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Angeline POST ROSENBOOM (daughter of Lübbe "John" ROSENBOOM and Alma POST) was born on 23 Mar 1899 in Aurich-Schirum, Ost Friesia, Germany.1 She died on 28 Nov 1989 in Watseka, Iroquois County, Illinois.

Angeline M. Theesfeld, 90, Watseka, died at 10:04 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 28, 1989, at Iroquois Memorial Hospital.
She was born March 23, 1899, in Shirum, Germany, to Lubbe G. and Alma Post Rosenboom. She married Jerry Gelmers March 31, 1917, in Charlotte. He died in 1942. She then married Louis Theesfeld in 1946. He also preceded her in death.
Survivors include several nieces and nephews.
Mrs. Theesfeld was a housemaid at Iroquois Memorial Hospital for 20 years. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Watseka.
Graveside services are at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Chatsworth Cemetery with the Rev. John Muir officiating.
There will be no visitation.
Arrangements were completed by the Segur-Knapp Funeral Home, Watseka.
According to my source, Alma Post gave birth to Angeline before she was married. Though Lübbe Rosenboom raised her as his daughter, he never gave her his name.
After Lübbe's death, Alma wanted to join her son George in America. Angeline, who had not yet married, accompanied her mother. She took the name Rosenboom for emigration purposes since it was her mother's name and the name of the brother she would be joining.
Angeline married Jerry Gelmers, a farmer from Onarga. After his death, she was not able to keep the farm. Lübbe and Vallie Lorraine Theesfeld had divorced, and Lübbe and Angeline were married some time after January, 1940.
Lübbe moved his new wife and his mother-in-law into his home with six remaining children. After a very short period of time (George Krumwiede reports it was only a matter of weeks), they agreed to separate and Lübbe moved Angeline and her mother into a house in Watseka, but they never divorced.
She was still living at the time Lübbe died, but did not attend his funeral and is not mentioned as a survivor in any documents.
The truly amazing thing is that in a family known for its talkativeness, I did not hear of this until a visit with Mary Rosenboom Carter in 1997. None of this has been verified as of the date I write these notes. Marriage documents need to be found in Iroquois County, Illinois.
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Virgil Culkin

CHATSWORTH - Visitation for Virgil Jerome Culkin, 88, of Friendswood, Texas, formerly of Chatsworth, will be from 5-7 p.m. Friday, with a Rosary at 5 p.m. at Hager Memorial Home, Chatsworth.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated by the Rev. Richard Brunskill at 11 a.m. Saturday at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Chatsworth, where he was a member.
Burial will be in St. Patrick Cemetery, Chatsworth.
Arrangements in Texas were under the direction of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home in Friendswood.
Mr. Culkin died Tuesday (April 13, 1999) at South East Hospital, Houston, Texas.
Mr. and Mrs. Culkin owned Culkin Hardware in Chatsworth for more than 20 years. He moved from Chatsworth three years ago to Texas to be near his children.
He was born April 10, 1911, in Chatsworth, the son of Arthur and Blanche Trunk Culkin. His wife, the former Dorothy Rosenboom, whom he married June 5, 1937, died in 1983.
Surviving are one daughter and son-in-law, Cheryl and Joe Holmes of Plano, Texas; one son and daughter- in-law, James and Cheryl Culkin of Friendswood; one brother, Clarence Culkin of Bloomington; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
He was a member of the Lions Club, Knights of Columbus, Sportsman's Club and Mary Queen Catholic Church in Friendswood.

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Bloomington, IL: Pantagraph, 22 Oct 2002
Donna Hornstein
CHATSWORTH - The funeral of Donna J. Wilson Hornstein, 70, of 3906N-3500E Road, Chatsworth, will be at 9 a.m. Wednesday at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Chatsworth. The Rev. Scott Olbert will officiate. Burial will be in Chatsworth Cemetery, Chatsworth. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the church. Hager Memorial Home, Chatsworth, is in charge of arrangements.
She died at 9:10 a.m. Sunday (Oct. 20, 2002) at her residence.
Memorials may be made to St. Paul Lutheran Church, Chatsworth.
She was born March 20, 1932, in Chatsworth, a daughter of Claude C. and Mayme W. Berlette Wilson. She married Leo G. Hornstein Aug. 21, 1949, in Chatsworth. He survives.
Also surviving are one daughter, Jane (Wayne) Durflinger, Bloomington; three sons, Clive (Rhonda) Hornstein, Greg (Julie) Hornstein and Carl (Beth) Hornstein, all of Melvin; five sisters, Marilyn (Glen) Dehm, Chatsworth; Lois (Raymond) Wallrich, Chatsworth; Lila Mae Dohman, Cullom; Frances Friedman, Fairbury; and Mary Lou (Oley) West, Knoxville; four brothers, Elwood (Vivian) Wilson, Galesburg; John (Jeanette) Wilson, Aurora, Colo.; Claude (Barbara) Wilson, Dwight; and Dwain (Joanne) Wilson, Reddick; and five grandchildren, Nathan Durflinger and Casey Ann, Peter, Kendall and Austin Hornstein.
She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Verne; one sister-in-law, Eunice Wilson; and one granddaughter, Lindey Hornstein.
She was a housewife and farmed with her husband.
She was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Chatsworth, and Womens Evangelical Lutheran Church of America. She was a graduate of Chatsworth High School.
Donna loved quilting and gardening. She will be sadly missed and loved forever. She will always be remembered for her love and support of her grandchildren and family which was her life. Many will remember her decorated cakes that made their celebrations special.
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George J. Hornstein
CHATSWORTH - (PNS) - George J. Hornstein, 68, died at 11 p.m. Saturday at his farm home of a sudden heart attack.
His funeral will be at 2 p.m. Monday at the Hanson Funeral Home and at 2:30 p.m. at St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church. The Rev. Elmer Klingensmith will officiate.
Burial will be in Chatsworth Cemetery where the Walter Clemens American Legion Post will conduct graveside rites.
He was born Sept. 22, 1895, at Germanville Township, the son of Daniel and Dorthey Ludwig Hornstein. He married Minie Branz Aug. 27, 1919, at Pontiac.
Surviving with his wife, one son, Leo; one daughter, Mrs. Clarence Bayston; one brother, Fred; one sister, Mrs. Anna Henrichs, all of Chatsworth; three grandchildren.
One son and three sisters preceded him in death.
He was a member of St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church and the American Legion Post.
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Birth:  1814
Death:  Aug. 31, 1894

