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Obituaries & Death Notices

SAND, Ludwig

Ludwig Sand, whose death on Thursday, June 1st 1899, we made bare announcement last week, was aged 95 years and was probably the oldest resident of Geneseo or this vicinity. He was also one of the early pioneers of the county. He was born Feb. 19th 1804 at Grossen Busseck,Hessen Darmstadt, Germany, where he resided until manhood and first married. He and his wife emigrated to America in 1836, and after two years residence in that vicinity came west by ream to Illinois in 1838, stopping first at Galena. Later they went to Rock Island county, where the wife who had shared his lot as an emigrant and her child were both stricken by death the same day. He was married in Rock Island to his second wife Mary D. Lehman and then moved to this county, first taking up his residence among the pioneers of Loraine and later moving to Pink Prairie. After a long career as a successful farmer he retired from active life some twenty-one years ago and took up his residence in this city (Geneseo) where he was bereaved by the death of his second wife April 27 th 1893. After her death he resided with his children here, the last six years having been with his son Benjamin, where every kindness and attention smoothed the evening of life for him. Deceased leaves a family of six children: Louis of Moline; Mrs. Louis Tot of Hooppole; Mrs. Ameba Offerle of Warren Pa; Obed of Carringtin N Dak: Elizabeth Offerle, of Offerly, KS and Benjamin of this city. Twenty six grand children and 14 great-grandchildren are also his descendants.

Mr. Sand was a Christian and an active church member. His conversion took place at a Lorraine camp meeting 50 years ago and he ever remained firm to the vows taken. He was an industrious and kindly man with friends wherever his acquaintance extended, It was granted to him to live through almost the entire century that has marked the world's greatest and most surprising progress and to see the country of his adoption develop from a sparsely settled and comparatively poor and struggling nation to the greatest and grandest government of modern times. He was fully cognizant of these things. His funeral was held Sunday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock at Grace Evangelical church, Rev AC. G. Un angst officiating and he was laid at rest beside his wife in the old cemetery at the head of College Avenue,

Source not listed

Contributed by Sally Jaquet Roberts

SANTEE, Margaret Gerstner


Mrs. Margaret Santee Lived in Erie Before Moving to Moline.

Miss (sic) Margaret Santee, 59, a former resident of Erie and Geneseo, died at 3 this morning in her home at 902-1/2 Railroad avenue, Moline. She had lived in Moline a month.

Margaret Gerstner was born in Geneseo, Jan. 12, 1876. She was married to W. H. Santee in Geneseo, Feb. 12, 1896. Mr. and Mrs. Santee lived in Geneseo until ten years ago, when they moved to Erie.

Surviving are the widower; two daughters, Mrs. Vernon Miller and Mrs. Fred Oslund, both of Moline; five grandchildren; six sisters, Mrs. Barbara Roos, Mrs. John Papenthien, Mrs. Emil Hunter (should be Munter), Mrs. Katie Henander and Mrs. Herbert Smith, all of Geneseo, and Mrs. James Ellingsworth of Colona, and a brother, John Gerstner of Hardtner Kas.

Funeral services will be held at 1:30 Friday afternoon in Esterdahl chapel, Moline. The Rev. Bert Branhan of the United Evangelical association of Moline, of which Mrs. Santee was a member, will officiate. Burial will be in Valhalla cemetery.

Contributed by Sue Williams


Clarence F. Setterberg, a former resident of Geneseo, died at Mercy hospital in Davenport, Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock. He had been a resident of the Iowa city for the last two years. Mr. Setterberg was born in Geneseo on June 6, 1895, and received his education in schools near this community. He was married to Miss Louise J. Schuneman, of Moline, on June 14, 1925. Surviving him are the widow; his mother, Mrs. Nora Setterberg, of Davenport; two sisters, Mrs. C.H. Gilder, of Davenport; and Mrs. Sidney Rhodes, of Portland, Oregon, and one brother, Harley, of Detroit, Mich.

Source: Geneseo Republic, 27 Jul 1928

Contributed by: Brenda Busing

SETTERBERG, Nora Henander

Geneseo–Mrs. Alice Borkgren received word yesterday of the death of her sister, Mrs. Nora Setterberg, 79, at her home in Corvallis, Ore., Thursday night.

