Miscellaneous Obituaries

("Palmyra Enterprise", Palmyra, Wisconsin, October 11, 1900)
The death of this veteran of the civil war takes from Palmyra another who in his youth placed his life upon the altar, as a sacrifice to his country.  Death's ever busy sickle spares not the hero, but indiscriminately cuts the vital cords that separates the living from the dead, the husband from his wife, the father from his children.  Time's ever moving sickle spares not the life because it gave itself to save others, and ranks that were once filled with young bouyant and spirited soldier-boys are daily becoming thinner, and soon the assembly will be called and the last remaining veteran be gathered with his hero commrades on the shining shore.  Mr. Kincaid was a member of Joseph Bailey Post No. 138, G.A.R.  He enlisted in 1862 with Co. H, eighth Minnesota.  He was born in Lexington, Sommerset county, Me., 1826, and moved to Palmyra in 1844.  At the time of his death Friday Oct. 5, he was 74 years of age.
The funeral was held from his late home one mile south of the village Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock, the Joseph Bailey Post and the W.R.C. attending in body.  Rev. C.W. Damon officiated.  The remains were placed at rest in Hillside cemetery.  He leaves a wife and three sons.


("The Rockford Register-Gazette", Rockford, Winnebago Co., Illinois, October 1918)
Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the funeral of Mrs. Charles J. Green, 1404 Sixth street, who died of pneumonia at Rockford hospital at 1:20 this morning, will be held at the Olson undertaking parlors on Seventh street.  The funeral will be private Dr. John Gordon will officiate.  Burial will likely be in the West side cemetery.  All of the arrangements for the funeral have not been perfected.
Mrs. Green leaves her husband, an Infant child, Elizabeth Jean, her father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. L.D. Kincaid, two brothers, Harry and Peter Kincaid, and one sister, Mrs. A. Loveless.  Mrs. Green's father and mother, brothers and sister live in Rockton where she was born and reared.  Mrs. Green was born in Rockton February 28, 1883.  She received her education at he Rockton schools.  She was married to Charles J. Green of this city January 6, 1904.  During her girlhood in Rockton she was an attendant at the Congragational church.  Mrs. Green had a wide circle of friends.  She was ever ready to assist others and her many admirable qualities caused her to be much beloved.


Funeral Services to Be Held Saturday

("The Rockford Register-Gazette", Rockford, Winnebago Co., Illinois, Thursday, March 19, 1921)
Mrs. Charlotte Green, wife of Andrew Green, 1404 Sixth avenue, died this morning at 3:30 o'clock at Rockford hospital where she had been a patient for two months, having been ill of a malignant malady for the last five months.  Mrs. Green was born in Westergotland, Sweden Nov. 1849, and came to Rockford 36 years ago.  She had resided at her Sixth street residence for thirty years.
Besides her husband, she leaves one son, Charles J. Green, superintendent of the Greenlee Bros. & Company plant, two sisters, Mrs. Frank Carlson of Rockford, and Mrs. Johanna Johnson of South Haven, Mich., and one granddaughter.  She was a member of the Salem Lutheran Church and was held in high esteem by her wide circle of aquaintances.
Funeral services will be held at her late home, 1404 Sixth street Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock.  The Rev. J.A. Benander will officiate and burial will be made in the Cedar Bluff Cemetery.


("Rockford Daily Register-Gazette", Rockford, Winnebago Co., Illinois, November 6, 1924)
Andrew G. Green, age 72 years, 1404 Sixth street, died this morning at 5:50 o'clock at St. Anthony's hospital where he had been a patient for ten days.
Mr. Green's death was attributed to heart disease and followed an illness of five years.
Funeral services will be held at the home on Sixth street Saturday afternoon at 1 o'clock.  The Rev. J.A. Benander, pastor of Salem Lutheran Church, of which Mr. Green was a member, will officiate.  Interment will be in Cedar Bluff Cemetery. Friends may view the remains prior to the service.
Mr. Green was born June 13, 1851, in Westergotland, Sweden, coming to Rockford in 1885.  He is survived by one son, C.J. Green, superintendent at Greenlee Brothers & Company, and one grandchild.
Mr. Green was a furniture packer and was employed at the Haddorff Piano company and later at the Greenlee plant.  He was compelled by failing health to retire five years ago.


