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Burton Humphrey Ruggles
11 Feb 1823 to 13 Jan 1878

Emma Ella Ruggles Sperry
10 Dec 1848 to 4 May 1933

Anna Jane Ruggles Sperry
28 Oct 1858 to 29 May 1897

George Earl Sperry
31 Mar 1858 to 5 Sep 1810

Lucus Warren (Lutie) Ruggles
23 Jan 1871 to 25 Mar 1878

Hattie Tryphena Ruggles
11 Aug 1876 to 16 Aug 1969

John Burton Sperry
26 Oct 1883 to 5 Sep 1947

Nellie Martin Sperry
25 Dec 1888 to 18 Nov 1934

Mildred Emma Sperry Stubbs
29 Mar 1894 to 15 Apr 1972


Burton Humphrey Ruggles

Aurora Beacon January 23, 1878

"Old Citizen Dead............ Mr. B. H. Ruggles died at his residence in this village on Jan. 13th, after a protracted illness. He was a quiet man, a good citizen, and a firm, unyielding advocate of temperance principles. In 1872 he was a candidate for Presidential elector on the prohibition ticket. He was, for nearly thirteen years, foreman of the U.S.W.E. & P. Co.'s shops. and filled the position with credit to himself and to the satisfaction of the company; gaining at the same time the respect and esteem of his subordinates on the shops. Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon of last week and were attended by all the employees of the windmill shops.

Emma Ruggles Sperry

The Aurora Beacon-News, Friday, May 5, 1933

Mrs. Emma Ruggles Sperry Mrs. Emma Ruggles Sperry, 84, widow of the late G. E. Sperry who died in 1910, passed away yesterday at the home of her son, John B. Sperry, Lake Street Road, Batavia. She leaves three other children, F. E. Sperry of Bloomington, Mrs. P. J. Stubbs of Aurora, and Mrs. Walter Hamish of North Aurora. Mrs. Sperry was born in Springfield, Mass., Dec. 10, 1848, the daughter of Burton H. Ruggles and Anna Halladay Ruggles. She came to Illinois with her parents in 1863 and since that time had lived in Batavia and Aurora. The body was removed to the Borngrebe Funeral Home in Aurora. Funeral Arrangements will be made later.

Anna Jane Ruggles Sperry

The Aurora Daily Beacon, Tuesday, June 1, 1897
Sperry Died, May 29, 1897 at 12 p.m. at Del Rio, Texas,

Mrs. G. Earl Sperry, of Kane Street, this city. Mrs. Sperry has been in poor health for some time. Some two months ago her husband took her to Mexico, thinking a change of climate would be beneficial. Mrs. Sperry was 38 years old, and leaves a husband and four children. Funeral notice later. Batavia papers please copy. The Aurora Daily Beacon, Wednesday, June 9, 1897 Mrs. Anna J. Sperry The following is from the "Farm and Stock Record", Del Rio, Texas: Mrs. Anna J. Sperry, wife of G. E. Sperry, hydraulic engineer of Aurora, Illinois, died at the residence of Mrs. Straw, on First Street, Del Rio, Texas, last Saturday night, May 29, at 11:45 o'clock of consumption. The funeral took place Sunday afternoon at 5 o'clock under the auspices of Del Rio Lodge, No. 325, I. O. O. F. Deceased was 38 years old and leaves four children, the eldest of whom, a boy of fourteen, who was with his mother. Mr. Sperry came here some time ago and was engaged at the irrigation plant across the river in Mexico. Becoming impressed with the superior advantages possessed by this climate for lung-building, he moved his wife here, but the dread disease had taken too firm a hold upon her system and nothing could be done to restore her health. It may be some consolation to the bereaved ones to know that she had the most careful and tender nursing during her last days.

