Obit: Marsh, William (? - 1954)
Contact: Dolores Mohr Kenyon
Surnames: Marsh, Wells, Cole, North, Devos,
Unger, Naedler, Hoesly, Thomsen, Smith, Brown, Pree, Jones, Bigger,
----Source: Clark County Press (Neillsville,
Clark Co., WI.) December 30, 1954
Marsh, William J. (? - 22 December
William J. Marsh, whose early experiences in
merchandising in Neillsville carried him back into the days when
lumbering was the flourishing industry here, was laid at rest in
the Neillsville City Cemetery Monday afternoon.
died last Wednesday, December 22, at his home on East Fourth
Street, where he had been in semi-confinement since an extended
illness earlier in the year. Death was due to the
complications brought on by old age.
store in which Mr. Marsh spent most of his business life in
Neillsville is that which now houses the J. C. Penney Company at
the corner of Hewett and West Fifth. It is the first brick
store building erected in Neillsville and was purchased by Mr.
Marsh and his brother and partner, Lute Marsh, in
Before making this purchase Mr. Marsh had been
engaged in retailing in Neillsville for several years. He
came here from Black River Falls as a lad of 16, being sent here to
look after the interests of Jerome Cole, Black River Falls druggist
and creator of the remedy "Cole’s Carbolic Salve." For
two years young Will Marsh worked from early ‘til late and
received the great sum of $200 per year.
the time of his death Mr. Marsh was the oldest member of the
Masonic Blue Lodge, No. 163, F. & A. M., which honored him
several years ago by presenting him with a 50-years
certificate. He also was a member of the Neillsville Chapter,
No. 66, R. A. M. and of Neillsville Commandery No. 36, K. T.
Marsh was married in 1882 in St. Paul, Minn. to Bertie Wells, who
died in 1929.
Surviving are his daughter, Mrs. Herman North;
two grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Masonic services were held at 2 p.m. Monday from
the Temple, with A. L. Devos reading the Masonic rites. The
Georgas Funeral Home was in charge of
Pallbearers were Adolph Unger, Henry Naedler,
Jake Hoesly, Henry Thomsen, William Smith and Herbert Brown.
Close relatives from out-of-town attending the
rites were: Mr. and Mrs. Walter Pree and daughter, Karen, and Miss
Ruth Jones, all of Minneapolis; Mr. and Mrs. Ray Bigger, Mr. and
Mrs. Don Bigger, Black River Falls; Col. Leo M. Jackson, King,
(Please read his Biography elsewhere on the website. Thank you, Dmk.)
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