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Joseph Elliott Albert "Timberline" Cooley was born November 15, 1843, in Pine Rock, Ogle Co., IL, and died December 12, 1898, at his home, Rockford, Winnebago Co., IL, at age 55. Buried in Cooley/Seaworth Cemetery, Pine Rock Twp., Ogle Co., IL. He is the son of Rufus Montague Cooley of Sunderland, Franklin Co., MA, and Mary "Polly" (Horton) Horton of Sheshequin, Bradford Co., PA. Both are buried in Cooley/Seaworth Cemetery, Pine Rock Twp., Ogle Co., IL.

Mathilda Caroline "Matilda" Searl was born January 23, 1845, in Aashburn, Durham Co., Canada West, and died January 16, 1936, in Minneapolis, Hennepin Co., MN, at age 90. Buried in Lakewood Cemetery, Minneapolis, Hennepin Co., MN. She is the daughter of John Searl of Broadoak (Braddock) Parish, County Cornwall, England, and Elizabeth Anne "Eliza" Bailey of Ireland. Possibly died January 16, 1936, in Hennepin Co., MN, the widow of Benjamin F. Brown.

Joseph Elliott Cooley and Mathilda Caroline "Matilda" Searl were married October 5, 1865, in Dixon, Lee Co., IL.

Joseph Elliott Cooley and Mathilda Caroline "Matilda" (Searl) Cooley had five children:

  1. James Madison Cooley: Born February 2, 1863, in Pine Rock Twp., Ogle Co., IL; Died February 6, 1946, in Pine Rock Twp., Ogle Co., IL (about age 83). Buried in Cooley/Seaworth Cemetery, Pine Rock Twp., Ogle Co., IL. Married December 24, 1884, in Ogle Co., IL, to Addie Walls: Born June, 1863, in Illinois; Died Unknown.
  2. Permilla Caroline Cooley: Born July 30, 1866, in Pine Rock Twp., Ogle Co., IL; Died February 18, 1867, in Pine Rock Twp., Ogle Co., IL (age Infant). Buried in Cooley/Seaworth Cemetery, Pine Rock Twp., Ogle Co., IL.
  3. Wallace Montague Cooley: Born February 6, 1868, in Pine Rock Twp., Ogle Co., IL; Died July 8, 1916, in Chicago, Cook Co., IL (age 48). Buried in Cooley/Seaworth Cemetery, Pine Rock Twp., Ogle Co., IL. Married March 1, 1905, in Chicago, Cook Co., IL, to Maria "Mary/Mae" (Spratt) Mulroy: Born April 10, 1880, in Ballygrennan, Croom, County Limerick, Ireland ; Died March 20, 1915, in Chicago, Cook Co., IL (age 34). Divorced before 1910. Buried in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Cook Co., IL. Mary was a Vaudeville Actress in Chicago in 1910. Daughter Eileen Matilda "Peg" Cooley Born about 1906 in Illinois. Wallace then married about 1932 in Illinois to Isabelle Unknown: Born about 1901 in Illinois; Died Unknown.
  4. Carrie Anna Cooley: Born September 14, 1870, in Pine Rock Twp., Ogle Co., IL; Died April 28, 1943, in Minneapolis, Hennepin Co., MN (age 72). Buried in Lakewood Cemetery, Minneapolis, Hennepin Co., MN. Married August 20, 1895, in Floyd Co., IA, to Emmons L. Hoag: Born August 7, 1864, Sherman, NY; Died May 4, 1944, in Minneapolis, Hennepin Co., MN (age 79). His parents are Lyman Leonard Hoag and Sarah L. Whitney.
  5. Albert Almarian Cooley: Born April 18, 1873, in Pine Rock Twp., Ogle Co., IL; Died April 3, 1935, at his home, Belleville, Republic Co., KS (age of 61 years, 11 months, and 15 days). Buried in Wyuka Cemetery, Lincoln, Lancaster Co., NE. Buried in Wyuka Cemetery, Lincoln, Lancaster Co., NE. Married (1) June 30, 1897, in Lincoln, Lancaster Co., NE, to Nellie K. Hawk: Born May 21, 1875, in Illinois; Died March 29, 1927, at her home, Belleville, Republic Co., KS (age 51). Buried in Wyuka Cemetery, Lincoln, Lancaster Co., NE. Married (2) March 27, 1931, in Belleville, Republic Co., KS. to Helen L. "Lena" (Lambertus) Koester: Born April, 1883, in Illinois; Died May 10, 1966, in Belleville, Republic Co., KS (about age 82). Buried in Fairbury Cemetery, NE.

