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Geneseo Republic, July 6, 1883
Deputy Sheriff WILSON, of Cambridge, came over Monday with four prisoners for Joliet and took them up there on the morning train. They were Maurice R. ZUVER, of Woodhall, who was convicted of burglarizing Dr. TAYLOR’s drug store, sent up for one year: James MORAN, Freeman PRICE and Abe LINDHAL, the boys who some months since entered the residence of john MILROY, living south of Woodhull, and demanded his money at the muzzle of a revolver. Mrs. MILRAY slipped out of the house and gave the alarm and the young robbers ran away without securing anything. Two of them were sentenced for three years each, and the other one for one year. The young fellows appeared to consider the matter a great joke and were quite merry during their stay at the depot here. Their views may undergo a decided change after they have undergo term of prison discipline.
Submitted by Jill, no relation to subjects
August 3, 1883
Anna MorrisAnna Morris, the girl who attempted to commit suicide, is still at the armory. An Argus reporter was told by a well known gentleman to-day, who had just returned from Geneseo, that he had made inquiries in that town, and found that she had never lived there. No such fellow as Sam WAGNER, her alleged seducer, ever worked in Geneseo, and further that no family by the name of DINWIDDY, in whose employ she claimed while she was in Geneseo, ever lived in that town. Still there are several who said they have seen the girl in that town. The Geneseo papers make no mention of her ever living in that town. All things considered it looks as though the girl was trying to conceal her identity.
Mrs. SEBASTINE, a lady living on Seventh avenue between Twenty-fifth and Twenty-sixth streets, says she will take her and care for her until she is able to care for herself if the good people of Rock Island will help. She is circulating a subscription paper to-day to raise money for that purpose, and is meeting with good success. It would be well if the poor girl could be taken care of by such a lady as Mrs. SEBASTIAN appears to be, and we hope our people will “chip in” and help swell the fund.--R.I ARGUS
submitted by Jill, no relation to subjects
Geneseo Republic April 5, 1918; Mrs. Jacob Weber submitted to an operation for the removal of her tonsils at the J.C. Hammond City hospital Tuesday.
Geneseo Republic April 5, 1918; Henry Sand Jr,, who is in training at Camp May, New Jersey, remembers the Republic with greetings. He says he likes his new environment very much. Before being allowed to go into camp he was kept in detention quaratine for a period of twenty-one days. He is with the 13th company at Wissahicken Barracks.
Submitted by Robin Pardus
Perry Munson of Geneseo was buried alive by the caving in of a well on the Harvey Crane farm, one and a half miles west of Geneseo, on Saturday, September 11, 1875. Scores of men seized shovels from the hardware stores and rushed to the rescue. But only one man could work in the well. This swiftest digger of all was Andrew Cherry. Munson's wife appeared when the work was half done. She screamed fearfully, and was forcibly returned to town. Munson had been dead for hours when taken out. A little dog which followed him had barked incessantly at the mouth of the well all day, a thing he never did before.
Submitted by W. Caudell
Kewaunee Star Courier Wednesday July 30, 2003
10,25,50 and 100 YEARS AGO: 25 Years ago Monday July 31, 1978, Robin Rohdy, formerly of Cambridge, became the first woman to enter the harness race at the Henry County Fair on Saturday. She drove in four heats, twice against her husband, John Rohdy, and father, Robert Weber of Cambridge . (Copy on file).
Submitted by Robin Pardus
Copied from Geneseo Republic of July 31, 1925 .
The Rahn families held a picnic at Big Ben camp Sunday. Those present were Mrs. & Mrs. Fred Rahn and daughters, Mr. & Mrs. Louis Rahn, Miss Marie Rummell, Rinehart Rahn of this city; Herman Rahn and family, Emmett Lane, Mr. & Mrs. Ray DeSutter & family, Mr. & Mrs. Louis Gradaert & family, of Atkinson. Mr. & Mrs. Chas. Kroeger & daughter of Davenport, Mrs. Tillie Lohse, Raymond Lohse, Mr. & Mrs. Ray C. Thoms, Mr. & Mrs. Hugo Lohse, and son, Mr. & Mrs. Elmer Boldt & daughter, Mr. & Mrs. Herman Boldt, Richard Boldt, Mr. & Mrs. C. W. Ohms and sons of Rock Island, Mr. & Mrs. F. J. Kessell and daughter Margaret, Paul Rahn of Moline.
Copy of Announcement on file sent to Robin from Fama Prokup
Kewaunee Star Courier Wednesday July 30, 2003, 10,25,50 and 100 YEARS AGO: 25 Years ago Monday July 31, 1978, Robin Rhody, formerly of Cambridge, became the first woman to enter the harness race at the Henry County Fair on Saturday. She drove in four heats, twice against her husband, John Rhody, and father, Robert Weber of Cambridge . (Rhody should have been spelled Rohdy) (copy on file).
Cambridge Chorinicle copy of article on file; (15 YEARS AGO) July 8 1988 Bob Weber of Cambridge was on hand to participate in a world record set Sunday July 12 for the largest outdoor barbeque ever held in a single day. Sponsored by the National Hog Producers council in Des Moines Iowa over 55,000 people fested on some 13 tons of pork babeque. Mr Weber explained that he was invited to the event because he won the Henry County Pork barbeque contest held during fair week last year then placed third in the pork contest held at the state fair in August 1987.
Article from Cambridge Chronicle Thursday July 31, 2003 on file; Robert Weber Jr. wins race at fair. Robert Weber Jr. of Yorkville, formally of Cambridge has been racing harness horses for the last two years. He picked up his first win of his career Thursday June 19 at the Henry County Fair in Cambridge . Weber and his dad's horse, OG'S IM Fulla Pride, toook first in the three year old trotter division. Weber son of Marie Weber and Robert Weber Sr., both of Cambridge has been around horses all his life. He showed horses while he was a member of Cambridge Champs 4-H Club and won numerous first place awards throughout his 4-H career. He has also trained horses for numerous other people and was a bull rider in the rodeo for five years. Before becoming a qualified harness licensed fair licensed driver, Weber was a out rider for the Cambridge Harness Racing Association for several years. He would start each race at the Henry County Fair leading the qualifying horses around the track for a warm up lap. During his two year career, Weber has participated in napproximately 20 races, finishing second and third several times. "He was really excited he won a race on his hometown track, " Judy Weber stated, "Im really proud of him." A graduate of Cambridge High School , Weber also graduated from an Auctioneering College in Mason City Iowa . He currently digs holes with a back hoe for new sewer lines in Yorkville.
Submitted by Fama Prokup
Copy on file, Geneseo Republic Sept 24, 1970 ;
JACOB WEBERS TO NOTE 65 TH WEDDING EVENT WITH OPEN HOUSE SEPTEMBER 27; Mr. And Mrs. Jacob Weber who will observe their 65 th wedding anniversary on Friday, September 25, will be honored at a reception in the First United Methodist church parlors Sunday afternoon, September 27. Relatives and friends are invited to call from 2 to 4 pm . The family requests gifts to be omitted. The former Della Little of Atkinson and Mr. Weber were married September 25, 1905 in Davenport Iowa . They farmed in the Geneseo community until 1946 when they retired and moved to their present home at 700 South Oakwood Avenue Geneseo. The couple has two daughters, Mrs. Albert Parpart and Mrs. Ralph Tomlinson, both of Geneseo; four grandchildren and three great great grand children. Another daughter, Mrs Raymond Neulieb is deceased.
Submitted by Fama Prokup
From Sarah Palmer's scrapbook [publication unknown]
Ira Palmer, the 21-year-old-son of John V. Palmer, met with an accident last Saturday that came very near proving fatal. Young Palmer is working for Harry Stewart and in company with several men they were grubbing out willows on the Bernard McHugh farm. They were pulling trees out by the roots with chain and a team of horses when one of the trees flew back and struck the Palmer boy on the back of his head and had the blow been just a trifle lower his neck would surely have been broken in an instant. As it was he received a terrific blow and was unconscious for several days but the latest report from him is to the effect that he is slowly gaining his wonted vigor and that he would soon be able to resume work.
Submitted by Carol Kooi
Geneseo Republic Dec. 23, 1971
ARTHUR RAHN FETED DEC. 15
Arthur Rahn of Oaklawn Illinois, who celebrated his 85 th birthday Wednesday, December 15, was honored at a surprise birthday party that evening in the home of his son in law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Roy L. Johnson, rural Coal Valley. There were approximately 20 persons present. Mr. Rahn was born in Western township on December 15, 1886 , and resided in the Orion Osco area. On Feb. 6, 1910 he married the former Mary Betcher and they resided in Colona Township . Mrs. Rahn died in 1940. He has two children, Mrs. Johnson (Ruby) and Melvin with whom he resides; four grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. He will be remaining for an extended visit in the Johnson home.
