DAGGETT, Willis G. 1873-1928
DAGGETT, GAYLORD, HESS
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Date: 4/26/2015 at 15:51:47
Willis Gaylord Daggett
The son of Simon E. and Sylvia Ann Gaylord Daggett, was born Aug. 28th, 1873, on the farm home northeast of Conrad and his entire life has been spent in that community. He departed this life Friday morning, Aug. 17, 1928, within a few days of his 55th birthday.
On Jan. 2nd, 1901, he was united in marriage to Miss Nancy Ann Hess by the Rev. E. E. Heltibridle, pastor of the Alice church, and they at once settled in their home north of Conrad and have ever since resided there.
To Mr. and Mrs. Daggett were born five children, Annola, Horace, Harold, Marvine and Dilman, all of whom survive their father except Marvine, who passed away at 5 years of age.
At the age of seventeen Mr. Daggett united with the Methodist Episcopal church at Felix Center, long since abandoned. When the present Methodist church was organized in Conrad he brought his membership there, where he has remained a loyal member and worker ever since. He had served for many years on the official board. He was also interested in the music of the church, but his most conspicuous service was rendered as an usher in which capacity he was notably faithful and very efficient.
He is survived by his aged father who recently celebrated his 90th birthday and who still resides on the old home farm; also his loving wife and companion of more than a quarter of a century; two brothers, H. A. Daggett, of Des Moines and James of Mishawaka, Ind.; three sisters, Mrs. J. A. Wheelock, Mrs. Chas. R. Stubbs and Miss Minnie Daggett, all of Conrad, and a large host of nephews and nieces.
Mr. Daggett was for many years a member of Roman Lodge, A.F.&A.M. of Conrad; Royal Arch of Grundy Center and of the Mystic Shrine, and he will be greatly missed in those circles.
Willis Daggett was an optimist and patient man and this was especially shown in the weeks of suffering during his illness. As an interest in his life, his church was first in importance next to his home. He made his home literally the social center of his life and of the life of his loved ones and friends. He preserved his youth by his intense interest in the affairs of his children and the young people of the church and the community.
The Conrad community has lost a good, clean man, a noble citizen, a believer in everything good and wholesome and he will be greatly missed not only from his own home and the immediate circle of relatives but by the entire community of which he was for so long so large a part. Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon from the Methodist Episcopal church, Rev. O. Sandbach and Rev. E. E. Clements officiating. The Masonic service was held at the grave, conducted by the local lodge and participated in by his brothers of that society. He was laid to rest in the family lot in the Conrad cemetery.
--The Grundy Register (Grundy Center, Iowa), 23 August 1928, pg 12
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