W. W. Graham

Died in Lyman Township, Tuesday, Dec. 12th, 1872, W. W. Graham, aged 22 years.
The announcement of the death of this young man threw a shade of gloom over the entire community where he was known. His sickness was of short duration, his disease typhoid fever. Only about two weeks before his death he was in this city, where he was a frequent visitor, and where he had many friends. The readers of the Record had a familiar acquaintance with him as the author of "Lyman Items."
Mr. Graham was an active, energetic young man of unusually agreeable manners, of superior business qualifications, and his early death is mourned by many who knew him but to esteem and honor him. His funeral was attended at Roberts, on Sunday last, by a large concourse of people. The religious exercises were conducted by Rev. Mr. Pendleton, of Chenoa. He was buried with Masonic honors -- something like a hundred of the fraternity being in attendance to pay the last sad office of respect to their departed friend and brother. The burial services were conducted by Rt. W. D. D. G. M, Wilson Hoag, of this city.
The sympathies of the entire community are extended to his parents and friends at this their irreparable loss.

--Paxton Record.  19 December 1872.

(FAG volunteer, Carolyn Wilson, does not show a stone.  I did not see a stone.  This is in a very old section of Lyman Township Cemetery, and some of the stones in this area are broken or covered by dirt and grass.)

Ernest E. Tornowski

Ernest E. Tornowski was instantly killed and Ibo Cordes was seriously injured in a train-auto collision which occurred some time before twelve o'clock midnight Sunday, January 31st, at the junction of Route 24 and the Gilman, Clinton and Springfield branch of the I. C. Railway. The impact of the collision uncoupled the train setting the ten rear cars free from the remainder. This set the air brakes and stopped the train. Mr. Tornowski who was driving the auto was thrown forward with a force which caused a broken neck resulting in instant death. Mr. Cordes received bad cuts and bruises which resulted in the loss of a large amount of blood. It was necessary to give him a blood transfusion which was done as soon as arrangements could be made. He is recovering in the Watseka hospital. However, his condition is still critical. While the accident was fatal to Mr. Tornowski there were no violent marks or wounds showing.
Ernest Tornowski, son of Ernest and Emma (Schultz) Tornowski, was born in Artesia Township, Iroquois County, Illinois, November 9, 1904. His whole life has been spent in the vicinity of Roberts. He was 38 years, 2 months and 22 days old at the time of his death. The past few years he has lived with his sister, Mrs. Edna Brown of Roberts. He is survived by five brothers, Herman and August of Roberts, Gottleib and William of Chatsworth and Henry who is in the U. S. Army. He also leaves two sisters, Mrs. Brown above mentioned and Mrs Emma Glad of Paxton.
Funeral services were held at the American Lutheran Church in Roberts today (Wednesday, February 2, 1943,) at two o'clock P.M. Rev. J. C. Einfalt, pastor of the church, officiating. Burial was in Lyman Cemetery.

--Roberts Herald. 3 February 1943.

Emma Ortlepp


Roberts, June 25 -- Mrs. Emma Louise Ortlepp, 78, oldest member of St. Paul's Lutheran church and one of Roberts' beloved Christian characters, passed away in her home here at 10:30 p.m. she had been in failing health, but her condition was not believed serious.
Mrs. Ortlepp was born in Colmar, Germany, on January 14, 1863, nee Emma Louise Gornowski (this is the spelling from the article, but I am pretty sure this should be Tornowski) and after settling in Wisconsin in 1882, she moved to Melvin a year later and on June 28, 1883, she married John Ortlepp at Roberts.
To the union twelve children were born, of whom six preceded her in death. Her husband also preceded her in death on November 16, 1919.
Surviving are six daughters: Mary at home; Evelyn, Chicago; Mrs. Geraldine Whorrall, Bloomington; Mrs. Emma Bryan, Chicago; Mrs. Hannah Kamena, Springfield; and Mrs. Alma Frederiking, Santa Susanna, Cal.
Mrs. Ortlepp was active in the ladies' society of the Lutheran church for many years and could always be counted upon to do her part in any undertaking that was launched for the betterment of the village and community. She enjoyed the love and esteem of all who knew her and in her death, truly a good woman has been taken.
Funeral rites will be held on Saturday afternoon at 2:00 o'clock in St. Paul's church in Roberts, with Rev. J. C. Einfalt, pastor, officiating. Entombment will follow in the Roberts Cemetery.

