GAR Obituaries from Cahill to Crocker
- Richard Cahill
- James G. Cameron
- Robert E. Cannan
- Elijah C. Carpenter
- John Carr
- Nelson Carte
- S. D. Chamberlin
- William J. Christie
- A. L. Clark
- John P. Claude
- John W. Claybrook
- W. H. Cloudman
- Charles W. Cole
- George Colie
- B. F. Cook
- John Cowden
- William H. Crawford
- Rienzi Crocker
"Grief Over Wife's Death Hastens End of Richard Cahill,"
The Elgin Daily Courier, May 7, 1914, p. 1.
Richard Cahill, a veteran of the Civil war, and a member of the Veteran Camp No. 49, G.A.R., died this morning at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Frank Struckman, 189 Moseley street. His death was hastened by grief over the death of his wife who died one week ago yesterday.
He was born October 3, 1838, in Ireland. When thirteen years of age he came to America. Shortly after his arrival here he came to Union, Ill., and resided there until four years ago, when he changed his residence to Elgin.
Three sons, Dennis, William and Richard, Jr., and seven daughters, Mrs. William Farley, Huntley, Mrs. James Hadley, Mrs. Patrick Gary, Mrs. Mary Santee, Mrs. Frank O'Malley, Mrs. Frank Ehorn and Mrs. Frank Struckman, all of this city, survive him.
The funeral will be held at 10 o'clock Saturday morning at the home of his daughter, Mrs. William Farley, at Huntley, and at the St. Mary's Catholic church. Burial at Huntley.
James G. Cameron
"Rev. Cameron Is Dead,"
The Elgin Daily News, February 16, 1903, p. 1.
Demise Occurred Last Night At His Residence On Chicago Street.
Deceased Was Founder and First Reader of Local Christian Science Church
James G. Cameron, founder of the local church of Christ Scientist, and first reader of that organization, died shortly after 8 o'clock last night at his residence, No. 322 Chicago street. An hour before his demise and while he was in an unconscious condition, Drs. Ward and Gahagan went to the house and held a consultation, remaining there until after Mr. Cameron's death.
Deceased was born in Covington, N.Y., 67 years ago, and when a young man learned the milling business. He is survived by a step mother and several half sisters. His widow is one of the foremost Christian Science workers in Elgin.
The remains will be taken to Leroy, N.Y., for burial. Mr. Cameron during his thirteen years stay in Elgin made many friends and acquaintances.
Robert E. Cannan
"War Prisoner's Death Recorded,"
The Elgin Daily News, November 20, 1908, p. 1.
Robert E. Cannan Dies on Forty-First Wedding Anniversary.
AMONG FIRST TO ENLIST
Well Known Veteran Spent 13 Months in Andersonville.
Robert E. Cannan, Andersonville prisoner during the Civil war and resident of this city for more than half a century, died on his forty-first wedding anniversary at 4 o'clock this morning. He lived at 514 Locust street and was 71 years of age.
Stricken Five Months Ago.
The deceased was stricken ill five months ago. For a time his condition was hopeful but recently he suffered a relapse. He was the father of Mrs. George S. Adams, who died but a few days ago.
Stories of life in the greatest of Confederate prisons were familiar to the deceased. Thirteen months during the Civil war he lived within its enclosure. He was one of the many who escaped by tunnelling beneath its walls yet was recaptured and sent back within its awful dungeon.
Robert E. Cannan was one of the first Elgin men to enlist with the Union army in the great conflict. He went as sergeant of Company A, Seventh Illinois infantry and served during the entire war. Thirteen months before its termination he was taken prisoner on the Tennessee river. The regiment was made up of Kane county men and one of the first to respond upon Lincoln's first call to arms.
Born in Canada in 1837.
Mr. Cannan was born in Canada in 1837 and when a young man moved to this city. Forty-one years ago today he married Adelia Sterricker, daughter of James Sterricker of this city. They began life together in the house at 514 Locust street, where Mr. Cannan died today.
The deceased is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Nellie Johnson and Mrs. Emma Guptail, and six sons, Edward, Percy, Robert, James, Thomas and Walter, all of Elgin. Three brothers, James and Alexander of Chicago and John of Montana, as well as one sister, Mrs. Sarah Gorman of South Bend, Ind., also survive.
Grand Army Burial Service.
Members of Veteran Post, G.A.R., will honor their old comrade with the Grand Army service at the grave. The stars and Stripes will be draped about the casket and friends are requested to please omit flowers.
