Obit: Neff, Dorr (1851 - 1921)

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----Source: Clark County Republican & Press (Neillsville, Wis.) 05/05/1921

Neff, Dorr (18 JUN 1851 - 9 MAY 1921)

A telegram to Chas. Neff of the town of Levis, Clark County, Wis. Monday from Pasadena, Cal., state that his father, Dorr Neff, was badly hurt in an auto accident. Tuesday a second telegram state that he died in the night. He was at Pasadena visiting his sister, Angie Neff. Further particulars will reach her for next issue. Mr. Neff is one of Clark County’s best citizens and took a leading part in the early development of this locality.

(Follow on in 5/19/1921 Rep & Press)

Particulars as to the death of Dorr Neff, mentioned last week, reached here and are as follows. Mr. Neff, who was visiting his sister, Miss Angie Neff, in Pasadena, Cal., started Sunday evening to visit hist brother, Harry, living also in Pasadena, about two miles away. His sister accompanied him to the street car line and helped him on the car, he being quite lame. Arriving at his destination, he got off alone, and started to walk to the curb. Several automobiles were coming down the street; Mr. Neff stepped aside to let one pass and not apparently seeing the next car and the driver not seeing him in time to stop, he was struck by the car and rendered unconscious. This was about 7:30 Sunday evening. He was taken immediately to a hospital, remaining unconscious till his death, which occurred about 11 o’clock Monday evening, May 9.

Dorr A. Neff was born in Lake Mills, Wis., June 18, 1851, being the son of Albertus and Mary Neff. In 1868 the family moved to Clark County, Wis. and settled in the town of Levis. Though only a young man of 18, Dorr began work in a lumber camp that winter and for many years he followed that line of work in winter and log driving in the spring. He bought some land and began to clear up a farm, continuing to work in the logging camps in winter, for several winters being foreman for T.M. Scranton. He bought more land, which he gradually cleared up and developed into a fine farm. He early took an active part in affairs of the town and school district, and was prominent in town and county politics. For several years he did a considerable real estate business and brought a number of good farmers into the county. Mr. Neff was a man of rare intelligence. Although his opportunities for securing an education were limited, he fitted himself for all the duties of citizenship and was a remarkably clear thinker on the affairs of the nation and the world. He was a man of upright character, fair in all his dealings and had the respect of the best people everywhere who came in contact with him. He was married in 1878 to Agnes Carter of the town of Washburn, Clark County, Wis. Mrs. Neff died in 1902, leaving four children, who survive their father: Alberta, Mrs. W.A. Proctor of Portland, Ore.; Miss Gladys Neff, who is a trained nurse, also of Portland; Lola, wife of Hugh Campbell, of Cincinnati, Ohio; and Charles, on the home farm in Levis. He leaves also two sister, Addie, formerly County Superintendent of schools of Clark County, now Mrs. C.C. Holliday of Minneapolis and Miss Angie Neff of Pasadena, Cal., also a brother by adoption, Harry A. Neff, of Pasadena.

About two years ago deceased sold the farm to his son, Charles, and after a visit with his daughter in Cincinnati, he went to Portland to make his home with his daughters.

The remains arrived her Friday, and on Saturday the funeral was held at the home in Levis, Rev. G.W. Longenecker officiating. Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Campbell were here from Cincinnati to attend the funeral. Miss Gladys Neff of Portland and Mrs. C.C. Holliday of Minneapolis also came for the funeral.



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