--Roberts Herald.  26 June 1941.

John Ortlepp

John Ortlepp, son of John and Elisabeth (Busch) Ortlepp, was born in Hanover, Germany, May 14, 1841, and died at this home in Roberts, Ill., ?? November 16, 1919, aged 78 years, 6 months, and 2 days.
He came to America in 1871 and settled in Livingston County. The next year, 1872, he came to Roberts, which has been his home since. When he arrived in Roberts there were only two business buildings in the village, which was just starting on the then Gilman & Springfield Railway, which was built the year before. For many years he conducted a meat market in Roberts and later a general store.
On the 28th day of June, 1883 he married Miss Emma Tornowski of Melvin. Unto this union twelve children were born, six of who preceded him in death.
Roberts has had few, if any, citizens more widely known than Mr. Ortlepp. During the years he was in business here he was known throughout all the neighboring country. He was a man of strong physique, and his great strength and endurance, as well as his ability in other lines, made him a man to be noticed and remembered. Coming to Roberts as a young man of only 31 years of age, his life here of nearly fifty years has done its part in taking Roberts where it is today. His strong determination and will has been a power in the history of our village. He was a close friend to those whom he considered his friends and a man who would stand for what he considered his rights against all who opposed him.
The deceased is survived by his wife and six daughters -- Mary, Emma, Geraldine, and Evelyn at home. Mrs. William Frederking of Beltram, Minn., and Mrs. Fred Kemena of Springfield, Ill. One granddaughter, June Harwood, also has lived at the home here since the death of her mother, Elizabeth, the oldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ortlepp. One other granddaughter, Arlene Harwood, lives in Crescent City. He also leaves other relatives and many friends who join the bereaved family in sorrow.
The funeral services were held at the home Wednesday, Nov. 19th, 1919, at 10:30 a.m., Rev. William Schumacher, pastor of the Lutheran church, officiating. The remains were laid to rest in Lyman Cemetery.

--Roberts Herald.  26 November 1919.

Annie Eliza Chambers

Mrs. R. B. Chambers

Annie Eliza Thompson, daughter of Rev. John L. and Harriet (Marsh) Thompson, was born at Nanuet, New York, August 12, 1854, and departed this life at her home in Roberts, Illinois Thursday, November 15th, 1928, aged 74 years, 3 months and 3 days. She was one of a family of seven children, having four brothers and two sisters all of who preceded her in death.
In July 1868, she came with her family to Onarga, Illinois, where she resided until the death of parents in 1870. Two years later she came to Roberts which has been her home since. For a few years she lived with her sister Mrs. Harriet L. Tapp where on August 11th, 1875 she was married to Robert B. Chambers who survives her.
To Mr. and Mrs. Chambers were born four sons, William J. who died in infancy, Robert Elmer who lives at Winter Haven, Florida, Louis Gell of Roberts, and Ora Tapp who died at the age of about two years. They also have five grand-children, Milton J. Chambers of Elgin, Alice B. and Ralph E. Chambers of Winter Haven, Robert W. Chambers of Chicago, and Anna Mae Chambers of Roberts. She also leaves one niece, Mrs. Mattie Marcherette of Chicago besides a host of friends who sincerely mourn her departure.
The deceased was a charter member of the congregational Church but withdrew her membership about thirty-five years ago to unite with the Christian Science Church of Chicago of which she remained a faithful member until her death. A tribute paid to her memory at the funeral was, "Hers was a life of a consistent and consecrated Christian, a faithful and devoted wife and mother, a kind and considerate friend and neighbor, and one whose memory will be cherished as the days and years pass, and find a place in the hearts and affections of those who best know her, which is the highest tribute within human power to bestow. Of her it can be said with sincerity, 'Blesssed are the dead which are in the Lord from henseforth, For Sayeth the Spirit, that they may rest from their labor and their works to follow them'".
The funeral service was held at the Home, Sunday, November 18, at 1:30 o'clock, Rev. Jeanette O. Ferris officiating and Rev. C. A. Sullivan assisting. The remains were than laid to rest in Lyman cemetery.
Among those from a distance who attended the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. Roberts W. Chambers, Mrs. Sarah M. Hummel, Dr. Sarah Hummel, Miss Tessie Moore of Chicago, Mr. and Mrs. Milton Chambers of Elgin, Miss Anna Mae Chambers of Kankakee, Miss Clementine Roberts of Urbana, John A., Joseph K., and Alfred Montelius of Piper City; Albert Schade and Mrs. Fidel Hummel Strawn, and Mr. and Mrs. August Hecht of Gibson City.

