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Subject: OBIT: Wilson, 1923, Darke co.
Date: Tue, 5 Oct 1999 13:59:17 EDT
PIONEER MERCHANT IS CALLED BEYOND
Augustus N. Wilson, one of Greenville's noted business men, and a
citizen of much prominence, passed away at his residence, 208 Sycamore
Street, this morning at 1 o'clock. Mr. Wilson had been in poor health for
several months from heart trouble, and, while the end came suddenly, it was
not unlooked for.
Nevertheless many hundreds of friends of this good and kindly man, will be
shocked and saddined to learn the he had been called to his reward.
A.N. Wilson was born at West sonora, Preble county, May 10, 1842. he was
80 years old, 8 months and 26 days old at the time of his death. He was a son
of a Western Ohio pioneer, Thomas Wilson, who walked from Pennsylvania to
Zanesville int the early 20's, and later came to Preble county, near
Lewisburg, where he married and where A. N. Wilson was born. His mother was
Elizabeth Leas, of another pioneer family. They were of the old staid quaker
faith, and were people of stout moral integrity, industrious, frugal and
plain in speech and dress.
At the age of 14 Mr. Wilson went to work on a farm for $6 a month. He was
of studious nature and acquired a good education considering his
opportunities. In the fall of 1861, he commenced teaching school, but soon
laid aside his books and took a gun in defence of the Union, enlisting as a
private in Co. E, 6th regiment O.V. I. for a period of three years. He
reenlisted at te end of that period and served until the war ended. He
participated in many battles.
After the war Mr. Wilson taught school near Ithaca for a while, later
opening a general store in Jaysville in partnership with his uncle Jesse
Tillman. He later conducted stores at Winchster, Ind., and Ansonia. He
remained in Ansonia about five years. during most of that tiem he served as
Postmaster. He married while at Ansonia, his wife being a daughter of George
Mr. Wilson brought his family to Greenville in 1873 and his long career
here as a merchant began that fall. He continued in business here until three
years ago, when he sold out to the Economy Store, the business they are now
conduction in the building which he erected in 1879.
A.N. Wilson was elected Mayor of Greenville in 1903 and served two years.
he was president of the board of trustees of the Dayton State Hospital for
several years. He was a member of the Board of Education and a member of the
committee that went to Washington to secure the building of the present
He was an Odd Fellow for 40 years and a member of the G.A.R.
Mr. Wilson is survived by seven children, five of whom live in Greenville.
They are Osborn, Fraser E., Bessie, Carl, and Frank. Two daughters, Mrs. W.H.
Mann and Mrs. J. L. Ewing reside in Kalamazoo, Mich. The wife and mother
passed away April 7, 1914.
Funeral services for the deceased will be held at the late residence
Thursday morning at 10:30 o'clock. Rev. Dr. McLean will preach the funeral
discourse. His remains will be interred in the family lot in the Greenville