Location: Aurora Illinois

Baker, Daniel Henry – Obituary

Word was received here last night of the death of a well-known former Mt. Pleasant man. Mr. Henry Baker passed away at the home of his daughter in Aurora, Ill, with whom he had been staying for the last few months [March 23, 1909]. Mr. Baker had not been in good health for some time prior to his death, and but a short time ago he suffered a severe paralytic stroke form which he partially recovered but which was the ultimate cause of his death. He will be brought here from Aurora tomorrow and the funeral services will be held Friday from the home of his daughter, Mrs. George Rath, on East Madison Street. He leaves three children, Mr. John Baker and Mrs. George Rath of this city and Mrs. Wilson of Aurora. Mt. Pleasant Daily News, March 24, 1909 FUNERAL ANNOUNCEMENT Friday afternoon at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Rath, on East Madison Street occurred the funeral of Mr. Henry Baker who died last Wednesday at the home of another daughter, Mrs. Wilson in Aurora. Rev. Nicholas was in charge of the services and spoke in a helpful way from scriptural passages also giving an outline of Mr. Baker’s life, a great part of which has been spent in Mt. Pleasant. He was for years in the employ of Dr. Pitcher, and was familiarly known to many...

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Wallis, Georgia E. Linn – Obituary

Though it had been know for several years the Mrs. J. C. Wallace was in failing health, the announcement of her death Friday morning came as a surprise and shock to the community. she had just lived on uncomplaining to a place where her resistance failed and she was carried to the other world. Georgia E. Linn, daughter of Sylvester J. and Katie Linn, was born 6 March 1870, at Aurora, Illinois, and came with her parents to Harrison County Iowa, at the age of three months. They established the Linn homestead on the east bank of Linn Lake, only a short distance from her future home, where she passed away 3 July 1936 at the age of 66 years, 4 months and 26 days. Her girlhood was typical of the times. She learned early the valuable lessons of good conduct, honesty, industry and thrift. Her early education was obtained in the rural schools of her township, which with the able guidance of her father, himself a teacher, was both broad and thorough. This was supplemented later by a course in the Woodbine Normal. Thus equipped, she taught for several years in the schools of Harrison County. On 7 February 1894 she was married to James C. Wallis and the young couple established their home only a short distance from her childhood home. To this happy union were born...

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Obituary of Mrs. J. C. Wallace

Though it had been know for several years the Mrs. J. C. Wallace was in failing health, the announcement of her death Friday morning came as a surprise and shock to the community. she had just lived on uncomplaining to a place where her resistance failed and she was carried to the other world. Georgia E. Linn, daughter of Sylvester J. and Katie Linn, was born 6 March 1870, at Aurora, Illinois, and came with her parents to Harrison County Iowa, at the age of three months. They established the Linn homestead on the east bank of Linn Lake, only a short distance from her future home, where she passed away 3 July 1936 at the age of 66 years, 4 months and 26 days. Her girlhood was typical of the times. She learned early the valuable lessons of good conduct, honesty, industry and thrift. Her early education was obtained in the rural schools of her township, which with the able guidance of her father, himself a teacher, was both broad and thorough. This was supplemented later by a course in the Woodbine Normal. Thus equipped, she taught for several years in the schools of Harrison County. On 7 February 1894 she was married to James C. Wallis and the young couple established their home only a short distance from her childhood home. To this happy union were born...

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Biography of Thomas Gordon

Thomas Gordon. As a farmer and farm manager Thomas Gordon is easily one of the ‘leading figures in Champaign County. He has acquired and developed and superintends through his tenants and managers an estate of 975 acres in Compromise Township. For a number o”f years Mr. Gordon has lived in the Town of Penfield, and goes out from there almost daily to look after his business affairs. Mr. Gordon is a native of Aurora, Illinois, a son of John and Mary (Whalen) Gordon. Both of them were natives of Ireland and came to America in early life. When Thomas was about ten years of age they settled in Champaign County, where their family of five sons and three daughters were educated in the local schools. In 1906 Thomas Gordon gained a capable companion and helpmate for himself in the person of Miss Blanche Hobbins. She was born at London, Canada, daughter of Daniel and Julia (Farmer) Hobbins. Her father was a Canadian farmer and there were just two daughters in the family, namely, Mary and Blanche. Mary is the wife of Mr. Crunican of London, Ontario. Mrs. Gordon has a cousin, Sergeant R. J. Farmer, who is a graduate of the London Medical College, and is now in the English Navy on the Salmon. Mrs. Gordon was eleven months old when her father died and her mother, desiring to...

