Names are in Orange and dates in (Orange) have been added by me according to the publishing date of the Plaindealer.
REGINA (WELSH) KEMMER
JANUARY 30, 1936
Mrs. Regina Kemmer, aged 79 years, widow of the late John Kemmer of Chatsworth, died at 4:15 am, Friday, Jan. 24 at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Regina Swanick, eight and one-half miles southeast of Chatsworth.
The funeral was held in Saints Peter and Paul's church in Chatsworth at 10 o'clock Monday morning, the funeral mass being sung by Rev. C.J. Williams, pastor of the Piper City and Roberts Catholic churches. Interment was made in St. Patrick's cemetery.
The following served as casket bearers: John Rock, Richard Weller, Will Quinn, Frank Herr, Thomas Hickey and Raphael McGreal.
Regina Welsh, daughter of Andrew and Anna Welsh, was born in Biron, Germany, April 3, 1856. She came to America when 12 years of age and, with the exception of four years, her lifetime was spent in the vicinity of Chatsworth. Those four years were spent in Mississippi with her parents.
She was united in marriage to John Kemmer at Chatsworth, February 6, 1878. To this union eleven children were born, eight of whom are living, namely: John, Chatsworth; Mrs. Regina Swanick, of Roberts, Joe, Pocahontas, Iowa; Anna Cavanagh, of Chatsworth; William, Roberts; Margaret White, Beecher; Bernard, Peoria; Mary Benway, Strawn. A sister and a brother-in-law also mourn her passing. Mrs. Anna Elbert, Cullom; and Andrew Welsh, of Saybrook. There are 42 grandchildren and six great grandchildren.
Mr. and Mrs. Kemmer lived on a farm until their retirement in November, 1923, when they moved into Chatsworth. After Mr. Kemmer's death April 9, 1932, Mrs. Kemmer moved to the home of her daughter.
ANSON K. PRATT
FEBRUARY 13, 1936
Anson K. Pratt, Civil war veteran, died this morning at 3:40 o'clock at the home of his nephew, Edmund Pratt, north and east of Watseka, at the age of 96 years, 2 months and 7 days.
His last illness was of three weeks duration although he had been in failing health and an invalid for some time. Cause of death was given as chronic myocarditis. The body was brought to the Roach funeral parlors here this forenoon. The body will lie in state at the J.E. Roach home, a block north of the Citizens bank, until the hour of funeral Sunday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock in the Methodist church. Burial will be in the Chatsworth cemetery where his wife was buried in 1929. Rev. W.W. Wohlfarth will have charge of the service at the church.
Prior to March, 1930, Mr. Pratt was a familiar figure and a respected citizen of Chatsworth for many years. His old home, or a portion of it still stands on First street, a block south of Route 24. For a time preceding and after the death of Mrs. Pratt, Mrs. Pratt's daughter, Mrs. Maud Young, now in Little Cedar, Iowa, resided here with the family. Mr. Pratt had no children and so far as the Plaindealer can learn, the only near relatives are two nephews, Edmund and Fred, at Watseka. May Ellis, who later became the wife of George Meika, made her home while a girl with the Pratts. Her present address is not known here. She was not, we are told, an adopted daughter.
The son of Asa and Amelia Kidder Pratt, he was born in Wyoming county, New York, in 1839. The family moved to Lake county, Illinois, in 1845, and there he resided until the age of 21.
He enlisted in 1861 in Company I, 4th Regiment, Illinois volunteer Infantry, and served until December 24, 1864, fighting at Fort Donelson, Shiloh and Vicksburg.
After the war he located in this city, purchasing both farm and city property. He was married in 1865 to Miss Mary Reynolds, also a native of New York state.
After her death he married Alice Bingham, who died in 1929. Mr. Pratt continued his residence in Chatsworth for a time after the death of his wife and then several years ago was taken to Watseka to make his home with his nephew and conservator, Edmund Pratt, where he died.
FEBRUARY 13, 1936
Patrick Boyle died at his home in Chatsworth at 3 o'clock Friday afternoon, February 7, at the age of 85 years, 10 months and 20 days. He had been ill a month, the infirmities of age gradually weakening him and the close of life being fully expected for some time.
Mr. Boyle is survived by his wife, his faithful companion for 41 year. they had no children. the only other surviving relatives is a sister who lives in Ireland.
Having been a resident of Chatsworth community for 34 years, Mr. Boyle had numerous friends. He had been a good neighbor and when advancing years came upon him, he had good neighbors to minister to him and Mrs. Boyle was assisted generously in the care required during his last illness.
The funeral services were held in Saints Peter and Paul's church at 9:30 o'clock Monday, the funeral mass being held by the pastor, Rev. Philip Markey.
Interment was made in St. Patrick's cemetery, the following serving as casket bearers; John Brosnahan, Frank Murtaugh, Will C. Quinn, Dennis Kerrins, John Feely and C.L. Ortman.
The day of the funeral was extremely cold and traveling was difficult. The funeral was not as largely attended as it would have been under more favorable conditions. Many old friends who would have been present to pay their last tribute of respect, wither on account of age or weather conditions, was compelled to be absent, much to their regret.
Mr. Boyle was born March 17, 1850, in Glasgow, Scotland. His parents removed to Ireland when he was two years old. He lived in Ireland until he was about 18 years old, when he came to America. He made a return visit to Ireland in 1892.
He married Margaret O'Connor of Bloomington in 1895. He was employed by the Illinois Central railroad, being located at Cropsey six years. They came to Chatsworth 34 years ago. He was long employed as a section foreman, serving the company as an employee for 20 years. When he retired 21 years ago he was allotted a small pension.
Old friends say of him that he was a good citizen, a man who served his employers well, true to his companion and home, loyal to his personal and religious creed and that he will be remembered kindly by all who knew him well enough to appraise his character.
MRS. CAROLINE (OLIVER) HONECUT DORR
JULY 2, 1936
Mrs. Caroline Honecut Dorr, a daughter of Franklin Oliver, the earliest pioneer settler of this locality, died June 30 at the age of 87 years, 5 months and 14 days. Caroline Oliver was a daughter of Franklin Oliver's second wife (Sarah Wert). She was born at Oliver's Grove in 1849. Her first marriage was to a Mr. Honecut; her second to Theodore Dorr. No children survive either marriage.
MISS EFFIE E. WISE
SEPTEMBER 3, 1936
Miss Effie E. Wise passed away at the home of her half-sister, Mrs. Laura Van Velson, in Melvin, at 3:15 a.m., Sunday, August 30, at the age of 61 years, nine months and 16 days.
Funeral services were held at 2 pm, Tuesday in the Chatsworth Methodist Episcopal church being conducted by the pastor, Rev. W.W. Wohlfarth. Interment was made in Chatsworth cemetery.
The casket bearers were E.H. Marxmiller, H.B. Speer, C.B. Strawn, John Sleeth, T.E. Burns and C.H. Dorsey.
Effie, daughter of the late Simon P. and Martha Jane Wise, was born near Leroy, Illinois, November 14, 1874, and lived there four years. She then resided near Roberts until 38 years ago, when she moved to Chatsworth and has since then continued to reside here with her brother, Frank M. Wise.
Saturday, August 15, she went to visit her half-sister in Melvin and received medical attention there until her sudden death Sunday morning, which came as a shock to her relatives and friends.
Miss Wise was a faithful member of the Methodist church and taught a Sunday school class for fifteen years.
She leaves to mourn her loss a half-sister, Mrs. Laura Van Velson, of Melvin; a half-brother, Milton S., of Arrowsmith; two full brothers, Albert T., of Pekin and Frank M., of Chatsworth. Her father died in 1909 and her mother in 1916. Three half-brothers preceded her in death; William, Lee and Melvin J.
MRS. CATHERINE O. (O'BRIEN) ROACH
SEPTEMBER 3, 1936
Mrs. Catherine O'Brien Roach, widow of the late James Roach, both pioneer residents of Charlotte township, passed away at St. James Hospital in Pontiac, at 4 pm, Thursday, August 27.
Death was due to hypostatic pneumonia and followed an accident in which Mrs. Roach broke her hip at her home August 17, according to the verdict of the jury in the inquest held by Coroner John A. Keeley at the Raleigh J. Harris mortuary in Pontiac.
Funeral services were held at 9 am, Saturday from St. Mary's Catholic church in Pontiac, the Rev. Fr. Thomas E. Shea conducting. Burial followed in St. Columbus cemetery, at Ottawa.
Mrs. Roach, nee Catherine O'Brien, was born in Ireland 90 years ago, the daughter of Timothy and Margaret (Lane) O'Brien. She came to the United States at the age of 16, locating in LaSalle county. She was married to James Roach, near Ottawa in 1870. Mr. Roach preceded his wife in death in 1908.
Mrs. Roach is survived by the following children: Mrs. Catherine Norris, of California; Mrs. Mary Wilburne, of Pontiac; Miss Theresa Roach, of Chatsworth; Michael Roach, of Pontiac; Miss Hanna Roach, of Ottawa, and James Roach, of Chatsworth. She is also survived by a brother, David O'Brien, of Ottawa, besides several grandchildren. Two sons, David and Timothy, and a daughter, Sister Mary Veronica, are dead.
