Tucker, George (1868 - 1939)






----Source: Greenwood Gleaner 2/2/1939


Dropping from the ranks one by one the old settlers, the old builders of our community, the old neighbors and friends are leaving us.
Early Thursday morning, Jan. 19, 1939 George Tucker died at his home, his death resulting from a stroke which he suffered Monday and from which he did not regain consciousness. Mr. Tucker had been under the doctor's care for the past two years, and had a slight stroke in October 1938. From this he rallied and many of his friends did not realize his serious condition.

Mr. Tucker was born March 22, 1868 in Barnstable, England. At the age of 16 he came to America with his father and one brother, his mother having died in England. They settled in Illinois. Soon his father returned to England for the other members of the family. After the father's return to America, he, with his threes sons, George, James and Fred came to Clark County and found employment on the construction of the railroad between Marshfield and Greenwood. The two brothers also purchased farms. Mr. Tucker's farm is a part of the present estate and is now rented by one of the sons.

A few years later Mr. Tucker and his brother, James, went to Milwaukee, where they had the distinction of turning the first furrow in breaking land for the streets of South Milwaukee. Later the brothers returned to their Clark County farms.

On July 4, 1896 Mr. Tucker was married to Mabel Pierce at Greenwood, and the farm was the family home where their daughter and two sons were born and where Mr. and Mrs. Tucker lived until 1926, when they moved to our village, where they have since made their home. They celebrated their 42nd wedding anniversary last July, and were happy to have with them all of their children and grandchildren.

Mr. Tucker brought from his native country some of the English love for the soil, he enjoyed his farm and had ever a great desire to see it improved and to note a yearly progress. His was the great virtue of loving his home and his family. In his recent less active, more quiet days, he expressed a deep satisfaction that his farm was in good hands, and often turned his thought toward his grandchildren, expressing his love for them and his hopes for their future. These days also brought expression of appreciation of and gratitude for the love that surrounded him here, and expression of a deep interest in things unseen and eternal.



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