Obit: Mahar, William H. (1852 - 1924)

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----Source: NEILLSVILLE PRESS (Neillsville, Clark County, Wis.) 07/10/1924


Mahar, William H. (26 JAN 1852 - 3 JUL 1924)


William Henry Mahar died at his home in this city July 3, 1924, after an illness of several weeks from a complication of diseases, heart trouble being the immediate cause of his death.


Deceased was born at Portage, Wis., Jan. 26, 1852. He came to Neillsville, Clark County, Wis. about the year 1870. For a time he worked at Staffordville, when that village was a brisk business center. After it began to go down, he made his headquarters in Neillsville, establishing several stage lines out of this city. He had great faith in this locality and in its future development, and did much to bring new setters here. In the year 1888 he moved with his family to Milwaukee and entered the life insurance business, which he carried on for 35 years. Although he lived so many years in Milwaukee, he always looked upon Neillsville as home, and never lost an opportunity of telling people whom he met in Milwaukee of the fine country in Clark County. Last October he and his wife moved back here and built them a nice little home on South Hewett St., near where they had lived many years before. Although he had not completed the work he had planned in and about the home, they moved in and until taken ill he was very happy in the new location.


In 1875 Mr. Mahar was married to Josephine Behrens, who survives him. To them were born three children, Irving and Clarence died in infancy and are buried in Neillsville Cemetery. He is survived by one son, Merton Mahar, and three grandchildren who reside in Milwaukee. Mr. Mahar was a man of independent spirit, frank and outspoken in his manner, but kindly in spirit and upright, and honest in his dealing with his fellow men. In later life he liked to recall the old days in Neillsville and during his occasional visits here, he looked up the old friends and sought out the old scenes of the days of his early life in this locality. The impress of his energies have been left on this community, as a legacy to those generations who follow him.


The funeral was held Sunday under the auspices of the Neillsville Odd Fellow Lodge, of which he had the distinction and honor of being one of the oldest members, holding a continuous membership in this lodge for over 50 years.




W. H. Mahar of Milwaukee has been in town a few days this week talking life insurance.  Greenwood Gleaner, 7 Mar 1902.



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