The funeral service at 2 o'clock Sunday afternoon at the house will be private. Friends who wish to view the remains may do so Sunday morning.
Elijah C. Carpenter
The Elgin Courier-News, October 14, 1926, p. 3.
Elijah Childs Carpenter, only son of Jeremiah and Susan Childs Carpenter, was born in Morristown, N.J., Jan. 17, 1839, and died at his home, 570 Spring street today.
He had been a resident of Illinois since 1842, coming to Lake county with his parents in that year. During the Civil War, he served in Co. B, 96th Illinois Volunteer Infantry. On July 4, 1866, he was united in marriage to Almira Elizabeth Church, who preceded him in death three years ago.
Three children survive, Edward A. and Miss Edith of Elgin and Guy A. of Florida, also two granddaughters, Misses Helen A. and Lura Edith Carpenter of Elgin.
Mr. Carpenter came to Elgin in the spring of 1889 since which time this had been the family home. Until he suffered a stroke in 1913, he was the senior member of the firm Carpenter & Son, blacksmiths.
He was a member of Post 49, G.A.R. and Silver Leaf camp, Modern Woodmen.
Funeral services will be held Saturday at 2:30 o'clock at Frederick and Curtis chapel, Rev. Oris Crooker officiating. Burial at Woodlawn cemetery at McHenry.
The Elgin Daily News, January 7, 1920, p. 3.
John Carr died this morning at Sherman hospital following a brief illness. He was born in the state of New York seventy-five years ago and came west and settled in the vicinity of Elgin while a young man.
He survived by one son, Charles Carr of Dundee, and a sister, Mrs. M.M. Colton, 516 Hendee street.
Funeral services will be held at 3 o'clock Friday afternoon in the Norris chapel.
The Elgin Daily News, October 5, 1915, p. 3.
Nelson Carte, a resident of Elgin for more than half a century and a veteran of the civil war, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Bernard Schevers, 518 South State street, at 10 o'clock this morning.
Wednesday morning he suffered a stroke of paralysis, the effects from which he never recovered or regained consciousness. It is believed, however, that he was recovering until this morning when he suffered a relapse.
Mr. Carte had resided in Elgin for 52 years. He was born in Fairfax, Vt., January 5, 1847, and came to Elgin with his parents when he was ten years of age. At the outbreak of the civil war he became a member of Company A, 141st Illinois volunteers. Later he was transferred to Company C, 153rd Illinois infantry, where he served as a private.
At the close of the war he returned to Elgin to reside, and in 1867 he entered the employ of the Elgin National Watch company, working the plate room. He remained a trusted employee of the big factory for 48 years, working there until last Wednesday when he was suddenly taken ill. It had been his desire to remain at the factory until he had established a record of 50 years.
Mr. Carte is survived by his mother, Mrs. Lucretia Carte, a daughter, Mrs. Bernard Schevers, four sisters, Mrs. W.H. Burk and Mrs Lucy Shaw of Elgin, Mrs. Alfred Lavoie of Ocean Park, Wash., and Mrs. Minnie Holden of Silver Lake, Ind., and a brother, Charles H. Carte of Tracey, Minn. His wife died almost a year ago.
Mr. Carte was a member of the Walhalla Club and of Veteran Post, No. 49, G.A.R.
The funeral services will be held from the late residence, 518 South State street, Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock. Burial will be at Bluff City cemetery.
"Death of A War Veteran,"
The Elgin Daily News, January 28, 1901, p. 1.
S.D. CHAMBERLIN DIES AT HOSPITAL
Soldiers Will Have Charge of Burial
S.D. Chamberlin, a veteran of the civil war, died Saturday evening at Sherman hospital. He left Elgin last spring to become an inmate of the soldiers' home at Danville, Ill. His health gradually failed him and three weeks ago he was transferred to Sherman hospital for treatment. He received the best of care at the hands of nurses and physicians, but his case was hopeless from the start.
Mr. Chamberlin was born in Canada 62 years ago. He came west at the age of 17 years. When the war of the rebellion broke out he was one of the first to go to the front, being a member of the 13th Illinois volunteers, serving four years. Previous to his last residence of seventeen years in this city he spent some time in Nebraska.
Mrs. Carrie Hansen and Charles O., of Elgin and Calvin of Douglas, Wyo., are children of the deceased.
C.W. of Waltham, Mass., and T.C. of Nebraska are brothers.
