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13 Mar 2012 Peoria, Ill. — 
Monsignor Emmett Edward Higgins, 80, of Peoria, died at 12:10 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012, at OSF Saint Clare Home in Peoria.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Cathedral of St. Mary of The Immaculate Conception in Peoria. The Most Reverend Daniel R. Jenky, C.S.C. will be the celebrant.
Burial will take place at 1 p.m. Wednesday at St. Columba Cemetery in Ottawa.
Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at Wright and Salmon Mortuary and at the Cathedral one hour prior to the Mass on Tuesday.
He was born Aug. 16, 1931, in Ottawa, a son of Emmett and Mercedes (Barrett) Higgins.
He is survived by his only sibling, Ann (Jack) Wahlig, Des Moines, Iowa, and their children, Patti (Mark) Pokorney, Joe (Laurie) Wahlig, Teri (Mark) Feldmann, Julie Wahlig, Mary (Eric) Jones, Amy (Jon) Rowland, Ann (Jim) Funk and Kate (Jim) Wainwright; 16 great-nieces and great-nephews; and many friends who feel like family.
He graduated from Ottawa High School, St. Ambrose University, and St. Paul Seminary. He was ordained to the priesthood June 2, 1957, and served the following parishes: St. Mark’s, Peoria; St. Philomena’s, Monticello; Immaculate Conception, Streator; St. Mary’s, Pontiac; Holy Family, Lincoln; St. Mary’s, Atlanta; St. Columba, Mason City; St. Patrick’s, Elkhart; St. Thomas, Mt. Pulaski; St. Patrick’s, Hennepin; and Sacred Heart, Granville.
Monsignor Higgins was a lifelong Cubs fan, an active member of the National Association of Priest Pilots and a season ticket holder to the Chicago Lyric Opera.
Memorial donations may be made to OSF Saint Clare Home or OSF Hospice Care.
Tributes and condolences may be submitted to

1930; Census Place: Ottawa, LaSalle, Illinois; Roll: 532; Page: 20A; Enumeration District: 71; Image: 214  (No Image Available)
Name Age

Emmet A Higgins 26
Mercedes Higgins 26

1920; Census Place: Manlius, La Salle, Illinois; Roll: T625_378; Page: 1B; Enumeration District: 122; Image: 1041
Name Age

Timothy Higgins 44
Anna Mae Higgins 40
Emmett A Higgins 15
Helen M Higgins 12

1910; Census Place: Manlius, La Salle, Illinois; Roll: T624_300; Page: 1A; Enumeration District: 0112; Image: 977
Name Age

Timothy Higgins 34
Anna M Higgins 31
Emmett A Higgins 6
Helen M Higgins 3

1900; Census Place: Manlius, LaSalle, Illinois; Roll: 316; Page: 14B; Enumeration District: 62
Name Age (No image available)

Marie Higgins 64
William Higgins 30
Belle Higgins 25
Timothy Higgins 24
Allie Higgins 19

1880; Census Place: Manlius, La Salle, Illinois; Roll: 223; Page: 383D; Enumeration District: 072; Image: 0288.
Name Age

Jerrimiah Higgins 48
Maria Higgins 42
John Higgins 18
Katie Higgins 17
Jerrie Higgins 12
William Higgins 10
Belle Higgins 6
Timothy Higgins 4
James Higgins 2
Ellen Higgins 6m

1870; Census Place: Manlius, La Salle, Illinois; Roll: M593_243; Page: 336A; Image: 676
Name Age

Jeremiah Higgins 38
Maria Higgins 32
Ellen Higgins 11
John Higgins 9
Kate Higgins 7
Jeremiah Higgins 2
William Higgins 6/12
John Higgins 74

1860; Census Place: Manlius, LaSalle, Illinois; Roll: M653_196; Page: 246; Image: 247
Name Age

Jeremiah Higgins 28
Maria Higgins 22
Ellen Higgins 1
John Higgins 62
Higgins 19

Illinois Marriages
Name: Maria Corbit Gender: Female
Spouse Name: Jermiah Higgins
Marriage Date: Feb 16, 1858 Marriage County: La Salle
Comments: County Court Records, Film # 1710810 - 1710813.


