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My connection to this family was Warren Planthaber who married first my grand aunt and then my grandmother. He was my step-grandfather. Though the Planthaber family is not directly related to me, I have put this information up for his family of whom many are my cousins.

Fred Planthaber was born September 25, 1878, died August 1966. His mother's name was Mary. He married Ruth Kelly on October 15, 1902 in Chicago, Cook Cty, IL. Ruth was born on December 24, 1882 and died in March 12, 1976. Not sure how many children they had. Their son, Warren was born on February 1, 1904 and died July 1, 1981. site.

Warren Planthaber's marriages:

Marriage 1: Jennet Anna Ellis born September 26, 1903 in Rockford, IL, married Warren Planthaber in July of 1922 and then she died October 1, 1941 in Sterling, Whiteside Cty, IL. Their children:

Marriage 2: Irena Tucker in August of 1952, they were divorced.

Marriage 3: Opal Kicksey Dahlberg and they had one daughter who is still living. They divorced in September of 1953.

Marriage 4: Myrna Glass Ellis in July 2, 1955. No children. They spent the rest of their lives together.

Fred and Ruth Planthaber were divorced. Fred remarried to Caroline M. Millerschone who died in November of 1987

Ruth Kelly Planthaber remarried to a Shepard (Alfred?) in March of 1976.

Planthabers buried at Oak Knoll Cemetery in Sterling, Illinois:

PLANTHABER, Fred 25 Sep 1878 18 Sep 1966

PLANTHABER, Jennett Anna (Ellis) 1903 01 Oct 1941

Warren Planthaber, Sr  

PLANTHABER, Myrna G (Glass) 11 Aug 1907 04 Mar 1990

Warren Planthaber, Sr   PLANTHABER, Warren, Sr 21 Feb 1904 Jul 1981

Jennett Anna Ellis

Myrna G Glass  

Planthaber, Warren H 15 Jun 1923 08 Feb 2009 Orla Jean Dahlberg Warren & Jenette (Ellis) Planthaber

There was a John H. Planthaber born in 1887 in Illinois who was married to Margarettia L. Planthaber. Because the name Planthaber is not very common and particularly because of the size of the area — I think he was probably a brother to Fred Planthaber.

The 1930 U.S. Census in Illinois shows:

Household Role Gender Age Birthplace
John H Planthaber Head M 43 Illinois
Margaretta Planthaber Wife F 27 Illinois
Clarence Planthaber Son M 21 Illinois
Karl Planthaber Son M 18 Illinois
Caroline Planthaber Daughter F 15 Illinois
Leo Planthaber Son M 12 Illinois
John R Planthaber Son M 5 Illinois
Charles Planthaber Son M 4 Illinois
Gertie Jensen Sister-in-law F 30 Illinois

1940 US Census:

Household Role Gender Age Birthplace
John H Planthaber Head M 53 Illinois
Margarettia L Planthaber Wife F 47 Illinois
John B Planthaber Son M 15 Illinois
Charles H Planthaber Son M 13 Illinois

There is a John Planthaber born in 1809 in Germany whose parents were from Germany. He shows up in the 1880 US Census in Sterling. His wife was Dora Planthaber also born in Germany and they had one son at that time, Newton Planthaber born in IL. Newton married a woman named Anna. In March 31, 1847, Caroline Planthaber was born to John and Dora (Wellman). Caroline married Andrew Haberer and then died June 20, 1937 in Sterling.

Planthaber - Whiteside County, IL - 1940 US Census

Barbara Planthaber, born 1935, Clyde Township
Carl Planthaber, born 1913, Clyde Township
Charles H Planthaber, born 1927, Mount Pleasant Township
Clarence Planthaber, born 1910, Clyde Township
Etta Planthaber, born 1914, Clyde Township
Floyd Planthaber, born 1937, Clyde Township
Fred Planthaber, born 1879, Mount Pleasant Township
Henry Planthaber, born 1935, Clyde Township
Jeanette Planthaber, born 1904, Sterling Township
John B Planthaber, born 1925, Mount Pleasant Township
John H Planthaber, born 1887, Mount Pleasant Township
Joyce Planthaber, born 1934, Sterling Township
Margarettia L Planthaber, born 1893, Mount Pleasant Township
Mary Jane Planthaber, born 1939, Clyde Township
Mary Planthaber, born 1857, Mount Pleasant Township
Mary Planthaber, born 1917, Clyde Township
Sue Carol Planthaber, born 1936, Clyde Township
Warren Planthaber, born 1904, Sterling Township
Warren Planthaber, born 1924, Sterling Township
Wayne Planthaber, born 1932, Sterling Township


CHARLES H. PLANTHABER, 75, of Sterling died Tuesday May 7 2002 after an extended illness. He was employed by Northwestern Steel and Wire. Born 26 Sep 1926 in Morrison the son of John & Margaret (Hunt) Planthaber. He married Viola Asbury on 7 Sep 1945. She died Dec 26 1999. He served in the Army during WW II and enjoyed fishin gand traveling. Survivors are a son Charles H (Bette) of Prophetstown and two daughters Bonnie Sue (Tony) Ridgeway and Vickie (Lester) Weaver both of Sterling. 6 Grandchildren and 3 Great Grandchildren. Memorial service at 7 PM Friday at Amazing Grace Assembly Sterling. McDonald Funeral Home handled the arrangements.
Daily Gazette 08 May 2002

JOHN HENRY PLANTHABER , of Morrison. Funeral services for John H. Plantaber who passed away Wednesday (27 March 1957) at his home were held Friday at the Reynolds Funeral Home at 2 p.m. The Rev. Frank Leon Furrh of the First Baptist church officiated and burial was in Grove Hill Cemetery. Casket bearers were Floyd Worhley, William Port, Henry Boelkens, John Sorenson, Earl Hiddleson and Fred Hackbarth. Floral caretakers were Mrs. Walter Westendorf and Mrs. August Forrester, Miss Clara Ackermand and Glenn Graddock sang Going Down the VAlley, One by One, accompanied by Mrs. Abe Renkes, organist.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois March 30, 1957 - Saturday, pg 2

MARY (REYNOLDS) PLANTHABER , 89, of Four Seasons Living Center, Morrison, IL, died Sunday, Oct. 30, 2005 at the Morrison Community Hospital in Morrison, IL. Mary was born May 31, 1916 in Thomson, IL to Charles W. and Margie (Martindale) Reynolds. She was educated in the Thomson grade and high schools. Mary married Carl J. Planthaber, Sr. on March 10, 1934 in Morrison. He died January 20, 1970. She was employed by General Electric in Morrison for 17 years. Following retirement, she worked for the former Carpenters Bakery in Morrison and had also worked as a tour guide for R.C. Smith Transportation in Morrison. She was a member of the Illinois Evangelistic Alliance, Inc. of Moline, IL and the G.E.M. Club of Morrison, IL. Survivors include three daughters, Barb (Mrs. Don) Skibbe, Sue (Mrs. Cal) Wing, and Carlene Chapman all of Morrison; one son, Carl J. (Wanda) Planthaber, Jr. of Camanche, IA; a son-in-law, Doran Everly of Rock Falls, IL; thirteen grandchildren; twenty-seven great grandchildren; and seven great great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Carl Planthaber, Sr.; one daughter, Mary Jane Everly; one grandson, Rodney Skibbe; two sisters, Florence Remrod and one as a youth; three brothers, Roy, Wesley, and William Reynolds.



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