Saturday, September 16, 2017

Neglect Not Cause of Death

Milton Ivan Havener died at the home of his mother, Mrs. Fred Barber, in Roberts, Illinois, Wednesday, Jan. 26, 1916, aged 13 years, 8 months and 1 day. Funeral services will be held at the Congregational Church Friday, Jan. 28, at 1:30 o'clock p.m. Rev. A. W. Depew officiating. Interment in Lyman cemetery. 

--Chatsworth Plaindealer.  3 February 1916.

--Gibson City Courier.  10 February 1916.  Page 3.

Roberts, Ill., Feb. 8, 1916

To Whom it May Concern:
In regard to the death of Ivan Havener, I, his aunt, and really a mother over the child for almost two years, think I have the right as well as the newspapers, to state what I know to be the truth. There has been considerable gossip, "as I must call it," about little Irvin's death. Now, if these people who have done so much fault-finding would find out the truth before speaking, there would be less trouble, as usually such people have the most dirt to sweep. They should stop to think that a trouble of this kind is hard enough to bear without having people go about and say, "A case of neglect." Friends, if you would only stop and think what his means, I really believe some of you at least would not say such a thing again.
Little Irvin was sick about four days with appendicitis, but was up and about the house all the time, waiting upon himself whenever we happened to be out or not handy to call, but now and then complaining of a pain in his side, which would last only a short time. A doctor was called by phone every day, who told us just what to do, which we did exactly as directed, also medicine and nourishment given as prescribed. On the third day he got up as usual and dressed, and after reading the morning paper, asked to be taken to his home in Roberts. The doctor was again called on and asked in regard to this. He sent out some more medicine and told how to give it, "which was also done," and said to call in the morning at 7 o'clock, adding if the boy has no pain we might bring him in. At 7 the next morning we called him as directed. The patient was asked if he had any pain and he said "No, not a bit," and the doctor said it would be all right to bring him in. The trip was taken, a distance of 2 1/2 miles, which he stood well. After a short time he had a fainting spell. A doctor was immediately called, but as all doctors had left town, had to phone to another town for one; but on account of so much sickness and muddy roads he was also delayed in coming until too late to save the boy, who passed away about 1 o'clock.
This was a terrible shock to one and all, as no one knew how bad he was; and as far as it being the fault of any one, "as one paper states," that is not true.

This I know to be all the truth.
Signed: Mrs. Levi Eppelsheimer

Buried Lyman Township Cemetery

--Melvin Motor. 11 February 1916.

Frederick T. Shambrook

Federick T. Shambrook, the owner of two hundred and eighty-seven acres of valuable farming land, is a self made man who has gained his present prosperity entirely through his own well directed energy and enterprise.  He was born in Tazewell county, Illinois, September 15, 1858, a son of John and Mary (Parkin) Shambrook, who are mentioned at length in the sketch of James R. Shambrook on another page of this volume.
Frederick T. Shambrook pursued his education in the district schools of Ford county, remaining under the parental roof until he had attained adult age.  He then purchased eighty acres of land on section 6, Lyman township, and improved same by the erection of a fine residence and all other necessary accessories of a model farming property.

--Lyman Township Plat.  1901.

Moreover, as the years passed he brought more and more land from time to time until his holdings now comprise two hundred and eighty-seven acres situated in the beautiful valley of the Pan Handle, in Ford county.  In addition to his general agricultural pursuits he has also made a specialty of raising and feeding stock, and both branches of his business are bringing to him a gratifying financial return annually, so that he is widely recognized as a substantial and enterprising citizen of the county.  There is no more productive land in all Lyman township than is comprised within his farm, and his success is all the more creditable by reason of the fact that he started out in life empty-handed, dependent entirely upon his own resources.
In 1885 Mr. Shambrook was united in marriage to Miss Polly Hammett, a native of England, who came to America with her parents when still very young.  The father is deceased, but the mother still survives him, making her home with Mr. and Mrs. Shambrook.  The latter was one of a family of three children, namely:  Walter W., who is married and operates eighty acres of his father's farm; and Elmer J. and Etta, both at home.
Politically Mr. Shambrook is a republican and is quite prominent in the local ranks of this party, having served as school director and road commissioner for several years.  He is also a member of the Court of Honor at Roberts, Illinois, while his wife and daughter hold membership in the Presbyterian church.  For almost thirty years he has been an important factor in agricultural circles of Ford county, and his prosperity is well deserved, as in him are embraced the characteristics of an unbending integrity, unabating energy and industry that never flags.  He is public spirited, giving his cooperation to every movement which tends to promote the moral, intellectual and material welfare of the community.  The hospitality of the best homes of the locality is freely extended to him, as well as the  members of his household, the circle of his friends being almost coextensive with the circle of his acquaintances. 