Copy of Announcement on file sent to Robin from Fama Prokup
GENESEO REPUBLIC JULY 31, 1925 ; The Rahn families held a picnic at Big Bend Camp Sunday. Those present were Mr. And Mrs. Fred Rahn and daughters, Mr. And Mrs. Louis Rahn, Miss Marie Rummell, Rinehart Rahn of this city; Herman Rahn and family, Emmett Lane, Mr. And Mrs. Ray DeSutter and family, Mr. and Mrs. Louis Gradert and family of Atkinson; Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Kroeger and daughter of Davenport; Mrs. Tillie Lohse, Raymond Lohse, Mr. and Mrs. Ray C. Thoms, Mr. and Mrs. Hugo Lohse and son, Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Boldt and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Herman Boldt, Richard Boldt, Mr. and Mrs. C.W. Ohms and sons of Rock Island; Mr. and Mrs. F. J. Kessell and daughter Margaret, Paul Rahn of Moline.
GENESEO REPUBLIC SEPTEMBER 9, 1932; Mr. and Mrs. Fred Rahn spent Thursday of last week in Rock Island where they attended the celebration of the thirty-fifth wedding anniversary of the latter’s brother-in-law and sister, Mr. and Mrs. August Borst. A dinner was given in honor of the couple, a number of relatives being guest. Bouquets of garden flowers were used in the decorations throughout the rooms of the home. In the afternoon bunco was played, prizes going to Mrs. Charles Borst and Mrs. Lizzie Tenpound. Mr. and Mrs. Borst have made their home in Rock Island since their marriage September 1, 1897 , which was performed by the late Rev. A.C. Mennicke at St. John’s Lutheran church in Edford. Mrs. Borst was formerly Miss Augusta Holke.
Geneseo Republic Nov. 10, 2006; Looking Back 100 years ago Nov. 16, 1906; Oscar Drehman, who is engaged in successfull farming and stock feeding operations near Nashua Iowa, a former resident of Munson, visited in Geneseo Tuesday. He was on Monday's Market with two carloads of cattle and stopped off here on his home and journey. His wife and two sons, who had been visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. William Gradert, accompanyied him home.
THE ROCK ISLAND ARGUS ..
January 22,1872 MURDER AT ORION
A report reached our city today that a murder had taken place at Orion. We have been unable to gather any complete intelligence of the affair. It is certain, however, that a farmer named Michael Kalahar was shot dead there on Saturday last by some man whose name we could not learn. The murderer was promptly arrested and is now confined in the jail at Cambridge. Why the atrocious deed was committed, or what led to it, we have not learned. [Kalahar] lived about a mile and a half from the town. He leaves a wife and eight children. It is indeed a lamentable affair.
MARY WEBER OBSERVES 80TH BIRTHDAY ON SUNDAY MAY 8;
Mary Weber of Coal Valley was honored at a family brunch in observance of her 80th birthday at the Holiday Inn, Bettendorf Iowa on Sunday, May 8. The former Mary Seys was born May 13, 1914 in Colona Township where she has lived all her life. She married Ervin Weber of Geneseo on March 30, 1940 in Geneseo. He died in 1967. She has three children, Tom Weber and Kathy Roegiers, both of Coal Valley and Tim Weber of Osco; 16 grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Mrs. Weber farms with her sons in rural Coal Valley. She is a lifetime member of St. Patricks Catholic Church, Colona and St. Martha's Altar and Rosary Society. She enjoys gardening, yard work, and caring for her grandchildren
Submitted by Robin Pardus
GENESEO REPUBLIC AUG 19, 1927
RAHN FAMILY HELD THEIR FIRST REUNION SUNDAY IN PROSPECT PARK, MOLINE
Descendants of the late twin brothers Ferdinand and Frederick Rahn held their first reunion last Sunday, August 14th, at Prospect Park in Moline. A picnic dinner was served at noon to which all did justice. The eldest person present was Mrs. Julius Holke aged 73 years and Homer Rahn was the youngest, aged 6 years. Supper was served at 5;30 o'clock with ice cream and cake. Those present were; Mrs. Julius Holke, Henry Holke, Mrs. and Mrs. Aaron Rahn, Harlan and Homer. Mr. and Mrs. Fred Holke, Mr. and Mrs. Will Myers and Florence---all of Geneseo. Mr. and Mrs. Emil Holke, Roland, Leland, and Wilford, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Rahn, Melvin and Ruby---all of Colona. Mr. and Mrs. Robert Rahn and Dorothy., Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Stenzel, Mr. and Mrs. Herman Rahn, Rosella and Elmer and George Hornecker ----all of Osco. Mr. and Mrs. Fred Stenzel, Lillian and Bernice of Moline. All reported a fine time and will meet again next year.
Submitted by Robin Pardus
Page A6, Geneseo Republic, Mar 28, 2008
Weber celebrates 70th birthday at family dinner
Robert Weber Sr. of Cambridge, was honored at a surprise family dinner in observance of his 70th birthday on Mary 22, at the home of his son, Robert Weber Jr., Ottawa.
Robert Raymond Weber Sr. was born March 23, 1938, in Geneseo, the son of Raymond and Bessie (Gradert) Weber. Now retired, he was a self-employed standardbred horse trainer and driver for many years, racing the Illinois Fair circuit and Quad City Downs and Chicago area race traces. Before that, he worked as a carpenter, electrician, raced ponies and also farmed. He now enjoys tinkering in his garage and playing a bit of golf.
His family includes his mother, Bessie, of Geneseo; three children and spouses, Robin and Jerry Pardus of McConnell, Leanne and Kevin Walsh of Cambridge and Robert Weber and Kristy Benson of Ottawa; grandchildren, John Rohdy Jr., Amber Pardus and Jerry Pardus, all of McConnell, and Shawn Walsh and Daniel Walsh, both of Cambridge, and two great-grandsons, Codey Rohdy and Christopher Rohdy, both of McConnell. His close friends are Goldie Evendson and Courtney and Jake Benson.
--Submitted by Robin Pardus
Cambridge Chronicle, Thursday, March 27, 2008
Surprise dinner honors Weber for 70th birthday
Robert Weber Sr. of Cambridge was honored at a surprise family dinner in observance of his 70th birthday on Saturday, March 22, at the home of his son, Robert Weber Jr. in Ottawa.
Robert Raymond Weber Sr. was born on March 23, 1938, in Geneseo, the son of Raymond and Bessie (Gradert) Weber.
Now retired, Weber was a self-employed standardbred horse trainer and driver for many years racing the Illinois Fair circuit and Quad City Downs and Chicago area race tracks. Before that he worked as a carpenter, electrician raced ponies and also farmed.
He now enjoys tinkering in his garage and play a bit of golf.
His family includes his mother, Bessie of Geneseo, his three children; Robin (Jerry) Pardus of McConnell, Leanne (Kevin) Walsh of Cambridge and Robert (Kristy Benson) Weber Jr. of Ottawa. His grandchildren are John Rohdy Jr., Amber Pardus and Jerry Pardus, all of McConnell and Shawn Walsh and Daniel Walsh both of Cambridge. He has two great-grandsons, Codey Rohdy and Christopher Rohdy, both of McConnell. Close friends are Goldie Svendson and Courtney and Jake Benson.
Submitted by Robin Pardus
The Geneseo Republic, August 26, 1932
WEBER FAMILY HOLDS SIXTH ANNUAL REUNION, SUNDAY, IN CONNIE’S GROVE, HILLSDALE
The sixth annual reunion of the Weber families was held at Connie’s grove near Hillsdale, Sunday, Aug. 21. Picnic dinner was served at noon, after which a business meeting was held.
A delightful program was presented and the remainder of the afternoon was spent in contests, and socially.
The business meeting was opened by the president, Samuel Weber of Prophetstown, and Mrs. Clark Weber read the secretary’s report. Phillip Weber, 80 years of age, was the oldest member present and Joan Margaret Weber, aged two months, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Herman Weber was the youngest member present.
Officers named for the coming year were:
President – Samuel Weber, who was reelected for the sixth time.
Vice President – Henry Weber.
Secretary and Treasurer – Hazel Weber.
The next meeting will be held in Moline on the third Sunday in August, 1933.
Program committee for next year includes Mrs. Lloyd Humble, Mrs. Herbert Weber and Mrs. Earl Weber.
Table committee – Mrs. Herman Weber, Mrs. William Hofmeister, and Mrs. Jacob Weber.
The program committee, Dorothy Weber, Hazel Weber, and Mrs. Lloyd Toppert arranged the following program which was very much enjoyed:
A Democratic Third Psalm – Miss Hazel Weber.
Recitation – Phyllis Weber.
A review of Weber Family history – Malcolm Weber.
Recitation – Shirley Weber.
Songs – Harry, Russell, Emery Lawrence and Buster Calusba.
Recitation – Gale Schriever.
Dialogue – Darlene Schriever, Gladys McBride, Margaret Girder.
Recitation – Ralph Weber.
Reading – Ethel Schriever.
Songs – By the Quartet.
The following visitors were present:
Prophetstown – Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Weber, Lester Warren, Roland, Paul and Phyllis, Mr. and Mrs. Roy Arnett, Mr. and Mrs. William Hofmeister __________________________.
Geneseo – Philip Weber, Anna Weber, Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Weber and Shirley Mae, Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Humble, Mr. and Mrs. Albert Parpart, Mr. and Mrs. Claude Weber, Dean and Eldon, Mr. and Mrs. Malvern Weber.
