GAR Obituaries from Hadlock to Hutchins
- Henry J. Hadlock
- Charles F. Hall
- George D. Hall
- John H. C. Hall
- Alpheus Hannegan
- John Harper
- Malachi Hauslein
- R. J. Hawthorne
- George F. Heideman
- Dwight A. Hemenway
- Dennis J. Hennessey
- John A. Hewitt
- Peter Hines
- O. A. Hinsdell
- Robert H. Hinsdell
- William H. Hintze
- Alonzo C. Hobart
- D. B. Hollister
- Daniel P. Howland
- Edgar E. Hoxie
- Otis Hoyt
- Henry W. Hubbard
- Robert R. Hunt
- O. C. Hutchins
Henry J. Hadlock
Every Saturday, March 7, 1896, p. 8.
Henry J. Hadlock died suddenly of apoplexy at his home on Ann street, March 1, aged 64 years. He was born in New York state, but had lived here since 1840 and has had charge of the carpentering department of the watch factory since 1868. He served during the war in the 127th Illinois regiment and was a valued member of the Elgin G.A.R. He was a man of integrity and reliability and stood well in the estimation of his neighbors. His wife and three children, Howard, Edward and Mrs. Nellie Samuelson, survive him. His funeral was in charge of Veteran post, G.A.R.
Charles F. Hall
The Elgin Daily News, February 10, 1904, p. 1.
Charles F. Hall, an old soldier, died at his home in South Elgin this morning at 1 o'clock. He has been ill for some time but was thought to be recovering until recently. He was a member of the 52nd regiment. The funeral will be held at 1 o'clock Sunday at the M.E. church of South Elgin, of which Mr. Hall was a member. A number of members of the G.A.R. of Elgin will attend the funeral. Burial will be at the South Elgin cemetery.
George D. Hall
The Elgin Advocate, February 13, 1909, p. 7
George D. Hall for more than half a century a resident of Kane county, died at his home, 170 Center street at 4:30 o'clock Monday morning.
Mr. Hall was born in Sanbornton, New Hampshire, May 13, 1841, and came west when a lad of eight years. His parents settled in Campton township and he spent his boyhood in that community.
He enlisted in Company D, 141 Illinois infantry from Campton in 1863 and re-enlisted in Company G, Fifth Illinois cavalry, at the expiration of his time.
At the close of the war he returned to Kane county and settled at South Elgin. For the last eighteen years Mr. Hall has been a resident of this city. By trade he was a brick mason. He was prominent as an active member of Veteran Post, G.A.R.
Mr. Hall was married to Miss Sara Welch, nearly forty years ago and she survives him. He leaves three sons, Fred A., Walter E., and Wilber Leslie, all of this city. Surviving too are two brothers and two sisters, Chase E. of Monterey, Cal., Everett of Elgin, Mrs. Ellen Phelps of Malta, Ill., Mrs. Abby Norton of St. Charles.
Funeral services were in charge of the G.A.R. Services were held at the house at 1:30 o'clock Wednesday afternoon and were private.
They were held at the First Methodist church at 2 o'clock. Burial at Bluff City cemetery.
John H.C. Hall
Every Saturday, August 2, 1890, p. 2.
John H.C. Hall, died of inflamation of the bowels, July 30, aged 49 years. He leaves a wife and five children. He was born in Chicago in 1848 and never lived south. His father, A.T. Hall, is preaching in Batavia and his mother is very sick there. He served three years in the army and was guard at Camp Douglas, during the war. He was a member of the G.A.R., an active member of the A.M.E. church, an officer of the Knights of Tabar and a Mason. He has lived ten years in Elgin and laid up some money from his barber shop which he conducted with his brother, Gus. He was a thoroughly reliable man and had won the regard of every one who knew him or dealt with him. His influence was good over his colored brethren.
Every Saturday, March 22, 1890, p. 1.
Alpheus Hannegan, father of Mrs. C. Gieske, died at his home, 118 Grove avenue, March 19, aged 76 years. He leaves four children. Interment at Udina in charge of the G.A.R.
"John Harper, 78, Dies At Home; Here 41 Years,"
The Elgin Daily Courier, January 5, 1922, p. 1.
Civil War Veteran Came To Elgin Watch Factory In February 1881.
FOUGHT IN MANY BATTLES
Funeral To Be Held From Norris Chapel Saturday.
Pythians As Bearers.
John Harper, a Civil War veteran and for 40 years an employe of the Elgin National Watch Co., died last night at his home, 210 Wellington avenue. He would have celebrated his seventy-eighth birthday next Monday.
Born in Liverpool, England, in 1844, Harper came to this country when 11 years of age and moved to Elgin in February, 1881. He entered the employ of the watch factory as a machinist and has worked there continuously until retired on a pension about six months ago.
Enlisted In Ohio Regiment.
During the Civil War he enlisted at Sandusky, Ohio, and was a private in Co. G, 123rd regiment of the Ohio Volunteer Infantry. He was also in the First Brigade of Brigadier General Thoburn's division and fought in many battles.
Some of the battles he took part in during his enlistment were at Winchester, Va., Newmarket, Piedmont, Lynchburg, Snecker's Ferry, Benyville, Opegnon, Fisher's Hill, High Bridge and the historic struggle at Cedar Creek, Petersburg and Appomattox. He was present when Gen. Robert E. Lee's army surrendered.