Joseph Elliott Cooley and Mathilda Caroline "Matilda" (Searl) Cooley were divorced about 1873 in Unknown.

Joseph Elliott Cooley then married Lottie Margette (Spaulding) Arnold.

Lottie Margette Spaulding was born about 1840 in Acworth, Sullivan Co., NH. She is the daughter of Nehemiah Spaulding of New Hampshire (1818 - 1888) (a doctor with one leg in 1880), and Betsey Haywood (1815 - 1852) of Acworth, NH.

Thornton Arnold was born about 1851 in Chicago, Cook Co., IL, and died before 1885 in Iowa.

Thornton Arnold and Lottie Margette Spaulding were married March 23, 1879, in Hyde Park, Cook Co., IL.

Unknown Arnold and Lottie Margette (Spaulding) Arnold had Unknown children.

Joseph Elliott Cooley and Mathilda Caroline "Matilda" (Searl) Cooley were remarried August 19, 1880, in Charles City, Floyd Co., IA.

Joseph Elliott Cooley and Mathilda Caroline "Matilda" (Searl) Cooley were divorced before 1885 in Iowa.

Joseph Elliott Cooley and Lottie Margette (Spaulding) Arnold were married July 16, 1885, in Marion, Linn Co., IA.

Joseph Elliott Cooley and Lottie Margette (Spaulding) (Arnold) Cooley had Unknown children.

Joseph Elliott Cooley then married Annie McGinness.

Annie McGinness was born Unknown, and died Unknown. She is the daughter of John McGinness and Ann Unknown.

Joseph Elliott Cooley and Annie McGinness were married December 15, 1886, in Ogle Co., IL.

Joseph Elliott Cooley and Annie (McGinness) Cooley had Unknown children.

Nancy E. Pettingill was born December 2, 1859, in Rockford, Winnebago Co., IL, and died April 1, 1924, in Rockford, Winnebago Co., IL, at age 64. Buried in Cedar Bluff Cemetery, Rockford, Winnebago Co., IL. She is the daughter of J. W. Pettingill of New York, and Polly E. "Betsy" Unknown of New York. Nancy ran a house of ill repute in Rockford in he early 1900s. Her daughter, Cora, was one of the "wild women" livig there.

Jeremiah "Jerry" La Fountain was born about 1846 in Canada, and died Unknown.

Jeremiah "Jerry" La Fountain and Nancy E. Pettingill were married October 6, 1874, in Rockford, Winnebago Co., IL.

Joseph Elliott Cooley and Nancy E. (Pettingill) La Fountain were married November 22, 1890, in Winnebago Co., IL.

Mathilda Caroline "Matilda" (Searl) Cooley then married Benjamin Franklin "Frank" Brown.

Benjamin Franklin "Frank" Brown was born November 10, 1837, in Indiana, and died February 27, 1897, in Lincoln, Lancaster Co., NE, at age 59. Buried in Wyuka Cemetery, Lincoln, Lancaster Co., NE. He is the son of Henry "Harry" Brown of Fayette now, Union, IN, and Elizabeth "Betsy" Ritter of Butler Co., OH. He served in Co., B, C & C, 48th Indiana Infantry.

Elizabeth R. Krep was born about 1841 in Indiana, and died Unknown. She is the daughter of Unknown.

Benjamin Franklin "Frank" Brown and Elizabeth R. Krep were married December 30, 1858, in La Porte Co., IN.

