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Obituaries & Death Notices

MARKS, James


Veteran Moulder and Former Baseball Player Summoned Today

James Marks, 419 Rockwell street, lifelong resident of Kewanee, died at 12:15 today in St. Francis hospital where he was taken last Thursday. Death resulted from pneumonia and complications.

Mr. Marks was born in Kewanee Feb. 22, 1865, and was married to Rosana Jones who died April 15 of this year.

Surviving are two stepchildren, Mrs. Haydn Hendricks and Mrs. Martin Landergren, an adopted daughter, Mrs. Edward Beyer, a brother Robert Marks of Brimfield and nephews and nieces. A sister, Mrs. Anna Dent, preceded him in death.

For many years, Mr. Marks was a molder at the Kewanee Boiler corporation plant, and was the oldest member of the Molders union here at the time of his death.

"Banty" Marks was part and parcel of Kewanee baseball history. In his prime, he was a member of the old Kewanee Reds team which holds the unique distinction of having defeated the Chicago White Soxs in an exhibition game here. Other members of the team were "Jack" Wilson, Kewanee, and the late Dr. Dean D. Lewis who died a few days ago at Baltimore, Md.

Funeral services will be held at 2 o'clock Friday afternoon at Seifert and Smith funeral home where friends may call Thursday evening. Burial will be in Pleasant View cemetery.

Source: Kewanee Star-Courier, 14 Oct 1941

Contributed by Tracy Johnson


James Marks--Funeral services for James Marks were held Friday afternoon in Seifert and Smith funeral home. Elder J. P. Dutton of the Reorganized church of Jesus Christ, Galva, was in charge and Mrs. Fern Jones Lamb sang accompanied by Miss Mildred Patterson.

Bearers were from the Molders' Union of Kewanee Boiler Corporation, and included James Sheehan, J. Stead, Edward Keeney, Henry Heideman, Earl Peterson and Charles Packee. Burial was in South Pleasant View cemetery.

Members of the Molders union attened the service in a body.

Attending the funeral from out of town were Mr. and Mrs. Willard Lamb, Chicago; Mrs. Gladys (sic) Thompson, Des Moines; Mrs. Robert Marks of Brimfield; Mr. and Mrs. Charles Marks, Mr. and Mrs. Dungin, Brimfield.

Source: Kewanee Star-Courier, Saturday Oct. 18, 1941

Contributed by Tracy Johnson

MARKS, Rosannah Lamb Jones

Mrs. James Marks

Mrs. James Marks, 419 Rockwell street, died at her home at 11:55 Tuesday, April 15. She had been in poor health for some time.

Rose Ann (sic) Lamb, the daughter of William and Rose Ann (sic) Lamb, was born August 4, 1868, in Kewanee. She was married to David W. Jones in 1887 and he died in 1902. To this union were born two daughters, Lizzie, Mrs. Martin Landergren; and Ethel, Mrs. Hayden Hendricks, both of Kewanee, who also survive.

On August 1, 1903, she was married to James Marks, who survives with one daughter, Rose, Mrs. Edward Beyer.

Also surviving are two brothers, William and Joseph H. Lamb, four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. The parents, three brothers and three sisters preceded her in death.

Mrs. Marks was a member of the Latter Day Saints church.

Funeral services will be held at 2:30 Friday afternoon from the Seifert and Smith funeral home. Friends may call at the funeral home from 7 to 9 o'clock Thursday evening.

Source: Kewanee Star Courier, Wed., 16 Apr 1941

Contributed by: Susie Martin-Rott

[note: both she and her mother were named Rosannah, not Rose Ann.]

Funeral service for Mrs. James Marks was held Friday afternoon at Seifert and Smith funeral home with Elder Edward Jones in charge. Mrs. Fern Jones was vocal soloist.

Bearers were Ed Beyer, Kenneth Landergren, Henry and Willard Lamb, John Dent and Arthur Law.

Burial was in South Pleasant View cemetery. Women of the Moose attended the service in a body.

Attending from out of town were Miss Mary Jane Bradwell of Chicago; Joseph Maynard and Esther Maynard, Chicago; Galydis Lamb Thompson, Des Moines, Iowa; Mrs. Charles Marks, Brimfield; Mrs. Ted Dungan, Brimfield; Mr. and Mrs. Willard Lamb, Chicago.

Source: Kewanee Star Courier, Sat., 19 Apr 1941

Contributed by: Susie Martin-Rott

MARTIN, Alice Woodward


Columbus Junction--The funeral rites for Mrs. Thomas Martin, 612, who died at her home in Fredonia Thursday, will be held at the residence at 1:30 p.m. Sunday with the Rev. C. H. Hiller, Methodist pastor, in charge. Burial will be in Lone Tree cemetery.

The former Alice Woodward, she was born in Kewanee, Ill., Sept. 14, 1879 and was married to Thomas Martin 45 years ago.

Surviving are her husband, eight sons, John of Lone Tree, Harold, William, Thomas and Kenneth of Muscatine; Arthur of Dixon, Ill; Eugene of Letts and Cecil at home; five daughters, Mrs. Elza Hamilton of Conesville; Mrs. Glen Yotter of Iowa City, Mrs. Frances Minear (sic) and Mrs. Donald Curry of Muscatine, and Elza (sic) at home; her father Richard Woodward of Kewanee, Ill; one brother Dewey Woodward of Moline and three sisters, Mrs. Bertha Harding (sic) of Kewanee, Mrs. Anna Bryner of Lorraine, O., and Mrs. Boyer of Salina, Kas.

