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Obituaries & Death Notices

CARLSON, Mrs. Leander

Thursday morning, January 8th, Mrs. Leander Carlson, a well known lady of this community, passed away at her daughter's home. The late Mrs. Lenader Carlson has been sick for a very long time and her sufferings were great.

Mrs. Carlson was born in Uppeby, Sweden, June 11th, 1835. At her death she was not far from 85 years of age. About fifty years ago she came to the United States. She has been living in Woodhull, Bishop Hill and Cambridge, Illinois, since her arrival to this country. Mrs. Carlson was a very congenial person and a very good neighbor. Her many friends will miss her sallies of wit and humor, but mostly her childlife faith in Christ.

As long as she could she met her friends at the church and enjoyed working for the church what little she could and give as much as she was able.

The funeral was held from the home of her daughter, Mrs. Aaron Moore, and from the Evangelical Lutheran church of which she was member Saturday, January 10th. Interment at Andover. The mourners are: Her daughter, Mrs. Aaron Moore, Cambridge; eight grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren and many friends. Her husband passed away five years ago.

Source: Cambridge Chronicle, Henry Co IL 15 Jan 1920

Contributed by Alan Hoyt

CARLSON, Nels Peter Leander

Nels Peter Leander Carlson was born at Merhult, Hycklinge Socken, Ostergotland, Sweden, February 27, 1857 and died at his home, Cambridge, IL., October 25 at the age of 80 years, 7 months and 28 days.

In 1857, at the age of 23, he married Carolina Lilja, with whom he lived in peaceful union until his death. This marriage was blessed with two daughters, one of whom, Mrs. Andrew Peterson, died 1 years ago. The other is Mrs. Aaron Moore of Cambridge, who is yet living. The family remained in Sweden until 1870, when they came to America. Here they have lived at various places within Henry county, such as Andover, Woodhull, Ulah and Cambridge.

Mr. Carlson has for years suffered from poor eyesight and at last became almost totally blind. Kidney disease was the ailment that finaly after much suffering ended his life. The chief mourners are his aged widow, daughter, Mrs. A. Moore and her husband, Andrew Peterson from Ainsworth, Iowa, and his nine grand-children.

The funeral was held from the Lutheran church October 27, at 2:00 p.m. Attending from out of town were his son-in-law, Andrew Peterson and his son, David Peterson, from Ainsworth, Iowa. Mrs. L.E. Telleen and Judith Hulin sang two numbers. Mrs. O. W. Hedstrom played the organ.

The interment was made in the Lutheran cemetery at Andover, Pallbearers were Eric Sandquist, gust Sandberg, B. I. Hulin, Peter Abramson, J. P. Johnson and George Becker.

Source: Cambridge Chronicle, OCT. 29, 1914

Contributed by Alan Hoyt


Child Passes Away

Arlo Carpenter, Five Months Old at Life’s Close.

Mr. and Mrs. Leroy Carpenter, who reside at 1032 West Rockwell Street are mourning the loss of their five month’s old son Arlo. The infant passed away at the family home at 5:15 o’clock Saturday afternoon. His death was the result of a sickness which lasted for some time.

Funeral service would be conducted at the residence at 2:00 o’clock the next day. Reverend L.C. Trent, pastor of the First Baptist church would be in charge. The remains would be interred at Pleasant View cemetery.

Source: not known "His obituary is found in a local paper"

Contributed by Pat Thomas

CARPENTER, Lawrence Paul

Infant Child dies

Home of Mr. and Mrs. Carpenter Saddened

Lawrence Paul, the infant son of Mr.and Mrs. Leroy Carpenter, residing at 917 Zang Avenue passed away yesterday afternoon at 4:15 o’clock. The child was born 27 November 1911. Funeral services would be conducted at the residence at two o’clock the next afternoon. Reverend L.C. Trent would officiate. Interment would be in Pleasant View Cemetery.

Source: not known "His obituary is found in a local paper"

Contributed by Pat Thomas

CARROLL, Caroline S.A. Slifer

Mrs. Caroline S. A. Slifer Carroll, widow of the late Rev. John B. Carroll, passed away Saturday afternoon at her home, 309 Lakeview avenue, after an illness which had lasted since February. Mrs. Carroll had been a patient sufferer. The end came peacefully.

Funeral sevices will be held at 3 o'clock tomorrow afternoon at the home, in charge of the Rev. L. C. Trent. Mrs. Carroll will be laid to rest beside the grave of her late husband in Pleasant View cemetery.

