Edgar D. Tillotson, Obituary/Death NoticePorter County obituaries and death notices . . . .

Edgar D. Tillotson

This week The Tribune is called upon to record a sad events the double funeral of a father and son. The victims were Homer Tillotson and his son Edgar. The father was one of Liberty township's most respected and prominent citizens, and a man well known throughout the county. He had been ailing all winter and his death was not unexpected. The son, a young man of 17 years contracted a cold which turned into hemmorage of the lungs, and resulted in his death on March 19th. The following day the father breathed his last. The funeral of both was held Tuesday, services being held in the Chesterton M. E. church, and conducted by Rev. Jesse. The local judge of Masons took charge of the body of father and buried it with all the honors of that society. The funeral was a very large one, and attended by people from far and near. The grief-stricken family have the hearty sympathy of the entire county in their great affliction.

Homer Tillotson was an old and warm friend of The Tribune, and in his demise we recognize the loss of a valued and true friend. He was a great big generous hearted man, with noble impulses, and his sympathies were ever with the down trodden. Those who knew him intimately all respected him for this, liberal in his ideas he always respected the opinions of others, and though these may have differed from his views, it never cut a figure in his friendship. He was a Democrat in the fullest sense of the word, and loved his party. As a mason, a member of the G. A. R., an odd fellow, a Democrat, a fellow citizen, a husband, and a father, he will be missed, and his loss will be felt and regretted.

The son Edgar was a good boy. Being the youngest child he naturally occupied a favored place in the hearts of father and mother, and was beloved by all who knew him.

Was born December 18th 1826 near Toronto, Canada; He was the eldest of seven children born to Ira B. and Mariette (Tuttle) Tillotson, the former of Canada, the latter of New York. When Henry was two years old, his parents came to Erie county, Penn. In about Henry's eighth year, his father died, and he was reared by a man named Donaldson, and, when twenty-two, he began for himself. He married Matilda Smith, a native of New York, about 1848; they had one child, deceased; his wife died about 1850. Henry then went to St. Louis and engaged in railroading as contractor about two years; then to Chicago lumbering for a time; he then came to Porter county and began milling, at which he continued for nine years. He was married again April 7th 1858 to Helen M. Schillenger, a native of Penn. Who now survives him.; they had seven children born to them of which five are now living. In 1861 he enlisted in the Ninth Indiana Volunteer Infantry, and served in West Virginia. When discharged, he came home and helped recruit the seventy-third Indiana, and was commissioned lieutenant, and served under Buell and Rosecrans. Then he went on a raid under Col. Straight to follow Bragg's army, on which he was captured near Rome, Ga. He lay one year in Libby prison, he was taken to Moscow, Ga thence to Charleston, S. C. when the prisoners, were placed under fire of their own men; thence to Columbia, S. C. and soon after exchanged. At the close of the war in 1865, he bought his present farm, of 109 acres, of which all is good land all improved. He was a member of three fraternities, Masonic, Odd Fellows and G. A. R. He was a good husband and a kind and loving father, until death came March 20, 1892. During all his last sickness which he suffered much, he frequently expressed his willingness to die and told those he loved not to weep for him.

Was born March 25, 1874; died March 19, 1892. Had he lived six days longer, he would have reached his eighteenth birthday. His short life was spent at home, where he was his mother's idol, the favorite among his brothers and sisters and loved by all who knew him.

Newspaper: The Tribune
Date of Publication: March 25, 1892
Volume Number: 8
Issue Number: 50
Page: 1
Column(s): 6

Key to Newspaper Publication Locations:
    Newspapers Published in Chesterton, Porter County, Indiana
                Chesterton Tribune
                The Tribune
                Westchester Tribune

    Newspapers Published in Valparaiso, Porter County, Indiana
                Porter County Vidette
                Practical Observer
                Valparaiso Practical Observer
                Vidette and Republic
                Western Ranger

The obituaries and death notices appearing on this website have been transcribed exactly as they were originally published in the newspaper. Please note that we do not provide photocopies or digital scans of obituaries and death notices appearing on this website.

Obituary/death notice transcribed by Steven R. Shook


CSS Template by Rambling Soul