(Unknown Newspaper, Rockton, Illinois, 1951)
Peter Kincaid, 72, a life-long resident of Rockton, died suddenly last Friday evening at the home of his son, Melvin Kincaid on River Street.
Funeral Services were held Monday afternoon at the Rosman-Uehling-Kinser funeral chapel in Beloit.  The services were conducted by Rev. W.R. Corvin of the Methodist Church.  Burial was in the Rockton Cemetery.
Mr. Kincaid was born in Rockton on February 12, 1876.  He was married to Rena Arnolds on August 4, 1901.  They made their home here with Mr. Kincaid being employed at the paper mill.  He retired several (years) ago.  Mrs. Kincaid died in 1947.
Survivors include two sons, Melvin with whom he resided and Donald of Rockford; a daughter, Mrs. Dorothy Moore of Loves Park; a brother Harry Kincaid of Rockton; and four grandchildren.

C.J. Green Dies at 86 In Hospital
(Unknown Newspaper, Rockford, Winnebago Co., Illinois, March 1966)
Charles J. Green, 88, 707 W. Riverside Blvd., died at 10:30 p.m. Saturday in Rockford Memorial Hospital after a long illness.
Green lived 81 years in Rockford and retired from Greenlee Bros. 17 years ago, after 42 years as superintendent.
He is survived by his widow, Jane; and one daughter.
Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday in Fred C. Olson Mortuary, 1001 2nd Ave., with burial in Cedar Bluff Cemetery.
GREEN - Charles J. Green, 86, 707 Riverside Blvd., died at 10:30 p.m. Saturday, March 26, 1966, in Rockford Memorial Hospital after a long illness.  Born Sept 16, 1879, in Sweden, son of Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Green.  Lived 81 years in Rockford, coming here from Sweden.  Married the former Jane Coyne in Rockford, Dec 3, 1919.  Employed as a superintendent by Greenlee Bros., Inc. for 42 years before his retirement 17 years ago.  Member of Second Congregational Church and of Rockford Masonic Lodge 102, Freeport Consistory, and Tebala Temple.  Survivors include:  his widow; one daughter, Mrs. R.B. Stallwood, Colorado Springs, Colo.; two grandsons, Richard and Phillip Stallwood, both of Colorado Springs, Colo.
Services at 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 29, in FRED C. OLSON MORTUARY, 1001 2nd Ave., with Rev. Joseph Cleveland., pastor of Second Congregational Church, officiating.  Burial in Cedar Bluff Cemetery.  No visitation.

Melvin Kincaid Sr., 79
(Unknown Newspaper, Rockford/Rockton, Illinois, 12 May 1982)
ROCKTON - Melvin Kincaid Sr., 79, of 226 West River St., died this morning in Amberwood Health Care Center, Rockford.
He was born on May 25, 1902, in Beloit, the son of Peter and Rena Arnold Kincaid.  He married Geraldine Henderson on Feb. 19, 1925, in Rockton.  She died in 1980.
He was a retired millwright for the Rockton Paper Mill and also did commercial fishing and trapping in the Rockton area for many years.
Survivors include one son, Melvin Jr. of Rockton; one daughter, Mrs. Jean (Jack) Fairchild of Rockton; three grandsons; one brother, Donald of Estes Park, Col., and one sister, Mrs. Dorothy Moore of Fort Collins, Col.  He was predeceased by his parents and one brother.
The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the Rosman Uehling, Kinzer Blackhawk Chapel; South Beloit, with the Rev. Darrell English officiating.  Burial will be in Rockton Cemetery.  Friends may call from 7-9 p.m. Tuesday in the Blackhawk Chapel.