Caroline Sarah A. Slifer was born July 10, 1836, in Germantown, Ohio. She was converted at the age of 18, and became a member of the Baptist church. Her religious life, beginning at that time, was said to be one of extreme devotion, and she ever remained interested and zealous in Christian work.

July 28, 1861, she became the wife of John B. Carroll, the wedding taking place at Bunker Hill, Ill. Mr. Carroll was a Baptist minister for over forty years.

They had nine children. Those surviving are Mrs. Mary Thompson, Ralston, Okla.; Mrs. Della Yard, Kewanee; J. B Carroll, Kewanee: Mrs. Maggie Payne, Kewanee; W. W. Carroll, Kewanee. One brother, W. E. Slifer, Bunker Hill, Ill., survives. She is survived by 24 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.

Source: Kewanee Star Courier, Monday August 25, 1919

Contributed by Alan Hoyt



J. B Carroll, Who was Thrown from Wagon Wednesday, Passes Away.

As the result of injuries received when he was thrown from a wagon near the depot Wednesdy afternoon, J. B. Carroll passed away at the St. Francis Hospital bewteen 9:30 and 10 o'clock this morning. Little change was noticed in his condition from the time of the fatal accident. Yesterday his condition grew worse and he failed to rally.

John B. Carroll was born at Jersey City, Ill., May 11th, 1839. He resided at the place of his birth until July 28th, 1861 at which time he was united in marriage with Miss Caroline Slifer of Bunker Hill, Ill. Mr. Carroll came to this city last October from Deerifeld, Kansas and had since resided here.


Nine Children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Carroll. Besides his wife Mr. Carroll leaves to mourn his death five children. They the Mrs. Mary Adeline Thompson of Fairfax, Okla., Mrs. Della Yard of Joplin, Mo., John and William Carroll of Kewanee and Mrs. Maggie Payne of Kewanee. He is survived by two sisters and one brother, namely Mrs. Adeline Doyle of Goddard, Kas., Mrs. Mandy Love of Eagle City, Ill., and James Carroll of Forrestville, Ill.

For thirty years Mr. Carroll was in the Baptist ministry. His charges were in the vicinity of Wichita, Kas. He had been retired from active work for the past six or eight years.

Mr. Carroll was a member of the Odd Fellows' and Masons' lodges of Wichita, Kas.

Arrangements for the funeral service were not completed at the time of going to press as word was being awaited from out of town relatives.

Source: Kewanee Star Courier, Sat. August 1, 1914.

Contributed by Alan Hoyt

CARROLL, Oliver Perry

Oliver Perry Carroll, was born in Sheffield, Bureau County, Illinois on 23 Feb 1845 and died in Kewanee, Henry County, Illinois 18 Sept 1915. The family home was near Annawan. He lived there until 1861, then was in the grocery business a couple of years, then went back to farming. In 1864, he went into the lumber business with his brother C. W. Carroll, now in Los Angeles, Cal. The lumber yard was near Chillicothe, Ill.

On 26 Oct 1868 he married Clarissa Buttermore of Annawan. She died June 1873 at Green River. One son died in infancy. In Nov 1873 he was appointed railway agent for Rock Island Railroad at Green River, but resigned in 1876 to accept a similar position in Putnam County, Illinois. He continued there and buying train for 34 years until 5 years ago.

He married Jennie M. Overmyer Dec 26, 1875. They had four children: Mrs. Lottie P Kelso, Tiskilwa; Mrs. Laura E. Sparling of Kewanee; Mrs. Enid M. Case, New Hampton, Iowa; Elise B. Carroll at home. Nine grandchildren.

The funeral was in Kewanee, burial at Pleasant View Cemetery.

Name & Date of Newspaper unknown (died 18 Sep 1915)

Contributed by Mary Hagen

CARSWELL, Dorothy Mills

Mrs. Dorothy Carswell, wife of Cornelius H. Carswell, Denver, Colorado, formerly of Kewanee, died 6 November at Denver following an attack of the flu. The daughter of Mrs. and Mrs. Bert Mills, she was born in Kewanee and attended schools there. She married Cornelius Carswell and after their marriage, they moved to Denver. The survivers include her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Bert Mills, 111 High Street and brothers, Dean Mills of Nashville, Tennessee, Don Mills of Kewanee and Hayden Mills of Moline. Funeral rites and burial were held in Denver.