Benjamin Franklin "Frank" Brown and Elizabeth R. (Krep) Brown had Unknown children.

Margaret Ann Donaghue was Baptised January 24, 1841, in Saint Peter, Montgomery, Daviess Co., IN. She is the daughter of James Donahue of Ireland, and Mary Unknown of Ireland.

Benjamin Franklin "Frank" Brown and Margaret Ann Donnahoo were married December 30, 1858, in St. Joseph Co., IN.

Benjamin Franklin "Frank" Brown and Margaret Ann (Donnahoo) Brown had Unknown children.

Benjamin Franklin "Frank" Brown (age 50) and Mathilda Caroline "Matilda" (Searl) Cooley (age 42) were married September 14, 1888, in Charles City, Floyd Co., IA.

Benjamin Franklin "Frank" Brown and Mathilda Caroline "Matilda" (Searl) (Cooley) Brown had no children. 




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Joseph Elliott Albert "Timberline" Cooley is buried in Cooley/Seaworth Cemetery, Pine Rock Twp., Ogle Co., IL. Thanks to Find-A-Grave for making this image available.


Benjamin Franklin "Frank" Brown is buried in Wyuka Cemetery, Lincoln, Lancaster Co., NE. Thanks to Find-A-Grave for making this image available.


Benjamin Franklin "Frank" Brown gravestone request.


John Searl and Elizabeth "Eliza" Bailey were married about 1843 in Canada West.

Joseph Elliott Cooley was born November 15, 1843, in Pine Rock, Ogle Co., IL.

Mathilda Caroline "Matilda" Searl was born January 23, 1845, near the future Village of Bowmanville, Darlington Twp., Durham Co., Canada West.

The 1850 U. S. Census taken on December 10, 1850, shows Rufus M. Cooley (age 66) born in Massachusetts with real estate of $2,000 is a Farmer living in Eagle Twp., Ogle Co., IL. Living with him are: Mary Cooley (age 40) born in Pennsylvania; and Joseph Cooley (age 7) born in Illinois. Living nearby are John and Eliza Cooley.

1851 Canadian Census shows John Syrell (age 30) born in England with Bible Christian religion is a married Laborer living in a Log Home in Darlington Twp., Durham Co., Canada West. Living with him is Eliza Syrell (age 26) born in Ireland, a married Spinster with Bible Christian religion. Also living there are four Syrell children, all born in Canada with Bible Christian religion: Cat. Mata. Syrell (age 7), a House Maid; John H. Syrell (age 6), a House Boy; Chris. Wm. Syrell (age 4), a Small Boy; and Eliza Ann Syrell (age 2), an Infant.

Thomas Greenfield Searl was born September 20, 1852, at Ashton, near Ottawa?, Canada West.

About 1854, John Searl and family removed from Darlington Twp., Durham Co., Canada West, to Fond du Lac Co., WI.

Robert Washington "Bob" Searl was born February 14, 1854, near Fond du Lac, Fond du Lac Co., WI.

About 1858, John Searl and family removed from Fond du Lac Co., WI, to Franklin Twp., DeKalb Co., IL.


Pioneer and Patriot Families of Bradford County, Pennsylvania, Volume 2 1800 - 1812

Rufus M. Cooley, a shoemaker, came to Sheshequin in or before 1818. He married Mary, widow of Smith Horton and daughter of Elijah M. Horton, and settled at Ghent. He had children, Abigail, Elijah, Eliza, Polly and Jackson. In the latter part of the '30's he sold his improvements and with two yoke of oxen and a wagon emigrated West with his family.


Mathilda Caroline "Matilda" (Searl) (Cooley) Brown and her children.


Mathilda Caroline "Matilda" (Searl) (Cooley) Brown


The 1860 U. S. Census taken on September 1, 1860, shows John Searles (age 40) born in Ireland with real estate of $800 and personal estate of $530 is a Farmer living in Franklin Twp., DeKalb Co., IL. Living with him is Eliza Searles (age 27) born in Canada, a Housekeeper. Also living there are seven Searles children, all born in Canada except for Mary, who was born in Wisconsin: Matilda Searles (age 15); John Searles (age 13); Christopher Searles (age 11); Eliza A. Searles (age 9); Thomas Searles (age 7); Robert Searles (age 6); and Mary Searles (age 3).