At one time he was wounded and confined to the Jarvis hospital at Baltimore, Md., for 5 months. He was captured by the Confederates at Winchester, Va., and was kept in the Confederate prison 3 months before traded back to the Union army. He was mustered out June 12, 1865.
Was Active In G.A.R.
A member of the G.A.R. Post, No. 49, he took an active part in the work of that organization. He also belonged to the Knights of Pythias.
Besides his wife the deceased veteran is survived by two sons, Morris of Elgin and Harry of Detroit, Mich., and 10 grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 1:30 o'clock Saturday from the Norris chapel. Burial will be in Bluff City cemetery. Members of the Knights of Pythias will act as pall bearers.
The Elgin Daily News, October 13, 1908, p. 3.
Malachi Hauslein died about 1 o'clock yesterday afternoon at his home, 224 Seneca street after a short illness. Deceased was born in Germany in 1835 and came to America in 1845. He went directly to Hampshire with his parents. He came to Elgin in 1896 where he has since resided. During the civil war he served in the 127th Illinois regiment.
He leaves seven children to survive him. Ferdinand of Texas, Chas. of Omaha, Mrs. Lydia Robinson of Chicago, Mrs. Beulah Brinkley of Chicago, Mrs. Emma Corson of Genoa, Mrs. Abbie Hance of Marengo and Miss Ella of New York City.
The funeral will be held from the late home Thursday afternoon at 1 o'clock and from the First Evangelical church at 1:30 o'clock. Burial at Bluff City cemetery.
"R.J. Hawthorne Dying From Fall,"
The Elgin Daily News, December 13, 1910, p. 1.
Prominent Business Man Is Fatally Hurt in Spurling Block.
SUSTAINS FRACTURED SKULL
Steps into Shaft of Freight Elevator and Tumbles to Basement.
At 3:15 o'clock this afternoon it was announced at St. Joseph's hospital that Mr. Hawthorne's pulse was weaker and that it was harder for him to breath.
Richard J. Hawthorne, of 29 North Geneva street, one of Elgin's pioneer business men lies in a critical condition at St. Joseph's hospital with his skull fractured as the result of a fall headlong down the freight elevator shaft in the Spurling block, from the first floor to the basement, shortly before noon today.
Bare Hope For Recovery.
There is but bare hope for the injured man's recovery as his skull if fractured from a point directly over his left ear to the eye socket. The brain is injured and there is a constant hemorrhage from the injured membrane.
Immediately after the accident Mr. Hawthorne was rushed to St. Joseph's hospital where Dr. H.J. Gahagan assisted by Drs. O.L. Pelton, J.R. Tobin and James A. Campbell dressed the injury. So serious was the fracture that it was found necessary to remove considerable bone in order to relieve the pressure on the brain and to reduce the hemorrhage.
"Owing to Mr. Hawthorn's advanced age and the serious fracture of the skull which caused a concussion of the brain there is little hope for his recovery." This was the statement made late this afternoon by Dr. H.J. Gahagan, the attending physician.
No Witnesses to Accident.
No one witnessed the accident, although it is known that Mr. Hawthorne fell from the first floor. A few minutes before he fell down the shaft, Mr. Hawthorne had been talking to his son Ralph, who was assisting in the remodeling of the first floor of the Spurling building, which is owned by Mr. Hawthorne and his brother, George.
It is believed that Mr. Hawthorne, who had been helping the painters in the room adjacent to the elevator shaft, and who a few minutes prior to the accident had ascended from the basement to the first floor on the elevator, thought the elevator, which had been raised to the second floor, was where he left it and, without looking, stepped out into the shaft, pitching headlong to the basement.
Painter Hears Fall.
William Hinman, a painter, to whom Mr. Hawthorne had been talking as he started toward the elevator, heard the dull thud as he struck the cement floor of the elevator shaft. He rushed to the shaft and saw at a glance what had happened. Hinman hastily summoned medical aid while George Groce and Ralph Hawthorne, a son of the injured man, picked up Mr. Hawthorne and placed him on a cot in the basement.
Drs. Gahagan and Tobin arrived at the same time and dressed the wound. The scalp was cut from the corner of the left eye to the base of the skull. It is believed that the injury was sustained by striking an iron bar in the bottom of the shaft. Other than the fracture of his skull and the severe scalp wound, Hawthorne was uninjured, it being evident that he struck on his head.
Mr. Hawthorne, who is seventy years old, is a pioneer hardware dealer of Elgin. For many years he was the senior member of the Hawthorne Bros. Hardware Co. Several years ago he discontinued his connection with the firm and since then has been associated with his brother, George, in looking after the Spurling block, which building they own.
"Hawthorne Dead; Result of Fall,"
The Elgin Daily News, December 14, 1910, pp. 1, 8.
Veteran Elgin Business Man Succumbs to Injuries in Accident.
WAS A PROMINENT CITIZEN
Pioneer Hardward Merchant Active in Commercial and Public Affairs.
Richard J. Hawthorne, who suffered a severe fracture of his skull in accidentally falling down the freight elevator shaft in the Spurling block shortly before noon yesterday succumbed to his injuries at 6:15 o'clock last evening at St. Joseph's hospital. He did not regain consciousness.
Fracture of Skull Fatal.
Death was due to the shock and hemorrhage occasioned by the fracture of the skull which extended from a point just over and back of the left ear to the left eye socket. Owing to the seriousness of the fracture there was no chance for the injured man's recovery, the attending physicians devoting their efforts to relieve any pain that he might be suffering.