Source: Muscatine Journal, Muscatine IA; 15 Mar 1941

Contributed by: Susie Martin-Rott, (her granddaughter)

[Notes: Mrs. Frances Minear should read Mrs. Francis Miner; Elza should read Elizabeth; Harding should be Hardy. Alice was daughter of Richard & Eliza Lamb Woodward]

MARTIN, Eliza Jane Atkinson

Eliza Jane Atkinson, daughter of Abraham and Mary Ann Atkinson was born at Kewanee, Ill., November 18, 1866, and departed this life April 24, 1924, at the age of 58 years, 5 months and 6 days after an illness of a short duration.

She was united in marriage with John Martin, November 24, 1887.

She joined the Reorganized church of Jesus Christ at an early age and was ever faithful to that faith.

Mr. and Mrs. Martin are early settlers of the community, having come to this country in 1888.

To them were born four children: Alice, who died when a child, Harry and Edith at home, and Mrs. Woodson Hurst. Deceased leaves to mourn her departure her husband, three children, two grandchildren, Elga Mae and Meredith Hurst; one brother George A. Horner of Kewanee, Ill., one sister, Mrs. W.A. France of Lamoni and a favorite niece, Florence Barnett, wo was loved as one of her own, all who were present at her bedside.

Mrs. Martin was loved by all her neighbors and was ever ready to help any of them in time of need. As a member of the Iowa-Missouri club she will be greatly missed from the circle, and remembered as a fond loving mother, faithful companion, and true neighbor who has gone to reap the reward awaiting her. Funeral services from the home Sunday afternoon by David Keown, sermon by T.J. Bell. Remains laid to rest in Rose Hill.

Unknown newspaper, probably Lamoni IA

Contributed by: Susie Martin-Rott

[Note: George Horner of Kewanee was her 1/2 brother.]

MARTIN, George

George Martin, son of William Martin and Martha Tucker Martin was born Sept. 7, 1866 in Kewanee, Ill. and died April 9, 1948, at the age of 81 years, seven months and three days.

He spent his childhood and youth in Kewanee where he worked in the mines, but he came to Lamoni in manhood where he was married to Bertha Garland (on the place where they later lived) in June 1878. For some years thereafter, they resided in Kewanee, Ill. where there was born to them one son, Paul, who died in infancy.

Leaving Kewanee, George and Bertha Martin moved to Lamoni, where he purchased the farm upon which he lived most of the rest of his life. To them, here, was born one daughter, Helen.

In January of this year, 1948, he was preceded in death by his wife, and his health, already failing, perhaps received an additional setback by this, and on Sunday, April 4, he was taken to the Decatur County Hospital, where he died at about midnight, Friday night.

He leaves to mourn one daughter, Helen Harrington, his son-in-law, Marion E. Harrington, a granddaughter, Dixie Lynne, one brother, Tom, of near Lone Tree, a nephew, Harry Martin and many other nephews and nieces.

Unknown source, probably Lamoni IA newspaper.

Contributed by: Susie Martin-Rott

MARTIN, Harold

MUSCATINE, Iowa -- Harold Martin, 94, Muscatine, died Wednesday, July 17, 2002, at Lutheran Homes.

Services are 1 p.m. Friday at Hillcrest Baptist Church, 1613 Bidwell Road. Burial will be at Muscatine Memorial Park Cemetery.

Visitations are 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. today at Nichols Chapel Hill Funeral Home and Crematory in Muscatine and noon until service time Friday at the church. Memorials may be made to the Lutheran Homes Activities Department, 2421 Lutheran Drive, Muscatine, IA 52761.

Mr. Martin was born on June 14, 1908, in Kewanee, Ill., the son of Thomas and Rose (sic) Woodward Martin. He married Pearl Atkins on Oct. 2, 1934, in Davenport.

He and his wife resided at 409 Clay St. from 1942 until they moved to Lutheran Homes in 2001.

He worked as a millwright for Huttig Manufacturing from 1939 until retiring in 1978.

He was a member of Hillcrest Baptist Church, formerly the Lincoln Boulevard Baptist Church, where he taught Sunday school for 43 years. He also served as the Sunday school superintendent and was a deacon of the church. He enjoyed taking road trips and traveling with his wife. He was devoted to his church and loved his entire family.

Survivors include his wife; three sons, Harry Martin and his wife, Claudette, of Moscow, H. Frank Martin and his wife, Claire, of Muscatine and Eugene Martin and his wife, Betty, of Pinkard, Ala.; a daughter, Jennie Wilson and her husband, Vernon Wilson Sr. of Muscatine; 16 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; eight great-great-grandchildren; two brothers, William Martin of Grandview and Arthur Martin of North Liberty; a sister, Elizabeth Keefe (sic) and her husband, Charles, of Scottsdale, Ariz.; and a sister-in-law, Elsie Martin of Orlando, Fla.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a daughter and son-in-law, Martha and Mike Hute in 1966.

Source: Muscatine Journal, Muscatine IA; 18 Jul 2002

Submitted by: Susie Martin-Rott

[Note: Keefe should read Keef]


MARTIN.--At Kewanee, Illinois, March 2nd, 1880, of scarlet fever, Hiram, son of Bro. James and Sarah A. Martin, aged 2 years, 1 month and 21 days.

Source: Saints Herald, Lamoni Iowa, Volume 28 p 243

Submitted by: Susie Martin-Rott

[son of Henry James (aka James Henry) Martin & Sarah Atkinson]

MARTIN, James Henry

James Henry, eldest child of William and Martha Martin, was born in Staffordshire, England, Feb. 28, 1855, and passed away August 24, 1933, at his home in Lamoni, Iowa.

