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Obituary for George A Milnes

Obituary for George A Milnes transcribed from Steuben Republican of Wednesday 31 January 1877. Copy supplied by Jean Russeff

WEDNESDAY JANUARY 31, 1877, p.3, c.4
GEORGE A. MILNES, 16 Dec 1813 - 30 Jan 1877

Just as we go to press we hear the sad news that George A. Milnes, Esq., of Fremont, is dead. He died about 4 o'clock yesterday afternoon, after a long sickness in which he suffered much. His age was 63 years, 1 month and 15 days.

Mr. Milnes has been for many years a prominent and esteemed citizen of this county. He has been identified with its business and prosperity, and his energy of character has contributed to forwarding many of the enterprises which have marked our progress. The funeral will take place on Sunday morning next at 10 o’clock. It is expected that Rev. B. F. Foster, of Indianapolis, will officiate.

His prominence in Odd- Fellowship, entitled him to the highest rites of the order in his burial.

WEDNESDAY, FEBUARY 7, 1877, p.3, c.1

The Funeral of G. A. Milnes, Deceased George A. Milnes, whose death occurred at his residence in Fremont one week ago yesterday, Jan 30, 1877, was one of the most prominent and well known of our citizens.

He was born in England on the 16th of December, 1813, but with his parents, came to the United States when about nine years of age. He lived in or near the city of Philadelphia for a period, where the early years of his manhood were passed. He has resided in this county over thirty years. During this time, until within a few years past, he has been actively engaged in business, and as a business man has been more than ordinarily conspicuous and energetic. For the last few years, however, owing to asthmatic difficulties and general failing health, he has not engaged in active business.

His funeral took place last Sunday at the family residence in the village of Fremont, and was conducted by the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, of which fraternity he was a very prominent member and an active, zealous and devoted worker in its behalf. He held, at the time of his death, the office of Grand High Priest of the Grand Encampment of the State. Holding such a position he was, of course, well and widely known throughout the State among Odd Fellows. The Rev. B. F. Foster, Grand Secretary, of Indianapolis, preached the funeral sermon, from the text, "By it he being dead yet speaketh," the last clause of the 4th verse of the XI chapter of Hebrews. The sermon is spoken of as a very able and interesting one. Mr. Foster spoke feelingly of the deceased, whom he had known for over twenty years.

The funeral was largely attended, there being a great many more in attendance than could get into the mansion. Delegations from Fort Wayne, Auburn, Waterloo, Pleasant Lake, Angola, Metz, Orland and Coldwater, were present. Twenty-seven members of the Fort Wayne Commandary were present. The Angola Silver Band accompanied the delegations from the Lodge and Encampment in Angola.

The large turnout to the funeral was, to the friends of the deceased, a flattering testimonial of the respect and esteem in which Mr. Milnes was held by his fellow citizens. Letters were read by Mr. Foster from a number of eminent co- workers with Mr. Milnes in the order to which he was attached. Among these we may mention, T. P. Haughey, Grand Treasurer, J. F. Wallick, Grand Senior Warden, D. B. Shideler, Grand Rep., J. W. McQuiddy, Past Gr. Rep. and others. The remains of Mr. Milnes were interred in the Jamestown Cemetery, five miles west of Fremont. The concourse attending the burial was very large.

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