Conrad Lighty, farmer and mechanic, Newtown, was born in Montgomery County, Ohio, December 12, 1814. His father Jacob, was born in Pennsylvania and his mother Elizabeth (Hewitt), in North Carolina. He was the oldest son of these parents. In November 1825 they arrived in Richland township, and opened a farm one mile south and two miles west of Newtown. Mr. Lighty's father was a cooper by trade, and he worked at the same business until after he had become of age, when he engaged in carpentering, thrashings, milling, and farming. The mills, which he ran about eight years after he was married, were situated on the east fork of Coal Creek. He was married July 14, 1836 to Mary Kellogg, who bore him nine children, of whom we mention the following: Jacob born October 2, 1837 (dead); John E., October 19, 1839; Elizabeth, September 1841; Nancy, August 1844 (died in infancy); Daniel, 1846 (died in infancy). His wife died January 23, 1853. He married again, August 2, 1854 the widow of John Adkin, formerly Mary Ann Stephens. By her he had four children: Addle Jane, born December 28, 1856 wife of Joseph Whole, of Vermilion county, Illinois; James Carroll, January 19, 1860; Emma Laura, march 13, 1862 and Charles January 15, 1865 (died in infancy). His wife died of inflammatory rheumatism August 12, 1876. His third marriage was with widow of Columbus Chamberlain, her maiden name being Mary Jane Marlatt, February 20, 1877. Mr. Lighty has led an active and busy life. He was one of the first settlers, and being a great observer, and having a retentive memory, added to a lively relish for reminiscences of the olden time, makes him one of the most entertaining and enjoyable men that it has been our fortune to meet. At every old settlers; reunion he may be seen with his little wheel that once was so common for spinning fax, illustrating to the young people its novel, amazing, and almost incredible use. In numerous ways besides does Conrad Lighty refresh the dimming recollections of the past among those of his own age, and interest and gratify the later generation. For thirty seasons, beginning with 1850 Mr. Lighty has followed threshing grain, and during the greater part of the same period has run a corn-sheller. For many years he was in the business of selling farm implements and machinery, and it was through his exertions and example that grain-drills were introduced into the community. He is a member of the United Brethren Church and his wife of the Christian Church. He has been a Democrat ever since he was able to lisp the shibboleth of that party. The office of township trustee was three times conferred upon him. His father served his country six months in the war of 1812. He was a lieutenant under Capt. Samuel Brier, and did duty on the frontier at forts Brier, Amanda, and Greenville, without falling into any actions. He hauled the lumber for the first buildings that were erected in Attica. He died December 5, 1839 and his widow drew a pension, and a land warrant for 160 acres.
"History of Fountain County, Indiana - 1881" by Beckwith.
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The funeral of Norma L. Martin, 91, a resident of Fairview Haven Nursing Home, Fairbury, formerly of Chatsworth, will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Chatsworth United Methodist Church. The Rev. Guy Keysear and the Rev. Max Borah will officiate. Burial will be in Chatsworth Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Hager Memorial Home, Chatsworth, and one hour before service Sunday at the church. She died at 4:45 p.m. Thursday (Jan. 16, 2003) at the home. Memorials may be made to Chatsworth United Methodist Church or to Fairview Haven. She was born Aug. 28, 1911, at Odell, a daughter of Homer and Bertha Seegmiller Gillette. She married Raymond C. Martin on Oct. 19, 1929, at Bloomington. He died Feb. 7, 1990.

Survivors include four daughters, Dorothy (Robert) Hubly and Dolores (Charles) Haberkorn, both of Chatsworth; Carol (Lloyd) Aberle, Fairbury; and Shirley (Erwin) Krumwiede, Beardstown; four sisters-in-law, Edna Gillette, Dorothy Gillette, Laverne Gillette and Dora Thomas; and 13 grandchildren, Diane (Mark) Kerber, Daniel (Jackie) Hubly, Denise (Barry) Corban, Debra (James) Corban, Jill (Robert) Dohman, Judy (Lance) Lawrence, David (Carol) Aberle, Julie (Gregg) Timmons, Kent (Stephanie) Aberle, Brian Aberle, Jeffrey (Lisa) Krumwiede, Dawn (Troy) Campbell and Timothy Krumwiede. Also surviving are 24 great-grandchildren, Chris, Jeff, and Sherry Kerber; Jenna, Kiley and Kaley Corban; Kimberly and Craig Corban; Brandon and Bradley Dohman; Zachary and Landon Lawrence; Michael, Rhiannon and Megan Aberle; Keahley (Brad) Gray; Matthew and Amy Timmons; Joshua, Tanner and Hannah Krumwiede; Meaghann and Trevor Campbell; and Willow Krumwiede; and two great-great-grandchildren, Cody and Olivia Gray. She also was preceded in death by six brothers, Russell Gillette, Paul Gillette, Eugene Gillette, Lloyd Gillette, Lester Gillette and Harry Gillette; and one sister, Gladys Bouhl Hoyle.

She was a member of United Methodist Church, Chatsworth. She also was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star.
Mrs. Martin long will be remembered by her family and friends for her knitting and crocheting talents. She enjoyed gardening, traveling, camping and fishing.
She loved her family dearly. Copyright (c) 2003, Pantagraph Publishing Co.

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The Funeral Of Raymond C. Martin, 83, of Chatsworth will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Chatsworth United Methodist Church. The Rev. Paul Mallory will officiate. Burial will be in Chatsworth Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. today at Culkin-Diggle Funeral Home, Chatsworth. A Masonic service will be at 8:30 p.m. Visitation also will be one hour before the service at the church. Mr. Martin died at 1:33 p.m. Wednesday (Feb. 7, 1990) after being stricken at his home with a heart attack a short time earlier. He was born Aug. 3, 1906, in Chatsworth, a son of William and Hattie Mammen Martin. He married Norma Gillette Oct. 19, 1929, in Bloomington. She survives. Also surviving are four daughters, Dorothy Hubly and Dolores Haberkorn, both of Chatsworth; Carol Aberle, Fairbury; and Shirley Krumwiede, Beardstown; one brother, Clarence, Forrest; one sister, Elsie Fehr, Morton; 13 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one brother and three sisters. Mr. Martin was a member of Chatsworth United Methodist Church, Bloomington Consistory, and the Chatsworth Volunteer Fire Department. He was a member and past master of Chatsworth Masonic Lodge 539 and was a 32nd-degree Mason. He was one of five original charter members to organize the Chatsworth Community Sale during the late 1940s, serving as sales clerk for many years. He was a former Chatsworth Township committeeman for the ASCS Livingston County Farm Program. He was a former member and past president of Chatsworth school board and a former member of the Flying Farmers, RV Traveler's Club and Chatsworth Lions Club. He farmed in Livingston and Ford counties from 1931 until retiring in 1968. Memorials may be made to Chatsworth United Methodist Church or a charity of the donor's choice. Copyright (c) 1990, Pantagraph Publishing Co. 