When but a young child he came with his parents to America, locating in Kewanee, Ill. While there he met and later married Sarah Ann Atkinson on Feb. 7, 1877, to which union seven children were born, two dying in infancy, and William, the eldest son, in the fall of 1918. His wife preceded him in death in Oct., 1911.

In 1881 he moved to Lamoni and he lived and made his home here continuously ever since.

On Oct. 12, 1913, he was married to Mrs. Emma Goode, who has been his faithful companion to the end.

Deceased united with the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints when he was but a young man in Ill. Later he was ordained to the office of priest and was always a very active and faithful worker.

With his widow he leaves to mourn the loss of a devoted and loving father, his children, Mrs. Martha Keen, Clarence, and Mrs. Ruth Hammer, of Lamoni, and James A. of Marseilles, Ill; three brothers, John and George of Lamoni, Thomas of Iowa City; also one sister, Mrs. Martha Tucker of Kewanee, eleven grandchildren and hosts of friends.

Funeral services were held from the White Funeral Home Saturday (rest is missing)

Source: Unknown Newspaper, probably in Lamoni IA

Submitted by: Susie Martin-Rott

[Note: was christened as Henry James Martin; is listed on 1880 census in Kewanee as Henry; appears to have begun using James as first name after relocating to Lamoni IA.]


John Martin, second son of William and Mary (sic) Martin, was born August 29, 1858 (sic) in Kewanee, Ill., and departed this life Dec. 6, 1946 at the age of 88 years, 3 months and 8 days.

His early life was spent in coal-mining in Kewanee, Ill., but in 1886 he came to Lamoni to engage in farming. He returned to Kewanee where he was married to Eliza Jane Atkinson on Thanksgiving Day, November 25, 1887. The following spring he returned to Lamoni, bringing his bride to the farm previously prepared by him. He resided on this same farm for 60 years and was active in this occupation up to just a short time before his death.

To this union four children were born, Alice, who died in 1896, Harry, of the home, Nellie (Mrs. Woodson Hurst), and Edith who passed away in October, 1932.

After the loss of his companion in 1925, he continued in his home with his daughter Edith and son Harry until the death of Edith. Since then he and Harry have lived alone.

He was known as a man of sterling character, honest and upright in all his dealings, and a lover of justice and good principle.

He was very devoted to his family and during his long residence here made countless friends, many of whom have now passed on, and he often said he was one of the last of the "pioneers" of Lamoni.

He leaves to mourn two children, Harry and Mrs. Woodson Hurst, and two grandchildren, Mrs. Elga Grant of Blythedale, Mo., and Merideth Hurst, also one great-grandchild, Nellie Jane Grant. He has two remaining brothers, George of Lamoni, and Thomas of Muscatine, besides a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

Services were held with Elder C.E. Harpe in charge and burial was made in Rosehill beside his wife.

Source and date of publication not known; believed to be from Lamoni IA newspaper

Contributed by: Susie Martin-Rott

[Mary Martin should read Martha Martin; family records indicate John born 29 Aug 1860 in Kewanee; census records show his age as 10 in 1870]


Lone Tree--Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Sorden's Funeral Home in Lone Tree for John Martin, 76. Mr. Martin died Sunday at the University Hospital in Iowa City.

Officiating will be Rev. Roy Shaunessy. Burial will be in the Lone Tree Cemetery. Visitation will be after 1 p.m. today at the funeral home.

John Martin was born Oct. 13, 1899, in Kewanee, Ill., the son of Thomas and Alice Woodward Martin. His marriage to Merle A. Schreffler took place Jan. 28, 1922, in Bethany, Mo. He was a farmer and had lived all his life in Lone Tree.

Survivors include two sons; Herman and Buford, both of Lone Tree; five brothers, Tom Martin of Haskins, Art Martin of North Liberty, Eugene of Orlando, Fla., Bill Martin of Grandview, and Harold Martin of Muscatine; four sisters, Myrtle Hamilton of Conesville, Alice Yotter of West Liberty, Vesta Nelsonn of Orlando, FLa., and Elizabeth Keef of Omaha, Neb; and two grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, two brothers, one sister and one great grandchild.

Source: Muscatine Journal, date not known

Contributed by: Susie Martin-Rott

MARTIN, Martha L. Tucker

MARTIN.--Martha Tucker was born in Staffordshire, England, May 25, 1838. In 1855 was married to William Martin in England, who preceded her in death in 1887. She died at her home in Kewanee, Illinois, March 3. The following sons and daughters survive her: James, John and George Martin of Lamoni, Iowa; Thomas Martin of Blythedale, Missouri; Mrs. James Tucker, Mrs Fred Lyons and Mrs Joseph Lamb, of Kewanee, Illinois; also thirty grandchildren and eight great great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held in the Carpenter and Cavanagh chapel as the heating plant at the church is being repaired. Sermon by D. J. Williams.

Source: Saints Herald, Lamoni Iowa, April 2, 1919

Submitted by: Susie Martin-Rott

[Note: Martha TUCKER Martin was born in Dudley, Worcestershire, England.]


Resident of Vicinty for Sixty-two Years Dies of Infirmities of Age

Mrs. Martha Martin, for sixty-two years a resident of Kewanee township, died at her home, two and one half miles from Kewanee on the Cambridge Road, at 6 o'clock Monday evening. Mrs. Martin had been ill but a few days, and her death occurred as a result of the infirmaties of old age.