The 1860 U. S. Census taken on June 12, 1860, shows R. M. Cooley (age 76) born in Massachusetts with real estate of $300 and personal estate of $1,200 is a Farmer living in Eagle Twp., Ogle Co., IL. Living with him are: Mary Cooley (age 56) born in Pennsylvania; and Joseph Cooley (age 16) born in Illinois. Living nearby are John and Eliza Cooley and family.

The 1860 U. S. Census taken on June 16, 1860, shows Benj. F. Brown (age 23) born in Indiana, and with personal estate of $1,200 is a Farmer, and is living in Wills Twp., La Porte Co., IN. Living with him is Margaret Brown (age 19) born in Indiana.

Joseph Elliott Cooley and Mathilda Caroline "Matilda" Searl were married about 1864 in Illinois.

The 1870 U. S. Census taken on July 20, 1870, shows Joseph Cooley (age 26) born in Illinois is a Farmer living in Pine Rock Twp., Ogle Co., IL. Living with him is Matilda Cooley (age 25) born in Canada, who is Keeping House. Also living there are his two children, both born Illinois: James Cooley (age 7); and Wallace Cooley (age 2). Also living there is Robert Searles (age 16) born in Illinois.

The 1870 U. S. Census taken on July 23, 1870, shows Benjamin F. Brown (age 28) born in Indiana is married and is living in Cedar Falls, Black Hawk Co., IA.

Joseph Elliott Cooley and Caroline Matilda (Searl) Cooley were divorced about 1873 in Unknown.

The 1880 U. S. Census taken on June 26, 1880, shows Metilda Cooley (age 34) born in Canada to English and Irish-born parents is a divorced Washerwoman living in Nashua, Bradford Twp., Chickasaw Co., IA. Living with her are her three children, all born Illinois to Illinois and Canadian-born parents: Wallace M. Cooley (age 12); Carrie A. Cooley (age 9); and Albert A. Cooley (age 7).

The 1880 U. S. Census taken on June 29, 1880, shows Joseph E. Cooley (age 35) born in Illinois to Massachusetts and Pennsylvania-born parents is a divorced Laborer living in the City of Waterloo, Black Hawk Co., IA.

Joseph Elliott Cooley and Mathilda Caroline "Matilda" (Searl) Cooley were remarried August 19, 1880, in Charles City, Floyd Co., IA.


Joseph Elliott Cooley and Mathilda Caroline "Matilda" (Searl) Cooley Marriage Record.


Job W. "Jerry" Pettingill died May 27, 1881, in Rockford, Winnebago Co., IL, at age 61.


The Rockford Daily Gazette, Rockford, Winnebago Co., IL, Tuesday, May 31, 1881

Mr. J. W. Pettingill, an old settler in this section, died at eleven o'clock Friday morning, aged sixty-one years. Mr. Pettingill came to this place from Michigan, over thirty years ago, and started the first water wheel on the water-power. Out of a family of four boys, one of whom is yet living, Mr. P. is the only one who has died in bed, the others being killed by accident.


Benjamin Franklin "Frank" Brown (age 50) and Mathilda Caroline "Matilda" (Searl) Cooley (age 42) were married September 14, 1888, in Floyd Co., IA.


Benjamin Franklin "Frank" Brown and Mathilda Caroline "Matilda" (Searl) Cooley Marriage Record.


Mathilda Catherine "Matilda" (Searl) (Cooley) Brown


Benjamin Franklin Brown died February 27, 1897, in Lincoln, Lancaster Co., NE, at age 59. Buried in Wyuka Cemetery, Lincoln, Lancaster Co., NE.


The Lincoln Journal Star, Lincoln, Lancaster Co., NE, Monday, March 1, 1897

CITY IN BRIEF.