The pall bearers were James Ferritor, Michael Fitzgerald, Matthew Monahan, Arthur Culkin, Lewis Fraher and Thomas Bergan.
MRS. MARGARET LOUISA (MOORE) FURR
SEPTEMBER 3, 1936
The following obituary of a former Chatsworth resident is taken from the Lawton (Okla.) Constitution:
Margaret Louisa Moore (Mrs. Margaret Furr) was born at Xenia, Ohio, May 14, 1849, and died Thursday morning, August 20, 1936, at her home in Lawton, Oklahoma, aged 87 years, three months and six days.
When she was only six years of age her family moved from Ohio to Davenport, Iowa, where she spent her early girlhood and received her education. After completing her education she devoted six years of her life to public school teaching.
On October 5, 1870, she was married to S.B. Furr, at Aledo, Illinois, and immediately went to their new home at Chatsworth, Illinois, where they lived for 36 years, and where all of the children were born.
In 1906 her family moved from Illinois to Lawton, Oklahoma, where they located on a farm east of that city. In 1915 Mr. Furr died.
Mrs. Furr continued to live on the farm until 1919 when she moved into the city of Lawton, where she made her home until the time of her death.
Three of her children preceded her in death; Daisy Furr Marple, Ina L. Holt and Isaac Goodwin Furr. Those who survive are four daughters, Mrs. W.B. Scott, Mrs. Ed Bertram, Miss Sylvia Furr and Miss Margaret Furr, all of Lawton; also five grandchildren, John G. Holt of Tulsa; Joe E. Holt, Paul J. Holt, Dorothy Furr and Margaret Bertram, all of Lawton, together with two nieces and three nephews and other relatives.
Early in life Mr. Furr united with the Presbyterian church and when she came to Lawton she placed her membership in the First Presbyterian church, where it remained up to the time of her death.
For 30 years Mrs. Furr has been a part of the Lawton community and has contributed her part as a Christian woman, a devoted mother and a faithful and loving wife, to the development of the better life in this new country.
A large circle of friends mourn her departure and sincerely sympathize with the bereaved family.
SEPTEMBER 10, 1936
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SEPTEMBER 10, 1936
Relatives here received word this week of the death of William Gingerich at Rock Rapids, Iowa, Sunday. Mr. Gingerich was about 65 years old, was born on a farm in Charlotte township, northwest of Chatsworth. He emigrated west when a young man and married there and raised a family and had not visited this locality for many years. He was a cousin of Joe, Frank, John and Miss Agness Gingerich. The burial was near his home Wednesday.
WILLIAM F. FELT
SPETEMBER 17, 1936
William F. Felt, 327 South Holliston avenue, Pasadena, California, died at 3:330 pm Tuesday (Sep. 17). The news came to Chatsworth relatives Wednesday morning in a telegram which also stated that the funeral would be held Thursday afternoon.
The announcement came as a surprise and shock, not only to the relatives but to many friends of the former Chatsworth man who had enjoyed the company of Mr. and Mrs. Felt during their recent summer sojourn in this section.
Mr. and Mrs. Felt arrived at their Pasadena home September 8, just a week before his death, having proceeded home, accompanied by their niece, Mrs. Arthur Pearson, of Normal, after attending the Felt family reunion at Ogallaia, Nebraska, September second.
Mr. and Mrs. Felt left their Pasadena home about May 20, motoring leisurely eastward. They visited the Dallas, Texas exposition, and stopped to see relatives in Kansas and in Indiana before coming to Chatsworth June 4. They spent some time visiting their relatives, the Felts and the Pearsons for a time, also meeting many old friends of their youth and renewing acquaintanceships formed during the various trips they made back to Illinois after moving west. They took up a temporary residence at Bloomington, remaining there until July 28. Prior to attending the family reunion in Nebraska, they spent about four weeks with relatives in Iowa.
Although Mr. Felt did not enjoy the best of health while here, it was not thought that he was in particular danger of an early death.
Mr. Felt was a native of Woodford county, Ill., where he was born about 65 years ago. When a young man he came to Chatsworth and engaged in farming. He he married Miss Ada V. Pearson and they remained here until 1903, when they removed to Iowa. Eight years later, in 1911, they took up their residence in California.
Mr. and Mrs. Felt had no children and he is the last of the family, with the exception of his nieces and nephews and their descendants. His brothers, Henry of Washburn; John, of Chatsworth and Louis, of Waukee, Iowa and his sisters, Mrs. Anna Snyder, of Rutland, Illinois; Mrs. John Birkey, of Milford, Nebraska; and Mrs. Jacob Roth, of Benson, Ill. preceded him in death.
OCTOBER 8, 1936
Dan Tauber, well known Chatsworth merchant for the past 12 years, was stricken with a heart attack at his home in the store and died within a few minutes at about 9 o'clock Wednesday morning, October 7.
Mr. Tauber was attending to the usual routine of business and had just returned from the post office with his morning mail when he became ill. Mrs. Tauber assisted him to his bed and summoned a physician, but he expired before medical assistance could be administered. Later in the day Coroner John Keeley conducted an inquiry and the verdict was returned that the case of death was coronary thrombosis.
The death of Mr. Tauber, naturally, came as a severe shock to his family and friends, who just a few minutes before had seen him in his accustomed cheery and jovial mood.
The body will lie in state at the P.L. McGuire funeral home until 8 am Friday. Modern Woodmen casket bearers will serve until the departure for Chicago where services will be held at 2 pm Friday in Wallman Chapel, 3021 Fullerton Avenue. Interment will be in New Light Cemetery, Chicago.
Dan, son of Joseph and Alice (Sander) Tauber, was born in Chicago January 26, 1893. The span of his life was 43 years, 8 months and 11 days.
He married Miss Jane Leiser of Cullom June 3, 1919, and they lived in Chicago five years. Mrs. Tauber survives him, with their two sons, Samuel and Robert. He also leaves two brothers, Milton and Alvin and one sister, Mrs. Carrie Bellos, all of Chicago.
Coming to Chatsworth from Chicago in 1924, he deceased and his brother, Milton, purchased the stock of the Farmers Co-operative store and opened a dry goods store. Not long afterwards Milton sold his interest to Mr. and Mrs. Dan Tauber. Several years ago they added a grocery stock. Dan was an ardent worker for co-operation among the merchants and whenever any activity was going forward for the development of local trade he was always in the enterprise with industry and zeal. He was an enthusiastic worker in the Community Club.
He was elected Venerable Consul of the Modern Woodmen of America several years ago and took an active interest in the work of the local camp of which he was the head. He was also a member of the local castle of the Knights of Pythias.
OCTOBER 8, 1936
William Kueffner, Sr., died in St. James Hospital, Pontiac, at 8:45 pm, Friday, October 2, at the age of 78 years and 19 days. He had been feeble throughout the past summer, becoming alarmingly ill about three weeks before his death. He was taken to the hospital September 26, submitting to a surgical operation.
Funeral services were held in Saints Peter and Paul's church in Chatsworth Monday morning. In the absence of the pastor, the Rev. Father Williams, of Piper City, sang the funeral mass.
Interment was made in Germanville cemetery. Serving as casket bearers were John Kurtenbach, Peter Kurtenbach. S.H. Herr, Joseph J. Endres, Ed Franey, T.J. O'Connor, T.E. Burns and Richard Weller.
Mr. Kueffner was the elder son of Mr. and Mrs. Martin Kueffner and was born in Lee County, Illinois, September 13, 1858. During his infancy the family moved to the neighborhood of Waverly, Iowa, but in his early youth they located southeast of Chatsworth. Early in life he engaged in farming, in which occupation he achieved a successful career, the qualities of industry, perserverance and frugality bringing him the reward of possession of a substantial estate.
He married Miss Elizabeth O'Brien in the Catholic church in Chatsworth September 16, 1884. They lived on their farm until 1917, when they purchased a home in Chatsworth and retired, but Mr. Kueffner continued actively interested in visiting and overseeing the operation of his land till the end.
Mrs. Kueffner died October 16, 1929, at the age of 65 years. Four children were born to the couple, all of whom survive. They are: Mrs. Mary Kelly, now in Arizona; Martin F., William J. and Mrs. Clara Daniels, all of Chatsworth. There are seven grandchildren; Mary Elizabeth, Mrs. Kelly's daughter; William's five children, William, Carolyn, Lucille, Mary Jane and Rita Ann; and Janice Daniels.
William Kueffner, Jr., and family moved here from Downers Grove in august, 1935, and have been keeping house with the elder Mr. Kueffner since.
Mr. Kueffner was the last of his family, his sister, Mrs. Christian Kratz, having died in 1934 and his brother, Charles November 7,----. (Cut off)
LUTHER H. GRIMSLEY
OCTOBER 15, 1936
Luther H. Grimsley, a resident of Chatsworth since 1915, died in the Pontiac hospital Sunday afternoon at 1:15 of pneumonia. He had been ill less than a week and was taken to the hospital last Thursday night.