--History of Ford County; From its Earliest Settlement to 1908.  E. A. Gardner.  1908.   Page 870-871.

--Buried Lyman Township Cemetery. 

William B. Flora Obit

--William B. Flora and his wife, Mary J. (Newman.  Buried Glen Cemetery, Paxton, Illinois. 

--Paxton Record.  22 February 1917.

Willam B. Flora

William B. Flora has done much for the upbuilding and development of Ford County, and his name is inseparably connected with its history.  This work, therefore, would be incomplete without a record of his life. He was born near Carthage, Campbell County, Ky., in the famous Blue Grass region, August 5, 1844.  His parents, John W. and I. J. (Herndon) Flora, are also natives of that State, the former born in June, 1821, and the latter in March, 1825.  Mr. Flora was an old-line Whig in politics, but since the organization of the Republican party has been one of it stanch supporters, and has served for twenty-five years as Justice of the Peace.  Himself and wife are members of the Methodist church, and are classed among the highly respected and representative people in that portion of Kentucky in which they make their home.  Of their seven sons and five daughters, eight are yet living, of whom William is the eldest; Emily is the wife of H. F. Tarvin, an agriculturist of Charleson, Ill.; Samuel, who married Sarah Hardy, is a farmer of Carthage, Ky.; Augustus wedded Miss Hester White, and is a mechanic and farmer;  Mollie is the wife of Arthur Kinzel, a farmer of Lovington, Ill.; James is represented elsewhere is this work; John married Mattie Dawson, and resides near California, Ky.; and Luella is the wife of John Newkirk, who is employed on the electric street railroad of Covington, Ky.
Our subject spent his boyhood days in his native State, and acquired his education in the common schools.  At the age of nineteen, he enlisted for the late war as a member of the Company H, Thirty-seventh Kentucky Infantry, and was mustered in at Covington, in July, 1863.  The troops were ordered to Louisville, and then to Glasgow to guard Cumberland River.  They did guard duty for some time, and at Mt. Sterling were organized for a raid, mounted and equipped with carbines and revolvers.  Every step of the way was vigorously contested, but they at length arrived at Saltville, Va., with a force of four thousand.  An engagement was commenced at four o'clock in the morning and continued uintil ten at night, when our men retreated to Big Sandy River and returned to Lexington, Ky. Mr. Flora rode one horse during this raid fifteen hundred miles.  He left the animal at four o'clock in the moring, and in the evening, seeing a mounted negro approach, his lieutenant told him to secure that horse.  It was then dark.  Mr. Flora, on approaching the fellow, commanded him to halt and give up his horse, which was done, and behold, it proved to be Mr. Flora's own property.  He was honorably discharged to his Kentucky home.

--Photo courtesy of Daniel Flora.

In 1865, our subject went to Marysville, Kan., and engaged in teaming between Atchison, St. Jo and Marysville. He afterwards clerked in Marysville until the succeeding November, when he returned to Kentucky, and for three years engaged in the manufacture of brick, shipping his products to Cincinnati.  In the spring of 1868, he removed to Buckley, Ill., and engaged in the manufacture of brick for Ed Gill, of Paxton.  He afterward engaged in carpentering, and also followed farming.  In the winter season, he engaged in teaching in Charleston, and, in 1871, bought the second business lot ever sold in the village of Roberts. He commenced building upon it in December of that year, and then embarked in business as a member of the well-known firm of Flora & Newman, who continued operations for sixteen years.  They first carried only a grocery stock, but afterward engaged in general merchandising, and worked up an excellent trade.  In 1883, their volume of business amounted to $40,000.

(From an article by Bela Foster published in the Roberts Herald: 
In 1871, George H. Thompson and George Lyman put up a hardware store where George Ensign's garage now stands. William Thompson put up a drug store beside it. Flora & Newman put up a general store on the Anderson Bank corner, facing west. Anderson & Montelius put up the store that William Thompson's poultry business now occupies. Haling & Scott put up an implement building where Dietterle's store now stands. In 1873 fire destroyed the Thompson and Lyman hardware and the William Thompson drug store. I came to town and picked up nails at one cent a pound.Flora & Newman turned their store around so that it faced the north where Whorrall's restaurant now stands. Thompson & Lyman built a new store where Tarvin's store now stands. William Thompson built his drug store where Foster Brothers store now stands.
--Roberts Herald.  1 May 1935.  Bela Foster.  Early Days in the Town of Lyman.)

