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Location: Kane County IL

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 John M. Danielson

The splendid development of the southern part of Saline County had been largely due to the presence of a colony of thrifty Swedish people who located there about 1869-70. This colony as a whole acquired many thousands of acres in what are now the Townships of Smoky View and Smolan, and the Swedish people have predominated in that section ever since the original colonization. While for many years he had been one of the most conspicuous among. the Swedish people of Saline County, John M. Danielson had a special distinction as a settler there, since he was in advance by a year or so of the main colony. In fact he was a pioneer of pioneers in Saline County, and he is regarded almost as a patriarch among his people in that section. He was born on a farm in the District of Smolan, Sweden, July 5, 1837, a son of Daniel and Anna (Peterson) Danielson. He grew up on his father’s farm and had meager advantages in the local schools, which were only fitfully maintained and were of meager quality as to instruction when he was a boy. In August, 1857, at the age of twenty, he sought a better destiny in the New World. He came to this country without capital. His first location was in Kane County, Illinois, where he put in two years working as...

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Biography of Ike N. Williams

One of the strong and growing political figures in Kansas during recent years had been Ike N. Williams. A natural leader of men and at the same time an able and industrious lawyer, it is but natural that his name should as it does appear frequently on the pages of political history. He had, since locating at Wichita, in 1910, always used his fine legal talents in the furtherance of what he had believed to be for the best interests of the city, merging the two characters of citizen and lawyer into a high personal combination. In his participation in various movements, he had stimulated discussion and had always insinuated his forceful personality in a manner that had redounded to the public good. Ike N. Williams was born April 12, 1877, at Big Rock. Kane County, Illinois, a son of David and Elizabeth (Nightingale) Williams. His father, a native of Wales, in his younger days followed the sea as a sailor, but after a few years decided upon a career as a landsman, and in 1849 made his way on a sailing vessel to America, where he was convinced he could make his fortune as a farmer. On first coming to this country he secured a property in New York State, on which he settled, and while residing there was married, in 1852, at Brooklyn, to Miss Elizabeth Nightingale,...

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Biography of Henry Bernard Clark

Henry Bernard Clark. Life is a great drama, and many men play various roles and on many stages of activity. Such has been the experience of Henry Bernard Clark, a veteran jeweler, now living retired from a long business career at Rantoul. Mr. Clark is probably the only man in Champaign County and perhaps the only one in Illinois whose birthplace was the historic Isle of St. Helena, associated in the memories of men chiefly because it was the prison home of Napoleon Bonaparte and also the place where he died. He was born there, a son of Thomas and Louisa (Lowden) Clark. His father was a native of England and the mother was born at St. Helena of Scotch parents. When H. B. Clark was a few days old his father died, and when he was seven years of age his widowed mother came to America. His mother was a school teacher, and the English Government gave her the management of the fortified village of Longwood, where Napoleon had had his home. A strong guard of English troops had been kept at Longwood while Napoleon was there in order to prevent his escape and foil any attempts made by the French to spirit him away from the island. In such surroundings Mr. Clark spent the first seven years of his life. His brothers were James, Thomas, William and...

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Biography of Judge Robert Eakin

JUDGE ROBERT EAKIN. – While Union county is so especially favored in having men of energy and talent in the various callings of human industry and learning, there is no profession that is more signally marked by the men of ability within its ranks than the legal, and as a leader among this class stands the gentleman, whose name initiates this paragraph, and who is well and favorably known throughout eastern Oregon. Judge Eakin is a profound student of the literature of his chosen profession, having added by careful and thorough research to a mind well poised for weighing the questions of human justice an erudition and fund of information that enables a searching and keen perception to select for the intricate problems that are daily encountered by a deciding jurist the authority needed and lay down the principles applying. Adding to this an acumen and breadth of grasp that are happily blended in his make-up, we have in Judge Eakin a judicial representative that the county of Union may well feel proud of and in whom, we are pleased to state, commendable pride is taken. At Elgin, Kane county, Illinois, Robert Eakin was born in 1848, being the son of Stewart B. and Catherine (McEldowney) Eakin, natives of Ireland. In 1866 the family removed to Willamette valley and settled at Eugene, Lane county, the parents remaining their until...