The funeral will be held on Tuesday at 2 o'clock from the house, at 65 South Jackson street. Interment will take place in Bluff City cemetery. The old soldiers of the city will have charge of the remains at the grave.
William J. Christie
Every Saturday, June 18, 1898, p. 8.
William J. Christie died of creeping paralysis after three years illness, June 11, aged 58 years. He was born in Philadelphia but had lived in and near Elgin 56 years. During his business years he conducted a bakery and a grocery and was highly respected. His wife and four children survive him, Stewart, Eugene, Misses May and Myrtle, also three sisters, Mrs. A.L. Pendergast, Miss Althea Christie and Mrs. George Simpson, of Oak Park. He was a member of the G.A.R. and the funeral was in their charge. Interment at Washington cemetery, near McQueen.
"Veteran Doctor A.L. Clark, Dead,"
The Elgin Daily News, April 11, 1910, pp. 1, 5.
Elgin Practitioner Nearly Fifty Years
Succumbs to Severe Illness.
RANKED HIGH IN PROFESSION
Known as Able Physician Esteemed Citizen and Public Official.
Dr. Anson L. Clark, one of the two oldest physicians in Elgin and one of the most noted in his time that this city has ever produced, died this morning at 9:10 o'clock after an illness that had been more or less dangerous and severe for several weeks past.
Highly Respected in Community.
Dr. Clark was universally respected and beloved by his fellow citizens, among whom he had been widely known in his long life of usefulness. Though suffering for the past six years or more from an acute kidney trouble he continued in active practice until a few months ago. Of late years, however, Dr. Clark has been ever willing to allow his younger brothers in the profession to take active charge after he had done what was necessary in an emergency, his main purpose in continuing to practice at his advanced age seeming to be that he might do all the good that was possible as long as he was able.
His reputation was of the very highest, both as a man and as a physician, and was always associated with all that was best in his profession.
First among the biographies contained in the well known volume of "Prominent Physicians, Surgeons and Medical Institutions of Cook County" is that of Dr. A.L. Clark, and his portrait forms the frontispiece. The following biographical sketch given of him shows the estimation in which he was held by his fellow practitioners in this region:
Brief Sketch of Life.
"Dr. Anson L. Clark was born October 12, 1836, at Clarksburg, Mass., moving to Cook county in May, 1841.
"In June, 1858, he graduated at Lombard university, Galesburg, Ill., with a degree of A.B. and received the degree of A.M. in 1860.
"He graduated at the Eclectic Medical Institute, Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1861.
"At the outbreak of the war Dr. Clark volunteered his services and entered the army as first assistant surgeon to the 127th Illinois Volunteer infantry, serving in that capacity from Sept. 6, 1862, until the close of the war.
"The doctor was a member of the twenty-seventh Illinois general assembly, lower house. He was a member and president of the board of education of Elgin, Ill., for five years, and was also a member of the Illinois state board of health from July, 1877, for fourteen years.
"He was one of the original incorporators of the Bennett College of Eclectic Medicine and Surgery, one of the faculty from 1868, and president of the board of trustees since 1872.
"Dr. Clark is not only well known throughout the state, but his reputation is national.
"He is a gynecologist at Bennett hospital and consulting gynecologist at the Chicago Baptist hospital."
Founder of Medical School.
Dr. Clark was one of the founders in 1868, and was long president of the Illinois State Eclectic Medical society, probably the oldest medical society in the state. There is a well known picture of seven of the founders, who met as the only survivors at the thirty-first meeting in 1899. Dr. Clark and Dr. Whitford are among them.
Dr. Clark's 49 years of practice have been spent almost entirely in Elgin. He and Dr. H.K. Whitford graduated together at the Ohio institution, Dr. Whitford coming direct to Elgin to start practice and Dr. Clark going to Franklin Grove, Ill., where he practiced for something less than a year with Dr. G.B. Christy. He then joined his old college friend in Elgin, and, with the exception of a few years in Chicago, has practiced here ever since.
Dr. Clark was high in the ranks of masonry, has always been a valued comrade of Veteran Post No. 49, G.A.R., and of Illinois commandery, Loyal Legion. He has long lived at the residence, 106 Spring street, at which his death occurred.
Dr. Clark is survived by his widow Mary F. Clark and his son, Dr. Percy F. Clark, who has long been successfully engaged in business in Chicago. There are also four grandchildren: Anson L. Jr., Percy L. Jr., Mary Ann Almeda and John Thomas, the four children of Dr. Percy L. Clark.