JOHN CURTIS OBITUARY 5-6-1915 Post #10 Snohomish
John Curtis, a veteran of the Civil War, died at his home, at 332 Pine street, this morning at 6 o'clock at the age of 77 years. He served with the 1st Wisconsin Light Artillery, enlisting in 1861 and being mustered out in 1865. He had lived in Snohomish for five years coming here from Trempleau, WI, where he had resided since 1846. He was a member of the Morton Post #10, G.A.R. of this city and was an elder of the Presbyterian Church. The old soldier is survived by a widow, four sons and a daughter, Mrs. Edgar Wright of this city, and a number of grandchildren. The funeral services will take place at the family home Saturday at 1 o'clock. Rev. A.B. Van Zante conducting the service. Interment will be at the G.A.R. cemetery where the local GAR post will have charge of the service.

Everett Daily Herald 12/1934
Mrs. Alzoa Jan Curtis, 90, a resident of Snohomish since 1909 died Sunday morning at her home 318 Pine street. Mrs. Curtis was born in Indiana and first came to this city in 1905. She is survived by four sons, Archie of Granite Falls, Clyde of Everett, John of Granite Falls, Luke of Snohomish, one daughter, Mrs. Edgar Wright of Snohomish, eight grandchildren and six great grandchildren. Mrs. Curtis was a member of Rose Rebekah lodge No. 51 of Woman's Relief corps, the Presbyterian church and the Womans' Christian Temperance Union. The body is at Snohomish chapel of Bakeman & Whyte from where funeral arrangements will be announced later.

The Valley News Sultan 10-6-1927
Frank Curtis, a well known mining man of this section, died at the Florence-Rae mining camp in Sultan Basin Saturday morning, October 1, after a brief illness of pneumonia. His son Robert, who was with him when he became ill, made a quick trip out of the Basin to get medical aid for his father, and was on his way back to camp with Dr. Nelson when he met Harry Rudebeck bearing the news of his father death. The deceased, who was born in Wisconsin, was 64 years old and had resided in this part of the country for the past thirty years. He is survived by one son, Robert and a nephew, Charles A. Curtis, both of whom reside here. Frank Curtis had engaged in mining for many years, and held mining properties in Sultan Basin as well as in the Index district, and at the time of his death was negotiating for the sale of his Basin property. Funeral services were held in Sultan Monday afternoon, the body having been brought in from the Basin Sunday, Rev. A. Guikema officiating at the services, and burial was made in the Sultan cemetery. Purdy & Son had charge of the funeral.

Granite Falls Record 9-29-1924
Sorrow filled the hearts of many of the people of this community when the sad tidings came that Miss Dorothy Curtis struggle for life, health and success had ended. Miss Curtis died at the Aldercrest Sanitarium, Snohomish, on Monday, September 1st. The funeral was held on Wednesday, services being conducted at the home in this city by Rev. Peterson of the Presbyterian church of Snohomish, after which the body was taken to Snohomish and laid to rest in the GAR cemetery. There were many floral tributes from loving friends attending the services from other towns was an uncle, Rev. A.E. Evans of Yakima, and W.H. Gibson and Mrs. Cora Saunders of Portland, Ore., and Mrs. W.H. Ellert of Seattle. Dorothy Ann Curtis was born in Trempealeau, Wi, Nov. 23, 1899. She was a high school student in Wisconsin, and after coming to this sate attended high school in Snohomish, also was a student at the normal school in Bellingham. She taught school here, retiring from the work in the second year, in March last on account of illness. She was a member of Union Congregational Church of this city and was organist in the church one year. Many friends mourn her departure, and sympathize with the bereaved parents, sister and brothers namely; Mr. and Mrs. A.R. Curtis, Mary and Josephine and Alanson Curtis.

Monroe Monitor 7 October 1927
Frank Monroe Curtiss passed away on Saturday morning, October 1, 1927 at the age of 65 years, 10 months and 19 days. He was born in Wisconsin in 1861, had been a resident of the Sultan Valley for thirty years and for the last seven made his home in Sultan. At he time of his death, he was employed by the Pacific Copper company and had gone into the Sultan Basin to prepare a mine for sale, contracted pneumonia and died before he could be brought to the hospital for care. He is survived by one son, Robert, and one sister in California. Funeral services were held in the Holland church in Sultan on Tuesday afternoon at two o'clock. Mrs. W. S. Selwood, accompanied by Mrs. E. L. Purdy, rendered the musical service. Interment was in the Sultan Cemetery, Purdy & Sons, undertakers.

