Obit: Willheit, Madison "Matt" (1869 - 1906)

Surnames: Candy, Arnold, Willheit, Winehold, Fischer

----Sources: Marshfield News (Marshfield, Wisconsin) Thursday Nov. 29, 1906 P. 1 C. 3


P. G. Arnold of Curtis ends the life of his son-in-law

Last Friday deputy sheriff Candy of Colby passed through here for Neillsville, having in custody P. G. (Philip George) Arnold charged with murdering his son-in-law, Matt Willheit. The prisoner looked to be 60 years of age and the motive which led to the killing was provoked by a quarrel as to who would build the kitchen fire. Arnold resided with his son-in-law on a farm near Curtiss, Wisconsin. Friday morning they had words as to who would get up to build the kitchen fire. It fell to the young man to perform the duty. Both men occupied rooms on the second floor. After building the fires Willheit was in the act of returning to his room and just as his head and shoulders appeared above the floor he was fired upon by Arnold. The gun was loaded with buckshot, eight of which passed through his body killing him instantly.

Family Notes

Mary Magdalean Arnonld (24 Jun 1871 - 31 Jan 1956) was the daughter of Philip George (20 Dec 1848 - ?) and Anna Daratha "Dollie" Arnold.

Madison "Matt" Willhite was born Nov 1869 and died Nov 1906 in Curtiss, Wisconsin.

Children of Madison and Mary (Arnold) Willhite

Cora Mae Madalean Willhite b: 1 Jan 1897 - 29 Aug 1969
Clarence Willhite b: 18 Jun 1899 - 30 Jun 1975
Clara Willhite b: 20 Jan 1901 - (married Herman Fischer 10 Nov 1921)
Lester Louis Willhite b: 20 Jun 1903 -15 April 1992
Herman Willhite b: 4 Nov 1906 - (married Alice Winehold)

1800 Federal Census, Olney, Richland, Illinois, United States, pg. 127

Phillip G. Arnold, retired, white, American male farmer.
birthplace : France
birthdate : 1814
spouse's name : Anna D. Arnold
spouse's birthplace : Belgium
father's birthplace : France
mother's birthplace : France

Household Members
self Phillip G. Arnold M 66 (1814) France
wife Anna D. Arnold F 69 (1811) Belgium

1900 Federal Census, ED 21 Rantoul Township Rantoul village, Champaign, Illinois, United States, pg. 15, family 365

Madison Willhite, white married, male
father's birthplace: Illinois
mother's birthplace: Illinois

Household Members
head Madison Willhite M 31 (Nov 1869) Illinois
wife Mary M Willhite F 29 (Jun 1871) Illinois, 2 living children, father b. Illinois, mother b. OH
daughter Cora M M Willhite F 3 (Jan 1897) Illinois
son Clarence M Willhite M 1 (Jun 1899) Illinois

1905 Wisconsin State Census, Hoard, Clark, Wisconsin, pg. 185, family 62, line 138

Matt Willhite, white, married male
place of birth: parent 1: Illinois
place of birth: parent 2: Illinois

Household Members
head Matt Willhite M 36y (1869) Illinois
wife Mary Willhite F 33y (1871) Illinois
daughter May Willhite F 8y (1897) Illinois
son Clarence Willhite M 6y (1899) Illinois
daughter Clara Willhite F 4y (1901) Illinois
son Lester Willhite M 2y (1903) Illinois

1910 Federal Census, Wanpun Ward 2, Dodge, Wisconsin, pg. 2

Phillip G Arnold
birthplace: Illinois
relationship to head of household:
marital status: Widowed
race : White
gender: Male
father's birthplace: France
mother's birthplace: Germany

1917-1918 World War I Draft Registration, Clark County, Wisconsin, United States

Clarence Madison Willhite
gender: Male
birth date: 18 Jun 1899
birthplace: , , United States
country of citizenship: United States

Illinois Marriage Records

Phillip G Arnold
event: Marriage
event date: 1890
event place: Clay, Illinois
age: 42
estimated birth year: 1848
father: P G Arnold
mother: Anna Daratha
mother's titles & terms:
spouse: Catherine Hodson
spouse's age: 42
spouse's estimated birth year: 1848
spouse's father: Henry Houser
spouse's mother: Elizabeth Houser

Wisconsin Marriage Records

Lester Louis Willhite
event: Marriage
event date: 24 Sep 1932
event place: Marathon, Wisconsin
residence: Marathon
gender: Male
age: 79
estimated birth year: 1903
spouse: Gertrude F P Reiche
spouse's residence: Marathon
spouse's gender: Female
spouse's age: 68
spouse's estimated birth year: 1914

Social Security Death Index

Lester Willhite
birth date: 20 June 1903
social security number: 394-20-0838
place of issuance: Wisconsin
death date: 15 April 1992
estimated age at death: 89





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