Rose W. Dunlap

Age: 89 years, 11 months, 21 days

(nee HACK)

DOB: October 13, 1895
Washington Township, IL, USA

DOD: October 1, 1985
Munster, IN, USA


Only child of Charles J. and Alma (nee Schroeder) Hack

Wife of Asa James Dunlap, married July 12, 1919 (home wedding) Chicago Heights, IL

Mother to Rose E. (Carl F. Morganthaler)



Hammond Times October 6, 1985

ROSE W. DUNLAP, TIMES 10-6-1985Dunlap, Rose W. age 89, of Lansing, Illinois, passed away Friday October 4, 1985 at Community Hospital, Munster. Survivors; one daughter, Rose (Carl) Morgenthaler of Freemont, California; granddaughter, Sheri (Thomas) Cobble of Long Beach, California; and three great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday October 8, at 11 a.m. from the Schroder-Lauer Funeral Home, 3227 Ridge Rd, Lansing, with the Rev. Robert Blackburn officiating. Burial Beecher Cemetery, Beecher, Illinois. Visitation will be Monday 8 to 5 and 7 to 10 p.m.


Eastern StarMrs. Dunlap was a charter member of Arcadia Chapter order of the Eastern Star #697 of Lansing which will hold services Monday evening at the funeral home.




Rose’s family members also resting in the mausoleum are:
Husband: Asa James Dunlap
Father & Mother: Charles J. Hack & Anna D. (Schroeder-Schmaedeke) Hack
Uncle & Aunt: Herman Hack & Eva Friedricke Ruge Hack
Uncle & Aunt: Henry Hack & Mary W. Beilfeldt Hack 
Uncle & Aunt: William Haltenhof & Sophia Schmaedeke Haltenhof
Cousins: Arthur Hack & Ethel E. Wehmhoefer Hack
Cousins: Edmund C. Hack & Margareta B. Schwatz Hack


Alice Miley

Age: 74 years, 5 months, 8 days


DOB: February 21, 1907
Beecher, IL USA

DOD: July 29, 1985
Los Angeles, CA USA

Daughter of Dr. Michael Miley & Anna E. (Manz) Miley

Sister to: Bernice E. (Albert A. Anderson Jr.), Mary E., Milton C. and Olive M. Miley

Alice Miley was born and raised in Beecher, IL.

December 24, 1909 – Beecher Herald


Alice Miley - Fractured her armAlice, the three-year-old daughter of Dr. and Mrs. M.R. Miley sustained a painful injury, Saturday. The little girl was endeavoring to climb from the baby carriage to the table, when she lost her balance and fell to floor. The right forearm was fractured in the fall. The doctor reduced the fracture and the little one is getting along fine.


Alice, Bernice & Dr. Miley, Mertz Runabout 1909Dr. Michael Miley, Alice (Center) and Bernice Miley around 1909

One of my favorite stories is from Howard Paul’s Book: Reflections of our Small Town, published in 1995:

Dr. Mileys house built 1901

Dr. Mileys house built 1901

“The doctor was always interested in any new mode of transportation and when the invention of the automobile was announced, he was one of the first to order a Metz Runabout in 1909.

There were no such firms as garages and so he ordered the 14 separate packages, each costing about $25. Completely constructed automobiles were not available, and so the put-it-together-yourself kits were sold.

Dr. Miley's New Home 1911

Dr. Miley’s New Home 1911

Dr. Miley read the instructions carefully and produced his car; however, he missed one important instruction. The chain that propelled the vehicle was installed backwards and, when the doctor started the car, it would only go in reverse.

Fritz Hinze, the town constable, told him: ‘You can’t go backing around Beecher. That’s against the law. Don’t see why you bought one of them newfangle things. They will never be accepted by the people.’

The doctor re-read the instructions and put the chain in correctly… spinning around town at three miles per hour.”

ALICE MILEY "A pensive, modest maiden" 1925

ALICE MILEY “A pensive, modest maiden” 1925

Attended Bloom High School


1925 Bloom High School - Alice Miley






Alice wrote the following sonnet, published in the 1925 Bloom year book, page 122:

Alice Miley 1925 Sonnet, Bloom High SchoolAt sunset, when a few last rays of light
Yet find their way into my lonely room,
And darkness draws a veil before my sight,
Enveloping the weary world in gloom,
I think of happy days I spent with thee;
Of days when life and youth flowed in my veins.
And ever pain flows through the harmony,
Accompanied by mer’ry’s sad refrains.
The other friends I loved come back to mind
To add fresh grief to sorrows gone before;
For Death takes double, too, where love we find,
And saddens thoughts of those who are no more,
Yet love will reign supreme, till life is done,
For e’en Death knows that love and life are one.

