Obit: Harvey, Byron (1836 - 1927)
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----Sources: HUMBIRD ENTERPRISE (Humbird, Clark County, Wis.) 09/24/1927

Harvey, Byron (8 JAN 1836 - 26 SEP 1927)

Death took another pioneer from the depleted ranks of the old settlers of this vicinity, when Byron Harvey answered the final summons at his home in Big Foot Prairie, Ill., about four o’clock last Monday morning. Mr. Harvey had been in failing health, due to old age, for several months, and the death of his old neighbor, with whom he had been friends since early boyhood, Harrison C. Maxon, was a grief that hastened his own death. His grandson, G.N. Crandell and wife, drove to big Foot Prairie the last of the week to see him, and Mr. Harvey roused from a coma sufficient to recognize and converse with him Friday morning. Mr. Harvey’s home has been in Illinois for fifteen years, but he had talked often of returning to Humbird (Clark Co., Wis.) to reside.

Alexander Byron Harvey was born in Elmira, N.Y., Jan. 8, 1836. He was the fifth son of a family of six sons and one daughter born to Thos. And Betsy Harvey. All have preceded him to the Great Beyond. When a small boy, he moved with his parents to Big Foot Prairie, Ill., where he grew to young manhood. There he united in marriage to Estella Houghton and moved to Jackson Co., Wis., which at that time was a new country. There he built a log cabin and made his farm, and while there three daughters were born, the mother passing away at the birth of the youngest child, in 1881. March 14, 1898, he was again united in marriage to Mrs. Elizabeth Parkhurst of Harvard, Ill. They lived on his farm in Houghton burg for about five years. He then rented the farm and moved to Humbird, where they resided until about the year 1912, when they moved to big Foot Prairie.

Mr. Harvey was an active and energetic man, always a good neighbor. His latch string was always out to friends, and many enjoyed meeting at the home of him and his good wife. He was a lover of children, and was greatly loved by them in return. His health began failing about a year ago due to his age, and he passed away Sept. 26, 1927, at the age of 91 years, 9 months and 18 days. He leaves to mourn his death, his faithful wife, Elizabeth of Big Foot Prairie, Ill.; his three daughters: Mrs. Eva Hartman, Seattle; Mrs. Bertie Ringrose, Portland, Ore.; and Mrs. Estella Hovey, Orlan, Calif.; five grandsons: Oliver and Jean Hartman of Seattle, Guy Crandell of Humbird, Harvey Ringrose of Portland, George Hovey of Kansas City, and one granddaughter, Nellie Hovey of Kansas City, and a number of nephews, nieces, and friends.

The funeral was held at Big Foot Prairie at the church, at 1:30 p.m., Sept. 28, 1927. The singers were the Rev. and Mrs. J.E. Corpe of Walworth. The pallbearers were C.C. Likens, Walter Clawson, H. Church, I. Harrison, J.E. Smith, and A.T. Bentlay, and interment was made at the Big Foot Cemetery. The relatives from away who were present were Mr. and Mrs. F.S. Pomroy of black River Falls; G.N. Crandell of Humbird; Mrs. Hattie Hovey of Delevan; Mr. and Mrs. Phillips of Hebron, Ill.; Byron Harvey and Woodman Harvey and family of Sharon.



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