Monday, October 16, 2017

Chellis "Jim" & Mary Jane (McGreal) Kessinger 60th Anniversary

From the Pantagraph
BLOOMINGTON — Chellis "Jim" and Mary Jane Kessinger of Bloomington, formerly of Chatsworth, will observe their 60th wedding anniversary on Oct. 22 by attending the 11 a.m. Mass at St. Patrick Catholic Church of Merna, Bloomington, followed by a dinner for family and friends at 12:30 p.m. in the parish hall. They also celebrated in August with their entire family at Disney World in Florida. Kessinger and Mary Jane McGreal were married Oct. 19, 1957, at St. Peter & Paul's Catholic Church, Chatsworth. Their attendants were Patricia McGreal Frye and Gene Wyant. They are the parents of Mike Kessinger and Kay (Wayne) Shold, both of Chatsworth; Sharon (Doug) Benway, Strawn; Dan (Kelly) Kessinger, Normal; and Debbie (Mike) Coffman, Heyworth. They have 12 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Son Mark Kessinger and granddaughter Lindey Hornstein are deceased. He was sales manager of Hendrix Town & Country, retiring in 2015. She was a secretary at Pafco Inc., retiring in 2000.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Obit of John R. Hanson

John R. Hanson, 62, formerly of Chatsworth and Pontiac, and most recently Fitchburg, Mass., died Oct. 1, 2017, at home, surrounded by his family. John was born in Bloomington and was the son of Kenneth and Johanna Hanson. He served as sergeant in the U.S. Army and also the Army Reserve. John retired after 20 years' combined service in both. He worked as a correctional officer at Souza-Baranowski Correctional Facility in Shirley, Mass., for 14 years and retired in 2014.
John leaves a wife, Ruthe M. Lepp Hanson, Fitchburg; two sons, Michael Hanson, Keene, N.H., and Kenneth J. Hanson and his wife Renee, Grandville, Mich.; two daughters, Maria Pappas and her husband Alex, Fitchburg, Mass., and Carli Murphy and her husband Michael, Ashburnham, Mass. Also surviving are two sisters and one brother, Joan Gerjets and husband Duane, Metamora; Ann Hanson, Bloomington; and Paul Hanson and wife Gail, Winfield. John also leaves nine grandchildren and other nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by a sister, Pamela Hanson.

Friday, October 6, 2017

October 6 Update


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Obit of Sandra Kay (Sleeth) Houser

Sandra Kay Houser, 74, Fairbury, died at 9:50pm Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at Fairview Haven Retirement Community, Fairbury. A funeral service will be held at 12:00 pm Saturday, October 7, 2017 at Duffy-Pils Memorial Home, Fairbury with Pastor Brian King officiating. Burial will be in Chatsworth City Cemetery, Chatsworth. The family has requested that all in attendance dress in casual attire. Visitation will be 11:00 to 11:45 am Saturday also at the memorial home. The family suggest memorials be given to the Sandra Kay Houser memorial fund. Mrs. Houser was born December 30, 1942 in Fairbury, IL the daughter of Roy and Bertha Crews Sleeth. She married Bobby Houser. He preceded her in death on 1974. Survivors include two daughters, Ullena (Danny) Offenbacker, Forrest; Dawn Hamilton, Fairbury; one son, Bobby (Angie) Houser, Branson, MO; nine grandchildren and three great grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her parents, one granddaughter, Tiffany; one grandson, Bobby; one son-in-law, Chris Hamilton and two sisters.
Sandra Kay Houser

Monday, October 2, 2017

David Sutherland, Engineer in the Chatsworth Wreck

Engineer of the lead Engine No. 21
David Sutherland died January 28, 1921 in Peoria
 David Sutherland, who died this week in Peoria was an engineer of the T.P. & W. railroad for many years and, while in the employ of that line, pulled the first engine of the double header Niagara Falls Excursion special, the "death train" that went in the ditch August 10, 1887, due to the burning of a small  bridge near Chatsworth. The engine driven by Sutherland crossed the bridge in safety, but the structure collapsed immediately sending scores to their death.Illinois. He was married to Sara Jane Zollinger.
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Photo used with permission of J.M. Zollinger, owner and descendant of the Zollinger family.

