Obit: Succumbs, John Dwyer (1856 - 1926)

Contact: Crystal Wendt

Surnames: Succumbs, Parrett, Longenecker, Snyder

----Source: Neillsville Press (Neillsville, Clark County, Wis.) Thursday, 07/29/1926

Succumbs, John Dwyer (21 Sept. 1856 - 26 July 1926)


John Dwyer, one of the oldest residents of Neillsville passed away at his home on Monday, July 26, after five weeks of prostration and illness due to a stoke of appoplexy.

John Dwyer was born at Wolf Rive in Waupaca County, September 21, 1856, and was therefore in the seventieth year of his age. When he was three years old he came with is parents, Mr. and Mrs. John H. Dwyer and other members of the family to Black River Falls. Shortly after, they located at Westons Rapids. The father went into the logging business, and the family lived for a time at Greenwood and later farther north Township 29, where they spent two winters. The father then bought land in section 6, town of Grant and began to develop a farm there, meanwhile continuing logging in the winter time. Here John Dwyer grew to manhood, helping on the farm and attending district school in the winter, until he was old enough to go to work in lumber camps. His father died in 1882. For many years he continued in the lumbering business. He bought a farm of 160 acres in the town of York on which he lived, until selling out, over 20 years ago, when he moved to Neillsville. During the time he lived in the town of York he served several terms on the county board and also represented his ward in the same body after moving to Neillsville. In 1886 he was elected sheriff and in 1904 was again elected to the same office, serving the public faithfully and well. For a time he was in business with his brother, Frank Dwyer, operating a meat market, and for the past few years he has been district Oil Inspector in this district.

Mr. Dwyer was married to Jane Parrett of the town of York in 1883. She, with their two children survive him, John Merrill Dwyer of Springfield, Ill., and Mrs. Ernest Snyder of Neillsville. He leaves also one brother, Frank Dwyer, of this city.

John Dwyer was a man who had a host of friends. He was out spoken and decisive in his opinions, a lover of justice and right, warm hearted and kindly, with a cheerful greeting for all whom he knew. He came through the hard, crude life of pioneer days untouched by the vi??s that went with many of the experiences of those times, but developed the generous spirit and neighborliness that also grew up among the people in pioneer days. He will be greatly missed in his home and among his old neighbors and friends.

The funeral was is held this Wednesday, afternoon at the home, Rev. Longenecker officiating, the ritual of the Masonic Lodge of the which deceased had long been a member also being used.



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