(Editor’s note: we can’t be certain, but this sonnet may have been written for the loss of Alice’s twin siblings, brother & sister: Mary E. & Milton C. Miley, in 1913)

Help PleaseWe don’t have an obituary for Alice, but we do know this:

In 1926, Alice was a correspondent for the Beecher Herald.  We found a few obituaries written by Alice.

The 1930 census lists Alice living at home, single, with no occupation.

We can’t find Alice in the 1940 census.

(Editor’s note: her father, Dr. Miley, died in 1939, and Alice was at his bedside when he passed. Alice’s sister, Olive, was living with their mother, Anna, in 1940)


SS Queen Mary

August 10, 1954 – November 16, 1954:  Alice went to Southhampton / Blackpool, England, on the “Queen Mary.” She was listed as a clerk/ typist. Her residence was listed as 1601 Eastlake Ave, Los Angeles, CA. (Editor’s note: Alice’s mother died August 21, 1954, so we must assume Alice was not present at her mother’s funeral)

Cruise ship Evangeline

Cruise ship Evangeline


In May of 1958, Alice & Olive went on a cruise together to Miami; San Juan, Puerto Rico and St. Thomas, Virgin Islands.



Alice’s family members also resting in the mausoleum are:

Father & Mother: Dr. Michael Miley & Anna (Manz) Miley
Sister & brother (twins): Mary E. & Milton C. Miley
Sister: Olive M. Miley


Alice M. Leger

Age: 77 years, 8 months, 9 days


DOB: July 17, 1902
Roseland, IL USA

DOD: March 26, 1980
Peotone-Bensenville Home


Daughter of Fred and Mary Emma (nee Jessen) Langreder

Beecher Delite Inn 3

possibly Fred & Mary (Jessen) Langreder Photo courtesy of James R. Wright

Sister to: Charles Christian and Mildren E. Langreder
Half sister to: Clara and Walter (Alda L. White) Langreder

Wife of Frank Henry Leder, married March 24, 1927.

Proprietors of the Deli Delite off Dixie Highway

Alice’s mother married a second time and her name became Mary E. Hinze.

March 27, 1952 – Beecher Herald


Alice Langreder-Leder 25th anniversaryMr. and Mrs. Frank Leder celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary, Monday, by spending the day in Roseland and attending a theatre.
Mr. and Mrs. Leder have operated the Delite Inn for the past twenty-five years.


April 20, 1980 – Beecher Herald


Services Held for Alice LederFuneral services were held Saturday at Hack Funeral Chapel, Beecher, for Alice Leder who died March 26, 1980, at the Peotone Bensenville Home. The Rev. Steve Redman conducted the services. Burial was in the Beecher Mausoleum.

Mrs. Leder was born July 17, 1902, in Chicago. Her parents were Fred and Mary, nee Jessen, Langreder. She was baptized March 24, 1918, at Bethel UCC. She married Frank Leder March 24, 1927. He preceded her in death in 1959. Two brothers; Walter and Charles, and a sister Mildred also preceded her in death. She is survived by a niece and nephew.

Some of the highlights of Mrs. Leder’s life were included in her resume when she was named “resident of the month” at the Bensenville Home. She wrote:

“All four of my grandparents were born in Germany and came to America at an early age. My maternal grandmother bought a tract of land (five acres) in the heart of Beecher for $40 in 1860 and they reared 11 children on it. My grandfather, Louis Jessen, was a blacksmith and lived to be 96.

“My father was an employee of the Pullman Company and mother was secretary of the Ladies Aid at Bethel UCC 12 years. Our pastor was Rev. John Goebel whose father Peter Goebel was pastor of Immanuel Church in Peotone many years ago.

At the age of 12 I became disabled (both elbows locked) but that did not stop me from enjoying life. I learned to sew and drive a car and never got a ticket.

