Friday, January 20, 2012


1887 Partial Somers Map, Berryville area
Section 7, John Curtis parcels
Albion L. Curtis Obituary
"Albion L. Curtis, age 65 years, one of the most prominent retired farmers in Racine or Kenosha Counties, died about 4:20 o'clock this morning, at the family residence, 1414 Wisconsin Street.  Mr. Curtis had been ill about one month, and the immediate cause of his demise was anaemia. 
Mr. Curtis was born in New York state, March 30, 1850, and his parents were Mr. and Mrs. John Curtis.  More than fifty years ago he came to Wisconsin and settled in Somers Township, Kenosha County where he was engaged as a farmer for more than thirty-five years.  At that time the country was practically a wilderness, but by thrift and enterprise Mr. Curtis cultivated a fine farm.  He witnessed the growth and aided the development of the vicinity.
Some years ago Mr. Curtis sold the largest part of his farm to the Chicago & Northwestern railway, where immense freight yards are to be located eventually.
For fifteen years Mr. Curtis lived practically a retired life in Racine.  By the hundreds who knew him he was held in the highest esteem for his many excellencies of character and the upright and honest life he lived.
He was a kind and indulgent father and husband, a man of genial and kindly manner.  He was strictly temperate in his habits, and he enjoyed the confidence of all with whom he came in contact.
There survive his widow, three sons, William Curtis of Fargo; Harold and Ward Curtis of Racine; one daughter, Mrs. Belle White of Racine, and one sister.
The funeral will take place on Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the house, 1414 Wisconsin Street.
(Source:  Racine Journal December 5, 1915)

Clara Amelia Curtis Obituary
"Funeral services over the remains of Miss Clara Amelia Curtis, youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A.L. Curtis, 1414 Wisconsin Street were conducted from the family residence by Rev. Haylett at 1 o'clock this afternoon.  There were a large number of relatives and friends present to pay their last tribute to the deceased, who so young in life has passed to the great beyond.  A number of beautiful floral pieces decorated the casket as a testimonial of affection and respect.  A quartet sang appropriate selections.
The pall bearers were Peter Myers, Frank B. Swingle, S.H. Hansche, Alfred Hansche, John Hansche and Julius Hansche.  The remains followed by a long funeral cortege, were driven to Mound Cemetery, where they were interred in the family plot."
(Source:  Racine Journal Oct. 26, 1900)

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