Obit: Tousley, Henry F. (1838 - 1911)

Contact: Ann Stevens



Surnames: Tousley, Condit, Sturdevant


----Source:  Neillsville Times (Neillsville, Clark County, Wis.)  02/16/1911


Tousley, Henry F. (1838-Feb 5, 1911)


H.F. Tousley of Olivet, died at his home at Olivet Sunday, Feb. 5th.  The funeral was held Wednesday at the M.E. Church in Olivet, and burial was made at Poplar Hill Cemetery at Rock Elm.


Henry Tousley was born in Ohio in 1838, and came west with his parents in 1849, locating in Jefferson Country.  Here he served an apprenticeship of four years at the shoemaker trade, which he followed for twenty years at Rubicon and Neillsville.  Then he took up an 80 acre homestead in Clark Co., on which he proved up and sold.  He then moved to Knapp, where he acted as station agent for about a year; he then moved to Olivet, where he has lived ever since.  Here he bought the land on which the village of Olivet now stands; he laid out and sold several lots and a hotel.


While running a sawmill here he met with an accident which nearly cost him his life, and which permanently crippled his right arm.  Being unable to work, he began buying cattle and made a success of it.  Later he has been in the real estate and loan business.  For the past ten years he has been manager of the New Richmond Roller Mills Co. elevator at Spring Valley, which is known to all as "Tousley’s elevator."


In 1860 he married Miss Angeline F. Condit of Rubicon, who died in 1903, leaving two sons, Ed and William.  In 1905 he married Mrs. Helen Sturdevant of Spring Valley.


His sons, Ed and William, have helped him in the work at Spring Valley, and since his last illness have taken the entire burden upon themselves.


Mr. Tousley has for years been one of the most prominent men of eastern Pierce County and is known to everybody in this section.  He was an honorable, enterprising, kindly man, honored and trusted by all, and many a household besides his own will be saddened by his death.


He was a member of the Subordinate and Encampment branches of the Odd Fellow Society, and his life exemplified the teaching of that order.


A very large crowd attended the funeral. - Spring Valley Sun



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