The body was returned to his home in Chatsworth and funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock in the Baptist church with Rev. E.W. Crockett in charge. Rev. S.L. Buchanan, of Minonk, preached the sermon, Burial was in Chatsworth cemetery.
Casket bearers were Ed Fortna, Joe Hummel, Everett Brammer, Louis Puffer, Edwin Pearson, Ed Moore, Conrad Neding and Gillum Ford.
Luther Harrison Grimsley was born August 20, 1889, in Monroe county, Kentucky, and on December 4, 1914, he married Miss Stella Norman, of Glasgow, Kentucky. They are the parents of one son, Norman L., who survived with his mother. Also surviving are a sister, Mrs. Mae Fortna, at Forrest; his father, W.T. Grimsley; a half-sister, Myrtle, and two half-brothers, Bee and Haskel, of Glasgow, Kentucky.
Mr. Grimsley farmed for a number of years near Chatsworth and later was employed for several years by George Watson in cement road work, but this summer had worked for the Empire Construction Company in building the new cement bridge over the Vermilion river north of Charlotte.
We understand that he had enjoyed unusually good health during his entire lifetime until recently when he contracted a cold that soon developed into more serious complications.
OCTOBER 29, 1936
John Massey died Wednesday night at 8:30 o'clock, at the home of his sister-in-law, Mrs. Charles Massey, in El Paso.
The body was brought to the R-K funeral home where it will remain until the hour of the funeral, Saturday, October 31, when services will be conducted in the Baptist church at 2 o'clock.
Mr. Massey was born in Ohio, April 25, 1857, but spent much of his life in Illinois. He was a resident of El Paso in 1878 when he was married to Miss Elizabeth Shreve of Minonk. After farming around El Paso for six years they moved to the vicinity of Watseka, later to Milford and in December, 1887, to Chatsworth, where the family since resided. Mrs. Massey died April 1, 1928, and is buried in the Chatsworth cemetery.
Mr. Massey conducted a restaurant for about two years after coming to Chatsworth in the middle business block but since then followed the trade of painter and paper hanger until the infirmities of age slowed up his work. He resided alone in his cottage near the Baptist church most of the time. He spent a short time with a brother at Watseka and 12 days before his death was taken to El Paso.
The cause of death was attributed to carcinoma of the bladder. He was the last of his family, his brother, Calvin, having preceded him in death by a few months.
He served for a number of years as a member of the local fire department of the village and was prominent for years in the Modern Woodman Lodge.
DECEMBER 31, 1936
Harm H. Frieden, well known retired farmer, died suddenly on Tuesday (Dec. 29) morning at 7:45 o'clock of a heart attack at his home, two miles east of Charlotte.
Mr. Frieden's health had not been good for some time but the end came unexpectedly. Coroner Shafer, of Cornell, conducted an inquiry into the death.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday from his home and at 1:30 p.m. from the River Evangelical church in Charlotte township, Rev. H.E. Kasch conducting. The burial will occur in the Chatsworth Cemetery.
Harm H. Frieden was born in Ausfriesland, Germany, September 2, 1867, the son of Henry and Grace (Schafer) Frieden. He came to the United States at an early age, locating in Charlotte township, which had since been his home. He married Miss Anna Bakker on February 11, 1890, and their home was established on a farm in Charlotte township, where they had since resided with the exception of three years spent in Catsworth.
Mr. Frieden is survived by his wife and two children, John Frieden and Mrs. Crace Arch, both residents of Charlotte township.
Mr. Frieden was a member of the Evangelical church of Charlotte township.
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MRS. MARY C. PERKINS
JANUARY 7, 1937
Mrs. Mary C. Perkins died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Bloice Hanna, near Goodland, Indiana, January 1, at the advanced age of 89 years, 11 months and 11 days.
Her last illness was of three weeks duration, which started with an attack of flu.
The body was brought here from Indiana Saturday and taken to the Charles Perkins home, where it remained until the funeral hour. Brief services were held at the Perkins home and in the Methodist church at 2 o'clock Sunday aftrnoon, conducted by the pastor, Rev. W.W. Wohlfarth. Burial was in the Chatsworth cemetery.
Singers for the services were Mrs. W.w. Wohlfarth, Miss Faye Shafer, Harry Felt and J.w. Heiken, with Mrs. Felt at the piano. Casket bearers were Henry Lear, Chester Gardner, Elmer Pearson, Robert Penwill, Jesse Hanna and Chester Bayston. Four granddaughters, Myrtle Perkins, Virginia Perkins, Beulah Hanna and Mrs. Everett Thompson were the flower girls.
Mary C. Perkins was born in Missouri January 21, 1847, to Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Baker. She was united in marriage April 11, 1867, to James O. Perkins. To this union ten children were born, six of whom are still living, namely Ellen J. Bess and Della Berlett, of Walton, Indiana; Mrs. Etta Stanford, Akron, Ohio, and Mrs. Cora Hanna of Goodland, Indiana; Gilbert Perkins of Worthington, Minnesota and Charles Perkins of Chatsworth. All of the children attended the funeral except Mrs. Stanford, who was detained at home by illnesss.
The family moved to Illinois and near Colfax about fifty iyears ago. Five years later they moved to a farm west of Chatsworth where they resided until 1911 when Mr. and Mrs. Perkins moved to the village and remained until his death in October, 1928. A short time later Mrs. Perkins went to make her home with Mrs. Hanna.
Mrs. Perkins became a member of the Methodist church at an early age and continued the faith until her death.
MRS. JOSEPHINE BITTERS
JANUARY 14, 1937
Mrs. Josephine Bitters, died at 3:25 p.m. Monday, January 11, at the age of 66 years and three days. the end came at the home which she had shared for many years with her sister and husband, Mr. and Mrs. John E. Roach.
Mrs. Bitters became ill about ten days before Christmas, but her condition did not become serious until Tuesday, the 5th of January, when bronchial pneumonia developed and after which she declined steadily.
The funeral mass was sung in Saints Peter and Paul's church at 9:30 o'clock this Thursday morning, the Rev. A. M. Coffey, of Gibson, celebrating the mass and the sermon being delivered by Rev. C.J. Williams of Piper City. The pastor, Rev. P. Markey, was also in the sanctuary.
Interment was made in Chatsworth cemetery, beside the final resting place of the mother and sister of the deceased.
The following served as casket bearers:Thomas C. Ford, Adolph J. Haberkorn, C.E. Kohler, Henry williams, Henry Rosenboom, Arthur G. Walter, T.J. O'Connor and Ed Franey.
Josephine, daughter of George and Alice Hull, was born January 8, 1871, at Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. The family left Canada when she was only three months old and located in Fairbury. When she was three years old they moved to Kentland, Indiana. There she received her education and grew to young womanhood and married Dr. J.V. VanDuzer. Following her marriage she lived in Milford, where her husband practiced his profession. A son was born of this union; this son, Elmer, died in 1896. Dr. VanDuzer died in 1898. In 1901 Mrs. Bitters came to Chatsworth where she and her sister conducted a millinery business until 1920. In 1912 she was married to Milo A. Bitters, who died in 1914.
She is survived by her sister Lillian (Mrs. John E. Roach) and two nephews, Emmet J. Roach of Chatsworth, and James P. VanDuzer of Chicago. One sister, Lucy Hull, died in 1916 and a brother, Will Hull, died in 1911.
Mrs. Bitters was a member of the Catholic Woman's League and of the Chatsworth Woman's Club. For many years she had been an active and valued participant in the charitable undertakings and in the social life of these organizations. Being highly esteemed by her associates, as well as beloved in the home she jointly made so many years with her closest of kin.
MRS. WILL (LUCY) QUINN
JANUARY 14, 1937
Mrs. Will C. Quinn died at St. James Hospital, Pontiac, Monday forenoon, January 11, at the age of 52 years, 5 months and 21 days. She had been in failing health for several months and had been in the hospital the past five weeks.
Besides her sorrowing husband, she is survived by three brothers and a sister, Kurt, Leo and George Reinhardt, and Mrs. Elgin Snyder, all of Erie, Pennsylvania; two half-brothers and a half-sister, Carl and David Rummel, of Erie, Pa., and Mrs. Alice Garrison, of Washington, D.C.
The funeral was held at 10 o'clock Wednesday morning in Saints Peter and Paul's church, the mass being sung by the pastor, Rev. P. Markey, and the sermon delivered by Rev. Paul Redday, of Loretto. Also in the sanctuary were Rev. J.J. Kerrins of Ashkum, and Rev. C.J. Williams of Piper City. Interment was made in St. Patrick's cemetery.
The following served as casket bearers: D.J. Kerrins, F.H. Herr, C.G. Bartlett, Henry Rosenboom, D.W. McCarthey and J.W. Heiken.
Lucy M. Reinhardt, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Felix Reinhardt, was born at Erie, Pennsylvania, July 14, 1884. There she received her first schooling, going to Chicago at an early age to live with an aunt, Mrs. E. R. Mueller, with whom she remained several years.
After engaging in the millinery business in Cullom two years, she located in Chatsworth, continuing in the millinery business here a number of years.
