Obit: Altemus, Charles Saylor (1862 - 1933)

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Surnames: Altemus, Robb, Marty, Esselman, King, Walder, Leak, White, Youmans

----Sources: Neillsville Press (Neillsville, Clark County, Wis.) 5 Oct. 1933

Altemus, Charles Saylor (27 Feb. 1862 - 26 Sept. 1933)

Charles Saylor Altemus, prominent in the business life of Baldwin Park, California, for the past 6 years and a citizen of Neillsville, Wisconsin for 14 years prior to this going to California, passed away at his home in Baldwin Park, Monday night, Sept. 26th, 1933, after an illness which has extended through the last six months.

Born on a farm near Stoughton, Wis., on February 27, 1862, he was married to Miss Esther L. Robb in the town of York, in Green County, Wis. For several years they lived on a farm near Janesville, but in the year 1898 they moved to Kansas where 8 years were spent in big farming and where Mr. Altemus enjoyed being in the saddle and riding on the range.

Two daughters and one son were born while the family home was in Kansas, the little son passing away at the age of three years. The daughters are: Emma, Mrs. Caspar Marty of Neillsville, Wis. and Phyllis, Mrs. Joe Esselman of Loyal, Wisconsin.

In August of 1906 the Altemus family moved back to Wisconsin, settling first in Edgerton, then on a farm near Evansville, and finally coming in 1914 to Clark county and the Youmans farm on Pleasant Ridge, which they had purchased the preceding year.

In 1920 they moved to their home in Neillsville. Mrs. Altemus was employed for some time by the Standard Oil Company and later at the Naedler Garage.

On April 15, 1925, occurred the sudden death of Mrs. Altemus, following an auto accident in which she as fatally injured. Seven years ago, Nov. 10, 1926, Mr. Altemus was marred to Miss Elsie King of Neillsville, and in October, 1927, they went to Baldwin Park to spent the winter with Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Walder, who had started and were operating the People’s Variety Store. Following Mr. Walder’s death that year Mr. and Mrs. Altemus took over the store and with Mrs. Walder have operated it since then, continuing to make their home with Mrs. Walder and son, Shelby.

Mr. Altemus was s fine Christian gentleman, who is remembered with much kindness by a great number of Neillsville friends. He was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church and an active worker in the life of the church. He was a good husband and father, the value of whose heritage cannot be measured.

He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Elsie King Altemus of Baldwin Park, his two daughters mentioned above and three brothers and two sisters, Ed. Altemus of Friendswood, Texas; Oscar Altemus of Strong City, Kansas; Theodore Altemus and the Misses Emma and Ida Altemus of Stoughton, Wis.

Brief funeral services were held at the Baldwin Park Funeral Home on Friday afternoon of last week, the Rev. Frank Leak of Pasedena, a former friend of the Altemus family, officiating, and the remains were brought back to the old home at Neillsville, Wis., for burial. Funeral services were held at the Neillsville Methodist Church on Tuesday afternoon of this week, the Rev. P. B. White being in charge.



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