Rites Sunday for Wm. Slater
William M. Slater, Penn township, farmer and surveyor of Stark
county, passed away at his home east of the Pleasant Valley
church about 10:00 o’clock Thursday night, January 15, after an
illness of several weeks duration. He suffered intense pain at
times, blood clots forming in his right foot, which in turn led
to gangrene. Funeral services were held at 2:00 o’clock Sunday
afternoon in the Pleasant Valley church, and burial was in the
Osceola Grove cemetery.
Mr. Slater was born at Alta, Peoria county,
Illinois, on May 30, 1870, and was 60 years, 7 months and 15
days old at the time of his death. His early boyhood days were
spent in the city of Peoria. After the death of his parents he
made his home with an only sister, Mrs. Mary Sturm, and an aunt,
He received his early education in the
Peoria city schools, and later in the country schools of Stark
county. For several years he was a teacher in schools of this
county, meeting with success in educational lines.
Mr. Slater was united in marriage with Miss
Alice L. Thurston on Oct. 17, 1895, who with two daughters, Reva
and Helen, one son Ralph, a grandson Wayne, and his only sister,
Mrs. Mary Sturm, of Tampico, Ill., survive him.
During the last years of his life he took a
great deal of interest in the public affairs of Penn township,
and served as first county commissioner of highways of Stark
county for six years, and was county surveyor at the time of his
During the pastorate of Rev. A. H. Widney
he united with the Pleasant Valley church. While misfortune
seemed to fall often and heavily upon him at various times, he
always remained kind, neighborly and obliging to all with whom
he came in contact, and memories of him as a father will be
cherished by his children, and his friendship will still linger
with a large number of relatives and friends.
He was a charter member of the Fidelity
Life association, formerly the Mystic Workers, and a member of
the Sons of Veterans as long as the camp existed in Wyoming.
Rev. A. L. Cain of Castleton and charge of
the funeral services, and a quartet composed of Mr. and Mrs.
Ross Steward, Mrs. Harry Barton and Wilbur Downing, assisted by
Mrs. C. A. Collins, sang two beautiful selections, “Saved by His
Grace” and “O Love That Will Not Let Me Go.” W. H. Jackson, a
life-long friend of the deceased, sang as a solo, “Lead Me
Casket bearers were: Benj. Leadley, George
W. Merna, George Leadley, John Coulson, Calvin Hall and Roy
Relatives and friends from a distance
attending the services were: Mr. and Mrs. R. E. McKenzie and
daughters Mary Lou and Ruth of Tampico, Ill.; Mrs. B. R.
Shifflett of Waterloo, Iowa; Mr. and Mrs. R. H. Mannon and
daughter Dorothy, and Mrs. and Mrs. Herbert Ashley of Kewanee;
Mr. and Mrs. H. C. Cooper and Lloyd, and Roy and Miss Vera Stone
of Sheffield; Miss Harriet Freeden of Kewanee; Mr. and Mrs.
Homer Cooper and family, and Mr. and Mrs. Percy Davis and
daughter of Buda. His sister, Mrs. Sturm, was unable to attend
on account of illness.