January 15, 1920
OBITUARY ~ WILLIAM HENRY VAUGHN
William Henry Vaughn was born in Benton, Lafayette County, Wisconsin, January
6, 1849; and died at Tuttle, Oklahoma, Jan. 7, 1920. He was married to Susan
Matthews, daughter of Rev. Matthews D. D. of Monmouth, Illinois, who died a
few years later at their home in Atlantic, Iowa, leaving three children
Robert, Ruth and Mary.
In 1885, Mr. Vaughn came to Clearfield and engaged in the hardware business
with his cousin, O. S. Carson, in which business he continued for a number of
years. In later years he conducted the Fair Store. The older citizens knew Mr.
Vaughn and all speak well of him.
March 18,1886, he was married to Nellie Tyler, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. H. H.
Tyler, then of Clearfield. To this union three daughters were born, Jean,
Madge and Maurine. He resided here until 1912 when with his family, he moved
to Des Moines, which has since been their home.
At the time of his death he was with his daughter, Mrs. Ruth Clark,at Tuttle,
Oklahoma. He retired on the eve of his death feeling unusually well. When he
did not arise at the usual hour, his daughter went to call him and receiving
no response found that the last summons had come, though he was apparently
He was a devoted Christian practically all his life and was a member of the
United Presbyterian Church of Clearfield. He is survived by his wife and four
daughters, Mrs. Ruth Clark of Tuttle, Okla.; Mrs. Paul S. West of Hercules,
Calif.; Mrs. Leonard R. Manley of Sioux City, Iowa and Miss Maurine Vaughn of
Des Moines. Robert and Mary preceded their father in death.
The funeral services were held at 2:30 p.m. Saturday January 10th at the
United Presbyterian Church of Clearfield and interment followed in the
Clearfield Cemetery; his remain were laid beside that of his father and of his
beloved son Robert. Rev. Nathan Weingart of Carlisle, Iowa, former pastor of
their church, conducted the services.
Mrs. Vaughn, who for the past two months has been in California, was unable to
be present, because of ill health.
Transcription by Lorelei Rusco, June of 2011
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