Friday, September 22, 2017

September 22 Update

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Clearwater Tank Company
Dennewitz Brothers
L.J. Haberkorn, Mausoleum Dealer
W.C. Quinn Drug Store
Shafer Insurance Agency
Chatsworth Brick & Tile Company
Wisthuff Hatchery

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Chatsworth Time Capsules Buried

The time capsules from 1967 and 2017 were both buried last Saturday in the Chatworth Park 
with this impressive stone to make the spot.

To be opened 2067!!!

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Obit of Jess M. Hanna

Jess M. Hanna, 53, of Normal, was born May 1, 1964, in Fairbury, the son of Dale and Celia Kuntz Hanna. He died Sept. 12, 2017, at Heritage Health, Normal. He was preceded in death by his mother, grandparents, three aunts, two uncles, and a cousin. He is survived by his father, Dale (Donna) Hanna, Chenoa; aunts, Carol (Jim) Kirkpatrick and Mary Hanna; several cousins and stepsiblings. Jess grew up in Chatsworth; his first job was delivering The Pantagraph. He lettered in baseball at Chatsworth High School, later playing softball with the Motley Crew in Bloomington, winning several local tournaments and selected by the ASAA to its state tournament team as catcher in 1983. A proud Redbird graduate of Illinois State University, Jess worked at Eureka-Williams for 24 years, testing durability and safety of Eureka vacuum cleaners. Jess was quick to lighten the mood with a witty joke, loved to bike Constitution Trail, kayak on the Mackinaw River and was a loyal White Sox fan. His humor and gentle spirit will be remembered by all who knew him.
A celebration of life service will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Evangelical Free Church, 2910 E. Lincoln St., Bloomington, for anyone who knew Jess. Thanks to all of the health care professionals for their loving care during Jess’ illness. To express condolences, please visit

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Obit of Judy Lynn (Layhew) Frechette

Judy Lynn Frechette, 62, of Chatsworth passed away on Tuesday, September 5, 2017 at her home in Chatsworth. She was born on March 2, 1955 in Kankakee, the daughter of Basil and Lola Sharp Layhew. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by one sister, Toni Shaffer. Surviving are two daughters, Sharon Clore of Chatsworth and Pamela Lawless of Piper City; one brother, Billy (Pam) Carrigan of Roberts; two sisters, Mona (Brian) Griffin of Constable, NY and Nora (Steven) Chouinard of Bluford, IL; seven grandchildren; eleven great-grandchildren; and a special dog, Bagle. Judy was an avid Cubs fan. She enjoyed fishing as well as spending time with her grandchildren and greatgrandchildren. Judy was very proud of the fact that she had recently become an ordained minister. Cremation rites have been accorded by the Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka. A private family memorial service will take place at a later date. Memorials may be made for the family’s wishes. Please share a memory of Judy at

Judy Lynn Frechette

Friday, September 1, 2017

Kerbside Floral and Tanning Award

From the Daily Leader: FTD PREMIER Matt Kerber from Kerbside Floral and Tanning has recently been designated as an FTD Premier Florist. This unique recognition is only available to top quality florists that are a part of the 100 year-old FTD florist network. Kerbside Floral and Tanning is receiving this premier status as a result of its continued path of quality and service to its customers. "Our customers are the most important part of our business. We take pride in our customer satisfaction. Our flowers are hand-cut and arranged by our floral designers with our customers in my mind the whole time. And it shows when the customers are all smiles as we deliver flowers to their doors. The smiles are the best part of our day!" Kerber remarked. FTD Premier Florists, such as Kerbside Floral and Tanning, provide their customers with quality floral designs and are focused on delivering the highest customer service.

