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and protected beast, bird, and fish, and at the great judgment day will
have but one sin to answer for — that of having been a candidate for office
on the Greenback ticket."

He was truly a remarkable man — upon whose like we shall never look
again. " Once," adds the Wiscoii.'iin, " three years ago last fall — in 1878 —
a French lady named Boulay, was to be buried near Col. de Neveu's home.
He was found occupied about his large farm, and was asked to go and
pronounce a funeral sermon or address. At once, without preparing his
toilette or mind for the occasion, he went to the grave-side, and uttered
the following yjure and beautiful, though not entirely orthodox eulogium:

" Mv FiUENDS: Leaf by leaf the roses fall; drop by drop the springs

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run dry; one by one we tarry by the wayside; the tender young, fuU of
promise; the middle-aged, in the strength and pride of manhood; tlie de-
crepit old man, loaded with the weight of many winters, — all alike must
yield to mexorable deatli.

"Born at a certain period in tlie eternal flow of time, we are carried a
little while down its current; the longest life a mere breath, a dot; then
we disappear from the surface to be no longer seen of men, and the stream
continues to flow, almost heedless of our having lived. As entities we
have a birth; as entities we die; nothing remains of our individual exist-
ence but a lleeting meniorj', for those who remember us soon pass away.

"Whence came we? AVhither are we tending? Ali ! who can tell?
Some ])roftss to know, but they know not. Where ha\e last summer's
roses gone? AVhat will become of yon dr^' leaf, torn from its parent stem
by tliis wintery blast ? Like us, they disappear, and are merged into the
ocean of matter from v liich they are evolved, ready to be recombined
into new forms of beauty; for although individual existences perish,
matter is imperishable; having had no birtli, it will have no death. Like
time and space, it is infinite and eternal.

" Brought forth into this world without being consulted, we are liurried
out of it without our consent, liike that leaf whicli was the hope of
spring, the pride and glory of summer, we are rudely torn away, tlie sport
of destiny, to return to the elements of nature, whence we sprung —dust
to dust.

" Of the future, the hereafter, we are as ignorant as the infinite condi-
tions through which we have passed during the eternity which lias pre-
ceded our brief present existences. If we could know the history of our
past, we miglit get a glimpse of our future; but no message ever reached
man from beyond the grave. The past is a sealed book; the future is a
blank. No records are left to us, save those written in the rocks, and evi-
dences brought before our senses; they tell their ovi^n stories. Nature and
her laws are our only safe guides. W^hatever doctrine conflicts with tlieso
cannot be true.

" We submit to nature's inexorable mandates. We submit, for however
grtat our aspirations, they avail not; we are mere toys or instruments,
subject, as everything that exists, to her immutable and ever-acting laws.
We accept the inevitable without fear. Death means but new forms of
life; in this sense there is no death. Our birth is a resurrection, our death
a new birth.

" The p;ist is beyond recall; th^ future is veiled in obscurity and in
doubt; the present alone is ours. Let us do our part while we live. Let
us promote advancement by studying nature and her lawi. Let us live
honest, useful lives. Let us consider every man, whatever his creed or
birthplace, as a brotlier. Let us love one another. Mankind is but one
great family.

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" Let us practice kindness and justice; let tlie inevitable run its course,
and let us uot dread a future over which we have no control."

"When Col. de Neveu came to America, it ao chanced that the passenger
packet on which he embarked was named the Silvia de Uruase, in honor
of the youngest daughter of his father's old commander, the Count de
Grasse. The Silvia de Grasse lies in the sands at Astoria, wrecked ihere
many years ago, and buried deep by the rollint; waters of the Columbia
river. Col. de Neveu also lies buried on the shores of the beautiful Colum-
bia he so fondly loved, whose waves will ceaselessly buMt liis requiem

Capt. Henry Dillon, near Lone Rock, January lOch. lie had been a res-
ident of Richland county for twenty-eight years. He was among the lirst
to respond to the call of his country, and went out in 1861, as Captain of
the Gth Wisconsin Battery, and served with credit in the many engage-
ments through which he passed; and having served in the regular army
for years in the old Sherman Battery, under Scott and Taylor in tiie Mex-
ican war, he was employed al the out-break of the civil war in disciplin-
ing men for the contest. Ills services were many and important.