Benjamin F. Brown died on Saturday at his home, 2045 Q street, at an advanced age. The funeral occurred this afternoon at 2 o'clock and the attendance of friends and acquaintances was very large. Mr. Brown had been ill for something over twenty-four months.


The Lincoln Journal Star, Lincoln, Lancaster Co., NE, Tuesday, March 2, 1897

CITY IN BRIEF.

The funeral of Benjamin F. Brown took place from his late residence, 2045 Q street, yesterday afternoon, and was in charge of the G. A. R. Mr. Brown had been ailing for several years from a disease that puzzled the doctors, and with the consent of his wife a post mortem was held. For several months prior to about three weeks ago he was afflicted with a voracious appetite, eating at all hours of the day or night and craving it at all times. About three weeks ago his appetite failed him, and since then he has taken nothing, it being impossible for him to swallow even malt. The man suffered greatly and begged that his life might be ended. The post mortem showed that a hard, cancerous growth or callus had prevented the passage of anything from the stomach to the intestines.


Joseph Elliott Cooley died December 12, 1898, at his home, Rockford, Winnebago Co., IL, at age 55. Buried in Cooley/Seaworth Cemetery, Pine Rock Twp., Ogle Co., IL.


The Rockford Republic, Rockford, Winnebago Co., IL, Monday, December 12, 1898

DEATH OF JOSEPH COOLEY.

Joseph E. Cooley passed away suddenly this afternoon at his home, corner of Brown avenue and C street, in Knightville, of heart trouble. Deceased was quite well known and his death will cause much sorrow to those who have known him intimately. No funeral arrangements have as yet been made.


The 1900 U. S. Census taken on June 8, 1900, shows Emmons Hoag (age 34) born August, 1865, in New York to New York and Unknown-born parents, a Commercial Traveler living at 304-1/2 West State Street, 2nd Ward, City of Marshalltown, Marshall Twp., Marshall Co, IA. Living with him is his childless wife of four years, Carrie A. Hoag (age 29) born September, 1870, in Illinois to Illinois and English Canadian-born parents. Also living there is Emmons' widowed mother-in-law, Matilda C. Brown (age 55) born January, 1845, in English Canada to English and Irish-born parents and having emigrated in 1851, with all 4 of the children born to her still alive.

Wallace Montague Cooley and Maria "Mary/Mae" (Spratt) Mulroy were married March 1, 1905, in Chicago, Cook Co., IL.


The Inter Ocean, Chicago, Cook Co., IL, Thursday, March 2, 1905

QUITS BENCH TO WED COUPLE.

Bride and Groom Force Justice to Stop Trial of Case.

Proceedings in Justice Doyle's court were interrupted yesterday by Wallace . Cooley, who was anxious to be married. He could not wail until the case on trial was finished, and was so persistent that Clerk Foley, to be rid of him, called the justice into a side room, where the ceremony was performed. Miss Mary Spratt was the bride.


The 1910 U. S. Census taken on April 21, 1910, shows Emmons L. Hoag (age 45) born in New York to New York-born parents is a Retail Druggist and is living at 105 N. 1st Street Street, 2nd Ward, City of Marshalltown, Marshall Twp., Marshall Co, IA. Living with him is his childless wife of 14 years, Carrie A. Hoag (age 39) born in Illinois to Illinois and English Canadian-born parents. Also living there is Emmons' widowed mother-in-law, Matilda C. Brown (age 65) born in English Canada to English and Irish-born parents, with 3 of the 4 of the children born to her still alive. Also living there is Emmons' unmarried brother-in-law, Wallace M. Cooley (age 42) born Illinois to Illinois and English Canadian-born parents, a Musician in a Traveling Orchestra.

The 1915 Iowa State Census taken in 1915 shows Matilda Brown (age 70) born in Canada to English and Irish-born parents and having lived in the United States for 58 years and having lived in Iowa for 37 years is a widow and is living at 404 E. Main, 1st Ward, Marshalltown, Marshall Co., IA.

