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Obituaries & Death Notices

EADS, Mrs. Hannah R.

EADS - Mrs. H.R. - funeral was held yesterday afternoon in Kewanee. The friends gathered at the home of the daughter of deceased, Mrs. Kate Stitson.

Service conducted by Rev. H.H. Maynard assisted by Rev. C.A. Moore. At 5 PM remains were brought to Galesburg and here transfererred to the Peoria train and taken to Knoxville for burial. Judge and Mrs. A.M. Craig, C.C. Craig attended the service in Knoxvillle, and Mrs. C.C. Craig and Mr. and Mrs. S.T. Charles joined the party there and accompanied them to Knoxville where further services were held.

Source: Unnamed Newspaper poss in Galesburg IL February 1, 1898 (newspaper not named)

Contributed by Edward Baltzer

[Obit was found in Volume II page 18- OBITUARIES - KNOX COUNTY - GALESBURG, ILLINOIS - NEWSPAPERS - 1898 - 1901 compiled by Durwood B. Allaman from microfilm in the Galaesburg Public Library]

Obit for Hannah Eads (wife of John Eads) says her daughter Kate Stitson attended the funeral-surname should be STILSON]

EARLEY, Clarence


Clarence Earley Passes Away Last Night After A Long Illness


Educated In Public Schools Here; Funeral To Be Held Here Saturday

Clarence Earley, a victim of tuberculosis, was called by death last night at his home on North Main St. His death will bring regret to his many friends in this city. April 27th, Mr. Earley was attacked by tuberculosis and his condition since that time has been more or less serious. For the last three weeks he had been confined to his bed on account of illness. Early last evening complications of pneumonia appeared and his condition became worse causing the end shortly after midnight.

Mr. Earley has made his residence in this city for about eighteen years, during which time he had gained the acquaintance of many here. He came to Kewanee with his parents when he was three years old and with the exception of a short time had made his home here until death.

Born in Missouri.

Clarence Earley was born at Andover, Harrison County, Missouri, October 20th, 1889. He was educated in the public schools of this city and was employed in the coal mining business for some time. For the past few years he had been employed at his home on the farm.

Relatives to Mourn.

Mr. Earley leaves to mourn his deather his mother, Mrs. Thos. Earley, and five brothers and two sisters, namely: Ira, George, Daniel, Herbert, Harold, Mrs. Ira Talbott and Rose, all of this city.

Funeral Saturday.

Funeral services will be conducted Saturday. A short service will take place at the family home at 2:00 o'clock. At the Latter Day Saints' church, a service will be held at 2:30 o'clock. The remains will be interred at Pleasant View cemetery.

Source: Kewanee Daily Star-Courier, (Kewanee, IL) Thursday, 21 Nov. 1912

Posted by Tracy Johnson


Funeral Services Held For Clarence Earley

Last sad rites were paid Clarence Earley Saturday afternoon. At the family residence on North Main street a short service was held at 2:00 o'clock which was largely attended. A large number of friends and relatives gathered at the Latter Day Saint's church at 2:30 o'clock to pay final respects.

James Norris was in charge of the services. Music was furnished by a quartet composed of Miss Betha Green, Mrs. John Bergland, Dr. G. M. Lovering and Paul Lofquist. Many beautiful flowers were offered.

The bearers were George Johnson, Ralph Johnson, John Jones, John Frey, Frank Nass and William Soderland. The remains were interred at Pleasant View cemetery.

Source: Kewanee Daily Star-Courier, (Kewanee, IL) Monday, 25 Nov. 1912

Posted by Tracy Johnson

EARLEY, Sarah Ann Whitehouse

On December 14, 1919, Mrs. Sarah A. Early died at the home of her daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. E. E. Haskins, at Oland, MO. Her age was 79 years and 9 months.

She was born March 14, 1840, in Dudley, Worcestershire, England, and in her youth married William Early.

They came to America along in the 60's and located at Kewanee, Illinois, where already many friends from England were living. They united with the Reorganized Church of Latter Day Saints and were neighbors and associates with families well known in Lamoni and vicinity, the Frances, Sumptions, Martins, Garlands, Stanleys, Perry's and others.