Source: not known "His obituary is found in a local paper"

Contributed by Pat Thomas

CAVANAGH, Bridget Joyce


Mrs. Bridget Cavanagh Summoned Following 21 Months Illness

Mrs. Bridget Cavanagh, resident of this vicinity since the early fifties, died at the St. Francis hospital at 3:30 o’clock Friday afternoon. She had been a patient there for the past twenty-one months. Never having recovered from an accident in which she fractured her hip.

Bridget Joyce, daughter of Mary Farrell and Matthew Joyce, was born in Carlow county, Ireland Feb. 2, 1847. When about on year of age she was brought to this county by her parents and they settled in the east living there for several years. They then moved to Kewanee and the decedent has since been a resident of Kewanee and the surrounding vicinity. Feb 23, 1872 she was married to James Cavanagh who died ten years ago this past May.

She was a member of the Altar and Rosary society of the Visitation Church. The deceased is survived by five children. Mrs. Charles Quinn, John P. and James M, all of Kewanee; Bert M. of Carthage, and Roy L. of Davenport; by ten grandchildren, one great grandson and two brothers, John Joyce, Des Moines, Ia; and Martin W. Joyce of Long Beach Calif., Besides her husband she was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters, Anna of Kewanee, and Sister Mary Thecla of Joliet; one brother, James of Florida; one daughter Mary Jane and a son, Willie. The funeral service will be held at 9 o’clock (standard time) Monday morning at the visitation church, The Rev. Fr. W. P. Burke will be in charge and the burial will be in the Cavanagh cemetery.

The Woman's Catholic Order of the Foresters will meet at the home of John P. Cavanagh, 114 South Elm street, where the body of the deceased will be taken, at 4 o’clock Sunday afternoon to recite the rosary. Members of the Alter and Rosary society will meet at the home at 7:30 o’clock Sunday evening to say the rosary and the Knights of Columbus will meet at the hall at 8 o’clock Sunday evening and will go to the Cavanagh home to recite the rosary.

SOURCE: Kewanee Newspaper Sat. 14 June 1930

SUBMITTER: Mary Tibbetts


James Cavanagh, a life long resident of this county, passed away at St. Francis hospital at 10 o’clock last night. Mr. Cavanagh had been in poor health for a long time, and two weeks ago he was taken to the hospital. His death was due to complications and the infirmities of age.

Mr. Cavanagh was born in Weathersfield township, August 31, 1844, and at the time of his death he was 75 years 8 months and 4 days old. He continued to farm in the vicinity of Kewanee until about twelve years ago, when he returned and since that time he made his home in this city. His marriage with Miss Margaret Joyce took place in this city February 27, 1873. To the union were born seven children, two of them, including the eldest son, William and a daughter, Mary Jane, dying in childhood. The surviving children include John P Cavanagh, James M Cavanagh, Roy L Cavanagh and Miss Charlotte B. Cavanagh, all of Kewanee and Bert M. Cavanagh, Carthage, Ill. There are also five grandchildren. Other surviving relatives in addition to the widow, include a brother, Lawrence Cavanagh, Evanston, Ill; two sisters, Mrs. Mary Jane Doyle, Chicago; Mrs. Bridget Rochford, Kewanee. Two sisters, Mrs. Ann Maguire and Mrs. Agnes Harty, preceded Mr. Cavanagh in death.

Mr. Cavanagh was one of the pioneer members of visitation church, and curing his long residence of over seventy- five years in this country, he made the acquaintance of a great many people in this part of the state.

The funeral will be held Saturday morning. The remains will be taken from the home, 521 West Central boulevard to visitation church, where the service will be conducted by Rev. W. P. Burke at 9 o’clock. Burial will be in Cavanagh cemetery, five and a half miles south of this city.

SOURCE: Kewanee Newspaper Thurs. 6 May 1920

SUBMITTER: Mary Tibbetts


Mr. Frank Cederlof died at his home in this city Wednesday morning, March 1st, 1899, of cancer of the stomach. He had suffered from the disease more or less for the past two months and had been a confirmed invalid. Deceased was a native of Sweden, aged 59 years, 1 month and 18 days. He came to America and settled in Geneseo in 1868. He was a tailor by occupation, and most of the time during his residence here was employed by the house now conducted by Aldeen & Boleen. The family survining him consists of a wife and eight children, six sons and two daughters. One son, A. N., was a soldier in the Spanish war. Mr. Cederlof was a good man, skilled in his trade and well respected by all who knew him. His family have the sympathy of the community in the afflication that has befallen them.

