Thursday, January 27, 2011

Obituary of Walter J. Harmon 1857-1921

This obituary was published in the Clark County Courier, Clark, SD on June 9, 1921:

Walter J. Harmon Passed Away on Monday Morning
 Another of the early settlers of this section passed to the great beyond at nine-forty Monday morning when the death angel called Walter J. Harmon to his eternal home.
Deceased was born at Round Grove, Ill., sixty-six years ago and was there united in marriage to Fannie Arnold in 1881.  A year later he was one of a party who came to South Dakota and took up a homestead in section five, Mt. Pleasant township, where he lived for many years and raised a family of five children.
In 1907 Mr. Harmon moved to Clark where he has since resided and during the past several years has not enjoyed the best of health, having experienced a paralytic stroke a few years ago from which he never fully recovered and was unable to walk prior to his death.
Besides his widow, deceased is survived by three daughters and two sons, Mesdames Edna Heath of Kansas City, Walter Matson of Canada, and Herbert Schaeffer of Cesco, Iowa.  Ed and Maurice of near Garden City.  Funeral was held from the late home in this city Tuesday Afternoon with service at the Methodist church conducted by Rev. Hoyer and interment made in Rose Hill.

First, I believe he was 64 years old rather than 66 at his death.  He listed his birth month and year in the 1900 census as Feb 1857.  Additionally, his headstone lists 1857 as his birth year.
Secondly, his daughter Ida married Walter Watson not Matson as listed above.
Lastly, his younger son's name was spelled Morris not Maurice.

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