|Birth: ||May 22, 1854|
|Death: ||Jan. 5, 1920|
The Staples World, Thursday; January 08, 1920 - Obituary.
The sad news spread over this city Monday evening that William Bartraw, one of the oldest residents of Staples and Northern Todd County, had suddenly passed away. While for years Mr. Bartraw had been suffering from rheumatism still he had been able to be about and appeared to be in his usual health last Monday morning. He was attending to his usual routine around home and about 11 A.M. he received a stroke of paralysis and between that time and 7 o'clock P.M. he received two more strokes and he passed away at a few minutes after seven.
William Bartraw was born in Québec, Canada on May 22nd, 1854. He lived in Canada with his parents until reaching the age of manhood. He was married to Géneviève Lalone on February 15, 1876 and to this union were born two children, Miz. Orphy Louise who died in infancy and Mrs. H.L. Waldron (nee Lottie Bartraw) who resides in this city. In 1878 Mr. and Mrs. Bartraw left Canada and located in Charles City, Iowa, where Mr. Bartraw engaged in farming. Two years later they came to Minnesota and located near the present site of the city of Staples and they have resided in this vicinity ever since. For the first few years after coming to Minnesota Mr. Bartraw engaged in the lumbering business but finally he went into the railroad employ in the construction department.
Mr. Bartraw located on a homestead and the round-house now stands upon part of this homestead. After the railroad terminal located here Mr. Bartraw resigned from the railroad service and engaged in the real estate business. He platted his homestead and several of the Additions to this city now bear his name. His real estate business was very extensive and he sold a large number of lots in this city and devoted his entire time to this business. About 15 years ago he was afflicted with rheumatism and was compelled to retire from active business associations.
During his long business career in this city he was always known as a straight forward business man and in his dealings he was at all times fair, honest and honorable. His sudden death was a great shock to his many friends and neighbors and he will be greatly missed by all who knew him. He leaves to mourn his death besides a fond and loving wife and daughter, two granddaughters, Misses Lyndall and Lorraine Waldron of this city, two brothers, Paul and Joseph Bartraw, and four sisters, Mesdames Louise Daoust, Julia LaRock, Anna Brazeau and Millie Le Claire, all living near the old home in Canada.
During his entire life Mr. Bartraw was a devout member of the Catholic Church and was an active church worker. The funeral was held Wednesday morning from Sacred Heart church with Rev. Fr. Zitur officiating at a requiem high mass. His remains were laid to rest in Evergreen Hill cemetery. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, the members of which order attended his funeral in a body. He was also a member of the Royal Arcanum and Modern Woodmen of America.
Genevieve "Jennie" Lalonde Bartraw (1856 - 1935)
Charlotte Julia Bartraw Waldron (1878 - 1941)*
Note: ne William Wilbrod Honore Bertrand
Evergreen Hill Cemetery
Created by: Douglas Fahnlander
Record added: Jun 29, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 38869193