"The Freeport Journal-Standard" [Freeport, Stephenson Co., IL], Friday, 29 Jul 1938, p. 14:
Mrs. Mary Best
Mrs. Mary Best, 85, widow of the late John Best, passed away last night at the home of her son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. George Edler, 1176 West Stephenson street, after a long illness.
Funeral services will be held at the Walker mortuary, West Main street, at 2 o'clock Monday afternoon. Rev. E. P. Scharf, pastor of First English Lutheran church of which she was a member, will conduct the services and interment will be made at Oakland.
Mary Springman, daughter of Matthias and Madalene Springman, was born in Lycoming county, Pa., Oct. 23, 1852. She came west with her parents at the age of two years, the family settling at Cedarville. Her marriage to John Best took place in 1872. The husband passed away in 1925. Since that time Mrs. Best made her home with the Edlers. She leaves one daughter Mrs. George Edler. There is also one granddaughter, Mrs. G. G. Harrison, and two great-grandsons, Keith and Jackie Harrison. The following sisters and brothers also survive: Mrs. Katharine Garman, Cedarville; Mrs. Della Bender, Dazey, N. D.; Mrs. Selinda Kleppinger, George Springman, Freeport.
Charles Wittig, 74, a former resident of Freeport and Pearl City, passed away at his home in Long Beach, Calif., Wednesday.
Funeral services were conducted at Long Beach today.
Mr. Wittig was born in Philadelphia, Pa., and was a graduate of Philadelphia college of pharmacy. He moved to Rockford in 1912 and was employed in a drug store there until 1923 when he moved to California. He is survived by his wife and a son and a daughter, Charles Wittig, Stockton, Calif.; Mrs. Thelma McNulty, Long Beach. A sister resides in Philadelphia.
Funeral services for the late Miles Lapp, who was drowned yesterday, will be held at 3:30 o'clock Saturday afternoon from the Walter Mortuary. Rev. H. T. Chenoweth, pastor of First Methodist Episcopal church will officiate and burial will be made in the Rock City cemetery.
J. George Schmitt
Funeral services for the late J. George Schmitt were held at the Eichmeier & Becker funeral home at 2 o'clock this afternoon with services at State Road Reformed church at 2:30 o'clock. Rev. Jacob Elmer conducted the services and interment was made in the State Road cemetery.
Gene Earl Sorn
The funeral of the late Gene Earl Sorn was held this afternoon at 3 o'clock at the Eichmeier and Becker funeral home. Rev. H. I. Newell, pastor of the United Brethren church, conducted the services and interment was made in Orangeville cemetery.
Harry A. Nolting
Funeral services for the late Harry A. Nolting will be held at 1:30 o'clock Saturday afternoon at the Walker Mortuary. Rev. C. A. Bloomquist, pastor of Embury Methodist Episcopal church, will officiate and burial will be made in Oakland cemetery.
Full military honors will be accorded in services to be conducted by members of Albert E. Schmidt camp No. 4, U. S. W. V., and Arthur F. Mosley post of the V. F. W., with Senior Vice Commander Albert F. Lindsey, of Camp No. 4, U. S. W. V., in charge.
Mr. Nolting was a sergeant in Company A, 127 U. S. Infantry and served in the Philippine Islands. He enlisted in 1901 and was honorably discharged in 1904. He was affiliated with the U. S. W. V. and V. of F. W.
Mr. Nolting passed away yesterday at a local hospital. He was born in New Bethel, Ind., Oct. 12, 1872, and received his education at Elmhurst college, Elmhurst, Ill. He had been employed as an accountant by the W. T. Rawleigh company for the past twelve years. Mr. Nolting is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Eugene Homan; a step-daughter, Mrs. Roy Sloatman; a sister, Miss Nelda Nolting; a niece, Miss Mary Nolting, all of Freeport; a brother, Walter Nolting; three nieces and a nephew, all of Rockford.
William Collins, Woodford
Woodford, Wis., July 29. -- Services will be held Saturday morning at 10:30 in the Methodist church for William Collins, 91, who died Wednesday night. Interment will be made in Wiota cemetery.
Mr. Collins was a native of Wiota township, Lafayette county, born Nov. 17, 1847. He attended rural schools near his home. In 1868 he was married to Jane Michelson, in Darlington and they lived on the Collins farm until he retired and they moved to Woodford in 1908. Surviving are three daughters, Miss Barbara, at home, Mrs. Mary Lancaster, Lamont, and Mrs. Margaret Anderson, Pasadena, Calif.; two sons, Peter, Footville, and Henry, McAllen, Tex. Mrs. Collins died twenty years ago.
David O. Englehart, Browntown
Browntown, Wis., July 29. -- Funeral services were held this afternoon in Browntown Evangelical church for David O. Englehart, 78, who died of pneumonia in Monroe hospital Monday evening. Rev. John P. Weeke? officiated and interment was made in Christian Hollow cemetery.
Mr. Englehart was born in Stephenson county, Illinois, Sept. 30?, 1868?, the son of Joseph and Susan Kline Englehart. He was married Jan. 29, 1888 to Amelia Schliem, in Brodhead. They lived near South Wayne and later moved to Browntown where Mr. Englehart operated a meat market. His store burned to the ground July 28, 1924. He is survived by the widow and a brother, John, Freeport. The parents and a brother, George, preceded him in death.
Alexander Parks, Grand Detour
Grand Detour, Ill., July 29. -- Funeral services for Alexander Parks, Grand Detour's last Civil war veteran, who died at his home here yesterday at the age of 92 years, will be held at 9:30 o'clock Saturday morning at the home of Alfred Parks. Rev. James Barnett, of Dixon, will officiate and burial with full military honors, will be made in Oakwood cemetery mausoleum.
Mr. Parks was born at Paoli, Ind., Dec. 18, 1845. As a young man he moved to Perry county, Indiana. When the Civil war was declared Parks was 15 years old. Early in 1862, at the age of 16, he enlisted in Company A, 49th Indiana volunteers. Although under the prescribed age, he was allowed to enlisted because of his physical maturity.
Mr. Parks is survived by five sons, Alonzo and Cyrus, of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; Silas, Dixon, and Alfred and Sylvester, of Grand Detour. His wife, Nancy Jane, preceded him in death seven years ago. He had lived in Grand Detour for 17 years, coming here from Indiana.
FYI: Only one of the above individuals is related to me. I had a little time so did the rest -- just in case somebody else was looking. Fair warning: transcription errors are possible.