Obit: McMillan, John D. (1844 - 1908)

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----Source: CLARK COUNTY REPUBLICAN & PRESS (Neillsville, Wis.) 09/17/1908

McMillan, John D. (29 Nov 1844 - 15 Sep 1908)

Tuesday afternoon, Sept. 15, 1908, death summoned John D. McMillan one of Neillsville, Clark County’s oldest residents, and for many years a most prominent citizen. His death was not wholly unexpected as he had heart difficulty of long standing which had on several occasions brought him very low, and which finally proved fatal.

Mr. McMillan was born at Stormont, Ontario, Canada, Nov. 29, 1844. At the early age of thirteen he went out into the world to take care of himself. From his Scotch parentage he inherited a rugged and independent nature and won his way in the world by doing with his might what his hands found to do. During all his early years he followed the life of a woodsman. For four years he lived in Michigan, coming to Wisconsin forty-seven years ago. He followed the life of the lumber camp and worked as raftsman on the Mississippi River, later entering the employ of the Black River Improvement Co. He became a camp foreman, and in the seventies went into logging business with F.D. Lindsey under the firm name of McMillan and Lindsey, making a success of the business. Later he became managing director of the Iowa-Wisconsin Coal Co., spending most of his time for several years at the mines in Iowa. In late years he has practically retired from active business, though taking part in the management of business affairs in which he held an interest, and for some time having entire charge of the Neillsville mill.

Mr. McMillan was married in 1875 in Cornwall, Canada to Mary McIntyre who survives him. To them were born four children Donald J., who is in business in Chicago, Mrs. F.B. Wing of Abbotsford, Miss Beatrice and Miss Eva McMillan at home. He leaves also two sisters and one brother in Canada.

Mr. McMillan was a man who won success in life by reason of his ability to do what needed to be done. His education came from action and by meeting, and overcoming difficulties; but he still preserved the genial side of his nature. He loved his home and his family and his chosen group of friends, and stood through circumstances that generally make men conservative, for all popular human rights.

The funeral will be held at the home this afternoon under auspices of the Masonic Lodge, of which he was a member, Rev. N.F. Chapman officiating Clergyman.



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