Michael Bardell, a resident of Ridott for the past eighteen years, died at his home at that place last evening about 6 o'clock of old age. He was born in Alsace, France, in 1821, and came to America in 1841. Mr. Bardell came to Stephenson County in 1845. He was eighty-six years of age the twenty-seventh day of last May. Mr. Bardell had been a sufferer for the past two years. He was a sincere Christian, and a consistent member of the Free Methodist church. Mr. Bardell had many friends in this county who will mourn his death, as he was highly respected in this community. Mr. Bardell was married fifty-seven years ago to Miss Margaret Koppes. Seven children were born to this union. Besides his wife he is survived by the following children: Mrs. Caroline Marks, Omaha; Mrs. H. Daughtenbaugh, Ridott; Mrs. Elizabeth Brooks, Evanston; William Bardell of Belvidere, and Charles H. Bardell of this city. The funeral will be held Monday morning at 9:30 o'clock from the Freeport Methodist church on State Road. Rev. Webb will officiate.
(date of death on clipping - October 18, 1907) Freeport, Illinois paper. Submitted by: e-mail on 2 Jan 2002