUNE 29, 1888
Mrs. Rebecca Wentz died of asthma and old age at the home of her son Tuesday afternoon at two o'clock, aged about 83 years. The funeral services were conducted from the house by Rev. H.C. Birch at ten o'clock Wednesday morning. 


OCTOBER 26, 1888
The news of the death of Bennett Pearson, at his home west of town, last Saturday night was a great shock to his many friends in this city and vicinity, he having been in town just the day before. For many years he had been subject to asthma, and when taken suddenly with an attack last Saturday (Oct.20) evening strangled to death at half-past ten o'clock. 
Bennett Pearson was born in Lincolnshire, England, May 1, 1828. He married and emigrated to this country, settling in Deleware. Here he remained four years, when he came west and settled in Peoria county, where he made his home for twelve years. During his residence in Peoria county he buried his first wife, who left him with seven small children. He married Miss Hannah Storey and moved to this county, where he had since resided. By his second wife, who survives him, he had fourteen children. Bennett Pearson's was a very remarkable family, of the twenty-one children all are living, and none are in any way diseased. Deceased was very well known in this city and vicinity, where he had so long made his home and by his jovial, pleasant disposition, made many friends. 
The funeral was from his late home west of town Monday afternoon at two o'clock, Rev. W.W. Smith conducting the services. Considering the very unpleasant day the funeral was a very large one, composed of sorrowing relatives and friends, who paid their last tribute of respect and esteem to a departed neighbor and friend. The widow and bereaved children have the sympathy of a very large circle of friends.
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NOVEMBER 23, 1888
At one oclock a.m. this (Friday) morning Mary Donahoe died at her home in Charlotte township, aged 24 years.
For the past two years the dreaded disease, consumption, had been preying upon the vital forces of this young lady, and it was seen by her relatives and friends who cared for her that slowly, but surely, life was ebbing away.
Deceased was born in La Salle county, Illinois, and was the daughter of Thomas Donahoe, deceased, by his second marriage. When she was but a small child her father moved to this county, where she grew to womanhood, and her many acquaintances will learn of her early death with feelings of great sadness. She, with her two two brothers, Charles and James, made their home on the Jno. McCarty farm in Charlotte township. Though an orphan, both father and mother having preceded her to the final home, all the kind relatives, friends and neighbors could do, was done for her comfort, which was highly appreciated by the patient sufferer. 
The funeral will be at 10 a.m. tomorrow (Saturday).
Note: I believe this spelling should be Donahue.

NOVEMBER 23, 1888
Died of consumption at the residence of his parents in this city, on Saturday evening, Nov. 17, aged 24 years, 6 months and 17 days. 
Deceased was born on May 1, 1864, in the house now the home of Mr. B.L. Yates, this city, and passed his boyhood days here. He attended the public schools of this place, and before arriving at man's estate sought employment for himself. Time and its changes found him employed at Little Rock, Arkansas, fourteen months ago, where his health gave way to the ravages of the disease which ultimately claimed him as its victim. He left Little Rock for the mountains and spent some time in New and Old Mexico in hopes that a change of climate might be the means of restoring his vital powers. But to his disappointment he found no relief -- in fact grew visibly worse, which caused him to retrace his steps eastward as far as Kansas City, where he spent some two months with his brother, William and wife, all of which time he was under treatment from on the most skilled physicians of that city, but with out the desired results. The physician despairing of all hopes, so informed the patient's brother, when at the earnest solicitation of those at the parental home he came on here, where he arrived on June 29 last. For a short time after his coming he was able to walk down the street and speak with many of his old acquaintances, but the ravages of disease, which makes no distinction between young or aged, soon caused him to be confined under the parental roof, where he continued to waste away until he slept peacefully away in the embrace of his fond father and mother, who had done all that the loving hearts and willing hands of parents could do for his comfort during his long and painful suffering. 
The funeral services were held at the Presbyterian church on Tuesday afternoon, the Rev. H. McVay, of Forrest preaching the discourse.
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