ELEANOR LYDIA (STURM) PORTEOUS

B. January 3, 1906 in Lake Zurich, Lake County, IL
D. January 8, 2001 in Libertyville, Lake County, IL
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  • Father: Jacob Sturm born January 12, 1869 in Long Grove, Lake County, IL son of Jacob Sturm (1841-1919) and Salome (Krautwasser) Sturm (1841-1919); married Magdalena Emma Baker in February 2, 1893 in Long Grove, Lake County, IL; Jacob died August 27, 1958 in Barrington, Cook County, IL; buried in Randhill Park Cemetery, Arlington Heights, Cook County, IL; According to the Arlington Heights Herald (Arlington Height, IL) Thursday, September 4, 1958, page 13:

Jacob Sturm

   Servies for Jacob Sturm, 89, Quentin rd., Route 3, Palatine, who died Wednesday, Aug. 27 in the Barrington Rest Home, were held Saturday in St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, Palatine.
   The Rev. Glenn G. Gumm, pastor, officiated.  Burial was in Rand Hill cemetery.
   Mr. Sturm was born Jan. 12, 1869, in Ela township, Lake county, the son of Mr.s and Mrs. Jacob Sturm.  He married the former Ellen Baker, feb. 6, 1893, in the Mound Grove church.  She preced him in death 16 years ago.
   Survivors include five sons, Arthur, Russell, Irving, Merle, all of Lake Zurich, and Harry, Elgin, four daughters, Mrs. Alice Oltendorf, 315 W. Slade st., Palatine, Mrs. Pearl Shontanus, Wauconda, Mrs. Eleanor Porteous, Round Lake, Mrs. Grace Blum, Chicago; one sister, Mrs. Bertha Lauerrsen, Lake Zurich; 11 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.”

  • Mother: Magdalena Emma “Ellen” (Baker) Sturm born January 12, 1872 in Long Grove, Lake County, IL daughter of Nicholas J. Baker (1839-1919) and Marie Catherine “Mary” (Pahlman) Baker (1846-1928); Magdalena died July 16, 1942 in Palatine, Cook County, IL; buried in Randhill Park Cemetery, Arlington Heights, Cook County, IL; According to the Arlington Heights Herald (Arlington Heights IL) Thursday, July 23, 1942, page 7:

Mrs. M. E. Sturm

   Mrs. Magdalena Ellen Sturm, daughter of Mr. Nicholas Baker, and Mrs. Mary, nee Pahlman, was born in Ela Township, Cook County, Illinois on January 12, 1872.  She was baptised in infancy and later confirmed at the Long Grove Evangelical Reformed church.  Her early life was spent near Quentins corner.
   February 2, 1893, she was united in holy wedlock with Mr. Jacob Sturm.  This union God has blessed with eleven children, seven sons, and four daughters.  One son, Lester John, preceded his mother to eternity on July 15, 1941.  Since their marriage Mr. and Mrs. Sturm have lived in Ela Township until about three months ago when they moved to Palatine.
   Mr. and Mrs. Sturm at first attended church at Long Grove.  Later they became members at St. Paul’s in Palatine, where Mrs. Sturm was a member until her death.  She was also an active member in the Women’s Guild of St. Paul’s church.
   Mrs. Sturm has been ailing, more or less, since last November.  On January 25 she was removed to Byers hospital in Elgin.  Since that time she has been confined to her bed.  She remained in the hospital about three months.  She became noticeably worse last Sunday.  From that time she seemed to grow steadily weaker until she passed away Thursday, July 16 at 12:10 at noon.  She had reached the age of 70 years, 6 months, and 4 days.
   Mrs. Sturm leaves to mourn her departure: her husband, Mr. Jacob Sturm of Palatine; 6 sons, Arthur of Mercer, Wis., Harry of Elgin, Irving of Lake Zurich, Private Russell of the U. S. Armer, Merl of Palataine, and Gordon of Palatine; four daughters: Alice (Mrs. Elmer Oltendorf) of Palatine, Pearl, (Mrs. Wm., Schotanus) of Palatine, Eleanor, (Mrs. Charles Porteous) of Round Lake, Ill., and Grace (Mrs. Grace Meyer) of Palatine; 11 grandchildren: Violet Sturm of Palatine, Rosemary, Wm. and Joseph Sturm of Mercer, Wis., Marlene Sturm of Libertyville, Merl Schotanus of Palatine, Gordon, Ellen Mae, and Patricia Ann Porteous of Round Lake, and Howard and James Meyer of Palatine and John Sturm of Palatine; 1 brother, Henry Baker of Libertyville; 4 sisters: Mrs. Louise uentins (sic) of Chicago, Mrs. Clara Wagner of Chicago and Myrs. Lydia (Roy) Born of Palatine; 1 uncle, Ernest Pahlman of Barrington; 2 aunts: Mrs. Emma Kleinsmith of Palatine and Mrs. Maggie Pahlman of Minnesota; a number of nieces and nephews, together with a host of other near and far relatives and many friends.  All these join us in extending our heartfelt sympathy to the bereaved family, and wish for them God’s blessing upon them in their bereavement.
   Funeral services were held on Sunday afternoon, July 19, from the Danielsen and Tharp Chapel at 2 p. m. and at St. Paul’s church in Palatine at 2:20 p. m.  Interment was made in Rand Hill Park Cemetery near Arlington Heights, Ill.
   Rev. W. F. Huebner, pastor of St. Paul’s Evangelical and Reformed church in Palatine, officiated.”

