Genealogy, Obituaries & Stuff


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My Pratt Family.  The research, documentation, author and publication of The Pratt Directory is credited to Jayne Pratt Lovelace.  Her book is a huge volume of Pratt and related families that I've relied on extensively to find my family's early history.  I'd suggest if you're seriously looking for Pratt people in your family, contact her to purchase her book.  She can be reached at:

My Pratt's are of English descent and they settled in Watertown, MA in the mid-1600s.  They were Thomas, and his son, Thomas Pratt and his wife, Susannah Gleason.  According to Jayne Pratt there is controversy surrounding this couple and their family, however, her conclusions based on extensive searching, are that Thomas and Susannah are my ancestors.  The early line of male Pratts are:  Thomas (abt. 1615-1705), Thomas (1636-26 Sep 1692, Jonathan (1673-1760), Joseph (1712-1796), Joseph (1 Apr 1748-24 Mar 1838), Ebenezer (8 Mar 1778-29 Nov 1861), and John Aldrich Pratt (16 mar 1816-13 May 1894) & his wife, Lydia Maria Webster (3 Jan 1821- 25 Jun 1898).

Ebenezer and his son, John (& his family), were among a party of 21 people who traveled from Stamford, Vermont to Wauconda, Lake County, Illinois in 1854.  Ebenezer had been commissioned 1LT of his company in the 1st Reg, 2nd Brigade, 9th Div of the Militia of MA.  His commission on Apr 16, 1804 was given by Caleb Strong, then governor of MA.  John had already first served as a Sgt of 4th Co, 1st Regiment of Vermont in the Old Muster Militia (appointed Jan 22, 1839) then received his 1st commision as Captain of his Company in the 4th Bn, 1st Regiment of Vermont.  He also served several terms of office in the Vermont Legislature.  With encouragement from his friend, Justus Bangs, the Pratt's and 8 others packed up family and possessions for the very hard trek to the Land of Lincoln.  I wish I knew the details of that trip because it must have been a strenuous and anxious trip with 21 people in their group!   

John and his wife, Lydia Maria Webster had 14 children.  Two of those children died early in life and are buried in Stamford, VT.  Following are pictures of them, their descendents and obituaries including pictures if available.


           Ebenezer Pratt, Charlton, MA          John Aldrich Pratt, Clarksburg, MA          Lydia Maria Webster, Townsend, VT


And Related Families Include the Following Surnames:

Ames, Anderson, Atkinson, Bangs, Bird, Burritt, Burton, Carr, Cave, Clark, Conklin, Cook, Delk, DeRue, Dowell, Einhorn, Fairweather, Golding, Griswold, Harris, Hayman, Hendee, Jakaitis, Johnson, Kennedy, Korjenek, Lauchner, Leidolf, Mann, Murphy, Neville, Nitsch, Olds, Opitz, Pasiewicz, Powers, Prouty, Ptasienski, Pye, Rinker, Rode, Savage, Schneider, Seal, Shaffar, Stewart, Stevens, Tabar, Tomisky, Vandergrift, Walenter, Waters, Wheelock, Woods, Ybema, Zorc (not related:  Burkette, Godfrey, Howard, Kent, Risley)

Paper & Date Unknown, 8 Feb 1920


Col John S. [Sylvester] Pratt passed peacefully away Sunday morning, February 8, 1920, at the home of Mr. and Mrs. C. E. Stewart in this city. Death came at the ripe age of 83 years and 15 days. Nature had run its course, and are yielded to causes that would not have rippled the course of a younger life.

John S. Pratt was born at Stamford, Vermont, January 24, 1837. He moved to Illinois with his parents in 1854, and his health failing there he started with a party with ox teams for California, reaching Colorado at the site of Denver in 1859 and stopping there on account of the mining excitement. In 1860 he went to Missouri and back to Illinois. On April 19, 1861, he enlisted under Lincoln's first call for volunteers and was made second lieutenant in the Lake County (Illinois) Rifles, which afterward became Company 1, 15th Illinois Volunteer Infantry, attaining the rank of colonel in this organization. He saw much service during the war and among his treasured possessions were copies of important Confederate documents that were taken when a squad under his command captured a party of scouts who were trying to work their way through the Union lines into Vicksburg at night. He mustered out in June, 1864, but reenlisted and was finally discharged February 18, 1866.  He was married to Miss Marian Burritt

on April 14, 1864 while he was home on furlough. To this union two sons and two daughters were born, the only surviving child being one son now living at McMinnville, Oregon. In 1870 he moved with his family to Kansas and in 1877 to Spearfish, S. D. Soon after reaching there he was a member of a company that went to the rescue of a party that had been attacked and three men killed by Indians.