Town Wide Garage Sales


Sept. 8- 8 am to 5 pm
Sept. 9- 8 am to 12 pm

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Cary "Snooky" Dehm Retires

From the Pontiac Daily Leader

The name “Dehm” has long been associated with racing at Fairbury and many race tracks throughout the Midwest. This Saturday night at the Fairbury American Legion Speedway, Cary “Snooky” Dehm will strap on his helmet and tackle the famed, fairground oval for the last time. Dehm began racing during the summer of 1971 in the 6-cylinder class and soon moved into the late models where he enjoyed much of his success. Winning two track championships, 16 features and the winner of the first Prairie Dirt Classic, Dehm spoke modestly of his accomplishment at other tracks. “I remember winning a 100-lap late model race at Danville,” Dehm said. “Bob Pierce, Roger Long and Tom Rients were some of the drivers there. I found a place to run on the track and they couldn’t keep up with me. “The first year they had a non-qualifiers race at the World 100, I won that. That is still the biggest trophy that I ever got.” At the age of 70, Dehm spent 46 of his years chasing the checkered flag. After his son, Lance, retired last year, Dehm felt this was his time. “It has been a lot of fun, but I admit it can get tiresome working on the car,” he said. “I just didn’t know when to quit. Now that this will be my final race, I hope my nephew; Jimmy will keep the tradition going for a couple more years. “There have been so many people that have been part of my crew over the years. Some of the guys have passed away or just got tired of it. Dave Frye, Dale Zimmerman, Dale Miller, Buck Decker, Bob Livingston, Jim McGrail, Matt and Bob Melvin are some of the guys that helped out. Bob and I have been together for 20 years now,” recalls Dehm. ” I am just thankful everything worked out and can say I have no regrets at all. It has been fun.” For a man of his age, Dehm has no plans of just sitting in the rocking chair. “I am a Legion member and run the hardware store in Chatsworth. I also farm 1,700 acres,” Dehm said. “I am thinking about taking one of my old race engines and using it to restore a 1957 Chevy. I will keep very busy. “In addition to my crew members past and present, I have to thank my wife number one, for putting up with all this,” smiled Dehm. “Guys like Roger Friedman, Chuck Bull and Butch Hixson built many of our motors. Allen Automotive, Mike Vallow, Dave’s Tire and Alignment, Ace Motorsports, Phat Boyz Karaoke and Phenom Apparel and Wrap. Those are my current sponsors and there would be so many to even mention from the past. I am just very grateful for the career that I have had.“ 

Monday, August 28, 2017

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Obit of Terry Onslow Miller

Terry Onslow Miller, 76, of Normal, formerly of Chatsworth, passed away 12:15 p.m. Sunday (Aug. 20, 2017) at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center, Normal. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Chatsworth, with Pastor Mauricio Vieira officiating. Visitation will be 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the church. Burial will be at Chatsworth Cemetery. Calvert & Martin Funeral Home, Chatsworth, is handling arrangements. Terry was born March 25, 1941, in Somerville, N.J., the first child of Glenn and Molita (Fisher) Miller. His siblings: Tiania Shaffer, Deposit, N.Y.; Sharon Grannon, Ardmore, Okla..; Galen Miller, Maynard, Mass.; Vaughn (Melissa) Miller, Tulsa, Okla.; and many nieces and nephews.
 At the age of 9, his family moved to Cincinnatus, N.Y., where he attended school and graduated from Syracuse Business School. He married Sharon Stafford and had their first child: Pansy (Kenneth) Friedman. Then, they moved to the Evansville, Ind., area and had Glenn (Barbara Hembree) Miller and Brian (Mary Bryant) Miller. He then married Elly Easton and her children: Doug (Yvonne) Hurt, Ingrid Emling, and Kenneth Hurt. After Elly’s death, Terry married Mary (Smith) Fisher and her children: Timothy (Meghan) Fisher, Matthew (Rebecca) Fisher, Lisa (Lance) Ringo, Kelly Achord, Kimberly (Steve) Sylvester, Jason Green, and Brian (Jill) Schenk. There are 27 grandchildren and 31 great-grandchildren in his blended family he loved.
Terry owned and operated Bennett’s Cleaners for 30 years. He served on the town board for over 14 years. He also was a member of Chatsworth Lions Club, Chatsworth Historical Society, treasurer of Chatsworth Township Library, Indian Creek Country Club playing in the golf league, Fairbury Bowling League, and St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Chatsworth. Terry’s motto was: Family, friends, community ... work hard, play hard. 

