WOODSIDE, W. J. 1848-1911
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Date: 1/1/2011 at 22:58:40
W. J. Woodside Dead
Highly Respected Resident of County For Fifty-four Years
Served In Responsible Positions And Was A Veteran Of The Civil War
W. J. Woodside, for fifty-four years a highly respected resident of Melrose township and an honored citizen of the county, died Thursday, Jan. 26, at 10 o'clock a.m. at his home in Melrose township.
For the past year he has been in gradually failing health; trouble with his heart causing him and his family great anxiety. Some weeks ago a complication arose that left but one prospect of relief, and that was a surgical operation. Jan. 23, the operation was performed which only confirmed the suspicions of the physicians and revealed the malignant character of his ailment. He grew rapidly weaker until the end and passed peacefully way at the above hour.
W. J. Woodside was born Sept. 1, 1848, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
When 9 years of age he came to Iowa with his parents and settled on a farm near Eldora. When 19 years of age he enlisted in the service of his country and was a faithful soldier until the close of the war. He belonged to the Wilson Post at Grundy Center. When 24 years of age he united with the Methodist Episcopal church and has been a faithful member, doing every known duty until the summons came, "It is enough come up higher."
In 1870 he bought the farm in Melrose township which has ever since been his home.
Sept. 17, 1876, he was married to Ludema A. Sayre. Two children were born to this union which preceded the father to the better land.
He leaves to mourn his loss, his devoted wife, one sister and one brother, beside a host of friends.
During the many years he has been a resident of the county he has always taken an active part in its affairs and worked for the up-building of those things that would make for better conditions of living and the advancement of progressive ideas. The community deeply deplores his loss.
Funeral services were held from the Melrose church Saturday morning at 11 o'clock, conducted by Rev. Conklin, pastor of the M. E. church at Whitten. A large concourse of friends and neighbors were present to pay their last tribute of respect and sympathy.
Interment was made in the family lot in Melrose cemetery.
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