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 Pontiac Daily Leader, Pontiac, Illinois
Thursday, 8 March 1934

Andrew P. Taylor
Fairbury, Ill., March 8. - Andrew P. Taylor, 72, died at 3:10 p.m. Wednesday following a year's illness. He was born in Freetown, Ind., Sept 5, 1861, a son of John and Hannah Taylor. He married Frances Mathias on March 17, 1894. They moved to Chatsworth in 1910, where they had since lived. Surviving are his widow and daughter, Mrs. Conrate Hette (? should be Conrad Heppe) , and two sons, William and Wayne, all of Chatsworth, and five grandchildren. Three sisters, Mrs. Amanda Bennett, of Freetown, Ind,; Mrs. Evelyn Tidd, of Columbia, Ind,; and Mrs. Mary Ann Lucas of Farmersburg, Ind., and three brothers, Frazier, of Nokomis, Ill.; Hiram of Saybrook, and Albert, of Freetown, Ind., also survive. The funeral will be held at the home at 1:30 p.m. Friday and 2 o'clock at the First Baptist Church. The Rev. Jesse Powers will officiate and burial will be in Chatsworth cemetery.

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Martha Teeter

Birth:  Sep. 26, 1909
Death:  May 30, 2006

She was born in McLeansboro to Charles and Nora Driver Hammond.

She married G. Irvin Teter on Dec. 11, 1926. He preceded her in death on Nov. 14, 1980.

Surviving are three grandchildren, Pamela (Stanley) Jiles, Bloomington; Jack Teter, Tucson, Arizona and Cheryl Teter, Superior, Wisconsin; great-grandchildren, Joel, Jamie, Chip, Joy, Diana and Leslie; great-great-grandchildren, Paige, Chase, Breanna, Trenton, Tyler, Tanner and Tucker; a daughter-in-law, Bobbie Teter, Superior, Wisconsin.

She is also preceded in death by her parents; one son, Charles Teter; one sister and three brothers.
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Charles Sorey

Chatsworth -- Charles "Clem" Sorey, 51, of 307 E. Spruce St., Chatsworth died at 12:50 p.m. yesterday (Nov.1, 1993) at his home following a long illness.

His funeral will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Chatsworth, with the Rev. Richard Hertenstein officiation. Burial will follow in Chatsworh Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 5 to 6 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Culkin-Diggle Funeral Home, Chatsworth, and for one hour before the funeral at the church Thursday.

He was born Nov. 16, 1941, in Fairbury, the son of Homer and Jessie Hopper Sorey. He married Vicky Tornowski Aug. 19, 1961, in Chatsworth. She survives.

Other survivors include a son, Gene, Chatsworth; a brother, James, Bloomington, five sisters, Shirley Mynatt, Maynardville, Tenn; Geneva Hurt, Piper City; Helen Beckhoff, Fairbury; Joan Schmidt, Piper City; and Carol Dawson, Chatsworth; and two grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a sister.

Mr. Sorey owned and operated Clem's Auto Body in Chatswoth.

He graduated from Chatsworth High School.

He was an assistant Scout leader, a member of the Chatsworth Village Board, the Chatsworth Businessmen's Association and St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Chatsworth.

Memorials may be made to St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Chatsworth.

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From Illinois Genealogy Trails;

Schroeder, Mrs. Fred
Mrs. Louise Margaret Schroeder, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Brading, was born Feb. 1, 1875 at Saybrook, Ill. She was baptized and confirmed in St. John's Evangelical Lutheran church of Anchor. She was united in marriage with Fred Schroeder Jan. 12, 1894. This union was blessed with seven children, three of whom preceded her in death. One son was born and died May 20, 1895; one daughter was born and died May 12, 1896; one daughter Goldie, died at the age of one year.
For some years the family lived on a farm near Anchor, then in Sibley and for a number of years in Chatsworth. Cancer of the liver was the cause of her death. She was a very patient sufferer, always encouraging those around her and trusting in her God and Saviour with a strong faith. The pastor of the Lutheran church of Chatsworth visited her and administered the Lord's Supper a few weeks before her death. She passed away peacefully at her home in Chatsworth on Tuesday, Aug. 3, aged 45 years, 5 months and 20 days.
She leaves to mourn her death her grief-stricken husband, Fred Schroeder; four children; Alexander, Rosie, Fred and Marie; her aged parents John and Margaret Brading; two brothers; Henry and Alexander Brading; five sisters; Mrs. Lena Frahm, Mrs. Marie Clausen, Mrs. Emma Schroeder, Mrs. Ella Simpsen, Mrs. August Mott; and many other relatives and friends. She was a very devoted wife and mother, a loving daughter and sister and her untimely death will be greatly felt by all her relatives and friends. May she rest in peace.
The funeral was held at St. John's church on Tuesday, August 5, the services being conducted by the pastor, Rev. A. Hahn. Burial was in St. John's cemetery.
8-19-1920- date on newspaper.

