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Joseph Orville Tillotson

Early Saturday morning it was found that Joseph Tillotson had suffered a stroke during the night and was in an unconcious state, from the effects of which he died later that day at his home in the north part of town where he lived alone. He had been in poor health the past years.

He was one of the earliest settlers of this community and reached the age of eighty-three years and six months before death overtook him.

The body was taken to Gothenburg by Chester hugo for preparation for burial and funeral services will be held at the Methodist Church at 2:30 this (Thursday, August 23) afternoon. with Rev. E.H. Tipton of Farnam and Rev. H. Anderson of Arnold officiating.


Joseph Orville Tillotson was born May 6, 1862 at Sherman, New York and departed this life at his home in Farnam on August 18, 1945.

He spent the early part of his life in New York state and Michigan. In March 1885, he came to the (Keystone-Farnam) area where he homesteaded a quarter section of land one and three-quarters miles southeast of town. He helped in getting the railroad through, also contributed towards and helped in the building of the three early churches in Farnam.

On December 24, 1891, he was united in marriage to Susan Agnes Foote, to which union were born eight children, five sons and three daughters. His wife and two daughters preceded him to the great beyond.

He was converted and joined the Congregational church at Farnam and later, in August 1930, transferred his membership to the local Methodist Episcopal Church.

He leaves to mourn his departure his five sons and one daughter, J. Clayton of Cheyenne, Wyoming; Emery A. of Gering, Nebraska; George F., overseas in the service of his country; Leon O. of North Platte, Nebraska; LeRoy of Farnam and his daughter, Hazel A. Britton of Farnam; twelve grandchildren and three great-grandchldren and a host of friends.

Funeral services were conducted at the Methodist Church on Thursday afternoon, August 23rd by Rev. Harry Anderson assisted by Rev. E.H. Tipton and interment was in the Farnam Cemetery.

The Farnam Press. Farnam, Dawson County, Nebraska. Thursday, August 30, 1945.

Published: 5/12/2021 - http://www.historicfarnam.us/cemetery/obits/index.asp
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