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Biography of Charles Gordon

Charles Gordon. Now enjoying the comforts of a home in Rantoul that is one of the best residences of that town, Mr. and Mrs. Gordon are able to look back with pardonable pride upon a long and active career spent in Champaign County. Mr. Gordon gained his success as a farmer. Industry, combined with good judgment, gave him a competency many years ago, and he is looked upon as one of the large land holders and substantial citizens of this section. A native of Ireland, he was born in Wexford County, a son of John and Mary (Whalen) Gordon. A year and a half after his birth his parents came to America in 1857, and for the first nine years lived in Aurora, Illinois. From there they moved to Shabbona Grove in DeKalb County, “and three years later, in 1869, came to Champaign County. Charles Gordon was the fourth in a family of five sons and three daughters. These children were all educated in the district schools of Compromise Township in this county. Charles Gordon as he grew to manhood assisted his father on the farm and in 1886 he established a home of his own by his marriage to Miss Hanora Jackson. Mrs. Gordon was born in Morris, Eipley County, Indiana, fifth in a family of five daughters and four sons of John and Anna (Molloy) Jackson. She...

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Biography of Hon. De Forest H. Andrews

It is the enterprise and character of the citizens that enrich and ennoble the commonwealth. From individual enterprise have sprung all the splendor and importance of this great west. The greatest businessmen have developed from the humblest origins, and from clerkships have emerged men who have built up great business enterprises. Among those who have achieved prominence as men of marked ability and substantial worth in Boise is the subject of this sketch. De Forest H. Andrews, one of the most successful real-estate dealers of Idaho. A native of Auburn, New York, he was born on the 23d of May, 1841, and is a representative of one of the old families of that state. His grandfather, Salmon Andrews, was a resident of Syracuse, New York. His father, Salmon S. Andrews, was born in the Empire state, and there married Miss Sarah Stolp, a lady of German descent. In 1843 they removed to Aurora, Illinois, where for a time Mr. Andrews was engaged in farming. Later he removed to Valparaiso, Indiana, where he died at the age of seventy years. Mrs. Andrews then made her home with her son in Leadville, Colorado, where she died in the sixty-eighth year of her age. This worthy couple were the parents of eleven children, but only three are now living. De Forest H. Andrews acquired his education in the public schools of Indiana...

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Biographical Sketch of Ivan T. Quick

Quick, Ivan T.; general insurance; born, Canada, April 5, 1888; son of Oscar and Clara Clark Quick; educated, Lincoln, Ill., Odd Fellows Orphan’s Home, eighth grade; clerk in wholesale grocery house in Aurora, Ill., in 1904; 1905, came to Cleveland; formed partnership of Quick & Hunter, in Pittsburgh, in 1906, failed; was then in the employ of the East Ohio Gas Co. for a year and a half; employed by The Paul E. Kroehle Co., merchandise brokers, in 1908; employed by The Manhattan Soap Co., of New York City, as salesman, in 1909; started in the insurance business in Cleveland, March, 1910, under J. J. Shipley; formed the partnership of Shipley & Quick, in 1911; entered the corporation of Shipley & Quick Co., in 1912; pres. Shipley & Quick Co.; sec’y and director The Cooperative Investment Co.; director the Utility Sales Co.; member The Independent Order of Odd...

