Obit: Woodworth, Martin (1848 - 1940)

Contact: Audrey Roedl

Surnames: Woodworth, Mosely, McClintock, Pratt, Nelson, Cobb, Prinz, Johnson

----Sources: The Loyal Tribune (Loyal, Clark County, Wis.) 02/22/1940

Woodworth, Martin (28 Dec. 1848 - 14 Feb. 1940)

Wednesday morning February 14, 1940 death came to Martin Woodworth at his farm home in the Town of Little Falls, Monroe County, at the age of 91 years. He was born December 28, 1848 in Asi Abula County, Ohio, the son of Story and Candace Woodworth. When he was six years old he accompanied his parents, two brothers and three sisters in a covered wagon to the new state of Wisconsin. They located in Monroe County in a township that later was to be named New Lynne, by the senior Mr. Woodworth, for the township where they had lived back in Ohio.

Martin Woodworth grew to manhood here buying a farm and marrying his first and only sweetheart Ida May Mosely who was his faithful companion for 57 years and the mother of eight children all of whom are living. Mr. Woodworth served as town chairman and also on the school board.

In 1892 they sold their farm and bought a larger one at the head of the beautiful "Irish Valley" in the town of Little Falls which he developed into one of the finest dairy farms in the vicinity. This was his home for 48 years with the exception of a short tome spent in Sparta where Mrs. Woodworth died Dec. 6, 1935 soon after celebrating their 57th wedding anniversary. Mr. Woodworth soon went back to his farm home to spend his remaining days in the care of his youngest son and wife. His little grandson, named for him was his special pride and joy as also were the three little granddaughters in the home.

Mr. Woodworth was a devoted husband and father, a kind neighbor and an honest and upright citizen.

Among the many who mourn is his youngest sister Elizabeth McClintock of Black River Falls of whom he was very fond and who in her 88 years keenly feels the loss of her beloved brother. There is also the unbroken family of eight children, Blanch, Mrs. Ralph Pratt, Loyal; Wade, Evansville; Bertha, Mrs. C. G. Nelson, Sparta; Spencer, Kansas City; Mrs. Bess Cobb; St. Louis; Mildred, Mrs. Ralph Prinz, Wallace, and Rachel, Mrs. Alfred Johnson, all of Cataract.

All of the children were present at the funeral except Bess and Spencer. As they looked at the last time upon the face of their dear father he seemed like the father of their childhood days, so peaceful and young with scarcely a gray hair, more like a man of 50 years instead of 91.

There are 24 grandchildren of whom he was very proud.

The funeral was held in the beautiful chapel at Shamrock *** Note: The rest of the obituary was cut off and not available at the time of transcription.



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