|Birth: ||Jan. 20, 1864|
|Death: ||Mar. 12, 1926|
Euclid Lodge No. 65 A.F. & A.M.
Master 1892, 1893, 1899, 1903, 1904, 1911
Euclid Chapter No. 13 R.A.M.
High Priest 1898
Naperville Mayor 1903, 1905
Summoned By Death
There are men who become such a vital part of business, civic and social life that their going means not only a personal bereavement to the few but a most noticeable loss to the entire community. In the death of Alvin Scott, Naperville and vicinity feels such a loss. Born in Naperville January 20th, 1864, a son of Alvin Sr. and Emeline (Gould) Scott, "Bay", as he was affectionately called by nearly all who knew him, spent his sixty-two years of very active life in this city.
His progenitors had to do with the early history of this vicinity and his great-grandfather, Stephen J. Scott, removed from Maryland to Illinois in 1825 and settled near Gros Point, Cook County, which embraced at that time the county of DuPage. While on a hunting trip in August, 1830, with his son Willard he discovered the DuPage River near Plainfield and since that time the Scott family has been prominent in the affairs of Naperville and vicinity.
The Scotts were business men and Willard Scott Sr., and Alvin Scott Sr., both deceased, were among the pioneer merchants here, following them came Willard Scott Jr., still living here, and Alvin Scott Jr., just deceased, the subject of this sketch.
Alvin Scott attended the public schools of Naperville and North Western College. In March, 1881, he entered the employ of Willard Scott & Co. Bankers (established in 1854) as a lad of seventeen and continued there until this business was sold to the First National Bank of Naperville in 1907. Since 1907 Mr. Scott has headed an insurance and real estate business in the premises formerly occupied by the bank. At the present time the firm is known as Scott, Egermann & Lambe, Inc.
Alvin Scott has been a man of the community, with a deep seated interest in the welfare of its people. No worthy cause has ever found him indifferent to its appeal. His was a life of service. As mayor of the City of Naperville for two terms, as Supervisor of Lisle Township, as Postmaster, and in other offices he served the civic interests of the community. To the First Congregational Church, in which he was a church school teacher, the Chairman of the Board of Trustees, and an active worker in almost every department, he gave his counsel and support. To many who needed advice in trying times he gave freely of his time and thought. The demands made upon him were constant and he never had the heart to say "No".
He was enthusiastic in Masony and served as Master of Euclid Lodge for many terms and filled all the other offices at different times. He was also a member of Euclid Chapter No. 13, Royal Arch Masons; Aurora Commandery, Knights Templar, Medinah Temple and the Consistory. But best of all, with all his multiplicity of duties, "Bay" Scott found his greatest delight in being a friend. Standing out among his many accomplishments, friendliness was supreme. His special concern was always for the unfortunate and especially was he solicitous for the fatherless. Many were the times that his fatherly interest lightened the burden for such an one. And to all whom he had befriended he was familiarly and affectionately known as "Uncle Bay."
On January 17th, 1888, Mr. Scott was married to Elizabeth Wilson of Chicago, who survives him. Their home in Naperville has always been a bright spot for friends - here was friendliness at its best always. The family circle was linked by the birth of a son, Robert, on February 18th, 1889, but at the age of 18 years death claimed him and the tragedy of the eternal question, why? confronted them.
Now the death of Alvin Scott renews the question, and the age old question still remains unanswered.
But this we know - he lived and loved and served - and thats enough.
"None of us has power to know, Who should stay and who should go. Think of this when you are tried; If the wretched only died, Then would death to us be sent, Always as a punishment? But the passing from the earth, Is more beautiful than birth."
Funeral services for Mr. Scott were held on Friday afternoon, March 12th, at the First Congregational Church, Naperville, and interment was made in the Naperville Cemetery. In his honor the business activities of the city ceased, and midst floral tributes of choicest blossoms, hundreds gathered to do honor to the departed. Rev. E. F. Collins, his pastor, had charge of the service at the church and the Masonic burial service was used at the grave with E. J. Lambe as Master. The Temple Male Quartet of Chicago sang comforting selections.
The Naperville Clarion
March 18, 1926
Alvin Scott (1838 - 1907)
Marietta Emeline Gould Scott (1837 - 1907)
Elizabeth Shaw Wilson Scott (1867 - 1949)*
Robert Willard Scott (1889 - 1907)*
Clara Scott (1860 - 1864)*
Alvin Scott (1864 - 1926)
Plot: Sec 3 Lot 952 Plot 5
Created by: Timothy Ory
Record added: Apr 12, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 35790083