1881 H. W. Beckwith History, Montgomery Co IN (Chicago: HH Hill) p 464
SAMUEL FULLEN, deceased, was of English and Irish stock, and was born in Virginia, January 22, 1799. In his infancy his parents emigrated to Knoxville, Tennessee, where they remained until he was eight years old; then removing, settled at Connersville, Fayette county, Indiana, and subsequently fixed their home in Marion county, thus making their residence in the northwest territory some eight years prior to the admission of Indiana as a state into the Union. Capt. Fullen was married October 2, 1817, to Miss Annie Pogue, daughter of George Pogue, a famous western adventurer, and one of the earliest settlers of Indianapolis. She was born in South Carolina July 15, 1797. It is believed that her father was killed by the Indians. His horses were stolen by them, and he went in pursuit, but nothing was ever afterward heard of him. The neighbors followed hard upon the depredators and retook the animals. The wife of Pogue was Miss Cassa A. Paine, who was born, according to the most reliable account, September 7, 1769.
Her death occurred in this county October 9, 1861, at the extreme age of ninety-two years, one month and two days.
Her remains were deposited in Oak Hill cemetery. Capt. Fullen was a militia officer in the days when musters and trainings were all in fashion. In Marion county he held the office of justice of the peace many years. He was a strong believer in universal salvation, and after his settlement in this county, in 1840, took the pulpit, and labored with more or less regularity until 1845 to disseminate this favorite doctrine. In politics he could justly boast with pride that he was a Jackson democrat; and, like most of the venerable men of that school of belief, he was active and influential in his party. He often took the stump, and in 1856 labored in this way in that memorable canvass with more than his ordinary zeal. He made his living by farming. He began poor, but acquired a fair competence, and at his death, which occurred April 7, 1876, left a good farm of 160 acres, three miles north of Crawfordsville. He enjoyed the respect of a numerous acquaintance, and was widely known for his integrity, intelligence, and general worth as a citizen. His wife, a kindly and estimable woman, in whom were the graces of cheerfulness, frugality and tender benevolence, survived him but a short time. She went peacefully to rest on the l9th of August, 1877, and was laid with the other members of the family, who are buried in Oak Hill cemetery. The children by these parents were fifteen in number, as follows: Amanda, wife of the Rev. Daniel Vines, of Fayette county, Iowa; Emaline, now Mrs. Seth Curtis, of Douglas county, Minnesota; Melinda, relict of Harvey Montgomery; Lucinda, wife of John Alexander, of Tama county, Iowa; Matilda, born February 20, 1820, and died July 17, 1845, married Thomas Hanks, who also died many years ago; Cassa A., born November 2, 1825, and died December 16, 1871, married Peter Sandoe, who died in the army; Samuel J., born March 26, 1827, and died April 9, 6, 1843; Charles M.; Louisiana, now Mrs. Joseph Alexander, of Worth county, Missouri; Andrew Jackson; Martin Van Buren, born January 16, 1833, and died January 30, 1868; Stincy, wife of John J. Darter; Elizabeth, died in infancy; Thomas H. B., and John W., June 5, 1868. John W. Fullen was appointed by the commissioners school examiner of Montgomery county, and filled the office with much ability for three years. In the autumn of the same year he was also appointed superintendent of the public schools of the city of Crawfordsville, the first who ever held that office, and performed its duties with unqualified satisfaction four years. He retired during the school years 1872 and 1873, but in the summer of the last named year was recalled by the trustees, and occupied this responsible position two years longer. He organized and graded the schools for the city, and instituted the admirable system by which they are now governed, and the youth receiving efficient instruction. We properly close this family sketch with the following obituary, written by the brother of the deceased, Prof. J. W. Fullen, and which appeared in the Crawfordsville "Review" the week succeeding the announcement of his death: "We are pained to announce the death of Martin V. Fullen, son of Samuel and Annie Fullen, of this county, who died suddenly of cholera on the 30th day of January, 1868, at Buenos Ayres, South America. He left home in the spring of 1854, at the age of twenty- one, and died in his thirty-sixth year, after an absence of fourteen years without a returning visit to friends and home. For some five or six years previous to his death, Mr. Fullen had been in the employ of the United States minister to Paraguay. The United States consul at Buenos Ayres, Hon. M. E. Hollister, states that he, accompanied by his son and the American clergyman, Rev. Dr. Goodfellow, took charge of the burial of the deceased in the Protestant Cemetery, and also that he took possession of his effects. All who ever knew Martin will lament his sudden death. An unpretending, yet ingenious youth, reared in the quiet country, his only ambition from early boyhood was to travel. He seemed to catch the inspiration from the very breezes, and to envy the wild swan her annual flights to the sunny regions of the south. It is consoling to his friends to know that, though exposed to the wiles of every clime, he died a sober, prosperous, and upright man."