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 Old obits  From the Jacksonville, IL Newspapers
1 Jan 1976 thru 31 Dec 1996
 LANGDON, Gerald T.; b. 26 Aug 1906, Chatsworth, IL; d. 18 Apr 1979, Springfield, IL; Bu.: Calvary Cem., Jacksonville, IL; resident of Jacksonville; formerly of Murrayville; M. Frances Schumm on 23 Jul 1929; Fa.: Thomas Langdon; Mo.: Ella McKay; Survived by his wife; a son: Thomas of Mabton, WA; two grandchildren; two brothers: Jerome of Jacksonville and Marion of Murrayville; and many nieces and nephews; Preceded by one son: Patrick; and a brother: Francis.
LANGDON, Jerome Michael; b. 31 May 1904, Chatsworth, IL; d. 14 Aug 1985, Jacksonville, IL; Bu.: St. Bartholomew's Cem., Murrayville, IL; resident of Jacksonville; M. Louise Flynn on 16 Jun 1936 in Murrayville, IL; Fa.: Thomas Langdon; Mo.: Ellen McKay; Survived by his wife; two sons: Richard J of Franklin and Jerome T of Olathe, KS; two daughters: Mary Louise Pries of Bel Air, MD and Mrs. Joan Adam of Atchison, KS; 10 grandchildren; and one brother: Marion of Murrayville; Preceded by his parents and two brothers: Gerald and Francis.
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  MEXICO, Mo. - Irene Raboin, 86, of Mexico, Mo., former area resident, died Friday (Sept. 25, 1998) at the home of her son, David.
Services were held Oct. 6 at St. Brendan Catholic Church, Mexico, Mo. The Rev. John Groner officiated.
Burial was in St. Brendan Cemetery.
Memorials may be sent to Missouri Pro Life, 621 E. McCarty, Suite A.P.O. Box 651, Jefferson City, Mo. 65101.
She was born April 25, 1912, in Chatsworth, the daughter of Martin and Sara Kerrins.
Her husband, Joseph Raboin, whom she married Nov. 5, 1949, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, L'Erable, died Oct. 25, 1987.
Surviving are two sons and daughters-in-law, David and Billie Sue, Gary and Venita, all of Mexico, Mo.; one daughter and son-in-law, Mary Lou and Bill Jolly, of Mexico, Mo.; one sister, Helen Corrigan of Pontiac; three sisters-in-law, Sarah O'Reilly of Kankakee, Iona Archer of Paxton, and Donzetta Paap of Clifton; eight grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Deceased are four brothers, one sister, and one grandchild.
Mrs. Raboin graduated from St. Francis School of Nursing in Peoria, and earned her Public Health degree from Loyola University, Chicago.
She was a veteran of the U.S. Army during World War II as a nurse and was discharged at a First Lieutenant.
Mrs. Raboin and her husband lived in the Ashkum area until 1971 when they moved to Mexico, Mo. to raise cattle.
She was a nurse at Clifton Central Community Hospital for many years and continued to nurse at the Audrain Medical Center, Mexico, Mo.
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 MILSTEAD, John Louis                04-May-2004   Hamilton        85 Ravalli Republic 07-May-2004 "Born Dec 19, 1918 in Chatsworth, Illinois to Carl and Elsie Adams Milstead. Married Lilian Vick in 1945 in Missoula; she died in 1994. Survived by two sons, two daughters, and two brothers and their families. Arrangements are under the care of the Daly-Leach Chapel in Hamilton."
From the Missoulian, Missoula, Montana


June 22, 1917 - Joel DOWD, 82, pioneer of Plainfield, at his home in Chatsworth, Illinois. Mr. Dowd was a Plainfield merchant a half century ago. Burial in Plainfield.

From:The 1917 Old Settlers' Association Necrology Report, as prepared by Estelle M. Castle, printed in the Joliet Evening Herald-News, October 6, 1917, transcribed by Lawrence B. Peet


 Lawrence Ellsworth Gibson
From The Lafayette Leader, Friday, April 28, 1922:

L. E. Gibson Dies Sunday Morning

Passes Away At Home Here Sunday After Protracted Illness

     Lawrence Ellsworth Gibson passed away at his home in Lafayette last Sunday morning, April 23, death following a long illness.
     The deceased was born in Chatsworth, Illinois, April 16, 1896. Early in life he moved with his parents to Iowa, later to Missouri, and then to Nebraska. He formerly lived in Lafayette but returned to his Nebraska home several years ago, returning to make his home in Lafayette in 1920. May 24, 1903, he was united in marriage to Miss Mina McDongal, who survives him. To their union were born three children, all of whom have preceded their father to the home beyond.
     At an early age he united with the Christian church and on coming to Lafayette placed his membership with the First Baptist church. He loved the house of worship and was a true and consistent follower of the teachings of his religion. In the home he was a devoted husband and father, ever being mindful of the needs of his family. He was also a faithful friend and helper to those about him and a large circle of friends and neighbors will mourn his loss.
     Beside his wife he is survived by his mother, Mrs. Sarah Sanford, of Holdredge, Nebraska; four sisters, Mrs. Jessie Stoner, Eaton, Colorado; Mrs. Phila Conrad, Omaha, Nebraska; Mrs. Minnie Meredith, Holdredge, Nebraska, and Mrs. Dollie Wheeler, Santa Fe Springs, California; also one brother, Albert Gibson, of Stockholm, Nebraska. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. George Bird at the Heiserman funeral home Tuesday afternoon after which the remains were sent to his old home at Scotts Bluff, Nebraska for burial.
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 From the Jacksonville, IL Newspapers
1 Jan 1976 thru 31 Dec 1996

BERRY, Anna Katherine (Heppe); b: 13/Sep/1888, Chatsworth, IL; d: 28/Feb/1976, Jacksonville, IL; bu: (not stated); m: Thomas Matthew Berry on 8/Dec'1906 in Pontiac, IL; fa: George Heppe; mo: Emma Katrina Ventland. Resident of Jacksonville; formerly of Decatur. Survived by her husband; the following children: Mrs. Leora Kirkham of Fort Lauderdale, FL, Clifford T. of Overland Park, Kansas, James M. of Ashland, OR, W. Sherman of Inverness, FL; the following brothers and sisters: Mrs. Elizabeth Spray of Bloomington, Fred Heppe of Naperville, George Heppe of Manteno, and Mrs. Lucille Johnston of Momence; 16 grand and 34 g-grandchildren. Preceded by a daughter: Mrs. Irene Stafford; a brother; a sister; and two grandchildren.

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Zeno Secor owned the land on which the TP&W was laid out in 1853.

How much other of the land that Chatsworth was built on I am not sure. To be studied further.


Oct. 29, 1875 Zeno Secor (1809?-1875), manufacturer of marine engines and former

Pres. of Toledo, Peoria & Warsaw Railway, dies at New York.

(NYTrib, RRG)


New info on Zeno Secor: 

The papers of Andrew Johnson: February-August 1867

 By Andrew Johnson, LeRoy P. Graf, Paul H. Bergeron

The New York State reporter: Containing all the current decisions of the ...