Terry Miller

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Chatsworth Sesquicentennial Photos

Here are some photos you may have missed:

Centennial Queen (1967) Mary Clore-50 years later!! Still a beauty!

The great job of restoration of the Dennewitz Bros. Standard Station by the Glen Dehm Family.

The beauty of an orange and blue sky!

The lovely ladies who made the quilt shop happen!

Alan Baltz  and Zoe Pearson check out the new "Plaindealer" files now available on searchable cd-rom. Soon will be online thru the Baltz Library.

Great pieces on display at the original William Dehm farm. This farm was originally the Puffer farm.

Great piece donated to the town by the Glen Dehm Family.

Check out the full display of photos here.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Obit of Gladys (Warren) Boyer

Former Chatsworth teacher.

Gladys J. Boyer, 81, of Heyworth, passed away at 2:50 a.m. Sunday (Aug. 13, 2017) at her home. Service will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, with Greg Taylor officiating. Graveside service will be at 3 p.m. at Ohio Cemetery, West Union. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday and one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Memorials may be directed to the First Christian Church Library, Clinton, or Lewy Body Dementia Association. 
Gladys was born April 24, 1936, in Hume, the daughter of Thomas Kelly and Naomi Harris Waren. She married John R. Boyer on June 12, 1965, in Catlin. Survivors include her husband, John R. Boyer, Heyworth; children, Leigh (Larry Ulrey) Kimmel, Indianapolis, Ind.; Brian Russell Boyer, Bloomington; Kevin Thomas (Angela) Boyer, Bloomington; and Brad Allen Boyer, San Jose, Calif.; two grandchildren, Joanna Lynn Boyer and Joshua John Boyer. She was preceded in death by her parents

Gladys graduated from Illinois State University, Normal. For two years, she was a teacher/librarian at Chatsworth High School; five years at Catlin High School and a librarian at Frankfort Public Library until her retirement. Condolences may be made at

Friday, August 11, 2017

Obit of Rev. William Frank Paton

Former Calvary Baptist Church Minister
Rev. William Frank "Bill" Paton, age 72 of Missionary Acres near Silva, passed away Friday, July 14, 2017 at Terre Haute, Indiana. He was born October 5, 1944 at Oakland, Michigan, the son of Andrew Paton and Dorothy (Hall) Paton. Rev. Paton served as a missionary pastor for many years and served in churches all over the country. His last pastorate was at Calvary Baptist Church in Chatsworth, IL. He was married to Janet Hyer-Elliott May 28, 1994 at Elyria, Ohio. He and his wife Janet had lived at Missionary Acres for the past 7 years. He was a member of Evangel Baptist Church. Survivors include his wife, Janet Paton, of the home, 4 children, Karis Elliott, of Hobart, IN, Kevin Elliott and his wife Wenda, of Temple, TX, Kaylene Bush and her husband Thomas, of New Albany, IN, Kraig Elliott and his wife Anne, of Perry, MI; one sister, Mary Andersen and her husband David, of Rochester Hills, Michigan. Also surviving are 12 grandchildren, Benjamin, Marieve, Ethan and his wife Kelsey, Rosalie, Allyssa, Arik, Kaitlyn, Andrew, Kiersten, Kandice, Kacey and Alistair. Memorial services were held Tuesday, July 18, 2017 at Evangel Baptist Church near Silva with Pastor Mark Hunsberger officiating. Rev. Steve Little and Bro. Ken Moon assisted in the service and special music was provided by the Elliott family, along with congregational singing. Services were under the direction of Morrison-Worley Funeral Chapel. Memorials have been requested to the Evangel Baptist Church.

