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Ancestors of Robert Carl Cook

      6. Charles William Rolofson, born January 15, 1890 in Wapella, DeWitt Co., Illinois; died December 10, 1918 in Wapella, DeWitt Co., Illinois. He was the son of 12. Charles Sherman Rolofson and 13. Minnie Jane Washburn. He married 7. Winnie Hoover June 10, 1911 in Wapella, De Witt Co., Illinois.

      7. Winnie Hoover, born October 14, 1891 in Wapella, DeWitt Co., Illinois; died June 04, 1987 in Bloomington, McLean Co., Illinois. She was the daughter of 14. George Washington Hoover and 15. Martha Alice Merrifield.

Notes for Charles William Rolofson:
Charles William's tombstone records: January 15, 1890 to December 10, 1918. He is buried in Sugar Grove Cemetery, DeWitt Co., Illinois.
(A cousin) Charles F. McCannon (interviewed 2/29/2000 by telephone) stated that Charles William (Willie -- as he was called) died in an influenza epidemic that had considerable impact on the community over a period of several months.
Died intestate.

More About Charles William Rolofson:
Burial: December 13, 1918, Sugar Grove Cemetery, De Witt Co., Illinois
Cause of Death: Influenza (Epidemic)
Census: 1900, DeWitt Co., Illinois, Harp tnp; b. 1/1890, age 10, b. IL, parents b. IL
Census2: 1910, DeWitt Co., Illinois; Rutledge tnp; age 20; b. IL
Occupation: Illinois Central Rail Roadman ... the electric train between Bloomington & Clinton, IL
Residence: East Jefferson Street, Wapella, DeWitt Co., Illinois
Source: W.W.Rolofson History
Source2: Illinois Death Records database
Source3: Hist. of DeWitt Co., IL, w/Biog. Sketches of Prominient Citizens of the Co., Pioneer Pub. Co., 1910; pp 103-4

  Notes for Winnie Hoover:
      News Article (no date): Leaving The Classroom; (Photo inserted); (photo caption) Mrs. Winnie Rolofson, a Clinton school teacher 49 years, has resigned her teaching duties effective at the close of the school term this year with high recommendations of school administrators for whom she has served.
      Mrs. Rolofson Ends Teaching Career --      When her 20 first grade school students dance happily out of school at vacation time next month, Mrs. Winnie Hoover Rolofson for the first time in 49 years will not remark, "I'll see you all next fall."
      After nearly a half century in the class room, the 65-year-old teacher is retiring and will leave a record of having taught the "A. B. C.'s" to several thousand Clinton children including several second generation children who have carried home report cards signed "Mrs. Winnie Rolofson."
      While she has tendered her resignation effective at the close of the present school term, Mrs. Rolofson doesn't plan to just sit down and rest.
      Teaching has been fun, she says, and it wasn't until just recently that she decided to leave the classroom.
      "But I just like people too well to sit around home," she said. After a little vacation and some traveling she will begin her new duties in the office of a Heyworth insurance and real estate firm. She also plans to continue her part time job as salesclerk in a Heyworth drugstore; and in case it is permissible, Mrs. Rolofson will remain on the substitute teaching list for Clinton schools.
      Mrs. Rolofson's first teaching assignment was at Parnell school, where she was employed for six months. From Parnell Mrs. Rolofson went to Wapella and was teaching in the grade school there when the present building was erected. Thirty-two years ago she came to Wapella to Clinton, where she started teaching in Douglas School and has enjoyed a second new building during her career when the present Douglas building was completed a year ago.
      Mrs. Rolofson has the distinction of being the youngest person to pass a teacher's examination in DeWitt Co. She passed the complete examination at the age of 12 while still in the 8th grade.
      She says that teaching today is better than ever. "There's so much to work with -- lovely books and all kinds of teaching aids."
      And the main reason for better teaching is the trend to smaller classes.
      Many a year she's had from 50-60 eager, bright frisky 1st graders to cope with and try to teach.
      In recent years the trend has been to have no more than 20-30 in a room, and that's fine for everyone concerned.
      Yes, Mrs. Rolofson will miss the children.
End of article.
Teachers' Examination -- DeWitt County -- Clinton, Ill. July 10, 1905 (original in files)
Winnie Hoover
Report of Examination Held June 30 1905
Spelling -- 81; Reading -- 84; Writing -- 85; Arithmetic -- 53; Grammar -- 75; Geography -- 75; History -- 69; Physiology -- 77; Illinois History -- 10 credits; Pedagogy -- 75; Botony -- (blank); Zoology -- (blank); Physics -- (blank). Remarks: You would better write again on Arith. and Hist. say July 28, 1905 - at the Court House. You have certainly done well. Respt, (signed) T. C. Wampler, County Superintendent
Winnie Rolofson Obit: Heyworth -- The funeral of Winnie Rolofson, 95, of Mennonite Long Term Care Unit, formerly of Heyworth, will be at 10 AM Monday at Metzler-Froelich Memorial Home, Bloomington. The Rev. Charles E. Hale will officiate. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Clinton. Visitation will be from 4-6 PM Sunday at the memorial home. Mrs. Rolofson died at 7:30 PM Thursday (6/4/1987) at Mennonite Hospital. She was born 10/14/1891 in DeWitt, a daughter of George & Martha Merrifield Hoover. She married Charles William Rolofson on 6/10/1911, in Wapella. He died 12/10/1918. Survivors include 1 daughter, Twila Cook, 111 Rust Road, Bloomington; 1 grandson, and 2 great-grandsons. She was preceded in death by 2 sisters. Mrs. Rolofson received a teaching certificate from Illinois State Normal University and taught school in DeWitt Co. for 49 years. After retiring from teaching, she worked for the Bishop Ins. Agency and later for Del's Ins., both in Heyworth, retiring in 1972. She was a member of Heyworth United Church. Memorials may be made to Mennonite Long Term Care, Bloomington.

More About Winnie Hoover:
Burial: June 09, 1987, Woodlawn Cemetery, DeWitt Co., Illinois
Cause of Death: Arteriosclerosis far-advanced and Alzheimer's Disease
Census: 1900, DeWitt Co., Illinois; Wapella tnp, age 9, b. IL
Census2: 1920, DeWitt Co., Illinois; Wapella tnp, age 28, school teacher, b. IL; living w/her parents
Occupation: School teacher; had a restaurant Carle Bldg. in Wapella
Source: W.W. Rolofson Family History
Source2: Marriage documents for Winnie & Chas. Wm. Rolofson
Source3: Http://

More About Charles Rolofson and Winnie Hoover:
Marriage: June 10, 1911, Wapella, De Witt Co., Illinois
Marriage2: By Rev. A. A. Heinlein
Witnesses: Gertrude Anger & Mrs. A. A. Heinlein
Child of Charles Rolofson and Winnie Hoover is:
  3 i.   Twila Maxine Rolofson, born October 09, 1916 in Wapella, De Witt Co., Illinois; died January 05, 1998 in Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo Co., Michigan; married (1) James Ralph McCubbin Private; married (2) Carl Hubert Cook July 04, 1941 in Monticello, Piatt Co., Illinois.

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