Obit: Royer, William G. (1849 - 1921)

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----Source: OWEN ENTERPRISE (Owen, Clark County, Wis.) 07/14/1921

Royer, William G. (29 JUL 1849 - 10 JUL 1921)

The community was saddened Sunday morning when the news of the death of William Green Royer was spread to the inhabitants, which occurred at about 9 o'clock. Friends and acquaintances of Mr. Royer had known for some time that his health was fast failing and that he was ina very weakened condition, but few supposed that his departure was so near at hand. For three weeks he had been under the care of a physician and a trained nurse, and all that could possibly be don for restoring his health was resorted to, but all failed. He passed away at the home of his daughter, Mrs. J. C. Andrews.

William Green Royer was born at LeBeouf, Penn., July 29, 1849, and died on July 10, 1921. On Jan. 15, 1868, he was united in marriage to Miss Ida Jane Gardner. When the tide of emigration swept westward Mr. Royer embraced the opportunity then offered of being one of the pioneers and in 1886 engaged in various lumbering enterprises in Wis. for four years, finally coming to Clark County, where in the fall of 1893 he was engaged by the John S. Owen Lumber Co., which position he held until the time of his death.

Besides being interested in the lumbering business he found much time to give to the betterment of the community at large and through his keen business ideas and his genial manner he was foremost in the minds of the people when matters of interest to all were undertaken. He was one of the first supervisors from the township of Hixon to represent the people on the county board, this being at a time long before the village of Owen was incorporated. He served as a member of the district school board for a number of years, and after the village was incorporated he became a member of the village board and was also elected supervisor, which positions he has held continuously. Two different times he he has served as village president and was honored with that office at the time of his death. The locating of the Clark county asylum at this place came about through his untiring efforts on the different committees while a member of the county board and that building marks only some of the wonderful work he was carrying on in late years.

Funeral services were held Tuesday morning at 10 o'clock at St. Katherine's Church with Rev. father Reader of Marinette, officiating, and burial was made in the Riverside Cemetery beside the body of his wife, who preceded him in death only three years ago. At the services the county board attended in a body to pay their last sad rites to a fellow member, the offices of the county court house being closed in his honor, while here in the city the closing of the mills and factory, and business house occurred between the hours of ten and eleven.

He leaves to mourn two daughters, Mrs. Harriet Chichester of Chippewa Falls and Mrs. Eunice burke Andrews of this city, and one sister who lives in Pennsylvania, besides nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

The floral offering were beautiful, many coming from away and the bereaved daughters received many messages of condolence and comforting words from neighbors and friends, all of which they wish to express their thanks, and they find it comforting to known of the high esteem in which he was held.

The passing of Mr. Royer takes from our midst a most highly respected citizen and his loss will be felt throughout the county, as well as in his home and in the city.



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