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6 posts
Dec 01, 2014
10:00 AM
I am looking for a couple obits and a newspaper article. the obits are for jay greenman B: june 17, 1878, prophetstown, ill. D: nov. 1965, Reynolds, rock island, ill.

Josephine greenman/ deits ( adopted daughter of jay and cora greenman) B: mar. 2 1906, Missoula, montana
D: may 14, 1926 Sterling, Illinois

i have info that it is in the sterling gazette.
Josephine had a son, jay deits"little jay", he died when he was 12? B: sep. 23 1924, rock falls, ill.
D: apr. 15, 1937, Dixon, lee, ill.

the article appeared in the sterling daily gazette. i have a copy of it but can not read it. the heading is boy struck down by automobile is seriously hurt.hope u can help.
997 posts
Dec 02, 2014
6:24 AM
Hi georgia13, I'll try to get to this sometime this week and post here.
Deits, Josephine Greenman (Leonard) obituary 15 May 1926;2;4

Deitz, Jay Greenwood obituary , 12 yrs old 16 April 1937;7;1

Last Edited by Denise on Dec 02, 2014 7:12 AM
7 posts
Dec 02, 2014
11:09 AM
hi denise. from what i xcan read, its in the sterling daily gazette, sept. 1929, pg 5? i guess this boy survived and he was 5 years old when this happened. he passed away in 1937 at 12 yrs. old. cant find any info as to why. the obit u have could be a possibility, it could of been a misspelling in the newspaper. the boys name is jay Edward deits. very curious as to what happened to this little boy. i hope this helps. thank you very much for your time.
999 posts
Dec 02, 2014
11:26 PM
I am meeting with the president of the Lee Co. Historical/Genealogical Society on Friday. He said he has some info on Jay for me. I'll post back here on Saturday. If it is not what I am looking for, I can stop at the Sterling Library where they archive the Gazette.
1000 posts
Dec 05, 2014
1:01 PM
Here are Jospehine's and Jay, Jr's obits:
The Daily Gazette, Sterling, IL
May 15, 1926, 2;4, Roll # 155
Mrs. Josephine Greenman Deits, wife of Leonard E. Deits, passed away Friday afternoon at 12:40 o’clock at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. Greenman, on East Sixteenth Street, Sterling.
Mrs. Deits had been suffering with asthma for the past week but was not confined to her bed. Heart complications caused her to become suddenly worse, death following after a short acute illness.
Besides her husband and parents, Mrs. Deits is survived by one son, J. Edward Deits, 20 months old, and by an adopted brother, Stacy Swanson of Prophetstown. She was born March 2, 1906, in Missoula, Mont., 1922, in Clinton, Ia. The family home has been in Sterling for the past three years. Mrs. Deits was a member of the Mystic Workers, Royal Neighbors and Moose Legion, and leaves a wide circle of friends who will mourn her loss and extend sympathy to the family.
Funeral services will be held Sunday afternoon at 2 o’clock at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Greenman, and at 2:30 o’clock in the Broadway Methodist church. Interment will be in Riverside cemetery.

The Sterling Gazette, Sterling, IL
April 16, 1937, p.7;1 Roll #199
Lobar pneumonia is fatal to youth
Jay Greenwood Deits, 12 years old, passed away Thursday evening at 9:45 at the Dixon State Hospital from lobar pneumonia. He entered the hospital three weeks ago for treatment. He was born Sept. 25, 1925 in Rock Falls and had been reared and cared for since infancy by his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Jay Greenwood of Rock Falls. At the age of four and one-half year he was injured by an automobile, from which he never fully recovered. His mother preceded him in death in 1926.
Funeral services will be conducted from the Melvin funeral home Sunday afternoon at 2:30 with the Rev. Allan Billman, pastor of the Fourth street Methodist Church in charge. Burial will be in Riverside cemetery. The body will lie in state at the Melvin funeral home until the hour of the services.

I ran out of time going through all of September, 1929 looking for the article you asked about. I will look again on my next trip to library.

Last Edited by Denise on Dec 05, 2014 2:10 PM
7 posts
Aug 24, 2016
3:18 PM
My Grandparents are Jay & Cora Greenman.
I have a public site on ANCESTRY.COM titled
SWANSON FAMILY TREE # 2 you may be interested in.
Several photos of Josephine & " LITTLE " JAY with Cora & Jay, along with many photos & articles of the Greenman & Swanson family.

My Grandfather Stacey Swanson is the son of Cora Swanson / Greenman when she was married to Nels Swanson, an immigrant from Sweden , Nels lived in Tampico until death in 1932 (I can't find a photo of him)

A copy of the article appearing in the Sterling Gazette of "little" Jay's accident says he & stepdad Jay Greenman were grocery shopping & when crossing the street, a car came around the corner and ran over him.
Fortunately he survived & the driver was not charged.

Last Edited by GeneS on Aug 24, 2016 3:46 PM
1071 posts
Aug 26, 2016
10:50 AM
Hello, GeneS!
Let me check at the historical society and see if we may have a photo of Nels Swanson. You can submit a family history as a wordoc that I can upload to our Family History page, or a printed version that can be kept in our vertical files at the Historical Society if you like. Email it to tampicohistoricalsociety@gmail.com & I can upload it.

Last Edited by Denise on Aug 29, 2016 8:06 PM

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