Anna Patton

One of the saddest accidents which ever occurred in Lyman township, was the fatal burning of the little daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Patton. The exact cause is wrapped in mystery, but it is supposed that while her parents were in the field, husking corn, the little girl in replenishing the fire with cobs, caught her dress on fire, her injuries resulting in her death.

--Paxton Weekly Record.  1 December 1898.

The funeral of little Anna Patton, whose death from accidental burning was mentioned last week, took place Tuesday form the Congregational church, and was largely attended by sympathizing friends. As stated before, the accident was caused by her clothes taking fire while she was replenishing the fire with cobs. She was left in charge of two younger children while her father and mother were in the field husking corn. The sympathy of the entire community goes out to her parents, who are nearly heartbroken.

--Paxton Weekly Record.  7 December 1898.



Nancy Bayler

Mrs. A. P. Bayler
Nancy Elizabeth VanMeter daughter of Nathaniel W. and Corrinna (Dorsey) VanMeter born near Washington in Tazewell County, Illinois, July 2, 1851, and grew to womanhood in that vicinity. She died at their home in Zion, Illinois, Sunday morning, October 30, 1921, aged 70 years, 3 months and 28 days.
On Wednesday, October 13,  1869, she was joined in marriage to Alfred Preston Bayler at Washington, Illinois, For thirteen years they lived three miles south of Washington, Illinois. In 1882 they moved to Emmington and seventeen years later to Roberts which was their home for twenty-one years. In September 1920 they moved to Zion where Mr. Bayler died, January 22, 1921. Mrs. Bayler united with the Christian Church at Washington in 1861 and with the Christian Apostolic Church in Zion in 1900,
Mr. and Mrs. Bayler were the parents of eleven children five whom are living. These are Jesse G. of Roberts, George B. of Melvin, Mrs. S. O. Burnett of Duncombe, Iowa, Ernest Lee of Peosta, Iowa, and Clarence O. of Kenosha, Wisconsin. Five children preceeded her in death. These were Mrs. Carrie Collins who died several years ago. Misses Eunice and Alta who died soon after the family moved to Roberts and Hattie, Edith and Clifford who died previous to that time. She also leaves a host of friends who join the family in sorrow. She leaves two brothers John VanMeter of Parsons, Kansas, and Henry VanMeter of Los Angeles, California.
Mrs. Bayler was a conscientious Christian woman. one who tried to do always what she considered the will of her Lord. While some of us may not agree with her religious beliefs there are none who can say that she ever faltered in her duty as she saw her duty. Her character was above reproach, and she ever endeavored to bring Christian happiness to her friends and to glorify her Savior. She was a kind neighbor and hoped and worked for the final comfort and happiness of her family. She always did the right as she saw the right and who of us can do more?
The funeral services were held in Zion, Monday afternoon, October 31st, after which the remains were brought to Roberts for burial. On arrival at Roberts the remains lay in state at the home of Miss Eula Beighle for a short time Tuesday noon after which they were laid to rest beside her husband in Lyman cemetery. A short funeral service was held at the grave Rev. Moot of Zion officiated. Among those from a distance were Mr. and Mrs. S. O. Burnett of Duncombe, Io, Mr. and Mrs. E. L. Bayler of Peosta, Io, and Prof and Mrs. C. O. Bayler of Kenosha, Wisconsin.

--Roberts Herald.  9 November 1921.

Regina Roetzel

Mrs. Regina Roetzel was born May 4,1858, at Sellscheid Germany. Her parents were Dr. Hilarius Schoeneschoefer and Johanna Mylenburg of Lostant, Illinois. When eight years old, she came with her parents to this country and grew up in the same place.  Because there was no Lutheran church in the town, her parents sent her to Ottawa, Illinois to be instructed in the way of salvation as it is set forth in Lutheran small catechism and was confirmed in Ottawa, ever since she remained a loyal member of the church, but the beautiful, devout Christian character that became apparent in her last affliction was tried in many temptations and troubles after she had grown up to womanhood.
When eighteen years old she was married to William Roetzel of Lostant. The young couple made their home for some time in Mendota until they removed to this place. Ten children were born, but four died. Her health was not very good for some time until the last examination by a specialist stated cancer. Though her sickness was painful and other troubles were pressing hard, she humbled herself under the Almighty Hand of God. As the dew refreshes the withering plant, so the word of God was always life giving to her hungering soul. When I came to see her the last time, she folded her hands instantly for prayer. Though her friends feared to speak to her of her precarious condition, I spoke to her freely of death and everlasting life, and she loved to hear it. Many times she said, she was willing to submit herself to the will of God. Last Tuesday the Lord done unto her according to his gracious will and relieved her from this vale of tears.
He pilgrimage has been 53 years, 2 months, 14 days. She leaves to mourn a husband and six children; three sons, Laury, Wiliam and Edward and three daughters, Agusta Waiblinger of Chicago; Josephine Wilsoncroft of Roberts, and Anna Sweed of Gilman.
The funeral services were held in the Congregational Church in Roberts Friday, July 21, conducted by Rev. J. T. Hoasfeld of Melvin. Interment at Roberts Cemetery.

