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Obits > 1916 - William Rowe

Tampico Torndao, May 18, 1916


Willaim Rowe, an old soldier and one of Tampico's aged citizens and early settlers and for many years the faithful manitor of the Baptist church, died at his home in the wetern part of twn last week Thrusday morning t 450 o'clok after two weeks sickness ofheart and stomach trouble coupled  with infirmities of advanced years.

Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Baptist church conducted by the pastor, Rev. W.J. Eyles assited by Rev. C.D. McCammon on the Methodist church. Several favorite selections of the deceased were sung by Mesdames Minnie Love and Amy Denison.

The text of the pastor's sermon was from Ps. 15:1-2: "Lord who shall abide in thy tabernacle? He but walketh uprightly and worketh rightousness, and speaketh the truth in his ear." Mr. Eyles spoke of the uprightness and steadfastness of the character and the life of Mr.  Rowe and of the testimony to his integrity and his chrisian life borne by all who knew him. There were touching referenes inthe sermon to the sirit of affetion and kindness in his nature, and  to his outlook  in faith and hope toward heaven and God.

The pall bearers were Jesse Van Bibber, Fred. W. Smith, Barney McGrady, J. B. Adams, H. A. Wood and J. B. Fullerton, a, all old soldiers, interment was in the Tampco cemetery, the services at the grave being conducted by the veterans. The casket was draped with the  national colors and there were a number of beautiful floral tributes.

Mr. Willaim Rowe was born on August  28, 1832  at Middleford, in Oswego county, New York, Mr. Rowe would have  been eighty-four years old this summer. He came to Illinois in 1854, settling near Newark. October 20th, 1860, he was married to Miss Elmina J. Sweet at New Bedofrd.

Mr. and Mrs. Rowe lived inAnnawan for several years after their marriage. He there united with the Baptist church in 1876.  In 1881, the family removed to Tampico. Mr. Rowe spent a number ofyears upon the farm and the remainder ofhislife he workedat his trade of a mason.

He was amember of the 53rd, Illinois Infantry in the Civil war and served with onor in the army of Tennessee. He has for  years been a faithful member of the Tampico Baptist Church, occupying the office of deacon. His chair that he occupied for many Sundays at the church was appropriately draped.

The widow and two daughters survive, Cora Gleason of Yorktown and Mrs. Lilly Tonkinson of this place. One son, Frank Delmar died ininfancy. Two sisters also survive: Mrs.  Ellen Lutyens of Tampico and Elizabeth Gleason of Washington, Minn.There are also several grand children and two great grand children.


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