Obituaries & Death Notices
EADS, Mrs. Hannah R.
EADS - Mrs. H.R. - funeral was held yesterday afternoon in Kewanee. The friends gathered at the home of the
daughter of deceased, Mrs. Kate Stitson.
Service conducted by Rev. H.H. Maynard assisted by Rev. C.A. Moore. At 5 PM remains were brought to Galesburg
and here transfererred to the Peoria train and taken to Knoxville for burial. Judge and Mrs. A.M. Craig, C.C. Craig
attended the service in Knoxvillle, and Mrs. C.C. Craig and Mr. and Mrs. S.T. Charles joined the party there and
accompanied them to Knoxville where further services were held.
Source: Unnamed Newspaper poss in Galesburg IL February 1, 1898 (newspaper not named)
Contributed by Edward Baltzer
[Obit was found in Volume II page 18- OBITUARIES - KNOX COUNTY - GALESBURG, ILLINOIS - NEWSPAPERS - 1898 - 1901
compiled by Durwood B. Allaman from microfilm in the Galaesburg Public Library]
Obit for Hannah Eads (wife of John Eads) says her daughter Kate Stitson attended the funeral-surname should be
DEATH BECKONS TO A YOUNG MAN
Clarence Earley Passes Away Last Night After A Long Illness
LIVED IN KEWANEE MOST OF HIS LIFE
Educated In Public Schools Here; Funeral To Be Held Here Saturday
Clarence Earley, a victim of tuberculosis, was called by death last night at his home on North Main St. His
death will bring regret to his many friends in this city. April 27th, Mr. Earley was attacked by tuberculosis and
his condition since that time has been more or less serious. For the last three weeks he had been confined to his
bed on account of illness. Early last evening complications of pneumonia appeared and his condition became worse
causing the end shortly after midnight.
Mr. Earley has made his residence in this city for about eighteen years, during which time he had gained the
acquaintance of many here. He came to Kewanee with his parents when he was three years old and with the exception
of a short time had made his home here until death.
Born in Missouri.
Clarence Earley was born at Andover, Harrison County, Missouri, October 20th, 1889. He was educated in the
public schools of this city and was employed in the coal mining business for some time. For the past few years he
had been employed at his home on the farm.
Relatives to Mourn.
Mr. Earley leaves to mourn his deather his mother, Mrs. Thos. Earley, and five brothers and two sisters, namely:
Ira, George, Daniel, Herbert, Harold, Mrs. Ira Talbott and Rose, all of this city.
Funeral services will be conducted Saturday. A short service will take place at the family home at 2:00 o'clock.
At the Latter Day Saints' church, a service will be held at 2:30 o'clock. The remains will be interred at Pleasant
Source: Kewanee Daily Star-Courier, (Kewanee, IL) Thursday, 21 Nov. 1912
Posted by Tracy Johnson
MANY PAY RESPECTS
Funeral Services Held For Clarence Earley
Last sad rites were paid Clarence Earley Saturday afternoon. At the family residence on North Main street a
short service was held at 2:00 o'clock which was largely attended. A large number of friends and relatives gathered
at the Latter Day Saint's church at 2:30 o'clock to pay final respects.
James Norris was in charge of the services. Music was furnished by a quartet composed of Miss Betha Green, Mrs.
John Bergland, Dr. G. M. Lovering and Paul Lofquist. Many beautiful flowers were offered.
The bearers were George Johnson, Ralph Johnson, John Jones, John Frey, Frank Nass and William Soderland. The
remains were interred at Pleasant View cemetery.
Source: Kewanee Daily Star-Courier, (Kewanee, IL) Monday, 25 Nov. 1912
Posted by Tracy Johnson
EARLEY, Sarah Ann Whitehouse
On December 14, 1919, Mrs. Sarah A. Early died at the home of her daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. E. E.
Haskins, at Oland, MO. Her age was 79 years and 9 months.
She was born March 14, 1840, in Dudley, Worcestershire, England, and in her youth married William Early.