--Melvin Motor.  28 July 1911.

Abigale Hitchcock


Died, Oct. 23d, 1882, Mrs. Abigale Hitchcock, mother-in-law of David Kingsley. Funeral services were held at the house of Mr. Kingsley, conducted by Rev. J. B. Johnson, Rev. Fairley assisted.
Mrs. Hitchcock was born in Colebrook, Litchfield county, Connecticut, Oct. 10, 18?2 and was married to Dove Hitchcock Nov. 20th, 1839, and moved to this State in 1872. The deceased had for years been a consistent member of the Baptist church, and was called away at a ripe old age to meet her Savior. Mrs. Kingsley, her daughter, preceeded her to the spirit land only about three weeks and mother and daughter, we trust, are now re-united in bliss eternal.

--Paxton Record.  9 November 1882.

Charles E. Bressie

Charles E. Bressie Killed
Last Thursday afternoon at 2:45 o'clock the Village of Roberts was shocked by the sad news that Charles E. Bressie had been instantly killed by train No. 20 North bound due here at 2:22, but running 20 minutes late.
Mrs. Bressie had just returned from a visit to North Dakota. During her absence Mr. Bressie had purchased a new Dodge touring car and that afternoon they went out to try it out. The intended to go to Piper City but the muddy roads changed their plans and they returned to Roberts via the west road. Their grandson Howard Minch was with them. They came down Melvin street and turned at Maple street just as the fast train was pulling in. It was impossible to see down the track until the turn and just as the front wheels of the auto were between the rails the auto stopped. The engine was "killed" probably by the steep incline in the road just at the turn.
Mrs. Bressie asked him if he could start the engine. He was leaning over handling some of the levers and did not answer. She got out of the car with the boy and got off the track before the train reached them. Mr. Bressie was still in the seat when hit. His body was thrown through the air striking the ground 170 feet north of the place where hit and 46 feet west of the west rail. The auto was literally wrecked. Two wheels were still in good condition but hardly another piece. The main body of the auto first struck the ground 38 feet from the crossing at the north of the track and bounded finally landing 78 feet north of the crossing. Pieces of the auto and of Mr. Bressie's clothing were scattered for 300 feet to the north and west of the track, nothing was dragged, all thrown out clear from the track.
Many have wondered why Mr. Bressie did not get out of the car. This is hardly to be wondered at. The first impulse to a person not driving would be to get out but to a driver would be to start the car and save them all not himself alone. The car was new to him and worked just the opposite of the one to which he was used to using. Therefore he failed to start it. After the others were out and the car had failed to start it was too late to get out from behind the driving wheel. In an emergency the mind of a man selects a course of action and follows that course. The course of action seldom changes in the emergency. His first selection was to start the car and he had no time to change his mind. To the onlooker a few seconds of the time seems like hours but to the one who is doing things time passes quickly. The evidence at the inquest showed that two other autos were approaching the track. One from the north on Main street stopped before crossing. The other from the west on Green Street passed over the track just as Mr. Bressie came to it on Maple street. The agent Mr. Pendergast ran out to warn them and saw the whole accident. There are no bells on the Maple street crossing but the bells on the Main street crossing were ringing before Mr. Bressie's car came around the corner according to the evidence. These bells are supposed to start ringing when the train is 1683 ft (102 rods) from the Maple street crossing. If the train was making regular time according to time table this would occupy 27 seconds. The train was probably going faster at first because it was late but slowed down after brakes were set before the crash, but was still going rapidly as proven by its throwing a Dodge touring car, 78 feet through the air and a man of his weight 170 feet. Bela Foster was working in his garden and says that when the train stopped the engine was at the Roberts & Gullett coal house which is 100 rods beyond the Maple street crossing. Let the doughter see if he can attempt to start his car and then get out of it before the train reaches the Maple street crossing, when he is safely off the track and no bother.
Mrs. C. W. Cook, Miss Maggie Knilands and several others saw the accident.