I moved with the family to a farm near Beecher at the age 15. The land had highway frontage on Rt. 1, so my father had a house built on the corner of the farm. When it was ready for occupancy I married Frank Leder in 1927. He had been a hired hand for three years.

Beecher Delite Inn 2

Delite Inn Photo Courtesy of James R. Wright

We opened a two-pump gas station and lunch room which we operated 32 years until my husband died suddenly in 1959. We specialized in home made pies — making them was my first chore every morning. I manned the gas pumps while my husband did the farm work. Regular gas sold for 15 cents per gallon – no tax!

Beecher Delite Inn

Alice Leder at the Delite Inn Photo courtesy of James R. Wright

One of the highlights of those years happened one hot Sunday evening. A yellow bus stopped and among those who came in for a soda pop was Mahalia Jackson, well known gospel singer on radio and TV. She was traveling with the Baptist Gospel Choir.

We had our bad moments, too. We survived four holdups with guns pointed at us. We were reimbursed the last time.

In my spare time I sewed my husband’s shirts and I also sewed for other people.” (She kept the Bensenville Home supplied with shower caps while she lived there)

“On my birthdays each year I wear my confirmation dress. I correspond with former customers who live in other states. I made many lasting friendships in our place of business.”

Living alone became very difficult for Mrs. Leder after her husband died. She moved to the home in Peotone in 1962, where, she said, she was very happy.

Help Please

If you have an old photo of the Delite Inn gas station and lunch counter please let us know. We would love to post a real photo of Alice’s Delite Inn here on her page




Alice’s family members also resting in the mausoleum are:

Father & Mother : Frederick Langreder & Mary E. (Jessen) Langreder Hinze 
Brother: Charles Langreder
Sister: Mildred E. Langreder
Uncle: Conrad E. Beseke

Other, more distant family include: Bahlman, Batterman, Bergmeier, Beseke, Bielfeldt, Bohl, Cloidt, Dunlap, Engleking,  Fenske, Fick, Freerking, Frobose, Graham, Guritz, Hack, Hager, Haltenhof , Heine, Heldt, Hildeman, Hinze, Hoffman, Hoppensteadt, Horn, Hunte, Kaczynski, Kappe, Kilborn,  Kirchhoff,  Klocksieben, Koch, Maass, Matthias, Mc Carty, Meyer, Monk, Niedert, Ohlendorf, Pansa, Peters, Pralle, Riley, Ristenpart, Rohe, Rust, Saller, Selk, Struve, Thielman, Vagt, Von Engeln, Wegert, Wehmhoefer,


ETHEL HACK (640x423)

Age: 80 years, 17 days

(nee Wehmhoefer)

DOB: March 23, 1898
Beecher, IL USA

DOD: April 9, 1978, at the
Peotone-Bensenville Home

Daughter of Henry Conrad Wehmhoefer and Augusta Johanna (Wehling) Wehmhoefer

Sister to: Lawrence (Magnetta L. Kurth) , Harold G, and Howard (Marion L. Hinze) Wehmhoefer.

Wife of Arthur Hack, married January 1, 1920.

Mother of Geraldine A. Hack (Philip G. Imholz).

Grandmother of Thomas & Pamela Imholz.

Beecher Public School

Eighth grade graduating class,1913

Back row: Milford Ruge, Frank Hinze, Morris VanVoorhis,

Front Row: Amanda Rump, Ethel Wehmhoefer, Prof. Henry Liberty, Clara Wilke, Loraine Ehrhardt, Vera Stites.


Arthur & Ethal MatrimonialArthur Hack and Ethel Wehmhoefer were married Jan. 1, 1920 at St. Luke’s parsonage, Rev. G. Horst officiating.  Mr. and Mrs. George Heiden were sponsors. Following the wedding the couple boarded a train for Chicago.
The wedding was a surprise to all, even the parents of the bride, who were not informed of the event until the newlyweds arrived in Chicago, when they wired back the glad news.
Both bride and groom are well known in Beecher, where they were born and reared. They are popular and Arthur Hack and Ethel Wehmhoeferesteemed young people and their many friends wish them the best there is in their wedded life.
The groom is the son of Mrs. Ed. Ohlendorf of near Goodenow, and the bride the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Wehmhoefer of Beecher.
We understand the young couple will make their home in Chicago Heights, where Mr. Hack has employment as city mail carrier.
The Beecher Herald extends congratulations.