His wife and one daughter were killed in an accident in 1907. For this past seven years he has made his home with his granddaughter, Mrs. C. E. Stewart, coming to this city with Mr. and Mrs. Stewart five years ago.

Col Pratt was a man of the highest character and an ardently loyal citizen, commanding the respect of all who knew him. He and his late wife joined with the methodist church, afterward transferring their membership to the Congregational church. He was a Grand Army veteran, holding many important positions and being always an active worker in that organization. He was also a Mason in good standing. In a sketch of his own life, Col. Pratt relates that he cast his first vote for Stephen A. Douglas but afterward affiliated with the part of Lincoln. He had pioneered in Illinois, Colorado, Missouri, Kansas, South Dakota and Wyoming. Through all his strenuous life he bore himself as a gentleman and one meeting him for the first time would instantly recognize in him one of nature's noblemen. He met the world on a high plane, looked it squarely in the face and was unafraid.

The body was shipped Monday afternoon to Spearfish, S. D., to be interred beside the wife who shared his joys and sorrows, as well as some of their children. The few old veterans of the Civil war accompanied it to the depot as a guard of honor, and Malta Lodge No. 17, A. F. & A. M., went to the train in a body. Mr. and Mrs. Stewart went with the remains on their last journey.

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Barrington Review, July 1912


Former Resident of Barrington Died Suddenly Saturday Evening, Wauconda

Mrs. Celestia Clark of Wauconda, wife of the late Matthew Clark [Matthew is incorrect, should have read James Madison Clark], who died four years ago, died very suddenly last Saturday at her home in Wauconda.

Mrs. Clark, nee Pratt, was born in Stamford, Vermont, October 8, 1848 and was 63 years, 9 months and 6 days old at the time of her death.  She was the oldest daughter of a family of fourteen children and at an early age came to Illinois with her parents.  She was united in marriage to Matthew [See Note Above] Clark and three children came to bless their union.  They are Merritt and Charles and Mrs. Charles Burton, all of Wauconda.  Besides the children there are three sisters and three brothers who are left to mourn her.

Mr. and Mrs. Clark occupied the Church farm, north of this village and will be remembered by many living here.

Saturday evening Mrs. Clark was sitting on the porch of her home visiting with relatives and seemed to be feeling as well as usual.  She retired about ten o'clock and about 10:30 called her son Charley and complained of not feeling well.  He at once tried to relieve her, but failing, called a physician.  She expired at 11:50 o'clock p.m., despite all that could be done for her.

The funeral was held Tuesday morning at ten o'clock from the Baptist church at Wauconda, Rev. Howard officiating.  Interment was in the Wauconda cemetery.

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Barrington Review, June 6, 1929


Mrs. Adeline (nee Pratt) Prouty [former Mrs. Sarah Adeline Wheelock] , widow of the late George W. Prouty of Wauconda died this Thursday morning at her home in that village.

Mrs. Prouty was born January 5, 1853.  She is survived by two sisters, Mrs. E. A. Golding of Norwood Park and Mrs. Delos Ames of Libertyville, and her son, Lew Wheelock of Texas.

Funeral arrangements had not been made at the time the news went to press.

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Barrington Review, Late October 1927


Clarence L. [Leroy] Pratt, one of our most highly esteemed citizens, died at his home here on Thursday, Oct. 20 after a lingering illness.

Mr. Pratt was born in Stamford, Vt., on April 7, 1853, and came to Illinois with his parents, John and Lydia Pratt, in 1854. He was one of a large family, all deceased but four sisters--Mrs. George Prouty and Mrs. Ella Powers of Wauconda, Mrs. Emily Ames, Libertyville, and Mrs. E. A. Golding, Norwood Park.

