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William P. Chesire
Answer to Call of the Great Beyond
Wm. P. Chesire, a well known young farmer of this locality, died at his home southeast of Anamosa, last Saturday. Mr. Chesire had been in a critical condition for about three months, but during the greater part of that time was able to be about and continued in his work. He had undergone two very severe accidents. The first of these occurred when a heavy saw-log rolled over him. In the second a horse fell upon him. In these accidents he received injuries which he persisted were not severe enough to prevent him from attending to his usual duties, and with his characteristic zeal for labor he continued at work.
It became known some time ago that his condition was very serious, and he made a trip to St. Mary's Kansas, where he again visited the Jesuit college at which he received his education. After his return to Anamosa, he continued to grow worse, and on Saturday answered the final summons.
The funeral was held last Tuesday from St. Patrick's church in Anamosa, and was largely attended by the friends and relatives of the deceased. The floral tributes were beautiful. Rev. Father Powers conducted the funeral service, and paid a high tribute to the character of the deceased. He described him as loyal to his obligations, true to his religion and his church, and a young man who had readily responded to the correct teachings of a Christian home and to good training. The deceased was a member of the Knights of Columbus, and the members of the order attended in a body. The remains were interred at Holy Cross cemetery.
Mr. Chesire was born near Anamosa, a son of Mr. and Mrs. Matthew Chesire. He had spent nearly all his life in this locality, the exception being the time he was away getting a education. He was a thorough and painstaking farmer, always ready to respond to the call of duty, and faithful to every trust. He will be missed on the home where he had grown into the lives of those who had come to depend upon him as a bearer of burdens and one worthy to shoulder responsibility. Three brothers and two sisters survive. The deceased was born July 19, 1876.

Submitted by: Mary Kay Kuhfittig
Source: The Anamosa Eureka, Thursday, October 28, 1915


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