They came to America along in the 60's and located at Kewanee, Illinois, where already many friends from England
were living. They united with the Reorganized Church of Latter Day Saints and were neighbors and associates with
families well known in Lamoni and vicinity, the Frances, Sumptions, Martins, Garlands, Stanleys, Perry's and
Thirteen children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Early, of whom eight have died, also Mr. Early died in 1905. The
five sons and daughters living are Mrs. Rose Stanton of Kewanee, Ill.; Mrs. Mabel Haskins and the sons William,
George and Joseph of Oland, Andover and vicinity. There are also twenty grandchildren.
Mrs. Early had a long and trying illness, suffering pain and weakness for years.
Funeral services were held in the Andover chapel, sermon by H. A. Stebbins, assisted by James Martin, Sr. Burial
in the cemetery there.
Source unknown but probably Lamoni Ia newspaper
Contributed by Susie Martin-Rott
[Note: correct spelling of name is EARLEY. The Andover mentioned in the obit is Andover MO]
Two accounts from the Saints Herald:
EARLY--At Oland, Harrison County, Missouri, December 14, 1919, Sister Sarah A. Early. Born in Dudley,
Worcestershire, England, March 14, 1840. Married William Early in England and was the mother of 13 children. Eight
of these are dead, also her husband. The 5 living, Sister Rose Stanton, Kewanie, Illinois, Sister Mabel Haskins and
William, George and Joseph, all of Andover, or Oland, were present at her death. Twenty grandchildren are living.
Funeral services in the church, Andover. Sermon by H. A. Stebbins, assisted by James Martin, Sr.
Source: Saints Herald, Vol 66, page 1276, December 31, 1919
Contributed by Susie Martin-Rott
EARLY--Near Andover, Missouri, December 14, 1919, Sister Sarah A. Early, aged 79 years and 9 months. Born at
Dudley, Worcestershire, England.
Married William Early, and they moved to America in the 60's living many years at Kewanee, Illinois. Of 13
children, 5 survive their month. The father died several years ago. Sister Early suffered severe illness for a long
time. Sermon by H. A. Stebbins, assisted by James Martin, Sr.
Source: Saints Herald, Vol 67, page 414, April 28, 1920
Contributed by Susie Martin-Rott
EATON, Dora Josephine Moore
Door Josephine Moore, wife of Frank Eaton, was born November 26, 1886, and passed away at the family residence,
Thursday, February 20, 1913, after months of suffering with that dread disease tuberculosis, in the twenty seventh
year of her age.
She was married to Frank Eaton, June 29,1905. To them were born four children: Irene Margaret, Mabel May, Harry
Dale and Russell Edward. Mrs. Eaton was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Aaron Moore of Cambridge. One sister preceded
her in death, Mrs. Winnie Scovill, wife of J. W. Scovill, who died May 3, 1908. On the going away of this young
woman and mother, she lays down the burdens of life, just when she was needed most-especialy so, when we think of
the children left without a mother's care. However, God in His own good time and way, will make things plain, that
we cannot understand now, She leaves to mourn her departure, her husband and children, parents, seven brothers and
one sister; George, Daniel, Charles, Leaner, wife of Hugh Armstrong, David, Bert, Roy and Frank, all of Cambridge.
Also her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. N. L. Carlson of Cambridge.
The funeral services, were held last Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the Methodist church in Cambridge and
were largely attended by relatives and friends. Rev. D. S. Andewartha delivered a comforting sermon to the
sorrowing relatives and friends who had gathered to pay their respects. Interment was made in Rose Dale
The singers were: Mesdames O.W. Eaton and W.E. Eaton and Messrs.W.E. Eaton and L.A. Taylor with Miss Mabel
Samuelson as organist. The pallbearers were Fred McLaughlin, Fred Fausett, J.R. Grier, John Lindquist, Hilmer
Abamson and William Lower.
Source: Cambridge Chronicle, Cambridge IL; 27 Feb 1913
Contributed by Alan Hoyt
Last Thursday morning, February 12, 1920, occurred the death of Mr. Frank Eaton at his home, about one mile east
of Cambridge. The immediate cause of his death was due to pneumonia although Mr. Eaton had not been feeling very
good for some time.
Mr. Eaton was born on a farm near Cambridge, July 6, 1881, consequently was thirty-seven years and 6 months old.
