Elgar Geegan

Awful Accident

A distressing accident happened at the home of Mr. and Mrs. William Geegan  in Wall town Thursday noon at 12:00 o'clock when their son, Elgar Martin Geegan, aged 4 years and 7 months was killed.
They were threshing at the Geegan farm and the oats from Albert Grosenbach's wagon had just been threshed and Art Struber was getting ready to change the team to another wagon.
The boy managed to climb on the back of the wagon unnoticed and just at that time the team started to run away.  The Melvin Motor give the following description of the accident.
Upon reaching the end of the lane the wagon struck the ditch at the side of the road and the team turned to the west.  The child was thrown to the front of the wagon then to the ground where he was dragged for some distance, then the wagon passed over his head.
Wm. Geegan, the father, was first to reach the boy.  He picked him up and carried him to the house.  A doctor was called and everything possible was done to save the child but he passed away before the doctor arrived.
The funeral services was held Saturday morning at 10:30 o'clock from the Catholic Church in Roberts.
Elgar was a bright boy full of life and gave promise of a bright future.
This is a terrible blow to the parents and Mr. and Mrs. Geegan have the deepest sympathy of everyone.

--Roberts Herald.  14 October 1926.

Ada Reehl

The home of Mr. and Mrs. Reel was visited by the hand of death on Monday night, which robbed them of their little pet, Ada.  She was the youngest of the family, being about three years old.  The funeral services were held in the Congregational church.  Rev. Snowden preaching the funeral sermon.  The bereaved parents, brothers, and sisters have the sympathy of their many friends. 

--Paxton Weekly Record.  16 February 1893.

Ida Bell Newman

Ida Bell Newman was born at Carthage, Campbell Co., Ky., April 3rd, 1871; moved to Illinois with her parents in the spring of 1872, living near Roberts until the death of her mother, May 14th, 1880, when her father moved with his motherless children to Roberts. Soon the reaper, Death, took father home, leaving the children alone in the world. Ida attended school in Roberts until about four years ago. Since that time she has been teaching in and around Roberts. She was teaching the intermediate department when the fatal disease, consumption, compelled her to resign school.  Hoping that a trip to Texas might do her good, she started Dec. 1st. The change of climate not seeming to relieve her, she returned March 8th. She failed very rapidly until the Father saw fit to call her home, Aug. 1st, 1892, being 21 years, 3 months and 29 days of age. She leaves five brothers and one sister to mourn her departure.
She united with the M. E. church of Roberts, April 1890, and took an active part in all church work. She was for a long time a teacher in the Sunday School and secretary of the Epworth League, also a member of the woman's Missionary Society. She was also an earnest worker in the Temperance cause, for nearly a year acting as secretary of I. O. G. T. Lodge, the Vice Templar until her health failed. She was beloved by all, being so earnest in all work for the uplifting of mankind and the advancement of God's Kingdom. The funeral services were held at the M. E. church, conducted by Rev. C. L. Davenport. An appropriate and sympathetic sermon was preached from the words found in the 3rd chapter of Job, the last clause of the 17th verse, "And there the weary be at rest." She made all the arrangements for her burial, selecting songs, singers and pall bearers. The songs selected were: Nearer My God to Thee, ? Well with my Soul, Go Bury Thy Sorrow. The church would not hold the friends who came to pay their last homage to the departed sister and friend. As we marched to the grave we could only think of our great loss, and our hearts go out in deep sympathy for the bereaved brothers and sister. May Jesus be very near and dear to their aching hearts. We cannot wish her back, through there shall be a vacant place, knowing too that our loss is Ida's gain. She is at rest with Jesus.
"Welcome, oh, welcome they sing,
Home to that beautiful land.

--Paxton Weekly Record.  4 August 1892.

