HAD BEEN AT HOSPITAL ONLY FEW DAYS; HAD HAD INFLUENZA.
Was Born Here, Son Of Mr. & Mrs. Peter Grosboll
Funeral Services Held At Christian Church Here Wednesday Afternoon.
Cyrus Grosboll, son of the late Peter Grosboll and his widow, and a life-long resident of this community, died Sunday afternoon, January 6 at St. Johns Hospital in Springfield. from pneumonia. Mr. Grosboll was just one day past forty-two years old. Mr. Grosboll was ill three weeks preceding his death suffering an attack of influenza.. He had apparently recovered and was able to be out, when he suffered a relapse which developed rapidly into pneumonia. He was taken at once to St. Johns Hospital, where, In Spite of every effort to save his life, he grew steadily worse until the end came.
Grosboll was the elder of two sons born, to Mr. and Mrs. Grosboll, and by one of those rulings of fate or Providence that plays, so great a part in the world; both died of the same disease, Harry the the younger brother, having fallen a victim to influenza while in the Navy, during the epidemic of 1918-1919.
Mr. Grosboll was born January 5, 1887 near Petersburg, the son of Peter and Christina Kjar Grosboll. He grew to manhood in the community in which he was born; and graduated from the local schools. Following his school years, he engaged in farming, living for a number of years on the Schirding farm, and later, after his father had retired and moved to this city, he moved to the Grosboll farm, north of Barclay School, where~he was Iiving at the time of his death.
On february 17, 1912, Mr. Grosboll was married to Miss Hazel Henderson, daughter of Mrs. Ellen Henderson of this city, and to them were born two children, a son, Kermit and a daughter Miss Gretchen, who are both at home. He is survived by his two children, his widow; his mother, three sisters, Mrs. Harry Schirding and Miss Ella of this city and Mrs. Edward Harms of Chicago, besides a great many other relatives and friends almost without number.
While yet a boy, more than twenty years ago, he united with the First Christian church of this city and remained a member of that congregation throughout the remainder of his life. He was a member of Clinton Lodge No. 19 A. F. & A. M. DeWitt Chapter No. 119 R. A. M. and of St. Aldermar Commandery No. 47 Knights Templar, and of Roland Lodge No. 69, Knights of Pythias.
Mr. Grosboll was known to as many people probably as any other man in the county. He was noted for his ready wit, his friendly smile and his cordial, friendly manner of greeting everyone known to him. He had friends in every part of the county, and those friends will all miss him. He was a good citizen, a good friend and to use the words of one of his friends, "an all round fine fellow".
Funeral services were held at 2 o'clock Wednesday afternoon January 9 from the First Christian church conducted by Rev. L. R. Cronkhite, the pastor, and burial was in the Grosboll family lot, in Oakland cemetery.
THE FARM BUREAU NOTES
Our Farm Bureau mourns the loss of a most esteemed citizen and member, Cyrus Grosboll, who died of pneumonia last Sunday afternoon, January 6th. With his departure we have lost a valuable member, who has always been a loyal and faithful worker in the organization. He served as a member of the Executive Committee and has done much to promote those Projects beneficial to a progressive people. We extend the sympathy of our entire membership.
Our organization has lost a most worthy member and citizen, Cyrus Grosboll. He was our committeeman of North Petersburg precinct, and has worked to develop all worthy projects and make the Farm Bureau better. Our entire membership mourns the loss of such a valuable member.
This writer, and a great many other Petersburg people as well, feels a great sense of personal loss in the death of Cyrus Grosboll. Probably no man who ever lived in Petersburg had the same faculty for making friends, and surely no man ever had the same faculty of expression that Cyrus Grosboll made peculiarly his own. He had the faculty of saying things that, had another said them, might hurt. And yet, as he said them, they never hurt. He was witty, generous, kindly and a gentleman. And this city, or any city, would be better with more men like him.
For almost twenty years, the writer has numbered Cyrus Grosboll among his friends. And a friendship of twenty years' standing is one that will be remembered as long as one lives. We who live in this community, are sorry to lose Cyrus Grosboll, and we extend out sympathy to his wife, his children, his mother and his sisters.
Submitted by Rachel C Boland
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