Moline – Mr. and Mrs. Herman Weber, Della, Gladys, Lyle, and Joan, Helen Parlier, G. A. Sundblade, Grace Warren.
East Moline – Mr. and Mrs. Ed Sweeney and daughter.
Coal Valley – Mr. and Mrs. Ed Weber, Dorothy, Lucille, Ervin, and Russell Jordon.
Fulton – Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Weber, Joyce and Kenneth.
Erie – Mr. and Mrs. Earl Weber, Althea, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Weber, Hazel, Walter, Nyman and Ralph, Mr. and Mrs. Otis Welmer, Mrs. Joe Schriener, Darlene, Lyle and Gale, Margaret Girdes, Gladys McBride, Harry Russell, Emergy Lawrence and Buster Galusha.
Chicago – Mr. and Mrs. Wilford Papenthien, Ruth Koehler, Myrtle, Audrey and Norman Dalstrom.
From north, south, or west,
For a day of rest.
Others will come
In from the east,
And at noontime
Enjoy a feast.
They laugh and they talk,
Everybody is gay
When they leave for home
at the end of the day.
The report on news
Of this year past.
They give a prize
To the one born last.
All day long
They sing a song.
For they won’t be
Together so very long.
For the next reunion
Before they go
To their homes away.
All of the Weber’s
Many are they,
But, many are unable
To attend today.
A happy group!
A merry group!
Take this from me,
For last year, I was there to _______.
Submitted by Robin Pardus
1980’s – Engineer helps in derailment fire
Man known here helps in disaster
Fama Prokup’s nephew Paul Rahn is no stranger to the perils of the railroad.
The 24-year CSX Railroad engineer has logged more than 600,000 miles of rail and seen his share of accidents.
Still, he had never seen anything quite like the derailment and subsequent fire of a train in the Howard Street Tunnel, Baltimore, Maryland on Wednesday, July 18.
Rahn was among the first to enter the tunnel in an effort to save rail cars. Early Thursday morning he entered the blaze for the first time. The fire was still in check enough for Rahn to breathe without an oxygen mask. Rahn took four cars back out with him on the first trip.
Subsequent trips would not be as easy. Rahn gave several firefighters a crash course in running a locomotive in case he passed out. When he entered the tunnel Saturday evening, the smoke was so thick he had to drive the engine entirely on instrumentation. Nonetheless, he managed to save 28 cars in that trip.
With the blaze extinguished and the tunnel repaired, Rahn was chose to drive the first train through the tunnel since the disaster. Chugging along at barely one-third the normal speed of a train transiting the tunnel, Rahn pointed out sections of the tunnel repaired after the fire. The successful completion of the trip allowed semi-regular rail traffic to resume using the tunnel.
“When I heard about the fire on the news, I was worried,” said Prokup. “I tried calling out there but got no answer. Still, I didn’t think much of it because he was a foreman and I didn’t think he’d have to go in. When I found out what really happened, I was very glad he was unhurt and very proud of him. I’m sure my brother’s very proud of him too.”
Submitted by Robin Pardus
Geneseo Republic, August 22, 1919
SYMPATHY FOR NEGLECTED WIFE AND MOTHER GETS COMPANY OF MEN IN BAD
Community Aroused and There is to be a House Cleaning.
Last Friday, on information filed with States Attorney Carl A. Melin, Messrs. Harry Robinson, Casper Weber, Wilfred Bills and William Drantz after a preliminary hearing before Police Magistrate Erman King, of Cambridge, on the charge of riot, were bound over to appear before the grand jury.
About one hundred of Geneseo’s citizens accompanied the gentlemen to Cambridge and were present during the preliminary hearing the men accused pleading not guilty through their attorney Bartlett S. Gray. The why and wherefore of all this serious piece of business can be best told the reader by the testimony of the two principle witnesses examined at the hearing:
Gust Porschke, who claims to have suffered from the riot, being given a coat of tar and feathers one evening about two weeks ago, testified in the main as follows:
He gave his name as Gust Porschke and said he lived in Munson township on the T. P. Liken farm. Had lived the vicinity of Geneseo for a long time. A week ago Thursday evening he came to town going first to the Weimer garage where he was at about 9:45 o’clock, going there because his auto was out of repair; he then went to the home of Mrs. Hulda O’Conner to get his washing, and it not being ready he waited about half an hour. Just as he was about to leave there came a loud rap at the front door and Mrs. O’Conner told her little boy to light the lamp in the front room and ask who was there, and not to open the door unless they did tell who was there. About this time Mr. Porschke opened the kitchen door and with his package of washing stepped outside. He saw a crowd of men about his car and when he asked what this meant Harry Robinson grabbed him. They then took him to a point west of the main road to what is called Richmond hill, and here he was told to take off his clothes. He replied there was no reason for him to take off his clothes, and at this they tore the clothes from off him and applied tar and feathers to his body. They then left him. When asked to identify the men Mr. Porschke could only positively identify Mr. Robinson and Mr. Weber, he not having been able to see the faces of the others. On cross examination Mr. Porschke in answer to the question as to where his wife was, admitted she was at the Watertown hospital, and mentally afflicted. Asked if he did not visit Mrs. O’Conner more often than once a week he replied that he did, that she did canning for him and furnished some meals as well as doing his washing. He also admitted that members of his family and neighbors had remonstrated with him for going to the O’Conner home.
Charles Porschke, the son of Gus Porschke, had been arrested the day before and told that all the others who had been with him when his father was given the tar and feather treatment had all plead guilty was induced to plead guilty and pay a fine of two hundred dollars and costs. He was then made a witness and a list of names read off to him and he was asked if he knew them to have been present. He replied yes to a few of the names but as to the others had no knowledge. In the cross examination he was asked as to his father’s visits to the O’Conner home, to which he promptly replied that the father had spent most every evening there since last fall. That he had remonstrated with the father because of these frequent visits to the O’Conner home, to which the father had replied he intended to go where he pleased and that he must have some place to go to.
At the close of the hearing Police Magistrate King in rendering his decision binding the men over to appear before the grand jury under bonds of $500 each, said he did so reluctantly but must do so as an official sworn to decide according to the law. His sympathy was clearly with the men charged with riot because he as well as all who heard the testimony could not but feel that there had been much to provoke the men to do what they did.
Submitted by Robin Pardus
Geneseo Republic November 20, 1958
GRADERT TWINS ARE HONORED AT SHOWER
Jeffrey and Susan Elizabeth, twins of Mr. and Mrs. Donald J. Gradert, were honored at a shower Saturday evening, November 8, in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Reese. Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Johnson and Mr. and Mrs. James Hohenboken were assisting hosts. Games were played with prizes awarded to Mrs. Gradert, Mrs. Orval A. Paxson, Mrs. Jack Wirth and Ronald Johnson. The twins were presented many gifts by the 26 present from Silvis, Erie, Coal Valley, Geneseo, and Davenport.
Copy on file sent by Fama Prokup
Kewanee Daily Star-Courier
Kewanee, Illinois, Monday October 27 1902
THOS. LOVE KILLED BY TRAIN
Fatal Accident at the Tremont Street Crossing Last Night
Young Man Lives an Hour, but Does Not Regain Consciousness
Thos. Love, a young man of twenty-five years old, was killed by a train at Tremont street crossing at 9:20 o’clock last evening. Passenger train No. 55, west bound, due to leave the Kewanee station at 9:21, struck the young man at it came through the yards, about on time, hurled him 100 feet and inflicted injuries from which he died in less than an hour after the accident.
W. S. Proctor, living at the corner of North Tremont and Sixth streets, was one of the few who witnessed the accident. Mr. Proctor was seen by the Star-Courier and told the story of the sad affair as follows:
Saw The Accident
“I approached the Tremont street crossing from the north and as I did so, I noticed a freight train going east over the crossing. At the same time I saw another train coming rapidly from the east on the north main track. Two other men stood with me, ten or twelve feet from the north track waiting for the trains to pass.
“When the west bound train was only a short distance away, we saw a man standing about a foot south of the north track and between the two main tracks. We knew he was not far enough south of the north track to allow the big engine to clear him, so I yelled as loud as I could, warning him to get out of the way. That I shouted with a strong voice is proven by the fact that a woman, living in a house near by, heard me and rushed out to find what was the matter.
Did Not Hear Shouts
“But the young man, between the tracks did not hear me, apparently, for no attention was paid by my noise. He seemed to be watching the rear of the freight train. His back was half turned to the passenger train. So far as we could see, he did not move until the extending parts of the engine struck him and threw his body 100 feet to the west, where it lay between the two main tracks.
“Yes, there was a flagman at the crossing, and he stood with his lantern in the middle of the crossing, as the trains came up. As I shouted, he came towards us, but the young man near the track did not see him.
Train Stops Quickly
“The engine men knew there had been an accident and applied the brakes, immediately. The train was brought to a sudden stop, the last two sleepers being on the crossing when the stop was made. The train men quickly found the body and discovered there were some signs of life. Help was called at once and the ambulance summoned but death came while the man was taken to the hospital. “
Mr. Proctor says the electric headlight of the passenger train was very powerful and he does not understand why the victim of the accident was not warned by the brilliant illumination it cast. The roar of the freight train doubtless made it impossible for him to distinguish the noise of the on-coming passenger train.