Anna Colteaux


Anna Gonwa, daughter of Frank and Mary A. (Schumacher) Gonwa was born at Sheboygan, Wisconsin, March 23, 1859, and died at her home in Roberts, Illinois, Saturday, November 27th, 1937, at 4:30 P.M. aged 78 years 8 months and 4 days.
On the 15th day of January 1878 she was married to Anthony Colteaux who preceded her in death March 5th, 1917. She suffered a stroke of paralysis in March 1935 and a year later was stricken again. From this later date she has been helpless.
Shortly after their marriage Mr. and Mrs. Colteaux moved to a farm near Buckley and in 1885, moved to Roberts where they were in business for many years, Mrs. Colteaux continuing the business after his death until her health failed.
Mrs. Colteaux is survived by two sons, Frank Colteaux of Bloomington and Dr. J. A. Colteaux of Roberts. A nephew, Dr. Walter J. Gonwas, of Chrisman, came to live with Mr. and Mrs. Colteaux when small and grew up in the family. She also leaves two grand-sons and two grand-daughters, Theodore Colteaux and Miss Theresa Colteaux of Bloomington and Wilfred Colteaux and Miss Jeanette Colteaux, both students of the U. of I. but who live at Roberts. She is survived by four sisters and one brother, Mrs. Susan Even, Mrs. Marie Even, and Mrs. Kate Decker of Chicago, Mrs. Nettie Schmidler of Milwaukee, Wisconsin and John Gonwa of Roberts.
During the nearly half a century that Mrs. Colteaux was in businss here she made many friends who join the family in sorrow at ter death. She was noted for her energy, her prompt and untiring attention to business and the careful attention given to her customers. She will be long and kindly remembered by those who knew her at the store.
Funeral services were at the home Monday afternoon at 2:00 o'clock, Rev. E. B. Morton, pastor of the M. E. Church officiating. Interment was in Lyman Cemetery. Mrs. Blanche Wright and Mrs. Oma Squires sang at the funeral. They were accompanied by Mrs. Blanche VanNice.
The songs sung were "No Night There", "Old Rugged Cross" and "More Love to Thee".
The flower bearers were Mrs. F. A. Stephens, Miss Sadie Russell, Mrs. J. C. Zahn, Mrs. Bernard Krallman, Mrs. T. Murphy, Mrs. W. E. Pendergast, Mrs. G. D. Ensign, and Mrs. A. J. King.
Pall bearers were F. C. Linn, F. L. Mosher, C. W. Kennedy, C. E. VanNice, W. H. Yackee, and W. O. Sanders.
Relatives from a distance who attended the funeral were Mrs. John Evan of Niles Center, Miss Bertha Evan, Miss Ellen Decker and Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Decker of Chicago; Mr. and Mrs. Theodore Colteaux, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Colteaux and Miss Teresa Colteaux of Bloomington, Dr. and Mrs. W. J. Gonwa, Chrisman. There were many friends fro m Paxton, Gibson, Melvin, Piper City and other nearby towns.

We wish to thank the many friends for their kindness during the long illness of our mother and grandmother, and the kind attention shown after her death and at her funeral. We thank the Royal Neighbors for serving the dinner and the many individuals for their kind words and tokens of remembrance. We apprectiate them all.
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Colteaux and Family
Dr. and Mrs. J. A. Colteaux and Family

--Roberts Herald. 1 December 1937.

Lillie Ethel Cawthon


Lillie Shives, daughter of James and Sarah (Garmon) Shives was born at Glasglow, Kentucky, August 6, 1877, and departed this life at the home of her daughter, Mrs. William Warnke two miles northeast of Roberts, Illinois, Monday afternoon, April 18, 1932, at six o'clock, aged 54 years, 8 months and 12 days.

She grew to womanhood in Kentucky and was married to William Cawthon there. To them were born four children who survive her. These are Ira Cawthon, Ray Cawthon, Miss Iva Cawthon and Mrs. Eula Warnke. Mr. Cawthon died in Kentucky and Mrs. Cawthon came to Illinois with her children. She has lived in this vicinity about three years.
Mrs. Cawthon was taken ill about a week ago. She has been suffering with arterial scleroses for some time but did not give up and continued about her usual work until about a week ago. Since that time she has failed rapidly and during the night Sunday night she suffered a cerebral hemorrhage which caused her death Monday evening.
The funeral services will be held at the home Thursday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock, Rev. Williams of Hoopeston officiating. Interment will be in Lyman Cemetery.

--Roberts Herald. 20 April 1932.

