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Mar 18, 2006
8:54 PM
I am looking for the family of alfred hiddleson,He was from morrison IL.HE was in WWW1 and died. Please help me.Thank you Cherry
332 posts
Mar 19, 2006
11:40 AM
Hi Cherry,
It doesn't look like Alfred had any descendants. He is listed on the 1910 census as living with his family in his grandmother's home - age 12. It appears he joined the service right out of school and died overseas at the appx. age of 22.

Alfred Hiddleson, Morrison, Ill.

His name is indexed in the following book:
American Soldiers of World War I > Soldiers of the Great War Volume 1 > Soldiers of the Great War > Illinois
Alfred Hiddleson - page 276

1910 United States Federal Census > Illinois > Whiteside > 2-Wd Morrison > District 136

HOH: Mary SPEARS, age 76, widow, mother of 5 children, 4 living, born in OH, father b.OH, mother b. Virginia


Charles P. HIDDLESON, (son-in-law), age 40, married 15 yrs., b. IL, father b. PA, mother b. IL, occupation: Engineer for city

Margaret HIDDLESON, daughter of Mary SPEARS, age 40, married 15 yrs, two children, b. IL, parents b. OH

Daniel S. HIDDLESON, grandson of Mary SPEARS, age 14, b. IL, parents b. IL

Alfred H. HIDDLESON, grandson of Mary SPEARS, age 12, b. IL, parents b. IL

Virginia HIDDLESON, grand daughter of Mary SPEARS, age 6y 8m., b. IL, parents b. IL

We have two bio's on his grandfather, W.P. Hiddleson, which I would be happy to transcribe for you.

The Sterling Gazette has two obit articles:
Hiddleson, Alfred funeral rites set 5 July 1921;8;1
Hiddleson, Alfred military funeral rites 14 Sept 1921;6;1

You can contact Marylin at the Sterling Library for copies of the obits. The numbers above stand for the date, (July 5, 1921), page # (8) and column (1).

There are many articles listed on this family in the Sterling Gazette.

See our table of contents > Whiteside County > Whiteside County Contacts > Sterling Gazette Index. When you get to the index page, type in HIDDLESON in both the subject AND description boxes. Good luck!
Family History Coordinator
Tampico Area Historical Society

Last Edited by Administrator on Mar 21, 2006 9:31 AM
2 posts
Mar 19, 2006
1:22 PM
THANK YOU DENISE!!! This help me alot! This is why I would like to find Alfred Hiddleson family.My Mom was going through my Grandfathers Army trunk and she found a personnel object that belongs to Mr.Hiddleson.When I found out he had died in the war I was astonished.My Grandfather is no longer here to ask how he came along this piece.This piece really belongs with his family.If I can not find any living relative I dont know what to do. I am hopeful I can find someone thanks to you. Thank you again Cherry
335 posts
Mar 25, 2006
7:00 AM
I have tried to contact you by email, but had it returned twice. Could you please email me (tahs@thewisp.net)? Thanks.
Here is an email I received from one of our members who would like to get in touch with you.
Hi Cherry,
I received an email from one of our members who would like to contact you. I do not pass along emails without permission. Here is his message and email address if you would like to contact him:

Could you please email or give me the email of the Hiddleson inquiry.... All US Marines in WWI were in the Second division...any items related to them or any marines in that war are very collectable and extremely valuable.....especially any personal items such as a soldiers trunk. If not kept in the family, it should be donated to the Second Division Museum in Wheaton, Illinois or the Liberty Museum in Kansas City. There is a great book written by ELTON E MACKIN called "Suddenly We Didn't want to Die". It gives a fantastic account of a young marine who undoubtedly had a similar experience to that of her grandfather..He describes the action they were in on the last day of the war..probably the action Hiddleson died in, in that November 29th,1918 came three weeks after the Armistace... It is available on ebay. His burial in 1921 indicates that his body was brought back from France for re-internment, as many were..
Richard Hinton

Cherry, If you email me, I will give you Richard's email and pass yours on to him. Thanks.

Family History Coordinator
Tampico Area Historical Society

Last Edited by Administrator on Mar 25, 2006 7:28 AM
george m hiddleson
1 post
Apr 14, 2006
6:14 PM
Cherry: This is George Monroe Hiddleson a cousin of Alfred's
from Henderson, Nv. My sister's Helen and Dorothy and I are the only remaing descendents of his. I have not been able to surface any additional information on Virginia. It is thought she died young even tho no notice of her death has been reported. I have researched the Whiteside County marraige, birth, cemetary and death records...nothing. Will be in touch,
George Monroe Hiddleson
george m hiddleson
2 posts
Oct 02, 2006
4:07 PM
Hi Cherry: When I visited in Morrison, Illinois in August I toured the Morrison Historical Society Library and Museum. I was amazed at the volume of items they had on display. Numerous items were from WWI Morrison residents and included several watches. The items were all tagged and had the history of the item and the owner. Alfred's name is already in several places , including a plaque regarding his service and death. If you still have the item that belonged to Alfred the Historical Library and Museum would be a most appropriate place for it. The Museum in housed in a historical landmark (the former Adell Public Library) and your item could be viewed by all who visit and continue to honor all from Morrison who gave there life for the cause.
I hope you give serious consideration to this request.
Sincerely, George M. Hiddleson
3 posts
Oct 02, 2006
8:57 PM
Dear Mr. Hiddleson, Thanks so much for the information.I will talk to my Mom. I'm sure that's what she'll want to do.We where Hopeing to fine a liveing brother or sister.I was very sad to find out that all three children had died so young and tragedy.I found it very odd that My uncle and Alfred's brother died by getting hit by a train.My Mom believe's My uncle found the piece while working on the track's and gave it to my Grandfather for safe keeping.Sadly He did'nt get a chance to get it back to the owner's and it stayed in my grandfather's army trunk all these year's.I will make sure the little locket gets it's new home in morrison.The owner is a hero and should never be forgotten.He loved his Mom. Her picture is on the inside.I could'nt imagine her grief.Thank you again for all your help. Your Friend Cherry Brown
579 posts
Jul 17, 2010
12:13 PM
WILLIAM EDWARD HIDDLESON - Funeral services for William Edward Hiddleson of Morrison who lost his life in an automobile accident Sunday evening on the Garden Plain road west of Morrison will be held Thursday afternoon. The short prayer service will be in the Reynolds Funeral Home at 1:30 p.m. and the funeral in the First Methodist Church at 2 p.m., The Rev. Harold E. Olson, pastor, will officiate and burial will be in Grove Hill Cemetery. Hiddleson was born March 20, 1926 at Lyndon, the son of Earl and Ethel Hunt Hiddleson, and was reared and educated in the Morrison schools. He served with the Navy during World War II. He was married Aug. 22, 1947 at Morrison to LaVonne Dennis of Milledgeville. He assisted in maintenance of township roads, assisting his father who is township road commissioner. He attended the Methodist Church and had a host of friends in this area.

Surviving him are his wife, his parents; two sisters, Mrs. R. G. (Dorothy) Siefken of Morrison and Mrs. Robert (Helen) Wagenecht of Prophetstown; two brothers, Earl Jr. of Moline and George, serving with the Air Force in Tokyo, Japan who is being flown home for the services; and his grandmother, Mrs. Grace Hunt of Davenport, Ia. He was preceded in death by an infant child.
Submitted by Melva L. Taylor

Last Edited by on Jul 17, 2010 12:15 PM

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