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Cyrus Lawson "Lot" Wilson (1924)


Posted By: Kent Transier (email)
Date: 8/28/2009 at 23:59:15

Winterset Madisonian
Thursday, 21 February 1924
Page 1, Column 3

Death of C. L. Wilson

Death came suddenly to C. L. Wilson of Winterset, on Friday morning, Feb 15th. He and Mrs. Wilson were preparing a package to be sent to one of their sons. He went to the barn to secure some rope to tie the package and returned in an exhausted state and asked for the medicine he used for his severe attacks of heart weakness. He was unable to take the medicine and passed away in a few moments. Funeral arrangements were delayed until the sons and other relatives could reach here. Services were held at the home on Wednesday afternoon, conducted by Rev. LeRoy C. Cooley, assisted by E. R. Zeller. Madison Lodge, I.O.O.F. provided its ritualistic service at the grave.

The following sketch of Mr. Wilsonís life was prepared by Mr. Zeller.

Cyrus Lawson Wilson, commonly known as Lot, came to Winterset with his father from Mediapolis, Des Moines county, Iowa when he was sixteen years old. The elder Wilson settled in the northwest part of Douglas township and was well known over the county. He was best known as a progressive farmer, a Presbyterian and a republican. There was a large family, there being C. L., Oscar, Stewart and three girls: Jennie, Maggie and Ora.

Lot was like his father in appearance, though larger. He was also like him in his religious and political beliefs. He was not, however, as radical and outspoken. He was known in Winterset and throughout the adjoining counties in which his business took him, as jovial, sociable and conservative. He was emphatically a hale fellow well met and we doubt if there was throughout the southwest part of the state another man better liked or more popular. Throughout his long, active life he had his misfortunes and disappointments, but never lost his poise and friendly demeanor.

He lived at the old home till well advanced in years, but after working on the farm for some time, entered upon the marble and monument business in early manhood and followed it till death, a period of 50 years.

In 1918 he met with a serious railroad accident and his life was miraculously saved, how neither he nor anyone else knows. A fast train on the Rock Island railroad struck the automobile which he was driving. It was demolished and when the train was stopped, Lot was found on the pilot of the locomotive. He was seriously injured and his death was hastened by these injuries.

He was elected county treasurer in 1908 and served one term. He was a lifelong member of the Odd Fellows fraternity, also the Knights of Pythias.

As already remarked, he never recovered from the effects of the railroad accident and during the past six years suffered much but stayed with his business, being away from home most of the time.

He was born Aug. 23, 1850 and last August he celebrated his 73rd anniversary at the city park, together with some 50 of his special friends, from this and adjoining counties. He knew at that time the end was not far off and requested that the meeting be held in a year whether he was here or not.

On June 16, 1887, he was married to Miss Elizabeth Embree of Indianola. She and their three sons survive him. The sons are Embree D. of Grace, Idaho; John C. of Mt. Pleasant, Utah, and James who is a student at Ames.

The Winterset News
Winterset, Iowa
Thursday, February 21, 1924
Page 5, Columns 5 & 6

C. L. Wilson

C. L. Wilson, generally known as Lot, died last Friday morning. His passing away was unexpected to the community, but not to himself and immediate family. In 1918, when crossing the railroad at Earlham a fast train ran into his automobile completely demolishing the car and when the train was brought to a halt Lot was on the pilot of the locomotive apparently uninjured. It proved however to be serious and permanent, and it was from the effects of these injuries that he died.

Lot Wilson will be missed by a large circle of acquaintances both in Madison county and also in surrounding counties where he traveled during the past 50 years. He was sociable, cheerful and in every respect one who everybody likes to meet. He was bighearted as well as big bodied.

He was elected county treasurer in 1908, a member of the Presbyterian church, of the Odd Fellows and Knights of Pythias. The Odd Fellows will especially miss him as he was very loyal to the order and regular in attendance at all their social functions.

Mr. Wilson was born at Mediapolis, Des Moines county,, August 23, 1850, and came to the county when 16 years of age. He early entered the marble and monument business but until his marriage in 1897 made his home with his parents in Douglas township.

He was married to Miss Elizabeth Embree, of Indianola, June 16, 1897, and there were three boys born to the union, Embree D., of Grace, Idaho; John C., of Mount Pleasant, Utah; and James in school at Ames. There are two brothers and three sisters Oscar and Stewart; South Dakota, Jenny Lowell, of South Dakota; Maggie Sawhill, Col. and Ora Huston, of Valley Junction.

The funeral services were held yesterday afternoon at the home conducted by Rev. LeRoy C Cooley, assisted by E. R. Zeller, supplemented by the beautiful ritual services of the I. O. O. F.

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