Obit of Judith Ann (Gillette) Fryda

Judith Ann Fryda, 75, of South Williamsport, passed away Saturday, August 5, at the Gatehouse of Divine Providence Hospital. She was born May 21, 1942 in Joliet, Illinois. The daughter of Lloyd and Dorothy (Bennett) Gillette. Surviving is her husband Lawrence Fryda (Married, February 19, 1994), two daughters; LaDonna (Bradley) Miller of Florida and LeAnna Koerner of Florida, two step sons Bradley (Natalie) Stokes of Colorado and Christopher (Tamera) Fryda of Colorado, two granddaughters; Megan Diller of Florida and Carly Diller of Illinois and one sister, Linnea (Galen) Donley of Illinois.
 Judy was preceded in death by her parents, a niece, Lea Elliott and in-laws James and Maxine Fryda. She was a graduate of Chatsworth High School (1960) and attended Mennonite School of Nursing. Judy was a board certified Echo-cardiographer, EMT and supervisor / teacher of Echo-cardiology at Bromenn Hospital, Bloomington ,IL and Susquehanna Health in Williamsport, PA. She also taught in hospitals in Vladimir, Russia and Accra, Ghana. Judy enjoyed international travel (Italy, Russia, Japan, Egypt, Mexico, Peru, Columbia, Dominican Republic, Australia, Ghana, South Africa and England). Many of these travels allowed her and her husband to work on humanitarian aid projects in the developing world. She shared her love with family and friends by spending quality time together. She never missed a birthday or anniversary. Judy loved the ability to access each of their lives through the world of social media and stayed close though miles divided them. 
Her love of life, her courage and caring heart will be missed by all. She was a life time member of the United Methodist Church. A funeral service to honor Judy’s life will be held 2 p.m. Thursday, August 10 at Pine Street United Methodist Church 441 Pine St.Williamsport, with the Rev. Douglas M. Eberly officiating. Visitation will be held from 1-2 p.m. Thursday at Pine St. UMC. Burial will be in Piper City, Illinois with a memorialservice in Chatsworth, Illinois at a later date. The family suggests memorial contributions in Judy’s name be made to Susquehanna Health Foundation, 1001 Grampian Blvd., Williamsport, c/o Lung Cancer Treatment Center or Pine Street UMC, 441 Pine St., Williamsport, PA 17701. Arrangements entrusted to Sanders Mortuary.

Obit: Judith Ann Fryda

Obit of Joe Saxton

Former Teacher at Chatsworth
VARNA - Joe Saxton, 77, beloved husband, father, grandfather, and teacher passed away on August 6, 2017 in his home. He was born October 31, 1939 in Flanagan, IL, son of Clifford and Marcia (Lucas) Saxton. He married Lillian Highland on June 8, 1962 in Rowe, Il. She survives, as does one daughter, Teryl (Louis) Holocker of Varna, and one granddaughter, Kayla Heal of DeKalb, IL. He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, and four brothers. Joe graduated from Illinois State University on June 6, 1966 with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in education and in addition, completed graduate studies. He was an Industrial Arts Teacher, retiring from Midland High School in Varna in 2005, but taught many subjects at Midland, Chatsworth, and Piper City high schools throughout his teaching career. He was a carpenter, expert craftsman, bird watcher, and avid gardener. Cremation Rites have been accorded A memorial service will be planned for a later date. Memorial donations may be made in Joe's name to the Varna ambulance. To share memories and condolences with Joe’s family, visit

Joe E. Saxton

Obit of Frances E. (Wilson) Friedman

Frances E. Friedman, 87 of Fairbury passed away at 9:40 pm, Sunday, August 6, 2017 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center, Peoria. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, August 13, 2017 at Duffy-Pils Memorial Home, Fairbury. In lieu of flowers the family suggests that memorial contributions be directed to Fairbury American Legion Speedway, Fairbury or Livingston County Humane Society. Cremation rites will follow the visitation with a private family graveside inurnment in Graceland Cemetery, Fairbury at a later date. Frances was born February 7, 1930, in Chatsworth, a daughter to Claude C. and Mayme W. (Berlette) Wilson. She married Harold J. Friedman June 11, 1950, in Chatsworth. He died November 24, 1995. Survivors include one daughter, Pamela (Tom) Hedrick of Fairbury; two sons, Roger (Janis) Friedman of Fairbury; Randy (Lisa) Friedman of Downs; three sisters, Lois Wallrich, Marilyn Dehm, both of Chatsworth; and Mary Lou West of Knoxville; one brother, Claude “Jr.” Wilson of Dwight; nine grandchildren, Daren (Kelly) Friedman, Eric (Kim) Friedman, Jeb (Niki) Friedman, Denver (Mindy) Hedrick, Brooke (Jason) Welborn, Beth (Chris) Mygatt, Kara (Andrew) Weber, Jasmine Bettis, Amanda Bettis and 18 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; 5 brothers and 2 sisters and one infant son, Virgil Allan Friedman. Frances was an avid Chicago Bulls fan and loved her World Champion Cubs. She enjoyed local dirt track racing on Saturday nights in Fairbury. Her dog Maizie gave her great joy and comfort. She will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her.