Rites Held in Flossmoor For George B. Steele, 59. (3 Oct 1968)
George B. Steele, 59, of Homewood, former Rushville resident and brother of mars. Nancy Runkle, passed away on Tuesday, Oct. 1 at his home. He was a retired space buyer in the Chicago office of J. Walter Thompson Company.
Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 3 in Flossmoor Community church.
He was well known in the advertising field. In May he was voted "Media Buyer of the Year" by the Chicago chapter of the American Association of Newspaper representatives. As a newspaper buyer for the advertising firm, he helped clients select newspapers for advertising and arranged for purchase of advertising space.
Mr. Steele was born March 19, 1909 in this city, and was a graduate of Rushville high school with the class of 1926. He is survived by his wife, Estelle; a daughter, Mrs. Nancy Coates; a son, George R. of California; and one sister, Mrs. Runkle.

Services Held for Nancie Runkle. (3 Aug 1988)
Nancie R. Runkle, 85, of Peoria, formerly of Rushville, died at 8:48 a.m. last Tuesday at Proctor Community Hospital in Peoria.
Services were held last Friday at Worthington Funeral Home in Rushville with Rev. Michael Orsted officiating. Burial was in the Rushville City Cemetery. Memorials may be made to her church or the Schuyler Jail Museum.
Born Feb. 7, 1903, in Pleasant View to George B. and Bertha Bestler Steele, she married Donald W. Runkle, June 27, 1921, in Peoria. He died Aug. 5, 1972.  One brother and one great-granddaughter also preceded her in death.
Surviving are three sons, Donald of Quincy, George and Robert, both of Peoria; nine grandchildren; and six great grandchildren.
She was a lifelong member of the First United Presbyterian Church of Rushville and a past member of the Rushville Federation of Women.

Rites Held Monday for Mrs. Bertha B. Steele, 87
Funeral services for Mrs. Bertha B. Steele, 87, of Rushville, were held Monday afternoon at the Worthington Funeral Home. The Rev. Thomas D. Brown officiated and entombment was in Rest Haven Mausoleum in Rushville cemetery.
Mrs. Steele died at noon Saturday at the Culbertson hospital where she had been a patient for 12 days. She was born in Naperville Dec 29, 1875, the daughter of John and Nancy Bestler. She was married to George B. Steele, Dec. 25, 1901, who is now deceased. She had resided in Rushville 62 years and was a member of the First United Presbyterian Church.
Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. D.W. Runkle with whom she made her home; a son, George B. Steele of Flossmoor; five grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.