(Editor’s note: Arthur’s mother is listed in error; she was Emma (Katz) Hack Heller, not Mrs. Ed Ohlendorf)



[1925]   Arthur Hack took over the general merchandise store of Herman Hack at 734 Indiana Avenue.

Mrs. Arthur Hack introduced her line of millinery. Her 1925 fall selection was “exceptionally modish, stylish, and with pleasing combinations, sure to suit the individual tastes of the Beecher Ladies.”




Ethel Hack Welfare PresidentThe Women’s Welfare Club named Mrs. Ethel Hack to head the new staff of officers for the ensuing year at the regular meeting of the club in the home of Mrs. Arnold Knuth, Tuesday evening. Those elected are as follows:

President – Mrs. Ethel Hack
Vice Pres. – Mrs. Dorothy Saller
Secretary – Mrs. Martha Knuth
Treasurer – Mrs. Rose Hunte
Publicity – Mrs. S.R. Stites and Mrs. C.H. Letterer
Flower Committee – Mrs. Arthur Boysen and Mrs. Walter Boysen.

Following the business session, a delicious luncheon was served, after which cards were enjoyed.


Ethel Hack ObitFuneral services were conducted by the Rev. Dean Plassmann Tuesday, April 11, for Ethel E. Hack, who died Sunday, April 9, 1978, at Peotone-Bensenville Home. Burial was in the Beecher Mausoleum.

Ethel Hack, nee Wehmhoefer, was born March 23, 1898, in Beecher, and has lived in the area her entire lifetime.

She was a member of St. Luke Mary-Martha Circle, St. Luke Women’s Guild, Post 67 Amvets Auxiliary, and Women’s Welfare Club.

She is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Philip (Geraldine) Imholz, Beecher; two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur, and two brothers.

Pallbearers were Landis Wehling, Kenneth Wehling, Oliver Claus, Wayne Reichers, Harold Scheiwe, and Roger Stoeven.

Ethel’s family members also resting in the mausoleum are:
Husband: Arthur Hack
Father & Mother: Henry C. Wehmhoefer & Augusta J (Wehling) Wehmhoefer
Uncle & Aunt: Edward J. Wehmhoefer & Charlotte (Thiesfeld) Wehmhoefer
Cousin: Edwin D. Wehmhoefer
(Husband’s) Uncle & Aunt: Charles J. Hack & Anna (Schroeder, Schmaedeke) Hack
(Husband’s) Uncle & Aunt: Herman Hack & Eva F. (Ruge) Hack
(Husband’s) Uncle & Aunt: Henry Hack & Mary W. (Bielfeldt) Hack
(Husband’s) Cousins: Dr. Edmund Hack & Margaretha B (Schwarz) Hack


(nee Schwarz)

DOB: May 20, 1891
Chicago, IL USA

DOD: March 17, 1978
St. Margaret Hospital, Hammond IN USA


Daughter of Reinhold Schwarz and Lena (nee Tiedimann) Schwarz
Sister to: Reinhold T. and Theodore (Emma Schultz) Schwarz

Wife of Dr. Edmund C. Hack, married November 20, 1912
Mother to: Henry Reinhold, Theodore Albert (Charlotte Paul), Robert Edmund (Sara “Sally” Funkhouser) and LeRoy (Lucy Jean Emry) Hack


Young Beecher Doctor Married at Chicago Wednesday Afternoon

Will Make Their Home in Wisconsin, Where Groom Will Practice

Dr. Edmund C. Hack, son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Hack of Beecher, was married, Wednesday afternoon, at 3:30 o’clock, to Miss Margaret Schwarz, at 2335 California Avenue, Chicago, Rev. Krohn, a Lutheran pastor, officiating.
The bridesmaids were Miss Marie Deneke of Beecher and Miss Anna Miller of Chicago, and the groom’s attendants were Mr. Ernest Hummer of Chicago and Mr. Albert Hack of Beecher, brother of the groom. Only near relatives and friends were present at the ceremony. Those from here who attended the wedding were Mr. and Mrs. Henry Hack, Mrs. H.F. Thielman, Miss Marie Deneke, Albert Hack and Miss Hilda Tillotson of Crete.
After the ceremony, an elaborate wedding dinner was served and a very pleasant time was had.
The bride is a highly esteemed young lady and has a large circle of friends in her neighborhood in the city.
Our readers are all too well known to the groom for us to comment on his excellent traits. He was born and reared in our midst and is a popular, honorable, ambitious young gentleman. Having recently graduated from the Bennett Medical College at Chicago, he is a full-fledged physician and surgeon, and promises to be a rising young doctor.
Dr. and Mrs. Hack will spend a couple of weeks here at the home of the groom’s parents. In the first week in December they expect to go to their new home at Symco, Waupaca County, Wisconsin, where the doctor will assume an office and begin the practice of his profession.
We join with the many friends in extending congratulations to the newly wedded couple, and wish them success and happiness through life.



