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Algonquin Historic
Commission

Nunda Herald, January 22, 1914

 

Peter N. Wolaver

Died, Jan. 19, at Milwaukee, Wis., in the Soldier's Home, where he had recently gone for treatment for a cancer, Peter N. Wolaver, an old resident of Algonquin.

Peter N. Wolaver was born in Gates county, N. Y., Feb. 22, 1844. he came to Algonquin at the close of the Civil War, in which he was a private in Co. B, 69th Reg. Illinois infantry. For many years he was prominent in the business life of Algonquin. He was a blacksmith by occupation, and was an expert in many ways- a very careful and through workman and artisan. Much of his spare time in the shop was spent in the making of utensils, requiring especial skill. Among others were a shotgun and knife, which are now on exhibition as testimonials to he skill as a worker of steel. A great lover of nature, he was fond of hunting and fishing, and many fine bags of game and strings of fine fish he proudly exhibited as the result of his skill in this respect.

Mr. Wolaver was married July 26, 1877, to Martha E. Rose of Carpentersville, at Elgin. To them were born three children- Lillian Johnson of Chicago, Rose Potter of Chicago and Bertha Hoeft of Dundee, all of whom survive him. His wife died at Algonquin, Feb. 23, 1892, and Mr. Wolaver kept a home for his daughters till they reached maturity and married.

During the past few months the deceased became afflicted with a cancer on his face, the ravages of which were the cause of his death. The remains =were brought to Algonquin Jan. 21, and the funeral held in the Congregational Church, conducted by Rev. Thomas Smith. Interment was in Algonquin cemetery,. The funeral was attended by many of his old time friends and associates who sympathized with him during his suffering and extend condolences to the bereaved family. The flag on the city hall was half-masted and all of our four remaining civil war veterans attended the funeral, two of them acting in capacity of pall bearers.

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