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Winship, George C. 1822 – 1898


Posted By: Joy Moore (email)
Date: 10/29/2020 at 14:09:21

Source: Decorah Republican Apr. 21, 1898 P 1 C 5

Dies at Tekoa, Washington, on Thursday last, the 14th.
On the 6th of April Mr. Geo. C. Winship bade his Decorah friends good-bye, and started to find a home for the remainder of his days, in “far-off Washington. ” None of those he left suspected that the home would be found inside of eight days and that it would he his “last home.” He arrived in Washington, destined for Farmington, where a daughter of Mrs. W. resides, but stopped at Tekoa to visit another daughter. At that place he was taken sick, and the disease from which he had been an invalid for years claimed him as a victim. He died on Thursday last, the 14th.
Our details as to the life of Mr. W. are somewhat meagre, and we cannot hope to do justic{e} to the service he rendered this community during his years of activity.8
He was born in Hartford, Ct., Aug. 15, 1822, and was therefore at the time of his death, aged 75 years and 8 months. In early boyhood he removed to Ohio where he lived until Sept., 1845, when he came to Iowa and located in Decorah. His history as a citizen—public spirited and upright—during all the succeeding years is known of all. He was a tinsmith by trade, and in his first years’ residence, was in the employment of A. Bradish, but for many years he operated in real estate, and was a wood merchant.
Mr. Winship was for many years a member of the Board of Supervisors, and the dominant spirit. It was he who began substituting iron bridges for wooden ones, and the largest and best bridges in the county—such as the one between Decorah and West Decorah, and the double bridge of stone and iron at Trout Run—were constructed under his supervision. His methods were vigorously opposed but he strenuously upheld them, and time proved that he was wise and long-sighted in his views. The only other official places he held was as councilman and Mayor of West Decorah, and member of the school board.
Mr. W. was twice married: first to Charlotte Bradley in 1845, who died Nov. 29th, 1891: and secondly to Mrs. Susan Taylor, June 22d, 1893, who survives him. Two daughters were the fruit of the first union. One of these, Emma W., sleeps in our city cemetery, and the other is Mrs. A. L. Abbey, of West Decorah.
Thus passes away one whom to know was to esteem, and whose career was that of the honorable citizen.

Transcriber's Note: Find a Grave shows he is buried in Mountain View Cemetery in Farmington, WA.


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