She was married to Will C. Quinn in Chatsworth August 6, 1912. Here they have made their home continuously since. Besides sharing it generously with beloved nieces, that home has been pre-eminently a model in the community in the spirit of hospitality exemplified toward all friends and extended graciously to new comers whose welcoming was always cheery and considerate to a fault.
Mrs. Quinn sought no commendation and her oft-expressed opinion gave assurance that she would be the first to forestall a word of praise; yet this brief sketch would utterly fail in its plain duty were it not recorded that never a more gracious hostess, considerate friend and neighbor and generous benefactress of the needy graced the community throughout the years she resided here. Gifted with special talents she found many ways to serve and please and she improved every opportunity to be helpful, companionable and encouraging to all who came within her sphere of activity. She will not be forgotten ever, by those who knew her.
JANUARY 14, 1937
Mrs. Earl Askew received a message Sunday that her father, E.O. Page, had died suddenly at Randolph, Kentucky
Mrs. Askew left at midnight to attend the funeral which was held in Randolph.
Mr. Page was a former resident of Chatsworth and owned a residence property just north of the Evangelical church. He left here about six years ago to minister to his aged mother who was afflicted with creeping paralysis and had been helpless for some time.
Mrs. Mary Page, the mother died at Randolph, January 2nd. She was a sister of W.R. Piercy, of Chatsworth.
When this paragraph was written it was not known here what caused the death of Mr. Page but it is presumed that it was a sudden heart attack. He is survived by his wife, from whom he was separated and who lives in Indianapolis and two daughters, Mrs. Earl Askew, of this community and Miss Pearl Page of Michigan.
Mr. Page visited Chatsworth just before Christmas and at that time seemed to be in good health. He left December 24th for Kentucky.
MRS. LEO (JOSEPHINE KURTENBACH) SNEYD
JANUARY 21, 1937
Mrs. Leo A. Sneyd died in St. Joseph's hospital, Bloomington, at 2 o'clock Monday afternoon, January 18, following a major operation performed Tuesday of that week. Her age was 39 years, 8 months and 26 days.
Until very recently, Mrs. Sneyd's health was such as to permit her in addition to her home duties, to render capable care of others requiring her ministrations. The fatal culmination of her recent illness, therefore was a distinct shock to her family and friends.
Following death she was brought to the home of her mother, Mrs. Mary Ellen Kurtenbach, in Chatsworth, lying in state there until the hour of the funeral.
The funeral was held at 9:30 Wednesday morning in Saints Peter and Paul's church, the funeral mass being sung by the pastor, Rev. P. Markey, and the sermon given by Rev. James J. Kerrins, of Ashkum.
Interment was in St. Patrick's cemetery. The casket bearers were: Paul E. Trunk, Martin F. Brown, Edward A. Cooney, Raphael McGreal, Henry H. Rosenboom, Frank M. Trunk, Frank M. Herr and Leslie J. Ribordy.
Josephine Olive, a twin daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Kurtenbach, Sr., well known and highly honored pioneer settlers of the Chatsworth neighborhood, was born on a farm south of Chatsworth, April 22, 1897. Her twin sister, Nellie, died December 8, 1912.
Her education was obtained in St. Patrick's school in Chatsworth, graduating from the grade and high school departments. She was married to Leo a. Sneyd here September 1, 1920. Two children were born to this union, Leo and Dorothy, both of whom are left to comfort their sorrowing father. Her father died in September, 1928. Three brothers and three sisters also preceded her in death.
Mrs. Mary Ellen Kurtenbach is comforted now by only four survivors, John F., Peter H., Mrs. Mary Ellen Watson, of Chatsworth and Mrs. Kathryn Pittenger, of Tacoma, Washington.
Although she spent most of her lifetime in this community, Mrs. Sneyd was away from here for several years during which time she and her husband resided in Seattle, San Francisco and Louisville. They came back to Chatsworth about two years ago, continuing personal, social and fraternal ties that were never severed, because of a charming personality that kept, always an endearing hold upon the friendships formed in childhood.
In addition to her religious affiliations, she was a member of the Royal Neighbors of America.
MRS. J. B. (ALICE MCLEAN) GROTEVANT
JANUARY 28, 1937
Mr. J. B. Grotevant died in the Pontiac hospital Wednesday (Jan. 27) morning at 7:45 o'clock of pneumonia which developed Friday evening.
The body was brought to Chatsworth and the funeral services will be held in the Baptist church Friday afternoon, January 29, at 2 o'clock, conducted by Rev. E.W. Crockett. Burial will be in the Chatsworth cemetery.
Mrs. Grotevant fell at her home in Chatsworth November 21 and fractured a knee cap. She was taken to the Pontiac hospital about two weeks later for an operation. She improved nicely and shortly before Christmas was taken to the home of her son, gene Grotevant, in Pontiac. The wound healed nicely and she was able to get around the house some on crutches.
About two weeks ago she became ill with flu and Friday evening pneumonia developed and Saturday she was taken back to the hospital and every effort was made to save her life.
Alice McLean was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. D.B. McLean, of Tremont, where she was born on April 26, 1863.
She was married to J.B. Grotevant June 24, 1891, at Tremont and soon thereafter the couple came to Healey, south of Chatsworth, and opened a general store and bought grain. Three years later they moved to Charlotte, where for eleven years Mr. Grotevant bought grain for the Middle Division Elevator company.
In 1907 the couple moved to Chatsworth and he became manager of the local electric light plant. In 1912 he was named superintendent and she matron of the Livingston County Home, south of Pontiac, where they continued to reside for 19 years.
Upon retiring from the county farm jobs Mr. and Mrs. Grotevant moved back to Chatsworth and lived a retired life. Mrs. Grotevant, however, continued active in church and club work and was beloved by many people.
Surviving are the husband and two children, Mrs. Grace Hughes, of Detroit, and Gene, of Pontiac. One son, Walter, died while the family lived in Charlotte. There are also three brothers, H.S. McLean, of Rialto, California; and William and John McLean, of Jacksonville. One sister and one brother and her parents preceded her in death.
JOHN W. SPEER
FEBRUARY 18, 1937
LAST VETERAN OF CIVIL WAR MUSTERED OUT
JOHN W. SPEER DIES MONDAY NIGHT, AGED 96 YEARS
FEBRUARY 18, 1937
John W. Speer, Chatsworth's last Civil war veteran, died at his home in the western part of the village Monday (Feb. 15) evening at 8:30 o'clock at the age of 96 years and 16 days.
Deceased had enjoyed remarkably good health during the greater part of his long and useful life. It was evident for several weeks past that the end was approaching but he was conscious up until a few minutes before death.
FUNERAL AND BURIAL WEDNESDAY
Funeral services were held on Wednesday afternoon from the house at 1:30 and at the Methodist church at 2 o'clock, with burial in the Chatsworth cemetery, where his wife and only daughter are buried. Rev. W.W. Wohlfarth, pastor of the church, had charge of the services.
The casket bearers were Joseph Dietz, Frank Wise, Elmer Pearson, M.E. Franey, P.H. McGreal and John Brosnahan.
Mr. and Mrs. Harry Felt, Mrs. Fred Kyburz and Evert Bess sang, with Mrs. Charles Shafer at the piano.
The impressive ceremony of the American Legion was accorded him at the cemetery. A volley was fired over his grave and taps were blown in his honor.
A NATIVE OF INDIANA
Mr. Speer was born near Fairfield, Franklin county, Indiana, January 29, 1841. He spent his youth in that locality and when the Civil war broke out he enlisted from Clarksburg in Co. F., 18th Indiana Infantry and served creditably until the close of the war. He came to Illinois after being mustered out of the service and was married January 14, 1869, at Granville, Illinois, to Miss Martha E. Baird, who died April 6, 1908. Following the marriage of the couple they came to the vicinity of Chatsworth and for a few years resided on and farmed what is now the Nick Nimbler place, two miles west of Chatsworth. Then they moved to the village and for more than 40 years Mr. Speer was a prominent stock buyer and was known over a large territory.
When age compelled him to give up his loved vocation he lived a secluded life with his daughter, Myrtle and son Harvey. The daughter died August 28, 1929. Soon after this his niece, Mrs. Charles Walsh, and her husband, came from South Dakota and kindly ministered to his wants.
TWO SONS SURVIVE
Of the three children born to Mr. and Mrs. Speer, two sons, Charles, of Newton, Kansas, and H.B., of Watseka, survive.
Charles was in California when the father passed away and was unable to reach here in time for the funeral.
Mr. Speer was honored and beloved by those who knew him and his name will be revered as one typifying honesty and fidelity.
ALOYSIUS P. RYAN
FEBRUARY 18, 1937
A.P. Ryan died of heart disease at 9:30 a.m. Monday, February 15, at St. Joseph's hospital in Bloomington. Mr. Ryan had attained the age of 78 years, 7 months and 27 days.
Funeral services were held here at 9:30 o'clock this morning in Saints Peter and Paul's church, the pastor, Rev. Fr. Markey, being assisted by Rev. Fr. C.J. Williams of Piper City. Interment was made in St. Patrick's cemetery, Chatsworth.
Aloysius P. Ryan, son of Thomas and Mary Ryan, was born at Marseilles, Illinois, June 18, 1858 and the greater part of his life was spent in this state.