Mr. Pratt was married to Fanny Irene Bangs, only daughter of Justus and Caroline Bangs, on January 22, 1877, and they celebrated their golden wedding on January twenty-second of this year. They were the parents of six children--Claude W., Wauconda; Mrs. Nina Tomiskey, Crystal Lake; Mrs. Winnie Murphy and Mrs. Ed. Einborn, Chicago; and Charles Pearl and Robin Pratt, both deceased. Besides the children, his widow and sisters, the deceased leaves six grandchildren.

With the exception of a few years spent in Iowa, Mr. Pratt had lived practically his whole life in Wauconda, where he had engaged in various mercantile pursuits, to which he was most fittingly adapted.

The funeral was held at the Federated church Sunday afternoon and was largely attended. Mayor R. C. Kent, a lifelong friend of the deceased, assisted the pastor, and there was singing by a mixed quartet from the Eastern Star, of which organization he had been Worthy Patron, and a solo by Floyd Godfrey of Chicago. The floral offerings gave a touching testimony to the esteem in which Mr. Pratt was held by his business associates and many friends.

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Chicago Daily Tribune, Apr 8, 1944


Services for Mrs. Fannie Bangs Pratt, oldest native resident of Wauconda, Lake County, will be held at 2:30 p.m. today in the Wauconda Federated church.  Mrs. Pratt died Wednesday in her home on Main st., where she was born 88 years ago [born 9 Nov 1855 in Wauconda].  Her father, Justus Bangs, was the first white settler in the area, in 1836, and later named the town Wauconda after an Indian chief who was buried there.  Bangs lake, near Wauconda, was named after him.  Mrs. Pratt's husband, Clarence, a merchant for many years, died 18 years ago.  Surviving her are a son and three daughters [Claude of Wauconda, Mrs. Joseph Tomisky (Nina), Mrs. John Murphy (Nellie), and Mrs. Einhorn (Caroline).  [She was preceded in death by sons, Charles Pearl and Robin]

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Barrington Review, April 26, 1928



Mrs. Ella [Cornelia] Powers died at her home south of Wauconda on Tuesday.  Mrs. Powers was the daughter of John and Lydia Pratt, pioneers of that village, and was born May 5, 1855. She was married to Milton Powers on Aug 24, 1873. Two children survive--Arthur S. Powers and Mrs. Cora Dowell. Funeral services will be held at the Federated church, Wauconda, tomorrow afternoon.

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Lake County Independant Newspaper, Dec 21, 1931




Mrs. Emily Ames, wife of Delos Ames of Libertyville, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Annie Savage in Grand Rapids, Mich., last Saturday morning at 9 o'clock.

Mrs Ames had been failing in health for the past two years. It was her desire to visit her children in Grand Rapids at Christmas time and she left Libertyville for a visit there on Dec. 9. She grew weaker after arriving in Grand Rapids and Christmas Day greeted all the members of the family from her bed. She continued to grow weaker and passed away Saturday.

Mrs. Ames was born at Wauconda, March 8, 1859 the daughter of John & Lydia Pratt. She spent the early years of her life there and was married to Roswel Burton. Mr. Burton died in 1912.

Later she married Delos Ames of Fremont township and they came to Libertyville to live where they have since resided. Besides Mr. Ames she is survived by four sons, Victor, at home; Frank of Chicago; and John and Roy of Grand Rapids, two daughters, Mrs. Savage and Mrs. Irene Sema [name is actually spelled Ybema] of Grand Rapids and one sister, Mrs. Golding of Norwood Park.

Following services held in Grand Rapids the body was brought to Libertyville where the funeral was held Tuesday morning. Burial was made in the family lot at Wauconda.

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Daily Gazette, Saturday, December 27th, 1913


George W. Pratt, an old resident of Wauconda, passed away at the Westside hospital, Chicago, on Wednesday morning, Dec 24, 1913, at 4:30 o'clock.

Mr. Pratt had been ill but a short time.  He was taken to the hospital only a week ago while suffering from an attack of blood poisoning.

