Wilson W. Campbell was born May 12, 1857, in Indiana. He came to Illinois at an early age and on Thursday, the fifth day of December 1878, he married Miss Fannie Matthews of McLean County, between Bellflower and Farmer City. They lived for several years in McLean County and then moved to Sibley where they lived several years. They then came to Roberts and made their home for a short time before moving to Luverne, Minnesota, living at Luverne two years they came back to Roberts which was their home until their deaths. Mrs. Campbell died in 1921. Later he married Mrs. Elizabeth Currie who survives him.
Mr. Campbell died May 26th, 1937, aged 80 years and 14 days. He was a man who was held in esteem by the community. He leaves besides his widow, two sons, Edward W. Campbell and Frank Hiram Campbell, both of Roberts. He also leaves one grandson.
Funeral services were held at the home Friday afternoon, May 28th at two o'clock, Rev. H. M. Blout and Rev. J. H. Harper officiating. Burial was in Lyman Cemetery.
--Roberts Herald. 2 June 1937.
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Mrs. Frank Gleason
The saddest duty that falls to the lot of the publisher of this paper is to chronicle the deaths of the community; and the saddest death to chronicle is that of a mother who leaves a family of small children to mourn that death. The sudden taking of Mrs. Frank Gleason was such a one. She had been ill but a very short time with influenza and the report of her death came as a shock to all.
Nellie Alice White, daughter of James W. and Sarah (Campbell) White, was born in Roberts, Illinois, October 8th, 1888, and departed this life at her home near Roberts, Thursday, January 2, 1919, aged 30 years, 2 months and 25 days.
The deceased grew to womanhood here, was educated in the Roberts public schools, graduating from the high school in the class of 1904, after which she went to Anderson, Indiana, where she completed the course in 1906. She then went to Chicago and took a special course in music, in which she was especially proficient. She has always made her home here and was known and loved by all our people.
She was married to Frank Gleason, also a native of Roberts, Thursday, December 17, 1908. To this union were born four children, all of whom are living. They are Chester, Rosalia, Nellie Francis, and Ruth. She leaves to mourn her besides the husband and children, her mother, and one brother, Dr. Philip W. White, who is serving his country with the army in France; also a large number of other relatives and a host of friends.
The funeral service was held at the home, Monday, December 6, 1919, Rev. Father McMullen officiating, after which the remains were laid to rest in St. Mary's Cemetery, here.
--Roberts Herald. 8 January 1919.
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A distressing accident happened at the home of Mr. and Mrs. William Geegan in Wall town Thursday noon at 12:00 o'clock when their son, Elgar Martin Geegan, aged 4 years and 7 months was killed.
They were threshing at the Geegan farm and the oats from Albert Grosenbach's wagon had just been threshed and Art Struber was getting ready to change the team to another wagon.
The boy managed to climb on the back of the wagon unnoticed and just at that time the team started to run away. The Melvin Motor give the following description of the accident.
Upon reaching the end of the lane the wagon struck the ditch at the side of the road and the team turned to the west. The child was thrown to the front of the wagon then to the ground where he was dragged for some distance, then the wagon passed over his head.
Wm. Geegan, the father, was first to reach the boy. He picked him up and carried him to the house. A doctor was called and everything possible was done to save the child but he passed away before the doctor arrived.
The funeral services was held Saturday morning at 10:30 o'clock from the Catholic Church in Roberts.
Elgar was a bright boy full of life and gave promise of a bright future.
This is a terrible blow to the parents and Mr. and Mrs. Geegan have the deepest sympathy of everyone.
--Roberts Herald. 14 October 1926.
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