Margaretha B. Hack obit 1978Margaretha B. Hack, age 86, of Hammond, passed away Friday, March 17, 1978 at St. Margaret Hospital. Survivors: three sons, Theodore A. Hack of Munster, Robert E. (Sally) Hack of Indianapolis, and Lee R. (Lucy) Hack of Houston, Texas; eight grandchildren; two great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Monday, March 20, 2 p.m., from the Burns-Kish Funeral Home, 5840 Hohman Ave, Hammond, with the Rev. Louis Reynolds officiating. Entombment in Beecher, Illinois. Friends are invited to call at the funeral home Sunday 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m.

Mrs. Hack was the widow of the late Dr. E.C. Hack, and a member of the Hyde Park Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers, family requests memorials be made to the Hyde Park Methodist Church.

Margaretha’s family members also resting in the mausoleum are:

Husband: Dr. Edmund C. Hack
Father & Mother-in-law: Henry Hack & Mary (Bielfeldt) Hack
Husband’s Uncle & Aunt: Herman Hack & Eva (Ruge) Hack
Husband’s Uncle & Aunt: Charles J. Hack & Anna (Schroeder, Schmaedeke) Hack
Husband’s Cousins: Rose W. (Hack) Dunlap & Asa James Dunlap
Husband’s Cousins: Arthur Hack & Ethel (Wehmhoefer) Hack
Husband’s Cousin’s Wife’s Parents: Henry Wehmhoefer & Augusta (Wehling) Wehmhoefer
Husband’s Cousins: William Bielfeldt & Minnie (Baumgartner) Bielfeldt
Son of Husband’s cousins: Raymond J. Bielfeldt
Husband’s Cousins: Minnie K. (Bielfeldt) Thielman & Henry F. Thielman

Other, more distant family include: Bahlman, Batterman, Bergmeier, Beseke, Bielfeldt, Bohl, Cloidt, Dunlap, Engleking,  Fenske, Fick, Freerking, Frobose, Graham, Guritz, Hack, Hager, Haltenhof , Heine, Heldt, Hildeman, Hinze, Hoffman, Hoppensteadt, Horn, Hunte, Kaczynski, Kappe, Kilborn,  Kirchhoff,  Klocksieben, Koch, Langreder, Leder, Maass, Matthias, Mc Carty, Meyer, Monk, Niedert, Ohlendorf, Pansa, Peters, Pralle, Riley, Ristenpart, Rohe, Rust, Saller, Selk, Struve, Thielman, Vagt, Von Engeln, Wegert, Wehmhoefer, Wiechen, Wilkening,



Age: 25 years, 8 months, 21 days


DOB: December 17, 1951
Beecher, IL, USA

DOD: September 7, 1977
Austin, Travis County, TX, USA

Daughter of Arthur and Charlene (nee Saller) Graham



Sister to: Susan Kay (Ronald L. Clausing), Charles Arthur (Susan Unknown) Graham

Wife of John William “Jack” Fenske, married Aug. 9, 1976



We do not have an obituary for Nancy. If you can help us understand her life, please let us know.

We have pieced together some information about Nancy. Friends have told us that Nancy was a very intelligent, loving and caring person. She taught many of the Beecher children to swim in her parents’ in-ground swimming pool and was a synchronized swim instructor from 1970-1972 or 1973. At one time, she worked for a banjo company.


In the mid 1970’s, she found her way to Boulder, Colorado, where she met and married her husband Jack on August 9, 1976. Shortly after their marriage Jack and Nancy moved to Jack’s hometown area of Austin, Texas to be close to Jack’s family. Their happy marriage was suddenly cut short in less than a year when Nancy suffered a brain aneurysm and died at only 25 years of age. Nancy was brought back home to be buried alongside her family in the mausoleum.