Martha Tucker was born in Staffordshire, England, May 25, 1939 and at the time of her death she lacked but a few weeks of being eighty-one years old. In 1855 she was married to William Martin, the ceremony being performed in England. To the union were born eleven children, three of whom passed away in infancy. Another son, William, died in Independence, Mo. in 1911, at the age of forty-five. Mr. Martin died in 1887. The children who survive their parents are James, John and George Martin, Lamoni, Ia; Thomas Martin, Blythedale, Mo; Mrs. James Tucker, Mrs. Fred Lyons and Mrs. Joseph Lamb, all of Kewanee. There are also thirty grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Martin came to Illinois sixty-three years ago, and a year later she moved to Kewanee township, where she made her home for the remainder of her days. All of this time the Martin home has been on the farm in Section 20, on the Cambridge Road. Here the family was raised and friends were formed with the people of teh neighborhood which lasted as long as life itself.

In 1874 Mrs. Martin united with the Latter Day Saints' church and she was active in the work of the church as long as her strength permitted.

Funeral services will be held in the Carpenter and Cavanagh chapel at 2 o'clock Thursday afternoon. Burial will be in the Kewanee Cemetery.

It had been planned to hold the services in the Latter Day Saints' church, but owing to the condition of the roads, and the difficulty in heating the church, it was found necessary to make other arrangements.

Source: Kewanee Star Courier, p 1 20 Mar 1919

Contributed by: Susie Martin-Rott, great granddaughter of Martha Tucker Martin, with thanks to Tracy Johnson who found it by accident! Thanks Tracy!!

[Note: On 1910 Census Martha was listed as age 77, a widow, listed with 7 children of 12 living. Her obituary indicates 11 children total born, in contrast to the census record.]

MARTIN, Sarah Alice

At Lamoni, Decatur Co., Iowa, July 2, 1881, of affection of the brain and spine, Sarah Alice, only child of Bro. James and Sr. Sarah A. Martin, aged 1 year, 9 months and 4 days. Funeral sermon at the house of Bro. Martin by Elder Gary Hart, assisted by Elders D.W. Strong and _ P. Dillen.

Source: Saints Herald, Volume 28 p 243

Contributed by: Susie Martin-Rott

MARTIN, Sarah Ann Atkinson

Mrs. Sarah A. Martin, wife of Mr. James Martin, died at their home in town on October 12, 1911, at the age of 59 years. The family came from Kewanee, Illinois, to this county in 1881, and have purchased and occupied various farms since then, and their home for some time has been south of the Evergreen church, but they have a house in town where Mrs. Martin chanced to be when she was taken worse and died. She had been ill over two years.

Besides the husband left to mourn after nearly thirty-five years of wedded life, there are three sons and two daughters, all residents of Lamoni and Evergreen, and good and worthy citizens.

Mrs. Martin united with the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ when she was nineteen years old, and she lived a consistent life as wife, mother and follower of Christ.

The funeral was held on Sunday afternoon. The Saints' Church was filled with people from Lamoni and Evergreen, and nearly forty teams were in the procession to the cemetery. John Smith had charge, R.M. Elvin offered prayer at the house and church, and H.A. Stebbins preached the sermon. Prayer at the grave by John Smith.

Source: undated and undocumented; most likely Lamoni IA newspaper, Oct 1911

Contributed by: Susie Martin-Rott

MARTIN, Thomas

Thomas Martin Taken By Death; Rites Thursday

Lone Tree---Thomas Martin, 79, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Elza Hamilton, at Conesville at 1:30 a.m. today.

Mr. Martin was a retired farmer and had lived most of his life in Louisa County. He married Alice Woodward at Kewanee, Ill. on Sept. 24, 1907.

Surviving are the following children: John Martin, Lone Tree; Mrs. Elza Hamilton, Conesville; Mrs. Glen Yotter, Lone Tree; Harold, Bill and Kennith (sic) Martin and Mrs. Erwin Doerres(sic), all of Muscatine; Tom Martin, Letts; Arthur Martin, Iowa City; Eugene Martin, West Liberty; Cecil Martin, Peoria, Ill., Mrs. Charles Keys(sic), Omaha. Thirty-eight grandchildren and six great grandchildren also survive. His wife and one daughter preceded him in death.

Funeral services will be conducted at the Evangelical and Reformed church here at 2 p.m. Thursday. Burial will be in the Lone Tree cemetery under the direction of the Sorden and Adams Funeral home.

Source: Muscatine Journal, Muscatine IA Oct 26, 1949

Contributed by: Susie Martin-Rott (his granddaughter)

[Note: Erwin Doerres should read Irwin DeVore and Keys should be Keef; Thomas was born in Kewanee 20 Sep 1870.]

MARTIN, Thomas

AINSWORTH-Thomas Martin, 87, died Thursday, October 15, 1998 at Washington County Hospital.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at the Jones Eden Funeral Home in Washington. The Rev Ralph Draper will officiate. Burial will be at Indian Creek Cemetery in Columbus Junction. Visitation will start at noon Sunday, family visitation will be from 2-4 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.

Mr. Martin was born Oct. 25, 1910 in Kewanee, Ill, the son of Thomas and Alice Woodward Martin. He married Denia Krantz on May 16, 1939 in Kahoka, Mo.

He was educated in Trenton, Mo. He owned and operated the Salvage Yard in Haskins.

Survivors include his wife Denia Martin of Ainsworth; four daughters, Charlotte Starr of Muscatine; Alice Martin of Ainsworth; Judy Snider of Muscatine; Sheryl Herlien of Ottumwa; two sons Thomas and John both of Washington; 16 grandchildren; three great grandchildren; three brothers, Bill Martin of Grandview; Harold Martin of Muscatine; Arthur Martin of North Liberty; a sister Elizabeth O'Keefe of Phoenix, Ariz.