The injuries consisted of terrible bruises about the upper part of the body, the bones of the shoulders being broken. The head was also cut and scratched. Although living when help reached him, the young man did not regain consciousness.
Watch Thrown From Pocket
The force of the shock threw the watch from its pocket to the ground and the timepiece was found by one of the first men to arrive on the scene. A silver dollar was also thrown from a pocket to the right of way.
Went to North Side
Mr. Fields, the roommate of Mr. Love, states that the latter left him about nine o’clock saying he would go over and see about his laundry. He had his washing done at a house on North Tremont street, a block north of the railroad crossing. It was while returning from the errand that the accident happened.
Olof Olson and Chas. Pegrum, stood with Mr. Proctor at the crossing as the passenger train approached and tell substantially the same story of the affair.
Deputy Coroner Palmer impaneled a jury for the inquest with John Chisnall foreman, and the time for the hearing of the testimony was set at 1:30 o’clock this afternoon.
Came From Virginia
Thos. Love, the victim of the deplorable accident, has been a resident of Kewanee about five years, coming here from Virginia, where the family has long made its home. He has been an employee of the mills of the Western Tube Company, having had work there on the tongs. He roomed with Wm. Fields, in apartments over W. A. Bowen’s jewelry store, in the Gunther building on Second street. His meals, he took at the residence of Mrs. Wainwright on East Second street. He was a young man well-thought of by all his associates and his untimely end is deeply regretted.
Mr. Love leaves besides his parents Mr. and Mrs. J. S. Love, a brother J. J. Love, and two sisters. Mrs. H. T. Mercer and Mrs. A. M. Wall, the latter living on the Adams place in Cornwall. The parents have been visiting here with their children and are now in Kewanee, although their home is still in Virginia.
Mr. Love was a member of Cypress Camp of Modern Woodmen of this city and the members of the camp will attend the funeral in a body.
The funeral service will be at the home of his sister, Mrs. Mercer on Heimer street, at 1:30 o’clock tomorrow afternoon and at two o’clock at the Congregational church, Dr. C. A. Moore being in charge. Burial will be at Pleasant View Cemetery.
Notes by Jeff: Love
Possibly records of the inquest.
FORMER GENESEO MAN CELEBRATES ANNIVERSARY
George Ague, of Rock Island, celebrated his 80th birthday anniversary at a family dinner at home this Thursday, November 30. Mr. Ague was born November 30, 1859 in Cleveland, west of Geneseo. He married Miss Amelia Sand in Geneseo January 25,1892. Before his retirement in 1932 he was in the carpentry business. He was active in carpenters’ union in Rock Island and was elected to the national council in Washington, D.C. in 1912; John Buford Camp No. 243, sons of Union Veterans was organized by Mr. Ague. Mr. and Mrs. Ague are the parents of five daughters and two sons, Mrs. Geo. Millhouse, Mrs. John Bysinger, Mrs. Andrew Beneshe and Mrs. Forest Kettering of Rock Island: Mrs. Frank Riggles of Springfield: Robert of Moline and Roy of Indianapolis. All the sons and daughters were present at the dinner. Another out of town guest was Mrs. Martha Edwards, of Geneseo, sister of Mr. Ague.
Submitted by Robin Pardua and Fama Prokup
Copied from Republic of April 7, 1898
Will Firch rang up the doctor Sunday night about midnight to come out to attend his little son, Clarence, who was bleeding from the nose, the familly being unable to stop it. He seems better today, Monday. He had some teeth pulled a short time ago and the dentist used some kind of drug to alleviate the pain and since then he has been quite sick from the effect. (Clarence died 1901)
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Copied from Republic Feb. 17, 1905
William Gradert, Jr., had a cold ride Sunday, driving to Sterling that he might be there promptly Monday morning to load up eight bodsleds and bring them to Geneseo for O. W. Hoit the implement dealer. Mr. Gradert faced a fierce noth and northwest wind all day arriving in Sterling at eight o'clock in the evening. The distance is forty miles. Returning to Geneseo was a still more difficult and hazardous journey the roads having become filled with deep drifts and by Monday evening Mr. Gradert was still twenty-five miles away from Geneseo. His father on Tuesday morning went to meet him with an additional team and after the load had been divided the eight bobs were landed at Mr. Hoit's warehouse in the evening. Before the next noon Manager George G. Mowry had sold the entire outfit.
Submitted by Robin Pardua and Fama Prokup
Copied from Geneseo Republic Jan 16, 1969
Karen Johnson, Mike Schallow Plan Spring Rite
Mr. and Mrs. Henry D. Johnson, 617 West Elk Street, Geneseo, announce the engagement of their daughter, Karen Diana to Specialist Four Michael L. Schallow, son of Mr. and Mrs. Louis Schallow, 529 East Wells Street, Geneseo. They are planning a spring wedding. Both Miss Johnson and Specialist Schallow are graduates of Geneseo high school. He is serving in the army, presently stationed at Fort Benning Georgia in an airborne division.
Copied from Republic of July 3, 1896
Lena Rahn was before Magistrate McArthur Monday on charge of threatening to kill some of her neighbors. The evidence was such that he placed her under bond of $200 to keep the peace. She could not give the required bond and was committed to the jail at Cambridge.
Copied from Republic of July 24, 1896
Fred Fuhrmann had a bad accident Sunday. He was riding home on horseback from the Grove church when a dog ran out and frightened his horse, throwing him and breaking one of his legs near the ankle.
(now I have never heard of the Grove church. I think it may be up by Morristown someplace as he lived up that way.)
Genesee Republic Dec. 31, 1909
At the home of Mr. and Mrs. Abe Bernstein in this city, this Thursday forenoon at 10:30 o'clock the rites of circumcision were performed upon their infant son born on Thursday, Dec. 23. The service was conducted by Rabbi Bernson of Rock Island. The young son was named Jacob Lewis. There were present as witnesses to this important rite of the Jewish religion the following from out of town: H. Louis, Mr. and Mrs. M.I. Morris, Charles Garber, M. Morris, Louis Levi, M. Levi and family, Mrs. Frankl, Mrs. S. Fischer, all of Rock Island: Isaac Farber of Davenport. The guest from out of town departed for their home on the noon train after the repast which was enjoyed following the ceremony.
Copied from Republic of Oct. 26, 1882
Freeman Weber, son of Henry Weber, a farmer near Spring Hill, has left the home of his youth for the haunts of the ungodly. It is a hard blow on his father to have him leave home just as he is beginning to be of use. Mr. Weber blames certain neighbors, who have an enmity against him, for coaxing the boy to thus desert his home. Mr. Weber is very anxious to learn the whereabouts of his prodigal son. If any of our readers know of the boy's whereabouts, they will bestow a very great favor by addressing Henry Weber, Spring Hill, Illinois.
(Found in following weeks paper: A week later he return home. It was over roofing a building.)
Geneseo Republic Feb. 23, 1894
Last Monday Mr. Ludwig Sand, who makes his home with his daughter, Mrs. John Derby, in this city, celebrated his 90th birthday, his sons, Louis and Ben, with their wives, being present on this occasion. Mr. Sand came west in 1839 and has been a resident of Henry County for more than half a century. He is still hale and hearty and his friends will rejoice to see him celebrate his 100th birthday with them, as he bids fair to do.
Copied from Republic of Jan. 1998
Mary Ann and Kenneth VanDeWoestyne of Geneseo will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with a reception hosted by their children. Sunday, January 18 at the Geneseo Community Center in the senior Citizen room. Friends and relatives are invited to call between 1 and 4 p.m The former Mary Ann Rahn and Mr. VanDeWoestyne were married January 10, 1948 at St. Matlachy church Geneseo with the Rev. H. H. Ross officiating. Honor attendants for the couple were Raymond Schaubroeck and Phyllis Rahn Anthony. Other attendents were Shirley Park, Mary Ellen Abell, Judy Graham, Alvin VanMeemen Sr. and Donald VanOpdorp. Mr. VanDeWoestyne retired from farming in 1994. Mrs. VanDeWoestyne is a homemaker. They are members of St. Malachy's Catholic Church. They are the parents of daughters and son-in-laws, Sharon VanDeWoestyne, Sally and Dwayne Croegaert, all of Geneseo, and Sue and Grant Hatch of Colona, and sons and daughter-in-law, Kevin and Susan VanDeWoestyne, Keith VanDeWoestyne all of Geneseo. They have two grandchildren Kate and Kyle VanDeWoestyne.