Nancy’s other family members resting in the mausoleum are:
Mother & Father: Charlene (Saller) Graham & Arthur Graham
Maternal Grandparents: Herbert C. Saller & Dorothy (Bahlman) Saller
Great Grandparents: Charles H. Bahlman & Sophia “Minnie” (Schweer) Bahlman
2nd Great Uncle & Aunt: Henry Fred Bahlman & Emma (Wehmhoefer) Bahlman
2nd Great Aunt: Lena Caroline Bahlman
2nd Great uncle & Aunt: John H. Bahlman & Anna L. (Wehrmann) Bahlman
2nd Great Uncle: William F. Bahlman
1st cousins 2x removed: Lillian (Bahlman) Wegert  & Henry H. Wegert
1st cousins 2x removed: Lora (Bahlman) Hinze & Arthur A. Hinze
1st cousins 2x removed: Henry W. Bahlman & Marguerite (Toleson) Bahlman
1st cousin 2x removed: Carolyn M. Bahlman
1st cousin 2x removed: Donald W. Bahlman
1st cousins 2x removed: Ferne (Bahlman) Hildeman & William R. Hildeman



William F. Peters

Age: 76 years, 6 months, 27 days


DOB: June 28, 1897
Grant Park,  IL USA

DOD: January 24, 1974
St. James Hospital, Chicago Heights, IL USA

Son of Martin C. and Friedaricka (nee Barmann) Peters

Brother to: Ida (Fred E. Heldt), Friedericka (August Piel), Randolph F. (Elizabeth Eckhoff), Emma (Wilhelm F. Klemme) and Helena (Carl F. Engelking)

Husband of Helen Wehling, married November 29, 1919
Husband of Helen Piepenbrink, married sometime after 1948

Father to: Ruben H. (Mona D. Owens), Verna H, (Edwin H. Eckhoff), Eleanore (Joseph A. Palanca), Norman (Donna Franke), Monroe H. and William Jr. Peters

January 31, 1974 – Beecher Herald


William Peters obitFuneral services were conducted a the Hack Funeral Chapel in Beecher on Sunday for William Peters, 17 West 32nd Street, Steger. The Rev. Armin Gottberg officiated, with burial in the Beecher Mausoleum.

Mr. Peters, a retired carpenter, died Thursday, Jan. 24, in St. James Hospital, Chicago Heights. He was born June 28, 1897, in Grant Park. He was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Steger.

Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Erwin (Verna) Ekhoff of Steger and Mrs. Joseph (Eleanor) Palanca of Crete; three sons, Rueben and Norman of Steger and William Jr., of Chicago Heights; 23 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his first wife Helen, nee Wehling, in 1948, his second wife Helen, nee Piepenbrink in 1963; one brother, and four sisters.

William’s family members also resting in the mausoleum are:

Wife: Helen (Wehling) Peters
Father & Mother: Martin C. Peters & Friedaricka (Barmann) Peters
Sister & Brother-in-law: Ida (Peters) Heldt & Fred E. Heldt
Brother & Sister-in-law: Rudolph F. Peters & Elizabeth (Eckhoff) Peters
Father & Mother-in-law of sister (Ida) Ernest A Heldt & Lisette F. (Stadt) Heldt

Other, more distant family include: Bahlman, Batterman, Bergmeier, Beseke, Bielfeldt, Bohl, Cloidt, Dunlap, Engleking,  Fenske, Fick, Fiene, Freerking, Frobose, Graham, Guritz, Hack, Hager, Haltenhof , Heine, Heldt, Hildeman, Hinze, Hoffman, Hoppensteadt, Horn, Hunte, Kaczynski, Kappe, Kilborn,  Kirchhoff,  Klocksieben, Koch, Langreder, Leder, Maass, Matthias, Mc Carty, Meyer, Monk, Niedert, Ohlendorf, Pansa, Pralle, Riley, Ristenpart, Rohe, Rust, Saller, Selk, Struve, Thielman, Vagt, Von Engeln, Wegert, Wehmhoefer, Wiechen, Westphal, Wilkening.



Age: 45 years, 9 months, 18 days

(nee SALLER)

DOB: November 6, 1926
Illinois, USA

DOD: August 24, 1972
Beecher, IL USA



Daughter of Herbert C. and Dorothy (Bahlman) Saller

Sister to: William T. (Rosemary Teske), Herbert F. (Melrose J. Rhode) Saller

Wife of Arthur Graham, married November, 1945.

