Athens Free Press

Newton A. Williams Departs this Life of Sept.23rd. Was a Gold Seeker in the Fifties.

Newton A. Williams die at his residence in Greenview at 9:50 a.m. on Saturday, September 23, 1911, aged 65 years, 11 months and 6 days. He was born at Indian Point in this county on October 17, 1845, and spent most of his life here.

In April of 1851 he went n the famous gold seeking trip to Oregon with his father and motherless brothers, driving across the plains and the Great American desert with oxen until they came to Waldo hills in Oregon. The party was composed of Indian Point men and met with great hardships along the way, almost dying form thirst on the desert and having considering trouble with the Indians. Shortly after their arrival his father was killed by Indians in a general massacre and the young children were brought home by John Davis. They sailed down the Pacific coast, crossed the Isthmus of Panama on mules and sailed up the Mississippi river. The rest of his life was spent in this vicinity and he was a prominent farmer of Indian Point for many years.

On October 17th, 1871, he was united in marriage with Miss Mary Catherine Cox and to this union were born eight children, Miss Lydia, Mrs. Huldah Hornback of Bedford, Iowa, Merritt, Mrs. Florence Elsinger of Idaho, Ben of Sioux Falls, S.D. and Mrs. Anna Johnson and Miss June of this city. Two sons, Charles and Bob, died in 1896, and were buried the same day.

Mr. Williams was a man of genial nature and was well-liked by his fellow-men. He was an able historian of the early days of East Menard and was acquainted with the events and the prominent pioneers of the county.

The funeral services were held at the home on Tuesday morning at ten o'clock, Rev. S. P. Taylor officating and assisted by Elder R. L. Courtwright. The interment was made at Indian Point cemetery.

Transcribed by:Rajean Gallagher


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