Mrs. Jane F. Dousman, at Prairie du Chien. January l^iii, in her sev-
enty-eightfi year, where she was born April Itiih, 1804— a daughter of Capt.
Ilenry M. Fibher and Madeline de Verville, and a sister of Mrs. Henry S.
Baird, of Green Bay. She was first married, in 1819, to Joseph Rolette,
who was a leading merchant and trader at Prairie du Chien for many
years. Mr. Rolette dying in 134'^, two years later she was united in mar-
riage to Col. H. L Dousman, whom she out-lived several years, as she did
her three children by her first marriage. Slie was a woman of many vir-
tues, noble, kind-hearted and benevolent.

Hon. Henry D. Barron, at St. Croix Falls, January 22d, in his forty-ninth
year. Coming to Wisconsin with the double profession of a printer and a
lawyer, in 1851, he commenced life as an editor, and was sub3e(iuently ap-
pointed Post Master at Waukesha. He subsequently located in his legal
profession at Pepin, and gradually rose to many positions of honor and
trust. Hon. S. S. Fifield has furnished in the ninth volume of the M'is-
consin Historical Collections, a fitting memorial of Judge Barron's life,
character, and public services.

IMoses Lane, in ililwaukee, January S^th, in his fifty-ninth year. Bora
at Northfield, Vt., Nov. IGth, 1823, he was educated at Norwich Academy
and the University of Vermont, graduating from the latter in 1845, as a
eivil enj^nneer. After service in engineering work on railroads in New
Hampshire and Vermont, he took charge for four years of the Academy
at Springville, N. Y. ; when he again engaged in railroad work as resident
engineer, located at Albany; but as this enterprise after a year was sus-
pended, he again turned his attention to conducting the Academy at Clar-

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ence, N. Y., wliere lie remained tliree years. Then for live years he served
as principal assistant in the extensive water worlis at Broolii^'n, when
upon the retirement of his superior, lie succeeded him in 18G3, remaining
in that position for seven years, when lie was replaced because he refused
to lend assistance to a ring whose aim was to fleece the public. For sev-
eral years he was consulting engineer for western railroads; and in 1871
he was appointed engineer of the Milwaukee water works, and was subse-
quently employed by several cities in tlie construction of sewerage systems,
in which ho excelled.

Deacon Thomas Pollock, a relative of his namesake, the author of the
Course of Time, died in Beaver, Iowa, February 3rd, nearly seventy-four
years of age. Ho was born near Glasgow, Scotland. Coming to this coun-
try in 18U1, he lirst settled in Massachusetts, removing to "Wisconsin, in
1840, locating in La Fayette, Walworth County; in i871, removing to
East Troy, and in 1881 to Iowa, where his children had settled. He was
a good man, a peace-maker, and a wise counselor.

David jMcBride, at Sparta, February 10th, in his eighty-first year. Bora
in Springfield, Bradford County, Penn.,in September, 1 zealous member of the Misonic

Hon. Nathaniel O. Murray, at Lake City, Iowa, July 27th. He was born
at Evans, Essex County, N. Y., February 7, 18^31; came to Wisconsin in
1848, settling first at Fox Lake, and in 1855, at Pepin; and was for several
years engaged in managing a steamer on Lake Pepin. He held several of-
fices, among them that of Sheritf, and served, in 1833, as a member of the