Mother to: Susan Kay (Ronald L. Clausing), Charles Arthur Graham (Susan unknown), Nancy (Jack Fenske) Graham

November 22, 1945          “POPULAR COUPLE WED IN CHICAGO”

Graham-Saller Wed 1945Miss Charlene Saller, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Saller, and Mr. Arthur Graham, son of W.S. Graham, were united in marriage, Saturday afternoon, in a ceremony performed by Dr. Williamson, former pastor at Chicago Heights and of the Beecher Community Church, at the residence of the pastor in Chicago.
The bride was attired in gray with black accessories and carried a bouquet of mums and pom poms. The couple were attended by Miss Shirley Cooper, roommate of the bride, and Mr. Richard Hiatt.
Mr. Graham operates the Graham Service Station on the Dixie Highway, and his bride, a former student at the U. of Illinois, is at present employed in Chicago.

Charlene Graham.resized



Charlene Graham obitFuneral services were held yesterday for Mrs.Charlene Marilyn Graham, 602 Orchard Lane, who died Thursday, Aug. 24, in her home.

Services were held in the Hack Funeral Home, Beecher, and burial was in the Beecher Mausoleum. Mrs. Graham was born November 26, 1926, in Chicago Heights. She lived in the area all her life. She was a bookkeeper for the Bahlman Oil Company of Beecher.

Mrs. Graham is survived by her husband, Arthur; her mother Mrs. Dorothy Saller of Beecher; two daughters, Mrs. Ronald Clausing of Benton and Nancy who lives at home; a son, Charles of Beecher; two brothers, William of Beecher and Herbert of Crete, and three grandchildren.

Charlene’s family members also resting in the mausoleum are:

Husband: Arthur Graham
Daughter: Nancy (Graham) Fenske
Father & Mother: Herbert C. Saller & Dorothy (Bahlman) Saller
Grandparents: Charles H. Bahlman & Sophia M. (Schweer) Bahlman
Great Uncle & Aunt: Henry F. Bahlman & Emma (Wehmhoefer) Bahlman
Great Uncle & Aunt: John H. Bahlmann & Anna L. (Wehrmann) Bahlmann
Great Aunt: Lena C. Bahlman
Great Uncle: William F. Bahlmann
Cousins 1x removed: Lillian (Bahlman) Wegert & Henry H. Wegert
Cousins 1x removed: Lora (Bahlman) Hinze & Arthur A. Hinze
Cousins 1x removed” Marguerite (Toleson) Bahlman & Henry W. Bahlman DDS
Cousin 1x removed: Carolyn M. Bahlman
Cousin 1x removed: Donald W. Bahlman
Cousins 1x removed: Ferne (Bahlman) Hildeman & William R. Hildeman

Other more distant family includes: Batterman, Bergmeier, Beseke, Bielfeldt, Bohl, Cloidt, Dunlap, Engleking,  Fick, Freerking, Frobose, Guritz, Hack, Hager, Haltenhof , Heine, Heldt, Hoffman, Hoppensteadt, Horn, Hunte, Kaczynski, Kappe, Kilborn,  Kirchhoff,  Klocksieben, Koch, Langreder, Leder, Maass, Matthias, Mc Carty, Meyer, Monk, Ohlendorf, Pansa, Peters, Pralle, Riley, Ristenpart, Rohe, Rust, Selk, Struve, Thielman, Vagt, Von Engeln, Wehmhoefer, Wiechen, Wilkening,



Age: 82 years, 11 months, 28 days

(nee HORN)

DOB: December 30, 1888
Crete, IL USA

DOD: December 28, 1971
South Chicago Heights, IL USA
Suburban Convalescent Center

Daughter of Charles H. and Caroline/Lena (nee Kappmeyer) Horn

Sister to: Charles H. (Mae Howell), Walter L. (Lillian A. Bourg), Elsie (Robert D. Groenveld), Herbert Paul (wife unknown), Reinhold William, Loena, Arthur H. and Vernon R. (Helen M. Howland) Horn

Wife of Joseph A. Hager, married in 1918, the year her mother Caroline died
Mother to: Phyllis Hager Hensley(Joseph H.) Stewart


Clara Hager obitFuneral services will be conducted Friday at 1:30 p.m. at Spindler-Koelling Crete chapel for Mrs. Clara E. Hager, 82 of Crete, who died Tuesday afternoon at the Suburban Convalescent Center, South Chicago Heights.

