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All obits are from the Clinton Herald, Clinton IA


Jacob H. Smith, 74, retired manager of the Farm Service Plant Food firm here died early today in Savanna Hospital. The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday in Frank Funeral Home here with the Rev. Merle Hawbecker officiating. Burial will be in Lanark Cemetery. Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday in the funeral home. Jacob H., son of George and Lucy Sturtevant Smith, was born April 16, 1899, at Shannon. He married Ethel M. Rogers in Mt. Carroll Oct. 23, 1920. The couple farmed in this community for 30 years before retiring to town 17 years ago. He retired as plant food company manager in 1968. Surviving are his widow, four sons, Franklin, Milledgeville, and Francis, Fay and Duane, Lanark; five daughters, Mrs. Otto (Betty) Kniss, Shannon, Mrs. Edwin (Barbara) Butts, Mrs. Caroll (Alice) Landherr and Mrs. Ruty Dyer, Lanark, and Mrs. Delvin (Donna) Bausman, Mt. Morris; 31 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, two brothers, John, Lanark, and Kenneth, Dixon. A daughter, three grandchildren, one great-grandchild, four sisters and a brother preceded him in death. (Mon. 3 Dec. 1973, Pg 12)


Walter Young, 66(?), died this morning at his home. The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Mary’s Catholic Church with burial in the church cemetery. The Rev. William Regnier will officiate. Visitation is from 3 to 9 p.m. Tuesday with a Scripture service at 8 p.m. at Nadig-Law-Jones Funeral Home, Elizabeth. Mr. Young was born Nov 15, 1906 in Woodbine Township to Emil and Emma Boldt Young. He married Ann Artman April 25, 1936, in Elizabeth and was employed at the Savanna Army Depot for 22 years. Survivors include his widow, three sons, James, Hanover; Harold W., Rockford, and Thomas, Elizabeth.; two daughters, Mrs. Gerald (Joanne) Bonjour, Hanover, and Mrs. James (Mary) Kruger, Elizabeth, and 10 grandchildren. Four brothers preceded him in death.


Clair E. Gatrell, 85, rural Milledgeville, died this morning at Continental Nursing Home, Polo. The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Milledgeville United Methodist Church with the Rev. Clark Moushon officiating. Burial will be in Bethel Cemetery, rural Milledgeville. Visitation is after 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Woodin Funeral Home, Milledgeville. Mr. Gatrell was born July 25, 1888, at Ames to Milton and Agnes Bell Gatrell. He married Myrtle Jones Jan. 1, 1913, at Des Moines. He was a retired farmer and had lived in the Milledgeville area since 1927. He was a member of the Milledgeville United Methodist Church and the Milledgeville Grange and was a former Carroll County Farm Bureau director. Survivors include a daughter Mrs. William (Irene( Keister, Milledgeville, two brothers, Lee, York, Pa., and Valley, Walnut Grove, Minn. And a sister, Mrs. Nina Schuler, Vista, Calif. (Mon. 3 Dec. 1973, Pg 12)


Funeral services for George F. Sellers, 68, who died Thursday night in the city hospital were held Sunday afternoon in the Law funeral home, with the Rev, Benjamin Helderman, pastor of the Presbyterian church officiating. During the service, Arnold Berntsten sang two hymns, with Mrs. Raymond Phillips at the piano. Pallbearers were Forest and Clifford Flack, C. E. Dyer, Merle Griswold, Lee Miller, Frank Lineback. Those in charge of the flowers were Mrs. Glen Brock, Mrs. Forest Flack and Miss Peggy Smith.


Private funeral services were held Friday at 1:30 p.m. in the Hunter Fuller Memorial chapel for Abraham A. Arnold, with Rev. Donald Olson of the First Methodist church officiating. Mrs. Maurice James was organist. Pallbearers were Floyd Ehredt, John Collins, John Zubaty, Floyd Higgins, Donald Arnold Jr. and Thomas Allen, the latter 2 grandsons of the deceased. Burial was in Savanna Township cemetery. (Wed. 4 Nov. 1959)


Mrs. Blanche Mortenson, 87, died this morning at the Community General hospital in Sterling. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at the Wooden funeral home in Milledgeville, Rev. Clare B. Hewitt, officiating. Burial will be in Bethel cemetery. Friends may call after p.m. Thursday at the Wooden funeral home. Blanceh Streblow was born, April 7, 1872, in Lemont, Ill., the daughter of Fredrick and Harriett Lyon Streblow. She moved with her parents while a small child to a farm near Downers Grove where she lived until her marriage to C. E. Mortenson of Crystal Lake on May 23, 1894, at her parents’ home. They lived in Wheatland, where he was superintendent of a co-op creamery. In 1905 they came to Milledgeville to make their home where she has lived ever since. She was a member of the Methodist church and the Home department. Surviving are 3 sons, Clarence and Chauncey of Freeport and Lee of Milledgeville, and one daughter. (Wed. 4 Nov. 1959, Clinton Herald Pg 25)