The 1920 U. S. Census taken on January 13, 1920, shows Emmons L. Hoag (age 56) born in New York to New York-born parents is a Store Druggist renting his home and living on East 16th Street, 5th Ward, City of Minneapolis, Hennepin Co., MN.  Living with him is his wife, Carrie A. Hoag (age 49) born in Illinois to Illinois and English Canadian-born parents. Also living there is Emmons' widowed mother-in-law, Mitalda C. Brown (age 74) born in Canada to English and Irish-born parents. Also living there is a Lodger.

Nellie F. (Hawk) Cooley died Tuesday, March 29, 1927, at her home, Belleville, Republic Co., KS, at age 51 years, ten months, six days. Buried in Wyuka Cemetery, Lincoln, Lancaster Co., NE.


The Belleville Telescope, Belleville, Republic Co., KS, Thursday, March 31, 1927

Deaths

Mrs. Nellie F. Cooley

Mrs. Nellie F. Cooley, wife of Mr. A. A. Cooley of this city, died at her home Tuesday, March 29, at the age of 51 years, ten months, six days. The body was taken to Lincoln, Neb. Wednesday morning, where the funeral services will be held on Thursday. Mrs. Cooley is well known in Belleville as she has lived here for several years.


The 1930 U. S. Census taken on April 14, 1930, shows Emmons L. Hoag (age 65) born in New York to New York-born parents and first married at age 31 is a Drug Store Druggist owning his home worth $12,000 and living at 3009 James Avenue South, 8th Ward, City of Minneapolis, Hennepin Co., MN.  Living with him is his wife, Carrie A. Hoag (age 59) born in Illinois to Illinois and English Canadian-born parents and first married at age 25. Also living there is Emmons' widowed mother-in-law, Metilda C. Brown (age 85) born in English Canada to English Canadian-born parents, and first married at age 19.

Albert Almarian Cooley and Helen L. (Unknown) Koester were married Friday evening, March 27, 1931, at the Albert Almarian Cooley home, Belleville, Republic Co., KS.


The Belleville Telescope, Belleville, Republic Co., KS, Thursday, April 2, 1931

Society

Koester - Cooley

A very pretty wedding took place Friday evening, March 27, at the A. A. Cooley home when Mrs. Helen L. Koester was united in marriage to A. A. Cooley. The ceremony took place at 8 p. m. with the Rev. W. A. Smalley officiating. Mrs. Cooley was charming in an afternoon frock of beige flat crepe and carried a bride's bouquet. Mr. Cooley wore a light grey business suit. Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Wilbert, jr., attended the bridal couple. Mr. Cooley is very well known in Belleville, having been the detective at the Rock Island yards for the past 12 years. Mrs. Cooley has made Belleville her home since moving here from Newton, Kan., two years ago. Mr. and Mrs. Cooley will be at home to their many friends at 2006 14th street.

Leigh Larson note: Newton is a city in Harvey Co., KS.


Albert Almarian Cooley died April 3, 1935, at his home, Belleville, Republic Co., KS (age of 61 years, 11 months, and 15 days). Buried in Wyuka Cemetery, Lincoln, Lancaster Co., NE.


The Belleville Telescope, Belleville, Republic Co., KS, Thursday, April 11, 1935

OBITUARY

Albert Almarian Cooley

Albert A. Cooley, son of Joseph Elliott and Martha Caroline Cooley, was born in Ogle county, Illinois, on April 18, 1873, and died at his home in Belleville on April 3, 1935, at the age of 61 years, 11 months, and 15 days. On June 30, 1897, he was united in marriage to Nellie A. Hawk of Lincoln, Neb., where they made their home, and a daughter, Gladys, was born. Mr. and Mrs. Cooley came to Belleville in 1922, where he was employed as a special officer of the Rock Island railroad. Mrs. Cooley passed away March 29, 1927. His father also preceded him in death. He was united in marriage to Mrs. Helen L. Koester of Belleville on March 27, 1931, who with the following survives: his mother and a sister, Mrs. Carrie Hoag, both of Minneapolis, Minn.; a daughter, Mrs. Gladys Erwin of Chippewa Falls, Wis.; two grandchildren and a host of friends. Although not a member of any church, yet those who knew him best knew that he believed in Christ and accepted His teachings. He was a loving husband, kind neighbor, and true to all his friends. Funeral services were conducted from the Presbyterian church in Belleville on Friday, April 5, by the Rev. W. S. Smalley, and interment was made in the Wyuka cemetery at Lincoln, Neb.


