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.

Frank G. Lohman


Close of Brilliant Life

The funeral was held yesterday afternoon at the Congregational church conducted by Rev. Runalls assisted Rev. Bird and under the suspices of the Knights of Pythias richly complemented by the M. W. of A. lodge of Piper City.  About 75 Knights formed an escort composed of representatives of neighboring lodges, Paxton, Gibson, Melvin, Buckley and the home lodge, which though few in member, yet are worthy of the principle they emulate "to help a worthy brother: which they have done nobly and effectually in that in days of Bro Lohman's adversity and anxiety for those dependent upon him the lodge, his Bro. Knights assumed the payment of dues on this life insurance and carried it to the end and there in now provided $6,000 the amount of the policies held, for the family maintenance.
This is the charity for which the K. of P. society is organized, the practical, helpful charity that seeks to care for the widow and orphans, and for which pastor Runalls publicly thanked the Knights.
Probably 1,000 people attended the funeral and burial, the church was too small by half to accommodate the large crowd. Pastor Runalls preached an excellent sermon from the text "I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith." II Tim. 4:7 and spoke touchingly of the scenes of the sick chamber and triumphal death in fulfillment of Mr. Lohman's half jesting words when he came home sick last January, "I have come home to die on June 1st -- my wife's birthday" which was literally fulfilled as he died at 7 o'clock that evening after taking an affectionate farewell of his family and friends about him then a "farewell to every body" he passed into unconsciousness.  Dr. Anderson and others held a postmortem and found many small tumors on the liver. It was thought trouble was cancer of the stomach.
The following obituary was read from the sacred desk by Rev. Runalls:


Franz Gotlieb Lohman was born of German parents in Watertown, Wis., January 7th, 1849, died in Roberts June 1st, 1897, thus being 48 years, 4 months, and 25 days old.  When but one year and a half old both of his parents died of cholera and the little orphan was cared for by his grandfather who himself was a widower.
When our brother was nearly 13 years old his grandfather died leaving some means for the education of his grandchild.  He was sent to the Northwestern University of Watertown an institution under the auspices of the Lutheran Synod of Wisconsin.  At the age of 17 he passed a successful examination for the freshman class but the means being exhausted which were set aside for his education he left the institute although offers from the faculty and private friends were made to enable him to complete his course.  He then turned his attention to scholastic duties beginning his labors as a teacher of the primary department of a German parochial school in Watertown, Wis.  Then he become teacher of the Grammar department in a German school in Milwaukee. Returning to Watertown, Wis., he held a postitin in a a steam saw mill where he had formerly worked in his boyhood days and during vacations. In 1869 he was attacked with hip disease, which dislocated his hip joint resulting in lameness to the day of his death.  Removing from Wisconsin, Bro. Lohman came to Ford county where for several years he worked upon a farm.  In August 187? he was united by marriage to Miss Florence Belle McCann and to their union five children have been born, two sons, Sherill B. and Howard A. and three daughters, Leona A., Florence B. and Adelaide O. all of whom with their mother survive the deceased.  In 1875 Mr. Lohman again assumed the duties of teaching and so marked was his success that in 1882 and again in 1886 he was elected as Superintendent of Schools of Ford county which office he filled with ability.  On March 11th, 1877, he united with Roberts Cong'l church since which time he has been closely identified with all its work.  As church clerk, trustee, deacon, Sunday school teacher, and Superintendent, and at the time of his death was chorister being re-elected to that office on June 9th last.  In every case our brother was worthy of the honor put up on him and trust ?? to him.
Our brother Lohman being dead yet speaks in numberless lines and we rejoice in thinking of him as one who "Has fought a good fight and finished his course and has kept the faith."
I think that it is proper right here to say that when I returned from Peoria, Brother Lohman was anxious to tell me that he was perfectly satisfied that every thing known that could be done for him had been done and would be done. And now as I think of our prayers in March and see its answer on June 1st we can say:
How blest the righteous when he dies,
When sinks a weary soul to rest;
How mildly beam the closing eyes,
How gently heaves the expiring breast.
So faded the summer cloud away,
So sinks a gale when storms are o'er;
So gently shuts the eye of day,
So dies a wave along the shore.

--Melvin Transcript.  11 June 1897.

Pearl White


Little Pearl White, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. F. A. White, died at midnight last Thursday night after a few weeks' illness. The child's ailment was cholera infantum and the best of care and medical attention could not repress the onward stride of death. Drs. Reinhardt and Diller, of this place, and Dr. Perry, of Melvin, were all in attendance, but the child at last succumbed. She was over two years of age. The funeral services were held at the house last Friday, Rev. Coolidge officiating, and the remains were then borne to the Roberts cemetery and laid to rest. The heartbroken parents have the universal sympathy of the entire community in their sad bereavement.

--Paxton Weekly Record.  1 September 1898.