  1. Gordon Charles Porteous born December 10, 1929 in Libertyville, Lake County, IL; Gordon died July 8, 1946 in Waukegan, Lake County, IL (See section pertaining to Gordon Charles Porteous buried in the Fort Hill Cemetery)
  2. Ellen Mae (Porteous) (Schaffer) Stooksbury born about 1932 in Illinois; married (1) unknown Schaffer; married (2) Kyle Clifford Stooksbury; Ellen died in 1984
  3. Patricia A. (Porteous) Piwowarczyk born December 10, 1937 in Illinois; married Gene J. Piwowarczyk in Cook County, IL
  • Siblings:
    • Arthur Jacob “Art” Sturm born February 10, 1894 in Ela Township, Lake County, IL; married Elizabeth Kelly; Arthur died September 1978; last residence in Dallas, Barron County, WI
    • Alice (Sturm) Oltendorf born April 11, 1895 in Illinois; married Elmer Ben Oltendorf (1894-1969); Alice died December 1981; last residence in Lake Zurich, Lake County, IL
    • Harry Charles Sturm born September 22, 1897 in Ela Township, Lake County, IL; Harry died July 19, 1976 in Elgin, Kane County, IL; last residence in Elgin, Kane County, IL; buried in Randhill Park Cemetery, Arlington Heights, Cook County, IL; According to the Arlington Heights Herald (Arlington Heights IL) Wednesday, July 21, 1976; page 6:

“HARRY C. STURM, 79, of Elgin and the brother of Irvin Sturm of Palatine, Russell Sturm of Lake Zurich, Art and Merle Sturm, both of Barrington, died Monday in his home.  He was a retired gas station owner.
   Services will be at 2 p.m. today in Ahlgrim and Sons Funeral Home, 201 N. Northwest Hwy., Palatine, with burial in Randhill Park Cemetery, Palatine.  Memorials will be made to the Arthritis Foundation.”

    • Lester John Sturm born January 21, 1900 in Illinois; married Minnie Hapke born about 1907 in Illinois, daughter of Christian “Christ” Hapke (1857-1941) and Nettie (Fosse) Hapke Lester (1863-unknown); Lester died July 15, 1941 in Waukegan, Lake County, IL; buried in Fairfield Cemetery, Ela Township, Lake County, IL
    • Irving Sturm born December 11, 1901 in Ela Township, Lake County, IL (also given as Palatine, Cook County, IL); Irving died August 1979; last residence in San Diego, San Diego County, CA
    • Pearl A. (Sturm) Schotanus born March 17, 1904 in Illinois; married William Schotanus (1898-1957) in 1927 in Libertyville, Lake county, IL; Pearl died October 14, 1987 in Windsor, Windsor County, VT; Pearl and William are buried in Wauconda Cemetery, Wauconda, Lake County, IL; According to the Rutland Daily Herald (Rutland VT) Thursday, October 15, 1987, page 11:

Pearl A. Schotanus

    WINDSOR – Pearl A. Schotanus, 83, died Wednesday at the Mount Ascutney Hospital.
   She was born on her family farm in Lake Zurich, Ill., Mary 17, 1904, daughter of Jacob and Ellen Sturm.
   She was married to William Schotanus of Libertyville, Ill., in 1928.  He died in 1957.
   She maintained her home in Waukonda (sic), Ill., until 1973 when she joined her son, Merle W., Schotanus, and daughter-in-law, Helen, in Arlington, Va.  She has lived at Herschel Home in Windsor since 1977.
   She leaves her son, Merle W. Schotanus of Grantham, N.H.; two granddaughters; and two great-granddaughters.
   A memorial service and burial will be in Waukonda (sic), Ill.
   The Knight funeral Home is in charge of local arrangements.”

    • Grace Rose (Sturm) (Meyer) Blum born about 1908 in Illinois; married (1) Henry Louis Meyer (1900-1941), son of Henry C. Meyer and Minnie (Knigge) Meyer; married (2) Ben Blum
    • Russell G. Sturm born September 13, 1909 in Ela Township, Lake County, IL; U.S. Army Veteran; married Alice C. Tonne (1904-1998), daughter of William Ernest Tonne (1874-1953) and Sofia M. (Holle) Tonne (1884-1968); Russell died March 7, 2000 in Lake Zurich, Lake County, IL; buried in Randhill Park Cemetery, Arlington Heights, Cook County, IL; According to the Daily Herald (Arlington Heights IL) Wednesday, Marych 8, 2000, page 74:

Russell G. Sturm
of Lake Zurich

   Funeral services for Russell G. Sturm, 90, will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, at Ahlgrim & Sons Funeral home, 415 S. Buesching Road, Lake Zurich.  The Rev. Michelle Prentice-Leslie will officiate.
   Born Sept. 13, 1909, in Ela Township, Ill., he died Tuesday, March 7, 2000, in Lake Zurich.  Burial will be in Randhill Park Cemetery.
   A self-employed carpenter for most of his life, Mr. Sturm was also an Army veteran of World War II, a Lake Zurich volunteer fireman and a past member of Zurich Masonic Lodge #1039.
   Survivors include his sister, Eleanor Porteous; and nephews and nieces, Howard Meyer, John Sturm, Coral Lee Scranton and Marion Frappier.
   In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Alice C. Sturm (nee Tonne); seven brothers; one sister; and great-niece, Julie Ann Frappier.
   Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today, at the funeral home.
   In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Peter United Church of Christ, 47 Church St., Lake Zurich, IL 60047.
   For information, (847) 540-8871.”

    • Merle Roy Sturm born March 20, 1912 in Palatine, Cook County, IL; Merle died November 14, 1993; last residence in Barrington, Lake County, IL
    • Gordon W. Sturm born Octrober 1, 1916 in Ela Township, Lake County, IL; Veteran, World War II; married Pearl Ehlers on February 26, 1940; Gordon died February 17, 1946 in Fort Bragg, Cumberland County, NC; buried in Randhill Park Cemetery, Arlington Heights, Cook County, IL; According to the Chicago Tribune (Chicago IL) Wednesday, February 20, 1946, page 27:

“STURM – Sgt. T/4 Gordon W. Sturm, Feb. 16, at Fort Bragg, N. C., beloved husband of Pearl, son of Jacob Sturm of Palatine, Ill., brother of Art, Alice, Harry, Pearl, Eleanor, Irving, Grace, Russell, and Merle.  Resting at funeral home, 25 W. Chicago avenue, Palatine.  Services 2 p. m. Thursday at St. Paul’s church.  Interment Rand Hill cemetery.”

Additional Information:

According to the 1910 U.S. Census for Ela Township, Lake County, IL the household members were: Jacob Sturm, head, age 41, married once for 17 years, born in Illinois, parents born in Germany, occupation: farmer – general farm; Magdelene Sturm, wife, age 37, married once for 17 years, 9 children born, 9 children living, born in Illinois, parents born in Germany; Arthur Sturm, son, age 16, single, born in Illinois, occupation: farm laborer – home farm; Alice Sturm, daughter, age 14, single,  born in Illinois, occupation: servant – home family; Harry Sturm, son, age 12, single, born in Illinois; Lester Sturm, son, age 10, single, born in Illinois; Irving Sturm, son, age 8, single, born in Illinois; Pearl Sturm, daughter, age 6, single, born in Illinois; Eloner (sic) Sturm, daughter, age 4, single, born in Illinois; Grace Sturm, daughter, age 2, single, born in Illinois; Russel Sturm, son, age 9/12, single, born in Illinois.

