Obit: Campbell, John (1825 - 1908)
Surnames: CAMPBELL MARSH SPARKES
----Source: HUMBIRD ENTERPRISE (Humbird, Clark County, Wis.) 12/19/1908
Campbell, John (13 APR 1825 - 13 DEC 1908)
Last Friday afternoon between four and five o'clock John Campbell was found dead in his bar in this village (Humbird, Clark County, Wis.) by Wm. Hardwick. Mr. Hardwick was about to leave for a visit in Iowa on the evening train and went to Mr. Campbell's home to see him a few minutes before going. He entered the house but found no one there, so went to the barn where Mr. Campbell was found lying in the stall where he had fallen after feeding the horse. The body was yet warm and was taken into the house at once. Dr. Murray was summoned and pronounced the cause of death to be heart failure.
Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at the M. E. Church, conducted by Rev. A. E. Smith and the interment was made in the Mentor Cemetery.
John Campbell was one of the pioneers of the state of Wisconsin, moving into the territory in Sept. 1837 and settling in what is now Walworth County. He was a native of Pennsylvania, being born in Evansburgh township, Crawford Co. on April 13, 1825.
After growing to manhood in the west he followed the occupation of a thresher man for many years, owning one of the first machines ever put out by the J. I. Case Co. Mr. Campbell was united in marriage with Miss Amelia Marsh of Whitewater in 1851. Three children were born to them: Albert, Edwin, and Mrs. Lyda Sparkes, who is the only one surviving. He remained in Whitewater until Feb. 8, 1866, when he moved to Garden Valley and lived in the vicinity till the time of his death. Seven years ago Mr. and Mrs. Campbell took up their residence in town. On June 17, 1908, Mr. Campbell was called upon to mourn the death of his wife, after a wedded life of fifty-five years. She was buried form the M. E. Church in this village.
Of a large family, two brothers survive: Charles whose home is between here and Merrillan and one brother in Oelwein, Iowa.
Those from away who attended the funeral were Abel Bentley, a nephew, from Oelwein, Iowa, and Miss Alta Sparkes of Black River Falls.
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