Mr. Flora was married, February 2, 1873, to Miss Mary J., daughter of W. I. and Ruth C. (Parish) Newman, who are mentioned in the sketch of Joseph V. King, on another page of this work.  Unto them have been born four sons and two daughters:  Bessie, Vincent, Harry, Claude, Grover and Mabel.  The mother and eldest daughter are members of the Methodist church, and Miss Bessie belongs to the Epworth League, the Ladies' Foreigh Missionary Society, and the Temperance Society.
Mr. Flora cast his first Presidential vote for Gen. Grant, and has since been an inflexible adherent of the Republican party.  He takes quite an active interest in political affairs, has served as Town Clerk, and has filled the office of Supervisor for many terms.  He has several times been tendered the chairmanship of the Board, and has served on the most important committees. Since 1876, he has been officially connected with the educational interests of the community, and for many years has served as School Treasurer of Lyman Township.  Socially he is a charter member of Buckley Lodge No. 634, A. F. & A. M.; Lyman Lodge No. 293, K. P.; and of Melvin Post No. 500, G. A. R. Mr. Flora is widely and favorably known throughout this community as a public-spirited and progressive citizen, well deserving of a representation in this volume.  He is spoken of in the highest terms by his fellow-townsmen, and is deserving of their warm regard. 

--Portrait and Biographical Record of Ford County, Illinois.  1892.

Friday, September 15, 2017

James O. Talbot

ROBERTS — James O. Talbot, 93, a native of Roberts, died peacefully on Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017.
Visitation will be from 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16, at Lockart-Green Funeral Home in Shelbyville, followed by a graveside service at 3:30 p.m. at Glenwood Cemetery with the Rev. Timothy Yankee officiating and military rites performed by the Shelbyville American Legion Post No. 81. 
Mr. Talbot was born April 5, 1924, in Roberts. He was the son of Walter John and Flossie Elizabeth (Roberts) Talbot.
Surviving are his wife of 70 years, Patricia; two sons, Robert (Yuna) and James; and five grandchildren, Kristen, Nicholas, Melissa, Amanda and Michael.
His daughter, Janice, preceded him in death. 

Mr. Talbot graduated from Roberts Township High School in 1942. He served in the U.S. Army Air Force from 1942 to 1945, honorably discharged at the rank of staff sergeant. He served in Italy on a B-24 as an aerial gunner. Decorations he received included the Air Medal with three oak leaf clusters and five battle stars to the European Theater Ribbon. He was a member of the Shelbyville American Legion. 
On Dec. 25, 1947, Mr. Talbot and Patricia Jane Terry were united in marriage in the home of Patricia. In June 1950, he graduated from Illinois State University. He worked for the Farmers Home Administration for more than 30 years, retiring in 1979 and subsequently moving to Shelbyville with his wife and son James. In 1988, they moved to the Terry Farm where his wife grew up. It was there that he peacefully passed away. 
Mr. Talbot had a variety of interests. He was an avid sports fan, loved fishing and hunting, and enjoyed working outside on the farm.  He was an active member of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees, serving as district president.  14 September 2017.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

P. Larson & Co. in Roberts

--Gibson City Courier.  1 January 1897.  Page 1.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Charles A. Fellwock

Charles A. Fellwock, who is engaged in farming and also deals in fine horses, is a resident of Lyman Township, located on section 35.

He was born near the city of Dresden, Germany, and is a son of August and Wilhelmina (Schneider) Fellwock.  The father served for eight years in the German army.  He was a blacksmith by trade, and with his family, emigrated to America when our subject was a lad of about eight years.  They landed at New Orleans, which Charles remembers as a little Creole City, not larger than Roberts at the present time.  The family went up the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers to Cincinnati, and thence to Ripley County, Ind., where the father purchased eighty acres of land and began faming.  When the war broke out in 1861, he came to Livingston County, Ill., and purchased a half-section of partially improved land, upon which he made his home until 1882.  Since that time he has been a resident of Ford County, and is a highly respected citizen. He has always been a stalwart Republican, and is a member of the Evangelical Church of Lyman Township.  Although seventy-seven years of age, he is still hale and hearty.  His wife died March 7, 1876, and her remains were interred in Livingston County.

--Payne Cemetery.  Chenoa, Livingson County, Illinois.

