Etc. -- Ephraim Wheeler's 1907 obituary
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A lightly edited transcription of a page 1 article in the 21 Nov 1907 Simcoe Reformer newspaper.


The sudden death of Mr. Ephraim Wheeler, which occurred at his home in Lynn Valley on 11 Nov 1907 has cast a gloom over the friends and neighbors who have been associated with him for so many years, both in business and in social life.

He had been in his usual health, had eaten his dinner at noon, then gone  to the barn as was his custom. He started to thrash by hand a small quantity of beans which had been gathered and put into the barn.

After he had been at this work for a short time Mrs. Wheeler happened to step out of the house, and imagined she heard a strange sound like someone moaning in pain. 

On hastening to the barn she found Mr. Wheeler very ill and helpless, but still conscious. 

They were alone. Powerless to get the stricken man to the house without assistance, she was compelled to go nearly a quarter of a mile to Mr. McCall's, [then] on to Quanbury's mill.

Mr. Quanbury and Mr. Boughner, who happened to be at the mill, went immediately to her assistance, first telephoning Dr. Stanton to come without delay.

Mr. Wheeler was carried to the house and placed upon the bed. Soon after he lost consciousness, falling into a deep sleep from which he never awoke. 

In about two hours he passed peacefully away, just a few minutes before the arrival of Dr. Stanton, who had been out of town and unable to leave immediately for the home on  being summoned.

Mr. Wheeler was born 4 May 1823, in the township of Woodhouse, on a farm a short distance west of Port Dover, and was in his [..]th year.

When he was about a year old his parents moved to Michigan, driving all the way, the greater portion of the road being through an almost trackless forest.

At the age of 29 years he came back to Canada and settled at Lynn Valley where he has for the past 49 years constantly resided.

He was a man of unobtrusive character, never taking an active part in political life, but always a staunch Liberal. During the years, in which he was a resident of Norfolk, there has never been an election, municipal, provincial or dominion, in which his vote has not been cast for the Liberal party.

He was an adherent of the Methodist church, and with his wife was a faithful attendant of the church in Simcoe as long as health would permit.

He was a generous, kind-hearted neighbor, doing good whenever an opportunity came, was ever a kind and loving husband, and a good provider of the comforts of the home. 

He was strictly upright and honest in all his dealing, never allowing himself to get into debt.

He was married twice, his first wife being Martha Potts, eldest daughter of the late George Potts of Woodhouse, and a sister of Messrs, Samuel and George Potts, both of whom are so well and favorably known in and around Simcoe. His second wife was Miss Jennie Walker, sister of Mrs. Darling Smith of Rockford.

There are left to mourn his loss his aged partner in life and one son, Walter, who now resides near Selkirk, in the County of Haldimand.

The funeral took place on Thursday afternoon and was attended by a large concourse of people who realized that they were laying away a faithful friend. 

The services were conducted at the home by the Rev. J. J. Liddy, and the text from which he spoke a few works was "We all do fade as a leaf."

Solemn and impressive were the remarks made by Mr. Liddy, full of hope and comfort to the sorrowing ones.

Mr. Wheeler was laid to rest in beautiful Oakwood Cemetery, there "to rest until the resurrection morn."


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