St. Charles (Illinois) Chronicle, Nov. 1, 1934
Mrs. Ethel Dearborn Marsden
In the passing of Mrs. Ethel Dearborn Marsden, widow of the late Robert Marsden, at her home on Second Ave. North, early Monday morning, St. Charles loses its eldest born resident.
The daughter of one of St. Charles' earliest pioneers, Nathan Harris Dearborn, Mrs. Marsden was born in St. Charles May 18, 1844. She attended the early schools here, and in 1869, was united in marriage with Robert Marsden, a veteran of the Civil War. Mr. Marsden's death occurred April 7th, 1915.
Surviving are two sons and one daughter. Of the two sons, Harris Elmo resides in Detroit and Roger Dearborn in Washington, D.C. Both fill responsible positions. The daughter, Mrs. Lucetta Schneck and husband, Hugo H. Schneck, have made their home with the mother and cared for her during her long period of invalidism.
The home in which Mrs. Marsden ended her length of days, she had occupied for the past 60 years.
It is interesting in this connection to note that the house was built of the lumber used in the barracks of Camp Kane where the Eighth Illinois cavalry was recruited here.
Mrs. Marsden's father, Nathan Dearborn, came to St. Charles in 1836 and that year built a sawmill, and from the boards sawed from logs at his mill, built the first frame house in St. Charles, at the corner of east Main and Second ave. where the Pearson block now stands.
He also built a house now standing and in a good state of preservation on Second and Indiana aves.
The father came here from New Hampshire and was known to be a relative of Gen. Henry Dearborn, commander-in-chief of the U.S. Army in 1812.
(My copy ends here with the sentence "When his daughters were young" and the note that it is continued on the last page, which I don't have but you may be able to get by contacting the St. Charles (Illinois) Heritage Society.)
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