Mr. and Mrs. James Rahn of Atkinson will celebrate their 30th.. wedding anniversary Sunday, May 6 when their children will take then to the Cellar for dinner. Mr. Rahn and the former Donna Yarger were married May 9, 1954 at the First Methodist Church in Kewanee. The Rev. Thompson officiated the ceremony. Attending the couple were the late Howard Gotch and Lois Peterson Swanson. Mr. Rahn is a farmer and Mrs. Rahn is a homemaker. They are members of St. John's Lutheran Church, Geneseo. They have three children, Dennis of Geneseo, Mrs. James Sheehy of Cambridge and Cindy of Moline. There are three grandchildren
Mary Rahn to observe 80th Anniversary
Mary L. Rahn , of rural Geneseo, will be honored on Sunday, November 16 at a reception in her honor for her 80th birthday anniversary. The reception hosted by her children, will be held at the Geneseo Community center from 2 to 4 pm. It is requested that gifts be omitted. Mary Rahn was born November 18, 1906 Canandaigua New York. Her parents were Matt and Louise Van Opdorp. She married Walter Rahn in 1927. He died in 1959. Mrs. Rahn was a farmers wife. After her husbands death she had a egg route for 20 years retiring in 1980. She is a member of the Geneseo Senior Citizens, A.A.R.P., and the Geneseo Moose Lodge. Mrs. Rahn has two daughter: Mrs. Kenneth ( Mary Ann) VanDeWoestyne and Mrs. Ernest (Phyllis) Anthony, both of Geneseo. She has eight grandchildren, Sharon, Keith, Kevin and Sally VanDeWoestyne, Mrs. Grant (Sue) Hatch all of Geneseo. Mrs. Robert (Debra) Redding of Texas and Mrs. Roger (Jody) Borkgren of Nevada. There are four great-grandsons, Two in Texas and two in Geneseo
GENESEO FOLK OBSERVE 31ST WEDDING DATE
Geneseo--Mr. and Mrs. William C. Myers celebrated their 31st wedding anniversary at a dinner Saturday night in their home with 11 guest present. The former Mary Rahn and Mr. Myers were married Dec. 30, 1913, in St. Paul Minn. Following their marriage they resided in Withee, Wisc., four years, moving to Geneseo in 1916. Mr. Myers owns and operates an upholstery shop here. They have two daughters, Miss Ethel Myers, who is teaching in Mason City Ill., and Miss Florence Myers of East Orange, N.J.
Copied from Republic of Jan. 15, 1932
Dr. Rudolph Weber, physian in this community for many years located at Yorktown left Sunday morning by rail for points in California where he expects to spend the winter. Dr. Weber has spent the last two winter's along the beach where he practice his profession.
Copied from Republic of Jan. 9, 1914
A double fifteenth wedding anniversary observance was carried out Saturday when Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Wallinford entertained in honor of the couples thus jointly celebrating their crystal wedding, Mr. and Mrs. John Swanson and Mr. and Mrs. Frank Heller, Mrs. Swanson and Mr. Heller being sister and brother of Mrs. Wallinford, and son and daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lay Heller. Mrs. Frank Heller is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Mead, of this city, and Mr. Swanson is a son of Mrs. A. Swanson, living east of town. Both couples reside on farms east of town and are of our best people. A set of crystal ware was given each couple as a reminder of the pleasant evening and in testimony of the high regard in which they are held.
Geneseo Republic March 10, 1933
THIRTY YEARS AGO (WEEK OF MARCH 6, 1903)
Herman F. Jannsen and Miss Lulu Otto this city were married at the First Methodist church in Rock Island of Friday Feb. 27, 1903. The ceremony took place at the close of a rev service always performed by pastor Rev. R. B. Williams. Mr. and Mrs. Jannsen returned to Geneseo on midnight train and have gone housekeeping on Center street. Jannsen is one of the proprietors of the North Side livery barn and was a gentleman who has made many friends in the time he has been a resident. His bride is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Adolph Ott and grew to womanhood in Geneseo and is respected and esteemed by all. The republic joins in congratulations. (Note Lulu Ott Jannsen is __??__ Mrs. William Scott of Rock Island. The daughter, Dorothy Jannsen is the wife of Thomas Standahar also of Rock island).
Geneseo Republic March 10, 1933
THIRTY YEARS AGO (WEEK OF MARCH 6, 1903)
Mrs. Augusta Borst came up from Rock island Saturday to visit her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Holke. This is an annual visit on the part of Mrs. Borst, who always aims to be at the parental home on her mother's birth anniversary, March 2nd. (Note, Mr. and Mrs. Holke have passed away. Mrs. Borst resides in Rock Island.)
Unknown Paper July 1970
Robin Weber, 11, Cambridge, was awarded the reserve grand champion grade pony trophy with her 5-year old mare, Blue Velvet. This is her first year in 4-H and she was a member of the Cambridge Champs 4-H Club. She will be in sixth grade, and is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Weber.
Copied from the Republic of April 7, 1899
Will Firch rang up the doctor Sunday night about midnight to come out to attend his little son, Clarence, who was bleeding from the nose, the family being unable to stop it. He seems better today, Monday. He had some teeth pulled a short time ago and the dentist used some kind of drug to alleviate the pain and since then he has been quite sick from the effect.
Copied from Republic of Feb. 13, 1885
Another reduction has been made in ocean passage tickets, and Mr. P. S. Schasbeie, who is agent for some of the best steamship lines, now sells tickets from New York to Europe for $7. A bettor chance to visit the fatherland or to see friends who desire to come to America will never offer. See him regarding the present low rates.
Geneseo Republic Unknown date:
Feted Birthday, Beverly Dircks
Beverly Dirck daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Harold Dirck of Geneseo, was honored at a party Saturday afternoon in her home on her 5th birthday. The children played games and the adults spent a social time. Beverly was presented many gifts and lunch was served. Fourteen children and seven adults were present, all from Geneseo.
Taken From Concordia Newsletter: News About Our People
Florence (Myers) Kuchirka was born in Munson Township, south of Geneseo in 1919. She went to school in Geneseo, graduating from the Geneseo High School. When she was 9 years old a neighbor volunteered to give Florence lessons to learn to play the piano. Florence enjoyed playing the piano and became an accomplished pianist. While in high school she entered a music contest in Champaign. A friend suggested stopping at Illinois Wesleyan University and playing for a contest there. Florence graduated from Illinois Wesleyan University with a Bachelor of Music degree. After she graduated from college, Florence became an English and Music Teacher in Lost, Illinois. The elementary school and high school were located in the same building, and she taught music for both levels. After two years of teaching, Florence began working for Liberty Mutual Insurance Co. They sent her to Boston Mass., for six weeks of training----which ended up being twelve weeks because she became ill with measles during the first six weeks and couldn’t complete ht training sessions. Liberty Mutual then sent her to an office in Newark, New Jersey. While there she met and eventually married Peter Kuchirka, who was in the Merchant Marines. Florence says she was born during World War I and got married during World War II. Peter came home from the war in time to take her to the hospital for the birth of their first baby, a son named Peter. While her husband was looking for a job, he was a great help in caring for their son. The Kuchirka family soon moved to Philadelphia, Peter’s home town. When it was time for the son Peter, to start kindergarten, they moved to Geneseo. Florence wanted Peter to go to the Geneseo Schools. Florence and Peter also had two daughters, Betty and Mary Ann. Florence has 3 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. For many years Florence used her musical talents serving her Lord at Concordia Lutheran Church. She and Dorothy Regnant were organists on alternate Sundays. Florence also directed the choir for several years and later was the accompanist for the choir. Florence is homebound and welcomes visitors. You can help to brighten her day by stopping by for a chat.
Geneseo Republic Jan. 6, 1899
Through Mrs. R.R. Sale, of Dayton, who was an old neighbor and acquaintance of the late Mrs. Mary O'Brien, we have secured facts, not obtainable when we wrote her obituary last week, which dedicate that after all se was set as being stated a centuraian. Mrs. Sale says a paper found, said to be a record of her Christening, was her mother's and she believes Mrs. O'brien could not have been more that 90 years old, although she said when asked that she did not know--that the parish priest always kept the records. This she told Mr. Sale about fifteen years ago. Deceased was born in Ireland, was married to an Englishman and lived in England for some years, losing her husband and burying seven children there. She came to American and settled in Baltimore where she married and lost her second husband. From there she came to Colona where she was there three times married---to Mr. Malenna, after to Mr. Kid, and last to Mr. O'Brien. The last three Mrs. Sale and the doctor knew. Mr. kid was an Englishman and the other two were Irish. The last husband, Ed O'Brien found the Christening paper from which the story of her esteemed age are its start. He told the Doctor and his ____ that he knew it didn't refer to her and that it was her mother’s.
Rattlesnake Killer of Mary Busch Condemned to Die by Supreme Court
Robert S. James, 41, has been doomed to die for the “rattlesnake”slaying in 1935 of his fifth wife, the former Miss Mary Emma Busch of Geneseo, according to word received Wednesday. The California state Supreme Court, to which he had addressed an appeal, upheld the decision of lower courts, condemning him to die. The former Geneseo girl, who was 28, at the time of her death, first was subjected to rattlesnake bites in LaCrescenta, California, while she was strapped to a table. This failed to kill her and she was drowned in a bathtub and then dumped into a fishpond. He body was found on August 5, 1935. Her mother, Mrs. Anna Busch of Geneseo, died a few months after the tragedy, the shock of which was believed to have been a contributing factor in her own heath. The mother formerly resided at 614 E. Wells street in this city. Her daughter, Mary Emma, lived there in 1926 and 1927. A sister, Mrs. William J. Hoeft, also resided in Geneseo: she has since moved to Elgin. Charles W. Hope, tried with James as an accomplice in the murder, was sentenced to life imprisonment and has been serving his term for some time. James was condemned to death but appealed. It was on this appeal that the state Supreme Court ruled late Tuesday; James must go into court again within 90 days to hear his execution date set.
