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Algonquin Historic
Commission

Crystal Lake Herald, April 30, 1914

Robert W. Shufeldt

 

The life of Robert W. Shufeldt ended Sunday, April 26, at his residence on the east side of the village of Algonquin. Mr. Shufeldt had been confined to his home, and a great part of the time in bed during the past winter, as the result of heart trouble. He had been very ill at times, when his life was despaired of and had rallied, apparently to his usual health. He was stricken with a heart failure a month ago, however, the result of which kept him in a precarious condition and finally terminated in his death.

Deceased was born in Westerlo, Albany county, N. Y., Aug. 2, 1839, and in 1853, with his parents, came west, where they settled in Barrington, Ill. At the age of 21 he was married to Miss Exie Clawson of Barrington, and the newly married couple came to Algonquin, where he purchased the old Hubbard farm on the east side of the Fox river, which had since been his home. To his first marriage were born four sons and two daughters, who were reared to manhood and woman hood on the homestead and have since scattered to various parts of the country. His first wife died in 1900, and he was married to Mrs. Julia Otter, to whom was born a daughter, Luella, who is a member of the present household. His second marriage experience was soon terminated by the death of Mrs. Shufeldt, and he remained a widower until Nov. 9, 1908, on which date he was married to Mrs. Ella Tobey of Elgin, who survives him.

Mr. Shufeldt had been a resident of Algonquin for the past forty-five years, and his death marks the passing of one of Algonquin's pioneers, whose presence will be missed by many. Mr. Shufeldt was a farmer, pure and simple, and had seen his property enhanced in value, by reason of the progress and advancement of his home town. He was never disposed to part with any of his real estate holdings, and in spite of the fact that his farm lay largely in the town and a portion of it was platted, he owned, at the time of his death, practically all of his original purchase. He Had seen Algonquin develop form a hamlet to its present status, and had much to do with its history, but was never at any time deeply concerned in its political matters or business activities. Socially, he was not a mixer, but he had his friendships made through personal comradeships, which were true and steadfast, he being by nature very strong in his likes and dislikes. As a husband he was true and affectHe leaves to morn two sister, Mrs. Ellers of Barrington, Mrs. Marietta Meade, Crete, Neb.; and Charles, Kenmundy, Ill.,; three daughter, Mrs. Ella Chapin, Topeka, Kas; Mr. Flora Gardner, Cary, Ill.; and Luella and three sons, Herbert, Pasadena, Cal.; Rosert, Beisdker, Canada, preceded him in death.

Funeral services will be held from the late residence next Friday at 1 p. m., then to the Congregational church, where Rev. Thos. Smith will officiate. Burial will be in Algonquin cemetery.

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