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Biography of William Henry Craddock

William Henry Craddock. As the greatest calamity ever suffered by Kansas City, Kansas, was probably the flood of 1903, that year will always be memorable in the city’s history. Another event associated with that year was the death of William Henry Craddock, who had just completed a service of two years in the office of mayor. Mr. Craddock was stricken on March 2, 1903, and his death occurred on the 4th of the same month at the Savoy Hotel in Kansas City, Missouri. He was mourned by the entire city, and never any similar occasion in the city had brought out such a tremendous concourse of citizens of all classes to pay respect to one who was taken away from the midst of a valuable service and position of influence. He was a man of rare ability, was a splendid type of business man, and had a bigness of heart and soul commensurate with his material activities. His birth occurred on a farm near Louisville, Kentucky, December 25, 1851. His parents were William W. and Edna (Smith) McGaryhill Craddock. Edna Smith McGaryhill was the granddaughter of one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence and a leading figure in the revolutionary period of American history. Mr. Craddock’s father and grandfather bore the name William W., both were successful lawyers, and they also rendered distinguished service on the bench....

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Biography of Nelson Case, Hon.

Hon. Nelson Case. It would be difficult to properly and justly review the history of Oswego and its responsible men through whose activities and public-spirited endeavors this city had attained its present importance and prestige, without giving due attention to the life of Hon. Nelson Case, who for forty-eight years had been a resident here, and who as a lawyer, judge, city official and counsel for large business interests, had been prominently identified with the municipality’s progress and development. Judge Case was born at Falls, Wyoming County, Pennsylvania, April 22, 1845, a son of Chauncey and Mary Elma (Roberts) Case. He comes of Revolutionary ancestors, and belongs to one of America’s old families, the original ancestor being John Case, who emigrated from England, and was one of the original parties to receive land grants at Simsbury, Connecticut from the Crown, and the first delegate to the General Court from Simsbury. He died February 21, 1704. William Case, son of the emigrant, was born January 5, 1665, and died at Simsbury, March 3, 1700. His son was James Case, the great-great-grandfather of Judge Case, who spent his life at Simsbury, where he was born March 12, 1693, and died September 26, 1759. Amasa Case, the great-grandfather of Judge Nelson Case, was born at Simsbury, October 18, 1731, and after a life passed in agricultural pursuits, died August 18, 1824. Among...

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Michels, Martin – Obituary

Martin Michels, Sr., aged 80 years and a pioneer citizen of Ellensburg, died yesterday [February 14, 1917] at his home north of the city after an illness of several years. Pending the arrival of a son, J. J. Michels, from the east, funeral arrangements will not be announced until Friday. Mr. Michels was born May 2, 1837, in Germany, and came to the United States in 1855. He was married at Aurora, Ill, September, 1859, to Miss Margaret Lenhartz, and later with his family removed to St. James, Minnesota, in 1871. In 1882 Mr. Michels came to the Kittitas Valley, traveling by rail to San Francisco, by boat to The Dalles and wagon train to Ellensburg. The family settled upon the place where the home is at the present time. During his long life, Mr. Michels was a member of the Catholic Church. The deceased is survived by his wife and eleven children; Mrs. M. Linden, Mrs. Anna Uebelacker, Geo. Michels, Mrs. T. F. Meaghers, Frank Michels, Mrs. E. F. Fogarty, H. J. Michels and Lena Michels, all of Ellensburg, J. J. Michels of Duluth, Minnesota and Mrs. C. H. Beavers of Toppenish. Besides the children, there are 34 grandchildren and seven great grandchildren, most of them living in Ellensburg. Contributed by: Shelli...

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Levi Todd of Aurora IL

Levi Todd6, (Ruel5, Job4, Ithamar3, Michael2, Christopher1) born Aug. 29, 1815, in East Wallingford, Vt., died April 10, 1891, in Aurora, Ill., married in Shewsbury, Vt., Jan. 24, 1836, Rachel Walker, daughter of Jonathan and Hannah (Walker) Gibson, who was born June 6, 1818, in Shewsbury, Vt., died Jan. 13, 1874. He married second, in Rutland, Vt., Nov., 1874, Maria Murrow, who died March 13, 1885. With the exception of one year (1839) he lived on the old home farm in East Wallingford, Vt., until 1854, when he with his wife and seven children moved to Illinois, where he bought one hunder and sixty acres of land in Sugar Grove, Kane County. During the summer of that year, he built a house. He carried on general agricultural pursuits until 1869 in which he moved to Aurora, Ill., which was about nine miles east of his farm in Sugar Grove. For the next four years, he was engaged in selling agricultural machinery. From 1873 to the time of his death, he lived a retired life in Aurora, Ill., in the enjoyment of a well earned rest. He was very prosperous in his business ventures in the west, his reliability in business affairs never being questioned. In all his dealings he was scrupulously honest and straightforward and displayed an aptitude for successful management. His word was considered as valuable as any...