At the inquest held this forenoon by Coroner Eugene Norton, a verdict of accidental death was returned. Those who testified were: Ralph Hawthorne, Dr. H.J. Gahagan and William Hinman, John Bohlin and George H. Groce, the painter to whom Mr. Hawthorne was talking as he opened the elevator door and disappeared down the shaft.
No Eye Witness to Accident.
There was no eye witness of the accident, the testimony being of a circumstantial nature. Hinman, to whom Mr. Hawthorne was talking as he walked toward the elevator shaft, testified that he walked sideways toward the door, seemingly in a hurry. It is his impression that Mr. Hawthorne opened the door without looking to see if the elevator was at the landing where he had left it and stepped out into the empty shaft. He heard the door close with a slam and an instant later heard a thud as the body struck the cement floor.
The scalp wound and fracture were undoubtedly due to striking of the frame in the bottom of the shaft. An examination of the shaft showed no marks on the pulleys on the side.
Lived Here Since 1878.
Richard J. Hawthorne, who was one of Elgin's pioneer hardware and business men, had been a resident of Elgin since 1876. Besides building up one of the largest hardware businesses in the city, Mr. Hawthorne had devoted considerable time to public affairs, being the president of the school board for one term and also serving on the board of supervisors.
Interested in the welfare of the city as well as his own commercial success, Mr. Hawthorne was responsible for the erection of the Spurling block, which building he owned in partnership with his brother George. The Spurling was built in 1894 to supply a then urgent demand for offices and store floor space.
Since retiring from active business four years ago, Mr. Hawthorne had devoted his time to looking after the Spurling which is the largest business block in Elgin. At the time that it was built the Spurling was the most modern office block in the city.
Born in 1841.
Richard J. Hawthorne was born January 17, 1841, at Pittsburg, Pa. His boyhood was spent at Canaan, Conn., where on August 29, 1861, he enlisted in the Seventh Connecticut Volunteer infantry, with which regiment he served during the civil war. In the battle of Bermuda Hundred on June 2, 1864, he was shot through the hip. The wound bothered him throughout his life.
Married in 1872.
After being honorably mustered out of service Mr. Hawthorne located at Lyons, Ia., where he engaged in the lumber business. On September 28, 1872, he was married to Miss Maria Woodward of that city. Mr. and Mrs. Hawthorne came to Elgin on January 1, 1876.
Shortly after coming to Elgin Mr. Hawthorne opened a hardware store in partnership with his brother George, their store being located on the present site of the Kelley hotel. Later they erected the building now occupied by the Brenner Clothing company on Douglas avenue and in 1890 they built the store now occupied by the Hawthorne Hardware company on DuPage street.
Four years ago the elder Hawthorne retired from active business, Ralph W. Hawthorne, son of the deceased taking over the management of the business, the name of which was changed from Hawthorne Bros. to the Hawthorne Hardware company.
Mr. Hawthorne was a prominent Mason. He was a member of the Oriental Consistory of Chicago, Monitor Lodge and Elgin Chapter.
Besides his widow, he is survived by a daughter, Edith, and a son, Ralph. A brother George with whom he had been associated in business for the last thirty-five years, and three sisters, Mrs. Frank Conant, Miss Ellen Hawthorne of Los Angeles and Mrs. Joseph Briton of Bedford, N.Y., are other surviviors.
The funeral services which will be private will be held Friday afternoon and will be in charge of the Masonic order.
George F. Heideman
The Elgin Advocate, October 3, 1908, p. 1.
Dr. George F. Heideman, of Elmhurst, Ill., and well known in this city, died at his home in that city Tuesday. He was a brother of William Heideman, 169 Brook street, Elgin, and a member of Veteran Post, G.A.R., of this city.
The remains were brought to this city at 12:30 o'clock Friday afternoon, the funeral party coming in a special car over the Chicago-Elgin electric line. Here the local Grand Army men will meet the cortege and take charge of the burial at Bluff City cemetery.
Funeral services will be held at the home in Elmhurst prior to bringing the body to Elgin. The G.A.R. ritual will be used in the brief service at the grave, Henry Snellgrove, the post chaplain officiating. The deceased will be laid to rest at the side of his first wife and daughters in the Elgin cemetery.
Dr. Heideman entered the northern army from Elgin at the time of the civil war. He was always an enthusiastic member of the G.A.R. post and until recent years, when his failing health made traveling impossible, he visited Elgin on Memorial day each year and joined with the post in observing the holiday.
Dwight A. Hemenway
The Elgin Advocate, March 13, 1915, p. 2.
Dwight A. Hemenway of Florence, Mass., but formerly of this city, died at his home last week following an extended illness.
Mr. Hemenway was born in Florence, Mass., and was 83 years of age. In 1890 he came to Elgin and was employed for twenty years in the tool department of the machine room at the watch factory. He left here five years ago and returned to his birthplace. Mr. Hemenway was a member of the G.A.R., having served during the civil war with Company I, Second Massachusetts. He was also a member of the Monitor Lodge A.F. and A.M. and the Knights Templar.
He is survived by his widow.
The funeral was held from the late residence in Florence Saturday afternoon.