The remains arrived on the 10:30 train this morning and the funeral was held at the M.E. Church at 10:30 Friday morning.  Interment was made in the Wauconda Cemetery. 

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Erie, PA Nespaper, date unkn


Charles Pratt Sr., former Waukegan commercial fisherman, and for 10 years a fisherman here, died Monday of an apparent heart attack..

Mr. Pratt was born in Wauconda, May 1, 1895 and had lived in Waukegan for 55 years where he was a member of the Smith-Spaid Post 1293, Veterans of Foreign Wars. He was preceded in death by a son, Charles Jr., in 1957.

Survivors include three daughters, Mrs. Dorothy (Edward) Vollmer of Waukegan, Mrs. Beatrice (Armand) Neise of North Chicago, and Mrs. Georgia (Jess) Angelle of Breaux Bridge, LA; two sisters, Mrs. Elida Matson of Zion, and Mrs. Mildred Braden of Florida; five brothers, Robert of Gurnee, Merritt  (Tootie) of North Chicago, Norman of Saint Paul, MN, Roy (Maggie) of Antigo, Wis., and Melvin (Florence) of Waukegan; and 11 grandchildren.

Funeral services will be conducted in the funeral home at 1521 Washington St., Waukegan, at 10 a.m. Saturday, where friends may call after 7 p.m. Friday. Officiating will be Rev. John W. Cummins, associate pastor of the First Methodist Church, Waukegan. Burial will be in Northshore Garden of Memories, North Chicago.

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Paper & Date Unknown


                                  Ella & 1st husband, Maximillan Nitsch

Mrs. Ella Francis Mann, wife of Joseph Mann of 302 Fulton Street, died at Sherman hospital Saturday night at 12 o'clock.  She was born in Chicago Jan. 18, 1882.  Besides her husband, she is survived by the following children, Lucille, Anna, Marion, Francis, Edward and Dalbert Nitsch and Kathryn Mann, also by her mother, Mrs. Hulda Pye, four sisters, Mrs. R. L. Vandergrift, Mrs. G. M. Woods, Mrs. Thomas Walenter and Miss Emma Pye, also one brother, Frank Pye.

The funeral will be held Tuesday morning at 9:30 o'clock from Sheehan's chapel on Grove avenue, and at 10 o'clock at St. Mary's Catholic church.  Interment in Mt. Hope cemetery.

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Waukegan News-Sun, Monday, June 7, 1947


Funeral services for Mrs. Elizabeth [nee Lauchner] Pratt, 79, of Waukegan, will be held tomorrow at 2 p.m. at the chapel, 236 N. Genesee St. Burial will be in Wauconda cemetery.

Mrs. Pratt is survived by six sons, Robert, Merritt and Melvin, all residents of North Chicago, Charles of Waukegan, Norman of St. Paul, Minn, and LeRoy of White Lake, Wis., two daughters, Mrs. Mildred Braden, Waukegan, Mrs. Elida Matson, Zion; 30 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

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News Sun, about March 18, 1994


Anne E. Pratt [b. Anna Elizabeth Nitsch], 90, of Ingleside, Illinois died Wednesday, March 16, 1994 at Northern Illinois Medical Center.

She was born October 30, 1903 in Elgin, Illinois. She lived in the Lake County area 75 years. She retired from U.S. Steel in 1968. She was a member of Prince of Peace Church.

Anne Pratt leaves to cherish her memory 2 daughters, Mrs. Dolores (Bud) Atkinson of Waukegan, Illinois and Mrs. Ann (Bill) Cave of Ingleside, Illinois; 24 grandchildren; 30 great grandchildren; 1 great great granddaughter; a host of nieces and nephews, also a special niece, Mrs. Rita Zorc, of Libertyville. Anne Pratt was preceded in death by her husband Robert Pratt in 1985, 2 sons, Robert and Kenneth Pratt, 1 daughter, Rosemary (Lee) Bird; 3 brothers, Adelbert, Francis and Edward Nitsch and 2 sisters, Lucille Anderson and Marion Shaffar.