1850; Census Place: Manlius, LaSalle, Illinois; Roll: M432_115; Page: 313A; Image: 278
John Higgins 52
Jeremiah Higgins 17


08 Jan 2011

- Robert L. Higgins (1921 - 2010)-
GALESBURG - Mr. Robert L. Higgins, 89, Galesburg, went to join the Lord at 1:20 a.m. Monday, Aug. 23, 2010, in St. Mary Hospital in Duluth, Minn.
He was born July 5, 1921, in Alexis, the son of Harry G. and Elsie Higgins. He served his country in World War II, where he met his future wives. He married Eileen in England in 1960. He later married Peggy Darville in Galesburg on May 15, 1974.
He is survived by a sister, Maribelle Nordberg of Duluth, Minn. He was preceded in death by his parents, Harry and Elsie; his wives, Eileen and Peggy; five sisters, Ruth, Ada, Vivian, Butch and Marge; and two brothers, Junior and Kike. He will be missed by many nieces and nephews from California, Arizona, Texas, Kansas, Michigan, Indiana and Minnesota.
Bob enlisted in the Army at the age of 17 and is a very proud World War II veteran. He retired in 1974 from the Galesburg Police Department after 20 years of service. He was a member of Illinois Policeman's Association, NRA Live member, lifetime member of VFW and a member of First Baptist Church.
Graveside services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 7, in Oak Lawn Memorial Gardens, with military rites by Ralph M. Noble American Legion Post 285. The Rev. Daniel Siems will officiate. There will be no visitation. The family would like to make a special Thank You to Charles Cooley II for his assistance and care. Hinchliff-Pearson-West Galesburg Chapel is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be made at
Published in The Register-Mail on September 4, 2010

1930; Census Place: Galesburg, Knox, Illinois; Roll 527; Page: 4B; Enumeration District: 26; Image: 576 (No Image Available)
Name Age
Harry G Higgins 38
Elsie I Higgins 34
Vivien M Higgins 11
Bertha I Higgins 10
Leroy Higgins 9
Ada Olive Higgins 7
Carroll M Higgins 5
Harry G Higgins 4
Marjorie P Higgins 2
Maribelle C Higgins
Ruth E Diaz 14

Name Age
Harry G Higgins 27
Elsie I Higgins 23
Ruth E Higgins 4 2/12
Vivian M Higgins 1 5/12


 01 Jan 2011

Source: Chicago: Its History and Its Builders, a Century of Marvelous Growth, Volume 4 By Josiah Seymour Currey - Published 1912


There have been certain nations in the history of the world who have been given to colonization and yet none has equaled the Anglo-Saxon race in sending out its representatives into all parts of the world, where they have planted the seeds of English civilization and have used the typical British enterprise and determination in the attainment of individual success. Of this class John Higgins is a representative, and his worth and ability as a business man are at once attested in the fact that he is the secretary and auditor of the extensive mail order house of Sears, Roebuck & Company.

He was born in Liverpool, England, May 14, 1873, and is a son of James and Mary (Maloney) Higgins, both of whom were natives of Ireland, where the father was engaged in the plumbing and contracting business. The son acquired his education in parochial schools of his native country and was a youth of thirteen years when in 1886 he became a resident of Chicago. The following year he began earning his own living, for in 1887 he accepted a position as timekeeper and assistant in the auditing department of Carson, Pirie & Company, the predecessors of the well known dry-goods firm of Carson, Pirie, Scott & Company. Later he was also in the credit department with the same company and continued his connection therewith for a period of eight years, winning promotion and gaining that broad, practical experience which has stood him in good stead in his present business relation. On his withdrawal from the employ of Carson, Pirie, Scott & Company, he worked for a
short time for Wolf, Sayer & Heller and in 1897 he entered the employ of Sears, Roebuck & Company as bookkeeper. His rise has since been rapid. He here found opportunity for the exercise of industry, determination and initiative spirit—his dominant qualities—and after filling various important positions he was advanced to that of secretary and auditor in 1908. In this connection he has voice in the management of the business, which has grown year by year until it o'ertops nearly every enterprise of the kind in the country. It has ever followed the policy of giving adequate return for money received and, purchasing in very extensive quantities, is able to give its patrons the benefit of the low prices accordingly secured. It is strictly a mail order house, and something of the extent of its business is indicated by the thousands of employees who are to be found in the mammoth establishment that is situated on the west side, where a large plant was erected by the company.