Obituary
Charles E. Bressie, son of Lewis E. and Sarah Ann (Supplee)Bressie was born at Salem, Indiana, February 25, 1870 and died in Roberts, Illinois, Thursday, August 12, 1920, aged 50 years, 5 months and 17 days. When about two years of age he came with his parents to Loda, Illinois and two years later to Roberts where he grew to manhood. On the 21st day of September 1890 at Roberts he married Miss Jenette Hawthorne who survives him. To this union were born five daughters all of whom are living. They are Mrs. Clyde Samuels of Clinton, Mrs. Harry Minch of Robert, Mrs. Harvey Kenward of Page, North Dakota, Miss Lessie at home and Miss Edith of Chicago. He also leaves his father Lewis E. of Roberts and one brother Albert who lives in Bloomington and is employed as an engineer by the Alton Railway. He leaves three grandchildren and numerous other relatives and a host of friends, who join the family in sorrow. After their marriage Mr. and Mrs. Bressie lived at Clinton, Illinois, Green Bay, Wisconsin, Chicago, Bloomington and Roberts.
When a young man Mr. Bressie entered the employ of the Illinois Central Railway Company as fireman and later as a locomotive engineer and held high rank in that work. After several years and some narrow escapes from serious accidents he decided to quit the work and enter an occupation in which he would not always be in fear that he might cause the death of another. He came back to Roberts and worked his father's farm which he afterwards purchased. About five years ago he retired from the farm and moved to town where he still resided at the time of his death, which fate decreed was to be caused by a locomotive driven by the same engineer whom he worked under when he began as fireman, Mr. Burt, who is said to be one of the most reliable engineers on the road.
The deceased served as commissioner of highways for the past two years which office he held at the time of his death. H was also member of the Village Board for several years some of which time was while he was still on the farm, as his farm is located within the corporation. He was a very efficient officer always doing his full duty as he saw it. He may have made mistakes as all of us do but he did not neglect to attend to what was to be done. He was kind to his family and was one of the most obliging of neighbors. He was one of those who made friends easily and did not forget a favor. As a token of remembrance the friends raised $88.00 which was used to purchase a beautiful floral blanket for the funeral service. This was only a part of the floral designs there however.
The funeral service was held at the house Sunday afternoon August 15, at 2:00 o'clock, Rev. D. G. DuBois officiating. The body was laid to rest in Lyman Cemetery. The service at the cemetery was in charge of the Melvin Lodge. A.F.A.M. assisted by brother masons from Piper City, Rantoul and many other places. About eighty members of the order were in line. Among those from a distance who attended the funeral beside the Masonic Fraternity were, John Neil and daughter of Chicago, Hugh Hawthorne and Kirker, and Mr. and Mrs. Louis Ristoe of Piper City, Miss Pearl Woolsoncroft of Chicago, Mr. and Mrs. Lemuel Smedley and son Frank and Dr. and Mrs. Diller of Rantoul, Mrs. Fred Overmeyer of Clinton, Miss Tessie Moore of Chicago, Mr. and Mrs. Froegish of Chatsworth, Mrs. William Scott of Gilman and a number of others.

--Roberts Herald. 18 August 1920.

Jacob Landel

Jacob Landel was born in Alsace, Germany, Jan. 12th 1844, came with his parents to Tonawand, Erie County, N.Y., September 11, 1847, where he remained till he had reached manhood. He went to Willams county, Ohio, in 1865, where he remained until 1870. During his stay in Ohio he married Susan Gype. Shortly after their marriage they came to Ford County and settled on their farm about two miles east of Roberts. Here he lived for about twenty years and during that time made many acquaintances. About three years ago he rented his farm and moved his family to Paxton, where his daughter Cora was engaged in business, but he remained in Roberts, making it his place of business.
About two years ago he bought the hardware store here and took his son, William, in as partner. In the spring of 1891 they dissolved partnership and William went to work on the R.R., as station agent. He served as Commissioner of Highways of Lyman Township for several years and was always earnest in his work and strove to do his work well, but as he said, "I  know I am not what I could be," yet he had many winning ways. He had never united with any church here but while in New York, at the age of 15, he united with the Lutheran church.
He leaves a wife, one son and three daughters, William, his only son, was in Elk River, Minnesota, when he heard the sad news; Cora, the oldest daughter, was in Paxton; Laura and Ida were living at home. He leaves four brothers and four sisters, Phillip lives in Louisville, Ky.; Michael, Edgerton, Ohio; Frederick, Buffalo, N.Y.; Christof, Edgerton, Ohio. His sister Sarah, Mrs. Hoen, lives in Buffalo; Lena, Mrs. Schulthies, Cincinnati,; Charlotte, Mrs. Rich, Williams county, Ohio; Sophia, Mrs. Roenschlagel, Cincinnati, Ohio. Two brothers and two sisters attended the funeral, also one niece and one nephew.
The funeral services were held in the Congregational church at Roberts. Rev. W. P. Trover officiating. He read the 90th Psalm, which was a source of comfort to the aching hearts. The songs, "We Shall Sleep but Not Forever," Savior More Than Life to Me," and Go Bury Thy Sorrow," were indeed full of comfort to one who has lost friends. Rev. Trover selected Matt. 14:12 for a text. "And his disciples came and took up the body and buried it, and went and told Jesus." What a beautiful text. What a source of comfort to a sad and wounded heart to know that they may go to Jesus with their grief.  A husband and father suddenly taken from a home without a moment's warning gives a deep sorrow, leaves wounds which none but the Master is able to heal.
He was a devoted husband, loved his children dearly, and his loss will be felt for many days. There is a vacancy that cannot be filled; none can take the place of a father.
We would admonish the bereaved friends to seek comfort from the "One altogether lovely, " who alone can give light in the darkness and comfort in hours of such sore trail as this indeed is.  It is only a silver cord that holds us here and when that is severed we ? go, so let us take a warning and ??
The bereaved friends have the heartfelt sympathy of many friends.

--Paxton Record.  13 July 1893.

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.