Source: Muscatine Journal, Muscatine IA October 1998

Contributed by: Susie Martin-Rott

[O'Keefe should be Keef; Tom was briefly married prior to his marriage to Denia. Charlotte Starr is his daughter from that marriage.]

MARTIN, William

Near Kewanee, Illinois, December 17, 1887, of dropsy and heart disease Bro. William Martin. He was born September 8th, 1831 at Allgreen, England and was baptized by H.C. Bronson, May 25th, 1875. He leaves a wife and a large family of children to mourn his death. Bro. John Chisnall administered words of consolation.

Among the number dead
In rank and file
May peace attend his bed,
In sleep awhile.
His weeping kindred left behind,
May they a friend in Jesus find,
Eternal, everlasting, kind--Amen.

Source: Saints Herald, 1888:48, Lamoni Iowa

Submitted by: Susie Martin-Rott, great granddaughter of Wm & Martha Tucker Martin

[Note: Correct name of town of birth is Hall Green.]

William Martin died at his home north of Kewanee of paralysis, Dec. 17, aged 56 years. He was an old resident having settled here in 1856 (sic). The funeral took place at the residence Sunday afternoon.

Source: Kewanee Courier, Wed, 21 Dec 1887

Contributed by Susie Martin-Rott

[There is some question as to when William first came to the US. Most reports show him first arriving in 1859, with his wife and son arriving later. It is clear they were in Kewanee by 1862. He is buried in the Old Kewanee City Cemetery. His marker is illegible but after 5 years of trying, I have determined by doing a tombstone rubbing which marker it is.]

MARTIN, William


Former Kewanee Man Meets Death by Accident at Independence, Mo.

Word was received in Kewanee yesterday that William Martin, formerly of this city and the son of Mrs. Martha Martin residing on North Main street was struck by a train and instantly killed at Independence, Mo., where he had been making his home for the past five years. Mr. Martin was born and raised in Kewanee leaving here to accept a position in Independence, Mo., about five years ago.

Works for Railroad.

Little is known regarding the accident as the only news received here was through the telegram which merely stated that he had been killed by a train. Mr. Martin has been employed as a section foreman for a railroad company of late at Independence and it is thought that it was while at work that he met his death.

Many Relatives Here.

He leaves a wife and two children and his mother Mrs. Martha Martin of this city; a brother Thomas Martin and three sisters: Mrs. Joe Lamb residing on North Main street; Mrs. James Tucker who resides in the county northwest of Kewanee, and Mrs. Rose Lyons also of this city. While in Kewanee, Mr. Martin was employed as a coal miner.

Burial at Independence.

The funeral was held this morning at Independence, Mo., at Eleven o'clock and interment was at one of the cemeteries of that city. Thomas Martin of this city, his brother, left last evening on the 9:12 o'clock train for Independence to attend the funeral.

Source: Kewanee Star Courier, 13 Apr 1911

Submitted by: Susie Martin-Rott


William Morton (sic), a section hand in the employ of the Chicago & Alton Railway company was run down and killed by the "Red Hummer," a passenger train near Independence at 730 o'clock this morning. Morton was married and lived near the Chicago & Alton depot at Independence.

Source: Independence Examiner, Independence MO April 12, 1911

Submitted by: Susie Martin-Rott


William Martin Working for Chicago & Alton Killed by Red Hummer Tuesday

William Martin a laborer was instantly killed Tuesday morning by a Chicago & Alton train. He was a member of a section gang working out of Independence. The accident occurred a quarter of a mile west of the station. Martin and the others went to work at 7 o'clock Tuesday morning.

They were repairing the track. At 7:30 the Red Hummer from Chicago came through from the east. Arthur Jones the section foreman, says he warned Martin to get out of the way of the train but either misunderstood or else waited a little too late to get out of reach of danger.

As the train passed through at the rate of about 30 miles an hour it struck Martin. He was thrown or carried a distance of 70 feet. The body fell into a ditch at the south side of the track, where it remained till brought up town.

The right side of Martin's head was so badly injured that his brains oozed out as he lay on the ground. Both of his legs were broken and he was otherwise injured. It is believed that death was instantaneous. His horror stricken associates who had seen him only a few minutes before alive and well and in good spirits notified Chief of Police R. L. Combs and he called the county coroner in Kansas City. Two hours after the accident, the body was brought up town and taken to the undertaking room of Ott & Company.

Martin was about 43 years old. A wife and two children survive him. His home was on West Stone street. He had been working for the Chicago & Alton railroad since last February. He is said to have been a man of steady habits and his associates know of no good reason why he should have misunderstood or disregarded the warning said to have been given him of the approach of the train.

The county coroner will come down this afternoon to view the body and decide whether an inquest will be necessary or not.

Source: Independence Examiner, Independence MO; April 12, 1911

Submitted by: Susie Martin-Rott


Sole Cause of Death of William Martin Section Laborer Says Coroners Jury.

That the death of William Martin Wednesday morning was due entirely to negligence on his own part was the verdict of a coroner's jury after listening to evidence in the case at the county court room Friday morning.

Martin a section laborer, for the Chicago & Alton railway was instantly killed by the west bound "Red Hummer" from Chicago at 730 in the morning, a quarter of a mile west of the Independence station.

The evidence showed that Arthur Jones, the section foreman, warned Martin of the approach of the train but that he remained too long dangerously near the main track. Funeral services for Martin were held Thursday and the body was buried in the city cemetery.