Funeral Mass will be 10:00 AM Saturday, March 19, 1994 from Queen of Peace Church in North Chicago with internment to follow at Ascension Cemetery, Libertyville, Illinois. Friends may call from 8:30-9:30 AM Saturday only at the Marsh Funeral Home of Waukegan, 1521 Washington Street.

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MERRITT L. PRATT, SR., MSG, United States Army

Killed in Action, Born March 22, 1923 

Died November 2, 1950 in Korea, Master Sergeant Pratt was a veteran of World War II.  In Korea, he was a member of Company C, 8th Engineer Combat Battalion, 1st Cavalry Division.  He was Killed in Action while attacking enemy positions with his machine gun in North Korea on November 2, 1950.  For his leadership and valor, Master Sergeant Pratt was awarded the Silver Star, the Purple Heart, the Korean Service Medal and the United Nationsl Service Medal.

Arlington Cemetery Website Dedication to Merritt by his Son
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News Sun, About April 28, 1981


Eunice C. (Tooty) [nee Shaffar] Pratt, 66, of 1614 Juneway Terrace, Round Lake Beach died April 26, 1981 at Sherman Hospital in Elgin.

She was born October 14, 1914 in North Chicago and had lived in Round Lake Beach the past 21 years. She was a member of Calvary Presbyterian Church in Round Lake.

Survivors include her husband, Merritt, four sons, Melvin of Gadsden, Alabama, Jack, Donald, and Ronald, all of Round Lake Beach; a daughter, Sandra K. Pratt of Round Lake Beach; five grandchildren; and two great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be 11 AM Wednesday, April 29, 1981 at Calvary Presbyterian Church with Reverend Lisle J. Kauffman, pastor, officiating. Interment will be at Avon Centre Cemetery. Friends may call aft 5 PM on Tuesday at the MacGillis Funeral Home, 350 Goodnow Blvd., Round Lake.

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Waukegan News Sun, 26 Aug 1985


Robert W. Pratt age 84 of Waukegan, formerly of North Chicago died August 25, 1985 at St. Therese Hospital.

He was born October 8, 1900 in Wauconda, Ill. He was a member of the Eagles of Waukegan and a member of the Waukegan and North Chicago Cribbage League for 40 years.

He is survived by his wife Anne Pratt (nee Nitsch), 3 daughters, Dolores (Elmer) Atkinson of North Chicago, Rosemary Bird of Grayslake, Ill, Ann (William) Cave of Lindenhurst, 1 son, Robert (Janet) Pratt of Park City, Ill; 24 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren, 1 brother, Merritt Pratt of Round Lake, Ill, 2 sisters, Elida Rittenhouse of Zion, and Mildred Braden of New Orleans, LA. He was preceded in death by 1 son, Kenneth Pratt, 4 brothers, Norman, Charles, Leroy, and Melvin Pratt; 2 sisters, Mae and Myrtle.

Funeral services will be 10:30 AM Tuesday, August 27, 1985 at the Marsh Funeral Home, 1521 Washington St. with Reverend Sandra Caudill officiating. Interment will be Ascension Cemetery. Friends may call from 6 til 9 PM at the funeral home.

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Paper Unknown, about April 22, 1971


Uncle Kenny & Neice Cathy

Kenneth A. Pratt, 33, of Wonder Lake, Illinois, died Wednesday, April 21, 1971 at McHenry Hospital.  Mr. Pratt was a past vice-president of Hebron Jaycees and a Korean Air Force veteran. 

He is survived by his widow, Gerda, 6 children, Timothy, Tammy, Tina; and Thomas, Tina and Terri, 1 brother, Robert of Gurnee, 3 sisters, Mrs. Elmer (Dolores) Atkinson of North Chicago, Mrs. Robert (Rosemary) Bird of Grayslake, Mrs. William (Anne) Cave of Lindenhurst, and his parents Mr. and Mrs. Robert Pratt of North Chicago.

Services will be Saturday, April 24, 1971, at 9:30 am at St. Joseph Church in Waukegan.  Burial will follow at Ascension Cemetery.  Friends may call at the Marsh Funeral Home, 1521 Washington St., Waukegan, after 7 pm Friday, April 23.

