|Birth: ||May 29, 1875|
|Death: ||Jan. 13, 1909|
Reedsburg, Sauk, Wisconsin
Dies In Baraboo
Joseph Alexander Passes Away Suddenly
Found In His Room
Death Came to Mr. Alexander as he was Preparing for the Song Service in Baraboo Revival Meeting - Due to Heart Failure
This community was deeply effected by the news that Joseph Alexander died alone and without warning in his room at the Wellington Hotel in Baraboo Monday evening. Although he had a wide acquaintance in this city comparatively a few were aware that he was afflicted with heart trouble and his death coming as it did in his best years and when his reputation as an evangelist singer was rapidly spreading, was an unexpected shock.
Mr. Alexander was assisting in the song services at union revival meetings at Baraboo. He attended the afternoon services and later repared to his room at The Wellington. When last seen he showed his customary cheerfulness and his enthusiasm in the work. The evening meeting was called at 7:30 o'clock in the M. E. church. Mr. Alexander invariably punctual, failed to make his appearance and Rev. L. A. Goddard went to the hotel to ascertain the cause. Entering Mr. Alexander's room he was shocked to find his lifeless body on the floor. The position of the body, the location of the chair and the music spread out on the bed indicated that Mr. Alexander was preparing for the evening service when the end came. He died as he would have wished to die, a soldier of the cross and at his post.
A message was immediately sent to this city and heavy-hearted friends carried the sad tiding to his wife, the daughter and the son. Several members of the Modern Woodmen of America were delegated by the local lodge to go to Baraboo and bring the remains to the stricken home. The body was brought here Tuesday afternoon after brief services at Baraboo. Funeral services were held at the home and at the M. E. church Wednesday afternoon. Rev. Mr. Kundert was assisted by Rev. Mr. Knight of the Baraboo Baptist church, Rev. Mr. Sharman and Rev. Mr. Wilson of the Baptist and Presbyterian churches of this city, and Rev. Mr. Bearmore of the North Freedom M. E. church. The church was filled with those who desired to testify to their respect for the departed and the floral offerings were beautiful. There were few dry eyes in the large gathering as a quartet consisting of Messrs. C. F. Shelden, W. H. and Clark Townsend and Rev. Mr. Bearmore, sang selections that Mr. Alexander himself had feelingly sung on similar occasions. Mr. Kundert, with whom Mr. Alexander was closely associated in church work, spoke with deep feeling and with evident effort to maintain his composure. Mr. Knight voiced the sentiment of the religious people of Baraboo when he said, "We feel that he died for Baraboo." Rev. Mr. Sharman, who sang with Mr. Alexander on numerous occasions, and Rev. Mr. Wilson testified to his worth and their belief that he was prepared to meet his Maker, and similar words were spoken by Rev. Mr. Bearmore.
The remains accompanied by his wife and a few friends, were taken to Clinton, Mich., for interment.
Joseph Nelson Alexander was born at Gilbertville, Mass., May 29th, 1875. Two years later his parents moved to Hanover, Ill., where they resided fifteen years. They then moved to Clinton, Mich., which the deceased called his home until he came to Reedsburg three years ago. He became a pattern maker in the woolen mills at that place. His talent and taste for music led to his traveling for a time with a music quartet in a temperance campaign in Canada. While in Canada he met Miss Emma Glover, to whom he was united in marriage June 3, 1896. They made their home at Clinton, Mich., until coming to Reedsburg. He held a position in the woolen mills for some time. Last winter, however, he travelled as an evangelistic singer in company with Evangelist George Gable, visiting Kansas and other states. Returning home he became enthusiastically interested in the new M. E. church building, donned working clothes and helped in its construction.
Mr. Alexander is survived by his wife, a daughter and a son, his father, a sister and three brothers.
Peter Alexander (1848 - 1930)
Helen Goudie Kennedy Alexander (1850 - 1898)
Emily Ann Glover Alexander-Barry (1875 - 1951)
Russell George Alexander (1899 - 1976)*
John B. Alexander (1870 - 1906)*
Joseph Nelson Alexander (1875 - 1909)
Created by: Shelly Tindal
Record added: Nov 03, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 43874216
Added: Aug. 19, 2010