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Wednesday, April 10, 1940   6;2  Sterling Public Library Roll #210


Mrs. Dora Wroten, 72, of Tampico, passed away this morning in the Sterling public hospital, where she had been a patient since March 31. The body was taken to her home in Tampico where there will be a short prayer service Friday afternoon, followed by funeral rites at 2 o’clock in the Tampico Baptist church. Rev. E. C. Ralston will officiate at 2 o’clock in the Tampico Baptist church. Rev. E. C. Ralston will officiate and interment will be in the Greenville-Fairfield cemetery.

The deceased is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Harry Renner of Sherrard, Ill., and three sons, Glen of Tampico, Ed of Benton Haror, Mich. And Frank of Davis, Calif. She also leaves two brothers, Arthur Russell of Tampico and Miles Russell of Oakland, Calif. Her husband, Robert Wroten, preceded her in death, also an infant daughter, a daughter Bessie, aged five years, and two sons, George and Robert.


Saturday, April 13, 1940  6;4  Sterling Public Library Roll# 210



Funeral services for Mrs. Dora Wroten of Tampico were held at the Tampico Baptist church Friday afternoon at 2 o’clock, preceded by prayer services at 1;30 at the home. Rites were conducted by Rev. E. C. Ralston, local pastor. Selected Scriptures included the 23rd and 46th Psalms and the text for the message of Christian faith was chosen from Revelations 14:13, “Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labors.” Rev. Ralston closed with the words of a beautifully appropriate poem.

The church was filled to capacity. “Somewhere,” ‘Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus” and “Asleep in Jsus,” the second being a favorite of Mrs. Wroten, were sung by Mrs. E. C. Ralston and Mrs. Joe Young, accompanied by Mrs. R. F. Woods at the piano.

The church was filled to capacity with relatives, neighbors, and friends, and organizations of which Mrs. Wroten was a member attended in groups. Sympathy and esteem were expressed in the many beautiful floral tributes which banked the chancel and which were in charge of Mr. and Mrs. Eugen Ruck and Mrs. Stacy Anderson

Friends acting as pallbearers were Frank Gerber of Hooppole, J. E. Strouss, F. B Potter, Herman Saathoff, John Edburg and Harry Rice. Interment was in the Fairfield-Greenville cemetery.


Dora Elizabeth Russell, the only daughter of James Franklin Russell, and Leanna  Marshall Russell, was born in Fairfield Township, Bureau County, Ill., Sept. 21, 1867, and passed away at the Sterling Public Hospital, Sterling, Ill., April 10, 1940, at the age of 72 years, six months, and 20 days, following an operation.

She was the eldest of six children and received her education at the Fairfield Center School.

She was the eldest of six children Robert Wroten in Hume township, December 21, 1885 [sic – entire sentence] They immediately took up their residence on the Wroten homestead in Fairfield township, south of Tampico. To this union were born six children, four of whom preceded her in death. She was also a kind and loving mother to two step-sons, E. L. Wroten of Benton Harbor, Mich. and Frank Wroten of Davis, Calif.

In 1889 she moved with her family to Rock Falls and after four years they returned to their farm.

In 1912 Mrs. Wroten moved to Tampico, where she had since made her home. Mrs. Wroten was converted at the Christian church of Yorktown in 1905 during a revival meeting. On May 5, 1919, she became a member of the Tampico Baptist church and has been a beloved and faithful member, serving in many responsible and official capacities in the church. For many years she was the teacher of the intermediate girls at the time of her home-going was president of the Missionary society and teacher of the Women’s class in the Sunday school. She was also an active member of the Philathea society of the church. Mrs. Wroten was loved and will be greatly missed by the pastor and entire membership of the church.

Aside from her church activities, Mrs. Wroten was an active member of the Women’s Relief Corps, the Royal Neighbors and the American Legion auxiliary of which she was the chaplain.

She was preceded in death by her husband, four children, George McCreedy, Bessie Caroline, Robert Leslie and Minnie May, who died in infancy; three brothers, James William, Albert Franklin, and one brother who died in infancy. She is survived by one son Glenn R. of Tampico; a daughter, Nellie Grace Renner of Sherrard; two brothers, Miles Warren of Oakland, Calif. and Arthur Paul, who made his home with her, and 10 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.


Tuesday, April 16, 1940  11;2   Sterling Public Library Roll #210


Among the relatives and friends from out of town who called in the home and attended funeral services for Mrs. Dora Wroten of Tampico Friday afternoon were: Benton Harbor, Mich., Mr. and Mrs. Edward Wroten; Sherrard, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Renner and family, Mrs. Will Anson, Mrs. Art Adamek, Mrs. Charles Monroe and Miss Dorothy Thor; Moline, Mrs. C. A. Brewer, Mrs. Ed Eshelman, Miss Kay Hager, Misses Beulah and Verna Peterson and Billy Renner; Clinton, Iowa, Mrs. Edna Erickson.

Rockford, Mr. and Mrs. G. A. Tenant; Polo, Mr. and Mrs. Maurice Russell and daughter Alta; Woo Sung, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Atkinson; Harmon, Mr. and Mrs. Glen A. White, and Mr. and Mrs. Ellis Pashon; Dixon, Mrs. John Hagerman and Misses Clara and Henrietta Bushman; Amboy, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Bushman; Ashton, Mr. and Mrs. Glen Renner; Walnut, Mrs. W. H. Baney and Mrs. Lee Wallis; Rock Falls; Mr. and Mrs. Grover Lane, Mrs. Mae Moneyrac, Mrs. Floyd /wright, Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Boze, Miss Florence Herbon, Mrs. Ida Hollis; and many others from New Bedford, Hooppole and Prophetstown.

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