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William Webster (1896)


Posted By: Pat Hochstetler
Date: 5/17/2008 at 11:04:35

Winterset Reporter
Winterset, Iowa
Thursday, June 11, 1896
Page 5

William Webster died this morning about 3 o’clock.

Semi Weekly Madisonian
Winterset, Iowa
Friday, June 12, 1896
Page 2

William Webster died at his home on Court Avenue early yesterday morning. The immediate cause of his death was a stroke of paralysis, though he had been in feeble health for some years.

Mr. Webster was about seventy-five years of age, and had lived in Winterset forty years, during all of which time he had followed the occupation of a drayman and teamster. He was a man of industrious habits and upright, amiable character, respected and liked by all, and during his long residence in Winterset, not the slightest charge to his discredit was ever brought against him.

Two or three years ago while he was driving his dray his team ran away with him and Mr. Webster was thrown out near the northwest corner of the square, falling on his head against the stone pavement. He appeared to recover his strength after this accident, but it soon became evident that he had received an injury to the brain, and he has since been gradually, but surely failing.

He leaves a wife and one son, Waldo, of Sibley, Osceola county, who was present at his father’s death. The funeral was held at the home this afternoon.

The Winterset News
Winterset, Iowa
Friday, June 12, 1896
Page 5, Column 2

William Webster Dead

William Webster died at his home on Court Avenue Thursday morning at five o’clock of paralysis brought about by a fall three years ago. His death had been expected for several months.

The deceased came to Winterset in 1855 from Massachusetts where he was born in 1819. He commenced teaming from Burlington an Keokuk and has followed that business ever since, owning a profitable dray business in this city since the railroad came in.

He was a man of very quiet habits, very industrious, and his kindly ways and singularly charitable disposition made every man his friend. In all the forty years he lived in Winterset he never made an enemy, and during the residence of a life time in Winterset the write never heard a man speak an unfriendly word for Wm. Webster.

Mr. and Mrs. Webster have lived continually in the house they now occupy for twenty years. Their only son, Waldo Webster, editor of the Sibley Tribune, was present at his death.

The funeral occurs this afternoon at the residence.


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