The eight children of the Fellwock family are all living at this writing:  Augusta, the eldest, is the wife of Mr. Lomarsh, a farmer of Livingston County; Charles is the next younger; Mollie is the wife of Adam Gihrish, a butcher of Chenoa, Ill.; Herman is married, and is a butcher of Beatrice, Neb.; Linda is the wife of Chris. Gehrish of Chenoa, Ill.; Louis is a stock raiser of Beatrice, Neb.; Linnie is the wife of Mr. Alden, who successfully carries on a meat market in Beatrice, Neb.; and Emile follows farming in Kankakee Ill.
In the usual manner of farmer lads, our subject was reared to manhood, and was educated both in English and German.  He has inherited the industrious disposition of his German ancestors, and has made of his life a success.  He now owns and operates two hundred and forty acres of arable land, which is under a high state of cultivation and well improved with all the conveniences of a model farm.  There are large barns and other outbuildings and the beautiful residence is one of the finest in the township.  This is a most desirable and valuable place.  In addition to general farming, Mr. Fellwock also makes a specialty of the breeding of fine horses, and now has a fine imported English shire horse about ten years old.
On the 18th of April, 1867, our subject wedded Miss Katie Barrick, a native of Wayne County, N. Y., born April 3, 1839.  Her education was acquired in the common schools, and she is a lady of gentle manner and kind and benevolent disposition.  Her parents are both deceased.  Her father died in Yates County, N. Y., at the age of forty-three years, and his wife died in Ford County, at the age of sixty.  Mrs. Fellwock has one sister, Lydia, who is living in Lyman Township and a half brother, Levi J. Pfaat, a resident of Fairbury, Ill.
Three children were born unto our subject and his wife, but Laura and Lewis both died in infancy. 

--Lyman Township Cemetery, Roberts, Ford County, Illinois.

Laura E. Fellwock and Lewis Fellwock (infants) buried in Lyman Township Cemetery.  Carolyn Wilson, FAG volunteer, notes that Laura's burial is one of the first six burials that occurred in 1868 in the Lyman Township Cemetery. 

Lydia M. is the wife of Joseph Minch, a resident of Lyman Township.  She is the only living child and the comfort of her parents.  She belongs to the Evangelical Church, and was married November 19, 1891.  Mr. and Mrs. Fellwock are both members of the German Evangelical Church, are earnest workers in the Master's vineyard and for many years have been identified with the Sunday-school work.  In politics, he is a warm advocate of Republican principles and cast his first Presidential vote for Abraham Lincoln.  His upright life and sterling worth have won him high regard, and he well deserves representation in this volume. 

--Portrait and Biographical Record of Ford County, Illinois. 1892.

Charles A. Fellwock, Katharyn Fellwock and their daughter Lydia Fellwock Minch, all buried in Chalmers Cemetery in Indiana.
--Chalmers Cemetery.  Chalmers, White County, Indiana.

Monday, September 11, 2017

John Woolsoncroft

In this biography the Woolsoncroft name is spelled with an extra letter, Woolstoncroft.  I transcribed as written. 

John Woolstoncroft, one of the extensive land-owners of Lyman Township, residing on section 18,

--Lyman Township Plat.  1884.

claims England as the land of his nativity and also has Scotch blood in his veins.  He was born in Lancashire, in 1810, and was one of a family of eight children, two sons and six daughters, whose parents were John and Mary (Woods) Woolstoncroft. His father was a weaver of cotton cloth.  He died at the age of sixty-four and his wife passed away at the age of fifty.  The only members of the family yet living are three sisters of our subject:  Mary and Janet, both of whom are widows and reside in Lancashire, England, and Sarah, who resides in Philadelphia.
Our subject began to earn his own livelihood at the age of eight years, working at the weaver's trade from that time until twelve years of age, when he learned the trade of brick-making and also laid brick.  When about twenty years of age, he determined to try his fortune in American and in 1831, sailed from Liverpool to New York.  He was almost penniless when he arrived in the country, a stranger in a strange land.  He first secured work as a weaver in Philadelphia, where he remained for six years, and in the spring of 1837, he went to Ohio, where he spent about five months.  He next located in Putnam County, Ill., and, making his home in Magnolia, engaged in weaving in the winter season and in brick-laying in the summer.
While residing in Putnam County, Mr. Woolstoncroft was united in marriage to Elizabeth Phillips, a native of England.  Their union was celebrated in April, 1838, and unto them were born six sons and six daughters, eight of whom are now living:  David, the eldest, wedded Mary Warner, a native of this State, by whom he has three children.  He is a plasterer and brick mason and one of the prominent citizens of Roberts, and in politics, is a stanch Republican.  John married Miss Hannom and follows farming in Kansas; he too, is a Republican.  Abraham married Miss Pettit and is a resident farmer of Kansas; Wilber was joined in wedlock to Miss Hawthorne, and follows farming in Kansas; Alice is the wife of George Dykes, an agriculturist of Illinois; Elizabeth is the wife of John Warner, whose sketch appears elsewhere in this work; Hannah is the wife of Edward Owens, a farmer of Wall Township, Maria, who successfully engaged in teaching in Onarga and in Ford County, is now the wife of Nelson Buzick, farmer, by whom she has six children, namely Earl, who aids his father in the farm work; Flora, a student in Onarga Seminary; Mary, Jessie, John W. and James.  Mrs. Woolstoncroft died May 7, 1864 and was interred in Magnolia Cemetery, where a beautiful monument marks her last resting place.

