|Birth: ||Mar. 9, 1826|
|Death: ||Oct. 23, 1873|
We are called upon this morning to perform the painful duty of announcing to our readers the death of the Hon. Wm. M. Stadden, Superintendent of the Insurance Bureau of the State of Illinois. He died on yesterday afternoon, at 2 o'clock, at his residence on the corner of Clay and Sixth streets, after an illness of a few hours which but few of his most intimate friends were aware of until the startling announcement was made that he was no more.
He had the previous evening returned from a brief visit to St. Louis. Upon his return he complained of not feeling very well, though the indisposition was regarded as slight as he enjoyed a good night's rest. In the morning, feeling weak, he decided not to go to the office, and toward noon it became apparent that his malady was a severe one. Everything that medical aid could suggest was done for the sufferer, who complained of an oppressed feeling in the region of the heart, but all efforts proved without effect, and at the hour stated, the deceased, than whom none enjoyed more fully the esteem of the community, breathed his last. By the attending physician, death is attributed to congestion of the heart, though the strain upon his mental system occasioned by overwork and too close attention to business no doubt had an influence in the same direction.
Mr. Stadden was one whose ability was universally recognized. With the intricate work pertaining to the Insurance Bureau, of which he was chief, he was thoroughly conversant, and in its management he displayed efficiency in the highest degree. Upon all matters pertaining to the Auditor's office he was authority, and in all matters pertaining to the revenue system of the State, he was especially well versed. This knowledge was of especial value to him in the position of Secretary of the State Board of Equalization, which he also held. It will be indeed difficult to find a fitting successor in these departments, where his services were justly regarded as invaluable.
Mr. Stadden was a native of Ohio, being born in Newark, Licking county, in the year 1826; hence he was, at his decease, in his forty-eighth year. He came to this State in 1844 or 1845, and first settled at Dixon, where he was connected with the Land Office there. In the fall of 1848 he removed to this city and assumed charge of the Land Department of the Auditor's office.
He married in this city shortly after, Miss Harvey, a native, we believe of the city. He was connected with the revenue service also for some time, and under U.S. Collector King, of this district, exhibited his ability by adapting the business of the office to the revenue system, then first being put in operation. He was also connected with the revenue service as a U. S. guager, and possibly in other capacities. During the greater portion of his residence here, ever known as an efficient business man, a courteous gentlemen and a citizen worthy of the esteem in which he was held.
The deceased leaves to mourn a loss, to them irreparable, besides a widow, five children, of whom four are boys, and also a mother, living, we believe, at Fort Scott, Kansas. To these he was a loving son, husband and father and was especially devoted to his family.
IL State Journal, Springfield, IL, 10-24-1873
The funeral obsequies of the late William Stadden occurred yesterday afternoon, and despite the inclement weather a large course of friends of the deceased paid the last token of respect to his memory. A long line of carriages accompanied the procession from the residence to St. Paul's church, where the Odd Fellows and Knights of Pythias fraternities were drawn up in open ranks to admit of the passage of the funeral cortege, the members of these societies saluting the remains with uncovered heads. The pall bearers were Hons. S. M. Cullom, George H. Harlow, Edward Rutz, Charles E. Lippicott, John T. Peters, Alexander Starne, Washington Bushnell and James K. Edsall. The service was most admirably conducted and the audience, so large that scarcely standing room remained in the church, paid most devout attention. The singing was in good taste and added to the impressiveness of the usually solemn service. The procession re formed as before, passing through open ranks of the fraternities participating, and proceeded to Oak Ridge, the Knights of Pythias acting as escort, and the ceremony of the Odd Fellows ritual being conducted at the grave in an impressive manner. The inclement weather did not deter a large witnessing of the latter ceremony.
IL State Journal, 10-27-1873
Buried in an unmarked grave in the large Stadden/Harvey family plot. Known burials in this plot are: William and Eliza Harvey, who have the large obelisk (shown in the photo) and are parents of Mary Jane Harvey Stadden; and Stadden family members: Charles H., Clara, Della, Edwin, Howard, Infant, William H. and William M. and Mary Jane Harvey Stadden.
Richard Stadden (1801 - 1861)
Rachel Martin Stadden (1818 - 1878)
Mary Jane Harvey Stadden (1833 - 1920)*
Charles H. Stadden*
William Harvey Stadden (1854 - 1885)*
Richard M Stadden (1857 - 1920)*
George Boyton Stadden (1861 - 1923)*
Clara Mae Stadden (1864 - 1870)*
Edwin L. Stadden (1867 - 1910)*
Howard Stadden (1869 - 1870)*
Della Stadden (1871 - 1879)*
Thomas Stadden (____ - 1914)*
William M. Stadden (1826 - 1873)
Isaac S. Stadden (1834 - 1888)*
Elizabeth Stadden Stalker (1838 - 1909)*
Oak Ridge Cemetery
Plot: Block 11, 21; unmarked
Maintained by: BjJ
Originally Created by: Charles W Brown
Record added: Jan 04, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 23741903