The Madison Spirit, Thursday, Aug. 4,
1910, Pg 1
Vol. 3, No. 40
E. WOLCOTT DEAD.
Father of R. Wolcott and Veteran
the Civil War.
Although it has been expected for
several years past, the neighborhood was somewhat startled when it was announced
the afternoon of the 29th of July that R. E. Wolcott had passed away. The
funeral was conducted at the family residence near hilltop by Rev. Hefner, July
30th. The ceremony was in charge of F. B. Marcy. The remains were
laid to rest in the family lot at Park place, attended by his many friends.
R. E. Wolcott was born in
Stafford, Vermont, January 1, 1832, finished his school course at Norrage
University, and at the age of 17 years he gave his heart to God, and united with
the family church, the Free Will Baptist, holding his membership with it, until
moving to Kansas in 1870, when he united and worked with every church that he
had an organization here, his membership now being in the United Brethren in
On June 2nd, 1850, he was united
in marriage with Mary A. French, having lived together 60 years. To them
were born 4 children. Two little girls died in infancy in Manchester, N.
H. One son, John Wolcott lived to be 1-1/2 years old and died in Salem,
Mass., in 1861. R. Wolcott being the only surviving child.
The deceased enlisted in the Union
army in 1861 under Lincoln’s first call for troops, was discharged in 1862 for
disease of the lungs, reinstated and and served until the end of the year.
Having been a patient sufferer for years and ever looking on the bright side of
life, he died as one goes to sleep at 1:45 p.m., July 29, 1910, at peace with
God and all his people. His last words were “it is all right.”
At his bedside was his ever faithful wife, his son and niece, Mrs. Bessie Boyle,
who has been his faithful nurse for the past three years.
He began life for himself,
learning the machinist trade and worked at it until his health failed. He
was in the mercantile business in Manchester, N. H., also in Salem, Mass., and
engaged in the manufacture of slate roofing in Northfield, Vermont, before he
came to Kansas.
He took a great interest in all
public affairs and when his health so far failed him as to confine him to the
house most of the time, which was about 15 years ago, he became a constant
In politics he allied himself with
the republican party and never missed an election, always advocating advanced
and progressive ideas. Thus has been removed from our midst one of the
oldest settlers between Virgil and Madison. Yet in out memory he will ever
The family extends their heart
felt thanks to all those who so kindly assisted in the hour of bereavement, with
their help and sympathy.