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These are news articles on various Wheelock families. 
Sterling Gazette, Sterling, IL
Feb. 3, 1893, P. 1;1
A couple of prominent residents of Rochelle down here last evening, were George H. Wheelock, maker of monuments and George McMahon, the big horse dealer.
Sterling Standard, Sterling, IL
October 11, 1894, P.8
George H. Wheelock and J.M. Hanna, both of Roshelle, were Sterling visitors Monday evening.
Sterling Daily Gazette, Sterling, IL
April 15, 1895, P. 5
George H. Wheelock, of Rochelle, spent Sunday with Sterling friends.
Sterling Standard, Sterling, IL
Feb. 10, 1898 P.3
George H. Wheelock arrived home Tuesday evening attending business the past few days.
Sterling Standard, Sterling, Illinois
 Thursday, April 7, 1898 - Page 13
Mrs. George H. Wheelock arrived home from Morrison Tuesday morning. That evening she will depart for Erie, where Mr. Wheelock has a house, and where they will reside in the future.
Sterling Gazette, Sterling, IL
July 8, 1902, P.1
George Wheelock to H. T. Beardsworth, lot in Erie, $190
The Inter Ocean, Chicago, Il
Aug. 7, 1903
'Dope 'em at the track. The Inter Ocean 12 o'clock Racing Special contains form harts for more than a week back every day. On sale at the track. Price, One Cent.
His Speedy Four-Year-Old Makes Belmont's Masterman Look Like A Cheap Selling Plater
(Special Dispatch to The Inter Ocean.)
SARATOGA, N.Y.., Aug. 6 - Runnels, John A Drake's 4-year-old son of Charade, today gave the admirers of the Eastern race horse the worst setback they have received in many a day when he cantered under the wire winner in the fourth race, by six lengths, from August Belmont's Masterman.
The Eastern contingent did not see how Masterman could lose, and thousands of dollars were dumped into the ring from the neighborhood of the clubhouse. But Drake's luck had turned, and his never was unbroken and from the sound of the going to the wire Masterman had no more chance than a snowflake in July.
Drake did not make one of his characteristic plunges, but, at that, the victory netted him in the neighborhood of $12,000. He be the $10,000 in the ring at even money. The commission was placed by Mr. Drake's negro commissioner, "Dink" Bell, and was split up between Bookmakers, Sol Lichtenstein, W. H. Cowan, GEORGE WHEELOCK, and Mayer. Lichtenstein alone was caught for the first plunge of $1,500. In addition to his ring winnings, Mr. Drake won a wager made with a friend at the United States hotel last night.
The original bet was $2,000 at even that Runnels would beat Africander, if both started, and in case Africander should be scratched, Mr. Drake's friend bet that Masterman would beat Runnels. The race simmered down to a duel between Runnels and Masterman, and if it was simply a walk over for the Drake entry.
The Inter Ocean, Chicago, IL Oct. 27, 1905, P.4 Geo. A. Wheelock Resigns
"Special Dispatch to The Inter Ocean.
NEW YORK, Oct. 26 - Wheelock Will Resign From Metropolitan Bookmakers' Association
- - - - -George A. Wheelock, president and organizer of the Metropolitan Turf Association, the bookmakers' organization, notified the managing committee today of his intention to resign from the presidency at the end of the current season at Jamaica race track. 
Ill health and a determination to gradually withdraw from bookmaking is assigned by Wheelock's friends as the cause of this decision. Wheelock will travel with his family to the Riviera and in Egypt this coming winter. 
During eighteen years as a bookmaker Wheelock is reputed to have won upward of $1,000,000, nearly three-quarters of which he now possesses.
It is said that George Rose, the wealthy Californian, may be elected to lead the Mets in Wheelock's place.
Sterling Standard, Sterling, IL 
April 8, 1904, P.4;2
Mrs. A. J. Wheelock Dead - Well Known Erie Woman Passes Away of a Paralytic Stroke.
Mrs. A. J. Wheelock of Erie Died Wednesday Afternoon of a paralytic stroke after a short illness. The funeral was held Friday. Interment was at Erie.
Mrs. Wheelock was born in Ireland nearly eighty years ago. She came to America when a child with her parents, settling in Canada. About sixty years ago, she moved to this country and soon afterward settled in Sterling, where she was married to A. J. Wheelock. Thirty years ago they moved to Erie where they have since resided.
Mrs. Wheelock is survived by her aged husband and two children, one son and one daughter. They are Geo. Wheelock, who resides at home, and Mrs. Mary Chamberlain, who resides north of Erie. Mrs. Wheelock was well known to many of the older Settlers in this city and her death will be sincerely mourned by Her many friends here. 
Sterling Daily Gazette, Sterling, Il
October 29, 1941  P. 14
George H. Wheelock, Erie Octogenarian, Honored on Birthday
(I'm not going to transcribe this) - It notes his parents were Andrew J. and Bridget Evans Wheelock, he was born in Rock Island County.Graduated Fulton College and was a teacher. (No reference to horse-racing)
1880 - Erie
Geo. H. Wheelock of Erie, IL
living at home, single, works at home farm
1900 Census  Erie, IL
Geo., salesman/school supplies; wife: Eliz. and son, Geo. H. born July 1899. 
Dixon Evening Telegraph, Dixon, Illinois
Oct. 26, 1944, P.4
Rock Falls, Oct. 26, S. Elbert Wheelock, 68, veteran operator of a furniture store and funeral home in Rock Falls, died at 9:00 o'clock Wednesday morning of a heart attack just before his automobile crashed into a power pole at Minot, N. D. He went to Minot 10 days ago to look after farm property which he owned.
Minot police said he apparently tried to halt his machine before he died, because the car smashed into the pole near a curb. Although his health had been poor, Mr. Wheelock had continued to take an active part in his business and in civic affairs here.
Born Dec. 1, 1875, on a farm near Tampico, he operated a furniture and undertaking business at Manlius, Ill., before coming to Rock Falls in 1913. In that year he established his furniture store on 1st Avenue and 2nd Street and his funeral home at 805 1st Ave.
In 1937 his two sons, Jay Loomis and Elbert K. Wheelock; joined him in operation of the funeral home, which became known as S. E. Wheelock and Sons. In addition to his personal business interest, he also was an organizer and director of the National Bank of Sterling, past president and director of the Sterling-Rock Falls Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Order of Eastern Star, Sterling Chapter, Royal Arch Masons, the Sterling commandery, Knights, Templar and the Rock River Country club.
Surviving are his widow, the former Mina Loomis, who he married Aug. 14, 1901, at Manlius; his two sons, one of whom, Elbert, is a pharmacist's mate, 2nd class, with the navy in the South Pacific; a sister, Mrs. Cora McMillen, Sterling, and two brothers, Clifford E. Wheelock, Waukegan, and Jay Wheelock, Boulder, Colo. 
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Wheelock funeral home, with burial in the family lot in Riverside cemetery.

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