Mr. Higgins was married in 1898 to Miss Anna Reitz, of Peoria, Illinois, and unto them have been born ten children, all of whom are living, the family residence being at No. 209 Clark avenue in Austin. Mr. Higgins is a fourth-degree member of the Knights of Columbus, and is of the Roman Catholic faith. He has justly won the proud American title of a self-made man, for, dependent upon his own resources from the age of fourteen years, he has achieved notable and enviable success.
J. C. Higgins branding story from The Sears Archives

Name Age
John Higgins 36
Anna Higgins 37
Francis Higgins 10
Margaret Higgins 9
Anna Higgins 7
John Higgins 6
Agnes Higgins 5
Rosalind Higgins 4
Dorothy Higgins 2
Edward Higgins 1 6/12
Josephine Higgins 6/12

Name Age
John Higgins 46
Anna Higgins 46
Francis Higgins 19
Margeritte Higgins 18
Anna Higgins 17
John Higgins 16
Agnes Higgins 14 [19]
Roselin Higgins 13
Dorothy Higgins 12
Edward Higgins 11
Josephine Higgins 10
Wilbert Higgins 7
Eileen Higgins 5
Loretta Higgins 4 6/12

1930; Census Place: River Forest, Cook, Illinois; Roll: 508; Page: 31A; Enumeration District: 2339; Image: 249 (No Image Available)
Name Age
John J Higgins 56
Anna R Higgins 56
Adah Higgins 25
Rosalind Higgins 24
Josephine Higgins 19
Wilbert Higgins 17
Eileen Higgins 16
Loretta Higgins 14
Ann H Mochon 27
Floyd O Mochon 28
Floyd O Mochon 1 2/12

Click Here to see John's wife Anna Higgins' Obituary from July 20, 1966 edition of Chicago Tribune


30 Dec 2010

Source: Historical encyclopedia of Illinois, Volume 2 By Newton Bateman, Paul Selby - Published 1913

Higgins, Sanders Moses, deceased. Some men in passing through life establish a record for probity and uprightness of dealing that makes them highly valued in business, while as citizens they always exhibit a public-spirited interest in civic affairs. Such men's influence does not die with the passing away of their mortality, but lives on, animating others to a better life, and stirring in the hearts of those most closely associated with them a desire to emulate their example. This has been the case since the demise of the late Sanders Moses Higgins, formerly of Winfield where he was actively engaged in general merchandising. He was born in Milton Township, Du Page County, and was one of the most loyal of the county's sons. The date of his birth was July 16, 1866, and as he died December 2, 1908, he was only forty-two years old, in the very prime of life, He was a son of Gilbert and Cornelia (Howard) Higgins, born in England. Their declining days were spent in Winfield, where they died. Their children were: Mary, Mrs. Levi Spring of Grand Junction, Mich.; Lucy, Mrs. John Ceier of Winfield; Eliza, Mrs. Charles Schatz of Wheaton; Sanders Moses; William of West Chicago, and Oscar A. of Winfield.
Sanders Moses Higgins attended the common schools of his township, then spent two years in the Wheaton high school, and was always absorbing information, being a man of receptive mind. On November 30, 1889, Mr. Higgins was united in marriage by Father Wiederhold of Winfield, lll., with Barbara Berkser, born in Winfield, Ill., February 13, 1870 daughter of Jacob and Antonette (Klein) Berkser of Germany. ln 1865, they came to Winfield, where both still reside, he being seventy-five years old, and she sixty-nine years old. Their eight children are as follows: Nicholas of Rogers Park; Mrs. Higgins; Catherine, Mrs. J. S. Miller of Winfield; Mary, Mrs. Matthew Knippen, of Harvard, lll.; Henry of Winfield; Leonard, of Aurora; John, of Winfield; and Elizabeth who died in 1902, aged twenty years. Prior to his marriage Mr. Higgins had resided with his parents, but he then became agent at Winfield for the Chicago and Northwestern Railroad. ln 1894. he bought the general merchandise store of Mr. Fehrm in Winfield, which he successfully conducted until his untimely demise. December 2, 1908. His widow, who is a splendid business woman, is continuing the establishment with remarkable success. The children born to Mr. and Mrs. Higgins are as follows: George Francis, born September 27. 1891; Antonette K., May 28, 1893; Marie C., November 10, 1895; Cornelia A., August 1, 1897; Edward John. March 24, 1899, died December 16, 1899; Henry George, September 27, 1900; Richard M.. March 5, 1902; Alace L., November 13, 1904; and Clara M., January 28, 1908. Mr. Higgins was a Catholic, belonging to St. John's parish. He was a member of the Catholic Order of Foresters, and enjoyed his connection with this organization. Loyal, devoted to his family and church. Mr. Higgins was an excellent example of a good, American citizen and true, Christian man. Mr. Higgins was a member of the Foresters of Winfield and the Royal Neighbors of West Chicago. He was Justice of the Peace for many years; also Financial Secretary of the Foresters from the time they were organized in 1890 until a year before he died.