--Roberts Herald.  21 November 1928.

No marker for this burial per C. Wilson (Find A Grave Volunteer).

Robert B. Chambers

Robert Barber Chambers  son of Robert and Matilda (Smith) Chambers, was born in Union county, Pennsylvania, August 10, 1851, and died at the home of his son, Louis G. Chambers, in North Lyman, Tuesday, December 24, 1935, aged 84 years, 4 months and 14 days.
In 1870, he came west and worked for Charles Montelius at Piper City. In 1873 he came to Roberts as a clerk in a store owned by J. A. Montelius. In 1875 he built a store building where the Roberts State Bank is now located. In the nineties, he traded that store to I. C. Newman for the building he owns on the North Side of Green Street where he operated a store until after the death of his wife in 1928. He was a successful business man and was very energetic, being always busy. Even in his last years, though feeble, he was always busy. He filled many offices in the church, school district, village and township. He was supervisor for twelve years.
He married Miss Annie E. Thompson, August 11, 1875. She was the daughter of Rev. J. L. and Harriet (Marsh) Thompson of Onarga. Bother were highly respected by Roberts people. To them were born four sons. One, William, died in infancy. Robert Elmert, who now lives in Winter Haven, Florida; Ora T., who died at the age of two years and Louis Gell, of North Lyman.
He had four brothers and four sisters. All are deceased except one sister, Sarah, who married G. G. Wyland and now lives in Ramsey, New Jersey. His parents died when he was a youth of 13 years. He then lived with his brother, Benjamin and attended school at Mifflinburg Academy, and at Union Seminary at New Berlin, Pennsylvania.
Mr. and Mrs. Chambers were members of the Congregational church, having joined when the church first started in Roberts. He seldom missed attending a service of the church.
Besides his two sons, he leaves five grand-children, and five great-grand-children, many nephews, nieces and friends.
The funeral service was held at the Congregational Church in Roberts, Thursday, December 26, at 2:00 o'clock, Rev. Kenneth G. Parks officiating. Interment was in Lyman Cemetery.

--Roberts Herald.  1 January 1936. 

(No marker for this burial per C. Wilson (FAG).)

