|Birth: ||Oct. 5, 1839|
|Death: ||Feb. 25, 1931|
Friday 27 Feb 1931
Montgomery P. Akers Postmaster For 30 Years Passes
Death Came Wednesday Evening Following Flu And A Heart Attack
" Montgomery P. Akers, beloved old pioneer resident of Sonoma Valley since 1851, passed to eternity Wednesday evening just ten days after his aged sister, Mrs Martha Dillon at Petaluma. He had passed his 91st birthday. Mr. Akers had been active and possessed of much of his old time, good cheer, up to a few years ago, when the death of his only son Steve Akers, proved a great blow to him. The recent death of his sister also hastened his death. Mr. Akers death is the last of the family of the late Judge Stephen Akers eho crossed the plains in the days of gold and settled at Embarcadero 81 years ago with his family of five children.
The senior Akers engaged in farming and grape growing and as he was progressive and popular man, he had many political honors conferred upon him by old timers. He was a supervisor and Justice of the Peace, and his son Mont became postmaster of Schellville as far back as 1888. Montgomery Akers had joined the Sonoma Masonic Lodge of which his father was a charter member and down through the years he was prominent in the fraternal order, a past Master and master of ceremoniees on many occasions. Not long ago an impressive ceremonies, the 50 year year jewel was conferred upon Akers.
Miss Mary Huderson of Missouri was Mr. Aker's first wife and of this union two children were born, the laste Stephen Akers of Petaluma and Mrs. Willie May Cook of Oakland, who survives her father although she has been invalid for several years past. Survivng pioneer is his widow, the former, Mrs. McIntire, whom he married over 25 years ago and has been his devoted companion and helpmate. The couple celebrate their silver wedding in 1929 and were felicitated by friends throughout the state, including the M.E. Ladies Aid Society of Sonoma of which Mrs. Akers is the President.
Mont Akers as he was familiarly known to all the old residents of Sonoma Valley will be greatly missed and in the passing one of the golden links with the old days has been severed. Of a find southern stock, endowed with the traits of chivalry and manners of the old school and with genial manner, his memory will be cherished by family and friends. The Golden Rule and brotherly love were his creed. Prominent in early educational circles, opportunity for youth and the present generation were first considerations with him. The little school at San Luis was one of his early benefactions and with such big hearted neighbors and find citizens as the late Robert P. Howe, the neighborhood of Mr. Akers home was like one big family. No home coming has been complete by old sons and daughters of Embarcadero for many years until respects had been paid to Mont Akers.
The reunion of old pioneers planned for Sonoma in the near future will be devoid of his familuar smile and handclasp, but the Great Beyond will be the more blessed reunion with the legion of splendid men and women who were his contemporaries, and the nearer and dearer ones of the family gone before. Among old friends for whom Mr. Akers grieved, and hoped someday to be reunite, eas the late Robert P. Hill, whom he cherished from boyhood. Mont Akers traveled all the way on foot to Glen Ellen in March of 1856, to see the baby, when Robert Hill was born, and their subsequent devotion was tender and beautiful proof of friendship eternal, destined to be renewed o'er the Great Divide.
Montgomery Paxon Akers was born in Virginia 91 years ago. The family came across the plains in 1851, and with the father and mother settled at the old Schellville home, and the deceased has resided there since. He became postmaster about 30 years ago and has held that position constantly.
He is survived by his wife, Medora Akers; daughter, Mrs. Willie May Cook. His neices are Mrs. Nellie Ennis and Mrs. Grace Thomas of Sacramento; Ada Pauli and Mattie Goodman of Sonoma and a number more distant relatives.
The funeral services will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. from Masonic Temple at Sonoma, officers and members of Temple Lodge No. 14 F. & A. M., conducting the impressive ceremonies. Interment will be at Mountain View Cemetery. The remains are now at Bates Mortuary, Sonoma.
Mrs. Grace Akers of Petaluma has been assisting Mrs. M.P. Akers during the illness of Mr. Akers."
Stephen Akers (1815 - 1898)
Leathu Esther Sneed Akers (1802 - 1893)
Mary Jane Henderson Akers (1846 - 1898)
Montgomery Paxton Akers (1839 - 1931)
Mary Ellen Akers Cassebohm (1841 - 1910)*
Created by: Eileen
Record added: Mar 28, 2012
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