From the Springfield (Mass.) Union:
Dwight A. Hemenway, 82 years old, died suddenly at 3 o'clock this morning (March 4) of apoplexy. He arose shortly after midnight to shut down a window, told his wife that he was not feeling well, was assisted into a chair and became unconscious. Mr. Hemenway was born in Leverett, was employed for several years in the old sewing machine shop and in the silk mill in Florence, enlisted in the 2d Mass. Regt., heavy artillery, and was a member of W.L. Baker Grand Army Post. He was employed in Elgin, Ill. for 25 years, returning to Florence in 1910. He leaves a wife.
Dennis J. Hennessey
"Dennis J. Hennessey Expires at Hospital,"
The Elgin Daily Courier, February 26, 1915, p. 1.
Well Known Civil War Veteran Dies After Several Months' Illness.
Dennis J. Hennessey, a Civil War veteran, died at 2:40 o'clock this afternoon at St. Joseph's hospital after a two months' illness.
He is survived by his widow and five children, Mrs. Frank Beebe, Mrs. George Bolger, Miss Daisy, John and James.
He was 71 years of age and was born in Canada. He was a Woodman. James Hennessey is deputy probate clerk at Geneva.
The deceased was a member of St. Mary's church.
John A. Hewitt
The Elgin Daily News, October 30, 1912, p. 3
John A. Hewitt died at his home, 207 Summit street, this morning after a long illness. He was an old resident of Elgin and was a veteran of the Civil war, being a member of the Thirty-sixth Illinois Infantry.
Mr. Hewitt was an employe of the D.C. Cook publishing company for a quarter of a century and was obliged to relinquish his duties at that institution several months ago on account of ill health.
Mrs. Ida M. Hewitt, who is well known as a leading member of the Woman's Relief corps, is his widow.
The Elgin Daily News, February 27, 1908, p. 3.
Peter Hines, an old and respected resident of this city, died at 11:05 o'clock Sunday night at his home, 224 Moseley street. He was 89 years old and had lived in this vicinity nearly sixty years.
Deceased was a veteran of the civil war and served three years and four months in the great contest with Company A, Fifty-eighth Illinois regiment under Col. Lynch. For twenty-seven years he was employed by the state as a teamster at the Illinois Northern Hospital for the Insane.
Peter Hines was born February 22, 1819, in County Galway, Ireland. He came to America when 32 years old and after living for two years in New York state moved to South Elgin in 1853.&. He had been a resident of Elgin the greater part of the time since then.
Mr. Hines was stricken ill Easter Sunday morning when dressing to go to mass at St. Mary's church where he was always an active member. Feeling ill and thinking he would not make the street car he returned to bed and a physician was summoned. He gradually declined in health until the end came yesterday.
Deceased is survived by a wife and five children. The latter are P.J. Hines, Charles Hines, Mrs. Philip Schlemmer of Elgin, Henry Hines, Rockford and John Hines of Chicago.
Funeral services will be held from the home of Philip Schlemmer, 164 Moseley street, at 9 o'clock Wednesday morning and at St. Mary's church at 10 o'clock. Interment will be made at Bluff City cemetery.
"Old Resident Dies Suddenly,"
The Elgin Daily News, March 26, 1907, p. 1.
O.A. Hinsdell Expires After Few Days Illness.
MEMBER VETERAN POST
Enlisted When Only Seventeen Years of Age
Serving One Hundred Days.
Oliver Ashel Hinsdell, one of the oldest and best known residents of Elgin, died last evening at his home, 442 DuPage street. Mr. Hinsdell took cold while attending the funeral of E.E. Hoxie, a comrade of his Post at Dundee, about two weeks since. From this a complication of disorders resulted which no one thought serious until the end was very near.
Born at Hanover in 1846.
Mr. Hinsdell was the son of Ashel Bemis and Eliza Hanks Hinsdell and was born in Hanover, Cook county, Ill., Oct. 11, 1846. He was but a year old when his parents brought him to Elgin and occupied the old homestead on the corner of Chicago and Channing streets, which is one of the two oldest houses in this section of the city.
With the exception of several years in Chicago, Elgin has been his continuous home since. His father, Ashel Hinsdell assisted in building the Elgin academy and here Oliver received part of his early education which was continued at the Michigan university. For many years he was engaged in the furniture business, first with Thomas Thompson of Elgin in Chicago and then again from 1874 in Elgin as a member of the firm of Palmer & Hinsdell.
Enlisted When 17 Years Old.
In 1882 he sold out his interests in his business and since has devoted himself chiefly to real estate. He had just completed the new residence on Chicago street now occupied by Rev. J.S. Kirtley.
Mr. Hinsdell was but 17 years old when on June 16, 1864, he enlisted in the 141st Illinois regiment, and though his time of service was short he has been one of the most enthusiastic members of the Elgin Post. During the last 15 years the infirmity of exceeding deafness has kept him from engaging in active business life.
Man of Strong Character.
His character was one of strict integrity and in every relation of life he sought to remember the Golden Rule. The illness which brought his life to a close was the first and only serious one of his life. Such habitual health gave him a hopeful, genial temperament which always looked on the bright side. Detained by his infirmity from active participation in public gatherings his time was spent almost wholly spent in the home, which he greatly loved and where he in turn was greatly loved. On Feb. 19, 1873, he was united in marriage with Miss Harriet A. Starr, daughter of Humphrey G. and Harriet Wicker Starr, of Belvidere. Mrs. Hinsdell survives him with a daughter, Mrs. Eilon Louchelle Carlson, and three sons, Roy Starr and Arthur B., of River Forest, Ill., and Oliver Edwin, of Elgin.
