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Ryegate Weekly Reporter
Ryegate, Montana
March 22, 1928

CLOSE TO THE FOUR SCORE MILE POST, DEATH CALLS RACE

WILLIAM J. SLATTERY, 77 YEARS RECEIVES "30" ON LIFE'S COPY -- HE WAS A PRINTER
OF THE OLD "HAND-SET" DAYS, BUT DID NOT FOLLOW VOCATION IN LATER YEARS BODY
SHIPPED TO OLD HOME IN DIAGONAL, IOWA

Another one of the old trail blazers has passed to his reward after nearly reaching the four score mile post on life's trail.

William J. Slattery, who has resided in Ryegate for the past two years, passed to his reward at 9:45 A. M. Tuesday morning. Mr. Slattery has been in comparatively poor health during the winter. Late in the fall he suffered a slight stroke but rallied from this which was followed by a second which was the beginning of the end. For a man of his years he was remarkable active and enjoyed apparent good health until his attack last fall. Mr. Slattery learned the printing trade and belonged to the "good old hand set days," and although he had not followed the trade for many years, he used to drop into the Reporter office frequently and talk "shop." And occasionaly he would remark that it would not be long until he would receive "30" on his copy. A typesetter on a newspaper knew that when "30" was on the copy, that was the last copy he would receive for that day. Mr. Slattery had in no wise forgotten his old love and we are heading our last tribute in a manner that we know would be pleasing to the knight of the old hand-set days.

William J., son of Dennis and Margaret Slattery was born at Bellvue, Iowa, September 17th, 1851 and died at his home in Ryegate Montana, March 20th, 1928, being in his 77th year at the time of his passing. He was married at Dubuque, Iowa, December 30th 1884 to Mary Borngesser. To this union four children were born: Mrs. H. G. Todd, of Ryegate, Mrs. Walter Mckinstry, of Clearfield, Iowa, who with the wife and mother survive him. A daughter, Mrs. Frank Ecklin and an infant son preceeded the father in death. He is survived by one sister, Mrs. Kate Reuwee, of La Crosse, Wis.; a brother Edward of Richmond, Calif., and several grandchildren.

He grew to manhood on a farm near Bellvue, Iowa, followed the printers trade at Dubuque, and later was a foreman for the Burlington railway before coming to Montana. In 1915 he came to Montana where he resided on his homestead near Ingomar until coming to Ryegate in the summer of 1926, where he made his home until the time of his death. Mr. Slattery was an exceptionally pleasing old genltemen and the chats we had together in the Reporter office are pleasant memories. He reached the span of life only allotted to a few, and his passing brings mourning to many.

Funeral services were held from the Methodist church on Wednesday afternoon, the Rev. A. T. Peck officiating. The body was taken from the church after the services to the Milwaukee depot and accompanied by his son-in-law, H. G. Todd, left on No. 16 for Diagonal, Iowa, for many years his home before coming to Montana, where interrment will be made.

Several beautiful numbers were sung and there was a profuse collection of floral offerings.

Those out of town attending the funeral were: Mrs. Darwin Harbight, Mr. J. R. Stewart and Edward Stie, of Ingomar, Montana. Mr. Stewart was an old friend of the Slattery family in Iowa.

The symapthy of the entire community goes out to the breaved members of his family in their loss.

CARD OF THANKS

Words cannot express our gratitude to the kind friends and neighbors for their kindness and assistance during the illness and death of our husband, father and grandfather.

Mrs. Mary Slattery,
Mr. and Mrs. H. G. Todd and Children

Submission by Rena Lee, February of 2011

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