Elizabeth McDonald

Another name has been added to the list of the victims of the Chatsworth horror by the death last Sunday evening at Piper City of Miss Eliza McDonald, of this village. Miss McDonald suffered from a broken arm, a severe nervous shock, and the exposure consequent upon several hours spent on the damp ground and in the rain. From the very first, fears were entertained that she could not recover. Kind friends and relatives were constantly at her bedside, but the most watchful care and tender nursing could not keep off the inevitable. She was one of the best known public school teachers of this vicinity. He face has been a familiar one at the county institutes form many years. The funeral services were held at the Congregational church and were conducted by Rev. Wm. Kettle.

--Paxton Record.  13 October 1887.

Ronald E. Gimbel

Ronald Earl Gimbel was born at Roberts, Illinois, on February 3, 1915, the son of Gust and Amanda Gimbel. And he was baptized in the Lutheran Church at Roberts on March 26, 1916.
Thirteen months after his birth his parents moved to Melvin and have lived there ever since, and here is where he was confirmed by Rev. Henry Foelsch on Palm Sunday, April 1, 1928, in a class of ten, consisting of Clarence Brinkman, Elmer Wichmann, Lawrence Ehmen, Emil Kietzman, deceased, Irene Kietzman, Dale, Raymond Kietzman, Lovella Busing Sweeney, Loretta Becker, and Viola Becker.
Here, too, he went to school and graduated.
Ronald was a great lover of baseball, and had ability as a pitcher. He had many friends among the players in surrounding towns.
Ronald was employed before entering the service, with the ordnance company at Wilmington, where he held a position of importance and trust. He resigned to enlist in the service of his country.
He entered the army in March, 1943, was in the 78th Lightning Division where he attained the rank of technical sergeant and platoon leader, and fought at the front for five months, and never had an opportunity to take off his clothes for three months at a stretch. He fell while fighting with General Hodges' army near Aachen, Germany on March 16, 1945, and had by that time attained the age of 29 years, 1 month, and 13 days.
His body since that time was buried at Henri Chapelle in Belgium and now has been brought back home and laid in a permanent resting place in the cemetery at Roberts.
He leaves to mourn his early death, his bereaved parents, one brother, Guy in Melvin; two sisters, Mrs. Elizabeth Towner of Colfax, and Mrs. Minnie Kietzman of Roberts; one niece and eight nephews, and a host of friends.
May the Lord give us grace to be found faithful in our earthly and heavenly calling, and may the consolation from His holy word never depart from the hearts of the bereaved. And may his name be inscribed in the book of life above, as it has been entered on the roll of honor here below.

Our Son
As we sit and we ponder the thoughts in our mind, of the present, the future and past,
There is nothing that hurts us so much we are sure and nothing that seems sure to last
As the thought of the Son, so recently gone, and today our hearts are downcast.
For we loved that Son so recently gone to be with his Maker on High;
And we cherish the memory he has left. But our hearts are as blue as the sky.
Though we remember the words of our Savior who said, It is appointed unto to man "Once to die".
So today we thank God for the son that he loaned, To be with us for such a short while.
May the Angels in Heaven rejoice over him, As he passed o'er life's threshold's short mile;
And may the Angels rejoice when we go to meet him, And may they accept us with a smile.

Funeral Services
Funeral Services were held from the American Lutheran Church in Melvin at 1:30 P.M. on Saturday, January 10, 1948, with the Reverend J. C. Einfalt in charge.
Serving as casket bearers were his close friends, Glenn Schroon, Ralph Buchholz, Delvyn Smith, Delmar Johannsen, and John Boyce of Melvin and Wilfred Colteaux of Roberts, who was inducted into service with Ronald, and was his Buddy in several camps while training.
In charge of the flowers were Mrs. Wilfred Rexroat, Mrs. William Boshell, Mrs. Opal King, Mrs. Irma Dale, Miss Mardella R??, and Miss Betty Timcke.
Music at the service was provided by a quartet composed of Mrs. Emma Rexroat, Miss Mardella Rexroat, Edwin Zeschke, and Eugene Green, accompanied at the organ by Mrs. Eugene Green. Interment was in Lyman Cemetery at Roberts. The members of the Melvin Post No. 6334, Veterans of Foreign Wars, attended the services in a body, and conducted their solemn and impressive funeral rites at the graveside. the flag that draped the casket was presented to the mother of the deceased veteran.

--Roberts Herald.  14 January 1948

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).