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.

Peter S. Gose


P. S. Gose, one of the early settlers of Lyman, died at his home near Onarga, Wednesday night of last week. He has been Supervisor and Road Commissioner. He was the first Road Commissioner and second Supervisor. He kept store in the Wakelin building for some time. He leaves a wife and one child , a boy about 13 years. The remains were brought here for burial.

--Paxton Record.  14 November 1895.

Bessie Gullett


Little Bessie Gullett died last Sunday. She had a stroke of paralysis about two weeks ago. She was the pet of the household and will be missed very much by them.

--Paxton Record.  24 October 1895.

Mary Anderson



Mary Goodlet Martin, daughter of John and Margaret (Anderson) Martin was born in Peoria, Illinois, September 21, 1851, and died at her home in Paxton, Illinois, Tuesday, July 28, 1942, aged 91 years 10 months and 7 days.
She grew to young womanhood at La Prairie Center, Illinois, and at that place she was married to Christopher Anderson October 12, 1869. Mr. Anderson had come to this country from Scotland in 1866 and had begun farming two miles north of Roberts. It was to this farm that Mrs. Anderson came as a bride. At that time the railroad through this vicinity had not been built and of course Roberts and Thawville were not yet in existence. Mr. Anderson died March 10, 1924.
To Mr. and Mrs. Anderson were born nine daughters and one son, all of whom are living except Dr. Martha Anderson, who died December 29, 1929. Those living are Georgia of Scotland; Margaret, Jean, Anne, Marion and Flora of Paxton; Mrs. J. H. Murray (Mary) of Evanston; and Mrs Reinold Blesch (Bessie) of Red Land, California; and Adam Anderson of Roberts.
During the past few years she has lived in Paxton but here in Roberts she was known as one of our most prominent citizens. Even during the time of her illness she has always beena able to take an active interest in the matters of public betterment and has held office in the ladies societies of the church and was able to consult with other officers and members and actions for the best interest of the community.
Funeral Services will be held at the home (506 E. Pells Street, Paxton) Thursday, July 30, at eleven o'clock. Burial will be in Lyman Cemetery in Roberts.

--Paxton Record.  29 July 1942.

Infant Houk


 

Hattie May Mosher was born Aug. 2d, 1860, at Elmwood, Peoria county, Illinois. In 1877, she removed, with her parents to Ford county, where she has since resided. In 1880 she was united in marriage to Jacob Houk. March 16th, after an illness of ten days from la grippe, she passed away at her home three miles north of Roberts. Three days before occurred the death of an infant daughter.
The funeral services were held at the Congregational church, Sunday afternoon, at 2 o'clock, and were conducted by Rev. Richardson, assisted by Rev. Bird. The text was from James iv, 14. the interment was in Roberts cemetery. Deceased leaves a husband and five children who deeply mourn her loss. Her mother and all of her brothers and sisters were with her to the last, with one exception -- a sister, who lives at Elmwood, arrived four hours too late, and was almost heart broken when she heard of her sister's death.

--Paxton Record.  21 March 1895.

Hattie Houk


 

Hattie May Mosher was born Aug. 2d, 1860, at Elmwood, Peoria county, Illinois. In 1877, she removed, with her parents to Ford county, where she has since resided. In 1880 she was united in marriage to Jacob Houk. March 16th, after an illness of ten days from la grippe, she passed away at her home three miles north of Roberts. Three days before occurred the death of an infant daughter.
The funeral services were held at the Congregational church, Sunday afternoon, at 2 o'clock, and were conducted by Rev. Richardson, assisted by Rev. Bird. The text was from James iv, 14. the interment was in Roberts cemetery. Deceased leaves a husband and five children who deeply mourn her loss. Her mother and all of her brothers and sisters were with her to the last, with one exception -- a sister, who lives at Elmwood, arrived four hours too late, and was almost heart broken when she heard of her sister's death.

--Paxton Record.  21 March 1895.