15 March 2013

Obiturary--Amos F. Bacon

I love a good obituary, and after reading Eastman's link to one of the best obituaries ever, I feel this isn't on the same level, but nonetheless, full of information.  Even if this isn't as imaginative, it shows a lot about the community, as well as Mr. Bacon's life.  Plus there is an added bit from another paper.  I think that small clipping is from the Muskegon Chronicle, as is often the case.
But first, the main article, from the 31 October 1935 Fremont Times Indicator.

Amos F. Bacon, chief of police of this city and city engineer for 17 years died at his home, 103 Mechanic Ave., Saturday morning at 2:30 A.M.  He had been ill for about two years with hearth disease which confined him to his bed several times during that period and finally ended his work.  He was fifty-nine years old.
Mr. Bacon lived nearly all of his life in this community.  He was born in Brookside December 22, 1875 and spend his early years there.  He was married to Miss Gertrude Dean, also of Brookside, October 30, 1901.  Mr. and Mrs. Bacon moved to Fremont that same year and Mr.Bacon entered the plumbing and heating business, operating this for several years.  When the World War began, he held a position with the federal government at the Hog Island shipyards near Philadelphia.  Then, at the close of the war, he returned to Fremont, where he was appointed chief of Police and superintendent of the public works.
 The public works department involved the maintenance of the municipal sewage plane, water works and streets.  Of these three it was the water works that called for most of his attention.  The water supply of the city had been inadequate for some time and a new well, put down by an out-of-town drilling firm, had proved to be a failure, so Mr. Bacon persuaded the city commission, consisting of W. J. Branstrom, T. I. Fry and Robert Southard, to authorize his drilling a well.  This well, now known as the Bacon well, on North Division, proved an outstanding success and was built at less than half the usual cost.  In 1933 he constructed another well near the Fremont Canning company property, also at a marked saving.
Mr. Bacon was also placed in charge of the local P. W. A. work when this was begun in the fall of 1933.  As this was principally a street grading project, it required considerable work on his part to keep moving from one part of the job to another and at last he was stricken by a heart attack.  This confined him to his home for several months.  Since that time he was able again several times to resume his work although he was under strict doctor's supervision.
Mr. Bacon was a member of the local I. O. O. F. lodge and the Modern Woodmen.  He is survived by his widow, a son, Dean, and three brothers, Grover of Detroit, and Henry and Ellsworth of Fremont.
The funeral services were held at the home and at the Fremont Congregational church Tuesday afternoon with the pastor, Rev. A. E. Gay, in charge.  The I. O. O. F. lodge assisted in the funeral rites.  Burial was made at Maple Grove cemetery.  In his honor the local business places were closed for an hour on Tuesday afternoon and the city hall flag hung at half mast.

And in case you can't read the smaller clipping from (I believe, the Muskegon Chronicle), here is that transcribed.

Heart Attack Fatal To Amos Bacon, Fremont
Amos F. Bacon, 59, police chief and superintendent of the water works system at Fremont for the past 17 years, died Friday night after a heart attack.  Mr. Bacon had suffered a severe heart attack about two years ago but since that time had appeared in good health and was at work all day Friday. 
Mr. bacon was born on a farm near Brookside and shortly after his marriage in 1901 moved to Fremont.  He entered the employ of the village in 1918 and is credited with having sunk the wells which now give Fremont an adequate water supply.
Surviving are the widow, one son, Dean at home and three brothers, Grover of Detroit, and Henry and Ellsworth of Fremont.  Mr. Bacon was a member of the Modern Woodmen and I. O. O. F. fraternities. 

At the end of the clipping is a word or two that cannot be read on the small clipping.  Your guess is as good as mine.  
I like this obituary primarily for the information it gives on the history of Fremont while not being too skimpy on personal details.  It was a life that made a difference in his immediate community.
Thank you Mr. Bacon.

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