Source: Independence Examiner, Independence MO, Friday, April 14, 1911

Submitted by: Susie Martin-Rott

MARTIN, William "Bill"

GRANDVIEW, Iowa - William "Bill" Martin, 93, Grandview, died Dec. 2, 2002, at the Washington County Hospital, Washington.

Services are 1:30 p.m. Thursday at the Stacy-Lewis Funeral Home, Columbus Junction. Burial will be at Grandview Cemetery, Muscatine.

Visitation is 3-7 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. A memorial has been established at the funeral home.

Mr. Martin was born July 31, 1909, in Kewanee, Ill., the son of Thomas and Alice Woodward Martin. He was married to Margaret Cardwell for 20 years and to Betty Franklin for 41years.

He was an U.S. Navy veteran, serving during World War II.

He was a truck driver for 50 years and the last 11 years he worked for Bell's Ready Mix, Columbus Junction. He retired from trucking in 1971. He also worked on the farm for Wayne Reed.

Survivors include two daughters, Shirley Martin of Grandview and Carol Richardson and husband Bob of Letts; five grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; a brother, Arthur Martin of North Liberty; and a sister, Elizabeth Keef of Scottsdale, Ariz.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two wives; two sons, Vernon and Carroll Martin; a daughter, Joyce Carpenter; a grandson, Larry Edwards; brothers, Harold, Tom, Cecil, Kenneth, John and Eugene Martin; and sisters, Myrtle, Alice, Vesta and Lorene.

Source: Muscatine IA Journal, 04 Dec 2002

Submitted by: Susie Martin-Rott

MASENGARB, Catherine

Geneseo --Mrs. Catherine Masengarb died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Fred Haack in this city, at midnight last Tuesday. Deceased was born Dec. 25, 1817, at Lauderbach, Baden, Germany. About twelve years ago she came to this country, where some of her children have preceded her, and has since made her home among them. Her death was caused by the infirmities of age. She is mourned by three sons and five daughters, all but two of her children surviving her. The funeral will be held at 2 o'clock Friday afternoon at the German Lutheran church of which she is a member. Rev. E. Heineman will conduct the funeral service.

[Note--Of the children, John Masengarb and Mrs. Haack reside here.]

Contributed by Sue Williams

MASENGARB, John Nicholas


Came Here from Germany at Age 16. Was a Cement Contractor For Many Years.

John Masengarb, aged 81, died at his home, 543 East Park street, at 8:00 am Monday, March 29, 1937, following a stroke which he suffered a week ago.

John Nicholas Masengarb was born March 26, 1856, in Heddensheim, Baden Germany, and came to the United States with his sister in 1872, settling in Geneseo. On Dec. 13, 1878, he was married to Miss Rosina Schweninger of Geneseo, and to this union were born eight children, three sons and five daughters. He engaged in the cement contracting business which he followed for many years, retiring ___ years ago on account of poor health. He was a member of the Concordia Lutheran church and held a number of offices in that church.

Surviving are four daughters, Miss Marie Masengarb, and Mrs. Emma Reinking at home, Mrs. Minnie Nash of Galva and Miss Louise Masengarb of Chicago; two sons, Andrew of Br__ton, S. Dak., and William of Moline; two sisters, Mrs. Dena Haack of Geneseo and Mrs. Eva Weiss of Calamus, Iowa; 26 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Mrs. Masengarb preceded him in death Nov. 9, 1911. A son, John, and a daughter, M__ Katherine Kirsch, also preceded him in death.

Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock in the residence, and at 2:30 in Concordia Lutheran church with the Rev. H. J. Elling officiating. Pallbearers were nephews, Herman Haack, Herman Eichhorn, Richard Whitted, Emil Munter, Fred Masengarb, and Fred Carlson. Burial was in Oakwood cemetery.


Geneseo, March 30.--Funeral services for John N. Masengarb, 81, resident of Geneseo most of his life, who died at 8 yesterday morning following a paralytic stroke a week before, will be at 2 tomorrow afternoon in the home at 543 East Park street and at 2:30 in Concordia Lutheran church. The Rev. H. J. Elling, pastor, will officiate. Burial will be in Oakwood cemetery.


The funeral services of John Masengarb held last week were attended by a large number of relatives and friends. The last rites were conducted by Rev. H. J. Elling at Concordia Lutheran church where the deceased was a member. Mrs. Alice Greene rendered a solo. Pallbearers were Herman Haack, Herman Eichhorn, Richard Whitted, Fred Masengarb, Fred Carlson and Emil Munter.

Those from out of town attending the services were:

Chicago- Miss Louise Masengarb and Walter Christie.

Galva-Mr. and Mrs. Burdette Nash and children, Lorin, Arlo and Jared, Miss Helen Michaels.

Moline-Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Masengarb, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Masengarb, Mrs. Wm. Thompson, Mrs. Ethel Griffin.

East Moline-Carl Dralle, Mr. and Mrs. Ben Wallace.

Rockford-Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Masengarb.

Forest Park, Ill-E. M. Kirsch, Edwin and Roland Kirsch, Miss Gertrude Kirsch.

Hinsdale-Mrs. Edwin Kirsch.

Calamus, Iowa-Mrs. August Weiss, Miss Elizabeth Weiss.

Grand Mound, Iowa-Mr. and Mrs. Fred Weiss, Mr. and Mrs. Virgil Reynolds.

East Peoria-Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Frey, Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Schmidt.

Peoria-Peter Frey.

Mossville, Ill.-Mr. and Mrs. Ted Gormiller, Mr. J. P. Harker, Mr. and Mrs. S. Harker.

Rome, Ill.-Mrs. Mary Droll.

Colona-Mr. and Mrs. James Ellingsworth.