Rev. Alfred Brunson, D. D.. at Prairie du Chieu, August 3d, in his nine-
tieth year. Born in Danbury, Conn., February 9th, 1793, he received but a
limited education, and spent five years in learning the trade of a shoe-
maker. An extensive reader, he studied law; and, in 1808, went first to
Ohio, and then to Carlisle, Pa. In 1809, he joined the Methodist church,
and prepared himself for the ministry — returned to Connecticut, married,
and, in 1811, removed to Ohio. He served a year in the army under Gen.
Harrison, and was at the taking of Maiden, the battle of the Thames, and
recapture of Detroit. He labored efficiently in the ministry iu Ohio aud

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Pennsylvania until 18.35, when he removed to Wisconsin, reaching Prairie
du Cliien on the 25tli of October: and was the first Methodist preacher to
pioneer the v/ay north of the Wisconsin river. Ho was nia<le Presiding
Elder of a district extending from Kock Island to the head of the Missis-
sippi, including the Indian mission.

On account of ill-health, Mr. Brunson reliu.iuished the ministry in 1S;}9,
was admitted to the bar, and practiced for about ten years. In 1810, ho
xvas elected to the Territorial Legislature; and, in 1812, he was appointed
Indian agent at La Pointe. In 1810, he was an unsuccessful candidate for
Judg.! of^his district; and returned to ministerial labors, being located at
Mineral Point. In 1853, he was appointed Presiding Elder of the Prairie
du Chien district, then one of tin- most extensive in the State. In 18U2, he
was made chai.lain of a regiment, but fn;m dl-liealth was soon com].elIed
to resign. Partially recovering his healtli, he resumed and continued his
ministerial labors until 1871, when ho retired from further service, lie
was a prolific writer for the press, and was the author of a A>?/ to the Apoc-
alui>.^e, IncidiUits in his Life and 27»k',s, historical papers in the Collt-c-
iions of our Society, and several pamphlet publications. Dr. Brunson was
a man of indomitable energy, unwearied labors, and great usefulness in
his day and generation.

Hon. Alviu B. Alden, at Eau Claire, August 13Lh, in Kis sixty-lifth year.
Born at Stafford, Conn., March l.t, 1818, he camo to Wisconsin when com-
paratively a young man, located in 1814 at Randolph, and, in 1851, at Por-
tage City, where he held many otlices of trust, at one time Clerk of the
Board of Supervisors, then Mayor of the City, and, in 1858, a prominent
member of the Legislature. He served for a few months as insurance
clerk under Secretary of State Djyle, and mmy years as loan agent of the
North Western Life Insurance Company. lie rose to a thirty-third degree
Mason, was Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of the State, Grand Com-
mander of the Knights Templar, and Grand High Priest of the Grand
Chapterof Wisconsin, serving in all these positions with great credit to
himself, and honor to the faternity. He was at one time r.n unsuccessful
candidate for Secretary of State. He possessed a nice sense of honor, and
Avas deservedly held in high estimation.

Hon. Hugh McParlane,in Arlington, August 16th, at the age of sixty-
seven years. Born in Tyrone County, Ireland, June 231, 1815, he came
to America, locating first at Mineral Point in 1835, and two years later at
Portage, but not permanently until 1843, and engaged in merchandizing and
lumbering. He was a member of the last Territorial and first State Legis-
latures. In 1859, he settled on his farm in Arlington, and became active
in townafiairs, serving as Ciiairman of the B mrdof Supervisors. He was
also one of the commissioners of the Wisconsin Farm ^lortgage Company.
He was well educated, possessing a kind, sympathetic lieart, well posted in
public affairs, and of a very genial, social disposition.

Col. William H. Jacobs, at Milwaukee, Sept. 11th, in his fifty-first year.

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He was bora in Holzen, Gdnnany, Nov. 2Gth, 1831; he came to the United
States in 18a0, and after a short residence in St. Louis, settled in Jlihvau-
kee in 1851, and became a banker. Ue was at one time Clerk of the Md-
waukeeCountyCourt; commanded the Twenty Sixth regiment of Wiscon-
sin volunteers, participating in the battles of Chancellorsville, Gettysburg,
Wauliatchee, and otlier engagements, and was severely wouucied. lie
served a term in the Statt3 Senate in 1875-76. He was a large land owner
in northern Wisconsin and Micliigan, and left a large estate. He was
very popular and greatly lamented.