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Waukegan News Sun, 15 May 1987



Robert F. Pratt, 62 of Park City, Ill, passed away on May 13, 1987 at St. Therese Medical Center in Waukegan, Ill.  He was born on October 29, 1924 in Waukegan and was a member of the VFW in Mundelein, Illinois; was a Veteran of World War II, having served in the United States Army. He retired from Waukegan Roofing after 25 years of service.

Survivors include his wife, Janet Pratt (nee Moran); 5 children, Barbara (Tom) Opitz of Round Lake Heights, IL, Stacey Pratt of Aspen, CO, Robert (Gail) Pratt of Zion, IL, William (Carol) Pratt of Waukegan and David (Penny) Pratt of Zion; 10 grandchildren; his mother, Anne Pratt of Lake Villa, IL; 2 sisters, Dolores (Bud) Atkinson of North Chicago, IL and Ann (Bill) Cave of Lake Villa. He was preceded in death by his father, Robert W. Pratt in 1985, 1 sister, Rosemary (Lee) Bird in 1986 and 1 brother, Kenneth Allen Pratt in 1971.

Funeral services will be held at 10AM on Saturday, May 16, 1987 at the Marsh Funeral Home of Waukegan, 1521 Washington Street, Waukegan. Interment will be at Highland Memorial Park in Libewrtyville, IL. Friends may call from 6 until 9PM on Friday at the funeral home.

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Waukegan News Sun, 23 Dec 1999




Robert J. Pratt, 50, of Oswego, formerly of Winthrop Harbor [and Gurnee] died December 19, 1999 at Rush Copley Hospital.

He was born Mar 2, 1949 in Waukegan, IL. He was a member of Fox Valley Bible Church, he was a veteran of the Vietnam War. He worked as a supervisor for Commonwealth Edison for twenty years.

He is survived by his wife Gail M. [nee Schneider], four children Dawn (Chris) Hayman, Kim Pratt, Deena Pratt and Robert Jr. Pratt, two grandsons Nicholas and Jonathan Hayman, his mother Janet Pratt, two sisters Barbara (Thomas) Opitz and Stacey (Lynn) Rinker, two brothers William Pratt and David (Penny) Pratt, and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father Robert F. Pratt.

Funeral services will be Wednesday at 11:00am at Marsh Funeral Home of Gurnee, 305 Cemetery Rd. Interment at Highland Memorial Park. Visitation will be Tuesday 5-8pm and Wednesday 10am - 11am at Marsh Funeral Home of Gurnee.

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Waukegan News Sun, 15 Dec 1999


Elmer "Bud" Atkinson, 74 of Waukegan, IL passed away Monday, December 13, 1999 at home after a brave battle with cancer.  He was born November 12, 1925 in North Chicago.

He served in the U.S. Marine Corps, Merchant Marines, and was a World War II veteran. He was owner and proprietor of Bud's Two-Two Lounge for 27 years. He was Past President of Lake County and North Chicago Tavern Owners Association, a member of North Chicago Lions Club, Tiny's Social Club, VFW and Illinois Sheriff's Association. He bowled in the ABC's, played in the Cribbage League and was an avid White Sox Fan.

He is survived by his loving wife of 46 years, Dolores (Pratt) Atkinson; his children, Starr Atkinson of Beach Park, James (Juliann) Atkinson of Winthrop Harbor, Rochelle "Shelly" (Walter) Jakaitis of Beach Park, Diane (Greg) Ptasienski of Antioch, Kathleen (Barry) Delk of Beach Park and Elmer "Butch" (Angie) Atkinson; 14 grandchildren, Jennifer Atkinson, James Atkinson, Michael Pasiewicz, Eric Jakaitis, Adam Jakaitis, Marissa Jakaitis, Crystal (Josh) Tabar, Brad Ptasienski, Lindsay Ptasienski, Kim Delk, Kevin Delk, Keith Delk, Andrew Atkinson and Daniel Atkinson; three brothers, Earl Atkinson of Libertyville, Joseph (Fran) Atkinson of Melcrest, FL, and Raymond (Dorothy) Atkinson of Irving, Texas; a sister, Ruth Ann Korjenek of Lindenhurst, and many nieces, nephews and cherished friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Elmer and Mary [DeRue] Atkinson; and three sisters, Agnes Atkinson, Elizabeth Atkinson and Mary Rode.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 9AM Friday, December 17, 1999 at Queen of Peace Church, North Chicago. Burial will be at Highland Memorial Park.  Visitation will be from 4 to 7 PM Thursday at the SALATA FUNERAL HOME, 729 14th Street, North Chicago.  The family asks that you please omit flowers.

