Harriet Hurst

About 4 o'clock on Wednesday morning, the 17th inst., after a long illness, the wife of Joseph Hurst, supervisor of Lyman Township, quietly and peacefully passed away.
Death came so stealthily upon his patient victim that the anxious family would not have known of his nearness had not the loving husband been sitting at her side with her hand in his. Just before the dark curtain was lowered forever on the scenes of her life, she opened her eyes for a last look into her husband's face and with a whispered "good bye" the spirit was gone. Thus has a patient, trusting wife and mother gone, leaving behind a family to mourn.
Her age was 44 years and nearly 5 months. For 23 years and 1 day she has been the faithful wife of Joseph Hurst, and 22 years of that time they have lived in this county. On behalf of neighbors and friends, we extend to the afflicted family heartfelt sympathy in their sorrow.

--Paxton Record.  25 September 1879.

Lucetta Lyman

Died at Onarga on Friday evening last, Mrs. Lucetta Lyman, mother of Sheriff Lyman, of this city and Geo. B. Lyman of Roberts, aged 66 years and 10 months. Sheriff Lyman was in Michigan after Crosby at the time, and his mother died and was buried during his absence.

--Paxton Record.  30 September 1875.

James Huxtable


Fatal Accident
Our Roberts correspondent writes us that on Saturday last, Mr. James Huxtable, a farmer and an old resident of Lyman, who resided about four miles north west of Roberts, was instantly killed.  He and his son Samuel were out hunting ducks on what is known as the old slough in that township, and near the residence of Mr. H., in a boat, Mr. H. being seated in front of his son. While reaching for his gun and pulling it toward him by the muzzle, it was discharged, the ball passing through his body near the heart, casing instant death. This is another case of death by the careless handling of firearms. Mr. H. was a kind and obliging neighbor and a worthy citizen, and leaves a wife and six children to mourn his untimely and sudden death.

--Paxton Record.  4 May 1876.

Alexander Mosher

Alex. Mosher died at his home, northeast of Roberts, at six o'clock on the morning of the 18th of December. He had been a sufferer for years. Many times his life had been despaired of. On Friday night he was taken worse, when the physician was summoned, who found that he was seriously ill of Bright's disease. All that could be done was done to alleviate this suffering, but from the beginning it seemed probable that he would be unable to rally. The deceased was 69 years of age, having been born Oct. 8th, 1824, in Johnstown, N. Y. He was married to Elizabeth McLaughlin on the 11th of January, 1849. He is survived by his wife, two sons and five daughters who deeply mourn their loss. The funeral services at the home, Dec. 20th, were conducted by Rev. Fairley, assisted by Rev. Johnson. An impressive sermon was delivered. The text was 1st The??? 4th chapter and 11th verse. The remains were interred in the Roberts cemetery.

--Paxton Record.  28 December 1893.

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.)