He married Mary Ellen Cleary at New Orleans in 1883 and they lived there a number of years, during which he followed business pursuits successfully. Mrs. Ryan died in 1908. At that time the Ryans lived at Gibson City.
Five children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Ryan. Two sons survive, John, of Bay St. Louis, Mississippi and Aloysius P. of Chatsworth. He also leaves two sisters, Mrs. Emma Kane, of Boulder, Montana, and Mrs. Mary Kennedy, of Dana, Iowa. The latter and her son Dan came to Chatsworth and attended the funeral.
In a long and active career, Mr. Ryan displayed the qualities of industrious perseverance which contributed largely to his success in the ventures that interested him. With the exception of the years spent in business in New Orleans and nine years at Bay St. Louis, Miss., most of the years were devoted to farming in this part of the state.
Following the death of his brother Dan, Mr. Ryan came to live in Chatsworth five years ago, taking up his residence in the home that his brother had owned and bequeathed to him. Here he and his son, A.P. Ryan, Jr., have resided continuously since. The friends of the family have demonstrated throughout his illness and since his passing away their feelings of friendliness and sympathy.
FEBRUARY 25, 1937
Louis Baltz, 56, a resident of Bloomington, died in a Pekin hospital February 17th following an operation for a ruptured appendix.
Mr. Baltz was a son of the Henry Baltz', former residents of the Chatsworth locality, and will be remembered by the older residents. Henry Baltz for a number of years owned the farm southwest of Chatsworth and now owned by the F.L. Livingstons. The family later moved to Hoopeston where Henry Baltz sill resides. Louis has conducted a garage in Bloomington for the past six years. He is survived by his wife, two sons, his father and two sisters, Mrs. Edith Boch, of Hoopeston, and Mrs. Josie Fuller, of Trinidad, Colorado. Burial was in Bloomington.
Mr. Baltz was also the nephew of Mrs. Caroline Baltz, of Chatsworth.
MRS. BRIDGET (GARRITY) O'MALLEY
MARCH 11, 1937
Mrs. Bridget O'Malley, for 40 years a resident of Chatsworth, died at 10:45 a.m., Monday, March 8, at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Jesse, Moulton St., Pontiac, in whose home her son James resides. She had been with her daughter, Mrs. Andrew Schopp, in Grand Rapids, Michigan, until November.
She had been an invalid for the past several months. Two weeks ago she suffered a slight stroke, which resulted in her death.
Funeral services were held at 9:30 today in Saints Peter and Paul's Catholic church in Chatsworth. Burial was in St. Patrick's cemetery.
Mrs. O'Malley was Bridget Garrity, born Feb. 8, 1857, in Galway, Ireland, the last of a family of seven. She came to America at the age of thirteen years and resided with her brother, Malachi Garrity, in Forrest township, until her marriage to Lawrence O'Malley in 1879. After the death of her husband forty years ago, she with her five children moved to Chatsworth where she resided till death.
She is survived by the following children: Mrs. Mary Schopp, Grand Rapids, Mich., Mrs. Nellie Rebholz, Chatsworth, William, of Milford, Agnes, Chatsworth, James, of Pontiac, five grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
LEO E. KARNERY
APRIL 1, 1937
Leo Edward Karnery, 47, was killed by a fast Wabash passenger train in Gibson City shortly before noon Monday (March 29) when his automobile was struck as he was crossing the tracks.
The body was brought to Chatsworth and lay in state at the home of Mr. Karney's sister, Mrs. Peter Kurtenbach, four and one-half miles southwest of Chatsworth, until this forenoon when funeral services were held in St. Peter and Paul's church at 9:30 after which the body was buried in St. Patrick's cemetery.
Last week he secured a position with the WPA checking graves of war veterans and began his work Monday morning. He was returning from a cemetery to Gibson City for dinner when he was killed. The body was thrown clear of the car wreckage and his neck was broken. He also received other injuries and death seemed to have been instantaneous. His car was badly damaged. He had spent the winter at the Kurtenbach home and left there Monday morning to begin work on his new job.
Leo Edward Karnery, son of Michael and Mary Ellen Karney, was born on a farm near Sibley December 25, 1889, and grew to maturity in the vicinities of Roberts and Melvin. He graduated from Roberts high school in 1908. He attended Illinois State Normal university and then taught school in the vicinities of Roberts, Guthrie and Gibson City for fifteen years.
Surviving are one brother and four sisters. They are Mrs. Patrick Crawford, Mrs. Jas. Duffey, both of Melvin; Mrs. Peter Kurtenbach, near Chatsworth; Mrs. Fred Powell and Walter Karney, both of Gibson City.
CLARENCE A. ENDRES
APRIL 15, 1937
Clarence A. Endres, well known Charlotte township farmer, died at St. James hospital in Pontiac at 9:40 a.m., Thursday, April 8, at the age of 49 years, 10 months and 27 days. He had been taken to the hospital Monday.
He sustained a skull fracture in an accident at his farm last September and was in the hospital a week and continued to improve. After a short time he was able to get about, and take care of his work about the farm. On March 15th he was affected by severe pains in his head. He entered the hospital last Monday and an operation was performed Tuesday. Following his death, Dr. H.L. Shafer, Livingston county coroner, conducted an inquest which reported as the cause of death pressure on the brain.
Funeral services were held in Saints Peter and Paul's church in Chatsworth of which the deceased was a faithful communicant, at 9:30 Saturday morning. Rev. Fr. Schramm, of Fairbury, officiated. Interment was made in St. Patrick's cemetery, Chatsworth.
The pallbearers were: John Kane, John Kerrins, Frank Gingerich, Arthur Melvin, Herb Nimbler and Charles Bergan.
Clarence Adam Endres, son of Vincent and Catherine DuBois Endres, was born May 11, 1887, on the farm two miles west and three miles north of Chatsworth, where he spent his entire lifetime.
He married Miss Grace Frieden January 17, 1917, and she was a devoted helpmate until her death March 7, 1934. To this union five children were born: James, who died in infancy, and the surviving four children, Johanna and Josephine, twins, and Fred and Raymond, all at home.
Mr. Endres also leaves three sisters and four brothers; Mrs. Catherine Breunig, Wausau, Wisconsin; Mrs. Will Streff, Loda; Mrs. George Anderson, Wing; Edward, Charles, John F. and Joseph J. Endres, all of Chatsworth.
Mr. Endres was a kind and gentle disposition, a loving husband and father, dear to his family and relatives and will be greatly missed by his family and the entire community.
MRS. JOHN (EMMA KURTENBACH) FISCHER
Mrs. John Fischer, an esteemed life-time resident of this community, passed away at her home in Chatsworth at 7:30 o'clock, Saturday morning, April 10, at the age of 68 years, 5 months and 27 days.
Mrs. Fischer had been in frail health and confined to her home the past four years. A paralytic stroke a few days before her death gave warning that the end was near.
Funeral services were held Monday morning at 9:30 o'clock in Saints Peter and Paul's church by Rev. Phillip Markey. Interment was made in St. Patrick's cemetery, Chatsworth.
Emma Kurtenbach, daugther of John and Catherine Kurtenbach, was born at Mendota, Illinois, October 13, 1868. When she was a year old the family moved to a farm on the Ford county line east and five miles south of Chatsworth.
She was married to John Fischer February 11, 1890, and they resided on the farm until their retirement in 1907, since which time they have been valued citizens of the village.
Two children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Fischer. Their son, John M., died in 1930. The husband survives, with the daughter, Nellie E., Mrs. Edward Bouhl, who with her family, has resided in the Fischer home for some time, caring for her mother.
There are three grandchildren, Jerome, Mary Agnes and Robert. Mrs. Fischer is also survived by two sisters and a brother; Mrs. Catherine Rebholz, of Chatsworth, Mrs. Elizabeth Reising, of Waterloo, Iowa; Will Kurtenbach, of Chicago.
APRIL 29, 1937
William H. Wakelin, once a well known Chatsworth business man, later of Roberts, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Ralph Powell, at Fillmore, California, Friday, April 16th at the age of 90 years, 9 months and 17 days. He had been an invalid the past few years and for the past six months had been confined to his bed. The funeral service was held at Fillmore, where the remains were cremated.
Mr. Wakelin was born at Warwichshire, England, June 29, 1846. When only a child he came with the family to America, where he grew to manhood and married Miss Emma Mahannah.
Soon after their marriage he started a general merchandise store in Chatsworth, which he conducted for several years. He sold his store here and engaged in a similar business at Roberts, conducting it until after the death of his wife a few years ago. He then went to the home of his only daughter, Mrs. Ralph Powell, in California, where he was tenderly cared for until his death.
In both Chatsworth and Roberts Mr. Wakelin was an active citizen in the affairs of his home town and he is remembered by the older citizens as a dependable merchant and a man of splendid qualities. Mr. Wakelin was an old-time member of the Masonic lodge and the members of Chatworth lodge occasionally received interesting letters from him after his removal to California.