Funeral Wednesday Afternoon.
The funeral service will take place on Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock at the Universalist church, Rev. A.N. Foster officiating. The body will lie in state at the church from 1 to 2:30 o'clock.
John P. Claude
"Well Known Citizen Called,"
The Elgin Daily Courier, December 11, 1902, p. 4.
John Pierre Claude Passed Away
John Pierre Claude, a resident of Elgin since 1870, died at 8:30 o'clock Wednesday evening, at his home, 256 Wellington avenue. Death was the result of a paralytic stroke sustained Tuesday. He had been unconscious for about 36 hours before the end.
Deceased was born March 1, 1831 in France. In the year 1853 he came to this country and for a number of years he lived in Philadelphia. He served in a Pennsylvania regiment during the civil war and in 1870 he moved to this city and had since resided here. For many years he had been employed in the watch factory, leaving that institution only about a year ago when his wife died.
Mr. Claude was a prominent Mason, being a member of Bethel Commandery. He was also a member of the A.O.U.W. and of Veteran Post, G.A.R.
He leaves two sons, E.C. of Elgin and A.T. of Cleveland, Ohio, and one adopted daughter, Violet Claude, who has resided with him.
The funeral will be Sunday at 2 o'clock from the residence of E.C. Claude, 262 Wellington avenue, and at 2:30 from the Congregational church.
John W. Claybrook
The Elgin Daily News, February 20, 1923, p. 3.
Word has been received by relatives in this city of the death of John W. Claybrook at the Soldier's Home at Danville, Ill., on February 12. He was buried at Owensboro, Ky., where he was born, November 14, 1844.
He enlisted and served during the Civil war in Company C, 107th U.S. Colored Infantry and received his honorable discharge at the close of the war. He came to Elgin in 1876 and was married to Mrs. Jennie Corbett of this city on September 18, 1878. Mrs. Claybrook died in 1911.
During his residence here he was a general laborer and janitor in various schools and churches. He was a member of the Salvation Army.
Mrs. Blanche C. Wheeler and Harry M. Corbett of this city are step-children.
"W.H. Cloudman Is Dead; Illness Brief,"
The Elgin Daily News, March 13, 1911, pp. 1,5.
Well Known and Universally Popular Elgin Citizen Succumbs.
STRICKEN ONLY FRIDAY
News of Death of Watch Factory Official Shocks Whole City
William H. Cloudman for thirty five years intimately connected with the life of the Elgin National Watch company's factory here, during nearly all of which time he was assistant superintendent, probably the best known man in Elgin and one who was a friend to and could count upon the friendship of every one he knew, a man universally spoken of as loyal and true as a man and a citizen and of whom, as his friend of fifty years, George Hunter, says, "there was not a mean streak in him," died at the family residence at 6 o'clock Sunday morning, after an illness of but forty-eight hours' duration.
News Shocks Whole City.
The news came as a shock to all who heard of it, as word was passed from friend to friend during yesterday and today. No death in Elgin for many years had called forth so widespread and profound feeling of regret or given rise to more general and heart-felt expressions of kindliness and appreciation of the worth of a departed friend.
Mr. Cloudman was 69 years of age last month and had been a resident of Elgin since 1874. He was appointed foreman in 1876. It was through him that practically all of those entering the employ of the company were assigned to their positions. This gave an acquaintance with the men and women of Elgin that was unique and certainly no other citizen had the personal esteem and friendship of so many or attracted the warm attachment of so large a number.
For the past two years Mr. Cloudman had retired from active service but still took a keen interest in all that went on at the factory and continued to give a good deal of assistance in its operation. During a year past, though he has suffered from a general physical debility, he had shown no sign of dangerous illness until Saturday morning. His death came as a shock to the family and to Elgin.
Following is a brief sketch of his life, take from memoirs prepared about two years ago by Consulting Superintendent George Hunter of the company.
Was Civil War Veteran.
William H. Cloudman was born in Boston, Mass., February 11, 1842. His education was secured in the public schools of Holland, Mass., and at N.T. Allen's English and Classical school where he attended two and a half years. In 1860 he entered the employ of the American Watch company at Waltham, Mass. In 1861 he enlisted in Company H, Sixteenth Mass. Volunteer Infantry and served three years without sick leave or furlough. He was engaged in the battles of Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Bull Run, Allendale, Brandy Station, and many others. His comrades give the highest account of his personal bravery and efficient service.