The funeral services will be observed at the residence Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock, in charge of Veteran Post, G.A.R., No. 49. Dr. C.L. Morgan and Dr. J.S. Kirtley will officiate.
Robert H. Hinsdell
The Elgin Daily Courier, March 7, 1918, p. 3.
Robert Hamilton Hinsdell, a Civil War veteran, died at the Sherman hospital yesterday morning at 9:30 o'clock, following a brief illness. The deceased was one of the victims of the typhoid epidemic and never fully recovered from the effects of his illness.
Mr. Hinsdell was the son of the late Jonathan Hinsdell, one of the early settlers in Elgin, in whose honor Hinsdell Place was named.
He was born in Dundee, May 22, 1842, and was married to Miss Maryett (?) Simpson, also of Dundee on February 25, 1866.
During the Civil War he served as a member of the 153rd Illinois Volunteer regiment in the same company captained by E.C. Lovell, and at the end of the war received his honorable discharge.
The deceased was a prominent member of the Veteran Post No. 49, G.A.R., Royal League, Odd Fellows, Elgin Lodge No. 617, A.F. & A.M., Loyal L. Muntz chapter R.A.M. and Bethel Commandery, Knights Templar.
He is survived by his widow, who is seriously ill, and four daughters, Mrs. William Weeks and Addie Hinsdell, of this city, Mrs. Marguerite Young of N.J., and Gertrude H. Fay of Providence, R.I.
Grandchildren who survive are Marguerite Young and Wilda H. Weeks. George W. Hinsdell, of Elgin, is a brother and Mrs. Kanlee (?) Heien (?) of Montrose, Minn., a sister.
The funeral will be held Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the Norris chapel. Funeral services will be in charge of Elgin Lodge No. 617, A.F. & A.M. Burial at Dundee.
William H. Hintze
"Death of W.H. Hintze,"
The Elgin Daily News, March 12, 1900, p. 1.
HIS SUDDEN DEMISE A SHOCK TO COMMUNITY.
Apparently in Good Health Sunday, He Dies Today.
William H. Hintze, president and treasurer of the Elgin Butter company, died at his residence in this city at about 2:30 o'clock this morning from neuralgia of the heart. Mr. Hintze was in his 55th year. At his bedside when he died were his wife and son Frederick. The attack was entirely unexpected and it was impossible to reach any physician before death occurred. Dr. Jaeger and Dr. Bell arrived at the house just after the end came.
Mr. Hintze was down town Sunday and dropped into the Century club to chat a few moments with friends. He was feeling as well as usual and had no premonition of approaching death. He retired at about 10 o'clock, the usual hour.
He awoke at 11:30 and complained of feeling very ill. A sharp pain between the shoulders caused him much suffering until toward the last. He was conscious and intimated to Mrs. Hintze his belief that the end was near.
The news of his death caused a shock to all who heard it this morning. His was an active life, and his appearance in apparent health so recently as Sunday makes the ending of his career more startling. Prominent in the butter industry, in public affairs and in other circles he will be greatly missed. Of German birth he came to Elgin when a lad of seventeen, and had since resided here.
He leaves a widow and four children: Mrs. May Lane, W.D. Hintze, Frederick Hintze, and Caroline G. Hintze. At the request of the family a more extended notice is deferred till another issue of this paper.
The funeral notice will be given later.
Alonzo C. Hobart
"Early Elgin Settler, Wed 50 Years, Dying,"
The Elgin Daily News, February 19, 1914, p. 1.
Illness Prevents Golden Wedding of Mr. and Mrs. Alonzo Hobart.
Fiftieth Wedding Anniversary Finds Bridegroom Fatally Paralyzed.
Relatives and friends of Mr. and Mrs. Alonzo C. Hobart, who for many years made their home at 124 Porter street, in this city, will be shocked to learn that Mr. Hobart received a severe stroke of paralysis on Monday and that his death is hourly expected, Rockland, Mass., nearly two years ago and have been making their home there since. They had planned to celebrate their golden wedding on Wednesday and a large number of announcements and invitations were received here a few days ago. Many congratulatory messages and little remembrances were sent by their large circle of friends in this city.
Mr. and Mrs. Hobart resided in Elgin for many years and until Mr. Hobart's retirement he was one of the old employes of the Elgin watch factory. He came west with brothers of Mrs. Hobart, the late Nelson and Henry A. Groce and was engaged in the manufacture of boots and shoes for some years, having a factory on River street. Later he entered the employ of the watch company.
He was a member of Company F, Forty-third Mass. infantry during the civil war and Mr. and Mrs. Hobart were both prominent in G.A.R. and Masonic circles. He was a member of Monitor lodge A.F. and A.M. and of Veteran Post and Mrs. Hobart was prominent in the W.R.C. and the Eastern Star.
Mr. Hobart is 70 years' of age. Marshall Groce of Elgin is a nephew and Mrs. G.F. Stodder, a niece.
"Alonzo Hobart Expires,"
The Elgin Daily News, February 23, 1914, p. 1.
Former Elgin Man, Stricken on Eve of Golden Wedding, Dies.
Alonzo C. Hobart died at his home at Rockland, Mass., Sunday, aged 70 years.