Thirteen children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Early, of whom eight have died, also Mr. Early died in 1905. The five sons and daughters living are Mrs. Rose Stanton of Kewanee, Ill.; Mrs. Mabel Haskins and the sons William, George and Joseph of Oland, Andover and vicinity. There are also twenty grandchildren.

Mrs. Early had a long and trying illness, suffering pain and weakness for years.

Funeral services were held in the Andover chapel, sermon by H. A. Stebbins, assisted by James Martin, Sr. Burial in the cemetery there.

Source unknown but probably Lamoni Ia newspaper

Contributed by Susie Martin-Rott

[Note: correct spelling of name is EARLEY. The Andover mentioned in the obit is Andover MO]

Two accounts from the Saints Herald:

EARLY--At Oland, Harrison County, Missouri, December 14, 1919, Sister Sarah A. Early. Born in Dudley, Worcestershire, England, March 14, 1840. Married William Early in England and was the mother of 13 children. Eight of these are dead, also her husband. The 5 living, Sister Rose Stanton, Kewanie, Illinois, Sister Mabel Haskins and William, George and Joseph, all of Andover, or Oland, were present at her death. Twenty grandchildren are living. Funeral services in the church, Andover. Sermon by H. A. Stebbins, assisted by James Martin, Sr.

Source: Saints Herald, Vol 66, page 1276, December 31, 1919

Contributed by Susie Martin-Rott

EARLY--Near Andover, Missouri, December 14, 1919, Sister Sarah A. Early, aged 79 years and 9 months. Born at Dudley, Worcestershire, England.

Married William Early, and they moved to America in the 60's living many years at Kewanee, Illinois. Of 13 children, 5 survive their month. The father died several years ago. Sister Early suffered severe illness for a long time. Sermon by H. A. Stebbins, assisted by James Martin, Sr.

Source: Saints Herald, Vol 67, page 414, April 28, 1920

Contributed by Susie Martin-Rott

EATON, Dora Josephine Moore

Door Josephine Moore, wife of Frank Eaton, was born November 26, 1886, and passed away at the family residence, Thursday, February 20, 1913, after months of suffering with that dread disease tuberculosis, in the twenty seventh year of her age.

She was married to Frank Eaton, June 29,1905. To them were born four children: Irene Margaret, Mabel May, Harry Dale and Russell Edward. Mrs. Eaton was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Aaron Moore of Cambridge. One sister preceded her in death, Mrs. Winnie Scovill, wife of J. W. Scovill, who died May 3, 1908. On the going away of this young woman and mother, she lays down the burdens of life, just when she was needed most-especialy so, when we think of the children left without a mother's care. However, God in His own good time and way, will make things plain, that we cannot understand now, She leaves to mourn her departure, her husband and children, parents, seven brothers and one sister; George, Daniel, Charles, Leaner, wife of Hugh Armstrong, David, Bert, Roy and Frank, all of Cambridge. Also her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. N. L. Carlson of Cambridge.

The funeral services, were held last Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the Methodist church in Cambridge and were largely attended by relatives and friends. Rev. D. S. Andewartha delivered a comforting sermon to the sorrowing relatives and friends who had gathered to pay their respects. Interment was made in Rose Dale cemetery.

The singers were: Mesdames O.W. Eaton and W.E. Eaton and Messrs.W.E. Eaton and L.A. Taylor with Miss Mabel Samuelson as organist. The pallbearers were Fred McLaughlin, Fred Fausett, J.R. Grier, John Lindquist, Hilmer Abamson and William Lower.

Source: Cambridge Chronicle, Cambridge IL; 27 Feb 1913

Contributed by Alan Hoyt

EATON, Frank

Last Thursday morning, February 12, 1920, occurred the death of Mr. Frank Eaton at his home, about one mile east of Cambridge. The immediate cause of his death was due to pneumonia although Mr. Eaton had not been feeling very good for some time.

Mr. Eaton was born on a farm near Cambridge, July 6, 1881, consequently was thirty-seven years and 6 months old. He had spent all his entire life in this immediate vicinity, following the occupation of a farmer.