George Earl Sperry

Aurora Daily Beacon, September 6, 1910

George Sperry George Earl Sperry died at his home in Kane Street after an extended illness, aged fifty-two years. He was born in St. Charles, but for years made his home in Aurora. He was a house mover by trade, but for years previous to his illness, was employed by the American Well Works as erecting engineer and bridge expert. He is survived by his widow, four children, all of whom live at home. There is also one sister, Mrs. M. C. Chapman, and one brother Sidney F (**Note: should be L.) Sperry, of California. The funeral will be held tomorrow afternoon at two o'clock from the home. Interment in West Aurora Cemetery.

Lucus Warren (Lutie) Ruggles

Aurora Beacon April 3, 1878

Two deaths were reported in last week's correspondence, and two more are to be reported this week. The first was Lutie Ruggles, son of the late B. H. Ruggles, who died on Monday of last week, aged about seven years.........

Hattie Tryphena Ruggles

Grants Pass Courier

Hattie T Smith, 93, of 1112 Luzon Lane, died this morning (Aug 16, 1969) at Josephine General Hospital. Born Aug 11, 1876 in Batavia, Ill, she had lived here 20 years.
Graveside services will be at 1pm Monday in Hawthorne Memorial Gardens with Hull and Hull Funeral Home in charge and the Rev Milton L Nelson of Medford officiating.
Survivors include a son. A Burton Smith, Grants Pass; a daughter, Mrs William Chester, Lompoc, Calif; four grandchildren

John Burton Sperry

The Aurora Beacon-News, Friday, September 5, 1947

John Burton Sperry, 63, of North Lake Street Road, Batavia, died today at Copley Hospital. He was born October 25, 1883 in Aurora. Mr. Sperry is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Bernice Angell of Aurora, 3 sons, Burton and John of Aurora, and Robert of Batavia, five grandchildren, two sisters, Mrs. Mildred Stubbs of Aurora, and Mrs. Catherine Hamish of North Aurora, one brother Earl Sperry (Frank Earl) of Bloomington, and several nieces and nephews. He was a member of the A.F. and N. (?)M. No. 254, served on the North Aurora school board for 12 years and had been employed by the American Well Works for many years. Funeral arrangements will be announced later.

Nellie Martin Sperry

Aurora Beacon-News
Monday, November 19, 1934

Mrs. Nellie Martin Sperry Mrs. Nellie Martin Sperry, 45, of North Aurora, died yesterday morning at 3:50 (?) o'clock at the Copley Hospital. She was born December 25, 1888 at Lebanon, Mo. And came to Illinois when she was nine years old. Mrs. Sperry was a member of the Union Congregational Church of North Aurora, and secretary of the Altrusa class of the Sunday School. She was active in the work of the Parent-Teacher clubs and the Daughters of Veterans. Surviving are her husband, John B. Sperry, a daughter, Anna Bernice, three sons, Albert Burton, Robert Warren, and John Dickerman; her mother Mrs. John Martin and a brother, Dea Martin of Chicago. She also leaves four sisters, Mrs. Ethel Silvis (sp?) if Naperville, Mrs. Emma Gilfiller (sp?) of Filer, Idaho, Mrs. Ethel Woodrow of Mostelle (?) Missouri and Mrs. Winnie (Minnie) Erhart of Aurora. Funeral services will be held Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock from the Borngrebe Funeral Home with the Rv. G. H. Hewitt officiating. Burial will be in the Spring Lake Cemetery. Friends may call tomorrow afternoon and evening at Borngrebe.

Mildred Emma Sperry Stubbs

The Beacon News (Aurora Illinois),
April 6, 1972

Mrs. Mildred E. Stubbs, 78, of 715 Spruce St., died Saturday at the Aurora Manor Nursing Home. She was born March 29, 1894, in Aurora.
She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Ruth M. Erickson of Aurora and Mrs. Fred (Marilyn) Decker of St. Louis Mo.; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband Ralph J. in 1970.
She was a member of the Trinity Episcopal Church.
Funeral services will be Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. at the Trinity Episcopal Church. The Rev. Paul Gamm will officiate. Burial will be at the Springlake Cemetery.
Friends may call at the Dieterle Memorial Home Monday from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m.

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