Obit: Fitzmaurice, David S. (1854 - 1923)

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----Source: HUMBIRD ENTERPRISE (Humbird, Clark County, Wis.) 03/31/1923

Fitzmaurice, David S. (26 JUN 1854 - 23 Mar 1923)

David Samuel Fitzmaurice, on of Humbird, Clark County, Wisconsin's earliest settler, was called by death Friday afternoon, March 23, 1923, at 8:30 o'clock.

Mr. Fitzmaurice was the oldest child and only son of Thomas and Wealthy Fitzmaurice. He was born in Chautauqua Co., N.Y., on June 26, 1842, and was 68 years, 8 months and 27 days old at the time of his death. When a mere infant, he came with his parents from New York to Dane co., this state, and from there to Jackson Co. Three years later the family moved to this vicinity, where the deceased spent practically all his life.

He was united in marriage Nov. 23, 1879, to Miss Mary Pierce of Beef River, and to this union were born nine children, all of whom have been spared to mourn his death. His faithful wife preceded him nearly seven years ago to the Great Beyond. Since then he has made his home with his children.

For some time Mr. Fitzmaurice has suffered with asthma and heart trouble, his death being caused by leakage and enlargement of the heart. Last fall he went to Merrillan to spend the winter at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Charles Phillips, where he passed away after a week or more of suffering.

The remains were brought to this village and funeral services were held at the Methodist Church last Sunday afternoon, Rev. A. J. Coram preaching the sermon. The burial was in the Mentor Cemetery, besides his wife and aged parents.

Mr. Fitzmaurice is survived by four daughters: Mrs. Wm. Phillips of Eau Claire, Mrs. Charles Phillips and Mrs. George Phillips of Merrillan, Mrs. James Campbell of Humbird; and five sons: John, Lewis, Samuel and Jake of this vicinity, and Levi of Eau Claire. Two sisters, Mrs. Ella Markham of Strum, and Mrs. Hettie Harttoo of Chicago, also thirty-one grandchildren, a number of other relatives, and a host of friends mourn his death.

The death of Mr. Fitzmaurice removed another of the rapidly passing list of early settlers of this community. His life was devoted to farming until the ravages of disease incapacitated him from all manual labor. He was a man well liked by all with whom he came in contact.



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