The deceased was twice married, first to Miss Dora Moore, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Aaron Moore, and three children of this marriage survive their father, the oldest being a young lady of sixteen years of age. The mother preceded her husband in death some few years ago,

Mr. Eaton's second marriage was to Miss Mary Talbot, the eldest daughter of Mr. Charles Talbot of East Cambridge, and to this union were born two children, who are left to mourn the untimely death of husband and father.

Mr. Eaton was a member of the Modern Woodmen of America and carried a $2,000 policy. The funeral was held from the late home of the deceased on Sunday afternoon in charge of Dr. H. T. Jackson of the Methodist church.

The following Woodmen acted as body bearers: O.L. Boberg, Guy Stewart, Sherman Decker, Charles A. Newman, Harold Decker and George Casteel.

Interment was in Rosedale cemetery.

Source: Cambridge Chronicle, 19 Feb 1920

Contributed by Alan Hoyt

EATON, James

Another death from small pox, - James Eaton of Munson, who has been for several day dangerously ill with the small pox and erysipelas combined, died on Monday afternoon last.

Mr. Eaton was a well meaning, hard working, sober, reliable man. He has reared a large family, nearly all of whom have passed thought the ordeal to which he has succumbed. He settled upon the piece of land upon which he died eighteen years ago. An examination of the records in the Recorder's office reveals this entry: "Township 16 North, range 3 east. "Section 32, southeast quarter. United States to James Eaton. September 14 1852.

No other scratch of a pen appears against any part of that quarter section. No clearer and simpler title to property has ever been transmitted by any man to his children than this. It illustrates something of the steady unwavering purpose that characterized the man.

Source: Cambridge Chronicle, Cambridge IL, Apr 1850

Posted by Alan Hoyt

EATON, Lorinda

Died, at her residence in Munson, Saturday, June 7th, 1890, Mrs. Lorinda Eaton, relict of the late James Eaton, aged 73 years.

Mrs. Eaton immigrated from Kentucky with her husband to Munson in 1851, where he entered the farm upon which both lived constantly up to the time of their respective deaths, Mrs. Eaton having survived her husband about twenty years.

They were the parents of ten children viz: Thomas W., now of Chicago; Elizabeth (Woodsmall), now of Missouri; George W., near Indianapolis, Ind: James A. of Chicago; Sarah (Benson), Annawan, this county; Francis, who died in 1871; Maggie, wife of Luther Elston; Mary M., wife of Andrew Elston, Charles W. and John F., both of Chicago.

Mrs. Eaton was an industrious woman, good neighbor and devoted mother, She had been wasting away with the frailties of age for some time before her death.

The funeral was held at the residences at one o'clock p.m., Sunday June 8th, Rev. C. W. Davis officiating at the last obsequies. Several of her children and a large number of friends were present and the remains were interred in the Pleasant Hill cemetery beside those of her husband and daughter.

Source: Cambridge Chronicle, June 1860

Contributed by Alan Hoyt

EATON, Russell


Russell Edward, youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Eaton, was born in Cambridge township, July 10, 1912, and departed this life on July 20, 1913, at the age of 1 year, 10 days. Russell had been a delicate child since birth, being affected with tubercular trouble. At the age of seven months the child was left without a mother, she passing away some five months ago. All that loving hands could do was done to prolong the little life that had become so precious in the home, but all efforts failed, and he passed away at the above stated time.

He leaves besides his father, two sisters and one brother, Irene Margaret and Mabel May and Harry Dale. Russell was of a bright and cheerful disposition and was loved by every one who knew him. His last illness was of short duration and comes as a great shock to the family.

The funeral services, which were largely attended, were held at the residence, east of Cambridge, Tuesday afternoon, Rev. D.S. Andrewartha officiating. The singers were the Misses Gertrude Yohn and Ena McClung, and four little girls acted as bearers, being Helen Bennett, Hazel Cochren, Jessie Bennett and Dorthy Bennett. The interment was in Rosedale cemetery.

