Ryegate Weekly Reporter
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
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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