Geneseo Republic March 24, 1939
Geneseo Republic 8-29-1930
ALFRED PHELPS. 87 YEARS A RESIDENT OF THIS COMMUNITY, TELLS OF WEIRD GRAVE ROBBERY
THREE HUNDRED ENRAGED PINK PRAIRIE MEN GATHER IN ROCK ISLAND TO DEMAND STOLEN BODY
Alfred Phelps, who just celebrated his 95th birthday anniversary August 7, and who has been a resident of this community 87 years, recalls a weird story of an event which occurred over in Pink Prairie back in 1847, and which runs something as follows: William Walters, aged abt 22, died, quite suddenly and was buried in a grave near the Walters home. There had been rumors abroad that a number of graves had been opened and the bodies were stolen. Where the bodies were taken it was known. With the idea of protecting the grave and if possible of solving the robbery mystery, a young man who was a close friend of William Walters, cut a limb from a certain kind of a tree and after placing other marks of identification on it, drove it down a foot or more into the grave. Each morning this friends would do to the spot inspect it and examine the stick to make sure that the grave had not been molested. The death occurred rather late in the fall or early winter. After the snow began to fall in the winter the young man's visit were not so frequent, yet every few days he would make his trip to inspection. One night after sleighing had become quite good, neighbor woman sat up quite late in the night with a sick child. At an hour so late that it was unusual for anyone to be traveling on the road, she heard what sounded like a sleigh being driven quite rapidly down the road in the direction of Rock Island. Thinking it strange that anyone should be driving at that time of night, she reported the occurrence to some of her neighbors. Hearing of the presence of the strange sleigh the friend of the deceased man made a hurried visit to the grave and his worst apprehensions were realized when he found that a different stick was standing in the center of the grave. Although fresh snow had fallen there were other signs that the grave had been molested. The discovery was reported and some men after securing permission from the Walters family went to the grave and opened it. The coffin was found in place and in it were the grave clothes and a tooth but no body. The coffin lid had been sawed through just about even with the chest or shoulders of the corpse, a large hook had been inserted in the mouth and by means of a rope attached to the hook the robber had drawn the body from the coffin. The hook had broken off a tooth, which accounts for the one found in the coffin. By this time the indignation of the people of Pink Prairie had been aroused of fever heat. To the people of that community who were religious to a high degree and whose reverence and respect for the dead amounted almost to superstition, robbing the graves of their beloved ones and desecration their bodies was not to be tolerated. The feeling spread like wild fire and instead of slowly dying down, this feeling increased with each additional rumor. The eyes of suspicion turned in various ways and rested upon various persons, most of whom of course were innocent. Not long afterwards, an uncle of the deceased William Walters, overheard some students of the medical school in Rock Island boasting of dissecting human corpses. By appearing unconcerned and adroit questioning, he learned that students of the college had secured some of their bodies near Pink Prairie. One of them was that of a young man who died suddenly. They had secured his body in hopes of determining the cause of death. They also were running a little short of "stiffs" for dissecting purposes, they said. The school was conducted by a doctor names Saulter. The uncle hitched up a team of horses and drove to Pink Prairie to the home of Solomon Penay. He told his story and the elder Penay was so thoroughly convinced that the mystery had been solved that he send his sons on horseback in as many directions through the community to spread the word and to call a meeting at the Penay home that evening. A large number of indignant farmers attended the meeting and all voted to Rock Island and get the body at any cost. The next day men from all over Pink Prairie and surrounding communities were headed for the tri cities. The meeting place was to be in Moline and here nearly three hundred men gathered most of them well armed. These men went onto Rock Island and surrounded the so-called medical school. The teachers and students tried to placate the crowd by argument and claimed they knew nothing of the body for which the men were searching. Not to be outdone the farmers finally gave the ultimatum that either the body must be produced within twenty-four hours or there would not be a medical student left alive in Rock Island. Knowing that the farmers would carry out their threat to the letter, the students became alarmed and asked permission to send two or three of their number to Davenport to get the body. The request was granted and in due time they returned with a trunk 3 feet, 2 inches in length, in to which the body had been crowed just as it was taken from the grave. The teachers and students were given to understand that nothing short of murder would be committed if any of them ever visited Pink Prairie and molested any grave again, then the men dispersed and returned home bringing with them the body. It developed later that the students had heard of the sudden death of Walters and immediately after the funeral had located the position of the grave, with the purpose in mind of coming sometime later and getting the body. The stick which was standing in the center of the grave was lost in the snow and knowing that it was a mark of some kind, secured another one similar in size but of a different wood and after the grave had been carefully refilled, placed the stick in an upright position so that suspicion would not be excited by its absence. The body was doubled up with the knees brought close to the chest, tied in that position and crowed into the trunk. Although there were no sleigh bells on the horses, the woman who was late that night waiting on her sick child, heard the click click of the harness and the thudding of the horses hoofs on the snow as they hurried home from the gruesome journey. The body of William Walters was not returned to its former grave, but buried placed in a secret grave, concealed and carefully marked against another raid by grave robbers. The grave may be found about 40 feet south and a little to the east of the monument marking the Alfred Phelps family lot. The graves of William Walter and that of a younger brother who was buried by his side sometime in the fifties are each marked by a large cobblestone and may be found to this day by anyone visiting the McHenry Cemetery. Alfred Phelps recalled the story quite vividly as his father Bela Phelps was one of the Pink Prairie men who went to Rock Island and demanded the stolen body of William Walters.
Submitted by Fama Prokup and Robin Pardus
MARRIED FOR 25 YEARS
Geneseo, Ill., Dec. 30--(Argus News Service.)--Mr. and Mrs. W. C. Myers today reached their silver wedding anniversary. The occasion was observed quietly. Miss Mary Rahn and W. C. Myers, both of this vicinity, were married on Dec. 30, 1913, in St. Paul. Mr. Myers operates an upholstering shop on East First Street. they have two daughters, Ethel and Florence, the latter a student at Illinois Wesleyan University, Bloomington, who is home for the holiday vacation.
MR. AND MRS. ARTHUR RAHN CELEBRATE 25TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY AT ST. JOHN'S
Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Rahn celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary last Wednesday, Feb. 6 and in honor of the event a group of eighty relatives and friends gathered in the St. John's Lutheran church parlors, Edford, Wednesday evening at 6 o'clock dinner. Miss Mary Betcher and Arthur Rahn were married February 6, 1910 in Geneseo at the home of the bride's parents, the late Mr. and Mrs. Charles Betcher Sr. The Rev. Gustav Horst, formerly of St. Peter's church, Edfored, officiated. After their marriage, Mr. and Mrs. Rahn moved to a farm near Warner. Later they moved to the William Stewart farm near Orion where they have since resided. They are the parents of two children, Melvin and Ruby both at home. Mr. and Mrs. Rahn and twenty-four guests wereseated at one long table, the centerpiece of which was a three-tired wedding cake. The table was decorated in pink, white and silver. At either end of the table were vases of pink and white carnations, pink and white being the cosen colors of the bride of 25 years ago and carnations her flowers. Other guests were seated at the quartet tables. Waitresses were: The Misses Minnie and Clara Ristau, Mrs. Lylos Orhberg and Mrs. Earl Kirchner, being dressed in white and pink aprons. Later in the evening the following program was given:
Invocation - Rev. Carl Hilgendorf.
Welcome - Shirley Orhberg.
Song, Congratulations - Nadine Kirchner.
Toast to Mother and Dad - Ruby Rahn.
Vocal selections, I Love You Truly, and When You and I were Young Mary - Miss Myrtle Johnson accompanied by Mrie Peterson at the piano and Otto Anderson with the violin.
Reading - Chester Erdmann.
Vocal solo - Nadine Kirchner.
Reading, 25th Anniversary - Verda Betcher.
Violin selections - Otto Anderson, accompanied by Myrtle Johnson.
Acrobatics - Nadine Kirchner.
On behalf of those present, Rev. Carl Hilgendorf presented the honorees with a purse of money to which they both responded with thanks. They also received gifts of silver. Those present where: Geneseo - Mr. and Mrs. Fred Pfaff, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Betcher and Roselyn, Mrs. Lylos Orhberg and Shirley, Mr. and Mrs. Earl Kirchner and Nadine, Miss Verda Betcher, Miss Rosella Rahn, Thomas Keag, Mr. and Mrs. Ed C. Johnson and family, Mr. and Mrs. Adolph Gyrmanprez and family, Mr. and Mrs. Emil Holke and family, Reverend and Mrs. Carl Hilgendorf, Mr. and Mrs. Ed Klavine and family, and Miss Myrtle Johnson, and Fred Rahn. Atkinson - Mrs. Albert Ristau and family and William Bessant. Osco - Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Rahn and Lois, and Mr. and Mrs. Robert Betcher and family. Colona - Mr. and Mrs. Otto Anderson. Orion - Mr. and Mrs. Ben Stotmeister, Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Erdmann and Darrell, Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Gustafson and Wayne, Melvin and Ruby Rahn, Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Blank and family, Mr. and Mrs. Ed Peterson and family, Mr. and Mrs. Edd. Erdmann and family. Moline - Miss Martha D'Hoogie. Rock Falls - Mr. and Mrs. Lee Wilkins.