 By New York (State). Courts, Willard Smith Gibbons, Rowland M. Stover

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 MOMENCE - William Dean Kurtenbach, 52, resident of Good Shepherd Manor in Momence for 27 years, formerly of Chatsworth, died Thursday (Nov. 19, 1998) at Provena St. Mary's Hospital, Kankakee.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m.- 12:45 p.m. Saturday at Hager Memorial Home, Chatsworth.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 1 p.m. Saturday at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Chatsworth, by the Rev. Richard Brunskill.
Burial will be in St. Patrick Cemetery, Chatsworth.
Memorials may be made to the Good Shepherd Manor, Momence.
He was born May 10, 1946, in Fairbury, the son of Vern and Gertrude Albee Kurtenbach.
Surviving are uncles and aunts, Catherine and Rita Kurtenbach, Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Kurtenbach, Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Kurtenbach, all of Chatsworth, Mr. and Mrs. Francis Albee of Gilman, Marie Overacker of Piper City, Marietta Albee of Fairbury; and several cousins.
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CHATSWORTH - Catherine Kurtenbach, 90, of Chatsworth, died Wednesday (June 23, 1999) at Fairview Haven Nursing Home in Fairbury.
Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. today, with a Rosary recited at 5 p.m., at Hager Memorial Home, Chatsworth.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated by the Rev. Richard Brunskill, 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Chatsworth, where she was a member.
Burial will be in St. Patrick Cemetery, Chatsworth.
Memorials may be made to her church.
She was born Aug. 30, 1908, on a farm in rural Ford County, the daughter of Owen and Margaret Carney Kurtenbach.
Surviving are one sister, Rita Kurtenbach of Chatsworth; two brothers, Floyd and Clarence Kurtenbach, both of Chatsworth; nine nieces and nephews and 27 great- nieces and great-nephews.
She belonged to the Altar and Rosary Society; the Catholic Woman's League; local, state and national Retired Teachers Associations; Royal Neighbors; and Livingston County Home Extension.
She was a 1926 graduate of Chatsworth Township High School and received a Bachelor of Education degree from Illinois State University. She taught in three rural schools, including the historic Little Red School House in Chatsworth Township. She then taught in the Strawn School until she retired in 1972 after 46 years.
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Catherine O. Davisson

July 7, 1915 - Oct. 16, 1996

                Catherine O. DAVISSON, 81, Rochester, died at 8:20 a.m. Wednesday at the Life Care Center where she had been a resdent for eight years.

                Born in Frankfort to Earl and Edith JONES REED, she married Russell DAVISSON in 1934 in Frankfort; he died Sept. 22, 1988.  She had lived on Fulton Avenue having moved to Rochester from Chatsworth, Ill.

                She is survived by four daughters, Mrs. William (Thelma) BOWLING, Farmington, N.Y.,, Mrs. Eugene (Betty) SUTTON, Rochester, Mrs. Darlene ECKER, Shasta Lake, Calif., Mrs. Kenneth (Patricia) BACHTOLD, Sibley, Ill.; a son John Edward DAVISSON, Arkansas; fifteen grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.  In addition to her husband, she was precded in death by a grandson.

                Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday with the Rev. Rick DuFORD officiating.  Burial will be in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery.  No visitation is scheduled.  Zimmerman Family Funeral Home, Rochester, is in charge of arrangements.

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John Jurjens Sparenberg, July 26, 1853 at Pilsum Amt Emden, Ostfriesland, Germany, the son of John Sparenberg and his wife Mrtja, nee Jurgens. He was baptized in infancy and confirmed in the Reform church at Pilsum. He remained with his parents until 1880, when he was married to Marie Ewerks. That same year they came to America and settled at Danforth where they remained for a short while, then moving to Chatsworth where they resided for about 13 years. They then returned to Danforth and Ashkum. On June 6, 1904, his wife passed away, and since that time he made his home with his children. He enjoyed good health until the last few years of his life. On March 2, 1934 he became bedfast and gradually grew weaker until April 22, at 9:30 a.m., when her quietly passed away at the home of his eldest daughter, Mrs. Hilda Hanson, aged 80 years, 9 months and 22 days. He was the father of 13 children, four of whom died in infancy, and a daughter, Mrs. Mattie Peeken, who died four years ago: The surviving children are: John, Tony, Gearge, Bert, Mrs. Mary Bull of Danforth; Mrs. Hilda Hanson of Ashkum; Abe of Kankakee, and Joe of Harvey. He leaves 41 grandchildren, and three great grandchildren; one half-sister, Mrs. Anna Wolters of Chicago, besides numerous other relatives.

Burial: April 24, 1934, Ashkum Cemetery

Maria Iwerks, daughter of John and Hilke Iwerks, was born in Pilsum, Germany, July 21 1858. Her girlhood days were spent in the Fatherland. In 1880 she was united in marriage to John Sparrenberg, emigrating to America with him the same year. They settled on a farm near Chatsworth, where they remained for twelve years. They then moved to the John O. Johnson farm west of Danforth, and after living there eight years, moved to the West farm, northwest of Ashkum. To Mr. and Mrs. Sparrenberg were born thirteen children, four of whom died in infancy. Of the remaining, the eldest is 24 years of age, and the youngest a babe of seven months.

I have not added them to the Ashkum Cemetery, but no doubt they are buried there.


HAHN, CONRAD - Paxton Record, October 1916
Conrad Hahn was born in Hennepin, Putnam County, Ill. 7-25-1853 and died in a hospital in Chicago Heights 10-31-1916, aged 63 years, 3 months and 6 days. Deceased moved with his parents in 1867 to a farm in Germanville, Livingston County. He was united in marriage to Frances Huxtable 3-15-1876. To this union were born 13 children, two having preceded him in death. Mr. Hahn was engaged in farming in the vicinity of Roberts until 1893 when he moved to Momence. He was in poor health for about a year. He passed away, as stated above, following an operation for cancer of the stomach. He leaves to mourn his loss the wife, eleven children - William, Roy, Jessie, Boyd and Clyde at home, Mrs. Ellen Keene and Mrs. V. Mansburger of Momence, James and Mrs. J. Trimble of Roberts, Richard of Chatsworth and Leonard of Piper City, his aged father Gottlieb Hahn, Roberts, three sisters, Mr. D. Woolsoncroft and Mrs. D. Barnett, Roberts, and Mrs. E. Moore, Hartford SD. Interment in Momence Cemetery; his six sons acted as pall bearers.
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CHATSWORTH - Thomas Lang, 33, recently of Piper City and a former resident of Chatsworth, died Friday (Aug. 15, 1997) at Riverside Medical Center, Kankakee, from injuries sustained in an auto accident.
Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. Monday at Hager Memorial Homes in Chatsworth, where services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday. The Rev. Harley Curtis will officiate.
Burial will be in Chatsworth Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the donor's choice.
He was born Oct. 28, 1963 in Chatsworth, the son of Merle and Pearl Hahn Lang, who survive, residing in Chatsworth.
Also surviving are one sister, Carolyn Beitz of Chatsworth; one niece and nephew, Renee and Justin Beitz; and maternal grandmother, Jeanette Hahn of Cullom.
Deceased are grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Lang and Mr. Hahn.
He was of the Baptist faith.
Mr. Lang was employed for 15 years at Nichols Homeshield.
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Harold David "Skeeter" Albee
(13 Aug 10 -- 04 Jan 86)

