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Algonquin Historic
Commission

Nunda Herald, June 9, 1904

PIONEER DIES

Edward Morton of Algonquin Passes Away

PROMINENT IN EARLY DAYS

A MAN OF STRONG CHARACTER, STURDY INDEPEND-

ENCE AND KIND DISPOSITION - HIS END WAS PEACEFUL.

 

Edward Morton died at the home of his son Edward, In Algonquin, Ill., Thursday evening, June 2, 1904. He was aged 82 years, 9 months and 15 days.

Edward Morton was born at Sparta, Sing Sing, West Chester county, N.Y., August 18, 1821. He was united in marriage to Charlotte Brewers, at Yonkers, N.Y., October 29, 1842. Seven children were born to them, four of whom survive and mourn his death, namely - Edward Morton, Mrs. Henry Keyes, Mrs. D. W. Thomas of Algonquin and Charles W. Morton of Dundee.

June 1, 1849, Mr. Morton, with his wife, came to McHenry county and located on a farm two miles west of Algonquin. After several years of farm life he moved to Dundee, where he lived for a period of four or five years. From Dundee he moved to Algonquin, where he has since resided. His wife died Sept. 26, 1886, and was laid to rest in the Algonquin cemetery. Since then he has made his home with his son Edward.

Tthe funeral was held from the Episcopal church in Algonquin, Saturday afternoon, June 4, at @:30, Rev. F.E. Brandt, pastor of the church, officiating. The floral offerings were numerous and very beautiful. The pallbearers were: John Peter, Howard Phillips, James McKay, J. L. Keyes, E. A. Ford and V. N.Ford. Interment was in Algonquin cemetery, beside the remains of his wife.

Those from out of town who attended the funeral service were: Chas. Morton, Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Hoxle, Frank Perry of Dundee; Chas. W. Morton, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Morton, Mr. and Mrs. John McLane, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Perry; Mrs. Jas. Sherwood, Mrs. Ella Kee, David Sherwood, Edward Balsh of Elgin; Chas. Rowley of Nunda, Miss Georgia Allen of Glen Ellyn, Frank Stevens and D.H. Anderson of Chicago.

Mr. Morton was called to the home of his Maker after an illness of a year and a half's duration. He was a man whom everyone loved and respected for his honesty, being straightforward and fearless in everything he attempted. He was a quiet, uneventful life, his first thoughts being for the welfare of his family and his duty to his friends and neighbors. He was not a public man, although he was always before the public in spirit, willing to aid and promote any cause he thought was just. Patriotic to the core, he did all that lay in this power to defend his country in time of need. He was one of those instrumental in founding St. John's Episcopal church at Algonquin, and served as vestry man for the past fifteen years. He leaves to mourn his death, besides his immediate relatives, a host of friends, who will sincerely miss him and who unite in sympathizing with those to whom he was very dear.

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