Mrs. Setterberg, the former Nora Henander, was born Sept. 8, 1871, in Geneseo, a daughter of Andrew and Betsy Herman Henander (sic-should be Betsey Herrman Henander). She received her education here, and was married to Fred Setterberg in Geneseo in 1890. He preceded her in death.

Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Florence Gilder and Mrs. Cora Rhodes, and a grandson, Richard Rhodes, all of Corvallis; a brother, Harley Setterberg, Davenport, and the sister, Mrs. Borkgren of Geneseo. She was preceded in death by a son, Clarence, who died in 1926, and two brothers, Luther and Victor Henander.

Funeral services will be held Monday in Corvallis and burial will be there.

Contributed by Sue Williams

SHEPPARD, Edna May Whitehouse

Sheppard Rites Monday In Moline

Mrs. Roy R. (Edna May) Sheppard, 77, of 4504 Seventh St., East Moline, formerly of Dayton Corners, Colona, died Friday, Dec. 8, in the Americana Health Care Center, Moline.

The former Edna Mae Whitehouse, she was born in Kewanee.

Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Donald (Lucille) Mitchell, of Moline, and Mrs. Robert (Louise) Schwieter, of Coal Valley; a son, Leo, of Silvis; ten grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren, and a sister, Mrs. Arthur (Merry Carol) McDonald, of Davenport.

Interment will be in Dayton Cemetery, near Colona.

Visitation is 2 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10, at the Schroeder Mortuary, Silvis.
Memorials may be directed to the church.

Mrs. Sheppard was formerly employed as a seamstress at the Isabele Shop and Personal Touch, both of Moline.

Source: Kewanee Star-Courier, Saturday, 9 Dec 1978

Contributed by Susie Martin-Rott

SHOWERS, Charles D.


Charlie D. Showers, 88 year old brick mason and farmer, died at 7:30 o'clock this morning at the home of his son, Melvin Showers one and one half miles south of Nevinville (Iowa). He lived in Creston for a number of years and also formerly resided at Prescott.

Funeral services will be held from the Nevinville Methodist Church at 2 o'clock Monday afternoon, and burial will be in the cemetery at Orient. He was a member of the Methodist church of Spaulding.

Mr. Showers, who was the last of a family of 13 children, was born April 14, 1850, in Henry County, Illinois, the son of Thomas and Katie Showers. He was married January 1, 1868 at Kewanee, Illinois to Helen M. Wixon, who preced him in death April 29, 1900. Surviving are six sons and two daughters: John N. Showers of Villisca, Thomas B. Showers of Greenfield, George W. Showers of Creston, Stanley E. Showers, of Sidney, Nebraska, Melvin C. Showers of Nevinville, Arvid A. Showers of Creston, Mrs. Katie Mundell of Milo, Iowa, and Mrs. Bessie Wallace of Greenfield.

Source: Union Co. Iowa Newspaper

Contributed by:Lisa Showers


John N. Showers Died This Morning

John N. Showers, 72, of 607 South Maple Street, who spent most of his life in the Creston area, and was formerly employed by the F. J. Taylor company, died at 6 a.m. today at Greater Community Hospital, following an illness of eight months.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at the Assembly of God Church with the pastor, the Rev. Ralph E. McCaulley, conducting the rites. Burial will be at Nevinville.

Mr. Showers was born January 8, 1869 in Henry County, Illinois the son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles D. Showers, and was married, May 27, 1896 at Nevinville to Annie Glassinger who survives. Also surviving are his son, Arthur N. Showers of Appleton, Wisconsin; two daughters, Sarah H. Schofield of Creston, Iowa and Mrs. Albis Hendrix of Dudley, Iowa; five brothers Thomas of Greenfield, IA, George of Creston, IA, Stanley of Sidney, IA, Melvin of Nevinville, IA, and Arvid of Creston, IA; and two sisters, Mrs. Katie Mundell of Osceola, IA, and Mrs. Bessie Wallace of Greenfield, IA.