In 1867, Mr. Woolstoncroft came to this country with John Hunt, and purchased four hundred acres of raw land.  The towns of Melvin and Roberts were not then laid out, wild game of all kinds was plentiful and at that day one could not have realized such a rapid change was so soon to take place.  Our subject bought land at $9 per acre and began the development of a fine farm.  His labors were successful and he has become one of the well-to-do citizens of the community.  In early life, he was a Whig and cast his first Presidential vote for William Henry Harrison, but since the organization of the Republican party, he has been one of its stanch supporters.  Throughout the community, he is held in the highest regard and the word of John Woolstoncroft is as good as his bond, for his upright life and sterling worth have won him the confidence of all.  He is now eighty-two years of age but is still enjoying good health.

--Portrait and Biographical Record of Ford County, Illinois.  1892.

Saturday, September 09, 2017

Fire 1894

--Gibson City Courier.  7 September 1894.  Page 1.

Roberts Palladium 1888

--Gibson City Courier.  10 February 1888.  Page 5.

Thomas S. Ensign

No Marker for this burial per Carolyn Wilson, FAG Volunteer.
Civil War Veteran.

--Gibson City Courier.  13 May 1910.  Page 7.

Monday, September 04, 2017

Zahn Funeral Parlor

--Roberts Herald.  23 February 1938.

The Zahn Funeral Parlor was located in what was at one time the Roberts Exchange Bank, on the southeast corner of Green and Main Street.  Today an empty lot.  I remember Mr. Warlow having an accounting business in this building for several years.

Undertakers, Mortuaries, Funeral Homes, etc.

Paul E. Danforth bought the Funeral Business from Mr. John C. Zahn on May 15, 1939.  Mr. Zahn had been in the Funeral business approximately 40 years at that time.  He had two previous partners Mr. Samuel Ebert, a brother-in-law and Mr. Sam Zahn, his brother. When these partnerships were dissolved is not known.
Burnus and Paul Danforth operated a Mortuary at the corner of Green and Main Street in Roberts for the first eleven years.  In 1950 they purchased the home of Tenjus Havener at the corner of Walnut and Weldon Street.  The Funeral Home is still operating at that location.  In 1961 they remodeled the second time, enlarging the Chapel.
The first eleven years most of our Funerals were held in Church or home of the deceased.  As the years went on more Funerals were held in the Funeral Home.  In the early days, bodies were prepared in the home with two days visitation and also the Funeral.  During our 38 years in Roberts, we had Ambulance Service for our Communities.
On January 1, 1977, we sold our Funeral Home to Eldon Sprau.  He and his wife operated it until January 1, 1982 at which time he sold the business to Knapp Homes, Inc.  Wayne D. Knapp, President, the present owners.  The Managers of the Funeral Home are Mr. and Mrs. John Holiday.

--History of Ford County, Illinois.  1984.  Page 77-78.

--Roberts Area Centennial.  100 Years of Plowing Planting Progressing.  1872-1972.

More Undertakers

Ebert: Hardware, Furniture, Undertaker.

--Clipping from Jean Fox.  Dated 1908.

"All of the other children except Samuel eventually moved from the Roberts area. Here Sam Ebert, born in 1863, reared his ten children and died in 1960 at the age of 97.
A wise talented man, he was a person with strong convictions. He was probably the earliest licensed embalmer (1907)in the village, operated a furniture and hardware store, tended over 100 colonies of bees and an apple orchard. 
He first married Amelia Zahn, who was the mother of six of his children.  Later he married Theophelia Warnke."

--Submitted by Ida Tornowski.  (Youngest child of Samuel Ebert.)
--History of Ford County, Illinois.  1984.  Page 242-243. 


A great find.  I think you can click on each page to make it larger for easier reading.

--Ford County, Illinois Heritage Facebook page.