Obit: McIntyre, Ira Tildon (1844 - 1923)

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Surnames: McIntyre, Marsh, Forbes

----Source: Neillsville Press (Neillsville, Clark County, Wis.) Thursday 02/08/1923

McIntyre, Ira Tildon (26 Aug. 1844- 2 Feb. 1923)

A telegram to relatives here from Judge S. M. Marsh of San Diego, Calif., was received last week, stating that Ira McIntyre, who was on a trip through the west, had died quite suddenly at San Diego on Friday, Feb. 2. A letter dated a few days precious, from Judge Marsh stated that Mr. McIntyre was there and enjoying the visit very much. Another letter from Judge Marsh dated the Tuesday preceding Mr. McIntyre’s death stated that he had been taken suddenly ill at the hotel with stomach and bowel trouble together with some heart difficulty and was in the hospital. There are all the particulars received.

Ira Tildon McIntyre was born Aug. 26, 1844, at Farmington Center, Pennsylvania. He grew to manhood there and on Aug. 8, 1862, he enlisted as a soldier in the Civil War, seeing active service all through the war, being discharged June 24, 1865.

He was married to Miss Clara Jane Forbes, at Corydon, Pennsylvania, Feb. 24, 1867. In 1869 they came to Neillsville which thereafter remained their home. Mrs. McIntyre died August 21, 1921.

Mr. McIntyre came to Neillsville when it was a hustling pinery town, filled with woodsmen and pioneers seeking employment and homes in a new country. He was by nature well adapted to taking an active part in the enterprises of those early days, being ready to meet men and make new acquaintances and to join in the spirit of the times. He was known fair and wide in this community as a man of kindly heart ready at all times to extend a helping hand to anyone in need. He took a leading parting in the activities of the Civil War veterans, keeping up an interest in their organizations until their decreasing numbers made it necessary fro them to disband.

For some years past he has spent a portion of his time at his old home in Pennsylvania, and last winter he spent in Florida. Toward the approach of winter this year he decided to go west and visit friends at different points on the Pacific Coast, and letters received from time to time from him, indicated that he was enjoying the trip, which was destined to be cut short by death. His decease again calls to mind the rapid passing of the early pioneers of Neillsville, and the thinning ranks of the soldiers of the Civil War.



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