Cambridge-Anson Nash.

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McLEESE, Henry Wilson

Henry Wilson McLeese, son of Mr. and Mrs. James McLeese, was born at Fallington, PA on May 30, 1857. After an illness of more than six months, he died at his home in Cambridge of January 28, 1932, at the age of 74 years, 7 months and 25 days.

The first nineteen years of his life was spent in Pennsylvania, after which he moved to Henry County, Illinois. He spent many years farming around Orion, twelve years in Iowa and fifteen years in Cambridge. On December 3 1884, he was married to Miss Ida Dyal of near Orion. Eight children five boys and three girls, were born to this union. Thus there many opportunities to show those qualities of character that represent the true husband and father in a large family. He was also a loyal friend and good neighbor. For many years he had expressed a Christian faith, being a member first of the United Brethen church, and then joining the Baptist churchin 1909. He was a member of our local Baptist church at the time of his death.our local Baptist church at the time of his death.

Of his immediate family there remain his wife, Mrs. Ida McLeese of Cambridge: eight children, Myron L. of Rock Island, Clarence E., of Galesburg, Walter H., of Bloomington, Mrs. Fred Grider of Cambridge, Mrs Ben Clark of Geneseo, Ralph K., Fayette, Iowa, Mrs. Frank Gilmore of Cambridge, and A. Robert of Victor, Iowa; twenty-four grandchildren and one great grandchild. These with a host of friends, will greatly miss him.

The Rev. L. B. Matthews pastor of the Baptist church, officiated at the services in the McLeese home yesterday. A men's quartet composed of G.W. Rogers, F.B. Hadley, A.W Alsen and H. L. Poppleton sang several appropriate selections.

Pallbearers were John and James McCahon, Charles Zook, Sam Wilson, M. J. Smith and Henry Cordrey, Burial was in the Orion Cemetery.

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McLEESE, Ida Dyal

Ida M'Leese Of Cambridge Dies

Passes at Age 79; Funeral Rites Will Be Held Tomorrow

Cambridge, Feb. 27-Mrs. Ida McLeese, 79, died in her home in Cambridge yesterday afternoon. She had been ill since last May.

Mrs. McLeese was born Oct. 1, 1861, near Cambridge, the daughter of Amos and Isabel Dyal. She was married to Henry McLeese at Orion on Dec. 3, 1884. For the last twenty-three years she has lived in Cambridge. She was a member of the Baptist church.

Survivors are five sons, Myron of Palmyra, Ill., Clarence of Galesburg, Walter of Bloomington, Ralph of Fayette, Ia., Robert of West Union, Ia; three daughters, Mrs Isabelle Clark of Geneseo, Mrs Hazel Gilmore and Mrs Bertha Grider of Cambridge; twenty-seven grandchildren and fourteen great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held in the Cambridge Baptist church at 1 tomorrow afternoon with the Rev. J. M. Jones officiating. Burial will be in Western cemetery at Orion.

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Mrs. Ida McLeese

Cambridge, March 1. - Funeral services for Mrs. Ida McLeese were held in the Cambridge Baptist church yesterday afternoon at 1, with the Rev. J. M. Jones officiating. Song service was rendered by Dorothy Long and Mrs. Glenn Sherrard accompanied by James Hadley at the organ. Pallbearers were George Rogers, Glenn Sherrard, Eben Coll. Julius Poppy, O.W. Sandquist and Wilford Nelson. Burial was in Western cemetery at Orion. -three years she has lived in Cambridge. She was a member of the Baptist church.

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MILLER, John Adam

John Adam Miller, whose serious injury caused by his falling from his wagon Saturday, Oct. 19th, was reported in these columns last week, died at 4 a.m. Sunday, Oct 27th, 1895, having never regained full consciousness after the injury. He was aged 66 years and three months.

Deceased was a native of the province of Loraine, France, born in Department DeBoria, July 16th, 1829. When he was aged four years his parents emigrated to America, settling at Buffalo, N.Y., and a few years later coming to Illinois, locating at Des Plaines, Cook county, when Chicago was as we have often heard him tell, a waste of brush and sandhills having few inhabitants except Indians and wild animals.

In 1847 he came to Portland, Whiteside county, and except for a few years residence at Des Plaines again after his marriage, he has resided in Geneseo and in this vicinity. The first meal the publisher of the Republic ever ate in Geneseo was at his home in the spring of 1857. He then resided on the corner now ovned by Dr. R.H. antes.

He was married June 16th. 1851, to Miss Veronica Rink, who, with seven children of that union, survives to mourn his death. The children, all of whom were at his bedside when death's summons came, are Mrs. Clara Brown, of Fairbury, Neb.; John N., of Yorktown; Mrs. Mary P. Rickel, Mrs. Anna C. Baker, George H., Frank A. and William L., of Geneseo. There also survive of his family his brother John and Mrs. Catherine Rice, of Colorado, and Mrs. Mary Luther, of Iowa.

Mr. Miller was a man of sunny disposition; industry and integrity. He carried his three score years lightly and his mental and bodily vigor gave promise of many years to come of happy and useful life had not accident intervened. His family most keenly feel the loss that has fallen upon them, and they have the sympathy of the wide circle of friends that knew and highly respected him. Funeral services were held at Grace church Tuesday at 10 a.m., Rev. H. Moser officiating, and his remains were tenderly laid at rest in the old cemetery beside those of his kindred gone before.

