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Obituary ~ William Filander "Squire" "Uncle Bill" Craig
April 06, 1827 ~ October 12, 1906

The Lamoni Chronicle
Lamoni, Decatur County, Iowa
October 18, 1906


CRAIG. - Elder H. A. STEBBINS was called to Davis City, Sunday, to preach the funeral sermon of Wm. CRAIG, familiarly known as Squire CRIAG, who died Friday, October 12. Mr. CRAIG was one of the earliest settlers of Decatur county, having come to Davis City about fifty years ago and was the first postmaster at that place. He held the office of county surveyor for about twenty years and that of Justice of the Peace for forty years. In an early day he operated a saw mill on the river from which much of the lumber came that was used about this vicinity before Lamoni was started.

He was respected for his honesty and integrity and loved for his many deeds of charity. He leaves five sons, three daughters, twenty-five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. The G. A. R. of both Davis City and Leon attended the funeral which was held in the Union church, which was well filled.

[Interment was made in Old Davis City Cemetery.]

Copied by Stacey McDowell Dietiker, May 17, 2003

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The Leon Reporter
Leon, Decatur County, Iowa
October 18, 1906

William F. Craig

At his home in Davis City on last Friday evening occurred the death of William F. Craig, one of the pioneers of Decatur county, at the advanced age of 78 years and six months. The deceased was born in Jackson county, Ohio, in April 1827 and here he grew to manhood, being united in marriage in Ohio to Miss Roxanna Patterson. To their union were born eight children, all of whom survive, the mother having died more than twenty years ago. The children are Samuel L., Daniel T., Warren, Lee and Grant Craig and Mrs. Orelena Rudibaugh, Mrs. Mary Gibler and Mrs. Nora Sylvester, all of whom were with him during his last illness.

Uncle Bill, as everybody called him, came to Iowa and settled at Davis City in April 1857, where he acquired a large tract of land in an early day, and for many years the Craig farm was talked as one of the finest in Decatur county. He had always been prominently identified with the interests of Davis City and Decatur county, having served frequently as mayor of the town, and for a number of years was county surveyor, being one of the best civil engineers in this part of the state. He was one of the best hearted men in the county, whose well known liberality was generous to a fault, and as a citizen and neighbor he was one of the best.

Funeral services were held at Davis City Sunday, under the auspices of the G.A.R. and Masonic lodges, both organizations of which he had been a member for many years, being Senior Vice of the Davis City Post at the time of his death.

Submission by Bonnie, July 02, 2016