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Roland H. Olson; Bishop Hill---Roland H. "Rollie" Olson, 90, Bishop Hill, died at 4:30am Sunday January 5, 1997 at home.

Rollie was born December 20, 1906, near Bishop Hill, the son of Henry and Alameda Armquist Olson. He was the grandchild of Mary Malmgren Olson, who in 1846 was the first child born in Bishop Hill.

He married Julia W. Ericson on August 20, 1929. She died April 5, 1990.

Surviving are one son, Roger Olson, Galva, one sister, Mildred Sunberg, Geneseo, one grandchild and two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one brother and by his twin sister.

He was manager of the Bishop Hill Elevator for 31 years, and also worked as a bus driver and janitor for the Bishop Hill schools.

He was member of the Bishop Hill Community United Methodist Church and Bishop Hill Old Settler's Association. He was a member of the Bishop Hill Volunteer Fire Department for 57 years. Funeral will be at 1:30pm Wednesday in Rux Funeral Home, Galva, with the Rev Karen Martin officiating. Visitation will be from 6:30pm to 8:30pm Tuesday at the funeral home burial will be in Bishop Hill Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Bishop Hill Community United Methodist Church and the Bishop Hill Old Settlers' Association

Orie W. McCurdy--Galva--Orie W. McCurdy, 76, a resident of Toulon Health Care Center, Toulon, formerly of Galva, died at 10:57 am. Sunday, January 5, 1997.

Orie was born July 22, 1920 at Roseville, the son of Roy and Lena May Kugler McCurdy.

Orie married Helen Twedell on Nov 21, 1946, in Galesburg.

Surviving are his wife and two sisters, Isabelle Kenney and Edna Kenney, both of Galva. He was preceded in death by two brothers and one sisters.

He was a farm laborer and a machine operator for 15 years for the Lily-Tulip Co., Galva.

Funeral will be at 11 am Wednesday in Rux Funeral Home Galva, with  Rev. Mike Kincaid officiating. Visitation will be one hour before the service at the funeral home. Burial will be in Galva Cemetery.---- Memorials may be made to the family.

Ruby Sundberg---Bishop Hill--Ruby, 75 years old, a resident of Kewanee Care Nursing home, Kewanee formerly of Bishop Hill, died Saturday January 4, 1997.

Ruby was born May 5, 1921, in Henry County, the daughter of Fredolph and Anna Palmer Sundberg.

Surviving are one sister-in-law, Lillian McIntosh, Bishop Hill, and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by two brothers and an infant sister.

She was a member of Messiah Lutheran Church, Galva.

Funeral will be at 1:30pm Tuesday in Rux Funeral Home, Galva, with the Rev. Philip Laurin officiating, Visitation will be one hour before the service at the funeral home. Burial will be in Galva Cemetery.

Memorials May be made to the Messiah Lutheran Church. Kewanee Care Nursing Home, Kewanee Hospice Program, or to a charity of the donor's choice.

Zelma B. Carper--Galva--76, 518 N. W. Fifth Ave. formerly of Morton, died at 2:42 am Sunday March 27, 1994 in Kewanee Hospital Skilled Care Center.

Zelma was born June 29, 1915, in Viper, Ky, the daughter of Green and Ollie Jane Craft Brashear.

Zelma married Robert J. Carper on January 8, 1946, in Whitesburg, KY. Robert died April 14, 1978.

Surviving are one son, Robert J. Carper, Streator; three daughters, Patricia Varner, Galva, Jacqueline Barys, Joliet, and Pamela Carpen-Lynch, San Francisco, Calif; two sisters, Naomi Cornett, Winterhaven, Fla, and Ruth Malehow, Kettering, Ohio; and five grandchildren. She was preceded in death by three brothers and two sisters.

Zelma was a graduate of Western Kentucky Teachers College. She taught in Kentucky and Illinois before her marriage.

She was a member of the Morton United Methodist Church, it's ladies circles and United Methodist Women, and the Home Economics Club of Tazewell County.

