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Updated 01/19/2024 History Room - 442 Hewett Street | Neillsville WI Jail Museum - 215 E 5th Street | Neillsville WI Mailing Address: P. O. Box 41 | Neillsville WI 54456 Ph: 715. 743. 2150 Email: 1897ccjm@gmail.com Web: 1897clarkcountyjailmuseum.com 2011-2024 - All Rights Reserved - 1897 Clark County Jail Museum Inc.
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Richard Dewhurst (1826 - 1886) Born May 12,1826 - Lancashire England Died October 13, 1895 - Atlanta, Georgia Buried City of Neillsville Cemetery
City of Neillsville Cemetery Self-Guided Cemetery Tour
Our citizens were shocked to learn, on Sunday last, the sad news of the death of Hon. Richard Dewhurst,  president of the Neillsville Bank, which occurred at Atlanta, Georgia, Sunday, Oct. 13, 1895. Judge Dewhurst left Neillsville, Clark County for Atlanta on Sept. 30th, intending to spend some days at the  Exposition there and then proceed to his winter home in Florida. He was taken ill on Saturday afternoon, with a slight nausea and intense headache. Against his wishes the hotel  proprietors called in medical aid, but in a short time he became in a comatose condition and died at 6:15 a.m.  on Sunday at the Delbridge Hotel. His wife and son-in-law, Mr. W. L. Hemphill, accompanied by Mr. and Mrs. D. Dickinson, went to Chicago to  meet the remains. They left Chicago on Tuesday evening last and arrived at Neillsville on Wednesday morning. The funeral took place today from his residence, Rev. T. G. Owen and Rev. F. C. Davis officiating. A very large  concourse of friends of the deceased were present, and all the places of business in the city were closed during  the time of the funeral. Judge Dewhurst was born in Lancashire, England, May 12, 1826, and came to Wisconsin in 1851, settling in  Potosi, Grant County. He resided in Platteville in 1855-56, coming to Neillsville in the latter year, where he has  since resided. He was county judge of Clark County in 1856, register of Deeds in 1858, and has held , at various  time, county treasurer, county clerk and many town offices. In 1877 he was again elected county judge, but  resigned before the expiration of his term. He was a member of the assembly in 1859, 1865, 1875 and was again  elected in 1886. At the time of his death the Judge was president of the Neillsville Bank and held a like position in the German  American Bank of Marshfield. His official and personal career was without a spot or blemish. He leaves surviving him a wife and one daughter, Mrs. W. L. Hemphill. The community has lost a most valuable citizen and the mourners consist of every resident of the city of Neillsville. He was especially kind and generous to the poor and many of them today grieve at the loss of this dear friend. He  was engaged in an art of kindness for which, above he was delaying his trip to Florida, when he was stricken  with apoplexy and the beneficiary of his kindness grieves this loss as one of his immediate family.