Genealogy of this Higgins family

Pleasant Hill Cemetery, DuPage County, Illinois, US

1930; Census Place: Winfield, DuPage, Illinois; Roll: 512; Page: 3A; Enumeration District: 63; Image: 831 (No Image Available)
Name Age
Barbara Higgins 60
Richard Higgins 28
Charles Mccabe 30 Son in Law
Marie Mccabe 32 daughter
Margaret Mccabe 8 grand daughter
Charles Mccabe 7 Grand son
James Mccabe 5 Grand son
Robert Mccabe 4 Grand son
John W Mccabe 2 Grand son
Jean Mccabe 1 6/12 grand daughter

Name Age
Barbara Higgins 49
Marie C Higgins 24
Cornelia A Higgins 22
Henry G Higgins 19
Richard M Higgins 16
Alice L Higgins 15
Clara M Higgins 12

Name Age
Barbara Higgins 40
George Higgins 18
Natie Higgins 16
Marie Higgins 14
Cornie Higgins 10
Henry Higgins 10
Richard Higgins 8
Alice Higgins 6
Murl Higgins 2

Name Age
Sander Higgens 33
Becky Higgens 28
George T Higgens 8
Vethie K Higgens 7
Merie C Higgens 4
Cornelea A Higgens 2

Name Relation Marital Status Gender Race Age Birthplace Occupation Father's Birthplace Mother's Birthplace
Gilbert HIGGINS Self M Male W 46 OH OH CT
Cornelia HIGGINS Wife M Female W 45 NY ENG ENG
Mary HIGGINS Dau S Female W 21 IL At Home OH NY
Eliza HIGGINS Dau S Female W 16 IL At Home OH NY
Saunders HIGGINS Son S Male W 14 IL At Home OH NY
Willie HIGGINS Son S Male W 12 IL At Home OH NY
Oscar HIGGINS Son S Male W 7 IL At Home OH NY
Source Information:
Census Place Winfield, Du Page, Illinois
Family History Library Film 1254204
NA Film Number T9-0204 Page Number 232C

Name Age
Gilbert Higgins 36
Cornelia Higgins 35
Mary Higgins 13
Lucy Higgins 10
Eliza Higgins 6
Sanders Higgins 4
William Higgins 1

The father of Gilbert Higgins

Name Age
Gilbert Higgins 27
Amelia Higgins 25
Mary Higgins 3
Lucy Higgins 1

Name Age
Van R Higgins (Van Rensselaer) 39
Lucy Higgins 37
Gilbert Higgins 18
Elisabeth Higgins 15
Cornelia Higgins 13
Setitia Higgins 6
Harriet Higgins 2

Higgins and Allied families


16 October 2010

Source: History of La Salle County, Illinois - Published 1886

Ed. F. Higgins, dealer in books, stationery, confectionery, cigars, etc., Mendota, Ill., is a son of Charles M. and Mary E. Higgins, and grandson of Jefferson and Elizabeth R. Higgins. Charles M. Higgins was born in Bangor, Me., in 1833, and came to Mendota in the spring of 1857. E. F. Higgins was born March 30, 1860. He was reared and educated in his native town, and after reaching manhood was employed two years as clerk in the United States Mail Service, and then engaged in his present business, succeeding R. M. Dewey. He married Miss Belle Marks, daughter of L. Marks. Mr. and Mrs. Higgins have one child — Edgar S., born June 18, 1884. Their eldest child, Charles Marks died at the age of two and a half years. He was a beautiful child, and took the premium as the handsomest baby in Mendota when ten months old.

Name Age
Charles M Higgins 37 b. Maine Boot & Shoe Dealer
Mary E Higgins 32
Eddie Higgins 10
Charles Higgins 7


15 October 2010

Source: Past and present of Will County, Illinois, Volume 1 By William Wallace Stevens - Published 1907


Dr. E. J. Higgins, engaged in the practice of medicine and surgery along scientific lines at Joliet, his native city, was born September 4, 1871. His father, Bartholomew Higgins, a stationary engineer, was born in the north of Ireland in 1824 and came to this country with his three sisters when but two years old. His parents were both lost at sea. He was reared in New York for about seven years and at the age of nine years became a resident of Sandusky, Ohio, where he remained until twenty-two years of age. At that time he was married to Eleanor Muller and in 1849 they removed to Joliet. Illinois, where in 1856 Mr. Higgins secured a position as stationary engineer with the Michigan Central Railroad Company, acting in that capacity for thirty-five years. His long continued service is incontrovertible evidence of his capability and fidelity. He died January 3, 1897, and was survived for several years by his wife, who passed away June 3, 1905.

