Obit: Burt, Willet E. (1842 - 1909)

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----Source: CLARK COUNTY REPUBLICAN & PRESS (Neillsville, Wis.) 07/08/1909

Burt, Willet E. (19 Aug 1842 - 29 Jun 1909)

At noon Monday June 29, 1909, there passed from earth to the great beyond, Mr. W. E. Burt, one of Castle Rock’s most progressive and highly respected citizens, after a lingering illness due to stomach trouble. Although he has been a constant sufferer for many months, he was up and around most of the time until the last few weeks, during which time he had been confined to his home and bed. The last time we saw him on the street, although he was little more than a shadow of his former self, he was the same cheerful soul as of yore, and had a funny story to tell. Though so feeble he kept at work most all winter, and never quit until weakness compelled. Truly a good man has gone, and he will be greatly missed, especially by his family, for he was a loving and kind husband and father in the truest sense of the term, and they have the deepest sympathy of all in their time of affliction and sorrow.

Willet E. Burt was born Aug. 19, 1842, at Potsdam, N.Y., where he spent his early life. He moved to Clark Co., Wis. in 1865, where he spent several years as foreman in logging camps. Later he went to farming and by patient industry cleared a large farm which was his home for thirty-one years. Being one of the early settlers he brought the first mowing machine and hose rake to this part of the country from New York. He was married to Alice Mason May 29, 1871. Taking a great interest in the improvement of roads, bridges and public works, he was a member of the county board of supervisors for six years. He removed to this county in the spring of 1903. He leaves to mourn his loss, his wife and four children, Mrs. Wm. Neireiter, Milan Burt and Edwin Burt of this city; Mrs. A.R. Reynolds of Chehalis; also one sister, Mrs. F.S. Turney of Mitchell, S.D. (Cowlitz County (Wash.) Advocate)



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