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William Augustus "Gus" Darrow
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Birth: Mar. 19, 1837
St. Clair County
Illinois, USA
Death: Jun. 23, 1918
St. Clair County
Illinois, USA

From his obituary in the 4 Jul 1918 O'Fallon Illinois Progress:


William Augustus Darrow, a well-known resident of this city, passed peacefully away at his home last Saturday afternoon while seated in a rocking chair. He was complaining of feeling slightly ill for about a week and his sudden demise was a severe shock to the family.

Deceased was born on a farm near Oak Hill church on March 19, 1937 and consequently had lived to a ripe old age of 81 years, three months, and ten days at the time of his death. During his boyhood days he attended the Franklin school in Ridge Prairie and later Rock Springs Seminary, which was founded by Rev. John Peck, and was later removed to Alton and became what is known as Shurtleff College.

On March 3, 1859 he was united in marriage to Miss Malvina Simmons. They lived for a short time at the home place and then removed to the Simmons farm in the Rock Springs neighborhood. They resided here until 1865 when they moved to the home place near Oak Hill church, where they resided until August, 1915, when they moved to this city. Eight children were born to the union, two of whom died in infancy, and the following remain, besides the mother, to mourn his death: William E. and Miss Lora Darrow at home; Mrs. E. T. Oakland at Chicago; Mrs. Charles R. Peach at Seattle, Wash.: George L. and Joseph A. Darrow at St. Louis. Also one brother, C. B. Darrow at East St. Louis and eleven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

The funeral, which was largely attended, took place Monday from the residence to the Baptist church where services were conducted at 3 p.m. Interment was in Oak Hill cemetery.

At an early age Mr. Darrow was converted and joined the Oak Hill Baptist church, of which he was a member until his death. He was an active member of the church, contributing to its needs and giving his time and sympathy to the cause which he loved. As a deacon of the church he served faithfully for many years, and his home and hospitality were always extended to the pastors who served the church throughout his many years of church service.

His last illness, which was less than a week's duration, came upon him suddenly, finding him busily occupied, as he always was, with plans for the future. He at once seemed to realize that his life's work was done, and expressed himself as ready to go, regretting only that he was unable to accomplish some things for those he loved before his departure. He remained conscious to the last, but passed away suddenly.

Family links: 
  Malvina Simmons Darrow (1838 - 1922)*
  William Elijah Darrow (1860 - 1936)*
  George L. Darrow (1862 - 1949)*
  Lora A. Darrow (1875 - 1949)*
  Joseph Augustus Darrow (1877 - 1954)*
*Calculated relationship
Oak Hill Cemetery
St. Clair County
Illinois, USA
Maintained by: James Bridges
Originally Created by: Jim Krahulec
Record added: Aug 09, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 95049851
William Augustus Gus Darrow
Added by: Jim Krahulec
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