Source: Cambridge Chronicle, Cambridge IL, 24 Jul 1913

Contributed by Alan Hoyt

EDWARDS, Ebenezar

On Thursday evening, Oct. 14, 1897,at 7:30 o'clock, Mr. Ebenezar Edwards, of Hanna town, was called to his final resting place. His death was as his past life had been, most quiet and peaceful, not even making the least struggle as death approached, but passing away without oil. In this last sad hour he was surrounded by his wife and several children.

Mr Edwards, was born in Aberdare, Wales in August 1819. When he was a mere boy of 16 he came to America and after traveling considerable he found work at Youngstown, Ohio, where he settled down. After working there nine years for the same firm, he was joined in marriage to Miss Sarah J. Ballard, of Youngstown. The young couple went to housekeeping while Mr. Edwards still continued working for his "old boss" as he often spoke of him, who was Ex-Gov of Ohio. Here the young couple lived for 13 years, during which time there were six children born, two of whom died while infants.

In 1856, Mr. Edwards, wanting to make a home for his family, came west in search of land. He spent the winter at Aldrich coal bank in East Hanna, and in the spring of '57, Mr. and Mrs. Edwards with their family of four children came to Illinois and settled on the farm which he had selected before. Here they lived happily together for the past 40 years, or till death's separation.

The funeral took place at the Center school house, Sunday at 11 a.m.,conducted the Rev. Mr, Gaither, of Colona. His text was taken from the 32nd Genesis, from which a splendid sermon was delivered, In connection with this text, by request, the 14th chapter of Job was read, as this was the deceased's favorite chapter, and especially the first verse-

"Man that is born of a woman is of a few days, and is full of trouble."

At the close of the sermon the poem entitled, "Father", which follows was read in a very touching manner. After the services the remains were conveyed to the Hanna cemetery by the hearse, which was followed by a procession of one hundred and fifty teams, being the largest funeral, perhaps, ever held in that vicinity.

Deceased leaves a wife, nine children, thirty-two grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren, together with a host of old friends, to mourn his loss. We say host of friends because he was never known to have an enemy or to have the last words in anger with any man. Could he not speak in praise of any one he would not speak his name at all.

The children were all present except their oldest daughter, Elizabeth Proctor, of Julett, Wyoming. Those present were William T., of Rapid City, Dak., Olive Whitted of Mulvane, Kansas, John F., of Hanna town, Alice Brokaw of Phenix, Chas. F., of Hanna, Frank E., of Green River, Cynthia Brokaw of Colona, and Bert S., of Wyanet.

"Rest, father, rest, thy toils are o'er;
Sweet be thy rest on that beautiful shore.
Long has thy light shone bright in our home.
But alas, it is quenched; darkened and gone.
Yes, gone from our circle.
Never more shall we see that face beam with brightness,
those eyes full of glee.
Oh sad is the thought of that long farewell.
Yet God doeth all things, and all ends well.
Though sweet is that promise of "Who shall believe."
The same everlasting life shall receive.
Then let us be mindful of our Saviour on high,
In Him put our trust; in Him let us die.
So then when that messenger calls each one home,
We will meet with our Father, never more to roam;
Then rest, father, rest, tye tils are o'er;
Sweet be they rest on the evergreen shore.
(Frank E. Edwards)

SOURCE: Green River News, edited by Frank E. Edwards, Oct? 1897

Contributor: Kathy Walters Minder

EGBERT, Clarence H.

Clarence H. Egbert, 71, of 601 Florence St.., died at Kewanee Public Hospital at 1:30 a.m. Saturday. He was born in Beardstown on April 9, 1897, the son of Frederick and Elizabeth Kianke Egbert. He was married to Clara Lyle, Oct. 5, 1921 in Kewanee.

Mr. Egbert was a retired carpenter and brick mason for the Walworth Co. He was a member of First Congregational Church and the Odd Fellows Lodge of Kewanee.

Surviving are the wife; one son, Clarence H. Jr., and one daughter, Mrs. Margaret Dragolovich, both of Kewanee; two grand children; one great-grand child, and two brothers, Emil and Frank, both of Frederick, Ill. He was preceded in death by his parents and four sisters.