He had spent all his entire life in this immediate vicinity, following the occupation of a farmer.
The deceased was twice married, first to Miss Dora Moore, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Aaron Moore, and three
children of this marriage survive their father, the oldest being a young lady of sixteen years of age. The mother
preceded her husband in death some few years ago,
Mr. Eaton's second marriage was to Miss Mary Talbot, the eldest daughter of Mr. Charles Talbot of East
Cambridge, and to this union were born two children, who are left to mourn the untimely death of husband and
Mr. Eaton was a member of the Modern Woodmen of America and carried a $2,000 policy. The funeral was held from
the late home of the deceased on Sunday afternoon in charge of Dr. H. T. Jackson of the Methodist church.
The following Woodmen acted as body bearers: O.L. Boberg, Guy Stewart, Sherman Decker, Charles A. Newman, Harold
Decker and George Casteel.
Interment was in Rosedale cemetery.
Source: Cambridge Chronicle, 19 Feb 1920
Contributed by Alan Hoyt
Another death from small pox, - James Eaton of Munson, who has been for several day dangerously ill with the
small pox and erysipelas combined, died on Monday afternoon last.
Mr. Eaton was a well meaning, hard working, sober, reliable man. He has reared a large family, nearly all of
whom have passed thought the ordeal to which he has succumbed. He settled upon the piece of land upon which he died
eighteen years ago. An examination of the records in the Recorder's office reveals this entry: "Township 16 North,
range 3 east. "Section 32, southeast quarter. United States to James Eaton. September 14 1852.
No other scratch of a pen appears against any part of that quarter section. No clearer and simpler title to
property has ever been transmitted by any man to his children than this. It illustrates something of the steady
unwavering purpose that characterized the man.
Source: Cambridge Chronicle, Cambridge IL, Apr 1850
Posted by Alan Hoyt
Died, at her residence in Munson, Saturday, June 7th, 1890, Mrs. Lorinda Eaton, relict of the late James Eaton,
aged 73 years.
Mrs. Eaton immigrated from Kentucky with her husband to Munson in 1851, where he entered the farm upon which
both lived constantly up to the time of their respective deaths, Mrs. Eaton having survived her husband about
They were the parents of ten children viz: Thomas W., now of Chicago; Elizabeth (Woodsmall), now of Missouri;
George W., near Indianapolis, Ind: James A. of Chicago; Sarah (Benson), Annawan, this county; Francis, who died in
1871; Maggie, wife of Luther Elston; Mary M., wife of Andrew Elston, Charles W. and John F., both of Chicago.
Mrs. Eaton was an industrious woman, good neighbor and devoted mother, She had been wasting away with the
frailties of age for some time before her death.
The funeral was held at the residences at one o'clock p.m., Sunday June 8th, Rev. C. W. Davis officiating at the
last obsequies. Several of her children and a large number of friends were present and the remains were interred in
the Pleasant Hill cemetery beside those of her husband and daughter.
Source: Cambridge Chronicle, June 1860
Contributed by Alan Hoyt
DEATH OF INFANT SON
Russell Edward, youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Eaton, was born in Cambridge township, July 10, 1912, and
departed this life on July 20, 1913, at the age of 1 year, 10 days. Russell had been a delicate child since birth,
being affected with tubercular trouble. At the age of seven months the child was left without a mother, she passing
away some five months ago. All that loving hands could do was done to prolong the little life that had become so
precious in the home, but all efforts failed, and he passed away at the above stated time.
He leaves besides his father, two sisters and one brother, Irene Margaret and Mabel May and Harry Dale. Russell
was of a bright and cheerful disposition and was loved by every one who knew him. His last illness was of short
duration and comes as a great shock to the family.
The funeral services, which were largely attended, were held at the residence, east of Cambridge, Tuesday
afternoon, Rev. D.S. Andrewartha officiating. The singers were the Misses Gertrude Yohn and Ena McClung, and four
little girls acted as bearers, being Helen Bennett, Hazel Cochren, Jessie Bennett and Dorthy Bennett. The interment
was in Rosedale cemetery.
