Chan F. Bleich

Chan F. Bleich, son of Mr. and Mrs. William Bleich died Thursday, July 12, 1945, at the age of 27 years, 4 months and 2 days. While he has been in poor health for some time his ailment was not considered serious.
In January 1942 he married Miss Patricia Peterson, grand daughter of Charles Peterson of Roberts. He leaves to mourn his untimely death his wife, one daughter, Linda Lu, his parents, two brothers, Arnold and Ervin Bleich, one sister, Lucille Bleich.
The funeral services were held at the home of his brother at one o'clock Sunday afternoon and at the Lutheran Church in Thawville at two o'clock, Rev. H. W. Wetzstein officiating. Burial was in Lyman Cemetery in Roberts. The high esteem in which he was held was shown by the very large number who attended the service.

--Roberts Herald.  18 July 1945.

Loren R. Brandenburg

Died, at the hotel, last Saturday, of congestion of the lungs, Lawrence [sic], son of Mr. and Mrs. Brandenburg, aged seven years. This is the second child they have buried since they came to Roberts six weeks ago. The bereaved parents have the sympathy of the entire community in their dire affliction.

--Paxton Record.  7 October 1880.

Milton Ivan Havener

Milton Ivan Havener died at the home of his mother, Mrs. Fred Barber, in Roberts, Illinois, Wednesday, Jan. 26, 1916, aged 13 years, 8 months and 1 day. Funeral services will be held at the Congregational Church Friday, Jan. 28, at 1:30 o'clock p.m. Rev. A. W. Depew officiating. Interment in Lyman cemetery. 

--Chatsworth Plaindealer.  3 February 1916.

Jeremiah Hickey



Jeremiah Hickey died at this home in Lyman township, Wednesday, Jan. 26, of apoplexy.  He was out in the yard near the windmill when the stroke came and he fell against one of the posts of the mill and died soon after. Mr. Hickey had not been very strong for some time but his death came very unexpectedly.

--Chatsworth Plaindealer.  3 February 1916.

Eliza Smith



Eliza McLelvey [sic], daughter of William and Jane (Oarson) McKelvey, was born in the North of Ireland, February 1, 1822.  When she was nine year she with her parents came to America. They arrived at Montreal and went from there to Heuveltan [sic], New York, where she grew to womanhood. Here she was united in marriage to James F. Smith November 8, 1849. To this union were born nine children, six of whom are still living. Two, twins, died in infancy. Mrs. Mary Montague died in April, 1895. Mr. Smith's home was near Prescott, Canada, and after their marriage Mr. and Mrs. Smith lived there for ten years. In 1859, they came to Ford county, Illinois, and settled on a farm three miles north of where Roberts is now located. They lived on the farm until 18?1 when they moved to Roberts. Mr. smith died August 26, 1896, and Mrs. Smith, January 18, 1916, aged 93 years, 11 months and 18 days.

--Chatsworth Plaindealer.  3 February 1916.

Florence Bell King



Miss Belle King died at the home of her brother, J. E. King in Gibson, Feb. 16th, and was brought to Roberts for interment. She lived in our midst for several years, during her school days, and has been among us as a visitor many times since she moved from our vicinity.
We are grieved to see her taken away so young. The bereaved relatives have the sympathy of many friends at Roberts.

--Paxton Record.  23 February 1893.

John C. Murphy


John C. Murphy was born at Grand Ridge, Illinois, May 15th, 1846, and departed this life at his home in Roberts, Illinois, Friday, August 24, 1928, aged 82 years, 3 months and 9 days.
Mrs. Dietz of Onarga came to Roberts Sunday afternoon and called to see Mr. Murphy about caring for her cemetery lot here. He was not at home and she went to the home of Frank Gleason to see whether they knew where he was. They did not know but thought probably he was out at the chicken yard. She went back in the yard to see and found his body lying back near the chicken yard gate. A wheelbarrow was there and it appears he had been sitting on that when he fell off and died. He held his hat in his hand. The body was found about two o'clock Sunday afternoon.
Coronor Hanson was called and an inquest held. The jury consisted of one man who came with the coroner from Elliott and the following from Roberts, L. L. Boyle, Bela Foster, John Kristofferson, Justin Tarvin and Charles Rueck. They found that death came from natural causes probably myocarditis.
Several persons thought they saw Mr. Murphy Saturday but further thought on the subject convinced them that it must have been Friday that they saw him. He was always very punctual about getting his mail, but he did not get it Saturday morning. The mail that came Saturday morning was still in his post office box after his discovery. Therefore it is thought that he died Friday evening. There are other facts that lead to the belief that this death was Friday evening.
Mr. Murphy came to Roberts in early manhood and has lived here nearly all his life. He married Miss Julia Plunket. They had no children. She died eight years ago.
Mr. Murphy leaves one sister in Nebraska and a step sister at Strawn also other relatives and many friends.
The funeral services were held at the Catholic Church here Monday morning Father Co?fey officiating. The remains were laid to rest in St. Mary's Cemetery in Roberts.

--Roberts Herald.  29 August 1928.