Hon. Alauson Holly, at KUbourn City, Si.'pt. 15tl), in his seventy-lhird
year. He was born at Granville, N. Y., July 21st, 1810. H 3 early engaged
in teaching in Wyoming Co., New Yurk, where he served eighteen years
as School Inspector and Town Superintemlent, ami ft)r twe-nty years in
uitrcantilo and newspaper life. On removing to WiM'onsin in IS.V), ho
located at Kilbourn City, and with the succeeding year commenced tliw
]Visconsln Ulirrur, which he continued until the autumn of 1800, when he
r»«moved to Lockport, N. Y., engaging in newspaper enterprise. In 18015,
lie returned to Kilbourn City, subsecpiently re-establishing the Mirrur.
In 1807, he was chosen a member of the Legislature. He was a vigorous
writer, and always a leader in what he believed to be right.

Hon, Robert Hall Baker, in Racine, Oct. 5th, in his forty-fourth year.
He was a son of Hon. Ciiarles M. Daker, and born in (icneva, Wis., June
27th, 18u9. Ue received a good education, taking a partial course at Beloit
College. In 1850, he engaged in a clerkship in a hardware store, serving
two years, and tiien spent a year in Thomas Falvey's reaper works at
Racine; and, in 1800, became connected with the extensive manufacturing
establishment of Hon. J. L Case & Co. In 1803, he purchased an interest
in this establishment, which resulted in an ample fortune. In 1807, he was
elected School Commissioner of Racine; in 1808 and 1871, an Alderman;
in 1872, and again in 1874, he was chosen a member of the State Senate,
and Mayor of Racine in 1874. He was an unsuccessful candidate for
Lieutenant Governor in 1873; and in 1879, he was selected as chairman of
the Republican State Committee, serving two years. He was an ofllcer in
several manufacturing and mining companies in which he was interested;
and was a Government director in the Union Pacific Railway. He was
pre-eminently a man of business capacity, and possessed many excellent
qualities of head and heart.

Prof. Allen H. Weld, at Troy, near River Falls, Oct. 18tl), at the age of
seventy-three years. Ho was born at Braintree, Vt., Sept. 7th, 180'J. Af-
ter spending two years in Dartmouth College, he went to Y'ale College,
graduating with honor in 1834, and after spending two years in Andover
Theological Seminary, and one in teaching in Phillips' Academy, he be-
came Principal of North Yarmouth Classical Academy, in 1837, where he
remained eleven years. It was during 1837, he prepared his useful text-
book upon the Science of Language. In 1831), he was chosen a member of

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the Board of Over.seers of BowJoin CoUe- >. Ha spent a year giving in-
struction in Boston, and thou reinovei to Cumberland, :ild., where lie
Bucoessfully condncte.l an Academy for six years. At West Lebanon, \t.,
he estabhshed in 1855, a Female Seminary, and conducted it for three
years, when, in 1H5S, he migrated to Wisconsin, enga-^'ing in farming, and
serving as Superintendent of Schools of St. Croix County, tilling many
lucal omces of trust, an-i serving also as a Regent of the Board of Normal
Schools. lie had much to do in securing the location of the Normal
School at River I'^alls. Ue was a man of enlarged views, a fine scholar,
and exercised much tact, and m 'X with much success as a teacher.

Judge Harmon S. Conger, at Janesville, O.tuber 22d, in the sixty-sev-
enth >"ear of his age. Fulion, Cortland County, N. Y., waa the place of
his birth, April 'Jth, 1816. Completing his academic course in the spring
of iSa'J, he studied law, and the next year purchased and edited a weekly
paper. ' He was chosen County Treasurer for several years, and was twice
elected to Congress, serving from 1817 to 1851 - with a single exception,
the youngest member of the House. In October, 1855, he removed to
Wisconsin, settling at JanesviUe in the practice of his profession. In the
spring of 1870, he was chosen Judge of his circuit, and by re-election,
without opposition, continued on the bench till his death. He was an
able and upright jurist, and a man of unbending integrity. His death
was a loss to Ins judicial disirict, and to the State as well.