(Typed by Angie Johnson Beard)
GENESEOAN HURT AS 30 GIs SPILL ON ROAD FROM TRUCK
Pvt. Arlyn A. Johnson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Roy L. Johnson, is in the base hospital at Fr. Bliss, Texas, with a possible kneecap fracture incurred in an Army truck accident. It was reported that his outfit was returning from bivouac in New Mexico aboard an Army truck, and as it was rounding a curve one of the sideboards broke loose, throwing 30 of the men onto the highway, Seventeen were hospitalized, including Pvt. Johnson.
Copied from Republic of 11/25/1958
Submitted by Robin Pardus and Fama Prokup
Geneseo Republic 11-10-1944
Willis Roberts and Wife Wed 61 Years
Mr and Mrs Willis Roberts observed their 61st wedding anniversary Nov. 1 at their home on West Palace Row. They were married Nov. 1, 1883 in Genseo by Justice of the Peace Frank McArthur and farmed near here until they retired and moved into the city twenty-seven years ago. They have no children. Mrs Roberts was born May 29, 1866 and her husband was born Sept. 29, 1859.
Geneseo Republic 4-11-1902
Mrs. Alice Colbert, of Menlo, Iowa, visited Sunday night at the home of her sister, Mrs F.F. Reiger, having been called here to attend her mother's funeral. Mrs Mina Bolger, also of Meno visted there Tuesday, having come on the same sad message.
Geneseo Republic 3-29-1956
Fetus Discovered Near Hennepin Canal
The body of a four month old male fetus was found by two young boys abt 5 p,m, Sunday. March 25, near the Hennepin Canal, just east of the Gernant Bridge, five miles west of Geneseo. Henry County Coroner Ralph N. Cole of Kewanee and Sheriff, George N. Nelson were called to investigate. The coroner had been notified by Silvis police and Mr. Cole took the fetus to a local undertaker for burial. There were no criminal marks on the child, it was reported.
Geneseo Republic 5-9-1968
Edward Weber To Note 85th Birthday May 16
Edward Weber of 106 1/2 South College avenue, Geneseo May 16. A potluck dinner will be held in St. Patrick's church hall, Colona, Sunday May 12, at noon. All relatives and friends are invited to attend. Mr. Weber was born May 16, 1883, in Loraine township the son of Henry and Caroline Weber. He was married to Zara Browning January 1, 1906. She died April 17, 1953. He farmed in the Geneseo area most of his life until 1948 when he retired and moved to Geneseo. He has two daughters, Mrs. Russell Jordon and Mrs. Arthur VanVooren, both of Colona: six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. A son, Irvin is deceased
Geneseo Republic 7-1-1910
James Bird, after a months visit with relatives and friends here, left Friday evening for his home in Waterloo, Iowa. Mr Bird is a brother of Mrs Thomas Hoover
Geneseo Republic unknown date
Mrs Elizabeth Arnett will observe her 89th birthday anniversary at her home on North State Street, Monday, March 28. The observance will be a great affair with members of the immediate family including her son, Jerome and daughter Mrs Blanche Pierce, being present. She has spent almost her entire life in this community and at the present time is enjoying very good health.
100 Years ago
April 5, 1912
The Rev. F.E. Shult and his son, Ray, went to Rock Island to attend the funeral of Raymond Swingler, one of the victims of last week's riots. The unfortunate young man was at a considerable distance from the mob, watching the trouble when he was shot in the abdomen. Peritonitis developed and death ensued Friday.
100 Years Ago
January 12, 1912
The home of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Larson, east of Geneseo was the scene of a pretty nuptial event on Wednesday afternoon when their two daughters, Misses Mabel C. and Eva V. became brides, respectively, of Wilbur R. Bollen and Arthur W. Goreth.
100 Years Ago
January 12, 1912
At the Catholic church in Geneseo the marriage of Francis Vandersnick of Atkinson and Miss Rose Walkland of Crete, neb., was solemnized.
February 9, 1912
Mrs. F.W. Ahrends spent several days in Atkinson last week, being called there by the fatal illness of the infant daughter of her brother-in-law, James Hufford. The little on, Bessie Marie, aged nine months, passed away Saturday afternoon. The remains were brought to Geneseo for burial in Oakwood cemetery.
Geneseo Republic 18 March, 1938
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Obit from Robin Pardus and Fama Prokup
Geneseo Republic 7-29-1927
Horace Erdman son of Mr. and Mrs. Emil Erdman was ordained in the ministry at the Concordia Lutheran church last Sunday morning before a large audience.. The service of ordination being conducted by the Rev. Chr. Bergan, pastor of Concordia Lutheran church. the ordination sermon was preached from Romans l:16. Rev. Mr. Erdman, who a week ago was married to Miss Helen Bertram in St. Louis, Mo., will begin his ministry as a pastor of St. John's Lutheran church at Clifford, Canada. He is a graduate of the Geneseo Township high school and received his diploma to preach from the Concordia Theological Seminary in St. Louis, Mo.
Robin Pardus and Fama Prokup
Geneseo Republic Aug 6, 1993
The 66th annual Weber reunion will be held Sunday August 15 at the Geneseo Senior Citizen center. A pot luck dinner will be held at noon, with coffee furnished.
Geneseo Republic Newspaper August 3, 1883
Anna Morris, the girl who attempted to commit suicide, is still at the armory. An Argus reporter was told by a well known gentleman today, who had just returned from Geneseo, that he had made inquiries in that town, and found that she had never lived there. No such fellow as Sam Wagner, her alleged seducer, ever worked in Geneseo, and further that no family by the name of Dinwiddy, in whose employ she claimed while she was in Geneseo, ever lived in that town. Still there are several who said they have seen the girl in that town. The Geneseo papers make no mention of her ever living in that town. All things considered it looks as though the girl was trying to conceal her identity. Mrs. Sebastine, a lady living on Seventh avenue between Twenty-fifth and Twenty-sixth streets, says she will take her and care for her until she is able to care for herself if the good people of Rock Island will help. She is circulating a subscription paper today to raise money for that purpose, and is meeting with good success. It would be well if the poor girl could be taken care of by such a lady as Mrs. Sebastine appears to be, and we hope our people will “chip in” and help swell the fund.—Rock Island ARGUS
Republic (for got to put down date)
Sixty years ago Casper Ott of this town came with his father, Casper Ott, Sr. to Loraine township, the county, the journey being made over land, being prior to the day of railroads in Illinois. He has recently traveled back over the trail and at Aurora was interviewed by a reporter of the Beacon to whom he said: "It is just sixty years since I passed through here on my way to the western part of the state and it is the first time I have been here since then. I was a boy of seventeen then and was on my way with my people from Des Plaines to the Rock River country where we settled. I remember the great flocks of ducks and geese, the long prairie grass and the wild animals. Times have changed in sixty years."
Robin Pardus and Fama Prokup
CHARLENE GILLESPIE TO START ON HER SCHOOLING ABROAD.
Charlene Gillespie will leave Sunday afternoon, June 22, for San Antonio, Texas, where she will attend 1 1/1 days of orientation for 37 junior year abroad students. Charlene attended Illinois State Normal University for two years and is now visiting with her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Glust Bartz, other relatives and friends. A "bon voyage" party will be held Thursday evening, June 19, at the Presbyterian church. The Geneseo church and several of its organizations, as well as the ISNU Westminster Fellowship, are helping Charlene to defray part of her expenses. From San Antoni, four students will go to Mexico City. This summer Charlene will attend the Presbyterian seminar in the evenings and weekends and a summer session at the National University of Mexico at Volcanic Pedregal. Miss Gillespie received word early in 1958 from the Board of Missions of the Presbyterian church of the USA that she had been named to represent the board in its junior year abroad program for college students. She is the first ISNU student ever selected by the Presbyterian board to take part in its nation-wide program. Miss Gillespie will continue her work in Mexico for a teaching degree in English and Spanish.
A little son of Jacob Rapp, of Yorktown, met a terrible death on Saturday lst. They had been boiling soap at the house and a kittle of it just off the fire had been dipped into a tub standing in the yard. Several children were playing about there, among them the little boy, aged two and a half years. Mrs. Rapp being called to some duties in the house for a few minutes heard the little fellow cry out, but supposing it was nothing serious did not go immediately to it. The crying was kept up, and when she went to the door the other children had the little boy and leading him to the house. He had fallen into the tub of hot soap and been burned on the back and one side, and from his thighs to his shoulders, and one hand and arm were also burned. The flesh was literally cooked. He lived until about 5 o'clock in the evening of the same day. The parents think the child fell in accidentally by being over balanced while throwing apples. An apple was found in the open sleeve of the arm that was burned. Death coming to the little one is this manner has stricken the family grievously. The funeral services were conducted last Monday.