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Mundelein Journal, Friday, June 2, 2006


Dolores "Sis" Atkinson, age 75 of Beach Park, passed away, Friday, May 19, 2006 at Victory Memorial Hospital in Waukegan.  In August of 1953, she married Elmer "Bud" Atkinson at Holy Family Church in North Chicago.  Along with her husband, she owned and operated Bud's Two Two Lounge in North Chicago and also operated the Girl Talk Women's Wear in North Chicago.

She is survived by her loving children, Starr Atkinson of Beach Park, James (Juliann) Atkinson of Winthrop Harbor, Shelly (Wally) Jakaitis of Beach Park, Diane (Greg) Ptasienski of Antioch, Kathy Delk of Beach Park and Butch Atkinson of Zion; 14 grandchildren; three great grandchildren; a sister; a sister-in-law; as well as many nieces, nephews and cherished friends.  She was preceded in death by her husband, "Bud" in 1999; two brothers and a sister and her parents, Robert and Anna Pratt.

Friends called at the Salata-Gurnee Funeral Home in Gurnee on May 25 from 5 to 8 p.m., and on May 26, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., at Queen of Peace Church in North Chicago.  Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at 11:30 a.m., May 26, with Fr. James E. Merold officiating.  Interment followed at Highland Memorial park in Libertyville.  Memorials to the family would be appreciated.

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Newspaper from Rifle, Colorado, dated early May 1923


William Ledwich Atkinson was born at New Orleans, LA, Jan. 25, 1856 and died at Rifle, Colo., April 28th, 1923, being at the time of his death, 67 years, 3 months and 3 days of age.

"Charlie Atkinson" as he was always called and known by his friends after coming west, moved to Colorado when a young man and located in Plateau Valley in 1882.. He was a western pioneer in the strict sense of the word, and did his part, and that was a big part, in the development of the land of his choice.

When he located in Plateau Valley, no roads had been built there, and he operated a burro pack train from the outer settlements into the valley for several years. He was one of the first homesteaders in the valley and located the Atkinson ranch, which is one of the best ranches in the valley and which he owned and occupied until 1916, when he sold out to M. J. Lambert. He was also a leader in the development of irrigation, and located and began the first construction work on the Atkinson reservoir on Grand mesa, which reservoir is now one of the largest and best known among the irrigation systems of the Plateau Valley.

Mr. Atkinson never married. He leaves surviving him a number of cousins, nieces and nephews most of whom now reside in or near Chicago, Ill., also a host of friends in the West. One nephew, William Atkinson of Chicago, was present at the funeral. His connection with he family of J. W. Yarberry in Rifle, with whom he was staying at the time of his death is that of old time friends, the family of Mrs. Yarberry having been adjacent homesteaders on the old Plateau Valley ranch.

The funeral was held at the First Christian church Wednesday afternoon at 2 p.m., A. N. Martin officiating. Interment was made in Rosehill cemetery.

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PICTURES.  I have a picasa webpage that shows my dad, Robert F. Pratt, from Illinois, in WWII with some of his buddies who are mostly unidentified.  He was stationed in many places in Alaska, some of which were:  Kodiac, Attu, Adak, Nome, Sitka, Seward,  Old Dutch Harbor, Juneau, and Fort Greely.  Some names on pictures were identified as:  JOHNSON, MONTGOMERY/MONTY, STRAKKA, SANDERS and WOODING.  My hope in posting these is that someone will recognize a father, brother or uncle and be able to download them.  Maybe someone will even find him/herself!  

Dad & Unknown Soldiers