Obit: Horton, Charles Morgan (1838 -1925)
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Surnames: Horton, De Pue, Schilling
----Source: Neillsville Press (Neillsville, Clark County, Wis.) Thursday, 03/12/1925
Horton, Charles Morgan ( 7 Sept. 1838 - 2 March 1925)
SETTLED HERE IN EARLY 80’S
Charles Morgan Horton, a son of Andrew and Annie Fish Horton, was born September 7, 1838, at Green, Chenago County, New York, and departed this life March 2, 1925, aged 86 years, 5 months and 25 days. He has lived for a number of years with his son and daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. William A. Horton on the old Horton homestead, and here his life came to a close. Mr. Horton has been identified with the development of southern Clark County for almost fifty years, and was widely known as a man of integrity who stood for the better things of life, being well respected by all who knew him.
As a young man he enlisted in the Federal Army for service in the Civil War, and at the close of the war received an honorable discharge. On July 28th, 1876, he was united in marriage with Olive M. De Pue. To them four children were born: William A. and Victor H., of the town of Levis; Mrs. Emily L. Schilling, of Altoona, Wisconsin; and Melville, who passed away November 30, 1921. Mrs. Horton, the good wife and mother of his children preceded him into the Great Beyond July 11, 1921. Besides the living relatives mentioned above, Mr. Horton left 12 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren who with many other relatives and friends will miss him here.
The deceased removed from New York to Merrillan, Wisconsin, in 1880 after mature manhood, and became, engaged with many others in the construction of the Omaha line of rail road from Merrillan to Neillsville. This was in the winter of ‘80-81, and about that time he entered at homestead in the town of Levis where he began from the wilderness to carve out a home for his family. It is to the credit and determination of the man that he adhered to his purpose of making for himself a place, and lending his efforts toward higher social and civic conditions in his chosen place of residence. He lived to enjoy with a large number of his fellow citizens, during many years, the fruits of their united efforts.
Mr. Horton became one of the charter members of the Bells Dam Presbyterian Church, and lent his efforts and influence to the religious development of his community as well as to it s others high interests. Fro a number of years he has not been active in the affairs of the church, owing, doubtless, to growing infirmaries and especially to his great difficulty in hearing. He lived to a ripe old age; he made for himself a place in the esteem of his fellows of three quarters of the century, and he -Rest cut off.
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