Funeral service will be held at his late home at 2 p.m. to-day and at the Swedish Lutheran church at 2:30. His pastor,Rev. A.P. Fors, will officiate.

Source: Geneseo Republic, March 3, 1899

Contributed by: Danny Redmond

CHERRY, Helen Jane Dillon


GENESEO- Mrs. Helen Jane Cherry 85, of 645 E. North St., died at 7:25 last evening at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Virginia Wright, in Moline, where she had lived for the last five months. She had been ill a number of years.

Services will be at 9 Monday morning at St. Malachy's Catholic Church at Geneseo, the Rev. Lyle F. Sheen officiating. Burial will be in the North Cemetery.

The rosary will be said at 8 Sunday evening at the Rivenburg Funeral Home here.

The former Helen Dillon was born Dec. 14, 1869, at Darrymagone, Moy, County Tyrone, Ireland, the daughter of Patrick and Ellen O'Brien Dillon. She came to the U.S. when she was 16, and lived in New Jersey. She had lived in Geneseo for the last 60 years.

She was married to Charles Cherry Oct. 14, 1895, in Geneseo, who died July 25, 1950. She was a member of St. Malachy's Church here, the Altar and Rosary Society and the Queen of Victory Society.

Surviving are two sons, Leonard of Geneseo and Marion of Pontiac, Mich; two daughters, Mrs. Mae Bickler of Chicago and Mrs. Virginia Wright of Moline: 12 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, and a sister, Mrs. Oliver Hertzberger of Waukegan. Besides her husband she was preceded in death by three sons, a daughter and a brother.

Contributed by by Cary Garner

CHRISOP, Mrs. Elizabeth

Elizabeth Chrisop was born in Geneseo, January 6, 1881, and departed this life August 30, 1925, aged 44 years, 7 months and 24 days. For a long while she had been frail of body, and for the last three years was confined to her bed. The end came in the J. C. Hammond city hospital from heart disease. She bore her sufferings patiently, and was willing that the Lord's will be done.

She was united in marriage with Robert D. Chrisop February 25, 1903. The family life was lived near Geneseo, except for five years divided between Canada, Iowa, and Missouri. Four children came to bless the union, all of whom survive.

There are left to mourn her early departure from this life, the husband, three sons, Lyle, Kenneth and Raymond, one daughter, Margaret, the aged father, Valentine Gerstner, seven sisters, Mrs. John Papenthien, of Geneseo, Mrs. Barbara Roos, Geneseo, Mrs. Margaret Santee, Moline, Mrs. Kate Henander, Geneseo, Mrs. Diena Munter, Geneseo, Mrs. Mary Smith, Geneseo, Mrs. Emma Ellingsworth, Colona, one brother, John Gerstner of Hardtner, Kansas, one uncle and one aunt in Baden, Germany, many nephews and nieces and friends. Her mother and one sister have preceded her in death.

She was converted early in life and united with the Evangelical church in Geneseo under the pastorate of Rev. Henry Moser. Her faith was her sustaining strength, and is the comfort of those who mourn. God grant them them all a happy reunion throughout His eternal day.

The funeral service was held at Grace Evangelical church Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock with the pastor in charge. The interment was in the family lot in Oakwood cemetery.

Contributed by Sue Williams

[She d. 08-30-1925]

COLBY, Dr. William A.

Services for Dr. William A. Colby, 59, will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, at Wheaton Evangelical Free Church, 520 E. Roosevelt Rd.,Wheaton.

Born Oct. 30, 1938, in Kewanee, Ill., he died Sunday, July 19, 1998, in Nairobi, Kenya, Africa, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.

Interment will be held at 3:30 p.m.Saturday, in Liberty Cemetery in Atkinson, Ill.

He was doing what he loved best serving God in Africa at the time of his death. Dr. Colby was a missionary doctor in Africa for many years. He was a resident of Wheaton when he was on Home Assignment. He was a 1965 graduate of the University of Chicago Medical School.

Dr. Colby served in the Army as Captain of a medical team. He served in Vietnam and was honorably discharged in 1969. Since then, he lived his life serving God, with his wife, Norma, as oveseas missionaries in Zaire, Africa; briefly in China; and finally in Kenya.

