22 March 2012

Obituary--George Mosher Sr. (And a Mention of Mr. Kingsford)

Time to get back to some of my favorite posts--the obituaries. I am not sure how well I will be able to continue on these, as the oldest obituaries are the best and at this time we are unable to access the microfilmed copies of the oldest county papers. I did save a few of my favorites to use for an occasional post. These obituaries are of people I came across who, like Henry Wilde, posted about in 2010, died before or after falling out of their wagon. (!)

From the pages of the 25 October 1917 Fremont Times Indicator, these are three separate small articles, starting with the related story of Mr. Kingsford.

DAYTON CENTER
The community was shocked Saturday evening on hearing of the sudden death of Mr. Kingsford. The Christian Bros. found the lifeless body where it had fallen from the buggy on Millard's hill. It is thought that death had claimed him before he fell from the buggy.

Then later in the same column, this about Mr. Mosher.

George Mosher Sr. died at his home last Wednesday. We understand Mr. Mosher had a stroke of paralysis and fell out of his buggy about a mile south of his home. He was coming from Fremont. The funeral took place at Fremont Saturday.

Then finally, Mr Mosher got a proper obituary;

George Mosher
George Mosher was born in Troy, New York, June 6, 1846 and died of apoplexy October 17, 1917, at the age of 71 years, four months and eleven days.
His early life was spent in the lumber business. At the age of 22 years he married Amelia Foss of Brandon, Wis., and to this union nine children were born, seven of whom, together with Mrs. Mosher, survive.
Mr. Mosher has lived on his farm in Denver township for more than twenty years. During this period he has held several township offices of trust. He was a veteran of the Civil war. In his death the community loses a good citizen and neighbor.
The funeral services were held Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the Church of Christ, Rev. R. A. Thibos officiating.

I find it interesting to note the prevalence of people falling out of their wagon. I can see how it could happen easily, as roads then were probably in even worse repair than today's potholes can be. But it is surely something that was never mentioned in a John Wayne movie or on the Ponderosa.

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