Location: Marshall County IL

Biography of Albert C. Blood

Albert C. Blood, who in 1904, organized the Maplewood Planing Mill Company, of which he has since been the president, has thus been connected with the manufacturing interests of St. Louis for seventeen years. He was born in Fulton county, Illinois, February 26, 1852. His father, Joseph P. Blood, was a native of New Hampshire and about 1850 removed to Illinois, settling in Fulton county, near Lewistown, where he engaged in the operation of a grist and saw-mill and also in stock raising. He married Elizabeth A. Ogden, a native of Indiana, who removed with her parents to Illinois, where her people were large land owners. The marriage of Mr. and Mrs. J. P. Blood was celebrated in Illinois, and they became the parents of three sons And three daughters, of whom Albert C. is the oldest. The father died in 1877, while the mother survived until 1884. Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. choose a state: Any AL AK AZ AR CA CO CT DE DC FL GA HI ID IL IN IA KS KY LA ME MD MA MI MN MS MO MT NE NV NH NJ NM NY NC ND OH OK OR PA RI SC SD TN TX UT VT VA WA WV WI WY INTL Start Now Albert C. Blood was educated in the public schools of Henry, Illinois,...

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Biography of Julius M. Gehrt

Julius M. Gehrt has been successfully identified with Champaign County agriculture for a number of years, and is the owner and proprietor of a fine farm in section 33 of Harwood Township, near the village of Dillsburg. Mr. Gehrt was born at Lawn Ridge, Illinois, a son of John M. and Catherine (Best) Gehrt. His parents were both born in Germany, came to America in early life, were married in this country and the father is still living, at the ripe age of eighty-three, on his farm in Stark County, Illinois. The mother is now deceased. Julius M. Gehrt was next to the youngest in a family of eight children. He grew up on his father’s farm in Stark County and attended the public schools at Spear in that county. January 15, 1902, he married Miss Carolina Kuhn. Mrs. Gehrt is a native of Germany, born near the city of Berlin, and fourth among the five children of Philip and Elizabeth (Hoeltzel) Kuhn. The Kuhn children were named Philip, Salome, Fred, Carolina and Elizabeth. When Mrs. Gehrt was eleven years of age the family came to America and she and her brothers and sisters attended the public schools of Peoria and of Stark County, Illinois. After their marriage Mr. and Mrs. Gehrt located on a rented farm in Peoria County, but in 1903 they rented a place of 160...

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Biographical Sketch of Charles W. Reed

Charles W. Reed is a farmer and successful stockman with home in section 16 of Philo Township. His rural mail delivery comes from Tolono on Route No. 48. Mr. Reed was born in Marshall County, Illinois, March 11, 1869, son of John Caldwell and Mary (Bell) Reed. Both parents were born in Virginia and in early life moved to Illinois. In 1879 John C. Reed came to Champaign County, locating on the farm in section 16 of Philo Township where his son Charles now resides. Both parents are now deceased. Their five children were named: Charles W.; Henry K., deceased; Mary Bell, wife of Professor E. H. Wells, of the University of Nebraska; John, of Ligonier, Indiana; and James, of Philo Township. Charles W. Reed grew up and received his education in Champaign County and at his father’s death took charge of the farm for three years. He then went to Lincoln, Nebraska, bought eighty acres in that part of the state, but after a year went to Denver and in the fall of the same year returned to Philo, Illinois. In the spring of 1906 he entered upon his duties as manager of the old homestead of 160 acres, and has steadily and profitably directed the operations of that fine farm for over ten years. He raises the staple crops and also handles good live stock. On December...

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Biography of Henry Van Deman Faris

Henry Van Deman Faris, of Kanopolis, is a Kansas around whom center many associations of territorial and pioneer times. He is by five years the oldest living pioneer in Kansas west of Salina. He had been continuously identfied with Ellsworth County more than half a century. Mr. Faris comes of that adventuresome pioneer stock that in successive waves had peopled and developed American soil. His grandfather, John Faris, was born in Ireland of Scotch descent. On coming to this country he partieipated as a soldier in the struggle for independence, and afterwards became a farmer in Virginia. He located on what was then the far western frontier, along the Ohio River in Ohio County, Virginia, now West Virginia, not far from the small settlement then but now the City of Wheeling. He died there many years before Henry V. Faris was born. He married a Miss Stuart, also of Scotch family. Robert Faris, father of Henry V., was born in Ohio County in what is now West Virginia in 1801. He grew up and married in his native county, took up farming, and in 1828 left the comparatively well settled region around Wheeling and journeyed into the woods of Delaware County, Ohio, where he developed a farm. Then, in 1863, he again took up the journey and made the last stage toward the West, locating on a farm in...

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Biography of Peter G. Johnson

Peter G. Johnson. The years 1858 and 1859 were particularly important ones in the history of Kansas. With the adoption of a constitution in the latter year, the peaceful, homeseeking settlers who had come from afar, even from other lands, to establish themselves on these wide prairies, as yet uncrowded as were older sections, found assurance of settled conditions and of the opportunity of preserving the homes they had founded. In the spring of 1858 the parents of Peter G. Johnson, one of Riley County’s most respected citizens, settled in Butler County, Kansas. They were natives of Sweden who emigrated to the United States in 1856. Peter G. Johnson was born in Sweden, March 15, 1834. His parents were Carrie and John Peterson, the son, according to Swedish custom, taking the surname of Johnson, from his father’s Christian name. The father was twice married, two sons being born to his first union, Peter G. and August, the latter of whom is deceased. Unto his second marriage four children were born: Victor, Oscar, Christina and Tilda. August and Victor both fell victims of savage Indians, in Indian Territory, in 1862. During early manhood Peter G. Johnson followed the sea. He was twenty-three years of age when he accompanied his father to the United States, with whom he tarried in Marshall County, Illinois, for two years before coming to Butler County,...