He has been a doctor, counselor and friend to all who knew him and will be dearly remembered by his family and friends around the world.

He is survived by his wife, Norma; daughters, Rebekah (Dennis) Asensio of Lisle, Deborah (Joan) Sandstrom of Elmhurst, Sharon (Ronald) Jensen of Hancock, Minn. and Joanna (Steven)Schoenhals of Carol Stream; grandchildren, Michael, Ryan and Kristen Asensio, Linnea Sandstrom and Bethany and Brendan Jensen; and brothers, Dr.Fred (Ruth) Colby of Arlington, Texas and David (Regina) Colby of Moline, Ill.

Visitation will be from 3 to 9 p.m. Friday, at the church.

Memorials may be directed to the Colby Assistance Fund or Dr. William Colby African Missions Memorial Fund, c/o Evangelical Free Church of America, 901 E.78th St.,Minneapolis, MN 55420.

Arrangements were made by Hultgren Funeral Home, Wheaton. For information, (630) 668-0027.

Source: Daily Herald, (Cook Co IL) Wednesday July 29, 1998

Contributed by: Susie Martin-Rott

[NOTE: I am not related to this individual and have no further information. He sounded like a wonderful man and someone who should be remembered.]

COMBS, Andrew Jackson

Andrew J. Combs died at his home in Osco, February 20, 1897, of consumption. Mr. Combs was born in McArthur, Athens County, Ohio, October 22, 1837, and was the only son of Thomas and Anna Fraley Combs. At the age of 11 he moved to Chillecothe, Ohio, where he lived until 1952, when he removed to Bureau county, ILL. He came to Osco, Henry County, in 1865 where he has since lived an honored citizen. He leaves a wife, Laura (Ringle) Combs, and three sons to mourn his loss. R. H. Hinman, of Cambridge, and Mrs. Leah Nolind, of Conesville, Iowa survive him. The funeral services were held at Grace church, Osco, February 22, Rev. Purce, assisted by Rev. Thornton, of Geneseo, officiating. The remains were interred in Grace church cemetery.

Source: Cambridge Cronicle, February 25, 1897

Contributed by Carol Combs

[Notes: In further research of Andrew J. (Jackson) Combs I have found him in Greenfield, Grundy, IL. in the 1860 census living with his mother Abbie. His father Thomas Combs died in April 1860.

COMBS, Esther M. Garrison

Esther M. Combs, Esther M. Combs, 83. formerly of East Moline and Cambridge, died Sunday, May 2, 2004, at Balch Springs Nursing Home, Balch Springs, Texas. Funeral services will be at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, May 8th, at the Cambridge Chapel of Stackhouse-Moore Funeral Services. Rev. Tim Snart will officiate. Burial will be in Rosedale Cemetery, Cambridge. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association or a local hospice unit.

The former Esther Marie Garrison was born April 1, 1921 in Cambridge, the daughter of Arthur L. and Anna E. Munson Garrison. She was raised and educated in Cambridge and graduated from Cambridge High School in 1939. Her marriage to William E. Combs took place on June 29, 1939 in Cambridge. He died August 11, 1976.

Esther was a secretary and bookkeeper and had been employed at the Henry County Farm Bureau, in Cambridge while living there. After moving to East Moline in 1959, she worked at American Machine and Metal, East Moline, Briggs Insurance Agency, Rock Island, and then at J.L. Brady Plumbing in East Moline until her retirement. She moved to California in 1996 and lived in Texas for the past couple of years. Her memberships include the Royal Neighbors of America.

Surviving are a son and daughter-in-law, Edward and Carol Combs, Clayton, CA, four grandchildren and (spouses), Kathleen (Dave) Haugan, Steven (Katrina) Combs, and Douglas (Amanda) Combs, all of Coon Rapids, MN, and Deborah (Judson) Baker, Brentwood, CA. Also surviving are great grandchildren, Erik, Aimee, David, and Jonathan Haugan, Michael and Emily Combs, Ashley, Tyler, and Eleanor Combs, and Joshua and Madelyn Baker, a sister, Frances "Billie" Bierman, Shipman, IL, and two brothers, Charles Garrison,

Cambridge, and Arthur L. Garrison II, Seagoville, TX. 

Her parents, her husband, four sisters, Ella, Zepha, Loretta, and Marcella, and a brother, Robert, preceded her in death.

