Obit: Williams, Henry (1870 - 1941)

Contact: Jane Braun

Surnames: Williams, Morse, Cattanach

----Source: Millie Lee Collection, clipped from the Marshfield News Herald

Williams, Henry (Feb. 3, 1870 - )

Funeral services will be held Sunday afternoon for Henry E. Williams, 71, a resident of Granton, widely known as a Holstein breeder, who died at 2 o’clock Wednesday afternoon at his home, following a stroke suffered about a week ago.

The body is lying in state at the Gilbertson Funeral Home where Masonic rites will be conducted at 2 o’clock, under the auspices of the Neillsville Masonic Lodge. Interment will take place in Windfall cemetery, Granton.

Mr. Williams, youngest of nine children, was born here Feb. 3, 1870, the son of the late George and Mary (Morse) Williams. He received his elementary education in the Granton Graded School, and also attended school in Milwaukee for a time.

He worked for a year in what is now the Sate of Washington, but which at that time was still a territory, In 1889 he returned to Granton and assisted on the home farm and in lumbering camps until 1893, when he took over the management of the home place.

In 1910 he obtained a 160-acre homestead near Billings, Mont., and later secured another 800 acres, all of which he sold in 1916. he then returned to Granton to engage in raising purebred Holstein cattle. In 1918 he left the farm and moved to Granton, which had since been his home.

Mr. Williams, a former president of the Village Board, had been for 14 years a director of the Board of Education and refused re-election. He was the firs director of the School Board, and was one of the stockholders of the Granton State Bank when it was incorporated

His marriage to Miss Myrtle Nelson of Des Moines, Iowa, took place Jan. 14, 1894. They had three children, George Williams of Sandy, Ore.; Miss Mabel Williams, who teaches at Barron; and Vance Williams, teacher at Kirkland, Ill. Mrs. Williams died Jan. 2, 1908. He married Mrs. Frances Brown MacBride Sept. 10, 1910. She survives with two stepsons, Lamont of Sheridan, Wyo., and Douglas of Ashland, Mont. Also surviving is a sister, Mrs. Jennie Cattanach, Marshfield.

Fraternally, he was affiliated with the Neillsville Masonic Lodge, and was a member of the Modern Woodmen of America for a number of years.



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