He was stricken with paralysis on last Monday evening after all preparations had been made to celebrate the golden wedding of Mr. and Mrs. Hobart on Wednesday. He has lain in a comatose condition since he was stricken.
Mr. Hobart was among the best known and most popular of the old time employes of the watch factory and the departure of the couple from Elgin in the spring of 1912 to make their home in the place where their childhood was spent, was deeply regretted by a large circle of friends. Mr. Hobart had spent more than 35 years in Elgin, first as a member of a boot and shoe manufacturing firm and later as an employe of the watch factory.
He was prominent in G.A.R. circles and in the Masonic fraternity, and held many offices of prominence in both. He is survived by a widow.
The Elgin Advocate, December 23, 1899, p. 6.
Formerly of Elgin, Dies at Madison, Ind.
D.B. Hollister died December 14 at Madison, Ind., aged 78 years. He was born in Connecticut, lived thirty-five years in Dundee and nine years in Elgin. Four years ago he moved to Indiana.
Mr. Hollister was an uncle of Mrs. D.R. Jencks. He served in the civil war and was a member of Veteran post. A wife survives him.
Daniel P. Howland
The Elgin Daily News, June 28, 1907, p. 3.
Daniel P. Howland died at 9 o'clock last evening at his home, 368 Wabash street, this city, at the age of 67 years, as the result of illness lasting seven weeks.
Mr. Howland was born in Ohio and came to Illinois eleven years ago with his family. Besides the widow two sons and one daughter are left to mourn his loss, Edward, of Belvidere, Herbert, of this city, and Mrs. H. Wicker, of Itasca, Ill. One sister, Mrs. Edward Fuller, and two brothers, Oscar, of Western Springs, Ill., and John, of Williamsport, Ind., also survive. Funeral notice will be given later.
The Elgin Daily News, June 29, 1907, p. 3.
The funeral of the late Daniel P. Howland, of 268 Wabash avenue, was held from the house this morning and was attended by the local G.A.R. The remains were shipped to Wisconsin for burial.
Edgar E. Hoxie
"Comrade Hoxie Passes Away,"
The Elgin Daily News, March 11, 1907, p. 1.
Death Comes Quite Peacefully Early Last Evening.
LEAVES ENVIABLE RECORD
Was Gallant Soldier and Valuable Employee of Northwestern Road for Thirty Years.
Edgar Elliott Hoxie passed away at 7:45 o'clock last evening after a short illness. He was one of Elgin's best known citizens, next to the oldest engineer in years of service on the Northwestern railway, and an old soldier. Three weeks ago this evening he laid off from his duties on the switch engine in the local yards, but it was only a week ago that his condition became serious. Death was due to a complication of diseases.
He was born October 18, 1845, on a farm two miles east of Dundee. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. George W. Hoxie, pioneer settlers in this vicinity. He attended the public schools of Dundee until fifteen years of age, when he moved to Elgin to learn the sash and blind making business.
Answers Country's Call.
When President Lincoln issued the first call for 75,000 volunteer soldiers, Mr. Hoxie enlisted for three months. During this time his company was stationed around Forts Donelson and Shiloh. For four months he served in the army and then returned to his trade in this city. In 1863 in response to another call to arms, Mr. Hoxie enlisted with Company B, 52nd Illinois Infantry. Later he was transferred to Company B, 69th Illinois Infantry. During the year of 1863 he served as corporal. The rest of his career as a soldier was spent in the ranks. He was with General Sherman in the historic march from Atlanta to the sea, was with General Corse at the battle in Altoona Pass, in which 2,000 men fought and held the position against twice their number, and was in many other notable battles. After the war was over he was honorably discharged.
Returning to Elgin he married Miss Lucy Lown, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Lown, on February 3, 1869. They made their home in Elgin until 1877. In that year Mr. Hoxie took a position as fireman on the Northwestern road and made his headquarters in Freeport, running on the Freeport division.
After serving four years as fireman he was promoted to the rank of engineer. His first and only station while an engineer was on the switch engine in the local yards. He preferred to remain here rather than accept a through run, which would take him from his home.
For twenty-six years he worked in the Elgin yards. During that time he met with but one accident. That was a collision with a pay car. Mr. Hoxie was not to blame for this, but was slightly injured. As soon as he recovered, he spent a few weeks in California. His record on the Northwestern is an enviable one. Not once during the twenty-six years was he reprimanded.
Member of Various Orders.
Socially, Mr. Hoxie was known as Ned. He was a member of the Masonic lodge, a member of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers, and a prominent member of Veteran Post, G.A.R.
Surviving Mr. Hoxie are his widow, Mrs. Lucy E. Hoxie, one daughter, Mrs. Mabel Rutledge, both of whom reside in this city; a brother, C.A. Hoxie, station agent from the Northwestern at Dundee, who is now visiting in California, a brother, Homer, of Whitefield, Mass., and a sister, Mrs. Jerome Irick, of Dundee.
The funeral services will be held from the home, 320 Center street, at 1:30 o'clock tomorrow afternoon and will be private. At 2 o'clock the services will be held at the Masonic temple on Villa street, and will be in charge of the G.A.R. Interment will be at the Dundee cemetery.
Every Saturday, June 6, 1885, p. 8.
Hoyt--At his home in this city, Tuesday, June 2, at 2:55 o'clock p.m., of abcess of the bronchial tubes, Otis Hoyt, aged 47 years, 1 month and 24 days.
