George (1854 - 1940)
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Surnames: Huntley, Lawrence, Bidlingmaier, Smith, Merryfield, Schmidt, Brown, Marvin, Young, Castner, Kissinger, Bushnell, Price, Vandeberg, Jacobson, Filitz, Chase, Longenecker
----Sources: Clark County Press (Neillsville, Clark County, Wis.) Thurs., 9 May 1940
Huntley, George (12 May 1854 - 8 May 1940)
George Huntley passed away at the home of his son, Stillwell Huntley, of Monticello early Wednesday morning, according to a message received by his daughter, Mrs. Roy Lawrence, and son, Harmon Huntley, of the town of York.
Mr. Huntley would have been 86 years old next Sunday, May 12.
Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence and Mr. and Mrs. Huntley left for Monticello yesterday morning to make arrangements for bringing the body back. Time for the funeral services has not been set.
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----Sources: Clark County Press (Neillsville, Clark County, Wis.) Thurs., 16 May 1940
Funeral services for George Huntley, an aged former resident of the town of Grant, were held Saturday, May 11, at the Methodist Church at York Center, Rev. G. W. Longenecker of Neillsville performing the rites. A mixed quartette sang, "Beautiful Isle of Somewhere," "Saved by Grace" and "In the Garden." Six of his grandsons by marriage acted as pallbearers: Lawrence Bidlingmaier, Argyle; Merle Bushnell, Loyal; Lawrence Vandeberg, Marshfield; Francis Jacobson, Sherwood; Elmer Filitz and Roy Chase, Neillsville, Wis. This service was rendered as a fitting memorial to Mr. Huntley for the warm welcome he extended as each in turn as they became members of the family, and for his continued love and respect for them.
Mr. Huntley was born May 12, 1854, near Pottsdam, New York, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Harmon Huntley. When he was 12 years of age, he came to Wisconsin along, making the trip by boat and stage. He spent several years at the home of his sister, Mrs. Thode Davis, near Granton, and then worked in logging camps around Neillsville and Greenwood.
On September 12, 1875, he was united in marriage to Miss Mary Smith at the home of her parents near Greenwood. They spent several years there before moving to the Granton community where they lived until the death of Mrs. Huntley November 25, 1934. He disposed of his farm and went to the town of York, to make his home with his daughter, Mrs. Roy Lawrence. He also spent some time each year with his son, Stillman, and family at Monticello, where he passed away May 15th, after a brief illness. Although he had not been well for several years, he was able to be about and was unusually active for a man of his age. His memory was excellent. He loved to talk over incidents of the early days in Clark County with the few remaining residents who passed through that period. His picture of pioneer days also made a most interesting story for younger generations. On Several occasion he was able to give clear and accurate accounts of historical events and dates when they were requested of him by the Press.
He was a member of the Congregational Church of Neillsville, Wis.
Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Roy Lawrence, town of York; and two sons, Stillman of Monticello, and Harmon of York; one brother, Charles, Park Falls, ten grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife and three sons, Francis, Milton and Vernon.
Out of town relatives and friends who attended the services included: Mr. and Mrs. Stillman Huntley, Monticello; Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Bidlingmaier, Argyle; William Smith, Jennie, Jessie and Ross Smith, Milwaukee; Mr. and Mrs. Frank Merryfield, Wild Rose; Charlie Huntley and daughter, Mrs. Jacob Schmidt, Park Falls; Mr. and Mrs. Mark Smith, Sam Smith, Mr. and Mrs. George Brown, Harley Vine, Mrs. E. Abel, and Mrs. E. Marvin, all of Greenwood; Mr. and Mrs. Paul Young, Mrs. Albert Castner, Mrs. Martha Castner, Mr. and Mrs. Phillip Kissinger and daughter, Alberta, Mr. and Mrs. Merle Bushnell, Mr. and Mrs. F. Bushnell and Mrs. Price of Loyal; Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Vandeberg, Marshfield.
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