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Hilton, Augustus Watson (1842-1909)

WATSON, HORNER, FENNELL

Posted By: Linda Linn (email)
Date: 3/8/2011 at 15:04:31

LeMars Globe Post
7-19-1909

A. W. Hilton Dies

War Veteran Is Suddenly Called to
Long Last Rest

A. W. [August] Hilton who has for fourteen years lived in our city was called to his last long rest early Wednesday morning. There was no warning summons, no hint that life’s cord was near to breaking. He was leaning over the counter at the clerk’s desk in his hotel talking to some acquaintances when suddenly throwing up his hand he staggered and fell to the floor.

His unconscious form was carried to a sofa and a hurry call was sent for Dr. Shepard who arrived as soon as possible, but it was too late. Dr. Shephard pronounced the cause of death to be heart trouble. Mr. Hilton had been in especially good spirits that morning and was planning to join the old soldiers at their reunion in Sioux City at the very moment of the attack. His wife and children are prostrated at the sudden death of their protector. The funeral was held on Friday from the free Methodist church in this city.

Augustus Watson Hilton was a native of the state of New York where he was born on July 19, 1842, and would have been sixty seven years of age today. He was married thirty six years ago and leaves a wife and five children to mourn his death. One son, Charles lives in Sioux City; another, William, at Mason City; his three daughters are Mrs. P.E. Horner, and Mrs. Clarence Fennell of this city and Miss Julia who lives at home.

Mr. Hilton was engaged in the hotel business at several places for a number of years, coming to LeMars from Forest City about five years ago to take charge of the old Sutter House, which has since been torn down. For the past two years he has been in charge of the Hotel LeMars at the union depot. He had a wide acquaintance with the railroad men passing through the city, who ate regularly at his place.

He was of a cheery and sociable nature and was well liked in the community. He was an affectionate husband and father and a good neighbor and the family have the sincere sympathy of many friends in their sad bereavement.

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