Location: Lacon Illinois

Biographical Sketch of Judson W. Ong, Jr.

Ong, Judson W. Jr.; piano business; born, Lacon, Ill., Nov. 5, 1880; son of Judson W. and Isabelle Mayes Ong; educated, Lacon, Ill., High School; married, Chicago, Ill., Jan. 2, 1902, Mercedes E. Armitage; one son and one daughter, William and Mercedes; entered the retail piano business with George P. Bent, of Chicago, when he was 18; has continued in the piano business; traveled for leading wholesale firms; promoted and built, with H. J. Anderson, one of the most successful player piano mechanisms; came to Cleveland in 1904; has managed the Piano Dept. of the Bailey Co., and was connected with several other firms; in 1911, became identified with the W. F. Frederick Piano Co., as city sales and advertising mgr.; at one time pres. and treas. of The Anderson Piano Co.; was one of the first to introduce the self-playing piano in the West and Middle West; was at one time connected with the New York store of John Wanamaker, as “special piano playing mechanism demonstrator,” and received personal compliments of I. J. Paderewski, in this...

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Street, Victoria Hewitt – Obituary

Mrs. Leslie Street passed away at her home in Sturgis Saturday evening [April 20, 1965]. Jesse [Victoria] Hewitt Street was born in Streeter, Ill., March 16, 1878, where she grew to womanhood and was married at Peoria, Ill., in 1899 to Leslie Street. They came to South Dakota in 1911, settling near Faith where they lived until 1945 when they moved to Sturgis. Mrs. Street passed away here in 1949. She is survived by one son, Harry of Rapid City; two daughters, Mrs. May Fuller of Rapid City and Mrs. Evelyn Marshall of Clayton, Idaho; one sister, Mrs. Alice Yeast of Seattle, Wash. and six grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren. Four brothers and four sisters preceded her in death. Funeral services were held Tuesday from the F. O. Jolley Funeral Home with Rev. Donald Gover officiating. Special music was provided by Mrs. Elaine Owens and George Minier. Pallbearers were Merle Miller, John Detjen, Les Babcock, Dan Regan, George Alt, and Kelly Donaldson. Interment was in the Bear Butte Cemetery. Sturgis Tribune, April 21, 1965 Contributed by: Shelli...

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Cahill, Alice V. Boers – Obituary

Funeral services for Alice V. Cahill, who died Thursday evening at the Sturgis Community Memorial Hospital, will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the F. O. Jolley Funeral Home, with Rev. Harold Fitch officiating. Burial will be in the Bear Butte Cemetery under the direction of the F. O. Jolley Funeral Home. Alice Boers was born on June 14, 1905 at Lacon, Ill. to Ole and Daisy [Hewitt] Boers. The family moved to South Dakota in 1911, returning to Lacon until 1915 when they returned to South Dakota. In 1917 they moved to Seattle, Wash. returning to South Dakota in 1921. She was married to Joseph E. Cahill on Oct. 30, 1926 at Dupree, SD. In 1943 the couple moved to Rapid City where they lived until 1946 when they moved to Sturgis and have lived there since. She is survived by 2 sons, Eugene Cahill of Portland, Ore., and Keith Cahill of Spokane, Wash.; one daughter, Mrs. Frank (Virginia) Freeman of Sturgis; one brother, Louis Boers of Sturgis and one sister Doris Boers of Sturgis, and 9 grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband in 1974 and an infant brother. Black Hills Press, December 13, 1975 Contributed by: Shelli...

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Boers, Ole Jacob – Obituary

Ole Jacob Boers was born May 19, 1878 at Lacon, Illinois, and passed away at his home in Sturgis, Friday morning, following a lingering illness. He grew to manhood at Lacon and on August 24, 1902, he was united in marriage to Daisy Ellen Hewitt. Born to this union were four children, two boys and two girls, the eldest son, Ole Allison, died in infancy. Mr. Boers is survived by his widow, a son Louis of Sturgis and a daughter, Doris Boers, and a married daughter, Mrs. Joe Cahill of Sturgis. Also three grandchildren, Eugene Cahill, Sturgis Keith Cahill, with the Air Force at Perrie AFB, near Herman, Texas; Virginia Freeman, Sturgis and three great grandchildren. Mr. Boers has three brothers, Fred, Otto, and Frank Boers of Lacon, Illinois, and one sister, Mrs. Bert Pembrook, Delano, Minnesota. Mr. and Mrs. Boers came to South Dakota from Illinois in 1911, residing several miles north of Faith. Later they lived in Ziebach County for a number of years, moving to Faith, were they stayed for four years and in 1944 moved to Sturgis, where they have resided since. Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon from the F. O. Jolley Funeral Home with Rev. Verlyn Smith officiating. Interment was in the Bear Butte Cemetery. Pallbearers were Tello Peterson, Ben Henderson, John Napton, Al Eppenbaugh, Frank Steffes, and Ludwig Graslie. Sturgis Tribune, January...

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Boers, Louis Paul – Obituary

Funeral services for Louis P. “Slim” Boers, Sturgis, were Friday at Carlsen-Jolley Funeral Home, Sturgis, with the Rev. Randy Hogarth officiating. Burial was at Black Hills National Cemetery will full military honors provided by the Sturgis Veterans Honor Guard. Boers, 78, died April 21, 1993, at his home. He was born Nov. 29, 1914, at Lacon, Ill. to Ole Jacob & Daisy Ellen (Hewitt) Boers. In 1917 he and his family moved to the Faith area where they lived for several years. They moved to Seattle, Wash., for a short time before returning to South Dakota. He served in the United States Army from April 1942 until January 1946, and upon release from the military he returned to the Sturgis area where he practiced his carpentry trade until his retirement. He had lived at the Highrise since 1977. He was a member of the Sturgis American Legion. Survivors include one sister, Doris Boers, Sturgis; two nephews, Eugene Cahill of Portland, Ore., and Keith Cahill of Sturgis; one niece, Virginia Freeman, Sturgis; and many great nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Alice Cahill. Black Hill Press, April 24, 1993 Contributed by: Shelli...

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