Otis Hoyt was born at Amesbury, Essex county, Massachusetts, April 8, 1838. At the breaking out of the rebellion he was in the employ of the American Watch Co., at Waltham. He enlisted in company H, 16th Mass. volunteers, was appointed sergeant and afterwards promoted to second and then to first lieutenant. He was in command of his company at the second battle of Bull Run, where he was severely wounded. During his temporary absence from the army he was married to Miss Mary E. Britton, in Boston, Aug. 1, 1863. His wounds gradually healed, though he never enjoyed robust health. After his recovery he returned to his regiment, was commissioned captain and assigned to company C. He served three years in the army of the Potomac and participated in every battle in which that army was engaged during his service. He was mustered out at Boston in 1864. In November of the same year he came to Elgin and was connected with the National watch factory from the start. He was one of the first expert watch makers who came to Elgin. In 1868, in company with W.H. Cloudman, he went to California in the interest of the Elgin Watch Co. He was there one year and upon his return left the company's employe, and for a short time was in the watch business in Cincinnati. In 1870 he left Ohio and went to Springfield, Ill., where he took an active part in establishing the watch factory. He was there eight years, the latter two years being superintendent of the factory. In July, 1878, he returned to Elgin and upon the retirement of Eben Hancock from the watch factory he was made foreman of the train room, the largest department in the establishment, where 360 hands are employed. Mr. Hoyt was on active duty, though in poor health, up to six weeks before his death, when he was obliged to give up. For six weeks he had manfully struggled to overcome the disease which has caused him such long hours of suffering, but finally the will was overcome and he bravely met death. Mr. Hoyt was a director in the Elgin Loan and Homestead association, a member of the executive committee of the Sans Souci club, vice-president of the Union club, and a member of Monitor lodge, A.F. and A.M. and of Veteran post, No. 49, G.A.R. He was a man of strong friendships, and though reserved, almost retiring, he enjoyed the love and confidence of a very large circle of sincere and devoted friends. In his family he possessed the qualities of a devoted husband and an affectionate father. He leaves a widow and two sons, Willie, aged 14, and Otis, aged 12 years. It is comforting to those who knew and loved Mr. Hoyt to appreciate now that everything possible was done during his sickness to add to his comfort by his loving wife and his devoted sister-in-law, Mrs. D.R. Hartwell, and his many near friends. H.M. Britton, of Oswego, N.Y., general manager of the Rome, Ogdensburg & Watertown railway, a brother, of Mrs. Hoyt, his wife, and Mr. Charles Rogers, of Waltham, were with Mrs. Hoyt during the latter part of her husband's sickness. The funeral was held at the house Thursday afternoon and was largely attended, the Masons and Veteran post having the ceremonies in charge. Rev. J. Stewart Smith impressively conducted the service. The floral offerings were as fine and elaborate as any ever seen in Elgin. The pall bearers were Messrs. W.H. Cloudman, Frank Preston, A.F. Alden, James Kinehan, L.N. Jackman and Hiram Thomas.
Henry W. Hubbard
"Henry W. Hubbard Dies in New York,"
The Elgin Daily News, May 22, 1913, p. 1.
Former Elgin Man Expires in Vault of New York Bank.
OWNER OF HUBBARD BLOCK
Treasurer for 35 Years of American Missionary Society.
Henry W. Hubbard, treasurer of the American Missionary society in New York and owner of the Hubbard block in Elgin, died of heart failure yesterday afternoon in a vault of the State Deposit company in the Singer building, New York city.
He had gone to the vaults to cut coupons and deposit bonds belonging to the society. When the body was found it was resting on a chair with the head lying on a table. It was evident that Mr. Hubbard had seated himself at the table and that life had fled while he was engaged in the work before him. Physicians who were summoned declared that life had become extinct an hour.
Born in Elgin in 1844.
Mr. Hubbard was born in Elgin, May 17, 1844, the family home being at that time at Spring and Division streets. He was a son of William G. Hubbard who was a pioneer merchant, engaged in business at Chicago street and Douglas avenue. The family was one of the leading ones socially in Elgin and Mr. Hubbard was given every advantage of education possible. He prepared for college at Elgin Academy and took the law course at the University of Michigan graduating with honors in his class.
He was connected with a law office in this city and then went to Denver, Col., where he was connected with a prominent firm of attorneys for three years. His health had been delicate since birth and it was largely on account of his physical condition that he went west. He did not improve as expected there and returned to Elgin.
Becomes College Instructor.
A short time later he accepted a position as instructor in Fiske University at Nashville, Tenn., and was professor of mathematics in the institution several years. The strain of teaching again undermined his health and he was obliged to relinquish his work. This institution was conducted by the American Missionary society.
Thirty-five years ago he was selected as treasurer of the American Missionary society and took charge of the finances of that body. His work from the first distinguished him as a man of exceptional ability as a financier and organizer. He has continued in the position during all of the years intervening. The society has grown to be one of the foremost in the world and his fellow workers attribute success largely to his untiring efforts.
Goes to War Against South.
He was of a family of strong convictions and among the principles inculcated in him was the doctrine of anti-slavery. He was from the first an abolitionist and when war was declared was anxious to participate therein. It was not until the organization of the 141st Illinois regiment that he was able to pass the physical tests demanded.
