Obit: Stevens, Peter M. (1851 - 1915)

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Surnames: STEVENS GIBBONS FOSSUM

----Source: GREENWOOD GLEANER (Greenwood, Wis.) 03/05/1915

Stevens, Peter M. (16 MAY 1851 - 26 FEB 1915)

The people of this city (Greenwood, Clark County, Wis.) were shocked on Thursday evening to learn of the death of P.M. Stevens, a resident of this city the past forty years and a pioneer of Greenwood, having come here when only a few inhabitants cpmprized the place with a few homes and business places.

Peter, as he was generally known, had many fast and true friends that had learned to know him well though his generous and kindly disposition toward all. He had always taken an active part in things that were of interest in his home town and with his energy behind progressive movements, and his timely suggestions, it was sure to be a success.

Two years ago deceased suffered a paralytic stroke and since that time his health had been failing gradually until his death. He was born the 12th child of a family of fourteen children at Janesville, Wis., May 16, 1851. His boyhood days were spent there, during which time he learned the trade of harness maker. When nineteen years of age he came to Neillsville, Wis. and went into business for himself. There he was married in 1871 to Josephine Gibbons, whose death occurred a year later. He was married on May 12, 1875 to Anna Fossum, and that summer came to Greenwood and went into the harness business and had continue in it ever since.

Peter Stevens harness was known over this district as the kin of quality, and no work was ever done that was not up to the best.

Deceased was nearly sixty-four years of age. He was an active member of the M.W. A. and E.F.U. loges and had charge of the M.W.A. hall for several years.

Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at the home at two o’clock and at the hall at 2:30 o’clock. Members of the lodges to which he belonged attended in a body and friends to the extent that the hall was filled, Rev. W.S. Willmarth conducted the service, which was followed by ritualistic work by the Modern Woodmen.

The music by the choir composed of Mrs. E.F. Wollenberg, Miss Lelah Sheets, A.J. Campbell, Bart Osborne and Mrs. C. M. Hunt as organist, was most beautiful.

The Greenwood Band played two dirges, one as the cortege entered and one as they departed for the last resting place in the silent city.

The floral tributes were large and beautiful from friends of deceased, especially from the older residents of Greenwood.

Those who were here from out of town to attend the funeral were Mr. O.J. Fossum and son Oscar of Chippewa Falls, Mrs. C.A. Kelsey and C.D. Stevens of Janesville, Mr. and Mrs. Ray Stevens of Chicago and Mr. and Mrs. R.M. Benethum of Freeport, Ill.

Deceased leaves to mourn his departure to a better world, a wife, son and daughter, two brothers, C.D. Stevens of Janesville and John D. Stevens of Waupaca.

 

 


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