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William J. "Willie" Dorsey 1890-1912


Posted By: Merllene Andre Bendixen (email)
Date: 9/26/2010 at 17:34:03

Wallingford – The community was shocked Sunday morning to hear of the death of Will Dorsey which occurred at the hospital in Estherville. Will had been visiting at the Wm. Johnson home a few days and was in town Tuesday feeling well although he had a cold. In the evening he grew suddenly sick and the doctor was called, also Will’s parents. He was taken to the city hospital where he seemed to be getting better but Saturday evening he died about midnight. He had a spell of pneumonia once before about a year ago and the second attack proved sudden and fatal. Will was just a young man and had many friends. This is a hard blow to his sorrowing parents, two sisters, Pearl and Edna, and brother, Frank. Will was liked by all who knew him and was a good boy. The funeral arrangements have not been made at this writing. The stricken family have the sympathy of all in their sudden bereavement. (Estherville Enterprise, Estherville, IA, December 25, 1912)

Wallingford Young Man Dies
The sad news reached here Sunday [December 22, 1912] morning of the death of Will Dorsey at the city hospital in Estherville. He was taken sick only a few days ago with pneumonia. His parents live near Terril. He was the oldest son of Mr. and Mrs. James Dorsey. They resided near Wallingford for a number of years. He was a kind and upright young man and will be missed by his friends of which he had so many, but most of all in the home circle where his place can never be filled. Had he lived until the 27th of next month he would have been twenty-three years of age. The funeral was held Thursday and was in charge of the M.W.A., of which he was a member. Besides his parents he leaves two sisters and one brother to mourn his untimely death. We extend sympathy to them in their sorrow. – Wallingford Correspondent. (Graettinger Times, Graettinger, IA, December 26, 1912)

William J. Dorsey, age twenty-three years of age, son of Mr. and Mrs. M. J. Dorsey, who reside a short distance north of Terril, died at the Estherville hospital Sunday morning at 2 o’clock of typhoid fever. He was a young man of excellent habits and his death will be mourned by all who knew him. (Spirit Lake Beacon, Spirit Lake, IA, December 26, 1912)

William Dorsey, twenty-three years of age, died at the City Hospital Monday [December 23, 1912] morning of pneumonia after an illness of less than a week. He was a son of Mr. and Mrs. James Dorsey who resided for some time near the J. P. Kennedy farm in Twelve Mile Lake township. His parents now reside two miles north of Terril. He was brought to the City Hospital last Wednesday with an extremely bad case of pneumonia and he gradually grew worse until death came Monday morning. He was a young man well liked by all who knew him and will be greatly missed by his relatives and friends. Funeral services will be held at the family home near Terril at ten o’clock Thursday morning and again at the Christian church in this city at one o’clock in the afternoon and interment will be in Oak Hill cemetery. (Estherville Democrat, Estherville, IA, December 25, 1912)

We are sorry to say that it was reported to us that a certain well educated prosperous farmer of Dickinson county, this morning while hauling grain met the funeral procession of the Dorsey boy and instead of giving the full of the road held it half of it and made the whole procession give half of the road. He was not the only one either – it seems that some have no respect for the dead. – Terril Tribune (Estherville Democrat, Estherville, IA, January 1, 1913)


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