Private graveside services were held at 3:30pm today in Bunker Hill Cemetery, Buda, with the Rev. Dan Buck officiating Rux-Schuster Funeral Home, Galva, was in charge of arrangements. A memorial service will be held at a later date in Morton.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Wed. October 26, 1949

               Joseph M. Ryan, 84, Kewanee, police magistrate for 18 years, was found dead, apparently of a stroke, this morning at his home, 109 Lyle St.
He was found lying on the bed of his room by Chief of Police Clyde Rorah and Police Officers Joe Bubnick and Fred Trumble. They were summoned there by Mrs. Stella Todd, the magistrate's housekeeper, who said her calls to Mr. Ryan were unanswered. Death had occurred only a short time before, Rorah reported.
             Magistrate Ryan had been under a physicians care and during the summer had had his teeth removed. He remained quite active, however, and held court hearings daily at the police station. He had been to the station to preside at a traffic case Tuesday evening.
A school teacher when a young man, Mr. Ryan had long been interested in the community business and agriculture affairs. For 30 years he was president of the Farmers Mutual Insurance company, an office he held at the time of his death. He was a pioneer in the organization of the Henry County Farm bureau and farmed in Kewanee township for many years. He also was a former president of the Henry County Telephone company. He moved to Kewanee in 1930.
                  He was last elected police magistrate two and a half years ago. His term had about 18 more months to run. A member of Visitation church, Mr. Ryan also was affiliated with Santa Maria council, Knights of Columbus and the Elks Lodge.
              His wife and two brothers, Dr. Lawrence Ryan and Martin Ryan, are dead.
Surviving are three sons, Dr. Lawrence Ryan, Chicago, John Ryan, Wenatchee, Wash., and Martin Ryan, Seattle, Wash.; three daughters, Miss Mary E. Ryan, New York City, Mrs. John Jameson, Rochester, N.Y., and Mrs. Lawrence Gonzales, Washington, D.C.; and a sister, Mrs. William Mosgrove, Kewanee.
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The estate of Mrs. Justina C. Hutchinson was filed yesterday with real estate valued at $62,400 and personal property at $12,000. She died at Cambridge April 11, 1937. Her Heirs are tow brothers, Charles Nelson and Frederick Nelson of Munson Township and a sister Mrs. Etta I. Rishel, of Cambridge. The children of a deceased sister, Mrs. Ruth I. Hulin, Mrs. Esther Russell of Western Springs and George A. Anderson of Cambridge. G. Fay Rishell and Mrs. Ruth Hulin were named administrators of the Estate.

The estate of Hilda Anderson, who died at Kewanee April 3, 1937, was also filed with a valuation of $2,900 in real estate and personal property. Heirs are a daughter, Anna H. Noren of Kewanee, a son, Fritz Anderson of Kewanee, and Lark Anderson of Rockford.

"The bachelor's button, a domestic flower, is a native of India. It was introduced in England as early as 1714."

Cambridge--April 17, 1937--Perry Mason tried an April fool joke on Nelson and Hurd's clothing store in Kewanee on April 1, 1937, but the store laughs last. Mason was arrested by Rockford police yesterday and turned over to Deputy Sheriff Fred Swanson of Henry county. He will be charged with the theft of a topcoat valued at $15 from Nelson and Hurd's store in Kewanee. He entered the store on April Fool's Day and asked to look at topcoats. He tried on several and asked permission to step outside the store and show his choice to his girl before deciding. He was granted his wish and did not reappear.

Harry Stoiz of Grand Island, Nebraska and Harry Gorman of Muscatine, IA., are also in the county jail, held for investigation. Stoiz and Gorman sold five bushels of hybrid corn to Dilenbeck Brothers of Geneseo last Thursday evening for $2.50 a bushel. After making the transaction the Dilenbecks became suspicious that they had purchased stolen corn. They notified Sheriff Charles Nash. who waited for the two men to return and claim a tired and a bucket of full of bottles at the Dilenbeck store. Nash arrested them as soon as they appeared. Stoiz has one leg and wears and iron egg, while Gorman is large and heavy. They were traveling in an old model "T" Ford with tires and other equipment in the car. Nash is working on the hunch that they are wanted elsewhere.


Woodhull--May 26, 1937--Mrs. James Swanson, 80, of Rio, died at 9am, Tuesday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Harmon Olson, northwest of Galesburg. She had been ill several weeks.

Funeral services will be held Friday afternoon. There will be services at 1:30pm at the Walin-Knox funeral chapel at Woodhull and at 2:30 pm at Zion Lutheran church at North Henderson. Rev Arnold Nelson will be in charge and burial will be in Mt. Vernon cemetery north of North Henderson.

Mrs. Swanson, the former Elsie Johnson, was a native of Sweden, born June 13, 1867. She came to America with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Pehr Johnson, as a young girl. Her marriage to James Swanson took place March 16, 1893, at North Henderson, and he died February 24, 1947.

The Swanson's engaged in farming over a period of years in Rio and North Henderson communities. In later years they resided at Rio. Mrs. Swanson was a member of Zion Lutheran Church of North Henderson.