Source: Geneseo Republic, 1 Nov 1895

Submitted by: Brenda Busing

MILLER, Veronica Rinck

Mrs. Veronica Miller, nee Rinck, whose demise at the home of her daughter, Mrs. J.H. Rickel, was briefly chronicled in these columns last week, was a native of Warren, Warren Co., Pa., born July 7th, 1832. Her death took place July 20th, 1899, making her age 67 years and 13 days.

When she was but five years old her parents emigrated to Whiteside county, where they were among the earliest pioneers. Her marriage with John Adam Miller took place June 16th, 1851, and they were companions in life's journey till his death, Oct. 27th, 1895. They were blessed with ten children, seven of whom survive her--Mrs. Mary P. Rickel, of this city; Mrs. Kate Baker, residing north of town; Mrs. Clara Brown, of Fairbury, Neb.; George, of this city; Frank of Sharon; John and William, of HoopPole. A brother and sister also survive her--Frank Rinck and Mrs. Catherine Barnhart, both of this city. She had 27 living grandchildren, and hosts of friends mourn with these relatives, over her death. She was a good mother, wife and neighbor and a sincere christian.

Her conversion dated from her nineteenth year and she remained through her long life a zealous helper in church work, being at the time of her death a member of Grace Evangelical church. Funeral services were conducted by her pastor, assisted by Rev. W.B. Rifling, at Grace church at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 23d. Pastor Unangst paid a touching tribute, and the service was very largely attended.

Source: Geneseo Republic, 28 July 1899

Submitted by: Brenda Busing

MOON, Bertha "Mae" Hardy

ANNAWAN--Mae Moon, 87, of Annawan, died Saturday, July 1, 2000, at her home.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Annawan Community United Methodist Church with Rev. Terry Lancaster officiating. Burial will be in Annawan Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Stackhouse-Moore Funeral Services, Annawan, with an Eastern Star service at 7:30 p.m. Memorials may be made to the Annawan-Alba Rescue unit or to the Annawan Senior Citizens.

She was born May 28, 1913, in Kewanee, the daughter of James and Bertha Hardy. She married Harold E. Moon on April 19, 1930, in Kewanee. He died July 5, 1991.

Mrs. Moon had worked as a cook at Annawan Grade School from 1957 until her retirement in 1973. She was a member of Annawan Community Church, Sheffield Order of Eastern Star and the former Annawan Mothers of World War II. She was avolunteer at the Annawan Senior Citizens luncheons for many years. She enjoyed bowling, playing cards and bingo.

Survivors include a daughter Kay (Dennis) Felderman, Bettendorf, Iowa; six grandchildren and spouses, Brian and Linda Moon, Stone Mountain, Ga., Brenda and Patrick Weston, Kewanee, Shonda and Luke Besse, Erie, Rhonda Peveler, Bettendorf, Lourie and William Morrissey, Bettendorf, and Michelle and Martin Gibson, Kewanee; six great grandchildren and a great great granddaughter.

She was preceded in death by her husband, two sisters, a brother and a son Keith.

Source: Kewanee Star Courier, July 2000

Contributed by Susie Martin-Rott

[first cousin once removed]

MOON, Harold Elton "Puck"

ANNAWAN--Harold E. "Puck" Moon, 82, of Annawan died Friday (July 5, 1991) at the Extended Care Unit of Kewanee Hospital.

Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Monday at the annawan Community United Methodist Church with the Revs. Joe and Linda Richard officiating. Burial will be in Annawan Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 and from 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at Stackhouse-Moore Funeral Homes in Annawan where a Masonic services will be at 6:30. Memorials may be made to his church or to the Annawan Senior Citizens.

Born July 13, 1908, in Hillrose, Colo., son of Orlando and Pearl (Rhodes) Moon, he married May Hardy April 19, 1930, in Kewanee.

He worked as a welder for Midland Electric Coal Co., for 40 years, retiring in 1973. He had previously worked at the Walworth Corp, and Kewanee Boiler Corp. in Kewanee. After his retirement, he worked for Stackhouse-Moore Funeral Home in Annawan for 13 years.

He was a member of the Annawan Community United Methodist Church, Ames Lodge 142 and the former Atkinson Lodge 433, A. F. & A. M. for 33 years, a member of the Sheffield Chapter of Order of Eastern Star, Annawan AARP and Senior Citizens Group. He had been coordinator and was a very active participant in those organizations.

Surviving are his wife; a daughter, Mrs. Dennis (Kay) Felderman of Davenport, Iowa; six grandchildren, Brian Moon of Decatur, Ga., Mrs. Patrick (Brenda) Weston of Kewanee, Mrs. Chris (Shondra) Miller and Mrs. Rhonda Peveler of Redondo Beach, Calif., and Lourie Peveler and Mrs. Chris (Michelle) Robinson of Davenport; a great-granddaugher, Jennifer Hepner of Kewanee; and a sister, Mrs. Phil (Irene) Decker of Hooppole.

He was preceded in death by a son, a brother and a sister.

Source: Kewanee Star Courier, Saturday, July 6, 1991

Contributed by Susie Martin-Rott

ANNAWAN--Services for Harold E. Moon, 82, of Annawan were at 1:30 p.m. Monday at the Annawan Community United Methodist Church. The Revs. Joe and Linda Richard officiated and Lazetta Mapes was organist, accompanying Greta Baugh.

Active pallbearers were Arthur Boelens, Dean Browning, Clarence Cox, Orville Croegaert, Martin Haverback and Walter DeDecker. Honorary pallbearers were Francis Loncka, Jack Tuney, William Haverback and Walter Lockhart.

Stackhouse-Moore Funeral Homes in Annawan was in charge of arrangements.

Source: Kewanee Star Courier, Tuesday, July 9, 1991 page A5

Contributed by Susie Martin-Rott