ONE OF THE PIONEERS
Death of John Batcheller, of Center Ottawa, This Morning
Died, at his home on Post street, at an early hour Thursday morning, John Batcheller, aged 83 years and 7 months. Disease, pneumonia.
Mr. Batcheller was a native of New York, his birthplace being at Homer, at which place his father was pastor of a church for years. Mr. Batcheller resided on a farm in New York and Michigan until 1837, when he came to La Salle county, where he first purchased a farm, but in 1844 moved to this city, where for years he was engaged in manufacturing brick, and later was employed in a machine shop and at the carpenter's trade. For the last twenty years he had been retired from active business. He married Miss Sarah Holden in 1840, who died about three years ago. They had a large family of children, one of whom, Mrs. A. J. Dudley, of Toledo, Iowa, still survives. The funeral will take place Saturday afternoon at 2:30 from his late residence, Rev. L. O. Baird officiating.
Source: Ottawa Republican Times, March 18, 1897, contributed by Bertha Emmett