James Gell

James Gell was born in Mattock, in Derbyshire, Eng. in 1829. He came to this country 27 years ago. He purchased a farm about two miles southwest of Roberts, where he lived nine years. He moved to Roberts 18 years ago, and has made his home with R. H. Chambers for 17 years. He was making preparations to go to his former home in England when he was taken sick, and after an illness of about three weeks, died May 31st, 1895. He was a very silent man and attended strictly to his won business. He seemed to be a man who had a desire to hold himself away from society, though he was very social. He was a member of the church of England and usually attended services in the Congregational church of this place, and was a regular supporter of the church, never refusing when asked to aid any noble cause. During his sickness, on being asked if he was afraid to go, he replied, "No, I am ready to go." He was at peace with God. The funeral services were held in the Congregational church. Rev. F. H. Richardson, assisted by Rev. Bird, conducted the funeral services Sunday morning at 10 o'clock. Messrs. Kenward, Bunker, Swanick, Boud, Wright and Burns were the pallbearers. They were all well acquainted with the deceased. The choir sang "Guide Me," after which Rev. Bird read 17 verses of the 23rd chapter of Revelations. The choir then sang an anthem, "Beautiful City," which led our thoughts heavenward. After the opening prayer by Rev. Bird, the choir sang "Asleep in Jesus." Rev. F. H. Richardson preached the funeral sermon, after the few remarks previously noted, taking his text form Psalms 30:12.
Accompanying the above was a long abstract of the excellent sermon delivered on the funeral occasion, but regret that the crowded condition of our columns precludes its publication.  --ED. RECORD.

--Roberts Herald.  6 June 1895

Gertrude Conner

Mrs. Homer Conner
Gertrude L. Siegmiller, daughter of Peter and Lettie (Bitner) Siegmiller was born at Altoon, Pennsylvania, November 24th, 1889, and departed this life at ther home southwest of Roerts, Illinoi, Wednesday, Mary 6th, 1931, aged 41 years 5 months and 12 days.
She was united in marriage to Mr. Homer Conner at Chesapeake, Ohio, November 12, 1908. In 1910 they moved to Roberts, Illinoois, and located on a farm in this vicinity. Later they purchased the farm one mile southwest of Roberts which has been their home since. To Mr. and Mrs. Conner were born four children, one son and three daughters. One daughter died in infancy. Those surviving are Thelma, George, and Mildred, who are at home.
Mrs. Conner's illness dated back to the "flu" epidemic of 1919. The next year she entered a hospital in Chicago for medical treatment and while she was much improved, she has ever since been in poor health. All that medical skill and loving hands could do for her has been done. Since July 1930 she has spent most of her time on her sick bed.
She united with the Evangelical Church at Roberts, October 21st, 1923, and was a member of that church at the time of her death. She was active in the work of the church and was a teacher in the Sunday School until her health became so bad that she was no longer permitted that duty. She was a loving wife and a devoted mother always interested in and greatly concerned about her family.
She leaves to mourn her departure her husband, Homer Conner, one son, George, two daughters, Thelma and Mildred, all at home, her mother, Mrs. Lettie Siegmiller of Piper City, one sister Mrs. Homer Gillett of Chatsworth, seven brothers, Frank Siegmiller of Huntington, West Virginia, Charles of the Philippine Islands, Alfred, Clyde and Herbert of Piper City, Max of Downer's Grove and Herman of Oak Park, Chicago.
The funeral services were held at the Evangelical Church Saturday, May 9th, with Rev. Charles Wunsch, pastor, officiating. Interment was in Lyman Cemetery.
The pall bearers were five brothers and the brother-in-law. The flower bearers were Mable McCorkle, Ruby Taylor, Kathleen McCorkle, Evelyn Wright, Mary Houtzel, Helen Boyd, Norma Martin, Helen Siegmiller, and Glayds Bouhl. The songs were sung by Mrs. Bertha Stienman, Mrs. Viola Lackey, G. S. Bryant, and A. D. Seng, with Mrs. Edna Colteaux at the piano. The songs were "Beautiful Isle of Somewhere", Beautiful Garden of Prayer" and Jesus Savior Pilot Me."
Among those from a distance who attended the funeral were: Mr. and Mrs. Charles Leffingwell and family of Weston, Mr. and Mrs. Leslie Howell and family of Chenoa, Max and Herman Siegmiller of Chicago, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Schultzmeyer and family Mr. Earl Meisenhelder and family of Piper City, Mr. and Mrs. Peter Kurtenbaugh and family, Mrs. and Mrs. Louis Glabe, and family, Mr. and Mrs. William Klein and family, and Mr. and Mrs. Henry Bremmer and family of Chatsworth besides a large number of other relatives and friends whose names we failed to get.
"A mother's love -- how sweet the name!
What is a mother's love?
--A noble, pure and tender flame,
Enkindled from above,
To bless a heart of earthly mould;
The warmest love that can't grow cold;
This is a mother's love."