This regiment was composed of young men of this city and vicinity and Mr. Hubbard enlisted. The regiment was detailed for duty in the north, greatly to his chagrin. He learned, however, that the 134th Illinois regiment was about to be sent to the front. A relative of his was captain of Co. F and with the co-operation of the late Judge E.C. Lovell and the late Col. O.P. Chisholm, he succeeded in securing a transfer. The 134th was at Columbus, Ky., at the time that Mr. Hubbard joined and they moved out at once on a long and exhaustive campaign of continued fighting. Despite the hardships and his impaired health Mr. Hubbard was able to do duty until the close of hostilities.
He was one of the first to become a member of Veteran Post, No. 49, G.A.R., of this city, and had kept up his connection with the organization.
He was early interested in religious affairs and became a member of the First Congregational church of this city when a youth. He was active in Sabbath school work and was a leader in the movement in Elgin. It was his custom whenever he was in the city to visit the school and deliver an address.
Mr. Hubbard was a member of the Elgin Commercial club, and his death was announced at the luncheon this noon.
Helped Form Y.M.C.A. Here.
He was one of the organizers of the Y.M.C.A. in Elgin. He with the Rev. James Fairchild and others formed a socity soon after the close of the war and Mr. Hubbard was for several years the secretary. This association lapsed after he left the city but was reorganized later.
He was especially cordial to his old friends and associates who called on him in New York and it was apparently a genuine source of pleasure to entertain them. To these he explained that he was interested in affairs political and that he had been an active republican since the organization of the party. He had pronounced views on many questions that were not in accord with party but was a consistent member nevertheless.
He considered Elgin as his ultimate home and was a frequent visitor to relatives and friends here.
Leaves but One Relative.
William Hubbard was an only brother. He left last evening for New York to escort the remains to this city for burial.
Robert R. Hunt
"R.R. Hunt, 87, Civil War Veteran, Killed In Fall,"
The Elgin Courier-News, July 6, 1933, pp. 1, 8.
Robert Ross Hunt, 87 years old, 108 Creighton avenue, a veteran of the Civil war, died at Sherman hospital at 3:05 o'clock yesterday afternoon, death being caused by shock and injuries suffered in a fall from a ladder, at his home, two hours before he was taken to the hospital. He had been making a minor repair to a screen and fell but a few feet, onto the cement driveway. Coroner H.J. Vierke, who made a personal inquiry, reported that Mr. Hunt's death was due to "shock and concussion of the brain, due to possible basal fracture." The blow had rendered Mr. Hunt unconscious, a condition which continued until death.
The death of Mr. Hunt, who was widely known throughout patriotic and fraternal circles generally, leaves but eight living members of the local G.A.R. Veteran post No. 49. Mr. Hunt was commander of the post years ago.
Mr. Hunt was born in New York City on December 10, 1845, and had been a resident of Elgin for the last 42 years. During the first years of his residence here Mr. Hunt was superintendent of the Elgin Windmill company, and soon after was employed at the factory of the Elgin National Watch company, machine department, for 28 years, starting in October, 1892, and retired on temporary pension January 6, 1921.
He enlisted with Company F, 150th Illinois Infantry, under Captain Henry J. Allen, on February 27, 1865, and was honorably discharged, as a corporal, at Memphis, Tenn., on September 20, 1965. He was 19 years old at the time of his enlistment.
Mr. Hunt had always taken keen interest in the affairs of the local G.A.R. post which he had served as both commander and as adjutant for many years. He was also interested in fraternal activities, and was a member of Monitor lodge No. 523, A.F. and A.M. and of the various higher degrees of Masonry, including the Cryptic Council, the Loyal L. Munn chapter, R.A.M., and the Knights Templar. In his earlier years he had been master of the Batavia lodge of Masons, with which he was first affiliated, he had also held leading positions in the Council and in the Chapter of the higher orders of Masonry here.
Surviving him are the widow; four children, Edward L. Hunt, of Detroit, Mich., Percy D. Hunt, Robert R. Hunt and Mary Bell Ryan, all of Elgin. Four grandchildren and six great grandchildren also survive him.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 o'clock tomorrow afternoon from the F.T. Norris chapel, and at 2:30 o'clock from the Masonic temple, the Rev. Sidney W. Powell officiating, the services to be in charge of Monitor lodge. Burial will be in the East Batavia cemetery.
The Elgin Daily News, November 4, 1912, p. 3.
News of the death of O.C. Hutchins, former resident of Elgin, was received by relatives last evening. Mr. Hutchins, who since his removal from Elgin following the death of his wife in 1894, had been a resident of Oak Park, died of paralysis Sunday afternoon.
He was an ardent Democrat and had been away on a visit. He returned to his home Sunday for the purpose of casting his ballot at the election this week. He was in poor health, but his illness was not considered serious.
Mr. Hutchins was born at Adrian, Mich., in March 1838, and removed to Sharon Corners, Wis., previous to the civil war. There he enlisted in the Second Wisconsin cavalry and served four years. In 1867 he was married to Cora P. Bartlett, of Bartlett station, daughter of the late Luther and Sophia Bartlett. They resided in Elgin until her death in 1904.
He was a member of the First Baptist church of Elgin and of Veteran Post No. 49, G.A.R. He had a large circle of friends in Elgin. A son Allan B. lives in Chicago and two daughters, Ella A. and Caroline reside in Oak Park.
The funeral will be held Tuesday afternoon at 1 o'clock at the First Baptist church in this city.