MRS. JOHN (PHEBE EASLEY) FITZHENRY
APRIL 29, 1937
Less than a month before she would have celebrated her 101st birthday anniversary, Mrs. Phebe E. FitzHenry, mother of the Rev. Charles FitzHenry, of Milford, and of Mrs. William E. Cording, of Chatsworth, died at 11:30 p.m. Saturday, April 27, 1937, at the home of her son in Milford, at the age of 100 years, 11 months and 1 day. Mrs. FitzHenry had been seriously ill two weeks. She was a semi-invalid for several years.
The body was taken to Lewistown Tuesday morning by automobile. Funeral services in charge of E.H. Hauk, Piper City mortician, were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday in the first Presbyterian church in Lewistown, the Rev. Ralph Close officiating. Burial was made in Oak Hill cemetery, Lewistown.
The pall bearers were grand nephews and one great-grand nephew. From Chatsworth, a grandaughter, Mrs. Blanche Remmers and her husband H.J. Remmers attended the funeral, Mrs. Cording not being able to make the long trip.
Phebe Easley was born May 23, 1836, in a log cabin on the prairie where Ipava, Illinois, in now located. She was a daughter of John and Nancy Easley, who came from Ohio and Virginia to Illinois 1832. The town of Ipava was laid out by her father on his land. He also gave land for churches, schools and parks.
After her marriage to John FitzHenry in 1870, her home was near Lewistown where two sons and two daughters were born. One of her daughters died in infancy. The youngest son, Newman L. lives at Stinson Beach, California.
Besides her two sons and daughter she leaves four stepchildren near Lewistown, four grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
Since the death of her husband in 1905, she has made her home with her son, Charles, residing in different towns where he served in a ministerial capacity, and wherever she lived she endeared herself to many friends.
She has been known for many years in Chatsworth, at intervals making sojourns of varying durations with her daughter and family and residing in Piper City during her sons's ministry also.
On the occasion of her hundredth birthday, last May, many friends paid tribute to her at Milford, where she has lived the past three years.
It was always the wish of Mrs. FitzHenry to have her funeral services in the Presbyterian church at Lewistown, where she has kept her membership for over 65 years and to which she yearly contributed. Last year the church held its centennial anniversary and the minister in his sermon Tuesday remarked that the best letter received was the one from Mrs. FitzHenry.
JOHN G. O'BRIEN
MAY 20, 1937
John G. O'Brien died unexpectedly at his home southeast of Chatsworth about 3:15 o'clock Wednesday (May 19) morning.
He had been suffering for the past year from asthma and an enlarged heart but had been bedfast only since Monday when his physician advised a period of rest. Mrs. O'Brien was up and conversed with her husband at 2 o'clock and he assured her then that he was all right and asked her to go back to bed. When she again visited him at 8 o'clock he had lapsed into a coma and was dead when a physician arrived.
Funeral services will be held Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock in the Chatsworth Lutheran church with burial in the Chatsworth cemetery. The body is now at the Henry Gerbracht, Sr. home where it will lie in state until the hour of the funeral.
John G. O'Brien was born October 11, 1889, a son of John and Mary O'Brien. With the exception of a short time spent in Iowa and during his service in the World war, he spent his entire life in this locality. He was married April 14, 1934, to Miss Velma Gerbracht, who with a number of relatives, survive.
He had one surviving brother, James O'Brien, of Royal, Iowa; four sisters and one half-sister, namely, Mrs. Anna Luteson, Mrs. Hattie Cline and Mrs. Margaret Roberts, all of this vicinity, and Mrs. Grace Klehm, of Grand Junction, Iowa, and Mrs. Minnie Britton, of Chatsworth.
Mr. O'Brien had resided for a number of years preceding his marriage with Herman and Miss Margaret Luteson and was much beloved by them, as well as a host of friends. He was a man of excellent character and his unexpected death was a shock to all who knew him.
ERASMUS (ROSS) SHOLS
MAY 20, 1937
Erasmus (Ross) Shols died at his home in the south part of the village of Chatsworth last Thursday evening following a long illness.
Funeral services were held in the Evangelical church Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock, conducted by the pastor, Rev. Fred Stroebel. Burial was in the Chatsworth cemetery.
The casket bearers were Ray Marr, Ben Branz, Conrad Neding, J.G. Sloan, Clair Kohler and H.H. Gerbracht.
He was a son of William and Friederike Shols and was born on July 24, 1864, on a farm near El Paso, having reached the age of 72 years, 9 months and 19 days.
In 1866 when he was only two years old his parents moved to a farm near Chatsworth where he remained and later farmed until 1904, when he moved to the village of Chatsworth. Thus his entire life was lived in Chatsworth and vicinity.
On October 26, 1892, he was united in marriage with Louise M. Wienand. To this union were born two sons and two daughters. In his youth he joined the Evangelical church where he held his membership until death.
Mr. Shols had been in poor health for over three years and has been bedfast for about six months. Hardening of the arteries and creeping paralysis caused this illness and finally brought on death at about 6:15 p.m., Thursday evening, May 13.
His parents, two sisters and a half brother preceded him in death. He leaves to mourn his going, his loving wife, two sons, William of Evanston, and Erasmus of Niles Center; two daughters, Mrs. Luther Sharp of Chatsworth and Eunice of Barrington; three grandchildren, Floyd Sharp and Glen and Claire Helen Shols; a sister, Mrs. Hilda Grosenbach and a brother, Louis, both of Chatsworth.
Those from a distance attending the funeral were: Mr. and Mrs. George Krug and Mrs. Henry Bus, Minonk; Mr. and Mrs. Frank Krug, Bloomington; Mr. and Mrs. Ezra Sols, Mrs. Will Grosenbach, Gus Frederick, Peoria; Mrs. Louise Goble, Chicago; Mr. and Mrs. Wendell Chrisman, Herscher; Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Hinkle, Ligonier, Ind.; Mr. and Mrs. Harvey R. Wrede, Mr. and Mrs. Edward Wrede, Danforth; Miss Carrie Stoup, Ashkum and Frank Hallam and daughter, Pontiac.
MRS. BONY (LENA BURKHART) WALTER
JUNE 10, 1937
Mrs. Lena Walter, honored Chatsworth citizen, died unexpectedly at her home in Chatsworth this morning (June 10) at 5 o'clock, at the age of 73 years and 12 days.
Mrs. Walter had been in failing health for some time, suffering from asthma and a weakened heart but her condition was not considered alarming until shortly before the end.
Funeral services will be held Saturday afternoon at the home at 1:30 and in the Evangelical church at 2 o'clock. burial will be in the Chatsworth cemetery.
She was born in Bavaria, Germany, May 28, 1864, a daughter of Simon and Agnes Burkhart, and emigrated to America at the age of 22. She was married 49 years ago to Bony Walter. They located on a farm southeast of Chatsworth in 1906 and lived there until 1918 when they retired to a home they had purchased in the village. Mr. Walter died November 4, 1929.
The two daughters, Mrs. Lottie Wenger, of Chatsworth; and Mrs. Agnes Goken, of Lansing, Michigan, were at the bedside when the end came. The son, Albert, of Homewood, Manitoba, Canada had visited his mother this week but was temporarily in Crescent City last night.
Mrs. Walter was a member of and faithful attendant at services in the Evangelical church and a woman beloved by everyone who knew her.
MRS. A.J. (ANNIE PHILLIPS) SNEYD
JUNE 17, 1937
Mrs. A.J. Sneyd died at 7:10 p.m., Tuesday, June 15, at the age of 67 years, 8 months and 14 days. She had been ill since February 5, 1936.
The funeral was held at 9:30 this morning at Saints Peter and Paul's church, the high mass being sung by Rev. Fr. Phillip Markey. Interment was made in St. Patrick's cemetery. The casket bearers were: Pliney Dancey, Henry Rosenboom, Frank H. Herr, Paul E. Trunk, T.J. Baldwin and W.C. Quinn.
Annie E. Phillips, daughter of Thomas and Mary Phillips, was born near Chebanse October 1, 1869, and she lived in Iroquois county until her marriage.
She was married to Albert Joseph Sneyd May 23, 1894. Mr. Sneyd was then, as now, engaged in the hardware business in Chatsworth and they set up their home here and have continued their residence here since.
Three children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Sneyd, two of whom survive to share their father's sad bereavement. Their daughter Kathryn, died in 1914. One son, Francis J. resides in Portland, Oregon. The other, Leo A. lives in Chatsworth. There are three grandchildren, Donald, son of Francis, and Dorothy and Leo, daughter and son of Leo.
Mrs. Sneyd is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Agnes McCary, of Merna, Nebraska, and Miss Margaret Phillips; and three brothers, John and Henry, of Ashkum, and James, of Broken Bow, Nebraska.
Mrs. Sneyd was a homemaker of outstanding capabilities and talents and the devoted service she lavished upon her family was given her in return throughout the anxious, wearing months when her sorrowing helpmate provided and personally ministered to her needs.
She was a member of the Catholic Women's League, the Daughters of Isabella and the Altar and Rosary society. From the beginning of the organization of the League she served as its principal officer and just a few weeks ago the members of the League paid tribute to her by re-electing her. Throughout many years she gave unstintingly of her time and talent to works of charity. In addition to planning and supervising such work, it is said of her that none, save those who enjoyed the favor of her benevolence, will ever know how numerous and how timely were her gifts and deeds of charity toward the needy.