--Roberts Herald.  13 May 1931.

Elizabeth Adamson


Mrs. Robert Adamson
Elizabeth Whillis was born near Amsterdam, New York, April 6th, 1845 and died at her home in Lyman Township, Wednesday evening, March 12th, 1924, aged 78 years, 11 months, and 6 days. She came to Illinois while a young woman and was married to Robert Adamson in November 1869. They settled on a farm three miles north-east of where Roberts is now located and this was her home for more than half a century. Both she and Mr. Adamson were of that fine stock of pioneers which made our state what it is today. They loved the soil and the best of life for them was to be found in the country. They arrived here when this was a bleak prairie and were here to welcome the railroad when it came to make a market for the products of their farm.
After many years of toil Mr. and Mrs. Adamson decided to move to Paxton but it was not what they desired and they came back. Mr. Adamson died June 30th, 1919. Still she remained on the farm and her son and his family came to the farm and she lived with them.
The deceased has been a member of the Congregational Church in Roberts since her early womanhood but for the past few years she has attended the M. E. church at Thawville with her son and family. She was a woman of high ideals, a true Christian character, a kind wife and mother and a worthy neighbor. She always appreciated a favor shown and was a true and faithful friend.
Mrs. Adamson leaves to mourn her death two sons, William and Joseph of Thawville and one daughter, Mrs. Mary Kenward of Fargo, North Dakota. Also a number of grandchildren. Two children died in infancy and a daughter, Mrs. Lizzie Hewson died about nine years ago.
The funeral services were held at home Friday, March 14th, at one o'clock Rev. D. H. Abbott of Thawville officiating. The remains were then laid to rest in Lyman cemetery.

--Roberts Herald.  19 March 1924.

David Abernathy

David Abernathy died at the home of his grand daughter Mrs. Amos Asay in Thawville, Saturday, May 25, 1929, aged 84 years, 2 months and 6 days.
Services were held at the home Monday May 27, 1929, Rev. D. E. Armitage officiating. Interment was in Lyman cemetery.

--Roberts Herald.  29 May 1929.

Vernon Lloyd Bleich



Vernon Lloyd Bleich, son of Mr. and Mrs. Otto Bleich, died at his home here, Tuesday afternoon, July 5th, 1927, aged 1 year, 9 months and 3 days. Cause of death was intestinal flu. The sympathy of the entire community goes out to the bereaved parents.
The funeral service will be held at the home Thursday afternoon at 2:00 o'clock, Rev. Frederick A Doctor officiating. Interment will be in Lyman Cemetery.

--Roberts Herald.  8 July 1927.

William H. Johnson

William H. Johnson

William H. Johnson Killed
The whole community was shocked this afternoon to hear that William Johnson, one of the earliest residents of this place was suddenly killed while making hay here. He was struck by a hay fork which fell striking and passing entirely through this body. The doctor was called but Mr. Johnson died before the doctor arrived.
The accident happened about three o'clock and Mr. Johnson lived about twenty minutes after.

--Roberts Herald.  19 June 1929.

