Willie #2 (1869 - 1885)
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Surnames: LaFlesh, Brothers, Gallaher, Archer, Clark, Fuller, Tolford, Huntzicker
----Sources: Neillsville Times (Neillsville, Clark County, Wis.) 24 March 1885
LaFlesh, Willie (*9 May 1869 - 1885)
The remains of Willie LaFlesh, whose death resulted from an accident mentioned in last week’s Times, were brought to this city for burial last Wednesday. Services were held in the Presbyterian church, that building accommodating a larger number than the Methodist church. The discourse was delivered by Rev. J. D. Brothers, pastor of the M. E. Church. An immense concourse of people attended and listened attentively to the sermon, exhibiting a deep sympathy for the sorrow-stricken parents and brothers and sisters of the deceased.
The pallbearers were Charles Gallaher, Frank Archer, Perry Clark, Ernest Fuller, Bert Tolford, and George Huntzicker, all young men about Willie’s age. They met the procession at the church about three miles east of the city, and accompanied the remains to the church here, and afterwards to the cemetery.
The floral offerings were numerous and beautiful, some of which were brought by friends from La Crosse.
Willie LaFlesh was a bright, intelligent boy, universally esteemed by all who knew him. Indeed, his last teacher gives him the name of an unusually good, manly boy, and feels keenly the loss of a pupil who was so universally respected in the school.
The death of Willie has been especially a serve blow to his loving mother, who is suffering so much with illness, and there goes out to her the heart felt sympathy of every mother who knows the heartaches she must suffer. The hand of death struck the more keenly in snatching away her loved son with only a few hours’ warning. In the midst of life and health one day, and on the morrow cold in death.
To the whole family the universal sympathy of friends and acquaintances is given.
*Birth Date taken from the Neillsville Cemetery Index.
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