Mr. Henry Sprattler, For The Past Thirty-five Years In The Employ of J. B. Taylor, Is Called From Earth. Mr. Henry Sprattler died last night at 8 o'clock, at his home on the corner of Benton and Division Streets, after a long illness, of a complication of several diseases.
The funeral will be held from the family residence tomorrow afternoon at 3 o'clock. Henry Sprattler was born in Bavaria, in the year 1833, and came to Freeport in the year 1852. Soon after arriving here he entered the employ of Mr. John B. Taylor, and remained in that gentleman's employ until he died, and a more faithful man never lived. He was honest, industrious and courtious and possessed the respect and esteem of Mr. Taylor, Mr. E. C. Warner and every man connected with Mr. Taylor's store. Such high regard had Mr. Taylor for his faithful employee, that when he had been with him twenty-five years, he presented him with an elegant watch and chain. Not only was Mr. Sprattler highly regarded where he worked, but also in the county in which he lived. As a citizen, he was quiet and unassuming. He always attended to his own affairs and had no enemies. He was kind-hearted and always willing to help those in distress. Mr. Sprattler's home life was very pleasant.
Here he was married, and here his family was raised. The hand of death entered his home life about five years ago, and took from the family circle, the wife and mother. It was a sad blow to Mr. Sprattler, but he bore it like a man and never neglected his family of children, but provided them with all the comforts of life. He leaves a family of eight girls and one boy: Herman, Mrs. F. X. Meyer, of Oregon; Louise, Lena, Nellie, Emma, Carrie, Isabella and Jennie. He leaves them well provided for as he has a comfortable home and $5000 life insurance in the Odd Fellows Insurance Company of Galesurg.
He was a member of the Odd Fellows Lodge and also an active member of the Germania Society. In the death of Mr. Sprattler, Freeport loses a good citizen, whose memory will be cherished by many of our citizens who realized and appreciated his many good qualities.
from The Freeport Standard Journal, Jan. 28, 1888 (Saturday, pg 4, col 5). Submitted by: Susan Gillick March 01, 2001
This was my great great grandfather. His daughter Lena was my great grandmother, and she married James Reilly in Ogle County.