....from Streator newspaper

May 31, 1923




            Well Known Woman Had Resided In This Vicinity for Seventy Years. Mrs. Christina Gurney, a resident of Streator an vicinity for the past seventy years, passed away at her home at 309 East Hickory street May 30th, at 9:15 o'clock in the evening. Mrs. Gurney, who was nearing her eighty-seventh birthday, had been in failing health for the past fourteen months, and her death was ascribed to general debility. During her long illness she has had the devoted care of her children, with whom she has made her home, and they have done everything in their power to make her last days happy and comfortable.

            Mrs. Gurney was born on September 15, 1836 in the province of Braunschweig, Germany, receiving her education in that country. In December, 1852, she journeyed with her parents, Christian and Henry (as published) Baker, to the United States locating in Illinois.

            She was united in marriage to Charles J. Gurney at Streator on January 14, 1864 (1855 license), and he passed away in this city on August 21, 1906. The following children mourn the passing of Mrs. Gurney: William L. Gurney, Sparta, Wis.; Caroline (Mrs. E. Nolte), Cedar Falls, Iowa; Louise (Mrs. H. H. Thoren), Chicago; Emma C. (Mrs. A. Houser), cedar Falls, Iowa;          J. Albert Gurney, Canton, Ohio; Charles J. Gurney, Miss May Gurney, Miss Lydia M. Gurney, Anna M. (Mrs. Frank Rose), all of Streator. The following brothers also survive: Christopher Baker, of Streator, and William Baker, of Ransom, Mrs. Gurney leaves thirty grand children and thirteen greatgrandchildren.

            For forty-six years the deceased resided on a farm two miles east of Streator, where she was well and favorably known. She was an active member of the Evangelical church, east of Streator, and upon moving to Streator became presently identified with the First Evangelical church of this city. She was a woman of splendid character and will living be remembered as a

kindly neighbor and a devoted mother. Funeral services will be conducted at the First Evangelical church by the Rev. John ?. ???? on Sunday June 3rd ?????? Burial will take place in

Riverview Cemetery.