Source: Creston News Advertiser, Creston IA 22 Nov 1941

Contributed by: Lisa Showers

SIGWALT, Hazel Margaret Munter


Mrs. Ernest Sigwalt, aged 32 years, passed away at the J. C. Hammond city hospital, at 7 a.m. Wednesday February 28, 1934, where she had been a patient the past ten weeks receiving treatment for infection of the hip bone and complications. She had been ill for about fifteen months.

Hazel Margaret Sigwalt was the daughter of Mr. And Mrs. Emil Munter and was born in Geneseo township December 1, 1901. She received her grade school education in the schools near her home, was graduated from Geneseo Township high school with the class of 1921. Later she attended Illinois State Normal university at Normal, Ill., and was engaged in teaching school four years. On February 21, 1926, she was united in marriage with Ernest Sigwalt and at the time of her passing their home was on a farm located two miles north of Geneseo. She was a member of Grace Evangelical church and through her many excellent qualities won a host of friends.

Survivors include the husband, Ernest Sigwalt; one daughter, Beverly, aged five years; four sisters, Mrs. Grace Massingill, of Geneseo; Mrs. Bernice Flickinger, of Avon; Irene and Sylvia Munter; one brother, Gilbert Munter; and her parents, Mr. And Mrs. Emil Munter, at home.

Funeral services will be held this Friday afternoon at 1:30 o’clock at Myers chapel and at 2 o’clock at Grace church with the Rev. G. H. Wykle officiating. The Obrecht brothers quartet will sing. Pallbearers will be cousins of the deceased, Lloyd Papenthein (should be Papenthien), Lester Roos, Harold Henander, Kenneth Chrisop, Fritz Munter and Will Munter. Burial will be in Oakwood cemetery.

Contributed by Sue Williams

SKRINSKI, 1st Lieut. Joseph P.

1st Lt. Jos. P. Skrinski Killed in Action, 1944

1st Lt. Joseph P. Skrinski, native Kewaneean, who was previously reported missing in action in France since Nov. 13, 1944, has now been reported killed in action on that date, according to a War Department telegram received by his mother, Mrs. Dora M. Youngren, 1128 Broadway, Rockford. His father, Paul Skrinski, lives here at 413 W. 5th Street.

The message stated that the department regreeted "unavoidable circumstances" which made necessary the unusual lapse of time in reporting the death. This is the only word the family has had concerning Lt. Skrinski since receiving message last November that he was missing.

Born in Kewanee, July 20, 1920, Lt. Skrinski attended local grade and high schools. He worked on the C.C.C. project at Starved Rock and later went to Rockford where he was employed in the Fiber and Container Company. He entered service at Chicago, Oct. 3, 1940. In the latter part of 1941, he went to Iceland with a medical corps unit. He returned to the states Dec. 31, 1942.

Stationed in Oklahoma for a time, Lt. Skrinski was recommended for officer candidate training as a result of his splendid military record. He took this training at Ft. Benning, Ga. and was commissioned a second lieutenant in the infantry there in July of 1944. He spent a leave with relatives here in in (sic) Rockford, and in August went overseas. He was stationed in England a month before he went into France. The last letter his mother had from him was dated Nov. 6, 1944. In it he stated that he was "close to the frontlines."

Surving with the mother and father are one brother, Cpl. Richard Skrinski, located with Army Air Forces in Italy; two sisters Mary Skrinski and Bertha, now Mrs. Paul Mull, both of Rockford, and paternal grandmother, Mrs. Ursula Zalumski, of Kewanee.

Lt Skrinski was baptized in the Catholic faith.

A memorial service will be held here on May 27 with time and place to be announced.

Source: Kewanee Star Courier, 16 May 1945

Contributed by Susie Martin-Rott

[note: Joseph was a stepson of Pearl Hardy Skrinski.]

SKRINSKI, Pearl Hardy

Mrs. Paul (Pearl) Skrinski, 67, of 328 W. 6th St., died at 11:55 p.m. Friday, Sept. 10, 1971 in Kewanee Public Hospital.

She was born Oct. 3, 1903 in Kewanee, the daughter of James and Bertha Woodward Hardy. She married Paul Skrinski Oct. 6, 1942 in Kahoka, Mo.