After the Civil war Mr. Cloudman went back to the watch making trade at Memphis, Tenn., remaining there until 1868, when he became connected with the Elgin National Watch company introducing the Elgin watches on the coast. He traveled for the company in 1875, was appointed foreman in 1876 and assistant superintendent in 1880.
Mr. Cloudman was a member of the Century club, G.A.R. post No. 49, Sons of the American Revolution, Monitor lodge, A.F. and A.M.
Surviving are the widow, Jennie S. Cloudman, his daughter, Mrs. G.V. Dickinson of Highland Park, Ill., and the two sons, M.M. Cloudman of Elgin and William H., Jr., of New York city.
The expressions heard on every hand are crystallized by his life long friend, George Hunter and by William Grote with whom he was for many years associated in business as a director of the Home National bank.
George Hunter Pays Tribute.
"The estimation in which he was held by the company is sufficiently shown by his having continued as assistant superintendent for thirty years," said Mr. Hunter this morning. "I have known him for fifty years, since we worked together in 1860 at Waltham, and there was not a mean streak in him. He would stick by a friend to the last gun. In all the time I have known him and during my long association with him here there has never been any serious difficulty between us. His honesty and integrity were indisputable."
William Grote Expresses Appreciation
Said William Grote: "He has for many years been of the greatest value to the city of Elgin. It was to him, with Mr. Hunter that the establishment of the watch factory in Elgin was due. Brought in close touch with thousands, he was the best known and best liked man in Elgin. I have never heard anyone speak a word against him. His disposition was so happy and jolly that he made friends of all who knew him.
"He was a most loyal friend and citizen and left a record of which his family may be proud."
Charles W. Cole
The Elgin Daily News, April 12, 1920, p. 3.
Charles W. Cole, seventy-four years old and for over fifty years a member of the First Methodist Episcopal church, died this noon.
Mr. Cole was born at Stockholm, New York, March 8, 1846 and came to St. Charles, Ill., at the age of seven years. When he was fifteen years old he came to Elgin and had resided here since that time. He was married April 27, 1869 to Ellen F. Stiles of Elgin. Mr. Cole was a member of the G.A.R. Post Number 49.
He is survived by his widow, two daughters, Mrs. Arthur F. Pearson, Elgin, and Mrs. Edward H. Peirce, Chicago, and a daughter-in-law, Mrs. O. Fred Cole, Elgin.
The funeral announcement will be made later.
"Funeral of Charles Cole," The Elgin Daily News, April 13, 1920, p. 3.
The funeral of Charles W. Cole will be held tomorrow morning at 10:30 o'clock from the Norris chapel. G.A.R. post No. 49 will assemble at 10:15 o'clock at the chapel to attend the services in a body.
"George Colie Dies, Veteran Mail Man,"
The Elgin Daily News, October 30, 1917, pp. 1, 2.
Familiar Figure on Business Streets Of City For Years.
Elgin's grand old mail carrier--George R. Colie--died at his home, 26 North Chapel street, at 10:20 o'clock last night.
Having carried and collected mail here for the last twenty-seven years, making trips which took him into every nook and corner of the city, Mr. Colie was known by practically every housewife in Elgin. His death occurred just one day before his services as a government employee would have ceased. Today was the last of his three months' leave and he had planned to resign.
Mr. Colie had been in poor health for the last four months. Following his annual vacation in July he was forced to ask for a three months' furlough because of illness. He proudly hoped to return to his duties and never gave up. Last Sunday, however, he was forced to take to his bed. He failed rapidly, being in a critical condition several hours before his death.
Veteran of Civil War.
A veteran of the civil war, Mr. Colie was a prominent member of Veteran Post, No. 49, G.A.R. He served with Company I, 127th Illinois, marching with Sherman to the sea. He served through the war, receiving an honorable discharge at its close.
Mr. Colie found no little enjoyment telling stories of the big war. They are almost as well known as he was as a mail carrier.
The veteran and his "assistant", his old horse, made scores of trips on every street in Elgin. They were known all over. In late years the animal knew his master's route almost as well as he did, never waiting for the command, "get up" as he hustled over the streets.
George R. Colie was born at Newark, N.J., September 4, 1843. He came west early, making his home here ever since. For several years he was in the grocery business with E. Balch. They retired from business in 1890, both entering the post office service within a few months of each other. Mr. Balch, who was a constant companion of his former business associate, was born September 16, 1843, being only twelve days younger than Mr. Colie. He retired from the government employ on December 31, 1912.
