William France Died Suddenly Monday Morning

William France, a highly respected citizen, died suddenly at his home in the northeast part of town early Monday morning, following a brief illness, at the age of 66 years, 4 months and 29 days.

While an invalid, Mr. France was in his usual health and was sitting on the porch on the east side of his home, when about 7:00 o'clock, he was suddenly stricken and grew violently ill.

A physician was summoned. He grew easier along about midnight. Shortly afterwards he lapsed into unconsciousness and passed away.

About seventeen years ago, Mr. France was struck on the head by a falling limb, while falling a tree, causing partial paralysis. This accident it is believed, contributed to his death.

Mr. France was born February 15, 1858, in Fulton county and with the exception of five years, during which time he lived in Missouri, he has lived all his life in this county. He was united in marriage to Miss Flora Butler, Sept. 16, 1885. To this union six children were born, five of whom survive, namely: Guy of Havana, Mrs. Ora Thompson of Atherton, Mo., Charles of Macomb, Miss Bonnie and Glen at home, who with his wife and one brother, James France of Canton, survive to mourn his untimely death.

Mr. France was an honest, hard-working man and had many friends who regret his sudden death. He was a member of the Modern Woodmen lodge of Astoria, carrying $2,000 insurance in the order.

Funeral services were held at 10:30 o'clock this forenoon at the U. B. church, conducted by Revb. W. R. Seitzinger. Burial in the Astoria cemetery.


Published in the Astoria Argus-Searchlight on 7/16/1924

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