From the Chatsworth Plaindealer Chatsworth,Livingston,Illinois
CHRISTIAN H. ROHDE DECEMBER 10, 1942
Christian H. Rohde, longtime resident of Chatsworth, died in Pontiac, Sunday(Dec. 6) forenoon about 11 o'clock. The body was brought to the Roach funeral home where services were conducted Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock by Rev. A.F. Karsten, pastor of the Chatsworth Lutheran church. Burial was in the Chatsworth cemetery. Mr. Rohde had been a resident of Chatsworthh for many years. He was born in Germany and was aged 83 years and 17 days. Little is known here of his early life. He was born at Althagen, Hanover, Germany. He came to America in May, 1875 and settled in Chatsworth where he engaged in farm work. Later he went to the Dakotas and conducted a business and also at Duluth, Minnesota. Returning to Chatsworth in 1890 he opened a variety store which he conducted until a few years ago. He built and owned for several years the two story brick building in the east business block in Chatsworth and now owned by Joseph Endres. Gradually he disposed of his store and moved to a small house in the north part of town, where he continued to buy junk and raise vegetables until an illness made it necessary to take him to the county hospital for treatment. He was married and lived with his wife for several years when they separated. There were no children. He lived alone for more than twenty years. Mr. Rohde gained considerable attention from the unorthodox advertising he ran in the Plaindealer and other newspapers and his advertisements were widely read and commented on. Even when he really had nothing to sell he insisted upon running advertising in this paper and resented any suggestions about it. He resented charity and as long as he was able tried in his humble way to meet his few wants. So far as the writer knows he was honest and law abiding, although eccentric. He had many acquaintances but few close friends and in his later years lived much along. His only living relatives it appears, are Miss Tillie, Ernest and Fred Bork, whose mother was a sister of Mr. Rohde.