Surviving are the daughter, Mrs. Harmon Olson, twelve grandchildren and nine great grandchildren, a brother who dwells in Sweden. A daughter, Ethel, a brother and two sisters are deceased.--- Foxie's note_ should really go on the Mercy Co., IL page.


Galva, Ill., Feb. 7, 1912     Word was received here yesterday by Mrs. Blanch J. McClintock of the death of her father E. W. Houghton, who died at about 10:30 o'clock Tuesday morning at Daytona, Florida, his winter home, the death resulting from pneumonia and a complication of other troubles. Present at the time of the death were a son E. O. Houghton and his wife, and Mrs. E. W. Houghton, the wife of the deceased.

Mr. Houghton was the founder of the Houghton Lumber Company, wh8ich has yards at Galva, Wyanette, Buda, Altona, Wyoming, Bradford, LaMoile and Vermont and formerly operated one at Galesburg, and at the time of his death he was the president of this company.

He was during his life a staunch Republican, was a supervisor in Henry County for number of years, was president of the local village board and also occupied a seat in the State Legislature for one term.

He was member of the Knights Templar and also of the Masons.

Mr. Houghton was born at Hotighton, New York, 1834 and in 1864 came west locating at Wyanette, Illinois, where he lived for a number of years working at the trade of a contractor and builder.

Several years later he entered the lumber business, locating in Henry, Marshall county, where he remained until 1862 when he moved to this city. Soon after coming to this city he established the Houghton Lumber Company which has grown to large proportions under his able management and control.

He was married twice, his first wife dying in 1897, and the second surviving him.

He is survived by his widow and two children W. O. Houghton and Mrs. McClintock both of this city.

For the past twelve years the deceased has made his home in Chicago, spending his winters at Daytona, Florida, where the death occurred.

He was one of the most prominent business men in central western Illinois and had a large circle of friends who are left to mourn his death.

Foxie's Note: when I saw this I had to make a copy of the article for my husband. He worked for the Altona branch which was still operation until the late 1980's. At the time his brother was the manager of the office. and to my knowledge at the time the only offices left open then was the one in Galva and then the one in Altona IL owned and run by the Arter family. Both offices are now closed and the buildings being used for other things. My husband enjoyed reading about the founder of a copy he worked for about 20 years.

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Wednesday- November 24, 1943----Deaths & Funerals

Services at Kewanee for Charles Mason

Alpha, Nov 24--- Funeral services for Charles Mason of Alpha were held Saturday afternoon at the Ward Funeral home in Kewanee, Henry Co., IL. Dr. C. H. Young, pastor of the First Methodist church, was in charge. Song service was given by Mrs. Millie Arnold and Mrs. Clint Cross. Casket-bearers were Earl Strom, Louis Reiff, Otto Kuster, Glenn Hanson, Sigrid Lundahl and William White. Burial was in South Pleasant View Cemetery in Kewanee.

Wednesday- November 24, 1943-Authur Hare, Member of Board, dies Monday

Cambridge, Nov. 24--Arthur Hare, 65, member of the Henry county board of supervisors, died Monday in Kewanee Public Hospital.

He was born Feb 26, 1878, in Aberdeen Kan, educated in Pawnee, Neb, and came to Kewanee when a young man. He was foreman of the foundry and casting department at the Kewanee Boiler plant.

He was a member of the Kewanee First Baptist Church, Masonic order, Kewanee Elks lodge, Moline Consistory and Peoria shrive. Surviving are the widow, Mrs. Mattie Livingston Hare whom he married in Kewanee Jan 1, 1901, and their children, Arthur, Jr., North Plainfield, N.J. Elizabeth at home, Mrs. Fritz Frederickson, Joliet, and Pvt. Ellsworth Hare, Nashville, Tenn.

Wednesday- November 24, 1943 Lindbeck had been ill several Months

Cambridge, Nov 24-- Ernest A. Lindbeck, 71, died at 7 o'clock Tuesday morning in Moline Public hospital following several months' illness. He was born April 2, 1872, in Galesburg, the one of Christiania and C. A. Lindbeck. He was a butcher operating that business in New Windsor, Phiem, Woodhull and Cambridge. He had been employed recently in the City Market at Geneseo.

He married Hulda Briggs, Dec 16, 1896. She had two daughters preceded him in death. He married Anna Ickenbom of Ophiem March 4, 1908, Mr. Lindbeck was an appraiser for the Svea Mutual Insurance company and a member of the Lutheran church.