Entered Service in 1890.
Mr. Colie became a sub carrier on May 15, 1890. In less than two months he won a regular route, carrying mail until July 16, 1915, when he was made a collector.
Besides his widow he is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Nellie Lillie of Pasadena, Cal., and a brother, Albert Colie of Elgin.
The funeral services will be held from Norris chapel Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock. They will be in charge of Veteran Post, No. 49. Burial will be at Bluff City cemetery.
"B.F. Cook's Death,"
The Elgin Daily News, January 3, 1902, p. 1.
Benjamin Franklin Cook, who died at 8:30 o'clock yesterday morning at No. 415 Fulton street, was born in Hanover fifty-five years and eleven months ago. He never resided outside the state, and after returning from the farm moved to Elgin.
During the civil war Mr. Cook took an active part and it was then that he contracted the trouble which caused his death. He bore his burden patiently to the end.
Deceased was a member of Veteran Post, G.A.R., and of the Advent Christian church. He leaves a widow and three children--Harry, Eugene, and Mabel, of Elgin--three sisters, Miss Sarah Cook of Elgin, Mrs. Cox of Chicago, and Mrs. Lucy Beedle of Greenville, Ill. The funeral will be held on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. from the house.
"John Cowden, Pioneer Lay Preacher, Is Dead,"
The Elgin Daily News, January 23, 1913, p. 1.
Well Known Church Worker Succumbs At Age Of 89 Years.
Preached and Taught in Early Days of Community.
John F. Cowden, pioneer resident, local preacher in early days and for many years chaplain of Veteran Post, G.A.R., died today at his home, 440 Prairie street.
Mr. Cowden was one of the leaders in educational and religious advancement in this section during the earlier part of his life. He was an advocate of the church and the school house and did much to enable the earlier settlers children to acquire learning.
He was engaged in farming until compelled to retire on account of failing health, yet he devoted much time to mission work and was known as a local preacher. He supplied pulpits in churches that were without pastors and visited communities urging them to erect churches and school houses.
He was born in Williamstown, Mass., in July, 1824 and was an employee of one of the first cotton mills that was operated in the United States. In 1845 he removed to Dundee township and settled in a locality called Centerville, where he lived until 1850, when he went to Barrington. There he married Miss Elmeda Messer. They lived in that township until fifteen years ago when they removed to Elgin.
On August 12, 1862, he enlisted in Company K, Eighty-eighth Illinois infantry and was later discharged on account of failing health. In the army he went about among the wounded, the sick and the disheartened to assist and console them.
Early in life he united with the Methodist Episcopal church and was a prominent lay member.
A son, Herbert and three daughters reside in Elgin. The latter are Mrs. Jay Waterman, Nellie and Pearl Cowden. Mrs. Charles Perry, of Janesville and Mrs. H.W. Meyers, of Wheaton, were also daughters.
The funeral will be held Saturday afternoon at the family home at 2 o'clock. The Rev. T.E. Ream, of Barrington, and the Revs. Carpenter and Ladd, of Elgin, will take part in the services.
William H. Crawford
The Elgin Courier-News, March 12, 1926, p. 3.
William Henry Crawford, 78, a resident of Elgin for the last 37 years, died yesterday at his home at 149 South State street.
He was born in Shalersville, Ohio on March 17, 1847.
He was a member of Silver Leaf camp, No. 60, Modern Woodmen of America, and G.A.R., Veteran post, No. 49.
Besides his widow he leaves three children, Mrs. Charles Doxey of Rock Island, Mrs. Charles Stoddard of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., and Edward of Chicago. He also leaves four grandchildren and one great grandchild.
Funeral services will be held Sunday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock, private, from the home and at 2:20 o'clock from the South Elgin church. Rev. W.R. Whipple will officiate.
The Elgin Daily News, November 1, 1913, p. 3.
Rienzi Crocker, for many years a general contractor in Elgin died at 6 o'clock last night after an illness of three years.
Mr. Crocker was born in North Warren, Warren county, Penn., February 27, 1846. He came to Elgin in 1873 when he entered business. Illness forced him to retire.
He is survived by his widow, Ida Bolles Crocker, and a son, Ralph Crocker.
The funeral will be held from the late home, 380 Ryerson avenue, at 3 o'clock tomorrow afternoon, Rev. Ellenwood officiating. Burial at Bluff City cemetery.