In all the organizations to which she belonged she displayed the same religious devotion to her duties and privileges. She was also an active member and worker in the Royal Neighbors of America. She will be greatly missed in every sphere of activity that knew her generous personality and kindly hand, and long remembered for what she has done.
JAMES A. HALL
JUNE 24, 1937
James A. Hall, 77, died at his home in Santa Monica, California, June 7th, after an illness of several months.
Burial was June 10 with Rev. D.J. Donnan, Presbyterian pastor in charge.
Mr. Hall was born on a farm near Piper City. When he was but a few years of age his parents moved to Chatsworth, where he grew to young manhood. For a number of years he was associated with his father, the late M.H. Hall, in the store then known as M.H. Hall Brick Grocery and Hardware. He will be remembered by a number of the older residents.
He had always been active in church work. During his Illinois residence he helped to organize the First Presbyterian church of Roseland. He went to Santa Monica in 1915 and, in addition to his church and Masonic relationships , has been past patron of the Order of the Eastern Star. He had been a member of the Masonic order for 55 years. Surviving him are his widow, Mrs. Alice M. Hall and two sisters, Mrs. Helen M. Lamb of Santa Monica and Mrs. Charles M. Speer, of Chicago.
EDWARD A. COONEY
JUNE 24, 1937
Edward A. Cooney died at 4:45 Friday morning, June 18, in St. Joseph's hospital, Bloomington, at the age of 47 years, 3 months and one day. The cause of his death was that form of heart ailment termed coronary thrombosis.
Mr. Cooney was taken to the hospital when he became alarmingly ill June first. His wife remained with him from the beginning. While it was understood that his condition was grave, a marked improvement the last two days gave encouragement to the hope that he would soon be able to return home. His death came as a surprise and a shock to his friends.
The funeral was held in Saints Peter and Paul's church in Chatsworth at 9:30 Monday morning. Solemn Requiem high mass being sung by Rev. D.F. Kelly, of Chicago, assisted in the sanctuary by the Pastor, Rev. Phillip Markey, and Rev. C.J. Williams of Piper City.
Interment was made in St. Patrick's cemetery. In addition to the religious rites the Modern Woodman address was give at the grave by Past Consul Pliney Dancey.
The active casket bearers were T.J. Baldwin, Thos. G. Ford, Martin F. Brown, Leslie Ribordy, James O'Malley, Lou Fraher, F.M. Trunk and Leo Sneyd. The list of honorary pall bearers included eight members of the Knights of Columbus and eight Modern Woodmen.
The attendance at the funeral was large, there being relatives and friends from many places, representative groups of present and past associates and the people of Chatsworth paying their tribute of friendship for the deceased and sympathy for his family.
Edward Ambrose, son of Edward and Catherine (Laughlin) Cooney, was born at Tremont on March 17, 1890. He obtained his schooling in Tremont and in Brown's business college in Peoria. He began working at the barber's trade when a young man; at the age of 20 he came to Chatsworth February 14, 1910, and found employment with Phil Sampson. He bought the Walker shop in 1914. His skill and the good will he enjoyed in the community brought him a comfortable livelihood.
He married Miss Bessie Walsh in Chatsworth February 28, 1916. Four children born to this union, Joe, Jim, John and Joy survive to share with their mother the grievous loss of a devoted husband and father.
He is also survived by a brother, James, of Tremont. A sister and his parents preceded him in death.
He had been secretary of the Chatsworth Modern Woodman camp about 15 years and was also a Kinght of Columbus. He served the village one year as clerk and was for a time justice of the peace. Since a year ago last February he held an appointment as an inspector in the state department of registration, a political appointment which claimed considerable of his time and attention.
"Eddy", as he was generally called, was in enthusiastic participant in athletics in young manhood and always maintained a great interest in athletic activities, especially baseball. When he first came to Chatsworth he was one of the outstanding ball players of the local team, and at times he managed local baseball clubs. In the line of high school athletics he was an ardent supporter of all of their activities and the youth of the community could always count on him as one of their loyal backers.
Mr. Cooney will be greatly missed along the business street on which he was a factor for over a quarter of a century. With his intimate friends and with the youth and children he displayed a cordial manner of friendly familiarity which they expected and enjoyed - a way that won and held for him a little world of friendships and ties which now are sadly severed.
JULY 6, 1937
Chatsworth relatives of Al Brydon received word July 5th that he had been found dead at his farm home near Milford, Indiana. No further particulars have been received here.
His brother, Wesley Brydon, and sister, Edith and husband, Glenn S. Smith, went to Indiana to attend the funeral which was held Tuesday.
Mr. Brydon was the third son, fifth child of Mr. and Mrs. James Brydon, pioneer residents of Charlotte township. He was born on the Brydon farm northeast of Chatsworth about 56 years ago. His early life was spent in this community. His removal to Indiana dates back quite a few years ago.
He was a single man and is survived by the brother and sister previously mentioned -- Wesley Brydon and Mrs. Edith Smith.
MRS. MARY (REISING) BURGER
JULY 6, 1937
Mrs. Mary Margaret Burger, 78, resident of Iroquois county for 36 years, died Saturday, July 3, at her home five miles west of Watseka, of heart ailments.
Funeral services were conducted Tuesday morning at Crescent City by Rev. Emmett Flynn, Watseka and Crescent
City pastor. Interment was made in St. Patrick's cemetery, Chatsworth.
Mary Reising, born in 1859 near Washington, was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Reising, long time residents of this community.
She was married in 1884 to Frank Burger at Chatsworth. He died in 1908. Two daughters preceded her in death. She is survived by a son, George, of Peotone; a daughter, Mrs. Florence Lawson, of Crescent City; two sisters, Mrs. John Herr of Crescent City, and Mrs. Gertrude Haley, of Chatsworth; a brother, E.M. Reising, of Ashkum, and fifteen grandchildren.
Mrs. Haley and Michael Rosenberger and sons, Raymond and George, attended the funeral.
Two Chatsworth Men Are Killed
In Motor Accident
Raymond Kurtenbach and A.C. Ehman, Jr. Die As Result of Crash.
Car Wedged Over Ledge
Funeral Services Tuesday
Was Leaving First of Week
A Native of Chatsworth
Found by Paper Man
ALFRED C. EHMAN, JR.
SEPTEMBER 10, 1937
Funeral of Junior Ehman Held Friday Funeral Services for Alfred C. Ehman, Jr., who died last Wednesday following an automobile accident, were held at 9:30 Friday morning in Saints Peter and Paul's Church, Requiem Mass being sung by the pastor Rev. Fr. Markey. The sermon was given by Rev. Fr. Hogben of Champaign, former pastor of the Chenoa church. IN addition to the choir singing Mr. Paulissen, of Kankakee, participated as a soloist. The casket bearers were Henry Kerber, Jr., Francis Rebholz, Don Bergan, Ward Collins, Joe Cooney, John Monk, Virgil Culkin and Verne Kurtenbach. Interment was made in St. Patrick's cemetery.
A large number of relatives and friends from other places were present and a profusion of flowers was evidence of respect from far and near. The closing of local business places during the funeral was another mark of respect.
Juries Report At Fairbury in Accident Case Inquests
into the deaths of Alfred C. Ehman, 25, and Peter R. Kurtenbach, 26, both of Chatsworth, who died of injured incurred in an automobile accident on Route 24, two miles east of Fairbury, August 29th, were concluded in Fairbury Tuesday night by Dr. H.L. Shafer, Cornell County coroner. One jury -composed of Gene Bedell, foreman, A. B. Bailey, J.T. Sommers, Harry Miller, Foster Decker, and George Harris-which heard the evidence presented in the inquest into the death of Kurtenbach, found that a frontal skull fracture caused his death. Death of Ehman was attributed to shock and hemorrhage. He died in Fairbury hospital on September 1, three days after the accident. The jury which heard the evidence in the inquest into his death was composed of J.A. Patterson, foreman, Taylor Rudkin, M.A. Anderson, Logan Kring, Erving Watterson and J.T. Gill. It was not possible to determine what caused the accident but it is thought that Mr. Ehman, driver of the car, may have dozed momentarily as the car approached a slight curve in the pavement and the car ran straight ahead and into the cement abutment. Mr. Kurtenbach was dead when removed from the wreckage and Mr. Ehman died without disclosing what caused the crash.
See memorial for Alfred C. Ehman, Jr. here.
See memorial for Kenneth Kurtenbach here.
Alfred C. Ehman Dies Suddenly and Unexpectedly Saturday Evening
Chatsworth people were shocked Saturday evening when the news spread quickly that Alfred C. Ehman, Chatsworth farm implement dealer, had died suddenly at his home at 6:45 o'clock.
He apparently had been in his usual good health during the early part of the day but towards evening he was seized with what he believed to be an attack of indigestion and consulted a physician. He then went home, where, shortly after his arrival, he informed his wife that another attack was starting. The physician was summoned to the home but medical aid was futile and Mr. Ehman passed away in a short time. In medical terms, the cause of death was given as coronary thrombosis.
