Obit: Campbell, Robert M. (1848 - 1909)
Surnames: CAMPBELL BROWNRIGG DELANEY
----Source: CLARK COUNTY REPUBLICAN & PRESS (Neillsville, Wis.) 01/07/1909
Campbell, Robert M. (1 Aug 1848 - 2 Jan 1909)
R.M. Campbell died at his home on South Hewett St. (Neillsville, Clark County) Jan. 2, 1909, after a lingering illness, extending over several years. His decline came on gradually but his strong constitution and powerful physique withstood the disease until he was worn down to a mere shadow of his former self. Through all the weary weeks of his sickness he maintained the cheery hopefulness that characterized him in health, his mind remaining clear and alert, appreciative of all that was done for him, but toward the last fully realizing the fatal ending of the disease.
Robert Morton Campbell was born in Alton, Ayrshire, Scotland, Aug. 1, 1848. He came to America in 1859 with his grandparents, his father having preceded them and made a home ready at Poynette, Wis. There, Robert grew to manhood, learning the blacksmith trade. Jan. 20, 1869 he was married at Arlington, Wis., to Miss Annie Brownrigg. They moved to Neillsville in 1871, where they have lived ever since. Mr. Campbell worked for a while as a blacksmith, afterwards entering into partnership with J.W. Hommel and George Watson in the wagon and carriage works, doing a large business. Later he went out of his business and again ran a blacksmith shop for some years. He served this county two terms as sheriff, and held the office of under-sheriff one term, making a most excellent officer. He was a man who made friends among his fellows. His genial, kindly and generous nature made him deservedly popular, and during his sickness many were the expressions of sympathy and sorrow heard on every hand when it was fully realized that he could not recover.
He is survived by his wife and three sons: William, who lives in Aberdeen, Wash., Hugh in Oregon, and Robert Gordon, a boy of fifteen years, at home. Three other sons are deceased, two dying young, the other almost grown to manhood. He leaves also one brother William in San Antonio, Texas, and one sister, Mrs. C.W. Delaney of Poynette, Wis.
The funeral was held at the home on Tuesday under the auspices of the Free Masons, Rev. W.T. Hendren of Greenwood, and old friend of the family, assisting. Thus has passed away another of that group of men prominent for many years in the business and social interests of the city and in the political affairs of the county, and while those who knew him best mourn a friends who is gone, their hearts go out in sympathy to the family and especially to the faithful wife who watched and nursed patiently through the long days and nights.
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