Source: Cambridge Chronicle, Cambridge IL, 24 Jul 1913
Contributed by Alan Hoyt
On Thursday evening, Oct. 14, 1897,at 7:30 o'clock, Mr. Ebenezar Edwards, of Hanna town, was called to his final
resting place. His death was as his past life had been, most quiet and peaceful, not even making the least struggle
as death approached, but passing away without oil. In this last sad hour he was surrounded by his wife and several
Mr Edwards, was born in Aberdare, Wales in August 1819. When he was a mere boy of 16 he came to America and
after traveling considerable he found work at Youngstown, Ohio, where he settled down. After working there nine
years for the same firm, he was joined in marriage to Miss Sarah J. Ballard, of Youngstown. The young couple went
to housekeeping while Mr. Edwards still continued working for his "old boss" as he often spoke of him, who was
Ex-Gov of Ohio. Here the young couple lived for 13 years, during which time there were six children born, two of
whom died while infants.
In 1856, Mr. Edwards, wanting to make a home for his family, came west in search of land. He spent the winter at
Aldrich coal bank in East Hanna, and in the spring of '57, Mr. and Mrs. Edwards with their family of four children
came to Illinois and settled on the farm which he had selected before. Here they lived happily together for the
past 40 years, or till death's separation.
The funeral took place at the Center school house, Sunday at 11 a.m.,conducted the Rev. Mr, Gaither, of Colona.
His text was taken from the 32nd Genesis, from which a splendid sermon was delivered, In connection with this text,
by request, the 14th chapter of Job was read, as this was the deceased's favorite chapter, and especially the first
"Man that is born of a woman is of a few days, and is full of trouble."
At the close of the sermon the poem entitled, "Father", which follows was read in a very touching manner. After
the services the remains were conveyed to the Hanna cemetery by the hearse, which was followed by a procession of
one hundred and fifty teams, being the largest funeral, perhaps, ever held in that vicinity.
Deceased leaves a wife, nine children, thirty-two grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren, together with a
host of old friends, to mourn his loss. We say host of friends because he was never known to have an enemy or to
have the last words in anger with any man. Could he not speak in praise of any one he would not speak his name at
The children were all present except their oldest daughter, Elizabeth Proctor, of Julett, Wyoming. Those present
were William T., of Rapid City, Dak., Olive Whitted of Mulvane, Kansas, John F., of Hanna town, Alice Brokaw of
Phenix, Chas. F., of Hanna, Frank E., of Green River, Cynthia Brokaw of Colona, and Bert S., of Wyanet.
"Rest, father, rest, thy toils are o'er;
Sweet be thy rest on that beautiful shore.
Long has thy light shone bright in our home.
But alas, it is quenched; darkened and gone.
Yes, gone from our circle.
Never more shall we see that face beam with brightness,
those eyes full of glee.
Oh sad is the thought of that long farewell.
Yet God doeth all things, and all ends well.
Though sweet is that promise of "Who shall believe."
The same everlasting life shall receive.
Then let us be mindful of our Saviour on high,
In Him put our trust; in Him let us die.
So then when that messenger calls each one home,
We will meet with our Father, never more to roam;
Then rest, father, rest, tye tils are o'er;
Sweet be they rest on the evergreen shore.
(Frank E. Edwards)
SOURCE: Green River News, edited by Frank E. Edwards, Oct? 1897
Contributor: Kathy Walters Minder
EGBERT, Clarence H.
Clarence H. Egbert, 71, of 601 Florence St.., died at Kewanee Public Hospital at 1:30 a.m. Saturday. He was born
in Beardstown on April 9, 1897, the son of Frederick and Elizabeth Kianke Egbert. He was married to Clara Lyle,
Oct. 5, 1921 in Kewanee.
Mr. Egbert was a retired carpenter and brick mason for the Walworth Co. He was a member of First Congregational
Church and the Odd Fellows Lodge of Kewanee.
Surviving are the wife; one son, Clarence H. Jr., and one daughter, Mrs. Margaret Dragolovich, both of Kewanee;
two grand children; one great-grand child, and two brothers, Emil and Frank, both of Frederick, Ill. He was
preceded in death by his parents and four sisters.