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Lucinda Todd Mighill of Aurora IL

MIGHILL, Lucinda Todd6, (Ruel5, Job4, Ithamar3, Michael2, Christopher1) born 1801, at East Wallingford, Vt., died 1876, at Aurora, Ill., married Ezekiel Mighill, who was born 1798, at East Wallingford, Vt., died 1878, at Aurora, Ill. Children: I. Lewis, d. at Waterman, Ill., m. Amanda(???). II. Silas, d. at Jericho, (Ill.?) 1906, m. at the same town, Delany Calkins who was living in 1912. III. Mary, b. in New York State, m. at Jericho, (Ill.?), John Ellis who was b. in Wales. IV. Albert, d. at Aurora, Ill., m. Ellen Curry who was living in 1912. V. Ruel, d. at Morris, Ill., m. Sarah Whitaker who was also living in 1912. VI. Franklin, b. 1838, at Jericho, (Ill.?), d. 1907, at Aurora, Ill., m. 1861, Viola Snell who was b. 1845, and was living in...

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Lucius Merrill Todd of Aurora IL

Lucius Merrill Todd7, (Levi6, Ruel5, Job4, Ithamar3, Michael2, Christopher1) born April 6, 1839, in Mt. Holly, Vt., died July 14, 1899, in Aurora, Ill., married in Sugar Grove, Ill., July 10, 1864, Mary Ann Bruce, who was born Aug. 2, 1838, in Ithaca, N. Y., died Feb. 29, 1892, in Aurora, Ill. He was engaged in farming for several years, when in 1870, he became associated with his brother-in-law, F. O. White, in the lumber business under the firm name of White & Todd. He continued in this business until his death. Children: *1793. Edward Sherman, b. Sept. 13, 1864. 1794. Fred Levi, b. March, 1867, d....

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Eleazer Todd of Aurora IL

Eleazer Todd7, (Levi6, Ruel5, Job4, Ithamar3, Michael2, Christopher1) born May 20, 1841, in East Wallingford, Vt., died April 19, 1903, married in Aurora, Ill., Feb. 16, 1866, Emma S. Mayo, who was born July 16, 1841, in Boston, Mass. For several years, Mr. Todd was engaged in farming operations. In 1890, he left the farm and engaged in the grocery business in Aurora, Ill. He remained in this business until his death. He was a veteran of the civil war, enlisting in August, 1861, in Company A., 36th Cavalry Regiment, Illinois Volunteers, being in the same company and regiment as was his brother-in-law, Fred O. White. He was in the battle of Pea Ridge in March, 1862, in the siege of Corinth and took part in the battles of Inka and Corinth. After a time he was promoted and served his company as Corporal and Sergeant. Sometime during the war the two Cavalry Companies of the 36th Illinois were transfered to the 15th Illinois Cavalry and Company A. became Company I. Later there came another transfer and Company I. of the 15th Illinois Cavalry became Company M. 10th Illinois Cavalry. Children: *1795. Idella May, b. Aug. 11, 1869. 1796. Nellie Gertrude, b. May 10, 1871; she is a school teacher in the public schools in Chicago, Ill. *1797. Bert C., b. May 10,...

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Ralph Lallaway Todd of Omaha NE

Ralph Lallaway Todd9, (Edward S.8, Lucius M.7, Levi6, Ruel5, Job4, Ithamar3, Michael2, Christopher1) born Oct. 10, 1889, in Aurora, Ill., married in Omaha, Neb., Dec. 5, 1911, Helen Claire Leet, who was born Nov. 4, 1890, in Audubon, Iowa. Child: 2793. Edward...

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