Frances E. Friedman

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Sunday, August 6, 2017

August Updates



August 10-11. 2017
130th Anniversary of the Great Chatsworth Train Wreck

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Kurt's Fabrications & Wood Creations



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Friday, August 4, 2017

Obit of Janet Honegger

Janet Ann Honegger, 86, Chatsworth, died at 7:45 am Thursday, August 3, 2017 at Gibson Area Hospital, Gibson City. Graveside inurnment will take place in Graceland Cemetery, Fairbury at a later date. Duffy-Pils Memorial Home, Fairbury is assisting with arrangements. Mrs. Honegger was born September 29, 1930 in Forrest the daughter of Harold “Dutch” and Anna Mae Ehnen Weihermiller. She married Albert E. Honegger on June 19, 1948 in Charlotte. He died on July 13, 1999. Surviving are her children, Cheryl (Jim) Culkin, Houston, TX; Rob (Barb) Honegger, Louisville, KY; David Honegger, Chicago; 4 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren and one brother, Keith Weihermiller. Mrs. Honegger was a graduate of Forrest Twp. High School. She was a bookkeeper at Greenbrier Nursing Home, Piper City and the town clerk in Chatsworth for many years.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Obit of Jacob Scher

Jacob T. Scher, 95, of Sylacauga, Ala., passed away early Thursday morning (July 27, 2017) in his residence. Jacob was born Nov. 8, 1921, in Cotton County, Okla., to Jacob and Lillian Christine Fix Scher. He married Ida Lou Miller on July 20, 1946, in Walters, Okla. She preceded him in death on Oct. 12, 2013. Jacob was baptized in a Baptist church in Walters, Okla. Jacob had worked for many years at the American Screen Products, Chatsworth, as an electrical engineer. Jacob is survived by his children, John Scher, Normal; Jerry Scher, Sylacauga, Ala.; James Scher, Sylacauga, Ala.; Margaret Whitney, Sylacauga, Ala.; Barbara Hassan, Sylacauga, Ala.; and Janet Whitney, Birmingham, Ala; seven grandchildren; 22 greatgrandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, two brothers and three sisters. A funeral service will be at noon Friday at the New Oak Hill Cemetery Chapel, 1300 Chester St., Plymouth, IN 46563, with the Rev. Ed Friberg officiating. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until time of service on Friday at the chapel. Burial will follow in the New Oak Hill Cemetery.

Jacob T. Scher

Monday, July 17, 2017

Obit of Joseph L. DeLong-Civil War Hero-1900

Obit of Joseph L. DeLong, Civil War Hero from a Kankakee, IL. newspaper.
I have been looking for years for this. It was recently added to his memorial at Findagrave by Roy DeLong.