Funeral services will be held at the Creamer Funeral Home Monday at 3 p.m. The Rev. John Queen, pastor of First
Congregational Church, will officiate. Burial will be in Evergreen Memory Gardens.
Friends may call Sunday evening at the funeral home where the Odd Fellows service will be given at 8 p.m.
Source: Kewanee Star-Courier, Saturday, June 1, 1968
Contributed by Tracy Johnson
EMERY, Mrs. W.H.
Mrs. W. H. Emery, 91, altho a trifle better is critically ill. Members of the family were called and some of
them remain with Mrs. Elma Bennett near their mother's bedside.
Source: Washington County Register (Kansas), Dec. 10, 1943
MRS. W. H. EMERY DIED WEDNESDAY
Mrs. W. H. Emory, 90, died at her home on East Fifth Street early Wednesday morning. Although born in Dunkirk,
N.Y. on April 10, 1853, she was raised in Henry Co, Illinois from an early age. She came to Kansas in the early
seventies to teach school in Brown County and she met and married on December 28, 1872 W. H. Emery.
Almost immediately they moved to Washington Co, and before Mr. Emery died on September 21, 1940 these pioneers
had celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary, practically all of which was lived in Washington County.
Funeral services were held Friday, December 17 at the Christian Church, Rev. Lowell Renberger officiating.
Burial was in Washington Cemetery.
Source: Washington County Register, (Kansas) Dec. 17, 1943
Contributed by Lynda Darby Ozinga
John Emmert, pioneer in Illinois and long time resident of Henry county, passed away at the old Emmert homestead
in Colona last Thursday evening, May 18, 1916, at the advanced age of 83 years and 3 months. The cause of his death
was Bright's disease, from which he had suffered for some time.
Mr. Emmert was born in Wiezenbach, Bavaria, Germany, February 19, 1833, and came to America when one year old
with his parents, who settled in Pennsylvania. Later they came to Illinois and to this county, locating on a farm
in the vicinity of Morristown. There the subject of this sketch was married to Miss Johanna Cochran on September
18, 1856. He enlisted as a volunteer in the regular army on September 18, 1861, and served throughout the Civil
war, being honorably discharged on May 15, 1866. He was a member of Graham Post, G. A. R., of Moline.
Throughout his long residence in Henry county Mr. Emmert was held in the highest esteem. He was a good citizen,
a devoted husband and father and a true friend. Many there are aside from the immediate relatives who mourn his
Mrs. Emmert died at Colona March 14, 1914. Nine children survive. All were at the bedside of their father at the
time of his death. They are George S. Emmert, of East Moline; William S. Emmert, of Silvis; Mrs. Mary Greko, of
Moline; David M. Emmert, of Blue Island; Mrs. Mary Dwyer, of Blue Island, and Margaret Ellen, Charles F. and Frank
Emmert and Mrs. Emma Vincent at home. There are also numerous other relatives, including two nephews, John P.
Emmert of St. Joseph, Mo., and A. J. Emmert, of Rushville, Mo. Funeral services were held at the home of the
deceased at Colona last Saturday afternoon in charge of Graham Post, G. A. R., of Moline. Interment was in the
SOURCE: Probably Geneseo Republic
SUBMITTED BY: Mary Margaret Jones
Van Engstrand, 79, a resident of Oakwood Health Care Center in Kewanee, formerly of Galva, died at 11:35 pm,
tuesday, Feb 27, 2001 at Kewanee Hospital.
He was born Aug 8, 1921 in Henry County, to Charles L Engstrand & Flora M (Van Auken) Engstrand.
He is survived by several cousins and a former wife, Marsha Engstrand of Toulon. He was preceded in death by his
parents and one infant daughter.
He graduated from Galva High School in 1939. He worked at Overbaugh's equipment in Galva and he had farmed over
30 years in the LaFayette area He was a member of the First Congregational Church in Galva.
Services were at 1:30 pm, Friday at Rux funeral Home in Galva. Visitation preced the service at 1 pm in the
funeral home, burial was in Galva Cemetery.
Source: Galva News, 3/7/2001.
Contributed by Susan Fahnstrom