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Havens Wilber

1820 - 1891


Buried in Oak Hill cemetery:  Wilber, Havens, b. 1820, d. 1891, Sec 22.




Death has removed from among us this week one of Watertown's best known and most estimable citizens in the person of Havens Wilber, who departed this life at his home in the 5th ward at 4:45 o'clock on Sunday evening, December 20, 1891, surrounded by his family and a few intimate friends. 


Mr. Wilber had been ailing scarcely a week, and his death was learned of with painful surprise by our citizens.  About a week previous to his death he was seized with the prevailing ailment, la grippe, which terminated in bronchial pneumonia and heart failure.


He was born at Clayton, Jefferson county, New York, October 7, 1820, hence was in his 72d year at the time of his demise.  At that place he was married to Miss Adeline Adsit Feb. 4, 1844, coming to Watertown with his wife and family in 1854.


In city affairs, and in fact in everything of a public nature, he always took a lively interest, and was repeatedly elected to offices of trust by the people of his ward. For twelve years he was a member of the Board of Education — from 1873 to 1881, continuously, and from 1883 to 1887; he was a member of the Board of Street Commissioners in 1873-4 and 5 and in 1884-5-7-8, was elected Junior alderman in 1883, and bond commissioner in 1881, all of which positions he filled faithfully and honestly, and in a manner that he sincerely believed was for the best interests of his constituents and the citizens of Watertown.


He was an enthusiast on any question he advocated, and fought for the principles he thought were right in a frank and open manner that no one could help but admire.  He was candid in all his dealings with his fellow men, and would not intentionally wrong or hurt the feelings of anybody.  Everyone who knew him, and his friends hereabouts are numerous, respected and honored him.


His wife, four sons, and one daughter survive him, Charles H. being the agent of C. & N. W. Ry. Co. in this city, Gordens J. agent of the same company at Jefferson, Byron B. and Crawford S. of Madison, are engineers on the C. M. & St. P. Ry., and Miss Mary E. resides at the old homestead.   On Wednesday afternoon his funeral was held from his late home, Rev. Mr. Roberson, of the M. E. Church, conducting the services, and his remains were laid peacefully at rest in Oak Hill cemetery, a large number of sorrowing friends accompanying them to their final resting place.


The following gentlemen acted as pallbearers:  Wm. Schulte, H. Wertheimer, Ed. Racek, S. M. Eaton, Ed. Neumann. U. Habhegger, Marshal Kerr, and State Senator Wm. F. Voss, the six former being the present Board of Street Commissioners, and Mr. Voss an ex-member.  Peace to his ashes.


At the meeting of the Board of Street Commissioners on last Monday evening the following resolution was passed:


Whereas, Death has claimed and taken from our midst the late Hon. Havens Wilber, a most respected citizen and veteran of many years’ public life, during the gloomy days of Watertown, be it, therefore,


Resolved, That this Honorable Body pass a vote of regret and deep sorrow, in recognition for valuable services rendered to our city as alderman, as well as member of the School Board, and be it further


Resolved, That the flag be unfurled on the city hall at half-mast the day of funeral, to his memory, and the Board of Street Commissioners attend same in a body, and tender to his bereaved family our heartfelt sympathy and condolence.


While the funeral procession was wending its way through our streets to Oak Hill cemetery, the fire bells were tolled in memory of the good deeds of the departed, and as a token of the esteem in which Mr. Wilber was held by the firemen of this city, he being during his lifetime a particular friend of the members of our city fire department.


1889 Watertown City Directory



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