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February, 1931

Antioch News5 February 1931
Former Rosecrans Resident Passes Away in Canada
The body of Ralph Crawford, former dweller at Rosecrans, is being shipped home from Canada, and will arrive here tomorrow. Funeral arrangements will not be completed until the widow arrives.
The cause of his death is not known by relatives here, but his demise came very suddenly Saturday night, surprising friends and relatives.
Ralph Crawford, the son of Mr. and Mrs. James Crawford, was born at Rosecrans July 27, 1889, and lived in that vicinity until about fourteen years ago when he moved to Plain Valley, Saskaskewan. Several years before leaving Rosecrans he was united in marriage to Miss Ruth Hanlon, who now survives him. They have one son, 18 years old.
Other survivors are: A brother, Harry Crawford at Rosecrans; a sister, Mrs. Ethel Frazer, of Kenosha; and his mother. His father preceded him in death eight years ago.
Interment will be in Mount Rest cemetery.
Antioch News12 February 1931
Mr. O'Brien, of Libertyville, representative of the Wearever Aluminum Co., gave a health talk and demonstration for the Parent-Teacher's Association Monday evening.

Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Templeton and Mrs. Hazel McBratney and little son, of Oak Park, spent Saturday with their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Bock.

Mrs. Jessie Low spent Tuesday and Wednesday with Mrs. James Wilson at York House.

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Holdridge and daughters and Mrs. Bauman, Sr., of Waukegan, spent Sunday at Lewis Bauman's.

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Bonner and sons spent Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. George Beaumont, of Kansasville.

Mr. and Mrs. L. H. Kamper and Rev. and Worden Kamper, of River Forest, spent Sunday at the J. S. Denman and Clarence Bock homes.

Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Bonner and Vivien Bonner were Sunday callers at the Thomas Anderson home in Waukegan.

There was no church services Sunday morning, due to the illness of the pastor, A. H. Pierstorff.

Oakland school was closed last week, as Miss Madalyn Sheehan, the teacher, was ill with the flu.

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Peters and Dorothy spent Tuesday evening in Evanston, where they attended a celebration of the eighty- eighth birthday of Mr. Peters' father.

A Christian Endeavor business meeting was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Bock on Saturday evening.

Antioch News19 February 1931
Fire of Unknown Origin
Takes Home of Clarence Spiering
Total destruction of the home of Clarence Spiering by fire, followed the narrow escape of Spiering, his wife and child from the burning house Sunday morning.
Although the cause of the fire is not known, it is believed that it must have come from the fire built in the stove about midnight when the family returned from Chicago and prepared a lunch. After the meal they retired to their rooms on the second floor. Awakened by the frenzied barking of the dog about two hours later, Spiering discovered the dining room to be all ablaze and had scarcely time to save his wife and child before the stairs were a mass of flames.
The fire had already gained such headway before it was discovered that the Antioch volunteer fire department, upon their arrival, was helpless to check the flames. The loss of the house, all of the contents, and the clothing, is estimated to be almost $5,000.
Antioch News26 February 1931
Among those ill with the mumps at present are Mrs. J. S. Denman, Margaret Pierstorff, Phyllis Hughes and Gordon Bonner.

L. S. Bonner has been appointed to take charge of the Red Cross relief work in this community, and will receive any contributions for this work.

Mrs. A. K. Bain is spending a few weeks at the Frank Cremin home, at Rollins.

Mr. and Mrs. L. S. Bonner and children and Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Bonner and children were guests for dinner at the J. H. Bonner home Sunday.

D. B. Webb spent the first of the week in River Forest with his daughter, Mrs. Earl Edwards.

The Christian Endeavor Society held a social at the Masonic hall Friday evening.

Mrs. Carl Hughes returned Friday evening from Decatur, Ill., where she spent three days as delegate to the Illinois Farmers' Institute, representing the domestic science division of Lake County.

from the Hotchkiss (Colorado) Hearald about 27 February 1931
William E. Gerry, Hotchkiss rancher and pioneer settler of the upper North Fork valley, died Friday at his home and was buried in the Hotchkiss cemetery Sunday following services in the Methodist Church, conducted by the Rev. A. C. Long. The funeral was in charge off the Masonic lodge.
Mr. Gerry was 73 years old. His death was attributed to rheumatism and complications. Surviving are his wife; one daughter, Mrs. Lorraine Thompson of Escalante, Colorado; a sister, Mrs. Hannah Edmonds of Waukegan, Illinois, and a brother, Horace T. Gerry, also of Waukegan.
Mr. Gerry had been a resident of the upper North Fork valley since 1884 when he settled at Bowie and engaged in mining. He also worked in the mines at Somerset and later was rural mail carrier for both Paonia and HotchRiss. For the last 27 years he had made his home at Hotchkiss.

William E. Gerry was born at Milborn, Ill. March 1, 1858, and departed this life Feb. 27, 1931 aged 72 yrs. 11 months and 27 days.
Leaving home at an early age and spending part of his boyhood days in Chicago, he went to Lake City, Colo. in 1880. In the days of the city's wealth and prosperity.
In 1882 he passed through the county now known as Delta when the Indians were just leaving the country and located in Grand Junction, being one of the first six persons to build a house in that city.
In 1884 he located at Bowie, owning a ranch, part of which is now owned by the Bowie Coal Co.
After many years of service with the Somerset Coal Co. he came to Hotchkiss. In 1907 he was united in marriage to Miss Carrie Lord. To this union was born one daughter.
Besides his wife and daughter, Mrs. Lorraine Thompson, he leaves to mourn his departure, on brother, Horace T. Gerry, and one sister, Mrs. Henry Edmonds both of Waukegan Illinois.
Mr. Gerry had a host of friends in the early early days of the North Fork Valley, many of whom still survive him.
He has been a member of the Masonic Order for many years, and died with a firm faith in that brotherhood.
It is hard to realize that he is gone but those who loved him best, his memory will live to influence and enrich their lives.
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