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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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Storey, Emma Jane Hewitt – Obituary

Mrs. Emma J. Storey, 88, a Seattle resident 63 years, died yesterday [October 15, 1951] in a hospital. She had been ill for two years. Funeral services will be held at 3 o’clock tomorrow in the Butterworth Chapel with burial in Mount Pleasant. Mrs. Storey, widow of a pioneer King County miner, George C. Storey, was born in Sparland, Ill. She came to Seattle in 1888. Mrs. Storey was a member of Ridgeley Rebekah Lodge No. 6, and the Pioneer Association of Washington State. For many years Mrs. Storey was a well-known figure at the annual picnic of old timers at Renton. Last year she was one of the oldest to attend. Surviving are four daughters, Mrs. Emma J. Cooke, Mrs. Alice M. McIntyre and Mrs. Blanche Yatsunoff, all of Seattle, and Mrs. Howard Cooke, Bremerton; three sons, George C., Jr., and William W. Storey, both of Seattle and John M. Storey, Kooskia, Idaho; three sisters, Mrs. Carl Yeast, Seattle, and Mrs. Ole Boers and Mrs. Leslie Street, both of Sturgis, S.D.; 20 grandchildren, and 25 great grandchildren. Contributed by: Shelli...

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Biographical Sketch of the Kahn Brothers

Kahn Bros., dealers in clothing, Mattoon. Mark Kahn, senior member of the firm of Kahn Bros., was born in Wurtemberg, Germany, Nov. 7, 1841; he emigrated to America in 1856, and first settled in Marshall Co., Ill., and engaged in peddling dry goods and clothing for eighteen months; during the summers of 1858, 1859 and 1860, he worked on a farm in Shelby Co., and during the winter season was employed in a store; in the fall of 1860, in connection with a Mr. Steiner and his brother Moses, he began the business of merchandising in Mattoon, under the firm name of Steiner & Kahn; in 1863, Mr. Steiner retired from the firm, and his brother Lewis became a member; the firm name was then changed to Kahn Bros.; Lewis died in the fall of 1867; in 1871, his brother Felix became a partner; his brother Moses was lost in the ill-fated Schiller, May 7, 1875, on her passage from America to Germany. From 1863 to 1869, the firm also operated a clothing house in Charleston, Coles Co., and from 1869 to 1874, conducted the lumber trade in Mattoon in connection with the merchandising business. He was married in March, 1875, to Minnie Steiner, a native of Illinois; she died in February, 1876. Has one son-Lewis. In June, 1878, he was chosen President of the First National Bank of...

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Andrew Hinman Todd of Wenona IL

Andrew Hinman Todd8, (Ira7, Jehiel6, Stephen5, Stephen4, Samuel3, Samuel2, Christopher1) born June 21, 1824, in Hartford, Conn., married June, 1847, Jeanette Almy, who was born April 17, 1827. He was associated with his brothers, Horatio N. and Ira, they becoming owners and managers of the paper mill and flouring mill in Toddsville, N. Y. While living in Toddsville, he built a house not very far from their mill property and in which his relative, Samuel S. Todd, was living in 1918. Later he was in partnership with his brothers, Horatio, Walter and Ira, in a general store business in Wenona, Ill. Children: 2019. Henry Albert, b. April 17, 1850, d. Nov., 1867. 2020. Flora DeEtta, b. Nov. 7,...

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Ira Todd of LaSalle IL

Ira Todd8, (Ira7, Jehiel6, Stephen5, Stephen4, Samuel3, Samuel2, Christopher1) born Sept. 15, 1822, in Hartford, Conn., died Jan., 1899, married Sept. 26, 1848, Mary Washburn Cushman, who was born July 19, 1825, in Asonet or Taunton, Mass., died Nov. 7, 1894. Ira Todd in association with his brothers Horatio N. and Andrew, owned and managed a flouring mill and a paper mill in Toddsville, N. Y. Somewhat later he became associated with three of his brothers, Horatio N., Walter S. and Andrew owning and managing a general store in Wenona, Ill., still later, he and Walter were in company in a wholesale grocery business in Lasalle, Ill., where they also had a flouring mill. Children: *2016. George Ira, b. Dec. 9, 1849. 2017. William Hercules, b. July 28, 1851, d. July 22, 1852. *2018. Harry Washington, b. July 9,...

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Walter Street Todd of Lawley FL

Walter Street Todd8, (Ira7, Jehiel6, Stephen5, Stephen4, Samuel3, Samuel2, Christopher1) born Jan. 31, 1821, in Hartford, Conn., died June 22, 1891, in Lawley, Fla., married July 9, 1843, Emily Magee, who was born Sept. 6, 1820, in Decatur, N. Y., died June 22, 1899, in Lawley, Fla. Walter S. Todd went into partnership with three of his brothers, Horatio N., Andrew and Ira, and together operated a general store in Wenona, Ill. Also, he and his brother Ira owned and managed a wholesale grocery store in Lasalle, Ill., also a flouring mill. This latter business seems to have greatly interested the different members of this family, as all or nearly all, at one time or another became owners or part owners of milling property. Children: *2012. Charles Ferdinand, b. July 25, 1844. 2013. Mary Elvira, b. Jan. 8, 1849. For her descendants see No. 2030. 2014. James Duff, b. Aug. 26, 1853; he is unmarried and lives in California. *2015. Guy Crandall, b. Jan. 4,...

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