Sadie Elliott, 95, of Mt. Carroll, died Sunday in Villas of Shannon Nursing Home, Shannon. The funeral will be 1:30 p.m. Wednesday in Frank Funeral Home with burial in Oak Hill Cemetery, Mt. Carroll. Visitation will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday. Mrs. Elliott was born Sept. 19, 1890, in Lanark, to John and Ellen Fischer Kiltner. She married Howard Elliott, Dec. 2, 1915 in Freeport. Survivors include a son, Galon of Roseville, Ill., eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband and two daughters. 30 Sept. 1985, pg 12


Services for Clarence Bowers, 65 were held this afternoon in the Fuller funeral, Savanna, with Rev. Edward Kreppert of the Mt. Carroll Lutheran church officiating. During the services Mrs. E. D. Gantert and Mrs. Floyd Bleakley sang hymns, accompanied by Miss Mina Haas. Pallbearers were Leonard Meyers, Roy Phialmlee, Clarence Simmons, Russell Eaton, LeRoy Hummel and Virgil Tyler. Burial was in the Savanna cemetery. Fri. 13 April, 1951


George Sellers, 68, of East Savanna died at 9:45 p.m. Thursday in the City hospital, where he was admitted Monday. Services have been arranged for 3 p.m. Sunday in the Law funeral home, with Rev. Benjamin Heideinan of the Presbyterian church officiating. Burial will be in the Savanna cemetery. He was born Jan. 24, 1883, in Pleasant Valley township, Jo Davies county, the son of the late Daniel and Alpha Dow Seller. He was married Jan. 16, 1912, to Bernice Cranson, who died April 18, 1924. A carpenter by trade for the last 10 years he had been secretary in the local carpenters’ union office. He is survived by a son, Bernard, of Savanna; two daughters, Mrs. Enid Adrian and Mrs. Kenneth Spear, both of Rockford; one brother, Owen Sellers of Mt. Carroll, and five sisters, Mrs. Mae Mutchmore, with whom he lived, Mrs. Charles Smith and Mrs. Oliver Gillogly, also of Savanna, Mrs. E. M. Green of Elgin and Mrs. N C. Bullock of California. He was preceded in death by his wife, a sister, Mrs. Carleton Harris and two children in infancy. Fri. 13 April 1951, pg 16


Funeral services for Anthony Neal Muenz, 4 son of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Muens of Blackhawk, whose body was found in an old cistern Monday, were held this afternoon in the Law funeral home with the Rev. A. Stanley Beck, pastor of the Methodist church, officiating. Pallbearers were Harry and Leroy Miller, Charles Davenport and Gary Hartman. Burial was in Savanna Cemetery. Wed. 2 May 1951, pg 12

St. Louis

William Wright Rockwell was born in New Jersey Nov. 6, 1820 and died at his home in St. Louis Dec. 27, 1901. When a young boy he moved to the Western Reserve and lived on a farm at Hinkley Ridge, Medina Co., Ohio. There he grew to manhood and married Polly Ann Powell, Apr 4, 1849. They settled on a farm in Ohio where the two oldest children were born, Anna M. and George. In the early 50's they moved to Cherry Grove, this county, before Lanark was thought of, before the days of railroads, schools, and churches. Here they lived in the neighborhood of Lanark and Cherry Grove for twenty years. Mr. Rockwell was prominently identified with the early history of the village of Lanark. He was the first president of the village board and served terms as justice of the peace, assessor, collector, &c. He was one of the organizers of the first union church. He was also an active temperance man, and it is said was once burned out here by the opposing liquor forces. In 1880 the family left for Springfield, MO., and thence to St. Louis, where they have since resided. Mr. Rockwell leaves to mourn his loss a wife and four children, viz: Mrs. Anna M. Brown, of Chelsea, Ind. Ter.; Mrs. P.E. Dryden, and the Misses Emma and Ella of St. Louis. George, the only son, was killed in a threshing machine accident in the early days, and was the second person buried in the Lanark cemetery. The funeral was held from the Progressive church, Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock, Rev. Z.T. Livengood officiating, and the remains interred in the family lot in the Lanark cemetery. Lanark Gazette newspaper, 1 January 1902.