Funeral services will be held at the Creamer Funeral Home Monday at 3 p.m. The Rev. John Queen, pastor of First Congregational Church, will officiate. Burial will be in Evergreen Memory Gardens.

Friends may call Sunday evening at the funeral home where the Odd Fellows service will be given at 8 p.m.

Source: Kewanee Star-Courier, Saturday, June 1, 1968

Contributed by Tracy Johnson

EMERY, Mrs. W.H.

Mrs. W. H. Emery, 91, altho a trifle better is critically ill. Members of the family were called and some of them remain with Mrs. Elma Bennett near their mother's bedside.

Source: Washington County Register (Kansas), Dec. 10, 1943


Mrs. W. H. Emory, 90, died at her home on East Fifth Street early Wednesday morning. Although born in Dunkirk, N.Y. on April 10, 1853, she was raised in Henry Co, Illinois from an early age. She came to Kansas in the early seventies to teach school in Brown County and she met and married on December 28, 1872 W. H. Emery.

Almost immediately they moved to Washington Co, and before Mr. Emery died on September 21, 1940 these pioneers had celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary, practically all of which was lived in Washington County.

Funeral services were held Friday, December 17 at the Christian Church, Rev. Lowell Renberger officiating. Burial was in Washington Cemetery.

Source: Washington County Register, (Kansas) Dec. 17, 1943

Contributed by Lynda Darby Ozinga


John Emmert, pioneer in Illinois and long time resident of Henry county, passed away at the old Emmert homestead in Colona last Thursday evening, May 18, 1916, at the advanced age of 83 years and 3 months. The cause of his death was Bright's disease, from which he had suffered for some time.

Mr. Emmert was born in Wiezenbach, Bavaria, Germany, February 19, 1833, and came to America when one year old with his parents, who settled in Pennsylvania. Later they came to Illinois and to this county, locating on a farm in the vicinity of Morristown. There the subject of this sketch was married to Miss Johanna Cochran on September 18, 1856. He enlisted as a volunteer in the regular army on September 18, 1861, and served throughout the Civil war, being honorably discharged on May 15, 1866. He was a member of Graham Post, G. A. R., of Moline.

Throughout his long residence in Henry county Mr. Emmert was held in the highest esteem. He was a good citizen, a devoted husband and father and a true friend. Many there are aside from the immediate relatives who mourn his passing.

Mrs. Emmert died at Colona March 14, 1914. Nine children survive. All were at the bedside of their father at the time of his death. They are George S. Emmert, of East Moline; William S. Emmert, of Silvis; Mrs. Mary Greko, of Moline; David M. Emmert, of Blue Island; Mrs. Mary Dwyer, of Blue Island, and Margaret Ellen, Charles F. and Frank Emmert and Mrs. Emma Vincent at home. There are also numerous other relatives, including two nephews, John P. Emmert of St. Joseph, Mo., and A. J. Emmert, of Rushville, Mo. Funeral services were held at the home of the deceased at Colona last Saturday afternoon in charge of Graham Post, G. A. R., of Moline. Interment was in the Colona cemetery.

SOURCE: Probably Geneseo Republic

SUBMITTED BY: Mary Margaret Jones


Van Engstrand, 79, a resident of Oakwood Health Care Center in Kewanee, formerly of Galva, died at 11:35 pm, tuesday, Feb 27, 2001 at Kewanee Hospital.

He was born Aug 8, 1921 in Henry County, to Charles L Engstrand & Flora M (Van Auken) Engstrand.

He is survived by several cousins and a former wife, Marsha Engstrand of Toulon. He was preceded in death by his parents and one infant daughter.

He graduated from Galva High School in 1939. He worked at Overbaugh's equipment in Galva and he had farmed over 30 years in the LaFayette area He was a member of the First Congregational Church in Galva.

Services were at 1:30 pm, Friday at Rux funeral Home in Galva. Visitation preced the service at 1 pm in the funeral home, burial was in Galva Cemetery.

Source: Galva News, 3/7/2001.

Contributed by Susan Fahnstrom