Surviving are the husband; her mother Mrs. Bertha Hardy of Kewanee; two sisters, Mrs. Eliza Huff of Peoria and Mrs. Harold E. Moon of Annawan; one brother James Hardy of Kewanee; 19 step-grandchildren and two great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her family and one daughter in infancy.

Mrs. Skrinski was a member of St. Peter's Evangelical Church, the VFW Auxilliary, William R. Euard Barracks 300 of World War I Veterans and the American Legion Auxiliary.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. in the Cavanagh and Schueneman Funeral Home with the Rev. Edward Busekros officiating. Interment will be in the Annawan Cemetery.

Friends may call Monday 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.

Source: Kewanee Star Courier

Contributed by Susie Martin-Rott

Funeral services for Mrs. Paul (Pearl) Skrinski, 67, of 328 W. 6th Street, who died Friday, Sept. 10, 1971, in Kewanee Public Hospital were held Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. in the Cavanagh and Schueneman Funeral Home. The Rev. Edward Busekros officiated and Mrs. Mary Ratliff served as organist.

Pallbearers wer Robert Hardy, Richard Hardy, Keith Moon, Russell Huff, Merle Huff, Jr., and Jack Peveler.

Interment was in the Annawan Cemetery.

Source: Kewanee Star Courier

Contributed by Susie Martin-Rott

SLOCK, Joseph


Final Service for Joseph Slock to be at St. Joseph's Church

Funeral rites for Joseph Slock, 511 O'Dea Street, who died in St. Francis hospital Tuesday evening will be held at 9 o'clock Friday morning in St. Joseph Catholic church. The Rosary will be said this evening at 7:30 in the Cavanagh and Schueneman mortuary and friends may call there. Interment will be in Mount Olivet Cemeter.

Mr. Slcok was born in Eecloo, Belguim, Jan. 1, 1887, the son of Leonard and Louise Slock. His wife, Febronia, died July 29, 1930. Surviving are four children, Mary, 14; Elaine, 13; Richard, 11, and Frank, 7, the aged mother and three brothers, Charles, Camiel and Maurice in Belgium. Mr. Slcok was preceded in death by his father; a sister, three brothers, Richard, Bernard and Edmond, and an infant son, Lawrence.

The decedent was a private in Company D, 28th infantry. He enlisted May 27, 1918, and was discharged April 5, 1919. Mr. Slock saw service overseas. He was employed at the Boiler corporation until he became ill, July 15. Death followed an attack of pneumonia.

Source: not listed, Thursday, July 23, 1936

Contributed by AbrhT5@aol.com

STAGG, Samantha Ford Colbert Dodge


Samantha Ford Colbert was born in Allen County, Tenn. April 15, 1817, and died in Albany, Ill., Sept. 13, 1911 at the home of Mrs. Mary Hoobler, her eldest daughter, with whom she had made her home for the past five years, aged 94 years, four months and 28 days.

In her childhood she moved with her parents, Rev. and Mrs. George A. Colbert, to Kentucky and in a few years to Carmi, White county, Ill., later to Knox county, from there to Henry county where she was united in marriage to James P. Dodge Feb. 7, 1836. To them were born three children. After the death of one child and her husband and struggling against the hardships of the early 40's in 1842 she was united in marriage with James Burton who died four years later leaving two small children. Nov. 30, 1849 she married Thos. Stagg to whom four children were born. After her marriage to Mr. Stagg they moved to Whiteside county where she has since resided.

Grandma Stagg was a pioneer saint and a member of the Methodist church for 87 years having united with the church when but seven years of age under the preachings of her father.

She leaves to mourn her loss five children, several step children, a number of grand and great grand-children together with a host of friends but we trust their loss is her eternal gain.

The glory and honor of motherhood was hers. She filled every capacity in the home life in a remarkable and commendable manner. Attractive in personality, buoyant and assuring in spirit, she was always a devoted wife and a wise and loving mother. All who call her mother-whether children or step-children-will lovingly hold her in sweet rememberance unto the end of their days. She was a notable and remarkable mother.