Mrs. Hager lived at 477 North Street in Crete.She was a lifelong resident of Crete, having been born there December 30, 1888. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church of Crete, the Ladies Aid of the church and the Crete Women’s club.

The Rev. A.T. Kretzman, pastor of Trinity, will officiate. Entombment will be in the Beecher Mausoleum. Friends may call at the funeral home after 10 a.m. Thursday and until time of the services on Friday.

Photo form a book "Crete Remembered" by Carol Triebold and Phyllis Monk

Photo form a book “Crete Remembered”
by Carol Triebold and Phyllis Monk

She is survived by her husband, Joseph; a daughter, Mrs. Phyllis Stewart of Gary, Ind.; a sister, Mrs. Elsie Groenveld of Joliet; a brother, Vernon R. Horn of Aurora; three grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.



Joseph Hager obit

Neither Clara’s nor Joseph’s obituaries tell us that Clara’s brothers Walter, Charles, Arthur, Reinhold & Vernon lived with Clara and Joseph from 1918 thru 1940.

Walter was married in 1921 and left the family home.

Clara’s mother died in 1918, the year Clara married Joseph, and Clara & Joseph took over the care of the family.

Clara’s sister Elsie was married in 1914

Clara’s father Charles, the son of the first mayor of Crete, was tragically killed in a train crash in 1905.

Because Clara’s headstone, along with a large portion of the Horn family compartment within the mausoleum, was destroyed by vandals in the mid 1980’s, we are in the process of trying to obtain white Colorado Yule Quarry “Lincoln Gold Vein” marble needed to replace the missing panels.

More damage to the Horn Family Compartment.

Due to the damage, we aren’t certain which crypts contain the remains of Caroline, Arthur & Clara


Clara’s family members also resting in the mausoleum are:

Mother: Caroline “Lena” (Kappmeyer) Horn
Brother: Walter L. Horn
Brother: Reinhold W. Horn
Brother: Arthur H Horn
First Cousins 1x removed: Caroline “Carrie” L (Kappmeyer) Struve & Arthur Struve

According to newspaper accounts, Arthur Struve’s wife, Caroline Struve (nee Kappmeyer) and Clara Hager’s mother, Caroline “Lena” Horn (nee Kappmeyer) were first cousins.


Arthur H. Horn

Age: 69 years, 9 days, 26 days


DOB: July 13, 1901
Crete, IL USA

DOD: MAY 9, 1971
Hot Springs , ARK USA
Baptist Medical Center


Son of Charles H. and Caroline F. (nee Kappmeyer) Horn

Brother to: Clara E. (Joseph A. Hager), Charles F.( Mae Howell), Walter L. (Lillian A. Bourg), Elsie (Robert D. Groeneveld), Herbert Paul, Reinhold W., Leona and Vernon R. (Helen M. Howland)  Horn


Arthur Horn DiesFuneral services were held Wednesday for former Crete resident Arthur H. Horn who died Sunday at Baptist Medical Center, Little Rock. He was born July 13, 1901 in Crete and lived most of his life here.

Funeral services were held Wednesday at the Spindler-Koelling Chapel in Crete, with the Rev. A.T. Kretzmann, of Trinity Lutheran Church, officiating. Entombment was in the family mausoleum in Beecher.

Mr. Horn is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Clara Hager of Crete, and Mrs. Elsie Groeneveld of Joliet; and a brother Vernon R. Horn of Coffeyville, Kansas. He was preceded in death by four brothers, Charles F., Reinhold, Herbert and Walter.

This is the Damage to the Horn family compartment 1988-1994

With so much damage done to the Horn compartment, we are not certain which crypts contain the remains of Caroline, Clara and Arthur. If you can help, please contact us.

Arthur’s family members also resting in the mausoleum are:

Mother: Caroline “Lena” (Kappmeyer) Horn
Sister: Clara E. (Horn) Hager
Brother: Walter L. Horn
Brother: Reinhold W. Horn
First Cousins 1x removed: Caroline “Carrie” L (Kappmeyer) Struve & Arthur Struve