Obit: Bryden, John (1843 - 1915)

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----Source: GREENWOOD GLEANER (Greenwood, Wis.) 06/17/1915

Bryden, John (9 SEP 1843 - 11 JUN 1915)

John Bryden, pioneer settler of Clark County, Wis. and prominent citizen of this city (Greenwood, Clark County, Wis.), the past twenty-five years, died at the Mendota Hospital last Friday, after several weeks of suffering and mental agony caused by a complication of troubles.

Deceased was the proprietor of the Greenwood Hotel, which he had owned and operated for twenty years or more, and had become well known by the traveling public in his hospitable and homely hostelry.

Mr. Bryden was born in Caledonia, Nova Scotia, Sept. 9, 1843. His younger days were spent here in the woods and lumber camps. On July 26, 1888, he was married to Edith Atkins and that summer moved to this city, where he has made his home since.

During the early lumbering days of Clark County he was foreman for the Withee estate and James Bryden, running camps on the upper Black and Popple rivers during the winter and conducting driving crews in the summer. After retiring from the lumber woods he entered into the hardware business with A.M. White, under the firm name of White and Bryden. A year or so later he sold out and entered into the hotel business, which he conducted until death.

Deceased was a member of the three Neillsville Masonic Lodges and a large number of them were in this city Tuesday to pay their last respects to their departed friend. The funeral services were conducted by that organization.

Mr. Bryden had always carried the respect and esteem of his fellow men. He was always friendly, courteous and generous in all respects, always willing to lend a helping hand when needed.

He leaves to mourn his departure a wife and daughter, three brothers and two sisters: James, Will and Dave Bryden of Centralia, Wash., Mrs. Lett Chivers of Newton, Wash., and Mrs. Walter Mason of Aberdeen, S.D. Not any of the above relatives were able to get here to the funeral for obvious reasons.

Services were held at the M.E. Church Tuesday afternoon and burial made in the Greenwood Cemetery.



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