Source: The Dispatch and The Quad Cities Times, Thursday, May 6, 2004

Contributed by Carol Combs

COMBS, William E

William E. Combs, 59, of 588 Forest Road, East Moline, formerly of Cambridge, died at 4:30 yesterday in Moline Public Hospital. Funeral services will be 11 A.M. Saturday in Stackhouse-Schueneman Funeral Home, Cambridge, the Rev. Henry Cox, pastor of the Cambridge United Methodist, officiating. Burial will be in the Rosedale Cemetery, Cambridge. Visitation is 7 to 9 P.M. tomorrow at the funeral home, where memorials may be made to the Cancer Society.

Mr. Combs was born June 24, 1917, in Osco, a son of Charles and Cleone Weidlein Combs. He attended Cambridge Schools. Mr. Combs has resided in East Moline the past 17 years.

On June 29, 1939, he married Esther Garrison in Cambridge.

Mr. Combs was retired from John Deere Spreader Works, East Moline, where he worked for 29 years.

Surviving are his widow; a son, Edward, Rock Island; four grandchildren; his step-mother, Mrs. Glenna Combs, Peoria; a sister Mrs. Odis Stanford, Galva; four half-brothers, Richard Ray, Galva, and Daniel, Alan and Thomas Combs, all of Peoria, and a half-sister, Mrs. Stanley Sall, Altona. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Source: The Moline Dispatch, August 12, 1976.

Contributed by Carol Combs

CONNER, Quintin T.

Quintin Conner Dies Today

Quintin T. Conner, 52, of 601 S. East St., died at 8:40 a.m. today in Kewanee Public Hospital. He was born Dec. 4, 1913 in Galesburg, the son of James H. and Eileen M. Wyman Conner. He was married to Elaine Couve, Nov. 1, 1937, at Keokuk, Iowa.

Mr. Conner was reared and educated in Bardolph, graduating from the high school there. He farmed in Wethersfield township, and had currently been tax assessor for Wethersfield township.

He was a member of the First Christian Church and active in all phases of church work, being one of the trustees, a deacon for 15 years and financial secretary for 18 years.

Surviving are the wife, a daughter, Mary Eileen of Lawndale, Calif., one son, James, and his mother. Also a brother, Burdette, of Berkeley; two sisters, Mrs. Darline Hartman, of Galesburg, and Mrs. Cecil (Eloise) Varnold, of Maquon.

He was preceded in death by his father and one sister.

Funeral services will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. at the First Christian Church. The Rev. Roland Florence will officiate. Burial will be in Pleasant View Cemetery. The Creamer Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

There will be no calling hours.

Memorials may be directed to the cancer fund, blood program or the memorial fund of the First Christian Church.

Source: Star-Courier (Kewanee, IL), Thursday, 5 May 1966


Funeral services for Quintin T. Conner, 601 S. East St., who died May 5, were held Saturday at 1 p.m., at the First Christian Church. The Rev. Roland Florence officiated and Mrs. Wayne Weidle was the organist. Burial was in Pleasant View Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Sam German, Martin Hepner, Roy Golden, Edwin Green, Ted Good and Chester F. Michels.

The Creamer Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Source: Star-Courier (Kewanee, IL) Monday, 9 May 1966

Contributed by: Tracy Johnson

CONRAD, Elizabeth Pierce

Elizabeth (Pierce) Conrad, an old settler of this county, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. George Enderton, of New Windsor, August 2, 1898, after a brief illness of paralysis.

She was one of six children of John and Mary (Rice) Pierce of Butler county, Pennsylvania, and was born September 7, 1808; hence her age was 89 years, 10 months and 25 days. She married Alleman Conrad, July 24, 1832. They moved to Rock Island March 20th, 1856, and to Colona in the autumn of the same year, where Mr. Conrad and Ambrose Keely build J. J. Baum's sawmill. They moved to Edford township in the spring of 1857 where they made their home. Her husband died in 1861. They had nine children: John F., Joseph H., Mary J. (Mrs. Gibson-Tyrell), John P., Margaret A. (Mrs. George Enderton of New Windsor, Ill.) Sarah E. (Mrs. Andrew Weidlein), James A., Thos. N., and Elvira J. Of these Joseph of Dodge City, Kan.,Mrs. Enderton of New Windsor and Mrs. Weidlein of Geneseo, survive her with fifteen grand children and twenty-six great-grandchildren to mourn her loss.

