Walsh, Philip ( - 17 DEC 1881)




Surnames: WALSH


----Source: CLARK COUNTY REPUBLICAN PRESS (Neillsville, Wis.) 12/22/1881

Walsh, Philip ( - 17 DEC 1881)

The death of Philip Walsh (generally known as Phil Walsh) which occurred at the farm of F. D. Lindsay near this village (Neillsville, Clark County) last Saturday morning, Dec. 17, 1881, occasioned universal regret throughout the wide circle of his acquaintance, and illustrates again the truthfulness of the saying, "the battle is not always with the strong". But a few weeks ago Phil left here in the full vigor and strength of manhood to take charge of F.D. Lindsay's camp on the Popple river, with every assurance a strong and vigorous constitution could give that he would return after his winter's work had been completed, but on Tuesday of last week he was taken sick and within a week that narrow house that awaits us all contained all that was mortal of the subject of this article. The first indication of the disease which was destined so soon to end his earthly career was an attack of dizziness on Tuesday morning while helping on some work about the camp he was fitting up. A renewal of this symptom in a more alarming form occurred on Wednesday morning, when he fell while helping to move a stove, soon after which he was taken with a chill, resulting in his becoming delirious, and from the effect of which he never rallied. From that time until his death, excpt now and then, just for a moment, he knew nothing of what transpired around him. As soon as his case was thought to be serious, on Wednesday, a messenger was dispatched for medical assistance. Application was made at Greenwood, but without success, and the messenger came to this place, returning immediately with Dr. Templeton, who reached there Thursday morning, doing what he could for the sufferer, but without hope of being able to restore him to health. The exposure of an open camp and the impossibility of hi receiving necessary attention where he was, necessitated hi removal, and he was consequently brought to this place last Friday. From the time he was taken sick until death closed the scene, he received every attention that could be given, but his prediction at the time he was taken sick, that he "must go" was realized, and at six o'clock last Saturday morning, the apparently rough, but honest, good-hearted old Phil passed from the busy cares of life to the great hereafter.

Well and intimately as Phil "Walsh" was known on this river, his death shows how little we may know of those with whom we consider ourselves well acquainted. It is known that his mother, several brothers and a sister live at Elyria, Loraine County, Ohio, and for some reason he left home when he was a boy, since which time he has refused to hold any intercourse with them. That they are respectable and in good circumstances is known, and the only reason that can be assigned for his refusal to see or hear from this is that it was one of his many eccentricities. During the late war, in which he received a bullet through the lungs, he served in the First Wisconsin Battery, organized at La Crosse, proving himself one of the best of soldiers. At the close of the war he came to this place and has worked with and for Hon. F.D. Lindsay, to whose employ he was at the time. His funeral took place from the Presbyterian Church last Monday, and his remains were followed to their last resting place by many friends in whose memories this eccentric diamond in the rough will live until they are called to join him on the "other shore".



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