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At 4 o'clock on Friday the 17th inst. At his residence in this city of consumption, Alexander McClelland aged 41 years. The deceased had been a resident of this city for the past five years during which time he had been in the employ of the Union Pacific railway as machinist until early last winter when his poor health obliged him to take a lay off. He was in the Denver Hospital under the care of eminent physicians during most of the winter but it availed him nothing and he came home about three weeks since. Deceased was a member of the Knights Templar's who held services over the remains and was held in esteem by his many acquaintances. A wife and one child mourn the loss of a kind husband and an indulgent father. An insurance on his life of $2, 000 in the North Western, will assist the bereaved wife. Funeral Director Warner prepared the remains for shipment to Zaneville, Ohio where they will be buried. James Wilson accompanying them Saturday night.
Unknown North Platte Paper, 28 May 1914
John R. McWilliams was born in Moscow, Wis., March 18th, 1857. Bereft of a father when a small boy he made his home there with his widowed mother for a number of years, later locating in Mineral Point, Wis.
In his twenty-seventh year, he came to North Platte and entered the employ of the Union Pacific railroad company for whom he worked continuously for thirty years, being known as the most trusted, careful, and skillful engineers in the service.
On January 30th, 1888 he was united in marriage in this city to Miss Elizabeth Wallace of Hyland, Wis., and to this union were born three sons, Robert, Stephen and Wallace, and three daughters Misses Ethel, Minerva and Mrs. George Voseipka, who with his wife and aged mother are left to mourn him.
Mr. McWilliams came to his death in an accident at the Willow Street railroad crossing on Friday May 22nd while attempting to cross the tracks before the arrival of an east bound passenger train which was approaching. The automobile in which Mr. McWilliams and his wife were riding was struck by the engine and almost completely demolished.
Mr. McWilliams was killed instantly and Mrs. McWilliams received a number of injuries.
The death of this estimable man removed from our midst one of God's noblest characters and cast gloom and sorrow over the entire community for he had devoted his life to his mother, his family, his God and fellow beings and by his Christian manner had been an example to all.
He was a devout member of the Catholic church and made life's journey with full confidence and trust in his Maker.
During the long period of years that he was a highly respected resident of this city he constantly made and kept friends, gave a helping hand to those in need, comforting and brightening the lives of others and leading a life that brought him compensation.
His loss is keenly felt by the bereaved relatives, his church and those with whom he associated.
The funeral services were held at St. Patricks church on Monday morning and attended by a large crowd of sorrowing friends who also sent beautiful floral offerings.
Interment was made in the North Platte Cemetery. The deceased was a member of the B of L. E., K. of C., A.O.U.W. and L.O.O.M.
North Platte Telegraph, 21 Sep 1916
Aged Resident of North Platte Passes Away at Home Tuesday Night
Mrs. Anna Rose McWilliams, 87 years old, died last evening at the home of her daughter-in-law, Mrs. J.R. McWilliams, 323 West Sixth Street. She had been a resident of North Platte for thirty-three years; coming here with her husband in 1885. Mr. McWilliams died several years ago. Her only son, John McWilliams, was killed in an automobile accident two years ago.
Funeral services will be held from the Catholic church at 9:30 o’clock tomorrow morning. Rev. Patrick McDaid officiating. Burial will be at the Catholic cemetery.
The Daily Bulletin, 3 May 1932
Mrs. J.R. McWilliams of this city, died in Council Bluffs, Sunday morning in the hospital in which she took treatments for several years. The remains were brought to the home of her daughter, Mrs. George Voseipka Monday. The funeral services will be held at 10 o’clock this morning at St. Patrick’s church of which she was a devoted and faithful member. Rev. Patrick McDaid officiating at the reqeuim mass. Interment will b in the North Platte cemetery beside her husband who died in May 1914. The pall bearers will be the sons and three son-in-laws; Robert, Stephen, Wallace McWilliams, George Voseipka, James McNeill and Frank Hahler. Miss Elizabeth Wallace was born May 5th, 1859 at Highland, Wis. January 31st, 1889 she was married in North Platte to John R. McWilliams who was killed in a car accident May 28th, 1914. Mrs. McWilliams is survived by three daughters Mrs. George Voseipka, Mrs. James McNiell and Mrs. Frank Hahler, three sons, Stephen McWilliams, Robert McWilliams and Wallace McWilliams and seven grand children. With the exception of Robert who resides at Green River all the children are residents of this city. Many beautiful floral offerings were sent by friends, who also extended their sympathy by their presence at the residence and the services.
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