Reared in his native city, Dr. Higgins entered the public schools at the usual age and passed through successive grades until he had completed the common-school course. He entered the Northwestern University at Evanston in 1890 to pursue a course in medicine, having in the meantime studied along that line under the direction of Dr. Shaw and Dr. Curtis in 1888, 1889 and 1890. His collegiate course was completed by graduation from the medical department of the Northwestern University on the 20th of June. 1901, after which he came to Joliet, where he has since been continuously engaged in practice, his success gradually increasing as his ability has become recognized, lie is a member of the Will County Medical Society, the Illinois State Medical Society and the American Medical Association and thus keeps in touch with the trend of modern thought and progress as represented by the medical fraternity. He has carried his investigations and researches far and wide into the realms of professional knowledge and is a physician whose ability is acknowledged by his fellow members of the medical fraternity and by the general public in a large and constantly increasing practice.

Dr. Higgins was married in Joliet on the 10th of September, 1902, to Miss Mamie Conlon, a daughter of John Conlon, one of the early residents of the city where he is still residing. The Doctor and his wife have one son. Robert Edward, who was born July 29, 1903. The parents have many warm friends in the city where they have spent their entire lives and the hospitality of many of the best homes of Joliet is freely accorded them.

Dr. Higgins is prominent politically as an active worker in the ranks of the republican party and belongs to the Northwestern Republican Club and the German-American Republican Club. His interest in the questions and issues of the day is that of a public-spirited citizen and he is enabled to support his position by intelligent argument. His time and attention, however, are chiefly given to his profession. He is examiner for several oldline life insurance companies and is chief examiner for the Prudential Company. In addition he has a large and growing private practice, for which his qualifications well fit him. He discharges his duties with a sense of conscientious obligation and his efforts have been attended by excellent results when viewed from both a professional and financial standpoint.

Name Age
Edward J Higgins 38
Mamie Higgins 32
Robert Higgins 6
Nellie Higgins 47

Name Age
Edward J Higgens 46
Mary L Higgens 42
Robert E Higgens 16

1930; Census Place: Joliet, Will, Illinois; Roll 568; Page: 13B; Enumeration District: 28; Image: 415
(No Image Available)
Name Age

Edward J Higgins 52
Mary L Higgins 49
Robert E Higgins 26

Edward J. Higgins, Joliet, 111.; Northwestern University Medical School, Chicago, 1901 ; member of the Illinois State Medical Society; city health officer; aged 67; died, Dec. 24, 1938, of coronary thrombosis.


7 October 2010

Source: Annual report of the Masonic Veteran Association of Illinois By Masonic Veteran Association of Illinois - Published 1907


Born Cass County, Illinois, June 9, 1842. Died Vandalia, Illinois, November 14, 1906. Veteran Higgins was a genial, generous craftsman, beloved by all who knew him. A banker by profession he early became a member of our fraternity, being initiated in the year 1864 in Temperance Lodge, No. 16, of which he afterward became W. M.; was exalted in Vandalia Chapter, No. 136, R. A. M., serving the same as M. E. High Priest, and knighted in Cyrene Commandery, No. 23, K. T., Centralia.

In the Civil War of 1861-65, Brother Richard T. Higgins served his country as an acting assistant surgeon, U. S. A., of which profession he was a regular graduate of Rush Medical College, Chicago.

Our brother was of the Presbyterian denomination.


Souvenir of the semi-centennial of the Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Illinois ... By Freemasons. Illinois. Royal Arch Masons. Grand Chapter

This soldier must have been in Federal service, could not connect to any soldier on NPS listings

Name Age
Martin F Higgins 51
Mary M Higgins 18
Lucinda Higgins 16
Virginia Higgins 12
Richard Higgins 8
Ann E Sewel 26
Martin Clarke 6

Not found in 1860 census

Richard Higgins 28
Mary Marcy 35
Lulie Marcy 16
Chas Marcy 14
Lizzie Muer 20

Name Relation Marital Status Gender Race Age Birthplace Occupation Father's Birthplace Mother's Birthplace

Richard T. HIGGINS Self M Male W 37 IL Physician Bank Pres. MD MD
Jennie HIGGINS Wife M Female W 36 IL Keeping House BADEN PRUSSIA
Clifford HIGGINS Son S Male W 8 IL IL IL
Julia HIGGINS Dau S Female W 6 IL IL IL
Catharine FLHOEN MotherL W Female W 60 PRUSSIA At Home PRUSSIA PRUSSIA
Source Information:
Census Place Vandalia, Fayette, Illinois
Family History Library Film 1254206
NA Film Number T9-0206 Page Number 166C

Name Age
Richd T Higgins 57
Jennie R Higgins 56
Clifford Higgins 28
Julia Higgins 26

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