As stated in the Herald last week William H. Johnson of this place was killed accidently about three o'clock last Wednesday afternoon, June 19th, 1929, aged 59 years, 5 months and one day.
He was helping Emil Seng put up hay and had brought in one load from the field that afternoon and had sent up two fork loads from the wagon. When he pulled the fork back for the third load he pulled it rapidly and when the carriage came to the end of the track it jumped over the guard and fork and carriage came upon him. The fork struck him in the back and pierced one of the large blood vessels causing death from hemorrhage within a short time. No one saw the accident except two small children who were in the yard. When the other men arrived the fork was lying on the load of hay and Mr. Johnson was on the ground about eight feet from the load. The picked him up and carried. him to the house.
Elias Gullett drove to Roberts and got Dr. Rueck and someone else called Dr. Boshell from Melvin. Dr. Rueck arrived before he died but could do nothing for him except to ease him. His wife and daughters also arrived before he died.
Coroner Samuel Hanson was called and the following jury empaneled: Dr. E. J. Rueck, Emil Seng, Arthur Seng, Elias Gullett, Ernest Warnke and Cecil W. Kennedy. They returned the following verdict. "We the undersigned jurors sworn to inquire of the death of William Johnson find that he came to his death by being punctured by a prong of a hay fork which fell with a carrier and rope from the end of the track in the barn to the top of a load of hay he was unloading. The prong entered his body in the back of the right side of the spine in the region of the seventh or eighth rib causing a wound one and one half inches in diameter and about ten inches deep. Death due to internal hemorrhage."
The funeral services were held at the home Friday afternoon, June 21st, at three o'clock, Rev. C. A. Sullivan and Rev. John T. Killip officiating. Interment was in Lyman Cemetery. Roberts Camp No. 2039 M. W. A. had charge of the ceremony at the grave. The following obituary was read at the funeral:
"William H. Johnson, son of Sherman and Emaline (Alford) Johnson was born at Cropsey, Illinois, January 18, 1870. He grew to manhood in the vicinity of his birth, was educated in the public schools and married Miss Carrie M. Johnson of Melvin May 27, 1891. To them were born seven children, three girls and four boys: Muriel Calhoun of Hagerstown, Maryland, Pearl Roberts and Erma Kennedy of Roberts, Harold, Lynne, and Ducelle of Chicago and Bruce, the youngest still at home, all of these with their mother survive him.
"He was a member of the Woodman Camp and M. E. Church of Roberts. His occupation was framing; respected and honored by all who knew him; as an honest industrious, quiet, home loving man, he will be greatly missed, not only by his immediate family but all his neighbors and friends.
"His peculiar characteristics were patience, quietness, and self-control. He went through life uncomplaining and whatever crisis came up, he put his own interests aside and followed the dictates of God.
"Sudden death took him out of this world June 19, 1929. Earth is poorer but Heaven is richer. We will try by God's help to be reconciled to our fate and strive to meet him in the better world where parting will be no more.
"Good night down here; good morning up yonder."
Among those from a distance who attended the funeral were, Mr. and Mrs. Carl Calhoun and son Billy Carl of Hagerstown, Maryland, Mr. and Mrs. Harold Johnson and sons Dwight and Floyd of Danville, Lynne and Ducell Johson of Chicago, Mr. and Mrs. George Patterson and Mrs. Nettie Deady of Onarga, Attorney and Mrs. Wayne Miller of Peoria, Mr. and Mrs. Ray Ward and Mrs. Mary Alford of Cropsey, Mr. and Mrs. Allen Day of Piper City, Mrs. and Mrs. J. W. Miller, Miss Dorothy Miller, Mrs. Cornelia Day, Mrs. Robert Swanick and Mrs. Anna Miller of Melvin, Mrs. Joseph Johnson and sister of Morris, Clifford and Eunice Johnson of Blue Island, and Mr. and Mrs. Cleytus Day of Champaign.

--Roberts Herald.  19 June 1929

Marie Magdaline Rossbach

Mrs. Marie Rossbach
Marie Magdaline Waldorf, daughter of George and Catherine Miller Waldorf, was born in Province Hessian-Darmstadt, Germany, November 15, 1849, and departed this life at the home of her daughter, Mrs. W. H. Shambrook, Friday, June 5th, 1930, aged 80 years, 6 months, 20 days.
She grew to womanhood in the place of her birth and there in March 1878, she married Jacob Rossbach. To them were born eight children, five of them preceded her in death. Two daughters, died in infancy. Three sons, Jacob, William and George died in young manhood. Two daughters and one son survive here. These are Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Shambrook, wife of Harrison Shambrook who lives in Wall Town three miles south of Roberts, Mrs. Emma Shambrook, wife of Walter W. Shambrook, who lives in North Lyman four miles north-west of Roberts, and Lawrence Rossbach who lives at Oakland, California, but who was home with his mother at the time of her death.
She leaves one brother and two sisters, one brother and one sister in Germany and one sister, Mrs. Margaretha Eppelseimer, in Roberts. She also leaves two grand-children, Mrs. LaVerne Fickwiler of Melvin and Muryl Shambrook of Roberts.
Two years after their marriage Mr. and Mrs. Rossbach came to America and settled at Roberts which was their home from that time until their death. Here the reared their family and good citizens of their adopted country. Mr. Rossbach died thirty-eight years ago leaving the family of small children. Through the years following Mrs. Rossbach knew the hardships that accompany rearing a family without the help of a father. This she did well, however.
In early life the deceased was converted and became a member of the Lutheran Church. After coming to America she transferred her membership to the Congregational Church at Roberts where she was a faithful member and attended regularly until declining health prevented.
She was a woman who was beloved by her children, honored by her neighbors and held in high esteem by all who knew her. Kind and affectionate to the family always ready to give assistance to the needy, faithful to her church, she met the hardships and sorrows with a smile, succeeding where weaker one might have failed, she deserves a place of honor in the memory of the community.
The funeral was held at the home, Saturday, June 7th, at three o'clock, Rev. Charles Wunsch, pastor the Evangelical Church and an old friend of the family officiating. She was laid to rest in Lyman Cemetery.

--Roberts Herald.  11 June 1930.