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Balter, Alice Viola Beith – Obituary

Mrs. Alice Balter, aged pioneer of Wallowa County, passed quietly away at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Guy Mitchell, just before midnight, Tuesday September 6,1932. Mrs. Balter had been in poor health for some time and following an illness of flu in Montana last winter has been much worse. August 29 she was stricken with paralysis and never recovered complete consciousness before the end. Alice Beith was born Sept. 7,1856 in Batavia, Illinois and died Sept 6, 1932 at the age of 76 years. When she was a small child, the Beith family moved to Waseca, Minn., and at the age of 16 she again moved, this time to El Dorado, Kansas. She was married in El Dorado, Kansas, to Julius Balter May 16,1877 and in 1883 with two small children Mr. and Mrs. Balter came to Wallowa county. There they made a home on Prairie Creek and lived mostly in or near Joseph until death came. Four children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Balter: Mrs. J.E. Lay of Bozeman, Montana: Mrs. Guy Mitchell of Joseph William who died in 1904, at the age of 25, and Birdine, who died when a small child. Mrs. Balter was a devoted wife and mother, a good neighbor and friend. She endured the hardships of a pioneer life with courage and fortitude. She united with the Methodist church in Joseph...

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Biographical Sketch of Charles H. Olds

Olds, Charles H.; lawyer; born, Jefferson, O., Nov. 4, 1865; son of Rev. Abner D. and Adeliza Hawley Olds; educated, Oberlin College, Classical Course, 1890, degree of A. B.; married, Elgin, Ill., June 29, 1893, Eugenia Kincaid; one daughter, Florence E. Olds; was first asst. prosecuting atty. of Cuyahoga county from January 1909 to 1913; member Council of Glenville (now a part of Cleveland). 1897-1899; admitted to practice law in 1892; incorporated and represent many large companies; member Masonic, and Knights of Pythias Orders; member Tippecanoe and Western Reserve Clubs; also Colonial Club, being sec’y and director of the latter. Recreations: Camping, Fishing and Hunting in Distant...

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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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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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Miles Goodyear Todd of Geneva IL

Miles Goodyear Todd6, (Dan5, Charles4, Gideon3, Michael2, Christopher1) born Aug. 14, 1821, at Homer, N. Y., died March 19, 1888, married first, in 1847, Margaret Williams; second, Sept. 12, 1862, Helen Mae Parker, who was born July 9, 1836, died June 28, 1906. He attended an Eastern College, and about 1840, he moved with his family to Geneva, Ill. He was ordained a universal clergyman and became one of Wisconsin’s pioneer ministers, filling different pastorates until the time of his death. He was a private in the 28th regiment Wisconsin Volunteer Militia during the civil war. Children by Margaret Williams: 1047. George Lewellyn, b. Oct. 2, 1848, unmarried; in 1911 he lived at Merrimack, Wis. 1048. Amos Willard, b. Dec. 20, 1850, unmarried; he too lived at Merrimack, Wis. Children by Helen M. Parker: *1049. William Elmer, b. Aug. 14, 1853. 1050. Dan Charles, b. June 27, 1856, m. July 1880, Emma Crosby who was b. in 1854. He is a prosperous farmer and lived in 1911, at Merrimack, Wis. 1051. Sarah Evelyn, b. April 28, 1858, m. Sept. 14, 1887, Judge L. H. Mead, who was b. Sept. 26, 1853. No children. She attended the public schools of Wisconsin; later she graduated from a course of instrumental and vocal music at Chicago, Ill. *1052. Miles Edwin, b. April 6, 1862. *1053. Myrtie Annetta, b. Sept. 3,...

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Sylvester Hultz Todd of Kane County IL

Sylvester Hultz Todd6, (Dan5, Charles4, Gideon3, Michael2, Christopher1) born Jan. 11, 1815, died March 18, 1888, married at Homer, N. Y., Aug. 10, 1836, Clarissa D. Stephens, who was born May 24, 1818, died Jan. 22, 1909, at Batavia, Ill., where she was buried in the West Side Cemetery. They went to Ill. in 1837, where they bought a farm in Kane County. She was a kindly disposed woman, of a very bright mind, being a great reader, and the author of many beautiful poems of merit. In religious matters she was a “Free Thinker” at an early day, being a member of the Universalist Church of St. Charles, (Ill.?). Children: 1042. Clara Maria, b. May 20, 1839, m. Edwin Blackman; no children; reside at 1510 Dearborn Ave., Chicago, Ill. 1043. Ellen Olivia, b. April 13, 1841, d. Aug. 28, 1853. *1044. Harriet D., b. June 8, 1846. 1045. Bernice Delilah, b. June 28, 1848, d. Aug. 21, 1853. *1046. Ettie E., b. Sept. 1,...

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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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Ruel Todd of Dundee IL

Ruel Todd7, (Eleazer6, Ruel5, Job4, Ithamar3, Michael2, Christopher1) born Aug. 6, 1818, in Dryden, N. Y., died Jan. 16, 1885, in Dundee, Ill., married in 1842, in Dryden, N. Y., Gertrude Brokaw, who was born in Ovid, N. Y., died June 30, 1877, in Dundee, Ill. Children: *1784. Almina, b. Nov. 24, 1844. *1785. Charles, b. Aug. 14,...

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