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Word was received to-day by telegraph, of the death at Springfield, Ills., of the venerable William H. Millar, the long-time and honored resident of Bloomington at his home on the Slough Road. His son, Mr. John Miller informs us that nothing is known of his father’s illness and that the present sad tidings was wholly unexpected. Mr. Millar left last fall to spend the winter with his sister, Mrs. Chenowith, at Sprinfifield, and though being quite infirm from old age, nothing had been heard of any particular illness. Deceased was 79 years old. His remains are expected to arrive to-morrow, until which it will not be known whether the funeral will take place from the church or residence. – Daily 13.


The remains of the late William H. Millar arrived last evening, and the funeral occurs this morning from the Methodist church at 10 o’clock, Rev. D. A. Watters officiating. - April 15, 1886


Funeral of Wm. H. Millar

The remains of Wm. H. Millar, who died at Springfield, Ill., arrived last evening, and the funeral services were held in the First M. E. church this morning at 10 o’clock. The Rev. D. A. Watters officiated, assisted by Rev. H. E. Wing. Among those present from abroad were Rev. Dr. Emory Miller and wife, daughter of deceased, from Des Moines, and Mrs. Chenoworth, a sister, and a Mr. Millar, brother of deceased, from Springfield, Ill. The pall bearers were George, Charles and Frank Warfield, Charles and William Kincaid and George W. Porter, all relatives of deceased.

Wm. H. Millar was born in Scioto county, Ohio, Feb. 28, 1807. He was married to Rebecca A. Linn in 1831, who died the following year leaving him childless. On the 17th of February 1835, he wedded Mrs. Rebecca A. Knapp, and of this marriage there were issue the following children – Charles A., John W., Abraham H., Polly H., Louisa S., Elizabeth, Sidney, of whom the first five are still living. Mr. Millar removed with his family to Iowa in December, 1849, and has since made his continuous home on his farm four miles west from Muscatine on the Burlington road. On March 16, 1882, occurred the death of Mrs. Millar, and though blessed with the love of children who were at once a joy and honor to their sire, one can understand that much of his life and happiness was buried with that faithful wife and companion of forty-seven years.

The Old Settlers have referred to the virtues of deceased in their memorial resolutions and of the high respect felt toward him by old friends of more than a half century’s acquaintance. In the beautiful simplicity of his manners, the grand integrity which shone in all his business and social relations and his loving performance of the duties of home life, he was one of the noblest exemplars of his race. For over forty years he was an active member of the M. E. Church, and he died in the hope and faith of a Christian. – Daily 15.

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