Her religious life was the key to her christian character. She remebered vividly the heroic and romantic days of Methodism; no subject was dearer to her than the life and activities of the church and for many years had taken the Christian Advocate thus keeping informed and in touch with the world's religious life. She had been taught and believed that the Kingdom fo God was greater than any one church.

During the past 26 years she had been a widow, highly respected, much beloved and peacefully and happily spending the closing years of her life with her daughters.

Funeral services were held Friday afternoon at 2:30 at the Methodist church Rev. Griffin officiating, the services being largely attended by relatives and friends. The floral tributes were many and beautiful and coming from far and near. Out of town friends attending were: Mrs. Martha Talcott, a sister, from Erie, Bert Turner and family and Mrs. George Neer fo Erie, Thos. Stagg and family, Mrs. Foster and Mr. Cone of Thomson, Re. Willis Byers of Kansas, Leslie Hanna and wife of Joslin, Miss Blanche Slocum of Rock Island, Samuel and Frank Hanks and Mrs. George Metzger of Princeton, Ia.

Interment was made in beautiful Oak Ridge cemetery in the family lot. Those who bore all that was Grandma Stagg to her last resting place were C.E. Peck, A.D. Wood, Harry Booth, E.A. Fassett, Will Wood and Frank Phillips.

Source: Original obituary from Albany Review (Albany, Illinois) September 22, 1911

Contributed by Charles McKelvey Aurora, Colorado

STANLEY, Ellen Marie Beck

Mrs. Ira (Ellen M.) Stanley, 90, of 1103 N. Main.St., who at one time worked in the offices of General John J. Pershing in Washington, D.C., died at 5:30 a.m. Sunday, May 13, in Kewanee Public Hospital, Henry County, Illinois.

Mrs Stanley was born March 6, 1894, in St. David, Il., daughter of Carl F. and Hanna (Anderson) Beck, Swedish immigrants. The family moved to Kewanee when Mrs. Stanley was 3 years old and she attended schools here and graduated from Kewanee High School in 1912.

Her marriage to Ira Stanley took place May 14, 1924 in Chicago. He died May 20, 1971.

During World War 1, Mrs Stanley was employed as a secretary in the War Department, working for the Army Air Corps. Later she worked in the offices of General John J. Pershing. After the war, Mrs. Stanley returned to Kewanee where she was employed by the former Kewanee Public Service Company for many years.

Services will be Tuesday May 15, at 1:30 p.m. in Rux Funeral Home, Kewanee. Rev. Donald Wold of Evangelical Covenant Church, will officiate.

Visitation is 7 to 9 p.m. tonight, May 14, at the funeral home. Interment will be in Pleasant View Cemetery.

A memorial has been established with contributions to be left at the funeral home.

Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Herb (Lois) Hampton of Kewanee; two granddaughters, Mrs. James (Janice) Mercer of Montrose, Iowa, and Mrs. Marsha Cook of Princeton, and 4 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Ira.

Mrs. Stanley was a member of the Evangelical Covenant Church and its Covenant Women.

Source: Kewanee Star Courier

Contributed by Janice Mercer


Ira Stanley, 77, of 1103 N. Main St. died at Kewanee Public Hospital at 1:35 a.m. Thursday May 20, 1971.

He was born in Kewanee, Henry County, Illinois, Oct. 23, 1893, the son of William Titus Stanley, Jr, and Matilda (Peterson) Stanley. He married Ellen Beck May 14, 1924 in Chicago.

Surviving are his wife Ellen, one daughter, Mrs. Herb (Lois) Hampton of Buda; two granddaughters, Mrs. Marsha Cook of Princeton and Mrs. Janice Mercer of Montrose, Iowa; two great grandsons and a sister, Mrs. Myrtle Bexson of Canton. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Mr. Stanley retired from the Walworth Co. in 1958 where he had been a stock clerk. He was a veteran of World War I, and a member of William R. Euard Barracks 300 World War I Veterans.

Funeral services will be held Satruday at 1:30 p.m. in the Creamer Funeral Home with the Rev. James Swanson, pastor of the Evangelical Covenant Church, officiating. Interment will be in Pleasant View Cemetery.

