|Birth: ||Mar. 21, 1832|
New York, USA
|Death: ||Aug. 23, 1898|
ALDRICH - Of pneumonia at the family residence in Livermore, Colorado, at eleven o'clock p.m., August 23rd, 1898. Asa H. Aldrich, aged 66 years 5 months and 2 days.
Mr. Aldrich was born in Lewis, Lewis county, N.Y. in 1832. When about five years old his parents moved to the northern part of Illinois, but as they entered an unhealthy section of the country they soon located in Darien, Wisconsin. Here his parents engaged in farming. When Mr. Aldrich was but eleven years old he drove a breaking team of four yoke of oxen for days at a time. The winter he was thirteen he carried the mail between Janesville and Darien, Wisconsin, making two trips a week. At the age of seventeen he and his father went to Packwaukee, Wisconsin where they located a new home. One year later Mr. Aldrich entered the employ of the Illinois Central railroad company and, although still young, he took charge, for four years, of a gang of men building railroad in the vicinity of Cairo. In 1857, he made a trip to Blue Earth, Minnesota, where he entered a claim on some land expecting to make it his home, but through the persuasions of a brother he relinquished it and returned to Wisconsin.
On February 4th, 1858 he married Miss Frances E. Tibbits of Westfield, Wisconsin.
Four children came to bless their married life, but only two are now living, viz. Mrs. Arthur Aldrich of Livermore, Colorado, and Mrs. Wm. Batterson of Manhattan, Colorado, both of whom, with their mother were in attendance during his last illness. Mrs. Elmer Keach, a third daughter, died about two years ago.
From 1860 to 1878, Mr. Aldrich was engaged principally in farming although for two years during that time he and a partner owned and operated a steamboat on the Fox river in Wisconsin.
In 1878 he sold his farm and with his family emigrated to Western Kansas. Almost four years was spent in that state and Nebraska. At the end of that time he, in partnership with M. D. Winder, built three miles of railroad for the B & M company. When that was completed Mr. Aldrich with his family came to Larimer county Colorado, where he has resided for the last sixteen years. Several years was spent in the hotel business in Fort Collins, but the last few years he has been engaged in the cattle business at Livermore.
Mr. Aldrich was a devoted husband, a kind and indulgent father, and his ready wit and free hearted hospitality was known throughout the country. He ever stood ready to extend every aidin his power to the suffering or oppressed, and his honor and integrity were unquestioned. It can be truthfully said of him, "He was one of Natures noblemen," and his death is regretted by all who knew him.
He was the first to die of a family of eight children, the youngest of whom is now fifty years old.
He had not been well since last October when he was taken sick with the lagrippe. His last illness was of only eleven days duration, but his suffering was intense. Two of the best physicians in Fort Collins used every effort to save him, but all their skill was without avail.
The funeral services were conducted by Rev. Crowe of the Episcopal church, Fort Collins, assisted by the Rev. Smith of the same faith of Livermore.
The casket was literally covered with flowers and a long procession followed his remains to the last resting place.
The pall bearers were Charles Emerson, John Curry, John S. Williams, W. C. Rutledge, Frank Jones and W. W. Lowery. The interment took place at the Livermore cemetery.
Lay he rest is [sic] peace is the wish of all who knew him.
[Son of Valentine and Susan Bedell Aldrich]
Frances E Tibbits Aldrich (1839 - 1927)
Mary S Aldrich Aldrich (1860 - 1936)*
Lillian E Aldrich Batterson St. Clair (1861 - 1936)*
Millie Olive Aldrich Keach (1875 - 1896)*
Maintained by: Scott Braddy
Originally Created by: MsFoxRider
Record added: Apr 14, 2010
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