Mathilda Caroline "Matilda" (Searl) (Cooley) Brown died January 16, 1936, in Minneapolis, Hennepin Co., MN, at age 90. Buried in Lakewood Cemetery, Minneapolis, Hennepin Co., MN.


The Minneapolis Star, Minneapolis, Hennepin Co., MN, Tuesday, January 21, 1936

MRS. MATILDA BROWN

Funeral services for Mrs. Matilda Brown, 90, 3009 James avenue S., a Minneapolis resident for 21 years, were conducted at the Burd P. Johnston funeral home, with burial in Lakewood cemetery. Surviving are a daughter, Mer. E. L. Hoag, 3009 James avenue S., two grandchildren and two great grandchildren.


Lena Hellen Cooley Gayton

Samuel R. "Sam" Gayton: Born 1869; Died 1942) Buried in Fairbury Cemetery, Fairbury, Jefferson Co., NE.

Viola Koester married Virgil White in Belleville, KS.

Dick Koester, Bostwick, NE.

Gene Koester, Fairbury, NE.

In 1952, Mrs. Helen Gayton moved from Fairbury, NE, to Belleville, KS.


D. G. Koester was born about 1882 in Nebraska, and died Unknown.

Birth: Mar. 13, 1854, Germany

Death: Dec. 7, 1953, Thayer Co., Nebraska

A life that was extended through almost a full century began when Catharina Stillahn was born March 13, 1854, in Ostfriesland, Germany. Less than two weeks after her birth, she was baptized at Aurich, Oldendorf, Germany. she spent her childhood and youth in the land of her birth, and having been instructed in the Lutheran faith, she was confirmed by Pastor Bode at Aurich in the year 1868. When she was a young woman of 20, she came to American in April, 1874. That same year, in July, she was married to George Collman at Mount Olive, Illinois. The marriage was solemnized by Pastor Weisbrod. Mr. and Mrs. Collman had seven children, only four of whom, however, are still living. They are: Harm Collman of Hebron; Mrs. Helen Gayton of Belleville, Ks.; Tom Collman of McCook; and Mrs. Tena Koester of Portland, Ore. The father died in 1887. To make a more desirable home and family life possible, the deceased was united in marriage with John Lambertus in 1889. Two daughters were born to their union: Mrs. Anna Swedell of Hastings and Mrs. Mary Kleen of Chester. The family moved from Illinois to a farm at Byron in 1891. In 1920 they established their home in Deshler where they resided until 1944, when they found it necessary to make their home with Mr. and Mrs. Henry Kleen near Chester. When they came to Deshler to live, Mr. and Mrs. Lambertus joined Peace Lutheran Church and remained members there till the end. Mr. Lambertus died in 1946; but Mrs. Lambertus remained quite active and alert until she suffered a fracture when she fell on September 24. The day after her misfortune, she was taken to the hospital in Hebron. During the long weeks she was confined to her bed, she still clung to her child-like faith in her Savior, Jesus Christ. She received the Lord's Supper for the last time last Sunday. However, her wish to attain the age of 100 years at her next birthday, March 13, was not granted. Her age was 99 years, 8 months and 24 days. She is survived by her living children, 23 grandchildren, 47 great-grandchildren, and a number of great great grandchildren, besides many other relatives and friends. Funeral services were conducted last Wednesday afternoon, the facilities of St. Peter's Lutheran Church being used since Peace Lutheran Church is under construction. The Rev. J. Vollstedt, pastor of St. Paul's Lutheran, Stoddard, officiated. Pastor R.H. Riensche read the obituary and officiated at the committal service which took place on Peace Lutheran cemetery.