'Skeeter' Albee, long time
businessman, horse-fancier,
dies unexpectedly at 75
Harold D. "Skeeter" Albee, 75, of 407 N. First St., Fairbury, died at 1:31 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 4, 1986, at Fairbury Hospital.
Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Tuesday at First United Methodist church, Fairbury, with Rev. David R. Deal officiating. Burial was at Graceland cemetery, Fairbury. Duffy-Pils Memorial home was in charge of arrangements.
Pallbearers were his grandsons Brad; Alan; James D.; John A.; Jeff; and Mark Albee. Denise Brown was organist.
Mr. Albee moved with his family to Fairbury from Saunemin in November 1940. He worked five years as a mechanic for Wes Hanson at Fairbury Auto and Eli Moser at Moser Implements.
In 1945 he started his own auto repair shop in the Fairbury Arcade Block. Also in 1945 he moved his business to the Percy James building at 117 N. Third St., immediately north of the Central Opera House.
After 15 years he retired this venture and moved into the Mobil Oil station at 7th and Oak streets. Mr. Albee rented the building from Dean Moser and owned and operated this business until his retirement in 1975.
For the next nine years he was semi-retired and worked for Roger Bachtold at Fairbury Auto Parts. During this period he was a route salesman calling on Forrest, Chatsworth and Piper City customers.
Mr. Albee was an avid harness horse fan. He was a harness horse racing judge for 30 years at the annual Fairbury fair. Most of this time he served as presiding judge. He retired from this position in 1978.
He was born Aug. 13, 1910, at Chatsworth, the son of David Perry and Margaret Elbert Albee. He married Marietta Perkins on May 19, 1928, at Chatsworth. She survives.
Other survivors include three sons, James, Yankton, S.D.; Dale, Tucson, Ariz.; and John, Bloomington; one brother, Francis, Gilman; a sister, Marie Overacker, Piper City; 12 grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by two sisters and one granddaughter.
Mr. Albee was a member of First United Methodist church, Fairbury; and the Fairbury Independent Order of Odd Fellows Lodge.
Memorials may be made to First United Methodist church, Fairbury.
Out-of-town relatives attending the visitation and funeral were his three sons and their families: Mr. and Mrs. James Albee, Yankton, S.D.; Dale Albee, Tucson, Ariz.; Mr. and Mrs. John Albee, Bloomington; grandchildren Peggy Albee, Tustin, Calif.; Mark Albee, Santa Maria, Calif.; Pamela Albee, Chicago; James D. Albee, Ames, Iowa; Brad and Evelyn Albee, Prescott, Iowa; USAF Airman Jeff and Shelly Albee, Gila Bend, Ariz.; Mrs. Kathy Albee Batten, Lincoln, Nebr.; Alan Albee, Salt Lake City, Utah; John A. Albee, Thornton, Colo.; brother Francis and Marietta Albee, Gilman; sister Mrs. Marie Overacker, Piper City; cousins, nieces and nephews from Forrest, Chatsworth, Piper City, Chenoa, Bloomington, Kankakee, Momence and Washington. 
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GILMAN - Visitation for Francis R. Albee, 85, of Gilman, will be from 4-8 p.m. today at the Redenius Funeral Home in Gilman and from 10 a.m. Wednesday until the 11 a.m. services at the United Methodist Church in Gilman, where he was a member.
The Rev. Leon McClimans will officiate.
Burial, with military rites by the Gilman American Legion Post, will be in Brenton Cemetery, Piper City.
Memorials may be made to his church or to the donor's choice.
Mr. Albee died suddenly Saturday (Feb. 13, 1999) in Sarasota, Fla.
He was born Aug. 23, 1913 in Chatsworth, the son of David and Margaret Elbert Albee.
He was a graduate of Piper City.
Mr. Albee was consignee for Texaco Oil Company, operating the Gilman Bulk Plant. He retired in 1976. He also worked for Gibson Federal Savings and Loan at its location in Gilman for seven years.
Surviving are his wife, the former Marietta Underwood, whom he married Sept. 29, 1934 in Milford; one daughter and son-in-law, Sally and Jack Legan of Gilman; two grandchildren, Greg and Peggy Legan of Murphysboro and Susie and David Gibbs of Kankakee; three great- grandchildren; and one sister, Marie Overacker of Piper City.
Deceased are two sisters, Blanche Phipps and Gertrude Kurtenbach; and one brother, Harold Albee.
Francis was active in his church, serving as chairman of the finance committee for the New United Methodist Church in Gilman.
A veteran of World War II, he served in the Army with the 30th Infantry Div., receiving two Bronze Stars and a Purple Heart.
He was a member of the Gilman American Legion, the Gilman Rotary and Gilman IOOF Foresters.
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   George B. Aaron, of Chatsworth, but for many years resided in the Strawn vicinity, passed away at St. Joseph's
hospital, Bloomington, last Friday night at the age of 74 years, following an operation for a kidney ailment.
   Mr. Aaron was born at Loretta, Pa., in 1865, a son of Thomas and Mary Lilly Aaron.  When he was only a boy the
family came to Illinois, locating near Galva.  Later he lived on a farm near Strawn until he removed to Chatsworth over a
year ago.
   On February 3, 1891, at Rutland he was united in marriage to Catherine O'Neil.  She passed away at Strawn,
February 18, 1932.
   Mr. Aaron was of a quiet, retiring nature, a kind and loving father, respected and beloved by those with whom he
came in contact.  
   He is survived by three children Mrs. Rita Keeley, Chatsworth, with whom he resided; Raymond, Strawn and Mrs. L.J.
Heenan, of Chicago.  Dorothy Keeley also made her home with her mother and grandfather.  There are five other
grandchildre, and the following sisters: Sister M. Cointha and Sister M. Sebastian, of the Order of the Holy Cross, St.
Mary's convent, Indiana; Mrs. E. Hannigan, of Homewood; Mrs Geo. Eddy, Kankakee, and Helena Aaron, Chatsworth.
   Funeral services were held Monday at SS. Peter and Paul's church at Chatsworth, at 9:30 a.m.  Rev. Frs. Markey and
Reddy conducted the services.  Burial was in St. Rose's cemetery, Strawn.  Pallbearers were Edward Pursley, Frank J.
Kuntz, C. L. Brieden, of Strawn;  Henry Kerber, John Endres and Frank Trunk of Chatsworth.
   Those from a distance attending the funeral were Mrs. E. Hannigan and James of Homewood;  Mrs. Geo. Eddy and
son Francis, Mr. and Mrs. Edward La Roque, Gene and Joe La Roque, of Kankakee;  Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Aaron, Mrs
John McGrady, Mr. Jack Vasconselle, Mrs. George Cumming, Margaret Agnes, Gertrude Cowhey and Mae Keeley, Mae
and Vera Freehill, Mr. and Mrs. James Freehill, all of Chicago; Mr. and Mrs. Frank McEvoy and Maxine Mcgrath, of
Springfield; Mr. and Mrs. William O'Neil, Mr. and Mrs. Arch O'Neil and Betty, of Rutland; Mr. and Mrs. John Foster, of
Toluca; T.F. Donovan, of Joliet; Mr. and Mrs. P.H. Hickey, Mr. and Mrs. Earl Harrington, Champaign; Mr. and Mrs.
William Hickey, Merna; Mrs. Mary Heenan, Mrs. Veronica Woolley, Rita Killbride, Edward Sower and Mrs James
Mulcahey, of Streator.
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By The Pontiac Public Library