Elma F. Cook

Elma F. Arnold, daughter of Amos and Lora A. Arnold was born at Schuyler's [sic]Falls, Clinton County, New York, August 9th, 1864, and died at her home in Roberts, Illinois, Monday morning, January 10, 1921, aged 56 years, 5 months and 1 day. She came with her parents, when three years of age (October 26, 1867) to Roberts, Illinois, and grew to womanhood in this vicinity. She united with the Congregational Church early in life and has been an active member since. She was married March 14th, 1888, to Mr. C. W. Cook of Roberts.
Preceeding [sic] her in death were three children, Howard Edgar who died at the age of three years and two who died in infancy. She leaves to mourn her death, her mother, Mrs. Lora A. Arnold of Roberts; her husband; two sons, Ellis E. of Roberts and Orie A. of Arrowsmith; two daughters, Mrs. Lovina Hapenney of Fisher and Miss Elizabeth F. of Roberts; two brothers and three sisters, Johnson D. and Seward of Roberts, Mrs. Hattie McNeil of Melvin; Mrs. Mary Tarvin of El Reno, Oklahoma, and Mrs. Seba Linn of Roberts and six grandchildren.
The deceased having lived in this vicinity for more than fifty-three years her excellent qualities in all her relations in life, as a wife, a mother, and as a neighbor, are recognized at there true worth. She was a kind neighbor always ready to do her part in any affair for the public good, or to help the needy individual. Her great characteristic however was her love and care for her family. No personal sacrifice was ever too great for her to make for the benefit of her children. During her last illness and even when she realized that it was to be her last, her thoughts were of her family and her only regrets were that she might not be here to do more for them.
The funeral services were held at the Congregational Church, Thursday, January 13th, 1921, at 1:00 o'clock, the pastor, Rev. S. A. Johnson officiating. The Royal Neighbors of America had charge of the ceremony at the grave which was in Lyman Cemetery. 
Among those from a distance who attended the funeral were: Mrs. Mary Tarvin, Elreno, Oklahoma; Mrs. Martha Ayers, Grand Rapids, Michigan; Miss Alice Bunker, Chicago; Mr. and Mrs. John Hapenney, Gibson City; Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Hapenney, Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Hapenney, Mr. and Mrs. A. Shubert, Mr. and Mrs. A. D. Smith and daughter Mrs. Jackson and Mrs. John Crawford of Thawville; Guy Houk of Rantoul; E. H. Houk of Piper City; Robert Ashman of Chatsworth; William Devore of Crescent City; Mr. and Mrs. David Lackey and three sons of Buckley; and Robert Hawthorne and daughter Miss Rosene of Urbana.

Card of Thanks.
We wish to express our heartfelt gratitude to all who in any way assisted during the last illness of our beloved wife and mother, or at the funeral, also for the beautiful flowers which ameliorate our sorrows.
C. W. Cook and family.

--Roberts Herald.  19 January 1921.

Michael H. Dolan

Michael H. Dolan, son of John and Belle (Hook) Dolan was born at Lockport, New York, March 29, 1857, and died at Roberts, Illinois, January 27, 1930, aged 72 years 9 month and 29 days. While he has not been in vigorous health for some time he has not been very ill. Monday he went out to the railway wreck with Wm. Nisbet. Since the railway track had been his life work it was only natural that he should be interested. Between five and six o'clock they returned to Mr. Nisbet's home where they had supper and visited two or three hours. Mr. Dolan then started to go home then stopped to talk a few moments when he dropped to the floor. Mr. Nisbet called the doctor but nothing could be done to help him. Dr. Rueck and Dr. Colteaux both arrived soon too late to be of any help.  Coroner Hanson was called and he empaneled a jury who after hearing the evidence gave a verdict as shown on death certificate, "Natural causes, probably apoplexy." The jury consisted of J. E. Parkin, chairman, Charles McKinnie, L. G. Kietzman, C. W. Cook, W. W. Campbell and R. B. Chambers. 
When Mr. Dolan was sixteen years of age he began working for the railway company and continued in this work for a short time. He then resigned and went to Nebraska where he remained two years, he then came back to Farmer City and took up railroad work once more. This became his life work. In 1881 he came to Roberts as section foreman for the Gilman, Clinton and Springfield R. R. now Illinois Central. He held this position for forty seven years. He was then given an honored place on the pension list.
In this work he has ranked high and frequently has received prizes and honorable mention for having his section ranked first in the division or sometimes in the system. He was frequently called to act as division supervisor when the regular supervisor would be absent for a few weeks or month.
December 2?, 1888, Mr. Dolan married Miss Sarah Eisaman at Roberts. To them were born three children: Mrs. Ina Harrington who was accidentally killed in 1927, Dr. Leo E. Dolan of Chicago, and Edna who died at the age of eight years.
Besides the widow and son mentioned above he leaves two brothers, Robert and James, and two sisters. Misses Nellie and Phoebe, all of Farmer City, many other relatives and a host of friends who join the family in sorrow.
Mr. Dolan was of a generous nature and always willing to assist those in need. He was a charter member of Roberts Camp Modern Woodmen of America and also a member of Lyman Lodge Knights of Pythias.
The funeral services were held at the M. E. church in Roberts this (Wednesday) afternoon at 1:30 o'clock. Rev. C. A. Sullivan and Rev. John T. Killip officiating. The services at the cemetery were in charge of the Knights of Phythias and the Modern Woodsmen.

--Roberts Herald.  29 January 1930.