Surviving are the widow; tow sons, Milton of Cambridge and Glenn in the nave at San Diego, Cal., five daughters, Mrs. William Brown, and Mrs. Russell Hickok of Cambridge, Mrs. William Nelson of Paducah, Ky., Mrs. Thor Lind of Moline and Miss Elaithe Lindbeck of Rock Island; five grandchildren and a great grandchild.

The body was removed to the Gustafson mortuary.

Troline-Beamer rite is held on Friday--1943-Galesburg Paper;

Donald Troline, son of Mr. and Mrs. Vincent Troline residing west of Galva, and Miss Saradelle Beamer, the daughter of mar. and Mrs. Ralph Beamer of Galva were unite din marriage on Friday evening, November 26, at five o'clock, at the parsonage of the Messiah Lutheran church. The wedding rites were read by the pastor, Rev. Nels Bengston. The attendants were Miss Velna Beamer, a sister of the bride and Lewis Westlin, a friends of the groom. Immediately following the ceremony Mr. and Mrs. Troline left for Chicago where they will spend their honeymoon.

The bride graduated from the Galva High school in 1941 and the groom graduated from he same school with the class of 1942. Since their graduation they have been employed in their home community and town. The groom had been employed on his father's farm up to the time of his recent entrance into the service. Mrs. Troline has been employed in Galva at local business places. Both are well known and have a large circle of friends. The groom is in service and located at Abilene Texas where he is a corporal. He has been home for a few days on furlough. He will return to Abilene on Saturday, December 4., 1943.


The final service in memory of William L. Harris was held Sunday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock at Johnson's Chapel in Galva, with Rev. Nels. E. Gengston, pastor of the Messiah Lutheran church, in charge. Two song selection "lead Kindly Light" were sung as a duet by Mrs. Florence P. Best and Oscar Johnson and "one Sweetly Solemn Thought" was sung by Mrs. Best as a solo with Mrs. Vernon Bowman Anderson, Accompanist. The bearers were G. E. Bonts, G. E. Allgren, Leonard Greep, Cliff Steward, Charles Hedlund, and Theodore Anderson. The interment was in the he new addition of the Galva Cemetery.

A large delegation from the Galva Grange was in attendance as Mr. Harris was one of the oldest members having a fifty year membership certificate. The burial ritual of the Galva Grange was given in connection with service at the grave of Gilbert Allgren, chaplain and Ed Oberg, master, in charge.

For sixteen years past Mr. and Mrs. Harris head lived in Galva, having retired from their heir farm. During these sixteen years he had however busied himself in may helpful and useful ways as he ahs been spending much time at the farm as well as gardening and yard work at his Galva home. He was of a quiet and unassuming disposition clean habits and fine character. he was a great lover of children and his home way the one spot in his part of town where all of the children of the nieghborhood gathered and enjoyed going. to all of these children Mr. and Mrs. Harris were know and Pa and Auntie Harris.

The group[ of immediate relatives attending the service included the widow, Mrs. Emma Harris, her four children; Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Harris of Galva, Dr. and Mrs. Raleigh Harris of Farmington, William E. Harris of Chicago, and Mr. and Mrs. Fred Little, East Moline, also his two grandchildren, Mrs. Joe Savage and her husband Lt. Savage of Camp Chaffee, Arkansas, and Miss Juanita Harris of Farmington In addition to these he is also survived by one great grandson. Jackie Tyre of East Moline. Other relatives included a sister-in-law, Mrs. C. E. Mitchell, a brother-in-law, B. W. Coe, and his two daughter, Misses Verna and Ruby of Galva; Earl, Ed and will Miles of Elmwood.


Kenneth Malmgren of Bishop Hill who returning to  his home on Saturday evening from Kewanee had the misfortune of having his car leave the pavement and hit a concrete bridge abutment. The coupe was badly damaged. Malmgren was very fortunate in not being more seriously injured. The accident happened east of Galva. He received bruises and cuts about the head and body. He received medical attention in Galva and was later taken to the residence of his two sisters in Galva.

Today noon, Rotary club regualr weekly meeting of the Rotary club at the Hotel Best; evening, regular meeting of the Odd Fellows lodge at their hall.
Thursday afternoon, Regular meeting of Baptist Ladies Aid at Dean Hall; Saint John's Altar and Rosary society meeting in the rectory.
Friday afternoon, W. R. C. regular meeting in the Odd Fellow hall; regular meeting W. S. C. S. of Grace Methodist church meeting in the church parlors: evening. Regular Galva Rebekah lodge in the Odd Fellow hall, with election of officers.


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