Daniel #2 (? - 1887)
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Surnames: McKenzie, Montgomery, Hendren, Philpott
----Sources: Neillsville Times (Neillsville, Clark County, Wis.) 4 Oct. 1887
McKenzie, Daniel (? - 27 Sept. 1887)
McKenzie - At his home, in the town of Loyal, Clark County, Wisconsin, Sept. 27, 1887, Mr. Daniel McKenzie, aged 59 years, and 2 days.
He was born in the north of Ireland, and came to American at the age of 13. In 1850 he was married to Miss Bettie Montgomery, who still survives. Until 1876 his home was in Canada. At this time he came to Wisconsin and settled in Outagamie County, where he remained until he came to Clark County in 1880. Eight sons and three daughters are yet living; one of the daughters still lives in Canada, and one son, an infant, lies buried in Canada. An elder brother now lives in the town of Loyal.
Mr. McKenzie was a man of fine person, great thoughts, strong will and sterling integrity. In a very few years he opened up a fine farm, and built for himself and family a commodious residence. Throughout the entire community he was honored and respected for the very qualities of mind and heart that always command respect.
A Presbyterian by birth, he remained a staunch Presbyterian to the last. And although living 17 miles away from Neillsville, he came again and again on days of special services, with promptness worthy of special note. Had he lived much nearer, he would have been known as one of the pillars of the church.
Some two or three years ago he went to Sparta and secured the removal of a cancer from his face, supposing that a most happy result had been secured. But at the last it was discovered that the same disease had taken a deep hold upon a more vital part, such as to bring him to an untimely grave. For more than four weeks he suffered intensely. During all this time he displayed a fortitude that was remarkable, and rejoiced in a hope that was an "anchor to his soul."
The funeral was attended form the M. E. Church of Loyal on Thursday of last week. His own Pastor, W. T. Hendren, of Neillsville, preached the sermon, being assisted in the services by Rev. H. Philpott, of Loyal. A multitude followed him to his burial. The choir sang "The Sweet Bye and Bye" at the grave, and many returned to their homes feeling that both church and state had lost one that could be poorly spared.
W. T. H.
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