Charles A. lilorse, near Racine, October 28th, aged thirty-one years. He
had recently been County Superintendent, and was a man of much worth.
Hon. John Delaney, at the Nebraska Insane Asylum, October 2Uth, at
the age of filty-eight years. He was born in New York City in 18-24. He
was Tlawyer by professi.m, and early settle.l at Stevens Point, and repre-
sented that district in the Legislature in 1819; subsequently located at
Portage City, where he published the Kiver Times. He served as a volun-
teer in the war, and drifted away to Nebraska, finally settling at North
Platte, and married a Kentucky lady. Several years ago, it was reported
tiiat he had frozen olf both his feet, which proved an exaggeration.
Symptoms of mental abberation appearing, he was consigned to the State
Insane Asylum, where not long after ho died of acute mania. He had
his faults, l)ut was kind, humane, companionable, and without an enemy.
Nathan Joy, at Racine, Nov. 3J, in his ninety-fourth year. Born in Plam-
lield, Mass., he settled in Wisconsin, in 1838, and eleven y^-ars later located
in Racine. He had rendered good service in building up the city (d his
adoption. He was a member of the Old S -ttlers' Society, and highly re-
spected by all acquainted with him.

Col Joseph Henry Carletou, at Sioux Falls, Dak., Nov. 8th, in his fifty-
ninth year. Born at Gardijrer, Me., April 11th, 1824, he migrated to Racme
in 1849, and in 1856, to Berlin. In 1863, he raised a company, first called
the Truesdell Rangers, afterwards known as Co. C, tJ2d Wis. Inf., and
served to the end of the war. On the 30th of June, 1864, he was promoted

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to Major, and on Uio 13lli of August following, he was nvade Lieuteuunt
Colonel of the regiment. In the latter poaitioa, the full command of the
regiment devolved upon him while serving in Mi.ssiswippi, Tennessee and
Alalxima, and on Sherman's famous niareii to th« sea. Though a strict
disciplinarian, he always had the comfort and welfare of his men at
heart, freely sharing witii them in every ihingcr and privation. After tiio
war, he was employed at Kaciue and Kenodia, until early in lii6i, wlien
he removed to Dakota.

James F. Atkinson, wliile on a visit to Appleton, Dec. 5th. lie was hejrn
in England, Sept. 7th. 1831!— having been brought by his parents v.hen tliree
years old to Canada, and in 1S47 to Wisconsin Territory. In Iboy, \ui went
to California, where he married, and three years later returned to Wiscon-
sin, settling at Appleton; afterwards reirioving to Missouri; and finally, in
lb76, settled at Escanaba, conducting the Trihane for three years. Re-
moving to Florence, he was api)ointed County Judge of the newlj' organ-
ized county.

Josiah A. Noonan died at the Wauwautosa Lunatic Asylum, Dec. 11th.
lie was born at Amsterdam, N. Y., May 13, 1813. In 182G became an ap-
prentice to the printing business, and sub.iequently published the Muhuwk
Herald at Amsterdam, lie moved to Milwaukee in 1830; in 1838 estab-
lished the Wisconsin Enquirer, at Madison, which was lemoved to Mil-
waukee in 1841, the name being changed to the Courier, which survived
till 1815. He was Post Master at Milwaukee under President Pierce; and
on his retirement in 1857, engaged in business. He published lor a wliile
at Chicago the Industrial Age, which proved unsuccessful. He was fa-
mous for the number of law suits in which he was engaged. He was a
devoted friend of Cov. Dodge, and had much to do with early Wisconsin
politics, and always exhibited uid>ounded fertility of resource. The last
two or three years of his life his former robust healtti failed him.

