Obit: Stallard, John Thatcher (1838 - 1920)
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----Source: HUMBIRD ENTERPRISE (Humbird, Clark County, Wis.) 5-20-1920
Stallard, John Thatcher (26 May 1838 - 10 May 1920)
J. T. Stallard, one of the oldest residents of the community passed away May 10, 1920 following a gradual decline in health occasioned by advancing age. Mr. Stallard was born in Somerset shire, England May 26, 1838, nearly 82 years of age. In 1849 he came with his parents to the US where a home was procured near Rochester, NY. In 1856 he came to Wis. locating in Green Lake County. He was married while living there to Miss Elizabeth Wilson, Oct. 25, 1857.
Mr. Stallard responded to the call of his country in need and enlisted in the Union Army, Feb. 14, 1865, serving until the end of the Civil War. Upon his return, a change was decided upon, resulting in his removal to Humbird, in the summer of 1866.
Mr. Stallard spent his best and no doubt his happiest years on the old Stallard farm west of town. Here he saw the wooded regions transformed into the rich areas as they now exist, and he was an active participant in their development. Here 6 children grew to young adulthood, who today; mourn the loss of a kind, loving, considerate father and companion. Some men there are whose high integrity, whose frankness of manner and willing generous service to others, serve as an inspiring model to those with whom they come in contact. Such a man was Mr. Stallard.
In the year 1896 he disposed of the farm and purchased a home in Humbird where he hoped to enjoy well earned rest from the years of sturdy toil. The golden splendor of the western sun seemed to shine until 1903, when the sable messenger of Death removed the wife and helpmate, who had so loyally and faithfully shared the hardships and blessings of his life and home. He has since resided with his son and daughter having homes in this village, where he was made warmly welcome. Although the heart is still, there lives on in the hearts of those with whom he labored, in the hearts of all who knew him, the knowledge that he leaves aught but what is good and the world is better because of the good he brought.
May we hope to believe that He who governs and controls the destinies of humankind, has called the departed one from the earthly life to that life beyond the shadow to enjoy the blessings so honorably earned and so richly deserved.
Six children survive: Frank of Lynden, Wash.; John E. of Madison; Alice Huyck of Duluth; Mabel L. Shute, Henry W., Burton J., all of Humbird.
Burial was Wed. afternoon at the Mentor Cemetery. Services being at the home of F. A. Shute. Rev. E. D. Upson officiated. Pallbearers were: C. D. Fowler, B. J. Stallard, A. S. Huyck, H. W. Stallard, J. E. Stallard, F. A. Shute. The business places of the village were closed during the hour of the service.
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