Pontiac---Carl Swing was born at Frankfort-on-the-Maine, Germany, and amid scenes familiar to the great Goethe, passed from boyhood to manhood, equipping himself in the meantime in the art of ladies' high class tailoring.
From the first dawn of seriousness his nature was profoundly religious, and this inclination grew in after years to potential proportions.
Realizing that the United States offered larger opportunities than existed in his native land, he came here while still a young man, and after locating in Akron, Ohio, married Salina Bollinger, a native of Schaufhausen, Switzerland.
In 1877 he brought his family to Livingston County, locating on a farm south of Chatsworth, where his death occurred August 10, 1880, while at the zenith of his powers.
The untimely passing of Mr. Swing was the more to be regretted, as he had just become located in the midst of the most favorable of agricultural surroundings, and it seemed that many more years of happiness and usefulness remained to him.
His tailoring or farming operations were really secondary avenues of activity, for his mind and heart dwelt constantly upon the moral condition of the race and for many years he sought its uplift as a preacher in the German Christian or Amish church.
The self-sacrificing and impersonal labor of Amish clergy appeals to men of high moral caliber and unselfish character, as they received no stipulated compensation, working solely for the cause in which their sympathies are enlisted.
Mr. Swing was an exception even among these consecrated men, and his devotion and faithfulness won him the confidence and gratitude of many outside his own denomination. He had a hearty, cheerful greeting.
In his wake, there arose better community feeling, greater honesty, nobler aspirations and cleaner, saner living, and of him it may be truthfully said that he left the world the better for his having sojourned in it.
The wife whose aims and sympathies were so closely knit to those of Mr. Swing survived him until February 9, 1900.
To them were born five sons, of whom John, the oldest died at the age of twenty-nine years; Charles died in infancy; Henry is a farmer near Remington, Indiana, and as were his parents, is a member of the Amish church; Albert also is a farmer in Wolcott, Indiana; and Joseph G. is a merchant in Fairbury.

CHATSWORTH - William Leslie Hanna, 84, of Chatsworth, formerly of Hunter, Okla., died Monday (Feb. 10, 1997) at Covenant Medical Center, Urbana.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. Wednesday until the 11 a.m. services at Chatsworth United Methodist Church. The Rev. Sharon Monroe will officiate.
Burial will be in Chatsworth Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Chatsworth United Methodist Church, where he was a member.
Hager Memorial Home, Chatsworth, was in charge of arrangements.
Mr. Hanna was a retired farmer and had worked for Livingston Lumber Yard in Chatsworth.
He was born June 21, 1912 in Hunter, Okla., the son of Jesse and Edna Gardner Hanna.
Surviving are his wife, the former Nettie Evon Cording, whom he married Dec. 14, 1935 in Chatsworth; one daughter, Carol Kirkpatrick of Champaign; one son, Dale Hanna of Chenoa; one sister, Marjorie Roberts of Kankakee; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren.
Deceased are one son, one daughter and a sister.
He enjoyed gardening.

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PONTIAC - Minnie L. Frieden, 99, of Pontiac, died Friday (March 20, 1998) at Pontiac Haven.
Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. today at the Hager Memorial Home, Chatsworth.
Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday at the Chatsworth United Methodist Church, where she was a member. The Rev. Sharon Monroe will officiate.
Burial will be in Chatsworth Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Chatsworth United Methodist Church, Ronald McDonald House or to the donor's choice.
She was born Feb. 21, 1899, in Chatsworth, the daughter of Edward and Elizabeth Dehm.
Her husband, John H. Frieden, whom she married June 2, 1921, in Kankakee, died March 1, 1974.
Surviving are one daughter and son-in-law, Verna and Dan Arends of Melvin; one son and daughter-in-law, Donald and Betty Jo Frieden of Pontiac; one sister, Alma Jirasek of San Bernardino, Calif.; four grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, and two step-great-great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Frieden enjoyed flower gardening and crocheting.

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From: Tampa Tribune - Tampa, Fla.
Date: Mar 8, 1997
LESTER A. BROCK, 81, of Seminole died Wednesday at Mease Hospital Countryside in Safety Harbor. A native of Chatsworth, Ill., he moved to this area in 1983 from Angola, Ind. He was owner/operator of LP Gas Co., a Navy veteran of World War II and a member of Upper Suncoast Chapter of the Retired Officers Association, American Legion and Asbury United Methodist Church in New Port Richey. He is survived by his wife, Helen L.; a son, Jerome of Aurora, Ill.; a stepson, Thomas Cummings of Tampa; a daughter, Elaine Paulsen of Niles, Ill.; a stepdaughter, Barbara Broviak of La Porte, Ind.; a sister, Esther Jonsson of Grand Rapids, Mich.; and 10 grandchildren.Curlew Hills Funeral Homes, Palm Harbor.

Born May 8, 1884, Chatsworth, Illinois, United States

Died January 22, 1947, Foresman, Newton County, Indiana, United States, buried January 24, 1947, Brook, Newton County, Indiana, United States

Parents: Phillip Miller & Sarah Roberts

Husband of Amy B. Dennis (adopted daughter of Maria Elizabeth Waling & John Dennis)
          Ira Miller, 62, died at his home in Foresman on Wednesday morning after an extended illness.  He was
    born in Chatsworth, Ill., on May 8, 1884.   He came to the Foresman vicinity when he was seven years old.          
          On May 1, 1911 he was united in marriage to Amy Dennis.  For twenty-five years they lived in Chicago, 
returning to Foresman several years ago.  Two sons were born to this union, Melvin and Eugene, who survive.

          Funeral services will be held at the Hershman funeral home on Friday afternoon at 1:30, Rev. Thompson officiating and burial will be made in Riverside Cemetery.

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Aged 86, died at 8:10 p.m. Saturday 10-5-2002 at Iroquois Memorial Hospital, Watseka. She was born 2-27-1916 in Germanville Twp, a daughter of Frank Antone and Anna Carolina Hornickel Hummel. She married Lloyd D. Kemnetz Sr on 3-31-1934 in Chatsworth. He died 11-23-2001. Burial was in Germanville Cemetery, rural Chatsworth.