Friends may call Friday between 7 & 8 p.m.

Source: Kewanee Star Courier

Contributed by Janice Mercer

STANLEY, Jane Elizabeth France

STANLEY--Jane Elizabeth, b. at Dublin, Worchester, England, (sic-Dudley) Nov. 7, 1856. D. at the home of her son, Walter at Blythedale, Mo., April 27, 1942.

When she was 2 years old she came across the ocean with her parents, Thomas and Alice France. Spent the early part of her life at Kewanee, Illinois, where she married John H. Stanley Nov. 7, 1877.

To this union the following children were b.: Thomas A. who preceded her in death; Frederick of Shenandoah, Ia; Mrs Pearl Brown, Des Moines, Iowa; Simeon H., who preceded her in death; Edwin of Andover, Mo; Mrs. Lillian Olsen, Phoenix, Ariz; Walter, Blythedale, Mo., and Ralph B., Bethany, Mo.

In addition to the above-named children she leaves 22 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren. Her husband preceded her in death in 1915 at Andover, Mo. In 1888 they moved to Andover and established their home which she maintained to the end. Her entire life was spent in service to the thoughtfulness of others. She was a member of the Reorganized L. D. S. Church and took great pride in her work for the Master, never missed a service if it was possible to attend.

Source: Saints Herald; Vol 89, page 639, May 16, 1942

Contributed by Susie Martin-Rott

STANLEY--Sister Jane Elizabeth Stanley, wife of the late John H. Stanley, known for her long and active life in Lamoni Stake and other Church centers, died at the home of her son Walter Stanley, at Blythedale, Mo., April 27, being eighty-five years old. She was born in England, and when 2 years of age came to America with her parents, Thomas and Alice France. Her early life was spent at Kewanee, Illinois, and there she married John H. Stanley in 1877.

Eight children were born to them. She was a loyal Latter Day Saint who took pride in her church work. Is survived by six children, twenty-two grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren and a host of friends.

Source: Saint's Herald, Vol 89, page 634, 1942

Contributed by Susie Martin-Rott

STANLEY, Joseph Hiram

STANLEY--At Kewanee, Illinois, January 12, 1907, Joseph Hiram Stanley. He was born April 25, 1865 at Kewanee, Illinois; departed this life at age of 41 years 8 months, and 18 days. He leaves a wife, six children, mother, four brothers, and four sisters; also many other relatives and friends. Funeral at Andover, Missouri, schoolhouse the 15th. Sermon by R. M. Elvin from 1 Peter 1:25. Singers from Lamoni.

Source: Saint's Herald, Vol 54, page 54, 1907

Contributed by Susie Martin-Rott

STANLEY, Matilda Peterson

Mrs. Matilda Stanley, wife of William Stanley, 1103 N. Main St. died at Pines Convelescent home in Toulon, Sunday afternoon following two and a half years illiness.

Matilda Peterson was born in Sweden Sept 20, 1870 to Andrew Peterson and Christina Olsson, and came to the United States, settling in Kewanee at the age of one year, having resided here ever since. She married William T. Stanley in April, 1890.

Surviving are her husband, two children, Ira of Kewanee; Myrtle(Mrs Bexson) of Canton, Il; two brothers, Charles Peterson, Kewanee; William Peterson, Geneseo; a sister, Mrs. Jennie Edwards, Duluth, Minn; one grandchild and two great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one son and two sisters.

Funeral rites will be held at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday at Seifert and Smith funeral home. Dr. E.M. Thompson, pastor First Methodist church, will officiate. Burial will be in Pleasant View cemetery.

Friends may call at the funeral home tonight.

Source: Kewanee Star Courier

Contributed by Janice Mercer

STANLEY, William Titus

William Titus Stanley, 93, a retired coal miner living at 1103 N. Main St., died at his home Tuesday morning, Feb. 7, 1961.

Mr. Stanley was born in Kewanee, Henry County, Illinois Sept. 15, 1867. He was the son of William Titus Stanley,Sr. and Mary Ann Whitehouse, and lived all of his life in Kewanee. He owned and operated a coal mine, retiring 28 years ago.

