Obit: Forman, Cyrus E. (1840 - 1933)

Contact: Crystal Wendt

Surnames: Forman, Maddock, Van Buren, Rossevelt, West

----Source: Neillsville Press (Neillsville, Clark County, Wis.) 6 April 1933

Forman, Cyrus (1 March 1840 - 26 March 1933)

Cyrus E. Forman, for many years a prominent farmer of the town of Weston, passed away at the home of his son, Allen, in that township at 12:30 a.m. Sunday, March 26, after a week's illness. Mr. Forman was 93 years old.

Funeral services were held in the town of Weston at 2 o'clock Wednesday afternoon, Rev. Maddock of Greenwood officiating. Burial took place at Greenwood where Mrs. Forman was buried about seven years ago.

Mr. Forman was born in Addison County, Vermont, on March 1, 1840, while Martin Van Burden was president of the United States. Only five of the country's presidents had died up to the time of his birth and the deaths of the next 24 presidents took place during his lifetime. Twenty-four presidents, including Franklin Roosevelt, held office during Mr. Forman's span of life.

His ancestors fought in the Revolutionary War of 1776 and one of his brothers served during both the Civil War and the Mexican War. Mr. Forman enlisted for service but was rejected because of an injury to his foot. He enrolled again in the first draft and was made a recruiting officer in Calumet County, Wis., which was then his place of residence.

In 1862 he married Fannie Olive West and in *1788 they came to Clark County with their four children. Mrs. Forman and two of the children preceded him in death. The family settled on a wild tract of land in the town of Weston and one of the old pioneer's recollections was that they had to cross the creek on a log to get to it. Here with an ox-team and two cows, they began farming.

Mr. Forman had been a resident of Wisconsin for nearly 80 years, coming to Wisconsin with his mother when he was 14. He was clerk of the town of Weston for a number of years and also served on the town board and on the school board of his district. In all he served at different times as town clerk for 20 years.

Mr. Forman enjoyed fairly good health until recently, despite his advanced age and it was his boast that he could still read without glasses after passing the age of 92. He was active until his final illness and was the possessor of the remarkable memory.

He leaves to mourn his death, his two sons, Wheeler Forman of Neillsville, and Allen Forman on the home farm; also six grandchildren , six great-grandchildren and one great great-grandchild.

**This is typed the way it was in the original obituary. See Cyrus E. Forman's bio for correct date.

 

 


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