Born near Amboy
He was born on a farm near Amboy, Illinois, Nov. 24, 1882, a son of Mathias and Elizabeth Ehman. He was married September 21, 1911 to Miss Loretta Roan, of Odell. Besides his wife he is survived by three sons and two daughters, Alfred C. Jr., Stephen, Justin, and Bernadine, all of Chatsworth and Marguerite, a nurse in Bloomington. Also surviving are two brothers and three sisters-Fred, and Mrs. Mayme Sherry of Dixon, Matthew of Amboy, Mrs. Nellie Wearnsman, of LaSalle and Mrs. Elizabeth Doran of Rockford.
The funeral was conducted at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at SS. Peter and Paul's church with Rev. Father Markey, of Chatsworth, singing the solemn Requiem high mass; assistants in the mass were the Rev. Paul Reddy, of Loretto, who served as Deacon and preached the funeral sermon; Rev. Fr. Fulton, Strawn; Rev. Fr. C.J. Williams, Piper City. In the eulogy accorded Mr. Ehman, emphasis was made upon his devotion to his family and to his church and other associations.
Buried in St. Patrick's Cemetery
The pall bearers were T.J. Baldwin, Thos. C. Ford, Frank M. Trunk, Adolph Haberkorn, Dan Donovan, H.H. Rosenboom, Edward Cooney, and Emmett Cavanagh. Burial was in St. Patrick's cemetery, Chatsworth.
The following were honorary pal bearers, representing the Knights of Columbus and the Modern Woodmen of America: John Broanahan, M.E. Franey, Ed Franey, Henry Kerber, P.H. McGreal, J.W. Walsh, D.J. Kerrins, Raphael McGreal, Leo F. Garrity, Edwin Parson, Harold Finefield, John Silberrahn, A.J. Sneyd, J.W. Garrity, W.C. Quinn, and Pilney Dancey.
The business houses closed during the funeral.
The senior and sophomore classes of the high school attended in body. The church was filled to capacity with mourners from this and other communities. A profusion of floral tributes and spiritual bouquets was provided in memory of the deceased.
Came Here in 1925
Mr. Ehman came to Chatsworth in the fall of 1925 from Chenoa, where he had been engaged in the implement business. With Mr. Ehman and family came Stephen Roan, a brother of Mrs. Ehman, and the firm name was Ehman & Roan, until the death of Mr. Roan a few years ago. Since that time, Mr. Ehman has conducted the business alone.
He sold farm machinery over a large territory and was known as a successful trader and a good business man. Mrs. Ehman and sons Alfred Jr., and Stephen were able assistants to the husband and father. Mr. Ehman was active and energetic in civic matters as well as the affairs of his church, and his untimely death was a shock to the community.
He was the third Chatsworth business man to die in the past month.
Was Fourth Degree Knight
He was an active member of the Knights of Columbus and Modern Woodmen lodges. He was a past Grand Knight of the K. of C., and was recently elected consul of the Modern Woodmen lodge.
See memorial here.
Files contributed by Collene Ehman Butler.
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MRS. LORETTA (ROAN) EHMAN
Life Crushed Out Under Her Car Death and tragedy again stalked the Ehman family Friday when Mrs. Loretta Ehman met death under her automobile about 2 ½ miles west of Gridley. Mrs. Ehman had left Chatsworth about 7:30 o'clock that morning for Dixon on a business mission. She was driving alone and just what caused the accident will never be known. The car ran off the left side of the pavement, down into a ditch at the roadside and hurdled over on the top, crushing out the life of the driver.
Found by Passing Motorist Arthur Bickenberger, a passing motorist from Gridley, discovered the wreck and saw the body of Mrs. Ehman partially protruding from under the car. With the aid of two passing truck drivers and J.E. Hayes, who resides nearby, the car was lifted and the body removed. Miss Agnes O'Malley, who teaches school near the scene, was able to make identification. Inquest at Gridley The body was taken to an undertaking room in Gridley, where an inquest was conducted at 11:30 by Coroner Leo B.Hemmele, of McLean County. Mrs. Ehman died of a basal skull fracture it was revealed at the inquest and the jury returned a verdict of accidental death. The body was removed to Chatsworth in the Roach ambulance and later taken to the home of Mrs. Ehman, where it remained until the hour of funeral. It was ascertained that the unfortunate woman had a "tum" in her mouth when found, and that her purse was open with a package of "tums" in it with one gone. The pavement was wet and it is thought Mrs. Ehman attempted to take the medicine while driving and lost control of the car.
Second Tragic Death This was the second tragic death in the family from an automobile accident. Mrs. Ehman's son, A.C. Ehman Jr. together with Raymond Kurtenbach, was the victim on an accident which occurred August 29, 1937, when their car struck a cement abutment of a small culvert between Forrest and Fairbury. He died September 1. Born in Odell Before her marriage Mrs. Ehman was Miss Loretta Roan, of Odell. They came to Chatsworth several years ago and opened a farm implement store which Mr. Ehman successfully conducted up to the time of his death, five years ago. Since that time Mrs. Ehman carried in with marked ability her husband's business. She was assisted by her sons "Junior" before his death and since then by Stephen.
She was prominent in church work, being a member of the Altar and Rosary Society of the Catholic Church, an active worker in the Federated Woman's Club and at the time of her death was contact chairman for the Junior Woman's Club. Surviving are two sons, Stephen and Justin and two daughters Marguerite, a graduate nurse now located at Warren, Ohio, and Bernadine, a student in Joliet. Funeral Monday Funeral services were held at 9:30 Monday morning in Saints Peter and Paul's church. Solemn Requiem high mass was said, with the pastor, Rev. Philip Markey as celebrant; Rev. Philip Hogbin of Champaign, deacon; Rev. Paul Reddy, Loretto, sub-deacon; and Rev. C.J. Williams, Piper City. The sermon and eulogy was by Father Reddy. The Friends serving as casket bearers were Raphael McGreal, Adolph Haberkorn, Will C. Quinn, Emmet Cavanagh, Thomas C. Ford, T.J. Baldwin, Henry A. Kerber, and Dan Donovan. Interment was made in St. Patrick's cemetery at Chatsworth.
File contributed by Colleen Ehman Butler
MRS. JOHN (GERTRUDE HABERKORN) VOGEL
Mrs. John Vogel, of Wolcott, Indiana, and formerly Gertrude Haberkorn, of Chatsworth, died December 8 at an Indianapolis, Indiana hospital, following a ten months illness.
Funeral services were held at Sacred Heart Catholic church in Remington, Indiana, December 12 with burial in Sacred Heart cemetery, Remington.
She was born near Chatsworth, April 25, 1898, and was a daughter of the late Louis and Margaret Haberkorn. She was a graduate of St. Patrick's school with the class of 1917 and was married February 4, 1919, to John Vogel, of Wolcott, Indiana, and since then has made her home in Indiana.
She is survived by the husband, two daughters, Josephine and Rita, both at home and by five brothers and four sisters--Henry, John, Leo and Louis, of Chatsworth, William of Chicago; Mrs. Theodore Derr and Helen, of Chatsworth; Mrs. Nicholas Budinger, of Chicago; and Mrs. Bert Emond, of Wolcott.
A number of relatives from this locality attended the funeral Monday and with many Chatsworth friends and relatives will mourn her death.
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MARCH 19, 1939
O.O. Oliver Dies Sunday In Hospital
Orville Orvan Oliver, 62, died Sunday, March 15, at 10:15 a.m. in Fairbury Hospital. He had been hospitalized for 2 1/2 months.
Born at Oliver's Grove, Chatsworth, Feb. 9, 1895, he was the son of John and Mary Ellen Sealock Oliver. Prior to moving to the vicinity of Tuttle, Okla., at the age of 12, he attended the Chatsworth township schools. In Oklahoma he continued his education, attending the Tuttle High School.
On June 1, 1918, he enlisted in the Army and served in the ???? until March 1919, when he was discharged.
In Oklahoma City, on March 30, 1921, Mr. Oliver and Miss Luella C. Glabe of Chatsworth were married. Shortly after their marriage, they returned to Chatsworth to make their home on the Oliver Grove farm.
During his years on the farm, he was a stockman, raising both cattle and horses. in the fall of 1955, he retired and he and Mrs. Oliver have since made their home in town.
His wife; a brother, Arthur of Oklahoma City; two sisters, Mrs. Daisy West of El Reno, Okla. and Mrs. Oma Bowman of Boise, Idaho; and a number of nieces and nephews survive.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Ralph Oliver.
Funeral services were conducted Tuesday afternoon at the Hanson-Mowery Funeral Home by the Rev. Charles Fleck,Jr., pastor of the Evangelical United Brethren Church of which Mr. Oliver was a member. Organ music was provided by Mrs. H.M. Trinkle.
Military rites at the graveside in Chatsworth cemetery were accorded by Stanley Hill, C.L. Ortman and James Mauritzen, flag folders. Mr. Oliver was a member of the Walter Clemons Post 613, American Legion.
Casket bearers were John T. Franey, Dan Donavan, Leslie P. Schade, Earl Hoelscher, Everett King and Walter Lamberton.