John P. Smith

John P. Smith, son of James F. and Elizabeth (McKelvey) Smith was born near Kempville, Ontario, Canada, July 17th, 1855, and departed this life at his home in Roberts, Illinois, Wednesday, afternoon, March 2, 1938, at 5:30 o'clock, aged 82 years, 7 months, and 15 days. When barely four years of age he came to Illinois with his parents and settled on the wild prairie land of Ford County. The father arrived here on the second day of May 1859, just two months and fifteen days after the county was organized. The mother and children did not come until a few months later after the father had built a home.
They did not come to Roberts because the village of Roberts was not started until twelve years after their arrival and they lived in this prairie home ten years before the organization of Lyman Township. However their home was three miles north of the present location of Roberts on the farm where the Smith School stands.
The boy John P. Smith remained on this farm until he was nineteen years of age. He attended the country school and later the Northern Indiana Normal School, now the Valparaiso University, at Valparaiso, Indiana. He specialized in telegraphy and bookkeeping and then accepted a position with the Gilman, Clinton and Springfield Railway as agent at Cornland where he served seven years. This Railway is now a part of the Illinois Central Systems.
Later he came back to Roberts and entered the General Merchandise business with this father and brothers. In 1889 he started the grain business but after a few years sold that business and established a bank which he conducted for twenty-five years. He was always, very popular in his business relations.
In 1920 the forming of the Roberts State Bank united the Roberts Exchange and the John P. Smith Bank and Mr. Smith retired from active business relations but during the eighteen years since that time he has been in frequent consultation with those who sought his advice and help in their own business ventures.
On the sixth day of October, 1880, Mr. Smith then at Cornland married Miss Sarah N. Day of Logan County, who preceded him in death April 25, 1937.  To them were born three children, one son Clyde who met a tragic death at the age of nine years, and two daughters, Della and Edna, twins, who survive him. Della is the wife of Dr. E. M. Glenn of Wichita, Kansas, and Edna is the wife of Dr. J. A. Colteaux of Roberts. He also leaves four grandchildren, Miss Jeanette and Wilfred Colteaux of Roberts, and Mrs. Sterling Kreuger and Jack Glenn of Wichita, Kansas. He leaves one sister, Mrs. Margaret Currie of Lincoln, Nebraska, and three brothers, Rev. William A. Smith of Ashland, Oregon, and David B. Smith and James R. Smith of Kansas City, Missouri, also a large number of other relatives and friends who mourn his passing. Two sisters Mrs. Jane Light and Mrs. Mary Montague preceded him in death.
Mr. Smith was a devout member of the Methodist Church at Roberts and always supported it with his presence, his advice, his official action and his finances. He served on the official Board for so many years that only the records can establish the number. He leaves a vacancy in the church circles that will be hard to fill. He was a member of the Masonic order joining at Mount Pulaski when he was at Cornland and transferring to Melvin Lodge 811. His membership extended over a period of about sixty years.
He served as a public official of the Village of Roberts from the time of its incorporation until recent years. He also served many years on the school board and was supervisor of the town of Lyman for several terms.
The funeral services were held at the home in Roberts Friday afternoon March 2, at 2:00, Rev. John T. Killip and Rev. E. B. Morton officiating. Burial was in Lyman cemetery. Those from outside the state who attended the funeral were his brothers, David and James, Roy McGovern and son, Robert of Kansas City, Missouri, the daughter, Mrs. E. M. Glenn of Harper, Kansas, who had been with him for thirteen weeks preceding his death, and others. Telegrams were received from the brother in Oregon and the sister in Nebraska, sending regrets at being unable to attend. Several other telegrams were received. The banks of flowers and tokens of remembrance showed the esteem in which he was held.
Others from a distance were Mrs. Irene Mathes, Mrs. John Siregg and Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Day of Springfield; Mrs. and Mrs. George Read of Lincoln, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Read and Mrs. Read of Broadwell, Dr. and Walter Gonwas of Chisman, Mrs. R. E. Squires of Piper City and Mr. and Mrs. Angelo Stephesn of Paxton.
It was one of the requests of Mr. Smith that Tennyson's poem, "Crossing the Bar" should be read at his funeral service which was done. This poem is published in another column of this paper.
The following tribute from a daughter was also read:
I am grateful to Heaven
For blessings it sent.
For Peace and Good Friends
For success and content,
I am grateful for health
And for skies bright and blue,
But most grateful of all
For a father like you.

--Roberts Herald.  9 March 1938.