Mrs. Grace Steele-Armstrong, 70, widow of Robert Armstrong, died Thursday night at her home in Rushville, following a long period of failing health.
Funeral services, conducted by Rev. M.P. Pierson, were held Monday at 2:00 p.m., at the First Christian church in Rushville. Burial was in the Rushville cemetery.
The following obituary was read at the service:
Grace Steele-Armstrong, daughter of James and Rachel Strong-Steele, was born December 5, 1874, in Bainbridge township, Schuyler County, and departed this life at her home in Rushville, November 23, 1945, aged 70 years, 10 months, and 19 days.
Her early life was spent on the homestead farm, and she attended the district school in the community of her birthplace.
In early womanhood, on August 24, 1892, she was joined in marriage to Robert Armstrong, with whom she lived in happy companionship until his death many years ago. Following the death of her husband, Mrs. Armstrong bravely assumed the responsibility of rearing their family, and bravely she carried on. Her splendid traits of character were truly exemplified in the manner with which she discharged her duty. Keeping her children together with a true motherly love and self sacrifice that was indeed commendable. Not alone in her own children was the love of this good mother centered, but in the welfare of her grandchildren, a number of whom were also reared in her home.
A woman of Christian principles, her home was truly her castle, for it was there she was always found, and until her health became so greatly impaired, her hands were always busy in the performance of some task that would bring comfort to those entrusted to her care. Truly, her children and grandchildren may rise up and call the life of this dear woman "Blessed," as they recall her devotion down thru the years.
Mrs. Armstrong is survived by the following children: Mrs. Mamie Ackers and Mrs. Ethel Ward of Rushville, Thomas Armstrong of Huntsville township, Mrs. Macel Gregg of Chicago, Ercel Armstrong of Green City, Mo., Mrs. Kathryn Hubble of Kansas City, Mo., Raymond Armstrong of the U.S. navy who is stationed in California, and Mrs. Marguerite Steele, who with her family has shared her mother's home in recent years.
She is also survived by thirty-two grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, an only brother, George B. Steele, as well as five half-brothers, Theodosius, Clifford, Frank, Gale, and Calvin Steele, all of Keokuk, Iowa.

The Chesterton Tribune (Indiana)
December 17, 1885
The funeral services of Miss Jessie Owen were held at the Baptist Church in Englewood last Friday at one o'clock.  It was the original intention to hold the services at the house, but long before the hour appointed, the rooms were filled, and it was decided to go to the church.  The attendance was large, the floral offerings profuse, and were beauiful.  Among the more noticible pieces were:  A harp from Jessie's schoolmates. a lyre, gates ajar, and a wreath.  the latter presented by Mrs. Young.  There were present from Chesterton, Mrs. Dr. Marr, Mrs. Caldwell, Mrs. Young, Mrs.
Babcock, Miss Cora Green, Edwin Green and Chas. Williams. The casket was placed in the vault in Oakwood Cemetery.
Never has the death of a person living away from Chesterton called forth expressions of such universal sympathy and sorrow as does the death of Jessie Owen.  Dear, lovely Jessie.  She is ever before us.  Full of life, and animation, radiant with earth's new wine of youth, beauty, and health, with a heart overflowing with kindness and good will to all.  An only daughter, and the most loving and dutiful of children.  No wonder the mother sits by her darkened hearth - mourning, and disconsolate, and the father, with bowed head, and bleeding heart, refused to be comforted.  None but those who have suffered a like bereavment can realize the anguish, and heartbreak of the trial through which those parents are now passing.  Words are powerless to alleviate sorrow such as theirs; yet those who know (and to know was to love) their daughter, cannot but express their sorrow, and pray that He who suffered like as we do, may pour the balm of healing love and hope on their wounded hearts,! and lift their eyes from the snowcovered mound, underneath which lies only the mortal of their beautiful darling to that upper realm where in summer gladness, and amid flowers of perpetual bloom lovely Jessie, roams at will amid the heavenly bowers, nor dreams of aught by joy.

Obituaries for 04/17/2003
Juanita C. Bestler nee Burckal, 84, a life-long Wheaton resident, died Tuesday, April 15 at Central DuPage Hospital in Winfield. She was born July 3, 1918 in Wheaton where she was also raised. She was a long time member of St. Michael Church of Wheaton and also of St. John the Baptist Church of Winfield. She is survived by her six children: Joseph (Sharon), Bonnie (the late Vincent) Rott, Diane (Herb) Berry, James, John, and Jerrold (Pamela) Bestler; 13 grandchildren; 17 great grandchildren; her sisters, Maxine Corl and Marcella Slattengren; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband Frank; her daughter Lynda; and a daughter-in-law Eve. Visitation Friday 3-9 p.m. at Williams-Kampp Funeral Home, 430 E. Roosevelt Rd. Wheaton (1 block east of Naperville Rd). Funeral prayers, Saturday 12:30 p.m. at the funeral home and then to St. John the Baptist Church, Winfield. Funeral blessing at the church at 1 p.m. Interment St. Michael Cemetery, Wheaton. Funeral info: 630-668-0016.