Obit: Hartson, Henry H. (1856 - 1944)
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----Sources: Greenwood Gleaner (Greenwood, Clark Co., Wis.) 01/06/1944

Hartson, Henry H. (24 JUL 1856 - 4 JAN 1944)

Henry H. Hartson, son of Ebulius and Mary Ann Chamberlain Hartson, was born July 24, 1856 in Adams Co., Wis. and passed away in his sleep at his home in Greenwood (Clark Co., Wis.) on Tuesday, Jan. 4, 1944.

Mr. Hartson came to Clark County in 1872 and on May 15, 1887 he was united in marriage to Hilda Wellen at Whitehall, Wis. They came to Greenwood in October 1887 and have resided here ever since. They celebrated their golden wedding in 1937. Mr. Hartson held many public offices.

He is survived by his wife, six children, Harry E., Omaha, Neb.; Wellen G., Neillsville; Mrs. G.A. Jardine (Velma), New Virginia, Iowa; Fred C. Longmont, Colo.; Mrs. L.E. Brackett (Ruth), Cameron, Wis.; and Miss Marion Hartson, Des Moines, Iowa, 14 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements have not bee made at the time of going to press.

A more complete obituary will be published next week.

(Follow on in 1/13/1944 Greenwood Gleaner)

Henry Hobart Hartson, son of Ebulius G. and Mary Ann Hartson, was born in Adams County, Wis. on July 24, 1856.

In 1872 his family moved to a farm south of Neillsville (Clark Co., Wis.), where they resided for several years. He attended school in a pioneer log school house near his home, and later taught in a similar school.

Shortly before his married he drove a stage line from Neillsville to Withee, carrying both passengers and mail. The road was partly corduroy, built thru virgin pine forest, with every few homes along the way.

On May 15, 1887 he was married to Hilda Wellen at Whitehall, Wis. They moved to Greenwood, where they shared their home with his aged parents, and invalid brother.

For a time he was a partner in the Justice and Hartson Hardware store. He purchased the Greenwood Gleaner in 1892 and published it until he was appointed postmaster in 1896, but maintained an active interest in the paper until he sold it in 1916. He served as postmaster for 18 years, from 1896 to 1914.

The present Greenwood School was erected during his 25 years tenure as president of the school board.

He served as City Treasurer from 1924 to 1931, and had belonged to the Masonic Order for nearly 50 years. A few years ago Mr. Hartson was presented with a life membership by the Lodge.

As long as the Presbyterian Church was active in Greenwood, he was a faithful member and always took great interest in the choir. When the church was sold, his membership was transferred to the Methodist Church. Although of late years, he has not been able to walk to church.

Surviving are his faithful wife and companion of nearly 57 years, and six children: Harry E. of Omaha, Neb.; Wellen G. of Neillsville, Wis.; Velma (Mrs. G.A. Jardine) of New Virginia, Iowa; Fred C. of Longmont, Colo.; Ruth (Mrs. L.E. Brackett) of Cameron, Wis.; and Miss Marion of Des Moines, Iowa. He also left eleven grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren. The Hartsons also shared their home with two nieces, Ella McGinnis of Washington, D.C., and Mrs. Ida Nicoson of Chicago, who lost their parents in childhood.

Thru all of his long life Mr. Hartson was devoted to his home and family.

Funeral services were held on Friday, Jan. 7th at 1:30 p.m. at the home and 2:00 p.m. at the Methodist Church, Rev. A.J. Abbott officiated. Mrs. Harold Stabnow and Mrs. Herbert Schwarze sang "Beautiful Isle of Somewhere", "The Old Rugged Cross" and "Only Shadows", accompanied by Mrs. John Meng on the piano. Following this service a Masonic Service was held. He was laid to rest in the Greenwood Cemetery, where another Masonic Service was held.

The pallbearers were the following Masons: Elmer Johnson, Wm. C. Steiger, I.W. Stafford, C.C. Hoehne, Carl Stabnow and E.L. Mlada.

The flowers were in charge of Eastern Star members, Mrs. O.J. Amundson, Mrs. M.E. Kenyon, Mrs. Bea Clayton and Mrs. Wm. Steiger.

Those from away who attended the funeral were: Mrs. G.A. Jardine, new Virginia, Iowa; Miss Marian Hartson, Des Moines, Iowa; Harry Hartson, Omaha, Neb.; Mr. and Mrs. L.E. Brackett and daughter, Mrs. Hjalmer Greenwald, Cameron; Mr. and Mrs. W.G. Hartson, Neillsville; Jalmer Wellen, Badger, Minn.; and Robert Teatz, Granton.



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