March 17, 1900
Joseph L. Delong, an esteemed citizen of Bradley, was instantly killed Saturday evening while returning to his home from the republican primary polls.
The only witness to the accident was D. Struder, who stood about ten feet behind Mr. DeLong and who relates the circumstances as follows: He was going to his home on the east side of the Illinois Central tracks. Mr. Delong and himself stopped at the street crossing just north of the depot while a north-bound freight train was passing. Mr. DeLong started across the tracks and was struck by the south-bound New Orleans limited which was running at high speed. Mr. DeLong had just stepped upon the track when he was hit. His body was caught by the pilot and thrown against the boiler and then projected about forty feet where a blood stain marks the spot of this fall. He body was then bounded and rolled about sixty feet further until it stopped under the operator's window in the depot. Mr. Struder says that Mr. DeLong was dead when he got to him.
Mr. DeLong was 61 or 62 years of age. He was born in Ohio where he enlisted and went to the Civil War, in which he served three years. He went to Gilman in the early 70's and engaged in the nursery business. In 1875 he went into the merchandising business in Chatsworth, where he burned out three times. In 1893 he came to Bradley. 
He was of an inventive turn of mind and his business for several years has been that of a salesman on the road, selling a number of ingenious wooden novelties that he invented and had made at Schumacher's shop in Bradley. He was a well educated man and often regretted that he had not fitted himself to one profession. 
Mr. DeLong leaves a wife and four children--Albert, who resides in Iowa; Raymond, night ticket agent for the I.C.R. at Kankakee; Gussie, a teacher in the Bradley public schools and Mary, residing at home. 
Funeral will be in the St. Patrick's church at 10 o'clock tomorrow morning. Members of the GAR are invited to attend.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Obit of Donald G. Baker

Husband of Pat (Rosenboom) Baker
Donald G. Baker, 78, Fairbury, died at 10:53 pm Thursday, July 13, 2017 at Gibson Area Hospital, Gibson City. Cremation rites have been accorded. Graveside inurnment will be in Forrest Twp. Cemetery. Duffy-Pils Memorial Home, Fairbury is assisting with arrangements. Mr. Baker was born December 15, 1938 in Pontiac, IL the son of Clarence and Helen Burtch Baker. He married Patricia Rosenboom on December 29, 1962 in Chatsworth. She survives in Fairbury. Other survivors include one daughter, Rebecca (Steve) Wagner, Fairbury; one son, Eric Baker, Chatsworth; seven grandchildren and eight great grandchildren and one sister, Melinda Wilgus, Chandler, TX. He is preceded in death by one son, one daughter and one sister, Louise Snyder. Mr. Baker formerly worked at Interstate United Canteen and later Wackenhut Security at State Farm Insurance. In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials be given to the Donald Baker Memorial Fund.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

July 12 Update

New Photos

2 new photos added the the Hornickel Family Album
4 Generation Photo added.

Found News Treasures

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Obit of Laverne Bittner

Cook at the Old Chapel Inn
LaVerne Bittner, 89, of Fairbury, died at 9:30 pm, Tuesday, July 11, 2017 at OSF St. James-John W. Albrecht Medical Center, Pontiac. Mrs. Bittner was born August 5, 1927 in Normal, one of five daughters of William and Lena (Demler) Schaab. She graduated from University High School in 1945. She married Wayne E. Bittner on September 15, 1948 in Normal. Their devoted 65-year marriage produced five children. He died June 4, 2014. Her parents, two sisters, two brothers, one daughter, Connie Mueller, and one son, Paul Bittner, also preceded her in death. Survivors include her children, Gary (Linda) Bittner of Silver Spring, MD; Jane (Al) Freehill of Chenoa; Keith (Vickie) Bittner of Fairbury; two sisters, Arlene Gittings of Bloomington; Martha West of Congerville; sisters-in-law Roseann Schaab of Normal; Jean Bittner of Fairbury; and Emma (Pete) Schaffer of Fairbury; 23 grandchildren, 38 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-granddaughter. Mrs. Bittner’s beautiful hands undertook a lifetime of loving work. She used them to work at a photography studio in Normal as a teenager and cook at the Old Chapel Inn in Chatsworth years later. She helped on the Bittner family farm and loved to grow flowers and vegetables in her garden. Those hands also baked countless cookies and pies, as well as knitted and crocheted many a blanket. She also corresponded faithfully with her large family through the years, never failing to send a letter or remember a birthday. She was a member of the Country Domestic Science Club for over 50 years. She also enjoyed card games like Canasta, Skipbo, and later, bingo. There will be a private family funeral service and burial will be in South Apostolic Christian Cemetery, Fairbury. Visitation will be 4:00 to 8:00 pm, Friday, July 14, 2017, at Duffy-Pils Memorial Home, Fairbury, and memorials be directed to S.E.L.C.A.S of Fairbury or OSF St. James-John W. Albrecht Medical Center, Pontiac.