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From The Kewanee Star Courier
Glen Cleo Peterson
Star Courier staff
MANLIUS -- Glen Cleo Peterson, 95, of rural Manlius, died at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2002, at CGH Medical Center, Sterling.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 4, at Trinity Lutheran Church, Manlius, the Rev. Scott Schmidt officiating. Visitation is from 10-11 a.m. Saturday at the church. Burial will be in Manlius Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church, of which he was a member; Manlius Cemetery; or Walnut Rescue Unit. He was born May 19, 1907, in Chatsworth, Ill., the son of Charles and Lillian (Osborne) Peterson. He married Alyce Hubbard April 5, 1936, in Sheffield. She preceded him in death March 7, 1994. Surviving are a son, Charles (Linda) Peterson of Walnut; a daughter, Mrs. John (Linda) Begun of Kirkland, Ill.; four grandchildren, Mrs. Edward (Tonia) Collins of Bloomington, Kimberly Fite of Byron, Paul (Lizz) Begun of Cary and Meter (Marissa) Begun of Lake Zurich; and seven great-grandchildren. He was also preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and four sisters. He was a farmer all his life. He was a member of the Bureau County Farm Bureau.
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 DELAVAN - Ardis 'Bo" Bohanon, 88, of Delavan, died at 9 a.m. Monday, Sept. 11, 2006, at Mason City Area Nursing Home. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Davis Mortuary, Delavan Chapel. The Rev. H. Dean Blackburn will officiate. Burial will be in Parkview Cemetery in Peoria. Family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the mortuary. Memorial contributions may be made to Delavan United Methodist Church or Mason City Area Nursing Home. He was born Dec. 6, 1917, in Chatsworth to Robert and Jane Cox Bohanon. He first married Florence Eades on Dec. 30, 1939. She died Aug. 5, 1993. He married Irma Eichelberger Conley on Aug. 12, 1995. Surviving are his wife; two sons, Gary (Jane) Bohanon of Muncie, Ind., and Ross (Nancy) Bohanon of Creve Coeur; one daughter, Patricia (Ted) Saal of Canton, Ohio; one stepson, Dennis (Marty) Conley of Mapleton; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two brothers. Bohanon worked at Caterpillar Inc. in East Peoria for 35 years, retiring in 1975. He attended Delavan United Methodist Church.


WASHINGTON - Henry Bess, 87, of 200 Lynn St., died at 8 p.m. Tuesday, August 2, 2005, at Proctor Hospital in Peoria. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday at Mason-White Funeral, Washington Chapel. The Rev. William Vandervoort will officiate. Burial will follow in Glendale Cemetery in Washington. Family will receive friends one hour prior to services at the funeral home. A Masonic memorial service will be at 1:30 Saturday prior to visitation at the funeral home. Military graveside services will be conducted. He was born on May 6, 1918, in Chatsworth to Henry S. and Minnie E. Jackson Bess. He married Margie B. Wehrli on May 6, 1942 in Washburn. Surviving are two daughters, Terri (Thomas) Schergen of Woodbridge, Va., and Barbara Bess of Washington; one son, Rick (Laura) Bess of Washington; and one grandson. He was preceded in death by one brother. Bess retired from Caterpillar Inc. in 1978 after 42 years. He was a tool and die maker working in East Peoria in building LL. He was a member of United Auto Workers Local 974. He was a United States Navy veteran of World War II, serving aboard the U.S.S. Amsterdam in the Pacific Theater. He was a member of Taylor Lodge 98 AF & AM, Scottish Rite Valley and Mohammed Temple Shrine, all in Peoria. He was a member of Washington Christian Church. He also was a model railroader.
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MORTON -- Elsie M. Fehr, 91, of 7023 N. Skyline Drive, Peoria, died at 12:45 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 31, 2004, at Apostolic Christian Skylines in Peoria. She was formerly of 123 Maywood St., Morton. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Knapp-Johnson Funeral Home in Morton. Lynn Schaffer will officiate. Burial will be in Hillcrest Memory Gardens. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home and from 9 to 9:45 a.m. Wednesday prior to services. Memorial contributions may be made to Apostolic Christian Skylines, 7023 Skyline Drive, Peoria, IL 61614. She was born July 1, 1912, in Chatsworth to William and Hattie Mammen Martin. She married Joseph B. Fehr on June 2, 1934, in Fairbury. He preceded her in death on Aug. 3, 2001. She also was preceded in death by two sons, two grandsons, one granddaughter, two brothers and three sisters. Survivors include one son, Mark (Nancy) Fehr of East Peoria; 37 grandchildren; 61 great-grandchildren; seven daughters, Madalyn Rosecrans of Morton, Ruth Finley of Lake Havasu City, Ariz., Doris (Robert) Baer of Tremont, Nancy (Gary) Schmidgall of Morton; Phyllis (Marshall) Holmes of Morton; BJ Jordan of Deer Creek, and Barbara (Larry) Reinbeck of Tremont; and one brother, Clarence (Marian) Martin of Forrest. She was a member of the Happ Lane Christian Apostolic Church in Morton.
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Veronica (Corcoran) Hudson died at 4:18 a.m. on December 15, 1976 at the Illinois Valley hospital in LaSalle. IL where she had been a patient for a day. She had been in ill health for several years.
Veronica was born on July 14, 1920 in Odell, a daughter of James and Elizabeth (Nolan) Corcoran. She married Robert Dean Austino, who died in 1948. She later married George Thomas Hudson on July 18, 1952. Veronica was a graduate of Illinois State University and taught grade school in Odell. She was also a beautician at Ransom at one time. She was a member of St. Patrick's church, Ransom.
Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. on December 17, 1976 at the Culkin Memorial Home in Chatsworth. Rev. William Isermann officiated and burial was in the Chatsworth cemetery.
a graduate of Illinois State University and taught grade school in Odell. She was also a beautician at Ransom at one time.
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George Thomas Hudson died at 5:44 p.m. on July 25, 1999 at St. Mary's Hospital in Streator, IL.
His funeral was held at 11 a.m. on July 28, 1999 at the Hager Memorial Home in Chatsworth,IL with Father Richard Brunskill officiating. Burial was in the Chatsworth Cemetery. George Hudson was born Februrary 22, 1919 at Wing, a son of Lou R. and Rose A. Farley Hudson. He married Veronica Corcoran. She died Dec. 15, 1976.
George was a graduate of Gilman High Schooland served in the Air Force during World War II. He was a lifelong member of the VFW. He was a retired factory worker of Owens Glass, Streator, and was a member of SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Chatsworth.
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