Mount Morris Index (Mount Morris Illinois) 2 February 1928


Was Lifelong Resident of Vicinity—Survived by Wife and Son—Funeral Services This Afternoon.

An illness of many months duration terminated in death early Tuesday for Chas. V. Stonebraker, lifelong resident of Mount Morris Township. A complication of diseases had reduced Mr. Stonebraker’s vitality to such a point that death was not unexpected, his only son Lee, having been called from his home at Sunnyside, Wash., several weeks ago.

Mr. Stonebraker for many years conducted a truck and berry farm at the east edge of town. As a man he was thrifty, honest and made an excellent neighbor. He had an inborn sense of humor that was ever refreshing to those with whom he came into contact.

Funeral services will be conducted this afternoon at 2 o’clock at the home with Rev. Hightower in charge. Burial will be made at Oakwood.

Chas. V. Stonebraker, the son of Michael and Catherine Coffman Stonebraker, was born February 9, 1851, He died January 31, 1928 at his home in Mount Morris. His age at death being 76 years, 11 months and 22 days. He was born at the Stonebraker homestead, about two miles north Mount Morris and spent practically all his life in the community of his birth.

On Dec. 6, 1874, he was united in marriage to Gussie O. Williams and for over half a century these two have trodden life’s pathway together, an example of loving companionship which the world needs so badly today. To this happy union two children were born, Roy, who died at the age of eleven years, and Lee, who now resides in Sunnyside, Wash., in Yakima Valley.

Besides Mrs. Stonebraker and Lee, and a grand-daughter, Marian, Mr. Stonebraker leaves to mourn his loss three brothers and one sister: Newton S. (sic) Stonebraker of Long Beach, Calif., E. J. Stonebraker of Hampton, Iowa, Orville M. Stonebraker of Lincoln, Neb., Mrs. Ellen Bell of Ottawa, Kans., and a half brother, U. C. Nye of Long Beach, Calif. There was also a sister, Mrs. Urilla Potter, who died about three years ago.

Besides the relationship there is a host of friends who rise up to testify to the sterling character and reputation of their friend and neighbor.

When the history of this community has been written a large place must be given to the type of the hardy pioneer of which Mr. Stonebraker was representative.

Contributed by Jane Edson

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