Surviving are one son, Ira Stanley of Kewanee; a daughter Mrs. Albert (Myrtle) Bexson of Canton; a sister Mrs. Nellie Hutton of Blythedale, Mo.; one granddaughter and two great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Matilda (Peterson) Stanley; parents, five brothers and three sisters.

Funeral services will be held Thursday at 1p.m. in the Seifert-Creamer Funeral Home. The Rev. W.L. Marsteller, pastor of the First Covenant Church, will officiate.

Friends will be received at the funeral home Wednesday night. Interment will be in Pleasant View Cemetery in Kewanee.

Source: Kewanee Star Courier

Contributed by Janice Mercer

STEEL, James W.


James W. Steel, 34, son of Mr. And Mrs. Jacob Steel, died at 7:15 Wednesday morning on the farm of his parents, near Atkinson, a hour after he was found by his father in the garage. He had been shot through the right temple by a 22 caliber rifle and the wound apparently was self-inflicted. P. L. Wilson, deputy coroner, conducted an inquest in the Wilson funeral home in Atkinson.

Mr. Steel was born Nov. 18, 1900 on the Kropp farm five miles north of Atkinson. He attended Atkinson public schools and served his apprenticeship as a barber in Atkinson under George Perkins. He had worked as a barber in Annawan, Sheffield, and Wyanet, until a year ago, when he went to live with his parents. Surviving besides the parents are a brother, George, at home, and a sister, Mrs. Ollie Spratt, of Sheffield.


Atkinson, March 7 – James W. Steel’s death was due to a self-inflicted wound by a .22 caliber rifle bullet in his left temple, a coroner’s jury decided at an inquest last evening in the Wilson funeral home. P. L. Wilson, deputy coroner, officiated. Jacob Steel, father of the young man, and Dr. W. F. Spencer, testified. James Steel, 34, died about 7:15 yesterday morning. Coroner’s jury included Edward Nowers, Charles Rumler, Arthur Hoogerwerf, Jack Lund, Macon Foster and Bruno Verbeck.

Funeral services will be held tomorrow afternoon at 1:30 in the home and at 2 in the Congregational church. The Rev. J. H. Roger will officiate. Burial will be in Grand View cemetery.


Atkinson, March 9 (1933) – Funeral services for James W. Steel, who died Wednesday morning, were held yesterday afternoon at 1:30 in the home and at 2 in the Congregational church. The Rev. John H. Roger officiated. Mrs. John H. Roger and Miss Gladys Souder sand, and Mrs. George Leonhardt played the accompaniment. Pallbearers were Bob DeDecker of Annawan, Lloyd Sommers, Laureen Reck and Gilbert, Arlo and Herbert Atwell of Atkinson. Burial was in Grandview Cemetery southwest of Atkinson.

Contributed by Sue Williams

(d. Mar. 6, 1935)

STEEL, Mary Jane Yarger 


Succombs in Home at Age of 63 Following Lingering Illness.

Atkinson, July 13 – Mrs. Jacob G. Steel, 63 died in her home in Atkinson at 7:40 Sunday evening after lingering illness of several years.

She was born Mary Jane Yarger on Sept. 7, 1872 in Atkinson. On Feb. 1, 1900, she was married to Jacob Steel in Geneseo. The couple had been farming near Atkinson since.

Mrs. Steel was a member of Atkinson G.A.R., the Royal Neighbors camp and the Order of Eastern Star.

Those who survive are the widower; a daughter, Mrs. Ollie Spratt of Sheffield; a son, George of Atkinson township; three grandchildren, and five sisters, Mrs. Dora Dupre, Mrs. Lottie Stiner, Mrs. Mabel Fulton of Atkinson, Mrs. Ann Cunniss of Rock Falls, and Mrs. Ollie Tomlinson of Geneseo.

A son, James, died two years ago. Funeral arrangements have not been completed.


Atkinson, Ill, July 15 – (Special) – Funeral services for Mrs. Jacob Steel who died Sunday evening were held Tuesday at 1 p.m. at the home with the Atkinson Order of Eastern Star in charge and at 2 o’clock at the Congregational church with Rev. J. H. Roger in charge.

