Josiah "Joe" Ernest (1863 - 1938)
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Surnames: Counsell, Bettman, Olia, Rowe, Hughes, Lowe, Stone, Duxbury, Ringrose, Joyce, Longenecker
----Sources: Clark County Press (Neillsville, Clark County, Wis.) Thursday, 24 Nov. 1938
Counsell, Josiah "Joe" Ernest (25 May 1863 - 19 Nov. 1938)
Joe Counsell, a life-long resident of Clark County, passed away at the Marshfield hospital at 5 o’clock Saturday morning, November 19, 1938, after an illness of about two weeks with pneumonia and heart trouble.
Mr. Counsell was 75 years of age. He was born May 25, 1863, at Pleasant Ridge to Henry and Susan Counsell, and that community remained his home always with the exception of a few years which he spent in Neillsville, Wis.
He was married December 13, 1888, to Bertha Dettman at Pleasant Ridge and to them were born five children: Clarion on the home farm; Mrs. Leander Olia, Osseo; Mrs. Mildford Rowe of the town of York, and Herbert and Ida, deceased. He is survived also by a brother, O. E. Counsell, of Neillsville and one sister, Mrs. J. E. Hughes, of Pleasant Ridge, a brother, William, and a sister, Mrs. Jessie Lowe, mother of Frank and Irving Lowe, preceded him in death.
After the death of his companion four years ago, Mr. Counsell was very lonely and returned to the home farm to lived with his son and family and with the exception of occasional visits with his other two children, made his home there until his death. He visited for a few weeks with his daughter at Osseo this fall and spent nearly two weeks with Mrs. Rowe in the town of York where he took sick. Returning to the home of his son, November 5, he grew worse and two days later he was taken to the hospital. Clarion Counsell and Mr. and Mrs. Rowe alternated at the bedside.
Mr. Counsell was a good farmer, thorough in his work and conscientious in all his dealings and through his honesty and fairness grained the respect of everyone in the community.
Funeral services were held at the Lowe Funeral Home at 2 o’clock Tuesday afternoon, November 22, 1938, Rev. G. W. Longenecker and Rev. E. P. Stone officiating. Interment was made in the Neillsville Cemetery.
Among those from out of town who attended the funeral were Edwin Dettman of Appleton; William Dettman of Waukesha, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Dettman and son of Batavia; and Mrs. Effie Duxbury, Irving Duxbury, George Ringrose and Mrs. Joyce, all of Alma Center.
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