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Austin Wiley Wilkinson (1925)


Posted By: Pat Hochstetler (email)
Date: 12/14/2010 at 14:55:45

Winterset Madisonian – February 26, 1925
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Distinguished Jurist and Pioneer of Madison County Dies of Heart Attack

Judge A. W. Wilkinson, prominent in the public affairs of this county for more than a half century, died on Friday of last week after an illness of only a few hours.

He went to his law office early in the morning, as was his usual custom. After eating breakfast, he was taken ill with acute indigestion and died at 2 o’clock in the afternoon.

Judge Wilkinson was born in Madison county in 1848. In 1847, his parents, John Wilkinson and Clarissa Matthews Wilkinson, moved to Scott township, this county. After attending district school and the Winterset academy, he became a surveyor, and for four years was county surveyor. In 1872, he was admitted to the bar. Excepting two years in which he followed civil engineering in California, his life was spent in this community. He served for four years as district attorney of the old fifth judicial district and 16 years as judge of the district court under the present organization of the fifth district. After his services on the bench, he again took up the practice of law, in which he was actively engaged until the time of his death. He was prominent in Masonry, having taken all the degrees in Masonry, in both the Scottish and York rites of Masonry and a few years ago was honored with the 33rd degree in that order.

He had a wide acquaintance throughout the state, his long years of practice having won for him many warm friends among those prominent in the legal fraternity. Here at home he enjoyed the confidence and the warm friendship of the people of Madison county, and he will be greatly missed in the community where a long and active life was spent.

Funeral services were held here on Monday from the Tidrick funeral home, conducted by Rev. Wm. N. Wyckoff, of the east side Episcopal church of Des Moines, the Masonic order participating in the last rites of a dearly beloved brother.

Surviving members of the family are his wife, Helen Davis Wilkinson, three sons and two daughters.

Note: Transcribed as published in the Madisonian. Birth date does not match gravestone.

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