Mrs. J. H. Roger and Miss Gladys Souder sand and were accompanied by Miss Jane Clark. Burial was in the Grandview Cemetery south of Atkinson with Robert Hamilton, Frank Heller, Albert Atwell, Phillip Nowers, Ted Lindstrom and John Swanson acting as pallbearers.

Contributed by Sue Williams

(d. July 11, 1937)

STEINER, Charles Henry

Charles Henry Steiner was born at Pilot Knob, MO., June 28, 1863, and departed this life July 6, 1910. Deceased when about two years old came with his parents to Illinois where he lived until about nine years ago, when he left with his mother and brothers and sisters for Glen City, Pa. About twelve years later the family returned to Atkinson which has since been the home of the deceased. On October 10, 1889, he was married to Miss Lottie Yarger. Eight children were born to this union, seven of whom still survive, one daughter, Ollie having preceded him in death. Those that mourn the loss of a faithful father are Maude, Lydia, Gladys, Alice, Frances and Carl. Beside his wife and children, Mr. Steiner is survived by four brothers, Jesse, G. W., James and Frank, and one sister, Mrs. John Macafee, all of whom reside in Atkinson.

The funeral was held last Saturday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock at the Methodist church, Rev. Glenn W. Tilton officiating. The interment was in the Atkinson cemetery.

The sympathy of the entire community rests with the bereaved family.

Contributed by Sue Williams

(d. July 6, 1910)

STEINER, Lottie Yarger


ATKINSON – Mrs. Lottie Steiner, 76, died yesterday morning in the home of her daughter, Mrs. Russell Kraklow, in Rock Island. She had been ill of pneumonia.

Funeral services will be held tomorrow afternoon at 2 in the Atkinson Congregational church, with the Rev. Mr. Bloebaum, Rock Island pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Grand View cemetery.

The body will be taken to the Congregational church at noon tomorrow, and friends may call at the church.

Lottie Yarger was born Oct. 8, 1874, in Atkinson township, daughter of Mr. And Mrs. Hugh Yarger. She was reared and educated in and near Atkinson, and she had resided in Atkinson until about six years ago, when she moved to Rock Island to make her home with her daughter. She was married to Charles Steiner Oct. 19, 1889, in Atkinson.

She was a member of the Royal Neighbor lodge and the Atkinson. G.A.R.

Surviving are seven children, Mrs. Maude Gotthardt of Geneseo, Mrs. Lydia Blankenfield of Davenport, Mrs. Gladys Arnold of Atkinson, and Mrs. Alice Kraklow of Rock Island, Mrs. Frances Sullivan of Galva, Carl Steiner of Geneseo, and Henry Steiner of Atkinson, two sisters, Mrs. Anna Cunniff of Sterling and Mrs. Mable Fulton of Atkinson, 13 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

Her husband, a daughter, a brother, and four sisters preceded her in death.

Source: not listed

Contributed by Sue Williams

(d. June 26, 1951)

STILSON, Edward Henry

STILLSON - Dr. Edward H. (sic)

Galesburg Commandery No. 8 K.T. sent a delegation to Kewanee (Henry county) today noon to attend the funeral of the deceased, who died Saturday in Chicago, where he had gone for treatment. He was some years ago a practicing physician at Knoxville and had a large circle of acquaintances and many friends in the county. He was born in Waterside, Maine, April 17, 1847. He came to Galesburg 1859 and lived with his uncle J.F. Stillson.

Attended city schools and later on entered the Galesburg Academy. He enlisted 1863 Co. H. 14th Ill. Vol. Inft. and participated in many of the battles of the Civil War. On his return from the war Dr. Stillson (sic) entered the prepatory class at Knox College and soon after began the study of medicine, graduating from Hahaneman (sic) College of Philadelphia in 1871. He then located in Knoxville where he became popular in his profession. Member of Trattein Post GAR and of Pacific Lodge No. 400 AF & AM.

Source: Galesburg Daily-Mail, Monday, June 1, 1896

Contributed by Edward Baltzer

Dr. Edward Henry Stilson's name is misspelled, it has only one L. Also he attended Hahneman College; it is misspelled.