Dr. Carl Wiilgohs, a native of New Calen, Mecklenburg, died in Water-
town, Dec. 15th, at the age of seventy-one years, where he had been a suc-
cessful practiouer of medicine for thirty-one years.

Mrs. Polly Djxtator, on the Oneida Reservation, near Green Bay,
December 14th, in her ninety-eighth year. She was born of Delaware
parents, at Cape May, N. J., M xrch 17th, 1785, and early became associated
with the Oneidas, in Central New Y'ork, in 1803, marrying into the jjromi-
uent Doxtator family of that tribe. Her sons Jacob and Cornelius Doxta-
tor are among the most noted Oneidas, and her only daughter is the wife of
Capt. Cornelius Doxtitor, who commanded a company of Oneida siiarp-
shooters during our late civil war. Mrs. Doxtator was raised by a (.Quaker
in Pennsylvania, and was an intelligent, amiable, and nio,st worthy woman,
retaining her bright faculties to the last,

Judge Samuel A. R indies, io Waukeshi, Dacember 17th, in his fifty-
fourth year. Born in Argyle, N. Y., June 22nd, 1829, at the proper age he
read law, and was admitted to the bar in 1818, and the same year located
32— H. C.

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at Delafield, where beside devoting himself to his profession, he also i^erved
as Justice of the Peace. He resided also a while in the town of Summit.
On being elected County Jud-e in 1850, he removed to Waukeolia, and
was re-elected in 18G1, serviu- altogethnr eight years, when he,
resuming his professional services. His death was greatly lamented.

On the l7chof 1) •cember, also passed away Col. Elsvard H. Cnai>.l, at
Platteville. St. L'-uis was the place of his nativity, having been burn
there June 19Lh, 1817. In 1835, he came with his parents to Calena, then
but' little more than a mining camp, where his sister, Mrs. E. B. Wash-
burne was born, said to have been the first white child born in the settle-
ment. He attended Jacksonville College, of winch Lyman Beecher, the
father of Henry Ward Beecher, was then Pre^id.^nt. Lr.-atiog in Dubucjue
in 183.-3, he continue 1 to reside there till 1810, when he rem jved to Gratiot's
Grove, engaging in mercantile life. He took up his abo.le awhile in the
copper mining region of Like Superi^u" but soon returned to Gratiot's
Grove. He served as County Treasurer for four years; and, m 1803,
entered the volunteer service, and was brevetted Lieutenint Colonel for
faithful aud meritorious conduct. For several years, and at length with
success, he urged the heating process of wheat for grinding. He was
quiet, modest, unostentatious, and his private and business life were above


Dr. Samuel C. :Muiu, Vol. ii, 212, 224.

Dr. Samuel C ^luir, was tlie sou <if Rev. Dr. Jauiea Muir, a noted clergy
man of Scotland, and long of Alexandria, D. C, and was apparently a
native of Edinburgh, where he was educated, la liis boyhood, his parents
removing to this country, he subsequently becanui a physician; and in
April, lyi3, was appointed a Surge )n's Mate in the army, lie was retained
on peace establishment, and served awhile as hospital surgeon's mate, and
post surgeon in I81H, but was dropp d in July, 1819.

It would seem, that it was while he was located at Fort Edwards, now
Warsaw. Illinois, at the foot of th'3 r.ipids of the Djs M jines river, or at
some other p ist on the Upper Mississippi, that he married an Indian
maiden of the Fox tribe, under very romantic circumstances, if we. m ly
credit the History of Jo- Daviess Countij, Illinois. A beautiful maiden, the
daughter of a chief, whoso name lias not been preserved, visited the post
wliere Dr. Muir was stationed. In her dreams she liad seen a whit= brave
unmoor his canoe, and paddle it across the river directly to her lodge.
According to tlie superstitious belief of her race, she knew full well this
betokened iier future husband, and came to the fort to find him.

Meeting Dr. Muir, she instantly recognized him as the hero of her

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