According to the 1920 U.S. Census for Town of Ela, Lake County, IL living on a farm on Palatine Road, the household members were: Jacob Sturm, head, age 50, married, born in Illinois, parents born in Germany, occupation: farmer – dairy farm; Allie (sic) Sturm, wife, age 47, married, born in Illinois, parents born in Germany; Arthur Sturm, son, age 25, single, born in Illinois, occupation: farmer – dairy farm; Alice Sturm, daughter, age 24, single, born in Illinois; Harry Sturm, son, age 22, single, born in Illinois, occupation: laborer – dairy farm; Lester Sturm, son, age 20, single, born in Illinois, occupation: laborer – diary farm; Irving Sturm, age 18, single, born in Illinois, occupation: farmer – dairy farm; Pearle Sturm, daughter, age 15, single, born in Illinois; Elanor Sturm, daughter, age 14, single, born in Illinois; Grace Sturm, daugher, age 12, single, born in Illinois; Russell Sturm, son, age 9, single, born in Illinois; Mearle Sturm, son, age 7, single, born in Illinois; Gorden Sturm, son, age 4 3/12 single, born in Illinois.

According to the 1930 U.S. Census for Libertyville Village, Libertyville Township, Lake County, IL living at 629 North First Street, the household members were: Charles D. Porteous, head, age 31, married at age 29, born in Illinois, parents born in Illinois, occupation; truck driver – clothing factory; Eleanor L. Porteous, wife, age 24, married at age 23, born in Illinois, parent born in Illinois; Gordon C. Porteous, son, age 3/12, single, born in Illinois.

According to the 1940 U.S. Census for Round Lake Beach, Avon Township, Lake County, IL living on Glenwood Drive the household members were: Charles Porteous, head, age 40, married, highest grade completed: 8, born in Illinois, lived in rural Lake County, IL in 1935, occupation: well driller – excavation; Eleanor Porteous, wife, age 34, married, highest grade completed: 8, born in Illinois; Gordon Porteous, son, age 10, single, highest grade completed: 3 born in Illinois; Ellen Porteous, daughter, age 8, single, highest grade completed: 2, born in Illinois; Patricia Porteous, daughter, age 2, single, born in Illinois.

According to the Daily Herald (Arlington Heights IL) January 10, 2001:

“Eleanor L. Porteous of Round Lake since 1937
Funeral services for Eleanor L. Porteous (nee Sturm), 95, will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, at Strang Funerl Chapel & Crematorium Ltd., 410 E. Belvidere Road, Grayslake.  The Rev. Orell C. Ruth will officiate.  Born Jan. 3, 1906, in Lake Zurich, she died Monday, Jan. 8, 2001, at Winchester House, Libertyville.  Interment will be in Fort Hill Cemetery, Round Lake.  Mrs. Porteous was a member of the Pioneer Grandmothers Club and the Round Lake Area “Happy Seniors”.  She was also an owner of the Park Pet Shop in Round Lake Park for more than 10 years.  Eleanor is survived by her daughter, Patricia (Gene) Piwowarczyk of Lake Villa; nephews, Howard Myers, John Sturm, Wally, Lester and George Stang; nieces, Marion Sturm, Deloris Butenschoen, Evie Munts and Irene Bratzke; seven grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles D. Porteous, who passed away in 1987; daughter, Ellen mae Stooksbury, who passed away in 1984; son, Gordon Porteous, who passed away in 1946; parents, Jacob (Magdalena, nee Baker) Sturm; sisters, Grace Blum, Alice Oltendorph and Pearl Schtonus; and brothers, Art, Harry, Gordon, Russell and Merle Sturm.  Friends of the family may visit from 5 to 9 p.m. today, at the funeral chapel.  Memorials may be made in memory of Mrs. Porteous to the American Cancer Society, 777 Central Ave., Highland Park, IL 60035.  For information, (847) 223-8122.

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