She united with the Presbyterian church when a young girl and adhered to her faith throughout her long life. Short services were held at the Enderton home in New Windsor conducted by the Rev. Borton, of Rio, and her remains were taken to Morristown, where the funeral was conducted by the Rev. S. H. Weed, of Colona, in the Lutheran Church, August 4, a large number of people being present. Her body rest beside that of her husband in the Morristown cemetery.

SOURCE: Geneseo Republic

SUBMITTED BY:Mary Margaret Jones

COUVE, Iris Kewish Tucker


Funeral services for Mrs. Raymond (Iris) Couve, 72, of 514 N. Lexington Ave., who died Oct. 23, in University Hospitalss, Iowa City, Iowa, will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 25, in the Rux-Creamer-Lund Funeral Home.

Rev. Donald K. Herrick of the First Baptist Church will officiate. Interment will be in the Pleasant View Cemetery. Visitation is 7 to 9 tonight, Oct. 24, at the funeral home.

Mrs. Couve was born in rural Kewanee on Aug. 2, 1906, the daugher of Bert and Bertha Selman Kewish. She was educated in Kewanee schools, graduating from the high school.

She married James Tucker in Kewanee in 1926. He died May 7, 1945.

She later married Raymond Couve in Galesburg on April 7, 1955. He survives, with two sons, Murray Tucker of West Palm Beach, Fla., and James Tucker of Kewanee; a daughter, Mrs. Tom (Rosemary) Derick of LaFayette; 15 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents and first husband, she was preceded in death by a brother.

Mrs. Couve was employed as a secretary for the State of Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs in Kewanee for 21 years, retiring in 1973.

Source: Kewanee Star Courier, 24 Oct 1978

Contributed by Susie Martin-Rott

CRAIN, Diana Buck

The incidental mention that was made in these columms last week of the death of Mrs. Harvey Crain, was far from being all that we wishe to say of that most worthy woman.

The wife of one of Geneseo's oldest and best citizens, who left us for the better world several years ago, she has since made her home with her son, George, west of town, where she peacefully breathed out her life Dec. 30, aged 74 years, 4 months and 25 days. Their sons, Henry, Charles, and George, are such men as a father and mother can feel satisfied to leave to the world. Honorable, upright, with all the world for friends, and no enemies anywhere, they are worthy men to perpetuate a worthy name.

Among the household treasures the sons found are ancient account book whose yellow pages set forth in clear writing the financial transactions of the Crain family, reaching back into the last century, It is very curious. We now have it before us. The money then was pounds, shilling and pence, "in good King George's glorious days." We have also been shown an ancient French coin called Six Livres, date 1793, which the three Crain boys used as a "teething ring."

Source: Geneseo newspaper Date: 1892

Submitted by: Deborah Lacy



Prominent in Politics and Precinct Committeeman for Many Years

The late James J. Cunniff was laid to rest in Calvary cemetery Wednesday morning, following funeral rites at 9 o'clock at St. Mary's Catholic Church. Mass was said by the Rev. Fr. John Smith and the funeral address was delivered by Mgr. A. J. Burns. The pall bearers were Jacob Cantlin, Sim Mee, Patrick Cooney, Edward O'Connell, Joe Killian and Roy Nelson.

James J. Cunniff was born in Home township September 22, 1868 and passed away January 18, 1937 at the Sterling public hospital at the age of 68 years. He was united in marriage at Sterling, October 20, 1899 to Elizabeth Drew who preceded him in death March 23, 1897. To this union were born two children, Elizabeth and Kathryn, the former Mrs. James Miller and the latter Mrs. Henry Dietz. On August 21, 1919, he married Anna H. Yarger and to this union were born two children, James J. and Roberta A.

Mr. Cunniff was actively engaged in politics for many years. He served in the capacity of township treasurer for a period of 25 years. On December 12, 1933 Mr. Cunniff took the position as first helper to the maintenance patrolman. He was precinct committeeman from 1914 until his death. The results of the last presidential election were a source of keen satisfaction and personal gratification to him.

During the first part of January, Mr. Cunniff contracted a carbuncle and his health began to fail. Every effort possible was expended by himself and the attending physician to restore health. Although he retained consciousness almost to the last and fought with a truly valiant spirit, it was to no avail. Death came quietly and peacefully at 2:15 o'clock Monday afternoon.

In his lifetime, Mr. Cunniff endeared himself to a multitude of friends and his death comes as a severe loss to the community.

Contributed by Sue Williams

(d. Jan. 18, 1937)