From Robin Pardus and Fama Prokup
Geneseo Republic 11-10-1911
Mr. McHenry's First Race
The death of Myron E. McHenry, perhaps the most noted reinsman of this age, has started many of the older settlers to recall the time when this noted driver won his first race in Galva many years ago. At that time Galva held annual Forth of July celebration and pacing and trotting races were among the features of the day's program. It was on one of these Forth of July's that McHenry came from his home n Geneseo with a trotting mare, "Princess", and was entered in one of these races. Dr. Addison, Wm. McBride, S.V. Deem, Jack Doogue and many others remember the race well. As there was no large track near Galva, the road around College Park was used as a track and for this particular occasion, Jim Holmes had worked for several days getting the improvised race course into good shape. The judge's stand was on the south side of the park, opposite the lot on which Dyer Ford's house now stands, and S.V. Deem started the race. The horses went around the track two times for each heat and McHenry's mare, Princess", won the race by only a few lengths.
From Robin Pardus and Fama Prokup
Geneseo Republic 8/16/1985
Gradert retires after 40 years of Nursing
At the age of 75, Gladys Gradert of Geneseo has decided it is time to retire from her career of nursing. For the past 13 1/2 years, Mrs. Gradert has been a charge nurse at the Good Samaritan center in Geneseo. A retirement party was held for her at the center Friday afternoon, August 9. Special quests were her daughter, Barbara Price, her granddaughter, Mary Schlapkohl and her three great granddaughters, Leslie, Erin and Megan Schlapkohl. All are of Durant Iowa. Mrs. Gradert wasn’t sure she wanted to retire. She has spent 40 years of her life nursing and greatly enjoys the work. But she figures it is time that she and her husband, Russ, should spend more time together. “And I was always on call,” she added. The residents at the Good Samaritan center will miss Mrs. Gradert’s care. “They didn’t want me to leave. They said, “Whats my age fot to do with it?” grinned Mrs. Gradert, adding that she shed a few tears a long with her patients on her last day at work. But Mrs. Gradert has one major consolation. She will continue to work as a volunteer at the center, therefore able to spend more “fun time” with the residents. For 15 years, from 1950 to 1965, Mr. and Mrs. Gradert operated the Gradert Nursing home in Geneseo. Mrs. Gradert described her husband as a “wonderful cook and a good housekeeper” who helped a lot with the nursing home and has done many of the housekeeping duties since that time. In 1966, the Graderts moved to a home on the Mississippi river. She then worked for a nursing home in Fulton for five years. But the love for Geneseo pulled them and in 1971, they moved back to Geneseo. A short time later, Mrs. Gradert started working at the Good Samaritan center.
From Robin Pardus and Fama Prokup
35 years ago 4-20-1978
Robin Weber Rohdy is being congratulated by Milt Crapnel, student co-op advisor, on her recent success. Before her graduation in June 1977, Rohdy worked with race horses for Mike Clowe and Dr. Noel Lee at the Henry County Fairgrounds under the co-op work program. This week she received her license to drive race horses. Rohdy will come to the place where it all started for her and her father, Robert Weber, when she will drive in her first race this summer at the Henry County Fair.
From Robin Pardus and Fama Prokup
Geneseo Republic 4-19-1951
Couple to Mark Wedding Date
Gustave Neumann Wife Wed 50 Years
Mr. and Mrs. Gustave C. Neumann, 628 South Oakwood Avenue, Geneseo will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary Sunday, April 22 at an open house in their home from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9. Their anniversary is April 24 but they will celebrate April 22. The former Anna Menzenberg, daughter of John and Augusta Hintz Mensenberg was married to Gustave Neumann, son of Mitchell and Mary Black Neumann in Carbon Cliff wit the Rev. L. Winter officiating. He was the pastor of Hampton Bluff. Attendants were Mrs Emma Neumann Vogler and Mrs Matilda Menzenberg Neumann both of Geneseo and Henry Neumann and Julius Smith, both deceased. After their marriage they made their home in Edford township, most of those years on a farm four miles west of town on Route 6, now tenanted by their son Mitchell. They moved to their present home in 1941. The couple are members of St. Peter's Evangelical and Reformed church in Edford township. Theyhavs, Earl fo Durant, Iowa, Wallie of Milan, Mitchel of Geneseo ad George of Prophetstown: four daughters, Mrs. Amelia Kane of Geneseo, Mrs. Stella Hansen of Coal Valley, Mrs. Gladys Vandersnick of Rock Falls and Mrs. Grace McMullen of Minneapolis, Minnesota and 25 grandchildren. One son, Fred died in infancy.
From Robin Pardus and Fama Prokup
Geneseo Republic 11-18-1988
W. Palmgrens not 45th anniversary
Wayne and Ruth Palmgrens, Geneseo will note their 45th wedding anniversary with a family dinner, Thursday, November 24. The former Ruth Meissner and W. Palgren were married November ??, 1943 at St. John’s Evangelical church, Hartford, Wisconsin by Rev. A. Selmekeit. Frederick and M????? Schmidt were attendants for the couple. Mr. Palmgren is a retired dairy ???? and is a member of Stewart Lodge and Royal Arch #12 Eastern S???? Trustee of Cole Memorial Cabin, Order of Moose and a former Leader. Mrs. Palmgren is a retired Registered Nurse and a member of Eastern Star, Columbian Club, Hammond Henry Auxiliary, Moose Lodge, Be???? Hospital Circle and Faith Circle and the Presbyterian church. (Some words were not readable)
Geneseo Republic September 24, 1937
Loraine Church Will Hold Revival Series Beginning Sept. 26th
A Revival Meeting will be held at the Loraine Evangelical church, Sept. 26 to Oct 10. Rev. and Mrs. Karl Justus of Indiana, Pa. will conduct the evangelistic services. Rev. Justus is a successful evangelist and has kept busy throughout the summer preaching at a number of the larger Camp Meeting. Mrs. Justus is an accomplished musician. For sometime she was the teacher of the pip organ at Asbury College. This summer she played for the big Camp Sychar at Mt. Vernon, Ohio. She and Miss Edna Kemmis will serve as the pianists during the meeting. There will be a special music at each service and public is cordially invited to attend the service held each evening at 7:45 except Saturday. Rev. A. I. Reid, pastor.
Geneseo Republic 2/8/1946
John Schroeder, Wife, Note 51st Anniversary
Mr. and Mrs. John H. Schroeder, 211 West North street, Geneseo, quietly observed their 51st wedding anniversary in their home, Wednesday, Jan. 30th. The former Miss Nora Weidlein and Mr. Schroeder were married on Jan. 30th. 1895, at the home of her parents in Morristown, Illinois, by the Rev. C. Baird. The couple resided on a farm in Edford township until in 1916 when they moved to Geneseo where they have lived ever since. They have one daughter, Mrs. William Young Sr., who resides south of Geneseo. (Contributed by Robin Pardus and Fama Prokup)
DEATH CLAIMS SECOND VICTIM OF WEDNESDAY EVENING TRAIN CRASH; KENNETH WEBER DIES FROM INJURIES AT HOSPITAL SATURDAY MORNING; Kenneth Weber, fifteen year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Herman Weber of Geneseo died shortly after midnight Saturday morning August 4, 1928, from injuries incurred when a truck in which he was riding was struck by a C.R.I. & P., passenger train at a crossing northwest of Cambridge last week Wednesday evening. Death has claimed two of the truck passengers. Kenneth Robert Weber was born in Loraine Township, Henry County on April 25, 1913. He had spent practically all his life in Geneseo and vicinity and received his preliminary education in Geneseo Schools. He was a freshman at Geneseo Township high school last year. In addition to his parents he is survived by three brothers, Malvern, Herbert, and Lyle and two sisters Della and Gladys. Funeral services were held at the Weber home on North Russell avenue Monday afternoon at 2 o;clock and at the Methodist church at 2:30 o'clock. Rev. Willis E. Way of LaSalle who is visiting in Geneseo Officiated. Pallbearers were Kenneth Windisch, George Reig, John Pinks, Harvey Heeren, Gilbert Hadley, and Bradley Hoeft. A coroners jury consisting of A.S. Hull foreman; Roy Wickbloom, W.D. Olson, Eric Lundell, W.D. Fierce and Leigh Hunt conducted an inquest into the Smith and Weber deaths at Geneseo Sunday. The detailed report returned by the jury tells the complete story of the accident in concise form. It says; "We the jury find that Fred J. Smith came to his death near Cambridge at about 5:40 Wednesday afternoon August 1, by an accidental collision of a truck which he was driving with a C.R.I.P., train No# 218 east bound at Hinmans crossing Osco Township Henry County. Kenneth Weber came to his death by injuries caused by the accidental collision and that his death occurred at the J.C. Hammond city Hospital in Geneseo at about 12:30 August 4," Remains of Fred J. Smith who was killed in the accident were taken to Tipton Iowa last Thursday evening by Frank Gustafson, Cambridge undertaker. Funeral services and burial were held there. Perry Smith, brother of the late Fred Smith, and the only one to escape death was kept at the Hammond hospital for sometime for observation before being allowed to return home.
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